With Courage, Vibrant Health Is All Yours

by Todd Dosenberry on · 9 comments

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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?


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?


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

Todd Dosenberry, aka "Primal Toad", is a primal enthusiast who is on a lifelong mission to inspiring millions of people. You can find him on his blog, Primal Toad, various social media sites or possibly in your hometown as he is in the midst of a world travel expedition through 2020.
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Jon Mertz March 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

Great post on healthy habits, Todd. The one to add to the list is “Don’t drink the diet drinks.” Some studies suggest that drinking more than one soda a day — regular or diet — increases your risk of obesity and related health problems.

Time to engage more actively in our health… embrace our courage!


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Primal Toad March 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

Right on Jon. Diet drinks can be just as bad as regular. They mimic sweetness and your body then expects sugar but its not getting any so you end up eating something sweet later on anyways.
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Audra Krell March 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Great article on the realities of health. Moderation, moving more and making a few simple dietary changes can lead to great things. We need not be overwhelmed with bravely making changes.
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Primal Toad March 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Just one small change can go a long way. That one small change may lead to bigger and better changes from the momentum that the first change brought.


Jesse McComb March 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more. Eggs are perfect. Grass fed beef in moderation is great (especially if you lift weights as I do). Walking is excellent and relaxing. Very inspiring post.

It’s amazing what happens when you tweak your values and mindset on things. I used to be vegetarian but never felt very good. Once I reintroduced meat, I felt much better. I did the vegetarian diet for 2 years so it wasn’t as if I didn’t give a try (and ate well … it wasn’t the french fry and chips variety of vegetarian diet).


Primal Toad April 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

A lot of folks who eat a Paleo based “diet” used to be vegetarian. When you are honest with yourself you realize that at least some animal foods are absolutely optimal. There is a wide spectrum as to how much one needs.
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