Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

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Are you interested in making a difference in the health of your community? It can be as easy as showing them a movie. That is all I did, and the dominoes are tumbling. Local health organizations, school systems, corporations and inspired citizens have contacted me about how they, too, can be a part of the change. Click here to find out how you can host a showing of the movie "Fed Up" by Katie Couric. If you are interested in reading the article about my local movie screening check it out here. Part one: TDT 1-20-15 Page 8A and Part two: TDT 1-20-15 Page 10A Contact me to borrow my movie for free: PPM@HealthCoachPenny.com http://youtu.be/aCUbvOwwfWM   … [Read more...]

Are You A Health ‘Free Thinker’

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30 years ago the federal government decided, for the first time in its history, to design 'Dietary Guidelines'. Now here we are in the midst of an obesity, diabetes, and pill popping epidemic. Blindly following conventional wisdom, and not thinking for yourself, may cause more harm than good. Here are some reminders that may help you follow your own path when it comes to making sense of what is right and wrong for your health. 1. Change your mind as often as the facts change. 2. Ignore people who refuse to change their minds when the facts change. 3. Read more books and fewer articles. 4. Read more history and fewer conventional forecasts. 5. You have no obligation to have … [Read more...]

My Interview With a Hunter-Gatherer

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There I was, sitting down for dinner after my first afternoon tracking animals in the Kwara Camp of Botswana, Africa. The thick aroma of what smelled like a mixture of wild animals, along with dung and an unfamiliar earthiness, made me realize I was in a macrocosm of life far removed from the sterile man-made environment I had traveled from 24 hours prior.   I couldn't help but wonder if there might be some trace of an olfactory memory encoded in my genes of this land I had left behind hundreds of thousands of years ago. I closed my eyes, inhaled the air deep into my lungs, searching for any remembrance of my past.  Nothing.  All I felt was  hunger after a long bumpy ride through the … [Read more...]

The Wild Life of Our Gut

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Did you know that our insides are really our outsides? That's right. From our pie hole all the way to our poop shoot, as food enters and exits the body, it doesn't actually go inside our body until it is absorbed through the walls of the gastrointestinal tract (all those tubes our food travels through between our mouth and our anus).  The entire GI tract can be viewed as a food translator.  Food enters one end, gets rearranged and converted into various molecules, then the excrement is defecated. Lovely. What I find truly fascinating, and utterly mind blowing, is that we are swimming in bacteria, germs, and microbes, 'inside' our gut.  So much so that we are actually only 10% human.  … [Read more...]

Crossfit. The Good The Bad and The Ugly

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  As some of you may know I have criticized crossfit in the past. From the outside looking in it looks unsafe.  The powerlifting/gymnastics moves that I have seen pictures of look like the people are going to snap a shoulder, knee, or back.  The gory photos of shins split wide open and barbells slamming people in the head are enough to scare off the most brave at heart.  I envisioned ego centered competitors swinging around enormous amounts of weight with no regard to form or safety. We have all seen the pictures like this one, and the one below, where it looks like stupid people doing stupid things. It is just a fad anyway, right? Wait, wait, no. It is a CULT! So when my … [Read more...]