Lookin’ Back On The Paleo Diet (The Best Weight Loss Plan Ever)

When I was 18 – I tried a rad new diet called the Paleo Diet.

Well, it doesn’t seem new anymore – it seems to hit the mainstream a lil’ bit. And I’m happy bout that. Cause it’s the only “diet” I’ve ever done.

Honestly, I hate diets. They’re not fun – at all.

Stoppin’ yourself from eatin’ certain stuff can be terrible for some people.

Especially your everyday consumer who sometimes get food headaches after not eatin’ for a couple hours.

But diets – the good ones – can sometimes be a necessary evil.

So, I tried it for a month or two to get some “dietin’ experience” so to speak.

Here’s how it went …

Eggs, Eggs, And More Eggs!

If you don’t know what the paleo diet is – it’s pretty simple. You basically…

A) Eat protein (eggs, meat, nuts) They’re king of the diet.

B) Limits carbs (No flour, bread, rice. Yams and sweet potatoes – okay)

C) No sweets – at all.

D) Lots of fat (Olive oil and such)

E) No diary (milk – no. Coconut milk and Almond milk – okay)

F) Veggies are queen.

Basically, people who do the paleo diet believe humans should ditch the carbs, sweets, and most diary in order to simulate the eatin’ habits of our ancestors who hunted for their food.

They preach liftin’ super heavy weight and bein’ one with nature.

Kinda like really strong hippies.

Like I said before – I did it for 2 months. And got interestin’ results.

Basically, my food schedule was …

A) Mornin’ – eggs bathed in olive oil and sweet potatoes and maybe a protein shake.

B) Lunch – the same as mornin’.

C) Dinner – chicken and broccoli…

… That’s it. Nothin’ fancy.

Actually, it’s closer to my diet habits nowadays – minimalist and scarce. Which makes this diet really easy from the start – you throw all those fattenin’ carbs and sweets like doughnuts.

I saved a good chunk off money on the diet cause when I went to the store to buy food – I only bought eggs – a whole lot of ’em – and olive oil and sweet potatoes and chicken. Or beef.  So simple. And I love simple.

The second huge factor of this diet is the weight loss.

I shrank.

Lost 10 pounds in two weeks, no joke.

Now, granted, I was already a skinny kid, but the speed in which I did it was amazin’ – couldn’t believe it. I finally had clear, defined abs. No fat whatsoever.

That’s the major thing I endorse ’bout the Paleo diet.

If you follow it, you’ll lose weight – guaranteed. No don’t bout it.  You will shrink. And super fast too.

With the lack in carbs, your body won’t store extra energy and burn fat like crazy – crazy. Causin’ you to lose weight.

Now, the paleo diet has some drawbacks.

The lack of carbs can be dangerous for some like people with diabetes One – where they need more carbs (energy) in their diet to survive. They won’t benefit from this diet.

Even for “regular people” like me, I remember feelin’ kinda tired cause my body wanted some energy from a carb or somethin’. So, to fix that – I would eat sweet potatoe fries with ketchup to recharge – so good.

The other drawback is that it’s kinda borin’.

I ate so many freakin’ eggs on the freakin’ diet that to this day – I shudder at makin’ them now.

But, overall, I think it’s a very good diet. That gives you fast results.

If I ever get personal trainin’ clients that wanna lose weight, I would have ’em follow this. Cause it’s easy, inexpensive, and really simple. And you know I’m the king of simple, right?

Reminds me of my Paleo days – good times, real good times

— Jamual

What’s Up With You And Carrot Juice?

Lately I’ve been refinin’ my diet. And it’s been one of the best moves – healthwise – that I’ve ever done.

I never really focused on health at all. I just ate crap.

And you wanna know what happened?

My body turned to crap. Really it did.

Cause I was doin’ powerliftin’ exercises. Movin’ heavy weight. I thought it gave me the right to pour buckets of crap down my throat.

Now, on one hand, I got what I wanted from the workouts – I got stronger. But everything else sucked …

A) I looked like dookie.

 B) No energy ( Could barely go upstairs).

C) Opened myself to more injures – cause of my ego.

D) Face broke out with acne. 

