In this day in age, social media is a platform where you can either post all of your dirty laundry, baby photos or cater it towards your business, which is your persona that you create. Without going into much detail about the first two, the latter is where you can really build a platform for yourself professionally. Not many people take advantage of it, which is totally fine, but if being a part of a company is something that you’re working towards, then I would advise to treat everything you post as being professional as you can.
By: Jasen Ono
Sitting in a clammy, cold, ill-faded classroom overlooking the rain passing through the Mauka (mountains), I sat there daydreaming how my future would be like. Back then, it was fun to figure out what path I wanted to take; this was in 2003, right after I graduated high school. I could have went on to continue what I always wanted to be, a graphic designer. But that meant having to transfer to either a private college, which a friend wanted me to go to in San Francisco, or transfer to the University of Hawaii`i, where it was more fine arts.
2014 has been such a roller coaster for me. Around June, I partially tore both of my pec muscles. Then, a few months later, I popped a knee and had to get a MRI done. And just a few weeks ago, I came down with a really bad flu (101.6 fever for about 5 days and lost 20lbs in 3 days). There's nothing worse than not being able to do the things you were normally able to do on a daily basis. Not only do you feel helpless but you start to get depressed.
Although, what made this year such a blessing has been the people I've been around or have met, who have made a positive impact. From my own ohana, my Nubreed Nutrition familia, new friends I've just started to get to know and old friends who I may not have seen in a long time. Without these people, 2014 would not have been what it has turned out to be.
I've had the opportunities to work with many talented individuals and this not only allows me to appreciate the opportunities, but to also develop life long friendships. And that is without saying, it is invaluable.
Continue to work your ass off, stay humble and allow gratitude to over flow in your life and let's end this year with a bang and start 2015 sprinting!
BY: JASEN ONO
“Is it ok to have soda? I notice soda makes me get FAT.” How many times have you heard that one? How about… “Can I have yams? It makes me fat.” I’ve heard it all from people. Many of you believe certain foods are the devil, while others are a must. This is just not true, to an extent. I’m not going to talk about dieting for a physique composition this time but just about foods in general.
I’ve seen and heard this through people mentioning how expensive groceries can be, especially for a growing family. I grew up in a household of 3 kids and parents. Two of the kids were big guys (myself included) and we could eat, a lot. The pantry was always stocked, as was our refrigerator. But once my eating habits changed drastically, I’ve noticed how full the cupboard and refrigerator still seemed.
The amount of food I ate, in comparison of what I used to eat downgraded quite a bit. Even more so when I moved away for college and had to dorm. Without a full working kitchen, I was affording just a microwave, tiny refrigerator and the DC (dining commons). This is where I learned how to manage my money and do with what I had.
By: Jasen Ono
In working with so many clients and with one competing tomorrow, I often get asked about cheat meals. When people go on a diet, one of the first things they ask about is if they can get a cheat meal(s) during their diet. Here’s my take on cheat meals.
BY: JASEN ONO
The Olympia Weekend is fast approaching, and whether it may be your first time to Las Vegas or your 50th time, lots may have changed when you were last here. I've compiled a list of places you should definitely check out while you're here. So schedule everything the best you can OR just wing it. Either way, you'll have a blast if you hit up these places I suggested below. If you don't see something you like, I can definitely recommend some place (on or off the Strip). Here we go again!
BY: JASEN ONO
Over the last few years, the health industry is booming with healthy meal service plans, restaurants, gadgets, workouts, etc… Now by all means, this is a great thing for the longevity of your life, but you’ll also need to educate yourself when it comes to choosing a particular product/service for the sake of understanding what’s creates a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Simply, if we could cook and prepare our own meals, and have the knowledge to work out on our own time, wouldn’t life be much easier? Instead, we live in such a fast paced environment (especially in larger Metropolitan cities), that sometimes we lose track of certain aspects in life, that we miss out on cooking our meals. No harm no foul, it won’t make you gain 10lbs or lose 10lbs by missing one meal, but over time it will become a detriment to your overall goal of being healthy. By paying extra for the convenience of a service, or the new way of exercising, you’re investing in yourself, but do you know why you’re doing it? Rather than following the pack, to be cool and hip, I’ll lay out a few reasons what to look for when making your purchases.
The first things I want to cover are ways of looking at the foods you eat as being deemed clean/dirty. What makes a particular food clean or dirty, healthy or unhealthy? Does it have to contain a certain amount of macro/micronutrients? Does it have to be unprocessed? What’s your definition of it? There has been such a back and forth of what’s right and what’s wrong, but it really comes down to semantics.
BY: JASEN ONO
Remember that faithful night your crush, literally crushed your dreams of being together with absolute rejection, or re-living Mike Katz’ famous line in Pumping Iron “I’ll show you…” while referring to his prom experience. I’m sure my brothers and sisters of iron have all experienced some sort of rejection and found comfort & solace in the gym. I can bet that we’ve all used that negativity as part of our motivation to get through some grueling workouts, which would have left the normal person fleeing for the door, or pissing their pants (probably both). Speaking from experience, like you wouldn’t believe, over the years I’ve come to find out there are better ways to get yourself motivated.
BY: JASEN ONO
We've all seen those foodie porn pictures, displaying something healthy looking to eat, all over social media like this "healthy ice cream" to the left. When you break it down, you realize you would probably rather eat a Really Ono Island Style Sherbet instead.
Now the above may actually look like a decent amount of total calories for a small meal/snack, but pay attention to what the picture's caption says. 4 frozen bananas; now multiply the banana's macros by 4 and add everything up.
The total (estimate) comes out to around 587 calories, 115g carbs and around 3g of protein and fat, each. While you're telling me this is a "healthy" snack and can't seem to lose weight, you're actually gaining weight in the process.
Our bodies can't read labels or dictate what's "clean/healthy" versus "dirty/junk" food. All it knows is how to process what goes in, to make it go out. So if you blindly consume food, it'll be difficult to make adjustments to your diet. If you OVEREAT, I don't care if it's processed or "natural" you're going to get FAT.
Most people will combine a meal like the "healthy ice cream" with heavy caloric, foods that over the course of the day, they'll be way over their maintenance calories.
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