I am not a Doctor, but certificates don’t always bring experience. I aim to live a life that will heal all who seek a better life, even if they don’t realize it yet. I am a hypocrite as I do not practice each of these everyday, but if you know me well, my daily conscious hours are spent researching health articles, documented studies, videos, and books ranging from inverted coffee enemas to homemade toothpaste and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine to understanding electro-therapy pain tolerance in endurance athletes. I try to embrace a life of reaction, seeing how I can train my sympathetic/ Para-sympathetic nervous system to adapt to any scenario, event, emotion and physical capacity. I started seriously* studying health in 2009 when I discovered a new, exciting and more “in-tune” lifestyle, which opened my eyes and mind to cultural and traditional based medicine. I adopted and forced myself to believe that every culture was right in their ways (Cultural Relativism), which helped me start to practice and experiment with techniques and to never turn down an unorthodox practice of health, vibrancy and tried-true long term health..Long Term as in hundreds to thousands of years..not your simple juice cleanse ( although they work very well) .
Self empowerment through your own research, which aims to give your life a jump start or upgrade, is the key to long-term health and happiness. You will understand that health is an industry where sickness is the key to making money. (BOLD TRUTH AHEAD) For example, a 100% cure and plan to overcome any Cancer has been discovered and practiced to this day since the 1940’s. But you probably still think Cancer Research is a heart-warming term, using every one of the MILLIONS of donated Dollars respectfully and efficiently to fund Doctors vacations and pill prescription tallies.. yet it will never claim to find a practical, wide-spread cure indefinitely…You are either on your last option and looked towards alternative medicine in desperation OR you know someone who has gone down the same road OR you can go through all the intrusive, abusive techniques quickly and 100% cancer-free, but waste away painfully over the course of 5-10 years. That’s where the true statistics come from. There are cures and they aren’t fads, made up of radioactive technology or life-degrading medication. Research point: Gerson Therapy. Enough said.
All in all, it takes one to question modern patterns of sympathetic, habitual forms of sickness to understand the roots of what works, what never will ( no matter what the dose is), and the most efficient way to spread to all( preventive or lifestyle). You should not be tired all day, drained after a meal, dreading another boring day, sighing, out of breath sitting, in involuntary pain, and questioning why everything you hear from certified “health professionals (aka Doctors), is just making you stressed, depressed, helpless and cautious at every move. To be in the health industry, you must practice what you preach. Which is amusing since, as I am writing this, the United States has some of the most stressed, orthorexic, and nutrition/ health obsessed awareness, yet we practice based off of billboard type information and listen to overweight and unhappy Doctors, guiding our lives through pill prescriptions and a lifestyle of addictive, slave-based mindsets as a cure. Those are masks to our problems, not long term solutions to all ailments.
By now, I have either turned you off in disgust, that’s okay, not all chickens know they are in cages. Or I have intrigued you to see if there is a chance in hell my amateur-style approach to doubt all that is mainstream is actually, somewhat….well, the truth. I am not saying I am right, but I have been obsessing and studying all forms of health related ideas put into this world for 8 years now and I’ve come across some common trends. I have put some of these into practice and some I have adopted and preach, while others I will recommend only to those who can handle it. If you think you can’t live a week without eating meat or dairy or checking Facebook, then you will probably live a life in your most wildest (cage-based) dreams. Let go of the hand that’s been guiding you towards lifelong sickness and start learning, researching and experimenting on your own to discover purity, vibrancy, blissfulness, and empowerment. I will never reach enlightenment (Nirvana), but I will take advantage of every conscious (and sub-conscious) moment to learn how to die happily. With these brief ideas below, you may start to test your limits, capacities and reach beyond what you thought was personally capable. I challenge you to research more on the topics, although they will most likely appear again in future posts. Don’t ever be numb to your flowing free-will!
These are in random order. Once again I am not preaching these, but they are common amongst some of the longest-living, happiest and most adaptable people on the planet. (Research Point: Blue Zones- https://www.bluezones.com/). Take each one with a grain of sea-salt and understand that they are idea seeds to be planted, experimented with and incorporated into your lifestyle however you see fit. I am not responsible for your health, but am willing to help everyone who asks with my full effort. If there is something you bring to me that I am unfamiliar with, I will dedicate my focus to understanding it. Go ask your average Doctor about the benefits of resistant starch, and they will go cross-eyed and hand you Tylenol with two cruise tickets to Aruba. Enjoy!
