My most ambitious project ever is an undertaking that has been years in the making. It started as an idea, like many of mine, it seems, that came to me while basking in the Maui sun. A few months before my Hawaiian trip, a catchy tune found its way inside my head…this was followed by some lyrics that seemed to fit just right. That sequence of events was the early genesis of this song.
Back to Maui…
I thought the song was good, but the lyrics were better—they meant something more than just what a song has to offer. While on that tropical paradise, I put pen to paper and scratched out the basis for the book that was inspired by the song:
In the book (and song and video), I discuss how the ability to change as a person can effect change on a larger scale—like maybe even changing the world for the better. That’s a major and ambitious task, for sure, but one, if approached at a grassroots, singular perspective, could have global impact.
Being a videographer, a songwriter, and enjoying sharing both endeavors with as many people as possible through my myriad websites, I wanted to create the most effective way to share this concept. A music video was my natural choice. On all of my songs and music videos, I have collaborated with my pal Dale Price, from Electric Canyon Studios. He is a master at making my voice sound better than it is and turning my acoustic guitar into a rocking band. He was also instrumental in taking hundreds of hours of video footage and turning it into the amazing result below. Thanks, Dale!
There are a lot of foods out there that, if eaten often, can turn on you and eventually push you faster toward your demise. You know the ones: fat, juicy cheeseburgers; chili cheese fries; chocolate cake; even good old lasagna and pizza.
Now I love most of these foods, except for the ones deep-fried or that contain animal protein. I like to indulge in something naughty but nice, too, ya know.
It’s just that I have dedicated most of my life to healthy food options, to eschewing the fat and gristle so that I may enjoy my life longer and happier. Because, I truly believe that you are what you eat, and that to me means feeling better by eating good foods, like:
· Whole grains
· Lean protein like fish
· Green tea
And by avoiding:
· Excess carbs
· Unhealthy fats
· Fatty meats
All of the above is how I live my life most of the time…and I am a better person for it.
But I still need my killer foods, but the good “killer.”
One does not pass celery root in the produce section of the grocery store and pause to admire its attractiveness. Quite the opposite, if you ask me, as celery root is one of the least attractive of vegetables. It may actually be downright ugly.
I know, I know, those are harsh words, especially for a food that is not only tasty, but is loaded with tons of nutritional necessities. And, for those of you, like me, who are trying to cut back on those dreaded carbohydrates, an excellent replacement for potatoes.
What Is Celeriac?
a)a recently discovered planet in our solar system
b)an arthritic condition found in aging rock stars
c)a word describing a hilarious haircut
d)another name for Celery Root
If you chose d, then you would be correct and win this fabulous prize:
Celery root is low in calories and high in flavor. With only 9 carbs per serving (less than half as much as a potato) this is a great way to get your spuds in without the weight gain (or glucose spike).
Celeriac also offers these nutritional benefits:
·good source of fiber and protein
·high in manganese
·high in vitamin C and calcium
·nice source of iron
So how can you eat this root veggie?
Anyway ya want to. Use celery root to replace any of your potato recipes, from soups to chips, casseroles to fries. Grate it raw and add to salads; bake it or eat it mashed. As I did in this absolutely delicious video:
Next time you’re in your local grocery store and pass by a gnarly lump of ugliness is the produce section, stop and grab some celery root.
As a strict vegetarian and wannabe vegan, I don’t normally consume a lot of eggs. Likewise, in a perfect vegan world, I would not opt for a portion of healthy fish, as I now do, for the excellent protein and other nutritional benefits.
But as with adding fish as a source of good protein, while continually trying to reduce my carbohydrates, I have also started to add a few eggs to my diet.
Eggs, you say?
But aren’t eggs unhealthy for you? Loaded with fats and cholesterol? One of the worst things one can ingest?
Ummm, actually, think again.
Eggs for years have been getting a bad rap. They are not only an excellent source of healthy proteins and fats, but even the amounts of bad cholesterol are grossly over exaggerated.
If loving eggs is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right…
Besides tasting awesome, as the above video can attest, eggs also have these healthy benefits:
One of the few bloggers I make the time in my busy schedule to read is Susan Blake, who is the creator of the wonderful website, Today’sPath. Suzen (as she sometimes goes by), like myself, is all about healthy lifestyle, better nutritional choices, and offering proactive solutions to preventing unnecessary disease and health—dare I say LIFE—ailments.
This is such a special blog for me to write, I'm grinning ear to ear - can't ya tell? Sometimes you meet somebody and you know they are kindred spirits. I must have a good healthy love for mine then cuz I sure love his!
