“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu
Getting started can be the most challenging part of any journey. But a few relatively minor changes can set you on the journey to a new you. For this week’s workshop, I have gathered 30 little things that made a BIG difference in my journey from former fat guy to Man on a Nutrition Mission™. I would like to share a few of them with you
Eating my veggies first. I’ll be honest, I used to hate vegetables. I mean, is there anything less appealing than plain boiled spinach? But as I came to understand the importance that vegetables play in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight I made a change. I began eating my vegetables first, when I was at my hungriest, ensuring that I would eat them. (I also found lots of ways to make them more appealing so I wouldn’t try to avoid them! In fact, I love my veggies now.)
Going to bed 30 minutes sooner. What a difference this made in my journey! Originally it was just a way to curb late night snacking (which it did), but the additional 30 minutes of shut eye also played a role in the metabolic change in my body. I was losing weight by sleeping!
Unsubscribe from unhealthy food subscriptions. As a guy who LOVED food, you name it, I subscribed to it. Things like Bon Appetite Magazine, a weekly email of ‘foods you must eat before you die’, Burger Weekly, The World’s Best Buffets, etc. When I began my journey, I needed to eliminate anything that could lead me back to the dark side. I have always loved cooking, but episodes of Cake Boss weren’t helpful to my journey. Unsubscribing from magazines, TV channels, email lists and other similar temptations was a simple, little change that had a big impact.
Making sure my home was ‘in the zone’. The best defence is a good offense. That meant proactively getting ALL of the junk food out of my home. It also meant having the right kinds of foods on hand at all times. This helped create an environment where it was easier to stay on the right path (preparing healthy meals) than to stray.
Putting food away immediately. This is especially important for food like whole grain breads, natural (one ingredient) peanut butter, cooked complex carbohydrates, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, etc. While all were part of my healthy menu, portion creep can work against you with these types of foods. Putting my groceries away helped me avoid mindless nibbling. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.
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BY Tony Vassallo
Founder of MODA for Men & The Real Food Revival Movement c/o MODA Nutrition Inc.
In 2010, Tony was 37 years old, morbidly obese, with a host of medical issues: Type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, gout, joint pain, constant indigestion and acid reflux. Simple tasks like putting on socks, climbing a flight of stairs, fitting into an airplane seat or restaurant booth and getting out of bed were big challenges for him. Every afternoon, he would have a sugar crash, leaving him with little energy to get through the rest of the day. He was always sweaty and tired. He began avoiding the outdoors and eventually just avoiding life
He lost 130 pounds in 2010-11 and has kept it off ever since. When he changed his lifestyle, the many medical issues he suffered—all of them—vanished.
Tony Vassallo Weight Loss Transformation
Founder of MODA Nutrition & Weight Loss.
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