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When you are surrounded by hundreds of people what do you see? Think about walking downtown in a big city such as Chicago or New York.

Is everyone fit and healthy? Or, rather, do you notice some fit folks mixed with some overweight and others obese? If you were to dig deeper into the lives of those who look fit and healthy you would find out that most are suffering through some sort of health problem.

You may look at a marathon runner and immediately assume he is healthy. However, he may have joint issues. He may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He may have sleep or digestive issues. We assume he has no issues even though this fact would be rare.

Is your doctor healthy? It's amazing how many overweight doctors there are today.

What has happened to the health of the world? Why does it continue to decline? Shouldn't we be getting healthier as we "progress" forward? We can fly, talk to anyone around the world via a cell phone, connect to the internet, drive cars, lift off into space…

Yet our health continues to decline. We may die at a later age but are we really living?

Begin challenging conventional wisdom NOW

Maybe it's time you throw a few punches at conventional wisdom. Challenge it. If most people still tell you that saturated fat is the devil then ask them why. They will tell you it leads to heart disease even though there is zero evidence that it does.

Challenge everything you read and hear for the rest of your life. Do your best to make sense out of everything.

It may be "normal" to believe that animal fat will get you sick (heart disease, etc.) but guess what? It is "normal" to be sick.

It is normal to suffer through something very serious in today's world.

Are you sure you want to continue to do what everyone else is doing?

Baby steps are important

You may be able to ditch bread or pasteurized skim milk cold turkey. Do it if you can. Realize that these individual things are baby steps to much improved health.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients of 100% whole wheat bread? Do you have any idea how it is created? It's not real food. Where it comes from? What about pasteurized skim milk? Raw, whole milk from grass-fed cows is one of the most nutrient dense foods on this planet. Why mess with it to make it "skim" milk?

Realize that there is no final destination when it comes to achieving super health. The final destination is in fact death.

Be proud of new discoveries. Run around your home when you quit drinking soda pop. Or smoking. Or binge drinking or eating. Each one of these accomplishments is a baby step. It's part of the endless journey.

You don't want to follow the same path as the average person. That average person is sick or is on the path to sickness. I'm not saying you will achieve perfect health. Perfect health does not exist. But, that does not mean you can't be full of energy and be excited about each and everyday because of how you feel day in and day out.

Challenge the status quo. It takes guts. Bravery. But, if you want to feel like you are 25 when you are really 75 then challenging the norm is an absolute must.

Where do you begin?

Focus on real food. You don't have to give up junk for life. Meat is real food. Buy from local farms if you can. Grass-fed beef is best but any beef that you cook and prepare yourself is great. Veggies are real food. Fruit is real food. Whole, raw potatoes are real food. Cook them yourself. That means skip french fries. Butter is real food. Eggs are real food. Liver is real food.

Think about what you put into your mouth. Increasing your awareness of what goes inside your body may be the most important habit that you can possibly develop.

After all, you are what you eat.

Are you ready to challenge the status quo when it comes to food? To go off the beaten path and discover what it feels like to have vibrant health? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!


by Todd Dosenberry


Photo: Courtesy of The Wandering Angel

Do you want excellent health? Do you want to be physically fit? In order to live a full, vibrant life you need to be healthy. You don't want to be taking prescription drugs just to stay alive in the hospital when you reach your later years, do you?

Wouldn't you rather be able to play a round of golf, rock climb, go on five to ten hour hikes or chase your grand kids when you are in your 80s and 90s?

Yes!

If you were not born yesterday then you are well aware that the health of the world, particularly folks eating a typical Standard American Diet, is in a steady decline. We continue to get fatter and fatter. We continue to get sicker and sicker. We live a poor lifestyle and then expect drugs and antibiotics to come to the rescue.

What if you lived a preventative lifestyle? What does this take?

Courage.

