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Archery Meditation + Zen Focus

How good is your concentration when you are trying to shoot? Do you get distracted easily? Can you shoot properly even while distracted?

There are many books on the topic of Zen Archery (a few of them are good, a lot of them are actually horrible). One of the books I recommend the most on this topic are "Zen Bow, Zen Arrow", which includes a biography and the poems of Awa Kenzo - it is the poetry that is most useful and profound if you want to get into zen archery and want to understand the essence of Zen Archery.

Another book I recommend is "The Unfettered Mind", which is actually not an archery book. It is a series of letters written by Takuan Soho and sent to famous samurai approx. 500 years ago, during which he advises them on matters of concentration, swordplay and politics. But the advice he gives in the letters doesn't just apply to swordsmanship, it also applies to archery and many other tasks.

The last book I recommend is "Kyudo - The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery" by Hideharu Onuma. This book is for people who want to get into the ceremonial practice of Kyudo and aren't really into Zen Archery. But if your focus is on doing both Kyudo and Zen Archery, then I do recommend that particular book for your collection.

Now you might think "Hey, what about 'Zen in the Art of Archery' by Eugen Herrigel. Honestly. I read it. I was not impressed with his writing and I find he presents a stereotype of the practice of Zen within archery. You can still read the book if you wish, but I recommend you not put too much stock in his writing.

There is a video below about 'archery meditation' made by an instructor at a tropical resort, and the video gives you an idea of the concentration required to do archery - but it really is only the tip of the iceberg. I have created a list of fifteen tips further below for people who want to improve their concentration skills for the purposes of archery.

15 Concentration Tips for Archery

#1. Do things slowly and methodically. Not just archery, but everything you do. eg. Wash the dishes slowly and methodically and concentrate on what you are doing as you do it slowly.

#2. Eat foods that take a long time to eat. Fruits like apples and bananas for example can be eaten slowly (don't cut them into smaller pieces, that is just speeding up the process).

#3. Do one thing at a time. Avoid multitasking.

#4. Focus your eyes on what you are doing. Don't look at the archery target until you have completed each step.

#5. When do focus on your target, focus your eye at a single point in space.

#6. Take your time aiming.

#7. Avoid speed shooting. This is not a speed competition. You should not be looking at the clock, counting the seconds or even worried about how much time you are spending on the shot.

#8. Do math in your head. The more complicated math you can do in your head, the more you have to concentrate and remember what you are doing. Focus on the math. Visualize it.

#9. Ignore emails, texts and don't listen to music unless you have set aside a specific time of day just for listening to music, answering emails or texts. Focus on only one of these things at once.

#10. Motivate yourself on what you are doing. Whatever you are doing is important, otherwise you would not be doing it. Focus on the task, stay motivated as to why you are doing, why you want it to be perfect. It doesn't matter what you are doing, regardless of whether you are grilling bacon (so fatty, but it serves my example because if you lose concentration and burn the bacon you will realize you were distracted) or composing an email (and then have typos or poor grammar in sentences).

#11. Plan what you are doing before you do it. Have everything ready and set in place, ready to be put in motion.

#12. Shut the door, turn off the radio, close the window (to avoid noise from the street) - shut out all distractions from what you are focused on. So if you are listening to an audiobook, that should be the only thing you are listening to - and focusing on listening should be the only thing you are doing.

#13. Don't forget to take breaks. Eventually your mind gets exhausted and you just to relax and unwind. Time to watch or listen something entertaining, spend time with family or even just take a nap. People can't concentrate if they are tired or mentally exhausted.

#14. Eat, but don't overeat. Being hungry is a distraction, but so is gastric distress and heartburn.

#15. Slow down when making important decisions. Sometimes this is necessary. A hasty decision made when you haven't concentrated on the consequences isn't going to help you. With archery this means you need to think about your next shot before you even do it. Know where you want to be aiming, use your best judgement based on the distance and all your knowledge. Your first instinct is rarely correct, but you don't want to over-think it either.

Yoga and Zen Vacations

Yoga retreats are a booming global industry, primarily for women and women's retreats, but there is a small but growing percentage of men who are visiting yoga retreats too.

