This is the first blog entry in a series I’m calling, “In the Land of Oz.” It will require no ruby slippers or a yellow brick road, but it will require some uncharacteristic dedication to my health... and watching Dr. Oz.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is one of the most recognized figures in health today. He is a professor at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He's co-authored six New York Times bestselling books. He has one of the highest-rated programs in daytime television (The Dr. Oz Show), for which he's won two daytime Emmys.
For the next month, I'm going to do everything he tells me. Throughout every Dr. Oz Show, the good doctor has tips for viewers on eating, exercising, supplements, etc... I will eat/do/ingest/whatever he tells me starting on that day, and every day, until the one month period is over. I'll record my daily observations, thoughts, and results here on this blog.
You might ask why. I'm not trying to prove the guy right, because he doesn't need that. I'm not trying to prove him wrong, because he's a doctor, and I'm not. Furthermore, this will hardly be a scientific experiment.
Frankly, I'm just curious. I'm a little curious to see if tofu might help me lose weight. I'm a little curious to see if I can find organic foods that are inexpensive. But, I'm extremely curious to see if in the span of every day, I can eat half-a-cup of arugula, drink half-a-cup of lime juice, get enough sleep, do yoga, drink three cups of green tea, weight-train, eat a few handfuls of almonds, take supplements, and do whatever else Dr. Oz recommends. I’m going to focus on practicality.
I'll focus on health too, obviously. I'll be getting a physical and full work-up in the next day or two to give me a baseline. Then, I’ll get another physical at the end of the month to compare. It will be like a healthy version of 'Supersize Me.'
You might also be saying, “But Justin, you seem to be the picture of health! Your exercise routine must be Spartan-like! How could you even possibly get any healthier?” Well, imaginary person who’s also my new best friend, I appreciate the compliments. However, my performance in an impromptu 40-yard dash a few weeks ago tells you all you need to you know about my current health and physical ability.
That’s right, running more than 35 yards was just too much for my body. It was embarrassing. I used to be somewhat athletic, but it’s apparently been a long time since I was an All-Conference* offensive guard at Eagle High. The good news is, I can only get healthier... right? I guess we’ll see.