Some Changes Here

I am making changes. Joshua Smith Fitness does not fit what I am doing now.

I started Joshua Smith Fitness when I was a Beachbody Coach. I liked the company and what they were trying to do, but the product, Shakeology, does not treat my body well. I have hyperthyroidism and the super herbs in Shakeology is bad for me.

I am treating my conditions not with lots of exercise and one-size-fits-all nutritional supplements, but with two wheels and doctor regulated supplements. I’m still exercising, but its not the same and for another post.

So, Joshua Smith Fitness is fading and Adventures With Redbeard is here. This is also the name of my YouTube channel and Facebook page. YouTube has some traction, but the Facebook page is brand new.

There may be more changes, but this is the start.

New Direction

A lot has happened this past week. I have a final diagnosis on what is wrong with my thyroid. I have been given the diagnosis of Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma. Certainly not what I wanted, but at least I know what I am fighting. From what I have read this is a slow moving cancer. This may give me a different perspective than what someone else has. I resonate with what Susan Somers said, “Having cancer is a lonely experience. It is the one time in your life that you cannot ask those closest to you, ‘What should I do?’ It’s too heavy a burden to place on another person. This is your life, your decision, and cancer kills.” I am not telling anyone what they should do if they get cancer. I merely want to journal what I am doing and to let people know they may have options. Every person is different, and each cancer is different. I have a rare cancer around 4% of all diagnosed cancer is thyroid and out of the few cases of thyroid cancer only 25% occur in men.

I am no longer a Beachbody coach. My naturopathic doctor said that the adaptogens in Shakeology were over stimulating to my immune system. This was when my problem looked like hyperthyroidism. When I stopped the Shakeology, I was very tired, but did feel better after a day or two. Also at that time my thyroid area was so swollen you could not see my Adam’s Apple. In about a week this swelling was reduced. At this time I was primarily taking supplements to calm my body.

You may be asking if I think Shakeology caused my condition. I do not, but I think it aggravated my condition. I have a family history of thyroid problems. One case of diagnosed thyroid cancer and another suspected. In both, the thyroids were removed. This is the standard care for thyroid cancer, removal. Thinking I had hyperthyroidism, I have studied the thyroid. It is a very important organ. One I deeply desire to keep.

This begins my journey. I am going against the standard care and looking to food and herbs to cure me. I have been reading Knockout by Susan Somers and have been intrigued by what these doctors are able to accomplish. I am also familiar with the Gerson Therapy.

What am I doing now? Well, we are still working on that. Laetrile will be a big part of my healing. Did you know Laetrile is illegal. You can learn more by watching a documentary I saw recently. It is called Second Opinion. There is a way around this. You see, Laetrile is the extract from apricot seeds. I have 2lbs on order. I found a recommendation online for these. They are supposed to arrive tomorrow so I will post about them later.

I also found information about the Gerson green juice and found a website about how someone beat cancer using food. Last night I used my new juicer I purchased off craigslist to make his Carrot, Celery, Beet and Ginger Juice. It was rather strong and the pain I was feeling in my neck went away. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I’ll try it again. I will also make the green juice today.

I believe food is medicine and I will be using it as such. I am thankful to my God for the wisdom He is providing to me and my doctors.

Stick around to see how this plays out.

New Eating Habits

I have tried many different philosophies of eating. I really like the fruitarian diet. Gandhi was a fruitarian the last few years of his life. He also experimented with diet. What I learned the year or so I was a fruitarian is that people are not ready for  what is viewed as an extreme diet. There are lots of people who are fruitarian and there are forums where people can learn about it. Many people have overcome many problems, like eating disorders, and major illnesses, by changing to a high fruit diet. But I would guestimate that 90% of people will not try it, too extreme.

I want to help people be healthier, that’s why this website exists, so what can I share that will work? Well, I really believe teaching balance and portion control will do it. Everyone already believes a balanced diet and proper portions will work. What keeps people from doing this? I think it is too many fad diets, too many companies selling their food, etc. Beachbody has a program called 21 Day Fix. This program has some accessible exercising with a simple eating plan. You can eat the foods you already have and already know you should eat. The picture above illustrates how it works. If it fits in the containers, you eat it, if it doesn’t you save it for tomorrow.

Today is Day 5 of me being on the program. If you have been following me you know that I have been on a anti-candida diet. Today is my first day after the diet. I can eat “normally” again. I am rejoining the “normal” eating world with the 21 Day Fix eating program. Candida has influenced my eating for many years, now that it is gone, or at least under control, I can choose what and how much I eat. I choose this program to help me with this. It is day five and that means this is the fifth day of me following the exercising, but it is the first day of me following the diet. I am so excited to be able to eat rice and fruit again. For breakfast I had my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology. My mid morning snack will be rice and homemade kimchi. My diet is over, but for the next week or so I will be taking copious amounts of probiotics and eating as much fermented foods as I can. My gut is healed, and now I need to grow the beneficial bacteria needed for a healthy gut. I’ll write more about my experience later. Thanks for reading, here’s to your health!

Yeast Overgrowth Cure Day 11

This picture is the vegan kimchi I made. I need to eat more fermented food for my gut health and I have made this recipe once before. Kimchi is tasty and very beneficial. I have almost a gallon fermenting and it will be ready for me to start eating next week. It has to ferment for about 5 days. The guy who gave me the recipe said he thought 14 days was best, but he usually couldn’t wait that long to chow down.

So I have made it to day 11 of almost zero carbs. It took be about 7 days to have energy again. The first day I had energy I worked until my legs were sore. My being lethargic for so long has resulted in me being out of shape.

