Saturday, October 15, 2016

Shoshin: The Beginner's Mind



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Shoshin (初心) is the concept of the beginner's mind. Derived from Zen Buddhism, it is the quintessential mindset for learning. It is openness, eagerness, and the lack of preconceptions, no matter the level of study.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Paradox of Moderation

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Studies have shown our definitions of moderation are completely subjective. In application, most people who attempt a moderation diet, either create no change in their diet, or eat worse than before, though in their subjective minds, they believe they are eating better.

Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard Medical School nutrition and obesity expert calls the moderation mantra "useless."

In Always Hungry? Ludwig writes:
There [are] some things you [should] eat a lot of, and I would put things like olive oil, avocado, nuts in that category. There are other things you [should] really minimize, especially if you're dealing with pre-diabetes or some other metabolic problem. You don't want to go moderate with sugar — whatever that means. You want to get rid of as much of it as you can.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

You Might Be Confusing Encouragement With Something Else


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"Encouragement," like many overused words, loses its classical meaning over time. Its meaning shifts based on how we want it to mean, rather than how it is meant to mean. Rather than having a thought transform us, we conveniently transform the thought to confirm what we already believe.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.”
George Bernard Shaw
Ideas become cheapened and in the process, they lose their worth. It is like stating nothing since nothing changes from it. Without change, there is nothing. Change is how we exist.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Subtract to Add



Subtract to Add Value to Your Life


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It looks simple, but it's often not simple to do — such is the beauty of mastery. People want to believe martial arts is simple yet it is not. Beating a bigger man is no easy task. Martial arts began as a study of the effortless actions of nature. Man mimicked those actions, recreating powerful movements until it took little effort — through practice. Techniques, approaches, and a lifetime of repetition was the path to understanding natural order and harmony. What does one do when they cannot distil a concept from a technique? Repeat it. Still unclear? Do a thousand more. Repeat it until it until it is clear. A meditation is not in sitting still, it's within the breaths between repetitions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

On Food Envy

("Ironic Gluttony" | Beckrns)
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Some Background on Weight Gain

When a human body harvests more energy into fat storage rather than oxidation, is when we have obesity. The problem is not as simple as controlling energy intake and expenditure (calories). Sometimes the body diverts more energy into fat cells, no matter how little energy we take in. Our hormonal responses to food can trigger such an event. Responses to food type and quantity varies from person to person. Sometimes the only difference is the severity of reaction. Some will gain an insignificant amount of weight, while others will gain a considerable amount of weight.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

English Speaking Countries Tell the World What to Eat

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When it should be the other way around...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It Was Easier to be Skinny in the Past

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Even if you eat the same amount of calories (and same volume of nutrients) and exercise exactly the same as Americans 20 to 30 years ago, a new study shows you still won't be as skinny as them.

Some theories include genetic change, exposure to more chemicals, change in food, rise in prescription drug use, and changes to our gut microbiome (which can be influenced from too much sanitation, overuse of antibiotics, chemicals and hormones in foods, and so on).
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Marathon Training Makes Some People Gain Weight

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When Mary Kennedy coached a charity team of marathon runners back in 2009, she regularly heard the marathon-weight question. “Several of them would come to me and they would say exactly that: ’I am working out more than I ever have in my entire life. I’m doing this for a lot of reasons, but I really thought I’d look better in my clothes,’” said Kennedy, who is an exercise physiologist at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, a nonprofit research center founded in 2007 by Harvard Medical School and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She conducted a small, simple pilot study, limited to her group of 64 charity runners, comparing their weight before starting the training program to their weight after completing it. About 11 percent of them did lose weight, but just as many gained weight (and of those who gained, 86 percent were women). But for the remaining 78 percent, their weight stayed almost exactly the same, even after three months of running four days a week.

Her results aren’t published yet, but they echo those of a 1989 study in which Danish researchers took 18 months to train a small group of sedentary people — 18 men and nine women — to run a marathon. By race day, the men had lost an average of five pounds. For the women, on the other hand, “no change in body composition was observed,” the researchers write. “This idea that you’re going to run a marathon and the pounds are going to melt away is not realistic,” Kennedy said. She’s currently coaching a group of high-school runners, and she and her co-director have a sad little joke: “You train for the marathon, and then you do the weight-loss program afterward.”
Source: New York Magazine
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