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Changing diet
September 18, 2014
6:37 am
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quentin
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Hi guys,

Ah, diets, there are so many things written about how to eat well and so many contradictoriy pieces of advice from equally acclaimed diet gurus that it is ultimately hard to know what is right or wrong.

I have changed my diet mostly by crossing sources of knowledge but mostly by using commonsense. I used to eat every morning a bowl of highly processed and sugary corn flakes and often pasta with cheese because i was too lazy to do something else. As you can guess, no need to have a master degree in health and nutrition to find a better diet.

Although i don't go as far as Phil, i still have taken from him the idea that you don't want to sacrifice your energy for "fat loss". People usually think about "doing efforts" and "have will power to sustain their diets". I don't want this, i really want to stay fueled up troughout the day.

Since the last couple of monthes, i am working at :

- Introducing more vegetables in my daily diet (and reduce meat)
- Eating fruits instead of a candy or creamy thing at the end of my meals
- Eating more raw food
- Stop coca cola, drinking more water, and herb infusions

My daily meal currently could be this one :

- Morning : juicing three oranges, eating a bowl of complete cereals (like oatmeal), completed with a banana
- Lunch : one full avocado, tabbouleh, along with one or two bananas
If i feel a bit hungry , i will snack on walnuts or almonds instead of eating candies or sugary things
- Dinner : i will have pastas with a slice of salmon, a bowl quinoa soap, and kiwi or banana to complete

I don't think it is the best diet in the world but it is way healthier than the previous.
The cool thing also is that i am too lazy to cook, and the diet i am on doesn't take too much preparation time.

There are several things that i have totally rediscovered :

- Home made orange juice. It is awesome in the morning. It gives you a real kick. I could sucessfuly give up on caffeine thanks to this. And it doesn't ruin your stomach, contrary to ready made juices that i used to drink.
- Bananas. Cheap to buy, good taste (you never eat a "bad banana" which can be the case with other fruits), easy to eat, filling up your stomach, rich in fibers. Enough said.
- Almonds and walnuts. They taste real good and have a high energetic content. I keep a stack of these if i want to snack between two meals.
- Avocado. Simple to eat, tastes good, and fills you up.

I think these new habits start to show their benefits on my health. I am slimer and more pumped up than before. I don't feel bloated or like there is food stuck in my stomach. And if i have decent sleep, i don't feel the loss of energy i had in the afternoon.

Edit : i would like to add that i am quite a voracious eater and that i rarely feel any hunger sensation throughout the day. If so, generally, i adjust by eating more bananas. It really fills well your stomach and provides you the energy you need

September 18, 2014
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Any improvements you try to make are good. Baby steps. You've taken the first steps already. In this day and age of fast food and boxed "easy" microwave crap, people think I eat "weird" because I actually cook my food!! Say what? Yet they are overweight and out of shape and at close to 58 I am the same weight I was at 21. I am 5''10" and 175 lbs. When I was lifting heavy I did bulk up to 220 but got tired of it and went back to 177 in 6 months.

I don't venture into the isles in the supermarket. There is nothing in the isles I need. Everything I need is on the perimeter. Fruit, veggies, grains, eggs, dairy or meat etc. I pretty much don't eat anything that has an ingredients label on it. I used to buy my chicken and eggs at a farm where the chickens were running around at my feet I can't get that anymore so I buy organic, But I only have chicken in small portions about 3 times per week. I Don't eat sugar and make my own ketchup because if the added sugar. I haven't had regular soda in about 30 years and diet, too long to even remember. I don't eat today's processed made in a lab Frankenfoods. I have no urge for cake or cookies or ice cream etc and it could sit in front of me all day and I never take a bite. Even when I'm starving and there's nothing healthy to pick on.

What? you want 100 pushups?? I'll do em' right now bro!! Laugh

Today...burpees!!

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September 18, 2014
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TommyTheHat said

I don't eat today's processed made in a lab Frankenfoods! Laugh

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Lol!

Thanks for your encouragement! I used to eat frankenfoods simply because i wassn't even paying attention to the fact that what you eat is important on your general health and mood. I have never been fat, but it doesn't mean i was eating healthy.
I wish i will be as fit as you when i will be your age. Thats quite inspiring! I am Lucky enough to have a dad who has your age and with who i can go hiking and walk 15 miles per day in the Alps 3000 meters above the sea level.

