Category: Fasting

7 (not so dumb) Health Tips for Christmas & 2016

This is NOT a bunch of dumb dieting health tips for Christmas & 2016

These health tips can be used any time, any day, any month, any year.

But, the thing with this list, as with ALL health advice – IT DEPENDS.

Found the latest fat burning health food?  That’s interesting… but I don’t really care and neither should you because IT DEPENDS.  Your mate just told you about the ketogenic diet or they stopped eating potato skins and their fingernails doubled in strength?  That’s interesting too, but I don’t really care about that either and neither should you because IT DEPENDS.

You are different. 

You are a unique expression of a human being and their diet or superfood might just be your kryptonite, or not, it depends.  Get the picture 🙂 ?  Your lifestyle, family, friends, city, mountain, village, sleep pattern, the season, your constitution and a billion other things… all make your answer to all general health advice – “well, that depends, surely?”

Ready for it? (Remember this list also DEPENDS).

Health Tip 1) Intermittent fasting (I.F)?

Just like gravity always did and probably always will – I.F still works.  It works because fasting is not some dumb dieting trick – it’s a normal thing for humans to do – not eating for a period of time is OK.  Thousands of years ago, even 50 to 100 years ago, food was not ALWAYS around and available and snacking (one of the dumbest things to do if you’re looking to burn fat) wasn’t really done.

The reason intermittent fasting is worth playing with this holiday (DEPENDING) is because it gives your organs a few extra hours to deal with nasty foods it has to clean out.  The time not eating also helps promote health hormonal balance in your body.

The basic principle of IFing is don’t eat for 16 hours of the 24 in a day. Easy right?  Then if you want to supercharge it – make your first meal high-ish in protein.  Click here for a really long and detailed post about it.

Health Tip 2)  Bicarbonate of Soda / Sodium Bicarbonate

(with lemon for antioxidants) is a quick fix for acid reflux.  Really that shit is a literally saving lives.  Don’t tolerate acid after indulgence – fix it.  If the acid goes on for more than a day or so it’s worth checking in with your doc or ‘checking in’ with your thinking and food – something is not agreeing with you.  The reason for doing it yourself is because commercial anti-acids are often full of unnecessary added ingredients.

It’s not my recipe but some say 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda + 1/2 glass of water is the way forward.  (The ‘Home Remedies’ link at the bottom of this page has a nice list of ways to use it).

PS.  If you don’t get acid reflux someone by you probably does so pass the tip on, you will make someones day!!  Literally transforming their week!

PPS. This is just a short term fix,not a long term health strategy.  See your doctor, TCM doctor or health practitioner.

PPPS. Getting more alkaline foods in your mouth, giving yourself a good 3 hours between your last meal and sleep could be your longer term strategy for sorting acid reflux.  If the problem persists see your doctor.

Health Tip 3) Meditate or find something to do on your own.

(without mixing your ‘energy’ with anyone else).

I like to drink a tea, practice drumming or stick patterns, train, walk, or a vipassana style meditation.  Lovely…

This will give you a minute to settle your mind and to help you not react to family pressures.

By giving yourself a few minutes on your own, 15+ mins is good, you can find space in your mind and energy to give compassion to whoever or whatever it is that’s annoying you.  The deeper level of pain, confrontation, anger, annoyance within a family setting is a deeper unconscious pain that ‘wants’ to come to the surface.  The goal is to not react.  Go to you tube and check out Eckhart Tolle’s ‘Pain Body’ for more on that.  It’s a life enhancing perspective/metaphor.

Health Tip 4) Aim for more nutrients per calorie. 

BORING right… and it works. But this also depends. 

If you’re still counting calories please give release yourself of that boring pointless restrictive way of eating.  Find a way to tune in to how you feel.  There is this magical feeling when you let go of all that head work around food and actually get in touch with how it feels to be eating right for your body.

