You may be asking what happened to my blog posts between days 4 and 39 and that is a fair question. The answer is – there are none. I had great intentions, but life got in the way as it often does. I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say, in the last three weeks everything that could go wrong, went wrong. During this period of time I could not win for losing. In fact, I can’t recall a period of my life that was more challenging and my life has been fraught with challenging moments. The great thing is, I thrive in challenging situations, but they can be tiresome and I found myself worn out after everything that happened. My buddy, who is a US Marine gave me the following advice: “Dude, suck it up. Pain is weakness leaving the body”. Although I was not a Marine, the message met its mark and I have discovered “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”.
During this time, I have reflected on my goals in life and my goals here in Cuenca. I have decided that The Savor Experiment is much larger than just me and I have the potential to use the knowledge I have gained to help others. There are a tremendous amount of myths and mistruths circulating about dieting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The problem this creates is people don’t know who to trust or what to do when they become unhealthy. The diet industry prefers it this way because they can sell more pills and potions. The traditional medical establishment prefers it this way because they have more patients to prescribe medications to. The food industry prefers it this way because they can sell more “natural” or “fat free” food even though both are detrimental to overall health of those eating such things. The reality is, there is no money in making and keeping people healthy. If you are healthy and have been for a long period of time, you know what to eat, you don’t need the help of the diet industry and you probably don’t go to the doctor that often if ever.
So, what is the solution to these problems that perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle? The answer is, there is no simple solution. It is a process – a marathon, not a sprint. The Savor Experiment is going to endeavor to remove the mystification that surrounds leading a healthy lifestyle. It is not a diet. It is a lifestyle modification program. We are going to use the scientific method to find the answers. We are going to do our very best to supply those that are interested with information that will truly lead to a healthy lifestyle. If you are looking to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, this is not the program for you. If you are looking to change your lifestyle so that you can life a more fulfilling life, stay tuned and get ready to have all the information you need to accomplish your health-related goals at your fingertips.
For those interested in my progress. I have lost 21 lbs. to date. I am walking 10,000+ steps a day and I have all but eliminated sugar from my life. I am craving foods that are better for me and I would rather have a great salad than a pizza. I am attempting to eliminate pasta and rice from my diet, because from what I have read, they do essentially the same thing to your body that sugar does. Same with most things made from white flour. By eliminating “simple” carbohydrates from your diet, your digestive system will work more efficiently and effectively. A friend of mine likened eating simple carbohydrates to throwing rotten wood on a fire: it will burn hot, but for a very short period of time. The goal in eating the right foods is to turn your metabolism into an efficient calorie burning furnace – more on this later. The Savor Experiment seems to be working. Thanks to The Vegetable Bar, eating healthy has become very easy and I feel better than I have in a very long time.