how to get your life back on track

I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can use my weight loss story to help other people achieve similar success in their own lives. I am constantly trying to come up with new analogies to help people understand the mistakes they might be making in their life and what they can to do make things right again.

Today I am going to talk to you about a simple technique that I developed which has really helped put things in perspective and get every area of my life back on track -- especially my weight!

Your Life Path

It has been a few years now since I have achieved my goal of losing (over) one hundred pounds and dramatically improving my overall health and fitness. After having successfully kept the weight off for the past year or so I have been at my wits end trying to come up with an explanation as to why I succeeded where so many others have failed.

Finally the answer came to me one day when I was out on a long bike ride and suddenly came to a section of the bike path that was too muddy for my road bike to handle. I tried my best to press on but eventually I had no choice but to turn around and find a different way home.


It was at that moment in front of the bridge that it became perfectly clear to me why I became overweight in the first place: I had gone down the wrong path in my life. So what was the solution? What did I do that helped me reverse my weight problems? I turned around and I found the right path.

Imagine for a moment that there is an ideal life path for everyone and that by following this path it would lead them to all the places they were ever meant to go in their lifetime. Just like this path I had been traversing on bicycle, I believe that once upon a time there was an ideal life path I had the option of taking which would have brought me anywhere I could have ever wanted to go in life.

Sadly, like many young people today, I got distracted by the pressures and expectations of life and I wound up hitting a very abrupt dead end. I had to learn the hard way that the farther you stray from your ideal life path... the worse your life becomes. After many years of aimlessly wandering the "forest" I finally decided that enough was enough; I have to turn around and figure out how I can get back on track to become the person I was put on this earth to be.

The only problem was that it had easily been over four years since I last set foot on that path! I remember thinking, "Jeez! Is it really going to take me four years just to get back to square one?!"

Of course I knew the answer was not going to be as simple as all that. I mean, throughout the four years I spent wandering the woods I had taken several detours along the way. So I figured, "If I just spent the better part of four years getting myself lost in these godforsaken woods, it would certainly take me less time to get back where I started from just by knowing where it was I was going."

Sure enough I was right. I spent four years of my life aimlessly wandering the forest only to wind up lost and afraid. But once I decided that I was no longer going to live my life this way, everything became clear. Things like smoking cigarettes, abusing alcohol and overeating were now just stupid things that I did back when I was lost and scared in the woods. Now that I was certain about where I was heading, I could see now that these behaviors and habits were doing me no good and were only preventing me from reaching my life path.

Sitting around and wasting time was no longer an option for me. I had somewhere I needed to be and the more bad habits I could get rid of, the more room I had to pick up the good habits I had been missing out on. Running and cycling were natural choices for me because they helped me reach my path quickly and they were habits that I knew I would hold on to even after I arrived.

Were there times when I got discouraged? Absolutely! I don't care how determined or motivated you are, there will always be unforeseen challenges that will make you consider giving up. But after dedicating all the time and after seeing all the progress I had made along my journey... quitting and going back to my old ways was no longer an option for me. There was no way around it, I was going to succeed or I was going to die trying.

That is the beauty of all of this – if you can just follow this simple blueprint and apply it to your own life, I honestly believe that you will be able to accomplish anything you set your mind to. You want to lose weight? Figure out where you started to stray from your original life path and devise a plan to get back on track as soon as you can. You want to quit a bad habit? Again, figure out where you started to slip and come up with a plan to get yourself back on track as fast as you can!

It is really that simple. Once you discover when you started straying and how long it took to get where you currently are, all you have to do is turn around! It doesn't matter if you are one step in or halfway there. The moment you decide to turn back toward your ideal life path, choosing to get lost again will no longer be an option for you.

Much love and good luck!

Corey Barton

how i see the world: food and nutrition

I have known for a while now that I have a very unique personally, apparently it is one that only about 1% of the entire world has. That personality I am referring to is called an INTJ.
On a side note: If you are interested and would like to learn more about this and other personality types (including your own) go to www.personalitypage.com.
Anyway, according to this (and every website that writes about personality types), I am unique in the sense that I am capable of recognizing patterns and deciphering difficult problems in a systematic way in order to create a simple and easy to follow solution that I can then apply to my life.

