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Monday, October 28, 2019

Be Your Own Batman on PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe podcast

I know- this sounds like an extremely unlikely focus for a paleo podcast: you know, eating and living in accordance with our genetic programming, living ancestrally in the manner (as much as possible) in which we evolved.  But bear with me…

Aside from eating ancestrally (no grains, or at least very little and properly prepared ones like with sour dough ala Weston A. Price), adequate pastured meats, eggs, and dairy along with plenty of vegetables and some fruits like berries or citrus, and sweetening with raw honey and maple syrup- we also need to live according to ancestral principals.  

Ancient, paleolithic peoples lived in tribes.  Such a grouping of people is the healthiest, most natural way for humans to not only survive, but to thrive!  We always focus on the survival, and mostly the health related bits of the paleo lifestyle.  Like, what can we do to maximize our healthiness and fitness- Perfectly Paleo Exercise, utilizing things like virtual resistance, stretching, walking and running barefoot, and living in contact with the natural world as much as possible.  I mean, my podcast and all the other paleo podcasts and written materials go into great detail about all of these things.  

But the most important thing of all to paleo people was The Grand Narrative!

This is the story, the story of the people of the tribe.  Think of important stories, like The Odyssey, and Beowulf!  Those are wonderful classical examples, but I guarantee you that each and every successful paleolithic tribe had important stories about the heroes of their own tribe that were chanted about the campfires of an evening, pointing out the rare greatness and heroism of their own people!  Such stories energized the folk to aspire to greatness, to sacrifice and to aspire to be a mighty warrior, or a beautiful woman with a loving family, or to the elder who counciled with hard-won wisdom both war strategies and planning for the future by provisioning the tribe for a harsh winter…

Without such a narrative, people are left rudderless; unable to see a purpose to their survival!  But, with a good narrative, a reason to work, and to strive- not only for oneself, or even for the good of your own immediate family- but for the good of the tribe and God himself:  this is what truly inspires an individual to greatness.  

My 4 year old grandson stayed with us for a couple of days this week.  He idolizes Batman, and I get it- Batman to him is Odysseus!  A great hero, someone with great strength and power, who works tirelessly for the overall good- someone to emulate!  I don’t think he could do much better, really.  We naturally figure such things out, if not misled, at the ripe old age of FOUR.

Think of modern, Neolithic, non paleo people.  Those who live in cities and suburbs, buying into the modern tropes and misinformation of our times:  They are not concerned with timeless values and the goals of Living Well, Being Good, Protecting Our Tribe from Evil, etc. Etc. 

No, modern ultracivilized and brainwashed people, cut off from nature, focus on what they have been Misled to Believe by the very enemies of their natural tribe:

Climate Change Bad!
Orange Man Bad!
Borders Bad!
All Food Same- Health Only From Doctors and Drugs!
Not Arrest Criminals- No Fair!!

And the worst of all: Our Tribe Bad!  Tribe Privilege!!

See the utter nonsense, the brainwashing here?  The lack of a people’s grand narrative that would, in contrast, display the utter idiocy of such fake thinking??

A Paleolithic tribal person would instantly see the insanity, the evil of such a fake narrative, obviously concocted by an enemy of the tribe.  They would remember Achilles, and Hercules, and other great men of their tribe and culture, and know that now they were needed to fight such villainy!  

And so can we, paleo people of today, see the nonsense and the evil here.  But who is the modern hero we can identify with??

Well, just like a 4 year old, we can try to be like the BATMAN!

He is just like an ancient Paleo, or early civilization hero- 

He fights for the right, when even the rulers will not.  He is strong and valiant, courageous and mighty.  He protects the downtrodden, whether oppressed by the corrupt rulers, or the criminals within society that are not being punished as they should be by the rulers!  

HE IS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE TRIBE and its right arm!!  

We don’t just build our bodily health and strength for ourselves, that would be fruitless.  We build our health and fitness for the Great Narrative- we build it to protect, regenerate, and enforce the great ideas and goals of our tribe.  Our elders, our children, and all of us together.

We build the strength and wellness of ourselves and as much as we can of our entire tribe-

And then, we do not hesitate to use it to protect us from invaders
Both from within and without.
Those that try to destroy the tenets and ideals of our tribe,
Or to commit crimes!
BOTH are anti-tribal values, and need to be stamped out.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Crucial Exercise You Ignore on PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe podcast

You should address each and every part of your body on a daily, or at least near-daily basis!  For me, each day when I arise, I go through a brief limbering session right away, in the bathroom before going downstairs- rotating all of my joints, and gradually awakening with deep breathing and simple mobility movements.  (I hesitate to call them ‘exercises’, since they are simple, easy, and enjoyable, taking a maximum of 2-3 minutes total).

Next, downstairs, I brew my coffee, feed the cats, and go into my workout area.  (The Living Room!)  I start the TV, and my workout at the same time, only pausing to sip my organic brew…  it is the very best, most satisfying part of my day!  It not only grounds me, it gradually energizes me in that early morning hour or so that I devote to both myself, my sanity, and my overall health.

