It's been awhile between posts. Why? Well, I have been on a bit of a transformation and desire to change the focus and content of this blog. I am going away from a typical food/recipe blog and will be writing about all things food.
First, let me address the change in my personal motivation and for the change of my "food conscience". Last March, by the prompting, prodding and general complaining of my wife, I made a long over due doctor appointment. (and our insurance company said I had to.) When I went to the doctors office I weighed in at 251 pounds, my cholesterol was way high (and the good was way low), my blood pressure was way to high, glucose was high, I had fatty liver and had continuing back issues. There is a condition called metabolic syndrome which is diagnosed based on 5 conditions including good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL), glucose levels, blood pressure, and BMI. If 3 of these factors are not within a healthy range you are determined to have metabolic syndrome. Being the over achiever I am, I qualified on all 5!! Here is the thing, I felt pretty good. Sure I knew that most of my back issues had to due with my weight, my energy was a bit low, and I avoided anything physical because I knew that I would either hurt myself or wouldn't be able to do it. So what to do?
My doctor gave me some ideas;
1. Do nothing and probably be dead in 10 years or so. (not a very appealing option)
2. Start vigorous exercise. (again, not very appealing)
3. A complete change of lifestyle and how I look at food and activity. (not terribly appealing, but more so than the other options.)
I will get into the specifics as we go along, but for now I will briefly outline what I did. First of all, your spouse, significant other, family or who ever else is important to you must be on board and willing to change with you. In my case my wife was not only willing but had been waiting for me to get off my butt and do something. With that done, toss out all of your perceptions of food, especially in the western world and even more so in the U.S. What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat all have to change. I went with what is commonly called the "Mediterranean Diet", honestly I went this way because I like the food of the Med. I quickly learned that "diet" as we view the word is a stupid thing. In our usage of the word it almost always refers to a way to lose weight, I know that it has been said in many places many times but it is worth restating, DIETS DON'T WORK!!! What works is a lifestyle change, not temporary but permanent.
I can honestly say that as of today I have only started half of the lifestyle change, that change being what I cook and how much I cook. I am just now starting the more active part of the change and I will get into that as we go along. Just by changing what and how much I eat the results have been amazing, if I do say so myself. After just 4 months my cholesterol is within normal ranges (my HDL is still 2 points to low but that could be heredity, or will improve as I get more active), blood pressure is normal, and I have lost 33 pounds!!! Yup, 33 pounds just by changing my view of food!! And that is where I am going with this blog.
My plan? Post about the food changes I have made and other options you can chose. Let's have a discussion on where our food comes from and if our food chain is healthy. Organics? Natural? Local? What the heck is all of that and does it matter? Food politics, activism, and is Monsanto the most evil force on the planet? Or, is fast food and the companies that supply them?
Raw, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, ancient etc... what are they, and do they make any sense?
These are just a few topics to address. I'm nobody's expert, but what I do have is time to read and a love of investigation. I hope to be a clearing house of sorts, of all things food and "diet". I will always give you my sources so that you can check them out yourself and decide what is what, and when possible I will point you to opposing opinion so you can be fully informed, particularly on topics of food politics. (things like GMO, organic certification and others)
I will also review books, websites, TV shows and anything else I come across that may be of interest or is suggested to me. Along those lines, this is a very, very good book that I would recommend to anyone interested in the topic of "Mediterranean" eating and it's benefits. I will have an in depth review of it in the future.
So that's it. I know this post is a bit scattered, but I will narrow the target for each post as we move forward.
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Oh, I am going to leave up the posts from my previous blog just in case you want to check it out.