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Humour, Misc

42 Odd Facts You Might Not Know

No Comments 16 December 2013

The pictures sum it up pretty well. Next time you’re at a party, impress your friends with some of these odd facts. Enjoy!

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Thoughts, World Issues

What Would Chairs Look Like If Our Knees Bent the Other Way?

2 Comments 13 December 2013

Challenge conventional thinking and don’t buy into marketing. Dairy farmers want us to buy more milk so all of their commercials will be about convincing us that dairy milk is good for us. Running shoe companies want to sell more shoes so all of their commercials will be about convincing us about the benefits of their shoes.

But they don’t tell it like it ACTUALLY is. Don’t be a sheep. Think about what you read, what you hear, what you see. Be a smart consumer. Here some some examples of what I’m talking about:

Stop drinking dairy milk. Source: Read The China Study

Most office chairs are terrible for you and it’s better to stand and move around unless you get a proper chair like the
best recliners or realize why sitting for so long is bad for you. Source: Watch
Olympic Weightlifter and Personal Trainer Curtis Howden Talk About Proper Sitting

Stop wearing running shoes with thick soles and instead switch to barefoot shoes. It’s how we were naturally built to run. Source: Read Born to Run; Read/Watch Tim Ferriss Talking about Barefoot

Drugs don’t fix health issues. The idea of a “pill for an ill” needs to stop. Depression can be corrected for many people through nutritional therapy. Many mental disorders exist due to lack of nutrition. Big pharm wants us to believe that we are sick, that are need help when in reality they’re not helping us at all – they’re just making HUGE profits. Source: CCHR; Watch Food Matters

Realize that religion is a business and all of the characters in religious stories are just allegorical representations of the planets and the stars. The characters are used to formulate stories to help guide our lives. But don’t believe for a second that the characters actually existed as we’re told to believe. Source: Watch Zeitgeist

Understand that many of the diseases plaguing our society are in fact preventable through proper nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. Source: Watch Hungry for Change & Food Matters; Read The China Study

If you aren’t about where to start, you can start by watching Penn & Teller: Bullshit! You’ll learn why bottled water, the bible, feng shui, recycling, the end of the world, self help, and many other topics are bullshit. It’s a very thought provoking series that includes discussions on both sides of the issues.

If something seems too good to be true, or we need to be told what to believe, it probably isn’t true. We know less about nutrition today than ever before. People are sicker today than ever before.

Oh, and to answer the initial question “What would chairs look like if our knees bent the other way?” Quite possibly this:

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Relationships, Thoughts

The 2 Approaches to Dating

1 Comment 21 November 2013

There are 2 approaches to dating – physical and emotional.

There are many ways to meet people today but you can categorize them in 2 ways – online and in real life.

The problem with meeting someone online is that you can get away with saying things you wouldn’t normally say to them in person and also you don’t really know what the person looks like since all you have to go off is whatever pictures that person chooses to share (usually the pictures they feel show their best side, not what they actually look like).

The problem with meeting someone in real life is that, although you can physically tell if you’re attracted to them, it will take longer to get to know them emotionally.

The issue of taking longer to establish an emotional relationship with someone is why many people choose to use online dating. It gives them the ability to talk to multiple people at once, both physically and emotionally filtering through, asking questions and ultimately choosing who they want to meet. At the end of the day, you can’t have a relationship with someone, either physically or emotionally, without meeting them. A virtual relationship could be completely fake if you haven’t met the other person. You can disagree with me on this, but after you meet someone in person, it changes the dynamic of your relationship since you can now put a face to a name.

Let’s get back to the title of this article – the 2 approaches to dating – and frame it mostly within the context of the online dating world, since the majority of people use this as a way to meet a partner.

There are many websites that tout themselves as being used to meet someone to date, to varying degrees. While there are a lesser number of websites that tout themselves as a way to meet a sexual partner, along with having the ability to date, although their initial point of contact is from a sexual perspective.

PlentyofFish, OkCupid, Match, EHarmony, LavaLife, Fetlife (NSFW), AdultFriendFinder (NSFW) are just a few of the sites out there that are available to meet someone.

Except for Fet and AFF, the others claim that they’re more about dating than sex, although at the end of the day, sex is a part of dating.

