Men under emotional stress or loss, should cry! Health Benefits

Recently I broke up with someone who I felt very close to. I was quite invested in the relationship and upon the loss I felt tears of true sadness, tears of loss comparable to loosing someone in my family. In most societies tears are not well accepted for men to have and has a stigma of weakness. Often women think that this is inappropriate. I think there needs to be a revolution of genuine people and not cookie cutter images of perfection. Being comfortable in your skin takes far more strength than hiding it.

I am extremely confident and comfortable with my own self image. I was shy years back in high school and very introverted. I had this expectation that everyone had to like me. I needed people to accept me. After experiencing my first bad break up in my first years of college I began to get down. I became depressed and slept all the time between classes. I internalized everything. It was becoming hard to function. There happened to be a psychologist in the tutoring center to help students talk about their academics. When she asked me how I was doing something in me decided to open up. It was the best thing I ever did. What is open and talking about your thoughts and emotions is healing? This goes against what men are suppose to do. I then proceeded to talk to others about my situation. Within a month I was totally back to normal. Which lead me to find breakdancing back in 99′.

I began to not care what people thought about me. I really fell in love with it. I trained over and over again for years. It began to rip apart that shyness that had held me back for years. I will admit there are times where it still hangs around, but for the most part it got replaced with “confidence”.

Now recently I ran into the channel START HERE on YouTube, which is blogged by TIM VANORDEN. (www.runningraw.com). He has been suffering from depression and has managed to reach incredible athletic feats. He started to become more open about his emotions. He often was ridiculed by many for doing so, but he persisted. He began to find comfort in what he was doing. In my view, this was not a weakness, but incredible strength. Who is that confident that they can be that open and not really care about judgement.

Which lead me to research why are men not open. Why do they refuse to cry and how it can affect their health. So this article pretty much summarizes it well. I think it is important to understand that your body needs to release tears as a healthy defense mechanism. It is unhealthful to not express emotion and suppress it just like when your body sweats it releases toxins from the body and perspiration to cool down the body.

So the lesson to take away is just like eating fast food is the norm, it does not make it healthful. True emotion expressed under reasonable circumstances is quite healthful and shame should not transpire,  male or female.

What I learned long ago was to stop caring what others think and say. Be you with confidence.

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The Innovation of Loneliness

I think this video should wake people up. As much as we love to check our news feeds on social media, we should start connecting with real people and not social friends all the time and put down the phone when you are with people.

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A must see film for the health of the planet “COWSPIRACY”

http://cowspiracy.com/

Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.

Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove”

his is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see.

“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

As eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth”, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

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PlantBuilt 2014 and Why You Should Consider Veganism.

Originally posted on PlantFit:

PlantBuilt Rolled Deep this year! With over 30 Athletes who follow a 100% Vegan Diet and lifestyle, we competed and won in various Athletic Competitions, from CrossFit to PowerLifting, to Bikini, Figure, Men’s Physique, and BodyBuilding. We set out to prove that consuming animals and their by-products is simply a choice. This is a choice that the cow, chicken, pig, or fish did not have any say in. They are slaves and victims to the animal agriculture industry. Every time you choose an animal product, you choose to support enslavery, isolation, depression, neglect, torture, and finally murder of an innocent creature. Every living being simply wants to live and be free from tyranny, just as all of us do. Why do you continue to think that animals (especially certain animals) are below you and do not deserve this basic consideration and the right to live? This is called Carnism by…

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Vegan, Plant Based Diet, Stop The Noise. Stand strong.

The world is not vegan so there is going to be a lot of push-back, still 7 years later I am still seeing disbelief in people’s eyes. I wish people did a little more research and not to just listen to the news stories about unhealthy vegans but to look at the stories and to meet people who are healthy vegans. I will note that a lot of people will fight your choice to go on an all plant diet. I am separating the diet here from vegan because vegan focuses on animal issues and carries a more political agenda, which I will not discuss in this blog post.

