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...]

How To Party Like An Animal and Survive

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The gang is all getting together tonight to party.  They are so excited, but you have committed to eating clean and lean.  You really want to go out with your friends, but how in the world are you going to maneuver the maze of the typical party fare?  From the moment you enter the door someone is handing you a glass of some sugar laden social lubricant. As you stealthily scan the table of dynamite finger foods, searching for something that won't blow you up, you wonder how you can survive the mine field of assorted goodies.  You have to eat something or you may insult the host. You have to imbibe in a few drinks.  I mean, really, who wants to be the party-pooper!  How do you arm … [Read more...]

Fitness Is A Balancing Act

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http://youtu.be/nNHePOZb7sY Is balance a sign of good fitness or is it a matter of practice makes perfect?    The fact is, balance is not necessarily a reflection of fitness.  Sure, it helps to have the muscle strength and eye-hand coordination that develops with exercise, but when it comes to balance, if you don't use it you lose it.  We have an incredible ability to balance built into an equilibrium monitoring system in our inner ear, but the effectiveness of that system can deteriorate with disuse. Why do older folks have more problems with maintaining balance?  Is it loss of a center of gravity, nervous system control, inner ear problem, diminishing eye sight, or simply if … [Read more...]

5 Minute Rundown On Current Health Research

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Imagine spending 3 days, walking from one room to the next, every 20 minutes, listening to some of the world's leading authorities speak on current health issues.  I had the honor of attending such an event at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, this past weekend.  I tweeted @HlthCoachPenny as fast as my fingers could type, to relay morsels of info across the airwaves. Below is a brief synapsis of my most popular tweets: 'Presenter from New Zealand told me he respects us Paleo/Primal/Real foodies from the USA because we are bombarded with crap food.' 'Intermittent fasting, carbohydrate restriction & intermittent intense exercise - protocol for cancer patients'- … [Read more...]

MovNat: REAL Fitness

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  I recently took a survey for ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), the most highly respected personal training certification in the world.  It was to determine the fitness trends of the future, what are the fads, and what is here to stay. Of course, it mentioned Crossfit and Zumba, plus some really unusual trends such as Hula-Hoop and Prancercise. I was shocked to see that they missed the oldest form of exercise that is making a roaring comeback: MovNat. Moving Naturally. If you haven't heard of MovNat, it's only because you have forgotten. I'm here to refresh your memory. The man on the cover of this magazine is the founder, Erwan Le Corre, here is an excellent interview … [Read more...]

What Do I Eat?

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    The question I get asked most frequently is, "What do you eat?".  So below is a sample of some my favorite quick and easy 'go to' meals along with the macronutrient breakdown of one day via www.paleotrack.com.  I've also included one of my favorite grocery shopping lists here: MarksDailyApple.com and an excellent fat/oil usage chart here: BalancedBites.com . These seem to be useful for my clients when they are trying to decide what to buy in a grocery store and what oils to use when cooking.     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs* 2-3 eggs 1/2 diced onion or any other veggie you prefer or have leftover or purchase fresh salsa from … [Read more...]

Eat Bugs, Everyone’s Doing It!

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Americans pride themselves on being on the cutting edge of science and new trends, but in the case of ancestral nutrition North America and Europe are way behind the times.  As a matter of fact, 80% of the world population is ahead of us when it comes to eating what many consider to be, now and throughout history, the most nutritious food on the planet: insects.  A United Nations report, "Edible insects, future prospects for food and security", which was released in 2013, states that the benefits of getting back to our ancestral roots of eating bugs could be the answer to feeding the over populated human race.  Not only as food for humans directly, but also indirectly as feedstock for … [Read more...]

Paleo Goes Mainstream

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Just as I embark on my nutrition seminar tour for Mark Sisson the Primal/Paleo/Ancestral movement comes out of the shadows and hits center stage.  The recent press it received on Dr. Oz catapulted the ancestral health "craze" into mainstream popularity.  The only problem I have with all of this attention is that it isn't a "craze" or a fad diet.  It is the way we are genetically designed to eat, and have been eating for the past few million years, until the advent of agriculture which occurred about 10,000 years ago.  Click here to learn how in 2007 I embarked on my journey and watched my health improve while eating according my genetic blueprint.  I don't consider myself a 'Paleo … [Read more...]

Is Your Desk Making You Fatsickandnearlydead?

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How many hours each day do you sit?  Now, I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but you may want to stand up while you read this.   Did you know that sitting all day can literally kill you! In a recent study it was found that women who sit 6 hours a day were 37% more likely to die, and men 17%, during the course of the study.  It has also been linked to dramatic increases in colon cancer, type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression.  It's not just the ergonomics of it, it is also the metabolic and systemic damage that occurs because of the slothfulness of sitting.  It all boils down to, 'If you don't use it you lose it'.  So why not just head out and do a … [Read more...]

Feeding Kids Disconnected Food

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As most of you know, I have four children. I am also a Health Coach, Personal  Trainer, and Nutritionist.  You may think my kids eat everything healthy, organic, unprocessed, home cooked, and I never feed them junk food. Truth is, feeding my kids REAL food is a daily battle.  When I explain how important it is for them to eat healthy, my fifteen year old rolls her eyes and sarcastically quips, "Okay Health Coach Penny".  My thirteen year old will grab doughnuts or cupcakes at sleepovers...one time she overindulged and learned a very good lesson about the effects of junk food, as she spent the evening regurgitating her sugar fest. I'm not alone in this fight...a lot of my friends, that … [Read more...]