Welcome

Welcome to my blog! My name is Lou and I’m  a 27 yo native of New Jersey, though my professional career has carried me to several other states over the past few years.

Very simply; I Love Food! I have always loved eating (though that sounds ridiculous now that I write it), and in the past 5 or 6 six years, my love of cooking what I eat has grown. Then, around twelve months ago, the journey started…

A few weeks before Thanksgiving of last year, I woke up one morning with a terrible pain in one of the toes on my right foot. I didn’t realize just how bad the pain was until I attempted to put my sock on, and it felt as if I were piercing the joint of my toe with an ice pick. Gout is something your grandfather complains about at holidays. “The disease of kings” most commonly comes from a diet too rich in, well, rich foods, and lacking balance with the required vitamins and trace minerals. It is not something that any 26 yo man should ever wake up to (in fact, I wish it on No One!). After gallons of black cherry juice and fewer summer sausages, the symptoms subsided. I continued on with my routine otherwise. My wife and I traveled home from FL to see our friends and family for Christmas, and, as one is want to do at that time of year, I ate EVERYTHING. Shortly after we returned to FL, I realized that I felt terrible. I got on the scale (which had to be dug out from under the sink, and dusted off) and realized that I weighed over 250lbs! Thirty pounds more than I ever weighed at the height of my athletic “endeavours”. I decided at that point, following my battle with gout and my struggle coming to grips with the sudden lack of holes towards the wrong end of my belt, that I was going to drastically change my diet. Since that time, it has been research, note-taking, more research, wins, losses, do-agains and WTF-was-that?s. That road has led me to, two weeks ago, give up my two-pack-a-day habit after 8 years of smoking. I have not had a flare up of gout since my wake-up call last year. I was able to drop 35 pounds in approximately two months on my new diet, though my weight continues to fluctuate as my adherence to making time to cook or to pack lunch ebbs and flows.

With all of that said, the man who has been known to eat an entire lg. pizza, and who has invited his friends over for “Slider Fest”, is going to spend the next 365 days devoted to finding his version of a “Blue Zone Diet”. For those of you who do not already know what that means, the link below will explain to you what it is, and why the idea of following certain guidelines sounds less like a challenge and more like a sound investment.

http://www.bluezones.com/about-blue-zones/

In summary, I am extremely excited for this new phase of my life, to increase the beautiful vitality  which I have begun to feel as my diet and routine and habits have slowly changed, to meet new friends and to maybe inspire some old ones, and to prove my wife right; vegetables are really good for you, you can make them taste really good, and you should eat more of them! I hope to hear from you if you have any ideas or suggestions, comments or questions!

ENJOY!

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