// BEWARE…RANT.//

Okay, so I’m scrolling through the “fitness” blogs on tumblr and I’m finding several glaringly obvious issues that I don’t understand.  

Why is it that people think that all calories are created equally? They aren’t. Period.

Why is it that people continue to put total shit into their bodies without being aware of it?

Why do we live in a country where people are not educated about the power of nutrition?  If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it, right? Read ingredients. Be aware. You don’t want to live in a house with lead in the paint, or asbestos in the ceiling, but the ingredients in so many Frankenfoods (GMOs) are so similar, what’s the point? Live in that lead-asbestos house and eat your Doritos too, but don’t expect to be “fit” or “healthy.”

I am here for all of you who want to lose weight and get healthy, but I don’t understand why some people continue to eat Big Mac’s and think it’s “healthy” if they are staying under their caloric intake for the day.  Does that make sense to anyone? I know you’ve seen those photographs of the McDonald’s food that has been out for years and doesn’t change. WHY DO YOU WANT THAT IN YOUR BODY? You can eat 1200 calories of shit all day long, and hey, maybe even possibly lose some weight, but you are depriving your body of so many nutrients.  

When I told someone that I was going to eat only whole foods, I got the response, “you know you can buy a lot of that stuff cheaper at like, Sunflower Market” — Isn’t it sad that the term “whole foods” doesn’t even correlate to the actual definition anymore? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some WF, but when I say that I mean I’m going to eat the closest to nature as I can. No experiments, no Frankenfoods, no additives, no preservatives, just WHOLE foods.

Will I have slip ups? Yes.  But I truly believe in the power of eating clean and exercising.  I’ve been doing it for the past two months.  I’ve lost 16 lbs and feel the best I have in as long as I can remember.  I am less stressed, my skin is clearer, my mind is clearer, my attitude has improved and I have the busiest schedule I have ever had in my life and I still find time to go to the gym. (When I say busy I mean I am a full time student (5 days a week) I have 2 part time jobs and an internship)

I swear by this new lifestyle and want so badly for others to realize that they can do it too.  You just have to dedicate yourself to a new LIFESTYLE -not a diet.  Eat clean.  Exercise.  Stay as positive as you can.  Results will come and you will feel incredible.  It won’t happen over night.  You will have slip ups.  It won’t be easy because if you’re like me you were raised the “American Way” and you have to teach yourself to be aware of everything you put in your body.  You might not have the motivation today, god knows it took me a while to get there, but I’m here if you need me.

Last year I was so unhappy with my body that I started looking at “easy” ways to lose weight.  I still used my fitness pal to track my calories and I tried taking a “diet” pill.  Guess what? I didn’t lose a single pound, in fact after I stopped tracking my calories and taking those stupid pills I gained weight. The first WEEK I started eating clean I lost 6 pounds and that was before I added in the exercise.  You can do it if I can, you just have to make it about HEALTH and not weight loss.

You don’t have to believe me.  You don’t have to give up your bad habits.  That’s okay.  I’ll still be here to motivate you, but just know if I’m going to give you any advice, it’s going to involve eating clean and exercising.  

I might lose followers over this rant, but I suppose I’ll have to live with that.  Rant over.

x Jamie