So basically I am able to recognize and understand things that are not so easy for other people to see and understand.

For those of you who know me personally, this might help explain why I am the way I am: I just see the world as one big problem and unlike many, I can actually solve these problems.

So before writing I always ask myself, "What has transpired in my lifetime that could possibly be of some value or use to another human life?" It wasn't long into my meditation before my subconscious mind produced this rather clever idea: Start writing about how you see the world -- specifically from your uniquely logical and systematic perspective.

So here I am.

This is going to be the first in what I am sure will be a continuous series that will involve a variety of topics ranging from health to diseases and everything in-between. These are for the most part going to follow suit with my previous posts and be a mixture of hard facts and anecdotal evidence which I have drawn from my own life experiences.

Now that I've gotten that all out of the way... let's begin!

Food & Nutrition from My Perspective

For those of you who follow me closely and have read my previous posts, by now I am sure you understand to a certain extent my general point of view in regard to diet and nutrition.

So now I am going to go much deeper into my psyche and attempt to reverse engineer my dieting background in order to help you (the reader) understand to a greater degree how I came to believe what I believe...

So here we go!

Brief History: Age 0 - 22

My life before the age of about 22 is really hard for me to remember. Whenever I try to look back and recall what I ate or how I behaved or what I was thinking I can never come up with any solid answers. The reason behind this I believe is due to the fact that I was not really living a very conscious-filled lifestyle. Everything I did was ultimately influenced (in one way or another) by some outside force and I never really took any responsibility for my life.

From Elementary all the way to High School I rarely ever questioned anything out loud. When it came to breakfast, lunch and dinner I didn't really see the point in worrying about it. In my mind I suppose I believed that as long as I didn't go "hungry" than I would be alright. I had no clue what all the foreign stuff on the back of the ingredient labels meant. All I knew in regard to food is whether or not it tasted good enough for me to want to eat it.

After about 22 years though, that way of life had severely taken its toll on me both physically and mentally. As I look back now it is painfully clear that the reason I had such trouble recalling past life events and had become so addicted to drugs and alcohol was because of my lifetime of poor food choices.


The Turning Point: Age 23-24

A lot of things started to change the moment I asked myself why I was eating meat. As time went by I remember I gradually grew more and more interested in conducting research to learn how food affected our health.

It wasn't an overnight thing by any means. I would overhear someone in a restaurant talking about how bad something was to eat and I would remember what they said and when I got home at the end of the day I would sit down and figure out if what they said was true. As the months rolled by the pieces of the puzzle started to fall nicely into place and the big picture was getting clearer every day.

Soon research wasn't enough for me, I needed solid information. More than anything I wanted to hear from people who had actually experimented with and tested these theories in real life on real people. It wasn't long before I went from independent research to obsessively watching health documentaries like Simply Raw & Food Matters. These documentaries convinced me beyond a reasonable doubt that many of the mainstream diseases we see so abundantly in our culture today can be cured by something as simple as a change in lifestyle!
I wrote a rather in depth article about this health documentary experience titled "The Health Benefits of Fruit & Vegetable Juicing". Feel free to click on that link if you would like to read more.
It was only after the hours of independently researching and studying nutrition mixed with the hours spent watching documentaries like these that I finally began to consider the idea of experimenting with these different diets myself.

Again, I never would allow myself to think that I could snap my fingers and suddenly change my life overnight. I kept it slow and steady at first by eating things like oatmeal and bananas for breakfast instead of sugary processed cereals. After a few months of eating like this I noticed that I was dropping rather significant amounts of weight.

What is really interesting to me though is that during those periods of weight loss, like I said before, I really had not changed my diet all that much... the only thing I changed was breakfast.

The more weight I lost, the more curious I became about food and the role that it played in my overall health and well-being. What did nutrients have to do with anything? How could monitoring and ingesting more protein help me reach my weight loss and fitness goals? Once I began asking questions like these I literally could not stop. I had to know everything! Sound crazy? I know -- it's an INTJ thing...

