Let’s talk…..you guys have no idea who I am, well most of you anyhow. However, I know who you are. Some of you are fitness fiends that live on raw, vegan, paleo, vegetarian, South Beach, pescatarian and even liquid diets. Some of you are normal people that want a juicy burger and fries once a week and could care less about anyone or anything else. Some of you have no gluttonous shame and live life to the fullest, literally.
Who am I? A know it all, salty food craving, wine drinking, fitness freak chef that is about to change the way you look at food, life and working out.
CHEF….not an excuse to eat and drink everything you want….ok, maybe it is, I speak from experience. Tis’ true, I wasn’t always this way, I ate and drank to the fullest few years back and paid for it, gaining weight and inches, but who cared as long as I got my hands on the next new french fry trend or the next release of some 5yr, 15% barrel aged stout before the next person.
I lived my life, but what happens when all of this isn’t enough, it’s not filling anymore? NOTHING. Exactly that, nothing, you remain static….can’t move forward, but too sick to go backwards. It’s like being stuck upside down in a loop on a rollercoaster….and all you can think of is…”SHIT, what now?”
You have two options, wait for someone to rescue you or try and climb out of it yourself. I got lucky, not only was I rescued, but I learned how to climb out of it myself. We are the only ones that can get us out of the messes we create. Everyone wants to blame anything else but themselves for the rollercoasters they are stuck on, especially that poor teenage kid who operates it and is totally screwed for the rest of the summer, but I digress. What I mean is that I CHOSE to get on that coaster, fully aware of the risks, but not giving a shit because the ride itself was so much more fun! Yeah…..ok. That walk down to the ground, nothing more humbling that that. But now, I can honestly say that I learned my lesson, NO MORE ROLLER COASTERS…stupid things are not worth it. (FYI, totally scared shitless of rollercoasters, have been on like 4 of them in 34 years)
BOTTOM LINE: I am a 34 yr old chef that changed careers from a financial corporate rat to an egotistical entreprenuer. I ate what I wanted, drank like a fish, gained the weight, felt like shit, called for help….NEVER LOOKED BACK. And guess what? I’m still a chef, I still drink, I still eat what I want, I just know when to get off the ride or sit the next ride out.
This blog is being created mainly because I have answers for all the questions I get as to how I lost the weight, how I manage to be a chef still, what I eat, what I don’t eat, etc. Here’s a clue, it’s not easy and doesn’t happen overnight. You will get to see what I eat, how I cook, what I drink and don’t drink, what I order when I am out, and I’ll even let you in on my cheat days (mmmmm….FRIES!). You also get to meet the instrumental people that have helped me such as my trainer, Jake, my chef mentor, John, my fitness family, my own family, and even my 2 bulldogs.
My style is simple and my delivery is witty. I may offend some one week and make friends the next. It’s all good, I’m not here to play favorites, just tell you what I know.
I can’t wait to get started next week with my first topic and recipe…..
VEGANS…..yep, starting off with a doozy!