Throughout my life I have done quite a bit of yo-yo dieting, being both heavily overweight and unhealthy under weight. Not because I wanted the quick or easy way out, but because I had literally no idea where to start. As a child, I had the traditional american middle class family dinners. Spaghetti, hot dogs with macaroni and cheese, hamburgers with potatoes and green beans…well, you get the idea. It was not that my parents aimed for unhealthy meals, they were just ill-informed.
As I made my way into adulthood, I continued these habits and ventured into far worse territory due to low-income and lack of cooking and health food knowledge. Instant ramen noodles, prepackaged deli meat and wheat bread sandwiches, the works. At 5’10” and 250+ pounds, I finally hit my breaking point. This is not how I wanted to live my life.
I started exercising, mostly cardio, walking for miles on end and biking 12 or more miles per day. Using these as my modes for transportation, and while I was losing weight, I still was very unhealthy. I felt extremely fatigued and weak. I wouldn’t claim to be skinny or fit, but rather an overworked, not-quite-in-shape chubby. It was awful, I knew this wasn’t going to cut it for much longer, but I also knew that I didn’t want to go back to sedimentary lifestyle and start the yo-yo dieting all over again.
I started researching ways to change my diet without following another strict, ridiculous fad diet. Through a long stretch of Google searches, ads and links, I came across something that caught my eye. “This is not a diet, this is a lifestyle change.” It seemed too good to be true, but it was exactly what I was looking for. A sustainable lifestyle change involving all-natural foods that were easily obtainable and could actually save me money in the long run.
Needless to say, I went all in. Local farmer’s markets offered all the fruits and vegetables I needed and at a low-cost. Not quite able to extend my budget for the grass-fed organic meats, I opted for low-fat grocery store meats which were still far superior to anything I was eating at the time. This was my salvation to good health for now and the future.
Since then, it has become extremely popular and many of you may be eating in a similar fashion. If you aren’t, I would suggest that you at least give it a try. All they ask is that you try it for 30 days.
I don’t claim to be an expert or guru on the subject, nor do I claim to follow the guidelines with complete compliance. I am still working on this change in lifestyle, but I do have some time under my belt, some knowledge that I was able to hold on to, and enough support to keep me in the game. I would like to help answer those beginner questions and provide support, and I would love to hear your input.