My new life of trying to stay fitMan its been a while since I used this site. I hope there are still people out there reading, but since “teh facespace” came out, I seem to use that as my “what is Dan up to.” Problem is, the site won’t archive anything so my journal is missing. Hence why I am here.

I recently have been “that guy” who sits around the campfire and rambles on about how we should eat and debating the “science” about nutrition. I recently read The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. Great read about a lifestyle that allows for a higher fat diet, more plants, some fruits, and lots of movement. I learned much from this book and I’ve been thanking Mark personally for his perspective. Since I read the book, I’ve not gained any weight, but not lost any more weight than before when I ate a low fat, higher carb diet from some grains. I seemed to become a real food elitist and would find myself getting into these heart felt debates over a study done in the 50’s by a man backed by the corn industry. I probably have become hard to be around so much that I noticed that my friends stopped having me over for dinner due to my “paleo” style diet. (Just an observation, I am sure its speculation on my part.)

So I’ve discovered that the topic of nutrition really boils down to this: As a human species, we are built with this immense brain and neurology system that allows us to balance our own nutritional “diet” and we need to spend more time really listening to what we need and ignoring “cravings” of foods that don’t work for us. I really believe that nutrition “science” is fortune telling really. Sure there is data out there from real research but there are always anomalies out there that point to another conclusion. Think the stories of people’s grandparents eating tallow fried potatoes, home made buttermilk biscuits, and bacon breakfasts and living until 70 in great shape. Therefore, I am discovering no one “diet” can work for all. The hard part is knowing what is food, and what is not food. I think that processed, GMO’d, highly modified, man made foods are what is killing people rather than saying “Going Primal” is the only way to eat.

For instance. I ate some soy/corn/wheat wraps last night. Today I feel a bit more bloated than before, but I certainly wont pack the ponds on, or get pancreatic cancer from it. Moderation of anything is key. That is the lesson I learned this year.

My conclusion from the last nine months of this weight loss journey and fit lifestyle is basically boiled down to one statement.

“We all need to move more, and eat less [modified] food.

That one sentence alone can help lower anyone’s cholesterol and keep unnecessary weight off. I really do believe this. Take for instance last year I put on over 35lbs in less than 9 months. What was I doing for this to happen? Well if I look at the website here, I can see that I was baking bread like crazy. I can pretty much draw a conclusion that I was working out less (if at all) and eating lots of bread followed by lots of beer.  I am probably a bit wheat intolerant. There is real science that demonstrates that we are somewhat wheat intolerant; people are allergic to grasses– wheat is a grass. Again, it’s not a one way perspective, rather a personal conclusion. I exercised almost 8 hours a week and dumped eating bread and lowered the brew guess what? I lost weight. Almost 50lbs and keeping it off. Have I eaten bread? Sure, but not 2 loaves a week with butter and jams. I’ll enjoy an occasional baked confection, but its wheat free or even rice free.

I am getting off topic here. So this is an ongoing research project in my life. Something that I think we should all decide and commit to. Moving more, and spending the effort placing what we put into our bodies for a nutritional purpose under a microscope with every meal is a great way to stay alive longer. Not to mention the endorphins that we produce from a great 30 minute workout spreads hours of great Karma to others. How can that be so tough? I can tell you it’s not. I always start off with this anecdote “If a 250lbs blob of unmotivated crap can get his butt off the couch and put down the remote and beer to workout for 1 hour a day can do it, so can you!”

And that my friends is the end of the chapter of Dan Merk as “The Food Elitist.”

Enjoy Life, in moderation. Peace.