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Pizza may taste the greatest, but some days you have to recharge with all the nutrients you need to stay healthy with CF. These calorie-dense foods are also filled with vitamins and fiber, which are essential building blocks to a healthy diet. So be sure to include these in your next meal or snack.

Sometimes I lose my appetite for days or weeks - even the foods I normally crave become as appealing as eating paper towels. It normally goes hand in hand with sensory issues with the food. These are some of the tricks I’ve learned to make sure I get enough nutrition anyway

  • The first and most important thing is you need to remember that eating anything is better than eating nothing. You may need to suspend your normal standards or rules - eating foods that are less “healthy" than normal, eating the same thing over and over gain, or just not enjoying your food as much.
  • Energy (calorie) dense foods like nuts or energy bars are really helpful, especially if the actual process of eating is unpleasant. Sometimes its really nice to be able to eat a meals worth of energy in under a minute
  • Chewing gum helps me get my appetite going - If I am trying to get myself hungry for a meal I will often start with gum 30-40 minutes before.
  • I rely a lot on eating a little of something I’m comfortable with to pique my appetite and moving to a different food group afterwards. Eating the first thing is always the hardest - I find after I start my brain realizes that food is ok and I can move onto larger portions or a different food.
  • When I eat something sweet I tend to crave more sugar later. So I use this to my advantage and have a small portion of something with some sugar in it and then wait to be hungry for more. Sometimes I will try to eat something a little more nutritious the second time, others I just have more of whatever was finally able to pique my interest
  • For the same reason consider other foods you find hard to put down. I’ve heard that things with both carbs and fat in them are the most “addictive” and I use that when I’m struggling to get enough to eat. It’s ok if this is a “junk” food - remember eating anything is better than eating nothing
  • Ginger tea or ginger chews make my stomach feel better
  • Keep track of your food. It can be really informal, like making sure you don’t skip meals, or it can be some other strategy of keeping a food journal or counting calories. You don’t need to be super precise, it just helps remind you to eat when your body isn’t sending the right signals
  • Look at “food porn.” Scrolling through a food blog you love on tumblr or watching a cooking show can be a good way to get your appetite going
  • Have a nutritional drink like an ensure can help you make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need without much thought. I find ensure is best very cold or on ice.
  • Look for foods or categories of foods that seem easier to tolerate than the others. This might be something you know is easy on your stomach, something of a certain texture, something hot/cold, or just a favorite food. 
  • If there is a food that you find less unappealing than the others, or feels “safe” to you go for it, even if you’ve eaten it many times in the last few days. I even find having eaten a food or meal in recent memory helps convince my body its not gonna be harmful

anonymous asked:

My diet is aweful, but i'm naturally very skinny, to the point where people think I have anorexia. Because of my diet i'm very weak and my immune system isn't the best, but I can't eat massive meals because I have a small stomach. How do I get a healthier lifestyle without stuffing myself or losing more weight?

Hey anon, I understand what you’re saying.

In your case you will have to eat calorie dense food like nuts, avocados, fruits… They will help you get a high level of nutrients without eating big meals. You can also consume them in a shake:

https://www.gymaholic.co/articles/beginner-nutrition-plan-guide

Since your immune system isn’t the best, the goal is to eat healthy foods so you can get a maximum of micronutrients. Also, don’t hesitate to take a multivitamin supplement:

https://www.gymaholic.co/articles/multivitamin-benefits

Keep up the hard work!

Since I mentioned it, there is apparently a four essentials of Mandalorian cooking. Traviss only gives us one:

draluram, lit. bright mouth, a vivid and strong, distinct flavor.

But, I think two others are among the other big food-related adjectives in the lexicon:

heturam, lit. mouthburn, a sought-after burning in the mouth caused by spicy food

hetikles, lit. noseburn, a prized burning in the sinuses caused by certain spices comparable to the sensation of eating horseradish or wasabi

Absolutely relevant to that post about Mandalorians staring people down while deadpan eating spicy food. (They do have a third, apparently more general word for spicy: janad.)

And then, finally, because of its historical and cultural significance, the fourth is likely:

yai’yai, word used for a dense, high calorie food that is important due to a history of relying on smaller, portable ration-like foods

anonymous asked:

Hiya I'm 15 and I'm really skinny and I was wondering how I would be able to gain a lot of weight fast x

Don’t drink water before meals. This can fill your stomach and make it harder to get in enough calories.

