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Epissode 6. Experiencing and Overcoming Dry Seasons w/Danny O’Toole

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When it comes to experiencing spiritually dry seasons in life, it can be frustrating and downright discouraging. Listen to today’s podcast as Danny O’Toole and I delve into ways to prevent, overcome these seasons and get back into the swing of things!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fit-for-the-kingdom/id1195709802?mt=2

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How to break your kids sugar addiction? Make grandma out to be a drug dealer. 

It’s a natural tenency, heck, even a right for every loving grandma to want to lavish their grandchildren with decadent sweets. My mother is no exception. She loves to sweeten up her two grandsons every chance she gets. If you know me, you can already sense the problem. I preach atop a very sturdy pedastool of anyi-sugar rhetoric. My mother supports my claims, sympathetically understands and agrees, yet still attaches to this desire to divvy out candies, sweet, and desserts. This week she has offered to bake the boys a chocolate cake. 

Sugar as we know it has destroyed the lives of countless folks by subjecting them to diabetes, heart disease, mentally degenerative diseases, hormonal abnormalities, nueropothies, obesity, and death. This is fact. It is the white drug of the 20 and 21st Centuries. Unlike heroine or meth, sugar has and shotgun effect. You don’t know how it’s going to show up. Will it be diabetes? Cancer? We won’t know until it happens. What we do know is, something dreadful WILL happen. It starts with a pleasant flavor, then a craving for me, then an addiction to it, followed by the cause of it. 

Back to grandma. I love my mother and I stay consistent in educating her on sugar and diet. I’ve helped her to address some of her own issues, as well as my dad who deals with pre-diabetes. Yet I will never be able to entirely stop her desire to bless her grandsons with sweets. She is well intentioned. So I concocted a new plan. I sat the boys down and talked to them about drugs. We’ve had many of these conversations in the past. They are well educated about the dangers of drug use. I began to pose 3 characteristics about drugs; 1.they damage the body. 2. they are addictive. and 3 they change your behavior. If something fits this catagory, is it a drug? Their response, “absolutely,yes”. As we have all agreed  drugs are bad and unwelcomed in our body. At that point I began to show them that sugar shares all 3 characteristics of a drug. Sugar damages our bodies in horrible ways, leading to death. Sugar creates serious addictions that are difficult to break. Sugar alters our moods and personalities (which we joke about via Snickers commercials). 

In one fell swoop, I just destroyed their desire to have sugar. They sincerely understand and have made a decision. They are willing to turn down this new drug. Now, I didn’t say they don’t want sweets. That’s not the same. I too enjoy sweets. What I’m teaching them, though  is alternative sweets. Stevia, erythrotol  xylotol. They get to enjoy amazing cookies, cakes, and  candies made from almond flour, and natural sweeteners. I’m healthy, I’m not a jerk! They choose these foods over sugary drugs. And, my kids eat healthy and I don’t have to hurt grandma’s feelings. 

In conclusion let me give you a guilt trip. Are you a drug dealer? Are you freely handing out drugs to your kids? I’m sure you’re not. You love your kids and you strive to protect them. However, you need to look at sugar for the drug that it is. If you would never give your child drugs, for reasons I’ve listed, why would you keep feeding them sugar? 

Curtis Woods

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Check out my interview with one of the coolest guys I know, Curtis Woods. In this podcast, we go deep into some of the issues affecting leaders in the ministry. Curtis is totally passionate about helping others reach optimal spiritual and physcial health.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-curtis-woods/id1195709802?i=1000380130675&mt=2

Abs in winter? The secret to a revealed 6 pack all year long.

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Tonight while I was walking around the house shirtless, my youngest man cub walked up to me and started poking my stomach. “One, Two, Three, Four…” he was counting my six pack; though right now it’s more of a four pack. The oddity of this is that it is mid-January. Not even body builders have six packs now. Normally winter months provide a season of shortned day light, less moving, more eating, bears hybernating, and me adding an extra layer of fat to my mid-region. Granted, I have added a little, yet still showcasing a very visable outline of my  transverse and rectus abdominus. I just recently listened to Arnold (if you need a last name youre on the wrong blog) on a podcast the other day state how the attempt to keep a year round six pack will drive you insane. I could see that. If you constantly have to work at it and fight for it, it would drive anyone insane. They are easily the hardest muscles to keep uncovered.