The first step here is to know that a calorie doesn’t equal a calorie – i.e 200 calories of sausage on a stick probably has more nutrients than 200 calories of ‘chocolate mouse light’.  The mouse light is probably full of artificial sweeteners BUT the sausage probably came from a pig that was pumped full of hormones and plumped up on GMO feed.  My advice there is buy at least organic and grassfed, avoid the word ‘light’ at all costs and if you’re not into eating animals then make sure your vegan way of eating is giving you the nutrients you need too because there are plenty of pointless vegan foods out there 😉

Blending vegetables into a smoothie is an awesome way to get more nutrients in there, especially because you get to keep the fiber!

Health Tip 5) You don’t have to eat shitty food. 

It’s OK to say no.  Just because your family (yes that includes your partner) or friends are smashing a load of cookies and ice cream riddled with artificial nonsense doesn’t mean you have to.  They have their knowledge, wisdom and feeling with food and alcohol and they will be acting from where they are.  Remember it dependsMaybe their body is more adept at digesting that food or booze, maybe they had a MASSIVE workout that day and their body is burning like a steam engine, or maybe they just don’t care that much.

By all means, get involved, give yourself the freedom to eat anything and everything you desire and without the guilt trip because  ‘Mind over matter’ is more powerful than you can imagine.  If you do, the next day can probably be helped by intermittent fasting and baking soda the next day can help your body clear out the junk.

A thought on this mind over matter business… I remember seeing a documentary on centenerians.  They were looking at their health, lifestyle, food, habits and seeing if they could draw any conclusions to reasons for their longevity.  There was a Scottish guy at the end who really struck a chord with me.  He was the mechanic in the village, the only mechanic – he helped everyone.  He also chain smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol every day…  He was living well! But how!?  He was loving life, and everyone in the community needed him to be alive.  “They just wont let me die…” were the words that closed the documentary.  Food for though right?  Thinking about the placebo and nocebo effect (the mind healing or harming an individual) this guy had nailed it.  BUT I suspect that if he nourished his physicla body with local, organic foods he might just be the first human to levitate!

Health Tip 6) Fat – it’s OK to eat it. You know that right?

And this depends too – mainly on how it’s cooked and the source.  But really, you know fat is OK already right?  Sugar, processed foods, stress, a job/life you hate,  is probably what’s messing with you the most – both body and mind.  Zoe Harcombe nails the fat myth here…  Oh noooo but what about cholesterol…. read this by Zoe Harcombe.

Remember how Time Magazine fucked things up a few years back…?

Health Tips

(The cover photo on the left in 1984 was the wrong, misguided perhaps part of an Astroturfing strategy to sell cholesterol medication.  The cover on the right in 2014 was their revised message)

When it comes to getting the health benefits of eating fat make sure you get the quality and how/if it is cooked right.

7) You are already AWESOME and do not need a diet plan.

People often think they need to burn fat to become healthy when the opposite is true and feels a millions times better: be healthy both in your body and mind and understand your body’s true needs the fat will drop off…

Thank you for reading this, I assume that at least one of the words on this page has meant something to you.

 

Why bother sharing this information?

The reason I write these blog posts is because I want more and more people to get this kind of information… as many as possible.   The more high quality, well researched, unbiased and exploratory information on food and health the better. 

The stages of truth in health are very real – why wait until science ‘proves’ something when it has been practiced in real life, without sponsors, for many years.

Too much of the readily available health information is strategically controlled through ‘Astroturfing’, the script is written, all the way from the pharmaceutical industry (who continue to shoot themselves in the foot) to the newspapers (don’t ), the to nestle, herbalife, and most of the other    There is plenty of info like this out there but I guess you’re reading this one.  can be disseminated (nice word right?) that will very soon lead to an un-biased maybe silent investor/sponsor.  Some corporations seem to be very slowly turning their ways around, other ethical companies are popping up all around now, Castle Rock in California are transforming the bottled water industry, Addictive Wellness are nailing it with their chocolate, LivingTea.net are sharing the World’s cleanest tea, the Wellbeingnow Seminar in the UK is bringing together people with powerful messages and Mcroaid International  are just awesome  They’re not paying me to mention them, they deserve it…


Related articles:

Still confused about GMO? Watch this the video at the bottom of this post…

Traditional Chinese Medicine is life enhancing

Intermittent Fasting blog post

Most Soy is dumb and probably wrecking your sex life

Zoe Harcombe rocks

Home Remedies on Baking Soda

Remember: I am not a doctor and have no intention of becoming one.  Go ask one before taking any of my advice.

