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)

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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!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

YOAD and ethnic food.

For those familiar with my posts, I love telling
people how they can eat "normal" while staying on
the diet. After all, this is no longer a diet
to me. It's an ongoing lifestyle that I
follow everyday.

My wife and I used to eat out 60% or more
our meal each week. In this new lifestyle,
that number has been reduced to about 30%.
That still leaves a lot of meals to eat on
the run.

Some of the hardest places to find food
that fits YOAD are ethnic restaurants. Two
of our favorites used to be Tex-Mex and
Chinese. Until a week ago, we hadn't been
into a chinese place since first starting the
diet back in November '06.

Last week we went into a place recommended by
a friend because he had heard they had
a "diet friendly" menu. Just which diet
and how friendly we weren't sure. The place
is called "China in College Park" and is located
near downtown Orlando. I have to admit, the
food was awesome and VERY YOAD friendly.
The "diet menu" featured steamed chicken or
pork, steamed veggies, brown rice and sauces
on the side. WoW! So, I had some steamed
chicken with steamed broccoli and had the
garlic brown sauce on the side with a scoop
of brown rice. My wife had the same. we
also indulged in a cup of hot and sour soup
which is not all that bad as far as soups go.
We loved being able to control just how much
of the garlic sauce we added to our steamed
dishes. We added just enough to add flavor
without going overboard, oh maybe 3 tablespoons

So now we have a Chinese place we can eat
and not feel like we are cheating. Kewl!

Tex-Mex, or Mexican, was also a place
we hadn't been to in a very long time.
In town there is a place called Tijuana Flats.
They brag that no transfats are ever used
to prepare any of their food, and they offer
whole wheat tortilla's in place of any taco
shell or white flour tortilla. We went
there tonight. We had three whole wheat
tortilla tacos each with grilled blackened chicken
topped with a little shredded cheddar
cheese, onions, jalapenos, lettuce
and tomatoes. They also have all these
different types of hot sauces that
we enjoy experimenting with and trying
on each visit. And, or course, you
have to add a serving a refried beans! :)
I've researched the whole refined bean
thing and most nutrtional websites
say they are healthy for the most part
in moderation. Since we visit them
once or maybe twice a month, that sounds
moderate to me :)

So, we now have our ethnic places
back in our lives, which is a good
thing! I know the YOU Docs stress
how important it is not to feel
deprived. And, after all this
time following YOAD, I hardly
ever feel deprived!