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September 19, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 19, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 19, 2019

Jenn is coming back on Monday September 30th for another talk. This one should be valuable. Hope to see the great turnout we saw last time!
https://jensprimalhealth.com/events/how-to-make-new-habits-last/

Lack of sleep: The nation’s worst epidemic.
https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/lack-of-sleep-is-killing-your-body-composition

Here’s a good article unpacking the reasons why avoiding red meat is not advised.
Main points:
1) Evidence linking red meat eating and poor health is weak, conflicted, and/or non-existent.
2) Meat is the most nutrient dense thing you can eat.
3) Avoiding meat sets humans up for a variety of nutritional deficiencies.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408398.2019.1657063?

“Meditation” means different things to different people. It is important to take time to clear your head every day somehow.
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2798/How_To_Successfully_Use_Meditation_For_Fat_Loss.aspx

You will hear me harp on magnesium, vitamin D and zinc as being three things you should supplement with. We just don’t get enough from foods we eat and in the case of vitamin D, we just don’t live in a part of the world where we get enough sunlight. A good way to get these is by supplementing with 5-10,000iu of vitamin D3 per day, and then taking a product called “ZMA” which has zinc and magnesium.
https://www.ergo-log.com/magnesium-rich-diet-reduces-mortality-risk.html

Video of the Week: Knowledge bombs.

September 12, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 12, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 12, 2019

Strength training improves mood. I’ve found this to be the case even more when it involves movements that use your whole body through a full range-of-motion. One of the guidelines I use when programming at IKSC is that the movements we use for training should use everything from your fingertips to toes, while incorporating the breath and always leading with the eyes.
https://www.ergo-log.com/stop-worrying-go-and-start-strength-training.html

Here’s a good read about a possible link between insulin resistance and depression. It shouldn’t be surprising.
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00057/full

This next link has a good section on the new scare about chicken and cancer. Mark makes a good point (one I often make about beef), is that they aren’t factoring in what people are eating with the chicken.

This is one of the reasons it is important to know the mechanisms and the physiology of what’s going on, not just look at stats. Case in point: Ever go to a BBQ restaurant and see an obese and unhealthy person just eating a pound of brisket or smoked turkey? No, it is usually slathered in sugary sauce, and by caloric content, the carb-load side dishes vastly outweigh the meat.
https://www.marksdailyapple.com/does-chicken-cause-cancer-should-you-neuter-dog-collagen-and-skipping-dinner/

One of the frustrating things about the push for fake meats is the way it is so easy to claim things like environmental-friendliness and health benefits, but it takes an intelligent conversation to dismantle those arguments. This article does a decent job of summarizing it.
https://newfoodeconomy.org/climate-change-eat-less-meat-plant-based-impossible-burger-regenerative-ranching/

Here’s a random day of eating for Jim. The tomatoes were from mother-in-law’s garden, and super yummy. A couple of them coated with Redmond Real Salt after training tonight was like eating candy.
https://www.myfitnesspal.com/reports/printable_diary/jwbeaumont?from=2019-09-11&to=2019-09-11

Video of The Week:
One comment on the video: Note that she makes reference to Mediterranean Diet. The issue I have with that particular popular diet is that it does not limit palette options, and really, turns into the same old “everything in moderation” thing that has been proven over and over to be a failure for a nutritional strategy. What it ends up being is whatever people want it to be.
Also note, that at about 11:50 she makes a note that any variation of the Mediterranean Diet that failed to include red meat DID NOT improve symptoms of depression.

September 6, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 5, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: September 5, 2019

Jennifer is coming to IKSC this Monday September 9th at 7p.m. to do a class. Please mark this on your calendar and make every effort to welcome her. Here is a link to her site describing the class and a link to sign up. I will. If you can’t make it, at least share with your friends.
https://jensprimalhealth.com/events/primal-eating-burn-fat-promote-longevity-without-too-much-restriction/?fbclid=IwAR3Q7rqFgH_0mSv62ADwVozX_F0Y73FkO9XbgG-jVlxPP9bITqlwm1hnvyA

We like our trapbar (hex bar).
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2800/Make_the_Switch_to_Hex_Bar_Training.aspx

We’ve gone over this many times. You can’t overeat a protein source unless you are drinking lots of shakes.
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/protein-will-not-make-you-fat

I may have shared this one before. Here’s a good article on crawling.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/reflexive-strength-and-spider-man

This is the podcast that some social media sources are filtering and removing comparing beef to plant proteins, and boy can I see why after listening. I stay abreast of this topic, but even I learned quite a bit about the absolute statistical gymnastics that must be performed in order to vilify beef as a food source with regards to environmental impact…I should add that the person being interviewed on the podcast was heavily involved in the research that came up with these stats. Follow the money, people.
https://sustainabledish.com/podcasts/sustainable-dish-episode-78-beyond-burger-vs-real-burgers-with-sara-place-2/

Video of The Week:
Art DeVany. This is the book and person that started me down the ancestral nutrition and health rabbithole almost 10 years ago. It’s really all right there. There we’ve dived into the minutia of it, but the nuts and bolts of optimal nutrition is all right here.

