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Its Not In Your Head, It's Your Microbiome
"Good Morning Karen. Bradley coming to you. On, this bright morning here in the Philadelphia Area I want to share with you something that popped into my mind. And that is it's not all in your head. I feel like it's time for me to come clean with you all. It's not all in your head. All of this struggle, the striving the trying to create practice in your life the feeling like you're on the wagon off the wagon, all of this. Oh, the struggle that we go through. Thinking that we're not enough thinking that we can't stay consistent with anything. It's not in your head. I've spent my entire career motivating empowering. Doing whatever I can do. To support people in feeling their best. Performing their best and about a year ago I learned that it's not all about mental motivation. It's not just about willpower and your inability or ability to stay consistent. So much of what we're dealing with right now, my friend has to do with what's happening in our gut. The Gut microbiome, the GUT brain connection. Is. Absolutely. Essential. In, staying, consistently, healthy, staying consistent in our in how we eat how we move how he sleep what we say how we act. If our gut microbiome, which is your gut environment, which is really the combination of non human bacteria and viruses in our bodies. When that is out of balance, which it is, I have to tell you for probably ninety nine point nine percent of us. Our Gut microbiome is out of balance because of lifestyle. Pharmaceuticals poor nutrition stress, right? We've all got that. Because of that are microbiome is out of balance and because our microbiome is out of balance or what's called in despite. What happens is the neuro chemicals such as Serotonin, dopamine and Gaba Norepinephrine, which is produced and stored in our gut mostly. All of those feel good and motivational neurotransmitters are imbalanced and not supporting. US effectively. Now, this conversation goes away past just six minutes, but I I needed to get it out because I've spent the last year. In deep deep understanding of how are microbiome affects our mental wellness and I want to talk to you about it. I haven't chatted with you about it up until today in these morning messages. But honestly, I'm spending probably fifty percent of my work day in how this microbiome of ours affects our mental wellness and how by improving or what's called modulating microbiome through nutritional supplements through stress reduction through improving our sleep and more how improving or microbiome improves mental wellness.
The Benefits of Vitamin B6
"Michael McCaffrey. So she wants a topic for this week. This week, we are talking about the benefits of Vitamin B. Six interesting. Yeah, I know there are eight different b-vitamins, but they each have they worked together as a group, but then they each have their own unique role in the body. So vitamin B. Six is one. Of those vitamins that is very crucial in the functioning of our immune systems It's it's important for the production of red blood cells, which is haemoglobin. It works in our liver to help us detoxify things and it's also important for our brain neurotransmitters in the brain. So it's a very important vitamins. Today wanted to talk about some of its benefits in its food sources. Right let's dig into this vitamin B. Six yeah. So how many bees are there? There are actually eight different B vitamins. Okay. So here comes a layman's question share there are. Many many other letters of the alphabet. Why are they? All these crammed into be? Is there a purpose for that as some kind of scientific thing for that or no? Well this is a good question. If we go all the way back to you know how vitamins were first discovered and then kind of isolated in the foods they they came up with You know like the first one was a so yeah we're using letters as the names for these vitamins and we're logical to me. But what happened with the bees was that I thought there was only one th one type of nutrient that was. A B. Vitamin and B vitamins have the. Distinct role in the body of helping to convert our macro nutrients and energy. So like it's it's what helps turn our carbs in our fat and proteins into energy within ourselves. Pretty important. So so it was I. thought that there was only one of those that did that and later it was discovered that there are more related ones relate and so they started nate numbering them you know one, two, three. Okay or What's really interesting is there's there's an today we know that there are eight different numbered. B.. Vitamins but they don't go in order like really weird. It's like you got be one B two and b three but then there's no vitamin B four and then it's b five and B six and b seven but no eight and there's nine but no ten or eleven, and then there's a twelve do they relate to something? Important or or or are they all over the place? Oh, well, they like I said, they work as a group all involved in energy production within the body but then they also have other roles like individually. So for an and so what happened with the numbering of the bees is just you know to fill fill out that story is that some of those ones like vitamin B. Four in vitamin B., not I'm I'm sorry V. Ten. Or Eleven th. It was later discovered that those were they were compounds that are needed in the body, but they're not necessarily a vitamin. So vitamins have a very specific definition that they Our Body can't make them on its own until we have to get them from foods and those particular compounds that were originally thought to be a vitamin and had been given a number for a be vitamin were later found that they actually are not. not necessarily only needed to be derived by foods at our body can actually make them on its own from other materials, and so they were you know no longer called vitamin before vitamin B. Ten and eleven. So they have different names vitamin before is now called Choline Oh shall. Be Four. But then it's not a vitamin because it's right. Exactly. So yeah very interesting. Little Vitamin B eight is now known as Inositol. which is a compound that it our body can make on its own. We can get it from foods as well, but it's just not considered a vitamin anymore or what about vitamin D? Vitamin D. now, that's an interesting one because yes, we can make it within our body completely completely within our bodies. So that's an interesting one because there is controversy around that whether is this actually a vitamin or is it hormone right? Because it has hormone like activity? So I am like The rabbit. Right. So anyway, tell us about vitamin B. Six. So Vitamin B. Six is if important, you know like I said in in energy production within the body, but it has these other roles and some of those roles are You know detoxification but specifically, the brain functioning this is really important because it's involved in the production of several different neurotransmitters in the brain Namely Dopamine Serotonin and something called Gaba is G. A. B. A. but that stands for Gamma buroric acid and these all require vitamin B. six in order to be formed in the brain. There they all help us feel better, they definitely do and here's one of the things is I think a lot of times when we speak of vitamins and I try to explain this in layman terms to people about what's going on in our body bodies like a big chemical reaction going on in there. But think of it more in terms of like maybe a recipe and maybe even specifically a baking recipe like cake or something that requires specific amounts of certain ingredients in. If you don't have enough of what you need that recipes, not gonNA turn out right? You know you might still get something, but it's not gonna be perfect, right? It's not going to get you what you really want. It's not gonNA taste the same and might not have the right texture Nov that. So if we don't have enough of a specific vitamin that does its particular roles in the body than the whole thing is impaired. So. Like if you don't have enough B six, you're not going to be producing enough
The Benefits of Vitamin B6
"Michael McCaffrey. So she wants a topic for this week. This week, we are talking about the benefits of Vitamin B. Six interesting. Yeah, I know there are eight different b-vitamins, but they each have they worked together as a group, but then they each have their own unique role in the body. So vitamin B. Six is one. Of those vitamins that is very crucial in the functioning of our immune systems It's it's important for the production of red blood cells, which is haemoglobin. It works in our liver to help us detoxify things and it's also important for our brain neurotransmitters in the brain. So it's a very important vitamins. Today wanted to talk about some of its benefits in its food sources. Right let's dig into this vitamin B. Six yeah. So how many bees are there? There are actually eight different B vitamins. Okay. So here comes a layman's question share there are. Many many other letters of the alphabet. Why are they? All these crammed into be? Is there a purpose for that as some kind of scientific thing for that or no? Well this is a good question. If we go all the way back to you know how vitamins were first discovered and then kind of isolated in the foods they they came up with You know like the first one was a so yeah we're using letters as the names for these vitamins and we're logical to me. But what happened with the bees was that I thought there was only one th one type of nutrient that was. A B. Vitamin and B vitamins have the. Distinct role in the body of helping to convert our macro nutrients and energy. So like it's it's what helps turn our carbs in our fat and proteins into energy within ourselves. Pretty important. So so it was I. thought that there was only one of those that did that and later it was discovered that there are more related ones relate and so they started nate numbering them you know one, two, three. Okay or What's really interesting is there's there's an today we know that there are eight different numbered. B.. Vitamins but they don't go in order like really weird. It's like you got be one B two and b three but then there's no vitamin B four and then it's b five and B six and b seven but no eight and there's nine but no ten or eleven, and then there's a twelve do they relate to something? Important or or or are they all over the place? Oh, well, they like I said, they work as a group all involved in energy production within the body but then they also have other roles like individually. So for an and so what happened with the numbering of the bees is just you know to fill fill out that story is that some of those ones like vitamin B. Four in vitamin B., not I'm I'm sorry V. Ten. Or Eleven th. It was later discovered that those were they were compounds that are needed in the body, but they're not necessarily a vitamin. So vitamins have a very specific definition that they Our Body can't make them on its own until we have to get them from foods and those particular compounds that were originally thought to be a vitamin and had been given a number for a be vitamin were later found that they actually are not. not necessarily only needed to be derived by foods at our body can actually make them on its own from other materials, and so they were you know no longer called vitamin before vitamin B. Ten and eleven. So they have different names vitamin before is now called Choline Oh shall. Be Four. But then it's not a vitamin because it's right. Exactly. So yeah very interesting. Little Vitamin B eight is now known as Inositol. which is a compound that it our body can make on its own. We can get it from foods as well, but it's just not considered a vitamin anymore or what about vitamin D? Vitamin D. now, that's an interesting one because yes, we can make it within our body completely completely within our bodies. So that's an interesting one because there is controversy around that whether is this actually a vitamin or is it hormone right? Because it has hormone like activity? So I am like The rabbit. Right. So anyway, tell us about vitamin B. Six. So Vitamin B. Six is if important, you know like I said in in energy production within the body, but it has these other roles and some of those roles are You know detoxification but specifically, the brain functioning this is really important because it's involved in the production of several different neurotransmitters in the brain Namely Dopamine Serotonin and something called Gaba is G. A. B. A. but that stands for Gamma buroric acid and these all require vitamin B. six in order to be formed in the brain. There they all help
Stephanie Fleming on organization, life hacks, and how she built 'The Happy Planner' and 'Me & My Big Ideas'
"Are so excited to. To introduce incredible Stephanie Fleming. She is a creative entrepreneurs speaker of and wellness seeker. Most notably, she is the CO founder of me and my big ideas creator of the happy planner, and what began twenty years ago as a tiny garage business is now an industry leading lifestyle brand and offers a wide variety of products that inspire customers to live creatively and plan a happy life. Please welcome Stephanie to the show. Okay, we'll Stephanie. We are so excited to have you on the here for her podcast. Thank you so much for joining us. And we are so curious about everything that you've created and your and so I think. Our audience is going to be very very interested in the business aspect of. Everything that we're about to talk about some super excited cool. I'm so excited to be talking to you. Guys for those who don't know. Tell us a little bit about your health. I'm Stephanie. Fleming and I'm a creative entrepreneur. I actually call myself like an accidental entrepreneur. I started my business me and my big ideas with my mom twenty actually over twenty years ago started in my garage with an idea of just one idea for making stickers for the scrapbooking industry at that time and. And really just kind of wanted to do it too. I needed a creative outlet. Yes, but I needed to pay the bills like I. was you know a young mom and struggling to make ends meet, and just really wanting to like. Go out there and I would do anything because I you know I wanted a better life for myself, and for my kids and and so I was definitely you're. You're? The definition of a hustler like I was like I have no money, but I will put in the sweat equity so. We been hustling with me and my big ideas for. Over twenty years now, and we've created everything from paper stickers and now planner, so planners is our latest the happy planners, our latest product line and It's just been such a a wonderful thing for us to get into because we get to share a love for creativity for positively, and that's been kind of where I have fallen in the last probably five or six years which. Not only being an entrepreneur in a business person, but also being able to be the spokesperson for our product and our brand, and that's something that I've been totally passionate about. It's amazing. I'm curious. So, what did you do before you started your business? Were you a stay at home? Mom? Did you have have a job, so I was? I was pregnant when I was eighteen. Not Married had had a baby, and when immediately from high school to I need to find some way to take care of my son and I did in home daycare for eight years, and was daycare provider for six kids usually at one time and it was you know it's honest work? It's hard work. It's eleven hour days for you know for eight years and you know all I to do is be a good mom, and and so I didn't have a college education. I grew up in the craft industry though my. My parents had a manufacturing and distributing business so I grew up from picking orders in the warehouse. To you know watching my parents who are entrepreneurs basically navigate the craft industry and come along with them to trade shows and things like that so I always had that creative bug, and and even as an entrepreneur as a kid I was making little catalog, so you can buy these cards here, my designs and so, but then life hits, and then you have to go out, and you know and do the best you can and and so at the time. In one, thousand, nine, hundred eight. My mom and my mom had sold that business, she and my stepdad divorced and they sold their business, and so she was kind of at this place in her life where she was like okay. I'm ready to start over, I need. She was probably my age now, and it was like thinking I need to start over and figure out what life looks like for me. Now and I was saying I just I want to start something something I want to do anything and so my mom had some seed money and. Like I said I would do. You know so. I stayed up all night trying to find just hustling to find hair. Competitors are advertising in this trade magazine. So that's a potential a mailing list for so anything possible. I was willing to do so. Yeah so it was not like I had this pedigree of an MBA, and I'm going. Go start a business, and that's why I say I'm definitely. An accidental entrepreneur, but I've I've loved it. We'll story. It is very very cool. It seems like you had it in your blood like raped in the beginning. Though like it was something that you're meant to do. I, think so. I think without knowing that that's what it was like. I was just cleaning out. One of the things we've done in quarantine is cleaning out our garage and so all my memorabilia. That's where I found my card. Catalogue of here are the things you combine I'm like I always was. Experiencing entrepreneurship right in front of my is growing up but I never really knew it. In fact, my mom was in charge of all of the creative side of the business, and was the one in charge of new products, and out there trying to find out what creative women were doing next, and so when my mom would go on an rnd shopping trip and take all of us with her. We didn't realize what we were doing was watching her shopping trends and seeing what was out in fashion, and how we can bring that into the craft and creative industries, so when it just seemed like something natural, and now I'm trying to identify people go. Where do you find your trend Mic-? Just Watch I. Just look and so yeah. We were Kinda groomed without knowing that that's what was happening. So cool and so. You had your first business you? You began doing that twenty years ago. And then you landed to the happy planner, which has been a huge success and It's a it's a beautiful book. It's something that you want to. Hold in your hand, and just like carry with you all the time. It's so cute and fashionable. Where did that idea come from? And how? How did you of get to that point? Where like I want to be in this market of making planners? Happy like honestly we've had a lot of great products that of sold weller mckellen's pretty cool, but the happy planner is like it's so me. It's totally me so the the way we came up with. It was pretty much the same process that we did it with anything. As we and my sister is heavily involved in product about men in our company as well, but we watch in decide okay. scrapbooking was huge for a while, and so we were able to kind of ride that. That wave and we've kept coming out with products and line extensions and and then you kind of see that it was kind of starting to taper off. It was not as popular and the products weren't as weren't selling and going doing the having the sell through that they did before, so we're like okay. We need to know what creative women are doing next. which is what my mom did, so we would always be looking for what. What what do i WanNa do what is something that's interesting for me. and and then also kind of searching pinterest looking around water, creative women doing so for some reason on pinterest people were taking just regular planners from staples, or whatever and they were putting our scrapbooking products, stickers and things and making them cute but the scrapbooking don't really fit like they don't fit size-wise. They didn't fit if you're you know the stickers we were. Were to commemorate memories and things, and that's not necessarily the things that you need for planning so I kind of just you know, and they were boring to staples like office supply things. They have black brown different color bays. You know really great. You know what I think. Someone would would think the businessmen would like. And then there was like three designs that were like purple. Paisley or some ugly grandma color. You know I'm a woman, I. I don't want that, so we thought definitely we could do better in design. We could get them more affordable. We could create accessories that would go specifically for them, and then you could put in those accessories like things that are positive so that every single day when you're planning when you're having fun putting stickers out ever, there's this creative positive message that makes you happy that keeps you going, and so it was just a kind of another. Offshoot into what we normally do. What are creative women doing? And at this point? It was like people are busy, and they want to be creative, but they need that little bit of licensed to say it's okay when you're planning your schedule. You can kind of put a sticker downer. Says you can do it or just. Those little positive affirmations make a make a big difference. I love that so much were all about positive affirmations and There's something that I still love about having a planner in front of me like an organizational planner. Where where I. Can you know touch the pages and I can mark things off. It's so different than a calendar on Google you know and I've always I've i. still have a planner, so I love that, but I'm curious because you have built such a successful brand and obviously. You've separated yourself in so many ways by having something very unique You offer as something that's very I would say year to the millennial woman. But how how have you separated yourself with your branding? I'm just so curious about like where your sales come from utilizing social media, you have a huge social media following. So, how what kind of what was your? What was the method to your madness at that point when you started thinking ahead? Yeah, so at that point. We had we had a very successful company in the craft industry and up? Until that point, we had what I figured successful products. We didn't really have necessarily like brand. Following social media was just coming up, but you know there was something about the happy, and I think my own personal passion for the product helped in planning it. No Pun intended. because. I feel like we got to this place or like this product line. I just feel like we need to be able to have a brand. There's gotta be a message behind because the message of the product is so powerful and so really. What happened I mean there wasn't? A Master Plan I love this product so much. That I just started talking about it and sharing on social media back in the periscope days. You remember, periscope yeah. Remember. About it and I just said you know what I would anytime we would come up with something, or we had something new exciting happening in office. I'd like I'm just GONNA share. It's just going to be I wanted to our product and the brand to feel like like we were just friends sharing like. If I was you know to call you up and say Oh, my Gosh I'm so excited. We just got this prototype in, and here's what it looks like. Here's how I'm going to use it and every. Every new products came in. We previewed it on periscope did live Q. and A. is, and and that's before people really doing that and we were sharing the process and the product, and sharing my excitement, geeking out over stickers and a paper planner you know, so. It became I thought there was really no plan other than to share authentically, and that was really before, but you know everything authenticity be authentic was just such a overused catchphrase, but that's what it was because I didn't actually want to be the spokesperson. For our company, and because it's such a team effort, and so I'm not. I'm not maybe maybe I wouldn't had the idea for. Let's let's look into to paper planners, but I didn't create designs, and I not the artist, and I'm not the one who source the product and sold it in such a team so but. In order I felt so passionately that. Don't have relationships with companies. They don't have relationships with products, but they have relationships with people and brands, and if I could be that conduit. To Give A. Personality to our land our company then. I'm like all right. I'm willing to do because I was the one before it was like no, I don't really want to know I'm just I'm fine to not do it, but when I was sharing something, I was so passionate about the following just came. We did not say hey. We want to get to I. Think we're over six hundred thousand on instagram. We didn't have a plan for that. I mean eventually to grow. It takes you get to a certain point. It's like okay now. You have to plan, but we grew our numbers very very organically, and by just engaging with them. You know true engagement and it's. It's not even just the number in the plan, but it's like. Are you engaged? Do you care about your followers? Do you care about your customers and deal you know? Are you engaging that way? Are you doing it for the rise near following? Are you doing it for the sale? Are you doing? Are you doing it because this? Just feel so right to you know. Yeah while you're on that topic, too. Because so cool that you grew organically because. I mean it's such an easily marketable product, but also like how how do you stand out amongst your competitors are? There's other planner companies out there. So what's your differentiating factor with your product? So at the beginning? We were the only ones pretty much doing what we did, so we stood out really quick, and it's almost like I. Always say like it was like. Like when I had my first when I said WHO's very well behaved typical. I am such a good mom. And then my daughter came a second, and she is like great, but she's you know totally like wild spirit and I'm like oh my gosh. I need to to work at this little more. So when we did when all of a sudden you're like It's growing and you're thinking. Oh, my gosh is great. People are just listening, and then all of a sudden when you're onto something, people and other brands and other companies go. They're onto something I. Think I'm going to try that, too. And then what you were doing so authentically is being duplicated right so. So what we have always done I think and even back in the scrapbooking and paper. Crafting days was just advice. My mom gave me is just really don't worry too much about what other people are doing. Find out what you uniquely do. What is it that your company or