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Sustainable Fat Loss Diet

I'm relatively certain that there isn't one system of eating that works well for everyone, and that our dietary needs for optimal health invariably changes as we go through different life stages. So ultimately, it's up to each individual to try dietary strategies that make sense and are in alignment with human biochemistry, to observe how their body and health respond, and to make modifications when necessary.

When looking to lose fat, I feel it's vital to keep the following in mind:

  • The loss needs to be sustainable.

 

High Protein Porridge Recipe

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The quantities listed below make two small or one large serving.

Ingredients: Read more

 

How to Dissolve Trigger Points Through Your Upper Back, Shoulders, and Neck

SKLZ Accustick - Trigger Point and Tension Relief Self-Massage Tool: https://amzn.to/2QGgUU7

When looking to diminish knots or areas of hypertonicity in any muscle group, it can be highly effective to actively move an underlying joint through its natural range of motion while apply steady pressure to the muscle belly that is tight. Read more

 

Coconut Almond Butter Cookies

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The quantities listed below make about 12 to 16 small to medium size cookies. Read more

 

The Healing Power of Empathy

Last week, I mentioned a video on how Koreans of different ages and life circumstances reacted to meeting a young Korean lady with vitiligo.

The clip below shows the older lady who was courageous enough to honestly say that she could not accept someone with such a visible issue as her daughter-in-law. I received a few messages from readers who expressed empathy for this view.

I agree that she should be respected for honestly expressing her stance - it's perfectly understandable. Read more

 

How to Strengthen Your Hips and Core

For those interested in preserving hip health and mobility, this is a compound movement that I can suggest working at - it's more challenging than basic hip swivel work, but is an excellent way of combining hip, core, and upper body conditioning. Read more

 

How Others See Us

Over the weekend, I stumbled upon this video on how Koreans of different ages and life circumstances react to meeting a fellow Korean lady who has vitiligo - for all the insight this offers into the ways in which we humans see ourselves and others, I feel it's worth viewing. Read more

 

Spicy Soft Tofu Stew

Courtesy of the late Anthony Bourdain and Korean American chef, Roy Choi, this is an inside look at the makings of one of my favourite Korean dishes - soon doo boo jji gae, or spicy soft tofu stew served with a bowl of steamed white rice.

For a look at a pictorial that my mom and I did on a vegetarian version of this dish many years ago, feel free to visit: Read more

 

How to Open Up Tight Hips

For those struggling with hip pain and stiffness, this is a simple stretch that I recommend doing daily.

This is best done with a strong resistance band - I prefer one made of a fabric-like material like this: Fabric Resistance Band Read more

 

2 Self Care Tips

Two points that I think all of us should keep in mind as we look to take care of our health as we age:

First, if we reach a point where we feel the benefits of taking a prescription medication outweigh the potential negative effects, it's important to monitor liver and kidney health.

Why?

Because virtually everything we put into our circulation, including prescription meds, has to be processed by our liver, and the bulk of any residual waste from said meds has to be filtered out of our system by our kidneys. Read more

 

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