I am soooo excited to introduce to all of you my friend Todd aka Our Healthy Guy Todd. I have known Todd for almost 10 years now and have seen him go through his own health transformation and it is truly inspiring! Todd is one of the most disciplined people I know! He has taught me SO MUCH and I know he can help so many of my followers! Todd would love to help you with meal planning and just any type of health advice in general! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
And now introducing.... Our Healthy Guy Todd:
When Jess originally asked me to write this guest blog post, I spent the first few days racking my brain, trying to come up with a way to describe how I maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. After about three days, I still couldn’t think of a description and came to the realization that my approach to eating healthy is very boring and mundane! I don’t have a miracle food I swear by, and I haven’t found a flashy diet that completely changed my life. I would describe my healthy eating habits as extremely consistent. However mundane it may seem on the surface; I want to share with you the satisfaction and change that it has brought to my life.
When I first decided to change my eating habits, I did it simply because I wanted to be healthy. When I was 24 years old, I had high blood pressure, ate a lot of fast food, was “skinny fat” (translation: I was a skinny kid with a beer gut), and seemed to always have a head cold. I just wanted to feel better.
In most everything I do in my life, I try to make things as simple as possible and not over-complicated. When I can dumb things down for myself, it makes life much easier! I took this same approach when figuring out what foods I should be eating on a regular basis. After doing a little bit of research, I created one simple concept for myself:
Only eat foods that come from plants or animals and don’t drink sugary stuff!
I am sure there are multiple, sexy diet names that describe this one concept, but I couldn’t tell you what they are. All I know is that this one concept has helped me feel better over the last decade. My blood pressure has improved, I saved lots of money by not eating much of any fast food, my beer gut turned into a six-pack, I never get head colds and very rarely get sick. In short, my life did a complete 180!
I started bringing my own healthy lunches to work, and spending some time at night cooking healthy meals rather than popping a frozen pizza or TV dinner into the microwave. After a few weeks, I got into the routine of chicken and brown rice for lunch, and variations of fish, chicken, steak, sweet potatoes, and spinach salads for dinner. Instead of trying to find a large variety of foods to eat that fit into my one simple concept, I stuck with a smaller variety of foods that tasted good to me. Remember, I don’t like to over-complicate things.
Some of my co-workers, seeing my Tupperware container full of chicken and brown rice daily, would ask me if I ever got sick of eating the same thing for lunch. I had always eaten the same thing for lunch. I just traded the hamburgers and french fries for a healthier option.
The biggest challenge for me when I started eating healthy was to have the discipline to meal prep. Taking the time to go to the grocery store once a week, instead of once a month, was something I wasn’t used to doing as a single guy. In addition, spending 90 minutes on my Sunday preparing healthy lunch meals wasn’t fun. And guess what….it still isn’t!
I am not going to sugarcoat it for you, because I don’t eat sugar (bad joke, I know), but eating healthy is not fun and easy to do all of the time. My chicken and brown rice does not taste as good as an In-N-Out burger. There are 100 other things I’d rather spend 90 minutes doing on my Sunday than meal-prepping. But the good news is, it does get easier the longer you do it. Your taste buds will change. The 90 minutes it takes to meal prep will become a regular Sunday routine, just like doing your laundry. You’ll probably have a meal (or maybe two) each week where you’ll veer off course. The same thing happens to me, but that’s okay. As long as it is only one or two meals per week, you’ll still see and feel the results.
The results. That’s what makes it all worthwhile. As monotonous and challenging as it is to be disciplined in your eating habits, the long term results you’ll get far outweigh the short term hassles. For me, it was not only just feeling better, but my friends and family saw the changes and the compliments I received obviously helped me feel more confident. It was exciting to be complimented about my body when I wasn’t used to it. That was the justification I needed that my change in eating habits was making a noticeable difference! You need to find what drives you. What future results will motivate you?
Remember, this isn’t a short-term “diet” you are doing. This is a consistent daily routine. With that said, I always have short-term milestones that keep me motivated. That’s a whole other topic that maybe I’ll come back and cover in the future!
Here’s to being consistent in your journey!
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