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  1. Can you do something to temporarily cut yourself out from those. Could you get a cheap airbnb somewhere in the middle of nowhere and take a month to focus on your studies? Or just find a few hours every day where you can completely isolate yourself somewhere - ideally away from your home. Are there commitments you could say no to, hobbies you could postpone, events you could cancel? Could you hire temporary meal delivery services, temporary house cleaner etc? Minimise the workload that is not necessary for survival. Ofcourse if you have children, that you cannot outsource Seems what you need is more available time for a Deep Work and a less busy schedule not brain chemistry altering chemicals. 2 months is long enough to get hooked on the thing. I would explore every possible alley before going for it.
  2. @B222 because there is no evidential basis linking consumption of nuts to negative health outcomes. People who consume nuts have more favourable cardiovascular disease and diabetes outcomes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748761/ Intolerance of nuts is either polyol intolerance (nothing to do with lectins) or nut allergy or generally messed up gut through years of low fibre diet, antibiotic overprescription, eating a garbage foor throughout the majority of life, alcohol abuse etc. But ofcourse always listen to your body. There is no need for us to be dogmatic. If nuts don't sit with you, don't eat them. But let's not blame antinutrient for our individual intolerances or personal biases and beliefs. The same person who sold you on the idea of lectins is probably selling you on the ideas of toxic vegetables, fruit = sugar, healthy red meat, good saturated fats and basically trying to take everything in nutrition and twist it upside down to create a bunch of drama and sell you some lectin shields or other crap that not only you don't need but that is going to take you further form the desired health outcome.
  3. @B222 naaah man antinutrients (as a dietary factor evidently associated with disease) is a complete bogus 😄 you're good. Eat thoz nutz
  4. An idea what a stage yellow sales could look like
  5. I've never lead a journal in my life and been postponing starting one online but it feels like the right thing to keep myself accountable and share a journey as so many others are doing. I love reading what other people are going through. So I am turning on my fav soundtrack from my fav movie and cracking on with the writing. My journey has started after coming to London from Slovakia, my home country. I was always lead to believe that having a good education, university and good grades was important. My dad works in business and is doing well for himself so naturally, I never saw any other way. I studied at business university and accepted that I'll just be clocking my hours for the rest of my life for some company that I have no passion or ambition at just because this is the "normal life". All changed when I found Leo through "how to stop caring what other people think about you". The more I listened to these videos the more it made sense to me. I started to realise how out of balance I was. A materialistic Eastern European with zero passion, zero motivation and no fulfilment. Somehow I convinced myself I was doing the right thing and was becoming "successful". Lol, if I had a dollar every time I hear this word..... I become a corporate rat, sucking up to my boss and depending on other people to tell me what to do. It took me 2 years to muster the willpower to make the next step and to buy the LP course which opened up a new dimension for me. I've always been interested in health, fitness and that side of life but never saw it as more than a hobby really. The course convinced me that I should pursue this passion and create a purpose out of it. I took 5 months of additional life-coaching after the course and by the time it ended, my journey was quite clear -> I wanted to lead a life where I would help other people get well and to stop suffering. I kinda assume it would involve some area of alternative medicine but wasn't really sure. Sometime later I discovered a post from College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and at that day they happened to have an Open Door day and the last opportunity to sign up for the new semester (starting in 4 weeks!!). To this day, I think this was a sign from the universe...or just google being really smart with adds ..either way, the moment I walked in I knew I found my temple of knowledge and that I was meant to be here. An hour later I was walking away with a prospect and a bill for the sign-up fee for 3 year course of Naturopathic nutrition. That was Summer 2017. Year 1 was all about anatomy. Endless revision of bones, muscles, organs, tissues and cells. English & Latin both. I seriously have massive admiration and respect for medics. We did not go into the depth they do but man.....I don't know how someone can remember thousands of Latin words and location of every single bone and muscle on the human body. Somehow my enthusiasm lasted the whole year which made learning easy but I lost a lot of it now. Years 2 and 3 were more into nutrition, biochem & pharmacology but also herbal med, Chinese med and most of all therapeutics. For the first time, I came face to face with real client which was an extremely terrifying experience but at the same time, it felt like the right thing. My very first client in the school clinic was a young finance manager. Burned out, depressed, stressed, overworked, overexercised, asthmatic and allergic. I could see myself in him couple years back. I was that superachiever, exercising 7 days a week doing Crossfit and always living on the run. During this time my asthma & allergies were the worst they've ever been so I had to slow down. I explained the same to him and 4 weeks later he came to his follow up with pretty amazing results. I realised that the modern epidemic is not really some sort of infection and fancy diseases but it is stress. I saw that in all my other school clients. Stressed, burned out, unhappy and overworked. The modern epidemic especially in cities like London. I am now in my final days of the naturopathic college pretty much just awaiting the diploma. Everything has been submitted but that's just the beginning of it. Marketing, accounting, taxes, Webdesign and all the other stuff comes next and it's giving me a lot of headaches. I'll be documenting the next steps of the journey on here.