On those sites, it’s good to get to know someone before meeting. Find out about them. What they do, where they’re from, what matters to them. Talk on the phone with them. Skype with them. Then meet. That’s a good way to establish a base for an emotional relationship. Ultimately, we all will talk to someone on a dating site if we are A) attracted to their photos and B) interested in what they have to say. But, in order to meet will all depend on each person. Sometimes you know right away you’ll get along with someone so you might only talk for a few minutes before meeting. Other times, one person might take a bit more to open up and so it could take a few weeks to meet. However, no matter how you do it, connecting emotionally first is the best way to go if you are looking for a long term relationship. When the sex does happen, both partners will have some emotional connection established and so both (especially the guy) will be less likely to lose interest since he has emotion invested.

However Fet and AFF (and the other dating sites when used that way) make it very easy to meet someone without know much about that person other than what they look like and what their sexual preferences are. But, by starting off having sex with someone, there isn’t much emotion invested. Although this study shows that love can grow from having sex with someone, it also is very easy to lose interest with someone after sex because there isn’t a lot of emotion attached if it happens early.

Sometimes, the more you get to know about them, the less you’ll be interested in pursuing something with them. In that case, probably no sex. But if you start off sleeping with someone right away, there’s also a chance you won’t want to get know more about them either if it’s not good of if you’re just not feeling a strong connection.

This is based on experience, from talking to friends and from reading/watching videos on the subject. I’m not saying go slow but I do think it’s better to wait to have sex until there is a fairly strong emotional connection. Not only will the sex be better but I think there’s a greater chance for success in the relationship this way. If that’s what you’re looking for. If not, have fun!

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Humour, Misc

You Tie Your Shoes Wrong

No Comments 30 August 2013

As the title suggest, you [probably] tie your shoes wrong. What do I mean by that? There’s more than one to tie your shoes? Well, yes in fact there is. Instead of going one way around the bunny ear you make when doing a loop, just go the other way. Seems simple enough right? Try it out. It’s not.

But in all seriousness, there are many things we probably don’t do “right”. Check out the TED Talk by Terry Moore as he demonstrates the “right” way to tie your shoes. They will come undone much less than normal, saving you time in the process (and possibly saving you from tripping on your laces). Try it out!

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Disc Sports, Sports

Wandering Around Amsterdam

No Comments 19 July 2013

On my way to compete in the 2013 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships, I had a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam so I decided to take the train downtown and do some exploring.

Now, I’m the type of guy who isn’t afraid to ask directions if I’m lost but I figured as long as I kept my bearings as to where the train station was, I could wander aimlessly and see what happened.

I very quickly stumbled into a souvenir shop where the guy behind the counter looked super baked, and when we started talking, my assumptions were confirmed. When he found out I was from Canada, he seemed to warm up to me. I bought a shot glass, a keychain and a rather, well, novelty product which I won’t mention (no it’s not drugs). He also showed me how he had some nice lines of coke laid out and that he could sell me LSD or marijuana if I so desired. I told him no thanks, as I had a flight in a few hours and I wanted to be sober for that (seemed cooler than saying “I don’t do drugs” and also more neutral). Before I left, he told me that since it wasn’t later in the day, the Red Light District wouldn’t really be an option but if I headed towards the Victoria Hotel and took a left, I could get into the downtownish part of Amsterdam. Basically it was a ton of shops, canals, people biking and overall some great energy.

After some wandering, I started getting hungry and luckily happened to stumble upon Istanbul Petite Restaurant, which was just about to open for the day. The first thing that caught my eye was free wifi, which was perfect because I wanted to check a few messages to see what some of my friends were up to who had already arrived in Sweden a few days prior. But ultimately what drew me into the restaurant was the desire for something not McDonald’s, which seemed to be every few blocks. I ordered the chicken soup and lamb falafel and I have to say that the soup was literally the best soup I’ve ever had. The right amount of creamy with a little bit of spice and the chicken was perfectly cooked, tender and tasty. I’m really glad I happened to find this place and if you’re ever in Amsterdam, I highly recommend stopping in for a bite.

From there, I headed back to the train station and off to catch my flight to Stockholm. Here are some pics I took while wandering:

 

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Beefs

Exaggeration in Marketing

No Comments 02 July 2013

My biggest pet peeve with marketing is when companies make ridiculous claims or take something that’s real and use it to their advantage to sell a product.

