Losing Weight….having the uncomfortable conversations…

A touchy subject…..ranks right up there with politics, religion, and your momma…as far as things not to talk about, but I believe it is one of the most important discussions that we could have with our friends, families and even coworkers.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm
But according to the statistics on that page, the leading causes, by a long shot, of death in our country are lifestyle related…..in fact last year there were ten times as many deaths by Heart Disease than by Terrorist Attacks….yet our focus in the media would have you believe Osama was a far greater threat to the U.S. than Ronald Mcdonald…or for that matter than our own lack of self control. It’s not even just the media’s fault..while we fill ourselves up with triple vented frappalatte’s our topics of conversation are all to often completely unoriginal regurgitated samplings of what we watched on fox news or CNN, depending on which side of the fence we lean…we complain about our country as if it is an unloved uncle who comes to the family reunions, hungover if not still drunk, and sits in the corner mumbling to himself during dinner. We, for the most part, have little to no respect whatsoever for our government, if we did we wouldn’t accept the fact that they “lie” to us on a daily basis. You can not respect something that you believe is built on false pretenses. At any rate, the question everyone should be asking…..why are you continuing to eat like that when you know that it is killing you?

Is that harsh? Perhaps. Perhaps we might look in the mirror and ask ourselves the same question. I’m sure addicts of other drugs do it all the time. (I would like to think so at least) But somehow the high they get is so much better than anything else.

I know what you are thinking…”I am not an addict”

Yes you are. You are addicted to sugar.

Ok. Now those of you who still hung on, after all of that, how do I convince you through this post that you are indeed addicted to sugar, perhaps we can rename your addiction carbohydrates but in some ways that is a little 6 of one half a dozen of another…..I digress….if you do not think you are addicted to sugar, I issue a small challenge…go without it for 24 hours and see how you feel.
that means no:
Bread
Pasta
Muffins
Bagels
Cookies
Crackers
Rice
Potatoes
Cereal
Ice Cream
Candy
Milk
Yogurt
Juice
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Glucose
Fructose
Tums
Chewy Multi Vitamins
Most Drinks at Starbucks
Alcohol
…..just off the top of my head….oh…and of course no SUGAR

Give that a shot for a day or two and see if you don’t feel like mainlining 6 frosties from Wendy’s.

So there is what you have to give up…..although I’m thinking the term have to give up is crazy..it is kinda like …”what do you mean I have to give up Crack?” you should think look at that list of things that I “get” to give up…..how awesome is that? That small adjustment in your self-talk could make all the difference. Imagine how empowered you will feel when you start eating real food. Real food……think about that for a second….I am telling you by giving up those things and by eating these things, whole organic, colorful veggies, lean meats, nuts and seeds and a bit of fruit here and there….not only will you be eating well….but you will be eating the “real Food” that your body desires, and those foods are chock full of not only the macronutrients that you need most, fat and protein, but also plenty of micronutrients *vitamins and minerals* to boot….how crazy is that? A quote that has been tossed around I will paraphrase here…think of what you should eat like this. If your 15000 year old cousins from back in the day were to step into your kitchen today I would want you to eat only what they would recognize as food.

so……there is your assignment….what if we just do this..how about you start from tomorrow morning, and we take it day by day….

I can promise you this..after about 2 weeks of it…you will not want to go back……

thanks for reading

best of health

Courage (retooled from my other blog)

I thought this one might be worth putting in front of your faces one more time…give it a reread.

 

Doing the right thing in the face of adversity.  Willingly putting yourself out there, even though your viewpoint may be vastly different than the majority.  Some people thrive under those conditions.  Some willingly subject themselves to criticism from the masses.  Some would not have it any other way.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or
pause and reflect).   -Twain

I fancy myself, at times, to be on the less occupied side of the fence more often than not, but I know most aren’t.  I know that most are content to be a quiet face in the crowd.  To move about completely unheard, and completely safe, and completely comfortable.  Most of us like the anonymity.  We like it.  But I think perhaps…..just maybe….somewhere hidden, deep down inside…..past those memories of getting stuffed in the locker in 4th grade, way inside…… I think that the vast majority of us somehow want to be in the spotlight.  I think somewhere in all of us we wish we could shout out the way we feel, the way we think, the truth of what our heart screams at us.  Yet….we don’t.   We continue on, living how we are “supposed” to, or how our fear allows us to.  I could be very wrong.  Perhaps everyone lives each day at the top of their game.  Rolling through their lives like an unstoppable force….chowing down on Big Mac’s and six packs and loving their life.  That’s probably closer to the truth.  Maybe society is content to eat what they want, and live on manufactured food and drugs until they die at 76 years old, happy simply to have existed for that long.  Well if that is you then you may want to stop reading a blog titled Fighting to Be Fit.  I’m going to, for the sake of my intended audience, lean to the side of hoping that most of you are wanting something better, looking for it…wondering why you haven’t found it inside your globo gym, or your curves, or your weight watchers or your Jenny Craig, wondering why Shawn T can’t give it to you or why your experience at P90X was more like p90F  (as in Fail).   This post is for you……I’m going to let you in on a secret…….A fitness secret that Jillian Michaels doesn’t want you do know and a nutrition secret that Subway hopes you never find out…….in truth….the only Gym equipment you will ever need you were born with…(your body)……and the only nutrition advice you need is to eat real food and stay away from sugar as much as you can……if you were to stick with that you’d do pretty well.   What exactly does that mean?????  It means that there are plenty of people “working out” in Gym’s across america, using every piece of equipment for hours at a time, that can’t run a mile, do a proper pushup, or a body squat, or even hold on to the pullup bar, not to mention do a pull up.  Likewise there are millions of people that pay nutritionists and or personal trainers to give them nutrition advice that they already know……  Sugar-Bad….Wheat-Bad……pasta-bad……Soda-bad…..candy-bad…..ice cream- bad….beer-bad…….Veggies-Good….nuts-good…..fruit-good……. and when I tell people things like this they always want to say…..but can’t I have ice cream every once in a while….all things in moderation right??? and to that I say….if that works for you roll with it……but the truth is that until you get out from underneath your very real addiction to carbohydrates…then nothing I tell you about food is going to matter….and until you get out of the mindset that I need to do chest and tris on monday, back and bis on wednesday, and legs and shoulders on friday…..no amount of my functional kettlebell workouts are going to work for you….especially if you are spending 45 minutes on an ellyptical reading a magazine and then convincing yourself that you are in the “fat burning zone”……..but again…I’m hoping that the majority of you out there are in search of a better way.  I’m not going to call it the right way because I’m not that naive,  but it’s definitely a better way.  Eating a plant-based whole foods diet is simply a better way…..incorporating full body, compound muscular movements and body weight exercises is simply better than spot targeting secondary movers….Drinking Water will always be better than drinking anything else….  So for all of you that aren’t happy, that aren’t content, that demand a different way….have the Courage to believe there is a better way, have the Courage to find it…..Good luck all

 

Best of Health Buffalo