Why You’re Not Making Progress | Tony Robbins

“I always tell people if you want to know the secret to happiness, I can give it to you in one word: Progress.” – Tony Robbins.

When you stop making progress in life, you begin to feel uncomfortable. You become stagnant. You hit a plateau and start to feel hopeless. Before you let yourself slip into a depressed state, recognize why it is you’re feeling stuck.

What area of your life is no longer fulfilling you? Have you started to stop making progress in terms of your professional, financial or personal life? How is it that you used to feel like you were working toward a goal, and now you simply feel like you’re going through the motions? It’s time to objectively look at what it is that’s making you feel stuck in life. This can require facing your fears head on and being brutally honest with yourself, but it’s the only way to start making progress once more.

Now that you have an idea of why it is you feel stuck, it’s time to start reconnecting with your progress. The first step is in changing your physiology. If you’re walking around hunched over, looking at the floor instead of making eye contact, then your emotions and actions are going to follow your body’s cues. Take pride in your body and project confidence to the world around you.

Changing your mindset is the next step. Stop telling yourself why you “can’t” do something and instead focus on why it is possible. What limiting beliefs or patterns are you holding on to? When you reestablish positive thought patterns and beliefs about yourself, your world will start to change for the better.

Lastly, many times we feel stuck because we’re worried about things that have happened in the past or what the future holds. Accept that you have no control over anything besides the present moment. With that in mind, how can you start making progress toward your goals TODAY?

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Triggers and cycles

A trigger prompts a cycle. And a cycle might go on longer than it should.

The first spoonful of ice cream can trigger a cycle of binge eating that you regret later.

The silence of walking into an empty house might trigger you to turn on the TV, and that cycle of wasting time watching nothing that matters goes on all night.

The rush to get out the door leads to a cycle of rushing, which makes your commute a daredevil exercise, one that takes hours to recover from.

It’s really useful to see your cycles and to work to dampen them (it’s almost impossible to go cold turkey).

Even better is to find and eliminate the triggers. That’s surprisingly easy if you care enough. Quit Twitter. Empty your freezer. Wake up ten minutes earlier…

Make these decisions when you’re not in the middle of a cycle.

With the trigger gone, you might discover the cycles are gone too.

       

The Broken Brain Podcast – Wild Food, Brain Food, and All Things Nutrition with Josh Gitalis

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We talk about the topic of food often-it gets a lot of airplay, but shouldn’t it? We eat three, sometimes more, times a day and we believe that food fuels our cells. It’s important! Today, we are talking with Toronto-based functional nutritionist Josh Gitalis who is passionate about helping his clients figure out the best approach to eating for their needs.

Josh and our host Dhru start off with wild foods and how they are nutritionally superior to your supermarket finds. Have you eaten any dandelion greens lately? (Just be sure they aren’t sprayed with pesticides!) Find out how you can incorporate wild foods into your meals and adapt to enjoy the taste of bitter foods.

You’ll also get to hear about why you may need a different diet for different times of your life, functional lab testing, how you can incorporate more greens in your meals, practical tips for feeding kids, and much more. This is a great one!

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Josh’s love of wild greens and mushrooms (3:38)
  • Wild food and brain health (6:15)
  • Adapting and retraining taste buds to enjoy bitters (12:15)
  • Cutting through the nutrition confusion (14:26)
  • What is the FODMAPs diet? (20:36)
  • When is it time to go back to a less restricted diet? (24:14)
  • Using functional labs to dig deeper (25:44)
  • Josh’s background and journey (29:12)
  • Eating greens and their role in our microbiome (35:20)
  • Tips to help you eat more whole foods (38:51)
  • Freezing food for later (43:12)
  • Tools for helping with meal prep (46:04)
  • Bone broth-fad or a real healer? (48:21)
  • What’s in a brain? (50:28)
  • Genetic testing clues to help us (57:58)
  • What does Josh eat? (1:03:24)
  • Tips for feeding kids (1:11:07)
  • Resources and where you can find Josh (1:15:49)

I know you’ll love all the educational information from this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

PS – Learn more about Josh and the functional nutrition program he offers here. You can also check out the book he recommends, Eating on the Wild Side, and the Omega-3 Omega Quant test.

The Broken Brain Podcast – Vision Therapy and the Brain with Dr. Fabian Tai

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Have you ever wondered how vision plays a role in the health of our bodies and our brains? Problems with our eyes can give us clues to what is going on inside-and, conversely, problems with many activities may be a result of compromised eye function. What you may not know is that using a treatment called vision therapy may improve so many things such as ADD, head injuries, reading comprehension, posture, throwing a ball, and much more.

