What the American Diet says about its Culture

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

If we are what we eat, as the old adage proclaims, then what does the American diet say about its culture? Before delving into this, let’s state for the record that the U.S. is a large nation with many diverse regions and subcultures. What people eat in rural Georgia, for example, can be quite different from an affluent city such as San Francisco. However, there is a larger American culture which transcends these differences and its cuisine is unmistakably unique compared with the rest of the world.

Consider the burger, or its original moniker – the hamburger. The idea of a ground beef patty sandwiched in a bun is so ubiquitous that virtually all types of food establishments serve them. The manager of my local Chinese restaurant revealed once that he sold nearly as many burgers as he did specialty items. You can get…

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Huge list of shakes if you like variety!

Huge list of shakes if you like variety!

Almond Peach Delight
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½ -1 cup frozen peaches, ½ tsp almond extract, ½ tsp cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½-1 cup of chopped frozen apple, 1 tsp cinnamon

Apple Pie Delight — YUMMY
1 scoop of vanilla powder, 1 peeled and cored apple, cut into pieces, 1 ½ cups of milk,
½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, 5 Ice Cubes, Microwave the apple pieces for 2 minutes on high. Add all ingredients to blender, puree for 30 seconds.

Apple Smoothie
½ cup milk, skim, ¼ cup yogurt, plain, fat free, no added sugar,(greek yogurt will add additional protein!) ¼ cup applesauce, no added sugar, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, pinch cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, ¼ tsp. vanilla extract, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Apricot Fantasy
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, 1- 2 small apricots, ¼ cup raw almonds
½ tsp almond extract, Ice

Banana Almond Creme
1 Banana, ½ Cup Milk, 10 Almonds, 1 scoop powder, 5 Ice Cubes

Banapple Blast
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½ small green apple, ½ frozen banana
½ tsp cinnamon

Banana Bread Shake
2 scoops protein, 1 Banana, ½ Cup Quaker Oatmeal (cook with boiling water), ¾ Cup Kellogg’s Bran Flakes, 1 Bottle of water, Sugar, Brown Sugar or Artificial Sweetener to taste.

Banana Cheerio Quickfast
1-2 scoops of chocolate powder, 6-8 ounces of water, 4-6 ice cubes, 1 banana, ¾ cup cheerios, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Banana Delight
8 oz water, ½ banana (frozen), 2 oz protein of choice, 2 tsp flax seed oil

Banana Split
Mix one serving of vanilla or chocolate according to directions. Then, add 1 ripe banana, ¼ cup chopped pineapple, 4 frozen strawberries and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds.

Berries & Cream Shake
1 Scoop Vanilla powder, 1 Scoop Ice, 1 Lil Can Of Pineapple Juice (cook with boiling water), 1 Handful Of Mixed Berries.

Berry Good Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Raspberry Yogurt and protein powder, 4 strawberries, 15 blueberries
16 ounces of nonfat milk, ½ cup of ice cubes.

Berry Madness
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups water or skim milk, ¼ cup of frozen or fresh strawberries, ¼ cup of frozen or fresh blueberries, ¼ cup of frozen or fresh, raspberries, add ice for extra thickness

Blastoff
1 single tall espresso shot, 12 oz milk, 2 scoops vanilla powder, scoop ice

Blueberry Blaster
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 6-8 oz of water, 4 to 6 ice cubes, 20-30 blueberries, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Blueberry Dream
10 oz water, ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1.5 oz protein of choice, 2 tsp flax seed oil, 15 drops liquid stevia (optional)

Blueberry Vanilla Pear
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen blueberries, ¼-½ cup chopped pear, Ice

Blue Mango Heaven
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼ -½ cup frozen mango, 1/3-½ cup blueberries

Breakfast Boost
Blend 8 oz of orange juice with a half-cup non-fat, plain yogurt, half a banana, one serving of protein, 1 tbsp flax seed oil, four frozen peach slices and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Breezy-Freezy Shake
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 1-1 ½ cups of water or skim milk, 1 cup reduced fat mango yogurt, ¼ of frozen pineapple, ½ -1 banana, Add ice for extra thickness

Carnation Instant Breakfast Smoothie
¼ cup orange juice, 100%, ½ cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, vanilla, no added sugar, 1 scoop Any Protein, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Cherry Ripe
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ frozen banana, ¼-½ cup frozen black cherries

Chocolate Almond Delight
10-12 oz water, 15 raw almonds, ½ tsp coconut extract, 1.5 oz chocolate powder, Stevia to taste (optional), 3-5 ice cubes (optional), (first, blend the almonds until creamy smooth in ½ the water, then add the rest of the ingredients)

Chocolate Banana Crunch
Mix one serving of chocolate according to directions. Then, add one banana and three ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds. Then, add four low-fat chocolate wafers, blend at low speed for ten seconds, and server.

Chocolate Banana Shake
1-2 scoops chocolate powder, 6-8 oz water, 4-6 ice cubes, 1 banana, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Chocolate Coffee Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Milk Chocolate protein, 1 cup of skim milk, 5 ice cubes, 1 cup of water
1 spoonful of instant coffee,

Chocolate Dream
½ scoop Chocolate powder, ½ scoop Vanilla powder, 8 oz milk, skim, Stir ingredients together or use shaker cup.

Chocolate Fudge Shake
2 scoops chocolate powder, 2 tbsp chocolate fudge sugar free pudding mix, 8 oz water
5 large ice cubes, tiny silver spoon (optional), Blend powder, pudding and water, add ice cubes, blend till crushed, with ice slivers still un-melted, pour into insulated cup (makes
about 16 oz) and eat it with a tiny silver spoon.

Chocolate Lovers
12 oz water, 1 tsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp low fat sour cream, 10-15 drops liquid stevia, 2 oz protein chocolate flavor, 2 tsp flax seed oil

Chocolate Strawberry Blast
1-2 scoops of chocolate powder, 6-8 ounces of water, 4-6 ice cubes, 8 strawberries, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl
½ scoop chocolate powder, ½ scoop vanilla powder, splash Vitamite, splash water, Ice,

Choco-Banana Nut
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ frozen banana, 1 tbsp of raw cashew butter

Chocolate Mocha
½ cup milk, skim, 1 1/3 Tbsp General Foods International Swiss Mocha Instant Coffee, sugar free, 1 scoop Chocolate powder, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Mix one serving of chocolate according to directions. Then, add 1 heaping tbsp of all-natural peanut butter and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve. (maybe use PB2?)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Supreme
12 oz. Water, 4 ice cubes, 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 2 scoops chocolate powder

Cinnamon Roll Supreme
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp fat-free Butter Buds and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar-free instant vanilla pudding, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 packet artificial sweetener, a few dashes butter flavor sprinkles or butter-flavor extract, 8 oz. water (or low-fat milk), 3 ice cubes, Add all ingredients to blender, whip, and serve.

Coffee Lovers Delight
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup raw almonds or cashews, 1-2 tsp instant decaffeinated coffee

Creamsicle
¾ cup orange juice, 100%, 1 package, Carnation Instant Breakfast, vanilla, 1 scoop protein powder, 4 ice cubes

Creamy Coffee Ice Cream
1 scoop of vanilla powder, 13 oz ice cubes, 3 oz water, 2 tsp ground coffee, Blend the ice cubes until you get a snow. Add the protein, the ground coffee, the water and blend for 5-10 minutes to a smooth consistency. Freeze 30 – 60 minutes for thicker ice cream.

Creamy Peach Smoothie
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups water or skim milk, ¼-½ cup of frozen peaches, ¼-½ frozen banana, ice for extra thickness

Double Deluxe Chocolate Fudge
Mix one serving of chocolate according to directions. Then, add one packet of Swiss Miss fat-free hot cocoa mix and three ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Eggnog
1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 cup skim milk, ¼ cup egg substitute, 1 Tbsp Instant, pudding, vanilla, sugar free, dry, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Chill, and then stir prior to serving.

Eye opener
1 scoop protein powder, 1 tsp instant coffee, 12 oz ice cold water, 2 ice cubes and blend

Fat Burning Peaches and Cream
8 oz water, 1 ripe peach, 2 tbs. low fat sour cream, 8 drops liquid stevia (optional)
1.5 oz protein of choice

Frozen Chocolate Banana
12 oz. Water, 4-5 ice cubes, 1 banana, 1 tbsp heavy cream, 2 scoops chocolate powder

Fruit Freeze
½ cup skim milk, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 5 strawberries, frozen, no added sugar, 2 peaches, frozen, no added sugar, ¼ cup pineapple, canned, packed in juice, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops strawberry, 4 large strawberries, blueberries ( a small handful), water (just a few drops), ½ cup ice, Splenda, Start off by crushing the ice in the blender and then gradually add the fruit and enough water to get it smooth. Finish off with the two scoops of whey and enough Splenda to make it sweet.

German Chocolate Cake
12 oz Water, 4 ice cubes, 1 tbsp heavy cream, 1 tbsp cream of coconut, 2 scoops chocolate powder

Ginger Bread Man
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 graham cracker, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 capful vanilla, 12oz water, 4 Ice Cubes ,Blend 45 seconds

High Energy Shake!
10 oz water, 10 strawberries (Fresh or Frozen), 1 tbsp flax seed oil, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 heaping scoop protein, Stevia to taste (optional), 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Hot Cocoa
1 cup milk, skim, 1 scoop Chocolate powder, Heat milk in microwave on high power for 90 seconds or until desired temperature is reached. Stir in Matrix 5.0 until dissolved.

Hot Cocoa
1 cup milk, skim, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 packet hot cocoa, sugar free, Heat milk in microwave on high power for 90 seconds or until desired temperature is reached. Stir in Matrix 5.0 and hot cocoa until dissolved.
Iced Café Vienna
1 cup milk, skim, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 2/3 Tbsp General Foods International Coffees Café Vienna, sugar free, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Iced Latte
1 cup decaffeinated coffee, chilled, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 4 ice cubes, Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Juicy Lucy
10 oz apple juice (can use orange/blend), 1 scoop ice, ½ large banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 scoops vanilla powder

Key Lime Pie
Mix one serving of vanilla whey according to directions. Then, add 2 tbsp frozen lime juice, one graham cracker (four small squares) and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Melon madness
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen watermelon

Mocha Shake
6 oz. Water, 4 ice cubes, 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream, 6 oz. coffee*, 2 scoops chocolate powder, *You may use 12 oz. coffee and no water for an extra pre-workout or morning kick!

Nada Colada Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla, ½, cup pineapple-orange juice*, ¼ tsp rum extract, ¼ tsp coconut extract (or 2 tbsp shredded coconut), 1 packet artificial sweetener, 4 oz. water (or low-fat milk), 3-6 ice cubes, Low-carb version: Omit juice and use ½ tsp sugar-free pineapple-orange drink mix (dry). Increase water or milk to 8 oz, Add all ingredients to blender, whip, and serve.

Oatmeal Meal Replacement Shake
1 cup dry measure oatmeal, cooked in water and cooled, 2 scoops vanilla, 3 dashes cinnamon, 1/8 cup sugar free maple syrup or equivalent amount brown sugar replacement, 1 tbsp chopped almonds (or flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter), 12 oz water or low-fat milk, Add all ingredients to blender, blend, and pour into cup. If your short on time, just use dry oatmeal or oat flour.

Orange And Cream Delight
1 Bottle of Orange Gatorade, 1 scoop Vanilla, Simple, yet tasty!

Orange Creamsicle
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 6-8 ounces of water, 4-6 ice cubes, 1-2 peeled oranges, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute.
Orange Vanilla Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Vanilla, 8 oz Orange Juice, 4-5 ice cubes, 1 tsp Vanilla, ½ banana, 2-3 frozen strawberries, 2 packets of sweetener,

PB&J
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add one heaping tbsp of all-natural peanut butter and four frozen strawberries. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve

Peanut Brittle Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix, dry 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, chunky, 8 oz. cold water or lowfat milk, 3-6 ice cubes This mimics peanut brittle only in taste. Add all ingredients to blender, blend, and serve. I like to add the peanut butter in last so it stays a little chunky, just like the peanut brittle it is replacing.

