There is no place in the world in which every single person looks like they should have their own exercise video. As people get older and more sedentary, it stands to reason that they should put on a few “grampa pounds.” And in the same vein, no country’s dietary habits should be considered perfect.
After all, no one is expecting you to take up the dietary habits of the inuits of the Canadian coasts, who sometimes take down killer whales on the beach, and eat a goodly portion of the meat before the body is even cold. But while that sort of custom is great for your fitness, it isn’t practical if you live in Oklahoma. But no matter where you live, you can try a few things to add some international gusto to your meals.
1. Eat a bit more like an Indian
While the idea that “Indians don’t eat beef” has certain grounding in truth – cows are sacred to many people there – high quality protein is still a staple in their diet. And you can use this concept to strengthen your own diet. Have you ever had venison? How about ostrich? And when is the last time you had a genuine buffalo burger (as in, made out of buffalo meat)? These are all great sources of protein, and require you to step outside of your dietary box.
2. Eat a bit more like a Texan
Indians have their curry (which can turn any meal into a culinary slug fest), but the Southwestern United States has some of the best peppers in the world. Forget just going by red and green. While the color that makes peppers red (lycopein) has been proven to have anti-cancer properties, you can go one better than that.
And forget the focus on jalapenos – have you ever tried habanero peppers? They are among the spiciest peppers known to mankind, and rate just slightly below mace on the Scoville scale (which measures spicy heat, or piquance). And as you might notice by the sweating sensation you may experience when you eat peppers, spicy foods actually kick your metabolism into overdrive – possibly because of a chemical reaction of the capsaicin (what makes these things spicy) and your body.
3. Eat a bit more like a Mexican
Mexican meals are known for their rice and beans. While they also eat a variety of other foods, rice and beans are a staple of Mexican cooking, partly because they are an inexpensive way to feel more full.
Brown rice (which is common south of the border) has a low Glycemic index, and ample amounts of fiber. And when it comes to fiber sources, beans are top notch. Not to mention the fact that beans are rich sources of protein, and are also chock full of vitamins and minerals that’ll help you power through your workouts.
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