MY WHY

For 32 years I got out of bed in the morning not knowing my “why.”
I can say that I am now on my 4th year of knowing my “why”…. AND I LOVE IT.

For me the reason I get out of bed in the morning is 1st, to take care of my daughter. The 2nd, is to educate people on how to attain the quality of life they may have lost or want to create, using methods backed by neurology and biology. These laws and principles help me to get my clients out of pain, feel and look better. Part of my why is to inform people of some of the strategic marketing lies that the medical and fitness empires like to spew out, disguising themselves as healers and a place where sick people can finally find answers and relief.

For most of my life I have been health conscious. What does that mean? I was physically active. I hiked, danced, rode horses, I did what the books said and ate clean. I have done almost every diet out there. I’ve eaten according to my blood type, counted points, ate only plants, went raw and sprouted my foods, did the thyroid diet, the rice diet (that’s when I ate a buttload of rice and broccoli ), took herbal pills, I even went to the extreme of only eating 400-500 calories a day while training for the Big Sur marathon (foolish I know). What was my result? By the age of 30 I had already experienced a miscarriage, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, difficulty losing weight, horrible PMS, dry and damaged hair, thyroid and liver issues, hip pain as well as nerve pain in my foot, bacterial infections, and just a lack of confidence. As I slowly got worse I would ask myself, “What am I missing?” I assumed that I hadn’t found the right program yet, or that I wasn’t working out hard enough… basically I was putting all the blame on myself. Was it my fault? I wasn’t a health professional, I had no understanding of basic human physiology at the time, I didn’t even know about what our brain and body uses as fuel. I had no idea about macronutrients and how much I needed daily. Society and high budgeted commercials told me I should trust what I was hearing and reading from the health and medical world. So I did…and I got sicker.

Thrilled to tell you my life turned upside down when I was introduced to Z health Performance and the research done by Dr. Ray Peat, Dr. Hans Selye, as well as many others. It took me time for me to be courageous enough to admit that my beliefs of health and what “healthy” looked like was wrong. Once I did that, my life took on a whole new meaning.

Instead of my life being centered on the abuse I had experienced when I was younger and as a married woman, my mission became to teach others that they could create a new story for themselves like I did. That their brain and body could mold and adapt to whatever It wanted and the outcome would be a life that they ACTUALLY WANT. I want to show people that they have options despite what they have been told by who they believe to be an authority.

Another thing that inspires my why is the death of my sister. She died of Cancer in 2017. I personally feel she was not given the many options that should have been given her regarding her health. She was handed the everyday protocol that one would get when going to the doctor. I also feel that her health wouldn’t have declined if she was taught what a healthy metabolism looks like and how to achieve one. When she was in pain and gaining weight she was given medications that only masked the issues, and that exxaberated her inflammation on a cellular level.

My sister and me in 1987.

Again, my sister as well as many others would be alive today if they were taught what the warning signs of a low functioning metabolism looks like and how to repair it.

So many warning signs and symptoms are over looked and dismissed because of protocol in thousands of doctor visits and hospitals. This is why its important for me to educate my clients on how the body functions and to look at the whole picture. It’s important for my clients to know that they need to take control over their situation, and it’s not as daunting as one would think, when you have a team on your side ready to give you the support that they need at any given time. It brings me joy when my clients start to experience the happiness that comes out of feeling, moving, and looking better.

I want to show the person who is in pain everyday that their suffering can go away. Showing them options so they don’t have to rely or become addicted to pain meds or be accused of being a drug addict when trying to cope with their pain.  I want to find the person who is tired of their weight going up and down, or not moving at all.  I hope to help as many people as I can by giving them options so they can repair themselves. Leading them to a life they never thought would be possible.

All you had to say was “No”

Its close to 10:30 on a Sunday morning and I’m still laying in bed. Totally comfy buried under the covers. House is quiet and just the perfect temperature where it’s slightly chilly but not freezing. I finally persuade myself to get out of bed and I make myself a bath. (Insert deep long sigh)… Totally relaxed. Its at this point it hit’s me…

“Why has it taken me this long in life to say NO and leave the weekends for me?!”

Can you relate?

