3 Reasons I’m Giving Up Processed Foods

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I’m finally giving up processed foods. Ok, Let me be serious for a second. I’m making a conscious effort to give up processed foods. Here’s the thing, I don’t really eat that healthy. In fact, I’d say that I eat pretty shitty way to often. I love food, and I especially love food that isn’t good for me. The problem is, I have a huge advantage that I own a CrossFit gym, so I have the ability to work out 3–4 times a day in order to burn off all of that shitty food I eat. So I can look to be in relatively good shape, but in reality I’m what you call skinny fat. (Ok, I weight 235lbs, so not really skinny, but you know what I mean.) But I’ve decided to make a change. It’s time get rid of all the garbage, and start eating the way I should, and here’s why.

1. Fed-Up

If you haven’t seen this documentary yet, you need too. Its pretty damn scary. Basically it is about how the food industry is killing us by pumping all of the food we eat with buttloads of sugar in order to get us addicted to it, and keep us coming back for more. Sugar is as addictive as cocaine and heroine. I LOVE sugar. I can kill a pint of Ben and Jerry’s without batting an eye. I once ate a whole package of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos in less than 5 minutes. A WHOLE PACKAGE!! I can eat a large pizza, and still be hungry after. When it comes to sweets, fast food, and junk food, basically anything delicious, and processed, I will destroy it. If I didn’t work out as much as I did, I would probably weigh 500 lbs. After watching Fed-Up though, it explained why I love these foods so much. Because they are engineered that way. We are all led to believe that it’s fat that makes us fat, and that it’s all about calorie in vs. calories out. But the truth is that there is a huge difference in the way the body processes whole foods, rather than the sugar packed garbage that is being sold to us. They say that this is the first generation of kids expected to live shorter lives than their parents. That’s unreal, and really sad. We need to start making better choices about what we eat.

2. I’m too Heavy

I’m sure if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you do CrossFit. And if you do CrossFit, you are well aware that there a lot of movements that are body weight. Well, when you weigh as much as I do, body weight workouts really suck balls. Being heavy has its advantages. Mass moves things. There’s no doubt about that. But there’s also dudes that weigh far less than me, that can snatch, clean, squat, and deadlift a whole lot more than I can. Oh, and they move a lot faster than I can. Being heavy just plain sucks for CrossFit. I’ve been stuck at 235 for quite a while now, and the only reason I can’t lose any weight is because of how poorly I eat. Ideally I would like to be around 215, and at 6’2 thats about as light as I can get without looking like an ultra marathon runner. (No offense to any ultra marathon runners out there, just not the look I’m going for) Bottom line, I need to lose weight, for health, and for performance.

3. I Need to Be a Role Model
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This one is probably the hardest for me to grasp on to, as I really look at myself as a role model. But I guess it makes sense in a way. Everyday I have people come to my gym looking to me to help them get into better shape, but here I am eating like a dip shit. Oh, well if he can eat Oreos, then so can I right? If he has 2 cheat days a week, than I can have them too! Unfortunately a lot of them work desk jobs, so the only activity they get during the day is the hour they spend at the gym. I am on my feet all day coaching. When I’m not coaching, I’m probably doing some kind of workout, so they don’t see that part of it. They just see the dumbass that posts pictures on Facebook of the Oreos he just demolished. Working out is a huge part of being fit, but diet is just as, if not a more important piece of the puzzle. If I want to promote a healthy lifestyle to my members, then its important for me to live a healthy lifestyle myself. And now that I have put it out there, they can hold me accountable! Only real food from now on!

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