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.
Most people aren’t and that’s okay. This journey isn’t for everyone. In fact, it’s not for most people. There are plenty of other blogs out there that will provide you with more comfortable, mainstream, politically correct advice that better lends itself to watercooler chitchat and cocktail party drivel. But maybe you don’t want to be like most people. Just maybe, you want to be the best version of you possible; the person you dreamed of being as a kid, the person your kids think you are, or the real you visible during brief periods of authentic self-realization (near death experiences, health scares, or one too many glasses of wine)…
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.
I am equal parts sadness and gratitude as I write this post. My friend Joe “Ninja” Northup (or “Sai” as my band of martial arts crazies knew him) passed away yesterday after battling brain cancer for six years. Though I have known him for over 15 years, I am truly grateful that we were able to deepen our friendship these past two years. The proximity helped (I moved down to Los Angeles in August 2012), but more than geography, it was his psychology that drew me near. Despite facing one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer (Oligoastrocytoma) and round after round of chemotherapy, he committed himself to living as long, lovingly, and completely as possible. Ask anyone who knows him and they will confirm that he succeeded on all counts.