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Dean Hardware

Dean Hardware

Knowledge Seeker. Experimenter. Projector.
Warrior Of Light.

Food is fuel first & mouth pleasure second.

You are over-complicating food.

You are probably over-complicating health as a whole.

You don’t need a fad diet.

You don’t need a super restrictive meal plan.

And you don’t need to count calories.

You have to look at food for what it actually is…

Fuel.

If you eat real, whole food and move your body regularly.

You’re going to be in great shape.

Inside and out.

But before you think about what you’re going to look like, you need to understand that health is the ultimate goal.

What good is having 9% body fat if you’re absorbing zero nutrition and you feel like shit?

Does it really matter if you’re ripped and jacked if your body is a mess on the inside?

You can and should allow yourself to indulge when the occasion presents itself…

But if you are only pursuing peak mouth pleasure…

You have a mindset akin to that of an addict.

That’s the inexperience of an impulsive mind taking over.

Experience

When I was a gym bro, the biggest I’ve been, I was also my unhealthiest version.

I’m not saying there’s a correlation between bodybuilding and health… Not at all.

But for me at the time, my goal was to look good.

I didn’t care what my diet consisted of. 

Because on the outside, I looked like Hercules. 

This gave me the illusion of health.

I was addicted to sugar and eating everything in sight, never giving my digestive system a chance to rest.

I went through phases of being super strict, trying diets, calorie counting etc.

But ultimately everything was centred around the fact that I wanted to look good. 

As long as that was the case, I didn’t care what I ate.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t stupid.

I knew what eating healthy food looked like and I did it often.

However, when you eat a healthy meal and then throw down some chocolate, Haribos, Doritos, and a cartoon of liquid sugar afterward…

It’s not exactly what a healthy diet should consist of.

Health was not my first priority (most of the time).

Perspective

Food is pretty simple when you sit down and think about it…

Just make sure that the majority of your diet is made up of a variety of real, nutrient-dense whole foods.

And allow yourself to enjoy some super-stimulating, processed mouth pleasure from time to time (see the 80/20 rule below).

Don’t feel guilty. 

Enjoy it when the occasion presents itself and then get back on track.

Food is so convenient now that you can have any food that you want, all of the time.

Your body is so accustomed to continuously processing food that the thought of not eating for a day baffles most people.

Yet fasting is one of the best things you can do for your body…

The word “breakfast” comes from the idea of breaking your fast.

And believe it or not, people haven’t always eaten first thing in the morning.

Neither have they always eaten 3 meals a day…

But if everyone believes they are supposed to have 3 meals a day.

It inevitably leads to more food being consumed, which is great for the people supplying it.

Intermittent Fasting

I have personally been intermittent fasting for at least 5 years now.

It’s so ingrained into my routine that I can’t actually remember when I started.

Your body is a finely tuned machine. 

You don’t need to eat 3 meals a day.

It performs so much better when it isn’t constantly filled up with food.

If the thought of something as simple as skipping breakfast seems hard to you…

It’s probably because you are always using food to feel good rather than simply for what it is. 

Fuel.

Here’s a basic example for you to build your intermittent fasting routine from (remember to experiment and see what feels right): 

  • Skipping breakfast is the easiest way to get into an intermittent fasting routine
  • First meal: 12-1pm
  • Second meal: 7-8pm
  • A 6-8 hour feeding window means you are fasting for 16-18 hours (including sleep)
  • If you enjoy a snack during the day, add in something like fruit or nuts between your meals

This doesn’t have to be every single day. You have a life that will throw you a curve ball sometimes. Eating a bit later at a social gathering or having a nice breakfast out with the family isn’t going to do any harm. Embrace it.

You will feel lighter, you’ll have more energy and it will allow your digestive system to get some much-needed rest.

Your digestive system uses a lot of blood to process food.

When there isn’t any food to process, your blood is free to go elsewhere in your body and work its magic.

The 80/20 Rule

Make sure that a minimum of 80% of your diet is made up of whole foods:

  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Meat, fish & eggs
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Whole grains

And then allow for a maximum of 20% to be filled up with the unhealthier foods we all know and love:

  • Bread, wraps & pasta
  • Takeaways & fried food
  • Chocolate, sweets etc

Your body is incredible.

Just look at people who smoke all day, eat shit food, and over-consume alcohol.

They are still alive and kicking (just about).

If you make sure your body is fueled with real, whole food most of the time, you’re going to live a healthy life.

Your body is an amazing filtration and detoxification machine.

Let yourself indulge when the occasion presents itself. 

Don’t feel guilty. Enjoy every moment of it then get back on track. You’ll be fine.

Every Human Is Different

There are some people who benefit massively from a vegan diet.

There are some people who benefit massively from a carnivore diet.

What works for you might not work for someone else.

You have to experiment to find out what a healthy diet looks like for you:

  • Find healthy food that you like 
  • Find what makes your mind, body, and spirit feel good
  • Find an eating schedule that fits into your lifestyle
  • Find healthy alternatives e.g. swap the sweets for a mango

If you give yourself a diet that you don’t enjoy, you won’t stick to it.

And it’s important to remember that if your current diet consists of highly processed foods.

Some of the real food you eat will taste bland, to begin with.

You just need to retrain your taste buds.

There will be an adjustment period but I promise you it’s worth it.

A high-quality hot sauce may need to make an appearance to get you going.

Allowing yourself to actually develop real hunger, rather than simply eating at a specific time, will go a long way too.

The Takeaway (pun intended)

You have to look at food for what it really is.

It is fuel for your body.

Make sure that you are focusing on fueling yourself with the right food first, then think about what you can sit back and enjoy.

I love food just as much as you do.

However, if you simply eat what brings you the most amount of mouth pleasure…

It’s going to lead to poor health.

Plus, when you eat real food you feel superhuman.

And when you do decide to indulge, you actually notice what that food is doing to your mind and body.

You build a better relationship with food as a whole.

Drop that chocolate bar and pick up a mango.

You’ll feel a whole lot better.

With energy,

DH

Improve Your Health.

Expand Your Mind.

Raise Your Vibration.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in a unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll be a happy man. 

Join me as I explore the different aspects of self-improvement across the fascinating realms of the mind, body and spirit.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in an unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll  be a happy man.