...and a story about losing weight.

Several years ago, I lost a lot of weight. And then gained it right back. Losing weight was simple. I counted calories and exercised every day. It kinda sucked, and it didn't last.

Then I tried the diet where you eat mostly meat - for about a week. I dislike the heavy feeling of being full of meat, and it made my skin feel greasy all the time.

Next, I bought a juicer. "Juicing" is time consuming, it's messy, and it's hard to spend so much money on fresh fruit when so much of it ends up in the garbage.

So I gave up and stopped trying and opened up my mind to whatever information the universe would send me.

Soon after, I was listening to Penn Jillette's podcast. It's a podcast about atheism and libertarianism hosted by a magician. It had nothing to do with losing weight.

Penn had weight related medical problems, and had decided to lose weight. He was, very quickly. He talked about losing weight for months, but didn't say how he was doing it. Then he did an episode and gave all the details.

Basically: eat whole fresh vegetables and fruit, beans, nuts and seeds. Don't eat animal products, oil, salt, sugar, or processed grains. The exact opposite of what I'd been eating for forty-five years.

I literally changed my eating habits between lunch and dinner that day and lost 25 pounds the first six weeks. I've lost 45 pounds and have maintained my current weight for months, without exercising or counting calories. And I probably eat more food than I did before.

The basics of what I do:

  • Eat a large salad every day, with lots of leafy greens.
  • A handful of raw nuts such as walnuts and almonds in my salad.
  • Flavored balsamic vinegar instead of salad dressing.
  • Eat a variety of whole fruit - about four each day.
  • Raw or steamed vegetables for dinner, and a little brown rice.
  • Beans at least every other day, even if it's a small amount.

My basic rule is, if it's been in a factory, I don't eat it. If it grew out of the ground, I eat it.

The recipes I'm posting on my site are ones that I use often. They're pretty easy, and they taste good. I'll add more over time.

I'm not saying this is how you should eat. I'm saying this is how I eat. Do what you like. And talk to your doctor before making major changes to your diet.