  6. Just a reflection of rampant stage Orange values of western society. That and a slow decline of healthy stage blue values
  7. Low quality speculative post with a strong conspiracy odour. Put a little bit more effort and research into politically charged posts next time please.
  8. Treatment of paranoia is not something I have direct experience with however I am sure it is not that different from just general anxiety about negative experiences. In a way, you could say paranoia is a fear of past negative experiences being repeated. Our brains are really good at hardwiring negative experinces from our past and then always scanning the environment for the repetition of that experience. I would bet that this is one of the major causes of general anxieties and panic attacks. Rather than fighting it, you could see it as a protective mechanism that you have subconsciously developed (probably in childhood) to protect yourself from being harmed so now your brain is ultra-vigilant at the smallest sign of danger and eager to trigger an anxiety response So the next logical step would be to identify the part of you triggering it and "inviting" that part out to share its fears. There is probably a 5 or 6 years old YOU that still thinks you are 7 and that does not trust you to take over control (because you were not able to in the past) and so it took control for you. I know you mentioned you have been doing self-therapy but if you are not experienced or trained properly, there is limit to what you may achieve and there is no shame in getting a private therapy. IFS has been mentioned here several times and this is also something I'd suggest you try. Richard Schwartz'd content seems great. I've recently been reading his book "no bad parts" and found it very helpful for this pursuit. Maybe try that for a start. It is quite exercise heavy tho so don't expect this to be just another theoretical book. This is actually a really practical step by step manual. Although I don't think we have IFS therapist on the forum, @flowboy seems to work alongside those lines with his clients so you guys could have a chat. If you would prefer a female guide, then reach out to @flume via her website. (i worked with her and can testify!) although not sure if she is currently taking on new clients. Whatever you choose, expect this to be a long term process. Behavioral modification is impossible to do quickly so be patient and keep exploring. Other than that, you wanna make sure your lifestyle is under control as well. Sleep, stress levels, activity, diet all have impact on neuroplasticity and major deficiencies in nutrition could have negative knock-ion effect on your cognitive performance. Good luck!
  9. I've noticed that whenever I start my day with browsing social media, I generally find it harder to be focused during the day. That could be one of the factors here. It may be that overnight your neurons sort of recalibrate and in a way you have a fresh start and how you start that day "formats" the cognitive capacity for the rest of the day. On days that I start with a good routine or a morning workout, I am way more focused and less distracted. So the easiest way might be to just uninstall all those social media platforms for some time and force yourself to pursue a morning routine rather than a doom scroll. I think even 5 minute brows and scroll already predisposes you to low-focus day. At least that's how it isf or me.
  10. Force yourself to do activities that you consider important but boring (e.g. research, reading, journalling). You'll gradually notice your mind being less resistant to that and more compliant. Secondly, context switching is killing your focus like nothing else. Even 5 second checks of social media in the midst of an important work causes a major step back. Basically it is about retraining your mind to do the boring until it becomes interesting. Ofcourse the thing you are doing has to have some importance to you otherwise it won't work. +
  11. I have a huge admiration for AG1's marketing strategy and their immense success since 2020. Having been sponsors to people like Lex Friedman & Andre Hubberman must have spiked their revenues massively. But frankly, most people do not need these products although maybe extreme athletes with rapid demand for antioxidants and nutrients can benefit from it or malnourished individuals and people with eating disorders to consume these sorts of products. It is possible that megadosing such as that may actually have adverse effects through oxalic acid overload especially when people are calcium deficient or have a messed up microbiota with the absence of oxalobacter formigenes species. I did a deep dive into this topic on the blog last year and the conclusion was that if you don't megadose or have calcium deficiency or kidney disease or severe dysbiosis, you should be ok. But maybe you can have too much of a good thing here. I don't know if I could justify paying 120 dollars for 30 doses of powdered greens. Seems like you could get a kilo of raw vegetables for that per day, 2 kilos if you shop at the right places. If you won't miss the money or don't have time to eat your greens or cook or just wanna experiment, go for it and see how you feel but it might be possible to get the same benefits from just regular greens consumption.
