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Saturday, September 1, 2018

YOU are a Paleo Pioneer- not an Immigrant- podcast on PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe

Ancient paleo tribes, wandering through Europe- they would have never allowed tribespeople from elsewhere- the other- to come and sit about their campfire with them and their tribesmen and women.  To take their laboriously hunted meats and fish, their gathered vegetables- they would have fought rather to the death than give up their land and what they had built!  For they were the earliest of pioneers- making and taking what they could from the land to survive and thrive- for their own people and tribe.

Imagine: you are living many thousands of years ago in just such a tribe.  You have a good life, after centuries of hard, hard work and suffering.  You have even developed free elections of your own chiefs, to organize you into warrior bands to protect what you have built.  Because, although you are a stone-age cave person, you are not stupid.

Then, an evil chief from within your land declares himself a “king”.  Or a tyrant of any sort, whatever the name.  Many suspect he is insane, but he is powerful and determined.  He insists that you welcome all strangers that come against you, even your hereditary enemies from the cannibal tribe in the next valley that you have fought for eons, and not only welcome them, but to give them many of your own huts and caves, and even labor hunting for them, giving 1/2 of what you gain to them and their tribes!  

Soon, there are nearly as many of the cannibal tribe within your stone walls as without!  Many of your children wind up disappearing in the night, and it is known that they are often found in the cannibal tribes cooking pots!  Half of your tribe is up in arms, ready to expel these invaders, but the evil king that has mesmerized and fooled many of your fellow tribesmen and women insists that you are just racist, which is just a new term he has made up for the others, which is an evolutionary response that has kept our species safe for eons.  

Perhaps the king has made a pact with the cannibals, simply to replace his own race in order to be an absolute ruler over these new cannibal folk, who to him are totally subservient.  Some suspect he has connived with the cannibals to put strange herbs into the drinking water of his own tribe, making many of them so deluded and naive that they believe somehow that his obvious ruination of their entire tribe and city is somehow ‘only fair’, and so approved of by the gods.  Especially the new, Serpent god of the cannibals that he has forced the tribe to worship, as the equal traditional Gods of the Sun and Moon that your tribe has traditionally worshipped.

The old heavenly gods told us that men and women were equal under them, and that reason and light, brotherly love and justice were to be valued.  The new serpent god, beside cannibalism and human sacrifice, champions men over women, and people in general as far beneath both the evil King and his newly appointed court.  Debate is declared to be illegal, and punishable by death.  

Ultimately, the old gods are banished, and the stone doors of the city are flung wide, allowing all of the evil tribes nearby complete entry.  Women are attacked openly in the street, and if any of the original tribe defend them, they are sacrificed to the great Serpent.  This early civilization is finished.

Now let’s look at a modern parallel:

For the first few centuries of America, those who came over did so to carve out a place on a new continent, a place that they could support themselves and their families and posterity in.  They had no expectation that it would in any way be easy, or that anything at all would be given to them.  They knew they had to struggle, work unbelievably hard, and suffer privations beyond anything that they might have had to suffer at home- but they knew that in the end, they would be free!

FREE or oppressive government, free to worship their own God as they saw fit.  Originally, a big part of the huge effort to transplant themselves into a wilderness was to escape these governments, and also to escape the religious ‘government’ of tyranny; of the unnatural alliance of oppressive governance and The Church of England, or else the Roman Catholic Church.  Indeed, the early US was seen as “the great Protestant experiment”.

As we know, due to the incredible work ethic and the herculean efforts put forth by our forebears who had escaped from Europe, (many did not even survive the hazardous journey), that early Protestant Experiment was a HUGE success; becoming in fact the shining light on a Hill of civilization- the most wonderful civilization ever built on this planet!

Now, immigrants, illegal immigrants are pouring into our country by the millions.  They are not pioneers- they are building little or nothing.  They are here for free stuff- welfare, section 8 (free) housing.  Free schooling and medical care- the list is endless.  And the result will be the end of our civilization- listen carefully: the result will be the end of Western civilization.  The finish of over 2000 years of laboriously crafting of the most profitable, egalitarian, and learned societies in all of history!  

