Perseverance Pays Off

10 05 2012

Over two days of being a lot more disciplined and it is paying off. Three nights of no snacking and trying to get more rest has definitely been helping as well. Two nights ago I hit the weights pretty good and did some of DDP’s patented 10 second pushups (DDP YOGA). I’m finally seeing some weight loss again. After three weeks of gain a pound, lose a pound, no movement, I was starting to feel like I was alone in the wilderness. Now the scale is moving again. Yet, I know that the hardest days are still to come.

I’ve been working through dinnertime some days and that can be rough. The cravings will start and lets face it, there aren’t very many healthy options when you are in the car and need to keep on moving. Luckily yesterday, I had a bunch of cauliflower packed and that was helpful in holding me over until I got home (where I had a most amazing walnut /sweet potato mash – recipe coming tomorrow). When 5pm rolls around fast food begins looking good to me. Despite the fact that I know a burger from Burger King will make me feel like a sloth the second I’m done with it, it still calls my name. Despite knowing that McDonald’s chicken nuggets are made with anti-foaming agent and really don’t taste all that good, I still crave them. Though I haven’t eaten either in nearly 5 months and am able to rationally talk to myself about why they are bad for me, they somehow still have their hooks in me.

My biggest weapon during these cravings lately though has been some Buddhist philosophy. “This is just a thought”, is what I say to myself. “It will pass. Let it pass. This is only temporary”. I often think of how many times before this that I’ve had the seem exact craving. I think of how I have given into this craving in the past and where it has gotten me. The satisfaction of surrendering to a craving never lasts very long. It is quickly followed by shame, guilt and diminished feelings of self. I know I can never be my best if I reopen the door to that world and begin traveling down that path again. Better to make a high quality burger at home once in a very blue moon. Last night I opted for three vegan chik’n nuggets. They tasted better than anything McDonald’s can come up with anyway. It was surely healthier.

So the journey continues and perseverance is beginning to pay off.

20120510-100211.jpg





From Pro Wrestling Icon to Fitness Guru – Diamond Dallas Page Reveals How Yoga Can Change Your Life

1 05 2012

When I decided to write this blog over four months ago, it was solely a way to stay focused on my goal of losing 200 pounds while reversing some serious health issues through a dietary lifestyle change and increased exercise. If it helped to motivate someone else than that was an added plus. I never expected to promote anybody’s product. That being said, if I find something that works for me, I am going to tell you about it. DDP Yoga has been that something. I’ve only done it for about a month now but it has helped me to lose some weight, gain noticeable strength, become much more flexible as well as significantly reduce a nagging shoulder pain issue that I’ve had. I know that the results I am seeing with this program so far are only the tip of the iceberg but in only four weeks, the results are impressive enough that I can’t help but espouse the many benefits to anyone who will listen to me.

I want to make it clear that I’m not a paid affiliate. I bought the program just like everybody else has. I have no stake in this other than to pay forward the kindness of others who have helped me along the way. It’s all about learning and information sharing.

One of the great things about blogging and the internet in general is that people you would not normally have the opportunity to communicate with, become much more accessible. I recently had the good fortune and the great honor to speak at length with the creator of DDP Yoga; a pro wrestling legend turned fitness guru – Diamond Dallas Page. He continues to help me tweak my lifestyle change so that I get the most out of it. I hope that the extensive information contained in this interview will benefit my readers and will help you determine if this program could benefit you (and believe me – it can and will) as it continues to do for me and the many others who are using it.

Click here for the:
Johnnysized.com audio interview with DDP

If you’ve listened to the interview and feel inspired to use DDP Yoga to help you become your best self, you can save 10% on the program or on anything in the DDP Yoga store for the next 24 hours by putting in the promo code: JGEE

www.ddpyoga.com

If you do get the program, drop me a line and let me know how it’s going. You can post public comments here or drop me a private one at johnnysized@gmail.com

Arthur’s story – a DDP yoga testimonial





Plant Based Foods That Build Muscle

15 04 2012

People are always asking me “now that you’ve gone plant based, where do you get your protein from?”. It is a cultural misnomer that protein can only be obtained from animal sources. This is a belief propagated in the beginning of the last century and sadly many people have not come to find out about the many other healthier and more nutritious sources of plant based protein. Yes you can eat plant based foods and develop muscle. Yesterday a friend sent me an online slideshow of the best plant based sources of protein. It’s definitely worth re-posting:

http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/556369-the-21-best-muscle-building-foods-for-vegetarians/#slide-1

***If you have something you think would benefit my readers (and me) please post a comment here or send me an email at johnnysized@gmail.com





The Amazing Benefits of Eating Your Sweet ‘Taters!

11 04 2012

One of the neat things about eating plant based is that your tastes really do change after awhile. As a kid, I despised sweet potatoes but after eliminating all sugars from my diet, I’ve gone back to try them and found them to be nature’s candy. They are delicious and one of the most nutrient packed vegetable that you can eat. Sweet Potatoes are loaded with vitamin A. An average sized sweet potato packs more than the daily recommended allowance of vitamin A. This is especially beneficial for smokers who often end up having a vitamin A deficiency which over time can lead to emphysema. They are also a great food for asthma sufferers and are low on the glycemic index for those with diabetes.

An average sized sweet potato can give you nearly a third of your daily vitamin C allowance while providing you with 15% of your recommended daily fiber intake. They are also loaded with antioxidants. You won’t find more betacarotene anywhere so sweet potatoes are perfect for good heart, eye and skin health. They are also full of anti-inflammatory properties and are excellent for people suffering from arthritis.