E) A fat nasty stomach. Cause I would drain nasty ass whole milk. A lot.

But I was strong, right?

Being strong is cool, right?

It was but, I compromised everything just to push heavy weight.

Lookin’ back now – what the hell was I doin’?

It wasn’t like I was gonna compete in the a powerliftin’ competition.

For that I would need massive amounts of TRT and HGH and other roids.

Why would I do it?  It was nonsense.

I just wanna be fit, look good for the opposite sex, and not get the Big C – cancer. That’s it.

So, I stopped and I crafted somethin’ simpler, somethin’ basic for the next few years.

Over the years, I switched to  bodybuildin’ type workouts – focusin’ on muscle, anti – aging, and longevity.

Now, my basic workouts are high reps, low sets. Where I’m allowed to maintain lean muscle. And I can go on and do other things throughout my day (like write for 5 hours).

Then I decided to overhaul my food.

And that was a game changer.

I started drinkin’ Kombucha. Which is a perfect drink. Cause now I never get sick.

Boom!

Then I started fastin’. Which feels like heaven. Highly, highly recommended. (writing my post on that too).

And then – at the end of the year – I found carrot juice.

And I gotta say, carrot juice is bomb. It has amazin’ benefits…

A) Good for eyes.

B) Good for skin.

C) And digestion. And probably can help fight the Big C.

Those benefits are amazin’. But to me the most noticeable benefit of carrot juice is the increased energy.

Now, all these drinks – Kombucha, coffy, and carrot juice – give you an extra energy boost.

But, geez – louise – you should see me clearin’ blocks. I walk fast, fast, fast!

And, honestly, I’m not a Usain Bolt, but carrot juice has me flyin’ down the damn street!

And I know it’s the carrot juice, cause a lotta times I would just have that for breakfast and go. Clearin’ blocks. Insane, insane energy!

Man, I’m super grateful for carrot juice. Cause if I keep drinkin’ I can keep extendin’ my longevity. And get more things done (like writin’ 100 blog posts!)

So, if your thinkin’ bout tryin’ carrot juice – I say yes!!!

Get it! Or Kombucha! Or even, beet juice!

Those drinks can lessen your doctor visits. Probably not get cancer. And you can get more things done! Increasin’ your Time!

Sounds good, right?

So try ’em!

K. I. B – The Easiest Workouts You’ll Ever Do

I was looking at a couple workout magazines lately. And I gotta say – the workouts are pretty darn confusing.

With the crazy reps, sets, and fly over hang over superman exercise sets.

It’s nutty. And I’m a not athlete. So I don’t do that.

Again – I’m not a athlete, at all.

But what I do is somethin’ called K. I. B. which breaks down to keep it basic. Super basic.

Basically my workouts right now are …

Dumbbell Press – high reps, low sets

Dumbbell Squat – high rep, low sets

Dumbbell Deadlift – high rep, low sets

Dumbbell curls – high rep, low sets

Sit ups – A whole lotta reps

Push ups – A whole lotta reps

That’s it.

That’s my workout. And I maintain muscle – lean an’ mean.

Actually that’s my at home workout. Takes like a hour to do. And it’s super simple – not confusin’.

This fitness stuff ain’t hard. At all.

Just K. I. B. – Keep it basic.  Set some goals. And take some action.

Easy enough, right?

Course it is.

Later,

Jamual

The Healthiest Drink You’ll Ever Drink (This Will Change Your Life)

I found a new drink. A really tasty one.

Well, it isn’t new — per se. It’s old. With a nice long history.

I’m not gonna bore you with the history.

But, I’m just gonna say this drink — Kombucha — is the greatest ever!

Yes, I’m talking ’bout the drink that 5 foot tall Hollywood blondes drain before their auditions… This stuff is an elixir of the Gods.

So, the reason why I’ve started drinking this stuff is because of my mom.

She brought a bottle in randomly earlier this year. And it changed my whole life. No lie.

When I first saw it I thought, “This is gonna taste, crazy – crazy bad.

I was nervous. Really nervous. I always thought green/ healthy drinks got a bad rap cause of taste, so people just shun them for something more tasty. Like for Mcdonalds or something like that. And I don’t blame ’em. Big mac and fries taste and sound 100x better than a Multi Green Kombucha.