your brand do what do you? How do you stand out and for US There's a lot of people who have high end stationary and people. People that are saying a professional and I want it to look like this or I. Don't like this about your as well. This is who we are. We are colorful and fun and were affordable. We have a disc bound system where you can change things in and out, and those are some things honestly and with the brand that will turn people off when you really claim like who you are. Some people are going to say. Well, I. Don't know but I. don't like that well, but this is who we are when you can really find that those are the things that just kind of narrowed down, and you nail it down so much that these are the things that make us unique, and so for us. We embraced all of that. That is who we are fun and colorful, positive and an interchangeable, and all these things about the product and about our messaging. That's what we focused on, and I think even especially going forward when it becomes harder and you. Maybe at this point, we're going like you see a slowing in not just gaining followers as fast when you get up high. And there's more people in the space so for us it's how can we find? What, we, what is it that we offer? That's unique whether it's the message product. And, you kind of have those pillars of our being authentic. Is it something that's different or are we just white noise in the space? Should we be making a change? We be pivoting. Right now do. Is there something we need to be doing to be more aware of the surroundings of the economy of this of society so You're constantly looking for you have to just be aware. Of who you are where you're going and not being paying too much attention to. The competitors and the people aside. It's really hard though it's hard to do because you find yourself looking. They're doing so good over there. Maybe I should change and go that way so knowing who you are is a huge part of that success for us. And, I love how you really made an emphasis on. Being okay with not being a good fit for everyone, and you know we talk about this even on social media. How you know people always give us questions on. You know my Gosh I I lost if I don't post for three days. I'll lose one hundred followers well if those people want on, follow you because you haven't posted three days. They're not your people. Like they were never people anyway, so I love that you have you have a focus and you understand your branch so well. The you know who you're catering to, and also you mentioned pivoting when you need to because. You know I think that people get so focused on the end goal, and if it's not if it doesn't turn out exactly how they anticipated that it would be, they give up right, so I think that's I. Love that so much and it kind of brings me to my next question on. The hardships entrepreneurship because I think that when people look from the outside, they see this beautiful brand that you've built a successful mom who's who's doing it all, but it takes so much work and behind the scenes that the people don't see. Can you walk us through some of those hardships that you faced in how you've kind of gotten through them? Oh yeah and I think. I'm so glad you brought that up because you especially on social media, people will see their, so they'll say. Where were you because I'm pretty active on my own, and then also I with the happy planner, but it like where were you? We Miss John there. I'm like you guys like if I would have shown. What I was doing for the past seven days, it was get up in the morning. Go to work. Stay there till seven o'clock have like meetings altay come home barely figure how I'm going to get the door dash before I wanna fall asleep, and then you know over it over and over again and I'm like it's not glamorous. It's hard There's a lot that goes into it. You know and you have to love it if you are somebody who has your own business or your own brand? You have to love it because it is not I mean I would say. Ninety, eight percent of it's not glamorous, but it's rewarding. You know it's something that you love, but you're GONNA have failures. You can't be afraid to work hard and fail. Because, you're GONNA. Do both of those all the time? And you know and learning from your from your failures for me. It's like you know we've had products that the ones that you've mentioned like happy planner that quadrupled the size of our business in the matter of two years But in the in between, and we had already had like a pretty successful company, and we were like well, but what you don't see, are all of the things where you come out with the product and you're like that's a dog. You Know Kate next. What do we? Can we learn from that? You know that's what you can't. You can't shy away from it, but nobody wants to see that nobody, but those are the lessons. Are you know what you're seeing? When when you see the happy planner is our success of you know Gosh over twenty we did that. It was fifteen years. I think into the our business before we hit that like Grand Slam, we'd had several. You know that was. This product was a triple. This one was a strikeout. This one was a base hit. And then you know, we never know we not. Even we're not even. Promise that we were going to have that big of a success that we just kept going and every time we did we learned something like Oh we didn't do. The packaging wasn't right or you know. Maybe we rent to too early into that trend, or maybe we didn't research it enough or maybe we learned something every time but I mean we've had. We've had product failures. We've had really difficult times in the economy I've been around here through September eleventh through the two thousand eight crash where the business was doing great, and then all of a sudden we've had were having to like have layoffs and figure out how to make the hard decisions. To keep your business healthy and around and surviving, and that's really hard. I mean that's something that right now we're going through. You know we have. Luckily we've got a great basin. We've had a very successful business, but this is a gut punch, and for a healthy business like ours. This has been really difficult and I can only imagine if you're struggling before this, but you just have to figure out you. It's almost like a business as almost like being a parent. You've got to make those tough decisions. Decisions you know that not everyone's going to understand. That's going to be hard. It's going to keep you up at night. and those those you don't see those on social media. No one's sharing like we had to really hard today and or have been meetings all day, and if they are, they're showing you the picture of themselves looking really cute, and you know here I am with my thing and it's. It's just not always like that victims hardly ever like that, so I think it's sometimes i. I've shared lots more real version especially on my own personal social media on instagram. Especially because I, think we do a disservice to. Everybody but to women's in general specifically where it's like if you're trying to be an inspiration and trying to share with other women, this is what if I can, we can all be here for each other. You, know in business, and this is how we can succeed. We are doing a disservice if we are just showing what our lives really never looked like And how how then do those? How'd you push through? How do you push through at the worst times for people that are listening that are entrepreneurs have launched their business or not seeing success right away. Like what have you learned to cut has kept you going. I think i. mean this sounds like something that my husband would go. No, if you can't measure it, you can't manage it because he's. My husband was our CFO CEO and. But for me, I, it's so much into an instinct. And then pushed through because I believe in my instinct very strongly. There's a thing like I feel like you know for us. We were very fortunate that the business that we started stayed healthy, and was viable forever, however I. Kind of look at our product launches in our product releases and different product types almost like many businesses, because there comes a time when you know this isn't working, you know there comes a time when you're like. We just need to let this keep going. We need to work at market. We need and you just you kind of. If you're really being honest with yourself, you know when it's like am I pushing too hard for something. That's not really making. Any headway or do I just need to keep working harder and I feel like You know if we ask ourselves how we done everything. HAVE WE EXHAUSTED EVERY OPTION? That's what I think. We need to kind of listeners, though because I just feel like if you are sitting here like. With a struggling business, let's say whether it's from the economy or just like I'm just not going anywhere It's hard because some people will say just keep going. Just keep going all the time. I don't think you should do that all the time. Sometimes you want maybe need to move onto. Something different doesn't mean you're not going to be. In business or start your own company, or but maybe this, isn't it? Maybe it is? Maybe you're just sitting there going. You know what this is going to be tough times, but I believe in this business i. know we have and we're going to keep going, so you kind of have to listen to that. You know you're got to say. Where are you? Are you? You know? Do I need to keep pushing through this, or is there something else that I need to be? Doing are exploring. It's such a weird time to because with everything going on I. Mean People are obviously doing less news less really to plan but I think there's still an opportunity and it's great that the product isn't just a manner planning out your daily activities that can also be used for intentional set goal setting in just writing down thoughts that you have journaling so I love that it's it's I town that regard Have you guys thought of ways to during this tough time? Kind of still sell your product in different ways or maybe thinking about different product lunches. Were you know what kind of has been brewing in the last few weeks, so it's like a perfect example of. Of evolving and pivoting right so like. Yes, when you're when we're looking at people that are planning your days just filled. My days were just like I couldn't even have the whole damn thinking. How tiny can I right because there's so much going on, but you know one of the other things we have in our product, minus positively journaling and guided journals, and then when you you know for us, it would be so tone deaf to be talking. Talking about we know you're busy. Let's just talk about busy busy busy schedule Hustle. Let's go because this is not the time for that, so we had to look at. What do we have in? You know in our offering. And what do we have What do we think is important or is there something else we can offer so for us? you know slowing down journaling 'cause for me. It's all about putting the pen to paper. I Love I love my. Technology and I. On my computer as well, but there's something to me about writing stuff down whether it's my schedule and prioritizing key efficient or whether it's like you know just journaling what I'm grateful for writing that down I did a whole like wellness like year in two thousand eighteen, where every single day for the entire year I journal. Like what am I feeling I thought it was going to be like more. Of a fitness thinks I like. My cholesterol is high, and I needed to lose weight, and I was going to do all these things I'm going to travel the stuff and what it became was. Oh my gosh, I'm realizing that I'm tagging my emotions now like when I would write things down the journaling became the biggest part for me is what I was feeling like I was really I felt very marginalized that meeting today, and I came home, and I think like I was going into hibernation. You know and I was angry and I was, but I was identifying my feelings. Why was I instead of just going like writing down my food log? You know it's like it wasn't helpful for me. I. Know How to eat healthy. But to realize that when I feel angry, I don't know what to do with those feelings and to eat them you know, or and I'm like an eye stuff them and I. Try and do anything in Canton. and that was like a realization for me, so we're kind of leaning into that and saying hey, right now when you're stressed or you're afraid or whatever it is that you're going through. What can you lean into? And how can you get in touch with your feelings whether it's do journaling or if you really do maybe you're a mom who is trying to work fulltime at home and also. Also home school your kids to the distance learning the. Maybe you need to be really efficient, so you need to you know. What is it that you need and listening to that? Do you need to be productive? Do you need to be kind of moving a little more inward, and then just writing it down and really getting out of your head and onto paper, so you can help process it. Yeah I need to start journaling. That is something that. I know he's for the whole year. Did you notice that it had a huge impact on? It changed the way I thought it totally and I'm the same way because I'm like I'm so famous for starting a journal. And then it's really good for like a couple weeks, and then it's empty, and I keep it and all these like you know journals that have a little bit done in the beginning, and then like I wish I could combine them all. And are they now? It's like so I just said I have never made like a year long commitment to myself I. Will I mean I will do anything for my kids. My husband, my family, my, you know the team of me me and my big ideas, but for me. It'd be like I'm always the first one to get shoved off the list and so I, said I need I was stressed because just like what you were saying. Our business was. Wildly successful that year, and the year before that but I was so stressed out. Because when you quadruple the size of your company, and you're trying to do the same things that you did before scaling it and learning how to do that so quickly is really stressful for a for a creative person who likes to do things like. As I'm inspired. And so. So dealing with that was huge, so all of these things that I saw which were gaining weight having high cholesterol, not sleeping at night, having hiring Zaidi I was thinking, it was because I'm out of shape or this and I didn't really realize accepted the journaling. which that's not what I started to do. That it was more than just that and so this journaling process just gave me. Such clarity and insight into my own feelings that I had no idea and I don't think if I if I just tried to do that at the very beginning for just a little bit I, don't think I would have. Gotten as deep because like doing it every single year someday the destroy today sucked. He knows the worst day ever and I didn't know how to see it through, but then as I got used to journaling just as an exercise every day. I learned to go. You know to just kind of. I guess like look a little deeper. Really. Shed light on stuff that I had no idea I was looking for. I feel like now. I'M GONNA. Go buy one of your journals because I'm so inspired by that by just what you said and I think that I'm someone that just keeps everything in my head and I talked to myself all day every day just. All the things that have to do all the things that should you know that are behind me? That I should have done yesterday it's that's great. I love that with you. You know you don't realize that when you're not like kind of emptying out. It's like for me I was not able to. I was not able to like think of I was kind of creatively blocked, and then I was like even motion. Lee blocked and they just didn't realize because I'm the same. I am an over thinker. I like I process everything and I just I kinda hold onto it and I get very wrapped up in my own head, and so it was just almost like an emptying of it and helps me sleep. Helped me do all that stuff, so my guys. I think you'll love it. Okay. I'm sold. journaling. Borsch, now let's talk a little bit about living intentionally, which is very much related to what we're talking about now, bite. What does it mean for you to live intentionally? And how can people cultivate a more meaningful life? Because obviously you found your passion, you work really hard at you. Know keeping your mind rate, and it seems like you're a very self, reflective person, but how how have you gotten there? I think. I've always been somebody who really likes. Growing looking inside I ask a Lotta questions of myself and. Other people like I. Try and tell my husband like I'm not really trying to psychoanalyze you. Even I would love to just get into everybody's head, but I think that there's so much we can learn. And one of the things that I have learned just by trying to grow as a person and being teachable. Has Been You. Know there's nobody in the world that is going to take charge of my life, my happiness, the things that I want that me. Matt what happens around me it doesn't you know we can all we can all be complaining about what's happening in the world with your job with your relationship, but when it really comes down to it, you're the one that's responsible for what it is. You want in your life and how happy you are. And so for me, it started with number one. I needed to. Learn how to love myself because I didn't love and accept yourself believe you're worthy of all those things, and then once you believe that those things started kind of coming into my life and a realize it's like you know. That was something that I had to really focus on. I had to work on with myself I am. We're a project, so if you go out there, and you really want a job, or you really want to start a business, or you want a relationship. You have to almost I think. Go for the life that you want with that same passion and I mean for me. It's just been about really starting to identify. What is it that you want? What is it that makes you happy? And how do you need to get that? I think that's why I'm a planner at heart, because living intentionally as really planning, you're trying to like you have to identify something first and then figure out how you're going to get it right, so it's like for me. Identifying. What makes me happy? What the name of our podcast plan? Happy Life at the Tagline for our company. Or for the for the happy planner, because really feel like you know if if for me, I need to identify what it is, that makes me happy right, and so I'm not somebody who is an Adrenalin Junkie I'm not someone who needs a lot of activity in my life, I need I need serenity a need. Calm I need a place to be creative I want to go travel I want to be with my family so when I. Start to really identify Granular Li, like what it is, that makes me happy and what I want I can easily say you know okay well. Then I am intentionally going to make the choices that get me closer to those things that I want and. It's really a responsibility. You know it's really taking responsibility for For the actions that we take and you know and I think it's empowering I actually feel like instead of going like Oh. My Gosh I'm responsible for all of these things in my life and no one's going to do about me that makes me. I think it just gives it gives me the power back to say you know. Stuff can happen all around me. Crap can just be going on like everywhere and internally I can live intentionally with what makes me happy, which what? And I can be. Responsible for especially this stuff that's going on in my head. You know so setting intentions of you know whether it's daily whether it's setting an intention for a year or whenever you're feeling like you need a little more clarity into. What am I working for I think it's a really powerful thing to do and I know sometimes when things get more popularity. They gained that whole like people in Oh. Yeah, okay. Setting intentions are doing all this, and it sounds a little Wu, and all that and I'm like it, but it really really makes a difference in how we live our lives, and the decisions that we make yeah, and it's all it all goes back to taking accountability, right and totally nine I. always talk about this on the podcast where a lot of people struggle with that I. Think they kind of have this. Poor me, mentality or you know I could never accomplish that I'm not ex- enough. I'm not educated. Enough I'm not. You know fast enough smart enough pretty enough whatever it is, and I just do I. Hope that if pe- when people listen to this episode, they really if they take anything from it. I really hope that they listen to what you just said. Because it's so powerful, that's such a like. I can't I've had a lot of things. People will ask me like well. Of course, it's easy for you to be happy because where you are today, you know and I said, but but here's what you don't understand is that? The reason I'm happy is not because I have all the things that I have the reason I have all the things that I have is because a happy positive person who believes that I have. that. What happens in my life is a result of you know of the way that I go about it and what I believe I deserve and how and then I can have those things I'm happy. And I'm positive period. Doesn't necessarily. Happy happy I just mean like I'm going to be content and positive and optimistic in my life. No matter what is going on and I have lived through a lot of things I've had like I said I shared with you. Guys had some traumatic things in my childhood that have happened I was had a child eighteen I had a lot of money issues. I'm growing up. I was in an abusive relationship with physically and mentally, and there's a have been drug abuse them I mean lots of things that I've had to deal with and. I could very easily any of those instances been. Why did this happen to me? I could never start a business because I don't have a college education and they don't have any money, and they don't have this and you know. What will people think of me and you know a? Growing and believing that you can do something, no matter what like having that resilience and having that. Like I'm just going to figure it out like I said I. It pretty much anything now I'm probably going to be more of a of a jack-of-all-trades master of none but that's okay. That's who I am, and that's really has gotten me where I'm at, but yeah. I just I think if anything I totally agree with you. If I share anything, it would be that no matter what your circumstances are in life. I think optimism and. And believing that no matter what happens to you, you will get through this, and you make something of yourself, and you can get the things that you want in life If you know if you're working, you work hard. You have to be willing to work hard. You have to be teachable if to learn to be confident, but all those things are things you can control. And it doesn't really matter what your circumstances are. So that would be something I mean. Yes. I love the product. Yes, I love our brand. Yes, I love all these other things, but that's just something that I think everyone can take with them throughout their lives. Such great life advice, and it's so true I feel like there's been looking back and reflecting on my own experiences to and the hardships that you know everyone has different forms of adversity, but how you respond and react to that is I think all the difference and I think it was a murray furlough that said everything is figure out. That just. When you said that because it's true like if you have that drive and that hustle enough to do what it is that you WanNa, do you can figure that all out and I think Alex also reiterated several times. There's this concept of just start now. Figure everything else out along the way as you go. Otherwise, you're never gonNA start. You're never going to achieve those goals but in terms of goal, setting and just organizational tips. I mean I feel like the ideal buyer of the happy planner is a very organized individual, or maybe they're aspiring to be more organized. So what are some good organizational tips just in general that people can start practicing and then apply to the happy planner. And I am not a naturally organized person. At like what you see back there on this video that we're recording over is not what it normally looks like I'm a creative person so I'm very like. Just kind of scattered and I will follow an idea like if I have an idea, I'm like I'm down that rabbit hole and. There's a chaos and mastic usually follows so being organized and using happy planner and using organizational tools is actually been essential for me to be like a productive society member of society or running a business, so one of my favorite tools and I think we kind of alluded to this a little earlier was getting things out of your head in getting him down I use a master What I call him Master Action Item List, so it doesn't matter if like you are thinking of I've gotTa. GotTa do cupcakes the Kids School I've got empty. The dishwasher I have a huge project that I'm working on. That's do every little thing. Take space up in your head and It doesn't really you know you're not really. They all have the same weight, so you're thinking constantly of the Dishwasher, the cupcakes and all of these things and you don't have the space to really think about Give yourself like. Hey, now. I'm really focusing on the project because there's so much stuff spinning in your head. And, so I think David Allen I think is his name he said you're. You're headed for having ideas, not storing them so like for me. It's like Oh, my gosh, that is so perfect so I take and had this one massive list actually I have to, but it's ones home in one's work, but usually for most people one will do and. If everything that comes out of my head is something that I have to do if it's an action item. I put it on my list and then I work from that list. Would plan my weeks when I plan my days, so I look at Monday and I think okay. I've got five meetings not lot. Stuff's going to be coming off that to do list, but on Tuesday I have one meeting in the morning and I had the whole day that I. have so I'll go off of my master list and then start working from there. I'M NOT GONNA forget my tasks that way. It's not going to be like oh shoot cupcake sting it. You have your your things that have due dates and everything so when I'm working from it I don't have fifteen sticky notes everywhere and a piece of paper that I wrote over there. That I got lost cause. I left it in my car and you're constantly then figuring out. How do I remember where it was that thing so keeping everything kind of in one place has been a big tip for me. the second organizational tip that I use I plan every Sunday I plan my week out every Sunday so or whatever the day before the