My Top 3 Wellness Resources for 2016

If you are looking for wellness inspiration, this blog is for you!

Be Your Own Scientist.

I tend to think of myself as a scientist with my body and my life as an experimental lab. Wellness is one of my greatest passions. So, I love to explore different ideas and concepts, and I consume the information related to wellness, 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. In this blog, I would like to share my top 3 resources.

My Top 3 Wellness Resources

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1) Rich Roll 

Rich Roll is one of the World’s Fittest Men. He is a 49-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney. Rich Roll is a full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate and motivational speaker. Rich is my inspiration. I love listening to his podcasts. His story is a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.

Concepts:

You can be a super athlete on completely plant-base diet.
Age is a state of mind.
You can change at any time.
Plant based diet is a lifestyle available for all.

2) Ray Cronise 

This guy seriously changed my life. Ray 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. Later, Ray applied the same enthusiasm in the wellness world. I’ve learned about Ray Cronise from Rich’s Roll podcast.

Concepts:

You can’t out-exercise your mouth. Consider that 220 lb person is climbing 27 stories is the energy equivalent to one-half of Oreo cookie. If you are overweight – you are eating too much.

Stop labeling food as “protein, carbs, and fats” we almost always eat too many calories.

Why?

Because most foods aren’t pure protein, carbs 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 an extensive investigation, analysis, and self-experimentation, he has arrived at a well supported but perhaps contrarian conclusion:

Fasting, cold stress and a whole food plant-based diet is optimal for long-term health and wellness.

3) Rhonda Patrick 

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. What I love how Rhonda is translating science into real-world. She offers a ton of videos on various subjects.

I also learned about Rhonda via Rich Roll podcast.

Concepts:

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.

What Have I Practiced?

I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for a long time. I totally gave up alcohol, dairy, and food with processed sugar in June 2016 in preparation for my stem cell procedure.

1) I incorporated Intermittent Fasting (IF). Currently, I fast for 17 to 20 hours daily with 24 to 25 hours weekly fasts.

2) I’ve been taking cold showers nearly every morning (up to 45 seconds today!). Also, wearing fewer layers when it is cold and making my bedroom chilly.

3) I love sauna! So, this one was easy. I try to hit the sauna once a week.

My Results:

  • I lost pounds, which I gained in 2015 during my ski injury.
  • I don’t need as much food to be full.
  • My stem cells count was over a billion (for my ACL stem cell repair).
  • I feel more energetic and in control!

Interested? Check out my 3 top inspirational people in wellness.

As always, thanks for reading!

What resonates with you?

What can you do today to improve your life?

6 comments

  1. I’ve heard about intermittent fasting but haven’t tried it yet. I’m somewhat scared to be without the energy I need in my job as a dog walker. Is there some kind of energizing drink to consume during the fasting?

    • Hi Barbara,

      Typically when you fast – you just drink water, black coffee (if you must) and teas. I don’t like any energy drinks since most of it is packed with chemicals and sugars.

      I’ve been fasting since June 2016. I started slowly. First, I cut all the snacking. Secondly, I stopped eating dinner. Next, my fast was about 16 to 18 hours (easy since I slept through most of it). Now, ideally, I fast for 16-18 hours between the last meal and my breakfast. I eat two meals a day with weekly 24 hour fasts. I don’t fast during my period.

      Typically, I don’t feel a lack of energy – I do yoga and workout first thing in the morning and then take Rocky for an hour hike – all before “break-fast.”
      However, the last hour or so during 24 hours fast could be a bit challenging.

      I would recommend to start easy and read about it.

      But most importantly, I think is to define why you want to do it?

      Hope it helps,
      Anna.

      • Thank you for explaining it, Anna! I like the slow approach you suggest, and I think starting with 16-18 hour fasts is doable.

        I’m thinking 6 pm to 10 am would be my first goal. I might give it a try in the new year but would probably have to have a coffee after my morning doggie walk. I live for coffee…I drink it with 2% organic milk, half a teaspoon of organic coconut oil, and a little organic cinnamon.

        I’m definitely no fan of energy drinks, I think they taste horrible and there’s no way I’d poison my body with all that crap they contain.

        I heard that fasting is a great way to cleanse one’s body, so that’s what I would be interested in. I already pay attention to what I eat and buy organic food whenever possible, but I’m sure that I could take it up a notch.

        • Hi Barabara,

          I live for coffee!!! But, I like mine black and bitter:-)

          Your plan sounds solid! Remember, there is no right or wrong and you should only do what works for you!
          There are different studies regarding intermittent fasting and fast mimicking diet. From my understanding, it is like a reboot to your system.

          Health starts with awareness. Paying attention to what you eat is the first step towards better health.

          If you have time, you can check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6PyyatqJSE
          And this one from one of my favorite people (Ray): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNzZod_d18A

          Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

          Thanks for stopping by,
          Anna.

  2. Wow!!! Amazing read and great insight, finding our ways to our health and happiness is truly a peaceful path for our lives! Thank you once again Anna for sharing what works best for you and inspiring others!!!

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