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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:13 PM
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It’s a quote often heard and spoken with good intent. But rarely is it actually put into place, and rarely can two sides agree on what needs to change around them. The longer society continues to wedge itself further apart between left/right, blue/red, black/white, north/south, east/west, rich/poor, the harder it is to find reason and common ground to build a better world upon. “Be the change you want to see in the world”! What’s that mean?

It’s often a quote credited to Mohandas Gandhi. However, there is no official citation that exists from him. Mohandas Gandhi said in 1913:


“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him”


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In essence, the common quote we see and hear today still applies. It comes down to the individual to be a mechanism of change. One person started the #MeToo movement, one person felt its calling, and a domino effect began to turn it into a powerful message. Agree with it or not, there are core components to it that call out a very serious problem within society. The mistreatment of women has long been a plague on mankind. The motivations of it may have started out as political or from a position of anger and vengeance, but there is truth to it. Parts of it have spun out of control and created an oppositional outcome; balance could not be achieved.

The same can be said about Black Lives Matter, and the Occupy movement. There are real problems that they are addressing that must be addressed; but often times they lose focus on the core issues and become politically infected. Most people with common sense can see the reality of these movements, but most people turned off when they see it associated with a political entity. Others don’t want to accept their own racism, sexism or discrimination that’s helped perpetuate such causes, which results in them being more vocal against it than others.

So, I’ve offered some examples of real-life current events that are inciting change and conversation within society, but it’s still not enough. We are growing more into a chaotic civilization fueled by hate, anger and emotion. Few people want to live in that realm and the huge majority of people want a better world for our children to grow into. Yet, we continue to push the pedal to the metal in the direction of civil discourse. How do we stop that? How do we be the change we all want to see in the world?

1. Education
2. Emotional Intelligence
3. Family Life
4. Technology
5. Pharmaceuticals
6. Diet
7. Community

1. Education:

Here in America, our education system is and has been rapidly falling by the wayside. There are countless reasons for this, but at the end of the day our children aren’t being afforded the same educational opportunities of past generations. Some would argue that the advancement of technology negates the standard view of what our education should look like. That’s a slippery slope. Education breeds intelligence, intelligence creates innovation, innovation prospers a society, a prosperous and intelligent society can eliminate poverty, hunger, war while magnifying economic returns, quality of life, and the well-being of the world around us.


“A nation’s brilliance and ability to prosper is directly dependent upon its people’s edification. Without continuing to open one’s mind and allowing oneself to be taught, a person becomes stagnant, ignorant, and frozen in time. The study of several civilizations throughout history has revealed the importance of education as it applies to society including its economic growth. While America prominently places value in education in today’s society, including those views held by its citizens and governments, precise monetary value attributed to the varying tiers of the American education system is extraordinarily debatable. While many people believe that such subsidization is necessary for America to continue asserting itself as a leader in the international sense, some view the use of subsidization of the education system as ineffective and contradictory to that same effort. This article deems funding for public colleges as useless however, others fervently believe the opposite to this opinion. It is important to consider that there will likely never be a solitary resolution for the “best” way to fund the education system, if for no other reason than the needs for the educators and students will continue to be ever-changing.”


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Within our education system, lie its own problems. Problems that must be addressed at the community level. When a school invests more in its sports programs than it does the education process, or when it spends more on the aesthetics than it does the teachers who teach, those are problems that have to be addressed within that community. College tuition is astronomical while subsidized loans to pay for those costs are easy and convenient to procure. The system is corrupt and heavily leans towards one sector of politics. So how does one change such a catastrophic failure?

This problem feeds into a failing work force and a struggling middle class. Trade skills are looked down upon while higher education is praised as a necessity.


“Bankston emphasizes that over the last century America has instilled increased expectations for its people to thrive through higher education. However, later in the article he also examines the notion that because the U.S. government subsidizes higher education programs, ultimately providing an elevated level of education for the masses, the country’s citizens are not meeting the demands of the workforce and the overall economy. The question then becomes, “We agree education is important, but which forms of education are the most important, and how do we specifically support those different areas of education in the budget?”


