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My mom always says…
“If you’re out of shape now, in 5 years you’re not gonna feel any better, you’re just going to feel worse unless you do something about it!”
I couldn’t agree more.
It’s important to have small things that we do each day as simple little disciplines to help us achieve a greater state of health tomorrow, than we had today. Over time you can build these disciplines in terms of their number and content.
Today your discipline might be to get into the habit of flossing after you eat a meal. But as you progress over the years you might be doing 15 or 20 new things each day that could be as simple as flossing after a meal or intricate as doing yoga or meditating before bed.
These daily health practices can build on each other over time and before you know it, you’re not using plastic anymore and drinking structured spring water out of this clay egg or this clay egg! You never know how far you can take it and that’s the fun part about building daily disciplines.
They’ll transform your life without you even being aware of it.
If you implement daily disciplines with health you can do them with other areas of your life as well, like balancing your checkbook or not leaving dishes in the sink over night. These are simple things that can really transform your life over time.
I get asked all the time about what I do on a daily basis to maintain good health. I figured I’d write a blog post to answer some of those questions.
As many of you know in 2003 I started a raw food vegan diet that lasted for only 7 years. Ever since then I have been saturating myself for at least an hour a day (more likely about 2) reading and listening to cutting edge information about health. I don’t know how many hours are needed to get a 4 year degree (if you add in homework and studying) but according to my calculations, I have over 4,000 hours of training not counting the books I’ve read.
We Must Earn Our Health
Health is something that must be earned or achieved even though it’s a birthright. Living in our polluted world, if we truly desire to flourish and be healthy, we need to work at health daily. And the time to start is now.
People think they’re already healthy and they don’t need to do anything further to remain that way. But if they could see what their blood looks like under a powerful microscope, they’d probably think differently. They’d be able to see all the worms, spirochetes, parasites, double spored bacteria moving around in between their blood cells. They’d probably see low oxygen levels and red blood cells clumping together. The problem is that they feel good because they’re young.
One day all those pizza’s and beer are going to catch up with us, it’s just how nature works.
Just by being alive today there are so many burdens on our immune system. In order to avoid diseases, we have to do things each day in order to stay at baseline levels. If we want even better results we must do even more things every single day to aquire a radical level of health.
Health and success are all about daily disciplines.
They key is to love the disciplines. If you love them, it’s not work at all. It’s easy.
In order to answer all of the questions I get asked frequently I’m going to split this up into daily disciplines and weekly disciplines. There are so many health practices to do each day that sometimes I do not get around to them on a daily basis. But I will do them 3 to 4 times per week.
If you did all of the disciplines that you want to do each day, you would probably end up spending most of your day doing them and not spending time with your family. This is why some of them only get done a few times per week.
Keeping A Positive Mental Attitude
Keeping a good vibrant mental attitude takes discipline. You have to be very careful what information or media you allow in. You have to protect your inner state from negative co-workers, family members or friends.
T.V is something that bombards us with negativity and leaves us feeling like we’re powerless. I gave up watching the news years ago. I don’t really watch T.V. anymore either except for documentaries, pre-recorded shows on Netflix or sports.
There’s just too much to be engaged in to watch hours of tel-e-vision (by the way, who’s vision are they telling?). I’d rather have my hands in the soil working in the garden, doing yoga, surfing, working out, taking my dog for a walk, reading a book or hanging out with my wife and friends.
Being a Christian and reading the words of Eckhart Tolle have really been helpful for me to stay present and allowed me the inner space to be thankful for everything that God has given me. Every day I’m aware of all that I’ve been blessed with and keep a feeling of aliveness about that.
It’s really been quite an amazing journey.
After my workout I’ll make another shake with raw carob powder, almond milk, eggs again, some Sun Warrior protein along with any other superfoods I have.
Fresh Raw Salad
I typically don’t eat salads anymore in the conventional way. I’ll blend them in my morning fruit smoothies or juice them. But I do consume green leafy vegetables at least once per day. I think it’s excellent for your blood ph as well as acid/alkaline balance of your major body fluids (urine, saliva, blood).
If you’re interested in the healing benefets of green smoothies, you should checkout Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko.
