Weight loss! What a challenge! Especially for a foodie! I love food, all kinds. Ever been to Pat’s in Philly for those mouth watering cheese steaks smothered in Velveeta cheese sauce? Or to a classic drive-in with those incredible sweet burgers, crunchy onion rings and delicious hand made milk shakes? All favorites that I’ve had to give up! Over the years I’ve moved away from many of the greasy unhealthy fast foods that I love and moved steadily towards healthier and healthier foods. My definition of healthy has also evolved, along with my increased skepticism over the myriad of health claims made daily by various diets, foods and exercises. These changes have been based on personal experience with all the changes I have made, as well as the constant changes in research on obesity and health, and on the many promises of health that simply did not come true.
After my delicious greasy fast food years, I began eating responsible healthy “balanced” meals. But I kept gaining weight! Then I went through the healthy exotic fruit juice fad; just a few ounces daily of very expensive Noni juice were suppose to make me healthier. Of course, there were many miracle juices and foods and supplements over the years, all of which were called “miracle health” foods, most of which made more than a few implied promises of miracle health results, and all of which were expensive. Yet, the results weren’t what I was expecting. In fact, the only thing lighter was my pockets. Indeed, to my astonishment, I kept gaining weight.
Then I tried some popular diets, some medically recommended, like The South Beach Diet, and Weight Watchers; others more obscure, like The Perfect Health Diet, and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead’s juicing diet, and I also tried raw food, vegetarian, vegan, and more. No matter which one I tried, I still gained weight. If there is one thing I learned, just because its says healthy, natural, or organic, it doesn’t mean you can’t gain weight on it.
This year, I tried a new one, Gerson Therapy. I’ve already blogged about it three times. It doesn’t make claims of weight loss, it claims total body and health transformation, and that weight normalization, gaining or losing weight, is merely a secondary benefit. Well, what did I have to lose – besides whatever was in my pockets? With a little reluctance and considerable trepidation I embarked on Gerson Therapy in early September.
Now in early December, I have some results to share. I’ve lost weight! I have lost more than 21 lbs in these three months! And for the year of 2013 I have lost almost 24 lbs. I am now within hope of closing out the year at least 25 lbs lighter than I started. I have one and a half pounds and 3 weeks remaining. I think I can do it.
No matter what, It feels so good to have lost weight; I feel better and can do more, with more ease and energy. I have to thank my wife and family for supporting me. I am incredibly thankful to the non-profit Gerson Institute for guiding me through Gerson Therapy, and showing me how to strengthen my health, the side effect of which is that I am finally shedding the weight that I have been so eager to remove for so many years.
The Gerson Institute, by the way, has provided all information absolutely free, as part of their Education Department outreach service. They have a very special dedicated staff answering phones for the purpose of providing information to those who wish to try Gerson Therapy, so if you ever get a desire to ask questions, call them, you have nothing to lose, its free.