Month: January 2014

What’s the Deal with Salmon?

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Salmon is good for you right?  No. Salmon isn’t good for you; it’s great for you.  There are so many health benefits that come from this beautiful looking fish that it’s almost not fair.  However, my eyes were really opened the other day.  After hanging out with my good buddy Jeremy over the last couple of days, he casually reminded me about that earthquake which happened in Japan about 2 years ago.  You guys remember that?  Anybody?  Crickets? The mainstream media simply doesn’t cover this story anymore because it is “old news.”  The fact of the matter is this isn’t old news because it is an ongoing crisis every single day.   There is more fallout from the earthquake than people can begin to fathom.  Of course I went home to look this up from my end and was shocked at what I found.

Fukushimia, a nuclear power plant in Japan is spilling out record-breaking amounts of radiation into the Pacific Ocean everyday.  Experts say this is 20 to 30 times the amount of radiation poured out (per day!) as the U.S. nuclear strike in World War II on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  That gives you a little perspective right?  The Pacific Ocean is compromised.  How does this affect us here in the states?  Ocean life from the Pacific is truly suffering which is the reason why we should stay away from fish and other life coming from the Pacific Ocean.  Before you start assessing your life over the last couple years, just know like anything else, it is all about doses.  For example: When we get an X-ray at the Doctors office, we take in a small dosage of radiation even though we are still protected.  That small amount simply will not harm you.  That is why if you haven’t been aware of this radiation leak, it is not the end of the world.

Going forward, my advice is to just try and be more aware of this.  One thing you can do is when picking out fish at the store, ask the fish guy behind the counter if this is from the Atlantic or Pacific.  Simple enough.  I did this today and the guy not only knew, but def seemed like he has gotten that question before.  In a heartbeat he knew it was from the Atlantic.  I bought myself a solid piece of salmon which I baked tonight as seen in the pic above.

Besides fish, this radiation leak has many residual effects.  To quote a great article I found, they said the following. “An MSNBC article in April of 2012 reported that seals and polar bears were found to have “external maladies” that consisted of fur loss and open sores, obvious signs of radiation burns from the Fukushima meltdown.”

I mean, I don’t know about the rest of you but my heart breaks for these animals.  Heck, I feel guilty when my dog doesn’t have a fresh bowl of cold water and she has to deal with luke warm day old stuff.  Can you imagine what these poor animals are going through?  We are talking about burns, sores, fur loss and other crap we probably haven’t even thought of. This not only hurts them in the present but extinction is seriously a factor now.

At the end of the day this isn’t a Fukushimia disaster awareness post.  Well, it kind of is but I really just wanted to put this info out there for all of you to learn how to pick out fish properly now.  I just pass along the knowledge that comes to me.

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The Anti Diet Program

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Forget about these diets you see on TV.  Atkins, South Beach Diet, Nutri-System, Shakeology, and more are all out there to get you hooked on to their vicious cycle.  These diet plans may work in the short term.  You may find yourself losing weight in regards to shocking your body. However they have a quick expiration date.  By quick I mean quick.  These foods are processed and loaded with sodium, sugar, and chemicals which if you didn’t know are flat out bad for you. The worst thing about them is they do not set you up for your after-diet life.  AKA the rest of your life.  I can attest to this because I have tried them all.

The best thing you can do to be healthier is simply start eating healthy. Don’t think of a start and end date but rather think of it as your way of life.  Go to your grocery store.  Buy fresh produce and groceries.  Learn your town and try to figure out a local place to buy organic fruits and veggies.  This will save a couple bucks in your pocket and you will feel fantastic about it.  A lot of these “diet” foods are loaded with sodium and sugars. They say they are low in calories, which makes people think is ok. Calories are the least of it.  The sodium and sugar is what will hurt you more!

Fat content scares people off but the truth is fats are good for us.  Outside of trans and saturated fats, we should be trying to get more fats in us particularly from fish.  This would be polyunsaturated fat.  Which reminds me.  I definitely need to start eating more salmon again.  Salmon is by far the best fish you can eat.  I ate a lot of fish at the beginning of my journey but haven’t in a long time.  Glad I’m writing this actually haha.  Monounsaturated fats are also beneficial. These come from different kinds of oils, nuts, and avocados.

I can’t express how much I dislike these diet plans mentioned above.  Seriously they are wack.  The best thing you can do is either listen to people you trust who will support your healthy eating or talk to good ole me.  I have good advice to give and can surely help anybody reach their goals. It amazes me how these companies can get away with this stuff!!

Strawberries for the week

Yeah it takes a little effort to cut them up but look at me now I have strawberries for the week. Pre and post workout, throw some in cereal or just have around the apartment, preparing food ahead of time is huge. Not to mention the health benefits strawberries provide but that is for another post. Future you will thank current you.

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Basic tip

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Random basic note that will go a long way.  Use an ab roller.  I’m sure you all know what it is and I am obviousaly late to the party.  Thanks to my good friend leah (laya) who introduced me to the item, I consider it to be one of the most beneficial exercises for your core and even your triceps.  At first it may be tough but it takes less than 5 min of your time to break out a couple sets.  Do yourself a favor, if you don’t own one already, pick one up.  I’m telling you,  you will see a difference quickly.  They go from $12 up to $40.  They are even great to bring to work if you have your own office.  Close your door Ari Gold style and break out a few sets while on an important business call.  What can possibly go wrong?

Here is a link to the proper way of doing this exercise.

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-an-Ab-Roller