Are You Essential in These 4 Areas? Part 1: Body

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Part 1: Body

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Imagine you just had a heart attack; now live accordingly

— The 8th Habit

Protect the asset [your body]

— Essentialism

What physical exercise do you need to do to be your best self?

When you don’t need a mountain of motivation, all it takes is a simple prompt or reminder to get you started

Grow new habits from small seeds rather than trying to transplant a tree

What food do you need to eat to be your best self? How often do you really need to eat?

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How do you set the ‘fat thermostat’ to a healthy level?

Weight setpoint is driven, in large measure, by high, consistent levels of insulin.

When was the last time you had an insatiable craving for a stick of butter, or wanted to snack mindlessly on Jimmy Dean sausage?

Do you get enough sleep each night?

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Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?

— Matthew Walker

As I got honest with myself, I quickly realized that I usually lost more productivity than I gained by staying awake an extra hour in a day.

Last of All, Love Your Body

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