Think about it though, haven't you always been (at least a little bit) curious to know why the majority of people you see on the streets today are overweight? For me it all stems back to that natural curiosity about why I was ever fat to begin with. I knew in my heart that it could not be a coincidence; there had to be a reason. So just like before, I asked questions and conducted research until I found the answers I was looking for.

That tenacity is what helped me uncover the secret to deciphering the ingredients listed on the back of food labels. That discovery in turn lead to me uncovering the real reasons behind our countries overwhelming obesity epidemic:
Government Decided to Subsidize Corn -> Genetically Modified, Inedible & Nutrient Deficient Corn Was Then Mass Produced -> That Then Became High Fructose Corn Syrup -> HF-CS Goes Into Almost Everything You See At The Grocery Store -> We Eat This Crap -> Our Nation Becomes Fat and Sick
After learning about why people are the way they are, I then started to look back in time when HF-CS wasn't even around; when the majority of people were relatively thin and healthy. It was no surprise to me when I learned that pretty much before the fifties (and the boom of the microwavable dinner), the majority of Americans consumed a much more raw, organic and local "diet".

Not only that, but their eating habits were much different than the eating habits of the world we occupy today...

Families did crazy things... liking eating at the table! They had conversations about their days and there was relatively nothing that existed at the time (or was allowed at the table anyway) that could distract them. Because of this they were completely and fully aware of not only the the food they were consuming, but of the conversations they were having as well.

Compare that to the world we live in today: over-sized portions, information inundation, families rarely eating together -- let alone at the same table. Now we have the convenience of drive thrus (I hate that spelling) and fast food chains where people get to eat alone in their cars. Now we have delivery services, "Chinese" food (which isn't even Chinese BTW), pizza nights, refined and processed white breads are everywhere now... the list could go on and on but what this essentially all boils down to is genetically modified, nutrient starved, highly processed, man-made "dead foods" have taken the place of the all-natural, local, wholesome and whole grain foods that we used to eat not so long ago -- and it's killing us.

The reason we have become fat and chronically ill is actually quite simple: Our technology has advanced rapidly in the past 50 years and yet our bodies are still wired the same as they have been for millions of years. If you took away: electricity, cell phones, computers, internet, facebook, pens, paper, shoes, designer clothes, expensive homes, gasoline and automobiles... what would you have left? The human body. It hasn't really changed that much over time; and for what little it has changed, it certainly has not evolved anywhere near as quickly as our lifestyles have over the past 50 years.

When I was first introduced to this simple concept, something clicked inside my brain and everything sort of just made sense to me. I was finally able to see the big picture.

You see we as human beings have foolishly convinced ourselves that our superior and ever-expanding technology will ultimately rescue us from the "inconveniences" of daily life. Unfortunately this is not the case; it actually could not be further from the truth. The truth is that the majority of modern technologies and inventions that were originally designed to help and enhance our lives have actually wound up doing the exact opposite!

If you really stop and think, it really is not that hard to see why our society has been getting progressively worse instead of progressively better:


  • Shoes | Designed for comfort but they are actually preventing our feet from doing what they have evolved to do very well over millions of years of being shoe-less: walk & run barefoot!
  • Medicine | Designed to heal but is often making us sick and even when taken correctly, medicine has claimed the lives of millions of people!
  • Makeup | Created to enhance beauty but it is actually causing more harm than good because most makeup is chock-full of toxic chemicals that when applied get absorbed into your body through the skin and cause internal & external damage.
  • Fast Food | Meant to be convenient but it is actually making us fat, sick, miserable and dead.

Even seemingly innocent things like electricity and gas heat are not always helpful when it comes to living our lives in the best and most natural kind of way possible. It is no secret that electricity and gas heat have killed people and have caused their fair share of harm to our environment.

Furthermore, it has been known for some time now that electricity, or rather the electromagnetic waves emitted from using electronic devices, can cause cell damage in humans. I could go on and on but my point is that we have become disconnected from our roots and now we are paying for it with our health and with our lives when we really don't have to.

Now I am not suggesting that in order to reverse these problems we all need to completely get rid of all forms of technology and go back to living in caves. What I am suggesting instead is that we all must find a balance between the luxuries that we have the privilege of using every day and the responsibility we have to use and nourish our bodies the way Mother Nature intended.

