It’s Personal Part IV. -Don’t Touch My Junk!
So how was it that I could give up restaurants and eating out?
Like what’s wrong with McD’s and Pizza Hut, anyway?
Well, it was a subtle change.
But I finally realized that even if I ate only one sandwich, bun or slice of bread, I was having to work too hard.
Who wants to work that hard anyway?
It’s not to deny, it’s to replace.
So the key is to find replacement foods that satisfy.
In the Tim Ferriss book, 4 Hour Body, he sends his trainees, into the world of slow carb, with the caveat: Eat as much junk as you want …one day a week.
It’s kind of a reward system.
Six days of protein and veggies, one day to eat cake! After awhile, you get it figured out that you don’t really need the sugary carbs.
There are plenty of crazy ways to accomplish it.
In fact, all diets work and all diets fail.
The variable is you. You’ve got to try some small shifts. Build up your successes by getting to know your own body. In psychology, they call this efficacy. There is a experience – competence loop. The more you try something, the more competent you feel. Failures lead to successes. You can tie your shoes, right? You don’t even have to think about it. You just do it. So it is with getting proper nutrition. The temptations are more difficult if you don’t have access to your own kitchen, but there are plenty of work-arounds.
My personal secret: I find that a protein-veggie powder shake with a banana was plenty satisfying enough for brunch. I can skip the morning calories and have a minimalist lunch in one go round. I will tell you what’s in the shake later!
Many won’t agree and say you should do a king size breakfast. That’s fine if you are Michael Phelps or building a deck.
Most of us are in front of computers. Most of us sit for many hours a day. (Get up from the desk every few minutes and move a little. Your back and legs will thank you.)
But in the end all of us need protein to build and replenish muscle. All of us need to lose excess fat, especially belly fat. (For another story at another time. Short version: Belly fat is linked to heart disease and diabetes. End of story.)
We need veggies, beans and fiber to proactively keep your immune system and digestive system strong.
What you don’t need is a lot of sugary, high glycemic carbs.
If this is the seventh time you heard this preachment you might be willing to do it. Otherwise, just put another notch in your belt and one day, you will say, “Hey, I just realized…”
Next, do I really need supplements and vitamins? Seriously,….?