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Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

?Health has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it?

In this podcast, we hear stories from leading health experts and exciting personalities who offer easy health life-hacks, expert advice and debunk common health myths giving you the tools to revolutionise how you eat, sleep, move and relax. Hosted by Dr Chatterjee - one of the most influential GPs in the country with nearly 20 years experience, star of BBC 1?s Doctor In the House, and author of international best-selling book ?The 4 Pillar Plan? ? Feel Better, Live More aims to inspire, empower and transform the way we feel. When we are healthier we are happier because when we feel better we live more.

Find out more on drchatterjee.com/podcast. Follow me on instagram.com/drchatterjee, twitter.com/drchatterjeeuk and facebook.com/DrChatterjee. Find out about Dr Chatterjee?s best-selling books The 4 Pillar Plan, The Stress Solution and Feel Better in 5.

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#158 BITESIZE | How To Use Running as a Tool to Transform Your Life | Sanjay Rawal

When we think about running, we often think of it as a way to lose weight or stay healthy - but running can be so much more than that.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

Today?s clip is from episode 79 of the podcast with Sanjay Rawal - a documentary maker who directed the brilliant film ?3100: Run and Become?.

Sanjay believes that if you approach running with the right mindset it can become a tool to transform your life. He describes how his experience of running with the Navajo tribe changed his perspective and made him realise that running could be transformative. 

The benefits to be gained from mindful running, walking and movement are available to us all and Sanjay explains how to run more mindfully for a totally different experience. If you?ve never tried running, or you feel discouraged, Sanjay also gives some great tips on how to get started and find joy in mindful movement.

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2021-02-19
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#157 Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Self-Worth, Success and Walking Your Own Path

My guest today is Priyanka Chopra Jonas ? arguably one of the most famous people on the planet. She?s a household name in India, a country fast approaching a population of 1.5 billion and not only has she climbed to the submits of the Indian film industry, she is now doing the same in Hollywood. She became Miss World, all the way back in 2000 and since then has developed a bit of a reputation for continually breaking through glass ceilings. She has become the first South Asian lead on a major US TV network show and she?s also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her resume is long and varied ? not only is she an actor, she is also a singer, an entrepreneur, a producer, an activist and now, she is also an author.

During the downtime afforded to her because of the global pandemic and travel restrictions, she decided to write her very first book, Unfinished: A Memoir. I spoke to her right in the middle of her launching this book in four different time zones and despite the exhausting schedule, she remained resolutely upbeat. 

Priyanka and I really connected during this conversation and we went deep into many different areas. We talk about where her drive and positivity comes from, how she defines success and the powerful effect her childhood has had on the choices she makes and the way she interacts with the world.  

From a young age, Priyanka was taught to walk her own path and that her opinions were valid and important ? something she encourages all parents to foster in their own children. She was also taught that finding the good in any situation takes away the power of the bad. This came into question when, like myself, Priyanka suffered the loss of her father in 2013. We talk through how that grief manifested in her and how she managed to emerge from that deep pain. She found that making small changes ? tiny shifts to her usual pattern or environment ? were key to rediscovering her true self. I think this is a really powerful perspective that we can all apply into our own lives.

We talk about our shared Indian heritage and our own experiences growing up, especially in relation to the clash that we both felt between Eastern and Western cultures. For Priyanka, it was only when she started working in the entertainment industry and realised the lack of representation that she understood why she?d always felt ?different?. It became her aim to push boundaries and ?make the table larger? for the next generation.

Success, says Priyanka, is not about career or fame or money. It?s about waking up excited for the day ahead and going to bed with contentment in your heart. I think this a powerful conversation and the life lessons that Priyanka shares are relevant to us all. 

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2021-02-17
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#156 BITESIZE | Improve Your Relationship and Transform Your Life | Esther Perel

Relationships are integral to our lives ? they can bring us joy and happiness but navigating them can sometimes be hard.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

Today?s clip is from episode 119 of the podcast with Esther Perel. Esther is arguably one of the world?s leading and most original thinkers on modern relationships.

She explains why relationships shape every aspect of our lives and why we often feel under pressure to have the perfect relationship.

Esther talks us through how much the concept of marriage has changed over the past century and how our modern-day relationships are so different from the relationships of the past. Where once we would have had support from extended families and communities, increasingly we look to just one person to meet all our needs.

Esther believes it is the quality of our relationships that determines the quality of our lives and she offers some relationship tips we can all start implementing today.

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2021-02-12
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#155 The Power of Plants, Love and Connection with Dr Gemma Newman

This week I?m delighted to welcome friend and fellow GP, Dr Gemma Newman to the podcast. Gemma is someone who I really respect, not only is she incredibly knowledgeable, she always leads with kindness and compassion ? values that I aspire to myself. Gemma has recently released her first book, The Plant Power Doctor: A Simple Prescription for a Healthier You. Having been a doctor for 17 years, Gemma has learned a lot by interacting with her patients but like for so many of us, she has also learned powerful life lessons through her own life experience.

Gemma has a strong family history of heart disease and in her early days as a junior doctor, she found herself to be carrying excess weight and was exhausted. This led to her making some changes to what she ate and how she moved, which helped her lose weight. In fact, she dropped from a size 18 to a size 8 but when she checked her blood levels, she found some concerning results. Initially, Gemma put these results down to her genes and did nothing more about it until she started researching a whole-food plant based diet. Following this research, she decided to give this way of eating a go and she shares the transformative effect it had on her and some of her patients.

This is a wide-ranging conversation. We discuss how many of the chronic illnesses we face - including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, hormonal dysfunction and obesity - can be helped with changes to our lifestyle. We also talk about Gemma?s own near-death experience and the topic of spirituality. Finally, Gemma shares her brilliant top tips, which you can put into practice immediately to change the way that you feel. At the heart of all Gemma?s advice is compassion and kindness and I?m sure you?ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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2021-02-10
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#154 BITESIZE | How To Find Your True Values and Live The Life You Really Want | Jay Shetty

To live our most authentic life we need to figure out our own identity and true values.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

Today?s clip is from episode 122 of the podcast with former monk turned social media superstar, Jay Shetty.

So many of us these days are living lives that are not truly ours. In this clip, Jay explains why finding out what our true values are is so important. He talks us through his value audit exercise along with other tips which will help us all on our way to living the life we really want

After having spent three years living as a monk in India, Jay believes that you don?t have to live like a monk to think like one. He transforms the ancient wisdom he has learned into practical tips and fun exercises that will help us all live more meaningful and purposeful lives.

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2021-02-05
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#153 Rich Roll on Why Consistency is the Key to Success

CAUTION ADVISED: this podcast contains mild swearing.

Today I?m welcoming back my good friend and fellow podcaster, Rich Roll, for the third time. Rich has recently gone back through his 500 plus podcasts and collected words of wisdom from 50 of his podcast guests in his new, self-published book Voicing Change which is, quite simply, a thing of beauty. Rich was a huge influence on my own decision to start a podcast ? and to evolve it into long form conversations. So, we kick off our chat talking about the craft and what we have learned from it.

He explains that he likes to prepare well and research his guests but ultimately trusts in the process and his instincts. That?s advice that translates to all walks of life, from a sporting event to a job interview. We discuss how leading with your own vulnerability can be the key to putting other people at ease and helping them to open up.

Rich reveals how every success in his life has been very hard fought and has been a process of work undertaken consistently, aggressively and anonymously. He believes that many of us overestimate what we can do in a short period of time and wildly underestimate what we're capable of accomplishing over a decade or a number of years. Above all, he is a believer in process over outcome, the journey not the destination. Growth is all about stepping outside your comfort zone.

Over the past year, of course, that journey has been difficult for all of us. But even in the face of global calamity, Rich has some great practical advice on how best to survive and even thrive. We discuss parenting through the pandemic, Covid?s effect on the world?s mental health and our worries about its impact on our kids. But ultimately, Rich believes we can navigate through the fear and emerge from this era with more resilience, better able to handle difficulties. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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2021-02-03
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#152 BITESIZE | How Food can Improve Your Mood | Felice Jacka

We know that poor diet can affect our physical health, but it can negatively affect our mental health too.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

This week?s guest is world-leading expert in the field of nutritional psychiatry, Professor Felice Jacka.

