Monday, December 29, 2014

Rates and Production Info

FYI this info sheet has five sections.
  1. Payment
  2. Dog
  3. What Material I Teach
  4. Housing
  5. What To Do Next

PAYMENT:
I have no established set of rates and I have no minimum requirement to visit and teach in your community.  Here’s how I find it works best for everyone:

I appoint a Producer in each town I plan to visit. If you are reading this, you are probably being asked to be my Producer in your town. The Producer and I decide together what materials I’ll present while I’m there and we’ll settle on a date and time.

The Producer will secure the space and promote the event to the local community. The Producer will also set the price for the event, collect fees from the students and use those fees to pay the rental in the space, if applicable. The profit after expenses is split 30% / 70% between the Producer and myself, respectively.

I am also open to other suggested ways of arranging this.

There are some cases where the best location to invite me to is a place that strictly offers a single payment for the class. In the past, we have had great success with asking the students to consider making a voluntary donation to the "JAG & River Road Trip Love Fund". In other words, when the students are paid members and would otherwise get the class for no cost, we have put out a donation bowl and have found that the students are happy to contribute what they can to supplement the standard payment from the facility for a special Nia event.

DOG:
It is important to note that I do travel with my dog, River. He is always at my side. He comes into the studio with me on his leash, I set up his crate in the corner and he sleeps in the room while we do class. Afterward, I put him back on his leash to lead him out and back to my car. Over the years, I have had a number of facilities balk at allowing a dog on the premises, which I totally understand, but I've also had dozens of facilities allow River to accompany me. He is very well-behaved and has probably been in more different gyms and movement studios across the country than most people have.




WHAT I'LL TEACH:
Here is a list of what I’m considering offering this year. If there is something you'd like me to present that isn't listed here, please ask me; I'm confident we can arrange it. But what I've put together specifically for this year's road trip are:

1- Frankie Say Nia: an 80’s New Wave classic format Nia routine (55 mins)

2- Community Network Synergy: a choreography Playshop intended to develop a song for inclusion into a full Nia routine to be created by multiple communities and presented by me in 2016. (2-3 hours)

3- FreeDance Playshop: An informative, experiential playshop for students and teachers. This playshop can be taught with or without the accompanying classic Nia class taught almost entirely in FreeDance style. (2-4 hours)

4- The Art of Joy: An informal playshop inspired by First Degree Black Belt. The focus is on happiness and the intent is to learn and share all the ways in which we bring and find happiness in our lives. (time varies)

For a more in depth description of each item, visit this page.

HOUSING:
Many producers have asked about helping me with housing while I am in town. And my short answer is, "Don't worry about it."

It is usually my experience that staying at the local Motel 6 offers such ease, simplicity, predictability and privacy that I actually prefer it to being housed locally.
When I have stayed in private homes, I am constantly keeping an eye on my dog rather than being able to relax and socialize. At check out time, I find the austerity of a motel room makes it much easier to keep track of my personal possessions. Rarely, have I left items behind when I’m checking out of a room because I simply leave the room completely empty (except for the towels and the remote control). But I have often left personal items behind in a home environment. As I scan the furnished room looking at each item and determining what’s mine and what stays, it’s very easy to overlook something.

I do appreciate the gesture enormously! And I do still stay at private homes and love it. But I say this so that no one feels obligated to house us.

If the community wants to step up the hospitality, the best way to help me would be to feed me. I would be amenable to prearranging for some students to pay their class fees with fresh, wholesome, food or homemade meals that travel well.

Another possible way to assist me is for someone to offer me the use of their kitchen for cooking up some of my own meals for stocking my travel cooler, but that requires a lot of preparation and planning. 

And it’s always nice to be taken out to a restaurant or visit a home for a meal, as long as River can join us.

And again, I want to say that none of these things are requested by me. These are things that have come up on prior trips often enough to warrant my mentioning them here.

WHAT TO DO:
The first step is to decide what you want me to present in your town. You can choose more than one thing.

