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Conscious Consumption : Why A Good Diet Isn’t Enough

“You are what you eat.”-John De Cola

I first heard this quote from the French physician Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in the year 1969. At the time I was an impressionable 15-year-old high school sophomore working out at a local gym in Framingham Massachusetts preparing for my first varsity football fat-guy-workoutseason. I heard it from John DeCola, the gym owner and 5’8″ human anatomy chart who was working out himself that summer for the 1969 professional Mr. America competition. As part of your membership, he did an analysis of new members, gave you your own program, and gave nutritional advice. I remember him telling me that I had “long clavicles,” which I could tell by his enthusiastic tone of voice was a good thing. He also told me that I had to lose my “spare tire.” I didn’t know what a spare tire was, but I could tell by his expression this wasn’t too good. John went on to win the 1969 Mr. America title and I’ve been fighting to keep that spare tire flat ever since. I also remember him telling me that “70% of this game is diet. It’s very important. Remember, you are what you eat.”

Today research indicates that John’s advice is still true. There are, however, a lot of other things that we consume that can sabotage our best efforts at maintaining our health and wellness besides diet. Certainly, we consume much more today than ever before. Food, although very important, is only part of what we consume. We not only eat, but we drink, breathe, and consume massive amounts of news and information. All this input contributes to the state of our health and well-being. What we ingest becomes the fabric of who we are, what we think, our values, and how we live our lives. Today the best way to be sure we are healthy and happy is to engage in conscious consumption, being more aware of what we are taking in and consuming.

Here are a few things you may be consuming that you may want to pay a little more attention to:
⦁    News and information. A recent article published in the Huffington Post suggested that as little as three minutes of news watched each morning could negatively impact a person’s day for the next eight hours. Three minutes! Negative news stories contribute to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, as people get overwhelmed by stories that they can exert no control over. Human evolution has wired our brains to be on the alert for potential danger and threats. We are more likely to think negatively than positively and, as a result, we gravitate more towards negative sensory inputs. This means we are more wired to remember news stories that threaten us with terrorist attacks than that story about the kitten that was rescued from that tree. It also explains why we can’t turn away from that car crash we drove by on the way to work. Sigmund Freud referred to this fascination as our “death instinct.” Our brains are designed to notice these and retain them as a warning for ourselves. In 2016 the average person consumes as much information in one week as a person would in a lifetime a century ago. For more see http://mindbodycoach.org/media-madness-media-influences-mental-health/
⦁    Gossip, celebrity news, and social media. We also have only so much bandwidth for empathy, concern, and emotional connection. Getting involved in the latest drama from the lives of the rich and famous is like consuming junk food. It fills us up emotionally, but has no lasting value. It also diverts our attention from potentially important relationships in our real lives, such as our spouses, partners, children, and family. We probably better off spending time with our actual friends and family than our virtual friends and our social media contacts. It takes more time to nurture the real world relationships, but the benefits are certainly much more significant.
⦁    Screen time. Since the 1950s social scientists have been concerned with the amount of time that we spend watching television. We’ve come along way from three channels that you marveled at in 1960. We still have television to contend with, but we also have iPhones in our pockets, Netflix, streaming video on demand, and jobs that require us to spend eight hours a day staring at a computer. Research indicates that all this screen time not only can cause eye strain and migraines, but that it also contributes to metabolic syndrome, difficulty processing emotions in the real world, and is as escapist as consuming moderate amounts of psychoactive drugs. As people spend more time engaged in the fantasy dramas of others, they are becoming numb to events occurring in real life. Excessive screen time has been linked to the rise of bullying in American children and has become a primary factor in most divorce cases. It also has been shown to rewire the brain and a negative and non-productive way, causing us to experience difficulty regulating our emotions.
⦁    Air. Not only is the air that we are breathing today far less healthy for us than it was for man-breathing-fresh-airour great grandparents, but most people don’t know how to breathe correctly. As we spend less time being physically active, more time hunched over computer screens, and leading lives that are more psychologically stressful, we have begun to breathe inefficiently. Ask the average person to “take in a deep breath,” and you’ll notice that they take an unproductive breath as their upper chest and shoulders expand. Proper breathing involves expanding the abdomen and lower lungs with virtually no involvement of the shoulders. Breathing is by far the number one most important consumption activity that we engage in. It is said that a human can go three weeks without food, three days without water, but only three minutes without breathing. For a How To on breathing properly see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iypetAkg_pY
⦁    Water. Yeah, we all know that we should consume approximately 8 glasses of water each day. Most of us like to think that we do, but do we really? We have so many beverage choices that many people grow up consuming very little water. In fact, many Americans have the belief that “water tastes gross” and drink very little of it, substituting all kinds of other liquids in its place. There has been a lot of research published recently that shows Americans are becoming more aware of the negative health impacts of cola and soft drinks, but there are many more culprits flying under the radar. Many sports drinks, energy drinks, juice drinks, and other beverages are hidden sources of sugar, empty calories, and chemicals that we could do without. The bottled water industry has become one of the most productive businesses the world. Unless you live in a third world nation, your tap water is probably okay. Learn to develop a taste for it. The human body is 70% water, so what we drink is as important as what we eat.
⦁    Food. By food, I mean real food, the kind that Great Grandpa had waiting on the table for him after a long day at work. There are a lot of reasons that Americans are more impatient, fat, lethargic, and unhappy while living in the most abundant time in human history. John DeCola was 100% correct, we ultimately become what we eat. Every cell in the body regenerates within a seven-year period of time. That means that every seven years our physical body is entirely new. How well our cells reproduce is determined by what we eat and consume. Many people pay more attention to the motor oil that they put in their cars than the food that they put in their mouths. Your body is your most important vehicle. Fuel it carefully. For more see http://mindbodycoach.org/sugar-sugar-compulsive-eating-conspiracy/ and http://mindbodycoach.org/food-mood-connection/

