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 in the raw foods diet. 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 whack.

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

The Mediterranean Diet, is often considered very heart healthy because of the abundance of omega 3 fatty acids present inside of seafood. The Mediterranean Diet is high in good fats such as monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which 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 recipes!

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. The amino acid can also be supplemented with separately from the diet, if one chooses to stay away from red meats.

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 its easy access and it’s convenience in that the carbohydrates are quickly converted into energy through our bodies metabolizing mechanisms. The toxicity particular grains contain, makes it best to avoid them if you can gradually cut them out.

Resources

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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.

In addition I don’t hold any fancy degree from an ivy league school that I can show off as a title to people, for others to see my intelligence. With that said, I don’t think that is an absolute necessity in order to make it in the world nowadays and thrive in the modern business world. What I do believe in is having a good work ethic and having 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 What The Person Next To You Thinks.

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. Don’t sit and dwell on how others feel about you and over react to other people’s opinions. Instead, 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. As Henry David Thoreau said, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” Don’t forget about your purpose. 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

Why Every College Student Should Read The Education of Millionaires

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Today’s business world is much different than it was in the last few centuries. With the upswing of modern technology and WiFi hot-spots, a lot of people are doing their work on the go from the comfort of their laptops and tablets. With the increase of many freelance jobs hidden in the market that aren’t necessarily seen on regular job market postings, it makes the real world a much more evolving atmosphere.

In order to give the young people of today’s generation a better idea and outlook. I decided to do a quick summary of an excellent business book by Michael Ellsberg, The Education of Millionaire’s.

I don’t plan to do too many book reviews on my blog, however I do firmly believe that some reading materials are definitely worth the time. For this reason, I wanted to include my personal opinion along with the modern day advice of Ellsberg on the current business and career landscape present for the generation of today.

In The Education of Millionaire’s, the book begins by discussing some of the most important skills that every young adult should be developing that aren’t necessarily taught in your State History class or Introduction to Psychology course. What is stressed in this book is the crucial need for success related skills such as personal skills and networking with people of authority. All of which aren’t necessarily taught in introductory college courses.

The college education of today consists of pounding in studies through the means of memorizing vast terms and spending all-nighters studying for material that may not always have great relevance to the modern workplace of job related skills. Unless a student is in an Engineering, Pre-Medical studies, Finance, or Computer Programming field the world is becoming increasingly hard for new graduates.

What this book really stresses is the need to develop seven key skills related to successful results in the professional world as well as practical steps to take in order to make vast changes.

The seven success skills are as follows:

  1. How to Make Your Work Meaningful and Your Meaning Work (or, How to Make a Difference in the World Without Going Broke)
  2. How to Find Great Mentors and Teachers, Connect with Powerful and Influential People, and Build a World-Class Network
  3. What Every Successful Person Needs to Know About Marketing, and How To Teach Yourself
  4. What Every Successful Person Needs to Know About Sales, and How To Teach Yourself
  5. How To Invest for Success (The Art of Bootstrapping)
  6. Build The Brand of You
  7. The Entrepreneurial Mind-set versus the Employee Mind-set: Become The Author of Your Own Life  (Ellsberg 17)

In order to really make a dent and change lives, it takes a lot more than a simple college degree as our current job applicants all across America become increasingly educated and acquire more and more higher degrees. Nowadays many people continue education all the way beyond to the point of graduate school. The question to consider is whether all the schooling necessarily pays off in the long-run and whether the knowledge is really put into practical use to help fund and create businesses.

Through the course of self-study and learning  many relevant skills can be learned in a short time span including the art of app and website creation. With the increase of online programs and software becoming increasingly available it has become much easier to develop critical skills that can be applied towards multiple entrepreneurial ventures.

The modern day student and local retail salesperson are both people that are fighting a similar fight. They’re stuck in a crowded environment where their utmost skills and talents aren’t necessarily being full utilized, while their plates are simultaneously becoming more full.

Ellsberg repeatedly stresses that the biggest part of learning in the realm of career, work, money, and business all come through the course of self-education and trying out new ideas.

It takes a lot of trial and error in order to make an impact on the lives of others while simultaneously living a fulfilling life.

In order to have a successful launch it requires a smart toolkit of skills like transferring ideas and knowledge via word of mouth.

Ellsberg recommends time after time that if you want to take things a step further and reach people outside of your local circle of influence, a major way of accomplishing this goal can be through the method of referral marketing and building brand awareness. The best way to reach large amounts of people is through setting good realistic goals and taking constant action in order to reach more followers, customers, fans, and large groups of people.

