Chris H. – The Gracie Diet Makes Food Do What It’s Supposed to Doby Rorion Gracie filed under Success Stories
I adopted the Gracie Diet not long after I began training Jiu Jitsu in 2004, and I fell in love with it nearly just as fast. Just like the techniques I was learning on the mat, the diet just seemed to make sense. I have always been active and involved in athletics, and considered myself a healthy person, but my “healthy” eating would often leave me with stomach pains and discomfort. So much so, that I sought the advice of doctors, who told me that I possibly suffered from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or Crohn’s Disease (which my mother has). When tests didn’t reveal any specific diagnosis, they told me I should stock up on Pepto Bismol and sent me on my way. At this point, I just accepted these issues as a part of my life.
Over lunch one day, I was introduced to the diet by Ryron, who informed me that he and his family followed a certain set of guidelines when they ate. He spoke of it as if it were the key to his family’s health and success. As I looked into it, I began to think, “Of course! If you consume foods that shouldn’t be combined, you might not feel so good. It’s common sense.” With this in mind, I began adhering to the diet regulations 100%. As I had hoped, I felt the benefits of the diet immediately. Meals always seemed to sit better, and most importantly they never caused me stomach pains again.
Unfortunately, at times my friends and family questioned and heckled my dedication to this new lifestyle. Often I would hear, “live a little” or “everyone needs a cheat day.” They would comment that I was too difficult to go out to restaurants with, or cooking for me was too hard. I remained unswayed. In fact, the more people said these things, the stronger my resolve became; they were questioning something that I knew worked.
What I believe makes the diet successful is that it provides me with a system and a game plan to achieve good health and optimal performance. With each meal I realize the importance of synergizing my foods in order to achieve proper digestion, which then allows me to feel great throughout the day. The Gracie Diet makes food do what it’s supposed to do, energize and make you feel good. For that reason, making this lifestyle change has been the most important turning point for me yet.