I can use my body’s truth.

The truth that exists in the moment – physically – that comes from true physical processes – more than from psychological causes.

Consider this: a body could be well rested, nutritionally nourished, get enough sunlight, get enough movement, get enough touch and whatever else a body needs… and yet feel great stress and pain due to the person’s thinking. The person can think about their terrible finances or some political strife or career issues or just general negativity. Good idea for a book title! General Negativity. Haha. (goes to look it up). Looks available!

Anyhow, I’m sure we can agree that healthy bodies can create unhappy feelings. We have likely all experienced this. So let’s talk about making things better!

Well, we can pay attention to what’s more strictly physically true. How’s the body itself feeling? Do we have any unmet physical needs? Do we have any opportunities to rectify them? Need we eat something? Need we drink something? Do we need sunlight or some vitamins? Do we need some rest? How does the body feel? Do the shoulders feel relaxed? Does the breathing feel right?

A nice thing to do is to simply close the eyes and imagine some physical movement. You don’t have to do the actual movement – just imagine it and notice that you can see that you have physical freedom. You have the freedom to imagine things and you have the freedom to either do or not do them. That can feel like potential. Direct physical potential.

Your direct experience of your body in the moment reflects direct physical potential. Your experience of your body and mind combines into some sense of what you’re capable of or what you’re actually willing or going to do.

On any given day, most reasonably healthy people COULD walk 10 miles. But most don’t. I bet if I’d ask most people, how do you feel about the idea of walking 5 miles, they’d give some kind of not-so-positive response, though they might like the idea of having walked 5 miles. They also might be interested in walking 10 miles if it’s framed in the right way. Maybe if it’s an adventure through waterfalls and canyons to arrive at a beautiful lodge with beautiful people and lots of food. That sounds better than walking 10 miles in the city by loud noises and car exhaust…

What determines how you imagine it?

Anyhow, we experience internally some sense of this potential. Will I walk 10 miles today? Will I push hard at the gym? Will I hunker down and learn new skills or advance the ones I have? Or will I sulk in depression and general negativity?

It can seem really hard to reason. I have been stuck on negative thinking for a long time in certain areas. Not sure entirely why, but it would feel like a loop and it would seem the only response is eating junk or watching junk media or reading the news or I don’t know…

HOWEVER, I can always take a peek directly at my body, because my existence as a body has more permanence than my existence as a mind locked in some kind of story. Think about it: the story of you and your finances doesn’t really always exist – even though your bank account might not change. When you think about your bank account maybe you think aww this sucks, but then when you have a nice bite to eat you’re enjoying the food and when you watch a show you’re a person watching a show, you’re not so much a broke person watching the show. I will perhaps change the language to “one” instead of “you”… maybe not though. I can continue. Anyhow, when I close my eyes and breathe, I feel my eyes and my stomach and my body heat and my posture and my sense of my energy and where it could go and what could make things better and SOME sense of something good that I can build upon… I am alive. I feel alive. I have some life that CAN respond positively to nourishing.

Think and feel that. That there’s something that COULD respond positively to some events. That’s VERY likely to be PHYSICALLY KNOWN AS TRUE… which is different than thinking within the context of “what am I going to do for my career”, “what will happen with my relationships”, “what about the politics”, “what about my money”, etc… all of those categories may lead to overwhelm or confusion or complexity – and they can certainly feel bad if the underlying current experience = “something’s wrong” – and sometime’s that underlying experience might really be a direct physical problem.

When one has indigestion or fatigue… everything can feel bad… because the body feels bad the whole time. How fun is a birthday party when one’s stomach hurts and one has heartburn? Possibly not fun at all. How fun is it to sleep in a million dollar bed when one is on the verge of puking and in constant pain? What about the money? It doesn’t make the body feel good. On the other hand, when it is felt as physical truth that the body has its needs met, a sense of urgency does not press on the soul nor does a sense of true environmental stress – the body is not at risk – the body does not produce indications of being at risk.

So take some time to feel the body’s truth. The body MAY reveal unmet needs. It may say “HUNGRY!” “TIRED!” “THIRSTY!” “NEED EXERCISE!” “NEED SUN!” “NEED HUG!” etc… or it may say “TOO FULL” “IN PAIN” etc… Hopefully, you have direct positive healthy responses to each of these emergencies. If you do not, or want better ones, contact me (858)848-0444 or anyone that you feel is qualified to help you in these cases. You may be surprised at how easy and automatic your improvements can happen… since the body has quite a bit of wisdom and knowledge ready to be implemented when you allow it or deliberately go for it.

