I don’t know about you, but I have always admired a well-kept kitchen. It’s honestly one of the first things I want to see when I enter a new home. I guess I’m a weirdo.
Anyway, one of my life strategies is to stand on the shoulders of giants, and mimic those who have achieved success. My friend, Tom Venuto, is someone whom I admire and respect for his attention to detail and his principles such as lifestyle nutrition (I actually work with Tom everyday, with his website www.burnthefat.com). Just for fun, I want to share a video tour of Tom Venuto in his kitchen – he’s quite a character.
Just a personal note from me… whenever Tom speaks, I listen. His knowledge of nutrition, fat loss, and achieving the body of your dreams is broad and comprehensive. I’m not a bodybuilder, and never want to be, but I know that Tom Venuto has an amazing message even for health-first wellness warriors like you. Tom is truly a giant, not only because of his natural bodybuilder physique, but also his spirit and integrity. And for those of you who have been wondering… no, Tom is not an “alien life form” or a robot from NASA, the UN, or the future. Tom’s a real life guy.
- get a rice cooker – it’s easier than cooking rice on the stovetop, and it doubles as a vegetable steamer. Tom is notorious for recommending brown rice. He mentioned that his favorite is Basmati brown rice because it is packed with nutrition, but I think he just likes the smell of popcorn.
- I will second Tom’s advice to get a blender. You can make smoothies, and finely chop veggies. I don’t know what I would do without a blender which I use almost every day for tasty protein shakes.
- A good set of knives makes life a lot easier, sage advice. My wife and I have a block of cheap-o knives, and a select few very nice knives that we use most of the time.
- I don’t drink coffee, but you should get a coffeemaker if you are a morning zombie. It’s usually much better than buying coffee from your local Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, (etc.).
- Tom doesn’t eat much bread, but when he does it’s whole grain and toasted – get a toaster either with slots or just a toaster oven. These are great for convenience.
- Tom’s tip to keeping healthy foods in sight is probably some of the best advice in that video. I like to keep fruits, nuts, and seeds on the counter. I will also place other dry goods on the counter if I will be eating it later in the day – this reminds me of my meal schedule and helps me avoid the temptation to eat something else.
- Tom drinks water, green tea, and coffee in moderation. I’m with him on his advice to stay away from calorie-containing beverages. Soda, alcohol, fruit juices, etc. should be avoided when trying to lose fat and otherwise only consumed in moderation.
- Tom eats yams and sweet potatoes for starchy carbs – these are his top sources along with natural rolled oats – NOT sweetened, flavored packets of oatmeal.
- Potatoes are also a good source of complex carbs, and fiber – eat the skin!
- Tom says to forget the myths that microwaves leave your food nutrient-empty. Microwaves are ok, and great for convenience.
- Tom eats lot’s of eggs and egg whites. Whole eggs are one of the healthiest foods, and I consider it a “superfood.” You don’t need to worry about the cholesterol in eggs increasing your blood cholesterol – there just isn’t a correlation. Of course, always keep your doctors recommendations in mind.
- Tom eats chicken breasts and lean red meat – usually top round, sirloin, flank steak. You’ll notice he did not include other meats such as bacon, sausage, pork.
- Always having an abundance of fruits and vegetables will keep you on the right track, things like: pineapple, berries, kiwi, oranges, celery, onions, green peppers, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and squash.
- Tom also eats shrimp and fish regularly, and I know he is a big proponent of eating wild salmon for it’s fatty acid benefits.
All in all, that was a great tour packed with a ton of good advice.
Your Question of the Day is: What kitchen strategies could you work on this week?
To your health and success,
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