WELCOME to my blog! I am Marc, 54 years old and married to my wonderful wife Ann. I guess I am your Mr Average, but I have discovered a healthier lifestyle that incorporates amazing food choices with fresh flavours and health benefits.. I am not a doctor and I have not undertaken food science courses,. I have learnt that if I want to live longer I need to change my eating habits, not for a day, not for a week but for life.
First things first, I love food, but realised that eating everything I saw would not be for the best! I have never really thought that my weight was an issue until I realised I may, after a number of years, have to slacken that dreaded belt another notch..
I also couldn’t get over the fact that I seemed to be eating the “right” foods, or maybe it was just the volume I consumed.
OK! A few sweets and intermittent snacking could possibly have contributed?!
I also work a full rotational 24 hour shift pattern that is spread over a 5 week rota – what fun! This means, to those of you who are lucky not to work this type of system, that I may work through the night, getting a break at 0300 hours. No not to snooze, but to cram in as much food as possible to keep me going until 0700 hours or later!
As much I as I love an Indian curry or Chinese Chicken Kung Po, my age, my digestive system, my metabolism are just saying No! No! No!… so how do I get round this?
I last weighed myself in February 2001 during which I only weighed about 79kg. In March 2016, I was 92kg and at 52 years old, realised that my slow and insidious weight gain had indeed ballooned. Now, that may seem a lot to some but when distributed across a body it’s apparently deceivingly easy to hide 13kg!!!
Ah yes you say, but how tall am I? I am also only 5’8″, so 92 kg for someone about 6′ plus would be great, but as I looked downhearted at my relaxed stomach, I knew it was time to take action…
After a while I thought ….. Exercise will solve this … but no, the bits I wanted reducing were not simply melting away… so what else was there?
I researched a few books and identified low impact exercise regimes and then finally stumbled upon… PALEO also known as PRIMAL eating.
This wasn’t just a diet, but a lifestyle change. I had never contemplated dieting as such and no-way was I attending one of those ‘weigh-ins!’
I didn’t want to be a plumpersaurus herded from the side of the room to share my shame with the onlooking public. No, it was time to learn what my body needed from proteins, to carbs, from macro nutrients to the differences between saturated and unsaturated fat, with the additional confusion of polyunsaturated too!
I want to now share my experiences, including a few ups and downs and share the secret to feeling full after each meal, eating almost as much as you may like, but cutting down on the one modern day by-product of busy lives…. the dreaded processed food…. the convenience food is poisoning us mouthful by mouthful..
Now, that’s not to say, everything fatty is bad for you, just what type of fat, and how much of it you eat..
This blog attempts to identify how to eat well, how to choose your foods, and with a little low impact exercise (OPTIONAL) will restore your health, confidence and let’s be honest – libido too!!
Eat Well, Feel Great, Lose Weight