Once you get to a level where no obvious holes need to be filled, you can notice yourself breathing and moving and centered and powerful and capable ON A PHYSICAL SOLID LIVING TRUTH LEVEL. You can breathe in with a direct knowing of having physical potential for action with potential results beyond your imagination. I mean that literally and directly – not as some kind of woo-woo “all your dreams are possible sense”… I mean like you can notice you have power and that you don’t know what can be done with it.

From there, from that not-knowing you can see that a variety of actions are possible and from there you can identify which actions seem to have positive likely results and that you’d be willing to take those actions and whenever you’re ready… you may take those actions.

Maybe it’s cleaning your room.

Maybe it’s moving some trash.

Maybe it’s exercising.

Maybe it’s applying for a job or improving a resume.

Maybe it’s making a sales call.

Maybe it’s buying some healthy food.

Maybe it’s working on learning some skills.

Maybe it’s asking someone on a date.

Maybe it’s reading a book.

Maybe it’s taking a shower and then going to work.

Maybe it’s buying some tools or object that will make your life better.

Maybe it’s something else.

And once you take that action with positive expected results, you often will get those expected results and then feel a little better and ready for more. You again can look for what seems like it would make things better and then take that action. And again look at your sense of potential and keep moving. Maybe you feel more potential. Maybe your energy feels more focused, maybe you have done a better job of taking care of your physical needs so that you have more available power for the next task or you can think about things with less weighing you down or distracting you. And so again you find another task.

Maybe now you have a different perspective. Maybe the “same” situation of the difficult career or finances or relationships transforms when your self-awareness in the “same” situation includes a direct sense that nothing is fundamentally wrong with your body or the environment your body is in. And it’s so obvious that you would think your logical mind should have told you before!

OBVIOUSLY it’s going to be hard moving forward in career and work (and likely finances) if you feel TIRED and unable or not desiring to do more work! Work has an energetic cost! It may be worthwhile. It SHOULD be worthwhile and provide more benefit than that cost… but it’s still a cost… and if you don’t feel like you can pay it… it won’t seem like a good deal! Think about working eight hours while tired… THAT SUCKS! Now think about working twelve hours while super energetic and having a great feeling body. Wowee suddenly MORE work actually sounds great. So it might not be the job… it might just be your body. It might not be the work that’s frustrating or difficult… it might just be… your body and how it’s being used/treated/controlled/whatever you want to say.

So consider holding off on so-called logical conclusions or even thoughts in general on a “situation” you have until you take care of your direct physical needs. Your direct physical needs likely have more importance anyway. Finances can change. Relationships can change. Work can change. The body can change too, but in general we shouldn’t need to sacrifice our health for anything. Other people that care about you won’t demand you degrade yourself – they want you healthy and healthier. Smart employers want sustainable employees who are happy and productive – not that are degenerating and doing lower and lower quality work. Sure, sometimes work can be inflexible or occur with uncaring people – and while working you have trouble directly caring for your body… but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed over time.

Contact me to help set up a schedule that works for you. So that you DO get enough sleep in general. So that you DO eat enough healthy food. So that you DO get enough movement. So that you DO feel empowered and aware to higher and higher degrees. It’s easy to miss stuff! Even when you “know” it all. Don’t hesitate!

You can make HUGE improvements on your physical health baseline so that whenever you check in to your body you already feel great OR you can quickly identify what you need to do to get there fast. We can feel so much better than we know.

What if you haven’t been eating enough healthy food? Think about how much better you’d feel once you do! What if you haven’t been sleeping well enough… IMAGINE how good your life would be if in general… you always felt like you had enough sleep! What if you haven’t been getting a good amount of movement… CONSIDER what life would FEEL LIKE for you… when your life reflects habits that gets all three of those categories basically down! Throw in some sunshine and hugs to and from loved ones and consider how life will feel as a BASELINE experience in your body…

AND THEN FROM THERE… see what’s next.

Thanks for reading. Please share this with someone that would benefit from it… and keep working towards your best life! Being a downer brings other down… but better functioning lifts everyone else up! Make a change for the better! It might be as easy as closing your eyes more often and just checking in and taking direct action – WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS!

It’s not like some vague diet with only potential benefits or some long term program or some expensive package or investment… it’s all about DIRECT HEALTHY BENEFITS FROM BODY-BENEFITTING ACTION.

Let me know that lands.

Yury Tikhonovich. Circus artist. Wow. Wow. Wow. What the human body can do.

Thanks to reading Living with a Seal I got inspired to really up my push-up game. I have done around 400 push-ups today and expect to get to 1,000 per day for a while relatively soon. This stuff has me feeling SO good.