My secret, though, is that I don’t really try to keep a six pack. I try to stay on point with my diet and helath, and like a cascade effect, everything else falls into place. But antedotically  speaking, let me give you my training plan for keeping a low body fat percentage during the most difficult time of the year.

  1. I eat fat to lose fat.

I drop my carb intake which lowers insulin, and I increase my fats. Insulin is the hormone at the wheel of the fat storing car that drives fat retention. I eat until I’m full of foods that I love, that are nutrient dense, and full of healthy fats like grass fed butter, coconut oil, and olive oil.

2. I forgive myself.

My diet isn’t perfect every day. I will fall, and fall hard occassionally. The next day, I wake up, forgive myslef and start again. I don’t starve myself to get back on track, and I dont continue down the road of dietary depravity to a world of utter lostness and no return. I just start back eating the way I know I should…(see #1)

3. I intermittenly fast.

I eat only anywhere between 4 and 6 hours every day. Leaving myself with a minimal 16 hour fasting window, my body has the opportunity to reset crucial hormones, enter a fasted state of fat burning, and upregulate ketone production. The majority of the day I’m just burning fat stores as fuel. As an added bonus, fasting has been proven to increase testosterone and Human Growth Hormone, making adding muscle much easier.

4. I man up to the cold.

I don’t let the weather dictate whether or not I’m going to work out. Even though my crossfit happens to be in a heated facility, my running still takes place in the frozen tundra that is my local running route. My beard gets ice cicles hanging from it on occasion. I refuse to let uncomfortable conditions stop me from moving .

5. I sleep more.

With daylight shortened, I allow for the natural adjustment of my circadian rythym and I respect it. I go to bed much earlier and allow my body the recovery it needs. Sleep has a wonderful effect on fat loss! *Sleep is not the same as sloth.*

6. And lastly, I lift heavy things.

I dump loads of muscle glycogen for fat burning and hypertrophy. Building lean muscle mass is vital for increasing metabolism, burning fat, and regulating healthy hormone production. It doesn’t take much, just a couple or 3 times a week; bench, squat, deadlift with some added accessory lifts, overhead press, curl, dips, lunges.

 

These things have just become natural routine. I don’t stress it, and I don’t beat myself up at keeping up with it. And, for all of that being said, I get to enjoy (at worst) a 4 pack of abs in mid-January, without driving myslef crazy trying to. Which at best, leaves me closer toward summer to go ahead and lean into a ripped physique without much work.

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Evangelistic about keto

A throwback episode of my interview imgres-3with International best selling author and America’s long running health podcast “Livin La Vida Low Carb” with podcaster Jimmy Moore.

 

Never meet your hero. They’re messed up more than you are.

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There’s an old adage that says “never meet you heroes”. Everyone has heroes, right? I mean, sort of? Isn’t there a person or persona that we all look up to and idolize? As a kid my hero was Bruce Lee. (If you’re a guy) don’t act like he wasn’t yours too. Or perhaps yours was someone like John Wayne or Wonder Woman. We can idolize these larger than life figures, well, because we will never meet them. Fictional characters can be perpetuated into whatever we like them to be and dead characters, like wine, only get better with time. Then there’s the real to life, seemingly large than life figures that we’ve spent time trying to emulate in our own lives. We see these people as who we want to be or be like. They’re successful, they have it all together, why, they are untouchable! If it were ok with our spouse, maybe we’d even hang a poster of them over our bed and dream up the perfect scenario of what we would do if we ever met them.

