The Pleasure Principle & Chocolate Recipe

Has it happen to you yet? Catching your reflection in a passing window and thinking, who is that pissed off old man? Your father’s grimace etched into your own face.

That look of agony like you were just arguing about your bill with the phone company for the past two decades. Here’s how to un-inherit that foul expression.

In hot yoga, focus on relaxing your face and smiling. I call it hot, and it certainly makes me sweat, but I’m an easy sweater. At Panacea, it’s not make-you-pass-out hot like some places.  It’s pleasurably hot.

After a little while, suddenly, your smile blossoms and becomes genuine. The outside alters the inside.  You find yourself smiling at the wheel, and with awareness, catching yourself in mid-scowl.

Yoga is about un-writing the story etched into the face. It also alleviates the repetitive strain from too many spin classes in my calves, and challenges an old hamstring injury.

Below is the chocolate recipe I promised you. First, you need moulds. They’re not always easy to get.  I go to a chocolate-baking-supply store, and order the ones I want, because they have every kind of weird mould on site (hearts, boats, penis and testicles) but a regular bar. Or use ice cube trays.

Peter’s Chocolate Recipe
For 6 bars (5 ounces each, 6″X 3″ X 3/8″)
1 1/2 cups coconut oil (liquid form, may need to melt in oven)
1 cup cocoa powder. Add to blender with oil, and blend them.
1 cup hemp seeds (ground in a coffee grinder, they become more than a cup)
3 heaping tbs of cinnamon
3 heaping tbs of carob powder
1/2 cup o f pasteurized honey (1 tbs of stevia if your diabetic)

Blend. You want it so thick the blender looses its effectiveness. Pour into moulds until the tray is half full, add cranberries, spices, nuts, and bury the mix with remaining chocolate, put in freezer for a couple of hours, then pop the bars out of the tray and wrap them. This is refrigerated chocolate.

You won’t put on an ounce. You’ll get great energy. And the beauty of it is, it lubricates the poop-chute.

Later, Peter

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Chocolate Addicts Rejoice

Radical results require a radical approach. Try a juice fast for dropping pounds in a hurry, and boosting your immune system. A more gradual approach may be more practical for you.

Why haven’t you lost any weight, you ask? Because you haven’t gone far enough.

It takes parameters. Otherwise it’s not a diet. The Gault Diet is vegan. No meat, no dairy, no matter how bad it gets, it can’t get all that bad. Without filling up on pasta and bread but by making intelligent choices, and doing what I tell you.

You’re not going to get smaller eating any steak and cheese, I’m sorry, regardless of what anyone might tell you. If you want to get bigger, go right ahead. But if reducing is your goal, why not eliminate health problems later in life, and give your digestive system a break.

Here’s the program:

One completely satisfying meal a day. Ideally in the late afternoon. That’s all the cooking you’ve got to do.  This makes The Gault Diet extremely time-efficient and easy.

Five “mini-meals” throughout the day. For example, a smoothie, some almonds, is the perfect mini-meal for breakfast. A big breakfast makes you hungry all day. Mini-meals flare up your metabolism while systematically shrinking your stomach.

Important note: no stupid stuff in the smoothie please. Use the delicious recipe on my website.  There is a pool of 20 mini-meals, of which you choose 5 per day. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself inventing your own mini-meals, and major meals too.

Another mini-meal is one of Peter’s phenomenal chocolate bars. This super-food is more protein/calcium packed and assimilate-able than any supplement. Even more importantly, it lubricates the poop-chute beautifully. Your bowel movements will be sublime. Available at Panacea Studio for $10 a bar.

This is not a spartan diet. It’s luxurious. And it will lean you out, and make you look and feel dramatically younger. Does it take some will power to accomplish? Yes, changing habits always does.  You’ve got to be ready for it. As I say in spin, you’ve got to want it.

Next week I’ll give you the recipe for my chocolate bar and explain why the ingredients are so special.

Keep me posted. Your favourite spin instructor. Peter

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Aging Well

Aging well begins in the mind. The mind doesn’t have to loose its flexibility any more than the body does.

Of course certain changes are inevitable. But the biases society supports about aging undermine a capacity to look and feel remarkably youthful.

Yes, it’s what you eat, it’s your activity level. It’s about dressing in way that doesn’t pigeon-hole you in certain era. It’s about not hiking up your pants to the middle of your chest, or forgetting to clip your ear or nostril hairs.

Differences in lifestyle become very telling over time, and a little vanity is a good thing. A lot of sins can be forgiven if you excel in terms of exercise and diet, but remember, not sloppy grooming.

Our mobility needs to be challenged. If your engagement in life or sense of purpose is feeling squashed right now, come volunteer at Panacea Studio. I’ll put you to work.

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The Gault Diet

On the Gault Diet you get one complete meal a day. And many smaller meals. Exactly how many smaller meals depends upon your priorities and will power.

The main meal happens in late afternoon ideally. If this doesn’t fit your schedule, do the best you can. Try not eat your only main-meal of the day just before going to bed.

Go to bed a little hungry but be careful not to be too hungry, or you might loose the battle and eat something really bad.

Don’t set yourself up for failure. You have your pace. And when you’re ready to really go for it, you’ll know. Here’s a list of the minor meals. The main meal comes last.

1) Smoothie: No protein powder, milk, or Tropicana. Do one of      the smoothies I have on my website which is primarily fruit, greens, and filtered water. And herbal fiber mix. It’s the healthiest thing you can conceivably do. It soothes an acid stomach and hydrates beautifully.

2) Trail Mix: A proper one. Not roasted. Not salted. Cashews, cranberries, hazelnuts, etc. And go ahead, satiate those hunger pains.

3) 3 carrots, 3 cellery stocks: not the pre-cut carrots that come in those little plastic bags. Real carrots if not organic ones. Shred off the outer layer, rinse, and munch on them on the way to work. Celery takes even less preparation.

4) Peter’s homemade Chocolate. This super-food gives you a big energy boost, and satisfies your sweet-tooth. Protein pack, calcium packed. It lubricates the poop-chute. Better tasting than any store-bought chocolate without the sugar, preservatives, etc. You can only get them from me. $10 per bar

I could go on forever but that’s enough for brevity sake. This is basically a Vegan diet. But it’s flexible. Seafood is permissible for people who feel they must have some meat. Or on special occasions. Or because you happen to be on sailboat in the North Altantic and catch a wild salmon. Or if you’re holidaying in a place that has fresh catch instead of farmed fish.

Today, the main-meal is a transcendental stir-fry. Fry a few chopped carrots in coconut for a while before adding the rest of the vegetables. Red pepper, eggplant, onion, garlic. Don’t worry about having it on rice, or any other grain. This is your main meal. Live it up.

A delicious sauce takes it to the next level. Misu, tahini make good sauces. You can jazz them up with lemon and soy sauce, or you can find other sauces in the health food store or supermarket if you’re not sure about doing them yourself. Just check the ingredients to make sure you’re not getting MSG or other crap.

Easy, delicious, and not expensive.

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