Why I Let Go of The Negative Emotion of Jealousy

Leave Negative Emotion In The Past

In the past, I used to get jealous at various times. I didn’t necessarily show the emotion out in my daily life, or take my anger out in an aggressive manner that was blatantly visible. With that said, I had some difficulty releasing these jealous feelings.

Over the course of time, I’ve had to learn that in order to be joyful and happy and truly resonate well with other people, it isn’t healthy to be jealous or show any signs of negative emotions.

In order to live within a balanced harmonious state of being, it takes some life experiences as well as an exploration of one’s consciousness. Personally, I’ve found great fulfillment utilizing tools like meditation a mental exercise, as well as sports as a means to switch my gears away from negative emotion.

When you begin to dive deeper within your mind and emotional experiences that you’ve shared with others, it starts to form a memory base in the mind where you store warm fuzzy feelings and close bonding.

Feelings of love, warmth, and friendship are all emotions that we seek to keep.

We all seek relationship bonding and we all seek love and care from others.

When I look back, I can relate to holding feelings of jealousy of other guy’s material possessions like clothes, cars,  and residences. I also held some feelings of wonder. I also used to be a slightly jealous of other people’s great skills in sports, art, or public speaking.

Looking back what I’ve come to learn though, is that this is all quite foolish indeed. A strong male figure can’t truly live a strong balanced life if he holds feelings of jealousy.

When you detach and let go of the negative emotion of jealousy, you find greater peace and you let worry out of your life. As a result, you invite imagination inwards which can lead to a happy life.

Jealousy is not a trait that males should possess. The sooner you can seek to get rid of jealousy and other negative emotions like hatred, the better it will be for your well-being.

Yeah sure you might not be completely happy about your current lifestyle such as your job, acquaintance, or place of residence. Or perhaps I’m wrong, maybe you love your job, place of residence, and acquaintance, if that’s the case keep the love and balance in your life.

The good news is, we’re all human and we can all adapt to change.

Learn to admire the talents and skills that others have so you can grow in appreciation. When you learn from others and begin to build yourself up through positive reinforcement and positive affirmations you worry less and focus your energy on your own fine works.

Let go of jealousy and let in appreciation.

No matter what your past was like, you can come to the present moment and gain clarity. Once you decide to switch the direction of your life in a positive direction by gaining more focus and clarity you can begin to do amazing things for the lives of others.

Peace.

Two Blogs That Have Had A Positive Impact On My Life

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Over the years there have been two blogs that come to mind that have had a significant impact on me and my life. When it comes to the topics of self help, health, business, and lifestyle there have been no other blogs that have had as strong of an impact on me as the two blogs that I’m about to mention.

I have become a bit of health freak because that subject is what really fascinates me day after day. After lots of research and different reading material and implementing the principles, I have developed the core of what it takes to reach certain levels of wellness. Through all the digging up of all sorts of books and information on the topic of health, supplements, and dieting there are two blogs that really stand out when it comes to quality content and getting true results.

Reader beware, I’m about to give you an in depth summary and honest advice on two bloggers who live out the life of their dreams and inspire others to do big things that truly matter.

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With this blog the author Mark Sisson focuses on the Paleo Diet and how implementing this diet and lifestyle can have such substantial effects on the body, health, and overall happiness. This blog is pure gold. It is filled with wonderful recipes, supplements, and cookbooks.

I truly believe that this is one of the most, if not the most effective diets and lifestyles for achieving weight loss and a trimmed body. If you have the discipline, mindset, and energy to implement Mark’s tips he will guide you towards a healthy lifestyle on the beaches of California along with steps towards working out like a true cave man or as his character (Grok).

Mark isn’t afraid to brag about how he can continually crank out at least 20 pull-ups consecutively on the beach and he proves that aging is really nothing to worry about if you take your health seriously. Through his blog, Mark proves that his Primal Blueprint leads to a successful lifestyle without the need for unhealthy filler foods. When you commit to the primal lifestyle of Grok, you cut out all the unnecessary carbohydrates that keep fattening up your gut and deplete your immune system.

