Booze or Lose

 

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“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“No blame: the most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own self-destructive nonsense” -Steve Maraboli

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”-Arnold Schwarzenegger

 “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” -Walt Disney


I am not sure what your goals are.  If you’re reading this, I hope you are making attempts to change your lifestyle and ultimately your health status.  If you are looking to lose some weight, this chapter is for you.  Also, if you have a few drinks every so often, this chapter is especially for you.


Our society celebrates by drinking excessively OFTEN.  There is something going on all the time.  The temptation is there to drink to excess constantly.  There are so many drinks to choose from: beer, wine, mixed drinks, shots.  They will satisfy you no matter your taste in adult beverage choices.


However, drinking adult beverages does NOT help with weight loss.  Most drinks are high in carbs or sugar.  They are high in calories and not much else.  Our bodies absorb and breakdown alcohol first.  So, when we eat with alcohol, our bodies do not absorb the vital nutrients our bodies need.  Instead, it absorbs the high calories of the drinks!

Do yourself a favor.  If you are looking to lose weight, drop the drinks.  Choose low calorie alternatives instead:

-tea

-water

-coffee

-flavored water

-seltzer water

If you cut out a few drinks a week, you will be astounded of the results you see in a few weeks.  As Always, Eat, Move, Improve!

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Dear Potato

Dear Potato,
I am writing you an apology letter.  I am so sorry about the way that you have been treated.  You have become villainized.  You have been misunderstood.  Through negative publicity, your reputation has been injured.  People say you are terrible for them.  They say you make them fat, get high cholesterol, and get sick.
The real truth is that people don’t treat you right.  They fry you, mash you, butter you up, make you cheesy, or cover you with sour cream.  Your real potential is rarely prized.  Many people focus on the negative results they receive from mistreating you.
The truth is that you are a wonderful gift, potato.  You are such a diverse and versatile food!  You can be sweet, red, golden, and even petite.  You give us baked potatoes, hash browns, cubed potatoes, baked chips, and even vodka!  Seriously, all wonderful gifts to our dinner table.  You should come around more often.  As long as you come as your happy, real self high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a healthy dose of complex carbs.  See ya soon potato!
Sincerely, a fan

Dig Deep

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“Trust yourself…dig deep down and ask yourself who you want to be? Not what, but who?” -Arnold Schwarzzeneggar

“Dig deep and believe in yourself and have the self-confidence you need to forge ahead.”                  -Katie Ciouric

“The rewards of the wild and the rewards of the survivor go to those who can dig deep, and, ultimately, to the guy who can stay alive.” -Bear Grylls


We live in a society that puts such emphasis on superficial things and external motivations. We like items and people for how they look. We only do things for a promised external reward. Days seem like a rat race to get more and more.


This approach can work in the short term. We focus on the outside motivators and get rewarded through our work and in relationships. We find the most attractive partner and the beginning is bliss. However, these outside rewards have an expiration date. They do not have lasting effects and aren’t sustainable in the long term. Beauty fades and toys break. That’s how it works.


I encourage you to look inside. Look for your internal motivators. Search oyur heart, mind, and soul for those factors that push oyu when you have nothing. When you don’t feel like gong, when you don;t have energy, when you hit an obstacle. Find what motivates you to make your way towards your goals without any outside force pushing you. Once you find that, you will win! As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

Dear Eggs

Dear Eggs,

I am writing today to apologize on behalf of all of us. We have shamed you. We have dragged your name through the mud. We didn’t understand. For years, people shamed you by saying you cause heart disease and high cholesterol. You cause built up plaque in our blood vessels. Your golden yolk is so dangerous!

However, we have come to realize that you are awesome! Not only do you not cause heart disease, but you are also a part of a healthy diet!! Your golden yolk may have some choleterol, but it also have many essential vitamins and minerals. Not too mention that you taste fantastic! Also, your egg white brings solid lean protein to my day. You make me strong and start my day off right.

You know the best part about you?? You are so versatile! We can boil, fry, bake, poach, and even scramble you! In conclusion, I am sorry that we put you in the corner. We just didn’t realize the gifts you brought us! I hope that you can forgive and forget.

