So You Want To Be Great?

So You Want To Be Great

It’s not uncommon for people nowadays to be fixated on the screen and become obsessed with Hollywood, fame, politics, and the attainment of power that high positions may entail. But the question to ask is what is greatness? Does one have to reach the levels of fame to be great?

Here is my interpretation of greatness…

To become great it takes years of hard work and dedication of grinding day in and day out. This hard work usually involves a lot of behind the scenes stories of trials and tribulations that go uncovered for many years until talent is recognized and properly groomed.

In my eye’s the biggest issue that faces mankind and obtaining greatness is fear. As Eric Thomas stated, “What would your life look like if you lived by faith rather than fear?”

To become great it takes constant inspiration and constant exertion. It takes very strong and disciplined action to conquer fear and rise above the crowd of average and align yourself with the ideas and habits of the world’s shape-shifters.

To become great you must place yourself on the path that best serves your talents and your purpose.

You must ask yourself, who you are, and what am I looking for? People love clarity and money loves clarity.

To become great you must focus especially on WHO you’re targeting as well as WHAT you’re targeting. It’s necessary to obtain inspiration from a place higher than the self. It will take the realization that life is not about the self, but rather an alignment of collective consciousness within the individual. To be great and inspire, is to realize that the individual is serving a higher purpose and doing something for the betterment of humanity and mankind which is beyond the self-interests of the individual.

Many people today struggle with meaning in their lives and so many people search for meaning in many different ways and forms only to fade away from the truth, which is to live a purpose driven life. Whatever your talent and whatever your art form, you must act now and take your course. Your destiny is now. There is no more tomorrow, but only today.

As the great business author Dan Kennedy quoted, “Position yourself to be at the top of the mountain. The wise man sits at the top of the mountain, not the bottom.”

In order to help bring others to a higher vision and allow creativity to spill upon the world, I’ve compiled some websites and podcasts in this post, that I specifically like to utilize to gain further insight on the world and gain inspiration. It’s important to have a tool-belt of good information and resources that you utilize.

Here are seven websites that include channels that will help you become more informed and as a result help you reach your higher potential and awareness in order to create your own label of greatness in the world…

1. Michael Savage 

Although I don’t always bring up the subject of politics on my website or blog I like to relate to a lot of Michael Savage’s ideas. He is known for his Talk Show Radio podcast Savage Nation, which talks about Conservative Politics and his focus is on educating listeners on modern day issues related to religion, feminism, and fighting against liberal ideas in the White House. With Michael Savage you can expect an arrogant tone, but an often necessary tone which bypasses the stupidity that is present in the current day political system.

2. Maverick Traveler

This website is terrific for self-improvement and it shares a boat load of great stories told by the author James Maverick. The topics range from how to become a self-sufficient man, breaking free from the corporate world, traveling around the world, and attracting beautiful women. The Maverick Man who is (symbolized). Happens to be a post-western man who fights against the westernized world and seeks freedom through traveling, meeting new women, and launching a business. James Maverick holds a high level of wisdom and experience in the real world, that he shares through his blog. Check out this article The Road To Greatness.

3. Bold and Determined

I’ve mentioned this blog before in another post. Bold and Determined incorporates some strong principles on becoming disciplined and taking life by the horns. If you want to make more money and kick some ass out in the world, you should definitely read some of Victor’s posts. For example, Stop living your life in transit.

4. Anabolic Men

All around great website that talks about the importance of proper dieting and supplementation for males. It mainly covers testosterone production in the body and how to increase testosterone levels in a natural manner. The site also covers some of the foods that benefit or weaken testosterone levels and why you should cut certain foods out completely. Check out this article The story of the Anabolic Men blog.

5. Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter is an interesting personality. He comes from a humble background from the south side of Chicago and is well educated in street smarts as well as academia. He brings a good mixture of humor, confidence, and humbleness to his videos which can help anyone new to the fitness genre. If you’re sensitive to vulgar language and excessive swearing he might not be the right mentor for body transformation. He happens to have multiple programs to help people get the body of their dreams. He has some good podcast videos such as Best Ways To Burn Fat Fast. Also check out his YouTube channel and this Motivational video…

6. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas is a living legend who has more willpower and inspiration inside his flesh than any other Keynote Speaker that I’ve seen besides perhaps Tony Robbins. Eric Thomas will help you transition your mindset into a winner and he will purge you of any victim mentality thoughts that may be lurking in your head. His material and Youtube Channel is full of quality and inspirational videos. Check this video out:

7. Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes has some great concepts and ideas to put into practice. His school of greatness is centered on eight principles. Here’s the 8 Principles of Greatness:
#1 Create a vision.
#2 Turn adversity into advantage.
#3 Cultivate a championship mindset.
#4 Develop hustle.
#5 Master your body.
#6 Practice positive habits.
#7 Building a winning team.
#8 Be of service to others.

