My current diet, the diet I had been following faithfully for several years until last September, is a diet which is as close to nature as possible and, while I am losing weight, it restricts all starchy carbohydrates. When I am maintaining, I throw in some yams and fruits. But since I need to shed this God awful layer of lard I added over the last year, my diet does not contain the fruits I enjoy so much.
What’s that you ask? Did I use the word diet? Yes, I used the word diet.
But Doc Joe, we aren’t supposed to use the “D” word. They say it sets up for failure and makes us feel badly if we don’t stick to it.
If you have ever read my book, you know I have very little use for what “they” say. As far as weak-minded bullshit, that I have even less use for — the word is diet! I own it, it is mine and I am not willing to give it up just because “they” tell me I shouldn’t use it. However, I understand that years, hell decades, of misinformation from so-called experts can permeate our thinking. So, just for clarity, I will give my definition of the word.
Diet is anything I put into my gullet and swallow!
Also, when it comes to my diet, I don’t care what label one chooses to use; low carb, carb restricted, high protein, high fat, Atkins, Primal, Paleoleithic, Caveman, Ketogenic, JERF and on and on… People get so caught up in the label, they lose sight of what it is all about — eating a healthier diet than the one that we were eating before. Additionally, our diet is not solely or simply about losing weight — it is about living a better quality of life.
One of the incredible feelings of following a carbohydrate restricted diet is the lifting of the Carb Cloud, that brain activity suppressing feeling
of being a mental and physical slug. For me, this happened three days into my renewed efforts to recapture my health. The feeling is phenomenal.
One morning, I woke up and my head was clear. It didn’t take me as long as it had been taking to start my day. I couldn’t wait to get my exercise in. Throughout the day, I didn’t find my mind wandering and, no large, loud yawns were escaping my mouth. My energy level was elevated and I found myself not putting routine and mundane tasks off. That evening I didn’t go to bed as early as usual, I simply wasn’t tired. Because I was up about three hours later, I thought I would have more difficulty awaking the next morning, but I didn’t. For the first time in months, I slept soundly throughout the entire night. So, when the alarm emitted its annoying shriek, I wasn’t pulling the covers over my head — however, I must confess, I still wanted to fling the infernal machine against the wall.
It isn’t simply the increased energy which is a huge benefit, but the mental clarity is intoxicating. After eating the standard American trash diet I had been consuming the last few months, all I wanted to do was crawl into a dimly lit corner and crash. And even when I did take a nap, like the previous evening’s sleep, it didn’t leave me refreshed as it should — it just left me wanting to doze longer.
I have been asked to explain what I mean when I say; the Carb Cloud has vanished by those who haven’t experienced this fantastic sensation. It was difficult to put into words, however, a few years back I saw a movie that enabled me to give a very accurate description. If you have never seen the Bradley Cooper film “Limitless” I highly recommend it, because the scene where Cooper’s character takes the mind enhancing drug that activates 100% of his brain — is how it feels when the Carb Cloud evaporates. It is an entirely new outlook on life and the world.
Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.
He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out his website http://www.obesityundone.com/
************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************
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