Many have a religion that is the direct antithesis of our own, and in fact have the goal of eliminating us and reducing us to abject slavery.  Evil rulers tell us that this is fine- it is our duty to welcome them, and to raise our taxes higher and higher so that they can be supported, (along with their huge, growing families within our country)- effectively making us curtail our own families, so as to pay the taxes to support theirs.

They attack us wantonly in the streets, and if we respond then we are at fault- we are racists, which is a strange term for the evil rulers to employ, since they also insist that race itself does not really exist.  We have simply invented it to persecute the other.  And of course this, as all else they tell us, is simply a LIE.

This is a paleo parable.  If you are wise enough to embrace the paleo principles, eschewing much of modern medicine as antithetical to true health, why the I am sure you can see the direct truth of this.  Preserving our modern, western way of life is at least as important in modern times as it was in the stone age.  So let’s do it!  Oppose open borders, both here and in Europe.  
Not to do so is not just naive and foolish- it is SUICIDE, not just for ourself- BUT FOR OUR ENTIRE RACE AND CULTURE.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Effortless Paleo podcast on PaleoJay Smoothie Cafe

I have been involved in the ancestral lifestyle for a long time now.  I don’t go to conferences, or meet up with like minded paleo people, because for me it is simply a lifestyle and conviction, not a business.  

But I do try to spread the ‘gospel of paleo’ if you will, at least among friends and family.  And I’m here to tell you it is a tough sell!  For people to change what they eat, to start exercising if they never have, and to get a good solid night of sleep in a blacked out room if they have fallen into bad, modern habits- why, change is difficult!  And to change your entire lifestyle, if it has gone off the rails like most folks nowadays- well, that just seems overwhelming.

Sometimes, if you have an autoimmune disease, and either it is explained to you or else you have discovered yourself through research that a paleo diet can be both preventive and healing for such a condition- that is enough to scare you straight!  It certainly should be, in my opinion.

But the sad truth is that most people, given the option of changing their diet and lifestyle to become disease free and vibrantly healthy or taking prescription medicines- they say just give me the meds doc!  I think they do this unaware that, while the meds they are prescribed might mask some of their symptoms, they do nothing in terms of healing the underlying problem.  And so, by taking what they assume to be the ‘easy’ way (although usually very expensive and fraught with side-effects from the drugs), these people gradually become sicker and sicker, not to mention fatter and less vital day by day, year by year…

And then, inevitably: this person gets another autoimmune disease!  This stuff is cumulative, folks.

But there is a rather effortless way to go about all of this.  A way to reap all the benefits of a paleolithic, ancestral type of diet and lifestyle without changing things up that much.  What is this miraculous secret formula?  

Simple- substitute ingredients in foods you enjoy that are healthy and natural!  Usually the results are superior to those fake foods you thought were so tasty, and so it is kind of like having your cake and eating it too.  It is possible to eat a wonderful paleo diet and not restrict yourself to mountains of vegetables and huge plates of grass fed meat.

For instance, today I made a wonderful sardine salad that was nearly indistinguishable from a normal tuna salad, although it had a real tang that I loved.  Not fishy at all, I think the greek yogurt and mustard, paprika and scallions, onions and carrots I added made it into the best ‘tuna’ salad ever- and super healthy, since sardines are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!  (Cheap too).  I mean, there is nothing wrong with tuna, but a bottom of the food chain fish like sardines are free of mercury and other heavy metals, and loaded with every part of the animal, not just the muscle meat- the bones, the skin, the organs- everything.  But, mixed into a yummy salad, you don’t have to choke it all down, not at all.

I even made a sandwich of it!  I know, heresy, and there was a time when I would have never done it but- I used gluten free bread that I toasted.  See, you can eat as you like, just substitute things.  Of course, I still don’t recommend eating every gluten free cookie and cake and bread and french toast etc. that you want- that isn’t healthy.  But, sometimes- if you use the gluten free, non-sprayed liberally with poisonous glyphosate alternative- you will enjoy what you want, and not poison yourself in the process.

