August 25, 2020

Death by a Thousand Bites

I imagine you’ve heard the idiom “death by a thousand cuts”.  It’s used to explain the demise or termination of something as a result of numerous problems, each insignificant in itself.  But do you know where it came from? It comes from the Chinese word lingchi.  It’s translated variously as the slow process, the slow death, or slow slicing.  It was used as a form of punishment and execution used in China from 900 B.C. until 1905. At this point, you may be thinking, “Why […]
March 12, 2020

Carbs: Present or Paycheck?

I took a client out for sushi for his birthday immediately following his training session.  He had mentioned earlier in the week how he liked sushi.  I shared my love of all foods Asian (save kimchi) with him and said I wanted to treat him. He made a comment that white rice—the centerpiece of most sushi rolls—probably wasn’t a good food choice.  Well, I saw a learning opportunity in his statement, and I wanna share it with you. I don’t look at food as good […]
October 3, 2019

Are the Foods in Your Home Helping or Hurting You?

What’s your inner child asking, and how are you responding? I’m not busting [only] on my five-year-old Caleb. I’m certain my other two kids did this too when they were five. (Excuse me, Caleb would be quick to correct me. He’s five . . . and a half.) The other day he asked his mother if he could have chocolate milk as a treat. (Frankly, I pounded chocolate milk as a kid. It wasn’t a “treat”, it was a staple.) My wife responded with “No, […]
September 5, 2019

How to Cheat on Your Diet

Have you ever had a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend?  The type that wanted you to spend every waking moment with you, or at least wanted to know where you were.  They didn’t like you going out with your friends.  And if you spoke with someone of the opposite sex, fuggetaboutit.  One minute they tell you how great you look and the next they’re calling you puppy face. Eventually, though, you came to your senses and broke it off.  I mean, after all, why would you […]
August 20, 2019

Every Diet Works . . . If Only For a Little While

Last week I was encouraging my daughter Elizabeth to attend an event at our church.  She didn’t wanna go. I said, “Noelle’s gonna be there.” She said, “Noelle and I are complete opposites.” I asked, “Whadaya mean?” She answered, “Noelle’s really shy.” (She’s right.  Noelle is really shy.  And Elizabeth, after warming up to someone, is certainly not.) I asked, “Is Noelle mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?” She replied, “No.” I said, “So, you’re mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?!” She got my [hyperbolic] point. Instead […]
February 20, 2019

Small Hinges Swing Big Doors

Not so recently I met with a new client.  She was referred to me by her mother, whom I train. As with all new clients, she needed to fill out some paperwork.  My new client paperwork includes the legal stuff that, in case of injury or sudden death, [supposedly] protects my ass(ets), a questionnaire that asks about general information, health history, goals, etc., a habit checklist, and a three-day dietary record. I explained the importance of each form in my decision-making process.  When I got […]