10 Easy Tips to Eating Healthy

Simple ways to improve your nutrition and eat better.

I always get asked for helpful tips on eating healthier from my friends and family.

Good nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthier life. You’ll have more energy, feel younger, and look better than you’ve ever before.

Here’s a compilation of my best tips for improving your eating habits.

1. For beginners, start with easy recipes

Most people make the mistake of trying to cook master-level recipes of people like chef Gordon Ramsay. Instead, follow the recipes of Chef Boyardee, and work your way up.

2. Don’t eat packaged food (chips, boxed snacks)

Remember to eat whole foods for better nutrition. Instead of a chicken breast, eat a whole chicken. Instead of a slice of watermelon, eat a whole watermelon. It’s both unhealthy and wasteful to eat a slice of cake. Have the whole cake and eat it too.

3. Stay away from microwaveable, frozen foods

If you want to eat healthier, don’t eat microwaved lean cuisines. Eating like a caveman is more natural and healthier for your body. Since microwaves didn’t exist back then, cook your lean cuisines over an open fire outside.

4. Avoid artificial ingredients

They say you are what you eat. If you eat fake foods, you’ll be fake. Nobody likes fake people. Don’t eat fake foods.

5. Eat healthy oils and fats to feel full for longer

If you’re constantly feeling hungry throughout the day, you’re probably not eating enough fats. During big meals, bodybuilders will sip on a tall glass of olive oil to stay full for 7-8 hours. For a dessert-type option, add a scoop of chocolate whey protein to make the drink taste like a chocolate covered olive.

6. Have a healthy snack ready (almonds, carrots)

Be sure to have healthy snacks ready when you feel hungry in between meals. Go to your favorite fast food place and sit down next to someone who just got his food. Guilt trip him into not taking his health seriously, and persuade him into trading his meal for your healthy snacks. This will not only improve your sales skills, but you will have done a good deed helping someone else make a smart decision.

7. Meal prep to control what you eat 

Preparing your meals in advance is one of the best pro-tips. A standard large, 2-topping pizza will come with 8 slices. Buy 2 pizzas to get 16 slices, which is enough for 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 5 workdays. You’ll have 1 slice leftover for Friday night dessert. Treat yourself. You deserve it for sticking to your meal prep.

8. Use portion control

 When you sit down to eat your food, divide the food on your plate in half. Divide those halves into halves. You should have 4 equal portions of your food. Eat each portion one at a time. Instead of eating a whole plate of food, you’ve only eaten 4 – 1/4ths of a meal, which sounds like way less.

 9. Try intermittent fasting

It’s easier to not eat 500 calories than to work off 500 calories. Instead of heading to the gym, it’s more efficient to just not eat. Start small by skipping a meal or two a week. Slowly progress to missing a meal a day, then a couple a day. Sooner or later, you’ll not have to eat at all and can survive on air and willpower. This will also save you a ton of money on gym memberships.

 10. Have an accountability partner for healthy eating

Illicit a friend to join you on your healthy eating journey. Keep each other accountable by sending photos of your meals. When the other person eats something they’re not supposed to, shame them on social media by posting their food photos on their wall and calling them a fatty. It might strain your relationship, but they’ll thank you for the tough love.

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Book notes: The Like Switch

The Like Switch by Jack Schafer book summary

The Like Switch by Jack Schafer, Marvin Karlins


Synopsis: “From a former FBI Special Agent specializing in behavior analysis and recruiting spies comes a handbook filled with his proven strategies on how to instantly read people and influence how they perceive you, so you can easily turn on the like switch.

Dr. Schafer cracks the code on making great first impressions, building lasting relationships, and understanding others’ behavior to learn what they really think about you. With tips and techniques that hold the key to taking control of your communications, interactions, and relationships, The Like Switch shows you how to read others and get people to like you for a moment or a lifetime.” -Audible

Opening thoughts:

Another book I came across because it was in my recommended reads in Audible. It had a lot of good reviews and a compelling synopsis, so why not? I also wanted to read something less business-y and more on interpersonal skills. Lastly, I wanted to keep with this month’s theme of red-colored book covers so all of the books would match when I collage it for Instagram, lol.