However, I have to say the mainstream Kombucha in mainstream stores like Duane Reade and Rite Aid are actually tasty! And super good for you.

Like really, the health benefits of Kombucha are freaking great!

Here are the top benefits that I’ve found that could be of use for you —

The First Benefit…

… Is increased energy.

Cause if I drink one bottle of this stuff — I literally can fly through my 8- 4AM shift at work. And have extra energy later on.

Did you hear me? One bottle. That’s only three bucks and some change.

A large coffee from Starbucks cost more than 5 bucks, right?

Not knockin’ Starbucks. Or coffee. Love ’em both. But sometimes it only keeps me goin’ til 1 AM. Then I would crash. Horrible feeling. No bueno.

Kombucha keeps you chargin’ on.

The Second Benefit …

… Is digestion.

This stuff will flush you out after drinkin’ a good amount. I can confirm this cause of my frequent bathroom breaks during the day.

Healthy colon + Healthy insides = Longer life span and less frequent doctor visits.

Good stuff.

The Third Benefit …

… Is that I haven’t gotten sick at all this year. At all.

Now, I usually only get sick once a year. Which is okay, right?

But in the winter time, I always seem to get sick. Or even around April. And I end up feelin’ like poo. I really hate that feelin’.

So, for two years, I’ve been looking for ways to combat it. And I’ve tried drinkin’ water all day long. Exercising even more than I usually do. And eatin’ healthier meals — sandwiches and such…

… But I would still get sick. All stopped, though, when I started drinkin’ Kombucha!

Since drinking this stuff weekly for 11 + months, I’ve gotten through the winter and spring months with no flu like symptoms. At all.

I’ve seen a bunch of people get sick. And I’ve haven’t even got a sniffle. ‘Cept for allergies. But that’s bout it. I’m good. And it’s all thanks to my new love, kombucha.

Thank You Jesus!

So, if you’re looking for a healthy drink that doesn’t taste like poo, you should definitely get some of this stuff.

Seriously, it’s the best ever!

Love, love, love it!

 

Why Is That Guy Always Doin’ Push – Ups?

I have a physical disability — Cerebral Palsy — which affects the way I move and talk.

If you don’t know what CP is, it’s basically a neurological disorder that affects physical movements and speech patterns.

In basic terms, it’s like getting a stroke at birth. Usually cause of crappy doctors using bad tools on newborns babies. That’s what happened to yours truly.

Cases of cerebral palsy range from the mild (jerking movements when walking) to extremely severe (being stuck in a wheel chair forever).

Thankfully, my cerebral palsy ain’t that severe. It’s really mild. It just affects my right side.

Leaving me with a spastic right arm and leg. As well a weird way of talking.

I’m actually pretty independent though. Can go anywhere I want without anyone’s help. And thank you Jesus for that.

But just because I can move on my own — doesn’t mean I don’t have any struggles. Or awkward situations happen to me.

Sometimes I have trouble grabbing stuff. Small stuff like cups and such.

I’m tripping over my feet, consistently.

And people always think I’m drunk — cause of my jerking movements.

What a life, huh?

I used to get so sad and angry cause of it.

To be honest, I still get mad. Not outright livid like I used to get. But sometimes hobbling around the street and having girls stare at you oddly can bruise the ego a bit, you know?

The other annoying thing comes from my past of trying to do sports.

I love, love, love sports, such as rugby, football and MMA. But my body is too messed up to compete with the big professional types…

… You know the big types. Like MJ, Steph Curry. Or Brock Lesnar.

Now, I’m not gonna be like Mike. And shoot clutch jumpers against the Utah Jazz. But, I swear to you, when I shave my head bald — I feel just like him.

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Bald Head King.

One of my many Role Models

Despite my dreams of being a professional athlete pulled from under me — I still find myself putting a bunch of hours in the gym or doing push – ups in the middle of my living room…

… Why is that?

‘Cause it makes me feel amazing.

It’s my engine — fueling me.

Okay so, for regular everyday people — leaving the gym makes them feel good. Then they go on with their day.

But for me and probably others alike — the gym is our day.

Fitness isn’t a choice. It isn’t a want. It’s a need.

