“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.” ~ Paul Walker
“You can be fit without being healthy, but you can’t be healthy without being fit. Meaning… you can be in great shape on the outside, but if you don’t eat great and don’t take care of your insides, you aren’t necessarily healthy. History shows us there were plenty of athletes who were in great shape but suddenly died of a heart attack. Balance is key.” ~ Jesse Itzler, Living With A SEAL
So, You Want To Make A Real Difference In The World? Well, Before You Make A Donation, Consider the Impact of Food Choice.
If you’ve ever seen War Horse, I Am Legend, or Life of Pi – you’ll know what I’m talking about.
As the credits roll at the end of a movie like the ones listed above, you let out a heavy breath of relief as you read the following:
“No animals were harmed in the making of this movie.”
…Or maybe I just have an incredibly soft spot for animals.
When I see the horse gallop to its death, the faithful dog die defending its owner, or any other kind of animal abuse or death in general, my heart melts and I can’t help but feel connected to these animals.
This is what the title, “Vegan” means to me:
“No animals were harmed in the making of this product.”
It states that no animals were subject to a life of slavery, mutilation, or slaughter.
That no animals were beaten, abused, raped, or drugged, and that no animals were torn from their babies, or killed prematurely – for the sake of food that tastes good.
“Of course, if we really open our eyes, these are fellow sentient, feeling beings that we’re eating. And they’re not happy or peaceful: they’re suffering, in mass factories of hormone injections, daily beatings, lives of living hell, and murder.” ~ Leo Babauta, A Call for Compassion for the Defenseless
I don’t want to come on too hard here, but this is the reality of the meat and dairy industry and it’s causing an immense amount of problems. Continue reading
“Whether people change their mindset in order to further their career, heal from a loss, help their children thrive, lose weight, or control their anger, change needs to be maintained. It’s amazing – once a problem improves, people often stop doing what caused it to improve. Once you feel better, you stop taking your medicine. But change doesn’t work that way. When you’ve lost weight, the issue doesn’t go away. Or when your child starts to love learning, the problem isn’t solved forever. Or when you and your partner start communicating better, that’s not the end of it. These changes have to be supported or they can go away faster than they appeared.” ~ Carol Dweck, Mindset
For the most part, we all know the “do’s” and “don’ts” of being healthy:
Do take the stairs; Don’t take the escalator.
Do eat fruits and vegetables; Don’t eat donuts and candy.
Do exercise regularly; Don’t count walking from the kitchen to the T.V. as regular exercise.
However, living a healthy lifestyle isn’t as, “black and white” as it is sometimes laid out to be in articles and books.
Healthy living is a whole bunch of “grays.”
…That’s why healthy living is a gazillion dollar industry!
The magic formula (eat healthy foods and exercise regularly) can be applied in as many different ways as there are people on this earth.
The idea of one percent gains has allowed me to level up my workouts in a HUGE way by giving me a clear path of growth that I could focus on week-to-week after each workout. There is no bigger motivator in life than progress and when I was able to see my numbers go up every week, my excitement and drive uncontrollably spiked! Pay attention, because there is incredible power in this idea when applied properly—Good luck!
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When I was in the early stages of building up the habit of writing down my workouts ahead of time, I came to a particularly rude awakening – one that I had been overlooking in all of my years of working out: My workouts all-in-all and over the long run – were essentially the same.
…They didn’t feel the same. Week-to-week I felt like I was switching it up and making gains.
But the more that I thought about it, the more I realized that every time I did a specific workout or targeted a specific muscle group, I would work to a similar rep count with a similar number of sets and with a similar weight – under the impression that I was progressing.
…I wasn’t. I was working out in essentially the same comfort zone, to the same weight limits, and to the same point of exhaustion. Continue reading
“Life is meant to be enjoyed. Sure, I agree with this statement (as many of us would) but the problem is this is used to justify all kinds of crappy behavior. Might as well scarf down those Doritos and Twinkies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? No. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up pretty much anything and still enjoy life, if you learn to see almost any activity as enjoyable.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog
By: Thích Nhất Hạnh, Lilian Cheung
Book Overview: Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book:
- Top 10 Quotes from Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Chef Sati Invites You to Dinner – An Example in Eating Mindfully
- An Apple Meditation
- The Four Noble Truths
- How to Dwell in the Ultimate
…And How to Eat Mindfully in a World of Rush and Distractions.
When hunger strikes, usually our patience dwindles. We feel our stomach twist and turn and rumble and moan so that it may be filled again – and we respond by trying to get food to it as fast as possible. When we are finally able to get a meal, it isn’t long until it all vanishes from our plate – right before our eyes – and typically re-appears somewhere in the region of our stomach… How that happens exactly? Most of us don’t remember.
In his book Savor, Thich Nhat Hanh discusses the importance of being mindful while eating (and while doing most anything in life) so that a person may attain a healthier weight and a more fulfilling lifestyle. One of the central practices he talks about is the idea of slowing down and being more present before, during, and after every meal. Continue reading
“Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor
“When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor