What gets you up in the morning?

Musings of an over-caffeinated but relatively evolved former primate.

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In his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari argues of mankind’s unique and overwhelming desire to make the world his. Homo Sapiens have evolved over millennia not just to subsist and pass their genes to the next generation, but to thrive in ways unseen before in history. Through a number of technical and cultural revolutions, we have developed the ability to understand our position in life, and with such advances has come a much greater capacity for understanding our place in the world.

EvolutionThere are an estimated 8.3 million species on planet earth, yet only one – humans – divide themselves into such complex social strata, practice religion, engage in global war, and have the ability not just to use resources to turn into tools, but to tinker with and improve them over time. These “simple” ideas of what it means to be human are actually incredibly complex.

Oftentimes (read: almost 100% the time), we take these advances for granted.

It’s a miracle that you’re here – the odds of you being the sperm that made it to fertilize the egg were about 1 in 50,000,000 (exact numbers vary greatly, but suffice it to say that the odds were NOT in your favor).

It’s a miracle that you can read what I’m writing – we’re the only species that has developed written language that follows universal rules.

It’s a miracle that you can [hopefully] understand me – the ability to interpret complex reasoning and draw conclusions based on intangible concepts such as time, space and probability is unique to us.

If we were to venture back to the beginning of the universe and hit the restart button, the chances of us ending up exactly where we are isn’t even on the spectrum.

Feel small yet?

Spirit-of-the-child

What is your purpose?

While many of us accept that death is a part of the circle of life, it is hopefully fair to assume that the majority of us do not want to die; and certainly not suddenly. We have things we want to get done, or perhaps we aspire to gain some measure of public respect or prestige, maybe even make Forbes list of billionaires..

My question is: What is on your list?

In today’s world, we so often get caught up in the act of ‘battening down the hatches’ and putting in the work today so that we can reap some arbitrary reward or promise for ‘a better tomorrow’. There’s nothing wrong with that. But how often do we get so caught up in settling for the stagnant doldrums and banalities of today for unpromised dreams and visions of tomorrow?

To be clear, I’m not in any way arguing that we should abandon our vision of the future or blow our savings on the vacation of a lifetime – but I am suggesting that we take up a different long view:

Is your vision of your future going to be worth what you put yourself through today? Is sacrificing your youth that remains going to be worth that vision? Could you make a change to make today better, more comfortable, more fun, more worthwhile? I think there’s a nearly ironclad argument to be made for worrying about making 2017 worth remembering before being so intently laser focused on 2025 and beyond.

GazeBy being human, you were born blessed with astounding capacity to think, feel, create, and experience. Don’t blow this one, singular fleeting opportunity you have to make it worthwhile by falling victim to the mundane nuances of day to day life.

Where are you going to be, not in 2025, but tomorrow?

I know that personally, I’m going to resolve to live every day with the intent to make my family and friends proud of the man they helped create. The exact path that follows doesn’t need to be crystal clear – I just need to allow my actions to be guided by my vision and my values, and to let the rest of the chips will fall where they may.

If you’re too busy looking for tomorrow, you’re almost certain to miss today.

Who Run the World? Girls.

Days 9-20 at Lugacraft, Uganda. Gearing up, setting expectations, and getting ready to work!

Farming, bowl-making, teaching and being [easily] outworked by a group of women who can literally do it all.

First, I must apologize for the cliffhanger at the end of my last post about Life in Uganda, and the radio silence which followed. I must admit that it became difficult to maintain my 30,000 foot view of what I was doing and how exactly to share it, and I decided to hold off on posting until I got time to experience it all and take account of what happened. I continued to document my journey in photographs and by writing in my journal – which to be honest I don’t really need. Most conversations, interactions and experiences are firmly imprinted in my memory, and in such vivid color and detail that I don’t think I will ever have trouble recalling them.

Alas, I’ve had this recurring image in my head of my mother yelling “what happens next?!” at her screen for the past 20 or so days; a grievance which I hope to amend in the coming paragraphs.

This post is about day to day activities working with Lugacraft Uganda.

Lugacraft Uganda is an organization that seeks to facilitate access to a better life for disadvantaged women and youth by means of teaching life-changing skills*. Run by Robert Dibya and his wife Vivian, it’s been changing the lives of scores of families in the villages around Lugazi, Uganda since 2010.