start of week.' In for me. Mondays the start, so I sit down I. Take a look at what are all of the to the must do's appointments. The the deadlines that have to happen that week and get all those things in there and I. I plan everything out from date night with my husband every week. we're putting that in their first wins the time that I need one of my GonNa. Go exercise. When am I going to those put in appointments, and then I start to fill in again with things from that master to do. If I don't do that, then you know, there's things that come up and they're just time. Thief's and they come in to take in all of a sudden. You look and you've spent. Monday and you're thinking I've done nothing you know. It could be a week and you're going like shoot. There's nothing off my list. conversely you can take a look at that, and if you've been really productive, there've been times. I had no idea I could get that much done. So those are two tips for me to stay on and just to contend me. Being organized means being productive, because if I'm not productive, my stuff's all over the place. I get very easily overwhelmed, and that is not a good place for me to be. I was GONNA ask as well with with your master. Master list you add everything from like emptying the dishwasher doing laundry like every task so usually I have like if those are ongoing I will have just started doing this, which helped a lot, but all I kind of assign like if something that occurs every week for me I have a list. That's basically recurring tasks, so if you're if it's a cleaning thing, it's like an you know you've got changes sheets. You know the bathrooms or whatever I've got empty Roomba. because. Just, all those little things that are like take the trash out. Those are of things that I put off to the side which are more recurring tasks. And then when I sit down. Unday, I think you know empty room by the today's the in the evenings and do my meal planning here and those things happen all the time. The the Master List for me is you know the things that are their projects or their like like for me for my work one. It's like every time like I need to talk to him about this Call up this person and make sure I return this thing and check out on. All of the let's marketing meetings scheduled out. Make sure to reach out and so then I can cross them off. On Cross them off. And then when they're done, they're done, and of course you know once it gets to about halfway marked off at create a new list because it's prettier. And I like doing that, but yeah, the reoccurred things I keep separately. Of It, so we're GONNA. Get this all in. Your home about really what you're saying is it comes down to time management skills right, and yes, you know like you said there are some days ago by and I'm like. How did I just spent two hours scrolling through instagram? Checking emails bearing bearing myself in emails that really don't I don't need to get back to these people right away and you self reflect and go like that I see I'm busy, but to hours of that time was wasted. Time management is huge, and that was another thing that I uncovered in my memorabilia box that said think I was in like fourth grade and the teacher says like Stephanie needs to learn time management. Because it is true, because I do the same thing and I feel like there's so many times when people say I just don't have enough time and I'm thinking i. just spent four hours binge-watching. Whatever I. We. Do have the time and that's okay. If you're going, you know what I'm going to. It's going to be a binge party like I am going to be watching and It's fine but I think we need to be aware like you don't WanNa miss out on the things that you either want to be doing our need to be doing because you're not managing your time well and like I said it's a constant struggle. This is going to be something that I'm GonNa be. Be doing for my whole life. Because you know because I'm just not naturally inclined to be that way even, but it's a habit you know, and it's easier for me now, but managing your time well and scheduling it out is is a habit that we form you know, and it's just like it just becomes easier and then yeah, you find him. There's nothing to me like when I look at a list I'm like. Oh, my gosh look! How productive I was this week! That is such a good feeling when you even when you finish the day, and you're like man I was on point today like I knocked this off the list and I. Did this and you just feel good? There's just this feeling it brings. There's something about they say like an actual like I don't know what gets release, dopamine, or whatever that when you cross things off your list. That, yes, go. It is what? What are some other resources that you? You've enjoyed yourself or that? You would recommend to listeners in terms of time, management or building, good habits, organizational tools and practices. I think that like to meet. Okay decluttering. Making sure that you like you don't have because again. The more clutter at the worst and I know they say you know a messy desk or whatever they say, but the MESSI dozen. Beans or whatever and it is, but it's probably one who's just driving themselves crazy 'cause they can't find anything so developing somewhat of. Of A protocol for how you're GONNA. Plan your weeks and then also. One of the things I don't know if it's not really a resource, but it's something that I learned that. I kind of tend to first thing in the morning. I want to like answer all like you're saying I. Want to answer all my emails, and then of course I go down. Somebody's asking you know unsubscribe to all these things now and then I started subscribing, and then I go down, and so somebody told me to block off your days and at the beginning. Do the most important thing for you that you need to. To get done in the morning or whenever it is that you work I work best in the morning and freshest van, and then about three o'clock, I'm looking for anything else. I'm looking for something to snack on or any distraction and it, but some people are not also if you're like going, this is when I do my best work. Then make sure you can identify those times because you're gonNA. Find that you have. You're going to get more done. You'RE GONNA feel more efficient more. More productive and I think that's going to help I. Definitely, figure think that if you can figure out how technology and productivity work for you. I am kind of a hybrid between outlook and all of the technology that we can't. We have that really does keep us I've got when I have meetings. All my stuff is stored. I, don't WanNa. Right down the zoom. Call Identification Number and the password, and all these things you know, that's all stored in my outlook and I have a really good relationship between paper planning and my tech, you know. And then but I have a process every time I have like a nice system. I think I think that works I've been I've used a lot of productivity tools into honest with you. Nothing's really kept me more productive than just keeping it simple and planning things out and getting stuff done I mean it. It starts off great, but then it's just something else for me to. Keep track of so having something just right in my face whether it's my outlook, calendar or or my paper planner I just like I, said I've tried I've tried them all I've tried. And I know they were really well for some people, but for me it's just all about keeping it really simple and just getting stuff done. Yeah, and you know what I love the realness because we get questions, sometimes of like. How do you have a business and you work fulltime in your mind like? How do you do all the things? And I always kind of self reflect in its and I always think you know. You make time for what's important to you. That's the bottom line. We all have twenty four hours a day. I think that that hustle mentality isn't always helpful and isn't always positive, but at the same time if you have something that you want to accomplish. You just have to do it. You have to figure it out and do it. That's the bottom line. So Yeah? I love what you said on that. You know what I'd like to ask you Stephanie. If there's some sort of book or podcast or resource that you'd recommend for our followers, I don't know if you have any in mind that something that is is really impacted you in some way. Yes, so two different two different things so a book that basically just changed my life completely were was the gifts of imperfection by Bernard Brown. And it was one of those things where I just realized I don't have to be perfect I'm worthy of just the way I am, and that just really kind of just her whole. I love her so much that book. When I started to believe those things about myself, things change. They think changed in my life. They changed in my business That's why I think that no matter what you're looking at doing that. Inner work is I. Don't don't try and like. Get the promotion or getting the relationship, because you think that's GonNa make you more successful or happier, or whatever, because if you're not okay with that first step I it's all going to be empty. You know you're going to get the promotion, but it's not gonNA. Feel as great as you thought it was. Because you're. There's there's that whole in there that you're trying to fill so. That personally was amazing for me and then I love how I built this by Cairo's and. The podcast and for business. That's something that I listened to and I just. If, you're ever wanting to start a business and you think well I don't fit the typical either entrepreneur or business owner, or whatever I don't fit that mold listen to those stories there from every walk of life and every kind of story. It's so empowering to listen to them, but it's also really interesting to see how some of those people dealt with you know the setbacks, and how they how they innovated, and how they funded their businesses, and it's really interesting, and so, and they've covered just about like every aspect of business so I love those, too. Such third-rate episode actually heard how I built. This I've never listened to it, but I've heard it is great good, so that'll be one that'll that'll be added to my podcast list. podcasts our life right now in quarantine. Basically do anything and just have headphones on and listen to podcasts. For sure so good. Well this has been great. We are so happy that we have had the chance to chat with you and an answer all of our questions. Where can people find you on on social media? And where can they purchase happy planner? So they can find a me personally and INSTAGRAM's. Where is my John? That's what I love the most. People over it Instagram, so you can find me at Stephanie Score, Fleming. And then you can find the happy planner, which on Instagram, as the underscore happy, underscore planner or the happy planet Dot Com. I also have a podcast called planet. Happy Life that host with my daughter, sharing tips about how you can choose to be happier and planned to be happier and. And we love that, so that is planned a happy life. You can find that. At Planet Happy Life Dot Com so and then the happy planner you can buy at craft stores all over Michael's Joanne. Hobby Lobby Walmart and that'd be planner DOT COM, so we're all over. Love it. It's awesome. That is so great. We will link everything in the show notes, and it has been such a pleasure Stephanie you offer so much wisdom. As it relates to not only business but life so thank you for sitting down with us today. Thank you appreciate it. It's been fun talking to you.
Dr. Andrew Newberg
"Everybody podcast. You know we appreciate your support of those people who support us and we keep this thing going. Keep Mr Perla happy and don't forget all the goings on DOT COM dot com. We've got a stream their broadcast very regularly a call in show on Sunday, and then the after dark. Out of course most days, our guest is Andrew Newberg. Latest book is the rabbis, brain mystics, moderns, and the science of Jewish thinking. It's available now. Neuro, theology is what we're talking about you can follow Dr Newburg at at Andrew Newberg and HE WBRC DOT com. Twitter at Andrew, Newberg and Dutch newer. You came highly recommended by Dr Dan Een. WHO said you must speak with him, so we all well. He's a terrific guy and I. would have told you the same thing in reverse. Yards a three way again, so so talk first. Let's start with the book. What what what did you learn writing? This could prompted you write the book and what is in there? Well you know I've been studying the relationship between spirituality in the brain for many many years and and that has kind of developed into this field of neuro. Theology you know what? How we look at and understand the relationship link between the human rain in our religious and spiritual cells. Part of why I got into the discussion. Autism was that I'm sorry it's all good. We Love Dogs against. During the quarantine everyone does it guy I know I know? so part and part of the reason why I got into hopping rabbis, brain is the idea that. We can really start to think about neuro theology from the perspective of different traditions, and of course my own background is Judaism. I was raised in a reform Jewish household up armistead, and so it just seemed like a very natural kind of approach to be able to start with that but ultimately neuro theology is something that is really for every type of tradition, and so hopefully this is really just the start of it's the ability for us to look at a Christianity, and it's denominations. Islam. Hinduism Buddhism all the traditions from this perspective to see what we can learn what we can understand in terms of how the brain health us to be relig- religious and spiritual. And, so you know this this whole idea of neurobiology anthropology spirituality stuff. That's how I found Jordan. Peterson I'm interested in people that combined anthropologists psychology. Then ask the question. Why do our brains do that right? And then is there some transcendent meaning? That's a whole other question, but wire. Why did the human trains do that and? It gives me A. Absolute intense fascination. So how'd you? What's your posture as somebody that evaluates these things from the neuroscience recovering from multiple different perspectives. Where where are you evaluating this? Well, certainly you know I. Do feel like Neuro Theology as a as a field based on the work that I'm trying to do is is something that is very multidimensional, and and really does kind of come at things from a variety of different perspectives I suppose. Because my background is neuro imaging I'm there certainly that? But as you mentioned just a moment ago? You know part of what excites me. in in terms of all of the information that we can get at from this perspective is that it ranges from the very practical to the very esoteric so on a very practical level. We can ask questions about well, if somebody. Is Religious Is that protective to protect them from depression. Does IT PROTECT THEM FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE? Obviously a big area that I know you've been involved in for many years. And, there's a lot of evidence to support added. Certainly you know programs like alcoholics, anonymous which really invokes a spiritual concept. has also been very effective for helping people with alcoholism, so they're very tactical piece, yeah! Stay. With us for a second. Is there something about spirituality that changes the brain in such a way that you can look at the imaging and say oh? That's why they're regulating better. That's why the oncologist so. What changed in their brain. That might help them. There substances well there. There are a variety of changes that occur. does depend a little bit on what practices in what the person is doing so for example you know when we study a practice like prayer, we find that perhaps that happens to increase the activity in their frontal lobe. We've actually done some studies that have looked at certain transmitters in a found a spiritual retreat program in intensive retreat. Officers the amount of dopamine in their brain, and these are the lives up to regulate our emotional responses. So when you're talking about you know having an addiction being anxious having. If your frontal lobes are working better because you are engaged in spiritual practice or bears religious spiritual beliefs. Then that's going to help you psychologically and similarly. If, you're really immersed in this then it changes your tone in levels, the dopamine levels in the brain much like the drugs that people would take an antidepressant or a drug that might help them to calm down, and so we really see this kind of an impact of these practices on a lot of different levels, and it also changes the other important set of structures of the LIMBIC system. The emotional centers of the brain and these practices helped to calm those down so that people aren't quite as reactive and you know when when you think about what religions do I mean? mean part of the thing is. There are a lot of ingredients right I mean they're. They're the practices. We were just talking about, but there's the believes the comfort that they get. There's the social support they get so there's a lot of different elements that are very contributory to helping people when they're engaged. They're religious or spiritual south I'M GONNA. Keep drilling on the alcohol for a second, because they will often talk about these moments of change where they feel like something has stepped in from the outside and they're. They're different. Sectors of Swish changed, and I will tell you. Look very carefully. At these folks they usually are preceded by some sort of experience of novelty in a relationship like the as though they are seeing them, so they can see themselves with a new pair of glasses and that moment causes. What they want to call
The Brain Science of Enlightenment
"Guys today we're GonNa hurt out about what enlightenment or if that word is triggering to you just think of it. As high doses of meditation can do to your brain and more practically how we can derive these benefits. Even if we don't plan to spend decades living in a cave, my guest is Rick Hansen PhD. He's a psychologist and he's the author of a new book. Called Neuro Dharma. We go way into the deep end here for sure, but we are also very down to Earth this discussion. Talking about how anyone including you can reverse engineer enlightenment. That's his term another term that he uses that. Hey, like is that we can. We can have nirvana operationalized in our nervous system. Quick note that this was recorded before the pandemic, but I'm of the view that enlightenment is Evergreen so here. We go with Rick Hansen. The kind of dirty little secret in the growth world is that most positive most beneficial experiences people have useful enjoyable home. Leave no lasting value behind while due to the negativity bias in the brain, negative experiences tend to get lodge. Tried into us, so I've had A. Long standing interest in what could be called taking in the good i. think of it as a really the fundamental process of social emotional learning, and getting more skillful ourselves in helping the experiences were having really land inside based on some understanding of how the nervous system is most effectively changed for the better, and how that boils down in concrete terms, a lot is just stay with the experience for a brother longer rather than channel surfing to onto the next shiny object I. Point So, if you're having a moment where you feel strong or determined or relieved or close to another person. person or you realize how to be more effective with your teenager whatever it might be. Maybe there's a sense of inner peace. Maybe this a sense of self worth. Maybe just enjoy putting your cat in your lap. Stay with it for a breath or longer, so that in the famous saying neurons that fire together wire together so the longer you keep them firing, the more they're gonNA tend to be wiring. Feel it in your whole body second. You know the more the richer the experiences that were embodied it is the more gonNA tend to leave a trace behind, and then also another. Yeezy. Good simple private autonomous thing to do is to focus on what's rewarding about it. Let's enjoyable. What's meaningful about this experience? There are different things that happened in the hardware that occur when you do these practices that increase the conversion of the experience to a lasting change of neural structure or function, and for example when you focus on what's rewarding about it, that increases the activity of dopamine and Norepinephrine in your hippocampus there two of them technically, but people speak of them in the singular, so you have a hippocampus and the pattern of activation, the moment that underlies the experience you're having of. Let's say self, worth or determination or commitment or inner peace The experience they were having the time. If there's increased dopamine in Europe in an activity in the hippocampus at the time based on focusing on what's rewarding enjoyable about it well, the pattern of activation at the time is flagged for prioritization and protection, and during consolidation into long term storage. That's kind of a long way of pudding that if you stay with the sense of enjoying an experience, it's going to more efficiently. Turn into a lasting change in your body. It's going to be more hard wired into your nervous system. So I'm. Reaching for in my own life, and thinking about how I could operationalize this. I love my four year olds probably by the time this goes F. B. Five and I. More than probably will still love him, and snuggling with him feels really good. Yeah for him to yeah well I. Hope Sometimes I feel like coursing and but So that feeling if I can be with it and really take it in all of it in my body, and my mind than that is. It's registering a more lasting way and my nervous system, which then may make me a more warm men, affectionate person generally going forward
Christian Thibaudeau on Adrenaline, Muscle Tone and Optimizing Training Splits
"And. Kristin. It's awesome to have you back. I know last time we were talking a lot about child. Development and Development Ages Zero to two and I know. Your child is getting older How is your child growing impacted your thoughts and ideas? With with child development, and and how they're coming along. While it just confirms what I was saying at first. Any type of blue light or screen time is the number one enemy to children development, and what I mentioned. Is that what people don't understand? Is that these stimulus like your tablet, your cellphone smartphone? BIG-SCREEN TV all those types of devices emit blue light, which is one of the strongest dopamine receptors stimulator. It's so strong in fact that even in adult it can desensitize those receptors very easily. That's why it's addictive. Because when you stop doing it, you feel like crap. You feel depressed because you don't have the dopamine stimulation, the pleasure neurotransmitter that is strong enough to compensate for that going on, and how the Prom is that a child's brain. Is Not fully developed and much more fragile, and a stimulus is just way too strong for their brain to handle. You can actually permanently. Damage, the dopamine receptor, sensitivity and adult. If he becomes desensitized, you can do it what what's called a dopamine fast like you stop basically any type of dopaminergic like a YouGov, are kind of all phones and. Stuff like that. You Stop Smoking. You don't take drugs at similar dopamine and within ten days you can. Basically you regain your sensitivity charts. It's the damage. You're going to have a child with low motivation. IS PRONE TO DEPRESSION ONTO ZION? It's something you want. Also. There's a very strong connection between the efficiency of the dopamine system and learning especially motor learning the reason is that children learn by reward system? So for example your your child is on the floor on. His belly doesn't crawl yet. E C a few on the Florida. You wants to reach, and you will find a way to reach it, and when you reach at the dopaminergic response gives him a big pleasure. Response will motivate him to try again to learn new stuff so learning especially motor learning is driven by the motivation to get that dopaminergic a response, so if you desensitize dopaminergic receptors, motor, learning and learning period will impair like Jaden. When he was like He. He's like twenty one months old now or something like that When he was eighteen, he already knew all of his alphabet, so he knew all the letters. And you could actually spell his name at eighteen months. So that's a pretty good. E- knew something like. One hundred twenty five words and normally at eighteen. When we went to the doctor, they said nobody a child should learn at least three words by the time these months old. The actually wanted one. We went to the doctor for eighteen month checkup. The wanted to do a TV show with us because the is level of a of development adjusts like crazy, but that's when the code Kuban crisis happened, so we didn't do it. Again. I'm not saying that I'm smarter or is exceptional. It's just that the the lower dopaminergic over-stimulation and the fact that both my wife and I are mostly at home, so we can actually plan. Learning experiences sped up development now that led to some issue that we might need to resolve. Is that by over stimulating? We basically became the only source of his development and is. Slightly lacking in social conflict like when he's around, other people will just basically freeze, and it will take him up two or three minutes of. Is the situation to be somewhat comfortable then again. I'm like that so that might be genetic might not be my teaching thing that's. Always, learning frankly do better things, but I think the biggest thing is still. Diminish like balloon exposure as much as possible Apparent is a coach. That's the another child best friend you not is. Is Boss. You're a coach. You should approach like a coach. You should lamb experiences so that the child can learn and try different things, so that's the main thing, and then of course what I'm doing different now is that we are at an age where he needs to become more more autonomous more doing things. Bhai himself so now we find that the EU really loves tractors, so we can actually play with his tractors in San for eight hours straight, so that allows me to do a lot more job, but more work, but that's the next step at first as a coach you you give him as many different experiences to develop his motor skills is absurd skills. Is Memories stuff like that is coordination and more and more advances in needs to be able to do is on staff. Set the activities you wants to do and create is on game, so that's pretty much
"The Rookie" Jim Morris.
