Even though we don’t have TV at our house (at least in the summer house), we do enjoy watching movies on occasion. I just watched a movie yesterday that actually made me cry – it wasn’t a movie with a plot, it was just a documentary about a filmmaker from Australia named Joe Cross who recorded his struggle over being “fat, sick and nearly dead” (hence the name of the film).
He begins his journey weighing in at well over 300 pounds, and coping with an autoimmune condition called Uticaria, which is a nasty condition that manifests in itchy and/or painful hives. As part of his treatment for this condition, he is on the medication called Prednisone, which I believe is a steroid of some sort. Whatever it is, it’s not a pleasant medication (I know because I had to take it a long time ago while “they” were trying to figure out what my skin was reacting to at the time… Turned out I was allergic to a few active ingredients in many sunscreens.).
So, Joe decides to move to a plant-based diet, but starts off with a 60-day juice fast (a lot of people who recommend juicing prefer to call them “juice feasts”). During this journey, Joe travels to the US, and hits the road talking with people about fasting and juicing. The reactions are varied as there are people in this country!
Along the way, he runs into a truckdriver named Phil Staples who suffers from the same disorder (Uticaria) as Joe, and is also morbidly overweight (turns out he tips the scale at about 429 pounds).
I won’t ruin the whole story for you – it is definitely worth watching! Suffice it to say that Phil becomes a major part of the movie, and you will be cheering him on while you watch. You can probably find it online – I don’t know if Netflix has it or not – but if you can’t find it on line, you can easily grab it here at Amazon for an instant download: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead or if you want the actual DVD, they are also readily availabe at Amazon as well: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on DVD
The whole point of me bringing this up is to say I’m getting more interested in plant-based nutrition. For example, in the movie, I learned that there are “micronutrients” which are found in plant based foods, and “macronutrients” which is everything else. And what our cells REALLY need are the micronutrients…
Anyway, I will be writing a bit more often, I think, on the healthy living tips topic. I’m becoming almost obsessed with it. So please stay tuned!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Isabel de los Rios (of “The Diet Solution Program” fame). Her common sense approach to nutrition and healthy eating just completely resonates with me (if you haven’t read a couple of my articles about her here at the site, you can do so HERE at the Healthy Living Tips section of the site.)
Anyway, I got an email from Mike Geary (of “The Truth About Abs” fame, and another highly respected expert in fitness and nutrition), and he announced that he cowrote an EBook with Catherine Ebeling (an RN) called “The Fat Burning Kitchen.” As part of the package, he is including a 6-part “Fat Burning Nutrition” course on video by Isabel de los Rios! (more…)
After having a pretty scary incident happen recently (or at least since the time I wrote this piece), I decided that I could use my scary incident to add some extremely important information to our “Healthy Living Tips” section of the website.
First off, let me say that this was just “scary” and not “life-threatening” – or at least it was caught before it could possibly turn into a life-threatening situation. And, when I experienced it, I realized in a nano-second how very much I want to live! 🙂
Ok. It’s honestly not THAT dramatic. What this is REALLY about is the dangers of sitting on one’s tuckus in front of a computer screen all day (or sitting on one’s bottom all day for ANY reason). (more…)
In my Healthy Living Tips section of the website today, I felt compelled to write a rather personal article based on something I just read in The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios.
Today, my little “epiphany” if you want to call it that, has to do with alcohol. Booze. Spirits. Call it what you will – but after you read what I learned from Isabel, you may be more inclined to call it “poison.”
First of all, please note: I have NOT been paid by Isabel De Los Rios to read OR write anything about The Diet Solution Program.
Furthermore, you need to know that as a result of what I have personally learned from the book, I have now put links here in the site so that if you should decide to grab a copy through my link, I will get a commission for selling the book. If you do decide to buy it through my link, I would like to thank you, with deep appreciation. Hey, a couple of bucks here and a couple there… I am thankful!
But, with all that said, this one is pretty personal.
I don’t go around just finding out what OTHERS say about a book – although, I have to say that sometimes when someone recommends one to me, or if I see enough positive reviews on one, it might sway me to buy it myself and read it.
And I had seen enough of what other people HONESTLY say about Isabel and her work to convince me to go ahead and read the book and see what it has to say.
If you read my earlier account from this summer, about my initial experience with Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution Program you’ll soon find out that some of what I knew intuitively was validated. You can read that account here.
So… Back to the Topic at Hand…
This topic is important enough, in my mind, to give it its own page here on the website rather than in the blog section. It’s all about the effects of alcohol on the mind and body – of critical importance for anyone who REALLY wants to move forward along the path of self development.
And so, if you DO happen to be interested in the healthy living tips I offer here, and even if you aren’t in the market for help in releasing extra or unwanted weight, you may find this to be enlightening. You may have already known this about alcohol, but if you didn’t, read on!
