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Motivational Quotes

Motivational Quotes

Motivational Quotes

Is there something specific that you have been wanting to accomplish or a fear you have been wanting to reduce? Maybe sky diving, traveling to another country alone, telling someone you love them, confronting death or failure, or public speaking?

I can recall getting strong anxiety and my body would start sweating when I would think about a future possible moment when I MIGHT have to speak in front of a crowd. My fear of public speaking has drastically changed due to my actions.

I feel that quotes can be used as a stepping stone towards us taking action in life. I would have to say that one of my favorite motivational quotes is by Neal Donald Walsch…

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

We could probably fill up a dictionary when it comes to motivational quotes. This specific quote above gives my brain and body a reminder that I still have things that I would like to accomplish throughout the rest of my journey.

One of my relatives bought me a magnet with this quote on it some time ago, and I still love looking at it whenever I need a verbal self reminder.

For me personally…I enjoy living life with minimal fears. I like to [Read more…]

Insomnia?

Insomnia?

Have Insomnia? Think Again…

Can you recall the last time you received renewed and revitalized sleep?

You went to bed around 10pm without waking up once during the night to go pee. You naturally woke up between 6-7am without an alarm, and began to open your eyes with clarity and energy. Wouldn’t it feel great to experience this for a handful of days every week?

We could say that this type of body rhythm is the exact opposite of someone who experiences insomnia.

Insomnia basically means that you have difficulty falling asleep or struggle staying asleep throughout the night. (As a side note, I am not a doctor and am not diagnosing you with anything written in this blog…just providing information!)

The CDC states that “reports on the prevalence of healthy sleep behaviors and self-reported sleep-related difficulties among U.S. adults provide further evidence that insufficient sleep is an important public health concern.”

This doesn’t mean that everyone is moving towards insomnia. In my opinion and personal experience working with sleep troubled clientele, I do feel that many people’s lifestyles, nutritional strategies, and stressors may need a little support and modification when it comes to teaching their bodies to sleep better.

I don’t think we need to get into the statistics of people who are struggling with their shuteye and insomnia like patterns. It’s obvious. It’s a common theme to hear someone that you know share, “I didn’t sleep well last night,” or “It took me forever to fall asleep.” Three out of four of my closest family members have challenges with their sleep.

From my personal experience as a health practitioner, getting restful sleep seems to be a strong desire that 90% of my clients have. I have a strong feeling that most of you have no interest reaching a point of constant sleep struggles and insomnia like habits.

Here are some simple steps you can start taking to begin reversing insomnia like patterns… [Read more…]

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Are you aware of certain foods that sky-rocket inflammation, chop away your energy, and pack on the pounds? There are plenty. If there was a complete list of foods that cause inflammation, it would probably fill up a swimming pool. Unfortunately, there are hidden ingredients with every food corner you turn, thanks to the folks who like to see your food withstand a shelf life for 65 years.

Don’t get overwhelmed by my lovely swimming pool metaphor.

If there was a top ranked item on my foods that cause inflammation list, it would be Carrageenan. What in sassafras-ass is that?

Carrageenan is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate) that is extracted from red edible seaweed. It is extremely popular in our food industry; primarily used to act as a thickening, gelling, and stabilizing agent.

Now wait one gosh darn minute! Isn’t seaweed a nutritious food chocked full of minerals??

Seaweed may contain various nutrients and the commonly known element iodine, but [Read more…]

Home Remedies For Constipation

Home Remedies For Constipation

An old lady went to her doctor to see what could be done about her constipation.
“It’s terrible,” she said, “I haven’t moved my bowels in a week.”
“I see. Have you done anything about it?” asked the doctor.
“Naturally,” she replied, “I sit in the bathroom for a half- hour in the morning and again at night.”
“No,” the doctor said, “I mean do you take anything?”
“Naturally,” she answered, “I take a book.”

I love this joke, as it’s a simple way of looking at how we should move our bowels…naturally! Constipation is a major “GI problem affecting roughly 42 million people per year.” (U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services)…and that was estimated in 2004! Many people resort to taking various medications, but there are many home remedies for constipation.

Have you noticed yourself straining on occasion while sitting on the toilet? Do you feel that your bowels need a boost? Consider taking a different approach when it comes to applying a few home remedies for constipation. 

There are deeper rooted issues to why the GI system gets stopped up. Many of them [Read more…]

Smoothie Recipes

Curious about creating healthy smoothie recipes?

When it comes to the phrase ‘starting your day off right,’ there can be an infinite number of meanings depending on who you ask. It may translate into someone enjoying their cup of coffee, going to the gym, reading the newspaper, or spending a few minutes with the kiddos before they are off to school.

