What I learned from reading Dave Asprey’s book Head Strong so far (How to improve your mind, concentration, and energy in two weeks)

Dave is certainly a very strongly opinionated passionate guy who owns a health/Nutrition company but he does back up a lot of his claims with studies.  As you all know the field of Nutrition is always changing and evolving so take everything with a grain of sea salt knowing that it might change in a few years.

However, I do agree with most of his claims even though if he is a little bit aggressive with all of his theories and statements.

He loves grass fed butter– he talks about how his two year old daughter asked for her own stick of grass fed butter for Christmas and during his story telling she apparently took a big bite out of it which is pretty darn amusing.

He talks about how great Acetyl Choline is for REM sleep which is actually the one I need the most. I get more than the average person in deep sleep but REM sleep is usually lacking with me according to my fitbit Alta HR. Shoutout to the fitbit PR folks! *wink wink*

He emphasizes the importance of eating a lot of nuts (except for peanuts) that are still in the shell and Omega 3-s. The ratio should be 4 to 1 Omega 3’s to Omega 6’s. The average American eats 20 times Omega 6’s to Omega 3s. which is why our obesity rate is higher than other countries because of the transfat and the monetization of corn and grains.

DHA and EPA oil is really good only if you buy high quality fish oils. He actually recommends Krill oil over fish oil because there is a substance in Krill oil that is better for you.

He talks about Ketosis and being in a state of Ketosis while it sucks in the beginning if you are not used to it. It gives you a ton of energy if you stick with it for more than 4 days! 24% more energy than normal ATP.

He did warn that your breathe is going to stink because you are releasing toxins out of your body.

Intermittent fasting is good for this. So a lot of people eat within a 6-8 hour frame so 12 to 6pm typically is when they will eat. You will then fast for 16-18 hours.

MCTs will help you get into a state of Ketosis faster and more easily.

Be wary of food allergies by going to the doctor get a food allergy blood panel. Your heart rate will jump as much as 17 bpm more if you have food allergies you don’t know about. Having a 24/7 heart rate monitor will help with this as well. *shoot out to Fitbit PR and marketing* once again. Cough cough.

Aware of restaurant fryer foods, anything that has an extremely long shelf life is bad for you. Dairy products are bad except for milk fat.

Gluten is obviously horrible for you because of the mold. He did an entire documentary on this called Moldy.

Wine from Europe is better, basically anything from Europe is better because they have much higher food standards.

MSG is the devil.  Basically from reading this book. It has inspired me to take a look and want to eat vegan for a week to see how I feel.

I will limit my eating dried fruits and be vary of the mold in other places, areas.

I will increase my vegetable intake and try to eat only wild caught Salmon. I already only eat free range chicken and try to only eat grass fed beef as much as possible.

The investment in your health and body will make a huge difference. All of this is why I became a Nutrition major (in my undergrad) in the first place so that I can make a difference in other people’s lives and help the world live longer and more fulfilled.

 

 

Transformation Journey

Transformation

Over the past couple of years… I have always been asking myself.

Who am I? Who is Davidson? What do I care about? What am I passionate about? What is my purpose? Why? Why do I care? Why do I want to be an amazing sales rep? Why do I care so much about self development and life coaching?

Such a simple question fueled a journey of reading a ton of business books, reaching out to others for mentorship, learning and listening to a ton of podcasts.

I then realized.

Is it as simple as who do I want to be? At this moment and going forward.

Your past should not determine your future.

You have the ability to do whatever you want.

If we only acted upon what we know in the past. There wouldn’t be such things as possibilities, innovation, and not much for us to live for.

Davidson is partnership, good will, sincerity, optimism, I can choose to be a lover, I can choose peace. I can choose whatever I want for myself and set goals to become what and who I want to be.

I shouldn’t be limited to the knowledge I already know. There is so much more out there in the world to experience, to live and to be grateful for.

I am living in the greatest city in the world with the most diversity. There is so much knowledge and so many more experiences for me to live through.

I used to want to get somewhere to a destination or want to travel in order to escape the normal 9-5 but then I realized what’s the hurry? What’s the rush? I now think and that being in the present moment is so much more powerful.

Time is a funny and tricky thing. It can be your worst enemy or your best friend.

You can either try to battle time and be mad that there isn’t enough time in the day. Or you can savor every moment and just be with it.

The work I am doing on myself and as a coach has truly yielded so many insightful realizations.

Especially in a city like New York City. There is no other city where you get to met so many amazing and interesting people ready to change the world. I now realize that there is nothing to be changed.

I used to think that people have to change in order to become better but there is so much power in not being able to try to “control” everything. There are so many factors that we cannot control. So many uncontrollable factors, the more we try to control things. The less likely we are to be happy.

I am going to write a book about 1000 things I am grateful for hoping to inspire others to just be with everything and realize the world is perfectly fine the way it is.

All of the wasted energy we have trying to fix everyone or everything can be put to better use just being present with your family, loved ones, friends, and whoever else you want to be with.

The rest will fall into place. Not being an incredible spiritual person. I have recently discovered the power of spirituality. It seems like everything is happening for a reason. All of the downfalls, obstacles, heartaches, crying, joy, happiness, wonder, surprises.

I honestly think I am the luckiest person in the world. Every moment, every interaction is filled with purpose. My intent is to make a huge difference in the world leaving a legacy where people I interact with and me, myself Davidson being happy with myself as it is. Nothing wrong. Nothing wanting to be fixed.

 

I am choosing peace, ease, tranquility, love, joy, humor, play.

It is amazing how much more happiness can come from a place where I know I get to be whatever I want to be.

Lately, everything has been falling into place. Things just happen when I least expect it. Coming back to my desk to see an amazing meeting with A Fortune 1000 company in my inbox. The spirit, universe or whatever you want to call it has blessed me to be at this place at this very moment writing this blog. And I love it. Love every minute of it. I can’t wait to witness all of your amazing journeys and am so blessed to enjoy the world with you all!

 

 

What I have learned so far from my 1000 books journey.

There is so much time in a day.
If you have a better sense of awareness of where your time goes you really can accomplish so much more.
Sometimes, you have to do things you do not “feel like” doing. I have been reading a lot of the biographies of founders of huge companies such as Starbucks, Google, Amazon, Alibaba and all of these amazing people and the one thing they have in common is so much dedication and passion to their craft. Every great person still executes even on days they do not feel like it.

The consistency, ongoing persistence and the vision is what separates them. Not being afraid of failure. So many founders similar to Thomas Edison have tried hundreds of vehicles before one of them end up working out and timing is important but they set themselves up for success.

I would love to hear about your self-development journey as well. Feel free to suggest anything you would like to hear about that you would be interesting to learn more about that I have knowledge in of course. If not, I am sure I can get something with that expertise to shed some light and give you all a different perspective on life.

 

Here is a link to my 1000 books journey so far. 

 

5 things to be grateful for this morning.

  1. Happy Holidays all! The privilege to even have holidays and be able to take off. We live such blessed lives. I try not to take anything for granted.
  2. Playing board games is always a lot of fun!
  3. Central park is such a beautiful and peaceful place in the world.
  4. Opportunities, opportunities, opportunities. Everything in life can be a potential opportunity, every challenge, road block, and hurdle will just make you stronger in life.
  5. Linkedin, the ability to learn something new and gain a new perspective is always so insightful for me!

10 Principles of Abundance and Prosperity to Enhance Your Business and Life

I was listening to Lewis Howe’s latest episode and really appreciated the tips and takeaways that can be applied to anyone.

https://lewishowes.com/podcast/chris-lee-abundance/

  • A simple abundance practice to start every single day
  • Learn the 10 Principles of Abundance
  1. Outflowing
  2. Clearing
  3. Integrity
  4. Visualization
  5. Affirmation
  6. Declaration
  7. Persistence
  8. Surrendering
  9. Sourcing
  10. Surround Yourself with Inspiring People

The main theme that I took away from this is everything is up to your interpretation. When things and circumstances happen to you. It really up to you how you interpret it. Examples can be driving in traffic in LA, you can see it as a burden or you can use that time to listen to your favorite podcasts.

There are so many people in the world that let a death define them and they become sad or depressed afterwards. Others can interpret it as having a permanent angel watching over themselves.

