If you don’t like the meal you make, change the ingredients!
Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It
is the ultimate anti-depressant.
Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that
is manufactured in plants.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
You are not so important that you have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.
Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Forgive everyone for everything.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
I feel that this science and research is the key to unlocking so many issues in our health and wellness it blows my mind. the more we all learn, the more tips you find, I find, everyone collaborates on will serve all. Anyone who has experiences, reviews whatever just follow up in the comments and lets make this a great collaborative effort.
Please remember that the following are notes, typically I do not put this on the website in all of this randomness, however I believe that holding back serves no one, it will get better.
As you will see this post is very long, as it is intended to be my personal ‘crib notes’ from two books, ‘The Good Gut’ (the first of my learning about this incredible potential) and the ‘Prime’. You can find my interview with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, (which is so awesome you won’t believe it) by just clicking on this link.
The following books I am partially through these three, and as time allows I plan on adding to the crib notes. At some point the plan will be to organize this a little better, but for now if you see Pg. and short hand note call that a footnote and book title.
- ReWild, Jeff Leach
- 10% Human How your Bodies Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness, Alana Collen
- Gut, The Inside Story of our Bodies Most Underrated Organ, Guiulia Enders
All of these books are great, some get a lil science heavy, read the reviews on Amazon. The ‘Prime’ would be the first purchase if I were advising others, (which I have been doing alot!)
Also you will find links to many articles here as again this is a working document, use as you see fit.
Our New Supplements suggested by Dr. Chaudhary-
Follow the links for descriptions and effects of these herbs/supplements. At this point Sandy and I have been on the three of these for a couple weeks, of course you should always do your own personal due diligence with any of supplements and or vitamin regime.
BDNF and movement//21 and Me-DNA testing//Customizable medicine (Story of Mike my PA and too much information)
APOE4 alleles are the greatest genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s. However, this doesn’t mean that you will absolutely get Alzheimer’s disease if you have one or two copies of APOE4. Many people develop Alzheimer’s who don’t have an APOE4 allele. It does, however, increase your risk for developing the disease as well as lower the age of potential disease onset.
American Gut Project-$99.00 and your microbiome is analyzed (sort of)
Dr. Jeff Gordon, Gastroenterologist, Microbiota visionary , transplanted microbiota from obese mice into lean mice with no microbiota, and suddenly the lean mice gained weight, with no change in exercise or diet
The Good Gut- Dr.’s Justin and Erica Sonenburg
The collection of bacteria living within our gut is intimately linked to our health in ways we are just now starting to understand. Pg 32 ‘The Good Gut’ (TGG)
Sanitizing our environment, and eradicating microbes with antibiotics, has been extremely successful in reducing the incidence of infectious diseases in our society. Unfortunately, the untargeted attack on disease causing microbes has inflicted much collateral damage to the beneficial microbes caught in the crossfire. The rise of autoimmune diseases appears to me more tightly tied to our increase in cleanliness, not to decreased infection. Pg 67 (TGG)
Excitement within the scientific community over the realization that the microbiota can modulate the immune system is steadily growing. Pg. 81 (TGG)
Probiotics may be most beneficial in helping healthy people prevent disease rather than treating a medical condition. Pg. 107 (TGG) Use the pool and ph/alkalinity/chlorine example as anlogy (balance)
The Brain-Gut Axis- The primal condition exists between our brain and our gut. We often talk about ‘gut feeling’ when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that test nerves and determination. You’re stressed, your gut knows it. Pg. 137 (TGG)
The researchers found that the microbiota transplants affected the levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampus (The hippocampus is a small organ located within the brain’s medial temporal lobe and forms an important part of the limbic system, the region that regulates emotions.) BDNF is a protein whose function has been linked to diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, and OCD. Low levels of BDNF in the hippocampus are associated with anxiety and depressive types of behavior. From a scientific standpoint, it is unclear how the behavior change happens. Somehow the microbiota affects the levels of BDNF (and potentially other chemical messengers) in the brain. Pg. 143 (TGG)
The Microbiome: Your Partner in Prime
The Microbiome is a community of bacteria that live inside you digestive tract, primarily in your large intestine, or colon. Each one of us has two to three pounds of bacteria there-bacteria that do not come from us and are not technically part of us. The institute of Functional Medicine likes to say that in one gram of stool, we have more bacteria than stars in the universe. The Microbiome (sometimes called gut flora or gut bacteria) has been all over the scientific (and mainstream) news lately because researchers have become enamored with studying it and how pervasive its influence is on almost every part of our health. We now know that the Microbiome is quite active in both helpful and intrusive ways. You may have heard about “good” and “good” gut bacteria. In reality, there are three types of bacteria: “good”, “bad” and “neutral”, or in more technical and descriptive terms, “symbiotic,” “parasitic,” and “commensal.”
The “good’ bacteria have evolved to be in a symbiotic relationship with the human body. What is good for them is good for us, and what is good for us is good for them. They help us by producing vitamins, digestive enzymes, hormones and other compounds that enhance digestion and nutrient absorption, provide support for organ function, and even support brain function.
Other bacteria are neutral-they exist but aren’t particularly helpful or hurtful (as we know currently). They are hanging out and getting a free ride, but it doesn’t cost us anything. Finally, the are also bacteria that have not evolved with us. We call these “bad bacteria”, and while they are not parasites in the way most medical doctors think of parasites (such as tapeworms or leeches), they fit the definition because they live in us and benefit at our expense. They are opportunistic and what’s good for them is bad for us; these bacteria happen to feed on things that are detrimental to our health, such as excessive sugars or fats. They produce toxic by-products from what they eat that harm us and even persuade us (biochemically) to crave and eat more sugar and fat, especially processed kind that they can easily access.