“Garbage in, garbage out.”- Unknown

Ultimately, we are what we consume. That which we consume literally becomes who wedecola2 are. And, it is very important. Be aware of what you consume, food and otherwise. Conscious consumption should be a governing principle for all of us. Be discriminating about what you take in. Your life is guaranteed to be a fuller and richer one..

“We consume so we never have to answer the hard questions. When we are bored we eat. When we are lonely we watch a movie, read the newspaper, jump on social media. Each time we do we cover up our real emotions and keep throwing another layer of confusion and anxiety on top, making it almost impossible to dig ourselves out of the hole, or at least see which way is up.” – Evan Sutter, Solitude: How Doing Nothing Can Change the World

John

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Sugar, Sugar : The Compulsive Eating Conspiracy

“Sugar, ah honey honey,
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you.
Honey, ah sugar sugar,
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you.” – Sugar, Sugar, the Archies

In 2016, it is virtually impossible to not know what a person needs to do for their health. Turning on your computer usually leads to a homepage that is bound to throw some health related suggestions, recent study, or some exercise program at you that is doable and should fit your lifestyle. Research indicates that most people do, in fact, give many of those suggestions a try. Fewer of us are smoking, most claim we are exercising, and Fat Gymvirtually everyone says they are watching their diet. If you look around carefully however, it doesn’t look that way. Most people, despite their efforts, are overweight, lethargic, and sluggish. Some, in fact, are quite miserable. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted in 2009–2010 indicates that two thirds of American adults are considered overweight, one out of three adults are considered obese, and three out of four American adult males are obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that poor diet and exercise has now surpassed smoking as the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, and the generation labeled as the Millennials, those reaching adulthood around the year 2000, will be the first generation in history to not outlive their parents. What the heck is happening?

The answer to this may be one of the most under discussed conspiracies of our time – the role of the food industry in creating a generation of Americans addicted to food. That’s right, addicted. We all must eat, that’s biological fact, but many of us are addicted to foods that are unhealthy, yet more compulsively consumed than tobacco or alcohol ever were. And, it appears the food industry is putting as much effort into this perpetuating this addiction as the tobacco industry did in the 1980s, sabotaging the sincere efforts of millions of Americans to take care of their health and wellness. In fact, numerous studies have shown that food addictions are more shackling than addiction to cocaine! This explains why, despite the fact that more of us are trying to take care of our health through diet and exercise, we are a lot worse off in many ways than the World War II generation. For example, in 1960 the average body weight of a woman age 20 to 29 was 128 pounds. By the year 2000 it was 157 pounds. For 40 to 49-year-olds, it rose from 142 pounds to 170, coincidentally the same weight as a American male in 1960. Men didn’t fare any better during those years either. Today’s American male weighs as much as 1.5 American women from the 1960s.