Peanut Butter And Banana Shake
2 scoops Vanilla, 100g almond flakes, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 500ml skim milk, half banana, 1 tbsp honey

Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffle
2 scoops chocolate powder, 1 tsp peanut butter, 16 ounces nonfat milk, ½ cup ice cubes

Peppermint Oatmeal Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Milk Chocolate Protein, 1 cup sugar free vanilla ice cream, 1 cup oatmeal, 2 cups non-fat milk, ½ cup water, a splash of peppermint extract!

Piña Colada
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ½ -1 cup frozen pineapple pieces, ½ tsp coconut extract

Pina Colada Passion
12 oz. Water, 4 ice cubes, 3 scoops vanilla powder, 1/3 cup Pineapple chunks
2 tsp Coconut extract

Pineapple Blast
4 ice cubes, 12 oz. Water, 2 scoops vanilla powder, ½ cup pineapple chunks

Pineapple Power
1 cup of pineapple juice, 3 strawberries, 1 banana, 1 tsp of yogurt, 1 scoop of your choice of protein

Plum Ice Shake
Mix 2 scoops of Vanilla, 1 ripe plum, juice of 1 lemon, 16 oz of ice water, ½ cup ice cubes.

Protein Power Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, no added sugar, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 4 ice cubes , Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Crystal Light
½ cup Crystal Light, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 2 Tbsp Cool Whip Free, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Plus Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, no added sugar, 2 scoops Any Whey Protein, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Orange Frostie
½ cup orange juice, 100%, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 2 Tbsp Cool Whip Light, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Power Pineapple Smoothie
2/3 cup pineapple juice, 100%, ½ cup cottage cheese, fat free, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Protein Power Strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup milk, skim, 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, no added sugar, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, ½ cup strawberries, frozen, no added sugar, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Protein Powered Vegetable Juice
1 cup tomato or V-8 juice, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, Blend or use a shaker cup to mix well. Pour over ice or blend with ice.

Protein Shake
1 cup skim milk, 2 tsp safflower oil, Several pieces of ice, 1 banana, 1 package of Carnation Instant Breakfast, (any flavor–strawberry, chocolate, cappacino, French vanilla, chocolate malt), Mix together in blender until ice is completely crushed and mixed well.

Protein Tower of Power
Mix two servings of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry according to directions, and three ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 tbsp Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), ¼ tsp Apple Pie Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), ½ cup Skim Milk, 2 tsp Splenda or Equal (add more or less to adjust sweetness), ½ cup Water, 1 tsp Instant Coffee (regular or decaf), Hea****er in microwave (below 130 degrees) then, mix in instant coffee Add: -Coffee (as prepared above), milk, canned pumpkin, Vanilla powder, apple pie spice and sweetener in blender -Blend until combined (about 30 seconds) -Heat in microwave
until warm or serve over ice Fun Extras: -Serve with a cinnamon stick -Top with 1 tablespoon of cool-whip (sugar free or regular) and sprinkle with Apple Pie Spice

Quick Start
3 oranges (fresh juiced only, NOT canned or bottled, 6 drops liquid stevia (optional)
1 oz protein of choice

Raspberry Chocolate Thick
1-2 scoops of chocolate powder, 6-8 ounces of whole (or 2%) milk, 6 ice cubes
8 raspberries, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute. Pour into a tall glass. Drink or eat with a spoon!

Raspberry Rhubarb Magic
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen chopped rhubarb, ¼-½ cup frozen raspberries

Rise and Shine
½ cup orange juice, 100%, ¼ cup yogurt, vanilla, fat free, no added sugar, ¼ banana, ripe
3 peach slices, frozen, no added sugar, 2 scoops Any Whey Protein, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Strain through a fine metal mesh strainer.

Rock N’ Roll Protein Shake
1 cup water, 1 big scoop vanilla powder, ¾ cup natural yogurt, 1 banana, 1 tsp of flax-seed oil, 2 tsp of honey,

Root Beer Float
1 can Diet A&W Root Beer, 1-2 tbsp Heavy Cream, 4 ice cubes, 1-3 scoops vanilla powder

Root Beer Float
Mix one cup of diet root beer, that has gone flat with one scoop vanilla powder, and it tastes like a root beer float!

Simply Peachy-Keen
1-2 scoops vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups water or skim milk, ¼-½ cup of, frozen peaches, Add ice for extra thickness

Strawberry-Banana Frost
Mix one serving of strawberry according to directions. Then, add 1 ripe banana and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Strawberry Berry Berry
1 scoop Strawberry powder, 4 strawberries (frozen or fresh), ¼ cup blueberries, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup ice or crushed ice, Put all ingredients into blender and mix to desired consistency., Serve cold.

Strawberry Cheesecake
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add three tbsp of Jell-O’s no-bake, reduced-fat cheesecake mix, three low-fat vanilla wafers, and four frozen strawberries. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Strawberry Chocolate Milk
2 Scoops Strawberry powder, 1 Scoop Carnation Fat Free Hot Cocoa, 14 oz water
Mix in blender with ice for a “shake” or shake in shaker for a more, milky consistency

Strawberry Delight
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼-½ cup frozen strawberries, ¼ cup frozen mango slices

Strawberry Nut Shake
Mix 2 Scoops Vanilla, 1 cup fat-free strawberry yogurt, 6 shredded macadamia nuts.

