Jonathan Chandler Webb
My Health Journey Part 3

In Part 1 I talked about my ‘why’ for doing this. Those reasons alone were enough for me to explore the options and decide to jump on this train. In that process I decided that I could do anything for 3 months. That is only 90 days and 90 days in the grand scheme of things is minimal. So, I called my friend Matt and got started on his program. He gave me an eating plan and an opportunity to really see how food was impacting my life.

Now that I was working on kicking sugar to the curb I had to deal with another love of mine. Bread. Yummy, delicious, bread. You see, I grew up in Tennessee where it is a state law that rolls must be served at dinner (lunch) and supper (dinner). Like, we had bread at every meal. I can remember those ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo where the loaf bread was so soft it would stick to the roof of my mouth while I was eating. Anyone else remember those? So good.

So, what exactly did I eat? I eliminated bread, I eliminated sugar, I eliminated beans, I eliminated rice. Gone, gone, gone, gone. I replaced those things with veggies like broccoli and cauliflower (which I couldn’t stand before this diet). I added brussels sprouts. I ate almonds. I started to love macadamia nuts. Essentially, I was replacing carb heavy foods with higher fat foods. Avocados became a staple in my diet. I also started cooking with avocado oil, getting that extra fat.

For 2 weeks, I ate 3 meals a day without any snacking. Here’s an example of a day for me as I started this process. Also, check out Matt’s program for more detailed information if you are interested.

  • Breakfast – Eggs (cooked in avocado oil with butter), an avocado, and bacon. The amounts differed each day depending on my hunger but I ate until I was full
  • Lunch – 4-5 ounces of a fatty protein, some nuts of some kind, and tons of veggies! That’s not specific I know but think about having 3 to 4 handfuls of leafy greens, cruciferous veggies. I would also add some olive oil on my leafy greens for added fat.
  • Dinner – 4-5 ounces of a fatty protein, adding oil and butter as I’m cooking for the added fat. Same as lunch with the veggies and nuts.

Again, my friend Matt really breaks all of this down and has a ton of information and knowledge so I encourage you to check it out.

Ok, so the hard part for me was not snacking. I had to ‘train’ my body to not crave food all the time. Its harder than it sounds. I learned that its ok to not eat, its ok for my body to go through a fasting period (more on that in future posts). Does this sound hard? Does it sound easy?

So to recap, for 2 weeks I ate a form of the above example every day. What I can tell you even though everyone’s body is different is that I stopped being hungry for dinner around day 4. It was an amazing transformation. My energy level increased and I was sleeping better. But the most noticeable improvement was in my joints and throughout my body. I stopped being sore. Without sugar the inflammation was gone.

Food is powerful and the needed fuel for our bodies. Through all of this the key is to pay attention to how you feel when you eat. You shouldn’t be tired, you shouldn’t be drowsy after you eat. That would be my main point in all of this…pay attention to what you are eating. It takes more time, forces you to read and do more research, and will change your grocery shopping habits. But it is so worth it!

 

 

In Part 1 I introduced the problem and mentioned a few reasons why I needed to start improving my health. This is going to be a much shorter post because once I did that the weight magically fell off and I felt better in like a week. Haha! You don’t believe that I know but sometimes we start a process like this thinking it will be smooth and easy because its the right thing to do. Honestly, the right thing to do is often the hardest in my experience. Doesn’t make it bad and that doesn’t (sorry for the double negatives) mean you should quit. It just means we need to be ready for what its going to take to reach our goals.

In order for me to lose this weight and improve my health I knew I needed help. This is an important point I don’t want you to miss…find someone you can work with or at least a friend who will hold you accountable. I had support at home but I needed more. I needed men who would push me, ask hard questions, and hold me accountable. It is extremely hard to drive by a McDonald’s, want to stop and go in, and not have someone you can call and help talk you out of it.

That person for me was Matt. You will here more about him throughout this series but he is a great friend and also a fitness coach. I won’t embarrass Matt too much here but he was one of the first people I reached out to for help. The other was another great friend, Michael, who was also on a fitness journey of his own. I couldn’t have done this without those two men. These two men provided a much needed support system when the going got tough.

I talk about anchors a lot in my writing and when I speak and here is why…anchors ground you and keep you from being tossed around. In eating and physical fitness, we need anchors to keep us steady and focused. The first anchor I put down involved sugar. You see, I had a problem. I didn’t get to 195 by accident, well maybe a little, but I made choices along the way that took me there. Let me tell you a story.

There was this guy who felt the need to always have something to drink while he was driving a car. It didn’t matter if he was driving from the house to the grocery store or if he was driving for 4 hours, a drink had to be purchased and consumed. So this handsome, very cool guy pulled into gas station after gas station. He bought hundreds of 32 ounce sodas. Do you know how much sugar is in that much soda?

There are 65 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce. 65 grams. That information is straight from Coca-Cola’s website.

So, I was getting more than 65 grams of sugar every time I threw down my 79 cents for that drink. Now, there is a lot of conflicting information on how much sugar you should have in a day but no one recommends that much. And the worst part is what’s in these drinks is not even real sugar, its high fructose corn syrup. Gross! Oh, did I mention that at times I drank more than one of these in a day?

After talking with Matt and after he sent me a food program to try, I knew I had to stop consuming sugar. Cold turkey. I will dive into the diet in the next post but for 3 months, I didn’t even eat fruit. I wanted as far away from sugar as possible.

I experienced sweating, shaking, and significant withdrawal symptoms when my body did not have sugar. I had never experienced those type of feelings before and was shocked at how my body reacted. What was I putting in my body that would cause this reaction when it wasn’t consumed? My relationship with sugar would never be the same.

We’ll dive into the diet a little more in the next post as well as some more insight into the mental aspects of this journey. Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you in a few days!