Posted tagged ‘Pure’

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 Impurity of Politics

September 9, 2008

 

I was a political science major in college.  I always thought I would go into politics.  Watching the election process reminds me that I just don’t have skin thick enough to withstand the personal assaults.

 

My goal for this year is to live according to these three words:  Pure, Simple, and Transparent.

 

Pure – if you are in politics, how do you remain pure?  And if you somehow figure out how to do this on the personal level, you will be attacked for it for sure!  And when you are attacked, there is nothing harder than remaining pure in your response.  It is tough to never stoop to someone else’s level.  Politics demands that you fight fire with fire.  What our country needs is someone to rise above this.

 

Simple — as in the straightforward, blunt truth.  It seems like politics is all about “spin.”  You can’t be simple and have spin.  Plus, you would never be able to promote two different things that contradicted each other.  Like, for example, lower taxes and increased government spending.

 

Transparent – what you see is what you get, and oh, by the way, I am an open book so dig as much as you want and ask me any question you want.  Here is a wild idea.  What if a politician always told the truth?  They would have nothing to fear because they would have nothing to hide.  Much easier to be transparent when you’re not hiding anything.  And if you make a mistake, admit it. 

 

Besides personal attacks, a few other things that drive me crazy:

 

The media – can’t they just focus on the issues and the facts without giving their opinions?

 

Underground character assassination campaigns — I use www.digg.com to check out the top stories of the day.  Basically, it’s a news story ranking service where individual “diggers” make comments on different stories that come out on the Internet.  Anybody can be a digger.  The more digs, the higher the ranking.  This great tool has been hijacked by special interest groups who will post a character assassination article filled with lies and then email their lists to go and digg it.  This results in the top stories of the day by ranking being controlled by the special interest group.  Digg needs to figure out how to fix this or they will no longer be relevant.

 

Consistency – the way you answer questions, the way you vote, the issues and policies you are in favor of, should show consistency from speech to speech, day to day, and year to year.  If you change your position on something, why not write out an explanation as to why, post it, and move on? 

 

Artificial is Artificial

August 28, 2008

 

In my quest for eating pure I decided to stop using all artificial sweeteners.  Since I love iced tea, especially with spicy food, this was a big deal for me.  A typical lunch or dinner would consist of five or six glasses of tea, each one getting about three of those little pink packets of the artificial stuff.

 

When I made this change, it wasn’t because of all the scientific studies on the possible harm that artificial sweeteners could cause; it was simply because eating pure food, the way God made it, and then adding a chemical to it just didn’t make sense to me.  One thing I discovered pretty quickly is that when you eliminate artificial sweeteners you also eliminate a ton of their chemical buddies as well – just check out the label on a diet soft drink and you will know exactly what I mean!

 

At first this was a pretty tough change for me.  Tea just didn’t taste the same.  After the first week my tea was just barely tolerable.  After the second week tea tasted “ok.”   After the third week I was looking forward to tea again, and by the end of the fourth week I realized I would never go back.  In fact, several times over the last year I have accidentally taken a sip of artificially sweetened tea and now I can’t stand it!  It’s like my mind is screaming “Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert!” when the artificial stuff hits my tongue. 

 

(As an additional note, I decided not to use sugar as a sweetener either.  The fact that it is refined, has zero nutritional value, and is high calorie made this an easy choice for me.  I have no problem at all eating sugar in its natural state, like in fruit or in unrefined Grade B Maple Syrup — which is my personal favorite, by the way.)

 

Two Unintended Amazing Benefits

 

I went cold turkey off the artificial sweeteners in July and by September it became my normal life.  I didn’t really think much of it until Thanksgiving when we had a pot luck lunch at the office.  My sister (thank you, Cindy) brought in baked sweet potatoes.  I had never really liked sweet potatoes, so it had been several years since I had even tried one.  For some reason I decided to try one.  I had it dry – no butter, no sugar, nothing but a pure baked sweet potato.  I have to tell you I thought I was in heaven when that first bite went into my mouth!  It was so sweet I couldn’t believe it.  It felt like I was eating ice cream or cake or pie!

