A HUMAN BEING BEING HUMAN and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, one of my main goals in life is to help people realize that they can get healthy, sleep great, eat how humans are supposed to eat...all while enjoying life and spending time with family and friends.

I’m a north Texan by birth (and now by choice) who played basketball and football in high school in the Dallas area and college football at Abilene Christian University. I have lived in Abilene for 16 years and, as far as I’m concerned, will live here forever. I am married and have two daughters (ages 6 and 5) and a son (2).

I got into endurance sports in 2006 by training for and running the Dallas Marathon. I began doing triathlons in 2008 and completed my first full Ironman in May of 2012. I am a learner and have gone on several performance and dietary experiments to see how my body handles certain stresses and foods.

I began Crossfit on April 21, 2009 and trained with it until June of 2013. I was a vegan for 18 months (June 2011 - December 2012). I have followed strict Paleo. I have experimented with the 4-hour body and the Zone. I have tried eating only foods mentioned in Chris McDougall’s ‘Born to Run.’

I believe in minimalist running shoes. I own 3 pair of Vibram FiveFingers. I believe in fueling for daily energy needs and performance with fat. I love the AltShift nutrition protocol. I believe in Intermittent Fasting and (while everybody’s different) do it every day. I typically eat one big meal every night per Ori Hofmekler’s ‘Warrior Diet.’

I rotate supplementing with fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium and sodium. I love being outside and riding or running for no reason other than the sheer joy of it. I believe exercise should consist of only things that you find enjoyable. I believe that exercise is a terrible way to lose weight. I make my own toothpaste.

After 9 years of experimenting, I feel my best and am at my best when I don’t eat sugar, grains, processed foods, or foods out of a box or from a fast food restaurant. I feel my best when I eat organic, grass fed meats and butter, cheese, green vegetables, fruit, monounsaturated fats, coffee, pastured eggs, rice, sweet potatoes and lots and lots of saturated fats.

I am no longer a proponent of a “cheat” day since that implies what I do 6 days a week is limiting or depriving and not sustainable. I do not feel like I am restricting myself in any way with the amount of incredibly delicious foods that I eat.

I believe that anyone can be fit and lean and healthy -- they just have to try. I believe that many people out there don’t try to be fit and lean and healthy -- and most don’t even know they’re not trying. I believe that the politics in our country and what our government endorses has led to this current disease epidemic (i.e. the Food Pyramid).

I believe that change in our system will not happen in my lifetime because of trade associations, politics, the press, and public opinion about what is healthy and what is not. 

Why do I consider myself a Simple Human? Because we have muddied the water and made it way too complex. Processed foods, "stuff" made in labs for us to eat, counting calories, weighing food -- it's all too much. Let's get back to what it is to be human: eat when you're hungry, drink when you're thirsty, move in ways that don't make you want to murder someone. Sleep a lot, go to bed shortly after the sun goes down and wake up around the time it rises.

I believe it is every person’s own personal responsibility to learn how to control insulin by experimenting with certain foods and food groups and ways of moving their bodies around until an ideal body composition is attained.

Whether that’s through a plant-based diet, a Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, or the Zone Diet. The key is controlling insulin and understanding whether or not you have it under control. Many people will say, “oh yeah I’m fine -- got this fire under control” when their hair and shoes are on fire. That doesn’t count.

Email me if you want to know whether or not you are winning the battle. It’s pretty easy to tell. And everyone’s battle is different. Some don’t have to fight very hard. Some do. Life’s not fair.

I maintain health by following the AltShift nutrition protocol. And I get good sleep, move slowly, lift heavy things, and keep stress at bay. 

I also believe that calories-in/calories-out does not work. I believe that people are overweight and sedentary because they are fat and not the other way around -- which is a total 180 from everything I ever learned growing up.

This blog started out as a way for me to track my nutrition and training online for my own personal use. I still use it mainly for that, but I have found that a few people have used it for information and inspiration, which makes me happy.

Please visit my Recipes, Endorsements, and Food 4 Thought tabs for tidbits on what I'm doing and who I'm learning from... 

Thank you for reading. Please email me if you have any questions about anything I’m currently doing or believe. And if you learn something from me -- please let me know!