The principle is simple - you go on vacation to some exotic locale, stay there and do yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and other activities (eg. some of these retreats even offer archery lessons).

Many of these retreats work on a 3-day or 7-day programme and offer a series of workshops on yoga, meditation - as well as services like massage, therapeutic discussions, etc.

The idea essentially is for people to go there, relax, do yoga, and then come back from their vacation feeling refreshed and re-energized.

There is only one problem.

These retreats are often ridiculously over priced and geared towards getting people to come back again and again because it is addictive. So be forewarned, if you get into visiting yoga retreats regularly you will discover they are very expensive and you will find yourself going back again and again. I have a friend who goes to a yoga retreat in Romania every year, spending $5,000 to $6,000 every year on the 2-week trip (she even borrows money from people just so she can go, even though she knows she should be spending her money more wisely). For just a portion of that she could get a membership at a local yoga studio in Toronto and go there all year long instead of 2 weeks per year.

From my perspective yoga is something that shouldn't even cost money. People do yoga in the park. Toronto has a Free Yoga Meetup group that organizes free events at Toronto parks for people who are into yoga. So it doesn't have to cost a cent, and you get to meet new people, make friends, and explore Toronto. Win-Win-Win.

There is actually multiple meetup groups for Yoga in Toronto/GTA.

North York Free Yoga

Plus Size Yoga Toronto

Etobicoke Yoga Grove

Markham Yoga

Beach Yoga Toronto

So there really is no shortage of Yoga Clubs in Toronto that people can join. No reason to go overseas or spend $1000s just to have a good time and feel good about yourself.

Waist Training, Skinny Waists and Training Corsets

Myth Busting on Training Corsets

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For women (and historically, some men did this too) one of the techniques people used to lose weight / prevent over-eating was 'training corsets' designed to cinch the waist together so that they could achieve an hourglass shape of their chest to waist to hips ratio.

1950s Pinup Model Betty Brosmer
The purpose of training corsets was not for it to be worn as a fashion piece, but to train the waist so it was a specific shape whenever the corset was NOT on.

You can see the results in the photo on the right from the 1950s.

Or at the photo of Kim Kardashian further below. In the case of Kim Kardashian there has been a lot of social buzz about whether various photos of her were photoshopped to make her waist looking small and her hips look bigger. But if you are familiar with the history of corsets you will know that Kim's waist and hips don't need photoshop. There were plenty of women (and men too) from history who had highly cinched waists who had curvier / more hourglass shaped figures.

Doing this is basically just another form of body modification similar to piercings, tattoos, breast implants / pectoral implants, botox, liposuction, synthol injections, steroid addiction, cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty, circumcision, eyeball tattooing (I bet you didn't even know that one existed), microdermal / transdermal / subdermal implants, silicone injections, tongue splitting, cranial binding, foot binding, branding, ear shaping, scarification, tooth filing, etc. Many of these activities are the result of body dysmorphic disorders / mental illnesses in which the person feels inadequate unless they can change their body in a specific way.

Kim Kardashian taking a Selfie

In the case of waist training, it is true that many practitioners do lose weight because it is a bit like Gastric Bypass Surgery in that it restricts how much a person can eat. (Gastric bypass surgery is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower "remnant" pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both. The small stomach can then consume less food, resulting in the person having smaller meals and they lose weight over the long term.)

However the health effects of tightlacing / corset training causes havoc with the individual's internal organs. Below is a list of health defects that can result from an addiction to tightlacing.

Short term effects of tightlacing
  • Extreme discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Faintness
  • Indigestion
  • Chafing of the skin
Long term effects of tightlacing
  • Weak abdominal muscles
  • Spinal problems / back pain
  • Problems urinating / leaky bladder (a practitioner might end up having to wear diapers)
  • Broken ribs / osteoporosis in the ribs
  • Compression of internal organs (similar to when organs are compressed during pregnancy)
  • Decreased lung volume / shallow breathing (intercostal breathing)
  • Mucosal build up in the lungs causes frequent bouts of pneumonia / coughing, which caused a Victorian myth that corset wearing caused tuberculosis
  • Liver is pushed upwards towards the ribs, forming ridges in between the ribs and accessory lobes - the connection of which can be quite thin, which resulted in the Victorian myth that corset wearing can 'cut a liver in half'.
  • Stomach volume compressed resulting in long term problems with indigestion, heartburn, gastric reflux. Practitioners avoid carbonated drinks, beans or any gassy foods.
  • Intestine compression causes constipation / anal leakage / rectal discharge (again, necessitating the use of diapers)
Dietary problems
  • The reduced stomach volume means many practitioners need to eat 6 smaller meals because eating 3 larger meals is no longer possible due to insufficient volume. Failing to eat sufficient nutrients can result in severe weight loss and accompanying health problems.

