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“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”  -Hippocrates
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”  -Hippocrates
“I will accept responsibility for my past and stop blaming other people for my current situation. I am where I am today because of decisions I have made, the way that I think and the emotions I dwell on. I will strive each day to make my life a statement, not an apology. The buck stops here.” –The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

I hear it all the time now.  “I can’t lose weight because of X.”  “I can’t reach my goals beacuse of Y”.  “Life word be so much better if Z happens”.   It’s so easy. Many people do not take responsibility anymore.  They blame others or circumstances for their shortcomings.  So many people do not shoulder the blame for their situation.  They would rather slough it off to someone else to make it easier on themselves.

 
The truth is, YOU have the power.  You have the power to change your thinking and actions.  You have the responsibility to make better choices for yourself.  It all is in your state of mind.

On another note, everyone has different diet needs.  Your nutrition and exercise  needs will be unique compared to someone else’s.  What may work for others may not work for you.  I suggest you hire a dietitian and/or personal trainer to get detailed and personalized lifestyle change plan.  When your plan is custom to you, the more likely you will enjoy it and reach your goals.  As Always, Eat, Move,  and Improve!
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Exciting News!

Hi all!  Firstly, I would like to thank you all for faithfully following my posts.  It has been a pleasure sharing my thoughts on this medium.  I am excited that I have collaborated with a designer to create a new logo!  I am revealing it here exclusively to my readers first.  Slowly but surely, I will add this logo to my social media and personal branding.  Thank you for your support!

 

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Dear Salt

Dear Salt,
 
What did you do to me?  I am disappointed in you.  You made so many promises to me.  With your savory and satisfying taste, I could’t get enough of you.  You had me hooked.  I found so much pleasure and joy in spending time with you.  On top of that, you were so was to find.  I could find you in processed foods, canned foods, and restaurant foods to name a few.
But, now I know the truth. I know that you are no good for me.  You may taste great, but you do not help me. You take more than you give.  You take my peace of mind away since you cause heart disease.  You raise my blood pressure and make me bloated.  I may need you some, but not as much as I thought.  I want you to know that it’s over.  We’re done.  I am no longer eating foods that contain you or adding you to my meals.  It’s not me, it’s you.
Sincerely, Kicking you to the curb

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!

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!

Eat.Move.Improve. Logo Poll

Hi friends!  I am looking to nail down a more professional logo for my blog.  I am using a platform called DesignCrowd to collect logo designs from visual design professionals.  I was surprised of how many submissions I collected in a few days!  Can you help me decide by taking this poll? I appreciate your feedback!

Thanks, Anthony

https://www.designcrowd.com/vote/eatmoveimprove-logo-poll