Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.”
-Bertrand Russell

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.”
-Henry David Thoreau

I think a lot about the idea of simplicity in all facets of life.  Why do many of us have such a longing for it?  I realize simplicity is very much a first world problem.  Is it that the world is full of so much distraction?  I was very taken with Marie Kondos’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it came out.  Her basic idea was that your stuff shouldn’t make you long for more stuff, your stuff should remind you that you have everything you need.  Looking forward to reading her new book.

The Nap

Love this story I heard recently about the novelist Philip Roth.  This is an excerpt from an interview on NPR.

Let me tell you about the nap,” he laughs. “It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man, and he said to me, I was maybe 9, and he said to me, ‘Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off, put a blanket on you, and you’re going to sleep better.’ Well, as with everything, he was right. … Then the best part of it is that when you wake up, for the first 15 seconds, you have no idea where you are. You’re just alive. That’s all you know. And it’s bliss, it’s absolute bliss.”

Another Reason to Love Avocados

Did you know you can blend avocado seeds?  They are high in antioxidants and have similar properties to collagen which can be great for joint repair.  They also have more soluble fiber than oatmeal.  If you don’t have a high powered blender you can buy the powder on Amazon.

5 Things You Need To Know About Nutrition According to Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield

  1. Not everyone is going to respond to calories equally.  This sounds obvious but I think most people don’t really take this into consideration.  Overweight people will generally respond better to a high fat/low carbohydrate diet, where lean people can generally get away with more carbs.  A person with a higher percentage of body fat is gonna shove carbohydrates to the liver and convert to fat, where a person with a lower percentage of body fat is gonna store carbs in muscle tissue.
  2. Knowing your ancestry is important. Knowing what kind of mutations you might have and what your ancestors were likely to have eaten.  A great tool for this is 23 & Me.  Everything from starch digestion response/how you may handle dairy to seeing if your ancestors had a high percentage of folate leading to more of a plant based diet.
  3. Digestibilty vs Nutrient Density.  Certain foods may be healthy for you, but if you can’t absorb the nutrients it’s kind of a waste of time.  So make sure foods are nutrient dense but also digestible (sprouting, soaking, fermenting, washing/rinsing).
  4. You eat too much and too often.  Restricted eating and fasting can shift you into a higher level of fat burning and fat oxidation.

Breakfast (or dinner) Frittata

  • 4 eggs
  • Quarter of an onion
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • Handful of broccoli
  • Handful of sausage
  • Handful shredded cheese
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 slices red/green pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt/pepper
  1.  Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crack eggs.  Beat and salt.
  3. Brown meat and add onions once browned.
  4. Let the onions cook for 1.5-2 minutes.
  5. Add mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers.
  6. Add salt/pepper to taste.
  7. Place in oven for 15 minutes.
  8. While frittata is cooking make guacamole to go on top.  I simply add a little olive oil/salt/pepper and make into guacamole like consistency.
  9. Halfway through the 15 minutes add the handful of cheese on top (think pizza).
  10. When 15 minutes are up the frittata should just slide onto the plate/cutting board.
  11. Add guacamole to the top and enjoy.

Start Today

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
T.S. Eliot

Make the change today.  Maybe today is the day you say I’m not gonna smoke anymore.  I’m not gonna eat fast food.  Maybe I’ll just add some veggies.  Go for a walk.  Go for a run.  Go to a class.  Find something you enjoy and do that.  The only way we are gonna get healthy is if we find things we enjoy.  No one wants to spend the next 20,30,40,50 years doing shit they hate.  So start today, take control of your health.  Be patient, change will NOT happen over night.  It will take weeks, months, and years to see results.  But it will all be worth it, I promise.

Hustler

The world of social media has been taken over the past few weeks by Gary Vaynerchuk.  Gary is always all over social media but with the release of his new book Ask Gary Vee he really is everywhere.  Check out his book and this clip:  Hustle.