Staying the Course
One relatively easy way to change your life and how you feel about it is by changing your routine.
Now on the surface that seems to be a bit silly really but there are numerous studies around that have clearly shown a relationship between better health and well being achieved through something as simple as a change in routine.
I don’t really think anyone has come up with a definitive reason as to why this is true, it just seems to work.
So, if you are feeling in a bit of a rut, or just feel that you want things to start going better why not try it. It’s free!
The premise basic is this. Happier and more successful people tend to have very set routines in life.
They tend to go to bed early, get up early, get a little (not too much!) exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
So all of that seems quite basic but the power is in the regularity of it all. Unhappier and less successful people tend to break those points or stretch them to the point of not quite making it.
Now all of the studies showed that the happier and more successful people did not stick to their routing like army drill sergeants!
What they showed was that those people occasionally broke their own routine, occasionally over indulged or indulged in treats and unhealthy things but for VAST majority of the time they stuck to the plan.
And here’s the really interesting part.
None of them thought they were actually sticking to a plan!
They did not PLAN going to bed early or getting up early, they didn’t PLAN their diets, they just LIVED that way with the occasional diversion from what they considered to be normal.
For you to get to that point comes down to one simple thing, persistence. If you persist along the path of a plan for long enough at some point the “plan” disappears and just becomes your life.
Why Is Pizza The Perfect Food?
One of the constant arguments that exists in the minds of modern people is that although we know certain foods are bad for us… we still eat them.
Actually there is some science behind why this is so and it comes down to two main things.
The first and most simple of these is that we are programmed to crave them.
This is especially true of two of the main perpetrators of bad health, fat and sugar.
The basic reason for them being so attractive to us is that both of them are recognized by the body as the enormous sources of energy they are.
Sugar and fats are simple nature’s way of packing a whole heap of energy into a small package and our bodies have learned to identify them as supremely desirable.
Now of course in the modern world they are totally not desirable at all and in fact they are basically killing us but the drive of the body overrides this each and every time!
If you go back a few hundred years to when sugar in its refined state didn’t exist and oils were not in abundance so had to be consumed conservatively through economics this desire for them was not a problem.
In fact this desire for them was just fine as it helped the body focus on gathering those types of foods for survival.
Now that these things are in abundance it is a totally different story.
The other factor that comes into play here is through the concept of what we now refer to as comfort food.
Although this sounds fairly harmless it covers a deeper and far more disturbing change in how we eat.
In the past fifty or sixty years through the food industry there has been a concerted effort to associate certain processed foods with positive emotions.
This in turn has created a dependency on food to achieve happiness to some degree.
In the fifties, housewives were made to feel successful in their roles by serving their kids processed breakfast foods.
Both adults and children have been “taught” to associate happiness with candy or sweet things or that the provision of these things somehow shows love.
When you combine this powerful yet largely unexposed marketing with the existing genetic tendency towards oils and sugars you have the ticking time bomb today we call the health crisis.
GMO’s and the Loss of Democracy
An MIT study done a few years ago into the actions of Government and its relationship to the democratic process in America came up with some pretty shocking results that were largely ignored at the time.
Of course when I say “ignored” I mean that the powers that own the usual media outlets made damn sure no-one ever really heard about it!
What that study showed was that regardless of what political party was in power the majority of major legislation passed by the U.S. government was originated by and completely served the interests of big business.
That the very same legislation was not only clearly NOT in the interests of the majority of the American public but was in fact counter to their expressed wishes.
The argument that study made was that the U.S had ceased operating as a democracy quite some time ago and that the public had never noticed it.
So you can see from that why it was largely ignored in the media!
Cut to the past few weeks and we get to see this in action.
Despite that vast majority of U.S. citizens openly wanting food labels to include clear information about ingredients that have been genetically altered the FDA announced a system that basically added up to nothing.
The FDA has said food manufacturers must have the information available but it doesn’t have to be on the package.
The worst case scenario is that they can add a QR Code to the label so the consumer has to scan that and NO, not the get the information that way!
They still have to navigate to a website through that QR Code and then try to find the information there! Disgusting.
Just in case you weren’t too convinced by my other rant above about the American population having lost control of their so-called “Democracy” take a look at this one.
It comes from the home of the sellout, Florida where even a voter approved amendment to legislation was rejected by their own legislators in favor of big agriculture in that state.
It still amuses me that Americans think they are in some way influencing what is happening in their own country, that somehow their representatives are actually representing them!
What they have failed to realize is that in America today Politics is the entertainment arm of their Government only.
Weight Loss and Persistence
One of the biggest online industries (and probably offline as well) is the business of weight loss.
Boy, take a look at this for a while and you will see some of the most brutally mercenary behaviour by marketers and product creators you have ever seen.
No-one that is trying to lose weight is doing it because they are happy being overweight!
Although some may be doing it for health reasons, sadly the majority are probably doing it because they feel bad about themselves and there is nothing a marketer likes more than someone who feels bad, especially about themselves!
The biggest problem most people face in losing weight is definitely not a choice of diet!
There are a millions sites out there that give quite acceptable advice on losing weight and as long as you don’t go for anything crazy or extreme they probably all work.
The real problem people have is having unrealistic expectations of rapid weight loss combined with an inability to stick to the program.
Everyone starts off full of beans but it doesn’t take long for the average person to begin to go cold on the idea.
One of the key strategies you can implement to achieve lasting weight loss is to get your head right and keep it that way.
Easier said than done right?
You see most people tend to keep things in their heads.
Human heads are a really, really bad place to keep things because those things get mixed up with other things and emotions and all sorts of crap and pretty soon they get lost.
A far better place to keep things is on a piece of paper.
So before you embark on your next weight loss adventure write down WHY you want to lose weight and what your (realistic!) goals are and put that piece of paper somewhere where you can see it… every day.
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A Little Restraint Please!
When I was growing up, in our house every meal was served with two choices.
Either we could eat what our mother had prepared or we could just go hungry.
That was the way it was and it was not something that was open for discussion.
Dessert was not automatic either.
In order to secure dessert we had to clean our plates and any time anyone complained that they didn’t like what was on the plate or a part of it was also met with two responses.
The first response was as if the complainant has just spoken words in a foreign language, a sort of, “I have no idea what you just said because it is so foreign to me” response.
If the complainant persisted then the “no dessert” rule was invoked… again with no discussion as to the rights or wrongs of the situation.
The end result of this was that growing up I learned to try foods that were new and perhaps daunting for some reason but I still maintain it was a better way.
The idea of choice being given to children should only follow them displaying a responsible use of that privilege.