It may sound simple, but these principles are game-changers if you’re willing to take action in the real world. But remember even if you can master and develop these principles; don’t forget about humility and gratefulness. The book School of Greatness can be purchased here. Check out this interview with Eric Thomas.

8. Dr. Robert Cassar (Earther Academy)

This website is basically an academy that allows access to many informative videos centered on the topic of Naturopathic health, raw foods, detoxication, and terrain modification. Dr. Robert Cassar discusses a lot about the harmful parasites that are present in most processed foods and how to eliminate harmful addictive habits and foods that are abundant today. He has a great series of videos called Earth Shift Project on YouTube that can help inform anyone on Naturopathic remedies. Check out this great video on Healthy Foods To Help Assist With A Healthy Transition To Optimal Health…

Now that I’ve shared these mentors and resources, let’s get hungry and get to the task of changing lives. You have the information to revolutionize your life and the lifestyle of others. You only have 24 hours in the day so focus on time it’s your most precious resource. Cut out the negativity and transition your mindset, life is beautiful as long as you’re willing to make it through the struggles and obstacles!

There is opportunity wherever you turn, as long as you’re willing to dig your own goldmine. Go out and create your greatness.

Peace and Happy New Year!

-Peter

How To Detox Your Body and Prevent Illness With One Main Remedy

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If it weren’t for discovering the fermented tea known as Kombucha, at times I wonder where my health would currently stand. I truly do wonder how many times I would have to stop by the pharmacy if it weren’t for discovering Kombucha through my father. This is an old folk remedy/tonic that has roots tracing back to Siberia in Russia. It is generally used to upgrade the immune system and kick start the digestive system with an abundance of healthy live enzymes.

This probiotic drink is often drank in order to help nail down all the chaos and flu like organisms within the body and prevent all the unhealthy candida-like infections from growing inside your gut or intestines. By including a strong probiotic beverage in your daily life, you can help prevent many health problems from occurring further down the line. The key role of Kombucha is detoxification and rejuvinating a body in a state of ill health. If you are truly sick inside your body, it will take a long time for Kombucha to make a big difference in your health. Personally I had to drink it daily for about 16 months before I saw major changes with my state of vitality and overall health. As a result of following through, I did not get sick and I did not have to resort to antibiotics or fight off cold’s or flu’s. I remember at the same time many other people around me in my environment were getting struck by illness left and right, while I remained immune.

Kombucha contains a floating culture on top of the beverage that goes through a process of fermentation. This culture, is known as a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It contains many important trace minerals, vitamins, acids, and bacterium’s from the fermentation process. The kombucha is a living organism so it includes a long list of bacteria’s and acids. Some of these bacteria’s and acids included inside the drink include:

Bacterium gluconicum

Bacterium xylinum

Acetobacter xylinum

Acetobacter xylinoides

Acetobacter Ketogenum

Saccharomycodes ludwigii

Saccharomycodes apiculatus

Schizosaccharomyces pombe

Zygosaccharomyes

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Acetic acid

Acetoacetic acid

Benzoic acid

propenyl ester

Benzonitrile

Butanoic acid

Caffeine

Citric acid

Cyanocobalamin

Decanoic acid

Ethyl Acetate

Fructose

d-Gluconic acid

Glucose

Hexanoic acid

Itaconic acid

2-Keto-gluconic acid

5-Keto-gluconic acid

2-Keto-3-deoxy-gluconic Lactic acid

Niacinamide

Nicotinic acid

Pantothenic acid

Phenethyl Alcohol

Phenol, 4-ethyl

6-Phospho gluconate

Propionic acid

Octanoic acid

Oxalic acid

Riboflavin

d-Saccharic acid

(Glucaric acid)

Succinic acid

Thiamin

plus 40 other acid esters in trace amount.

It also contains a good amount of water-soluble vitamins and minerals…

Vitamins and Minerals included are the following:  B1(thiamine) B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5  (Pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine ), B15 (pangamic acid),  Biotin (Folic Acid), Choline,  Inositol,  PABA (para-amino benzoic acid) ,  RNA (ribonucleic acid). Acetamidophenol, Acetic acid, Acetoacetic, acid, Benzoic acid, 2-amino-, 3-phenyl-2-propenyl ester Benzonitrile, 4-hydroxy-2(4H)-Benzofuranone, 5,6,7,7 a-tetrahydro-4,4,7 a-trimethyl-2,6-Bis(t-butyl) -4-(dimethylbenzyl) phenol Butanoic acid, 3-methyl 1-Butanol, 3-methyl- 2-t-Butyl-4-(dimethylbenzyl) phenol, Caffeine, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin (B-12), Decanoic acid, D-Ribo-hexos, 2,6-dideoxy-3-0-methyl-, 2,3-Dihydro-1-methylindene, 2,5 Diketo-gluconic acid, thyl Acetate Fructose, d-Gluconic acid, Glucose, Hexanoic acid, (1H)Imidazo[2,1-f]purine-2,4(3H,8H)-dione, 8-ethyl-1-methyl-7-phenyl-  Itaconic acid,  2-Keto-gluconic acid, 5-Keto-gluconic acid, 2-Keto -3-deoxy-gluconic acid, Lactic acid, 5-Methoxy-1- (3-methoxy-4-methylphenyl) -1,3,3,6- tetramethylindan, Malic Acid,  Niacinamide. 