08:30h

It’s both a blessing and a curse to wake up without an alarm every morning. The blessing is obvious: you awake when your body feels sufficiently rested. It’s natural. The curse side of the coin, however, is a little more obscure: I personally find that a lack of necessity to “get up and go” with a full schedule of things to do and places to be puts me in limbo of wanting to lay around and rest ‘just a little longer’ – and wanting to get up and be productive. After all, I’m here to share culture and help spread ideas, aren’t I?

Breakfast each day consists of either bread or cassava ‘chips’ (fried) and tea. Elsewhere, I’ve commented on the simplicity of the diet compared to what I call my “Western” standards, which includes a variety of foodstuffs; ranges of colors and plentiful vitamins and minerals, should we hold it in high enough priority to eat them.

DSC_0652[1]After letting our food settle and begin the daily process of forced hydration (you do NOT want to let yourself get dehydrated!), we discuss the plan for the day and contact our boda boda driver Derrick. Each day, our first stop is Buyenje (boo-yen-gee), a small subsistence farming village of perhaps a few hundred residents. As the crow flies, we may be just a few hundred meters to a kilometer away, but the peak of a mountain more than 4,000 feet obstructs our path. Thus, we endeavor on a 20 minute ride full of jostles through Martian-colored dust across terrain that would be most suitable for ATVs. We arrive; and we wait.

A Note on Culture

Time slows down in Africa. Routines are always subject to change. If a member of a village passes away (which, I’m sad to report, happened twice in just two weeks), the village abstains from field work for the day to honor their passing. You need to be fluid and adaptable and not have Western expectations of being constantly busy with a full schedule. You do the work that needs to be done in the order of it’s importance: in this case, securing food for your family, cooking, and making sure clothes and living conditions remain clean. Then and only then do find ways to make money.

This is a major culture shock to someone who typically doesn’t have to worry about where today’s meals are coming from (if you’re reading this, you’re in this category). I had assumed that since we were there to “teach life changing skills” that we’d get right to it, but I was wrong in at least this assumption.

First: we farm.

10:00h-11:00h

I’m no stranger to manual labor or the concept of working hard. I’m used to the challenge of pushing myself towards physical limits. I’ve worked with my hands. They can take a beating. I throw my hoe over my shoulder (“African way!” as Robert says) and we walk to the field. I was made for this. I’m ready.

image510:07 rolls around and I’m ready to quit. Holy sh*t this is impossible! My back is sore from bending over. My hands are getting raw from the non-ergonomic wooden handle (in a few days I would buy gloves to protect my pampered hands). Dirt is flying everywhere, including into my gum boots (I should note that all the women are barefoot, which I can’t even fathom). I wipe the sweat from my brow and look to my right and my left and these women all have ear to ear smiles as they hack away at the undergrowth; clearing it faster than you can imagine with efficient but powerful swings that would make Paul Bunyan jealous. For the majority of the first few minutes they’re having the time of their lives watching Americans do manual labor (they’re convinced that machines do all our work for us), but after this initial cacophony of jokes at my expense, we all share a final “ha-ha,” and we get down to it.

In the West, there’s a certain element of pride involved when you do something alone. We hold the concept of being independent and able to make it on your own in very high regard. That doesn’t work here. To be sure, there are plenty of people who are happier working alone, but the far more successful groups, the women from Lugacraft included, have learned to work together. Each individual brings certain talents to the group, and the summation of their abilities and ideas and are far greater than the sum of the parts alone.

11:00h-12:00h

image2After admiring what an hour of teamwork and a little bit (read: buckets) of sweat can accomplish, we return to our initial meeting point and help the women start preparing the next meal. I’ve previously written about the consistency of the diet, and about how it’s structured more on caloric density than nutrient density, and here is no different. Most days, this consists of peeling mountains of harvested cassava, peeling potatoes, stripping banana leaves that are used for steaming, and so on.

Cleanliness

Everything is done right out in the open. There’s no counterspace. No cutting board. “Rinsing” consists of vigorously shaking whatever we’ve just peeled in water that’s ‘too alive’ to drink. When we’re done with it, it’s the color of the red earth. It’s gross. This is why all food must be cooked – to kill all the bacteria that’s left. Sanitation is, to be honest, for those who can afford it. This is just the way things are done out of necessity.

Taking this into consideration, you can start to see how basic education on hand-washing and disease prevention can go a long way. Keeping hands, tools and working areas clean and minimizing the risk of airborne bacteria can have a long and lasting effect on the health of these villages. This is where we come in.

