Saving Shmulik: A Weight Loss Marathon
About This Show
Saving Shmulik follows the journey of Shmulik Swartz, who lives in Israel and weighs 332 pounds, as he attempts to lose weight through a healthy plant-based diet, so he can continue his work rescuing and training dogs to help some very special people.
This weight loss journey has a twist. Eric and Shmulik have signed up to run the Jerusalem Marathon on March 17, 2017. It's an ambitious goal, and there's much to be done between now and the marathon.
Follow along on Shmulik's journey and learn how to create your own healthy life through a plant-based diet.
To learn more about Eric O'Grey, you can find him at www.ericandpeety.com.
Most Recent Episode
19: Closing in on 70 Pounds lost + Dealing with High Blood Pressure
2 days ago
Welcome to today’s show! Shmulik is down to 267.6 lbs. and is averaging around 3 lbs. each week in weight loss, which is a reliable and steady pace. He is inching ever closer to reaching the 70 lbs. lost milestone in his journey! Let’s catch up with Shmulik today! What you’ll hear in this episode: Bad news: Shmulik has ankle pain and swelling, has seen an orthopedic doctor, and is awaiting an x-ray Good news: Shmulik plans to continue his exercise program with swimming several times each week and looking into using a rowing machine Injuries are common, and they happen; the key is to recover fully from them Eric’s advice is 100% rest for the ankle Shmulik has signed up for a 5K race in a month or so, and hopes to be fully recovered and able to participate Shmulik explains the delay in filming the second part of the TV show about weight loss that he’s been a part of Under “stupid things I’ve done,” Shmulik explains how he has discontinued his blood pressure medication, against his doctor’s advice Eric has recommendations to lower BP for the next testing: do the check later in the day, have a short sitting rest before testing, and reduce coffee and salt intake How to reduce coffee intake: cut intake in half, and then in half again the next day, then reduce to one cup, then switch to green tea Eric recommends “Gunpowder Green Tea,” which has a high caffeine content Green tea will eliminate caffeine withdrawal symptoms, will not raise BP, and has many health benefits Salt—another culprit that raises BP (Eric advises to eliminate all salt) Shmulik discusses his last doctor visit, opening a Facebook group for runners, plans for a new “Eric and Peety” film about Shmulik, and plans for Eric’s visit to Israel next March Eric gives advice about Shmulik’s running goals as he prepares for his first 5K