Blood – Is It Trying To Tell Us Something?

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What is it that makes us unique? Why do we see people undertake the same nutrition/exercise protocols but see vastly different results?

I would easily read anywhere from 10-20 books per year pertaining to health and fitness. One in particular, I first read about a decade ago would eventually end up blowing my fucking mind just recently. The book I refer too is called “Eat Right For Your Blood Type” by Dr Peter J. D’Adamo.

Without reciting the entire fucking thing, his point is food has different interactions with  different blood types having either positive or negative effects on the bodies overall ability to function properly. He goes on to explain how the blood types have adapted through the evolution of the human race and is of the belief that our blood holds the “master-key” when it comes to optimizing human health.

For example, blood type O is the oldest, and thrived in the paleolithic times when man was a hunter gather and a well adapted meat-eater. So, it is recommended that those with blood type O consume lean meats (organic) and vegetables, makes sense right? Type A, made an appearance in the neolithic period where man moved into a more structured way of living with farming practices that saw us start to cultivate our own food (grains, crops ect) instead of chasing it down. His recommendation is type A benefits from a vegetarian diet, as the type A doesn’t posses the amount of stomach acid (in fact 3 times less) that the type O does, so they are ill-equipped to break down meat as efficiently.

Enter my “fucking hell” moment! Whilst on a long haul flight I made the decision to commit to a vegan diet (may have had too many red wines?) for a period of time to see what all the fuss was about.

I want to point out that I am type A. Over the next 2-3 months I went from 93kg down to 84kg, for the past 11 years I had struggled to get below 90kg regardless of upping the training load and intensity. I had more energy and was sleeping better than ever before. The weird thing was I was training less than previous years (due to hectic life schedule) but the fat just kept melting off my frame? At my regular 3 monthly health check my GP was concerned that I may have some kind of underlying health issue due to the rapid weight-loss I had experienced. He had me shitting bricks thinking there was something wrong, until my blood work and all other tests came back the best they had been in years!

Thinking back to the book I had read 10 years earlier but refused to acknowledge because there was no way in fuck I was going to become a vegetarian to improve my health. My opinion has certainly changed after seeing how my body has reacted. What an absolute dick head I was for not having a crack at it a decade earlier! I guess it’s better late than never hey?

Eat right for your blood type has been great for me, and after re-reading it last month It makes a hell of a lot of sense. If you are struggling it may help you so, might be well worth a read?

Maybe it doesn’t work as well for you, who the fuck knows? But this I do know for damn sure, IF YOU CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME THING YOU HAVE BEEN DOING, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO GET THE SAME RESULTS YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING!

As a side note I have absolutely no allegiance too, or vested interest in anything to do with this book or the Author! This is clearly a reflection of my experiences using his methods.

Ash Yates

To Sleep, Or Not To Sleep?

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Living in the fast paced, constantly “plugged in” world we live in today, sleep quality and quantity seem to be the crucial human elements that have suffered the most!

Hearing wankers quote shit like “I will sleep when I’m dead” or “I haven’t got time to sleep”, is a clear indication to me that they have no comprehension what so ever of the power that some solid rack time elicits on the human body.

Those of you that are parents know all too well what a string of broken nights sleep does to your mental and physical state! Not getting sufficient amounts of deep Z’s throws many of the bodies systems into absolute mayhem! For it is during this “down time” that the body allocates resources and time to conduct vital cellular maintenance and repair.

Of course it is no fucking surprise then that there is a very close relationship between poor sleep patterns and issues such as body fat accumulation. Sure, there are other factors that can certainly contribute to the problem, but as I always tell people there are usually multiple elements to a problem, so addressing just one won’t fix it, but when you start to change a few things it can feel like you have a new lease on life.

For me personally, just one fucked night in the cot can have me completely fucked for a few days! In years gone by I would make the mistake of using synthetic sleeping tablets to try to rectify the problem, the issue with that is they create somewhat of a “false” sleep environment, where you may not be awake, but you certainly are not at rest like the body requires to get to work. They also have some bullshit side effects like feeling like utter dog shit the next day with hangover type symptoms.

I would strongly urge you to avoid any of the synthetic prescription drugs as much as possible, as an alternative I have found that a compound called melatonin has worked great for me when my body is still in another time zone and all fucked up from long haul international travel. It is naturally occurring in humans anyway, so it is not treated as a foreign substance by the body, which means little to no side effects. The bonus to this little bad boy is that it also posses very strong antioxidant capabilities meaning it helps fight free radical damage in the cells, nice little plus! The downside is it still requires a script in Australia and can be a little more expensive (about $80 for 100 capsules) than the other junk synthetic crap. FYI I use 3mg compounded capsules, stick to your guns when asking the Dr as I have no doubt they will try to push shit on you that see’s them get a nice little kick back from the fuck bag pharmaceutical companies.

To give my system the best opportunity to wind down from the days activities I also implement where possible a few other things;

  • Limit all blue light exposure at least 1hr before bed. This includes devices like mobile phone, Ipad and television.
  • Get the room as dark as I possibly can, I have been known to hang blankets over windows where there maybe a slight gap haha.
  • I once read that some geek in a lab had discovered the ideal room temperature for sleeping humans was 22 degrees celsius. I personally find a little cooler works better for me, but play around with it and find your sweet spot.
  • Because of my pea bladder I cease all fluid intake a couple of hours prior so I am not woken during the night busting for a piss.
  • Try and allow 3 hours between eating and bed time. By forcing the body into digestion mode while you sleep it is taking away from other more important aspects of the daily healing duties.

In the case of little humans interrupting your pleasant dreams, just keep it in the back of your mind that when they are lazy ass teenagers sleeping in everyday you get to repay the favor by waking them up each morning with a fucking air horn, CANNOT WAIT!

I guess the moral to this post is don’t ever underestimate, or take for granted the impact sleep has on your general health and well-being!

These are a few things that have worked for me over the years, if you have some kick ass things that have worked for you don’t be shy to post to comments so we can all benefit from it.

Ash Yates