These vitamins and minerals that are included all play a strong role in the immune boosting abilities of kombucha. All the enzymes help support the intestinal flora in order to balance the endocrine system. This supports and helps the body’s ability to heal itself. This drink is a popular detox formula due to the antioxidants and polyphenols that are present inside.

Some of the noted health improvements that people have noticed from consuming the beverage includes the following:

  • Correcting digestive problems (from A to Z, including obesity and lack of appetite).
  • Helping maintain a correct PH-balance in the body.
  • Correcting High blood-pressure.
  • Aiding with Rheumatisms and arthritis.
  • Correcting Mycoses, primarily candida albicans.
  • Less Migraines, stress (work-related and other), chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia.
  • Alleviating issues with Psoriasis, eczema, acne, allergies, abscesses, ulcers, hair-loss.

In Michael Roussin’s “Analyses of Kombucha Ferments,” he reports most ferments contain an analgesic, an anti-arthritic compound, an anti-spasmodic compound, hematinic and counteractions for hepatotoxins, some anti-fungal, and several anti-microbial / anti-bacterial compounds in the beverage. With such great benefits from this beverage there isn’t too much reason to avoid this drink tonic!

With that said, I must warn you that if you decide to make the beverage yourself at home versus buying branded Kombucha from your local health foods store, you must also be aware of what you’re doing. This is a fermented beverage and if you do not use proper sanitation and tools for preparation, you can make your beverage go bad and mess up your scoby or worse yet, get sick from not following proper directions with the fermentation process. Make sure to take proper care of your scoby if you decide to make this tonic yourself where ever you currently reside. Good luck and give Kombucha a try at the store or with your own home brew!

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Works Cited

Kasper, Ed. “Analysis  of Kombucha Ferment.” Analysis  of Kombucha Ferment. Happy Herbalist, 2007. Web. 06 Sept. 2015.

“The Benefits of Kombucha.” Ingredients and Benefits. Joomlashack, n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2015. https://www.crudessence.com/en/services/ingredients-and-benefits

Young, Molly. “KOMBUCHA: ANTIOXIDANT MOONSHINE.” More Intelligent Life. The Economist Newspaper, 2012. Web. 06 Sept. 2015.

What Are The 3 Main Type’s of Experience?

The Three Types of Experiences

One might say, that a memorable life that is lived fully and deeply is something that we all innately desire. Life consists of a multitude of conscious experiences.

If you believe in serving for a greater cause, whether it be for all of humanity or a particular set of beliefs you will find that you can lead yourself to a greater life beyond belief, but it can only be done with strong willpower as well as strong self-belief. Ultimately we can’t all realistically live in complete luxury like kings and queens, but you might as well strive to lead such a life and make the most of your experiences.

You are not a slave, so the sooner you realize that you’re essence is divine, and that you were mean’t to live fully and deeply, the more meaningful your life will become. The most important measurement to take, is the measurement of your time and how you value it.

Time is one resource that you cannot take back.

Use your time for rewarding experience’s that make your life full.

In life we all go through some painful experiences, but we also go through some fun, loving, and memorable experiences.

“Pain and suffering are required to make progress.” -Brandon Carter

Let me go over the three main types of experience that you likely face in your life.

  1. Experience’s That Enrich You.

Where to begin. These are the type’s of experience’s that we wish could last forever. It could be spending time in a tropical resort feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, or it could be spending your weekend at a self-improvement conference where you network and meet a bunch of young ambitious people who all enhance your strengths and provide you with some wonderful insight on how you can gain further insight and knowledge in your niche. These are the life experience’s that we seek the most. Whether you want to spend it on your own or with someone you love, or even with a group of people who you highly regard. If only you could allocate your time in a manner where you eliminate your time from all the crap that clutters your mind and dumb’s you down, right?

Nobody wants to spend their time in a wasteful matter, that’s why our technology these days focuses so much on automation and proficiency. The more that you can eliminate chore’s and time consuming activities that you find less necessary or pleasurable, the more time you have to optimize your life with fun experience’s. It seems like people just want to do more things that matter to them and provide them with more life fulfilling experience’s.

