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Grazing… MOOOOO!

Grazing!  How many of you are grazers?  Yep, I used to be.  As some of you know, I manage one of the most successful breakfast restaurants in Reno, Nevada. Food is around me at all times!  I know I am very biased (because I work here), but I got to tell you that our food is amazingly delicious! The fact that we have been voted the “Best Breakfast” in Reno for the last 10 years in a row means that many others agree with me!  LOL!

People ask me all the time “How did you lose all that weight?”  I always reply, “I lost it eating at least 2 of my meals a day here at my restaurant and doing P90x”.  People are always skeptical that I lost my weight working in my restaurant.  But, it is true. It was not as hard you think. The key was I needed to start counting calories and planning which items I would eat ahead of time.  People do not realize that almost every restaurant has a ton of healthy ingredients (egg whites, fruits, vegetables, wheat bread, etc.) to make almost any meal.  The problem is that people do not take the time to ask their server.

The hardest part for me initially was sticking to my meal plans.  Being a food “grazer” was my natural tendency.  I would walk by the kitchen and grab a couple slices of bacon, then I would walk by again and grab a couple more.  If some toast popped up in the toaster I would grab that too.  Walk by a soda fountain, then grab a quick drink of Pepsi.  You get the idea. I told myself that those little snack bites won’t hurt me  I used to wonder how I ever got to weigh almost 300 lbs.  Now, I know why.  As I always joke, the reason was because I worked so hard at it! LOL!  I must have consumed thousands of calories a day without even thinking about it and that was in addition to 3 large meals a day too.

If your goal is to lose weight, then you need to stop being a “grazer”!  It’s hard at first.  Food is a great stress reliever.  At least, it was for me.  Here are a few quick tips for following a nutrition plan:

1. Plan your meals ahead of time and stick to the plan.

2. Have 3 larger meals and 2 to 3 smaller ones. Space them out and eat every 2 to 3 hours to avoid getting the munchies!

3. Drink lots of water (avoid sugary sodas and drinks with lots of cream)!

As the old saying goes, “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”.  Just “winging it” is a sure recipe for disaster.  When the cravings hit or temptation is staring you in the face, you will probably cave in.   So be smart, stop being a “grazer”, and plan your meals ahead of time (in fact do it the night before).  If you do and stick to your meal plan, you will start seeing AMAZING results!

Here’s to your health!  Keep “bringing it”!

-Coach Fred

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