I’ve really needed to make some changes to my diet–can you relate? Do you ever feel sluggish, heavy, out of shape, or just plain sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Chances are it has everything to do with your diet (and possibly lack of exercise). So, I decided to seek a little help from an expert. Ok, well not just any expert–a drop dead handsome, ‘not an ounce of fat on him along with a twelve pack (is that even possible?!) expert!
Can you be a super “model” and be super “nice” too? Gregg Avedon is a perfect example of that! Despite the fact that he is very good looking (not to mention being on the cover of over 20 Men’s Health Magazines along as well as fashion and fitness magazines, walked the runways of Paris and Milan, is a motivational speaker, fitness columnist for major national magazine and has two best sellers), once we began talking it was like speaking to an old and wonderful friend.
I’m not the easiest person to advice on diet. In truth, I prefer to eat anything fried if possible! And I’m not sure what to eat for breakfast, and I prefer to have eggs for breakfast. I asked Gregg specifically about what good options might be as an alternative to eggs. Here’s the cool part: he didn’t say ‘Don’t have eggs!’ I told him I would usually have two eggs (which I thought was too much). Gregg suggested I have four! He said to have two whole eggs mixed with two egg whites. So as you can see, it only takes minor modifications to make a big difference in your life.
Gregg is very much into physical fitness (well obviously!) His well chiseled physique comes from his passion for health and fitness at 15 when he began bodybuilding. These days he’s a personal trainer at the Weston Bonaventure Resort. He was so genuinely interested in my diet and how he could help me make slight changes to modify my diet that were so easy to help guide me to better health, and I couldn’t help but feel that he really cared about my well being. At age 49, Gregg’s well chiseled body is not easily attained or maintained. While hearing about his diet (he hasn’t had Wendy’s for over 6 years and only has pizza once or twice a year!) definitely did not appeal to me, he was glad to share with me small tips that could lead to big changes in one’s eating habits and positively affect one’s health.
And as my friend JB Glossinger (who introduced me to Gregg) best said it, “You’d think by looking at Gregg that he’s a real jerk (OK, JB used another word, not one I can print here), when you talk to him you’ll find out that he’s one of the nicest guys you know!” That statement is so true! Believe it or not, image really isn’t everything when it comes to Gregg. He’s married to his high school sweetheart (sorry girls!) and has two kids. He’s outer body is nothing once you get to know him and realize it’s not how he looks–but WHO he is– that makes him special.
As you can well imagine, many people began looking to him for personal advice on fitness and eating habits. Then Men’s Health approached Gregg ten years ago about writing a monthly column on fitness and diet. Muscle Chow ran for three years when Rodale Inc., the publisher of Men’s Health, asked Avedon to write his first book, “Muscle Chow.” Then based on his own personal journal of preparing for a photo shoot (could he in fact be even more fit for the cover?), Avedon released his second book, “The 14-Day Get Lean Diet.” It provides recipes and guidelines from slimming down to muscle building to a relaxation period that Gregg worked two years perfecting.
The 150 recipes were developed to be the exact ratios of protein, carbs, and other nutritional considerations, while keeping it simple. His goal was to share a book that any bachelor could follow with just a knife, a cutting board and five ingredients. Naturally, to maintain his physique he sticks to a very strict diet, and likes helping people achieve their perfect body and achieve their fitness goals, which is one reason he’s a personal trainer with a focus on circuit training.
His positivity is inspirational, and before he’s even 50, he’s accomplished so much – whether it is the perfect body or the success in his career. He’s living his life to the fullest and shares it with everyone he comes in contact with through the sheer positivity of his attitude. He says, “It’s like I tell my son, there are no rules. Don’t let someone else tell you what you can do. You make your own rules.”
So Manifestors….Are you ready to make some minor modifications to your eating to achieve some healthier results for yourself? What one change can you implement today to begin eating smarter today? Are you doing some workout at least 3-4 times a week? Start today to set some goals for yourself!
Until Next Week….