So a few months ago I was introduced to Organic Spirulina. I had read about it, but I had never met someone who actually drank that stuff. I thought, "Gross, why would anyone drink sea weed?" Talk about being close-minded.
Well, to keep it short, I've been taking Organic Spirulina now for about 3 months and man has it helped me out. See I don't drink coffee... nothing to do with health, I just don't like the taste so I have to put a lot of sugar in it so that I can drink it. Going to the local coffee shop is not an option for me either. Those things have so much sugar and caffeine! Just not for me. If you have been following my blogs or my social media, you know that the past 6 months have been so stressful, plus very little sleep and just so very stressful. I sometimes didn't know where I got the energy and the motivation to get up everyday to go out and do what I had to do. So I needed an extra energy boost and it just happened that a good friend told me they were taking Organic Spirulina, so I ordered one for myself. Man, this was better than that energy drink that gives you wings! I started mixing it in with my greens and my shakes twice and sometimes three times a day!
This gives me so much energy! I mean, this is embarrassing to say, but even my sex drive is through the roof! If my wife and I keep up this pace, baby number 2 might be coming soon! Oh and after my cousin's bachelor party and then the following weekend his wedding! I'm not big on drinking, but these were very special occasions. I took one before bed on each event. Next morning after both events, I didn't feel any sign of being hungover, not even a slight headache. Talk about potent!
So what is Organic Spirulina?
The scientific name is cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) which is a unique algae with abundant nutrients and pigments that grows in semi-brackish water.
From the research I've done Organic Spirulina has tons of health benefits that can help with:
Spirulina is Nature`s Richest Food Source of:
MY FAVORITE: It has an easily digestible source of complete protein, and all 9 essential amino acids! Great for athletes!!!
So there you have it. Another source of healthy energy.
If you'd like to know which Organic Spirulina I use, feel free to contact me or click here.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and were not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
So we all want to get an edge and get quicker results. Here I'm sharing something I've done for as long as I can remember. Something so simple that can make a huge difference on your road to getting leaner and staying leaner.
This works best when you do cardio in the mornings. Any type of cardio as long as it's less than 1 hour. It can be 10 minutes, 20 minutes, etc.
It has to be on an empty stomach. If you're the type of person that gets dizzy, light headed or just doesn't feel right doing cardio on an empty stomach, then you're probably not getting enough or the correct nutrients before bed. So if you are that type of person, then you might need a pre-workout meal instead of trying this.
So here it goes, it's super simple.
Get a glass of water. 8 to 16 ounces. You don't need to warm it up. No ice.
Cut a yellow lemon in half.
Squeeze into the water.
Drink it. Yes it's that simple!
Now let's go get our cardio workout done! Running, cycling, swimming, kickboxing or whichever cardio workout you choose!
How Do I Move On?
Back in November of 2015, I started a venture that was completely new to me. That led me to buying a Semi-Pro Soccer team and eventually creating my own Semi-Pro Soccer team. This was also very new to me and not something I had ever thought about doing as a business. This past week was an emotional week for me because I am no longer part of this venture. As always, life happens, and I had to make a tough decision on whether I stayed in that situation or I moved on. After weighing all of my options, I decided to take an offer and I sold my 50% of my team.
On paper, everything made sense to sell. But my biggest challenge I had in making a decision was that there were people involved, (the players). These young talented athletes were part of a tough learning experience in my life, so it was a "little" difficult not to become attached to these boys. They have put in so much effort to be part of this team and they were a big part of why I continued through such challenging times since December of 2015 until last week.
Even though it was an uphill battle, our team created hope for so many young athletes aspiring to play soccer at a higher level. The players may not realize this, but they have made an impact in this sport. People are now talking about our team, we're winning games against some of the best semi-pro teams, and I was part, (along with a great partner), of creating a team that could possibly go far in the soccer world. So the battle was worth it.
Except now I feel like if I broke up with "my girlfriend". I was heart broken when I addressed the team and told them I had to move on. I came to a crossroads and had to make the tough decision.
