How to Eat Whatever You Want and Look Freakin’ Amazing

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Nutrition, Training

rsc1t “Hey Joe, always good to see you, my friend.”

That’s what my buddy, Laslov says to me every Sunday morning at the Santa Monica farmers market as he engulfs my tiny mits with his massive bear paws.

I’ve corrected him several times but just don’t have the heart to keep doing it.

So for a brief moment in time each week I’m Joe, not Jay.

My wife, Jen and I pick up a jar of freshly ground pecan butter from him along with a handful of green plums, both of which are absolutely delicious.

Then we go to Harry’s Berries for the Gaviota strawberries. I’ve become friendly with the guy who owns it so he keeps a three pack behind the table for me since they always sell out within the first hour. They’re that damn good.

Next, we make our way past all the incredible looking breakfast stands that are firing up eggs, waffles, burritos, crepes and breakfast sandwiches of every kind, en route to the greens lady. I like getting to know everybody but this is one nut I can’t crack. So we just grab a few heads of bok choy, kale, dino kale and chard along with some cucumbers and onions and head on to the next stand without much conversation.

“Heeeeeyyyy baby, what’s up? Come have breakfast with me,” shouts my buddy at the potato stand with the big mop of curly hair and a headful of stories about the old days.

Any shows coming up,” he asks while cutting me a slice of some type of melon I’ve never seen before.

Yeah, I saw that Citizen Cope, the Shins and The Black Keys are all coming to town in the next few weeks. I might go check out at least one of them, if not all.

After forgetting for a second that he’s more old school, I mention that I’ll be going to the Neil Young show at the Hollywood Bowl on the 17th and maybe checking out Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin experience as well.

We grab a few purple potatoes and some squash blossoms before continuing on.

Suddenly I catch a whiff of piss. I turn to notice the homeless guy who’s usually parked on the wall outside the American Apparel store. He’s decided to wander through the market while chatting on his cell phone. I contemplate asking him where the bill gets sent each month but figure it would be rude to interrupt his conversation. We give each other the bro nod, as we usually do and keep it moving.

We finish our shopping by stocking up on avocadoes, blueberries, raspberries, purple plums, tomatoes, lemons, fresh salmon, and dairy free pesto (which Jen makes some incredibly tasty chicken with).

Sunday Brunch Time

After unloading everything into the fridge we decide that it’s the perfect day for Sunday brunch since the Giants weren’t playing and neither of the first two games being shown in LA were particularly exciting. There will be few opportunities like this on any Sunday between now and February so we figure we gotta capitalize.

I argue for Post in Manhattan Beach (AWESOME) but Jen suggests we go somewhere we haven’t been. Since it’s her birthday weekend I concede and we go to Joe’s on Abbot Kinney.

Before I know it the table is covered with banana bread, raspberry coffee cakes with vanilla cream, French toast, pancakes, poached eggs with crab hash, bacon and fruit.

Jen does her normal routine and eats a few bites of everything, finishing half of one plate at the very most, and I clean up on the rest.

With Sunday brunch and a stroll along the beach over and done with it was time to settle in for some football.

What’s Football Without Pizza?

My wife displaying the results of The Renegade Diet.

Of course you can’t have football without pizza. So after a gnawing down on some organic sweet potato chips and a bag of garlic roasted almonds from the farmers market we decide it’s time for a pie.

Jen offers to make one but since she always does so much cooking during the week and, like I said, it was her birthday weekend, I suggest we order one instead.

Of course, when I know we’re in full on Sunday feast mode there’s no stopping me. So when I run in to grab the pie I also grab a few organic rice krispie treats and sea salted, caramel brownies.

While I don’t feel as good this morning as I would if I had eaten nothing but clean foods all day yesterday I don’t look any different. Neither does Jen.

That’s the beauty of The Renegade Diet. You truly can eat whatever you want with zero repercussions.

Today is Jens birthday, and since we went all out yesterday, we’ll take a much more conservative approach throughout most of the afternoon. But we’ll still eat whatever we want for dinner. Probably even have some dessert too, just like we did last week when we were out for my friend Adam Bornstein’s 30th.

Sacrifice and Reward

My buddy, Nate Miyaki, talks about sacrifice and reward a lot. If you know you have a reward coming your way it’s damn easy to make a sacrifice. Instead of suffering through bland, boring meals each day until you get to the one cheat day of the week on Sunday, you can actually eat delicious foods for dinner every night if you’re willing to sacrifice during the day.