There has been a lot of research recently into the notion that our cravings, weight, and even personality are controlled in part by our gut bacteria. The bad guys who are busy crowding out the good guys have, in the interests of their own survival, figured out how to manipulate the host (that’s you) by sending their own signals to the brain: signals like, “eat sugar now!” or “we need French-fries”. They can even make you feel rotten until you obey their commands. They do this via neurotransmitters that they produce and send to your brain. They make you feel depressed, or anxious, or send yu serious cravings you cannot possibly ignore. You have become neuroadapted and when your gut bacteria want it, you feel like you need it. Pg. 105-107 (TP)
Personality traits that we think are uncontrollable, negative traits we think are just part of who we are, are often linked to imbalances in the digestive system. Pg. 108 (TP)
Some microbiota chemical products resemble drugs and actually replicate the design of our body’s own chemical messengers. These bioactive (having a biological effect on the body) produced by gut bacteria, bathe our own cells, pass signals to our neurons, and potentially affect our minds. Our microbiota is a drug factory dispensing pharmaceuticals from our gut-with direct access to our brain. Pg. 144 (TGG)
That gut feeling you have may in fact be a chemical message sent to your brain by one of your internal microbial inhabitants. And depending on which types of bacteria reside in the gut, these messages may combine with a person’s genetic predisposition to increase or decrease the chance that a behavior disorder manifests. Pg. 155 (TGG)
Deciphering the complexity of the brain presents a monumental scientific challenge. Throw trillions of bacteria into the mix and it’s clear that unraveling this brain-microbiota connection will take some time. But while more research in this area is needed, we now have an understanding that our brain and microbes are engaging in an ongoing dialogue, one that has huge implications for our mental well-being. Pg. 158 (TGG)
Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, sees the incredible potential of the microbiota to affect how we approach the treatment of mental disease: “how these differences in our microbial world influence the development of brain and behavior will be one of the great frontiers of clinical neuroscience in the next decade.” The connection between our microbiota and our brain beautifully illustrates the far-reaching implications our microbes have for all aspects of our health. It would have been hard to imagine, even a few years ago, that disorders of the brain could have roots in the gut. The fact is that our body is a complex ecosystem and all its parts are interconnected. The disruption of one aspect of the microbiota will cascade throughout the entire body. Another more positive way to think about it is that by strengthening a single part of our ecosystem, we can support our overall health. Pg. 160-1 (TGG)
MAC’S- Microbial Accessible Carbohydrates ‘The Big Mac’ diet/ 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories
- Consume foods with rich concentration of MAC’s
- Consume meat in limited quantities
- Limiting saturated animal fat
- Consume beneficial microbes and or probiotics
There are always ways to keep your microbiota youthful. New studies reveal that there is another critical component to maintaining youthful vigor: nourishing your aging microbiota. Like all other physical and mental aspects of the human body, the microbiota also shows age-related wear and tear over time. Scientists believe that many of these core bacterial species could be our companions for a lifetime, much in the same way that we are stuck with our nose. Pgs. 187-8 (TGG)
People on a low-fiber diet had a lower-diversity microbiota, whereas a high –fiber diet made for higher microbiota, whereas a high-fiber diet made for higher microbiota diversity. The higher-fiber – eating community elders also had more health-promoting SCFA’s lower markers of inflammation, and in general were in better health. Pg. 191 (TGG)
ELDERMET Study- the chain of events /
Diet deterioration Microbiota Change ànd Health Decline
More diverse Microbiota = Lower InflammationàGreater Muscle Mass à Less Cognitive Decline
Immunosenescence/Thymus- Immunsenescence is a highly complex and involves all branches of the immune system, but one of its manifestations is a low-grade chronic inflammation referred to as inflammaging. In inflammaging the balance between pro- and anti- inflammatory responses within the immune system is tilted toward the pro- inflammatory side. This inflammatory state has been linked to many age-related diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis and can negatively influence the microbiota. Pg. 194 (TGG)
The immune system is highly sensitive to shortening of telomeres as its competence depends strictly on cell renewal and clonal expansion of T- and B-cell populations. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19261979
The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.
The uniqueness of each person’s microbiota and how it interacts with certain drugs can be a source of variability in drug effectiveness and side effects. Pg. 200 (TGG)
Gut Science is proving a difficult question for doctors to answer.
The energy content of what a person absorbs (see gut microbiota) pg 45 10% human/ the particular set of microbiota that we have determines our ability to extract energy from our food. And the diet that we consume directly affects the strains of microbiota we harbor.
Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes- Types of bacteria in your gut, obese people have much more Firmicutes (obese microbiota) heavier people are-
Inulin and fibrous food-
Limbic/brain (fear, pleasure, anger) (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).à Immune System (Defense)à Lymphatic system (toxic filter) àHPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands) stress managers and cortisol control center (allostatis/out of balance)
Lymphatic system-Jumping helps drainage-
Conventional medicine views the lymphatic system as part of the immune system, but 2/3 of your immune system is located in you digestive tract, both in the form of actual lymph tissue located in the gut, called GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue), and in the form of gut bacteria that interact with that tissue. It is more accurate to classify the lymphatic system as a waste removal system, because waste removal is one of the key roles of the digestive system. Pg. 86 (TP)
Sluggish lymph also builds up as fluid accumulation throughout your body, making you puffy and chubby looking, although not from fat. That’s why you may think it’s from fat, which is why I call lymphatic backup ‘Fake-Fat’.
The only way to get the lymph moving is by moving it manually. You can do this by exercising or just moving around vigorously-muscle action peripherally puts pressure on the lymphatic system’s fine network of vessels. The most effective kind of exercise for getting lymph moving are jumping rope and on a trampoline (recently branded ‘rebounding’)-or just jumping on the ground (although a trampoline makes jumping a little lower-impact).
You can change your natural tendency to bloat and swell by changing how efficiently your lymphatic system is working. Pg. 87 (TP)
Cellular sewage – good term for toxic waste
Symptoms of Lymphatic Congestion
- Rings get tight on fingers.
- Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning.
- Feeling tired.
- Itchy skin.
- Holding on to water.
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle.
- Dry skin.
The Fat Flush Plan author Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, estimates that 80 percent of women have sluggish lymphatic systems and that getting them flowing smoothly is the key to easy weight loss and improved feelings of well-being. There are countless benefits of getting your lymphatic system moving more efficiently, including more energy, less pain, and improved detoxification.
The ‘Prime’ (TP)- Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary
I began with protocols to detoxify the body and reduce inflammation in the whole system. I witnessed how my patients ‘biochemistry’ was dictating the way they ate, and even the way they thought. I knew I could free them from that biochemical prison. As my patients got ‘Cleaner’ and ‘Clearer’ they naturally started making better choices. Pg. 19-20 (TP)
Right now patients are living in a sort of medical dual reality, and so are doctors. Who is right depends on the question being asked- “what if”
- What if the question is “which medications can treat my current symptoms?” then your conventional doctor’s answer is likely right.
- What if the question is “How do I get off medications and reverse this disease process?” then your integrative doctor’s answer is likely right. 50-1 (TP)
- What if first “helping people change health-destroying habits is irrelevant to the practice of medicine, and secondly, “healing people is not good for business”. Pg. 17 (TP)
Ayurvedic and Ayurveda
Ama- Ama is the real target of the prime. Ama is a word sort of like toxin, but with a broader meaning. It is an Ayurvedic term for substances inside the mind and body that are insufficiently digested and/or are located in their current places they should not be—such as undigested proteins seeping through the lining of the gastrointestinal track or waste backing up and getting stuck in the lymphatic system or colon.
The concept of ama is unique to ayurveda. In the classic texts of ayurveda, ama is described as the underlying cause of many health issues. In the Western medical approach, the focus is on the manifest state of illness or the sequence of events that leads to the creation of an illness. Ayurveda focuses on handling imbalances while they are in their infancy, and eliminating them with mild but effective non-obtrusive methods. http://www.mapi.com/ayurvedic-knowledge/detoxification/remove-deep-ama.html#gsc.tab=0
The idea that a “toxin’ could be a physical substance or an emotion/thought is a difficult one for modern Western medicine to grasp. We have medical doctors and we have psychologists, and these two don’t necessarily confer or see problems in the same way. However in Ayurveda, these two fields are much more unified. Pg. 41 (TP)
Neuroadaptation-The brain adapts to too its environment, your brains ability to adapt to whatever you do to your body, too much sugar, coffee, alcohol, drugs, chronic stress. A French fry binge is no different to your brain than a cocaine binge, (PET imaging has confirmed this). Neuroadaptation encourages survival of the speciies. Pg. 61 & 65 (TP)
Food is the biggest addiction in our nation. It is not rare, it happens easily, and it is nothing to be ashamed of, we can fix it. The attitude is that the overweight person should “just stop eating.” Yet if you don’t take into account the ‘Biochemistry’ that is in place it is simply an impossible request. Pg. 67 (TP) (This is a great reference and talking point in regard to the ‘law of thermodynamics’)
It’s not what you eat, it’s what you Digest- One of the most important factors in overall health- including weight issues, chronic disease, and brain dysfunction- is the health of your digestion system. An old Ayurvedic saying goes something like this- ‘It’s not just about what you eat. It’s about what you digest.’ Weak digestion is the precursor to every chronic disease. Health begins with digestion, the disease starts with impaired digestion. Pg. 74 (TP)
Many psychological and neurological problems in Ayurveda are linked to colon health, and the science is only now uncovering the biochemical basis for this. Recent research into how gut microbes of the large intestine influence or even control our moods and mental state via the vagus nerve are changing this. We are finally discovering that the condition of the gut bacteria in the large intestine affects the neurochemical balance in the brain. Pg. 80 (TP)
- Eliminating toxins through the digestive system, including through the liver and colon and through the kidneys and bladder.
