Should you trust most health information?

After years and years of reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos, reading studies, I have come to the logical conclusion that most nutrition and fitness advice is garbage.

Now having said that, that does not mean that there aren’t inferences you can make from the myriad information floating around online and in books in regards to health and exercise modalities, but that there is so much complexity to the fields that most of us, being untrained in the science itself, especially in statistics, which is used so much and in such an imperfect way to justify most of the advice given these days, that to simply read or hear something online and take it as gospel is the epitome of foolishness.

Most of the things we find out online will never be applicable to every human being on this planet, especially not at all times.

We are all so different, with such vastly different backgrounds, genetics, and lives that to say one way of eating or training is ideal for your whole life would be madness.

There are some general principals that seem to hold up across all the differing science, and they are so laughably simple that we never should have had to study them in the first place.

Move a lot, relax a lot, eat enough food, don’t over eat, enjoy yourself while being alone, enjoy yourself with someone else or many people, don’t stress out, do stuff that challenges you, look at stuff you find beautiful, sleep as well as you can.

Almost all that advice which can be found universally throughout all the literature on health, is some pretty basic logic we have known about for thousands of years.

Oh, and none of it involves freaking out about what food you have eaten or how much time you spent in the gym.

Just explore your body, fuel it, and have a fun life. All the minutiae, all the little details, that stuff is the 20% that only applies to you at a specific point in your life, and should be focused on last, after getting the normal shit together.

This is not to downplay how sick people can get if they happen to have an allergy or a severe nutrient deficiency or hormonal imbalance, but so many people become hyperfocused on those small details that they forget the more basic things that many times will fix up those other issues as a secondary effect.

Don’t get lost in all the bullshit marketing and scare tactics used online to sell you a diet or pill, just explore and try new things and see you feel and perform, and don’t become addicted to one way of doing things, because life is about growth and change, not stagnation and the magical one way of doing things.

Remember, stay health and let your geek freak fly folks!

Little Joys Ch.49

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 18th, 2020

I think there is a deep biological connection between us and trees. For most of us, the sight of any sort of tree evokes feelings of calm, of appreciation, and especially of beauty.

I see a negative reaction to nature from someone to be a sign that perhaps things are not going very well for them, as a rejection of beauty is usually one of the first signs of depression or anger.

Having returned to the mainland in Bali today, I decided to walk from the pier to my hostel, about a two and a half hour walk with my 12 kg bag. Perhaps not ideal considering I had recently gotten a sunburn on my face, but damn it I wanted to walk.

It was the right decision.

Street after street, trees abounded. Everywhere I looked nature was interwoven into the fabric of the city.

The only other place I had felt this sense of nature and man together was in Kyoto, but whereas Kyoto had imposed its will upon nature, as the Japanese are masters of, here in Bali you felt more of a relaxed atmosphere. Nature had been allowed to thrive in many places, on fences and houses, around buildings, and all down the road.

It was beautiful, and human, and joyous.

Just what I needed to start my day.

Remember to stay healthy folks, and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.48

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 17th, 2020

Many people think the idea of being selfish is a horrible thing. That focusing fully on yourself is something that makes you a bad person, that good people just give and give to others and take nothing for themselves.

This is foolishness.

If all you do is give, you will simply burn out and be miserable.

We all need to be selfish, to take joy and pleasure out of the giving we do. And we do need reciprocation to some degree. Most especially we need to take time for ourselves, to recharge our batteries, to be kind to ourselves, to remember that we are human and get sad and exhausted and just need to do things, small or large, that give us pure pleasure.

That might be traveling, that might be going to the spa, it might be heading to the gym and training till you drop.

Maybe you go hiking into the mountains for a few days, or leave the kids with a babysitter so you can have some alone time.

Or maybe its simply buying some ice cream and 8:30 in the morning because you’re feeling a bit lost.

It was really good ice cream, magnum classic, always hits the spot. I might even get a second one when I go out again.

We all need to be a little kinder to ourselves, and whatever you need to do to feel good, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, is nothing you need to feel ashamed for, or justify to others.

Do whatever makes your inner child feel a little joy in your day, even if only for a moment.

Then go out and be awesome again.

Remember to stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly folks!

Little Joys Ch.47

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 16th, 2020

Books are doorways into secret worlds, secret lives created by the minds of people around the world.

Many books follow the same set of rules, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

But some books simply are.

They give us a glimpse into a small piece of someones madness, someones day, someones moment. They help us connect with that part of us is that is confused, lost, trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is our life and make some sense of it all and understand that we are not alone in our loneliness.

Everyone has a scared child running through mazes in our minds and being confronted with the fact makes you realize that we are all trapped in the same maze together, all we need to do is reach out, spill our truths, and we can connect on a deeper level.

I just finished up the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. Its my second read through, and it is just as beautiful and broken and poetic as the first time I explored its pages. For anyone who has not read Patrick’s work, I highly recommend it. His king killer chronicles are wonderful books, imperfect as all stories are, and perfect in their imperfection. The slow regard of silent things is a small 60 page companion book which shares a few days of one of the characters in his series, and it is truly a wonderful book.

It might not be for you, but if it is, it will sink into your skin and rest against your heart for weeks and months.

Remember to stay healthy, let your geek freak fly, and never forget that you are not alone in your brokenness.

Little Joys Ch.46

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 15th, 2020

Nature never lets you forget its majesty.

There is always a new vista, a new landscape to discover.

Cities, architecture, paintings, all so beautiful, but they fall short of what a simple forest, or the view of the ocean can bring to your soul.

There is joy in nature, joy in remembering where our true home is.

 

Little Joys Ch.45

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 14th, 2020

Sometimes we forget how incredible our technology is. Much of it is a mindless waste of time, but there is so much that is truly wondrous. As I was flying from Vietnam over to Bali, I realized how unappreciative I was of the fact that I was flying through the sky in a giant machine. It really is amazing when you think of it.

We all need to work on our mindfulness and appreciation of all the amazing things we get to partake of in our modern society, flight being one of them. What used to be impossible or take months or years now takes only hours, with a tiny percentage of the risk those travels used to take when we went by foot or boat.

It is a joy to fly.

And a joy to land safely, because I am terrified of heights.

Double win folks. Remember, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.