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The answer is in the education itself. Education breeds intelligence, intelligence creates innovation, innovation prospers a society, a prosperous and intelligent society can eliminate poverty, hunger, war while magnifying economic returns, quality of life, and the well-being of the world around us.


“A nation’s brilliance and ability to prosper is directly dependent upon its people’s edification. America is considered a powerhouse internationally because its citizens recognize the importance of learning and the fact that continuing growth through knowledge is a powerful tool for maintaining such elite status globally. It is a vital responsibility to the citizens of America to relay this value in education to their posterity.”


We must educate ourselves in order to eliminate a corrupt establishment that punishes education and rewards profit. To be the change you want to see in the world, you must educate yourself and encourage the unbiased education and mental growth to those around you.
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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:16 PM
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2. Emotional Intelligence:

Emotional Intelligence (EI going forward) is defined as:


“the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions.”


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I would argue that EI is severely lacking in America. Much of it is based of a lack of overall intelligence, ignorance, and an inability to meet the demands of one’s self and the world around them. I have a family member, for instance, who will get angry with me when I use logic and reason in an argument where her side of it is based on emotion and frustration. Her motivation is rooted in emotion and she doesn’t know how to balance it out or manage it. It perpetuates itself until anger and frustration begin to be a part of the conversation.

Other examples can be seen here on ATS, or any comments section of any website. Parents lashing out at sports coaches and teachers for their kids playing or being put on the honor roll. Road rage, fights at sporting events; the list goes on and on. But each and every one of us can think of an example where they’ve seen it act out in real life, and most of us can probably think of a time when we were ourselves, emotionally unbalanced. But how does one practice EI?

1. Think about your feelings. 2. Pause before you speak or act. 3. Strive to control your thoughts. 4. Find benefits from criticism. 5. Show authenticity. 6. Demonstrate empathy. 7. Praise others. 8. Give helpful feedback. 9. Apologize. 10. Forgive and forget. 11. Keep your commitments. 12. Help Others. 13. Protect yourself from emotional sabatoge.

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To be the change you want to see in the world, we must be critical of ourselves and EI in our understanding of it and the world around us. Food for thought…

3. Family Life:

I think it wise to first establish that “Family Life” isn’t relegated to one perfect vision or expectation created in the mind of the individual. Family life is broad and should be unique to the individual family. 1950’s “Leave it to Beaver” is not what a family life should be, nor should it be modern day, living in a sub-division, dinner at 5, kids tucked in by 9, up by 6, church on Sundays, etc…etc…etc. To dictate what one family’s life should be removes freedom of choice and individuality.

Family life could be defined as:


“the routine interactions and activities that a family have together”


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Interactions, activities, together: Those are things that are missing. Aspects of family life that have been replaced with a high paced-high demand work-force and technological distractions. The key takeaway, for me anyway, is togetherness. Togetherness is the state of being close to another person or other people. It’s tough to be together when the kids are popping mind altering medications and put in front of a televised baby-sitter and given a video game console to keep them entertained. Then, when they follow the instructions given to them by their adult overlords, they get yelled at for being on it too much. Meanwhile, Mom’s out grinding away at work, Dad may or may not be in the picture, and if he is he’s hiding upstairs having an affair or watching porn all night cause he and the Mrs. haven’t had a sex life in years.

But, when people come over or they see the neighbors or you’re at a friend or family members house, you smile and wave and pretend to be perfect. That’s the standard, though many variations of it exist; the standard is that while some families may be living under the same roof, they aren’t “together” in it. They don’t share quality experiences, they lack real communication, they are frustrated, tired and many are medicated just enough to get through it all.

So what’s the answer then? Should mom leave her job to be barefoot and pregnant again behind the dishwasher again? Do we put ankle bracelets on run away dads who abandoned their family? Or maybe a minimum age on when kids can play the X-Box? Personally, I like the idea of applying for a license to have a child where approval is based on job status, financial health, criminal background and a drug/alcohol test. That, of course, would never fly…so what’s the answer?

