Friday, July 15, 2011

I lost 15 lbs in three weeks eating fatty foods

I officially hate the food pyramid that the government created. Even the new one stinks, you know the one that looks like a pie chart stuffed inside of a triangle with a flight of stairs slapped on the side. I try to follow history as much as a person who is as busy as I am as much as possible. This country's fatness as a whole is a pretty recent development. The top contributors to the really bad health our kids and even more adults suffer from are the following:

  • video games and other sedentary activities
  • sugary soft drinks (yes, i'm taking aim at you too Sunny D)
  • ready access to government subsidized grain heavy processed foods
  • low fat diet crazed people who forget that white bread/sugar/flour are poison
  • foods rich in nutrients and low in toxic chemicals have been priced out of people's budgets
  • text messaging (that is more of a contributor to societal brain rot than people's physical health)
I really have only started here and I could start six different blogs about each of the above points, but I have a hard time believing that weight loss should be as difficult as people make it out to be. I eat a steady diet of the following foods:
  • Scrambled eggs with steamed/sauteed vegetables
  • Grilled chicken with sour cream, cheese, and salsa
  • In-N-Out Double Double burgers served protein style (wrapped in lettuce)
  • Low Carb Six Dollar Burgers from Carl's Jr.
  • Any Cafe Rio Salad without the tablecloth sized tortilla
  • Spinach salads with grilled chicken
  • Chicken ceasar salad from Costco
  • Salmon sandwiches on the paper thin Orowheat whole wheat bread
  • Steamed veggies with BBQ chicken breast
  • Cottage cheese with fruit (fruit consumed sparingly)
I don't know how you feel about these foods, but I love them. I am never hungry, I take good multi-vitamins, I have a ton more energy, and I don't feel like I'm being poisoned. Just in losing 15 lbs, I feel like I've had a water softener salt sized bag of crap removed from my system and mid-section. Mark's Daily Apple is a blog that promotes this style of eating (I'm pretty hesitant to call it a diet because it's not something I really want to abandon after time, as I would like to sustain health in the long term). If you've had a hard time in the weight department, check it out. If you have experiences or comments, please share. Back to my cheese cube snacks.

Is eCommerce Better Than Affiliate Marketing?

In promoting products, the two major means of making money are affiliate marketing and eCommerce or selling a physical product on a website. Both of these options have their pros and cons. I am going to give you a rundown of these scenarios. When you are drumming up ideas for your home based business, you should determine the best platform and strategy to make money. 

Affiliate marketing is a great strategy for people who want to advertise in a variety of methods including PPC, Facebook, cost per view, and other varieties of paid advertising. Once you are accepted into an affiliate network, you can start making money relatively quickly. It requires and advertisng budget, but results can be close to instant.

With eCommerce platforms, there are set principles that you can follow to get where you want to be. You can write articles, submit to certain directories, and you can start creating press releases and ramping up on your blogging efforts. These will help you build a long term presence on search engines and improve rankings. With ecommerce, you are creating a website with categories, finding a supplier who will hopefully dropship items for you, and essentially trying to stay around as long as it takes to make sales on your site.

Ultimately it is up to you to figure out which strategy you'll use to promote your products or offers. Important points to consider include, cost of development for your product based website, an advertising budget for promoting offers with affiliate marketing, and your willingness to wait for search engines to rank your site and bring you the visitors you'll need.