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Ru El’s Running 012 : Cholesterol | Doctors | Resources | Ninjas | Strollers | Prowlers | Splinters

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Ru discusses cholesterol and advanced testing, working with his doctor, some frustrations, some website resources, podcast listening ninjas, child strollers, running vs prowling, & the killer splinter.
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Ru El’s Running 010 : Intermittent Fasting | Fasting Pitfall | Coffee Benefits | The Barefoot Bandito | Girl Scout Cookies

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Health & Nutrition

Article “Science Confirms The More Coffee You Drink The Longer You Will Live” By Kris Gunnars

URL: http://authoritynutrition.com/how-coffee-makes-you-live-longer/

Coffee is a big source of antioxidants.

Other fondlings on topics on:

  • Coffee
  • Intermittent fasting (I.F.) approach
  • Bulletproof style coffees
  • Fats options to add to coffee:
    • Butter
    • Coconut oil
    • MCT oil
    • Heavy (whipping/manufacturing/double) cream
    • Coconut cream
  • Pitfall of curbing appetite and I.F.

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Intro & Outro Music:
Artist/Song: Luzius Stone / Fire In The Sky.

Coffeelicious bump music:

One More Cup of Coffe” by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

 

Ru El’s Running 009 : Migraine Headaches | Dieting | Hollow Body | Jump Rope | Sucking Souls

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Ru discusses migraine headaches, dieting, the hollow body, jump rope, and sucking souls.

Blew My Migraines Away post.

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Vinnie Tortorich’s Grind House

Other links: 

Pavel Tsatsouline on Tim Ferriss Show

Play  & Family Update:  A tale of sucking souls.

Quote:

“Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” Dean Karnazes

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Ru El’s Running 007 : Microbiota | Diet Sodas | 40 Miles Years Old | Kid Hikes

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Ru discusses his understanding about gut microbiota, kicking diet soda addiction, shares his first fat adapted ultra distance run, and a neighborhood hike.

Microbiota link:

Check out “Everything you wanted to know about gut microbiota” as a place to start.

40 mile fat adapted run:
Post to 40 for 40.

Quotes:

“The cell needs to learn how to get there.” ~Vinnie Tortorich

“When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% into what your body is capable of doing. And that’s just the limits we put on ourselves.” ~David Goggins

Book (affiliate link):

“Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself” by Rich Roll

Links:

Learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle

Ultrarunner Podcast

F%*k Weetbix! Facebook Group

NSNGUK : No Sugar. No Grains. No BS.

Vinnie Tortorich’s No Sugar No Grains Facebook Group

Intro Music:

Fire In The Sky by Luzius Stone

Outro Music:

Caterpillar by The Cure

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Ru El’s Running 006 : Chronic Cardio | Fried Food Friday | Quality Food | Improve Health

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Overcoming chronic cardio and poor food choices to improve health. A personal example of how you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

Link to the Fried Food Fridays blog post.

If you are interested in learning what I have about NSNG Lifestyle, a perfect place to start is the book Fitness Confidential (affiliate link) I can’t say enough positive things about the book. So please check it out!

Intro music:

Song: Fire In The Sky
Artist: Luzius Stone

Outro music:

Song: Rude (feat. Von Smith)
Album: Historical Misappropriation
Artist: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

Rude Video

What A Rush!

Ru El’s Running 005 : Weight Loss | Grains & Oral Health | Bad Teeth Runners | Running or Racing | Bored Kids | Smoking | Vitamix Tips

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Weight-Loss to Mullets, Grains to Oral Health, Bad Teeth & Runners, Running or Racing, Quotes, Bored Kids, Smoking, Vitamix Tips.

It Starts In The Mouth by Dr William Davis @ Wheat Belly Blog

The Decaying Teeth of Endurance Athletes (Guest Blogger Dr. Larry Dunlap) by Scott Dunlap @ A Trail Runner’s Blog

Do Runners Have Good Teeth? Brush Up On Your Dental Upkeep!

