I am 48 years old at the time of writing (December 2017), I started my journey in March 2015. I was looking for a panacea for long distance (marathon and ultra marathon) running and thought that a low carb, high fat diet might be just the thing. Turned out there are not any magic fixes 🙂 But that lunchtime meeting to talk about food and fuel was the start to many other things.
My diet and study of diet (I tried to debunk everything I was told) lead me to books on sleep which lead me to books on meditation which lead me to books on productivity which lead me to… you get the picture.
Pre 2015 I was taking daily vitamin supplements and a daily blood pressure (hypertensive) medication (my blood pressure was routinely over 120/80 and I was very caffeine sensitive). Not so many years before that I had been 85kg (188lbs) at times (I am 182cm (5ft 11), so that’s borderline obese) even though I ran and exercised and never considered myself fat or unfit (I did drink too much). I was heading towards a 92cm (36inch) waist.
To bring myself down to 75-77kg (165lbs) I was running 60km (40+ miles) a week and up and racing (long distance) regularly (at least once a month). At age forty I had an enlarged prostrate – measured as 38 grams.
I usually weigh in at 72kg (158lbs) or less now and that’s running less than 20km (12 miles) a week, I look better – I think 🙂 – and feel fitter. I still race marathons now and then and while not quite as fast I recover quicker and enjoy it more. I take no supplements and weened myself off my blood pressure medication (see disclaimer). I get worried about my blood pressure being too low now and I drink 3 cups of coffee every morning. I rarely take medication. I can now confidently buy 81cm (32inch) shorts 🙂 I think that’s the same as when I was 20 years old.
At a check up in 2016 (about eighteen months after starting my journey) my prostrate was measured as 28g – i.e. 25% smaller than 5 years earlier – there was no medical reason that this should go down and I was not on any medication.
Back to the start of this blurb and that opportune lunch – I gave up bread at that very first meeting and have never looked back – something made sense to me about improving my life and hope some of these pages will inspire you to do the same.
I am from the UK but live in Asia (as you will have guessed from some of the food names), am married with two daughters and run my own business.