One Month Down

Over the past month, I have changed my eating habits and started exercising a lot more and even had some sessions with a personal trainer. I would be lying if I said it was easy, but then it would also be a lie to say it was difficult. As I wrote about in “Nutrition Frustration” and talked about on The Illuminati Social Club (ISC Episode #18, “Food Fauxtrition”), there is a lot of really bad information when it comes to the subject of health and nutrition. When it came down to changing my eating habits, I looked at what I was eating too much of and started there. That made a world of difference.

I am not a doctor or healthcare professional. I am just a guy that has been struggling with his weight for a long time and I am here to tell you that there is no easy way to lose weight. The plan that I’m following works for me, but it may not work for you. Consult your family physician or a registered dietician for guidance. Stay away from fitness professionals (unless they’re giving you exercise advice), food bloggers, nutritionists, and anyone promoting fad diet products for diet advice.

The first thing I noted was that I eat way too much bread, cereal, and sweets. So, I cut those out, but not entirely and I will discuss that in a bit. I also drank too much milk (to go with those sweets), so I quit buying it. I have also cut out fast food and junk food. All of this has had a great effect on me, personally, and paired with increased exercise, has resulted in a drop off of 15 lbs. in a month as of this posting. I don’t miss the weight, and I don’t miss the foods I’ve cut back on. Why? I didn’t give them up.

I’m a social person and I get invited to dinner, parties, and I host get-togethers at my house. I am not going to turn my nose up at free food, nor at food that I love to eat. Yes, I’ve cut back on my carbs, but if I go to the neighbor’s for a cookout, you can be damn sure I’m eating a burger and hot dog both on buns. I will eat the potato salad, and even have dessert. When I go to a restaurant I order from the menu like a regular person and I won’t claim gluten sensitivity or other allergies because I don’t have any allergies or aversions when it comes to food.

The toughest part was finding substitute snacks that are high in protein and low or no carbs. I started buying almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews and roasting those up with some oil (or butter) and seasoning. I also go to the Spanish market nearby for chicharrones (large, fried pork skins) which are also allowed by my diet.

There is no magic bullet or miracle pill regardless of what duplicitous TV doctors will have you believe. There are a lot of people selling a bill of goods that’s skillfully marketed as a dietary solution. They’re doing nothing more than capitalizing on people’s desperation. The only way to succeed is by being committed to giving up many of the foods you love and eating more of the healthy stuff. And if you get invited to dinner parties every night, you may have to practice extra willpower.