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168. Press release: Dieting: Villain or Scapegoat?

By: Michael Beiter

I have been beating the hell out of a dead horse lately saying it is not a failure of will power or discipline causing obesity. It is a mismatch between our biology and environment.
We are semi smart cave people in body and brain and space aged in technology and ability to manipulate our surroundings.
We have not had enough time to figure out how to live with unlimited food stores as well as processed and manufactured options that didn't exist in nature before we...
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161. All or Nothing Thought Distortion

By: Michael Beiter

All or nothing thinking is a cognitive distortion.
 
It refers to your tendency to evaluate your personal qualities in extreme, black-or-white categories.
 
For example, someone who didn't lose all the weight they wanted told me, "Because I didn't lose 45 lbs I'm a zero."
 
A habitual exerciser who works out 7 days a week averaged a couple weeks of 5 days and concluded "I'm a total failure."
 
All-or-nothing thinking forms the basis of perfectionism....
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154. Here is an observation on stress. Do you agree?

By: Michael Beiter

The autonomous nervous system is activated by anxiety and fear to address the risks that caused them. This reaction, known as the fight or flight response, is indicated by a series of normal but unpleasant physical symptoms. Examples include; panic, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, chest tightness, sweating, feeling like you're choking, headaches, irritability, insomnia, spasms, trembling, dry mouth, throat tightness, speech problems, fear of death and feeling a...

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151. Air conditioning and obesity

metabolism nutrition read Jul 13, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

Once upon a day I managed a large boot camp gym and one of the members was a young nurse. 

Every now and then she had to take some continuing education to keep up her certifications for her field. She enjoyed choosing lifestyle oriented ones and asked if I wanted to tag along. 

In I stroll to a hotel ballroom full of medical professionals re certifying for the weekend via several presentations by notable authors and presenters.

When I got there they asked where I...

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109. Read: Uncanny Valley A Memoir

books mental fitness read Jan 21, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

Uncanny Valley by Ana Wiener was an enjoyable read I had a hard time putting down. Memoirs seem to be that way. This one reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy and Educated. 

Wiener describes her time in Silicon Valley during the tech boom of the early 21st century. This place churned out new millionaires daily. Billionaires were also made from new software offerings. That fact was wild to me. Billionaires, which Wiener says "Shouldn't be a level of wealth that is attainable."...

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100. My top 5 books to help yourself

books mental fitness read Jan 03, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

I've been asked a lot lately what books people should read. The self/help type are what they inquire about. 

I'm reminded of a quote from Nassim Taleb whenever I'm asked these questions because it's true. Taleb says "My top 10 books of all time changes every summer." 

The more I read the more I find hidden gems or value in the not so openly marketed stuff. 

Here are my top 5 books I think you should read to help you live a better life. You might find one of them...

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