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Jane’s SANE Story: Registered Dietitian Becomes Strong, Fit, Slim, and SANE!*

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Jane Before and After

Changed My Life!

I’m a Registered Dietitian who has struggled with weight my entire life, sometimes successfully, sometime not so much.  In fact my struggle with food was what motivated me to go into Dietetics.  I was even a chunky kid.

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I managed to keep my weight at a fairly normal level until I retired in 2007 from my position as the Manager of the Food Service Department at the local hospital.   Through the years I tried various ways of counting calories, restrictive eating, eating low fat along with exercising and the weight would come off, I’d get stuck on a plateau and then would yo yo up again.   Being a Dietitian, I did stick to “healthy” diets and followed the advice we dietitians were giving to our clients.  I could follow my strict eating patterns during the week, but on weekends my hunger would get the best of me and I’d binge.

So when I retired, every day was a “weekend” and I would have cravings for food I just couldn’t ignore.  Gradually the weight crept on.  It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking, “Well it’s not that bad.  I’m really not that heavy.”   And I quit weighing except when the Doctor forced me onto the scale for my annual exam.  I had high blood pressure, gerd, and high cholesterol and at my top weight weighed 198 with a height of 5’ 3”.

I read the Smarter Science of Slim as a continuing Educational exercise in September 2012.   The research and conclusions really made sense to me, even though some of it was not what we had been preaching as Dietitians.  But I knew what I had been doing certainly wasn’t working.

So I started to experiment.  I cut out sweets and starches (except for some fruit) and began drinking whey shakes with flax seed, eating Greek yogurt, lots of protein and tons of broccoli (which is and was my favorite vegetable anyway) and green salads. I noticed my strong cravings for food disappeared and although sometimes I was hungry, I wasn’t ravenous like I used to be.

And gradually the weight started to come off.  I averaged a weight loss of about five pounds per month until finally in about October of 2013 I had reached my goal weight of 135 pounds.   I’m 68 years old and decided that was a good weight for me because I don’t want to be too skinny and wrinkled.

I haven’t had another physical since April 2012 (when I was in the 150’s and my Dr. was very complimentary) so I really can’t say I’ve alleviated any of my health issues, but I feel like I’m very healthy overall.    I walk about an hour daily and do exercises at home with small weights but couldn’t get into the exercises mentioned in the book.

One of the most exciting things for me has been the adventure of buying new clothes sizes and feeling like I’m looking good now.   It was fun at each step of the weight loss to treat myself to some new clothes and surprise myself by how good I felt and looked.   Now I can kneel down and stand up without grabbing things for support and I just feel great.

I didn’t follow the diet to a T, but I took the advice given in the book in Step 5:  “Do What Works for You.”   I strive to be fit, not “hot”.  (At 68 years old who’s hot anyway?)

My goal for 2014 and forever is to maintain, which is always more difficult than losing, But I’ve been surprised over the holidays and on other occasions when I’ve cheated with non-SANE foods and found my weight did not balloon up and with a little effort I was able to get back to SANE eating, which I try to do most of the time.  My “go to” meal is natural peanut butter on Rye Krisp, so if I feel I’m in danger of my weight going too low, or if I’m in a situation where there are no SANE foods readily available, I grab my peanut butter and Rye Krisp.

I feel like I can eat this way the rest of my life.  It is not a hardship.  I’ve come to enjoy it.  Thanks so much to the SANE Solution!

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Robert’s SANE Story: How to Lose 100 Pounds While Eating More–but Smarter*

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“I’ve tried every diet out there. Finally, I’m not hungry anymore, and the weight is staying off. I can really tell that my body is readjusting itself! When you look at a piece of stuffed crust pizza, something I used to love, and go “Yeah, it looks OK, but man all that bread… Yuck!” you know something has changed!”

By the 100lbs. lighter and never hungry Robert Stinnett

I’ve been a big guy all my life – ever since I was a kid I was big. I was fairly active, but no matter what I did my waistline kept increasing. I’m 38 now, and I think back to my late teens and 20s and realize how much I missed out being social and doing things with others because of my weight. If you think packing around extra weight is a pain, it pales in comparison with the low self-confidence that goes along with it.

Eating Less and Exercising More Is Not Sustainable

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It’s not like I didn’t try to lose weight – oh I must have tried almost every diet there was out there, and then some. Oh I lost some weight, but within a year it would all be back – and then some. All these calorie restricting diets just failed in the long run because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was starving – and eventually I’d break down and be right back in the old habits again. It was clear to me that calorie restricted diets weren’t going to work for me. After all, even though I was a big guy, I was still getting out and about. It wasn’t unusual to find me walking 5+ miles a day. You simply cannot eat 1,200 calories worth of food and remain active. Your body isn’t going to allow that! You can do it for a little while, but eventually you’ll break down and you’ll eat everything in sight – which I did!

All these calorie restricting diets just failed in the long run because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was starving – and eventually I’d break down and be right back in the old habits again.

So how big I was? At my worst I was 360lbs and wore a size 48 waist. I am 6’ tall so there were no excuses about it being “my height”. Something had to change, I felt absolutely awful and didn’t want to socialize or be around anyone anymore.

Around November of 2011 I happened to get an e-mail from Jonathan about a book he was writing and wanting to know if he could send me a copy to review for Amazon. I had always been an active Amazon reviewer so it wasn’t unusual to get these types of requests, so I obliged. As luck would have it I got the book right when I was going on a business trip so I had plenty of time on the plane and in the hotel room to read it. It took me 2 days to finish it, and looking in the mirror, deciding what the heck – the research was solid, and it wasn’t a “diet” per say, so I might as well try it out.

It’s not like I didn’t try to lose weight – oh I must have tried almost every diet there was out there, and then some. Oh I lost some weight, but within a year it would all be back – and then some.

Fast forward to July 2012, and almost 9 months to the date when I read his book. The change has been phenomenal – I have lost 100lbs and am now down to a size 38 waist. For the first time in my life I am throwing away clothes because they are just too big! Even my friends and family can’t believe what they are seeing. Heck, I can’t believe it either!