- Through sweat glands and lungs, (this occurs constantly)
- By ‘storing’ toxins in fat cells, where they are sealed away (until the fat is burned). This is a major reason why toxicity often contributes directly to excess body fat. If your body can’t remove the toxin before it hurts you the safest solution is to store it safely away in your fat cells. Your body will keep pumping it into your fat cells, until the fat cells can no longer accommodate the toxic load.
- By storing in organs. This causes ‘Inflammation’ due to the irritation and can cause an autoimmune response (The body attacks itself) this eventually can result in autoimmune disease-
Most common types
- Rheumatoid arthritis- A chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.
- Lupus-An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
- Celiac disease- An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
- Sjögren’s syndrome- An immune system disorder characterized by dry eyes and dry mouth.
- Polymyalgia rheumatic- An inflammatory disorder causing muscle pain and stiffness around the shoulders and hips.
- Multiple sclerosis- A disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
- Ankylosing spondylitis- An inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints.
- Type 1 diabetes- A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
- Alopecia areata- Sudden hair loss that starts with one or more circular bald patches that may overlap.
- Vasculitis- An inflammation of the blood vessels that causes changes in the blood vessel walls.
- Temporal arteritis- An inflammation of blood vessels, called arteries, in and around the scalp.
The Brain inside your Gut- The ENS
The gut has a mind of its own, it’s called the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS is a network of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins, and support cells called ganglia, like those found in the brain. The ENS is located just underneath the mucosal lining of the gut, called the submucosa, and also within the smooth muscle tissue of the digestive track. It’s all stretched out along this tube, so it’s like a long skinny brain instead of a dense roundish brain, like the one in your skull. Neurons in the gut send signals to the brain for interpretation via the ‘vagus’ nerve, a long nerve that runs between the brain stem and down through the length of the digestive tract. The brain translates those signals into sensations, thoughts or emotions. The ENS and the brain communicate all the time. Yet is not a one-way conversation. We used to believe that the ENS was a kind of servant to the brain, doing what the brain asks, but now we know that the brain is doing much of the listening and the ENS is doing 90% of the talking. The gut advises the brain about what to do based on its own condition.
We also used to believe that the ENS relied on the brain operationally, but now we know this isn’t true, either. The ENS is autonomous ( not controlled by others). Pg. 97 (TP)
What fascinates me (Dr. Chaudhary) the most as a neurologist is the way dysfunction in the gut influences dysfunction in the brain, and vice versa.
- Nervous system tissue in the gut along with gut bacteria produces 95% of the serotonin in your body, and just as much dopamine as the brain produces. These chemicals have a profound effect on your mood and even your personality.
- Bacteria in the gut has a direct effect on the brain, and research suggests that bacteria could control behavior, personality, cravings, food preferences, and disease processes. Current research is exploring this link and the many ways the gut bacteria may influence us.
- Many diseases are often foreshadowed by gut health issues. For example, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and other chronic digestive issues are often known to occur in patients who later manifest diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and a range of psychiatric conditions. Research is continuing to unravel this link. The plaques and tangles found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease say they experienced digestive problems for decades befor the onset of their disease, and in general most patients Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis report problems with constipation.
- What we put in the gut can have a profound effect on the mood. Pg. 96-99 (TP)
Lifestyle medicine- is a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress. In the clinic, major barriers to lifestyle counseling are that physicians feel ill prepared and are skeptical about their patients’ receptivity. It is all about optimizing our well-being while leading a health-promoting, sustainable lifestyle.
There is now overwhelming evidence that lifestyle factors such as poor dietary patterns, physical inactivity, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and psychosocial factors, e.g. chronic stress and lack of social support and community, are key proximal factors in the pathogenesis and incidence of NCDs. Lifestyle factors may also be more distal stressors, including economic, political or a high density population.
Lifestyle choices, including tobacco use, poor diet, and inactivity, is at the root of the most prevalent causes of death: heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Lifestyle modification is a cost-effective means to reduce the estimated costs of ~$120 billion for tobacco-related illness and ~$90 billion from sedentary behavior and overweight/obesity annually in the United States alone. http://www.harvardlifestylemedicine.org/
Hippocrates can be seen as the father of lifestyle medicine. He often used lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise to treat diseases such as diabetes, what is today called lifestyle medicine. He is often quoted with “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food” and “Walking is man’s best medicine”.
Functional medicine- addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. –
Integrative medicine- Both doctors and patients alike are bonding with the philosophy of integrative medicine and its whole-person approach — designed to treat the person, not just the disease. It combines conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques — all in the effort to treat the whole person. Proponents prefer the term “complementary” to emphasize that such treatments are used with mainstream medicine, not as replacements or alternatives.
Endobiogeny- A systems-theory approach to the body’s internal workings, which I believe will be the next wave in medicine in the next decade. Pg. 42-3 (TP)
Weight gain that causes chronic disease is not so much about excess calories; it is more about ‘Toxic Calories’. A recent study attempted to show obesity caused diabetes, and although they found the two states associated, they could not prove causation. They could not prove that obesity caused diabetes. However, they could measure GGT, which strongly correlates with a diabetic state.
Toxicity combined with weight gain is linked to the formation of diabetes.
Although there is not a clear Western equivalent to ama, I believe it is coming. I am most excited about the recent developments in the field of molecular toxicology, which is the study of the effects of chemicals on living organisms
The ‘Top Ten’ List- Pick one
- Faith- Not believing in yourself, your plan, and your organizations methods limits effectiveness. Enabling beliefs must be embraced, limiting beliefs kicked to the curb.
- Vision and imagination-If you cannot see it or imagine it, stop right here and focus on this one point, this one is the deal breaker to the new you. You must be able to dream!
- Goals- Once you have the your vision, now you can build a plan
- Positive mental attitude-Wear a smile in your day and help others become happier
- Happiness- If you embrace the first four items, easily achievable
- Habits- Trigger, response, reward. Build good habits and bad ones will disappear, simple.
- Fear- If you are afraid of success you will never be successful.
- Love- Loving yourself is number one, without that you can never love anything.
- Enthusiasm- This contagion can change the whole enterprise.
- Catalyst- Your mechanism for lift off
Boomers Rock Talk Show Can Now Be Heard in Grand Rapids
Tom Matt’s Boomers Rock Talk Show can be heard on WJRW 1340 AM in Grand Rapids.
The show is broadcast Saturday at 3pm and again Sunday at 7am.
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I recently had the supreme pleasure to give my ‘Ignite Your Life’ keynote speech to a group of engineers, business owners, entrepreneurs, educators and governmental leaders. To say I felt like the dumbest guy in the room would be an understatement, however I loved it and meeting them. As I told the group hanging out with really smart successful people is a precursor to self-improvement.
It was a great day!
Hosted by the Capital Area Manufacturers Council (CAMC) at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University, and a regular event coordinated by Michelle Cordano, this social/business gathering brings together women and men who want to see our economy thrive and improve.
