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My diet vs your diet

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I’m so sick of hearing about food. So let’s talk about it. It’s all the rage to talk about it. On that note, it’s also all the rage to fight about it. Food wars can become nastier than political wars. “My diet” has become a dogmatic ideology that seems to contradict the very statement itself. As if to say that the way one person eats is the only and true way that everyone should eat. Then, it wouldn’t be “My” diet. It would be the epitome of “our” diet. The way, the truth, the life diet…the only exclusive way of eating.

This is absurd. Let’s talk about why we eat. Food is meant for only a few things. Fueling, building, healing, and enjoying. Macronutrients such as Carbs and Fats are used for fueling. Proteins are used for building. Micronutrients, vitamins and minerals are used for healing and sustainability. And, thank God, taste is used for enjoyment! I admit, I’ve oversimplified this, but for the sake of the subject, let’s roll with it. Where it gets sketchy is  when we decide the sources, amounts, and arrangements of these isolates that stem from our personal ethos, or way of thinking. Vegetarians vs meat eaters, Paleo vs SADD, Keto vs carbs, vegans vs everybody. We begin to pit ourselves against others in an attempt to project our ethos, not our science..not our clinical studies and n=1 of the eperson we’re trying to convince. My point, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT DIET IS FOR YOU! I’m still trying to figure that out for me.

Here’s what I know…

You can get lean and build muscle, and perform optimally by eating

as a carb burner (I’ve done it)

as a fat burner (I’ve done it)

as a carnivore (I’ve done it)

as a vegan (I’ve seen others do it, bless their heart)

as paleo (i’ve done it)

etc, etc…

Get the point?

“But you always talk about keto.” True homie, I do. I am keto. Right now. For the above reasons as mentionded for why to eat, keto has solved these for me. Restricting carb, increasing fats, and moderating proteins..using clean sources, has benefited my life in a ton of ways. Epigenetically speaking, it has warded off my auto-immune better than any other WOE (way of eating). Mentally speaking, my brain thrives on ketones for fuel and has optimized my focus and cognition. Metabolically speaking, it has healed and repaired by body and supplies me with more energy than I’ve received from any other WOE. I am able to compete in long distance races while fatsed and no G.I. Distress. It keeps me lean, And it tastes great. But, those are MY reasons. That is MY n=1.  Even as a Keto eater, I play around with the numbers. I’ve been paleo-keto with a more balanced approach. I have been 100% carnivore keto (check out Amber O’hearn) and found that that is quite lovely and sustainable. I’m now diving into plant based keto. I’m discovering myself.

I can tell you right now what the best diet is for you. I’m sure others have told you what you SHOULD eat. They’ve probably spouted some pseudo-scientific jargon from a source they found on Pinterest to help further encapsulate and protect their personal dogma. They sounded smart and knowledable, anyway. But, alas, at the end of the day it boils doen to this. Are you ready?

Eat in a way that works for you, and is sustainable. BOOM. Mic Drop.

*picks the mic back up*

That’s your grand truth. What food works best for your body to fuel, build, repair, sustain, and is enjoyable?

As a foodie community we can actually get along with one another if we peer through these lenses and stop projecting what we like or what works for us as the way for someone else. It makes no difference to compare a foods nutrient density that “fits our macros” as why another person should be conviced to eat them. Not when every person has a different genetic mapping that contributes to how those nutrients get absorbed, if at all. For instance, my wife does well with plant based protein. By body rejects it. My wife can eat more carbs than I can and not get the same insuligenic response. I have higher insulin resistance.

Aside from genetic mapping, we all have different gut biota schematics..different bacteria levels, colonies, and symbiotics. Your gut bacteria plays a major part in food absortion and utilization. I struggle with leaky gut and have to manage my diet around that in order to feed my gut biome properly. I have to be very careful with plant based diets due to SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth). It’s not pleasant for me or those around me.

I believe the journey of finding your WOE is a wondeful one. You get to self-discover and play. Instead of ripping pages from the gospel of Dr. Oz or the latest diet guru, you can listen to your own body and read the pages of how you feel and perform…and not feel guilty!

Ep. 22 Jason Price. Overcoming weight issues and finding spiritual victories

Abs in winter? The secret to a revealed 6 pack all year long.

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Tonight while I was walking around the house shirtless, my youngest man cub walked up to me and started poking my stomach. “One, Two, Three, Four…” he was counting my six pack; though right now it’s more of a four pack. The oddity of this is that it is mid-January. Not even body builders have six packs now. Normally winter months provide a season of shortned day light, less moving, more eating, bears hybernating, and me adding an extra layer of fat to my mid-region. Granted, I have added a little, yet still showcasing a very visable outline of my  transverse and rectus abdominus. I just recently listened to Arnold (if you need a last name youre on the wrong blog) on a podcast the other day state how the attempt to keep a year round six pack will drive you insane. I could see that. If you constantly have to work at it and fight for it, it would drive anyone insane. They are easily the hardest muscles to keep uncovered.

My secret, though, is that I don’t really try to keep a six pack. I try to stay on point with my diet and helath, and like a cascade effect, everything else falls into place. But antedotically  speaking, let me give you my training plan for keeping a low body fat percentage during the most difficult time of the year.

  1. I eat fat to lose fat.

I drop my carb intake which lowers insulin, and I increase my fats. Insulin is the hormone at the wheel of the fat storing car that drives fat retention. I eat until I’m full of foods that I love, that are nutrient dense, and full of healthy fats like grass fed butter, coconut oil, and olive oil.

