One last time…

Been there...

Been there…

If there’s one phrase I need to eliminate from my vocabulary, this is it.

It’s the bane, and the source of many failures for every overweight person out there.  It’s the thought process of needing to go and have a gorge of favourite meals as if you’ll never be having them again after adopting a new eating plan.

The problem with this is that you’re now eating a bunch of foods that you should really be avoiding in the first place, and it’s never really ever “one last time”. Somewhere in there you’ll always find an excuse to have it again, which in a way isn’t such a bad idea. When I first started, I knew that denying myself my favourites were going to be recipe for disaster and a setup for failure. As with anything (and as I often repeat) moderation is the key. Eat a small amount and slowly to satisfy the craving. You don’t need half a Pizza when a slice will do. Rewarding yourself with your favourites is also a good motivator, just don’t be too generous with yourself! After a while you may find yourself not wanting some of your “rewards” as badly as you did, knowing the extras calories it’s putting into you body that you really don’t want and now have to work off!

Granted, there are some foods or types of foods (like processed and fast food) that should be dropped entirely. However the real “last time” for them should be the time before you had the thought that this was going to be the last time! Eating any of that now is just a crap-load of bad calories that you don’t need.

Coconut Oil and… Coffee???

In case you didn’t know (or figure it out by now),  I’m a huge advocate of coconut oil.

While reading an article today on various “healthy fat” foods, it had mentioned about putting coconut oil in your coffee as an easy way to incorporate it into your morning intake.

Wait? What???

The first article was a little vague on how to do this, but I found another article (click here) that explained it further.

Actually, let me backtrack a little and explain about fats for breakfast. There’s more and more research coming out understanding the role that fats play in our overall well being, and debunking much of the “low fat” diets that have been prevalent over the years. Much of what we were previously taught was bad for us, is in fact good for us, as we understand the roles they play. A fat isn’t just a fat anymore. According to a 2010 study in the International Journal of Obesity, a breakfast with a source of higher fat actually burned more carbs and fats throughout the day. Couple that with the other benefits of coconut oil, and it make for a heck of a kick-start to the day! For those who need further incentive, here’s a list of the health benefits of coffee (click here). And now back to our regularly scheduled program…

Anyway, it’s pretty easy. It’s adding about a tablespoon of coconut oil and mixing in a blender (or a magic Bullet in our case). The results is a coffee with a creamy appearance and a foam head like a cappuccino. The taste: not bad at all! Slightly oily taste, but since coconut oil is very palatable, it’s nothing that takes away from the coffee. As the article stated it’s a great alternative the the processed oil creamers (which are oil anyway). I think this is my new morning routine. Give it a try!

Cross the border!

So we decided to make a family trip to Spokane, WA from our home in BC for a few days. My wife has a not-so-secret love affair with someone named Fred Meyer, and I’m always in for going somewhere new. Now we had to do a bunch of last minute plan changes (details messy and unimportant) but managed to salvage things and here we are in the USA!

Our first stop was the Walmart in Coleville to get much of the supplies that we couldn’t bring across the border (but they can import and export, go figure). I had heard that there was a price difference when crossing the border, but I didn’t realize how much until I saw it for myself! A lot of food items were easily half the price of what we would pay up here (dairy especially).  It’s really noticeable on how much were ripped off on organic foods. A bag of baby carrots was $1.44, while a same sized bag of organic baby carrots is $1.88. We’d easily pay 50% more or more because it has an “organic” label on it in Canada! I’d be buying organic all the time if I had these prices to shop from!

Despite the bounty of cheap (or what I considered cheap) food, I also noticed a disproportionately large amount of obese people walking around the store. But, after seeing how processed food is even cheaper than fresh, I can see the trap.

Buying cheap now just means you’ll pay for it later on.

 

 

 

 

And how the hell do you guys afford fast food down here? You’re paying the same amount at a Subway as we are!?!?!?

I have a dream…

I want to make a gym, just for fat people.

Find some humorous or ironic name for it, but with serious intentions. What people would pay could be based on scale (no pun intended); as like the more weight you needed to lose, the more you needed to be there, so the less you pay. Have them with other people who are going through the same struggles and understand, and not surrounded by “perfect” bodies and juice monkeys. Have trainers who were obese themselves to serve as inspiration; perhaps use other members to show that yes, it is possible. Show the benefits and necessity of proper nutrition and eating habits, which to me is as – if not more – important as exercise.

And finally, to have a day where they must leave once they’ve reached their goal. To be able to say to them “I’m sorry, but you’re too skinny to be here. Your journey here is done. It’s time for you to go. Congratulations!” How awesome would that be!

I figure that if I put it out there, maybe the universe will one day help make it come true!