Home About Me Why Paleo/Primal? Coaching Seminars Newsletters

May 2016 - Tripping Over the Truth

May 1st, 2016 at 4:59 AM

Hello from Reston,

Earlier in April, I listened to several interviews that were part of The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit. One of the more interesting talks was from Dr. Joseph Mercola (http://www.mercola.com/), who I have mentioned a few times in the past. As you can imagine Dr. Mercola’s time is very limited. However, he mentioned that he reads often, devouring dozens of books annually. He also mentioned that the best book he read in the past year was “Tripping Over the Truth” by Travis Christofferson. I went and bought the book off Amazon and really enjoyed it myself.

“Tripping Over the Truth” is a chronological history of the fight to cure cancer. For those of you old enough to remember President Richard Nixon declaring war on cancer, it is sad that almost 50 years later we have still not been able to eradicate this family of devastating diseases. Some of you may have also recently listened to the documentary series “The Truth About Cancer” (https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/ ). If you did, you truly begin to question the approach we take in battling cancer: surgery to cut out as much as possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Want to read more? Click here!

April 2016 - The Calcium Lie

April 1st, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Hello from Reston,

Today I want to write to you about how GMOs crops are actually good for your body. A recent study has shown the main ingredient in the GMO weed killer Roundup, glyphosate, actually kills harmful bacteria, promotes hair re-growth in balding men and melts inches off your waistline.

 

OK, you didn’t really buy any of that did you? Happy April Fool’s Day.

Want to read more? Click here!

March 2016 - Habits

March 1st, 2016 at 5:27 AM

Hello from Reston,

Welcome to March! We’ve had our first taste of warmer weather on the east coast and the groundhog has predicted an early spring. Make plans to get outdoors and get some sun (see habit #10 below).

The first article I’d like to share focuses on Denmark’s attempt to become an all organic country without GMO crops. This might seem daunting to those in the US, where we fight over GMO labelling.

Want to read more? Click here!

February 2016 - Primal Endurance

February 1st, 2016 at 4:57 AM

Hello from Reston,

January is behind us now and for those on the east coast from Virginia northward, we got to test out just how strong our backs are from shoveling 2-3 feet of snow. Maybe some of us need help with deadlifts to improve our back and core strength (more to follow below).

January would not be January without the crappy US News and World Report’s article on best (and worst) diets. For the past two years the Paleo diet was voted dead last as the worst diet, but not this year! This year we came in 2nd to dead last! This year the Whole30 diet came in last, which is basically a Paleo elimination diet. So Paleo has firmly solidified the bottom two rungs now. I’ve said this in year’s past but it bears repeating. There is zero science behind US News and World Report’s rankings. It is strictly based on opinions of a handful of individuals. If you look at the list in the link below, you’ll see the Slim-Fast diet is in the middle of the pack. How can a diet based on manmade drinks be better than one that uses whole, non-processed real foods? Crazy! I always say that Paleo is not a diet, but it’s a lifestyle. I know that sounds cliché, but I’ve been eating this way for four years now and I still weigh the same amount (180 pounds) as I did when I lost 25 pounds in two months back in 2012. For those of you that are still in New Year’s resolution mode remember that only about 4% of people that diet via calorie restriction, will keep off the weight when surveyed three years later. Therefore, for most of us unless we change our lifestyle, diets will only provide short term results and may even worsen your long term outlook.

Want to read more? Click here!

January 2016 - Dietary Guidelines for America

January 1st, 2016 at 9:33 AM (Last updated on January 1st, 2016 at 9:40 AM)

Hello from Reston,

Happy New Year! So what are your resolutions for 2016? If you have been reading these newsletters for the past few years, you may recall that I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions. I believe that for the most part they are empty promises we make to ourselves, such as saying you want to lose 15 pounds or exercise more. In case you want facts, only 4% of people that go on diets and lose weight, actually keep that weight off when surveyed three years later. That’s only 1 in 25 people. Calorie restriction diets don’t work long term. The one resolution I do think will work is when you commit to change your lifestyle. There is no need to wait for January 1st to do so, but hey it’s here. Why not change your lifestyle to improve your health for good now. If you need help getting started, please feel free to reach out to me.

The first link I’ll share today involves some interesting research about soy protein. For vegetarians and vegans, soy protein is often used as a “suitable” substitute to protein from animal products. What the study showed is that taking soy protein was not any more effective than water in increasing muscle. Yes you read that right. Soy protein wasn’t any better than plain, old water for muscle synthesis. Even if you are not a vegan or vegetarian, you may be consuming soy protein, if you like to eat protein bars. Most protein bars will use soy protein versus whey protein. Be careful and read labels when buying protein bars. As the article mentions, the best sources of protein are whey (preferably from milk from grass fed cows), eggs (best from pastured hens), red meat (choose grass fed), poultry (pastured is best) and fish (wild caught is best). Even before reading this article, I was not a fan of soy and avoid it as much as possible. The article mentions that soy can lower testosterone in men. Soy is also potentially linked to increased cancer in women. Most (~90%) of the soy grown comes from GMO seeds and is sprayed with Roundup, which is also shown to increase cancer risk.

Want to read more? Click here!

1
2
3
...
>
>>