We’re all familiar with the expression “no holds barred” originating as a wrestling term that meant no restrictions on the the types of holds used. In other worlds such as nutrition that translates to ‘free from the usual limits or restrictions’. Taken one step further relates to foods, quantities, macros and overall calories consumed.
Now some of us live that way on a daily basis. Live that way long enough and you will either develop a lifestyle related disease or get fat, most likely both. And yea tho genetics play a part and some of us are more resilient than others the better your nutrition the better the overall quality of your life, composition of your body and performance will be.
For those of us that follow the 80/20 rule from a nutritional or dietary standpoint and have a solid training program a ‘no holds barred’ day can actually be healthy especially from a mental standpoint giving you a break and to a degree a reboot. I love to eat but left to eat as much as I want makes me heavier than I like to be so I have found a maintenance range that allows me to periodically indulge yet still fit into my junior size daisy dukes in the summer.
Once a month I allow myself a no holds barred day. And it looks something like this. . .
I’m predictable with breakfast; it’s typically thick sliced bacon, slow cooked grits with a healthy dose of butter, sunny side up eggs and gluten free toast with more butter. #happiness.
Lunch is either some leftovers or something I don’t typically eat like a hot dog and chips. Wellshire Farms makes a nice fat nitrite/nitrate free hot dog. Put that on a gluten free bun with some sea salted potato chips and I’m a kid again if only in my mind. Or it may be a grilled cheese sandwich or liverwurst. Something I don’t indulge in often. It will also vary as I’m usually busy cooking up dinner and dessert.
Some of my favs. . .
Ribs, baked beans and slaw.
Wings with sauces and decadent sides
such as mac n’ cheese. The grand finale dessert rounds out the meal.
It may be banana cream pudding
or an American Flag pie depending on the fruits and the season. And occasionally I will go out to one of my favorite restaurants in lieu of spending the day in the chicken.
My weaknesses are fattier meats, creamy, cheesy sides and a sweet homemade treat. You may prefer chocolate, are a pancake person or libations may be your choice. It’s your day, provided you’re at a weight and body composition you are comfortable with and are training regularly.
‘No holds barred’ days are earned not given and pair beautifully with the 80/20 lifestyle.