I basically hit the restart button on my health. I used to walk around sixteen pounds heavier than I do at the moment. In this case this is not good. I am a small guy to begin with (I have not been this small since back in the day, this is pretty much how big I am at the moment).
In the previous post I shared with you that I have GERD. That, plus questionable lifestyle choices, were the reason for the weight loss.
Regardless of what happened to my body within the last year, I am here now. Seeing a nutritionist and hiring my friend as a personal trainer.
I was skeptical at first (with the nutritionist), but because my health was questionable I needed to see an expert who could help me with my eating habits.
So today I would like to share my email correspondence, that I have been having with S, so other men throughout the manosphere can use it to help make their own healthy eating choices.
I couldn’t possibly preach this info if it did not have any positive impact on my life. It has.
My Name is D. and I was referred to you from a friend of mine, G.
I talked to him recently about me having difficulties with gaining weight and getting my nutrition in order.
Around this time last year I was diagnosed with a stomach condition called GERD. Basically my stomach produces more acid than the average person. Since the diagnosis I have lost 16 lbs (dropped down from 136 lbs). Gaining that weight back, in a healthy way, has been difficult for me. G recommended I see a nutritionist to get my health in order.
I would love to set up a consultation with you next week, at your earliest convenience, to see if this is a good process for me to pursue.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time. -D
Thank you for your email. I am sorry to hear about your condition. Seeking nutrition consulting is definitely your best bet. Nutrition and lifestyle are massive contributors to such conditions, and there are so many habits that we can work on, and build that will make you feel much better and will allow your body to produce more “normal” amounts of acid.
An initial consultation with me would last about an hour and a half to two hours. During that time, I would get a better idea of you. Likes, dislikes, allergies, intolerances, lifestyle, etc..That way I will be able to start working with you in building the habits that are going to alleviate the symptoms that you’re feeling and get you well on your way to living life more comfortably. Next Tuesday I could see you at 2:30. How does that time frame look for you?? If that does not work, just send me a few times that would work for your schedule..:)
I really look forward to meeting you, and working towards alleviating the symptoms and discomfort you have been feeling.
It was so nice meeting you today. I am glad that G sent you this way. I know that the changes that we are going to work through are going to add so much to your health, and it will just naturally shine into all other areas of life..:)
We talked about nutrition, and how we ultimately want to reduce the amount of stress that food tends to put on our body. Foods that can be really taxing on our bodies are foods that are very high in sugar or are heavily processed (which usually go hand in hand).
We talked about how first thing in the morning our bodies are in their highest state of stress, and our metabolisms are working at its highest rate. So ultimately what we want to do is replenish fat and protein, and eat foods that are not saturated in sugar. 🙂
When we look at the breakfast options you will notice that I have made pairings that have incorporated things like
Protein (eggs, greek yogurt, egg whites)
Fat (Avocado, Nut Butters, Eggs)
Carbohydrates (Berries and Apples<– because they have a lower glycemic load which is less taxing on the body, but still very important to a balanced lifestyle)
But, you will also notice that the majority of your breakfast is coming from both Protein and Fat.
Unfortunately, if you look at Canada’s food guide, they will tell you that the majority of your breakfast should come from carbohydrates, and much less protein and fat. But even though our food guide tells us this, our population is still growing exponentially. This is because the foods that are being promoted are so heavily processed, and incredibly taxing on the body. See what I am saying here?
So, on another note:
Any of the food items you will need for the recipes can be found at the bulk barn, loblaws, no frills. Please be patient at first, because sometimes you may ask for something, and people will look at you like you have 4 heads, but that’s just because some things aren’t as popular as others. You will notice that after you’ve purchased something once or twice, it will just become second nature, and you will know exactly where to look.
Some Organic Brands of food that you may like to look into:
For meat you can check out Field Gate which is located in the covent garden market.
You should also be able to find yogurt there (but it might just be easier and more cost effective to get it from the grocery store)
For the yogurt you can usually find Organic Meadows at loblaws in the organic section.
Here is the link for the one minute Muffins that we talked about. You can feel free to use these as sandwich bread at any time..:) I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I have also attached the files that we had talked about.. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to just fire away!
Also, here is a link where you can find some benefits of coconut oil.. I figured you’d like to check that out. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil
Please let me know if you have any questions over the next week.
Some things I have found out about myself during this whole ‘healthy lifestyle change’:
- I cannot take advice to heart unless I believe the person giving me the advice is an expert or someone I think has credibility
- Realized that I have had this strange mindset when it came to food, I knew what was ‘really bad for you’ but still just kinda put food in my body hoping to gain weight
- I was expecting results right away but must understand that these changes in habits take time and I must be patient
I have always been hesitant to take advice from random people, what the hell do they really know anyway? Where is their source of credibility coming from? Did they go to school and learn about this certain subject? Have they been in the profession for long? – make sure to have the ability to ask these questions and successfully screen people so you are not fucked over. If you are investing money into your health, like I am, this is a good practice to get into.
S is a nutritionist but also has her own business so I understand how and why she is spreading out the information: a little bit at a time so as to not overwhelm me with info so I can develop good eating habits, but also that it keeps me coming back to get more and more healthy eating advice. I don’t mind because I can afford it at the moment.
* I will also attach some recipes, nutrition facts and a simple breakfast meal plan that I have started to adopt quite regularly.
Also, if you have any suggestions or tips on eating healthy and also gaining weight in a healthy way, then leave a comment or send me an email, I would love to hear from you. -d