Most recently, I attended a Health and Wellness Exposition and as a part of the ticket package, I was presented with a complimentary copy of the book “Perfect Weight” by Jordan Rubin. It took me some time to sort through all of the other samples, packets and reading material when I arrived home from the Expo, but I eventually got around to reading this fairly mid-sized book that was heavy with wisdom. The front cover of the book displayed a scale which I probably unconsciously absorbed beforehand and avoided (hence me saving this book for last) since I tend to run away from the real-life scale as well. The caption read “America, Do You know YOUR perfect weight?” Then underneath “Change Your Diet *Change Your Life * Change Your World”. That sounded like a plan to me so I dug in.
The setting was the author’s entrance into the Mayor of Toledo’s office where they discussed ways to improve the diseased and poor health of the citizens there. He described the Ohio mayor as being healthy, lean and looked well for a then sixty-eight-year old. The mayor applauded the author on his books and his work in contributing to help people regain their positive health. They brainstormed on ideas to make people want to be healthier and live longer. Now this was someone who was practicing what he preaches and I like that! It’s one thing to shove a certain way of life down someone’s throat and another to live that way and show others how to do the same. Miles away from the old adage, “Do what I say and not what I do”.
The book went on to reiterate that America is spending billions of dollars on diet products, fads and quick-weight loss solutions but is still the fattest and unhealthiest nation. Rubin quickly dispels all of the normal excuses we tend to give for not making our health our number one priority, so one has no choice but to go in without and armor of “buts” as the author gives us a healthy dose of the truth. Again, not without experience because the author himself was at one point extremely malnourished and became very fatigued and weak. His doctor gave him antibiotics, but that didn’t work. He continued to lose weight and developed a fever that left him disorientated. He was referred to gastroenterologists who thought it was a digestive disorder (Crohn’s disease) and urged him to have a colostomy (removal of the colon). At age nineteen, that wasn’t an option for the author. He saw many more doctors and even traveled to Mexico and Germany for alternative treatments. This put a financial strain on his parents and nothing seemed to work. He had to now get around by wheelchair because of his frailty. After two years, the author’s father spoke with a nutrition expert who nursed the author back to health with “live” foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics (friendly microorganisms). This sparked the quest to increase his knowledge of health and share it.
With the help of Dr. Bernard Bulwer, who was on a similar quest to spread the knowledge of how people can live healthily, the two pooled their resources and came up with the contents of this book. The basics are that we all need to cleanse our bodies to get rid of all the toxins that have accumulated in our bodies. We need to eat what God created for food in a form healthy for the body. Foods like organically grown fruits and vegetables, healthy dairy products like cheese, yogurt and butter and healthy red meats like organic grass-fed beef, lamb, venison and bison. Also wild cold-water fish, pastured or free-range chicken, whole grains like wheat and barley and nuts and seeds. A lot of us already know this but have frequently grown up on other sweets and goodies and ways of eating due to a wide number of reasons. Rubin reiterates that we just need to get back to the basics of all-natural eating. Of course the other thing we know to is also explained: we must do some form of exercise, specifically weight-training and even better; interval training. Interval training allows the heart rate to rise, then lower and rise again which ultimately burns more calories and boosts metabolisms more than cardio alone.
Many other things we often already know are told like drinking plenty of water (it its purest form), eating with the seasons (like many of our forefathers did naturally by eating what was in season and grown locally) and eliminating pork products and bottom-dwelling foods like lobster, shrimp, crab, shark, eel and catfish. This one caught me off-guard I must say. I’m a southern girl who grew up on catfish and shrimp and was periodically granted the opportunity to indulge in lobster. Seafood like that is my absolute favorite in the world. I think I read this section three times to make sure I was understanding it correctly. I was floored. As I read on though, I was enlightened about how you are what you eat and these creatures eat fish waste, etc from the bottom of the ocean floor, so that’s exactly what I was eating. My compliments to the chefs who served me these tasty garbage-filled treats because it was the best act of camouflage I think I’ve encountered! I am still grappling with that one, but since I started the Perfect Weight plan, I’ve successfully omitted these things from my diet and have tried other kinds of wild freshwater fish and have been pleasantly surprised in the process, I must say.
Opening my mind to letting someone come in and do a makeover with all the available tools that were already inside me was an eye-opening experience. Unlike many other diets I’ve tried (and I have tried more than my share), this one did not starve me, it did not overly restrict me (and I have a penchant for not liking restriction of any form) and made my energy levels increase. I actually had the energy to do more than my normal amount of exercises and some to spare as well. My two children loved my new attitude and they even benefited from intaking more fruits and fresh salads as well (which cleansed their bodies without them even doing the initial cleansing that I did). I lost weight but more than that, I gained a healthier mindset towards life itself.
“Perfect Weight” enlightened me and brought back to my remembrance that life is simple, we are the ones that make is so complicated. Sticking to the basics will propel us all to the next level and eating whole, natural foods is the simplest thing we can do to make lasting impressions on our lives. Our bodies are designed to move and the things we think we are giving up are really things that are holding us back, so it’s all about our perception of what we really need in our lives. We have to let go of the old, to make room for the new and improved versions of healing and wellness in our lives. Jordin Rubin did it, I did it and hundreds of others did it as well. So what’s keeping you from your perfect weight? By: Kenya Scott