150 lb. and 22% Body Fat. How Can This Be?
This is the year for me to get back on track with my eating habits. If you are feeling the same way, follow this blog, because we are going to take a yearlong trip through all of the diet recommendations and fads we can find.
The goal is to develop a food program that will keep our taste buds happy and our waistlines in top form.
As many of you know – and some don’t – I’m a 10-year prostate cancer survivor who’s goal is to be the longest living prostate cancer survivor when the Grim Reaper finally drags me over the finish line – kicking and screaming. Ha!
I have just two tools within my personal control to help me reach that goal: what I eat and the exercise program I follow. [Well, there’s a third, but we’ll talk about that in a later post.]
Can Nutrition Books Really Help?
We’re going to find out over the next 12 months.
I just read the first chapters of Knives over Forks and I love the Egyptian proverb introducing Chapter 1: “A quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three quarters keeps your doctor alive.”
Here are the book’s key points:
- We need to eliminate dairy from our diets. Humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another species, and the nutrients in milk are designed to take a 70 lb. newborn calf to 1,000 lb. in 12 months. No wonder dairy has such an impact on our waistlines!
- We need to eliminate all forms of animal protein, including fish. You get more than enough protein from plants.
- Following these two rules is good for the planet and good for the animals.
- We need a transition plan to move our taste buds from our current animal-based diet to a plant-based diet.
- Health improvements from this dietary change will be almost immediate and long-lasting.
How to Follow This Program
We all know that there is a huge gap between knowing what to do and doing it – the Knowing to Doing Gap. It usually takes a dramatic event to prompt this type of behavior change.
I experienced that event 10 years ago when I received my prostate cancer diagnosis. I promptly went on a plant-based diet to get ready for surgery and dropped from 165 lb. to a very healthy 150 lb. (I’m 5’10”), which is almost optimal for my weight.
But, like most of us, I fell off the vegan wagon about 18 months ago and paid the price with high cholesterol and weight gain. So, I’m back. And this time I’m going to find the tools to make my behavior change stick.
Would you Like to Make the Journey With Me?
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