If people really want to try waist training that is really their personal choice. But they should at least get into it knowing the health dangers/embarrassment they face (back pain, diapers, heartburn, etc). The prospect of diapers alone is enough of a reason in my opinion.

We should also note that sometimes training corsets are sometimes used to deliberately correct the curvature of the spine, in the case of people who have suffered traumatic injuries to the spine. However, just because corsets do have some medical applications, doesn't automatically mean they're safe when used for aesthetic waist training purposes.

3 Ways to Track Calories More Easily

One of the best ways to lose weight is to count calories so you can have a specific number of calories every day (and if you overeat, schedule more time to exercise to burn off any excess calories).

But to do this means a lot of math and some people don't like math. So how can you make it easier for you to do?

#1. Get your kids to do the math

Think of it like extra homework or chores. If you already reward your kids doing their chores / doing homework with an allowance then this will just be another way for your kids to earn $$$. So this is a win for your kids and a win for you.

#2. Calorie Counting App

Get a calorie counting app for your smartphone and start keeping track of everything using the app. Pretty easy, but you have to remember to do it every time you eat so much as an apple or a yogurt.

#3. Meal Plans

Plan your meals and snacks so you know exactly how many calories you are consuming each day based on the menu for the day.

This way you know you are getting 300 calories for breakfast and lunch, 200 calories during snack breaks at 10 AM, 3 PM + 8 PM, and 400 calories for supper. So [300 x 2] + [200 x 3] + 400 = 1600 calories daily.

As long as you just stick to your daily pre-planned meals and snacks, you don't even have to do any math beyond the initial calculations of how much to eat of each thing to make the total amount of calories for each meal. Once you've gone through all that, you've done the math, you just have to follow the plan.

Note - #3 is basically how Weight Watchers Meal Plans, Jenny Craig Meal Plans, and similar brand name meal plans work. They're designed so you just follow the plan and don't have to do any math.

You can find a variety of different types of pre-made meal plans online. Everything from vegan meal plans, paleo diet meal plans, weight gain / muscle gain meal plans (for weightlifters who want to bulk up), etc. Below are some sample meal plans, but basically you can just Google "vegan meal plan" or whatever topic you are looking for and find plenty of examples of meal plans that might suit your needs and then pick one you like.

Weightlifting Accessories - Useful or Useless?

There are lots of accessories out there for weight lifters, but do you actually need them or are they useless?

Here is my List of Weightlifting Accessories, separated into four categories: Useful, Sometimes Useful, Mostly Useless and Utterly Useless.

#1. Weight Lifting Gloves = Useful

Very useful at protecting your hands from blisters. Some people might consider them unnecessary, but if you've ever had blisters on your hands from weight lifting you will agree they are a must have. They are also useful for gripping barbells easier.

The company I use is Atlas, but I also found a pair of bicycle gloves "Copper Canyon" that are practically identical to the Atlas weight lifting gloves.

#2. Dumbbells = Useful

You are weight lifting. You are going to need lots of different dumbbells in different weight sizes. This is an useful must have - unless you are trying to take the frugal exercising approach, in which case you will need to build your own dumbbells out of scrap.

#3. Wrist Wraps = Sometimes Useful

Wrist wraps provide extra support for your wrists, but not everyone needs them.

#4. Lifting Wraps = Mostly Useless

These are designed so you don't have to worry about your grip so much. You attach them to your wrists and then wrap them around the barbell you are lifting, making it easier to maintain your grip. However if you already use weight lifting gloves, then these things are pointless. I toss these in the Mostly Useless pile.

