This Movie Is Well Worth Watching

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

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“A winter weekend: snowboarding and staying warm by the fire with a movie on.” -Maxwell Fayans

My go to movies are not war movies, but I decided to give Hacksaw Ridge a go. I was shocked by how great this movie was. It really hit home. After watching I felt grateful for all that I have. That battle scene was gruesome (but awesome) and in a matter of seconds many lives were taken, just like that. War movies can put your life in perspective. I remember listening to a podcast with Chris Sacca where he spoke about being grateful that you have a bed to sleep in each night. There are many people that don’t have this luxury. This past summer I saved someone drowning and it really allows you to see things in a different way. This movie illustrated that acts of bravery can come in unexpected ways. Don’t always count someone out because they are different. I highly recommend watching this movie.

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My Morning Cocktail: TriBoom

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

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“This morning cocktail will jump start your engine.”              -Maxwell Fayans

In the past month this has been my go to morning drink.

I have named it: The TriBoom Cocktail

Ingredients (with 24 oz hot water):

  1. 1 Tbsp MCT Oil
  2. One tea bag of Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea
  3. One tea bag of Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant

This drink keeps me focused, energized and satiated. If coffee doesn’t do it for you, I would definitely give this a try.

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This is Not Your Typical Lamp

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

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“This rock lamp, will rock your desk.”                  -Maxwell Fayans

I wanted to share with you a recent purchase of mine. It’s a lamp. But not your average lamp. I bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp. I got to say that this is one beautiful piece of art. This is an actual rock, so it weighs a lot. You can even see the salt on your hands from moving it. This lamp sits right on my desk, next to my bed. It is a great night light and gives off a nice redish glow. In regards to the health benefits all I can say is, I don’t know. Online people talk about the negative ions but I honestly have not felt anything different in my room. But who knows. What I can say is that this is a beautiful lamp that looks awesome on my desk. It does provide a nice ambiance to the room for a small price of $30. Turn on that light, put on some relaxing music and you are ready to meditate.

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How One Product with Hundreds of Spikes Can Make a Difference

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

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“Tons of spikes, tons of relief.” -Maxwell Fayans

 

I read about the acupressure mat in the book, Tools of Titans, and I decided to buy it. I bought the Prosource Acupressure Mat in blue for $19.99. It was a bit cheaper compared to others on Amazon. It is essentially a small mat the size of your back and has a neck pillow with hundreds of plastic spikes. They are sharp to the touch. I figured this could be good for pain relief and relaxation. The fine print with the product states: the mat may increase energy levels, improve blood circulation, decrease stress, relieve neck and back pain, reduce blood pressure, alleviate headaches and improve sleep. Lets give it a go.

Here is my experience:

I sat down slowly onto the mat and placed the pillow under my neck. It is important to make sure not to wear thick clothes. I let myself sink into the neck pillow and turned on some meditation music from the Calm app for about 10 minutes. I rolled my neck side to side letting the spikes do there thing. At first it does hurt and it can be a bit itchy and hot but eventually it puts you in calm and relaxed state. I felt it mainly on my upper middle back and neck so I decided to bring my knees up to my chest and boo ya: it hits the lower back nicely (you can also place a towel under the mat to hit this region). I brought my hands up to the sky to felt it deeper in my upper back. After about 10 minutes I got up and saw 100’s of dots on my back and neck. It was red too. This went away after a while but I felt super relaxed as if a lot of pressure was taken off of me. I felt very loose and mobile after. I’m not sure if it is just me but it seemed to have given me some energy. That first sense of pain from the plastic spikes goes away within seconds, then it’s just enjoyable.

One of the best parts of buying this is watching your friends and family try it for the first time. Sometimes they will scream and then go eh, it’s not that bad. Everyone has a different reaction but once they get on the mat for the first time, they will stay on it for at least a few minutes. It’s fun to watch and trust me everyone wants to try it once they see it.

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These Eggs are Crazy Different

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1 minute

I wanted to point out the difference in color between the two yolks below. The eggs on the left has 200mg of Omega 3’s which I purchased at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and the one on the right is one of the cheaper eggs I could find at Trader Joe’s called Sauder’s Eggs. I am unsure of the amount of Omega 3’s in this egg (they do not advertise it) but I believe it is 70mg or less. You can see that the egg with higher Omega 3’s has a much darker and richer orange tone whereas the egg on the left is a bright yellow shiny color. It was nice to see that it does make a difference in the type of egg you buy.

So Why This Darker Egg? The reason is higher Omega 3 Fatty Acids which helps to keep inflammation low in the body. These fats help in building the nervous system and reducing your fat tissue. The goal is to find eggs with higher Omega 3’s.

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High Omega 3 vs Low Omega 3 Eggs

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Tips and Tricks To Add Veggies To Your Diet

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

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“Riced Cauliflower is the new rice in town.” -Maxwell Fayans

I recently discovered an amazing new rice substitute called Riced Cauliflower. Don’t be fooled by the name. There is no rice here. The only ingredient is cauliflower. This is an amazing addition to one’s low carb diet. This can be found at Trader Joe’s right by the baby spinach and only costs between $1.99 to $2.99.

I use this as my rice substitute when I make a stir fry. I base the pan with extra virgin olive oil and put about ¼ a bag of cauliflower as the base and top off with veggies and a protein. After a few forks full of this stuff you will not even realize you are eating a vegetable. Another recipe that is tasty is to add the cauliflower to a bowl and add one egg. After cooking in a pan, it becomes a great hash brown substitute or bread substitute. I will occasionally put some avocado and tomato on top. I even heard of people putting a burger on top.

I would definitely suggest trying this cauliflower and making it a staple of your diet. Not only will you keep your inflammation and blood sugar down but you are eating a nutritious and satiating vegetable.

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Why Eat Grass Fed Foods?

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1-2  minutes

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“Put in the research now, and it will pay dividends down the road.” -Maxwell Fayans

I finally figured out the craze behind Grass Fed meats and dairy after reading Anti Cancer. It all starts with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid ratios. Omega 3 fatty acids are the good fats that help in building the nervous system and reducing adipose (fat) tissue. Omega 6 fatty acids promote rigidity in cells and stimulate inflammation (they still are important but in lower quantities). The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids have changed significantly since back in the day when chickens were free to roam in their natural habitat (grass) and eat what they wanted. The ratio of these fatty acids should be close to 1:1 like it was in the past when cows and chickens had a normal diet. This has changed and these animals are now fed corn meal etc. The ratio has skyrocketed from 1:1 to 1:15 (Omega 3 to Omega 6) or higher. The reason for this is commercial motives. You are what you eat. This has prompted me to eat Grass Fed/Pasture Raised meats and dairy where the ratio is closer to 1:1 because the animals are raised like they used to be. By eating these types of foods it will keep your inflammation down. Below are some of the items I have changed to:

  • Grass Fed Butter (Kerrygold)
  • Pasture Raised Eggs or Eggs high in Omega 3’s (the closest thing to a chicken’s natural habitat that you can find in your supermarket).
  • Grass Fed meats
  • Organic fruits (to protect myself from pesticides)

I enjoy food shopping at Trader Joe’s and I searched for pasture raised eggs there but could not find any. The next best eggs were the one’s in the picture above. These eggs have 200mg of Omega 3’s per egg vs 70 mg per egg in their cheaper option. For 1$ more per carton I am happy to have made the switch as eggs are a staple of my diet. I have also been able to find pasture raised eggs at Stop & Shop and Wild By Nature as well.  In addition Kerrygold butter can be found at all three places above. This is the butter I use now.

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10 Kickboxing Essentials: Coming from a First Timer

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

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“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Technique from the get go is key to performance down the line.” Maxwell Fayans

Today was my first time attending a kickboxing class. I found Church St. kickboxing on ClassPass and figured I would give it a try. It was a great experience. I learned self defense technique, put on some gloves and worked on some sequences. It is all about technique rather than how hard you hit.  Here are the top 10 things I learned coming from a first timer. One of my goals for 2017 is to learn kickboxing and start going once a week.

  • Stance: I’m a righty so left foot forward and back foot should be more on the toes than your heel
  • Stance: Your back foot toes should be even with the heel of the front foot. You don’t want to be too wide or too narrow
  • Left Hand is the Jab hand.
  • Make a fist but keep your arms more on the loose side then the tense side.
  • Keep your elbows in and hands up at all times. Otherwise you can break a rib from a kick or get hit in the face.
  • When you jab, you step.
  • When you hook, you pivot the front foot.
  • When you kick, you open up the hip and hit with the shin.
  • Don’t lean too forward when you punch (this is something I need to work on). You want to be in balance. At the same time keep your chin down.
  • When you perform high knees or kicks: use your hips to drive forward.

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Tips To Stay Active At Work

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“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” -Tim Ferriss

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes

I’m going to talk about a sedentary versus active lifestyle and how you can be active while you’re at work. Something I use is the Move app (it’s free) and I set it to run while I’m at work. Every 60 minutes it will remind me to get up and move. You get a cool quote with the reminder too. Something I do every morning when I get into work is I’ll do some air squats, usually 25 at a time. I also do some stretching which I learned from Pavel Tsatsouline book Relax into Stretch. This will do yourself justice by moving a little bit more each day. By the end of the work day I try to do at least 75-100 air squats.

They say sitting is the new smoking. I have moved to a stand up desk. However, standing in one spot is the not key either. It’s moving around as much as possible all day. I always have a lacrosse ball at my desk and will use it to roll out my feet once a day while standing. This self-myofascial release is key to loosening those small muscles. It feels great. I was also referred to read the book: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett which I just ordered. One thing that I enjoyed reading from Starrett online was how to properly stand. I agree that flexing your core at 20%, keeping your shoulders back and glutes tight, will give you better posture. I can’t stand all day so I do have a chair in my office that I will sit at here and there to give my legs a break. How do you maintain an active lifestyle at work?

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The Magic of Creativity

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 1-2  minutes

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“It’s you + creativity + fear.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

What I appreciated most from Big Magic was the part on fear. I feel that everybody can make great things. However, at times fear tries to hold you back. This is what gets in the way. You may be afraid as to what other people think of you.

I think this book opened my eyes a little bit and allowed me to say: You know what, I am just going to go for it and put fear aside. I acknowledge that fear is there but you need to have the courage to get past that level of fear and move forward in creating great art. You have to be willing to let your passions and ideas come forth and make a move on them instead of rejecting them.

I want to continue writing as it is something that excites me. I want to work on that art every day. This is what makes me happy and that is what is most important. We are brought up in school with the emphasis that if you work hard you’ll be happy. But what if you don’t like what you are working hard on. I think it’s important to find your creativity and work on that everyday which will create happiness along the way.

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