Eat more often. Squeeze in an additional meal or snack whenever you can, such as before bed.
Drink milk. Drinking whole milk to quench thirst is a simple way to get in more high-quality protein and calories.

Try weight gainer shakes. If you are really struggling then you can try weight gainer shakes. These are very high in protein, carbs and calories.

Use bigger plates. Definitely use large plates if you are trying to get in more calories, as smaller plates cause people to automatically eat less.
Add cream to your coffee. This is a simple way to add in more calories.

Take creatine. The muscle building supplement creatine monohydrate can help you gain a few pounds in muscle weight.
Get quality sleep. Sleeping properly is very important for muscle growth.

Eat your protein first and vegetables last. If you have a mix of foods on your plate, eat the calorie-dense and protein-rich foods first. Eat the vegetables last.

Don’t smoke. Smokers tend to weigh less than non-smokers, and quitting smoking often leads to weight gain.

anonymous asked:

Hey Chris! I just needed to tell someone that I ate a chipotle burrito bowl yesterday which is HUGE for me because its one of my biggest fear foods and then today I went out for brunch and ate pancakes and eggs even though I've been vegan for three years. Is it okay in terms of recovery if I am eating more fear foods but less food overall? I assume I'm getting enough to eat because its more calorically dense. Love you!!

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU BEAUTIFUL!!!! Yes!!! As long as you are eating ENOUGH!!! Perfectly okay to have more calorie-dense foods even though it might seem like less volume, in my opinion! So proud of you :) I LOVE YOU

anonymous asked:

do you have any idea how I can gain weight? I'm a 19 y/o 5'6" girl, vegan, have fast metabolism, and have been underweight my entire life (never ever reached 100 lbs). :( thanks, any advice would be appreciated!

hi!! i would recommend eating more fats in your diet (nuts, avocado, seeds) and higher-fat proteins like tempeh and tofu, and toning down the less calorie-dense foods like greens and potatoes. you could also eat more high-calorie fruits like dates or dried fruit! hope this helps!!

anonymous asked:

Hi vegan parents. I am definitely on board with wslf. I even convinced my husband to do it. The both of us have been feeling pretty incredible. We both exercise pretty intensely because we like to, not because we essentially feel forced to. My appetite is generally small. I can't eat nearly as much as I would like to to recover from exercise. Is it okay to add some calorie dense foods like a handful of nuts to meet my calorie needs for day or should I stay away? I do eat dried fruit currently.

Absolutely. All people who push the boundaries of the human body have to either A strap on a feedbag or B move up the calorie density scale.
Go for walnuts and dried fruit (dates) with baked oats, that’d be a killer combo that will make up for a peckish appetite.

anonymous asked:

I've been vegan for a month or two now, and I'm actually trying to gain weight and I was just curious if you have any tips for gaining without eating junk? <3

Eat more calorie dense food and exercise less :)

anonymous asked:

Jen!!! Your videos and posts have been helping me so much as I start out my recovery. As I'm trying to gain weight back, I'm having trouble getting full really quickly. Do you have any tips on how to get more calories in? Thanks!

Aw thank you so much!!!!!!! Calorie dense foods will be your friend!!!! Try and eat more foods that have more calories in them vs. things like veggies and lower calories foods that will just make you super full but NOT give you the calories you need. I also found that snacking more often/eating more frequently helped alot. Even if you have to set a reminder, even if you have to eat when you’re not super hungry (because getting enough calories in is important). Also, Ensure and Boost are a good way to get calories in without feeling too full. They helped me ALOT at the start of recovery. Sending you love. Hang in there.

Wild Edibles

 heres some plants you may need to know in case of emergency

1.) hickory nuts

these  little guys are the most calorie dense wild food in the guide. One ounce of shelled-out hickory nut meat packs a whopping 193 calories, with most of that coming from fat. How do they taste? Well, you probably already know the answer to that. Most hickory nuts taste like their most famous relative, the pecan. These sweet and fatty nut meats can be used as a raw food, picked right out of the shell. The nut meats also can be used in all kinds of dishes. From porridge, to cookies, to a pecan-flavored crust for your favorite game bird, hickory is an underused hero in wild foods.

