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Resistance & Procrastination

 

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Today’s study comes from one of my favorite books, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Resistance & Procrastination

Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.”

I myself have been victim to this. Prioritize what is important and finish what you started. There is someone out there waiting for your greatness to be achieved.

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

 

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Cheers!
The Healthy Primate

Daily Studies – Epictetus & The Art of Living

No One Can Hurt You

“People don’t have the power to hurt you. Even if someone shouts abuse at you or strikes you, if you are insulted, it is always your choice to view what is happening as insulting or not. If someone irritates you, it is only your own response that is irritating you. Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you, remember that it is only your judgement of the incident that provokes you. Don’t let your emotions get ignited by mere appearances.

 

Try not to merely react in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view, compose yourself.”

 

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

 

The UFC, The Gracie Family & Coaching World Champions – Our Interview with John Crouch

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This week we feature our interview with Coach John Crouch.  He is a world class jui jitsu coach, professor and mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community. Ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Not only is an amazing coach, he is a friend. I look up to many aspects of what Coach is doing for the sport he loves. He is highly regarded as one of the best MMA coaches in the business today. From his time with the Gracie Family to Coaching World Champions we go through his journey.

“Find something you love to do, and spend time doing it”

At the end of the podcast we will be giving away some autographed UFC gear. Details in the lower section.

Topics We Discuss:

  • The Journey to Martial Art
  • Time with The Gracie Family
  • The start of the UFC and World Champions
  • The rise of Jiu Jitsu in the States
  • The MMA Lab
  • What it takes to be a professional fighter
  • UFC – Behind the scenes
  • Road to a championship
  • Details of a fight camp
  • The Ultimate Fighter – Mexico
  • Benson Henderson – The Story of a Champion

We will be running a contest from Monday September 28th until midnight Friday October 9th.

You have the chance to win a pair of autographed UFC gloves signed by legend and world champion – Benson Henderson. We will also be giving away some limited edition Ultimate Fighter Latin America – Autographed Tee Shirts from Mr. Efrain Escudero. 

Click the link HERE for full contest details.

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

Stress Reaction and What is Really Happening to Your Body

In the next 30 days I will be publishing the findings of my 16 month journey on understanding the effects that stress had on my system personally. After I lost weight, I dove head into blood work to understand the variables that were at work. This week Jason dives right into the number one stress hormone, Cortisol. He covers the effects, drivers and importance of understanding what this hormone does and the effects it has on us all – specific to understanding our bodies.

Welcome to part 2 of our 3 part series from stress and body professional, Mr. Jason MooreHis works have been featured on ABC, CNN, NBC, FOX CBS News and the Wall Street Journal.

Enjoy!
Kolby I The Healthy Primate

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Stress Reaction and What is Really Happening to Your Body

A distinction I originally got from Vegan Ironman Triathlete and author of Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness, Brendan Brazier, is that any form of stress you have in your life — whether emotional, psychological, or phsyical (such as the “mycotoxic oxidative stress” that comes from acidic foods and drinks and recirculating metabolic waste, stress that comes from your marriage, family, and relationships, any work or environmental stress, and even so called “good stress”, like exercise) — always leads to higher cortisol levels (“the stress hormone”).

 

This “stress reaction” in the form of “spikes” in cortisol, initially gives you energy (historically, stress was a signal for fast action that protected us from danger), but it’s NOT clean or lasting energy.

 

To make matters worse, these cortisol spikes also shut down the proper functioning of digestion and elimination, make it difficult to enter into delta or REM sleep (which is the deep rejuvenative phase of sleep and the only time your body rebuilds and repairs itself), and cause you to wake up feeling un-rested, which leads to cravings for energy from “stimulation” (coffee, refined sugar, refined starch, and so on) in order to fire off the adrenal glands and boost energy in the short term.

 

Additionally, there are other hormones that get activated and go up when you’re tired that literally give you the illusion that you’re hungry, and this also leads to even more cravings for sugary, starchy, and stimulant based foods. Overindulging in “stimulants” then leads to even more stress and even higher levels of cortisol and other hormones putting you into a vicious downward spiral.

 

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Brendan Brazier found: 

Brendan Brazier found through his own research and experience that “when you’re well nourished and lower stress, cortisol levels come down naturally and, in the long run, you need less sleep, gain more energy, and can experience faster recovery.” The more tired you get, the worse you sleep, especially when there’s a lot of “physical stress” — then people try to add more sleep which is “treating a symptom” rather than the cause.