Castle Rock Water on Everything Water + Glass or Plastic bottles?

This video is featuring the awesome Castle Rock Water, and see if you can see how deep the messages go…

Castle Rock Water are on a great mission. For so many reasons, not just their contribution to and collaboration with the community of Dunsmuir where the water caves are but also what they stand for – using glass bottles, providing water from a source so pure and nourishing (water is not just water).

Like when people buy organic foods and choose local produce or dine at restaurants supporting local farms, by choosing water from glass bottles you’re helping yourself (not ingesting the plastic) and the environment.

The mountain where this water comes from is a magical place. Yeah I guess that could sound a little bit hippie but if you ever get the chance to visit Mount Shasta you will know why…

This interview with Castle Rock Water @CastleRockWater at Expo West and at their plant near Mount Shasta was a nourishing one!! I love these guys, their messages and everything they are standing for.

Castle Rock Water is one of the Worlds best water. They even won an award for it in 2014. But their mission and message is wider and deeper than this…. watch the video now if you’re yet to do so… get in!

Oh, and, we are not saying to start shipping this water all around the World, simply if you’re fortunate enough to be in this area to try it. And wherever you are in the World to choose a water source that is clean and nourishing for your body and mind and that is supporting the local community rather than depleting.

This is a nice preview of the 2015 interview with David Wolfe – I wonder if he likes Castle rock Water?

Tea with Wu De (we are drinking Puerh living tea)

Some people get swallowed by LA’s debauchery, I found a beautiful tea community and indulged in swallowing the nectar a philosophy of this beautiful leaf while loving every second of being around the fun, loving and interesting people.

I’ve spent many hours with the brilliant Wu De, once a group of us we sat for 7 hours with a short snack break. Wu De is a tea master and is a pleasure learning from and drinking with!

Enjoy this interview about Tea:

Living Tea is one of natures gifts to us. It is perfect.

There is no other leaf that fits so well with the human being than tea.

Always at least Organic Tea Fast Facts:

Organic tea will have some nutrients for you without the damaging chemicals
Non organic tea will be full of chemicals and very little nutrients (lacking in one of tea’s greatest gifts to us – antioxidants)
Organic and sustainable tea farms help bring a beautiful beverage to humanity, non organic bring poison and damage the planet
Wild living teas have a deeper energy and gift for humans.

What to do?
Only drink at least organic Tea. I say at least because you can get wild living tea that is from wild, old trees that are found high in the mountains of Taiwan and China.

What else is important?

It’s important to look deeper, seeing through the cup in front of you to the leaf, the tree, the ecology of the tree. If it is not organic tea (or from a wild source) the tea will have been grown on a farm using herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.

Those chemicals damage and leak from the farms (which in themselves are not isolated from the planet – just like nuclear waste cannot be ‘contained’) into rivers and then everywhere those rivers travel.

So what? Some scientists are predicting we are well into the 6th mass extinction. Though this one has been induced by man him/herself. To date one study shows that ** % of the World’s species have already been wiped out. Fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides (used as chemical weapons in the Vietnam war)

Back to you. Because, perhaps you’re probably still thinking – what has this got to do with you? Well, all of the chemicals that went into the non organic tea tree from below are now in your leaf (tea bag) and all of the chemicals that were sprayed on top of the tea tree were also absorbed by the tea leaf. So… now when you pour hot water on to your tea leaves the chemicals are in your beverage. Drink it down and it’s inside your body, your thoughts, your relationships, your work, your life.

Organic or living tea from sustainable farms is the one way to instantly improve your life and help preserve our place on the planet.

This interview with Wu De, a brilliant man who is the tea master of Global Tea hut and the *** foundation in Tiawan. Having enjoyed many bowls with him Wu De has taught me much of what I know about tea. Thank you for your wisdom!

I’d also like to thank the beautiful tea community in Los Angeles for inviting me in, arms wide open. Love, tea and push ups.