Strawberry for Protein Dummies
10 frozen strawberries, ½ small banana, 1 scoop powder, 8 oz Water, 1/3 cup Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk, Splenda to taste

Strawberry Savior
4 scoops vanilla powder, 8 oz water, 1 strawberry yogurt, 3 frozen strawberries
1 tsp flax seed oil,

Super Slimmer
8 oz water, 1 tbsp flax seed oil, ½ ripe peach (peeled), 6 frozen strawberries
1 heaping scoop protein, Stevia to taste (optional)

Super Vanilla Shake
½ cup milk, skim, ¼ cup yogurt, plain, fat free, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 1 scoop Any Whey Protein, 4 ice cubes, Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Tangerine Cream
12 oz. Tangerine Diet Rite, 4 Ice Cubes, 1-2 tbsp heavy cream, 1-3 scoops vanilla powder

The Best Protein Shake Ever
2 scoops chocolate, 10 Ice Cubes, 12 oz fat free milk, 2 tbsp fat free vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter, 2 tbsp hazelnut coffee, 1/8 cup caramel ice cream topping, You can add more or less caramel topping, depending on how sweet you want your shake.

The Best Overall Tasting Homemade Protein Shake
16 oz skim milk, 2 cups no-fat cottage cheese, 3 scoops vanilla, ½ cup non-fat, reduced-sugar vanilla yogurt scoop of your favorite fruit, Splenda or Sweet-n-Low to taste (about 2 packets), Handful of Ice, Blend together and chill.

The Hulk
2 scoops vanilla, ½ tbsp sugar-free pistachio pudding mix, 1 mint leaf or a few drops peppermint extract (optional), 1 few drops green food coloring (optional), 8 oz cold water or low-fat milk , 3-5 ice cubes, Add all ingredients to blender, blend, and pour into cup. This tastes great without the mint so don’t worry if you don’t have it around. The shake is a light green even without the food coloring but if you want it green (like The Hulk!), you’ll need a few drops.

Tropical Fruit Freeze
Mix one serving of strawberry according to directions. Then, add ¼ cup frozen, unsweetened peaches, ¼ cup pineapple, and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Thick Banana Protein Shake
1 cup skim milk, 2 tsp. safflower oil, Several pieces of ice, 1 banana, 1 package of Carnation Instant Breakfast, (any flavor–strawberry, chocolate, cappuccino, French vanilla, chocolate malt), Mix together in blender until ice is completely crushed and mixed well.

Tropical Pleasure
8 oz water, ½ tsp pineapple extract, ½ tsp coconut extract, 1 tbsp heavy cream
½ frozen banana, 1 heaping scoop (1 oz) of Egg Protein, Stevia or Agave to taste (optional), 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Tropical Treat
8 oz water, ½ banana (frozen), 2 tbsp low fat sour cream, 1 tsp coconut extract
10-15 drops liquid stevia (optional), 1.5 oz. protein of choice (vanilla flavor)

Two Berry Delight
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries, ½ cup raspberries, ½ cup water, 1 cup ice, 1 packet of sweetener, ½ cup milk, 1 cup orange juice vitamins or protein powder, Put all ingredients except ice in blender and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend to give it a frozen smoothie consistency

Vanilla Banana Creamy
1-2 scoops of vanilla powder, 6-8 oz of water or whole (or 2%) milk, 6 ice cubes, 1 banana, Mix in a blender on medium for 1 minute. Pour into a tall glass.

Vanilla Coffee Delight
10-12 oz. low-fat milk, 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, ½ cup low-fat coffee flavored ice cream, Add all ingredients in blender. Blend and enjoy.

Vanilla Nut
1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 ½ cups skim milk, ¼ cup raw organic oatmeal, 1 tbsp raw cashew butter, ½ tsp cinnamon

Vanilla Shake
½ cup milk, skim, ¼ cup yogurt, plain, fat free, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, 4 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds.

Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie
1 cup plain, fat free yogurt, 1 scoop Vanilla powder, ¼ cup milk, skim, Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Whey Egg Nog
Mix one serving of vanilla according to directions. Then, add ½ tsp ground allspice, 1 graham cracker (4 small squares) and 3 ice cubes. Blend at high speed for 45 seconds and serve.

Wild Berry Boost
2 scoops vanilla, 8 raspberries, 4 strawberries, 15 blueberries, 16 ounces nonfat milk, ½ cup ice cubes

Yogurt Smoothie
Blend 1-2 scoops of Any Whey Protein into your favorite no added sugar smooth yogurt flavor and ½ cup milk.

The Cutting Primer

The Cutting Primer

Let’s get a few things straight…
1. All of the insights I’m about to provide are not person-specific. What that means is that it is a general guideline, not a bible.
2. I truly do believe that bodybuilding is 80% diet. You can lift your ass off daily, and still look horrible if you aren’t eating right.
3. You are what you eat. It’s just that simple.

The BASICS-
1.Postworkout Nutrition-
I’m a firm believer that PWO nutrition is hands down the most important aspect of dieting. It is within the 15 minutes after a workout that your body is in dire need of nutrients. It is a completely anabolic state, and what you take in can be optimized to ensure maximum results. A general rule of thumb is 40-60 grams whey protein, and double the amount of whey in carbohydrates (50% dextrose/50% maltodextrin).

2. Carbs- You are damn right, carbs. In a strict cutting diet the majority of your carbs should come in the form of PWO nutrition, and the remainder in breakfast. Fibrous veggies are a staple, but keep in mind that they don’t count towards intake, as they have negligible impacts on blood sugar levels. (Exceptions: Carrots, Peas) All high glycemic carbs outside of PWO should be avoided. The best sources of low GI carbs can be found in oatmeal and brown rice, as well as yams.

3. Protein- You need tons. 1.5-2.0 grams per pound of lean bodyweight is a good general rule of thumb. You should take in a good portion of your protein in the source of real meals, avoid intaking too many shakes, as real food comes to a better benefit. The list foods with high protein bioavailability is extensive, and I will only cover a few, (Egg whites, Lean steak, Chicken breast, the list goes on forever….).

4. Fats- Guess what? You need fat to lose fat. We are talking about the granddaddy of fats, the EFA (Essential Fatty Acid). Good sources of fat are ( Flax Oil, Nuts, Salmon, Olive Oil).