  12. @LfcCharlie4 hey, thanks for holding my feet to the fire. Maybe I was being a bit too critical of the topic While I do not have direct experience with Crypto investing, I know many people working in companies like Bloomberg, Reuter's who do. The company I work for also invests in it and I've spoken to other people who do as well. As of today I am yet to see a healthy example of the motivation as to "why do people invest". So far I have not seen a demonstration of behaviour other than "want to get more rich and quickly" I am total with you that this is not how it started. Back in the days when the original geeks were mining on 50K worth of machines and only a few people actually knew about it, its potential was endless . The original idea of not being dependant on the regulations of ECB and FED made a lot of sense and it was beautiful idea. But as of late with the growth of large pyramid schemes, reselling businesses, crypto coaching on YT, endless ads and even big pharma, telecoms and IT tech investing billions of dollars, I don't see it as anything else other than a way to manipulate the market. I am keen to have my opinion changed with more positive examples of investing. Hope nothing I said, you took personally. If so, I apologise for that. I would like to see more healthy and conscious crypto investment and am sure there are people and organisations who do just that but my personal evidence was so far on the contrary Thanks a lot for your comment. Good to see you still come around Charley
  13. His general health advice is great for all sorts of health ailments but he is not a good researcher and has been called out many times for his biases and cherry picking especially on saturated fats, red meat and seed oils. But that's the same pattern with most large channels. Once you start digging deep enough into the literature so much thay Kruger Dunning effect kicks in, you realise things aren't as black and white and the more you try to explain these subtle differences, methodologies and biases, the more audience you loose (not one or two but tens of thousands unsubs per month) so he is not immune to this and hence chooses to ignore invitations to major debates with people thay would expose him as a quack he is on topics he has conveniently chose to cherry pick the evidence to suit his keto audience. He is not the only one either. It's a commercial decision to omit the truth
  14. The basic idea of crypto investing is that you re expecting to get a lot for doing nothing. No work, no commitment, no patience, no dedication. The entire system is one disgusting rotten ladder of leech upon leech upon leech quietly sucking from the tit of society, making the poor even poorer and making the rich even richer. Being a crypto owner gives you exactly zero control over how much money you actually have. The largest players on the market (global banks, billionaires, Furtune 500 types of market-monopolising businesses, IT & fintech businesses) that own the majority of these currencies are the ones dominating the market and the price. Everyone else is just leeching on the system expecting to freeload quick cash before the whole thing drops. Investing ina crypto is like putting a brick over your gas pedal in the car and then taking a nap hoping that all is going to be well. There are better ways to invest such as into long-term portfolios, supporting smaller conscious business, investing into green technologies, green energies and buying shares from small emerging companies such as B-corp certified business and entities that actually do give a fuck about the environment and about sustainability. That is if you care about conscious investing. If you just want to leach value from the society without any moral consequences then go for crypto or buy some BP, Shell or Pfizer stocks.
  15. Are you looking for any type of coaching in particular? Or are you looking to become a therapist? You don't need a certification for coaching but getting a certification is not a bad idea either because you learn a lot during the process of obtaining it. If you are going to be working in health and making health recommendations especially to people who are on medication, I would definitely get some certification and insurance. For a life-coaching type of business, certifications are still a good idea but they may not be necessary.
  16. people have been doing this on Runescape 15 years ago lol Most of MMORPGs will have strategies in place to kick bots but you may still be able to get away with it. But in games that have options to actually sell in game items, getting over the in-place firewalls against bots may actually be pretty challenging. If you can get over anti-cheat systems that companies like Blizzard have spend millions of dollars to put in place, you deserve the money you make from that Stop looking for shortcuts Or do what @JonasVE12 suggested But make sure to keep those chains locked at all times.
