- Grains (wheat, rice, corn, pasta, cereal, and all the processed foods made from grains): We've been told that whole grains should form the foundation of a healthy diet, but even whole grains are eventually converted into glucose upon ingestion, and add to the disastrously excessive total carb intake in the modern diet. Whole grains also contain objectionable agents such as gluten and lectin, which are known to contribute to the now popular health topic of leaky gut syndrome. Yes, gut health is the cutting edge and about to explode in awareness. No less than the great South African physician Dr. Timothy Noakes (arguably the most prominent exercise physiologist on the planet) said, "leaky gut and insulin resistance are the future of medicine." Our new book by Australian journalist Kale Brock called The Gut Healing Protocol will give you an excellent education and dietary protocol to improve gut health.
- Sugars: The assorted forms of sweetened beverages being the worst because they don't fill you up, but blast you with high doses of sugar. Also ditch sweets, treats, and deceptive forms of high sugar such as healthy-sounding energy bars and processed snacks and condiments containing sugar. Dr. Robert Lustig is a leader of the campaign against sugar. Check out The Real Truth About Sugar, and Gary Taubes' The Case Against Sugar. Sugar will slowly kill you, and the 8-year-olds you serve it to at your kid's birthday party. Sorry to be a party pooper, but it's time to wake up, realize this stuff is truly physically addictive, and transition over to delicious, high fat treats (like highest quality dark chocolate). Sure it's important to enjoy life, but how about making sugar a special treat instead of a daily staple? Yah athletes, I'm talking to you too especially, due to your massive consumption of gels, bars, drinks and extra dietary calories of all forms. Check out Primal Endurance Mastery Course to help you ditch carb dependency and become a fat burning beast.
- Refined high-polyunsaturated vegetable oils: Immediately eliminate all bottles oils such as canola, corn, soybean, safflower, buttery spreads and sprays made with these oils, and all the packaged, processed, frozen, fried stuff made with these offensive agents. This stuff, because it has become oxidized (contains free radicals!) during high temperature extraction/processing methods, inflicts immediate damage to your cellular DNA to the extent that Dr. Cate cites research that they are in many ways worse then smoking a cigarette, and exclaims that, "they are, literally, like eating radiation." Unfortunately, an estimated 40 percent of all the calories in restaurant food are from vegetable oils (cited by Dr. Shanahan; due to entrees being cooked in this cheap sludge at everywhere from fast food joints to the finest establishments), and an estimated 20 percent of all calories in the Standard American Diet come from soybean oil alone (Dr. Andrew Weil). Check out Dr. Cate and her husband Luke and I talking about the dangers of vegetable oils. Luke's a nice guy but he will freak you out and scare you away from oils with this frank discussion of how oils mess with your brain and body.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Hi Friends, this year I've been deeply immersed in writing an exciting new book called The Keto Reset Diet with my primal sidekick Mark Sisson. It's about the recently popular ketogenic diet, which represents the highest sophistication of the primal/paleo/low-carb eating strategy. The essence of “keto” is to become free from dependency on regular high carbohydrate meals as your main source of energy, and improve your ability to burn internal sources of energy—namely stored body fat as well as ketones. Ketones are made in the liver to burn in place of glucose when you restrict dietary carbohydrates. Going keto helps you easily remove excess body fat, improve cognitive function, minimize disease risk, and improve both athletic performance for both endurance and strength endeavors.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Speedgolf revolutionizes the traditional sport by introducing the element of speed, endurance, quick reaction, and shot creativity into the slowest-paced of all sports. In Speedgolf, your score is comprised of the number of minutes spent on the course plus the number of strokes taken (similar to the winter olympic sport of biathlon - shooting and xc skiing).
My first exposure to Speedgolf was when Olympic middle distance runner and recreational golfer Steve Scott set a Guinness World Record for playing a round of golf in 27 minutes, shooting 103 back in the early 80s. In 1985, my mother bet me $50 that I couldn't finish 9 holes in under 30 minutes. I finished the nine in 17 minutes and change and was flabbergasted to notice that I played as good or better than normal golf when I was running full speed through the course--in the zone!
Years later, endurance sports publishing guru Bob Babbitt organized a circuit of Southern California tournaments where we raced thru the course, and had caddies in golf carts providing all of our clubs on demand. I placed 8th in the 1996 World Extreme Golf Championships in San Diego, shooting 80 in 40 minutes for a 120. The sport had Red Bull sponsorship and coverage on ESPN as an attempt to become the next cool extreme sport but it kind of fizzled out.
Forwarding to 2012 or so and a group based in Oregon (Speed Golf International) brought the sport back big time! Oh man this was exciting for me because I was just returning to golf in 2013 after a 10-year run dominating youth athletes while coaching them in soccer, basketball and track (then they grew up and I was forced into the stands to cheer). I read about and watched great athletes like Christopher Smith and Rob Hogan, and practiced hard for a full year to join the elite players at the 2014 championships in Bandon Dunes. Speedgolf is a great sport because it doesn't take much time to play. I visit courses in the final hour before darkness when there are no other players out there, and zip around 9 holes in 30 or 45 minutes, then return home for dinner!
