I read somewhere that Americans have become unhealthier statistically because of the recession. WTF??

You don't need money to exercise! I'm going to try and show that you can get in to shape without spending money - use your environment creatively and you can succeed in attaining better health. My dad is a retired coach and P.E. teacher, and much to his chagrin I've been a lazy ass my whole life. Maybe I can finally put his knowledge to good use, as well as shape up and make him proud!

If you have a creative idea to share be sure to let me know ! I'll post the best photos/videos/links here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Grapefruit - the wonder food I hate

I start my day with a peeled, whole grapefruit and a cup of coffee.  I know I know, I should ditch the coffee.  But I love coffee.  Caffeine inhibits fat burn, so anyone who really wants to lose weight should avoid anything with caffeine in it.  My weight is pretty much where I want it to be, so I am enjoying coffee again.  Besides, studies have shown that the risk for type 2 diabetes is lower among regular coffee drinkers than among those who don't drink it. Also, coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, discourage the development of colon cancer, improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of liver damage in people at high risk for liver disease, and reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease. Coffee has also been shown to improve endurance performance in long-duration physical activities.  And there are other benefits, as well as risks.  In this case the argument is moot, as I love coffee and have an industrial espresso machine in my kitchen to satiate any cravings - end of discussion.  My struggle is with the grapefruit, which I hate but eat anyway because the known health benefits are so good.  As an American Male, statistically my top three most likely ways of dying are from heart disease, cancer, or accidentally killing myself, (in that order).  While my vehicle choices certainly almost guarantee number three, I am still going to fight numbers one and two as best I can these next thirty years or so.  Which is why I eat the grapefruit, which despite all the money the farmers in Florida throw at their advertising campaigns still don't taste any better to me (I eat locally grown fruit anyway) .  But I did just learn you can use the grapefruit to help heal cuts and burns.  Well then, guess I'll keep them around.  Blech.

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