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  1. All true. The food pyramid has actually changed quite a bit and now I believe it's a food plate. But beyond that no connection is made to outcomes. IMO, there's not enough focus on the 'why'. For example the correlation to vitamins, fiber, etc. to better immunity or an increase in energy. Why should I eat this and not eat that? Plus, and as @mrflynn03 pointed out, there is confusion about ingredients: additives, preservatives, sugar substitutes, etc. There's manipulation in advertising. For example: "my kids fruit snacks are made with 'real fruit'....they must be healthy!" or " Diet Coke has no calories and no sugar....it must be healthy!" And then there's good carbs and refined carbs. There's good protein and then there's protein that should be taken in moderation like red meat because it's linked to heart disease. etc. etc. It's a lot of information, true, but I definitely didn't learn about this stuff in school. And if I did I was too young to care. I'm not saying I have an answer because I definitely don't. And I'm not trying to shove it down anybody's throats, I'm just making the point that our country greatly lacks true nutritional education. Heck, i'm not even completely confident I know what i'm talking about.
  2. Just curious, have you come across The Game Changer Life? It's a podcast by Dave Anderson who wrote "The Intentional Mindset." I'm about half way through the book and picked it up because it was recommended by coaching colleagues. As I looked into is more, I found out that it's the book that Rob Phinessee read this offseason in an effort to develop his killer instinct. And then, I listened to the Tom Crean interview on Hoosier Hysterics and he was raving about it. So far there's a whole bunch of great insights in the book (similar to your example above) that I can definitely apply to myself and preach to my athletes. Similar to what you said and kind of like i mentioned to @FKIM01, you need to almost change the way you think about things. Rather than think, "i'm missing my favorite foods" (a negative).....you need to think "healthy foods make me feel better" (a positive). It sounds almost too simple and a bit corny, but it helps me. Another great thing I've taken away from the book and speak to my swimmers about is that "progress begins at the end of your comfort zone". Once an athlete can realize this, discomfort is welcomed because they attach the sensation to improvement (a positive) instead of pain or fear (a negative). This has lead to focused and intense practices.
  3. Some friends have a Saturday cheat day....so they can indulge in the foods they love on that day, but make smarter choices the rest of the week. I think overall, it just comes down to how bad you want it. The appeal of incentives will eventually wear out. The key for me is trying to convince myself that I feel better when I workout and eat right. And for the most part I do feel better. I definitely sleep better and I don't torture my stomach. I personally can't do fad diets, 30 day challenges, etc. For me, it's all about eating healthy 80% of the time and indulging when I need to and no more than 20% of the time (most of that being alcohol...haha). Sometimes I slip, but for the most part, I've been able to pull myself back to that ratio. I also find workout programs that I enjoy...and I mix those programs up every 6-8 weeks so I don't plateau or become bored. Good luck to you. The hardest step is getting started.
  4. Yeah, I think you pretty much nailed it there.
  5. Me too, but the point is, we don't consider it a healthy meal! haha.
  6. Restricting? no. Taxing? I don't think that would get to the root of the problem. Educating? yes, but people have made it clear in this pandemic that they don't want to be told what to do, even if it's only a recommendation. Here's the thing about health: i'm all for people making their own choices, but you can't deny that our overall unhealthy culture effects our personal pocket books by way of health insurance premiums and overall healthcare costs. Healthy people subsidize the unhealthy. I think nutritional education is needed (case and point above), but not to get too political, Michele Obama got blasted by the other side for having a freaking garden at the white house and trying to introduce healthier choices to school lunch programs. Somehow, we need to find a way in this country to get behind a cohesive plan for healthy living that's of the size, scope and has the urgency of the moon landing. This not only includes exercise and nutritional education, but also reforming the health care system into a prevention program (not only a treatment program). And this is all a pipe dream because a) we can't seem to let any political party have a 'win' these days. The name of the game is obstruct, cast blame and throw poop. (I truly am pointing fingers at both sides) And b) the food lobby (and pharmaceutical lobby) is pretty damn powerful and will fight hard to block any legislation that gets in the way of their interests of making money. Sorry to be pessimistic. And sorry if that got too political....if it was you can blame @IUFLA for baiting me. 😎
  7. My wife had a script for a patient and the doctor asked to remind the patient about the importance of healthy eating when trying to lose weight. When my wife brought it up, the patient she was trying to eat healthy, and was proud about her dinner decision the previous night: a Stouffer's microwave lasagna dinner. 🤦‍♂️ I couldn't believe it. My wife said I'd be surprised at how many people think if you're not eating candy or fast food then you must be eating healthy.
  8. Did you know that there's a new podcast that came out with Rob Lowe and one of the Parks and Rec writers called: Parks and Recollection? I *believe* they re-watch the series, recollect on an episode a week in chronological order. I've been meaning to listen to the first episode but have been busy.
  9. I think you're kinda redirecting here. You quoted stats from a study that were out of context. And you made a false conclusion based on those stats. Not sure how I should be understanding that post any differently.
  10. Having gone through one myself, I'm sorry for all you and your wife had to go through. I understand your wife is definitely her own unique case, but to the the more general narrative about blood clots: https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/08/27/covid-infection-has-much-higher-risk-of-blood-clots-than-vaccines-do-study-finds/?sh=33b1f070372e Using data from some 29 million people in the U.K., the researchers found a higher risk of stroke after the Pfizer shot and a higher risk of rare blood clotting after the AstraZeneca shot, but found the risks are “substantially higher and more prolonged” after a Covid-19 infection. As many have said before, it's all about weighing risks. So, unless one is living in a COVID-free bubble, getting a vaccine actually lowers your risk of strokes/clotting in this current environment.
  11. That is a link to a correction of a study that took place last Spring. Here is the full study: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa2104983 Here is the conclusion: Early data from the v-safe surveillance system, the v-safe pregnancy registry, and the VAERS do not indicate any obvious safety signals with respect to pregnancy or neonatal outcomes associated with Covid-19 vaccination in the third trimester of pregnancy. Also a clarification, per the correction: To determine the cumulative risk of spontaneous abortion from 6 to less than 20 weeks of gestation, we used life-table methods to perform an updated analysis, now reported in the Journal, involving 2456 women who received at least one dose of an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine before conception or before 20 weeks of gestation.1 The estimated risks (14.1% overall and 12.8% in age-standardized analyses) are consistent with the risks of spontaneous abortion reported in the general population.1
  12. I didn’t watch the Emmys last night, but was glad to see some of my favorite shows picked up a lot of hardware. All great shows if you’re looking for something to watch. Ted Lasso Hacks Mare of East Town
  13. Like a flagrant 1 and flagrant 2, perhaps there should be a targeting 1 and 2. Losing a player when they get pushed into the QB is wayyyyy too serve of a penalty.
  14. Funny, I was thinking…take a knee and get off the field. And then that free play happened.
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