Champions of Wayne Blog
In keeping with my spring 2016 declaration that I will establish one new good habit each semester as a part of my ongoing Champions of Wayne goal, my new habits of reading and eating spinach on a regular basis have guided me to this conclusion: although my diet is healthier than it was before, it is still an embarrassment when compared to the ideal diet I have recently come to understand and can no longer deny.
Homo Sapiens have roamed the planet for 100,000 years, and lived as hunter-gatherers for the first 90,000. Seeing as how genetic adaptations take roughly 25,000 years to appear in humans (per my boy Sebastian Junger), I've concluded that my body is that of a hunter-gatherer and that I need to treat it accordingly. A few notes on our foraging ancestors:
Another note on hunter-gatherers, they did not eat bread, pasta, bagels, Rice Krispies, or Power Bars. From what I understand (and will put to the test), the idea that carbs and sugars are a good source of energy is a myth. Consider an excerpt from Christopher McDougall's Natural Born Heroes:
Think of your body as a furnace...Fill it with slow-burnding logs and it will run smooth and strong for hours. But fill it with paper and gas-soaked rags and it will burn hot, rattle the pipes, and die out until it is fed again.
Carbs are a puddle; fat is the Pacific. At any time, your body has some 160,000 calories on tap: about 2,000 from sugar, 25,000 from protein, and nearly 140,000--87 percent--are fat.
The plan is to condition my body to burn fat instead of carbs and sugar. To do this, I will need to completely eliminate sugar from my diet (including fruit, beans, grains, soy, wine, beer, and low-fat milk) for three weeks, then slowly reintroduce natural sugars (fruit). My days of added sugar are over (minus the occasional cheat day).
Keep in mind, this is not a weight-loss diet (although I'm guessing I'll shed a couple lbs). The purpose of this endeavor is to determine what the impact of such a diet is on ol' Joe Six Pack over here. I can stuff myself silly all day, but only with meat, fish, eggs, avocados, vegetables and nuts. Fortunately, I have maximum love for cashews and will undoubtedly keep tubs of them at work, home and in my car.
I'll be headed to the grocery store this weekend to load up on the above items and to begin the challenge. Next blog post will include a plan for the upcoming week (each breakfast, lunch, dinner planned out) and pics of my food for week. Damn it feels good to be a gangster.
By: Sean Galvin