So how did I cope with this move? Imagine being consumed for 10 straight months, day in and day out. Giving it my all, building, stressing, traveling, investing, dealing with everyday issues, networking, everything that involved building a team, a successful business and getting involved with the players by helping them in any way possible. With their fitness, conditioning, but most importantly, trying to be the best coach and mentor I could be so that they can be stronger physically and mentally. The long days, getting up early in the morning and going to sleep super late. Sleeping 2-4 hours a day.
Feeling so heart broken... I know people, (friends and family), and I've heard stories of people who finish a project, a relationship, or achieve something great in their lives and they fall into depression or they have some radical change emotionally. I can understand why. Anytime there's emotional attachment, it can be painful. One may feel a bit of relief, as if a weight was lifted off our shoulders. But as the days pass, one begins to feel that nostalgic feeling and sometimes the feeling of being lonely and not knowing what to do.
For those of you who follow me on social media, you may or may not have noticed, that all this past week I barely posted anything. For me, the way I moved on was not easy, but here's what I did.
1. I completely stepped away from everything for a few days. I took a small vacation from anything that had to do with business including my workouts.
2. I focused on my family. The reason I do what I do is for my family. So I spent that much needed time with my wife and my baby. I missed putting my baby to sleep. I didn't take her to school a couple of days this week and just spent the day with her. I took her to the park for a few hours, read to her, watched TV with her, and just gave her all of my attention. I spent some alone time with my wife. I accompanied her to the doctor, we went to lunch, had a long needed conversation about us and just spent time together alone.
3. I reached out to friends and family and had long conversations with those who had the time. We talked about anything and everything. There were some friends that I paid visits to and just hung out. I didn't try to sell anything, we just talked and laughed a lot.
4. I worked on a few things at home, not much, but a few things that needed to get done. Like laundry and small tasks like that.
5. I have another project that I'm preparing to launch, but I didn't work on it on purpose. I wanted to make sure I was ready mentally and emotionally, but it also created a kind of excitement or sense of urgency to get started already. It's like wanting to open a present under the tree, but we can't open them until Christmas. So now I'm more excited to get started and launch my new project.
6. I focused on my nutrition. These past few days I haven't worked out, because again, I took a small vacation, but I really paid attention to my nutrition. For me, nutrition has a huge impact on my mental and emotional state. The difference between having energy and not having energy can be the difference on whether someone falls into depression or is able to keep motivated and inspired to move on.
7. I read, listened to and watched inspirational and leadership books, audios and movies.
8. I found a person that I could talk to about how I was feeling and just let it all out. No I didn't cry, (there's nothing wrong with crying), but I did vent.
I basically did the things that I normally don't do, but a lot of us talk about doing. For example, not taking my baby to school and spend the whole day with her is something I normally don't do. Spend a whole weekday with my wife. Usually she's at work and goes to her doctor check-ups alone because I'm either at an appointment or because she goes during her lunch hour. This time she had the day off, so I took advantage of that and spent the day with her. I hung out with friends and had long conversations over the phone.
We work so hard to provide for our families so that we can have time to spend with them, yet many of us get so caught up in work, we forget why we're doing it. That's another topic. Now, I still miss my team, but I was also reminded of why I do what I do and I loved the time I spent doing the things I mentioned above. I feel mentally refreshed and emotionally ready to take on my new project which is going to be huge and exciting!
I'm ready to move on. What does this have to do with fitness and nutrition? Well, it has to do with mental and emotional health and I strongly believe that fitness and nutrition have a huge effect on our mental and emotional health. It's a topic that I don't talk about much, but it's a topic that I study and deal with daily being a coach in life, fitness, sports, business and nutrition. Something so simple can take away so much from someone's life, especially time. Learning to move on can sometimes be difficult, but it's something we all have to deal with at one point in our lives. I hope this gives anyone in a similar situation an idea or some perspective of how to deal with changes and be able to move on.
Please share if you liked this post and feel free to comment. Maybe you have ideas or experiences that have helped you move on in your life.
