Evolution is an important word in the English vocabulary. It is what has helped us to overcome the natural elements in this world and has helped us to adapt to
changing and trying circumstances. Essentially, it is what has allowed us to continue to exist.

Imagine where we’d be if no one ever harnessed fire, learned how to build buildings, developed medicine, or plant seeds in the soil. Evolution isn’t simply
changing from an ape to a human being overnight. Evolution is something that happens on a daily basis, but sometimes in such small ways that we barely
take notice. It is much more prevalent in this world than we may usually think about. Someone at school punches you in the face, so you decide to take a
weight-training class and visit them after the semester is over. While I’m not trying to promote vengeance, that is a very simple form of evolution, a purely
physical kind.

There are many different ways to improve oneself: the aforementioned physically, mentally (endurance, agility, memory, etc.), morally, socially, financially, and
plenty more examples. In this article I wanted to focus on health, because not only has it become increasingly more important in my own personal life, but I
think it could be a general area of focus for many others right now.

During the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent shutdowns, many restaurants have closed down. A couple of weeks after the lockdowns started, I decided to
hire a nutritionist, which wasn’t related at all to the virus situation, but actually fit in quite well with it. My reason was because I wanted to look, feel, and BE at my
best even though I’m about to hit 40 later this year. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but my nutritionist put together a list of food items I could and couldn’t
eat for each day. Some of my favorite foods like pizza and spaghetti weren’t on the list.

In fact, just about everything I would normally eat wasn’t on the list. Anything with sugar was completely off the menu. I also had to eat in smaller portions,
because they say that anything over 700 calories is converted by the body into fat. I had five meals a day, which gave my body plenty of good nutrients, but it was
hard not satisfying those desires for certain tastes and for filling my stomach all the way up. While some of my favorite restaurants shut down, it didn’t bother
me too much because I had to prepare just about everything I was allowed to eat from scratch, besides the Quest Bars and Lily’s chocolate bars sweetened
with Stevia(yes, they were on the menu). There were still a lot of restaurants that did take-out, but I was committed to my new diet plan despite the withdrawals.
After about two weeks, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in body fat. It took me about eight months doing lawn care last year, sweating what seemed to be a
By Andrew Gramling
Healthy and Efficient Living
gallon of sweat every day, especially during the height of summer, to look the
same. Dr. Lori Shemek just recently tweeted out that weight loss is 80 percent
diet. I believe her. Comparing two weeks to eight months just seems unreal to
me, or makes me question why I didn’t do this before. I’m thankful that I’ll be
allowed to eat one cheat meal per week once I hit my target weight, which could
be a few months away yet.

Another consequence of my diet, one that wasn’t expected, is that I pay between
25 percent to 50 percent less for groceries every week. At a time like this it’s not
bad to be a little more conservative with the money at the grocery store, plus I’m
not eating from expensive restaurants either.

In regards to COVID-19, having a higher body-fat percentage has been shown in
studies to decrease our immune function and increase diseases in our internal
organs like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood-pressure. That would make
us even more susceptible to a virus like COVID-19. I hear varying reports from “it’s
not as bad as the flu” to it is damaging someone’s vital organs. Honestly, I’m not
sure what to believe since I haven’t seen it with my own eyes, but I do know that
something out there is indeed killing people. An in-law of one of my cousins
succumbed to the virus last week, and I see various people on social media
talking about a relative that was overcome by the virus. I can’t say I remember
anyone I’ve known or heard about dying from the flu. When I hear two different
extremes in one story, I tend to go with the bad one just in case.

I thought years ago when I decided to shop organic only, that was it, that I was
eating healthy. Now I realize there are layers to this game, probably many I can’t
even see right now. I feel very fortunate that the nutritionist basically fell into my
path at a time like this.

Whenever there is a problem or a challenge, I feel like that is the time when we
are called on to evolve beyond what our ordinary circumstances would push us.
Sometimes it even happens serendipitously. While the virus has indeed caused a
lot of tragedy in people’s lives worldwide that I can feel and not just read about, I
think it may also be a time when we should take a careful look at our own lives
and decide if there really are some things we do unnecessarily, if we can indeed
live more efficiently. One way or another, this world is going to change dramatically
after this situation is over, which I personally can’t see the end of yet. We are all
being called upon to make changes right now. How will you change from this?