Feeding The Dude: What I Eat In a Day

We all have super busy lives and feeding the dude is no different. How do I stay strong, happy, healthy and Aging Youthful?  First, I have to MAKE time for myself to be healthy, happy and aging youthful.  If I’m not happy, I won’t be healthy; if I’m not healthy, I won’t be happy…with myself or anyone else. How do I make time? I schedule it! I have  a calendar and pencil in the gym and other things I want to get done. (Mary will share more about list/goal setting in a future post). This week I’m going to talk about how I make time to prepare what I eat to fuel muscle growth for Strongman training, how I stay on track AND get enough food to eat while working shift-work. Like the above, feeding the dude all about making time to make sure I have what I need ready to go.


Food Prep Is King For Feeding The Dude

Mary and I prep a bunch of our meals a couple times a week so we can grab and go when we are in a hurry at home, and we pack our lunches the night before and have lined up in the fridge. Mine on one side, hers on the other. If we wake up late, all we have to do is throw in a bag and go.  We usually spend Sunday’s pre-cooking a bunch of food for the upcoming week and maybe one other time during the week.  We also use our Isagenix meal replacement and protein shakes to fill in some of the gaps and to spend less time prepping four extra meals for each day; two for me, two for Mary. Here are some feeding the dude food prep favorites:

  • A dozen (or more) grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • A couple pounds of grilled burgers
  • A crock pot of chili or stew
  • A big pot of gluten-free pasta with beef or chicken
  • Chopped or sliced veggies in baggies or containers
  • Brown and/or wild rice mix cooked
  • Oatmeal (Yes, you CAN pre-cook)

We don’t do all of the above all the time, just what we think we will need to get through 3-4 days. We also have in the fridge a large container of thawed Organic frozen blueberries. Fresh fruit can be very expensive in Alaska and it’s usually at least a week older than the lower 48 by the time it reaches our shelves. We do the best we can by using frozen berries for our oatmeal and Greek yogurt.

On work days, I spend 12 hours in this bad boy. I tfood to keep me fueled

Proteins, Carbs and Fats; It’s What Fuels The Dude

Keep in mind, if I’m working, I usually don’t workout. I work 12-hour shift and with drive time, that takes up about 14 hours a day, and I need my beauty sleep! (Watch for a post on sleep in the future). I try to get in 300 plus grams of protein per day, a minimum of one gram of protein for each pound of body weight. I adjust my carbs depending on how I feel and what my belly looks like. If I start getting run down and tired, my carbs are too low and I add more.  If I am putting extra girth around the midsection, it’s time to back off the carbs a bit. (I’ll talk about carbs in a future post too). I also make sure to get enough healthy fats: avocado, coconut oil or nuts and seeds. Fats don’t make you fat, sugar makes you fat. (Mary is making me stop right here as I could do on and on about this one, and I will in another future post). The photo below is what fills my lunch box on a work day.

The dude's lunch box essentials. Pre-prepped and packed meals, protein packets, water, greens and Ionix Supreme.

A Day in the Life of Feeding The Dude

Here is an example of what I eat looks like on a day off from work. I like to workout mid-afternoon around 2 o’clock.

  • As soon as I get out of bed I have half of a fresh-squeezed lemon with Apple Cider Vinegar and Ionix Supreme.
  • About 15 minutes later I have a super shake with IsaLean Pro, IsaPro, and IsaGreens.
  • About an hour after that I will usually have 5-6 of organic eggs, with onion and cheese, sometimes topped with sour cream and salsa.  Along with it I have some sort of complex carb like oatmeal with berries or a banana.  It all depends on how hungry I am and what type of workout I have planned.
  • An hour and a half to two hours before I hit the gym I have some Greek yogurt with blueberries and a IsaPro shake.
  • On my way to the gym, I drink my Amped Power with a little Amped Hydrate.
  • Just before I get to the gym, I slam an e+ shot!
  • My workouts are usually 1.5 to 2 hours and during my workout I am sipping on Amped Hydrate and will have a couple Amped Fuel packets if needed.
  • Right after my workout, another super shake with IsaLean Pro, IsaPro, Greens, Ionix, Amped Recover and a little Power.
  • When I get home, I’ll have some kind of a meal with around a 40/40/20 split of protein, carbs and fat.
  • I usually have another meal or two like this before bed.
  • Just before bed, I will have another shake, with IsaLean Pro and IsaPro.

