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The Most Dangerous Thing About Junk Food

I usually eat pretty healthy.

But lately I’ve been letting myself slip.

During the chaos of moving I found myself eating fast food and sugary snacks just because I didn’t have time to sit down and eat a real meal.

It was just a little junk food here and there at first…

But then…

Next thing I know I’m eating junk every day.

And here’s the surprising thing I noticed.

During the next few weeks my productivity plummeted.

I was all settled in here at the new place but I was getting very little work done compared to my old schedule.

I started getting mind fog.

I had less energy.

And I was sleeping WAY more. Like 9 to 11 hours a night instead of 7 or 8.

Somehow, during all the upheaval of moving my home and business, I allowed this old habit of eating garbage to sneak back into my life.

And I was paying for it in more ways than one.

Sure… there are all the other health problems that come from eating lots of sugar and refined carbs…

  • getting fat
  • lowered immune function
  • diabetes
  • heart disease

But those take a long time to happen, so we don’t really think about them until it’s too late.

The more immediate and more insidious symptom I’ve discovered is simply this…

Eating garbage makes you feel like garbage.

And if you let it become a habit, you don’t even notice it’s happening because you’ve forgotten what it feels like to not feel that way.

Eventually it feels normal to always sleep too much…

…wake up feeling tired…

…slogging through your day just barely getting things done…

…only to pass out on the couch for another night of barely restful sleep.

Luckily I’ve been running at peak performance long enough to notice this happening to me before it became a downward spiral of feeling like crap, then eating comfort foods only to feel even worse…

And…

I already had the best tool for getting back on track at my disposal: Speedzen’s Healthy Eating Habits 2.0 subliminal.

I just listened to this session non-stop for a couple days, tossed out all the junk that had found its way into my fridge and pantry, and…

Less than a week later I’m feeling great again, sleeping less, and running at 100% productivity during the day.

All because I cleaned up my diet.

Best wishes,
Jason Lynch
Founder – Speedzen Subliminals

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Is loneliness killing us?

I read a disturbing news article today.

It talks about how loneliness is reaching epidemic proportions in our society.

Apparently, despite our world being more connected than ever, people are connecting less and less on a personal level.

It’s all about posting selfies on Facebook…

Not about developing meaningful, personal relationships with real people, face to face.

And, without meaning and purpose in their relationships, more and more people are experiencing the negative effects of chronic loneliness in their lives.

From the article:

“The trouble is that chronic loneliness doesn’t just make you feel terrible – it’s also terrible for you. Loneliness elevates our risk of developing a range of disorders, including cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive decline, and metastatic cancer. It also weakens the immune system, making us more susceptible to infections.”

So what can be done?

Everybody has seemingly forgotten how to connect with others.

These days, it’s hard to have a night out at a restaurant without everyone checking their cell phones during dinner.

The article goes on to suggest a pill.

That’s right.

There are scientists working on a pill for loneliness.

Instead of teaching young people about the psychological need for face-to-face interaction, and developing simple social skills, they want to drug them up.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

But, something else from the article caught my attention:

“If we could successfully reduce the alarm system in the minds of lonely individuals, then we could have them reconnect, rather than withdraw from others”

And that gives me hope.

Why?

Because you can do that without drugs.

You can easily learn to relax and adjust to normal social interaction with simple meditation.

I’ve even developed a subliminal session specifically for loneliness, to help you break free from the mental and emotional prison that social media has apparently created for so many people.

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And The Happiness “X Factor” Is…

Teens are increasingly unhappy these days.

Yeah… I know… teens are always unhappy… but seriously, it’s becoming a mental health crisis.

I just read about a study in a Psychology Today article that looked into the reasons why.

What activities promote a happy, healthy attitude in our children? Which activities make them depressed?

The answers were interesting – some obvious, some less obvious – and they’re useful to know, because they obviously apply to us adults, too.

There was even one specific activity that made such a huge difference in mental and emotional health that, if you did just that one thing, you’d automatically be happier and healthier.