12:30h-14:00h

DSC_0586[1]On to Kiteza (chee-tay-zuh). Once again, a few hundred meters as the crow flies takes a lot longer when you’re descending into green valleys ripe with trellises of passionfruit and climbing back up the other side, trying not to walk under a gigantic ripe jackfruit for fear of it falling on your head. It’s a beautiful walk, but boy is it tough!

image4The women of Kiteza are every bit as remarkable as those of Buyenje, and artistically savvy to boot. In addition to serving as the rock that keeps their families steady, they’ve taken up bowl-making. By binding together long strands of dried banana stalks with recycled material from canvas bags, you’re left with a sturdy, beautiful hand-crafted bowl. Don’t mistake this craft project as an easy one though, for it can take up to 4 days to complete a single pattern (as mentioned, food and family come first, and this can monopolize your time when you’re the one doing it all [by hand!] for a family of 5 or more).

Get Involved

I returned carrying 42 bowls in my luggage, and I’m selling them stateside ($30 each) and sending the money back to the women of Kiteza. See below for 2 examples. These individuals live on around $1 per person, per day, so selling a single bowl in the US market literally means the world to all of us, them in particular.

I’ve created a PayPal account on behalf of Lugacraft – and whether you’d just like to donate to their cause or purchase a bowl, clicking here is the way to do it (type in LugacraftUG@gmail.com as your payment address). 100% of the money goes directly to these women to reward their hard work; and I’d certainly be eternally grateful for the support!

While sitting together and weaving (and trying like the devil not to mess up their beautiful work), we engage in a discussion each day on a variety of topics, including family planning, basic savings (when you visit Uganda one day and the villages are talking about “the Mzungu that taught us about the ‘Piggy Bank’,” that’s me!), and simple business practices.

Where are the men?

This is a question I still don’t really have a great answer to. My best understanding is that men are expected to go out and earn while women are expected to do the housework and cooking. The following is strictly my observation, which admittedly may be biased and also possibly incorrect based on a very small sample size, but this manifests itself as women toiling from sun up to sun down. The men? They wait for work. They congregate in groups of 10 or 15 boda bodas and sit idly until someone needs a ride. They play dice in large groups. They’re all over town – and by my observation, not sharing the work load equally. To be semi-fair to these men, the doors of opportunity aren’t wide open, but the discrepancy in workload and expectations is very real.

This is why the aim of Lugacraft Uganda is to empower women. If we can improve their lives and living conditions, and at the same time ease their burden and provide an education on keeping their families healthy and thriving, and give lessons on how the world does business, it can only create a positive snowball effect that will result in lives improving across the board. It’s something I was proud to be a part of – and something I’ll continue to be an advocate for.

Who run the world? Don’t act like you don’t know..

14:30h-22:00h

As far as “work” is concerned, our days are relatively short. By 2:30pm we’re finished and on our way back to Lugazi via boda. When we arrive Vivian is already preparing lunch, which generally consists of plantain or rice with eggplant and some avocado. As the days passed, Vivian learned of our love of fruit and began cutting up some pineapple to serve as dessert.

How often do you eat?

Robert and Vivian are blown away to learn that our Western diets often recommend eating smaller meals and more often. The traditional “African way” (as Robert loves to call it – which I’ve also adopted) is to eat one major meal per day, and to eat as much as possible. The portions are always mind-boggling. Robert is much smaller than I, and yet I can’t believe how fast and how much he can eat!

The remainder of the day is free for us to use as we please, and often consists of a trip to town to either explore or retrieve more water. A few times I brought my camera out and had some fun taking pictures with the kids in this section of the village.

image1 (1)One day, Vivian brought us to watch a group of children perform a traditional Ugandan dance – a group which Lugacraft is helping train to perform at events and also provide catering, setup and breakdown. Throughout the performance I found myself questioning how they can possibly get their little bodies to move so well, and lo and behold the next thing I knew they were trying to teach me!

Of course, they (I) failed miserably. To add insult to injury, we (they) decide to have a dance-off. If you haven’t seen the video, which I’ve tenderly entitled “White Guy at a Wedding,” you can see it here.

Dinner is usually served late by Western standards (around 10:00pm), but in an effort to have “American dinner,” Robert and Vivian moved it up closer to 8:00pm. While eating our posho (corn flour mixed with boiling water into a mashed potato consistency) and beans, we got into the routine of watching NatGeo together, ogling at the strange fish, or rooting together for the lions to defeat the hyenas in the battle for safari supremacy. It was a simple life, but I enjoyed every second of it.

