The last two days have been exhausting, and the next few weeks will reflect the same. Yes, I’m always exhausted, but someone close to me had a fairly significant surgery, and anyone who has spent their days going back and forth to a hospital knows how taxing that can be. I DO recommend doing it – especially for someone you really care about. But it’s exhausting nonetheless (I also worry too much).
HOWEVER. This post is about something unrelated to being exhausted. Or is it? One of these days I will put together a post that shows a bit of a timeline of just how exactly I got from Pasta Roni and Dr. Pepper to making my own grass fed beef heart chili, but that day is not today. What you get today is the one single book that made things CLICK for me. Really click. I was making progress in being healthier (including buying organic, wild caught when possible, grass fed on occasion), but I still didn’t know HOW to eat. (Quick tip – it’s different for everyone – everyone has a unique body with unique DNA and unique amazing nutrition and food processing – no two people will feel exactly the same with the exact same foods). I started getting into podcasts last summer, and I found the Fat Burning Man. I didn’t know who he was. I didn’t watch the Biggest Loser and really hadn’t found any “food” people at this point in time. I’d heard about Paleo and Keto, but as far as I knew it was meat, meat, meat, up the protein, down the carbs (that’s not paleo – or keto – to be discussed later). The Fat Burning Man (better known by his momma as Abel James) has an amazing podcast. He actually has a “radio” or “broadcasting” voice, and for me, I could listen to him non-stop. Not quite Liam Neeson or Morgan Freeman, but you get my point. While there are several other experts in the same or similar fields as Abel which I have come to love, Abel has to be given credit for really getting me hooked in. After listening to a few hours of different podcasts and interviews and ramblings and thoughts and all the things that come up on his podcast, I realized I needed his book. The Wild Diet. Now, there are other books I own. And love. And in some instances find more helpful than Abel’s book. But guys, this was my lightbulb over the head. It just clicked for me.
So here’s this book. With recipes. With some nerdy sciencey gut stuff that was actually broken down enough so that I could follow it. You know, after googling a few terms. But it flowed. He’s not preaching a specific diet. He’s preaching FOOD. Healthy food. And that eating healthy to nourish your body doesn’t have to be hard. I love this book. I can’t brag about it enough. If you are interested in it and aren’t sure about it, it’s literally $12 right now on Amazon. You can find it in paperback HERE. I personally have the hardback (which right now is a whopping $16.21 on Amazon). And guys, for me? It was WORTH it. Now, I don’t always stick to Abel’s sage advice. And my weight fluctuates. My stress also fluctuates. But (in case I haven’t made my point clear) this book is THAT book. I’ve seen diet books. Keto books. Paleo books. And you know what? So many people get it WRONG. “I’m keto, and I’m losing weight!”. But are you…healthier? Did that <insert problem here> go away? Too many books (and blogs and foodies) out there are preaching the wrong message. Their methods work. But only for a little while. But you know what? Some highlights. I love from Abel’s book.
- 80% of your “fit” body (or whatever) – DIET. Not being on a diet. Your diet. What you put in your body. Diet is one of those words that gets used in a few different ways. So note – when I say “diet”, I’m referring to your own personal regimen. Not some new fad like Atkins or the Blood Type Diet or South Beach. I’m talking about learning about FOOD. And what foods work for you. And what foods don’t.
- That means 20% comes from fitness (and sleep and how you treat your body). Guys, for me? This is really good news. Because I do yoga, but it’s usually gentle yoga (the easy stuff that focuses more on the mental aspect and breathing). I have a home gym, but I sorta don’t really like to work out or sweat. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great for you, and I recommend you do it safely under the advice of a personal trainer if need be (I know a great one in Denton, TX if you’re local and need a referral – fill out my contact form or ping me on social media). But it makes me really happy to hear I can eat yummy food and work out “a little” and make other healthy choices (like not smoking, limit alcohol intake, etc) and that most of my six pack will be dependent on that yummy healthy food.
- 80% isn’t a daily thing. You don’t eat a nice breakfast (maybe fatty coffee or a green smoothie), have a nice lunch (maybe some grilled chicken and fresh veggies) and a dinner (maybe a steak and some grilled veggies) and have your 20% be cheesecake you got from the Cheesecake Factory. If you are “a little bit bad” every day, you’re more likely to end up with that 80% steadily declining. Abel suggests considering 80% over a week’s timeframe. Maybe you have a ‘cheat’ dinner on Saturday night. But the rest of your week is super healthy. That way you get A WHOLE MEAL. But to be honest, I find myself needing less and less of that cheat meal. Abel focuses on “feasting” at night. What works best for him is basically no breakfast (I know, crazy, but I’ve done it! It’s really not that bad. Think about this real quick. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU ACTUALLY HEARD YOUR STOMACH GROWL OUT LOUD? This is ok – you probably won’t die from a growling stomach.).
So, the link is above if you are interested, or just click on the image below (ladies, he’s married – guys, she’s a professional video gamer).
Thanks, and Stay Shiny!