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By Chef Mick Brown- Courtesy of http://www.BBQRESCUES.com
According to the American Heart Foundation: “Nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children in the United States deal with the health and emotional effects of obesity every day.”
Man!… Stop Procrastinating… Yeah Dude, I mean You. Bro- I hate to be calling you out like this, but it is for a good reason. Aren’t you finally ready to make “The Commitment” to Yourself? I am especially talking to Men who haven’t been swept up by Oprah’s latest Weight Watcher’s promotion. Those wall-to-wall Nutrisystem commercials featuring a beautifully reconstructed Marie Osmond aren’t doing it for you, either?
A little over a year ago I decided to Commit to Getting Fit. At age 50+, it wasn’t an easy thing to do. Now, I am starting to see some solid results, I plan to extend a most valuable invitation- the #GetFitChallenge– to all who are willing to accept it.
Of course, Women- you are not only welcome to participate, but your help and support is vital. Beyonce’s recent Grammy performance was just a reminder of how important Mothers are to the World. None of us would be here without them. This year let’s make it Official that, as much as we should stop harassing the Obese, there is also no shame in trying to be Healthy. …Even Men.
In Winter 2013, my older sister was unexpectedly hospitalized before Christmas while trying to lose weight on Juicing Diet. She suffered from a severe Diabetic Coma which- had it not been caught in time- could have led to her death.
She pushed me to get tested for almost a year, before I finally got diagnosed with Diabetes 2 in the Fall of 2014. At that time, my Hemoglobin A1c was a mere .001 Percentage point away from needing to go on Diabetic Medication myself. Fun!? Like many of you, I was told by my Doctor that I needed to lose weight, eat healthier and cut out as much Salt and Sugar from my diet as possible. This didn’t seem to be compatible with my career as a BBQ Chef/ Instructor… However, the Doc said that limiting Calories would extend my life. Even Monkeys could be trained to do it…
Thus, my journey to get back to Fitness began. Over the past several years I have tried almost any and everything to lose weight. The first months I ate low calorie Frozen Entrees for Lunch everyday. In the meantime, I struggled with severe back problems in order to exercise with less pain. This led me to conventional Physical Therapy, as well as Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments. I also started Jogging back to the Gym, the Tennis Court and learning Pilates.
Many Doctors and Fitness Experts say that: “Abs are Made in the Kitchen, not the Gym”. I dare say, I would also like to add that “Abs can start on the Grill”. By following this advice, I have been able lose 40 lbs. in the past year. I will share my progress with you as we go. For the Record- overall Fitness is measured by BMI (Body Mass Index), not just on the scale.
Though I don’t claim to be a Medical Professional or Nutritionist, I invite you to join me on my ongoing Journey back to Good Health. We created the BBQ RESCUES! #GetFitChallenge to help anyone who is also determined to get Healthy, as well. The emphasis will be on Fitness, Education, as well as Grilling and BBQ Recipes that are consistent with a Healthier lifestyle.
The #GetFitChallenge Goals are to:
- Limit your Daily Calories by eating Healthier Recipes– on and off the Grill.
- Get Moving! Do whatever you can. We will explore as many Exercise options as possible- to find something Fun that will work for you and your lifestyle.
- Lose at least 4-8 lbs. per month, and keep them off- Forever. Once you reach your Target Weight.
- Share Inspiring and Informative Tips (Photos, Recipes, Stories, Links, Videos, etc…) with each other on a Daily Basis via all Social Media Outlets with hashtag #GetFitChallenge.
- Anyone is invited to Participate by either: A. Following the #GetFitChallenge online, via Email or any Social Media Outlets (Email Recommended so you don’t miss anything). B. Commit to Participate in Challenge by sharing your Comments, Photos or Tips online. Health minded Bloggers are also welcome to join and write about the #GetFitChallenge C. Show customers you care by Sponsoring the #GetFitChallenge through your Local Business, Product or National Brands. Create your own Ads/Promotions, or reach out via the BBQ RESCUES! Team. https://bbqrescues.com/sponsorspromotions/
Together we can Save Lives and Make a Difference. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.
Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Healthy & Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). He also recently appeared on Bravo TV, catering for the Cast of Vanderpump Rules (2016 Season Finale). He is also author of web blogs The Adventures of Tastee BQ and BBQ Catering Confidential. His newest project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/WeightManagement/Obesity/Understanding-the-American-Obesity-Epidemic_UCM_461650_Article.jsp#.WJ0SXbYrI_U
WebMD.com info on Diabetes http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar-nonketonic-syndrome
University of Wisconsin Monkeys cut Calories and Thrive http://news.wisc.edu/calorie-restriction-lets-monkeys-live-long-and-prosper/
Doctor’s Health Press Kitchen Abs Rules http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/abs-kitchen-rules
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