Diet

Eating Healthy Below The Poverty Line

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

As you know by now, I’m very high-energy! A huge part of why I’m so high-energy is because I have a really healthy diet, which is especially astonishing when you consider how far below the poverty line I’m living! Today I’m going to share a few of my unlikely secrets to eating healthy below the poverty line! I should warn you ahead of time, a lot of you are not going to like these secrets! Oh well, let’s dive into them anyways!

  1. Frozen vegetables! I’ve already lost a lot of you. And that’s okay. If you can afford to go the farmer’s market every weekend and spend  a lot of money on a bunch of locally grown, super-organic veggies, that’s great! I love farmer’s markets, they’re full of high-energy, hardworking people who deserve your business. By all means, give them a lot of money. Plus, you just can’t beat the aroma and flavor of fresh, local produce! But, if you make as little money as I do or it’s winter and you’re in Michigan, I highly recommend frozen vegetables. Scientists doing science have found that often times frozen vegetables are more nutrient dense than their fresh counterparts. This might be because frozen vegetables are frozen at the peak of their freshness, but who cares, it’s a cheap and it’s healthy.
  2. Canned tomatoes! This is where things get really weird. Most canned vegetables are almost void of all of their original nutrients. But, not canned tomatoes. Scientists doing science have discovered that canned tomatoes are actually more healthy than their fresh counterparts. Something about how the cooking process involved in canning tomatoes increases the amount of lycopene. But, once again, who cares why? Canned tomatoes are cheap and the scientists have given us their blessing!
  3. Canned chicken! Sorry, food snobs! But, it turns out the protein in chicken still works the same when the chicken comes in a can. Plus, the canned chicken comes in a convenient little can that tells you exactly how many calories and how much protein is in the chicken you’re about to eat, so no need to get out the food scale!
  4. Cottage cheese! Cottage cheese!
  5. Avocados! Avocados used to be like a buck sixty nine a pop, and then an Aldi came into my town selling avocados for forty cents and now all of the neighboring grocery stores are forced to compete! Cheap avocados everywhere! Way to go free-market! You’ve done something right for once! Too bad health care still sucks!
  6. Eat all of this stuff everyday! I can not say enough about the benefits of eating the same thing everyday! It’s easier to control your calorie intake and it saves you the time and energy that goes into deciding what you’re going to eat (remember that decision making is one of the biggest drains on your willpower)! Everyday I get home from work, I toss a bag of frozen broccoli, a can of chicken, and a can of tomatoes into a pot on the stove and let it cook while I watch wrestling. When it’s done I eat it up with an avocado and a side of cottage cheese! Very healthy! Very high-energy! Very cheap! Oh wow!

So that’s it for now! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at chuckishighenergy@gmail.com! I especially want to hear from you if you have your own secrets for eating healthy below the poverty line! I love to learn!

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The Final Stretch!!

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

At my heaviest I was 340! In my twenties I lost a lot of weight because I stopped overeating and started binge-drinking. I do not recommend this method for anyone. It did considerable damage to my physical and mental health. But, during June of last year I had what I refer to as the worst week of my life. My impacted wisdom became infected and started causing me some pretty severe pain and then I saw a bat and got really scared. I reached what Tony Robbins refers to as an “emotional threshold”, a “magical moment when pain becomes our friend”. I became determined to do whatever I could do within my own power to improve my physical and mental health! I became determined to quit drinking, start eating healthy, and unlock the secrets to being high-energy! For the first time in my adult life I began to lose weight in a healthy way.

My ultimate weight loss goal is 170, because reaching that mark would mean that I’ve lost half of my body weight. This would be an amazing achievement which very few people ever accomplish! If I can do this, there’s nothing I can’t do! My current weight is 179, which means I’ve lost 161 pounds and I am a mere nine pounds away from my ultimate weight loss goal! Not only will I definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017, but right now it’s looking like I’ll achieve it before this summer! I am less than ten pounds away from my ultimate weight-loss goal! My dream is quickly becoming my reality! I am in the final stretch!

