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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paleo Quick Tip of the Day #20- Eat God food, Eliminate Man food, and Grow your Health!

It is almost universal- someone first hears about the Paleo Diet, and the very first thing they hear is to eliminate wheat!  Although it is a wonderful step, and very beneficial, it is NOT just because this eliminates the gluten and gliadin anti-nutrients or toxins within it that degrade your intestinal wall… the main reason, in my opinion, is that it frees up all of those nutrient poor calories you have been eating in the form of bread, cereals, muffins, pancakes, fiber 1 bars, twinkles, cookies… you get the idea!  

Just this one act forces you to start eating real, God-made, nutrient DENSE foods- foods chock full of every ingredient God and nature have determined is essential to your overall health and well-being!  Not just the macro-nutrients, like adequate protein and good fats, and not just the vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A, D, C, E, K, and all the rest we are concerned with- but especially all of the nutrients that the best minds in science STILL DO NOT KNOW THAT WE REALLY NEED!!

But need them we do- they are the many “missing pieces of the puzzle” that spell out HEALTH AND WELLNESS- the phytonutrients and micronutrients that have not even been discovered yet.  All of these missing nutrient pieces of health are within real, God made food- things like green leafy vegetables, oxidant rich berries, cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, grass fed meats (especially grass fed ORGAN meats!), pastured butter and eggs, sardines and scallops!  

The MORE you eat of these real, God made foods, THE BETTER!  

This notion of eating MORE is so alien to us in modern, fake food America- we are all supposed to eat LESS, and of course to MOVE MORE, to burn off those icky calories…

I say BS- Factory farmed excrement!!

Eat all you want; in the beginning eat all you CAN of these wonderful real foods- put them in your Vitamix blender, except for the meats!, along with green tea, kefir, potato starch, pastured butter and eggs, cod liver oil, turmeric,cinnamon,and build your health, and the health of your microbiome from the inside out!
I honestly believe that this is the ultimate key to health and wellness!

Most folks read books like Wheat Belly, or The Paleo Solution, and although both of these are wonderful, informative books- they lead people to concentrate on elimination of bad foods, rather than positive embracing of wonderful, real, God made foods!!

So go you, and do… the opposite!  

Eat real foods- eat LOTS of real, nutrient-loaded REAL FOODS!  Glory in how full you are- think about all of those building blocks being available for your body to build, repair, and just plain REVEL in!

Eliminate the man-made processed junk, too!  But, the emphasis should be on incorporating the good foods, after you do that, you really won’t have the room or even the inclination to consume the BAD- you just won’t have the room.

And that is the bottom line of health, my friend- to paraphrase the great John Wesley of Methodism fame:

Eat as much God food as you can
Eliminate the Man food as much as you can
And your Health will grow as fast as it can!


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Paleo Quick Tip of the Day #19 Straight Legged Situps and Planks!

What I want you to consider is this:

The FIRST thing you do, each and every morning, is to first fixate on your breath, breathe into your diaphragm and then your chest, in bed, to gradually awaken yourself naturally and healthfully.  This is incredibly important for overall health and wellness- costal breathing is vital for maximum health!

Next, after going to the bathroom, go to your workout area- for me, this is in front of my television!  Lay down a towel if you’d like; I do, and then go through a brief warmup, rotating your neck, shoulder rolls, quarter squats, side to side twists- just methodically warm up each and every joint in your body, gently and pleasantly!
Or this??

At this point, I go into my kitchen, start the water boiling in my teakettle for both green tea and coffee, and then get my Vitamix blender canister and assemble my morning Paleo Green Smoothie- the foundation of my Health!!  I have ingredient lists on, and in my eBooks Perfectly Paleo Exercise and Paleo Quick Start, but here is the idea in a nutshell:

Pour into the canister about a cup or so of green tea… add a can of coconut milk if you have it (ideal!), if not just add in about a cup or so of frozen mixed veggies, I like the California Mix that is cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots.  Add in another cup of kale, or spinach, or whatever fresh or frozen green you have on hand, and then throw in cod liver oil, Vitamin D, kelp powder, spirulina powder, a couple of raw free range eggs, a bit of Kerry gold butter- whatever you know to be really nutrient dense and super healthy- throw it in!!  The idea is to give yourself the maximum dose of nutrition possible, in an easily drinkable and absorbable form!  The results are actually miraculous!!