2. Experience’s That Are Neutral.

These are the experience’s that we don’t mind too much. Perhaps it’s spending three hours of your day in a class that you feel you seek some value. It could also me driving around and running errands, or maybe it’s doing some activity such as cooking dinner for yourself or a family. Yeah maybe you wish you were someplace else or earning big bucks, but think of it this way, you are gaining some sort of value from learning, and it will help you in the future, so long as you are willing to soak it all in, and retain what you need to know.

Another way of looking at neutral experience’s is that they make you feel like you might be wasting your time, but at the same time, you wonder if you’re at the point where you would be providing more value by being somewhere else at the same time.

These neutral experiences may be a common part of the “come-up” phase. Whether you’re hustling your way up a new job, training, or spending time in a meeting these experience’s give you insight and communication with colleague’s. Keep in mind that neutral experiences can provide you with something to gain but it is best to not spend too much time or the majority of your time in neutral. Obviously it’s optimal to spend time more time in a place where you enhance other people’s lives and your own lives but it might not always be possible 24/7.

3. Experience’s That Deplete You.

Depleting experience’s are the worst experience’s. It is here that you sometime’s feel like smacking yourself in the face. Whether it’s spent at a soul-stealing job that you don’t enjoy, or doing something that causes you serious physical, mental, and emotion pain it’s probably not worth your time. In fact, it’s definitely NOT worth your time. These experience’s should be kicked out ASAP!

The problem is that not everyone can necessarily avoid all depleting experience’s. Sometimes we have to put food on the table and sometimes we have to keep our resources in proper management. After all, somebody has to track capital, assets, time, and knowledge. Every person has resources, and all resources must be managed.

“What get’s measured get’s managed.” -Peter Drucker

Whatever you do, don’t waste your time doing things that provide no value for your life or others. Life is too short and there is too much to gain from this world. If you want your true potential to show, eliminate whatever daily experiences that are holding you back. Keep your mind focused, and clarify what it is that you need to accomplish. It’s easier said than done, but try to map out a plan to get to the experiences that your soul really thirsts for. If you keep yourself inside a limiting set of beliefs you’ll get trapped there and you might spend more time in depleted experience’s than you originally intended, however once you overcome this mindset you will be amazed by how you can transform your life around.

Another thing that I want to cover is rejection. When you face a lot of rejection in life you might feel like you’re being depleted, but in fact it’s really just meant to teach you that you need more time to learn and grow in order to overcome your depleted experience’s. If you want to have a significant life that holds significant value, you NEED to overcome your fears that have kept you inside of experience’s that deplete you.

The Three Negative’s That Can Be A Part of The Sixth Sense:

  1. Indecision.
  2. Doubt.
  3. Fear.

As Napoleon Hill state’s in his book Think and Grow Rich, these simple emotions often keep us trapt inside of a continuous flow of depleting experiences. It is only the reversal of these negative emotions that will open your mind up to a life of confidence where you can defeat the odds that were set up against you.

To summarize, it is important to differentiate and understand how to separate your experience’s into these three categories. If you want to begin re-shaping your life, it is important that you realize where you spend your time and whether you could be optimizing your life and your experience’s through re-assessment. In order to reach a point of self-awareness and self-reliance you need to be able to differentiate between your experiences and allocate your time wisely.

Fresh Blueberry Papaya Post Workout Shake

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Attention fitness fanatics, hippies, health nuts, and workout warriors. My recipes and culinary artistry has been at work over the last months, and I am happy to say that I’m steadily becoming more comfortable with playing around in the kitchen.

With all the ingredients and kitchen essentials I have been able to formulate some winning formulas for a Semi-Vegetarian type lifestyle.

I am glad to share one of my latest recipe’s, Fresh Blueberry Papaya Post Workout Shake. I must note this particular recipe isn’t actually included in my recent ebook A Semi-Vegetarian’s Success Guide.

This recipe contains some powerful fresh ingredients that are bound to keep your body feeling fresh, healthy, and revitalized.

Fresh Blueberry Papaya Post Workout Shake

Ingredients:

3 raw eggs (organic brown free-range)

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup fresh spinach

1/4 cup freshly chopped papaya

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup almond milk

Directions

Place your ingredients in a to-go Magic Bullet blender. Theoretically this recipe could work in any blender, however it’s much easier to use when in a Magic Bullet since it is a small serving that can be quickly slurped down straight from the cup or used to-go. Be careful to clean the bottle out, since it contains remnants of raw egg which can grow bacteria and make you ill.

Summary

I hope that this recipe can be used by anyone looking for a little boost. The amount of serving can be buffered with depending upon how much smoothie you want to intake or if you’re trying to put on more  body mass.

