Archive for the ‘Diet’ category

The Top 5 Of 2009

January 2, 2010

Following are the Top 5 Ziglar Pure and Simple blog posts of 2009 with the number of hits.  Thank you for being a reader!  Let me know what you would like to see in 2010.

#5   The Purity Diet 3,200 hits

#4    I Tweet, therefore I …… The Twitter Strategy for Ziglar 4,875  hits

#3  So You Wanna Be A Speaker 5,065 hits

#2  Seven Success Keys 5,251 hits

#1  At The Foot Of A Giant At the Foot of a Giant 9,141 hits


Questions about the Purity Diet

December 31, 2008

 John Guava recently asked me the following questions about my Purity Diet and I thought I would share the answers with everyone. Thanks, John, for the questions! If you have questions, please comment on this article and I will do my best to answer them. If you want more info on the Purity Diet, just click on the word “Diet” in the right-hand column and you will see all I have written and posted.

(From John)


Thanks for providing a workable diet to the “hungry” masses and a huge congratulations on your physical accomplishment! I have a few questions on the diet, if you don’t mind. 

1. Is this diet basically a low carb diet that allows fruit, but not any processed foods?

2. Does “no processed food” include milk, half-and-half, cream, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, coffee, non-organic (antibiotic) meats, whey protein, all cereals, oatmeal and all breads completely?

3. Breakfast is always difficult for me as eggs alone are not appetizing; what do you eat?

Thanks in advance, John


Thanks for the encouragement! I will do my best to answer your questions and I will give you some articles on my blog where I have covered some of the things you are asking about.

I don’t really look at this as a low carb diet, but it seems to end up being one as a result of staying away from processed food. When you don’t use refined sugar (processed), and stay away from flour that has all of the nutrition taken out and then “added” back in (processed), you end up with a diet that is much lower-carb than the typical American gets. I have also done things like switching from a regular baked potato to sweet potato, and from white rice to brown, and from rice to quinoa, when possible. If I want something sweet I use locally grown honey or organic grade B maple syrup. It is amazing, though, how much my taste buds have changed and how sweet a sweet potato or fruit really is! 

I don’t do as much dairy as before, but when I do I look for it without the chemicals and organic, if possible. My butter intake is down to almost zero. When I cook with fat I use coconut oil because it doesn’t change its molecular structure when it is heated. Olive oil is also great, but even better if you add it after you cook because I am told high heat changes how your body digests it. I use a little bit of milk in my coffee. I drink tons of tea!

When I can I choose grass-fed chemical-free meats. My meat consumption has gone way down and my intake of beans, lentils, and nuts has gone way up. Overall I also try to keep my total calorie intake as low as possible. Everything I have read has pretty much said the lower your calories the better, as long as you are getting enough of the right nutrition! If you eat lots of vegetables you will get an enormous amount of food and your calorie intake will go way down. On the other hand, if all you eat is nuts — which are great for you — you will eat too many calories.

Here are a couple of articles you can read on my blog about what I eat for breakfast. Just click on the word “Diet” on the right side of the page. It will take you to all of my comments on diet. The two articles I wrote on breakfast are Eating Pure and Simple and Power Breakfast – Pure and Simple. I also wrote an article on what kind of bread I eat in the article Moldy Bread is Good!

Here are three simple things I consider when making food decisions in order of priority:

1. Is it pure, unprocessed, and chemical free?

2. Does it fit into my low-calorie approach for the day?

3. Choose organic if possible.


John, I hope this helps!


If you have question about my Purity Diet please comment below.

How to Lose Weight and Reduce Sexual Promiscuity and Just About Anything Else Worth Doing

December 8, 2008

 Dad is famous for a lot of great quotes.  Somehow, he has the “knack” for saying really big things in really simple ways that are easy to remember.  One of my favorite quotes from Dad is this one:


“You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind.  You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.”  Zig Ziglar


In other words, what you put into your mind impacts everything you do!  The chain of events works like this:


What goes into your mind determines your thoughts.


Your thoughts determine the words that you speak.


The words that you speak determine your actions.


Your actions determine your habits.


Your habits determine your character.


Your character determines your destiny.


I wish I had a really sophisticated reason as to why The Purity Diet worked for me.  All I can say is I was fat for over 35 years and then I decided that I needed to focus on eating pure, unprocessed foods and not eating any artificial chemicals.  My ability to stick to this idea was not because I have incredible will power or the pure food was easier and tastier, but because for six months before I even started the diet I was focused every day on putting the right things into my mind.  Then, when the “idea” of the Purity Diet popped up in my mind, I started a quest to learn about all of the pure and best foods available and the benefits of them.  I started talking about them to everyone and then I started making pure food choices.  Before I even realized it, this became a habit and my taste buds even changed!  Now eating pure is really a character quality I have, and I can tell you that my physical destiny has really changed since I have lost 80 pounds.


In my article, “Do They Care…Continued,” I gave a negative example of the exact same principle.  A new study shows that promiscuity in young girls goes up directly relating to how much adult-themed, sexually-oriented TV they watch.  Here is how the above principle plays out in the minds of young girls who put the wrong message into their heads.  “Hmm, seems like all the cool and successful people are ‘fooling around.’  I think I will talk to my friend about it. Yeah, everybody is doing it, I think I will give it a try.  I mean, why not, I will be careful…”


So, you see, the thought was inspired by what had gone into the mind and this led to words and then actions and so on.  Of course, many argue that watching TV isn’t that big a deal and really doesn’t influence what people do.  How much are Super Bowl ads again?