5. The separation of Carbs and Fats- This is a hotly debated issue, but again, in my opinion, an important aspect nonetheless. Remember that it is often when you eat items and with what you eat them that is more important than what you are eating. A mouthful, I know, but stay with me. Remember that when you take in certain carbs, you can spike your insulin levels. If you are taking in fats when your insulin has been spiked, you are allowing the basic laws of physiology to act out, and you allow for a higher propensity for fat storage. Separation is key. The sample diet will give a good example of how to separate them.

6. Supplements-

Glutamine: Helps prevent catabolism when cutting. Best used in dosages of 10grams daily, 5 grams before cardio, 5 grams at another interval, but not after workout as it fights for absorption with the glutamine peptides in whey.
ALA/R-ALA: Gets my supplement of the day award. R-ALA is effective in lowering the spike of insulin when certain carbs are consumed. I could give you a dissertation on the stereoentisomeric properties of the R, but all you need to know is that it has been found to shuttle carbohydrates away from adipose and into myocytes. Translation: Away from fat cells, into muscle cells. It’s a supplement, however, not a miracle worker. It’s not a crutch, and won’t do anything about fat intake. ALA and R-ALA can also aid in the expedition of the ketogenic state. Remember that if you buy R-ALA that you supplement it with Biotin. Glucorell-R is prepackaged with it. If you can afford it, go for it. As far as dosage, with the R, you are looking at 1-2 pills of Glucorell R for each 30-40grams of carb intake.
Protein and Carb Shakes: I’m not going to cover protein, because even if you can’t afford it, you should sell a kidney to get some. Carb drinks are rather convenient, and companies offer pre mixed dosages, (CarboHit, Glycoload, UltraFuel). Dextrose and Maltodextrin can be bought from most supplement stores or online.

7. Cheating- Cheating is essential. Why? Remember, the body runs on homeostasis, it likes to keep balance. After eating so well after a week, your body begins to adjust, and fat loss over time will not be as rapid. The other extremely important aspect is mental sanity. So many diets crash and fail because people don’t give themselves a chance to breath. Remember, cheating is not an opportunity for you to pillage the entire mall food court. Shoot for a cheat meal, not an all out binge. A fast food value meal can be 2,000 calories. Eat that 3 times on one day, and you’ve consumed 6,000 calories. And that’s not good in any case.

8. Cardio- Cardio and cutting usually go hand in hand. I won’t go into specifics about length, other than cardio shouldn’t be excessive. 45 minutes to one hour daily should be sufficient, and should be performed on an empty stomach.

Sample Diet:
Note: This is a sample diet for a 200 pound gentleman who is wishing to cut. We can assume his BF to be around 15%. This diet will NOT work for you if those criteria don’t apply to you; however it is easy to customize the below diet to take in account your own statistics. It is the principles that are applicable.. I am not going to post the total amount of calories, only the carb, protein and fat macros for the whole day.

Meal 1:
Lean Protein, 1/2 cup oatmeal

Meal 2:
Protein shake/Lean Protein (2 tbsp flax

Meal 3:
Veggies, Lean Protein

Workout

Meal 4:
PWO Nutrition

Meal 5:
Veggies, Lean Protein, 1/2 cup rice or oatmeal.

Meal 6:
Shake with Flax

That turns into approximately 300 grams protein, 130 grams Carbs, and 50 grams of fat.

*Reminder: This is a PRIMER. It’s not mean to be comprehensive.

Here comes the fun part: Question and Answer….

Q: What about dairy?
A: If you don’t mind a soft look, fat free cottage cheese is an excellent caseinate source, but as for milks- way too much processed sugar. NO.

Q: Should I do a keto diet?
A: Unless you are morbidly obese, or would like to drag your wilted muscles behind you, stay away from keto. Again, that’s my opinion. You can see my previous posts for my anti-keto ranting.

Q: What about cycling carb intake?
A: Obviously on non workout days you will be without a shake, so you will be auto-cycling. It works well that way.

Q: Is sodium an issue?
A: Outside of the bloating issue, or if you have high cholesterol, no.

Q. How do I make my meals not taste like cardboard?
A. Be creative. Mix in some sugar free jam or splenda in your oats, some hot sauce or soy sauce on your meats, or pick up some sugar free ketchup.

Q. I don’t like old fashioned oats. Can I eat the pre mixed oats with fruit?
A. No. Be a man. Those mixes have ridiculous amounts of sugar.

Q. What about fruit?
A: Fruit replenishes glycogen stores in the liver, and in my opinion, is not to be a staple of a strict cutting diet, with a few exceptions.

Q: Can I eat steak while cutting?
A: Definitely. Make sure it’s a leaner cut.

“Obsessed is a the word that lazy people use for dedicated.”

8 Tips For Beginners Wanting To Lose Weight

8 Tips For Beginners Wanting To Lose Weight




EVERYONE who wants to get leaner should read this article. Sometimes we veterans forget what we once knew or we don’t practice what we now know. If you’re a beginner, this will be an introduction. If you’re experienced, let this be a reminder.


1. JUST GET STARTED – TAKE DECISIVE ACTION!

There are so many opinions about how to lose body fat that many people end up completely confused and they don’t do ANYTHING!
They’ve read about 27 ways to diet, 34 ways to do cardio, 101 ways to lift weights and 79 supplements to take. But they still don’t have a clue how to start.
You stuff your brain with so much information it feels like it’s going to explode, but then you never do anything about it. You’re like a deer stuck in headlights. Sound familiar?
I call this the “paralysis by analysis” syndrome.

The most important thing you can do is take action. Just begin the journey and figure it out as you go. Better still; get a coach or trainer right from the start.
Actually, losing fat is not that complicated. You don’t need a PhD in exercise physiology to figure out that any exercise is better than no exercise. You don’t have to be a genius in nutritional biochemistry to figure out that an apple is better than a pop tart. Getting lean is simple: Exercise. Eat healthier foods. Eat smaller portions. Isn’t this stuff just common sense? Didn’t your mother tell you this?

So what’s stopping you? What makes you freeze up?

