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fail fast

In awesome advice, life lessons, must read blog posts on July 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

Fail fast: This is the biggest part of The Paleo Shift. Let’s say you messed up. Let’s say you went off the rails and were all “PALEO-NO!” It happened! Move on. Fail fast. Don’t dwell on your mistakes, shake it off. For your next meal, be Paleo. “Fall down seven times, get up eight,” is the Japanese proverb. Paleo is a lifestyle, not a crash diet. We should strive for progress, not perfection and to be compassionate with ourselves when we fall short.


a man’s guide to eating like a caveman (aka paleo)

In awesome advice, paleo, topics on July 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm


You’re eating like a cow

You’ve heard it many times in your life…in fact, you’ve heard it so many times by now it almost seems like you were born knowing it: a healthy diet is high in grains. The USDA puts it right in your face from the time you enter school: grains are not just edible and healthful in a human diet they say, but should literally be its foundation. Really? You wouldn’t think so if you were out in the wild, hungrily scanning the horizon for something to consume and spotted a patch of wheat sprouting towards the sky. Why not? Because it’s fucking grass! Some people might not have ever given this much thought, but as it turns out, humans can’t actually eat grass. Which brings up a couple of interesting questions: what exactly would a human being in a natural setting without the aid of modern industry actually be able to consume, and from that selection, couldn’t we call that set of foods the humans’ natural diet in the same way that we observe other species’ consumption and do likewise? Well, the hard work of answering those questions has already been done for us and its theory has a name: The Paleolithic Diet.

Stop eating like a cow

Simply put, our ability as a technological species to extract digestible nutrition from grass has introduced an exceptionally unnatural food source into our gullets, and that very food source is making us fat, stupid and degenerate. How is it doing all that you ask? Grains contain chemicals in them that we call anti-nutrients, a name we give them because they are just that, against nutrition. These chemicals aren’t just in the grains for the hell of it, they’re there because they don’t want us to eat them! Within the bran casing which protects the germ from being digested, the grain stores phytic acid, which blocks the absorption of many key micro-nutrients including calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium. Also contained in the grain are enzyme inhibitors, which are designed to directly stop the digestive tract from breaking down the product.

But what about Fiber?

Pound for pound and calorie for calorie, no fiber source is as rich as the foods that really ARE on the natural menu for humans: fresh fruits and vegetables. Just one large apple has about 100 calories and 5.4 grams of fiber. You would only get about 3 grams of fiber from the same calories worth of whole wheat. And veggies? A hundred calories worth of spinach would yield about 10 grams of fiber! Leave grains behind and fiber is definitely not going to be one of your problems.

What do I eat?

Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables/greens.

Don’t eat: wheat, corn, rice, potatoes, beans/legumes, peanuts and cashews (these are not nuts, they’re legumes), refined sugars (our bodies are not equipped to handle pure sugar in a refined state, an advent of the Neolithic era along with grains).

Simple, eh.


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are you getting results?

In awesome advice on July 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

Too often people simply say “i am eating right” and they don’t realize this simple fact: if you are not getting results then you are not eating right. If you are not getting results in fat loss, then no matter how good you are eating, it is not good enough for you and you are going to have to take it to the next level.

This is just the way it is. Your metabolic formula is different from everyone else and you need to stop being the dieter and start being the fat loss detective. We all need to look at ourselves and realize while we may be comfortable with our current diet practices and be convinced it is enough, it simply may not be. The point of your nutrition practices where you start seeing losses in belly fat is the point where you start seeing results NOT the place you are comfortable with.

Too often people get to a point where either consciously or unconsciously they decide “this way of eating is good enough and I am comfortable here”. Sorry, but your level of comfort has nothing to do with it. If you want change you have to make change and that change may be much more drastic then you have ever considered. It’s not fair, but it is the way it is.

Too often people are spinning their wheels trying to change up their exercise program in an attempt to get rid of the belly fat when in reality it is the diet program that needs to be manipulated, changed, and experimented with the most. This is the real way a six pack is built. Abs are indeed made in the kitchen.

what to do after eating badly

In awesome advice on July 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

“Be honest. What was the reason you ate whatever it was that has you feeling gross now? Was it in response to a stressful situation? Were you bored? Did you feel pressure to eat what everyone else was eating? Figure it out. Write it down. Understand the why.

Understanding the WHY behind your decision to eat badly is really the most important thing. If your current eating habits are leaving you feeling unfulfilled and deprived, then of course you’re going to continually rebel against whatever restrictions you’ve put on yourself.”

you need purpose

In awesome advice, life lessons on June 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

“Motivation without purpose is like lighting matches to try and keep warm. It works for a brief period of time, but in the end it becomes exhausting and futile. The point is, if you are constantly needing a motivational quote to keep you going it may not be motivation you need at all but rather purpose. A strong purpose is like a bonfire that never goes out. “Looking good” is rarely a strong enough purpose to sustain a permanent lifestyle change. Define who you want to be at your highest self. The thing that would move you to do anything. That is your purpose and when you can attach your body change goals to that, it is not a matter of if you will change, but when.” — Metabolic Effect