“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. “
Pretty simple concept. Food is good for you. This can be a real head scratcher when you’re in the midst of a change in Nutrition and behavior, because so frequently you start ‘cutting’ out BAD foods. And what happens next? Well, if you’re anything like me, you start to get a little bitter at food. Food starts to become the enemy. Food isn’t the enemy. In fact, food can make you feel pretty terrific.
Take my breakfast for example. I usually have the following:
- (3) Organic Range Free Eggs (sunny side up)
- Green Salad w/ Flax Seed & Balasic Dressing
- 1 Dab of Jenny’s Pesto (no Parmesean, it’s awesome).
- 1 Cup of Coffee
- Spice (either through Jalepenos or Chili Pepper Flakes)
- 20 oz of water
- Optional (1 breakfast meat, bacon or turkey sausage)
This breakfast usually gets me through the first part of the day, leaves me clear headed, and emotionally stable. Isn’t that what good medicine does? Makes you feel better? The trick here is that there is food that can MAKE YOU feel bad. If you’ve been hitting your Cheat Days Hard, you know what I mean.
I think I’ve discovered that my relationship with food is a lot like any relationship with an actual person. Some relationships are not healthy. So, what is the right thing to do? Create some distance from that person, get some perspective, heal and then make a decision on how they will or will not be a part of your life. Food works the same way. Pizza may be a food you can eat on a Cheat Day or one a month, but every day? Probably not the best solution.
This as a whole leads to a better ‘Feeling’ and I think if you are an emotional eater like me, you know that when you binge on junk (as I tend to do) you do not actually FEEL better afterwards. You just have medicated the feeling of stress, frustration, sadness or anger that lead you into the ole’ drive thru at Wendy’s.
This was the first FULL week using the Lift App.com to monitor Slow Carb. And I have to say, that motivation to click that Green Button is pretty… well… motivating. I often times find myself at lunch going… mmm french fries sound good, then I remember the BIG GREEN BUTTON, and how satisfying it is to click that thing… and so I don’t order french fries. What was the result? Well, down 2 lbs!
- Weight: 296 (down 2 lbs)
- Chest: 50 (no change)
- Waist: 52 (no change)
- Hips: 46 (down .5 inches)
- Thigh: 28 (no change)
- Bicep: 17.5 (down .5 inches)
- Neck: 17 (no change)
- Calf: 17.5 (down .5 inches)
- BF%: 27.73
In my head, eating right is a behavior, and if the Liftapp is meant to re-form your behavior, at the very least it’s a solid day to day reason to keep on track. Does it offer permanent results? I have no idea, I’d need to give it more time. But so far, it’s working.
I had pretty simple goals this year. Eat Well, Exercise More, Write More, Record More. That was it. However, I was looking for some way to ‘kick start’ my nutrition efforts in 2014. I felt that proper eating is as much about behavior as it is will power. I felt I needed a new SYSTEM to follow my system (Slow Carb). So, I think I found it in my email inbox of all places.
Old Buddy Ed Manfre forwarded me an article from Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Blog called “Tep Popular Diets – Which Work and Which are Hype“. I read it, and basically Mr. Ferris had agreed to let Lift.do in conjunction with UC Berkeley to conduct one of the largest comprehensive diet studies. Lift.com is a habit FORMING website. You use their programs to create behavior. It’s pretty simple, really, and I encourage you to just check out their site. It’s free, and they have programs for fitness and nutrition and other cool things like playing the guitar.
I decided to try their slow carb program, and after 3 days, I’m down 1.5 pounds. I think it’s an interesting approach to starting a change to your nutrition and how to make it a habit. The first day, I just needed to eat one meal slow carb. The next 2 days, 2 meals a day. Day four? Today? One meal. It’s interesting to get into a program slowly as opposed to a ‘cold turkey’ approach to nutrition!
So, I have to do this for at least one month, so we’ll see where I am at by February 7th!