23Jul

So you Woke up this morning with Paleo on your Mind?

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I know- you’ve woken up, and thought: “Perhaps a Paleolithic Lifestyle would change my life?  Because now I am:

1. weak

2. fat

3. diseased

 

Well, you can be a diesel engine-  Or, a Paleo Diesel, if you prefer; a Conan-esque, super efficient person who can handle any obstacle or disease, just by your well-tuned metabolism and lifestyle!  It truly is your choice…

 

What you need to do, is eschew, or give up what the evil rulers of our time are ordering you to do!  They want you to:

 

1. Eat low fat, only vegetable oils please! 

2. Move More- Eat Less- this means walking, jogging, mall walking, aerobic dance classes: all sorts of wimpy, stupid flailings of your limbs that accomplish almost nothing, but make you feel virtuous.  And then, you go on a “low calorie” type of diet, that results in you being malnourished.  But still fat.

 

I hope you know by now, if you have listened to me or any other Paleo podcasts at all, that this is B.S.  And no, despite the accuracy of it, I don’t mean Barbara Streisand. 

 

I want you to eat a full-fat, lower carb sort of diet- without fast foods, processed foods; and super low in sugar and super high in vegetables and and low glycemic fruits, like citrus and berries.  Sprouts and spices- mainly in green Paleo Smoothies, as outlined in Perfectly Paleo Exercise and at www.paleojay.com 

 

You know, it is literally true that, if you give up the processed foods, and high carb Barbara Streisand- oh, I mean B.S., sleep a good 8 hours per night, and exercise ala Perfectly Paleo Exercise on a daily, or near daily basis, you will sidestep most of the diseases and infirmities of modern times.

 

What exactly does this mean?  Well, it means that:

 

1. You will not become diabetic, or its precursor- diabesity.

2. You won’t become an old, obese person who is heading for Alzheimer’s!

3. You will build your tendons and ligaments, rather than let them decline, as they do in almost all conventional exercise approaches.  You will learn about the importance of isometrics, self-resisted, and above all Virtual Resistance, where the body resists itself as it moves through a range of motion, working not only the muscles, but the all-important tendons and ligaments that actually support the musculature!

 

If you do what I prescribe in Perfectly Paleo Exercise, following the diet of a green, paleo smoothie daily, and do the exercises as prescribed as well, you will turn yourself into a Paleo Diesel!

 

I came up with this term as I was doing things out on my land with my diesel tractor.  If you have never spent time amongst tractors, you wouldn’t know that diesel engined tractors are far more efficient than the typical gasoline tractors.  Diesels run on a really basic, unrefined form of petroleum - kind of like a SAD American diet, albeit for tractors!

 

They are basically PALEO TRACTORS!

 

They use unprocessed Petroleum, and are far stronger in pulling, and any other test of tractor strength! 

They have TORQUE- which is a measure of pulling, or raw strength capacity!

 

But, if you are more into “fluff”; little disco-dancing types of tractors- well- get a GASOLINE, aka processed foods glucose-fueled kind of tractor!

 

That is like a weightlifter type of tractor, a  Cross-fit Tractor” if you will:  but what you want is a Physical Culturist, a Paleolithic type of Tractor-body- one that is into the long haul, one that cannot only pull, and lift, and excel in the short-term- but one that will last  a long, long, productive time!

 

Well, that’s what I want.  I hope that’s what you want as well- a strong, fit, ailment-free body that takes you through your old years with grace, without hospital visits, or any infirmities that preclude you playing with your grandchildren! 

 

I am already there, spending time with my first grandchild, with NO health concerns, which I realize now is endemic amongst my 65 year old peers! 

 

To quote Pee Wee Herman- “Why won’t they listen to me?” 

 

 

I don’t know!!

14Jul

When NOT to Work Out!

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A really big lesson that needs to be learned about health, fitness, and wellness is to not work out sometimes!

 

I know, for me this was a hard, hard lesson to learn, and actually internalize.  If you are motivated to change your diet to a paleo path, eliminating grains and vegetable oil, and replacing them with good meats and seafood and a green smoothie loaded with veggies and coconut milk, spices, green tea and berries- why, then you are highly motivated indeed.  Just like me!

 

And diet is definitely the number one thing most folks need to change.  There is no reason to go “by halves” here- clean up your diet- it is all positive!  No downside whatsoever.

 

But, here is the thing: exercise is different.  The big thing is this- everyone thinks that more is better!

 

It’s not.  It seems as if it is at first, when you make great gains in musculature, endurance, and everything else. 

