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Going Off The Grid: The How-To Book Of Simple Living And Happiness Paperback – January 22, 2017
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About the Author
Collins’ background is very unique and brings a much-needed perspective to today’s fields of health, nutrition, and being more self reliant. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Science. After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies. The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If American’s really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.” It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert, self sufficiency advocate and an investigator rolled into one. An author and college professor, Mr. Collins advises specialist and is a consultant for high-level organized sports programs and gyms. He is currently an exercise and nutrition consultant for the San Diego City College Men’s Basketball team, one of the most successful Junior College sports programs in California. Some of his other clients include college football players for high profile programs, to include Purdue and Kansas State University. In addition to his "Off The Grid Project" and published articles the Primal Power Method Series, (his total lifestyle reboot), blows the lid off of conventional wellness expectations and is essential for every American seeking better health. Collins is also a contributor to the Brink of Freedom online magazine, Paleo Magazine, and a member of the The Survival Podcast Expert Council. Collins is a Master level personal trainer (only a few people in the world hold such a designation) with specialized training in fitness nutrition, exercise therapy, strength and conditioning, youth fitness, and senior fitness.
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Top Customer Reviews
I spent 10 years working in a rural area selling real estate and I made my living selling the "dream" to city people only to re-sell their property a few years later, so they could return to suburbia after they realized the "dream" included a lot more work, effort and less comfort than they had anticipated. Mr. Collins paints an honest picture of the difficulties of buying, building and trying to get every day services in a rural community. But he also shows many tips and hacks to shortcut the difficulties and streamline an off grid lifestyle.
Partly into the book I'd wished there were photos detailing many of the things he described, but then I recalled he mentioned there were videos on YouTube for reference. Once I started viewing the videos as I went through the book, I got a much better understanding of the construction methods, mistakes and just the overall picture of what he was doing. I'd recommend the physical book over the kindle version both to have available in a grid down scenario and so you can have the videos available on your tablet or phone while going through the book.
Having built homes in rural areas and having dealt with GCs, trades and other contractors, I find the book dead on in pointing out the pitfalls and the types of shady operators out there. What I always found was that there are some really good contractors out there but they're always busy and never have to advertise. But, like Mr. Collins says, you still have to keep up with their progress, the materials and work quality because sometimes they bring in less than honest help who will still take advantage of an easy situation to rip you off.
As technology continues to improve and power storage options increase, more and more people will consider the off grid option. As the book shows you will have to give up some familiar indulgences to achieve true off-grid living but the benefits of lower land costs, little to no utility costs, piece of mind, lower environmental impact and true independent living can far exceed the break even point in a very short time period.
My takeaway from the book is if you want to pursue a full or part time off grid home project it is going to take you about 50% more time, more money and more sweat than you presently anticipate, but in the end, it'll be worth it because you'll never find your perfectly designed off grid dream home for sale and located exactly where you want it at a cost anywhere near what you can build yourself, if you're willing to invest your time, money and follow the recommendations in the book. So for the cost, I'd say the book delivered value of 100x or more. Hard to beat that!
(Photos include some of my personal real life, unexpected, rural living experiences: sticking tractor in the mud for 3 months, what a $20k, 500' water well looks like, about to lose a $5,000 earthen pond dam because of beaver, saving pond and dam by dispatching said beaver, hauling my household trash because I am the only garbage man, friendly herd of wild feral hogs coming to devour my entire yard, garden and baby trees.)
I have attached a screens hot to demonstrate, but most of the pages are like this. It does not make it impossible to understand, but you do have to work at it.
You'll appreciate his straightforward nonsugar coated words: he tells it like it is and doesn't attempt to sell readers on a "unicorn" one-size-fits-all solution. The author's candor about dealing with building contractors alone is worth the price of the book.