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BacktoBasics
Quebec, Canada
Helping humans feel more human
Interests: Enjoying Everyday, Being Outdoors, With Family, Optimal Health, Rejoicing, Preventive Medicine, Lifestyle Transformation.
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I guess I have to accept that with age, it's normal to experience fewer and fewer 'firsts'. My children ages 5 and 4 get to live firsts every day. Foods, sights, smells, movement - can you imagine living your entire life with firsts every day? However as a man in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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I started playing Ultimate Frisbee in 1997, when all other university sports were out of reach for me, Ultimate became my channel for athletic expression. In the early 2000's, I played on a few competitive co-ed teams (guys and girls playing together). The first team I played with was called... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Why is it that we give up creativity as we get older? Why do we believe the lie that we have nothing original or innovative to offer? Remember that moment when you realize you are seriously entrenched in your routine, so predictable that even the people around you know where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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We often get stuck on hearing the words. As if, if they aren't spoken out loud, then it's not real or we still doubt if love really is there. I beg to differ. There are many ways to say 'I love you', and for some, this can take on many... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Spring is a force to be reckoned with. It seems hard to imagine with howling winds at -30 below that anything could survive, or even come back to life. And yet the cumulative dying of plants, insects, leaves, animals, birds and people fuels the next generation of life. No amount... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Your lizard brain is programmed to avoid discomfort at all costs. The hard conversations, the all-or-nothing sales pitch, publishing your art, the attacking Bengal tiger...basically all the same emotion for the lizard brain: FEAR. The Montreal Canadians needed to win last Wednesday trailing 2-0 against the Tampa Bay Lighting. They... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Perfectly translated in both languages. Clear. No ambiguity. This sign makes complete sense in Montreal in January. It is complete nonsense in Miami anytime of the year. Clarity doesn't translate into comprehension. Conveying a message, even to a receptive audience, requires more than clarity, it requires context and connection. Corporate... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Art has no tangible value until it is shipped to the masses. If you create something amazing in your basement and never bring it out to see the light of day, then you'll never know if your art has the power to change lives. And people will never get the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Bringing back the wisdom of old may be what ultimately changes us for the better in the future. Please take a moment to appreciate the following quote from 4th century: "And yet the results of physical fitness are the direct opposite of those that follow from unfitness. The fit are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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Watching TV or staring at any screen isn't just forcing us into an extremely sedentary lifestyle, it's also messing with our appetites. Here's how TV makes us fat: The blue light frequency emitted from the screen stimulates cortisol release from the adrenal glands. This is the same process as when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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The following was sent to me in response to a problem. It amazes me how few organizations (which are made up of real human people) actually behave this way. Shouldn't this be the norm?? We’re Very Sorry During the past few days, you may have gotten emails with the wrong... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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They get snuck into your cold cuts, those bacon strips and hot dogs. A chemical compound used as a coloring agent, preservative and flavoring. All those delicious cold cuts, cured sausages and smoked meats…. chock full of sodium nitrites. So what’s the big deal. Added nitrites react with the natural... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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The country of Bhutan instilled the ‘Gross National Happiness’ index which is the measurement for progress for the country. Political, economical and societal decisions are made based on whether or not these will improve the GNH index. This is a huge paradigm shift away from the GDP, which is mathematically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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To my cousin Brian, a brand new Dad over the weekend; Soak in these moments. They are precious beyond understanding. Take photos and videos and tuck them away safely. And most of all, revel in those most intimate moments that you will only be able to capture in your heart.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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"In Canada, a group from the University of Calgary made a study on seasonal variations of vitamin D and cholesterol. They found that, during the winter, when the vitamin D level is lowest, the cholesterol is highest. Interesting to see the body reacting to a low level of a steroid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at BacktoBasics
Carol - your words encourage me. Keep on singing!
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on Think about death every day at BacktoBasics
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"The cause of disease is never a lack of medication" Imagine this for a second: You pay your family doctor a premium every year, for as long as you are healthy. The day you get sick, you stop paying your physician. Once he/she restores you to health, you resume paying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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We were made to play outside This little molecule is actually more a hormone (a steroid hormone!) than a vitamin. Vitamins are molecules that we must take in through our food. Hormones are molecules our bodies fabricate (yes we have little hormone factories that pump out all the good stuff... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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There are certain things that our digital age will never replace... Pen to paper Needle to vinyl Wood to drum skin Spark to tinder Axe to log Saddle to horse Touch to body Blade to meat Mortar to pestle Lure to line Paddle to water Wind to sail Board to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at BacktoBasics
Matty - you are one of the reasons I started doing this. Thanks for the inspiration!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2015 on Think about death every day at BacktoBasics
Thanks Sharon. Appreciate the feedback. Have a great day!
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2015 on Think about death every day at BacktoBasics
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Memento Mori The finality of death brings us closest to the definition of what it means to be human. Death is pure; the great equalizer. We will all face this destination. So what will the sum of my life be? What will I leave behind? What will I take with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at BacktoBasics
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