“Let’s just keep this going forever,” you think, “ I will exercise myself into a superman or woman!!”  You envision yourself getting bigger, leaner, and stronger forever, and eventually wearing a cape or carrying a golden lasso…

 

It doesn’t work that way.  At least not in the real world. 

 

Especially as you age.  And although I am now 65, I don’t mean that you have to be that old to change your exercise protocol- even if your are 30- well, you are no longer 20! 

 

The better your diet, actually, the less you NEED to exercise!  Diet is by far the most important element of fitness and health, and although I personally exercise every single day if I can- diet trumps exercise!  Exercise simply stimulates the body to use the good nutrients you have eaten, and takes advantage of the good rest and sleep you have had to utilize these nutrients to build your body into the healthy, wonderful shape that you want.

 

The takeaway here is this: if you feel you have to exercise every day, no matter what-

 

You don’t. 

 

Relax.  Chill out.  If your diet is good, if your home life is largely stress free (no one’s is, entirely!), and you have slept a good eight plus hours per night for a while-

 

Exercise is a good “plus” for you!  Do it, and go at it Perfectly Paleo Exercise style: hard, intense, and briefly.  This will stimulate muscular building, and also cardio improvements- but don’t forget stretching.  Stretching is almost as important as building muscle and endurance, and as you get older, it is even more important! 

 

Get on the floor, squat down for time, and STRETCH every day of your life.  And the older you are, do it more and more, not less and less as most do! 

 

And while you are young: don’t think you have to exercise to failure.  (EVER)  Don’t think you have to exercise every single day, although if life lets you, why do it, because it feels good and natural. 

 

But, if you are writing a list for your daily chores, DO write this:

 

1. Exercise 1st thing, unless you really can’t- then don’t, and don’t worry about it

2.  Eat Paleo, meaning real food

3.  Rest well, avoid stress, and cultivate your “tribe”, facilitating family relationships

4. Get to bed early, so you can wake up and exercise without conflict from more important things

 

THIS is Perfectly Paleo Exercise in a nutshell!

27Jun

How to Work Out

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Wow- this is an all-encompassing podcast, to say the least-  HOW TO WORKOUT?  Well, all I mean really is to give you a template.  A What to do when type of workout schedule.

I just see so many folks flounder when it comes to working out!  Really- it is not that complicated, and it definitely is not that hard.  It takes effort, sure; but so does working a job.  And most high achievers (no welfare folks need apply), have no problem with that!

Here is how I see it:  the problem areas-

 

1. Work out at home.  Yup, the number one reason for not working out is “lack of time”.  Working out at home gives you that time.

 

2. Don’t use a gym, or elaborate equipment.  Again, equipment is not only unnecessary, it is counterproductive.  Just use your own body!

 

3.  Realize that diet trumps exercise- REALLY.  As important as exercise is- and it definitely is, as I do it every single day- diet is way, way, WAY more important!!

 

That is basically it, as far as exercise is involved.  Use your own body- virtual resistance, Perfectly Paleo Exercise should be your core exercise, along with bodyweight exercises such as pushups and hindu squats and straight-legged setups and stretches, along with using gymnastic rings to do these bodyweight exercises…  Hey- check out my ebook Perfectly Paleo Exercise to see what I’m talking about!

 

But, one thing that has really helped me is this:

 

1. Choose one day of the week for one exercise program!

 

I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but let me tell you that there are many things that derail your exercise program.  Many.  Life intervenes.  So, what to do?

 

Today was Thursday, which for me is pushup day.  This makes it super simple- I wake up, and think “It’s Thursday!”  I know that that, and Sunday, are the big, pushup and whole body workouts of my week. 

 

It doesn’t matter if I haven’t had a chance to work out in a week, or even two.  On this day, this Thursday, I know I should, if I can, be doing pushups- so I do!  I get out my Perfect Pushups and, after I do my Perfectly Paleo Virtual Resistance Exercises (as I always do, 99% of the time when I awake), I know I need to do pushups today, along with wheeled ab extensions and side ab raises. (Those are what I have chosen- you may choose differently, but I hope not too much…)

 

On Fridays, I do Virtual Resistance, and then rebounding with further virtual resistance..

 

And so it goes- the important point is this:

 

Each day has it’s own exercise protocol!

 

And so, even if you miss a day, or two, or three, or- whatever- you know what to do on that day, when you finally can!!

 

It’s just like brushing your teeth- you do it if you possibly can!  And taking a shower, during which you oil pull, swishing coconut oil between your teeth as you shower- wonderful feeling of health, again! 

