27Mar

Lair of the Wulf chapters 19 and 20

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And  yet another installment of the heroic adventures of Wulf, the eternal warrior, as we all sit in community around the digital version of the Paleolithic campfire!

19Mar

Lair of the Wulf Chapters 16, 17 and 18 audiobook reading

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Lair of the Wulf by Simon Stanton, on PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe- where heroic tales are part of the paleo lifestyle!

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12Mar

Lair of the Wulf audiobook chapters 14 and 15

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Heroic tales around the paleo campfire continues with Lair of the Wulf chapters 14 and 15.

5Mar

To Everything there is a season

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One thing we really need to recalibrate throughout our lives as we age is just what our priorities should be. Some people, who live an ancestral type of lifestyle, come to these decisions naturally, since how we should behave- just what our goals in life should be- change dramatically as time goes by.

For instance: when we are young and in our twenties- Typically, we have nothing in the way of material goods, but tend to be vibrantly healthy and fit. This is kind of a given, or at least has been until relatively modern times, when processed bad foods and sedentary lifestyles have filtered down to even the very young! But traditionally, and even now, in our twenties we tend to be quite healthy, slim, and optimistic.
What we do not have at this point, unless we are trust fund kids or some such, is money and financial security. And so, appropriately, during this period we should be actively pursuing educational qualifications, job paths, formation of family, and childbearing. These are appropriate goals.

This continues throughout our 20’s, and into our early thirties. Kids, making money, securing our place in the world are paramount!
However, once we reach our 30’s, a subtle shift should be taking place. Our health has undoubtedly suffered, as it almost always does with a family, demanding job, and children! It is vital at this season of life to start working fitness work back into our lives.
Hopefully, we always kept a minimal fitness level going all along, because even when health is basically a gift in our youth, we still need to maintain it. But now, it is vital that it become almost equal in importance to that of supporting the family, and keeping on with our careers!
And also, at this point nutrition, meaning a paleo or ancestral type of mindset of preparing and eating real foods and getting completely rid of processed foods becomes more important. This is when most people begin really putting on fat, and also becoming very prone to metabolic syndrome. These things need to be addressed, if you want to continue being vital and useful to your family, community, job, and to yourself! Start in your 30’s, if not before.

Now, through your 40’s, you are usually pretty set on your successful career, family, and social path. While most would say ‘now is the time to really save and invest’, they mean to save in your IRA, preparatory to retirement.
I say that it is time to shift your priorities more in the favor of health and fitness, and less towards financial gain!
For the truth is that the vast majority of folks pretty much give up on their physical health at this point, and concentrate even more on wealth- accumulating wealth takes the place of concentrating on health. And so, this is when most non-paleo types of folks start taking all sorts of prescription drugs, because they, well, they don’t have time to exercise… and of course, they are also so far gone now in obesity and metabolic syndrome and all of its attendant ills that they have to use drugs to control them.
Of course, the answer is to make health your hobby- health is now your new wealth, 40 year old!

If you have not done so in your 40’s, by the 50th year of age your are definitely falling apart. You may have loads of money and material goods, but you know what? Ten years from now, if you have not reversed things, you would gladly give away most of your hard-won wealth if if would make you well!
Generally, people in our modern culture work physically hard playing sports, training, and just living active lives in their teens, 20’s and maybe early 30’s… Then- they stop. This is ironic, since when young, such activity is desirable, but hardly necessary. Metabolisms are high, sickness almost nonexistent, vitality is off-the-charts! Then, in our 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, as we get fatter and sicker, our diets are increasingly ignored, physical activity is increasingly not done at all- this is all backwards.

When you are in your 50’s and 60’s, Health is Priority Number 1. Our diets should be as pristine as possible, usually revolving around 1 or 2 meals per day at most, with daily intermittent fasting- meaning to eat all of your meals within an 8 hour “window” of eating, and then fasting the rest of the 24 hours. Work is fine, but you should be sleeping far more than working now- up to 10 hours per night, but at least 8!
If you have enough money, perhaps a pension or ample investments or a big inheritance, consider cutting back on work, and concentrate instead on exercise, diet, and other healthy pursuits like hobbies- growing your own garden, doing outdoor work of all sorts yourself, and spending time daily in nature!
Consider doing something you love, rather than just doing things that make money. It’s fine if you make money at this phase of life, but now is also the time to add more spiritual quests to your life’s journey. Go to church; I find small, local churches tend to be the best way on that route, rather than mega-churches. Read books of philosophy, great literature, and walk in the woods.

By the 70’s and 80’s, it is time to make work-for-pay, if you do it at all, as a garnish on the meal of life. Your work is to savor your final years, your children and grandchildren! Do what you can to ease their ways, help them buy a house, and with education. That’s what your money is for, not to be fought over when you are gone, driving your family apart! Help them while you are still here to enjoy it, and them.
Aside from that, health and fitness is your main concern. Eat, sleep, live, move, and exercise like a paleolithic person. Stretch daily, as well as walk barefoot, or at least in minimal no-heel-raised footwear on a near daily basis. Nutrition is now for you what wealth accumulation was in your 20’s! Connect with family and friends frequently, cooking together and conversing as often as possible, given their more demanding schedules. You should be pretty free of that by now, with the proper priorities…

Counterintuitively to modern prejudices- Strength Training is now your Main Priority, now that you are elderly! Maintaining muscle mass is metabolic currency, which is now far more important to you than the monetary variety. Do what I call Perfectly Paleo Exercise for the rest of your life, on pretty much a daily basis.
This means not lifting weights, but instead doing self-resisted, and virtual resistance exercises daily, along with high-rep calisthenics a couple of times per week. Pushups, straight-legged sit ups, and bouncing on a rebounder are all key for a strong, healthy, youthful body that lasts a lifetime!

