On the t.v. show "The Biggest Loser," people lose drastic amounts of weight in dramatic fashion, only to gain it back when they are off the air and the cameras are gone. Dramatic is the right word for it. It is a t.v. show, made to entertain. Those who produce it are interested in ratings, certainly not in the health of the participants. They "help" them lose weight, all right, but in all the wrong ways for all of the wrong reasons. But contestants sign up to be on the show, nonetheless, grasping at the slim hope that they might become slim, in actuality. It's easy to understand their desperation. Richard Morris could certainly relate. For him, walking to work was akin to hiking Mount Everest. He would huff and puff and sweat up a storm and it was only a few blocks away from his place in New York City! He was in terrible shape. No surprise. The man weighed over 400 lbs. Dieting? Hed been there, done that....in his own words, "a million and one" times. The only thing they were good for was packing on the pounds (after some initial unsustainable weight loss).
Richard was pre-diabetic and struggling with asthma and high blood pressure. Every day he woke up asking himself, "Is today the day I die?"
This is Richard today. Yes, as you can ascertain, he has undergone a complete transformation! He is in excellent shape, as are his wife and two daughters. He works a job and runs a family farm. And in his spare time, he runs spartan races!
Be inspired by his story in this half-hour episode entitled A life unburdened.
What You’ll Learn
- How Richard gained so much weight in the first place
- The role his family's poverty played in their food choices when he was growing up
- What diets he tried and why they failed him
- Richard's a-ha moment that led him to leave dieting behind
- What first steps he took to rid his home of processed foods
- What foods they bought (and where they bought them) as they switched to eating real food
- What happened when he flirted (briefly) with the idea of eating the old way
- How the Weston A. Price Foundation resources played a part in his transformation
- The role of cooking in his life
- How his daughter's early puberty was reversed through real food
- How he got into obstacle course racing
Links & Resources
About Richard Morris
Richard Morris worked in IT, but now lives a life that is drastically different. Richard lives in Virginia, running his farm, running spartan races and running in the human race, in brave and new ways!
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