 

Eating better and getting enough nutrients, however, goes right to eliminating the cause of this breakdown.

 

He also points out, that having high levels of physical and/or psychological stress, “burned out” adrenal glands, and chronically elevated cortisol, can cause other problems in regard to weight loss and muscle gain — when cortisol is high, you cannot build muscle and lose body fat.

 

This might cause you to cut back on how much you eat (focusing on reducing calories) and to over exercise.

 

However, he also distinguished that “when you cut back how much you eat, you then get less nutrients which your body needs to rejuvenate, repair, and function — and with less nutrition the body holds fat in response and weight gain occurs, and usually at a faster pace.”

 

Exercise is both “psychologically stress relieving” (balances volatile energy and emotions) and “physiologically stress inducing” (breaking down muscle tissue that needs to be repaired).

 

Therefore, if you have high stress, poor nutrition, and high cortisol levels, you may need to transform your diet first by focusing on “high net gain” nutrition (live alkaline green juices and smoothies anyone?) and keep away from any high intensity exercise, focusing instead on “passive” exercise (like deep breathing and infrared sauna) and “light” aerobic exercise (like walking or rebounding), until you get stress levels and cortisol down and back into balance.

At the same time, whatever goes in must be either assimilated or eliminated, so you have to focus on the health and fitness of your digestion and elimination or nothing else will matter.

 

Another key distinction about weight gain is that the body puts on fat in response to the over-acidification of the blood by creating fat cells to be used like parking lots for acidity that must be moved out of the blood to maintain a normal pH. Poor digestion and poor elimination equals more acidity and more acidity equals the more fat.

 

This also means that, by improving digestion and elimination and alkalizing the body, you can reduce stress, balance hormones, improve sleep, have healthier skin (your largest eliminative organ), and much more easily drop weight in a healthy way while increasing energy and resources at the same time.

 

If zero energy equals no physical life, then the more energy you have the more health and vitality you have; therefore, anything that takes away from you bodies energy is disease producing, anything that contributes to your enegy is health and vitality promoting.

 

Digestion happens to use more energy than any other body process, even when it is functioning normally, therefore it’s critical to eat foods that are easy to digest and provide “high net gains” – meaning foods that make more energy and nutrient deposits than withdrawals.

 

What are easy to digest, high-net-gain foods? Is it simply organic and whole food? Or is it more than that?

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Unfortunately, just because something is labeled organic or considered “whole food” doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best for you, or even good for you — I often tell people that it is possible to kill yourself in the health food store just as fast as in the convenience store.

 

The kinds of foods that make the biggest difference when you eat them in the majority of your diet — the ones that support proper digestion and elimination, balance biochemistry, and provide resources for building healthy blood (more on that in moment) — are live, alkaline, water-rich, fiber-rich, healthy-fat-rich, and quality-plant-protein-rich and that are also organic and whole.

 

Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to go extreme and become a total vegetarian, vegan, or raw (which too often leads to excessive consumption of starch and sugar which is just as destructive). However, it does mean that you need to learn how to incorporate delicious, gourmet, alkaline, vegan, raw plant based foods into your existing diet — but ONLY if you want to stay alive and thrive long term.

Thank you for reading part 2 of our 3 part series. We would love to hear your experience, thoughts or simply open questions regarding the subject.

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

The Myth of Food Prep and Making Smoothies

If you have followed our site you have seen the Juicing with Noah series where my son and I attempt to add things to the juicer for a healthy snack. Sometimes it is a success, other times it is direct contact sport of flying foods! This week we were forwarded a great article from Hello Natural on prepping one months worth of smoothies in 1 hour. One of my all time favorite smoothies is the Green Smoothie blends. They contain so many essential vitamins and minerals and most the time taste amazing.

WHAT IS A GREEN SMOOTHIE?

Let’s start with the basic makeup of a green smoothie. First, it doesn’t have to look green! A good green smoothie is built on several things – leafy greens, fruit (sometimes veggies too), liquid and other nutritional add-ins. Typically a green smoothie is 40% greens and 60% fruit, liquid and other add-ins. You can play with that until it feels right for your tastes.

