Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May you have a little luck of the Irish, and get lucky, tonight.
In year’s past, right about this time of day, I’d be getting a call from Ol’ Patty — my full-blooded, Irish mama. She would undoubtedly go on a profanity-laced tirade, yell at me about something, and then proceed to tell me how St Patrick’s Day is, and always will be, the greatest day of the year. She’d also tell me what restaurant I was to take her to that upcoming weekend for steak and booze to celebrate.
But unfortunately, she ain’t around no more. So I decided to do a post in honor of one of her wishes instead. She used to ask, “when are you going to talk about your better side’s diet — your Irish side’s diet. You always just talk about that dumb Japanese diet” Yes, she was slightly racist, even against her own children. What can you say? She was one of a kind, and I loved her.
Here’s a video that talks about the benefits of my mama’s “Irish Farmer’s” diet, and how you can use that and other healthy cultural diet templates, to simplify the food choice process. I lean more towards carb-based diets for anaerobic athletes and those who strength train on a regular basis, so the ol’ meat and potatoes fits in perfect. Thank my mama for being in my ear all the time about this one:
REAL IRISH QUOTES FROM AN UNREAL IRISH WOMAN
I learned a few other things from my mom. I could go on forever, but here are the three most important ones:
1. The only thing you can really be good at is being yourself.
2. You just can’t give a shit about what other people think of you.
3. Do your own thing, and let the chips fall where they may. It will work out somehow.
Now those are great pearls for personal happiness, but maybe not the best for traditional success. I’m following them either way. I want to enjoy this ride. You do what you gotta do based on what you want to get out of life.
I’ve been seeing a bunch of Irish quotes all day, but none of those have hit home. I had to remember some real gems today, some Ol’Patty classics:
“If everyone, including you, told me I needed to stop smoking 2-packs of cigarettes a day and drinking wine at noon, would I? No. Fuck off Nathaniel Jude.”
“You’re an asshole.”
“I’m going outside to smoke.”
“Another chardonnay please.”
“You can do whatever you want. You can cry, get mad, feel sorry for yourself, wish it were different. Just don’t fucking complain.”
“What the hell kind of restaurant doesn’t have chocolate? I”m outta here.”
“Kids these days are awful. Just awful.”
But when it really mattered most,
“I love you son. And give Kalai a hug for me.”
I will mom. And what the hell you crazy lady, I’m going to give you one too.
I’ll catch you on the other side.
When my buddy Tyler sent me an email explaining how adding a few carbs back into his diet got him more ripped than ever, I asked him to share his story on Da Blog for you. He graciously accepted. Thanks brother.
After all, you gotta be sick of me saying the same shit all of the time — there is no one Universal diet or macronutrient distribution that works for everyone, everywhere; you simply have to match the diet to the metabolic condition, training program, and physique goals; low-carb diets can be good or bad depending on the person/situation, etc.
I thought maybe you would take another ripped dude’s word for it. We’re about getting shit done on this site. Take it from my buddy Tyler who is doing just that.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
When I first began my experience regarding diet and weight training my approach was probably very similar to a lot of yours. Two goals in mind: build muscle and stay ripped. With all the controversy amongst macronutrients flying around you couldn’t help but get caught up in the mass confusion going back and forth. That wasn’t until I discovered Nate Miyaki that it finally cleared the air once and for all, and it was his teachings on carbohydrate metabolism, and the physiological use of glucose during exercise that truly changed the game.
You see I was training 5-6 days a week consuming no more then 25-50 grams of carbohydrates with the typical full blown paleo approach not realizing just how bad I needed the glycogen to fuel my workouts. I felt like I was spinning my wheels in an endless rut, my lifts were suffering, I was making no progress, my insomnia was increasing, and my libido was down the drain. That sh*t sucked.
It wasn’t until I reintroduced carbohydrates back into my diet that I gained my muscle mass back, and even new lean mass, and even lost more body fat then I had previously tried to with a carb restricted diet! My lifts immediately rose back up, I no longer sat in a constant brain fog, and my sleep was better then it had ever been in a long time. The lesson at hand is to truly understand and value the basic physiological responses of exercise and how sports nutrition is vastly different then that of a sedentary person. Understanding fuel sources is a basic principle that can allow you greater clarity amongst the body’s use of macronutrients entirely.
Do yourself a favor, leave the full blown paleo diet to the guy getting his exercise at the flick of the channel changer, keep the carbs for yourself — Tyler Holmes
First off, thanks for sharing Tyler. I think the best way to help people is just by being an open book. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your journey. And keep up the great work man. You’re looking frickin’ shredded.
Second, lets try to help everyone else reading this get some practical strategies from the post. Tyler added: “You seriously got me out of the most depressing rut iv ever been in regarding diet, and a pure paleo diet at that. You have completely changed my outlook on carbohydrate metabolism and the impact it’s made on my training, sex life, sleep, and mood is literally outstanding. I maintain this level of leanness eating 180+carbs a day, if not higher on training days.”
Here’s a few more carb bullets that might help clear up some carb confusion and get the rest of you on a more targeted plan: