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Food and Pleasure

Posted in Emotional Eating, Life, My Philosophy, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by masteryahnutrition

Hi Everyone!

It has been quite some time since I have posted. Truth be told, I have been a bit hesitant to continue writing about nutrition. It’s not that I don’t believe that real, nutritious foods are important – it’s just that … well… seems that many people are taking the “virtues” of food and eating a bit too far (in my opinion). I do not believe that eating should be viewed as a religion and I certainly do not want to get caught up in that mindset (let alone promote it). Eating one food over the other does not make us “good” or “bad” people. And quite honestly, I don’t think that there is ONE perfect way to eat. There is just the way YOU or I eat. Period. Done. To judge yourself or others for what is chosen to eat, is silly – maybe even dangerous. It’s rare that people take pleasure in food anymore – and I mean TRUE pleasure, not an ounce of guilt (or statements like, well I “shouldn’t” be eating this, but oh well – that is not true pleasure). Could it be that the secret to the “French paradox” is that they derive so much pleasure from the food they eat? Could one reason that Americans are becoming so overweight is because there is so much guilt and fear wrapped up in food or eating? I don’t think it’s a coincidence. There are many research studies that prove that if we eat a food just because we think we “should”, but we don’t truly enjoy it or don’t really want to eat it, that we don’t even absorb much nutrition from that food. I know that for me, personally, when I take true pleasure in eating exactly what I want – I just naturally eat less. It’s not until I force myself to eat the foods I think I “need” that I wind up overeating. This is definitely “food for thought”. Maybe we all need to remember how to “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” again.

Until next time….

Master Yah



What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy???

Posted in Life, Nutrition with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by masteryahnutrition

Happy November Everyone!!

Saw this article on Brad Pilon’s Blog and definitely thought it was applicable for the day after Halloween 🙂 Enjoy!

An Essential Diet Hack

Throw it out.

You know exactly what I’m talking about.garbage 300x300 An Essential Diet Hack

Throw. It. Out.

I know you paid money for it. I know there are people in the world that are starving. It doesn’t matter right now.

This is an ESSENTIAL DIET HACK, and one that I’m positive if you can master it, you will see massive increases in your success.

It’s the day after Halloween.

Your house is FULL of candy you DO NOT NEED.

Throw it out.

(If you have kids, keep enough for them, but you do not need a month’s worth of Candy.)

Throw it out.

It doesn’t have to be Halloween.

It could be the day after a birthday, or a retirement party…you name it.

The half eaten cake in your fridge? WHY DO THAT TO YOURSELF??

I know you feel guilty but you need to learn to WIN this battle.

By keeping that food you are PAYING to have more Body Fat then you want.

Repeat after me.


(Use this rule for leftovers too.)

You can keep the ‘healthy’ ones, but honestly, half of a two-day-old large pizza?

Admittedly this is one of the hardest Diet Hacks to master.

But it pays off big time.

So remember

I believe ‘treats’ are for celebration…Birthdays, Retirement parties, Super name it…but saving them for after? That’s for Body Fat.

Thow it out.


The Power of the Mind: PsychoBioEnergetics

Posted in Emotional Eating, Life, My Philosophy with tags , , , on October 16, 2010 by masteryahnutrition

Good Morning World!

I hope you all are happy and healthy 🙂 I wanted to re-post an article that my friend, Taylor Donovan, wrote. Taylor is an excellent chiropractor, practicing here in Reno and also does nutrition counseling! We share many of the same beliefs, and the following article really hit home with me! Enjoy!

“ ‘In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?’ — Siddhārtha Gautama

I am convinced that chocolate was healthy for my grandmother. She had a particular affection for the chocolates created by See’s candies. When I saw her excitement in peeling open the white box, the ceremony around choosing her indulgence, and the savoring of these chocolates she impressed upon me a powerful insight. If you are going to indulge, do so with reckless abandon free from guilt or restraint. To this day I believe that if you indulge anything with a positive mindset and complete enthusiasm then the negative side effects will be minimized no matter what. This phenomena can also account for some of the incredible results that the placebo effect is capable of eliciting.

Have you ever heard of someone that drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes and lived a long and healthy life? Have you ever been troubled by hearing about a friend or relative that seemed extremely healthy but died suddenly from a heart attack or was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer? As a health care professional I hear these sorts of stories on a somewhat regular basis. I believe the topic of psycho bioenergetics can assist in explaining these occurrences.