I’m not saying you can have pizza and dessert each night but you can certainly have incredibly delicious meals that never feel like you’re suffering in any way whatsoever.

How you eat is how you’ll feel. So if you eat dairy, gluten and sugar every day you’ll look like crap all the time. But if you eat foods like grass fed beef, cage free eggs, berries, greens, Jasmine rice, sweet potatoes and pumpkin every day you’ll feel and look incredible.

As long as you’re following The Renegade Diet lifestyle.

And when you want to do what we did yesterday, and eat whatever the hell you want, you can get away with that too. I don’t believe in a 100% Spartan lifestyle so I’m gonna drink alcohol and eat junk food from time to time.

Following The Renegade Diet allows me to do so without any negative repercussions.

And believe it or not, I actually prefer NOT to be ripped simply because my face looks hideous when I get below a certain bodyfat percentage. So I try to maintain a certain level and even that takes work. I get leaner without even wanting to by eating like this.

If you’re not on The Renegade Diet you’re missing out, big time. I have hundreds of people in my coaching group that swear they’d never eat any other way. Whether you want to lose body fat, gain lean muscle or just feel a lot better than you do right now The Renegade Diet can help.

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30 Responses to How to Eat Whatever You Want and Look Freakin’ Amazing

  1. Aaron September 24, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Mr. Ferrugia, I absolutely love the info you put out. Great stuff indeed. I was wondering about your thoughts on cottage cheese? I know you usually argue against dairy but I get some grass fed cottage cheese and milk from a local farm just outside of Austin, Tx. Thanks in advance.

    • Carl September 25, 2012 at 12:48 am #

      Breakfast is dead!! Long live the Renegade Diet!
      I can’t imagine ever going back to Tuperware City and 6 meals a day!
      Great post! Sounds like quite the life in Cali.

      • Jason Ferruggia October 1, 2012 at 11:42 am #

         Carl- Cali is a great time. Six meals and tupperware? Not so much

    • Jason Ferruggia October 1, 2012 at 11:41 am #

       Aaron- that would be fine.

  2. austin September 24, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    hey jay,
    i love the RD but i have a small problem. at least twice a week i go to jiu jitsu or wrestling from 6:30-8:15pm. which means i get home and start over eating around 8:45. this usually leaves me really bloated before bed. its a real problem because i usually have to work at 8am which means going to bed around 10. any recommendations??

    • Jason Ferruggia October 1, 2012 at 11:39 am #

       Have some food before and just make up for it with more calories on other days. You don’t want the same number of cals each day anyway. So if you’re a little lower on those days just bump them up the following days.

  3. Adam Harper September 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m about to post this on Jason’s site:

    The whole concept of a Paleo diet is flawed. It’s simply the popular thing to do nowadays, like Atkins, South Beach, low-fat, or vegan was at one time. Eating “dairy, gluten…” every day wasn’t unhealthy for the past 10,000 years but all of a sudden it is now? It became “unhealthy” because people started doing stupid stuff like dieting & over-exercising and desroyed their once properly functioning metabolisms. Now they blame whatever THEY can’t eat as a demon substance.

    My grandmother is 89, eats a couple tablespoons of sugar on her cereal and 1% pasteurized/homogenized milk every morning, and her favorite food is fried chicken. She’s sick less than anyone in my family and if it wasn’t for her bum knee, she would still be doing yard work every day. One thing she has never done is any kind of diet. I’m sure she wasn’t ripped, lean & jacked either though.

    Leanness does not equal health.

  4. bob September 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Hey, nice article man–makes me want move to Cal. Noticed you mention jasmine rice. What’s your take on the rice/arsenic news?

  5. Renee September 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Great picture of Jen! Any hard copies left of The Renegade Diet?

  6. Chris September 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I understand Jason’s point: it’s OK to splurge a little.

    The key is to know your foods and what’s in them, and to of course know your body and how it reacts to various foods. Junk food will be harder to eliminate and will likely linger in your system longer which could very well cause problems.

    As an example of walking the walk, instead of eating cookies with hydrogenated oil and HFCS I made some no bake cookies with cocoa powder, natural peanut butter, vanilla extract and a combination of organic cane sugar and granulated coconut nectar with almond milk and quick oats. (They taste amazing!)
    Instead of weakening my immune system and clogging my arteries, I took a smarter approach and feel good (no excess mucus/runny nose). That’s not to say I don’t occasionally indulge in junk food, but I do watch the ingredients since I want to feel good when I’m old.

