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Do You Have A Favorite Beer?

Do You Have A Favorite Beer?

What is your favorite beer and why?

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I love Yuengling. Yep, not some fancy local brew. I can’t help that I haven’t found a local brew that has me craving more. I like Yuengling particularly for its smoothness. The flavor is strong enough to enjoy by itself, but not Smith enough that it pairs well with most meals. It’s not pricey. And tastes best in cans or on draft of course. Also I’ve discovered that Yuengling is best served after leaving it setting on the counter for about 5 minutes. After looking it up, Yuengling is recommended to be served at 7°C while your fridge is usual sub 2°C.

Share with me what you like. I’m looking to try something new.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Health, Rants

 

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New wireless charging method allows for deep body implants – SlashGear

http://www.slashgear.com/new-wireless-charging-method-allows-for-deep-body-implants-19329663/

Check out this article on Slash Gear. This new technology will allow the rich to live longer…. Kidding…. Kinda

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Health, Tech

 

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Why I’m Not On A Diet

I keep telling people that I’m on a diet. I explain it to them and have conversions about The Whole30. I’m 7 days in and now I realize, this isn’t a diet. My dad and others would say, “oh, you’re on the Atkins diet.” and at first I was replying with, “yeah, basically.” That is false. I am not on a diet, I am living a healthy lifestyle.

The Atkins diet is based around low carb intake. Super processed carbs, and low carb breads are perfectly fine on the Atkins diet. The entire reason you do the Atkins diet is to lose weight. That’s it’s focus and goal. The Whole30 is all about eating real food and it doesn’t matter how many carbs you intake as long as you consume them from quality sources.

I feel so much better after eating now. Last night I ate out for the first time since starting the whole30. Usually after eating at a Mexican restaurant, I feel very sick and end up going to bed. Hell, that’s after most meals. Last night though, I stuck to the guidelines and left there not tired and sick, but with energy. Truth be told I didn’t get to eat my favorite thing at a Mexican restaurant, queso dip. However, not being sick afterwards is well worth skipping the cheese.

This experience of feeling better after I eat is mimicked all day, not just at the restaurant. In general I’m feeling better. I’m experimenting with new foods and flavors. It’s cool and fun. I kinda feel like a kid again. Making tea and finding ways to make it taste better. Adding lemon to my water just to change it up a bit. I encourage everyone to at least try it. It takes effort and thought and planning. But you won’t regret it.

This isn’t a diet. I’m learning a new lifestyle. My relationship with my food is changing. This is my journey. Now I’m going to enjoy some raisins with my lunch.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Health

 

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The Whole30 and Me

I haven’t written anything in a long time. I’ve been very busy working on my personal life. I used to spend hours every night playing Xbox leaving my wife to go to bed alone. All day long I was on my phone updating social network statuses and chatting with people. Tasks at work that should take me 20 minutes were taking an hour. My health was declining, constantly eating fast food. My life didn’t matter. All I did was work, say hi to my wife and son, play my video games and repeat. So I stepped away.

I’m actually only writing this now to curb my urges to write. Writing isn’t bad, creating content isn’t bad. I love writing. I just have been picking the wrong times to do it. Since I also have a lot of other things going on in my life I’m trying to work on, stepping away almost completely seemed the best solution.

I wanted to share with you all what I am going through right now. It’s a journey that I assumed I would fail, maybe not even start. I could still fail. I decided to go on a diet. Not something I’ve ever been good at. A couple months ago I saw that a friend was participating in the Whole30 diet. I was intrigued, checked it out and it seemed impossible. Especially with my retail schedule. I decided I would give it a try. I ended up going all in, spending every dime I had left on approved foods. Now I have no choice but to eat it.

If you don’t know what the Whole30 is here is the guide lines simply put. All you can eat is meats, veggies, and fruit. Nothing processed, or that has sugar, or soy. That’s the basics. Check out their website for all the nitty gritty. It’s not the Atkins diet.

