The Art Of Eating Like A Warrior

Live to run, run to live.
Live to run, run to live.

To find health, go back in time.

The human species. Not the fastest, or the strongest, or even most efficient to procreate. We cannot run as fast or as long, we cannot hear as well. Our sense of smell is weak in comparison to many other species, we can't even swim as well as most of the animals we share this planet with. But the human species has effectively conquered all it's predators, we have found ways to live longer and make the planet's resources work for us and only us. We have become the masters of our world, and are now being brought down by our own supremacy over nature. This is the price of collective gluttony and laziness.

The obesity epidemic. The final sign that evolution, as far as the human race is concerned, has simply stopped. Just mere centuries ago, a few ticks of the second hand in geological terms, we were running full tilt to attempt to catch our breakfast, lunch, and if we were lucky and hadn't become lunch for another creature, dinner.

In prehistoric times we required a way to distinguish safe food from dangerous substances. Our taste buds evolved to protect us and guide us towards nutrients and foods that could sustain and keep us healthy. Our brains evolved to help us adapt to severe climates and develop technologies that would help us produce and store food through droughts and severe winters.

Those very brains have advanced us to the point that getting food is as easy as walking into the next room or driving down to the corner store. And those highly adapted taste buds have been relegated to instruments defined solely for pleasure, seeking out items that not only do not sustain us, but they are detrimental, poisonous, in fact. Through the achievements of the industrial revolution, we have practically eliminated the physical effort from our day to day existence and have eliminated the nutrients from our food.

Ok, this is not a new concept. Books such as "The Caveman's Diet" and, "The Paleolithic Diet" came out in the mid-eighties. But even those titles are missing a major point. My problem is with the word "diet". The caveman's "diet" was whatever he or she could chase down and catch, or climb up to, or bend down and gather. If the caveman had access to it, and it passed the poison test they would have eaten it to avoid starvation.

Now here's my point, they had to work to get it and I mean physically, not sitting down in a cubicle strapped to a keyboard for eight hours straight. What surprises me is how such an easy concept is still being missed by the majority of the populace.

True understanding of nutrition is daunting in it's complexity. There are many variables; basal metabolism, hormone levels, genetic predispositions and many other factors can impact what you see in the mirror and on the scale.If you have battled obesity you start to feel like you need a P.H.D. just to decipher what the men in lab coats are spewing at you.

In this article I would like to point out that if you just want to live healthier, and get started on that path, before buying into the diet book hype, you should start with a simple observation.

You must eat natural foods. You must work physically to merit the food you ingest. To achieve balance and healthy weight, eat simple natural food and get up and exercise. The human body is an organic mechanism and it is meant to walk, to run, to jump, to throw and swim! Without these activities, denying yourself calories is only going to result in sporadic weight loss and discouraging relapses. Crash diets do exactly that. They crash. Atkins, South Beach, Zone...they all miss the point. You have to commit to healthy activity and a lot of it.

Here's some tips :

Start your day with a moderate healthy meal with a lot of fiber (if you don't know what healthy food is, pick up a copy of "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan) and get hydrated (Coffee is not a substitute for water yet that is the only thing some people drink in the morning... are you one of those people?). Skipping breakfast sends a message to your body that you are in starvation mode because you haven't eaten since the prior evening. So as a defense, your body's metabolism will slow down to save fuel. Guess where your extra fuel gets stored? That's right. In your fat cells.

After breakfast, eat early, eat often, and eat small (six to eight times a day small meals slightly bigger than your fist an apple is a good example). The earlier you get up to eat, the better to shut down that starvation mechanism and to give you time for a morning workout. Snacking on natural fibrous foods will keep your metabolism working, your digestive tract running smoothly and keep you from getting hungry which will cause you to overeat.

Imagine you live in another era. If you are craving a steak, with mashed potatoes and gravy and sourdough toast. Imagine then if you had to trek for miles to find the game, stalk it for another mile or two, kill it, butcher it, haul it back to your home and cut up firewood to cook it and finally eat it. Then imagine all the work it took to farm the potato, and harvest the grain it took to make the bread. In other words use your imagination to construct the 1600 calorie workout that it takes to earn that meal. Combining both cardiovascular (trekking for miles) and resistance training (hauling the game, chopping the firewood) into that workout will build lean muscle. Muscle tissue is active tissue and hence burns more calories even at rest. Fat is non-active and will only accumulate more energy stores at rest.

Add the effort cost of the food into your daily schedule not just the monetary cost. If you have time to watch an hour of news and your favorite reality show, you have time to work out for an hour or two a day. No excuses. You might find it a lot easier to cut back when you imagine the effort cost for each piece of food (biking for twenty miles and lifting weights for twenty minutes for that steak), and fruits and vegetables start sounding a lot more appetizing when you imagine just walking out to the garden and picking them. I think if people had to butcher an animal themselves to get meat you would find a lot more vegetarians in the country.

Finally you will have to learn to use your taste buds in a new way. The poisons in our world have gotten more sophisticated and now have a marketing industry backing them up. Instead of a bitter taste signifying poison, it is now the super sweet and the fat and greasy that needs to be avoided at all costs or at least used in extreme moderation. If you train your mind to recognize the chocolate eclair as the source of diabetes, clogged arteries, stroke, and cancer. You will have an easier time with willpower.

Limit alcohol. Alcohol depresses your metabolism. Alcohol is converted by your organs into sugar which if not used in the blood then gets stored as fat. Alcohol also stimulates your appetite and reduces your inhibitions and impairs your judgement.

