My Sugar Rehab: Day 16

It is day 16 in my 7th attempt to definitively beat my sugar addiction. And I feel good. Very good in fact. What am I doing differently? Well, this time I try to outsmart the addiction. Bio-hacking would probably be an appropriate word, derived from the term computer hacking: working around a current restriction by applying a creative solution. My experience with the addiction shows that a dependency mainly manifests itself on two levels: the biochemical dependency - the invincible urge of certain [...]

The Noise In The Ear: Tackling Tinnitus

Sometimes the signs of the universe telling you to deal with something are quite subtle. Sometimes, however, they are quite clear. For me that was recently the case as I was being approached by numerous people who suffer from tinnitus. Below my findings and recommendations. Tinnitus is called the perception of sound without an existing accoustic stimulus. Although more older people are affected, the symptom may occur in all age groups. Unfortunately no specific cause can be identified in most cases. The [...]

My Confession: Sugar Addiction

A cold dark room. Old wooden chairs are set up in a circle. Other people silently enter the room and take a seat. I stand up and say: Hi, my name is Rene and I'm addicted to sugar. This is how I picture the scene if I actually find or start an anonymous self-help group to fight sugar addiction. But that didn't happen yet. The news that sugar can ruin health more than previously assumed has not yet leaked out [...]

Bold: Almost Top Three With Only 8hrs Of Training

With less than 8 hours of training, I rode over 140 km at the most recent GranFondo. I placed 4th in my age category or 26th among over 1000 starters. How I did this, and if this will also work for you will be revealed in the following lines. About engines, hormones and a team I used to train like most people do – as long and as hard as possible. This is normal in an endurance sport like cycling. [...]

Milk: Good Or Just Another Stressor?

“Milk is the perfect food - for a calf.” That’s a quote from my ally Paul “T” during one of his phenomenal Powered by Real Food lectures. “But what about the calcium?” mothers often ask in disbelief. Check out this episode where I shed light on what the heck is wrong with milk? Special thanks goes to Andreas “Hili” from Hilkinger Film & Motion Graphics, Switzerland for creating a great episode based on my scribbles.

What Frequent Cold Hands And Feet Could Tell You

With my clients, I talk a lot about understanding the language of symptoms. The more symptoms we are aware of, the better we will understand what the body might try to tell us. So why not pick one that a lot of women (and sometimes men alike) are suffering from and see how we can learn to speak the language of our body. Are you experiencing frequent cold hands and feet? An increased sensitivity to cold with poor circulation and [...]

Stunning: San Francisco To Los Angeles Bike Ride

Something I wanted to do for a long time: ride down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Finally the opportunity arouse and I embraced it without much hesitation. Tools used Google’s turn-by-turn navigation for bicycles on iPhone hotel.com app for bookings Stages Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz Santa Cruz to Pacific Cove Pacific Cove to Morro Bay Morro Bay to Lompoc Lompoc to Ventura Ventura to Hermosa Beach Web resource Klaus Komenda, Biking [...]

Going Green When Things Turn Red

Drinking a Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate stress-busting greens into your diet. A glass contains more vitamins and enzymes than many people get in one week! Watch these week's episode to find out how to make a smoothie in 3 easy steps.

Re-Fuel With Your Own Sports Drink

Play an extra card by making a high-energy sports drink from real food: 1. It gives your body  the exact right amount of energy to keep you going. 2. It doesn't overload your digestive tract (no cramping, gaz or bloating) 3. It comes with all the co-factors needed for quick absorption 4. BONUS: They go right to the places where they are needed without steeling your body's own nutrients

My Manifesto: Better With Real Food

Never make the mistake of underestimating the power of food. Food can either make you healthy or make you sick. It’s as simple as that. Watch the video to learn more about my three basic eating principles that I call Better With Real Food. It uncovers how to eliminate dietary stressors and have increased energy levels for the entire day.

My Secret Morning Elixir

Intro: There you go. My first Youtube-episode. I’m a bit embarrassed because I find myself way to stiff and unnecessarily serious. Yet the camera man (thanks Jimmy) called it a wrap after take #274 and I won’t blame him. “Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good” as my cohort and close friend T from Atavist Nutrition likes to say, so please give me credit for at least trying. Today I would like to give you an easy tip [...]

Sugar: The Devil Wears White

"Sugar is just empty calories." This claim couldn’t be further from the truth. In my work with clients I face the devil in white over and over again. That’s how I call sugar. Sugar is anything but harmless. Sugar is toxic (1, 2). Sugar triggers the production of the body's natural opiates. Therefore it is regarded as highly addictive. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to the sugar-induced opioid release, not unlike addictions to morphine or heroin (3). At first many [...]

The 4 Little Known Remedies Of Salt

Natural sea salt is a wonderful product and not only helps to regulate water balance of the body or improve the taste of food and fight ice on roads. Natural sea salt contains more than 80 different mineral elements that our bodies need daily. I only recommend unrefined sea salt. Ordinary table salt has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additives such as aluminum silicate to keep it powdery. Aluminum is extremely harmful to our nervous system and [...]

Ultimate Bone Stock Recipe

Guest post by my cohort and ally Paul Tijerina, Atavist Nutrition. Image ©2012 by Atavist Nutrition Stocks and broths are used by most culinary experts in traditional cuisines because of their versatility and flavor. But there are nutritional reasons for consuming stocks and broths, which is what made them so versatile in the first place – our ancestors used them as a base for EVERYTHING. Properly prepared, stocks are extremely mineral-rich, containing calcium, magnesium, potassium, and smaller amounts of all [...]

Cookware You Should Never Use

So, you followed my advice and switched the sugar loaded, processed cereal Muesli for a nutrient-dense pristine diet approved veggie omelette. You chopped some white mushrooms along with broccoli, cauliflower and you even are ready to add a couple of spinach leaves to the mix. Now quickly crush 2 eggs, stir with a fork and pour everything in the convenient non-stick skillet. But wait, stop right there. Convenience doesn’t always tag team with ‘better’. Cookware I strictly avoid All non-stick [...]