Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Learning Curve

Kayla and I went to a Business Development Week seminar put on by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce the other day. It was all about free marketing techniques for small business. Antony Francis from Head of Lettuce Media, a company that boosts cyber-effectiveness of marketing was there giving us hints about blogging, facebook, and countless other sites. From that training I have challenged myself to apply the principles not just for marketing purposes, but to become more compelling, relevant, and interesting in my posts. Being such a new blogger, I'm not going to sweat my humble beginnings, but I will start writing for a broader audience than just myself.

I just watched a documentary called Forks Over Knives. The overriding premise of the movie was that animal proteins promote heart disease and cancer growth where plant based proteins do just the opposite. While I am losing weight and building muscle by eating primarily animal proteins and animal fats, my internal chemistry is most likely becoming acidic and cozy for harmful processes. The American diet with its processed, meat heavy tradition is killing our life force.

I just started reading the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In it, thus far, he has discussed paradigm shifts in how we view our priorities. I'm intrigued where this paradigm shifting can lead me in my quest for health as well as educating my clients. I set out with this book with a mindset of marketing, business, management, and stuffy analytical motives. Refreshingly, it appears to be far more insightful than I could have imagined.

A fellow massage therapist was on my table the other day and told me about several nutrition related documentaries, including Forks Over Knives, which developed into a conversation regarding organic vs. Publix produce. Since there are so many fresh, local produce-mongers in the area, I've been feeling guilty for letting my juicing habit depend on big box store veggies. Today, Kayla and I visited a fantastic, very reasonably priced stand which had a HUGE variety of beautiful veg. Google Map to the Land o Lakes Produce Market

That's my personal paradigm shift. Fresh, local, organic produce is a priority. I can't live without it. It's an investment in my future. A tasty, invigorating, health building investment.

Friday, January 6, 2012

In the Zone

Over the Christmas break (aka the break from everything healthy), I picked up a copy of the Zone Diet book at a Goodwill store. http://www.zonediet.com/  It seems like a good transitional step from the hardcore all protein and fat habit I picked up from Protein Power by the Doctors Eades. The Zone is all about proportions of carbs to protein to fat. The catch is that the brain uses sugars most effectively where muscle seems to use protein most effectively. You can't cut out any one macro nutrient without harming some bodily processes in the process.

So far breakfast seems to be the easiest meal to assimilate into the Zone. I'm trying to come up with 5 meals and snacks total, evenly distributed throughout the day. With Kayla at home now during the days, we're trying to eat a lunch together, which will fall easily before I head for work. So a 8am breakfast, a 11am snack of cottage cheese and fruit, then 2pm lunch sets me up for plenty of energy for a shift of massaging. A quick mid shift snack and a boost of protein before bedtime should keep my insulin levels,  hunger, and weight regulated- at least for 5 days of the week.

The 4 hour body by Tim Ferriss, which I have only thumbed through in the bookstore thusfar, has a very similar system, probably a bit more protein because he's proposing intensive weight training and recovery. An interesting adjustment Ferriss includes is a weekly cheat day. He even said you should make yourself sick with candy bars on that one day- pretty extreme...dangerous according to some online reviews...but I know I am personally prone to losing course in a pretty major way at least once a week when it comes to eating. Especially if there is a Chinese or pizza buffet involved!

That being said, I'm not too involved in new years resolutions, just looking good with my shirt off, which will lead me to Beach Bodies- another questionably scientific but seemingly effective health system- in another post. I just watched the first few episodes of Showtime's The Tudors last night, about the beginning years of Henry the VIII's reign. There were several inspiringly sexy naked folks there which make me want to get back to my running!