Anyone who’s been on a diet knows that there are just certain food items that you cannot stop eating, no matter how unhealthy it is, or how hard you try to fight your cravings.
For me, that food item is sweetened cereal. Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Nut Cheerios, Vanilla Almond Special K, Life with Cinnamon, the list goes on and on.
I’ve always been a late night junk food junkie. I started my habit of staying up well past the midnight hour back during the 1992 Summer Olympics, in Barcelona. My brother and I used to stay up until something like 2am every night during the Olympics so we could watch boxing. We’d eventually watch Oscar De La Hoya win the gold medal. At the time, my parents had just separated, and my dad didn’t always buy the healthiest of snacks. It wasn’t uncommon to sit up eating Twizzlers and buttery popcorn all night with my older bro.
That probably lead to me being sort of a chunky fella during my teenage years. I was never terribly fat (not until college), but was most certainly overweight for my age, and had a little pot belly. Throughout high school I tried to get to bed before midnight on most nights, but when my brother stayed local for a semester of college in ’99, he brought his late night frat house lifestyle with him, and wreaked havoc on my sleep. Till this day, I’ve never recovered from that. No matter what job I’ve had, what’s going on in my life, school, whatever, I’ve never been able to get to bed before 2am consistently.
Along with the poor sleeping habits, I eat late. It’s not uncommon for me to eat an entire box of cereal right before I go to bed. I will feel this craving just come over me, and I’ll go to the store, buy a box of whatever sweetened cereal they have on the shelf that isn’t like complete and total sugar, and I will just down the whole box in one sitting.
Now you’re probably thinking that’s insane. And you know what, it is. I’m writing this in the late afternoon/early evening, and the idea for the post actually came to me because I just ate about half a box of Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. But I’m pretty full. I don’t even think I’m going to eat dinner tonight, that’s how full I am. Still, I’m going to hit the gym shortly, and burn off a lot of the carbs that I just downed.
My understanding is that your metabolism slows at night, that whatever you eat will quickly turn to fat. I believe it. I think if I was able to knock off this guilty pleasure, I’d drop another 10-15 pounds easily.
Like everyone else, I’m working my way through it.
Just tastes so damn good!
For some people it’s pizza, or ice cream…. I wanna know, what’s your guilty pleasure?
In part 2 of my interview with David Banner, he explains how before he began working out and getting in shape, he was known for his excessive drinking. Now? Not so much. He says:
“That’s what I was known for, drinking a half a gallon of Hennessy every two days. But now, by the time I work out, that takes me an hour… it takes me a half hour to get ready, a half hour to an hour to get home, wash up and start my day. It’s like, you don’t have time for no bull.”
This is an important aspect of getting in shape or getting “healthy” that people often overlook. It’s this idea of how your process affects other so-called lifestyle choices, like drinking. If you’re in the entertainment business, this is almost triple fold, as our business relies heavily on the drink for, well, everything. You go to a recording studio, there’s generally alcohol around. You go to a listening event, liquor available. Afterwork meet-up with friends, drinks abound. Dinner meeting, I’ll have a glass of red wine with my meal. Hipster bar in Williamsburg to see a new band, ah what the hell, when in Rome, give me a Pabst.
Before you know it, you’re drinking damn near every night of the week. You may not be a raging alcoholic, heck you may not even drink much at all. But there are a lot of calories in alcohol, and on top of that, usually the ingredients that alcohol is mixed with are high in sugar- whether it be juices, sour mix, soda or whatever.
It’s not the worst thing in the world to have a drink from time to time, but think about all the additional calories you’re consuming as a result. And is it all worth it?
That’s debatable. You want to put in face time, that’s for sure. But these days, when a lot of people are telecommuting and such, and it’s all about skill and productivity, you may find yourself opting out of a lot of social engagements and commitments that don’t directly impact you in some very real and identifiable way. Like, showing up for that listening party (and drinking at it, no less) may not get you another assignment from an editor. But getting the proper 8 hours of rest at night, and making sure you’re bright and attentive at 9am, thinking clearly and sending out pitches will.
Your diet and exercise efforts will subconsciously put this all in perspective for you as you move along.
In part 1 of my exclusive interview with David Banner, he talks about the myriad health problems that were caused by his being overweight. He says his doctor told him if he didn’t lose weight, he might die. That news sent him straight to the salad bar.
He used to look like this.
Now he looks like
It’s no secret that the hip-hop lifestyle isn’t exactly the healthiest. One look at a guy like Rick Ross- man boobs and all- could very well send you straight to the gym.
Rappers and producers spend their nights in studios eating take out food. If they’re on the road, they’re eating fast food and junk. In clubs, they’re sipping expensive, but carbohydrate laden, alcohol.
Folks better start getting their health right, especially now with the music industry in the toilet. All you really have is your health, as that old saying goes.
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