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G'day Folks,

If you've found me here, you might have come from my own website or social media and already know my story. Thanks so much for showing up, I really appreciate it so much (and you can skip down to 'the next bit!'). For those of you who haven't heard it all before, here it is:

I ate only potatoes for the entirety of 2016. I know it sounds crazy but let me explain!

For most of my life I've struggled with my weight. I've tried all sorts of diets and ways of eating, with the familiar story of losing weight and then putting it all back on. Towards the end of 2015 I was sick with depression and anxiety and in the depths of despair, when suddenly I had a realisation that all these attempts at weight loss were merely treating the symptom of my problem, rather than the cause. I reasoned that the cause was food addiction.

This got me thinking about addictions in general and how they're treated. If you have a drug, alcohol or gambling addiction, the best thing you can do is to quit those things cold turkey and to never touch them again. Unfortunately you can't do that with food. So my next thought was to try to get as close as possible to quitting food, while still eating a nutritious, healthy diet. If I couldn't quit food entirely, perhaps I could quit all foods except one?

I spent the next few weeks researching, through reading books, watching lectures and documentaries and reading scientific literature. My science degree proved useful in helping me decipher what I found, and eventually I settled on the humble spud as the ideal source of my nutrition while I quit all other foods. 

My hope for the year was that I would be able to retrain my brain to get comfort, pleasure and emotional support from other areas of life. In theory if I was able to stick with the plan then by the end of the year I'd be less reliant on food and therefore have a better relationship with it. It's fair to say it was an overwhelming success: I lost 53 kilograms (over 117 pounds), treated my depression and anxiety to the point that I don't notice it anymore, I sleep better, have improved mental clarity and focus, my joint pains from old football injuries are gone, my cholesterol and blood pressure are way down and my blood test results continue to improve overall. In short: I am fitter and healthier than I've ever been in my adult life.

The next bit!

But none of that compares to the feeling of having helped thousands of other people improve their own health over the course of the year. Every day I get emails or comments from people who, just like me, have suffered with food issues their entire life, many of whom were further down the same path of chronic ill-health I was definitely headed towards, with debilitating conditions including diabetes, hypertension and arthritis, among others. So many times they've reported reducing or eliminating their reliance on medications altogether - on advice from their doctors, who themselves are now emailing me in complete surprise! What a year.

So what exactly do I want to do here? 

I used YouTube to document my story last year, but now I really want to step it up a level in terms of the focus of the content (less documenting, more helpful and inspiring big ideas), quality of production and frequency. I also started The Spud Fit Podcast earlier this year, which has already featured an incredible bunch of guests including ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, Dr Kim Williams, the outgoing President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr Doug Lisle, with whom I discussed evolutionary psychology and self esteem and Dr Irminne van Dijken, a surgeon whose life's work is helping patients avoid the scalpel in the first place. I've had such a lot of great feedback from the podcast and have a seriously interesting array of guests lined up for the future.

The other thing I really want to be able to do (which I forgot to mention in the video!) is speak to school and community groups about nutrition, food addiction and epic goal setting - for free. I've been a teacher for a long time, mainly working with kids who need a leg up in the world - and on many occasions I've been the only one they've had in their corner. I'm in even more of a position to help a lot more kids now than I've ever been, but the people who need it the most are the people who are less able to pay.

The thing is that all of these things take time and money and a serious amount of commitment to put together and deliver. I have obligations to provide for my family and pay the bills, and I also need to actually just be with them sometimes too, but trying to create all of this content alongside a full time job means there is always something being neglected and nothing being done at 100% of my capacity.

I'd love you to join me while I not only keep doing what I'm doing, but make it even bigger and better, even more inspiring and helpful. 100% of funds received through Patreon will be used to help pay for production, equipment, hosting services and occasional travel to interview guests or deliver talks. Anything left over will effectively be my pay.

Well I think that's enough talking, I look forward to getting on with it!

Thanks for listening and spud up :)
Andrew
Tiers
Tip jar
$1 or more per month
  • Thank you for helping me do this!
  • Access to patron-only feed where you'll get early access to the content I produce
  • Your name on the gratitude page of my website (if you are cool with that). 
Spud buddy!
$5 or more per month
  • Access to a Google Doc where you can suggest ideas for new video topics and podcast guests
  • Plus all previous rewards
Potato chip!
$10 or more per month
  • Access to live monthly Q&A with me (and possible guests) for Patreon subscribers only
  • Plus all previous rewards
Potato cake!
$25 or more per month
  • One free digital copy of the new book I'm working on when it's released (you must be a Patreon member at the time, and I don't have a release date as yet).
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sweet spud!
$50 or more per month only 10 left
  • A half hour chat/coaching session with me per month
  • Plus all previous rewards
Spud waffle!
$100 or more per month only 5 left
  • An hour chat/coaching session with me per month
  • Plus all previous rewards
Loaded spud!
$1,000 or more per month only 1 left
  • A meal with me once a month (in person or while we chat on Skype) - and I will REALLY dress up!
  • An hour personal coaching per week
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
0 of 500 patrons
When I hit this goal I'll start a special podcast series where I interview one patron a month.
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G'day Folks,

If you've found me here, you might have come from my own website or social media and already know my story. Thanks so much for showing up, I really appreciate it so much (and you can skip down to 'the next bit!'). For those of you who haven't heard it all before, here it is:

I ate only potatoes for the entirety of 2016. I know it sounds crazy but let me explain!

