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Questions about the Purity Diet

December 31, 2008

 John Guava recently asked me the following questions about my Purity Diet and I thought I would share the answers with everyone. Thanks, John, for the questions! If you have questions, please comment on this article and I will do my best to answer them. If you want more info on the Purity Diet, just click on the word “Diet” in the right-hand column and you will see all I have written and posted.

(From John)

Tom, 

Thanks for providing a workable diet to the “hungry” masses and a huge congratulations on your physical accomplishment! I have a few questions on the diet, if you don’t mind. 

1. Is this diet basically a low carb diet that allows fruit, but not any processed foods?

2. Does “no processed food” include milk, half-and-half, cream, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, coffee, non-organic (antibiotic) meats, whey protein, all cereals, oatmeal and all breads completely?

3. Breakfast is always difficult for me as eggs alone are not appetizing; what do you eat?

Thanks in advance, John

John,

Thanks for the encouragement! I will do my best to answer your questions and I will give you some articles on my blog where I have covered some of the things you are asking about.

I don’t really look at this as a low carb diet, but it seems to end up being one as a result of staying away from processed food. When you don’t use refined sugar (processed), and stay away from flour that has all of the nutrition taken out and then “added” back in (processed), you end up with a diet that is much lower-carb than the typical American gets. I have also done things like switching from a regular baked potato to sweet potato, and from white rice to brown, and from rice to quinoa, when possible. If I want something sweet I use locally grown honey or organic grade B maple syrup. It is amazing, though, how much my taste buds have changed and how sweet a sweet potato or fruit really is! 

I don’t do as much dairy as before, but when I do I look for it without the chemicals and organic, if possible. My butter intake is down to almost zero. When I cook with fat I use coconut oil because it doesn’t change its molecular structure when it is heated. Olive oil is also great, but even better if you add it after you cook because I am told high heat changes how your body digests it. I use a little bit of milk in my coffee. I drink tons of tea!

When I can I choose grass-fed chemical-free meats. My meat consumption has gone way down and my intake of beans, lentils, and nuts has gone way up. Overall I also try to keep my total calorie intake as low as possible. Everything I have read has pretty much said the lower your calories the better, as long as you are getting enough of the right nutrition! If you eat lots of vegetables you will get an enormous amount of food and your calorie intake will go way down. On the other hand, if all you eat is nuts — which are great for you — you will eat too many calories.

Here are a couple of articles you can read on my blog about what I eat for breakfast. Just click on the word “Diet” on the right side of the page. It will take you to all of my comments on diet. The two articles I wrote on breakfast are Eating Pure and Simple and Power Breakfast – Pure and Simple. I also wrote an article on what kind of bread I eat in the article Moldy Bread is Good!

Here are three simple things I consider when making food decisions in order of priority:

1. Is it pure, unprocessed, and chemical free?

2. Does it fit into my low-calorie approach for the day?

3. Choose organic if possible.

 

John, I hope this helps!

 

If you have question about my Purity Diet please comment below.

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The Purity Diet Sprint to the Finish Line

September 28, 2008

 

I started The Purity Diet in June of 2007 and as of today I have lost 71 pounds!  It feels great to be on the north side of 70 pounds lost.  I started at 255 pounds and for a while now my goal has been to get to 175 pounds.  Only 9 more pounds to go!

 

So now I have a short term goal – to hit 175 pounds before I attend the Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership seminar in Cancun on November 9th  www.entreleadership.com .  This means I have got to get “gazelle intense” as Dave would say.

 

Sprinting Through the Finish – Five things I am doing to up the intensity.

 

  1. I am making sure my last pure food of the day happens before 7:00 p.m.  Not only do you sleep better, but it is an easy way to loose a few extra pounds over the course of several weeks.
  2. Increase my workout intensity and the number of workouts each week.  I am doing 30 minutes five days a week of the interval training I talked about in The Simple Workout, and I am going at it hard.  This is up from an average of four days a week and a 25 minute average.
  3. Fasting.  I plan on having a couple of one and a half day fasts between now and November 9.  I have been doing this all along and I do it mainly for spiritual reasons, but it also helps you break weight loss plateaus as well.  The day I start the fast I plan on having a larger than normal lunch.  My favorite is a sushi buffet with lots of fresh fish and not much rice at all.  Then I start drinking a bunch of water and iced tea.  Hey, I am from Texas and I was weaned on iced tea!  Only now I drink it straight, no sugar, no sweeteners, just good old iced tea.  The second day I do the same.  If I start to feel a bit sluggish I will make a lemon water drink and add some organic grade B maple syrup to it.  Sipping on this gives you a boost of energy over time.  You can also add the cayenne pepper to it like they recommend in the Lemon Cleanse.
  4. I started taking Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend.  My sister Julie got me on this.  It is supposed to be the perfect combination of Omega Fatty Acids.  I will let you know how I feel after being on this a few weeks. 
  5. I also just started taking locally grown bee pollen and locally grown oney.  Just reading about these two things makes your pure!  Google them booth and see what I mean.

