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It’s Smart To Be Healthy

A Special Guest Post By: Chris Steurer

We all know that getting healthy can bring  tremendous amount of positive results in our lives… but did you know that being healthier can also help you become smarter?

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Perhaps this sounds like a strange idea, but when you break it down, it can clear up some speculation.

1. The brain is a part of the human body

2. When we are healthy all the parts of our body are able to function properly.

4. Being healthy can help your body better maintain one of its most important parts, the brain!

Strange has turned into simple.

The overall health of our brain and our bodies can have a major impact on how well we are able to perform certain cognitive functions.

If we partake in unhealthy activities such as smoking or becoming overweight, we increase our risk of unhealthier brains and cognitive abilities. In order to keep our minds in tip-top shape, we must take care of our bodies’ health and well-being. Who knows, perhaps increasing our health can also help us increase our wealth?

Should MLB Impose Weight Limitations on its Players?

I love baseball as much as any other person does but there is a serious weight problem, which seems to be affecting many of today’s players.

For example, when today’s sports heroes are so overweight and can hardly take first base, there is clearly a negative message being ignored.

I mean look at names like Bobby Jenks, Sir Sidney Ponson, David Wells, or Dmitri Young; all great players but with serious obesity problems.

Too fat to play

How can we set so many conditions for the teams to meet and yet allow obesity to be so prevalent within the leagues? I mean they used to go crazy back in the day when “Refrigerator” Perry of the Chicago Bears weighed too much and would be huffing and puffing on the field.

Why not do the same for baseball?

Wouldn’t that teach our children that being overweight is an accepted social norm, since you can be active and on a Major League Baseball Team while being overweight?

While it is true that you can sometimes be healthy and overweight, but that most certainly won’t last forever. Soon most of the obesity-related conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Disease would set in.

While all these men are great players, they do have a responsibility to set a good image for their fans.

Being from Chicago, I used to watch Bobby Jenks when he was with The White Sox and the man could hardly make it from the dugout to the pitchers mound.

So why not take some of the millions of dollars paid out and show them the way to use some great resources like Weight Watchers, Jillian Michaels, or even living by the Fitness Guru Tony Horton of P90X.

If these guys can make it to the major leagues, then they certainly can work on their own diets as well as doing something about their weight.

Either that, or address their struggles publicly to help others know that they are not alone.

Too Fat To Fly

It started a while back when Southwest and United Airlines implemented new rules in which overweight individuals could be barred from the plane for safety reasons or forced to purchase an extra ticket.

 

I was appalled at the time since they were they were already making the seats so small that average size people could barely fit in them comfortably.

Well watch out all flight attendants, it is

your turn now. Thai Airways International has informed their employees that they could be grounded if they don’t stay within their new weight guidelines.

To add insult to injury, they are also trying to change their image by getting rid of any flight attendants that are over the age of forty-five.

So I guess the new image must be an eighty-pound, twenty one-year-old to work there.

Talk about changes…could the pilots be next on the list?

Yet even as these companies keep implementing weight limits, there is still a certain airline that is giving out warm cookies on all their flights.

Talk about the hypocrisy.

What’s next; start charging ticket prices per pound?

 

To Lose Or Gain: The Real Choice Of Weight Loss.

I am a person who hates making choices in my life. Sometimes I solicit opinions first like I’m living by committee. The hardest part for me is when I’m on my own in the car and deciding whether to eat fast food and milk shakes or to take the turn back home and actually make a healthy choice.

I could always make the excuse of the saying, “my diet starts tomorrow” or a thousand other excuses. Despite the plethora of unhealthy food choices, I have a harder time identifying what I feel like are a limited number of reasons to make better choices.

I could blame it on the environment, others, or just not feeling well. I could even try the excuse of wishing I had someone by my side day in and day out demanding my making the right choices. In reality, it doesn’t always work for celebrities that have the millions of dollars to afford that and even if I did I would end up resenting the person feeling like a prisoner.

So that leaves it to me.  I have to make my own choices and consider all the great results of having good health.  I want to be able to walk with out getting out of breath, I want to be able to fit into the normal clothes I have, which I currently packed away in my attic like I’m already dead and gone.

Sometimes I actually do feel like the Barry I used to be is gone and I just dwell in self-hate and very little self-esteem.

However the other day while interviewing the health expert, Robert Reames, who lost a whole bunch of weight and is trying to help others reminded me that I am actually getting the chance to not only help myself, but tons of others who are with me every day going through the same struggles as me.

It really does show the fact that my film ‘Finding Thin’ really will make a difference. For the first time in a long time, I felt proud and inspired.

So when driving today, instead of finding all the excuses to get that Shamrock shake, I concentrated on all of the reasons not to.

I really think I am breaking through to taking responsibility for making the choices that only I can make and living with the outcome.

Good times are ahead. I can feel it.

Big People on the Big Screen

Growing up in America, I was one of many under the false assumption while watching the various films and movies that always featured larger-sized people as stupid and meaningless stereotyped roles. The heavy are portrayed in sitcoms and movies as either the “funny, lovable big guy” or the “evil lecherous enemy in an action films”…this was, and still is, the way of the world.

There certainly hasn’t been any leading role out there for a specific heavy actor, as evidently they would not embody the real America that we all have come to know.

Yet, slowly but surely I’ve noticed certain celebrities stepping their feet in the spotlight. Oprah is on an untouchable level…and other celebs such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Moore, Elizabeth Taylor and Jennifer Hudson are making a hefty paycheck for numerous roles.

Oh, but that’s right, Ms. Hudson is now thin so she doesn’t count anymore.

 

What does it take for larger-sized people to be considered equal to their counter-parts? Are we not on the same playing field because of our body size and/or shape? Is that not considered a form of prejudice?

Personally, I am finding a secret to “thin-hood” is having societal compassion and acceptance for all, regardless of ones weight. Full-figured actors-especially in today’s society-would depict a true to form reality and story on the big screen.

The big screen is for big people too.

 

 

The Great Excuses

I never like to speak ill of my mother but she did teach me some of the best excuses to use when it came to food.

 

First she claimed that she was too big to walk up the stairs to her bedroom in her home and needed to have an electronic chair to get to the second level. After all, she was sixty-five years. After the chair was put in she stated she had too many aches and pains so she could only use the chair to put food on to bring up and down to her. She couldn’t walk, she couldn’t sit, and the only thing that would be moving was her meals to her.

Next, she insisted on bringing the scooter that she bought for herself into the house so she would not have to walk to the car.

Her latest complaint is that she doesn’t want to go from the electronic chair to the couch or kitchen because it takes too much effort. It’s complete immobility.

When I ask I my mother why she won’t put fourth any effort, the excuses are everything from, a bad arm to a painful back, to a never-ending list of a myriad of other reasons.

The only change I have witnessed from my mother is seeing a woman that walked half of NYC only five years ago, to a person that refuses to walk three feet today.

 

Obesity scores another one.