If you’re like most people, FEAR is stopping you. You’re so afraid of doing something wrong, you choose to do nothing rather than make a mistake or look foolish.
What you must understand is that people who accomplish much and people who accomplish little BOTH have fears. The difference between the two is that the latter feels the fear and lets it immobilize them. The former feels the fear and does it anyway.

Begin the process. You can always fine-tune your program as you go. Naturally, it’s better to aim and then fire, but its better to fire and then adjust your aim later than not to fire at all. You can’t win a battle by hiding in the trenches.

2. WALKING IS A GREAT WAY TO START A CARDIO PROGRAM

Ok, so you’ve decided to forge ahead in spite of your fear and start working out. Congratulations. Now what? How do you choose between Stairmaster, Tae Bo, Lifecycle, Yoga, Kickboxing, Elliptical machine, jogging, swimming, etc.?
Any exercise is better than no exercise so stop over-analyzing: just pick something and start. Just do it.

If you can’t make up your mind, then here’s the simplest, easiest, most guaranteed way for any beginner to successfully start a fat loss program:

Walk!

Here’s why:

It requires no equipment

It requires no knowledge of exercise technique

It can be done by almost everyone, regardless of experience

It can be done almost anywhere

It’s safe

For all these reasons, walking is the perfect way to begin. However, the better your condition becomes, the more you’ll need to advance to higher levels of exercise intensity to reach higher levels of fitness.

I’m not saying you should abandon walking, but if you decide to keep walking, a casual stroll will no longer do. For an experienced exerciser, I would consider walking a method of locomotion more than a serious workout.

There’s a big difference between walking for health vs walking for fat loss. Even a 10 or 15-minute casual walk has health benefits. But if you want to turn walking into an effective, fat-melting workout, you’ll need to push yourself for 30 minutes or more several days per week. Walking briskly uphill (or on an inclined treadmill) is an excellent fat-burning workout for anyone.

3. DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN MINUTIA – FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS

Read any book about success and it will tell you “pay attention to detail.” Sounds like good advice – unless you haven’t mastered the fundamentals yet. In that case, it’s the worst advice you could follow.

Every day people ask me questions like these:
“Should I use a fast acting protein powder like whey or would casein be better? What if I mix both and also add a little bit of Soy? If I use all of them, what ratio of the three would be ideal and when should I take them?”
“I want to do the ephedrine-caffeine stack and it says to take 20 mg of ephedrine with 200 milligrams of caffeine. The ephedrine comes in 25 milligram tablets, so should I chip a little bit off the tablet to get the right ratio?”

Do you see the problem here?

These are legitimate questions, but they’re completely moot if you’re eating doughnuts and sitting on the couch all day long. Fix your diet and get your butt moving first, then worry about the little things.

Emerson said, “The height of the pinnacle is determined by the breadth of the base.” The heights you reach will depend entirely on how broad a foundation you build. Great coaches such as Vince Lombardi and John Wooden credited most of their success to drilling their players on fundamentals.

Forget about ALL the minutia until you have the fundamentals down cold!

Forget about supplement dosages

Forget about macronutrient cycling

Forget about tempo manipulation

Forget about glycemic indexes

Forget about the latest Bulgarian or Russian periodization program

Master the fundamentals first!

The fundamentals of fat loss include: (1) Do your cardio, (2) Lift weights, (3) Burn more calories than you consume (4) Eat 5-6 small, frequent meals and never skip meals, (5) Keep your fat intake low, but include small amounts of good fats, (6) Eat natural foods; avoid processed & refined foods, (7) eat more complex carbs, fruits & vegetables, (8) eat lean proteins with each meal, (9) Think positive: visualize yourself as you would like to be.

If you’re not doing all these things, and you’re looking for the perfect supplement stack or the optimum periodization plan, I’m afraid you’re barking up the wrong tree.
I don’t want you to think that details don’t matter – they do. The “Law of Accumulation” states that every success is a matter of hundreds or even thousands of tiny efforts that often go unnoticed or unappreciated. Everything counts. Everything either helps or hurts. Nothing is neutral.

The problem is when you get bogged down in minutia before you’ve even learned the basics. Minor details produce minor results. Major fundamentals produce major results.

Don’t major in minor things. Lay your foundation first, then move on to the finer points. And remember, as Jim Rohn says, always be suspicious of someone who says they’ve found a new fundamental.

4. KNOW YOUR CALORIES

The most important dietary factor in fat loss is not how many grams of carbohydrate, protein or fat you eat, the most important factor for fat loss is calories. Eat more than you burn each day and you will store fat. Eat less than you burn each day and you will lose fat.It’s just that simple.

Where the calories come from is important too, but unless you understand the calorie concept, nothing else matters.

I’m appalled at how many people claim to sincerely want to lose body fat who admit they haven’t a clue how many calories they eat.
Get serious! If you don’t have the faintest idea how much you’re eating, how can you expect to make any progress?

Did it ever occur to you that your ONLY problem might be overeating!
Do you realize that too much of anything gets stored as fat?

That’s right – even if you’re eating nothing but “natural and healthy” foods, if you eat too many of them, you’re still going to get fat.

Portion control, my friend, portion control!
On the other hand, maybe you’re under-eating and slowing down your metabolism. There’s a fine line.

5. NEVER, EVER QUIT! MAKE FITNESS A LIFESTYLE!

Do you know what is the biggest mistake made by beginners?
They quit!

Remember in the January issue, where I mentioned how attendance in our gym shoots up for about 6-8 weeks around New Year’s? Well, it’s back to normal now because all the quitters dropped out already.
What’s especially sad is that most people quit right when they’re on the verge of making substantial progress.

Remember: You’re never a failure as long as you’re working on the progressive realization of a worthy goal. But the second you quit, then it’s official – you’re a failure.
Quitting should not even be an option because…

FITNESS IS A LIFESTYLE!

Don’t let these four words slip by you just because it’s an oft-repeated cliché. This is an important mindset! You have to stop thinking of getting in shape for a New Year’s resolution, vacation or wedding (or a contest, you bodybuilders). You must start thinking about getting healthy and in shape FOR LIFE.

