Here’s a miscellaneous thought for you.
In my constant pursuit of greater knowledge and understanding of all things related to living a long healthy life, I read a lot of scientific research articles, blogs, books and papers. The more I read and learn, the more I have come to the conclusion that if we wanted to, we could twist almost any data to present almost any conclusion we want.
Often times I find an article that appears, from a quick read-through, to be intelligent, well written, lacking any obvious bias and backed up by solid references. Then I dig deeper on topics within such articles, and find all kinds of conflicting research elsewhere and then I start questioning the author, and the motive behind what has been written. We (authors) all have a ‘motive’ when we write something. It may be to find a cure for an ailment, it may be to help people lose excess weight, it may be to sell a supplement, it may be to resist the signs of ageing, it may be to sell a piece of sports equipment, it may be to oppose an opinion the author read elsewhere, it may be to convince the readers to see things the way the author sees them. Read more
As stated on my website, the goal of MotherNaturesDiet is: To inspire and help as many people as possible to find the best natural way to achieve supreme good health and abundant energy.
My definition of supreme good health and abundant energy is this:
- Free from pain, disease, immobility and any obvious illness
- Abundant vibrant energy
- Resisting the signs of premature aging – maintain youthful looks and energy levels
- A good level of basic fitness, strength and flexibility
- As a minimum, a balance of moderate physical ability across a range of functions
- Attractiveness – clear skin, not too fat, not too thin, bright healthy looks, a fit sexy body
- Natural virile healthy sexual function and high libido
- Longevity – I want to live a long, healthy life, free from disease and disability
- Age well – maintaining excellent levels of physical and mental ability well into my old age
There is a saying 'Motivation: it doesn't matter WHERE you get it, just that you DO' and I tend to agree.
One thing I know we all suffer from is body dysmorphia - where we see something in the mirror that isn't really there. Often, women see themselves fat and saggy, when in fact that look fabulous, and men all think they look like Sly Stallone when they actually look more like the Michelin man.
For any of you who are regular readers of this blog, you will know by now that MotherNaturesDiet is not just another weight-loss fad diet, and it's not just another 'build-a-6-pack' exercise program.
MotherNaturesDiet is a lifestyle, a way to live for supreme good health, abundant energy and healthy longevity. MND is about eating a healthy natural diet, using and moving your body in a variety of healthy ways, it's about getting back in tune with nature and respecting our planet and the other creatures we share it with.
How do we measure 'Good Health'?
MND is about natural good health, and I feel very healthy, but how can I be sure that I AM healthy? There are many ways to measure our health, so I am trying to build a good overall picture of how healthy I really am at the end of 20912 and the start of 2013, after living the MND way for the last year.
In several recent posts, I have mentioned that I have gained about a stone (14 pounds, 6.3 kilos) in weight over the course of 2012, and my chest measurement went up 2 inches in that time. With my chest measurement up, it seems as though much of the weight I have gained is muscular weight, and that was my plan, as I have been training my upper back to try to increase that desirable 'v shape' male torso, and also to increase my pulling strength, for rock climbing.
Now I have added some strength and muscle, one of my goals for 2013 is to cut my body fat from the current level, which is about 11.5% to 12%, down to below 10%, without losing any muscle mass.
The V-shaped back
Happy New Year to you all!
New Year’s Day seems like a good day for me to assess where I am and how I’m doing.
I have lived on MotherNaturesDiet for most of 2012. I was formulating the rules during the first half of 2012, and living by them fully in the second half of the year.
My aims since the start have been to live on an all-natural diet, adhering to my 12 Core Principles, and it has always been my hope that living this way will prove that this is the best, healthiest way to live, eat and exercise, and that living on MND will help me achieve my best health and best shape ever.
So how am I doing?
Hey!! It's my birthday! I'm 42 years old today!
As from today, I am 'officially' living by my 12 Core Principles completely now. I have pretty much been living this way for a the last 6 to 9 months anyway, but now I am being more strict.
What you can measure, you can manage
That old business saying is true, you can only manage what you measure, so I think the best way to start is with a full set of my stats, as follows:
•Height: 6 ft 1 in (186 cm)