Sunday, September 26, 2010
I've had great success with the living food diet and even on vacation, where I was hit and miss, I managed to lose weight. Recently, I have strayed further away from eating live food and added cooked food and watched my weight climb up 5 pounds. The solution is easy, go back to what was successful for me and eat mostly live vegetables, some fruit, and very little, no more than 20% of cooked food, if any. Simply eating raw food helped me to lose 40 pounds in 3 months, so that is the path to go back and rededicate myself to my proven success program. I have continued to exercise over an hour a day and this was not enough to overcome the weight gain by eating too much food with the addition of cooked food, which is more dense nutritionally and therefore, easier to overeat than raw food. Back to basics!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I was on vacation for most of the month of August as my son and daughter were visiting from France. I did not follow a perfect live food program during that month, but I still managed to lose 3 pounds. I've lost 38 pounds since June 1 and I am losing about a 1/2 pound a day and feeling great. I'm rowing 5000-10000 meters a day, mostly 10,000 meters and rowing faster than ever. My energy level is great, my strength and recovery time is awesome and I'm losing fat. My diet consist of mostly sprouts, sea vegetables, multi-colored vegetables with a simple dressing of lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, and Bragg's Amino seasoning, plus various herbs. My one cooked indulgence is whole wheat garlic toast with my wife's delicious garlic pesto. When I eat out, I eat salads or a vegetarian selection of cooked foods, if salads are not an option. Mostly I avoid any place that doesn't serve great salads as mine are so much better at home. My total weight loss has been 74 pounds since I started SparkPeople; 36 pounds for the first 3 years and 38 pounds the last 3 months. I think that the program that I am now following is far better than any I followed for the first 3 years. We are each unique and the live food program and vigorous exercise every day works for me.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I was born in 1946 the very beginning of the Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964). Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X among other names. It means that my blood pressure was higher than normal, my cholesterol was higher than normal, and I was pre-diabetic among other symptoms. My doctor prescribed a statin medication for the cholesterol and once I was diagnosed with diabetes, he wanted me to take metformin. Each time I told him that I would like to try a lifestyle approach first and he agreed as long as I would keep being monitored with blood test to make sure that I was on track. So, I did not fill my statin prescription nor take the metformin that was prescribed for me.
The reason that I didn't want to take these common medications is that they have side effects and can result in complications. A good pharmacist should advise you that you should always assume that the side effects will affect you, so you can make an informed decision about taking your medications. For example, statin can cause leg pain and this will discourage you from exercising. As I was already exercising as part of my lifestyle changes, I didn't want to do anything to make it harder to do so. So instead of taking the statin medication, I increased my exercise time and intensity and modified my diet. This resulted in lower cholesterol, lower LDL and higher HDL (the good cholesterol).
When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor prescribed metformin, which I did not take and found Mike Adams' "25 Day to Halt Diabetes" online as a download book and immediately started following his advice. Since I was already exercising the instructions for metformin tell you that our blood sugar levels can go too low with the combination of exercise and metformin and you might have to eat candy to bring it back into normal range. This seemed insane to me; I don't like or eat candy so who should I start now. If exercise could bring my blood sugar low, why not just exercise and I did and a combination of the exercise and the dietary changes suggested by Mike Adams brought my blood sugar levels back to a "pre-diabetic" level and my doctor was satisfied.
The dietary and exercise levels had also brought my weight down, but I was still looking for a more complete lifestyle solution. I was re-introduced to the Hippocrates Health Institute by man who worked at my local laundry mat that I had talked to in the past and his story about his wife regaining control of her diabetes and her cholesterol, his weight loss was so compelling that I ordered several books by Brian Clement, the Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute. I started following the program as best as I could, not perfectly and not with a lot of understanding at first, but my blood sugar and weight fell so quickly that I was encouraged to read more and work on applying the principles as well as I could understand them. In six weeks my blood sugar was now back in the normal range and I had lost 28 pounds. I'm excited to see my new blood test which are scheduled at the end of August to see if my cholesterol has returned to normal or at least gone way down as my weight has.
I'm exercising for over an hour every day by rowing on a Concept2 rowing machine and I do strength training on Nautilus machines once a week by "The Slow Burn" technique authored by Frederick Hahn. I follow a 100% living food diet of mostly organically grown vegetables and some fruit, and it is the later that I give the most credit for my recent success as it is the main change that I have made in the last six weeks. www.hippocratesinst.org/
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I was inspired to begin the Living Foods Lifestyle Program after reading books by Brian Clement, the Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute. I started at the end of June and from July 1 to the present (July 30) I have eaten only Living Vegetarian food. My morning blood sugar readings went from 134 on June 28 declining to 103 on July 30. My eating program has consisted of vegetable, sprouted greens, and some fruits. I drink filtered water and herbal sun tea. I have continued to go to the gym and row 10,000+ per day. I had previously followed Mike Adams' program in his book "How to Halt Diabetes in 25 Day", while this program had reduced my blood sugar level, it did not bring it down to near normal levels as it has been these last four weeks. In this same period of time from June 28 and July 30, I have lost 19 pounds.
I feel great, my energy level is high, and I am enjoying all of the foods that I am preparing, some new and most familiar, in new waves, but always uncooked. I am so impressed with this approach to living that I have started a new team on SparkPeople called "2HIP" to represent the "Hippocrates Health Institute Program". Join me and get the same great results that I am getting following this Living Foods Program.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"If you think that you can or if you think that you can't, you're right." --Henry Ford
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