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MVP #057 – Energize Me! – How to Energize Friends and Teammates

Emotional

Emotionally, friends and teammates pick you up when you are down. They calm you when you are upset. A good friend will energize you when you need it most. When you get in a rut: between matches, between sets or even during a timeout that your team has to call.

Draw energy from your friends and teammates.

Why are some teammates real Debbie Downers and others always cheerful and supportive? What kind of support can you expect from your friends and teammates?

Fuel

Be aware that your body is like a leaking boat when it comes to fuel. Just sitting and reading this your body is burning fuel, consuming calories. When exercising or in competition, you are burning calories at a faster rate. Depending on your size you may burn between 8 and 12 calories every minute. Let’s make this specific to the fuel to energize volleyball girls. Assume an average calorie expenditure of 10 calories per minute. A 40 minute match could consume 400 calories of fuel. In tournaments where matches are occasionally back-to-back this could pose a problem. Imagine having a good breakfast, but walking into consecutive matches where you burn 800 calories that you didn’t expect to burn. How do you get that back?

Planning

Similar to trying to energize is hydration. Drinking the equivalent of a half liter bottle of water every match might keep up with your sweating. To stay energized and hydrated, you must plan ahead. Bring snacks for before matches, between sets and be prepared. Drink water regularly and know where the restroom is. Have your body fueled, hydrated and ready to perform at your top level.

Bring snacks for your friends. Sharing is caring, people! Energize yourself and each other.

Mark
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So you want to run a 6:00 mile or an 8:00 or 10:00 mile. You want to improve. YES! Identify your goal:

Let’s use the 6-Minute Mile.
One mile = 4 laps around the school track.
4 x 1:30 = 6:00
Half-lap pace would be 45 seconds or a quarter lap at 22.5 seconds.
You get the idea. Break down the goal into a small enough piece so that you can nail it! Then each week try to increase the number of times you can repeat this ‘miracle’ of new performance. Keep score, track your results and let me know how you do.
Running faster, lifting more weight, eating something better than a sleeve of Oreos when you get home. Performing any of these activities will require you to endure some pain. You have to train yourself to deal with some discomfort in order to enact change.
Habits are difficult to uproot. Try something fun and brush your teeth with the opposite hand or put on your pants with the other leg first.
Keep in mind that in order to change a habit, you must add in a replacement for that habit and practice it. Stick with in and you’ll be reporting that 6-Minute Mile in no time!
Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

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Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.

Vegan
veg•an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

MVP #054 – Your Morning Choices Could Save Your Life
WHY POWER
Are you working in a positive direction or slipping backwards?
Opportunity cost = missed opportunities caused by choices.
Opportunity cost can be good or bad? You can choose to get up in the morning and move your body and your opportunity cost was only a few minutes of sleep. Choosing bad foods for breakfast could cost you some of your performance during the day that day. Find good habits, clear out the excuses, help yourself and help others along the way.

Vegan
veg•an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Some meat eaters that don’t care about the animals welfare because their religion says the animals don’t have souls.
Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

**SOME THINGS JUST AREN’T RIGHT**
Historically: Raising animals for your own consumption.
Now we have a several generation deep tradition of holiday meat feasts.
Dairy and meat industry have sponsored the food pyramid.

Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Infographic on grams of protein per 100g of a food:

Get educated so you can see the options available to you.
What’s in your salad? Lazy vegan salad toppings…
Where do you get your fiber?

If Vegans Said the Stuff Meat-Eaters Say

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Make a difference. Be responsible. Speak up when you know something is wrong. Speak up when you can prevent something bad from happening.
Be the example. Become the person you want other people to be.
Are cattle keeping our water hostage?
We force the animals to reproduce. Reduce the demand, reduce the available profits, reduce the number of factory farmed animals.

How consistent are you ethically? Is it okay to kill certain animals and not others? Can we force feed geese, but not dogs? Where do you draw the line?

Milking cats? How is that different than what we do with cows?
Could you have a litter of puppies … and then eat them?
What beliefs were you brought up with?