"Jimmy Morris historian one for the ages so much so that Disney made his life into a movie in two thousand and two called the rookie and his most recent book. DREAM ACRES COMES OUT June twenty third. He is back for extra innings. Jim Morris so glad to have you back on the show. Nationally Sarah Thank. You grab me so I gotta say man I'm I'm start this off with a compliment. I'm GonNa Kiss Your behind so I I've been looking at your playing days, and we all know the great story. It's so uplifting phenomenal. Get to that. How are you in better shape? Now I mean you are in phenomenal shape, I mean. Are you guy that's always active because most people as they get older, they put the pounds on. I'm raising my hand for those. That can't see but I. TRY to exercise it. Try to run. I, try to get enough. What is your secret because you are getting more fit by the year? You know. Battled chronic illness for a long time and The, more people say I can't do something. Tomorrow makes me WANNA. Do something. And so we've worked out and I'll tell you what these last five months. Hasn't been. A time for me to reset and retool and get ready for something new. Because, we have no idea what normal is gonNA, be so I've been able to work out at walked. My doctors. My neurologists said you'll never walk again. You're starting. Drag your leg and my mom bought me a cane. I got rid of all that and I'm walking five to ten miles a day, and now I'm running. So you know what I just I like to be in motion when I'm in motion, I can sing better in so when I can sing better that clears the mind out, and you know what now my neurologist is going. You don't have Parkinson's more. That's not possible, said you know what anything's possible. Yeah, that's amazing. I was I. was going to bring that up. I was Kinda taking whether it should or not. You were diagnosed with Parkinson's now things the sound of it sound very positive wing for Jim. Absolutely I had a I had turned it down slowly. and. When you get to read the book you're going to understand chapter ten is going to. Either blow people sox offer. It's GonNa make inferior furious and go. WHO believes in that stuff, but I eventually. Turned off my deep brain stimulator, which was the electricity sent Dopamine Mimic does me and my brain turn it off, and there was a message I got quite strongly to turn it off I did and I went back some urologists. She did a brain scan on me and made me do all these Parkinson's test. My balance was a great I was standing on one toe, and then the other toe on both feet could turn circles I can touch my nose with my eyes closed and everything else, and the brain scan came back clean and she goes. You do not have Parkinson's anymore. And she goes I've been doing this for fifteen years, and that does not happen. Said well. I'm standing in front of you. Holy Cow I need. Your Life is legitimately filled with like miracles, because that is unbelievable, and and that makes me feel really happy because you know that's usually a diagnosis. People panic rightfully, so, but I'm so happy a better place now. My that such good news to hear. Awesome. Thank you so much. It's been. It's been a blessing. I've got a daughter out in California, and she's doing a Bible school saying she just graduated with vessel. She was talking to us the other day and she's been reading the book and she's like you know. What can you give up some of the miracle, so we can have? A. And I WANNA get to adjust you ago. I want to I want to end the interview talking about your book. Because I'm right before chapter nine, which is maybe the most interesting chapter title I've ever read in my life, but we're going to get there eventually. We're going to get there, so it's just a couple. Things before I get to your life. Is Baseball in big trouble Jimmy Johnson baseball going to this year. We're going to have baseball again, you think. I had not one clue and I'll tell you this and it's I. Talk About this in my speech is baseball. Has Seen US through wars, depressions, recessions civil unrest when the men couldn't play, the women played. Baseball has seen US through our entire democracy and now. That question is up in the air and if there's no baseball, there's no concessions there. No ticket tickets. There's no security There's nothing and there's no fans and so. I'm hoping they get back on the field pretty soon at least filming it, so he has something to do at home besides workout or eat banana, bread and. I just want our sports back and it doesn't matter if it's baseline of all sports and I WANNA see everybody, get back. Their business and I want to see all those great athletes gooden after it and were. We just got a lot of big unknowns right
Free Yourself from Negative Thoughts
"This is episode two thousand twenty of the daily meditation. Podcast I'm marry medically and or welcome back to our series to release negative thoughts in each episode this week. You are going to discover a meditation technique to help you tame and manage those negative thoughts. You have a challenge this week. Your challenge is to chase your thoughts and what that means is for you to chase down those negative thoughts when you notice yourself began to fall into that negative thinking cycle stop and think about what does your thinking and what may have triggered those thoughts chase them down and then see if you can recognize what exactly your particular negative thoughts represent so if you are running through your mind the argument you had with someone could have even been an argument. You had years ago with someone and something triggered you to remember that person and that argument you might just stop and think You know at that time in my life I was feeling pretty insecure about how this person treated me or what this person said to me. And then after you've chased down that thought you could think about how you can put a positive spin on the situation to tame this negative thought you might think about how you've moved on in your life you no longer feel that same way about that person or that conversation or even if you do still feel a little irked by what was said or done you could think about how much you've learned and grown from the experience. This is an example of how you can take your own real life experiences and tame your thoughts this isn't just some positive thinking and aid you can slap on some real difficult thoughts. You might run through your mind. There is science tobacco up why in fact negative thoughts come so easily to US turns out that positive thoughts the good vibes those are usually influenced by dopamine and dopamine is a chemical in your brain that takes some time to work it takes some time to kind of get dopamine going so you can reinforce your positive thoughts or do good things over time in that really gets the dopamine flowing well court. Ah Saul on. The other hand is fast acting and its fuel. It's fire for negative thoughts and we do need this rapid action in a negative situation. Because what if just saying you were being chased by a tiger where you really want your cortisol to be fast acting so that you would instantly sense this danger. When there isn't a true imminent danger. We can create a sense of danger in our minds with negative thoughts. So that's why chasing down. Your thoughts can help to interrupt this process so you can kind of tame that surge of Cortisol you feel when you see a particular person or hear a particular news story now. You are meditation technique for today is I am free. I am free and this affirmation is how you feel when you begin to notice that. Wow this really works. When I do a thought chaser. It really brings to light some awareness. I can see where I was really just stuck in a kind of lazy even cycle if thinking and when I really analyzed it. I didn't really need to be feeling so upset by something that was said or done or I can look at it in a different light so as you settle yourself down today repeat the affirmation. I am free. I am free saying it out loud engaging your voice whisper it repeated in your natural speaking voice and especially repeat. I am free. I am free when you chase down your thoughts and realize the freedom you can create from repetitive negative thoughts. If you'd like the full half hour guided meditations that go right along with each weekly series on the podcast for two weeks free. You can try out these SIP and alm as Ip A. N. D. O. M. MEDITATION APP. Where you receive access to over two thousand guided meditations as always you are so worth slowing down for
'Why We Swim' Looks For Answers In People And Places Across The Globe
"And humans came from. Dust says ECCLESIASTES DIS but Bonnie Sui us that humankind also wants sprang from end still seeks. Water why we swim is her latest book which Texas from Ponds Pools to surfers racers and a few who have survived icy currents Bonnie Soy who writes frequently for the New York Times in California Sunday magazine. Join just for more home in Berkeley California. Thanks so much for being with us. Thanks so much for having me Scott. You begin with an amazing story about a man whose name I will not chance to even try and say March Eleven nineteen eighty-four what happened on this planet. Good Liquor Thorson. He's an Icelandic fishermen and fishing trawler with his crew. It's calm waters it's cold it's forty one degrees and the boat overturns with forty one degree water within twenty to thirty minutes we die from hypothermia but he did not everyone else did and he ended up swimming six hours and when he finally got to the hospital the doctors weren't able to discern his heartbeat or read his temperature on the thermometer but he didn't show any signs of hypothermia and he was only a little bit dehydrated. He was a strong swimmer certainly but was he also saved by his own biology. He was like the story very much. Because it is this the distillation of what makes swimming so special for humans. We have to learn how to swim. we're not born knowing how to do it instinctively and yet there are sort of traces of that evolutionary past still within us that our evolutionary past that came from the sea and so with good liquor for. Thorson turns out that his body fat was two to three times normal human thickness and more solid and so he resembled a Marine Mammal. More than terrestrial mammal. And that saved him. Did you grow up feeling? Pull into the even. If it was only Jones Beach in New York I did. I mean my family origin story is at my parents met no swimming pool in Hong Kong. We grew up with swimming family and so we grew up at Jones beach in the pool. Lifeguards swim team. I just always remember feeling more comfortable and happy in the water actually than on land. I mean there's just a sense of magic that you get from being in the water and buoyancy that you just don't have on land you in this book talk to swimmers all over the world right nearby you though you you swim San Francisco Bay without a wet suit and there are people including I gather you who believe that's actually good for you in all ways it can be. I mean I have also talked to scientists and researchers who say cardiovascular risk. Don't go into sudden shock cold water because it could stop your heart that aside a wr decided there are benefits to cold water immersion. And there's been quite a bit of research in recent years where your dopamine levels go up in your over time that your cardiovascular system is strengthened and you know there are people there are things that we knew from across cultures around the world that there was a water cure there. Was you know jumping in cold? Water was good for you and jumping in hot water and then jumping into cold water and so we didn't know why exactly in the science kinda starting to catch up. What is this Brown fat you talk about in this book. Well this was really interesting. I did not know about Brown fat until I started swimming with a Dolphin Club swimmers in San Francisco Bay and so I went to ucsf to talk to the foremost researchers in Brown fat and it turns out that mammals are born with two kinds of white fat which we all know about the energy stores of our bodies and Brown fat which actually Burns and produces heat energy. We kind of start to lose it as we get older but there are ways to do what's called the Browning of white fat which is to kind of turn it into energy burning tissue. That fat is called Beige Fat. And so what? Kind of encourages. The development of beige fat is cold water exposure and exercise among other things. But those have been proven to be causing this change in our bodies. Wonder if you have any words for people who aren't able to swim these days you know. The water is a draw for us no matter what and so even if you can't get in the water if you can walk near it can look at. It can see it can You know have some what a wall Nichols calls domestic waters in your house and you know. Take about the shower. Just look at imagery watches surf movie. I mean those things. Make a difference for our souls and our the way our bodies and brains work. Click we respond to those set points in the environment and even if we can't get in the waters right now you know the ocean will be waiting for us. The pools we waiting for us on the other side of this Bonnie Choi. Her book why we swim she in the Water
Drink Less In 7 Days; Georgia Foster
"Pay Mindful tribe. I think today's interview will be something really is connected to a lot of our hopes and wishes and desires. It's about mindset. It's about being present. It's about being still just understanding how we can control our habits our thoughts today. I Have Georgia with the. I Have Georgia Foster Georgia. Are you in mindfulness mode? Today I am very much. So that's wonderful upping in that moment. Yeah me too. Georgia foster is a world leading therapist and she specializes in overdrinking behavior as well as anxiety and self esteem and other issues too but she has courses called drink less and her drink less courses have a very high success rate of ninety five percent of attendees report reduced alcohol consumption so that is incredibly high and she also has a new book where she shares the secrets of her success. And we'll talk about how she does this and what this is all about as we get into this interview but first of all. Let's talk about mindfulness. And what does mindfulness mean to you? Well for me. It's the Overseas about being present but there are many different ways of doing that. One of the things. I have triplet boys so when I had my children. I haven't you join six and obviously being the my was very important to me. Because I didn't expect to go on that journey and for all the Times that I'm rushing hero. Doing that is like I just want to be present with. Children Beget about my work and my outside life. That's one way I like being present and another way read love. Being President is with hypnosis. I'm very Hara Beleaguering hypnosis to me that you know. I'd love if we have time to talk about the psychology training and the different personality traits of drivers out of being in the moment. But we do know that when we're in that space when not so scared when not so fretful about life so for me. It's very important to a in the moment and been that. Mindfulness face swimming doesn't fully to. I'm a swimmer. So I love getting in the pool and guns at lovely meditative state and I just feel so much better when I get out of the. That's wonderful. Well let's talk about how we move away from that state of being present because that does happen in our society in our lives. Will I believe that will made up of many parts of sub personalities and there's one particular personality trait called the in a critic and the critic is the part that says? What did you say that yesterday to that personal? What did you drink so much last night or you know. You haven't got enough in your pension plan. Everybody else is going to retire more than you know. Sooner than you into the inner critic is the pot within that takes us away from being present is always talking about the past all future now we know I mean the nearest scientists who understand the power. Hypnosis is that when we're in that state we are in a vulnerability state and when you feel vulnerable. You know feel anxious you want to over eat or drink or you know make bad decisions all of those things so we do know that being a critic is the part of the mind that does full warn us about something. Catastrophic may happen but it only is based on stories is not based on truth so one of the ways I love to work with. People is if you want to be present if you want to understand that. Nobody has a crystal ball including the critic. Being present is one of the greatest gift you can give yourself and hot of my work And I say to people if you're not a drinker it's just having that sense of Self-worth you know have a sustained program talking about you. Can't you can plan for your future. Positively but to listen to critic who main that you will be scared about making decisions you'll be scared about making change and we neither we only progress through making change. Whether it's you know situations we create or whether they are created for us so being in a in the presence and means that you Trusting more nutrition to get things done rather than you constantly having to think about doing it. Well let's talk about your drink less program and how this works because you know I usually hear about programs where you know you stop drinking. Or You quit drinking entirely. Tell us the thinking behind your teachings. Yeah well I had a clinic in London for twenty two years and corporate clients and they were coming to see me with stress anxiety sleep issues and then as Georgia. I think I drink too much and I'm like well. Yeah we do know that there are many people out them in one in six Americans actually binge drink so am talking about people who are fully functioning. Parents Retirees Very successful people when talking pop benches here and I think what's important to note that type of drinking on talking about is about people who need to go to a we're talking about this very big middle ground of drinkers. Who are drinking in the home. It goes under the radar statistics And these people know that they drink too much at the doctor have to reduce so what we know is that the mind is adaptable. Change if you give it the right resources and hypnosis which is the same as meditation. It's the same. Brain activity is a great way to train the mind to Tina that in a critic because critic is the pop that drives us to drink a what we know about. Alcohol is alcohol produces dopamine people not getting addicted to the alcohol. They getting addicted to the dopamine that alcohol producers in the brain. So what I'm saying is if you all right I can show you that you have a mind that can make that change and if you use a lot of people have really crazy. Busy work lives and the mccollum high and that is bold and they drink because they just bored. Because we know when we're bored we think negativity right so you know when we drink. The critic goes away so people are feeling that sense of reprieve from negative thinking stresses and strains and everything's Fine. Now the morning comes and then all of a sudden being a critic back and life back and people go oh already feel. I need to have a drink. And then what necessarily have a drink. Ben That stirrings through the day. We'll stop this very difficult but be who worried about the drinking alcohol days for example though I helped people buddy to become before they drink to do with what is going on in their lives before they drink the need to drink to get that space and that's exactly pot of being in the mindful space was was great to meet you because my my audience need to train them. Mind to be in a space. That's nothing to do with alcohol. I write and do the same concepts. Apply to cannabis. Use the same thing it's about it's about escaping your to. It could be food to Major. We know sugar producers of Maine. They all have their neuro parkway connections and. I think that's the point is that we know that we out a new pathway Born with the same amount but some very worn. Some very well walked. And if you have a drinking or drug issue or food issue guaranteed that you'll mind has habitually trained so when you feel any little niggle or tickle fear or self doubt your mind was that Oh get me the drugs. Give me the food. Get the booze what I'm saying. She can change that brain connection that neural pathway. To go to a healthy one.
