Diet & Nutrition Hacks for the Lazy

Ok well, lazy might be a bit harsh, but I think you catch my drift. If you’re anything like me, I don’t like to expend excessive amounts of my time or mental energy trying to figure out the puzzle that is diet & nutrition. Because nutrition affects our health holistically with so many other factors including training and rest (just for starters), it can sometimes be hard to determine if what we put into our bodies is actually causing any sort of effect, let alone a beneficial one.

With that in mind, the best that most of can do, or at least care to do, is to rely on the prevailing wisdom of the day. Whoever you consider to be the authority, we rely in the info disseminated by them to provide us with guideposts down the path of proper nutrition and diet. I recently ran into the founder and CEO of one of the large fitness gym chains in our area, through a friend of a friend. Among some of the topics we covered was starting a business, the health industry in general, and other fun stuff like his car šŸ™‚ Let’s just say he’s not hurting for money, as evidenced by his blue chrome, vinyl-wrapped Bentley that was freshly detailed to perfection.

Personally, I follow intermittent fasting, partly because the science makes sense but also because of my lifestyle. In particular, I don’t often have the luxury of time in the morning, so for me not eating breakfast and continuing my fast until lunchtime makes the most sense for me.

Aside from that, there are couple of thingsĀ that I utilize that I at least believe provide tangible:

  1. Nootropics
  2. Juicing (no, not THAT type of juicing lol)

Simply put, nootropics are supplements targeted towards increased brain and cognitive function. Once considered fringe science, the popularity of nootropics have grown considerably these days, with many mainstream figures in sports and entertainment as endorsers. Companies such as Onnit have created large and successful brands – along with a number of supplements and products that target the more obvious physical wellness, but they arguably built up their brand first by developing nootropics such as Alpha Brain and New Mood. Now, they’ve grown to the point where they’re a pretty large sponsor of professional athletes, in particular UFC fighters through their connections with longtime color commentator, Joe Rogan.

Nootropics, while primarily designed to enhance the mind and brain function, also benefit the overall well-being of the individual. Obviously, brain function doesn’t exist in a vacuum without affecting the rest of the body. Providing the brain with the fuel it requires to operate optimally unlocks a whole host of other benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • Restful/restorative sleep
  • Increased perception
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress
  • Calming of the nervous system

Basically, if you want your body to work correctly, first address the mind, and the body follows. It’s easy to overlook the mind sometimes since it’s not something you can see, but it’s importance can not be overlooked. A proper frame of mind sets you up for the right drive and motivation to take care of the body.

I don’t claim, nor will ever claim to be, an expert on nootropics, but as a recommendation, I would start with the often cited “beginner’s stack” of Theanine + Caffeine as a starting point if you want to experience what nootropics can do for you. Bear in mind, there’s nothing out there that will do for you what DZT did for Bradley Cooper in the movie Limitless (great movie btw, a must-see if you haven’t already), but rather you should experience a focused calm. Think back to a time you felt super relaxed yet alert, that should be what you’re aiming for – in this state of “flow”, one can be way more productive, industrious, or creative than normal.

The second thing I mentioned is Juicing. By this, I don’t mean steroids (a subject for another time), but actually juicing fruits and vegetables to ensure the consumption of sufficient vitamins and minerals that many of lack from our normal diet. Personally, I know I struggle with eating all the fruits and veggies that I should, and I can pretty much guarantee that I have certain deficiencies because of it. By juicing, it makes consumption of all these much easier and more convenient.

Juicing was endorsed all the way back when Jack LaLanne was pushing his products on cheesy informercials, and there’s many different brands of juicers that people swear by. The one I’ve found best is the Vitamix brand, which you can find on Amazon – I use and recommend a refurbished model, which are often in better condition because they’ve been individually examined for defects and repaired to ensure quality.

If you’re diligent about juicing, I promise you that you’ll feel the benefits in a week or two. For me, I just feel much more energized in the morning and throughout the day.

Of course, you should always consult with a physician if you have an questions about your own diet and nutrition. Good luck!