We discuss the fascinating findings of her ground-breaking research into the link between food and our mental health.

Felice explains the important role our gut microbiome plays in our health and wellbeing, and how a diet rich in diversity is key to good physical and mental health.

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2021-01-29
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#151 The Surprising Truth About Happiness with Professor Laurie Santos

What is happiness? And can we learn to be happier than we already are? Today?s guest believes we can. Laurie Santos is a professor of psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast. Her ?Science of Wellbeing? course became the most popular in the university?s history and has developed into a global phenomenon, with over three million people signing up to study Laurie?s evidence-based strategies for happiness.

In this conversation, Laurie shares exactly what those happiness boosting strategies actually are. She also explains how being happy with your life, differs from being happy in your life and how balancing the two is key to overall happiness. We also cover the relationship between money and happiness and discuss the unfortunate reality that when it comes to happiness, our intuition is often wrong.

We discuss maximising social connections, being thankful, being present, exercising and sleeping more ? things we know are good for us but often lack the motivation to seek out. 

We also talk about how technology can both help and hinder social connections, how helping others is preferable to helping ourselves, and the incredible benefits of a daily gratitude practice. 

This is a wide-ranging and uplifting chat that really breaks down the psychology of happiness and Laurie?s suggestions will help you start working towards greater contentment starting today. The best news is that the tools to our happiness are simple and free.

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2021-01-27
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#150 BITESIZE | How Movement Can Transform Your Life | Dr Kelly McGonigal

If we can incorporate regular movement into our daily lives we will feel the physical and mental benefits, yet many of us view exercise as a punishment or an obligation.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

Today?s clip is from episode 109 of the podcast with Kelly McGonigal. Kelly is a US research psychologist, a lecturer at Stanford University and an author.

Kelly reveals how it?s possible to change our mindset to view physical activity as a way to engage with life. If we focus on calories and metrics, we may be missing the joy we can experience from movement.

She explains how going beyond what you think you?re capable of, whether that?s an endurance event or lifting heavy weights, can change the brain in positive ways.

Any movement is good for you though and can provide a reset for your mood and your brain chemistry. Repeatedly contracting any muscle, whether working out with weights or doing gardening, releases antidepressant substances called myokines that scientists have dubbed ?hope molecules?.

Kelly gives us tips on how to incorporate more movement into our lives and find ways to move our body that we truly enjoy.

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2021-01-22
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#149 Joe Wicks on The Power of Positivity

My guest on today?s episode needs no introduction. Whether you?ve read his books, tried a recipe on social media or joined in with his PE (Physical Education) With Joe workouts, Joe Wicks has been inspiring wellbeing for nearly a decade.

Behind the success is a truly inspirational ? and surprising ? story of a man following his passion against the odds. When I spoke to Joe, he?d just raised £2.5m for Children in Need by doing a 24-hour fitness challenge and had been awarded an MBE. But, as he tells me, struggles at school and family problems could so easily have derailed his ambition.

As an 11-year-old at school, Joe would motivate his classmates to get more out of PE. This is a man who knew his calling in life from an early age and is now doing the same on a global scale. This is an authentic and touching conversation. It?s easy to assume Joe?s success must be driven by an empire, a slick marketing machine, but nothing could be further from the truth. Family is everything to him and he opens up to me on topics like parenthood and coping when you?re the child of an addict. He has great advice on the importance of consistency and self-belief when striving for your goals and believes that optimism, compassion and healthy living are choices that are within everyone?s reach.

As well as being full of practical tips, this episode is a brilliant chance to get to know more about a man who?s familiar to many of us ? yet has hidden depths. I hope it puts a smile on your face. 

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2021-01-20
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#148 BITESIZE | The Surprising Benefits of Taking a Break From Alcohol | Andy Ramage

Could giving up alcohol really change your life? Whilst some of us may currently be alcohol free for Dry January, many of us have haven?t given our drinking habits much thought. We often look at improving our diet and moving more but is alcohol the elephant in the room that could be holding us back?

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

Today?s guest is performance coach and author Andy Ramage. Andy is co-founder of the habit-changing program One Year No Beer that invites people to try 28, 90 or 365 days alcohol free. He believes it?s possible to become the most productive, present and healthiest version of yourself just by making this one change.

We discuss how alcohol is linked to many parts of our lives and why Andy described himself as a ?middle lane drinker? before he gave up alcohol 6 years ago. He explains why taking a tactical break from alcohol could bring a surprising host of benefits and how his own experience changed his life.

Andy believes the greatest discovery you'll ever make is your authentic self and that by removing alcohol you allow yourself the chance to be you again. 

What could be more powerful than that?

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2021-01-15
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#147 How To Improve Your Sleep and Why You Should with Professor Matthew Walker

Improving the quality of our sleep is arguably the single most effective thing that we can do to reset our brains and recharge our bodies, yet many of us just aren?t getting enough. But what is the optimal amount of sleep and what can we do if we struggle to get enough? I?m delighted to welcome back onto the podcast the world-leading sleep researcher, Professor Matthew Walker to answer these questions and more. Matthew is author of the international best-selling book ?Why We Sleep?, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California and a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things sleep.

My last conversation with Matthew back on episode 70 of the podcast was one of the most popular to date. A few months ago, I asked my podcast listeners to let me know what further questions they would like Matthew to answer and in this conversation, I put some of those questions to him.

We cover how many of us feel that we don?t have enough time to sleep for 7-9 hours but how rather than stealing time from us, getting more sleep can actually make us more productive. And even grabbing an extra 15 minutes of sleep a day will have benefits for our overall healthspan. Matthew shares some brilliant tips on how we can regain control of our sleep and for those who are really struggling, he explains that there is an alternative to sleeping pills that is just as effective in the short term, but much more effective long term.

We cover so much ground in this conversation, including polyphasic sleep (sleeping for periods of time throughout the day), unbroken sleep and why lying awake in bed for long periods of time can affect our ability to sleep in the future. Matthew shares the fascinating and dramatic changes that have occurred in the way we sleep and dream following the coronavirus pandemic and why it has allowed what he calls ?the revenge of the night owls.?

We delve into REM sleep and how it is one of the best forms of therapy ? the brain can literally re-wire negative memories when we sleep. Finally, we cover sleep trackers, caffeine and how sleep impacts our immunity. This really is a fascinating conversation, full of fresh insights and actionable tips that we can all put into practice today. I hope you enjoy listening.

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2021-01-13
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#146 BITESIZE | How to Build Healthy Habits That Last a Lifetime | BJ Fogg

The start of a new year is the time many of us look to make changes in our lives, incorporating healthy habits and removing unhelpful ones. Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

This week?s guest is Professor BJ Fogg, a leading expert in behaviour change Methods for building habits have often focussed on repetition, willpower and motivation. BJ believes there?s a simpler approach. Habit formation is linked to our emotions and by creating a feeling of success we can wire in a habit. We discuss my own experience with patients as well as the results he has seen with his own program.

Finally, BJ reveals how easy it is to form new habits by using his 3-step method. When you do something and feel successful, that behaviour becomes more automatic. Feeling good can be the key to forming new healthy habits that last a lifetime??

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2021-01-08
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#145 How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones with James Clear

Do you believe habits are ?good? or ?bad?? Are you constantly trying to create better habits and quit those that don?t serve you? Today?s guest has insights that will help get your 2021 off to a great start by truly understanding what habits are ? and how to optimise them.

James Clear is an entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits a handbook for anyone who wants to finally get to grips with successful behaviour change. He shares his learnings via his hugely popular newsletters, to help people use the psychology of habit formation to live healthier, fuller lives.

We talk about ?designing your environment?, building a tribe around you who support what you want to achieve and finding the path of least resistance to what you want to do. When it comes to good versus bad habits, James says it?s more about which are effective ? are they serving you?

