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Feeling great; What is a “clean” diet?; House construction time-lapse.

I managed to fight off whatever it was that was making me feel sort of run down and headachy last week. I feel 100% fine this morning! A lot of people around here are really sick, so I’m very glad my body managed to deal with it before it could take hold. I feel that my diet is the #1 reason that my body is so adept at fighting off illness.

I can’t stress it enough: Diet is the most important component of any healthy lifestyle. I don’t care if you are trying to lose fat, put on muscle or are simply maintaining: if your diet is not “clean” and healthy, you are making a huge mistake. I know people who go to the gym, lift weights and do lots of cardio, but their diets stink. Those people make little, if any, progress, they get frustrated and then they quit. My advice to everyone is the same: get your diet dialed in before you even think about picking up a weight or getting on the cardio machines. There is a lot of excellent information in the Beginner’s Forum that can help you learn how to create a meal plan that is healthy and tasty. Read the “sticky” threads (the threads “stuck” to the very top of the Beginner’s Forum) and get educated!

With the exception of my weekly “cheat meal”, almost everything I eat and drink is all-natural: Eye of round steak, 96% lean ground beef, skinless chicken breast, cod, salmon, shrimp, egg whites, broccoli, natural peanut butter, nuts, yams, pineapple, grapefruit, brown rice, oats and water. The only processed foods I eat are protein powder and whole grain (not whole wheat – whole grain) bread. It’s no coincidence that once I adopted an all-natural diet I started looking healthier and feeling better than at any other time in my life. The best part is I really enjoy the foods I eat. There are countless ways to prepare these and many other all-natural foods. I strongly encourage each of you to begin eliminating all the processed garbage from your diet. Trust me, you’ll be glad that you did.

I’ve got a pretty busy day ahead: House cleaning, a trip to Home Depot (they love me and my credit card there), some projects around the house and a trip over to the new house to check on construction. I’ll be making another big update to my new home construction journal (an upgraded forum membership is required) when I return. It’s amazing how much progress has been made in just five weeks. Here’s a quick time lapse animation of the progress so far. Of course each step of the process is being documented with lots of photos, videos and text in my journal, so if you are interested in learning more go give it a read.