Gobbling toward Obesity

In a recent health story, "Half of Us Face Obesity, Dire Projections Show," a team of scientists predict that nearly 1 in 2 American adults will be obese by the year 2030. That's just 10 years away. The graphic below shows our current state; I have seen these stats shown in numerous other sources. I … Continue reading Gobbling toward Obesity

The Pathway to New Habits

Ever since I was able to near-effortlessly lose 35 pounds in just a six-month period—after decades of failed attempts—I've become obsessed with trying to understand exactly how I did it. Why, after so many years of failure, was I suddenly able to drop my weight to a level previously unimaginable? And how could I do … Continue reading The Pathway to New Habits

Obvious Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Among other changes I've made over the past six months, moving to a primarily plant-based diet has resulted in a number of positive changes that I am absolutely thrilled about. To help me lose, as of this writing, 35 pounds (20% of my total weight), I have cut almost entirely from my diet anything dairy, … Continue reading Obvious Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

7 1/2 Billion Universes

Feeling a need to revisit “the basics,” I decided to open up one of my most valued books, Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I can’t even guess how many times I’ve read this treasure; it's one of those books that can define your life. Right there on the first page I discovered, for the first … Continue reading 7 1/2 Billion Universes

“Part of This Nutritious Breakfast”

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, losing 30 pounds in recent months. And being more in tune with issues of health and nutrition, news' stories on the matter jump out at me more than usual. So when I saw this recent TMZ article about comments made by the famous Dr. Mehmet … Continue reading “Part of This Nutritious Breakfast”

Dharma Diet

Paperback Now Available Great news! Both versions of Dharma Diet are now available—in paperback and Kindle. I wrote this little book as a means to share the remarkable success I had last year in finally, finally losing the 25 pounds that I had been trying to shed for over 20 years. When I ultimately stumbled … Continue reading Dharma Diet

More Trouble in Paradise

I'm just wrapping up my latest book, Dharma Diet, which will be on sale in about a week. One of the major themes of that book is how we continue to think that the answers to our problems lie "out there" somewhere, when in fact many of our answers lie within ourselves. In the case … Continue reading More Trouble in Paradise

Dharma Diet – Available Now!

“I lost 30 pounds in 4 months, and it was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done!” ~ Me Silly name but a serious concept, this little book—Dharma Diet—is what every fad diet lacks. They say that 95% of dieting attempts ultimately fail, because people either quit before reaching their goal, or they regain … Continue reading Dharma Diet – Available Now!

30 Pounds in 4 Months

Dharma Diet - Post # 8 Well, I actually made it! As of December 18th I had lost 30 pounds in just 4 months: from 172 to 142. Unfortunately, I will likely have gained a few pounds back since we are in the middle of Christmas and New Years. I'm going to allow myself to … Continue reading 30 Pounds in 4 Months

Life Tip #60

He is who He says He is. This Life Tip comes from an interesting case made by C.S. Lewis, when he put forth the idea that Jesus must either be who he says he is, or he must be a lunatic that needs to be locked up. Lewis points out in his book Mere Christianity … Continue reading Life Tip #60

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Dharma Diet - Post # 7 In my book Dharma Diet (due out for the new year), I discuss many of the lies that we tell ourselves about dieting and weight loss. One of the greatest fibs we tell ourselves is that "it's too expensive to eat healthy." I think the reason we believe this … Continue reading Lies We Tell Ourselves

25 Pounds in 100 Days

Dharma Diet - Post #6 A quick update on my Dharma Diet. Today is Thanksgiving day, and just two days ago I reached my goal...already. In just 100 days I lost 25 pounds. (I like to think of it as 30 pounds, for if you read my earlier post about having to lose 5 pounds … Continue reading 25 Pounds in 100 Days

Life Tip #172

Experience gratitude…in your head, in your heart, and with others. For a final note on gratitude, the next time your brain is about to complain about what you don’t have, keep the following story in mind. Right after my son graduated from Navy boot camp a few years ago, he told me a story about … Continue reading Life Tip #172

Life Tip #169

Be more like Carlitos. On a recent cruise throughout the Caribbean, my wife and I spent a full, glorious day in the tiny country of Belize. We crossed the entire country on a tour bus to visit some amazing Mayan ruins, followed by a traditional Belizean lunch. Just as remarkable as the ruins was the … Continue reading Life Tip #169

More Lies from the Food Industry

Dharma Diet – Post #5 Perhaps it's appropriate that I address the specific lie named "sugar" on the week of Halloween, our day of ultimate sugar celebration. What’s in a Name? We all know that candy is primarily comprised of sugar. But you'd be surprised to learn just how prevalent sugar is in our every … Continue reading More Lies from the Food Industry

Lies from the Food Industry

Dharma Diet – Post #4 Even before I started my Dharma Diet, I had begun paying more and more attention to what I consume, both food and drink. In recent years I discovered a plethora of documentaries about dieting, weight loss, and the food industry available on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Redbox, and … Continue reading Lies from the Food Industry

Dharma Diet Details

Dharma Diet – Post #3 I am almost three months into my self-named Dharma Diet, and I've lost about 18 pounds total, bringing me to 154. Every pound I lose takes me into previously unchartered territory. It really is very exciting, and in these posts I am trying to bring you up to speed on … Continue reading Dharma Diet Details

Life Tip #83

You can’t move forward until you get real with yourself. One reason that it is so hard for adults to learn and grow is that we refuse to be real with ourselves. We need to admit—fully admit—what is wrong with us. These are probably things we already know deep down but have been hiding from. … Continue reading Life Tip #83

True Enlightenment = Easy Weight Loss

Dharma Diet - Post #1 Something happened to me recently that I am still having trouble explaining, even to myself. Over the past month or so, I've lost 15 pounds without hardly trying. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has been one of the easiest things I've ever done. I really think … Continue reading True Enlightenment = Easy Weight Loss

Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us

While today there is much political debate about Labor Day, labor unions, minimum wage, etc. I want to refrain from joining that particular debate. Rather I would like to simply point out some of the great social change that resulted from the rise of the labor movement. Changes to laws regarding child labor, immigrant labor, … Continue reading Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us