Sunday, 30 March 2014

Releasing Demons and the magical 'Cheat Day'

Nutrition and training.
They are a part of our lifestyle. And to get close to the health and vitality our ancestors had we need to be more conscious of both nutrition and training than they ever were.
They thought nothing of counting calories, eating clean, corrective stretching, warm ups, cool downs, high intensity training vs low level cardio blah blah blah. This because food was scarce; they hunted and gathered everything they could, and shared what they found, any calories were greatly accepted.

There was no processed or junk food, and no corporate media. Their only choice was to find and eat natural food. They ate their food raw and probably cooked some of it, but in general their bodies were not exposed to the chemical onslaught we face from birth and their minds were not bombarded with advertisements from junk food companies.

So we need to be ultra vigilant to fuel our meat vessels with what they were designed to use. It takes a significant amount of our life energy, effort, chi, if you will to eat and train right.

This means that over time demons build up. By demons I mean the voices telling you it will be fine to just quickly have some toast, one chocolate bar cant hurt. These minor inconvenient duals are easily won. The thoughts turn into wow that looks soooo good but I know its sooo bad for me. Id love to join you in that take away but id rather cook for myself thanks.  Ah go on then, no, no ill only regret it. I have found that I can go for months on a volley of victories and near misses with the devils of my appetite. Eventually my energy is run down and the war gets boring, WE FORGET WHY WE MAKE the choices. 

So rather than give in to temptation, I suggest something better...
Exercise the demons and remember the reasons for the choices you make.
To do this you need to throw caution to the wind and simply eat anything and everything you fancy. Eat because you can with reckless abandon! Revel in the supposed pleasures of consumption. Cookies, baked goods, pastries, a bun heavily laden with processed meat and fuck loads of salad cream. Toast and mother fucking margarine. Consume obscene amounts of cereal in the biggest bowl you can find. These are the things I have to spend my chi saying no to every day. For you it might be mac Donald's, fried fast food or biscuits.

Expelling demons is a personal thing, whatever it is that plagues you, that's your port of call brothers! For me its sugary baked stuff and heavy carbs like cereal and cereal bars man! Cereal bars till the cows come home!
I spend one day and one day only indulging in my carb craziness...
In the after math I remember fully and completely the reason I don't live this way every day. I feel like absolute shit. My body is flooded with toxins, overloaded in fact. The sudden surge of chemicals in the processed pleasures I submerged myself in had basically crippled me.  I felt like a corpse, I had head aches, stomach cramps, and my shits went weird as fuck, with my bowels having an extremely adverse reaction to the abuse. And in spite of the technical chemical energy that was going in, my body was not equipped to use it as fuel. Having been used to receiving its natural and optimal fuel for so long there was no way it was going to take kindly to this bullshit.

So now for quite a while all I will think of when I see the cereals, the bread buns, the ham sandwiches, flap jacks and Paninis, is pain, misery and lacking  energy. This is obviously a massive help in the ongoing battle for optimal nutrition.

Give it a try, work out your best fuel, focus your diet around it and see the results. Then observe the demons creep in. Then, instead of giving up control and caving in, choose to gorge yourself in a controlled manor. The beauty is that there is no guilt!

Have trust in the fact that because you have worked so very hard and been so very vigilant up to now, you wont suffer for very long and your athletic performance will not suffer in the slightest, as opposed to the weakly cheat meal, that builds up toxins and an inherent weakness where to get by you must have your share of junk, and that junk is soooo good man.

Well perhaps my method also shows my weakness, this is a perfectly viable claim but after I've had my cheat day, I can think of nothing more vile and atrocious than eating my demon foods; while after your cheat meal, you cant wait for the next one.

'This is just advice, do whatever the fuck you wanna do' - Elliott Hulse