I was in the habit of filling my schedule up with work, meetings, lunches and coffee dates with friends, which meant wasting time in traffic. Spending way too much time on social media, Netflix, driving my daughter to and from her Dad’s house, and then focusing on whatever hobby I chose to learn for that week. Not only did I create this vortex of chaos during the week, I let it trickle into my weekend as well. I was never content with just sitting at home and giving my brain and body the much needed rest it deserved. I would start Monday feeling just as tired as I did on Friday. I never took the time to organize my time, establish what my priorities were, I was hardly moving with purpose or focus. I was stressed, frustrated, and impatient most of the time. I felt stagnant in my work, missed deadlines, and didn’t have clarity in what I wanted for me and my daughter’s future. Not to mention my health was taking a beating in the process.  Can you relate?

“Just say NO.”

Unfortunately, I’m someone that needs to learn the hard way. I had to get to the point what I view as unhealthy and unhappy to finally be ok with changing my lifestyle. Excepting change is what I needed and more importantly, its what my daughter needed. Change has never come easy for me, I used to be an “all or nothing” type person. I felt I had to change the way I thought, felt, and believed all at once to be successful.

I WAS WRONG. 

I finally got wise and reached out for help. I got myself a mentor and really listened to what he said. What I mean by listened is that I heard what he said and then acted on it. My mentor helped me by putting a mirror in my face and helped me see reality. He showed me why I would start something and quit, why I was living in chaos and why my lifestyle was keeping me from being the example and leader I want to be for myself, my daughter, and for my clients. He gave me tools that I could use for when I would catch myself back in the same pattern. Most importantly, he taught me how to say NO.

You’re probably assuming that what I’m talking about is saying no to others. What I’m talking about is telling myself no.  I’m a very extraverted and social person. I love being around my friends, engaging in good conversation with plates of good food in front of me. I’m typically someone who doesn’t prefer to stay at home. I like to be out meeting friends, hiking, playing with my horse, and being active. Let me be clear in saying there is nothing wrong with this type of lifestyle, but what I lacked was balance. I tried to mix work, pleasure, responsibilities, all in one day. I was not living realistically, what would happen is I would just focus on the pleasure part. I was having a hard time getting my responsibilities done, I lacked the experience of knowing what staying focused and accomplishing good quality work felt like.

When I would get the urge to start filling up my day with just fun, i’d have to stop and ask myself a few questions.

  • Should the activity I want to do take priority over the things I need to get done at work or home?
  • Will this decision help me be the best version of myself?   

Creating the habit of stopping and asking questions and thinking of the good and bad consequences of my decisions led me to start saying no to things I should.  I started saying no to going out as much, putting the phone down, I got rid of cable, I got better at not getting distracted.

In time my house became more organized, work and my clients were becoming more productive, I had more time for prepping my meals for the week. My health started to improve as well as my daughter’s. I was getting more and more clarity in who I wanted to be and where that would take me. Most importantly, I was less stressed and happier.

How about you?

  • Is saying NO difficult for you?
  • Are you always stressed?
  • Do you feel like you go to one stinking event to the other?
  • How is your relationship with your family?
  • Are you proud of your home? Is it clean and organized?
  • How is your sleep?
  • Is your health where you want it?
  • Do you have clearly set boundaries for you and others?
  • Are you happy?

Growth and happiness.

Its takes strength and maturity to say no and actually make the changes needed. It’s not easy at first, so surround yourself with supportive people. Find people that have or live the life you want, reach out to them. It’s worth it!

As a result of my growth, I can enjoy peaceful Sunday’s in bed and a bath. I’m happier now and enjoy the journey of becoming healthier. Instead of focusing on who I will be hanging out with next and filling my schedule up with activities, I’m reading more, being productive with my time, and I live more in the moment.

I encourage you reader to ask yourself the questions above and not feel bad about telling you or others no, maybe give your child a new experience by getting rid of cable and for him or her to learn how to play puzzles, read, use their imagination. To set up days where the family cleans the house together and then afterward goes on a hike.

Get out of the vortex of chaos and enjoy lazy Sunday’s again!

 

GO TIME! 2018 New Year – No Quit Challenge

The Captains of Team FitLife

It’s Go TIIIIIIIME!!!

Alright, everyone!  Monday, January 8th starts the 4-week New Year – No Quit Challenge!  Below you will find the teams listed and who your team captain is.  Keep a look out on the Team FitLife private Facebook group for tips, tricks, info, and instructions. 

***Something I want to emphasize…

I know it can be difficult sometimes to put yourselves out there for people to see, but I’d like to encourage all of you to participate as much as possible on the private Facebook group.  First of all, know that what you post in the group WILL NOT show up on your public feed.  The only people who will see your posts are the people who are already in the group.  All members of the group are present or past members of FitLife Fusion.  

