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The Sugar “Craving Cycle”: Are you feeding it?


It’s a new year and many of you have resolutions to improve or change your quality of health. Before that can happen, we need to identify a big barrier that will challenge us all, day in and day out. It’s time to step up to the “plate” and admit that you are a slave to your habits. Habits, Rewards, and ... Read More »

Atkins Diet or the Paleo Diet: Which one is for me?

Paleo versus atkins

Health and weight loss have often been linked with strict, nearly impossible eating regimens. Who hasn’t heard of Gwyneth Paltrow’s stringent macrobiotic diet? Luckily for meat lovers, other diets have emerged catering to the tastes of would-be carnivores while promoting weight loss, health and overall well-being. What is the Atkins Diet: Delicious Weight Loss The Atkins diet has been around ... Read More »

The One Reason why Bodybuilders Hate CrossFit


Bodybuilders hate CrossFit – and here’s 11 reasons why: Those butterfly/kipping pull-ups look ridiculous and they are horrible form. Olympic lifting is fine but it was never meant to be done at high repetitions. CrossFit is not a sport either. People who do CrossFit are not athletes. CrossFit coaches are not really coaches. They take a weekend course and then come throw you ... Read More »

No Stress Management? Your Health is a Ticking Time Bomb


Many of us have lives that are so jam-packed we rarely have time to breathe, resulting in stress levels going through the roof. Although stress is normal, and actually good for us in short bursts, prolonged stress is a serious time-bomb waiting to go off. What is Stress? Stress is a natural response to a situation that makes you feel ... Read More »

Strength Foundations: Beginner Weight Training Program with Videos

Click here to see instructional videos for each of the exercises contained within this workout plan.

After being recently featured as the Coach of the Day on Coach.me, I had a number of people ask for more details on the “Beginner Weight Training Program“. The following is an instructional resource guide of exercise videos found in the post entitled the Beginner Guide to Muscle Building: Training, Diet and Recovery. Beginner Weight Training Program with Alternating Workouts and Videos Workout Day A ... Read More »

Why Sugar Kills Any Hope for a Balanced Diet


We all know junk food isn’t good for us if we eat it on a regular basis, but the health effects associated with this greasy, sugary goodness might extend far beyond what we know about weight gain, cholesterol, and diabetes. This is your Brain on Sugar? In fact, according to a fascinating article from ScienceDaily.com, one study conducted on rats ... Read More »

A Life Jar Year In Review and the Top 20 Stories from 2014


When was the last time you sat back and reflected on an important time in your life? For me and my family that happens on January 1st each year. We have a #LifeJar which sits on a shelf above the sink and throughout the year it fills up with little mementos like ticket stubs, personal notes, receipts, expired room keys, plane tickets ... Read More »

The Moose is Loose Annual Reader Survey of Awesomeness

Dai Manuel's Annual Reader Survey of Awesomeness

Wow. What a year. I want to send out a massive ‘THANK YOU‘ to all of you that have supported me and my blogging since 2008. 2014 was a PR year all around… … and heading into 2015, I’m looking forward to continuing to add high-value content along with sound health, wellness and lifestyle advice for all returning (and future) visitors who happen upon ... Read More »

Power Up Your Next Workout with Tea: 7 Reasons Tea Kicks Ass

7 Reasons Tea Kicks Ass

Tea may very well be the world’s first pre-workout drink. For thousands of years, monks have consumed tea for the “mindful alertness” that helps them stay awake and calm during long hours of meditation, and hunter-gatherer tribes throughout the Amazon have used teas to support energy, focus, and mental clarity while on the hunt. Athletically speaking, it is these powerful ... Read More »

Beginner Guide to Muscle Building: Training, Diet and Recovery

Beginner Guide to Muscle Building

In this beginner guide to muscle-building, you will learn everything you need to know about muscle-building – the science behind it and actionable tips in applying them. Understanding them is 10x more effective than blindly following workout routines, as you will then be able to adapt anything to best suit your body. Muscle building is a simple function of three ... Read More »

What’s the connection between Exercise and Happiness?


Amazing things happen in our brains when we exercise, the benefits of which encompass everything from improving short-term memory loss to combating depression to even preventing Alzheimer’s disease. But what exactly is going on in our grey matter, so to speak, during and after a round of exercise? The Runner’s High, Exercise and feeling awesome Most of us are familiar ... Read More »