By Brandon Cook
“Why bother lifting weights if you aren’t following a sound nutritional regimen? Sure, it may be fun, but are you really accomplishing anything?” -Robert Cheeke
You can lift weights all day and have the perfect routine designed for your body type, but if your nutrition is off you’re wasting your time.
You may be doing everything else right (training, recovery, mindset) and I hope you are! However, if your idea of a nutrition plan is swinging by Biscuitville for breakfast, hitting up the local Mickey D’s for lunch and eating dinner out of a box or bucket…
YOU’RE SCREWED BRO!
You can’t out train a bad diet, no matter how hard you try. Even if you could, you’d only look healthy on the outside, while dying of a coronary on the inside.
Hmm, that reminds me of a poem the Joker touted in the ol’ Batman movie starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson:
“I’m only laughing on the outside
My smile is just skin deep
If you could see inside I’m really crying
You might join me for a weep.”
I think that puts it in perspective!
Why So Serious…
So many people these days scoff whenever I talk about how unhealthy fast food restaurants are. We’ve been led to believe that proper nutrition isn’t of any significance, that eating healthy foods aren’t really that important, and that it doesn’t really matter what you eat as long as you die happy.
I’m sorry, but that’s just lamebrained propaganda that’s been spoon fed to you by the media since you were still wetting the bed and watching kiddy cartoons on Saturday morning.
It does matter what you eat and it matters a lot (way more than you may think or been led to believe!) But don’t take my word for it…
“If you are among the two out of three Americans who do not smoke or drink excessively, your choice of diet can influence your long-term health prospects more than any other action you might take”. Eight of the 10 leading causes of death, including coronary heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and diabetes mellitus, are related to diet and alcohol. - The Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Washington, DC: US Dept of Health and Human Services; 1988. DHHS (PHS) publication 88-50210.
Whether your goal is to build thirty pounds of muscle, get lean and mean, or simply to live a long, active life; What you stuff down your ‘pie hole’ will determine whether you end up living your dream life OR standing in the ever-growing line down at the local pharmacy!
Even more than the physique considerations there’s actually some SERIOUSLY, messed up shit going on with these corporations that most people simply can’t (or don’t want to) fathom.
Our Children are Being Targeted!
What a lot of us fail to realize is that this apathetic attitude towards health and nutrition is being propagated by the corporations whose profit margins and livelihood are determined by your daily food selections!
Of course they want YOU to choose the foods they’re selling!
“Head on down to the Golden Arches, ya’ll… we love to see you smile! There’s hope in every bag.”
As so, they make sure to get you ‘hooked’ while you’re young and don’t know any better. Just think about it for 60 seconds… do you think Ronald McDonald and all his cute, furry friends are designed to entice grown-ups and make adults want to eat there?
I don’t think so… in fact, the toys in the happy meals are the perfect “nag factor” to get kids to hound their mom and dad to take them to their favorite fast food restaurant. I remember doing this as a child and begging my mom and dad to go get happy meals (I really wanted ALL of those California Raisins toys. lol)
These companies know that when you are young, you are highly susceptible to suggestions from outside sources. Your young brain is taking in information like a sponge, freely without any type of discernment or filter to the message being received. This leaves young kids vulnerable to advertiser’s messages.
In fact, through commercials, cartoon characters, toys and other sneaky advertising methods these company’s “brainwash” young children by influencing their beliefs and behavior through subconscious programming.
I know this sounds crazy and I wish it weren’t true, but I have a have studied advertising, marketing, and methods for influencing the subconscious mind.
These companies know that if they can get their brand deeply ingrained within your fragile mind while you’re young, they will have hordes of loyal customers for life. That’s exactly what they want and plan on. They’re spending millions of dollars on marketing and advertising research to figure out the best methods for reaching new potential customers!
As many are now realizing, the fast food industry is preying on young childen in a very similar way to how the tobacco companies did in the past.
Muahahahaha… such is the deviant nature of these companies.
Fast Food Kills
Since you’re a reader of this blog, I’m more than likely preaching to the choir here…
Still it pisses me off so much that I feel the need to “air some grievances” I have about the fast food industry that’s been exploiting us all.
So, hang with me while I rant a little bit!
Okay, where was I? Oh yeah, FAST FOOD KILLS!
To most highly educated people in the health and fitness industries, this is stupidly obvious. Yet, to your average Joe, the wool has simply been pulled down over his eyes.
People in general can be pretty naïve and gullible, believing most of what these companies tell them, as long as; it is said with enough confidence and authority. Maybe a few distorted studies thrown in for good measure.
What I find even more interesting is how people will essentially go to such great lengths to justify and rationalize their bad habit of eating these unhealthy fast foods. They have all types of excuses in their repertoire, such as the time factor, the money factor, the taste factor, the ‘who cares’ factor, etc.