Feel free to share, declare, and ask as much as you’d like.  Putting it out there for others with common goals to see can help tremendously.  It helps the person who shares by putting thought into action and it helps those who read by knowing there are others out there who also experience similar struggles or maybe others who have had similar struggles and overcame them. 

So share.  🙂

The Teams

Team Hasani 

Hasani@fitlifefusion.com

Team Jenn

Jennifer@fitlifefusion.com

Team Peter

PeterP@fitlifefusion.com

Sunnie

Glen

Victoria

Elizabeth

Cindy B.

Monica

Jodee

Nigel

Kristine L.

Orion

Shawna

Jason Thomas

Richard

Lydia

Debbie

 

Andrea

Rebecca

Bri

Liz Gordillo & Fam

James

Terry

Cindy M.

Jon

Kristine S.

Karen

Katie E.

Louise

Lauren

Linda 

Marie

Paula

Katie H. 

Philip

Scott Crawley

Michael

Chris

Justin M.

RT

Justin E.

Bobbi

Britt

Blake

Logan

Melanie

Greg

Kathleen

 

Remember!  You can contact your team captain via email anytime!  We’re here to help, support, answer questions, and kick you in the ass (if you need one, lol).

The first Challenge will be posted tomorrow.  Let’s do it, guys!

 

“The Friend Effect” Why friends don’t really help friends

The Friend Effect

A New Year Blog Post by Peter Pinto
The New Year is here!  You’re probably thinking about your health or, more accurately, your weight.  The new year, of course, brings with it new hope, and therefore you’re most likely excited about hitting the gym or beginning a regiment of running and biking.  Regardless of the exercise you choose, you know exercise shall be done, along with eating smarter which will take place simultaneously… not a moment sooner.  There’s just one last thing you need to obtain in order for your goals to come to fruition.  A friend.  A comrade to help you stay disciplined while you share in the pain and starvation.  Someone who will accept your lies detailing the deliciousness of kale and pea protein smoothies.  
 
Now, exercise and cleaning up your diet doesn’t need to be as painful as I just made it sound.  I talk about smarter ways to make your diet and exercise plans more enjoyable often, but that isn’t what this article is about.  This is about one of the greatest flaws in habit change people don’t talk about.  “The friend effect.” 
 

Here’s a common example of the “Friend Effect” in play.  

 
It’s the new year and you’ve decided to get fit.  Most likely, this is the 5th 6th or 7th new year you’ve decided to get fit, but this year will be different.  Yes, you’ve failed all of those other times along with a handful of additional occasions that had nothing to do with the New Year, but this year… this year will be different!  This year you’re going to find a friend with a similarly shitty health situation and combine forces to keep each other on track.  Your friend has likely failed at losing weight and keeping it off even more times than you have, but she too will reap the benefits of this colossal, collaborative quest!  
 
Let’s set the scene.  You and your buddy are both, let’s say, 30 pounds overweight.  You both feel like you lack discipline. You discuss with one another how doing everything together will prevent you from giving in to the usual cravings and weaknesses to which you commonly admit defeat.  When one of you is feeling lazy, the other will be there to provide the proverbial boot in the ass!  While one of you reach for the slice of pizza the other will be there to slap it out of the weakling’s hand.  
 
The plan is flawless!  No one has ever failed to achieve their New Year’s resolution when they’ve teamed up with a partner in possession of the same goal!  

It’s Go-Time!

You start off, day one.  You and your teammate head to the local gym together and get a serious 1-hour workout in.  You may have overworked yourself, and you know you’re going to pay for it later in the form of soreness, but the energy was flowing and there was no way you were leaving that gym until you felt sufficiently worked.  This goes on for the next 2 or 3 workouts, and then one day your friend texts you just before you head out the door and says, ”I’m so tired.  Work was really stressful.  I think I need to let my body rest a bit and I’ll get back into it tomorrow. 
 
You give it the ol’ college try to motivate your pal with your text response, “Aw c’mon!  You’ll feel better once you start moving.  Let’s go! I’ll meet you at the gym (muscle emoji)!”  
 
Radio silence… 
 
Then the next text comes through, “I can’t.  I’m sorry.  Tomorrow for sure!”
 
And along with the sound of that last text alert comes the crashing of the first domino. 

