From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: Calling All New World Conquistadors…
Today is Columbus day. Many people in our modern world seem to have a problem with Christopher Columbus.
In an earnest effort to not offend anyone, I have taken the liberty of renaming Columbus Day to Conquistador Day.
(A conquistador is a person who is out to conquer new territory.)
Today is now Conquistador Day and this is the 333rd published B&D article.
In honor of the 333rd article, let's have ourselves an EXTRAVAGANZA!
To all the New World Conquistadors I say: OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!
I recently completed a 5 day juice fast. Hippies believe that a juice fast will cleanse you, so I wanted to test it out for myself. For 5 days I ate no food, I drank only distilled water, fresh fruit juice, and fresh vegetable juice. This was completed very recently and these are my very first thoughts:
- I felt lighter
- I felt healthier
- My joints felt better
- I felt cleaner
- My dreams were incredibly positive and vivid, I could remember them in complete detail after waking up
- My testosterone levels were significantly lowered
- My hair felt less healthy, less vibrant, and more brittle
- I was quite unhappy and “depersonalized”
- I thought only of food for 5 days even though I was not actually hungry
- I could not focus on work at all, I only thought of food
- Energy was low, my normally brutal workouts were cut short
What I learned:
You will not die from not eating for several days. Physically you will be fine. Your mind will become clearer, you will feel cleaner, you will feel calmer, and paradoxically you will feel miserable.
Fruits and vegetables are low energy foods. Be prepared to have less energy than normal if you do a juice fast. (Remember, a juice fast should only be temporary.)
You NEED fat in your diet to remain healthy and vital. On the 4th day I drank 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil and it made a noticeable impact on my testosterone levels.
Hunger teaches you both appreciation and patience. I now appreciate food on a level I never have before. I don't crave extravagant foods, I crave simple foods like rice, sweet potatoes, butter and bananas. There's a reason they say ‘stay hungry'.
Proper digestion is of the utmost importance. It is important to thoroughly chew your food into a fine paste before you swallow it. Your first part of digestion is via the saliva. It is important to not drink any liquids when you are eating food because liquid dilutes your saliva.
Fasting is important for curing ailments. I cured my lifelong allergies in 2011 from intermittent fasting, never to return. The world's most popular healer, Jesus, was big on fasting. It absolutely works and I will continue some sort of fasting forever. Though it can have some negatives, fasting certainly has health benefits and does quite literally cleanse you.
For a good resource on fasting, check out Paul Bragg's The Miracle of Fasting (you can read the PDF for free right here).
One of the best things I did for my health was to start drinking only distilled water. Years ago I upped my water intake which was a big mistake. I started having many problems like aching joints, water retention (fat face) and many more. I bought into the lie that you have to drink extra water to be healthy. Let me tell you that you do not have to drink extra water. You need only drink the water required for you. Nature has a built in mechanism for this called THIRST. Drink when you are thirsty and that is it. Be sure to drink extra if you exercise vigorously as you will need more water to replace what you have sweat out.
I drink only distilled water because distilled water is the only pure water available. All other water like tap water and bottled water is loaded with chemicals like fluoride and chlorine and inorganic minerals have been added to the water. These inorganic minerals in regular drinking water cannot be assimilated by your body so they reside in your joints. The only way to wash them out is to drink distilled water.
Do not listen to the nonsense “advice” that distilled water will kill you. I believe the opposite is true, regular water will kill you. Every single healthy person, and I mean actually healthy, as in fresh spirit, looking young, energetic, and those lived well into old age- these people recommend drinking only distilled water. Sick looking people recommend tap water, bottled water, and mineral water.
Squat with a board under your heels
When you squat at the gym with a barbell on your back, place a 2-4 inch board under your heels so that your feet are slightly raised. This changes the angle of the workout and it works nearly all of your legs in a way that flat-footed squats cannot. I neglected board squats for 10 years – big mistake! Squatting with a 2-4 inch board under your heels works your quads fully, it works your hamstrings more, and your calves even get a good workout. Board squats are Pride approved and recommended.
The cure for pain is in the pain
I was able to break through all insecurities and demons simply by making life harder. When I want to quit my workout, I continue. When I don't want to walk up the stairs, I run up and down the stairs 35 times. When things become hard, I embrace it. When things become easy, I make them hard.
Bad Guy Fan Mail
“I could spend some words talking about myself and my past, but none of it really matters. What matters is what I am going to do from now on.
I have a mission. That mission came to me in a vision. I stayed up until 4 in the morning having that vision. That vision was enabled by the light you shined through your blog. So I wanted to thank you, Victor, for inspiring people.
Truth be told, I am afraid. I am afraid of failure, of change, of so many things. But I have eyes only for success, and I will face those fears in order to achieve what I want.