The second step is to establish a date and time for these presentations.  Here is a basic outline of where I plan to be and when. I have probably already contacted you with a proposed date for your town, and I don't have a lot of wiggle room as you can see from this proposed itinerary. But things can be shifted around a little bit as long as it's still early in the process, and as long as we don't stray too far from the course.

Example of flier
Once we’ve secured a date and location I will enter your pertinent information into my flier template and send you a copy for distribution. You are also totally welcome to make your own promotional materials. If you need or want more info or pictures from me, please don’t hesitate to ask.

I am excited to be working with you on putting together the most epic yet of all of my road trips. Please let me know if you'd like to move forward. 


Friday, December 19, 2014

"Frankie Say Nia" Possible Tour Dates


I will post updates to this schedule as they're made. 
March 22 - April1

OREGON


  • Portland - March 22  -confirmed w/Samantha
  • Forest Grove - March 22 -confirmed w/Kim
  • Eugene - March 24 -confirmed w/Amy
  • Ashland - March 25 -Rachael

    CALIFORNIA
  • Nevada City - March 27 - A.M. confirmed w/Aimee
  • Campbell - March 27, 28 - confirmed w/Terre
  • Santa Barbara - March 29 -
  • San Diego - March 30 -confirmed w/Janice
  • Los Angeles - March 31 -Cheryl (Nia Santa Monica)

    NEVADA
  • Las Vegas - April 1 -Stacey
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    April 2 - 21

    ARIZONA
  • Tucson/Scottsdale - April 2 
  • Phoenix - April 3 -Casey
  • Flagstaff - April 4 - confirmed w/Stephanie
  • Sedona - April 5 - confirmed w/Alba

    COLORADO
  • Durango - April 7 -confirmed w/Evonne

    NEW MEXICO
  • Albuquerque - April 8 -confirmed w/Erin
  • Santa Fe - April 9, 10, 11 -confirmed w/Sarah, Mark, Kelle

    TEXAS
  • Lubbock - April 12
  • San Antonio - April 13 -Adelle
  • Austin - April 14 -Ursula
  • Corpus Christi - April 15, 16 -Man
  • Houston - April 17, 18, 19 -Kristie, Helen
  • Dallas - April 20 - Jan
  • Dallas - April 21 -confirmed w/ Shannon, Jule

    ***********************************
    April 22- May 7

    OKLAHOMA
  • Oklahoma City - April 22 -Carole, Kari

    KANSAS
  • Kansas City - April 23, 24 -Marcelle

    COLORADO
  • Boulder - April 25
  • Lyons - April 26

    WYOMING
  • Lyman/Evanston - April 27 -Lisa
  • Cody - April 28 -Diane Ballard

    IDAHO
  • Boise - April 29, 30, May 1, 2 -Britta

    WASHINGTON
  • Spokane - May 3
  • Pullman May 4 -Beth
  • Bellingham - May4
  • Anacortes - May 5
  • Port Townsend - May 6, 7

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    rest...


  • May 8 - June 14
  • ****************************
    •  JAG Birthday Bash. "Frankie Say Nia" Playshop Seattle, WA - June 15


    June 16 - July 2

    IDAHO

  • Sandpoint - June 16 -Laurana
  • Hayden - June 17 -Jamie

    MONTANA
  • Missoula/Helena - June 18
  • Billings - June 19
  • Red Lodge 20 -Sue

