The Importance of Weighing Your Food

by Damon on July 9, 2012

Flash back a little less than eight months ago and I would have said only professional athletes and crazy people weigh their food but here I am today weighing almost everything I eat. And even though it has only been a few short weeks since I began I can tell you that it makes a huge difference in the way you eat and think about your food. My change of heart towards weighing my food came about for two reasons. The first andPlate of Food on Scale most inspiring reason was because of my wife who began weighting her food after visiting a local weight loss center just shy of eight months ago. In which time she has lost almost 40 lbs. I simply can not put into words how proud I am of her and she looks absolutely amazing. And do you want to know what the super top secret method she used to lose this weight is? Of course you do but first I’m going to tell you all the things that she didn’t do. First she didn’t have any surgeries, no gastric bypass, no intestinal bypass and no Lap Band surgery. She didn’t take any “diet” pills that would up her metabolism so she would dump pound after pound only to gain them back when the pills ran out. She also didn’t use any cleansing/detox diets, starve herself or use any other crazy weight loss scams. And that whole time she also barely even worked out maybe a few times a month max. But you know what she did do? Are you [click to continue…]

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This is the first in a series of posts I will be doing called “Attack the Snack” where I will be sharing recipes on making unhealthy foods in aHanging Bananas with Apples healthy way. I came up with this idea the other day when I was thinking of all the foods I’m not eating right now, that I absolutely love, because of my personal goal of having a six pack by my 35th birthday. Foods in this series will be things that are great healthy alternatives and recipes for making meals for cheat days a “little” healthier. I mean you got to cheat sometimes just to stay sane, right. Besides I’m not going to lie, I LOOOVE food especially junk food but if I’m going to reach my I’ve got to use moderation. Anyways here is the first recipe I hope you enjoy.

Banana “Ice Cream”

I have seen this recipe all over the internet for a long time but never had a real reason to try it, until now. It is super easy and tastes really good, if you like bananas. It is also a good alternative to those that are lactose intolerant or for those picky kids that won’t anything that’s good for them.

What You Will Need:

Bananas – 2  Makes about two servings.

1/4 Cup of Water [click to continue…]

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Make Your Own Homemade Flavored Water

by Damon on July 4, 2012

The other day I posted my 100 oz. of Water a Day Challenge and so far things are going great. Other than having to pee every twenty minutes. Seriously though, I do feel that it has made a big difference in the way that I feel and I am glad thatGlass of Water with Blueberry Ice Cubes I’m doing it (update coming soon). But one evening after having like 120oz., some days I just can’t stop drinking, I started thinking that eventually I might get tired of all the plain water. Even though I am someone that actually prefers water over most other beverages except maybe my IPA’s (see about page for explanation). So I started looking at flavored water on the internet which of course brings up all these popular flavored waters that you by at the gas station. The big problem with these is that they contain more than just water and fruit flavoring. For example one popular flavored water is Fruit20 and according to Wikipedia most of these waters contain less than 2% real fruit flavoring and they contain splenda. I won’t get into it here but I am completely opposed to the use of artificial sweeteners. Not to mention the cost of some of these drinks. So I started looking for recipes on making my own flavored water. And let me tell you the options are pretty much endless [click to continue…]

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Beginning with a Challenge

by Damon on July 1, 2012

So I have decided to begin with a set of challenges not only for myself but for anyone that is reading this and wishes to follow along. There will be a total of 12 challenges with one challenge building on the next. Each challenge will last for 30 days with the goal of the challenges being to slowly and steadily improve ones health over the course of a year. This does a few things, it makes life style changes much easier, gives me a small goal to work towards to stay motivated and makes the task at hand which is getting in the best shape of my life, not seem so huge. During these challenges I will keep notes on how I feel and the effects of the challenges on my health and life.

For those that wish to participate don’t get too excited, these challenges are not going to be extremely difficult. But they couldn’t be called challenges if they were too easy now could they. So if you’re ready to get started lets get to it!

And The First Challenge Is?

The first challenge is to drink 100 oz. of water everyday for thirty days. Now to most people this probably sounds like a lot and it is but most people are also chronically dehydrated. Meaning that they are always in a state of mild dehydration and because of this this first challenge is probably the most important of all the challenges I will post. The effects of adequate water in the diet can not be over stated. Simply put it is one of the easiest most important things you can do for your body and your health.

Why Water Is So Important?

Most people know that water makes up about 60 percent of our bodies and that it helps to flush out toxins from our system. But did you know that lack of water (dehydration) can lead to all kinds of medical problems that at first glance would seem totally unrelated to water consumption? Aches and pains, constipation, heartburn, arthritis, water retention and even migraines have all been show to improve with an increased amount of water in the diet. Just think about it, what is the first thing a doctor tells you when you are [click to continue…]

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