We also discuss how true behaviour change is really identity change. Every action you take towards your goal is a vote for the person you wish to become. You?re no longer that someone who tries to go for a run three times a week, you?re a runner. James says we can all begin by asking ourselves ?Who do I want to become?? then looking at what habits we might need to build that identity.

This is such a useful conversation, packed with practical tips, and I think it?s a great way to kick off the year. I know you?re going to feel fired up to seek out your new identity once you listen. 

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2021-01-06
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#144 Auschwitz Survivor Dr Edith Eger on How to Discover Your Inner Power

Today?s conversation will stop you in your tracks. It?s powerful, confronting and challenging and I am so grateful for my guest?s honesty, empathy and willingness to share the wisdom of her 93 years. Dr Edith Eger is a Holocaust survivor, psychologist and expert in the treatment of post-traumatic stress but above all, she?s an incredible human being with an extraordinary story to share. Her latest book, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, is quite simply a phenomenal read and in my view a must-read for all of us.

As a Jew living in Eastern Europe under Nazi occupation, Edith was taken to Auschwitz concentration camp with her parents and sister, at the age of 16. She explains how she found her inner resources, how she came to view her guards as the real prisoners, turn hate into pity and, incredibly, she even describes her horrific experience as ?an opportunity?. She has liberated herself from the prison of her past through forgiveness.

I?m acutely aware that for many of us listening, myself included, it?s hard to put our own problems alongside anything Edith has faced. Which makes her teaching that, ?There?s no hierarchy in trauma? all the more beautiful. Edith is not here to make us put our own suffering into perspective and overcome it. Rather, she explains, we can learn to come to terms with pain, reframe it and become stronger.

We cover so many different topics in this conversation, from parenting and relationship wisdom to insights on semantics and depression. Edith?s message to us is that we can change the thoughts and behaviours that are keeping us imprisoned in the past. I felt grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to speak to Edith and the conversation really changed me. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

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2021-01-01
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#143 Dr Rangan Chatterjee on Authenticity, Compassion and Building a Healthier World

CAUTION ADVISED: this podcast contains mild swearing and themes of an adult nature.

Final episode of 2020 - It?s that time of the year again when the mics are turned and it?s me in the hot seat. Today, I sit down with colleague and close friend, Dr Ayan Panja and reflect on the past year.

For me, 2020 has been a year of great introspection during which I have reflected upon my values and the definition of success ? what does success really mean? We discuss how I believe that one of the most important things we can all do, is find out what success means to us. Otherwise, we can end up rushing around, trying to do more in order to live up to an idea of success that society has defined for us.

Authenticity is a topic that has been spoken about a lot on the podcast this year and has been at the forefront of my mind and we discuss how I have been striving to put this at the heart of everything I do both personally and professionally. A huge part of my working week is dedicated to this podcast and we chat about some of my favourite and most impactful episodes of the year.

As you may know, I have also spent a large part of this year writing my brand-new book, Feel Great, Lose Weight and we talk about why I decided to write this book and how I hope that it will help me in my mission to improve the lives of 100 million people.

This is such a wide-ranging conversation, but at its core this is simply a raw and authentic interaction between two very good friends. I hope you enjoy it.

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2020-12-28
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#142 8 Powerful Ideas to Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

This is a very special end of year episode that I hope serves as a celebration of the conversations I have had on the podcast this year. My team and I have put together some of the very best ideas shared on my show which I believe, if you start implementing, will immediately start to transform your health and happiness.

The central theme is looking after our minds, which has never been more important. Whether it be controlling our reaction to stressors, managing anxiety, spending time alone with our thoughts OR cultivating resilience and learning to be more present: this special episode will help you on your journey to become your true, authentic self.

We?ll hear:

Rich Roll on the importance of having time alone with our thoughts and why we need discomfort in order to grow.

Jay Shetty explaining why so many of us these days are not living lives that are truly ours.

Tom Bilyeu discusses identity, how to become resilient and how to view criticism as a gift.

England Football Team Psychologist Pippa Grange shares her belief that most of us are performing at life not living it. She explains why we should stop holding back, put fear aside and allow ourselves to live the life we want to live.

Brian MacKenzie reveals how we can use the power of our breath to become more present and help counteract the constant stimulus of modern-day life.

James Nestor explains why the way we breathe is so important for the health of our body and for the health of our mind.

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel talks about the many ?living losses? we are experiencing through the pandemic and that how we respond to change, in many ways, determines how our lives will unfold.

And finally Peter Crone - AKA The Mind Architect - explains why we all need to slow down in order to find true happiness in our lives.

This is a powerful episode that I really enjoyed listening back to - I think you will too!

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2020-12-23
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#141 BITESIZE | The Power of Light To Transform Your Health | Linda Geddes

Sleep is one of the most important pillars of health. Our bodies and our brains are designed to function during the day and rest at night.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

This week?s guest is award-winning journalist, Linda Geddes.

Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles that are kept in time by light and dark cycles. These rhythms can become disrupted by changing our exposure to light which can affect our sleep and make us feel sluggish during the day.

Exposure to bright light after sunset is a modern phenomenon. Darkness is a signal to our bodies that it?s time to rest and access to bright light and screens at night disrupts these signals.

There are simple things that we can do to help reset our circadian rhythms. Linda shares the findings of her own experiment of getting rid of light at night in her own home.

Finally, she gives her tips on what we can all do to get more light into our days and darken our nights.

Access to sunlight, even in winter, is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. I hope you feel inspired to get outside!

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2020-12-18
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#140 Gareth Southgate on The Football Skills That Transfer to Life

Today?s guest joins me fresh from a run of autumn camps with the England football team. He?s their manager, Gareth Southgate OBE, and I speak to him about his new book, Anything Is Possible. It?s not really a football memoir, but more a guide to life and there are brilliant lessons for all of us in there ? non-football fans included!

Gareth had an illustrious career as a professional football player in the 1990s and as England manager, took the England team to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 28 years. We discuss how Gareth achieved this by employing psychologists (such as my former guest Pippa Grange), modelling emotional intelligence and communicating with each player as an individual. He promotes a mindset of positive drivers not negative drivers: focusing on what players might achieve, rather than what might go wrong. Most importantly, he reinstated a sense of fun. I love his humble, warm, inclusive approach. Under his watch, footballers have started to look more like role models again.

Gareth explains how he used to be a shy teenage player and with his book, he aims to help youngsters get over self-limiting beliefs, nerves and anxieties and learn to be brave ? and he shares some great dressing-room stories with me as examples. It may be written for children and young people, with Gareth?s role as ambassador for The Prince?s Trust in mind, but it contains universal wisdom for all ages.

I had so much to ask him, and we managed to cover topics from how players cope without a crowd, to how he breaks the news when someone?s not made the team and the real meaning of bravery. We talk about the pressures on players from social media but also how it can be a force for good, helping Raheem Stirling and Marcus Rashford change attitudes and lives through their respective campaigns against racism and childhood hunger.

I can?t emphasise enough that you don?t need to be into football to appreciate this conversation. It?s about having confidence, working hard, taking responsibility and being authentic. It was such an honour to speak with Gareth and he?s certainly reignited my love of the beautiful game. I can?t help but agree with him that when we come together in a positive way over sport, it has the potential to change the world. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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2020-12-16
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#139 BITESIZE | Free Your Subconscious Mind and Reach Your Full Potential | Peter Crone

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Our subconscious mind can control our behaviours and thoughts, creating negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs.

This week?s Feel Better Live More Bitesize guest is writer, speaker and thought leader in human potential, Peter Crone, a.k.a The Mind Architect.

Peter explains that we can?t create the life of someone that we don?t yet believe ourselves to be and in order to do this we need to stop looking back at history we can?t change and start looking forwards. We all have the power to break free from the limitations of our subconscious in order to free our mind and start living the life we were born to live.

Peter believes that with the right mindset and approach to life we can start to experience true freedom and happiness. And who wouldn?t want that?

