All posts tagged: diet

Gluten

Let me start by saying that I would prefer to eat gluten if I could. I’m not an advocate for avoiding the protein just because it might make you sluggish or drowsy. Unfortunately, I have to avoid it for other reasons. Eating above a certain threshold of gluten causes my skin to break out and gives me an upset stomach. It’s a serious issue. I can’t drink many of my favorite beers without starting to itch. I should say these beers used to be my favorite. I developed a gluten allergy in my mid-twenties and went to a dermatologist on multiple occasions, was prescribed steroids, and, subsequently, met with little success when it came to a remedy. In the end, I was fortunate enough to meet someone who suggested a gluten fast. It helped, but it severely limits what I’m able to consume, which may have resulted in one of my first extreme exercises in discipline. But now, by default, I’m receiving all of the benefits of a low carb diet. I’ve not gone on …

Diet

My diet goal is to find something sustainable. I’m looking for a balance between keeping fit and indulging in the occasional drink or dessert. For the most part, I steer clear of any extreme diet programs because they offer only short term fixes. I’m concerned with the long-term. I’m most likely not the target market for fad diets, anyway. I don’t need to lose excessive amounts of weight, and I’m more or less okay with the last ten pounds. In other words, it’s not my goal to “get shredded.” Most people realize maintaining an extremely low body fat percentage is pretty unsustainable. And I believe there’s a medium that will allow me to perform activities like jogging or bouldering at optimum performance levels. The way I’ve approached my goal is by counting calories. The Mayo Clinic states that gaining or losing weight is a matter of simple mathematics. Addition and subtraction, to be specific. If you decrease the amount of food you eat, then you’ll lose weight. The most important thing I’ve done may be …

Morning Prep

About a year ago, I started prepping for my morning the night before. I follow a fairly simple routine. I place a bowl and a glass on the kitchen table. The glass is to remind me to have start the day with 8 oz. of water. The bowl is for my oatmeal. …