Equilibrium

I’ve been through quite the dietary journey in the last 17 or so years.

I can remember like it was yesterday, jumping on the low-fat-bandwagon in high school, because that’s what all the experts at the time touted as the recipe for a long, healthy life.

Then, in my late teens and early twenties, carbohydrates became the new scapegoat for all of our health problems as a society, and the conventional wisdom was that if you wanted to live a longer, healthier life—and sport a six-pack while at it—you should ditch the excess glucose and instead load up on tons of satiating protein and healthy fats.

A few years down the road from that, the Paleo(lithic) movement—piggybacking on the popularity of Crossfit and other extreme work-out trends—grabbed a hold of the zeitgeist, and now carbs were OK—just as long as you stayed away from grains and other post-agricultural foodstuffs.

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Mental Muscle: August 2018

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“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.” ~ John McCain

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Mental Muscle: July 2018

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“Most of us prefer to surround ourselves with opinions that validate what we already believe. You notice the people who you think are smart are the people who agree with you. Funny how that works. But democracy demands that we’re able also to get inside the reality of people who are different than us so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, but maybe they’ll change ours.” ~ Barack Obama

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Mental Muscle: May 2018

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“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Fake News

One of my favorite quotes comes from the late, great Eleanor Roosevelt:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

Something that I feel has become endemic in our society is our interminable need to fill our dialogue with events and people.

While the blame ultimately lies on each and every one of us individually, it doesn’t help that we are taking in information in a manner completely distinct from the entirety of human history.

The 24 hour news-cycle that we have grown accustomed to, especially in the last decade, is predicated less on the foundation of truth and the dissemination of broad view-points than it is on flooding us with click-bate, talking-points, and sound-bites that can be easily digested, propagated, and thus converted into ad revenue for the top media corporations.

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10 Books You Should Read In 2018

2682293197_3b1514b5c7_bWe’re about to wrap up another year and, for me, that means the culmination of yet another successful stretch of reading, learning, and growing as a human being.

It’s safe to say that we are living in a truly extraordinary time.

While we have access to more information than at any other period in human history, the advent of the internet, social media, and a vastly growing 24 hour news cycle has also made it easier than ever before for us to remain in our own bubbles of like minded people, ideas, and world views.

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Mental Muscle: October 2017

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If you missed the first installment of the “Mental Muscle” series last month, you may check it out here. 

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A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy

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I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.

One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.

I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.

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