For example I met Jeff Metts, President of Dowding Industries, and his right hand Rebecca Roberts, Executive Director. Andy Storm, President and CEO of Eckhart and his Director of Human Resources Stephanie Schanher, Jim Bunn, business services Liaison for Capital Area Michigan Works, and Julius Diaz the new Director of Human Resources for Emergent biosolutions, just to name a few. These executives want to move the needle higher and create positive economic momentum.
The demands of the 21st century workforce are dynamic and intriguing, never before imagined. Working to not only encourage upward mobility, these demands will include-
- Learning and education
- Growth, including spiritual, physical and intellectual
- Goals and the ever changing need for re-evaluation, creation and modification of them. Using acronyms such as SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) to challenge us daily on the journey of incremental self- improvement.
- Continual performance evaluation, both on a personal level as well as professional
- Customer focused employees
Together building a new mindset of ‘Exceptionalism-ness’ will overcome many of the obstacles that are becoming pervasive in the 21st century. This mindset will take collaboration and teamwork, and a new paradigm must emerge to really embrace this potential forward momentum. Multigenerational giving and mentoring, training and sharing must occur for continued upward mobility.
In a recent article in Time Magazine, Paul Taylor wrote about Millennials and their “Economic Indignities” where they “unlike their parents and grandparents, this is a downwardly mobile generation, (ouch) with smaller incomes, less wealth, (ugh) more debt, higher unemployment and fewer homes than their parents’ generation had at a similar age”. Stepping to the aid of our children, and for some our grandchildren, has never been a more serious issue. The knowledge economy may hold potential, but only in randomized pockets of success, for the vast majority of millennials the future could be bleak.
That is if we do not do something about it!
As I say on my radio talk show ‘Boomers Rock’ “through adversity grows opportunity”. The intergenerational upward mobility and the confidence growth that is necessary for becoming part of the new normal of ‘Exceptionalism-ness’ is upon us.
The marginalization of certain age groups is the future draining of our talent pool, what will we do to combat this trend?
The best way to battle betrayal is through giving back, to caring and to loving and reaching out in new and better ways. The new-new normal is a time of reflection and re-evaluation of our principles. My speaking to the CAMC really opened my eyes to the concern of these business owners and leaders in finding the next generation of talented skilled trades, fabricators and creative builders. Filling the collective pool of talent, 21st century creative hands on workers and doers, will take ingenuity and it will take effort.
We all may live in the most technologically advanced world ever and the Millennials may be the best educated and omnipresent consumers of technology, but without hands on functional workers, here in our state and other states in our country (manufacturing employs more people than any other category in Michigan) our way of life will not reach the potential that it can be.
And these careers pay really well!
‘Exceptionalism-ness’ will take all of us to get our house in order and dream better dreams. For example, the “Believe in Amazing- The Superintendents Speaker Series” that a group of my friends and I are developing will raise the bar to a new level. This group includes Dr. David Hornak, Superintendent of the Holt public schools, Brian Town, CEO of Michigan Creative and Jeff Fuhrman, President of Third Coast Media.
The Superintendents Speaker Series
In this seminar series we will share ideas, talk about positivity and acknowledge good things that are occurring in secondary education all while building community outreach and brainstorm the next new-new things. Introducing leaders of industry to students, bringing artistic outreach and inclusiveness to the forefront, are just a couple of ideas for our speaker series. Hosted at Holt High Schools auditorium this event brand new event will bring talent, excitement and positivity to the community and public.
Showcasing all that is good, and working toward and helping everyone achieve greatness, multi-generational in nature, community collaboration in scope we are going to make a difference. Building a new mindset, hope and a long term future for our local communities, setting the bar high and working together for all of our futures.
You just gotta light the kindling to start the bonfire that can be greatness!
Hope begins with faith, and leadership is enhanced with outreach, it will be all of us together that can make an impact. The time is here and the time is right to become ‘Exceptional’!
Meeting the executives at the CAMC meeting and delivering my “Ignite Your Life” seminar was really a blessing, I thank everyone who attended for their kindness and positive response, and it was wonderful.
Let us all think about all of these issues, because we all can make a difference, we can all be part of the solution. All it takes is faith!
If you would like to continue this conversation, or if you are looking for the spark to light a fire in your organization and people, contact me for availability in speaking to your group or organization.
Get ready because this is a group event and we want everyone to feel included, heard and part of this game changing process, as we say in radio, “stay tuned”!
Let’s change the world together.
We are the ‘SOUL-U-TION’
We are living in the most exciting of times. Where the economic determinism of the MiddleLiving demographic (people 45-75 years) meet what Adam Grant shares in his newest book “Originals” Vuja de.
Vuja de is the reverse of Déjà vu, where we are experiencing something familiar, (in this case retirement), with a fresh perspective that enables us all to grow new insight into an existing or ‘old’ (as Adam Grant wrote) problem.
The aging of America and the world for that matter has put a completely new spin on the 20th century antiquated concept of retirement.
In other words Vuja de!
Economic determinism is a theory that economic relationships (such as being an owner or capitalist, or being a worker or proletarian) are the foundation on which all other social and political arrangements are built. Mix together a population that is living longer, healthier and more robust with entrepreneurship, the time willingness and desire to do something profound we MiddleLiving people hold the keys to the economic engine of change.
Recently I heard a lecture by Stephen Hawking and he talked about information and the burning of an encyclopedia. The question was, do you still have the information contained in the now burned encyclopedia? Some may say no, the book is destroyed and useless. Others on the other hand may say, as Dr. Hawking stated, “Yes, just in a much harder form to derive the information”.
Comparing the 20th century belief of retirement and now the 21st century reality of life is the same as Dr. Hawkings encyclopedia analogy. Same message, a different spin on the information.
The perception of retirement as exciting can be intimidating, but it creates an environment rich with excellent opportunities to create new markets, products and services to be explored and created by newly freed retiree’s.
Just because the 20th century said retirement was supposed to be a certain way, (take your gold watch and go sit on the couch and watch Archie Bunker) does not hold water in the 21st century.
We MiddleLiving people can be catalysts for social change and leadership, for entrepreneurial creative awareness, mentorship and helping, sharing experiences and talent. Look at some of these stats-
- In every single year from 1996 to 2007, Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those aged 20-34.
- For the entire period, the 55-64 group averaged a rate of entrepreneurial activity roughly one- third larger than their youngest counterparts.
- These trends seem likely to persist: in the Kauffman Firm Survey, a longitudinal survey of nearly 5,000 companies that began in 2004, two-thirds of firm founders are between the ages of 35 and 54.3
- Additionally, Kauffman research has revealed that the average age of the founders of technology companies in the United States is a surprisingly high 39—with twice as many over age 50 as under age 25.4the know-how to operate a business.
As we all are living longer the statistics point to all of us discovering that living healthy can be a turning point. Look at this-
- In the next ten years, U.S. baby boomers will increase their annual spending on wellness-based services from approximately $200M to $1 trillion (Paul Zane Pilzer, The Next Trillion).
- Americans 55+ are the fastest-growing age group among gym members, up more than 266% since 1987 (IBISWorld).
- 82% of adults aged 50+ who use the Internet research health and wellness information online (Pew and American Life Project).
- Throughout 2012, more than half of U.S. online consumers used fitness electronics, and more than one-third planned on buying a health-related gadget in 2014 (CEA).
MiddleLiving people between the ages of 45 and 75, is a key adjustment period in everyone’s life where change is inevitable, granted.
Reaching this period in our lives is not ‘Mid-Life’, not hardly. Mid-Life is a precursor to the inevitable crisis and is a term that came to become accepted in the 20th century.