In recent posts I’ve shared two science backed ultimate weight loss success secrets! The first was to skip breakfast! Scientists using science have demonstrated time and again that people who skip breakfast have weight loss success! The second was to pretend that you live in a universe where negative-calorie foods exist! Scientists, once again using science, have proven that while negative-calorie foods don’t exist, people who believe that they do have weight loss success! You know these secrets work because a.) they are backed by science and b.) you are watching me as I use them to achieve my ultimate weight loss success!

The third secret I’m going to share with you is this; don’t exercise to lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely exercise, just not for the purpose of losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, physical, mental, spiritual, and sexual. You should exercise because it’s fun! But, don’t exercise for the purpose of losing weight, that’s not what it’s for! Weight loss has to be a function of your diet, not your exercise routine! Simply put, it’s much easier to cut out calories from your diet then it is to burn them at the gym. For example, at my size, if I run at a 6 mph pace for a whole freaking hour I’ll burn around eight hundred calories. If my purpose is weight loss, the reward simply isn’t worth the work! And on top of that, exercise makes you hungry. It doesn’t do you any good to burn those eight hundred calories if you’re just gonna end up being so hungry that you eat an extra thousand. And the scientists have the science to confirm my suspicions! People who do lengthy cardio routines often overestimate the calories they’ve burned and underestimate the calories they eat! The scientists have actually found that people who exercise are more likely to gain weight! I’ll say that again! People who exercise are more likely to gain weight than lose it!

You have to think of weight loss as a function of your diet! Catalog your food, count your calories, and if you want to burn more calories than you consume, look for places in your diet where you can make cuts. I’ll say it again, it’s much easier to cut calories from your diet then it is to burn them at the gym! And if you’re like me and you exercise a whole bunch, be sure to keep track of what you’ve got going in and out. Accept the fact that if you exercise a bunch, you’re going to eat more. Do the math for yourself and make sure that your calories going out is more than your calories going in! That’s what I’m consistently doing every day of every week of every month so far this year! And it’s part of why I will definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017 and I’ll probably achieve it before this summer!

Negative-Calorie Food

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

At my heaviest I was 340 pounds, my current weight is 182 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 158 pounds! In 2017 I will reach my ultimate weight loss goal of losing half of my body weight! Very few people will ever achieve such a success! I know I will definitely achieve this success because the diet I’m on requires no willpower and I’m using a few weight loss secrets which have been backed up by science! In my last post I shared with you one of my science backed ultimate weight loss success secrets; I don’t eat breakfast! Scientists have used science to prove that people who skip breakfast consume less calories over the course of the day! You would think that people who skip a meal might overcompensate at later meals, the science says otherwise! Science also says that it doesn’t matter what time of day you consume your calories and nutrition, as long as you get enough over the course of the day! Science backs up my advice that you skip breakfast if you want to lose weight!

Today I’m going to share with you another one of my science backed ultimate weight loss success secrets; negative-calories foods! If you’ve never heard the term “negative-calorie food” before, it refers to foods that require more energy to be digested than it provides. So, logically, you would be losing weight just by eating! Now chances are you’ve never actually taken the time to google “negative-calorie foods”, but I’m going to save you some time and tell you what you will find out if you were to google “negative-calorie foods”! Ready! Here goes! Negative-calorie foods don’t exist!

I’m sure at some point in your life someone has told you about negative-calorie foods! They probably used celery as an example, maybe strawberries! My grandfather used to always mention green beans as a negative-calorie food! But, you probably never bothered to do your own research! If you did, you would have found out that negative-calorie foods don’t exist! Even celery, which is the lowest calorie food on Earth, has six calories in a stalk and it takes about a half a calorie to digest! The scientists have used science to debunk the existence of negative-calorie foods!

But, here’s the kicker! Scientists have also proven that people who believe in negative-calorie foods lose weight! Let me say that again, because it’s amazing! People who believe in negative-calorie foods (a thing debunked by science!) have weight loss success! People who believe that simply eating vegetables will cause them to lose weight are more likely to eat large quantities of vegetables, therefore they eat fewer high-calorie foods, and they lose weight! And they’re healthier!

