Instructions for Life

It’s half way through the week and many of us are already in “weekend mode”. Many of you will be spending your weekends with your family and friends, whomever you spend it with make sure you enjoy the time away from the workplace and enjoy every minute with the people that mean the most to you.

I came across these Instructions for Life by the Dalai Lama that has really stuck with me over the past few days, and I wanted to let as much people as I know. I hope you enjoy and can apply these 20 simple rules to yourself, and share it with the closest people to you.

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Thank you Mom!

I know Mothers day was just yesterday, but if there was 2, or even 100 day’s to celebrate the Mothers of this world I wouldn’t even complain. Heck she’s put up with me for this many years! I can’t thank my Mom enough for what she’s given me. My Mom’s the one lady who really put up with all my crazy diets and competitions throughout the years and hasn’t told me to F’ Off when I get moody from dieting, not to mention  all my crazy antics.

If you’ve ever done a bodybuilding or fitness show, had to cut weight for a sport or have lived with somebody who has done one of the following, you can more than likely understand how difficult it can be to live with that person.

I spent the weekend with my family and girlfriend, and they were really helpful in keeping me on track with my diet by helping keep the foods to cater to my paleo lifestyle and stay on track for my fitness photo shoot. My Mom lost 24 lbs in 2 months following a paleo-type diet without really ever knowing the finer details of what the paleo diet is.  Below is a quick snapshot of some of the foods we made this weekend.

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Yesterday you said Tomorrow

If it’s one thing I learned about competing and winning in bodybuilding competitions at an early age was that big goals are accomplished by many small steps. At the beginning of April I decided I wanted to do a fitness photo shoot for my blog, and get into the best shape possible. What I remember most and what’s most important to getting into the best shape of your life is that the little things that you have to do to get better every day.

Now this is a lot easier said than done, and can be applied to your big goals outside of getting into the best shape possible. Think about all the “should have” or “I wish I did that” on your list. Look inside and be truthful and then ask yourself: What would be different if I just did that? or What would be different in my life if I did just a little bit every day?

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Hangover cure of the week, Don’t Drink! 4 Tips to Avoid Social Drinking

My co workers and many circles of friends  live for the weekend. I truly do love them and love to be around them, but I made a promise to myself that for the rest of 2012 that I’d cut drinking alcohol to once a week.

One of the reasons I plan on doing this is because I’ll be going on a vacation to the Bahamas in June for a few days, and in between that time I’ll be doing a fitness photo shoot for my site. I want to make sure that I’m in great shape for this shoot so I decided I’ll be staying away from alcohol until then.

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My Paleo World Explained

I want to apologize to many of you who may have been reading my blog and I’ve used the word “Paleo” in a lot of my titles without really explaining what it is. Well, in case you’re not aware of the Paleo diet as of now I want to explain to you in the most common terms, what exactly is the Paleo Diet.

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Optimize Your Positivity This Week

Disclaimer I’m not a certified doctor, but the information below is strictly based on my personal experiences. Now continue reading and please don’t try and sue me.

One of the problems I constantly hear around the office is “I didn’t get a proper night’s sleep” or “I couldn’t sleep last night”.

Have you ever had night’s where you just can’t get a good nights sleep and it’s effected the way you perform during the next day? Of course, we all have! If you’ve ever experienced so much stress in one week that you can’t get any sleep that night. Stress can lead to so many things such as insomnia, weight gain or weight loss without diet and headaches to name a few according to the American Institute of Stress.

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Weekend Cheat Meal Review: The Burger Stomper Gourmet Burger and Milkshake Bar

If I was on death row and they asked me to order my last meal, it would be a toss up between a lot of options. Would I go for a succulent steak? Or a juicy lobster? I know for sure I’d be more concerned about what I’d pick for my last meal than my last minutes on earth. Okay probably not! 

One item for sure on that list of options would be the good ole’ classic American burger! This past weekend I was craving a great burger so I went to the Burger Stomper Gourmet Milkshake and Bar, located on the Danforth in Toronto Canada. You can follow them twitter @burgerstomperbr or http://www.burgerstomperbar.com.

If Philadelphia is known for its cheese steaks, New York is known for its Pizza. If you look at  Toronto over the past few years it’d be known for its burgers. If you read any restaurant reviews on sites like chowhound, yelp, or blogto. You’ll notice that there has been a boom in different burger joints that have opened across the city. Making it a very competitive marketplace to serve the city with a great burger. I remember as a kid growing up during the 80’s and 90’s in Toronto, the most popular place to grab a unique burger were places like Johnny’s, Burger Hut or Dangerous Dan’s. Nowadays you can get into a pretty intellectual argument with who serves the best burger in the city.

Now I will say that I’m a little bias towards this place because I personally know the two owners of the burger stomper and consider them good friends. What I will say to that though, is I wouldn’t tell you or recommend anything that I fully didn’t 100% in what I’m writing. The common question I get asked when people ask me about Burger Stomper is “Is it better than Burgers Priest?” To That I say, you’ll have to try for yourself. What I will say though is that if you go to Burger Stomper you can expect an experience every time you order from the menu. Each burger has such a unique taste and no one burger will taste like the next burger. The fact that each burger has such a unique taste, I’d recommend going to this comfortable establishment with a co-worker or friend so you can split a burger an experience each one to figure out what you like best.

Pictured below: The burger stomper in action http://www.burgerstomper.com

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Hangover Paleo Omelet Cure

Fact or fiction? Junk food cures your hangover!?

It’s very common for people to eat junk food after a hard night of drinking because they believe it’ll cure their hangovers. Studies have shown that fatty foods the morning after will irritate your stomach after a hard night of drinking as oppose to helping it. It is a fact that junk food will help prevent you from a hangover because the fatty foods will provide a lining around your stomach to prevent the absorption of alcohol.

Then why is it though we crave junk food after we drink? Is it because we believe it will fix us? Well, it’s an ongoing debate. I’ve researched answers and people tell me it’s because it’s fast and convenient, or i’ll hear it’s because our body craves sugar. I think the funniest one though was because “you’re probably still drunk”.

This weeks hangover cure is the perfect remedy if you enjoy eating fatty food, but at the same time need a cure. We’ll be working with Eggs as they are a perfect breakfast meal because they provide a great source of energy. The key though is eggs do also contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver’s easily depleted glutathione.

Therefore, eggs can potentially help mop up the left-over toxins. So this week we’ll be making a vitamin rich and delicious omelette that’ll be so good you’ll help relieve your hangover and satisfy that fatty food craving you have. Credits to my favorite chef Jamie Oliver for providing me with the tasty recipe.

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5 tips to beat MONDAYS

Monday’s don’t typically depress me like most of my co workers. I’ve learned to accept Mondays as another opportunity to perform better at my workplace and at the gym than I have in the previous weeks. This Monday, I’ve  marked off on my calendar for a few weeks as I’ll be a guest in attendance at the Oprah Life class in Toronto. With special guests Tony Robbins, Iyvana Vanzant, Bishop TD Jakes, and Deepak Chopra.

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Hangover Cure of the Week, Fruit Kabob’s!

An Albino Polar Bear would probably love this if they had access to it. This weeks instalment of the hangover cure is one of my favorite dishes to have after a hard nights drinking and it also serves as a hit if you’re looking for ideas at a BBQ.

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