Again, does this mean that I recommend everyone quit driving or completely give up alcohol or fast food? No! What I am suggesting is that we all need to start today and shift our daily habits to a more natural state of being. Maybe instead of driving to work every day we can commit to either: walking, riding a bike or taking public transportation and purposely get off a few blocks from your destination so you can get a nice walk in before and after work a few times a week. Maybe instead of having fast and heavily processed foods as your standard for breakfast, lunch and dinner... why not try to incorporate more natural alternatives into your meals and have fast food or pizza be the once or twice a week treat?

I can tell you that through my own experiences, this gradual method of converting your diet over has produced tremendous results in my life compared to all the times when I tried to change everything overnight.

Fast change has never worked for anybody. So whenever you are in trouble and you feel like you're ready to give up just remember this: slow and steady wins the race!

How I Saved My Life Through Food: Age 25-100 (or whenever I die)

I am going to be 27 years old soon. And after about two years of dedicating myself to eating healthy food (most of the time), I can testify that it has made a huge difference in my life.

Before I started eating this way, sure I had lost some weight. But I learned later on that I wasn't really doing it the right way. After basically starving myself and rigorously working out three or four hours each day there was no doubt that I was going to see results on the outside -- but on the inside I was still a wreck.

It's hard to describe with words but after changing over to a more natural and organic diet, I just felt like a completely different person inside.

Before I changed what I was eating, yes, I did lose weight. On the outside everything seemed to be going my way: people were congratulating me and giving me a ton of support and constantly asking me what my "secret" was. Looking back now it's kind of funny because my secret was really not a secret at all: I was eating a lot less than I should have been and I was moving my body a lot more than I ever had before. What is funny about that to me is that this is exactly what so many people in this country resort to in order to lose weight -- and it's a crock of shit.

All this ever did for me was help me weigh less and look different on the outside. What I've learned over the years is that the majority of people -- thin and fat alike -- are constantly struggling to find peace and happiness on the inside. But rather than doing the natural thing which is to heal themselves from the inside-out, they believe that it can work the other way around. I thought it could work that way too. I can't begin to tell you just how wrong I was. You can do what I did and work your ass off every day and you will achieve results... but in the end, losing weight and looking better on the outside won't fix anything.

If you are troubled on the inside and you are lacking in nutrition and emotional peace of mind, nothing you do on the outside will ever fix that. This is why I believe so many people in our culture resort to destructive methods of stimulation. Whether it is drug addiction, sex addiction or food addiction it does not matter. The main cause of all of these problems ultimately stems from within. And until you address that, I believe that you'll never truly be happy.

For those of you who know me and perhaps think I am some kind of a kook: I respect you and I understand why you think of me this way. It is a defense mechanism; I used to feel the exact same way about people like me. All I can say is that the only reason I am so passionate about these issues is because it would be wrong for me to have experienced all of this positive change in my life and not even try to share it with those I truly love and care about. All opinions and bullshit aside, I do care about you. I wouldn't be writing for hours on end and racking my brain night and day if I didn't.

If you are struggling with any of the issues that I have mentioned, then I want to help. I feel like I've been given this amazing gift, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let it go to waste.


You Can Do It Too!

So what can you do today to improve your life? There are millions of things you can do today to get you on the path towards true peace from the inside-out. I'm only going to give you advice that I have personally used and have since had amazing success with in my own life.

  1. Eat the way nature intended and learn what organic food is and why it is good for you | I'm not going to do the work for you. Bottom line is your body needs vitamins and minerals (not in a pill form!) in order to feel satisfied, happy and fulfilled.
  2. Move what nature gave you | I don't know if you realize this but your body is not yours -- it is on loan from Mother Nature. And when you pass away you do not get to keep it. So my advice to you would be to start waking up every day from this day forward and use it! Do you realize how many people are living in this world right now that would kill to be able to go for just one run? Or a swim? Or a bike ride? Or a walk!? Quit taking your body for granted! It's the most amazing thing you have control of in this world and you need to start treating it that way.
  3. Deal with what is going on between your ears | If you have pent up emotional or psychological stress or anxiety (or whatever it might be), you need to get help. Life is too short to carry that load all by yourself. And you certainly aren't doing anybody any favors by sitting there trying to take care of it alone. Let it out.
  4. Love yourself and love each other | This one has taken me a long time to come to grips with because for a long time I couldn't possibly understand how anybody else could possibly love me. As I've learned, there are a lot of people out there who, like me, grew up inside dysfunctional and "not-so-happy" homes. The stresses of living in that environment inevitably took its toll on me and for most of my life I was unaware of just how much it affected me. Things from my childhood that I had long since repressed all of a sudden began boiling to the surface and it wasn't until I finally recognized and dealt with these emotions that I was able to forgive myself and let it all go. It's was not easy, but it was definitely worth it.