Show this photo next time someone talks about environment or sustainability issues when it comes to beef. This is where a lot of beef comes from, even if they might spend some of their lives in feedlots. Notice they are still bunched up, and crowd together whether they have 1,000,000 acres to roam or 5 acres. That’s what herd animals do for protection.

They are at about 6200ft eating natural grasses. Nothing else will grow here, and cattle grazing in the region helps to minimize the impact of the occasional brush fire. There is very little water, which comes from natural springs, a few creeks and rainfall. This area is about 40 miles from the nearest paved road only accessible by horse, a substantial 4×4 or ATV, the kinds of places people that order “Impossible Burgers” never set foot on.

Obviously, these cows are not destroying the environment, and you’ll find deer, elk, antelope (the hillside here is called Antelope Ridge) coyotes, hawks, eagles, snakes, etc. The photo with the GPS coordinates is for reference and was not far from here.

Nearest town is Triangle, Idaho, and this is on public land that you and I can both use for recreation.
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cows on antlelope ridge

antelope ridge gps

August 29, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 29, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 29, 2019

I don’t know who “noom” is, but this graphic is great. Please give them props for it. I would add that the trend chart should be for months or even years, and not just a matter of weeks:
weight loss

Big News: Jennifer is coming to IKSC on Monday September 9th at 7p.m. to do a class. Please mark this on your calendar and make every effort to welcome her. Here is a link to her site describing the class and a sign up link. I will. If you can’t make it, at least share with your friends.
https://jensprimalhealth.com/events/primal-eating-burn-fat-promote-longevity-without-too-much-restriction/?fbclid=IwAR3Q7rqFgH_0mSv62ADwVozX_F0Y73FkO9XbgG-jVlxPP9bITqlwm1hnvyA

The “real” perfect pushup, an old article by Steve Maxwell on Hindu pushups. The guru of bodyweight training, in my opinion.
http://maxwellsc.blogspot.com/2008/12/pushing-yourself-to-power.html

This article is brings up the use of a paleo diet for MS, but understand that it also seems to help with other autoimmune conditions, such as eczema, thyroid conditions, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

Years ago I started recommending this nutritional strategy for body comp and strength -which it works great for- but people with some of these problems told me about improvements in these conditions, so I didn’t argue with them. Good to see the idea is now widely accepted.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326080.php?fbclid=IwAR0B6MMuA2A-HcCJUJ2bD1oYs8RXVQaAbcl1ro2EQUusuLSRrbPOR1Xvc3s

This is a cool article on the nutritional strategies of old time strongmen and early bodybuilders. Very good read.
https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/splendid-specimens-the-history-of-nutrition-in-bodybuilding/?fbclid=IwAR3X8VKu4AMTffeyCAUryIR9VKMUN9ZHZKRhRhlqJUWfdNgSAUexOu44ze0

At IKSC, we love this kind of training and many of our best programs are rooted in this principle:
http://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2636/Workout_Systems_Peripheral_Heart_Action_Training.aspx

Here’s a good article on one of the programs a few of you are on for the squat and deadlift (including me). We modify it a little, and put a few IKSC touches on it, but here is the basic outline of 5/3/1.
https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/531-how-to-build-pure-strength

Video of The Week:
Another one by Dave Feldman. I was lucky to be there for this lecture. Takeaway point is that your cholesterol readings can change daily, so your reading from a blood draw every several months may not tell you as much as your doctor says it does.

August 22, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 22, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast: August 22, 2019

Thought for the week:
“No correlation has been established between getting sore and getting
stronger. Some comrades are hurting units for five days following their leg workout
yet lift the same weights for years. Others never ache…but keep getting stronger from workout to workout…Never interpret soreness or stiffness as signs of progress.” – Pavel Tsatsouline.