- Sweat and Shiver Once a Day: A sure way to reduce your chances of ever getting sick again is by helping your body adapt to the world around you. Whether you live in the Arctic, the humid jungles of the Amazon, or the dry Arizona desert, you will benefit from helping your body adapt to all physical capacities for maintenance and improving your genotype for the future. Our response to the environment can be altered with frequency and growth of resistant cells so an ideal environment would encompass a variety of hot, cold, humid, dry, damp and varying degrees of fatigue. From learning how to shiver properly, sweat efficiently, reduce heart rate, and expose your body to sustained bouts of challenging temperatures, you will understand how the body works and where energy is diverted when in a “survival” condition. To out into practice: cold showers, ice baths , saunas and steam rooms or just going for a simple run in cold* temperatures will do the trick.
- Breath Hold for Oxygenation: I will get more into this in future posts as I truly believe all will improve their lives with Static Apnea ( Without Air) for short and long term effects. From Oxygen saturation, to a clearer mindset and complete sensory awareness, holding one’s breath brings truth and prioritization into one’s daily schedule in a fast and blunt way. From a sedentary, bloated legged office worker to the elite cyclists and Ironman Triathletes of our time, holding one’s breath can improve metabolism, nutrient transportation, confidence, self-respect, temperature control and an overall reduction in heart rate beats per minute (bpm). Read my previous post for better insight.
- Fasting: Whether its Religious, cultural, health-based or out of simplicity, fasting can bring a euphoric awareness that re-prioritizes movement, energy, efficiency, and breaks societal necessities that usually just end up wasting time. Your body will be able to self-digest, re-program cells, divert necessary energy, vitamins, nutrients and slow things down. Your heart-rate will improve, your metabolism will be ignited and you will better adapt yourself to the off-chance you actually need to go 1-4 days without food. Getting through any 24 hour-96 hour fast is pure mindset. Try it, research it.
- Find a Lifestyle and Live In Abundance: Throw away the term “diet” and replace the headaches with pleasurable living through a “Lifestyle”.
- Yearning to Learn: Learn something new everyday and never lose passion for self-internal discovery. Whether you learn part of a new language, your physical tolerance in an ice-bath or how many miles you can run in a day, make it count and always progress.
- Voluntary-Suffering: Read my first two posts. In brief, if you gather all the suffering that you experience internally on a daily basis, you are harnessing the worldly suffering, therefore internalizing and releasing Happiness to the world through Karmic vibes.. Sounds ridiculous in the world we live in today, but it is a fundamental thought in what I consider to be my practicing faith. (Research Point: Zen Buddhism)
- Understanding and Practicing Karma: Learning how to Die Properly (Research Point: Tibetan Book Of The Dead) (Research Point: Hinduism). Karma is a swaying ocean that doesn’t care who you are and where you originate from. If you sway in the Karmic Ocean, it will sway with, for and against you. All living creatures are sentient beings. We will die and take the life of another sentient being (pig, wasp, Brussels sprout root), only to live another lifetime from what we deserved from the first. We will live over and over in other beings and leave part of ourselves in all those beings. Therefore when you kill or take hold of a living being (pig, cow, carrot, chicken), you are in turn killing or transitioning yourself in a different form. We are all connected and make sure your appreciate all there is to life. The wind blowing, the sting of a bee, the cactus thorn, and even frostbite. You are alive. Don’t live life beneath the covers and create a world of positivity, happiness, opportunity and compassion.
- Reverse Ego-Centric Psychology: Viewing everyone around you as smarter, more experienced and with better ability keeps you constantly wanting to improve and focus on the simple tweaks that can make you into the “Upgraded you”. It also keeps your ears open to all who speak, with you to filter, and helps you never discount any information (wrong or right). Don’t ever let hair color, race, religion, rank, country of origin, and anything get in the way of Truth and ability. Experience is experience, but common knowledge is not common to all. Be an open book in 1st draft, with only what you say and believe as what is actually published. You will understand who speaks constant bullshit and who to listen to in the long run. (This technique can be dangerous if you have a bad self-image, always thinking everyone is better than you. That is not the intent. Be happy and listen to everyone. Do what feels right but don’t be afraid to experiment and adopt unique ways of living your life.)