Again, be sure to purchase and get a copy of my latest new ebook. It’s now available on amazon and my website!

How To Prioritize The Development of Healthy Habits

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In order to develop healthy habits and make any significant changes to your life you have to be willing to take steps forward in the direction of  positive change.

For me I have always considered my health to be a vital part of my life. I first made my biggest changes when I was a junior in High School. I made it my goal to develop my lifestyle to a point where I would place my health as my greatest wealth. Ever since I can gladly say that I feel pretty great almost everyday, and I feel that my mind can always find a way to be grateful and thankful.

I have had to change the way I think and go about my life, but as a result the change has been magnificent. When you prioritize your health. You begin to notice great changes in your body and your mind. As George Bernard Shaw once stated, “Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not. ” A healthy body makes for a healthy mind. It’s my goal now to make other people smarter, healthier, and less ignorant.

Some people say ignorance is bliss, however when it comes to health and what you consume I’d say leave the ignorance aside and start getting healthy.

I’m about to show you my list of developing some quality habits that will help you step up your game and become a healthy happy person who has more vibrancy…

Ways To Develop Healthy Habits

  1. Avoid Fast-Food. (If you’re traveling or in a hurry, see if you can select healthier choices on the menu, but if possible it’s best to avoid fast food because it really is cheap food that lacks nutritional value.)
  2. Exercise Everyday. (It doesn’t matter what you like to do, just get up and move around. Sitting on the couch munching on Doritos won’t lead you towards a healthy body. Get your heart pumping and stretch your muscles out.)
  3. Always Keep A Bottle With You. (Sorry guys and gals, I’m not talking about a bottle of beer or vodka! Although that can be fun it doesn’t exactly fit into the healthy habit list. Stay hydrated with water, whether you’re at school or work. Drinking good quality water really helps detox the body and it will leave your thirst quenched.)
  4. Spend Time Outdoors. (Make sure to spend more time outside soaking in some rays and getting vitamin D. Too much exposure can burn, but a careful dose will keep you feeling happy and healthy. In our technology crazed world, nothing beats some nice old fashioned time with nature in the woods or exploring the natural wonders of the world.)
  5. Look Into Ingredients. (Read labels and make sure the ingredients you consume aren’t so nasty that your dog or cat wouldn’t even eat it. It pays off to eat healthy and have an idea of what you’re putting into your body. Also down the road, you’ll have less hospital bills because your not eating some chemicals from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.)
  6. Proactively Seek Things. (Rather than waiting for certain things to come your way or opportunities to fall into your lap you have to be a go-getter. At the same time it’s important to not look too desperate and be patient with goals. Some goals require less work than others.)
  7. Keep A Quotes Journal. (Recording good quotes will keep you motivated and they will make you wiser. If you have the intelligence to implement  the wisdom of other people, you will make great strides.)
  8. Keep A Personal Learning Journal. (If you read books or do any type of self-educating it is essential to record what you learn. School is one place to learn, but the outside world is always full of learning. You will see many benefits from this activity and you will continually advance in more ways than one.)
  9. Make It A Priority to Make A Positive Impact on Somebody’s Life Each and Everyday. (Too often we let kindness slip away from our fingertips. Whether it’s fear, one’s ego, or laziness a lot of times we don’t fulfill our greatest potential. All this can change. What our world really needs more of than ever, is more love and good feelings.)
  10. Develop A Provider Mentality. (When you are always looking for a way to do more for others and provide more benefit, you will build a great level of trust and loyalty.)

Anytime you strive be take care of yourself and increase your awareness of what you consume, you are steadily improving. Here are a few websites that can help with developing a better core background knowledge in the field of health and wellness…

  1. Shirley’s Wellness Cafe
  2. Earth Shift Products
  3. Earther Academy Videos

Reflecting upon how I’ve traveled my journey of life the last few years, I now look back and I am really glad that I have taken the time to do my own research and constantly challenge myself to learn more about health and wellness. I have always wanted to make the world a better place, but one day I realized that the world would not change unless I decided to change myself through changing my own ways and habits.

It’s easy to be lazy or be spoon-fed nonsense, but it’s worth the time and dedication to learn and make the proper changes to your life. The media or food industries are businesses and they will try and sway you towards their schemes. Don’t let advertisers sway you in the direction of unhealthy habits. You’ve got the freedom to make your own choices, so make them wisely!

Take the time to shape your mind and your health and you’ll be forever grateful!

-Peter

Comparing and Contrasting The World’s Healthiest Diets

Comparing The Healthiest Diets

When I think about some of the healthiest diets that are currently in existence, I think about the major food groups that are emphasized and how the foods are incorporated into the diet.

Overall, there are four main diets that tend to come to my mind, when I think about the healthiest and most nutritious foods around.

