Danny Blacker

My Journey to an Alternative Lifestyle


"It's better to go slow in the right direction than to go fast in the wrong direction." – Simon Sinek

 

Ignorance is bliss, then you hit your 20’s... My journey to the lifestyle that I live now has been a long and very frustrating one. You see, I was that guy that most people hated because I could eat anything and never gain weight. I was fortunate enough to have a pretty high metabolism when I was younger so that my diet and exercise choices never manifested into any real problems that I could physically see. Hence, they didn't exist. I grew up on sodas, fast food, eating out, processed junk food and minimal physical activity.

After continuing this type of lifestyle well through my mid-twenties I had started to amass a nice collection of illnesses and issues that I couldn’t explain. The idea of my diet and lifestyle being the culprit never entered my mind. I had gained weight beyond my 109 pounds I was when I joined the Navy out of high school, but wasn’t overweight by any means. My idea of healthy was very skewed and dictated by whatever mainstream media told me. I definitely didn’t have anyone in my environment that could guide me towards a more balanced approach to life and food. By my late 20’s I had developed acid reflux, insomnia, extreme cracking and peeling of my hands, blood pressure issues, fatigue, mental fogginess, and just a general lack of ambition. After many attempts to get healthy by my standards at the time, I wasn’t getting much of anywhere. TV doctors, as well as real life doctors, were failing me. It wasn’t until I watched the documentary "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead" that my first of many small transformations took place. I ended up doing a 12 day juice fast which was extreme, but it was a catalyst for what I am today. I have a habit of using myself as a science experiment.

Now it hasn't been all roses and rainbows since then. It's been a long journey to get where I am today. Trying countless home remedies and popular dieting regimens, none of them seemed to stick or really make much sense after I learned more about nutrition. When I developed acid reflux I could only eat extremely bland foods for 2 or 3 weeks at a time just to give my stomach a chance to recover. When asked if there was anything I could do diet-wise to help alleviate the issue my doctor said "No," then proceeded to hand me a prescription and some samples while telling me how it’s crazy how many children are now coming in his office with the same issues. Huh? Is this guy serious? I knew that didn't sound right.

I've been obsessed with health and nutrition ever since and decided that there were just too many people that needed help and information that aren’t getting it by traditional methods to just sit back and do nothing. Becoming a degreed Nutritionist wasn't in the cards for me. A wife, two young kids, a home and a full-time job would ensure that I wouldn't see a degree anytime short of a decade. I needed another plan. Then I stumbled on Precision Nutrition, an online Health Coach certification program designed by some of the most knowledgeable and recognized health experts in the business. They proved to be a great fit for me. They’ve helped me take my knowledge of nutrition and successful habit-based learning techniques to a new level.

Bottom line, I love to help people and be a positive part of their lives. Whether it be recipes, inspiration to follow their dreams, finding the courage to take a chance on themselves, making someone aware of a healthier way to do something... I’m all over it. I love to solve problems in an efficient way that’s in balance with nature. I know that may sound hippy-dippy to some people, but I’ve found that the further I get from nature, the worse I feel. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Health Coach
dōTERRA Wellness Advocate #4251566
Rice University Wellness Ambassador

 

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