Remember that one of the common themes of this blog is that I don’t understand the universe at all and yet I am still able to operate it, just as I can still operate a car even though I don’t understand how they work. People who believe in negative-calorie foods are clearly mistaken and yet they have success! You do not need correct understanding in order to have success!

But, now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag, what exactly is my advice? My advice is to live your life as though negative-calorie foods were a real thing! Ignore that little voice in the back of your head that wants to remind you that negative-calorie foods have been scientifically debunked! You’ll recall that in a previous post I told you that when adding up daily caloric intake I don’t count vegetables! I pretend that they are negative calorie foods and my weight loss success speaks for itself!

So imagine that you live in a universe where negative-calorie foods do exist and together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions about weight loss and diet please email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com!

Breakfast

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

I’ve received a lot of positive feedback for a recent blog post in which I told you about my massive weight loss and why I will definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017! At my heaviest I was 340 pounds and my current weight is 182 pounds, bringing my total weight loss thus far to 158 pounds! My ultimate weight loss goal is 170 pounds, because then I will be one half of what I was at my heaviest! That is an amazing success that very few people accomplish and I will definitely accomplish it in 2017! I know I will definitely accomplish it because my diet requires no willpower whatsoever! I limit my caloric intake to 2,300 calories a day, I exercise 45 minutes a day, and I eat the same thing everyday! Doing these things results in me consistently losing one to two pounds a week without any need for willpower! So, I will definitely reach my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017 and I can say with a fair amount of certainty that I’ll reach my ultimate weight loss goal before summer! It feels really good to know that I will have such an amazing success in 2017!

Today I would like to discuss what you should eat for breakfast if you want to have weight loss success! You ready? Here goes! Nothing! You should eat nothing for breakfast!

This is totally scientific, you guys! Scientists utilizing the scientific method found that people who eat breakfast and people who don’t eat breakfast generally consume the same amount of calories over the course of the rest of the day! The science tells us that regardless of whether or not you eat breakfast, you will be just as hungry around lunch time! And I’ve conducted my own science and it corroborates the science of the scientists! Since the beginning of 2017 I have been documenting my caloric intake everyday and I’ve observed that on the days I eat breakfast I tend to consume around 500 to 700 more calories then the days I don’t eat breakfast! If your goal is weight loss, science tells us that skipping breakfast is an almost guaranteed way to achieve that goal! Scientists doing science have also said that it doesn’t matter what time of day you eat, as long as you get sufficient calories and nutrition at some point during the day! So that thing your mom used to always tell you about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day is not very scientific!

I can also tell you from personal experience that the morning time is usually the easiest time to cut out a meal! The morning is usually when I’m the busiest! I’m doing my yoga, I’m getting ready for my day. And then if I’m not off to work, I’m usually in my office writing or working on music! Even when I do eat breakfast, I’m eating it in front of my laptop or with a guitar on my lap! At that point, breakfast has become an unnecessary distraction!

So skip breakfast and you will have weight loss success! It’s science! And in tomorrow’s high-energy blog post I will share with you another secret to weight loss success that is also backed up by science!

 

 

Weight Loss

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

I thought I would take a little time on this beautiful Ash Wednesday morning and talk a little bit about my massive weight loss and my ultimate weight loss goal which I will definitely achieve in 2017! I think Ash Wednesday is a great day to discuss this, because we’re all thinking about what changes we can make to better ourselves! I love Lent, it’s like a second chance at all of our failed New Year’s resolutions! And I definitely have some of those! But, that’s okay, anyways…

Here’s a picture of a picture of me when  I was 18 and fat!

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This is me playing in a praise band at Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church of Hastings in, I believe, the summer of 1999. This is one of maybe 3 or 4 surviving photos which document me at my heaviest, I avoided getting my picture taken at all costs! At my heaviest I was 340. I don’t know if I’m there in this picture, but I’m definitely well over 300! The “Raw Is War” t-shirt I’m wearing in this picture is a 4 XL!