If you are one of those that has been trying hard to get your weight, health, and energy levels under control and are failing, it may not be your fault. If you find yourself frequently eating when you are not hungry, craving foods that you know are not good for you, or eating mindlessly at times, you may be addicted. Breaking free of this addiction is the only way for you to get your weight and health under control. Like all addictions, this is both behavioral as well as chemical.

One of the biggest reasons for this addiction is that we are no longer eating real food. woman-snorting-doughnuts-largeThe food industry has found ways to manipulate three nutrients that the human body craves: sugar, fat, and salt. These three taste sensations are compulsively sought out of biological necessity. Our brains crave these so that we are compelled to eat enough for survival. In earlier history humans were wired to eat only when they were hungry, not out of boredom or for recreational purposes as we do today. Of course, their lives were a greater struggle and they were more active than modern man. Sugar, salt, and fat activate the reward center of our brain as definitely and surely as any illicit substance, in fact, even more so because we must eat regularly to survive. When these nutrients are combined they become addictive, meaning the more of these foods that you consume, and the greater the tendency to crave even more. This explains why many of us compulsively eat things well after the point of satiety.

As an example, in studies done of the addictive qualities of dairy products, researchers found that test subjects consistently rated products more highly with regard to desirability if the natural fat from these products was needlessly supplemented with moderate quantities of sugar and salt. The food industry will often sneak in sugar and salt in other forms calling them “preservatives.” While they may have some preservative capabilities, they are also highly addictive and researchers who produce these products are fully aware of what they’re doing. If something is on the label of the food that you buy is something that you cannot pronounce or is labeled as a preservative, it is probably a hidden source of sugar, salt, or fat. If not, it is probably something that your brain will interpret that way leading to compulsive overeating. If something is labeled as a food “product,” a cheese product, for example, as opposed to real cheese, it probably falls in the same category.

The addition of sugar is one of the easiest ways that the industry increases our compulsion for food. High fructose corn syrup, fructose, lactose, and other forms of simple carbohydrates are added, giving our brains that fix that we crave. It is estimated that modern Americans consume as much sugar in five days as a typical American did an entire year in the early 19th century! While all carbohydrates will be converted to glucose in our bodies, these sources of carbohydrates enter the bloodstream in quantities that can be addictive. As an example, you’re better off having real orange juice than that juice drink that contains “10% real orange juice,” and, you’d be much better off eating an orange rather than either because of the combination of vitamin C, natural sugar, and fiber. Food denuded of fiber does not fill you up, and that and the combination of high sugar content leads to addictive consumption.

Thee are a number of subtle ways of sneaking in excess amounts of sugar and salt into our diets that you wouldn’t initially consider. Some examples are in condiments such as ketchup, ready-made foods such as canned spaghetti sauces, quick “grab and go health foods,” such as granola bars, power bars, and protein bars, and the obvious Snicker’s bar or bag of chips. Of course, the modern lifestyle lends itself to grab and go eating. Opening a can of Campbell’s Soup for the family after a long day at work makes clear sense, unfortunately, the sodium content from that can does not.

The food industry will argue that these methods of producing food are necessary as the population of the earth is now over 7 billion people and food must go from production to table much more quickly than ever before. In the process they have created food that is mostly processed rather than natural, contain more simple sugars and simple carbohydrates than natural, and has been robbed of healthy fats and replaced with unhealthy. These changes not only are impacting our weight and physical health, but also our mental health. A study done in 1999 said that there had been a 100 fold increase in the prevalence of depression worldwide over the course of the 20th century. While nutritional changes cannot be blamed for all of this, it may be a factor. The Western Diet now has and imbalance of omega-6 fats to omega-3 fats, a critical factor in the development of symptoms of depression.

Today, the Standard American Diet, or SAD, is:
⦁    High in processed foods. If a food is packaged, prepared, or boxed it’s probably not the best choice.
⦁    High in carbohydrates. Breads, pasta, rice, and sugar in excess are all bad choices. Even pasta, whole grain or not, will be converted to sugar by the body. While you don’t have to give these foods up, it’s probably a better idea to prepare these naturally and consider them to be a side dish.
⦁    Low in plant-based foods, fiber, natural antioxidants, and plant-based nutrients.
⦁    High in animal and unhealthy fats. Fats that are saturated and hydrogenated are components of an inflammatory and unhealthy diet.
⦁    Low in healthy fats such as omega-3’s, which reduce inflammation. Supplementing your diet with a good source of omega-3 is a simple solution.