In the end, however, it all comes down to fear of change, lack of self-discipline and self-worth and ignorance or confusion of what proper nutrition entails. Add to that a total misconception of what these corporations are actually serving you… People don’t realize they are being served poison!
Perhaps, that may be the biggest and scariest factor of all and yet most people are totally oblivious to it.
For example do you know what’s actually in a Chicken McNugget? It’s mostly genetically modified corn!
It’s might not be as horrible (I hope) as some of the rumors going around about eyeballs, chicken guts and worse, but it’s still not very pretty when you examine the actual list of ingredients and know what they are:
As of October 9, 2010 (2010 -10-09), the ingredients are as follows: Chicken, water, salt, sodium phosphates. Battered and breaded with bleached wheat flour, water, wheat flour, modified food starch, salt, spices, wheat gluten, paprika, dextrose (sugar), yeast, garlic powder, rosemary, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono- and diglycerides, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor (plant source) with extractives of paprika. Fried in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone derivative is added as an antifoaming agent. McDonald’s ingredients can vary outside of the United States
Now that the word is out, McDonald’s may have made some changes to their Chicken McNugget recipe… but only because everybody found out what was really going on. I still wouldn’t eat them.
Here’s a short and interesting video that Jamie Oliver did showing the basic premise of how chicken nuggets are made. Even so, that didn’t seem to stop the kids from gobbling them up:
Think Subway is the Healthiest Fast Food?
Here’s a list of some of the ingredients you’ll find in their so called “healthier” products:
Chicken type flavor, artificial colors FD&C red 40 lake, yellow 5, yellow 6, blue 2 lake, red 40, blue 1 lake, blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6 lake, thiamin mononitrate, hydrogenated vegetable shortening, acetylated tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides, ammonium sulfate, calcium sulfate, azodicarbonamide, potassium iodate, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, high fructose corn syrup, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, sodium metabisulfite, sodium benzoate as a preservative, Polysorbate 80, sodium tripolyphosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, thiamin hydrochloride, sodium phosphates, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, sodium diacetate, silicon dioxide etc. etc.
As a general rule, if you see ingredients that you can’t pronounce and have no clue as to what they are…. YOU’RE INGESTING POISONOUS CHEMICALS!
It’s strange that most people know more about car maintenance than they do about the maintenance and nourishment of their own body; which is basically the more important of the two vehicles we use to get around on this planet.
Eating processed and fast foods are the equivalent of pouring sand into your brand new Mercedes’ gas tank. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that sand in your gas tank is a dumb idea and will lead to your car’s ultimate demise.
I know, I know… they’re convenient, but how hard is it really to grab an organic apple and some raw almonds or cashews. We’ve got to stop being so damn lazy… It’s literally killing us.
The Toxic Pseudo Food We Love
Ever noticed that fast food NEVER seems to look like it does in the pictures and commercials on television?
What I found out is that the foods shown in the pictures and commercials are actually fake replicas of the food they sell and not the actual end products they serve.
Of course, this is pretty obvious if you’ve ever been to a fast food restaurant. Haha… more advertising trickery I guess.
This “food” (if you can even call it that) just so happens to be synthetic, cheaply manufactured and highly processed garbage. Of course it looks similar to real food (sometimes) and TASTES GREAT!
Yet, what’s actually making fast food taste so good? It’s not the food itself that tastes good; in fact the great taste comes from all of the fat, sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavors they add!
However, a major problem comes into play when people choose to eat food solely based on how it tastes, instead of for the quality and nourishment it provides their body.
This misguided inclination to consume what tastes best will ultimately back fire on them. As their toxicity levels rise and the bodies cells begin to break down from the increasing nutrient deficiencies, they will begin to get sick and seek medical treatment.
It’s vital to understand why these foods cause disease and ultimately early death.
The Deadly Combo Meal
Soda: Consuming soda is like drinking acid because of its high pH level. The elevated phosphorous levels also lead to leaching calcium from the bones making them more susceptible to breakage and osteoporosis. The high sugar levels lead to huge insulin spikes, weight gain and energy crashes. High fructose corn syrup in combination with the high acidity can easily dissolve your tooth enamel. This is barely scraping the surface of the destruction caused by this sweet poison. Drink it at your own peril!
Fries: Eating these tasty lil treats is like swallowing a ticking time-bomb for your heart. First of all potatoes are high in carbohydrates, which raise blood sugar levels, spike insulin and thus result in fat gain. However, the main problem is that these potatoes are fried in unhealthy vegetable oils that wreak havoc on the human body. These hydrogenated oils leave the fries soaked and dripping with trans fats that raise plasma lipid levels. They increase bad cholesterol leading to coronary heart disease and cause excessive inflammation throughout the body moving you closer to a heart attack with each salty bite.