 

That is when I realized that because I had cut out the artificial sweeteners my taste buds had come to life!  All of a sudden it made perfect sense why fruit was tasting so much better and was so much more satisfying.  All through my dieting life I had heard the word “satisfying” to describe what a good meal should be.  Until that point I don’t think I ever really understood what satisfied really felt like.

 

Here is the second unintended benefit.  This is not a scientific fact, but a theory I really believe.  After that Thanksgiving meal I realized that my sweet tooth had gone away, and that when I had sweet food like fruit or that baked sweet potato, I felt extremely satisfied.  I believe that artificial sweeteners “trick your brain” into thinking you are getting the real deal, and when the brain realizes it was tricked, it sends signals for more sweets and it usually sounds like this: “Give me something sweet, NOW!”

 

For years I thought picking an artificial sweetener was saving me calories and satisfying my cravings.  Instead, they were just filling my body with junk, ruining my taste buds, and increasing my cravings for more junk!  This reminds me of a great biblical illustration.  I have heard it said that every person has a need for God that only God can fill.  We don’t like that (because admitting it means we can’t fix our own problems), so we go through life filling that need with the artificial sweeteners of life –  our work, more money, more stuff, alcohol and drugs, selfish relationships centered around lust, just to name a few.  We crave more and more, we indulge more and more, and we are never satisfied.

 

Artificial is artificial – and NEVER satisfying.  

The Purity Diet

June 12, 2008

About this time last year (June 2007) I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.  It seemed that life was just throwing its oozy, crummy, icky, stuff at me.  Of course that is the nature of life, but why was so much of it sticking to me?

Well folks, even though I have been blessed with growing up in the “Garden of Eden” when it comes to positive environments, and even though I am the CEO of “Motivational Mecca”, I had been doing some things that made it easy for life’s slime to stick to me.

First off, the surface area of my body was WAY too big.  Being 5’9″ and weighing 255 pounds creates a lot of extra area for that slime to land on!  Plus, the stuff I was putting in my body just wasn’t so good.  Have you ever had a shirt that collected lint or hair like there was a reward for it?  Well, the food I was eating was pretty much collecting tiredness and grumpiness like there was a reward for it! 

Like many people, or should I say most people, I have pretty much tried all the diets out there.  I knew another diet wasn’t for me.  I had been working out for years, two or three times a week.  That’s impressive, isn’t it?  Of course, my goal when working out was to make sure I didn’t sweat and that I burned just enough calories to justify the lunch buffet that day.  Based on these obvious facts, I knew I had to change what I ate, and how I worked out.  (I will cover my workout in the next post.)

So, realizing my seemingly unlimited capacity to ignore the obvious, I made a foundational decision to change the way I looked at food.  I call it the Purity Diet.  And I made it very SIMPLE.

It works like this:

    Pure food = GOOD

    Impure food = BAD

What is pure food?  Pure food is simply food the way God made it.  No chemicals, no preservatives, no refining or processing, as raw and natural as possible.

I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and all kinds of meats.  Pretty much everything I was eating anyway!

The big difference is the no processing and chemicals part.  I don’t eat bread, pasta, flour, and other foods that are processed.  I am also picky about the oils I use to cook with.  No artificial sweeteners in my iced tea, either.

Does it work?  I have lost 66 pounds.  The first 50 pounds came off in about 5 months.  Best of all, I wasn’t hungry!  And I can eat almost anywhere.

Here are the questions I ask myself about food, and I do them in this order as well:

     1.  Is it pure?  See definition above.  If yes, proceed to number 2.

     2.  How many calories does it have?  Nuts are pure and they have lots of good calories.  Vegetables are pure and they have low calories.  The key is balance and variety.  Make low calorie/high nutritional choices when possible.

     3.  Is it organic and/or grown locally?  Number 3 is the bonus question.  I don’t go crazy on this one or limit myself if it’s not organic or grown locally.  But if you have the choice, this is better.

So that’s it.  Oh yeah, I forgot the benefits.  I feel great, look much better, sleep soundly, haven’t been sick in a year, have way more energy, and food tastes great!  I am sure I will lose a few more pounds as the last four months have lost about two pounds a month – without even trying!