  17. yes exactly. You can only help someone who has come to you in need of help. It is pretty much impossible to help someone who resists your efforts to share advice. There is also the issue of power balance. In order for someone to accept your advice, in a way they need to let go of control a bit and become open minded. Not everyone is able to do that and when there is a power struggle between the client and the service provider, it is impossible to be of any use. I've had that happen to me a few times in my practice. The best clients I've had were the ones who were completely able to let go off their control and be fully open-minded and came to the therapeutic process 100% willing to do whatever it took to change their habits. But it is hard to do if one has a belief that letting go of control is dangerous. maybe that's not the path for you. There are many other ways to take it. The best way to go about it is through some reflection and understanding what you actually enjoy doing the most and sharing with others the most. Like, if you were not paid, what is the one thing you would still be researching/doing. What's the thing you get pulled towards the most when nobody is watching. And then the next step is to figure out how to market it - but I'm sure you would be able to do that as I've seen lot of good quality entrepreneurship type of content from you before. Don't let any negative thoughts (such as "nobody cares about it anyway" stop you from sharing your best work People care. Not all but some do. FInd them and help them. You don't need 1000s of clients and followers. You only need a few. I think this is individual process for everyone. But listening to your intuition and having some sort of reflective practice for insights you get in the day is a good way to get those hints. Your mind will tell you what you need to do, if you listen patiently. As a personal example, I use an app called Braintoss which I have linked with my Trello organiser. Whenever I get a random insight or an idea in the day, I record a short voicemessage to Braintoss and it converts it to written message and it sends to my Trello Account as a "new task" so that I can look at it later during my review time. If the insight is worth brainstorming on further, I open a new entry in Penzu and write about it. The beauty of writing (rather than thinking about is) is that it helps you to activate deeper regions of your prefrontal cortex that are hard to activate during rummination and it helps to shut down your limbic system (fear, anxieties, doubts) and give space to creativity, imagination and strategic planning. And so you get a high-altitude perspective rather than being in the midst of all the emotional turmoil that prevents you to see the tiny details. As the saying goes "you miss the forest for the trees" But that may not work for you. It doesn't work for me always but it is the best system of capturing insights I have found so far. There are two books that were helpful with this. Cal Newports's Deep Work and Productivity Ninja by Graham Alcott. One more thing: I know this may not be relevant but also quality of your diet, lifestyle, activity (and lack thereof) and all these other, more biochemical factors, can have a profound impact on how well you can control anxieties and whether they come or not. Certain types of food may have a significant impact on mood, certain mienral deficiencies, imbalances or excesses of certain foods have been associated with depression in research. All of those are also worth looking into. Good luck with everything !
  18. As advised above, pack some dried fruits, mix a whole batch with some granola, seeds, nuts and bits of dark chocolate. You can prep some energy balls too, dry flax crackers etc Canned food is an option. You can throw heinz beans in a fire to heat up, i did that in the past during camping. That is...if you will end up having a campfire. Perhaps not during a meditation retreat. But fasting is an option for sure but what if you can't handle 5 days and end up with no food around? Your enjoyment of the experience may be diminished of you are not used to prolonged fasting
  19. It actually sounds like something many of us on here feel. I think once you push yourself a little bit higher on the spiral and start becoming aware of the destructive behaviour and the path others are taking towards "happiness" if your empathy is high enough it will cause suffering and even disgust. But perhaps rather than isolating yourself there is a way to channel that into a mission or a vision? To help elevate other people in one way or another. In a way that is most meaningful. I have seen super high quality content from you on the forum and I know you have a lot to offer. That also would probably help with those anxieties for a few reasons you would feel in control because you are doing something to help you would be honoring your values rather than focus on what is wrong with the world and getting depressed by it you would be focusing on the solution and your mind would be occupied by your thing - otherwise it is easy to ruminate To give you a personal example, for me whenever I stop focusing on my work and start ruminating on why things are not working, how hard it is and how nobody cares about what I do and how this is never going to work, I can easily slide into feeling depressed. But when I am laser focused on the work and stop thinking about all the other shit, my mood elevates and my motivation follows. Ultimately one wants to trancend that and elevate themselves to the highest level of consciousness, but I am nowhere near a place where I would be ready to do that without burning through another karma first. Perhaps there is a karma that you need to burn through first as well This is the most obvious question of all but have you tried the LP course? If so, did you finish it and got something out of it? P.S. Caffeine is a MAJOR source of anxiety triggers. The way it works is that if you are already stressed and tense, caffeine will give you a one-up and push you over the emotional threshold towards full blown panic attack. The effect may be delayed so the connection can be harder to make tho
