Dec 21, 2018
Welcome to the HIVE5. On this episode we are talking about how
to start dealing with your diet in a meaningful and lasting way
starting with a question. How good could it get?
I got clean and sober 9 years ago. I was a full blown opiate
addict - sadly not the first time - God willing the last. At that
time I was down to about 150 pounds, my ideal weight is 175. My
body was a mess… In treatment I packed on 20 pounds of fat which,
at the time, was necessary. I was malnourished and my body was a
total mess. For the next couple years I was incredibly focused on
habilitation - like, I needed to earn how to live. Rehabilitation
would come later. After a couple years of pounding out meetings and
rebuilding my business I was looking for something to do so I
bought a pistol which led me to 3 Gun and ultimately I got really
curious about performance. If I could do it all over again I would
Diet: Which will talk about today
Fitness: The final piece not the first
Let me first say the I have tried nearly everything. At first
I used what I learned from the body building community. At the time
this was all I could find. The body builders have a lot of on the
court evidence for what they believe and they are very good at
building muscle. I don’t discount this today I just am not that
interested in picking on a ton of muscle weight. Today I am pretty
clear that there is not a one for all diet. In fact there are
probably about 7 billion perfect diets on the planet - 1 for every
human being and I would urge you to start where you are at, stop
thinking about it as a diet and start thinking about it from the
statement “how good could it get?"
So, how good could it get? I am not a fan of huge sweeping
changes. I am for taking small steps and then asking the question
again. How good could it get?
Step 1 - Beginners : Start by eliminating or decreasing the
Processed foods: Soda diet and other wise, energy drinks, fast
foods, microwaveable meals (I don’t care how good they say they
are), candy, and any foods containing sweetners derived from corn
or a lab. They go by several names: High Fructose Corn Syrup,
Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Sucralose and a whole bunch of other
nasties that are highly addictive. Pop, snack foods, fast food,
candy and other mouth fun is designed to be addictive. It will take
a little while for the cravings to go away but it is totally worth
it. hang in there for 30 days. Do not restrict calories or do
anything else for a month. Just get this crap out of your system
and see how you look and feel.
Note on Alcohol: This is another big offender. If you have a
problem deal with it. If you don’t but like to drink reduce your
intake for 30 days in step 1.
Now look… how do you look and feel? Ask yourself again. How
good could it get?
Step 2: Look at the next big offenders and replace them
The main thing in step 2 is to start shopping from the
perimeter of the grocery store as much as possible. This is where
you will find fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, small batch
breads, dairy, eggs, yogurt, etc. Start reading labels on
multi-ingredient items, and then start dealing with the next level
offenders for inflammation and glycemic variability.
Glycemic Variability: glycemic variability basically
refers to how much your blood sugar bounces up and down. Think
Sugar buzz vs. being Hangry.
Continue reducing sugar in your diet and increasing activity
Inflammation: Inflammation in the body is a normal and
healthy response to injury or attack by germs. We can see it, feel
it and measure it as local heat, redness, swelling, and pain. This
is the body’s way of getting more nourishment and more immune
activity into an area that needs to fend off infection or heal. But
inflammation isn’t always helpful. It also has great destructive
potential, which we see when the immune system mistakenly targets
the body’s own tissues in (autoimmune) diseases like type
Whole-body inflammation refers to chronic, imperceptible,
low-level inflammation. Mounting evidence suggests that over time
this kind of inflammation sets the foundation for many serious,
Deep fried foods
Breads and pastas
Now, most of you are probably thinking, holy shit!, that is
all I eat. I got it. Don’t try to scale this mountain all at once.
Look where you can make reductions slowly and track the difference
it makes. Some people are good to go on breads and dairy so start
with reducing or cutting our fried food, reducing alcohol intake
and replacing vegetable oils with Olive oil, Avocado Oil and
Coconut Oil for 30 days. See how you feel and then ask the
question. How good could it get?
The next step is really dialing in your diet for what you want
to accomplish but I submit that you can’t get there from where most
of you are. You might for a short while but it won’t last or even
worse, you might set yourself further from your goals. Here is my
invitation. Look at where you are at and get started. If you are
already through step 2 there will be other podcasts in the future
or find someone way smarter than I am at all of this to figure out
what’s next on your own. If you are a mess, like I was 9 years ago,
do step 1 - if step 2 makes more sense jump in right there.
Remember, you fucked up your diet over a long period of time and,
while you can undo a lot of that in short order, lasting change
comes slowly. Have an awesome weekend and feel free to message me
you have questions or comments.