    NORTH DAKOTA
  •  Fargo - June 22

    MINNESOTA
  • Minneapolis - June 23, 24, 25 -Dawn

    WISCONSIN
  • Brookfield - June 26 -Jill

    IOWA
  • Iowa City - June 27, 28 -Beth

    ILLINOIS
  • Chicago - June 29

    MICHIGAN
  • Lansing - June 30, July 1

    OHIO
  • Youngstown - July 2

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    July 3 - 24

    NEW YORK
  • Buffalo - July 3
  • Albany - July 4, 5

    VERMONT
  • Newfane - July 6

    NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • Nashua - July 7

    MAINE
  • Portland - July 8, 9

    MASSACHUSETTS
  • Boston/Cambridge - July 10

    RHODE ISLAND 
  • Block Island - July 11, 12

    CONNECTICUT
  • July 13, 14 - A.M. - Nancy

    CORNWALL
  • July 15

    NEW YORK CITY
  • July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

    NEW JERSEY
  • Colt's Neck - July 21

    PENNSYLVANIA
  • King of Prussia - July 22

    MARYLAND
  • Baltimore - July 23

    WASHINGTON D. C.
  • July 24

    **********************************
    July 25 - Aug 4

    VIRGINIA
  • Richmond - July 25, 26
  • Virginia Beach - July 27

    NORTH CAROLINA
  • Greensboro - July 28
  • Asheville - July 28 (wed am) -Annie
  • Charlotte - July 29 -Sherrie

    SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Fort Mill - July 30 -Sherrie

    FLORIDA
  • Gainesville - July 31
  • Miami - Aug 1
  • Tampa - Aug 2

    GEORGIA
  • Atlanta - Aug 3, 4

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    Aug 5 - 23

    ALABAMA
  • Cullman - Aug 5

    ARKANSAS
  • Little Rock - Aug 6

    MISSOURI
  • St. Louis - Aug 7

    NEBRASKA
  • Omaha - Aug 8
  • Lincoln - Aug 9

    COLORADO
  • Fort Collins - Aug 10

    UTAH
  • Salt Lake City - Aug 11

    NEVADA
  • Reno - Aug 12

    CALIFORNIA
  • Yosemite National Park - Aug 13, 14, 15 - confirmed w/Tenaya Lodge
  • San Francisco Bay Area (North) - Aug 16
  • Humbolt State Park - Aug 17
  • Redwood State Park - Aug 18

    OREGON
  • Ashland - Aug 19 -Rachael
  • coast - Aug 20, 21

    WASHINGTON
  • Centralia - Aug 22 -Christina
  • Olympia - Aug 23 -Julia

    SEATTLE "HOME!!" 

  • River and I are getting ready to hit the road again. Well, actually River has no idea what's going on, but I'm looking forward to it. I've already figured out the "why?" That is, I've determined what I want to offer (I posted that here). So now begins the phase when I find out some minor details like Who's interested in What and Where I'll be going and When.

    I want to start the process by putting together a very rough draft of what my schedule looks like for 2015.  This is a fantasy list, including all of the cities I hope to visit. Once I begin collaborating with producers all over the country and it starts coming together, these proposed dates will very likely shift around a bit. But this gives us a good starting off point and a general time frame for what I'm planning.

    If there are any major issues showing up for you in this schedule, please let me know and I'll do my best to adjust to it. The sooner we discover these things, the more likely it is to be changeable.

    I look forward to creating and planning and playing with so many old and new friends and colleagues across the country. 
    If you see your city on here, I probably have you in mind as a producer.  If you don't see your city on here and you'd like to have me come and share my work there, please contact me immediately and I'll do my best to add you.
    If you think you might want me to be in town for two days (or more) but you don't see enough days listed near your city, please let me know as soon as possible.
    If you see your city, and we have worked together in the past, but you can't or don't want to produce for me this year, please let me know so that I can find another producer or scratch that city off my itinerary.
    I have inserted a few 'extra' days of padding about every five days or so. From experience, I know that things tend to take more time than I originally plan for, and the frequent buffer days help absorb the domino effect sometimes caused by such changes. The days are added at random, so don't be surprised if you see two days by your city and you don't need them. They'll get used up somehow.

    Using this as a starting point. Let's tinker for the next few weeks and see where it settles.
    I will post updates to this schedule as they're made. 

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    JAG Menu 2015

    Here are the ideas I have for things I am preparing to bring with me on my travels around the country.