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2020-12-11
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#138 The Healing Power of Compassion with Dr Julian Abel

Today's conversation is about one of my favourite topics ? compassion. Compassion doesn?t just make us feel good but it can have powerful effects on our health and longevity. That?s something today?s guest has proved to great effect. Dr Julian Abel is a recently retired consultant in palliative (end of life) care and joint leader of the Frome Project, which aimed to end loneliness and improve health in a town in Somerset, by building community connections. In providing compassionate alternatives to medical intervention, Frome saw emergency hospital admissions drop by 30 per cent along with improved quality of life scores, health outcomes and costs.

In this conversation Julian shares the evidence behind using compassion as a therapeutic tool, explaining that good social relationships are more powerful than pretty much any other intervention we have, including giving up smoking, drinking, diet, or exercise in helping us live longer. Compassion is far from the soft approach, it is in fact more powerful than many of the medicines we have.

Julian also talks about his own experience as a palliative care doctor and the lessons he learned from people at the end of their lives. He shares many uplifting and empowering stories that will convince even the biggest skeptic that compassion and connection should be at the centre of everything we do ? after all, it is what makes us uniquely human.

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2020-12-09
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#137 BITESIZE | How to live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life at any age | Daniel Levitin

Imagine if you could reverse ageing and cognitive decline and improve your brain health purely through your mindset and approach to life.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

This week?s guest is Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist and bestselling author. He explains why what we do day-to-day affects not just our short-term health, but also how our brain changes with age.

Daniel describes 3 personality traits, or mindsets, that are the key ingredient to longterm health and happiness. By cultivating a mindset of conscientiousness, curiosity & gratitude we can slow the ageing process.

These are simple and fun things we can do now to live a live a healthy and fulfilling life both today and into our old age.

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2020-12-04
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#136 Arianna Huffington: Microsteps and Rituals to Help You Thrive

In times of uncertainty, anxiety and stress, taking care of your wellbeing is more important than ever and no one knows this better than my guest on today?s episode. Arianna Huffington is author and businesswoman who founded the original ?internet newspaper?, The Huffington Post. She?s also one of Time magazine?s 100 Most Influential People in the World and on Forbes? Most Powerful Women list.

After collapsing at her desk from sleep deprivation and exhaustion in 2007, Arianna became more passionate about the connection between wellbeing and performance. She therefore launched a company called Thrive Global with a mission of ending the stress and burnout epidemic by offering individuals, companies and communities sustainable, science-based solutions to wellbeing.

Arianna and I share a desire to show millions of people globally that habit change and healthy living doesn?t have to be hard. We are both passionate that tiny ?microsteps? that we can all take each day, can have a dramatic impact on our health and the quality of our lives.

Arianna talks me through her Thrive app, which is like a ?health coach in your pocket? and how it uses the concept of ?microsteps? to show that behaviour change doesn?t have to be a huge commitment. Small things you can do that, if regular and consistent, will add up to significant and lasting benefits.

We discuss the idea of ?compassionate directness? as a way of resolving tensions both at home and at work. Arianna shares her wisdom on sleep, motherhood, on creating boundaries when working from home, and on having rituals to mark the end of the day. We also speak about the importance of solitude and discuss how modern life is sending many of us back to ancient wisdom and texts such as the Bhagavad Gita.

This conversation is full of brilliant tips and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

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2020-12-02
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#135 BITESIZE | Why Mindset Is The Key To Achieving The Life You Want To Live | Marie Forleo

The power to achieve anything you want in life is within you - whether it?s improving your health, starting a business or getting a relationship back on track.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.

This week?s guest is Marie Forleo, a US entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist and an unshakeable optimist.

Marie explains why a growth mindset is so important and how comparing ourselves to the curated lives of others online can be toxic. She suggests practical ways we can counteract this by choosing to create before we consume.

Marie has interviewed many successful and influential people and she reveals the one thing that they all have in common.

She believes you should do everything you can to follow your dreams. Your contribution and voice matter and your gift is unique - there never has been or ever will be another you.

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2020-11-27
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#134 Matthew McConaughey on How To Be More You

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When I started these podcasts, back in January 2018, my aim was to connect with people who had new and exciting views on how we can feel better and get more out of life. Little did I know that would lead me to today?s episode, where I chat to one of the world?s most famous Hollywood actors.

Matthew McConaughey might not immediately spring to mind as a self-help guru. Yet for his 2014 Oscar acceptance speech he memorably shared some of the tenets by which he lives his life and to which he owes his success. And Matthew now shares his wisdom in his new book, ?Greenlights: Raucous stories and outlaw wisdom?, which has already become a bestseller all over the globe. Based on the journals he?s kept since he was a teenager, it?s part autobiography, part guide to living ? and 100 per cent inspiration.

I was so pleased to learn Matthew wanted to come on the podcast and was prepared to give me 90 minutes of his time, something almost unheard of in stars of his magnitude. But as you?ll hear in this episode, Matthew isn?t your typical movie star.

Authenticity is very important to Matthew, as is his quest to, in his words, ?Be more me.? And that starts with eliminating what is not you. In Matthew?s own life, key examples include his decision to leave law school and become an actor, and later to turn down vast sums of money to leave the rom-com genre behind. Whilst he acknowledges the financial privilege that allowed him to take these risks, his lesson is about being true to yourself and your values, which is relevant for all of us. He says we should make sure we are feeding our soul account as well as our bank account, investing spiritually as well as financially.

We cover so many topics during this entertaining chat, from our favourite U2 album to the current state of society as well as the incredible value of journaling. Whilst Matthew?s approach isn?t to give advice, there?s plenty of wisdom in the colourful stories and examples from his life that he shares. The beautiful thing about living, he says, is that you?re the author of your life?s story. So be cool to your future self. That?s some pretty awesome A-list advice I think we can all benefit from.

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2020-11-25
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#133 BITESIZE | Why Kindness Is Contagious and How to Make It Spread | David Hamilton

Every act of kindness is significant and has more impact than you can imagine.

Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my new weekly podcast for your mind, body and heart. Each week I?ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my best former guests. This week?s guest is pharmacist-turned-author Dr David Hamilton.

David explains why kindness is contagious and how just one small act of kindness is proven to have a ripple effect that reaches over 100 more people.

When you?re kind to someone, it?s not just that person who benefits. Kindness makes you happier. It?s good for your heart and helps support your immune system. It slows ageing and it also improves relationships. He explains why your kindness matters and how you can take up the 7 Day Kindness Challenge. Kindness is important now more than ever ? let?s help it spread.

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2020-11-20
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#132 How Addictive Technology Keeps You Hooked with Professor Adam Alter

Do you find it hard to resist the ping of a new email, the urge to scroll on social media, or watch the next episode when streaming? Do you wish you could stop checking, clicking, liking and sharing? Then put down your phone and listen to this episode.

My guest today is Adam Alter, an associate professor of marketing and psychology, bestselling author of ?Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and The Business of Keeping Us Hooked? and an expert on the compulsive nature of technology. Adam explains how tech companies make it their business to know exactly how to keep us engaged for hours on end. He shares some of the hooks embedded in products to ?catch? us, such as variable reinforcement (those likes and shares on social media), goals and rewards, and a lack of stopping cues (there?s always another video cued up, another game level to play?). And how do they know all these techniques work? Big data. They simply look at what makes us click.

Tech giants prey on our capacity for ?behavioural addiction?, which like other addictions can undermine our mental health and relationships. Playing with a phone is not just trivial distraction it can have real consequences, especially for our children ? something that as a parent really concerns me. Adam suggests we should be teaching our kids ?digital hygiene? in schools and I couldn?t agree more.

Of course, there are many positive uses of tech, like education, admin, communicating with loved ones we can?t see in person. But when screen time starts to harm our wellbeing, Adam says we need to look at what psychological needs it?s meeting. What?s lacking in our lives that leads us to numb the discomfort by picking up that phone or tablet?

But it?s not all doom and gloom. Adam says, it is possible to live a rich, meaningful, healthy life in our tech-driven age. And we discuss some of the solutions we?re both using to wean ourselves and our families off screens. We agree it?s about intention, using tech where we need and enjoy it, but making a conscious decision to do without it at other times. Starting with an hour or two a day when you put your phone out of sight is a great example.