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10 Best Tips to Ace Your Interview

The best interview tips to land your dream job

1. Get to know your interviewer

Getting into the mind of your interviewer before the meeting will give you a huge advantage. Find out where they live, their routes to work, what stores they shop at, where their kids go to school, etc. These are good talking points during your interview and will distinguish you from the rest of the applicants.

2. Dress up

Since first impressions are critical, the best strategy is to dress like current employees of the company. Wear the exact same outfit as the person interviewing you to show them you have the right look for the job. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all.

3. Arrive early

See 9 Easy Hacks to Get to Work on Time for great tips on being punctual to the meeting.

 4. Firm handshake

The stronger your grip, the more confident you will appear. Start by doing 30 reps x 5 sets of dumbbell wrists curls with your max weight at the gym, twice a day for 3 months. Your massive forearms will not only impress your interviewer, but leave an imprint on their hands they’ll never forget.

5. Smile and maintain eye contact

Studies show the following type of smile is the most effective in an interview:

  • Open your mouth until there are about 1.5-2 inches between your top and bottom teeth
  • Contract your facial cheek muscles so that it exposes your upper teeth
  • Tilt your head down 30 degrees below horizontal
  • Stare directly at the person

Use this smile throughout the interview to increase your likability and build rapport with the other person.

6. Stay relaxed

Your mindset should be to walk in like you own the place. Park in the boss’s reserved spot and put your feet up on the desk. Ask Jennifer when your 2’o-clock meeting is, follow up with Robert on the report he promised you yesterday. Freak out when you forgot to pick up the cupcakes for Gloria’s birthday, but realize you can send out the intern to get it. Also, don’t forget you have a tax payment due to the IRS by the end of the week.

 7. Ask questions

Children are masterful question askers, hence why they always get what they want. When you ask a question, always follow up the question with “Why?” You’ll eventually come to a point where the interviewer cannot answer. This will simultaneously impress them and give you a boost of confidence knowing you’ve outsmarted them.

8. Ask for feedback

Most people avoid feedback because they take it personally rather than as an opportunity to grow. Show your interviewer you care by giving her constructive criticism. Remember the feedback sandwich technique: sandwich the critique between two compliments. Make her feel good about herself by telling her she did great and the next will be even better.

9. Thank the interviewer

Displaying gratitude is important to an employer. The best way to display your gratitude is to work for free. People undervalue work experience and overvalue a real paycheck. Paying off student loans aren’t as important as doing fulfilling work at an unpaid internship.

10. Follow up!

Follow up is essential to keeping your application at the top of their mind. Traditional methods of emails and handwritten cards won’t get through to busy hiring managers. Instead, send your follow-ups via carrier pigeons, computer malware, and singing telegrams with grown men in clown outfits every night to their homes. Creativity and persistence is the key to landing your dream job.

9 Easy Hacks to Get to Work on Time

9 easy hacks to help you get to work on time

Getting to work on time can be a struggle. It can be very difficult when you have to wake up early, avoid morning distractions, and fight traffic on the way to work.

If you’re someone who has trouble with punctuality, here are some tips that can really help.

1. Have your clothes prepped.

Sleep with your entire work outfit on- clothes, shoes, heels, makeup, hair, the whole nine yards. Doing this the night before will save you a ton of time in the morning. 

2. Meal prep breakfast the night before.

Jack in the Box serves breakfast all day. Stop by on your way home, buy a breakfast meal, and eat it before you sleep. Since it takes longer for your body to process fake food, your meal should still be in your system by the time you wake up. This could easily save you 30 – 40 minutes in your morning routine. 

3. Research the fastest route to work.

The shortest route between two points is a straight line. You’ll find driving through homes, crowded parking lots, and across intersections to be much faster than following the normal traffic routes.

4. Leave early.

Rule of thumb is to leave 6 hours before your shift starts. For example, an 8AM shift means you should leave by 2AM. For best results, sleep at work. This will guarantee you’ll be on time, help you avoid traffic, and save you money on gas.

5. Turn back the clocks in your house to trick yourself into leaving sooner.

The best way to do this is to set your clocks to another time zone. If you live in California, for example, change your clock to match Japan’s time zone. Doing so will shift your time 16 hours ahead, which will ensure you’ll arrive before your boss.