#5. Deadlift Bar Jack = Utterly Useless

Are you deadlifting and feeling pain as you are lifting the weight off the ground? Then you probably should not be lifting that much weight in the first place. A deadlift bar jack holds the barbell slightly off the ground so you don't have to bend over as much (and strain your back). But if you look at the photo on the right you see it only raises it off the ground by 1 or 2 inches, so does it really make difference? No. Not by much. If your back is hurting you that much, then stop lifting so much at once.

#6. Dip Belt = Mostly Useless

Are you planning on holding weights between your legs while doing pull ups or similar exercises like the guy in the photo? Probably not. So this would only be useful if you actually plan on doing this. I was very tempted to put this in the Utterly Useless pile, but it does have 1 use.

#7. Gym Chalk = Useful

Lets pretend for a moment you don't like using gloves and you want more grip. Well gym chalk is the old fashioned solution. Gives you plenty of grip. Also available as 'chalk balls'.

#8. Lifting Belt = Sometimes Useful

Similar to the wrist wraps, lifting belts are designed so you don't throw your back out lifting something you should probably not be lifting in the first place. But sometimes people don't know their limits so it is wise to be wearing one of these if you are going to be lifting anything which will be using your back muscles a lot.

#9. Knee Supports = Sometimes Useful

Same deal as the wrist wraps and the lifting belt. If you are lifting heavy weights with your knees you may want to be wearing knee supports.

#10. Lifting Hooks = Sometimes Useful

If your grip is really that bad, then you should get a set of lifting hooks. They work waaaaaaaaaaaay better than lifting wraps and you are guaranteed not to be dropping whatever you are lifting.

#11. Liquid Grip = Sometimes Useful

Conceptually, these work the same as gym chalk, but honestly I don't see this being a necessity for anyone who is not a full time bodybuilder. If you're just doing weightlifting for exercise, use gym chalk. If you are doing it 4 hours almost every day then okay, get the liquid grip.

#12. Head/Neck Harness = Utterly Useless

Seriously??? Are you going to be lifting things with your head/neck like the guy in the photo below? Unless you are then this is going in the Utterly Useless pile.

Sign Up for Indoor Archery lessons for November 2014 to March 2015


NOTICE: Not enough people to signed up asking for indoor archery lessons during the 2014/15 Winter, so I decided to pass on that. If you still want to be on the waiting list for an indoor archery range please contact me.

For a limited time you can sign up for indoor archery lessons for November 2014 until March 2015.

How many lessons and how long is each lesson?

10 lessons per person, 90 minutes per lesson.


$800 + HST

What else is included?

You also get a 4 month pass to Cardio Trek's indoor archery range, which you can use during range hours using your own equipment.

Or if you prefer you can sign up for 10 lessons + a 1 year indoor archery range membership for $1300 + HST.

What will Cardio Trek's indoor archery range have?

Bathrooms + running water.
Heating in the Winter and air conditioning in the Summer.
Regular daily maintenance of the archery target butts.
No wind to mess with your accuracy.
No rain or snow.
Lane Booking / More privacy for practicing your archery skills.

What is Cardio Trek's indoor archery range hours?

Monday to Thursday - 9:30 AM to 8 PM
Friday - 9:30 AM to 4 PM
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - 9:30 AM to 6 PM

What if we just want to sign up for an annual membership?

An annual membership is $800 + HST.

What about a monthly membership?

$100 per month or $360 for a 4 month "winter membership". Plus HST.

What if I wanted to train with a friend too? What are the rates?

Winter / 2015 prices:

1 month indoor range membership - $100. 
4 month indoor range membership - $360 ($400 value).
6 month indoor range membership - $500 ($600 value). 
12 month indoor range membership - $800 ($1200 value).

1 Student
$60 for 90 minutes;
3 Lessons - $240 (includes 1 month indoor range membership); ($280 value)
5 Lessons - $400 (includes 2 month indoor range membership); ($500 value)
10 Lessons - $800 (includes 5 month indoor range membership). ($1100 value)

2 Students
$80 for 90 minutes;
3 Lessons - $320 (includes 1 month indoor range membership); ($440 value)
5 Lessons - $600 (includes 2 month indoor range membership); ($800 value)
10 Lessons - $1200 (includes 5 month indoor range membership). ($1800 value)

3 Students
$100 for 90 minutes;
3 Lessons - $400 (includes 1 month indoor range membership); ($600 value)
5 Lessons - $800 (includes 2 month indoor range membership); ($1100 value)
10 Lessons - $1600 (includes 5 month indoor range membership). ($2500 value)

How do I sign up?