How To Lose 100 Pounds While Eating A Lot

What makes it work – at least for me – is that I can eat. I don’t have to go around counting every calorie; when I am hungry, I eat! If I am hungry 10 times a day, I eat 10 times a day! The difference is I am eating the right stuff – instead of the sugar and starch overload I used to shove into my mouth every day. Plus I am now packing in the protein – I will go out of my way to find food items with a high protein count. I honestly believe it is the protein, along with greatly reducing (not 100% eliminating) the starches and sugars that has produced these results.

If I am hungry 10 times a day, I eat 10 times a day! The difference is I am eating the right stuff.

It’s Not Just Another Diet

Some people have asked me, “Well isn’t that just the Atkins diet?” My answer has been a resounding “NO!” I tried Atkins, and I was pretty much to the point of throwing up. I could not eat all that meat! I do not like red meat to begin with, and it felt like on Atkins I was doing nothing but shoving meat into my body non-stop. No vegetables? I may be a big guy, but I love vegetables! I tried Atkins for a month before I said enough was enough – I couldn’t take it anymore!

With the Smarter Science of Slim Jonathan didn’t preach about some diet and “you must do this and you must do that”. He laid out the research, made some suggestions, and let people put the answers together for themselves. He even said that eating starches and processed carbs is OK now and then, but don’t make it your main dietary staple. There is nothing you enjoy today that you can’t eat – but you just need to realize how it all balances out. That’s where the book helps!

Jonathan didn’t preach about some diet and “you must do this and you must do that”. He laid out the research, made some suggestions, and let people put the answers together for themselves.

How To Keep Weight Off Easily

My goal is to get to 200lbs even and wear a size 34 waist. I have no doubt in the next 6 months to a year I will be able to achieve that. I’m not hungry anymore, and the weight is staying off. I’ve also noticed that even on days when I feel like being naughty I usually don’t feel like going crazy. I can really tell that my body is readjusting itself! When you look at a piece of stuffed crust pizza, something I used to love, and go “Yeah, it looks OK, but man all that bread… Yuck!” you know something has changed!

The proof is in the pictures, as they say, so take a look for yourself. I really can’t thank Jonathan enough for gathering this research together and writing this book. He’s really changed my whole outlook on life, and of myself. I’m always happy to recommend his book to anyone, and if you ever want to get in contact with me personally, by all means do. I’m always thrilled to help encourage others!

Robert Stinnett (@RobertStinnett)
July 2012
www.robertstinnett.com

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Ryan’s SANE Story: From Helpless To Hercules*

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Ryan

I feel 20 years younger. I am no longer tired all day. I no longer feel sick and weak all the time. Every part of my life has been improved by this change. Even my kids are eating better. The best part is that I was able to lose all of this weight without any starvation.

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It was the Summer of 2011 and I was with my Family at an indoor water park.  As I walked toward the pool, a little boy was running.  He was about to run into me when he stopped short.  He gazed up at me, dropping his jaw, as a look of disbelief came over his face.  He held his arms wide apart and screamed “WOW, look how fat that guy is!”.  Then, the little brat proceeded to run away as his embarrassed mother ran after him scolding.

These words would drive me to…  Well, I wish that I could say it was to commit to major changes in my diet.  However, it actually only led me to feel really, really bad every time that I ate an unhealthy meal.  I have always been a big eater.  For example, consuming an entire small pizza or ordering a second sandwich to go along with my double quarter pounders with cheese was not a rare occurrence.  Nevertheless, this is mostly what I continued to do.  My last name, Mangipano, is Italian.  It means “to eat bread”.  I did live up to it.  Sometimes, I used to eat 4+ slices of bread with my 2 plates full of pasta and meat sauce.  I also ate lots of potatoes, pastas, rice, and breads.  I read all about healthy protein and eggs in bodybuilding magazines when I was a teenager.  As a result, I always ate lots of protein also.

Except for a couple of times between age 16 and 19, I was overweight during my entire life.  I tried a few different things to lose weight in the past.  For example, I had tried cutting all my portions in half for a while.  I often drank black coffee and unsweetened tea.  I had also tried some weightlifting on and off over the years.  However, I usually didn’t lose weight at all.  The one or two times I saw any weight loss at all, I could never keep the weight off for more than a couple of months.  One problem was that life would reach a point where it gets too busy for all the cardio or too rushed/inconvenient (and then I would eat fast food).  Another problem has been that I end up binge eating once I could not take the hunger starvation anymore.

Anyway, I had let my weight get out of control.  I had heard warnings regarding how bad things were getting several times in the past.  For example, my doctor advised me to “Exercise and watch your diet” in 2005 when a lab test showed that my triglycerides were 305.  Also, when I told my health class teacher that I was too busy to exercise due to studying and working, she replied that “a degree won’t do you any good if you are dead!”.

This was simply a problem that I could not defeat.  Except for the areas of food, I would not say that I am a person without willpower.  In fact, I consider myself to be a person that has a lot of self-discipline (learned at US Army Infantry training at Ft. Benning, Georgia when I was 17).  As an example of this, I quit smoking cold turkey around 1999.  Also, I once took 20 hours of college classes in one semester (while working) and earned straight As.  I have tried to tackle my eating problem with this type of willpower in the past; however, I failed many times.  One summer, around 2006, we got a blockbuster movie pass and an elliptical.  I positioned the elliptical to face the TV.  Then I spent any non-working moment during the entire summer watching every movie that blockbuster carried.  When my knees would hurt too much from the hours of on the elliptical, I would go hit the punching bag.  I also swam at the pool and ran laps during lunch. I also hit the weight room for hours and the treadmill.  During this time period, I tried to reduce my calories as much as possible.  However, I would often go back for second servings during the meals that followed these workouts.  It felt that it was ok because I was burning it off.  Besides, I had replaced my breads and cereals with whole grain options.  I had mostly quit drinking soda.  I counted my calories using an old palm pilot.  Using this method, I actually made some progress and lost about 15 pounds or so.  I believe the lowest weight I was able to reach using this method was around 218 or so.  Unfortunately, the half days full of aerobics were not something that could go on forever, and after that summer, I gave up the excessive cardio.  I could no longer take the starvation.  The weight piled right back on.  After this, my weight went up and eventually approached 250.  Since I am only 5’5” tall, this was a very serious weight problem.

