For the longest time I had a problem about 1-2 hours after i ate lunch with crashing. I would eat what most would call a healthy, “normal” lunch. Usually a chicken sandwich, and a salad. What I had noticed is that about 2-2:30pm i was ready for a nap. It didn’t help that i had a desk job at the time with very little activity but i was getting sick of the lethargic feeling. It was really irritating as i really had to get myself worked up to do my training routine after work. It was difficult to keep a high level of energy throughout the day.
Then i started looking into what i was eating. I had a basic knowledge of what to eat and i knew that what i was eating was healthy. But there was something that was getting in the way of my daily activity causing me to crash. So I looked into various ways of eating. There’s so much information and theories it is difficult to wade through the murky sea of “dieting”. Everything i have seemed to read just seemed to make eating too complicated, and really turned mixing and matching your macro nutrients into a science. You always had to think about what you were going to do and the availability of certain types of food combinations. Honestly I could not be bothered, I have better things to do. I really don’t want every meal to be a high school chemistry experiment. I also need flexibility.
I understand that what most people call a diet is a short term weight loss way to eat. These typically cause a person’s weight to yo-yo up and down. That is why i usually stayed away from books or information called The XYZ Diet. That is when I came upon information about the book entitled The Warrior Diet. I had heard about it for several years before I looked into it. I had read forums and it was mentioned several times. So I bought the book and looked into it.
I must say that i did enjoy it. The author Ori Hofmekler writes in a style that is rather macho. It is probably because of his military background and a study of survival sciences, some may not like the style of writing but nonetheless the information is good. I have lent my book to friends and some could not get past the writing style. But i say weather you like the writing style or not it doesn’t matter if the concept works.
His book The Warrior Diet goes into the benefits of intermittent fasting and the importance of eating proper food. In a nutshell he breaks down the day into an under eating period and an overeating period. So what is each?
- Undereating – This is part of the day from the time you wake up until about dinner time. You eat very little or it is what is called live food, or raw food. Examples include:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- handful of almonds
- small amounts of lean protein.
- Overeating – This is the part of the day in which you would probably be finishing your daily routine, home, and ready for dinner. For this basically anything is game for eating as long as it is not processed, or junk food. In other words eat a healthy dinner. You may find yourself eating several courses for dinner but that’s OK. Just keep these rules in mind.
- start with subtle tasting foods
- include as many tastes, textures, etc as possible.
- stop eating when you feel more thirsty than hungry.
Of course there is more to the book and it will go over each part in detail. I’m not going to rewrite it here. After following this method of eating i have found that i avoid the mid afternoon crash and have energy throughout the rest of the day.
It is also very flexible and allows you to be social. For example if you are going to a party you don’t have to sit there with a scale measuring out portions. You don’t have to worry about starting over again because you may have gone out with some friends and ate what was not on “the list”. It allows you to stop and start this style of eating at any point.
I recommend it.