 6. Fill up your gas tank the day before.

Consider also washing the outside of your car, vacuuming the inside, or simply a full detail job. While you’re at it, clean your house, mow the lawn, do your taxes early, watch paint dry, etc. Take care of anything that might distract you or make you late in the morning.

7. Get enough sleep.

This is probably the most overlooked by people, but the most critical. If you’re dozing off at work, your body is telling you to take a nap at your desk. Inadequate sleep will make you tired by the time you get home. This will increase your chances of accidentally sleeping in and being late to work the next day.

8. Set multiple alarms.

Set up an alarm clock at work to go off right when your shift starts. Turn up the volume and disable the snooze. If you don’t show up to work on time to turn it off, all of your coworkers will hate you by the time you come in. The trauma caused by being ostracized by your peers will discourage you from ever showing up late again.

9. Switch to a company that has your preferred work hours.

If a 9 – 5 work schedule is tough to manage, consider the unemployment route. The hours are pretty flexible, unlimited non-PTO, you can work remotely, and there’s no boss to yell at you when you’re late.

Book notes: The Startup Checklist

The Startup Checklist David S. Rose book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business by David S. Rose


Synopsis: “The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur’s essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You’ll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. If you’re ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit.

The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business – and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups’ errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix…or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business.” -Amazon

Opening Thoughts:

I picked up this book mostly to help give me an idea of how to start my own startup, which is currently in the works. I was looking to have this book balance out the others I had selected for the month because it seemed more tactical and step-by-step compared to Born a Crime and Linchpin.

Key Notes:

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12 Tips to Prevent Weight Gain at Work

Tips to prevent weight gain when working in an office environment.

For those of us who work in a sedentary office environment, it can be difficult to prevent yourself from gaining weight.

For people trying to lose weight, it can be an uphill battle when you’re sitting for eight hours a day, constantly snacking on unhealthy foods, and going out to eat all the time with coworkers.

Here are 12 easy tips to prevent yourself from getting flabby when you work in an office:

1. Park farther away to force yourself to walk more.

For better results, park in another parking lot a couple blocks down. For best results, park at home.

2. Don’t eat the free snacks at work.

Encourage your coworkers to eat them instead. If they’re on a diet, convince them to just start it tomorrow.

3. Bring healthy snacks to eat.

Buy a 3lb bag of almonds from Costco to eat. Force yourself to eat an entire bag every day. Almonds are high in protein and healthy fats. By day 3, you’ll puke whenever you see almonds, which will speed up your results.

4. Buy a standing desk.

Better yet, buy a moving desk that’ll move around on its own at a moments notice to keep you on your toes.

5. Take a break every hour to get up and walk.

Work for 5 minutes and spend the rest of the hour walking around.

6. Take a walk around your office building during lunch.

Optional: Bring a clipboard and make occasional stops to observe the building. It’ll freak out building management.

7. Go to the gym during your lunch break.

If the gym is too far, bring the gym to your office. Treadmills and elliptical machines are functional replacements for furniture in client waiting rooms. 

8. Work out before going to work to jumpstart your body’s fat burners.

For best results, work out until you’re completely exhausted and cannot physically make it in to work. Starting your day right is very important.

9. Drink lots of water.

The recommended amount for an average office worker is about 1 gallon per hour. This will also help with #5 when taking bathroom breaks.

10. Stop eating out with coworkers.

In fact, stop talking to or being friends with your coworkers at all. Having friends can be expensive and not worth consuming the extra calories when they want to go out to eat.

11. Meal prep your lunches.

Do this a month prior with leftovers. Your lunch will be so rancid you won’t want to eat it, thus saving you the extra calories.

12. Be happy and stop worrying about your weight.

Your boss is paying you to do your job, not to be fit.

Book notes: Linchpin

Linchpin Seth Godin book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin


Synopsis: “There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.” -Amazon

Opening Thoughts:

I’ve heard a lot about Seth Godin from Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, but have never been exposed to his work directly. From what I remember, Seth is supposed to be somewhat of a writing guru and an well-known entrepreneur. If I’m not mistaken, Ramit credits Seth as being a mentor of his. I’ve had Seth’s other book Tribes in my to-read list for a while, and right as I was about to buy that book for this month, I came across this book in the recommended reads. It had even better and more reviews so I decided to go with this book as my first exposure to Seth.

Key Notes:

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