The ‘hippies’ are right! DEC12

Get over it AND get IN to it! Veg works… click like and tweet!

PS. Obesity rates amongst kids decline’s in the USA. Something is working! Keep going! Yes!

Intermittent Fasting – ‘To fast or not too fast…’

Intermittent Fasting, Growth Hormone and a whole load of fat loss! Let’s get stuck in!

What is intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting.

16:8 intermittent fasting is where you fast for 16 hours (say 8pm until 12 noon the next day) and feed for 8 hours. Another way of fasting called 5:2 Fasting – 5 days eating normally, 2 days eating a reduced amount of calories (500 for women, 600 for men).

What does it do?

(As well as making you hungry for short periods at predetermined times)
Intermittent Fasting is reported to reduce body weight (fat & muscle) and improve blood markers such as IGF-1, glucose and cholesterol (BBC, 2012)

Some claim fasting triggers your body to decompose and burn cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, aged or dead. I certainly like the sound of this! Though before we get too excited let’s explore a little more.

Whether it is a good/reliable/easy way to lose fat and improve ones health is another question.

Problems with Intermittent Fasting

The major drawback, which is more of a technicality than a drawback, is the exact thing the BBC made a right pig’s ear out of on in their recent review. They said the faster can eat “anything” during the feeding time – stupid advice! Fast for 16 hours then smash chemically altered sugars and fats, frankin-bread, tortured cow, processed steroid head zombie chicken – very silly.  That kind of crap messes with your body AND mind!

Intermittent fasting also takes a great deal of willpower.  And willpower is important if you want change though there might be a an easier leverage point before diving into I.F.  At the beginning staying focused, working, working workout, doing anything is probably going to be tougher because of the changes to your energy intake when your body is normally expecting it.  The first week of fasting is quite a shock to the system. Something I REALLY love about this topic is that it brings about more questioning of the way we have been told to eat.  The breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks model was made up by someone who probably owned a cereal company… and the guys who said – eating lots of small meals throughout the day the keep your metabolic fire burning was definitely misinformed – it doesn’t work that way. Take the Romans for example, they only ate one meal per day and saw breakfast as a form of gluttony (ironically gluttony does not mean excessive gluten intake, though a Westerners breakfast often does).

If your current diet consists of a lot of grains, whole-wheat foods, dairy, sugars and you embark on an IF experience you’re going to experience some serious cravings (serious changes for the better too but most certainly cravings). My advice is if you’re eating that list of foods above then there is probably some other refining and learning to be done to your diet before experimenting with IFing.  Paleo can be very decent place to begin resetting your system, a great base way of eating to see what food intolerances you may have – most of us have them.

I say paleo because it takes out many potential allergens and, if you’re tuning into the integrity of the food you eat (organic, local, wild, grass fed being key playa’s) you’re instantly connecting with and improving the environment around you without making hardcore changes to your eating. The more I learn about the meat, fish and poultry industry and the environment impacts, the less I eat – I’m eating around 1/3 the amount I ate 2 years ago and at least organic, local, wild or grass fed.

 

They’re my initial thoughts, let’s see what the everyone else is saying…

World renowned strength and conditioning coach Charles Poliquin (2011) says “Breakfast skippers are not only more likely to have more fat than those who eat it, but they are more likely to get even fatter due to susceptibility to overeating later in the day” He recommends a meat and nut breakfast for best fat loss and muscle gaining results. I’ve pulled this quote from Poliquin because it emphasises a point in my conclusion at the end of this article.

Think about driving a Ferrari or Aston Martin – awesome, high quality, high performance vehicles. Now take the traction control off. It’s difficult to control. Still very high performance vehicles though if driven by someone without the skill (willpower and knowledge of which foods to eat) there is going to be a crash! In my opinion the kind of foods you consume during the feeding time of intermittent fasting are VERY important – not just for you but the wider impact on the World around you – your environment – which you need to exist – right!? Does cleaning the inside of your fuel tank and car engine mean you can pump junk like coca-cola or sugary cereal into your car for fuel and expect it to function properly? Nope. Same goes for your body.