Togetherness. Be together. Be positive. Be compassionate. Be emotionally intelligent. Solve problems. There are so many different solutions to this problem. Every family is unique and different which means that there is no one answer except to be together!
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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:21 PM
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4. Technology:

Technology is both wonderful, and problematic. Here I am using it to send a message that I hope is positively received to people I don’t know and will likely never know. I can facetime with family, take college classes from my own home, kill some time with a movie or a game. I’m able to drive where ever I want to go, eat whatever I want to eat, and live a life of comfort. All because of technology.

But it comes with a dark side too. Kids become addicted to video games. People of all ages become narcissistic in their pursuit for “likes” and attention on social media. Online pornography and gambling can destroy families. Propaganda is easily spread to “target audiences”. Cell phones become a distraction on the road and just as deadly as drunk driving. I could go on, but we all know the perils of technology that oppose the wonders of it.

As I came up with this thread, I think it’s easy to say technology is a problem with society. And it’s worth being mentioned here. But other than offering tips like no cellphones at the dinner table, go off-the-grid camping once a month, or wi-fi free Sunday’s at the Griswold residence. It’s impossible to quantify data (I think) on the pro’s vs cons of technology in society. Until we run out of resources to maintain our technological way of life, it is a part of our life. I only offer it as a place of discussion because it needs to be discussed. If we are going to want to make the world a better place, then technology must be in the discussion.

5. Pharmaceuticals:

This one is a doozy of a topic, and most likely to stir a hornet’s nest of emotions for some. So, straight to the facts:


“The 2016 National Study on Drug Use and Health reported that an estimated 28.6 million Americans age 12 and over used illicit drugs during the month prior to the study. That means roughly 1 in 10 people struggle with some level of substance use, including addiction to prescription drugs.”

“In the US alone, an estimated 54 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime.”

“Between 2006 and 2011, nonmedical use of Adderall and emergency room visits involving the drug increased significantly, while treatment visits stayed the same. Adderall misuse rose 67 percent, and ER visits went up 156 percent, with family and friends serving as the primary source. Young adults (age 18-25) made up 60 percent of those using Adderall for nonmedical reasons.”

“The number of adults filling a benzodiazepine prescription increased 67 percent (from 8.1 million to 13.5 million) between 1996 and 2013, while the total quantity filled more than tripled. During this same time period, the overdose death rate for benzodiazepines more than quadrupled.”


This one I find shocking:


“The US makes up 5 percent of the world’s population and consumes approximately 80 percent of the world’s prescription opioid drugs.”


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The most abused medications are opiates, stimulants and depressants. Common side effects of prescription medications include alterations in mood, erratic behavior, mental cloudiness, confusion, inability to sleep or excess sleep, anxiety, hyperactivity, hygiene/appearance, suicidal tendencies, overdose, addiction, problems with personal relationships, job loss, financial difficulties, legal issues and psychological problems. Well if that doesn’t about sum up America’s problems, I don’t know what else could.

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Obviously, so medications save lives when use appropriately. I’ve been prescribed a lipid before, but I will never again take one. The side effects were horrifying for me. But I get it, that’s not everyone and they help some people live longer, healthier lives. But anyone who’s ever been on ATS for a lengthy period of time has no doubt seen a thread about the dark side of “Big Pharma”.


“The term Big Pharma conspiracy theories refers to conspiracy theories which claim that the medical establishment in general and pharmaceutical companies in particular, especially the large ones, operate for sinister purposes and against the public good.[1][2] Big Pharma conspiracy theories are closely linked to the anti-vaccinationmovement”


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So, coming back around to the main point of this thread; being the change you want to see in this world. When it comes to pharmaceutical abuse it comes down to the individual first and foremost. Do you need all those pills? Or could a change in diet do the trick? Do you need that procedure, or might a daily walk get you healthy? What’s more expensive? Spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary pills and healthcare, or adjusting your lifestyle just a bit?

That’s not always the answer but more times than not, it is.