Finally, avoid the pills and powders and quick fixes, they don't work for health. There is no magic bullet when it comes to metabolism. If a pill works to reduce your weight quickly, it is not doing it in a healthy way and it will cost you in the end. Ephedra is a prime example. It cranks up your caloric burn rate, but jacks up your blood pressure and causes heart attacks and strokes. It is now banned after much misery and suffering from misguided individuals who tried it.

In closing, I urge Americans to live like the warriors of old. Eat natural foods. If you have a back yard, tear up some of that ridiculous sod and grow your own vegetables and fruits. Get off the couch and walk to the store! don't drive! Avoid factory farmed, fast foods, and ultra processed things that pass for food.

I wish you all the best of luck in your fitness endeavors.

-Coach Albert

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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Great Hub coach! There's a lot of good info here. You know, you might consider throwing in a links capsule and maybe a video - it would be really make this Flagship Hub quality. Well done, Coach.

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culinarycaveman 6 years ago from Dem Woods, Sussex, England

Yo'll Coach,

Totally agree with you, I agree so strongly with your views that I have written a book over the past 3 years very much inline with your opinion. I was inspired by the The Caveman Diet, as I also saw that it had missed a huge point, that needed to be told more in keeping with the 21st century (so much so that I left the music industry to get the message across). There are many reasons why we are dying of civilised diseases, diet (and of course exercise) and money seem to top the lists of why we are sufferring.

We should stay in touch as you certainly know your stuff.

Positive harmonious vibrations sent to you through the ether and the interconnections of mycology and roots.

Namaste . . The CC

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks Redelf! Following your advice. I threw in my companies' launch video and opened a links section I'll be adding more links to shortly.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks for your support culinarycaveman! I'm interested in your book, is it available for purchase? I'm always looking for new perspectives and information.

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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon

There is a question about what the "government" will and won't allow us to consume. Poisonous junk food seems to hit us in the face at every move we make, yet the big drug companies are trying to get vitamins taken off the market. We'll see if the "government" lets them get away with it.

Regarding your whitefly in your landing garden, try neem oil or soapy water in a spray bottle. You have to do it every day for a while, to kill all the stages of the fly. Also, spray the soil where the eggs are. Good luck on your garden.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks Karen! I will attempt once again to grow a garden on my 6 by 12 foot balcony. I tried the soapy water once but admittedly I wasn't very consistent.


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Miss Belgravia 6 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

Thanks for a very thought-provoking hub. Good luck in the Hubnuggets competition!

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks Miss Belgravia, I'm really stoked to be in it!

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

Congratulations on your nomination! I'm going to read the books you suggested. Good luck in the competition!

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you so much Judydianne! Keep that warrior spirit! -Coach

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Papa Sez 6 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

Well said Coach...some good reminder of what the modern man have forgotten...the natural way to health. Congratulations on your nomination. Good luck!

About gardening, my family always have this wherever we live and no matter how small our yard is...check it out

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks! I'll check it out.

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bearclawmedia 6 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

Dude! what a great hub. Its true what you say. If we listen to our internal clock we can find what we need to eat that suits us. We are all different. Good thing they did not have any Mc Donalds back in the pre historic days. I mean cave men would have probably thrown rocks at the place. Or at least burned it down.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Ha! That is a hilarious image Bearclaw. Good one!

Patrick Lee 6 years ago

Good thing I'm in Hawaii now eating mostly seafood and fresh fruit.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

HEy Patrick! Nice. Hope you're swimming and climbing through the jungle too! I love it there. Have fun! -coach

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Coach Albert, love your way of sharing these concepts in an interesting way :) Thumbs up...

Congratulations for your Hubnugget Nomination. Let's run to the voting center ey? And then jump in here: hahahaha Enjoy the Hubnuggets!

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks so much ripplemaker! I am thrilled to be in the running! I'll check out that link.

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J Burgraff 6 years ago

Great hub. We have nutured a country full of gluttons who don't even know what nutritious food is. Furthermore, we make it impossible for people to get fruits and vegetables because they are priced out of their range. When you can purchase two burgers for the price of one bell pepper, things are wrong. Not everyone can have a garden so we need to champion the cause of good food for everyone. It's a soapbox I have a hard time getting off of...but I do...and then back up...and's my exercise.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Soapbox preach to your hearts content here J! Amen to all you said. The further irony is the carbon footprint cost of those two burgers is about 5 times that of the bell-pepper. I'm lucky to live in SF where I can ride my bike to a farmers market 5 days a week. One backpack of veggies always within riding distance. Cheers! -Coach

Vicki 6 years ago

Hi Albert,

Great article. Loved it! Makes me rethink how I abuse myself DAILY. Will get back on track now. Thanks. V

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks V! Keep reading, more to come.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Very interesting way to provide health information Warrior Albe...whoops, I mean, Chief Alber...whoops - Coach Albert!

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks Fable... woops, I mean, legend..., I mean, Mythbuster! I'd lie to think I fit all those titles. Cheers, -Coach

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4everfitness 6 years ago

Great article. Best of luck on your nomination.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Many Thanks!

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Hideshi Tanaka 6 years ago

Tons of great information. The importance of fiber and fresh vegetables can't be overstated, even if the market prices them above cheap processed foods.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

I agree completely Hideshi. Thanks for commenting. New article coming soon.

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William R. Wilson 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN

Great advice. I have had lots of luck cutting wheat out of my diet and eating more meat and veggies.

PWalker281 6 years ago

Great hub! And congrats on your Hubnugget nomination! The description of what our ancestors had to do to get a meal was eye opening! Thanks for sharing.

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Coach Albert 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks Wilson I've had great results from similar changes in my eating strategy as well. And thank you PWalker Im really excited that this my observations are being so well received. More to come soon!

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