John of Five Meals Daily

Welcome to Five Meals Daily!

Five Meals Daily is one guy's attempt to share what he learned when he decided to get his act together and start living a healthier lifestyle. The cornerstone of what he learned is that he could lose weight and keep fit by eating five small healthy meals, meal replacements, or healthy snacks a day, along with regular exercise.  On fivemealsdaily.com, he shares with you the various tips, tools, and resources that helped him to live healthier. Eating something small and healthy five times a day provides your body with energy, keeps your metabolism up, and keeps those calories burning without overwhelming your body with more calories than it needs. This isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change.

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Coughing up Slimmer.

Even a healthy lifestyle can get thrown a curve ball now and then. This past week, I have been fighting this nasty chest cold. I get into coughing fits that usually result in expelling great big globs that bear a resemblance to Slimmer from Ghostbusters. Count yourself lucky that I chose to illustrate this by using Slimmer, rather than taking a photo of the real thing, because the real thing is gross.

I haven't been up to writing a blog post this past week due to my illness. This is a shame, because one thing about us guys: when we get sick, we become cry babies. What better way to moan and groan than to do it in a blog post? So, if you will indulge me for a minute, I will now make the effort and have a brief interlude of moaning and groaning.

Before I started taking care of my health, there was one label that I was concerned with when trying to decide to buy food: the price tag. Sure, we all want to save a buck, but I was overlooking the most important label of all: the Nutritional Facts.

Reading nutritional facts label is not very tricky and should be common knowledge, so I won't spend too much time on describing what you need to look out for. If you want to explore nutritional facts in more detail, please visit this page from The Food and Drug Administration. To illustrate how to read a nutritional label, we are going to look at the nutritional facts for a potato, if your name is Dan Quayle, you may refer to it as a "potatoe."

Or What You Should Be Doing Once You Have Achieved Your Weight-Loss Goals

My weight is like the stock market: it has been up and down throughout my life. This wasn't something that just happened. It was something that I allowed to happen. Not that I wanted it to happen, it's just that I wasn't doing a damn thing to prevent it. I allowed it because I was making a crucial mistake. One day, I would be fed up with being overweight. I'd be angry with myself for letting it happen. I would use that anger to give me the determination to lose weight ("Let fury have the hour, anger can be power. D'you know that you can use it?" ~ The Clash), and that worked out just fine. I'd lose the weight and feel great. Then I'd stop everything that I was doing to lose the weight and slip right back into the bad habits that made me overweight in the first place. That was the mistake.

Water is essential to sustain your life. Staying sufficiently hydrated can also help you to lose weight. Drinking too much water, however, can be fatal.

What's so good about water?

Bottled WaterWhen you are dehydrated, metabolism, those chemical processes that keeps your body chugging along, provides you with energy, and keeps those calories burning, run less efficiently. Keeping yourself hydrated helps to keep those chemical processes running more efficiently, helping you to burn more calories and lose weight. However, if you are already drinking enough water and keeping yourself hydrated, drinking more water is not going to make much of a difference. Furthermore, at a certain point, excessive water consumption can be bad for you, very bad. 

Here are a few tips about water that you need to know:

Gluten Free sealI recently saw a TV commercial advertising a breakfast cereal that is now gluten free. Perhaps you've seen it. In the commercial, after the narrator announces that the cereal is gluten free, he says, "...and kids know how good that is for you." My immediate thought was: do they?

I don't think that many adults, let alone kids, know what gluten free is, or if and why it might be bad for them. Instead, what I saw was a commercial that was trying to deceive consumers into thinking that "gluten free" means a healthier diet, or that going gluten free will help you to lose weight. Not so fast!

Grab & Go MealsEating five meals a day can be very tricky, especially when it comes to preparing those meals and finding the time to eat them. That is where including a few healthy ready-made meals or snacks comes in handy.

While it is a good rule of thumb to avoid processed foods, there are some processed foods that are healthy for you. Foods like yogurt and protein bars are not only handy but affordable too. What's more, it only takes a few minutes to gobble one of those items. You can grab one and eat it while commuting or take them to work and have one while on a break. I like to go to see movies, and I almost always go to the theater with a protein bar in my pocket. That way I can get in one of my five meals while watching the latest action film. Protein bars go equally as well with indie films too!

I once read somewhere that we all have abs. Sometimes it's just a matter of unearthing them.

Obviously, losing weight is key to unearthing those buried abs, but there are also ways of strengthening them and making them more pronounced.

I grew up in an Irish-American household. Dinner always included a vegetable, and whether it was fresh, frozen or canned, my mother boiled the hell out of them for twenty minutes before serving. It was like exorcising the demons out of the vegetables, but in the case of vegetables, it wasn't demons: it was nutrients. I don't blame my mom. She didn't know any better. She came from a long tradition destroying vegetables. Potato famine, anyone?

Two-piece Chicken ComboI had a two-piece fried chicken combo with mashed potatoes and gravy with a biscuit at Popeye's today. This may sound like a confession, a moment of weakness that may put my relationship with healthy eating in peril. However, there are some perfectly valid reasons why the occasional cheat meal actually help improve my relationship with healthy eating.

You don't need to feel full in order to give your body the fuel it needs.

I made this video, thwarting one technical difficulty after the other, to prove a point: You can eat five meals a day, while keeping the calories down, all while providing your body with the fuel it needs in order to sustain your life functions. You don't need to feel full in order to give your body the fuel it needs. You should be drinking plenty of water. That may help you to feel somewhat full without negatively impacting your goals, but feeling full should not be your goal. Providing yourself with an adequate amount of healthy food should be.

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