Eating right (not diet) opinions wanted on coffee, eggs, pasta, protien supplement, water

  • SurfInVa

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    Jan 04, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Foreword: I don't diet, I just try and eat right. The word diet has been misused to basically mean something you start and stop.

    I have gotten to my healthy weight via eating right and exercise in the past, and I remember "how" I did it. Genetic health issues played the key role in me getting out of shape over the last year, but I now back on the right road to get back to normal.

    I just have a couple of things to throw out there to get you guys' opinions on.

    Coffee in the a.m. (usually 2 cups with a very small amount of REAL sugar or honey and a little bit of creamer) - is this ok, totally bad or an semi-acceptable vice in an "eating right, working out and muscle building routine" ?

    Eggs (usually 2-3 daily in a.m., either hardboiled, fried in canola oil or scrambled) - again...is this ok, totally bad or an semi-acceptable vice in an "eating right, working out and muscle building routine" ?

    Pasta - I KNOW that processed food with a high carb count is my worse enemy...I gain weight just looking at it, but I LOVE pasta (should have been born in Italy). I have swtiched and superLOVE Barilla Plus multigrain pasta and I am health conscious about sauces, etc so it's just the pasta that concerns me. Is there a better time, for instance, before or after a workout, or number of times a week, etc...that is better to consume it ?

    Protein supplement - other than impressing your friends and potential love interests, with the HUGE canister on your kitchen counter, what exactly is the REAL benefit of this stuff ? I really am not the type that is willing to lean on and buy this stuff for the rest of my life, to maintain something that supposedly I can't get from regular healthy food.

    Water - I am a "listen to my body" kind of guy. I believe if you do this, your body will tell you what you need vs what you want. I drink tons of the H2O and love it and I normally end up with a reusable container of it in my hand without even thinking. I drink it before, during and after workouts and just whenever my body tells me that it wants it. Is there any opinions about the role of water in buidling muscle ?

    Thanks for the anticipated responses. lol
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    SurfInVa saidForeword: I don't diet, I just try and eat right. The word diet has been misused to basically mean something you start and stop.

    I have gotten to my healthy weight via eating right and exercise in the past, and I remember "how" I did it. Genetic health issues played the key role in me getting out of shape over the last year, but I now back on the right road to get back to normal.

    I just have a couple of things to throw out there to get you guys' opinions on.

    Coffee in the a.m. (usually 2 cups with a very small amount of REAL sugar or honey and a little bit of creamer) - is this ok, totally bad or an semi-acceptable vice in an "eating right, working out and muscle building routine" ?

    Eggs (usually 2-3 daily in a.m., either hardboiled, fried in canola oil or scrambled) - again...is this ok, totally bad or an semi-acceptable vice in an "eating right, working out and muscle building routine" ?

    Pasta - I KNOW that processed food with a high carb count is my worse enemy...I gain weight just looking at it, but I LOVE pasta (should have been born in Italy). I have swtiched and superLOVE Barilla Plus multigrain pasta and I am health conscious about sauces, etc so it's just the pasta that concerns me. Is there a better time, for instance, before or after a workout, or number of times a week, etc...that is better to consume it ?

    Protein supplement - other than impressing your friends and potential love interests, with the HUGE canister on your kitchen counter, what exactly is the REAL benefit of this stuff ? I really am not the type that is willing to lean on and buy this stuff for the rest of my life, to maintain something that supposedly I can't get from regular healthy food.

    Water - I am a "listen to my body" kind of guy. I believe if you do this, your body will tell you what you need vs what you want. I drink tons of the H2O and love it and I normally end up with a reusable container of it in my hand without even thinking. I drink it before, during and after workouts and just whenever my body tells me that it wants it. Is there any opinions about the role of water in buidling muscle ?

    Thanks for the anticipated responses. lol


    Coffee ok. Kill the sugar. I use a little cream as a one of few small luxuries I give myself.

    Eggs: go for the egg whites you buy in a little carton. The yolks are the fat and cholesterol. Once in a while, I'll add one whole egg to 2/3 of egg whites (which is 6 egg whites).

    Whole grain pasta good. But in limited amounts, because it's still calorific. Eat it earlier in the day (lunch) rather than later when you should be cutting back on carbs.

    Protein supplements are great if you're trying to build muscle, or if you do decently hard workouts and don't want to lose muscle mass. A shake right after working out is the thing. Better than trying to carry a steak in your gym bag.

    Water: if you get dehydrated, you can't build or maintain muscle. Remember, the vaste majority of the human body, especially soft tissue, is water.
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    sorry, that should have read one whole egg to 2/3 cup of egg whites.
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    Jan 07, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    A little sugar in your morning coffee is meaningless if your in good health and non-diabetic. . Hypervigilance about such trivial things is why people fail sticking to a diet I think.

    Eggs are NOT your enemy, read up on the latest

    Multigrain pastas good... storebought jarred sauces etc not so good as they probably do have a lot of added sugars and sodium, read the label... BUT a jar of the stuff every once in a while is no big deal unless you make one out of it.
    So start making it home made. Freezes easy etc.