That is all. Thank you, Victor.“
Here's how to make the Purple Protein Shake…
Using a blender, mix together:
- 2 scoops of Chocolate Ice Cream Protein powder
- 250 ml (8 oz) of coconut water
- 180 ml (6 oz) of iced coffee
- 1 cold, ripe, banana
- 50 g (1/4 cup) of frozen strawberries
- 50 g (1/4 cup) of frozen blueberries
- 200 g (1 cup) of ice
Blend and enjoy.
This is the perfect morning post-fasted cardio shake, or post-workout shake. The fast digesting carbs from the fruit will spike your insulin levels and expedite and maximize the delivery of the whey protein directly to the muscle cells to begin the protein synthesis process (muscle building).
Bad Guy Fan Mail from Bob
“I love this book. A strong summary of everything Victor says but very concise and put together in a great go to book. Get this book and get ALL of his volumes!! I don’t care if Victor sells 20 volumes. I am getting them ALL! Why so enthusiastic? Because in your heart you know his words of wisdom reflect reality on every level. Even the multi billionaires you see giving advice on TV do not speak to the heart of the common individual like Victor does. When was the last time you heard a super rich person tell you how to truly escape the 9 to 5 jive? Like never maybe? I love this dude and I can promise you I don’t run around life saying how much I love this or that dude!! The man speaks to the heart of freedom and happiness and everyone knows it!”
Thanks for the kind words, Bob. Speaking of my books…
The secret meaning of life and the deeper secret within the secret
The purpose of life is to return to the source. To return to a natural life. One of my big goals is to live simply (but well) on a farm in the mountains. (Not to live there at all times of course, but at certain times of the year.) Apartments and condos are luxury jail cells, you need long periods in nature. Marcus Aurelius said “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Personally, I'm addicted to the numbers not to the money. What the money actually buys means nothing to me as I buy almost nothing. Seeing the numbers go up is a beautiful thing, buying stuff never fulfills what it promises.
A short list of my favorite books
I find that nearly all of my favorite books were written 100 or more years ago. Actually, many of my favorites were written many thousands of years ago by ancient Chinese authors like Lao Tzu and Sun Tzu. I find current authors are too compulsively afraid of seeming “offensive” and therefor they self-limit their own art. For this reason I cannot stand to read a vast majority of modern books.
Books that have stuck around for thousands of years did so for a reason and I find I enjoy reading them and have more in common with them than most of the gutless writing one finds today. You cannot write well if you write out of fear of judgement, and author's today seem to fear judgement more than they desire creating great works that stand the test of time. There are obviously still good books being released, but of all of the books I have read in the past few years, my favorites are very, very old. Rather than tell you a few of my favorite books, I will tell you a few authors you can research (WARNING! these authors will lead you down a very deep rabbit hole)…
Bad Guy Fan Mail: New World Ronin in Amsterdam Edition
“I bought your book New World Ronin when it first came out. This book has been the biggest influence on my life, period. I have read many books before your book. Your book resonated on a very deep level within me. It has changed my own mindset for the better and it showed me the way of always moving forward. Together with Scott Adam's book “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” they should be mandatory reads on schools.
You still have to put in the work yourself, yes. The book does not hold your hand. But it's the closest thing to describe the sensation of being in motion and momentum. There is no other book that describes it that perfectly. When people talk about being in motion or having momentum it's often described as something random. Your book shows people the way to attain momentum and to get further in life, no matter what situation you are in.
I wrote this down a while ago and it's obviously hardcore influenced by you:
How can you distinguish yourself from a dead person?
Dead people do not move. The only reason for you to be alive is to keep moving in the direction you want to move. Giving up means standing still. Which is what dead people do because they can't move.
I have to admit I do not read a lot of blogs anymore and I don't frequent social media because they were a barrier in my life.
That's why I write this e-mail to show some appreciation for the work you have done, especially with your book.
Greetings from Amsterdam“
How to achieve perfect male posture
These posture photos and text are from J.H. Kellogg's very interesting book The Living Temple (you can read the PDF for free here). Kellogg was a physician famous for developing Kellogg's Corn Flakes as an “anti-masturbation” food. Well, that's what people who have never read his book say. Many people have dismissed Dr. Kellogg as an old fuddy-duddy, vegetarian, killjoy who wanted no one to have a good time. I find those people to have entirely missed the point, as his book was quite excellent and thorough. The largest portion of Dr. Kellogg's book is in relation to human digestion and was a very valuable resource for that and for many other things. Here are Dr. Kellogg's views on achieving perfect posture:
The Power of the Publishing Business
The blog publishing business is immensely powerful when it comes to what matters – sales. Specifically, book sales. There is no better way on earth to sell a book than to have a blog. Blogs are the most hidden and unknown source of revenue on the planet and it apparently takes a genius to see what is right in front of your eyes. Ask yourself this question, every time you google something, where do you end up? You end up at a blog.