To make sure you have a hickory, look for a “double” nut shell, with a husk that peels off revealing a nut shell underneath. And make sure you don’t get a buckeye, which also have a double-layered nut shell, but are poisonous. Good hickory nuts have a multi-chambered inner nutshell (like a walnut), while the bad buckeyes have a solid nut meat (like an almond).

2.)  Black Walnut 

these nuts are probably the easiest to identify. Black walnuts look like green tennis balls. The rough round husks turn from green to a very dark brown as they lay on the ground in autumn. The nut meats are rich tasting and contain 173 calories an ounce. They are high in fat, with a fair bit of protein, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese. The wild animals might even let you get some, primarily because they don’t like to chew through those thick, bitter husks. This means that there can be black walnuts on the ground well into winter.

3.)  Pine Nuts

The nuts of any large pine tree are a classic western survival food. Measuring around 1,400 calories per cup, these nuts are more than half fat by weight, with some protein and carbs added in for good measure. Pine nuts are also a good source of thiamin and manganese, with a decent array of other B Vitamins and minerals.

4.) Hazelnut

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There are several species of hazelnut tree in Europe, Asia and North America. The most common tree in the US is the American hazelnut, which grows east of the Mississippi from Georgia to Maine. Just one ounce of the flavorful hazelnuts contains 170 calories and 4 grams of protein. The Hazelnut also carries a good portion of Vitamin E, thiamin, copper, and manganese.

5.)  Beech Nut

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Not the tobacco product, or the baby food, but the actual nut of a beech tree, can be a valuable and delicious wild food source. But you’ll have to be quick to beat the squirrels to them. Squirrels seem to favor these tree nuts above all others, and the animals have always had two-legged competition for them. Indian tribes, such as the Potawatomi, pounded the roasted seeds into flour, and many other cultures have used the oily sweet nuts for food. Look for the smooth-bark trees in eastern woodlands, and look for the small three-sided seed falling out of a prickly husk around early October. The nuts have 10 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein and 164 calories per ounce.

6.)  Oak Acorns

Though many folks are confused by the nuts of oak trees, acorns are one of the most abundant foods in this guide. Perhaps it was the fear of buckeye nuts, or the bitter flavor that acorns have, but I remember my father always telling me that acorns were poison. Well, not quite, pops. The bitterness of the acorn is from the irritating tannic acid, the worst offenses of which are upset stomachs and angry bowels.

7.)  Wild Rice

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This northern marsh grass plant has long been a valuable commodity in North America. Paddling an open canoe through the rice beds at harvest time allows you to bend the seed heads into the boat, tap them to release the rice, and then paddle out of there with a literal “boat load“ of rice after a few hours. The raw, uncooked rice is exactly 100 calories per ounce, and it contains some traces of B Vitamins, 4 grams of protein and numerous minerals.

8.)  Amaranth Seed

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These small, shiny black seeds are one of the most overlooked staple foods from the wild. Some amaranth species and varieties are grown for size or flavor, but the wild plants are plenty good enough to use. One cup contains 716 calories, 26 grams of protein, 30 percent of your daily calcium and almost a full day’s requirement of iron. These seeds can be boiled into a cooked grain or ground into flour. The leaves are also edible raw or cooked, but one cup of those only contains 6 calories.

9.)  Rose Hips 

The tangy, sweet, red-colored fruits of wild rose bushes come in at 162 calories per cup. They’re a good source of Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), Vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A and manganese. They are also a Vitamin C powerhouse containing 7 times your daily dose. To avoid getting the wrong fruit or berry, look for compound leaves and thorns on the rose bushes. The red rose hips should also be branching upward, not dangling fruits.

10.)  Persimmon

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The scientific name of this fruit is diospyros, which means “food of the gods.” If you are concerned that they are overselling the fruit, you are wrong. The completely ripe, native persimmon fruits are a sticky, gooey sweet treasure trove. The fruits of this eastern tree have 127 calories and a full day’s Vitamin C per cup of pulp. Look for very wrinkled fruits in late October. Unripe persimmons are very bitter and will give you a strong case of cotton mouth. Generally, the rougher they look, the sweeter they are.