For most of my life I've struggled with my weight. I've tried all sorts of diets and ways of eating, with the familiar story of losing weight and then putting it all back on. Towards the end of 2015 I was sick with depression and anxiety and in the depths of despair, when suddenly I had a realisation that all these attempts at weight loss were merely treating the symptom of my problem, rather than the cause. I reasoned that the cause was food addiction.

This got me thinking about addictions in general and how they're treated. If you have a drug, alcohol or gambling addiction, the best thing you can do is to quit those things cold turkey and to never touch them again. Unfortunately you can't do that with food. So my next thought was to try to get as close as possible to quitting food, while still eating a nutritious, healthy diet. If I couldn't quit food entirely, perhaps I could quit all foods except one?

I spent the next few weeks researching, through reading books, watching lectures and documentaries and reading scientific literature. My science degree proved useful in helping me decipher what I found, and eventually I settled on the humble spud as the ideal source of my nutrition while I quit all other foods. 

My hope for the year was that I would be able to retrain my brain to get comfort, pleasure and emotional support from other areas of life. In theory if I was able to stick with the plan then by the end of the year I'd be less reliant on food and therefore have a better relationship with it. It's fair to say it was an overwhelming success: I lost 53 kilograms (over 117 pounds), treated my depression and anxiety to the point that I don't notice it anymore, I sleep better, have improved mental clarity and focus, my joint pains from old football injuries are gone, my cholesterol and blood pressure are way down and my blood test results continue to improve overall. In short: I am fitter and healthier than I've ever been in my adult life.

The next bit!

But none of that compares to the feeling of having helped thousands of other people improve their own health over the course of the year. Every day I get emails or comments from people who, just like me, have suffered with food issues their entire life, many of whom were further down the same path of chronic ill-health I was definitely headed towards, with debilitating conditions including diabetes, hypertension and arthritis, among others. So many times they've reported reducing or eliminating their reliance on medications altogether - on advice from their doctors, who themselves are now emailing me in complete surprise! What a year.

So what exactly do I want to do here? 

I used YouTube to document my story last year, but now I really want to step it up a level in terms of the focus of the content (less documenting, more helpful and inspiring big ideas), quality of production and frequency. I also started The Spud Fit Podcast earlier this year, which has already featured an incredible bunch of guests including ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, Dr Kim Williams, the outgoing President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr Doug Lisle, with whom I discussed evolutionary psychology and self esteem and Dr Irminne van Dijken, a surgeon whose life's work is helping patients avoid the scalpel in the first place. I've had such a lot of great feedback from the podcast and have a seriously interesting array of guests lined up for the future.

The other thing I really want to be able to do (which I forgot to mention in the video!) is speak to school and community groups about nutrition, food addiction and epic goal setting - for free. I've been a teacher for a long time, mainly working with kids who need a leg up in the world - and on many occasions I've been the only one they've had in their corner. I'm in even more of a position to help a lot more kids now than I've ever been, but the people who need it the most are the people who are less able to pay.

The thing is that all of these things take time and money and a serious amount of commitment to put together and deliver. I have obligations to provide for my family and pay the bills, and I also need to actually just be with them sometimes too, but trying to create all of this content alongside a full time job means there is always something being neglected and nothing being done at 100% of my capacity.

I'd love you to join me while I not only keep doing what I'm doing, but make it even bigger and better, even more inspiring and helpful. 100% of funds received through Patreon will be used to help pay for production, equipment, hosting services and occasional travel to interview guests or deliver talks. Anything left over will effectively be my pay.

Well I think that's enough talking, I look forward to getting on with it!

Thanks for listening and spud up :)
Andrew

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Tiers
Tip jar
$1 or more per month
  • Thank you for helping me do this!
  • Access to patron-only feed where you'll get early access to the content I produce
  • Your name on the gratitude page of my website (if you are cool with that). 
Spud buddy!
$5 or more per month
  • Access to a Google Doc where you can suggest ideas for new video topics and podcast guests
  • Plus all previous rewards
Potato chip!
$10 or more per month
  • Access to live monthly Q&A with me (and possible guests) for Patreon subscribers only
  • Plus all previous rewards
Potato cake!
$25 or more per month
  • One free digital copy of the new book I'm working on when it's released (you must be a Patreon member at the time, and I don't have a release date as yet).
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sweet spud!
$50 or more per month only 10 left
  • A half hour chat/coaching session with me per month
  • Plus all previous rewards
Spud waffle!
$100 or more per month only 5 left
  • An hour chat/coaching session with me per month
  • Plus all previous rewards
Loaded spud!
$1,000 or more per month only 1 left
  • A meal with me once a month (in person or while we chat on Skype) - and I will REALLY dress up!
  • An hour personal coaching per week
  • Plus all previous rewards