- Traditional Medicine, Self Healing and Empowerment: Food is thy Medicine and we have come very far away from this ideal. From fertilized seeds of the future to living off of powders and pills, we actually have to remind ourselves to eat real, living, whole foods. Healing the body is very simple, as it was hundreds of years ago and although we have more technology, we have more ailments and disease. I could write for days on this topic but in simple, learn what worked for generations and practice healing yourself before others reel you in for life.
- Self-Experimentation: you will never know what works until you try. Whether it’s health-based, a skill set, physical, emotional or spiritual, get to know yourself in every aspect. Don’t let physical limitations be an option for someone else to place upon you. Explore what life is like when you break your personal barriers or what you thought was previously impossible. Time, distance, calories, pounds, elevation; let these words dictate your performance but don’t lose sight of casually experimenting and never lose sight of the fun in all of it. Numbers are numbers and they usually don’t have the parade your looking for. A better person all around is a general aim.
- Societal Interaction: I struggle with the instinctual need to go out and get my exposure to other things than the cold, heat and obsession with perfecting my health, endurance and my search for adventure. We all need to experience our form of societal exposure through friendship, family or even a simple wave at a grocery store. Some are too impacted by others, controlling their every move while others are too alone and don’t know they need others around to better their life. Either way, not everyone is feeling the way you do. Have empathy and realize others are going through daily struggles. Embrace others as you would yourself ….and maybe we are all the same person, just in another body.
- Family: Keep Family alive in your life with communication, any type, and appreciate every single breath of life that you share with people. Stay conscious while you are spending time with family and loved ones and never regret a moment or action. Be Present.
- Volunteering: Spread the Karmic Vibes any way you can.
- Clean house; clean mind: A plate goes through so much wear and tear and yet it can be cleaned and used again so quickly. Treat the plates, or carpet or chopsticks as your mind. Wipe it clean for a brief moment and reflect on the spices and ingredients it has covered in the past. Some things should be remembered, while others should fade away with the wind.
- Minimalistic, Frugal Lifestyle: I will explore this later, but only live and breathe with what you know you have. Write down on a piece of paper all that you own. If you forget anything, theoretically you would throw that out. Not practical, but it can drastically reduce the stresses in your life. Empty spaces do not need to be filled.
- Meditation (Samadhi): Meditation is the medication of the future. Read my first two posts, but I will touch on this in the future. Empty your mind, whether its 48 hours or 3 minutes, you will benefit. You don’t have to have the intention of reaching Nirvana or a euphoric state, just closing your eyes and focusing on intention, purpose and future effort while help you picture, or visualize, what needs to happen to get to the “end” result. Stay alive in the eyes to stay alive in the mind.
- Cultural and Religious Tolerance: Understanding another living being and their reasons for living and continuing on for the day is fundamental to understanding yourself as well. Bring every culture into your life and you will only gain positive Karma for how to address, communicate and dive deeper into another’s soul. If you often judge others, get to the root of the negativity by evaluating what your flaws are. They are often the same and you fall victim to judging vicariously to make yourself feel better. End this vicious cycle and learn what makes people unique in a bright light. Whatever God, or Goddess you believe in, try to TRULY believe in all Religions, because simply put. We do not know. I put my faith in Karma and practice Buddhism. Experiment and go to all churches, synagogues, temples and be fluent with key words. What you find offensive is no big deal for someone else…how is that true…because you aren’t the only one in the world. Tolerate.Smile.Breathe.
- Music As Therapy: Learn an instrument. Its like a new language but with hundreds of years of culture, potential and you get the added benefits of improving your dexterity, focus and patience. From the Sitar, to Violin to Harmonica, and Didgeridoo. I have a long-term goal of learning every instrument I possibly can but only in a beginner, basic way. I’d rather be able to play on every instrument, then only specialize in one. Don’t Judge. You don’t need to know how to read tablature, sheet music, or even have good posture and charm, just a creative spirit, some free time and soul.
- Nature: Spend time outside and understand why you are a human. Whether you are underwater or standing atop a mountain, you will soon realize you are small and fragile at any moment. Understand that Nature is a higher power than you are and you will start to view all living entities as you view yourself. Respect the living world.