Mark also has his own line of supplements that he offers that can help anyone reach their next level of wellness. If you take the supplements that Mark recommends such as vitamin D, probiotics, and whey protein you will develop a strong frame along with the consistency of his Primal Blueprint. His Paleo diet is definitely not for vegans, as it includes quite a bit of meat in the diet along with a balance of fresh fruits and plenty of vegetables.

I believe that this diet is quite healthy and has some reasonable comparability to the Mediterranean diet as it consists of a good amount of meat and some seafood. The only major difference would be the consumption of grains in a Mediterranean diet compared to the Primal diet of Marks Daily Apple.

The semi vegetarian lifestyle of combining both meats such as grass fed beef from farm raised cattle along with the consumption of big ass salads full of greens and colorful veggies makes for quite a healthy life. The Primal diet excludes refined carbs and potatoes, so tubers and sweet potatoes are the main replacement in order to have a healthy primal diet.

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The second blog that has helped me in many ways is Boldanddetermined.com. The author Victor Pride is a self made man who offers great content on building up a website and proving that anything is truly possible if you really have the balls and discipline to take action. The author offers a simple kick ass mentality that has helped me to form better habits.

Victor offers a few books and lots of good advice on his blog so as long as you are able to read and take some of his advice it will carry any man a long way. In particular one of his books 30 Days of Discipline happened to be help me get my priorities straight so I could develop an income and build up my own online legacy. His advice on business and productivity have helped influence me so I could accomplish more and conquer the fear of being successful and going broke.

When you read the blog Bold and Determined you start to become addicted to greatness. It’s kind of hard to describe but it really leads to a constant hunger for more success and instills a drive within that make’s the reader want to do more in the world and conquer all obstacles that land on the roadways of life.

Victor Pride provides the writing content to help anyone become a rockstar blogger if they correctly put their talents to good use. He has some very valuable advice on entrepreneurship and making money.

I like to live a frugal life and I like to build myself from the bottom up through boot strapping. The author Victor Pride proves his financial wisdom through his great advice on money and the evils of buying on credit and being in debt. As one should know, the country of America is in big debt and being in debt or facing financial hardship is something that enslaves and hinders many people across various landscapes.

If you want to learn how to get rich, or you want to create a lifestyle that enables more freedom through your own passions, you better start reading books and you better start learning from some of Victor’s posts.

This blog has helped me develop a money making mindset.

After reading a lot of material on Bold and Determined I realized that I need to put my knowledge into action so could become an entrepreneur, start making money, and stay out of debt. After reading some material on his blog, I realized I could change lives and help make the world a beautiful place.

In order to really stand out I like to flex my personality and I like to give honest reviews and expression. I also like to support others and especially the successful mentors out in the world who take action in order to make a difference.

Be sure to check out the Primal Blueprint Store.

Also be sure to check out Victor’s books.

A Week In Honduras

A Week In Honduras

After some contemplation and spiritual discovery I decided that it would be a good time for me to embark upon a Mission trip. My week that I spent in Honduras among a church group and fellow missionary’s was really a great opportunity for me to lay my desires down and humble myself.

The week of missionary work that I did was a chance for me to grow deeper in peace and serenity and develop myself through a purification process. In a way I looked at the experience as an opportunity, to start anew with a clean slate and wipe away some blurs of the past.

Spending time in Honduras, away from the materialistically driven culture of America was a great experience for my soul. Getting away from the United States and going to Honduras, I was able to gain some new perspectives on the world and how humanity both suffers and flourishes. Seeing people go through conditions of poverty and living quite happily, made me realize that the most important foundations worldwide are God, family, and community.

The communities that I visited were poor compared to most suburban American town standards, but they were more rich in natural resources and kind sincerity. When I look back I felt like all the children and people I encountered had strong character which was built through their homes and environment.

