What is your diet like? (Part 2 of 4)
Now to talk about me and my diet and lifestyle. As I said, this is a very common question for me, but I've never answered it quite like this. My diet in my earlier years was never that healthy. I grew up in the microwave dinner era, so most meals that I ate as a child were nuked in the silver box. But on the other hand, physical fitness had been something that I was passionate about at a very early age. I started lifting weights and working out at 5-years-old. By the time I was 8 I had a six-pack. I am now 37, and I still have six-pack abs, though my body has changed quite a bit from my 5-year-old self.
Between the ages of 12 and 22, I was in the gym every day, running, swimming, cycling, wrestling, martial arts and extreme sports. At 20 I started doing yoga alongside my martial arts practice, though I took a break for a few years from it before I became serious in my yoga practice at 29. At 16 years old, I started to eat very clean and healthy mostly because of my focus on wrestling. I became even more serious about my diet when I turned 30. I was obsessed with nutrition, where my food came from, and what I ate. I followed a lot of what Dr. Mercola said when it came to eating and nutrition. I ate only organic food; I cut all grain out of my diet, there was a period where I was a raw vegan, I tried different diets like this to see how they’d effect me. Then at 33, I lost my well-paying job as a firefighter/paramedic, and I became a full time, very poor, yoga teacher. Eating healthy is expensive, and I couldn't even afford cheap food at that time, plus I was teaching so much, that I didn't have time to cook. So 3 or 4 nights a week it was cheap pizza from across the street or pre-made pasta from Trader Joes. I still didn't eat fast food (unless you count pizza as fast food), but it wasn't very healthy either.