 

  • Leafy greens: Chard, spinach, kale and collards, bok choy, romaine and other sweet lettuces
  • Fruit: Berries, pineapple, mango, citrus, avocado, pear, apple, banana, melon, dates, etc.
  • Veggies: Cucumber, celery, fennel, tomatoes, carrots, beets, pumpkin or butternut puree
  • Liquids: Water, coconut water, milk, non-dairy milks (coconut, soy, oat, nuts), juice, tea, fermented and cultured beverages (kefir, kombucha, buttermilk, whey, etc )
  • Nutritional add-ins: Chia seeds, flax seeds, acai powder, green superfood powders (acai, maca, spirulina, wheat grass, etc.), protein powder, cocoa powder, spices, hemp seeds, whole nuts, oats, etc.

HOW TO MAKE A GREEN SMOOTHIE SYSTEM

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The final step in this process is to simply DO IT! Head on over to The Hello Natural website for other amazing juice and food recipes.

Cheers and happy juicing!

The Healthy Primate

 

 

 

World Champion, Visualization & Olympic Gold – Our Interview with Jimmy Pedro

This week we feature our interview with Coach Jimmy Pedro. He is a World Champion, US Olympic Judo Coach, 2 Time Olympic Medalist, Teacher, Father & Student – highly regarded as one of the best Judo competitors of all times.

We discuss his journey to becoming a world champion, from overcoming a career ending injury that almost paralyzed him, to his road back to the olympics. Jimmy covers his methodology of visualization and seeing success. We also dive into coaching world champions and the first American to win a Gold at the Olympics.

Topics We Discuss:

Judo and the Family Tree
Graceful with Wins and Overcoming Defeat
Career Ending Injury to Olympic Medal
Road to World Champion
The Importance of Visualization
Coaching The Best Competitors in the World
Rhonda Rousey to Travis Stevens
The First Gold Medal for USA Judo
Competing to Corporate America

Click the link above to stream live or HERE to listen to in Itunes.

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

The Foreign Language That Will Change The World

 

As you read this – you have checked your email, status updates on social media and possibly looked at your bank account. All of these things done online. I think we can all agree on the importance of the internet. When you pull back the covers on how things work – CODE is the underlying aspect that holds it together. Personally I have spent the past 10 years learning and researching how to create everything from websites to mobile applications.

The one similarity I can draw between the learning code and academia would be that of learning a new language. More and more, technology becomes the fabric that is holding many of our dealings together. Keep this in mind – the first iPhone was introduced June 29. 2007. That was only 8 years ago. When I started learning to code, it was similar to learning a new language. The phrasing, the intricacies and the way full pieces are stranded together. Then it hit me – Learning to CODE will be the new Foreign Language of the future. It’s how we communicate, businesses are built and legacies can flourish.

In the United States academic programs, only 2% of learning is spent on computer programing. Yet the over 60% of the jobs that are open in the market place are tied to Computer Science. I was introduced to the team at Code.org a few years ago. If you watch the video above you can see the importance of learning how to code and where it sits in level of importance for or future.

There are many free courses you can take to start this journey. As you look into and do your own research, please take the below into consideration. You can also access a great data base of tutorials over at Code.org. 

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

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The Meaning of Life

When you look at your life – what are the things that give you purpose? I mean deep down purpose for the reason you get out of bed and lay your head down at night. Is it your job, the new car, the big house or yacht? Or is it your family, church or local community project?

I have ridden the center of the proverbial fence and had a desire for both. The past 16 months or so have been such a great experience. Putting this site together and the impact it has had on so many is humbling. As you prioritize your future, your families future or simply look to gain a better understanding of life outside your region – continue below.

Please meet Mr. Narayanan Krishnan, an award winning chef from Madurai India.

Krishnan was visiting a temple in the south Indian city of Madurai in 2002 when he saw the man under a bridge. Haunted by the image, Krishnan quit his job within the week and returned home for good, convinced of his new destiny.

 

“That spark and that inspiration is a driving force still inside me as a flame — to serve all the mentally ill destitutes and people who cannot take care of themselves,” Krishnan said.

 

Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — to India’s homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.

 

“Because of the poverty India faces, so many mentally ill people have been … left uncared [for] on the roadside of the city,” he saidn – Source CNN Heros Feature 

Anyone of us can contribute money to a cause. What I ask is this, what cause can you donate your most precious resource – your time.  A friend recently made the statement that there is one core energy that connects us all. That one energy, that one core aspect of humanity, that one life trait which is universal – LOVE. 

Read the full story of Mr. Narayanan Krishnan here: LINK

Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate