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What are you eating?
October 01, 2023
Health and your goals!
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This newsletter focuses on Life Goal # 11 - Eat Healthy
The big jump!Well, it actually happened. Our rained out skydive from August took place in September.
This was a life goal that I did at age 50 and loved it so much that I set a recurring goal to do every 10 years on my decade birthday. The jump was rained out on my actual 60th birthday so we rescheduled about 3 weeks later.
This time, I was fortunate to have my youngest daughter Maddie (she was too young to jump on my 50th birthday) jump, along with her boyfriend Spencer.
While there was a 2 hour delay due to an unfortunate landing by an experienced jumper just ahead of us, it didn't deter the three of us from jumping anyway. Tandem jumping is much safer than jumping individually.
This time I opted out of having a separate videographer jump ahead of me to capture my jump. Instead, I pledged to myself to focus on the 1 minute of free fall from 14,000' at ~ 200Km/hour instead of trying to look good for the camera (ha ha).
It was an amazing experience . . . up until when the parachute was deployed and my tandem instructor asked me if I wanted to experience a special manoeuvre. I agreed. But shortly after he made the parachute seem to suspend in mid air, just before he performed a "roller coaster" like move backwards. It didn't take long for my stomach to turn and then my focus turned to not "heaving" for the rest of the jump!
Maddie and Spencer both loved their jump and I'm sure it will be one of their top adventure related experiences of their life time. Not sure if they will jump with me when I turn 70 but I know my step-granddaughter said she will. She will be 21 at that time and I'm counting on her to hold me accountable to completing my 3rd milestone jump!
If you decide to add this to one of your life goals, note that you will need to sign a massive waiver that removes all risk from your skydiving company and puts all risk for anything that happens, directly on you. In spite of this, it is my belief that skydiving is still safer than driving your car on the freeway!
Let me know if you've already skydived or have added this to one of your own life goals!
Quotes on health goals"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." - Ann Wigmore
"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake." - Unknown
"Take care of your body; it's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn
"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." - Thomas Edison
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." - Ayurvedic Proverb
"Eating well is a form of self-respect." - Unknown
Why eat healthy?My dad Morley Klodt instilled in me from an early age the importance of eating nutritious food. He had an amazing back yard garden and grew the most tasty and healthy vegetables, organically. Tomatoes were his speciality, which my sister and I sold at a road side stand in front of our house during tomato season.
While it's fairly obvious why we should eat healthy, it doesn't hurt to re-look at the main reasons for doing so.
Food nourishes the body - The daily operation of your body is derived from the food you eat. There are millions of body functions that occur at a cellular level that need to perform at top efficiency to keep you running properly. Why jeopardize that with unhealthy junk food?
Increased energy - Good quality food and eating is essential to develop and maintain your energy level throughout the day. This energy is also needed to put into your goal accomplishment tasks!
Improved body image - Much of our personal confidence is derived from what we think of ourself when we look in the mirror. Eating healthy is likely to result in the body image which matches your expectation. Not just body weight but the healthiness of your skin, eyes, hair and everything else you see.
Live longer - Life is short but there is so much to do. What if eating healthier could enable you to live another 5, 10, 20 or even 30 years? More time to achieve all your life goals!
The impacts of poor eating will eventually catch up with you. Most of us, know what eating healthy entails, although there is so much conflicting information.
It's impossible to know who has the best information on eating healthy, however there are some very common beliefs and principles. My book review below highlights this authors approach to sensible eating, while explaining why so many of the approaches to dieting are flawed.
Book review - "You Can't Screw This Up"There are literally thousands of books you could read on how to eat and diet. I was fortunate to listen to a podcast with Jordan Harbinger where he interviewed a health industry insider, Adam Bornstein. He wrote a prior book on intermittent fasting which he no longer endorses. Adam seems to have one of the most common sense and realistic approaches to eating. He recognizes that most diets fail as they are not sustainable for more than a few weeks. For an eating program to work for us, it must be something that we can see ourselves sustaining over the long term.
In "You Can't Screw This Up," Adam Bornstein provides specific recommendations for eating and emphasizes that it's okay to enjoy takeout and restaurant meals in moderation, while still living and eating healthy.
Some of the key chapters from his book are:
CHAPTER 1: So Easy it's Hard to Fail
CHAPTER 2: The Diet Game is Fixed
CHAPTER 8: I Will Teach you to Eat
CHAPTER 9: Lets Order Takeout
CHAPTER 12: The Plan That Never Stops Working
Here are some of his key recommendations:
BALANCE & MODERATION: Bornstein advocates for a balanced and moderate approach to eating. He emphasizes that there's no need to follow strict diets or completely avoid certain foods. Instead, it's essential to strike a balance and enjoy a variety of foods in moderation.