Running or Racing by Liz Dennis @ RunHaven

Ru talks about his other blenders, the Vitamix, how he currently uses it and some prep tips. Check out related titled Vitamix-ing Never Gets Old.

Ru Rants

  • Bored Kids
  • Smoking

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Running or Racing Comparative Analysis:

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Music by: Luzius Stone/Fire In The Sky.

FFF for Fried Food Fridays

Fuck Fake Foods

In early 2000s when I did tons of cardio, I felt I could afford to eat crap because of all the exercise I was killing myself with. For lunch on Friday I’d sometimes visit a Asian buffet and do a “Fried Food Friday” and eat yup you guessed…all foods fried. Fried this and fried that. I had no concern about my health because I thought no matter what I ate my workouts were going to cancel it all out, which is bullshit. The types of food I ate at that restaurant started out with fried rice, fried chicken wings, fried noodles, fried shrimps. After that was done, I would go for seconds. It was oh so fun but oh so bad. I definitely would NOT stand to do it these days.

Back then I did a ton of cardio, by way of martial arts. Two days out of the week I trained Filipino Kali, Pencak Silat, and JKD Concepts which occasionally had intense cardio work. However, two to three other days out of the a week was spent on 1-2 hours of cardio specific effort through Muay Thai training and conditioning. Muay Thai is brutal and great at the same time. The level of intensity output was so crazy, that I was literally nauseous before every class knowing full well it was time to die. By the time I had my hands wrapped and I bowed and entered the mat I had gone through my own process of meditation and I was calm and ready for it. The point being, I wasn’t a slouch with exercise. As a matter of fact, I would work myself up so hard that I would feel drained afterwards and that I absolutely and immediately needed to eat to feel better.

Back then I didn’t care about food quality. I drank a lot of diet sodas and occasionally supplemented with a metabolic enhancer/ fat burner capsules and felt nothing was wrong with my diet. I figured exercise was everything and didn’t think about what I was eating. At times I would walk into a Japanese restaurant for a chicken cutlet (chicken katsu) and on top of that add an order of sushi and when combined with the chicken katsu, equated to two meals. My choice of sushi back then was the spicy tuna roll. If it wasn’t Japanese food, then it would be whatever fast food place was available at time after a workout. That place was sometimes the local Burger King. Either way, whether it was Japanese food, which costs more money and significantly fresher and better quality, or if it was just fast and cheap old Burger King, I would go to town consuming all that food right after a workout and get myself super nauseous. So nauseous that I couldn’t lay down. I couldn’t sleep and was so uncomfortable, which made sense because the type of training that I did involved a lot of the things to toughen the body and not just the midsection. So basically getting punished, kicked and stepped on. On top of that the usual circuit training of focus mits, burpees, heavy bag, crunches, shots to the gut, jumping toe touches, standing grappling and redirects, and sparring just to name a few. So if you can imagine, the gut is all twisted, blood has been shunted away from various organs for digestion to support everything else that there was no possible way the body could properly process BK Double Whopper with Cheese with a side of fries and a massive diet soda. Since I didn’t know what my body really needed and being so beat up, I just continued to gobble down all this food and junk in a failed attempt to make me feel better. A lot of times instead, it didn’t help I and never learned. As a result, regardless of how tough my body had become, I never looked like those ripped MMA UFC fighters.

So that was my former self. Caught up in the rat race or trap of not knowing how food quality benefits or how poor food quality damages the overall health and body composition. Now I know better. Despite the occasional long run I partake in, I no longer kill myself in the martial arts. I am living proof that food quality trumps exercise.

What is quality food? Well I can say quality food is NOT fake processed foods. Quality foods are nutrient dense and whole. If the food has sweeteners added to it, I stay away. If the food has whole grains, I stay away. Come on! I’m human and imperfect and I will have some things once in a while. When I do , I accept the consequences of zits, puffy eyes, aching in my body from old injuries. In particular, a repaired shoulder, a previously thrown out back from improper cable rowing, a past twisted knee, and various stupid shit that whacky Bruce Lee wannabes do like punching poured concrete walls. WA-TAH!!