- Realistic to “Dream-Big” Goal-Setting: Setting any sort of goal is a practical but dangerous concept to those who cannot deal with those limitations. Make it realistic, but have more faith in yourself to complete something you never thought was possible. Whether you want to climb Everest, Run across the country, become a Doctor, build a house, or lose 200 lbs., if you apply yourself in an extraordinary way, you will get it done! Sacrifices, time-management and a frugal lifestyle will sometimes be the reality of beginning this journey, but it can be done. The bigger you dream, the more you will learn since “failure” will approach with consistency and in smaller doses. In time..in time.
A few more “Runner Ups” to help you out. Some are very specific and blunt but they are monumental with overall health and wellness. These are biased as I whole-heartedly practice these everyday, but either way, research and experiment.
21. No More Microwaves: The days of at home radiation therapy are over folks. Microwaves should never be a part of your at-home cooking process. Microwaving foods will seriously alter, as with cooking, your food in negative, carcinogenic ways that devoid your food of nutrients. If you wouldn’t stick your head in a microwave, neither should the calories, nutrients and fuel source to live your life that you consume daily. Microwaving milk ( animal secretions…nasty stuff in the first place and the #1 cause of inflammation and Osteoporosis…I digress) will cause toxic molecules to form.
22. Vegan/ Vegetarianism: This is a game-changer and I will fully discuss all in future posts. This has been the biggest impact in my life to date regarding health and I will never look back at my selfish, cruel past. Whether your introduction into a cruelty-free future is based in Health, Performance, Sustainability, Ethical choice or Religious (or all), an animal free diet will benefit all. The worlds strongest man is a passionate Vegan
as well as the worlds top triathletes, runners, cyclists and anything that one would define as “Macho” ( http://www.richroll.com/). Break the stigma and show others that you are living the happiest life by not consuming decaying animal carcasses and their by products. If not for the world, yourself or those around you, do it for the animals. Don’t call yourself an animal lover but still get most of your calories from animals. Oh, inverted world.
23. Gluten-Free Diet For All: Modern Human stomachs are gluten-intolerant, some react severely, some don’t react as harshly but the effects build over time. Cutting out Gluten is a smart choice for all who care about sleep, digestion, skin, hair, athletic potential and metabolism.
24. Cut Out The Sodium: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommends 2,300 mg daily, while the Institute for Medicine recommends 1,500 mg daily. I recommend 0 mg. I will dive further into this controversial topic in future posts as this has been the number one cause and effect while people are dieting, cutting, ridding their body of toxins, shedding weight and getting rid of bloating for good. If you consumed a pure, whole food, Vegan Diet, you would most likely take in less than 100mg daily. Why need anymore. Even if you exercise 3-5 hours a day and use Natural (I hate that word..it used to mean something) whole, organic, plant-based calories to support your daily endeavors, you will still not require anything more. If you do consume or find the need to up your intake, look toward high quality sea salts, Himalayan Salts, Pink Salts and those found in algae, kelp, kombu, nori and anything from the source of the ocean.
25. Intermittent Fasting, One Meal A Day, Monk Diet : This is another controversial topic in a health-obsessed state that society is currently in, but in general, you consume all of your calories in a small window to affect the way the body breaks down nutrients and adapts to the lack of calories and nutrients during the day. Over time your body will be able to extract nutrients in a more efficient manner, speed up digestion, replace glycogen faster, help you become more “Fat-Adapted”, and learn to keep the overall ingredients of your meals more simple. From a Religious aspect, that I truly look toward, it is the understanding of earning your meal each day and to only eat once all has been accomplished for the day. You appreciate every bite and cherish the texture, full flavor and nutrient packed goodness that each food and ingredient you so choose to enjoy. The idea is that with the simplicity and understanding of earning your meal, you will take advantage of time (by slowing your ravenous nature), of stomach room (by only filling it with Positive Karma, nutrient potent foods), and with appreciation ( knowing and accepting that if you do not live a purposeful day, you will not eat). This is where voluntary fasting comes in.
26. Ikigai: “Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning “a reason for being”. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.”-To me, in a casual sense, encompasses running, cycling, holding my breath, deep meditation, and spending quality time in a sauna.
Research and experiment, everyday, and as always, may you Run, Pedal, Smile & Breathe!
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