Category Archives: Diet

Michelada

This is a fantastic summer beverage. Details from the NYT here.

A few of my favorite (dietary) things…

In no order:

  • quinoa
  • egg whites
  • avocados
  • turkey
  • chicken
  • gluten free Udi’s granola
  • whey protein
  • almonds
  • raw vegetables
  • sweet potatoes
  • ProMax bars
  • water, water, water, water

 

12 Habits of the Super Fit

Found this here.

1. They don’t think of their fitness as work, but rather a way of life

It’s kind of like taking a shower, sure you can go without one, but you just don’t feel right the rest of the day.

2. They don’t skip workouts

They take training days as seriously as a Dr.’s appointment. Appointments and meetings get scheduled around their workout time, not the other way around.

3. They take their rest as seriously as their workouts

They know that in order to perform at their best and to get the most out of their body, they have to give it a rest. Rest days and sleep are as essential as the workouts themselves.

4. They eat to fuel their goals

Everything they eat serves a purpose. Protein for muscles, carbs for energy, and produce for vitamins,minerals and antioxidants. Treats are done, but never over-done.

5. They tune everything out when they work out

Focus. They know that anything you give your undivided attention to works out better. Being in tune with your body allows them to make tweaks, and know which tweaks to make.

6. They push through frustration

If you think it’s easy for the super fit to get fit, and stay fit, you’re wrong. They’re highly competitive and always striving to hit new goals. They struggle like everyone else with busy lives, stress, plateaus, fatigue, and frustration. But there isn’t a thought of giving up, it’s just a matter of finding their answer.

7. They prepare their food in advance and don’t leave hunger to chance

They know what they’ll be eating the whole day. If they don’t bring their food, they know what they can order off menus and what they can find at a grocery store. Drive-throughs don’t exist in their world.

8. They use their flaws as motivators, not a reason to give up

They see their flaws (even if you don’t) and despise them like everyone else. But rather than letting their flaws bring them down, they use them to motivate them UP.

9. They envision the win-goal-finish line every day

The goal is crystal clear in their mind. The thought of the sculpted body, or winning the race always keeps them motivated. Regardless of life’s pressures they race towards the winner’s tape.

10. Persistence, persistence, persistence

Yes…they are persistent!

11. There are no excuses

They learned early that excuses are time-suckers and don’t get you anywhere near your goal. Better to get it done then whine about why you didn’t.

12. There is no giving up

Enough said.

True Food Kitchen

We went to True Food Kitchen last night for Valentine’s Day. We ordered the valentine’s course for two, which included:

Hummus plate – very thick hummus, strong taste of black olives

Steak Tacos – exceptional tacos

Roasted Chicken – maybe the best chicken I’ve ever had. It was so juicy and tender. Cranberry and cinnamon toasted on top. It was on bed of grain and spinach.

Dessert trio – flourless chocolate cake, pomegranate sorbet with seeds, and a chocolate cookie with cooked banana on top.

One of the best meals I have ever had, and it fell (mostly) within my diet. True Food uses all natural, mostly organic, all local foods. They have a huge number of gluten-free and vegetarian options. They also have juice cocktails with vegetable and fruit juices.

February Diet and Explanation

Here’s my diet for February:

  • lean meat (chicken, turkey, tuna, some beef)
  • raw whole fruit (oranges, apples, pears, kiwi, peaches, grapes,
  • raw vegetables (kale, broccoli, celery, carrots, spinach)
  • cooked vegetables (asparagus, brussel sprouts, peas)
  • cooked quinoa
  • gluten-free granola
  • soy yogurt
  • ProMax gluten-free protein bar
  • Optimum Nutrition whey protein
  • nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc)

Explanations:

Gluten-free: I’m trying gluten free this month for a number of reasons.

  1. I’ve read a bit about gluten keeping belly fat on, and after cutting it mostly out of my diet, my fat melted quickly, without a significant change in anything else. That alone is reason enough for me.
  2. I tested intolerant for gluten, although that doesn’t mean I’m allergic or will get sick from it. It’s only more difficult for me to process.

Basically, I’ve had really good success with going gluten-free so I’m going to stick with it. The rest of this food is my attempt at eating super healthy and focusing on as much natural food as possible.

Diets

This year I’ve decided to test out some diets for short periods of time. I will find what works, and find out what doesn’t. Here are some of the diets I have in mind.

  • Fruit only
  • Vegetables only
  • No gluten or dairy
  • Paleo diet
  • And a few juice cleanses

I’m excited to try out these new diets, and see how they work. As they go, I’ll write my progress here.