A Crack in the Foundation…

On another day during lunch, you decide a salad just isn’t going to cut it.  You’ve been having a bad day since the moment you had opened your eyes.  You missed your alarm, woke up late, and didn’t have time to grab a morning coffee.  Then when you got to work, everything that could go wrong went wrong.  You know what’ll make you feel better?  Eating a familiar meal.  Maybe a turkey sandwich with all the fixings on some artisan bread, a soda… and a chocolate chip cookie to cap it off.  Luckily your friend is there put a stop to this madness.
 
“Just eat something healthy.  The bread is going to ruin your progress.”  Your accountability partner warns.
 
You quickly defend your decision.  “I know. I know.  I just need to have something right now.  I’m too stressed.  My day has been terrible from the start.  I just don’t care right now.”
 
Your friend, being sympathetic, understands what you’re going through gives you a soft look and simply nods.  She gets it.  She’s been there plenty of times herself.  

Support vs. Support

This is the “friend effect.”  Because you and your friend both struggle in this same area, you too easily sympathize with one another over the struggles of a stressful work life, a lack of energy, and feelings of guilt around self-sabotage.  Instead of supporting and checking each other in times of weakness, you support each other in another way by consoling one another in moments of failure.  You end up supporting each other emotionally when you fail because that’s what friends do.  That’s not the kind of support you were looking for when started this whole new year resolution thing, right?  You see where I’m going with this.
 
The point is, if you have a big goal you want to reach, you can’t team up with someone at the same level of success in that area.  You must seek out someone who has already achieved some level of success in that field.  We already intuitively know this when operating in the business world.  You most likely wouldn’t take someone’s advice on running a business if they haven’t already achieved a respectable level of success beyond what you’ve already been able to accomplish in yours.  When others try to give you advice on making more money and they’re broke, you kind of listen, but in your mind, you already distrust the source of information.  This is why you must find and partner up with someone who has achieved a certain level of health beyond what you have achieved.  
 
Seek out a friend whose new year’s resolution isn’t at all about getting fit and healthy because they already are!  Align yourself with someone who already has all the discipline and focus you need to grow in order to consistently take steps toward your goals.

Hire a Coach

When we work with people in our gym, we understand our role.  We’re not here to help you rationalize why you’ve failed in the past.  We’re here to help you make the right decisions and grow the habits needed to get healthy and fit. We’re here to guide and push you to stay the path. 
 
Most people just sign up to a local big box gym, like Anytime Fitness, LVAC, EOS, or 24 Hour Fitness, and 95% of people start strong, fail, feel terrible, and inevitably waste good money.  Don’t let this be you this year.  
 
Join us this January to get the best start you’ve ever had to your new year.  The FitLife Fusion New Year Challenge starts January 5th, it’s $97 to enter, and you’ll get all of the following tools to put you ahead of the game this year.  The best part is you will be assigned to a team and each team will be captained by one of our highly skilled NeuroPro Trainers.  Here’s what you get:
 
  • 4 weeks of unlimited classes at FitLife Fusion (fitlifefusion.com/schedule for our class schedule”).
  • Daily guidance and advice from your assigned NeuroPro Trainer
  • Nutrition Guidance, Meal Examples, Grocery List
  • Workshops on such topics of Pain Reduction, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Motivation. 
  • Invitation to a private support group on facebook supervised by our NeuroPro Trainers.

Visit fitlifefusion.com/my2018 and tell us what your goals are in  2018!

Teaming up with a friend for your new year resolution may not be the best idea. Here’s why…

 
 

Why am I still in pain?!

Why am I still in Pain???

Are you still in pain even after taking medications and have gone the surgery route? Why does this happen to so many people?
Even though our understanding of pain and how the brain processes pain has improved drastically, certain treatments are still based on old, and outdated information or models. For example, the Cartesian pain model, and the belief that our brain is hardwired.

Usually therapists have an understanding of “pain fibers”. A person sprains his or her ankle, and the “pain fibers” send “pain messages” to the brain, then pain is perceived by the brain and the person will do something to help the ankle. But how does this explain the reason for pain when there is no injury? How does this explain phantom limb pain? Or explain how Kerri Strug in the 1996 Olympics was able to pull off a faultless vault performance? Her ankle injury was so severe her coach had to carry her to the platform. Truth is, it doesn’t explain, hence why the medical profession needs to update their information about pain.

