Travel Back in Time to a Younger, Fitter Self

By Vadym Graifer

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The beginning is probably going to sound familiar to oh-so-many. Slowly gaining weight, year after year, craving sweets and refined carbs, collecting little aches and annoyances, accepting them as unavoidable companions of the aging process. Peaking at 260 pounds, getting scared, trying to shed weight with some, albeit little, success and finally settling around 240 pounds, 44 inches in the waist.

This grueling quest is also probably familiar to many – cutting calories, adding exercise, trying various diets, and nothing really working for any appreciable time. A few years like this, with high blood pressure controlled by a medication and, then, at the age of 52, a thunderous verdict – Type 2 Diabetes. For me, the next year was frustrating: blood sugar medication dosage going up after each test, and the usual litany of “eat frequently, eat balanced diet, and if you deteriorate slowly, well, this is that kind of a disease.”

If any of this rings a bell, you will be pleased to know this is where the story takes a turn for the better.

It took me three years to finally take control of my situation, experimenting and slowly formulating my approach. Eventually, it came down to three phases. First was replacing sugary and starchy foods with healthier equivalents – for instance, celery root instead of potato, black bean pasta instead of wheat, coming up with my own recipe for a chickpea-buckwheat bread, and many others. If “healthy” associates with “bland” for you, this wasn’t the case – all of them turned to be amazing, right away or after some tweaking.

Second, introducing fermented foods in my menu – that turned out to be not only highly beneficial but also delicious. Moving beyond sauerkraut, I learned to make kefir, cultured butter and a lot of other things, becoming less and less dependent on store-bought products. The bread and pancakes from fermented buckwheat became a favourite in our household and continue to be an instant hit with our guests. Few things are as liberating as spreading self-made butter on a self-made bread. You feel unchained from the Big Food. Sure, it’s not like having your own cow grazing on the grass in your backyard, but as the next best thing, it’s pretty neat.
All that helped me lose 24 pounds before I finally found the way to rev up my weight-loss process. Interestingly enough, it was not so much about the food as about the pattern of eating. Increasing the intervals between meals – a practice known as Intermittent Fasting – took me down another 50 pounds in nine months, so I finally settled at my ideal weight, 165 pounds. My waist narrowed by a good eight inches. Oh, and my blood sugar and pressure numbers are in healthy range with no meds whatsoever. Big Pharma lost its obedient slave.   

Here is a kicker: my wife joined me on this journey and lost over 40 pounds, as well. She looks as she did on our wedding day. It’s like a honeymoon all over again.

I know, “fasting” sounds extreme and scary. I wish someone came up with a different name for this method, especially considering that it doesn’t require you to go any single day without food. It all turned out to be much easier than I thought, for both of us. One would think losing 75 pounds is difficult and requires huge discipline – nothing even close. It was and remains fun, easy and highly exciting. We both feel as though we’ve returned back the clock 25 years. Last time we felt like this was when we were 30. All the little pains and aches went away, our energy went through the roof, and we’re feeling in control – not much can compare to that. How sustainable is this weight loss? Well, it doesn’t involve suffering or cravings, and we don’t need discipline to maintain an enjoyable way of life.

My findings and experiences resulted in the book titled *The Time Machine Diet*, a highly practical guide, full of recipes and hand-holding descriptions, yet freewheeling enough to be adjusted to anyone’s lifestyle preferences. One of my greatest pleasures now is to receive feedback from readers who benefit from my experience and put my recipes to a good use. My website continues the journey with new recipes and articles devoted to real foods and their healing effects. If you identify with any of the health problems I encountered, or could simply lose a few pounds, I hope my story inspires you to take action.

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