Years ago I began my scientific studies while undertaking a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at a UC school. I was fascinated by the elaborate communication that occurred at the cellular level. I have continued to study and research this field for the last fifteen years. I have since applied my focus to the nervous system and the brain. I feel this system of the body is the most powerful area that I am capable of impacting. This is also why I became a chiropractor. While my treatments and knowledge are effective at relieving pain and soreness my true forte is in insuring long-term health through functional and dynamic gains in movement, thought, and nutrition. Lately I have been studying the effects of mental attitude on our physiology. The fields of positive psychology and trendy books on creating happiness have shown how important attitude is in creating optimal health. One of the simplest ways to better yourself is to truly believe that what you are doing is making an incredible difference and to do these things with great commitment and discipline.

I assist many of my patients in defining exactly what they need to change in order to better refine their health choices. While this is an important process it’s also integral to go a step deeper and look at how an individual mentally relates to these changes. I have patients that change to organic tobacco with great enthusiasm and others that fixate anxiously on which detox diet to try. In the end it may depend less on what we are doing and more so on how we are doing it. If you are indulging the vice squad be sure to do so with an enjoyable mindset. If you are purifying yourself do so with an upbeat demeanor. Everything you do will be enhanced by a sense of optimism and acceptance.”


Self Judgement

Posted in Life, My Philosophy, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by masteryahnutrition
What if I said to you, “Lets go have a lunch of Mac and Cheese, cookies, and ding dongs, chips, and donuts….and we will wash it all down with a giant Pina Colada!”?? What would you think about me?? Some of you might think I’m really awesome! Some of you might think I’m a big fake. Some of you might think I have “issues”. Some of you might join me! Well, the truth of it all lies only in what I think of myself, not in what you all think of me. Does the fact that I eat “Primally” make me a “Good” person?? And when I make the conscious decision to go eat a Dairy Queen Blizzard (which I LOVE, by the way), does that make me a “Bad” person?? Well the truth of it is YES, if I believe it. But the ULTIMATE truth is that all of those “beliefs” are just beliefs. Things we create about ourselves. Illusions. None of it’s real. And who knows why we carry these beliefs …. it could go way back to when we were in junior high. Or something our parents said. Or something the doctor said. But none of that matters! It’s all irrelevant. Because YOU are the creator of your own life. And once you realize that…and get out of the way of your own head…then you will start to realize your freedom. And that’s what we all want – freedom. That’s why when you have someone like me come up to you and tell you to eliminate grains, and dairy, and sugar – you immediately want to rebel! Why?? Because you’re human and you want to be free. You don’t need me to tell you how to live your life and how to eat … because deep down you KNOW already! Tap into your own body’s wisdom and realize the power that is yours! Stop relying so much on other people’s advice, and rely on your own. Trust yourself. Empower yourself. Become … FREE!

How to be Awesome

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by masteryahnutrition

Good Morning Everyone!!!

I just got this blog post from Brad Pilon’s blog and really enjoyed it! I think you will too!!

I am Awesome.

You are Awesome too.

This is important since the first part of becoming Awesome is realizing that you are already awesome….

And that being Awesome is a choice.

So what is Being Awesome?

Well, let me start by saying that this is the NEW Awesome. So don’t think Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure type of  Awesome…

It’s also not the pretentious jerk version of awesome. Awesome has evolved to something greater than this.

Think more along the lines of a mystical force..kind of like the Tao.

It’s something then when you are ‘in-line’ with it, it makes a difference in your life without taking a lot of effort.

If the traditional use of awesome is “That which inspires awe” think of the new Awesome as “That which inspires Awe in one’s self”

So vaguely Being Awesome is:

The ability to inspire yourself and to be inspired by Yourself

(OK so the exact definition is still a work in progress)

The most important part of being Awesome is remembering that being Awesome is a choice, and the more time you spend being awesome, the more being awesome becomes second nature.

So remember, you are already awesome, and you can become more awesome with a little practice.

For instance:

If you are complaining or whining, just remember, you could be being awesome instead.

I’m not sure why but it seems as a whole we are becoming a very negative group of people. We whine on TV, we whine on Talk Radio, we whine on blogs and in forums…This isn’t constructive or positive..therefore it’s not awesome. If you catch yourself in one of those downward spirals of complaining or whining, stop and think about the fact this thinking in this way is a choice, so you can change it.

