I began asking that question sixteen years ago when I was driving my truck southbound on the viaduct and I heard from my sister that I needed to get to my doctors office as soon as possible. I had been undergoing some routine checks related to an itchy mole on my back. It turns out the mole was a deep and growing melanoma cancer that had already spread. They gave me a 5% chance to live and only slightly better odds if I underwent the standard medical treatment which included a variety of drugs and chemicals.
I suppose the journey that I have taken for nearly two decades could be helpful to you as well especially since I decided not to do what the doctors suggested. I looked into my own habits and lifestyle and began to learn that various things that I had grown accustom to were actually killing me. Yes, I was committing suicide with my lifestyle. It was a socially acceptable suicide because I was doing all the normal things that normal people do. But, those things also lead to dead moms of toddlers, widowed spouses, broken hearts and an endless string of questions starting with "why God?"
I know I have lost most of you now but for those that are brave enough to keep reading, I will share with you what the key ingredients are to a healthy life and I will also share with you some of the common killers that we do and don't even realize what we are doing. But, first, let me tell you that I do not live a miserable life because I avoid certain things. I am actually very fulfilled and joyful regarding my current lifestyle and the trajectory that I envision to get even healthier.
I wrote mainly about what to do but I also mention what not to do in the first book I authored titled, "Five Percent Chance." In it, I articulate the wonder and amazement of our bodies design. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine a diet so wide and plentiful that I actually could never come close to enjoying it completely. The crux of the do's is what our moms always told us, "eat your veggies." But, it goes further than that. I used to think that veggies were limited to what you see in the produce section at the grocery store. But, that is only part of the plan. Did you know there are at least 7,000 varieties of just apples? There are thousands upon thousands of different varieties of produce and many that we have never even heard. Some of my favorites are duran, maracuya and persimmon. Have you tasted these? Well, I never had either but I eat these and many others as part of my regular diet now.
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I won't surprise you what shows up on the "healthy life killer" lists but I want to remind you that I am not writing this for money nor am I sharing the fruitful information that I have learned through this journey for any other reason that to motivate and stir you to consider changes in your own life. I have used the last third of my life to develop projects around this passion. I started an organic produce delivery company called Freggies.com because I felt like real food was too expensive and I knew that we could do something about that. I recently started Hot Feet Fitness (www.HotFeetFitness.com) to fulfill the need that I see to have a straight up exercise studio that gets results in quick fashion. We live busy lives and we do not generally have time to fit everything in. Knowing that I want results and you want results inspired me to build a solution. Our first HFF studio opened in Burien, WA in July of 2015.
I eat an abundance of produce, lots of salads, many varieties of dressings, sauces, soups galore. I also enjoy fish and any seafood in any form (raw or cooked) but my favorite is seared ahi tuna with my daughters rosemary spice rub (yum). I eat very little packaged food and I do my best to avoid artificial sugars. I do not enjoy white flour products and pastas mainly because they just make me feel fat and heavy (ironic that they make us look that way also...). I avoid animal products including dairy completely and convinced fully that they are the chief source of cancer. I also avoid a nasty little ingredient generally called "excitotoxins" but more commonly known as MSG or other terms that have the same harmful effects while tricking us into enjoying whatever it is on.
I wrote about the mental struggle and down right battle of choosing health over the wide path of our culture. It really is just a mental decision to go one way verse another. Once you begin to make the turn, you also begin to see results but you also experience the social stigma of the healthy side. Again, it is a mental game and I wrote "Food Chains" to address just this fight. It is a personal fight and one that I know well.
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