 

The Old School Train of Thought: The Cartesian Model

The Cartesian Model could be the reason for the misunderstanding about pain and where it starts. This model comes from Renè Descartes. (1596-1650) Even though this model is extremely outdated, its theory of pain is the backbone of the way doctors approach pain issues today. This model basically says if you were to put your foot either in or near fire, that a message is sent to the brain via pathway or wire. When the message hit the brain it would result in a ringing of a bell producing pain. Not only is this idea extremely simple it’s incorrect. Therefore, if the teaching is overly simple and incorrect, the treatment will be as well.

(Little known fact: Descartes believed that nerves were hollow tubes and that spirits flowed up and down them).

When looking at the Cartesian model you’ll see that to treat a person in pain, several options show up.

1. Remove foot from the fire.

First, the person can take his foot out of the fire, but what about the persistent pain that exists afterward? This also doesn’t account for the instance of pain triggered by emotion. For example, fear of being burned while standing by the fire can cause pain or evoke the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is our flight/fight/freeze mechanism.

2. Dousing the fire.

Second, you can douse the the fire with a bucket of water. Looking at the modern approach, “dousing the fire” would be pain medicine or injections. However, Medicare in the U.S. has had a 629% increase in expenditures for lower back pain over the last five years (Deyo, Mirza et al.,2009), yet pain rates are increasing, not decreasing. So logically, you can say “dousing the fire” doesn’t work.

3. Cutting the wire.

Third, and more severe approach to the Cartesian model of getting rid of pain would be to cut the wire. This would severe the message even getting to the brain, so if the brain can’t receive the message, pain will not exist. This modern approach would be surgery. If the Cartesian model was correct than surgery would be 100% successful. However, “20% of lumber discectomy patients have the same if not worse pain after surgery. (Ostelo, Costa et al., 2004); Lumbar fusions, in general, only have a 50% success rate in decreasing pain (Deyo, Nachemson et al.,2004; Deyo Gray et al., 2005).

More than 360 years after Renè Descartes death, this model continues to have influence on the way doctors and therapists think of pain.

Incorrect assumptions.

As a result of the outdated information, when you go to a therapist or doctor you might be introduced to some inaccurate assumptions. For example:

There is a direct link between the amount of tissue damage and the level of pain that you feel.

  • All pain is caused by an injury and if there is a increase of pain it must mean more tissue damage.
  • If you are dealing with chronic pain, under the Cartesian model, this means that the tissue isn’t healing and the damage is still going on.
  • Pain is an input driven system.
  • The nervous system is simply built for conduction (a wire).
  • However pain is just way more complex.

Pain fundamentals.

As mentioned above, its been a belief that our brain plays a role when we experience pain. The idea was that there was a specific area in the brain, like a “pain center.” However, science today has proven that there is not a specific spot in the brain that deals with pain. In fact, their is many areas of the brain that are involved when we are in pain. So when looking for answers on how to treat your pain, understand that there are more than a few ways to fix it.

Pain is actually an action signal. The brain makes a decision based on its perception of threat. For example: someone hurts their ankle, and is crossing the street. They see a bus approaching them very fast. The person now runs across the street with no pain in their ankle. As soon as the person calms down their ankle pain comes back. Why did the pain go away? The brain perceived that the bus was a greater threat to your survival, so no pain was produced to protect the ankle, allowing the person to get out of harms way.

Pain is part of the survival system. This means that if your brain views something as a threat, it will create pain.

Pain is also individual. This means that two people can be hurt in the same way, and have two different pain experiences.

Pain is a multi-system output event. This means again, since survival is of upmost importance to the brain, pain will influence body-wide changes in order to help us handle the threat that has presented itself.

What all these fundamentals of pain boil down to is the most current view of pain. Science is now calling it the neuromatrix. The neuromatrix highlights the fact that its not one thing that causes pain, you need to take a persons background, emotional state, physical state, etc into consideration.

neuromatrix

If you are someone who is still in pain after medication and surgery, I encourage you to look at your life, and see where there may be something your brain is viewing as threatening. This can come in ways of eating inflammatory foods or not enough food, poor sleep, lack of movement, and a stressful job.

Movie Review: “What The Health!?”

Heavy Thoughts Fitness Talk Show

Movie Review:  “What The Health!?”

In this episode of Heavy Thoughts, Peter and Jenn review the newly popular Netflix Documentary, “What the Health.  