If, like me, you?ve recently watched The Social Dilemma, Netflix?s fascinating (and scary) take on persuasive technologies and surveillance capitalism, I think you?ll really appreciate Adam?s insights ? and his reassurance that tech addiction is not a human failing. 

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2020-11-18
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#131 Tim Spector: Why Everything You?ve Been Told About Food Is Wrong

It?s a bold claim: that (almost) everything you?ve been told about food is wrong. But by the end of today?s conversation, I think you?ll be questioning what you previously thought was true and embarking on a new way of eating that?s right for you.

My guest, Tim Spector, is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Head of the Department of Twin Research at King?s College London. He?s a leading expert on the gut microbiome whose work has transformed what we know about nutrition and health.

Tim?s latest work highlights how much we really don?t know about food. Aside from the consensus that plant foods are good for us, ultra-processed junk foods are not, there?s very little evidence or expert agreement on anything else. So there?s most definitely not a one-size-fits-all ?correct? way to eat.

During our chat we cover calorie counting, artificial sweeteners, the dangers of ultra-processed foods and how poor science lets the food industry maintain that its products are healthy, simply because they?ve not been proven to be harmful. We discuss the benefits of fasting, and the perception that you need to graze all day. The diet industry perpetuates the myth that if we don?t have a snack to hand at all times, we?ll have an energy dip, lack focus and we might even faint! For most of us, it?s actually the reverse that?s true.

With this in mind, we agree that nutrition should be at the heart of the curriculum in schools. Our children can cope at school without mid-morning and afternoon snacks. I share Tim?s passion that we should be teaching our children how to recognise real versus fake food with the same enthusiasm that we teach them to read and write.

I find the concept of personalised nutrition hugely empowering. As Tim states in his most recent book, ?You are very unlikely to be average?. I?ve seen it first-hand with my patients, many of whom respond completely differently to the same ways of eating. It?s why I describe my approach as ?diet agnostic? and, like Tim, I?d actively encourage you to start experimenting with what, how and when you eat. I hope this conversation inspires you to explore what makes you thrive. 

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2020-11-11
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#130 Deepak Chopra on Waking Up to Your Full Potential

My goal with the podcast is to have conversations that matter. And as part of that process, I want to push and challenge myself, and by doing so, hopefully do the same for you. Today's guest is someone who entirely fits the bill. It is the one and only Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Deepak is a medical doctor, a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation and Time magazine has described him as ?one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century?. He recently published his 91st book called ?Total Meditation?, which offers an exploration of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that a practice of meditation can bring.

In our conversation today, we touch on a whole variety of different subjects, including the problem of instant gratification. We delve into how much of what we do and think is influenced by those around us. Many of us as we get older, or even in response to challenging life circumstances, whether it be grief, loss or heartache, are grappling with the eternal existential questions ? Who am I? And why am I here? Deepak provides some really practical tools to help us answer these questions for ourselves. And he also shares some tried and tested techniques to help us get started with meditation.

Deepak believes that most of us sleep walk through life and are not in control of our thoughts and feelings. The underlying theme throughout this conversation is how we can wake up to our full potential by accessing new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision and help us rediscover who we really are. I found this conversation stimulating and felt my mind very much expanded afterwards. I hope it does the same for you. 

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2020-11-04
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#129 Why Women Are More Likely to Develop Alzheimer?s with Dr Lisa Mosconi

Women's brain health remains one of the most under researched, under diagnosed and under undertreated fields of medicine. Women are twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer?s and twice as likely to become anxious or depressed. They are four times more likely to suffer with headaches and migraines and they are more prone to brain tumours and strokes than men. Today?s guest says this is a clear indication of functional differences between female and male brains. And she?s made it her life?s work to learn more about it.

Neuroscientist Dr Lisa Mosconi is director of the Women?s Brain Initiative and works at the Alzheimer?s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, US, where she studies how genetics, lifestyle and nutrition shape brain health, particularly in women.

Lisa describes her frustration at constantly being told by peers that the reason Alzheimer?s was more prevalent in women was simply because they live longer, and it?s a disease of ageing. We discuss her ground-breaking research that has exposed this bias, finding dementia brain changes can actually begin in midlife, triggered by declining oestrogen during perimenopause. Worrying as that might sound, this discovery will enable women to take control of their risk at a much earlier age. Lisa goes on to share plenty of practical, evidence-based advice to help you do that.

I was really moved hearing Lisa talk about the beautiful changes that happen in the female brain during pregnancy and post-partum. It?s a new take on the idea of ?Mummy brain? and will be validating for all mothers out there to hear. She also gives a clear and candid explanation of how perimenopause alters brain function. So many of my patients in their 40s and 50s are scared by changes like forgetfulness, brain fog and anxiety. If that?s you or someone you know, Lisa?s insights and advice will be really empowering.

I?m a passionate advocate for women?s health equality. Yet chatting with Lisa made me realise how much more work we all have to do to get topics like these out there and understood. This conversation is relevant to all of us, women and men alike. I hope it gets you thinking and talking more. 

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2020-10-28
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#128 The Surprising Truth About Exercise with Professor Daniel Lieberman

Today?s episode will change the way you feel about exercise ? and yourself. Do you ever feel guilty for taking the lift instead of the stairs? For swapping that workout for a lie in, or for having zero desire to run a marathon? If so, my guest has some reassuring words on why an aversion to exercise is completely natural. And some valuable advice on how we can overcome that to reap the multiple health benefits. 

Dr Daniel Lieberman is a paleoanthropologist and Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has studied evolution and researched cultures all over the globe, to explain the science of how and why we move today. Whether you struggle to exercise or you?re a committed fitness fan, I think you?ll find his new perspectives on physical activity absolutely fascinating. 

Among the many topics we cover in this conversation, Daniel addresses the following questions:

Can exercise really help you lose weight?

Does running ruin your knees?

Should we be running barefoot?

Is sitting the new smoking?

Do you need eight hours? sleep a night? 

Should activity levels decline with age?

I think some of his answers might really surprise you. I hope this conversation helps you feel better about the role of exercise in your life and have more compassion for yourself. I think it might just inspire you to move more, too.

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2020-10-21
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#127 Wim Hof on Waking Up to Your True Potential

CAUTION ADVISED: This podcast contains swearing from the start.

How long could you last in a freezing-cold shower? And for how long could you comfortably, peacefully hold your breath? My guest today insists you can learn to do both for far longer than you think. And that by doing so, you can battle disease, regulate your mood and connect with your true self.

This podcast is a fascinating insight into the mind, work and charismatic personality of Wim Hof, aka The Iceman. Wim has been described as a ?trailblazer for human potential? and a ?modern legend?, thanks to his incredible feats. They include withstanding extreme temperatures, climbing Kilimanjaro in nothing but shorts ? even, as he describes to me, being injected with a toxin and resisting illness.

But he is no mere showman, there is method to what some might see as madness. Wim wants to convince people they too can do the ?impossible? and prove it through evidence-based science. Brain scans now indicate we can take conscious control of our autonomic nervous system. But this sort of ?top down? regulation had been unknown in science before.

We talk about cold-water immersion ? and why he believes that ?a cold shower a day keeps the doctor away?. He explains that cold stimulates vascular muscle tone, increasing blood flow, slowing heart rate, increasing energy and lowering cortisol. Wim gives practical advice to help all of us build from a tense, 10-second blast of cold at the end of a shower, to comfortably showering cold for two to three minutes a day. And with benefits like reduced inflammation, improved cardiovascular function and immunity, reduced depression and anxiety.

Breathing techniques go hand in hand with his cold-water exercises, and we discuss how his particular practice can work to help us achieve peak functionality before endurance events, stressful times and more. Paradoxically, it involves over-breathing and breath-holding, to create a stressful spike in the body. Yet it results in a very tranquil sensation ? and builds resilience to all kinds of stress, physical and mental, for the rest of the day.

At the end of this podcast, Wim kindly agreed to take me through one round of his technique, so you can give it a try with me and experience the effects for yourself.* It felt incredible, like accessing a different state of calm. I really hope you can feel the positive energy in this unique conversation. 

(*As we discuss and as Wim makes clear in all his work, please follow his instructions carefully in order to carry out his techniques safely. It?s powerful stuff!)