Not surprisingly, teens who spend most of their time staring at their phones and browsing social media are the least happy.

The “social” interaction they get from online activities just isn’t the same as face-to-face interaction.

We’re social creatures, after all, and we require social interaction to be happy.

Exercise was number 3 on the list.

Teens who get regular exercise are much happier and healthier, of course.

But, social interaction and exercise are *far* off in second and third place from…

Sleep.

There’s no comparison between sleep and any of the other factors.

No matter what else a kid does, or doesn’t do, in their life…

If they get less than 7 hours of sleep each night, they are depressed and unhealthy.

Simple as that: Better sleep = better health (mentally, physically, emotionally).

And, of course, this applies to you as well.

If you want to improve your mood, your health, your energy levels and be just plain happier…

Then making sure you’re getting plenty of sleep is the fastest, easiest way to do all of that.

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The Little Monsters Making Me Crave Sugar

I had to quit eating refined sugar back in my 20s.

My family is plagued by type 2 diabetes.

And after watching it destroy my grandfather’s health and the health of several of my uncles, I decided I just wasn’t going to eat sugar anymore.

Whatever pleasure I was getting from eating sugar simply wasn’t worth that type of pain in my future.

Nerve damage, heart problems, wasting away to nothing despite an active lifestyle and otherwise healthy diet…

It just wasn’t worth it.

So, my mindset was in the right place to quit.

I had the motivation.

I had a solid diet plan.

I figured it would be easy.

But it wasn’t.

Quitting alcohol was easy.

Quitting sugar was insanely difficult.

The cravings would hit so hard and so fast that I’d find myself driving into town late at night to grab an ice cream or a candy bar.

“Just one last time!” I’d tell myself, every single time.

It took some serious digging around and experimenting, but I finally discovered that others in my situation were getting great results with probiotics.

I had no idea why that should work at the time, but I was desperate, so I grabbed a decent probiotic supplement from my local health food store and started taking it, and…

Those intense nighttime cravings cleared up within a week.

Why?

Well, I wouldn’t find out until several years later, but apparently, according to more recent research, it turns out that the bacteria living in your gut doesn’t just hang out and help you digest food.

It plays a much more active role in regulating your hunger than we ever realized.

The bacteria that thrive on sugar, in particular, will completely take over down there if you eat a lot of sugar for a long time.

And, when you realize that you’re eating too much sugar and try to quit…

They start releasing chemicals that make you crave sugar!

Those little monsters actually hijack your digestive system by feeding on all the extra sugar you’ve been eating, and then get to work making sure that you keep giving them more sugar, so that they can maintain their population.

So, in my case at least, it seems that having the right mindset wasn’t enough.

Because my goal to quit eating sugar was in direct conflict with the goal of an entire civilization of microbes that didn’t want to be wiped out of existence.

And, apparently, the probiotic supplement helped balance things out down there, and those sugar-craving monsters lost their influence over me.

Kinda spooky in hindsight, if that’s actually what happened.

But it’s something to keep in mind if you’re trying to quit sugar and you experience stronger than usual cravings.

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The Fastest, Easiest Way to Boost Your Brain Power Overnight

There’s a modern myth about productivity that says:

The more hours you work, the more you can accomplish.

If you want to be successful in school, you need to study 16 hours a day and sacrifice a few hours of sleep each night.

And if you want to succeed in your career, you should probably only sleep a few hours a night, so you can put in as many work hours as possible.

But new scientific studies are finally putting this myth to bed.

In fact, recent studies done by sleep researcher Matthew Walker have found that sacrificing sleep for productivity doesn’t only destroy your ability to think creatively, work effectively, and get things done efficiently…

…It can actually lead to dementia and an early death.

One study even found that people who get a full 8 hours of sleep each night are way more effective at problem solving to get more done in less time.

Test participants were given a series of puzzles to solve and a set of instructions for solving them.