You can either look up exercise at, or get my book Perfectly Paleo Exercise to understand everything that I do.  Or email me: I’ll be glad to let you know what to do- it is my mission!

But I know that, even if you follow my prescription of early morning exercise, daily, in front of your TV- you are probably ignoring some of the most important parts of your body!  Most everyone does…

Stretching!  Just crucial- lie on the floor and stretch in every way imaginable-this becomes more and more important as you age, crucial really.

Exercise your FACE, NECK, HANDS and FEET!  
This is ignored by pretty much everyone, and really- what is more important to your overall health and well-being than having a good looking, healthy FACE?  

There are all kinds of facial exercises, and the ones I do take perhaps 1 minute, two at most.  They tend to be virtual resistance types of exercise, which means that you make faces while flexing throughout the range of motion.  That is really what virtual resistance means, whether it if you arms, shoulders, legs or face- it really is the very core of paleo exercise.  NOT weight lifting!  Lifting heavy weights is a joint destroyer, and unnecessary for maximum strength anyway.

Your neck can be exercised this way, but the best way for the neck, as delicate as it is due to the vertebrae, is to use manual resistance.  Simply resist the forward movement of your head with your two hands, to the fore, and then back.  Push against the resistance of your hands hard, and keep resisting for perhaps 5 seconds or so.  Then, repeat to each side, pushing isometrically with effort- you are done!
Then, grasp your jaw, and resist the upward pull of your jaw muscles isometrically for the same 5 seconds.  Done!
Lastly, fold a towel on the floor, and do a back bend, rising up on your toes while lying flat on your back, and simultaneously lift your upper body up using your head, and coming to rest on just your forehead and toes- hold for a good minute, if you comfortably can!  This is actually a superb whole body exercise, but puts wonderful stress on the neck, while stretching your back very beneficially.

The face, neck, and jaw can be exercised fully in a small fraction of time, but the benefits are off the charts important!  Small muscles don’t need much time, for massive improvements not only to your overall function, but also to your appearance.  People focus overall far more to the appearance of your face, than to your chest or biceps!  

The hands and above all the grip are essential to overall health and functionality!  You can manually resist both the upward and downward motion of the wrists by resisting with the other hand, and also the side to side movement, ending with a strong isometric.  Using a dowel or bar, and attempting to ‘break’ it in two is another way to exercise the grip.  Grip strength is a key sign of aging…

This last is my favorite, for I suffered for years with not knowing how to address it- plantar facsiitis.  This is foot pain, which is endemic in the modern world, and which standard medical science has no clue how to address.

Your typical MD will recommend wearing orthotics to ’cushion’ the foot, and to ‘never walk barefoot’, both of which are completely and utterly wrong!  

What you want to do is to walk barefoot AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, outdoors preferably, on uneven ground.  This will strengthen the overall foot and supporting structures in the most natural, and effective way possible!

So- do this!  Walk, run, sprint, and jog around in parks or on sandy beaches, in barefoot state, or at least wearing minimal shoes without arch support, orthotics, or any other crutch that modern medical doctors and podiatrists might prescribe.  

And, for the ultimate cure for acute plantar fasciitis- exercise the dorsiflexion of your foot, rather than the flexion!!

I mention this to save you time and frustration.  When I was suffering from extreme foot pain, I followed all of the recommendations of the standard medical advice: 

Stretch downwards on a block to extend range.
Wear orthotics to cushion the trauma.

Neither does anything whatsoever to relieve the condition. NOTHING!

What does?

Using resistance to resist motion going UPWARDS- resist the toes going UP rather than DOWN.  Use the manual resistance of your hand or a stationary object, and do an isometric of your toes rising upwards, rather than the endless extending of the toes upwards!  Dorsiflexion.

This one thing will bring about near instantaneous relief from your pain of plantar fasciitis, and encourage you to follow the rest of my prescription:

Which is walking, jogging, and running around barefoot, as much as possible, as often as you can do so!  For the human foot, just as the human body overall, is strengthened and energized by being used as it was designed.  

Your foot was not meant to be encased in tubes of leather or vinyl, and cushioned with padding as you walked around in a flat floored mall or on a living room carpet- 

No. Your foot was meant to twist, flex, pronate and dorsiflex as it adapted to multiple stressors in the natural environment!  Your foot is like a complex cable bridge, able to adapt and build its very strength by twisting and turning along with changes in the environment- and without those stressors it becomes like an ancient decadent Roman emperor- it turns into a painful mound of flab!

So, treat your feet (and your overall body and mind!) like the natural, vibrant animals they are meant to be (and are!).  Let your body live in the natural world, and don’t listen to those who advise you to coddle it, and cushion it, and inject it with every drug that will supposedly protect it from the natural world!

We are creatures of nature, and the natural environment.  The further we remove ourselves from that place, the more traumatized and painful, even pointless, our lives seem to be.  Supposed ‘experts’ are decadent, and false signposts.
Listen to your own body and mind.  Eat real food, and live as much as possible in Nature.  Breathe pure air and drink pure water.  Stay away from medical advice, and live as far from government and big medicine as possible. 
And above all- IGNORE THE MEDIA!