F**K Calories

Last week both of my posts related to New Year’s resolutions/ goal setting for the new year.  This is what I hope you did last week:

  • Thought about your goals for 2012
  • Wrote. Them. Down
  • Established shorter term goals that will help you get there

So now what?  Well, if you goals have anything to do with health and fitness, I am here to help, with some nutrition resources (today) and workout resources (later this week).  Today I want you to download a free e-book.  Yes, you have to provide an email address…worth it.  This little book, titled “F**K Calories” by Krista Scott-Dixon is a gem.  (Click here to get your download.)  No excuses that you don’t have time to read another book…this e-book will take you no longer to read than a few of my blog posts.

Why should you listen to Krista?  Well, for one she’s a lean eating coach for Precision Nutrition.  I have talked about Precision Nutrition before (see Where are You Getting Your Nutrition Advice and The New Government Food Plate, Precision Nutrition Style)…when it comes to nutrition, these people know their stuff (they do online coaching too…go here for more information).   Krista also understands what it is like to be overweight ~ from her bio on the Precision Nutrition site:

Krista’s competed in BJJ and grappling, and these days she stays active by training in boxing, judo, BJJ, cycling, running, rock climbing, and weight training.  But don’t be fooled: Krista’s not a natural jock. She spent her first 23 years as an unathletic bookworm — getting picked last for teams, faking illness to get out of gym class, and dropping the fly ball every single time. In order to become an authority on women’s fitness, she had to lose 50 lbs herself and conquer her genetics and fear of the gym.

Because of this, she understands the struggles that women face when trying to get and stay in shape.

What I like about her book is that it is:

  1. Simple and to the point; won’t take more than 30 minutes or so to read
  2. Spot on
  3. Funny (assuming you aren’t offended by some of the language)
  4. Free (can’t beat free)

To give you a taste, here is an excerpt:

“Fortified” means “We took good stuff out so we have to put it back in.”

Except what we put back in is rarely as good as what was there in the first place.

Grind up a vitamin pill and mix it into some sawdust. Congratulations. You just “fortified” that sawdust. Pour some milk over it, and you’ve got breakfast cereal.

You think I’m kidding? Hell, wood pulp is probably better for you than most cereals.

In fact, look for “cellulose” on the label of your favourite foods.

Yum, cellulose.

That’s mashed-up trees, and it’s in your Eggo waffles, Fiber One cereal, breads and bagels, and pretty much anything from McDonald’s. Even your Jimmy Dean frozen breakfasts.

If you own a wood chipper, you could start your own cereal business.

You can sit down and go through this book in one sitting and you will probably learn more about food and how to eat in a half an hour than you probably have learned to this point in your life.  If you struggle with food, if you have tried diet after diet without success, download this book.  This is not a diet…this is eating for life…which is truly the only way to lose weight and keep it off.

Other topics discussed by Krista include:

Everything you think you know about how to eat is probably bullshit.

Dump sugar.  Sugar is sugar is sugar.

Stop learning & knowing.  Start doing.

Buy the best quality food you can afford.  Food is an investment, not a cost.

So here you go, the link one more time: F**k Calories.  And if you like Krista’s style, she has more good stuff on her website, stumptuous.com.  One of my favorite articles of hers is Lies in the Gym (which I previously posted in my blog post Sex, Lies and Videotape).   So stop reading my blog and get to Krista’s stuff.  It will surely make you laugh, and it might change your life.

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About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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