This diet hasn’t been as hard as I’ve thought it would be. Especially thanks to my amazing wife for her kitchen skills(which I am picking up) and to a coworker who is also doing the same diet. I am finally learning my way around the kitchen, discovering foods prepared in different ways that taste amazing but that are healthy for you. So far I am enjoying his great I feel. I’m only 7 days in so you can only take what I say with a grain of salt. But I used to have heart burn daily. So far I haven’t had heart burn once since I started. Might be a connection there. 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Health, Rants

 

30 Days Without My Crutch

Growing up I had to go to counseling. I usually went twice a week. My parents were in the process of a divorce so the counseling was a necessary evil to help me process what was going on. One of the many things I learned about myself in therapy is that I have an addictive personality.

Flash forward 14 years and I totally get why they said that. I never drank alcoholic beverages until after I was 21. Ever since that first drink, it’s been rare that I go more than I week with out some sort of alcoholic drink.

I enjoy drinking while playing Call of Duty with my buddies, or while playing the drums. I think I’m a much better musician once I have a few drinks in me, I’m not over thinking every move while playing. There is some research that supports a person’s creativeness while under the influence. I also drink a lot while watching football.

Currently, my drinking doesn’t effect my life in a negative way. At least not yet. It’s never effected me working. It hasn’t effected my relationships with others. With the passing of my dad my emotional stability was not really there. I found that after a stressful day at work I was turning to alcohol to make me feel better. I am using alcohol now as a way to enjoy my night.

Two weeks ago while the San Francisco 49ers lost to Seattle I was heated. I was very mad and disappointed that my team lost a game I felt they could have won.  I finished a 12 pack of Yuengling.

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The next morning I stayed thinking about how just a few years ago I would not have been able to remotely drink that much and be OK. It was my sign. For me this is the straw that broke the camels back.

I thought about my dad, and how he drank when he was angry or stressed. I feel right into the same pattern so easily. I miss my dad so very much. I can’t quite grasp the fact that he is gone. That when I text him that he won’t answer me. And no matter how much I drink and try to avoid the terrible realization that he’s gone, nothing is changing. He’s not here, and I’m no further in processing that fact.

So as of today January 30th, 3:36pm I am going 30 days without a drink of alcohol. That includes the Super Bowl, which will be hard for me. I don’t think that I am an alcoholic, but then again what alcoholic does? I feel like drinking in moderation is not a problem. So taking a break will help me achieve that.
Let’s see how hard it really is to achieve this. If I’m not addicted like I think then it should be easy. Stay tuned to find out. I’m also reviewing an android app that I use for other things in my life that might be able to help me with this goal.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Health, Rants

 

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Fix Your Computer Hunch and Other Posture Problems in 30 Seconds

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http://lifehacker.com/fix-your-computer-hunch-and-other-posture-problems-in-3-1476347921

Check out this article. It’s a simple stretch that will make you feel much better. I’m over weight so the stretch is a little harder to do as I’m having to hold up more weight.

One of the things I’m making an effort in is living a healthier life style. Not eating fast food everyday for example. I’ve recently taken on meditation. Stretching is another healthy activity. On a side note, meditating is almost impossible for me is almost impossible. It’s so very hard to stop all the thoughts going on in my head.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Health

 

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Coffee Makes Me Poop

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This glorious morning I was able to sleep in because I don’t work until late today. My normal routine would be to shower, brush teeth, make lunch, then rush out the door hoping to be on time. Today however, I actually eat breakfast and enjoy an awesome cup of coffee. There is no rushing this morning… Except to the bathroom!

Why is it that every time I drink coffee I end up having to go number two? It’s like the coffee is a laxative to me. Maybe it’s the milk in it. I decided to see if anyone else was also having this issue. Turns out someone asked the same question I did. When it comes to bowel movements I’m very blunt, I find it hilarious. So does my three year old. Maturity was never my strong suit.

So why do I have to visit the toilet after drinking coffee? The reason is because of the caffeine in the coffee! Caffeine stimulates your large bowel to get everything moving. Which in turns tells you, “It’s time to go!” Eating breakfast should also do this for you as well. So apparently I have good pooping habits. Maybe I’ll just sit on the pot while I drink coffee and read the morning news… Or maybe I won’t do that. That’s a terrible idea, my feet would be asleep before I finished reading.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Health

 

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