Final Thoughts

I don't know what you're going through in your life right now. My hope is that you are able to live your life to the absolute fullest and learn how to love, appreciate, grow and become happier and healthier every single day for the rest of your life!

Life is short; live it to the fullest!

Love,

Corey Barton

how to overcome the fear of change

I know a lot of different people who are all at very different stages in their lives, and I realized today that they all have something very special in common: At any given moment, every single one of them has something in their lives that they desperately wish to change.

It doesn't matter if they are wealthy, poor, middle class, fat or thin: everybody is trying to change something about their life today. The problem is that too many of these well intentioned people believe that in order to successfully change something about their lives, all they need is the will to do it. This approach is not wrong necessarily, it is just incomplete. What I have learned is that the best way to affect real and lasting change is to combine that same level of will power with faith and forward thinking.

Whenever you are in the process of carrying out change, will power alone will not help you. Why? Because will power rarely gets you past today. And whenever you attempt to change, today is always going to feel incredibly difficult; that is just the nature of the beast. If you are trying to lose weight, then getting off your butt and going for a half hour walk every day is probably going to be really hard at first. If you are trying to quit smoking, then getting through the next 24 hours without a cigarette is also going to be hard. So to get through these tough "todays," you have to mix that will power with a little bit of faith and forward thinking if you truly wish to succeed.

Think of these three change elements in the same way you would the three most common macro-nutrients that are so vital to human life: will power is similar to a carbohydrate (quick burning fuel), faith is like protein (the building block), and forward thinking is like fat (long term energy/fuel).

Without these three macro-nutrients, the body would not be able to sustain life for very long. The same can be said about our three change elements.

Will power might get you through the first day, or maybe even the first week. But if you have no faith and you are incapable of envisioning what your life will ultimately look like once you achieve your goal, your dream will likely die.

I believe this is the reason why the majority of people fail so miserably when it comes to creating positive change in their lives. For whatever reason they believe that will power alone is all they need to get them through the hard parts and see them through to the end. But it never works that way does it?

I can recall numerous times in my life where I foolishly believed I could will myself into quitting or adopting any given habit whenever I pleased. Unfortunately it took me several years before I finally understood that I had it all wrong: I could not do it on will power alone. I had to have something to look forward to every day. Something that I could put my faith into. Something that let me know without any doubt that I was on the right path to achieving my goals.

Let me give you a few examples of how this method has helped me in my life:
  1. When I decided to quit smoking, I knew that for me to succeed I had to keep my attention off of smoking and shift it somewhere else. So every day, rather than obsess over not being able to smoke cigarettes, I chose to obsess over putting the $5.00 a day (that I would have spent on cigarettes) into my savings account instead. Before I began, I had complete faith that this would work for me. After 30 days, I seriously could not have cared any less about smoking. I was so excited to see that I had money in my savings account that the idea of wasting it on smoking was not even an option anymore.
  2. When I decided to lose weight, instead of focusing on how hard it was going to be to exercise and monitor what I was eating every day, I put my faith in (and focused only on) the end result: the healthier, thinner, happier version of me. I held (and still hold) on to that mental image every single day. In the mornings when I woke up and that voice inside kept nagging and telling me to give up and go back to sleep, that image is what kept me going. Why? Because my will power faded quickly, that image of my future self did not.
Final Thoughts

All you have to do is apply these three simple change elements to your life and you will be well on your way to experiencing all the wonderful dreams that you hope to achieve in your own life. Real and lasting change is possible, all you have to do is believe in yourself and you can make it happen.

