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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The 4 Pillars Of A Healthy Diet

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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 I had a handful of mixed, raw nuts; and an apple.

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 wild-caught salmon; a sweet potato; and kale (sautéed in ghee).

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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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Mental Muscle: September 2017

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What’s up everybody?

This post will kick off a new segment of my blog: at the end of every month I will send out links to all the interesting podcasts, books, documentaries, articles, music, movies, and performances that I checked out throughout the previous 4 weeks and that inspired me in some way, shape or form.

I’ve been doing this for my clients via email the last few months, and I thought that it would be cool to share this stuff with all of you as well.

One of the characteristics that I feel distinguishes me from others in the health and fitness industry is that I have a very broad definition of “wellness.”

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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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Change Your “Diet”

Image result for music and booksThis 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.

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Know Thyself

 

socratesWho 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.

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Every Book I Read This Year

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I had one New Year’s resolution in 2015, and it was to read 2 books a month for all 12 months.

I am pleased to say that not only did I accomplish this task, but I totally murdered it!

As I type this post, just 3 days away from the new year, I am currently half way through my 28th book!

I can honestly say that this experience has been life changing, and I will undoubtedly continue this hobby through 2016 and beyond.

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Carbohydrate Timing

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People love to complicate sh*t.

Carbohydrate timing is a perfect example.

Ask twenty different health “experts” or your local gym bro about when the best time to eat carbohydrates is, and you will undoubtedly get twenty different answers.

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The Real Deal

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you heard about Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.

Whatever your religious views are (or aren’t), one would have to admit that the man is truly an impressive and admirable human being.

In just 5 days, he managed to meet with our president, address a joint session of Congress, address the United Nations General Assembly, head a multi religious prayer service at the 911 memorial, give a mass at Madison Square Garden, and participate in many other acts of good will and charity towards the citizens of this nation – all at the ripe young age of 78!

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