What you eat is equally important -- if not more important -- than your workouts. You need to become the master of your own diet.
It's not difficult to eat well, it's just about being committed. The focus should be one healthy meal after another, until one healthy meal after another becomes your way of life.
Use the colors of nature -- not artificial colors -- to become the artist of your plate.
It's the fuel you give to your body that will determine how hard you can push yourself in your workouts. Once you get the right foods into your system, you're going to be able to last longer in your training and fully exhaust the tank. Then refuel, and repeat.
A consistent routine of working out hard, followed by a plate of healthy food, is the blueprint for achieving a fit physique and a healthy lifestyle.
"Some people exercise and diet. Athletes eat and train."
To get really fit, you can't be starving yourself.
You need to have energy so you can get your body moving. Without food in your belly, there will be no way to motivate and mobilize yourself to complete the proper workout routines. Lyuda and Jon approach life as athletes -- eating to satiety, and then burning off the stored fuel through hard workouts. Without the proper nutrition, you will wander through life like a zombie and never reach your physical or mental potential.
"To eat healthy food, you need to have healthy ingredients."
In order to prepare healthy food on a regular basis, you need to run your household kitchen like a pro.
Running a professional kitchen means keeping the cupboards and fridge fully-stocked so you have healthy food on hand when you need it. The perfect storm for eating unhealthy food is an empty cooking space because that's when take-out orders are made. Take-out is a known destroyer of the lean physique.
You need to stay organized so you know what you have in stock and what needs to be replaced. Aim to keep your kitchen and dining room neat by clearing the table and washing the dishes after each and every meal so that you’re ready for the next.
Pretend you're running your own restaurant, except this restaurant is unlike any other out there. It's a restaurant that will keep you fit, feeling good, and healthy. And probably add a decade onto your life in the process.
Delicious food is a direct product of the ingredient quality.
The dishes that Lyuda and Jon cook are simple and don’t require much prep time, but the ingredients themselves are top-of-the-line and organic. The result? A mouth-watering meal every time.
As you become a better food-shopper and chef, you will learn how to select the best ingredients at the store. Whether it’s a bundle of lettuce or a bag of apples, you need to be able to recognize right away what is fresh and what isn't. As you transition into becoming your own professional chef, you be able to tell good from bad through site and touch alone.