Dana has been bugging me to write a blog on this topic. Since a large number of friends, family and co-workers are sick this season, while I am seemingly immune, I figure this is a good time to write it. First, let me get the fine print out of the way. I am not a physician or nutrition expert and my views are my opinion only and should not be taken as medical advice. Consult your physician before implementing anything you read below.
As a 46-year-old male, I grew up in that hard-to-imagine time known as “before the internet.” One of the drawbacks to not having the sum of all human knowledge available at my fingertips 24/7 was that I knew very little about nutrition or exercise. I didn’t know what a carb was, or why sugar was bad, or why I really should eat more fruits and vegetables. So like most Americans, I ingested plenty of fast food, cheap meat and sugary snacks while sitting at a desk or on a couch all day. As I grew older, my waistline began expanding, my energy levels dropped and I got sick a lot.
I would most often get head colds. I hate head colds. Concrete in my nostrils is no fun, especially when trying to sleep. Moving to Oregon in 2005 made this worse. I no longer had access to over-the-counter pseudoephedrine! When sick, I didn’t enjoy leaving my warm, comfy home to sit in an emergency waiting room for several hours just to get some Nyquil.
So a few years ago, I decided to apply myself to learning as much as I could about health and nutrition as a means to being healthier. I came up with what I now think was a brilliant idea. I began studying the methods used by bodybuilders. I realized that no other group on Earth spends as much time obsessing over the effects of food and exercise on the human body, as do bodybuilders. And thanks to the Internet, numerous websites, blogs and articles on the subject are available to read and learn from.
Check back later for Parts 2 and 3.