  1. Raw Foods Diet
  2. Juicing Diet
  3. Mediterranean Diet
  4. Paleo (Primal) Diet

Through my research I have found these four diets to be the best due to the bio-availability of nutrients and the overall health benefits when strictly implemented.

Over the course of time, it has been quite interesting to see how diets and overall eating habits have progressed and evolved. For years I have been pounding my head with all sorts of research on nutrition and diets, as I have continually searched for a diet that provided the optimal amount of nutrition for human needs.

I have come to a point where I really regard four particular diets as being the most superior in their level of nutrient density as well as helping prevent certain diseases and illnesses. What makes these four diets superior in particular is the overall bio-availability of key phytonutrients and antioxidants.

The first diet that I would really like to review is the Raw Foods Diet.

The Raw Foods Diet

This diet which is becoming increasingly popular amongst young women and some men across the U.S. and other western countries is definitely a power-house in regards to providing the human body with the highest amount of quality nutrients.

In Adam and Eve’s original garden, food was picked up raw right off the tree with no cooking involved whatsoever.

After all, in nature when all food is in it’s raw form and ready to be picked, it is at it’s peak level of nutrients. Raw foods are never cooked or heated above a certain temperature of 116-118 degrees Fahrenheit. The only exception for heating foods in a raw foods diet involves the use of dehydrated foods, also considered to be a part of raw food recipes. The major idea behind raw foods, are that they are mostly plant based. Most people who consider themselves raw foodists do not include any raw meat, fish, or unpasteurized dairy.

The raw foods diet provides a substantial amount of vitamins and nutrients, however due to excluding meat it can be hard to sustain enough protein and caloric intake for people who partake in a lot of physical activity.

Having a proper knowledge of nutrition is important in order to increase energy levels and prevent illness. In a raw foods diet the food goes straight from the tree, bush, or ground right to you. I believe when you participate in this process, you are fully engaging in healing your body.

Fermented foods, dehydrated foods, and sprouted foods are all included along with fresh foods. According to raw food guru Jeremy Saffron, “Ten percent of a raw diet should be dried foods, ten percent cultured/fermented foods, twenty percent sprouted foods, and sixty percent fresh foods” (Rost 401).

In order to eat a raw foods diet, you will need a few utensils and kitchen tools. Having a cutting board, blender, food processor, dehydrator, mason jars, and nut bag are great tools to have for preparing particular recipes.

Conventional wisdom would tell you to eat a lot of fresh foods since they provide an array of vital nutrients, however few take the time to obtain fresh food or create their own produce. The biggest advantage of eating fresh foods, is that they can be identified right away, and you know that it hasn’t spent weeks on a produce shelf or traveling across the world. With the increase of farmer’s markets and more DIY grow kits, it is becoming increasingly easier to obtain raw food that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle.

The biggest reason people make a lifestyle switch is in order to provide the body with more core vitamins and minerals to cleanse the body of toxic additives, chemicals, and substances. Raw foods are a great way to eliminate harmful substances from the body and it generally leads to greater overall health. According to Jeremy Saffron, “Students also find that raw food gives them a more balanced blood sugar level and helps them think more clearly and stay more focused” (Rost 401). If you ask me I think eating as many raw foods as possible is the key towards living a balanced, healthy, happy, and positive life.

Eating 100% raw may not always be possible for everyone depending upon one’s job and schedule demands, however if you take the effort to make certain lifestyle changes I think that it’s very possible to start implementing more raw foods. When you eat more raw foods, you clean up your intestinal flora and you include more probiotics and enzymes. As a result this flourishing helps eliminate the need for many diseases or illness’s to grow in such an oxygenated environment.

The Juicing Diet

With juicing comes great health and few illnesses. Juicing coincides with the raw food diet.

Juicing is the act of extracting water and concentrated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes by removing pulp and fiber. When you juice, it is a great way to enjoy a wide variety of nutritional density.

The biggest dilemma when it comes to juicing is maintaining a refrigerator that is well stocked. For many people nutritional deficiency is common and many symptoms of ill health irritations such as skin problems, digestive disorders, and inflammation are correlated with imbalance. One of the most rejuvenating things you can do, is detox your body and cleanse your body through fresh juice healing.

Juicing which works in synchronicity with the raw foods diet I mentioned, provides nutritional advantages of plant foods in concentrated form that is easily absorbed by the body. Most Americans eat refined foods that are high in sugar, calories, unhealthy fats, and cholesterol.

With all the poor diet habits of typical American families we have people who are suffering deaths each year that can be prevented through healthy dieting. According to The Surgeon’s General Report and Nutrition and Health from 1987, “The estimated total deaths and percent of total deaths for the 10 leading causes of death, five of the top ten leading causes of death are diet related” (Murray 3). Naturopathic Doctor  Michael T. Murray boldly mentions in his book, The Complete Guide To Juicing the following causes of death being diet related….

