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Getting More Bang For Your Buck – With Food!


Don't Feed Your Body Crap

Most of us lead really busy lifestyles with work, kids, errands…the list goes on and on. My point is that most of us sacrifice our nutrition and as a result sacrifice the quality to which our body can operate. If you want energy, if you want to feel good, if you want to stay sexy and trim, then give the body premium fuel. Think about this, would you put diesel into a Ferrari? NOPE, not if you want it to run smoothly and actually work. Well you are a finely tuned machine that requires the best. Don’t settle for less!

You are what you eat. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” So lets create the habit of excellence through our nutrition. To help do that I have included a list of 21 Super Foods to help you get more bang for your buck!

21 Super Foods You Must Eat

1.    Lean red meat (93% lean, top round, sirloin, filet)
2.    Salmon
3.    Omega-3 Eggs
4.    Oikos Greek Low fat, plain yogurt
5.    Protein supplements (Top 3: Whey, Hemp, Egg Protien)
6.    Spinach
7.    Tomatoes
8.    Cruciferous Vegetables (Cauliflour, broccoli…)
9.    Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries…)
10.    Oranges
11.    Mixed beans (Fresh beans mix up the different types)
12.    Quinoa
13.    Whole Oats
14.    Mixed nuts
15.    Avocado
16.    Extra virgin olive oil
17.    Fish or Krill oil supplement (Carlson’s Norwegian Fish Oil)
18.    Flax meal
19.    Green tea
20.    Spirulina (supplement)
21.    Greens + or Greens and Berries or Perfect Food (vegetable concentrate supplement)

*NOTE: Always chose in this order Organic/Conventional – Fresh/Frozen/Dried/Canned & Packaged

Click here to download the list today.

Please leave your comments below. It would be much apprecited.



All Diets Work But All Diets Fail…huh?


Yes all diets work and all diets do fail. What the heck does that mean? Let’s break it down. This is what I mean, if you do any diet on the market (which by the way there are new ones coming out everyday) you will lose weight. Some are better than others and some are healthier than others. I am sure most of you have tried one or more diets in your life and have lost some weight. Then what happens? Well usually you will stop seeing results so you get frustrated or it becomes too boring or too hard to follow the diet with your lifestyle. So really what is the problem?

Mindset. Mindset is everything. Here is the reality, most people fail not because they are doing the wrong diet or wrong exercises but because they start with wrong mindset. If you have a short term mindset you will have short term results but if you have what I call a “Lifestyle Mindset” you will set yourself up for success.


A “Lifestyle Mindset” has you focus on the big picture. Your life is uniquely yours and no one else will have the same obstacles and time constraints that you have. So the important thing is saying, “Can I do this for the rest of my life?” A diet is not one of them. A diet has a start and an end. Below I have addressed 3 steps to success with your health and fitness goals.

3 Steps to Success

1. Know what you want. [As the saying goes if you don’t know where you are going you won’t know when you are there.]

2. Give yourself the opportunity to succeed. [Celebrate the little things and don’t worry if  you are not perfect at first. Think of a baby, you don’t wait until he is doing something perfect before you give him praise. If he is even close you get all excited. Do the same for yourself; be flexible.]

3. Surround yourself with a good support crew that knows what you want and will help you and hold you accountable. [This is so important, we all need and want to be praised as well as pushed to be better. This may be your family (lucky you) but remember chose your peer group and love your family.]

I hope this helps you get started on your path to success. I know many of you struggle with nutrition so I have attached my Habits for Nutritional Success (CLICK HERE).

Please leave you comments and questions below. I want your feedback. Thanks.



See How Andra Shed 27 Inches!!!! See how Andra lost 27 inches and how you can too.

Creating Your Life

Creating your life

This is it. This is the moment when success happens.

This is the moment when you can choose to either follow your dreams or to sabotage them. This is when you select and execute the specific actions that create the reality of your life.

Achievement is not some far off, future concept. Achievement is built from what you do now.

You will not ever get anything done if you keep scheduling it for someday. What you do with now is what truly makes a difference in your life.

Remember now, and again and again, that this is where your consequences are determined. This is when you put real life and substance into your dreams.

Enjoy this moment in all its fullness, and remember. You are creating your life right now.

This was something my mother sent me. It is so crucial to have people around you that are constantly trying to uplift and support you. As it says above – Create Your Life – TODAY!

Please leave your comments below. Let me know how this impacts your life or what you think about it.



Wave of the Future

Wow. Check this out, this is amazing. Imagine the possibilities, imagine the connection to all that surrounds us, imagine how much more practical education can become for our children. What other applications for this can you think of?

Please leave your thoughts, I am interested to see what you think.


Excited about Running

I am really excited about running. For  a long time I stopped competing and really training consistently. Now that I am training for the marathon I really appreciate my fitness with each and every step. I have also come to the realization that training for a marathon I have become very egocentric and self absorbed in the activity. So I have decided to add some greater meaning that will benefit others. I don’t know what it is yet but when I do I will be sure to let you know.

Any ideas please leave a comment and let me know.

Looking to keep this updated.



How My Mojito Tonic Saved Me From 93% Humidity with 82 Degrees



Happy Memorial Day! What  a blessing when we get to give thanks and honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives and those who currently fight to maintain our freedom. God bless them all. 

I woke up late just trying to catch up on sleep but I paid for it. As for my run I almost passed out because of the heat and humidity. Legs felt fine but was drained by the sun. Only ran for 30 minutes, I will run the other half in the afternoon. After the run though I had my famous Mando’s Mojito Tonic, refreshing and revitalizing. Here is the recipe:

Mando’s Mojito Tonic

1 Cup Ice

2oz Wheatgrass Juice

4 oz Celery Juice

6 oz Lemon Juice

2-4 oz Raw Blue Agave

2-4 Sprigs Mint Leaves

Juice celery, wheat grass and Lemon then add to blender with ice, agave, and mint. Blend and enjoy cold.

Please leave your comments on Memorial Day and Mando’s Mojito Tonic.



Marathon Training Update: Week 9



Week 9 of 44 in my training schedule. Still working on my adaptation to the fat burning zone. I am still a little hesitant about using the HR monitor but as the training progresses I will decide to keep it or lose it. So far I like the results I have seen. 9 weeks ago I wa running 9:00 pace for a HR of 139 by the end of this week I was running 7:45 pace at HR 139. I am just excited to see where I will be in the next 9 weeks. 

Happy training.


Running Through A Hurricane While Others Sleep…


Wow what a great day for a run. I woke up to a violent rain storm and decided to run anyways. I ran up and down the Rickenbacker Causeway 10.5 times. That is a grand total of 8 miles (66 min). I know not to fast but quite enjoyable. No one out just me, the bridge, the rain, and the wind listening to the rhythmic sounds of footsteps on the concrete floor with a tempo of 182 bpm. I love it. I just hope I recover well and stay healthy.


Training Update: 5 weeks of Training


My training has been going well so far. One of the major things I have incorporated in my training has been the use of a HR monitor. I do not like them for many reasons especially training here in South Florida but I want to try something out…stay with me to find out if it passes the test.

Check out the video above. 

Leave some comments on what you think.