Since starting to eat meat again a couple of weeks ago I have also implemented a few other changes to my eating plan. I refrain from using the word “diet” too often because that implies restriction or a gimmick and that is not the path I take.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of research into metabolic damage. The theory is basically that if you under eat and over train for a long period of time your body doesn’t know how to react so it goes into “starvation mode” and you hold onto every single calorie you take in. What this means is that someone who is eating very little and training very hard can actually gain weight. Continue Reading
I am convinced more and more that the biggest problem we face when it comes to healthy habits is not the food that we eat but the chemicals that we ingest.
Walking into a Crossfit Box (box is their word for gym) might be one of the most intimidating things I have ever done. It is a close race between that and stepping up the swim start line of a triathlon for the very first time. At least in a triathlon you can pee yourself and no one will have a clue. Probably not the case in Crossfit.
I knew that at some point I would have to give Crossfit a try. I love new forms of physical pain and I get bored very easily so it was only a matter of time (yes, I’m a bit psycho). When I stepped into the warehouse-esque gym for the first time I felt like everyone in the room turned and stared at me. I could feel them thinking “Look at that soft little ginger. I can’t wait to see him cry!”
How in the world do you write a post basically going against everything you have written about in the past three years? I have no idea so I’ll just jump in.
It’s true. I started eating meat one week ago today. I want to explain why as briefly as possible.
Take a deep breath. Everyone needs to just chill out a bit.
I’ve been noticing way too much arguing, criticizing and hating in the fitness and health community lately. It’s getting out of control. For some reason everyone thinks that their way is the best and only way to be healthy, and everyone else in the world is wrong.
Runners are too skinny. Triathletes are over trained. Crossfitters and prone to injury. Cyclists hog the road. Marathons are unsafe. Powerlifters are too bulky. Olympic lifters are imbalanced. P90X is a marketing scam. Insanity is insane. Yoga is for hippies. Tough Mudder is for people who like to play army. Vegans are sickly and need protein. Vegetarians are fake vegans. Paleo is for meatheads. Carbs are bad. Sugar is bad. Fruit is bad. Fat is bad. Food is bad.
My head is spinning and the list goes on and on!!
Listen people. Have you ever heard the term “whatever floats your boat?” Everyone can’t have the same diet and exercise regime. Not everyone likes doing the same activities. That doesn’t make one or the other wrong! We need to be encouraging people to get out and move more and eat a more balanced diet. What we don’t need to be doing is telling someone that their way is wrong. As long as they aren’t sitting on the couch all day eating donut holes, let them do what they like!
Fitness isn’t religion or politics so let’s give the negativity a break.
This recipe tends to freak people out a bit because of how it looks but I implore you to give it a try. I have been trying to lower my sugar intake a bit so I have to watch how much fruit I am eating. This has become my breakfast of choice several times a week.
See what I mean? Looks pretty gross. Tastes like heaven in a bowl. Here are the ingredients:
Quick Quaker Oats: 3/4 cup
Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1 cup
Blueberries: 1/2 cup
1 scoop protein powder of choice
1 tbs flax seeds (optional)
And now…the secret ingredient!
The stuff is tha jam. It is packed full of nutrients and causes the oatmeal to be green…but you can’t taste it. If you want to be really awesome you can grimace when you eat it in public just to make people think you are really hardcore. That’s what I do in front of my wife! 1 scoop of this stuff, nuke the oats, mix it all together and voila!
12 grams of fat
2 grams of saturated fat
65 grams of carbs
36 grams of protein (but where do vegans get their protein!?!?!)
108% of your daily Vitamin A
57% of your daily Vitamin C
54% of your daily Calcium
37% of your daily Iron
13 grams of fiber
14 grams of sugars
This is a great way to start out your day or eat when you want something sweet. Plus, you look super rugged eating it!
I’ve been looking for a new addiction lately; a new challenge to see how far I can push myself. I figured it would happen at some point as I am always in search of a new level of pain! I love it. Call me crazy. Well, I didn’t have to look far as I’ve been toying with the idea of trying Crossfit for some time. So today, I bit the bullet and showed up for my first WOD (workout of the day). Needless to say, I can barely lift my fingers to type this post!
Here is what we did:
1 minute of each, 2 rounds, 1 minute of rest in between rounds-
pushups with a hand release at the bottom
As if that wasn’t enough, then we did the WOD. Here is what we did:
25 wall balls (24lb med ball)
1 lap around the building carrying a 45lb plate (it’s a BIG building by the way…just sayin)
50 wall balls
1 lap around the building carrying a 30lb plate
75 wall balls
2 laps around the building carrying a 25lb plate
Holy Cow! Here is the result.
There were multiple occasions where I wanted to vomit, and maybe I still will. But I did it, and I loved it. I don’t have the personal discipline to push myself that hard when I’m working out alone. I’m ready to take my fitness to a new level and I’m going to spend some time doing Crossfit to see if I can get there. Plus, there were several times I was passed by these ripped girls and we can’t have any of that!
I better start looking for my next challenge quickly though because I’m running out of options!
P90X – check
Insanity – check
Vegan Diet – check
Triathlon – check
Crossfit – check!
Life sure is fun when you challenge yourself!
If you are anything like me, you ate WAY too much food this weekend, and most of that food was not of the nutritious variety. In honor of America I decided to be truly American and eat as much as I could and not exercise nearly enough. Mission accomplished!
So, what do I do after a weekend of processed meat and gut-busting fat?? I eat clean. I eat EXTREMELY clean. The picture above is what I had for breakfast today and very close to what I will eat the rest of the week.
Nothing processed. Nothing fake. Whole foods. Lots of fruits and veggies. LOTS of juice. After this weekend I felt so tired and sluggish that I thought I might have to take the rest of the year off. Being that my family likes the electricity to be on I knew I couldn’t feel like that for long.
Time to cleanse the body. Luckily it doesn’t take long to feel better, both physically and mentally. Now if I could only learn my lesson and quit indulging on gross foods! Fat chance.
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After a juice for breakfast and a juice for lunch I needed something filling but healthy for dinner. After a doing a little fridge recon and running a few food algorithms in my brain, this is what I came up with.
For how quickly I came up with this masterpiece I was pretty blow away by the flavor super happy that I could eat it without worry about my pants busting at the seams afterwards.
Here are the ingredients:
- 4 small red potatoes
- 1 cup broccoli (steamed)
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs garlic
- 2 tbs tahini
- 2 tbs spicy brown mustard
- 2 tbs nutritional yeast
- Salt and pepper to taste
This is very simple to make. I am a big fan of simple and fast. I sauteed the potatoes in the garlic and olive oil and steamed the broccoli by itself. I then added all of the ingredients to a large bowl, tossed, topped with sriracha and served. Voila! Simple, filling and healthy. Exactly what I am looking for in a meal.
Give it a try!
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