Anyway, blend it up for a couple of minutes, and then make your coffee and tea- this whole process takes maybe 15 minutes max- I use an Aerobie Press coffee maker- about $20, and makes the very best coffee you will ever taste- the procedure is a little “ritual” that I enjoy…

NOW, at last, we get to the subject of this podcast!  I just want you to realize that exercise is important, but nutrition is paramount, as is deep, costal breathing for your health!  So, do those FIRST, and THEN-

Go into your workout space, turn on your favorite Netflix program (this is what I do, daily!), and prepare to enjoy yourself!  Watching Television passively, sitting on a couch or chair, is NOTHING compared to actively building your health and vitality while watching!

I always start with a sequence of Virtual Resistance exercise, which I have covered before, so lets get into the sequel: Straight legged sit-ups, and planks!

These two exercises are the very best for your core; the part of the human body that is most neglected, and the most important for the health of the interior organs, and the overall body itself!  In addition, the straight legged situp also stretches and revitalizes the spine with each repetition.

Start with the straight legged situp: curl your body up from a flat position on the floor, and try to go as low as you can trying to touch your forehead to your knees.  Repeat.  Do NOT put your feet under anything to anchor them- it is crucial that you curl up without this crutch!  If you can’t do it at first, get into the top position, and then curl down slowly to the flat position- stick with it!  This negative situp is actually the most productive and result-producing part of the exercise!

Now, it’s Plank time!  Turn on your left side, and support your body on your left elbow and left foot.  You can just hold this pose, but I like to lower my hips to the floor, and then raise them, for reps- this speeds up the effect!

Next, just turn onto your right side, and do the same thing…

Situp time again!  And then planks again…

The thing is; while you are watching a compelling program on TV at the same time, doing the exercises is not onerous at all- it is enjoyable and productive!  I like to think that I am earning the right to be entertained!

And so, with this mindset, you can start your day with not only the best base of nutrition you could possible have, with your Vitamix-powered Paleo Green Smoothie- you are also completely energized with oxygenated blood, and muscles stimulated to make the best possible use of that maximum nutrient density!  A WIN WIN!!

Go on out and rule the day!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

PaleoJay’s Smoothie Cafe #77- Be a Physical Culturist! Forget Crossfit, Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, and Olympic lifting!!

PaleoJay’s Smoothie Cafe #77- Be a Physical Culturist!
Asian Squat!

Back around 100 years ago and more, to be interested in health and strength and physique and just the ability to do physical things was called “physical culture”.  And so it remained for many, many years- and the bottom line was always, since the ancient Greeks, the cultivation of health in it’s most extreme form!  Since the late 1960’s, this ancient ideal has been… degraded and split to the point of extremes.  Today’s world has as it’s latest fad Crossfit.

The idea was to reverse the split of physical culture into powerlifting, bodybuilding, and Olympic lifting and go back to ultimate fitness; I.e. What sounds like… physical culture!

But it surely has NOT turned out that way!

For one, there is FAR too much emphasis on the use of weights- not machines, but still WEIGHTS in a huge way!  Crossfit has turned into a huge competition- lift more, lift heavier, lift faster- with no end ever in sight!  And have fun doing it!!

This way lies madness…  it is a sure prescription for injury, overtraining and illness, and, again, extreme injury!  It’s expensive, cult-like, and seems to be elitist as well.  I say- JUST DO IT YOURSELF!   Do Perfectly Paleo Exercise- bodyweight exercise, self-resisted, ON YOU OWN, and especially Virtually Resisted Exercises ala Bruce Lee, where the BODY ITSELF generates its own resistance, cat-like, within the muscle itself.  You compete against YOURSELF only, and enjoy the
movements, like a cat stretching on a ledge in a mantra of cat stretches and virtual cat strength movements… then, you rest and socialize with your cat-tribe, eat paleo types of foods for HUMANS that replicate the foods of our ancestors, like grass fed meats and lots of veggies, and then sleep a LOT- this way lies sanity and health and a very high level of fitness that lasts a LIFETIME, not just through the next competition and then you are injured and sick and drained, and your extreme level of fitness is… gone, and you give up, and become fat and sick…
Like the founder of Crossfit himself:
Charles Glassman- founder of Crossfit!!

I don’t mean to point fingers, but you can tell a LOT about someone who “walks the walk” and someone who obviously is all TALK.