 

And, like drinking a green paleo smoothie as I outline in www.paleojay.com 

Exercise on a daily basis with Perfectly Paleo Exercise virtual resistance as a core, shower and “pull” coconut oil as you do so, and consume a daily green paleo smoothie-

 

This is not only “how to work out”- THIS IS HOW TO LIVE!

 

 

 

 

 

18Jun

A Paleo Life is a Stoic Life

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You’ve probably heard about being stoic, which has come to mean “toughing it out”, “not complaining about hardship” and the like.

But actually, this is all that is left in modern times of a deep, and well thought-out school of philosophy that flourished from it’s founding in the third century BC, and right up through Roman times and beyond.  This gist of it was this: the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting that which we have been given in life, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.

Sounds kind of like Christianity, and “following the Golden Rule”, doesn’t it?  And one of the key tenets was that the way you live your life is far more important than what you say you believe.  Hypocrites need not apply!

I believe that I have been a practicing Stoic for the past few weeks, since in stoicism one needs to set one’s emotions aside, and live in harmony with Nature, since all of life is capricious, and changeable.  I have recently lost my father, during the same time that we are without a kitchen, in the midst of a remodeling that has left us washing our few dishes on a table with a basin and a hose outside, and cooking on a propane cooker I usually use for cooking down maple sap for syrup!

There is no relation between the two, but I am making the point that all of life is like this: chaos and random events define our lives.  The best way to “train” for this is to periodically put ourselves into what we consider the worst that could happen.  The stoics did this all the time- they would wear rags for a week, and dine on the poorest food they could find- just to show themselves that, if the worst did happen- if they lost everything they owned- it was not big deal, really…

The birds still sing.  Nature goes on- just today I saw several bluebirds, and tomorrow I look forward to seeing my little grandson, still shy of 2 years of age.  I went to a birthday party of a neighbor’s children that were 1 and 3 respectively - I have known their mother since she was about 6.  (They made a “healthy” birthday cake that was 100% whole wheat flour, with frosting of natural sweeteners, but that is another story!)  I ate none of that…

It is as if I am living in stoic rags, in a way.  We have no way to wash clothes, and will have to visit a laundromat soon, although we have so much going on that will be difficult.  But as I washed dishes today, in a plastic tub on a card table in the yard with a hose for rinsing, I found I actually enjoyed it.  The birds all about, the sound of the falling water from our little fountain- who cares that someone ran into the side of my wife’s car yesterday, smashing in the side- there were no injuries. 

My father is gone.  But, he lived for almost 97 years- what can be sad about that, really?  He has left me as the patriarch of the family- the oldest male of my line, since his brother passed away one week before my father, at 98!  Both died peacefully at home- is this really something to tear out one’s hair over?  No- it is a happy event, actually- a NATURAL EVENT.

I am living now almost as a homeless person, with the exception that I do have a home, only without the means to prepare food!  I am wearing dirty clothes, and trying my best to eat healthy, making smoothies on my workbench in the garage, and grilling our foods on the charcoal grill.  In the ancient tradition, I thank Zeus daily for the refrigerator in that garage, along with the sunlight of Apollo! 

And I know, that when it is all done, over a month from now- I will really, really appreciate it!  And why will I, really?  Because of the deprivation!  We all need to consciously deprive ourselves of luxury, of what we have all assumed to be our right in this modern, quasi-decadent age, if only to remind us just how good we have it here in the land that Capitalism built, in the model envisioned by our genius Founding Fathers!

 

And with that said, I want to share a short story of an obituary I wrote about my father’s passing, along with the almost simultaneous death of his brother, my Uncle Ken.  Every word is true!

 

Phil Bowers, my dad, along with the father to six other brothers and a sister, passed away this morning, June 1, 2017. 

My mother, Carolyn, and my brother Roger were with him when he took his final breath, leaving this world while still in his sleep, as he had wished.  He was in his home of the past 57 years in La Grange Park, Illinois, where his children, their spouses and families, and their childhood friends all still came frequently to visit.  With eight kids they were used to a busy house and yard, and it continued throughout Phil’s entire life.

Roger and my mother were startled to hear the local marching band play outside, just after he passed.  This was so appropriate, as Phil was a lifelong musician!

Just last week I was home to help out, as all of my siblings have been throughout his recent decline.  He was slipping out of his chair, and so Roger and I lifted him up to carry him to his bed.  He slipped to the side, and all at once I was carrying him myself, like he had carried me when I was a baby.  He was so light!  I remarked after I laid him down that ‘he is like a bird now’. 