Dad boils all of this down into the Be, Do, and Have philosophy.  You gotta Be before you can Do, and you gotta Do before you can Have.  The Be part starts with what you put into your mind.  Until you BEcome the right kind of person, DOing the right things consistently will be very difficult, and HAVING any type of consistent, long-term success will be nearly impossible.


Whatever you want to accomplish starts with what you put into your mind.  Simple, I know.  Might as well put the pure stuff in if you want to get pure stuff out.

Yeah For Me! Pure Success!

November 7, 2008


Yesterday morning at 7:27 a.m. CST  I hit my goal weight of 175 pounds.  I know the time exactly because I started sitting in the sauna at 6:40 a.m. trying to get rid of that last almost two pounds.  When you are hyper focused and almost there, even a sauna feels great.  That’s 80 pound total I have lost on the Purity Diet.  Check out my other posts on Purity Diet for the details.  Bottom line is I feel great.


More good news is on Sunday when I get to Cancun I can look Dave Ramsey in the eye and tell him I hit my goal before the seminar.   I am fired up about the event and am really looking forward to learning more about running a lean and profitable debt free business.  (Ziglar is not debt free…yet, but the company is on a corporate version of my Purity Diet and we are moving that way fast).


Here are some things you really need to check out.  We have two Webcasts coming up next week.  Go to and 


Dad has really been blessed.  Check out the video at

Power Breakfast – Pure and Simple

October 17, 2008


I have a new power breakfast that I love.  It’s pure, simple, easy, and fast.  Plus it gives you lots of energy and helps you fight off nasty allergies as well as providing tons of nutrition.

All you need is Ezekiel Bread (I just use one slice), toast it, and then spread some organic peanut butter on it.  Then, sprinkle about one tablespoon of bee pollen on it and cover with one tablespoon of honey.  Make sure the bee pollen and the honey are grown locally to get the benefit of the allergy fighters.

This simple breakfast is perfect about an hour before an intense workout.  If you try it let me know how you like it!

The Good Stuff!

The Good Stuff!





Hot Sauce, Pure and Simple

October 10, 2008


When you choose a lifestyle of eating only pure, unprocessed foods with no added chemicals, something amazing happens – your taste buds come alive!  Fresh vegetables, (organic, if you can find them) literally begin to explode with flavor when you leave off the layers of artificial crud.


One of my favorite things to make is homemade hot sauce.  It’s easy and fast to make, it is very manly (because I get to use fire by cooking it on my grill!), it is very healthy, and it lasts for a week or two.  Here is my simple recipe:


Cilantro (one bunch)

Garlic cloves (two to four cloves depending on how much you like garlic!)

White onion (one medium)

Tomatoes (eight to 12 medium size)

Jalapeño peppers (six to eight)

Habanera pepper (or any other pepper you want to try)

Salt (to taste)


  1. Remove stems from cilantro
  2. Grill on medium high the garlic, onion, tomatoes and peppers
  3. Take off the grill when the vegetables have a nice black tint to them
  4. Put tomatoes, onions, cilantro and garlic (pressed) into blender and blend
  5. Add salt to taste
  6. Add three of the peppers and blend, taste; add more if you want more heat.


Eat up!  Of course I don’t eat chips, but I use the hot sauce for just about everything else in the house.  Great on egg whites, in soup, on grilled vegetables, fish, steak, chicken, with fresh avocado, just about everything you can think of.


Check out these pictures – Yum!

cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onions - OH MY!

cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onions - OH MY!



on the grill

on the grill


nice and toasty - ready for the blender

nice and toasty - ready for the blender

How Pure is Pure Enough?

October 2, 2008

My good friend James Howard of Honinteg Consulting asked me this question: “If a hospital delivers 10,000 babies a year, what is an acceptable number of them to drop?”


Percentage-wise, dropping just one baby would be a very good success rate, unless you happen to be that baby (or its parent)!  So, obviously, the goal is to drop none.


What about purity?  Let’s say you are making a giant five gallon pot of the world’s best homemade chili.  How much dog poop could you put in it before it impacted your desire for the chili?


What about your mind?  How much profanity and negative garbage is okay to allow into your mind?  And since you can’t live life without being exposed to some negative input, shouldn’t you have pretty good “filters” to make sure the negatives get cleaned away before they get to the vital parts?


If you run engines in a dirty and dusty environment you had better clean or change that air filter on a regular basis.  If you watch a lot of TV, or surf the Internet haphazardly, you had better plan on spending extra time putting the good stuff into your mind.


The best way to keep an engine running smoothly is to make sure you give it pure fuel, run it in a clean environment, and change the filters on schedule.  Our bodies and our minds work the same way.  Our minds need pure and positive input, our bodies need pure food, and we must develop filters that trap and discard that impure stuff that we are exposed to.


Think about the miserable people you know – they let the bad stuff in, and they don’t have any filters to keep the bad stuff from gumming up their engines.