Drinking And Isolation
"Hi Janey welcome to mentally. Yours thank you. I'm glad to be here so just to start off. Was there a particular thing that happened to lead you to set up the SOBA club annual podcast yet? The podcast is called alcohol-free life I think what led me to do it within the in the first few months after I ditched the booze. I didn't actually tell anyone. I went for three months without telling anyone. Well one person when I look back now realize how daft because I could have made it so much easier for myself. I could have got support. I could have felt connected and I didn't do any of that. I I literally actually felt ashamed bonkers but I but I did. I felt chimed but what I did do was I immersed myself in the quit. Lit expression goes quit literature. Books about stopping drinking. I immersed myself in the books and I listened to loads of podcasts. I absolutely devoured. The podcasts have listening to people who had been there done that. Got The t shirt so there were further ahead to me and it. It just made feel possible for me so when I always feeling like. I just can't do this anymore. I've listened to a podcast where someone was describing exactly that kind of stage and I thought. Oh my goodness right okay. I know I can't do it and I will carry on and so what happened to me was when I then did eventually come out and share my story I was. I was actually amazed at to find. Just how many people really just reacted the way? People reacted was incredible. People sort of said. Oh my goodness but I wish I could do that. That's that's that's me and I suddenly realized that this gray area drinking problem in inverted commas is so much bigger than I thought so. I started the podcast first alcohol. Free Life and again. I didn't really Kinda just throw it out there and thought you know people I want to interview so as to be worth just getting them on the podcast. I did it sort of for myself in a way that people seem to love it and so that's been going now for kind of coming up to fifteen months or something and then I started to sober club last September because I realized that there was a lot out there for people who want to ditch the booze want to sort of go through the process of challenge and and give up drinking a quit or maybe just stop for a while moderate but there wasn't very much for the what next feet I focus very much. Okay we made that decision. You have either already ditched the booze or you've made a decision that you're on that path but what else is there fee so because of my kind of background in everything. Connect with heuristic living. That's what I want to focus on the wants. People stopped drinking. They often want to look at their nutrition and their fitness in their relationships and their purpose and everything else. Did you turn to alcoholics anonymous? Any part of this or did you find them not quite for you know I think Right at the beginning when I well in fact for years before I even stopped drinking. That was actually one of the reasons. I couldn't stop drinking because my perception was that if I went to alcoholics anonymous which we think of as most people think of as the only support available I would have to label myself an alcoholic and as I've already said I didn't mean don't consider that I was ever at rock bottom. I didn't put myself in that bracket of being alcohol dependent or needing that kind of support. I didn't believe I was an alcoholic and I still don't believe that I ever was an alcoholic. There's a whole thing around language there with alcoholics anonymous. I think they do an absolutely amazing job in supporting people and the sense of community. Some people thrive on being able to meet face to face with with with others in the same position so I think their work is incredible but the concept of having to accept that you need to surrender that you that you are not empowered. I don't accept. I don't accept I was ever an alcoholic. I am someone who drink alcohol. I no longer drink alcohol. I was able to to stop because I wasn't clinically dependent. Of course it would be dangerous to just stop. If you're but I wasn't. I was a gray area drinker. What's called a normal drinker? Actually I was absolutely able to empower myself to quit the base. I think it's good to know as well. There's lots of other things for people out. There who are icee area. Drink is like the drinking bitter too much but don't want to necessarily today. I'm meeting because I think mainly works for some people some reasons and then further as they may sort of be on board with the whole sort of higher power thing. Whatever reason it is that Tell me a bit more about the superclub and what you actually do with the shore so I mean just to add to that. You're absolutely right. I I really don't care how people come to this. It doesn't matter to me. If you go to af you you just drink aware this smart recovery. There are so many ways now of getting to the place she wants to be. And that's where some absolutely amazing but the me with the sober club. My my aim is to provide was to enable if like a community where people can find amazing resources around optimum health and wellbeing so with focusing on everything else all the stuff that we want to add in the so the really good nutrition and particularly. If you're in the early stages of ditching the booze. It's really important to remember that. Your brain chemistry can be all over the place. Suddenly have the dopamine hits the Gaba the Serotonin and it can really mess with you physically and emotionally but there is stuff that you can do you can put back really good nutrients you can do a little program of saying this the so many things you can do in terms of nutrition obviously exercise. It's a time when a lot of people for the first time they think you know what I might actually start running or I might do. Yoga and meditation and Mindfulness. I've got a whole load of resources. Sort of hypnosis audio's meditations asking people to focus on their self care which is critical at this time so all of those things are are available to the sober club members. In addition we have a an exclusive community. Where we you know we. We support each other. And that's amazing really that you know. This phrase isn't the opposite of addiction as connection and and it really is so true that if people feel connected. They're far more likely to go back to their old habits. Are you and your members maintaining that connections but she joined this difficult time well? Fortunately everything's always been online anyway. I do have some some retreats booked that I don't know if they're going to happen and that will be that'd be really really really disappointing. But meanwhile actually were were using this time to focus on what we can do again similarly you. I tell people not to focus on what they can't drink. Focus on what you can in this amazing alcohol-free alternatives and it's just the same with this we. Okay we can't do certain things but what can we do? Could we use this time to learn a language? Do something creative start. Meditating one of the main reasons people say they don't do meditation because they don't have time and so now it's a fantastic time to put in place so you know it. It really does make an absolutely huge difference.
Immune Support During a Health Crisis
"Today I personally want to share my thoughts and recommendations on how you can support your immune system during our current has crisis you know as a certified nutrition specialist licensed in the state of Minnesota since one thousand nine hundred ninety six. So I've been around for a long time absolutely so I am one of those people that fall into that category that I have to be careful with my immune system right now absolutely so that is one of the reasons that we put this podcast together special for people who have these issues so we're GonNa make recommendations and of course we're going to focus and making good food choices that will support your immune system because we are nutritious dieticians and that's where our thoughts go first food. I like you always say I will also spend some time. We will also spend some time during this podcast recommending key immune supporting supplements now now that they're not going to be real fancy ones. They're just going to be something that you can do so joining me today as our co host is Leah. Klein shot. John. Ooh That's the hardest part of this show was registered and licensed station and she has been working individually with clients for the last three years. But I think it's going on for Ya. I don't do the math really well. I talk food. I don't talk math. Okay sounds good. Yeah welcome Leia Dr. It's good to be here with you today. And we know the fears about Corona viruses. We have had calls. We have had e-mails numerous calls and emails from clients and from people who do the checking online and they really want to know what they should do for themselves for their family members for the people around them particularly to boost their immune system. What can they do to protect themselves? Their people are really scared. These aren't So we wanted to pull the show together today to just provide some of our clinical knowledge In this podcast about we we believe people will find useful from a food perspective and perhaps from a supplement perspective as well. Unfortunately we know there's no magic pill that's going to boost your immune system overnight and make you completely immune to all of this but the next best thing that we can do is talk about food. I which is of real food diet which includes real meat. It includes real vegetables and real natural. Fats that these types of things really supply as many nutrients as possible. They give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of nutrients than those nutrients help you maximize your health. You know given the fact that nutritional weight and wellness company is a company specializing in nutrition education. You know our staff of nutritionists dietitians nutrition. Educators always recommend just like you said real food and Food I and we really recommend avoiding all processed. Foods rashly right now. So what do we mean when we say real food to me? That means the food side. I grew up eating for protein. We ate eggs from the farm eggs. We chicken beef pork. Some fish and the interesting thing is they were all raised on that farm without chemicals without antibiotics any of those things as close to local as you can get so of course. We recommend buying grass fed meat. That's free of antibiotic residue for the Best Immune support because we're thinking immune support. We also recommend eating two to four ounces of animal protein at least four times a day. Let's share some ideas of how people can put animal protein into their diet so that they have a good immune function right. Well let's talk about why. Why are these meets the fish good for us? Oh that's a good idea. Let's give them a while. We're we'll give them both. We'll give them the why and the what delicate everything so meet whether it is the beef pork chicken the Turkey the lamb. The fish seafood. Whatever it may be it really is a key factor for immune system because meat is rich in a couple of different nutrients Let's focus on vitamin B. Six being one of them be six is really important for the formation of healthy white and red blood cells and especially when we talk about the immune system. We really are talking about those white blood cells. So the interesting thing is that animal protein besides the b-vitamins where those vitamins again Leah. Which wants to the supply for people? Yeah so vitamin B. Six one of them and vitamin B twelve is another one. B Twelve is really important for strengthening up that immune system so the category of the bees seems to be really important and they all come from animal protein so also animal protein contain some really key minerals that support our men function. I don't think people realize that minerals really support them. Uniform so animal protein is an excellent source of iron which is critical for good. Immune system. Interesting isn't eight. Animal Protein is a great source of zinc. Which is also key for good immune function I think most clients are most people are keyed into the zinc piece. But maybe not the iron quite as much exactly you know. I believe the recommendations for all of us to stay home means there will be a lot more cooking going on. I hope so. So maybe we'll be actually able to get more and more people cooking these days. Yeah so a great time to experiment. So what would you suggest Leah for some ideas for people to make it? I mean we have to start out with something. That's simple something that's simple accessible doesn't require a hundred different ingredients right right so. I think about some of the recipes that we have on our website which is weight and wellness dot com. I mean these are great. We have breakfast. We have lunch recipes. You have dinner recipe snack. GonNa up and down. We have a hole puncher recipes. And you know when we put the rest of our cookbook together weight and wellness cookbook and any of our recipes. We really try to make them simple with fewer ingredients so they're not overwhelming and they still taste amazing thing so a couple that I really personally love. One of those are sloppy joe recipe so especially thinking about families out there now. If you have kids that are staying home and we need to think of extra lunch ideas and things like that. The sloppy Joe Recipe is really quick so couple pounds of ground beef onion celery carrots and then kind of a tomato based sauce in there comes together so easily and it makes lots. You have leftovers. Then which is wonderful and kids love it and kids really love it. My grandchildren love that. Yeah I feed that to my son. Who's eighteen months old too? And he's gobbles it up as well So I love our sloppy Joe Recipe but also our Bison Burger recipe is a nice and simple. And even if you're even if you're not making your own patties per se you can buy regular bison beef or Bison burgers or regular beef burgers chicken patties Turkey patties. Any of those would fit that bill for getting in those B vitamins and contributing to that real protein. So if you're thinking in terms of what would you add then if you're not just going to serve some sloppy Joe or some Burger? What what else would you had with that to make a full meal right. So if we're trying to stay away stay from some of the process side dishes or like say a bun something like a sweet potato would work really well and you can even shape the potato into a bond type forums. You could even sandwich that patty between two slices of sweet potatoes interesting. When you say sweet potatoes. The first thing I think of I always think nutrients Beta carotene. Yes a very good antioxidant. Yes absolutely and maybe on that sweet potato. You're adding some of that good fat in there so you get some flavor into it as well so that could be butter. That could be coconut oil. That could be. It could be any number of different fats so the other thing. That animal protein does it. Supports me no acids needed to make our neurotransmitters? Are we talking about this because so many people right now are under so much stress? You're under stress. You start to use up your neurotransmitters and two of the more familiar neurotransmitters that we use. Kinda daily handle stress and particularly right now. One of them is dopamine and the other is Serotonin. So here's how what happens. Meet breaks down into two key amino acids l tire Zane and L Tryptophan and tyrosine the building blocks for making dopamine dopamine makes you feel good gives you energy yeah. I certainly had exists morning and making good dopamine right now started when you start your day off like that. It sets you up for a better kind of more energetic day. Yes in L. Tryptophan is the building blocks for Serotonin. I think there's some misconceptions that a lot of people have is. They have no idea that they can make their own. Serotonin they think they have to get it from a pill of some kind. And that's not really a good source. So what is Serotonin do? We need it right now. A lot of it right now because everyone is stressed and so that helps keep us calm. Managers are stress and anxiety and again. It's real critical at this time. So because stress lowers your immune system so eating a couple of eggs for breakfast and a beef. Patty for lunch. A salmon steak for dinner support your immune system in support your
Why Do We Sing in the Shower?
"I think we can all admit that we've pulled a Paris bueller once or twice while lathered up in the shower. Everyone sometimes grabs a handy bottle of shampoo was an Improv. Microphone and busts out a tune or two. There's just something completely satisfying about singing in the shower even celebrities do it. According to People magazine after Jack Black likes to belt out led Zeppelin and Wycliffe. Sean digs a little bruce springsteen everyone's a rockstar in the bathroom whether you have a voice like aretha Franklin or couldn't carry a melody if it had a handle but have you ever wondered about this phenomenon. Some of US wouldn't see in public if someone paid us. We'll sing in the shower without embarrassment. Believe it or not there is a scientific explanation behind our soapy. Musical stylings first. Let's look at why we're relaxed enough in the shower to bust into song. I think about it. You don't sing when you're sad unless you're singing the blues. Maybe for many people shower times the only time they're alone all day. You're in a warm small safe environment. You're comfortable enough to be in the buff stress literally washes off of you when you relax your brain releases dopamine which can give your creative juices a jump start. Warm waters rushing over you and now you're relaxed and feeling good. It turns out that singing makes you feel even better singing because of the breathing that you put into. It gets more oxygen to the blood. This gives you better circulation. Which in turn improves your body and mood. And because you have to breathe a little deeper to belt out a song you get some of the same relaxation and mind clearing benefits as meditation. Another neat thing. Is that when you're singing? You can't really think about your problems. More stress relief. But the best thing about sending in the shower the acoustics. You couldn't ask for a better sound system than a bathroom because bathroom tiles. Don't absorb sound. Your Voice bounces back and forth around the room before fading away and because the shower is a small space it boosts your voice and even adds a little base making your singing sound more powerful sound bouncing also gives your vocal styling a reverse effect which makes voice hang in the air longer and evens out variations in your singing. I think of it as a primitive auto tune. It makes you sound better than you normally would. Which is a confidence boost? We don't sing in the shower simply because we have that song stuck in our heads. You know the one it turns out. We do it for many reasons. Stress Relief happiness great acoustics or maybe just because we like to hear our own voices no matter what the reason keep it up. It's good for you and if you've never tried it pick a song and put on your own private concert.