So I have been looking at world records to inspire me and I found something… one handed handstand push-ups??? What??? And so I looked. What beautiful movement!

Share this with friends to inspire them.

What are your boundaries? How do you know? I used to think that 50 push-ups was a lot. It just FELT that way. I remember doing 50 in college when I was training for rugby. That seemed like A TON. And I just really didn’t do push-ups very often in the last 10 years. I’d just push through whatever I could once in a while and stop at maybe 30 or so.

I work out a lot. I’d go to the gym anywhere from everyday of the week to 3-5 times and average for for more than 2 hours each time. “Seems like a lot”… sort of. It’s tough to know where we are relative to our potential when we’re surrounded by non-athletes that sit a lot or don’t really try to train etc…

BUT I DIGRESS

I started reading a book that has a guy getting trained by a NAVY Seal. In the first week the guy goes from 50 push-ups to 300 a day. I just felt motivated from the reading and started doing more 50 push-up sets. I lost count of how many sets I did today somewhere between 5-7 sets of 50. To a serious athlete, I don’t expect anyone to be impressed. But that’s sort of the point.

It’s just not that much.

Especially when you consider the world record for most push-ups in 24 hours is 46,001. Yes. FORTY SIX THOUSAND AND ONE. I just don’t think there’s so much disparity between the average man’s body and strength in terms of potential and the record holder here. Although maybe so… but even if there was a huge disparity….. doing a 1,000 push-ups in a day should be relatively EASILY achievable by any random person training.

I’m pretty sure that 46,001 push-up guy has 0 problem whatsoever pushing through 1,000 push-ups in a day. Think about it.

What’s your push-ed up potential? What are you strength boundaries?

I honestly “felt” like doing 100 push-ups in a day would kind of be a pain to do for the last ten years. I was SO wrong. It literally takes less than 2 minutes now to accomplish this. Literally. Less than 2 minutes. There’s no excuse needed.

2 minutes a day. 100 push-ups a day. Maybe it will take you more time to get to the strength and fitness and all that. But yeah. FORTY SIX THOUSAND in a day. Should be no big deal to do 2,000.

We will see where I’m at in a couple weeks. I figure if I do around 50 in a minute, then 20 minutes per day = 1000 push-ups per day. Sounds good.

I’m weighing in at 174 in the morning. Biggest I have ever been. Somewhat flabby. But that’s all part of the game!

If I just eat one type of food per meal, it’s somewhat likely for me to realize which foods digest how and to realize how much to eat of each food etc…

If I eat a constantly changing variety of mixed foods from many places – it might be quite harder to realize how my body responds to certain foods. I believe that in the past, we would eat very simply. Fewer foods would be available so we’d eat what we could get, and it would often be a large amount of those things. You arrive at the blackberry patch… and eat blackberries till satisfied. You arrive at the bananas and eat as many as satisfy you. You figure it out early on that unripe bananas don’t taste as good and don’t digest as well. You figure it out that sour blackberries hurt your mouth and teeth.

But if you eat sandwiches with a side of beans and coleslaw and a coke and a candy bar… how do you know what’s what if you have a stomach ache later?

When’s the last time you ate something that you didn’t have? Probably never. Because you can’t eat what you don’t got. That’s why it’s important to make smart decisions while shopping.

This works both ways. If you don’t have that food that seems to make you tired or gassy… you won’t eat it. But it also means if you don’t have those foods that make you feel energetic and vibrant… you won’t eat them either.

Going shopping seems fun to me… walking around seeing hundreds or thousands of different items and thinking about what will make me feel the best. Or walking around nature and looking for ripe fruit or edible greens – that’s fun too!

If you have a good sense of how much of certain things you can eat and ensure that you have those foods handy… you can have a real easy time of eating healthy. If you don’t know, time to learn!

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So Daniel Cormier just won his second fight against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. I didn’t watch the fight, but I saw the “weigh-in”. Daniel Cormier steps onto the scale and he is 1.2 pounds too heavy, then he goes away for a minute and comes back and gets weighed while his hands are on a towel being held by two men. Somehow he has now lost the weight and is cleared to fight.

Well, if you rest your arms on something then the scale won’t have that much pressure and your weight will be less. After the fight Cormier says that he was holding up the towel because before when he was weighed the others didn’t hold the towel well and it showed his bare back side. While true that his backside got exposed… him holding the towel in front of him WHILE two others hold the towel on the sides does not really help anything. FURTHERMORE… what happens if you hold something while being weighed… that thing you hold goes to increase your weight. So it’s not just bullshit – it’s double bullshit.

