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!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pizza Nuts...and being healthy!

My wife abnd I have been eating Papa John's Whole
Wheat pizza crust pizza now for about the last year.

We L-O-V-E the pizza, but unfortunately, the pie
is only available in the large size. It's 100%
whole grain, but one pie is nearly 2400 calories
with just cheese and a veggie topping. That's
a lot!! That's my entire day's allotment of calories.

We get the pizza delivered maybe once or twice a month.
It is convenient and fast and I have to admit
very, very tasty. And other than the
calories..as long as you stick to veggies
toppings..its very healthy and YOAD friendly.

Now comes along Pizza Hut.

Their "Natural" pizza is not 100% whole wheat.
It's about 1/3 whole grain. BUT, it IS available
in a medium size. A medium Natural pizza
with one veggie topping is about 1600 calories.

It's not as healthy as the Papa John's is..
but as in often as we get pizza...its not a huge
deal. 4 slices have about 2 servings of whole grains
which is nothing to sneeze at when we need to
get 5-6 servings of whole grains daily as recommended
by the YOU Docs.

Of course..4 slices of the Papa John's pizza has nearly
the YOU Doc's entire day's recommendation of whole grains,
which is good, too!

We like the flavor of both and we still get one
or the other from time to time.

It's nice we have that option!

There's another place not far from us called
"Mellow Mushroom" that also has some great, healthy
pizza. Their pizza, too, is about 1/3 whole grain
and has no HFCS or other bad stuff. But, we
get to sit down and have a nice, hot, pizza
delivered to our table. And it's oh so good!

Before we went on the diet, my wife and I would
get pizza at least once per week if not 2 or 3 times
per week. LOL. We were...and still are I guess..
pizza nuts! Now, we get it about once or twice per
month and we have choices to do it healthier than
we had before the diet.

Not to mention buying the 100% whole wheat Boboli
pizza crust and making pizza at home with some
organic pizza sauce, lowfat cheese and veggies.
That's yummy...too!!