Please Click Here to Read my Article: Helpful But Scary Stuff ala Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution Program
The Diet Solution Program and Isabel De Los Rios
Anyone who knows me knows that I despise “fads.” I am a fashion drop-out, and pop-culture loser. I have never seen “Dancing with the Stars.” I have never see “American Idol.” And I don’t “do diets.” So, when I first saw a copy of “The Diet Solution” by Isabel De Los Rios that someone was raving about, I remained silent.
Actually, I rolled my eyes. Here we go again. How about you just eat less and move more? Hey, I’m certainly no skinny balinks by any means, but I’m active and I eat a lot of very healthy foods. I won’t get on that band-wagon. And, yes, now that I’ve spent the last few years sitting on my tuckus in front of this computer, I’m not one to talk about a lot of that until I can show you a photo of me weighing 25 pounds less than I do right now.
But that’s not the point of this post. I wanted to mention that I agreed to read The Diet Solution by Isabel De Los Rios – or at least skim it.
That’s when my eyes stopped rolling.
While I don’t agree with absolutely everything she mentions (she occasionally cites a particular doctor who I think is a hyped up “natural health guru” that I find a bit abrasive. But that’s just me.), my jaw dropped when I found her echoing a LOT of my own beliefs.
I could go on and on about THAT particular topic, such as my views on artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup and food dyes (I don’t think any of that stiuff should be allowed in food). Or, I could mention her thoughts on white flour and sugar (she doesn’t like it), or a myriad of other things.
What particularly struck me was her theory about metabolism type – for example, she feels that some people’s metabolisms work better if they eat more carbs than protein, more protein, or an equal balance of both.
I was also intrigued by her meal plan ideas, as well as the overall tone of the book.
So, after experimenting with a bit of what she discusses in her book, I wrote this article about The Diet Solution and Isabel De Los Rios and my own experience.
If you’d like to read it, please CLICK HERE to Continue to the Article => The Diet Solution Isabel De Los Rios.
Have a great day! 🙂
Talk about motivation and healthy living tips! Thanks to the new Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce, who lost more than 100 pounds the old fashioned way (i.e. by exercise and eating right – remember my post “Eat Less…Move More?” )
Whenever South Carolina makes the news, I tend to pay attention because I’ve spent three winters in the Myrtle Beach area of that beautiful and friendly state (Yes, indeed… Southern Hospitality is alive and well!).
And, of course my readers know that I’m into all things Self Development – whether it’s about Career, Spirituality, Motivation, Inspiration, or Healthy Living Tips that I love to learn from others and share.
So, when I saw a piece on the internet today about the new Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce and her platform to promote healthy living, I knew I needed to read all about it. (NOTE: I had originally embedded the interview from MSN’s Today – but the embed code didn’t keep the story. After you read the highlights of this interview, scroll down and you’ll find another great interview I found on YouTube for you.)
What an inspiration! Not to mention courage to go out and tell the whole world (with pictures) about her journey from about 234 rather unhealthy pounds to about 124 pounds of fit and healthy happy human! “It’s not about a number on a scale or the size of your pants…It’s about being a size ‘Healthy’, and loving yourself, and having that self worth…”
In an interview on TV, the host asked Bree Boyce, “Part of (your) story is what turned the knob…what made you change into what you’ve become – a healthy, focused woman… What was the thought?”
Bree Boyce responds, “I had so many dreams and aspirations for myself…and I knew that being so unhealthy I could not accomplish any of those dreams. So by changing my lifestyle completely, I did a 180…and it has been completely amazing, and I’m just so excited…”
She explains that she works out 2-3 hours a day before a competition, and 30-60 minutes a day for a lifestyle. Her food choices have changed from fatty foods (she was a self confessed junk foodie), to nutritious foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats… She says she educated herself about what she was eating and how it was fueling her body. (For a nutritionist’s view on healthy eating, visit the new “Beyond Diet” book here where Isabel is adamant about a healthy lifestyle versus “dieting.”)
One thing that I find very inspiring about Bree Boyce is how she responds to the interviewer who discusses going out there in “pretty much a piece of Spandex” for the swim suit competition. Bree says she did not think of anyone else – only herself.
She thought only about how hard she had worked, and how many people she hoped to inspire as a result.
The interviewer asks Bree Boyce what she might say to others to offer some inspiration. Bree responds, “Whatever it is in life that you want to do, it takes hard work. There’s no secret…” She emphasizes again that it hard work…determination…perseverence.
If this sounds like nothing new or out of the ordinary, you’re right. It’s just one more person who has met with success by following a proven and successful blueprint. No “magic bullet.” No new rabbits being pulled out of any new type of fancy hat. What has worked for countless others in the past and today will also work for countless others in the future.
So, if you want a bit of inspiration for that “healthy living tips” section of your self development plan, have a look at Bree Boyce, a most inspirational Miss South Carolina, and understand that whatever challenges you or I might have, there’s something we can do about them. Also, if you are of a mind to do so, I suggest reading about “Beyond Diet”by Isabel De Los Rios – a nutritionist who honestly makes more sense than any “diet guru” possibly could. Actually, you can read an article I wrote about my own interesting experience with The Diet Solution that I started reading. You can see the article here => “My Take on The Diet Solution (now known as “Beyond Diet”)” by Isabel De Los Rios.
