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BodyBannerInvest in a good rice cooker, even if you’re not Asian.

It will change your life.

Having a quality rice cooker is like having a gym buddy who always wants to work out.

Making quinoa and brown rice will become so easy that you’ll stay super motivated to eat healthy, with an intensity greater than Lou Ferrigno’s desire to beat Ahhnold. 

Aside from making rice with a touch of a button, my rice cooker also keeps me from cheating on my diet by having my meals organized in advance. It’s like my personal health assistant. And a rather fiiine one at that. By having a surplus of warm rice on hand, I always stay one step ahead of my next meal.

Oh, and it also happens to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” whenever as it starts cooking for me.

That Zojirushi… she’s a keeper.

Whenever I make brown rice or quinoa for dinner, I always make sure to cook an extra ½ cup – 1 cup. With this rice reserve, I never suffer from that Starvation Scramble anymore. You know, when you’re so hungry that you resort to trying the strangest combination of foods in your fridge just to silence that gurgling in your stomach? Tortilla chips dipped in Wasabi Mayo? Tried that.

Having to wait an hour to cook rice when you’re starving is almost as painful as watching a clogged Brita slowly trickle water when you’re hungover and dying of thirst.

It’s the worst when you fill up the Brita, leave for a good 5 minutes, only to come back to a nearly full loading tank. Then out of desperation you decide to pour yourself a glass anyways, and of course the lid pops off, exploding water all over your counter and leaving your glass half empty. Fail.

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Dear Friends,

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I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to share with you all of the knowledge that I have gained in my pursuit of optimal health, well-being, and ultimately, happiness.

About three months ago I had the inspired thought to create this blog with only one goal in mind. That is to teach you, as simply as possible, everything that I have experimented on myself and have found to be effective in contributing to my wellness and in developing a greater sense of self.

I am by no means claiming to be an expert in these subjects, nor do I have the credentials to backup some of what I will discuss.

However, what I do know for sure is my own experience. Those who know me closely have witnessed the growth that I have experienced over the years, and more importantly, the critical evolution I have undergone through meditation and living mindfully over the past year.

In a nutshell, I’m just a happy health freak who wants to help people live more joyfully, pursue their dreams, and live long enough to enjoy it all.

I will be organizing my thoughts under the following three general categories:




In sharing my personal truths I hope that I can plant the seed of awareness and also inspire you to take action in developing a more positive outlook on life, a physically healthier version of yourself, as well as inner peace/love and compassion for others.

Life can be magical if we choose to interpret it that way.

Be well and be happy!

With love,

Matthew Um

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