Self Defense Course

Hey guys, this is something pretty serious that we’ve all talked about but really needs to have a closer look from time to time. I know that I worry frequently about my wife coming and going from work especially when it’s dark. She works in a large building that has a parking garage. The lighting is never that great, really even during the day, and there are many times when she is out there alone on her way to and from her car. This is something that worries her, as well as me. It certainly isn’t because “she’s a woman” but simply because through her whole life she’s never really been in a physical altercation. Frankly, I think for the most part many of us can go our whole lives without having to worry about that kind of thing…as it should be. However, these days have changed and people are more unpredictable and violent than ever before.

To be honest even I get the heebie jeebies sometimes in these types of situations. As a man, fact of the matter is, I’m far less likely to be accosted by someone than a woman would but it certainly doesn’t mean I’m impervious to it. In fact these days with people on all kinds of drugs from crack to pills you never know what type of person may approach you.  Sad, that today the HOPE is that someone approaching you in the dark is ONLY going to rob you. If you’re a woman there’s double trouble. Maybe that crack head get’s it in his broken mind to do more than just get her money. These are thoughts I just can’t abide by anymore. I found a great DVD that can also be streamed that teaches some basic self defense. It isn’t perfect and it isn’t going to put anyone in a cage fight with Anderson Silva but it just could save your life or someone you love. Check it out Patriot Self Defense

 

Restaurant Secret Recipes

So ok like many of us I find eating out to be something that is difficult unless it’s something you are doing for a special occasion and you are “throwing away the day”. It’s not always the cost that is prohibitive but we all know how much butter and salt restaurants use in their food….or should I say we’re afraid to ask! I like to indulge like anyone else but there are times I’m craving something from Carrabba’s or Outback….even Olive Garden but I know that it’s not going to be “healthy” for the most part. At least not the dishes I want :) I had seen this on one of those Good Morning America shows a while ago and forgot about it before coming across it again.

secret recipes

America Restaurant Recipe

After finding it again I decided to give it a try. I found a place to get it on this site and they even give you a sample one for free if you put in your email. There are some pretty damn good finds in here. Naturally I found that I had to “rethink” them to make them better for me. It’s amazing how using a little less butter, a little less salt, etc can really make a difference in balancing out the health perspective and the taste. I would not suggest omitting all the fat and salt, etc that these recipes use. If you are going to do that you might as well just get a “healthy” frozen dinner from the freezer section. The taste would be a bit better than that….but not by a lot.

 

It was not difficult at all to adapt these recipes to a way that made them taste just as good but not be as bad for you. I would suggest checking it out you can get the recipe book here

Suspension Revolution

We have all seen different types of exercise equipment over the years on TV. We know all the types that we see in the gym and we all have a pretty good idea of what we can get at home from places like Walmart and Dick’s. There are pros and cons to all of these types of things. Mostly, I would say, the cons tend to be that they are bulky and there’s no place to store them. You don’t want to have to put a tread mill in the middle of the living room because you don’t have a spare bedroom or garage to keep all of your “equipment” in. Lots of them become compact so you can fold them up and slide them under your bed but who needs another excuse to not exercise than you don’t feel like digging it out lol

There are lots of exercise routines out there that use some of the non-traditional equipment out there as well. One of these that I ran into when we were talking about creating this website is Suspension Revolution.

Free weights

Free Weights

So the guy that is in the videos is….intense. However, if you can get used to it it’s worth listening to the first few times you do it. After that you can feel free to put on your own music like I did. His name is Dan Long and while he can be pretty in your face, he has some fantastic ideas. The exercises are easy to do, you can do them anywhere and the bands could almost fit in cargo short pockets (they can’t but it’s close). :)

I would suggest getting the DVD though I did start with just the bands. The problem is that while I could certainly exercise with them I didn’t really have any variety and got almost no cardio. I was building strength, certainly, but didn’t see how using bands could be a fat burner. Then I used the DVD and got it. The guy has some pretty good routines. Definitely worth a shot considering that the whole thing is pretty inexpensive.

Try out Suspension Revolution

Paleo Diet Cook Book

Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet

So I have been looking into all of the “diets” that are out there, and naturally there are a LOT of them. I have been most interested in the Paleo diet as I find the concept of it pretty intriguing. It was actually my boss that got me interested in it. She had been doing it for a while and like anybody on a diet, particularly a newer one she talked about it a lot :). So in joining on with this website I decided to give it a try. It’s not all about reducing carbs but really it’s about not eating processed foods which most professionals will tell you to stay away from anyway. The Paleo is all about eating what you could eat if you were a caveman or woman.

There are lots of different ways of starting out any diet of course but I prefer to get on either a program or with a recipe book. I started out at 1000 Paleo Recipes. I liked there’s because it’s cheap (under 30 bucks now) and you can download it multiple times and on multiple platforms.

Not every single recipe is appealing and obviously being so many I haven’t tried them all but the fact that they have smoothie and snack on the go recipes was a HUGE bonus in my book. I’ll also point out the single biggest surprise, but now my favorite thing is they actually have recipes for sauces and condiments. You can only eat so many chicken breasts before you are longing for something new lol. The sauces section saved the whole thing in my opinion.

You can check out the whole thing at their site.

Guilt Free Desserts Cook Book

Yeah yeah, I’m with you I’ve seen lots of things that show stuff about how you can bake “guilt free” and it tastes great and “you’d never know”. I’m with you, yeah right. I’ve tried a LOT of recipes to make things either fat free (which usually just means more sugar) or sugar free which makes it taste disgusting.  To me one of the worst things I’ve found with desserts that aren’t healthy but someone has tried to find a way to make them healthy such as brownies and cookies is that they are super dry. There’s little to no flavor from the original dessert and the texture is way off.

I found this book from Guilt Free Desserts and was as skeptical as you, if not more since I’d already tried so many of these types of books. This one claims to have diabetic friendly and gluten free recipes. I also didn’t care much for their website as it seems very generic but in joining with the guys here at our site I figured I had try anything I could find to give the good and the bad.

At this time I haven’t tried all the recipes and there are a couple I probably won’t try because it’s not my type of food. However, I have tried the chocolate chip cookies, the Flourless chocolate cake and the coconut macaroons. While I don’t think the chocolate chip were going to be on my new top 10 favorite list they actually weren’t bad.  The flourless chocolate cake and the macaroons however….I was really surprised. These were really good! I’ll throw in some others later when I have time but considering it’s under 30 bucks for a cookbook that specializes in some of the newer health crazes it’s worth the buy.

Guilt Free Desserts Cook book

Guilt Free Cook book

You can see a lot more about it on their website