That’s on a workout day, a day I’m NOT working.  On days that I work, I have the dash of my haul truck full of food to snack on and have a full meal at 11 and 3! All these foods are the ones Mary and I prepped and have in square containers to make it easy to grab quick while I’m waiting for my truck to get loaded. I’ll also use the IsaLean Protein bars to satisfy my sweet tooth and to get in super-easy nutrition on extra busy days. (My favorite is Chocolate Decadence…it’s like a chocolate rice krispie bar with fudge on top).

Snacks and Water on the dash of my haul truck at work keeps me fueled

Getting Enough Food To Fuel The Dude

One of my biggest downfalls I have is not eating enough sometimes. I must be doing something right though because all my clothes are getting tight, or I can’t fit in them anymore!   I am 6’6″ tall, and yesterday at the gym, I weighed 310 pounds.  I am getting real close to two of my goals: A bicep measurement of 20 inches, and my bench press, squat and deadlift to 400, 500, and 600 pounds respectively. In order to get there I have to eat enough to fuel my workouts and build muscle!  I also do enjoy treats a couple times a week; pizza, wine or beer or ice cream. OK maybe the ice cream is more than a couple times a week…but I’m not training to be a ripped bodybuilder. I try to follow the 80/20 rule; eat right 80% of the time and let yourself have treats 20% of the time.

Even this dude allows for some treats. This is my current favorite ice cream!

There you have it; a day in the life of feeding The Dude. It’s a lot, but I’m a big guy lifting big weights. If you need help figuring out what to eat for your goals, contact us. Mary and I love to help teach peeps how to keep movin’, keep liftin’, keep eatin’ clean and supplementin’ right.


The Aging Youthful Dude

Note: This post contains links to many of the Isagenix products. If you click on one and decide to place and order, Mary and I will receive a commission. As with any of the products we promote, we use them and believe in them, whether we receive a referral/commission or not. We are not pushing products on anyone and we want to be sure we have integrity in our business and let you know it is one of our income streams. That being said, for best results, we like to chat with the people we work with and coach on product use, to make sure they get the right products for their goals. Not everyone wants to be a Strongman competitor and what someone else consumes in a day is going to look a LOT different than the above. 

Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Guilt-free cookie dough recipe from Aging Youthful“Cookie Dough” Can Be Healthy???

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would yell at you because you ate waaaaaay too much cookie dough? Yeah, me too. Do you also remember when mom would warn you about getting salmonella from eating said cookie dough? Yeah, me too. Once I started on my healthy eating journey, there haven’t been many fresh-baked cookies in our house, let alone raw cookie dough! A couple of years ago it all changed when I was introduced to a recipe for healthy “cookie dough” and I was brought back to my childhood, much like the Clean Eating Protein Pancakes I shared a few weeks back.

Measure Your Ingredients!

This recipe is super easy to make and will keep you on track for your healthy eating goals! Keep in mind, you need to measure the ingredients as this concoction is calorie and fat rich. Yes, the nut butter is a healthy fat, but too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Besides, with the nutritional density of this snack, it is filling. More than once I’ve been a little a lotta generous with the nut butter and ended up putting the remainder in the fridge or passed off to Mark to finish.

Do I have your mouth watering yet? Mine is and I just finished a serving since I needed to make some to take a picture of the finished product! Here you go:

Ingredients for Aging Youthful Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

“Cookie Dough” Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. organic natural nut butter**

1 Scoop Vanilla IsaLean Organic Whey Protein

1 Tbsp. milk (can be dairy, nut or my favorite, coconut milk)

2 Tbsp. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Directions: Mix the first three ingredients together in a cup until thoroughly mixed and the consistency of cookie dough.  (If it’s a little dry, add a few extra drops of milk. If it’s a little wet, add a little extra protein powder. Key word in these sentences, are “little” as it is really easy to throw off the consistency). Add chocolate chips, mix and enjoy!

**A note about nut butters: be sure to read labels! Many of the store brands have sugar as their first ingredient! I like to grind my own at the store, or be sure to find one with peanuts and salt as the only ingredients.

There you have it! Four ingredients, two minutes and viola! You have an awesome snack to satisfy your sweet tooth bringing you back to your childhood!

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The Law Of Attraction and a Blog e-course

How did the blog e-course come into my life? I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction and the saying “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. When I started to THINK about overhauling and re-publishing the Aging Youthful blog, my teacher appeared. Her name was Erica House, a blogger and friend on Facebook, who was promoting a 5-Day Facebook mini-course on how to monetize a blog. As soon as I saw the post I requested into the private group!

