Category Archives: Diet

Basic Diet Rules To Live By

Thanks BreakingMuscle, you hit the nail on the head.  There’s really not all that many tricks, you just gotta do. Find the top 5 tips below. 

http://breakingmuscle.com/healthy-eating/stop-trying-to-hack-your-diet

5 Things You Should Do

There are a few hack-less practices that should be bedrocks for anyone on an eating plan for whatever goal. These are universal, simple, and timeless. With consistency, discipline, and persistence they will become second nature and easily added to any lifestyle situation.

 

  1. Clean up – You already know what to do when it comes to practicing healthy eating habits. Cut out the highly processed stuff, eat real, whole foods, and get a good variety form all macronutrient categories: lean proteins, complex, fibrous carbs, and healthy fats should top your grocery list. And one more note: go easy on the supplements—a little goes a long way.
  2. Prioritize protein – It’s a big ol’ no-brainer that you need to put protein at the top of your list. This is a cold, hard fact regarding any goal you set out to achieve. Protein builds muscle, provides satiety, and keeps your metabolism churning toward the positive direction. Determine protein needs (about one gram per pound of bodyweight) and then everything else will follow.
  3. Carb wisely – No longer seen as the bane of a dieter’s master plan, carbs are a necessary tool for the highly trained. As your body’s preferred source of energy, you’ll need to regulate the right amounts in order to practice responsibly. As a starting point go with between one and two grams per pound of bodyweight.
  4. Fat Is friendly – As the proverbial cat has ran out of the bag, fat is no longer the enemy it was once perceived to be. Healthy sources such as nuts, olive oil, nut butters, and avocado can benefit any eating plan due to their power to fuel workouts, create satiety, and provide certain hormone regulation which is key to a healthy metabolism.
  5. Relax – Lastly, try not to sweat the small stuff. Needling too much in the weeds of your diet will only leave you frustrated, overwhelmed and fed up. Once you decide on a diet plan, stick to it for a significant length of time. Time will be your best indicator of its success or failure.

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2 good articles worth a quick read:

Stick to your nutrition goals!
You know I’m big on making travel work for your routine. A nice article to follow with suggestions.  They mention Crossfit boxes being a good source for health minded people and I’d wager that other forms of group fitness can offer similar insights. Whether it’s Soul Cycle, Fly Wheel or Orange Theory, you can always find suggestions and motivation from these places.

Combine Sprints and Weight Training for Accelerated Gains 
Next, see this article about sprinting. Long story short, do it. Longer story, there’s more evidence that increasing your work capacity as suggested / popularized by Crossfit has many advantages beyond joining the sweet, sext spandex-clad cult I’m part of.

Happy trails!

Suitcase Kitchen Episode 4: Paleo Tortillas (Previous Cinco de Mayo Post)

Suitcase Kitchen Episode 4!!  I have to give a special thanks to those that were kind enough to let me use their video in todays post.  Let’s be clear, these are easy and it simply doesn’t take that much time to make.  So, you get some filler – Enjoy!

As for the application of these burritos, you’ll find one such example below from a previous post.  The modification in the video is different than the recipe below because I needed something with less fat for the Zone Diet I had been working to stay on.

Happy burrito-ing!

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Paleo Beef Jerky Bar – Suitcase Kitchen Episode 3!

Meat in a nutrition bar?  EPIC does it, so why can’t I?

Preparation is the most important aspect of maintaining your healthy lifestyle.  Whether that’s looking like a drifter with a car full of gym clothes, changes of clothes and shower necessities or just having a quick go-to snack in your bag to avoid poor food choices, there’s no axiom more crucial to supporting your healthy behavior and keeping you on track.

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Mexican FEAST! Paleo burritos revisited, bananas, plantains, adobo sauce

Burritos speak to me.  Handheld edible wrappers of deliciousness.  Game on.  The problem is, store bought tortillas aren’t great if your’re avoiding flour and corn tortillas, well, suck.  The little feast took a fair amount of work, but it’s worth it!  Previously, I did a little Cinco de Mayo feast that can be found here.  Disclaimer, there’s a fair amount of steps, so take short cuts as needed.

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As for the filling:

  • Once the peppers and onions were done:
  • Add 1C rice/quinoa mixture
  • Add 1C beans
  • Add 1/2 C adobo sauce
  • Add 1 mashed banana
  • Add 1lb cooked ground pork (cooked with ~ 1/2C adobo sauce previously)
  • Add 1/2c water
  • Add spices (1tbsp chili powder, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp black pepper)
  • Simmer
  • Each burrito can accomodate ~ 1.25C of filling and is roughly a 5 block zone meal

Once everything has cooked together for 5-10 min, start making your burritos and save for later.

Happy feasting!