It was the beginning of a slow decline into uselessness, it is a completely false belief.
Realizing you are mortal is an opportunity to redefine your life, and with it our living standards, quality of life, financial stability and health, MiddleLiving is a key to ‘Economic Determinism’ in that everything we have done, learned, experienced and developed is our foundation to the next level of a great life.
It is the adjacent possible, the window of opportunity, it is the next new-new thing.
That is if we go for it!
The train named ‘Economic Determinism’ is waiting at the station, are you going to get on board?
Have you ever heard me say “Ignite Your Life“? Stick around because you will!
Anyone for a glass of Vuja de?
You need a primer for your resolution or life change?
One thing you never want to do if you are hiking through the woods and come upon a cave is startle a mama bear and her cubs. It could end very badly!
Using this thought as a launching pad for self-improvement (which is my thing as everyone knows) I hereby Christen the New Year and everyone’s resolutions and accomplishing those goals- “The Mama-Bear Mentality”.
First lets define the characteristics of a mother bear and substitute cubs (babies) with self-improvement, goals, dreams and desires.
To start, she has babies (Goals). She keeps them in quiet places and is always close to her cubs (dreams). She is wary of all animals and is incredibly protective of her cubs (negative influences). She will generally always attack any animal that she believes is a danger to her young babies (staying focused on the end game). Beyond that she teaches her cubs (Life-Long learning) how to survive on their own; how to hunt, fish, and prepares(physical fitness, mental clarity, nutrition) them to leave her and hopefully reach adulthood.
What are the characteristics of a mother bear?
What is she like? What does she do?
Mother bears are affectionate, protective, devoted, strict, sensitive and attentive with their young. Not unlike people, bears can be empathetic, fearful, joyful, playful, social and even altruistic.
Sounds a lot like humans huh!
We are all (bears and humans) individuals and have unique personalities. And we all desire feeling positive and a contributor to society, not some giant narcissistic taker right (unless you are a Grizzly and then you are allowed narcissism because no one is going to mess with you or change that bad ass personality)!
Much like humans mother bears have many very solid qualities and then some, did you know that Bears are fast; (as are human mothers when you mess with her kids), they can run more than 60 kilometers an hour (37 mph) – that’s twice as fast as an Olympic sprinter, (you ever seen a really pissed off mom?). In fact, a bear can outrun a race horse over short distances, but has little endurance (kinda like me, quick for about 10 meters). To put their speed in perspective, bears can run 15 meters per second (50 feet per second). To understand that speed Usain Bolt can cover 12.2 meters per second.
Don’t mess with ‘Mama-Bear’ unless you are looking for trouble!
I want to develop my own ‘Mama-Bear’ mentality. Since self-improvement is the daily objective I have decided to protect my personal objectives. You could also apply this mentality to your new you, whatever you have decided do.
In my ‘Mama-Bear’ mentality being a staunch protector and advocate for my cubs (self-improvement) if any part of my life does not benefit the goal, to the curb with you! Of course everything in moderation and small steps but I think you catch my drift here right. The ‘Mama-Bear’ mentality is all about helping facilitate growth, independence and self-sustaining behaviors that will help in my quality of life and happiness.
How I cope with change and deal with controversy in my life is all on me, and with my new ‘Mama-Bear’ mindset nothing will interfere with my mission. You mess with my cubs (life) and you are in for a big ass whoopin!
As one of my favorite bands (get some on your gym playlist) ‘The Beastie Boys’ sang “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party”!
Life can be one huge and fun party, you just gotta have the right players on your team! That’s why ‘free-agency’ came to be! Players, yes they can be traded and or released!
So from the ‘Mama-Bear‘ perspective everyone I gotta protect myself, my goals, my dreams, my self-improvement, and I hope you will as well!
(For more hilarity from my boys the “Beastie Boys” here you go!)
Happy New Year
Remember this one? Tone loc, “Funky Cold Medina”
Move over Wilma,, Fred has a new idea!
There are four principal types of economic systems on the planet: traditional, command, market and mixed. Each economy has its strengths and weaknesses, its sub-economies and tendencies, and, of course, a troubled histories.
In the 21st century you may as well burn the textbooks because creative destruction is the rule not the exception!
Traditional economies still create products and services that are a undeviating result of their beliefs, customs, traditions, religions, etc.
Useful and old school.
Command economies is an economy in which production, investment, prices, and incomes are determined centrally by a government.
Dictators and monarchies, for sure dead ducks.
Market economies in which decisions concerning investment, production, and distribution are based on supply and demand, and prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system.
Hanging in there but losing steam fast.
Mixed economies is an economic system which combines private and public enterprise.
Hello we may have a winner, sort of!
Move over old school economic philosophies, there are some new Sheriffs in town (notice the plural of ‘Sherriff’?)
Ever heard of the ‘Purpose Economy’? Aaron Hurst wrote about this and how your desire for personal growth, impact and sense of community can change the world.
You have the ‘Sharing Economy‘, (what never heard of this, come on Fred Flinstone). Companies like ‘Airbnb‘, ‘Turo (formerly RelayRides’), ‘TaskRabbit‘, ‘and ‘Lyft‘ and of course ‘Uber‘ these companies are all examples that even Wilma and Barney would use in Bedrock.
Peer to peer on growth hormones basically.
We have the ‘Maker Economy’ a technology based DIY mindset and culture. Crafts, metal working, with a little bit of tech, (or alot) Chris Anderson of Wired shared his thoughts in “How the ‘Maker’ Movement Plans to Transform the U.S. Economy” in Time magazine and authored Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Stand tall makers, this is not just crafting anymore ‘Etsy’ is just what the crafter ordered!
The ‘Gig Economy’ is a mixture of everything, find some time, got a passion, freelancers everywhere rejoice. Adam Smith called it the genuine market in his ‘An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations’, in the 18th century!
I have a new one, and this one is going to dominate by using all of the above. A hybrid future rock star I like to call the ‘MiddleLiving Economy’. Where encore careers meet your transitional wanderlust. Entrepreneurship is being driven by adults over the age of fifty, (my definition of MiddleLiving is 45-75 years old) so the utilization of the ‘Gig-Economy’ leads to profound economic development.
Are you ready for this?
Small scale entrepreneurship is a massive economic driver, and could become the catalyst for the way we view retirement. Frankly I have always referred to retirement in the 21st century as walking through the front door of the ‘ReFirement-Zone’, here are some facts and figures-
- Some estimate that the rise in entrepreneurship for those 55 and over could increase yet another 20% in the next 10-15 years.
- In every single year from 1996 to 2007, Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those aged 20-34.
- For the entire period, the 55-64 group averaged a rate of entrepreneurial activity roughly one-third larger than their youngest counterparts.
- These trends seem likely to persist: in the Kauffman Firm Survey, a longitudinal survey of nearly 5,000 companies that began in 2004, two-thirds of firm founders are between the ages of 35 and 54.3
- Additionally, Kauffman research has revealed that the average age of the founders of technology companies in the United States is a surprisingly high 39—with twice as many over age 50 as under age 25.4the know-how to operate a business.
And as far as wealth is concerned-
- “The 55+ age group controls more than three-fourths of America’s wealth (ICSC).
- 78 million Americans who were 50 or older as of 2001 controlled 67% of the country’s wealth, or $28 trillion (U.S. Census and Federal Reserve).
- Boomers and seniors have seen a decrease in their median family net worth, however they still have a net worth 3x that younger generations (Economic Policy Institute).
