Always pick the lesser of two evils:
- You know what you should and shouldn’t be eating. But it’s a judgement call. A few examples, if you need protein, reason it in your head how important it is: protein (chicken, steak) vs. the gluten and/or soy that it could contain – probably because you’re getting it from somewhere it’s processed. When in doubt, always go with a salad. Hard-boiled eggs over an omelette cooked in vegetable oil is the better choice and sweet potatoes over white potatoes too.
- P.s. – did you know that even though Chipotle’s burrito bowl without the dairy and rice and beans still contains soy in ALL of their meats? Yeah, that gave me the worst hot flashes, night sweats and more. Can’t eat there again.
Follow the basics:
- Dietary: No dairy, no legumes, no grains, no soy, no juice, no alcohol or soda, limited fruits (directly after a workout or in the morning), eat veggies, lean meats, seafood and shellfish, try and limit eggs to six a week (cholesterol) and only drink water
- Exercise: keep moving, walk wherever possible, run really fast every once in a while, take the stairs when you can, do at least thirty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise five days a week (dance, MMA, running, walking, sports, etc.)
- Get at least 6 quality hours of sleep a night in a blacked-out room and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
- When you eat, your plate should contain protein, carbs and fat and more GOOD carbs and fat than protein.
- Btw, legumes (if you haven’t followed the link about legumes and grains yet) are any kinds of beans and peanuts. This includes hummus and peanut butter. And grains like wheat, oats and rice and pseudo-grains like quinoa are unacceptable as well. Believe me, there is more out there than bagels and pb or oatmeal for breakfast.
- And also, if you slip up and go have ice cream with bros or popcorn at the movies with the babes, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just ask yourself if it’s worth it to you and if you can say yes without guilt or remorse, then shoot for it. If you know you’re gonna hate yourself afterwards, it’s probably best to forgo it until you can reach a point where one slip up won’t cause relapse.
What to keep in the fridge and room:
- Coconut items (yogurt, milk, ice cream on occassion, shredded unsweetened)
- Hot sauce and various spices
- Nuts and seeds and nut/seed butters (be careful with overeating)
- Almond meal/flour, coconut flour, flaxseed meal, etc. (good for little inventions I make with protein powder, eggs and coconut flakes, sometimes fruit)
- Fruit (fresh and dried – be careful here too because they contain great amounts of sugar)
- Veggies of any sort
- Protein – chicken probably will be easiest
I haven’t tried using oils to cook with in the microwave yet (i.e., with eggs or to sautee vegetables) but it’s been in the back of my head. If anyone does it before I do, let me know how it turns out! I do, however, put eggs in the microwave anyways with spices and hot sauce and grilled chicken – NO SOY OR GLUTEN.
Just remember: Do the best with what you’ve got. The fact that you’re in a dorm/college housing and trying to do this is commendable enough. Don’t beat yourself up because one choice isn’t the best choice or others don’t agree with this lifestyle. You’re living for you, so make the best life for yourself that you can.