However, things got a lot more serious in late 2011.  I went to the doctor for a digestive system issue that I had developed.  While searching for the cause of this issue, they found that I had a condition called “fatty liver”.  My gastrointestinal specialist explained to me that he would expect something like this given my excessive waist size.  I weighed in at 247 during this visit.  He explained to me that this would most likely just be the beginning of the suffering for me.  He predicted that my future would be filled with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and a bunch of other horrible things.  He told me that what I was doing to my health was not fair to my three sons.  He explained that, in some cases, fatty liver disease can be reversed through dietary change.

Furthermore, I was always tired and had no energy to do anything.  Due to my weight, it hurt to lay in certain positions in the bed.  I had taken a very heavy load of college courses and was employed full time behind a desk.  This meant that I was always sitting.  Due to this, I had lost tons of muscle mass and gotten very weak.  Bending over to tie my shoes caused pressure to build up everywhere.  I felt so unhealthy and so much older than my age.  One would think that all I had to do was cut back on how much I was eating and become active.  However, this never worked for me.  This time, I felt like my life was on the line.  I had had about enough.  I set out on a quest to repeat my aerobic adventures of many years ago.  Only this time, I planned to starve myself like never before.  I told myself that I would make weight loss a new year’s resolution.  I purchased an overpriced exercise bike and pointed it at the TV. I joined a gym and I vowed to spend a spend a ridiculous amount of time there.  I bought a calorie tracking application for my phone.  I hung the punching bag up in the garage.  I even planned to take a semester off from school to give me more time after work to focus on the gym and aerobics.  I hoped that if I would attack this weight problem with excessive planning and crazy dedication, I just might defeat it.  Nonetheless, at the same time, a part of me was also very scared that I was going to fail again.  After my previous dieting attempts failed, I wondered if I was destined to slowly continue gaining weight every decade for the rest of my unhealthy life.

Nevertheless, I was motivated and I was ready to face the challenge and the suffering that was about to begin. I thought that the reason that I had failed in the past was my inability to control how much I ate.  I knew that since I had so much weight to lose, I would have to starve myself for well over 6 months to see any real progress.  I knew that would be hard because I eat a lot more after I start working out.  What was worse, I had to find a way to keep the weight off for good.  My plan was to lose the weight first before worrying how I would keep it off.  I tried to perform some research; however, I only found a sea of contradictory information.

I started my quest of starvation and suffering as planned on January 1st, 2012.  I started the cardio, whole grains, and starvation.  I saw some quick but minor weight loss during the first week.  Then on January 8th, something changed.  My employer, Microsoft, ran an intranet news story regarding a Microsoft programmer that wrote a book about losing weight without starvation.  I bought this book, which was The Smarter Science of Slim.  I could not put this book down.  I read the book every free moment that I had for 3 days straight.  After reading this, I realized that the strategy that I was planning to use was flawed.  I felt like I finally understood why I was unable to control my hunger.  I truly felt like I had a chance.

 

(Did Ryan have a chance?  Or was this going to be like all the other diets he had tried?  Stay tuned for Ryan’s Success Story: Episode 2)

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Alicia’s SANE Story: My Big Slim SANE Wedding*

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My seamstress had to take in my dress twice. I was delighted. The crazy thing was how easy it all was. I achieved my goals without caloric restriction, fasting, stimulants, or cleanses. No hunger, no cravings. I was eating high-quality, satisfying food, in greater volume than ever, and I was getting stronger and leaner.

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Backstory

Like most American women born in 1981, I grew up in a culture that promoted cardio and calorie-counting at the same time it presented thinness as the aesthetic ideal. Accordingly, in my 20’s I began exercising 1-2 hours a day and became neurotic about food. Insofar as I kept my weight between an acceptable 140-150lbs for my 5’10” height, this strategy basically worked. But, for all my time and effort, I felt I should be leaner and fitter. In 2011, I switched from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet to a strict vegan diet, partly for philosophical reasons, partly hoping the absence of dairy and eggs would improve my body composition. It didn’t. By the summer of 2012, I saw that I had lost muscle tone in my back and arms and added abdominal fat. This I considered a full-blown crisis because my wedding was four months away and I had banked on looking great for the event. Read more

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Shane’s SANE Story: How to Lose 125lbs. Long-Term*

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“My journey started pretty much like everyone else. I have been through the Weight Watchers and tried exercising but could not lose but maybe 10-25 pounds. So it lasted maybe a month or two then went back the way I normally would eat. This opened my eyes on how easy and enjoyable a healthy lifestyle can be (vs. “dieting”).”

By Shane Graham

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My journey has started pretty much like everyone else. I have been through the Weight Watchers and tried exercising but could not lose but maybe 10-25 pounds. So it lasted maybe a month or two then went back the way I normally would eat. Last year I told myself that I was going to finally to do it. I started eating better, cut down eating cheese burgers, french fries, and drinking pop. Notice that I said cut down, I was still eating them from time to time but also started eating alot more grilled chicken wraps along with some salads. Then I started exercising and was up to jogging 2 miles every other day and lifting dumbbells on the other days. I was in the belief of the calories in calories out. I lost probably a total of 25 pounds and then plateaued out.

Then I started exercising and was up to jogging 2 miles every other day and lifting dumbbells on the other days. I was in the belief of the calories in calories out. I lost probably a total of 25 pounds and then plateaued out.

After 3-4 months of the routine above I was thinking to myself that I should be losing a lot more. I was every bit of 400lbs if not more when I started and I had lost only 25lbs in a few months. I was putting in the work but not seeing the results like I thought I should. So in June I went and visited my doctor. I had a tumor on my pituitary gland when I was in high school that was removed and my hormones were out of balance so I thought maybe there was something wrong with my thyroid. Everything came back fine with my thyroid and my doctor suggested that I switch to a whole foods diet. He gave me the list of foods that he wanted me to start eating and it was a list out of The Smarter Science of Slim book. When I first looked at the list the first food that I saw was seafood, which I do not like. So I thought to myself and even told my wife that there is no way I can just eat veggies, meat, and fruit all the time. I mean what about pizza, hamburgers, and french fries that I love to eat.

So I went home and I think I looked over that list 20+ times trying to figure out the different things that I could eat off the list. I purchased the book a few days later and when it came in I read it from cover to cover over a weekend. I could not put it down, the information that was in the book opened my eyes on how one should be eating healthy, not to look at eating healthy as a diet but more of a lifestyle change (this was huge for me). It also opened my eyes of the stuff that I was putting in my body and how the food industry was pushing those products that were not healthy for me.