11.) Jerusalem Artichoke

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This plant is neither from Jerusalem nor is it an artichoke, but this native sunflower relative does have a slightly sweet tuber, which carries 109 calories per cup. It contains lots of iron and potassium and contains 5 to 20 percent of your daily allowance in most of the B vitamins. Look for the small sunflower-looking bloom in the fall at the top of the tall plants, and dig up the tubers, which resemble ginger roots in shape (but not odor).

12.)  Elderberries

Numerous species of the small shrub known as the elderberry can be found throughout the world. The American Elder grows throughout eastern North America. These bushes produce small purple-black berries in large clusters during midsummer. The berries are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium, and boast 106 calories per cup. Just don’t munch on the leaves, or try to make a flute out of the hollow stem, as every part is hazardous except the ripe berries.

13.) Wild Grapes

More than 20 species of wild grape are found east of the Mississippi, ripening at different times from August through October. Depending on the species and sugar content, they are roughly 100 calories per cup. Most wild grapes carry decent amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, copper and potassium (one-tenth to one quarter of your daily requirement). Make sure it’s a grape though! The Canada Moonseed looks like a grape, but it is poisonous. Grapes should have one to four teardrop-shaped seeds, while the dangerous moonseed has only one seed, which is curved and flat. Also, grape vines have tendrils (curlicues), while the moonseed has no curly tendrils.

anonymous asked:

Being 16, should I eat more calorie dense foods (fats, lightly processed items) to prevent having to always stuff myself to get enough calories in?

Why do you feel like you need to stuff yourself to get enough calories?

Maybe if you’re new to the lifestyle, it takes a little bit for the stomach to adapt. But I don’t ever feel the need to over stuff myself of food to get enough calories!

anonymous asked:

Hi Maddie I love your Videos why when someone goes vegan it's easier to lose weight

Why is it easier for people to lose weight when going vegan?

Well, for one… not consuming animal products means you’re not consuming all the hormones, saturated fats, and generally high fat/calorie dense animal foods.

More plant foods means more nutrition. Also, plant foods are naturally LOW in calories and HIGH in fibre. This means we need to eat MORE plant foods to reach our caloric needs. This can really help people trying to lose weight because this means we don’t have to put our bodies into “starvation mode” aka restrict our calories (like we would need to do while eating animal products) to lose weight. We can happily eat in abundance, while nourishing our bodies properly, AND losing weight at the same time. Also, restricting your calories to lose weight can lead to more weight gain down the line.

Plant food is human food! 

I would link you guys to the article but I feel like you guys won’t actually go read it, and it’s really helpful, so I’m stealing this from bodybuilding.com. Since it’s from a body building website it’s really focused on building tons of muscle and hardly any fat. But still it has lots of great tips.

1. DOUBLE IT UP

If you aren’t growing, the solution is simple - get in more calories. What’s the easiest way to bump your calorie intake through the roof? Double up on all your servings. For example, if you’re having one chicken breast for dinner, from now on, make that two.

Toasting a slice of bread for breakfast? Double that as well. This takes all the thinking out of it for you. Whenever possible just aim to eat twice as much as you normally would to double your calorie intake. Since you have to prepare the food anyway, it’s not really any extra effort to prepare twice as much.

2 FOCUS ON FOOD TIMING

Next, don’t let yourself be distracted during the day. You have to eat and eat frequently - once every 2-3 hours would be your best bet if you really struggle to get those calories in.

If you find you forget to eat when it’s time, get a timer and set it to go off. Or, buy a watch that has a beeper. This includes breakfast as well. You must get quality nutrients into your body within fifteen minutes of waking up if you want to go grow. Don’t ever let your body turn to present body mass as fuel or you’ll be digging yourself out of a hole.

3. FIND BIG EATING EQUIPMENT

Another sneaky trick I have many of the guys in my program do is just purchase bigger plates. Just like many diet books will tell you to cut the size of your plate in half to consume fewer calories, for building muscle you want to do the exact opposite. Once you have that bigger plate, make sure you fill it - FULL.

It will take less mental effort to clean one large plateful of food compared to two whole smaller plates of food.

4. DON’T SKIMP ON POST-WORKOUT NUTRITION

Next, you also must be absolutely sure you’re eating good food immediately after your workout. If you let yourself suffer at this point, you’re not maximizing the true potential of the effects of that workout.