You need to be different. Unique. You need to be brave and face your fears. In order to be healthy, you need to live a different lifestyle compared to the average person. The average person is NOT healthy. Average isn't so grand anymore.

You need to change.

You probably need to change your beliefs. Consider the following truths…

  • Saturated fat is heart healthy
     
  • Red meat will not kill you
     
  • Cholesterol is needed for countless bodily functions
     
  • Dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on your cholesterol numbers
     
  • Fat does not make you fat
     
  • Carbs don't make you fat either
     
  • Walking is the perfect cardio exercise
     
  • Bodyweight exercises will get you stronger then 99% of the population
     
  • Most diseases and cancers are preventable through lifestyle intervention
     
  • No one is destined to get fat

We have been lied to. Finding the truth is an incredible challenge. With 7 billion people in this world, someone will always disagree with you. Someone will also always agree with you.

You need courage to change your lifestyle habits. That's if you want to be healthy at least. Try the following…

  • Order a burger with no bun
     
  • Substitute fries for a vegetable or side salad
     
  • Ask for olive oil and vinegar for your dressing
     
  • Don't fear beef. Buy grass-fed as much as possible.
     
  • Eat as many eggs as you want. It's nature's perfect food. Pastured eggs from local farms are best.
     
  • Steam or lightly fry your veggies and enjoy with a fair amount of real butter.
     
  • Ditch any and all drinks that contain any amount of sugar. Even if it's one gram. This includes juice.
     
  • Never eat cereal again. Eggs and bacon are tastier and healthier.
     
  • Cook your own food.
     
  • Move more.

And, most importantly, ask questions. Experiment yourself. Go back to the basics. Pay attention to how you feel. Eat whole foods. Bread is not a whole food. Cereal is not a whole food. Ground beef is. Steak is. Eggs are. Fruit is.

Keep things simple and never stop educating yourself.

It will take courage to change. But, if you want to hang out with your grandkids and chase them around the house in your 80's then you are going to have to challenge the status quo. Believing the majority will get you sick.

Take a look around you.

Be brave. Be bold. Be you.


by Todd Dosenberry

Just one from all the gems

Love is beautiful. Love is essential for electrifying health. Love is essential for life. Without the act of making love, life does not exist. This is beautiful, don't you think?

The following is a list of ten love tips that will allow you to live your life with electrifying health. You want to live as long as possible, right? More importantly, you want to feel alive during your time on beautiful Earth and not suffer from any disease or cancer. This is certainly possible and the following tips will help.

1) Love yourself. You are the most important thing in your life. If you don't take care of yourself then how are you going to help others?

2) Love others. My sister just got married in Key West. The love she shares with her husband is infectious. If you are deeply in love then you will make sure your lover is in grand health. You will make sure you are in grand health as well. You want to be with this person for as long as possible.

3) Make love. Yes, that means have sex. Sex with someone you love. Sex is physical activity. It gets your blood flowing. It's fun. It's play. And, of course, it creates life. Making love with someone you love is one of the world's greatest de-stressors in the world. Excessive stress is one of many players in disease and cancer. You want to avoid both, right? Find a lover and make love with him or her!

4) Love to cook and/or prepare food. Unless you live with a professional chef, make cooking a hobby. If you hate to cook or prepare delicious raw food such as a smoothie then you are more bound to buy packaged junk food at the grocer or to pass through a drive thru. If cooking becomes a hobby, something you love engaging in, then your health will improve. Home cooked meals are almost always better than packaged crap at your local grocer. Start with cooking meat and veggies with lots of spices and herbs and then go from there.

5) Love nature. Where do you spend the majority of your time? If you work, eat, relax and get entertained indoors then you are probably nature deficient. Get outside. I don't care how cold or hot it is. I hate the cold but I still feel outrageously relieved when I step foot outside in the heart of the Winter. It's difficult to explain the incredible phenomenon behind the healing properties of nature. If you are constantly inside and stressed then it's time you spend more time outdoors. Go for a short walk. Take a long hike. Play a sport. Go to the beach. Ski or snowboard. Don't be afraid of the sun. Vitamin D3, aka the Sunshine Vitamin, is essential to all life. A burn is too much but a tan is perfect and protects you from damage. Maybe you need a non human companion to join you on your walk?

