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When Did Cheating Become a Reward? – Part 1

By t. | In Articles, Mindset, Nutrition | on June 18, 2013

Originally posted August 29, 2010

Our intellect separates us from animals.

Our intellect separates us from animals.

I’m calling BS on the cheat meal.  If you’re looking for a fitness pro to tell you it’s ok to schedule a cheat meal or day, I’m not it.  I can’t comprehend how rewarding  yourself with something bad for you is considered ok by so many fitness minded people.
The “cheat” meal becomes the focal point of the diet.  It’s easy to obsess over it.  It negates the true reason for eating clean in the first place, achieving and maintaining excellent health.
The whole mindset is backwards and destructive.

The reward of eating healthy comes from the satisfaction of enjoying good health and, if you’re an athlete, increased performance.
So get serious.
I hear all the time “I need to eat better” or “it’s time for me to step it up”.  So why haven’t you?
You still eat sandwiches, pasta, Snickers, Ice Cream, and drink beer regularly.
Yeah, I get it, it tastes good.  So why waste your time, energy, and money on gym memberships (yes, even ours) if you’re not going to eat the least bit healthy?   What are your excuses?
What’s wrong with you?  What are you telling yourself?  Are you lazy, delusional, or lack the self discipline not to shove junkfood into your head?
That’s probably part of it (let’s be honest with ourselves, eh?).  I mean, junkfood doesn’t place itself in your face.  But another part of it may be you just don’t know what healthy is.Do you eat whole grains, low glycemic carbs, low fat, no red meat, only egg whites, rice, oatmeal, ”skinny” milk, and of course, light beer?
These foods are NOT healthy.  They don’t reduce heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or the other 20 most popular diseases that kill us. Instead of worrying about high cholesterol, you need to focus on Hyperinsulinemia It is the number one cause of disease and obesity in the world.Educate yourself.  Read “Get Real” for starters.  Or, it’s really fairly simple, eat high quality protien sources, nuts and oils for fat, dark green vegetables and fruit that ends in the word berry for carbohydrates.  Don’t eat starches or sugars.  Add high quality fish oil (not CostCo or Walmart!! That stuff is worse than not taking any at.), magnesium, and Vitamin D3 and you’ll be on track to healthier, leaner life.  Your time in the gym will be more effective and therefore, more rewarding.
-t.

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