Healthy hedonism: A personal journey

Try this! An exotic Balinese fruit.

A couple months ago, I knew that things had to change.

You see, over years of delicious feasting and no exercise countermeasures, I’ve put on a few pounds. Enough that my BMI (body mass index) rates me as obese – and that was years ago. And I just kept going higher. Now I had reached my highest ever – about 232 pounds. It’s not as much as some – and for many, it really can’t be controlled – but the creaking in my knees and the difficulty tying my shoes around my belly made me think I needed to discover a healthier way to live.

The thing is, I refuse to compromise on taste. Every meal should be fabulous. I’m not interested in cleanses and deprivations. I’m a hedonist. I want to savor every bite. Not just of my meal, but of my life. I want to continue eating amazing food. I want to continue living through all of my senses. And, if I don’t find a healthier way to do this, I may miss out on much of the life I plan to live.

So there I was. Fairly inflexible, less agile, and I got winded walking up the stairs. I have some digestion issues – acid reflux mainly. When my dad was my age he was thinner than I. He moved better. Faster. Later in life, with steady weight gain, he contracted adult-onset diabetes. It looked like the direction I was headed and I don’t want to go down that road – I want a long, healthy, ecstatic life.

I needed a change in my health. But could I do that without sacrificing the sensual parts of living? Even better, could I find a way to more ecstatically experience life, food, sex and everything else? More than I already do?

After all, I’ve been helping people live this way for years now. It seemed like it was time to take things to the next level, for me and for them.

Since that decision, I’ve lost about 20 pounds. I’m moving better, feeling more energized. I made some changes, but I still enjoy almost every meal. I have a feeling it’s just going to get better too. Isn’t that the way of things we are truly passionate about? The deeper you go, the richer and more interesting it is.

Whether I live another 100 years or I keel over tomorrow, I want every meal, every smell, every experience, and every single moment to be delicious. The longer life, the better. Hopefully, this quest for healthful indulgence and ecstatic living can inspire you too. How about we take the ride together?

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3 Responses to “Healthy hedonism: A personal journey”

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  1. Jen says:

    okay, I’ll bite….This story sounds extremely similar to my own, including my father having adult on-set diabetes. He had triple by-pass in July of 2009, due to complications of diabetes; he is doing much better now. I had been serious about losing weight in 2008, the last time we talked. However I let life get in the way of my health and so it took me until January of 2010 to get serious and stay serious about it. I started going to the gym almost every day. I HATED it a first, I grew up in a sedentary family. I had to learn how to ignore being tired and what normal aches and pains felt like from working out. I also had to learn what it is like to have hunger pangs, and to be okay with them. My husband and I LOVE food too!!! Love to cook it! Love to eat it! Now when we go out we share ONE entree. It helps keep the calories down and saves money! As of today, after a year of making small adjustments here and there I have lost 30 pounds and 3 pant sizes. I still have quite a ways to go, but now I have the tools and patience to continue to change my lifestyle. Not just go on a fad diet for a few months just to gain all the weight back once I stop. I’m happy to share more, this just seems a bit long. 🙂

  2. ephraim says:

    Jen!

    Thank you for sharing your story…and congratulations on losing so many pants sizes 🙂 That is really amazing. I can imagine how much better you feel from the taste of energy I have gotten in the past couple of months. And working out too – not only thinner but stronger too.

    Please, feel free to share more. I see this as a conversation with a community of like-minded hedonists that want to live life to the fullest and still be healthy and vibrant.

    Also, be sure to sign up for posts on this site: http://modernhedonist.invokemagic.com/. That’s where I plan to talk in more detail about the personal side of this modern hedonist journey.

  3. Arina says:

    It’s about fucking time! I’m kidding! That’s great! What did you do to lose the pounds?

    I’m with you. I love food. The taste, the smell, the feel of it in mouth. I hate to compromise on taste in order to lose or maintain a good weight, but I hate to exercise too. I admit it, I really hate exercise. I was doing well at going to yoga classes about twice a week for a while, but then I got bored of it. Why? I probably didn’t put the right intentions in it after a while…not sure, but I only go about once a month now.

    I have a goal to lose 10 pounds and then maintain. I’ve managed to lose 3 that goes up and down. So in other words I’m maintaining my current weight and not losing. I’ve made a lot of changes to my diet without giving up a lot of the foods I love. Namely chocolate. That will never go. LOL

    I do situps and leg exercises every morning. It’s become habit, so I think that will stick. I only spend about 5 minutes doing that so it doesn’t bore me.

    Anyway, I’m happy to hear you’re still loving life while taking care of your body too.