PRIORITIZE WHOLE FOODS: While Bornstein encourages moderation, he also recommends prioritizing whole, minimally processed foods. These foods are typically more nutrient-dense and provide essential vitamins and minerals for overall health. After reading about the perils of eating too much processed foods, I've made a conscious decision to cut back. As an example, I'm eating more nuts like cashews, almonds and pecans, instead of processed snack food. Studies show that nearly 60 percent of all food purchased is ultra-processed! (this is bad)
MINDFUL EATING: The book promotes mindful eating, which involves paying attention to what you eat, savouring each bite, and being in tune with your body's hunger and fullness cues. This approach can help prevent overeating and promote a healthier relationship with food. I learned that I typically eat my food way too fast and need to double or triple the amount of time to eat a meal! It's a challenge for sure but worth the extra effort to slow down.
PORTION CONTROL: Bornstein stresses the importance of portion control, especially when eating out or ordering takeout. Many restaurant meals come in larger portions than necessary, so being mindful of portion sizes can help maintain a balanced diet. There is no shame in taking home half of your meal to enjoy later in the week.
ENJOY TAKEOUT AND RESTAURANT MEALS IN MODERATION: Bornstein acknowledges that takeout and restaurant meals are a part of modern life and can be enjoyed in moderation. He advises readers not to feel guilty about occasionally indulging in their favorite dishes when dining out or ordering in. This is contrary to so many dieting programs where this would be off limits.
MAKE INFORMED CHOICES: When eating out, Bornstein recommends making informed choices by looking for healthier options on the menu. Many restaurants now offer lighter or more nutritionally balanced dishes, and making these choices can contribute to a healthier overall diet.
PLANNING AND PREPARATION: The book encourages readers to plan their meals and snacks, which can help reduce the reliance on takeout and restaurant food. Preparing meals at home allows for better control over ingredients and portion sizes. The recipes in this book look amazing and I look forward to trying some of them, using my new cooking skills preparing "Good Food" delivered to us each week.
FLEXIBILITY AND ADAPTATION: Bornstein underscores the idea that life is not about strict dietary rules but about flexibility and adaptation. It's okay to occasionally indulge in your favorite restaurant meals or takeout as long as it fits within your overall balanced eating plan.
By offering these recommendations, Bornstein promotes a realistic and sustainable approach to nutrition. He acknowledges that eating out and enjoying takeout are a part of modern life and can be enjoyed in moderation as long as individuals maintain a balanced and mindful approach to their overall diet.
While by no means a nutrition expert or someone who eats well all the time, I consider myself fortunate to be living a healthy lifestyle. When I reflect on my eating habits up until reading this book, the message and his recommendations really resonated with me and make sense based on personal experience.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU BUY AND READ THIS BOOK, especially if you feel you have improvements to make in the area of EATING HEALTHY.
Key quotes from the book"If you think you need to live in a sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, artificial sweetener-free, meat-free existence, then you've been sold a lie that makes you think your body is much more fragile than it actually is"
"Real life results suggest that picking a plan you can follow for a long period of time is more likely to lead to positive results than stressing whether you should cut carbs, fat, or gluten"
"There is no single best diet. I repeat: Many diets work. Adherence is what allows a diet to deliver results.
"Embrace an "80 percent good, 80 percent of the time" mentality to reduce stress, enjoy treats, and stay on track
"Diets are built on a strict set of rules. Healthy eating is about embracing all foods and making good decisions often"
My food goals for eating healthy:The recommendations from his book make sense. In addition to this, my site 100GoalsClub.com lists my personal recommendations for healthy eating, which is very much in alignment with this book, specifically:
Seven food goals for you to consider . . .
1. Minimize or eliminate junk and processed foods . . . foods with white powders: processed sugar, excessive salt, white flour.
Sugar in particular is viewed by many people to be the cause of so much illness and disease. So many processed foods and fast food restaurant meals contain sugar. Often when you buy a food that is reduced in fat, the sugar content of that same food is increased to improve the taste.
2. Eat fruit, nuts, vegetables, and salad (raw, as much as possible).
The healthiest food is food which is consumed in its natural whole food state, such as fruits and vegetables. Eating fresh whole fruits and salads is one of the best ways to consume. As our society is becoming more focused on eating healthy, the availability to order healthy meals at restaurants with a wide range of healthy and tasty salads is now easier. My family has a jar of mixed nuts (unsalted) on our kitchen counter which we grab a small handful to snack on when we are hungry.
3. Eat reasonable portions, and only when your body is hungry (very important to long life).
So much of disease and illness today is believed to be linked to obesity. Eating reasonable portions and not the "supersize" portions served in restaurants, is a key factor in maintaining an ideal body weight, and long life.
4. Drink plenty of water.
There is no better liquid for your body than water. Your body is made up of more than 60% water. Being properly hydrated by drinking water is critical to your body's function. Add fresh lemon juice to your water for an even better way to consume your daily water.
