O.k. the new editorial blog is up. I plan to save my opinion and research pieces for this but will post links to them via my Tumblr. Tumblr will simply be my interest driven obsession links in regards to strength and nutrition.
Lately I have been toying with a strange idea in regards to my diet and it’s mostly because of budget constraints that I find myself under. Groceries are fucking expensive and so are supplements which is why I hardly buy them. I went out of my way to buy some this past week and found my bank account in the toilet after all the bills were paid.
Shit, well I can’t be faulted because I only bought two and I was trying to get the most bang for my buck by buying Animal Pack vitamin packs which have anything a guy could practically want (although I am a bit bias towards Life Extensions Vitamin Pack not as much supps included but quality is undeniable) and a probiotic. As you may no my amazing readers that I post a lot of stuff from Richard Nikoly’s “Free the Animal” blog as of late.
Mostly because I am interested in the micobiome and this crazy thing called resistant starch. I’ve pretty much decided I am not going to be a bodybuilder anytime soon or even a powerlifter until I can get my shit straightened out (mainly my spine) which is causing me all sorts of discomfort and pain on a regular basis. However, I’d like to put myself into a favorable position so as I lay on my back to avoid the agonizing pain of a pinched nerve, screwed up hips, twisted ribs, and a displaced atlas bone I would prefer not to get fat and or too skinny.
Problem is I’m not getting fat because I eat as clean as can and I don’t shovel calories down my mouth since I generally can only afford enough to remain alive without sacraficing my ohh soo delicious grass fed meats.
So, this is a rant… as usual mostly because thats what I do and as stated in my past post I am not someone who is going to cite all the research. My thoughts are stream of conciousness and I don’t get inspired to write much or rather to plan much out in regards to articles because A.) I write for a living and B.) I write for a living and it burns me out. So in my leisure I don’t like to do more of what I do for 50 + hours a week at my job…. another reason why these are so poorly proofread.
So anways I am reading Lyle McDonald’s epic the Ketogenic Diet… and I have heard all the hype about the diet mostly because of the low inflammatory diet and all its healthy therapeutic uses from the treatment of Alzheimers, epilepys, cancer and now secondary progressive multiple sclerosis thanks to Dr. Terry Wahls M.D. Hmm… sounds promising however it doesn’t really suit the needs of someone who A. is healthy already (which is questionable for me at this time) and B.) is trying to maintain weight and actually build a apreciable amount of muscle.
I like Jaimie Lewis’ stuff over at Chaos and Pain and have actually spoken to him on the phone. He is quite an awesome guy and even though he comes off as intimidating on the blog is really nice. Anyways, I like the idea of his predator diet which is a lot of protein shakes and a who gives a fuck if I’m in ketosis all the time approach. His diet may or may not be truly ketogenic but from talking to him on the phone I would say he is a bit smarter then me and his education is much more impressive.
Anyways, lately Richard Nikoly has been blogging about some of the detriments to low carb ketogenic diets in regards to thyroid health as well as a complete lack of fuel for the bacteria in our gut. Wait right there if you haven’t heard are genetics are more bacterial then they are human. Strange… but it appears we may actually need carbs despite these therapeutic diets that severely restrict them. The million dollar question is what kind of carbs and the million dollar answer are ones that have fermentable fibers i.e. resistant starch.
So how do I blend these two dietary approaches or rather three dietary approaches since I think of the Predator Diet as being it’s own thing entirely and keep it on a budget. Well the idea that I am playing with would be to buy some protein powder in bulk (http://www.hardrhino.com) and maybe some bulk MCT oil (http://www.bulkapothecary.com) and of course eat some Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch (umm… any fucking grocery store). If you want to do the bulletproof thing then might I suggest sweetmaria.com which I found out thanks to a website called criticalmas.com. You can follow all the reccomendations Dave Aspery (bulletproofexec.com) gives for picking coffee beans and even roast them yourself and save yourself some money.
Basically the idea is to essentially eat what I would consider a healthy diet on a budget that covers all the bases. So in large I would make a minmal investment to buy these things in bulk (coffee, starch, mct oil, and protein powder). Roughly I would estimate this is probably like $30 in supplements since these websites carry these things for a ridiculously low price.
My groceries would be mostly veggies, butter, maybe some rice or something starchy that I can cook and cool for RS and meat. I like meat and I am a huge advocate but truth be told the healthy stuff costs alot to buy week to week. Basically, I’m thinking that I will use the MCT oil to basically keep ketones in my system even though I don’t plan on starving myself to be truly in ketosis and eat a lot of plants and drink a lot of protein shakes.
Basically, I want to keep feeding my gut so I’m not going to stop the RS and continue to eat probiotics and fermented foods. I’ll maybe drink some Bulletproof Coffee from time to time if I’m feeling extra poor and can’t afford to eat for a meal or two but will probably limit this a tad. Then in the evening I’ll eat some actual solid meat from time to time to basically conserve my dollar but not be eating a completely bland and tasteless diet.
Anyways, just a thought I might run with of course I get a lot of thoughts and there not all good ones so who knows I might just abandon this crap come next week or I may actually kill myself.
I feel like when I write I generally don’t write in my own voice. I’m not an asshole but I do have a very rude and vulgar sense of humor. I can be crass and I do curse.
What I want to focus on for this article though is that people are pussies for the most part and by in large. I’m not someone who is ultra-macho, hell I don’t even know if I qualify for the category of mildly-macho, I am constantly trying to balance my yin- and - yang but I talk to people about their ailements and etc and think to myself god you are a pussy.
