As most of you know, Crystal is the nutrition expert in our family, and I benefit from her passion for food and commitment to healthy eating.
My role is very different: In addition to being in charge of all guitar solos, I am a very pragmatic, practical person. I like running perfectly organized full loads in the dishwasher. I like using one match to light all the candles even if I burn my finger. I like to eat the same things almost every day because it makes grocery shopping easier. I almost always order the exact same thing at restaurants.
Before I was married, I developed a series of rules called The Bachelor Protocols. The eat-over-sink rule was part of that creed.
I’m now happily married, and I’ve learned a lot from my wife. The Bachelor Protocols are but a memory I recall only when I smell Burger King or drive by a sign for three-for-one pizzas. The protocols worked for my lifestyle at the time but were not ideal for nutrition.
I’m not a nutritionist, but I hope these very practical tips will complement all the science and data Crystal provides through 204 Lifestyle. I hope they’ll also help those of you who aren’t doing the Nutrition Reset but still want to improve your diet.
Tip 1: Don’t Eat From the Bag or Box
While this tip definitely dirties far more dishes than Bachelor Mike would like, I can assure you that you will eat less if you put food—any food, but especially chips—in a bowl and put the rest of the bag away. Even better: Measure out your food and track it.
But start with the bowl. Put a reasonable amount of food into it, then eat the food slowly and enjoy it. When you’re done, you’ll have to make a conscious decision to get more, and you’ll have to get up to do it. All that presents a series of barriers that will often prevent you from overeating.
If you sit down with the bag, the mindless ritual hand-to-mouth delivery system kicks in, and before you know it the bag is empty, while you’re full of chips and regret.
So put reasonable amounts of stuff in bowls or on plates. When you’re done, you’re done. Go do something else—like listen to Iron Maiden while looking for hidden messages on the album cover. Or something like that.
Additional pro tip: Rinse the bowl or plate right away with hot water so you don’t have to scrub later. I hate scrubbing. It’s time I could spend shredding on the guitar.