The biggest stress of this book by Michael is whether it is correct to push our future students and graduates directly into schools or whether it is more beneficial for society and human interest to go take risks with creative passions.

Just about everyone has some sort of outside hobbies and passions that they enjoy doing, but the question of whether young people should take the risk of taking on student loans and boring careers versus striking it out in the business world is what young people need to try and configure.

As quoted in the book, “More and more Americans of all ages are waking up to the reality that you don’t need a nine-to-five job to be a valuable, contributing member of society and to create wealth for yourself and others. Millions of small-business owners, entrepreneurs, computer programmers, graphic designers, independent consultants, writers, and freelancers make valuable contributions to society (creating four out of ten new jobs in the economy), outside the realm of working for a boss nine to five or (eight to eight). (Ellsberg 15)”

Ellsberg stresses there needs to be more purpose in young people’s lives that isn’t exactly shown through dull professions and university degrees. In order to have a strong balance one needs to learn the art of making a living by solving problems and making a difference.

Part of experiencing life is stumbling upon new interests and refining old skills. In order to live comfortably and confidently it requires one to be adventurous enough to take leaps in the direction of new opportunity.

The important factor for most young people is that in order to launch a successful venture it helps to have a sense of financial security so experimentation and failure can occur without being broke. Ellsberg will tell you it is way less stressful to do things like launch an entrepreneurial  experiment when there is still room to fall between the spare hours of work and life. As he states about experimenting, “Leading always feels more meaningful, impactful, and creative than following. (Ellsberg, 44)”

One of the most important takeaways that I took from reading this book, was the importance of taking the step of Aligning Your Money and Your Meaning. When you live a life without any meaning attached to it, you’ll be wondering around hopelessly in a career that brings little value or satisfaction. I really feel that this book is a game-changer and it can really motivate strong self-directed learners towards the life of one’s dreams.

One of the quotes by Matt Mullenweg on the back cover of this text is quite noteworthy,  “Self-education is the key to upgrading your mind and your life. Michael’s book teaches you how to unlock the education available outside of classes, all around you.” Matt Mullenweg the creator of WordPress.org, the platform used by blogging professionals across the world; is just one of the many big names mentioned in the book.

The book will provide any college student or employee with a strong mindset as well as street-smart toolkit full of skills that can be applied towards real world success.

Be sure to stay up to date and create a strong reading list. Get yourself a copy of The Education of Millionaires!

Works Cited

Ellsberg, Michael. The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn In College About How To Be Succesful. New York: Porfolio/Penguin, 2011. Print.

Living A Life of Positivity To Change The Modern World

Living A Life of Positivity

For most folks across the world they live a life of mediocrity. Many people are perfectly fine with a boring life of sitting on a sofa staring at a flat-screen TV, rather than living a self-designed adventure or creating their own musically orchestrated rhythm to this game we call life.

So how should we all live? Should we believe everything that we’re told? Should we thirst for life by constantly trying to experience life as fully and deeply as we possibly can?

The way I look at life, is in a fashion of mental growth and enrichment. Life is a constant climb of inclines and declines of multiple mountain peaks.

What we all really need is more love, strength, courage, inspiration, light and positivity in the world; and less cynicism, hatred, negativity, and pessimism.

After studying some ethics I began to come across some very deep contemplative questions. These questions are inevitable for the action-takers and the shape-shifters of our modern world. I decided to come up with a list of summarizations:

What should you really be doing?

-Master your good habits and do them continuously.

-Minimize your bad habits.

-Be an effective person who actively engages in positive daily interactions with every person of contact.

-Find out who the best of the best are at their trade, and learn from them. (Finding a mentor at a young developmental stage is crucial for future success.)

-Find the best of the best and try to out due them in their aesthetic field.

-Learn what form of aesthetics is your best fit. (You are brilliant and you are extremely talented. Believe it or not, you can change the world if you take the steps to change yourself and grow as an individual.)

-Study epistemology and figure out your best learning style.

-Develop your art form and reproduce your work.

-Ask the life question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

-Pursue the type of life that makes you happy. (A happy life is a virtuous life.)

-Seek progress through the sharing and innovation of ideas.

Perhaps I shouldn’t call life a game, but many people gamble with life, create, and dance their way toward successful endeavors. The way in which we choose to spend our time largely defines our personality and reflects our true character.

