•Immersion in nature (hiking/trail running, camping, hot springs,
cold river plunges/waterfall showers, and drinking spring water)
•A fascination with architectural/interior design (because I want to build another home)
•A deeper dive into neuroscience/chemistry and how they effect our inner state/what we can do to change that
•An appreciation for the writings of the stoic philosophers Seneca and Marcus Aurelius
•An obsession with Elon Musk and buying a Tesla model 3
•And finally my recent shift toward a plant based/vegan diet
There is nearly endless information on each one of these topics so instead of elaborating on any one, I wish to share just a bit of why I believe they can be helpful to you:
1. Immerse Yourself in Nature - Moving water generates negatively charged particles (the Lenard effect). A 2018 review of ionization literature found an effect of negative ionization on many facets of human health. Researchers looked at 100 years of studies and found evidence that negative ions could: help regulate sleep patterns and mood, reduce stress, boost immune system function, increase metabolism of carbs and fats, kill or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold species, such as E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. Simply stated, go stand in or near a waterfall or river.
2. Architectural/Interior Design - Looking at images that you find beautiful and surrounding yourself with items that spark joy for you is good for your soul. Having a dream of the environment that you wish to create is fun and gives life more meaning. I love flipping through the pages of Dwell Magazine, and if you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo yet please watch this to kick start the joy back into your home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AvWs2X-bEA&feature=youtu.be
3. Neuroscience/Chemistry - Oxytocin; the hormone/neurotransmitter (nick named the bonding chemical and the love hormone) is increased by skin to skin contact like holding hands, hugging, and especially getting a massage. It is an essential component to human wellness.
4. Appreciation for Stoicism - Stoicism is a philosophy of personal ethics. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or fear of pain, by using one's mind to understand the world and to do one's part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.
5. Elon Musk - Founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder and co-chairman of OpenAI; and co-founder of PayPal. This man is working tirelessly to create a more beautiful world and ensure the survival of humankind. Buying a Tesla is one way we can help Elon to fund his work, and as a bonus you’ll get to drive an incredible car.
6. Vegan/Plant Based Diet - After watching the movie “What The Health” my wife immediately stopped consuming animal products. I have been more gradual because I’m not about to throw away the food we have in the freezer/pantry. BUT, I have been removing animal products from the vast majority of my diet. AND it feels good. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf44vLndiRM
Lastly, here’s a recipe for a carrot ginger soup I recently made, because as we move into the colder time of year, I recommend eating foods like ginger that will warm you from the inside. Also, just assume that everything I buy and recommend is Organically grown.
Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe
1 pound carrots
1 large onion
1 can coconut milk
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
2 cubes vegan bouillon
2 T coconut oil
20 oz purified water
salt and pepper to taste
Wash carrots, rough chop, roast in 325 degree oven for 1 hour.
Dice onion, saute in coconut oil on low heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until caramelized.
Dissolve bouillon cubes in water.
Add all ingredients to blender (it may require splitting into 2 batches). Blend until smooth, return to soup pot and heat on medium, stirring and tasting. Add salt and pepper to taste.