For the record - the body does nothing in isolation...so the idea that taking isolated vitamins and minerals (usually in synthetic form) will promote health and wellness is weak at best (don't tell the supplement industry that--they are making billions a year off of this quackery).
What you do need is vitamins and minerals in there natural form....say I don't know.....FROM FOOD! When you eat real food you get everything you need - vitamins, minerals, water, enzymes etc, and your body says, "thanks buddy," and breaks it down and sends it to where it needs to go.
When you take isolated synthetics it is akin to throwing water on your computer - your body says, "what the hell?," and proceeds to utilize more internal energy to get rid off the garbage that you just gave it--leaving you with less vitality than you had before you started. Uh-oh!
When it comes to supplements remember this - "What part of your watch tells time?" Answer - the whole watch....same goes for your body, so save the money you were going to spend on those supplements and put it into more high quality food! Rant over!
I was minding my own p's and q's (as I always do) today when I was approached with an interesting question. What was my opinion on intermittent fasting as a technique for health and wellness (and of course weight loss)? For those of you out there who have never heard of (consider yourself lucky) I.F. (intermittent fasting as the cool kids call it) it involves systematic periods of fasting (no eating) followed by periods of eating....so....someone who follows I.F. would theoretically fast for 16 hours (or whatever) and eat for 8 let's say.
My opinion - fasting of the non-spiritual type (and I am seriously on the fence as of late on that one) is a recipe for a diabetic disaster. You fast once already - it's called sleep - and trust me once is enough. For all the fadster's out there remember, today's weight loss is tomorrow's health crisis.
The Revolution cannot see anyone not trying to sell you something (the dead giveaway) recommending this type of nutritional approach as healthy, safe, or a gateway to long term success.
Never one to shy away from controversy (more often times the Revolution attracts it like a magnet) - here are some of the warning signs of cults or cult like behavior. What the hell does this have to do with wellness you ask?
Well, the worlds of nutrition and fitness/exercise are teeming with guru's, sages and other purported mystics ready and willing to give you the answer's to all of your problem's (all major credit cards accepted). Before you fall victim to the next fad diet or exercise craze (I could rattle off at least 5 of each but I don't want to get sued...) here are some things to consider. Thanks to the Rick Ross Institute (www.rickross.com) for this list:
You have been warned......
Here are a few things that I have noticed in the last few years that are really starting to get my blood pressure up:
1. If the solution is simple, it can't possibly work.
Example - "What do you mean that if I stand up straight and drink more water I can influence my body composition in a positive way? - that's sounds to easy...."
2. If the solution isn't brutally hard, it can't possibly work.
Example - "What do you mean that if I sleep more and eat more quality food, I will see positive results in performance? - I wanted to train like a nut for hours on end and eat like a rabbit."
3. We worship words in books at the expense of reason and logic.
Example - "I read it in a book that all I need to do is completely eliminate (insert villainous food of the moment) and I will (insert goal). "
4. We have lost the guts to question and we hold no one accountable.
Example - I read a book by academic guy/girl about weight loss/training/self-help. Sounds good, except the author looks/sounds like he/she has certainly not practiced what they have preached....but you should, after all, their appearance/demeanor is proof positive of their methodologies efficacy right?
So the song goes from one of my all time favorite bands - Sublime - off of their self titled third album. When my thoughts drift to summer's past I can only think of one thing - being outside (ironic as it were that I am sitting inside on a computer typing this....whatever). When I was a kid, you couldn't keep me inside, in fact, my mom's only rule was "be home before the street lights come on." Besides that edict - my buddies and I were gone all day long playing football, baseball, whatever.
Flash forward to today and your average adult (and kid) stays inside almost 24/7. Even more ironic is the fact that what we used to do-play (we now call it "exercise") is now defined as work (sounds negative eh-who wants to do more work?).
The take home - get your butt outside - go to your local park, almost all of them have pull-up bars, dip stations, balance beams and the like to get a great "workout" in without all of the electrical pollution and stuffiness of your average gym. Take a month (or two) and view your workout as play, like we did when we were kids.
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