Being awesome is that easy.

A large part of being Awesome is learning not to compare yourself to others. Instead you should compare yourself to the way you want to be…when you stop and think about it, there is a difference between the two.

Another way of improving your awesomeness is by learning from other people (since we are all awesome in some way)

Every one of the people in your life has qualities that are awesome. Spend time thinking about this and A) appreciate those traits even more (and maybe even let them know you appreciate it) and B) incorporate them into your own awesomeness.

My brother in law is really good at returning phone calls and emails. I think this is awesome, so it’s something I’m going to try to incorporate into my own awesomeness.

It’s as simple as that.

Warning: Awesome can be stolen from you…

Now here’s what you have to watch for…some people will want to crush your awesomeness. For some reason there are people out there who are really uncomfortable with the idea of someone thinking that they are awesome. As if we should all be grumpy or unsatisfied with life.

So remember awesomeness is an INTERNAL thing, it’s your ability to inspire awe in yourself, not what others think of you.

Here’s an example:

A friend of mine posted a comment about building muscle for aesthetics in a CrossFit forum. In the forum he was bashed hard for not wanting to be ‘functional’ and because he “probably does 20 sets of biceps every workout”.

(Granted this was probably not the best place to pose a question of this nature, and I don’t know the nature or tone of the conversation…but I digress)

The point is this…to be Awesome, you have to OWN YOUR GOALS.

It doesn’t matter if people think your goals are dumb, useless or crazy…if something is YOUR goal then you owe it to yourself to be Awesome at it. If you listen to everyone else’s opinions on your goals you are externalizing your awesomeness, and this just doesn’t work.

This is how being Awesome can greatly improve your fitness and weight loss goals…because you learn to stick with your goals and not worry about everyone else’s goals. So awesomeness is also a focused happiness.

You have to own your awesomeness.

Being Awesome also helps with other facets of life.

I have a friend who wanted to buy a manufacturing Plant. He had a successful company, but knew that it would be even more successful if he owned his manufacturer.

For two years I watched people continually tell my friend that he was crazy, or insane, or dreaming. I watched investors turn him down, business partners question his business sense..but he never backed down. For two years he stuck with it, because he knew he was awesome.

He purchased the plant last year, and his business is booming.

So to repeat: you have to own your awesomeness.

You know you are doing it right when your friends all think you are a little crazy, but they love you for it. (as opposed to being a pretentious “I’m Awesome and you’re not” jerk).

Another part of being awesome is not pushing your goals on everyone else.

You want giant biceps but your friend wants a strong functional core…neither goal is ‘right’ but you both owe it to yourselves to be awesome at that goal.

So a main part of being awesome is being happy enough with yourself that you don’t really care what other people think about you, and you don’t feel threatened when people have goals that differ from yours.

Being awesome also involves OWNING your LIKES.

To me fasting is AWESOME. I hope you like it too, but it’s not going to bother me if you’re not a fan.

When people ask me why I like fasting, I could hit them with all the boring scientific jargon, or I could answer “Because fasting is awesome”

Granted, this answer probably seems silly to most people, but after reading this post I hope you would understand that what I am actually saying is “When I’m fasting I inspire myself” …awesome takes on a whole new meaning when you think of it that way.

If you really like something let it be yours, it shouldn’t matter if other people like it or not. And on the flip side, if your friends really like something that you’re just not into, don’t sweat it.

Another part of being Awesome is OWNING your ACTIONS.

Be awesome by doing awesome things.

On the drive home from work ask yourself “Would it be awesome if I took 2 minutes out of my day and picked up some flowers for my wife/girl friend/daughter/mother?” If the answer is YES, then do it..because it would be awesome.

If you are running late for a lunch meeting because you are watching movie trailers on-line ask yourself “Is it awesome I’m about to be late because I’m watching movie trailers?” if the answer is NO, then close your computer and get going…

OK…so now the million dollar question:

What the heck is a post about being Awesome doing on a health and fitness blog?

Well, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on inflammation, stress, mind set and long term health. The science is impressive and is worthy of a whole new book, but for now let’s just say they are connected.

8% body fat, shredded abs, muscle like liquid marble…these things may not matter as much as having the right attitude when it comes to the quality or length of your life.