 

Not in the top 5, but I did discover an amazing statistic.  Researchers are now saying that for every hour of exercise you do, it is estimated your life expectancy goes up by two hours.  I am making plans right now to start working out 12 hours a day!

 

I will keep you posted on my weight loss over these next seven weeks. I just need to loose a tad over a pound a week.  Didn’t someone famous say you can make radical changes in minute steps?  (Thanks Dad!) As you can see, all I am doing is adding a little bit here and a little bit there, but I am also making sure I am adding the right kind of fuel into my system, and I am still listening to and reading the good stuff every day.

 

By the way, if you have a pure weight loss tip, or if you have done the bee pollen or the 3-6-9 oil would you leave me a comment?

 

Here is another fat picture of me.  My sister Cindy loves sending them to me.  The lady in the picture is my sister Julie.  (You can go here The Purity Diet – Before and After  to see the thinner me!)

 

 

 

Seven Success Keys

September 23, 2008

 Right now with the economic meltdown going on, or not going on, depending on if it’s Monday or Friday, I think we all want our individual success to depend on us, not on the economy, not our employer, and certainly not the government!  So here are a few keys to consider:

 

  1. “You have to be before you can do, and you have to do before you can have,” Zig Ziglar, www.ziglar.com.   Dad lays it out pretty clearly right here.  Success starts with being the right kind of person first.  Build the proper character foundation in your life, then apply it with great work ethic, and only then can you have the things in life you want. 
  2. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want,” Zig Ziglar.  This is the philosophy that guides your be, do, and have mindset.
  3. “All great failures are moral failures,” Fred Smith www.breakfastwithfred.com.   Dad’s mentor Fred Smith points out that anytime you see a great failure, it is not because of their intellect, but because of some great moral failure.  The current economic crisis is a perfect example of this.  Greed and instant gratification are the two primary reasons we have a crisis right now.  Isn’t it morally wrong to knowingly encourage someone to take a huge risk?  Isn’t it morally wrong to take a huge risk for no other reason than instant gratification?
  4. “The five predictors of success for someone starting and running their own business are passion, talent, determination, self-discipline, and faith,” Dan Miller, No More Mondays, www.48days.com.  Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?  Dan is the go-to guy for advice on this.  How cool would it be to wake up every day doing what you are passionate about? (Trust me, it’s COOL!)
  5. “Debt is dumb, cash is king,” Dave Ramsey, www.daveramsey.com. Imagine having no debt in your life.  Would you sleep better?  How much freedom would you have?  Being debt free is a choice and Dave gives you a specific plan of action on how to become debt free.  I must warn you though; the plan is very simple, although not necessarily easy because there are no gimmicks or shortcuts.  It only requires common sense and uncommon discipline!
  6. “Eat pure,” Tom Ziglar,  The Purity Diet. The most important asset you have is your health.  The best thing you can do to benefit your health is to eat right.  If you “eat pure” every day you will be amazed at the results.
  7. “I’ve heard it, too: Motivation is temporary, and I agree. But then, so is bathing and eating, but if you do both of them on a daily basis you will live longer and smell better in the process,” Zig Ziglar.  What kind of fuel are you running your brain on?  Put the good, the clean, the pure, the powerful and the positive into your brain on a daily basis and the amount of good stuff that comes out will astonish you!

Eating Pure and Simple

September 2, 2008

 

Losing almost 70 pounds in just over a year (I like saying almost 70 rather than 68, it just sounds like more!), I thought I would share with you two of my favorite things to eat.

 

My favorite breakfast is John McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.  It is a very hearty oatmeal, no added flavors or chemicals, nothing processed, not the rolled kind but the little pellets.  It takes a little longer to cook, about 25 minutes on the stove.  I think the 25 minute build-up time actually makes you want it more and makes it more satisfying when you get it.  Once the oatmeal is cooked I add fresh berries to it like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries.  I choose organic berries if I can find them.  I heard yesterday that organic berries have 50% more antioxidants than conventional ones, so that is a big plus.  I also add some walnuts and almonds to it. 

 

This breakfast is warm, satisfying, natural, filling, a little sweet with the berries, and crunchy with the nuts.  It can easily hold you till lunch or your mid-morning snack and you don’t get the “heavy” feeling that often comes with a traditional big breakfast.

 

My favorite snack is very similar, but totally different in taste and texture.  I often have this snack as a dessert after dinner (but not too late).  I get non-fat plain organic yogurt and add the berries and the nuts to it.  Once again the berries add the sweet and the nuts add the crunch. 

 

My dog Max loves it when I have this snack as well!  He gets to lick the bowl.  Many nights he will remind me right after dinner that I need to fix my “dessert”!  Eating pure and simple is really just a choice, and one that has all kinds of benefits.

