Sometimes people ask me what benefits I get from my “extreme” lifestyle. Here is some evidence that this lifestyle really works.
All my life I have been very susceptible to any contagious disease that gets near me. If the guy in the cubicle next to me gets a cold, so do I. If my kids get a cold, so do I. Not only do I get a cold, I get a long drawn-out miserable cold that potentially progresses to bronchitis. Sometimes these colds would last a month. Over the last 1.5 years as I have been improving my lifestyle, my immunity has gotten stronger. I won’t lie. I still get colds just as often as I used to, but they are a shadow of what they once were. Instead of a 2-3 week really stuffy and miserable cold, I now have colds that last 1-2 days and are relatively mild.
I used to have significant digestive problems. I regularly had heartburn and would probably have been considered constipated. Now I only get heartburn if I eat poorly for multiple consecutive days. Bowel movements are regular and easy.
I lift weights twice per week. I have been able to put on more muscle weight than ever before. In the past I would work extremely hard with little or no gains.
So what exactly do I do to achieve this?
choose organic foods whenever it is economical
eat only pasture raised beef, chicken, and pork, and occasional wild-caught fish
eat pasture raised eggs
eat only healthy traditional fats like butter, lard, coconut oil, and olive oil
eat whole grains only, fermented or sprouted
eat legumes soaked for 12-24 hours, rinsed, and cooked for 2-4 hrs.
drink at least one glass of whole raw pasture raised milk daily
eat whole raw cheese
eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (mostly cooked vegetables)
eat occasional roasted or brine soaked nuts
use only whole sweeteners like maple syrup, sucanat, or raw unfiltered honey
don’t eat processed foods (e.g. white sugar, white flour, corn syrup, MSG, splenda, fruit juice, etc.)
take echinacea tea when I feel a cold coming on or when people around me have colds
do a high intensity weight lifting workout twice per week
do taijiquan for 20 minutes each morning
have a 20-minute massage twice monthly
Goals I have for continued improvement:
add liver and increase sea-food intake
increase intake of lacto-fermented foods
eliminate tea and coffee
reduce calorie intake to lose 5-10 pounds of fat
be able to bench press 150lbs for 8 reps (I have 40lbs to go) ( UPDATE: this is with dumbells. I tried benching with barbells last night and was able to do 130lbs at 6 reps. This is the strongest I have ever been)