When someone first meets me, they usually sense that I’m different…kinda odd, not normal. Well, it’s true in most every human aspect, especially socially, very particularly when it comes to food or drink. Frankly, I don’t follow the normal American diet.
I’m healthy, I take no medications, I physically stay active, and because of eating clean, I’ve left all the cancers, medical complications, and for the most part medical doctors behind. Although I beat those incurable diseases over 8 years ago by changing my diet, I still maintained unhealthy weight – for a while.
My highest weight was 237 pounds, and for the last three and a half years I’ve been a much healthier 173-182, averaging in at 177! Losing over SIXTY pounds permanently happened by becoming more appreciative of a plant-based diet and short five-day water fasts every other month instead of the longer 10 day fasts every three months that I did for about 10 years.
Once I begin to explain to people that it is not that difficult to become and stay much healthier, the normal response is “Oh, I couldn’t do that.” Or “That would cramp my lifestyle too much.”
It’s not that people are not aware of the dangers of the readily available foods. A couple of weeks ago I was in a group discussion with a young 24-year-old gal. She was talking politics and said to the group (which included her parents): “Don’t be alarmed if you start seeing me lose lots of weight. All but one of those fast food restaurants that I love are supporting [the other candidate in the upcoming presidential race]. There is no way that I’m going to support those restaurants anymore.” Not taking any political side, I commented “Despite your opposition to [the candidate], he is helping people like you become healthier.”
Just in case you are wondering, I’m a middle baby boomer currently 64 years young. About 25% of my high school classmates are dead – many from diseases related to diet. Another 60% have ailments that limit the way they live their lives, again mostly from diet. That leaves only 15% of my classmates living a healthy lifestyle. Out of that 15%, most consume small amounts of alcohol or weed, only 2 or 3 of us do not take any meds, drugs, supplements, or alcohol. I’m in that top 15%, but not in the top 2 or 3, because I’ll have a beer or wine once a month, I’ll have a hamburger at ‘5 Guys’ every three months, I’ll eat what is offered when dining at someone’s home (at least in small amounts to be polite), and yes, I’ll even engage in chocolate or other candy – once in a while.
On those rare occasions that I will indulge in the ‘not-so-healthy’ food items, my body is prepared to take care of them with minimal digestive action, because all my organs are free from disease and able to do their job without distress.
Oh, No, although my diet consists of high amounts of plant-based foods, I am not a vegan as most people immediately classify me. Then, you might ask, what kind of diet are you on?
I eat clean. I eat minerals and vitamins contained in clean foods – not necessarily all fruits & vegetables. As mentioned earlier, I’ve been eating healthy for quite a while, eventually I came up with a list of foods that contribute to healing and protecting my body. Before going shopping, I continually check to ensure that these foods are in abundance at my home, and if not, they are the first things on my list. Next are food items for the week that because of their healthy nature, will spoil quickly. The last things on the list are foods I may plan to feed guests who may not be so comfortable eating my ‘different’ diet.
For the last three years, I’ve been writing a book about my major life transition about healthy eating. About two months ago I was browsing in a bookstore and a book jumped off the shelf into my hands. I glanced through it and couldn’t leave it behind. The author lists the clean foods list that I wrote in my own book that cured me, helped with weight loss, and improved my life! I was pleasantly surprised that we had come to the same conclusions and overcome with joy when I realized that he nailed it!
I read through his book and down his list of clean foods and almost everything is what is always in my kitchen!
Here is the title of this excellent book: The Clean 20 – by Ian K. Smith, M.D.
I highly suggest that you find this book, read it thoroughly, and begin immediately to change your diet. It’s well written and easy to follow, includes a complete 20-day clean-eating program with a daily meal plan, 60 recipes and substitutions, as well as 20-minute easy-to-work-in workouts.
Try this out along with your family and change your diet for 20 days and see what happens, how you feel, and then decide if you would continue, at least part of this lifestyle change – you should – its different, but fairly easy.
I currently do not personally know Mr. Ian K. Smith, I was not contacted or paid to write this as an endorsement, I simply found this book and desire to share its title with you – for your own sake!
I’ll See You Over the Top,
Alan David Kosinski, Life Extraordinaire