My motive is that i recently got a couple of health issues. My body and health felt not as strong as they used to be (i was running semi marathons, used to compete for Judo's black belt, and to ski like a rocket). Most of the issues are more muscular than running out of air or lacking endurance (last year, the doctor had my heartbeat tested and asked me if i was a Professional athlete, since i have 52 pulsations per minute). I have issues with tendinitis and muscular fatigue.
I also have a diagnosis of adhd, which is a vague disorder that parents and teacher often use to medicate reluctant childrens. I am also trying to have a better concentration and efficienty by changing what i eat.

Anyways, i digress!

September 18, 2014
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Well, you seem like you have a plan and are doing the right thing. Don't look to me for inspiration though! ha ha. I am in pretty good shape although recent life events have kept me out of the gym for the last 5 months. I still exercise but it's just that "exercise" and not "working out." I just have too much on my plate to make time for the gym. "Exercise" I can do anywhere. I do things in the bathroom at work. In the back of the warehouse. I lift heavy objects, I drop for sets of 50 pushups throughout the day. I sprint etc. But that's just moving...not "training."
But that's ok...for now. But here's the thing. I've always been old school and hard core. I've trained hard and worked through injuries and whatever. I've torn things, dislocated joints, had bones broken, and just came back for more. The problem is that now I am always in some sort of pain. I was cutting the grass last week and my grandaughter began to cry because she was frightened by the fact that i dropped to the ground. I don't even know what the hell it was but the pain was unbearable and sudden. My shoulder, my neck, my arm....bam!! That's my life these days. So now when I train, I try to push myself but no longer try to coma as close to death as possible....hahahaha! Actually i was told last year not to hit anything anymore...heavy bags etc. I didn't listen. It hurts! I'm so stupid that the other day I was trying to teach my six year old grand daughter how to stand on her head. That ruined me for a few hours!!! lol. So what did I do the next day? I practiced headstands some more.....duh!

So! heed the warning. Train smart. Even though I "never" listen to my own advice. But after all these years my pain has become my only true friend. it never leaves my side!

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September 18, 2014
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I still have a long long way to go, and I essentially don't know squat besides my own intuition and "common sense", but I'll throw out some of my thoughts:

A good habit to develop I think, especially to help cutting out soda/tonic/pop/cola, is to start with a new habit of choosing water over all flavored beverages (no juice either, temporarily). Water is NEVER unsatisfying to any human being on Earth, so why chose an unhealthy beverage instead? That's the motive that got me into this. I developed a habit of narrowing it down to a simple decision, do I need water with this meal, or does milk go better? It is never going to be terrible that way, in fact it allows me to enjoy the food more because the beverages' flavor is always fairly neutral and doesn't conflict with it.

I think in retrospect that idea, which I kind of morphed into naturally, really helped me cut out soda without even having to think hard about doing so. Then later on you can add back juice after the soda cravings are gone and you might always find you prefer juice more than soda. However for me honestly I prefer to eat fruit in its natural form as a replacement for snacks and get my natural sugar cravings that way. That works so long as I am not craving salt. I still haven't found a solution for that, but if I don't mind a sweet or neutral snack, fruit, particularly bananas, always satisfies.

A good way to think about artificial sugar is that it's like an addicting drug that's deceivingly easy to quit. And when you relapse every now and then it won't start a new addiction so long as you keep it a rare thing. I think artificial sugar actually begins to taste worse and worse the less you eat it. That's been my experience with it.

I now reserve candy for an occasional reward system and then once I started doing that I started thinking, damn, candy is dumb...it's not really THAT good...it's like, making the conscious decision to save my money and not buy some and just have some fruit or juice instead is actually more rewarding LOL

The thing with all "artificial" food is it's NEVER actually satisfying. It's addicting because it's NOT satisfying so you think having more is going to solve that and it never does! It's a little brain trick, once you realize that, it's so much harder to enjoy eating potato chips and stuff like that...junk food is such a TEASE!

September 18, 2014
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Another thing:

Regardless of your weight gain/weight loss/whatever goals, here's what I recommend for more HAPPINESS: more food + more exercise Smile

If you're not exercising enough try adding carbs to give you the extra push of energy.

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