Vegan kickstart
http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/
Trying Vegan facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TryingVegan/
Nutritionfacts.org contains an encyclopedia of research comparison to help cut through the acres of research. Nice work!
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.
Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

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MVP #044 – Podcast Update in 2015 and Scrum

TapouT XT going on right now in my house. My daughter and I are both in pursuit of the satisfaction that comes from 90 days for consistent effort towards any goal. We are both getting fitter and stronger through the process.

TapouT XT challenges your fitness, your resolve and, at a few times during each workout, becomes “How badly do you want it?” “To Quit DOES NOT EXIST!” The price has come way down now. You can buy the disks and other items for $80 OR you can get the streaming version and they give you the entire XT2 series for a total of $50! XT2 is a whole other animal with more extreme and lengthy workouts. This summer, after 2 rounds through the first series, I will be ready for XT2. Check it out.

http://tapoutxt.com/

Don’t gauge by your age. The only reason we really get old is because we choose to. Don’t put yourself out to pasture. Move your body, challenge the way things are. Consult your doctor and start something that will help you be around for those around you.

 

Changes to the Dietary Guidelines are coming out in 2015. Review what has been done, post your comments. Push for a more sustainable food chain. I vote #vegan but your choice is your own.

Here is an excerpt from the written reporting with a link to take you to the bulk of the materials:

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/

Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Part D. Chapter 5: Food Sustainability and Safety- Continued

Sustainable Diets

Dietary Patterns and Sustainability

Question 1: What is the relationship between population-level dietary patterns and long-term food sustainability?


Source of Evidence:
 Modified NEL systematic review

Conclusion

Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a dietary pattern that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact (GHG emissions and energy, land, and water use) than is the current average U.S. diet. A diet that is more environmentally sustainable than the average U.S. diet can be achieved without excluding any food groups. …

Implications

A moderate to strong evidence base supports recommendations that the U.S. population move toward dietary patterns that generally increase consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, while decreasing total calories and some animal-based foods.

Scrum

Scrum is a great alternative for a difficult to define problem. I think of it as an iterative process of trial and adjustment with heavy stakeholder input. It allows the customer to be involved in development so they can understand how the product is developing so it has the most possible value for efforts made to create it. There are great resources available to understand Scrum. Please see the following:

Introduction to Scrum – CollabNet Scrum Training Part 1

http://youtu.be/D8vT7G0WATM?list=PLRDT6kp_otSEv2-Cskt6SF-bg4FpJecp1

Tracking and evaluation of progress during the course of activity makes all the difference.

 

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Convert the Farms!

Vote with your fork. Every time you eat you vote with your fork. Choose the way you want the world to treat animals each time you buy food and every time your eat. People aren’t perfect. Life is Busy! Do what you can towards a brighter future for our planet.

Leaflets

 

The Mocha Vegan Podcast is recorded in Phoenix, Arizona traffic. It is my effort to make some good of a potentially crappy commute and share my thoughts with all of you.

Things to Eat

Whole grain pastas

Almond Milk

Fake Meats

Things to Do

Watch Cowspiracy

Leaflets by F.A.R.M.

Be aware of what happens to animals to make profits

660 gallons of water to produce a 1/4 pound beef patty!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Volleyball

Lizzy Phipps is playing JV Volleyball at Dobson High School. She is a center blocker. Two months ago, none of us knew what a center blocker was. Her focus and effort since August have earned her a position on the team that will continue to improve as she does. Great work, Lizzy!

Basketball

Markie is switching coaches after the summer with a very good coach. His determined level of play when he is very new to the sport continues to impress me. He has not achieved ‘statiscal’ success, but is clearly on his way. He is putting in the required effort AND MORE and his opportunities will continue to present themselves.

More Volleyball

Miss Bella, Isabella according to her uniform, has joined a 1st – 3rd grade league through the YMCA. The main focus of the game so far is the team that gets in the most serves pretty much wins. That doesn’t change for a few years, it seems… She can bump the ball and is learning to set. Depth perception is tricky when the net towers above you at nearly twice your height. For me, that would be like playing with a 12 foot net – WOW! The kids are learning, having fun and feeling successes along the way.

Sports with Swords

Michael is ready for his first sport as long as it has swordplay. Seriously, he does enjoy trying to bump the volleyball. He also like to play basketball with his big brother though the net is. Most of all, he likes boxing on the Wii. We watched Rocky this weekend and after we all went for a run, he wanted to play Wii Sports. Funny kid. I can’t believe he will be going to school this time next year.

