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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
- Why does the young boy growing up under the influence of the Taliban hate Americans? Why does he believe giving his life in an act of terrorism will be rewarded in heaven?
- Why do children who grow up under the influence of the KKK believe white people are superior?
- Why do most Americans still think cows milk does a body good?
- Someone in a position of trust or respect said so.
That’s why, generally speaking, we stick with the religion we were taught as children…it’s what we’re comfortable with…it’s who we become. Throughout our lives we are highly influenced by the views of parents, teachers, physicians, friends, and the media. We rely on the “experts” to steer us in the right direction. Unfortunately that information can be misguided and when we accept it blindly, we’re behaving like cattle being led to the slaughter house.
How many of your “truths” have you verified? Thanks to technology, for the first time in history, we literally have information at our fingertips. With laptops, tablets and smartphones there’s no reason to be a victim of misinformation. When presented with an idea, Google it!
Knowledge is power. It could save your life. Maybe someday it’ll lead to world peace.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
How much do you know about digestion? How much do you rely on the “experts” to guide your food choices? Have you ever believed any of the following statements?
- “I like diet coke. There’s no way it can be THAT bad for you. Those additives have been tested and re-tested.”
- “A high carb, low fat diet is good for your heart.”
- “Sugar has to be okay, it’s in fruit. It’s natural. It’s fine as long as the rest of your diet is healthy.”
- “You’re not going to get cancer just because you eat sandwich meat or cheese with rBGH…that’s ridiculous.
- Every time you turn around there’s some study out there telling you something’s bad for you.”
We live in the United States of America. We have the safest food and water on the planet…don’t we? I’ve always trusted the people who regulate these things because they know more than I do and it’s their job to keep us safe.
Wake up! THEY’RE NOT KEEPING US SAFE!
After years of listening to mixed advice and wondering about the unexplained cancers and illnesses of several of my friends, I decided to started reading. I read Alejandro Junger’s book “Clean“. He talks a lot about the acid/alkaline affect of food so I read a book by Chistopher Vasey called “The Acid-Alkaline Diet,” however, there are many more books available on this topic alone. Honestly, the number of books and blogs on nutrition is mind-boggling. A friend recently gave me Marion Nestle’s book “Food Politics” and I learned how influential the food industry is on government nutrition policies. And then, this morning I read an article on Mercola’s blog explaining how some of our biggest, most trusted companies put chemicals and additives in our food that are banned by other nations. Turns out, they provide the same products to those countries without the banned substances!
As a result of the research I’ve done, I believe most of us are dangerously ignorant about our food supply and to make matters worse, most of us have a limited understanding about how our digestive systems work.
It’s challenging to sort through differing opinions and come up with a food plan that will insure long-term health. There are no guarantees and it’s much easier to simply eat for pleasure. But that’s not a risk we can afford to take. My health is my responsibility so I’m choosing the following:
- Minimize sugar except the sugar that comes from eating fruit. Sugar in any of it’s forms…fructose, corn syrup, sucrose, etc… has no nutritional value and it’s acidic in our bodies. Cancer cells love that (knowledge trumps temptation).
- Switch to organic meat, eggs, cheese, vegetables, and fruit. It costs more but I think the hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and genetically engineered crops we ingest thanks to big corporate farming are more dangerous than we realize.
- Minimize consumption of wheat. You can’t buy wheat that hasn’t been genetically modified. The more I read about it, the more I realize I don’t need it or want it in my diet…not even 100% whole grain. Before you disagree, google ”is wheat bad for you” and read several of the opinions out there.
- Absolutely no artificial sweetners. Stevia (not Truvia) is a natural low calorie option and it looks like Nectresse might be okay, too.
These are the choices I’m making. I recommend you pull your head out of the sand, do some research and make your own set of choices. You life could depend on it.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
The February Challenge started 15 years ago because a group of friends wanted to help each other shed the pounds they gained over the holidays. They chose February because: the holiday parties were finally over; it gave them something to focus on in the dead of winter; they wanted to jump into spring already in shape for summer; and it was 28 days, exactly four weeks. They figured they could do anything for four weeks…if they did it together.
It worked and has become an annual event. The rules might change little from year to year but the goals are the same: Get in shape and lose a few unhealthy habits.
Many people give up on health related goals because lifestyle habits are tough to change. Plus, we live in a culture that promotes excess. So instead of trying, we make excuses…it’s too hard; I have no self-control; there’s too much stress in my life; I don’t have time; I do worse when I put pressure on myself; I don’t like to exercise and I love food so it’s hopeless.