5. Buy a blender or juicing machine, and use it daily.
My wife and I have been using a vita mixer for more than 30 years. Every morning we make fresh breakfast shakes with water or almond milk, frozen fruit (bananas, strawberries, mixed berries, cherries, pineapple etc.), nuts and a date for sweetness. It is a great way to start the day.
6. If you eat meat, choose poultry, fish, or seafood, and minimize red meat.
Chicken and turkey are a great way to consume protein, especially of the free range type if possible. Note that some experts say that our bodies were not designed to process a lot of meat through our digestive track, especially that of red meat.
7. Stop eating, 2 hours before bedtime.
You don't want your body focusing on digesting when it should be focused on all the things it does during sleep to restore you for the next day.
While there are no guarantees in life, developing healthy eating habits should maximize your chance for living a long healthy life.
Long term wealth buildingIncreasing your wealth is important to live a good life and accomplish your life goals.
As you probably know by now, it is my belief that owning some Tesla Stock as part of your financial portfolio is and remains one of the best opportunities to build long term wealth. I believe that Tesla represents a once in a generation type company to own, with the potential to increase in value by more than 10X within the next 10 years
Tesla stock (TSLA) is still trading down more than 30% from all time highs, in spite of the company making substantial progress on a number of fronts. Their planned future growth in vehicles from approx 2 million / year in 2023 to 20 million / year in 2030 is staggering.
What most stock analysts ignore is that Tesla is much more than a car company, and will likely be one of the worlds largest companies in the future, surpassing Apple and Amazon.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) - DOJO super computers and data centers required for Self Driving Cars and Robo Taxis
- Robotics (Teslabot) - To replace humans in repetitive and dangerous work environments
- Energy storage companies (Megapacks), displacing some of the legacy oil and gas companies as the world transitions to sustainable energy (storing the energy from solar and wind).
With the next 1-2 years, the following "catalysts" will lead to good growth in the stock price.
FULL SELF DRIVING (FSD) - I drive our Tesla Model 3 using our purchased FSD Beta software and increasingly rely on it to drive on highways (almost exclusively, including automatic lane changing), and on city streets. The car can literally drive itself in most circumstances. It is expected that within the next 1-2 years, this capability will be approved for wide scale release and lead the way to self driving cars and Robotaxis.
CYBERTRUCK PRODUCTION - The Cybertruck is Tesla's first entry into the lucrative and profitable automotive truck market and they have in excess of 2 million pre-orders. Their production launch is expected to take place before the end of this year. While its design is polarizing (you either love or hate it), seeing it on the roads will generate huge interest in Tesla automotive.
MEGA PACK ENERGY STORAGE - Tesla's ramping of their Megapack battery storage is significant and will start revealing itself in their financials as a significant future driver of Teslas growth. As an example, its latest 240 MW Megapack system provides storage capacity to Arevon's California Flats renewable energy project. The California Flats project is one of the largest solar farms in the US, stretching over 2,900 acres.
TESLA SEMI - Pepsico was the first commercial customer for 100 Tesa Semi trucks which are on the roads now in California and are proving themselves for short to medium haul with heavy loads. It is expected that their Semi will cause massive disruption in the trucking industry throughout North America and Europe, and this will become evident in 2024.
TESLABOT - Tesla recently released video of their latest generation robot automatically sorting colored blocks using the same vision system and neural network (brain like) as their Tesla cars, which can be viewed as robots on wheels. With their rate of advancement and progress, it is expected that Teslabots will be used in their factories in 2024 to help assemble their cars. It will become more obvious in 2024 that Tesla is serious about releasing the Teslabot to market, with the potential to change the world over the next decade and beyond.
We personally have invested in Tesla stock and are excited that it has been and will continue to be a large catalyst in protecting and growing our wealth, long into our retirement. Owning individual stocks is not conventional financial advice, especially for people in or nearing retirement. But much of my life has not followed conventional advice. I've put hundreds of hours into researching Tesla and understand the risk vs. opportunity. If you have a 10-20-30 year investment horizon, a higher rate of return than the S&P500 which averages 10% per annum, will produce dramatically better results in your investment portfolio and significantly advance your retirement date and lifestyle.
Before you invest in Tesla or any other investment vehicle, be sure that you've done your own research.
Next newsletter . . .In my upcoming newsletter scheduled for November 1st, I'll provide you with an update on our progress towards our personal goals for this year. Additionally, I'll encourage you to shift your focus towards accomplishing your own goals and beginning the planning process for 2024.
Brian Klodt founder of the 100 Goals Club
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P.S. Look at your 2023 goal accomplishment to date and recognize you still have 3 months to complete your goals before the end of the year!! There is nothing like a deadline to get you moving.
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