“In some cases, prescription drugs are necessary, but in many they are not. In fact, a report by QuintilesIMS, formerly known as IMS Health, Institute for Healthcare Informatics revealed that $200 billion a year, or 8 percent of U.S. health care spending, is spent on medical care resulting from improper or unnecessary use of prescription drugs.

Medication errors and problems that arise from taking multiple medications are key problems, as is the misuse of antibiotics and inappropriate prescribing. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meanwhile, more than 2 million serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) occur every year in the U.S, leading to 100,000 deaths. ADRs are actually the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., causing more deaths than pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia and accidents, including car accidents.

What’s more, these ADR statistics do not include the ADRs that occur among ambulatory (i.e., non-bedridden) patients, or those in nursing homes, the latter of which is estimated to be 350,000 yearly. The FDA calls ADRs “a significant public health problem that is, for the most part, preventable, noting that costs associated with ADRs are $136 billion a year, which is more than the total costs relating to cardiovascular or diabetic care.”


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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:23 PM
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6. Diet:

What is a healthy diet? Like many things discussed already, there is no perfect answer here. But there is a lot of evidence to prove that most of what we’re eating is absolutely terrible for us. Let’s start with my favorite…carbohydrates.


“Carbohydrate is sugar – and includes both single sugar units called sugar (or glucose) and chains of sugar units chemically linked together called starch. Carbohydrate has to be broken down into single sugar units to be absorbed. Glucose is the most common sugar unit in our food and in our bodies.”


Carbohydrates are found in:
• Rice, grains, cereals, and pasta
• Breads, tortillas, crackers, bagels and rolls
• Dried beans, split peas and lentils
• Vegetables, like potatoes, corn, peas and winter squash
• Fruit
• Milk
• Yogurt
• Sugars, like table sugar and honey
• Foods and drinks made with sugar, like regular soft drinks and desserts

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The problems with carbohydrates in the American diet? Obesity, diabetes, heart disease. 64.5% of Americans are either overweight or obese. SIXTY FOUR POINT 5 PERCENT!! That’s insane. We can come up with all the excuses in the world for it, but most of the time its directly related to what we’re eating.

Fast foods, gas station foods, easy to make dinners from a box filled with preservatives….in all of them, carbohydrates, trans fat, sugar, refined flour. There is nothing healthy about any of that, yet it’s the bulk of what most people eat.


“Obesity is defined as an excessively high amount of body fat (known as adipose tissue) in relation to lean body mass. The degree of obesity is influenced by both the distribution of fat throughout the body and the size of the adipose tissue deposits. Being overweight is bad enough, but obesity seriously increases the risk of illness and death due to diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease and kidney and gallbladder disorders. The more overweight an individual is, the higher the risk becomes. Obesity has also been implicated in increased incidence of certain types of cancer.”


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So, how’s it all work? Basically, you body needs fuel. 3 ways it gets fuel are through carbohydrates, sugar and animal fats. Carbohydrates are the first source your body will use to burn energy. The problem with that is most of what we eat are carbohydrates and most of those carbs are genetically modified. Our bodies don’t process them very well which means the body is fighting really hard to digest it and it’s an inadequate source of energy. Go eat a plate of past at lunch and count down the minutes till you’re ready to take a nap. Your body is struggling to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’ve got all kinds of sugar and animal fat that isn’t being processed.
After carbohydrates your body will burn through sugar for energy. Sugar is bad enough for you. Curious about the negative consequences to a high sugar diet? Look no further:
1. Sugar causes glucose levels to spike and plummet.
2. Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
3. Your immune function can be affected by sugar.
4. A high-sugar diet can lead to chromium deficiency.
5. Sugar accelerates aging.
6. Sugar causes tooth decay.
7. Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease.
8. Sugar affects cognition in children
9. Sugar increases stress.
10. Sugar takes the place of important nutrients.