Tim Ferriss (4 Hour Body) is someone I have been following (such a bizzare way of describing that I have been ‘reading his stuff’), he says: “If I had to make an intelligent guess, I would say that Paleolithic man probably ate once per day or maybe even twice every three days. In data gathered from humans still living in non-Westernized cultures in the last century, it appears that they would gorge after a kill and sleep and lay around doing not much of anything for the next day or so. When these folks got hungry, they went out and hunted and started the cycle again.”

So I interpret that as he’s saying it is very natural for humans, as the conscious animals we are, to eat a LARGE meal and then be ‘forced’ into a fasting period through lack of availability of food and general lack of desire. This said, he does mention resting a lot afterwards until the next kill is necessary. In either way, people of the Paleolithic period were eating food local, wild and organic and they would go for long periods of time without consuming food – ie not causing an insulin spike. The whole thing about ‘paleo’s’ having short lives could be a factor though when the stats on this are investigated it becomes obvious that infant deaths (i.e dying at a VERY young age because of disease, death during birth and vulnerability in their younger years) skews the numbers. Add on to this the likelihood the mother (young-ish) would survive and we can’t really derive any meaningful outcome about average lifespan and diet. Boom shakalaka.

Let’s get a little geeky here:
Robb Wolf (2012), author of ‘The Paleo Solution’ says that the benefits of intermittent fasting are all down to the individual. Wolf references a study by Jack Kruse who brings up the point that if a person is leptin resistant they should not try intermittent fasting because of the way our bodies utilise fats and glucose as energy and letpin’s role in the process.

“If our leptin signaling is not functioning properly then our metabolic pathways cannot handle the stress of Intermittent Fasting and it can result in undesirable effects.” It’s also really important to note that Intermittent Fasting puts a lot of stress on our body. “If we are over-trained, sleep deprived, or generally stressed out, then Intermittent Fasting should not be attempted until all of those factors are taken care of.” (Wolf, 2012)

The BBC (2012):
Michael Mosley of the BBC tried the 5:2 fasting plan (see top for explanation). In 5 weeks he reported losing nearly a stone in weight (they don’t say if this is fat or muscle), and that his IGF-1, glucose and cholesterol improved. He went on to say that if he sustained it he would “greatly reduce his risk of contracting age-related diseases like cancer and diabetes”. Interesting and positive results which I like!

Let’s get into some more light science:
(This time about the hormones we are affecting through IF)

In their program the BBC touch on the topic of IGF-1 – Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 as one of the things humans should aim to reduce because of it’s aging properties. I found this particularly fascinating because people, including celebrities you know take growth hormones like IGF-1 thinking they are ‘drinking from the fountain of youth’. It (growth hormone including IGF-1) is often taken by people wanting to gain muscle quickly and to become very lean (Brainum, 2009). There’s no doubt, I’ve seen the results on people close to me, if taken correctly with the right training and nutrition a human can do just that – build muscle and become very lean (think – veins
on the abs) very quickly.

WAY back in 1999 (seems so long ago…) Harvard University reported on IGF-1: “Levels of IGF-1 drop when people eat less. Animal studies show that decreases in food intake lessen tumor growth and increase lifespan. “However, it’s too early to make specific recommendations about restricting calories on the basis of our results”.

In 1999 Cromie of William J. Harvard University also reported that “The growth factor, known as insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF- 1, is necessary for proper growth in children, but studies of men and women more than 40 years old raise the possibility that it contributes to the growth of tumors.

(I told you we were going to get geeky…)

“Because IGF-1 spurs cellular growth, some scientists voice concern that at high concentrations could stimulate cancer… “Studies with worms and other invertebrates show that a lack of IGF-1 helps extend life. Mice and rats deficient in IGF-1 live longer than rodents not deficient in it.

“These results raise concern about attempts to slow aging in older people by giving them growth hormone to increase their IGF-1. Since levels of both substances decrease with age, some observers suggest that injections of the hormone may counter several effects of getting old.

