I have really enjoyed many of the posts from AOM and as a high school teacher I have passed on many of the blogs to my students and fellow instructors. I found AOM when I was recovering from a stress induced heart attack about 1 1/2 years ago. In the past months I began a journey dealing with my diet which I never in my wildest dreams believed that I would be on this path, let alone changing my mind and habits of something so dear... my meat, fish, bacon and other carnivorous delights.
Since July 2012 I went from 275 to 230 and am still dropping due to lifestyle changes. The first 20 came of by Sept and I maintained that weight for several months.. I was walking 2-5 miles... teaching does that.. and taking the bus to and from school instead of driving my car. In October I read a post by Leo Babauta about his and his wife's journey to a plant based diet. I also read the links to the communities around the world who were living vital lives into their 90's.
The thought of not eating my steak and bacon has never appealed to me.. ever... All the other reasons for becoming not eating meat (animal cruelty, environmental issues, etc..) never bothered me. I am from the farming/ ranching, Agri-business community in Okla. However, since my wife and I are in our 50's and between the two of us we were ingesting 11 different meds per month the articles on feeling good and living vitality into my 90's got my attention.
I was introduced to Forks over Knives and Rip Esselstyn along with 35-30 years of peer-reviewed research that became my foundation of changing my own diet. I follow Rip Esselstyn's Eng 2 diet more closely than any others due to the fact that it was developed by a firefighter/ Triathlete (Rip) in the heart of BBQ Meat lovers (Austin, TX Firefighters). From my prior knowledge and personal relationships with many firefighters over the years I knew this system had to be: 1) easy to make, and 2) taste good.
I was right on both accounts... I didn't make the changes over night... I'm not 100% plant based, but I am about 90/10 in the favor and I eat 2-3 meals a week which contain some kind of meat..
It has been 30 years since I felt this good.. maybe longer... I do plan to drop another 40-50 lbs to get to my high school weight... My numbers are coming down also...
One of the best gift we can give our wives, families and children is our health... I am only a little over half way to my physical goal... but I'll get there...
Another good read is The China Study by T. Colin Campbell.
You might also want to watch Robert H. Lustig (University of California at San Francisco) in this video: http://www.uctv.tv/shows/Sugar-The-Bitter-Truth-16717
He has a new book out: Fat Chance.
Hope this helps. Good luck
Thank you Richard...
The China Study is one of the cornerstones to Forks Over Knives... Very interesting info..
Terry... My wife loves our stationary bike.. I, however, like the great outdoors no matter the weather or German Shepherds so the stationary bike, tread mills and other apparatuses are not my cup of tea..
Thank you for your input.
Seems we are on similar paths with our health... I have a couple pics (fully clothed) that I will upload when I get to my home computer..
Our beginning numbers are similar..
Thanks for your reply
Another film you may enjoy is "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." It's on Netflix, typically comes up along with Forks over Knives :). Very well done documentary, pushing the plant based diet as well. Good luck sir!
When you are severely overweight, any caloric deficit will get you to lose weight. You are feeling better because you're significantly less overweight than you used to be. Eating meat is/was not making you feel bad (unless you have some individual health issue). If you want to build some muscle at some point, especially when you get to a reasonable body fat percentage, you will want to reintroduce meat.
I'm glad you are getting the weight off and if what you're doing is working, by all means, keep it up. But meat isn't the bad guy you and the Fork over Knife guy make it out to be.