1. Come to Terms with The “Healthy Tax”.
The “healthy tax” is the difference in cost of healthy foods and junk food. You hear it all the time. It is one of the most overused excuses. “Eating healthy is expensive!”
For the average consumer, those critics are typically right. Lean meats, organic foods, fresh vegetables, cage free, natural raised, and on and on. These foods are a bit more expensive. Especially when you factor in the added cost of washing, preparing, and cooking these foods.
But if you are truly dedicated to being healthy and meeting your goals than it shouldn’t matter. In the grander scheme of things you can think of them as a tax on the healthy. A tax for living longer, feeling better, having more energy, and living with purpose.
All of that and more is absolutely worth the extra cost. Sure you might have to forego a few luxuries in life to afford them. But how happy does all that “stuff” really make you? Not as happy as the physique and health will, that’s for sure.
Working a little harder and paying a little more to make the results come quickly and last longer will be a major key to your success.
2. Learn Between 5-15 Recipes
Bodybuilders, models, nutritionists, athletes, Olympians, all have one thing in common. They know exactly what they will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Typically multiple days, or even weeks in advance.
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This is vital to any fat loss regiment, strength training or muscle building routine, or just becoming overall healthier and happier.
It’s not as simple as saying you will eat this or that though. The secret formula is research and development on your part. You need to educate yourself on what foods will be more beneficial to you and which ones won’t.
Once you have that list of foods, you can start to make meals around them. The average strongman, bikini model, or athlete sticks to the same go-to meals over and over again. Typically between 5 and 15 meals.
They can make them in their sleep. They know exactly what to buy, how to cook it, and what makes it so special to their goals.
These meals aren’t 5 star restaurant quality, nor are they something to call home about. But they are something you can stomach repeatedly and that you won’t get sick of. You have a little variety, and typically one to three meals a week they will eat outside their routine for pleasure.