Look out for the * for today’s advice.
SWEEP THE LEG DAY
Walter Cronkite 1916
We know that the real threat to democracy is in half the nation in poverty. We know that Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, ‘A democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.’ We know, we know, that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child. We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism. We know that it is not how one’s lips are formed but what they say. And we know there is freedom to disagree with all or part of what I’ve just said.
*I really like what Walter Cronkite has to say here. We know what is right, but some chose ignorance because we are free to chose ignorance. If you don’t like what the “most trusted man in America” has to say, you have the right to disagree with it.
Matthew McConaughey 1969
The key to McConaughey’s diet is eating foods with low GI levels.
As McConaughey puts it “As I’ve gotten older, I realize that being fit and in shape is 90% diet. It doesn’t matter how much you run, it’s how little, or how much you eat.”
Low GI Foods (55 or less)
- 100% stone-ground whole wheat or pumpernickel bread
- Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), oat bran, muesli
- Pasta, converted rice, barley, bulgar
- Sweet potato, corn, yam, lima/butter beans, peas, legumes and lentils
- Most fruits, non-starchy vegetables and carrots
*Stick to these low GI level foods today. McConoughey is right that it is about what you eat and don’t eat that keeps you in shape or not. I’ve also heard his advice of “sweat every day” – so sweat at some point today. Watch him win an Oscar in Dallas Buyers Club for motivation on weight-loss.
Will Rogers 1879
The values of American Indians helped inspire ideals the Founding Fathers envisioned for their new nation. Unfortunately, these values conflicted with narrow self-interests. The ideals were never fully realized. But during the social and political unrest of the Great Depression, common-sense philosopher and humorist Will Rogers showed the unifying effect of these values for modern times.
American Indian values lean toward a cosmic identity, a harmony of the individual with the tribe, the tribe with the land, and the land with the spirit of the universe. Central to this quest for harmony is a sense of constancy – the timelessness and predictability of nature as the foundation of existence. This cycle symbolizes eternity- one reality, and it transcends everything in its absoluteness, giving respect to everything.
*Will Rogers is right, we could do a lot worse than going back to the values of the American Indians. Have a cosmic identity today and give respect to everything.
Sean Combs 1969
Sean “Puffy” Combs is the embodiment of determination and hustle. After quitting Howard University following his sophomore year, he came back to his native NYC and interned at Uptown Records. After that brief music industry education, he launched his own Bad Boy Records in 1993 and the rest is history.
After topping last year’s list on the strength of his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and the sale of a chunk of his Sean John equity, Diddy is still making a healthy living thanks largely to a beverage empire that includes Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water.
*Be the embodiment of determination and hustle. Go after what you want to create in life. Listen to Diddy’s music or make a Ciroc drink for motivation.
Ralph Macchio 1961 – watch The Karate Kid (1984)
Johnny bad boy Lawrence, Daniel’s arch nemesis and major antagonist learns humility in the jaws of defeat in spectacular fashion. As Daniel’s journey becomes complete in a goose bump inducing final scene, Johnny is finally beaten and in the process, overcome with emotion raises Daniel’s hand aloft.
Lesson – There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.
*You will never have balance in life until you watch The Karate Kid (1984). Not parts 2 or 3 or the remake or the reboot. If you don’t watch this today, I’ve got 3 words for you. “Sweep the leg”
Curtis Stone 1975 – chickpea hummus
When Mother Nature worked out what we should be eating at different times of the year, she did a pretty good job, so listen to her. Food that is in season just tastes better and you really don’t have to do a whole lot to it to make it taste great! It is always less expensive, and chances are it hasn’t been artificially treated or traveled halfway across the world to reach your kitchen.
*Lots of low GI foods go into this healthy snack, including dipping carrots and whole wheat pitas.
Margarita mix be damned! Tuck this winner in the fridge before your guests arrive so it’s ready for the first “Cheers.” Don’t skip the grated lime zest—it’s the key to giving these margaritas good lime flavor. Gold and silver tequila are both great in this recipe—it just depends on your preference. But be sure to use a good-quality tequila.
*If you are having people over to watch The Karate Kid, or maybe a Matthew McConaughey Movie Marathon, make these Curtis Stone margaritas. Make sure you use Diddy’s Deleon Tequila.
This is a big day with some big names. Enjoy it and as always, adapt it as you see fit.
SNUB – Bethenny Frankel
- You know what is right
- Low GI foods and sweat for 10 minutes
- Have a cosmic identity
- Be the embodiment of determination and hustle
- Watch The Karate Kid (1984)
- Make chickpea hummus