He was nimble and vital, right up until the last month or so, going upstairs to his bedroom each night, because ‘stairs are healthy’!  Phil enjoyed tennis throughout his life, which was second to him only in playing trombone and performing, which he had done steadily- starting back in the 1940’s in the big band days, hence his nickname Big Band Phil.  In fact, he used to walk around upstairs playing his trombone, walking into our bedrooms to the raucous rendition of some jazz tune or other, and then, cutting off playing, would shout out some chores we had to do that day, and then leave, picking up the tune where he left off.

But by these last few weeks, he could suddenly no longer walk at all.  He and my mother would spend the days just looking out the large picture windows in their living room to their wooded back yard, just watching the many birds and squirrels.  They always made special note of a red cardinal or striking bluejay visitor, since that was special.

This morning Roger texted us all, (Roger has been the major caretaker of my parents for months, and I believe is slated for sainthood), telling us that dad had passed away, peacefully. 

I went into the other room, and looked out the large window to our wooded back yard.  Right beyond the glass, looking back at me, was a beautiful bright bluejay.  It stayed there for quite some time, as of course did I.  Then, another bluejay came down, right next to the first- they both looked in at me.

One week ago, Phil’s big brother Ken passed away in Florida, also in his home- he was 98.  I believe that Ken had shown his little brother the way, and they had both left their broken old bodies behind.  They were making their earthly rounds, checking on all of us one more time. 

They had been bedridden, unable to walk, but now- THEY COULD FLY! 

 

 

18Jun

A Paleo Life is a Stoic Life

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15Jun

Weed your Gut to get LEAN

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Yes, that’s right- “weed’ your gut, trimming back those bad microbes that swarm about your intestines, converting the food you eat into either energy, or FAT.  Do the microbes within our micro biome really have this much power over our bodies?

 

You bet they do!  The bugs break down complex carbohydrates in our food. They manufacture crucial vitamins and other nutrients that we wouldn’t be able to produce otherwise, like vitamin K and niacin. They help protect against pathogens (such as E. coli and Salmonella) and break down toxins. They also communicate with both the immune and nervous systems, sending signals that may influence whether we develop auto­immune disorders and how we regulate our appetite and mood.

 

They also can determine whether we are Lean or Fat.

 

You probably are thinking that I will say now that you should ‘eat lots of probiotics’, supplements and fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut… and yes, I think you should!  But first, it is crucial that you weed your gut, getting rid of bad microbes like the Firmicutes: a group of gut bugs that has been associated with an increased risk of obesity. 

 

If you eat lots of starchy carbohydrates and sugars, you are encouraging these fat-making little bugs to proliferate, crowding out the Bacteroides, which is a group of gut bugs that is been associated with leanness.  So, the first step in improving the quality of your all-important gut bugs is to not feed- starve those firmicutes! 

 

This allows not only the bacteroides to have room to multiply, but if you also eat good foods to replace those bad, starchy sugary ones- replacing them with good real fats like olive oil, coconut milk, and full-fat, pastured dairy, you will be feeding desirable strains like the bacteroides and L. Acidophilus.  This bacterium colonizes most densely in the small intestine, where it helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall, ensure proper nutrient absorption, and support healthy overall digestive function, among other important functions, such as improving immunity.

 

There are many other strains of bacteria that are at home in our guts, and the more diverse the population, the better, as they all do different things, or have different functions.  We don’t know that much about many of them, but we do know that some are very beneficial, and others are actually indicative of bad health, from having to multiply to service an unhealthy diet; that is, one high in processed starchy foods and sugars!

 

I’ll leave you with this:  it has been determined that during bariatric surgery- bypass surgery, where the intestine is rerouted into a “stapled off” smaller stomach, which bypasses one part of the intestine, that the gut micro biome dramatically improves in its diversity, with many more of the bacteroides and other good types, with much less of the firmicutes and other bad, fat producing and disease encouraging microbes.

 

In my opinion, having this surgery, despite this good effect, which usually results in a formerly obese patient almost miraculously being cured quickly of diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, and many other modern diseases of civilization- is a mistake!  For one, it is a life-threatening operation that costs tens of thousands of dollars…

 

But the main reason is this: simply by changing our diet NOW, we can achieve the same result, naturally-

 

Without compromising our digestive tract

Without going ‘under the knife’ and imperiling our life

ALL JUST BY CHANGING OUR EATING HABITS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

29May

Physical Culture is Paleo

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“I live a Paleo Lifestyle.” “I am paleo.” “I lift weights, I am a bodybuilder, or powerlifter, or Crossfitter, or- God help you- a marathoner- whatever!”

