Everyone seems to be hopping on the fitness train. Part of the fitness plan is diet. Now, for those who are disciplined this is easy. And for those of us who love butter, cream, and cheese, it is a completely different story.Recently, I discovered a new type of diet. The raw food diet. If you haven't heard what the raw food diet is, it involves no cooking. Everything is raw. For those of us you don't like dieting, the raw food diet might just be the easiest diet out there for us. With no cooking, and a lot of food preparation, it might cause the lazy dieter to have to start amping up their time in the kitchen. So, what is the raw diet? The raw diet seems to be a mouthwatering organic, nutrient dense, gluten-free way of life. The raw diet basically does not allow food above 102-115°. By eating this way the nutrients aren't cooked out.
It is cheap... sort of
There are no costs, because there is no membership, prepacked food, or meetings to go to. Unfortunately, organic foods are always more expensive at the grocery stores. You can find co-op places on online and order your food and have it delivered. Recently, we found a site that sends you farm grown foods in a box at the start of every week. You don't get to pick what comes in it, but it is only $20 bucks. We then decided to do our grocery shopping around that box. Also if you don't have a lot of kitchen appliances, you need to hit up Macy's. This diet will need a juicer, a blender, a dehydrator, a food processor and sprouting pods.
Like all diets it starts off by detoxing, the detox that is most recommended is to go vegetarian the week prior to detoxing, and then detox on pure juices for three days. Then introduce the raw diet. Skeptical? Try this fresh but sweet recipe... and then go from there:
Growing Salad with Apple
Here is what you will need: 1/2 a cup of green lentils, sprouted
Lettuce, your choice
Diced Red Onion
1 Apple, cubed
2 tablespoons Honey and 1/2 a tablespoon of water
Super easy to prepare. Place the lentils, onion, and lettuce into the salad bowl. In a separate bowl, toss honey water, cinnamon to taste, apple and walnuts together. Then combine the honey soaked mixture into the salad bowl, and toss again.
24 Hour Fitness: If you have an insane schedule, where normal business hours don’t exist for you, than 24 hours fitness might just be for you. Most of them seem clean and are current with the use of technology for training your muscles. Personally, not my cup of tea.
LA FITNESS: I call it la fit, with a French accent. I think that most LA Fitnesses are designed for those who are already in the know about working out. It could be that I am writing from the west coast, but it seems that people at LA FITNESS go in, get their business done and go. Yes, you run into people in your neighborhood, or your dentist, but still, this is the gym I chose when shopping around.
Equinox: Equinox is like the Barney’s of gyms. They are gorgeous, elite, and you pay for what you get. Their trainers are gorgeous, everyone seems certified or degreed in something or other, and most of all the presentation is impeccable.
Curves: Not for us, I tried getting in, didn’t work.
Gold’s Gym: Okay, not the gym for me, but in my experience, Gold’s Gym are for those who are really hardcore into fitness. They are muscled up, all about their protein shakes, and supplements. In my experience everyone, male or female had a bangin body. Their gyms are equipped with cross fit training centers, and heated yoga rooms. This is definitely for the experienced fitness addict.
Smaller Localized Gyms: It seems that a million little boutique gyms have been opening up around southern California. They are chains, they have all different sorts of equipment but not in the volume or quantity as powerhouse gyms listed above. These are great for those who feel like working out for 30 minute a day is enough. I would totally belong to one, mainly because it is cheaper, but unfortunately our neighborhood doesn’t have one.
Now the reality of it all, gyms aren’t the only place to work out. Community Centers, dance studios, pilates studios, and yoga centers are great places to work out. Community centers offer tons of great classes, so you are only committing for 6-8 weeks. Dance studios all around are offering Zumba, but high intensity Zumba for those who are dancers or simply enjoy dancing. Pilates studios, even though they are more expensive, I feel get the quickest results as you train one on one. Yoga centers are definitely relaxing, but I don’t feel that the body results happen as quickly. I have tried. Though, when doing yoga consistently, I did notice my eating habits changed, and so did my sleeping patterns. Another great fitness program is cross fit, the first time I did it, I threw up, but my girlfriend stuck with it and now her biceps are bigger than mine, and her abs are like… well… woah. Even walking your dog is a great form of cardio, unfortunately it doesn’t push your heart rate up high enough to maximize burning calories.
Still intimated by gyms? I know I am. It is a scary feeling, especially if there is a designated weight area. These men, gay or straight, are pushing their bodies to the max, and flexing their arms to check the swelling and tone. Trust me, it is super threatening, and I totally feel inadequate when walking in. So, here is what I do: Before I even walk in, I put my headphones in and play my “I’m Super Fierce, no one can stop me song.” Walk in, and immediately go into my routine, no lingering no nothing. When I warm up, I even close my eyes and just focus on me. Usually, after my warm up I am good to go. But trust me, you will rarely find me in the weight room.