The very best part of this lifelong regimen is that if you do follow it, you will not only remain free of all of the horrendous, disfiguring, and painful diseases of modern civilization-as well as not having to take then endless parade of drugs that only mask the symptoms:

You will be a role model to all about you- a template of proper living!

This last is probably the very most important reason of all to show that To Every Time There is a Season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26Feb

Lair of the Wulf audiobook chapters 11 12 and 13!

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Once more, we continue our audio tale about the paleo campfire, with Wulf Gott in Lair of the Wulf, Book 2 of A Barbarian in Chicago.  And now, you can get the kindle or ebook version for FREE of A Barbarian in Chicago!

23Feb

Save Your Teeth Save Your Health Paleo Quick Tip of the Day podcast

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Your dental health is at least as important for your overall quality of lifestyle and health as is the health of your organs, your cardiovascular system, or your musculature. With a healthy and inflammation-free set of teeth and gums, your mouth will be a source of strength, a means to convey high quality nutrition into your body.

The problem is that nowadays, the vast majority of people have hugely deteriorating, plaque covered teeth by a quite early age. In fact, it is often stated the over 75% of Americans have gingivitis, which means that their teeth are badly infected, and will probably not last them throughout their lives.

Teeth and gums that are so inflamed will develop pockets of pus beneath the gum line. This can result in receding gums, bleeding, and eventual tooth decay and loss. Pain and extreme expense are the result of this occurrence, along with huge expense. Also, this inflammation spreads throughout the entire body, vastly increasing the risk of hearth disease, along with other circulatory diseases.

In addition, as people age and lose their teeth, and find it more and more painful to chew, they avoid many nutritious, hard to chew foods, and switch more and more into eating soft fruits and pastries- bad, inflammatory foods that further fuel the decline of their health.

The solution is quite simple: eat a paleo type of diet! This means avoiding grains and sugars for the most part. Grains not only turn to sugar right in your mouth, they also tend to stick and coat your mouth with the damaging plaque that erodes tooth enamel. Contrarily, eating a diet of good meats, real fats, (avoid vegetable oils!), and other foods such as vegetables and some fruits will leave your mouth undamaged. Also, they will provide ample nutrition so that your own body can remineralize your teeth as you go, keeping your teeth forever strong and vital.

Also, eating fermented vegetables will do the opposite of grains in your mouth, since the beneficial microbes in them will remain in your mouth, crowding out the undesirable types that cause damage and decay. Of course, brushing before bed, preferably with a Sonicate type of electric toothbrush will help immensely, as well. But remember, out paleolithic ancestors had good lifetime teeth without brushing at all, since they only had good, real foods to eat!

But today, brushing is prudent, and definitely helpful. Just use a light touch (don’t bear down), and do not use commercial toothpastes with their assorted harmful chemicals- a mix of sea salt and baking soda is what I use, and it is not only cheap, but it works wonderfully. Ironically, the latest research shows that flossing actually does more harm than good, by pushing pockets of inflammation further into the gums. So, don’t floss!

There are two more things you can do instead, however, that are far more effective-

1. Pull coconut oil between your teeth, swishing it around your mouth as you shower. Do it for about 15 minutes a day, and you will vastly improve the health of your mouth, as the anti-bacterial power of the coconut oil literally smothers and bad bacteria in your mouth, which you later spit out, leaving you with a fresh, clean, healthy mouth!

2. If you do have some gingivitis or infection in your gums, there is a very effective and cheap fix- get some white oak bark powder. I got some online for about $3.50, postpaid. I had a small area that was infected towards the back of my jaw, right by my right rear molar. It had been there, not advancing, but not retreating, for years.
For a couple of weeks, I put a small pinch of the white oak powder between my cheek and the gum line, much as guys do with the harmful habit of chewing tobacco, after I had brushed before bed. The powder acts as an astringent, and it literally draws out the infection through the action of the tannins within it.
It is amazing- within two weeks my gums were totally healthy! Now, I have added a sprinkling of the white oak bark powder to my sea salt and baking soda toothpowder, just to further protect my precious tooth health. I suggest you do and do likewise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

19Feb

Lair of the Wulf chapters 7,8,9, AND 10!

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Because, as we all know, proper diet and exercise are not enough- heroic, ancestral tales are also essential!

5Feb

Lair of the Wulf audio book reading of chapters 5 and 6

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Because heroic tales around a campfire (or elsewhere!) are paleo too...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1519059175

29Jan

Lair of the Wulf Chapter 4

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Tales around a Paleo campfire continued, with the heroic tale by Simon Stanton "Lair of the Wulf", which is the second book in the A Barbarian in Chicago series.

22Jan

Lair of the Wulf audio book chapter 3 reading

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