Pinto or Porsche? Optimize Your Engine

Vegas

I should know as I’ve driven both cars…and felt like both cars.

The above picture was taken in Las Vegas last year just before doing a few laps in a Porsche 911 GT3.  Several years before I was super stressed out with school, a bad relationship, eating too much crap, depressed, not exercising enough and I was carrying around nearly 20 extra pounds. I even developed a weird medical condition my doctor could do nothing for. You get the picture, I ran like a Ford Pinto….lame.

Many people stay on the path I was on for their entire lives until they reach the breaking point. Then they go to their doctor and are given a pill, cream or liquid drug to manage their symptoms.  Things naturally get worse not better over time so a more powerful pill, cream or liquid is prescribed.  Again because this is not addressing the root cause the downhill slide continues and chronic disease of one form or another develops.  They feel and look like the random, lonely, unhappy Pinto below.  The worst part is they ACCEPT this and see it as normal.

pinto

Part of the reason I ran terrible was because my body wasn’t detoxifying optimally.  Not only was I treating myself poorly but I was also being exposed to the many chemicals, toxins and other pollutants in our environment.  Talk about a double whammy.  Everyday this happens through the air we breath, water we drink, food we eat and the environment we live and work in. It’s just a part of our modern world.  In the past 20 years alone we have been exposed to hundreds of new, loosely regulated chemicals that are being linked to numerous health issues.

The Porsche I drove was fast, high performing, cornered on a dime and basically ran flawlessly. She was obviously well taken care of (oil changed, fed high-octane fuel, tuned for ultimate performance and shown a lot of love). Just like her we need our oil changed, we need the right fuel and we need to show ourselves enough love.  One way to do this is making sure we have more toxins and other junk coming out of our bodies then going in.  Optimizing and tuning up our detoxification pathways is vitally important in order to feel, look and run like a Porsche 911 GT3.

Here are some quick tips on how to do just that:

  • Get between 7-8 hours sleep MOST of the time, this has to be a priority
  • Invest in a high quality air filter for your bedroom and water filter for your home (stay hydrated)
  • Clean up your personal care products and avoid phthalates, parabens, fragrances, and sulfates.  I just wrote a newsletter on this topic, sign up here for more info.
  • Avoid the dirty dozen and eat a nutrient dense, real food diet
  • Move towards glass and steel kitchen ware instead of plastic and teflon
  • Sweat heavily 2-3 times a week through exercise and sauna use (sweating helps to excrete toxins)

These are just a few things you can start doing to perform better, live stronger and tune up your Porsche.

Starting in mid-June I will be offering a beginner detox 8 week group workshop.  We will personally be meeting as a group (for those who are local) multiple times and/or over a conference call format on the phone for those out of the immediate area.  We will be learning among other things how to stimulate and support our bodies natural detoxification systems, the best foods for detox, how to make it sustainable (as in for life), the role career, relationships and spiritual practice plays in this process and many other important ‘non-food’ ways to detox. You can expect to lose weight, gain more energy, improve your brain function and sleep better for starters. I am just starting to put the program together so more info to follow soon!

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Bart Thurman

Break-Free, Own Your Healh

Guys have skinny pants too (and how to fit into them without killing yourself)

Skinny or fat pants

No the answer is not to steal the above, lame pair of pants from your partner (that she can wear on her fat AND skinny days).

Seriously.  When I hear the phrase, “skinny pants” it is always associated with women but I am here to say that us guys strive for (suffer with) the same thing.  For example I have a pair of sweat pants in my bedroom from High School that I have donned from time to time over the years just to see if I can still fit into them comfortably.  Is that not the point after all?  Well for most of us anyway, see fail picture below…

Skinny guys in fat pants

It makes anybody feel good to rock their skinny pantalones. This past year I was for the first time able to fit nicely into my “summer skinny pants”…in the fall and winter.  You see other than my nasty mothball sweat pants I have typically owned a couple of pairs that only fit me just right during the late spring and summer months.  This was due to the fact I was training hard on my bikes and eating more carefully (and usually a little hungry to boot which isn’t any fun).  The bottom line is that it took a lot of work.

Not anymore.  I have my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and my training at FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) as well as countless hours researching and learning about all things health and wellness to thank for this.  The biggest factors for me were diet, detoxification and learning how to exercise intelligently.  I can honestly say that it takes MUCH less work these days to slide into my guy flaco pants (I have two pair) and actually they fit better than ever.  How cool is that?

FM1

To be completely honest I am still in shock that I can keep my racing weight year round now without all the sacrifice and suffering.  It’s incredibly liberating and every week I chuckle as I get dressed and reach for the fifth hole (the last one) in my belt loop.  Dont get me wrong, it isn’t effortless but compared to what was required before its nothing.

The best part of this journey into my skinny pants is that I learned it isn’t necessary to be hungry all the time and I eat more fat (healthy fats like real butter, coconut oil, olive oil and clean animal fats) than I ever did before!  It does not require hunger to make this happen.  That’s a huge reason why fad diets NEVER work long term.

If you want me to help you dust off your skinny pants contact me and I’ll teach you how:)

Bart Thurman

Break-Free, Own Your Health