Have a BOLD New Year
2015, the year of the resolution! I’m not sure a “resolution” is one of the characters in the Chinese calendar, but maybe it should be. At least that’s my positive, all-go, no quit, I can do anything I put my mind to attitude that I’m starting the new year off with. A blissful feeling engulfs me right up until vacation is over, and I find myself returning to work on a hectic, stressed, how many times can the phone ring in a day Monday. With the pressure on to perform, it’s not long before I’m thinking that I’m starving, and all hopes for a new start in the new year are dangling on my thoughts of, “just one warmed up blueberry doughnut isn’t going to wreck six days of working out!”
Sound familiar, right? I mean, we do the planning, we buy the new shoes, we buy the workout clothes…(When did I have to increase a size in basketball shorts?), maybe even some cool new headphones (I know, I know, all the cool kids call them Budz, but maybe mine actually are headphones.) Then, we wreck it the first chance we get. But, this time it’s going to be different we say. We read self-help books. We scan the crazy ads on our social media sites. (When did I look at hot pink ground effect lights for the cow trailer?) It’s a new year….it has to be better! Have no fear!!! Certified Hereford Beef is here to kick-start your diet goals with some information that will leave you feeling full and revved up to tackle anything.
In the wisdom of General Patton, you have to attack, attack, and attack! Did you know Patton was an old cavalry officer before he ever became one of our greatest generals? What’s a horse soldier have to do with New Year’s Resolutions? It’s simple….plan, plan, and plan! To be a good cavalry officer you have to be a great horseman, and to be a great horseman you have to look up while riding to plan where you are going. It’s the same thing with resolutions. You have to know where you are going so you can plan how to get there. You can’t have a successful attack, without having a good plan.
We know that 80 percent of accomplishing a goal is writing it down. Sure, if I could only write myself into a thinner body. Maybe it’s what we write down? The key is to be specific and realistic. Saying you want to lose a hundred pounds is such a cavernous abyss to jump, as per say, I want to lose a pound a week. And be realistic, you could write, “I want to average 5 miles a day”. But, if you go out and hit it too hard the first day, then you’re wrecked on the couch and sidelined till next year. Start slow and build up.
Now you have written down your goal, you are working out. Life’s great, right? Almost, but not quite yet. We still need to talk nutrition. Especially, the older we get. There used to be a time when I could think of losing weight and it would happen. Boy, has that changed. Nutrition, specifically what is in our diet, plays more into our weight loss goal. But, did you know that eating lean beef as part of a lean diet can help you reach those 2015 fitness goals in no time?
You don’t have to take my word for it. A team of researchers at Penn State University conducted a study comparing the DASH, BOLD, and BOLD +. The DASH diet is the gold standard of diets that Dr.’s recommend. You know- the scene where you are in for your checkup, and the Dr. talks to you about needing to trim a little weight and eat right. Then, his nurse hands you the diet specifications as you are leaving the office. (So I’ve heard.)
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It consists of plant protein, poultry, fish, and very little lean beef. By very little lean beef, you could almost say no beef. Not something appealing to a guy who spends a lot of time raising beef.
The researchers at Penn State tested DASH against BOLD, and BOLD +. BOLD stands for Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet and participants in the Penn State study consumed 19% of their total calories from beef protein. The BOLD + is the same but increases the amount of beef protein available from calories to 27%. (Now we’re talking about a diet I can get behind.) What do you think the results were? (Drum roll…) Beef as part of a lean diet was more effective than the standard DASH diet that is popular today. Just another bit of proof showing that beef is a nutritious part of a well-balanced diet. Also, the study noted that LDL “the bad cholesterol” was lowered by participants on the BOLD and BOLD + diets. (Double win!) Check out the studies highlights at this link: http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/CMDocs/BIWFD/Bold/BOLDFactSheet.pdf.
Need some help figuring out how to implement beef protein into your diet to help you get lean? Then look over this site: http://www.beefnutrition.org/CMDocs/BeefNutrition/LeanOnBeefTipSheet.pdf. This tip sheet explains the 29 lean cuts of lean beef, and offers mouth-watering recipes that will have you enjoying great tasting beef while at the same time satisfying your appetite and still providing all the nutrients you need with less calories. Sounds just like the kinds of things that can help put your plan into action and enable you to attack that New Year’s resolution.
How did the BOLD diet perform under pressure? Well, that hectic almost reaching for the blueberry doughnut actually never happened. Oh, I assure you the Monday was mind-racking, way too fast-paced, and it could have worn the smile off of Mother Teresa. But, the flat iron steak salad I had for lunch still had me attacking the day and feeling better for not giving in to that 2:30 p.m. craving. Who knows maybe by next week I’ll be BOLD-ly running a marathon. (Ok, a couple of miles.) One thing for certain is that with lean beef as a part of our lean diet, this New Years resolution will be an easy plan for attack!
Happy BOLD New Year,