The most recent case of this comes from a commercial for the 2014 Mazda6 in which Mazda claims the new Mazda6 is flipping convention on its head just like the Fosbury high jump technique and its effect on the sport of high jump.

Really Mazda?

Their claim is silly and exaggerated. What Dick Fosbury did for the sport of high jump does no way compare to Mazda’s claim. It’s downplaying Fosbury’s influence on the sport and making Mazda appear as though they’ve been revolutionary in the automotive industry. Perhaps if they were announcing that they were selling a car without tires or something but c’mon Mazda. I wish marketing people would try a little harder with their concepts and develop the ability to take an unbiased look at their own marketing in order to realize just how stupid it is.

In case you haven’t seen the commercial, here it is:

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Thoughts, Videos

Don’t Lose Faith

1 Comment 07 June 2013

I’ve shared the famous speech by Steve Jobs from Stanford’s 2005 Commencement several times and I share it again today because today of all days it seems particularly fitting.

Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

This has been my driver for the past few years has been reinforced recently within myself just how possible it is to truly do what you love.

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Music

My Favourite Concerts

1 Comment 27 March 2013

Growing up in small town New Brunswick, I listened to a lot of music that I thought I’d never get to see live. AC/DC, Metallica, Tom Petty, Queen to name a few. My ultimate wish was to see Queen live but over the past 8 years, since moving to Calgary, I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of the bands I always dreamt of seeing live. Here’s a list of my favourite concerts along with 1 or 2 of my favourite songs per band. What are your favourite concerts you’ve been to over the years?

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Calgary)

AC/DC (Vancouver)

Metallica (Calgary)

Crash Test Dummies (Calgary)

Nickelback (Calgary)

Live (Calgary)

Barenaked Ladies (Calgary)

Stompin’ Tom Connors (Woodstock)

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Disc Sports, Thoughts

Happiness Best When Shared…Really?

No Comments 19 February 2013

I think this famous quote, from the movie Into the Wild, is missing the point.

The point of living.

Which, to me, is to find and create meaning. I believe that a life of meaning is a life fulfilled. Life isn’t always about being happy. It’s about doing something you’re passionate about but that doesn’t always mean that you will be happy. If you truly pursue your passion, you can sometimes feel isolated, judged, not supported, alone and like a failure. But if you stick it out, you will be fulfilled. Since watching that movie and from reading blogs and books about life and passion and talent, I’m believing more and more that by following what you love and by realizing your potential, whether you have someone around to share that with or not, it will still be something that you’ve accomplished that noone will ever be able to take away from you.

Too many times in this life we get distracted by stuff that doesn’t really matter – drinking, drugs, tv, watching pro sports and other activities where we are a passive observer. Too many people allow their life to become passive and they’re just an observer in their own lives. Sure, doing that for a day or a week doesn’t impact your life too heavily, but some people have been doing that for months or in many cases, years. What happens then? What do you have to look forward to? What do you have to be proud of? Anyone can achieve something they can be proud of. Whether it’s reading one book a week, going for a 5k walk/run everyday or doing 100 pushups a day, as long as you are consistent, you will create something real that noone can ever take away from  you.

This post is a bit rambly but it’s simple people. Do what you are passionate about. What makes you happy can be the easy way out. The road less traveled is to create something that can be your own. By pursuing your passion.

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Thoughts

Clarity of Self

No Comments 30 January 2013

Once you have developed a clarity of self, you can start building the life you want.

Clarity of self doesn’t have to be fully developed however, since even a bit of clarity about who you are and what you want is all it takes.

Once you have this clarity, you will choose to spend time with people who are more your type of person. You won’t just hang out with someone because they want to hang out with you.

You will start having people in your life who are positive influences and will contribute to your life rather than taking away from your life.

I strongly believe that nobody should put someone else ahead of their goals. I believe that your passion and your goals are the most important part in your life – it gives you a sense of meaning – and to put someone ahead of that will only cause you pain and regret over not being able to realize your potential and go after your passion.