I purchased the book a few days later and when it came in I read it from cover to cover over a weekend. I could not put it down, the information that was in the book opened my eyes on how one should be eating healthy, not to look at eating healthy as a diet but more of a lifestyle change (this was huge for me).

I will admit though after reading the book I still had my doubts about eating the foods on the list. But I thought to myself if I can cheeseburgers and foods that I know that make me fat all the time why cant I eat SANE. So last July I went to the store with the list in hand and bought my first cart of SANE foods. I have never looked back since then.

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I do have my inSANE days, well they are not really days. If I do have inSANE moments I make sure I eat SANE for breakfast, snacks, and lunch but may go inSANE at dinner. I have had some really bad stretch of days where I have gone inSANE. I would beat myself up about it pretty hard but force myself to get back into SANE eating. It is not difficult to get back to SANE eating once you have gone a few months eating SANE.

I share the SANE whenever I can. I have two friends that have started SANE eating and have shared it with many more. If there is anything I can do to improve peoples eating lifestyle let me know.

Thank You!
Shane Graham – 125lbs and 12 inches gone from eating SANE!

 

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Alan’s SANE Story: A 120lb. Lighter Whole New Man*

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Alan

…it seemed counter intuitive because I was eating more than ever! One of the best things is that the more you follow the plan, the easier it is. Making healthy choices becomes easier, because you WANT to make that choice, not because you need to. Cravings go away. Laziness goes away. Those things are replaced with a desire to take on new challenges.

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I’ve been overweight ever since I was a little kid. Part of that was due to my genes, part of it was due to McDonald’s. In high school, I was overweight even though I was involved in multiple sports such as football and wrestling. After I graduated, I played fewer sports, but kept eating like a teenager, which resulted in some major weight gain. By the time I was in my mid-twenties, I got up to 310 pounds. I became less active and I ate more. I finally saw a picture of myself and realized how big I had gotten and knew that I had to do something.

Following conventional wisdom, I started eating less, and working out more, and it worked. I finally started losing weight. I eventually got down to about 220 pounds. It was extremely hard to lose that weight, and even harder to maintain. Gradually, the weight came back since I couldn’t maintain the same amount of exercise and keep up with the “proper” diet and calorie deficit. I went back up to 250 pounds and was struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Shortly before my 36th birthday this past February, I listened to a podcast titled The SANE Show. I was immediately hooked. Everything made sense, even though I had been told the opposite information by friends, doctors, and “experts” my entire life. I began leading a SANE lifestyle and realized how easy it was to lose weight/fat and then maintain that success. At first, it seemed counter intuitive because I was eating more than ever. I was eating huge omelets for breakfast, large portions of protein and piles of veggies for lunch, and grilling steaks and fresh veggies for dinner. When I’m at work and need something sweet, I add protein powder and some mixed nuts to water, mix it up and enjoy a healthy snack. Getting healthy never tasted so good! I began using eccentric exercises along with intense interval training.

Following the plan has been foolproof and can easily be managed and maintained even when dealing with a busy personal and professional life. In the past few months, I’ve suffered a severe shoulder injury which will require surgery and my dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. These events would have caused the old me to stress-eat and quickly put the weight back on. However, not only have I maintained my weight, I have continued to lose weight and body fat. I now weigh 190 pounds (my new set-point) and I’m in the best shape of my life.

One of the best things about this lifestyle, is that the more you follow the plan, the easier it is. Making healthy choices becomes easier, because you WANT to make that choice, not because you need to. Cravings go away. Laziness goes away. Those things are replaced with a desire to take on new challenges, whether it’s a physical challenge (I’ve been running 5-K’s) or learn how to cook new, healthy dishes (the crock pot has become my best friend). It’s been amazing seeing my progression, not only in physical appearance, but athletic abilities, confidence, and overall attitude. I have used the knowledge and resources you have provided to improve my physical, mental, and emotional health. I am looking forward to continuing the SANE lifestyle and reaching every goal that I set in the future.

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Jay’s Success Story: Goodbye 97lbs & Pre-Diabetes!

“I’m down over 90 lbs so far and still losing fat. I’ve gone from an XXL to a medium coat and shirts. Pants? Yeah I’ve gone from a 38 to a 30! It’s like I’m a teenager again. My blood pressure is in the normal range and I’m off all medications! My HBA1c went from a 6.3 to a 5.1 so I’m officially no longer pre-diabetic.”

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A year ago, I was pulled aside by a co-worker who is a martial arts guru and fitness nut. He told me about how Jonathan had appeared on Shawn Stevenson’s show and that I really needed to listen to it. I listened to the show then went right out and bought Jonathan’s book that same night. I was blown away. It was like someone flipped a switch and turned a light on for me. It all finally made sense.

I had been 297 lbs, was on 4 different blood pressure medications…yes 4…with a blood pressure of 160/100. I was pre-diabetic, with horrible blood tests and all of my numbers were out of whack. I snored every night putting a stress on my marriage and was forced to only sleep in one position. My wife was worried I’d stop breathing in my sleep and die. I was in the danger zone.

I had been yoyo dieting for my entire adult life and was now 41 years old. I just knew that after 20 years of being an obese adult that there was no chance I could ever be thin and healthy. I had followed the conventional wisdom of low-fat dieting and “eat less and exercise more” time and time again and had failed miserably. I had even been on prescription diet pills off and on for over 10 years, but I always gained the weight back and then some. Nothing worked…until I found Jonathan and the Sane Solution.

Jonathan was the first person to explain why and how I had become obese and how to fix it. As soon as I started reading about SANE, I knew I could do it and even better I could tell right away it would be sustainable for me.

I adopted the SANE lifestyle and started applying all the principles to my life. For the first time in my life I actually started to care about my health and not just the numbers on the scale. I joined a gym and started doing smarter exercise. I cleaned out the cabinets and stocked the fridge with SANE food.

The weight started to fall off. Every single person I came into contact with, kept telling me how good I look and wanted to know how I was doing it. I thought I would get sick of telling so many people about the Sane Solution, but I never have. I see that spark of hope in their eyes and I know deep down that anyone can be successful with SANE, and once you undergo that amazing transformation in your own life, you want to shout it from the rooftops so everyone can experience that same amazing vibrant health and fat loss.