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2020-10-14
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#126 How to Win at Life Without Losing Yourself with Dr Pippa Grange

Today?s episode is all about fear and how it holds us back in all aspects of our life. My guest is psychologist, Dr Pippa Grange, who has been hailed by the media ?the doctor who helped transform the England football team?. Pippa is also author of the compelling book, Fear Less: How to Win at Life Without Losing Yourself.

Fear is one of our body?s natural early warning systems. It alerts us when we?re under threat and need to take action. A bit like stress or inflammation, it?s something that?s useful to us in certain circumstances. But not when it becomes chronic and disrupts our entire sense of wellbeing. Pippa believes that behind every negative emotion, is the fear that we are not good enough. She sees fear as ?the constant companion? in our lives. Whether it manifests as loneliness, jealousy, dissatisfaction, perfectionism, judgement or shame, the root cause is actually the same. We discuss how we can all leave fear behind and gain what Pippa calls ?mental freedom.?

We delve into how shame evolves in childhood, and how we need to shake out some of the narratives of how we ?should? behave. We also talk about how so many of us conform to societal ideals in order to avoid criticism but in so doing, we can strip ourselves of who we really are. In fact, by pretending to be someone else, Pippa believes we are only performing at life, not living it.

We explore the concept of a ?scarcity mindset? ? the false idea that there?s not enough to go around, whether that be love, success, respect or admiration. We also talk about how schools would be the best place to instil these ideas, and help our children understand that winning and losing are just outcomes and not their worth.

Finally, Pippa explains how by noticing and sitting with our own fears, we can find our real passions and deeper fulfilment. This conversation is full of wisdom and insight and I am sure you are going to really enjoy it!

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2020-10-07
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#125 How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy with Dr Jenna Macciochi

What does immunity mean to you? In today?s Feel Better Live More podcast, researcher and lecturer, Dr Jenna Macciochi explains that it?s not just about fighting off infection. Our immune systems do not lie dormant, waiting to wage war if bacteria or viruses invade ? they play a central and constant role as our bodies? housekeepers.

How do we do that? From empowering nutrition advice to insights into the how our metabolism and immune systems interact, there?s plenty of practical takeaway from this conversation. We discuss the disruptive effects of stress and how cortisol dampens immunity and even reactivates viruses. Having learned this first-hand when chronic stress led to her getting pneumonia, Jenna shares some helpful rituals for reducing the impact of stress in your life.

Perhaps most fascinating though, is the idea that the type of person you are can shape your immunity. Jenna explains there are five main personality categories and each of them have specific immunological features. Traits and behaviours typical of each category, such as risk taking, sociability and how we respond to stress, can end up informing how our immune systems develop. As we discuss, ?It?s more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.?

This is a valuable conversation for anyone who wants to understand more about their immune system, not just to reduce their risk of getting an infection, but also to increase their overall wellbeing and longevity.

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2020-09-30
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#124 Why Changing The Way You Breathe Will Transform Your Body and Mind with James Nestor

In today?s episode, we?re returning to one of my favourite topics. Breathwork is where my personal and professional interests collide. How we breathe affects every body system we have and I?m excited to welcome James Nestor, science journalist and author of new book Breath, which explores the data behind this ancient, but some might say lost, art.

And yes, it is an art. As we discuss, it doesn?t matter whether you follow a new or ancient technique to harness the potential of your breath, the principles are the same. What I love about James? approach is he has no agenda to push. He hasn?t developed his own breathing technique, theory or product. He?s a journalist with an enquiring, sceptical mind. By his own admission, he came from a place where ? like many of you, perhaps ? he thought, ?What?s all the fuss about breathing? It?s automatic, it?s easy, our bodies know what they?re doing?. But do they really?

During this conversation, we cover some of the fascinating ? objective ? insights James has uncovered in his research. He explains the benefits of nasal breathing, the importance of masticating and how diet affects the skeletal development of our children?s mouths. James reveals how learning to chew more, chewing on one side and using mouth tape at night has changed the structure of his own mouth. His airways ? and his wellbeing ? have never been better. We discuss the long list of conditions breathing may improve; how athletes can benefit. And James reveals the therapeutic process behind some ?super breathing? techniques.

Whether you?re already practising breathwork, you?re curious or yet to be convinced, James has a no-nonsense, rigorous approach we can all take something from. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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2020-09-23
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#123 The Power of Pain with Julia Samuel

CAUTION: Contains mild swearing and adult themes.

If there is any certainty in life, it is that things will never stay the same, yet so many of us struggle to embrace and accept change. In the conversation today, Julia Samuel, a leading British psychotherapist, with over 3 decades of experience teaches us how we can all adapt and thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences.

Julia is passionate that pain is the agent of change ? whether that?s through grieving someone that has died or through what Julia calls, ?living losses? (e.g. loss of job, a health crisis, or as many of us are experiencing at the moment, the loss of a life that we used to lead). We talk about how the way we respond to change, in many ways determines how our lives will unfold. Julia explains how love is powerful medicine and that a strong predictor of outcomes in grief is love and connection to others. We delve into transgenerational trauma, my own journey with grief and, importantly, Julia explains how to talk about death - especially with our children. This is a really enlightening conversation and I hope you get as much from it as I did.

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2020-09-16
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#122 Jay Shetty on How to Think Like a Monk and Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose

I am delighted to kick off Season 4 of Feel Better Live More with former monk turned social media superstar, Jay Shetty. After having spent three years living as a monk in India, Jay believes that you don?t have to live like a monk to think like one. With his social media following now totaling over 32 million, Jay is transforming the ancient wisdom he has learned into bite-sized nuggets that will help us all live more meaningful and purposeful lives. So many of us these days are living lives that are not truly ours. Instead, we base our opinion of ourselves on what we think other people think of us. In today?s conversation, Jay and I talk about how we can figure out our own identity and live our truest and most authentic life. He talks us through his value audit exercise which will help us all on our way to living the life we really want.

We also discuss the importance of staying open and curious to new ideas and how our childhood experiences play into all our relationships. We delve into gratitude and Jay shares some brilliant tips to help you get more out of your daily gratitude practice. This conversation is full of timeless wisdom, personal stories and actionable tips and I really hope it helps you live the life you were born to live.

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2020-09-09
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#121 How To Break Free From The Limitations Of Your Mind with Peter Crone

CAUTION ADVISED: this podcast contains swearing.

Today, I welcome Peter Crone, aka ?The Mind Architect? back to the podcast. Peter is a writer, speaker and thought leader in human potential. He has worked with world-famous actors, athletes and the business elite yet what he has to say is just as likely to resonate with the average person, seeking to feel more comfortable in their own skin. His mission is to help people live life without limitations and stress. What he offers instead, is a life of freedom and peace. And who wouldn?t want that? I think that?s why my last conversation with Peter back on episode 82 was one of the most popular conversations I have had to date. 

Peter acknowledges that people struggle and the human experience is challenging but he offers a different way to look at life and your current problems. He believes our subconscious dialogue ? the self-talk that?s rooted in childhood conditioning and that we may not even be aware of ? gives us a certain idea of who we are. By questioning this, and realising it?s not the truth, we can find freedom from suffering. We can get to know the triggers that make us feel less-than, and break free of our limitations. 

If you heard my last conversation with Peter, you?ll know how life-changing his philosophy can be. This conversation has even more anecdotes that will help you apply Peter?s philosophy into your life. This is a really powerful conversation and I hope it helps you to find more freedom in your life. 

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2020-07-15
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#120 How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

We are living through a crisis of distraction. Plans get sidetracked, friends are ignored, work never seems to get done. You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, you receive an email that you need to reply to. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold. What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused? What if you had the power to become ?indistractable??

My guest on today?s conversation is an international bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal. Nir started his career by helping tech-companies develop products that are intentionally habit-forming. Now, Nir has written a new book, Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, which explains how to get the best of technology and reclaim your attention, without letting it get the best of you.

Nir believes that we all have the power to become indistractable and in today?s conversation he reveals how. He explains what really drives human behavior and why ?time management is pain management?. Nir also shares actionable techniques that will help you design your time, realise your ambitions, and live the life you really want.

