Paleo Quick Tip of the Day- What I WISH I had known about Diet and Exercise in my Teens!
Now, I am 62 years of age, and FINALLY think I have figured out a lot about proper diet, lifestyle, and exercise... but, how valuable would that have been when I was about 16??
Unfortunately, back then, there was virtually nothing taught about it, and all that WAS given in the way of guidance was quite worthless. And so, in my day, nothing was taught, and that was WAY BETTER than what is taught as almost a religion TODAY!
The American Medical Association, the FDA, American Dept. of Agriculture:
ALL of these hugely funded and highly regarded organizations teach LIES.
I don’t know how to say it any stronger! They are all in the pocket of processed food and pharmaceutical drug companies- they are just advertisers, apologists, or SHILLS of those companies- they do not know, nor do they care about what can help you to be healthy, fit, strong, and lean-
They exist to sell processed, bad foods guaranteed to make you sick, fat, and unhealthy!
They exist to sell drugs to treat the SYMPTOMS (JUST the symptoms- not the root cause) of what ails you- sell you these drugs FOREVER!
THEY EXIST TO MAKE LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY... AT YOUR EXPENSE!
At the expense of your health, and at the expense of your wealth.
I know, this seems very cynical, but it is very true I’m afraid...
And so, here is what I offer you- whatever your age, but especially if you are young, in your teens or twenties:
You can have a long, happy life- living in a lean, healthy, lithe and sculpted body, to a very great age- without medicines, without acne, without being fat or weak, just by following a few basic principles that are time-tested (since caveman days!), and not at all hard to grasp or follow, once you understand them.
Don’t eat junk foods! This is #1 for a reason- if you do nothing else, this one thing will put you light years ahead of your friends- DON’T eat processed, fake, man made crap food! This means Doritos, cheetos, twinkies, Mcdonalds, ALL fast foods, packaged cereals, skim milk, velveeta (fake) cheese, Taco Bell (fake meat)- you get the idea! Just REAL FOOD! Meat, eggs, whole milk, cream, butter, all the vegetables you can get, fruit!
Don’t drink soda pop of “energy drinks”- Coke, Mt. Dew, Dr. Pepper Red Bull and suchlike- these are all probably some of the worst things you can put in your body!
I actually don’t know which is worse- sugar or corn syrup sweetened ones, or chemical sweetened ones. They really suck! As bad as cigarettes!!
For exercise, stick to bodyweight exercise, like (I hope) you were taught in grade school. The pushup is #1- do this one exercise, and you will be light years ahead of your friends who start lifting weights or who do nothing but video games.
The weight lifters will eventually injure themselves, quite working out and become fat, and the video gamers will just gradually become fat (but without lifelong injuries)... Neither is a good outcome!
Just do pushups, in front of the tv, and straight legged situps along with body weight squats (meaning squats with no resistance) for high reps. Believe it or not, but you can build quite a body by doing this routine for about 30 minutes, a few times a week-
First thing in the morning is by far the best way- get up before everyone else!!
And I mean both boys (or men) and girls (or women)!!
Just do modified pushups or negative situps if you need them- build up as best you can.
There is tons of information on exercise at www.paleojay.com as you progress... but just make sure to do 1,2,and 3 above on a regular basis.
One more thing: Get at LEAST 8 hours of sleep per night!
Sleep is what truly makes you what you are- it is JUST as important as good, God made food!! Do NOT miss out on SLEEP!
If you want to participate in high school sports, go ahead! But, if you don’t, rest assured that you can become even MORE FIT by doing what I just told you- by yourself-
and this is fitness that will last, and grow, and actually become amazing to others-
FOR A LIFETIME
That is what I wish that I had known. Do the above, and you will be clear-skinned, energetic, happy, healthy, lean and fit- guaranteed. It really is that simple!