I tend to think of myself as a scientist with my body and my life as an experimental lab. I am very passionate about wellness and love to explore different ideas and concepts. I read and listen to interviews related to well-being, health, yoga, and fitness daily. If an idea resonates with me, I tend to experiment with it for a while and see how it feels. The following are my most influential people of 2016:
He is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. Rich is a 49-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney. Rich Roll is full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.
- You can be a super athlete on a completely plant-based diet
- Age is a state of mind
- You can change at any time
- A plant-based diet is a lifestyle available for all
- Reminder: our planetary problems are perilous and profound. The U.S. is the most prosperous nation on Earth, yet we have never been more unhealthy. The standard American diet isn’t just making us sick. Plant-based diet cuts greenhouse gas emission. If you want to have an impact on climate change, drop only one serving of chicken from your diet per week, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as removing 500,000 cars from the road. In fact, a plant-based diet can cut your carbon footprint by a full 50%!!! Not to mention, land conservation and reduction of waste pollution.
2) Ray Cronise – is the author of “Our Broken Plate.”
He is passionate innovator and scientist. Ray began his career as a Materials Scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; to later co-found ZERO-G. The world’s first private parabolic flight operation with XPRIZE. More afterward, Ray applied the same enthusiasm in the wellness world. I’ve learned about Ray Cronise from Rich’s Roll podcast. This interview left a powerful impression on me.
- You can’t out-exercise your mouth. Consider that 220 lb person climbing 27 stories is the energy equivalent to one half of Oreo cookie. If you are overweight – you are overeating.
- Stop labeling food as “protein, carbs, and fats” we almost always eat too many calories. Why? Because most foods aren’t pure protein, car or fat. Eating more “protein” doesn’t necessarily avoid loss of lean mass, but getting your ideal weight as quickly as possible does. Cold is good for you and burns more calories.
- Ray took a scientific approach to mechanics and research methodology behind human nutrition. After a copious investigation, analysis, and self-experimentation, he has arrived upon a well supported but perhaps contrarian conclusion: fasting, cold stress, and a whole food plant-based diet are optimal for long-term health and wellness.
3) Rhonda Patrick Ph.D.
She has extensive research experience in the fields of aging, nutrition, and fitness. Rhonda shares her insight from years of academic study and research on the best ways to increase healthspan. I’ve learned from I love translating science into real-world, useful information to a broad audience. Bunch of videos on topics like how using the sauna may increase longevity and may improve other things like athletic performance, what the brain uses the effects of supplemental antioxidants on cancer, how the type of DHA found in things like krill oil, how diet and lifestyle influence aging and brain function, how to personalize your diet based on your genes, my various healthy recipes, and responses to headlines such as those claiming that cancer is just due to bad luck. I’ve been able to share with you guys podcasts where I interview top scientists, authors, CEOs and more. I also learned about Rhonda via Rich Roll podcast.
- Intermittent fasting can keep your telomeres nice and long. Our chromosomes have this protective coating, telomeres, at the end of the thread. With longer telomeres, your life’s health span is extended. Fasting has also shown positive effects on lowering triglyceride levels and normalizing insulin as well.
- A sauna can be used to increase growth hormone, muscular hypertrophy, endurance, and otherwise aid performance.
- I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for a long time. I entirely gave up alcohol, dairy, and food with processed sugar in June 2016 in preparation for my stem cell procedure.
- I’ve incorporated intermittent Fasting (IF), and I’ve been practicing since June 2016. Check out Leesa Young’s review on IF here.
- I’ve tried cold therapy by taking a contrast shower (hotly followed by cold, ending with cold – interval 2 sec 1 sec c) nearly every morning. Besides, wearing fewer layers when it is cold and making my bedroom chilly.
- Sauna. I’ve been using sauna once a week following with a cold shower.
Results: The benefits have been fantastic so far! To name a few:
- I lost 10 lbs
- I don’t need as much food to be full
- My stem cells count was over a billion (this was done for my ACL stem cell repair)
- I feel more energetic
Thanks for reading, what idea resonates with you? What can you experiment with today?