I’ve felt my clarity of self becoming stronger the past few years. I felt as though I had lost myself when my mom died in 2001 and I only realized the impact that had on me about 2 years ago, looking back on everything I had gone through.

For me, I felt like it all started to come together once I started to have opportunities being presented to me simply by me doing what I was passionate about and creating my own path.

Being flown to China, being flown to Mexico, competing in disc sports competitions and meeting the legends all would not have been possible if I hadn’t put myself out there, connected with new people and taken risks on more than one occasion.

Do you feel as though you’re searching for your clarity of self? Are you aware of this journey or are you moreso just enjoying the ride?

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Disc Sports, Thoughts

Having Dreams is What Makes Life Tolerable

No Comments 18 January 2013

This quote, one of many great ones from the movie Rudy, stands out in my mind because to me it defines what life is all about.

Having a dream to be somebody, to do something or to go somewhere.

What is your dream?

Mine is to challenge myself, to do something I’m passionate about, to inspire others and to be constantly learning. I’m doing that right now through disc sports. You can follow me at http://www.frisbeerob.com.

Are you working at your dream(s)?

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Nutrition

Hungry for Change Detox 6 Day Results

1 Comment 10 January 2013

As I mentioned in my 3-Day Detox Results post, I decided to extend the detox to 12 days. After another 3 days, so having done the detox for 6 days, I’m feeling great, loving grocery shopping and getting into the habit of preparing my meals. I stuck to the meals 100% and didn’t eat anything other than what was prescribed except for after some workouts, I added some Vega protein powder to my water to help repair my muscles. I also tried to take Vitamin D everyday (5-6,000 IU’s) and my daily vitamins, minerals, nutrients, fish oils and veggie pills (from Nutrilite).

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What I’ve decided is that in order to continue on this lifestyle after the detox, for the next 6 days I’m going to mostly do the detox meals but I’m going to start introducing meals that I will be eating after the detox into my diet. I need to learn how to make this a habit moving forward so I’m going to do some meal planning over the next few days and come up with something that will work for me. I’m excited to go through my cookbooks, choose some recipes, go shopping and get cooking.

Here are my results after 6 days on the detox:

Starting Stats (Friday, December 4):

  • Total Body Water: 121.4 lbs
  • Dry Lean Mass: 44.4 lbs
  • Body Fat Mass: 66.6 lbs
  • Lean Body Mass: 165.8 lbs
  • Weight: 232.4 lbs
  • BMI: 34.3
  • Percentage of Body Fat: 28.7%

3-Day Stats (Monday, December 7)

  • Total Body Water: 121.2 lbs
  • Dry Lean Mass: 44.3 lbs
  • Body Fat Mass: 61.1 lbs
  • Lean Body Mass: 165.5 lbs
  • Weight: 226.6 lbs
  • BMI: 33.5
  • Percentage of Body Fat: 26.9

6-Day Stats (Wednesday, December 10)

  • Total Body Water: 120.2 lbs
  • Dry Lean Mass: 43.8 lbs
  • Body Fat Mass: 58.0 lbs
  • Lean Body Mass: 164.0 lbs
  • Weight: 222.0 lbs
  • BMI: 32.8
  • Percentage of Body Fat: 26.2

6 Day Results

  • Total Weight Lost: 10.4 lbs
  • Total Body Fat Mass Loss: 8.6 lbs
  • Change in Body Fat Percentage: -2.5%
  • Change in BMI: -1.5%

Based on my lean body mass and knowing that athletes should be in the 6% – 12% range for body fat, my ideal body weight will be around 175 – 185 lbs (if I don’t gain any muscle mass). But in September I was around 171 lbs lean body mass so if I can assume that I will end up with a lean body mass of around 175 lbs based on my weight program, then my ideal body weight will be around 185 – 195 lbs which seems like a much more ideal weight for me. I’m thinking if I can lose another 30 pounds, I would be happy at 192 lbs. I know that I would be much faster, would be able to jump higher and would feel better all around. I would probably also have to buy a bunch of new clothes which is ok – I’ll just make a trip to Value Village – much better than buying new clothes since their clothes don’t shrink!

In any case, I’m excited to be more aware of what I’m doing with my body but more importantly, what I’m putting into my body.