I hope you find this conversation empowering.

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2020-07-08
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#119 Esther Perel: Relationships and How They Shape Us

As human beings, relationships are fundamental to who we are. We know that relationships can be a big source of happiness and fulfillment in our lives but they can also be one of the major sources of stress. So, why is it that we often find relationships so hard?

In this conversation, I speak to arguably one of the world?s leading and most original thinkers on modern relationships, the wonderful, Esther Perel, who has long been on my dream guest list.

We talk about the many differences between relationships of the past and the relationships of now. How we are now all under pressure not only to have the perfect relationship, but also to portray this illusion to others as well.

Esther believes that it?s the quality of our relationships that determines the quality of our lives. And who we are is actually a combination of how we see ourselves and how others see us. We only really get to know ourselves through our interactions with others.

We talk about the idea that we are not one person but different with each person ? and rather than being one-way, all interactions are reciprocal. We discuss the value of couples? counselling and whether it?s something all relationships, healthy or otherwise, need. Reassuringly, we learn that there?s no such thing as a perfect relationship, they all follow a rhythm of harmony, disharmony and repair.

Esther and I touch and expand on our own situations and how the family history and values you bring to a relationship or marriage impacts the dynamic between you. She talks us through how much the concept of marriage has changed over the past century, and how it?s a tall order to ask just one person in our lives to meet all of our needs ? needs which once would have been shared across our extended families and communities.

This episode is a joyous celebration of all the relationships in our lives. It?s challenging, poignant but ultimately hugely practical. Esther offers some wonderful examples of practices we can all start implementing today, from rituals to build strength in our intimate relationships, to advice on reframing criticism or starting difficult conversations at work. The upshot? Rather than hoping others will change, we can be the change ourselves.

It was a great pleasure to speak with such an incredible lady and I know that you will get a lot of value from hearing what she has to say.

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2020-07-01
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#118 How to Work Less and Get More Done with Alex Pang

Why is it that we equate long hours with greater effort? Could a four-day working week be the change we need for public health as well as the economy?

My guest on today?s conversation is Alex Pang, an author and former Silicon Valley tech consultant who noticed that, when he went on sabbatical from work, he suddenly got a lot more done. This led him to research and write about resting more and working less.

We begin the podcast by talking about active rest or, as Alex also terms it, ?deep play?. How taking regular breaks from intense work to do something you love is a means to enhanced creativity and productivity. We talk about how the technologies we thought would give us a better work-life balance have instead robbed us of boundaries and ground our work down into a fine powder that settles on all areas of our life. It works both ways ? we check social media or do our online banking while we?re at work, just as we check our work emails when we?re at home. 

The solution, says Alex, is to work shorter, more focused hours and balance that with more ?serious leisure? time. There are already progressive companies out there who are shortening the working day or week and reaping the surprising rewards of increased profitability and productivity!

At a time when many of us are working in very different ways from normal, Alex?s work seems incredibly prescient. As lockdown slowly lifts and workplaces start to reopen, finding a balance between work, rest and play that promotes productivity and growth alongside employee wellbeing feels like a no-brainer. The same applies to the self-employed and across all industries. Surely this is our window of opportunity to explore what the ?new normal? should be? I found this conversation really inspiring and I hope you do too.

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2020-06-24
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#117 Why Black Lives Matter with Darryl Edwards

CAUTION ADVISED: this podcast contains themes of an adult nature.

Darryl Edwards ? aka The Fitness Explorer ? was one of the very first guests to appear on this podcast, all the way back on episode 7. He is someone who is passionate about promoting movement that is fun and playful. But that?s not why I invited Darryl back to talk to me on this episode.

If there?s a thread that runs through all my podcasts, it?s that empathy and compassion are essential to feeling better and living more ? and that?s more important now than ever. This episode was recorded 10 days after George Floyd lost his life in Minneapolis, US, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement rose up in response. 

I talk to Darryl about his experiences growing up in the UK with black skin. He was born in the UK but his grandparents came here from Jamaica in the early 1950?s. Whilst Darryl is a leading light in the wellness industry, he?s also one of the few black faces. And perhaps, until now, we haven?t thought enough about why. 

Darryl has an in-depth knowledge of black history and in today?s conversation, he takes us back to the very origins of the transatlantic slave trade, the ?social construct of race?, and dehumanisation of African people in the late 14th century. He describes how, far from being a US-only problem, transatlantic slavery was introduced by Europeans throughout the world and capitalised upon by the British. He explains how racism didn?t end with the abolition of the slave trade but continued through systemic laws of suppression, oppression, colonisation and segregation. I?m really grateful to Darryl for distilling what he knows into a form that we can all understand and act on. 

He shares shocking examples of racism he?s experienced, from playground bullying through overt workplace discrimination to the fact that, as a black man, the police have pulled him over while driving at least 100 times, including at gunpoint. Whether this is an experience you share or one you can only contemplate with horror, the question we are all asking now is how should we respond. Darryl and I discuss how all of us, not just the black community, have a responsibility to internalise racism and think ?that could have been me?. Empathy and compassion surely have to be part of the solution.

Can something positive come from the tragic death of George Floyd? Perhaps, if those of us now listening, engaging and learning go out into the world and demand change. ?Our window of discussion has extended,? says Darryl. ?Please listen to us.? This conversation is a very good place to start.

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2020-06-17
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#116 How to Plan the Post-Lockdown Future of Your Dreams and Coping with Emotions with Dr Tara Swart

For many people, lockdown has provided a time for personal development. You may have discovered and worked on new qualities or skills. But I?m very aware that just as many people have found it a really stressful and incredibly busy time. Perhaps you?re a key worker, or a working parent juggling schooling and office hours. Maybe you?re out of work, have lost loved ones, or are in any way struggling to cope.

This week?s podcast has a really important message for everyone: be kind to yourself. It?s OK not to have acquired new skills or found enlightenment.

I?m delighted to welcome back Dr Tara Swart, a previous guest, whose message I think is more important now than ever. Tara?s impressive list of credentials includes medical doctor, neuroscientist, psychiatrist, lecturer at MIT, business coach and author. Her passion is teaching people how to apply lessons from neuroscience and behavioural psychology ? in easy, achievable ways ? to enhance their everyday lives and better cope with stress and change.

We discuss some really practical, empowering acts of self-care you can easily build into your day ? micro habits that can build your resilience to stress. Not all of us have time for 90 minutes of yoga every evening. But Tara explains there is no need to worry - simply lying on your yoga mat for five minutes sends the signal to your brain that you matter and that you are worth looking after.

We chat about the value of journaling during the pandemic; how it develops self-awareness and can help our relationships. We also talk about spirituality, vivid dreaming, and how to cope if you?re feeling anxious about the easing of lockdown or uncertain about the future.

Finally, Tara talks us through how to create a ?vision board? for how we want life to be different after lockdown. Mine is going to include less time travelling, more with my family, whom I?ve come to cherish more than ever during these past months. What would be on your action board? What have you learned about yourself during lockdown ? and how do you want that to inform the life you lead going forward? I really hope this conversation helps you to consider that.

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2020-06-10
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#115 Meditation and Mindfulness Made Easy: The Very Best Tips

There?s so much craziness going on in the world right now and it can often be hard to know what to feel, or even what to do. In times like these, a practice of mindfulness or meditation becomes even more important. It can help improve sleep, reduce levels of stress and anxiety and so much more. But for me, the most important benefit is that it allows you to check in with who you are. Many of us live life at 100 miles an hour ? bombarded with emails, texts messages and news ? we are constantly consuming information from the outside and we rarely have time to go to the inside and check in on how we are feeling.

Today?s episode is a special compilation episode all about mindfulness and meditation ? what are the common misconceptions, and what are the actual benefits? In this episode, I have put together the very best clips from previous conversations on the podcast, to help answer these questions. Many of us have tried before to start a daily practice but have soon found ourselves giving up, despite our best intentions. This special episode will show you why this need not be the case. It is packed with simple, easy and practical tips, that I am sure will inspire you to get started and start reaping the benefits today!