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Benefits to Detoxing Your Body
Did you know that the number of people getting chronically sick in the United States keeps rising year after year? Did you know that over 1/3 of American adults and 17% of American children suffer from obesity? Imagine if we add the number of people who suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other chronic diseases. I'm not a doctor or a genius, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what's going on here. With so much information available to us, it's very easy to do a little research and figure out the truth.
There is more information about health, nutrition, fitness and there are more gyms and trainers now than there ever was. But still, most Americans prefer to follow the corporations who have basically poisoned our foods and are poisoning our bodies.
Our bodies are being filled with toxins even when we don't know it. The pollution in the air, the stress in our lives, the food we eat (sugar, processed foods, chemicals, etc), the food we don't eliminate that stays stuck in our intestines, etc., etc. We're basically auto-intoxicating ourselves and it's what's causing so many health issues. I can go on and on about why, how and what, but instead, I'd like to go straight into what has been a solution for so many people. That's right, detoxing.
Exactly what is detoxing? Detoxing is to eliminate the toxins from our body. It is usually done by taking a vacation from the sugars, processed foods, chemicals and all of the food most people consider "the good stuff" and replacing it with clean whole foods and juices for a certain number of days. Most people think it's crazy to do this, especially because in the first few days most people feel really bad. What most people don't realize is that it's all of the toxins that are passing through the body as they're being eliminated. It can cause headaches, muscle and joint soreness, skin breakouts, a lot of going to the bathroom, some people even get "flu-like" symptoms, anxiety and there can be a number of things that people can feel during the first few days of their detox process. Not everyone goes through this phase, but a lot of people, especially first timers, do.
A few days of going through a detox process can be a small price to pay for the huge benefits that come with completing a detox a few times a year, (depending on your habits, especially eating habits).
So are there true benefits to detoxing your body? You bet there is! What are the benefits of detoxing? Well it's all the opposite of what people feel before a detox. Here are just a few benefits of detoxing.
1. Energy - So many people need caffeine to get them going. If they don't have their coffee, they feel sluggish all day. A detox will give you natural energy for various positive reasons.
2. Fat loss / Weight Loss - A detox will teach the body how to burn fat and use it as energy. Also, the lower calorie intake will help with weight loss. The one most people forget about is all the defecation one eliminates throughout the detox process. That alone will cause weight loss and loss of inches in the mid-section.
3. Skin and Hair - Your skin and hair get so much softer, fuller and brighter. A lot of people get rid of their acne after they finish detoxing. The benefits for the hair and skin are amazing after a detox.
4. Stress levels drop - A detox won't get rid of stress, but it gives you mental clarity and you're able to cope better with stressful situations.
5. Immune System gets stronger - A detox will cleanse your organs like your intestines and your liver and they'll function much better. You'll absorb more nutrients and eliminate the waste. With less toxins, less stress in the body, and with more nutrients, it's easier for your body to strengthen your immune system.
6. Anti-aging - By getting rid of toxins, you're reducing the free radicals that damage the cells in the body. Not only that, we're regenerating new healthier cells. If one continues to adapt healthier habits after the detox, it is very common to receive compliments of looking younger.
7. Taste buds change - This is a strange one, but your taste buds really do change. After a detox, one enjoys the whole foods much more than before the detox. It gets to the point where people will prefer healthy whole foods over sugars and processed foods. Not because of the health factor, but because they actually enjoy the whole foods over the sugars and the processed foods.
These are some of the physical benefits that are noticeable. But then there's the benefits that happen inside of our body that we don't see. That list can go on and on.
I personally detox 2-3 times per year. I've been doing it for over 8 years now. Plus I follow a healthy nutrition plan for the most part. I still eat the "normal" foods. I'm not vegetarian or vegan. I'll eat a hamburger, pancakes, pizza, tacos and the "normal" food, but for the most part, I eat a healthy nutrition plan filled with organic whole foods. At the age of 42, I feel great, I'm in great shape, people say I look way younger than my age and I've passed all my medical physicals with flying colors. I can't say that a detox will cure you of any disease, but it sure does make a huge difference in people's health.
If you'd like to know more about my detox plan, you can click here to check it out.