Often we are asked by others what our thoughts are on certain movies and documentaries, and so we decided to try something new on the fitness talk show, Heavy Thoughts.  

The Quick Run Down…

We give this movie a 4 out of 10.  Honestly, it ended up being a big vegan commercial.  Many of this same arguments you may have heard for veganism in the past are presented in the movie along with more and more evidence of abuse within the foods industry.  Let’s break it down a little further.

First off, a lot of the information in this movie is worth hearing in relation to the current state of our food industry.  The way many companies within the food industry operate is just truly appalling.  Livestock is mistreated far beyond what most people realize.   Chemicals are added to our foods without our knowledge and the companies themselves turn a blind eye to the fact they don’t even really know the long term effects of their consumption.  And so, the story of how animals are abused and people are fed poisons in the name of saving the bottom line still stands.  This documentary thoroughly depicts the evils of the food industry and we think everyone needs to see it.  

On the other hand, the documentary uses every resource it has to fight for the vegan cause.

The Vegan Diet: Science or Religion?

Veganism is more like a religion than a scientifically based theory.  There isn’t a lot of sound science to prove the idea that people should be completely avoiding animal products, but people deeply believe it to be true anyway.  It’s a belief system with a lot of great stories, and yet not a whole lot of concrete evidence.    For example, one of the arguments made by a doctor in the film is that people shouldn’t be consuming cow’s milk because the milk is designed to take a baby calf and turn it into a 1200 lb. cow.  He goes on to discuss the hormone content being unnatural for humans, but never gets specific.  

I call these types of arguments, “connect the dots science.”   There isn’t any scientific proof that people shouldn’t drink milk, but by stating multiple facts about cow’s milk, it’s function in raising calves, historical timelines involving when people began to maintain livestock, what their teeth look like, and the shapes of their spots, people connect the factual dots, so to speak, to tell a story that corresponds with their beliefs.  

The one thing I can say in defense of all vegans is they truly care about animal rights.  Whenever I encounter a new member with health issues who is also vegan, I always start the conversation with one question. 

“Do you avoid animal products because you can’t stomach eating living things or do you believe it to be the healthiest way to eat?”

If the answer I get relates the little rabbit you once befriended as a child appearing as the main course for your 7th birthday dinner, I can see how that might be traumatizing.  But, if the answer has to do with veganism or vegetarianism being healthy, then we can have a conversation.  

Just a quick disclaimer… I don’t hate vegans or vegetarians.  I don’t choose to dislike people because of their beliefs.  So if you refuse to eat meat and animal products don’t take this as an attack on your person. The only argument I care about is whether or not eating in a such a way is optimally healthy or not.  If people are suffering from metabolic disorders and their answer to the problem is to go vegan, I try to provide information as to why I’d be concerned.  Regardless of what I say, just know the decision is always yours to do what you want with your health.  

Here are some great references to check out:

Website:  raypeat.com

Website: dannyroddy.com

 Book:  “How to Heal Your Metabolism” by Kate Deering

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!   

 

How to get out of PAIN!

If you’re in pain and you’ve tried everything to fix it, you need to watch this video to get a better understanding of what pain REALLY is!   

We help people get rid of nagging pain every day.  It’s one of our specialties.  No, we’re not physical therapists or doctors.  In fact, pain rehabilitation and performance training are actually the same exact thing!  That probably sounds odd to you, but it’s the truth.  The same exact style of training that gets a person out of years of pain is also what takes an elite athlete to their peak performance.  

The First step to getting out of pain:  UNDERSTAND WHAT PAIN IS.

It all comes down to understanding the nervous system and how it uses pain to protect you.  Here’s the best part…  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in pain, how bad the pain has gotten, or how many times you’ve tried and failed to relieve it.  You can still be rid of pain.  You just have to fully grasp its function in the body.

Types of pain we help people remedy:

  • Back
  • Sciatica
  • Neck & Shoulder 
  • Joint
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines and Head Aches
  • Old Injuries and Surgeries

The Next Step:  Let us help.

Watch Peter’s video above to take the first step in getting out of pain.  If you need more help reach out by calling us at 702-220-8222 to schedule a FREE, no-obligation neuro-evaluation.

Heavy Thoughts: The Ray Peat Diet

In this episode of Heavy Thoughts, Jenn and Peter discuss who Dr. Ray Peat is and his research on nutrition and metabolism.  

Who is Dr. Ray Peat?

