This week Zen Runner discusses starting Colleen Patrick Goudreaux’s 30 Day Vegan Challenge and our next book club title: The Engine 2 Diet. We finish up with Rip Esslestyn’s compelling presentation at TEDx Austin. Enjoy!
004 – This week I have a very special guest who makes a surprise appearance in the middle of the show to have a brief discussion about all things veggie burger. We also talk a little about our book club and a whole lot of inspiration. I hope you enjoy the show in its new pared-down format. Let me know what you think!
Finishing up our discussion on The Skinny Rules so we can move on to our next book The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn, I have to say that I was surprised how lacking this book was of any new or informative content. Bob’s ghost writer did a great job capturing his enthusiasm but looking at how obvious the rules are below I’d say he was stretching to make it fit twenty and would have been better off sticking to ten. LOL. Clearly there’s lots of filler here. The recipe section that followed was interesting, but nothing inspiring. It was also missing the sexy food porn pictures I like in other fitness recipe books I’ve paged through. I want my sexy fruit!
So my verdict on this one? Considering how popular Bob is, I’m glad his message is going to the masses and the path is easy enough to follow – but it’s you are already slightly down this road I’d suggest looking for a book that has far more for your teeth to sink into. I’m hoping Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet book will fit that bill.
So what are your thoughts? Am I being too harsh or am I right on the money?
Let’s take a good look at the first eight rules from Bob Harper’s book “The Skinny Rules”. At first glance I thought “hmmm… these are pretty skinny rules, Bob…” with idioms like “don’t drink your calories” and “eat protein”, etc. Well, duh… Bob. This is pretty obvious stuff we all know and generally ignore from time to time – but nothing new until we bump up to that little rule quietly snugged between Rule 6 & 8.
Rule 7: No Carbs After Lunch
Wow. This one is heavy. I’m sure it will work – but think about it. No carbs with dinner including the obvious ones – bread, rice, pasta, potatoes… etc. but I guess this would include fruit sugars and god forbid, wine? While I do think limiting your carb intake after lunch is generally a good idea, dropping them entirely is far too restricting and frankly (sorry Frank) impossible for most.. but I have to say… well done Bob. Finally a rule with some balls. Lol.
So, what do you think about Bob’s first eight rules? Please let us know below so we can begin an engaging discussion.
As Linda Richman from Coffee Talk used to say, “Talk amongst yourselves…”
003 – This we I talk to my dear friend, former co-host and shrinking Dan Medeiros on his new adventures in Cross-Fit including building his own gym. We has some challenges with Skype due to a lightning storm overhead and a bit was cut off at the end – but the conversation was so good it’s definitely worth posting. I hope you agree.
You can check out his website at http://dan-medeiros.com or this very cool video of his home gym below. Enjoy the gun show!
As I mentioned in a previous post and on the podcast we’ll be reading this summer’s hot Diet Book, “The Skinny Rules” by Bob Harper this month and thought it would be a good time to start here on the blog. So here we go…
Based on his success inspiring thousands of obese and overweight people to loose weight through the many seasons of the NBC hit “The Biggest Loser“, chief-trainer Bob Harper finally took the time to capture his most important “rules” to ensure success in loosing weight. Some of them are obvious – and others a little more obscure, but we’ll go through them in individual posts and encourage you to leave your comments on what you think about them below. Don’t be shy now! I know you have an opinion on this and we’re all look forwarded to reading it. So let’s begin…
Rule 1: Drink a Large Glass of Water Before Every Meal – No Excuses!
So what do you think? Does this “rule” work for you?
002 – This week we take a good look at what eating clean really means? Where do we begin? Also we introduce the book club for the month of July where we’ll be reading Bob Harper’s “The Skinny Rules” and the Great Homemade Veggie Burger Challenge. Let us know how you like the show. Enjoy!
We’re looking for a great homemade recipe for a veggie burger that’s quick and easy to make and delicious enough so everyone can enjoy throughout the summer! We’ll talk about the best ones (and the failures) on the podcast and give an award (yes a real prize) to the best one! We’ll also feature the recipes you submit on the blog and the CLEAN LEAN TEAM’s Facebook Group. So are you ready? I sure am. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
- Complex Carbs (including fruits & veg)
- Lean Proteins (meat, legumes & some dairy)
- Healthy Fats (nuts, seeds & some oils)
- Refined sugars
- Refined flours & grains including corn, wheat & rice
- Low-grade meats and dairy
- Artificial anything including flavorings, preservatives & coloring
- Fried anything
- White potatoes & white rice
- Super Greens including – Kale, Collards & Spinach
- Yams/Sweet potatoes
- Celery – organic
- Cukes – seedless
- Mushrooms – portobello
- Asparagus (not my favorite)
- Berries – all types
- Apples (organic)
- Brown Rice
- Cous Cous
- Wild caught fish – Cod, Tuna, Salmon
- Organic free-range chicken
- Grass-fed beef & bison (for our paleo friends)
- Soy – Tofu, Tempeh
- Red, White
- Oils including virgin olive, grape leaf, coconut, etc.
- Irish butter (organic grass-fed dairy)
- Black, Green, Yerba Mate
- Red Wine
All good things must start somewhere – so here we go with the launch of our new podcast to celebrate Eating Clean to Get Lean! Mostly introductions this week with the Zen Runner and a brief conversation about what inspired us to create the show. We hope you enjoy and leave us plenty of comments below. Cheers!