A Change in the Federal Guidelines Concerning Cholesterol Limitations

There has been some new studies about cholesterol and is now being considered that it is not this big baddy that we were all once told it was. Recent studies in the Harvard Health Publications and the American Heart Association have been researching the way dietary cholesterol limitations and found that having limitations on our cholesterol intake is not as important as it was once portrayed. In fact, it is even stated that:

A summary of the committee’s December 2014 meeting says “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” Translation: You don’t need to worry about cholesterol in your food.
— www.health.harvard.edu

Hopefully the news could give even more credibility on some of the things Dr. Wallach has been preaching the last few years.

Check out the articles below. It's an interesting read and could very well change the way we all think about cholesterol. 

For Lack of a Better Word

I've ever been fond of the phrase "No Excuses". I know many use that motivational term to inspire people to get off their butts,  exercise or get active. Personally, it's a little condescending to just tell that to someone when they don't even understand their situation. Their "excuses" or reasons may be valid to them but to someone else it's just another reason to be lazy

If someone tells me get fit, get healthy and "stop making excuses", it doesn't motivate me in any way. In fact, it only makes me feel like this person doesn't even understand what I go through each day. Do you think I like being unhealthy? If I could do it, I would but at this point in my life, I can't because of my personal circumstances. I'm sure there are people "making excuses" not to go to the gym, however there are many of us out there who lead a busy life. Those of us working multiple jobs, multiple kids, multiple bills, and multiple EVERYTHING. How can you just sum up their life situation and tell them "stop making excuses"?

Instead of force feeding people to get their act together and get healthier, we can be a little more understanding. I know a thing or two about being busy and yet I find a way to get myself in the gym and try to eat as healthy as possible. I don't drag anybody with me but I'd rather show them my progress in how I physically look via my weight loss. Forcing someone to change their life around by telling them they are just "making excuses" doesn't make them feel any better bout themselves. I'd rather empower them and help them in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Show them, don't tell them. 

Fitness Update: Week 5

This past Friday was the completion of the fifth week and the end of powerlifting program. I am very pleased with my numbers. I am especially impressed with how far I have come with a particular lift, the deadlift. The last time I was deadlifting was back in high school, just under twenty years ago. Judging by what I did yesterday, I'm very close to achieving my first goal of getting back to that youthful strength I once had. I'm pretty sure in my next training cycle, I might achieve this goal or even surpass it!

Unfortunately, the scale still does not agree with me. I know for a fact that I can be doing better with my diet, but I'm also certain some of the weight gain is due to an increase in muscle. Either way, everything is still on a positive outcome and I can't really ask for more then that. 

When in Rome ...

Leslie and I have been busting our butts the last few months. We both work full-time jobs and often have side projects that take up our “free time”. Let’s not forget all the mandatory things that need to be taken care off to keep our lives running. With all this work and stress building up, it’s always important to release the pressures of life when you are able to.

Hakuna matata  from our view at Rio with our travel buddy Timon. 

Hakuna matata from our view at Rio with our travel buddy Timon. 

Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

Rest is a vital to the mind and body and if neglected, you can lose sight of what you are striving. We both have experienced this first-hand multiple times in the past and we have learned from our mistakes. We decided to treat ourselves to a short mini-vacation this past weekend at Vegas. I think it was exactly what we needed, although I think we would both agree that we could use an extra day or two.

One thing that interests me is how others people handle themselves when on vacation. Vegas isn't really known as the health capital of the world. It seems like every street corner has an advertisement for a discount buffet, the best steak in town, pastries from the world’s top chefs or unlimited sushi for only $9.99. I am of the mindset of “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” I’m not giving myself a free pass to eat everything in sight, however, I’m also not going deny myself from indulging in the things that Vegas has to offer.

This is always a go-to place when in Vegas. Check out Luv-It Frozen Custard between the Stratosphere and Old-Town Vegas. They have different flavors everyday.

This is always a go-to place when in Vegas. Check out Luv-It Frozen Custard between the Stratosphere and Old-Town Vegas. They have different flavors everyday.

Vacation = R&R + Carefree – (Restrictions)^Self-Control

This was a new place we tried called Hash House. It's Zagat rated one of the best places to go. I thought it was ok and I'd give it a try again. That Watermelon-Kiwi Lemonade in the picture above  is pretty good though.

This was a new place we tried called Hash House. It's Zagat rated one of the best places to go. I thought it was ok and I'd give it a try again. That Watermelon-Kiwi Lemonade in the picture above  is pretty good though.

Being somewhat of a math nerd, I thought of this little equation. Vacation equals Rest & Relaxation with an addition of a Carefree spirit while loosening up the Restrictions of your daily life but only to the power of your Self-Control.

Leslie and I had a great time sleeping in, eating various deserts that we normally stay away from and even enjoying a seafood buffet for dinner. We even hit up a little outlet shopping and found some great deals. We don’t regret anything we did and can’t wait till our next vacation wherever that may be.

Upon our return, it was back to business. I had to get my weekend workout in before the day was done. I’m about 4 weeks into my powerlifting program and I've seen great progress. My weight still fluctuates like crazy but I know it’s on a steady decline. Although this weekend didn't help my weight loss too much, I’m ok with that and willing to take responsibility. It’s worth it after all. What good is this life if you can’t enjoy the good things it has to offer? 

Our last day before the long drive home. Had to stop at the California Hotel in Old-Town and get some Hawaiian food. It's pretty  much tradition at this point. 

Our last day before the long drive home. Had to stop at the California Hotel in Old-Town and get some Hawaiian food. It's pretty  much tradition at this point. 

The portions were fairly large which means left-overs for lunch the next day!

The portions were fairly large which means left-overs for lunch the next day!

John Oliver's Take on Your Doctor + Big Pharma

Some of you might not be familiar with John Oliver's show: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, but he has some pretty interesting topics of discussion. Similar to Jon Stewart in The Daily Show, he uses his wit and humor to present the current topics of today. His latest discussion talks about how doctors are heavily influenced by those in the pharmaceutical industry. Pretty scary stuff. What do you guys think?

Kitchen Organization

Before going to the grocery store, i have already mapped out our entire meal plan for the week.  I know what we are eating each night and what lunch will also be.  I know that I don't have the most stocked kitchen, so I am slowly still building my "collection".  What worries me is kitchen organization.  

Here are questions for you:

How will I know if I still have it in the pantry?  

Are your spices in alphabetical order?  

How is your pantry organized?  

How do you store your produce? Meats?

I hope you can help me.  :)