Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well, maybe a little early. But the new church year begins on December 1 with the First Sunday of Advent!

My writing has been dormant for a while now, and not just on this blog. I haven't even been writing for the church newsletter! It's pretty bad, you guys.

Anyway, it's time to breathe some life into this blog again, and I've had a few things on my mind lately. Some of those things will find their way onto this blog.

One little gem I've had in the back of my mind is a quote from John Jantsch which he shared on an episode of Kitchen Table Talk (the 13:20 mark of this episode): "If we manage our energy, we don't have to worry about managing time" and Chris Brogan distilled it to "Don't manage time, manage energy." Everyone is worried about time management, but I think energy management makes more sense. He explained it in greater detail here.

As I've been thinking about how I spend my time or my energy, I've noticed some themes have emerge over the last ten months or so, mainly that I commit almost all of my energy into the following four channels: my family, education, the church, and martial arts. Just about anything I do falls under one or more of these categories, emphasis on "or more" because sometimes there is substantial overlap. These are not four separate departments or divisions. So don't be surprised when my blog posts going forward include one (or more) of those four labels.

The fact that it is four channels is also screaming at me because of a book sitting on a shelf that I've been actively avoiding for too long. It's one of those things that I've kept putting off because the conditions weren't perfect, the timing wasn't right, or whatever. It's Seth Godin's updated and simplified version of Zig Ziglar's Legendary Goals Program. Seth calls it Pick Four. I received it as a gift from Rev. Tom Eggebrecht.

I also want to give a shout out to Gary Vaynerchuk, because his newly released book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook helped me find the desire to make a concerted effort to find my voice again in social media (I've been pretty hit or miss over the last six years or so). I've been reading it the past couple of days in the car (I have a long commute to my "day job" so I have a lot of time to "read" while I drive).

So this blog post is my way of saying I'm back. I hope that you find what I share here to be helpful, valuable, and if nothing else, entertaining.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Schroeder Diet. No Worms.

One of the things some Lutherans like to discuss on blogs and social networks is their diets. Each one says "I follow Paleo," or "I follow Primal," or "I follow Shakeology," still another "I follow Rachael Ray."

I follow four diets. Well, not really, but my diet is heavily influenced by four different sources, and there is a healthy chunk of overlap between them. Here they are:
The Slow Carb Diet doesn't allow bread (unless it's cheat day) but I allow myself special dispensations for the Renergy Sandwich 2.0:

Quinoa is also not technically allowed on the Slow Carb Diet, but I allow it under the bean / legume umbrella (my main two are lentils and black beans). Darya likes quinoa, so that makes it ok.

One thing that I started incorporating into my diet this year is hemp. Shelled hemp seeds, hemp oil, and hemp protein shakes (even though Dolce doesn't like protein shakes). I am pretty much dedicated to the Nutiva brand (I also really like their coconut oil).

Something else I started doing last year or this year is chia seeds. I mostly just put them in water and drink it. I usually get my chia seeds from Nutiva.

My main greens are probably baby spinach and kale.

I almost never drink soft drinks (Pepsi vs. Coca-Cola? how about they're both garbage), and the Slow Carb Diet says not to drink calories (except a glass of red wine in the evening), but my one exception is coconut water, which is claimed by some to be nature's sports drink. If it's good enough for the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family, it's good enough for me for my martial arts. I go back and forth between four brands: O.N.E., Naked, ZICO, and Vita Coco.

Do I use supplements? Yeah, a few. When I'm feeling rich.

Daily multivitamin. I could do this online, but I came across a great shop a while back via Groupon. It's an independent local store called Apple Wellness. I get whatever daily multi jumps out at me after I've run out of whatever I was using. Sometimes I even shop there without using a Groupon!

I also like to get a month's supply of probiotics from Apple Wellness every once in a while, although taking them every day each month would be ideal.

The Slow Carb Diet calls for supplementing three things: calcium, magnesium, and potassium. But I don't go out of my way to supplement these because I should be getting sufficient supply of them from my diet (some which comply with SCD, some don't).

Otherwise there are two supplements I like from time to time for natural performance enhancement come from a company called Onnit. One is Alpha Brain and the other is Shroom Tech Sport. So for those of you keeping score at home, I'm taking hemp and Cordyceps Sinensis mushrooms to advance my athletic pursuits (not to be confused with marijuana and Psilocybins). What's that? Smoke a telephone pole? Challenge accepted.

In addition to the Four Hour Chef, you'll also want to check out the Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.

Mike Dolce also has The Dolce Diet: Living Lean which covers food, but also exercise and other lifestyle choices (he's a top-tier fitness and nutrition trainer for MMA fighters). He also has some holiday recipes for Valentine's Day and Christmas. The holiday titles are less than $5 for the pair in kindle format.

Sorry about the Diet of Worms reference in the title of this blog post.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kindle Titles On Sale This Month, February 2013

Every month, has a list of 100 titles available in the kindle format on sale for $3.99 or less. Here are the ones that jumped out at me this morning (all aff links):

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina. I own his book Brain Rules and I've checked out Brain Rules for Baby from the library before. At this price, I don't mind buying it and having it always on hand for reference. Medina adheres to the theory of evolution, but the advice he dispenses is based on replicable scientific studies. (For example, if he says the human body is designed to run 12 miles every day, even though this is his evolutionary belief, he has studies that can be repeated to back it up.) One of the points he likes to make is that there are no credible studies to support the notion that those womb sound machines have any beneficial effects for the unborn baby, so this book isn't just what to do with your child, but what NOT to do or what NOT to waste your time or money on.

Churchill : The Unexpected Hero by Paul Addison. I'm not a Winston Churchill fanatic, but I want to know much more about him than I do currently. Some speculate that he was dyslexic and/or had ADHD. This book is 300+ pages, so it's not going to be a fluffy overly-brief and generalized biography.

Remember, you don't need to own an Amazon kindle in order to read kindle books. You can download a kindle app for your PC, laptop, Mac, BlackBerry, Android, iPhone or iPod Touch and so forth. Just click here: free Amazon kindle reading apps. You could also buy a kindle, and if you just want a kindle for reading books, I recommend the Paperwhite (with which I will most likely replace my current kindle Touch):

UPDATE: Actually, I will NOT be replacing my current kindle with the paperwhite because my kindle has text-to-speech, and the paperwhite lacks this feature. So if you want text-to-speech, you pretty much need to buy a Kindle Fire.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Available Now! Four-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss

Watch this one minute video:

Buy it here from (I did!):
print ($21.00)
kindle ($9.99)

You can check my previous post on the Four-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss here. Note: it's much more than just a book on how to cook. Don't believe me? Go to and see for yourself. :-)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Highlights from Tim Ferriss's Four-Hour Life Seminar

Here is Tim Ferriss with some of the highlights from his recent two-day CreativeLive seminar called The Four-Hour Life: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. It's a three minute youtube video. Of course, I don't endorse EVERYTHING Tim says, does, or promotes, but there's too much good stuff here not to share.

The reason the subtitle is Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise is because his book trilogy corresponds with those themes: Healthy is Four-Hour Body, Wealthy is Four-Hour Workweek, and Wise is Four-Hour Chef.

I'm not joking, you guys, I can't wait for Four-Hour Chef to "hit the shelves" at!

If you want to know more about this book (is it only about cooking?), check out the Four-Hour Chef website.