The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Food

January 19, 2011

Health writer's plan: No more banned foods

Anderson native Robert Ferguson authors 'Diet-Free for Life'

ANDERSON, Ind. — Eat potatoes, chocolate or pizza and still lose pounds?

Weight-loss author Robert Ferguson, an Anderson native, says it can be done by following his “Diet-Free for Life” program.

He’ll discuss the book during a brown-bag lunch at 1 p.m. Friday in the Miami Room of the Anderson Public Library, 111 E. 12th St.

The event is open to the public. Copies of the book will be on sale, and proceeds benefit the library.

The book is subtitled “A Revolutionary Food, Fitness and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss.” In it, Ferguson focuses on one’s glycemic profile and develops a flexible plan that includes fast and slow carbohydrates, protein, fat and condiments.

Growing up in Anderson, Ferguson (who was then known as Lawrence) attended Madison Heights High School. He earned MVP football honors and graduated in 1986. The 42-year-old lives in Ventura, Calif., with his wife of nine years and his two daughters; one is 3 years old and the other is 9 months old. He operates a food and fitness clinic there.

His aunt and uncle, David and Barbara Lynch, live in Anderson.

He talked with The Herald Bulletin over the phone Tuesday after an appearance on WGN in Chicago.

The Herald Bulletin: Why is this program revolutionary?

Ferguson: Einstein once said that you cannot change today’s problems using the mindset that created that problem. I am not coming from a place of a diet mentality. I’m coming from a place of information that meets a person where they are. ... If you’re in the Northwest in Oregon, salmon is a staple. In California, they eat oatmeal, but if I’m in Jackson, Miss., they eat grits. Being from Indiana, I grew up eating catfish. That was one of our staples, and I’m not talking about broiled or baked.

It all goes back to the question: Can I upgrade my health, reduce my waistline and expand my lifeline eating fast foods, eating the foods I love? And the answer is yes.

It’s just a matter of learning, and it’s a small learning curve. But learning how to combine really the carbs in the right way where you can keep your blood sugar levels from spiking too high or too low, that’s really it.

The Herald Bulletin: Looking at the cover of your book, you look thin. Have you ever been overweight?

Ferguson: I had a moment when I started to gain unwanted weight. I almost got on the same path of yo-yo dieting. That’s when I woke up and I said there’s got to be more to this. Next thing you know, I was helping other people, but I was teaching people how to do it with diet and not really a lifestyle that was sustainable.

I was the guy, if you went back 12, 13 years ago, who said just take out the white stuff — flour, salt and sugar. Then one day this lady from the Philippines became a client and I asked her to not eat white rice for 21 days, and I never saw her again because that’s her staple. She had seen everybody she loved eat white rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That was the moment when I said you got to meet people where they are, show them how to make it work from a cultural and then from an economic standpoint.

The Herald Bulletin: How often do you get back to Anderson?

Ferguson: I get back at least once a year, but my goal is to be able to come back at least two or three times. I have two kids and I would love for them to know their extended family, and I would like for them to have that part of me that grew up in Anderson. So the goal is to start getting back there a little more often.

1
Text Only
Food
  • FEA - HB0423 - food truck file -NE Food Truckin' Thursday returns

    A new favorite that combines food and cars is rolling back into town next week. Food Truckin' Thursday starts back up May 1. For about six months, local vendors will pull up their food trucks to Citizens Park Plaza at Ninth and Main streets from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Food Healthy Easter [Duplicate] Saving carrots from a sugary fate

    Typically, we prepare carrots much as we prepare sweet potatoes (their distant orange cousins) at Thanksgiving — by glazing them and otherwise shoveling on extra sugar.

    March 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • Biz-HB0202-Avenue Diner Biz Profile Pic - TM Business Profile: Avenue Diner gives service with a smile

    David Smith loves to cook, which is why he decided to open a new restaurant in a former ice cream shop location.

    February 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • fea_superbowlbeers.jpg Craft beer playbook wide open for Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl is all about the spectacle. Whether it’s the food, the commercials, the half-time show, the game itself, it’s got to be big and brash. Which is why you have no excuse for drinking some watered down, mass market beer this year.

    January 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0129 Juicing Juicing eliminates nutrients The latest juicing craze boasts healthier living, but misconceptions about cleanses could leave drinkers malnourished.

    January 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • beer Hops demand grows as breweries bloom The local food movement is creating higher demand for Indiana-grown hops, but it may take several years for the supply to catch up.

    January 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Food Healthy Pork Roast-3 [Duplicate] A lean holiday roast that doesn't skimp on flavor Let's face it, as much as we want to be healthy, there is such a thing as roast that is too lean. A lack of fat often means a lack of flavor. So how to make up this deficit?

    December 17, 2013 2 Photos

  • Food Deadline Flourless Chocolate Cake-3 [Duplicate] Residents share holiday potluck etiquette, secrets

    Call them potlucks, pitch-ins, carry-ins or just dinner, most people contribute food to at least one gathering during the holiday season. For many, the most wonderful time of the year means it’s time for friends, family and food.

    December 11, 2013 1 Photo

  • APPLE-ORANGE SPICE DROPS Fruity inspirations How can you work fruit ingredients into your holiday baking this year? Take a look at these recipes for some hints.

    November 26, 2013 3 Photos

  • FEA - HB1111 - freeze pic 2 - NE Make it and freeze it After working all day, you arrive home to face the job of preparing dinner, often for the whole, hungry family. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull something out of the freezer, and voila, dinner's just about on the table? David Gillaspy is out to help with that.

    November 10, 2013 3 Photos