A healthy diet is much more than calories in and calories out. Many studies indicate that the best way to lose weight permanently is to make wiser food choices rather than the traditional counting of calories. Calorie deprivation is not the healthiest thing for your body or your brain. The human brain consumes more calories than the rest of your body combined. No wonder that a calorie deprived diet leads to cranky and sometime in erratic behavior. A natural diet of real food is the best way to keep weight off permanently.

The overconsumption of foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat is one of the joys of Choicelife. No one is suggesting that you become a nutritional Nazi and deprive yourself of the occasional doughnut, bowl of ice cream, or glass of beer. Just pay a little more attention to what you consume on a regular basis. If you find yourself compulsively overeating and low in dietary willpower, it just may not be your fault.

Eat like your life depends upon it, because it does.

For more on this topic see also:
http://mindbodycoach.org/food-addiction-cant-believe-ate-whole-thing/
http://mindbodycoach.org/food-mood-connection/
http://mindbodycoach.org/leptin-the-free-energy-boosting-weight-loss-miracle/
http://mindbodycoach.org/endocrine-disruptors-how-modern-life-wreaks-havoc-on-your-hormones/
http://mindbodycoach.org/syndrome-x-the-not-so-silent-killer/
http://mindbodycoach.org/going-with-your-gut-the-gut-health-mental-health-connection/

John

P. S. If you found this article helpful, you may benefit from some personalized mindbody coaching. Contact me at http://mindbodycoach.org/contact-us/ if interested in online mindbody coaching. Please check out my Products page through the link at the top of this post.. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and social media. Email me with questions at john@mindbodycoach.org

Mental Models : Be Careful What You Build

“A mental model is an explanation of someone’s thought process about how something works in the real world. It is a representation of the surrounding world, the relationships between its various parts and a person’s intuitive perception about his or her own acts and their consequences. Mental models can help shape behaviour and set an approach to solving problems (akin to a personal algorithm) and doing tasks.” – From Wikipedia

As a child growing up in the 1960s, that golden age before computers, videogames, and too much technology, one of the great joys I had was building models. Airplanes, boats, boy_modeling-370x263aircraft carriers, and cars were common models that boys of my age built. The boxes depicted colorful and exciting pictures of planes and boats of World War II and the hottest cars of the decade. My mother would buy me about one per month, and I spent the next week or so tediously putting it together. In those days the directions inside were usually pretty accurate, and it was simply a matter of laying out the parts, matching them to the directions, and following directions meticulously, one step at a time. Just be sure to use enough, but not too much, glue!

Today directions that come in a box to build an item are seldom accurate. They usually written to generally follow the product that you have purchased that was built by some person being overworked in a foreign factory. It’s pretty common that some of the parts will be missing and that the directions will be a rough approximation of how that item will look when done. I often find myself so frustrated that I give up, call one of my adult sons on the phone and have them come by and help me put it together. Hard to believe that I was once that kid that put together the USS Enterprise in 1966.

As adults, whether we realize it or not, we are still model builders – mental models. A mental model is a internal representation, an expectation, of how something is going to play out in our lives. For example, today is Sunday and most people are building a mental model of how they believe their Monday is going to go. At the beginning of each day, usually while doing some mundane and routine task like brushing your teeth, shaving, or putting on makeup, you are mentally building a model, a plan, of what you expect will happen that day. As you are building this model you are visualizing, feeling emotions-both positive and negative-and setting yourself up for either success or failure. The emotions that you have going into that day become the devils that hide in the details and can either set you up for success or failure in the next 8 to 12 hours.

Human beings are thinking and planning animals. This is our most useful survival daydreame1370487424948mechanism, something that sets us apart from all other creatures on the planet. The problem is that our thoughts are often programmable and our decisions and feelings often result from the mental models that we have previously built rather than the events that are happening right in front of us. We react in the moment not to the moment itself, but to the mental models that we built earlier that day, while going through our morning routine, or daydreaming while at a traffic light.

The mental models that we build, much like the directions in that great item you bought that was made in Taiwan, are close approximations and not entirely accurate. Realizing this is important or you may inadvertently set yourself up for failure by building a negative mental model. If the mental model you’ve built is a negative one, you will begin to follow those negative directions as soon as you feel uncomfortable. Automatic pilot will kick in, you’ll start putting the parts together in a way that doesn’t fit, become overly frustrated, lose valuable time building it, or giving up altogether. The mental model that you built prior to any event can either set you up for success or failure.