Dr. Ray Peat is a biologist who has spent his life studying nutrition and its effect on human physiology.  He’s becoming more commonly a topic of discussion due to his alternative views on nutrition, stress, light, and metabolism. 

We here at FitLife Fusion have been following Ray’s guidance for years. With his work, we’ve helped hundreds of people make breakthroughs unlike any we’ve been able to accomplish prior to finding Ray’s work.  

The one thing that sets Ray Peat apart from the rest is his view on sugar.  Ray argues that sugar in the form of fruits, fruit juices and even table sugar, is necessary for cellular function.   Whereas complex carbohydrates aren’t as useful due to their effects on blood sugar and stress hormones.  

Ray also has a lot to say about fats.  Basically, unsaturated fats are problematic and saturated fats are healthy and have an important role in the body.  

He ties in some pretty hefty conversation around politics, institutions, food industry giants, cancer, autoimmune disease, and much more into the articles on his website, to which you can find a link at the end of this blog post.

What is the Ray Peat Diet?

Jenn and Peter discuss some of the basics of Dr. Peat’s work in terms of how we and others apply it when constructing a person’s diet.  There isn’t actually a “Ray Peat Diet” per say, but there are more and more people developing their diet plans around his work.  Diving into this topic isn’t easy to simplify because the information is so vast and there are so many pieces to it, but we try to simplify things and give you the general idea. 

You can find dozens of articles and even keep up with Ray’s current work by signing up for his newsletter by visiting RayPeat.com

3 Drills for 3 Common Pain Problems

Here’s a little article I wrote recently for people who suffer from neck pain, shoulder pain, and/or back pain.   Download it below and let me know how you do!

Click Here —> 3 Drills for Common Pain (article)

 

Keep moving,

Peter

What Exactly IS Self Control?

Today, I did the unthinkable… I ate a blueberry muffin.  

I gave into weakness.  I knew that muffin was no good, but I just couldn’t handle the urge to buy and consume it.  All my progress is lost.  I’ve failed.  Why do I even try, sometimes?

What a sec!  Is eating a muffin really so frickin’ terrible?  I’m an adult.  I can do what I want!  If eating one muffin leads to my demise, well I’ve lived my life the way I chose to live it and I’ll die happily knowing that.  I’m in control, and if I want a fricken muffin, I’ll eat one, damn it!  

I am in control… right? 

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Are you in control?

Let’s rewind and allow me to set the scene.

It’s a windy spring day in Vegas and to tell you the truth I’d been stressed with the many things on my plate.  A few days prior I had a great meeting with a business coach and marketing consultant which lead to some really positive outcomes, but as you know, positive outcomes in a strategy meeting usually leads down a road to a whole lot of work that needs to be done.  For me that meant a whole lot of writing.  It’s both exciting and nerve wracking because I love creating new content and making videos.  The thought of helping more people by providing them with new blogs, videos and coaching programs is what I live on.  But I know it takes time to create and I always feel crunched for time.  

I’m wondering if maybe you could relate to the stress of wanting to get a lot done, and yet there never seems to be enough time to get it all done.  Can you relate?  Well, I was having one of those days, and so I decided to head to a nearby coffee shop to begin typing.

Desert Wind Coffee Shop

I typically enjoy camping out and getting work done in a neutral setting like a coffee shop, so I headed for my new favorite spot called Desert Wind Coffee Roasters.  It’s a cool looking café with a Breaking Bad Theme to it inside.  I walked in and ordered my usual café au lait.  Then I spotted it.  To the right of the register, a blueberry muffin staring me in the face.  

Immediately I felt the craving for something sweet to have with my coffee.  I knew I shouldn’t have one because it would interfere with my training goals to win the world hand ball championships 5 months from now.  Muffins aren’t going to help me drop any weight or make me more athletic.
Now as you may know, I’m not the kind of guy who likes to feel out of control in any situation.  My desire to be in control kicked in and I wanted to eat the muffin not simply because I felt a craving.  Now I wanted to eat it because I felt like it.  And so the controversy amongst the voices in my head ignited…

Voice 1:  “Man!  I really want one.”

Voice 2:  “I shouldn’t.”

Voice 1:  “I need something sweet to go with my coffee.”

Voice 2:  “Stop it.  Don’t give in to the craving.”

Voice 1:  “I deserve it.  It won’t make that bid a of a difference.  And I worked out earlier today, so…”

So I bought it.