How many times do you google per day? How many people on earth google every day? All of those people who google every little thing end up at blogs looking for the answer. Every time you google, your answer is found in a blog. People still do not see the power of the blog. Woe to them, great for you because you can start a blog right now for free with Badnet, you also get 4 ebooks that I have not released anywhere else. You get them for free and they show you how to make money online from your blog. If you still don't believe there is power in the blog, well, just google it.
Work like a dog, howl like a wolf
A mix of work and play works best. It is best when all your work is play because then you'll never work another day. Always make sure to howl like a wolf to start the day, scientifically proven to give you more pep in your step. OWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
Bad Guy Fan Mail: Inability to accept responsibility edition
You will notice that every piece of hate mail has 2 components:
- An inability to accept responsibility for their own life. Everything is always someone else's fault or some “medical condition” and
- A huge amount of typos. There are always numerous typos in these comments because these people are always drunk on alcohol or high on drugs when they leave these “poor me” comments. This is one reason you never want to use alcohol or narcotics, you don't want to be a “morom” like this commenter
Start a side business using 333 philosophy
Everybody has the same amount of time in a day so when someone says “I don't have enough time to do what I pretend I want to do ” what I actually hear is “I'm a weakling loser”. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Here's what you do: divide your day into 3 parts. Spend 8 hours working your normal job, 8 hours sleeping, 8 hours playing. Starting a new business is play, it's fun. It is not hard in the slightest, starting a new business is the fun part and everyone can do it if they want to do it.
Think and Go Hustle
Think and Go Hustle by Dylan Madden is available now. Get it.
Everything profound is simple
Everything profound is simple and everything true can be said in once sentence. We call these sentences definitions. The longer the definition, the bigger the lie (as the Chinese say). Or as Bruce Lee said, simplicity is the key to brilliance.
Bad Guy Fan Mail
“365 days 247 [30 Days of Discipline] is vital key for me.
It’s like your post in March from A to B in a straight line.
Everytime I quit I go back to A where I started.
F’ck that shit.
Change my Mindset = Change my Life.”
Every gym-rat, fitness enthusiast, bodybuilder, and B&Der needs to know Jack LaLanne, the godfather of getting “Jacked”. Jack LaLanne was a fitness nut before it was cool. In his old age he did things teenagers couldn't do. He did things like tow 70 boats with 70 people for one mile while handcuffed on his 70th birthday. Jack LaLanne is the man who taught me the most valuable lesson I ever learned: YOUR BODY IS THE SLAVE OF YOUR MIND.
The following quote is from a Jack LaLanne interview in a 1984 edition of Playboy magazine (you can read the full interview here):
“I believe in vigorous, violent, daily, systematic exercise to the point of muscle failure. I'm usually up each day at 3:30 A.M. I hit the gym at four A.M. I'm out at 6:30 A.M. I do it seven days a week and have ever since I can remember. Sometimes I hit the gym without having gotten any sleep, like when I've done a lecture or a seminar. My top priority in life is my workout. Regardless of what happens, I hit that gym. Even when I was in the hospital twice with serious knee operations: Right after I came out of anesthesia, there was a chin bar over my head and dumbbells. I worked out immediately.
It's very easy to rationalize, however, and say, “What the hell. I didn't get enough sleep” or “I'm too busy” or “I've got this little ache or pain.” That's all bullcrap. You do it. It's tough. It's hard. I'd rather take a beating sometimes than get in that gym every morning. Anyone who gets up that early and says he likes it is a goddamned liar. The only good thing about it is that when I'm finished, I look at myself in the mirror and say, “Jack, you've done it again!” I've won another battle over myself, and that's what it's all about: conquering me. If I didn't do it, I'd be lying to myself. If I lie to me, I lie to you and wreck everything that Jack La Lanne stands for. If I'm not an example of my philosophy, it sure isn't going to turn anyone else on. That's why Jesus made such a big impact. He practiced what he preached. He also did miracles to call attention to his philosophies. That's why I do incredible things on my birthdays.” -Jack LaLanne
If you want to change your life, you HAVE to change your body first. The body is the mind and vice versa. With a weak body you will always have a weak mind. With a strong body you will possess a strong mind. Change your physique, change your life.
Changing your physique is easy, simply sign up for the JDB Fall Physique Transformation Contest and do everything JDB says to do. Do that and you can expect results like these fellows pictured below who did JDB's Operation Shredded Contest and got shredded as a result.
- Sign up for the JDB Fall Physique Transformation Contest here.
Becoming the devil to get out of hell
If it “sounds hard” to change your body, watch this interview with ultra-marathoner David Goggins. Goggins was a 300lb fat guy who decided not to be a loser anymore. He went into the military, joined the Navy SEALs, and in a bid to raise money for the families of fallen SEALs, became an ultra-marathoner… with no training! After you watch this interview, you will never be the same (which is a good thing). David Goggins is big on going through pain to get through to the other side. He calls it, “becoming the devil to get out of hell.” Or as I call it… awakening to reality.
That's all for the 333rd, boys.
Until next time.