Like most young persons growing up my family dinners consisted of the normal Bahamian diet of meat, rice and potatoes.
I was very athletic as a young boy having played high school basketball at C.C. Sweeting, one of the most competitive schools in the country, before moving on to play at the college level.
The constant physical activity combined with my youthful metabolism, kept my weight in check to about 170lbs max. Until I grew up and got married.
My wife and I continued to eat heavy, including take-out fried chicken, pizza and drinking beers. My wife also has impeccable culinary skills and being the man of the house with a great job and a beautiful children I enjoyed those skills several times a week, particularly on Sundays.
The end result? After 9 years my wife gained over 30 lbs and I gained over 50 lbs going from 170 to 220lbs.
We decided that something needed to be done. Not just a diet, something that we had tried countless times, but a lifestyle change. After doing a lot of research we found a plan that we believe would work for us. And it has.
After 4 months I went from 220 to 180 with a tone muscular body that is really visible. My wife has had similar results. she has dropped all 30 lbs gained over nine years and two children! As a added benefit our love lives has taken off and I am receiving much more compliments from her in bed and coworkers are all commenting on our new look.
Health is a major issue in this country and Straight Talk Bahamas provides an excellent forum to discuss this problem that is affecting so many Bahamians. I have agreed to share some of my knowledge and experience on changing the way you live and eat.
The most fundamental problems we have eating and living as Bahamians is that;
- We eat too much of the same type of food
- Our bodies are not working in the way that God had intended
Most people concentrate on Calories when looking at the labels on our food or drinks. Calories can be easily burned away, in fact we burn more than 1000 calories even when we sleep. What we should be concentrating on is our Carbohydrates.
A breakdown of a normal Bahamian diet for the day is:
Breakfast – Stew Fish and Johnny cake
Lunch – Peas and Rice with fried Chicken and Potato Salad again with a soda
Dinner – a repeat of lunch with maybe a change in meat and side but really no change.
I have learned that over the years we have evolved both mentally and physically, for the better and for worst. One of the bad ways that we have evolved is the reaction to years of bad eating or what I like to call “feast or famine diet”.
Just like in the Bible days when there is a lot of food around we store up and when there is little we use what we have stored and this is how we have trained our body to work. Our bodies are now storing foods in our system and there is no need for this.
We need to reprogram our bodies to jump start our metabolism, so that it works the way it was meant to; processing and using what we need and releasing everything else without storing anything.
That is the most important and perhaps most difficult part; getting our bodies functioning the way they were meant to. Once that is taken cared of I will show you how my wife and I have changed the way we approach eating that has allowed us to turn back the clock 10 years.