When I first met him, he was 315 pounds and approximately 5’10″. He was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, using acid blockers, blood pressure medication and a sleep machine.
I’ve been consulting him since September. Eight months.
A conventional nutritionist or doctor would prescribe a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet and say the prescription drugs are helping his body stay healthy. At the worst, they would add a statin drug to his medication routine.
A conventional nutritionist would say nothing about cod liver oil, high vitamin butter, sea salt, or grass-fed meat. Heaven forbid they would suggest a probiotic or the GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) protocol.
But I did.
We spent hours in his kitchen removing processed, boxed “food” items with soy, hydrogenated oils, colorings and additives. I felt a twinge of guilt when I donated two laundry baskets of food at the food shelter: less-fortunate people shouldn’t be subjected to that “food” either.
We restocked his kitchen with nutrient-dense, full-fat foods. We found grass-fed protein, pulled in organic produce and talked about balancing blood sugar levels (super important for pre-diabetics).
Despite the nay-sayers and the calorie-in/calorie-out advocators, he stuck to our plan. He changed his lifestyle to a point that was slightly uncomfortable – but, as in every business takeover, there has to be a significant lifestyle change to prove that something is going to happen.
And something [good] did happen.
The first few week he spent eating through the six stages of the Introduction Diet to the GAPS protocol (purpose: to heal his gut). He lost a significant amount of weight all at once. Afterwards his lifestyle food plan is about healing his body on the inside. The excess weight is a symptom of what is wrong on the inside. So dietary changes are NOT about losing weight, although excess fat will not be sustained.
Now he’s wavering between being strict about what form nutrients take as they enter his body (generally a GAPS diet) and being a bit more indulgent. It’s a balancing game.
Now, eight months after we began, his blood test shows normal triglyceride and glucose levels. His doctor is helping him wean from his blood pressure medication. After more weight comes off, he’ll be able to wean off his sleep machine. He has Barrett’s esophagus and knows it is essentially a precursor to esophageal cancer. He knows the acid blocking medicine is not something to be ambivalent about and (soon!) he’ll be ready to begin the road of weaning off the acid blocker too.
He knows the road will be long, but he’s made a long-term committed to his health.