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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Change Your “Diet”

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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” – if you haven’t heard this album, it is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend giving it a thorough listen.

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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A Renaissance Man’s Guide To Reading

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. –Oscar Wilde

We have officially begun the second half of 2016, and I have just started reading my fourteenth book of the year.

If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that reading is one of my greatest passions.

I was an avid reader as a child, but, like many people, I fell out of the habit in my early twenties.

I few years ago, I made it a goal of mine to read at least two books per month as a way to spur me back into action.

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The Top 5 Nutritional Myths

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We live in the “Age of Information.” 

The entire wealth of human knowledge is literally at our fingertips.

Anything you could ever want to know is just a tap or click away.

And yet it blows my mind that there are still so many uninformed people out there.

While this applies to all subjects, nutritional science is a field in which the propagation of misinformation seems to have gone rampant – almost like a Donald Trump campaign rally.

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Healthy Fats, Good Carbs, Clean Protein – Part 1

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I generally don’t like them because they tend to do more harm than good.

When folks ascribe to a particular ideology or way of thinking, they tend to cease viewing the world in an objective way.

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my short amount of time on this earth, it’s that very seldom are things either completely one way or the other.

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Cholesterol Confusion

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Throughout my 6 years as a personal trainer, I have been instructing clients to stop eating egg whites and to opt for the whole egg instead.

“But what about the cholesterol?”

Despite the lack of a direct correlation between foods high in cholesterol and heart disease, this myth that natural foods like eggs, full fat dairy, and shrimp are somehow “bad” for us has been allowed to perpetuate for over half a century.

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