- Baby Boomers outspend other generations by an estimated $400 billion each year on consumer goods & services (US Government Consumer Expenditure Survey).
- In 2009, spending by the 116 million U.S. consumers age 50 and older was $2.9 trillion, up 45% in the past 10 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Baby Boomers account for nearly $230 billion, or 55%, of consumer packaged goods sales (Nielsen).”
- Americans over 55 spend 50% of all vacation dollars in the U.S.
- Women over 50 spend $21 Billion on clothes annually
- Baby boomers take great pride in the appearance of their homes as 27% have had landscaping done in the past year and they are 21%more likely than all American adults to have spent $10,000 or more on home improvements in the past year (Scarborough)
- The NAHB predicts that the aging in place remodeling market to be $20-$50 billion. That’s about 10% of the $214 billion home improvement industry
- 96% of baby boomers participate in word-of-mouth or viral marketing by passing product or service information on to friends (ThirdAge and JWT Boom)
So when it is all done and if we do this correctly, the multigenerational collaboration that is going to occur will benefit everyone, and then some. Economies of scale and scope never dreamed of by Adam Smith or Fred Flinstone, no time for ‘Schleprocks’.
Time to incentivize ‘MiddleLiving people to come to Mid-Michigan and see what we are doing, you may be surprised!
Just remember these key words-
Keywords: sharing economy, electronic markets, social media, durable goods, collaborative economy, on-demand, collaborative consumption, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, p2p, Internet, ecommerce, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Lending Club, Blablacar, WeWork, Instacart, Ola.
You see my point! Time to get on the bus gang, time is our most precious resource.
The new 21st century model: ‘Well-Being’
It is my desire to share knowledge and compliment the ‘Bagel Presentation’. So here are links to articles that can help illustrate and give examples to anyone and everyone who desires improved QOL. I see this as an open source project because together our collective family changes the world.
Listed below are the ‘Fantastic Five’ components of our model I share in our presentation
Integrative Medicine (Dr. Andrew Weil),Integrative medicine (or integrative health) is the combination of the practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine.
Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not established using the scientific method, that it “complements” (improves the efficacy of) the treatment is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method.
- Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not established using the scientific method, that it “complements” (improves the efficacy of) the treatment.
- Naturopathic-Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of “natural” treatments, including homeopathy, herbalism,and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling.
- Holistic medicine-Holistic health(or holistic medicine) is a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the “whole person” is focused on, not just the malady itself. Chiropractic, massage, mindfulness,
Technologies and Science-
Is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to study and process biological data
A functional neuroimaging procedure using MRI technology that measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow.
A branch of biotechnology concerned with applying the techniques of genetics and molecular biology to the genetic mapping and DNA sequencing of sets of genes or the complete genomes of selected organisms, with organizing the results in databases, and with applications of the data (as in medicine or biology).
– Strongly suggests that what we experience, consume, and encounter from the moment we are conceived matters. Genes turned “on” and turned “off” when we are exposed to certain chemicals, man-made poisons, or—perhaps most surprisingly—emotional experiences, can make us more or less susceptible to particular health problems.
Epigenetics: A New Bridge between Nutrition and Health– Advances in Nutrition
Yes epigenetics, strictly defined, is about heritable changes in gene expression.
Wellness and its Eight Dimensions-
- Emotional-Awareness of feelings, feeling positive and enthusiastic about life. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from experiences.
- Spiritual-Your personal sense of purpose, attitudes, beliefs, philosophies. Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. Spirituality can be represented in many ways, for example, through relaxation or religion. But being spiritually well means knowing which resources to use to cope with issues that come up in everyday life.
- Financial-Involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress and anxiety.
- Physical-Conventional aspects of healthy living, awareness of negative effects of smoking, drugs, alcohol abuse, as well as emphasis on nutrition and fitness. Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting help when needed.
- Environmental-The physical surroundings, stress eliminating. Environmental wellness encourages you to respect the delicate balance between the environment and yourself. Respect for other living things in our environment is just as necessary as respect for the physical environment itself.
- Intellectual-Working towards lifelong learning in any area. Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge. It encourages active participation in scholastic, cultural and community activities.
- Occupational– Is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions. This dimension of wellness encourages personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work.
- Social– Personal relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Social wellness helps you perform social roles effectively and comfortably, and create a support network. This dimension of wellness allows you to not only develop encouraging relationships with peers, but also intimate relationships with romantic partners.
Tom’s never ending list of book greatness!
As this grows I will add little tidbits. This first group is printed books from the studio library. I have been told that I should start ‘de-booking’, but I can’t do it. Reading these books, the listed and the not listed has helped me so much in the growth of not only our brand, but it has enhanced my knowledge, opened the ‘adjacent-possibles’ fully and made me a better talk show host, speaker, father husband and person. You can start anytime, anywhere, I did later in life and look at us now! With over 100 books on my Kindle and 400 printed (I have read most but not all) there is a lot of suggestions. I would hate to admit I bought a bad book, because there are no bad books, only some that inspire me more than others.
There is no preference to order, except of course the very first must read which is-
Think and Grow Rich-Napoleon Hill, of course this classic is a go to favorite, and if you have not read this one then get going.
Extreme Winning-Pat Williams, a new book by Pat, loaded with great thoughts, got me totally pumped up!
The Success Principles– Jack Canfield, Loaded with great ideas and tips I read this one early on after finishing grad school in 2009. It is dynamite!
Malcolm Gladwell– no titles, read them all because they are not only great reads but full of interesting ideas. I give total credit to my buddy Vennie Gore for this one, Malcolm is the best, period!
Good to Great– Jim Collins, even though the studied companies in this book sometimes slipped after the publishing it does not matter. What does matter are the principles that Jim shares, they stand the test of time and that is what matters most.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business- Charles Duhigg, A great book to understand the principles of habits, this book will help anyone trying to begin a journey of great habits and derail the bad ones. Great book!
Leadership Excellence– Pat Williams, I had the extreme pleasure to interview Pat a couple of times, and he is a stud. 19 children, well that says it all about Pat.
The Everything Store;The Age of Amazon– Brad Stone, when my new book as of October 2015 is finished it will be dedicated to Mr. Jeff Bezos. His creating of Amazon as a business is undisputedly one of the top ranking business creations ever. The book is bad ass and I loved it.
What’s Next– Kerry Hannon, Kerry has become one of our favorite guests on the talk show because she is awesome and smart and cool as hell. If you need any primer on work and transition than Kerry has written it.
Eleven Rings– Phil Jackson, I love great coaches, admire winners and really loved the whole story, enough said.
Wooden, a Lifetime of Observations-John Wooden, I did have a chance to Meet Coach Wooden when I lived in California, he was the kindest, nicest person I ever met. I cried when I heard he died, he truly was a legend.
The Wellness Revolution– Paul Zane Pilzer, probably one of the most influential books I read early on in my wellness career, totally opened my eyes to the potentials.
Your Erroneous Zone– Dr. Wayne Dyer, his first and I think best, this book launched his career. To hear the story of how he went out and sold it is remarkable, awesome!
The Answer- John Assaraf, this book is absolutely a must read if you need a primer on the ‘law of attraction’ and then some.
Why Our Health Matters– Dr. Andrew Weil, another must read, Dr. Weil is a badass and I would love to interview him sometime.
The China Study– T. Colin Campbell, another classic, a little science heavy so get ready because it brings the empirical lumber for sure.
The World is Flat– Thomas Friedman, ever wonder why the Internet is what it is, well read this and you will find out. A must read.
