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pjfit.com will stay here as my virtual “pamphlet” on the web, but I’m now using beegeandpeege.com for my new activity because through combining the marketing talents of Beege (aka Bev), and the content creation of Peege (me), we will be able to help way more people together than I can alone on this blog.

If you are a subscriber to this blog, just go to beegeandpeege.com and subscribe there to get even betterer and fantasticer content than you ever did here, like new recipes, blog and vlog posts, and more!

See you there!

And here’s a sample of something I just posted over there:

Is Coconut Oil Unhealthy?

Mainstream media has launched an all-out assault on coconut oil and the gluten-free movement this week, with articles such as:

1. Everything you knew about coconut oil is wrong.

My comment: How do you know what I know about coconut oil and what makes you the sole expert on the subject?

2. The debate over coconut oil can finally be put to rest.

My comment: Oh good! Finally, a supreme, all-knowing, non-biased source declares their own victory in this “debate!” (Sarcasm intended)

3. Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.

My comment: Tell that to all the tropical populations of the world, who eat more coconut oil than anyone, yet are among the healthiest populations on the planet (or until recently anyway, thanks to the introduction of processed foods into their culture).

4. You shouldn’t go gluten-free unless you have celiac disease, according to a study.

My comment: It is well-established now that modern humans have no business eating modern grains. The ancient grains that had health benefits are now extinct on our planet. We have bred them out of existence in order to produce the sweet, starchy (and largely genetically modified) grains we have now. It’s sad, but modern wheat and gluten are downright toxic. I’d eat wheat if I could, but I don’t because the wheat Jesus and his disciples ate over 2000 years ago no longer exists. Also: “A study?” Really? One? And then print an article about it to the world? C’mon guys. Good science never does that. Besides, the study they cite is horroble and the one that started the “Whole wheat is healthy” movement simply compared white, refined flour bread to whole-wheat bread and only found that it was LESS BAD, but certainly not healthy. It caused LESS weight gain and heart disease, but still MORE than people who refrained completely from wheat. And besides, that too was just one study. C’mon guys!

This latest assault is brought to you by USA Today, the New York magazine, and the American Heart Association, which are three of the largest mainstream organizations in the world. These three are also responsible for bringing you the low-fat diet, which is the biggest reason for our modern obesity pandemic and all the health problems and diseases that go along with it.

Anytime I hear “health advice” from mainstream media, it’s a signal to research the opposite of what they’re telling me to do because that’s probably the direction I should go in order to get healthier. I’m not the only one saying this either. Here’s a great post on it: http://sustainabledish.com/coconut-oil-wont-kill-listening-american-heart-association-might/

The recent popularity of coconut oil and the gluten-free movement is certainly getting people healthier and the mainstream, along with the starchy carb/grain industry, Monsanto, and the pharmaceutical industry hate that. They can’t make any money off you if you’re healthy, so now they’re fighting back, trying to suck you back into their deception and profits with horrible advice like this.

If you want to continue believing mainstream, conventional “wisdom” and not research anything for yourself, then it will cost you your life. Quite literally.

If you want to research things for yourself and try healthy, sound recommendations from holistic sources, on the other hand, you will get healthier and not only live longer, but will enjoy that life more, without the need for drugs to keep you alive while your feeling miserable.

It’s your choice. Do a little “work” and research things, try new things, and experience your own results, or be lazy and blindly follow the advice of the mainstream responsible for the current health state of our modern, civilized world.

Speaking of the civilized world, with your research (if you choose to go that direction) start with the strict hunter-gatherer societies who cling fully to their ancient traditions and check out how healthy they are. It’s astonishing. No cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, etc. And no TV, internet or mainstream advice either…

Things that make you go:

The war on coconut oil and saturated fat is more urgent and important than you ever imagined. Please research this for yourself because your life and the life of your loved ones depends on it! Here’s a good starting point:

I’ve Been Just as Wrong as Everybody Else

8014abddab2342799315a1205db2a034-800In my journey through exercise science and research since 1987, I have been “wrong” more times than most people, but I end up being “right,” sooner than most people as well because of all the research I do.

I fell for the “calorie – calorie out” myth just like everyone else.

I was duped into believing that the US government’s food pyramid was a healthy way of eating along with the masses.

The low-fat myth suckered me, just like billions of other people.

My original personal training clients, back in the late 80’s. were subjected to traditional training, using sets and reps because I didn’t know any better. I have since apologized to them for wasting so much of their time, now that I do know better.

Heck, I really have pretty much tried it all over the years I have been developing my own system for exercise, brain training and nutrition because I want to know what doesn’t work as well as what does work. Sometimes I’m surprised, because what I think will work doesn’t work, and what I think won’t work sometimes does work.

I do pride myself however, on my ability to find the stuff that does work better before most people do, because I’m spending at least two hours every day on average, studying the latest research and exercise, brain and nutrition science, and constantly trying those ideas and concepts on myself, friends, family and X Gym members.

This is what makes me “right” sooner than other people I know in my industry. Most of them usually fall in line with what I’m telling my peeps, but they are typically at least 15 years behind me.