20 Minutes With Susan Neal
"So Susan. Welcome to the show. Firstly a big thank-you. It's good to be really great chat. We have today so once again. A massive thank you. I think what I like to start wave is if you could give us a bit of a background to yourself and your experience on the Muslim conversation as we go home okay well Almond Aren. I have an MBA and also a masters in health science. And I am a certified Yoga teacher for over twenty years. I also have written seven healthy. Living Books Two of them on Yoga and four of them basically on how to get off sugar and CARBS and overall improve your health weight and Diet Amazing. Not Something I definitely want to touch them a lot as well as obviously we know that it can be difficult to stick of change on lifestyles for the better of God's nutrition said now be a strong theme proud podcast. And I'm very interested to hear what you had to sail nuts but I think what I I wanted to touch on really is not obviously from your backyard. It's amazing to hear that you use ronin practice really to get yourself back to being fit and healthy when you came to the age of fifty and I think if you could give all audience a of background as that period of your life and what you went through on the procedures you put in place nursing so fight to help and they'll be very interesting. Okay so our at forty five for forty nine years I had great help and then at the age of fifty. I lost my help. I had ten medical diagnoses in two surgeries and it was all from. It stemmed from an abscessed tooth and oh I had Depression Ovarian cysts hole in my retina. Candida infection of my gut vitamin D low. I mean just one thing. After another and my health declined. The doctors you know. Put me on adrenal fatigue. Vitamins Hormone Green this that the other they did the two surgeries and then they were like. Um You know that's all we could do for you so I started looking nurse and start looking at a different alternative methods tried acupuncture massage but the one that was effective was I had a colonic. Irrigation which is like a royal enema because my stools changed after they had put me on antibiotics and steroids. When I had my emergency root ca now and the colonic therapists found that I had a candida infection of my call. One and Candida is a yeast and it grows up normally a pencil in on our body but when you take antibiotics that kills the good guys. You're good gut buddies probiotics and you got in. It allows the bad guys to take over. And some of those bad guys could lead to an auto immune disease it could lead to leaky gut and then for me at led to a candida infection. I went to my internal medicine doctor and he did not know how to treat a candida infection. I had to research on my own to figure it out. You have to Candida loves sugar. Carbs refined carbohydrates and alcoholic beverages at loves the sugar. It takes over your appetite and so you have to. You have to start it and you starve it by going on an anti candied diet. Cutting out all the white sugar white flour white rice even fruits. I had to do that for eight months. Go on a candy to cleanse and then I finally got my house back. It's amazing NASA you. You obviously had versa had led up so you really in the Youtube your health back on track and then obviously you did manage to discover a away technique to to actually nurse yourself to health. Did you struggle? With the first eight months of presumed there was a sort of a transition period. Where you're cutting out all of these processed foods and your body is craving them. Can't SIP is very hard. It took a a lot of self control and and I would take. I'd have one good day and then I'd have three bad days and then I had two good days and I'd had one bad too. You know it was like three baptist. You just don't know if you're ever GONNA get your help back if you're ever going to feel good again so you know my heart was just you know compassionate to others. And that's why I wrote of the book seven steps to get off sugar and carbohydrates because I know how difficult it is to fight those cravings. Yes I think we all really do. They win how a new particularly having to completely strip the mouth yacht. What clicks view. Then that allowed you to go from this Yoyo period of maybe being good for one two days and then having a bad day to actually having sustainable change to your your lifestyle and your attrition in your approach to the foods you intake well you know I did not realize how wonderful it was to be healthy until I lost my house. I lost my health. I was like I'll do anything to get this back in once I gained knowledge and I understood what was taking over my appetite. Then it was like okay. I've got this basically you know this bad back bad yeast and my God. I'M GONNA kill that guy and I'm going to get my life back so you have to figure out the root cause of your problem and then gain knowledge to be able to turn things around and so I created a quiz for people to see if they do have candied infection of their of their guts called Candy Quiz. Dot Com and candy is spelled C. A. N. D. I. Quiz Dot COM view foulland than the record. Obviously it does divert but depending on the person but what's through 'cause you found for the majority of people is it's a lack of knowledge. Is it that? There's on that half that half and not really not one hundred ten percent into it is it because they're not realizing the why of how wiser important to be healthy while you hit it on the nail with the lack of knowledge you know because okay it used to be the low fat diet was the style and now it's the Kito Diet and they're totally opposite in which one is right. Yes so you've got you've got to go to a great resource so I'm an R. N. I have a masters in health and who who looks at the research articles to figure out what is the right way to eat and it's basically back to the garden back to the garden the farm the ranch. You want things to look like they did. When it came out of the garden so number one was lack of knowledge. Number two was like me a Candida and action the third root cause for potential. We not eating appropriately or while is an addiction a sugar addiction. Because sugar and wheat go up to like the brain receptors in our brain. That are the same ones that opiate drugs. Goto so they've done. Mri Imaging and somebody who Um has a food addiction can look at food in those same areas light up in the MRI as they do for a cocaine addict so if you gain knowledge and understand okay. I have food addiction. Then you can say you know what I can use other tactics to release that. Feel good neuro hormone from my brain which is dopamine. I can walk. I can do yoga. I can meditate. I can Hug My kids I can pet my dogs. There's so many ways to get out there and get those endorphins released positively instead of through food definitely thing exercise. You've mentioned on for them. Is it such important one nuts? You really do. Not necessarily you are exercising but the feeling awkward. When you're to release it does really give you a rush a therapeutic feelings. I think that's a you've hit the nail on the head as well. Yes send you see once you gain the knowledge and I have a link in my book where you can go and take tests to see if you do have a food addiction and yet once you understand like I understood that I had to fight the Candida. You get to. The root cause will then. It's not a matter of self control. It's a matter of curing the root cause and when she cured that then you can get your normal appetite pack and happier self control so the the fourth reason was an emotional connection with food in many of us do have an emotional connection with food. And you know we may stuff our emotions with food. stuff our anger or hole in her art. We have unforgiveness resentment or whatever it may be and so. I haven't area my book about cleaning out your emotion
Embody True Certainty
"I want to speak directly one to one. Get right in the ear of all you leaders up there. I WanNa talk to you about a different kind of certainty you know. Our clients are always asking for winkle a habit. How much for how much how much of this whole thing cost? Kind of budgeting need. When am I going to get what feature? What's it going to include? Who signed off on that that kind of certainty that we've grown up with that we've been trained on in the. Corporate Universe is no longer serving us. And that's how we got to agility and I've said it so many times when people resist when there's pushback what's the pushback. We miss our certainty. We need our certainty. Were certainly need are certain? Ti- people love that feeling of if you just made a promise everything would be. Okay knowing full. Well that most promises that attempt to predict the future don't get kept today so if we can't predict the future. What kind of certainty can we possibly offer? Well here's what I suggest. When you lead people be certainty. What does that mean? Did you ever watched people on a bus or a train whether you take it or whether you just observed one passing by take a good look. What are people doing? Are they talking to one another? Are they staring out the window? Observing the miracle of nature of modern metropolitan life. Are they taking it all in moment by moment or are they slaves to their devices to the heed the call of every Ping in Ding notification popped up? Are they constantly serving? That dopamine hit an lovable am I needed enough for someone to text me back or like my post or comment on my comment being sucked into the rat hole of watching strangers fight on social media just to count out of ten people. How many people do you see in a close quarters almost social situation rather than speaking to one another engaging in helping and inspiring one another rather their lives are led by something outside themselves when you get that email or text message? It's almost like a command that you must follow out they. You're not in charge of your time. They are. It's interesting because this is a relatively new problem. Twenty years ago. Most of that situation didn't even exist at worst. You're a slave to your books or maybe you had your Walkman on the way we've always suffered from this problem but I feel like now it's magnifying. It's amplifying so you my friend if you lead then who should be leading you your cell phone your social addictions your dopamine flow. I don't think so. Start by being in command of your own soul and that can start with your attention. It's the small things that matter. Be Aware of your surroundings. If you're sitting on that bus put your phone away. Make a commitment to beware. What's going on around you? Maybe there's someone with a young child in a stroller who could use a hand holding the door open. Maybe someone can't quite figure out the schedule. What stopped there at notice. Look out the window. What's going on with the trees? Dc Grass or snow or rain note. What's going on around you? Hey How many times have you passed by your building at work and realized that you never noticed that the building next door has been torn down or there's a for sale sign in the window. There's no thirteenth floor in your elevator. How many details pass you by? Because you're not awake because we give into choices that are made for us by others. If you were in command of your attention if you were present in the moment if you make eye contact him realistic having conversations she can free yourself the need to constantly check your messages to respond to email right now right when you get it. Then you're in control not them meaning them with a Capital T. When you live your life that way you are certainty itself. You're in control. You're sure you're confident. You Have Dominion over your time and Energy and listened that simple practice when you show up at work. People are going to notice that you're the one you're the one who will lead. You're the one who go I either. You have the answers or you know how to get them. You will not react with anger or fear because you look like you're in complete control of your universe. That's the kind of certainty that people really want business cases and BRD's and Gantt Charts in spreadsheets. They're just a form of certainty. They're just an attempt to control the unknown. But when you show up as someone who does not break down who knows what to do. Who is incomplete control and mastery of themselves when things are uncertain when things are fearful? Then you can make change. You can build trust. You can improve adoption. You can transform individuals and then teams maybe whole organizations
Desire and Addiction (Part 2 of 3): Voices of Longing Calling You Home
"We are discussing tonight. The second part of what's now a three part series on working wisely with desire addiction and I start with Buddhism because the Buddhist talk about the Middle Path as many of you know in approaching desire and it's to me desire with without any grasping but living at fully living fully what our hearts are experiencing with an open heart and wide open hand. I mean I love the cartoon of a dog and the caption is Zenda dreaming of a medium-sized bone. So this is our opening to exploring Some more work with desire and addiction and in the Buddhist cosmology one of the universal psychic domains is called the realm of the Hungry Ghost and the hungry ghosts are being who are drawn pictured with these narrow necks in these large bellies and it represents the fact that the riddled with desire but they're unable to satisfy themselves and really this refers to the universal way that we human suffer that we we all experienced to a degree that sense of something's missing. Now's not enough. I need something more. There's a kind of leaning forward so that the next moment contains with this moment does not and when it's intense it leads to craving and to addiction so whatever the degree of wanting mine that you may discover in yourself grasping when you investigate will take you from the one place where love and awareness and realizations actually possible. It takes us from French. Any amount of wanting and we're not really fully here to contact what we truly long for. I remember a long time ago. I heard a little story of a conversation between a man and God and the man said to God. How long's a million years to and God said a million years to me is one second and then the man said how much is a million dollars to God said well? A million dollars is one penny so the man screwed up his courage he said God. Can I have one of your pennies and we know it that when we're caught in wanting mind we lose sight of what truly matters to our hearts so the key inquiry and we'll explore this in in this class is what drives. Montaigne grasping an addiction and when we examine what we find. Is that under all of them? There's the stress of unmet needs in other words when our needs for belonging for love refueling seen when they aren't met more wired to grasp after some substitutes give us a sense of reward. And we get just enough reward from the substitutes to keep us hooked now some grasping an addiction substitutes are culturally accepted. My for instance. The unmet needs for feeling loved and respected and secured fixate on accumulating wealth or a. Hologram ARE ON POWERING OVER PEOPLE. Control and dominance are maybe in deceptions spinning things. It's assume will happen. Our maybe our substitute is exercise and we over exercise addicted to exercise. I can speak personally that over the years. Jonathan my husband and I've kind of tracked where we go for substitutes and the paired substitute we both end up going towards our combination of caffeine and then over work I mean there's some soothing and and pleasure reward from fuelling productive and we have shifted our caffeine and take over the years. We're both now during Macci which has in many ways as a as a very healthy green tea and it's still a addiction. It's not for us because if I stopped. Let's say tomorrow I'd have headache and I'm attached to it. I wouldn't be as productive so Jonathan because of different challenges of sleeping has decided. He's GonNa try to wean himself an experiment for a month without the Macho. Not so I thought I'd share with you. I just sent him something I encountered. It's a cartoon and it's got these two homeless guys that are sitting on a park bench. One sang to the other. I USED TO BE A. Ceo of a multinational had three homes private jet and then I switched to decaff. So here's the deal with substitutes and substitute gratifications. That are condone. We can still be hooked and we're hooked for good reason. We're afraid of being without them. They satisfy something. But some substitutes as we know are considered bad they're not societally condoned and they cause more obvious harm and this is where we're talking about the addiction to substances to gambling to sex violence to anger and when an addiction to a substitute is not condoned not only. Is there the suffering of the addiction? But then there's the added suffering of social condemnation and self condemnation and we're going to spend some time with this piece here because you might consider if the cause of addiction is UNMET NEEDS. How do you imagine condemnation impacts the addictive patterning? What we find is that it intensifies it it intensifies our needs for feeling worth and value and belonging and then it just drives the cycle of addiction the single most crucial part of healing addiction that I have found in my life and working with others is removing condemnation. I can speak for myself that probably the most challenging addiction for me In My late teens and early twenty s was overeating binge eating at times and really through the years. The single factor that most unhooked me was learning truly the process of self compassion. So that'll be. The focus of this talk is how do we bring compassion to ourselves when we're caught in addiction and it begins for some people are maybe let's say it's most helpful. When there's some understanding about how biologically and psychologically compelling addiction is beyond any sense of our own control. Read you a quote this is Robert Freedman and he's from Cornell Medical College as a psychiatrist I have yet to meet a patient who enjoys being. Addicted to drugs are compulsive overeating. Then it goes on to say we now have a body of research that makes the connection between stress an addiction definitive neuro. Scientists have found that food recreational drugs have a common target in the reward circuitry of the brain and that the brains of humans and other animals who are stressed undergo biological changes that makes them more susceptible to addiction now. Stress is a kind of a vague big word. So let's let's anchor this little bit. What happens when the brain is stressed by UNMET NEEDS? So let's say as a young child. You've been neglected or abused and what that does is it creates biological changes in the brain that the animal make you more susceptible to addiction and the way it happens. Is that that stress. As a young child creates fewer dopamine receptors. At means that you then become more driven to seek substitute rewards to compensate rewards like Saxon Food and money and drugs because they release dopamine and they have a sense of pleasure so craving fixate on behaviors that will light up the pleasure centers in the brain. And here's what happens. After that. In time the brain rewires and the use of the substitutes further decreased the number of receptor. So it takes more and more to get a reward and the craving gets stronger. In other words this less sensitivity to the rewards also and I didn't know this 'til recently with less dopamine receptors due to that stress. There's less activity in the prefrontal. Cortex which means that impairs critical thinking and the capacity for restraint
Understanding what is at the core of suffering with Dr. John Demartini
"They. It's my pleasure to introduce you to Dr John De Martini. Dr De Martini is a human behavior specialist international bestselling author educator founder of the De Martini Institute and the author of forty books that have been translated into thirty six languages. He's been featured in films including the secret is appeared on Larry. King Live and regularly contributes to Oprah magazine. And he's so much more than that when I was reading his Baiocco at that. What like three sentences. I mean this man has so much experience. He travels all around the world helping so many inspiring so many welcome to anxiety. Sleep Dr de Martini. Well thank you for having me. Thank you in. Today's fast. Paced hyper connected society. There's an undeniable increase in people experiencing varying degrees of anxiety. We get loads of email from our listeners. About how they are suffering from all types in at the top of the list health anxiety followed by the fear of having an anxiety attack in social anxiety. I'd love for you to share your view about anxiety being a form of fear. So can I give you a snarl to kind of build out the formation of anxiety? Yes please let's imagine that a mother and father are having an argument home and there's a little one after two year old baby. That's having to endure and listen to the screaming and the baby had quickly crawls off runs to its room. Hide under a bed puts his hands over. Its years closes. Its eyes and just feels a bit shaken by the screaming match this this initial perception of pain without pleasure lost out. Gain negative out positive in the child's perception is stored in a subconscious mind as an instinct to protect away from that response and an impulse to whatever That child procedures. It's opposite of peaceful safe environment now. The next morning after the only match the father goes off to work. The mother comes and gets the baby out of the bed and goes and gets it dressed up and takes shopping out when the when they were screaming the night before the father was wearing blue jeans and a white shirt. Had Brown Moustache Brown hair. The mother was wearing a particular outfit. The child had taken this in an filter this nuclear of the Chalice and filtered information going into the corona before it goes into Cortex to be conscious so child's got filtered response there now the next morning. The mother takes the baby with her shopping to the grocery store. And the baby's fine and it's sitting in the basket you know relaxed in a time and all of a sudden they turn a corner. There's a man with blue jeans white shirt brown hair brown moustache. The baby has an association with those stimuli and the baby now has a reaction because she the baby will one of fight or flight response Eliezer getting further the mother protected turning. Its back on the mother to try to protect it or it'll get behind the mother and try to create a response to pull mother away from that thing that associated with the original night before experience. And so it'll have a what is called a an association with the primary one because of associations may with the blue jeans a white shirt brown hair brown moustache so the child is not even aware that it's actually a result of the night before but it just has this instinct to protect itself from this thing that's walking by because of the associations made while the the boy I walked by with blue jeans white shirt goes down the island at NAP. Feel safe and it gets backed. It plays the mummy wonders. Why did the Child Act out for just a second man walked by then it goes around the next quarter and there's a guy with a blue? Jean Yellow Shirt Brown hair brown moustache now. The child has a little less response but still a bit of a response. His now societas with blue jeans and Brown hair and Brown Moustache but now the child has a secondary association with yellow shirt. Now goes down the next aisle and there's a guy with a blue jeans red shirt brown hair brown moustache now. It's Gone Association. Red Shirt then it goes around the corner and sees a guy with a blue jeans. A white shirt blonde hair blond mustache and that associates blindness with that and all the sudden without even realizing it there is a hundred stimulus as stimuli in the environment. Triggering varying degrees of response to the original fear so these secondary tertiary ordinary pit Associations eventually have stimulus to our act a stimuli to create a anxiety response and anxiety responses a compounded original fear that's never been neutralized so now what happens is the child has started to having a hundred different things because now music is playing while they happen to see a guy with blue jeans and a white shirt. Brown Moustache now. That of mood music is now associated and after a while there's hundreds of things in the environment without even being aware of the original event triggering an anxiety response. This can be occurring in health because we could have a scare with some sort of a health response and then we can have secondary association to that it can be social. It can be learning at educational institutions. It can be fitness Exercise to every injury and it can create secondary injuries. Anything that is compounded an associate on top original event that hasn't been neutralized can create anxiety response triggered now if I go back and take that child to that original event and ask a certain set of questions. Make the unconscious conscious of the opposite at that moment and neutralize and balance perceptions. The cascading of the secondary church events dissolve. It's quite amazing how it's done. So there's a way of liberty going back to the original primary event and asking questions to make us fully conscious of the opposite sides. Let's say that you beat somebody that you're infatuated with their. You're a single person or married acting single and you meet somebody and you're highly attracted to him. You're kind of in a fantasy about them. And you're now conscious of the upsides. Things that are attractive. And your unconscious the downsides and as a result of you know you stimulate dopamine oxytocin Kevin's endorphin. Serotonin estrogen. And you've got an attractive response of impulse towards but now you're unconscious of the downsides. That's why you're vulnerable to that impulse or you meet somebody that you resent you. Perceive consciously this way more downsides because of previous experiences in Toronto. And there's no upsides and now you're conscious the downsides unconsciously upsides and now you create a nor peninsular never cortisol. Osteo cows in testosterone response. Now when you do that those chemistries get skewed. You get subjected bias as a as a protective mechanism to accentuate that. And now you split your full consciousness and the conscious unconscious hats anytime you store that you store all of those imbalances in the subconscious mind as impulses toward things and instincts away from it will run your life irrespective of time or space until they are neutralized right doing as you're now asking questions to make you. Cognizant conscious like. Your intuition is a typically do that? He'll you trying to ask you information. That would make you aware of the unconscious at the time. We're conscious of your infatuated. What's the downsides current at that moment if you resent the upside and once they're balanced you free it from the subconscious mind in its liberate into what we call the super conscious? Mind a of love and attitude when it's in love and gratitude is wellness. There's no response. There's no impulses there's no instincts. There's no anxiety secondary responses etcetera. So what I do is I go to the moment when you perceive the original event occurring and you go in there and you identify what you think is more negatives than positives with a father's yelling at the mother and go and find out what's the upsides because I you think well there's no upside. Its downside there's more negative than positive withdraw from it. You try to protect yourself etc. But at the same time you might find that. The mothers disempowered and all of a sudden yelling as she's communicating in a way that goes against his values She's maybe overspend money and he's now reacting or maybe that he's she's had an affair. You don't see the whole picture so you just respond until you ask enough questions to try to find out. What the real dynamical