The body is in a state where it will literally suck up any calories you supply it immediately following a workout, so failing to give it a huge dose of carbs and protein shorts the recovery process.

If there is one time you want to slam back a higher calorie shake, this will be it.

Also, if you’re someone who can only train in the morning, don’t think this means you can get away without eating beforehand. It doesn’t. Just like everyone else you must fuel the body before the coming workout. If you cannot tolerate a full food meal, then you should instead use a liquid shake to get the calories in.

5. FIND CALORIE DENSE FOODS

For guys who do require the very high calorie intakes to build muscle tissue, you must get your hands on the most calorie dense foods available. If you waste your time eating foods that have too much volume, it’s going to be a real struggle to meet your calorie requirements, and this will hinder your ability to build muscle.

Good, high-calorie dense foods include peanuts, peanut butter, raw oats, lean red meat,bagels, and dried fruit. The more of these you can include in your diet, the faster you’ll see results.

“THE MORE OF THESE YOU CAN INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET, THE FASTER YOU’LL SEE RESULTS.”

Avoid eating foods such as whole vegetables (blend them into sauces or drink V8 juice for nutrition), bowls of cooked oatmeal, popcorn, and low calorie soups. These have too much volume and will fill you up quickly.

6. TRACK, TRACK, TRACK

Now, since you are going to be taking an aggressive approach to your diet and getting those calories up there, you also need to be tracking. You don’t want to wind up with excess body fat and the best way to prevent this is by monitoring how many calories you’re taking in daily. If you’re pushing the limits too far, you’re going to start gaining body fat.

If you see this happening, then all it takes is for you to cut back on your calorie intake by about 200 calories a day or 10% and fat gain should stop.

If you aren’t tracking, you never know how many calories you’re taking in daily and if you do start gaining fat, you don’t know how much to cut. Most guys who start gaining body fat really reduce back on their calorie intake, which is a huge mistake because then they stop building muscle as well.

There has to be a very careful balance. Go too low and you won’t gain muscle. Go too high and you’ll start getting fat. Once you’ve found the sweet spot you’ll know because you’ll be getting bigger and may even appear to be leaner as well.

7 CONSIDER SOME CARDIO

Finally, you may also wish to consider adding a bit of cardio to your program. Don’t make the mistake most guys make though and think you can do cardio every day and prevent fat gain whatsoever. Too much cardio training will limit muscle building as well, so it has to be done at moderate levels.

What cardio can help to do is boost your appetite, increase your recovery rate (if kept to lower intensity levels), and get the metabolism running a little faster.

When my diet is perfect I only need a 10 minute warm up on the treadmill and 20 minute cool down after my weights to squeeze out any last drip of glycogen. I walk at around 4.0 mph and a 8.0-12.0 grade which prevents you from getting a double chin and won’t put the breaks on your muscle gains. Anything more and you may be consuming too many calories.

8. NEVER TRAIN HUNGRY

How many times have you woken up, whipped up a protein shake and then headed off to the gym? Or maybe you had a long afternoon and missed a few meals and then attempted a weight training workout after work?

I understand that training in the morning is the only time for some; however, I recommend aiming for a minimum of at least three solid meals in your system prior to training. Or eat the biggest meal of your day immediately after your AM workout.

Would you take your car out on a long trip with a half empty fuel tank? Not unless you wanted the car to die and you push it the rest of the way. So why would you take your body through a grueling training session on an empty stomach?

anonymous asked:

what do you think about vegans like ellen degeneres who has said she and her wife have eggs from their neighbor's farm occasionally, and theyre happy chickens, etc, and natalie portman said when she was pregnant she craved eggs and yogurt so she said she had that, then went back to being vegan after...? do you think its ok to occasionally have some yogurt from grass fed happy cows, a piece of wild fish from a nearby stream a few times a year?

Well firstly let’s talk about Ellen…

That’s completely her choice, I would never do it because
a) eggs are gross and really REALLY bad for you!
b) I think that whenever you’re taking something from animals you are still creating pressure and stress.

When it comes to chickens, laying an egg is a stressful experience and in nature they would lay a quarter of the amount they do now! Taking their eggs each day is more harmful then you think. PLUS what happens when they stop laying??? Do they continue to love and care for them? Or are they purely using them for their eggs?

