[/caption] Ever judge the other people in line at the supermarket? Ever feel smugly superior as you watch somebody unload a bunch of chips, pop and pasta onto the belt? If you’re part of the Eat Less Crap Challenge, you’ve definitely done this. Some of you were no doubt kinder in your judgment, while others were no doubt very harsh. We certainly don’t need to become food jerks who sneer at everyone and argue about whose beef ate more grass or whose chicken ranged more freely, but it’s kind of interesting to watch how the average North American eats. It would almost be funny if the North American diet wasn’t so bad for your health. You can actually stand in line at a grocery store and see a whole cart without a vegetable. Endless streams of fat-free goods are another good one. The Box King likes all his food to come in rectangular cardboard boxes, and most of it comes from the same aisle. How about the Pop Hermit, who’s replacing the cans in the fallout shelter? Or the dude who’s clearly having the chips, Coke and chocolate bar for dinner in the parking lot? These are all interesting food choices to say the least. On the other hand, it’s fun when you watch someone unload a pretty awesome cart of kale, almonds, chicken, steak, broccoli, spinach, peppers, jerky, eggs, turkey bacon, strawberries, almond butter and avocados—a nice selection from Coach Glassman’s shopping list of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. I feel like high-fiving those people, and a few times I’ve even given them a nod and a “nice one, dude.” Inevitably that person smiles and gives you a look that lets you know you’re on the same team. Sometimes they’re even from another Functional Fitness gym. That doesn’t happen very often, and most of the time you get to serve out silent supermarket judgment as you wait for your 5 minutes with the clerk. It’s fun to do that, but there’s no need to be a food jerk. It’s really just enough to know that you’re making some great choices that are going to pay off big time in the next 20 years. Stay strong, everyone!
It’s a mistake to wait for everything to be “perfect” to begin your fitness & nutrition journey. Life is a laundry list of events, holidays