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T.J. LaPanta

T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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September 8, 2018

Roundup of Diets Creating a Buzz on Social Media

Plant Diets

To diet, or not to diet, that is the question.  If you ask any personal trainer there is no such thing as a diet.  Most will rebuff your inquiry with “eating clean is a lifestyle, not some fad.”  While I’m not one to let my indulgences stop me from trying culinary greatness, I do eat rather clean for a guy who can act like a complete savage at times.  Today’s attempt at humor is going to delve into a round up of popular diets on social media.  I read about it here, and boy, this should be a doozy.

Popular Instagram and Twitter Diets

Most people buy into diets from some talk show or late night infomercial, but with the way the social landscape is setting, people are getting all of their tips through “influencers,” which are basically people who are loud, proud, and active on social media.  Some are women who have physiques that men want to grab onto and smash, others are simply motivational.  Whatever it is, it’s a different delivery style when compared to how I grew up – learning from infomercials.

In 2018 alone we’ve seen a few trends shoot out of a cannon.  Stuff like the Ketogenic Diet have gone on to massive successes thanks in part to people who do them, have a following, and tell everyone about it.  Take “The Keto Guido,” from the Jersey Shore – Vinny Guadagnino.

Follow his Keto journey on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/ketoguido/

A sample keto diet meal (from Vinny’s Instagram.)

When people like Vinny make mentions of it, hashtag it, and promote it, the sensation goes viral.  Traffic explodes, and brands are built.

According to Cooking Light (referenced above) the most talked about diet online right now is a Vegan diet.

Social influencers are promoting the crap out of the vegan diet and according to reports, over 50% of the leading social media people are talking about it in one way or another.  A simple search for the hashtag #vegan on Instagram has over 64 million posts.  (That’s huge.)

Coming in next was the popular gluten free diet trend, followed by a close third place showing by vegetarian diets.

Is it just me, or are vegans very loud and proud about their ways?  It’s almost like the gay community when they pipe up and promote their people.  (This is NOT a knock, plenty of gay friends here.)

Ironically, the top five most talked about foods on these social media engines are chocolate, chicken, salad, cheese, and cake.

To me, even more eye opening, is that people aren’t posting pics of fruit?  As you may have seen, I love Kiwi Fruit!

As a carnivore, I will say that me and my group of buddies who order rib-eyes (black and blue of course) never really go to Instagram to post pics.  On the flip side, many people I follow are posting pics of their vegan dishes and plant-based lifestyles.  The article also mentions that of the five foods mentioned, many have vegan or vegetarian alternatives, and that category, as they correctly note – is exploding.  As a guy who consumes mayo like none other, I do choose to use the vegan alternative.

They also list pizza, (heck yeah) butter, fish, and ice cream which are popular mentions that have vegan alternatives. Heck, if you have followed along for a few weeks you may have seen I talked about a vegan pre-workout supplement.

Moral of today’s story? 

People who eat plant-based diets are really sharing their stories like none other.  They have a passion for their lifestyle and eating habits, and I’m totally cool with that.  When something feels good, share it with your people.

Happy Saturday, everyone.  I’m personally celebrating my son’s birthday and will be eating a Mediterranean style diet today with us heading out for some fancy Seafood!

Lobster for dinner

Tonight I’ll be diving into one of these bad boys.

What are ya’ll getting into?

 

September 6, 2018

Health Benefits of Kiwi

kiwi fruit

I eat clean, which means my plate is full of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.  Whole Foods is my best friend.  As I type this, I have a bowl of fresh cut up kiwi fruit.  I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know what the health benefits of kiwi fruit actually are.  So, as I do most days, I took my search to Google and looked up this information.  Today, I share it with you.

What are the Benefits of Eating Kiwi?

The Kiwi is a small fruit that offers plenty of flavor in addition to a ton of solid health benefits.  While they are unique in looks, having a brown, fuzzy outside with an iguana green inside, these tangy fruits have a lot of vitamin K & E, potassium, and folate.  Also filled with antioxidants, you’ll get the added benefit of having some additional fiber every time you consume this fruit.  Fiber is good.  Ask anyone.

I’ve never eaten the brown peel, but apparently it’s safe to eat.  To me, it’s probably the texture keeping me away from it.

Kiwi fruit benefits

As this fruit is grown in many locations, you can eat it every month of the year.  From November to May, they are grown in California.  The rest of the year, most are sourced from New Zealand.  I’ve been buying them year-round from Whole Foods and have never once noticed a differentiation in taste.

So, let me get into what research showed me when it comes to eating kiwi. Thanks to Healthline.com for the education.

Kiwi helps Asthma

Okay, I don’t have asthma, but it’s good for all of you wheezers out there.  This is due to the vitamin C.