And then, there is bodybuilding, the once noble provide of physical culture through the mid 1960’s, when heroic figures like Steve Reeves, and Frank Zane walked the earth:

Steve Reeves
Frank Zane

Actually, Frank Zane STILL walks the earth!
In his 70's!

Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting?  These have been co-opted into the Cross Fit universe, and perverted still more into “speed challenges”- really, both, but especially O-lifting are extreme ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN!

Olympic Lifting
Just the load on the spine of a heavy barbell makes me wince, knowing what that is doing to the discs in your spine, even without the trauma of the moving weights making it WORSE.

Really, in words from one who has done all of this, in my younger years- at least the powerlifting, and the bodybuilding, don’t do it!  The O-lifting is almost NEVER done, anyway, by anyone over the age of 50- it seems EVERYONE has too much common sense for that, even former O-lifters!

Olympic lifting!
So, even though your local Crossfit Fad Box recommends you “take it up”… DON’T!

Don’t run long distances!  Don’t Lift Heavy Weights!  Don’t Bench Press, Back Squat, or Deadlift!  If you want to be lean, fit and healthy for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, it is simple, needs little or no equipment, and will not take hours per day, and you never need to leave home!!  REALLY!!

Again: do Perfectly Paleo Exercise, as described in my eBook of the same name.  Check out and do the virtual exercises as shown there- very self explanatory! You provide the resistance within your own muscles, just like an animal would!
Perfect Pushup devices!
Do pushups, straight-legged sit-ups, hindu or just plain air-squats in high reps, sprint for brief “wind sprints” of 50 yards or so in sets of maybe 5-8 for ONE time per week, add in some self-resisted exercise: limb against limb training with one arm resisting against the other for curls, presses, extensions for the shoulders…


You don’t need other people, or coaches to do any of this- people have been doing them with great results for thousands of years!!  You can add in small improvements like kettle bells for the swing exercise which is vastly better for you than the deadlift- and the perfect pushup device, that ensures perfect form and also protects your hands, wrist and elbows from trauma during the pushup, but the bottom line is some simple knowledge and experience, along with your own body and the information you need to properly exercise and nourish it.

Nothing more!
The Asian Squat!

90% of the battle of health and physical culture is really DIET, and lifestyle!  Really.

Eat a Paleo type of diet, of which I speak of here, bi-weekly, and at constantly, and on the every Wednesday.  That is most of the equation!

The Exercise part is not expensive, or at least it SHOULDN’T BE!

There are lots of Crossfit marketers, Bodybuilding marketers, and Powerlifting and  even Olympic lifting proselytizers out there- but, the truth is, you don’t really need or want any of it!

If you are just a normal real person who wants to be slim, fit, strong and healthy; and I mean REALLY  strong fit and healthy as in the upper 1% for your age group-
Bruce Lee DOING Virtual Resistance Exercise!!  ALL YOU NEED!!  Man or woman!

Perfectly Paleo Exercise is ALL YOU NEED!  Not only that, but you will be so much better off by getting away from all that negative, nonsense, cultish CRAP!!

Strong words, but I believe they need to be said!  This is a crazy age, where even regular medicine has gotten “off the rails”, and DRUGS seem to be everyone’s answer to everything.

Prescription drugs and surgery are the M.D.’S answer to everything…

Steroid and other drugs, along with endless overtraining are the Physical Trainer’s answer to everything…

My answer to everything?

Be a Physical Culturist.  Do it all yourself, at home.  Eat right, eat Paleo!  Sleep a lot, at least 8 hours per night.  Have a “tribe” you connect with- at home, at church, in your neighborhood.
Raise animals, vegetables, and pets!  Work physically, challenge yourself mentally, and play when you can with your tribe and pets!  Get lots of sun, and drink a Paleo Green Smoothie EVERY DAY!!!

PaleoJay with his homemade Kettlebell
That’s it, my friend!  That way lies happiness, extreme lifelong fitness, mental equilibrium, and total wellness.  Easy-Peasy!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Paleo Quick Tip of the Day #18 FINALLY Give up Smoking!

Paleo Quick Tip of the Day #18 Finally GIVE UP SMOKING!!

I know- this doesn’t seem like a Paleo Quick Tip of the Day at all- I mean, we have been working on transitioning into the Paleo or ancestral way of life for 18 weeks now, and have literally, if following the suggestions here faithfully transformed our health and appearance dramatically for the better!   So why am I talking about smoking?