How much effort we put into our dreams and goals depends largely on how badly we want something. If you take a look at Bree’s journey and results, you’ll quickly see that she wanted to experience her dreams VERY intensely.
How badly do you want your own dreams to come true? If this doesn’t inspire you to go for your dreams, I don’t know what will! 🙂 Thanks for reading! Hope it helped motivate you…
This morning, while making my fruit and green breakfast smoothie, it occurred to me that it would be a good addition to the Healthy Living Tips section of the website!It has been quite a while since John and I disembarked from the good ship “SAD” (aka Standard American Diet). I still like my share of junk food, and am certainly not an extremist – but more and more, we find ourselves just eating higher quality foods, and less and less of low-quality and “dead” foods.
We just feel better when we incorporate more “live” foods into our lifestyle.
So, these days we tend to make a lot more use of our good ol’ Vita-Mix that we’ve had for years (compliments of my Dad – Thanks Dad!). We have become VERY fond of our smoothies.
Have a look at the article, and watch our video – where I make our breakfast fruit and green smoothie right before your very eyes!
When it comes to healthy living tips, by now, I’m guessing that most people know and understand the benefits of adding more raw veggies to their diets. This is not a blog about health foods. I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of any specific diet or lifestyle.
What I DO want to say is that I look at the whole “self development” field holistically. That is, I don’t believe that self development is JUST about improving professional performance, or JUST about becoming a “better” person, or JUST about one thing or another.
I look at self development as encompassing all parts of life – I like the idea of improving life on every level I can think of. And that means professionally, socially, materially, physically, spiritually – you get the idea!
One area that I’m especially interested in is healthy foods and healthy eating. If something in cooking and eating can contribute positively to my overall health and well-being, I’m interested!
So, I got to thinking about some recipes and ideas that I could add to my “Healthy Living Tips” section here at my blog, and decided to add some of my favorites here. Then, one thing led to another, and I wound up making a video for you as well – It’s all in my article with my Recipe for Red Cabbage Salad!
Please join me at “Healthy Living Tips – A Delicious Recipe for Red Cabbage Salad”
I sometimes think we acquire certain personal development skills and habits in such subtle ways that we don’t always remember WHEN we began using them – WHERE we learned them, and HOW we knew that they were important to our personal growth to begin with!
The idea of writing about personal development skills and habits we have acquired came to me this morning as I found myself thinking about a daily ritual I have.
Well, actually, I have a LOT of daily rituals – but this one always stands out, because it is one of the very first things I do every morning without fail.
When I rise, I go to the kitchen, cut open a lemon and ream the whole thing – juice AND pulp – and add a full glass of water. Drinking that full 10 – 12 ounce glass of lemon water (unsweetened) is the first thing that I do every day.
I began thinking about this activity, and why I do it:
- It is fresh citrus – so that’s a nice refreshing addition to the diet right there.
- It makes me feel like I’ve done something good for me straight away, before any other activities of the day crowd my plate.
But first, I have to say that I cannot think of one single area of my own life where I am not consciously working on improvement.
And I realize that this is part of my life’s work which will continue until the time comes when I leave this earth.
That’s because it is a task that can never be completed. If I’m not acquiring actual personal development skills – then I’m certainly working on creating good habits and routines that lead to further self growth!
Some of the practices and activities that I introduced into my own life have become wonderful habits and routines as a result!
…habits and routines that I just KNOW contribute to my overall well-being.
Getting back to my daily morning lemon water:
I can honestly count on one hand the number of days over the last 12 – 15 years where I have NOT begun my day with this drink!
Somewhere along the line (but I cannot remember when or where), I read that this was good for the body. I then discovered that it felt wonderful to have this first thing in the morning. So, I continued it and still do – to this day.
Sometimes we’ll add orange to the mix, but we ALWAYS have the lemon!
I don’t even think about it any more (except when we’re running low on lemons and we have to go buy another bag…)
Another thing that I do every single day is meditate/pray and review certain affirmations. It was a learned skill – and now I do it without thinking.
That’s just the start. The many things that I do each day were NOT the result of one single “ah ha” moment – or some drastic decision or action on my part.
I do know that I am continually looking for additional good habits to further improve my life.
I want to hear from YOU!
What I would like to know now is what YOU began to do as part of your own path that has since become a happy and healthy habit. Would you be willing to share your thoughts and experiences?
I hope so! Please leave your ideas and thoughts below so we can compare notes and learn from one another!
PPS: I’ll be adding articles pertaining to personal development skills and habits as I continue to build the site – and will post articles here at my Healthy Living Tips page, as well as at my Life Strategies for Success page (among other pages that I think up as I go along!) 🙂 Thanks for reading!