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My Favorite Dessert

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Most nights I end the evening with a bowl of heaven. A simple dessert that I got in the habit of eating over a year ago and simply love. It goes like this: 1 Cup of Full Fat Greek Yogurt 2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds 1/4 Cup of Frozen Blueberries Stir it up and leave it for about 15 minutes and you end up with the richest, most delicious chocolate pudding imaginable. Notice there are no sweeteners added and that is intentional. If you want to add stevia or xylitol be my guest or…

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Your Relationship Could Be More Optimal

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This is an unusual post for me but it’s the result of a bit of an epiphany I recently had. There is a way to optimize your personal relationships so that they do better and both parties are happier for it. Don’t worry, this doesn’t dehumanize and rationalize emotion nor is this a post about how to hack a dating site to get the perfect mate. Every relationship has it’s ups and downs and in the name of self improvement and growth, I’m constantly looking at ways that I can be a better husband, confidant, friend, and sounding board for…

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The First Multivitamin That Actually Works – Nutreince

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I have been down on multivitamins for a long time. Most of them have totally ridiculous ratios of essential nutrients and completely miss out on important ones like Magnesium and Calcium. They tend to be poor quality and don’t absorb well. Often times they don’t provide any nutrition and can actually make you feel ill or leech nutrients from your body. Mira and Jayson Calton have release a product called Nutreince and I have to say I am REALLY impressed. I haven’t taken a mutli in over 10 years and recently wrote an article for the Daily Beast about how…

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Forcing the Result

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I believe that it’s always important to keep moving. Ideally we would always be moving onwards and upwards but even in those cases when you make the wrong decision, or the wrong move, at least you now have a new opportunity to make another, hopefully better decision. Stagnation is the worst thing for you. You feel guilty about the things you aren’t getting done, you become paralyzed by the anxiety of making the right decision, and typically end up missing out on really great opportunities. But what are you supposed to do when you don’t know what the next step…

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Beat Stress Into Submission For Good

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As Brad Pitt said in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “I guess when we come to the end, we start thinking about the beginning.” So here we are at the end of the year and I find myself pondering the roots of Less Doing. I started working on a new method of productivity with one goal, to reduce the negative effects that stress had on my body. I realized that stress was such an impactful part of my Crohn’s Disease as well as an impedance to optimal performance.  Stress in itself is not the enemy, or even a bad thing. Stress…

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Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox and Micro Goals

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In the time of Aristotle there was a philosopher named Zeno of Elea who hypothesized several paradoxes including his famous, Dichotomy Paradox. The basic principle was that in order to travel from any point A to any point B, you first had to travel half way there, which would take a certain amount of time. Then you would have to travel halfway between that point and point B, or a quarter of the way there, and that would take a certain amount of time and this would continue to an infinite number of half ways and an infinite amount of time so essentially this would…

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What is Inflammation?

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This is not a post about the amazing weight loss transformation I experienced through my journey towards better health. I’m not even going to tell you how many pounds I was in the before versus the after. What I want you to realize is that what you are seeing, is the result of chronic inflammation. The bloated, puffy, and almost greasy texture of my skin is what happens when inflammation is wining the battle against your body. Inflammation is our bodies natural response to protect the various systems inside us from our skeletal system to your digestive system, to our…

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How To Avoid Kummerspeck

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This is a post about overeating. I took German as a third language (French was a required second language at my school) when I was in high school. I have never been very good with languages so adding a third to an already shaky framework was a recipe for disaster. Needless to say I did not learn to speak German though I did gain a profound appreciation for the way the German language can combine words to create idiomatic expressions with nuance and complexity. One of my personal favorites (as a word not an actual emotion) is schadenfreude which is…

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Less Doing Breakfast

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the deal and while in theory that may be true I modify it to say your FIRST meal of the day is the most important, whenever that may occur. I am a huge fan of Bulletproof Coffee as a tool to be used when needed. When I wake up at 4AM there’s nothing easier then pouring some MCT Oil, a thick slice of butter, and some upgraded coffee into a mug before whirring it up with a 99 cent IKEA milk frother. I can go from zombie to sharp as a…

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