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Hi my name is Troy, I am the owner of Roppoís Wood and Engraving. You are probably here because you eat the standard american diet, and like me are looking for a healthier life, and good information on how to get started.
Before I tell you what I figured out, let me tell you a little about myself, where my health was and where it is now. At the time of the writing, I am in my mid 50ís, have been married for 26 years, retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 22+ years, have two adult kids and 2 grand daughters, I run my own business, by myself, and lead a very active life, Iím no bump on the stump sitting around, Iím always moving and doing something. Physical activity has never been a part of my problem.
There are 3 times in my life that I can clearly recall that I consider were the peak of my physical fitness and health.
First was when I was 18, just before joining the U. S. Navy. I was actively body building, pretty ripped back then, lean at 155 lbs, 32 inch waist and bench pressing 300 lbs. With body fat in the low teens. I was a green belt in Taekwondo, worked part time as a gym manager and part time for a private contractor doing his grunt work. But I also remember suffering bronchitis twice a year and my cardiovascular system was weak. I had a hard time just running around the block. and have always had elevated blood pressure that was regularly being monitored by my doctor.
Second time was the year 1996, the year I picked up the rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO). Back then the CPO training season was 10ish weeks long, with 2 hours of very physical intense training 3 time a week, pushing you to the very limits of your abilities. One of our trainers stated on the first day, that by the time he was done with us we would be able to do 100, 24 count body builders without stopping. (A 24 count body builder is a standard body builder with a push-up thrown in between each step just for good measure.) We started out in the single digits and you know what? On hell night we did those 100, 24 count body builders and could have done more. I owned a ski boat and we spent the entire summer out on the lake. I could ski until I was just done, but not tired. On the flip side, my cardio was a little better but still suffering and running that darn 1.5 miles was very difficult for me, but I managed to push through and maintain Navy fitness standards without suffering a heart attach. I still had elevated blood pressure. The previous year I started developing allergies, and seemed to always have a cold. My allergies were sever, I ended up in the urgent care a couple times getting a nice fat benadryl shot in the back side just to get my allergic reaction under control.
Here are some of the medical issues I was dealing with:
It felt like I was standing on the edge of a deep hole that the only direction to go, was in. It felt like I was at the beginning of the end, I was truly concerned about my health and longevity.
So how did you end up here? In January 2018 I started gaining weight again, despite my earnest attempt to restrict my holiday festivities eating. it was time to try something new. I had always wanted to try a water fast but thought it would be too difficult, think about it, voluntarily go without food, could it be done? Could I do it?
I already had collected some fasting data, and after a few more days research my wife and I started a 14 day water fast, and continued to do more research as the fast progressed. Much to my surprise fasting is easy, I only had a little hunger issues on the 2nd and 10th day, other than that I felt fantastic, a little low on high intensity energy, but still able to perform my normal routine without difficulty, and superb clarity of thought. As the fast progressed, I just kept feeling better and better. After fasting I put together a 7 day organic home cold pressed fruit and vegetable juicing plan to help with re-feeding and I thought a new way to reboot a healthy diet. But something was terribly wrong, I started to feel like crap all over again. I was suffering energy crashes, and noticeable difficulty maintaining my train of thought. What was going on? I found my answer! While fasting your body enters a state of keytosis. It burns more efficient fat after your glycogen stores are depleted (~24 hours). There is a whole lot of science behind it and I haven't stopped digging into it. Itís been a huge eye opener for me, but once you understand whatís going on with you metabolism, it all makes sense and now I understand why all of the my previous attempts at loosing weight ultimately failed. It was not my lack of dedication! It's more like a house of cards all stacked against you, you can do it but it's tricky and requires a lot of finesse, very few people enjoy long term succeed with a low fat, reduced calorie diet.
So now on to the third time I can remember that i was at the peak of my physical fitness... NOW!!!! At the age of 54, this is by far the best and healthiest Iíve ever felt in my entire life.
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If any or all of the first part of my story sounds like you, and you want your story to end like mine, I would strongly recommend giving Keytosis with intermittent fasting a try, they go hand in hand. What do you have to loose? Look at what you could gain!
Here are some links to get you started.
In addition to the hundreds of hours spend researching on the internet, Iíve also read the following books:
I am not affiliated with any of the above, nore do I have any financial ties with them. I am the average american that was struggling with my weight and health, I just happened to stumble onto something that actually works. I am using my web site/store to help spread the word. The more people that discover the truth and adopt a new eating paradigm, the faster we can turn the tide on our broken food supply and institute change from the consumer and force the food processors to accommodate us, the consumers. You can already see some change in the grocery stores, but more demand will generate more change. Change will result in a healthier population and healthier food choices for us all.
I do not intend on making this a huge Keto/Fasting goto place, I'm just trying to do my part to spread the word. If you would like to help motivate someone, please send me your story, I'll expand what I have here to include it.