It’s not like it used to be- there are gluten free alternatives everywhere, even in many restaurants!  And you can use as much butter as you want, since you know that it is the grains and sugars- not the fats- that cause the problems in our health.  If you have margarine or vegetable oil in your cupboards, either just throw it all out, or use it to lubricate hinges and locks.  That is what it was originally for, and really all that it is good for!

As for exercise: if you think that the ‘only’ way to be paleo is to join a Crossfit gym and spend hours training per week- well, it’s not, and that isn’t even a remotely good idea, in my opinion.  The best, most productive way to exercise is on your own, by yourself, at home.  You hardly even need any equipment to get amazing results!

Do virtual resistance training, also called the ‘Tiger Moves’.  This is where you flex while putting your limbs through their full range of motion- you do a flex-stretch over each part of your body.  Read my ebook Perfectly Paleo Exercise to get the idea, or else just go over to and check out the exercises demo.  This is truly effortless, lifetime exercise for everyone!

Exercise first thing in the morning, and if you go to bed early and get up early as you should, you will have plenty of time.  Do it in front of the television, and you will look forward to it as I do!  You can add in pushups, and stretching on the floor (I use a yoga mat), straight legged sit ups and hindu squats, ab roller exercise and plank holds.  

I also recommend isometrics, the most time-efficient and result strength producing exercises of all time, done with a simple nylon strap, followed by rebounding as you go through the Tiger Moves once again.  But I have added in all of these over time, as I replaced my basement gym weight workouts gradually more and more with these Perfectly Paleo sorts of exercises…

Start with just 15 minutes, but trust me- you will become addicted, and want to add more and more, because it just feels so good!  (And because you want to finish your TV program!)

Then, make some scrambled eggs with pastured cheese and scallions along with your coffee in the French Press.  (Sprinkle cinnamon, cloves, and cacao powder on the coffee you grind before you press it- healthy and tasty).  Heck, even make yourself a slice of gluten free toast, slathered with butter or a nut butter- you’ve earned it!

Go for a walk in the woods or in a park, somewhere in nature, whether a sun-dappled glade in summer, or a snow covered trail in winter- Nature is our Mother, and calms us as nothing else.  Meditate in silence somewhere during your day, whether after lunch in your truck on the job site, or in a comfortable chair on your deck as the birds chirp.  Shut your eyes and just think over and over to yourself 1-1-1-1.  This works well for me, turning off my chattering ‘monkey mind’ as I become as one with my natural environment.  10-15 minutes is plenty, you will be totally refreshed and revitalized.

And then- reward yourself and your family, occasionally with a gluten free pizza!  Sonoma makes a great one- I like to add additional onions, tomatoes, cheese, and anchovies!  Paleo isn’t so hard now, is it?  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Don't Take Statins- Eat Sardines Instead!

I know, that sounds a bit strange, to say the least- give up an incredibly popular and overprescribed drug  and eat a small fish instead- what??

My point is this: the modern, 1970’s based medical establishment, which is totally drug based, has been enlisted to force feed us all lots of statins and other drugs, and for what?  PROFIT.  That is the bottom line!

Profits from statin drugs are approaching 1 TRILLION dollars.  It is the most profitable of all drugs sold, and so is being pushed beyond belief by their salesmen and women: doctors and the profit driven clinics they work for! 

Just like high blood pressure guidelines, which were recently lowered to a point where virtually everyone, including healthy teenagers are now diagnosed with “high blood pressure”, (and so need to be prescribed medications sold by the big drug companies and the doctors)- so too cholesterol guidelines have also recently been lowered!  What a surprise: now everyone needs statin drugs as well!  Including teenagers, but especially anyone older than, oh, 30 or so….

What a load of crap!  No one would accept this obvious used-car salesmanship technique, unless you’ve been brainwashed into believing that anyone who is a medical doctor is kind of close to godhood, and knows such arcane knowledge unattainable to all of the rest of us that he knows we need these drugs! 

