One of the many podcasts I listen to is Fat Burning Man by Abel James. Some of you may remember seeing him and his “Wild Diet” on the tv show “My Diet is Better Than Yours“. If not, though, suffice to say the Abel’s podcast is one of the most popular health and nutrition related podcasts out there. Take a listen and see what you think.
But, this post isn’t about Abel and his podcast. This post is about one of his recent episodes – the October 21, 2016 episode with Dr. Steven Eisenberg as his guest. Eisenberg is an oncologist in California who apparently has made a bit of a name for himself by spending a lot of non-medical quality time with his patients – playing music, writing songs, meditating, etc. And after poking around a bit, I see that he also has his own show, a video interview show. Anyhow, he and Abel talk about two main things during the podcast. First, it’s about the doc visting his patients with his guitar in hand and singing with them. As he puts it, he doesn’t want anyone to die with “their music still in them”, so he tries to get in to see them, sing with them and even write songs with them. Music is medicine!
They also spend some time talking about things we can all do to help avoid becoming one of this guy’s patients. At one point Abel asks him for his top three things to improve and maintain our health. They are: 1. Eat more brocoli; 2. Work up a sweat; and 3. Meditate. Expanding a little, the doc says we need to eat more healthy veggies and less processed food, we need to spend a few minutes every day working up a sweat, and we need to do a few minutes of meditation or other “mindful” things. He thinks of mindful activites as things where our minds are engaged and focused, like actually interacting with someone face-to-face rather than texting. I like it! It can’t be much simpler than that. Or easier, really.
And here’s a cool idea I took from this. When you’re having trouble trying to get your motivation together to workout for a few minutes, don’t look at it like squeezing this one workout into your schedule now. Look at it like a step on the way to an appointment 20 years from now – “I need to run today so that I can go on a hike on my 80th birthday.” I’ve actually been doing something similar to that for quite some time. A lot of my motivation for working out in the last few years has been focused on NOT ending up like a relative of mine who is nearly immobile now due, I think, to actively avoiding working out when she was younger. I think my new mindset is going to take the more positive thinking route to the same place. Rather than focusing on what I want to avoid, I’m going to focus on what I want to do. I’m going to ride my bike today because I want to ride through Europe when I’m 70. I’m going to do some squats and pushups today becuase I want to go backpacking when I’m 80. And so on…
Now, go on a bike ride, eat a salad and spend a few minutes talking to someone!