If you endeavor to live a healthy overall lifestyle, with a healthy diet, adequate sleep and optimized nutrition, right along with healthy family and “tribal” interactions- why, I think I have the label for you:

You are a Physical Culturist!

All this really means is that you put health above other criteria. Your goal is not to be the biggest, or the strongest, or the most flexible, the most enduring or the fastest…

You only want to be the best you, overall, that you can be! At least, this is the goal that I have been talking about for years here at PaleoJay’s Smoothie Cafe, even if it is not always immediately apparent.

Diet is incredibly important! It is usually the bedrock of a healthy lifestyle, but then all the other components, such as good sleep, ‘tribal’ relationships, strength and overall fitness including body composition are also crucial… as is living in harmony with nature, spending ample time outdoors, and having a fulfilling intellectual and spiritual life as well- So, what is the bottom line in all of this?

Health and Happiness is my answer. Also, to aspire to an autonomous lifestyle, where you determine yourself what is the best way to live, and go ahead and live that life, no matter the opinions of others! Actually, this last is the hardest to achieve of all, since opinions overall are incredibly judgmental- and almost always with no considered reason, arrived at independently, at all.

Let me elaborate on that last: the vast majority of folks live lives that they have been conditioned to aspire to. “Cookie-cutter” sorts of lives, mainly determined by parental and peer social cues, even things we have patterned into our lives from television shows and such…

Material success is all that matters, ultimately! Money and reputation…

To be the most envied couple/family/individual is all that matters….

Fame and fortune…

Biggest house, most manicured lawn, and most successful children…

The most popular couple of all…Most powerful… Most admired…

The list goes on and on. None of it amounts to very much, if you think about it for any length of time.

My father is now 96, and will turn 97 in July. I spent a few days last week with him, as did my siblings, off and on, for quite some time. His health is failing now, but he is still at home, along with his wife of 66 years, who is now 91. (He robbed the cradle)…

He made a lot of money, as well as raising eight healthy children. His investments are substantial; just his home is worth a fortune. But now, what does he talk about the most? What does he truly value after a lifetime of achievement?

He never mentions money, but he talks a lot about how wonderful his wife is and was. His parents come up often, along with his siblings, his uncles, his aunts, and childhood small town friends. Old friends are very important, and they still arrive to visit, at least those few that are left! Even the friends of his children are very important to him now, especially when they come to pay their respects, which they often do.

When talking of happy, important times in his life, he ranks things roughly in this order:

1. Music (He is a lifetime musician, and continually says that when he couldn’t play anymore it was “the saddest time of his life.”)

2. Being outdoors working in his “back acher.” This was his double suburban lot, which he spent every evening and day off in, amidst the birds and squirrels, gardening, grilling, and chopping wood, along with watching us kids play various ball games and climb rope ladders until it was too dark to see. He had no interest in TV.

He never mentions that famous people he knew, or how powerful or rich anybody was. My mother and him mainly get excited when a new bird lands in the yard, or the squirrels do something surprising. Their recliners are turned away from the tv now, and face the back yard all day long.

I remember how I would walk into his bedroom, and he would be doing his daily pushups, when he was in his 80’s and early 90’s. How people would say that “you should both live on the first floor, after all you have a bedroom down there,” and him responding with ‘Stairs are healthy!’

He was always very cognizant about diet, although he got sidetracked, as did everyone else in the 1970’s, when the wrong-headed medical establishment told us all to eat low fat! If not for that, I believe his health would be fine right now, even at almost 97! At least I have convinced my mom to put coconut oil in her coffee now…

My dad is a physical culturist, although I doubt he ever heard the term. And so was his brother, Ken, who passed away yesterday at the age of 98. They both lived a natural, ancestral sort of life, and valued personal and familial interactions above all, while putting a strong emphasis on diet and exercise, family and music.

My ultimate life goal is to do the same, which I also suggest to you. When we are 97 or so, we won’t care about our bank accounts, or how big our arms are, or how fast we ran the marathon…

It will all be how we lived- did we set a good example? Was our music good? Did we treat those around us well??

THAT is a truly Paleo Life- a life of physical culture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22May

Nutrition Beats Drugs

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Every time!

As Hippocrates said it long ago, as he was forging the basis of Western medicine (which the medical establishment has abandoned in modern times, unfortunately):

Let medicine be thy food
and Food thy medicine!

