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Lifestyle & Diet

True health involves every aspect of your life

DIET

Though conventional wisdom will fight tooth and nail against this argument, there truly are health dangers to a plant-based diet.
Plants unfortunately don't have human health as their top priority. Like all organisms, they are more concerned about their own survival than anyone else. Since plants can't fight us off with fangs and claws and speed, they've evolved other mechanisms to deter predators.
Dr. Kevin Stock explains this in detail in 
The Health Dangers of a Plant-Based Diet, down to a cellular level exactly what parts of plants harm us and why.

Finding arguments that negate plant and grain based diets are few and far in between, as they have been studied and pushed since 1974 when the USDA released this food pyramid, telling us to eat mostly grains, while limiting our fat and meat consumption. The basis of those recommendations was the fact that most people needed more nutrition, not less. Calories had to be maximized for both cost and density—and what is typically the best way to get the most caloric bang for your buck? Carbs.

Meat has been demonized in the eyes of the public for the supposed lack of sustainability, abuse of animals, increased risk of cancer, etc. When in reality, sugar and plant and grain companies wanted a larger piece of the profit pie. A harsh reality is that these companies could not care less about public health, and in fact, monopolize on it. 
The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. This growth correlates directly with an increase in plant based diet popularity in the 80s, as well as increased production of wheat, grain, and high fructose corn syrup, which was introduced to the food and beverage industry in the 1970s.
Diabetes is a major public health problem that is approaching epidemic proportions globally. When you eat a high-carb diet, the pancreas releases insulin that transports glucose into the body cells, where it can be used for energy.
The more carbs you eat, the more insulin your pancreas must make. Over time, the pancreas is so overworked that it cannot produce insulin anymore. This leads to high glucose levels in the blood. This condition is known as diabetes. 34.2 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don't know they have it, and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. 

The carnivore Diet

The carnivore diet is an elimination diet that focuses on eating almost exclusively animal products such as meat, organs, fish, eggs, and certain kinds of dairy. The strictest kind excludes fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, grains, dairy, and honey, while the more relaxed "animal based" form includes fruits such as berries and oranges as well as cheeses, raw honey, and raw milk.

Benefits of the carnivore diet include weight loss (both fat and water weight), energy as a result of proper and sufficient nutrient and amino acid intake, reduced inflammation because of lowered C reactive protein levels, increase satiety because of the protein-rich foods, and improved testosterone levels.
Various side effects are known to occur during the adjustment period to the diet, as there is to any diet. Those typically include headaches, fatigue, nausea, and similar effects. These typically last only a week to two weeks. Also, once you have adjusted your diet to yourself to either eat more or less of certain meats, fats, and organs, you will feel even better as well as keep side effects from ever occurring.
Major adaptations that the body needs to make may also lead to fluid imbalances as you will shed a significant amount of weight in the beginning (which is retained water weight); hormone fluctuations, primarily in cortisol, since your body is used to a certain amount of carbs, it will send you into starvation mode in order to elevate blood glucose levels; and cravings for sugar and carbs.
Unlike carbs, fats and proteins do not stimulate your pancreas to produce insulin. A high-fat, low-carb carnivore diet requires your pancreas to make far less insulin than a standard diet since there isn’t much glucose in the blood. This means your pancreas isn’t working overtime anymore, reducing the chances of getting diabetes to almost none, or to maintain healthy glucose levels if you are already diabetic, as well as possibly even cure your diabetes as Dr. David Unwin, Dr. Jason Fung, and Dr. Ted Naiman have done for their patients for years.

 

I would like to point to Dr. Paul Saladino and his supplement company Heart and Soil as a fantastic resource to learn more about the carnivore diet. He has many blog posts and podcasts explaining the diet and problems, regenerative agriculture, the importance of nose to tail nourishment, and much much more.
Carnivore Aurelius is also another great resource to learn more about the carnivore diet, along with a different insight since he includes fruits and honey into his diet as well. He talks about how humans evolved as carnivores and shows the evidence that a carnivore diet is necessary for humans in this article.

Stress

Stress is a difficult thing to define since it affects all of us in different ways relating to different things in our lives. Some define it as ​“physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension." Some as “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”

There are 4 different types of stress:
● Acute Stress - the healthiest kind of stress, our natural fight or flight response - our metabolism returns to normal within 90 minutes of the stress response.
● Chronic Stress - the worst kind of stress - from our jobs, kids, bills, relationships, etc. - these are often if not always ignored, repressed, and accepted because we feel that we can do nothing about them. The damage can be seen throughout our mental, physical, and emotional health.

● Eustress - moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer. Marriage, competitions, graduations, baby, a new job, etc.

● Distress - implies an external and usually temporary cause of great physical or mental strain and stress. Divorce, an injury, death of a loved one, losing a job, etc.