"dopamine" Discussed on The Psych Central Show
"Welcome to this week's episode of the Psych Central Podcast call into the show. Today we have Dr John Grow Hall. Who is the founder and the editor in chief of Psych Central John? Welcome to the show. Great to be here with Gabe. I'm glad to have you today. We're going to be discussing. A twitter trend called dopamine fasting. Can you explain what that is. Good old dopamine fasting. Yeah that sounds sounds like a fun thing right so dopamine fasten your. It's this idea that by restricting your pleasurable daily activities things that you normally normally enjoy doing on a daily or weekly basis such as drinking alcohol sex drugs gaming even talking to others checking your career. FACEBOOK feed your social media feeds and in some extremes even pleasurable eating that if you cut all that out for twenty four hours for forty the eight hours you are somehow magically going to reset your neuro chemical makeup in your brain. I have a million questions about this is but let's start at the very very beginning. What is dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter chemical in your brain very very important for how your brain functions it is something that we call as a part of the dopamine motive system system because the dopamine system in the brain functions on both motivation and reinforcement. It's not just a reward system as many people believe. I believe that We most often hear dopamine attached to things talking about drug addiction that when people get addicted to cocaine or some. The mother drug that the screws up their dopamine receptors in their brains and that is very true but more generally dopamine is involved an daily activities in everybody's brain and it is involved in all the activities and behaviors that are around motivation in reinforcement in our lives so when we eat something like a big piece of chocolate cake our brain is flooded with dopamine. And we feel feel-good Dr Grow Hall. I'm I'm not a psychologist. I'm not a therapist. I'm not a researcher and I'm certainly not a neurologist but this just sounds ridiculous to me as just just a regular person the idea that if you don't use part of your brain it just magically become something different. Yeah that's true I. It's not something that's likely to happen because it doesn't speak to. How dopamine actually works in our brain and since? I'm not an expert in dopamine either I had to speak speak to some experts. One of whom was Professor Kim Helman's neuroscience researcher at Carleton University in Canada and we had a long conversation station about dopamine. And how it works in the brain and one of the things that she reminded me. was that in our brains that dopamine is a part of a very dynamic system and what that means is that it is always it doesn't exist in sort of a static state. It responds spawned two levels of stimulation that an individual is exposed to so neural. Transmitters are synthesized on demand as needed did and then they're stored in these little packages in the brain inside the cell ready for release. And if you don't use them they remained stored if you do use them they get used up in your brain and then your brain creates more dopamine. So if you think you're going on a fast for twenty four or forty eight hours of Komo dopamine. You're actually not because your brain is storing up the dopamine anyway for future use. It has absolutely nothing to do with fasting dopamine in the brain. I'm sort of a little confused about this idea of dopamine fasting because you can get pleasure from a lot of different things some of the examples that you gave her obvious things that you give pleasure. You know pleasurable eating sex. We understand those even even a technology fast okay. Technology makes Gabe very very very happy. But you know beating my. GPS makes me happy petting. My dog makes aches me. Happy the workday ending and me walking in the front door knowing that the next several hours our mind to do with as I please those things make me a happy so even if dopamine fasting worked. I'm not quite sure what that would look like. Because don't we get joy from just many different places. Yeah and it speaks to a fundamental misunderstanding of what dopamine is that it's involved in so much more than pleasure. It's involved in both things things surrounding our appetite and eating behaviors as well as stress responses. So it seems to be a signal that's released whenever the an organism needs needs to pay attention and learn about stimuli or signals or other things happening in the environment around them in that way. Dopey looney is far more complex than most people understand it to be and so it's not just about. Oh here's a hamburger. So next time I hey I need to remember. It's sight and smell and taste so next time I I'm hungry I can remember like hey I can hamburger and that will satisfy my need it for to satisfy my appetite but another example is here's a bear so I must remember where I saw this bear so I don't go into the bears territory again the future so I can avoid it and not getting by a bear. I like all examples that have to do with not being eaten by a a bear. I just feel the need to say that Dr Grow Hall. We take it for granted that we live in this civilized world where we drive around and automobiles us and we eat a pre prepared food items from McDonalds Burger King or whatnot and we forget that our bodies and our brains things were developed and spent most of the time being raised in a very very different environment environment where it was fight or flight where you need to worry about where your next meal is coming from. And you need to worry about whether you're going to eat or be eaten. It's only in the past hundred hundred or two hundred years or so where you can say. Oh humans have had a whole heck of a lot more free time to worry about things other than where their the next meal is coming from. What's interesting to me? Is that people believe this because the brain is very very advanced and it's so advanced that you Dr Grow Hall who have an advanced Vance degree in psychology had to find somebody who had you know a more advanced degree in the brain to understand this but the core of this for people to believe this is true. They have to believe that the brain is exceptionally simple and most people don't believe that the brain is exceptionally simple. Why do so you think that people believe that this works? What are they hoping to get out of it? I think there's desire and many people to find something to try. I something that they haven't tried before. That will help fix a lot of the issues that are most important to them on a day to a day basis and today the issue that arises in many people's life is a feeling of being overwhelmed a feeling of being stressed out out and having to reply to all these alerts and notifications that are always bombarding us in our free time or downtime our our time away from work and so this idea that Oh i could just take a break a dopamine fast for twenty four hours Al Comeback and I'll be all refreshed Rushton renewed and my brain will have reset. Its neurotransmitters is very appealing. Because it says hey you need to make a twenty four hour commitment in everything is going to go back to the way. It was five years ago so for people who enjoy thinking that there are quick fixes to long standing difficult difficult issues in a person's life this is very attractive..
"dopamine" Discussed on The Nutrition Diva's Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous
"Hello and welcome to the nutrition diva podcast. I'm Monica Reindel. And today I'm talking with registered Dietitian Natalie Stevens a some really interesting new research that suggests how we can get more pleasure from the food that we eat and at the same time avoid overeating. Today's episode is supported by Holiday Inn club vacations the perfect spot for a family vacation or a group retreat. There are twenty-three Luxurious Various Holiday Inn club vacation resorts all across the United States. And they feature spacious villas with separate bedrooms fully equipped kitchens living rooms cried at Patios patios and balconies and select resorts offer premium signature collection villas with upgraded amenities. You'll find championship golf. Courses Sparkling pools this delicious restaurants and more for more information visit H. CV DOT vacations slash diva. That's H C. See the DOT vacations slash diva. Why are certain foods so easy to overeat some foods? We can enjoy a reasonable amount to feel satisfied but with other foods. It's like we're a bottomless pit. We just WANNA keep going. Even though we know overindulging will registered Dietitian nutritionist. Natalie Stevens joining me today to talk about some new research that she brought to my attention on how our brains and bodies respond to pleasurable certain foods and how we can avoid over eating without having to avoid foods that we enjoy. I'm so glad to have the podcast Natalie. Welcome thank you you for having me. This is an exciting thing to talk about. Who doesn't like talking about enjoying our food absolutely and this is a great time to have the conversation? We're the holiday season and there's so many opportunities to overindulge. It's really tempting to take one of two approaches. The first and probably the most common is to lit up which ends up being eating as much yummy food as you can and I mean why not. There are so many delicious foods. And you don't WanNa miss out but then there's the virtuous route that many of us also try where you limit yourself because you don't WanNa suffer the consequences you don't WanNa see the scale go up. You don't WanNa be uncomfortable and if you don't run out of willpower you're gonna be really proud of yourself. Ueno both of those strategies. have their drawbacks. If you if you decide to just abandon all restraint and lit up well you're probably going to have some damage to undo when it's all over but when we focus on limiting or restricting especially at a time like holidays it can create this sort of psychological Michael hunger that just builds up until we fall completely off the bandwagon. And then well we all know how that looks but what are we going to do here. Can we still win in what feels like sort of a lose lose scenario between being healthy and being happy the pleasure that we experience when we eat it's results results of dopamine and there's some research on how our bodies produce dopamine in response to eating and this is really optimistic you might assume assume the all the pleasure comes from taste because let's be honest that's what we get excited about. Our brains do produce dopamine when we taste food. Uh especially your sweet salty high fat foods but it isn't the only source of dopamine which means it isn't the only source of pleasure that we get from Eating there's a second dopamine release that's triggered when the food reaches our stomach and this one is more related to the nutritional value of food. Yeah that is so fascinating. I did think that the dopamine release was primarily just went. That food hits our taste buds so I was unaware of the second wave of dopamine and before we get into more details about the study. 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The molecule air mini for a smaller room or abundant for an air purification. Solution for your entire home for ten percent off your first order of an air purifier visit molecule dot com and enter diva ten at checkout. That's Komo L. E. K. U. L. E. DOT COM and. The CODE IS DIVA ten. So that research that Natalie shared with me was conducted at the Max Planck Institute and in this study subjects. Were given either a milkshake. Yummy or a nutritious but tasteless solution to drink and and then they used functional. MRI and pet scans to monitor the dopamine release in the brain and not surprisingly there was a big dopamine spike when the subjects. I tasted the milkshake and this dopamine was active in the reward centers of the brain. That's the part of the brain that tells you to eat more but then about about twenty minutes later. There was a second dopamine spike triggered by the stomach and this doubt dopamine was active in the higher cognitive areas of the brain. And that's what gives you that feeling of well-being satisfaction after a good meal when you're really just content to stop eating. Oh that's a good feeling to. Interestingly the bigger the first opening released was the smaller the second dopamine release was so the more immediate pleasure that you get from the taste is to food the less pleasure. You're going to experience after you eat so this begs the question. At the end of the day are we really getting more pleasure from satisfying langer cravings. Like we tell ourselves and I think the answer is no. Maybe this happy foods aren't making us as happy as we think. Yeah especially because eating unhealthy is associated with better mental health and less depression and improving. Your quality has been shown to improve depressive symptoms so maybe part of the trick is to pay more attention to how we feel after we eat definitely in overcoming my own addictive eating tendencies Practicing mindfulness I learn to Q.. In my stomach after eating that became my criteria for success. O.`Neil and I'm fascinated to see that there's biology behind why that works okay. Can you explain a little more about what you mean by. Chew into your stomach. What what sort of sensations are you paying attention to yeah it can be a bit tricky to recognize recognize the different signals? But the first one that I pay attention to is pressure this probably correlates with the literal fullness of your stomach. I think about eating a bag of potato chips how you can eat in eat. Never feel very full but then if you drink a big of water quickly you feel the pressure in your your stomach and then the other sensation I pay attention to is how heavy or light. I feel both during and after a meal and sometimes it only takes a few bites of something really rich for example for stomach to tell you you know. WHOA that's enough Heavy meals they they make you want to sit on the couch or take a nap right but then a light meal leaves energized ready to go do something. I aim for a moderate pressure with the light energetic feeling and also the whole time and eating I also focused on the flavors. I'm enjoying and I'm doing thoroughly so I don't swallow swallow big chunks of food okay focusing on the flavors that you're enjoying. That sounds a lot like mindful eating absolutely but many people use this term. Come to me being conscientious about health and I feel like that just ruins it. I'm eating it's not about worrying are analyzing which are eating. It's being aware of the experience. Nothing more nothing less and as you get into this experience of eating you're actually going to regain gained some of your skills. I you're going to learn to enjoy your food more while you're eating it and then second you're GonNa Begin to recognize is when you feel good and energized. What types of food? And how much help you feel that way. In other words mindful eating can help help us exploit the double dopamine effect. Yes exactly paying attention helps get plenty of pleasure tasting your food in moment while noticing when your stomach is saying maybe later I'm full and it might even say can I have another serving of vegetables uh-huh so as we said at the beginning foods that contain a lot of sugar and fat tend to trigger a really big initial dopamine release and that's why they're so compelling are mindless brain is just GonNa go for that quick hit that tastebuds dopamine but our mind full brain has the capacity to choose use that are gonNA deliver more pleasure from that second wave of dopamine that's triggered in the stomach yes now don't have the same intense cravings i. I feel so much better for hours after I eat. I eat for that double dopamine release. This is going to be our new motto or eating for the double dopamine right well consciously going for food that offer that double dopamine release can steer us towards healthier foods and also enhance our enjoyment of them. But come on Natalie. It's the holidays and there are a lot of extra temptations around so does this approach hopefully also make it easier to occasionally indulge in some of those special treats but without falling into that bottomless pit phenomenon where we just overindulge absolutely it does take a little bit of practice but this approach. It's helping US user. These are natural brake system when it comes to eating. That's really helpful this time of year and it gives you permission to put your down because you want got to feel.
"dopamine" Discussed on Something You Should Know
"Spend time with loved ones, it's important to do your best to get out of dopamine mode to come down into here now mode and really trying to be present with them. And it's pretty hard to do. It's pretty hard to do. I mean, you think how often are you in conversation with someone you care about very deeply. And you're not even listening to them while they're talking your mind is elsewhere probably thinking about something you need to do in the future. And so it's good to think about what Moda my in what mode should I be in? And what can I do to more fully experience this mode? If dopamine is the thing that makes you want more, and then be bored with it after you've gotten it. Is there something in the awareness of that that maybe helps you appreciate that more or that's just that's just the way we work. Yes. It's a very very funny phenomenon the way when we get something it instantly changes from before. And and the reason is that the way the brain is wired dopamine is designed only for processing things that are in the future. And so if I want a new pair of shoes, I'm imagining how amazing I'm gonna look in these shoes and how props is going to change my life. That's all well and good as long as I don't have the shoes because that keeps the shoes in the future as soon as the shoes. Who's become mine there now in the present and dopamine utterly shuts down because it's not designed for processing things in the presence. And that immediate loss of dopamine activity can come as quite a crash, and that's the basis for buyer's remorse. You know, we might look forward to purchasing something for weeks, even months our imagination goes wild with how it's going to change our life. And as soon as we get it we say, oh my God. Why did I spend this much money? It happens to people with relationships to a lot of times. There are people who will just jump from one relationship to another. And when the relationship is new when you have this idealized object of desire, it creates an enormous amount of excitement and enthusiasm. But once object of desire becomes a real human being the future, focus dopamine shuts down and maybe these kinds of. People don't have particularly strong here and now chemicals in their brain. And all of a sudden they've completely lost interest in this person. And they think it's time to go onto the next one. I want to ask you how gambling fits into this. And how dopamine affects people when they gamble, but I already in the first few episodes of twenty nineteen we've talked about resolutions and goals because a new year brings new beginnings and one of the things I bet you thought about is new software for your business. A new year is the best time to make a change.
"dopamine" Discussed on The Art of Manliness
"It's like it's not so much that you get the thing that you want right. Like, that's not what lights up dopamine and your brain. It's like just the anticipation of you getting that thing. So it's like you smoke a cigarette. Because there is that anticipation that you're needing some kind of dopamine hit or you're gonna do. I don't know play a video game. Because there's like there's all the variable intimidation. That goes all you don't know you didn't get the thing that you want. And so you just keep doing it until you get that thing. Yeah. That's a that's correct in their head. There was kind of like really big shift in the dopamine research a few years ago where they realized this that actually it wants a habit is formed dopamine spikes before the behavior. Not after like if you show. Cocaine addicts some powders cocaine the dopamine will spike in their brain before they take not after they take it or gamblers will get a spike dopamine when they see dice not after they throw them. And so it's actually that spike of dopamine in addition to many other things, but that's like one of the key players that motivates you to take action to perform the habit. And so it's a it's a very key stage. And I would summarize it just by saying perceived value motivates you to act actual value, motivates you to repeat. So when you see the plate cookies, you perceive that there is some value there. This is going to be tasty. It'll be sugary this'll be enjoyable and what you would get you to act is not the cookie itself. Because you haven't eaten it yet. It's the image that the cookie creates in your mind, it's your expectation that intensification gets you to walk over and pick it up and eat it. And then the actual value the way that it tastes the sugar in the sweetness in the chocolate and so on if that is enjoyable satisfying. If it's. Rewarding than you have a reason to repeat it again the future. So the reward is what gets you to come back again because it's like, hey, this did have a payoff, but it's the -ticipant that gets to act in the first place..