About 2 to 3 times per week my wife and I will go to a heated yoga class for an hour. But on days when we don’t go to class, I spend at least twenty to thirty minutes doing some form of stretching. I do it any time I can. When I’m at the gym resting in between squats or deadlifts, I’m either jumping on the rebounder or stretching. Why sit there when you could be doing something while you’re resting?
On days when we don’t go to yoga class I’ll typically spend this time to stretch before I go to sleep each night. This practice alone has helped improve my sleep dramatically. I fall asleep much quicker and typically don’t even wake up until I get up in the morning. I never have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or for any other reason.
If you want you can get more information about sleep from Dr. Rubin Naiman who has written some very definitive books on the subject.
Skin brushing is something that’s very detoxifying to the body and also something that just about nobody does on a regular basis. Your skin needs to breathe and eliminate toxins. Because the skin is porous these toxins bind to skin cells that die and sit on top of the skin preventing other toxins from leaving through that same channel. Our bodies use the colon, the lungs, the lymphatic system, the skin, the liver and kidneys as the main channels of detoxification.
If we block one of those channels (constipation, not sweating or skin brushing, having a liver that doesn’t function properly) then we force the body to use other methods to expel these poisons. If all the channels of cleansing aren’t working right then the toxins stay in our tissues or blood and over time that means chronic degenerative diseases like cancer, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and just about every other disease you can think of.
Skin brushing is just one way to get one channel functioning and operating properly in order to lessen the burden on the other detoxification organs.
If you skin brush before a shower once a day, your skin will become much smoother over time and you’ll be enveloped by a white cloud of skin dust.
It’s pretty gross.
You can buy a skin brush in any health food store for cheap and they’ll last years.
If you haven’t read my article on the benefits of rebounding, you might want to check that out. Rebounding is the only exercise that is a cellular exercise in that it works every cell in the body.
It helps build bone density (great for ladies in menopause dealing with osteoporosis issues or low bone density) and cleanse the lymphatic system. Your lymph nodes are filled with millions of one way valves that open and close on the ascending and descending portion of the jump. Combined with gravity, they squeeze out the toxins they’ve accumulated.
I do 10 minutes per day 7 days a week. If you want to cleanse out your system and help prevent getting seasonal allergies, colds or flu’s then start adding a few minutes of rebounding to your daily practice.
Who doesn’t have 10 minutes to spare to rebound?
Consuming Fermented Foods
Eating these types of foods is a lost art. Cultures have been eating different fermented foods since the beginning of time. Before they had food preserving methods like freezing and refrigeration, how do you think they were able to keep one batch of food good for a long period of time?
Eating fermented foods provides the body with a flood of enzymes, minerals and vitamins. They help to restore the delicate balance of bacteria in the body. If you’ve got yeast infections, then one of the first things you’ll want to do is to start eating fermented foods like pickles, yogurt, kefir, kim-chi, sauerkraut, kombucha and mead. You can really learn how to ferment anything and it’ll taste great.
According to Dr. Natasha Campbell Mcbride author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, 85% or more of your immune system is in the gut in the form of healthy bacteria. If you want to be healthy, you have to eat this stuff. If you’d like to learn about autism and healthy gut flora you can watch her presentation for free on our videos page.
A 1 Hour Walk 5 Days Per Week
My wife and I probably walk at least 5 times a week minimum. I alone walk a half hour a day to and from my gym 3 to 4 days per week not counting the walks my wife and I take together. Sometimes we’ll bring our new dog, sometimes we won’t.
Walking is probably the most natural form of exercise there is. Next to swimming its benefits are astounding. It helps to regulate the rhythmic patterns of your heart and decrease stress. It also helps to oxygenate the blood by increasing your heart rate.
If you can’t carve out time in your weekly schedule to walk a few days a week, improvise and park farther away from where you go shopping, on purpose. Take the stairs in office buildings, do whatever you can to walk more. It’s one of the most healthy things you can do and it’s so easy.
Weightlifting 5 Days Per Week
I see a lot of guys in the raw food movement that look incredibly skinny and think they look good. They don’t. We shouldn’t be scrawny and weak, it’s not healthy and doesn’t look good.
Weightlifting is one of my passions. I’ve been working out consistently since 1997 and really enjoy it.
It helps to lighten your mood, keep stress levels down, build bone density, increase strength and power. I change my workouts quite often and each routine tends to lend itself to a different amount of days needed in the gym per week.
