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I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of living in a self-created Matrix. Swimming against the raging river of digital communication and entertainment (email, Facebook, blogs, podcasts, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) is damaging our productivity, personal relationships, and even health. Unlike the movies, however, no Morpheus-type character is coming to get us out. It’s up to each of us to decide which pill to swallow…
Growing up in a household of artists, spending two years in Japan, writing books, doing freelance design and copywriting, sojourning in both wealthy opulence and a complete lack there of, and repeatedly paring down belongings when moving across the state, country, or world (or especially after reading Marie Kondo’s aptly named The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing), have all led to a profound appreciation of simplicity and minimalism. Whether it’s packing a bag or designing a book cover, less really is more as the cliché goes. You can easily spot the rookie traveler by their bulging bag and bad design by its gaudy graphics.
Everybody knows that all you have to do to lose weight is eat less and exercise more. Just one problem: everybody is wrong. You’ve probably heard this sentence uttered so many times that you assumed it must be true. I am a big fan of minimalism, but it turns out that the mainstream dogma of “calories in, calories out” is oversimplified to point of inaccuracy. Contrary to the promises of every diet program and gym membership, the body is not a simple machine that can be outsmarted into losing body fat by intentionally consuming fewer calories and burning more through exercise.
For Type A perfectionists like myself, working harder and longer is easy. The truly hard thing is giving oneself permission to stop, rest, and recover. Read on to see how sleep can be used as your secret weapon for optimizing your health and performance.
Find me a man today who says he doesn’t want a stronger libido and you will have found me a liar. Modern lifestyles, foods, and movement patterns have caused an epidemic of low libidos, contributing to decreased productivity, unhappy relationships, bigger bellies, smaller biceps, and depression. You’ve likely seen ads that identify the problem as “Low T” (“Low Testosterone”). And yes, testosterone is indeed a big part of the puzzle. But pharmaceutical reps and allopathic doctors get things all wrong when it comes to the solution. The answer is not pills or shots: taking exogenous testosterone is a Band-Aid solution at best, and will more likely just further the very hormonal dysregulation that is at the root of low libido to begin with. Fortunately, there are a number of proven drug-free ways you can boost your libido. Read on to learn my top five solutions.