Aids Digestion

This I can vibe with.  Digesting properly is absolutely key, and I take probiotics to help this with supplementation, but if I can get help with the foods I eat, even better. As mentioned earlier, this is due to the existence of fiber.  We all know fiber makes you poop.  Pooping regularly is good.

Boosts the Immune System

Once again, it’s that vitamin C kicking in again.  How many times do I have to explain the benefits of vitamin C?  We all know it rocks.

Reduces Other Health Conditions

Kiwi can reduce oxidative stress.  I don’t know what that is. I’m a comic.  But I looked it up, and it leads to health problems.  Health problems are not good.  Remember, pooping regularly is good.  But oxidative stress is not.  So let’s just keep it right there and agree that kiwi is super good for you.

Manages Blood Pressure

Okay, this is yet another thing I worry about and vibe with.  High blood pressure can lead to a stroke, which can be deadly.  So let’s be cognizant of this and eat a lot of kiwi.  Seriously, I joke a lot, but I don’t joke about blood pressure, it’s a very serious issue that hits close to home. A client at my cosmetology salon told me how Accutane works, and I guess some of you at http://laserhq.com/acne-accutane-isotretinoin/ might be interested in that. More often than not, acne sufferers have impaired sebaceous glands, which means that their skin pores become clogged. The drug loosens the upper layer of the skin making the epidermis peel much easier.

Reduces Blood Clotting

I’ve had a blood clot. It was awful.  The pain was brutal, and the time spent in the hospital was not fun.  Sure, people visited me and all, but the fact that a clot can kill you scares me.  Don’t get a blood clot.  Eat kiwi.

Protects Against Vision Loss

Kiwi’s have a huge amount of eaxanthin and lutein and they help protect from macular degeneration.

Can Kiwi be Bad for You?

There is always that one guy who will stand on a soap box and say I’m wrong.  Hey, I’m not wrong, I’m simply regurgitating science!

I’m reality, everyone has different bodies and different issues.  We all have our quirks that make us different, and in the case of kiwi, some people have an allergy. If you are allergic to hazelnuts, latex, or avocados, you are more prone to being allergic to kiwis.  Can’t make this up.

With all the benefit of eating kiwi stacking up to a better life, I’m going to continue to enjoy this magical fruit. 

 

September 5, 2018

What Do People Eat in Iceland?

Are you planning on taking a trip to Iceland? If so, you’re in for a real treat.  I was there this June for 10 amazing days that I will never forget!  I was fortunate enough to explore many nooks and crannies of Iceland, in addition to taking in their culinary scene.  And what a scene it was!  Today I’m happy to share with you what people eat in Iceland.

What is the Food Like in Iceland?

The first food to try is any variety of Icelandic fish. Like any Scandinavian country, Iceland also boasts a lot of great fish and fish flavored dishes. There are around 340 or more different species of saltwater fish that have been Dried Fish in Icelandfound in Iceland. And some of the most common ones are catfish, capelin, cod, dealfish, haddock, halibut, mackerel, monkfish, Pollock, Greenland shark and lumpfish. There’s also a lot of kinds of salmon. The most popular are Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout. Ideally, you should try out as many as you can they’re cooked, baked, grilled and fried to perfection. We promise, your taste buds will thank you!

Another delicacy to try is the famous Icelandic hot dog. Even though it sounds like a common food you can find anywhere, the hot dog in Iceland is completely different and is guaranteed to blow your mind. The most popular restaurant to go for hot dogs is Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, where you may find a long line of customers waiting to eat the food. What’s more, these hot dogs are affordable so you can eat away as much as you want.

Bill Clinton has been there, as well as Kim Kardashian.  If you don’t believe me, read about it here!  https://www.allworld.com/baejarins-beztu-pylsur-reykjavki-iceland/

Once you’re done trying out the hot dogs, you should head over and pick up some rugbrauo. This is dark rye bread which is baked using traditional methods. It’s baked in a special pot or can even be steamed in wooden casks. These are buried near hot springs which help the bread to bake faster. This bread is truly a delight! It doesn’t have a crust, it is dense and has a rich, sweet flavor you will just love. It’s usually great when eaten with fresh butter, pickled herring, cheese or other dishes. You can also just eat it with nothing on the side, So make sure to try out the bread when you visit Iceland.

Another food that should be on your bucket list is harofiskur, or dried fish. This fish is eaten in large numbers by locals who cannot get enough! It is often also eaten as an alternative to popcorn because locals may eat it while watching a movie. It’s also thought to be a much healthier alternative to crisps or other greasy processed snacks. It’s made from cod or haddock and is dried in the cold North Atlantic air. You must try this delicacy. It is also considered to be a high protein snack but when you try it, you can add lots of butter. After all, it’s not like you’ll visit Iceland every day!

If the thought of eating a mainly fish diet scares you, don’t worry – they serve horse tenderloin!  Yes, I swear to you, it’s the most delicious food you will ever consume.  Think of it as a leaner ribeye.  I had one that was perfectly cooked (rare) and it was something I’ll never forget.  At $80, it was pricey, but worth every dime.  Of course, if you are in the main city of Reykjavik, you can also find some Vietnamese Pho, as well as sushi and American cuisine.

There are many other foods you can try but the ones we have listed above are the absolute must-tries!

September 4, 2018

What Is Good Health?

Apple

As someone who invests time and money into being as healthy as I possibly can, I always wonder if I am “doing it right.”  What is good health?  Well, as someone who never stops seeking for answers, I took my curiosity to Google and found out a few things.  Today, I will share with you.

What Technically Makes Someone “Healthy?”

I eat organic whenever possible. I drink filtered water.  I have my teeth cleaned routinely and I work out excessively.  With some luck, I’ll be like my Grandparents and live well into my 90’s.  But, do I really know if I’m in good health?

While I think so, I ended up cross referencing some content found on Men’s Journal called “10 Essential Rules of Good Health.”

Here they are, from 1 to 10.  Let me know if you agree, or disagree, with any of these.

#1:  You Need a Doctor Focused on Wellness

Okay, so while I hear this loud and clear, isn’t that their damn jobs?

I’ve never had a Doctor whose focus wasn’t on wellness.  Next.

#2:  Food Should be a Nutrient, Not a Drug

It took me many years to learn this personally.  I used to think that having jalapenos on my pizza provided me enough greens for the day.  I also thought Martini Olives were a solid source of vegetables as well.  After ballooning up in weight at around age 30, I lost over 30 pounds as I neared my 40th birthday and never looked back.  In addition to exercising, I opted for fruits, vegetables, and water instead of frozen pizza, burgers, and beer. I should say viagra 100mg is amazingly helpful for my husband. The doctor said we really should make an effort to use Viagra on a constant basis, otherwise it becomes a waste of money. So I’ve noticed in the last few months we have had a real progress with it, I’m so happy! It’s just like having a new and energetic lover.

#3:  Sleep is as Critical as Food at Water

Okay, so after #1 made me a bit leery of this list, we’re back on track in a major way.  To me, sleep is absolutely key.  I have modified my lifestyle to be a serial day drinker instead of a night owl. Life is good.

#4:  Your Mind and Brain Need a Breather

They suggest meditation, and while I’m not into that (yet) I do agree that spa days are key.  I add in a spa day every time I travel.  It equalizes the distance and stress incurred.

#5:  An Exercise Regimen Should Be Balanced

They suggest a mix of muscle building, stretching, and exercise.  I’m down with that.  It’s important to life, keep your heart healthy with cardio, and of course, be limber.

#6:  Recovery is as Important as Exercise Itself

Yeah, tell this to my personal trainer.  We are in agreement!

#7:  Keep a Slim Waistline

They say to stay at a 34.  I’m right there.  Just gotta keep it there for you know, the next 50 years.

#8:  Be Social

Apparently being social helps you be healthy.  I’ll remember that when I’m at Happy Hour.  It just may be wise to holler at a woman and see what’s good.  Although you’ll notice that dating apps are going anywhere but social, with all this swiping and all.

#9: Keep Attainable, Realistic Goals

So they say to keep your gym and diet goals reasonable and achievable. I disagree, but I aim high.  As an aspiring comic, I always try to make everyone laugh.  Not almost everyone, but everyone.  But that’s just me.

#10:  Think Long Term, Not Short

I can appreciate this.  Almost nothing happens in a short period of time when it comes to being healthy.  It took me a solid 6-9 months of very strict dieting, along with weight loss supplements, exercise, and much more, to get down 30 pounds.

So, there you have it.  The Men’s Journal take on “what is good health?”  Do you believe in these steps, or do you have a different definition of the meaning of being healthy. I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

 

August 30, 2018

Shortcut to Size Review

Jim stoppani lifting

9.8

Results

10.0/10

Exercises

10.0/10

Satisfaction

10.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Have you ever tried to gain muscle size but have often reached a point where no matter what you do, the size doesn’t come. This is a common problem around 80% of bodybuilders face and most of the people who lack good knowledge in exercise fail to produce results when they reach this stage.  While I’m not a bodybuilder, I decided to give a workout program called Shortcut to Size a solid chance.  Today, I share with you my review.

Does Shortcut To Size Get Results?

