Healthy Living Newsletter #8

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2021

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🦾 I’ve concluded that evolution has made the human body perfectly suited for an environment that doesn’t exist anymore. As a result, it seems like we have to jump through hoops to stay healthy, including going to the gym, battling every day with food choices, reducing screentime before going to bed…the list goes on and on.

So I can appreciate that many people don’t want to fight that war and, instead, just live and worry about the consequences later.

🤺 I enjoy this fight on most days, but not always. So I think that it’s essential to accept imperfection and be OK with the things you can and cannot do. For us, that means finding a balance between significant changes (i.e., cutting out all added sugar and most processed carbs from our diet) and small adjustments (switching our phones to airplane mode overnight to reduce EMF exposure).

I’ve also been trying to find ways to manage stress better. I know that sounds funny because a lot of people tell me that I never look stressed.

🤯 Honestly, I don’t think that my life is incredibly stressful (compared to others), but stress is all about how you perceive and manage it. I have two weak spots when it comes to stress: parenting (engaging with our kids on an emotional rather than logical level) and my blog (managing priorities and accepting that I can’t do everything I would like to).

Either one can stress me out more than factors that most people consider to be more impactful (e.g., financial issues).

The things I do to manage stress better aren’t new, and I’m sure you know what they are. However, I often keep forgetting that the solution to not feeling overwhelmed is sometimes so simple.

🛌 For me, the most important factor is sleep. If I don’t sleep well, I get irritated and “stressed” easily. So I do everything I can to protect my sleep. To me, sleep trumps almost everything else.

🥒🐝 Other things that have worked well for me include intense physical activity (CrossFit), deep breathing, and doing things that break my routine. Sometimes I take my coffee cup in the morning and walk barefoot through the backyard to check on our veggie garden, and see if the bees are already up.

☀️ Or I take 15 minutes after lunch and lie down shirtless on the retaining wall in our driveway to soak up some sun.

🧠 I’ve also been testing a fascinating new device called Apollo Neuroscience* (review coming next week) that uses specific vibration patterns to modulate your nervous system. That’s a fancy way of saying that it can calm you down within 2-3 minutes — all backed by science.

So if you feel that the initial lull of the lockdown has worn off and you’re back to stress overload, try some of those techniques and remember: Most things in life aren’t as important as they might seem.

What’s New

I’ve also been busy producing new content for my blog and YouTube channel —albeit slightly slower than last month. Check it out!

📹 New YouTube Videos

✍🏻 New Blog Posts

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I’m currently reviewing and testing the following products:

I’ve also started using an app called Blinkist. It’s a catalog of 10-minute summaries for thousands of books. That allows me to “read” dozens of books or, at least, get their key takeaways in a short amount of time. So right now, I’m reading about one book per day, and I love it.

Stay tuned for updates on all of these topics over the next few weeks!

Wrap Up

That’s it for August! Stay healthy, eat well, sleep well, exercise and thanks so much for your continued loyalty!

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