Two Layers of Taste

What food is best to eat? That is something I’ve thought of in the past, a way to instinctively know which foods are best to eat. That is when I stumbled upon this idea of taste having two basic layers (very Spartan principle, no?). The first layer is what we’re used to when we think of “taste” in food. That is what we sense with the tongue as food enters our mouth and the smell enters our nose. That is the layer that most food aims at. Fast food, dessert, fancy restaurants, etc. The second layer is everything else. It’s what you taste and feel after the food has down your throat (often the lingering effects of the first layer), how it effects your body afterward (meaning a lot of foods “taste” bad on this layer, since the negatively effect your health), and pretty much everything else that food does other than touch your tongue. Why is this significant? Because very few people take into consideration both layers when they prepare food. Ever been told to eat something because it was healthy, but it tasted horrible? Or been told not to eat something (or to much of it, like ice cream) because it was unhealthy, but tasted good? Each of these instances, only one layer is taken into account. That is why I prepare my food with both layers considered. My favorite dish is scrambled eggs (sometimes prepared as an omelet) with lots of cheese and butter, some salt, loads … Continue reading

The Importance of Cold Showers

A modern convenience, a luxury we have these days is hot water. This hot water comes out little spouts for us to use in cleaning, cooking, really cruel practical jokes, or whatever else comes to mind. Since this is obviously something that primitive people in the past didn’t have access to, we should use it for bathing (or showers) because it’s superior, right? After all, the heat kills bad germs, or something like that, right? Oh, and it feels good. It’s sooo much easier then taking a cold shower or bath. And cold showers make you sick, right? And aren’t good for you? And hot showers are better? That is about as much reason for hot showers as I’ve ever heard from anyone. The people who still take warm/hot showers and refuse to take cold ones don’t know the real benefits. Did you know that many of those “primitive” people, like the Romans who have made roads, aqueducts and cities lasting thousands of years with precision that would challenge us to this day, continued to use cold water for bathing even when they had access to steaming hot water? Or that Native Americans, after sitting in a steaming tent, would immediately jump in a cold lake? The Aztecs (might have been the Mayans… or Incas) also used cold water after taking a steamy hot steam shower. Before the big pharmaceutical companies came into play, doctors would recommend COLD baths to fix a whole host of problems. And to this day, … Continue reading

Greeks and Spartans

You are aware that all Spartans were Greeks, right? But not all Greeks were Spartans. Whenever you hear the word “Greek” you probably think about vase paintings, or cool stories about gods and monsters, or music, or Olympic games, or art and fancy stuff in general. When you hear the word “Spartan”, none of that comes to mind. The reason for this is the Spartans made an effort to separate themselves from the rest of the world in the way they lived. They may have been surrounded by other Greeks, but they were far, far different. That is why when referring to non-Spartan Greeks, we say “the Greeks”. We we refer to all Greeks, we must say “Greeks and Spartans”. Why do I even bring this up? This blog is called Spartan Living. We should separate ourselves in a similar way. We me live in a world filled with normal people, they may be our friends and family, but we should live, act, and be so different that we are not associated with everyone else as equals, like the Spartans. The Spartans were almost a different world, a completely different culture. Each one of us has the choice to be different then everyone else. We each have a choice to be a “Spartan” in a world of “Greeks”. When a stranger sees you, make it impossible for them to associate you with normal people. Stand out. Standing out that much can take awhile, and it can hurt. At first you … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 1: Elliott Hulse

We all need inspiration in our lives. Something to get us up in the morning, something to make us train hard, something that drives us. This is the first post of many in a series where I tell you about what inspires me. I encourage all of you to find inspiration somewhere, whether it’s a song, a person, a memory, doesn’t matter. As long as it inspires you. So today, I will talk about someone who inspires me in the health and fitness world, Elliott Hulse. In my previous post, I reviewed his Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded system. In that post, I also recommended it, and I only do that to systems I truly recommend. Especially from people who I highly respect, such as Elliott. He gives out lots of great information for free, wanting to help everyone become the strongest version of yourself. From reading his emails, watching his “Yo Elliott” question videos, and just looking at all the info he puts out to help others, he has inspired me to do the same. That’s why I started this blog! He encourages to do what you love, and if you can make money while you do it. It was his words that really pushed me, inspired me, to take the risk I’ve mentioned before, starting this site. And when it comes to training, seeing Elliott at his strongman competitions and training in his gym (lifting some pretty heavy weights like a boss) inspire me to train harder, as well … Continue reading

Why I Recommend Lean Hybrid Muscle (Reloaded)

