It can be quite the struggle to buy healthy groceries these days, especially when you have to walk into a store with every food imaginable. Remember, grocery stores are businesses, and it is their job to get you to spend as much money as possible. Gone are the days where you have to fight against your wants and desires. Now you have to deal with the best advertising money can buy. For instance, I had the intention of going to Trader Joe's to buy one item, and an hour later, I had 100 dollars less in my bank account.Read More
What if I told you there was a pill that could improve your memory and productivity? The same pill has been shown to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat. It has even been shown to improve mood and decrease anxiety. Would you be interested in this supplement? Well guess what, it is free! We can take the supplement every single night, but most of us don’t. The supplement I am referring to is sleep.
Losing weight and getting in shape is very challenging for the everyday person, especially in America where work comes first and sleep comes second. We are encouraged to burn the midnight oil and told that that sleep is for the weak. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Matthew Walker, a sleep neuroscientist and author of Why We Sleep, “the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. The leading causes of disease and death in developed nations—diseases that are crippling health-care systems, such as heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and cancer—all have recognized causal links to a lack of sleep.”Read More
As a personal trainer at Equinox Downtown Los Angeles, I interact with people from all over the world. Regardless of where they come from, pleasures and principles rule them. In my experience, the people who value principles over desires tend to be more successful in achieving their weight loss goals. A pleasure-based value system directs you to eat whatever tastes best, regardless of the calories and nutrients. You smell pizza and boom! You are faced deep in some cheesy goodness.Read More
When I train a client, we do a series of warm-ups to get them ready for the upcoming workout. We need to apply the same philosophy to our day by prepping our body and mind for the forthcoming challenges the day will bring. You can’t be at your best by rolling out of bed and going to work. It may work for a couple of years, but over time your health, performance, and productivity will suffer. So, what is the secret to being healthy? I have found a morning routine to be the perfect prescription.
My morning ritual has transformed my life for the better. I am more productive and focused on achieving the goals I set for the day. It keeps me disciplined and ready to tackle discomfort. Whereas before, I ran away from pain and chased comfort. I was clueless about what needed to get done for the day. I went through the day based on emotions. I was a slave to them, being pulled around on a string like a puppet. When I craved something, I ate it. If I was too tired, I skipped a workout. My emotions controlled my behaviors and actions. Does this sound familiar? If it does, then you need to create a routine. I know I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe we all need a plan and small goals to stay on track. We need order to deal with our chaotic human, monkey mind.Read More
Lately it has been a struggle to get through the work day. Sleep has been poor and my energy has been low. Coffee consumption has doubled. The naps have gotten longer and snacking has gone up. The snacking would give me a quick jolt of energy, but it would soon subside. And I wasn’t snacking on unhealthy foods. Fruits, almonds, and jerky made up the majority of my snacks. I was confused. I couldn’t figure out why my energy had taken such a hit.Read More