First you need to sign up to be on our waiting list. Send your email, phone number and name to and we will put you on the waiting list. Please specify whether you are looking for lessons, an annual membership, a 4 month winter membership, or want to sign up for a one-month membership.

Note - SPACE IS LIMITED. People seeking lessons and annual memberships will be given priority over people wanting a winter membership or a monthly membership.

What if I don't want to sign up for winter archery lessons and want to prebook for Spring / Summer 2015?

Yes, you can do that too. Send your email, phone number and name to and we will put you on the Spring 2015 / Summer 2015 waiting list.

JUST A REMINDER: Not enough people to signed up asking for indoor archery lessons during the 2014/15 Winter, so I decided to pass on that. If you still want to be on the waiting list for an indoor archery range please contact me.

Long Distance Archery in Windy Conditions - Experimentation and Tips

Yesterday I conducted an archery experiment.

The situation was the wind was gusting 30 to 40 kmph and I decided I wanted to see just how much the wind would effect arrows shot long distances during such windy conditions.

And to make the experiment doubly interesting, I used a very low poundage bow (only 18 lbs) to conduct the experiment.

What I determined was that I could easily shoot clusters of arrows at 50 yards (150 feet) or 60 yards (180 feet), but when it got to 70 yards (210 feet) I was doing well just to hit the target.

Note - In order to get the arrows to go out that far and hit the target I was aiming above the target. At 50 yards I was aiming approx. 3 feet above the target. At 60 yards it was about 15 feet above the target, and at 70 yards I was aiming about 35 feet above the target.

Normally when I shoot at longer distances like that I would be packing a heavier poundage bow (somewhere in the 30 to 45 lb range) just so I get way more power and accuracy, but that would have defeated the purpose of my experiment - which was to determine how much wind conditions effected arrows shot from a low poundage bow.

So now my goal is to do this again later in the coming month (when wind conditions are forecast to be in the 20 to 25 kmph range) and repeat the experiment.

And on a later date, when wind conditions are almost null, repeat the 3rd stage of the experiment to see how much more accuracy an 18 lb recurve bow gets when there is almost no wind whatsoever to mess with the arrow's trajectory.

So yes, I will need to update this posting later. Possibly with additional tips.

So here are my tips so far...

#1. Bring binoculars so you can see where your arrows hit way out there. Helps to adjust your aim if you know where your arrows hit exactly (as opposed to just guessing based on where you think they hit).

#2. Don't even bother shooting long distances until you can shoot tight clusters at 20 yards and 30 yards. You should not even be at 30 yards until you can competently hit 20 yards with tight clusters.

#3. Remember that you will need to be adjusting your aim upwards exponentially the further out the target gets. In some cases you won't even see the target any more as you may be aiming at trees or clouds above the target.

#4. Don't progress to the next furthest target until you can competently hit clusters on your current target.

#5. Don't go beyond the limits of your bow's range. You can test your bow's range by aiming a shot upwards at a 45 degree angle and watch where it comes down. On an 18 lb recurve bow (using arrows with 125 grain arrowheads) this distance for me is approx. 75-80 yards. That means that even if I wanted to shoot at 90 yards, the arrows wouldn't be able to reach 90 yards. I would need to use a more powerful bow.

#6. Experiment with different poundages of bows to see which one will give you more accuracy. eg. My ideal draw weight is somewhere between 32 and 45 lbs, depending on how tired I am and how well I slept the night before (I find I can shoot significantly better on a day on which I know I am well rested and am feeling up to pulling a higher poundage).

#7. If you have a compound bow front sight and a peep sight this will give you a distinctive advantage when it comes to long distance shooting - but it really takes a lot of the fun out of it.

#8. Form wise do everything as you normally would when shooting at shorter distances. Your form, the quality of your release, the precision of your aim should all remain the same level of quality. (Or better than your average, as you will be under mental pressure to excel beyond your normal mediocrity.)

