Why did you want to join Reset Health?
I’ve always wanted to do something about my weight and health but I never made any effort to do so. It wasn’t until covid struck that I really took notice. I started reading stats about people the same age as me suffering from covid and not getting better and that really hit home. I also believe I have been in denial about having type 2 diabetes for a long time.
I heard about Reset Health from my daughter so I decided to give it a go. I started with the 16/8 fast and to my surprise it wasn’t really that hard to do. Once you get underway and start the 24 hour fast, it just flows.
I hear not everyone is happy about your weight loss - your cat is having a hard time adjusting?
My cat Parsley is 7 or 8 years old now and from when he was a small kitten he would always clamber up onto my lap and park himself on my stomach and snuggle in which he always continued to do, he’s never forgotten that. However, now there’s no ledge on my stomach for him to perch on due to my weight loss he has had to reluctantly readjust and has now decided to park himself on my legs.
How has it changed your health so far?
I no longer suffer from sleep apnoea. My wife would be kept awake by my snoring and worry that I was struggling to breath, this has now completely disappeared which is great for both of us!
I’m able to get out in the garden and not only start jobs but finish them with no complaints, which my wife is happy about. I am now able to walk places without complaining about back pain.
My wife and I are also eating so well. I didn’t know how well you could eat on a low carb diet. The temptations have faded and the junk food doesn’t appeal to us anymore. I used to arrive home after going to the shop with a duo snickers, a duo mars bar and a yorkie and that got to be a bit of a habit, like comfort eating for me. I was working in a stressful job more than I thought at the time and that was probably the cause of that. I no longer have that mentality.
My suppleness has improved significantly, I no longer have to ask my wife to help me with things like picking stuff up for example. She would always worry about how she would ‘shift’ and ‘move’ me as we both got older but now that worry is gone. She has been a great support for me and has been doing the 16/8 and 24 hour fasts with me and she has also lost a considerable amount of weight, dropping 2 dress sizes.
I also used to retain fluid in my legs which became a real issue. Now looking back it was probably an early sign of type 2 diabetes. Whenever I knocked my leg off something I would get bad grazes and bruises which took a while to heal, my skin wasn’t strong. The outcome was to get support stockings but now I don't even need to wear the support stockings. There’s no real need to wear them. The skin on my legs has improved significantly, they look and feel healthier and the skin is noticeably stronger.
What was harder than you expected?
To be honest, it is not as hard as I imagined it to be. I had set some goals in my head for what I wanted to achieve and in 2019 I set myself the goal to be more active so I started going out on walks and bike rides which already had me a bit more motivated to get going with Reset Health.
I thought I would really miss having a pint of beer. During lockdown we were trying to support our local hotel who allowed takeaway drinks and food. I thought I’d go and get a wee pint, however as I was drinking it, it wasn’t as spectacular as I had led myself to believe it would be. We did the same the following week I realised I had lost the taste effectively for that beer. I haven't had a whisky or a beer for 7 weeks and I don't miss it. Don’t get me wrong I'll have a wee beer to celebrate my birthday when I feel safe to go to the pub again but only once I have successfully reset.
I’ve gotten very used to drinking lots of water now, which I enjoy. I learned that when you feel hungry, 9 times out of 10 you actually just need more water.
I’ve found that distracting myself whenever I start to feel a bit hungry. For example, last week I went off to clean out my car and gave it a wash and a polish which helped distract me and in no time the notion of food passes. My friend likes to say "if the dream is big enough the facts don’t count", you just keep going. I am determined to Reset my type 2 diabetes and I am highly hopeful that my blood sugar will reduce the medication I'm on.
Mental health has a lot to do with it. I believe people seek comfort from the stresses of the outside world, the way we work now we’re under so much pressure all the time and lead such busy lives, we don’t know how to relax any more, so we tend to eat. It's very easy to get into that pattern. I have now learned to change my mindset which I think is extremely important to reaching my goals.
Has it changed anything in your life?
We have changed how we eat, therefore how we shop. We’ve stopped going to big supermarkets and started shopping locally, there's a real benefit to that. Supermarkets suck you in with 3 for 2 offers, buy one get one free so you end up buying more unnecessary food. We used to drive to the supermarkets but now we walk to the local farm shop. This has also helped us support our local shops during Covid.
We’re saving a lot of money, saving a 20 mile car journey to the supermarkets too. We’ve changed our mindset when it comes to food and where we buy it from.
I have also learned to take responsibility and control of my health. I have worked in a business mentorship for 2 years and I see similarities between Reset Health, it is like a health mentorship. I feel like I want to succeed for me and my family but also for my doctor and nurse, they are extremely supportive to me and it has gone from a business relationship at the beginning to a conversational relationship. It has made me focus on accountability and taking responsibility and control of my own health.
What advice do you have for people thinking about joining Reset Health?
Do it! Get yourself into a position where you know what you want to achieve long term and learn what the benefits will be for you. One thing I have learned is that your health creeps up on you without you really noticing. You don’t get unhealthy overnight, it’s over many years so you have to really think about getting yourself healthy and fit again for the future.
I was reading a book which discussed why we have talked ourselves into believing that as you get older you put on weight and your eyesight gets worse etc, that doesn’t have to be true. That's something I've taken up along the way. I want to live to an old age but not be frail and unwell, I want to be healthy and happy and live a long life. This is something you need to think about. It’s not just about now, it’s about your future too.
Also, don't be put off by the word ‘fasting’ in my opinion the word is too closely linked to starvation. This is not what it is at all. I really want people to know that.
I have already lost 4 stone which I am extremely proud of. You have to reset your mindset that the goal and potential struggle will be worth it at the end of the day. My doctor and nurse have been so supportive and encouraging. They made it very easy for me to get involved and start my journey.