The road to a healthier life

It was at the height of my weight. The biggest I had ever been. I weighed 245 lbs (111.13 kg).

How did I put on all that weight?

Obviously It's the meat and fat

It is only obvious in hindsight. Of course it was the meat, the oil, the eggs, the milk and cheese, the Burger King, the ice cream, and the doughnut dreams.

It didn’t really matter how much I exercised. I didn’t really know much about good nutrition. In 2007 I studied abroad in Budapest. I was on my own cooking for myself.

Little did I know that the culprit was right in my hands.

I was still fat after college. My diet had changed, but it was still the typical American diet. Lots of meat and cheese, oils, eggs and high fat doughnuts, muffins and other bakery goodies.

When I got hired to work at the bank, I joined a gym. I lost about 40 lbs there. What happened?

I did change my diet a bit. I was still eating meat. Not as much though. I was more calorie conscious and ate white bread instead of whole (less calories). I also exercised considerably. At least 5 days a week for a few months.

I did start to look at food labels more. I cut down on cheese and milk severely. I ate more oats and less sugary things for breakfast.

I still didn’t really have any good idea of good Nutrition.

iceCream

Happy Birthday!

When I came to Korea, I lost quite a bit of weight. Here’s me when I first came to Korea. I was ready to eat a whole bunch of greasy Samgyeopsal (Korean BBQ, Basically thick bacon.)

SamGyeopSal

So what happened when I came to Korea? I ate a lot more vegetables compared to meat. Still a lot of meat and cooked/pickled/sugared veggies. The typical Korean diet with an American appetite for more helpings of meat.

I did lose weight. I also started exercising at home on my own. That november I went running for the first time in a few years. Maybe even since college.

Here I am a few months after:

TongDoSa

So, I decided to get more serious. The past summer I started running seriously. I also switched my diet to the “Paleo Diet” which means lean meats and veggies. Nothing that came from the agricultural revolution.

I was also going to the gym and messing around with weights as well as playing Ultimate Frisbee.

And that worked pretty good. I lost weight and got down to around 81 Kg. I still had a big butt, but I think that will be the last thing I lose.

Pumped

Until I fell off the horse. Little did I know that the Paleo diet is hard to maintain long term. It’s the perfect Yo-yo diet. You’ll see many people lose weight fast. Only to gain it back in a few months.

Not all of it back, but I was up to around 86 kg. I got a bit depressed over the winter, and started eating junk food again. I didn’t know what was going on.

Sure I wasn’t Tubby Mc Tubberton. But geeze. It sucked. It was the depression that really sucked the life out of me. I had gotten seasonal blues before, but this time was pretty hard hitting. Good thing I had friends to be there for me.

Here is me at the beach trying to revitalize my soul:
Beached

I had been eating healthier and exercising more with the help of a friend. We ate healthier. Still eating meat, but only with lots of great veggies, beans, mushrooms, rice, and fruits.

I decided that April is the month to make a positive change in my diet and health. I had been gradually feeling better since the start of the School year in Korea. I started reading books on health and looking for ways to improve my health.

So in April, I became a vegan. I ate meat twice, and I had eggs twice in the month of april (school lunch, and on my birthday). I also had cake and ice cream on my birthday.

Luckily I had some very good influences such as a good vegan friend, and also lots of great resources for healthy eating information. I’m still learning the ropes. There are all sorts of different vegan diets. Some people only eat fruit with the occasional salad. Some eat nuts, some don’t. Some eat only raw foods. Some don’t eat soy.

Anyways, When I got back from Japan, I weighed myself on the scale. I’m down to 77kg. (169.75 lbs) The healthiest I’ve been since high school.

My taste buds have changed completely. I’ve lost the taste for coffee. Cleansing my diet of animal products means cleansing it of all of the animal fats which makes your blood clog (when you eat meat and eggs fat runs wild through your blood stream), and your senses numb. I feel life in a new way.

And most importantly, on this vegan diet, I never feel hungry all the time like I used to feel. And I don’t over eat.

I have so much more energy, and my sleep is so much better.

Here’s me in Tokyo drinking soy milk tea.

Soy Milk Tea

Now I want to get leaner with more muscle mass. The journey still continues.

If you’re interested in changing to a vegan diet, here’s a video to give you more information. This doctor describes why starches and rice are not the culprit. Enjoy!

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