Live A Long Healthy Life

 

Concentration camp

This weekend, I started re-reading A Man’s Search For Meaning, by Victor Frankl.  I’ve read it at least twice a year for the past 3 years.  When I start to feel lost, burnt out or confused about life it always helps.

One of the themes that hit me hard today: “It’s never about what happens to us, it’s always about what our reaction to it is.”

This is coming from a man who’s lived through Nazi hell.  One who arguably lived through the worst that man can do to another.  Having everything taken from him and almost worked till death.  I love the perspective the book gives to me.  If he can keep going in those conditions, what do I really have to complain about?

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hourglass

One year ago, at Paleo f(X), most of the speakers and attendees didn’t know us.  The first question was always, “What do you do?”  It was a vastly different experience compared to this year.

You see, a year ago Jordan and I both still had day jobs, we were just starting our full consulting practice.  Not to mention, we didn’t have any staff in the business as we had to lay all of them off at the end of 2012.

This year, I didn’t need business cards, we were speaking on stage, and we were on a first-name basis with most of the presenters.  Our new staff held down the business for us so we could be away.

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Pic of Doctor

It was 2007.  My Doctor looked up from my chart and lowered his voice… “I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you.  Don’t eat gluten.  There’s nothing else you can do when you have this autoimmune disease.  You’re going to be sick.”

Fired.

The next Doctor?

Fired.

The next Doctor?

He was the first to admit, “I don’t know what to do, let’s keep doing tests and see what shows up.”

But eventually… he was fired too.

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Pic of crazy tornado

Most of my clients tell me they feel like their health is sliding out of control.  They’re trying their best but despite natural, conventional and mystic treatments they are caught in a downward spiral of health that’s completely consuming them.

Some describe it like they’re standing at the edge of a large cliff and with one small misstep they’re prone to fall off.  My favorite way to picture this is a downward spiral, like one of those gumball machines.  As the gum ball is dropped into the spiral funnel at the top it begins it’s decent very slowly.  But then the spiraling gets steeper and closer and the ball picks up speed tornado-ing all the way to the bottom and then the ball slams into the door.

This is an exhausting way to live.  So I want to give you some ideas on how to stop this tornado-like spiral.  In case you don’t know what this tornado of problems feels like, let me give you glimpse of mine.

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The short story here is: there’s a new book I recommend for 2014, The Calorie Myth, by Jonathan Bailor.

I learned many awesome nuggets from it, with even better research to back it up, and actually laughed a few times.  If your name starts with Doctor, Grandma or anything in-between, this book will help you better understand food and health.

In some cases, authors spend 10-plus years writing a book.  They pour 10, 20, or even 30 years of personal experience, research and knowledge into pieces of paper hoping that it will help you and they ask for a small return on their hard earned knowledge, but we have a secret.

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