So here's the thing. Some people are disciplined and fitness focused, and I really am jealous. But its just not me. Never ever has been. So, in an effort to not weigh 6,000 pounds there are a couple lazy-man's tricks I have. Maybe this is interesting to you, maybe you are disgusted with the fact that I eat pizza on a way-too-regular basis (oops, did I really just overshare?) but I figured I would put it out there, in case anyone else was in a similar situation.
Here are a couple tips for staying healthy, without a whole lot of effort, I call them healthy disguises, because the more I can trick myself the better!
The first trick is Quinoa. It is seriously a supergrain. So healthy. It has the more protein than ANY other non-meat food. Insane right? You cook it just like rice and eat it just like rice. I use it as a substitute for my favorite orzo salad, as a side when I grill and basically for just about anything. The easiest recipe I like is adding dried cranberries, crumbled feta, fresh basil and a little salt and peppper. Its delish.
The next thing on my list is brown rice pasta. I am obsessed with pasta. I would eat pasta for every single meal if I could (but I have to have pizza every once in a while too...). This pasta tastes so much better than whole grain or wheat pasta (they are so dry) and cooks much pretty much the same way. The one problem is that it can get a little mushy so I definitely recommend cooking it al dente. This is the specific brand I buy, but the others are pretty decent too.
The next disguise is chicken sausage. I am not a big meat lover, theres something about the meaty taste that is really icky to me, so the more disguised the meat is, the better. This chicken sausage is pure heaven. First off, its 100 calories for one whole sausage and a great source for protein. I put it in pasta, I grill it, I eat it straight off the George Foreman grill. I am known for this chicken sausage because I cook it so often. My friends know and expect that most every meal I make for them will include it. They also have like 10 other flavors but this is my favorite. I buy it at Whole Foods, but they have it at some regular grocery stores too!
The last thing, and the only nonfood related disguise is "superslow".
Ok so a little background, I HATE exercising. Its gross. I just hate it. But the problem is, I am 25 and really not in shape. Bad Alex. So I started workouts that are called Superslow. Here are the details:
- It is a 20 minute work out, that you do no more than twice a week
- You go to special superslow locations, and it is supervised by a superslow trainer
- It is not a fun 20 minutes. I am just being honest with you. I have been doing it for over 6 months and there is not a single time that I am not sore the next day. And while you are there, you are not a happy camper. On my way out the other day, a lady on her way in, stopped me and said "Oh my god, I am so jealous you are finished".
- Its different from other strength training because you spend 2 minutes on each machine, and do reps of 10 seconds up and 10 seconds down. The last rep has a 10 second hold at whichever spot the trainer thinks is most difficult for you.
It isnt really going to make you skinny, but it will tone you and make you a muscle man like nothing else. 40 minutes a week? Can't beat it.
Was this boring? Just hoping to share some new things outside of design. Should I just stick with design? Maybe so...