Food is Fuel

Food is one of those things that has one purpose, but is used for thousands of other different things. Communication, heartache, family time, ascetic appeal, worship, sickness, health, confidence, nostalgia, familiarity, homesickness, the list goes on. Food is something that cannot be separated from any persons life, it is a constant that has evolved with our species through thousands of years. So it’s understandable that we take advantage of the satisfaction food gives us and start exploiting it in other mediums. Perhaps it is having a sugar filled yummy cake to celebrate your birthday, going to a place that serves high quality food on a date, eating lots of snacks at the movies, or all coming together for a meal during thanksgiving. Over the years we have warped the reality of what food truly is; fuel for our bodies to function. Nothing more.
While some of these are necessary, as we are social animals and the easiest thing to gather and bond around is food, they do not have to be an excuse for you to eat shitty food. Eat whole food, or don’t eat it at all. We are huge proponents of both the Paleo and Keto ways of eating (we’ll do a post on which is better later), but the cut and dry of our philosophy on food is that we believe food is something that shouldn’t be thought about too much. We have so many other things to think about that can make us more insightful people, that thinking about food all day is really just slowing us down.
That’s why Mac and I eat whole foods, with a lower carb intake and high fat intake. Currently we take advantage of a state called ketosis, which is where our bodies have switched over from utilizing glucose for energy to utilizing fatty acids, specifically ketone bodies, for fuel. Eating this way, I feel full longer, have steady energy throughout the days, and can go long periods of time without eating if needed (a huge advantage if you need to work past that lunch hour or stay focused for classes during the day).
Ketosis also is very effective at oxidizing and burning off body fat, which is great if you want to look lean and athletic.
At the end of the day, even if you never utilize the ketogenic diet to fuel your body, we implore you to try cutting out wheat, gluten, sugar, and other processed foods and begin eating a diet of whole foods that you cook yourself most of the time. It’s a lot more effective and fulfilling for your health goals than any benefit you could get from driving through that Wendy’s on the way home from work.

Why Getting Up At 5am Every Morning Is Amazing

Waking up early in the morning for no immediate reason doesn’t seem to make sense at first. I went through high school always getting out of bed with what seemed like seconds to spare before the bus would be outside waiting for me. I never considered the possibility of voluntarily getting out of bed before you absolutely had to. The fumbling and rush of my past mornings is night and day compared to the thoughtfulness and relaxation of my current routine.

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What My Shitty Summer Job Taught Me

The summer of my junior year in high school, I got my first real job, working as a lifeguard at my local recreation center. The hours were weird, sporadic and each weeks schedule was different. The pool was big and crowded, kids would try and get away with as much as they could, and you were in the sun all day. Did I mention my boss was incompetent and passive aggressive? What about only getting paid seven dollars an hour after taxes? A shitty summer job. But what it taught me about necessity and budgeting is something I still use to this day and am grateful for the experience as a whole.

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The Illusion Of Adulthood

When I was young, say about seven or eight, I thought adults were geniuses. It baffled me how my dad knew how to fix the lawnmower when it stopped working. I was amazed when my mom would drive for hours on miles of roads and still be able to find her way back to our house.  “This stuff seems impossible,” I would think to myself. The way I imagined it, you were a kid till you were seventeen, and then on the night of your eighteenth birthday you went to bend and poof! You woke up an eighteen year old adult, now gifted with the knowledge on how to file taxes and work a computer. This silly idea faded as I started to age, but I still thought until recently that being an adult meant you took careful thought into all of your actions, using your years of experience to make the best possible decision for each situation you were faced with.

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  • What My Shitty Summer Job Taught Me

    What My Shitty Summer Job Taught Me