With the Natalie Portman question. She was either not eating enough and therefore went back to eating past calorie dense foods and blamed ‘cravings’.Or was using being pregnant as an excuse to eat 'bad foods’ !! There is nothing in yogurt or fish that you can’t get from plants soooooooo yeah

Do I think it’s okay to eat a bit of fish everyone and again? No, I don’t actually. I mean obviously it’s better then eating it daily or weekly…. But I see a fish the same as any other creature and I don’t want to takes its life. Simple.

Pretty sure that the reason All Might is a sickly skeleton man isn’t because he “wasted away due to all the surgeries.”

Listen, this is a man who accidentally used up all three hours of his All Might time while on his way to work because he got distracted fighting crime.

You wanna tell me he’s gonna remember to eat the 6-8 small meals a day recommended for gastrectomy patients?

Nah bro, considering he had a regular bento that time he invited Izuku to lunch with him, this nerd probably thinks he can get away with having three meals a day. And considering the food goes straight to his intestines (which can’t hold nearly as much food as the stomach can) he’ll get full before he’s consumed enough calories.

And even if he’s eating super calorie-dense foods and taking all his medication (another thing I’m skeptical about), you also need to take into account that all his crime-fighting probably burns crazy amounts of calories (and like I wouldn’t be surprised if the simple act of powering up also took a lot of his energy).

Like shit bro I’m surprised he hasn’t collapsed yet or died of starvation???

Someone please save this idiot from himself.

“How did you start?”

Honestly one of the most frequently asked questions to grace my inbox from day dot is “how did you get started on your journey?” or “what did you start with?”

This question is strangely infuriating - not because of the question itself but because of the motive behind asking it. People will see how far you have come and assume that picking up where you started will land them where you are now. This assumption is wrong on so many levels. 

Let me begin by explaining how i did get started with this whole shabang, then i may venture further into where most people will start and why, and why this is not the optimal question to be asking when on the hunt for advice. 

When I first decided to venture into health and fitness, for the very very very first time. I joined my local small 24/7 gym with my best friends. We weren’t given an induction nor where we shown how to use anything or even toured through the gym, aka - we were clueless. I went to the gym probably a total of 10 times throughout my 6 month membership. All of which consisting of some walking on the treadmill and a series of attempted crunch/sit up variation in estimated quantities. You will be thoroughly surprised to hear that I did not notice any results, and i did not continue this gym membership beyond my 6 month period. In fact i suspended the membership to go on holiday to America for 5 weeks. I promised myself when i got back i’d get into fitness, start fresh, regularly go to the gym - you know the deal. However when i returned from America after 5 weeks of little to no exercise besides a lot of walking (which was equally matched, if not overtaken by, A LOT of calorie dense, poor food choices), i found myself a solid 2-3kg’s heavier and the opposite of ‘body positive’. Whilst on holiday, i consumed an epic quantity of greasy meat and deep fried anything (thankyou USA), teamed with an absolute minimum of fresh fruit and veg or whole foods - I was actually CRAVING ‘healthy’ food. All i felt like eating most of the time was fruit and veg, so i did! I began researching different ways to lose weight, ‘healthy’ recipes, all that fun noob style stuff that you look into when you don’t know any better. I discovered veganism, fitblr’s, and the ‘fitspo’ community and there was no turning back. Within a 3 hour period of sitting in my room watching lectures, docco’s and reading various pro-veganism articles i was sure this was what i wanted to do and put together a shopping list! Little did i know, all i was entering into was an obscene calorie cut and nutrient deficient dietary protocol, that would however - produce some form of results (due to the law of thermodynamics, don’t act too surprised). Fast forward a couple months and i was about 5kg down, going for daily jogs and doing some youtube workouts and yoga almost daily. I was ‘skinny fat’ but quite satisfied! I’d made a commitment to exercise and what i thought was healthy eating, and i’d lost some weight, but now i’ve discovered the fitness realm. I had new goals set, i wanted to be fit and strong, i wanted to ‘fuel my body’ and i wanted to do it nowwwwwwwww! Backtracking momentarily before we move ahead, let me break down for you why what i was doing ‘worked’ vs why i thought it worked. 