(I once wrote Paula Abdul a letter when I was 10. I lied and said I was very sick and hoped she’d visit me. She didn’t)

So, what if we could meet them? What is it about the afore mentioned adage that beckons a warning to prevent this disastrous occasion? What’s wrong with meeting our heroes? The answer… “There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10 In our eyes, they only seem so.

I’ve met many of my heroes. Over the course of the years, I’ve developed an odd knack for connecting with larger than life individuals. I have no idea how, it just happens. I’ve hung out with professional athletes, mega-pastors, internet celebrities, best selling authors, CEO’s of million, and billion dollar corporations, you name it. Many of which Ive found myself idolizing and emulating. Here’s the one take away from my experiences…they’re all flawed. This is the thing we don’t want to have to face. It destroys our image of them. I’ve found most of them to be narcissistic, neurotic, having tendencies to lie and over exaggerate, and possessing severe emotional or mental handicaps. I’m not saying they’re fake. I’m saying, I focussed on or was only allowed to see that which was impressive to me and others. However the truth is this, these men are screwed up, flawed men, who have crafted one thing very well. They got good enough at something, that it took the attention off of the bad things. Our heroes are not really deserving of that title. And, better yet, they don’t want it. They’d more readily eschew such attention than be clothed in it.

I’m not saying not to have heroes or people that you look up to. Remember, though, that they are your hero for a reason, their craft; not because they have it all together or are even a good person. Babe Ruth had a drinking problem, Bruce Wayne was bat feces crazy at times, my musical hero Tom Petty smokes too much weed, and every one of the Apostles that Jesus called to be His world changers had deep seeded issues each to their own. Peter was impulsive. James and John had indignant tempers. Judas…so yeah. So, my advise is to admire, but do so from a distance. If given the chance to finally meet your hero, DON’T. Just settle for an autograph.

and P.S.

Meeting your hero will not make you best friends. Your hero meets their fans everyday. In reality, you’re just another one and that doesn’t make them stuck up.

 

5 Key questions to ask for total body transformation.

 

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This time of year causes a massive explosion to take place in the fitness world. Gyms are bursting at the seams as newly committed resoltions fuel the desires and goals of the “not so in shape” crowd. Those, whove been waiting all year, waiting till after the holiday gluttony to get started, find their way to the treadmill or latest diet fad. Sadly, within 2 months 90% of the new gym memberships will go unused and the ‘ab master’ that was destined to chisel that six pack lays dormant and lonely in the corner. What happened? Where they insincere? Were they misinformed? Why do they fall off so quickly?

It could be because people generally start with the answers before they ask the querstions. “I need to get in shape”, or “I’ve got to get this weight off” are echoed answers to every mesomorph and couch potato who’ve ever decided to finally kick it in gear. The problem- the answer is not where you begin. We have to be learners before we can be doers. There’s honest questions that must first be anked and answered before we begin on this journey to Adonis like features.

  1. Where am I now?

Take an honest look. If you can’t run a mile then don’t try to run a 5k. If you cant fit into a size 4 then stop trying to fit into a size 3. If you weigh x amount, then that’s what you weigh. Don’t start with the end. Start with where you are, only having in the end in site. Take an honest assessment of yourself. The honestly will be sobering and the reality will be the perfect starting point.

2.Where do I want to be?

It’s up to you. But answer the question. Do you want to perform at a certain level? Define the level. Do you want to look a certaon way. Define the look. 2

3.When am I going to do this?

Set a specific time, day, place, etc. Make sure it’s set and set in stone. Are you going to start on Monday? Are you going to go 2 days a week? 3? If you don’t answer this question, you’ll never get started.

4. Why am I doing it?

This is your purpose and vision. Where there is no vision you will cast off restraints. There must be an identifiable, long lasting reason to why you are doing what you’re doing. It’s your reason. Don’t be ashamed whatever it is, just own it. Write it down and post it where you can see it every day.

5.How am I going to do this?

If you don’t have a plan in place then you have no orad to get you to your destination. Does your destination require specific suppliments? Eating plan? Recovery protocol? A personal trainer?

