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When I was a kid, I loved junk food. I grew up on the best junk in the world. When I moved to the US, I discovered a whole new world of wonderful junk: like Chips Ahoy!, these damn things, and good ol’ ice cream sandwiches. That was my diet in a white chocolate-coated nutshell. Eventually, I decided migraines were lame, and I didn’t want to end up tired and sick like my family members. Besides, being skinny sucked, so I set out to make some muscles. I started eating better, but I continued to struggle with wanting all the sweet junk my body was used to. Do The Opposite. Most people think of eating healthy like it means eating LESS. As someone who knew nothing about nutrition, I observed that people who eat lots of junk were unhealthy. I knew I wasn’t on a good path. I also noticed that I never saw anyone eat “healthy” foods in high quantities. So in my quest for building muscle, I had an idea: What happens if I eat a ton, but instead of crappy food, I used "healthy" food? I filled my cupboards with all the classic bodybuilding staples (oats, egg whites, brown rice, chicken breast…) and started eating. Did I get fat? Did I get muscular? Fill It Up, Please. So I just moved to Texas from the City of Philadelphia. And I mean like, INSIDE the city proper. Skyscrapers, one-way streets, parallel parking, you know, a city. Back in Philly, I was driving my car about a mile a week. Lately? I've been driving 50 miles a DAY under the hot Texas sun. Needless to say, my gas tank is emptying much faster. I like to let it run down to completely empty (just like Kramer), before stopping to fill it all the way back up....

5 Reasons You Don’t Look Like You Workout   There’s nothing worse than putting in the time and effort in the gym only to look in the mirror and have nothing to show for it. While your workouts are important, they’re not everything. You could be missing a critical piece of the puzzle - your nutrition. Here are the 5 most common nutrition mistakes that are keeping you from looking like you actually work out. 1. Eating too MANY calories It might seem obvious, but like many others, you could be making this mistake without even realizing it. Just because you cut out processed sugar or eliminated all carbs and went all-out keto doesn’t give you a pass to eat an endless amount of avocados and bacon. The food you DO eat still provides energy, and any excess needs a place to be stored. Gluten-free cookies and Paleo muffins are still treats with more calories than your body needs. You can’t always rely on simply choosing “healthy foods” to regulate your calories and how much you’re eating. Listen, I love me some coconut oil too, but be honest - do you really need that scoop in your morning coffee? By the way, do you like to cook? You could be overdoing the oils. One tablespoon of coconut oil alone is about 150 calories, and that’s just greasing the pan! Whether you’re stir-frying roasted veggies or keeping the eggs from sticking, these fats add up faster than anything else. 2. Not eating enough calories It sounds counterintuitive, but you’ll also struggle to reveal any muscle if you’re not eating enough. This works in two ways: Hormones Binge Cycles When you undereat (and over-exercise*), your metabolism adjusts to keep you from accidentally starving yourself. Changes (not defects) to key hormones like leptin, thyroid, and ghrelin make you feel tired, lazy, and...

You may not realize it, but guilt is the poison that will kill any momentum towards your goals dead in its tracks. You must avoid it at all costs. But where does it come from?...

Coming directly from a bodybuilding tradition, I firmly learned that "food is fuel." However, as I developed stronger relationships with my body, my self, my life and my world, so developed my relationship with the food I ate....