When you first start fasting, fasts over 16 hours seem out of the question.
But as you get used to fasting and see how well your mind and body are responding, you may be tempted to extend your fasting time. This is natural because longer fasts provide even more benefits. These benefits include:
I grew up black in an all-white neighborhood.
My parents were raised in rough and tumble neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. When my dad found a crack vial on the sidewalk outside his small family’s house (right outside of Philly), he promptly started searching for a new place.
Little did he know, my father made one of the best decisions of his life.
My family settled in Montgomery County in a small town about 45 minutes away from Philly. In this small town, 99.9% of the black population resided in a prison nearby. All but 3 of the kids in my elementary…
Unfortunately, the past few weeks have shown us that the pandemic is far from over.
Cities throughout the world are locking down again. It seems as though this trend of restrictions is going to last much longer than we thought. There’s a strong chance that many parts of the world will be in some sort of lockdown before winter.
Now is the time to create good habits so that weight gain in the future will be thwarted.
Like me, you probably have experienced some sort of weight gain during the previous lockdowns.
Most of us went from the ability to…
Fasting is a scary weight loss method at first glance.
I remember when I first heard of intermittent fasting, it was immediately dismissed from my mind. Even though my parents dry-fasted twice a week for religious reasons growing up. Fasting always seemed hard and unnecessary.
That was until I started to plateau in my weight-loss journey.
Then I decided to give fasting a closer look. After countless hours of research, hemming, and hawing, my first day of fasting was planned. I’d simply skip breakfast and eat my first meal at 4 pm.
After that first week (with positive results), I…
You probably don’t know this but when YouTube first started in 2005 it was actually a dating site.
Obviously, that was short-lived and after just a few days users were able to upload random videos of cats, etc. and the rest is history. Now you can learn how to do almost any skill just by watching YouTube videos. You can also find content that supports mental health like ASMR and spiritual growth.
But like with anything there’s a dark side to this plethora of information.
Nowadays anyone can become a spiritual guru.
A while back I remember reading somewhere that…
We all love to see instant results.
Even something that’s so personal and life-changing, we sometimes treat weight loss as a game where the reward is a perfect life after a goal weight (GW) is achieved on the scale. This way of approaching weight loss is doomed for failure.
You must find another way to gauge progress besides daily weigh-ins.
When I was younger my binge-eating disorder was just starting to manifest itself.
I remember getting on the scale frequently and stressed out at the number even if it was going down. I consulted weight tables to find out how…
Death is usually viewed as a negative aspect of life.
When it comes to a spiritual awakening, death can be looked at in a more positive light. The death of themes in your life is looked at as graduation — the permission to move forward.
This kind of death can be just as sad as losing a loved one, so it’s necessary to acknowledge the grieving process.
Sometimes we treat the past like an old enemy.
The past tells of us of our worst transgressions. We tend to hold onto the past as truth in the present moment. …
The past year has shown us that everything is temporary in a big way.
You, like me, may have lost a job and never want to be in that position again. Perhaps you’ve been thinking for a while about going solo. But until now, the urge wasn’t strong enough.
But things have changed — you feel that it’s time.
Many of us (myself included) tend to jump into things with the wrong mindset.
To build a business that’ll support you and your family is a noble effort. It’s worth looking beyond the potential monetary gain. Doing so allows you to…
Years ago I caught a bad case of strep throat.
I never had it before so the first few days were confusing. Usually, my sore throats turned into colds. Instead, this one got worse until it felt like I was swallowing nails. It was a rough week of lying on the couch in severe pain. I didn’t take antibiotics so my symptoms lasted longer.
It was worth the pain because after that I didn’t get strep again for a long time.
Fast-forward a few years later I started to experience flare-ups.
Not too terribly long ago I found myself on a plane headed for Mexico.
It was originally a two-week vacation that now has turned into a long-term stay. This was a shock, to say the least. I had no intention of moving from Brooklyn. In fact, for the last 10 years, the thought of moving to another country never crossed my mind. Did I want to travel and live in different places short term? Yes. But a long-term stay seemed unnecessary. Yet, here I am living in another country.
Here are four insights that life here in Mexico has given…