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American Beauty

A Special Guest Blog By: Courtney Mueller, Co-Producer

In the Academy Award winning movie, “American Beauty”, we meet Lester Burnham, a depressed man going through a midlife crisis. Reaching his breaking point, Lester- played by actor Kevin Spacey- decides to take control by changing chaos into finding his own true happiness… including his health.

“I wanna look good naked” Lester states.

When it comes to the the psychological term “midlife crisis”, men and women tend to rehash the passing of their youth and acknowledge of their old age.

And people react. They dye their hair to rid them any grays, buy expensive cars, and even seek a younger lover even if they are married. Many also tend to analyze their bodies, their looks, and health. Lester Burnham sure did.

The married Lester Burnham ended up developing a six pack in order to look sexy for a high school cheerleader…midlife crisis personified at it’s finest.

I question the ideology of the midlife crisis. Why does it take a milestone in one’s life to reevaluate their health and well being? Why don’t we, especially when America is facing the challenge if obesity, live in the now… in the moment? Why does it tend to take something big in our lives- whether it be a birthday, a tragedy, or an overall life-changing event- in order for us to focus our attention on what truly makes us happy and most importantly, healthy?

America is tortured by the obesity epidemic. Many are sitting and complaining. Many are waiting for something to happen. Something to ignite their will power, their strength, their “uumph” to jumpstart their health.

I ask you to look into that mirror. Look at that menu. Look into yourselves and process how you feel. If you aren’t happy, aren’t taking care of yourselves, or simply stuck in life, make today your milestone.

Don’t be a Lester.

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Healthy Kitchen to Healthy Living

This is a guest post by Chris Steurer

How many times have you walked to fridge and looked inside to see it loaded with a variety of food options and still thought to yourself; “There is nothing to eat”? Generally after that we move on to the cupboards or the pantry and think the same thing. After all of the food frustration many tend to give up and grab an unhealthy snack from the vending machine, nearest corner store, or even the secret stash laying in that tiny little cupboard.

Staying home and eating in is one of the easiest and best ways to ensure that we are eating healthy and staying on track with our diet because we are in control of what we eat. However, it is so easy to fall victim to the cycle of eating unhealthy because of the way we often keep unnecessary and unhealthy food items at the forefront in our homes.

a man sitting on near the sink in his messy kitchen that is littered with dirty dishes and trash

How organized do you keep your kitchen?

We can help correct this by reorganizing our kitchens for healthier choices. To do this, we need to reorganize two main categories of our kitchens; the food and the eating utensils.

Food

Take a look at what your daily eating habits consist of and compare it to how accessible those food items are in your kitchen. Do you eat a lot of candy when you come home from work? Is that because you keep a candy dish sitting out? Candy is an easy choice when it is sitting in an inviting bowl on the counter right when you walk in the door. The proximity, location, and ease of access of the food in our homes can drastically effect what we eat, but it can also help us create new, smarter eating habits. If you try placing a bowl of fresh fruits on your counter where that candy bowl used to b, I bet you would be eating healthier right now.

a woman snacking on lots of junk food at her kitchen table

How easy is it to find the junk food inside of your kitchen?

Take into consideration where your other food items are placed in your kitchen. What food do you have sitting in your fridge door? What is right in front on the main shelf of your cabinet or pantry? These items are often the ones we choose the most because they are simply right in front us and seem to be an easy choice to make. This is why you should make sure that you strategically place the healthy foods in prime locations like this; more often then not you will naturally make the healthier food choice when you check your food stash. Make sure these food items are always in your sight and that they are easy to reach for when you want a quick snack or a healthy, tasty meal. Move all of the unhealthy snack items to the back of the shelf where they can hide behind your good food choices, or get rid of them entirely!

Kitchen Utensils

Do you use different kitchen utensils and cooking items when you eat healthy versus when you eat unhealthy? Generally when I’m eating unhealthy I only use the toaster or the microwave and some dishes. When I eat healthy food items, I am much more likely to use all of my other cooking accessories like the oven/stove, pots and pans, spatulas, strainers, and so on. Knowing this, I can create a more inspiring environment in my kitchen by placing these cooking utensils out so that they are more dominant in my kitchen then even the microwave or toaster.

Organize for Success

Reorganizing your kitchen can truly create a more healthy eating environment. Keep those unhealthy food items out of sight and they will stay out of your mind. Place the healthy food choices up front so that they become the obvious choice for food and sticking to your health and eating goals can become a lot simpler.

Do you have any tips on how you organize your kitchen or food for healthier habits? Post a comment below and let us know!

Will Ferrell And The Office Take On Obesity

Will Ferrell excitedly talking with the rest of The Office crew

Will Ferrell Guest Staring In "The Office" In Order To Take Over Steve Carell's Position. Photo by Chris Haston – © NBC Universal, Inc.

NBC’s television show, The Office, finally took on a real subject last night with a great performance by recent guest star Will Ferrell.

Warning: Small Spoiler Alert!

DeAngelo Vickers as played by Will Ferrell Smiling in at his desk in his new office

He can lose 200 pounds, but he can't resist the sweet taste of some delicious cake! Photo by Chris Haston © NBC Universal, Inc.

Ferrell’s character, DeAngelo Vickers, brags about how he lost over two hundred pounds. And because he “beat” obesity, Vickers proclaims he was unstoppable and could take on any obstacle or situation that would come his way.

Well, it all sounds great except for one thing; the question of how he accomplished the weight loss was never really explained.

However, a very disconcerting issue that hits home to more than 90% of America was addressed. While sitting alone in the break room, Ferrell’s character suddenly took notice of Dunder Mifflin’s office vending machine. Filled with nothing but sugary addictive treats, he suddenly starts to fight the temptation of struggling with his old habits and desires. In the end, he finally manages to fight off his urges and walks away.

Towards the end of the show, Ferrell’s character didn’t hesitate to take the first big piece of a cake during an office party. Naturally, everyone gives him that typical look that all people give to dieters. It’s that look that makes you feel like you’ve committed a moral sin whenever you eat anything that isn’t copacetic with a Weight Watchers diet.

Unfortunately for Ferrell’s character, taking that first piece of cake was an ultimate trigger. After eating the first piece, he ended up throwing it in the garbage out of pure disgust and disbelief in his lack of willpower. It triggers the battle between his mind and his body over the cake; he’s grabbing pieces of the cake with his hands and ends up throwing them into the garbage in a repeating power struggle over the delicious yet unhealthy treat.

This kind of outbreak is almost always indicative of food deprivation and poor dieting, not to leave out what I truly believe sugar addiction can do to a person.

Overall, I applaud The Office for creating an episode that brings such a real and serious health issue to the public light in an entertaining way.

Be sure to check out this and other recent full episodes of The Office.