I once had a chance to talk with the very Controversial Dr. Aubrey DeGray…a person many people consider to be a visionary in the area of life extension and longevity.

He told me that when you look at the world’s centenarians (people who live to 100 or older) it’s very hard to find any connection between them all. There were no real diet or exercise correlations. But, the one thing he did say was that if they had anything in common at all, it’s that they all seemed to smile a lot.

It’s easy to smile when you’re awesome.


Posted by Brad Pilon on September 7, 2010

Intermittent Fasting and Obsessive Compulsive Eating

Posted in Life, My Philosophy, Nutrition with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2010 by masteryahnutrition

Good Afternoon Friends!

How is your relationship with your health? With food? With your workouts? Do you ever feel “obsessed” with what you should/should not be eating and your workouts? Are you overcome with guilt if you go off of your “diet plan”? I know I’ve had that mindset before. Where my whole day was based around what I was or was not going to be eating and when I was going to workout. Caring about your health is a GOOD thing, but being obsessed about it is not (at least not for me…) SO, is it possible to get lean, be healthy, and ENJOY the process???? Yes it is!!!

I was reading a blog that I enjoy today, and the author (Brad Pilon) has an e-book called “Eat Stop Eat“. Now, I have yet to purchase the book, but I am intrigued. I have followed his blog for a long time now and his principles really make sense to me. He says this quote:

“Before you study Nutrition, food is food and drink is drink; while you are studying nutrition, food is no longer food and drink is no longer drink; but once you have had enlightenment, food is once again food and drink is again drink.”

So simple, and so true!! Overcomplicating everything is what gets us into trouble! (in my opinion). Brad’s principles are basically this: Eat when hungry, sleep when tired; Focus mainly on healthy foods, (fruits, veggies, you know – primal stuff 😉 ) ENJOY your food, and don’t get obsessed about what your eating (all easier said than done hehe). He is also a big advocate of “Intermittent Fasting”. This is another concept that I am very interested in, and practice every now and again. Basically, it’s fasting for 24 hours, 1-2 x per week. So if my last meal today was at 6 pm, then I would fast tomorrow until 6 pm and have a normal dinner. Intermittent fasting is a very interesting topic and I will write more on it later! It’s another one of those “outside-of-the-box” ideas, so be prepared to have an open mind!! And remember “If you eat like everyone else, you’ll look like and feel everyone else!”

Any questions? Let me know!!

Don’t forget to ENJOY yourself!!

Much Love,

Master Yah

Meaningful Success Story

Posted in Life, Nutrition, Primal Challenge, Success Stories with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by masteryahnutrition

Good morning everyone!

I wanted to piggy back off of PerformancEDU’s meaningful success story, posted a few weeks ago. PerformancEDU and YahNutrition have teamed up with this AMAZING young lady and we have both welcomed her into our family with open arms!

Jeannie Clarke is amazing – hands down. Successful business woman, beautiful mother, fabulous wife, amazing friend – but above all, Jeannie is an awesome person!! Jeannie came to us in January with the goal of losing 100 pounds. Now many of you may scoff at this and think it’s impossible – in fact, dietitians and doctors were telling Jeannie that this kind of weight loss is impossible without painful surgery or risky prescription meds.

7 months later, and 60 pounds down – Jeannie is proving all these negative nancy’s WRONG! I can only imagine the joy Jeannie felt, marching into that doctor’s office and seeing the look of shock on his face when she explained – “Yeah, I lost all this weight, the NATURAL way” GASP! And what is the “Natural” way – it’s eating foods that are nourishing to the body, and moving your body, the way that it is supposed to move.

Coupled with diet and fitness, the MOST important element of this journey, is Jeannie’s mindset. Success stories, like Jeannie’s, are rare NOT because they’re impossible – they are rare because people don’t have the proper mindset! If you don’t think you can do something, then guess what – you’re right!! But if you whole-heartedly believe that you CAN do it – then you WILL!!! It’s as simple as that. Simple, but not always easy 🙂 That’s why it’s important to have SUPPORT! I am sure Jeannie can agree, that there have been many ups, but many downs as well. And that is all part of the journey – and she’s still going strong!! (See before and after photos here)

Jeannie is such an inspiration and I am proud to have her in our family!! So THANK YOU Jeannie, for all that you have brought us 🙂

Have a rockin’ day!!

Master Yah