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The Right Food

The Right Food

Every pay-to-play gym has a familiar routine: people show up and sweat.

Portland baby boomers are catching on.

Some go to the dance studio to spin and kick like fighters in training.

Some go to the studio to dance and spin.

For others, it’s yoga on the dance floor mats.

You know about the other stuff, the weights and cardio gear, the pool and spa.

If that’s all you see, then you’re missing the greatest resources. Trainers taking clients through workouts do a pro job, but it’s the people working hardest by themselves to look for.

An athlete in great shape doesn’t get there by genetics alone. They don’t get there because they have spare time to work out.

It’s more than that.

The genetically blessed athlete doesn’t spend time in the gym because they don’t need to. What they don’t know is the genetic advantage isn’t a life-long free pass.

Just because someone has the time doesn’t mean they’ll spend it getting in better shape. America is the fattest nation for a reason. Boomers know the reason.

Cara Esau may have time and genetics on her side, but more than that, she’s got good sense she passes along. Her good sense comes in one word:

  • Portion

Every weight loss strategy has the same goal, losing weight. You’ve heard of them all; if you haven’t, just gain enough weight to qualify as extra-hefty and that’s all you’ll see. You’ll hear it from family and friends, too.

Look at a few popular procedures. Even the names sound ghastly.

Gastric Banding?

Gastric Bypass?

Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Lap-Band Surgery?

Biliopancreatic diversion?

Jejunoileal bypass?

Endoluminal sleeve?

Vertical banded gastroplasty?

Intragastric balloon?

This is where boomers look when they decide they can’t get it going.

Before you call your doctor and schedule a surgical appointment, then a plastic surgeon to take up the slack sack your skin becomes after rapid weight loss, consider The Esau Way.

Instead of knives and vacuums and pills, why not take a traditional, time proven, method.

  • Portion 

Most people think of portions after they’ve eaten enough food to think, ‘That would keep a family of ten in a United Nations refugee camp fed for a week.’ And that’s before dessert.

Most think of exercise just before they pass out from eating a weeks worth of groceries:  ‘I’d need to run ten marathons on my hands to burn off those calories.’

If you consider the drastic gastric measures of surgery and follow-up, and feel work-outs and portioning food the domain of fanatics, then you’re more upside down than the mortgage you got from a ‘safe’ bank you used to trust.

The Esau Way is real. Portion and exercise is real.

Talk to anyone over twenty who doesn’t have backne and hair-loss, whose doesn’t have muscle on top of muscles that pump up each time they raise an arm to check their hairline or scratch their backne, and you’ll hear about exercise and portion.

The good news about sensible portions and work-outs is they make good sense, and good sense leaves a mark. Instead of surgical scars, you’ll have a belt with stretched holes where the buckle used to fit. Instead of loose skin, you’ll have loose clothes.

In the end it comes down to trust.

Once you’ve decided against the doctor with tube clamps and a shop-vac, choose a motivational figure. Will it be the peppy single woman with a training certificate, or the married mother of four with the nursing degree and training certificate who is in better shape than anyone you know?

If you have trouble deciding, talk to any mother of four to learn about time management.

To paraphrase Dan Gable, The Esau Way may not be for everyone, but it should be.

I see her almost every day, but you can find Cara Esau here:

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