Originally Posted by capnsandwich
OK, let me clarify something. I am just starting out. Calling me "delusional" and saying I have a weird way of eating healthy is not encouraging me at all. It's like yelling at your 2 year old and asking him why he can't run a 6 minute mile. I need encouragement, not belittling. I worked a 10 hour day today on my feet and I knew I would have to have a good filled up gut to allow me to work around pizza all day without wanting to eat it. I also needed a good carbohydrate boost to get me through the day. Those sandwiches did that. I packed a protein shake, strawberries and some carrot sticks for my lunch. I only drank a half a cup of Diet Pepsi. I was thirsty and I needed something to wash down the carrot sticks.
Hey, thanks for the recommendations. Keep it up. I'd like for this thread to be a few pages long full of great ideas.
Sorry man, i just assumed most people would know a bacon sandwich and chicken wings were not health food!
I guess we all start somewhere different, when it comes to health!
As a general rule you want to stay away from things that have high animal fat content, like chicken wings, cheese, bacon, cream, butter, fatty red meat and replace them with leaner option, like chicken breast, turkey, fish, and leaner cuts of meat.
That does not mean you should get rid of fats altogether, they are essential to a healthy diet, you just have to eat good fat! Things like olive oil, nuts, fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) avocados...
The same goes with your source of carbs, you should avoid simple carbs, and processed carbs, like pasta, most cereals, bread, white rice, potatoes, and aim for complex carbs.
Like brown rice, lentils, oats, beans, sweet potatoes, pearled barley, quinoa...
If you really want/need to eat bread, try to go for wholemeal bread, or german bread (pumpernickel and all those freaky brick like breads).
You should also eat plenty of greens and vegetables. Broccoli, asparagus, spinach, salad, you name it, if it is green it is good.
You should try to have at least three meals a day, trying to incorporate some source of carbs, protein and greens at each meal.
For example you could get a bowl of raw oats with milk, a bit of yoghurt and a handfull of blueberries or any fruit you like in the morning.
Have a sandwich with salad and turkey breast for lunch.
Have a fish fillet or chicken breast (no skin), panfried with a bit of olive oil, with brown rice and steamed broccoli in the evening.
If you feel hungry at some point during the day just have a handfull of nuts (cashews are the lowest in fat, almonds, brazil nuts, all are good!), or a few olives, or a bowl of salad with a can of tuna.
If you really have sugar cravings because you are used to high sugar foods, try to replace processed crap with natural sugar. A spoonful of honey, a few dates, a piece of fruit, something like that...
It really is just a question of habit, if you ea like that for a few months it will feel natural and you will actually end up being disgusted by high fat/sugar processed food!
Also, try not to see this as a diet but as a lifestyle change!
A diet is temporary, getting educated about what you eat is for life! Most people who talk about dieting never keep it up.
Lastly, dont think that eating like that will take you hours in the kitchen! I rarely spend more than 15 20 minutes cooking...
Most vegetables can be steamed or roasted (dump loads of chopped fresh veggies in an oven dish, pour a bit of olive oil on it, in the oven 200C for 40 minutes, healthy, no need for any cooking skills!)
Meat or fish can be steamed or pan fried with a bit of olive oil in no time!
The only thing that is a pain is the soaking of lentils or beans, but you can really find decent tinned ones if you cannot be bothered to go from dry.
Lastly, do not get sucked into the whole supplements, protein shake/bars thing!
Unless you plan on becoming Mr Universe there is really no need for things like that! I exercise two to three hours a day and have not seen a need for supplements if you eat properly!
People were getting really fit long before the invention of protein powder and diet bars... The idea that you need supplements to get fit and healthy is really just a big marketing thing.