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2020-06-03
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#114 The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World with Dr Vivek Murthy

My guest on today?s conversation is Vivek Murthy. Vivek was the US Surgeon General under the Obama administration and is now author of the fantastic book, Together, about the healing power of human connection. And connect is exactly what Vivek and I did during this conversation in a really deep and profound way. During this conversation, we talk about what authenticity really means and how powerful it is to be truly vulnerable.

We also talk about the consequences of this pandemic causing a social recession as well as an economic recession and how lockdown is making an already chronic problem of loneliness much worse. But this conversation is about hope and optimism - could the outcome of our separation in fact be a social revival? Are we realising more than ever before that we need to put people first?

When he was in office, Vivek realised that the thread running through so many social and health problems, touching people of all ages, was loneliness. As doctors, we share the conviction that lack of connections is a major factor in many modern health conditions. We discuss how loneliness can manifest as irritability, anger, depression and disturbed sleep. It can also be behind ailments from anxiety to addiction and even obesity. And, of course, in the current pandemic, its effects are amplified.

So, could it be time for us to take stock of how much we?ve missed our family, friends, even strangers ? and decide how we want those relationships to be going forwards? Vivek believes we need to make an explicit commitment to other people ? reaching out to others and giving our undistracted time when we do. Service, he says, is a powerful antidote to loneliness ? it?s you adding value to the world.

Vivek?s guiding principle is to ?put people first? in society, as well as in our individual lives and to let love and compassion be our path out of loneliness and suffering. It?s really hard to disagree with this when you hear this conversation, and I hope you find it as meaningful as I did.

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2020-05-27
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#113 How Breathing Can Transform Your Life with Brian MacKenzie

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It is the first thing we do when we arrive in the world and the last thing we do before we leave. It happens automatically 26,000 times a day without us even having to pay any attention to it, yet breathing is one of the only autonomic systems in our body that we can control, if we choose to. But because we can do it without consciously thinking about it, we often forget about it. The reality is though, that we react to every single situation in life with our breath and we have the power to choose how we respond to any situation by controlling our breath. Amazingly, this can also affect how others will respond back to us.

No one demonstrates this better than my guest on today?s conversation, Brian MacKenzie. Brian is co-founder and President of the Health and Human Performance Foundation and Creative Director at Power Speed Endurance, a company focused on optimising physical, emotional and cognitive performance.

In today?s podcast, Brian shares some of his incredible experiences. Firstly, he describes how he nearly became paralysed in an accident and he also shares his unbelievable experience of voluntarily swimming with great white sharks. In both of these intense situations, Brian was able to control his response by harnessing the power of his breath. Breath is at the centre of everything Brian does and he believes that through our breath, we can all discover who we really are and rid ourselves of the mental and societal constructs that prevent us from being free.

We cover so many different themes today. We discuss the concept of carbon dioxide intolerance and what it means for our biology and our emotions. But we also talk about optimising oxygen efficiency in our bodies ? doing so can help every single aspect of our lives ? whether we want to improve our mental health, our focus, reduce stress or even increase our sporting performance.

I understand that starting a breathing practice can feel confusing ? where should you begin, what method should you use, are you doing it right? Brian?s advice on this is reassuring. For him, breathwork is about giving it all a try, experimenting, learning and finding out what works for you. I think that is wonderfully freeing and exciting. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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2020-05-20
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#112 The Secret to Ageing Well with Dr Dan Levitin

CAUTION ADVISED: This podcast contains swearing themes of an adult nature.

Do you believe that we have control over how we age? Is mental decline inevitable? Or, does how we live now determine our later years?

This week?s guest is Dr Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist and best-selling author. His latest book, The Changing Mind, is an enlightening read for anyone who wants to age well, live well and understand the science behind both.

Dan and I discuss the concept of healthspan versus lifespan ? how if you want to live to a ripe old age, you?ll want to be able to enjoy it, too. Amazingly, Dan?s extensive research has led him to conclude that the number one factor that predicts how well we?ll age is not, as you might imagine, genetic ? it?s a personality trait. We discuss just what that personality trait is and Dan goes on to reveal three other important traits that govern our behaviours and how we respond to the world ? and therefore how healthy and happy we are at age 8 or 108. The good news is, that these traits can be taught and it?s never too late to start learning - you can start cultivating your personality to be neuroprotective at any age.

Dan is passionate that we can and should keep learning throughout life. He explains why it?s a myth that memory automatically deteriorates and outlines simple and easy changes we can all make that will enhance life right now, as well as promote a healthy and fulfilling old age. This is a really enlightening conversation ? I hope it helps you on your way to a long, happy and healthy life.

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2020-05-13
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#111 How to Get a Good Night?s Sleep: The Very Best Tips on Sleep

Sleep is one of the most undervalued components of our health ? if we can improve the quality of our sleep, we can improve the quality of our lives. Getting more sleep improves every aspect of our lives ? it makes us less prone to injury when we exercise, boosts our productivity and enhances our ability to lose weight. Yet so many of us struggle to get a good night?s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

In this episode, I have decided to try something a little bit different and draw on the wealth of knowledge that is contained in all my previous episodes to put together some of the most actionable tips to help improve the quality of your sleep. You will also hear about the effect of artificial light, caffeine and alcohol on the quality of our sleep.

This episode is jam packed with simple tips that you can put into practice straight away and I hope that by the end of the episode, if you don?t already, you will be convinced to make sleep a priority in your life.

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2020-05-06
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#110 Why Mindset is The Key to Success with Tom Bilyeu

CAUTION ADVISED: this podcast contains swearing.

Do you believe that people?s values can change, or are they set in stone? Can you gain talent and intelligence through practice, or are they innate? Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed one?

My guest on this week?s show is convinced that change is available to all of us, at any time. Tom Bilyeu is a US entrepreneur who co-founded a billion-dollar nutrition company. His weekly YouTube show, Impact Theory, explores the mindset of the world?s highest achievers, to share the secrets of their success. And during this conversation, you?ll learn how to implement some of those yourself.

We talk about the importance of being a learner and how openness to criticism is, in fact, a superpower. We also discuss how to shift self-limiting beliefs. One of Tom?s mantras is: ?only do and believe that which moves you towards your goal? and he describes how you can use that to change your thinking around things like weight loss or fitness.

Tom and I delve into topics like nutrition and diet, although we do not necessarily share the same views ? but that?s the beauty of a conversation like this, being open to debate. He has what he calls ?strong convictions, loosely held? and I love that as a description of a mind that?s always curious and open. As a doctor, I know different methods work for different people ? and at different times. So health is a great example of why a fixed mindset isn?t helpful.

Tom?s motivation and passion for life is infectious. His mission is to help people live to their full potential and execute their dreams ? I hope after listening to this chat you?ll want to start working towards yours.

N.B. this conversation was recorded in October 2019.

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2020-04-29
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#109 Discover the Joy of Movement with Dr Kelly McGonigal

One of the positives I?m seeing during the current lockdown is many people?s renewed appreciation for getting out, active and connected. Having to stay home is making us really value that small window in our days when we can step outside to exercise, interact with nature and say a (distanced) hello to people we pass on the street or in the park.

For that reason, I think you?re going to love listening to my guest on this week?s podcast. Kelly McGonigal is a US research psychologist, a lecturer at Stanford University and an author. Kelly and I talk about the importance of music for movement, and how moving with others can improve social connections and foster a sense of support and community. We discuss how going beyond what you think you?re capable of ? whether that?s an endurance event, lifting heavy weights or taking on an epic hike in nature ? can provide a spiritual experience that changes the brain in positive ways.

If doesn?t have to be hard, though. Kelly explains how even the simplest of movements provide an immediate reset for your mood and brain chemistry. And she shares ground-breaking new research that shows how repeatedly contracting any muscles, through continuous exercise, releases antidepressant substances called myokines that scientists have dubbed ?hope molecules?.

Whether you?re someone who wants to move more but isn?t sure where to start ? or you?re already a confirmed fitness fanatic ? I think you?ll find this conversation uplifting.

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2020-04-22
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