I keep myself in decent shape. For a guy approaching (early) retirement, I can still bench-press my own weight, keep a decent pace on my Trek (bicycle), and down a Big Mac in 20 seconds.
But despite regular exercise and a reasonable – but not perfect diet (the Big Mac comment was in jest, although I recently watched the documentary ‘Supersize Me’ and I’ve been craving McDonalds ever since), despite all of this, my health challenges continue.
I’m predisposed to high cholesterol, regardless of exercise or weight loss. More recently, high blood sugar has entered the race, another looming health risk. While I’ve managed to avoid pharmaceutical solutions so far, my options are dwindling.
No red meat, no pasta, no bread, no cheese, no potatoes, no rice. And the one time per week I’m allowed chicken or pork, the portion is supposed to be small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. I’m sorry, that’s called a chicken nugget.
What’s left except fish and grass?
Short of moving to a juicing diet (check out the documentary by Joe Cross, ‘Fat Sick and Nearly Dead’ and its sequel, both excellent), I’m running out of ideas –no offence to vegetarians and vegans alike.
So being the creative type, I came up with my own diet.
It’s based on balance, Yin Yang. When you can’t be good all the time, be good some of the time.
I introduce to you the Green Tea and Bacon diet, which I sometimes refer to as;
the ‘Asian Carnivore’.
Use your imagination. It’s like ordering the Triple Value Meal, with a Coke Zero on the side.
I’ll let you know how it works out.
Until next time,