#9. Don't bother shooting long distances if you are feeling physically unwell or mentally distracted. You need to be having "a good day" before you shoot at longer distances. Shooting while sick or when having a bad day will doubtlessly lead to lots of lost arrows.

#10. Aim for clusters on the target at the beginning, then try to center those clusters during the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

#11. Remember clearly where you are aiming at the target. Remember where every single shot was aimed and where it landed. If possible, label each arrow and fire them in a specific order and then record where each landed. This will give you a clearly picture of which spots you were aiming at and whether it succeeded at hitting near the center - or at forming a cluster if you fired multiple shots at the same location.

#12. Don't use really expensive arrows that you are attached to. I used the cheapest arrows I own ($6.99 arrows from Tent City in North York) and I didn't lose a single one. But just because I kept hitting the target and had no problem finding my arrows doesn't mean you couldn't easily make a mistake and lose yours. So don't risk your high quality arrows unless you are absolutely certain of your ability to hit the target.

Conclusions so far...

Honestly, I could tell during the gusts that the arrow was being effected more by the wind. You could see the arrow wavering as it flew through the air during gusting and it would typically land to the side or fall short of the target if that happened.

Later today I shall repeat the experiment and look for changes. Since wind conditions will be 10 to 20 kmph slower later today I should see a marked increase in arrow clustering.

If I time shots to be fired in-between any gusts of wind at my altitude maybe I can even avoid the averse conditions more - assuming that the arrows while they are flying high in the air and myself are being effected by the same lulls in the wind gusting, despite the altitude distance.

I don't expect to be splitting any arrows during long distance shots, but clustering in the middle is certainly possible given the right conditions. And with practice at adjusting for wind conditions, perhaps even possible with a little luck.

5 Surefire Ways to Lose Weight

Various people are always having difficulty when it comes to losing weight - and keeping it off. Below it 5 surefire ways to shed the pounds, and pay close attention to #5 because it is the key to keeping it off.

#1. Do cardio exercises on a regular basis. Running, swimming, cycling. Even if you have mobility issues such as sore knees it is exceptionally important to at least walk on a regular basis - or in the case of injuries / chronic disability, swimming is very therapeutic.

#2. Track the calories you are eating and drinking, and reduce the total per day to 1400 to 1700 depending on your body size (1700 if you are tall, 1400 if you are petite). Every sip and every bite needs to be kept track of and limit yourself accordingly. Thus if you are of a medium height (5'8" tall for example) aim for 1600 calories per day.

#3. Make a habit of making sure you are getting enough sleep. People often overeat and don't exercise simply because they are exhausted. They use sugary and fatty foods to prop up their energy levels and unused energy ends up being stored as fat. Making sure you get a good night's sleep every night means you have more energy to exercise and you are less likely to overeat.

#4. Eat healthy - even when you don't want to - and aim to eat healthy foods you already love. Remember #2 above, to count calories, but also aim to make the foods you are eating as healthy as possible too. Your goal here is to make sure you are getting enough nutrients, minerals and protein to make your body a well oiled machine. Avoid anything you know is bad for you and aim for fruits and vegetables that you know you love.

#5. Repeat #1, #2, #3, #4 until they simply becomes a permanent lifestyle change. This is how you make permanent changes and keep off the weight. If you just go back to your old habits, the old weight will simply return - sometimes a lot faster than you expect. You might eventually stop doing #2 (counting calories), but exercising, sleeping well and eating healthy need to become permanent lifestyle changes.

Remember - It is okay to fall off the horse once in awhile. Just got right back on the horse and keep riding until you get to your destination. And once you get there, keep riding!

Gluten Intolerance Misdiagnosed

Time for some myth busting!

Here is an interesting factoid: The vast majority (approx. 92%) of people who claim they are intolerant to gluten are actually misdiagnosed. And always by people who were self-diagnosing.

For years many people - including scientists - thought that gluten was causing gastrointestinal distress to people who were intolerant of it, including people with celiac disease and people who don't have celiac disease.

But it did seem suspicious that there were so many people who did not have celiac disease who were claiming that gluten was giving them gastrointestinal distress

In reality gluten is a fairly harmless little protein.

