5 More Foods the Military Will Not Feed Their Recruits

In the military, nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining physical fitness, mental sharpness, and overall readiness. While military diets are carefully curated to provide optimal nutrition for service members, there are certain foods that are strictly off-limits.

In this military diet guide, we'll explore five foods that the military will not feed their recruits, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy diet for peak performance. Get ready to sculpt your body like a recruit today.

1. Excessive Salt

Ever feel a sudden thirst for water after munching on fries or a deli sandwich? It’s not a coincidence - processed meats, canned soups, and salty condiments are packed with sodium.

High sodium leads to bloating, dehydration, and high blood pressure, so they're a no-go in military diets. Instead, recruits flavor meals with herbs, spices, and natural seasonings for enhanced taste without the salt overload.

"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison." - Ann Wigmore

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2. High-Fat Dairy Products

High-fat dairy products like whole milk, cream, and full-fat cheese are not included in military meal plans. These foods are rich in saturated fats, which can contribute to weight gain and heart health issues.

As a substitute, recruits are encouraged to consume low-fat or fat-free dairy options, such as skim milk, yogurt, and reduced-fat cheese. Incorporating these nutritious foods into their diet will also bolster both general well-being and physical fitness.

"Eat for the body you want, not for the body you have." - Felicity Luckey

3. Fried Foods

Fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken, and battered fish, are totally avoided in military diets seeing as these foods are high in unhealthy fats and calories.

These fats and calories can negatively impact physical performance while also increasing the risk of obesity-related health problems. In the military, emphasis is placed on consuming grilled, baked, or roasted alternatives to fried foods to promote prime performance and optimal health.

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn

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4. Excessive Red Meat

While lean cuts of red meat are part of military meal plans, excessive consumption is discouraged. Red meat, especially those high in fat, can increase cholesterol levels and contribute to heart disease risk.

As an alternative, recruits incorporate a variety of other protein sources into their diets. The list contains poultry, fish, tofu, and legumes to support muscle growth, recovery, and overall well-being.

"A healthy outside starts from the inside." - Robert Urich

5. Refined Grains

Refined grains like white bread, white rice, and processed cereals are sharply limited in military diets. These foods are stripped of their natural fiber and nutrients and provide next to no nutritional value, leading to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels and increased hunger cravings.

As a replacement, military recruits are encouraged to choose whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oats, and whole wheat bread. This will lead their bodies, including yours, to full sustained energy and be filled with essential nutrients for optimal performance.

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar


Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for military personnel to perform at their best and stay mission-ready. Armed with the knowledge of which foods weigh you and recruits down, you can strive for ultimate physical fitness, mental sharpness, and overall well-being.

And remember, proper nutrition is key to achieving peak performance and readiness both in the military and civilian setting. Make smart choices to fuel your body instead of feed your cravings and you’ll experience dietary success as if you had your own personal chow hall.

Until next time,

Greg, MME


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