The Hot Metabolism Secret Revealed

Lifestyle! It’s the answer. You just can’t escape the idea that lifestyle is the answer to weight and fitness issues.

When I was young, I had the routine, the lifestyle, of going to the gym and working out with weights. I wanted to build strength, muscle mass and put on a few pounds. I also played tennis several times a week.

By the time I was middle aged, my main exercise was the fiddling that I did several times a day. That, along with a vegetarian diet, supplemented with superfoods, was enough to keep me well.

Over the past five years, I can see that I’m losing the battle against cortisol induced weight gain. I long for a magic pill or food that will solve this problem. But, I don’t believe it exists. It appears that a lifestyle adjustment needs to be made. I’m not fit as a fiddler these days.

Enter Carolyn Hansen, stage right. She has in her hand an ebook, a special report. The title is The Secret Fire Within, Hot Metabolism–A Metabolic Fitness System.

I love it when someone claims to have a secret. Something in me says, “Oh yeah? Show me something I don’t know.”

This concise ebook tells you something you don’t know and tells it in a way that is clear and to the point. It makes the information real.

The recommendations that follow the analysis of what the problem really is consist of a few simple activities. These activities comprise, for most of us, a slight change in lifestyle. These activities will heat up your metabolism.

Is a hot metabolism a good thing? If you want to be trim and fit, smart and active, yes , it’s a good thing.

In addition to the drawings toward the end to illustrate some simple exercises that will build muscle, there are recommendations about water, air and natural light. This part could be developed a little more, perhaps, but the logical support is in place. And the activities are simple, anyway.

My involvement with Tom Goode’s full wave breathwork inclines me towards more development of this side. The aspect of subtle energy and water makes me want more on that topic. But, all that is just personal preference. There is enough to get you into action. That’s what counts.

The one element that Carolyn Hansen does not explore is self-discipline. The cultivation of a good new habit that leads to a change in lifestyle is anything but easy.

There are a few self-improvement teachers who focus on discipline, Stuart Wilde and Jim Rohn come to mind, for example. But, there are too many who suggest that a simple activity that is easy to do will solve all your problems.

The one idea that really hit me from The Secret Fire Within is about getting up from a quiet activity, like reading or writing, and moving around vigorously. Just do something, might be the slogan.

Whereas, before reading this, I had in mind setting aside at least twenty minutes to do something, now I only require a few minutes. And I do this more often, taking breaks from the more passive things that come so naturally to me. Reading a book, or reading online, can take over a lot of my time if I let it.

One last thing, as I am providing a link to the web site where you can get this excellent little book. It’s a promotional campaign that is like one of those nested series of Russian Matrushka dolls. There’s something inside something inside something.

I get so tired of this. Sometimes I just bail out before purchasing the simple thing that I wanted. Other times, I’ll hang in there and get what I want.

With that caution in mind, you can have the same experience I had by clicking here.

My First Yogurt–Bleagh!

To get into the mood for writing about yogurt, I spent several days scarfing down at least one Stonyfield Farm Organic Whole Milk Yogurt every day. I like to add bee pollen–two superfoods in one delicious serving!

The bee pollen this time is locally produced at Thomas Honey in Lake City, Florida. I got it at the Florida Folk Festival last May when I appeared there as an unfeatured fiddler.

Some people might challenge the assertion that yogurt is a superfood. But, I have anecdotal evidence that you can get super results from eating it!

First, my bleagh! story.

I was in my early twenties when I first tried eating a yogurt. At that time, I wasn’t into health food, so I don’t know what I read or heard about yogurt that prompted me to give it a try.

What I recall vividly is the experience of spooning slowly through a Borden’s strawberry yogurt. As I took in the contents of the now familiar 6 oz cup, I thought, “Hmmm, a little sour like buttermilk, a pudding-like consistency…” The jury was out.

Then I got to the bottom of the container. There was a pinkish, gelatinous layer on the bottom. Yuck! The jury came in with a unanimous verdict of Disgusting.

And that was it for several years.

Moving ahead to 1969 and my arrival at the Sunshine Company commune in Detroit, this is what happened.

While taking a shower, I found out that my hair was electing to leave my head in great numbers. Panic! How could I be a hippie if my hair was falling out?

Somehow, my synchronistic discovery was that Bulgarians enjoyed a full head of luxuriant hair because they ate yogurt. In fact, lactobacillus bulgaricus was named after them.

This time I was fortunate to get Columbo whole milk yogurt. Much more pleasant to eat, it was a rich, comforting experience. Immediately my hair decided to hold on to the scalp.

Ever since that time, I’ve been a grateful eater of yogurt. And, even though it is a different color now, I still have hair on my head.

Millet at the Health Food Store

My first visit to a health food store was in 1955. I was on a mission. I had read about the five sacred grains of China, wheat, rice, barley, soy beans and millet. I was after millet.

Being a 12 year old boy back then implies a lack of sophistication more common to a 7 year old today. I didn’t understand what the store was about.

Ann’s Health Foods seemed small and dark. There were lots of little items on wood shelves. There were wooden kegs holding items under tight lids. It had the appearance of a movie western general store, only shrunken to fit the proprietor.

She was a petite woman that I thought of as old. Considering how much longer she lived after I met her, she was not really an old woman. She did have the self-possession that we often find in elders. She knew she was different. She was ready to advocate, even defend that difference.

I asked her for the millet. What did I hope to gain from millet? As a boy raised on the icons of Popeye and Mighty Mouse, it was clear that certain foods could impart super powers. And I desperately needed a super power. (You can see why I’m drawn to superfoods!)

After a brief interaction with the intimidating shop keeper, I left the store with a small paper bag of ground millet and another small bag of raw sunflower seeds.

The sunflower seeds weren’t bad. They raised my hop0e for the millet.

My mom helped me prepare the millet by adding water and helping keep an eye on the pot while it came to a boil. Soon, it was ready, but my hopes were crushed.

It had a bland, different taste, not a good combination. I’m sure I underseasoned it. If I had thought of adding sugar and milk, as I did to cream of wheat, it may have passed muster.

Millet did not take a place in my diet. I did not return to a health food store for fifteen years.

I did continue getting sunflower seeds. There was a deli on the way home from school, when I walked or biked. It had roasted, salted sunflower seeds. They had a much better flavor. Sometimes I got roasted, salted pumpkin seeds, called pepitas, and targetted to Tampa’s Latino community.

When I did begin frequenting the health food store again, Ann had a new location. Her store was bigger and brighter. Oddly, she was about the same age.

I don’t go to health food stores as often these days. The supermarkets have brought in so many items that I used to get at the health food store. But, I haven’t seen any millet.

Maybe it’s time to go on down to the health food store and get a bag of ground millet. Maybe all it needs is maple syrup and a little hemp milk.