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As a successful blogger, in three years Erica grew her “little blog” into a part-time, work-from-home income stream, earning $30,000 in her third year and $60,000 overall! She did it all without training and knew she had value to share! Erica did a great job of giving the members of the mini-course FREE valuable information from everything on how to decide on a niche market and naming your blog to growing your social media channels and an email list as a blog funnel, and more! I was like a dry sponge soaking up the information. At the end of the mini-course, Erica offered a full work-at-your-own pace $0 to 60K blog e-course.  I couldn’t sign up fast enough, especially when she offered a discount by enrolling within the first 24 hours!

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As soon as I logged into my blog e-course account, I felt like I hit the jackpot. For the nominal fee I paid, I received a million dollars worth of information. Erica is a former college instructor and it shows! Everything is laid out step by step with easy to follow instructions, printable documents and checklists, video tutorials, etc. etc. etc. It has been over two months since I enrolled, and every couple of days, I’m logging back in to refer to one of the steps in the course!

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Just Keep Punching: The Youthful Aging Mindset

What Do The Words Youthful Aging Mindset Mean To You?

Does a Youthful Aging mindset mean having the body of a 20 year old when your 50?  Does it mean being in as good of shape in your 40’s as you were in high school?  Does it mean having enough energy to keep up with your grand kids?  Or maybe it means that you can bend over and put on your shoes without getting out of breath!!! Last week Mary gave her Aging Youthful Top 5 List and this week I’ll give you my thoughts.

I guess Aging Youthful means to me to not put limitations on what you can do, or are going to do, just because of a number!!!  I have to admit, I have seen so many from my past that look like they have given up the battle.  Some of these next comments are as I see or saw it, and are in no way meant to downgrade or hurt anyone.  I am just going to be stating it as I see/saw it. I have never been one to pull any punches, and I tell it like it is.

A Couple Aging Mindset Eye Openers

A few years ago (oh shit, more than a few), Mary and I attended my 30th high school class reunion.  It was great seeing old classmates and we had a blast.  But old is the key word here.  While many looked great, some not so much.  On the way back to our hotel, I told Mary there were a few that looked like they had just graduated but some looked and acted as if they had given up the fight and I felt like I was hanging out with a bunch of fat, old men. What made the difference? I wasn’t sure, but I sure knew I didn’t want to become one!  Because of what we saw on those two nights, a few weeks later Mary and I adopted our new, healthier lifestyle. (Photo on the left was us on the way to the reunion in July of 2009. Photo on the right, this past July)


Our next eye opener was a couple of years later when we had an Isagenix booth at a health fair at a paper mill I worked at for 17 years. This was an eye opener for aging  but especially the weight gain part.  The employees who work in production work a rotating shift schedule, going back and forth from days to nights (one of the worst work schedules there is for your body) and I was amazed at how some of the people I used to work with looked!  There was a LOT of weight/fat gain, a lot of people looking a lot older than they were and a couple I didn’t recognize!  Again, many looked as if they had given up the fight.

If You Think You’re Old, You Are

And what is this fight I refer to? How about NOT giving in to the status quo and agreeing with the statement that, oh, we’re just getting older, so I’m going to put on some extra pounds?  Or, I am just so tired all the time; I don’t have the energy to workout.  Or I am just so busy; I don’t have the time to fix healthy meals, workout, etc.I have a close relative that has an aging mindset and is always saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that because I am OLD”. Well, because she keeps telling herself that, that’s what she is. I have another relative, ten years older than me whose age doesn’t get in the way of doing whatever her heart leads her to.  Whether it’s riding a bike 50 miles, spending a weekend kayaking with friends or taking a vacation to scuba dive in the tropics, nothing holds her back! Two opposite ends of the spectrum.  And who do you think loves and lives life more? (Hint, the one in the photo below).

