One of the best changes I made in 2016 was adopting a more minimalist lifestyle. When my wife and I decided to move down to California last July, we pared down a 2,200 square foot house into only what would fit in our Scion xB. We only had a week, so we had to make lots of rapid-fire decisions about what to take, what to sell, and what to give away. In hindsight, the short timeframe was actually a blessing as it didn’t afford us the time to overthink. It worked. By the end of the week, we had only a small percentage of belongings left, all of which were either items we use almost everyday (e.g. our Vitamix and pressure cooker) or items that bring us great joy (mostly books). Lots of things that we thought were “needs” were actually just “wants” or “likes”. But the minimalism didn’t end with physical belongings. Since then, I’ve continued to simplify my life, minimizing finances, work processes, routines, and even exercise. Instead of spending extra money and time going to the gym, I now do my workouts at home with the following minimalist exercises. They take less time, require little or no equipment, are free (with the exception of building a “T-handle” kettle bell), and provide a full-body workout that builds muscle, boosts testosterone, and increases insulin sensitivity.
Pop Quiz: What do excess body fat, heart burn, constipation, eczema, insomnia, and depression have in common?
Answer: They are all “common” health woes today that were anything but “normal” through most of our evolutionary history. And they are all caused―or at least worsened―by poor food and lifestyle choices.
Perhaps the biggest, most devastating myth to human health is the faulty notion that cholesterol causes heart disease. We have been told for decades there is incontrovertible proof that eating saturated fat and cholesterol raises cholesterol in the blood, and that in turn, excess serum cholesterol causes heart disease. You may be surprised to learn that this theory, known as the “Diet-Heart Hypothesis”, has never actually been proven despite numerous studies. But fueled by bias, vested interests, and institutional momentum, the complete lack of evidence has not stopped the media, health organizations, or pharmaceutical companies from continuing to tout their favored—albeit faulty—hypothesis as fact.
Find me a man today who says he doesn’t want a stronger libido and you will have found me a liar. Modern lifestyles, foods, and movement patterns have caused an epidemic of low libidos, contributing to decreased productivity, unhappy relationships, bigger bellies, smaller biceps, and depression. You’ve likely seen ads that identify the problem as “Low T” (“Low Testosterone”). And yes, testosterone is indeed a big part of the puzzle. But pharmaceutical reps and allopathic doctors get things all wrong when it comes to the solution. The answer is not pills or shots: taking exogenous testosterone is a Band-Aid solution at best, and will more likely just further the very hormonal dysregulation that is at the root of low libido to begin with. Fortunately, there are a number of proven drug-free ways you can boost your libido. Read on to learn my top five solutions.
Given the complexity of the human body, it is all too easy to miss the forest for the trees when it comes eating, moving, sleeping, and relaxing one’s way to optimal health. While each of us are unique bioindividuals and it is up to you to figure out exactly what works best for your body, there are some general dos and don’ts to help you guide you. I have put together the following short list of Primary Principles to help you focus on the critical few instead of getting lost in the meaningless many. Whenever you find yourself feeling lost or overwhelmed, simply return to this list.