How does one build better mental models? As with all complicated models (remember that aircraft carrier?) directions that are as accurate as possible are necessary. It’s also helpful if you are flexible and maybe have a “Plan B” set of directions in mind. Here are some suggestions of how to build better directions for those mental models you build:

1. Make sure you have the tools needed. Maybe you have a presentation that you are doing at work or school. Are you prepared? Do you have the necessary facts, tools, and research? Lay these out in the same manner that you would if you were building a model airplane. Do they match the images that you are visualizing?

2. Use visualization to your advantage. Realize that, when you visualize, you are predetermining what you will do at a future time. Positive visualization is more likely to allow you to function the way you would like to when confronted in real time. The human mind cannot tell the difference between that which is real and that which is imagined. When you visualize yourself succeeding, performing well, and completing tasks as you wish, you are rehearsing success. Your mind cannot tell the difference. If you doubt this, think about what happens when you have a nightmare. You wake up with a racing heart, anxious, in a bed covered with sweat. Why? Your brain has convinced your body that something horrible has happened. When you visualize failure as you build your mental model, you are setting yourself up for failure when that moment of doubt arises. Visualize success when you put your directions together.

3. Use more than one sensory modality to design your directions. A “to do” list, diagram, or visual can help you plan more graphically in advance. Just remember to be flexible when the time comes.

4. Prepare for the emotions that are likely to get in the way. Emotions are the saboteurs of success. Fear, doubt, and negative self appraisal are likely to pop up as you go through your day. These thoughts are most likely to be incorrect, but you may believe them because they are yours. We all like to think that we have such self-awareness that our thoughts about ourselves are accurate. They are not. Be careful not to believe your thinking, particularly if it is negative and is about your performance. Thoughts are not facts and only sometimes do they reflect reality. Prepare for these emotions in advance, realize that they are likely to pop up, and act the way you planned when you wrote your directions.

5. Plan to relax. When putting your mental directions together, build in moments where you pause, take a breath, and slow down. A brief pause of 3 to 5 seconds may seem like an eternity while under stress, but it just may be enough time to allow you to follow those directions accurately.

6. Build mental models often. Chances are you are doing this anyway, whether you realize it or not. Consciously building mental models on a regular basis will improve these skills, build confidence, and lead to more successful outcomes. Success builds upon success,  and confidence grows from the positive reinforcement of a plan coming together as you imagined and hoped.

Whether we realize it or not, we are all model builders. Consciously building the modelshannibalsmith that you desire may take a little time and effort, but you are doing it anyway. You’re a grown up now – and you don’t have to plead with your mother to buy them.

” I love it when a plan comes together.” – Colonel Hannibal Smith

John

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Do The Next Right Thing : The Multitasking Myth

“F**king two things up at the same time isn`t multitasking.”-Dick Masterson

You probably think of yourself as being a pretty busy person. You got multiple things to shavedo each day, try to do the best you can, and occasionally you do get things done. Because you’re so busy, you tend to combine a lot of things. For example, you’re pretty good at driving while talking on the phone. Yeah, you know you’re not supposed to drive with the phone in your hand, but it’s okay. You do it all the time and nothing’s happened…yet. You do some simple things, like shaving while listening to the news, talking to your spouse, or giving advice to your children. Sometimes, you even are able to sneak out a text message during that meeting at work. You believe this ability is something special that you developed. You’re a multitasker, you get things done. It’s what you do, and you’re pretty good at it, or at least so you think.

Neuroscience and empirical evidence would disagree vehemently with you. Research indicates that multitasking is a myth, an idea developed by 21st century man as an excuse to do multiple things at the same time-none getting the proper attention that they may deserve. We’ve long known that the average person’s short-term memory is capable of holding seven items at any one time, plus or minus two. Most of us, however, think that we are better than average. Chances are we are not, and the quality of our work and life suffers from this belief.

The term multitasking was coined in 1965 by computer scientists working for IBM to describe the capability of the fledgling computer. Scientists have always had a tendency to compare the human brain to the latest technology. The mind has been compared to a water pump, steam engine, television, and most recently a computer. It’s not. It is a living and intuitive organ, highly unpredictable, highly distractible, and very difficult to harness. It can only process and attend to one task at a time.