When you’re just starting out, firmly resolve that quitting is not even an option. Don’t approach this endeavor with an “I’ll try” attitude. If you accept quitting as a possibility, you might as well not even start; just grab that remote control, a bag of chips and get back on the couch where you were before.
Also, understand that results may come slowly in the beginning if you’re not the genetically-gifted type. This process requires great patience and persistence for most people.

Most beginners never allow themselves the time it takes to get any momentum going. They expect too much too soon, get discouraged and quit.
It takes a big push to get started. It’s like getting a rocket off the ground – it uses most of its fuel just launching off the pad, but once it’s in the air and the inertia has been overcome, it can keep going with very little energy expenditure. Don’t quit just because it’s difficult to “launch!”

6. GET A PERSONAL TRAINER, COACH, OR MENTOR

Life is too just too short to learn everything there is to know on your own. Don’t waste time climbing the ladder only to find it’s leaning against the wrong wall! Learn from the experts. Get a trainer, personal coach, or mentor to help you start right – right from the start.


7. JOIN A GYM IF YOU CAN, BUT A SET OF DUMBBELLS ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO GET YOU STARTED

. In a well-equipped gym, the possibilities are endless, the atmosphere is motivational and people are there to help you.

More often than not, however, beginners start at home. That being the case, I admit that you don’t need a gym to get started. You also don’t need any of that garbage advertised on late night TV. The only piece of equipment you need has existed for over 100 years – that’s right, the humble DUMBBELL!

Remember – don’t overcomplicate this – think basics, basics, basics (and dumbbells are as basic as it gets.)

Dumbbells are the single most versatile piece of equipment in existence. You can perform hundreds, even thousands of exercises with dumbbells.

Ladies, a set of 3 to 20 pounds will be more than sufficient. Guys, a set from 10 to 40 pounds should do the trick (for now). I’ve also heard wonderful things about Powerblock dumbbells for space-saving, although I don’t have first hand experience to cite.
If you also get yourself a bench and clear out a little corner in your favorite room, then you’re ready to roll!

Here it is – The beginner’s all-dumbbell routine:

1. Dumbbell bench press (chest)

2. Dumbbell side lateral raise (shoulders)

3. One arm dumbbell row (upper back)

4. Dumbbell extension behind head (triceps)

5. Dumbbell Bicep curl (biceps)

6. Dumbbell Lunges (thighs)

7. Dumbbell One leg calf raise (calves)

8. Dumbbell leg curl (hamstrings)

9. Crunches (abs)

There you have it. Simple and effective. At home or in a gym.

If you’re just starting, do this routine for 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps per exercise, except calves and abs which you can go up to 20 reps. Rest 1 minute between sets. You’ll train your whole body in each workout, 2 -3 three days per week, non-consecutive days.

After 3 – 6 months, you’ll probably need to add exercises and move up to a split routine. (So I guess I have to do another article, called 8 tips for intermediates: How to keep going).

8. WEIGHT TRAINING IS NOT OPTIONAL – IT’S MANDATORY!

It’s is a common misconception that you should start with aerobic workouts and lose the fat first before adding weight training.
Unfortunately, the best you can hope for from diet and aerobics alone is to become a “skinny fat person.” You may lose weight, but you’ll have a poor muscle to fat ratio and a “soft” appearance.

Obviously, weight training is the key to developing strength and muscle. What few people realize is that weight training also increases fat loss, although it occurs indirectly.

Weight training is anaerobic and burns carbohydrates (sugar).Cardio is aerobic and therefore burns fat. So it seems logical to focus on aerobic training for fat loss.
However, something interesting happens “beneath the surface” when you lift weights. Weight training increases your lean body mass – aerobic training does not.
Low calorie dieting and aerobic training without weight lifting can make you lose lean body mass. If you lose lean body mass, your metabolism slows down, and this makes it harder to lose fat.

If you increase your lean body mass, you increase your metabolic rate and this makes it easier to lose fat. With a faster metabolism, you’ll burn more fat all day long – even while you’re sleeping!

If you have limited time, and your main priority is fat loss, then do a very brief weight training program and spend the majority of your time concentrating on cardio. But never neglect the weights completely – always do both, and if possible, devote equal attention to each.





Remember , 80% of your goals come from your diet. 10% from your training.

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3600 Calorie Meal Plan…Get big!

This is a good simple plan

Meal 1
1 cup egg whites (8 eggs), 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 tsp natural peanut butter

Meal 2
6oz chicken breast, 90g brown rice, 1 tsp natty pb

Meal 3 ( pre workout)Same as meal 1

Meal 4 ( post workout)150g lean ground beef, 85g uncooked pasta

Meal 5 6oz steak, 12 oz yam

Meal 6 ( before bed)Same as meal 1

Approximately
Cals 3600
Protein 320
Carbs 360
Fat 90

Depending on your protein powder the macros will vary.

Dessert that will build muscle and make you awesome!

200 g of regular (full fat ) yogurt has 7 g of saturated fat (not terrible but we are getting our diet tight and right!). Go with 0% to cut this fat out. Add in 1 or 2 table spoons of flavored fish oil to put healthy fat into your meal. Next add in some hemp seeds to add in even more EPA/DHA as well as a nice texture to the creamy yogurt

 

We Got A Badass

It is often said that pride goeth before a fall. Being aware of this I cautiously proclaim that I completed a 100 mile bike ride the other day. I averaged 20 mph and I made stops along the way. So in the end it took me six hours. I drank 5 camel Back water bladders at 70 oz each. 1 gatorade, 1 protein shake, 8 eggs and 4 slices of toast,1 glass of OJ, continued to Ingest 12 Gu’s, 6 chicken breasts, a huge container of 4 bean salad, 3 raviolis (yes thats right i said raviolis) , a whole tomato , and 3 sweet potato . Then I went home and ate dinner which was london broil, salad and 2 Dog Head pumpkin ales.

I am more proud of what I ate than the fact that I rode my first century in about 6 years it seems.

