Today, I have another video interview for you. Our guest today is Maureen Garry who is a fitness and nutrition expert from Hawaii.
Watch the video interview below and learn more about her journey in overcoming obstacles to health.
Rick Kaselj, MS.
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In the above interview, you will discover:
- Maureen Garry’s journey to overcoming chronic fatigue syndrome
- Parasite that leads to chronic fatigue syndrome
- Effective ways of addressing health issues
- How did she discover the tools and strategies of losing weight at 50?
- Maureen’s best nutrition and exercise tips for weight loss
I hope you enjoyed the interview.
If you would like more information on Maureen Garry, you can visit her at FlatBellyBreakthrough.com.
Take care and have a great day.
Rick Kaselj, MS
If you are unable to watch the video interview, check out the transcript below.
Hey! This is Rick Kaselj from exercisesforinjuries.com. Today I have another interview for you and it’s with Maureen Garry. Maureen Garry’s a fitness and nutrition expert from Hawaii. These days she focuses on women over 40 but has helped men and women of all ages lose fat and inches. She’s recently created a program called the Fat Belly Breakthrough that brings the latest in nutrition and exercise research together with proven ways to change unwanted behaviors. Maureen has overcome many obstacles along the way to being fit and healthy herself which fuels her desire to help others. Her toughest battle was figuring out why she had what doctors called chronic fatigue syndrome and how after 14 years of steady decline she fought her way back to health. Today, Maureen will show you how to use these same tools to take your health back.
Thank you, Rick. It’s good to be here and it’s really good to talk to you again.
Yes. So, maybe you can expand on your story and how that obstacle of the label that the doctor gave you, chronic fatigue syndrome, and what you did in order to kind of overcome that label?
My story actually starts way back as a kid. I was actually a chubby kid and I grew up just knowing how people treat chubby kids. It’s pretty bad. So in high school I said, “No more. I’m done. I’m going to lose this weight” and I did. I got pretty extreme. I started eating very little, just cut the calories way down. That’s all we knew how to do back then. It was like cut calories and then I started running and I burned calories and cut them and I ended up losing 30 pounds in the summer which was totally awesome. I changed my social life completely, but unfortunately I didn’t do it very smart because I became anemic, very tired my hair was falling out. It was it was a bad way to lose weight and I wasn’t healthy. So, I decided, in college, I would learn how to be healthy and that’s why I got an athletic training degree, because that is what you do with athletes. They’re injured you bring them back to optimal health and optimal performance. So that was exercise and diet. So I became super healthy myself. I worked out all the time, I ate a ton of good food, I felt awesome, strong, really lean, thinking this is how it’s going to be forever, right? But what happened was over the years, I changed careers, I got into clinical research which was great I loved it. But even before that I was working at Stanford’s Heart Disease Prevention Program and I was teaching the style that I learned in school which is laws of cardio and the low fat diet, which we know has not gotten us into a very good position now. Our country is in this horrible obesity crisis. That’s where I left the fitness world and got into device research, that was my knowledge. Well I got more and more sick over the years and I couldn’t figure out why because here I was doing everything “right”, but I just got worse and worse fatigue. And I got diagnosed with this thing, part fatigue, and having to take time off from work, well put on disability from work. And I was motivated. I just wanted to figure this out. It was like, “I’m not going to live my life this way”. This is horrible. So I turned every stone, I hung out in the Stanford Medical Library trying to figure this out. I got journals, I got newsletters, I got books. I went to doctor after doctor, I had exploratory surgery, I did everything I could. And finally I figured, “No one’s ever tested me for parasites”. So, I found the best doctor in the area, drove like 200 miles to see her. She sent this lab tests off to some other state that only does parasite tests. And lo and behold, that was my problem. So, that journey taught me that you need to be very, very motivated. If you have a big obstacle you got to know your “Why”. Mine was very clear to me. That energy was awful, I didn’t want to live with that, I would do anything to get back to health again how I used to feel. And I think that is what I try to get women to do with how they’re going to change. Usually we start with the weight. That’s what I’m doing right now. How can we change? What’s going to motivate you? What’s your big “Why”? And how can we get at that? And give you the right tools because once you find them in the “Why” and the “What you’re aiming at”, then you implement all the tools that are proven to work. And these are the things now that I’ve learned how to use. The new tools, not the old style, the long, slow boring cardio and the low-fat diet. It’s the new stuff. I think we’re a special age group that it isn’t very well served at this point. There are a lot of male trainers, there are a lot of younger female trainers and this age group that I’m talking about doesn’t have a whole lot of emphasis put on us. So, this is where I’m trying to get women to get more educated and understand how to deal with their hormones at this time.
Awesome. Now, just expanding a little bit like how did you know that it potentially could be parasites that were leading to your chronic fatigue syndrome?
It was reading everything. I read so much and I had this one newsletter that kind of tipped me off to that. I just read everything and this parasite came up a couple times. Then I thought I better check this out and I actually contacted the person who wrote the article and asked for recommendations around Northern California. She took me out to the Central Valley and that’s how I found it.