    (BTW food today is COMPLETELY different than it was 10k years ago, @50b9bfb5a527fc13fb53ff7b344e6c5b:disqus and I do agree with you on all the diet nonsense.)

    • Chris September 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      Okay, why THE FUCK did it put Johnny Lawrence in there?! Clearly i selected @50b9bfb5a527fc13fb53ff7b344e6c5b:disqus when typing.

      • Chris September 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

        **Adam Harper**. This comment system is experiencing some technical difficulties.

  7. Pumper September 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Damn I just wanna see more pics of your wife she makes my muscle pump. No nitric needed just pure pump

  8. Adam September 25, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Anyone who doesnt have this book…buy it now. Been using it for a few months now and as my mate said to me the other day “You have never been this lean in the 6 years Ive known you”
    Ive still got a bit of stubborn fat around the lower stomach but my upper abs are pretty much visible, which is something I have never had before. Add to that, my strength levels have gone up, which is something I never had when going on stupid yoyo diets.
    And like Jay says you can have your pig out Sundays and come Monday, you look the same. Sometimes I come back looking leaner.
    Cant say enough good things about this book. Much thanks Jason !!

  9. Joey September 25, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Great article! I love the Renegade diet and swear by its results – GET ON IT!

  10. Pierre-Phil Lefebvre September 26, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Excellent article (as usual) i must second the question on the cottage cheese. Is it any good? If i’m correct about the renegade diet it chould be in the same category as dairy product but i really want your take on it…


  11. Nobbythelion September 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Fun read, as with most of your articles.

    Cheers folks, I just got the book yesterday. The first read through was great and I love the approach. Honestly, I’m sick of weighing food and counting calories. I have done it enough to have fair knowledge on how much of what is in everything and portion sizes and so on… But I’m really not into counting calories anymore, I just wanna be healthy, eat good food and kick ass. All you people having great success with this lifestyle, how exact and meticulate are you about the macros day in and day out? From what I gather a diet like this is meant to liberate you from that old BB approach.

    Thanks in advance for you responses and all the best!

    • Jason Ferruggia October 1, 2012 at 11:30 am #

       Thanks a lot, man. Appreciate it. Yeah, I never weigh anything. I wouldn’t worry about getting too nuts with all that. You should have an idea but the obsessive weighing and counting will ruin your life.

  12. tayman October 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I just recently bought your book and had a few questions on the macronutrient intake pertaining to fat. After the calculations it comes out to be 122 grams which is approximately 37% of my total kcal intake. That isn’t too high?
    Also, on my off days from training, when you talk about cycling calories, how much should I decrease my kcals from my training days? I didn’t see that in the book and was curious so I can follow your diet to the tee.

  13. aptamil October 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    I like your sacrifice and reward concept, its truly amazing and nice to having a great lookin body without having to punish yourself through the weekend so why not just do it on a daily basis instead.

    Having the reward at the end of the day is more like it than having it after a week. Thanks for the tip :)

  14. jan October 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I’ve been following the Renegade diet for two weeks now and so far it’s ok but I just don’t know why I’m gaining few pounds instead of losing it, you see I’m a busy person working 10 hours a day at the office and only has 1 day off, I do 50 min. cardio workout (tae bo), I can’t do strength training because I don’t have time to go to the gym, I tried to squeezed it in before but it din’t work. I follow the Renegate diet by fasting 14-16 hours a day, undereating 4-5hrs and overeating for 4 hours, for me overeating is eating whatever you want for 4 hrs, that’s how I understood it. Is there anything wrong of what I’m doing? what can you suggest?

  15. Naz November 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Hi Jason, I’m in South Africa, just stumbled upon your site today, and im highly interested in getting a copy of the renegade diet, as well as doing all the workout suggestions you post, Where would i be able to find your books, and at what cost? havent seen them around here at all unfortunately.. Sincerely, Wanna be Jacked! ;)

  16. Jason F. May 22, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I know a few people who eat whatever they want (pop tarts, ice cream etc.) and got lean and stay lean because it meets their macro-nutrient + fiber requirements, is this similar? I know you fast for 18 hours a day, does the fast allow you to eat whatever you want?

  17. Tim Davison July 16, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    Hey Jason, If I’m not near anything that can provide me with organic wholesome food over the next few weeks, is it better to eat any food at dinner to get my calories up or to let my body lose muscle? (which it will do very easily.)