Herculean Cuisine: Learn to Cook Thousands of Healthy Recipes in 4 Hours

intermittent fastingGetting into the best shape of your life takes identifying your limiting factor.

Living in Toronto, I’m going to take a small guess and predict that for most people, it’s not that they don’t have time to go to the gym.

Hell, I work out at a commercial gym, and between 5pm and 7pm, it’s packed.  That’s a lot of people who can get their butt in the gym.

Here’s the catch: even though the gym is packed, few of these people look like they actually workout.  This is a problem.

“Even though the gym is packed, few of these people look like they actually workout” – Tweet This Quote

You work out to look awesome, but then you still end up looking like crap.

For these people, their limiting factor is probably their cooking abilities and habits.  After all, if you hate your own cooking, then you’re going to eat out…a lot.

Walking through the city at lunch time is like walking through a stampede of hungry wilderbeast.  I feel like Simba.  Everybody is buying their lunches.  I have a feeling that if they knew how to cook healthy, succulent meals, they’d be bringing last night’s pot roasts to roast to work instead of McDonald’s value meal.

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Here’s the deal: if you want to get ripped, you need to cook your own food.  This way, you know what’s in it, you save a bunch of money, and you can impress your family and friends with your cooking skills.

Having a hot body is a bonus too.

Happy Anniversary

A few weeks ago was my 3 year anniversary with my girlfriend.  Cute, I know.  She bought me Tim Ferriss’ new book, The 4 Hour Chef.

All I can say is that this book is the second best non-fiction book I’ve read in the past decade (in case you’re wondering, Dan John’s Never Let Go is number 1, while Neil Strauss’ Emergency is number 3).  I’m already a pretty good cook.  I like the taste of my food, and I look forward to meals.  This book is going to help me step up my game.

Not only does it teach you how to learn anything (which is invaluable), it takes through the chef’s journey from shit to suck.  From suck to good.  From good to great.  All in the simplest way possible.  This is very powerful stuff.

I don’t want to give away too much because, quite frankly, I don’t want to get sued.  But, here’s a simple recipe that’s also available on Tim’s blog:

Cauliflower Bites

intermittent fastingIn a large bowl toss a chopped cauliflower, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of cumin, 2 teaspoons of garlic, 1 tablespoon of curry powder, and salt and pepper.  Bake in the oven (on a baking sheet) for 20min on 400F, turning halfway.

Eat the cauliflower with a grilled chicken breast.  Sprinkle the same spices on the chicken breast.  You’ve just made a super simple meal that is conducive to shredded abs.  Ballin’.

This recipe is easy, and it tastes great.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know the benefits of eating lots of vegetables.  Vegetables taste like crap if you don’t know how to cook them.  Once you know how to cook them, it’s a whole new ball game.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to suck.  Learn to cook and you will instantly upgrade your body from a Toyota Tercel to a Ferrari F430.

My Gift to You: All You Ever Have to Know About Cooking to Look Awesome

If you never, ever, ever, ever want to think or worry about nutrition, ever again (I know that’s a lot of “evers”, but they are all necessary) then here’s a plan for you:

  1. Read The 4 Hour Chef
  2. Pick your top 7 meals from this book (make sure they include meat and vegetables).
  3. Each night, cook 1 of these meals.  Make sure you have leftovers.
  4. Fast in the morning.
  5. Eat leftovers the next day for lunch.
  6. If you are lifting weights consistently and want to build muscle, add in 1-2 fists of starchy carbohydrates with your dinner meal.  If you want to lose fat, add in 1 fist of starchy carbohydrates with your dinner meal on days that you’ve lifted weights.
  7. Make a protein shake as a pre-bed snack.

Bon appetite.