From Fat to Fit - My Fitness journey

Hello all!  My name is Mark Dee, owner and certified nutrition coach of Fit Cuisine and this is my story I was born with Ventricular Septal Defect or VSD, a congenital heart disease – for those of you (like myself) who haven’t studied Medicine, it means I have a small hole in my heart which could potentially develop into something serious if not handled carefully. So early on, I was told to take care of myself and ‘live a healthy life’

I started my journey to health when I was 13. This meant going to the gym, eating a diet consisting of bland, flavorless chicken breasts, hard-boiled eggs, dry canned tuna, whole wheat bread and brown rice. And it appeared to work for a time; during my freshman year in U.P., I was at my lightest weight of 170 lbs (no mean feat considering I am 6’0 tall). However, life happened and college life proved too much for my diet. While I was able to maintain a semblance of my workout routine, I gained 50 lbs - from consuming a lot of processed food and alcohol.


This was me back in 2010.

During my early 20s, I was standing at 220lbs and, for the first time in my life, I was battling with obesity. The cardiologist had already prescribed Statins (medicine that stops plaque from forming in blood vessels) to try to control my cholesterol. I couldn’t believe it - I was going to be take the same medication as my parents! In retrospect, I suppose it was unavoidable - my routine back then was to sit all day in front of the computer, eat 4 big meals a day, have midnight snacks, sleep late and wake up late in the afternoon the next day.

I tried my best to ‘diet’ and eat the same boring food like I did before but I quite literally could not stomach it anymore. It’s not easy to admit it but I nearly lost hope and “accepted” the fact that I would be obese for the rest of my life with all the negative health implications. Luckily, I snapped out of it: “There has to be a better way…” I said to myself. This led me to do a lot of research on eating healthy which resulted in cutting my sugar and carb consumption. It was very difficult and it did not happen overnight but after a couple of months - I started experiencing weight loss.


I began to feel good about myself again and was regaining my confidence. My newfound passion for healthy eating grew more and more as I learned about the science of nutrition. This eventually led me to a realization: I wanted to start a healthy meal delivery service because I wanted to make it

my mission to make healthy and delicious food to help people with the same problem I had. Sounds simple, right? But there was one thing… I did not know how to cook!


Here's the kitchen where I started everything!

I’m no chef but I wasn’t about to let this stop me from achieving my goal so I started learning how to cook by – don’t laugh - watching YouTube videos. There is some serious knowledge there! I eventually learned well enough to begin executing on my plan and the first set of meals, were actually prepped, cooked and delivered by myself. Which brings us to today: almost 5 years later and here I am sharing my journey with all of you. It seems like a long way to have come for that guy who just sat in front of the computer, binge-eating but I am just getting started...

My passion for health and fitness led me to get my Nutrition Coach certification from Precision Nutrition - they have coached hundreds of thousands of people all over the world and I am excited to share with all of you what I have learned to help you achieve your fitness goals.

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Before I end, I would like to thank all our followers and clients who have subscribed to our meal plans. I hope that by sharing my story I’ve been able to shed some light on why we do what we do and why it is so important to me on a personal level as well.

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