I noticed this the hard way…

… Last spring, I went 4 months without working out.

No weights. No push – ups. Nothing.

Wanna know what happened?

Everything hurt, bad.

I was having leg issues. And back issues. It sucked.

But after one visit to the gym — I came out of there feeling like a new man.

I’m not BSing you either.

My back was stiff and stuff. Then I hit the Lat Pulldown machine and felt so so so freaking good after. God bless those machines.

Back then, I forgot that since I have a physical disability like CP — fitness needs to happen, even when I don’t wanna do it.

Like shaving your head in the military. It must be done.

So that’s why I’m always talking about fitness on this blog.

It’s super important to me.

And it’s making my life just a bit easier everyday…

… Overall, I think fitness helps everyone in some way, shape or form.

Some people wanna look good. Some people wanna be healthier. Fine by me.

I just wanna walk around pain and stiff free, you know?

— Jamual

Greek Food – The Tastiest Diet Food You’ll Ever Eat

Diets suck.

You can’t eat any fun food.

No McDonald’s. Domino’s. Burger King. Street Tacos. Nothing. At all.

Changing your eating habits for either losing or gaining weight – gets repetitive, real fast.

If you’re bulking, its eggs, rice, lean meats, good fats, veggies …

… For losing weight, its salad, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc …

Boring!

After a while, you’ll be bored to tears. And you’ll lose the excitement that the fitness has to offer.

Now, what if you wanted to shake up your diet.

Yes?

What if you want something tasty and healthy?

What do you eat? What’s good out there?

Well, I found something. And it’s not Trader Joe’s (good place though).

It’s Greek Food.

That’s right, you heard it here.

If you wanna switch it up. Hit up your favorite Greek spot and order some lean chicken wrapped up in whole grain pita bread with a dash of white sauce.

Yum!

You see, I did some investigating about two years ago on healthy diets around the world.

Some really healthy countries are Japan, Italy, France, and Greece.

These countries have the healthiest people ever. Where they work out daily, don’t over eat and consume a great diet — especially in Greece.

So what is it about the Greek diet that makes it awesome?

Well, unlike the American diet, the Greek diet is grounded in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and olive oil.

No processed meat. No candy. No Junk Food. Some Wine.

That’s it.

It’s not a secret formula, you know? This health + fitness stuff.

All you need to do is exercise frequently and eat well.

Then, you will be healthier than the majority of people around you… Especially in the U.S.

You’ll live longer than most. Have more fun. And be happier and super confident.

You wanna be happier, right?

Course you do –

Then all you have to do is find your top reviewed local Greek spot (GrubHub helps), order your meal, then enjoy.

Dip that whole grain pita into some olive oil and you’ll see what I mean.

Go, now, get healthy! And shake up your taste buds.

— Jamual

Be Better Than Oprah — Consistency

I bet you want to lose weight. Real bad.

That was probably your New Year’s resolution because you’re not happy with your looks. Hell, I don’t know anyone who is, even celebrities, the rich and famous. Those people that have it all, so to speak.

Do you see Oprah — the most powerful woman in the world  — her weight keeps yo-yoing.

Watch this:

Wow, even Oprah, who has access to the best doctors, personal trainers and dietitians, can’t get it together.

So lately, I’ve been thinking, “What’s holding her and you back?” Well, I think its a lack of consistency with overall fitness goals.

You see, fitness is a life long commitment. This stuff takes years to get good at.

The best athletes, trainers, and gym rats (myself included) have been working out for years before we ever hit our personal goals.

It’s a marathon — not a sprint.

It takes time, patience, and a insane amount of practice. Working out, diet, getting enough sleep — should be second nature to you. You should be a robot, a fitness robot.

If you feel like you should be doing push-ups, you should have have done them already.

To achieve your fitness goals, you should be obsessed with it.  First thing in the morning, do your workouts. Fix your diet. Get your rest.

If you’re overweight, do a lot of cardio, cut carbs. If you’re underweight, eat a bunch of carbs and lift heavy. Easy.

You know how to do it. There’s a ton of info on the web. Enough research. Now, do it!

Obsess over  it, do it everyday — 365.

You got this.

— Jamual