 

Max enjoys non-fat yogurt! (so good you can eat it with your eyes closed!)

Max enjoys non-fat yogurt! (so good you can eat it with your eyes closed!)

Moldy Bread is Good!

July 29, 2008

 About 18 months ago I started on my mental Purity Diet.  I decided I would listen to and read the good stuff every day.  Thirteen months ago I started on my physical Purity Diet.  I decided I would eat only pure, unprocessed food the way God made it.  I have lost just over 70 pounds in the last year and feel awesome.  I am convinced that if I hadn’t started the mental diet first I wouldn’t have stuck to the physical one.

 

People ask me what I eat and what I don’t eat.  The biggest change for me has been bread.  I don’t eat much bread anymore unless it is unprocessed sprouted bread like Ezekiel Bread. 

 “Where do you find that bread?” seems to be the immediate response.  “You find it in the freezer section,” I say.  “Why?” they ask.  “Because it is unprocessed and doesn’t have the preservatives in it like most bread, so it will get moldy very fast.”

 

Of course. most people think moldy bread is bad.  I remember when I was a kid our bread would get moldy after just a few days.  Now it can be literally weeks before the bread turns green.  Fact is, the bread has so many chemicals in it the mold is just too smart to eat it!  Imagine that, mold having more sense than we do when picking bread!  A good rule of thumb when choosing food – if it’s not good enough for mold, its not good enough for you!  (Check out more on my diet: The Purity Diet)

The Simple Workout

June 13, 2008

After my workout yesterday morning I weighed in and had lost two more pounds!  That’s 68 total.  Not sure how many more pounds I need to lose, but I am guessing another 10 to 15.  (At least 12 because I think 80 just sounds cool.)

 

In my last post I told you about my Purity Diet.  I would say that 80 percent of my weight loss success is the diet, and I would guess that the remaining 50% is exercise.  Funny how those numbers add up to more than 100%, but I believe it.  Doing one and not the other really impacts success.  In fact, I would say that another 50% of my success has been directly related to listening to great pod casts every day and every time I work out.  (I will cover pod casts in another post.)

 

So here is my simple workout, and what I learned along the way.  Before you start, make sure you get checked out by a doctor.

 

Start slowly.  I was 255 pounds with a bad back, so you can see the reality and the necessity of starting slowly.  I began by doing 15 minutes on a cardio machine at a moderate pace.  I like the elliptical machines in our gym so I started there.  I don’t think it matters where you start, JUST START!  If you can only do five minutes, that’s no problem.

 

Be consistent.  I work out at least four times a week, and my goal is six.  Most weeks I get in five workouts.  Consistency is key.

 

Build up.  This is the fun part.  Every time I worked out I did just a little bit more.  I either upped the time by one minute, or the intensity level by one.  Dad says you can make radical changes in minute steps.  He is right!  No matter where you start, or where you are in your own plan, you can always do just a fraction more.

 

Variety.  After three months I built up to 40 minutes on the elliptical machine.  That’s a long time, folks!  My results started slowing down, and I got a bit bored.  My good friend Scott Ericstud (ok, that’s not his last name but its close and its true) and I were talking about this and since he is 6 foot 6 and 275 pounds of muscle, and was an Olympic caliber field athlete not too long ago, I decided to listen.  Scott advised me to always be changing my routine.  Instead of 40 minutes doing one thing, do three different things for 10 minutes each.  I put his suggestion into play right away and my results really improved.  Now when I work out I do three different machines and I alternate between different types of elliptical machines, the treadmill, stair masters, bikes, and rowing machines.  Ten minutes on each one and the time flies!

 

Intensity.  After about six months my results slowed down.  So I talked to Scott again and he spoke about intensity.  I had been focused on getting my heart rate up and keeping it in the fat burning zone.  Scott recommended that I change that and instead alternate between sprint and slow pace.  Instead of getting on the bike for 10 minutes keeping the same pace, I now warm up and then sprint until my heart rate exceeds 165 bpm and then I pedal slowly until my heart drops to 135 bpm.  I see how many times I can repeat this cycle in 10 minutes and then I change machines and do the same thing. This has made a huge difference for me and the results have been tremendous.  I strongly encourage you to get a doctor’s ok before you do this.  I had been slowly building up for six months before I went to this level.

 

The heart rate monitor.  For Christmas this year I got a heart rate monitor.  It’s awesome!  Every time I work out I know my heart rate and I know how many calories I am burning.  Before I got it I didn’t realize how much it would improve my workout, but knowing where your heart rate is at all times really allows you to maximize your time.  Keep the heart working for 30 minutes five times a week and you will see some amazing results for sure.

 

To Recap:

 

Start slowly

Build up

Variety

Intensity

 

For extra credit get a heart rate monitor!

 

Next time we will talk about building muscle.