A life in the moment, has been proven to be a way towards more happiness, since people of true passion get lost in the moment and swiftness of their deepest endeavors.

If you live in a fashion where you enter every encounter with an intention to positively interact and leave others with their glass more full, you’re living in a state of positivity. In order to learn more about leaving other people’s glasses more full, you should read the book How Full Is Your Bucket.

You can choose to live a life full of abundance, or you can choose to live a shallow life with very little excitement in between. Most people are afraid to jump over hurdles or go outside of the loops that the massive herds of people across the world end up going through.

What our society really needs is for people to become nonconformist of our public schools and formal educations and make a difference in the lives of young people both inside and outside the confines. As Fredrich Nietzsche would promote, we need certain individuals to rise above others in thinking, learning, and idea sharing among young peers.

We need enlightened business people and spiritual people alike to share a thirst of life and positivity.

A life of positivity is composed of enlightened stages of intellect and new ideas. All these new ideas and deep contemplation can help a person reach a state of happiness. I truly believe the things that we seek in order to achieve happiness varies upon each person and their life experiences from past-present-to future.

Perhaps a resurgence of 17th century salon’s where intellectual conversation took place night and day is what America and other countries, with struggling economies need in order to refurbish. The role of feminine and masculine positions in our modern society must be questioned and answered in the near future, as we embark upon new ethical questions regarding our current modern day.

We need the good company of intellectuals who possess common interests, ideas, and love for beauty. There is a need to integrate the writers, directors, poets, musicians, athlete’s, architects, designers, entrepreneur’s and painters of today.

The largest difference between today and the 16th and 17th centuries is the technology currently presented. The modern reliance upon digital technology for entrepreneurship and communication is becoming  increasingly important across many global landscapes. Our coffee shops and cafe’s are full of people who are trying to innovate, but we need more positive integration.

The major question if we’re to recreate the idea of salons of the 16th and 17th century, how much power do we give to the modern day woman and man of today’s day and age? When we talk about equality we should talk about the implications of how much influence a woman has over a man and vice versa.

Many institutions of the modern world promote mediocrity through the teaching of nihilism. We need to change this because religion and morals have important value for society.

We need to enlighten the young minds of the globe and create abundance for the populations of people who have been robbed of their lives and natural resources.

Once people rise above the stages of Camel-Lion-Child we can have a world full of free-play and creativity for those who seek to go the extra miles.

There are many people in the countries of Central America and the continent of Africa who suffer and are in need of help. These very people are risking their lives to travel and live in western countries in order to create better and more prosperous lives.

Many countries, states, and provinces are going through massive changes in their systems of law and freedom. What needs to be done is the activation of steps towards massive change.

I suggest that more of life should be lived outside of the brick confines and out in the world of everyday experience. Whether it is workplaces or public school institutions; much of humanities potential gets trapped and untapped within brick confines.

So what do I advise?

Well, rather than having one’s creative potential put to waste, why not go out and show it to the world? Why not strive to flourish, so we can all creatively share our ideas that the world so desperately needs.

We all want to attain our goals of having sufficient healthy food, shelter, security, power, wealth, and other scarce resources that we all fight and spend our lives to obtain.

Our world is so beautiful and our people so beautiful, yet many are rather unsocial and live lives engulfed in technology and screens. Rather than living a life of fun and abundance through the beauty of aesthetic creation, many fail to create for the fear of trying.

The civilizations of the past were built upon the philosophical foundations of building virtue. The ancient Greeks and European monarchies of the past encompassed great architectural feats, musical creations, athletic displays, dramatic performances, and artistic embodiments.

Today our society still takes great strides in multiple areas, but my only fear is whether we can truly make our predecessors proud. Will the children of tomorrow be happy and excited about the things that we create today? Are we striving to create a better tomorrow or are we too conceited or embezzled in our own-self interests?

What we need is virtuous people who create happy flourishing communities across the world’s landscapes. A life of positivity is the life of a shining flashlight through the world’s dark staircases.

Many are caught up in a rat race and are constantly pursuing something without really knowing why. Is it pleasure, self-gratification, or happiness?

If you want to be a master of your work and morality, life must be lived as a means rather than an end in itself.

Go out and be radiant. Become a shining light!

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. He even gives advice on how any person can make big money online with their own website.

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. The blog also gave me advice on how to self-publish and create my own passive income through ebook sales.

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.

Changing lives and helping make the world a beautiful place by taking bold steps through smart lifestyle decisions is what we should all strive for!

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

Comparing Two Giants

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:

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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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