Now, after a year of the SANE lifestyle, guess what? I haven’t gained the weight back like I always had before. This is truly sustainable. I’m down over 90 lbs so far and still losing fat. I’ve gone from an XXL to a medium coat and shirts. Pants? Yeah I’ve gone from a 38 to a 30! It’s like I’m a teenager again. My blood pressure is in the normal range and I’m off all medications! My HBA1c went from a 6.3 to a 5.1 so I’m officially no longer pre-diabetic. I even had to have my wedding ring re-sized from a size 11 to a 9 ¼! I no longer snore and can sleep however I want. I get great restful sleep and wake up earlier than ever before feeling energized and well-rested. My horrible ravenous hunger is GONE. When I have a meal I eat plenty of tasty, healthy food and it satisfies me for hours and hours. Sane has helped me kick my sugar addiction to the curb.

I wish I could get in a time machine and go back 20 years to give myself the incredible education I’ve received from the Sane Solution. I could have been healthy, happy and slim for all those years instead of heavy, sad and sick. The coolest thing though is that I know I’ll never go back to that life and I’ll never gain the weight back again. Jonathan’s Sane Solution changed my life forever. You can do it too. Make the change today.

Snapshot of your SANE Success:

  • Age: 42
  • Family: Wife and 3 kids
  • Occupation: UPS Guy
  • Where in the world can you find me? Connecticut
  • Year I went SANE: 2016
  • Current height/weight: 6 Feet, 206 lbs
  • Health before/after SANE: Complete transformation, see my story
  • Favorite SANE meal: Grilled chicken with zucchini, coconut oil and seasoning
  • What words of advice can you give to someone just starting their SANE journey? This is life-changing and it actually works. Stick to the principles you learn in the Sane Solution and you will be successful. If you’re a sugar addict like me, go easy on the low-fructose fruits.
  • Hobby: Hiking with my kids
  • SANE words to live by: It’s all about the real food, baby. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. SANE non-starchy veggies, nutrient-dense proteins and whole food fats will get you the results that nothing else has been able to.
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Justin Said ‘Hello’ to SANEity and ‘Goodbye’ to The Fat*

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 Starvation Is NOT Healthy. Stop counting calories & go #SANE w/me at http://SANESolution.com

By Justin Kingsbury

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I found the “SANE” lifestyle through an intense internet search. My purpose for wanting to change my diet wasn’t to look better or lose weight, I was looking for the answer to my health issues. Years earlier I’d been diagnosed with a rather nasty auto-immune disease and I was still having trouble accepting the fact that I’d have to take pills the rest of my life. The pills and the disease were manageable but I’d felt abandoned by the medical industry that I’d thought was there to help me. In the years since I’d been diagnosed I’d moved around a few times and had had different doctors. None of them ever mentioned diet. It was never part of the discussion. I essentially had a very expensive test to tell me I had to take pills forever. Deep down inside of me I could never accept this and I had a yearning to know why this had happened to me in the first place. I was after all an athlete and I ate fairly well, at least so I though. After my wife and I had gotten back from a long vacation abroad, I had noticed that all of my symptoms were gone and I had felt pretty good. After a long discussion we determined that it had come down to diet. For the first time in years I felt that there was an answer.

My intrigue to find an answer lead me to the SANE lifestyle. The SANE approach was nothing like I’d read about before. All of the comments I’d read on various health websites and forums were all uniquely positive. After reading as much as I could from the SANE website I discovered the podcast. Since I have a 40 minute commute to work I figured the podcast would be an easy way to start.

After the first few episodes, I was hooked. Everything that was discussed on each episode made so much sense. I loved the science based approach, being an engineer at heart and a mechanic by trade, I got behind the concepts very quickly. Once I understood why some foods may not be the best for my body, I made little changes what would in the end get me to where I wanted to be. I began slowly by changing no more than one thing per week. These little changes would add up to make a huge difference.

The first and I would say the easiest change towards SANE eating, which I’d discovered while on vacation, was commercial dairy. When I had taken a step back and stopped eating commercial dairy foods for a few weeks there was a dramatic change in how I felt. When I realized how badly dairy had affected me, it was easy to let it go. Next was bread, I’d never been too much of a bread fan so not eating bread was easy. Although replacing it was a bit tricky and worrisome at first. Following the simple formula of protein plus fat and veggies I came up with a lunch salad that was simple to make and very tasty. Along the SANE journey I also discovered sweet potatoes and those were a lifesaver. I’ve been a cyclist for as long as I can remember so I was a bit worried about eating enough carbohydrates and sweet potatoes became my answer or should I say, savior. Experimenting by cutting out foods and then adding them back in gave me an idea of what I could eat and what I shouldn’t eat. All in all it wasn’t too hard. That’s not to say that there were no difficulties though.

The hardest inSANE food to give up was oatmeal. I have yet to come up with a good reason for why but it was very hard to get out of my diet. I had eaten oatmeal for breakfast for years and the days I didn’t eat it I felt I missed it. What got me through the problem was my own need and desire to experiment. I noticed that if I ate oatmeal I’d be hungry only a few hours later but if I’d had a fat and vegetable based smoothie for breakfast I was full most of the day. It was hard to accept but if it wasn’t satiating then why would I be eating it? Socially, eating SANE was more difficult than it was to not eat inSANE foods anymore.

Nearly every day at lunch I would get questions about what I was eating and if I would indeed be able to finish the large portion that I had with me that day. To this day I still get the same questions. At first it was hard to explain what I was doing. I live in northern Europe and the culture here has been brought up being okay with eating a half to a whole loaf of bread a day. To them it was hard to understand that bread may not be the best thing for you. Eventually I came to terms with the social difficulties and found a way to be more open about how I eat.

I found a lot of comfort in the SANE lifestyle by explaining to people that because I stopped eating pie, bread, commercial dairy and other inSANE foods that I have gotten rid of a chronic disease. I no longer take pills and I’m healthier that I have ever been. Why? It’s all because I eat SANE foods.

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Tom’s SANE Story: Dropped 65 Lbs. and Gained a New Life*

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Tom before and after

Words cannot express how thankful I am for this program. How do you thank someone for giving you your life back? I life fuller and richer than you ever thought possible. I feel awesome. Life is awesome. This lifestyle is awesome! I don’t see myself as “Big” anymore.

