My wife and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary yesterday.
I took a digital vacation (other than posting our anniversary on my Facebook Page), put my blackberry in "emergency mode" (where only the kids and their schools could get a hold of me) and enjoyed the day with my best friend (that’d be my wife).
Of course, like 99.99% of every couple who celebrates their anniversary, we shared a meal together. We actually had 3 meals together yesterday.
And dessert – cheesecake.
I enjoyed every ounce and morsel of food I ate yesterday.
But today, it’s time to get back on track. Yesterday wasn’t a "slip-up" by any means regardless if I ate Pad Thai, Panang Beef (which was delicious) and apple cheesecake. But there are obviously better choices out there.
So with my goals in mind, I’m going back to my "regular" way of eating – focusing on eating REAL FOOD, lots of fruits and veggies, lots of healthy fats and all-natural protein sources.
As I’m sure you already know, diet accounts for the majority of your results. Exercise and lifestyle obviously will contribute to you living a lean and healthy life, but rest assured, as the saying in the fitness industry goes…
You can’t out-train a crappy diet.
In saying that, here are 4 things that you can do NOW to get on the right track. Mind you, these aren’t quick-fixes and they won’t be the solution to your weight loss problems, but they will help. And if you’re having trouble with losing weight because you can’t get your diet under control, then this is where you should start….
1. Drink more water.
Get rid of the empty calorie containing drinks – soda, coffee drinks like those frappe-sugar-cinos, even juices (yes, juices…just eat the real fruit). The overwhelming majority of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it. Just make a conscious effort to drink more water and you’ll feel more energetic, you’ll think clearer and chances are, what you mistaken to be hunger will really be thirst, resulting in you eating less.
2. Eat A Salad Everyday.
This was a tip from my buddy, Yuri Elkaim, a natural food expert, that I incorporated into my lifestyle after he told me about it our interview HERE. It’s made a world of difference in how I feel, how I look and how I live (I have more energy and less feelings of lethargy). I used to hate salads, but since I’ve been buying a various different greens (from spinach, to arugula, to kale and even dandelion) I enjoy the varying tastes even more. Here’s one of my favorite salads for you to try…
Chris’ Cayenne Candied Pecan California Salad
1 bunch Arugula or Baby Spinach
8 Strawberries (sliced)
2 Tbsp Goat Cheese
1 handful pecans
1 tsp Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Put the arugula in a bowl. Mix the Olive Oil, Vinegar, salt & pepper in a separate bowl and toss with the arugula.
In a separate bowl add the pecans, maple syrup and sprinkle the cayenne. Toss until all the pecans are covered with the cayenne/maple mixture.
Top the arugula with strawberries, crumbled goat cheese and “Cayenne Candied Pecans” and serve.
The sweetness of the maple goes perfect with the sourness of the goat cheese and the kick of the cayenne. This is one unbelievable salad…I promise.
3. Take Fish Oil.
I’m not big on supplements. I’ve cut out protein shakes, meal replacements, muscle builders and fat burners all from my diet over the past 3 or 4 years because if humans could thrive without these things for millions of years, then why bother with them now?
Fish oil, however, is one supplement that I do take. Here are some reasons why…
-it supports testosterone levels and contributes to optimal muscle development (really big for guys today who seem to have declining levels of T and HGH)
-it reduces inflammation in your muscles and joints and speeds recovery time
-decrease triglyceride levels and reduce the risk of heart disease
-increase fat burning and also make it more difficult for your body to store fat
Basically, when your body produces insulin, you are in storage mode. When your body produces growth hormone, you’re in fat burning mode. The only way to produce growth hormone is when you sleep, engage in intense exercise and during periods of fasting.
try to sleep 8 hours per night.
Sleep? – CHECK.
I train with KBs, run hills & play pick-up basketball.
Intense Exercise? CHECK.
The only thing left in the trifecta was to practice IF – CHECK!!!
So What Now?
Like I’m slowly starting to realize, just take one of these steps and implement it today. Stick with it for the rest of the week and then take another and do it next week.
Make little changes here and there and before you know it, you’ll be forming healthier habits on your way to losing weight and living a better life.
Enjoy your day!
P.S. Don’t forget that you NEED intense exercise to help with your Growth Hormone response. Using the TT Kettlbell Revolution (which melds KB training in an intense TT-style workout) can help you lose fat and gain muscle…