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!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Good and the Evil...

And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?"

And Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained pounds.

And God created the healthful fruits of the tree, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.

And Satan brought forth ice cream and candy. And woman gained pounds.

And God said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."

And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter.

And Man gained pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God said, "Behold, I have given you legs that can walk," And Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.

And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained pounds.

And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil."

And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.

And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.

And Satan saw and said, "It is good."

And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

And Satan created HMO's.....

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Simple Spelt Pancakes

My wife and I just enjoyed an awesome breakfast
of 100% whole grain spelt pancakes, uncured
turkey bacon and fresh Jamaican blue mountain/
Hawaiian blend percolated coffee!

My wife was resistant at first for me to make
the pancakes. It is true, back before the diet
we rarely liked any pancakes we would attempt to
make at home.

But, I found this great spelt recipe and I had
high hopes for success so onward I marched. And
my stubbornness paid off.

Spelt has such a wonderful flavor and the grain
hasn't been modified a zillion times over the
last decade like wheat has, so it retains
so much more nutrition!

I am posting the spelt recipe I went by, and then
beneath I will post some changes I made to make it
a bit more YOAD friendly.

If anyone likes the recipe, give me a holler! :)

Simple Spelt Pancakes

2 cups (7 ounces) whole spelt flour
(We used Arrowhead brand organic spelt flour)
2 tablespoons (7/8 ounce) sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder (20 grams)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (14 ounces) milk
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)

To make the pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the spelt flour,
sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine the milk and melted butter, and the
vanilla if you’re using it. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients,
and pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir the batter just until the dry
ingredients are thoroughly moistened: it will seem very wet, but will thicken as
it sits. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes before you use it.

To make the pancakes: Heat a non-stick griddle if you have one, or a heavy skillet,
preferably cast iron. If your surface is not non-stick, brush it lightly with vegetable oil.

When the surface of your pan is hot enough that a drop of water sputters across the
surface, give the pan a quick swipe with a paper towel to eliminate excess oil,
and spoon the batter onto the hot surface, 1/4-cupful at a time.

Let the pancakes cook on the first side until bubbles begin to form around the
edges of the cakes, about 2 to 3 minutes. You may need to adjust your heat up or
down to get the pancakes to cook through without scorching the surface, or being
too pale. When the cakes are just beginning to set, flip them and let them
finish cooking on the second side, about 1 minute more, until they’re golden
brown on both sides.

To make them a little more YOAD friendly, we substituted 1 ounce of
pure peanut oil for the butter, 6 packs of Sweet N Low for the sugar and 1 3/4
cup of lite soy milk for the milk. You could use low fat milk if you like.
We also added a cap full of almond extract along with the vanilla.