  20. Do you have any hint as to what's triggering those anxieties? For me, for example a radical change of lifestyle that includes lack of sleep and a lot of stimulation can get me close to a panic attack. In terms of some natural remedies. You could try Chamomile extract. Doses up to 1200mg per day in split doses are safe. I took a deep dive into research on chamomile, feel free to look it up in my blog and evaluate if the magnitude of evidence is worth giving it a shot. Not driving traffic to the website just sharing a summarised review for simplicity. Aswaganadha that you hinted o could also help. I've got an article on that as well. I found ashwagandha to be very effective with sleep for people and the sort of night-time stress. It also seems to have that GABA-ergic effect that can calm people down without the weird side effects of things like benzos Other than that looking at sleep patterns and stress patterns may be useful as well as the use of caffeine. Ofcourse anxieties can come from a feeling of being trapped and having one's values stepped all over by other people. And finally anxieties can be triggered by certain parts within us (the IFS method) that are subconsciously responding to threats that we do not even perceive with our conscious mind. I found the book "no bad parts" extremely useful in this exploration. Good luck with it!
  21. This needs to be looked into. Depression can be associated with nutritional deficiencies and a poor diet can make it significantly worse. Shock therapy can be effective for non-remitting depression but it may not address the root cause if the root cause is either lifestyle or deeply rooted trauma, abandonment or feeling lost in life. Whatever the cause is, they should work with someone to identify it and remedy.
  22. How do you know that ancestral foods are superior just because we evolved on them? Evolution does not care about longevity. Having "evolved" means having reached a reproductive peak window without dying. Longevity and reproductive fitness are two completely different things. I am not an expert on this topic but I'd highly highly recommend giving this a listen. This was a beautiful debate on why the appeal to nature is a poor argument in this case. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8p39Gwct1Y&ab_channel=TheNutrivore Of course totally cool if you choose not to The increased disease incidence is probably linked to reduced infant mortality and improvement in longevity due to medical advancement. The longer people live, the more disease you will see....well because if people die prematurely, they get less sick with chronic disease because they do not make it to that age when these problems would start to occur. Agreed, it is a threshold effect. @thenondualtankie Yes, but if you look at the breakdown of the individual cohorts, at the largest quantiles of intake they ate like 15% of SFA of total calories. Calculate that by let's say 2500 calories for adult male. That's like 375 calories worth of saturated fats. If you divide that by 9 (calories per gram of fat) you get about 40-41 grams per day. This is somewhere at the threshold when SFAs start becoming harmful. The amount of saturated fats people in these studies consume may not be sufficient enough to detect the differences in CVD health outcomes. It could be that the meta-analysis isn't powered enough to see those changes. You could also say that that 2010 meta-analysis is superseded by this 2020 one by Hooper and colleagues. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011737.pub3/full While they show no difference in mortality (the 2010 study did not even look at mortality btw), they clearly show 17% reduction of events (e.g. getting heart attack in the first place but not necessarily dying of it) But still, let's say that that even the 2020 Meta analysis is not persuasive enough either (hypothetically speaking) , let me ask you this: "Knowing that there is a POTENTIAL risk of eating red meat and ending up with colorectal cancer or premature heart attack, is this worth the risk to you of eating such food if 100% of nutrients in it are easily obtained from plants (which have clearly been associated with reduced risk of chronic disease)? Are you gonna put that 1-bullet revolver to your head and see if you click or bang?" I just don't think it is worth it since all of us have access to an abundance of incredible food variety and all this focus on red meat somehow being the new superfood is completely silly. We are not our ancestors anymore living of only what we can grow. We have the privilege of being able to choose. Our ancestors were driven by sheer survival from one day to another. We are not. One would almost say that with all these plant options available, consumption of meat is unethical but this is not an area I want to go into