It was true in 400 BC, and it is just as true now. Hippocrates also said that “All disease begins in the gut”, and now the latest medical research shows that also to be true- the gut biome, meaning the intestinal flora and fauna that inhabit our intestines and elsewhere on our bodies, even in our mouths and on our skin! But within our intestinal tract, that is the home of tens of trillions of tiny gut “bugs” that help us to function as human beings.

Our gut bugs manufacture various vitamins and hormones, even regulating our mood and helping us in digestion, and even in regulating our weight! Conditions as diverse as depression, obesity, autism, and even a positive, optimistic view of life are all linked to the health and diversity of the gut population of microbes!

If you eat a wide diet of natural vegetables and fruits, along with probiotic foods such as naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt and kefir- why then you are nurturing a healthy, resilient micro biome- a healthy gut! This is, bottom line, the main key to a healthy body, and it requires lots and lots of nutrient dense vegetables- of course, a healthy, blender-produced smoothie is almost essential to getting this diverse diet of huge amounts of veggies in the modern diet. (You knew I’d say that, but it’s still true grasshopper!)

Conversely, to revert to drugs: every time you take a drug, you are messing up your precious micro biome! Especially antibiotics- their entire purpose is to carpet-bomb your gut biome!

Of course, the idea is to take out one virulent, bad strain of bacteria… but antibiotics can’t differentiate!

It’s as if there is a huge battle between two warring armies in your gut. Millions of good guys are fighting away, against another army of bad guys that want to harm you. An antibiotic bomb falls down your gut, and explodes!

When the dust clears, both armies are dead! Also, all of the innocent bystanders- the workers repairing your tissues, the office workers that regulate your mood and weight levels- they’re all dead too. Your gut is a huge vacant land, a cemetery of once hard workers, along with bad invaders, but now just- sterile and empty!

Doctors used to think this was good! In fact, many still do, but they are very wrong indeed if they do- they are using science they learned in the 1970’s, not current medical research that very much endorses the critical importance of a strong and vital gut micro biome.

With a sterile gut environment, the battle can go either way. If you regulate the gut microbes you allow within your body by eating a good, paleo type of diet that is heavy on veggies and fermented foods, and very low in processed starches and sugars- why they you encourage the growth and immigration of good, positive microbes that will enhance your health and well being!

However, if you introduce fast foods and other processed crap into your gut, you are encouraging the rapid growth of millions of bad microbes- those same undesirable microbes you were finally forced to kill with the carpet-bomb of an antibiotic drug! What’s more, if you continue with the bad eating, especially with gluten in the mix, you are letting your gut get more and more permeable- this means that undesirable proteins will slip through your gut lining, right into your bloodstream.

This is the worst scenario of all, in that it means that you are being invaded from within. Your body reaches that point, as your gut becomes more and more permeable, that your white blood cell defenders cannot tell the difference between some of your own tissues and those of the invaders- and, when this happens, your body starts to attack your own organs and tissues. This is autoimmune disease, the scourge of the modern era.

Don’t go this route! Protect your body, protect your gut- with a good, paleo type of diet of real, God made foods only. This is key, but the next step is just as important:

Avoid Drugs! Over-the-counter, prescription- they all, ultimately, work against your body. They destroy your gut lining as surely as gluten does, and actually much faster.

What’s more: they only treat the symptoms, not the cause of the problem! This is very important to remember, since if in treating the symptoms for temporary relief exacerbates the very problem you are trying to correct…

This is not only not a solution- it is gasoline on a raging fire of disease!

So treat your body as Hippocrates recommended, and as do I, today. Eat lots of good, nutritious vegetables, pastured meats and dairy, free range eggs, and organic fruits. Eat sardines and wild salmon, not hot pockets and Egg Mc Muffins washed down with fruit juice and a coke. Consume lots of fermented foods, and instead of chemical sunscreens and lotions, rub coconut oil on your body, and emu oil. Oils that your body can use productively, rather than go into emergency overdrive to try to eliminate into your liver and into fat cells!

Throw your flour and bread products in the trash, or else give them to a person you truly believe the world would be better off without! Take your sugar bin, and either use it to ferment something like a natural beer or wine, or else give it to the hummingbirds who can use it productively.

And most importantly, take all the coupons and such that encourage you to order pizzas and muffins and Big Gulps and fast food burgers and tacos and everything else- and burn them. Burn them right along with all the advertisements you get from your local big Medical Clinic that everyone reveres as great healers… take all their blandishments about how you should make an appointment to have your colonoscopy, your yearly checkup, your nine-dozen medical tests “to be done often” and burn them right along with those bad processed food enticement coupons!