 

Family, Music

My Top 15 Songs As a Teen

1 Comment 08 January 2013

As a kid, I grew up listening to my dad’s record collection, buying cassette tapes from Colombia House (11 cd’s for the price of 1) and recording songs off the radio onto cassettes. I still listen to many of these songs, over 15 years later and some of them still remain among my favourites. What are your favourite songs from your teens?

Nutrition

3-Day Hungry for Change Detox Results

2 Comments 07 January 2013

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I was going to extend the detox to 10 days (probably 12 since it’s easier to do the detox in groups of 3 days). What I really like about this detox is that it’s creating habits for me to buy groceries and cook. Looking at recipes isn’t that daunting anymore – I used to think that there was too many ingredients to make it but now I realize that it’s much easier than it looks. I also really enjoy eating food that I’ve bought and prepared myself and there’s nothing like working while you smell your dinner simmering on the stove!

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Ingredients for dinner!

Since I work for International Fitness Holdings (World Health, Spa Lady and Bankers Hall Club), I have access to a gym quite easily so I made sure to get in a 20 minute cardio workout each day, and I also went throwing/running (self caught flight) on Saturday for 90 minutes and then played ultimate last night for over an hour so getting exercise in is an important part of a healthy living, not just the detox. I will be starting to do more weight workouts soon which will help me see even more results especially with the
best rowing machine but I just need to make sure that I’m getting a bit more protein in my diet. I will probably be going with Vega Energizing Smoothie after workouts and adding spirulina to my morning juice.

The best way for me to measure results easily was to use the InBody 230 (which we have at each World Health location) and is a body composition machine that tells me numbers like water weight, dry lean mass, body fat mass and lean body mass. I measured myself Friday morning of the cleanse and again this morning to be consistent after I had one meal in me. Here are the results:

Starting Stats (Friday, December 4):

  • Total Body Water: 121.4 lbs
  • Dry Lean Mass: 44.4 lbs
  • Body Fat Mass: 66.6 lbs
  • Lean Body Mass: 165.8 lbs
  • Weight: 232.4 lbs
  • BMI: 34.3
  • Percentage of Body Fat: 28.7%

Ending Stats (Monday, December 7)

  • Total Body Water: 121.2 lbs
  • Dry Lean Mass: 44.3 lbs
  • Body Fat Mass: 61.1 lbs
  • Lean Body Mass: 165.5 lbs
  • Weight: 226.6 lbs
  • BMI: 33.5
  • Percentage of Body Fat: 26.9

3 Day Results
Total Weight Lost: 5.5 lbs
Total Body Fat Percentage lost: 1.8%

As for the detox itself, here are a few results from that:

Total spent on shopping list: $125 (roughly $42/day).
However, a lot of the stuff I bought for the detox will last a while (cinnamon, salt, chamomile tea, tamari) so when I went back to the grocery store to buy more supplies to do another 3 day detox, it cost me around $60, so in reality it’s more like $25/day, which isn’t that bad. Looking at what I’ve eaten over the past few years, $25/day in food would be a good amount. If you think about eating out, buying drinks, buying junk food, it adds up really fast. Moving forward, if I can average around $20/day on food that works out to $600/month which I’m ok with. There is no price on health and it’s worth eating good food. Based on articles like this, we only spend about 10% of our income on food. However, other countries spend more. Part of the reason is that we’re bombarded on a daily basis Wendy’s, Subway and McDonald’s by meals that cost only $1.99. However, the nutrient quality of those meals is zero so while it might be cheap, it’s not doing any good for our bodies. I’m ok spending a larger percentage of my income on food if I’m going to feel better, be happier, live longer and perform better in sports and in life. Hands down, one of the easiest choices I’ve ever made.

Kitchen supplies I recommend to have: a ninja crockpot, grater, lemon squeezer, sharp cutting knife, cutting board, juicer, glass dishware (small and large bowls for storage/transportation) and a lunch bag.

Recommendations: Honestly, I found that by following the directions, everything went really well. I liked that the soup made enough for 3 days since that took the longest to make. You certainly come to appreciate knife skills – each time I made lunch, I found it getting easier and easier. I also found that I came to enjoy the little things – grating the ginger, squeezing the lemons, and even washing the juicer every morning after I made breakfast. It didn’t take as long as I thought it would to cook so that kills my excuse in the past that I don’t like cooking because it takes too long. If I was really worried about being more efficient with my time, there are much better ways to do that – I’ve learned that skimping on preparing food shouldn’t be the way to gain more time.