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It’s a fast-acting energy burn that results in your body crashing just as fast and with a lot of negative side effects to its consumption. And we consume A LOT of sugar. So, after your body gets done burning through, carbs and sugar, next it moves onto animal fats. Animal fats are the natural way the body consumes and distributes its energy. Like there are good carbs and bad carbs, good sugars and bad sugars, there are good fats and bad fats. But the body thinks and moves more effectively when you’re feeding it all the right kind of stuff.
So, what am I getting at here? How can we fuel the mind to be more energetic to do more with the family, to be more positive and social, to be more educated and emotionally intelligent when we are feeding it foods that are draining you of all of that? We can’t…which is why being the change you want to see in the world requires a healthy dietary intake to maximize your place in it.

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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:23 PM
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7. Community:

Finally, community. It’s becoming a lost part of the American way of life. People hurry home after work, shut their doors and close their blinds and hurry up to get on their virtual existence. When they do go out and socialize, it’s usually to snap selfies and look important for their virtual community. The American community has changed from a face-to-face on to a “click and share” one.

There’s nothing wrong with interacting with an online community from time to time. But it’s at the sacrifice of the social interactions that make us human. Sharing laughs instead of LOL’s. Discussing topics instead of spreading propaganda. Helping out with our hands and work boots instead of donating to fake charities. Or kids going out and getting cuts and bruises exploring the world around them instead of diabetes searching for that elusive Fortnite victory on their mobile phone.

How can we be the change we want to be from the comforts of our locked-up house? Real change doesn’t exist there. It doesn’t exist here. It doesn’t exist in this thread. It exists in real life. It comes from effort, knowledge, inspiration, innovation and a healthier world around us.

Whatever it is that you think needs to be done to make the world around you a better place, you’re probably not alone in that thinking. But what are we doing about it that creates quantifiable and qualitative change that will create a better place for those around us and future generations?

If you’re still reading…thanks for taking the time to read it all! I’m not trying to tell anyone how they should live their lives or that they’re wrong for living it as they see fit. I just want to create a conversation that might get some people to see that there are reasons the world seems so crazy, and there are solutions we can each take at an individual level to change our own lives one by one. The healthier and smarter we are, the better the world is for it.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:27 PM
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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 12:49 PM
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originally posted by: olaru12
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I feel like that statement is jumping quick to derail a well thought out thread.

I didn't read anything that could be perceived as political bias, or trying to direct conversation to such.

It's about self betterment, make changes in your life you are in control of to get beneficial results to enrich yourself.
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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 01:09 PM
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a reply to: CriticalStinker

Thanks!

It's a mantra I try to live by. It wasn't my best presentation, but it's something I've been wanting to do for awhile. A main idea that came to be many months ago, combined with some contributing ideas that have a scientific backing and have helped me, personally, become a better person.

I wish I had the time to make a stronger case for the posting, but I've been wanting to at least get something out there.

I appreciate you taking the time to read it and positively respond to it!



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 01:36 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

Agree with all of this except for the "Diet" part.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 01:45 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

There is no way to sugarcoat the absolute failure we see all around us, it all has gone too far, and by design irreversible.

Everything that could be done (and no real effort is present) is too little, too late.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 01:53 PM
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originally posted by: solve
a reply to: Assassin82

There is no way to sugarcoat the absolute failure we see all around us, it all has gone too far, and by design irreversible.

Everything that could be done (and no real effort is present) is too little, too late.


That seems like a pretty dark perspective that I myself, can’t agrww with. The past cannot be undone, sure. But a person who is surrounded by negativity and depression certainly can change their present and future.

If someone says “kids these days” and only ever bitches about them, they can make a positive impact on them and help to be the change they want to see happen. As long as it’s based on an intelligent and compassionate perspective, it’s possible.

Anything is possible if you put the right kind of mind to it.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 01:54 PM
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originally posted by: Skorpiogurl
a reply to: Assassin82

Agree with all of this except for the "Diet" part.



What kind of rebuttal would you offer regarding the diet part?