Live Long, Die Short– Dr. Roger Landry, do as the title says and you got it made. I did interview Roger and you should listen to the podcast, he kills it!
The Obstacle is the Way– Ryan Holiday, when all else fails, keep working at it. A short read and dynamite.
The Talent Code– Daniel Coyle, this book was another early read for me, and I did interview Dan, you cannot go wrong with this one, talent, well read it.
The Good Gut– Drs. Justin Sonnenburg and Erica Sonnenburg, this is a revolutionary book, if you wonder why diet is so important from the perspective of a microbe, and you should, then read it.
Where Good Ideas Come From– Steven Johnson, absolutely loved this one so much I may read it again. I picked up the ‘Adjacent Possible’ term from here and damn proud to admit it!
Humans are Underrated– Geoff Colvin, when you wonder how to get ahead in the 21st century give this one a shot, it rocks, and I could not put it down, it’s that great!
Man’s Search for Meaning– Victor E. Frankl, get ready for heavy lifting, and get ready to be inspired. This is another must read for sure.
The Brain That Changes Itself- Dr. Norman Doidge, another early read for me and outstanding. It is deep so bring your scuba tank.
The Road Less Traveled– M. Scott Peck, another classic, don’t be shy!
Steve Jobs- Walter Isaacson, Great would not be fair, truly and thoroughly badass!
Being Mortal– Dr. Atul Gwande, This one is a toughie because dealing with end of life issues is not the most favorite color in the coloring book, however, do it and you won’t be dissapointed.
Life Reimaged– Richard Lieder, Great book on transition, great guy too!
Eat, Move, Sleep- Tom Rath, Do this and live longer, better, and improve your wellbeing,
Awaken the Giant Within– Anthony Robbins, another classic, its heavy duty, but so is life.
Love Medicine and Miracles-Dr. Bernie Siegel, if cancer is touching your life read this for sure. Great man, great interview, fab book!
Dr Gay Hendricks shares so many great tips, love this book and his philosophies on ‘Upper Level Limits’ and ‘Time’
If I had one tip, and only one tip, to share what would it be?
I have a tip that will help you find the right amount of body fat to keep, increase your energy, and become more productive at school or work.
Eating a nutritionally complete breakfast is the one thing we all should do every single day.
Yep, your grandmother was right (unless Grandma’s idea of breakfast was two cigarettes and a cup of coffee); studies now prove that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.
Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.
Recently we were watching the national news and Sandy and I watched this high school athlete who as he prepared for school, getting up before 6:00am, dash off to school because school started at just past 7:00am, eat virtually nothing and then he was scheduled for a school hot lunch at just after 10:00 am, (a lunch he did not like and or eat, some really bad looking pizza) we looked at each other and thought, just like our daughter, how many other people go through this same ritual. This has got to change.
Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:
- A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
- Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
- More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
- Lower cholesterol levels
We need to focus on getting good calories, not empty sugar laden calories, into our morning ritual. Notice how I started that sentence with “WE”? In our quest to speed things up, we are eliminating and or substituting a critical meal for our start of our day. What if I told you that changing this routine would maximize your quality of life, and improve your mental fatigue? Would you consider a few thoughts?
Breakfast Benefit: Weight Control
Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.
Why? One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, and help people make better food choices at other meals. While it might seem you could save calories by skipping breakfast, this is not an effective strategy. Typically, hunger gets the best of breakfast-skippers, and they eat more at lunch and throughout the day. It’s worth noting that most studies linking breakfast to weight control loss looked at a healthy breakfast containing protein and/or whole grains — not meals loaded with fat and calories.
Include quality protein in your morning ritual
In my routine, which I have been following since my first body-building competition in 2010, I have the same plan every day, hemp protein powder in our homemade juice/tomato juice combo and my healthy fats, Carlson’s fish oil and coconut oil, one tablespoon each.
However, there is additional more traditional ways to accomplish the same goal and a breakfast of eggs may be one of the best ways to get your morning protein. While eggs are not always associated with weight loss, they contain some of the highest-quality protein. Adding a little lean protein to your breakfast may be just the boost you need to help keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
“Protein blunts your hunger the most, and is the most satiating,” according to Purdue University researcher Wayne Campbell, PhD.
High value breakfast cereals can be a fast and easy way to augment the sugary, empty calorie trap. Many studies have also shown that when breakfast cereal is ingested as part of an overall healthful lifestyle, it can play a role in maintaining a healthy body weight.
A Harvard study of more than 17,000 men found that those who frequently ate high quality breakfast cereal — both refined grain and whole-grain types — regularly weighed less than those who rarely or never ate breakfast cereal. Even if you think you don’t have time to eat breakfast, there are grab-and-go options that fill the bill.
Some quick and healthy choices include:
- A veggie omelet and a piece of whole-wheat toast
- A whole-wheat English muffin with low-fat cheese, a scrambled egg, and slice of tomato or lean ham
- Smoothie made with fruit and low-fat yogurt
- Salmon on 1/2 whole-grain bagel with light cream cheese
- Whole-grain cereal with fresh fruit and low-fat milk
- Oatmeal made with skim milk, raisins and nuts, with 4 ounces of orange juice
- Low-fat yogurt and a piece of fresh fruit
- Yogurt smoothie and breakfast bar
- Hard-boiled egg and a banana
Until next time, happy breakfast eating!
In our society, we value the young, even better if you’re young and beautiful. The massive irony in that value system, however, is that you really don’t understand the short-sightedness of those superficial markers of importance until you get to be older and wiser – the very definitions of being a boomer. I like to think of that as some big cosmic humor. God sitting out there somewhere having a good chuckle to Himself: that only through achieving the wisdom gleaned through years and experiences can you understand the insanity of placing primary importance on things so fleeting as looks and youthfulness.
Let’s not kid ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with being young and beautiful, and in fact, those traits have values as well. The vigor and sheer wild determination of being young… The nothing-can-stop-me-now feeling of knowing you look absolutely fabulous today… Can’t knock ‘em. Great qualities and experiences to have. I don’t have anything against the young and beautiful. Go get ‘em, is what I say!
But I do have an opinion about what we determine is valuable in our society, and it’s not just an opinion of someone who happens to be a boomer nor one that exists simply because I am a boomer. I’ve looked beyond the stereotypes, an action which we’re compelled to take in order not to be lulled into complacency about the value of any group of people.
Stereotypes allow us to minimize the value of entire groups of people. We exaggerate certain traits common within the group. Stereotypes can prevent us from truly acknowledging the relevancy of not only entire groups but all of the individual traits, accomplishments, and value of the individuals within.
It’s so easy for us all to allow ourselves to buy into our own stereotypes. But the simple fact is that we can create the extraordinary, we can BE extraordinary at any age! Fueled by passion, by dedication, we can be anything we choose to be, do anything we really set our minds to whether we’re at the very beginning of our lives or well into our golden years.
Imagine. Consider. Embrace these examples of extraordinary individuals who are newly arrived in our world as well as those who are well-seasoned!
- Michael Kearney became the world’s youngest college graduate at the age of 10, having finished high school at age 6.
- Fabiano Caruana became the world’s youngest chess grandmaster at the age of 14.
- Aelita Andre from Australia has extraordinary artistic abilities, with some comparing her to Picasso and Jackson Pollock. At the age of 2 her paintings were included in an art exhibit and she’s still painting today.
- India’s Akrit Jaswal performed his first surgery at age 7 and is now diligently working to find a cure to cancer.
- Korea’s Kim Ung-Yong is listed as having the highest IQ on record (210) and received his Ph.D. age 15.
