I’ll save my ego-boosting credentials for a little further down the page. First, allow me to introduce myself and share my story with you.
You see — you and I are not that different really.
I’ve got a busy life. I’ve got kids, dogs, and a business to run. I don’t want to waste my time with dietary approaches that are time-consuming, uninspiring, or tasteless.
I want results. And so do you.
But I’ve learned the hard way. And it took me about 24 years to figure things out. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes without wasting half your life in the process.
Let Go My Eggo!
It all started in childhood and got worse during my teenage years…
I would wake up in the morning, crawl my way into the kitchen in a zombie-like state, throw the Eggo waffles into the toaster, and then drench them in maple syrup.
That was a typical breakfast for me back in the day.
Lunch and dinner were no better.
It’s no wonder I spent 10-12 hours each day sleeping.
You’d think that with all that sleep though I’d be pretty energetic. But I wasn’t. At least, not until I was 24 years of age.
Growing up, my diet was so bad that I feel embarrassed even talking about. I remember racing my brother home from school just so I could get the last 2 hot dogs in the fridge.
And if those hot dogs were not there, then I would whip together a grilled cheese sandwich (on a big white bagel), pour myself a towering glass of chocolate milk, and plop myself down in front of the TV to watch Young & the Restless (Yes…I know…hahaha).
My only saving grace was that I was a high level athlete. I played soccer at a very competitive level and my goal was to go pro….
An almost unbelievable prospect (now that I think about it) considering how unhealthy my diet was. Nonetheless, I trained hard, performed well, and made my dream come true.
I ended up playing soccer professionally for 3 years in my early twenties.
But that all came to a crashing halt when I turned 24.
I was nearing the tail end of my contract with my club in France (Lille OSC), when something inside of me said, “There’s got to be something MORE than this.”
I was no longer happy playing the game I used to love.
A big reason for that was because my body was always tired and sore. And, I was no longer performing as well I thought I could.
Something wasn’t right. But I had no idea what it was.
Thankfully, that all changed when I officially “hung up my boots” at the end of that season and returned to my hometown of Toronto.
But before I tell you what happened next, let me rewind about 7 years…
Where Did All My Hair Go? It Probably Jumped Ship Along With My Energy!
It was my senior of high school and within the space of a few short weeks…
I had lost all of my hair to an auto-immune condition called Alopecia.
As you can imagine, it was a pretty tough time but I think I did a good job putting things into perspective. After all, there were people all around the world suffering much worse.
But wanting to get a handle on this situation and to re-grow my beautiful long brown hair, I hit the pavement and went from one doctor to the next and saw all the specialists.
Funny that all told me the same thing…
That they didn’t know what caused Alopecia or how to treat it other than “keeping it at bay” by injecting cortisone directly into my scalp.
Obviously, I declined.
Let’s fast forward now to my return to Toronto (at the age of 24) after playing soccer in
A New Dawn (and not the Twilight movie)
Still suffering from an auto-immune condition I had no idea how to reverse and with less energy than a solar panel on a cloudy day, I was introduced to an amazing opportunity…
The possibility of returning to school to study holistic nutrition. One thing I forgot to mention earlier was that I graduated with a degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto before pursuing pro soccer.
However, even with that 4-year degree, I had no idea how to eat properly. That’s what was so appealing about studying holistic nutrition. Perhaps, finally, I could get to the root of my health problems and solve them once and for all. And so I enrolled with eager anticipation. I devoured hours upon hours of lectures and course materials and was, for the first time in my life, introduced to the power of raw foods.
As I learned, I experimented on myself. It wasn’t too long until I found what worked for me — eating more raw foods.
Within just a few short weeks of going about 80% raw, I had re-grown most of my hair! At the same time, I had more energy than I thought was possible. Instead of sleeping 10-12 per night, I was thriving on just 6-7.
My skin was glowing, I had more mental clarity, and I was even recovering faster and more effectively after my workouts.
Life was great.
And it was this personal transformation that led me to create Eating for Energy.
It’s amazing that ending what I thought was my life mission — to play pro soccer — was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Doing so has allowed me to help over 65,000 people live healthier and fitter lives through my nutrition and fitness program — Eating for Energy being the one I hold most dear to my heart since it changed my life.
And now that you know a little bit more about me, here’s my more “professional” list of credentials — in case you’re interested.
Bachelors of Physical Education and Health (summa cum laude), University of
- Certified Kinesiologist
- Registered Holistic Nutritionist
- 13 years experience in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer and nutritionist.
Former strength & conditioning coach (2005-2011), University of Toronto men’s
- Creator of more than 215 workout programs including Fitter U, Fitter U Fitness, Treadmill Trainer, Amazing Abs Solution, Unstoppable Warrior Adventure Workouts, and more.
- Creator of Eating for Energy and the Total Wellness Cleanse
- Professor of Super Nutrition Academy
- Countless appearances in local and national media including Breakfast Television, Perfect Fit, eTalk Daily, Global News, Maximum Fitness, Fitness Business Canada, VIVA, Wish, and others.
- Inspiring health speaker for numerous organizations like Bank of Montreal, Advocis, Deloitte and Touche, the Canadian Armed Forces, and voted Best Speaker at the 2012 Fitness Business Summit in Orange County, California.
Let me put it this way…
If you want more energy, to lose weight, to prevent disease, and finally learn how to eat for amazing health, then I’m your man and Eating for Energy is the program you’ll want to use.
The proof is in the pudding and I know you’ll experience incredible benefits within the first few days of following it’s health-transforming principles.
I’ll see you on the healthier side.
Your friend and coach,
Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author/Creator, Eating for Energy
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