1. Heart Disease.

2. Cancer.

3. Stroke.

4. Unintentional injuries.

5. Chronic obstructive lung disease.

6. Pneumonia and influenza.

7. Diabetes Mellitus.

8. Suicide.

9. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

10. Athersclerosis.

Out of those deaths 2,125,100 were all diet related. It just goes to show how many deaths could have been prevented through implementing better eating habits.

When you include the juicing diet you receive a lot of soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol levels and aid with digestion. As a result you will feel very nourished with this diet and you will absorb key nutrients and sustain high energy levels.

The Common Excuses

There really are no problems with juicing. The biggest problems that people come up with really just exist in the mind. People often complain about the cost of buying a juicer, the pain of cleaning a juicer, or the pain of buying tons of fruits and vegetables. My response is if you REALLY care about your health, it’s better to invest in juicing than to spend your savings on healthcare and pharmaceutical drugs that USUALLY doesn’t help resolve your health.

The key is to focus on preventing illnesses before they get out of hand. By the time you’re taking drugs and getting all sorts of treatment your health is usually already out of wack.

The reality is that whether you want to slowly become healthier by implementing raw juice every day, or if you want to go full into a healthy diet of juicing, you aren’t going wrong either way.

All it really takes is some small persistent changes in order to make a difference. You can begin juicing once a week, once every day, or three to four times a week. Depending on the state of your health and your personal needs, juicing will improve your health significantly.

The Mediterranean Diet

Often considered very heart healthy because of the abundance of omega 3 fatty acids, and high amount of seafood. The Mediterranean Diet is high in good fats such as monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, that help provide the heart with level balances of cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

In addition, the healthy omega 3 fatty acids present in fish also compliment by lowering triglycerides, decreasing blood clotting, and help moderate blood pressure.

In a traditional Mediterranean diet, you generally will eat the following:

  • Eat seafood twice a week.
  • Eat a complete vegetarian meal once a week.
  • Eat lots of vegetables.
  • Use good healthy fats.
  • Eat fresh fruits for desert.
  • Limit red meat to a few times a month.
  • Use fresh herbs and spices instead of salt.
  • Eat your bread with dipped olive oil.
  • Often include a glass of wine with dinner.

Overall, the Mediterranean diet is a very healthy diet especially when you implement it on a consistent basis. I feel like this diet closely resembles the Paleo diet in that they both advocate avoiding processed meats along with limiting high fat dairy products. The major point with eating a Mediterranean diet is getting a healthy dose of fresh fruits and vegetables along with whole grains.

This diet, is also considered much healthier than the typical Standard American Diet, due to the whole grains being served in much lower quantities than American dishes. Typically Mediterranean dishes only contain about 1/2 to 1 cup serving size of pasta along with bread and olive oil. Check out one of my recipe’s!

The Paleo Diet

Also known as the hunter and gatherer diet. The Paleo Diet, is based upon eliminating all grains from the diet and focusing on eating quality meats along with fruits and vegetables.

The Paleo Diet requires one to eliminate all processed foods and emphasizes that you make your own flavorings, sauces, and condiments. This can all be done through the use of herbs and spices along with a mortar and pestle.

The meats are mostly game meats, organ meats, and grass-fed beef. In combination Paleo emphasizes herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, eggs, and berries in order to have a diverse diet that has a lot of flavor and nutrients.

One main difference between the Paleo Diet and Mediterranean Diet, is the allowance of red meat. In a Mediterranean Diet, red meat is generally frowned upon and it is seen as having little value to human health. This difference has many arguing back and forth, as some claim that red meat is a potent source of B vitamins and amino acids such as Acetyl L-Carnitine.

I personally believe that red meat shouldn’t be completely avoided. I think that having small amounts of red meat is the best. As experts would say, consume everything in moderation. The amino acid Acetyl L-Carnitine  has been proven to have protective properties of the central nervous system, the heart, enhance memory, as well as address symptoms of depression.

The Paleo diet is more than a diet it is a lifestyle switch just like the raw foods diet. However, if you have the mindset to stick with it you will be quite pleased with how your health turns around and feel more energetic, thin, and healthy. Your body will thank you in the long run if you can transition into a Paleo lifestyle.

Difficulties With The Diet

The reason most people have a difficult time transitioning into a Paleo diet, is due to a common addiction to refined grains that often leads to weight gain. Many people struggle with meeting their daily needs without grains. Many people turn to grains and carbs as a quick fix of energy and as a result many people’s guts and digestive tracts pay the costs in the long run. It seems that this addiction to grains is partly due to it’s easy access and it’s convenience in that the carbohydrates are quickly converted into energy through our bodies metabolizing mechanisms. The toxicity particular grains makes it best to avoid them if you can gradually cut them out.

