My #1 Health Strategy – Drop the Sugar

There are many steps I take to stay on top of my health and fitness. I’m going to discuss them one at a time so it won’t seem so overwhelming.

Also, I’m going to tell you what I’m doing to stay fit, keep off excess weight and maintain this meat machine in top running order for as long as possible.

As I said in the post Making the Turn to Better Health, when we get older, health and fitness are harder to maintain. We have to draw on every weapon to keep unhealthy lifestyles at bay.

Drop the Sugar

I know you were expecting me to lead with something more manly like: lifting or body weight calisthenics or who knows what.

This is my number one strategy – it ties everything together. This is not a diet, this is a lifestyle.

You already know that sugar is in everything. Dr. Oz tells you, Oprah tells you and your mother probably told you.

You already know this.

So do something about it.

You hear it everywhere. But why can’t we stop consuming the massive quantities of sugar that throws off our bodies’ metabolic function so badly we just can’t figure out why we are always tired and feel like shit.

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Sugar is like a drug

Don’t think sugar is like a drug. Go cold turkey like I did for 8 weeks and find out. The first week to 10 days was strange – like stopping drinking coffee. I had a low-level headache and general “off” feeling.

But when that second week came around something was different. I felt clearer. I didn’t feel anything else really just that I was not in such a haze. I made decisions quickly, felt I could stay awake longer but not from an energy surge just a low- level mental clarity.

How do you do it?

In this era of muffin-top, flip-flops and “always wears shorts guy” our diets have changed like the common dress code. You have to eat real food that doesn’t come in packages and closely read the ingredients of items you eat that are packaged.

Items that will disappear from your pantry: soda, cereal, fruit juice, candy, smoothies, sports drinks, donuts, cake, cookies, ketchup, pizza and the list goes on.

Initially, focus on just sugar; there are plenty of other things you should be watching out for as well. Salts, food coloring and preservatives just to name a few.

If you drop or strongly reduce sugar in your diet, you’ll find the “bad” foods will disappear from your shopping list.

Try this program – https://iquitsugar.com/

This is Sarah Wilson’s 8 week plan to get off sugar. Yeah it will cost some money and take time to prepare and cook the food, but this single action will make such a big change in your health you won’t believe it. The food is excellent quality, the taste overall is good and the lessons you learn will be invaluable.

When you finish this program you will know exactly what to do from then on. If you can’t go a day without a cookie, cake or soda – maybe there is a problem?

Shoot me a line if you have any questions or comments.

Get on it – See what happens – Fail often – Get on it again

DaveP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank God for England

In the aftermath of the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, many around the world were quite shocked at the balls of the United Kingdom. But make no mistake about this vote – England and Wales made it happen. Northern Ireland and Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. But the combined population density of England and Wales, both fed up with what is happening economically and demographically took the rest of the members of the UK with them.

The Pros and the Cons

There is no doubt that the big boys of the EU are going to make Britain pay for this isolationist decision. But in the long run Brits will possibly face the same trading relationship as Norway or Iceland does. Do they have problems trading within the EU?

In a future without the EU, there will be no one else to blame for internal issues; that might be a bit uncomfortable.

Only the gypsy and her crystal ball know how the pros will pan out, but here is what we do know.

  • It will take up to two years to negotiate the exit. 
  • It will take five more to modify British laws related to immigration and implement changes. 
  • As the crisis continues and by the time it could be addressed, it may no longer be a crisis.

I do love Scotland

I am quite partial to Scotland. I have family and friends there who may razz me for this post – but it is how I feel. Scotland is a beautiful place, second to none. But politically it has always been a tough pill for this Texas Libertarian to swallow. Americans picture that moment in “Braveheart” where Gibson shouts “Freedom.” It’s not quite like that. You are more likely to here “Where is my NHS?” A majority of the nation looks to the government for just about everything. I’ll leave it at that.