My trip to Honduras, began after a flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Tegulcigalpa Honduras. The flight wasn’t very long, it was merely 3.5 hours of studying Spanish and conversation with neighbor passengers of the aircraft.

After quite a few cups of orange juice and talk with other fellow Americans and missionary’s on the plane, I found myself looking out the window and wondering where in the world was the landing spot? Well following a bit of circling around cliffs and mountains we landed safely on a short landing strip in Tegulcigalpa.

The customs checked my passport along with fellow missionaries and as a result my team and I, all got to successfully make our way through. Outside the airport I could immediately feel the extreme heat. The temperature was in the mid 80’s, but it felt much hotter. One outside we met up with The Missionaries of Christ and placed all our suitcases and baggage on the bus for another journey of travels.

The road trip to Comayagua took about 3.5 hours on the bus through beautiful scenic mountains. Many passengers amongst me passed out after taking doses of Dramamine (the motion sickness tablets). I happened to stay awake and was caught in dismay by all the nature surrounding me outside the bus windows.

I kept myself full by popping some Ricola’s and some cliff bars and eventually after a long first day of traveling I reached the retreat center held by the Missioners of Christ in Comayagua along with a team of missioners.

The center offered feelings of peace and revealed to be a good place, for me to uncover some of my flaws and imperfections of my being. The center which was built by U.S. military officials, was quite a compelling complex. In particular the center spring fountain was my favorite structure, since it helped to offer great reflection and internal revealing to me personally through a combination of prayer and meditation.

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During the few days that were spent in Comayagua at the center, I enjoyed eating good food with fellow group members, listening to speakers, and playing some soccer. After a few days in Comayagua I received the news that I would be assigned to go to Pimientillas.

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The village of Pimientillas took us about 4 hours to drive to in our white Toyota Tacoma. The ride was quite rocky, consisting of many hills and mountains. The drive was definitely one of the most memorable that I’ve ever had. The drive consisted of such an organic landscape as we drove on unpaved roads with pine tree forests, fields of coffee plantations, and  banana farms each accompanying the roadsides. Upon our arrival, the community and the family I stayed with, was very kind-hearted.

Each one of the Hondurans was delighted to see us and happily prepared fresh meals with tortillas, black beans, and queso blanco being the major staple foods. The families were living in conditions that were not necessarily wealthy in monetary terms but the wealth of their hearts and generosity was what made the people and the experience of staying with them so humbling.

The love that I experienced from the Honduran people could cure any sickness. As spoken by the wonderful Blessed Mother Teresa,  “All sicknesses have cures. The only one that cannot be cured is the sickness of feeling unloved.  I invite all those who appreciate our work to look around them and be willing to love those who have no love and to offer them their services.  Are we not, by definition, messengers of love?” I truly felt this love that Mother Teresa speaks of as I experienced this mission.

During my experience in Pimientillas, this sense of love, helped me adjust for survival in the foreign environment as I struggled to communicate effectively with the young children and adults. Despite the language barrier and my lack of speaking efficiency in Spanish, thankfully my fellow missioner and room-mate Rolando happened to be wonderfully blessed in his Spanish speaking abilities, which proved to be quite helpful .

Although my mind wasn’t always able to cognitively filter out good chunks of information during talks, I was still far from completely understanding all local lingo and every bit of content in our presentations. Our course of dramas, music, and testimonial talks were all truly saturated with wonderful messages. I believe that each member of the community who joined us each night of our 4.5 day stay in Pimientillas had some positive takeaways and strong sensations of bonding and trust from our group.

Our mission was to serve, and after being there and walking the neighborhoods house to house, I believe that each member of my group could say that we experienced similar strengthening of the heart and mind. As the father of the delegado in Pimientillas spoke to us on our last nights stay. “Keep moving forward, don’t move backwards”.

As I move on from my mission experience and continue on as a citizen under Gods control I hope that I continue to move forward and not backward. Despite the trials and temptations of the world, it is only through peace, union, and triumph that we help shape our world into a better place for a better tomorrow.