My massive weight loss is really not that admirable! I lost most of the weight in my twenties just because I switched up my bad habits! In my early twenties I traded in Taco Bell for Old Crow and my new bad habit accounted for about eighty five percent of my weight loss! So I’m well aware that losing weight and being healthy are two very different things! But, now I am doing both, losing weight and being healthy!

I’m currently weighing in at 182, which means my total weight loss is 158 pounds. My ultimate weight loss goal is 170, because then I will be literally half of what I used to be! When I tell people this, I get a lot of skepticism. People worry that maybe that is too thin. So, here’s a picture I took of myself about thirty minutes ago!

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Look at me! Very slender and healthy! The Iron Man 2 soundtrack t-shirt I’m wearing in this photo is a medium! But, you will note that I do have some love handles going on and I have some fat deposits under my arms! I can definitely afford to lose another 12 pounds! And I will definitely do that in 2017! I will definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal and weigh one half of what I did at my heaviest! How many people can say that they’ve lost half of their body mass! This will truly be one of my greatest successes and I look forward to sharing it with you!

I know I will definitely do this because I have worked out a system which requires no willpower whatsoever! Since the New Year started I have been eating 2,300 calories a day and exercising approximately 45 minutes a day! With my current lifestyle, body type, and karma, this diet and exercise routine result in me consistently losing one to two pounds a week! All I have to do is not stop doing the very easy thing I am doing and I will definitely have my success!

Beliefs Pt. 2

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

In my last post I discussed how our simplest beliefs can have huge consequences for our behavior patterns. I used this example from my own experience; for most of my life I believed that I understood the universe, then when I realized that a reality TV star was going to become the President of the United States of America I came to the belief that I didn’t understand the universe even in the slightest. This change in belief led me to quit drinking, quit eating junk food, and begin searching for the secrets to energy and success! One simple belief can make a world of difference!

Now, if you have 21 minutes to spare, I would strongly encourage you to watch this video! This woman gives an excellent testimonial about how one bad belief sent her life into a complete tailspin. She then goes on to explain how, through hypnosis, her belief was corrected and she went on to live a high-energy life and help thousands of people! All it took was one two hour session with an experienced hypnotherapist and her belief was corrected and years of turmoil were suddenly over, just like that! Very inspiring!

I can relate to her story, because I went through my own experience of meeting a “Yoda” and having my mind drastically altered for the better within a very short period of time! I had struggled with depression and anxiety throughout all of my 20’s. I had seen numerous therapists and tried all sorts of drugs. Nothing seemed to work. When I was 29 I began to explore meditation. I began attending a Buddhist temple in Battle Creek, Michigan called Sokukoji. After attending for a couple of weeks, one night I ended up having a twenty minute conversation with the head priest Sokuzan, the man I now consider my meditation teacher. I told him about my years of depression and anxiety, about my history of panic attacks and obsessive thought cycles. What he suggested to me would irreparably alter my life for the better. He told me; “When you’re depressed, just be depressed. When you have a panic attack, just have a panic attack. Don’t try to control your thoughts. We can’t control our thoughts, we don’t even know what thoughts are”.

For all of my life I had believed that I was the thinker of my thoughts, that I was responsible for every horrible idea that floated through my mind, and this belief had caused me to go to endless war with my own mind! And then one day, when I was in a very suggestible state, this old man had basically reached into my subconscious, tweaked my bad belief, and sent my life on an entirely new trajectory! This was nearly six years ago and I’ve never had an issue with depression since!

Now, it’s not at all my intention to promote Buddhism, it’s definitely not for everybody! I’m just using this as another example from my own life where correcting a simple belief drastically altered the course my life would take! When I was 29 I believed that I was responsible for my own thoughts, that belief was replaced with “We don’t even know what thoughts are” and new positive behavior patterns were the result! When I was 34 I believed I understood the universe, that belief was replaced with “A reality TV star is going to be our next president” and new positive behavior patterns were the result!

