Part of the joy I get in talking with people about foods (more specifically my foods) is that I get to take different approaches to resolving health problems. Simplistically speaking, my first look is to always look at the foods someone eats and then look at how their body responds to eating those foods.
When you begin to look at foods, you also begin to hear about all sorts of myths about what causes bad health; one of the biggest food myths I see and read about cholesterol. I bet the thought of you seeing that word caused you to think badly about this antioxidant in our bodies. "Don't eat foods with high cholesterol", "cholesterol kills"... I could go on and on.
Why does cholesterol receive such a bad rap?
So it's a couple months into the new year.... lots of things going on I know. Let's go ahead and address the white elephant in the room... How are those New Year's Resolutions coming along? Haven't had time...too much work stuff...Been sick...yada, yada, yada..... I've actually been debating on exactly what to put up this week to possibly inspire you something or discuss something health or digestion related, but I hit a bit of writer's block. I could talk about the gut, or a new food, or exercise, or how about how I plan to run a marathon (are you laughing yet?).
When people make the decision to get healthy, it has usually been preceded by a visit to the doctor, a possible disgusted glance at themselves in the mirror, or by the frustration of not being able to obtain an ideal weight. Either way, venturing out and committing to a new "nutrition" program may be just the solution to a lifetime of weight issues. Or then again, maybe it won't be.
So you start your new diet and follow the protocol exactly as you read about: limiting carbohydrates in the morning, eating beets everyday, 3 cups of water before every meal, whatever the plan calls for you to do.
So many times, and prior to even having a general conversation with me, many people who are interested in losing that "bloat" begin to inevitably realize how many "diets" they have been on over the course of their lifetime have given them limited or even no great long-term success. (Captain Obvious here, but) that's essentially the reason why we are even having a conversation anyway. If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I am a firm believer that probiotics can help you with weight loss.
People have an obsession with fat. They are bombarded with things that will make them fat, low-fat, how not to get fat, fatty acids, fat loss, gain fat, and that's phat. But what is fat and what is it's function? Why is fat important?
Whatever we eat--good or bad-- is a protein, carbohydrate, or a fat. These macronutrients are essential for health, and our diets need to include a healthy balance of all 3.
Nowadays we are inundated with health foods or foods labeled as healthy. But what is a health food? What is organic food? Is organic food better for you? All of these questions certainly need answers, but in the quest to find healthy foods, often times we achieve the opposite effect.
Marketers of food products know these are all perfect questions, and in their marketing wisdom, they tailor their products so you may believe a food is nutritious just by reading the packaging. This is of course the wrong way to go about...
After my divorce, I found solace in trying to become a healthier person. At my worst time, I weighed slightly more than 130 some-odd pounds on my 5 foot 10 inch frame, which was not a stellar look for me. I remember the day when I said, “Enough is enough” and joined a health club and began “eating healthy”. That was 6 years ago, and since that time, I have realized that being fit is more than being physically fit. It is about being emotionally and mentally, but more specifically I believe it's being the fittest you can be digestively...
As I sat waiting for my boys to finish their haircuts, I found myself getting more and more irritated with the stylist. We had a birthday party to attend to for my grandmother and was running late on time.
The stylist had brought her 2 year old with her, and this precocious toddler had a severe case of separation anxiety. In between the bouts of crying and picking up the girl, she made small cuts to the boys' hair. "Ugh!", I thought. How long will this now take...
In my line of work, I do receive many questions about how I make my ProPops, ProPopsicles, and granola, and what is the process I use to create these wonderful treats? I normally respond, "My process is using no process." What does this mean? It means my ProPops are created in its natural state without using heat at any time is because I believe the most potent form of nutrition is found in raw foods. It's a raw food.... it's part of a raw food diet.... it's naturally made and unprocessed... Whenever I sell my ProPops, I always...
I recently read an article entitled "The 5 pillars of High Performance" by Brendon Burchard. It was a great read in that one of his "pillars" was Energy. In the article, he was referring to the energy and power of the brain when he said that high performers have a lot of energy. He said, "The power plant doesn't have energy, it creates energy. Energy isn't something you have. It's something you are creating in the moment based on how you think." He's saying we have the ability to create usable energy simply by our will to think.
When I read his article, I was in the mind set of trying to be more energized about my business. It was 5:30 am on a Sunday morning. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it actually is also (if not more) appropriate to use this analogy as it relates to our physical energy or lack thereof throughout the day. Could that same principle be applied to our physical energy?
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