Transitioning into veganism, particularly going cold turkey (no pun intended but take from it what you will), you are bound to cut out a huge portion of your diet. Your daily fat intake is zilched to next to nothing, and your protein intake is substantially lowered. Carbohydrate intake is either maintained or increased due to a crazy amount of fruit being consumed (even though it’s ‘healthy’ right?). Naturally, you’re almost halving your total caloric intake purely by more than halving the list of foods you can actually consume that fit within your dietary protocols. Less calories = weight loss, simple as that. Without controlling my macronutrient or micronutrient intake, i lost fat, yes. I also lost water, tissue, muscle, etc. Weight loss is not necessarily fat loss. Switching to ‘healthy’ options, aka lower caloric density per serve, does just that - it lowers your total calories. Do not confuse correlation with causation, you lose weight on ‘healthy’ foods because they lower your daily totals, not because they are magic weight loss foods that magically strip fat from your body. Pair this sudden drop in calories with some exercise (otherwise known as simply another way to lower overall calories, low and behold, putting you further into a deficit) and YES, you will lose weight. Not because the exercise you did ‘burned stubborn fat’ but because when you went to bed that night, you had put less calories into your body than usual, and had burned even more of those calories through exercise - leaving you in a calorie deficit. Got it? Great, let’s move on. 

This is around the time when people will say ‘But it works for me/you/my best friend’s sisters boyfriends dog, so it must be good’. Let me make one thing VERY clear here. 

JUST BECAUSE IT WORKS, DOESN’T MEAN IT IS OPTIMAL. 

This can further be dumbed down to say that just because you got results off a certain diet plan/exercise program/diet protocol/supplement DOES NOT mean that something else wouldn’t work better. Like… tracking your macro nutrient intake for example! Or simply being mindful of what is going on your plate, and into your mouth. 

Now returning to my original argument, which is why ‘how you started’ isn’t always how everyone (or anyone, for that matter) should start. Generally when people first get into fitness, they don’t have even a fraction of the sources, connections, knowledge or anything of the sort that becomes available once you’re say a few months to a year in. This is where i need to be mindful of not offending anyone or becoming frustrated with newbies abilities’ to take on every piece of advice thrown at them, they simply don’t know better and i was the same when i started. I believed everything i read and absorbed everything i was told like a sponge! There was however a LOT of conflicting information, and still is! Sadly there’s next to no way of knowing how to differentiate in this situation between right or wrong and unfortunately most people at this stage don’t have a point of contact to confirm or deny any of these contradictions. This is generally where common sense needs to kick in and tell you ‘hey, read into it more and see what makes more sense. 

This is exactly why i refuse to believe that how ANYONE ‘starts’ their journey is optimal. Their is a very minimal chance that the boundless information they’ve accumulated from sources here, there and everywhere are credible in the slightest, or correlate with eachother WHATSOEVER. At the end of the day that’s what starting out is all about, it’s learning right from wrong and discovering the difference for yourself. But what if i told you there was a smarter way to start? How about, instead of starting off like someone else did and floundering around until you find your way in the big wide world of fitness, you start by following in footsteps of people who have already walked the journey, and have found seemingly more ‘optimal’ protocols to follow. It might seem hard at first, but if you can’t tell by looking at them that it’s worth it, then you’re probably looking at the wrong people. Will it be easy? No. Will it be easier then trial and error for a solid 1-6 months before realising you have just completely wasted 1-6 months of accumulated efforts on protocols that were leaving you running in circles because you thought it seemed wise to fumble through different ‘starting methods’ before discovering none of them really work, which is EXACTLY why they are what was approached as a STARTING METHOD and not a consistent, ‘you-now-know-better’ protocol that anyone who has already bypassed all the bullshit and pointless ‘miracle weight loss’ schemes that low and behold, do not work. 

This has been a ramble and a half of a ‘blog/rant/i don’t even know’ so i’ll wrap it up! All i’m trying to say is, if you were going to take up a new business venture, would you approach a beginner and ask them for their tips and how they’re going about starting up their potential failure of a business? Or would you want advice from the big guys who have already tried and tested all the potential ways to make it and done the hard work for you? If you want to be successful, copy the successful. Let them fumble and fail for you, so you don’t have to. Mimic how they take on their daily tasks and skip the years of trial and error by jumping right on board with methods that are PROVEN to work, because people have already tried all the options you’re considering, and they’ve learned the hard way what does and does not produce results, meaning that YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO! 