I frequently make references to Arnold and some of the old-school bodybuilders. I am a fan of many of the tips in this article: https://www.t-nation.com/training/5-things-we-can-learn-from-arnold-about-building-muscle

I refer to fascial slings now and then with the way your body is connected. Here’s a decent article explaining it. Too bad there isn’t a chart showing them. I’ll have to look harder for one.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/fascia-and-muscle-link

No one reading this is afraid of saturated fat, I hope. But, here is a good article written by one of the top minds in nutritional science.
https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/15/1111

We’ve been working the getup a bunch in class: Here’s something I wrote up on them a few years back.
http://idahokettlebells.com/blog/?p=978

Here’s the guy I learned to properly do a getup from at the first kettlebell instructor course I attended. His account of his rehab using this exercise is pretty amazing.
https://tacticalathlete.com/turkish-get-up-functional-fun/
Video of The Week:

August 8, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast August 8, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast August 8, 2019

This week’s video: Dan John is one of the best strength coaches in the world. I can’t agree more with his list of necessary training movements:

Awesome article on cortisol’s role in the body:
https://www.t-nation.com/training/the-best-damn-cortisol-article-ever

Great write up and video on the Hindu pushup.
https://originalstrength.net/2019/08/04/meet-your-new-love-the-hindu-pushup/?fbclid=IwAR1L7TfEHEgc7FQ4a1iY_zHFAEj3cC16pkkWrAaD7nwZKF26MufTnf8U9R4

How to avoid deficiencies on a plant-based diet:
https://main.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/2616/_Three_Surprising_Dangers_of_A_Vegetarian_Diet.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3sq5B4qDBSpFIVm_eC1PWjmFNd4WrEv_DLteH5YIy9MbKwbc1VC_p0IMs

Salt is not your enemy.
https://suppversity.blogspot.com/2014/10/low-sodium-intake-for-athletes-good-for.html?fbclid=IwAR30KY6PSVNNQ-TZFHdwHK9mnRgg0ZDbyP7V0sktLJVOANUXXkjamneYRq0#

Hopefully no one reading this blog has any of these around, but good to share with others:
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/5-healthy-foods-secretly-leading-203029069.html

June 20, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 20, 2019

IKSC Weekly Link Blast June 20, 2019

Video of the week!

IGNORE some of the idiotic recommendations by modern bodybuilders. However, some great “bodybuilding” programs were used prior to the widespread use of steroids in bodybuilding. IKSC borrows from many of these old-school programs.
https://www.t-nation.com/training/3-reasons-you-cant-train-like-a-juicer?fbclid=IwAR0JqNKwV0k29kULP_zQstTd5MJSwuiO5dGqG4saR8SJM_Sp8pObWVqw1oM

Most of the nutrition strategies that actually work these days borrow heavily from what we called a paleo diet, when you get down and really look at them.
https://suppversity.blogspot.com/2016/05/ad-libitum-paleo-diet-w-handful-of.html?fbclid=IwAR2-9upwf-SELtGqz0hwtvtfXPiz23XMDo5efkNjiyeJySTVcSn4UzuAQfk

The big marketing push for fake meats are nothing more than the biggest processed food makers’ latest effort to sell the cheapest crap at the lowest price.
https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/fake-food-fake-meat-big-foods-desperate-attempt-to-further-industrialisation-food/?fbclid=IwAR1rca1TULr5NQH4CmTe8uHtx5LEMUyozrvF8B5z2jXp9K3R1J8YEcqBr0Q

Along the same lines, here is the real story about greenhouse gas emissions and cattle. I’ve listened to hours of the professor cited here….and my photo below was taken right in the middle of cattle grazing land.
https://medium.com/@caroline.stocks/debunking-the-methane-myth-why-cows-arent-responsible-for-climate-change-23926c63f2c0?fbclid=IwAR3k95mj3HeITdhwbxwCF1AOQbibyZLszvwJZH0BTr8cNrynYVZ1DtzQsaU

Ajax at 3 Fingers

April 15, 2014

Men Should Not Have Breasts.

Men Should Not Have Breasts.

Breasticles, Man-boobs, The Man-Rack, Moobs, Bitch Tits, Gynecomastia…

Whatever you choose to call them, they suck. No man wants these. No man should have to live like this. These are self-esteem and confidence killers.

For a small percentage, genetics play a big part and in these cases they need to talk to a physician or endocrinologist in order to mitigate this situation. For the majority, it is a matter of dietary and lifestyle activities that cause hormonal imbalances.

What is happening?
Essentially, what is going on is the body has too much aromatase. Aromatase is an enzyme in the body that converts testosterone into estrogen. When men’s estrogen levels get high, they start growing breasts and gain excess bodyfat. This is also linked to certain cancers.