 

I remember when I made the dietary switch my mother pushed far into my head about a protein deficiency. Yet respectfully she never took nutrition and became a mother who raised us on a western diet of meat, some veggies and potato. I on the other hand had spent years prior reading everything I could get my hands on nutrition. I had no vegan friends or vegan family members. I just did my research. The more I learned about diet the more I saw animal foods were causing more harm than any good and that plant foods were extremely, protective.

 

The pressure I got was intense. Friends, coworkers and other adults were pressuring me or ridiculing me to go back to eating meat. I even had a massive online debate with a group of fitness trainers at the gym at train at. I saw my friends and their family members younger than me get bellies and I remained in excellent health and continued to hold my six pack abs.

 

I have been following the research for now over eight years. I still keep track of the studies released and try to weed through the industry published studies.

When it comes to your health you cannot listen to the mainstream nonsense. Follow your heart and your intuition and hopefully it will lead you down the right path. Don’t let the pressure get to you. Stand up for yourself.

 

Best,

Rain

Some extra links that you might find interesting.

Kaiser Permanente
Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets (Vegan Diets)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/

Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.
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Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets/ Vegan Diets.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864

 

A vegetarian diet can meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients. In some cases, supplements or fortified foods can provide useful amounts of important nutrients. An evidence- based review showed that vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate in pregnancy and result in positive maternal and infant health outcomes. The results of an evidence-based review showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Vegetarians also appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than nonvegetarians.
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Sanjay Gupta CNN – Clear evidence that plant based foods reverses
heart disease.

See Link (video)

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IP6 – Powerful substance in rice bran

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) is a chemical found in beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, wheat bran, and other high-fiber foods. It is converted into compounds in the body that are used by cells to relay outside messages to the cell nucleus. IP6 also aids the body in its use, or metabolism, of calcium and other minerals.(cancer.org)

IP6 is a very specific form of inositol, and there are several other forms of it found in the human body. It is different, for instance, from myo-inositol, which is another form being studied because of its possible role in illnesses such as depression and anxiety. 

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), or phytic acid is a natural dietary ingredient and has been described as a “natural cancer fighter”, being an essential component of nutritional diets. The marked anti-cancer effect of IP6 has resulted in our quest for an understanding of its mechanism of action. In particular, our data provided strong evidence for the induction of apoptotic cell death. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3876062/)

No studies have been reported in humans. Eating whole foods is the best options to avoid isolated nutrients that may not work synergistically. Do more research if you are interested on this subject.

 

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More Protein May Increase Cancer and Aging

As many of us are into fitness I have come to realize why when people go vegetarian or even more so vegan people freak out about protein?

Yet when it comes to research more protein does not seem to equal to more strength or a longer life span.

When I first got a hold of weightlifting magazines all I could see was more protein and more protein. Even articles written that more protein was great for strength gains and strength. That there was no scientific evidence that it could or would cause harm. Yet when I went on a high protein diet, and I mean high, I got chronic heartburn, hives, gained weight and felt really sluggish. Not to say it was not good for my digestive system. In essence I was feeling more sick than healthy.

I want to make it clear that most of those individuals on the supplement ads were taking something else to make their muscles so large and young men were easily fooled into buying more protein supplements. I will state that I do not endorse nor recommend people take protein supplements. Eat enough whole foods and calories to compensate for any muscle damage, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Believe me that your muscles will not wither away if you eat enough calories. But you have to stress the muscle to cause growth; this is the key.

Protein is a package deal, and you must look at protein with all its components and not synthetic isolated forms. Like broccoli is full of protein but it comes with so many other great nutrients that it makes an excellent protein source. I also see in the science that it is the combination of many types of whole foods that makes for the best recovery. Not just eating a lot of peanut butter.

So here is a study on how protein increases the risk for cancer and aging.

“our data provide evidence that protein intake is a key determinant of circulating IGF-1 levels in humans, and suggest that reduced protein intake may become an important component of anticancer and anti-aging dietary interventions.” LINK

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