Simple living is easy, well easier than today's modern lifestyle, but getting there sometimes is not. I know from the questions I usually get on the subject most people want to live a simpler and happier lifestyle, but they are…
I get asked all the time what are my main principles or advice on how to obtain optimal health. It is a little harder than it seems, as it is different for every person. What I have done is put together what I consider to be the 5 pillars of optimal health. These are not all encompassing or perfect for everyone, but I do think most people who follow these will not only greatly improve their overall health, but their life as well.
1. Confusing Primal with Paleo
Primal and Paleo play in the same playground, but while Paleo folks are making sure the sandbox is gluten and dairy free we are doing back flips off the jungle gym. Simply, Primal is a lifestyle following the primal eating habits, movement patterns and mental aspects of our ancient descendants. Paleo is more focused on the diet of the Paleolithic Period, hence the term Paleo. We incorporate the Paleo diet into the Primal lifestyle, but with some tweaks, which I think makes the diet part easier to follow.
As my friends and family know, my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. This is the one day where I let it all go with no inhibitions, or worry about what I’m putting into my mouth. I just flat out go for it. Of course I pay for it the next day, but it is well worth it. In my philosophy I prescribe that people should have a day such as this from time to time, we only get to live once we shouldn’t have to worry about our food choices 24/7.
Since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year I have my special routine I go through in order to prepare myself. I eat a small dinner the night before and go on a fast until the Thanksgiving meal is served. In addition, I wake up early the day of Thanksgiving and go to the gym to get a good workout in before I stuff myself silly.
Per my routine, I woke up early on Thanksgiving day in order to go to the gym, but when I walked up to my vehicle I noticed something odd. My passenger side window was missing and seemed to be scattered on the ground. Oh no, not a good start to my favorite holiday of the year. After being angry for about 5 minutes I realized there was nothing I could do, what was done was done. I then called the local Sheriff’s Department and patiently waited for them to arrive. During this time I didn’t stew or work myself into a tizzy, I just retrieved the vacuum cleaner and prepared for cleanup after the Sheriff’s Deputy had taken his report. Once the report was done I cleaned up the mess and realized my gym time was pretty much shot and I wouldn’t be able to get my workout in and make it to Thanksgiving on time.