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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Sleep - The Secret Sauce Of Successful Living

Sleep. Probably the number one thing we deprive ourselves of. Yet, it's also a number one essential for good health, youthful energy, good relationships, financial success... and even getting into shape (more so than working out at the gym).

For the full story on sleep, I highly recommend a new book from my friend, health and nutrition expert Shawn Stevenson. It's packed with thoroughly researched, clinically proven facts. And clearly presented as a very good read.

The subtitle says "21 Proven Tips". It's actually 21 whole chapters, each with two or three practical power tips.Everyone will find something to better understand and improve their all-important quality of vital sleep.

That's the beauty of this book. It's not a list of "musts". Rather, it presents a smorgasbord of delicious choices from which you can choose what will work best for you.

Get it from Amazon and you could be enjoying better sleep tonight.

Your body will love you for it.

Your life depends on it.

You can listen to Shawn talking about the contents of his book here...

The connection between sleep, sex, income and fat-loss

... where Shawn also shares a couple of extra tips not in the book.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Amazing Birthday Celebration

What do you think is going on in this picture? Has some poor guy fallen out of the boat into the river?
The first amazing thing about that guy in the river is that he was 70 years old at the time. He was celebrating his 70th birthday by going for a swim. Behind him there are 70 boats carrying 70 people. And yes, the swimmer is pulling all of them along.

That amazing guy is Jack LaLanne, "the Godfather of Fitness", who opened the very first modern style fitness club way back in 1936. From the 1950's for over three decades he also presented a successful national TV show in America, spreading the message of healthy eating and exercise. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among many other awards.

Jack started out in life as a very sickly teenager who couldn't even make it to school. He once said that, "as a kid I was a sugarholic and junk food junkie. It made me weak and it made me mean and sick." Back then, in the 1930's, there was no internet and very little of the information that is common nowadays. So Jack had to figure things out for himself. A true pioneer. You can read more about Jack in this article:


The article about Jack is by Shawn Stevenson, another amazing guy who transformed his own vitality through personally researching the facts on healthy eating and exercise - even repairing the "incurable" degeneration of his spine. Shawn is now tirelessly working to help countless others regain their natural health (just as Jack LaLanne did throughout his lifetime). Spend some time on Shawn's website, it's a goldmine of healthy information, delivered in Shawn's unique engaging style.


Today is my birthday - my 60th. So I have another decade to build up to celebrating in the style Jack LaLanne did. But I did learn to swim this year, which is a start. And it's never too late to start reclaiming your natural health and vitality. Nor is it ever too early.

How will you be celebrating your 70th?

Jack passed away in 2011,
but his book Live Young Forever
is still selling well on Amazon.
In it he teaches how you could be
still going strong at 95, just like
Jack was when he wrote it.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Audrey Hepburn: Glamorous Gamine? Or Guru?

Today would have been the 85th birthday of Audrey Hepburn.

My captivation with her looks soon turned into a deeper fascination with her words:
"For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover why we have two hands: one for helping oneself, the other for helping others."
Those words were actually penned by humorist Sam Levenson as Advice To A Teenage Daughter. On her last Christmas Eve, Audrey chose to read those words at a family gathering, which was mentioned in a couple of biographies and hence the link. She herself never claimed authorship, but she spoke those words - and lived them.

Audrey Hepburn was truly a child of the world. Technically British and schooled in England, she was actually born in Belgium, but grew up in Nazi occupied Holland. Then, of course, it was Hollywood where she enjoyed a prolific career as a film actress, voted by the American Film Institute as one of the top three actresses of all time. A truly amazing achievement for a self-confessed introvert. She might have been a famous ballerina, but for health problems arising from war time deprivations.

Audrey never forgot her war time experience as a child, and dedicated her latter years to tireless work for UNICEF throughout Central America, Africa and Asia, campaigning on behalf of the children who even today suffer as she saw others around her suffer when she was a child. During that time she observed:
"The Third World is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world."
"I saw but one glaring truth: These are not natural disasters but man-made tragedies for which there is only one man-made solution: peace."
"I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics."
Reflecting on her words, I begin to see why Audrey Hepburn was voted "most beautiful woman in the world" (even though she described herself as "just plain too ugly"). Personally, I feel proud to declare her as one of my gurus, however unlikely she may at first seem to be for such a role. Audrey and I never met, yet she has been a profound inspiration to me.

Each and every one of us has an unlikely store of hidden potential to inspire others and better our world. Take a look around and seek out the most unlikely person. What secrets might they unfold as your guru? And what secrets could you reveal to them?

I'll leave you with Audrey's practical advice on how each of us might make our unique contribution to a better world:
"I tried always to do better:
saw always a little further.
I tried to stretch myself."
That, she most certainly did.

Let's follow.


I love that moment in the film Sabrina,
when Audrey sings about bananas.