A New Way to Eat Carrots

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

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I discovered something new. It is a tasty alternative to pasta and its orange. I guess you know based on the title, that it is carrot spaghetti. I get this at Trader Joe’s and highly recommend.

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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

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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

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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

Estimated Read Time: 1-2  minutes

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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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Talking Happiness During Holiday Season

Written By: Maxwell Fayans

Estimated Read Time: 2-3  minutes

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“Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.” -Shawn Anchor

I had The Happiness Advantage on audio sitting in the passenger seat of my car and for some reason I couldn’t get myself to listen to it. I finally decided to give it a try, as it was the only audio book left in my car that I did not read. I was hoping it was not one of those happy mumbo jumbo books, yet I was surprised from the get go and I was hooked. I could relate to the author and his experiences at Harvard. This might be my favorite happiness/positive thinking books/

This book even sparked a convo with one of my good friends Harjot Hans that I wanted to share below:

Me: I did some reading early this am and the way our society pushes us: They make us think that if we work extremely hard and sacrifice things, we will then be happy once we get that raise, promotion etc. However, the opposite is true. Success succeeds happiness. With a positive mindset and happiness along the way, this will help you to succeed at your job and make you successful.

Him: So instead of thinking get this job, then that degree, and the other job that makes 100k to get the car to be happy. You should be thinking this is great, I’m doing the right things and it’s such a blessing to be in this position?

Me: Be grateful right now for what you got. That you have the privilege to work at a biotech company. Be optimistic. When you live a life of positivity that will lead you to success.

Me: It’s when you sacrifice health and happiness by working so much that you are depressed or hate life with the end goal of getting that promotion or car. In the end you will not be happy as this negative lifestyle will consume you.

Him: Will keep that in mind

Him: It’s too easy to get consumed and fall off the wheel maynn

Me: Ik that’s why you need to be aware of these things and not let emotions get to you.

How have you brought positivity into your life?

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