Hitting the Gym in January? Make Sure You’re Eating Well

Prather Ranch Meat Co. has always had a lot of fitness enthusiasts working for us. Our CEO Doug Stonebreaker is a long time weightlifter and Mark Keller, the owner of Keller Crafted Meats is an accomplished triathlete. We’ve had Crossfitters and yogis behind the counter, too.

We understand the importance of moving our bodies. That said, for health and weight loss, the science is in. If you want to lose weight and feel better, diet is the key. Exercise is tremendous, but what you put in your mouth will have the greatest impact on how your body composition goes.

The link above will take you to an interesting video about how exercise can influence your eating. Essentially the more you work out, the hungrier you get. That’s obvious, but what’s less known is that when you are also dieting, the food you eat may be less satiating, causing you to overeat it to compensate. A better strategy might actually be to eat the same kinds of food you enjoy, but of better quality. By not restricting yourself, you are less likely to binge and undo all of your hard work.

It seems yet again, good old-fashioned foods eaten in moderation are the key to health. That said, we do find it helpful to have a plan. That’s where The Whole30® Program comes in.

We recommended this program last year and we are again because it works. If you earned a little extra holiday fluff, this is a proven plan that will get you back on track. It’s not a fad, yo-yo diet, it’s just a set of sensible eating principles you can use all year round. That said, the first 30 days is very dialed in because it sets you up for success later on and it really moves the numbers on the scale.

We are not nutritionists and would like to take the usual step of advising you to talk to your doctor before you try anything serious, but we’ve seen many of our long time customers and employees have success with this plan.

If you’re familiar with the paleo diet you won’t see anything too unfamiliar on the Whole 30 menu. There’s a big focus on clean meats, organic veggies and good fats. It requires a dramatic reduction in grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol, and legumes. There is no cheating and there are no “paleoized” junk foods like coconut flour crust pizza or cashew ice cream. It’s just good food.

In many ways it’s an elimination diet with the goal of reducing inflammatory foods that cause inflammation and stomach issues. It was established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig back in 2009 and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with huge online support communities. What we like about it is that you get great results from following it strictly for 30 days and when you return to a less strict style of eating, you stay influenced by the habits you pick up in the month you went hard. 

If you’re curious, the best place to start is the official website whole30.com. There are two New York Times bestselling books to check out as well: The Whole30 and It Starts With Food.

If you decide to try it out, let us know. We can recommend cuts for the recipes. It’s also worth considering picking up a Prathertarian Meat Club box this month. We are certainly biased, but having ingredients on hand is one of the keys to dietary success. If you have good stuff at home, you’ll be far less likely to go for less healthy options like fast food.