My Outlook on Diet and Nutrition

My Outlook on Diet and Nutrition

By Adam Mundorf

I get many questions about diet and nutrition from readers of the blog.  This is my best distillation of it but it certainly isn't as fleshed out as I want it to be.  Nutrition is a very controversial subject and one that causes arguments that are almost on par with religion!  My method of nutrition combines longevity, anthropology and the habits of the most hardened people on Earth.  While I am not completely free of health issues, I have a resting heart rate of 50 and haven't been sick in 15 years.  I've spent a lot of time and money learning from those far older and wiser than me. I also have a very high degree of relative strength including an elite level deadlift with 550 at 180lbs.  My methods go far past just simple aesthetics but have the expectation of longevity and health.  I'll try to explain it as simply as I can.

I separate my diet into five separate sections :
  1. Under-Eating
  2. Over-Eating
  3. Food Layering/Combining
  4. Supplements
During the day people were never meant to eat large comprehensive meals.  Everyone has experienced having a large lunch and then feeling lethargic afterwards.  That's because digestion takes a lot of time and energy.  During the day humans were meant to eat lightly or honestly, not at all.  It's worth noting that certain religions, like Islam, recommend fasting during the day to grow closer with God.  During the day limit your foods to just fruit, vegetables, light protein and water/caffeine.  The under-eating phase offers your body a chance to recycle old cells and give digestion a rest.   You're not going to waste away, especially when you incorporate the next eating phase.  During a typical day I average about 18 to 20 hours of fasting.

Over-eating is when your body gets full compensation after the fasting or under-eating phase of the diet.  As with anything in life, you need balance : a yin and a yang.  This is when you sit down to relax after a long day at work.  You eat a full comprehensive and cooked meal to your hearts content.  You get to relax and go to bed satisfied while your body can digest while you sleep and aren't active.  You're not going to bed hungry which has a great impact on satisfaction.

Food Layering
Food layering and combining is all about eating based on digestibility.  It goes like this :
  1. Caffeine
  2. Fruit
  3. Vegetables
  4. Light Protein
  5. Steamed Vegetables
  6. Heavier Protein
There are only a few supplements that really have any science backing them up.  That is a multivitamin, fish oil and creatine.  Supplements are not needed for a long and healthy life but they just help cover some bases.

Putting it All Together (In Order)
A normal workout day would look like this :
  1. Under-Eating
    1. Water
    2. Caffeine
    3. Kombucha
  2. Post Workout
    1. 3 Cups of Non-Fat Greek Yogurt with maple syrup or fruit.
  3. Over-Eating Phase
    1. Large Salad
    2. Steamed Vegetables
    3. Protein Source
    4. Supplements


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