“I was picking up my daughter from “kids-zone” after work last week. The kids like to watch for parents, and then announce who is coming, sort of an end-of-the-day game. As I was approaching, one boy poked his head out the door, caught a glimpse of me, and as the door was closing, I heard him yell out, “HERE COMES BIG DADDY!””

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, because I am a fat-cutter, and therefore, I am here on a journey to lose weight, those words hurt. And in the beginning of 2012, when I started this journey, when I weighed 271 pounds, they definitely would have been painful to hear.

But the truth was, on this particular day last week, I had just finished an awesome full body weight lifting workout, I was feeling strong, I had consumed a delicious whole-foods veggie and whey protein smoothie, I was wearing my cool Oakley shades, and you know that feeling after a workout, after a healthy meal, where you are all pumped up, and there’s a sway in your walk, and you feel like a master of the universe? Well, that’s what I felt like on that particular day. I felt strong, I felt light, and I felt kind of awesome.

So, an epiphany. that kid wasn’t insulting me. He wasn’t saying I was “Big Daddy”, the 271 pound fat guy…He was saying, here comes “Big Daddy”, The Boss, The Bomb, The Man! Because, that’s what I felt like, at that particular moment, and kids are perceptive, and he obviously picked the vibe up. and ran with it. And, I LOVED hearing him say that, out loud, to the world.

The thing is…Words, are so very powerful. For me, the word “BIG” used to have a hold on me, but I guess it really doesn’t anymore. I have sort of changed.

But don’t get me wrong. Every time I look in the mirror, I see all faults and imperfections, and I think I probably always will. No matter how much fat I lose, no matter how much muscle I gain, or healthier I feel, there will always be that 271 pound obese guy, staring back at me in the mirror. He’s in there, and probably always will be. He is a part of my history, and my psyche, and he is someone I will always need to confront and talk to, from time to time.

But on this day last week, walking into the kids zone after an awesome workout, feeling like “The Man”…, well, not so much.

And I think this is my real success story, up until this point of the journey. You see, I have a ways to go, before I feel like I am at a place of pure health and fitness bliss. My journey is far from over, I never will be a perfect man. But, I don’t think I see myself as obese, anymore. I don’t see myself as “Big” anymore, not in the fat sense. I suppose now, I relate the word “Big”, to personal strength, power and intention, and improved self-control.

A moment of narcissism: I dug up this photo of “Big Daddy” on vacation, in the summer of 2011.

And here is a self-photo I just took, of “Big Daddy”, July 7th, 2013. Prior weight, 271. Current weight, 206.”

– Tom

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Jim’s SANE Story: I Got My Heart and Life Back*

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I am stronger than ever & shed 6” from my waist. My LDL dropped from 220 to 165 and my blood pressure dropped from 150/90 to 110/70. 100% better for sleep apnea. I feel fully alive for the first time in decades.

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Most of us living SANE understand eating more non starchy vegetables and avoiding grains and sugar will have a profound impact on our health, reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. My risk is significant because I inherited some really bad genes and struggled with heart disease for the last 28 years. But it was Jonathan Bailor and his SANE program that gave me the insight I desperately needed to resolve my remaining issues.

I will cover my history with doctors, both good and bad, and my struggle with prescription heart medications, the drugs that were effective and the drugs that almost killed me. I will cover how I challenged the system and avoided the advice of my doctors and medical associations.

Bad Genes, 28 Years of Heart Troubles, New Hope

It all started in 1959 as I stood at my father’s hospital bedside and watched while he suffered through his second and fatal heart attack. It was also my sister’s birthday. She was only 11 and my twin brother and I were 16. I remember the emotions of that day and all the days that followed. They never fade away. Never!

Remembering that day and all the hurt and anger that followed his death helped me become a survivor and not a victim. If I had a real challenge, I would ask myself how dad would have handled it. He always seemed to do things the right way and somehow the thoughts of him really helped me take the correct course of action. I know there was something subconscious going on but I prefer to give dad the credit. So life went on and I finished high school, went to college, landed my career job and started a family.

The only problem was, the right things were the wrong things and no one knew any better.

I never forgot that night. He was only 39 and I feared the same fate. I was constantly aware of heart disease which led me to a keen focus on healthy foods and aerobic exercise. The only problem was, the right things were the wrong things and no one knew any better. I smoked when I was young because it reduced stress. I also ate margarine and avoided eggs. We were told vegetable and seed oils reduced heart disease risk. Today, we know that inflammation caused by vegetable oil is one of the prime causes of atherosclerosis. With our new knowledge, the American Heart Association continues to endorse products with trans fat, sugar and refined flours. The endorsements are also reflected in their heart healthy diet recommendations. We tend to embrace huge medical associations as well as our own doctors. But that embracement can lead to early death.

Turned 40 and Things Got Real

The years passed and at the age of 39 and with some relief I knew I conquered the disease. But just five months after my 40th birthday, I was working out at my gym and felt nauseous. I remember having fish for lunch and it did not “sit” right but I continued my cardio. And then I thought back 24 years and dad said the same thing before going to the ER. I stopped the exercise and broke out in a cold sweat. Fear took over!

I asked for help but the gym manager said I was having symptoms of low blood sugar. I was persistent and insisted he call 911. The EMT’s thought I was hyperventilating so they asked me to breath into a paper bag. If I was having a heart attack that would inflict more harm so I stopped. Little did I know this was the start of my challenge and distrust of our healthcare system.

I asked to be taken to the ER and the EMT’s refused as they were short staffed. I demanded but they said all they could do was call for an ambulance and I would have to pay for the cost as I had no injury or life threatening event. I said just do it! So they did and I went to the ER and the doctor told me I was okay. That was a relief and I felt much better. I guess I just overreacted.

I had uncontrollable muscle movement and that bothered the doc. He scratched his head and said “I’ll keep you here overnight just to be on the safe side. And BTW, we have a new section of the hospital called the Cardiac Care Unit. It is one of the first in the Northwest. I’ll put you there just because you have a family history of heart disease.