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The Calcium Myth

Milk does the body good, right?

The infamous “Got Milk?” campaign reads like a who’s who of famous athletes and celebrities known the world over. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find an A-lister who hasn’t posed donning the famous milk mustache. As an accompaniment to their fierce looks, strong physique and milky mug, powerfully worded quips such as “Want strong kids?” or evidence speaking to the many benefits of milk are always found nearby.

Milk contains calcium. Calcium builds strong bones. What is there to argue?

Plenty.

Dairy Fractures
A Fitted Line Plot showing the correlation between Hip Fracture rates per 100000 and Dairy Consumption, using data from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Oceania.

The idea that drinking milk, or simply getting adequate calcium in your diet, somehow yields strong bones or a decreased risk of degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis, is simply not the case. The plot above (source: Nature.com) shows the correlation between calcium consumption of over 40 world nations, and the incidence of hip fractures in each country.

The data is clear as day: more calcium in the diet does absolutely nothing to deter fractures or osteoporosis, as advertised. It even appears to have the opposite of the desired affect.

strong-bonesWhat then, if anything, makes strong bones?

There is a principle in kinesiology known as Wolff’s Law, stating that a bone will grow and adapt, over time, to the stresses under which it is placed. In Layman’s terms, excess mechanical stress builds strong bones, and not the consumption of some purportedly miracle nutrient.

This means that to build bone density and ward off degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis or age-related fractures, we need to subject our bones to resistance training on at least a semi-regular basis.

Add that to the growing list of reasons to exercise.

Why else we should re-think milk and dairy consumption.

As a human, ingesting dairy doesn’t make sense. I defer to Michael Klaper, MD, to explain further:
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Type I_Milk

Cow’s milk is just one of a host of animal products that show an alarmingly linear relationship with diseases of affluence. These diseases include: Type I diabetes, hypertension and other diseases of the heart, and cancers of almost every variety. Chart 9.3 indicates the relationship between cow’s milk consumption and Type I diabetes in wealthy countries. While in science it is important to remember that correlation does not directly prove causation, the overwhelming picture drawn by the data, in my view, is becoming harder to ignore.

Where do we go from here?

Allow me to be clear, I am not suggesting that we all give up dairy tomorrow. To be sure, its a product that’s been ingrained in our culture for hundreds of years, and is an ingredient in thousands of products we love. The cold turkey approach just doesn’t work.

However, this shouldn’t stop anyone from making decisions in their own life that are guided by the very best information that evidence-based research has to offer. I’ve previously written a guide on adopting more plant-based options into the diet, which you can read here.

As per usual, what you do with this information is up to you!

The Only ‘Diet’ Nobody Is Selling – Part II

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

And what does it have to do with Newton’s Cradle?

Welcome back – if you haven’t checked out Part I (it’s important!), do that right now then come right back!

Cradle

If you’re unfamiliar, Newton’s Cradle is a very simple device that demonstrates the principle of conservation of energy.

So what does this have to do with anything?

Glad you asked – we all have a finite amount of room in our lives. Every time you make any positive choice for yourself – whether its something physical like taking a class or a dietary choice like snacking on an apple – a potential bad choice (or a choice that simply isn’t as good) is removed from the equation.

But make no mistake, this phenomenon works in both directions. Every time you opt for that second beer or for the nachos, you’re pushing something good off the other end..

Can I live?

Of course! You didn’t let me finish. I’m the last person to stand on a high horse and bark out orders as if I’m always perfect. The key is simply to start making the good choice more often, and to slow (with the goal of ending) the excuses. The more good you feed into your life (more on this momentarily), the more bad you weed out. Our actions become our habits, and these habits – good or bad – become who we are.

How do you judge Good vs Bad?

One simple concept. Nutrient Density.

# of NutrientsNutrient Density is, quite literally, how densely packed a food is with nutrients relative to its caloric content. Take something like a bowl of carrots. Carrots are packed with nutrients like Vitamin A, carotene, fiber, etc – and have very few calories.. we would call carrots a very nutrient dense food.

As an extreme counter example, compare that to a Big Mac. Not totally deficient of nutrients, a Big Mac has a decent amount of iron, vitamin B-12 and potassium.. but (and that’s a big but..) it also packs 540 calories. We would obviously call this a food with very low nutrient density. It shouldn’t be all too surprising that we should avoid these types of foods.