Here are a quick list of main offenders of aromatase:
Environmental things like pollution, and BPAs.
Chronically elevated insulin levels.
Obesity.
Excessive alcohol consumption (especially beer).
Zinc and magnesium deficiency.
Hormones from feedlot-raised animals.
Certain medications or dietary supplement abuse.
Plastics, when exposed to heat (never heat plastic containers in a microwave).

The diet is the first thing to address. YOU CAN DO THIS TODAY.
1. If you are a drinker, ditch the beer and hard alcohol right now. A little red wine is OK. In fact, dry, red wines contain resveratrol, which actually acts as an aromatase inhibitor. It might actually help reduce problem. Just don’t use this a license to drink a bottle a night.
2. Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and raddishes.
3. Cut the wheat, corn and soy from your diet.
4. Cut all sugars.
5. Eat organic raw nuts, seafood, pastured meats or wild game.
6. Drink green tea. It helps detoxify estrogens.
7. Get at least 30 grams of fiber per day. This should not be a problem if you are getting lots of vegetables. For lack of a more lengthy explanation, fiber helps to pull excess estrogen from your body.

Train like a predator, not prey.
Hit the weights several times per week, using heavy loads and full-body exercises like squats, deadlifts, clean and presses, burpees, kettlebell swings, pullups, and hill sprints. Take up a martial art.

Don’t waste time on exercises like crunches, bicep curls, or chest flyes.

Avoid more than 30 minutes of steady-state cardiovascular training on a regular basis. Do sprints and hard intervals, rather than jogging. Don’t even think about spending time on a “cardio” machine at your local gym in front of a TV.

It goes beyond cosmetics.
Man boobs are a health problem and any man that says he doesn’t care about having them is lying.
Lots of men are suffering from this and are afraid to admit it, and have no idea where to start. These are things to do RIGHT NOW that can help.

Let your breast reduction start now!

-Jim





April 7, 2014

Inflammation in Very Simple Terms.

Inflammation in very simple terms.

Inflammation is the body’s defense against irritation, infection, or injury. This can also be caused by lots of stress, eating foods that cause inflammation, inadequate rest, or excessive training.

Inflammation is not always a negative thing (more on that later), but when we generate more of it than we are designed to handle, all sorts of issues can ensue, including GI issues, joint pain, weight gain, and compromised immunity. Your body can handle these things for short periods, as in after a hard workout or to recover from an injury, but when your body has to deal with elevated inflammation levels for long stretches, things just don’t work right.

Lowering excessive inflammation is one of the goals of proper nutrition and hormonal balance.
Now, if you think you have screwed up hormones, don’t take my advice on it. I am not a doctor. Even most MDs will refer you to an endocrinologist in order to help with a suspected hormone problem, which they would only confirm through blood or saliva tests. So, don’t diagnose yourself as having some hormone or adrenal issue via the internet.

But, here are some super simple bits of information I’ve learned about inflammation and how to help minimize it.

Your body works in a coordinated fashion, meaning all the systems work together and must be looked at together. You can’t just look at your training without paying attention to nutrition and expect to look, feel or perform better.

Excess inflammation means fat gain, muscle loss, and “Man-Boobs”
When levels of inflammation go up, the body’s defense is to increase the stress hormone cortisol as an anti-inflammatory hormone. This becomes a priority for your body, instead of producing sex hormones like testosterone, DHEA, androstendione, and progesterone. This is important because having these sex hormones working correctly helps you to train hard, build muscle, burn fat, and make other humans. This is important. Lack of sex drive should be a big sign that something is wrong.

If these hormones aren’t in sync, one of the outcomes is estrogen dominance, which will kill sex drive and cause fat gain. Both men and women have to have the correct amount of estrogen, and when estrogen levels are too high one of the first things is fat gain in the stomach, legs, and chest (the dreaded “Man-Rack”). This can be more than just cosmetic, in that estrogen dominance has also been linked to things like breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Fatty Acid Balance

One of the ways to combat excess inflammation is to balance your fatty acid intake. Which in the simplest terms, means balancing the amount of omega3 fats and omega6 fats.

While experts debate the exact ratio of omega3 fats to omega6 fats needed to stay in balance (some say it should be 1:1, while others say it should be 1:3 or 1:4), the important thing to realize is that if you are eating a standard diet of corn-fed beef and chicken, farmed fish, and seed oils like canola and soybean, you are getting bombarded with omega6 fats and your ratio is way higher, like in the neighborhood of 1:20-1:25. This causes your body to produce excessive inflammation.