I’m excited to see what my results will be like after 12 days of doing this. Thanks for following my journey so far!

Nutrition

Day 2 of 3-Day Detox Update

2 Comments 06 January 2013

About halfway through day 2 of the Hungry for Change 3 Day Guided Detox, I decided to extend it to 10 days (they say that you can extend to 7 or 10 days if you’d like). I decided to do this for a few reasons:

  1. I feel amazing and I want to keep going
  2. I’m enjoying eating healthy, going to bed when I’m tired, being clear headed and being happy
  3. I want to see what the results will be after 10 days (although I will post the results tomorrow morning after the first 3 days

After the 10 days are up, I’m planning on keeping some of the meals moving forward; however, I will be adding in some recipes from a few nutrition books I have – most notably the following books: Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes, The Eat Clean Diet: Recharged and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.

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Juicing for breakfast…delicious!

So far I’m finding the detox really easy – I eat roughly 6 times per day, drink a lot of water w/ lemon and ginger root, drink chamomile tea when I don’t have water and I exercise and sleep (8 hours per night so far). I’m looking forward to the rest of the 10 days so if you’re not sure about doing something like this, I would highly recommend it. It’s a great way to kickstart your transition to eating clean and living healthy again. Eliminate the bs in our lives – ads for fast food restaurants, drinking too much alcohol and worrying about other people bringing us down – for starters. It’s all about eating clean, exercising and minimizing stress.

Nutrition

Detox Day 1: Listening to My Body

No Comments 05 January 2013

What was great about the first day of the detox is that I felt noticeably more clear headed. Eating when you’re hungry and eating clean food made for a great Friday. All of the meals were delicious, I felt great after each one and I even felt like I sweated more easily when I worked out. I know it sounds strange but I really feel that when you eat clean, because your body functions better, that means you’ll be more effective at sweating too.

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Chia seed, honey and coconut milk pudding

The best part about Day 1 though was that I was getting tired around 9:45pm so I decided to go to bed. Normally I would stay up as late as I could until I could barely keep my eyes open – some nights that means I’m up until around 2am but I decided to listen to my body last night. I set my alarm for 7am, thinking I’d wake up early and get some work done. I didn’t have to rely on my alarm – my body woke me up at 6am and I felt super rested and awake. I didn’t want to lay in bed and I was immediately up and out of bed. This is great!

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Alfafa sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, tamari, tori and avocado salad

I’m excited to keep this going and I think I’m going to extend the detox to 7 days and I will probably carry some of the meals on after the detox is over – a glass of water with lemon and ginger upon rising I really like. I will probably keep juicing one of my meals everyday and I’ll keep the 2 snacks in daily – celery, carrots and cucumbers in the morning and activated almonds in the afternoon.

And I’m actually finding this really easy to do. Although I did go to a pub last night for a bit to celebrate Gian-Carlo Carra’s 40th birthday. There was a lot of beer and birthday cake but I didn’t have any although I normally would have had a few beer and a few generous bites so it was nice to not indulge.

Nutrition

Hungry for Change – 3 Day Guided Detox

2 Comments 04 January 2013

It’s neat how the universe gives you signs when you’re on the right path.

Wednesday night I got an email from the Hungry for Change website about a 3 Day Guided Detox. I initially subscribed to their newsletter after watching the documentary Hungry for Change…

Aside: This documentary, along with documentaries like Vegucated, Food Inc., Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, The Future of Food and books like The China Study, In Defense of Food, The 100 Year Diet and Born to Run have impacted and influenced the way I look at food and nutrition in a big way. However, I have always struggled in putting my knowledge into action. For me I felt like it was always so easy to go back on my bad habits – eating out, buying food in boxes and eating junk food. I’m an emotional eater but I always felt like I just needed to replace the bad food with good food when I got emotional. But I made excuses – living on my own, not having enough time, not having enough money. But I’ve been wanting that to change for a while for a few reasons: 1) To feel and look better so I can perform better in my sports, my job and in life, 2) To save money and stop supporting companies who produce bad food, and 3) To be consistent and practice what I preach. There’s nothing I dislike more than hypocrites and so being one myself was a hard pill to swallow. When I got the email from Hungry for Change about a 3 Day Detox, I knew this was the solution I had been looking for. It would provide me structure to start cutting bad food out of my diet, it would kick start my healthy eating lifestyle and it would inspire me to take the time to cook. As I write this, I can smell the soup simmering that I just made for dinner the next 3 nights and it smells AMAZING. I’ve always loved vegetables and so I’m excited to start making them a bigger part of my diet.

