“Your body is not a temple,
it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
Despite the above quote, I’ve found that eating a healthy diet allows me to lead a happier, more interesting life. I’ve experimented with lots of different diets over the years. These are the three I’m currently operating with (which could lead to a nomination for “Most Annoying Millienial Diet by a Male Eater”):
- Pescetarian/Ovotarian Diet – watched one too many documentaries on meat production in the United States. Stopped eating pork/beef in 2016. Stopped eating chicken in 2017. Was initially worried about protein intake but found that I didn’t need nearly as much as I thought. Found I have significantly fewer stomach issues and a consistently high level of energy.
- Intermittent Fasting – more recent; have been experimenting with eating only between 12PM – 9PM (15 hour fast). Essentially just not eating breakfast (coffee is still allowed or else I would implode). Many people follow a similar eating schedule and don’t call it intermittent fasting but for someone who usually consumes a 1,400 calorie smoothie before 7AM, it’s a bit more of a challenge. Still getting used to it. The goal is to condition my body to operate better without constant fueling.
- Gluten Free – required with my celiac small intestines
Suggested Resources for Diet
- Food Inc. (documentary) – don’t want this unless you never want to look at processed foods the same again.
- Cowspiracy (documentary) – focuses on the huge environmental impact of meat production in the United States. The documentary is extremely biased towards plant-based diets and takes some liberties, but offers some important new perspectives.
- What the Health? (documentary) – made by creators of Cowspiracy. Focuses on the impact on human health of consuming meat and animal products. Even more biased towards plant-based diet with lots of liberties (like saying that high sugar intake isn’t an issue in the U.S., whaaa???) but again, introduces good perspectives that I think a lot of people could benefit from.
- Forks Over Knives (documentary) – focuses on two doctors who pioneered research on the positive health effects of plant-based diets. Studies have small sample sizes but produce amazing results with by cutting animal products out of patients’ diets.
In my life, fitness has always been correlated with happiness. If I go more than two days without doing something active, my mood begins to take a serious hit. What those activities are have ranged over the years, but this is what I’m focusing on now:
- Full Body Circuit-Style Workouts – also referred to as ‘boot camp’ workouts in some circles, I’ve found the diversity of exercises involved in these circuits have drastically improved my strength, mobility and body composition. My body type was never meant to throw around super heavy weights but I tried my hardest to do just that for about 5-6 years after college. My reward was a marginally larger, immobile physique that was prone to injury. Switching to full body circuits has been a breath of fresh air.
- Running – completed my second marathon in June; after which I was quoted as saying “I will never run again”. Two months later, I ran on the Colorado Ragnar Relay team (200-mile relay). No matter what I say, this will always be part of my life. I love it and hate it at the same time. Mostly love it.
- Skiing – after our first season skiing in a decade last year, I’m extremely excited to see what our second season in the Rockies has to hold. Just purchased my first ever new pair of skis/boots. Solidly intermediate skier level; after a bad crash in high school I’m very content with that.
- Cycling – new to the cycling world and I absolutely love it. Received a road bike as a gift in July and cannot get enough of it. Interested in triathlons in the spring.
Suggested Resources for Fitness
- Theracane – the greatest fitness recovery device ever made. This giant, metal candy cane has pried loose more painful muscle knots and tight tendons than I can count. I would recommend for anyone, but is absolutely essential for runners or anyone who sits for extended periods during the week. Amazing how much your entire body tightens up from just sitting in a chair at work all day.
- Foam Rollers (Smooth & Tortuous) – cannot recommend their consistent use enough. Will use before and after workouts (if time allows) or on its own. Has resulted in improve flexibility, fewer injuries and faster recovery time.