Because sweet potatoes are often chemically treated during and after the growing season, it is best to remove the skin prior to eating. As always, buying organic is going to be your best bet. It’s worth the extra money not to eat the poison.

Sweet potatoes are so nutrient rich that they can potentially cause harm if you eat them too often while having kidney or gallbladder issues. They contain small amounts of oxalates which when taken large doses can be problematic. Healthy digestive tracks will be more able to properly digest sweet potatoes. But like all things, eat them in moderation. Definitely don’t pass them up thpogh because they are amazingly beneficial and delicious.

Here is a great looking recipe that I cannot wait to try. It’s from Engine2 Diet:

RIP’S SWEET POTATO LASAGNA
1 onion, chopped
1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 package Silken Lite tofu
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
2 jars pasta sauce cashews
tomato
2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles
16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
1 cup raw cashews, ground

Preheat oven to 400º. Sauté the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick
pan. Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liq-
uid. Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan.
Sauté the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl. Sauté the peppers and
corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to the vegetable bowl. Drain the tofu by wrapping in
paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the
vegetable bowl and combine.

To Assemble:
Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. Cover
the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread
the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles. Cover with a layer of noodles and another dress-
ing of sauce. Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles. Cover the spinach with the
mashed sweet potatoes. Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping
of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes.
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews,
and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!





How to do a 21 Day Plant-Based Kick Start!

6 04 2012

Are you ready to take back your life? Are you ready to find the energy that you’ve so desperately been missing? Are you ready to fight and possibly even reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes? do you want to stave off Alzheimer’s? Are you trying to lose weight?

People often ask how to get started with a plant based diet. I posted a section of this in the past, but here is the entire show. Dr. Barnard is a wealth of information. If you have the time and the true desire to make a change, this man can show you the simplest way to do it. What are you waiting for for??? It’s only three weeks, give it a try. you have nothing to lose!








From Fear of Dying to Joy of Living!

28 03 2012

Bill Clinton is probably one of the best known vegans on the planet right now. He is actually reversing his heart disease with a plant based diet. This is a CNN video interview with him and a separate interview with his doctors:

A little more about a 21 day immersion plan to switch to a plant based diet:





21 Day Plant Based Challenge

1 03 2012

I watched a PBS program tonight called “Kickstart Your Health with Dr. Neal Barnard”. He has several other programs including “Tackling Diabetes” and “Kickstart Your Metabolism”. All are worth DVRing, even if just to begin incorporating some of the ideas into your current diet. “Kickstart Your Health” was very interesting. It’s basically the roadmap for beginning a potential plant based lifestyle change. In it, Dr. Barnard states that a switch to a plant based diet can dramatically reduce your cholesterol, high blood pressure and weight while beginning to reversing heart disease, diabetes and other chronic issues. Some of the stats he threw out there were pretty interesting. He said that studies have shown that the average American consumes 75 more pounds of meat , 30 pounds more cheese and 30 pounds more sugar yearly than they did 100 years ago. Imagine how perplexed our body must be when trying to figure out what to do with all of this stuff. It’s no wonder that we have a major health epidemic occurring in this country today. So many of these issues could be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. For instance, did you know that a plant based diet burns calories 16% faster up to three hours after a meal is consumed?

Dr. Barnard’s plan is fairly simple. Take one week to examine what sort of plant based foods you like and start compiling a list of them as well as recipes you might want to try. He states that for this first week, you don not have to change your diet at all. He then advocates switching to a plant based diet for 21 days. That means no animal products (meat and dairy) and “very little” oils. Substitute rye and pumpernickel for other breads and try to stay clear of white potatoes as both cause sugar spikes and cravings. Vegetables, fruits, beans, rice and pasta are all okay. He contends that many people won’t likely want to go back to their old diet after the 21 days. By then weight will have been lost, considerable energy will have been found and cravings for some of the foods that may have been problematic in the past will be less intense.

I know that for me, this plan rings true. There was a time when I couldn’t imagine living like this and sustaining it. I was fortunate to not really have much of a choice. My choice was to eat better or continue to eat like I was and watch my health further deteriorate. Now I’m over 9 weeks into a plant based lifestyle change and I wouldn’t think about going back to eating the way that I used to. I’m sure I will eventually get less strict with my diet but for now, it is working fantastically and it will do me good to continue strictly on this path. Even though the last few weeks, I have seen the weight loss slow, it has not once stopped. Many overweight people adopting this lifestyle change see significant weight decrease, even without exercise. Dr. Barnard stated that many people will lose about 50 pounds in the first year. Furthermore, the majority of people keep the weight off and actually lose additional weight the second year. These figures are much higher than conventional diets. He explained that in the first several months, the average person will lower their cholesterol and blood pressure by amounts that are consistent with what would occur while on medication. And as daunting a task as it seems initially, switching to a plant based lifestyle and being able to maintain it is not so terribly difficult once you get going. The noticeable change in the ways you feel and look should definitely propel you to keep on going.

If you’ve been thinking about going plant based, why not mull it over for another week, come up with a plan and try it for 21 days. You might just find out it is the best thing you have ever done for yourself. I encourage those who have already made the switch to comment here about the positive changes you’ve experienced or drop me a line at johnnysized@gmail.com.








%d bloggers like this: