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Here's a great tip on how to train smart.
We are almost always better off integrating several factors of fitness together in one single exercise, unless we are specifically trying to isolate a certain muscle group.
Kill two or more birds with one stone!
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I’m a fan of monarchy. It would never work here in the USA, we’re a Republican people, but the most historically successful and stable countries in the world are monarchies. I’ve been to England many times and my last name is as old English Anglo Saxon as it gets so I feel a certain kindred spirit with my distant cousins. England is a beautiful country in many ways.
Duty, honor, sincerity, and personal piety are the words that defined the Queen, and those are lost virtues. Most people never think about honor, piety, sincerity or duty anymore.
Her sense of duty is particularly impressive. She was a born in to a role, and she embraced it and lived it well. Her faith and piety was sincere and not cynical. Most modern people are ironic and cynical, that's why she was so refreshing.
We were all born into a certain role, and that's something we don't think about enough. We all owe something to someone from the day we're born, usually multiple people and institutions who came before us.
The only thing I ever hear about is "rights" anymore, but for every right, there is a duty. Again, it's a lost word.
We live in a time of crumbling institutions. My hope is for fearlessness and courage in future leaders, to help rebuild.
For all her accolades, one thing to remember for her legacy is the state of the Church of England, of which she is head. I’m doubtful how much she could have done because of the impotent position she was in as a figurehead, but under her reign the church of CS Lewis and TS Eliot became a shadow of its past self, laughed at and not hallowed or respected.
The decisions we make as leaders reverberate throughout the ages. I'm curious if she in retrospect would have said or done more to shore up that institution. Nevertheless, in an age of few heroes, she is one to be admired in my estimation. May she Rest In Peace, a Christian Queen for the ages.
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Grapes, or Grape Juice? That is the question.
I get asked a lot about fruits and juices.
Picking between them, or refusing both, is an important discussion.
Overall though, rule 1 is this: Choose the food which will cause the lowest blood sugar response, so choose fruits over fruit juices, grapes over grape juice. Fruit juice is much better than soda, because it at least has vitamins and some phytonutrients. But it also has a lot of simple sugar, which is not good.
Always consider a) the Glycemic Response (how high it raises your blood sugar) of a certain food and b) the ratio of fiber to carbohydrate. Both of these factors will affect your energy and your weight control.
You may actually get more vitamins and minerals by cooking fruits and vegetables, so I'm not saying to not ever do that. But fruit has a good bit of sugar to begin with, and by cooking a fruit or making it a juice it will raise the sugar response even more. Eating a whole fruit causes a lower insulin spike and is much better for you metabolically, and with better control of insulin, your whole health will be so much better.
Higher insulin responses lead to greater fat storage. So more juice will usually lead to more insulin and more fat.
Vegetables are different because they're starchy to an extent and have much less, if any sugar.
If the choice comes down to grapes or grape juice, always choose grapes!
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