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posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 02:34 PM
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originally posted by: Assassin82
6. Diet:

While I agree that there is no cookie cutter diet - there are a few things that are just common sense. A human body needs a balance of all 3-macro's in order to function properly and for overall health. People are quick to Google a few health and fitness articles and decide to demonize entire food groups or worse, jump on a fad-diet band-wagon.

Carbohydrates are not absolutely terrible for us. However, and "Overage" of calories is.

The statement: "The problems with carbohydrates in the American diet? Obesity, diabetes, heart disease." Is an entirely false and misleading statement.

The problem with the American diet is portion control, or lack thereof.

Keep in mind, there is a difference between weight loss and overall health. One could eat a diet entirely made up of carbohydrates including gas station fast food... if that person is burning more calories than they're consuming, they're going to lose weight. Will they gain better health? Perhaps, as a result of the weight loss. Again, for overall health the body requires a balance of Macro and micro-nutrients to function properly.

How many folks here own a food scale? how many weight and measure out their foods and beverages for appropriate serving sizes? how many know how many calories they're consuming on a daily basis? How many could tell you exactly what percentage of carbs/fats/proteins they've consumed in any given meal?

A lot of this information is Atkins. Atkins rebranded as Paleo and Paleo rebranded as Keto.. what will come next is anyone's guess. The one common factor in all of these fad diets is calorie restriction by either lowering the amount of food that is eaten, or eliminating an entire food group from a diet, or increasing exercise thereby increasing the output of energy. Problem is they have time limits and most folks don't actually learn anything about proper nutrition, only how to restrict calories. Once the goal weight is achieved the person goes back to old eating habits and ultimately gains back all of the weight that was lost, sometimes more!

False statement - the body does not get its primary fuel from animal fats.
Genetically modified is a term that gets thrown around way too much. All that really happens to our crops is they are given plant based chemicals, that which is already naturally contained in the plant, to allow it grow faster and yield more. Your chances of getting killed by a lightening strike is better than getting sick from a so-called GMO.

This whole entire statement regarding how digestion works is entirely false and is quite laughable. Please don't promote bad nutritional information! Sugar is not the devil, carbs are not the devil, GMOs are minimal!

So, how’s it all work? Basically, you body needs fuel. 3 ways it gets fuel are through carbohydrates, sugar and animal fats. Carbohydrates are the first source your body will use to burn energy. The problem with that is most of what we eat are carbohydrates and most of those carbs are genetically modified. Our bodies don’t process them very well which means the body is fighting really hard to digest it and it’s an inadequate source of energy. Go eat a plate of past at lunch and count down the minutes till you’re ready to take a nap. Your body is struggling to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’ve got all kinds of sugar and animal fat that isn’t being processed.
After carbohydrates your body will burn through sugar for energy. Sugar is bad enough for you. Curious about the negative consequences to a high sugar diet? Look no further:
1. Sugar causes glucose levels to spike and plummet. FALSE
2. Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease FALSE
3. Your immune function can be affected by sugar. FALSE
4. A high-sugar diet can lead to chromium deficiency.FALSE
5. Sugar accelerates aging. FALSE
6. Sugar causes tooth decay.
7. Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease. FALSE
8. Sugar affects cognition in children FALSE
9. Sugar increases stress. FALSE
10. Sugar takes the place of important nutrients. FALSE

ATKINS all over again.

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It’s a fast-acting energy burn that results in your body crashing just as fast and with a lot of negative side effects to its consumption. And we consume A LOT of sugar. So, after your body gets done burning through, carbs and sugar, next it moves onto animal fats. Animal fats are the natural way the body consumes and distributes its energy. Like there are good carbs and bad carbs, good sugars and bad sugars, there are good fats and bad fats. But the body thinks and moves more effectively when you’re feeding it all the right kind of stuff.

So, what am I getting at here? How can we fuel the mind to be more energetic to do more with the family, to be more positive and social, to be more educated and emotionally intelligent when we are feeding it foods that are draining you of all of that? We can’t…which is why being the change you want to see in the world requires a healthy dietary intake to maximize your place in it.

