Diet …

The Best Approach to a Diet is …

The best approach to a diet is not the diet itself but a lifestyle that facilitates a good diet. Ask yourself “are you trying to lose weight” or “are you looking to be healthy for the rest of your life”? Do you eat at morning, noon and night out of tradition or do you eat according to your own body’s clock? Do you eat portions handed to you or do you eat according to your caloric needs?

Answering those questions truthfully is the start of a healthy existence where you not only look great, but feel great as well and have that energy level that allows you to focus on the life style you wish to live. May that be an exhilarating career, writing that novel, a frequent essayist, artistic endeavors, helping others, coaching, and the list goes on. Combine a good diet (food combo) with effective time management and a little exercise and you will have a winning lifestyle. One that affords physical and mental comfort at the same time.

Let’s solve the the not so mysterious mystery. What constitutes a good diet? Think of concentric circles where the primary central core is vegetables. Vegetables offer it all! Protein, nutrients, vitamins, fiber, all the good stuff. You can eat them raw, cook them, saute them, use spices, skewers, you name it! The next outer circle is fruits. They are the source of guess what? Energy, nutrients, vitamins, and fiber as well! Then there is the third core out being lean proteins. They are chicken, turkey, pork, and fish/seafood. Outer core four would be multi-grain breads, low sugar yogurts, nuts, milk, and cheese.

In a perfect world, that is not so perfect, we aim for distributions not perfection. My favorite is the 80/20 rule known as a Pareto Distribution. So applying the 80/20 rule to diet. Your diet would consist of 80% vegetables, fruits and lean proteins with the remaining 20% consisting of multi-grain breads, low sugar yogurts, nuts, milk, and cheese. In regards to acceptable fluids: water, tea, coffee, and yes beer, wine and spirits in moderation.

Just think what gourmet food really is? Real chefs do not prepare junk. They prepare and present the best there is to eat. And guess what? That is what we just listed above. Their secret is spices, food combination (for example matching vegetables with lean meats and seafood) and cooking times. Chefs bring out the best in food. In general, help yourself to spices. They are the enhancement that brings out the best there is in taste. Good eating is not just for the rich. It is available to all.

Executive Summary: Keep in mind Henry David Thoreau the master of “Live Simply” ate primarily vegetables, fruits, nuts and bread. Eat a healthy diet in combination with simple time management concepts and yes a little exercise will put you on track to a happier lifestyle. The harmony of mind and body!

Time Management

The Root Of All Evil Is Poor Time Management

The root of all evil in daily life, the reason for always being in a hectic state of mind, forgetting important dates, added stress, added anxiety and just not accomplishing what you need and want to do is ….

Answer: The lack of effective time management! Simple as that. Trying to keep everything in memory thinking it will be available on demand and when you need it. Trying to accomplish too much without a game plan. No written priorities. No time management or game plan equals constant low level mental chaos.

Good News!! The solution is as simple as using a couple of common devices. Number one is a paper calendar and number two is a pad or index cards. Use index cards to write down the days’ and weeks’ priorities and the calendar to look long range where you write down everyone’s birthday, wedding dates, upcoming vacation days, doctor and dental appointments, business meetings etc. This will take a couple of hours but save you considerable time over the course of the year.

Having a visual paper calendar that you can readily view helps you manage the most valuable commodity there is. And that is time. Paper calendars do not need boot-up time. They are easily read. No squinting to view a 300 pixel wide screen. They are simple and work and do not break the bank. Total estimated time to place the information on the calendar is approximately 2 hours. But the savings over the course of the year is tremendous. Having a fluid time line knowing when something important is about to happen allows you to plan and integrate a solution during normal day to day activity. For example if you were aware of an important birthday you could easily integrate picking up a card or gift on your way home from work. But what if you forgot? Then that means a last minute trip to get that card and gift. Multiply that by dozens of similar events and you are talking upwards of hundreds of hours saved each year. The real benefit is reduction in stress!

Executive Summary: Buy a calendar and index cards and write things down! Software apps are not there yet.

Mud Run Obstacle Races

Mud Run Obstacle Course Races – Links reviewed Fall 2020. Originally derived from military boot camp protocol to get troops in shape. These races have been enhanced to include the mentality of special forces where the state of mind matters just as much as the physical condition of the individual. These races are often used by individuals to maintain a lifestyle of staying healthy and for individuals that are transitional going from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Preparation for “obstacle course races” starts with moderate cardio. Preferably slow jogs to lose weight and gain muscle followed up by weight type training or “crossfit”. You can even take the whole philosophy to a higher level by working on one’s state of mind by way of improved time management, recognizing your environment as a “Henry David Thoreau” and taking on the attitude of special forces of “getting over being a sugar cookie” or “getting out of your comfort zone” to loosely paraphrase Joe Desena of Spartan Race fame. Read his book “Spartan Up”. These races are often done as teams thereby enhancing social interaction as well. If you are new to the concept it is well worth your time just to try one race. We guarantee you will be hooked !!
Popular Mud Run Races – Link Review Fall 2020:
ABF Mud Run
Badass Dash
BoldrDash
Bone Frog Challenge
Gladiator Rock N’ Run
Mud Factor
Mud Hero
Rat Race
Rugged Maniac
Savage Race
Spartan Race
Terrain Racing
Tough Guy
Tough Mudder