David loved Little Debbie snack cakes (fudge rounds to be exact) and bacon and beer and butter. His motto was always, “If you’re going to eat; eat well; if you’re going to live, live well”. Unfortunately, his version of eating well, didn’t correlate with his motto of living well. His “eating well” had nothing to do with wellness at all.
David was very fit (although overweight), he just wasn’t healthy. Having always been extremely active (an avid cyclist with 3 centuries under his belt, hiking, kayaking, camping, boot camp classes and spin classes) he assumed, like most people, that he would remain healthy as a result. Unfortunately, that was not the case. A lifetime of “eating well” caught up with him by the time he turned 50. At 50, he was diagnosed with pre-hypertension and pre-diabetes, as well as chronic and intense low back pain. This proves the point: you can’t outrun a poor diet. Your diet will be the life or death of you, no matter how active you are.
It was at this point he decided he needed to make a change. With a customized meal plan designed specifically for him, his health issues and his lifestyle, he started seeing changes. He stopped spin classes and started weight training and high intensity interval training. After a year of healthy eating, he no longer had any of his prior health issues. His energy and mood improved, his low back pain ceased to exist and he started shedding fat.
Much to his surprise, he found he was still eating “well” and eating foods he enjoyed. It wasn’t a punishment to eat healthfully and mindfully: the foods he began eating were not the “diet” foods everyone bemoans. It wasn’t torture; it was sustainable and enjoyable. And he was still allowed to “cheat” once a week, and yet continued to lose fat.
Now at the age of 54, he is almost unrecognizable. He is often mistaken for someone much younger. It’s amazing what becoming healthy can do for you and did for David. He has discovered the fountain of youth.
Now he truly is eating well and living well.
If this is 50 (54) I’ll take it. Every single time.