Clear your head- think for yourself! Treat yourself with good nutrition and good, natural, perfectly paleo exercise!

Instead of worrying about medical treatments, meditate and pray. Exercise naturally. And above all, sleep a sound 8-9 hours per night in a blackened room, with no lights within or without. (This includes television, above all!!)

And instead of opting for medical drugs or surgeries?? Cook wonderful, healthy meals for yourself and your family! Avoid chemicals in your cleaning products and personal care products, and use intermittent fasting on a frequent basis.

This is where health truly lies- within your own control. Big Medicine, Big Pharma, and Big Government are all the problem. Solutions are always, and always have been within the individual. If you truly think about it, paying attention to the latest research and sequestering yourself for awhile from the constant wash of Big Brother self-serving propoganda from the media, you will come to recognize reality.

Nutrition does indeed Beat Drugs!

8May

The Best Health Advice EVER!

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I go on and on about what you should do for your health- it is a passion with me! Diet, exercise, lifestyle- they all are so important!

For instance, if you are not sleeping in a blackened out, dark room every night, for at least 8 hours- you are harming your health in huge amounts! Also, if you are eating gluten because ‘everyone does, and it’s just a fad’, well, I’m sorry- you are wrong- your gut is being made permeable, which means that all kinds of toxic crap is just flowing unimpeded into your circulatory system, making you just ripe for autoimmune diseases of all sorts!

I could go on and on: if you don’t exercise, especially in an appropriate type of way- you too will suffer severe health consequences. Also, if you don’t get out into nature on a regular basis, experiencing the sounds of birds singing, and the wind through the trees as pollen and oxygen flows over your being- you will lose your health!
never There are so many ways that modern people wreck their health! But, if there was one single thing that I would say is the MOST IMPORTANT??

Eat lots of vegetables. Really- eat lots of vegetables!!

Now, what could be simpler than that? I’m not asking you to go out and run marathons, (actually, please don’t! Not healthy in the slightest!). Also, I don’t ask you to lift super heavy weights, “bulk up”, and do ridiculously strenuous Crossfit stupid workouts- (again- please don’t!)

I do want you to work out, regularly, every day if you can in fact, but using bodyweight and self-resisted types of movement with lots of stretching, ala Perfectly Paleo Exercise. Very simple stuff; actually very intuitive, once you get started.

BUT- the ONE main thing that I want you to do for HEALTH is this:

EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES- EVERY DAY!!

Now, I’m not a vegan, or a vegetarian- not even close! Those two camps are, in my opinion, retarded. Stupid. There has never been a vegan or vegetarian culture in the history of humans…NEVER! They simply would not have survived without animal products, which we have evolved to take advantage of- never doubt this!

BUT- we are meant to eat tons, I mean lots of vegetables, I mean green leafy stuff, along with a few berries (in season) on a daily basis. I mean like, ala Terry Wahls- 6 to 8 cups per day!

So, this is the best health advice ever! Eat tons of vegetables, every day. The best, honestly, are wild vegetables, like plantain, and dandelion, and their ilk. They are absolutely loaded with nutrients!

But, you can do just fine with frozen and fresh veggies, like spinach, beets and beet greens, mixed assortments like the California Mix at the grocery with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and hey- throw in some sprouts- broccoli sprouts are now widely available, and so nutritious that they are like anti-cigarettes- that’s how healthy they are!!

The main takeaway is this: it is difficult in modern times to eat that much vegetation! Our culture has a little green salad, along with a huge burger and fries- that’s normal. So, what to do??

Simple, grasshopper- get a high powered blender, (Vitamix is the gold standard!!), and make a real, paleo smoothie each day! Use lots and lots of veggies, either fresh or frozen, and only a handful of fruit. Berries and citrus are the best, since they are lowest in fructose. Ideally, throw in everything I suggest for my Paleo Smoothie on www.paleojay.com, since I include everything your poor body needs to counteract modern SAD living.

But, mainly? PUT A TON OF VEGGIES IN YOUR SMOOTHIE! It’s a simple solution to a modern problem, and vastly underrated.

Your goal should be this: to be a paleolithic carnivore, who also eats more veggies than a vegan!

Go for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30Apr

Charles Atlas was PALEO!

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Most of you will think I am insane! Well, that is fine- but I am here to tell you that the exercise regimen promoted by Charles Atlas, way back in the 1930’s, is the most paleo friendly, productive, and beneficial exercise program you can possibly follow!