First off, I must say that Elliott Hulse, one of the creators of this system, is probably one of my biggest inspirations and has lots of knowledge and experience in the fitness world. If my little review can get him a few more sales, it’s the least I could do for all the information he’s given me. He knows what he’s talking about, wouldn’t you say? Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded. The program that does a little bit of everything. That’s what hybrid means after all, right? This program is designed primarily for anyone with the goal of being athletic, functional, strong and good looking. Sounds like most everyone, doesn’t it? The idea behind this program is building what is referred to as “type III muscle fiber”, a hybrid that is both strong and has lots of endurance (which also burns fat). Getting yourself to that point isn’t easy, and I’ll be honest, I haven’t been able to push myself that hard yet, but listening to Elliott’s info has still done a lot nonetheless. This is a goal that is general enough to apply to lots of people. Have a healthy amount of muscle mass (as a natural bodybuilder should) while at the same time being as strong as you look (powerlifter and strongman). And one very important part, avoiding what Elliott calls “P.M.S.” or Puffy Muscle Syndrome. This is muscle seen from normal bodybuilders (natural and otherwise) or from anyone who follows the normal bodybuilding idea of bulking and cutting. … Continue reading

Visual Impact Muscle Building, A Simple Review

Visual Impact Muscle Building. A more sophisticated book designed to get a very specific look. If you’re goal is to achieve the very lean and cut look seen in the examples shown, then this book is for you. Visual Impact Muscle Building isn’t about achieving a 500lb bench press, or adding 60lbs of muscle onto your frame (although who knows what could happen). No, it’s about becoming very lean and looking good no matter what you wear. Only buy this if it fits your goal, because it is very specific. If your goal is NOT to achieve a very lean, cut look and have a very defined six pack and body, don’t bother reading on. Read another post. If this super cut look IS your goal, read on. Something Rusty Moore, the author of this book, mentions that I’ve never heard before is called the “shrink wrap effect”. What is the shink wrap effect? The secret he uses for getting this lean. It is a rather simple idea, which I found revolutionary. With this strategy, you get to a low body fat level, then actually build muscle at a weight lighter then your goal. After your skin shrinks down, you begin “sarcoplasmic” training for size, which causes your muscles to fill out the skin. This creates a very lean, cut look. A shrink wrapped look, as it is called here. Does it work? It does if you do. I say that with just about everything here, don’t I? Anyway, if … Continue reading

Take a chance. Be a Man. Be a Spartan.

When I woke up this morning I read this post from Art of Manliness, and when I sat down to work on this site, I was inspired write about it. That post also further inspired me to continue what I began by purchasing this domain and hosting with my measly funds. Take chances, take risks. In that post, Want to feel like a man? Then act like one, it is said that in order to be the man you want to be, you must be (act like) the man you want to be. I want to be a courageous man willing to take chances for potential benefit. And out of my many inspirations, the Spartans of course should be mentioned here. After all, they are the inspiration for naming this blog. The Spartans were willing to sacrifice safety and comfort to become elite fighters. They took a chance every day in training. It is even said of the Spartans that to them, war was a break from training. So then, if I want to be the man I want to  be, if I want to continue this effort of Spartan Living, it makes sense I should act it out. That’s why I spent about half of the money I had saved in this small savings account on web domains, hosting, and ebooks. That’s why I’m not working at some fast food restaurant where I’ll be miserable and surrounded by food I don’t want to touch. Heck, that’s why I take … Continue reading

How To Build a Classic Physique, My Recommendation and Review

A short and simple paper back book. That’s what this product is physically. However, the information it holds is incredibly useful. Even on his site, Tried and True Fitness, The information Matt Marshall gives out for free is better then I hear from most anywhere else. When I paid for some of this information, it just got better. What is it I paid for? How to Build a Classic Physique. A very useful and simple book, with a focus on strength and health, while still looking good. Immediately after receiving this book, I read and reread it for about four hours straight. Maybe longer. It contains lots of good information that I was able to begin applying easily. My favorite part about this book is it’s emphasis on strength training. Personally, I don’t enjoy bodybuilding type training where you do high reps with short rests and pound the muscles to death. Instead, I prefer to lift a heavy weight a few times then take a long break. That’s the backbone of this book (was that a pun?). On a matter of preference alone, I really enjoy this book. It fits right along with the way I enjoy training. An average of three days a week, focus on strength training while gaining size. Lifting heavy weights. Full body workouts. Compound movements. I learned to love deadlifting after reading this book. Beyond just preference, How to Build a Classic Physique also delivers. At least if you do… The workouts are hard. They … Continue reading

So it begins… My Risk

Spartans live a life of risk and excitement. Well, I have certainly taken some risk. While unemployed I bought some domains and hosting to begin making money on line. Very simple, but very risky. For me at least, since I had almost no money. I will also begin to use my Youtube account for this name, SpartanLiving, in the near future. Just need the money to purchase a good camera.   Spartan Living. It’s simple, but covers all aspects of life. What you eat, your lifestyle, your mindset; so much. That is what this blog is about, living the Spartan life. Now to work to make back the money I lost on this venture. This is rather unnerving for me, because I have no other way to replace the money lost today. So… will I succeed? Will this risk be worth it?   Let’s find out!