Take care of the where, when, why, and how and you will be taking care of all the details you’ll need to see a total body transformation.

The man bun or coffee enema. Which one is more beneficial? (how biohacking is changing the way we view health)

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Before you read this, let me give a reader discretion advised clause here. Hide the children and erase your internet history afterward. Ok, it’s not that bad, but, I’m going to probably make you judge me a little. I’m a biohacker. Now, that word is becoming a buzz word and cliche and soon to go the way of the man bun. But, unlike the man bun, biohacking has a dignified place in our lives. Simply put, to bio-hack ones body is to tap into natural biological prevention, maintenance, healing and optimization, using various modalities and techniques. As a biohacking personal trainer, I tend to experiment… a lot. Some for my own health. Some for the health of others. I can’t suggest someone else do anything that seems strange if I haven’t put it to the test first. I can tell you within the past month I have ingested things with labels that read “not for human consumption”. I see that as a subtle suggestion. In Silicon Valley, I’d be seen as normal, or even boring. In my own camp, that of also being a Baptist pastor and church leader, I’m viewed a little unorthodox. (However, just last night I taught my church how to fast without hunger to better optimize their prayer and fasting experience.)

In the last couple of months I’ve done some new experiments.

I’ve started drinking mushroom coffee. I am really pleased to say the least. With just 10% of the caffeine of regular coffee, I still feel the jolt. The chaga mushroom is known for its energy and the lions mane for mental focus. I’ve tried it bulletproof (adding MCT oil, and butter), french vanilla, and straight. All of it has been good. Check out http://www.foursigmatic.com. They provide a really nice product. Sort of a full bodied, nutty flavor.

I’ve been playing around with some nootropics as well. A nootropic is a brain enhancing supplement, not a smart drug. Alpha GPC, phenubut, GABBA, these are just some toys in my cabinet at the moment. I’ve been firing up my brain and running on all cylinders. It’s improving my mental workload capacity, as well as my physical work load capacity. My brain isn’t tiring and so my body stays motivated to keep going as well. Isn’t it amazing that ‘so as a man thinks…so is he’?

Also, I’ve been playing around with manual lemphatic flushing massage. I’ll speak more about this later in another blog, but it’s really cool. Your lemphatic system is responsible for keeping you from getting sick and diseased, right? Well did you know that this system is pumpless? Unlike the circulatory system, which has a pump (your heart), the lymphatic fluid can actually build up and even get stopped up, causing a myriad of problems to our health. I should know, I no longer have two parts to my lemphatic system, my tonsils and adenoids, So, you can actually massage the fluid through the system as therapy. Plus, it feels nice.

I’m getting ready to interview one of my biggest influences, Ben Greenfield, on Monday. Google him. He’s on top of the world when it comes to biohacking, fitness, and triathlete and endurance competition. Because of Ben, I find myself venturing into realms I’d never dreamed of… like shooting coffee up my butt. Yep, you read that right. It’s called a coffee enema. As I studied this, I found out that there’s lots of things people shoot up their butt for health reasons. The obvious one is saline, as a diarrhetic, to get things moving. Apparently though, evaporated milk is also common. But why coffee? Coffee has been used as a detoxifier. It contains alkaloids that stimulate the production of an enzyme called Glutathione. Glutathione is used by the liver to make the detox pathways run, enabling toxins to be flushed by the body. So basically, giving yourself a coffee enema is a sure fire way to speed up the detoxification process in your body, increasing bile production and feeling way better immediately. Who knew the brain wasn’t the only thing coffee has the ability to wake up?

I believe the world of health is changing at the speed of light right before our eyes. I believe that is true for fitness as well training and conditioning. Hacking your health is not seen a taboo as it used to be. As a matter of fact, I stay quite busy with people searching me out for training and advice just to keep them from having to go the traditional routes of health and wellness. I believe as strange as a lifestyle as I lead, and as unorthodox as I may seem, I’m on the right road. And as I marry these together with ministry, I say look out…you’ll know my name.

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