Best of luck and thanks for reading!

Corey Barton

with privilege comes great responsibility

Ever since I was a young child I have had a rather skeptical temperament. Looking back over the course of my lifetime I can recall dozens of different situations where I was very quick to question the validity of what I was being told or lead to believe. And what I found was that many of the things that I had once believed to be true were actually lies manufactured with the clear and explicit intent to keep me ignorant to the truth, to keep me in line, and keep me under control.

When I was a young child, I confess that I was awestruck when I was first told about the existence of good old Saint Nicholas. Now, whether or not I actually believed that he was real is debatable because I honestly can't remember. What I do remember though is that I always had my doubts...

When I was about seven years old, I came up with this brilliant plan to prove whether or not "Santa Clause" was real. So on Christmas Eve night I went up to my room at my usual bedtime and pretended to fall asleep. After a few hours of patiently waiting I heard a noise come from our living room downstairs! I opened my eyes slowly to make sure the coast was clear before I slipped out of my bed and tip-toed down the staircase.

I arrived at the bottom with ninja-like stealth and then proceeded to crawl through our dining room to get to the living room where our tree was located. When I arrived at the archway I was a bit stunned to hear what sounded like the voices of my Mother and Father..."It couldn't be, could it?!" I had come too far to turn back now; I had to see for myself.

I slowly stuck my left eye past the archway to take a look at what was going on. My suspicions had been confirmed. What did I see? None-other than my own mother placing the presents under our tree while my father delicately polished off the chocolate chip cookies that we had specifically prepared for Santa... along with the milk!

That was it, the mystery had been solved and I had seen enough. I tip-toed my way back up the stairs without being detected, I slipped back into my warm bed and fell into a deep, peaceful slumber.

What is so interesting about this story for me is that it perfectly sums up my unique drive to stop at nothing to find the truth. Even at such a young age when I learned that the whole thing had actually been a lie, I was not the least bit upset. In fact, I remember feeling sort of relieved to know the truth. The pressure that I had been putting on myself mixed with the stress that was caused from my constantly questioning the existence of such a being had been eating away at me for so long that when I finally learned the truth I felt liberated -- like everything was finally right in the world.

Ever since then you can imagine that I have pretty much questioned (read: challenged) the authority and validity of pretty much everyone and everything you can imagine: parents and teachers, police officers, doctors, babysitters, vaccinations, abortion rights, human rights, popular diets, illegal drugs, prescription drugs/medications, fast food, meat-eating, the relationship between gas mileage and personal driving style, human addictions, the human propensity to hold tight to relationships that are obviously not healthy, our broken health care system, you name it...

As a result of my questioning everything, I have developed a rather unique ability to see through the glitz and glamour of the various popular belief systems that exist in our culture today and I am able to clearly see them for what they truly are: Santa Clause-like hoaxes designed to keep people ignorant to the truth, keep them in line, and to keep them under control.

Hmm... Sound familiar?

Gotcha! The Diet Trap...

At this point, you're probably thinking, "He could pretty much break off and discuss literally anything that relates to human beings and their particular vices right now." And you'd be right, I could. But for the sake of time I am going to skip all that other stuff (for now) and focus instead on a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I want to talk to you about what I believe is one of the most elaborate and dangerous hoaxes that exist in our world today: commercial diets.

Fact: More people die from diet and lifestyle related diseases today than any drug (legal or not) in the entire world!

According to The Boston Medical Center, approximately 45 million Americans "diet" each year, and together they spend roughly $33 billion on weight-loss products in their pursuit of a trimmer, fitter body.

What that means is approximately 45 million Americans today are voluntarily prescribing to one form of fad "dieting" or another. Dieting has essentially become a national pastime in this country. And because of the deceitful ways these dieting programs are being marketed, it is really no wonder why so many people feel compelled to try them.

Three years ago, when I was actually part of this growing epidemic of poor health, I tried every fad diets you could think of. Inevitably my penchant for truth and justice finally broke free and I woke up to the reality of what was truly happening to me. When I looked in the mirror, I knew right away that before I could ever get the chance to help other people overcome their own weight issues I would have to set an example by taking care of myself first.