"dopamine" Discussed on GSMC Relationship Podcast
"So here's something to just give you some guidelines here. If you feel powerless over how you act sexually, you maybe addicted if you'll shame embarrassment or sell. Loathing over your sex. Acts. You know the if some of the sexual choices you're making you, you feel like you're there unmanageable. If you make promises that you can't keep, you know, you promise yourself that you're going to change, but to fail it keeping the promise. And maybe if you're so preoccupied that it's, it seemed like it. It becomes a ritual with you. You know, those, those are symptoms that it may be an addiction. So that's something to think about and talk to somebody who's trained to work with us. And I keep emphasizing that because I don't want you to get derailed by talking to someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. It's one thing to have general conversations with people about what they're pissed do and what it's like. But when it comes to treating something like this because it has obviously such a debilitating effect in when it's in control of your life, I want you to be able to take control of your life and deal with it. See, here's the thing and understand it from. Point of view, the human body has a reward system, and there is a hormone in the body is called dopamine. When you do things that make you feel good. You get this rush of this hormone and that's what you are that. That's what you're feeling. It's the dopamine and sex happens to have that effect on you. So when you have sex and you have this warm this wonderful feeling associated with it, then you're by, you want to repeat that. But the problem comes in is that when you do something that may not be very good for you than that behavior because you have such a good feeling around, it becomes a vicious cycle and you find that you are driven in controlled by the desire or for the reward. And this is why it creates this sort of dependence and does it over and over and then you wind up having. Making risky choices and put yourself in situations that you ordinarily wouldn't do it. I mean, I, if you could imagine if you were to sit down and have a conversation about what's going on, you would probably say, no, I wouldn't do that because in your right mind to to say it that way, you wouldn't put yourself at risk, but when the body has kind of gotten to that place where you have the urge to push forward because you want that reward because he what that dopamine rush because remember the body has trained it self to connect with that with that activity, then you're gonna take risks in the therapy. Part of this teaches you the connection to teach you the the, the, the emotional connection to it, teaches you how the body operates. And hopefully this information comes to be four. Something happens like, say, the near disease thing. Happens or you've exposed yourself in a way that now you're dealing with law enforcement or you've had some embarrassing encounter in your family learns about it, see all of those kind of things happen to people, and that's when the addiction as it would be, it would now be defined because it is a fact of the quality of your life has happened people all the time. We read about politicians and athletes and movie stars. So that's that's their look. I'm looking at the clock. I need to take another break. I'm gonna come back and try to wrap this up for you. Stay tuned. One of finding out what movies to go see then check out the GMC movie podcast..
"dopamine" Discussed on Freedom Fast Lane with Ryan Daniel Moran
"Despite the fact that you know, you're tired and you have other monkeys competing with you. And then after few hours you're hungry. Again, you look around for something to eat and dopamine motivates that whole cycle again, but between no dopamine. So that's why I'm totally not into this thing about the dopamine type or person who is a low dopamine tight because it's meant to have. Ups and downs, and we're meant were all meant to need all of them aside rant here for a second doctor in today's world, it's so easy to feel bad because we're comparing ourselves on social media. There's al- almost like a demonization of feeling back if anyone feels bad for any moment of time, there's something wrong with us, at least that's my perception. And I'm curious if all bring chemicals have a positive and negative side, how do you consult with people of either when they feel bad to start feeling good or to look at a different way of processing why they feel bad. Okay. Another tigon question. Get ready for a lot of those. So in terms of the expectation that we can have a peak positive feeling at every moment that's not realistic, that is what has been sold to us by modern medicine. So I don't think it's really helpful to a person to believe that. I think they're better off understanding the job that they're brain chemicals evolved to do so that they can feel comfortable with the natural ups and downs and take small steps to stimulating them only.
"dopamine" Discussed on Six Pixels of Separation - Marketing and Communications Insights - By Mitch Joel at Mirum
"I mean, this is one of the things that though so interesting. There's there's things when you dive into science are very much true in very much, not one, the ones that's you vary sort of well, understood. But as actually one of the things in the book I tried to do, I spent a lot of time with academics. So a lot of time with scientists lotta times the leading researchers in the field, not only interviewing them reading the research, but I had them fact check at and so really tried to get the surf scientific rigor really high. And those colors. Was interestingly dopamine, for example, it's like you really well, understood and lots of, you know, authors and speakers talk about it as the pleasure neurotransmitter, but that's not what it is. It's the motivation are transmitter, and that's actually well-understood in science really poorly understood in popular, not fiction on the other side right brain left brain when these things where it's really cliche to talk about. But actually, when you're talking specifically about divergent thinking and creativity is actually really, really important, and we have lots of hard science on it and lots of pure viewed studies on it. We actually have a really good understanding of the fact that, yes, these things exist and they're different and they have an impact on creativity. And so I think there's some sort of silly things when it comes to right brain left brain like, oh, if you hold something with your right hand, your left hand like we'll have a different fact. And like I think maybe in a very, very, very skeptical way. There's little hints of truth in that, but there is a lot of truth and a lot of science and the idea that you're. Right brain your left brain store memories and mental models differently in the process information differently that has an impact on creativity. And the other sort of thing that I want to push it on this creative communities. It's a very delicate thought, and I actually thought it was probably the most provocative part of your book. And the reason I thought that is because. When I hear people speak at a very, very senior level about creativity, they really talk about a fundamentally being an alone activity..
"dopamine" Discussed on WSB-AM
"Can't stop because the certain foods a food that make us fat are loaded with sugars usually in the sugar stimulate dopamine receptor sites in your brain and dopamine gives you pleasure and so that's why it's so hard to make logical decisions when it comes to gaining weight you get high from it and once that dopamine is released and pleasure starts to kick in yield do pretty much anything to continue that pleasure we've all done stupid things in the name of pleasure and watch one of the things you have to think about is is this gonna do me good look at everything you eat everything you put in your body and say is this going to be good for me or is this going to be bad for me one of my patients said jokingly goes i always think ww j d and i said look at her and i thought she's talking religious and she said what would joe do and i said that's cute make bracelets now wwe d what would you do so what i eat it or not and quiet and if the answer is no then you probably shouldn't need it either and if you knew to the show you don't know all this stuff but if you knew welcome i am dr joe esposito and so one of the things that happens in one of the mistakes we make when it comes to eating is we're under stress how many people are in distress right now lot of you there's chemical emotional and physical stress now chemical stresses what we eat the chemicals were exposed to the other day i had a shower at somebody's house i was helping them do some some were around the house and i had to use their shower and had commercial shampoos and commercial soaps and i'm not used to any of that i'm used to know fragrances and no commercials but i gotta wash my hair so i and i smelled like this perfume was coming off my hair and i was like man this stuff stinks how do people do this every day that's a chemical stress it's called phthalates and salads when they get into the system are endocrine disrupters they mess with your hormones and one of the reasons we gain weight is because of our hormones we'll talk about that leptin and gremlin and thyroid hormone and human growth hormone will cover all that today so researchers found that people who say who said stress often drove them to eat the comfort foods of choice were what salty sweet angry so that's why a potato chip is so wonderful and here's something you may not know the nightshade peppers tomatoes eggplant and potatoes those are called night shades they have a chemical solani and sola nin when it gets into the body can cause inflammation and pain so if you can't figure out why you're having these pains and maybe you've been to your chiropractor and maybe you've eaten right and you've taken dr joe super grains dr jobs essential source you alkalis your system and you're still having pain take a make a diet diary if you go to my website dr joe dot com patient forms we have something called.
"dopamine" Discussed on LA Talk Radio Channel 2
"First few years of their marriage there's gonna be a clear difference in terms of satisfaction because there is a reality and satisfaction could be measured in many different ways let's keep in touch with that one is the the newness of a new relationship will always give forth higher levels of a brain chemical called dopamine and dopamine as pleasure and it gives rise their feelings of motivation and happiness and connection and joy and so what you get is you get this newness of dopamine but there's also unsettled nece there's an anxiety that goes along with it we also seek as human beings for our satisfaction is a sense of security and contentment and fulfilment and fulfilment is not those smiling faces the excitement thrill and so forth that's one aspect of it marriage provides the continuity to miliary safety and security all of that provides kind of a relaxed fulfillment but that fulfilment becomes empty if we don't have the excitement as well and that's why we need these and new relationship skills that i talk about and on mars and venus because the relationship skills i taught in metaphor mars women are from venus books they still apply to great extent but not fully the actual putting it into practice we have new challenges which require new insights although those insights which is unique about all my books are very very practical because they take into consideration that men and women truly truly are different and so if you have a technique the deal with the challenge or problem just like in medicine today we now know so clearly that certain drugs only work on men and are counterproductive for women and vice versa we we realized that's where all the real research is coming in the show's the differences on the level of the social world they're they're trying to in sociology and feminism and so forth they're trying to constantly discredit legitimate differences between our brains and so forth between men and women so that's often called junk science so i don't like to fight battles so i although i've written many books on the differences between brain function and so forth and men and women i just avoid that because nobody nobody questions the validity an acknowledgement of the didn't necessity of hormonal balance and how men and.
"dopamine" Discussed on WGIR-AM
"The science of fear that's the book that we're talking about this evening margie kerr my guest as we continue discussing this talk to me about some of the actual science of fear how are some of these tests done and what does it really told us so there's really two two parts of fear that we have to kind of combine into one thing but when it comes to measuring it can get very complicated because a lot of different disciplines to find it in different ways but when we look at fear as the threat response we're talking about what's happening in the body when we go into a state of stress so whether we're startled or you know we might even be thinking about something that that really scares us and we have a response that involves a bunch of different chemicals so there's adrenaline that's getting our body going into to go mode so our metabolism kicks into high gear so we're trying to burn convert is much a sugar as possible into energy and get that out to our muscles and our heart rate is increasing we're trying to get oxygen also out to our body there's also neuro transmitters in our brain that are released like serotonin dopamine and they are kind of greasing the wheels helping us respond to what is most important endorphins of course are released and they're going to block us from feeling any pain should be get hurt and all of these things are happening to make sure that we can survive whether that means running or fighting or freezing it's it's really helping us to to focus attention on on survival that means a lot of the abstract thoughts or thinking about the groceries or.
"dopamine" Discussed on Motley Fool Money
"I don't know it seems like people have a hard time not doing it i'm i'm just wondering why that is if you know if it is something where we're really not being more productive and in fact we're being less productive why do you think it is that we keep doing multitasking two reasons chris one is that we're under the illusion that it's working and so if you brain is telling you i'm good at something you keep on doing it but as a neuroscientist i can tell you one thing the brains very good at is selfdelusion so just because we think that it so doesn't make it so and experiments bear that out both from brain scans and from workplace experiments the second reason we do it is that it makes us feel productive and it feels good to us to be doing all these things there's a neuro chemistry behind this every time we can tick off a little task on our internal to do list we get a little shot of dopamine and every time we pay attention to something new we get another shot at dopamine dopamine is the chemical in the brain that makes us feel good it's what mediates pleasure and we set up what is a physiological dopamine addiction loop where we crave more dopamine even though the dopamine is being produced for things that aren't productive you're listening to motley fool money talking with dan levitin his new book is the organized mind thinking straight in the age of information overload one of the things your book gets into is sort of how we can.
"dopamine" Discussed on You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
"Well i took i took five h t p on and tyrosine so like raised my dopamine serotonin that's the like brain science explanation of how i got out i i now feel through like doing acupuncture a little bit and then there's this woman who does rakia who's like feels like an ancient shaman like as does like all kinds of crazy healing is like this this came out because it is read this came up because it's ready to come out so that's like spiritual side of it that even i am like as she's talking i'm like there's a part of my brain that's like i don't think it's a simple i just needed to raise my serotonin dopamine but they're kind of like your wasco thing where i was like what's the harm in leaving this i wanna get better so like all just go just buy into it and and she she did like one thing that really helped me just like dealing with like trust like her whole thing is like overwriting the the like lower frequency things that you're feeling like fear whatever with with trust and whatever so she like did this whole ceremony with me with trust and that kind that really helped me get almost there but then i was still like i don't feel connected to people in the same way that i do usually i don't see synchronicity i don't feel like i'm in like the flow or part of something bigger than myself i just feel like i'm alone and and just yesterday so is able to function and stuff but the opposite thing i've always felt alone and been quite content in that space them i go no connect.
"dopamine" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"The same circuits the same chemical the controls motivation that controls what you want also controls movement but at an event during a little more complicated than that in in the mid 1970s guiding wolfrom schultz decided to take a much closer look and his subject was a monkey so he would put these very thin needles that can record the activity of individual dope me neurons in the monkey brain and they put the monkey in a room and then if we day they will walk down the hall to the royal oak he was opened the door hello monkey a flip on lying to give the monkey some juice haeco monkey men when the monkey sift the juice dopamine hit you want really then come to surprise he soon discovered something very odd about these neurons as the juiced this monkey kedo monkey fq kelo monkey deylaud monkey dan a monkey the square of dopamine which they were always measuring the monkeys brain seemed to move forward in time what do you mean well at first the dopamine hit when the monkey took the sip of juice shadow monkey but after awhile the monkey got the dopamine hit when they entered the room and switched on the law honky after a few more times the dopamine hit when the researchers feet could be heard walking down the shah you see what's happening here hello monkey um not really you have to bring home for a little bit of other together what the monkey is trying to do is pieced together the sequence of events that inevitably lead to juice exactly that's what these cells do they try to predict rewards so this isn't just about movement or about feeling good it's about finding the pattern of the thing that makes you feel good yes it's patent fight oh this.
"dopamine" Discussed on LA Talk Radio Channel 2
"It it happens in the inner action the response or the symptom of the transfers is usually a reaction rather than a response mm so which both of those deliver a very different outcome responses and reactions deliver very different outcomes muesli people react to deep emotional concerns and they respond to reasonable concerns right so does deep emotional concerns for some reason usually always connect the person's values and beliefs which almost always elicits reactions mmhmm and a illicit reactions there are quite dramatic this affect that affect on that in that moment creates the dopamine in you've heard me talk about dopamine that burns it to memory and results in the rehearsal of the reaction in the brain that plays out the blindness of fault and why those people when they go through that and they burst out you get those burst in those blasts in they can't ignites their own fought is because they're why do people say does make a children why angry don't don't don't make a decision while you're mad because that dopamine creates that dramatic reese wreak action it burnt the dopamine burns it to memory and then you start rehearsing or keep playing over as long as your aiming at don't means going you rehearsing so you can see fall back is not my fault period is your fault period now wants to domain comes now do you get to a place where now you can do response of reasoning now it's a response then you're not reactive reactive is the bad part of the you want to respond not react to my of all about 'cause the brave plays out there blindness a while it it becomes blind becomes you don't see it because i can turn your back to it here is is because of the dopamine is like you see a family member who has gotten hooked on drugs and they're doing things that you've never imagined right ever before because they're out of there they're not.
"dopamine" Discussed on Super Station 101
"A bit and you're talking about getting edgy look a little bit cranking more than normal yeah i think i won my actual coworkers here yeah well seen that right there could be a low dopamine levels and it can be low testosterone levels so those two key factors right there that when when he hit rule snappy and you know you're being savvy and when you've done you think why why the world's i usually deaths alone dopamine dopamine is a real key brain chemical and when it when it gets slow on a guy it really is not a pretty sight because we get real grumpy like an all him like a real old man than down and it just becomes an issue that saso levels drop in the correlate so the dopamine levels in testosterone the correlate together here both drops so noah those levels out is a real important piece to the puzzle so i would look at that from nutritional perspective of ways to build up dopamine levels um by v six zero good way to do that p five p is what its hall and in your your food sources amine proteins are the big ones chicken fish beef eggs all this kennedy's can help build your dopamine levels up dark chocolate believe it or not is a big one debt supports building up by healthy dopamine levels so look into some of that and get your blood work done i i would recommend that too i mean i just i'm a huge go your primary care kinda guy and if if you don't give his goals a year at least covering um volunteer to your blood were dying ally going every six months and getting an overall blood profile just to see what kind of changes might become knin the pipeline in the overall labs making sugar numbers are where they need to be shown keeps you ahead of a games of the game busy as you kind of thing but yeah i would look at it as that word vitamin supplement you might need as of yet you county in the test and i agree with the nature path that you saw that that'll be a good way to go and you get started legacy foundation seen numbers are high and low in the building it's all a game plan from there okay thanks for the call triple eight two eight three seven two seven two.
"dopamine" Discussed on VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
"And this book is written by neuroscientists and i don't know if it's a christian but there's nothing christian in it it's just purely brain science and i want to read to you some quotes from the book all right now have three pages of quotes so i know it's going to be awful so let me jump okay there are three neuro chemicals released in a sexual relationship the first one is dopamine say dopamine dopamine is wonderful it is the rush of i feel lie in is that reward kimiko it is when you do something thrilling and risky end it works it's the rush that comes from that addictive drugs target dopamine receptors case of dopamine is is the rush that comes from engaging in something thrilling something exciting it's the rush that comes from looking at porn it's the rush that comes from viewing in a fair dopamine is totally values neutral meaning it rewards whatever you think is thrilling and risky whether it's good for you or not dopamine israeli listen to this studies with animals have shown that almost all addictive drugs increase still reward signals sex is one of the strongest generators of the dopamine reward now there's another neurochemical called oxytocin ladies this is for you this is the feminine bonding chemical right now i'm just quoting these people 'cause i don't understand anything but here's what they say oxytocin is released into your body ladies four at 4 occasions intimate touching sexual intercourse the onset of labor and nursing and it is the kimiko that causes you to bond with your baby were your lover.
"dopamine" Discussed on Fresh Air
"Then we we would quit doing him right i mean if y you would eat you'd you'd fuel blissed out you never eat again you'd have sexy lie they're basking in the afterglow never have sex again while obviously that's not a prescription for getting genes into the next generation so natural selection seems to have built animals in general to be recurring lead dissatisfied uh and and this is this is uh seems to be a central feature of life in its its central to the buddhist a diagnosis of of what the problem is new quote a really interesting study about dopamine that also connects to the idea that pleasure is inevitably fleeting would you describe that study yeah it was a study involving uh monkeys and dopamine as it tends to be correlated with pleasure its exact role is still disputed but it it it does seem to be correlated with pleasure with reward um in in these monkeys they put fruit juice on their tongues and they noticed that when when the fruit juice it's the tongue the first time there's a burst of dopamine which presumably corresponds to a burst of a pleasure now then they kept doing that but they would signal the coming of the fruit juice with with a light flashing on so that the monkeys could anticipate the uh the reward and what they saw as that more and more the dopamine came when the light went on and will end there was less and less dopamine associated with the actual fruit juice so.