The weakest link

If you treat the symptom of a disease and not the cause, you are one of the statistics.

The body is a kinetic chain and a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When you expose the body to too much inflammation, through years and years of poor lifestyle habits, you begin to pull the chain at both ends. Where the chain snaps is where your weakest genetic link lies. The problem with pharmaceutical drugs is they treat the symptom, not the cause. They go to work on where the link has been dismantled, without addressing what was pulling on the chain. Here's an example to illustrate: Giving someone a thyroid drug does not address what's causing the issue for the thyroid in...
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Fixing hangryness

Eating six small meals a day will not raise the metabolic rate any higher than three square meals...or seventeen for that matter.
The hunger one gets from eating frequently is NOT the metabolism revving into high gear, it is a powerful hunger-stimulating hormone known as ghrelin. Upon completing a carbohydrate enriched meal, basal levels of insulin will rise. The subsequent fall in insulin causes ghrelin levels to elevate. Insulin and ghrelin work antagonistically to one another, much like a sea-saw effect. Ghrelin primes your strict eating schedule and is the culprit behind "hangryness." Sticking with a rigid eating schedule triggers a rise in ghrelin prior to mealtime, bringing about extreme hunger pangs. Besides those ravenous cravings, missing scheduled meals also causes sluggishness and irritability. The body adapts...
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Mimicking mankind

Mankind hunted and gathered food for Millenia.
They walked for miles, climbed trees, lifted heavy rocks and sprinted to and from prey. This lifestyle approach today we call 'exercise'. We are going to mimic that. Mankind did all that in a fasted state. Not because they wanted to but because they had no other choice. If they wanted to eat, they had to earn it first - simple. No one was going to give them food. There were no cafes, drive thrus or delivery service. "If it's going to be, it's up to me" - was the philosophy. This lifestyle approach today we call 'fasted training'. We are going to mimic that. That is if you want to eat, you have to earn it first by training. Mankind found...
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The power of intermittent fasting

Just imagine for a moment that the energy the body uses to function, equals the money you spend on a daily basis.

When we eat food, it gets broken down into glucose and glucose provides the body with an immediate source of energy.

Treat glucose like the money that's readily available in your pocket. It's there on hand to fulfil an immediate exchange for something in return.

Glucose is the exchange currency for energy in the human body, much like money is the exchange currency for goods and services.

When glucose enters the bloodstream, it is transported and converted in a reservoir of energy known as glycogen.

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Overweight yet still starving

In the past, mankind ate lower quantities of food because it was scarce to find and rich in nutrition.
Nowadays, mankind eats higher quantities of food because it is abundant to find and poor in nutrition.  There is so much more 'food' available today but it is far from being proper food. More appropriately, what many people are presented with today is more or less, food like products. These food like products cause people to feel famished, incessantly overeat more of the same junk and get sicker and fatter as a result. People are being overfed and undernourished. They are getting the illusion of satiety with a full stomach...
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The nutritional book of mankind

Anthropology studies tell us that human beings have been on the planet for at least two million years.
It has been said that the human genome had fully developed, well before the beginning of the agricultural revolution - some 10,000 years ago. This means that our genetic material, our DNA, is a 99.99% carbon copy to that of our ancestor beings. Prior to the agricultural revolution, mankind evolved on a particular way of eating. If you couldn't hunt it, fish it, pluck it or gather it, you wouldn't eat it. It was as simple as that. It didn't come out of a packet, you couldn't refrigerate it or store it away for later consumption. You hunted, you feasted, you fasted - rinse and repeat. This is how...
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A formal apology

It takes incredible humility for someone to own up and announce publicly to the world that they have messed up.
Not many of us like to be proven wrong. One of the biggest traps in the human experience is righteousness. We seem to have a right-to-be-right about a lot of things; and this can often put us in a very dangerous place. When we seek to be right about everything, we miss out on two important life lessons: 1. We become stubborn as we fail to understand that another point of view outside our own may also exist and be equally right. 2. We fail to take responsibility for all the wrong that's going on around us. If the government, medical authorities and food corporations claim to...
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The sweet toxin.

When a product tastes sweet without sugar added, be aware.
If the promise of delivering maximum taste minus the calories is too good to be true, it may in fact be. Found in products such as NutraSweet, Equal and many diet sodas, aspartame is the most commonly used form of artificial sweetener. Discovered in 1965, this additive was rejected multiple times over with massive conflict of interest. After some carefully manipulated research, the FDA eventually approved aspartame for human consumption in 1983. The chemical molecule of aspartame is made up of three components: 50 percent phenylalanine, 40 percent aspartic acid and 10 percent methyl ester. When the body breaks down aspartame, the methyl ester portion is converted into methanol (wood alcohol), which is a toxin to...
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It’s all in your skin.

To lose unwanted body fat, it is imperative that you obtain an optimal hormonal profile.
One of the most important hormones to manage is that of testosterone, the chief anabolic hormone. Much of our testosterone is converted into dehydrotestosterone (DHT) which takes place in the skin. It occurs in the sebaceous glands of the skin, which are a particular gland that produce sebum, an oily like matter that keeps the skin and hair follicles lubricated. For this very reason, one side effect for those who experiment with exogenous testosterone (steroids) is oily skin and acne. All of the testosterone conversion is happening right there within the layers of the skin. Vitamin D has a huge impact on testosterone  levels because it too is converted in...
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Eat in silence

When we eat, it is best to do so in silence. Mamma Phass grew up in a convent, with this forgotten principle of etiquette acknowledged as standard procedure. Nothing was uttered or heard during meal times, except the sounds of cutlery clanking. As unsocial as this may appear, words have the power to stir up emotions. Emotions that can play a central role in how (or if) we digest food. Never argue or bring negativity to the table. If something is to be shared, it would be best to keep it brief, positive and up-lifting. Most of our emotions and neurotransmitters are housed in the gut. We see or hear something traumatising and can reach a point of emesis (gagging) or vomiting. We...
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