Along came Peter Gibson, a gastroenterologist, who thought the number of gluten intolerant people was suspicious and decided to do a lengthy study, which he has published. The study is called "No effects of gluten in patients with self-reported non-celiac gluten sensitivity after dietary reduction of fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates."

In other words, people who claimed they were gluten intolerant and did not have celiac disease, had been misdiagnosing themselves and the gluten was having no effect on them whatsoever.

During his study only 8% of participants exhibited gluten-specific effects on their health. The other 92% of "gluten intolerant people" were completely unaffected by gluten.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that the 8% of participants who were effected ultimately had celiac disease and didn't know that they had it.

Now you might think, oh well, it is just one study. Maybe it wasn't that meticulous... Well as it turns out the study was so meticulous that Gibson collected the poop (all of it, not just samples) of all of his test subjects during the study. Each participant was fed a carefully designed diet for days so that the only food going in was carefully measured and controlled for the amount of gluten and FODMAPs* in the food. It was one of the most meticulous studies you will ever see.

So here is the real issue... If you think you are intolerant to gluten, have yourself tested!

Chances are likely you are in the 92% who thinks they are intolerant to gluten, but more likely have a food allergy to something other than gluten.

Celiac disease is a serious disease and you need to be tested to see if you have it. Don't just stop eating gluten because it is the latest diet fad and you think you "might be sensitive to gluten".

* For note taking purposes you might also wonder what are "fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates"... Well, they are Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols”, better known as FODMAPs. They’re short-chain molecules you find in pretty much everything food wise. And their connection to gastrointestinal distress is pretty well established in medical science, being that they wreak ungodly fecal hell on those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

In other words, the people who are misdiagnosing themselves just have irritable bowel syndrome. Which is pretty common apparently, and many people don't know they have it.

So really 92% of the time it is people with irritable bowel syndrome who are intolerant to FODMAPs who are claiming they are intolerant to gluten. The next time you meet someone with gluten intolerance, ask them if they got tested for celiac disease. If they don't have it, then they probably just have IBS and have been self-diagnosing themselves.

So there you go, myth busted.

If you think you have celiac disease, go to a doctor and get tested because it is a serious illness. Otherwise stop making such a fuss and pretending to have something you do not.

June Weight Loss Quotes

June in Toronto. The weather is amazing, the idiot mayor is away at rehab, you have vacation time coming up... this is a very good time to be exercising.

So don't delay, get motivated and go outside and exercise. Rain and snow isn't really an excuse this time of year. The weather is beautiful and calling out to you!

So grab your running shoes, your bicycle, your tennis racket, your golf clubs, your archery equipment, your swimming trunks and go!

Mark Twain: Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
Julius Erving: If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
Jim Eason: If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people.
Unknown Author: Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.
Vince Lombardi: It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
Milton Garland: My advice is to go into something and stay with it until you like it. You can't like it until you obtain expertise in that work. And once you are an expert, it's a pleasure.
Winston Churchill: Never, never, never, never give up.
Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
Horace: Rule your mind or it will rule you.
Ellen Degeneres: You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.
Benjamin Franklin: You may delay, but time will not.
David Viscott: You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
George Bernard Shaw: You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
Ralph Marston: Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.
George S. Patton: You're never beaten until you admit it.
Lee Iacocca: You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
Unknown Author: You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
Unknown Author: You don't realize how strong a person really is until you see them at their weakest moment.
Goethe: Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
Jim Rohn: Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.
Thomas Fuller: That which is bitter to endure may be sweet to remember.
Samuel Johnson: The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Marvin Phillips: The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!
Plato: The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
Vincent Lombardi: The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince.
Leigh Hunt: The groundwork of all happiness is health.
Anthony Robbins: The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
Roger Bannister: The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Author unknown: The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
Thomas Jefferson: The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.
Carl Sandburg: The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
Harold Wilkins: The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.
Heraclitus: There is nothing permanent except change.
Swedish Proverb: Those who wish to sing, always find a song.
Elie Wiesel: Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace: Who has courage to say no again and again to desires, to despise the objects of ambition, who is a whole in himself, smoothed and rounded.
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