That being said, I think it’s a good set-up for the UFC from a viewership perspective because it sets D.C. up as a bad guy. He’s set up as a cheater. He just cheated his way in… or should I say cheated his WEIGH in haw-haw-haw. And so now we have some reason to “hate” “him” and how he gloated winning the fight that I think he should have been ineligible for according to the “rule”.

Now Jon Jones can come in and more people will root for Jones to beat D.C. because D.C. is the most recent “cheater” and Jones can “redeem” himself.

I thought maybe he could take some super laxative/diuretic or something to drop 1.2 pounds in a minute but no apparently collusion. But like obviously they have to all be in on it. Who would just accept a person getting weighed while putting their arms on something?

At fullbellyfitness though… we don’t care what you weigh. We care about doing what makes you feel good and live healthy.

 

Apart from the fact that we really don’t know enough to have definitive certainty as to the requirements of a complete diet, even if the nutrients typically listed in a nutritional calculator or in RDA’s or other government health agencies were “sufficient” – a person could easily intake those nutrients and still miss out.

They could miss out, for example, on the experience of deliciousness.

There are many foods that can be combined to on paper meet nutrient recommendations, but could be prepared or consumed in a manner that would not bring a wide smile of joy to the face of the eater. Life certainly would be more enjoyable if food tasted more delicious (provided that this increased deliciousness did not necessarily mean less healthy food).

But it’s not just about more deliciousness.

Different foods simply have different compounds that have some impacts on the body. Foods CAN act as medicine. Foods CAN act as types of poisons.

Furthermore, we must consider the metrics by which we measure deficiency or sufficiency. AMBITION MATTERS!

If a person figures that they’re okay exercising for less than 30 minutes a day and mostly sitting watching tv or on a computer not thinking too hard – then their “sufficiency” would be different than the person that says they want to live all the active life they can live!

If I want to spend 3-4 hours + every day engaged in higher intensity activity – I may need a variety of different nutrients differently to that sedentary person.

Where does your food intake line up here?

For most fortunate people, they can look backwards and say they have had enough nutrients to meet their needs

However, how do we determine our needs?

I think we might go with perceptions of hunger, or of general feelings. Do you “feel” like exercising more than you have been? Probably not, so then why eat more? But if you WANT to become more active, you will likely NEED more food. Maybe more sleep or at least better sleep too. Activity requires nutrients. Different types might require different things.

Some foods excite us. Others dull us. Others calm us. I don’t understand it all, but I know that’s the case. There’s a variety of ratios and nutrients that can have various effects. Let’s try to figure out what they are so that we can live better lives.

 

 

I felt this urge to make myself a sandwich even though I have a kind of negative relationship with bread. It seems to bloat me and give me puffy skin… but I like eating it. Anyhow, I almost took it out of the freezer and toasted it when I saw a nice apple on the cutting board in the way of the toaster. I grabbed the apple because it looked good and I bit it.

The apple tasted great and made me feel even better. And now I eat another apple and may eat a few more. I feel REFRESHED. Have you ever eaten a sandwich and felt truly refreshed? I love eating sandwiches… but I wouldn’t say they feel “refreshing” at all. They might feel nourishing or kind of exciting in certain ways… but I don’t feel like they have “energizing” components they seem more like an endpiece or something – not something to fuel further action.

But what would we expect from bread? Bread doesn’t hydrate.

I just lightly steamed some green chard. It tastes delicious! It tastes sweet! I just steamed it in water. Did you know chard can taste sweet? I have had it as bitter, salty, and sour – but rarely if ever SWEET.

Make sure to try different versions of vegetables and fruit. You may get surprised at how different they can taste. Many people think they dislike celery, but really they just never had sweet and salty celery and may have only had celery that seemed too strong tasting.

Romaine lettuce can taste sweet… or it can taste quite bitter. I prefer the sweet version. Many people do not realize how good plain vegetables can taste.

MORE IMPORTANTLY though… don’t just prioritize taste… especially when it comes to things like veggies. Eat what your body needs without comparing these foods to junk foods or fancy gourmet prepared dishes. If you can eat a plain veggie without retching… consider eating as much as digests well for you. Veggies have plenty of good nutrition and my experience says I feel MUCH better with a pound or two of easy to digest greens in my daily diet than without.

You will also perhaps get a nice surprise about how your cravings for foods change after you have already eaten a great deal of nutrition from greens. Greens get jam-packed with nutrients seen as essential by RDA’s and WHO recommendations. Even with just 100 calories of greens you can often meet 100% of many nutrient recommendations.