How Changing My Diet Changed My Life and Helped Me Find Purpose


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My name is Kevin, creator of FitMenCook. In the past I had a love-hate relationship with food. I loved the way it tasted, but hated the way the foods I ate made me look and feel.

When I finally set my mind to adopting a healthy and fit lifestyle, everything began to change for me. I not only felt better, but also looked better. I quickly learned that there were healthier and delicious alternatives to the foods I love, and understood that my diet was the key to transforming my life and my physique.

Perhaps you’ve been there: my “ah-ha” moment happened when I saw a photo of myself on my friend’s Facebook page. My initial reaction was a mixture of denial, surprise and, quite truthfully, a little shame for letting myself go as much as I had.

At that point I was overweight and felt sluggish. To compound the issue, my physician told me my blood pressure was steadily rising. So I did what most people try to do — I started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet.

I was wrong. There was not enough cardio or weightlifting that could get this fat off my back, especially when exercising seemed to only increase my appetite. Even after getting a personal trainer, following a strict diet of chicken breast and steamed broccoli and losing some weight, I still struggled with food. I realized that if I was truly going to accomplish my fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet complemented by hard work in the gym.

I went to a half price bookstore and bought every single book about dieting and nutrition. Simultaneously, I started cooking. I stayed within a limited budget by experimenting with different proteins like chicken and turkey before moving on to veggies. My goal was to make simple, relatively inexpensive items taste great. I vowed that I would never eat another boiled chicken breast again unless I had to or wanted to.

To help keep me accountable and inspired, I started a Tumblr blog called “FitMenCook” to share my meals online and build a community around healthy food ideas.

And the lifestyle change worked!  I lost weight and felt incredible. Once I began to see changes in my physique, I was inspired to try different types of training like cross training and weightlifting to see how much I could push myself. And it all started in the kitchen!

My message and philosophy is simple: “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, sculpted in the gym.”

Fitness is a lifelong journey and I choose to not imagine a life of eating boring, bland food just to be considered healthy. Being healthy is more than just six-pack abs and/or looking like a fitness model. Rather, it’s about living and feeling at your best and accomplishing goals you once thought were unachievable.

FitMenCook is our collective story. It’s about taking our individual success stories and fitness and nutrition philosophies and sharing those ideas with each other so that we may grow and improve together. It’s about everyday people—no matter the fitness level or athletic ability—aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating.

I’m excited to continue sharing my journey in healthy eating here on eHow. I look forward to breaking down some of my favorite recipes step-by-step, as well as going in-depth about why I incorporate certain foods into my diet. Also, I will provide tips on grocery shopping, weekly meal preparation and maintaining a balanced, practical diet.

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