Simple Paleo Wisdom for Complex Modern Times

Welcome to the Ancestral Minimalist. I’m John Fotheringham, an author, entrepreneur, and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP®) on a mission to help men lose body fat, increase muscle, boost libido, sleep better, and better manage stress using the power of minimalism and ancestral wisdom.

Sleep: Your Secret Weapon for Optimal Health & High Performance

For Type A perfectionists like myself, working harder and longer is easy. The truly hard thing is giving oneself permission to stop, rest, and recover. Read on to see how sleep can be used as your secret weapon for optimizing your health and performance.

5 Natural, Drug-Free Ways to Boost Your Libido

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.

1 Size Never Fits All: How to Eat, Move, Sleep & Relax the Way YOUR Body Needs

Though certain general nutrition, movement, sleep, and stress management patterns tend to be beneficial for the vast majority people, when it comes to the specifics, there is never a one size fits all solution for nutrition, movement, sleep, and stress management. This is why where most books, blogs, health gurus, trainers, coaches, etc. get things so wrong: they assume that if you do what they did, you will get the same results. The truth is that we are all unique bioindividuals that are helped or harmed by different things. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa. Furthermore, what works for you today, might not be what you need tomorrow. Our bodies are constantly scanning the environment and the information we provide via food, movement, sleep, thoughts, etc. Depending on your ancestry, your activity level, the weather, the season, your exposure to stressors, and how you respond to them, your body will need differing amounts of nutrients, energy, movement, and rest month to month, week to week, day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute, and even second to second!

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