Well, early on in PQTD, I said to not even worry about giving up smoking, because it was so much more important to first give up grains.  This is correct: the damage done by grains, causing damage to your intestine resulting in a permeable intestine, or leaky gut is far worse for your health even than smoking!  And, including the loss of insulin sensitivity and the decreasing of communication between your insulin levels and lectin communication with your brain about your fat stores- the difference between giving up smoking, and giving up grains AND sugars if monumental.

Cigarettes will take 40 years or so to kill you; grains and sugars can do it much, much faster- and make you look and feel much, much worse as well!

So, that is why I put the stress first on giving up the grains and sugars, and only NOW turn to eliminating the lesser toxin of smoking!

Also, this last, contrary to popular belief, is incredibly easy nowadays.

You just substitute “vaping”, or an e-Cigarette device for your cigarettes!

Jerry Mathers or the Beaver!
Really, it is just that easy!  You can just get an advanced, refillable vaping device, like the Vapor Zeus by www., and some e-Juice from either them, or from what I think is the best (I have researched all of this. at great length) e-juice provider-

I will put more information up about all of this on a later post at, since that is a more appropriate forum for a more in depth article about not only vaping in general, and why it is an effortless and very effective substitute for smoking that not only eliminates most of the harm of cigarettes, but also is even more enjoyable for many, much cheaper and socially acceptable, and actually is a safe, appealing method to introduce measured amounts of nicotine… and nicotine actually has some wonderful HEALTH BENEFITS- it is the particulates from burning tobacco, and even more-so the many, many chemical additions from cigarette manufacturers that are really harmful!!

Lou Diamond Phillips
And so, get on board with gaping if you are a smoker!  Start right now- get a device, get some e-juice, and substitute!  Don’t get a cheap disposable e-cigarette if you really want to substitute this for the smoking habit- those are manufactured largely by the cigarette manufacturers who don’t really want you to quit!  Take control yourself- get a device, recharge it when needed, and cape away- add juice when needed-


And if you want, you can easily taper the nicotine levels down to nothing, and STILL enjoy vaping.. on flavored water vapor!!  But, you may not even want to go that low, since there are some benefits to nicotine- but, more on that later!  For now, just enjoy being a vaper, and an ex-smoker!!


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel asks "What is gluten?"

This is quite a humorous clip about how the avoidance of gluten has become a fad...

Since we all know the answer, I thought you might find this amusing- I did!


And here is a basic run through on what it really is!

This interview on Fox is a good summation:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Paleo Quick Tip of the Day #17 Throw out your Scale, and then Go Forest Bathing!

The  first thing I’d like you to do today, after listening to this podcast is to…


Forest Bathing!
The ridiculous notion of measuring how much gravity we displace, on any given day, is just that- ridiculous!  It shows NOTHING!

Like our BMI- there is nothing about how much muscle to fat ratio there is; it is just how much weight we displace on this earth… signifying ….
NOTHING!  Modern medicine, and modern life in general thrives on measuring, and quantifying numbers.  Unfortunately, most of these numbers don’t mean anything, but they are looked at very gravely, and the practitioner folds his or her hands and says:  “Oh- very interesting!”

One of the most worthless indicators of your health is… YOUR BODY WEIGHT!

There, I’ve said it!  If your goal is to be “as thin as possible”, you are very, very confused, and brainwashed by the media and the medical establishment…

What you REALLY want is to be as healthy as possible!


Really, how did we ever get away from this vital, common sense, obvious conclusion??

Well, my theory is that we have fallen for fake “Scientism”, rather than true SCIENCE, as was advocated by the ancient Greeks.  Scientism is what has predominated for the past 50 years or so, and it is fake, 1830’s or so era “science”, that leans on common knowledge, and repeats it, without question, and without following the real scientific method, which assumes you need to TEST the theory, rather than just ASSUME it is true!

In REAL SCIENCE, we would TEST the idea that body weight has any relation to overall health… but, in our current, medically sanctioned  view, it is a GIVEN, just like the notion that FAT IS BAD.

These are medieval notions, in both cases- They are only true, because…


Throw away your scale, and concentrate on how you FEEL, your overall HEALTH, and photos of your physique for an unbiased view of yourself!

The more muscle you build, through Perfectly Paleo Exericize, utilizing body weight and virtual and self resisted exercise- the BETTER!

And, the more WEIGHT you gain from this, the BETTER!

Muscle is metabolic currency- it will keep you healthy better than any other asset you could gain.