So all of these claims are made but there's no plan of action or resolution to go with it?
Yes, I am a Master Licensed Nutritionist. Yes, I went to a real college, not on-line for my degree in holistic, general, pediatric, sports and ED. Yes, I charge a decent amount of money for a nutritional assessment, nutritional plan, exercise plan and on-going (real-life) support.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 02:38 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82

Well, one can always live their own life in a manner, that will not make the eventual experience of death a hellish one, but a pleasant one, my life is about preparing for death,

Just wish that all of these bastard humans would leave me alone, always bothering or trying to harm me, but i like you internet people, especially on this forum.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 02:44 PM
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originally posted by: solve
a reply to: Assassin82

Well, one can always live their own life in a manner, that will not make the eventual experience of death a hellish one, but a pleasant one, my life is about preparing for death,

Just wish that all of these bastard humans would leave me alone, always bothering or trying to harm me, but i like you internet people, especially on this forum.


And we like you...

Go down easy amigo!



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 02:50 PM
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a reply to: Assassin82




Be the Change You Want to See Happen


Sorry about the earlier sarcasm...

I work 7 days a week, pay my taxes and contribute to various charities. What more would you suggest I change to make it happen.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 03:04 PM
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originally posted by: Skorpiogurl

originally posted by: Assassin82
6. Diet:

While I agree that there is no cookie cutter diet - there are a few things that are just common sense. A human body needs a balance of all 3-macro's in order to function properly and for overall health. People are quick to Google a few health and fitness articles and decide to demonize entire food groups or worse, jump on a fad-diet band-wagon.

Carbohydrates are not absolutely terrible for us. However, and "Overage" of calories is.

The statement: "The problems with carbohydrates in the American diet? Obesity, diabetes, heart disease." Is an entirely false and misleading statement.

The problem with the American diet is portion control, or lack thereof.

Keep in mind, there is a difference between weight loss and overall health. One could eat a diet entirely made up of carbohydrates including gas station fast food... if that person is burning more calories than they're consuming, they're going to lose weight. Will they gain better health? Perhaps, as a result of the weight loss. Again, for overall health the body requires a balance of Macro and micro-nutrients to function properly.

How many folks here own a food scale? how many weight and measure out their foods and beverages for appropriate serving sizes? how many know how many calories they're consuming on a daily basis? How many could tell you exactly what percentage of carbs/fats/proteins they've consumed in any given meal?

A lot of this information is Atkins. Atkins rebranded as Paleo and Paleo rebranded as Keto.. what will come next is anyone's guess. The one common factor in all of these fad diets is calorie restriction by either lowering the amount of food that is eaten, or eliminating an entire food group from a diet, or increasing exercise thereby increasing the output of energy. Problem is they have time limits and most folks don't actually learn anything about proper nutrition, only how to restrict calories. Once the goal weight is achieved the person goes back to old eating habits and ultimately gains back all of the weight that was lost, sometimes more!

False statement - the body does not get its primary fuel from animal fats.
Genetically modified is a term that gets thrown around way too much. All that really happens to our crops is they are given plant based chemicals, that which is already naturally contained in the plant, to allow it grow faster and yield more. Your chances of getting killed by a lightening strike is better than getting sick from a so-called GMO.

This whole entire statement regarding how digestion works is entirely false and is quite laughable. Please don't promote bad nutritional information! Sugar is not the devil, carbs are not the devil, GMOs are minimal!

So, how’s it all work? Basically, you body needs fuel. 3 ways it gets fuel are through carbohydrates, sugar and animal fats. Carbohydrates are the first source your body will use to burn energy. The problem with that is most of what we eat are carbohydrates and most of those carbs are genetically modified. Our bodies don’t process them very well which means the body is fighting really hard to digest it and it’s an inadequate source of energy. Go eat a plate of past at lunch and count down the minutes till you’re ready to take a nap. Your body is struggling to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’ve got all kinds of sugar and animal fat that isn’t being processed.
After carbohydrates your body will burn through sugar for energy. Sugar is bad enough for you. Curious about the negative consequences to a high sugar diet? Look no further:
1. Sugar causes glucose levels to spike and plummet. FALSE
2. Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease FALSE
3. Your immune function can be affected by sugar. FALSE
4. A high-sugar diet can lead to chromium deficiency.FALSE
5. Sugar accelerates aging. FALSE
6. Sugar causes tooth decay.
7. Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease. FALSE
8. Sugar affects cognition in children FALSE
9. Sugar increases stress. FALSE
10. Sugar takes the place of important nutrients. FALSE

ATKINS all over again.

