Intro to men’s topics

I tend to focus on women, but much of my advice works well for men. Here are some ways men can use my ideas to improve their health and fitness.

An amazing time to be a man
This is an amazing time to be a man and a human. We’re discovering so much new knowledge and old wisdom. This site offers a lot of great links to books and blogs. Check out The New Man Plan (magazine for iPad) by “Coach” Conor Hughes of Family Health Coaching.

Get moving and try something new
Many men are sedentary, which is bad for health. Living an active daily life with lots of movement is better than a sedentary life with occasional trips to the gym for a narrow routine. Read up and find some new things to try. Variety is good in fitness, food and life. Eat something new. Move in different ways.

Embrace self-discipline
The modern culture values comfort and convenience. Too many of us have become soft and sloppy. Do your research. Figure out how you want to live. Then embrace a code of healthy eating and active movement. Build on a foundation of self-discipline.

Man up and cook
A lot of people want to tell you how to eat — family, friends and giant corporations. One way to get control of your food is to cook and shop. Know where your food comes from. Prepare when and how you want it — healthy.

Real men don’t snack
Many men eat like babies — snacking all the time. Don’t be a baby. Develop your eating skills with my forthcoming book Evolutionary Eating. Learn to eat no more than three meals a day, at regular times, preferably at a table with table manners. Don’t snack between meals. Real men don’t snack.

Do a 24-hour mini-fast
A good way to develop better lifelong eating habits is to try a mini-fast (up to 24 hours). This is a planned interval without food, not impulsively skipping meals. Prove to yourself that you can overcome minor hunger pangs through better eating skills.

Eat meat and animal products
I recommend eating healthy meat and animal products. But not too much meat — excess protein is stored as fat. If a vegetarian diet works for you, great. Many vegetarians feel healthier at first, then feel worse after a year or so.

Go caveman
There are some fascinating new ideas in the paleo fitness movement. Read authors such as Mark Sisson (see below) and Frank Forencich and see what works for you.

Be aware of environmental estrogens
Estrogen regulates the concentration of sperm in semen and has other effects on men’s health. Scientists are studying how estrogen in the uterus and the environment affects men. Soy, a potent estrogen, is present in many processed foods. I recommend eating little or no soy for a variety of reasons.

Support women’s right to breastfeed
Breastfeeding is one of the best things a women can do for the brain and health of children. Laws in 45 states and the District of Columbia support women’s right to breastfeed in any public or private place. Support these rights. Tell other men how important this is for children’s health for the rest of their lives.

More information

Mark Sisson is a healthy lifestyle guru. He advocates learning and living what he calls the “primal blueprint” — a lifestyle that best expresses our genetic inheritance. He offers many thoughts about food, movement, exercise and general health. He also edits a blog called Marks Daily Apple. His websites include long lists of pages of guides, concept primers and other resources in the “primal” lifestyle. His 2009 book, The Primal Blueprint, is excellent.

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