So, at least you know that I am insane. Follow onwards, or not as you will, but I think this is the best advice about exercise that I have ever given. For man, or woman.

The foundation of the Atlas courses was this: Dynamic Resistance. I’ll admit, it sounds like a nebulous concept- what exactly is it?

It is resistance within the muscle itself. To illustrate- flex your arm, as if you are curling a dumbbell, or barbell.
Just don’t use a weight- nothing- just your arm.

“How can I do this,” you say, “without resistance?” Just generate the resistance within the arm itself- make it hard!
Go slow, and make that flex go through the whole range of motion, fighting internal resistance every step of the way.

You can actually make this harder than lifting a barbell or dumbbell, since the resistance is equally hard through every plane of resistance! It is maximum productivity.

But, the thing is, you don’t stop with curls, the biceps alone. Of course not, you follow a logical progression, working your body from head to toe.

You start with the high reach. You reach as high as you can with your right arm, slowly, flexing all along the way. If you are in front of a mirror (recommended), you will see your muscles flexing, from your lats to your triceps to your spinal erectors. Attempt to accentuate this action, by actively engaging each muscle group! The mirror helps here, especially in the early stages.

Then, try the fly. I don’t know if you ever trained with weights in a gym, but this is where you cross your arms in front of your chest, engaging the pectoral muscles of the chest. You really don’t need weights, (really!), and you can do it fine, with dynamic resistance. You just make the movement hard, internally- go slowly, and flex as you cross your arms across your chest for, oh, 10 repetitions. I guarantee, you will feel exactly as you would as if you had done so with dumbbells or cables, except for the musculoskeletal trauma of heavy weights! All beneficial, without the trauma.

Next, try the pulldown, or chin-up. You know, even if you have never done a chin-up or pulldown in your life, now you can.
You just raise your arm as high as you can, and flexing- pull down on the right side. Make the lats flex, the mirror helps here. Then, repeat on the left, until you have done 10 on both right and left sides. You should feel tired and pumped!

Now, let’s do the squat! Now, I don’t want you to do the usual squat, with a huge weight across your spine (compressing it!), and the high reps, bottom-down (to damage your knees)! What has happened with conventional weight training nowadays, anyway??

Just flex your thighs, and go down to a comfortable depth, flexing all the way. Make those quadriceps work, isometrically (and internally) as you go up and down. Don’t go too deep- 3/4 of the way down is plenty (don’t want knee damage) but flex hard every step of the way. That is the perfect leg exercise, and perfectly safe.

Now, let’s move to the abdominals! Forget what you have been told- the very best, key ab exercise is ab vacuums! This is where you suck in your gut (whatever the size), and hold it. Do this, each hold (again, in front of a mirror is ideal, so you can see what you are doing), for reps. 5 seconds is ideal, in my opinion.

Afterwards, do side-by-side lateral bends (easy) as a warm down, for flexibility. 15 reps seems perfect.

Next- lateral raises! Pretend you have small dumb bells in each hand, and raise them straight-armed to the side for 8-10 reps. (All rep guidelines are arbitrary- experiment, and find what works for you). Flex throughout, and look in the mirror, at least early on…

Lastly, I recommend curls- just flex your arms throughout a full range of motion, pretending you have the maximum amount you can lift on every part of the movement. You will be pumped, and exhausted.

Ok, that is the basics. You can see how to perform these exercises on John Peterson’s excellent site here:
http://transformetrics.com/exercises

John has this down to a science. He has been a Charles Atlas practitioner since GO, and you will profit from his advice.

But, for an even more accessible version, go to my ebook: Perfectly Paleo Exercise! I go way more into depth…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/perfectly-paleo-exercise/id527441914?mt=11

But, the main takeaway I hope to provide here is this: you should not feel you have to go to a gym! Not feel that you should Lift heavy things! (My god, I get so tired of that!)

What you need to do is first- eat healthy, paleo foods! Get adequate sleep!!! And FINALLY:

Do natural, paleo types of exercise.
Self generated, within the body itself, like a CAT! (watch a cat stretch for an idea)
Stretch, and generate strength exercises from within the muscle!
YOU DO NOT NEED WEIGHTS.

Life if simple. Paleo and diet are simple.

Eat like your great grandparents.
Sleep like your great grandparents.

LIVE like your great grandparents! Spend time daily in nature. Avoid processed foods and modern pharmaceutical drugs. AND your doctors much as possible! (Emergencies only!)

Follow these simple, traditional, and really very commonsense guidelines- and you are GOLDEN!

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