Now for the bigger, peskier beliefs, like the ones I’ve described above, you may need to elicit the help of a hypnotherapist or guru. And in that case, I wish you all of the luck in the world in finding the right Yoda for the job. I’ve got a feeling I may need to see a hypnotherapist if I’m every going to overcome my fear of bats! But, we can already begin to use self-hypnosis for the smaller beliefs that may be holding us back! You may believe that healthy food is gross, exercise is boring, or you can’t have fun without alcohol! Youtube is brimming with hypnosis videos which can correct these beliefs! Here’s one for eating healthy! Here’s one for exercise motivation! And here’s one I used in my efforts to quit drinking! And there’s hundreds more! Get to work finding the ones that work best for you! This is one easy step you can take right now to put yourself on the path to success!

My Diet Pt. 1

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

Over the last week I’ve been pretty immersed in a project and now that I’m done with that project, it feels like my brain is kind of off for the weekend. So with all of my inspiration kind of sapped at the moment, I feel like today is as good of a day as any to discuss my diet. I get a lot of questions about my diet, so  I might as well get that out of the way now.

My diet is awesome! It requires no willpower, I never go hungry, and I’ve been consistently losing about two pounds a week! Since 2017 started, I’ve lost eleven pounds and as long as I keep doing the very easy thing I’ve been doing, I will keep losing weight and will no doubt hit my ultimate weight loss goal within the 2017 calendar year! As I’ve said in a previous post, willpower is a limited resource, so any diet that relies on willpower will eventually fail. You need good habits, and right now I have really great habits! I have the best habits!

First off, I limit my daily caloric intake to 2,300 calories a day, not including vegetables. My actual daily caloric intake is probably around 2,500 to 2,600. I don’t know exactly, because I don’t count the vegetables. I do this in order to encourage myself to eat more vegetables, and it works. I arrived at the number 2,300 through simple trial and error. When the number was 2,500 or higher, my weight loss grinded to a halt. When I limited my caloric intake to under 2,000, my hunger became unmanageable. For me, 2,300 is the magic number where I won’t get hungry and I keep losing weight. This number will be different for everyone, you’re going to have to do your own trial and error to figure out what your number is, and that number will probably change over time.

The second most important factor to my diet is that I eat the same thing everyday. Successful people eat the same thing everyday! The Rock eats the same thing everyday! Steve Jobs ate the same thing everyday! Jesus ate the same thing everyday! And I eat the same thing everyday! Eating the same thing everyday allows you to develop eating habits that are actually habits! Habits are great! Habits are learned behavior patterns that don’t require willpower, and like I said, not having to rely on willpower is the most important thing of all! Eating the same thing everyday is what allows me to consistently keep my daily caloric intake below 2,300 without going hungry! I’ve learned, through months of trial and error, which foods satisfy me the most for the least amount of calories and I’ve brought those selected foods on board as my full time players!

Now an objection I keep hearing from people is that eating the same thing every day is boring. This is because we’ve been hypnotized to think of food as a source of amusement. Imagine if we applied this thinking to every area of our lives! Is it boring to sleep in the same bed every night? Is it boring to hang out with the same group of friends every weekend? Is it boring to worship at the same church or temple every Sunday? So much of our life is built around enjoyable routines, why do we feel like food needs to be something different? It doesn’t. And once you get into the habit of eating the same thing everyday, you will find it easy to eat the same thing everyday, because you will have gotten into the habit of eating the same thing everyday. It’s just that simple. Give up your pursuit of novelty and start pursuing success!

So, those are the basic principles behind my diet! First, find a daily caloric intake that allows you to lose weight without going hungry! Second, find the foods that best satisfy you while staying within that daily caloric intake! And third, eat those foods everyday! Eat the same thing everyday! So that’s it for now, I suppose in my next post I’ll go into detail about what exactly I eat everyday! Unless my inspiration comes back, in which case I’ll save it for another day! And remember that if you have any questions, you can always email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com!