My Health, Fitness, Diet, and Nutrition Goals for 2012

Written by Andrew Eydt

Topics: Books, Health & Nutrition, Primal & Paleo

Habit Forming

It is said that a habit takes 21 days to form. You have to be mindful if what you want to change, and simply make yourself do it for three weeks. Then it becomes a habit.
Since it’s best to only change one thing at a time – it’s more sustainable – this means you can still implement 17 new habits this year.
To be honest, I still try to double up some of the simpler ones.
I have wide-ranging things I want to work on in 2011, but as always, a lot of them do revolve around health, fitness, and proper nutrition.

 

Health Books in 2012

I would like to read, understand, and implement one new health, fitness, or nutrition related book every month. I read a lot, especially on my Kindle, and even listen to a lot of audiobooks while driving/flying/training, so this goal is already set up for success. The key is to implement what you are reading, as you are reading it – not waiting until you are finished to book to do everything from it at once.

My List of books for 2012 (which will likely update:
Paleo Solution (started in Dec) – Robb Wolf
Wheat Belly – William Davis
– Coconut Oil Miracle – Bruce Fife
– Primal Blueprint 21 Day Transformation – Mark Sisson
– A Loren Cordain Book: The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet Cookbook, or the new one – the Paleo Answer
– Dark Side of Fat Loss – Sean Croxton
– An anti-cancer book
– An alpha male book
– A strength training book
Paleo Comfort Foods Cookbook
– Nora Primal Living
– Fermenting Book

Bonus:
Primal Cookbook

 

Another goal is to eliminate wheat and other grains

I read Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint in 2011 and started to implement much of what I learned. Dropping grains from my diet was not actually all that difficult, even though I really did enjoy bread, pasta, pancakes, etc.
The biggest reason why I had no troubles mostly removing grains from my diet, was because I was already skeptical of them. I had no idea what gluten and gluten intolerance was, but the diabetes epidemic we find ourselves in was appearing to be very fishy. If grains become sugar in the blood stream, and excess ‘sugar/insulin cycles’ help to cause diabetes (amongst other factors I now know) – then why exactly are we being told to eat more grains?
Surely not every type 2 diabetic got it from eating candy bars.
I already thought that vegges were a far superior source of carbohydrates over grains. It just took some well researched material from Mark for the full picture to reveal itself to me in my head.

The goal part of this is to seriously eliminate these grains from my diet in 2012. My favorite cheat meals are homemade pizza and tacos (corn is lower down on the naughty list). But I really do feel it after that pizza (stomach, bloating, and brain fog).

 

Eat blueberries, broccoli, and avocado

I guess to truly make this a habit, I will have to eat these every day for 3 weeks.
Blueberries – aka brain-berries – are a food that should be a part of every diet. Their nutritional nuclear weapon is called anthocyanin and is the reason for the deep, intense color. They improve your heart health, vascular, brain, and cancer avoidance games. It is highly recommended to consume blueberries on a regular basis. My favorite mode of consumption is to mix 50/50 with organic Greek yogurt.

Broccoli is another powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Not only does it taste great, especially when I sautee with garlic and butter (everything tastes better cooked in garlic and butter), but it packs a real anti-cancer knockout punch through the nutrient ‘sulforaphane” and is a great source of Vitamin C.

Avocado – not just for tacos anymore.
If you are following a Primal Blueprint or Paleo Solution inspired diet, then you have already removed the grains from your life. Well you need fuel to operate the machine that is your body, and that fuel comes in the form of healthy fats. Avocado just happens to be one of the tastier forms of fat and is really easy to peel and work with when properly ripe. I add chopped avocado to my omelets, salads, and salmon meals plates for a turbo boost of energy and a nice creamy texture.  Add this to your diet for a healthy boost of monounsaturated fat and potassium.

 

Optimize my wine and alcohol consumption

Wine is not only tasty, but healthy too. Alcohol, not so much.
In 2012 I really want to understand the health benfit tradeoff to consuming alcohol.
Sure wine is tasty, sure it’s healthy, ya it’s a great snack at night with dark chocolate, but what effects does it have on my system.
But what negative effects does it have on my system (other than the normal liver stuff).
How will it provent me from achieving my physical goals in 2012? (does it result in less energy?)
How does it interfere with my diet goals this year? (Does it act like sugar in the blood?)
What is its effect on Testosterone and other hormones?
This is all part of the big picture that I will research, share, and implement into my own life as a habit over the next months.
So there it is, here are the first four of my health, fitness, and nutrition related habits for 2012 that I wanted to share with you: to read more health books, to strictly follow Primal, to add nuclear-powered nutritous foods (blueberry, broccoli, avocado), and to really optimize my alcohol concumption.

If you have a resource for my to help me along my way, or you have a book recommendation for my list, please leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter.

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