Ready, set, post over. 

let me know if you enjoyed the read and if i should bother with making the occasional ‘blog post’, potentially with useful information and protocols in future, this was mainly just a test run to see how i went with writing more than a paragraph - if you can’t tell it was rather successful, if you can classify 10+ paragraphs of rant and ramble as such… 

i really want a place to talk about my weight loss, but the financial diet isn’t really the right platform, and i don’t think i’d feel comfortable putting it on a big publication (if they’d even have it), so i’m gonna whine about it on tumblr.

and the weird thing is that, despite the prevailing ~body positive~ stance of tumblr, it’s probably one of the places i feel least safe to openly discuss the fact that a) i’m actively losing weight and b) i am doing so in part because i was at the very upper limit of “normal” on the BMI scale and was really uncomfortable with that. as i’ve said other places, it’s not that i don’t think you can be healthy & overweight, but rather that *i* couldn’t. i know my body, and if i’m taking even a little care of it, i err towards thin. but i feel weirdly private about this, as though me making judgment calls on my own body is somehow a judgment call on anyone else’s. the truth is, i don’t CARE about anyone’s body but my own (and marc’s, *wiggles eyebrows*), and i certainly don’t care enough to weigh in on their fitness level. i know what works for me, and i’m doing it, so here goes.

i’ve been on weight watchers for almost a month now (!!), and it’s the first time i’ve ever stuck to a health regime of any kind for more than a week, which is a huge victory in itself. and i’ve been slowly losing, right now at just about a pound a week. i feel like i could do more, but i don’t want to, because the key is making it sustainable, and i feel like i’m at the limit of that. any more and i’d probably drop off after a while.

i started at 152, and my last official weigh in was 148. my goal is 130 (though i’ll see how i’m looking and feeling at 135), and after that i’ll raise my daily intake to a “maintain” amount instead of “lose,” which is something to look forward to, as right now i’m working with 1200-1300 calories a day, and i’d definitely love an extra cookie in there. my activity level is not where it should be, but i try to average 5k steps a day and i’ll bump that to 10k once the weather is good and i no longer feel like the lethargic, sedentary person i was. (i already have tons more energy just from eating well and drinking a shit ton of water, but i have a ways to go until i am zesty and full of life.)

anyway, the thing all of this is really teaching me is how fucking terribly i was eating before. i know that it’s not me, and that the whole country has an overeating problem, but god damn. our concept of “normal” is so beyond insane. i was eating a surplus of calories in the hundreds several times a week without noticing or considering it, and always felt that i ate “lightly.” but i was dehydrated and eating too many fats, sugars, and salts, and not nearly taking in enough fresh produce. i just ate like someone who didn’t care about their body and i suppose, looking back, that i really didn’t. i considered “treats” to be basically everyday foods, and wouldn’t hesitate from having three heavy meals in a day if i felt like it.

and for the longest time, i thought the weird or fucked up thing would be to restrict it, that counting my calories or paying attention to my macros would make me the weird, obsessive person who is way too  into their body. but now i realize that it’s quite the opposite: it’s weird not to care. it’s weird not to pay attention. it’s weird not to make a concerted effort to eat the right portions, get the right nutrition, and reserve the calorically-dense and nutritionally-void things for (relatively) rare occasions. don’t get me wrong, i still eat cake and fries and burgers and shit, i just treat them like splurges and make sure to adjust my bank account of calories. i have my limits for the day, then my “bonus calories” for the week (which are significant), and if i have something coming up, i’ll save up for it. if i have a bunch leftover, i’ll have a treat.

and i never feel hungry, by the way. i can fill myself up like a garbage bag with fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins, and never come near my calorie limit. the feelings that i’m having are never hunger, they’re craving for calorie-dense foods that i’m still needing to get a hold of. it’s getting better every week, though, and having to really pay attention to how i spend my calories is fun and rewarding, in its own way. i like having things to look forward to, and being forced to do the right thing for my body sometimes and have salad and water instead of cake and wine. 

most of all, i like looking in the mirror and seeing an actively-changing body that i am in control of. after years of not taking care of it, or even really paying attention to it, i feel more connected and alive than i ever have before. it’s my body, it’s my home, and i’m finally able to make it look and feel the way i want to.