    1--  FRANKIE SAY NIA (routine)

    I’ve created a routine using all 80’s Alternative “New Wave” music. With songs such as Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Burning Down the House, We Got the Beat and many other quirky tunes from bands such as the B-52s, Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood who gives us the inspiration for the name of the routine. Frankie Say Nia is a play off of the old slogan "Frankie Say Relax" that appeared all over the place on white T-shirts in big black block letters.

    It is a standard, one hour classic format Nia class allowing five minutes to set the focus and 55 minutes of fun, familiar 80s music.

    If your class is into ‘dressing up’ for special event classes, the New Wave fashions offer lots of fun ideas. Themes were lots of bright colors and faux animal prints. (For example, purple leopard spot tights) It was a kitchy throwback to the 50’s. The emphasis was on bold individualism. 

Musically, New Wave was playful, irreverent and quirky. The songs are fast and short with a strong emphasis on the synthesizer keyboard rather than the guitars of Rock. Also unlike Rock and Roll, new Wave never took itself very seriously. 

The focus of Frankie Say Nia is on the creative hand and arm expressions with the intention to celebrate our quirkiness.


    2--
CNS = Community Network Synergy (playshop / jam)

    I have a dream to create a Nia routine with the help of Nia communities from across the country. This dream is inspired by my travels and all of the burgeoning and flourishing Nia ‘tribes’ I have encountered. I’m constantly blown away by the level of passion and creativity I encounter across the USA and I wonder if I can somehow, synergistically tie it all together into a Nia routine. 

So with the help of Debbie Rosas, I am putting together a plan to bring my dream to life. 

I want to find 13 communities interested in contributing to the routine. Before my arrival in town, each community will have decided amongst itself which few songs it wants to provide for consideration to the routine. When I arrive in town, we will all meet for a choreography jam session and bring those songs to life. In order to create a nice, cohesive vertical routine, I will maintain final say in which songs ends up in the final routine, but it will all come from the communities across the country, networking together through me to create through synergy. 
Community networking synergy or CNS for short. 

Random Interjection: Coincidentally, CNS also stands for Central Nervous System.

    So what I’d need now is for the communities interested in participating in this to schedule the choreography jam with me for when I’m going to be in your town in 2015. And then at some point before my arrival find a creative way to work as a community to come up with the three songs that will contend for the honor of representing your town in the final routine. And when I do arrive, we’ll all get together and work out what the choreography will be for the songs you’ve chosen.
    
This routine will not be an official Nia release, so the good news is we don’t have to worry about music rights. Debbie is busy creating a similar thing, only she will be including the songs in upcoming official routines, so those will require music rights. My routine, CNS is not official and will not ever be for sale. It is a community bonding experience. The way we can get away with this is by never electronically recording it. It is only reserved for live, in person experience. The old school way! n 2016, when I make my rounds again, I will bring the finished routine to everyone and share the synergy we created. 

    This experience could also result in a Jam while I’m there in 2015. We could use mostly familiar Nia songs in the multi-teacher Jam and also include whatever new choreography we came up with. 

So… who’s in?



    3-- FREE DANCE (playshop)

    As part of the Community Network Synergy project, or on its own, I teach a wonderful Free Dance playshop that is student friendly. It is aimed at teaching a student how to create their own, vital and self-motivated FreeDance experience, regardless of what the teacher is providing. At the same time it serves as a wonderful tool for teachers in how to effortlessly guide very rich and exciting FreeDance segments. 



    The day starts with a brief chat about FreeDance, including what it is, what people believe it is and why it is valuable. The bulk of the playshop experience is devoted to my toolkit. I will share my tools with you, one by one and give you the opportunity to practice them. I have taught this playshop many times and I’m always amazed by how much each person’s FreeDance is revitalized with just a couple of tools, and totally transformed after a couple of hours. Once someone is exposed to this work they will never again fear, dread or avoid those unguided moments in class, and will instead anticipate and relish them with spirited, creative gusto.

    This playshop can also conclude with a super fun Nia routine I put together of all guided FreeDance songs.