Currently I’m doing the 5×5 workout routine and really enjoy it.
Yoga three days a week
Yoga is one of my favorite exercises. It requires a completely different set of strength than lifting weights. Yoga involves breathing and holding challenging poses for longer than your muscles think they can hold them. The mental alertness along with the flow of yoga makes you feel like a hundred bucks when you’re done.
I enjoy heated yoga classes and the sweating involved with it. When we’re done, I’ll be completely drenched in sweat from the practice. It feels amazing. It’s great for detoxing fat soluble toxins stored in the lipid matrix of the body as well as overall cleansing.
Low Sugar Vegetable Juice 3 Days Per Week
When I first got into juicing many years ago I was juicing 6 or 7 days a week. After a couple years of that, it’s hard to maintain as a lifestyle. I’m sure I could juice more but I feel pretty good about juicing three days a week. I have a Breville BJE820XL juicer and just love it.
There are people who claim that juicing is not a whole food, therefore it’s not going to be the best for you. People have argued that it’s not natural and the produce we’re juicing isn’t natural to our ancestral diet. Sure we probably were’t meant to juice 5 pounds of produce in a day but the way I look at it is, it’s not natural to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day working. Driving a car isn’t natural either. About 90% of how we live life today isn’t natural.
Sure if you were living in the jungle somewhere your need for fresh spinach, celery apple juice would probably be lessened to some degree. But juicing is one of the most healthy things you can do for cleansing and restoring your body.
Medicinal Mushroom Teas
I learned a lot about how to make medicinal teas from Daniel Vitalis (he’s got a couple of really good videos on his site) and David Wolfe. I like to buy reishi and chaga mushroom teas and make them often. Typically I’ll make them in very large batches so I don’t have to make them very often.
Medicinal teas are what the Chinese have been making for centuries. Many of the teas are adaptogenic meaning, they help modulate the immune system both when it’s low and when it’s too high. These herbs are one of the most optimal ways of getting polysaccharides into your body to help re-educate your immune system.
They act as sort of an internal organ workout. Each herb actually helps to stimulate a response for different organs in your body. This helps to actually strengthen the function of how that particular organ operates.
Making medicinal herbal infusions and decoctions (boiled herbs in hot water using a tea pot) help to stimulate the organs and is a great way to boost immunity. The effect of lifting weights in the gym on your muscles is similar to how your organs react to these herbal medicines.
Urine Therapy 5 Days Per Week
To the average person who hasn’t immersed themselves in this kind of information like some of us, drinking your own urine might seem crazy. But urine has been used for centuries by just about every culture to cure themselves of diseases. Urine has every known fatty acids, enzymes, proteins, minerals and phyto nutrients. It’s natures perfect medicine. I only drink a teaspoon per day and I mix it with Braggs apple cider vinegar and you can’t taste anything.
It’s similar to the idea of composting in your organic garden. You take a little of the remains of what the garden produces and feed it back into a compost system where bacteria and micro organisms create a healthier substance for the existing plants to grow and the cycle to continue. When you drink your own urine you retrain your immune system as to what’s foreign and what’s domestic.
Drinking A Liter Of Water Upon Waking Up
When I used to eat a standard American diet, I would wake up completely ravenous and had to eat right away. My “go to” breakfast was 2 bowls of cereal with low fat milk, and two pieces of wheat toast with peanut butter.
Now that my blood sugar is more balanced and my body is more mineralized, I can go hours without eating or even feeling hungry. This allows me to wake up and have a liter of water first thing. What I’ll do is poor a liter of spring water into my vitamix blender and turn it on low. I’ll add a squirt of liquid sea minerals, the juice from half a lemon and if I have some around, a scoop of MSM powder, also known as methylsulfonylmethane. MSM helps to rebuild the integrity of the connective tissues like your skin, hair, nails and organ tissues. It’s also very hydrating and detoxifying.
I’ll let the water spin on low for about 10 minutes and then add some ice and drink that for the next half hour before I make my morning smoothie.
I hope that answered all your questions about what I do on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis to maintain good health. As time goes by I keep adding more things to this regimen. For example, I want to add in twice per year colonics, weekly enemas, and twice per year herbal organ cleanses.
What are your daily health practices or your philosophy on how to get healthy?
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