The ones he has for sale.  Or else you will be irresponsible, and die…

Not one word about changing your diet and lifestyle, about getting out into nature and destressing on a daily basis- about eating a grain free, paleo diet with loads of vegetables and severely limiting sugars.  About daily exercise, Perfectly Paleo natural exercise, along with walking barefoot and stretching.  Nope- DRUGS are the ANSWER!!   

Just ask Elvis.  Drugs- ‘better living through chemistry’- sure worked out well for him!  He died at 42, and he had a profound respect for M.D.’s and their knowledge and prescriptions.  His own personal doctor, kept on staff for him, was Dr. Nick. When Elvis died at age 42, he was on a strict regimen of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by his doctor!  Very responsible, however: the drugs he was prescribed were the cause of his dying at the age of 42.

Elvis followed the medical advice of his day.  This was 1977, probably the year when most of your current doctors got their diplomas… They were only following the science of their time, and the same ‘science’ that most doctors go by today.  Lots of drugs, diet doesn’t matter, just avoid fat and eat lots of carbs…

This is the lifestyle that killed Elvis Presley at the age of 42!  Do you really want to continue with that failed advice, here 41 years into the future, a future that had rediscovered the ancestral, or Paleo diet, and the wisdom and Weston Price?  The far more current science that supports this ancestral knowledge, and that would recommend eating a real foods diet, complete with wild caught, head-to-tail seafood like sardines, rather than popping statin pills that enrich the medical clinics, but leave you sicker and in pain?  Really, is that what you want, Elvis the second??

I love Elvis Presley’s music, mostly the early stuff when he was young, undrugged, and living a blue collar, healthy lifestyle of physical exertion.  That was his heritage, but he gave it up by listening to the medical doctors. 

Don’t you be the same!  Treat yourself: eat sardines instead of statins.  Throw their prescriptions out the window, and consume real, healthy foods instead of drugs!  Go in the sunshine, don’t use sunscreen, and exercise naturally- not endless cardio for hundreds of miles, but doing pushups and self-resisted movements; things that build real muscle along with healthy flexibility! 

Concentrate on building your gut microbiome, those gut bugs that make us healthy and that are killed by drugs and horrible herbicides like Roundup!  Avoid grains, and keep your carbs low overall, and make an effort to get fermented foods like Kefir and yogurt with viable cultures into your diet- naturally fermented pickles and sauerkraut!  It’s really not that complicated, you just need to ask your grandmother or grandfather. 

But, if they are no longer available to you- well, just ask me: PaleoJay-  I can be your 66 year old virtual grandfather!!

Check out this episode!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Do NOT Eat Vegetable Oils!

One place that folks who strive to eat healthy fall down at is in their consumption of vegetable oils- corn, soy, canola- the list goes on, and they are all basically really bad.  The big one I notice is margarine, which is actually worse than just the fake oil it is made from, since the hydrogenation process it undergoes to make it solid loads it up with trans-fats, which are the worst fake fat of all!

Outdated fake science from decades ago assured us that vegetable oils, such as Crisco, which is made of cottonseed oil, for God’s sake!- is really healthy for us, because it wasn’t loaded with cholesterol.  Well, it’s not healthy for us, not at all!  Vegetable oils of all sorts are now eaten in huge amounts, mainly because (drumroll!) they are cheap.  So all makers of crappy processed foods like cakes and pies and other really junky foods load them up with these fake fats.

But what do vegetable oils, or as I more accurately like to call them- industrial seed oils- do to your body? 

These fake, unstable fats replace real, healthy fats in your body.  Fats that used to come to us in the form of butter, coconut oil, beef tallow and the like- animal fats and oils from nuts or seeds that were edible, like olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil- all of these are fantastic sources of nutrients like vitamin A, and tend to be very anti-inflammatory and even preventive of both heart disease and cancer!  (That’s right, just the opposite of what we were all told in the 1970’s that it was real FAT that caused heart disease, despite the scientific facts that actually tell the opposite story)!

The fats in vegetable oils are all Omega 6 fats that are highly inflammatory.  In addition, when you eat vegetable oils instead of fats, that is what your body uses to rebuild your cells.  In a recent mouse study, when mice were fed vegetable oils, they incorporated these fats when rebuilding their skin cells.  The result was rampant skin cancer, while a control group of mice who were fed real fats were fine.  When the diets were reversed for each group of mice, the control group developed skin cancers, while the original group began to heal.

