Kevin Curry began his journey with a simple Facebook photo tag. We’ve all been there when a friend tags us in an unflattering Facebook photo, but for Kevin this moment was life changing. When he saw the photo of himself on his friend’s Facebook page his initial reaction was a mixture of denial, surprise and a little shame for letting himself go as much as he had. Kevin was overweight and felt sluggish, in addition his physician told recently told him that his blood pressure was steadily rising. This is when he decided to make a change, and he first did what most people try to do— he started exercising to try to “out train” his poor diet.
He quickly learned there was not enough cardio or weights in the world that could get this fat off my back. Through his own struggles and tribulation he came to the realization that if I was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym, not the other way around.
Two years later after his epiphany moment, Kevin started a Tumblr blog called “FitMenCook” to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas, as well as to keep himself accountable and motivated.
Kevin’s message is simple: “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”
“Fit Men Cook is about all of us, both men and women. It’s taking our individual success stories and fitness and nutrition philosophies and sharing those ideas with the each other to grow and improve together. It’s all about everyday people—no matter the fitness level or athletic ability—aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Hard work and remaining active are vital; but in the end, it all comes down to diet.” -Kevin Curry
What we talk about this episode:
- How a Facebook picture tag changed his life
- Can’t out-train a poor diet
- Clarity of thought
- Misconceptions that healthy eating has to be boring
- How to deconstruct your favorite foods
- Why there’s never 100% balance
- No cheats eating
- Social Media platforms and healthy living
- Benefits of Positivity
- Importance of “Me Time”
- Brands that truly want to promote health
- Diets specific to health needs
- Enormous benefits of Meal Prepping
- Benefits maintaining strong relationships
- How to scale your brand
- Misunderstanding Thirst for Hunger
- Breaking the “Mindless” eating and drinking habits
- Popular Misconceptions of being Gluten Free
- Correlation between Calories consumed and planning
- Finding medium between how to help people and where you want your brand to go
- Will power struggle of eating and living healthy
- “Grazing” all day long
- Banana splits after his workouts
- Understanding Body building supplements
- Caffeine intake
- How Green Tea can replace thermodynamics and caffeine
- Changing our perception of foods that taste good
- Sleep deprivation and overeating
- Grocery Personal challenge
- Importance of having a set Bedtime
- Caffeine withdraws
- Correlation between entrepreneurship and will power
- Business development and healthy living
- Largest Weight gain between January and March
- Kevin’s jump from 10,000 to 100,000 followers
- Similarities between Chef Gordon Ramsay and President Barack Obama
Nutrition and Meal Plans
What foods to actively seek out
Kevin Curry’s fondest food memories
Watching my grandmother cook, especially my grandmother’s fried chicken. My mother would always make Gumbo, especially around the holidays. Found memories also include my family’s delicious Dixie Sweet Potatoes every Thanksgiving and Sunday dinners with my family.
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Who would you love to have dinner with and where?
Chef Gordon Ramsay, because I am a huge fan, but also because he is a serial entrepreneur as well. My second choice would be Barack Obama because of his personal journey not because of his position of power.
Last meal on the planet?
My family’s Dixie Sweet Potatoes, Ceviche and flank steak. For dessert my family’s Dixie Sweet Potatoes and nice chocolate cake.