Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: 4 Science-Backed Tips


Three very important words in this post are, “Plan to fail”. Be realistic, every new endeavor has the possibility for a setback. Stay focused on your goal and track your success, no matter how small it may seem. Forward progress can be making it through a temptation if only for a minute. You are worth the effort you invest in yourself.

Our Better Health

Diana Vilibert   December 18, 2014

Planning to lose weight, start running, or quit smoking in 2015? Join the club. While a lot of us—almost half percent of Americans—make New Year’s resolutions confidently and optimistically, only eight percent of people actually achieve them. As for the rest of us? Well, there’s still hope—keep reading to find out what makes a New Year’s resolution succeed or fail, and how to make sure you own 2015 goal sticks.

Simple is best

January 1, 2015 is not the time for a total life overhaul. Willpower is a finite resource, so use it wisely. Pick one goal to focus on at a time (even if you plan to work on a few over the course of the year) instead of overloading yourself with plans to run a marathon, double your income, go vegan, and stop smoking.

Get specific

“We say if you can’t measure…

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If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.


Anytime you feel, hear, or think you cannot do something, remember that without trying you never will. The slightest attempt or effort, will put you ahead of those that won’t or can’t. So what is truly stopping you, yourself?

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«If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.»

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Health Benefits of Honey


Not just a sugar substitute. Honey rocks a peanut butter sandwich! Swirl it into your protein shake for an awesome energy boost. Great for quelling a cough too.

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Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2,500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important element of traditional medicines such as Ayurvedic treatments, scientists are also researching the benefits of honey in relation to modern medicine, particularly in the healing of wounds.

It is known as Honig in German, Miele in Italian, Shahad in Hindi, Miel in French and Spanish, Mel in Portuguese, мед in Russian, Honing in Dutch, and μελι in Greek; there is almost no part in the world where honey is not widely used and celebrated as a part of the cultural diet.

But what makes honey so popular? Most likely, it is the ease with which it can be consumed. One can eat honey directly, put it on bread like a jam, mix it with juice or any drink instead of sugar, or…

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Thank You!


A very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or specific holiday that you celebrate, to all of my  followers on WordPress across the world and to my Facebook followers here.
Thank you all.

Cream of Mushroom Soup


Warm, smooth and creamily inviting mushroom soup. This is a simple, and healthy recipe for a stand alone dish, side or sauce for a casserole.


You wouldn’t believe this is vegan and flour free. It’s creamy and thick. I’ve been making vegan cream sauces for years now, and I often use flour to add thickness to them. Not this time! I am so happy to have successfully made this soup.

I kept the spices to a minimum as I was creating this for the first time and wanted to see how the kids would like it before getting too crazy with the flavors. I will be making this again for sure, as my daughter definitely enjoyed it. And I will be playing with the spices more.



  • 1 small potato
  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower
  • 3 cups sliced button mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk (I used coconut)


  • chop and steam the potato and cauliflower
  • in the meantime, heat olive oil in a skillet, add…

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Feel the Burn



Typically, when someone is talking about , ‘Feeling the burn’, they are referring to the euphoric high of an intense workout. The one that makes each breath of oxygen fuel your muscles, so that you can continue to get in one more set, one more rep, or maybe just one more step. The burn is the production and build up of lactic acid.


High intensity exercise can cause an endorphin rush much like the intake of Capsaicin, which is an active component in chilie peppers and is said to promote weight loss. It is also an anti fungal.


I am known as a chili head. I enjoy the burn of hot peppers, sauces, seasonings and all things chili. I have been busy grinding dried Mulato, Ancho, Ghost, New Mex., Chococlate Habanero, and Fatali chilies. I mix this with a few seasonings and use it as a topical addition for eggs, soups, meats, you name it.


These Fatali peppers are one of my favorites for their citrus like flavor. I am wearing gloves due to the oils that are present on these chilies. The vast majority of the heat is not in the seeds, as some people think, but in the membrane or placenta, that holds the seeds.

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I recently took a stab at making my own pepper sauce. It turned out rather well. I made my first batch with Jalapenos and Poblanos. These were fermented in a brine solution with yogurt culture to help create the process. After about six weeks, I added vinegar, a few final seasonings, ran half the batch through a berry strainer, and my first bottle of hot sauce was born.


There was a point where we had to vacate the premises and air it out, due to the overwhelming fumes. This gave us ample time for some great Mexican food at my favorite restaurant.

Whether you choose to explore the use of capsaicin as a topical for pain relief, the ingestion of more spice for health reasons, (circulation), or just grab a bottle of chipotle sauce for flavor, I hope you enjoy your experience as much as I have enjoyed sharing mine with you.

Feel the Burn!

In fitness, Bob