    4--  THE ART OF JOY (playshop)

    Taught in a Tight But Loose format, this playshop is meant to stimulate happiness and encourage it to grow. It is based on some of the Happiness work from First Degree Black Belt as well as Joy of Movement, Life As Art and the personal experiences of JAG and everyone present in the room.

    

The playshop is experienced in three segments, we will begin with a pow wow and discuss happiness; what it is, why it's important and how to achieve and maintain it. And we’ll talk about JAG’s 13 Principles of Happiness. 

In the middle section, we’ll do 13 guided FreeDances, each exploring a different aspect of happiness as related to Nia’s 13 Principles. The focus of this section is on The Self and the intention is to illuminate happiness. 

In the final segment of this playshop, we will go back to our puppy pile and share discoveries and ask any questions that came up. We could also use this time to discuss other topics of health, related to happiness, including eating, exercising, meditating, self-healing, self-massage, sleeping, playing and avoiding toxins. And of course, Nia!

    I can make this playshop work in just about any time frame, but I think it would ideal at about three or four hours. 


    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    The Last Blog Entry You Ever Need to Read About Nutrition

    Want a sure-fire way to keep spinning your wheels in a quagmire of confusion while remaining conflicted about what to eat? Keep on reading blog entries about what "latest studies show". With new studies coming out daily (most of them not even peer reviewed or repeatable) you should be quite fuzzy on the whole thing in no time. 



    Keep on buying the latest Best Selling nutrition book and fully buy into whatever slant of the month is being touted by the populous. Search especially long and hard for those articles that support your current way of thinking, they’re out there. No matter what you believe, it’s out there, somewhere. The Internet is an amazingly vast place with such an array of input of all types. You don't have to look very far or hard before you'll come across a an article about a 'study' that proves what you 'believe' (or what you don’t want to believe) about nutrition. 


    But then keep looking and you’ll soon find one that claims just the opposite is true, or that that original belief has been debunked and this is what we believe now.

    In truth, studies don’t prove anything. A study is an experiment based on an assumption. That assumption is played out and the results are gathered and evaluated and conclusions are drawn. The evaluation and conclusion of results is a highly subjective practice. Anyone with a bias could easily create and publish a study showing their desired slant to be true. It happens all the time. Nothing from one study is conclusive, scientifically. The only scientifically significant results are those that occur in different studies initiated from different assumptions made by different parties at different times, yet yielding the same results. (that’s called being ‘repeatable’).

    Anytime you read “latest study shows…” be alerted that someone is trying to fool you into thinking that a study in and of itself is conclusive. In fact, a single study that stands out and refutes a long-supported and agreed-upon result found in numerous other studies is probably not going to be considered statistically significant when you look at the whole picture. Not unless this new piece of information is tested over and over again. But that won’t stop bloggers and sensationalizing nutrition writers to prey upon our naiveté and confusion.


    That's why, like a broken record, I keep repeating the same things over and over again. The same things my hero Jack LaLanne used to say sixty years ago. The trendy beliefs about what’s “good for you” and what’s “bad for you” have changed many times in those past sixty years, but Jack has been giving the same message the whole time. And I, too, am trying to impress upon a frantic community that it would be in their best interest to stop trying to ‘hack’ their body with the latest gimmick, diet, superfood, cleanse or whatever latest discovery of ‘what is good that used to be bad’ or ‘what’s now bad that they used to say was good’. 


    But if you are tired of being confused. It’s actually pretty easy and simple. Step away from the "nutrition" part of the Internet. It is mostly bullshit. Written by ... well frankly written by anyone who has a computer and sees a possibility to make money or get some attention by feeding into what I see as a frenzy of confusion.  And the same with buying diet and nutrition books. There’s nothing new or valuable in there. 

The more time you spend reading about the latest findings, the less you will know.

    When you’re ready to stop fooling yourself and you want to get real, then look for the foods that we’ve eaten  and thrived on as a species since the dawn of recorded time, and leave the rest of the garbage sitting on the shelves.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Looking Forward to 2015

    Today marks the beginning of the 100 day countdown until I begin the Frankie Say Nia tour.