You will notice [Read more…]

How To Relieve Stress

How To Relieve Stress

I can recall using foam bats to hit my family over the head with…for therapeutic reasons of course. I remember all of us being apart of a few counseling sessions some years ago, allowing us to remain open and less stagnant within family dynamics. Back then I had no clue how to relieve stress, but I think my mom was onto something.

How often do you think about how to relieve stress? Once a week? Everyday? All of us have weekly stressors in our life. This can include mental, emotional, and physical stressors. I feel that it’s quite ok to have our occasional turmoil, but when life tension remains elevated, headaches occur, monkey mind ensues, and our metabolism begins to slowly decline.

Imagine being on a roller coaster. Can you picture the ups and down? I want you to think about the [Read more…]

Flatulence: Friend or Foe?

Flatulence: Friend or Foe?

Whoever smelt it dealt it! Whoever describe it applied it! Can you recall when someone used one of these rhymes to assign the blame?? I remember my junior high school days when these accusations were commonly used towards the person who was flatulence-guilty.

Growing up in an Italian Jewish household, my family was extremely relaxed and downright supportive of our flatulence. I personally feel that the concept of farting is a simple enjoyment in life. I also now understand a bit more of the physiology behind digestion, and would rather stick to a few puffs of wind throughout the day.

When you think about it, all of us fart; some more than others and some a lot less. The funny thing about it is that our flatulence is something we all have in common! (yes, you too) I enjoyed reading a recent post on an online forum recently that read: “It’s what makes us human, humbles us, and reminds us that we are all the same.”

But, have you considered the health of your body after getting a whiff of that atrocious aroma? [Read more…]

Amino Acids

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Amino Acids

Let’s keep this blog nice and simple! Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein! There are twenty different kinds of aminos that can make up a protein, but that doesn’t mean every protein item has the same content of amino acids.

Certain amino acids are made within our body, and others need to be taken in through our daily food.

To keep it simple, I want you to think about amino acids as your daily protein intake. What types of protein are you getting? Fish, chicken, lamb, beef, shellfish?

When you get down to the nerdy science of these protein based food sources there are some serious differences. Yes, a difference in amino acids! A piece of muscle meat is harder to digest than a piece of fish. Why? Meat requires more chewing to break down, more acidity and enzyme secretion needed, has a higher fat content, and have specific amino acids that provide a different metabolic response. (keep in min this can fluctuate depending on an individual’s metabolism)

What is another protein source you might not be aware of, that contains a specific set of amino acids? [Read more…]

Is protein powder good for you?

Is protein powder good for you?Is protein powder good for you?

Have you ever seen the second episode of Southpark, back in 1997?

It was the episode called Weight Gain 4000. Cartman became intrigued by a 30 second weight gainer infomercial, demanding to his mom that he needed it immediately. The popular trendy line that many people repeated after this episode was “Beefcake…Beefcake!!!

In my opinion, it’s a funny example of how people get hooked on protein powders, weight gainers, and random powders that supposedly make them bigger, more bad ass, and invincible!

Am I advocating that you go pick up that oversized propane tank like tub of weight gainer at your local store? No. Am I encouraging you to watch the Weight Gain 4000 SouthPark episode? Yes! (not for the easily offended)

People often ask me about supplementation. I was just asked last week, “Hey Damian, Is Protein Powder Good For You?” I usually use my ninja verbiage to dodge the question, without sounding like I am too opinionated.

Maybe you have been told that you should buy a powder because it’s such a phenomenal workout companion. You might have been mislead to believe that you absolutely need a weight gainer to get large and put on size. Bullshit. It’s mostly about the  industry making moolah for the most part. Sure, there might be a time when you may need to use a supplement to assist your health. Using food as your supplement is a common statement a coach of mine always says.

I have had access to a Naturopathic Warehouse over the years, and have used some of the best supplements out there. It still doesn’t mean I need them to mend or heal my body.

Here are the pros and cons of using protein powder…

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Ways to Increase Flexibility (Part 2)

ways to increase flexibilityWays to Increase Flexibility (Part 2)

All of you who started to stretch after reading my last blog can now do the splits like the girl above yes? Great. You are flexible for life. It’s actually me in this picture from my gymnastic days. I wanted to be humble so I superimposed someone else’s face.

Keep practicing the first three tips I mentioned from Ways to Increase Flexibility Part 1…

Here are two more ways you can increase flexibility today!

  1.  Pre-Workout Stretching
    • Do you go to the gym? Walk Outside? Ride a bike? Start stretching right before your exercise of choice. It’s an easy way to mold it into your practice naturally. You have already made the decision to do a form of exercise…why not “sneak” in a few stretches to keep the ball rolling?
    • Stretching before an activity or exercise helps blood flow, lengthens tight muscles, and prepares the body for movement. Pencil in five to ten minutes of stretching and five minutes on the treadmill, and you’re ready for action!
  2. Cultivate Your Breath

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