A warrior is always ready for action with energy available whenever he or she is called to perform. Big meals can cause lethargy and lack of focus. The warrior’s diet prepares us for the daily challenges of life that demand our focus and energy. It provides energy when you need it.
The warrior’s diet consists of small meals or snacks eaten every 2 to 3 hours throughout the day. The meals are simple and usually include only one type of food such as a handful of almonds, or sunflower seeds, 1-2 apples, carrots or celery sticks, crackers with avocado, or a bowl of rice with sprouts or cooked beans. You can choose whatever you like as long as it’s not junk food, refined flour, or sugar.
If you’re considering cutting back on caffeine, this diet may help you do that. Caffeine gives you temporary bursts of energy. The warrior’s diet will keep blood sugar levels even throughout the day. You’ll have more sustained energy in the long run.
To prevent gaining weight on this diet or any other diet you choose to follow, determine your resting metabolic rate (RMR) and energy expended through physical activity (see Lose Weight Simply). Always keep a written journal of the calories you consume. Remember to choose nutrient rich foods with a combination of protein, fat and carbs.
Make sure you are hydrating enough too. Often times, lethargy results from poor hydration. Don’t choose sodas or sugar laden juices. Instead, opt for herbal teas, natural fruit juices, or just plain water.
It’s a time to get creative, to eat better and to observe which foods give you the most or least energy. Give yourself the diet that provides the most amount of energy so when life calls for action, you’re ready, willing, and able.