Looking back, if I knew then what I know now about food quality, I probably would’ve seen better results as far as my body composition and my health.

I would have definitely avoided the bad information still prevalent today, which include eat low-fat or non-fat, eat “healthy” whole grains, protein, protein, and more protein, counting calories, and consuming added sweeteners. I would have ignored a lot of bullshit, yet effective, marketing with things like fat burner supplements and replacement shakes. I would eat more healthy fats. I would eat more whole vegetables and fruits. I would moderate my protein. I eat more at home. I would eat till I was satisfied.

By doing so, I would have experienced positive changes much sooner and have suffered less with things like poor skin, acne, migraines, body odor, scalp issues, sluggish energy levels, food cravings, dental issues, and being just plain old fat and any body image issues around all the above things. It seems a whole lifetime of issues that I lived with and dismissed as a normal part of my life and aging. A lifetime of poor health fixed by something so simple. As simple as the four letters in its acronym: “NSNG” (No Sugars, No Grains).

NSNG has been part of my life now for close to three years as a result of the work from Vinnie Tortorich, Anna Vocino, and Dean Lorey. I am infinitely grateful. Now ‘FFF’ stands for Fuck Fake Foods!

If you are interested in learning what I have about NSNG Lifestyle, a perfect place to start is the book Fitness Confidential (affiliate link) I can’t say enough positive things about the book. So please check it out!

Thanks for reading.

Ru

I Don’t Like My Coffee

I don’t like my coffee. I love my coffee! My coffee can sometimes suck. Most of the time it’s paradise. Hell! Come to think of it, if you’re like me, coffee has been a part of many major moments in your life. When I helped plan our wedding, we chose the type of coffee to serve at the reception. When my wife Zee and I visited the Kauai Coffee Company while on vacation. Around the times each of my children were born, I certainly had coffee. I’m literally sitting in a Starbucks working on this post. When I finished my first 50k, my wife handed me a cup of coffee as I wrapped up the last few miles. My 40 mile run for my 40th birthday and my first 50 mile attempt I had a bunch of coffee too.

My earliest memories drinking coffee was at a really young age. I think I was about 5 , but didn’t technically drink it. Rather had it in food. Definitely at an age when I occasionally was spoon-fed. That is exactly how I had my first taste of coffee. For whatever reason, my grandmother, Nanay,  scooped a teaspoon of her coffee and splash it onto some steamed white rice and fed it to me. And I like it! My grandmother’s coffee likely had sugar in, which made it yummy. It’s a fond memory. Grandma’s brand of coffee was Maxwell House, which was purchased grounded and sold in a steel can. She used a metal stove-top percolator over a gas flame to brew her coffee. Always with a little bit of sugar.

Growing up in a Filipino household in Guam, I was around a lot of family gatherings which ended up being all-nighters and carrying into the next day or days. They lasted so long because of gambling tables that were often set up. Primarily cards and mahjong. It seemed a cultural thing and was all in social fun. Since the adults were doing all-nighters with these games, the host would provide some food and coffee. As a way to pay back the host for, every game winner would put a portion of their winnings into a tip bucket or the tong. If the gathering was at someone else’s home, my brother Albert and I would get bored out of our minds. If we weren’t playing cards or mahjong ourselves, we’d be bored out of our minds and drinking coffee. A foam cup, maybe some Maxwell House brand coffee, Carnation brand coffee creamer, and C&H brand sugar cubes. If not the sugar cubes, the granulated sugar which sometimes had ants in the bowl. This is where I had my own self-prepared cup of coffee and it was a rare thing for me to have.

I didn’t start drinking coffee again till after high school when I started a job. There wasn’t a Starbucks in Guam at the time. There wasn’t a Starbucks at all at the time. Just the office coffee and often times the coworkers and I would provide the grounds and the coffeemaker. A lot of coffee and with great variety. The varieties of coffees were: strong, weak, fresh, old, or burnt.

