Sunday, May 19, 2013

How we can achieve our ultimate goal—together!

We are all the same. Deep down, at the core of each and everyone of us, we all have the same needs. We may be different in our approach, but that does not make us all that "different." We all have the capacity to love and to hate, to be kind and to be destructive, to be hurtful and to be caring. 

Some people have so much battling in their mind, they may temporarily lose their way (or lose themselves). It could very well be you, or me. So before we judge others who have done "wrong" or did things we do not agree with, perhaps we should have some compassion and be thankful that life hasn't yet provoked us enough to show our own dark colors.

Even if you haven't yet been pushed to completely unleash your distasteful side, it doesn’t mean that given the "right" circumstances, you wouldn't become "that person" you dislike. So as it stands, you would be wiser to have compassion, understanding, and deep acceptance that life is challenging for each of us... and that you and I are equal — no matter what our exterior may show.

Deep down we are no different. Whatever it is that we are doing, we are doing it because we all want to be happy, we all want to be safe, and we all want to be loved. No matter how you look at it, you really only have one ultimate goal; and that is, fulfillment. Whatever you're doing, you're doing it because you want to feel fulfilled in some way. 

Only YOU know what truly fulfills you. So choose the things (attitude, people, places, events, materials) that can bring more fulfillment to your life, and pay less attention to the things that take you away from it. Try to keep it simple. There's no reason to make things complicated.

Don't take life so seriously to a point where you forget to be "child-like" — to be young at heart. Remember, you have an inner child that lives deep within you who needs nurturing and attention. Let that inner child out to play often. Don't lock them up and shut them down. It's okay to cry, be angry, get frustrated and feel sad. A child would not hide these feelings for they are authentic... and so it is that you, too, are authentic when you express your true emotions. 

Don't lose that inner child within who's filled with love, wonder and compassion. Don't confine to logic all the time. Be courageous and use your imagination. Sure, logic can get you from one place to the next, but imagination will take you everywhere!

Use this world as a discovery center. Explore everything as a child would. Get curious, wonder, inquire, try new things, mess around with new ways of doing things, toy with ideas, play with nature, venture out of your comfort zone. Don't take yourself so seriously... when something goes "wrong," instead of saying "Oh, no!" learn to say "Oh, well..."

Friday, May 3, 2013

What does it mean to eat a balanced meal?

"Eat a balanced meal!" 

What the heck does that mean anyway? Well, generally, what that means is that you should enjoy your foods to FUEL up, NOT to fill up! To give you an idea, allow me to share with you a quick video of the lunch I'm making today...but keep this in mind while you watch:

The nutrients from food, and the portion size is KEY to creating a balanced meal. Without the details of your body's current state, I can only offer a VERY general guideline here: Have about a palm size (your palm) of lean protein, half cup to a full cup of good carbs, a ton of colorful veggies (at least 2 cups). BUT... 

..saying this, however, you've got to be flexible with your portions depending on your goals. So for example, for me, my portions are slightly different from day-to-day depending on the intensity of my schedule for that day. I ask myself: Do I have a jam-packed day of running around? Will I be working out today? If so, is it an intense workout or just an easy one? Or will I be having a relaxed day altogether?... 

...Maybe I'm recovering from an intense workout and need to replenish glycogen stores (sugar/energy) in my muscles for the next time I workout? Or maybe I want to really clean up my food today to make up for my "naughty-eating" from the past few days?

All these factors guide me to premeditate how much I eat, and what I eat day-to-day to supply me with all the necessary energy to thrive or maintain my ideal physique all year round. Want a clearer mental picture of what a balanced meal could look like? Check out my video above.