Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thor says, Feed me MEAT.

Thor is a Carnivore.

Just like his 2 Good Friends Nariel and Arwen (our 2 cats.)

They are not Omnivores. No matter how much you want your "pet" to be like you. They are domesticated versions of WILD Animals. Wolves and Cats in the Wild EAT MEAT.

Their digestive systems are not designed to eat vegetables, and the influx of carbs that all these bagged foods include for your pet only make your furry companions health worse. Look at the epidemic of overweight pets... we are feeding our pets much like we are feeding ourselves... horribly.

Your Furry Friends needs Protein and Fat. Thats it.

I cringe everytime I pass by a "Pet Bakery".... expensive poison for your loved companion... wow.

Love your Furry Friend? Share some of your Grassfed Steak, Wild-Caught Fish, Free Range Chicken next time...

and buy food that isnt loaded with carbs/vegetables, that marketing is WRONG.

Chickens are not Herbivores.

Chickens are not Herbivores.

Chickens are Omnivores. Now, don't start envisioning wild packs of chickens roaming the countryside taking down wild boars or a loose cow. They do however, love insects.

As with all other food I recommend, a Free Range, Pastured Chicken is allowed to EAT WHAT ITS SUPPOSED TO EAT. Same as when people won't have optimal health with an all vegetarian diet, neither will your chicken or it's eggs.

Amazingly, when animals eat what they are supposed to eat, just like us.... they are healthier.

I dont eat sick animals.

Free Range Chickens produce higher quality eggs. Darker Yolks, a Much better Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio, and they taste ALOT better as an added bonus.

Chickens should not be eating soy, for the same reasons we should not be eating soy... and some of those anti-nutrients are delivered right from the eggs directly into our diets. In addition to the poor fat balance.

Ive found two incredibly tasty commercial brands that are Soy Free and have excellent Omega Balance.

Tropical Traditions
 Organic Soy-free Omega 3 Eggs (4 dozen)
Organic Soy-free Omega 3 Eggs (4 dozen)

and Christopher Eggs(I buy them at the local Kroger (appx 2.70/dz)
The Christopher Eggs have 660mg of Omega 3 to 660mg of Omega 6, or that Ideal 1:1 Ratio.

These are of course barring finding a Local Farm to get Organic Free Range Eggs.(best choice)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Exercise Should be Fun.

Honestly. I Cringe every time I hear someone complain about going to the gym.

Why go? Seriously. Skip the Gym, Cancel your membership. If you don't Enjoy it, Don't do it.

There are so many ways to get your exercise as entertainment. Why would you pay to torture yourself and then go pay to sit on your butt later and call it entertainment?

Here are some of our Favorite Hidden Exercises. They all require me to use Muscles, Many Build Muscles, All of them are fun.(Subjective)

Aegis: Belegarth/Dagorhir Medieval Combat Fighting.
Thor: Wrestling at the Local Dog Park

Aegis: Ultimate Frisbee
Thor: Catch the Frisbee

Aegis: Nature Hike w/ Tree Climbing, Hill Sprints, Log Jumps, Small Rock Climbs.
Thor: Nature Hike w/ Whats that sound?, Look a squirrel!, Creek Splashing.

Aegis: Tennis/Volleyball
Thor: Fetch the Tennis Ball (and promptly rip off all the fuzz)

Aegis: Swimming in the Pool
Thor: Swimming at the Lake/River/Creek(see Nature Hike)

Aegis: Throwing the Ball with Thor and then chasing them both down...
Thor: Chasing the Ball Aegis threw and then running around with it...

Bike Rides, Kayaking, Tree Climbing,  the list goes on and on.

the writer and editor of Live Smarter, Not Harder takes no responsibility for your lack of grace and balance in tree climbing or other "fun" activities. Any injuries sustained while following their advice is strictly from your own lack of dexterity.

Correlation does not imply causation: The Cholesterol example.

Correlation does not imply causation

Such a simple statement... Yet AMERICA's S.A.D. Diet is completely broken because of a couple simple instances of Assuming Causation based on a flawed and limited Correlation study.

I felt this deserved a post all on its own, since this flaw is why we believe so many things we shouldn't and should be one of the first things you check when concerned about a study.

True Science has a "control" when the control is uncontrolled... the science is flawed.

The more firemen fighting a fire, the bigger the fire is going to be.Therefore firemen cause fire.

We use that same flawed logic to explain Dietary Fat, Cholesterol, Diabetes, and a number of other health issues.
Yet the Firemen are there to help.

Cholesterol is a great example of this.

This is a forum post with great explination of whats going on, with references and more reading

If you havent yet, I Strongly Strongly suggest getting this book:

It is NOT a Diet Book. It is a Review of Science gone wrong, where it went wrong, and why its wrong.
Good Calories, Bad Calories

The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It

This one is also a good read if Cholesterol is a concern, but the bulletpoints are covered for the layman quite well by Griff in the Marks Daily Apple Forum post that I linked above.