The point to take home is that we are natural beings that evolved to consume natural foods made by God, that supplies all that our bodies have been created to use in maintaining our health.  Cheap man made, fake fats in factories do not supply what our bodies need!  This should really come as no surprise, if you just think it through.

Here is the bottom line, not just in this fat controversy, but in anything that comes up in terms of health:  we should only eat things that occur in nature, as close to their original source as possible!  Things like grass fed dairy and beef (cows evolved to eat grass, not grains!), wild caught seafood (not farmed, where fish are fed unhealthy grains just as are ruminants on land).    Simple fats, processed without need of noxious chemicals and huge machinery; fats like coconut oil, butter, olive oil and ghee.

God made fats, and all other foods as well- natural and not over processed!  Nutrition and health are much simpler than they are usually made out to be, and really are pretty much common sense.  Real foods are pretty much all good, I mean even ancient varieties of grains are far healthier and less damaging than modern, GMO and irradiated varieties of wheat and other grains.

My one rule of thumb is this: the more a food has been processed, engineered, and just plain messed with- well, you can be sure that it is not fit to eat.

Check out this episode!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

How to Save your Health and Wellness- FOREVER! Paleo Quick tip of the Day podcast

I have been thinking about this a lot lately: how to make a paleo, ancestral, healthy lifestyle easily understandable.  

Because, once you start into “LIFE”: well, the options are endless!  You can always ‘improve’, or make better- heck, I have been doing these podcasts for almost 9 years, and I discover things every day to tweak my ancestral lifestyle, to make it better and more productive.  And I have been doing it for a long time…

But for a novice, someone who just has been living a normal lifestyle, eating Doritos and cereal daily, basically just eating and doing whatever they want to for  a long while- What should they do to get on the health and wellness track??

The answer is surprisingly simple, really.  Whether you are 18 or 80, the first piece of advice I would give you is this-


I know, that’s a deal breaker for most people, but truth is tough to ignore.  If you follow “conventional medical advice”, you will do some really stupid, non-scientific things:

1. You will eat a low fat, high carb, and high sugar diet

This despite the fact that all modern research proves conclusively that FAT is both beneficial and harmless, containing many nutrients necessary for health, CARBS are basically the same as sugar, and so should be severely limited- and that SUGAR IS THE REAL PROBLEM- NOT FAT!!

Sugar and its twin, carbs in the form primarily of grains, and again primarily of wheat are the culprits, utterly destroying our guts, hearts and arteries, and are what is truly making us all fat and sick.  It seems simplistic, but it really is that simple: 

Grains, mainly in the form of wheat, bread and pasta
are making us FAT, SICK, and nearly dead!

They also, and this is the real deal- they make us horribly susceptible to autoimmune diseases, by causing us to have “leaky guts” that compromise our immune function.  This is the bottom line, really- this is what makes me evangelistic about all of this!

Because the truth is that, if you eat grains as most all Americans do, at virtually every meal- cereal for breakfast, toast and sandwiches, and then spaghetti and pizza, over and over and over, day after day-  not only are you assaulting your gut with GMO wheat, loaded with the chemical glyphosate: you are also attacking your body with a foodstuff with not only almost nothing in the way of nutrients- but you are also compromising your gut with chemical invaders, a grain species that has been actually enhanced by modern manipulations that were intended to enhance production of grains….

But actually resulted in Franken- Grains that are uniquely SUITED to DESTROY YOUR INTESTINAL LINING!

I have lived for about a decade with folks that laughed, that  pooh-poohed, that thought that this was utterly ridiculous!  They ate their “healthy, whole grains”, their “low fat dairy and vegetable oils”, while running long distances, doing long aerobic sessions in lieu of sensible strength training, and slathered themselves with sunscreen if they ever even went outside!  

They went to the doctor repeatedly, just to be “checked”.  The universal result?  They needed medication- LOTS OF IT!

They went to doctors that ignored the Hippocratic Oath: First Do No Harm.  

These same doctors prescribed lots of drugs: statins, blood pressure medicines, and many others.  They stressed again the low fat diet, the importance of lots of carbs, especially loads and loads of wheat, corn, and skimmed milk at every meal!

For your information: wheat, corn, well, any carb is sugar.  And skimmed milk, i.e. milk skimmed of its beneficial, vitamin laden fat is- SUGAR.  

And, here is the bottom line of this polemic: SUGAR IS THE SCOURGE OF THE MODERN DIET!

Wheat has the unique evil ability to compromise our guts, so it is enemy #1!  

Eliminate Wheat!!

Sugar, both in the form of carbs such as bread (wheat), and in its basic form of just sugar, candy, Twinkies, whatever is- PURE EVIL, not to be to strong about it!

FAT has never been the enemy, far from it.  Fat has been vilified over and over, but it is carbs and sugar that have ruined the American’s intestines, made us susceptible to autoimmune disease, destroyed our heart health, and also- ironically- made us FAT!!

Fat has never been the enemy.  Sugar and Carbs have been the enemy!  Conventional Medical Advice has been the enemy- they have ignored real science for decades, instead embracing and espousing Fake Science from the medical orthodoxy, which is just that of the big Pharmaceutical Companies:

Take more drugs!  

Western Medicine has been left in the trash heap of history- Hippocrates is rolling over in his grave!  

Here is what old Hippocrates would say now, just as he did back in 500 BC: 

Let Food Be thy Medicine
And Medicine Be thy Food

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see anything in that about modern medicines that block natural responses to problems in the veinous system such as blood pressure, or lowering natural systems of healing such as raising cholesterol to heal-

I think the basic wisdom of the Paleo Diet is that it tried to restore ancient, ancestral, paleolithic wisdom about health and wellness, and also about life and fitness itself!

Eat and Move like our ancestors did

Ignore Modern “Experts”

Use your Common Sense:  
BE Autonomous- read, digest, and explore current science
Pay NO ATTENTION to modern “accepted dogma” unless backed by current science


It’s really not- sorry- it’s dogma, scientism if you will- science that was accepted back when your doctor was in medical school 30-40 years ago.  

In other words: WRONG!  

Be your own doctor.  Pay attention to what makes sense, what works and what doesn’t.  Listen to podcasts (like mine!), and others- make your own decisions.  
Never listen to just one opinion, like your brainwashed, paid-off, drug-incentivized M.D.  Your health is at stake!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Your HOME should be your VACATION podcast

New Tractor Shed
 “A Man’s home is his castle”!  This is what it should be: in the views of our Founding Fathers, we should all be small landholders, with a few acres of land that we farm and husband, along with a home we also care for.  Kind of like in Little House on the Prairie!  This is really the American idyll.

Things sure do get changed over time, unfortunately.  For their own political gain, the Democratic party, which has become a totally Liberal, Progressive, socialist/Marxist shill party- has decided that we should all aspire to be ‘world citizens’… Meaning, that we should not spend our time at HOME, taking care of things and making our properties prosperous little hubs of Americana ideals- NO!

We should listen to commercials, and let them decide that we should aspire to cruises, and other destinations that are urban, or tropical, or- who knows what is “correct” at the moment!  God Forbid that we just take time to stay at home, cultivate our land and gardens, spend time with our children and grandchildren, as did countless generations before us!!

Your HOMESPACE should be your vacation, and the center of your life!  ALL of us innately know this: we know that where we live, the land and house we live in, are utterly crucial to not only our identity and well-being, but also our ethnic identity.   We all tend to cluster together with those of a like heritage, and we prosper by doing so, by developing a rich, NON- diverse culture that reflects our own values.  

If you go through life unhappily, eagerly anticipating your next cruise, or far away vacation spot, where you can do nothing at all and be waited on hand and foot- well, you have missed out on the true point of life.  You should be living somewhere that you really enjoy, a place that fits you.   Just as in our diet, which we have discovered needs to be adjusted to our evolutionary heritage, so too does where we live have to do with out evolution as well!  

