Alright, guys...so you came home from work today and your wife tells you she wants the both of you to go "all natural". Scary, I know. What about my pizza and buffalo wings and beer?!?! Those were just a few of the thoughts that crossed my mind when Kelly set out on this organic/all natural journey. I will admit that my eating habits were not what one would call healthy at that point in time. So, when she presented this idea I thought to myself, "All natural....not this guy!!" However, after allowing her to experiment on me meal after meal, I have to say that I am starting to come around. I have never felt better and a lot of that can be attributed to the way we are eating now.
My wife, Kelly, outlines it well with her first post on this site that by no means are we claiming to be 100% all natural at this point in time. However, there is no disputing the health benefits Kelly has seen by just making a conscious effort to eat all natural and use all natural products. For me personally, I don't really have any major health issues to force me down this road. I am as healthy as a horse (or so I thought), aside from weighing in a little more than I should. I am not a small guy by any stretch of the imagination. I am 6' 5" with a big frame that can easily carry a lot of weight, if I let it. Unfortunately, over the last year or so, I let it. When I quit playing football in 2010 I was tipping the scales at 295 pounds due to attempting to play offensive tackle!! I was quickly able to shed that weight and could look down and see the 240's within that first year. Since then a few pounds have snuck back on and I got back up to 265, because I stopped paying attention to how I was eating and essentially wasn't exercising. I tell you all of this to say that now I can once again look down at the scale and see the 240's!! I have lost ~20lbs, just over the last few months, and a majority of that is because of our eating habits. They say that health is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so I am also running a lot again which has contributed to my health as well. My goal is to get down to 235 lbs and keep it there. My weight and just how I feel is my main motivation to eat all natural.
This is something that I must now ingrain into my mind as a lifestyle. The "lose weight quick" diets that are out there are only short-term fixes. In order to effectively keep my weight off, eating healthy has to become part of my everyday life. If not, I will quickly find myself back up around 260 lbs again. When someone says they are on a diet it always makes me laugh to myself. The main definition of a diet is the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. Therefore, we are all essentially on "diets".
Don't be scared if your wife/girlfriend is trying to take you down this path. There is stuff out there that taste great, including some beers!! I am currently not drinking or else that is where my reviews would begin ;). In the meantime, I will share my favorite all natural meals and even some natural personal care products I'm trying. I will check back in on HealthKey Hub from time to time, as Kelly allows :), to give you a man's perspective on this all natural thing.