Weight Loss & Health Fixes

The Unconquerable Dave

About 5 years ago before I started PaleoRobbie, I was often reading posts on marksdailyapple.com, and Mark Sisson (a 60+ year old with a six-pack and one of the most successful health blogs in the world) posted the below Success Story.

Till today this is my favorite success story, and it's proof of how anyone can transform their life and get healthy again. Be inspired and read the below story (reading time: 4min). The original post can be found here.

September of 2009…

March 19, 2010…

HI MARK
JUST GOT YOUR BLUEPRINT AND AM AWAITING THE COOK BOOK. WHICH I INTEND TO TRY TO ADD TOO!
AFTER 25 YEARS OF  RAISING A FAMILY AND NOT DOING  THE “GROK” ANY MORE IT SHOWED BIG TIME….
TALK ABOUT “THE LIVING DEAD”…
I’M A SUPER COOK AND BAKER AND JUST ABOUT SLAYED US ALL….LOL
IT’S BEEN ABOUT 3-4 MONTHS OF EATING AND THINKING MORE PALEO… IF I CAN’T KILL IT- FIND IT-OR GATHER IT… I DON’T EAT IT…. SO IT’S REAL EASY TO EAT WELL. JUST THINK ABOUT GROK AND WHAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT. SIMPLE!… AND THE WIFE AND KIDS STILL AROUND ARE IMPRESSED WITH MY NEW ATTITUDE AND LOOK.
HAVE LOST AT LEAST 20 POUNDS OFF A HEAVY BONED HUGE BEAR FRAME…
6′-1” AND HEADED FOR  THE LOWER 200’S. I HAVE 18 “ARMS AND THICK CHEST AND THE ABDOMEN AND CORE ARE COMING RIGHT ALONG…!!!
LEGS ARE FEELING STRONG AGAIN. ASS IS TIGHTENING UP AND I’M INTO A 38 JEAN.
YOUR BODY  TELLS YOU WHAT IT WANTS, AND IT WANTS REAL AND STRONG AND ABLE.
WHICH = SMART!!… HEAD AND BODY ARE TUNING IN WELL…
TIME TO BUY NEW CLOTHES…ALMOST!

LATER BROTHER
STAY IN THE LIGHT
GROK RULES!
DAVE PARSONS

April 22nd…

40 LBS LIGHTER IN 6 MONTHS…no problem and lovin’ it!
53 Y.O.

6’1″-240LBS AS OF 4-20-10
AND STILL SHEDDING THE EXTRAS….36 JEANS…AIMING FOR 34’S.
and a solid 220 of all muscle!!!!

YOU are ONe…of MY Two INspirations!!!!

Thanks Mark…
and if you don’t get enough hugs brother…
davegrok sends hug to Mark!!!

Illumination……..so much fun to re-learn again….still…always….
Grok on

July 18th…

HI FOLKS-
OCTOBER 1ST 2009 TO JULY 10TH 2010.
FROM 280 LBS DOWN TO 210 LBS.
JUST FROM THE PALEO DIET AND MILD EXERCISE.
ROCKIN’ THE HOUSE!!!!!!
ALL LEAN MUSCLE MASS AND NEVER LOOKIN’ BACK….THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION-GUIDANCE-AND ONGOING WAY OF LIFE.
DAVE

September 9th…

IT HAS BEEN AN EXCITING AND COMPLETELY DIFFERENT YEAR NOW.
I HAVE GOTTEN IN WAY BETTER HEALTH. LOST 80 POUNDS. CAN RUN AND CLIMB AGAIN. AND AM GOING ON 54 YEARS OLD. LIFE HAS THROWN THE CURVE BALLS. THE UPS. THE DOWNS. ALL THE WORK AND LIFE RELATED “FOR BETTER- OR FOR WORSE” ISSUES…YOU GET IT. BUT THE DAILY APPLE AND THE PRIMAL LIFE GOES ON…EVERYDAY. IN ALL THE CONFUSION…IT REMAINS A SOLID PLATFORM TO WORK WITH AND ON. I READ THE APPLE….EAT THE APPLE AND EVERYDAY YOU JUST MAKE IT OKAY TO BE WHO I AM…AND BE A MEMBER OF THE PRIMAL LIFE CLAN….
NO MATTER WHAT COMES ALONG…
I KNOW SOMEONE OUT THERE IS MY FRIEND AND WE THINK ABOUT THE SAME STUFF.
THANKS MARK
THANKS BEES
THANKS TO MARK’S WIFE FOR BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THIS!
YOU HAVE NO IDEA …….OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME.
I SALUTE YOU ALL
DAVE

