Monday, April 2, 2012

A Healthy Diet Means A Healthy Voice And A Healthy Attitude

Towards the beginning of every year, millions of people around the world make the decision to get in shape and get healthier. That day came for me about a month ago. 

Up until that moment, I was still fairly active throughout the week by playing basketball. However, my biggest weaknesses came in the form of breaded foods especially the greatest invention that I could not say good-bye to – FRENCH FRIES!

Many people may not know this, but consuming foods that are high in carbohydrates (such as white bread, white potatoes, noodles, etc.) will cause you to feel tired throughout the day. Why is this? These foods have very high levels of sugar, which cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise and require more and more of your energy to become absorbed. Therefore, before you know it, you’re crashing soon after you ate because of all of the work that your body had to do just to process all of that sugar. Many of you may be experiencing this day after day and probably did not have any idea why it was happening. Until I changed my diet, I was just like that. 

My body was being negatively affected in two different ways. The first way was my energy was being drained. I felt energized and ready to go when I woke up in the morning but because of what I was eating, I felt bloated and extremely tired in the afternoon. The second way affected my voice. Like many of you, I make my living my using my voice so this was definitely not a good thing!

With the research I have done and because of the negative affects, I decided I needed to make some changes. With doing this consistently, I can now hear and feel the changes in my voice throughout the day. It is much stronger and lasts much longer because my energy levels are higher than they have been in years!

Let me break down my basic day for you and the changes I have made. I have always preached to my voiceover students to stay away from cream in their coffee but was still at times putting it in mine. So now, in the morning, I normally stick with a cup of black coffee mixed with a lot of bottled water at room temperature. Studies have proven that drinking lots of water works wonders for your voice. In the afternoon, I get an extra boost by adding a little bit of honey to a cup of green tea, which makes a great afternoon beverage! 

I used to eat a sandwich every day for lunch. I have now cut out bread, potatoes and pasta from my meal choices. I eat a lot of soups, vegetables, fruit and meat/cheese without the bread. To get a little exercise in throughout the week, Tracy and I started running together. It’s been great in so many different ways. It’s great for our bodies, attitudes, energy levels and has even benefited our relationship in general.

Until I jumped on the scale, I had no idea how much weight I have lost just by making these small changes in my exercise routine and diet. Within one month, I have lost 15 POUNDS!  Now, that was a nice surprise! I didn’t have to join any weight loss program or follow any hardcore diet to see a drastic change in the way I feel and look. Keep that in mind when you are thinking about the resolutions that you probably made for yourself over the past couple of months. It really doesn’t take much to see a change; you just need to be consistent! If I can do can you!

Please excuse me now as I go to Taco Bell to celebrate my accomplishment.  Juuuust kidding. Ha!


Timmy Johnston said...

Don't skimp out on complex carbs, though! Whole grains like organic granola can help boost energy levels exponentially. Flax Seed, Quinoa, Couscous, etc are high in Omega 3-6-9's and ALA's which are all great for blood and heart health.

Congrats on the weight loss, too. 15 lbs is great!

Lifespring said...

Good for you, Terry! I can confirm your results, because a couple years ago I lost about 40 pounds with mainly the same methods you are using. Made a HUGE difference in my vo work!

That's the good news.

The bad news is that most of the weight is now back. I've been kicking myself for not sticking with it.

Your blog today is a great inspiration to get back into the groove. Thanks...and keep at it, buddy!

Jessica said...

So proud of you, Terry. I agree, it's amazing what small consistent changes for a healthier lifestyle can do and make you feel. Maybe when you and Tracy visit us in NY we can all go running in Central Park :)

Keep up the good work!

Lauren said...

Yay Terry!
Good for you.

I would like to echo Timmy as well. Whole grains are a fabulous replacement for white bread and potatoes.

Just a 1/4 cup of millet, quinoa, or couscous can satisfy a craving and give you the nutrition you need.

Keep rockin' the healthy lifestyle!

Rick Lance Studio said...

Well, there goes my new pizza diet!

Actually, I know your info to be true. Thanks for pointing it out!
We Americans are in carb overload mode everyday. Although, I was raised on good Semolina pasta homemade by my Italian mother, I do control my carb intact. However, there is some danger to completely eliminating carbs from your diet. My wife has done this for years on the Atkins Diet. But I think she has energy loss because she gets NO carbs. One thing I know after 29 years of steady gym workouts is this old stand by... Protein builds cells and muscle, carbs are the fuel we need to do that. But the proper balance of both is what is important while you exercise regularly. That balance is different for everyone. Unused carbs turn to fat. Which slows you down.

Btw, I like my loaded, no Anchovies!

Tracy Jo said...

Awesome post and I am so proud of you! Your determination is inspiring to me. Plus...I love the benefits I am gaining...quality time with you and you are looking even Hotter!


Natalie said...

Awesome work Terry! Keep it up!

I had a similar journey start about a year and a half ago... Without changing my diet the weight had continued to creep up over the past ten to fifteen years and lethargy set in. My shape had even changed! My once hour-glass figure suddenly looked like a sugar bowl (hmmm... you are what you eat?)!

I am extremely reactive to carbs (I take "Spaghetti Naps") My doctor and nutritionist changed my diet to twice as many grams of protein and half as many carbs, and water, lots of water ("Hi, I'm Natalie and this is my water bottle"). I'm now down about 80 pounds by the scale, but clothing-wise has been the biggest change, they fit more like 'me' again (my hour-glass is still running about a half-hour over, but it's getting there). I've gone from wearing clothes in the upper 20s/3x to the mid teens now or just an XL and still losing about 1/4 to 1/2 lb a week. And no more food coma.

Getting off the refined flours and sugar was the best thing I ever did for me. It helped my energy and my sense of well-being.

Oh and I second Lauren on the quinoa!

Proud of you for taking the steps to take care of you/your instrument, prouder still for you pointing the way for others!

Marc Scott said...

I do woodworking as a hobby, and I'm anal about my tools. I clean them after every use and always make sure they're in tip top condition for the next time I want to use them.

As a Voice Talent, I try to think the same way. My voice is my tool. My body is part of that package. Taking care of it with good diet and exercise will only contribute to success.

Great job on your new commitment and that weight loss. Keep it up! :)