Homemade Energy Bars

 

 

A friend of mine gave me this receipe the other day and I picked up the ingriedients from the store . As soon as I got home I made up a batch of these delicious Paleo bars. Perfect for long rides or runs or for the weight room.

These will add 10 lbs to your dead lift no problem.

Ingredients for Energy Bar
1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder, (optional: regular cocoa powder)
1.5 cups pitted dates
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
1/2 cup unsalted walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries, optional: goji berries, dried cherries
1-2 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions for Energy Bars/Balls
Put your pitted dates in the food processor and puree until they’re smooth.
Add coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, flax seed, and vanilla. Pulse a few times until they’re combined.
Add almonds and walnuts and pulse again. Depending on how fine you want the texture of the nuts, be careful not to pulse too many times.
Stir in dried cranberries.
Transfer the date mixture to a pan lined with wax paper. Press the mixture down with a large wooden spoon until they’re about half an inch thick. Cover with Saran wrap and chill in refrigerator until they’re hard. Cut into squares

“You may as well live a little, we’re all gonna die anyway.”

Pork rinds in bags, from the central United States

Pork, the other white meat.

World famous whitewater rafting in the Valley.

“Hey Bart, pass me that chicken parm, I’m bored.”

These are the words of advice that I get from the out of shape flabby smokers and drinkers who like to eat shit all day long. What I feel like saying back to them is “you’re gonna die young because you don’t take care of yourself so since you have little value for your life as it i, why don’t you just stop breathing right now and get it over with.” Instead of saying this I just tell them that I want to be around long enough to see my kids get old. I’m diplomatic.

All of this has to do with what I’m eating. At lunch you can see a myriad of delicious junk food being substituted for real nutritious food. Pizza, fast food, big giant sodas, loads of mayo, tons of ketchup, potato chips, lots of worthless white bread and cheap mozzarella loaded with oil. Then, sitting there is me with  3 chicken breasts, a gargantuan salad, some brown rice and maybe a handful of walnuts. All home made and cooked clean.

So chicken parm guy with his fried chicken and gopping loads of mozzarella on a white role is gonna tell me that I should live a little cause we are all gonna die anyway.

This is some highly profound and philosophical shit here folks! This guy has it all figured out! Man, I thought skydiving or white water rafting was a great way to “live a little” but as it turns out “living a little” is all about eating chicken parm and then sitting on your fat ass for the rest of the day……my bad.

One time I said to one of these drones that ” I will be living a little when I’m 60 or 70 and my arteries are clean and clear and I’m walking on the beach with my wife & kids.” Of course to contrast this statement I had to mention that when he gets to 60 or 70 he will probably be on his 3rd bypass or dead.

This isn’t a once in a while phenomena that occurs. It’s all the time. At least it seems like it’s all the time. I get it though, believe me I do! Some food is just really delicious and when you taste it you don’t care if it’s bad for you. But I reserve these moments of tasteful bliss for special moments or occasions where being picky may not play out right. If I am invited to dinner I will eat what the person makes for me. If it’s hardly healthy I can just eat a small portion and usually there is some salad or something I can load up on. You have to be creative sometimes. But on a day to day basis you have got to be consistent with your healthy diet. Consistency is key to anything you do in life. If you consistently eat healthy it will affect you in very positive ways. So I see no reason in eating crap when I’m at work or just because “its that kinda day.”

Let me give you a quick glance of my diet on a workday as opposed to someone else I work with.

4 am I get up and have a quick protein shake

I get ready for work and then eat a few egg whites and an orange. Maybe a tablespoon of peanut butter.

6:45 When I get to work I make my second breakfast, lots of egg whites, avocado and Ezekiel bread.

7 am my shift starts.

Mid morning around 10 am I have a protein shake or I will eat some chicken and veggies (depends on how busy we are)

Around noon we eat lunch….usually chicken and rice or a sweet potato or I will re heat left overs from dinner the night before.

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(Homemade chicken fingers. Breaded and baked.)

3pm is another feeding , either a shake or some more chicken and veggies.

Around 6 is dinner time. I like to eat either organic beef or venison or a nice piece of Salmon. I only eat wild caught salmon and stay away from any farm raised salmon (too many antibiotics and they add pink dye to the fish….yuck!)

Around 8 I will do another dinner , usually very small.

Then some cottage cheese or greek yogurt around 10pm

If we have a quiet night that’s usually about it but if we have a real busy night shift and we are running a lot Then I just keep grabbing food and eating. In fact I really start to chow down at this time. Going without sleep into the morning hours after working all day is a heck of a way to go into a catabolic state and start losing muscle mass. The lack of sleep puts stress on you that eats away at you and it’s not good.

A few days ago I worked a whole shift (24 hrs) without sleeping. I probably ate close to 10,000 calories by the time the next shift showed up.

Now lets look at what someone else eats when they come to work.

They wake up and drink coffee and pick up a buttered roll for breakfast.

They eat snacks like cookies and drink more coffee throughout the morning.

Lunch time is a chicken parm or a couple of hot dogs and soda and chips.

More soda and junk before dinner.

Dinner is either pizza or white spagehtti with meatballs that were fried.

Ice cream for dessert. Nothing sadder than seeing grown men eating ice cream together.

The way I eat produces results. I have energy, I keep myself bulked up which means I conserve muscle (which you need to have for this job) and I stay healthy.The way this guy eats is just horrendous and I can’t believe he is actually still alive!

I don’t care about “living a little” what I care about is living large and living a lot! When it comes to being healthy I can see no comprimise. What you put into your body is probably one of the most important decisions that you can make. That is how I see it and I don’t really think I am wrong.

Thanks for reading.

“The obstacle is the path”

Enter Buritto

This here is a big ‘ol plate of good,goody,goodness.

A beef burrito with beans , fat free cheese, lightly sauteed greens with lots of garlic,roasted sweet potato with spinach and cranberrys.

So proud I’m gonna cry……

burrito

 

Now I know you may not be interested in a bulking diet like myself but you can still eat this. Just don’t eat as much. Dieting 101 right there folks.

 

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