For instance, we have determined that modern grains are antithetical to our health, as are GMO’s, endless sugar, and loads of carbs.  Nutrient dense foods, such as a Paleo smoothie made in your Vitamix, organ meats and wild caught seafood are what make us thrive!  So too does our home place, that place where we spend the majority of our lives, need to be an environment that suits us evolutionarily.  

For instance, I am descended from northern European stock.  I am not evolved to live in a tropical climate; with my pale skin, eyes, and hair I am meant to live in a more northern latitude.  Snow and ice are as much a part of my natural terrain as are ample water, forests, and all four seasons.  Wisconsin is perfect for me!

When I have to leave, to travel for business, family, or pleasure, I am always incredibly relieved and grateful when I am headed home.  I think this is the true test of whether or not you are living in the right place.  If you are returning home and are sad about it, and wish you could stay away on vacation forever- well, you are living in the wrong place, a spot that doesn’t suit you.  

I believe that all of us are quite unsuited to living in modern, large cities!  The water is bad, the air is bad, and the stress and crime are intolerable.  If you are otherwise an ancestral person, a paleo diet and lifestyler, I urge you to leave the cities and suburbs behind, just as you have hopefully left aside the bad processed fake foods of this current era.  Find a place on the outskirts of a smaller town or city, and learn to enjoy the natural peace and the grounded life of living close to the land.  

Have a garden, grow a small forest if you have enough room.  Spend time in your yard, or on your porch or deck, rather than going out to nightclubs or whatever is supposed to be ‘cultured’ at the moment in urban circles.  Get to know your neighbors- have campfires, and paleo-types of cookouts.  Instead of aspiring for the latest luxury sports car, just get a usable used car or pickup (I love my 2000 Buick Le Sabre!), and invest the rest in a quality tractor and implements!  Trust me, caring for your own land is more rewarding than any luxury vacation or outing you could ever have, and builds your character as much as exercise and real food builds your body into a picture of health.

We are actually a living part of our environment!  And so, it behooves us to carefully choose where we and our family are to live.  This decision is more important by far, long term, than your choice of a job- so choose well.  Pick a place that your great grandparents would have chosen.  Your health, well-being, and happiness all depend on it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Get Healthy and Strong by NOT going to the Gym!

For many, many years I went to gyms.  I lifted weights at the YMCA, and ran on the streets.  I also did some stretching, but it was kind of hit and miss.  Those were my younger days…


Now, I am in my 66th year, and I have learned a lot since I started seriously working out in my 20’s!  In the beginning, I followed the bodybuilding advice of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane.  Actually, Frank Zane still had what I consider the ideal physique- not huge, buy very symmetrical.  Even today, in his 70’s, he looks great!  Arnold, well, not so much…


Frank now works out in his own home gym, which is what I have done for the past 30 some years or so.  I found that my workouts were much more intense when done on my own, in my basement- there were no distractions, and I could do them before work in the early AM.  But my physique, while quite strong, had some shortcomings that just got more and more evident over time:


My butt and gut, from heavy squatting, got big- too big!  Sure, my thighs got bigger too, but they were overshadowed by my butt.  And, despite endless leg raises from a bar, along with other resisted ab exercises, my gut stuck out.  In addition, heavy benching actually made my chest too prominent.  I switched to incline presses, which helped that a lot, but my shoulders hurt most of the time, and so did my knees (from the squatting).  Also, the running took a toll on my body as well, with knees, feet, and hips taking a pounding on a regular basis.


I gradually started to transition in my 50’s to what I practice today, and now have learned how to exercise in what I have found to be a very productive, satisfying, and above all a completely home-based manner!  I read about body weight exercise, both calisthenics and self-resisted types of exercises, and started to substitute them in more and more.  And I read on a web page called by a fellow named John Peterson about what he called the ‘Tiger Moves’, which I prefer to call Virtual Resistance Exercise, since the resistance is generated from within the muscle itself, as it moves through a full range of motion.  This last was the key to mastering the bodily physique and to maximize health in an efficient, and very safe manner.


Not only that, but I can do the majority of the work in my living room, with a minimum of equipment, while I watch television! 


