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Ted’s view of dieting

People seem to think I eat bird seed and fish because I am skinny.  I am always being asked why I am drinking milk or coffee.  I often hear “I didn’t know you could eat that.”  I am also asked by people why their latest magic diet is not working and I can drink chocolate milk with whole milk.

Dieting is a life long commitment to nutrition.  It is really hard to be nutrition conscious in today’s highly processed food climate.  The marketers and food manufacturers are good at making bad things look healthy.  I have a few rules that I live by for healthy eating.

Drink lots of water
Drink iced tea or a similar drink.  Add real sugar for sweetness.
Eat real yogurt
Eat 3-4 meals a day
Eat loin cuts of meat
Eat free range meat
Eat organic food
Use real butter
Carbs are good
Some fat is good
Eat what you like
Moderation is key
Occasional junk food is ok
Indulge in good chocolate

Eliminate the soda (diet soda too)
Eliminate the diet foods
Eliminate the high fructose corn syrup.  It is a lot harder than you may think.
Do not skip meals
Do not snack or mooch
Do not replace meals with workout recovery food
Avoid empty calories
Avoid margarine
Stop eating when you are full
Avoid cheap chocolate (never waste calories on something average)
Do not be a couch potato

A lot of what I say here is easy and makes sense.  A lot of is hard and is against what we are told by marketers.  A lot of it is expensive.  I can’t afford to eat all organic and free range food, especially organic loin cuts of meat.  Do the best you can.  Watch out for the sneaky stuff like Yoplait yogurt that looks healthy but it is just a chemical bomb full of bad calories.

The bottom line of dieting – burn more calories than you consume.  Good calories build good muscles, bad calories don’t.

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