Resources

Boose, Greg, and Robert Segal. “The Mediterranean Diet.” : Myths, Facts, and Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet. Helpguide.org, Apr. 2015. Web. 12 June 2015.

DeVito, Dominique, and Breena Johnson, Paleo Slow Cooking: Over 140 Practical, Primal, Whole-Food Recipes for the Slow Cooker. N.P.: Appleseed Book, 2014. Print.

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Weber, Louis. The Juicing Book, Lincolnwood: Pubns Intl, 2013. Print.

Life Lesson’s That Must Be Learned

Life Lessons To Learn

Over the years of my young life, I’ve had to face some lessons and learn from them head on.

Sure I haven’t made a lot of money in my life yet, started up multiple businesses, or played sports at professional level, which some people may define as obtaining a level of success, however I have learned some wisdom that I feel would benefit a lot of people.

I don’t hold a fancy degree from an ivy league school that I can show off to people, so they can see how highly intellectual I am, but I don’t think that is an absolute necessity in order to make it in the world and thrive in the modern business world. With that said, I do have work ethic and I do have strong self-belief and ambition for creating great value.

I think that my words could definitely benefit those who may have hit some roadblocks on the way towards achieving successful endeavors.

Here is my list of five lessons that must be learned…

  1. Life is Too Short for Regret. 

Don’t sit back and dwell about what has happened to you, you’ll get left behind. As painful as some experiences might be, it isn’t healthy mentally to get caught up over things that happened in the past. For example don’t get pissed off that some girl repeatedly rejects you every time you try to take her out. Don’t be upset when a job offer doesn’t pull through that you had your mind set on. Also, don’t be angry at yourself because you didn’t quite make the cut for a competitive sports team that you thought you would make. The worst thing that you can do is get angry and let your negative emotions take over. You can sit in regret, but that’s not what a true winner does. No matter what sport you play or business world venture you participate in, you can always improve and there is no such thing as being over-prepared. Life is short, so in order to gain an edge you need that extra motivation. Turn your passionate energy into fuel, so you can allow yourself to go the extra miles that your competitors are afraid to take. This leads to the next lesson.

2. Never Give Up.

Keep pursuing your life goals. Failure is not the end all be all. Even if you fall flat on your face and burn yourself out. If you have natural talent and strong work ethic, you will outwork your competition and you will dominate your peers. You can keep getting up and you can keep on trying. I’ve been in this situation before, I just wish I woke up earlier from my slumbers. Heck I’ve been on a hospital bed laying there wondering if I would ever be able to live my life to the fullest again. I’ve done laps around a hospital wishing that I’d never have to see the depressing building ever again. If you keep on trying and perfecting your deepest passions some door will likely open up for you. You always have to think positively. It’s the only thing you can do when things aren’t going your way. Keep your head up and keep pushing forward, no matter what happens you’ll be much happier knowing that you gave life you’re best shot.

3. Put Your Heart Into Everything You Do.

Whatever it is that you consider your strengths you must always put your heart into it. When you work to the point of sweat and tears and you reach new heights of achievement that you never thought were possible for yourself that’s when you know you’ve really put your heart on the line. When you out work your competition and never accept mediocrity you’re destined for a great life. As Bruce Lee would say, “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not say there, you must go beyond them.” Your heart can do anything if you work for it.

4. Don’t Do Something Just To Impress Someone.

This is a big lesson. If you’re doing something just to win someone over or make them fall in love with you, it can leave you empty in the end, if things don’t work out in your favor. Just work with your heart and passionately follow through. Do something that you feel truly matters and you’ll make your dent in this world. When you act with the intent of genuine love it holds much deeper meaning. Doing something artificially for the sake of impressing someone won’t lead to lasting fulfillment. Ask yourself what will make you a better leader rather than a follower. If you’re really a leader you’ll be doing things for self fulfillment and for the betterment of humankind, not just for the sake of impressing one person.

5. Don’t Worry About The Person Next To You.

Some people might read this and think WOAH. Look I’m not trying to tell you that you should be a conceited egotistical freak. What I would emphasize is to not sit there and worry about what everyone else is doing with their lives and stare at them. Focus on what you’ve got to do and avoid outer distractions. Put your focus on your best work and put it forward in front of you, so you can see it. Admire the skills and talents that others have, but learn and build so you can create a better life and conquer the things that you set out for yourself ever since you were a child ready to achieve his dreams. I don’t recommend that you ignore people and never help anyone. Set a clear goal and figure out what resources you need, as well as who you should get into contact with in order to get to your next destination.

Life is a lesson to learn, but don’t take everything too serious. Be spontaneous in the moment and be lively. “Life is short but sweet for certain.” -Dave Matthews Band