Posted tagged ‘Diet’

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

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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)

Tom, 

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

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.

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!

 

 

YUM!

YUM!

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. 

The Purity Diet Sprint to the Finish Line

September 28, 2008

 

I started The Purity Diet in June of 2007 and as of today I have lost 71 pounds!  It feels great to be on the north side of 70 pounds lost.  I started at 255 pounds and for a while now my goal has been to get to 175 pounds.  Only 9 more pounds to go!

 

So now I have a short term goal – to hit 175 pounds before I attend the Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership seminar in Cancun on November 9th  www.entreleadership.com .  This means I have got to get “gazelle intense” as Dave would say.

 

Sprinting Through the Finish – Five things I am doing to up the intensity.

 

  1. I am making sure my last pure food of the day happens before 7:00 p.m.  Not only do you sleep better, but it is an easy way to loose a few extra pounds over the course of several weeks.
  2. Increase my workout intensity and the number of workouts each week.  I am doing 30 minutes five days a week of the interval training I talked about in The Simple Workout, and I am going at it hard.  This is up from an average of four days a week and a 25 minute average.
  3. Fasting.  I plan on having a couple of one and a half day fasts between now and November 9.  I have been doing this all along and I do it mainly for spiritual reasons, but it also helps you break weight loss plateaus as well.  The day I start the fast I plan on having a larger than normal lunch.  My favorite is a sushi buffet with lots of fresh fish and not much rice at all.  Then I start drinking a bunch of water and iced tea.  Hey, I am from Texas and I was weaned on iced tea!  Only now I drink it straight, no sugar, no sweeteners, just good old iced tea.  The second day I do the same.  If I start to feel a bit sluggish I will make a lemon water drink and add some organic grade B maple syrup to it.  Sipping on this gives you a boost of energy over time.  You can also add the cayenne pepper to it like they recommend in the Lemon Cleanse.
  4. I started taking Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend.  My sister Julie got me on this.  It is supposed to be the perfect combination of Omega Fatty Acids.  I will let you know how I feel after being on this a few weeks. 
  5. I also just started taking locally grown bee pollen and locally grown oney.  Just reading about these two things makes your pure!  Google them booth and see what I mean.

 

Not in the top 5, but I did discover an amazing statistic.  Researchers are now saying that for every hour of exercise you do, it is estimated your life expectancy goes up by two hours.  I am making plans right now to start working out 12 hours a day!

 

I will keep you posted on my weight loss over these next seven weeks. I just need to loose a tad over a pound a week.  Didn’t someone famous say you can make radical changes in minute steps?  (Thanks Dad!) As you can see, all I am doing is adding a little bit here and a little bit there, but I am also making sure I am adding the right kind of fuel into my system, and I am still listening to and reading the good stuff every day.

 

By the way, if you have a pure weight loss tip, or if you have done the bee pollen or the 3-6-9 oil would you leave me a comment?

 

Here is another fat picture of me.  My sister Cindy loves sending them to me.  The lady in the picture is my sister Julie.  (You can go here The Purity Diet – Before and After  to see the thinner me!)

 

 

 

Seven Success Keys

September 23, 2008

 Right now with the economic meltdown going on, or not going on, depending on if it’s Monday or Friday, I think we all want our individual success to depend on us, not on the economy, not our employer, and certainly not the government!  So here are a few keys to consider:

 

  1. “You have to be before you can do, and you have to do before you can have,” Zig Ziglar, www.ziglar.com.   Dad lays it out pretty clearly right here.  Success starts with being the right kind of person first.  Build the proper character foundation in your life, then apply it with great work ethic, and only then can you have the things in life you want. 
  2. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want,” Zig Ziglar.  This is the philosophy that guides your be, do, and have mindset.
  3. “All great failures are moral failures,” Fred Smith www.breakfastwithfred.com.   Dad’s mentor Fred Smith points out that anytime you see a great failure, it is not because of their intellect, but because of some great moral failure.  The current economic crisis is a perfect example of this.  Greed and instant gratification are the two primary reasons we have a crisis right now.  Isn’t it morally wrong to knowingly encourage someone to take a huge risk?  Isn’t it morally wrong to take a huge risk for no other reason than instant gratification?
  4. “The five predictors of success for someone starting and running their own business are passion, talent, determination, self-discipline, and faith,” Dan Miller, No More Mondays, www.48days.com.  Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?  Dan is the go-to guy for advice on this.  How cool would it be to wake up every day doing what you are passionate about? (Trust me, it’s COOL!)
  5. “Debt is dumb, cash is king,” Dave Ramsey, www.daveramsey.com. Imagine having no debt in your life.  Would you sleep better?  How much freedom would you have?  Being debt free is a choice and Dave gives you a specific plan of action on how to become debt free.  I must warn you though; the plan is very simple, although not necessarily easy because there are no gimmicks or shortcuts.  It only requires common sense and uncommon discipline!
  6. “Eat pure,” Tom Ziglar,  The Purity Diet. The most important asset you have is your health.  The best thing you can do to benefit your health is to eat right.  If you “eat pure” every day you will be amazed at the results.
  7. “I’ve heard it, too: Motivation is temporary, and I agree. But then, so is bathing and eating, but if you do both of them on a daily basis you will live longer and smell better in the process,” Zig Ziglar.  What kind of fuel are you running your brain on?  Put the good, the clean, the pure, the powerful and the positive into your brain on a daily basis and the amount of good stuff that comes out will astonish you!