Later that night, a guy with a lab coat came to my bedside and said “My name is Dr Frank. This is my first job out of residency and you are my first patient.” I thought, OMG a rookie and I might be having a heart attack. Dr Frank said my blood test results were done and I would be having a heart attack any time now. He told me about the pain and that he had plenty of narcotics to help me along. And, what he said became reality. First pain, and then drugs, then no pain. Dr. Frank stayed with me that night as I was worried about a second attack. My wife Judy is an RN and a damn good one at that. She told me rookie doctors never want to lose their first patient so I was in good hands and that put me as ease. Dr. Frank is one of the good guys.

So what does any of this have to do with SANE? Plenty, I continued with cardiac events for the next 29 years and it was SANE that brought closure.

The new cardiology in 1983 was to exercise the patient ASAP. So the next day, the RN’s had me on my feet and we went for a walk. And we walked through the smoking lounge which was adjacent to the CCU. Oh, how I craved a cigarette.

So what does any of this have to do with SANE? Plenty, I continued with cardiac events for the next 29 years and it was SANE that brought closure. If you have heart disease or the risk of heart disease, you will want to finish reading this post. I will disclose some very important information you will not discover at your doctors office. It could save your life.

Retirement and Digging into the Details of Heart Disease

So again, life goes on and I intensified my research on heart disease. I stopped smoking, increased my aerobic exercise, stopped eating margarine and started taking statin drugs as well as an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure. I ate healthy foods but continued with my favorite chocolate cake every time I had a chance. After all, cake had no bad ingredients! Of course I was wrong on that one as well as taking the statin drug.

I retired in 1999 at age 55 consistent with my life plan but kept myself fully occupied time wise with my passion for boating in the Puget Sound and British Columbia, a small business and as a surrogate father to my two grandchildren. Just like me, they have a twin and their father is absent from their lives but by choice. We feel their heartache so their other granddad and I take over. The twins have more love than anyone can get but the willful absence of a fathers love is unforgivable. And the love they give back is truly precious.

My cardiac health was good for twenty three years, or so I thought, then all of a sudden in 2006, I started having dizzy spells strong enough to force me to the ground. One day my episodes became severe while driving and I did everything possible to remain conscious and get off the highway without causing an accident. I started deep breathing, drank water, ate cookies and soon regained composure. That lasted 30 minutes before another episode. I pulled over, performed the same routine and started driving home. Guys do that kind of thing. After the third episode, I called my cardiologist hoping he would have a magic pill at the nearest pharmacy. No luck, he said call 911. Thinking back 23 years I thought that would waste time so I drove myself to the ER and collapsed in the lobby. Again, another guy thing! On the way to the ER, I left voice messages for my wife and daughter and by the time I was inserted, poked, stabbed, drugged and patched and with wires and tubes covering my body and staff running around yelling for more drugs, Judy, my daughter and her twins, now age five were in the room. It was like a scene out of the TV program ER. But this time, I was on center stage.

While on the gurney, I had repeated events of ventricular tachycardia with my BPM as high as 200, just below the threshold for fibrillation. You really never want to be at that state unless someone is nearby with a crash cart. That was an evening I will never forget but more memorable, was when my grandson came to me, threaded his arm through the maze of wires and tubes, put his head on my chest, gave me a hug and said “I love you papa.” Next to the Coronary Care Unit.

While in the CCU, I went through a series of tests, including an angiogram and EP Study (electrophysiology study, just Google it!). The bottom line was my LAD artery (left anterior descending, aka Widow maker) narrowed 99%, another major artery had 99% occlusion and two more occlusions at 70%. They told me I needed a quad bypass and it had to be done immediately. Now, I was not born under a turnip truck. The reason I survived the events was because I did high intensity interval training back then and my collateral circulation was beyond excellent. Okay, now the candy is starting to come. HIIT does strengthen the heart muscle so if you read that somewhere, like in SANE, please pay attention and do your eccentric exercise. It performs the same cardio improvement as running. In fact, I was training my heart to run a sub two and a half hour marathon, but only 30 seconds at a time. That tenacity saved my life.

I was training my heart to run a sub two and a half hour marathon, but only 30 seconds at a time. That tenacity saved my life.

The EP study concluded I was vulnerable to ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation. That is when the heart pumps above 120 bpm at rest. It is not life threatening until your rate approaches 200 BPM as it did for me. At that rate, your heart pumps little or no blood and you meet your final fate. That is unless, you have a marvel of modern medical technology installed in your chest, aka the Internal Cardio Defibrillator or ICD. This unit will do two things: 1. If you go into fibrillation, it will shock your heart and you will jump just like on TV. That happened to me twice and I don’t want it to happen again; 2. When your heart beats above a set threshold, the unit will pace your heart back to normal rhythm. That event has happened to me thousands of times and it may have saved my life many times over. One scientist from the Atkins camp told me I was fanatical for making such a statement but little did he know the unit has a solid state drive and records every event including the ECG when I go into fibrillation. It also counts the number of PVC (premature ventricular contraction). After one year, my count was in the millions.

SANE & Eliminating My PVCs and Sleep Apnea

I will jump ahead now because you need some more candy. SANE stopped my PVC’s. Before I started, SANE, they were chronic. I would count one PVC every fourth heartbeat or more. Concurrently, SANE stopped my episodes of sleep apnea. My preventive cardiologist told me that was due to losing weight. Da, it all happened at about day #7 on SANE! Doctors just don’t understand your body unless they learned it in school or from a drug representative and we know drug representatives work for Big Pharma and we also know Big Pharma is corrupt. Unfortunately the reps are also victims. So are the doctors. I do not understand the science behind these cardiac improvements but my best conclusion is metabolic. I now consume nutrient rich, high protein food very frequently during the day with a constant flow of quality energy to the hardest working muscle in the body. I do this without regard to the number of calories. That is SANE way. Now that is opposed to trying to lose weight with infrequent consumption of low quality food (mostly grains, rice, and some sugar along with protein and very few vegetables and let’s not forget the beer). The heart muscle is the hardest working metabolic machine in the body and it requires high quality nutrition constantly. And this constant flow of energy will keep you alive during a crisis.

It all happened at about day #7 on SANE!

Those improvements are today. Let’s get back to the CCU in 2006. The cardiologists, electro physiologists, and a few other doctors came to my room to plan the bypass and I flatly refused. The arguments started and I told them I had to review the lab results with my own cardiologist first. That did not happen and after threats of having my drivers license revoked, I had the surgery. But the refusal delayed the process three days and I landed one of the best surgeons in the area. In fact he was so good, he did open heart surgery without using the traditional heart lung machine.

