The United States has some really first rate eCommerce providers. I mean, Amazon is probably the #1 eCommerce source in the world. But, how much longer can it last? Well, to be honest, I really don’t expect Amazon to fail or even go downhill. Amazon has improved so much sine the 90s when it was nothing more than a bookstore. I think that Amazon has and will stay ahead of the curve and continue to provide great service. But, there are also smaller eCommerce suppliers that simply are not in the same class as Amazon, and many of those sellers are limiting themselves, and really doing it for no reason at all. I realized this a few days ago after placing an eCommerce order for a few items.
Avocados are a staple of the ketogenic lifestyle. They have high fat content, and the fat is considered a very healthy fat that is good for you. Avocados also are very low in carbs. Actually, if you don’t know how to properly count carbs you may think that the avocado is relatively high in carbs. 100 grams of avocado has 9 grams of carbs. But, it also has 7 grams of dietary fiber. The proper way to count carbs it to use the total carbs minus the dietary fiber (your body cannot process the fiber like a carb), and that will give you your net carbs. So, 100 grams of avocado has only 2 grams of net carbs. Honestly, though, I doubt that many people would sit down and eat 100 grams of avocado. That is nearly 1/4 pound, and that would seem a lot of avocado to eat. Let’s say you eat 50 grams of avocado, that is only 1 gram of carbs! So, because of the macro nutrient numbers the avocado is a very keto food, and most people on the ketogenic diet eat a lot of avocado.
So, what is my avocado problem?Even though it is a great food for people on a keto diet… I don’t like them! I want to like avocados though, as I think it would really fit in well with my lifestyle. When I was growing up, I never ate avocados. I tried them for the first time a few months back and did not care for the flavor or the texture. Like I say, though, I want to like them and I want to eat them! I am planning to start eating a little bit of avocado on my feasting days, so that I can teach myself to like them.
My salad experienceMy experience with salads was much the same as avocados. I never at salads when I was young, I thought that I did not like them. Lettuce? Yuck. Back when I was around 40 years old, I was with a friend at a restaurant. He ordered a salad and I told him I did not eat salads. He encouraged me to give it a try, so I did… and I liked it. It was not my favorite, but I found it enjoyable. Funny thing is that now, a nice green salad is probably the food that I eat most, and the reason I eat them so much is because I love them. So, based on what happened with salads, I am feeling I could probably train myself to like avocados too. Any thoughts?
If you are a foreigner and you are going to live in the Philippines, security is something that you should keep on your mind. I am not the type that constantly worries about my safety. I have lived in the Philippines for more than 17 years, and really I don’t get too concerned about safety and security, the truth is that I feel very safe here. I have never experienced any kind of threat to my well being here, and I don’t expect to. I feel pretty comfortable, frankly. However, feeling comfortable does not mean that you should be cavalier about your
Over my work years, I would say that most of my jobs could be classified as white collar, or some grey collar. I did a few blue collar jobs while I was working my way through college, and during my high school days. Those early “blue collar” jobs involved farming, harvesting hay, working in a paper mill and a few other things like that. Definitely not white collar. But, in my adult life, I can’t think of a single job that I have held that would be clearly classified as blue collar. I have never been anti-blue collar at all. I have had friends and relatives who have worked blue collar jobs. For me, I am more comfortable in the white collar environment, though. As my kids started growing up, I never even considered that they would consider doing blue collar work. No, I thought for sure that they would do things like computer work, office work or that kind of thing. Not only did I not think they would go blue collar, I did not even consider it, it was something that never crossed my mind. In 2015, my son, Aaron, went to the United States. I had encouraged him to work there so he could learn what it meant to be employed and earn his own money. Unfortunately, he had trouble finding a job. He had no job experience and had just moved from a foreign country to the USA, although he was and is a US Citizen. It was basically a new culture to him, though, as he had lived in the Philippines since he was 3 years of age. Well, he was unable to find work. When he got back to the Philippines in October, 2015, we got talking about what type of work he was interested in doing. Previously, he had no idea what he wanted to do for a living, so I wanted to query his mind to see if any thoughts were developing in there. What he told me stunned me. He told me that he thought he was interested in welding. Uh… what? Welding? I certainly did not expect that. As I said, the idea of my kids doing blue collar work had not even crossed my mind. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed, well.. maybe not a bit. I was disappointed. My father was a white collar worker. My grandfather was also a white collar worker. I could not believe that my son had other thoughts. For a few days I was depressed about it, but he seemed certain in his mind that welding was his calling. I looked into it after a few days. I could not imagine that there would be much work available, and I also did not think he would be able to make much money.
What I learnedAs I looked into welding jobs and salaries, I was again shocked! I learned, mostly by reading articles by Mike Rowe, that for blue collar, or “trade” jobs, there was a lot of work available and not many people willing to do it! These days everybody goes to college and something like welding is far from their minds. I learned that the salaries of experienced welders in the right industries were far beyond what I expected. With the right job, there are plenty of welders earning in the 6 figures! Unbelievable. That was almost 2 years ago. To be honest, my mind has changed. I am not against people going to college, but I also don’t think it is really necessary in many cases. I mean if you feel you have a passion for welding, car repair, HVAC work, plumbing and such you can probably save $100,000 in saved college expenses, and 4 to 6 years of your life by following your passion! I am used to the idea now of my kids going into trade work. If that is what they want, there is no problem. You have to do what you want or you will never be happy. Then again, if any of my kids want to be doctors or lawyers, I am fine with that too. No job is superior to the other, what you like doing and enjoy is what is important.
What is Aaron doing now?Well, Aaron just recently got his first “real job”. He has worked for me in the past, but now he got a job where he is outside the family business and doing real work. He is in Alaska right now, working for a company named Red Salmon Cannery. He works in fish processing. He works, usually, 16 hour days and he is making some really nice money, even though the season is a short one, probably less than 2 months. He is well liked by his boss, and he has kind of become the “go to” guy for special jobs, because they like him. I am proud of that, and I am proud of him. He is doing good work, honest work, and well paying work for a kid his age (20 years old). He already has plans to go back to Alaska next year for sure. He may even go back for work more this year as other fishing seasons open up and jobs become available. I mentioned Mike Rowe, and I can tell you.. fish processing is most certainly a “Dirty Job”. As for me… I wonder if a 55 year old can go for welding training? LOL
We have talked about loose skin a lot here on 430 To Fit, and I thought we had talked about it again today, at least a bit. I cam upon a video on YouTube from a fellow who has lost significant weight. He talks about loose skin, and shows his loose skin on the video. I find his video very inspiring, though. Have a look: Now, does he have loose skin? Yep. But, the thing is, I feel is amount of loose skin is fairly insignificant. It is only a small amount. I mean, before he lowered the camera to show the lower part of his abdomen, it seemed that he did not have any loose skin at all, right? He says in the video that there is really nothing you can to to avoid the loose skin, except to bulk up your muscle to fill the loose skin. I partially agree with that, but also disagree partially.