Here’s the deal, it’s a handful of days. The BOTTOM LINE… doubling or tripling your caloric load for one day a week is not going to effect your bodies overall look, tone or feel. In fact, studies show one day a week of heavier than normal eating, also known as a cheat day, can actually result in a higher metabolism and fat loss.
” after several days of consuming fewer calories than you burn, splurging can rev up your metabolism while stocking up glycogen for tomorrow’s workout. It should also satisfy cravings that may nag at your daily diet.”
I want to be skinny.
I want rock hard abs and a great ass.
I want to look hot.
Searching for a deep “why” when you want to make a change in your eating habits is far more powerful than the stock answers society, advertising and marketing program into our heads.
Beyond physical appearance, the deep truth is… overeating makes us feel like shit. On a scientific level what’s happening in the brain when we eat. Depending on the food, pleasure sensors are triggered in the brain and opiates are released. Drugs are pumped through your system telling your body it likes what is happening. It’s calming. A big reason why this is a problem, your reward pathway is hardwired for pleasure.
Consider this pathway in relation to the typical day in the life of Average joe, we are living in a perpetual state of chronic stress. We live in a world of constant fight or flight. We are told we are not good enough. We are a society pushed to searching for the gold star. We are under the constant treat of terrorist attack. Many of us are trying to live and thrive under crushing credit card debit. We have student loans, increasing rent hikes, and mortgages. The complicated world is telling us we need more and more and more to feel whole. We need bigger, flatter televisions. We need faster Internet. We need more coffee, higher energy hits, new computers, more connections, bigger trucks, more travel, and better education. The list goes on and on. This is anything BUT a natural state. Damn that made me anxious! Whether you admit it or not you are bombarded with these messages daily. The opiate response we get when we eat is the calm soothing hand of mother earth telling you it will all be all right. This “relationship” we have with food is not a healthy one. The system of checks and balances in our economy likes this. It keeps you a veritable cash cow in Consumer-vile.
Helpful anchoring points:
The following are principles I return to again and again when I want to strengthen my relationship with food. They have helped me in my most difficult times when I could barley eat and in times of abundance. Keep Fighting. I hope they give you some guidance over the holidays.
Your food is fuel. Despite the taste, the smell, the texture it is energy. At the end of the day your food is being broken down in the stomach and absorbed through the villi in the small intestine for you’re to thrive. The basic raw materials of fats, carbs and proteins are the building blocks of tomorrows you. What an incredible visual. Imagine with each bite of every meal you are giving your body what it needs to grow stronger and more capable than yesterday. The inverse is also true, insufficient raw materials and processed foods will make a machine of less integrity and strength. Eat for greatness. Eat for power. Eat for the best possible version of yourself today and everyday. The horizon is limitless. Every meal is an opportunity to walk one step closer to Superman or Super Girl or Super Transgender Person.
Food is a gift. If you are the greater part of my audience reading this in the United States you are blessed. The numbers of people starving in the U.S. are small in comparison to the rest of the world. Consider minimizing the waste in your cooking, shopping and eating habits. “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” There are areas of the planet that live in a perpetual state nutrient deficient caloric intake. When you eat, keep this in the forefront of your consciousness.
When you eat, take three breaths before you begin. Be grateful for what you are about to receive. This puts your nervous system in a state better aligned to digest. You’ll feel better and assimilate more nutrients. Read more on this… The happy Mind.
Food is alive. As I mentioned before food has a vibration or energy. The key word being used here is “Food”. One more time; Food has energy. Vegetables, fruits, fresh caught fish and game have energy. Boxed, irradiated, processed and preserved items packaged and made ready to live on a shelf in a store for a over a year have little to none
Pay homage to the energy in the food you are ingesting. The fish, the turkey, even the carrot your are about to consume has an energetic vibration, which will soon be combined with yours. Honor your food.
When I think about what I want to eat, I think about the possibility of each meal making me stronger than the last. I eat with purpose. I eat with integrity and choice. I eat to change the world. I know compromised by cancer and Illness every drop matters and I make that choice out of necessity to thrive. I have big things to do in this world. Our time is short and the opposing odds are not stacked in your favor. I feel the energy and vibrancy I get from each meal and for me it makes eating healthy easy. At the end of the day, I don’t want a shred of doubt that I have done everything possible to kick ass, have fun, be the dynamic personality I was designed to be. The diets, rules, and plans for achieving a better “whatever” are exactly that…they are whatever!
You know what to eat. Eat what our forefathers ate. Most importantly look at the big reasons driving you to get out of bed in the morning and eat to fuel that.
I believe in you, so that makes two of us!
Freddie set go! #HAPPYTHANKSGIVING