Travel with My Wife

Flying with a flight attendant has perks. My wife knows the ins and outs of travel. She is courteous enough to bring bags of candy to share with our crews, both the New York and from there to Punta Cana, D.R. They treat us very well and we even see them on the way back. We get awesome airport junk food and have snacks on the plane. Great success!

Dominican Republic

The resort we are booked at it all inclusive. We have a shuttle from the airport to drive us there (with A/C), they fawn over us at every turn when we arrive, from taking our bags, bringing us tropical drinks, giving the verbal tour en route to the room, to always being available to answer questions, no matter how simple.

After the fact, I am glad that I did not have Wi-Fi or cell service. I used Lynn’s phone to contact the kids a couple times when she was sleeping, but was otherwise content reading at night or watching a movie and just unplugging. My relaxation was a total success. Though I gained six pounds in five days, it didn’t stick. I am certain it had a lot to do with El Presidente beers and cheeseless pizzas being delivered to the room any time of day or night and the expansive buffet that had SO much fruit that I don’t know how to describe it all.

And I ran every day (success). I played beach volleyball one day. I went to a wedding one day. I went shopping. I slept in a beach chair in the shade of a palm tree for a couple hours. I ate French Fries daily. And the staff would make me vegan food whenever I wanted it. Every restaurant came up with something for me. Even though my food choices weren’t healthy, there were consistent with my moral intentions.

Being Thankful

I met hard-working locals who made me understand how lucky we are. I am fortunate to have a family and live in the United States. I think I could live there, too, and be happy with much less.

Forrest Gump

I had little or no expectations going into this trip and life is truly like a box of chocolates; this trip was a good one!

 

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Running! Jeff Sanders of jeffsanders.com and host of the 5AM Miracle Podcast joins the show today. What is a vegan? And seriously, what is a raw vegan?!

Think about what you put in your body and making time to move your body.

A preview of the movie Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret and discussion about Ag Gag Laws:

Anti-Whistleblower Bills Hide Factory-Farming Abuses from the Public

We talked about how Jeff’s dog, Benny, motivated him to start putting better food in his body. Find your motivation and join the journey towards a happier and healthier life.

Apology for the audio issues at the beginning…

Be healthy and happy! 🙂

Enjoy the episode!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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How Quickly Are You Dying?

The Compound Effect (thanks, Darren Hardy)

Just as the glaciers are slowing fading away, so is our collective human health. Are you slowly killing yourself? Our bodies are trying to do the best with the food and exercise we give them, but inside they are dying. Be honest and look inside your behaviors.

Find Chasing Ice on Netflix. http://www.chasingice.com/

It illustrates how slow, consistent behaviors over time have led to dramatic reductions in glaciers. A compound effect works similarly in your life: negative behaviors, no matter how small, performed over time will yield negative results.  Make small changes to day for a brighter tomorrow.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural, A Health Manifesto and host of the Approaching the Natural Podcast is my guest for this episode. His down-to-earth approach to health and happiness are a great fit for a world wanting to improve. Sid advocates a small step approach.

Check out his podcast on iTunes and Stitcher: Approaching the Natural

 

Join Sid Garza-Hillman for a spreecast, the first Saturday of each month at spreecast.com.

 

Being vegan and brewing your own beer have consistent goals.

I am vegan because I want to control the things that I put in my body. Brewing your own beer allows you to move past the coolers full of junk beer and into something that contains body and flavor. By brewing the beer yourself, you get personal satisfaction from your creation plus save some money along with way.

Listen in to my conversation with Doug Hermansen, oppressed future small business owner, as we touch on some of the ins and outs of getting started.

Thanks for listening.

Mark

MVP #002 – Being Vegan Could Save Your Life! – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Podcast

Save yourself! Protect your manhood and stay away from the blue pill. Get into the greens and grains and make your own healthful future!

Portable digital audio recorder from Zoom. The H4N makes recording on the go really easy! Even in the car on the 101 freeway!!!

Have fun with your kids while entertaining them. Q stands for quince! Show them the way, but let them make their own choices.