Today I feel confident that I have proven beyond any doubt now that fad diets do not work. After three years of dedication, hard work, relentless study, trial and error, I believe that I have finally come up with a real solution that will effectively help people overcome this "dieting" problem once and for all.

What is the solution...?

Education!

I believe that first and foremost, everyone, regardless of their current weight, health or fitness status, needs to spend some time and become properly educated about not just the foods they are choosing to put into their bodies every day, but also about what their food is actually doing once they've finished eating.

Why everyone? Because regardless of your current weight, health or fitness status, everything you eat today will ultimately have an impact on how you will look and feel tomorrow. It's common sense.

If you are overweight and you decide to eat healthier foods, this decision will most likely lead you down a path towards being much more trim and healthy. The same can be said about a thin person. If you are already thin and you choose (or continue) to make poor food choices today, then eventually that will take you down a path of being overweight and/or unhealthy. It does not matter who you are, nobody can escape the repercussions of their past food choices. All you can do is decide to make better choices today in the hope that it will lead to a better future tomorrow.

Second: I believe that the population as a whole needs to start appreciating the fact that this modern world we live in is not a god / nature / universe-given right, it is a privilege! A privilege that I believe has been taken for granted. Due to this lack of respect and appreciation, our country is now experiencing an obesity and health crisis that is unparalleled to any other on earth. For the first time in human history, we might actually have to see our children perish before we do.

As I mentioned earlier, millions of people are putting stock into these fad diets. Over time these people become discouraged and believe that their health is no longer their responsibility. What's worse is that regardless of whether or not an individual actually manages to achieve his/her initial goal of losing weight, almost everyone who goes on one of these fad diets will eventually wind up reverting back to their old junk food diet. Most of them will actually put on even more weight than before they started! Why are people sabotaging themselves like this? Because these dieting systems have failure built right into them.

What most people do not understand is that like cigarettes, processed foods and fad diets are chemically engineered to keep you hooked and coming back for more. The companies that are in charge of them have basically zero interest in selling you healthy food. Their main concern is the selling and marketing of a product. Their bottom line is profits, and you can bet that these junk food and diet companies make a lot of dollars doing just that. But in terms of actually helping their clientele achieve or maintain a level of health that can be sustained throughout ones lifetime, most of them make absolutely no sense.

When you really stop and think about it, commercial diets are nothing more than a way for people to avoid having to take responsibility for the food they are putting into their bodies. And yet day after day, millions of people expect that if they just follow a certain diet for a short period of time they will get thin... and then they can go back to life as it was before...

This is a completely backwards way of thinking, and it needs to stop.

So what can you do if you're stuck in this predicament? Like I mentioned before, I believe that it all begins with proper education. In order to break yourself free from this current dieting paradigm you really need to learn and understand what a diet really is.

Simply put: A diet is nothing more than the food and drink that an organism consumes in order to sustain a healthy, long and vibrant life. Now, compare that definition of a diet with what millions of people are choosing to consume every day and you'll start to see the problem. Instead of eating the kind of food that we were naturally designed to eat, many people are choosing instead to eat food that is unnatural and harmful.

Eating like this is not a way of life; it is a way of death.

Based on personal experience, I believe that the best way to achieve optimal health and an ideal body weight is to purposefully shift your diet back to the where mother nature intended.

How do you do that?

Well for me, the simplest way to figure that out was by asking myself, "What would I do if I were suddenly transported to a remote area of the world where I did not have access to the convenience of supermarkets and processed junk food? What would I eat? How would I survive? Could I survive, or would I just give up and throw in the towel?"

After thinking long and hard about these questions I realized that for me to get my life back on track I needed to start making small adjustments that would eventually get me to a place where I was already living that kind of all-natural lifestyle.

By living in balance with nature, I matured into a new person that depends much more on myself, and much less on the comforts and convenience of modern-day living.

My hope is that after reading this you can better see, appreciate and understand the tremendous responsibilities that go along with the privileges we have all been given to eat what we please.

We only get one body; please don't take that privilege for granted.

Peace & Love,

Corey Barton