So who is Chef William and what is this blog all about? Good question and one that I would ask if I just discovered this blog.
To start with I am a retired Executive Chef that has spent most of my life in a kitchen then lost over 100 pounds after retiring by following the Ketogenic lifestyle
It started when I was put into my first foster home. I soon learned that those that work in the kitchen get the best food. I was seven years old and l think my first love affair was with food. We have never drifted apart in all the years that followed.
I liked working with food, learning to cook as well as working with cold foods. I remained working in kitchens for the rest of my working career. I went to school to learn how to cook and I spent the last 23 years of my career as an executive chef.
You are invited into my online kitchen where I share Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free recipes, information about Whole Foods and their Health benefits and living a healthy lifestyle.
It has not always been that way. When I was working a day to day job, I did not take very good care of myself. Although I was preparing healthy meals for others I let myself go in the wrong direction.
By the time I reached retirement age I weighed 336 pounds which is not healthy for my 6 foot frame. Once I retired and got out from spending all my working hours dealing with food I started trying different diets to lose weight. I will admit it was only kind of a half-hearted effort most of the time but I did loose a little weight along the way.
That all changed this past year when I as diagnosed with prostate cancer. I visited 4 cancer doctors, was offered 4 different “cures” all of which involved a knife of some type, as well as Chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I went home to do some research and find a more non-invasive treatment. I studied the holistic approach and almost every cancer doctor in every holistic hospital or spa, recommended a ketogenic lifestyle as part of their treatment.
I started eating a keto diet. My weight has “adjusted” from 336 to 232 at this point and is still adjusting. I believe I will drop another 50 pounds during the year.
When I visited my doctor in the states, she ran the tests and found that I was cancer free. I actually had numbers int he report that were more like a 20 year old than a man my age. Upon returning to our retirement home in Puerto Vallarta, Mx. I visited my doctor here and had her do the followup blood work to check my progress. When she got the report she started getting tears in her eyes.She was aware that I had used the ketogenic diet and some lite exercise to fight the cancer because I kept her informed during the months between checkups. She had never seen numbers reverse themselves like this before.
There are other good food plans you can follow for a whole foods healthy lifestyle including the Paleo diet, a low-carb diet and the Mediterranean diet and a lot of the recipes for these food choices are also gluten free. The main focus of this blog in the ketogenic diet/lifestyle but I do share recipes for those other diets as well.
I focus on eating fresh Whole Foods, grass fed beef, free range chicken and wild caught Fish. My Plate is colorful, mostly plant-based, with a focus on whole, real ingredients that I can pronounce. While I do not have a gluten problem that requires me to live gluten-free, I’ve found that gluten and most dairy-based foods don’t make my body or mind feel good, so I don’t eat them. except farm fresh butter and some cheeses. It takes a little research but I prioritize the quality of my food and want to know where it comes from and under what conditions it was grown.
Foods becomes our fuel and our building blocks. We are what we eat and if we are to enjoy life we should eat only the best that nature has to offer. It is up to us to make wise choices. That is what this blog is about. I want to share with you what I have learned along the way as well as some great tasting recipes.
I promise to give you the best information I can find to help us reach our healthy eating goals and to share recipes to help us get there.
You are invited to follow along and join in if you would like to enjoy wholesome food without feeling hungry along the way. It is an adventure towards a healthier lifestyle….
My goal is to be A Chef that brings people together and shares foods at the chefs’ kitchen table that are healthy for the mind, body, and soul. Great tasting foods that are grounded to the earth and not filled with man made chemicals. And made it all very enjoyable...
I do have a book that goes into Detail about the Ketogenic lifestyle and is filled with information to help you along the journey. You can find out more about it HERE
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