My Aunt Shelley: 65 and living and loving life

Don’t fall into the “I’m just too old” crap trap.  There is a lot of truth to the saying “you’re only as old as you feel”.  I do have to admit, there are mornings when it hurts to get out of bed and is usually because I sometimes kinda overdo it at the gym, right Mary? (Editor’s note, the answer is yes and any of the crossed out words in this article is my “editing”. lol). Yes, I can get carried away during my workouts and sometimes go a little too hard.  But my motto is why just go half-assed?  If I am gonna spend the time at the gym, I’m gonna give it my all.  Now I’m not saying everyone has to do what I am doing, training really hard and heavy, but I am saying everyone needs to do something to keep moving; lift weights, do some cardio, Zumba, dance, walk, hike, yoga or ???  Yoga is something I have done a few times, and I figured out, I NEED more yoga. Guys, don’t think yoga is just for the womenfolk, let me tell you, it is HARD!  I can pull a semi, lift a car, pick up a 300 pound rock, but Yoga kicks my ass!

Yoga; the workout that kicks the Aging Youthful Dudes Ass!

“Just Keep Punching” ~Luis Camacho

What is the message I am trying to get out on this post??  AGE YOUTHFULLY: Move, eat healthy, supplement right (we cannot get all the nutrients we need from our food supply anymore) and most importantly change your attitude!  Age IS just a number and if you THINK you’re old, you ARE.  Mary and I have met so many people, our age and older, who are not letting a number define who they are or what they are doing.  One of my favorite people we have met through our travels is Luis Camacho. At 79 years young, he’s still coaching boxing, holding the mitts in the ring, and has such a great outlook on life!!  I wanna be like Luis when I grow up. “Just keep punching” as Luis says and don’t give up the fight!

No Aging Mindset Here! Luis Camacho, 79 years young and still going strong!

What am I gonna do?  I am NOT going down without a fight.  I will be punching along with kicking and screaming every step of the way to keep my youthful aging mindset.  I will continue to lift heavy and probably continue to overdo it sometimes. I will start getting my butt to Yoga more.  I will continue to eat healthy MOST of the time. I am not saying I don’t eat less than good sometimes because I LOVE ice cream and chocolate and have some when I want to, just not every day and my workouts (usually) take care of the extra calories. Lastly, I will try to start doing a little cardio and I will continue to keep spreading the Aging Youthful word!

We want to hear from you! What are you going to do? Share one thing you can start today to change to a Youthful Aging Mindset by commenting below or posting on our Facebook page.

Aging Youthful Top 5 List

Just because we are “getting older” doesn’t mean we can’t be aging youthful! Not too many years ago, Mark and I were NOT the picture of health; we each smoked over a pack a day, drank too much and were eating fast, cheap and easy to make food (read, not healthy or nutritious). Our excuse? We had a front yard filled with racing sled dogs that needed to be watered, fed, trained and scooped up after and much like parents with a large family, we put their needs before ours. In 2009, Mark had his 30 year class reunion and we decided to take a good, hard look at the lifestyle we were living. The photo on the left below is us on our way to Mark’s reunion in 2009 (sorry about the poor quality). The photo on the right is us this past summer.

Looking Younger 7 Years Later Equals Aging Youthful

We Weren’t Aging Youthful

We realized if we didn’t change something SOON, we may not make it to the next one. Two weeks later we quit smoking (I haven’t had as much as a puff since), started to make smarter food choices and began working out. We also almost quit drinking except for the occasional special occasion or party. What we thought was going to be hard ended up making our life easier! We felt better, we had more energy and weren’t spending hundreds of dollars month on cigarettes and alcohol!

We also started to look and FEEL younger! When we ran into people we hadn’t seen for a couple years (or ten) they asked us what our secret was because we looked so much better than the last time we saw them. Eventually Mark and I started to notice the difference in our reflection in the mirror. Aging Youthful was born when we decided we wanted to share what we do with others to help them NOT let their age define them so they too could live a vibrant, active life. Last year we took a bit of a hiatus to regroup and reflect on the direction we wanted to take our blog. I’m excited to have Mark join me this time around! We have a goal of reaching thousands, tens of thousands, with our Aging Youthful secrets! If you are ready to be active and vibrant as you age, here is our “Top 5 List” to Living an Aging Youthful Life.

Aging Youthful Number 5: Move Your Body

It doesn’t matter how many birthday’s you’ve had, you are NEVER too old to start exercising. Do you have to pull a semi like Mark does for Strongman competitions for your exercise? NO! Just move. Like walking; walk. Like gardening; get on your hands and knees and start planting flowers and pulling weeds. Like to ride a bike? Go get yourself a new set of wheels and get out and ride! While Mark and I prefer to lift heavy stuff, you don’t have to go to extremes. Adding muscle mass through lifting weights IS a good thing becuase we lose muscle mass as we age. No worries ladies, we couldn’t grow muscle like Ah-nold when we were younger (without steroids), we certainly aren’t going to now either.


