Spring Cleaning: Throw away unwanted pounds

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2014 has been an extremely busy year thus far and I feel like I have been carrying around some extra weight. After hovering around 200 lbs for the past several months, I set a goal earlier this year to reach 190 by this Summer. Despite consistently making quality food choices, limiting my portion sizes and exercising regularly, my weight does not seem to be responding as I have come to expect. Continue reading

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Back to the basics

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Eating healthy can be complicated! There are so many different dietary guidelines and recommendations these days, some of which are contradictory to one another, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated. I often wonder if we are missing the boat entirely when it comes to dieting for optimal health and longevity. In my opinion, too much time and energy is spent on various tangential imperatives, while ignoring the incredibly basic principle of eating real food.

Following are a few noteworthy examples of how I feel we may be disconnecting ourselves from what we are eating, in favor of controlling and manipulating nutrition to meet certain health-based criterion. Continue reading

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The reason I stopped PORKING OUT

From time to time, I am asked why I don’t eat pork tenderloin. After all, from a nutritional standpoint, it is comparable to a skinless chicken breast. So if it’s a relatively low-calorie lean source of protein, why do I choose to avoid it?

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“Your body is your business”

I recently came across this fascinating TEDx talk on YouTube after a friend turned me on to Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of the book Mind Over Medicine. If you have an interest in health and healing, I strongly suggest that you take the time to watch this video and read my recap below, where I share some of my personal perspective.

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Kids Fit Club

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My dietary transformation has been a very personal journey for me and has not been adopted entirely by my immediate family. For example, just because I genuinely believe that humans are not designed to consume another animal’s milk (especially throughout the course of their lifetime), I have NOT imposed a household ban on dairy products. Meanwhile, I would argue that some of my dietary habits have rubbed off on my family. Continue reading

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Diet and Religion

It occurred to me this holiday season that diet and religion have striking similarities.

Following are the Top 10 reasons for my perspective:

1. All diets, like religion, have guidelines to follow. Be it Atkins, Mediterranean, Nutrisystem or The Zone, all diets have a specific set of rules to abide by.

2. People start diets just like they turn to religion. It is commonly  done with the hope of self-improvement and it often gives people a sense of purpose. Continue reading

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Reflecting on the past

July 2008

July 2008

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

I was reminded of this famous quote the other day when my family was watching a home video from the Summer of 2008, which is depicted in the above photo collage. This was the heaviest period of my life – I believe that I weighed in excess of 270 lbs. Continue reading

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