Admittedly, not all foods are so cut and dry, and a lot of times we’re told what to eat and how to purchase by very well-funded (and defended) marketing firms who appeal to our emotions. Buzz words like “gluten free,” “low fat,” and “heart healthy” have taken over the shelves, and cartons picturing happy and healthy families or cows roaming freely in beautiful pastures dominate the labeling scene.

But, much like you are trained (and thus highly skilled) in your profession, the experts from whom I have learned and I are highly skilled in ours. We spend our time poring through research and figuring out the healthiest ways to live so that we can share it with you. With a little effort and guided education, you can make the necessary adjustments for yourself.

InterventionBefore we begin, the difficult [but necessary] truth:

Health isn’t easy. In fact, its the reason I’m able to support myself by working full time in the industry.. If it was, everyone would be running around with 6-packs and resting heart rates in the 40s, and I’d be employed elsewhere.

We’ve reached the point where I need to share with you, that if you don’t make the decision to take charge of your own situation, it will never improve. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can have the best team of doctors in the world – but all they can do is prescribe you medication and perform your bypass surgery before it’s too late.

Please understand that I don’t say this to be rude or dismissive towards the challenges many people undoubtedly face, of which there are many. We simply need to acknowledge the elephant in the room that it is not enough to simply show up and expect the rest to fall into place.

The Nutrient Density Chart

Density Fuhrman

These numbers, while seemingly arbitrary, place foods on a spectrum of 1,000 all the way down to 1. This quantification is known as a food’s ANDI score, popularized by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. At the top left of the list you’ll find foods we all know and appreciate to be amongst the healthiest available, and as you first move down and then to the right, you’ll find foods that are less nutrient dense.

For our purposes, the formula couldn’t possibly be any simpler. Choose more foods with higher nutrient density, and more often. Much like Newton’s Cradle, by simply inputting more smart options, you have less room for the bad. Don’t argue with physics.

While there is room for debate on exactly what constitutes a necessary nutrient and its overall value in the diet, the fact remains: to live better, you must give your body as broad a spectrum of plant-based nutrients as you can. The rest will work itself out.

The Good:

LeafySome choices like kale and broccoli are obvious, but others may be more difficult.. Where do grains like brown rice fall, for example? How about lean proteins like fish? Aren’t these staple health foods?

Stick to the formula. Do the investigative work. The beauty of this knowledge is that once you know it – you know it. As an example, I know that when I have the option of brown rice versus quinoa or lentils, I should choose the latter as often as possible.

Yes, it’s one little decision, made one time. But these decisions add up. $1 in your IRA today is worth $2 tomorrow – but that’s exactly the point: you have to do it, and you have to start today.

As a simple and general rule of thumb, the hierarchy is as such:

  1. Leafy greens. Kale, collards, romaine, cilantro.
  2. Cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts.
  3. Colorful vegetables. Carrots, cabbage, peppers, eggplant.
  4. Fruits. Apples, papaya, oranges, lemon.
  5. Whole grains. Lentils, quinoa, wild rice, brown rice.
  6. Nuts/seeds. Chia, flax, almonds, walnuts.

The Bad:

Meat DairyOdds are you already know what’s coming – but luckily these points are simply for your review. Again, some choices are obvious such as soda or candy, but what about things like milk, honey or granola? Stick to the formula!

For a rule of thumb, products you should shy away from when possible (listed from abysmal to just not-so-great):

  1. Soda. Zero nutritional value.
  2. Cheeses. Concentrated fat that packs calories with few nutrients.
  3. Other dairy such as yogurt/milk. Even when low fat.
  4. Red meat. Very high in cholesterol and saturated fat.
  5. White potato/white rice. Very few nutrients.
  6. Lean protein such as chicken/fish. Contain less fat compared to red meat but are generally still devoid of any worthwhile nutrients.