For a long time I enjoyed my coffee black in all the varieties mentioned above and avoided added sweetener. Since becoming fat-adapted on Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle I’ve learned to add some fat into my coffee. I’ll switch up depending on what is available, my mood, or my energy needs. Sometime it just black coffee. Most of the time its with a splash of heavy whipping cream.  Sometimes I’ll use some unsalted Kerrygold butter, MCT oil, coconut cream, or coconut oil.

At one former dot com job in the early 2000s, which had the fancy Italian espresso machine along side the regular coffee maker, I watched a coworker pour himself a cup of day-old room temperature coffee. I pointed out that fact to him in case he didn’t realize it, and he simply shrugged unconcerned and said “It’s coffee”. You see this guy is also a U.S. Marine, which meant he ain’t a pussy and clearly not a pussy coffee drinker. I learned something about drinking coffee that morning. HUA!

When my brother and I were growing up, there was a great WWII movie that our dad used to watch, starring the true American hero Audie Murphy, called “To Hell and Back” (affiliate link). For some footage of the film, but not the coffee scene checkout the YouTube clip below. It was based on Audie’s real life experience and I recommended it if you’re into true stories and WWII movies.  Anyway, there was a scene where a few soldiers met up, while the enemies were away repairing their busted tank, and one of the America soldiers had a metal coffee pot to make coffee for himself and the rest of the men. Nothing but destruction, death, guns, and ammo. Despite the blood, smoke, and grime, probably the only pot of coffee in the area. Possibly the last pot of coffee they’ll ever get to see. Whenever I have coffee that is not spectacular, I think about their pot of coffee and it being all there is. That thought doesn’t make my crappy cup of coffee taste better, it helps make it the best fucking coffee on the planet, to be thankful, and to not be a pussy about it. It’s coffee!

Thanks for reading and please enjoy whatever you are drinking. If it’s coffee I’d love for you to share a picture of you, your coffee, or both on Facebook where you can Like and follow Ru El’s Running.

Cheers!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWt3_E1ouMI ]

Ru El’s Running 001 : Holidays | About Ru’s Running | Ice Skating

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Happy Holidays! Ruel discusses his running history and how he’s used podcasts and books to inspire his running, improve his life and running through eating real food, and mainly removing processed sugars and grains. Some chat about first-time ice skating and the disgusting nature of it all.

Podcasts (iTunes):

America’s Angriest Trainer Podcast with Vinnie Tortorich and co-host Anna Vocino
Endurance Planet Podcast with Tawnee Prazak and Lucho

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Intro & Outro Music:

Artist/Song: Luzius Stone / Fire In The Sky.

Cut the Crap

It’s simple, effective, and what I believe the truth.

“How? Simple. Stay away from sugars and grains. Exercise. Cut the crap.” – Fitness Confidential

Doubtful? Ask yourself how are you really doing weight and health wise with your sugars and grain rich diet? Regardless of exercise. After all, there are many many highly active fat, bloated, swollen athletes. Look in triathlon, marathon, Olympic water polo, boxing and you can’t say that high activity level is the sole key to weight loss and health. Athletes in these sports are not slouches. They are killing their workouts and events, super strong and endure a lot, YET they still hold on to fat.

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Conventional wisdom convinces you to believe that if you are fat, it is because you are not active. And If you are active and still fat, you are not active enough. This bullshit wisdom also has you believe in calorie counting which results in you essentially starving yourself.

This misguided wisdom is also telling you to eat nonfat and healthy whole grains and avoid saturated fats.

This outdated wisdom is getting you to, despite the current modern science, destroy your body to a point of chronic disease and you turn to your doctor who prescribes you drugs and never advises you to undo all the shit with appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes because he or she does not know nutrition and only recommended guidelines that are outdated and wrong. Then as you take the drug and complain about side effects, you are told it is because you are getting old. When you ask to know the cause of your chronic diseases, you are told it is hereditary and to just take your drugs and no need to change anything you’re doing. Bad idea!

To fix it…Cut The Crap!

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