Sunday, February 7, 2016

One Week to Go in the Biggest Loser Race

Some of my friends and family members are engaged in a social media game I started to inspire weight loss and improved health.  The biggest loser wins $100 on Valentine's Day.  I was the first lab rat in the experiment to see if food changes could reduce my high blood pressure readings.  The alternative would have been a lifetime of prescription medicine.  I'm happy to report that this lab rat is feeling good and all health issues are fully resolved.  Now it's time to cheer on my friends and family members who gave up their Super Bowl pizza for a shot at the hundred bucks.  This race is going to be a photo finish.

If you're curious about the game, type Rock, Paper, Caveman in your search bar on your Facebook page or click here for the link.  Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and have a great day.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sharing the Road on My Food Journey

There is one aspect of my food journey that really gets my blood pumping and that's sharing the road with friends and family.  My mother was shocked when she picked me up at the airport last month.  She knew about my food experiment and why I gave up so many of my favorite foods but she said the photos I sent her didn't reveal the whole picture of my good health. 

I  knew something special was happening when my mother recounted her memories of grandma's homemade tortillas to my cousin John, the doctor who initiated the food experiment that saved my life.  Mom told me she is willing to give up tortillas and revamp her food menu in order to kick Type II Diabetes in the butt.  She is already down seven pounds in two-and-a-half weeks.  Others in my test group are reporting astounding results.  It turns out eating the way our ancestors ate is good for your health.  I gave up processed foods and eat mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  Next month I will be visiting my physician for a six month follow-up since I last had my lipid panels checked.  The results aren't really for my benefit because I know how I feel on the inside.  The results are for others who may want to share the food journey with me on the road to optimum health.  My hope is that my story will inspire others to make changes to their food program.  I hope my grandma will forgive me for giving up her tortillas and for convincing my mom to do the same but I think she's smiling from above as she watches us learn how to improve our health.  Have a great day.

Friday, February 5, 2016

What Your Walking Billboard Tells Others About Your Health

Like it or not, you are a walking billboard and your sign reveals much about your health.  You may feel you're safe because your message blends perfectly with millions who live in America.  Not so fast.  Ask yourself, is it possible my walking billboard is not a reflection of what God had in mind when he created me?  Did I somehow change the message by mistreating my body?  I was guilty of this.  That's when I decided it was time to downsize my over-sized belly.

The truth is you are what you eat.  Eat healthy and you look healthy.  Make poor eating decisions and your walking billboard is visible for all the world to see.  Unfortunately, if you fail to make changes, your sign is taken down early and your message is removed prematurely because of a heart attack, stroke or other food related disease.

My hope for you today is that you will choose to separate yourself from a sea of sick billboards dotting our country and become a walking billboard of good health that inspires the next generation of people who will inherit this planet.  What message will you choose to display for others?  You don't have to answer.  Your billboard speaks for itself.  Have a great day.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Salute to the Late Bloomers

Late Bloomer:  A late bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual.

Are you worried you haven't found your purpose in life yet?  Take a deep breath and let go of your worries.  I've been so busy battling my demons these last several decades that I failed to see what's blooming in my garden of life at the ripe old age of fifty-five.  Many in my age group say their best days are behind them.  They let their waistlines get out of control.  They stopped exercising.  Today I'm saluting all the late bloomers in the world who refuse to let time be a boundary.

It's never too late to be what you might have been.  Think about that today when you go out into the world.  If you want to plant a garden in the Winter stages of your life, today is that day to get busy.  Don't make excuses.  Be that rose that blooms when all the other flowers in the garden have withered.   Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why Passion Trumps Intelligence

The smartest person in the room isn't necessarily the one who will change the world.  The one to watch is that individual who oozes passion from the depths of his or her own soul.  This is the one who will move mountains.  Why?  Because this person always finds a way to get things done in spite of any shortcomings he or she may have. 

I believe the greatest asset an individual can possess is love.  Love inspires passion.  When you are so deeply in love that you will let go of everything else in the world in order for love to blossom, then you know what I'm referring to.  You know where passion comes from.  You can feel it inside you.  Your passion will lead you to places and people you never would have dreamed to be possible if you only paid attention to the intelligent ones who measure risk and probabilities of success.  The smart ones advise you not to follow your heart because you will surely fall and you may get hurt.  But the passionate ones know love heals all wounds.  They know you can't put a price tag on chasing dreams even if your net may appear empty to the outside world.  Follow your passion.  Live the dream.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Why Living on the Same Page in Your Relationship Matters

It's not about 100% agreement.  It's not about hiding your feelings.  It's about being present in the moment.  Relationships won't survive if one individual in stuck in a previous chapter or another is so concerned about the future that they start skipping over things that matter today.  Living in the moment together requires commitment.  When it's done right, it's like watching a pair of ice dancers skating in harmony.  And when the rhythm isn't there, everyone cringes. It's painful to watch. 

Are you afraid your storybook may not have a happy ending because you and your lover are out of sync?  Take a moment today to share why you're not on the same page and work it out.  Listen to your partner.  Let the words soak in.  And don't be afraid to adjust your timing so the two of you can live on the same page.  Turn the pages together and enjoy the journey.  Have a great day.

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Morning Kick-start

Mrs. Caveman and I shared everything you see pictured above in this morning's breakfast meal.  The fruit on the plate in the upper left was blended in a high speed blender along with the oranges, bananas, 1/2 avocado, celery and spinach.  I fried the egg in coconut oil and added almonds, walnuts,  tomato, onion and mushroom on top with a dash of salsa.  This is how I kick-start all my mornings and the routine keeps me going until lunch.

If you're having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, take a look at what you're eating.  You owe it to yourself to feed your body what it needs to power through your day without feeling like you have an anchor tied around your belly.  Have a great day.