Strive To Non-Strive

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Warning: Today's post is all about me.  According to the wise men of the world I have a problem. I need to go into rehab. I admit it. I STRIVE. Asking me to stop striving is like asking me to stop breathing. It is something I continually wrestle with. The picture you see here is on my dashboard.  It has been there for years.  I am continually 'striving' to work on all these areas, but when I get to the non-striving part I hit a brick wall. I have a feeling I have been like this all my life because I remember my Dad saying, "Penny, you need to lie in bed and stare at the ceiling once in a while." We are told that we need to continue to grow, change, achieve, better ourselves. Just Do It. … [Read more...]

Why I Drink Raw Milk

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This past week the farm where I own cow shares, and supplies my family with milk, was raided by the government.  Apparently 3 children were hospitalized with E.coli infection and my farm was a suspect. Of course the media jumped on the band wagon to spread this news.  Now the test results have been revealed and they show no E.coli in McBee's milk. But this news must not be scandalous enough to report, because all the farm is left with is the scar of bad press. If you are not familiar with "raw" milk it is simply milk straight from the cow that hasn't been pasteurized or homogenized. It is REAL milk. Because of this 'scandal' I have been getting bombarded with questions about why I choose … [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...]

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...]

The Water-Hydration Myth

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During a recent seminar someone asked me, "How much water do you drink each day?".  They gasped when I said I drink one glass a day, sometimes two.  I also mentioned that it depended on the day.  If I sweat, exercise, or feel thirsty, I drink more.  Also, that is 'water' ingestion...I drink other fluids in the form of green tea, coconut milk, and kombucha.  No, I don't get thirsty. No, my urine isn't totally clear. No, I'm not going to die of dehydration!  As a matter of fact, it is a MYTH that we all need 6-8 glasses of water per day. That got me wondering, where did this myth come from?  To me it makes perfect sense to drink when I'm thirsty and that our ancestors survived just … [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...]