Good sources of omega3 fats are fish oil, flaxseed oil, grass-fed beef, wild fish, free-range chicken and chicken eggs. Try to eat as much of these as possible.

You still need omega6 fats to be healthy, though. It is not like you ONLY should consume omega3 fats. You should still be getting a good amount of fats from nuts and seeds, and lots of meat. Avocados and coconut oil are some of my favorite sources.

Excess carbs and sugar cause inflammation.
Excess carbohydrate intake causes inflammation by causing high insulin levels for sustained periods. We don’t want insulin to be high all the time. It constricts arteries and raises blood pressure, and also causes excess fat storage and if prolonged, eventually diabetes.

Insulin resistance is caused by having high insulin levels. Your body gets used to having it high, and it takes more and more to get the desired effect (of moving sugar and nutrients into cells). It becomes less and less sensitive to it because it is high all the time.

This is a precursor to diabetes, and is almost always accompanied by excess bodyfat. In fact, almost every obese or nearly obese person is insulin-resistant. It goes hand-in-hand with obesity and all the other corresponding issues that accompany obesity.

What we want to build is insulin sensitivity. Insulin is not a bad thing, but having too much all the time is. We want our insulin levels to rise temporarily in response to a meal, but not too much. 95% of this is done by getting rid of excess sugars and starchy carbs in the diet.

The most direct way to do this is limit carbohydrate intake to non-starchy vegetables, and very little fruit. NO processed carbohydrates, like bread, pasta, cereal, granola, etc.

Another important aspect of this is to take at least 4 hours between meals, as a minimum. 6-8 hours is preferable, in order to help make your body more insulin sensitive.

Everyone is different.
Yes, everyone is different and some people will have inflammation from foods that don’t bother others. I recommend starting with a strict paleo diet for at least a month, and then maybe experiment with adding certain foods back in one at a time. Kind of find what you can get away with.

For example: Let’s say you’ve gone strict paleo and eliminated grains and dairy completely for a month (and actually did it, and didn’t cheat). After a month, you decide to eat some bread.

For someone that is sensitive to the gluten or excess of carbohydrate, they will immediately experience a massive amount of inflammation, and will add a few pounds of weight on the scale the next day and will look puffy, kind of like their whole body is bloated. That is inflammation. Different foods affect different people differently.

This response is your body telling you that you SHOULD NOT be eating these foods.

Again, this is not a one-size-fits-all thing. I know people that are fine with one type of food, but maybe another has that effect on them. Everyone is different.

Personally, I can eat a dry cheese and have no problem. If I have a small amount of ice cream, though, I am 3-5lbs heavier the next day, puffy and have dark circles under my eyes. Any wheat or bread, and I am pounds heavier and my nose runs.

Get your magnesium.
One of the critical elements to fighting inflammation is maintaining adequate levels of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is chronic for many people eating highly processed foods and grains, which deplete your body of magnesium and calcium.

Here are a few reasons to get your magnesium:
It helps to lower cortisol, a hormone that is elevated as a response to stress.
It helps to raise DHEA levels, which is an anti-inflammatory hormone.
Magnesium deficiency makes it hard for your body to metabolize essential fatty acids.
Magnesium can help with sleep and recovery from hard exercise, which can also cause inflammation.

Gut Health

Inflammation is also caused by having poor gut health. Completely eliminating grains, legumes and sugar is an important first step, and I would argue that as long as you are still consuming these anti-nutrients, you are pretty well stopping your body’s ability to attain proper gut health, and leaching minerals like calcium and magnesium from your body. Beyond that, however, taking a good probiotic is important for some people. Another strategy is eating fermented foods like sauerkraut or kim-chee is a good move.

High-inflammatory versus low-inflammatory foods.

There are lots of anti-inflammatory strategies out there. One of the major ones is simply eliminating foods that are highly-inflammatory, or consuming them in very small quantities. Here are some examples of how just a few different foods rank.

Highly-inflammatory
Feedlot-raised beef, pork, chicken.
Farmed fish.
Wheat
Soy
Corn
legumes
Seed oils, like corn oils and canola oil.
Trans fats
Sugar
Alcohol
Any refined carbohydrate

Low-inflammatory
Wild fish
Green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale
Wild game and pastured meats
Natural oils like olive oil and coconut oil
Avocados
Fruits like papaya, pineapple, cherries, and blueberries

-Jim Beaumont
Idaho Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning
www.idahokettlebells.com

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