I’ve talked at length with people about how their isn’t a food or supplement for everything and sometimes you have to take a drug. Umm… well that is incredibly fucking wrong and completely goes against the research. Just because some asshole doctor says you can’t exercise your cholestrol score away or that this or that is genetic then they clearly don’t understand science or spend much time on NIH. For one almost most medicines tend to be synthetic derrivatives of things that already exist in nature. They may be more potent then the natural source but they also tend to be 100x more toxic.
I know this sounds like a rambling of a mad man here but I was contemplating Dr. Terry Wahls who cured her M.S. with diet and supplementation. Hmm… she is someone who most definitely is not… well let think about how I want to phrase this because my sense of a pussy is not in regards to someone with female genitalia but rather someone who just gives up. She in that sense is not a pussy, she didn’t accept being crippled.
There are lots of exciting things in the world of nutrition, exercise and supplementation in regards to our health. Hell a lot of these chronic diseases we suffer from didn’t exist until we started muddling with what was natural to the environment and our bodies.
We’ve destroyed our mitochondria with GMOs and these industrial food nightmares like oreos, cereal and McDonalds that we eat on a regular basis. We’ve destroyed out microbiota with an over consumption of antibiotics. Truthfully we’ve fucked ourselves in the ass and no god that you pray too is going to cure you.
You can only cure yourself and most doctors aren’t doing the research to direct you in how to do this. Doctors aren’t bad and neither is antibiotcs or modern living. But when I have friends who have family members suffering from parkinsons, cancers, dementia and etc. I want to shake them and scream eat real food you son-of-a-bitch. Stop putting your faith in one single person because just because they have two little letters after their name doesn’t make them a foremost expert on anything.
Does a persons tuition bill qualify you as an expert? I don’t think so.
Just please read up on some of this stuff and look at how its all connected whether it be the solvents we clean our homes with, the foods we eat, the water we drink, the medications we take are activity and etc. These things are connected stop being ignorant you dip shit.
Learn how genetics work… there are switches that turn on and off its not that you’re just predisposed to fucking die or lose your fucking mind when you get to 60.
You lose your fucking mind because you take cholesterol medication being prescribed on half a century of old science and misinformation. Your cells, mitchondria and hormones are made from fats, you’re biome is fed from specific fibers and etc. Not crackers, chips and soda.
I probably rally against cholestrol lowering meds the most since I feel like these drugs have affected my life more so then any other. Mostly in the case of my father. My father took these things and ended up dying in part probably on his own for being over weight but also in part probably from these drugs.
I think about all the time and I think about all that I’ve learned about statin drugs since his passing and the importance of cholesterol and it simply makes me cry and wish I could have somehow prevented him from taking them.
You need cholesterol in your body and as it currently stands these drugs don’t target the main source of heart disease. vascular inflammation and particl size. In fact if you have low cholesterol you are are at risk of dying just as much as those or even maybe more so then those that have high cholesterol. Statins also stop your body from producing a potent and cardio-protective anti-oxidant Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
Seems funny that something that is meant to protect you from heart disease also can cause mechanisms in your body to shut off that would prevent it.
Nevertheless, I encourage people to do some research and take some fucking interest in their own health instead of relying on the so-called experts.
I’m not someone who typically provides resources for my ramblings because they typically are spur of the moment and not well thought out. However, if someone is looking for me to maybe direct them to some online resources or books that could be of interest let me know. I’d be more then happy.
Hmm so lets see if I can cobble together a blog post here. Sometimes I feel like I have nothing really interesting to blog about plus I don’t really have any sort of illuminating insight into anything.
Probably most of my beliefs and philosophies in regards to health and fitness are just old rehashed ideas from people much smarter then me or people with much more patience then me to simply do the research.
If you read my personal blog posts then you should never take what I say as gospel or even a matter of fact. Simply put I don’t take the time to do reference citations and much of this crap is from stream of conciousness garbage that I pull from memory.
If anything my blog is just philsophical ramblings of a mad man who is hoping to get healthy. So lets begin since this intro is largely ridiculous and has nothing to do with any sort of topic I plan to write about.
Kettlebells… I’ve owned some for quite some time now but I don’t think I’ve ever really used them that much besides tossing them over swing sets to mimic some strongman exercises. Lately I am really appreciating that I actually own these things, having moved across the state four months ago and living in abject poverty it is nice to have something portable and easy to work out with.
Also, I guess I am really getting into them simply for the benefit of rehabilitating some injuries. I’ve been doing some of Keith Webers kettbell DVD about three times a week alongside some calisthenics and it is nice to be getting myself back into shape. The barbell will probably always be king in my book but the isolateral movements seem to really help with some back issues… although they seem to agravate some other problems as well.
Regardless I am pretty fortunate to have these laying around in my apartment and can’t wait to get the rest of my weights to my apartment once the weather clears. I need to invest in a new barbell seeing how the weight is uneven on one side and probably four years of lifting in my garage with that thing probably didn’t do me any favors.
Not sure what bar I’m going to buy and that may be a long way off. Probably first need to lay some mats down in my spare room so I can actually bang out some deadlifts without ruining the floor and pissing off the neighbors.
really want to try stagger stance deadlifts to help rehab the right side of my back. I feel like my ass must look weird since one cheek is bigger then the other. LOL. Can’t believe I just wrote that stupid fucking sentence.