Think about that: instead of going downstairs to my dingy basement, which while it has a power rack and lots of equipment and weights, is still- a dingy, concrete and part dirt floor basement!  Now, I watch Netflix programs while I methodically work through my whole body.  And, while I certainly push hard, doing high volumes of leg-elevated pushups and straight-backed sit ups on my yoga mat on the floor, I never hurt my joints at all!


I come down first thing in the morning (that time works the best for almost everyone), and while the sun is peeking up over the horizon through my living room window,  I start into taxing my musculature.  I know exactly my routine, since it covers every muscle in my body, including my neck, wrists, and even fingers in a time-efficient and very satisfying manner. 


After doing the Virtual Resistance exercises over my whole body, from shoulders and arms, legs and chest down to the biceps, I go to the floor and do a series of stretches, mixed with mobility for my ankles and wrists, and even foot massage.  Then, I go to isometrics.  For whatever reason, this type of exercise has become so maligned over the years that it is pretty much dismissed by most.  That is very sad, for isometrics are the single most efficient means of building raw strength throughout the body with a very minimal expense of time!


I use a nylon strap, a moving strap actually, that will resist thousands of pounds of pressure.  The expense is very minimal; actually, I already had mine when I started, so the expense was zero- perhaps you have a towing strap lying around.  If not, they are quite inexpensive- a strap of about 25 feet is perfect.

Set it on the floor, stepping in the middle with both feet.  Then, you can do military presses, upright rows, curls, shoulder extensions, bent rows and squats, one right after another!  I like to do say the military press at shoulder height with both hands, pressing nearly as hard as I can for about 6 seconds, then after a pause to rest 7 seconds, and finally for 8 seconds or longer.  I repeat this at the midpoint of the ‘lift’, and then at the endpoint  And that is it for the shoulder press!  Total time spent, maybe couple of minutes…


Then, I go to curls, using the same protocol, then shoulder extensions, bent over row, upright row, and squats.  I finish up with the ‘bench press’ by holding the strap behind my back, and pressing out first close to my chest, then half-way out, and then near complete extension.  Same protocol as before, making my isometric portion of the workout complete at maybe 10 minutes or so, tops.  And my strength musculature is maxed out!


Finally, I will do rebounding, meaning bouncing on a rebounder as I do the first Virtual Resistance portions through two more cycles, starting at the midpoint, and for the final cycle of exercises at the endpoint.  This covers every fact of training, from cardio to bodybuilding to one-shot strength- all in a modest investment of time, say 30 to 45 minutes total. 


The main point is that this is not onerous exercise, meaning something brutal, that you only want to get through to get it done- not at all!  This way of exercising is like moving meditation- kind of relaxing, despite being strenuous in a not overwhelming way.  When you are done, you don’t feel like falling down or puking; no- you feel great!  Like you’ve been scrubbed and massaged inside and out, and are maxed out in all fitness parameters, all right in your living room.  And, you’ve just seen a (hopefully) great show simultaneously!


Now, sometimes I substitute pushups instead of the rebounding, along with sit ups and hindu squats.  And sometimes I do them all- it depends on how I feel, and my available time.  Often, I will go heavy hands walking through the woods, barefoot this time of year, swinging the tiny weight (5 pounds seems ideal) for 15 minutes later in the day. 


Or, I will go into my dingy basement, and do sets of pushups on my gymnastic rings suspended from the rafters!  This also goes very easily, since the rings make pushups completely comfortable, and infinitely gradable, from legs upraised pushups to flies standing almost upright.  I will finish up with rows from the rings, along with L-sits on them, along with some pistol squats (the rings make it easy to keep your balance and not harm your knee joints since you can lean well back), and even some isometric grip and reverse curl exercises in the power rack.


And this is how I exercise today.  I wish I had known this when I was 26, but at least I do know it now!  As do you.  Workouts not only do not need to be grueling, they are actually more productive if they are briefer, and less taxing of your body’s central nervous system!  Remember- workout hard, but with knowledge and care. 


As in proper medicine so it is in exercise: above all, do not do harm.














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