How I stay trim year round

I’m trim all year long with sometimes little to no exercise. I remember winter last year I was super busy and was ordering and eating out every single day, and of course what do we do on the weekend? You guessed it We eat out some more! I gained 8 kilos, and no not muscle but by fat! Fat that gave me man boobs, a horrible belly and maybe a cute butt.

It was a harsh time. Then I cut down eating out to 90%, eating the same exact foods I eat out but home made. I lost half the weight. I was shocked. I’m eating the same amounts and eating the same type of foods, why did I gain weight at the time? It’s the sh** they put in our foods. That’s what got me big. I really hated my man boobs. I’m glad to have regular boobs right now. Really puts me at ease. Then came ramadan and I went like 80%-90% raw and lost all the weight that I put on. I was literally stuffing myself with bananas, mangoes, avocados and watermelon. What a beautiful month of raw foods. Miss it. I vlogged about it almost daily on my Youtube channel, you can check out the series right here

So what do I eat to stay lean all year round? And mind you, I’m a foodie. I’m all about the vegan dishes that make you go…mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmmmmm. Here’s a typical day in the life of what I eat. In the morning I always start with a liter of water. Then depending on if I’m working out or not I eat. If I am then I just have a date or 2, or nothing. Smash in a liter of water while and then hit breakfast. Breakfast consists typically of fruits. I usually make a smoothie in the morning. Here’s a recipe that’s a staple for me. Coconut water/milk or regular water, 12 bananas, blueberries and chia seeds. The base is always at least 10 bananas, the rest I just throw in what I have that day.

Lunch would be a cup of rice ( a cup of rice is what some cook for a whole family of 4) , some steamed veggies, or a vegan stew along side that.

Dinner maybe another 10 bananas, or some baked sweet potatoes. Sometimes around 3-4. It’s great with cinnamon and brown sugar. Ahhh man, I’m drooling.  But here’s the thing most of my food has very very very little to no oil or salt on it. We condiment our food using spices, herbs, lime, homemade sauce/dressing etc. My food is always naturally low in fat, and high in carbs. I don’t mean processed carbs, but whole food plants. All from mama nature. Mother’s always got it right.

This is a typical day for me and slightly varies from time to time.

Welcome to the high carb world where restrictions of portions isn’t just in my dictionary. To see more of what I eat or my shenanigans, follow me on Instagram @elcotth or add me on Facebook: Hady Elcott. Here’s also another way I stay lean.

Cut carbs Cut life.

 

 

See through my eyes…

I got a phone call and he called me a Jerk. I later got a message and was called a misleading person. Later that day I went to work and was called an asshole, but I started mentioning the benefits of being one. They didn’t appreciate the humor.

I went for a walk, the weather was improving. I had a lot on my mind. I was trying to decide whether I was an asshole or a jerk. Big difference. I then went to the supermarket to buy some raisins but I figured I’d try to dehydrate fresh grapes and see what comes out the other side. As I dehydrated the grapes, I was also told that I’m wrong. How dare I dehydrate grapes? I then took two dry grapes and shoved it down their mouths. “Eww, what is this? ” . I had one and it was juicy and I just thought that I did a good thing and I think I beat inflation too. I took my dried grapes to work and put it outside in the open for others to have. They asked me where did I buy these amazing raisins from?. I wasn’t sure if they were messing with me.

I then installed my smoothie stall at a bazaar and had made so much green smoothie that I was worried it would have to be thrown out.smoothie stall A customer came by and asked for a smoothie and wanted to know my recommendation. Knowing it had spinach and lettuce in it, I said to her lemon w/mint. She drank it and said “Wow, this is good “. I then told her ‘Its spinach, lettuce, pineapple, cinnamon and bananas. She walked away and came back a little later and said “I’m sorry can I have something else, I just can’t handle the spinach. It tastes like grass, I just can’t take it” .

With all the situations above I struggled and tried very hard to explain myself. No, I’m not an asshole, maybe a jerk, but no not a jerk either okay. I didn’t mean for you to see it this way. But these are raisins and they’re home-made from fresh grapes. But it’s good for you and tastes delicious, you didn’t even feel the spinach and lettuce, until I mentioned. But wait,come back!!!

It was all false hope until someone came back and told me she believed the smoothie was good for her and she wants to buy 5. I later got a call from my colleagues at work and she said I was only an asshole and not a jerk. A family member was impressed with how I made home-made raisins that were juicier, tastier and cheaper too.

I stopped explaining why I may be an asshole but not a jerk. I stopped telling everyone the green smoothie was good for them and I wanted to get rid of it before it goes bad. The few who came back told me that they see it. We then all stood together and handed each other a pair of eyes and began to see more and more of what we are. When I was done, I returned the lenses and wanted mine back. I nearly slapped the person next to me but just before I touched the cheek, I remembered that those aren’t his lenses anymore and I was looking through my own lenses. I put down my hand and slowly walked away knowing that we don’t see things as they are but as we are.  I then went home and had a goodnight’s sleep knowing that I have people to share eyes with and those will be enough till the end of time. It was sad but refreshing. I wanted so many more eyes. I bought a pair of glasses and that was as far as I could go with the eyes. I stopped explaining to everyone why they should see it as I do. It’s hard and I don’t expect to see it how they do. And I fell asleep with 2 extra pair of eyes.

I’ll have a burger when I finish my diet

Its 9:49 pm now and I need to go to bed early so here’s 15 minutes of my time.

A client called me today and told me she wanted to try my smoothies but was on a diet and she was going to finish it in a week and she’ll call back then. I was silent and said “okay” . I can’t emphasize stronger on how a “diet” is just such a waste of life.

For the Love of God, just eat real whole foods. Do not go on a diet PLEASE! Stop eating crap, stop drinking gas, stop drooling over fake saucy food and start eating food that was intended to be eaten by human beings. SIMPLE!

It’s so simple that we complicate it and tell ourselves “No, no, no… I have to diet”.  I have to eat cucumbers for breakfast, carrots for lunch, drink diet coke and then binge on packaged foods when I’m done. Yes, that’s what will do.

Here’s a tip for you all that has done wonders for me: When you start a new dietary lifestyle, binge, binge and binge some more on the good stuff. Eat till you’re gonna explode and once you look at your favorite chocolate bar, you’ll wanna puke. It helped me, try it.

Here’s what happens and I’ve seen it over and over and over and OVER again. Mr Jon decides to go on a diet, has a meal plan. Follows it for a month and does great, and now its time to go back to eating what he ate cause he deserves it. Oh, and guess what happens, he blows back up. Ever seen a Mr Jon ?

Here’s madame Tussade and she wants to go on a diet. So she goes to a nutrionist and she gets a super blunt meal plan that she absolutely hates. She follows it and loses weight, feels better but can’t bear any more cucumbers with chick peas for dinner, so goes back to being the madame Tussade we all love and starts feeding us her yummy oily cooked food with extra salt to hit the spot.

How about Mr yasser!? He starts eating nuts for dinner cause he wants to lose weight and then just gets a shawarma again.

My advice: DO NOT DIET. EAT A PLANT BASED WHOLE FOODS DIET. GO VEGAN IF YOU DARE.

it’s 10:06 and I took a break to burp the baby, not bad!