I think some people are under the notion that I have an easier time avoiding dietary temptations and sticking to a healthy eating regimen due to my job as a trainer and fitness enthusiast. And there may be a hint of truthfulness in that, but I still fall off the wagon occasionally and in times of stress I pig out and overeat just like a lot of people do.
The last few months, heck, the last few years of my life have been stressful to say the least, and I can be honest and say it was at my own hand that I found myself in some bad predicaments. And when it comes to food and exercise, we all have the power to make the right decisions and choices, and for a while there I didn’t.
Although I had some issues in my life, for the last few years I’ve been very persistent with trying to take the Angry Trainer brand to another level. And the ironic part is that all of my bad choices led to one miraculous event that has literally changed my life and will help me undo a lot of mistakes I’ve made. So I can definitely say there are silver linings, and nothing can stop persistence.
If you’ve followed along on the site at all, you know we’ve had some really terrific happenings lately. I’ve partnered with Sears as an Advisory Board Member and contributing writer for their now Sears Fit Studio, we’re in discussions with some major advertisers to partner with the ATF brand, this site has received fantastic feedback and our numbers are climbing fast and my latest article in Men’s Fitness just came out. (Go grab a copy, pg. 30). Plus there are some other secret projects in the works… It’s all great, really great. But you know what? It’s stressful too!
What does this have to do with my diet? Well, it hasn’t been so great lately. I’ve found myself eating cookies, breads, candies, and a whole bunch of other foods that really aren’t good for me. It was total stress eating. Although I want it on the record I still haven’t eaten ice cream! Above all, I’ve just been eating too dang much. I feel it, and it shows. I’m sluggish, I’m not sleeping well, my energy levels are peaks and valleys, and my six pack, is now a loose, watery, murky looking four pack.
Now of course I’m not saying I’m fat, or that I look poorly. Above all I recognize that the wheel of poor eating has picked up speed and I need to stop it pronto. We’ve all been there, it starts with a little treat here, then a little something there, then one bad meal, then another and then………bam, you’re 10 or more pounds heavier and pissed that you let yourself go.
So, I’ve vowed to freeze that wheel, and actually spin it backwards. I’ve committed to 4 weeks of completely clean eating, no junk, no treats, just good wholesome food. I guess I’m punishing, and also testing, myself. It’s normal to fluctuate a bit in dietary habits as no one can be perfect all the time. And if you are, I bet you’re no fun to be around or have over for dinner. The key is knowing yourself, your behavior and how to heed the warning signs when you know you’re headed for disaster.
So a couple of days ago I started my ultra-strict Angry Diet and already I feel great, both mentally and physically. Probably more of the former actually, because it’s really satisfying that I can control my own issues and stop myself from what amounts to dietary sabotage. It’s a very empowering feeling.
In case you don’t know my thoughts on food it’s really simple. Since I’ve tried almost every mass marketed plan on the books, I’ve taken what I like from each diet and what I believe to be valid, and created my own program. The Angry Diet consists of whole, natural, unprocessed foods, lean meats, vegetables, nuts, beans, and a bit of fruit. It’s very similar to The Caveman or Palleo Diet, but with a few twists. Food is fuel for the body and I aim to put nothing in my mouth that isn’t considered high octane.
I do believe in eating frequently throughout the day, that the source of fuel should match the demand (don’t drink fruit smoothies and sit behind a desk), moderate healthy fats should be included, and that above all – I’ve realized that as the quality of nutrients in your foods goes up, the portion sizes and total amounts can go down. That’s just my opinion based on my own experience.
Additionally I won’t eat bread, milk or dairy, refined sugar, anything with flour or anything refined. It’s really kind of Spartan but I’ve done this diet once before and here’s what happened 1) I felt amazing, like a machine 2) My health was incredible; blood panels were great, sinuses were clear, I felt like a million bucks and 3) My body-fat just fell off me. I had a really great result.
Now you’ll call me a hypocrite for this, but the one thing I do use that can be considered processed, and something cavemen couldn’t find is that after every workout I drink a Monster Milk drink for recovery. I know what you’re thinking, but the post workout meal is crucial to recovery and facilitating the repair process. For about 15 years I’ve drank some form of a shake post workout and I’m not giving them up. For one they taste great and almost serve as a treat, and two, I believe that they truly help.
There you have it. I’m human too. I also struggle with food. I succumb to the pressures of life just like anyone else. And as my producer Richard constantly tells me “You need to get out of your own way, Alfonso!” This new diet is one more step in that process…