An [Ugly] Truth:

The debate is over: animal products are not good for you. This is no longer an argument. The evidence is overwhelming, If you rebuke those who deny climate change even as they hold mounds of  their version of “scientific evidence,” The only people still trying to sell you on the idea of animal products, are those who are literally selling you animal products. To embrace one and not the other would be hypocritical! You must hold all sciences to the same standard – even those you wish told a different story.
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In Closing:

I share this information not with the goal of turning everyone into a vegan, but to at the least get everyone on board with the idea of making better choices and exactly how you can quantify them. In these last two posts (Part I here), a few ideas should have been made abundantly clear:

Healthcare CartoonWhat we have:

  • Healthcare, and the state of healthcare in the United States, is in morbid disarray
    • We’re fat (getting fatter), sick (getting sicker), and costs to consumers and to the government are rising with no signs of slowing
  • The consumer has been led astray by confusing and conflicting advertising and information that is centered on profit to shareholders instead of their health

What we need:

  • The simplest way to start the process of improvement starts with the idea of making better choices
    • More good IN = more bad OUT
  • Nutrient Density is by far the most important concept in making good dietary choices
  • Plant-based options provide far more nutrients than any other food choice
    • Especially when viewed in the context of nutrient density, quite literally how many nutrients they provide per calorie

What happens next is up to you..

Happy-People

The Only ‘Diet’ Nobody Is Selling – Part I

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things”

Let’s assume for a moment that how you look and feel is 80% diet and 20% lifestyle/exercise related. While to my knowledge there are no double-blind, longitudinal studies conducted by peer-reviewed, independent journals to back this up, I hope the wellness community will forgive me and accept such a statement as “close enough.”

Exercise aside, it’s no secret that we [humans] struggle with our diet. However, exactly how much we struggle depends almost entirely on who you ask. 75% of Americans rate our diets as “good,” “very good,” or “excellent,” yet 80% of us aren’t getting our recommended intake of fruits or vegetables – and 36% of us are obese (and rising). It should be no surprise that Nutritionists and Dietitians disagree when you ask them the same question..

Confused Diet

What’s our current answer?

To the credit of the average American – we want to be healthy! While exact figures vary depending on your definition of supplemental healthcare spending (i.e. ‘above and beyond’ what would be medically required), it is estimated that Americans spend about $30.2 billion every year out of pocket. This includes visits to complementary practitioners, the purchase of health supplements, books and programs – all of which aim to improve our lives either physically or mentally.

That’s one hell of a business to be in!

How successful are we?

Let’s take a look at the other important health trends as our out of pocket spending on “help” has increased:

  • Obesity:
    • Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980.
    • Nearly 38% of adults are obese – and rising.
  • Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, individuals with High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)
    • All show a steady trend upward with no signs of slowing
    • Medications available for Hypertension and Hypercholesterolemia have resulted in a net decrease in incidence of those with uncontrolled blood pressure or blood cholesterol – however each of these drugs come with a plethora of side effects.
  • Cancer:
    • Although yearly deaths from cancer have decreased, overall incidences have risen.
    • What’s more, the case for environmental factors such as diet and what you do for a living play much more a role than previously thought – and the case is getting stronger.
  • Healthcare spending:

Not to mention:

We keep buying and buying, yet the status of our health as a country remains dire if not worse.

The evidence is overwhelming. We’re wasting our money on what are, at best, false promises.

And yet, we keep doing it..

Why?

Stated simply, health information is confusing at best, and at worst: contradictory!

Paleo
Eat carbs.. Don’t eat carbs.. Eat like the cave-people did (fancy term for low carb).. Eat based on your blood type.. Eat only red fruit.. Don’t eat red fruit.. Drink bone broth.. Sell your kidneys..

What’s the one thing each of these diets has in common? The author wants it to be a best seller! Of course they sound like they work; of course the anecdotes between each chapter have people who swear they feel 20 years younger – who would buy them otherwise?

We sound f*#@ed.

Believe it or not, my point is not to scare you or to make you feel hopeless. It’s to uncover the information that doesn’t go along with what gets sold. If you spend money on healthcare solutions – they should be effective. The wellness industry should be putting out a strong, consistent message that’s safe from corporate profit-driven attacks from lobbies in Washington or from self-described health gurus with a product to sell.

Correct information is there – it’s just hidden in the mist.

What’s the answer?

I feel fortunate to be someone who now has near complete control of their health. In the past I’ve struggled with body dysmorphia, and disordered eating, but I’ve retaken the reigns and have never felt or performed better.. and I’ve learned so many important things along the way.

I haven’t purchased a supplement (including protein) in over 10 years. Save for self-experimentation, I have never subscribed to the notion of a traditional diet.

Some of the most sage advice that I’ve ever been given is that like love, knowledge grows when shared. It cannot be taken away. I want to share what I’ve learned with you:

With a little help from Sir Isaac Newton.. stay tuned

Newton