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.
Continue reading “Fake News”
Yesterday morning, shortly after waking up, I had breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs; a bowl of organic oats mixed with raw honey, cinnamon, and a half a cup of berries; and a big cup of organic, black coffee.
Mid-morning, after my workout, I had a protein shake consisting of plant-based protein powder and almond milk; with a banana on the side.
For lunch I had a half a cup of black beans on a bed of Jasmine rice; steamed broccoli; half an avocado; and 1 cup of bone broth.
My dinner consisted of 6 ounces of grass-fed ground beef; a sweet potato; and kale (sautéed in ghee).
Continue reading “The 4 Pillars Of A Healthy Diet”
We’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.
Continue reading “10 Books You Should Read In 2018”
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
~ Leonardo Da Vinci
Continue reading “Mental Muscle: November 2017”
If you missed the first installment of the “Mental Muscle” series last month, you may check it out here.
Continue reading “Mental Muscle: October 2017”
According to National Geographic’s 2014 documentary, Sleepless In America, the average American sleeps just 6.5 hours each night, with 40% of all U.S. adults sleeping less than 6 hours per night, and many more getting less than 5 hours throughout the week—this despite The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendation of at least 7-9 hours per night for adults.
What does this data imply for our overall health and well-being as a society?
Well, being chronically sleep deprived can lead to a whole host of problems for us—cognitively, behaviorally, and metabolically.
Continue reading “Sleep Strategies For Success”
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.
Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy”
This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.
Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass.”
The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.
Continue reading “Change Your “Diet””
Let me start this post by wishing everyone reading a very “Happy New Year.”
A few years ago I decided that I wasn’t reading as much as I would’ve liked, and I made a resolution to read at least 2 books per month.
I was out of practice, and sitting down for several minutes on end in deep concentration was not easy.
Like most adults living in the “Age of Information,” my brain had adapted to quick bouts of stimulus from multiple sources spread out across the day.
I decided to treat this endeavor as a form of mental exercising, and I started with a slow, gradual approach, just as I would any type of athletic pursuit.
Continue reading “Every Book I Read This Year – 2016”
Who am I?
What is my purpose?
What is the meaning of life?
Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.
I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.
Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.
In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.
Continue reading “Know Thyself”