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!

Monday, January 19, 2009

All about Potatoes

For those familair with my posts
on the YOAD message boards, I am
am advocate of including potatoes
in your diet, even following YOAD.

Now, I am not talking about
sitting down in front of the TV with
a big family size bag of Lay's and
eating the entire bag while
watching CSI. I'm talking about
1-3 servings (2 on average)
per day which is pretty typical
for me.

One of the reasons I include
potatoes is because I still
struggle with high blood pressure.
Granted, I am much, much better
than I used to be and my blood
pressure is normal now thanks
to one low dose blood pressure
med that I take everyday AND a
potassium rich diet.

Many people don't realize this
but potatoes are actually rich
in potassium. One medium potato
has about twice as much
potassium as a one
large size banana!

Baked potato, with skin, medium (844mg potassium)
Large banana (487mg potassium)

I pulled this off of a
high blood pressure web site -

High Blood Pressure - treatment

Potatoes, specially in boiled form, are a
valuable food for lowering blood pressure.
When boiled with their skin, they absorb
very little salt. Thus they can form a
useful addition to a salt-free diet
recommended for patients with high blood
pressure. Potatoes are rich in potassium
but not in sodium salts. The magnesium
present in the vegetable exercises beneficial
effects in lowering blood pressure

I do, quite often, have my potatoes boiled
but their is also benefit from having
them baked and, less often, fried
in a healthy, non-hydrogenated oil
like pure peanut oil.

I also include other foods in my
diet known to help lower blood pressure
such as dark chocolate, garlic, broccoli
and tomato products.

Here is a link you can read if you want
more information.

National Academy of Sciences Recommends More Potassium, Potato #1 Source

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Awesome 100% Whole Grain Waffles

I recently posted a recipe for some great
100% whole grain spelt pancakes.

My wife and I believe they
are the BEST pancakes we have ever

We bought a waffle maker last
year and played around with some
whole grain waffle mixes and
came up with some good tasting
waffles. But, they weren't

Well, I went online and read up
on several homemade waffle recipes
and figured out the best way
to modify our pancake recipe
to make waffles with it.

Sucess! And OMG were they GREAT
waffles..the best we have had

We believe that the spelt in the
recipes is one of the main reasons
for the great taste. The spelt
makes the pancakes and waffles lighter
and fluffier..and it has a naturally
sweeter flavor.

So..without further muss or fuss..here
is the recipe.

I hope everyone gets to enjoy them
as we have!

100% Whole Grain Waffles!

(Totally YOAD approved!)

7 oz whole grain spelt flour
(we use Arrow Head Organic Spelt Flour)
1 gram ground cinnamon (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
20 grams baking powder
6 packets Sweet 'n Low (or Splenda)
1 & 1/2 cups lowfat milk or soymilk
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 oz pure peanut oil (canola works)

Mix ingredients VERY well and then
let sit 10-15 minutes.

Makes very light, crispy, tasty waffles!!