When our bodies are stressed, our muscles tense, almost as a reflex or reaction. It's the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. With sudden onset of stress, an acute stress reaction, our muscles will tense for a short period of time. With chronic stress, it results in our muscles being in almost a constant state of tension and guardedness. This is why we go get massages, to release that built up tension, since it has reached a point where it cannot be relaxed by ourselves.

This is important when it comes to Fascial Retensioning because we are able to effectively release those stressed and damaged fascia and muscles and provide relief that lasts.

However, if you continue to do the things that caused the muscles to get stressed and painful in the first place, then it is a waste of everyone's time and your money to help you to heal. We take the time to educate you on the importance of posture and how stress affects it, ways to reduce the stress in your life, proper diet, and how to maintain the work that we have done to provide improved circulation and movement. However, you are the one that has to take the action to do better and improve on the things in your life that are harming you.

Footwear

Footwear is a topic that most people seem to overlook when it comes to physical health and proper functional movement. Having cool shoes, or the latest in style, or the most unique, or shoes from certain brands is what people think about nowadays when it comes to footwear. We all like to fit in and be stylish, but at what cost does that come?

Just like a building, our bodies require a solid foundation to ensure structural integrity up through our kinetic chain. When the foundation of any structure is compromised the integrity of the entire structure is at risk.



 

Our toes are designed to splay - “spread and separate” - in order to stabilize and move functionally. By restricting the toes and their ability to splay correctly by forcing them into narrow toe boxes, we create a number of preventable and devastating dysfunctions and deformities. Some of the most common include bunions, flat feet, falling arches, plantar fasciitis, and hammer toes to name a few. 


 

More issues occur when you look at what is being pushed in the footwear industry. The current ethos lies in embracing padding and cushion and soft support from every angle. The prevailing idea is that the greater amount of padding under the food with help reduce the impact forces on the body's joints and tissues during weight bearing activities.
The problem with this is that our feet don't know what is going on, and as a result, we beginning walking and running with an improper gait that usually involves more up and down movement and improper striking position in front of us instead of under us, which results in said joint damage.
Another problem with cushioned footwear is that so much of our energy is wasted and absorbed into the shoes and "balancing" in them
, rather than into the ground where it can be fully applied. Think about running in sand. It's difficult because you are using most of your energy to not slip and slide and fall because the ground is not hard and stationary. 
Wearing rigid footwear is also similar to putting your foot in a cast. When your muscles aren't able to flex and do the work of keeping you stable and moving and hiking, running, sports, balancing, they will atrophy, which eventually will lead to injuries and/or a higher risk of injury.
With minimal footwear or even barefoot, our bodies can correctly estimate distance and force needed to move, which greatly decreases the the overall force on our feet and joints. Our  knees and hips will also thank us because they won't be bearing the weight of impact since minimal footwear leads to a more mid-foot strike rather than a heel strike with cushioned shoes.
Work to preserve your body’s foundation. Move around daily without any shoes, sandals or socks and free the feet. Wear functional footwear that allows for proper toe splay. Zero drop wide toe box shoes are now more accessible and affordable than ever before. 
Some good brands include:

Vivio Barefoot
Xero
Lems
Vibrams
 

Books

These are some books we recommend to provide different insights into improving your lifestyle and understanding of your mind and body and how it all works together. True health isn't just physical fitness - fitness of the mind is just as, if not more, important.


"I am convinced that knowledge is power - to overcome the past, to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make better decisions." - Benjamin Carson

Atomic Habits is the definitive guide to breaking bad behaviors and adopting good ones in four steps, showing you how small, incremental, everyday routines compound into massive, positive change over time. “Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.”

 The Alchemist is a classic novel in which a boy named Santiago embarks on a journey seeking treasure in the Egyptian pyramids after having a recurring dream about it and on the way meets mentors, falls in love, and most importantly, learns the true importance of who he is and how to improve himself and focus on what really matters in life.

Never Split The Difference explains why you should never compromise and how to negotiate like a pro in your everyday life. Negotiation begins with the universally applicable premise that people want to be understood and accepted. Listening is the cheapest, yet most effective concession we can make to get there.

The Immunity Fix is a comprehensive guide to how the immune system works and how different viruses and infections affect our health and offers strategies that have been shown to enhance the immune system. There is also practical tips and tools that improve stress resilience, speed of recovery, metabolic health, cardiovascular function and quality of life.

There are two distinct leadership styles in small businesses: the Visionary who sees the future and the Integrator who makes it happen. In Rocket Fuel the authors provide the how-to guide for understanding and managing the relationship between a Visionary and an Integrator to build a successful business.

12 Rules For Life is a stern, story-based, and entertaining self-help manual for young people that lays out a set of simple principles that can help us become more disciplined, behave better, act with integrity, and balance our lives while enjoying them as much as we can.