The Secret To Beating Pandemics

Take note: I am not a medical doctor. Nor do I play one on T.V. These suggestions are for your general education. Consult your medical professional with any questions you have as they relate to medications or vaccines.

First, we already know that the number one ‘co-morbidity’ with our current pandemic is obesity. As a fat, though not as fat as I used to be, guy, this is my one real concern. Most of my health issues at my age (64), are related to my weight. If we lose weight, we get healthier, or at the very least, stand a better chance against most things trying to sneak under the door.

This is where an eating plan like Keto, or the South Beach Diet, comes into it’s own. Because of the foods I like to eat, this is what works best for me. You may like the Mediterranean Diet, or a Paleo Diet, or you may just want to count calories. They all work. You need to find what eating plan best fits your lifestyle. Study them all. If you’re reading this post, you have access to a computer, so do your homework.

While diet is 80 to 90% of what you need to lose weight, exercise is important in preparing to fight any pandemics that might knock on your window. Aerobic and anaerobic exercises will both work. Some people love to go to the gym and work out. But here’s a secret. A gym membership doesn’t work unless you use it. I’m just sayin’. Don’t join if you’re not going to work out. That’s a waste of money. Some people like to walk, run, or ride a bicycle. I used to run. 25 years ago, that was awesome. Today, not so much. A stationary bike interests me. The former NFL star, Herschel Walker is an inspiration to me. He does not use weights. He was too poor when he was young, so he developed a body weight regimen. I am seriously giving that consideration. Our local gyms are very small and crowded. That doesn’t work well for me. I don’t want to wait in line for the weights or machines. So I’m looking at body weight exercises.

Eat quality fruits and veg. That means fresh or frozen. And it means organic if you can afford it or grow it. The main thing is, canned veg are not that good for you. I don’t want to start a big argument, but I’ve studied this like mad over the years, and if it comes in a box or a can, chances are, it’s bad. There are some exceptions. Tuna and Sardines I buy in cans. Tomato sauce, I buy in cartons. Freeze dried foods that I keep for long term storage are usually in bags.

If possible, choose grass fed, or free range, meats and poultry. I have not been consistent with this, because meat is sometimes expensive. But whenever possible, I will choose grass fed and free range. That’s the way we raised food on our farm. Chances are, you have access to a farmers’ market near you. Check it out.

Eat with the seasons. It is healthy, and much cheaper. The availability of frozen fruit and veg allows us to stretch that principle. I only buy fresh fruit when it’s in season where I live. I will never buy apples except in the fall. The same with pears and peaches. I only buy citrus when I’m in a place where it grows and it’s in season. Fortunately, I have lots of family in Florida. I love many Florida fruits. When I’m there and it’s season, I fill up. This policy isn’t a law, but one I try and follow.

You will need vitamin C and Vitamin D. The latter, you get best from the sun. Go outside. Even in winter. Expose your head and face to the sunshine. There are also Vitamin D tablets you can get to supplement. Here in Scotland, sunshine is unpredictable. I take a Vitamin D3 supplement every day. I also take Vitamin C supplements. They are cheap and readily available. I have Cod Liver Oil around the house. And a Vitamin B12 supplement. Probably I don’t need those, but I take them. The B12, I only take if I’ve had to use Omeprazole extensively. Fortunately, since I’ve lost weight, I don’t have the heartburn problems I used to, so I don’t have to take the acid reducer.

My point is, if you will eat a wide range of fruit, veg. and grass fed meats, you will likely get all your vitamins and minerals. But any you are short on, you can supplement.

I take Vitamin C and D3 every day as a prophylactic against our current pandemic. I don’t take zinc, because of it’s connection with Alzheimer’s. If I lived somewhere I could get Ivermectin, I would take it as well.

I will not made a recommendation one way or the other for the vaccines. Do your homework. Do it thoroughly. Don’t listen to your favorite for or against it celebrities. Do your homework.

So, the keys are: lose weight, eat right, get fit(ter), take vitamins and minerals if you need them. We can all do this. Every single one of us. Let’s go. We’re in this together!

New Jeans!

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On Friday, as I was getting dressed, I decided to try on my “goal” trousers. This is a pair of jeans, my wife bought me a year ago. I don’t know what she was thinking. Maybe she made a mistake. Maybe the place she bought them made a mistake, but I couldn’t even get close to getting them on. When I looked at the size, they said 40. Now I know that probably sounds to you like the size of a parachute, but at the time I wore a 48. If they were a relaxed fit, possibly a 46, but 40 was a size I hadn’t worn since the first year we were married, which was 1997.

I have tried them on a couple times, since, but on Friday, I slipped them on, and they buttoned right up. They are not tight. They fit comfortably. I have gone from a size 48 down to a size 40 in 2020. So that’s one bit of good news during this year from H E double hockey stick.

My wife has also dropped several dress and trouser sizes. She is looking fabulous. I think she weighs less than she did when we got married. If not, she’s extremely close.

I tell you all this to encourage you. Find a program that fits your lifestyle. I watched a video yesterday by a guy in California who switched to a Paleo diet, and not only lost weight, but he healed up several long term health problems. I’ve read the same results from people who’ve gone on the Mediterranean diet. The secret is not necessarily the eating plan itself. It’s finding one that fits your lifestyle and personality. For us it has been Keto/South Beach.

I say both, because the two diets are so similar now, that they are virtually the same thing. South beach does allow a few more carbs, which I’ve had to move to because of certain digestive challenges I’ve had due to my medication. Perhaps I should do a post about that.

I want to repeat my primary message, though. The first thing is, you absolutely must eliminate sugar from your diet. Stop fighting me. Just do it. Then start getting rid of processed wheat flour. White flour and white sugar are, and I know I use this word a lot, but here I go again, they are POISON. They are addictive and will destroy your body, one bite at a time.

The next thing you need to know is, weight loss is based on calories. Yes, I know that’s old school, but it’s true. When you first start Keto, calories aren’t a big deal. You are training your body to feed off of fat rather than carbohydrates. That alone will be enough to get your weight falling off. You feel full, and you will love all the fat and protein and delicious veggies. You will, however, reach a time when you have to start paying attention to calories.

Some people do this by serving sizes. My wife does that. She only uses a small dessert plate as her dinner plate. That works great for her. I need a big plate because I’m a messy eater. Some people do it by measuring their food. My favorite You Tube host, Ally McWowie, measures everything carefully. She has done it for years now. She lost like 150 or 170 lbs doing that. She’s worth paying attention to.

Some people work out so hard that it doesn’t really matter. They burn everything off anyway. I’m 64, I’m going to burn more calories changing clothes than I can motivate myself to burn in the gym.

I actually track calories. When I first started, I tracked only carbs. I focused on 20 carbs a day. I wrote down everything that entered my gullet. For a while that was all I needed to do. Then I developed digestive problems. I will tell you about that next week. So I raised my carb limit to 50 carbs, and started tracking my calories. I set my goal at 1900 calories a day. On days when I stay under 20 carbs, which is most days, I can go over. Even 2100 calories will be ok.

Some days, like days I have to eat oatmeal, I watch my calories very carefully. I will try and keep them closer to 1500 those days.

For most people Keto is not hard. You track your carbs. I rarely track my fat and protein. I don’t worry about my minimums and maximums. I know some purists eyes will explode over that. It’s lazy Keto, and it works for me. But I track my calories. If I go over, I don’t panic. I’m changing my life, I’m not a slave to the numbers.

What are your secrets? What works for you? What have been your challenges? I’m curious. I can’t understand why more people don’t try Keto. But that’s because it fits my lifestyle perfectly. It fits the way I garden, and the vegetables I love most.