Normally I would try to write on these subjects myself. But in the article sampled here and linked at the bottom, Peter Defty (the man who coached me through my transition to using fat as fuel), breaks down some flaws seen in resent articles highlighted by the national press. Why are these articles highlights? Because companies like Pepsi, Coke and Gatorade, who push drinks loaded with sugar, have a combined advertising budget over half a BILLION dollars! What pays for media?....Advertising.
Sample from Peter's article: Ms. Clark questions the sustainability of a fat-adapted diet by saying: “No pasta, no potato, no birthday cake, no fun…..” How fun are metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance/diabetes, heart disease, Celiacs/IBS/Crohn’s, GI issues, bonking or cancer relative to giving up some pasta, bread, potatoes and birthday cake?
Clearly Peter and I are big believers in OFM and not huge fans of pasta, potatoes and birthday cake. Why? Because we have seen OFM work over and over again for a wide variety of people. Is it the perfect diet for everyone? No. But Peter sums it all up well at the end of his article.
OFM is not a “fad”. OFM is a holistic program to getting the body back to using fat as the principal fuel source for aerobic metabolism, the way evolution shaped humans. This approach is based upon science and real world results athletes who have adopted OFM are achieving. We won’t “tell” you our system is better but do invite you to investigate for yourself how getting your body back to burning “fat as fuel” will make you a better, stronger and healthier athlete not to mention when you do use carbohydrates they will work much better than they do in the world advocated by the high carb “experts”.
My website host says that around 100 new people look at this blog each day. That means either: A) People are really interested in ways to start eating healthier and feeling better OR B) Our URL is really close to that of a porn site. Although it is probably B, it's about time for another post just incase. I just had a long conversation with a friend and we agreed that 'self-help' books that don't give you exact step by step instructions to achieve what they promise suck. Therefore, as my other blogs have attempted to do, I'll give you 4 easy items you can change today to start losing weight and/or feeling better.
Please just remember I am NOT a Doctor or trained dietitian. I spend a great deal of time reading the science on OFM and am almost 2 1/2 years into an experiment on my own body. If it turns out sugar and processed food are really healthy and you want to sue- odds are I'll be dead from lack of sugar.
1) Stop drinking crap!
This shouldn't be a shocker. I'm nearly certain you have heard this before and probably said to yourself "I only drink 1 soda a day", "A few beers at night doesn't hurt anything", or "Water makes my mouth bored".
When you go get your triplefrappamochachino with whipped cream, you might as well just sit down, eat some sugar cubes and skip your workout for the day instead. "I'll just have a sweet tea with lunch. Tea is good right?" NO! Have you ever made sweet tea yourself? You take a little bit of tea and add an ass-ton of sugar. How about you have black coffee with some heavy whipping creme? It might take you a few days to adjust but I think you can handle it. Kill Cliff, the title sponsor of the Destin Marathon, (double shameless plug, yes!) just sent me some of their new Epic Mojo iced coffee...4g carbs for the regular black type. Now that's a sensible choice.
Ok, you can handle black coffee and water or unsweet tea during the day but what about happy hour? No one wants to look uncool around their co-workers and drink water. You look at the chart above and decide you will just have vodka tonic since the vodka bar is really small on the chart and it is clear so it must be low in sugar. Wrong! Tonic and most other mixers are full of sugar. A better choice would be vodka and soda with lime. "But it doesn't taste like anything." Here's a trick: carry a little bottle of your favorite Mio in your purse or man-bag and add a few drops to your drink. I think red wine is the real sleeper here. There are so many different kinds, I'm sure you can find one or two that you can choke down. If you must drink that micro-brew beer, try not to drink a dozen of them...I mean, if you are really trying to improve your body.
2) Goodbye bread....It's not you, it's me
Bread is really tasty- And who can pass up something "free" at a restaurant when you are so hungry and about to pay $30 for a steak? (like those damn tortilla chip at the Mexican restaurant) Anyway do I really need a graphic and another paragraph for this? Don't eat bread. Yes tortillas are bread.
3) Dear Potatoes, I think it's better if we are just friends
I love potatoes. Mashed, fried, chipped, roasted, souped, saladed, or baked but like our friend bread, they are packed with carbs. If eating out order no potatoes, double veggies. At home I like this super easy recipe to use just like mashed potatoes. I tried it on my co-workers today and they all approved.
Fake Mashed Potatoes
-1 big head cauliflower (don't worry it won't taste like cauliflower once we get done with it!)
-1 package FULL fat Cream Cheese
-1 package other shredded cheese of your choice
-Heavy whipping cream
Steam, boil, microwave or otherwise make the cauliflower mushy. It should come apart easy with a folk. I would use just the puffy flower parts unless you really want to eat the tree trunk part. Throw those cooked cauliflower pieces in a blender, mixer or food processor with the cream cheese and just enough heavy cream to get it going. Once it looks like mashed potatoes you have a choice to make: either serve them like that or put them in a pan, cover them with shredded cheese and bake them at 350 for 30 min. If you don't like them I'll refund all the money you spent for this recipe.
4) Drunk food and drinks still count
This shouldn't even count as one of my 4 points, but I feel it is worth highlighting as a way you can help your body out. I'm not advocating that you get drunk but I have heard that sometimes it happens. And when it happens some people make really bad decisions. Now, I'm not here to judge you for making out with questionable people or puking in the Uber on the way home- but please DO NOT decide to end the night with a few margaritas, a pizza, and french fries. If this happens, not only will your Uber rating be crap and there be a photo of you groping questionable person on Insta, but you will have ruined all the work you did by following the previous 3 steps all week.
Click here to google "Drunk People Eating". (I just saved you from appearing on here)
To recap 4 things you can start today to improve your body and well-being. 1) Don't drink crap that is full of sugar- for breakfast, during the day, or at happy hour. 2) Bread = Bad. 3) Break up with potatoes. 4) All these rules still apply when you are drunk. Good luck and let me know how it goes!