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The Need For Speed, Or Something Like It

coffeeThe alarm goes off, but we turn over after hitting snooze for the 4th time. Eventually, not exactly hitting the ground running, we smell the coffee and blindly navigate our way to the kitchen to hopefully get a semblance of energy into our systems. We have a need for speed, or something like it… Scarfing something that resembles food from a box, or grabbing a bagel or muffin on the way to work, we break for lunch (maybe), then around 2 or 3 find our butts dragging so low that we need to find something quick or we’ll never make it til the end of the day. By suppertime we indulge in a meal that makes up for the day we just had, and if we’re lucky we’ll score a glass of wine to help ourselves relax before bed.

Sound familiar? We’re tired, so we look for a quick fix in an energy drink, caffeine, or ‘food’ to help us go just a bit longer til we can flop into bed and start all over again tomorrow. Well… what if we began to satisfy more than just the immediate cravings for energy? What if we began to treat our bodies like the incredible, complex and wonderful machines they are, and give them what they need rather than what we think we want?

images-1We are made of the stuff we eat and absorb. Common sense and scientific research both lead us to the conclusion that if we want healthy bodies, we must put in the right raw materials: real, whole, local, fresh, unadulterated, unprocessed, chemical-free, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free food.

Our food supply lacks the vitamins and minerals we need for optimal health due to poor farming practices that leach the soil of nutrients and involve using toxic chemicals as pesticides, and storage practices that lessen the nutrient value of our foods.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman , author of Give Yourself a Biologic Tune-Up, that’s why 92 percent of Americans are deficient in one or more essential vitamins and minerals. That doesn’t mean that they are below where they need to be for optimal function; that means that they are below the minimum necessary to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy and rickets!

Most people don’t understand the role of vitamins. They run every part of your biochemistry. They are the raw ingredients that make your body function. Without them, we get sick, — and most of us aren’t getting enough! We are made of the stuff we eat. Thousands of people have been tested for nutrient deficiencies and most are deficient in many vitamins and minerals. By correcting these deficiencies, people feel better, their symptoms improve, and many even make dramatic recoveries almost overnight.

To acquire the vitamins and minerals you need, you usually have to take the following every day:

  • Multivitamin with minerals
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Probiotics
  • Omega-3 fats
  • Vitamin B complex

By eating real foods and taking your daily supplements, you will provide your body with the raw ingredients it needs to function at it’s best.

Be your best,


Failing to achieve my goals- and how I fixed it!

frustratedSo, its February. How’s the New Year’s eve resolutions panning out? If you’re anything like the rest of the population, maybe the fire within has dimmed a wee bit now that we’re a month in to 2013.

I got an article in my inbox this morning that spoke right to this resolution-sapping phenomenon, and I’d like to share it with you. Dr. Mark Hyman addresses something that often escapes our radar because we are so downright determined to accomplish what it is we think we have set out to do, and often trip ourselves up in the process. It took me a long time to finally realize this about myself, and so maybe this can help you to fast-forward a bit and skip the tedious wandering I was trapped in for too long.

Dr. HymanI like Dr. Hyman’s approach to living because he focuses on what’s important, what is needed, and not just how to cover up or shmooze over an issue. Here’s the article:

Eat better, sleep more, exercise more, learn more, love more, love better, be a better son, father, friend, be a better doctor, reach more people, heal the planet, end obesity, starvation, and global warming – ARRRRRGGHHHHHHH!!

It’s enough to make me want to stay in bed and watch movies on iTunes.

How can I do all of this? How can I wake up and figure out what do to first, second, or third? How can I achieve even one of these things? I actually fail all the time. There is absolutely no way I can achieve my goals.

Our culture is awash with endless pressure to do more, do better, be skinnier, be richer, be happier, be fitter, and be healthier. We are offered endless lists of what do to, how to achieve more, reach our dreams, lose weight, attain the five steps toimmortality, find the seven ways to stop wrinkles, or how to lose 100 pounds in ten daysget the story