What is “right” anyway? It’s not actually 100% “right” because there’s probably something better just around the corner that I haven’t discovered yet, but at least at the moment, it’s the “best” advice available for exercise, the brain and nutrition. The things I’m telling people today, might be “wrong” tomorrow, but at least my “wrong” is vastly more effective than most other people’s advice they currently think is “right.”

I love when I’m wrong because that always means I’ve just found something even better and I get to tell people about it!

This is why I’m thrilled every time somebody subscribes to this blog or signs up for my email list through xgym.com because I get to help one more person with the current “right” information at the time.

Thanks for being here and I will continue to remain passionate about delivering the most current and effective information to you until the day God takes me home (at around 119 years young or so).

Got “Text Neck?”

“Text Neck” is a specific posture pandemic problem that has popped up since “smart phones” have come on the scene. These modern, first-world  gizmos are even more powerful than the computers of 5 years ago in many ways.  They’re drastically more convenient too, so people end up surfing the web on their smart phone even more than on their computer nowadays.

Because of this convenience, we can’t seem to spend more than a few seconds standing around anymore, without pulling out our smart phone to check emails, Facebook status updates, Instagram, other social media, and the list goes on.

The video below shows a couple tips on preventing and reversing this modern day posture syndrome, so enjoy and pass the information forward to your friends, family and loved ones!

Source: http://www.king5.com/entertainment/television/programs/new-day-northwest/perfect-your-posture/286700574

Do You See the Light?

21128a8b31f5b40def1ca574da13e1b3Many of the principles I teach are pretty much opposite from what mainstream health and fitness espouses. The reasons for that are myriad, but don’t get me started because that could be another whole big, long post itself.

Here’s the bottom line. We need sunlight and every one if its wonderful, beneficial wavelengths to get inside our eyes and to hit our skin for optimal health. It’s really quite simple: We were designed for sunlight and if we don’t get it, we become unhealthy.

Sure, too much sunlight is bad for you, especially if you let your skin burn. Too much direct sunlight in your eyeballs can blind you too, but this doesn’t mean the sun deserves the bad rap it’s been given by mainstream “health” information.

Vitamin D is vital to your health. In fact, most progressive health practitioners have deemed it the most important vitamin. Some experts even claim that it should be reclassified as a hormone because of how important it is to our health and biological functions. Recently it has been shown to prevent multiple sclerosis, depression and especially skin cancer! Surprised? I’m not.

Taking vitamin D as a supplement is all fine and dandy, but there’s no more bioavailable source of this vital nutrient than the kind manufactured by your own skin. Since the skin can only manufacture vitamin D when sunlight hits it, it makes sense to get some amount of sun as often as you can. How much is enough? It doesn’t take much. In fact, for most skin types, 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight 3-4 times a week on the skin is enough. How much skin? About as much as would be exposed on your face, neck and arms if you were wearing short sleeves.

Most of the cells in your body have light sensors and when those light sensors get a dose of sunlight, with all its various beneficial wavelengths, they get happy, increase activity, promote healing, reduce inflammation and even change your mood and attitude. Letting sun hit your skin, the photoreceptors in your cells, and the receptors in your eyes also help improve your sleep quality because that type of light is a big part of setting your natural circadian rhythms. When you get quality sleep, you are better able to burn off body fat and build muscle, so it also contributes to being fit and lean.

As I said above though, too much can be a bad thing, so if you are out in the sun long enough to get a burn (even a slight pink color), by all means, use shade and sunscreen to prevent that.

This brings us to another important topic: Sunscreen. Most sunscreens are highly toxic and the higher the SPF, the more poisonous chemicals it contains. These toxins have been found to increase the chances of cancer, so doesn’t that seem like the purposes being defeated? Besides, sunscreens with a higher SPF are a waste of money anyways. SPF 8 block 87% of UVB rays (the ones that burn your skin). SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93%. SPF 30 blocks 97%. SPF 100 sunscreens block 99%. And despite that high SPF, you’re still not protected against UVA rays, which reach deeper levels of skin and increase your risk of developing certain types of skin cancer.

With my skin type, I typically start to get pink within about 45 minutes at my current latitude in Seattle Washington, but when I’m in the tropics, I start to pink up in about half that time. Because I know this, I am great at finding shade when I need it, but I also use organic sunscreens. They work just as well, if not better, but without the poisons. You can find organic sunscreens at places like Whole Foods, PCC and other natural food stores. You can also easily order it on Amazon or through high quality health sites like Mercola.com. Yes, orgainc sunscreen about twice as expensive as the mainstream brands, but I hear getting a major disease is REALLY expensive…

Lastly, the latitude you live in makes a big difference. If you are close enough to the equator where the seasons and lengths of daylight don’t change more than a couple hours, then you will get enough quality sunlight all year round. If you are in a higher latitude like I am, you won’t be able to get enough quality sunlight for optimal health benefits about half the year, namely, from the end of October to the end of April. During those months, vitamin D3 supplement with vitamin K2 is vital and necessary.

Bottom line: The worst thing you could do is to be afraid of the sun and keep yourself out of it. Doing that will increase your chances for many different kinds of disease and depression. So my recommendation is to seek out the sun and enjoy it as often as you can but know your limits.

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