As said by Pope John Paul II, “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

My first mission trip in Honduras was a real eye opener. I realized the good in the world, and the fragile innocence of the nature of humanity. But something else that I discovered was how far I am from perfection.

I still feel the need to travel more distances as I continue to discover and aim to change the world. One thing that I discovered through Honduras is that we all live in a beautiful world. Overall the experience has helped me step forward to become a better version of myself. I hope my experience continues to help me as I continue to encounter life’s obstacles.

 

Comparing Two Pre-Workout Giants: Razor 8 and C4

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Nowadays it seems like a lot of people take all sorts of supplements whether it be to help with muscle growth, muscle fatigue, muscle recovery, or just general health maintenance. Not to mention more people are using supplements for their health rather than going to the doctor and getting prescription medicine which is a good thing. It is way better to be healthy than to be sick in ill health.

It’s no secret, some people take better care of their bodies, minds, and overall being than others. So the average person may ask, how do I get better at being a healthy person? Or, how can I build my body into better shape so I can be good looking when I’m an old man or woman?

Well one secret step that some people take in order to get into better shape or more fit whether it be Mariusz Pudzianowski style, or just your typical fit person who just looks well all the time, is to take some muscle building supplements. Muscle building supplements are used for both fuel and recovery.

By utilizing muscle building supplements it can help you achieve an edge on your competition, however with that said, I don’t believe that all supplements are completely necessary to maintain a healthy body. A lot of healthy people get really cut and fit by just diet alone and having a strong balance of whole foods.

So with this post, you don’t have to 100% take my advice, but if you would like to become a lean, mean, green machine it helps to take a periodic supplement or go through cycling of certain formulas on and off. Doing so in the correct order can help your body become more sculpted and strong like a piece of art.

The following is a comparison between two Pre-Workout formulas C4 and Razor 8:

Cellucor’s C4

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PROS

With C4 I really feel immediate results as my motivation, endurance, and power is enhanced. I believe this is in large part due to the large amount of Beta Alanine in this product. Beta Alanine is a strong non-essential amino acid that helps with endurance and defeating fatigue during workouts so more repetitions can be accomplished. The main effort in any workout is to become focused and driven towards gaining growth, which I definitely feel with this product. I’ve noticed that, whether utilizing weights or doing resistance exercises Beta Alanine helps me tremendously, and it is extremely helpful if you’re a vegetarian or you fail to eat a lot of meat. The main property Carnosine which works with Beta Alanine is what does the most help in enhancing endurance. Another great non-essential amino acid present in this formula is Arginine AKG, which stimulates more lean body mass, less pain, and less stiffness during a workout. Arginine AKG is also known to help prevent sterility in men. One of the last things I generally love about this product is the high dosages of B vitamins and vitamin C, which add a nice little boost of energy as well to your workout.

CONS

C4, the well-known product sold by the supplement giant Cellucor is a great product as it shows results and helps you perform strongly in the gym. Despite the results it has some cons that I would like to mention. Personally it falls short in a couple of areas, one being that it contains a lot of artificial ingredients and unknown patents that provide a boost within the workout room, but may be hurting the body with the chemicals. I prefer to stick with more natural ingredients and less fillers, so seeing artificial colors like Red 40, and Sucralose (an artificial sweetener) provide some worry. I feel that these particular ingredients sway health experts away from this product, because of the lack of better quality substitutes such as beet red as a color dye, or stevia as a natural sweetener substitute. So for me personally, perhaps if these ingredients were changed I think the product would be substantially better and more appealing. I feel as if C4, would attract a much larger crowd to their already dominant line of products if they took certain ingredients out of their recipe and focused on the more natural whole food culture ingredient wise. Besides those ingredients I don’t have much more critique.

C4 can be bought here!

 All Max’s Razor 8

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Razor 8 is a supplement on the market that I like mainly because it has less filler ingredients, artificial colors, preservatives, and unknown secret ingredients.

