Eat Your Goddamn Vegetables

Smart people have figured out by now: Mainstream health and nutrition advice is absolute garbage. If you live in North America, look around at the heaving, rippling flesh, hanging off your peers like slabs of gristle – and realize how badly the conventional wisdom has failed them.

But dismissing conventional wisdom is easy. The hard part is choosing what to replace it with. A bit of research will lead you to some basic truths that the rogue nutritionist community is reaching a consensus on:

Sugar is bad

Wheat is bad

Bad oils are bad

For a long time, I ate what I thought was a pretty damn healthy diet, simply because I was avoiding all of the above, and eating truckloads of meat, eggs, butter, avocados, and olives. Vegetables? Hah. I’ll toss a sprig of parsley on my steak, and call it a day.

Now, I start every day with a tall vegetable juice and few pieces of fruit, I have a salad for lunch, more fruit before I train, and dinner always comes with a massive heap of broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, brussel sprouts, or carrots. I eat berries and kale chips like popcorn. The results:

– I feel fucking awesome.

– I’m having great workouts. PRed on the bench and squat in the past month, after almost a year off lifting.

– Old injuries are on the wane. My knees have been the weak link in my squat for half a decade. Suddenly, zero pain.

– Hangovers have become extremely mild

– I’m appreciating fruits and vegetables more than I ever have. Carrots and green leafy vegetables are tasty. Fruits and berries are a sweet dessert.

The resource that got me to make the switch towards eating more fruits and vegetables was Juicing For Men. I had always been sceptical of the juicing movement, because everyone I’d ever heard talk it up was a mush-headed hippie. JFM doesn’t go on about the healing properties of absorbing the plant’s life energy into your own or increasing your thetan levels or any such bullshit. Simply: Vegetables are full of nutrients that will optimize your body’s performance in a variety of ways, and turning five pounds of veggies into juice makes it easier and more convenient to get those nutrients. I don’t even own a juicer yet, but I look forward to unwrapping this one Christmas morning.

If you’re on the fence about picking up a juicer, try this experiemnt. Add a gallon of V8 and a few heaping bags of cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, carrots, apples, bananas, blueberries, kiwis, and whatever other produce you like, to your weekly shop. See how it affects your training, energy levels, and overall health.

If the result is that you look, feel and perform better, pick up a juicer of your own and check out Juicing For Men for a ton of tips and recipes.