We're Humans, Not Raccoons -- a Thought from Rick

What's up, Humans? So the other night, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. He's put on a bit of weight since his college days and saw that I shared an article on The Facebook from Huffington Post about Vinnie Tortorich's book "Fitness Confidential."

My buddy read the article and asked me if I eat that way (no grains or sugars) and I told him I do and I enjoy it. We started talking about the things I eat, when I eat them, etc. And he said, "I don't know...sounds like a lot of effort." Now, I totally not bagging on my friend, because I've said the exact same thing 10,000 times (and you probably have, too). But for some reason, maybe the way he said it, struck me and I thought a lot about it.

Yeah, it's a lot of effort to eat good, healthy food. I have to basically plan out most of my meals a few days in advance and do a lot of prep beforehand (on Wednesday nights, for instance, I cook all my bacon for the week for breakfasts to save time and it ends up taking almost an hour and a half), and so on and so forth. You guys know what I'm talking about. It's harder to eat cleanly. It just is. But shouldn't we be more deliberate about the way we eat? I mean, we're not raccoons, who just go around rooting through trash cans eating anything that's left behind.

We're humans, blessed with high-performance machines that we call bodies. We only get one body, and it's gotta last (hopefully) 90+ years. Shouldn't we put in more effort in what we eat? Shouldn't we be more cognizant of how the different foods we take in affect our health and performance? Shouldn't we care more? We're not all crazy Iron Man triathletes or marathoners (even though some of us want to be), so "body performance" might seem like a stretch. But we all call on our bodies to do amazingly difficult and complex things every single day.

It's vitally important (literally) to fuel them in the right way. So, if you ask me, I'd rather devote more time and effort into thinking and planning and preparing all the things that go into my body to fuel my performance. Say there's a gas station 1/4 mile from your house and the gas is $3.50 a gallon. But 3 miles and 4 traffic lights away is a gas station selling it for $2.75 a gallon. Which would you choose? The one further away might be less convenient, but I guarantee you'd go to that one if you weren't an idiot.

Bottom line: If you wanna eat like a raccoon, gulping down trash constantly and feeling like crap and looking like crap, I guess that's your business. But I'm gonna keep putting more thought and more effort into my body and it will be totally worth it both now and in the future.