This video is #1 in a series of 8 from a 2020 podcast focused on mental health and happiness. It is a relaxed chat about what can cause unhappiness and what we can do to create happiness. This conversation is heavily influenced by the centenarian cultures philosophy.
Today I speak about Genetics vs Genetic Expression - a topic close to my heart as without this information you may always think your health is just luck, hereditary or chance... Surely, they are the main drivers of my health and longevity? Nope.
Today I speak about the time required to truly get well and stay well. Transforming your health and curing disease can often take up to a year - going through all four seasons while embedding new habits. It takes time. The human body works at its own pace.
With regards kids’ food, it’s not too late to change your kid’s taste buds. It may take a bit of time but the trick is to make small changes so they don’t even notice. Add fresh veges onto a plate when you know they are hungry. Always offer veges first.
The only difference between a dead person and a living person is movement. Moving is what you should focus on: moving, rather than exercise. All the longest-lived people walk daily. Do not underestimate the power of a fast-paced walk every day.
We often mistake pleasure for happiness. Happiness is internal. Pleasure (though as wonderful as it is and an essential part of the human experience), is external and can become addictive and reduce happiness. So how do we genuinely get happier?
The exercise summary is simply; walk, swim, stretch, lift heavy things and occasionally sprint like your life depends on it! We evolved through: walking, running, throwing, swimming, jumping, carrying and climbing. So walk, sprint, lift weights, stretch and swim.
The illusion that every government department wants you to believe and every food company wants you to believe, is that you lose weight through exercise. Diet comes first, then sleep, then routine, then a rebuilt microbiome, then stress management, then exercise.
The moment I knew I had made it as a parent was the day Joel burst into tears at dinner because Luke had taken more salad than he had. That was the heavenly moment every parent craves. My kids have been known to fight over who gets the last veg.