This past week, I received lots of great news from people who have been following this blog and have been inspired to either start their own Whole30 or go Paleo on their journey to good health. These stories are amazing, inspiring, and humbling. I’m proud to have been a motivator to these folks, and I’m happy for them in that they took the first steps to getting healthy. The best news: all of these people are already down ~20 lbs!
What makes me really feel good is that people are getting the message that eating healthy doesn’t have to be a horrible thing. You don’t have to suffer. You don’t have to give up on eating delicious foods that fill you up. You don’t have to buy into clubs, medicines, vitamins, pills, patches, powders, or grueling workout systems or plans and most importantly, there’s no surgery involved. It’s just a change in mindset and a change in lifestyle that is sustainable and something you can easily stick with for the rest of your life. It almost feels like it’s too good to be true. I definitely feel that way every morning while I eat bacon and eggs, but the proof is in the lost weight and lost sizes. If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t have lost over 88 lbs since September 1 and over 107 lbs overall. My numerous blood tests and stress tests would have told a different tale than they did (which is clean bill of health and in better health than I have been for the past 20 years!).
I mentioned in a previous post; yes, there is a catch: preparation time and effort. Otherwise, this is something everyone can do easily. It just takes some determination, motivation, and self-discipline. It gets easier as time goes on and you learn to adjust your diet and plan accordingly. After some time, foods taste better and you find foods you may not have liked are now delicious and flavorful. Sugar affects how we taste, and some of the most amazing subtle flavors are drowned out by sugar in foods.
If you haven’t started or are thinking that there’s no way this can work, read the Required Reading on the right sidebar. Give it some serious thought, and do some more reading. You will find that science is finally catching up with what we already know: fat is not the enemy, sugar is bad for you, and the American diet is horrible for our health. There’s a huge industry around losing weight. I think it’s no coincidence that many of the companies that make high-sugar foods are the same that sell diet medicine and programs.