That brings up a big point. It’s come up a lot when it comes to these interviews that the number one person that cares most about your health is you and that you need to kind of take bold action when it relates to your health. And that’s exactly what you did. And then, what was the treatment? In a basic way, what was the treatment for the parasite issue?
The basic treatment was three different drugs and cycled two times. So it took me several months. And then after that I went to a special doctor who was a rebuilding doctor and was all through on nutrition and supplements and different modalities, acupuncture and we did all kinds of things to build me up again because I was just so depleted. That actually took a really long time. As soon as I started feeling good I got pregnant.
Now, you overcome that chronic fatigue syndrome. Now when it comes to your healthy lifestyle or fat loss journey, there’s probably been certain times where there’s been ups and downs. What do you think the biggest thing you’ve learned from all those ups and downs and how can it end up helping other women?
I think the unifying thing is the knowing the “Why” and then also having the right tools. I had weight issues. I didn’t have the right tools. My tools I was using were not getting me heathy. We didn’t know that the parasite were the issue, right? So we identified it and then we found the right tools which were the drugs and the rehabilitative nutrition and all the other things. So that’s what I found is that, once you identify your target and then use the proper things. Get your accountability, get your deadline, get all your environment in place.
Awesome. And then there’s been other tough times in your life and how have you kind of overcome those tough times? Kind of explaining what your goals were at that time? What you were shooting for and what were some of the tools that you used to overcome those tough times and obstacles?
Tough times are like back pain and trying to exercise with back pain. And this was yet another thing where I did what I thought everything was right and I ended up having to go to the right specialist that I found out through working the network. The one person who had the weird thing that seemed to be working for back pain. And when I went to her, she’s a physical therapist and she said, “Not everyone does this”, but I found it worked really well and it ended up working. It just shows you again you have to be motivated and search out the unusual things sometimes to get over these challenges.
How did you discover the different types of kind of tricks and strategies and tools when it comes to like losing weight in your 50s?
You know that was kind of weird because ETR, Early To Rise, you know about this period. They had this contest that they did and it was healthy, wealthy, wise and I actually won one of the categories in the wisdom category and I won money. I improved my life and I got paid for it, this is good! And then turbulence training had the same kind of thing which was weight loss and I thought, “Well, I’ll give it a shot”. I wasn’t totally convinced because in my mind what I had to do is go back to this long exercise and this really low calorie diet and the stuff that I did a long time ago. So when I learned what the new stuff was by being in that contest, I was into the mix again, I was into the current fitness talk and I discovered the new stuff and that’s what got me back into it. That’s why I’m in it now. I don’t think women know this stuff. I think this is so new that it hasn’t made it out to the mainstream. And the way I came upon it was trying to just win a contest to win some money and to get into this group for years and years, it was membership. I wasn’t even looking for new information and I found it and now I’m just charged about it.
Awesome. I think that comment of like losing weight in your 50s, now a lot of people wouldn’t think about that. I know when you’re younger, when you’re in your teens or your 20s, you kind of look at your parents or your grandparents like, “Ah, you guys don’t care, you guys don’t need to worry about your weight. You’re old”. But I think everyone with time and with age and facing different challenges. I know in my 40s, I know I can’t do what I did in my 20s. I can’t live that way. If I want to live that way my body just gets completely thrashed so I always need to kind of be changing and improving things as I end up aging. And even with people that are in their 50s, 60s, and I know I have listeners and readers in their 70s. I just got an email from a reader that was saying that since when he hit 70, he’s had a difficult time working out. Like who would recommend a 70-year-old to be working out but it’s awesome that they’re working out in in their 70s because it ends up being tons of benefits. And as you kind of with every decade your strategy needs to change, your tools need to change and then also the science ends up changing with time. Like what we knew 10 years ago or 20 years ago is totally different compared to what we know now.
That’s why science is so great. It’s great for wimps because you can always say, “Well, I reserve the right to change my mind based on science”. You can never be wrong. You can just be current.
Yes, exactly. And it seems like things go through cycles especially with health and especially with nutrition and even like some of the recommendations that were made in the 80’s. You look now and you’re like, “Oh, those are just really bad nutritional recommendations compared to what we know now”. Now, I want people to listen or watch this interview and really come up and leave with some solid health and fitness tips. So, what are some of your best nutrition and exercise tips that people can leave this interview with?
Super simple. First thing you want to start with is increase your protein intake. Because I find across the board, unless people are really savvy, they don’t eat enough protein for weight loss. There’s a protein level you can eat for maintenance and then there’s an optimal protein level for weight loss and it’s a lot higher. And the reason is that protein is so satisfying you’ll end up spontaneously eating a lot of your calories just because you have a higher protein content. So in this one study people ate a high protein diet and they spontaneously ate 441 calories on average less per day just on their own. They were fully satisfied, nobody tried to control anything, they didn’t change anything. So, it’s got this incredible satiety value and that’s why you bump it up. I tell people 20 grams, at least 4 times a day. That’s kind of hard to do. That’s why I end up recommending protein powders because they’re so convenient. You can take it for snacks, you can run out the door and go to work with your protein powder and just shake it up. So, high protein and I also tell people vegetables at every meal including breakfast which you know they say, “I don’t want broccoli for breakfast”.
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