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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…

THROW OUT YOUR SCALE!

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!

DUH!!

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…

THEY ARE SAID TO BE TRUE!

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…

FOREST BATHE!

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!

AND THIS TIME SPENT IN NATURE, EVEN IT IS JUST 15 MINUTES, IS MORE IMPORTANT TO MY HEALTH, BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN MY LIFE!

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…
TINY PUB!

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!
J
www.paleojay.com

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