- Gregory Smith is not only a genius but also a tremendous humanitarian who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 12.
- British Elaina Smith became an on-air talent giving advice to callers at a radio station in West Midlands at the age of 7.
- From Moldova, three year old Cleopatra Stratan became the world’s youngest commercial singer, complete with her own album, an MTV award and a two-hour live performance.
- General Douglas MacArthur was given command of the United Nations’ army in the Korean War when he was 70.
- Julia Child didn’t truly learn how to cook or develop a passion that went on to inspire others worldwide until she was nearly 40.
- Coco Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm at 85.
- Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence when he was 70.
- Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa at age 76.
- Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for work he was doing on a hydrofoil boat at the age of 75.
- Mother Theresa established the “Missions of Charity” order that ultimately became a world-wide organization helping millions at the age of 40 and was 76 when she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Olga Kotelko started training in track and field at age 77 and by the time she was 92 held 20 world records.
- Noah Webster didn’t publish his first dictionary until he was 69 years old while Mark Roget published the first thesaurus at age 73.
- Mahatma Gandhi was 61 years old when he led the Salt March to Dandi weighing just 99 pounds and walking nearly 200 miles.
- Larry Macon, a 63-year old runner, ran 549 marathons over a four year period.
- Ray Kroc was 52 years old when he began to build the brand of McDonald’s.
- Samuel Morse invented the Morse Code when he was 47.
- Lew Hollander was still competing Ironman triathlons at age 81.
- Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 75 years old. She was still painting at 100 and received her last commission for her work when she was 99.
- Bill Wilson teamed up with Dr. Robert Smith to lay the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous at age 40.
- Winston Churchill was 79 when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Mary Baker Eddy was directing the Church of Christian Science at 89.
- Susan B. Anthony was over 80 years old when she founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance.
- Golda Meir became Prime Minister of Israel at 70.
- Sean Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 70.
- Fauja Singh ran his first marathon at age 89 and decided he’d run his last at the age of 101.
The only real limits we have in life exist solely in our minds. Choose to challenge yourself not only to look beyond our stereotypes but most importantly to challenge whatever limits you’ve created for yourself within your own mind. As evidenced by all of the extraordinary individuals above, we all have this greatness within us, regardless of our age!
Being a parent is tough. It is one of the most demanding jobs ever, and I love it! It took work to get our lives here, and it will continue to take work to be a stable loving parent. The work has its rewards, and it has its times that are difficult, but hey that is the job and we need to embrace it for what it is, a leadership role with responsibilities.
I understand that we boomers all want what is best for our children, I get that, so when some people read this article they may get a little ticked off because it may feel like I am calling some parents out.
Frankly I am, read on, and take this advice because it is never too late for self improvement.
As a parent we have obligations, not only to our children, but to society as a whole. Our job as parents is not to be our children’s best friend, long term financial provider, and security blanket. It is our job to build character, work ethic and the desire to become good souls and people. It is our job to take our young birds, nurture them into fledglings and then release them from the nest, self sufficient and ready to take on the challenges of life.
Too many of us parents are failing our children, and we should be ashamed.
Living vicariously through our children, attending their events be it as performers or athletes, begins this vicious cycle that inhibits our parental abilities to be what they really need, stable and loving parents, not their best friend.
Baby boomers have for a long time now provided the best of the best for our children under the mistaken disguise of love, giving every opportunity, every toy, every fancy tech gadget we can possibly afford or not afford, racking up debt all in the givingess of goodness. This curse of plentifullness, of over spoiling and having it all built in our children this false sense of entitlement, and it is ruining our younger generations, so we need to acknowledge this and stop. Boomers we still have time to let our birds grow into strong self-sufficient adults, tough love is now needed.
(Yes I understand that ‘givingness’ and ‘plentifullness’ are not real words, go with me here)!
I met a real estate broker on our vacation a couple of years ago while Sandy and I were rambling around Fort Myers Beach on bikes looking at open houses, I like to call it research and reconnaissance. This man named Michael was a great guy, very smart and extremely knowledgeable and we immediately hit it off. We started talking about the impending real-estate boom fueled by fifty and sixty something aged baby boomers and how they will fuel the demand for relocation and warmer weather. I look at this as a microcosm of our economic future in America, the explosion of growth fueled by pent up demand from us, the above mentioned fifty and sixty something boomers.
There is only one small problem as Michael explained to me, as it relates to the context of the real-estate/economic/job creation/ boom, which is- “our children”.
More specifically, our children who have finished college and or not finished college and moved back home, to the comfort zone on mom and dad’s eternal security blanket. Over 25 years old and living at home, are you kidding me!
Are we raising our children to become eagles, where their own flight is mandatory to their own successful lives, or wing clipped birds that cannot survive outside of the nest? Dependant on mom and dads basement comfort zone, empowering a bunch of slackers!
Co-dependent relationships do not inspire greatness, they inspire great video gamers.
Harsh, perhaps, truthful stats speak for themselves when reportedly 33% of 18-32 year olds still live at home. And why is it that according to a study from ‘Opportunity Nation’ nearly 15 percent of Americans between 18 and 24 are currently not in school or working? Maybe we need a reality check boomers, and help our kids in a tough love kind of way.
Ok, enough on the negative, I am all about the positive so here are a few exceptions to let us all become “FREE”!
- To live in the basement you must be actively involved in advancing your skill set. Education, training, something positive that can enhance your growing some feathers so you can learn to fly! Graduate school is ok, we did that for our eldest and it worked great.
- Recently graduated from college and TEMPORARILY LIVING IN THE BASEMENT. Yes sometimes it is tough getting started fresh out of school, you have six months. Mom and dad have a life to live and we did our job getting you through college, now get busy and find work and make us proud. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- If something drastic occurs see rules 1&2!
What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood, and stress levels.
Food is fuel. Though our preferences regarding taste and texture can vary widely, we all rely on the foods we eat for energy. Most people are aware that it is vital we consume a diverse assortment of foods if we aspire to maintain a state of physical well-being. However, the intimate connection between diet and our mental well-being is less understood.
Just ask me when I crush peanut butter at 9:30 at night!
Just as the nutritional components in food power the body, so too do they power the mind. Some foods can impair cognitive functioning and sap our energy while others heighten our intellectual prowess and make us feel vigorous. What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood, and stress levels.
Food allergies, which are not always noticeable, may appear in forms we recognize. They can also play a significant role in the maintenance of mental health. Thus, for most of us, even a simple change in diet can have a profoundly positive impact on our lives. Taking the time to explore whether anxiety, clouded brain fog and thinking, or inexplicable tension can be linked to a food allergy or food sensitivity can empower you to treat your symptoms naturally.
There is know doubt that the benefits of a healthier, more personalized diet are often felt immediately.
Just quitting diet soda was a massive change in my life and health!
Sugar, the white devil, saturated fats, wheat, and dairy products are frequently allergens and can stress the body. For people that are allergic, consuming them can cause imbalances in the physical self that have a negative effect on the body’s ability to nourish the brain. Water, fiber, nuts, unprocessed seeds, raw fruits and vegetables, and vegetable proteins, on the other hand, support physical and mental functioning by providing those nutrients we do need without additional subs! tances we don’t.
A sensible, natural eating plan can ease mood swings, , anxiety, and mild depression. Intellectual clarity and nimbleness is improved when the mind receives proper nourishment. Even those individuals who are blessed with the ability to consume almost any food can benefit from a healthier and simpler diet. Since the mental and physical selves are closely bound to one another, we must feed each the foods upon which they thrive.