Show: The James Altucher Show
About the guest: Dr. Sanjiv Chopra has been a physician for almost 45 years, is the brother of Deepak Chopra, and is the former Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. He is also a bestselling author and public speaker. The basis for this podcast is his book The Big Five: Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life.
Dr. Chopra and Altucher discuss five things everyone can do to improve their health and live a better life. They are:
- Drink more coffee — there are myriad benefits, especially for the liver (Chopra’s specialty) and because of its antioxidant qualities
- Get more Vitamin D — either naturally from more sunlight (45 minutes to an hour without sunblock, but no more)
- Exercise more — especially walking, as walking the same distance as running gives you the same health benefits (you miss out on the runner’s high, but it is better for your knees and joints)
- Eat more nuts (even peanuts) — and make sure you chew them!
The bit about ensuring that you chew nuts properly was interesting. He followed that up by saying that how well a person chews their food can be a pretty reliable predictor of obesity and health. Obese people tend to “inhale” their food, while more healthy people tend to be better chewers, and also generally eat slower (put the fork down between bites!)
Chewing is something that is so easy to take for granted, but can be so important. I am personally guilty of eating too fast and not chewing my food. Since I listened to this podcast, I have already grabbed a couple of handfuls of nuts — but not too many, since they are so calorie dense — and practiced chewing more precisely and thoroughly.
Not only does thorough chewing help you eat slower, but it also makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients in the food.
What will I do better now a result of this episode?
I am going to focus on chewing my food more thoroughly. I am not always good at this. I go a day or two really focusing on it, but then I lose the intention. I need to give it a good couple of weeks (at least) of intense focus so I can turn it into a habit.
I will remind myself of the benefits:
- Great nutrient absorption
- Eat slower
- Enjoy my food more
- Engage more fully in the taste of the food
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