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I saw the awesome documentary about food yesterday called Fat Head. It’s about a guy who eats fast food and loses weight. It’s a follow up to the movie Supersize Me, which I haven’t seen but in that movie the guy ate 5,000 calories a day of fast food and got fat. No surprise, 5,000 cals of anything will make you fat! That’s why Fat Head is way more honest and real.
Fat Head is really cool because it identifies the real problem in America, which is the FDA’s dietary recommendations. Without their lousy recommendations, fast food companies would still fry their food in saturated fat, the obeasity rate wouldn’t be as bad, more kids would walk home from school if it wasn’t for school busses that drop kids of when their house is just 1/2 mile away, and thanks to the recommendations again, our carb intake is so high that 25.8 MILLION people have diabetes in the US!!!
Who knew that our government could cause so many problems??? It’s just plain SAD:(
Fat Head the movie will explain all those problems, talk about the cholesterol and saturated fat myths, and about how we are being lied to by thousands of people we look up to, and the ‘experts.’
Watch Fat Head on Hulu for free here, it’s really eye opening and hilarious!
Like I said in my last tiny post, I wasn’t able to blog for a week because I was in Yellowstone with my family. Yellowstone is in Wyoming in the west. We actually stayed in Jackson Hole, a nearby tourist town and we did the most things there. These are the highlights of my trip:
There was the gigantic Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, which starts on top of a small mountain and goes all the way down. You ride on a small sled with a break to control your speed so you can go fast or slow. I rode down fast(not as fast as I wanted to, haha).
So Many Animals!
We saw a million Bison, 3 or 4 Elk, about 10 Dear, 1 bear and 1 cub, 20 horses, 50 cows and bulls, and a whole bunch of humans! (Hey, we’re animals too :P). The wild life in Yellowstone was amazing and you get to see so many new critters (up close sometimes). Get up early to see them, it’s totally worth it.
White Water Rafting
We also went white water rafting and I’ve gotta say that was the best part of the trip. I got completely soaked as we flowed down monstrously fast rapids. The best rapid was called Lunch Counter(I have no clue why) because it was probably the most dangerous. Up come 5 huge waves, each 4-5 feet tall, pushing our little raft here and there. Water pushed the boat from the side and I though we would flip over. Luckily everyone made it though all the rapids and no one fell in by accident(my brother jumped in on purpose to get wet).
Hiking was a big part of our trip too. I think we hiked some 7 miles in 3 days( not constantly of course) and that was really fun. Because of my WOW workouts my stamina shot up and I could do a lot more than I thought I could. I climbed 328 stairs plus about a mile of steep uphill without a brake! I think that was my biggest accomplishment of the whole trip. We went on many other trails as well but that one(called Uncle Tom’s Trail) was the hardest and longest trail we took.
While I was there I didn’t eat paleo at all. I had fun so I loosened up a bit. I still avoided too many grains but went full on with flavored yogurt, mashed potato, ice cream and I had tons of processed food. I don’t really feel guilty because I felt that it was a well deserved break. I love eating paleo, but after 8 months of strict paleo I think one week of crap is fine, as long as you get back on the paleo train quickly.(And by the way if you go to Jackson Hole, the restaurant called Blue Lion is awesome. It’s expensive but seemed healthy and the food tastes great! Order the Elk Tenderloin, it’s the best meal I ever had, no kidding!)
After eating like a SAD(Standard American Diet) person, but still getting about 3 times more exercise than I usually do and much more than most “experts” recommend, I (and my paleo brother who also eat SADly) still gained fat! That is definite proof the FDA really does stand for “Federal Destruction of America” (hahaha!).
So that was pretty much my trip; lots of fun, exercise, 3 hours of sun a day(no bad sunscreen and no sun burn!), getting wet, SADness and more fun! Yup, also Yellowstone is such a beautiful and natural place, I hope it stays like that, don’t litter or pee in the lakes. And if you are searching for a place to go and escape from work or the city, Yellowstone is great (and if you want staying paleo isn’t that hard I just chose not to).
Have you guys ever heard of the barefoot runners in India or have you ever watched the video Born To Run? It’s a great video, I really recommend it because it explains why running can be important and why shoes are not the answer. Lots of people on the paleo diet also change the way they live, and one of those ways is moving around barefoot. Walking on your bare feet can be very beneficial to your health.
First of all, say goodbye to aching feet. There has been many experiences of foot pain that won’t go away, people just kick off they’re shoes for a few days and guess what? No more aches. (That is until they start wearing shoes for long periods of time again, especially heels and flats). Also, have you heard about injuries during running? Probably. So many runners get injuries now and then, and sometimes they’re even permanent injuries. Why so? Could it be the precious, $200 running shoes? That’s usually the problem.
Shoes also cause other troubles as well. There are certain muscles in the foot that are not being used when shoes are on your feet. And that’s not good. You know what happens when muscles are not being used, they get weak. Even if it’s the tiniest muscle on your foot, it’s ‘begging’ for exercise. That’s why many runners have started running barefoot(also for the lower amount of injuries).
Walking barefoot on the streets in your neighborhood may get you thinking “ouch that’s gonna hurt.” This is not the case. When you get used the hard, uneven surfaces, walking barefoot doesn’t hurt, it’s actually quite relaxing. When you walk barefoot you get more chi(also called qi)which is energy flow though out the body.
Barefoot walking, as odd as it seems,( not really, we have been doing it for millions of years, shoes are really the odd ones) can be very kind to you and your feet.