Today, our host Dhru sits down with optometrist Dr. Fabian Tai, whose specialty is vision therapy. Vision therapy takes a different approach to vision, the eyesight, and the brain using a variety of tests and exercises to help strengthen and retrain the eyes.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Tai’s personal story (4:29)
  • Symptoms that were signs of trouble (9:16)
  • How does vision impact fight or flight? (13:25)
  • Stress on the body from not using eyes properly (14:28)
  • Vision as more than just what your eyes see (18:02)
  • What is vision therapy? (19:30)
  • Who benefits from vision therapy? (20:45)
  • Vision’s role in ADD (23:04)
  • Chronic inflammation affects brain and vision health (27:24)
  • What else can we do to heal? (31:53)
  • Being proactive in treating injuries (42:20)
  • Protocol for a few exercises (47:02)
  • Where can I find a vision therapist? (48:56)
  • Conditions that may be helped by vision therapy (52:25)
  • Vision therapy and stroke patients (55:05)
  • Reducing eye strain when on screens (1:03:45)
  • Myopia is not normal (1:07:10)
  • Would reading glasses help? (1:09:36)
  • Light sensitivity and how to help it (1:14:43)
  • Dr. Tai’s family story about the tie between gut and vision (1:16:51)
  • Where can I find out more about Dr. Tai (1:22:41)

I know you’ll love all the educational information from this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

PS – If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Tai’s practice, find him online here. You can also look for a local vision therapy provider in the US, in Canada, in the UK, and Europe.

Is Your Sweet Tooth Setting You up for a ‘Sugar Crash’?

By Dr. Mercola

“Sugar Crash,” a documentary, details the havoc that excess sugar consumption is causing for the people of Ireland, a country that ranks No. 4 in sugar consumption worldwide. On average, the Irish are consuming 24 teaspoons of sugar per person daily, whereas the World Health Organization recommends limiting it to 6 teaspoons a day to protect your health.1 For comparison, in the U.S, the No. 1 consumers of sugar worldwide, the average American consumes 31.6 teaspoons of sugar each day.

The start of the film details the perils of tooth decay, with children just 4 and 6 years old requiring numerous tooth extractions. Sugar was blamed as the definite culprit, starting from the time the children are infants chewing on sugar-laced teething biscuits into later childhood when sugary juices became the drink of choice. There are more than 50 different names to describe sugar on food labels, which means if you’re trying to remove it from your diet, you’d better become well-versed in the many pseudonyms.

Even savory foods like pizza and pasta sauce have added sugars, as do popular condiments like ketchup and salad dressings. Sugary drinks alone can contain 10 or 11 teaspoons of sugar in one can, which puts you well over the recommended limit for the day. While the documentary focuses on Ireland’s sugar habit, it’s one that’s shared through much of the developed world, with devastating repercussions on global health.

How Did so Much Sugar Creep Into Our Diets?

Ireland was the thinnest country in Europe after World War II, and the increasing weight that occurred during the ’50s and ’60s was seen as a good thing. However, average weight caught up with the rest of Europe by the ’70s and continued rising, such that Ireland is slated to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030. Expanding waistlines are again blamed largely on diet. As occurred in the U.S., food manufacturers and health agencies alike began to vilify fat, removing it from foods starting in the ’70s.

Without fat to make food taste good, food manufacturers turned to other less-healthy additives, namely processed salt and sugar. Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of California in San Francisco (USCF), explained that sugar was added in such a way that it made the food irresistible. If you find it difficult to stop eating sugary foods, or find that the more you eat them, the more you want them, it’s because sugar is addictive.

Sugar stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in many important pathways, most notably the mesolimbic pathway.2 The way dopamine affects your brain in this area changes with addiction and spikes your perception of motivation or pleasure.

In fact, evidence in humans shows that sugar can induce reward responses and cravings that are comparable to those induced by addictive drugs, which may “explain why many people can have difficultly … [controlling] the consumption of foods high in sugar when continuously exposed to them.”3

Even if You’re Thin and ‘Healthy,’ Sugar Could Be Devastating Your Health

Sugar makes you pack on excess pounds and prevents your body from burning body fat. It’s been implicated as a foundational cause of obesity as well, but even if you’re not overweight, it’s very possible that sugar is damaging your health. “Sugar Crash” documents the story of one family, including a couple in their 40s who aren’t overweight but admit to eating sugary treats on a regular basis.

They have no outward indications of health problems, but MRI scans revealed they both had fat around their abdominal organs (visceral fat), which is linked to an increased risk of diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke, along with imbalanced cholesterol.

They cut down their sugar intake significantly and were able to reduce their visceral fat and improve their cholesterol, as shown later on in the film. Sugar Crash also features an interview with documentary filmmaker Damon Gameau, from “That Sugar Film,” who conducted an experiment during which he went from eating a low-sugar diet to consuming about 40 teaspoons of sugar a day.