I learned that there is a 21 Day Fix challenge group starting Monday (11/11). I have to stay on this no carb anti-yeast diet until 1/14. I think I can do some exercising on this no carb thing. I was thinking about ending it a few days early, but I better stay on it, just to make sure. I do have a lunch with some colleagues on Tuesday, so I may not do so well that day.

All in all this hasn’t been too bad of an experience. I’ve eaten lots of veggies, some I haven’t had in a while. I typically have 3 to 4 types of nuts with me at all times. Lunches have gotten simpler. I think the portions part of the 21 Day Fix will be very easy after what I’ve been doing.

Those first few days without energy I would be longing to go to bed around 7pm. Now that energy is back in my life I am able to function later again. I’m going to enjoy this new and improved gut.

Camping with Kids (Fort Stevens)

So I spent a whole week with my family at Fort Stevens State Park. That is right all 8 of us. What’s more, we slept in a 16ft camper trailer built in 1961. At one point we had two extra kids to make a total of 10 people sleeping in that trailer.

I originally was not going to stay for the whole week. I did not have the required time off. To be honest, I wasn’t so sure I really wanted to spend that kind of time with everyone. I’m an introvert for crying out loud. But I remembered what someone once said, “There is no quality time without quantity time.” This was some serious quantity time so something good would have to come of it.

Fort Stevens has some great multi-use paths. They are paved and you can go for quite some time. There are also many hiking trails. What is even better is that these paths have destinations. The beach complete with a shipwreck from 1906 is only a few minutes biker ride. Not into that much salt? There is a good sized lake even closer than the beach. Wildlife watcher? There are plenty of viewing areas. I did see a Peregrine Falcon just of one of the trails. I only knew what it was because I took my kids to one of the Jr. Ranger programs where they were talking about animals. History buff? Believe it or not, Ft Stevens State Park is named after Ft Stevens the former military base that is contained within the park boundary. Well, most of it anyway. I’m not sure why the guard shack was outside the fence.

This place is loaded with things to do. My calorie count was very high each day. We are talking 4,000 to 5,000 calories burned per day. Seven of these days I did not sit in a vehicle. I did lots of bike riding.

One day I spent about 4 hours riding with my oldest and going where he wanted to. We explored the batteries and took a long shortcut. A good portion of the time was on bikes. We went about the longest way possible to every place there is.

I took all the kids to all the areas. My youngest saw many sites from the bike trailer. He was napping for some of it too. I took him on a 11.5 mile ride.

Some of the time I wore my Luna sandals, other times I wore my Vibram Fivefingers. I was almost barefoot the whole time. But not unlike most days.

The first day we rode bikes and then played Frisbee. We started just throwing it, then it ended up in a game. First it was me my daughter and a young neighbor kid against my teenage son and his teenage friend. Then it was me and the young neighbor kid against the other three. Then my daughter and I against the other three. I was on the winning team each time. I thank my exercise program, P90X3, for being able to do that.c there my middle boy was knocked over by the incoming tide and he split his head open. We stopped the bleeding and loaded him, his youngest brother, and his bicycle onto the bike trailer and I pulled it all back to the campsite. Again, thanks P90X3.

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I was low on calories the day we had a large spaghetti dinner. I ate a lot that night, but did not feel bad about it. I really did not feel bad when I got on the scale Monday morning and saw I was down another pound. We had to bring our own sauce because most people evidently put meat in their sauce. I have always liked a good marinara sauce. Just another complication of being vegan. But contributing to the meal was a good thing. Not sure what else we brought I was focused on what I could eat.

If you want to know more about this trip or just about Fort Stevens, comment below.

Reasons Why

Why do you exercise? Or maybe I should ask, why do you not exercise? I heard Chalene Johnson say that exercise is what you do when you love yourself. Do you love yourself enough to exercise? How about your children? Many people I have met started taking time to exercise not so much for themselves, but for their children. So that they would have the energy to be there and share experiences with their children.

Late afternoon tomorrow, my family and I will go camping. I have an exercise program that I am in the middle of. So here will the deciding factor as to how determined I am to stick with this program. I will have every excuse to not do it. I will be walking a lot, I don’t believe there is an inside facility to use. So I’ll be exercising in the somewhat open space. I’ve done every workout once so I have an idea how to do them. So that shouldn’t be too embarrassing. But will I get up in the morning and actually press play? I have my Facebook friends I’ve been reporting to. I’ve talked about every exercise beginning the second week. I must keep that up. I must make this transformation work. I must prove to myself and others that this can be done. This is hard work, but it is doable. You just have to want it. You have to decide to do it, commit to doing it, and then you will succeed. That is the tagline of Beachbody, Decide. Commit. Succeed. I want to succeed. I want to no longer be that guy who is in OK shape, but usually has a bit of a belly. That guy who keeps his waist size right around the at risk size for heart disease. I want to be far away from all of those indicators. I want to be able to play with my great-grandchildren. I want to be a 90 year old who helps the 70 year olds in the assisted living and refers to them as kid. I want to be that guy. I want exceptional health.

I can get into so much here, this is why I changed my eating from medium prime rib to vegan. This is why I study theology. This is why I became a Beachbody coach.  Health now and in the future is what is driving me to do many of the things I do. I think it was the Rolling Stones who said, “If we had known we would live this long, we would have taken better care of our bodies.” This is a good lesson. I’m planning to live a long time. If I die tomorrow, it will all be OK. I know that health and fitness may not add years to my life, but it will add life to my years. I need this fitness now to enjoy my children, and I want it in the future for their children and their children’s children.

Does anybody else have this kind of view of health?