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Recently I was chatting with a group of old friends on email about the Olympics. Of course Ryan Lochte's name came up as did Michael Phelps. There was a compare and contrast the decorated Phelps with the disgraced Lochte. The all-time sports fan JB said he was disappointed in Lochte and that character means so much for who he elevates to hero status as an athlete. Here's how I went off in response:
Deep down very few people care about higher ideals when it comes to sports. We collectively worship athletes so they have a distorted view of real life and are free to misbehave without much consequence. We get outraged at Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds when they get caught, but no one is outraged when watching the rider ascend the mountain or hit the ball into the San Francisco Bay.
Alumni boosters call for the college football coach to be fired when he's 8-4, very likely these days because he refuses to cheat as aggressively as his cohorts. Perhaps he is great at developing 'character' in young men (just like the alumni benefitted so much from mentors during their college years), but fell a little short on the field. But we want his head on the block.
Michael Phelps leaves Brazil as the all-time Olympic hero, but we should reflect upon how his past transgressions were far more impactful than Lochte's folly. Statistics cited by MADD suggest that each DUI arrest represents ~88 occasions of drunk driving (obviously, since you have to first weave noticeably and second be seen in the act by a cop. What are the odds! well, 88-1 I guess). So Phelps put others' lives at risk literally hundreds of times with his entitled mentality and his substance abuse problem that he waited a decade to get help for. (Phelps DUI's were in '04 and '14), a waiting period that was surely enabled by his ability to perform for fans and sponsors in Olympics and other elite events.
As a public figure and default role model, Phelps did severe damage with his behavior. His first DUI punishment sentence was community service - talk to high school kids about drinking and driving. Knowing the particulars of the disease, it's virtually certain that he was still drinking and driving while talking to kids about not drinking and driving. Perhaps he was telling them to choose bong hits instead, as that was his 2009 landmark.
By comparison, Lochte did some shit that happens every single day with high profile athletes on college campuses. They get in a bind and break something, lie a bit to try and assuage, and sometimes get busted. It's not a big story. Furthermore, speaking of "overexaggeration", you could suggest that NBC did this with his story for the purpose of a salacious ratings grab.
The 30-minutes plus of prime-time coverage could have been pointed at high character athletes doing good things in real life, but we don't care enough as viewers. Oh, Lochte, hurt his young teammates who got yanked off the plane to take the rap in person and get popped for $11,000 before they could leave Brazil, that's for sure. But don't forget Brazil Olympic committee spokesperson himself instructed the world to give Lochte a break and move on.
I must admit that Phelps has redeemed himself wonderfully at this Olympics by speaking to the camera, for the first time ever in his career, with a bigger perspective than himself, by being lauded as an inspirational team captain, and by seemingly, for the first time ever in his career, getting his shit together in personal life. Prior to recent years he was self-absorbed, immature, and engaging in some of the most dangerous criminal behavior imaginable (long-term drunk driving).
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Here is a reprint of one of Gordo's blog postings. Subscribe to his blog and get a regular dose (not an overdose he promises) of insightful commentary at a perfect word length for your busy life. Following his post are my comments back to him. See what you think....
|by Gordo Byrn|
- If you have the capacity to convince yourself that total focus towards your goal is "necessary"
- If you have the capacity to commit significant, sustained attention towards a narrow field of interest
- If you have the capacity to recover from high workloads
- then you have what it takes to succeed.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
These abilities (we call it 'fat adapted' or 'primal adapted) are hard-wired into our genes through 2 million years of selection pressure to survive with very unreliable food sources--until the advent of civilization from the cultivation of grains (a reliable source of food that transitioned us out of hunter-gatherer existence). Today, with our obsessive overfeedings of high carbohydrate meals, we have shut off our genetic abilities to survive and thrive on high fat and irregular eating patterns and are utterly reliant on regular doses of carbs (ever get cranky, foggy and loopy after skipping even a single meal? Then you are carb-dependent!
Right now I am 22 days into an experiment with a ketogenic diet, where my daily carb intake is 50 grams per day or less. Practically, this means I am eating ample servings of vegetables and snacking on nuts and nut butters, but consuming no other carbs to speak of. No grains, no sugars, no sweetened beverages, not even fruit or my lovely 85% dark chocolate! What I can report so far is more regulated daily energy levels and never feeling hungry. Fooling around with ketogenic eating is not advised until you have built some excellent momentum from low carb, primal aligned eating. I have been off grains and sugars for 8 years now in my primal journey, so I am simply dialing back my carbs even further to see what happens. For those interested and inclined, the health benefits are outstanding. Dr.'s Phinney and Volek detail the potent anti-inflammatory effects of ketogenic eating in their book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living.
Okay now let's read about the origin of chemotherapy, the role of glucose in cancer progression, and how ketogenic eating might help. From Mike DiLandro:
Mike DiLandro (paleomiked.com)