6) Love your pet. We own a lovely Boston Terrier. I'm deeply in love. I LOVE taking him for walks. The longer the better. If I never looked forward to putting the leash on him and stepping outside then I would feel stressed every time I had to do this "chore." This would probably lead to bad habits that could lead to poor health.

7) Love movement. Any form of movement is better than no movement at all unless you are completely exhausted or have a strong desire to relax. Every single time I decide to lift my butt off the chair and do a few push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, leg swings, hip extensions, arm circles, etc. I feel alive. My confidence soars. Just a few minutes of this many times throughout the day can do wonders for many folks. Love the movement you are engaging in and feel your health improve in an instant.

8 ) Love sleep. Sleep is important. If we all know this is true, then why do we fail to place an importance on it? We instead watch hours of TV on a daily basis. Ditch the television. You think you love watching the screen when in reality you don't. You love being outdoors. You love to play. You love to sleep. Love it more. Understand that it is vital to your health and be grateful every time you place your head on your pillow and pull the covers over your body. Love the energy you gain from sleep.

9) Love to smile. Are you feeling stressed out? Smile. Try to laugh a little. How are you feeling now? If you actually completed this small task then you should have felt alive for at least that brief moment. The simple act of smiling is one of the simplest, yet one of the most powerful and contagious actions you can take to improve your health. A fake smile won't work unless a real laugh follows. But if you make smiling a habit then it will all of a sudden happen automatically. You will find yourself laughing more. Your happiness, and thus health, will increase at a rapid rate. It may take some practice but it's worth it. It's so simple folks. Just smile! 🙂

10) It's your turn. Leave a comment below with at least one tip that deals with health and love. What do you love that improves your health? Maybe its giving a hug, playing a sport, meditating or engaging in yoga. Whatever it is, share. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.


by Todd Dosenberry

Farmers' Market
Creative Commons License photo credit: NatalieMaynor

You want to be healthy. You want leanness. You want to feel awesome as much as possible. You want perfect digestion if possible. You want to avoid sickness. You want to be disease and cancer free.

You can have it all. The most important step is feeding your body what it desires.

How do you do this?

Buy food at a farmers market.

Here is what you may find in abundance:

  • Fresh veggies
  • Fresh fruit
  • Pastured eggs
  • Grass-fed meat (including the nutrient dense organ meats like liver!)
  • Fish/seafood
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Extra virgin/cold pressed Olive Oil

Local food. Sustainable food. Perhaps certified organic food. Food that nourishes you. Food that will prevent sickneess, disease and cancer. Food that will make you come alive.

Food that will make you healthy.

You will meet farmers and will be able to learn exactly how your food is grown and raised. You will build relationships with the farmers you buy from.

You will NOT find crap. You will NOT find CAFO meat. You will NOT find colorful boxes.

Begin to focus your grocery shopping efforts at your local farmers market starting NOW!

Then thank me later.

You need to begin feeding your body whole food if you want vibrant health. You will find this at the farmers market. Sure, you can buy whole, real food at your standard grocery store. But, most of the "food" that is available is crap unless you are shopping at a place like Whole Foods. Farmers markets are not perfect either but it is by far the best place to start. It is by far the best place to focus on.

Go ahead and buy coconut milk at your areas standard grocer.

But, if you want to make it easy on yourself then just visit your farmers market. There are countless benefits in doing so.

If you have no idea where a farmers market may be in your area then why not do a quick google search? Or, visit LocalHarvest.org for farmers markets or EatWild.com for grass-fed, wild meat.

Do you shop at your local farmers market? Why or why not?


by Todd Dosenberry

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