The dialogue that runs through your head is also a habit. The messages you repeat to yourself over and over again determine your success or failure in reaching any goal. You know the saying: “If you think you can…you can. If you think you can’t…you won’t.” This year, for the first time, we’re going to try to change that dialogue.
Bottom line: If you want to get in shape, join the February Challenge. Come on! Yesterday’s mistakes were homework. Today you can succeed. Besides, it’s free. There’s no opt-in page and you won’t show up on any lists.
Below is an overview of the 2013 rules. Details and rational for each rule will be provided during the upcoming week.
Rules for everyone:
- ½ cup warm water with ½ a lemon first thing every morning with intention (the dialogue)
- 4+ cups of fruits-veggies/day ( 4 cups=8 servings)
- Avoid feeling full
Extra rules (Pick at least two):
- 10-10-10 challenge (sit-ups/squats/push-ups)
- 6+ glasses of water/day (in addition to other liquids)
- 7+ hours of sleep/night (or 49 hours/week)
- 1+ hour exercise/day (or 7 hours/week)
Recruit your friends and get ready to test yourself. On the February Challenge Facebook page, you’re invited to make comments, ask questions, make recommendations or just whine. The more conversation, the better (Please don’t advertise). You can also post comments here.
Monday, November 16th, 2009
I’ve been hanging in the city that never sleeps all weekend at a WordPress Wordcamp, trying to better understand the blogging world. I followed the blogger track but should have gone with the newbie track. Oh well, the energy from the wordpress community is all positive. Even though most of the technical stuff was a bit over my head, I was impressed with the general “giving” quality of everyone there.
Add to that the whole New York City thing and it makes me wonder if small town Wisconsin isn’t missing something. It’s amazing how efficiently this place runs. I was in the whole foods at Union Square with at least 1000 New Yorkers…I’m not stretching with that number either. There were about 50 check out lines…just for express check out. The cuing system was incredible…and the patience of people!!…WOW. I got around the city on the subway but whenever I’d come up onto the street, I’d have no sense of direction. No matter, there was always a New Yorker willing to send me the right way. I’m telling you, it’s our nature to be nice…no matter where we live. I love it here. It’s the biggest small town in the world.
Monday, November 9th, 2009
We grew up on the golden rule…you know, do unto others as you would like done unto you…something like that, right? The only problem is the assumption that what I want done unto me, you also want done unto you. Are you sure about that? I have been known to walk up and hug total strangers….space? Who needs that? If I like it, you must also like it. Isn’t that kind of like saying if I like sushi, you should like sushi. If I’m catholic (well, I was)…you should be catholic. Honestly, judgement mixed in with ego is all over the place. Truthfully, we should do unto others what they want done unto them. Of course, then we’d have to bother enough to figure out what others want done unto them.
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
I want to rant about this annoying little word. It is so over used and misunderstood. When you say you are going to “try” to do something, it implies that you are not sure if it is possible. You can try to snowboard if you’ve never done it before. You can try to become a novelist…good luck. “Trying” means “maybe…but maybe not”. So when my son says he’ll “try” to be nice to his little brother, he’s really saying, “I’m not sure if I really want to do that.” Of course he can be nice…there is no physical reason stopping him. It’s a choice. As is eating smaller portions. Come on…you don’t have to “try”…you have to “choose”.
All I’m trying to say is that using the word “try” when it’s really about a choice means that you are not fully invested in the idea…and you’re leaving the door open in case you change your mind. If you really want to accomplish something that you know is within your ability…stop trying.
Monday, October 12th, 2009
I think that’s the reality. Life isn’t supposed to be fair and once we stop expecting it to be, we can focus on navigating through the challenges. We are not in control of what life throws at us but we are absolutely in control of how we respond.
I was exposed to this idea as a young adult but it didn’t really sink in. My dad had weathered a series of “unfair” events in his business, roadblocks so to speak, caused by the carelessness of others. He was always undeterred, always moving forward until a catastrophe forced him to sell out. I remember the night he explained the situation to my mother. She said to him, “God, Wayne, that is so unfair.” To which he responded, “No one ever said life is supposed to be fair. It will make us better people.” To that she replied, “I don’t want to be better people.” I understood her sentiment. But they had no choice, and my dad set a new direction…again becoming very successful.
He was incredibly happy throughout his life and I think much of that had to do with his expectations. He didn’t expect much from the world so when the world treated him well, it was a bonus. He did expect a lot from himself but he had control over that. It’s only now, in my 50s that I get it.
Life isn’t supposed to be fair. Once you figure that out, the rest is easy.