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Hungry for Change 3 Day Detox Groceries

…which brings me to now. When I got the email on Wednesday, I immediately printed off the grocery list and the recipes and decided I was going to do this. For me mostly but I also wanted to share my experience with others – my fans, the members of the gyms I work for and for my friends and family.

With the grocery list in hand, I went to Community Natural Foods tonight with my friend Amber, a fellow health nut who is taking holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and can relate to me as she has had her own food issues. It was great having her along as she is not only supportive of me but also can talk me through it, give me some great advice and doesn’t judge me for the food decisions I make. I think that’s one of the most important things to have – a supportive network who is by your side no matter what.

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What my fridge looks like

After Community, we grabbed a tea at Starbucks and talked about both of our stories as it relates to food. For me, it’s mostly emotional – I eat pasta because it reminds me of dinners my mom would make. I eat chocolate chip cookies and drink pop because it reminds me of my dad. Although I know it’s not good for my body, I have come to terms with it because I believe it helps reduce my stress about not being around my family and seeing them as much as I’d like. However, ideally I can solve the emotional issues so the food issues won’t exist anymore. I never feel good after eating bad food – it’s just like a drug though, you think you need that fix but realize after how destructive it can be. For her, it’s about how guys made her feel – which is something a lot of women have to deal with – so it’s been really hard for her. But, I feel that with the support of people who care about her, she’ll do it, and she already has in a big way. It’s because of friends like Amber that I’m able to improve myself and help teach others and for that, I’m so grateful to have her in my life.

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Potassium balance soup – smells delicious while simmering

After saying good night, I headed to Safeway to pick up the last of the items I needed for the detox. As I was reading through the list, I thought I needed a bottle of tamari since I wasn’t sure what it was so I phoned Amber. Just as the phone was ringing, I walked past a women who was asking one of the Safeway employees if he knew where the tamari was. After Amber informed me I already had some from Community, I approached the woman and asked her if by chance she was also doing the Hungry for Change Detox and that if she was, she could pick up a bottle of tamari from Community. I found out that her name was Anisa and she was indeed doing the detox. The reason being was that she had fallen off her regular diet the past few months – she has breast cancer and has been juicing since she was diagnosed. She believes the reason she got cancer was from stress in her life so while she works on reducing the stress, she’s trying to eat a clean diet to fight the cancer off. She went to the clinic in Tijuana for treatment (a clinic I’ve had a few other friends attend) and was telling me all about the tests and the quality of treatment there compared to Canada. We spoke for probably 20 minutes and it was so great to be connecting with someone who was aware of what she eats and is actively trying to find a better way to live – I refer to people like Anisa as being awake – the majority of people I met are asleep – they don’t question life, they don’t learn about the things around them and they aren’t open to learning and bettering themselves.

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Almonds soaking in distilled water – for activation

For me, this was confirmation that I was on the right path and the detox is the right thing for me to be doing right now.

In total, I spent around $125 on all of the groceries and about 2 hours preparing all of the meals.

As I sit here writing this, I can smell the soup simmering and I am just so excited to be getting my nutrition back on track. In order to be the best in your job, the best in your sports and your best in life, it’s so true that your body needs the right fuel. For me, this detox is the beginning to that lifestyle.

I will be sharing stories over the next few days but mostly I wanted to do this for me and to see what it’s like.

More information on the Hungry for Change 3 Day Guided Detox can be found here:

I have watched most of my food documentaries on Netflix. You can get more information on them here:

Some great books to help you learn more about nutrition and food:

I look forward to sharing in your journey as well – whether you still haven’t gotten started, are just beginning, or have been on your path to healthy living for a while. I believe we can all teach each other something about food and eating.


About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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