This is the 11th time Chris Lee has been on the show and all of his episodes are truly amazing!

https://lewishowes.com/podcast/chris-lee/ This is another one of his episodes that really stuck out to me.

It was about how to envision and achieve your dreams.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone! I hope you all live an empowered day!

What’s on my podcast playlist?

A lot of people have been asking me what I have been listening to lately.

  1. Gary Vee- Audio Experience
  2. The School of Greatness-Lewis Howes
  3. The Life Coach School podcast with Brooke Castillo
  4. Malcolm Gladwell- Revisionist History – Season 2 just came out!
  5. The James Altucher Show
  6. How I built This- releases every Monday morning. (my favorite one lately) Its been great. I would recommend it for motivation and just inspiring stories. Their work ethic is amazing.
  7. We Study Billionaires- The Investors Podcast- the newest episode about Howard Schultz’s book Onward. Is a great one to check out if you guys haven’t listened to this before. Episode 142 is a really good one as well talking about start-ups in Silicon valley.
  8. Noah Kagan presents(Another one of my favorites). He is really funny and the advice he gives on it is just gold. (Good for self-improvement/self mastery)
  9.  Hidden Brain- NPR
  10. Life Hacks-Spoken Edition (Short, great, useful tidbits)
  11. Success Insider

For sales people- 1.Sales Reinvented podcast

2. How to Succeed- Sandler Training

3. Scott Ingrim’s Sales Success Stories-  releases once every two weeks.

 

 

Something greater than yourself…

Over the past few weeks so much in my life has shifted. I have reconnected with old friends, mentors. My family relationships have gotten better. Being authentic has opened up trust and less self judgment. We are all our own worst critic. The stories we tell ourselves give us “strength” or so we think they do.

I had such a powerful conversation with my mentor coach yesterday and I cannot believe how I enrolled so many people in my sad story. When I come from a place that is bigger than just myself, opportunities and relationships flourish. I am no longer thinking about just Davidson. I think about my girlfriend, my family, my friends, my colleagues. Even at work, at Cheetah Digital formally known as Experian Marketing Services- Cross Channel Marketing. I can see all of the moving pieces diligently working together to run a well oiled machine. What I do is no longer just to feed me or to buy myself a nice new pair of pants from Uniqlo.

It is amazing how much power something greater than yourself can give. Call it spirit, the universe god or whatever you want to. Spirituality is something than I have struggled with for a long time. It sometimes has a bad rap.

Spirituality since I have choose to embrace it has made me realize and want to be more authentic. I no longer have to care about portraying a certain image.

The connection and relationships become more organic, authentic and more meaningful. I went to a BNI chapter to sub the other day and there was just a deeper level of connection. I was no longer worried about how I looked or say. I was able to just listen, be there and just be present. It was such a powerful experience.

I challenge you all, what opportunities can come from believing in something greater than yourself?

For me, it has opened up doors to reconnect with old friends, new and old mentors reaching back out to me to offer support, guidance, accountability. I cannot stress how important accountability is. It is so much easier to go back to your automatic ways of being. I for one, know how much more optimistic people are compared to what actually gets done on paper. There are a lot of you accomplishing so many great things but there is no such thing as a self made man or woman. We as emotional beings are influenced by every action, book, or lack of action there is.

I used to think I was a “self made” man in the sense that I was pretty independent. But the more I tried to fight it, the more I realized how many people have influenced my decisions good or bad. Giving that power away to someone did not serve me. Now that I choose to make my own decisions and choose to live the life I want for myself. Not due to excuses or circumstances that arrived in my life due to my interpretation of a story.

Thank you everyone for your support and always challenging me to think of a different perspective. It really has shed light on how I approach life. I will choose to be empowered instead of let my automatic ways of being to do what I normally do which has lead me to right here.

I am grateful for the challenges because it does give me a nice contrast and perspective to truly appreciate life the good and the bad. =)

If you guys want to catch up free feel to reach out to me. People often say they feel bad reaching out for help but I have notice the most successful people don’t do everything on their own, they are resourceful, helpful, pay it forward and is always willing to help out a friend.