“…in a six-year study of 32,826 nurses, those with the highest levels of IGF-1 had a two-and- a-half times greater risk of colorectal cancer. High levels of IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) produced the opposite effect.” This was backed by a similar finding in 14,916 male physicians: “In the case of those with the highest IGF-1 and lowest IGFBP-3, the relative risk of colorectal cancer rose fourfold, after accounting for differences in weight, height, alcohol intake, and other known risk factors.” (Cromie 1999)

Iron Man Magazine (2009) reports that injecting high doses of IGF-1 for enhanced performance stimulates internal organ growth, which is why you see bloated abdomens on some athletes. The same holds true for Growth Hormone: Small doses can be beneficial, but large doses place you in unknown biophysical territory.

And back out of geeky territory

The BBC’s disclaimer comment at the bottom of their report displaying love for Intermittent Fasting is quite amusing: “Current medical opinion is that the benefits of fasting are unproven and until there are more human studies it’s better to eat at least 2000 calories a day.”

I ask, do we want to wait until medicine proves or disproves the foods we should eat or rely more on listening to our own bodies? That’s up to you though it could take 20 years of eating grains and 99% fat free, high sugar ‘healthy foods’ for ‘medicine’ to complete their research and find the balls to say: “oh yeah, Intermittent Fasting works, sugar is actually making you fat, (good) fat is actually good for you and grains and wheat are most probably killing you… sorry about your diabetes, brittle bones and fat kids”.

I’m all for Intermittent Fasting and believe there are great benefits to be had if you have the willpower to eat the right foods on your feeding days. Get your general feeding right first then maybe try intermittent fasting.

(IF is not for everyone and you should listen to your body and, to cover my own arse I’m required to say always consult a medical specialist before taking any of my advice)

Rich Eats Conclusion

Consistently for the past 3 years I’ve naturally been training in the morning before breakfast (just green tea and occasionally some almonds) as a means of burning more fat. My experience – it got me lean though as reported by many of the sources above I definitely lost muscle mass.

In terms of Intermittent Fasting – if you’re an elite athlete and looking to experiment with some fine tuning then get stuck in. If you’re starting to get into nutrition and training make sure you’re getting good quality sleep, cutting back on (or eliminating) grains, wheat and refined sugar and training effectively for your goals first – then if you want to, try IF. And, I’d like to suggest you take peek at the integrity of your food… the animals life, how the fruit or vegetables were grown / treated…

Growth Hormone Conclusion: If you’re tempted to start injecting Growth Hormone (GH) as a means of getting bigger and leaner, and you’re perfectly healthy my advice is don’t. If you are 60+ and are seriously considering GH because you;ve been advised by your doctor then seek a second opinion from a specialist in the subject, don’t buy it from the guy at the gym and ‘give it a blast’.

I say this next part with the kindest heart and genuine love for your longevity; if you’ve already injected GH and are concerned about the possible effects for the future I highly advise you to speak with your GP, get blood tests done as a starting point then find a specialist (not your GP) to find the best ways to protect yourself for a long and prosperous life! I base that advice on my instinct and having interviewed some of the top longevity specialists in California.

Further Reading:

Definitely check out The Guys at Ultimate City Fitness, Gav has been doing IF for a few months now and has some great things to say in their post.

Dr John Beradri has a great site on Intermittent Fasting here:
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting

Bibliography

BBC (Molsley, 2012) ‘‘The power of intermittent fasting’’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19112549

Iron Man Magazine (Brainum, 2009) ‘‘IGF-1: Killer or Savior?’’ http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/anti-aging-research/

Havard Gazette (Cromie, 1999) ‘Growth Factor Raises Cancer Risk’ http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/1999/04.22/igf1.story.html

Charles Poliquin (2011) ‘Top Ten Reasons to Eat Breakfast: It Will Make You a Better, Happier, More Attractive Person’

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/Blog/tabid/130/EntryId/423/Top-Ten-Reasons-to-Eat-Breakfast-It-Will-Make-You-a-Better-Happier-More-Attractive-Person.aspx

Robb Wolf (2012) “To Eat or not to eat, that is the question” http://robbwolf.com/2012/03/08/eat-eat-question/