Don’t compete with the negatives

We all have our own life challenges and it may be preventing you from getting on with your life. Let’s learn to stop. Ever got into this conversation when everyone competes about how terrible their life is. “Oh you had it bad. I had it worse. You can never handle this.” Does that ever impress anyone? By doing that, you are stopping yourself from growing. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Let go of whatever you went through and live the best of it.

The importance of mindset

I heard tons of quotes about how the mindset is the key to everything.
“It doesn’t matter if you lose a thousand pounds. If in your mind you are fat, you will always be fat.”
“The mindset is the key to success.”
“Lots of people try to change their actions, their looks and everything without changing their identity because it’s easier. If you don’t change your inside, it doesn’t matter how much your looks change, you will always revert back.”

Thinking about it, this is probably why I have successfully changed in my life. Something clicked in my head. It may have been easier for me because I’m a decisive, go-for-it type person that I don’t need to see or know everything before I make it happen. Changes are not easy. One most important part of it is believing in yourself and believing that you are changing for the better.

Changing your lifestyle habits is the same, and it’s harder because the results are intangible. You can say you have a professional career so you are always too busy to exercise, but can you believe the most successful people always find time to exercise; because the energy they get from that less than one hour a day makes them more productive for the bounds of their lives. When you are healthy (or relatively healthier if not perfectly healthy), your physical improvement transcends your emotional health, so you gain confidence and a sense of control. Plus there’s no such a thing as rich and fat people. Think Barack and Michelle Obama, Donald Trump. The richest and most successful people don’t put their health in the back burner. Period.

To a majority of people who don’t have my personality, a lot of times it’s about making them believe that it’s possible to change, to get into that mindset. That’s why I learned about coaching and coaching these people in baby steps. In the beginning it’s changing the mindset that it’s possible and will produce positive results. That maybe asking people to take vitamins daily or simply showing up to the gym or grocery store regulary while enjoying some type of positive results. It’s amusingly hard to believe how some people find it hard to just take one pill a day. It’s all about their mindsets.

Graph theory vs food combination

This article in biotechniques today about how they use trends in the foods, in combination with graph theory, to create new dishes. I think it’s a fail. What do you think?

http://www.biotechniques.com/BiotechniquesJournal/2012/July/The-new-molecular-gastronomy-or-a-gustatory-tour-of-network-analysis/biotechniques-332722.html

The roles of gratitude in my body transformation

It seems counter-intuitive to claim that this helped me successfully transform my life more so than about just cleaning my plates. People are on a busy, go-go-go attitude nowadays and they couldn’t care less about what they put in their mouth. However, on any attempts to change in order to look better or get healthier, two issues most often arise: one is that they get too busy (or believe they are too busy) and find excuses, and withdrawals symptoms come up.

The key to the first issue is that they don’t appreciate what they have or what they can (and will) do to change for the better. Also there’s nothing I can do to convince them that the outcome would be worth it, because it’s not something we can tell to make them understand. They have to experience a better quality of life, better wellbeing and tons of energy, or perhaps some diseases improved, to understand.

The second issue is that you confuse immediate physical pleasure with other things. It’s true that some foods naturally cause your body to secrete feel-great hormones, like chocolate and sugar. However, that may be because our bodies are built to store energy for the famine, a mechanism which is no longer necessary. Another possibility is that you may be sensitive or allergic to the foods. A holistic nutritionist once said if you eat the foods that you are allergic to, initially your body will secret a lot of endorphins and adrenaline, just as you are injured, before inflammation hormones are secreted. That’s we may get addicted to the foods we are allergic to. It’s definitely not easy to part from your favorite things but with awareness that it may harm you and real will, it’s possible.

It’s sort of like appreciation of arts when someone claims that you have resources for arts when the country is at peace and the economy goes well. I feel gratitude when I get to shop for foods and make my own foods. It means that I have the time to take care of myself. When I cook for someone, that person is special, so I cook most for myself. No wonder everyone always say good things about the foods in my lunchbox, that it looks awesome and so healthy. I got rid off the “too busy to take care of myself” attitude, and then I enjoy eating to live just as much as spicing things up. The kitchen and the bulk store are my playground. I love foods and I’m a huge foodie. It’s funny to say when my roommate is playing VDO games, I’m fiddling with things in the kitchen.

Now you don’t have to find the pleasure with cooking and shopping for foods to eat healthy and live healthy. What I say is find a way and set goals for attitude change. Attitudes can be changed and it’s even easier once you start experiencing positive results. I get pretty good at finding people’s objections or what they are willing to do to get better. Think about what’s the biggest thing preventing you from taking action and attack that first. If you have a hard time regularly going to the grocery store, make yourself show up at the store once a week for four consecutive weeks and then reward yourself. It’s all about finding a way. It’s also about building habits.

I work long hours in a moderately physically demanding position. But suffice to say, there’s no such a thing as “I don’t have time”. I could always squeeze out half an hour of my time to pick up groceries and perhaps another hour to pack “grab and go” meals and store them in the fridge each week. If I have more time then I make something more fancy because I enjoy it. When I start learning about food preservatives and how boxed foods contain poisonous materials, I adopt the attitude that those foods are for people who have no gratitude towards taking care of themselves so they don’t make the time. Which means I avoid those foods like a plague because it feels so good to be able to take care of myself, but I will eat those foods if it’s absolutely necessary. Starving myself is not an option, after all.