PROS

With the All Max Razor Eight, you are getting a superior product, with two forms of Creatine and natural body fat trimming ingredients it makes for an interesting blend. The powder is rather easy to mix with water and it tastes more natural with less chemicals involved. There are less filler ingredients in Razor 8 than the counterpart C4, as well as no artificial dye coloring, which is a major plus. Razor 8 also doesn’t include aspartame a dangerous ingredient linked to cancer and brain damage. The use of Green tea, Yerba Mate, and Grapefruit extracts is wonderful, as they are naturally derived and serve a great use in trimming body fat. The Green tea, Yerba Mate, and Grapefruit formula also helps curb appetite in order to help one achieve a more cut and ripped body frame. Another benefit that I’ve noticed is that Creatine in combination with caffeine can help improve focus and overall mental clarity for learning as well. This however, also could be due to exercise in general, which is related to increased neural functioning in the brain and improved academic performance.

CONS

With All Max Razor Eight I do have a few set backs. One set back is due to the use of Synthetic caffeine and the other being the use of some a pharmaceutically derived ingredients which are made in a manner that causes suspicion. The use of Yohimbine for example is both interesting but at the same time, it must be monitored. Yohimbine increases blood flow dramatically through the body, so it should be taken in low dosages, as it can aggravate high blood pressure or aggravate psychological problems. Due to the different side effects depending on the person, I’d advise one to take lower doses in order to figure out how your body may respond to this particular mixture.

Razor 8 pre-workout formula can be bought here!

Overall, these are both formulas that work well, but be careful and assess your tolerance first. Everyone’s body chemistry is different. Also, if you have worries contact your doctor, or medical professional about what supplements support you best.

Works Cited:

Freedman, Lisa. “Supplement Guide: Beta Alanine.” Men’s Fitness. America Media, Inc, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-beta-alanine&gt;.

Freedman, Lisa. “Supplement Guide: AAKG Arginine.” Men’s Fitness. America Media, Inc, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.<http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-aakg&gt;

“Yohimbe: MedlinePlus Supplements.” U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 10 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 Mar. 2015. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/759.html&gt;.

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Why You Should Toss Your Superiority-Complex

Why You Should Toss Your Superiority Complex

When discussing the subject of superiority it can bring up a lot of sour faces. I’d compare the reaction of superiority to that of a person eating sour-patch kids. Most people prefer not to talk about being better or superior over everyone else at a particular trade, art, or skill.

However with that said, it is something that exists within us all, shown through our ego.

With an overly exhaustive ego, some people can be difficult to be around, simply because it feels like they’re sucking all the air out of the room of a habitable place. When this occurs it usually leaves a feeling of negativity or negative feedback from other people who sense that a person it overly zealous of their superiority.

It’s for this very reason that people get caught astray since they allow their ego to fully control them with too strong of a grip. In order to reach peace and develop stronger relationships with humankind and people of all race, color, religion, creed, and sex it requires a more unified attitude of acceptance and less resistance.

All throughout my life and in competitive sports and the world of media entertainment their have been a host of people who fight and gamble away their lives for the need to be superior. If you dive deep into entertainment, there are Hollywood actors, actresses, models, athletes, directors, singers, MC’s and all sorts of people who battle in the aesthetic world of individuality.

The beautiful thing is that the world is art, and we are all our own composers and directors of our world and surroundings. So as long as we take the proper ethical steps of not throwing the negative label of inferiority at other people it makes the world, much more connected.

When you let go of the need to be right in every argument and the need to be the most superior male or female in your area, you start to develop a more universal relationship with everyone that you encounter and you begin to feel more in tune with the nature of your surroundings.

If you emphasize your entire existence on being superior you begin to attract certain people who think that your a role model for being better and superior. However with that said, once you begin to free yourself from being superior and you no longer allow other people to feel inferior or below you in their abilities and talents, it leads to stronger attraction of kindness, love, abundance, creativity, and harmony.

When you truly improve yourself, you show yourself through improving the world around you, and in essence other people in your environment.