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I saw this picture on social media and thought it had an interesting message. Here goes my rendition block by block.

  1. Scotland enjoys ease of movement across borders with the other EU countries.
  2. Central planners convince Scotland it’s okay to share debt with nations in economic freefall.
  3. Germany and Poland sure look happy – wonder how long that will last?
  4. The arm of sanity. Get away quick, the Greek kid is going to default.
  5. Mother UK/England keeps her child on the right path.
  6. Scotland led away not knowing it is being saved from future debt her great-grandchildren would have been paying.

An Independence referendum? A bit late I believe.

The day after the Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon was talking about another Independence Referendum. I was 100% for the 2014 Scottish Independence movement. They had their chance and voted NO. Now it seems more like the action of an angry child. I did try to change a few minds and tweeted to the entire nation to vote for independence. You know since I couldn’t vote.

Whatever happens, politics aside, my bonnie lass and I will be back to visit friends and family in Scotland. I love the people, the air is sweet, the food is world class and even if they are not part of the EU, the access to French wine will still be unbelievable.

Slainte,

DaveP

 

Making the Turn to Better Health

Today I’m writing about what I do to stay healthy and also to cast light on the big low fat diet lie most of us bought hook, line, and sinker. How could low fat products have contributed to all time high levels of obesity. Easy – they are the cause. How is that possible? I’m going to tell you from personal experience; I’ve been the guinea pig.

I’ve had some temporary weight loss traction from whiz bang diets, but long term they do not work. We’ve all been there. And by the way, weight loss is only one component of fitness. I know plenty of skinny soft people. You don’t want that either.

If you’re older it gets more difficult

I’m 50 and as we all know the older you get the more crap we have on our plate, literally and figuratively. Find the time. You have to take your health seriously. This is no game. We all know people who are health disasters; so take action now no matter how insignificant you think that action may be.

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Making healthy lifestyle changes is like turning an aircraft carrier, it’s a slow process but it can be done.

  • Give yourself permission to make your health a priority
  • Get someone to do this with you
  • Take it seriously

To get started you can do any small step to improve your health. Don’t do everything at once. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re 40, 50 and over, some aspects of your life are going to have to permanently change or you will be where you are forever. Get set to change that mindset one step at a time.

Here are some easy money saving things you can do to get on the right path now.

  • Start walking – any distance no matter how small
  • Reduce or temporarily stop alcohol consumption
  • Stop the sugary drinks
  • Reduce consumption of processed foods.

Next month, I’m going to begin a series telling you exactly what I’m doing. For now, please realize getting fit is not going to happen overnight. You didn’t get where you are over a short period of time did you? Any action you take is a good start. Please share this with a friend.

Get on it – See what happens – Fail often – Get on it again

DaveP

F-15s Pound Physics Into Submission

The F-15 Eagle entered service in 1976 and has served for 40 years as of 2016.  It is still is an amazingly powerful tactical fighter that is expected to be in service past 2025.

This video shows how powerful and maneuverable these aircraft are.

This video was shot by Elwyn R. from Wales and in my opinion, was his luckiest day on the hill.

 

Last flight of the Concorde

The last flight of the Concorde was October 24, 2003. Believe it or not, there is a generation out there that doesn’t even know what Concorde was about. I was born in a time that promised the future of flight and we had it at Mach 2.04 – New York to London in 3.5 hours. Coming back home on the London to New York route you could arrive in the Big Apple two hours before you left London…think about that.

Today that flight takes 6.5+ hours. The future was more than 12 years ago.

The Concorde was an engineering marvel but wasn’t without problems. It flew so high (60,000 feet) there were concerns about radiation exposure, it flew so fast it had heating concerns, it devoured fuel, and the terrible crash in July 2000 at Gonesse, France eventually took it out of service.

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Concord leaving London

I saw a Concorde take off from Heathrow and it sounded like two F-15s at afterburner at the same time.

I’ve linked some videos to show how awesome the Concorde was.