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Minimalism Part 1: Health

As I stated in my last blog, I am going to do my first post series. Recently I finished a great book by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus called Minimalism: Living a meaningful life. Over the next few weeks I am going to take each week and implement a different chapter from the book.  This first week, I am going to talk about Health.

I will make a promise to you that over the next week I will stick to the things I am going to say here and then next friday I will write the next post and give a update to how the past week has gone.

The Beginning

In this chapter, they talk about the main ingredients of getting and being healthy, eating and exercising. Not even remotely a surprise there. What you put into your body encompasses more than your diet (pg. 38).  And this is something I have “known” for a long time, the struggle is taking this wisdom to heart and putting it to work in our lives.

This post and the weeks to follow are all part of this reboot that I am doing in my life to get my health, myself, and my life where I want it to be.  I know I have said it before, but it is worth saying it again.  It is a process, it is slow slicing success and a day by day process to see the results I desire.

Medicine, Gluten, and Packaged Food

Most of the time I do not do any kind of medicine.  I have in the past done allergy relief medicine when my allergies have gotten out of hand; nowadays I don’t do any form of medicine.  I try as much as possible to go natural, not as a nudist, but in medicine.  I will do essential oils for certain ailments, peppermint and fluids for a headache, and will do as many natural remedies as I can for any health issues.  It’s not that I don’t trust doctors, at times I do, seeing what has happened with the health of relatives and friends as they are prescribed pills upon pills.

The rage right now is gluten free eating and living.  Even in the book they discuss living a gluten free life. Both of the authors live a pescatarian lifestyle of eating, which means vegetarians who eat fish.  I don’t know about you but, I enjoy chicken, turkey, the occasional red meat too much to forgo it all.  I am not going to talk about a Paleo lifestyle since I have written about it several times.  Although, it is an option which to discover and see if it is a eating change that would work for you.

Lastly, processed and packaged food.  We all know what these are, its the middle of the grocery store, all of the bagged and packaged things.  Several bloggers that I read and follow have talked about the one way to grocery shop is to follow the outside of the store and completely avoid the interior aisles.  Now of course there are a few good things in the interior, frozen vegetables, protein bars, teas and some of your gluten free goods.  However, the healthiest options for you are on the outer aisles and circumference of the store.

Exercise Habits

Something I realized this afternoon once again, is that we don’t need to set aside hours of our day to get the workout in. Often times we think, “Oh I need to workout today.”  And we dread the thought because, at least in my mind, it means I have to set aside several hours to do it.  In reality, all I need is 30 mins.  Either broken up throughout the day, or all at one point.  I am pretty sure that any of us can find a mere half hour to get the exercise in and begin to see a slow, but steady transformation.

Most of the time, if not all of the time, our “limits” are all in our minds.  We can do this, we can make the changes necessary and become the people, the men and women, we desire to become.  It takes dedication, effort, and persistence.  We just need to get up and give in to those desires and go out there and commit to making a change.

Go out and feel the burn today nerds.  Leave a comment, question, response.  Would love to hear from you!

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Does this make me look fat?!

The “Big 8” and no I am not talking about basketball (although that is called the final 8, but you get my point). The 8 to which I am referring is the most common allergies. According to the Mayo clinic they are:

Milk
Eggs
Peanuts
Tree nuts aka: walnuts, almonds Etc
Fish
Shellfish
Soy
Wheat

Those may be the most common allergies, but while picking up some books on reserve from the Library I noticed something, the growing number of books dedicated to eating without dairy, gluten and peanuts. I had a revelation during this observation, I think our bodies are trying to tell us something in regards to what we should no longer be consuming .

Maybe I am reaching or stretching but you cannot deny the fact that more and more books, workouts, websites are discussing and suggesting eating Primal, Paleo or Caveman. Whatever the name it still reads the same, cutting out dairy, gluten and peanuts along with legumes.

Do a search for Paleo on Google and it returns 14.6 million search results.  The words Gluten Free garner 118 Million results.  I don’t think it is mere coincidence that our culture is becoming gluten and dairy intolerant.  We weren’t meant to consume milk past infancy.  Not to mention that we have injected our dairy and gluten products with so much crap that it practically has become addictive.  Trust me for the longest time I had about 6 gallons of milk myself a month and it hasn’t been until recently that I pretty much stopped drinking it altogether. There are so many hormones processed within the milk and the cows it comes from that I am surprised that more men haven’t started growing mammary glands (kidding, mostly).  Honestly, besides our genetics telling us we weren’t designed to process so much gluten and the fact we have played off the “health benefits” of carbs (bread, pasta etc) we have made our society increasingly gluten intolerant.

Another realization while reading The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, I noticed that we promote certain diets that give a quick fix in weight loss, but not a long term maintaining weight loss.  The diets that the FDA or even our Government advertise are actually keeping people unhealthy thus continuing their reliance upon our Governmental Health care system.  It then gives people numerous drugs and pills with side effects that keeps the person in a continual cycle of health system dependence continuing to put money in the systems pockets and shortening our life spans and increasing our risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.   Really for all the facts, pick up the aforementioned book, it really is full of interesting facts, studies and information that is easy to process and read.

The biggest thing I think needs to happen is going back to our roots, people are more aware of how unhealthy most of the food purchased at grocery stores really is for us and switching to free range chicken, grass-fed beef and pesticide free fruits and vegetables.  Yes the prices for such items is expensive currently, however the more people realize and desire to purchase the items the cheaper they will become.  Supply and Demand, the more the demand for organic, free range and grass fed will push the price to go lower.  It is just a matter of time and persistence before Paleo will grow beyond 14.6 million search results and stores will be promoting the Paleo Lifestyle and more restaurants will accommodate their menus to reflect this need and hunger (no pun intended…okay actually it was) for going back to the eating habits of our ancestors.

Go out and do your own research before taking my word, read what I am writing with a grain of salt (this should also be eliminated from your foods) and take a look at Paleo diet books, websites and come to the conclusion for yourself before taking the leap.

Go out and Feel the Burn today Nerds 🙂