The other day Katie and I were walking through Target and I stumbled across something that made me giddy like a young school boy. I full on geeked out. Like embarrassed Katie geeking out. It turns out Nintendo has been releasing versions of the Nintendo and Super Nintendo from the late ’80s and ’90s. I practically tackled people in the store to get to the salesman. I had to have one. If you can picture an older man, gray beard and all, sprinting for the clerk you’ll get the picture. Real good look.
I’m going to come clean here about my journey. My diet in the past was really bad. Like worse than you’re imagining. So as we begin this journey of clean eating and getting healthy, let me take a few minutes to tell you a little bit of my journey. I hope this will help you to see that no matter where you’re starting on the healthy spectrum, you’re not alone, and I am here to help you along.
My previous diet consisted of fast food at least once a day, enough Coke to drown a small group of water buffalo, hot dogs, Cheetos, Pringles, Fudge cookies, and anything else with a saturated fat content above 100 % of my daily intake. To say my diet was bad is a complete understatement.
The problem for me was that I have a good metabolism and really never gained a pound from any of these escapades. Now I can hear you grumbling through the computer. What do I know about the struggle if I never gained weight? I know I felt lethargic and sick a lot, never thinking it had to do with my diet.
Now the real kicker here is I’m also a Registered Nurse. You would think I would know better, and in so many ways I did. I just didn’t care. That is until I had a heart attack while sitting at work one night that almost killed me.
Having a heart attack is scary, sobering, frightening, overwhelming, and depressing. As the weeks go on, I will dive more into this topic. I feel it deserves a blog post of its own. But I want to pull the curtain back just a little and give you something to think about.
Having the heart attack made me realize my diet and lifestyle was a complete reflection of how I felt about myself on the inside. It’s not that I didn’t care about my diet. I didn’t care about me. It’s not that I didn’t know any better. It’s just the knowledge of what to do wasn’t enough to overcome the loud voices in my head telling me I didn’t deserve to be healthy. And it took almost dying to open my eyes.
I will be writing a lot more over the coming weeks about my journey, but I want to be upfront about this now. We will be posting diet tips and tricks, recipes, workouts, encouragements, videos, and fun and silly things often right here. But we’re also going to dig into the why. Why is health not the most important thing in your life? It’s one thing to help with the body, but we’re also going to be working on our minds.
If you’re reading this, know that I genuinely care where you’re at right now, and excited for where you’re going to be. I wouldn’t want to be on this journey with anyone else. Cheers and we will talk again very soon.
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Plan your cheats and limit them to once a week.
Make the cheat a meal, not a snack, and not all day.
Try not to splurge with your trigger foods.
Myth # 1: The Best Way to Lose Weight is to Go On a Diet
Myth # 2: Eating Smaller Portions More Frequently Actually Boosts Your Metabolism and Promotes Weight Loss
Myth # 3: Don’t Eat Anything After 7 at Night
Myth # 4: Cut Your Calories Down A Lot!!
Myth # 5: Diet Foods are Helpful With My Diet
This story about overeating starts and ends like every story where I’m at a restaurant. First, I’m handed a gargantuan menu with more writing than War and Peace, asked what I’d like to drink, and a complimentary basket of something is lovingly placed on the table right in front of me. At first I think to myself, I’ll just have one breadstick. Just one to tide me over until I order. Then I start digging into the menu. After page 37 I’ve narrowed down my dinner choices to my top 12. The waiter comes back and asks if we need more time. What do you think? I haven’t even reached the halfway point of your menu yet. And can you please bring more breadsticks? Choosing my optimal dish from your menu is real work here. Yes I’d like a refill on my Coke too. Thank you.
An hour later I’ve eaten more food then some people eat in a month, I’m leaned back in my chair wondering how in the hell I’m going to make it to the car, and I’m debating whether the fact that I’m sweating is a sign I’m having a heart attack or maybe it’s just hot in the restaurant.
Why do I do this to myself?
First of all, I’m not alone. That doesn’t make this story less glutenous, but it does make me feel better to know I’m not alone sitting in the shovel + face = me club. Second, it’s become so much easier to overeat now. So let’s take a look at why that is and maybe I can figure out how to keep my next chair from being a forklift.
Portion size –
It turns out that portion sizes in America have been growing in direct proportion to our waistbands. And the cruel trick is that visual aspects of a meal have been shown to influence how much we eat. For example, if you put pork chops in front of my beautiful wife, and a whole pig in front of me, I’m just as likely to finish my plate and report feeling less full afterwards. Sneaky eyes tricking my brain. So it’s pretty important to be aware that you are likely to eat however much food is on your plate, regardless of amount.
So I’m at dinner and I’m on my 12th breadstick. Don’t judge. You know they’re good. After that many though, I’m getting kind of bored with breadsticks. The good news is the salad just came out. And it’s green so it must be healthy. Just when the salad is making me a little too green, out comes my soup, and then my main dish, and my side dishes are waiting for me after that, and then ice cream. You get the picture. Too much variety can cause us to eat more than we would otherwise. In fact, researchers found that people ate four times as much when given multiple different foods. Four times? Amateurs.
The TV is on tuned to Westworld, the popcorn is popped, the butter is melted, and my Coke is on the coaster. I’m ready to go. An hour later the popcorn is gone, the Coke is empty, Westworld is over, and my wife is upset because I didn’t share a single piece with her. How did that happen? Well first, let’s be honest, I don’t share well. Second, I didn’t even realize I was eating. Eating while distracted by something else interrupts the mechanisms in our bodies that would normally stop an eating session, like feeling full. I tried to explain this to her. I didn’t know eyes could roll that far back into someone’s head.
So the answer to all of this is to eat mindfully and be aware of portion size. At a restaurant now, I might eat only half of the meal brought to me and no breadsticks. Practicing mindfulness while eating helps, and I don’t need a wheelchair assist to get to the car after dinner.