I sat down and quickly unwrapped the muffin.  The sweet smell hit me in the face and the slight oily feeling of the muffin in my hands was a sure sign that this muffin is going to be moist.  This could be the king of all blueberry muffins.  I tore a chunk off with a massive blueberry in it and popped it in my mouth.  F@$kin’ delicious!  It was exactly what a blueberry muffin should taste like.  Moist, sweet, and the blueberries weren’t sour or bitter.  Needless to say, it fed the craving.  

Five minutes after finishing the ‘King Muffin’ I felt like shit.  I felt my blood sugar dropping.  My eyes became heavy.   My breathing shallow.  I even began feeling a bit of guilt, depression, and regret.  And so began the internal pep talk in my mind…

Voice 1: “Don’t worry about it.  It’s not big deal.”

Voice 2:  “I shouldn’t have eaten that.”

Voice 1:  “Don’t turn this into something bigger than it is.  We’ve got work to do so just focus.”

Voice 2:  “I have a goal, damnit!  Be the example!  LEAD!  Quit being weak!”

Was I being weak?  

Was I being weak or was this a show of strength?  Was I really in control or did I succumb to an inner weakness and as a result, fail myself?  Along with all of this confusion, I felt paralyzed.  All the motivation and energy I  had walking into the coffee shop was gone.  I just couldn’t collect my thoughts in order to start on my work.

That’s when it hit me.  The answer lies within my goals.  What are my current goals?  My goal is to increase my level of athleticism as much as possible in the next five months and win the world championship of handball in September.  That’s the goal, and what a goal requires to be accomplished is focus.

So back to the original question at hand.  Was I displaying weakness or strength in my decision to eat the blueberry muffin?  Weakness.  The answer is weakness.  In fact I took the path of least resistance.  I chose to eat the muffin which made me feel good and in control for about 5 minutes, but sabotaged me temporarily from my longer term goal.  I say all the time, and I mean all the time, that we are built for survival and not for performance, and we must argue for change because we are pre-set to gravitate toward the path of least resistance. The  path of least resistance is not change, does not require focus, and also, doesn’t not keep us on a progressive path to greater success.  

It was not clear what the driving force was behind my decision to sabotage myself.  And yes, it was “only a fuckin’ muffin,” but in the grand scheme of things the muffin stands as a symbol of self sabotage which compounds itself with every decision to take the path of least resistance steering me further and further away from my current athletic goal. 

Now that I’ve identified this pattern I can interrupt it when I’m craving something that off-sets my journey.  And I’m not just talking about ignoring cravings that may be alerting me to some sort of nutritional deficiency.  I’m talking about maintaining a laser focus on my goals in order to assess the steps I take on a daily basis which lead to my outcomes.

I think of the people I work with and I reflect on their behavior in our coaching sessions.  It brings to mind when they don’t want to carry on lifting because it burns, when they tell me they just don’ have time to journal their food, or when they tell me they can’t find the time to work out often enough, or perform their daily mobility drills…  I know it provides them with a sense of control by feeling able to set their own limits.  Setting limitations on themselves is a way of feeling like they’re putting their foot down and taking control of the situation, but it’s a false sense of control.  It’s momentary comfort, not control.  

If you really want to take control…

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I have the POWER!

If you really want to take control of your life you must ask yourself, “What is my goal?  Why is it important to me?”  and remind yourself every time you find yourself in a questionable situation.   Ask yourself if the decision you’re about to make supports your goal or if it sabotages it.  If it supports, do it.  If it sabotages, don’t do it.  That’s true control over the one thing you can control which are your own actions which provide you the results you deserve to get.

“But I have to have something sweet after a meal!”

“But I need to have a cigarette first thing in the morning.”

“But I don’t have time to cook for myself.” 

“…to journal my food.”

“…to exercise 3 times per week.”

“…to eat that often.”

STOP FEEDING YOURSELF BULLSHIT, LIMITING BELIEFS.  They’re bullshit and you know it.  You can do anything if you decided to prioritize it over the temporary comforts that take you absolutely fuckin’ nowhere.

Set your standards high.  Set goals, and base even the smallest of daily decisions off of them.  That’s self-control.  Control over one’s situation is what people believe they lack and that’s one of the most common reasons why people feel helpless to make positive change.  You want to get out of pain, lose weight, make money, have a worth while relationship?  Then do so, decision by decision until you’re there.