What's a Youatarian? It's my own phrase I have used when people ask me how I have lost my excess weight. I'm a Youatarian and live the youatarian lifestyle. Simply put, a Youatarian is someone that follows YOU On a Diet. For any YOAD followers out there that would like to adopt the phrase
for themselves, please feel free.

- Marshall (aka Orlando Tek)

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

My Story

In July 2006, I visited the doctor for a multitude of
ongoing medical problems and when I weighed
in I remember being 305lbs. That was the heaviest
I could ever remember weighing on any scale in my life.

My wife, also overweight, started some small changes
in her diet at that time and those changes made its way
through into my diet as well.

In September 2006, I watched my mother undergo
triple bypass surgey. And I always believed her
to be of modest health although she had passed
on a few of her problems to me including high blood
pressure and acid reflux issues. In her early 20's,
unaware of her high blood pressure problem, she
actually had a stroke, although not very severe.

My dad is a bit healthier even though being
12 years older than my mom, but he has borderline
adult onset diabetes and he had a stint put into an
artery a few years back.

Taking in all this information, It was then I decided
I needed to make some serious changes in my life
or I will be the next one on the heart ward not too
long from now.

It was Novemeber, 2006 and I was already following
the few changes my wife had made to her diet and we had
both lost about 15lbs in the last few months. Any
change at this point was a good change. We watched
a Discovery Health special called YOU: On A Diet featuring
the YOU docs and a few families incorporating YOAD
into their daily lives and showing their amazing progress.

The very next day, November 7th, 2006, my wife and
I went through every cabinet and cupboard in our
house and got rid of ALL the bad foods. We then
went to the grocery store and bought foods that
met YOAD and from that day we have not looked back!

We could not find the book at any local store so we
ordered it off Amazon. It took a few weeks to arrive
but we started cooking with only YOAD approved foods
using YOAD approved methods and we WERE seeing
results even before the book arrived.

From there it has been all downhilll. I have lost 110lbs
since starting on YOAD in November but about 125lbs
over the last 18 months total. Wahoo!

And most of my medical problems related to my weight
have now vanished including high bood pressure, acid
reflux and sleep apnea. I have much more energy and
I feel better than I can ever remember!

And its all thanks to YOAD!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bison for dinner

Last night we bought $20.00 worth of Bison Top Sirloin Steaks. Which amounts to two 8oz steaks.

They were yummy!!

Bison is great to have as it gives you a lot of iron and protien without the saturated fat
typically associated with beef.

This is because beef is usually marbled and has fat throughout the meat. Bison has almost
no marble and most of the fat can be trimmed off the edges of the cuts. This gives you a much
leaner cut of meat.

Here are some nutritional data I just pulled off the web.

Ground Turkey (regular)
4 oz cooked
Calories 170
Calories from fat 90
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g

Ground Sirloin (Beef)
4 oz cooked
Calories 150
Calories from fat 50
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g

Ground Sirloin (Bison)
4 oz cooked
Calories 130
Calories from fat 30
Total Fat 3.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g

For those that may not know, bison is another name for buffalo.

We have been enjoying bison since about 4 months before going on YOAD and we have enjoyed including it in our meals . The texture is nearly identical to beef as is the color (maybe a tad darker because it has a little more iron than beef) and has a taste very similar to beef albeit a little bit more dry. This is caused by the reduced fat content. When you cook bison, you will
see very, very little fat in the bottom of the pan. Instead, you will see mostly water.

The sirloin steaks we had tonight were tender and tasty! Mmmmm.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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