    Which kind of freaks me out at this point, because it is not much more than a vague idea in my head.

    But I gave myself until January 1 before I said I had to start writing anything down and contacting people. Until then, I am allowed to keep it all as a fantastic jumbled notion in my head. But I kind of want to start organizing it, so here it is. I'm going to spell it out for the first time.



    It will begin on the first day of spring when I'll have a send-off event in Seattle and then make my way down the west coast (WA, OR, NV, CA) and across the desert (AZ, NM) turning around in Houston (TX) and heading back up through the mountains (CO, UT, WY, ID) and then back to Seattle for a little break in time for the summer solstice.

    If I get my act together I might be able to put together a class or a series of classes in Seattle before I head back out again, which I plan to do after July 4.

    Then I'm headed across the north (MT, ND/SD) to the lakes (MN, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH, PA, NY) and the northeast (VT, NH) and then down the east coast (ME, MA, CT, NJ, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL) finishing with the trip from south Florida through the mid-west. (AL, MO, IO, NE) The final leg, through the Mountain zone all the way back home, could go many different ways depending on how the first part of the route ends up.

    I definitely want to be out of the southeast before hurricane season. I'm hoping I can make it back to Seattle by the fall equinox.

    And then, for the rest of the year, I am leaving it open for now, but could possibly head down the west coast one more time before hanging up my driving gloves for the winter once more.

    Things will very likely shift and change as it comes to life, but it felt good to get that idea out of my head and into print. I'm looking forward to it. Can you tell?

    Finding the Light

    I was watching a documentary about cults earlier this week and as I watched one of the cult leaders give her vitriolic hate speeches, I was trying to find her love. I was searching for my empathy, believing that we're all doing our best given our circumstances, and knowing that there was a light shining somewhere deep inside of her. Hearing her talk about how much violence "God" wanted her to perpetrate onto the world, it was quite a challenge for me. But I didn't give up on her.

    After the documentary was over, I still hadn't found her inner goodness, but I also hadn't given up my search. I knew it had to be there, I just wasn't seeing it yet.

    I recognized something very important. And this is that my first instinct was to label her and her actions as 'wrong'. But since I know that reality is always right, I dug deeper. I wasn't going to be satisfied to hide from this problem under a veil of judgmental condemnation.

    This morning, two days later, this thought was given to me, "Those that need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways."

    And then it became clear to me. Of course she was asking for love in the only way she knew how. She was terrified and desperate and maybe she was raised in a violent atmosphere and not given a whole lot of love. She was acting out as the frightened child, asking for love and acceptance the only way she knew how. Unfortunately, she was now presenting such a frightful version of herself that she is perpetuating a love-free environment for herself.

    What she needs is a shift from fear to love. If she could let down her guard and truly ask for love, she'd be free of those demons. She hasn't been taught that. She's doing the best she can do in her circumstances. She needs someone to hold her hand, give her a hug, tell her she's OK and sit with her.

    It would have been so easy to disregard her as 'evil' or 'bad', but I don't believe that is being honest. It would be more accurate to see her as 'broken' or 'lacking in tools/skills'. Seeing her this way makes me want to help her rather than condemn her.

    And in fact, the only true 'evil' in this scenario would be my deciding to label her as such, when she's just a frightened, naive child inside.

    And then I realized that whatever I saw in her was a reflection of myself. I am working toward uncovering the light inside of me from my material and emotional attachment and ego and denial. The degree to which I am able to live as light, is the exact same degree to which I am able to see hers.  And yours.  If I can't see it, it's because I'm hiding mine.