2. I forgive myself.

My diet isn’t perfect every day. I will fall, and fall hard occassionally. The next day, I wake up, forgive myslef and start again. I don’t starve myself to get back on track, and I dont continue down the road of dietary depravity to a world of utter lostness and no return. I just start back eating the way I know I should…(see #1)

3. I intermittenly fast.

I eat only anywhere between 4 and 6 hours every day. Leaving myself with a minimal 16 hour fasting window, my body has the opportunity to reset crucial hormones, enter a fasted state of fat burning, and upregulate ketone production. The majority of the day I’m just burning fat stores as fuel. As an added bonus, fasting has been proven to increase testosterone and Human Growth Hormone, making adding muscle much easier.

4. I man up to the cold.

I don’t let the weather dictate whether or not I’m going to work out. Even though my crossfit happens to be in a heated facility, my running still takes place in the frozen tundra that is my local running route. My beard gets ice cicles hanging from it on occasion. I refuse to let uncomfortable conditions stop me from moving .

5. I sleep more.

With daylight shortened, I allow for the natural adjustment of my circadian rythym and I respect it. I go to bed much earlier and allow my body the recovery it needs. Sleep has a wonderful effect on fat loss! *Sleep is not the same as sloth.*

6. And lastly, I lift heavy things.

I dump loads of muscle glycogen for fat burning and hypertrophy. Building lean muscle mass is vital for increasing metabolism, burning fat, and regulating healthy hormone production. It doesn’t take much, just a couple or 3 times a week; bench, squat, deadlift with some added accessory lifts, overhead press, curl, dips, lunges.

 

These things have just become natural routine. I don’t stress it, and I don’t beat myself up at keeping up with it. And, for all of that being said, I get to enjoy (at worst) a 4 pack of abs in mid-January, without driving myslef crazy trying to. Which at best, leaves me closer toward summer to go ahead and lean into a ripped physique without much work.

5 Key questions to ask for total body transformation.

 

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This time of year causes a massive explosion to take place in the fitness world. Gyms are bursting at the seams as newly committed resoltions fuel the desires and goals of the “not so in shape” crowd. Those, whove been waiting all year, waiting till after the holiday gluttony to get started, find their way to the treadmill or latest diet fad. Sadly, within 2 months 90% of the new gym memberships will go unused and the ‘ab master’ that was destined to chisel that six pack lays dormant and lonely in the corner. What happened? Where they insincere? Were they misinformed? Why do they fall off so quickly?

It could be because people generally start with the answers before they ask the querstions. “I need to get in shape”, or “I’ve got to get this weight off” are echoed answers to every mesomorph and couch potato who’ve ever decided to finally kick it in gear. The problem- the answer is not where you begin. We have to be learners before we can be doers. There’s honest questions that must first be anked and answered before we begin on this journey to Adonis like features.

  1. Where am I now?

Take an honest look. If you can’t run a mile then don’t try to run a 5k. If you cant fit into a size 4 then stop trying to fit into a size 3. If you weigh x amount, then that’s what you weigh. Don’t start with the end. Start with where you are, only having in the end in site. Take an honest assessment of yourself. The honestly will be sobering and the reality will be the perfect starting point.

2.Where do I want to be?

It’s up to you. But answer the question. Do you want to perform at a certain level? Define the level. Do you want to look a certaon way. Define the look. 2

3.When am I going to do this?

Set a specific time, day, place, etc. Make sure it’s set and set in stone. Are you going to start on Monday? Are you going to go 2 days a week? 3? If you don’t answer this question, you’ll never get started.

4. Why am I doing it?

This is your purpose and vision. Where there is no vision you will cast off restraints. There must be an identifiable, long lasting reason to why you are doing what you’re doing. It’s your reason. Don’t be ashamed whatever it is, just own it. Write it down and post it where you can see it every day.

5.How am I going to do this?

If you don’t have a plan in place then you have no orad to get you to your destination. Does your destination require specific suppliments? Eating plan? Recovery protocol? A personal trainer?

Take care of the where, when, why, and how and you will be taking care of all the details you’ll need to see a total body transformation.

If you want to eat healthy, try some dog food. Wait, what?

 

images-3.jpgSo, recently our puppy got pretty sick. Thankfully it wasn’t fatal and we properly treated an intestinal gastritis episode with a visit to the vet and a regimine of proper nutrition. To build the little guy up, I visited our local pet store and perused the many isles of puppy chow. As I wavered in front of each selection and spent time reading the ingredients, I felt an odd feeling. Hunger. I couldn’t believe how appetizing everything sounded. Delicous chicken, beef, fish and even bison! Non-GMO. Gluten free. I mean, when did animals go paleo? I picked up a can of all natural bone broth with tumeric and some whey protein bits and off I went. When my wife came home and saw my assortment of dog food, she was a little conflicted over the fact that I had drank some of the bone broth. Is that ok?

Look, I’m not saying I suggest you go out and eat dog food, however, I am a nutrtionist and I pay very close attention to labels…and I had to see if their bone broth tastes as good as mine.

Here’s the problem I’m conteding with. It occurs to me that we are feeding our dogs and cats better than we’re feeding our children. Most kids will eat nutrient lacking food, pumped full of preservatives, GMO’s, and dyes and we’ll call that a “happy meal”.  Their little carb loaded brains and sugar surging pancreases will work tireless to keep up with the energy demands on their bodies without actually having any REAL food to compensate. The food labels tell the story. I can’t pronounce most of the words. 81NcYtiI3+L._SL1500_.jpg

And then read the labels on pet food. A different story is told. A story of whole food, vitamins and minerals and antioxidents.

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Isn’t this absurd? Not the we wouldn’t do well to feed Fido a healthy assortment of whole food…but that we would feed him better than our own children, or for that fact, ourselves. Perhaps it’s time to look to the pet food industry for some guidance of food value. In the end, at least we would have shinier coats and cleaner teach.

 

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