What makes the experiment even more surprising is that he got to 40 teaspoons not by feasting on candy and soda but by eating supposedly “healthy” foods like energy drinks, fruit juice, cereal and yogurt. After 12 days of ramping up his sugar intake, Gameau had gained almost 7 pounds, the majority of which went straight to his abdomen.

In a month of eating 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, he added 2.75 inches (7 centimeters) to his waistline. Beyond weight gain, Gameau began displaying signs of fatty liver disease within three weeks. “By the end, I’d developed pre-Type 2 diabetes, I had heart disease, I had 11 centimeters of visceral fat. But the big one was, the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease was almost in a full-blown state,” said Gameau in a news article highlighting his film.4

What Excess Sugar Does to Your Liver

Researchers have known since the 1960s that your body metabolizes different types of carbohydrates, like glucose and fructose, in different ways, causing very different hormonal and physiological responses that absolutely may influence fat accumulation and metabolism.5 Unlike glucose, which can be used by virtually every cell in your body, fructose can only be metabolized by your liver, because your liver is the only organ that has the transporter for it.

Since all fructose gets shuttled to your liver, it ends up taxing and damaging your liver in the same way alcohol and other toxins do, particularly if you consume excess amounts of it. In fact, fructose is virtually identical to alcohol with regard to the metabolic havoc it wreaks. According to Lustig, fructose is a “chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin.” And just like alcohol, fructose is metabolized directly into fat – not cellular energy, like glucose.

His findings were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where he explained the three similarities between fructose and its fermentation byproduct, ethanol (alcohol):6

  1. Your liver’s metabolism of fructose is similar to alcohol, as they both serve as substrates for converting dietary carbohydrate into fat, which promotes insulin resistance, dyslipidemia (abnormal fat levels in the bloodstream) and fatty liver
  2. Fructose undergoes the Maillard reaction with proteins, leading to the formation of superoxide free radicals that can result in liver inflammation similar to acetaldehyde, an intermediary metabolite of ethanol
  3. By “stimulating the ‘hedonic pathway’ of the brain both directly and indirectly,” Lustig noted, “fructose creates habituation, and possibly dependence; also paralleling ethanol”

“We keep alcohol out of the hands of children, but we don’t think twice about giving them a glass of soda or orange juice,” Lustig says in the film. “Children are getting the diseases of alcohol without alcohol, because sugar is the alcohol of the child.” While childhood obesity is a growing problem, it’s also true that lean children who eat a high-sugar diet may be metabolically unhealthy, even though it’s not obvious from looking at them.

On a global scale, massive sugar addiction is responsible for not only obesity and diabetes, but also heart damage and heart failure, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, stroke and shorter lifespans.

Big Sugar Similarities to the Tobacco Industry

U.S. Dietary Guidelines only recommend limiting calories from added sugars to no more than 10 percent each day, or 12 teaspoons, for a 2,000-calorie diet. Most Americans eat far more, but why wouldn’t U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which are intended to protect public health, recommend a far lower amount? In fact, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) did recommend that Americans reduce their intake of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.

However, this was followed by a flurry of activity from sugar industry groups who, using tobacco-industry tactics, attempted to sway the dietary debate in their favor. It’s common knowledge that senior leaders in the food industry seek to influence science, politics and public health recommendations in their favor. Several tactics were revealed, according to a Critical Public Health report, including:7

  • Influence on evidence generation and summation, such as the food industry generating its own evidence by directly commissioning the work and using external organizations to do so
  • Highlighting the limitations of non-industry sponsored research to raise doubts in science
  • Exerting influence over scientific bodies and medical associations by seeking key leadership roles in such organizations and using their positions to direct debate and discussions in their favor
  • Using academic contacts to guide global debate and advocating “broad-based collaboration with government and key opinion leaders, and involvement in nutrition-related government reviews of the evidence base”

American taxpayers have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to sugar subsidies,8 which is why the Sugar Policy Modernization Act is seeking to eliminate all direct and indirect subsidies that benefit the production or export of sugar.

The bill has yet to be passed, and many members of Congress receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sugar industry, so it’s unknown whether the subsidies, which occur in the form of “loans, price guarantees, import restrictions and government promises to buy surplus product,”9 will ever fully disappear. In the film, it’s even suggested that labeling similar to that required on tobacco products may be necessary to help people understand the health risks of excess sugar.

How Can You Reduce Sugar in Your Diet?

