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Jason – Food MacGyver

I have no idea what to call this blog post so Jason’s Food Profile it is! Basically you’re going to get a little foundational knowledge on why I eat what I ate. :) Rachel will post her own soon.
Some of you may be like me some like Rachel, both of us or none when it comes to your eating profile.

Some Background:

A lot of people don’t know this about me but I gave up fast food on November 13th 2007, my 30th birthday. I weight probably close to 360 at that point. I am the king of justification! If I was busy and I always was, I would run out and grab fast food. So I had my last meal at Taco Bell and random things at a few other places and quit cold turkey. I made a simple rule for myself. No fast food. No McDonalds, Taco Bell, White Castle, Burger King, KFC, Hardee’s, A&W, In & Out nothing that would be considered fast food. Don’t get me wrong if one of the kids got apple slices from a fast food place I would probably have one. But no fries, burgers, etc. You get the point. I have to set up these rules for myself or I will do whatever I want.

Also while doing this journey I learned a LOT about my body over the last year. I did a lot of food experiments. Here are a couple things I learned.

1. I am very sodium sensitive.

If I have a lot of sodium (over 3500 mg) in a short period of time you can watch me literally balloon up. My stomach especially. The scale shoots up too because I do have a lot of extra skin as well which holds a ton of water. Since sodium makes you retain water its not a real gain. But more about that in another post.

2. I do not do well with wheat and gluten.

My Dad is diagnosed with Celiac’s even. ( so I already had that against me. But if I eat gluten or wheat I balloon up and bloat with gas and just feel like crap. I generally eat pretty much gluten free. Which gets easier by the day as more gluten free products come out.

3. I don’t eat dairy.

I wouldn’t say I am lactose intolerant but certain dairy product can be painful. Cheesecake and I am out of commission for a day or so, a slice of cheese and I’m bloated so it depends. However when I cut dairy out of my diet completely I feel great. I never feel bloated at all.  Also cheese usually has a ton of sodium. I have no idea why, but it does and can really affect the numbers.


My Profile Type:

For me my craving carb is sugar. I love anything sweet. Candy, pudding, popsicles, fruit, chocolate, etc. If it has sugar, then its for me. (Rachel’s carb is more about bread, but she will talk about that) So I was on a mission this year to find things I like that didn’t have sugar. Its even more challenging to find things to drink. I don’t like pop or soda and I don’t like drinking straight up water. But what I did have on my side was that I love fruits and vegetables! I would take a pear over a slice of bread any day!


So when you see the food things I post they generally wont have diary or gluten. You will also see I am a food MacGyver. I will make anything healthy that may not originally have been just because I may be craving it. You may also notice that a lot of what we put up as a “recipe” may not have exact amounts. That is on purpose. Everyone’s taste buds are different. But when there is an exact quantity we will specify it. Now some of what I may post may sound strange or unorthodox. You have to remember I had one year to change my life. We had to get creative. Now that it is over we all have more time but no less sense of urgency to get rid of the weight and be healthier. But you have to get creative to win the battle.

We have received so many questions looking for “exactly” what we ate in Phase I or phase II, etc. I wish there was a magic bullet but it doesn’t work like that. You have to experiment with your body and it really is as simple as calories in less than calories out equals weight loss. That being said we CAN help and WILL help. Its out way of paying it forward from this amazing opportunity we were given.

Any questions or comments we would love to hear!






  1. Jasmine says:

    In regards to dairy, have you tried Goats Milk and Goats Milk Products? I avoid dairy products because of my PCOS, but I was told I can have Goats Milk & anything made with it. I also avoid Soy Milk, which was my favorite at the time! I am very lucky to have in-laws with an Organic Goat farm! Since I cut out dairy products and switched to Goats Milk, I feel so much better and it is easier to lose weight as well!

    • I haven’t but I will try it now. Does Goat’s milk not have lactose in it?

      • It does have Lactose in it, but it contains a protein that is easier for the human body to digest than the protein that is found in Cows Milk. Many people who are lactose intolerant can drink Goats Milk because of the protein difference. I believe the protein that most people are allergic to, who are lactose in tolerant is called the alpha S1 Casein protein, which is not present in goats milk or human milk.

        “Goat milk contains more of the essential fatty acids (linoleic and arachidonic acids) and a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids than cow’s milk. The fat in goat milk may be more readily digested and absorbed than cow milk because lipases attack ester linkages of such fatty acids more readily than those of longer chains. And, unlike cow’s milk, goat milk does not contain agglutinin; as a result, the fat globules in goat milk do not cluster, which helps facilitate digestion and absorption. ” from

  2. Hey,
    Okay so I am on a journey this year and although I Didnt make the show I decided to take on my own transformation… as such I gave up soda, koolaid, etc. basically I survive on water.. what I have found that helps with the not liking water goes back to the promise system that chris and heidi promote.. I bought a jug that holds the amount of water I promise to drink each day.. by making it a promise to myself… and having the water in front of me it seems to make it easier..

    • Any help you need let us know! We know people that didn’t make the show that went on to lose LOTS of weight as well. We are all in this together!

  3. thanks! I will def. being taking any help offered… after i take the bar at the end of this month I am planning on bumping my workouts up another level so any suggestions you have would be great. I am currently swimming 1 1/4 mile each day and starting to use a total gym to do some abdominal/core training

    • Good Luck on the bar exam! I see your address are you at Cooley Law in Michigan? If so drop me a message, Im interested in looking up law school there for my second career. Sounds like you are doing all the right things! If you get stuck or plateau don’t panic! We can figure out a way to break through it together! -Jason

  4. I am a cooley alum.. and a current llm student so anything you want to know just feel free to ask me.. my email is

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