By getting rid of your superiority-complex you begin to become less judgmental, and become more conscious of your surrounding as well as the traits of other people.

“The deeper the self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.”  -Dr. Wayne Dyer

Leaving the superiority-complex takes time and dedication, however as with any objective it can be done. The greater the effort you focus on self-realization and the more time you spend leaving your ego behind, ultimately the more fulfilled you begin to feel inside.

You can be great, since you were born with greatness, but you cannot be great without mentors and other leaders before you.

You can be a good person and display your potential and show it to the world, but it may take time before the right discoveries are made.

You can fly, but you must first learn the art.

You can dream a thousand dreams, but you must live them and share them with the world through your creativity.

Once you leave superiority, you begin to reach towards infinity. When you reach for infinity, you begin to contemplate what is possible.

What you have within you, shines greater than any gleaming jewel undug from the earth.

When you close the door on your ego, you begin to really view life as a much bigger picture with boundaries that stretch towards infinity.

As Dr. Wayne Dyer boldly states, “Ego and genius are mutually conclusive. Genius is a function of surrendering to the source or reconnecting to it so dramatically that one’s ego is substantially minimized (Dyer 233).”

How will you get what you want, and what do you really want? Whatever it is it won’t be as fulfilling until you release the need to be superior.

Works Cited:

Dyer, Wayne W. The Power of Intention: Learning To Co-Create Your World Your Way. Carlsbad CA: Hay House, 2004. Print.

How You Can Maximize Productivity

Maximizing Productivity

Let’s see here. Let me guess. You’re still at a standstill and you’re trying to figure out how to conquer the next thing on your to-do-list. Well, the good news is, that if you set yourself in the right mindset you can get yourself out of trouble and into a productive state-of mind.

In order to get to a productive state-of-mind, you have get out of your familiar routine and move towards inner purpose.

A lot of distractions are like sharks in this world. These distractions can be technology or habits that serve little purpose. In some ways these sharks can be waiting for you at the top of the water.

The best way to avoid becoming prey for the sharks out in the world is to hold a strong mindset. In order for anyone to be productive it’s important to have strong qualities.

If you carry a driven heart, an audacious mind, and combine it with forward thinking, a bold personality, and a vivacious spirit. You might just be the type of head-strong person who can overcome impetuous tasks with a heart full of passion and gladiatorial drive that sharks cannot handle.

There are multiple ways in which you can maximize your productivity in your life and eliminate the sharks.

Here is a little list:

  1. No Television or movies until you reach your goal for that day, or week.
  2. Count how much time you spend on Social Media. (If you spend too much time limit it.)
  3. Don’t listen to music unless you’re exercising or driving in the car.
  4. Go to sleep by 9:30PM on weekdays.
  5. Work a job or go to school for a maximum of 8 hours. (I accept hobbies too, because hobbies are creative outlets that can lead to a potential business.)
  6. Find an accountability partner or create a group of mastermind friends who motivate you each day.
  7. Share ideas with others and use them to maximize your potential.
  8. Keep a journal and record your progress on each of your goals and endeavors.

Nowadays social media is the ultimate hindrance. It keeps people’s mind in an endless entrapment. Unless you happen to be consuming quality information that may be beneficial for your life goals, most of the time it’s just a non-verbal way of communicating with people and sharing information.

I understand that a lot of people are now stuck in their own worlds so it’s becoming increasingly common for people to just share information in a variety of ways. When you can’t talk to every person that you want to face to face, that’s where social media can be advantageous. The best thing you can generally do, is to spend a few minutes a day on your preferred social media platforms.

A solid way to maximize your productivity is to embrace your inner strength and stay out of the social media fix as much as possible. You can do this by making a list of your successes each night, before you go to bed. It doesn’t really matter how big your successes are, as long as your better today than you were yesterday, you are in the midst of building a brighter tomorrow.

Don’t let others hold you back. Seize open opportunities and give you life hours away in the activities that fill you with satisfaction. Spend your day doing the things that fill your inner purpose.

