This web-site is a result of my two grown sons suggesting that I to do a site about fitness and nutrition, as they remember my zeal for fitness and my life-time involvement since they were young boys. They have always felt that I was ahead of the time then.
Thus proving free practical information on this site about health and fitness based on a lifetime of eating right and exercising. Born in San Francisco, CA in 1941, I've been living a healthy lifestyle for over 50 years. Since I was a young boy, I began researching nutrition and health, and have followed a strict regimen of healthy eating and daily exercise. I am fit and trim and have never been seriously ill, which I attribute my diet and exercise.
In the early sixties, I was a manager for Vic Tanny Gyms in San Francisco, the largest national gym chain at the time. I subsequently became the Athletic Director of the Athens Athletic Club in Oakland, which was a one block eleven story facility comparable to the New York Athletic Club. I later went on to various businesses unrelated to the health industry. But these health and lifestyle encouraging experiences perpetuated an interest in research and participation in nutrition and exercise that I have followed all of my life.
My interest in exercise and fitness started when, at the age of 10, I read a Charles Atlas advertisement on the back page of a comic book that admonished to a young man who had been humiliated by a bully, "Don't get sand kicked in your face!" I mailed in the coupon and received a booklet on strength exercises that influenced a lifetime of exercise to strengthen my body to be strong and fit.
The very next year, I participated in a summer program at my neighborhood recreation center and took boxing and tumbling lessons. I was told by the boxing coach to always do my road work (running), aside from other exercises of push-ups, etc., to be in better shape for the sport. I took his advice seriously. I soon discovered that I had an advantage over other boys in endurance and fitness that influenced a lifetime of road work (running).
At age 17, I noticed I'd acquired some body fat and I wasn't happy about it. I noticed a connection between the food I ate and my weight gain. Back in the 40's and 50's, the typical American meal at my house had offerings of red meat, mashed potatoes, gravy (meat fat drippings), chicken dredged in flour and fried in Crisco, and abundant salt, topped off with a sugary, high-calorie dessert. Lunch sandwiches made with processed meats, on bleached white flour (not whole-grains) bread, spread with butter or margarine and mayonnaise.
In those days, this was the norm for mothers to lovingly prepare a meal for their families, and at that time, they thought they were doing all the right things for nourishment. They probably didn't know how food choice and preparation affected health and proper nutrition.
I began to research nutrition, a habit that has lasted a lifetime of interest and research to this day. I confronted my mother about how she prepared our family meals, and she agreed to prepare my meals the way I preferred: no fried foods, only fresh vegetables and salads, and a dessert only once a week. This new diet worked; my unwanted fat disappeared quickly and I knew I had found one of the secrets to good health.
As a young boy, I regularly did body weight exercises of pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups leg-ups, stretching, tricep-dips, etc for my upper body, and running for aerobics and my lower body. Later in my late teens, I was introduced to weight training which has since been my upper body work-out, along with road work (running). In the last couple of years, I've mixed running with the stationary recumbent bike on the hill mode for my road work.
I stopped eating red meat in my early 40's after I read an article that it takes up to 48 hours for meat to completely digest, sitting in the colon with a possibility of health risks, not to mention the fact that red meat causes free radicals and is laden with a lot of saturated fat. I decided to abstain from red meat for six months to see how I felt.
After six months of not eating red meat, I sat down to enjoy a sizzling prime rib steak. To my surprise, after my meal, my stomach felt very uncomfortable, bloated and heavy, and my energy level was low. Since then, I returned to eating fish and poultry, along with nuts, seeds, and legumes for my protein needs.
Today, there are other health concerns with eating red meat due to filthy conditions on factory farms and manure covered feedlots, ruminant cattle not being grass feed, the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, and the surreptitious addition of such atrocities as Pink Slime and Meat Glue to beef products.
I hope my experiences and the continuing information on this site will benefit your well-being.
Paul L. Giomi