The Power Of Digital Detox

I recently added the Lewis Howes podcast to my lineup.  So far, I have really enjoyed each one and this one was no different.  In this episode, Lewis interviews Cal Newport.  Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives.  Cal recommends building “fences” around our phones so that we’re not using them mindlessly all day.

One of the main things I took away from this is Cal’s 30 day detox, which is taking a break from all of your apps on your phone for one month.  Basically deleting all apps except for the ones you cannot delete.  At the end of the month, you then slowly start to add back apps that you need.  What most people find is that they don’t need many of the apps they had before, that were mindlessly robbing their time and distracting them from accomplishing other tasks.

Here are some questions Lewis asks during the Podcast:

  • What do you recommend for people who are always connected to technology? (10:30)
  • How can we build stronger connections? (18:00)
  • What’s the void that we are trying to fill with social media? (24:00)
  • What’s more addictive: social media or smoking? (32:00)
  • How can you train your children to work at things (54:00)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How to train your focus (2:00)
  • The three benefits from being alone (8:00)
  • Why you need “analog” hobbies (30:00)
  • Why anxiety has risen in younger generations (32:00)
  • The reason Cal recommends 30 days away from technology (43:00)

Link to Podcast: Lewis Howes #770

5 Reasons Why Vegetable Oil is Worse Than Sugar

One of the first steps you take to live a Primal lifestyle is to do a pantry purge.  Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to run to your pantry now and get your trash can and empty your shelves, although some people do indeed do this.  Everyone has their own level of urgency and commitment.  For now, I just want to share with you this straight forward article that touches on one of the key things we teach as Primal Health Coaches.

You will hear me talk a lot about getting your diet right first and foremost, even before talking about your exercise.  80% of your body composition is based on your diet.  This article concedes to the fact that we know sugar is not good for our health, but it goes into detail as to why vegetable and other seed oils are even worse for us.

The 5 reasons the article goes into further detail on are:

  1. It Can Cause Weight Gain
  2. It May Diminish Brain Function
  3. It Can Harm Your Ticker
  4. It’s Filled With Carcinogens
  5. It Can Cause Inflammation

Throw Out the Gnarly Nine:

  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Soy Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Rice Bran
  • Grapeseed Oil

Restock your shelves and fridge with healthy fats like:

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grass-Fed Butter

Take some time and start to read labels on the foods you are buying and consuming.  One of the biggest ones to look at are the salad dressings you are buying.  You will see that almost all of them start with Canola Oil and then Soy Oil.  I eat a lot of salad and when I do, I either use extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or I use the Primal Kitchens salad dressings that are made from 100% Avocado Oil.  These are delicious products and are considered good fats and they’ll help to make you feel satiated!

I welcome any and all questions or comments you have. Good luck on your journey to better health!

Link To Article: 5 Reasons Why Vegetable Oil is Worse Than Sugar

How Does Sugar Impact Your Body?

This is a straight forward article talking about the impact sugar has on your body.  I think many of you who read the article, will be amazed at all of the different ways in which it does impact you.

The article will explain the impact to each of the following:

  • Brain
  • Mood
  • Teeth
  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Body Weight
  • Sexual Health

The word cloud below shows you all of the different words used to describe various forms of sugar in products.  It’s kind of overwhelming.  After reading these, you’re ingredient label reading will go to a whole new level.  You will see sometimes as many as 4-5 different forms of sugar in a product, or in the case of the product below, 9 times!

Here’s an example of “Find the Sugar” in an ingredient line of a National brand chewy granola bar:

Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Crisp Rice [Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Malted Barley Extract], Whole Grain Rolled Wheat, Soybean Oil, Dried Coconut, Whole Wheat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color, Nonfat Dry Milk), Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Corn Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp (Whole Grain Brown Rice, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Salt), Invert Sugar, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Glycerin, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less of Sorbitol, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Water, Soy Lecithin, Molasses, Natural and Artificial Flavor, BHT (Preservative), Citric Acid.

The total sugar is 7 grams, which is 29% of the total weight (24 grams), which is less than 1 ounce.

The easiest way to avoid a lot of sugar in your diet is to eat whole foods!

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LINK: WebMD Article; How Does Too Much Sugar Affect Your Body

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