And so, my friends, throw out your scale?  As Robb Wolf says famously:
“Give it to your worst enemy!”

Let THEM suffer.

And after you’ve done that, go out and…


Never heard of that?

As I understand, it is a BIG trend in Japan.  And, as I know, it is a  HUGE trend in rural Wisconsin- particularly in the PaleoJay community!!

Probably one of my favorite things in LIFE is “forest bathing” in my backyard!   I have several acres here in Southwestern Wisconsin, and what I LOVE to do is just… (you guessed it)- FOREST BATHE!

What does this even mean?

It means I just relish nature- I go out, and walk around on my property, enjoying the birdsong; the pollen in the air, the oxygenation all around me, the trees, and the grounding of my bare feet with the earth!


Sorry for the Capital letters in the show notes, but I feel really strongly about this.

I have gone so far, that I have even built a small structure, a TINY PUB, that resides way back in my woodlands…

It’s a retreat, a hide-away, and even a JUKE JOINT, given my musical leanings- and, above all, it is a BLAST!

This evening, I spent several hours down there, playing guitar, then reading, and finally just gazing out the opened doors of the PUB as we call it, since it is Irish-themed.. With my faithful CAT by my side!

This evening did more for my overall health than a TON of lab work could possibly have done!  I FEEL WONDERFUL!!

Go thou, and do likewise!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe Podcast #76 Save your Health and Save your Wealth!

Work hard, save your money, and then relax in retirement… that is the modern mantra, by and large.  Unfortunately, what happens nowadays is this- work hard, sacrifice, accumulate wealth by ignoring and ultimately losing your health- then, spend the rest of your miserable life spending that wealth on medical procedures trying to regain your health!

Approximately 20% of the US gross domestic product is not spent on health care!  This is ridiculous as it is, and the percentage continues to grow larger.  It’s quite possible to spend next to NOTHING on our health care procedures, and be vibrantly healthy.

How?  Become a Physical Culturist, not a bodybuilder, and make your goal to maximize your health in a natural manner.  This means living like a healthy animal- ancestral, Paleo type of exercise, pure God made foods like grass fed animals, pastured butter, free range eggs, and lots and LOTS of veggies along with some fruit…

Add in plenty of sunshine, fresh air, and natural bodyweight, self-resisted, and especially virtual resistance exercise (much of this is detailed in my eBook Perfectly Paleo Exercise), and you are guaranteed a healthy, happy life, free of medical procedures and drug prescriptions loaded with negative side effects.

Take some of that money you save on painful, expensive surgery and drugs to buy yourself a Vitamix- probably the best possible thing you can get to dramatically improve your overall health and fitness!  A Vitamix blender is actually a chewing machine-
Lots of us are not that enamored of eating lots and lots of vegetables... understandable!

But, just add them to the Vitamix canister, along with some natural berries and other fruits, coconut milk, and- well, the complete recipe is on my site, under the link
paleo smoothie recipe

  Way more detail in my 1st eBook, Paleo Quick Start, but you can just take the recipe and go!  And variations are not only acceptable, but encouraged.  More veggies- more variety- more health!  Your garden (or your Farmer's Market!) is your  Palette- draw from it- add to your health.

I know from experience that most folks resist buying a Vitamix:

Too expensive
Too big of a change of lifestyle (versus pouring cereal and milk into a bowl...)
Seems "weird"- putting veggies and "strange" liquids (kefir, raw eggs, pastured butter, coconut milk, green tea) into a blender....
Trust me, have you priced a diagnosis of cancer or diabetes lately?

WAY more than a Vitamix.  I have a link at that you can click on to order one, and you get free shipping!  I feel strongly about the Vitamix brand, and know that it is the best brand out there.  I only recommend what a firmly believe in, and know to be very effective.

If things in our health care system made sense, then our health insurance would cover a Vitamix, cod liver oil, perfect pushup devices, pull-up bars, and such like...

but our health care system makes no sense whatsoever, which is why it (and we) are going broke!

But you don't have to go down this self-destructive path-

Take the conservative approach- don't rely on Government!  Provide for your own health!

Eat good, real, natural, God-made foods!
Do natural, non-machine, real body exercise!!
Have good personal connections- a "Tribe" or "Family" with which you connect...

Do all of the above, and you will be a healthy, happy, spiritually fulfilled, and FIT cave person!
An old video, but you'll get the idea...