Aging Youthful Number 4: Fuel Your Body

The old adage is true; we are what we eat. If we eat crap, we are going to feel like crap. We practice the 80/20 rule at our house; eat healthy, whole, one-ingredient foods consisting of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, fruits and lots and lots of veggies 80% of the time, and treat yourself 20% of the time. Yes, you CAN have ice cream and pizza, just not every day for every meal.

Whole food produce an Aging Youthful Secret

Stay away from low-fat, no-fat, no calorie foods. You may think these are healthier options, the opposite is true. When the company took out the fat and/or calories, they added in added sugar, or worse yet, artificial sweeteners. I could go on and on, but the easiest way to figure out what is healthy is by reading labels. Even easier, if it comes in a bag or a box and has a label, save it for your treat foods.  Not sure where to started, get the Aging Youthful meal plan/guide for FREE by clicking here (a $99 value).

Aging Youthful Number 3: Supplement Smartly

Mark and I get the bulk of our nutrition from real “fork and knife” meals but when began on our journey to healthier living, we started to learn how nutritionally bankrupt our food supply is. Years and years of spraying crops with herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc., killed off whatever weed or bug the “cide” was targeting. Sadly it also killed off many of the nutrients in our topsoil. A 1997 UCLA study found it would take 43 bowls of spinach to have the same nutrient content from ONE bowl grown in 1953. This study was nearly 20 years ago and I shudder to think what the results would be today!

Mark and I had been eating mostly “clean” foods for a couple of years before we found Isagenix (an organic, all-natural superfoods and nutrition company). While we had been feeling pretty good after we had changed our habits, when we found these products, we were LIT UP! For the past five and a half years this has been our “secret” that we can’t keep quiet about. I won’t make this a commercial for the products, so if you want more information, send us an email at AgingYouthfulBlog@gmail.com, or click or the link to the logo in the right column.

Isagenix - Our Aging Youthful secret!

Whether you decide to take a look at these products or not, supplementation today is the road to getting all the nutrients we need, especially minerals. A word of caution, don’t buy the cheapest thing on the shelf as most of them are synthetic (read chemical $hi+ storm) and you are literally flushing your money down the toilet. Your body doesn’t recognize these chemicals and it can lead to all types of problems in the future.

Aging Youthful Number 2: Remove Yourself from Toxic People/Environments

Second to supplementation, this has been one of the things that has changed how we look and feel, not to mention how we feel about ourselves! If you are in a stressful/toxic job, relationship or situation in your life, it will show in your health. Do whatever you can to remove yourself from that situation. The photos below were taken only 14 months apart. The photo on the left was the day I had braces put on in March of 2012 when I was still working as a county assessor in a small town. The photo on the right was taken in January of 2014, 16 months after I resigned as assessor. (Side note: the only cosmetic changes were my hair color and having my teeth straightened). Aging Youthful happens when you remove yourself from toxic situations

And the Number 1 Way to Live an Aging Youthful Life: Don’t Believe What Anyone Else Says About The Number of Birthdays Defining How You Have to Look, Feel or Act

THIS, our loyal readers, is THE most important tool we can give you from our Aging Youthful toolbox. While there are certain things that do happen as we gain wisdom (doesn’t that sound better than getting older?), there are many more things we can do to NOT believe that we have to BE old as we have another birthday. Go out and do something you used to do when you were a kid; run barefoot in the grass, drink from a garden hose, take your spouse on an unexpected date, trip…you name it! As the saying goes, we don’t quit playing because we get old, we get old because we quit playing! Or like us and our friends Clint and Bridgette did at a formal event…act goofy and laugh! (See photo below). If Mark let his age define him, would he have pulled a semi in his first Strongman competition at 55? If I let my age define me, would I have started teaching group fitness classes again at 50? Hell no! I know “old” people in their 30’s and “young” people in their 80’s! Watch for some of these people to be featured on the blog in the future!

Be a kid again...an Aging Youthful secret

There you have it folks, Mark and my Top 5 List of our Aging Youthful secrets. I could go on and on and will share more in the future. In the meantime, pick one or two of the above tips and start implementing them into YOUR life. I will guarantee not only will you look younger, you will FEEL it too! If you have any Aging Youthful tips, we’d love to share them with our readers. Leave a comment below, send us an email, or send a message on our Facebook page.