By Fit N' Lazy Foodie
Certified fitness professional, hobby gourmand, English language abuser and overall lazy, snarky punk, just trying to kick it healthy-ish style in Chicagoland.
Let's put this out there. Some people in this world are elitist, judgemental, killers of fun and super huge jerks, especially when it comes to food. (And your first challenge is at the end of this post.)
For example, these people say "Diet is 80 percent of the battle" or "Abs are made in the kitchen", or "Work out for the SHAPE you want, eat right for the SIZE."
Yes, people that say most of us would greatly benefit from cutting out or greatly reducing sugar, wheat, dairy and fried food, totally suck in the worst way. Why? Because they're all CORRECT. I want to karate punch inconvenient truths like these in the face, like, for real.
Unless you're in the maybe 5 percent of the population that is a genetic freak, food choices matter so much, NO matter how much you work out. Not just calories, either.
It seems simple, but it's the super sucky truth. Let's fight through this super sucky truth together. It's complicated and difficult and annoying, but easier to navigate and adopt a healthy lifestyle if you just accept that this is the stupid truth.
Your first challenge, if you haven't tried before, pick one thing to cut out cold turkey for 2-4 weeks (wheat, white starches and added sugars OR dairy, for now). Even if you're not trying to lose weight, do you ever feel extra tired, get random, lingering headaches, feel foggy or have phantom stomachaches? Are you feeling "blah"? Don't blame it on age, just yet.
The most eye-opening tends to be to cut out all wheat products for two weeks. Don't change anything else, you want to isolate and understand the effects so you KNOW if this is something you really NEED to do (about 25 percent might not have to). The first 3-5 days will probably suck. Eat sweet potatoes, brown rice and lots of veggies to reduce carb withdrawals. (Debates and tips on low carb in later posts) Drink lots of water!
Yup, this means no pizza, getting sandwiches without bread, no crackers or cookies, etc - you'll TOTALLY be that annoying friend. You will hate life on football Sundays. Prepare yourself for this mentally. Put those wheat-laden things you have in a garbage bag in the freezer. Fight the urge to nibble from the kids' plates. Not even a bite. Any more than 3 bites restarts your 2 weeks. Try to make note of how you feel at day 1, 5, 10 and 15. (Energy, mood, sleep, hunger levels, etc) I'll go over reasoning and body chemistry in later posts. Let's start small – this isn't the Chinese buffet of inconvenient truths. Take a nibble, challenge yourself, and learn more about how certain foods works with YOUR body.
Feel free to send questions, concerns, suggestions and virtual high-fives via message to my Facebook page, "Fit ‘n Lazy Foodie."