Which “Tree” Are You Eating From?

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

–Genesis 2:17

“Knowledge” seems to be king these days. Meaning information gathered from another human being or a computer. And to a degree, knowledge is critical. In the world of personal training, for instance, one needs to know enough to avoid injury, and the trainer can help in that quest.

But seeking external knowledge to an extreme demonstrates a lack of internal compass. “Following the recipe” may make a nice cake. But utilizing some creativity in the kitchen breathes life into the “art” of baking–it makes it more enjoyable. Physical culture is the same way.

In my own training, and in my studies, I am constantly discovering new ideas, or at least new wrinkles to old ideas. This is progress. Think of the greats in the world of physical culture, like Eugene Sandow–you know, the guy on the trophy given out to Mr. Olympia.

Or Steve Reeves, Vince Gironda, Joseph Pilates, and others. These men–and many others–revolutionized the world of physical culture.

From the world of martial arts, think of Bruce Lee, who pioneered cross-discipline training, the deemphasizing of forms, and the emphasizing of efficient simplicity–ultimately, freedom. There would be no explosion in the popularity of mixed martial arts without this man’s example, I assure you.

There are so many examples from other disciplines, of those who dared to innovate. Think of Nikola Tesla, the genius who brought us alternating current, and the inventions that led us to radio and wireless transmission, and even space communication.

Tesla was not interested in copying what had been done before. He had another vision, and worked tirelessly to create bold, mind-blowing inventions.

For a recent example, look at Steve Jobs. A true artist who sought to change the world, not to just get rich or famous.

So be careful which “tree” you’re eating from. Obtaining all of your sustenance from the tree of knowledge kills, while eating from the tree of life (discovery) gives life. You will notice this in your training. Don’t be content to merely count reps, calories, macros, and ounces of water.  Or to merely measure the size of your biceps or the amount of fat your body is carrying. ENJOY THE PROCESS! Discover new wrinkles that improve your workout and nutrition. Or perhaps you will notice completely new ways to train, eat and live with more freedom and purpose.

This will ensure your workouts, meals–and your life–remain fresh, and your enthusiasm for living remains high.

To Your Health & Fitness,

Patrick

Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Patrick is available for Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Nutritional Consulting, both in person and via phone and Skype. He can be reached at info@greekphysique.online.

Why Are We Pulverizing Our Food?

Something occurred to me this morning as I was downing my
morning nutritional shake: this may not be the best way to do it.

God has designed the food we are to eat in a certain way. For instance, fruit is fibrous. It includes sugar, but it comes with the fiber, so that the sugar is introduced SLOWLY into the bloodstream. When we pulverize our berries mechanically, for instance, and gulp them down, we are no longer consuming them at the SPEED they were intended to enter our bodies.

Sugar introduced too fast is not good. Insufficient fibrous action in our bodies is not good.

And dropping many items into your smoothie may satisfy your need for maximizing nutrients, but how natural is that?

I often think of the way nuts come in a shell. In our fast modern world, we’ve mechanically shelled them. But I’ve often wondered if it is not better to do the work of shelling the nut myself to ensure I eat them slowly–and not too many at that! We really don’t need to eat many nuts or seeds at a time anyway. A little go a long way.

Think about what I’m saying here, and think of the overwhelming, increasing epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and the myriad of other ailments related to eating that are plaguing our society. Something has gone off track, and much of it relates to how we go about eating–even healthy foods.

I believe much of the habit of pulverizing our fruits and veggies into drinks comes from our rushed lifestyles. Gotta get to work or school–down the smoothie!

Rushing is not a good strategy. It indicates a lack of priorities. We’ve been lied to–we can’t have it ALL–choose!

We need to start considering why our food was designed as it was. It was not haphazard. I think this maxim makes sense: The further we alter our food, the further we move from health–despite our good intentions.

So how about eating a bowl of berries, or an apple, or some walnuts, or a salad with rich, vibrant colors? Too boring? I’d rather be “bored” and alive, than stimulated and dead.

How about actually EATING our food instead of drinking it?

How about resisting the urge to mix 20 items into a smoothie, and pulverizing them beyond recognition?

The road back to health begins with simple steps.

To Your Health & Fitness,

Patrick

Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Patrick is available for Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Nutritional Consulting, both in person and via phone and Skype. He can be reached at info@greekphysique.online.