If you’re trying to become successful in any way, you have to Master Your Priorities. Avoid television as much as possible. I understand that it’s easy to become trapped by sports, and other entertainment. However with that said, if you really have something inside your heart that’s driving you with no end in site, you have to find a way to move around your obstacles.

Whatever you put first in your life are the most important things. If you want to reach your destination or fulfill your wildest dreams, you can do it!

Believe in yourself, keep positive people in your life, stay strong, and maximize your productivity!

How To Upgrade Your Health This New Year

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If you’re like most people my guess is that you want to make this new year, your year to remember. So let me begin this first post of 2015, with a positive affirmation. “Beginning with each new day, you will create a great year.” What better way to have a great start, than to have a game plan set up on how you’re going to execute your health and fitness goals in perfect fashion.

I have made myself the promise that from this day forward, I am going to dedicate my time and effort to make kind-hearted people become the best versions of themselves.

The majority of people like to climb up the ladder, whether it be in regards to finances, job security,  spirituality, or overall health. I don’t know very many people who wish they were more unhealthy and destroyed their body more with toxins and foreign substances that degrade one’s level of health.

In order to reach a state of optimal health and be well, it will take a high level of discipline and commitment. I have spent a large amount of time studying natural medicine and the topic of holistic health, so I would like to give some valuable advice for start.

To start off the year properly design a list of your favorite foods and what you eat on a typical week. After writing each food down on a list, grab a pen and check off each food that contributes to a healthier life or increases vitality.

Once you have checked off the foods that you feel are helping lead you to an increased state of wellness, begin to divide these check-marked foods into specific categories. Depending upon the food group that the specific food falls into, now ask yourself whether that food belongs on the list of Foods to Avoid.

My List of Foods To Avoid Includes:

  1. Foods Containing Trans Fats. (Mostly Deep Fried Fast-Food.)
  2. Foods With Excess Sugar.
  3. Refined Grains. (White rice, white bread, white pasta.)
  4. Processed Foods.
  5. Foods With Unknown Ingredients. (I call these foods chemical soups. Stay away from MSG, aspartame, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and other preservatives.)

After you have narrowed down your food groups and identified the foods that you eat, make sure you stick with the foods that are helping to contribute to a higher level of vitality. Once you become committed to “saying goodbye”, to your unhealthy foods and bad habits of junk food consumption, you can begin to realize some changes.

The next step towards upgrading your health this year is to get yourself in the right frame of mind. If you are not in the right frame of mind you won’t get fit and healthy. You need to dig deep within yourself, and find motivation to exercise, eat the right foods, find inner harmony, and surround yourself with the right minded people.

If you wake up each day, you must have something motivating you, or someone to live for. Living in the western world most people are fortunate enough to have access to all the tools and knowledge needed to live healthy and successfully.

To reach for higher ground and enhance your life, don’t just look for prosperous health, but make it happen by stretching your mind and body. Make a commitment towards reaching the gym, hitting the workout with drive, and strengthen your body.

Be sure to take these steps this year…

  1. Detox Your Life.
  2. Put Yourself In Situations That Make You Happy.
  3. Exercise With Weights, Sports, or Martial Arts.
  4. Do Yoga or Meditation.
  5. Think Positively Each Day.
  6. Be Realistic With Your Health.
  7. Be Optimistic About Your Health.
  8. Reconnect With Your Inner Spirit.
  9. Take Whole Food Vitamins and Minerals.
  10. Laugh and Spend Time With The People You Love.
  11. Get Enough Sleep Each Night.
  12. Avoid Toxic Media and Television.
  13. Look To Live In A Clean Environment.
  14. Get Enough Fresh Air Each Day.
  15. Manage Your Stress and Cortisol Levels.

In order to make each day better this year, aim to reach a state of natural balance. If you at least become aware, you’re half-way towards entering a state of optimal health.

Sources:

100 Ways to Stay Young. Parragon, 2011. Print.