Male Flexing

With sheer disappointment after doing hard workouts everyday, people tend to lose interest and give up completely. If you fit this picture perfectly, perhaps you too are doing everything wrong which is causing your body to stop growing.  I for one am someone who needs the structured plans in my workout, because I always seem to be casually exercising without a plan if I don’t have an exact game plan mapped out.

Before you give up on building muscle, I recommend trying out the Jim Stoppani workout program which is specifically built for people who have reached this hard stage in their quest to gain size. The program is developed by none other than Dr. Jim Stoppani, who is known in the bodybuilding world as one of the best trainers out there.

View this Incredible Before and After Video!

Check Out His Program Here —>  Official Program.

Jim Stoppani has a PhD in exercise science which means that he knows everything about workout and diet and has immense knowledge in how to create an environment where your body grows.

This is the perfect workout routine for anyone to follow at home. This program is specifically designed to help you add muscle to your body as fast as possible, thus it is recommended to people who have been working out already and are looking for that extra edge.

The workout uses a unique exercise variance nature that makes you perform sets of exercises until you fail. It starts with more reps in the first few weeks and then lets you reduce the reps but increases the set. You are expected to perform sets of any given exercise until you cannot lift anymore.

This workout routine is designed for about 12 weeks which is enough time to add good muscle to your body if you are following a good diet, and perhaps some weight loss supplementation, along with adding a lot of protein to your life.

Another great thing about this routine is that it never lets you perform the same exercise over and over again. By the end of the 12th week, you will have performed so many different exercises that you’ll have it really hard to remember which ones you did throughout the program.  In my experience, I didn’t find that it got stale or just flamed out on me.  I was constantly changing up the exercise plan to the point where I was always thirsting for more.

I am compiling my before and after pics, and when I get them touched up and “web ready,” I’ll go ahead and post them.  For now, I wanted to share with you my review and tell you that hey, I just don’t joke about health, I actually practice healthy living from time to time.

For now, be sure to check out the program here:  Buy at BodyBuilding.com.

Keep livin, keep laughing. 

August 30, 2018

How to Remove Skin Tags Safely

Skin Tag Pic

People are so vain these days! In an effort to look flawless, people go to major extremes to get rid of all of their skim blemishes and deficiencies. Today I’m going to talk about something many people want to hear about – how to safely get rid of skin tags.

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags and the little flaps of growth can add unwanted texture to the skin, and can be found on various parts of the body. They are painless, yet a nuisance.

There are a number of ways that these pesky intruders can be wiped out, leaving a clean slate. Luckily, if you cannot afford a dermatologist, there are a natural ways to get rid of them, using things found in your kitchen! Firstly, be well versed in your oils.

Essential Oils Photo

Pictured is a sampling of essential oils.

There is a difference between essential oils, and oils used daily. Essential oils can help stimulate the skin cells, to quickly repair the body and skin. Skin tags can also be removed this way. Applying oregano oil can aid you in wiping out the tags. Apply around four to five drops of oregano oil directly onto the tag, three times a day. The direct contact will enable the skin to soak up all the benefits that oregano oil has to offer, which includes it being an antiseptic agent and has antispasmodic properties.

Another option is tea tree oil. Due to its harsh anti fungal properties, it works to rid of the inflammation within the skin. Use this method, twice a day. Always dilute tea tree oil with water before applying it or else it could result in some serious irritation, and make your skin worse. Natural oils can be irritable in nature and should be used carefully, diluted and with a cotton ball for application. The skin tags should then be covered with a band-aid to let the tag dry out and fall off as quickly as possible.

Time to go into the kitchen and grab some ingredients! Making a simple paste can really speed the process. Castor oil and baking soda can be mixed in a bowl, till the consistency is thick enough to be applied as a paste, and is not runny. Using a cotton swab, dip it into the concoction and apply to the tag, it might irritate but it will definitely be highly effective. Garlic has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and cleansing properties. Grind up a fresh clove into a small bowl, dip your cotton swab and apply to the tag. Covering with the bandage can close off the tag to bacteria and air, cutting off its oxygen supply can make it fall faster. Treating with apple cider vinegar has been proven to be effective in the removal of skin tags. As per before, use a cotton swab to apply the vinegar to the tag and rub in circular motions to increase the absorption intake. Repeating this process three times a day, can make the tag fall off within two weeks. You can also use honey for skincare as well! If you experience any irritation, remember to dilute with water.

Lastly, always see a dermatologist before doing anything. Doctors are highly skilled and can remove the tag by burning it off in an antiseptic environment. They can provide antibiotics that prevent an infection taking place.

Those tips are all things you can do at home, with your own supplies, on your own time. I’m currently testing a product that made some lofty promises about removing skin tags. When I have some feedback for you all, I’ll post a review.