Participants following the instructions required hours to complete the puzzles.

But a few test participants discovered an obvious shortcut, not included in the instructions, that allowed them to solve all the puzzles in a few minutes.

The participants were split into two groups.

One group slept for 8 hours the night before.

The other half only slept for 4 hours.

So how much better did the group with 8 hours of sleep perform?

Did 20% more participants discover the shortcut? 50% more?

Nope.

3 times as many.

The group that got a full night’s sleep tripled their overall creative problem solving ability.

And this was just one study focused on the effects of sleep on creativity.

Other studies focused on memory, immune function, cancer and even Alzheimer’s revealed even more shocking evidence for why sacrificing sleep is a terrible idea.

It turns out that the easiest, fastest way to boost your overall brain power, be more creative, and get more done in less time is…

Sleep 8 hours a night, every night.

So if you’ve been struggling to get more work done by cutting into your sleep time, I’d suggest you stop and get some sleep.

Your waking hours will be more productive, and you’ll soon discover that you don’t need nearly as much time to knock out your to-do list if your brain is well rested and running on all cylinders.

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How to Stick to Your New Diet

A diet is one of the hardest resolutions to keep. After a day or two, we start to slip. We go ahead and take that extra cookie or we cheat a little when we go out to eat, and soon we lose steam and fall back into the same behaviors we had when we started the diet. Well, not quite back where we started… Failing at a diet means more than just not losing weight.

We fail and then we feel guilty.

We fail and then we eat even more.

We fail, and we fail, and we fail until failure becomes a habit.

It’s very easy to get stuck in this cycle of initiative and failure, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can escape the cycle and start seeing results immediately… Although they might not look quite like you expect.

Let’s make sure the cycle is clear:

  1. You feel bad about yourself.
  2. You think you’ll feel better if you lost some weight.
  3. You resolve to start dieting.
  4. You begin your diet.
  5. You fail at the diet before you see results.
  6. You feel even worse about yourself.

Looks pretty dire, right? Well, take heart. It’s possible to interrupt the cycle and change your trajectory. Before you know it, you’ll start shedding pounds and feeling better about yourself simultaneously. Best of all, you’ll keep making progress long-term.

We’re going to take aim right between steps four and five in the cycle listed above. We’re going to interrupt the cycle right after you begin and right before you fail for the first time. The way we’re going to do it is by changing the definitions of failure and success.

When we set up a diet plan, it is usually pretty strict, and it starts off with a bang. Starting tonight, salad for dinner every day and no more desserts, ever, unless I’m at a wedding. Well, sure, it’s no wonder we fail! We set the bar too high, and then we’re disappointed when we fall.

So we’re going to set the bar very, very low, and we’re going to tailor our plan precisely to our capabilities. We’re going to guarantee success by making success very easy to attain. If today is Day One of our diet, we’re going to put the bathroom scale in the closet today. That’s it. If you can put the scale in the closet, you’ve been successful. Tomorrow, take a whole wheat bun from the buffet table instead of a white bun, and that’ll be your success for tomorrow. The next day, have a serving of vegetables at lunch. The next day, a little less salt on your mashed potatoes.

Now hang on just a minute, you might be saying. How am I going to lose 20 pounds by putting the scale in the closet and eating a whole wheat bun?

Well, you won’t lose weight on Day 1, and you won’t lose weight on Day 2. You might lose a little bit by the end of the first Week, but that’s really not what’s important at the beginning.

Your goal is to lose weight, but in order to do so effectively, what you really need to do is change your mind. How can you change your eating habits if your understanding of food doesn’t change?

How can you expect to keep that weight off when your diet ends, if you haven’t changed your attitude toward food?

Avoiding failure at the beginning of the diet is important, because it effectively bypasses step 5 of the cycle, where you fail and fall off the wagon. By focusing on small successes, you can keep gaining momentum day after day after day, and before you know it, you’ll start to see automatic, effortless, healthy eating habits that can be sustained long-term.