I started following a blog by Mike Foster called Live Life 365 about three years ago. Mike does videos on his blog that are great - I learned the easy way to cut/eat avocados, for instance. You name it, he will tell you what it is, how to cook it and eat it - many things the average person has never tried I'll bet ya! He is ALL about healthy foods, nutrition, staying motivated, taking walks in nature, and making good choices. Every once in a while he will write a song and sing it with his guitar. The walks I've actually BEEN ON with him since he takes his camera right along with him.
He videos from his lanai in Maui on his vaca there every year - so nice to see it when there is winter in the air here - he videos when he is gardening and sweating - always good to see somebody sweat, isn't it? - and of course many videos in his kitchen. Writing songs, writing blogs, making videos........
Q: What is the most lethal silent killer facing the world today?
The first reply from most of us would probably be hypertension—as it is seldom symptomatic. Or high cholesterol, for the same reason. How about obesity or heart disease? All valid guesses, but how can obesity be considered a silent killer?
What about diabetes?
I recently finished an excellent book called Sugar Nation, written by Jeff O’Connell. In it, Jeff, a thin and seemingly healthy man who is fighting diabetes, goes into lengthy and fascinating detail about how this disease is growing at record numbers. And is not only afflicting the obese and sugar-scrafers. It attacks the slender and fit folks, and potentially people like me, who ingest little sugar, but have some carbohydrate food challenges.
Jeff’s father died from diabetes; I’m sure this motivated him to write Sugar Nation. I can relate to that, as my father died in his mid-fifties from years of tobacco abuse, along with overindulging in alcohol and unhealthy food choices. It was through his death that I became the health advocate that I am today. And helped motivate me to create this blog and my website, livelife365.com.
I was recently asked by Jeff’s marketing team to write a review of Sugar Nation. I offer it here for you to read and learn, and strongly urge you to buy the book. It just may save your life.
Oh, and, of course, I also produced this video about Jeff's book for your viewing pleasure:
One thought that continued to meander around my brain as I dove into Jeff O’Connell’s must-read book, Sugar Nation, was that I did not consider myself a sugar-eater. All my life I have been lucky to eschew the temptations of a sweet tooth for the desire to indulge in more salty snacks. I could literally walk past a mound of brownies and dishes filled with chocolates without batting an eye. Yet find it quite difficult to put down a bag of potato chips without consuming most of them. But did you know that the carbohydrates from that bag of chips turns into as much sugar, once processed and stored inside the body, as consuming spoonfuls of the sweet stuff?
Sugar Nation reads as much like a personal memoir as a convincing diatribe against the medical community for seemingly turning a blind eye toward one of the worst killers decimating the world today—diabetes.
Jeff O’Connell, a diabetic battling the same disease that killed his father, knows of what he speaks. A former executive writer at Men’s Health and editor at Muscle & Fitness, Jeff decided to take matters into his own hands in his fight against this growing disease. Through a tireless energy and investigative zeal (challenging, given his constant battle with low blood sugar, spiking insulin, crashing insulin, and the countless maladies that accompany diabetes), Jeff shatters conventional (and at times very incorrect) wisdom, deciding to battle his illness with diet and exercise, rather than the all-to-often remedy: prescription drugs.
I am familiar with this type of attitude when it comes to not accepting the first (or second or third) opinion of someone in the medical profession. A few years ago I was overweight, had high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol and glucose levels. The immediate reaction from my doctors was to reach for a prescription pad. My immediate reaction was—do I want to spend the rest of my life gobbling pills? Or could I do something myself to change those life-threatening results?
Like Jeff, I combated my nemesis through diet, exercise, and supplements. The results were so amazing (I dropped forty pounds in six months and lowered my blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol down to healthy levels) that I created my self-help video website, livelife365.com. I wanted to reach as many people as possible so I could share my successes. Just like what Jeff is doing with Sugar Nation.
While I consider myself a guy who knows what to eat, and what not to, I learned a lot from Jeff about healthy diet—especially when it comes to carbs. I lost most of my weight through a high-fiber, low-fat diet. But that diet may not work best for diabetics. More animal proteins and only carbs high in fiber are the keys to not only healthy weight loss, but assisting in the fight against diabetes. I learned that some carbs I have been consuming daily for years (potatoes and bananas) may not be as good for me as I thought.
Sugar Nation is a wakeup call. Not just for the billions of overweight and obese people out there who are walking time bombs for stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. But to all those seemingly fit folks (like Jeff, a tall and thin man often misdiagnosed because of how he looked) who need to change the way they live. It is also a very well written critique of our healthcare system, the medical profession, and the powerful pharmacological lobby that seems to affect how the former go about their business.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Who knows, reading it may just save your life…or a loved ones.