Sincerely, Sorry from everyone

Spice Things Up

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“Spices: the friend of doctors and the pride of cooks” -Charlemagne
“All those spices and herbs in your spice rack can do more than provide calorie-free, natural flavorings to enhance and make food delicious. They’re also an incredible source of antioxidants and help rev up your metabolism and improve your health at the same time.” -Suzanne Somers
“I believe in the magic of preparation.  You can make just about any food taste wonderful by adding herbs and spices.  Experiment with garlic, cilantro, basil, and other fresh herbs vegetables to make them taste great!” -Jorge Cruise

One of the biggest issues in this country is high blood pressure and heart disease.  The “Silent Killer” threatens more people than most know.  High blood pressure is scary for anyone who develops the condition.  High BP is caused by too much salt in the diet.  I used to work with high blood pressure patents regularly.  I would tell them to cut down on the salt.  I would get countless weird looks from every one of them!  How will they get by without salt?  How will they add flavor to their foods?

There is a common misconception that salt is the only flavoring agent out there.  While salt has a strong and distinct taste, it does increase blood pressure and can be addicting.  Instead, focus on herbs and spices.  These natural flavoring pack a large punch in small quantities.  They bring benefits like healthy skin, healthy eyes, health hair, and most importantly a healthy heart.  Consider some of these herbs and spices in your food prep:
-garlic
-basil
-oregano
-rosemary
-thyme
-mint
-black pepper
There are countless herbs and spices.  Try some out and you will find a new favorite!  As Always, Eat, Move and Improve!

Dear Chicken

Dear Chicken,
Where do I start?  There are so many things I can say to you.  All of it has been said by someone at one point or another.  I want to keep this short and sweet, so I want to thank you today.  I want to thank you because you do so much for me.  You give my life strength, fullness, and variety. First of al, you are so high in protein.  Most people see you as the gold standard for quality protein.  You give my muscles strength to do their daily activities.  Along with strength, your protein provides me with fullness.  After eating you, I feel full and satisfied.  Through you, I feel full and satisfied each and every day.
I think most of all, I want to thank you for the variety you provide chicken.  You do it in so many ways.  All of your many forms provide different tastes and possibilities: eggs, breast, thighs, eggs, ground, wings, white meat, and dark meat.  Again the way we can prepare you is endless: scrambled, grilled, baked, curried, fried, and so many others.  But you do not stop there, do you chicken?  Oh no.  You still go one more level.  You take taste from so many ingredients and sauces.  We all enjoy you spicy, cheesy, garlicky, seasoned, savory, and countless others.
In conclusion, I thank you chicken for providing us with rock solid quality nutrition and listless possibilities.  you are a true chameleon and please everyone around the world.  You have always been a team player and never much as complain.  Keep doing that and people will be tahnkful for you a thousand times over.
Sincerely, a grateful meat eater

Embrace the Suck

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“Embrace the Suck” -Military saying
“There is no way around it, the hard work.  Embrace it.” -Roger Federer
“Storms make trees take deeper roots” -Dolly Parton


Today, I had to do my laundry.  I HATE doing laundry.  It’s tedious and no fun. It takes forever and I never get a sense of accomplishment from this chore.  To make it worse, our dryer short circuited today.  I didn’t even have a convenient way to clean my clothes!

Instead, I had to lug all my dirty clothes to the local laundromat.  On top of it costing an arm and a leg to wash clothes, this place is sweltering hot, has no internet, and has no place to sit. I literally have to stand in a 90 degree room while my clothes get cleaned. I could very well have hemmed and hawed the whole time going through this.  Any reasonable person would.  I had to sacrifice my entire night going to a strange and uncomfortable place to do a chore I hate.

But, I decided to embrace the suck instead.  I took on the chore without any kind of anger or resentment. I went right onto work in sorting my clothes and filling up the machines.  I spend the extra time finishing a book and writing a bit.  So, after this ordeal, I say to you:  embrace the suck.  Whatever uncomfortable situation you find yourself in, decide to go about it joyfully and with a new perspective.  The situation will appear better than you thought!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!