Posts Tagged ‘food’

“The Next 30 Days” is a 3 or 4 part series I am doing in order to help us all continue to succeed with the positive lifestyle changes we have made while participating in the Better Body Challenge.  Hopefully, it will assist those who took part and maybe even inspire those who didn’t to make their own positive change.

Congrats! You did it!

So you have finished the “30 Day Better Body Challenge”.  Congrats! I am sure all your hard work and perseverance has paid off, probably even more than you expected when you first started.  Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it and I am sure you are feeling a real sense of accomplishment.  Everyone I have personally seen shows a marked physical improvement and I don’t know how your performance has been effected but I would be willing to bet it is better than a month ago.  My hat goes off to all of you, especially since I didn’t participate!

But as Dan asked on the main site, where do you go from here?  In my opinion, you only have two options:

  1. You stick to a consistent diet plan and continue to work hard at whatever your goals are with regards to your fitness


        2.   You don’t

Choose wisely…

Here is how the story usually goes: You feel great after surviving a month of mental and physical torture and decide that you deserve a reward for doing so well.  This reward is directly related to what you have deprived yourself of for the past 30 days: sugary, fattening food and drink.  So off you go to Chipotle, Dairy Queen, Cold Stone, etc. to find your special treat, the one you have been craving since day 1 of the BB Challenge.  You then exchange currency for goods and services and ravage that meal like never before.  A state of euphoria sets in, the same euphoric feeling  experienced by drug users getting their next fix.  You are feeling oh so good for the next 30 minutes and then, if you have stuck to your new diet consistently for the past 30 days, the sugar rush wears off and the stomach cramps begin.  But you knew this feeling was coming and in your opinion it is the price of doing business.  You go to bed a happy camper, 30 days under your belt and a just reward in your stomach.  The next day you get up with a slight “food hangover” but nothing major.  You jump in the shower, get dressed and go to the kitchen to make breakfast.  This is the point where you choose where you go from here, Option 1 or Option 2.

Let’s take a look at Option 2 because statistically, it is the most probable outcome for the majority of Americans.  Since you are a little tired, you are running late in the morning and need a quick breakfast (or even worse, none at all).  You rifle through the cupboard and grab one of the relics of your former dietary regimen.  Maybe it’s a cereal or maybe it’s an instant flavored oatmeal, feel free to insert anything you used to eat before the BB Challenge.  You wolf it down as you bolt out the door.  You know it is not the best choice but at least it is food.  No big deal, right? It’s only one meal.

Then lunch comes around.  You realize that the weekend came and went and you didn’t have a chance to get to the grocery store or prepare the food you usually take to work with you each day.  Lucky for you, Subway is right around the corner.  Lunch problem solved.  You get a “healthy” six inch Italian sub with just a small amount of mayonnaise (or whatever people put on those).  A sub and some apple slices later, you settle back into the work day; swearing that is the last time you will be eating out and that you will get back on the wagon.  You have put in too much hard work in and out of the box to throw it all away.

On the way home from work, you begin to ponder what you will do for dinner.  You remember that you have some extra broccoli in the fridge but nothing to eat with it.  Giant provides the answer in the form of a rotisserie chicken, $5 for about 3 meals worth of meat.  You get home, steam your veggies and plate a nice portion of chicken.  On the way back to the kitchen to clean up your dishes, you grab a dark chocolate because “hey, why not? I just had a really healthy meal and one little chocolate can’t hurt”.  As you jump into bed, you reflect on the day you’ve had compared to the 30 that you just completed for the BB Challenge.  Not near as disciplined as you were but certainly not the worst day you’ve ever had, especially compared to how you were eating before the BB Challenge started.  And so it begins…


150 healthiest foods

I have heard some good feedback and it seems everyone likes posts about nutrition so every Tuesday I am going to post something nutrition related.  The next several will revolve around a series of interviews the boys over at T-Nation have done with Jonny Bowden.  Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS., is a board-certified nutrition specialist and a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition. He has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling and a PhD in nutrition, and has earned six national certifications in personal training and exercise. His books include: The 150 Healthiest Foods on EarthThe Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, and The Healthiest Meals on Earth.

The nice thing about Jonny is that he is not Paleo, Zone, Atkins, etc.  He just gives you an educated, honest opinion on how he feels about nutrition whether it be grains or glycemic index.  I know I have said it before, but this is another chance to learn from one of the foremost experts FOR FREE so take advantage:

The Truth About Nutrition
An Interview with Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.
by Chris Shugart

I don’t know if nutrition is 50 percent of the game, 70 percent, or 99.9 percent. All I know is that ignoring it is the worst mistake you can make. You won’t look like you want to look or feel like you want to feel. Chances are, if you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, it’s your diet that’s to blame.

One of the best books I’ve ever read on food and nutrition is called The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.

Jonny Bowden

Bowden is not only a renowned expert on weight loss and nutrition, he’s also the go-to-guy for other diet experts. His books have been recommended by everyone from Barry Sears of Zone Diet fame to Charles Poliquin of gigantic biceps fame. (Bowden wrote the nutrition portion of Poliquin’s certification course.)

I recently met up with Bowden and hit him with a few questions that have been on my mind since I started reading his work.