    If my light were completely uncovered, I would have seen hers right away. But the struggle I went through to truly see her spirit, is indicative of the degree to which I'm still struggling with the freedom of my own.
    I'm now truly excited for this discovery. I realize now that every person I find myself having these kinds of thoughts against, is actually an opportunity for me to examine, measure and improve my own ability to be unattached and honest about the nature of reality.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    My Diet/Nutrition Book

    People have often told me that I should write a book about nutrition. And I have considered it, and have even sat down to get it started a number of times. But I always run into the same problem. I have too much integrity. I am too conscientious to write a book about nutrition.

    I don’t know how authors of diet books can live with themselves after publishing. The only way to remain focused and get out a cohesive book is to hone in on one, narrow-minded aspect of nutrition, and to focus in on one particular set of beliefs.

    My problem is that the more research I do, the more I find compelling evidence to support many conflicting ideas. I’m not just talking about minute details but large, compelling and important issues like whether or not human beings thrive on eating meat, for example. I have seen extensive and compelling arguments for either side of that debate; and that’s just one example of a very large and important topic. Just one of scores of controversies on the topic of human nutrition.

    My conscience gets triggered by realizing that people are going to be reading my book, and possibly making very important decisions based on it. These decisions will affect their lifelong health and vitality. What if the camp that I decided to join and support through my writing turns out not to be the right one? Then am I indirectly responsible for that person’s ill health?

    I have read numerous books about nutrition, and they all have their own slant. Each time I embrace a new author’s philosophy, I find myself having to adjust my beliefs and change my habits. You’d think that eventually, there would be a common thread of truth that I could find among all of the different viewpoints, but such is not the case. This is an indication that something is very wrong.

    The authors of each of these books had to ignore a significant body of evidence. Because no matter what their stance and beliefs are, there is evidence to the contrary. So whom do I ignore? How can I possibly write a book based on ignorance of research evaluation? I can’t. Not with the amount of integrity I have. If I write a book, I would want it to be correct.

    Perhaps all the books are full of crap. Maybe there is no right answer. Maybe there is an answer out there, but as of yet undiscovered. I don’t know. So in that case, the only responsible thing to do is to remain silent.

    Writing and selling diet and nutrition books, programs, cleanses, detoxes and all of the products and supplements is a huge, profit-making business. It is not a force I want to align with. It feels deceptive to me. Every time I sat down to write my nutrition book, my intention was to cover it all. But that is an unrealistically monumental task, and always ends up leading me back to the belief that it is different for everyone.

    I’m both inspired and then stopped by my desire to only speak truth and to be helpful. If we’re all just supposed to figure it out on our own, then it is out of line for me to make suggestions, or even worse, to tout my information as if I had discovered the truth. My conclusion is that people must take the reigns into their own hands, do some research and some experimentation and stay open-minded to all possibilities.

    What I suspect is that each individual has slightly different needs and will respond to food in slightly different ways. I believe that nature has supplied us with our food and it is meant to be eaten. This includes plants and animals. Yes, it includes grains, and yes it includes meat. And no, it doesn’t include pills and supplements.


    One thing I will say with certainty is that most food that has been mass-produced is not healthy. Our nutrition needs to come from living matter. Living matter quickly degrades and rots. So in order to mass-produce and market food, (or even worse, to put it into pill form) it must be stripped of its life. Eating lifeless food is not going to nourish us, but it will instead make us sick and fat. In a nutshell, eating lifeless food will cause your body to retain fluids in order to remove what it sees as an invader. This inflammation is the cause of all modern diseases and obesity.

    Unfortunately, people want a quick fix and they want it spelled out for them, step by step. If they have to investigate or think on their own, they are bombarded by controversy and gimmicks and can lose interest pretty quickly out of frustration.  So, this sets the stage for another new diet book to come out month after month after month and to hit the Best Seller list because people are so confused and desperate. If I did write that book, I’m sure it would sell. But is that what I want?



    I was talking to a friend yesterday about this and I said, “Any real book about proper nutrition would only have to be about a page long. It could be extremely simple, but no one would believe it.”

    So here it is:

                   this is FOOD












    An actually helpful "nutrition" book would be one that showed the reader how to properly prepare and cook all of these things at home.