And just a side note; never ask a nurse for a recommendation. They will only give you the name of their favorite doctor or tell you they cannot give that advice. The correct question to ask is, “If your mom or dad were to have heart surgery, who would you recommend?” It made a huge difference in my choice of a surgeon. He was another good guy!

I left the hospital 10 days later with an ejection fraction in the low 20’s. The EF is the % of blood volume the left ventricle expels to the aorta. Normal EF is closer to 60 and to my surprise; I just discovered my mother, at age 90, has an EF of 65. The remaining blood stays in your LV for the next heartbeat. My surgeon said I would soon recover but we need to keep the thought that my heart attack in 1983 damaged my LV and my normal EF should be in the mid 40’s. I know this is technical stuff but I want to get the message across that if you get yourself in the same mess, a strong heart muscle could mean the difference between life and death. SANE will give you that strong heart muscle but you won’t hear that from your cardiologist. And the best way to do that is with eccentric exercise.

SANE will give you that strong heart muscle but you won’t hear that from your cardiologist. And the best way to do that is with eccentric exercise.

Drugs & Castrating Cardiologists

So, my EF never improved and to make this more complicated, my blood pressure was not sufficient to lead a normal life. Technically this is called heart failure. My doctors gave me a beta blocker to relax and repair the heart muscle and an ACE inhibitor which was contra indicated. The hypotension was caused by the drugs. I was also taking the max dose of statin drug for cholesterol. I started having chronic events of ventricular tachycardia, my left ventricle increased in size, and a massive clot had developed (from not ejecting blood). My wife has a term for this and it is called the “spiral of death”. But I was not ready to die and I fought back and boy was that one bloody fight.

It was time to castrate my cardiologist. All he did was prescribe coumadin which impedes calcium absorption in bone and it finds a place in your arteries. I started my own recovery program with the help of my PCP who reduced the beta blocker and ACE inhibitor by 50%. I was feeling better so I reduced those drugs by another 50%. My blood pressure increased and I was feeling better so I started my HIIT again and drank at least 3 quarts of distilled water daily. My naturopathic doctor told me to take Co Q10 and I did and then I doubled the dose. I then stopped all meds except the statin and made an incredible recovery within three months. My clot dissolved, my left ventricle returned to normal size and my heart rhythm stabilized. And just as important, my EF increased to 40%. Those damn drugs were killing me! And did this recovery impress my cardiologist? Absolutely not!

My next cardiologist prescribed the max dose of Crestor and within a year, the episodes of VT returned and I was in heart failure one more time. Again, I changed cardiologists and had visits with two electro physiologists and no one had an answer. The second EP Doc wanted to due a high risk ablation but I was skeptical as the death risk was 1-2%. There were no medicines that could calm my heart. I thought this was the last straw and my heart just could not take another assault. That evil spiral returned.

I spent weeks searching the net but could not find the answer. Then one day like magic it all came together. I knew Crestor causes muscle weakness and or wasting. I knew the heart is a muscle. But I did not connect the dots (statin drugs cause mental confusion). Then in meditation at yoga I made that connection. In an instant I knew I solved the puzzle. Emotional energy returned to my body and it was powerful. I was now taking only one medication and to the amazement of all my doctors, I made a complete recovery. It took six months to reduce the events of tachycardia and it does get better. I had an EP visit last week and my events were downloaded. Guess what? none, zero , nada nada, not even a hint of tachycardia (this is six months into SANE).

The heart drugs caused weight gain and did more damage to my gut, increasing my waist from a lean 32” to 39”. So if you stayed with me this far, you deserve another big piece of candy and that is coming next. BTW, my new EP Doc, one of the best in the Northwest and at one of the best hospitals changed his exam routine to consider statin drugs as a potential cause of life threatening arrhythmia.

Staring SANE

The time was spring 2011 when I made the Crestor Connection. That drug almost killed me but I now have to resolve the weight issue as well as my cholesterol which immediately jumped to 320. Just by chance, I saw Jonathan Bailor on TV. This young looking guy, probably still wet behind the ears, said you could eat all you want and exercise only a few minutes per week. Oh ya, another miracle fix. But he had a good story and I needed help. So I bought the E-book and within two days I was fully on SANE program.

I just thought I had nothing to lose because I was starving myself, exercising more, and nothing was working.

I just thought I had nothing to lose because I was starving myself, exercising more, and nothing was working. I had a library of exercise and natural health books but not one book put all the right information in one place like SANE. I started the program in February 2012 and six months later my results have been spectacular. So here is the candy I promised:

 

Day #1 of SANE 3 Months Later 6 Months Later
Height

5’ 11”

same

same

Age

68

69

same

Weight

188

182

178

Waist

39”

33”

33”

PVC Count

2 million/yr

200 Thousand

same

Sleep Apnea

Frequent

None noticed

same

Energy Level

poor

Off the wall

same

Total Cholesterol

285

295

268

HDL

69

93

81

LDL

193

189

165

Blood Pressure w/o Drugs

150/90

110/70

same

In addition to these amazing improvements, my deadly small particle LDL cholesterol remains below the range minimum. The very same foods recommended by the AHA contribute to increases in the number of small particles. SANE does just the opposite. Go figure!

In addition to these amazing improvements, my deadly small particle LDL cholesterol remains below the range minimum.

Let’s not forget my emotional health made dramatic improvements and I have more sustained energy today than I had prior to my heart attack. My LDL remains high but I started taking Red Yeast Rice and will take another lipid test shortly.

And what about the effective drugs? There is one and the only drug I take today. Two baby aspirin. I also take natural supplements supported by good science. The focus is on how to prevent plaque build up, reduce inflammation and control arrhythmia. SANE does all that but I need a bit more insurance. Perhaps I will write another blog about additional protective measures only for those at extreme risk.

Jonathan Bailor entered my life at a critical crossing and I want to thank him for his research and hard work and his compassion toward people. He will touch the lives of many in a very positive way. There is one more person I need to thank. Dad, you gave me this awful disease but you also gave me courage, tenacity the balls to fight back, and fight back I did. It was your guidance that made me a survivor and not a victim. Thank you dad, I love you.

– Jim

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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