Seeing results equals long-term success
December 7, 2010

We will not succeed without results! Logically, humans look at a situation in terms of what they are going to get out of it. So why do most fail to reach their goals? Many are impatient and selfish and often cannot justify the effort required compared to the slow results they are seeing. Their love or addiction to food outweighs the results, which leaves them feeling that it is not worth the effort, and they gradually slip back into their old habits.

Satisfying results are paramount for long-term success. So we need to choose a plan that best fits our lifestyle. It is the only way to stay motivated enough to keep slugging it out when plateaus hit.

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Core issues of obesity
September 14, 2010

What determines obesity?

    A. Biological Factors
    B. Genetics
    C. Lifestyle

The answer is… all of the above and not necessarily in that order.

If I am asked: “What determines obesity?” I say: “WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR GROCERY CART!” Now that is something you have immediate control over.

We shop for groceries and select food almost entirely on impulse and cravings. Why? Because we want our FIX! Unfortunately, this has to change; we must be more concerned with what we put in our cart and ultimately our bodies. If its not going in your cart, its not going in your body.

For example, if you wanted to build a house and you knew you were going to live in it for the rest of your life, would you not build with the best materials available to you? The same goes for what you feed your body: Eat good material! Keep this in mind next time you fill your grocery cart.

A few months ago I blogged about, what contributes to holding people “FAT”?

    1. Environment or lifestyle
    2. Lack of accurate knowledge
    3. Self doubt. For example: “I’ll never be…”

All three of these obstacles can be overcome, and that is why I believe anyone can beat obesity if they have the desire to.

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3 things holding people “FAT”!
April 21, 2010

1. Environment or lifestyle
2. Lack of accurate knowledge
3. Self doubt. For example: “I’ll never be…”

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Doing it right at Veritas
April 14, 2010

Anyone who tries their best to eat healthy knows how difficult it can be when eating out! Thankfully for those of you who live in Montreal it just got a whole lot easier – thanks to my new-found health café in Old Montreal, where I also enjoy crema laden espresso. Veritas stands out from the rest, as there is no need for requests like, “exchange my fries for a salad”, or “salad dressing on the side”. What a breath of fresh air to go into a restaurant and have peace of mind that foods are 100% whole grain, not processed or refined, fresh meats are grilled not deep-fried, natural sweeteners like cane juice, honey, and authentic maple syrup are common place. Along with friendly, down-to-earth service with a personal touch, all brought together in a modern chic ambience.

The kicker is all this quality and attention to detail won’t even cost you a premium, a soup will only set you back a couple bucks, a full meal including a sandwich and salad is from $6 to $10, now that is priceless! Go, see for yourself you won’t regret it, 480 Blvd St-Laurent (corner Notre-Dame), and be sure to let me know what you think. See map

“Fresh! Healthy! Good for You! Low in Fat! No Carbs! These words and phrases are losing their meaning. They’re becoming little more than buzz words that prove to be misleading after closer examination. At Café Santé Veritas, we want to give meaning back to these catchphrases.

For us, it begins with preparation. Instead of buying ready-made products to re-sell, everything we serve is cooked and baked onsite. From muffins and scones to soups and jams, we know exactly what goes into everything we serve.

We are particular to the point of obsession about what we use and what we do not. Our meats are low-fat filet mignon, our fish are fresh salmon filets, and our chicken is grain-fed and white-meat only, our fruits and vegetables are daily fresh, and our herbs and spices are all natural. Instead of processed white sugar or artificial sweeteners, we choose evaporated sugar cane juice, honey, or authentic maple syrup. Likewise, we avoid altogether saturated oils, butter, and anything high in saturated or trans fat.

When cooking, we don’t fry and are careful to ensure food oils are not exposed to heat. Care is taken that all meats are grilled before marinating and are never sautéed in oil. The challenge of maintaining the flavourful appeal of our food without sacrificing the health benefits is worth it to provide a true alternative to the typical casual lunch fare.

All of our meals are balanced with proportions of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and “good” fats in tandem with several essential vitamins and minerals. We make an extra effort because we are committed to Veritas; the truth in our message of healthier eating and healthier living. Try us out to see for yourself, our meals are designed to leave you satisfied without feeling heavy or lethargic.

Don’t be misled by buzz words that lack follow through. Food is only as good as it makes you feel, and we’re confident that Café Santé Veritas can help you find your healthier lifestyle. Avoid the hype; be true to your body, after all it’s the only one you have.”

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My Mission
January 20, 2010

I will be relating my experience, as I have progressively become more fit and healthy over the past 8 years. I will also include great tips and useful information from friends and additional sources, for which I will provide references if they are directly quoted. I wish to convey the most helpful and practical information I have come across, the same information I swear and live by day to day.

I hope to keep a straightforward format, in order for you to get as much information as you need as quickly as possible in hope of giving you the courage to begin implementing these suggestions into your daily life. Ultimately I hope I can spark your fire of motivation which is fundamental if you want to begin and continue to succeed.

My main focus is going to be on what you can do starting now to change your life around. For others who are already on their way to a healthier and happier life this will serve as encouragement and help you stick with your new habits. For most of my readers who are trying to bring balance to their shocking eating habits, you will quickly see how you don’t need extra human strength or heroic willpower. A balanced diet or lifestyle is typically made up of acquiring and applying the right knowledge, which enables you to make smart choices. That’s primarily what it all boils down to, making the right choices! If you CHOOSE to put the right things in your body, your BODY is going to love YOU and YOU are going to love your BODY!

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