Thoughts become things, plain and simple. The way you think and the way you speak determine how your world looks, how you feel on the inside and how others perceive you on the outside. If there is one thing many successful people all have in common is that they keep things moving forward; they think positively about the outcomes they desire to achieve and they convey this with their verbal and non-verbal body language. Many of us have what are called “limiting beliefs” which are in essence mental constraints we put on ourselves. A limiting belief can be about anything, something as simple as saying “I can’t do 10 pushups” to something as deep as thinking “I always date the wrong person.” Both are self-made fallacies, they are only true if you believe them to be. So what does all of this have to do with 10 words to remove from your vocabulary? Well, if you’ve noticed- I’ve already used four of them.
At the start of every new year, my buddies and I challenge each other to complete the year’s most difficult goal- “Sober January.” The rules are simple; drink one sip of alcohol from Jan.1st-Jan. 31st and you owe $100 to the pot. If anyone makes it to the end (which I usually don’t) they get to split the pot from the other losers. We make the money buy-in $100 as this gives value and an added reason to not drink. Let’s be honest, a $20 penalty simply wouldn’t be enough to keep us away from the ol’ bottle. We also do it as a group, purposely. Here’s 5 reasons why;
At the end of 2013, I planned to gain 20 pounds over a three-month span; I would attempt to do so by drinking calories and adding grains and dairy back into my diet. My point was to show how much diet regulates our mental health and physical appearance. I managed to gain 10 pounds in under one month before throwing in the towel. I started to break out in pimples, my energy levels were shot, I was irritable as hell and I generally just felt like crap. The picture below shows the results of switching back to my regular diet of lean proteins, veggies and healthy fats with no dairy or grains, A.K.A.“The Paleo Diet”. In three short months (without changing my workout routine or doing cardio) I dropped back down to my previous physique and feel better than ever. The way I did it was actually quite simple and only involved a few nutritional guidelines. Here they are:
With so much information out there about health and wellness, everyone (including myself) thinks they are an expert, it can be confusing and even down right frustrating to know what is good quality information. You read an article stating a diet which includes meat has no effect on your cholesterol levels, then you read one the next minute supporting the opposite- both articles site sources and research which backs their claim, perfectly too. So let me share a little secret- most people don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to health and wellness and more importantly- what’s popular, is usually the worst type of information out there. Writers and researchers have a hard time dropping their own agendas and forget that we are all unique and what works for them, doesn’t necessarily work for others. Plain and simple, different people thrive on different types of diets, supplements and workouts. At the end of the day you really need to find out what works for you, follow information from a select few trusted sources, be willing to adapt and then go from there.
So in hopes of removing some myths around wellness, I’ve made this list, which (of course) is biased by my own point of views and agendas.
“Thoughts become things.” It’s a cheesy line from The Secret, but it’s a dead accurate statement. Notice everything around you, notice everything that has been created. From a huge skyscraper to the electronic device you are reading this on, It was all once just a pipe dream. Everything that’s been created started as a thought, an idea, an intention. It took the foresight, dream and effort of someone to create that which had never been created before. This is how thoughts become things, this represents the power of intention.
Written by: Nick and Billy Palladino
Putting on a winter coat is one of the easiest things to do, and no I’m not talking about the jacket hanging in your closet. I’m talking about the pounds and extra fat that seem to find their way to our bodies during the winter season and holidays. So, in order to stay relevant and important in our writing, we’ve decided to share five tips on how to stay lean throughout the holiday season while still indulging in all the goodies it has to offer.
In this addition of “Yogis Don’t Eat Tacos,” I’m going to do something I normally don’t do while writing a blog; rant. A few weeks ago The Huffington Post released an article written by a yoga teacher admitting to “6 things she does.” In this post, the teacher admits to drinking alcohol, swearing, enjoying forms of exercise besides yoga, not practicing yoga everyday and even eating meat!Read more
In last week’s blog Yoga: Expectations and Assumptions I discussed our mind’s tendency to set preconceived notions around future events or people and how doing so dilutes our experiences and pulls us out of the present moment. Today, I’d like to go further into assumptions around a modern yoga practice. Many years ago my friend Brian and I would go to yoga class together then head out to Newport Beach for “Taco Tuesday”. At the time we were new to yoga and to the preconceived notions of how a yoga practitioner should eat, behave and live. We didn’t see anything wrong with going to yoga then eating tacos and having some beers (and I still don’t). The apparent hypocrisy to some didn’t even cross our minds until one of our serious yogi friends said: “What the heck are you guys doing, yogis don’t eat tacos!”