Why There's No One Perfect Diet

Why There's No One Perfect Diet

“Eat Real Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” -Michael Pollan

 

Today we live in a world where everyone has to be right – especially about diet and nutrition. There is very little effort to try to understand others’ perspectives. In the nutrition world, we have created select groups of “diet tribes” where you have to subscribe to a particular diet and theory. Paleo, Vegan, Mediterranean, Ketogenic, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Carb-free, Dairy-free, Fat-free, Gluten-free are all popular diets we may be familiar with. However, the truth is there is no “perfect” diet or nutrition plan.

11 Natural Movements Every Human Should Be Able To Do

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch, Neuromuscular Therapist & Biokinetic Specialist

 

Natural Movement is simply that – natural. It is something that every human being is designed to do, regardless of your age. Young kids are experts at natural movement – they know how to naturally sit on the ground, crawl, jump & land, climb & hang – it is second nature to them because we are born with these abilities, skills, and knowledge. It’s an innate part of our human body’s hardware and software system. Over time most of us lose the ability to move naturally (myself included) – due to excessive sitting, lack of practicing these movements, and an over-emphasis on strictly building as much muscle as possible. 

The Journey to an Objective Ego

The Journey to an Objective Ego

 

“Ego is something that you come to know - something that you befriend.” – Pema Chodron

 

The ego is tricky. By definition, it is how you distinguish yourself from others. Therefore it wants you to see yourself solely as an individual, separate from everyone else. It wants you to believe you are the most important person in the world. Conversely, it’s also the negative mind that tells you that you’re the worst person in the world when you mess up or feel like you don’t live up to society’s expectations. However, you are not what your ego believes or says – neither the best or the worst. You just are. Most importantly, you are not separate – you are connected and share a oneness with every other being on the planet.

You Are Your Own Best Doctor

“If you are not your own doctor you are a fool.” – Hippocrates

 

Harsh words, Hippocrates. I don’t like to call people fools, but I am definitely a believer in being your own doctor. I think too many people are delegating this privilege to someone outside of themselves, which mainly ends up being a professional in a white jacket called a doctor. It makes me think of the time I heard someone say “trust yourself and question everything.” I loved both the simplicity & profoundness so I typed it into the notes in my phone immediately. This mindset of trusting yourself and questioning everything is the very essence of being your own doctor, which you can apply to not only your health, but pretty much every area of life. The bottom line is to trust your intuition or “gut feeling” above all else. 

Bringing Natural Movement Back

Bringing Natural Movement Back

It’s time to bring Natural Movement back! Really, it’s SOOOOO time. So what is Natural Movement you ask? MovNat defines it as “a fitness and physical education system based on the full range of natural human movement skills.” I describe it as "The most effective & efficient way to move your body for greater daily capability, building full body strength and reaching peak performance." It covers all natural human movements like ground movement, orienting, crawling, walking, running, balancing, jumping, vaulting, climbing, lifting & carrying, throwing & catching. I spent 3 days last weekend down in Raleigh, NC at a MovNat certification workshop learning the ideology of natural movement and physically practicing natural movement first hand...

10 Days of Silence + 7 Best Parts of a Vipassana 10-day Course

“Vipassana is one of the world’s most ancient meditative techniques. It was practiced 25 centuries ago by Gotama the Buddha, who said he had rediscovered a much older practice. After his enlightenment in 528 BCE, the Buddha spent the remaining 45 years of his life teaching the way out of suffering. Vipassana is the essence of what he taught. The Buddha’s teaching is known by the general term Dhamma (Sanskrit: Dharma).” – Dhamma.org

Tom Brady's Key to Sport Longevity & Success

Tom Brady's Key to Sport Longevity & Success

On the heels of the Super Bowl last weekend, I thought Tom Brady’s lifestyle behind the scene was a timely topic. Brady is a polarizing sports figure for many reasons which I won’t touch, but you can’t really deny his greatness. What he has been able to do as a player on the field, especially a 6th round draft pick, has been absolutely amazing. And the crazy thing is that he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, even at the age of 39 (which is like 95 in the sports world)! 

Top 5 Reasons I Take Cold Showers & 3 Versions You Can Try

Top 5 Reasons I Take Cold Showers & 3 Versions You Can Try

I first heard about cold showers a little over a year ago when I was doing kundalini yoga quite frequently. It’s easy to dismiss the concept, but I was intrigued. The internal questions started – why have I never heard about it if they are good for me? Why have I always just taken hot showers? What exactly are the benefits of cold showers? I did some research and was astounded at some of the acclaimed benefits: weight loss, stress reduction, skin & hair improvement, testosterone increase, immunity, sleep… among others! So, I decided to dive right in (literally and figuratively, haha).

Stand Up For Standing Desks

Stand Up For Standing Desks

I was going to write about the why I've come to love cold showers and their benefits this week (teaser for the next post), but I was inspired by a posture related presentation from chiropractor Dr. Peter Kantzilieris earlier this week to write about another topic I’m passionate about: Standing Desks.

We are conditioned to constantly sit from an early age. Sit 7-8 hours in the classroom at school, sit for hours at home to do homework, sit for 30-60 minutes for meals, sit to watch TV and movies, sit at a desk job for 8-12 hours a day while taking lunch at our desks, sit on the commute to and from work in the car/train/bus… you get the picture. Our bodies are not designed to sit for extended periods of time and it is unconsciously wreaking havoc on our health!

2017 Intentions

2017 Intentions

Daniel Vitalis inspired me with his most recent podcast to come up with 2017 Intentions. If you do something like this, I encourage you to think about things like … Do I want an intention to eat better quality foods? Can I improve my sleep? Do I want to incorporate more spirituality or a mindfulness practice? Should I try to connect to the air, fire, earth, and water elements of life more? 

Cultivate Community

Cultivate Community

Throughout my health transformation and journey, I have learned that having a loving and supporting community where you feel understood and accepted is vital to your health and happiness. Think about it. Who and where do you go to when you need love and support? Help and advice? Guidance and assurance? … Who do you share your successes and failures with? … Who do you share stories and laughs with?