Eating Healthy in Ecuador
Joe Namath, the ex-New York Jets quarterback had a famous saying, “It ain’t braggin’ if ya done it”, so please allow me to brag a little. I did Move to Ecuador! I did lose 50 pounds! I did get off all my meds! I have been able to, over the past two years, lose 50+ pounds and get completely off all prescription medications. I’d like to share with you how I did it. Eating healthy in Ecuador is easy…really!
Statistics show that over 65% of the American population is overweight and obesity is one of the biggest medical problems facing America. I had ballooned up to 243-247 lbs. and on my small frame I was fat. The weight would not have been a problem if I was 6’7” but I’m only 5’8”. LOL!
Overweight = Health Issues
When you are overweight you develop a myriad of health problems. I was taking 5 prescription meds. I suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes, acid reflux, arthritis, and had sleep apnea. The American Medical Profession is not interested in curing illness; it’s always about treating the symptoms with one more “miracle” medicine. Healthy eating and exercise were only given lip service from the Doctor’s when I went in for a checkup. I came to the realization that unless I changed my habits I would not live to see my grandkids grow up.
Change of Latitude / Change of Attitude
Miriam and I had planned on spending 6 months traveling the country of Ecuador to see exactly where we wanted to settle. I couldn’t do it! I didn’t have the strength or stamina required to move around a lot. I had lived the last few years of my life with a sedentary lifestyle and my energy level was zero. I didn’t really, at first anyway, start out to lose weight once we got to Ecuador. It just sort of happened. Also, in April of 2012 we changed our food drastically to a low carb or “Primal” style of eating. Some people call it “Cave Man Eating”!
We landed in Cotacachi, a gringo enclave of sorts 90 miles north of Quito, surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas. Miriam grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania (Mennonite) so she immediately fell in love with all the fresh fruits and vegetables at the local market. With some mentoring from some of the expats living there she also learned how to buy meat locally. The chickens were free range; the cattle grass fed, and the veggies were probably picked right out of the field the day before! Talk about healthy eating! And on top of that, the prices were incredibly cheap! Instead of eating out, Miriam started preparing healthy meals and we ate almost exclusively at home. If you follow us on here you’ll find that Miriam has become this fantastic foodie. Since we lived in a small town we walked everywhere as a part of our daily living. The weight started falling off.
The Beaches of Ecuador are Calling
We found that Cotacachi , as beautiful as it was, was too cold for us. At 8,000 feet above Sea level, it can get a down right cool at night. Besides, I had always lived on or near the water in VA and I wanted to see the Coast of Ecuador for myself. A neighbor of ours had just moved to the coast and was raving about this great town he had discovered north of Manta called Bahia de Caraquez . Stay tuned for part II where I expound on How I lost 50 lbs and got off all my meds!!
Email us at info@EcuadorPropertyConsultants.com. You can book an appointment to talk directly with us one on one, or call toll free from the US 804-858-4289. Within Ecuador Contact Dave at 089-285-6951 or Miriam at 098-289-6208.