Research has shown that, when the brain switches between more than one task at one time, there is a refractory period, a brief period of reorientation before the mind can attend to that second task. When more tasks are added, there is a bottleneck effect where processing suffers and certain aspects of each individual task is indiscriminately ignored so that the mind can continue its attempt to juggle more than one task at a time. No one is immune to this effect, despite what most of us think. Dr. Edward Hallowell, an expert on attention deficit disorder calls multitasking a “mythical activity in which people believe that they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously as effectively as one.”

As a result of this multitasking myth, the quality of work suffers, tasks that are BBSelfcompounded take longer than they would if tended to individually, and the quality of our personal and social relationships suffer, as people are trying to connect through their iPhones, telephones, and email with people miles away while ignoring the people that are right in front of them. People are attending social activities, eating in restaurants, and attending athletic events, all the while trying to record it on YouTube and on camera. The purpose is to view it later or share it with friends. The problem is that they are missing what is going on in the present moment. For example, if you are a major league baseball fan, you probably notice that in the past year there has been an increased incidence of people injured at games from foul balls and bats that end up striking fans in the stands. Is the game more dangerous, or is it that people are less focused on the activity on the field and simply not paying attention? One would have to wonder if these injuries would be more preventable if people were paying attention to the game and not distracted by the desire to share it through selfies that they post to create envy among their Facebook friends.

Yeah, I can hear the protests now, “But how do you expect me to do all the things that I need to do every single day?” There are some internal and external things that one can do in order to juggle more than one thing at a time. Here are some suggestions that neuroscience and behavioral science have that can be beneficial:

1. Compartmentalize. This means to separate multiple tasks into distinct processes with a definitive start and ending. While you may not complete the task entirely, want to have stopping points that you “bookmark” before turning to another task.
2. Operate from A to Z whenever possible. If you can complete a task from start to finish then do so. This prevents drifting from one test of the next without completing either. Having a To Do this that you stick to can help you do this.
3. Learn delayed gratification. Train yourself to put off impulsively pursuing that which is not important. For example, that email on your iPhone. Does it really need to be read and answered while you are driving down the highway at 65 miles an hour? Probably not. Learn to let it wait.
4. Prioritize. Obviously, there are some tasks that are so simple, rote, and unimportant that they can be combined. Of course, it’s okay to shave while listening to the radio, and listening to a podcast while driving to your job. Just be aware that the ability to attend to these equally is not possible. Breakfast while reading Facebook makes sense, breakfast while driving does not.
5. Set aside quality time for the important people in your life. Your children, spouse, partner, and friends are all in this category. Give these relationships your undivided attention. Have a no phone, text, or interruption rule.
6. Practice mindfulness and consider a mindfulness meditation practice. Train yourself to focus on the present moment by cultivating a daily practice of meditation. You don’t need to spend a lot of time, 10 minutes a day can do wonders. If you don’t know how to do this, use the search box to the right of this post or search the Internet for helpful hints. See http://mindbodycoach.org/washing-lifes-rice-bowls/ for some simple suggestions on how to implement this into your daily routine.
7. Consciously limit your access to technology. Your smart phone may be a necessity, but it is not necessary as frequently as you would think. It also has an off button which you should consider using as much as you can tolerate. While this technology contributes much to the quality of 21st century life, it has an equal and potentially greater negative impact, causing us to miss a lot of events that are going on during the here and now.
8. Use social media sparingly. Do your 424 Facebook friends really need to know what you’re having for lunch today? Is anyone ever come over to your side on a political issue after a heated exchange on Twitter? Despite what you may think, the answer to these questions is no.

Remember, it is okay to be busy, just don’t fall into the trap of confusing being busy with being productive. Modern life and technology has created a generation of dopamine junkies trying to juggle multiple tasks and obligations while trying to pursue the latest shiny object. While you may feel productive, research indicates that we are less productive than would be if we tended to one thing at a time.

Q: How do you eat an elephant?elephant
A: One bite at a time.

Like an old TV commercials used to say, “Eat well, but wisely.”

John

P. S. If you found this article helpful, you may benefit from some personalized mindbody coaching. Contact me at http://mindbodycoach.org/contact-us/ if interested in online mindbody coaching. Please check out my Products page through the link at the top of this post.. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and social media. Email me with questions at john@mindbodycoach.org

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