Burger: Munching on a juicy, greasy, bacon-stacked monsta burger is a sure fire recipe for developing heart disease, stroke, cancer, weight gain and obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, low testosterone levels and even impotence. When you understand that the meat between the buns actually comes from factory farmed cows pumped full of estrogenic hormones, fed genetically modified corn, and raised in unhealthy conditions that produce diseased animals… is it really any wonder that a “diseased animal” is what you’ll also become when you devour this main course. After all, you are what you eat, son!
I could go on and on about how toxic your average combo meal is, but I’ll save that for another post. Just realize that the “food” you get from most fast food restaurants is NOT real food and does little but slowly poison your body over time. It may take years to see the culmination of negative effects on your body because the human body is such a highly adaptable, survival machine. Still, it can only take so much and by then it could be too late.
In the end, I call this stuff “pseudo food” for good reason… Mainly because it’s fake food that’s made of the cheapest, lowest quality ingredients they can legally get away with and loaded with chemicals, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, trans fats, and a host of other ‘goodies’ that are basically designed to make you like it and get you addicted to it.
Fast Food ‘As Addictive As Heroin’
That’s right it may actually be possible to get addicted to fast food!!!
Some scientists are now doing studies that link eating sweet, salty and fatty foods (basically a typical combo meal- soda, fries, and burger) with the release of opioids or ‘pleasure-like’ psychoactive chemicals in the brain.
Dr. Kelley concluded: “This says that mere exposure to pleasurable tasty foods is enough to change gene expression and that suggests that you could be addicted to food.”
The evidence from these studies is now leading some scientists to claim that “Hamburgers and French Fries could be as addictive as heroin.”
Okay, maybe that’s going a little too far…. Isn’t it?
Is it mere coincidence that every combo meal contains sugary, salty, and high fat foods? Um, I don’t think so.
As every smack dealer knows, the best customers are the ones that NEED your product so bad that they will lie, cheat and steal from their own family just to be able to get more of it. A junkie needs his fix… and everybody knows the fast food industry has plenty of fixins.
The Pusher by Steppenwolf
Click to hear the song
You know I’ve smoked a lot of grass
O’ Lord, I’ve popped a lot of pills
But I never touched nothin’
That my spirit could kill
You know, I’ve seen a lot of people walkin’ ’round
With tombstones in their eyes
But the pusher don’t care
Ah, if you live or if you die
God damn, The Pusher
God damn, I say, The Pusher
I said God damn, God damn The Pusher man
So, what’s my point in mentioning all of this? Well, I’m just getting a little sick and tired of all of the deception within the food industry and the total disregard for the health of the consumers of this food (good people like you and I.)
Hmm, on second thought, maybe NOT like me cause I don’t eat that crap!
Many citizens can’t believe that these companies would be allowed to serve such a low quality product that is SO toxic and destructive to the human body. A lot of people think that the government or FDA is regulating these establishments for quality control.
That sounds logical and one would hope that our government wouldn’t allow such a travesty to take place, but please excuse me while I LAUGH IN YO’ FACE! lol
I’m sorry to say that this is not the case and that these foods are a major cause of the obesity and health epidemics that our many industrialized nations are now facing. Our government knows this and still they are doing very little to put an end to it.
What’s even sadder is I’m not sure that they want to. After all, everybody that eats this junk today will become the future customers of the pharmaceutical companies, the cancer treatment facilities, and medical industries tomorrow. All of which are playing their own role in the declining health of our citizens.
This is BIG business, after all, and besides who will pay for their expensive political campaigns?
Plus, you saw what happened when they tried to ban alcohol! Laws that make foods and drugs illegal NEVER work… the only thing that works is educating the public. That’s why I’m taking the time to write this to you!
Beware of the Fast Food Industry Mafia
In summary, the collective fast food corporations act in many ways like a mafia to get you to buy into their family and lifestyle of convenience and taste… at the unfortunate cost of your health.
Their first and primary objective is to get you while you’re young, impressionable and don’t know any better. Luring you in with toys of the cartoon characters you know and love.
Once they get you into their “family” they easily get you hooked on salty, fatty and sugary food combinations that give you a temporary rush of pleasurable endorphins. This will ensure that you come back for more throughout your teens and adult life. You are now La Cosa Nostra… for life!
Ultimately, their low standard and quality of food products destroy their customer’s from the inside out! Over time the continual consumption of these psuedo foods leads to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, a low quality of life and an early demise. It’s a good thing more suckers, er, I mean kids are born each and every day. Muahahahahha
Oh yeah, and your dreams of having a healthy, lean, muscular body slip further and further away with each and every bite.
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