December 10th…

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND ALL THE CREW!!
Santa got a lot thinner!…hohohohoho!
Dave

January 3rd…

primal work outs…. your approach (WAY BETTER) and actually more of a primal way than a gym gorilla.  I have my Paleo gym of trees and rocks and stuff….

check it out…54 in a month and 6 ft and 205 lbs.
a 404 lb dead lift…kickButt!!!!
Thanks Mark

January 26th…

DEAR MARK AND ALL THE PRIMAL PEOPLE OUT THERE,
I’M NOT GOOD WITH SPEECHES SO I FIGURE IF A PIC IS WORTH A 1000 WORDS.
I WILL BE 54 THIS FEB. 8TH.
TALK ABOUT PRIMAL. THAT’S ABOUT 300…DOWN TO 200…RIGHT THERE TODAY JANUARY 19TH…AND THERE AIN’T MUCH LEFT TO LOSE…..SIZE 44 TO SIZE 34.
I REMEMBER THIS….I WAS THIS SIZE WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD….I THINK I MAY BE STRONGER NOW!
GROK ON AND THANK YOU FOR THE ILLUMINATION!
DAVE PARSONS

To steal words from Walt Whitman…

“I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

A transformed man, arms to the sky, wearing flip flops in the snow. If ever there was an image of the verve and indomitable spirit of going Primal, this is it. Dave, today half a million people heard your YAWP. May it echo to half a million more. Grok on, brother. GROK ON!

 

5 Foods to keep you hydrated in Bangkok

April and May are Bangkok’s hottest months with dehydration creeping up on all of us. Expect to see the heat reach 38c this week which will feel much closer to 37c>  when you add the humidity and pollution.

 

You won’t be able to go outside for more than a few minutes before your clothes are soaked in sweat, wishing that you would have stayed in your room next to your air-con unit.

Expats who move to Thailand don’t realize the importance of staying hydrated in Thailand. If you just woke up or spent your last few hours outside then there’s a good chance you’re dehydrated right now.

 

Many expats who move to Thailand suffer from constant fatigue, migraines, constipation and fogginess for years without exactly knowing why.

 

Asides from a poor diet, the biggest concerning factor to the symptoms above is dehydration.

 

Do you think consciously about being hydrated in Bangkok? In today's article we're going to reveal how to know if you're dehydrated and the best foods to remedy the situation.

 

Signs of dehydration in Bangkok

Many people believe that if your body is becoming dehydrated you become thirsty, however this is not always the case.

 

There are five key signs you should look out for to spot dehydration in the tropics, they are:

  • Dark yellow urine
  • Headaches
  • Sleepiness
  • Feelings of nausea or fatigue
  • Irritability

Have you ever wondered why your pee in the morning is dark yellow?

 

It's because you didn't drink any water during your sleep and your body is in need of water.

 

If you don’t take the necessary steps each morning to correctly hydrate yourself, your interactions at work, the gym or your daily wanderings around Bangkok will feel extremely tiresome and difficult.

 

Okay then, so what foods and drinks should you consume along with water?

 

Rehydration is more than just drinking water, your body needs to replenish electrolytes and minerals which are lost through perspiration.

 

1. Watermelon (that do not contain added sugar)

Fruits are a great source of water, with watermelon ranking as one of the best sources due to its high water (92%) and mineral content:

 

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Every bite of watermelon contains potassium, magnesium and phosphorus which are key minerals to hydrating and balancing your body’s internal system.

 

Just remember to choose your Thai watermelon from a trusted source, as many are injected with sugar which can increase dehydration!

2. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are on average around 96.7% water, contain vitamins A, B and C and acts as a catalyst to help flush toxins out of your body.

 

Cucumbers in Thailand are inexpensive and can be found in almost all supermarkets in Bangkok.

