10 Totally Awesome Ways to Stay Healthy – Infographic

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One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

In the nearly six years I have been writing this blog, I have come to realize something very important. Although losing weight is a subject on which many people focus, the real trick is staying healthy. I think the reason 60 percent of us are overweight and another 30 percent are obese is because most people focus on the wrong thing. I was overweight for years and the reason is that I wanted to eat as much as I could and not gain weight. That is a prescription for failure. You don’t have a negative aim. Once I got my focus on staying healthy the pounds just melted off. I ate intelligently, both quantity and quality of food, and made sure I got my exercise daily. You can do the same. There are some super suggestions here.


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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Here are some good reasons to add pumpkin seeds to your diet.

One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

I love to eat pumpkin seeds and consume them year ’round.

Here are some previous posts:
6 Reasons You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Year ‘Round
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) – Awesome Healthy Snack
6 Tricks to Eat Healthier – Harvard57d84082f207e6686ea04f808f985225-1Check them out. You may find a tasty and very healthy snack. Tony

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Stereotyping People

We are a society that likes to generalize or stereotype human beings, and in all most every case we are just full of crap. I’ll give you a few examples:

  • Older people don’t understand technology, but younger people are tech savvy.
  • Baby boomers are out of touch and rigid, millennials are lazy and lack direction.
  • Women with muscles are not feminine, one example of this was based on some Twitter rant about Serena Williams looking like a man. Not a man my friend, she’s hot period!
  • If you have lots of money you must be very intelligent.
  • As a __________ (fill in the blank) you are frugal, illegally here, good at math, highly educated, a dumb redneck, lazy, conservative, liberal, or just crazy. Go ahead depending on your bias just fill in the blank.
  • She is very attractive and as such must not be very smart, probably spends all her time on her looks.
  • I’m a police officer so I am naturally brutal and most likely a racist.
Couldn't help myself, this was funny

Couldn’t help myself, this was funny

The point here is that we make all kinds of decisions based on how we prejudge people, professions, races, genders, and generations. In fact most of the biases we have are not born by experience, but a result of the media we consume from television shows, internet news, and social media (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook). These generalizations or biases that we hold prevent us from objectively communicating with people. Do you notice that when you actually interact with different people, those biases are quickly dispelled, and instead you understand that what we are is based on who we are as an individual, not the group we are associated with.

If we could begin to interact with each other as individuals and not stereotypes we could cut through a lot of the crap. You may be black, white, asian, hispanic, male, female, old, young, slim, fat, straight, gay, attractive, or unattractive. We do each other a great disservice by putting too much emphasis on how we are categorized, before getting to know each other. Next time you meet someone, just for a while hold off on immediately type casting them as some group with fictitious characteristics; you might just be surprised to find out who they really are. Getting to know a person without immediately judging them is an incredibly useful interpersonal skill, much rarer than one would suspect. These stereotypes that we all have played a part in fostering over the years have only become barriers to communication between us.

When it comes to people, shake off your biases, stereotypes, and generalizations. Everyone benefits!


The Benefits of Optimism

Some great points on the benefits of optimism

Our Better Health

Staying positive can improve stress management, productivity, and your health

By Elizabeth Scott, M.S.   Stress Management Expert    April 02, 2015.

Do you know someone who seems to always have a smile and a positive thought? Or are you yourself one of those people who is full of optimism? Hardships are seen as ‘learning experiences’ by optimists, and even the most miserable day always holds the promise for them that ‘tomorrow will probably be better.’

If you always see the brighter side of things, you may feel that you experience more positive events in your life than others, find yourself less stressed, and even enjoy greater health benefits.

This is not your imagination.

Researchers like Martin Seligman have been studying optimists and pessimists for years, and they have found that an optimistic world view carries certain advantages.

The Benefits of Optimism

Superior Health

In a study of 99 Harvard…

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