What qualifies me to help you?
First and most importantly, I’m a former fat guy. At age 37 I was classified as morbidly obese, weighing over 300 pounds and with a waist of 50″. I detested the reflection I saw in the mirror to the point that I removed all full-length mirrors from my home. I cringed when I was referred to as a “big guy.” My obesity caused me to be treated as a second-class citizen.
Reality began to set in: gaining ”just a few pounds” every year, I became fatter and fatter, and I started to fear for my future. I was 37 with a host of medical issues: diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, gout, joint pain, constant indigestion, and acid reflux. Simple tasks like putting on socks, climbing a flight of stairs, fitting into an airplane seat or booth at a restaurant, and getting out of bed became big challenges for me. Every afternoon I would have a sugar crash, leaving me with little energy to get through the rest of the day. I was always sweaty and tired. I began avoiding the outdoors and eventually just avoiding life.
At one point it became apparent I might never live to see life beyond my 40s. In 2010, I sought to change all that once and forever. I joined a group support system. They helped me from a behavioural point of view, while I sought out the tangible pieces I needed to lose the weight. By August of 2011, I had gotten down to 170 pounds and I have been maintaining that weight ever since.
Ironically, what I thought would be my biggest liability in losing weight —my passion for food — turned out to be my strongest asset. I was able to take my passion for creating culinary creations and adapt them to add a nutritional twist. Using my culinary training, many thousands of hours of Food Network viewing, my constant yearning for dietary information, and my expansive cookbook collection, I discovered how to create healthy, satisfying meals that did not leave me feeling deprived. I transformed myself from an eat-everything-in-sight foodie to a healthy foodie.
During my weight loss journey, I was already beginning to give back. I began to help other guys lose weight, or as I like to say it, help guys “get it.” I realized I had a gift, and that I had found my true calling in life. After almost 20 years of working in various call centres and on the hardware side of technology at IBM, Rogers Cable Systems, and Bell Technical Solutions, it became apparent to me that nutrition and culinary nutrition was where my true passion lies. At the end of my weight loss journey, I went back to school to study Nutrition and Wellness at George Brown College. On my own, I researched anything and everything I could on weight loss, nutrition, and food addiction. I began following authors and wellness experts such as Michael Moss, Michael Pollen, Marion Nestle, Dr. Robert Lusting, Dr. Vera Tarman, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Bernard, and many more.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”
I began Healthy Culinary Workshops, spending all my free time researching topics related to nutrition, weight loss, and addiction. I spent over three years at the Harvey Brooker Weight Loss Program for Men as a keynote speaker providing education, practical lessons, and coaching to hundreds of men. In addition to successfully educating (and entertaining!) members, I drastically improved retention. My presentation style has been likened to Iron Chef meets Tony Robbins with a side of Andrew Dice Clay, and then a little Kramer and John Candy thrown in for good measure.
I created MODA Nutrition so I could continue my mission to help men and others lose weight and improve their health. If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off FOREVER, Reach out to me.
“Finding your passion isn’t just about career and money. It’s about finding your authentic self.”
Here is what I have learned:
- I passionately believe in delivering practical nutritional direction to achieve AND maintain weight loss.
- I have a proven vision that is exciting and dynamic.
- A healthy diet can be non-depriving, delicious, and nutritious.
- Healthy eating (and living) should be simple and fun.
- Support must be sincere: this is a MODA mantra.
- I am a Man on a Nutrition Mission™.
Owner, Former Fat Guy & Man on a Nutrition Mission
Before & After Stats:
- BMI was 40.1 (morbidly obese)
- Heaviest recorded weight was 304 pounds (March 2010)
- Waist was 50”
- Neck was 19.5”
- BMI is now 23.0 (normal)
- Maintaining weight at 170 pounds
- Waist is now 32”
- Neck is now 15.5”
- Medication-free for over four years (and counting)