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Is there a food that you just can’t live without?
Many have at least one.
Some have a fridge full, that must be consumed under various circumstances or when certain conditions are met.
To some this may be called addiction, others it’s meal prep.
Depending on how you view things.
Consistency of the foods we eat isn’t actually that hard to achieve, if you think about it logically you’ll find people stick with select foods day in day out.
The difference is often the quality of food.
Taking this in to consideration you can swap one food habit with another, if only it was that easy.
Which realistically it is, however if you’re not willing to let go of a food or something that is perhaps not the most optimal choice for your health, you may want to question why.
Plenty of people understand what they should do.
Especially in regards to nutrition, yet they don’t.
Emotion, that is the reason, or at least what it boils down to in the end.
Becoming married to a certain food, or even stye of eating can be quite detrimental.
If you have the ability to have something just because you want it, and yet can as easily go without then I’d say you’ve found that place where you’ve got all your plates spinning well.
When someone says “I have to have….” alarm bells ring.
Less for medical reasons no one needs to have anything. Want to have, perhaps.
Self control, will power, what ever you call restraint, it’s being mindful and aware of what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and more importantly being okay with it.
By okay with it I mean this in regards to accepting any or all potential consequences that come with said choice.
It is common we will tend to leave ourselves ‘outs’.
Reasons for our choices that make us feel less bad about the choice we made food wise, yet if you end up feeling that way do you ever stop to ask why?
Hopefully you’ve noticed the common theme.
Asking why, being able to understand, learn and grow from each choice and layer you peel back in regards to delving in to your depths.
A little bit about how I eat.
I just eat based on what I feel I need, the mythical ‘listening to my body’ kind of thing.
There are no set times to eat.
No set meal frequency or specific meals/macros to be hit.
I’ve done my time playing with those factors to see what impact they had, which can be described as minimal.
Some days I will not eat until the evening, not because of some protocol telling me to, merely because life gets in the way and food waits until later.
No I didn’t get hangry because I’m not 6months old and still clasping my mothers tit for sustenance.
While food can indeed affect your mood, you have to understand that you will be aware of this impending shift and if you choose to be ‘hangry’ then it’s a choice you’ve made willingly.
Yep, that’s why people get pissy and then say “I haven’t eaten.” as if it exonerates them.
Umm, no, you know you’re hungry and you’re using that as your excuse to be a prize bell-end, congrats you’ve unlocked an achievement.
Now I’m sure some will be running to PubMed to find all the studies on low blood sugar, fluctuating concentration levels and a whole host of other information to justify them being a little bit of a dick when they get hungry.
Please feel free to do this, just understand it still doesn’t change the fact that if you know you’re hungry and choose to be a dick, you’re choosing to be a dick, end of.
You will often find the only people capable of such things are those privileged enough to do so.
People that don’t have a choice just get on with it.
How do your nutritional habits affect you?
Take some time to sit and reflect on this.
When was the last time you really put any effort in to something?
I’m not talking about ‘kinda effort’.
The on being referred to is that which makes you so uncomfortable you don’t even want to start it because you know it’s going to be a struggle each and every time.
This is the kid of effort that changes you fundamentally as a person when you come out the other end.
A level of effort that make soy want to quit daily.
That is what I mean.
If you can’t think of the last time you experienced something like this then perhaps you’re coasting.
There can’t be peaks without valleys.
If you never have that gut wrenching dread of something you need to be doing then the chances are you’re not truly challenging yourself.
Of course this is not to say you won’t have those ‘good times’, you know the ones, where everything falls in to place and it’s all to easy.
That my friends is a peak.
You’re reaping the rewards from he fruit of your labour and because of the effort you put in, each bite of success tastes all the sweeter for it.
That is what we strive.
Many had a taste of that in it’s lowest form when they started going to the gym, lsat some weight, got hot and finally overcame a fear.
After this though people take their foot off the gas because they’re now happy, content, a cog in the machine of mediocrity, as it were.
You can spot someone of this ilk because they will get very offended by reading something like this and say arbitrary things such as:
“If you’re happy that’s what matters.”
“You shouldn’t care what anybody else thinks.”
Blah blah blah.
Mediocrity, that is what that is, big firmly in the comfort zone that sucks everyone in and won’t let them leave because if someone was to break out and start to better themselves and achieve more they’d make everyone else feel bad, and we can’t have that in our sensitive modern world.
Life is struggle.
Life is suffering.
Life is meant to be tough so that when the times are good you appreciate them so much more and become truly thankful for that which the mediocre take for granted.
No one owes you a damn thing, remember that.
So my good people who read these little rants, when was the last time you put in a real effort in to something?
The kind of effort that changed you at your core.
The kind that made you a better human.
The kind that makes life so much sweeter in the end.
I humbly ask you to leave a comment below, an honest comment, not one that you think sounds like what you should say, a comment that is what you want to say no matter how un-PC it sounds.
I look forward to reading them.
Especially those of the past (before the endless red tape came in to play), you know the ones, they seem have that coveted ‘old man strength’ or ‘dad strength’ as some call it.
These are they type of people that have never visited a gym, ever, yet they are in reasonably good shape, which might be a bit better if they laid of the beer.
That said, they are often strong, stupidly strong, not to mention durable and just mentally tough too.
A far cry from he modern desk jockey of today.
We’d be silly not to pay homage to these people and their work ethic as we can learn a lot from them.
So, let’s see what little gems we can find amongst the dirt and rubble.
1 – Work capacity is important.
Take for example the necessity to shift a few tonnes of gravel or slate in the space of a day.
You’re not going to be able to do this without having the following: Strength Endurance, General CV Endurance, Mental Fortitude.
Not to mention shifting it isn’t an option, it’s a must, that helps too.
2 – The muscle in the back of your body are important.
Look at anyone who works in a physical capacity and you will find that most of them usually have a decent set of muscle through their posterior chain.
This is due to a lot of loaded carries, full/partial deadlifts, holding things close to their chest and pulling things towards them and/or putting them on their shoulders (like a rope, buckets, barrels etc).
Without a strong back they wouldn’t be much good on site.
There were also many times where something would need to be picked up from the floor and put overhead too, without the use of equipment, all day long as well. Talk about a full body workout.
3 – They do what they HAVE to, no pissing or whinging.
Well, some whinge however they still crack on in the end, after a tea break or 5.
Do what is needed, simple.
4 – Cast iron grip strength.
Have you ever shook the hand of a mechanic or someone who constantly works with their hands?
God damn… It’s like a vice.
Once the have hold of something that’s pretty much it, they’re not letting go unless they have too.
Have you ever shifted tonnes of dirt in a wheel barrow all day?
(It’s essentially a day of partial deadlifts and farmers walks)
It’s grudging and apart form a strong back, traps, glutes and legs you need some major grip strength/endurance because without it you’ll fall behind and find yourself out of work.
5 – Repeatedly lifting Sub-Maximal loads build muscle.
You see some labourers that are giants, other not so much.
So why is this?
What is the difference between the two?
Some would say genetics, and they’re not entirely wrong, however knowing a great many people in this field I can tell you the MAIN difference is the sheer amount of FOOD they consume.
Those that eat like little mice, become lean, strong and robust, where are those that eat like elephants become sizeable, strong and look physically quite dominant.
This is all caused by a combination of the repeated bout effect (lifting sub max loads often) and of course calories consumed.
So there you have it.
People in the past were just stronger due to the physical nature of their lives – true for both men & women.
Keep that in mind.
5 things you can learn from labourers and hopefully apply.