As a techie, the first thing you learn in coding is how to display the words “Hello World”, so it is only befitting that the very first post on this should have the same title.
A little bit about myself – I love the Gym! but more importantly, I LOVE FOOD (and cooking)! As we all know, these two go hand-in-hand to achieve the best results; regardless of what the initial goal is. I didn’t start at the gym last week, or last month, but 8 years ago in February 2008, and have been eating “clean” since 2013/14. July 2014 saw me at my physical peak, both in strength and physique (where I had about 10-12% Body Fat); then I trained twice a day, 5 times a week, and virtually cut out carbs from 80% of my meals (all except breakfast)…and I was still at university! Once the professional life set in (and final year of uni stress), that all changed however (lol), and while I’m not ‘out of shape’ or significantly weaker, I am a far cry from where I was once, so I for the last few months have been steadily working on hitting such heights once more, or even bettering them!
We’ve all heard about the different variations of fitness nutrition – Diet/Exercise proportions; some suggesting 80/20, others 70/30 and so on, or
“Abs are pre-heated in the kitchen”
Bottom line is that what you eat is pretty damn important in how well you look or strong you get physically and in life. After all, ‘You are what you eat’, right?
So, if we all know this, why do the majority of us not practice or enforce this? Some common responses i’ve gotten to this are that eating “clean” or “healthy” is either too expensive, boring or requires a complete (kitchen) cabinet paradigm shift – to which I beg to differ. As much as it’s all about what you eat, how you eat/cook what you eat also plays quite a significant role; one doesn’t have to completely change ones cabinet constituents (for the most part), but substitute the little aspects of cooking methods, for example, grilling rather than frying, coconut/rapseed oil rather than the conventional vegetable oil, sea salt rather than normal salt; the list could go on!
I must point out that although I am no expert on this (yet), and while I am able to carry on and write what would probably up being a long-winded, mini article; the purpose of this platform is to enable me to share with you all my journey as I try to reach my aforementioned goals (About), while showing that eating “clean”/”healthy” can not only be very much fun, but cost effective! (providing one buys the right items and shops smart!)
Hard work and remaining active are vital; but in the end, it all comes down to diet. – Kevin Curry (FitMenCook)