3. Broth Soup

Broth is made from simmering bones in water over a prolonged period of time, this process extracts minerals from the bones into the water (and tastes great too!)

 

Eating broth soup is arguably the tastiest way to stay hydrated in Thailand.

 

When your body is dehydrated it requires sodium (salt) to replenish what has been depleted, broth soups do a wonderful job of that.

 

You should be able to find broth soup at every street vendor cart that sells noodles, but chances are they are loaded with high amounts of MSG and too much added sodium that may end up having a negative effect on your body (bloat, tiredness, fatigue).

 

We always advise making your own broth when possible so you can control the amount of sodium that goes into each soup.

 

The best is always to make your own broth at home the way you like it, but if you don't have the time to make your own broth, you can find chicken and veal broth at our Paleo Grocery that is packed with hearty goodness.

 

4. Bananas

While they don't look like they contain much water, bananas are in fact  74% water and native to Southeast Asia making them plentiful and cheap.

 

(Source)

 

Bananas are one of your best options for replacing lost electrolytes as they are high in potassium, magnesium and manganese which your body excretes in Thailand’s unforgiving heat.

5. Coconut water

Don’t be fooled by the Gatorade bottles claiming they are the perfect sports drink or that they will hydrate you.

 

The mass majority of sports drink you find at the are high in HFCS (processed high fructose corn syrup, bad sugar):

 

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Coconut water on the hand is lower in sugar (unprocessed) and rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium which are all in their natural form.

 

If you can, drinking directly from the coconut is best and tastiest. If you’d like a more convenient way to drink coconut water, you can find organic coconut water from Maprao for as little as 40b per bottle at our Paleo Grocery.

 

Foods that increase dehydration

How do you avoid getting dehydrated in the first place aside from spending time in the sun? Reduce your intake of the following:

 

Coffee - We've all heard that caffeine in coffee acts as a diuretic and can result in dehydration, while this is true the effect it has is quite minimal unless you're drinking more than one coffee per day, or are drinking them with little water (espressos).

 

Limit your coffee intake to 1 cup per day.

 

Fried Foods - Most fried foods are processed and extremely high in salt, if you're eating fried food daily you can quickly go over your daily allowance of salt in a single meal and trip your body into dehydration directly after eating.

 

All dishes used in our Meal Plan are a great alternative to fried foods.

 

Soy sauce - A story published not so long ago told a story about a teenager who consumed too much soy sauce and ended up in a coma which almost killed him.

 

 

Doctors believed the excess salt he consumed from the sauce resulted in a condition called hypernatremia due to the excessive salt intake.

 

Be watchful of the condiments you use for your foods, many are high in sugars and salts which combined with the tropical heat of Thailand can quickly dehydrate your body.

Are electrolytes sachets worth buying?

If you’ve stayed in Bangkok for any prolonged period of time you will know someone who swears by the use of electrolyte sachets you can find at the 7-Eleven and almost all pharmacies.

 

They cost around 7-13b and they are meant to be consumed when dehydrated or after exercise, but are they really effective?  

 

In most cases no, they are merely a cheaper version of a sugary sports drinks that is condensed into powder form.

Unless you’re suffering from severe dehydration, you will be fine sticking to the 5 items listed above.

Summary

Do not underestimate the seriousness of dehydration, the effects of eating the wrong foods or not consuming enough water is compounded several times over in Thailand due to the excessive heat.

 

One study found that 75% of all Americans are dehydrated and we strongly suspect the number in Thailand to be something similar if not higher due to the tropical climate.

 

If you've had headaches for months or often feel lethargic or tired - are you drinking enough water in Thailand?

 

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8 Gyms to try in Bangkok

Leading a healthy lifestyle in Bangkok isn't just about eating right and avoiding junk food.  

 

A bit of exercise every week increases your body's immune system, makes you feel better physically, mentally and keeps you motivated to lead a healthier lifestyle.   With so many gyms in Bangkok to choose from, we've listed a few of our personal favourites including details of what they offer, prices and interactive Google maps to find them.m  

1. BASE

BASE is open 7 days a week and located right next to Thong Lor BTS. BASE is not your regular free weights gym, they runs several daily group classes and private sessions.  Classes range from HIIT, strength training to group classes that are suitable for all levels.