Putting The “Whole” Back In Holistic

I constantly seek out information and discussions where the subject is having a more successful life. Setting aside the definition of “successful” for a moment, most of those discussions actually focus on either the perceived experience of life (a.k.a., mental, emotional, spiritual health), or the practical experience (physical health), but in both cases the unexpressed presumption is that if you fix one, you’ll fix the other. After all, can it be successful without both?

Among the “experts” on the ...

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Sage Street In 20 Seconds

I was asked the other day for the Sage Street “elevator pitch”. That’s a term that probably doesn’t get used much anymore, but I’ve always liked the concept: the ability to accurately articulate your purpose in 20 seconds or less. Going through the exercise of creating that speech really causes you to think about the essence of what you’re offering. When I was asked to describe what Sage Street is, I realized I had never gone through that ...

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Aging Gracefully? Uh-uh.

Aging gracefully? What the hell is that, anyway? I’m sure it’s a phrase you’ve heard many times—often from so-called experts on aging, but just ask yourself what “aging gracefully” really means. I still don’t know. But I have to ask, “how does a phrase like that inform how a person thinks, acts, and chooses a lifestyle?” When I asked myself that question, I can’t come up with anything empowering on any level. The message I get from “aging ...

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A Big Picture, Not A Big Job

I often refer to ancient periods in our history to find cues as to how early humans thrived. We know they thrived because of the physical hardships they endured to continue the species to the next generation, which provided for us being here today. This is the basic premise upon which the popularized “primal” and “paleo” movements are based. I’m not going to align myself with either of those labels (though I largely support the work) because of the inevitable ...

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The Limits Of Health

I have a message for anyone whose mission it is to become healthier: aim higher.

Humans appear to be a very complex species, but most of the apparent complexity can be sorted out when we just zoom out and look at the issues from a higher level. If there wasn’t a work-around to the massive complexity of human life we would have never survived as a species.

Most of you in the primal / paleo world have figured out by now ...

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Where Sage-ness Begins

By now most of you know that a large chunk of my life has been devoted to the field fitness and health coaching. The first thing I want to say about that is, “isn’t it sad that I have to use 2 words to describe it?” After all, does anyone ever consciously seek just one without the other? In fact, the only way to have one without the other is to have an inaccurate definition of both of them. Accurately ...

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A Mild Case Of Dead

There are multiple ways that a passive approach to life will compromise the quality of it; your real life—the one that is measured by your enthusiasm for the day and your contribution to the world, not the one that is measured by the presence of a heartbeat.

Until we face this very real fact, we’ll continue to allow more compromises into the quality of our real life than is necessary, and of which we’re even aware. One of the things that ...

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Is Vegetarianism A Substitute For Exercise?

I think it’s pretty clear by now how insulting I believe most health advice to be. The tragically low expectations for the results possible, and for your willingness to be inconvenienced by the effort involved, is pretty shocking to me.

So I want to take this opportunity to reinforce my desire for you to know how great the possibilities are for your Quality Of Life. I am also convinced that you care enough to do what that takes. Even if ...

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I Don’t Blame You For Being Cynical

Pick any contributing factor to your quality of life: making money, eating right, raising great kids, exercise, relationships… all of it. At any moment in time, any recommendation for success will be both the best and the worst advice you’ve ever gotten. In other words, any given strategy will be embraced by roughly half of the people you know, and will be rejected as crap by the other half. Same goes for the so-called experts on the subject—including scientists; half ...

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When Health Isn’t What You Want

As my past writings readily reveal, the majority of my background is in the realm of health and fitness. When I saw clients privately, I took great pride in the many examples among them that achieved remarkable levels of observable health, performance, and general fitness. But I must admit that didn’t describe everyone I coached. Truth be told, not even a majority. As with every coach in that field, most clients have a very different outcome. We all just hope ...

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