Cutting back on sugar isn’t as simple as skipping dessert or a morning doughnut, because added sugars are found in virtually every processed food at your grocery store. In addition to ingredients that contain the word “sugar,” such as beet sugar or date sugar, you’ll know a food contains added sugars if you spot any of these on the label:10

Blackstrap molasses

Buttered syrup

Cane juice crystals

Evaporated cane juice

Caramel

Carob syrup

Fruit juice

Honey

Fruit juice concentrate

Brown rice syrup

Corn syrup solids

Florida crystals

Golden syrup

Maple syrup

Molasses

Refiner’s syrup

Sorghum syrup

Sucanat

Treacle

Turbinado

Barley malt

Corn syrup

Dextrin

Dextrose

Diastatic malt

Ethyl maltol

Glucose

Glucose solids

Lactose

Malt syrup

Maltose

D-ribose

Rice syrup

Galactose

Maltodextrin

Castor

The film recommends looking for “reduced sugar” foods, but in reality the best way to avoid sugar is to eat real foods. Following a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet like the one described in “Fat for Fuel” is an excellent guide, which will help you reduce not only your fructose intake but also your net carbs.

Sugar is metabolized as a carbohydrate in your body, spiking your blood sugar and insulin levels. Your net carbs are calculated by taking the total grams of carbs and subtracting the total grams of fiber. By keeping your net carbs below 100 grams per day, and for a healthier diet as low as 50 grams per day, you will reduce your cravings for sweets.

Eating healthy fats like grass fed butter, avocados and coconut oil, will keep you satisfied to help you avoid the urge to binge on sweets. Fermented foods are another great dietary addition, as the sour taste squelches sugar cravings. For processed foods you do purchase, scour the label for ingredients that represent sugar to evaluate the total amount. Remember that the less sugar you eat, the less you’ll crave. Avoid swapping sugar for artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which are toxic in their own right.

On occasion, you can try Stevia, an herbal sweetener I use in my recipes, as a sugar alternative. Finally, if you’re finding it difficult to overcome an emotional addiction to sugar, the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is another great option, which has been shown to significantly reduce food cravings and increased peoples’ ability to show restraint – even after six months.11

If necessary, start slowly by removing some of the biggest high-sugar offenders from your diet then gradually cutting back from there. And remember, the more you cut back on added sugars, the better for your health.

The Anatomy of Loneliness – Teal Swan

Loneliness is comprised of three basic pillars. These pillars can be seen as the anatomy of loneliness. In this episode, Teal explains the anatomy of loneliness, which also just so happens to be the title of her new book ‘The Anatomy of Loneliness’ which is the 4th book written by Teal Swan.

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Teal Swan is an International Contemporary Spiritual Leader. She offers perspective on a wide range of topics including relationships, anxiety, meditation, shadow work, authenticity, the law of attraction, The Completion Process, healing, PTSD, emotions and spirituality

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The Broken Brain Podcast: Episode 5 with Dr. Akil Palanisamy

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With a much lower Alzheimer’s rate in India, have you been curious about the ancient Indian traditions of Ayurvedic Medicine and how these practices impact brain health?

If you are interested in Functional Medicine, today’s Broken Brain Podcast might be fascinating to you, too. Ayurvedic Medicine, like Functional Medicine, focuses on treatment of the individual person taking a whole body approach to a balanced and healthy life.

In our fifth Broken Brain Podcast, our Broken Brain executive producer Dhru Purohit sits down with the author of The Paleovedic Diet, creator of Achieving Life-Long Brain Health with Ayurveda, and Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Akil Palanisamy (“Dr. Akil”) to talk about the ways in which Ayurvedic practices can promote a healthy brain and body.

Dr. Akil covers many helpful Ayurvedic topics, like what spices to include in your “Kitchen Pharmacy”, the connection between the gut and brain, if dairy is the right choice for you, social connection, and much more. Dr. Akil also shares his recipe for Saffron and Turmeric Spiced Milk.

I think you will walk away from this podcast with many takeaways that will enhance your life and improve your health.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Akil’s personal health crisis (2:05)
  • Ayurveda and its effect on brain health (4:31)
  • 13 spices in your “Kitchen Pharmacy” (6:01)
  • Alzheimer’s in India (7:57)
  • Ayurvedic practices to help strong digestion (11:12)
  • Dairy – friend or foe? (16:11)
  • Brain inflammation or “leaky brain” (18:20)
  • Improve your health with social connection (24:00)
  • The MIND diet (26:30)
  • Tips to get started to improve your health (31:20)
  • Ayurvedic mind and body practices (33:18)
  • Resources to help you go deeper into Ayurvedic Medicine (37:24)

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

 

F#!k Balance! – Rethinking Balance and What it Means to be Balanced – Teal Swan

Fuck Balance? How can we say Fuck Balance? When we are working to hard we play more to achieve balance. In this episode, Teal Swan explains that it is less about Balance and more about integration.

Teal Swan is an International Spiritual Leader. She offers perspective on a wide range of topics including relationships, anxiety, meditation, shadow work, authenticity, the law of attraction, The Completion Process, healing, PTSD, emotions and spirituality

Website: http://www.tealswan.com

For daily updates, monthly online Synchronization Workshops join TealSwan.com/premium

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