Quickdirt’s new writer, Adam Demshar, is training to run the Savannah Rock N’ Roll Marathon in November. He grew up with an unhealthy diet and has a newfound interest in nutrition. He lost 50 pounds but was having trouble keeping it off. Today he wanted to tell you about his nutritional habits growing up and how he feels juicing has helped keep him on the path to achieve both his running and health goals.
For most of my life my nutrition has been just absolutely atrocious. My childhood memories are eating from the dollar menu at Wendy’s, McDonalds, and Taco Bell before or after my Little League practices and games. I am pretty sure for the majority of my life the primary liquid that I consumed was at varying times either Dr. Pepper or Diet Coke. Not surprisingly my athletic conditioning has always ranged between average to below average. Recently however I have unlocked my hidden potential and it is all due to changing my diet.
Within the past two years I have dropped 50 pounds of excess fat. In order to get these results I didn’t subscribe to any fad diets like Atkins or stick to a supposed wonder supplement like Hydroxycut. Instead I gave up drinking junk. I have not consumed a carbonated soda in over a year. Instead of eating whatever came along I have gave up on eating fast food and obviously unhealthy choices. I now only drink water, coffee, and the occasional beer. I constantly choose rice or pasta, a lean protein and some vegetables as my main sources of nutrition.
Everything was going along nicely for a while. I had lost a ton of weight and I was feeling pretty good. However, after I returned to the U.S. after a lengthy stay overseas some of my bad habits started to reemerge. I began eating some Chick-Fil-A here and some Nachos there. I was probably also drinking a few too many high calorie craft beers. After almost a year I had gained back nine of my lost pounds! I was determined to make a reversal and not go back to my old body.
At just the right time in my life I discovered Bill Gates of The Kitchen Made Abs Podcast. Shortly after listening to a few of his podcasts I had a few questions for Bill. A quick email later and Bill and I were corresponding regularly about how to take my fitness to the next level. He suggested I begin starting my day with juicing. He reminded me of the extreme benefits of juicing. By juicing I would be able to squeeze an extreme amount of natural nutrients into a single glass of tasty juice. I had a little bit of experience juicing but had never made it a regular thing. I decided to check out a movie about the benefits of juicing called, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. The next week I decided I was going to follow Bill’s advice and begin each morning with a freshly made vegetable and fruit juice.
Luckily one of my co-workers had a juicer already. The two of us split the produce bill and work together in making our morning beverage. Typically we are making a concoction of kale, spinach, apples, lemon, carrots, a beet, ginger, pears, kiwi, and celery. We also will throw in some other items from time to time. Honestly, we just go with whatever produce we can find at the local health food store.
I am happy to report that daily juicing has been a game changer. Every day since I started this experience I have been filled with energy throughout the day and feel like my head is clearer. Not only that but in 3 short weeks my excess weight has been just rolling off. I started the experiment at 181 lbs. Today I am a much more trim 173 lbs. Obviously I am still running very regularly, but I have not changed anything in my normal routine other than the juice.
Thanks to the combination of a healthier diet and daily juice intake my speed is increasing and so is my endurance. I have been preaching about the juice to anyone who will listen to me for the past few weeks. This is something which is so powerful and so natural I just want to get everyone I know on board. I feel like this is going to be a strong competitive advantage for me come race day.
Have you tried juicing? What do you think? Is it effective for staying healthy and losing weight? Does it enhance athletic performance? Is there an advantage to juicing over just eating fruits and vegetables? Let us know in the comment section.
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