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It’s a fast-acting energy burn that results in your body crashing just as fast and with a lot of negative side effects to its consumption. And we consume A LOT of sugar. So, after your body gets done burning through, carbs and sugar, next it moves onto animal fats. Animal fats are the natural way the body consumes and distributes its energy. Like there are good carbs and bad carbs, good sugars and bad sugars, there are good fats and bad fats. But the body thinks and moves more effectively when you’re feeding it all the right kind of stuff.

So, what am I getting at here? How can we fuel the mind to be more energetic to do more with the family, to be more positive and social, to be more educated and emotionally intelligent when we are feeding it foods that are draining you of all of that? We can’t…which is why being the change you want to see in the world requires a healthy dietary intake to maximize your place in it.

So all of these claims are made but there's no plan of action or resolution to go with it?
Yes, I am a Master Licensed Nutritionist. Yes, I went to a real college, not on-line for my degree in holistic, general, pediatric, sports and ED. Yes, I charge a decent amount of money for a nutritional assessment, nutritional plan, exercise plan and on-going (real-life) support.


Interesting. I mean, ever since I removed sugar and carbs from the vast majority of my diet, I’ve experienced all around health improvements to include reduced inflammation, increased energy, weight loss, lower blood pressure, less stress/anxiety, and an overall better mood. Also, a much lower appetite so portion control isn’t an issue.

I have several other friends who have experienced the same results from it. Whenever I can get someone to try a few weeks of a low carb diet and stick with it, they’re hooked on it.

I’ve seen and read several studies to back it up. Interestingly when I was in the Air Force and spoke with a doctor about some of my health concerns, not once was nutrition brought up. At one point I asked to be referenced to a nutritionist. Her advice was the opposite of a low carb diet. Yet, the low carb diet cured so many of my ailments that I could no longer take a military medical professional advice seriously again.

I no longer take blood thinners, I no longer take Motrin for the pain that inflammation was causing, and I have a real spring in my step again so fitness comes a lot easier.

Point is, it works for me and everyone I know who’s tried it. But, I think I mentioned earlier there’s no one perfect way to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 06:33 PM
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If you’re happy with yourself and the world around you then do nothing. You’re already doing it right.

But if there’s more to be done, then I say do it. For example, I think young people are lacking adventure, character, adversity and individuality. My fix is to start a business, that gives them all of those exact things. It’s still in the planning and development phase so I don’t want to say too much, but I have great aspirations of creating something great. And it won’t be just for kids...anyone who wants to push themselves can be a part of it.

That’s the change I want to see. I want future generations to have a real chance at happiness and prosperity. I just don’t see them having the tools at their disposal to go as far as they could. But that’s just one mans goal. Could be wrong, could be right. It’ll be fun nonetheless.



posted on Oct, 24 2018 @ 08:03 AM
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That's wonderful but look at what you've said:
"Ever since I removed sugar and carbs from my diet..."
In other words, you've eliminated entire food groups from your diet, therefore creating a calorie deficit, causing you to lose weight, causing an increase in overall health. Make sense?

If your diet included 200 calories per day of soda, and you stopped drinking soda and replaced it with water every day, you're eliminating 200 calories. Doesn't matter what those calories consist of (carbs/fat/protein). Bottom line for weight loss is calories in / calories out. Overall health comes with a solid nutritional balance of all macros - including carbs for fuel, energy, fiber. Fats for brain & bodily function, healthy hair & skin. And, protein for muscle maintenance.

People try to turn it into a science project and it's not necessary.



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