Gem Bookshelf: Intuitive Fasting, Dr. Will Cole

Published in 2021, the book is a New York Times bestseller.

Some text straight from The Intuitive Fasting:

“Your goal during Week 4 is to rebalance the most intricate hormones in your system, which means you are tailoring your approach to support:

• Improved thyroid and sex hormone health • Leptin and ghrelin balance, which means balanced hunger signals • Healthy melatonin and serotonin production, which means better sleep and a healthier mood.

One of the biggest focuses this week is on cultivating a healthier relationship with food and with yourself.

You can do this by practicing awareness – awareness of your thoughts and feelings about food.

Ask yourself: What habits were really serving me before this plan and which ones were not? Consider which thought patterns you would like to leave behind and which you want to bring forward.

As you move through this last week of the plan and decide how you’re going to incorporate intermittent fasting into your life, listen to that quiet voice inside you, your intuition.

At this point, you’ll have established some metabolic flexibility and you can trust your intuition about what your body needs. If you feel better eating more carbs, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you enjoy the way you feel on the keto diet long-term, have at it! This week is about slowing down, showing yourself some love, and coming up with a plan that works for you in the long term.”

X Johanna

Gem Medical: Cholesterol

Ever known someone who had a heart or a brain incident of some kind? Because on the body everything is interconnected. I don’t think that’s even Asian medicine, it’s well aware in Western medicine as well!

Ok, so let’s start with the interconnectness of everything in this cholesterol issue.

The Danish footballer had a sudden heart attack on the playing field last summer. I don’t remember his name. Google here I come! (20 seconds later.) It was Christian Eriksen. Now, of course being super-analytical, my mind started racing how this happened.

Sure enough, right as they were resuscitating him, I got to the conclusion of his nutrition had been full of (animal) cholesterol and therefore his veins to the heart (among others?) had been blocked. No matter how much one exercises or is an athlete. A heart fails no matter whos, for sure.

Especially, I am quite small. Tall, yes, but there’s not a lot of pounds on me. So I must be very careful what to eat, and think about the ratio of the foods and exercising. Now, I know I should’ve watched more of what I put into my body.

That’s a wink-wink by the way! It seems quite difficult at first, but surely it grows on you.

In blood and tissue fluid the cholesterol is as lipoproteins, in where the cholesterol molecule (fatty molecule) is surrounded by a water soluble protein.

I believe you’ve heard of this: HDL (the good fats) and LDL (the bad fats).

The liver is the place in where cholesterol goes in first, and any extra cholesterol (LDL) goes into the circulation and any excess blocks veins. And the end. There’s not a magic wand on anyone that makes extra LDL not block.

It can block major arteries to the heart as badly that there’s nothing short of a heart failure happening. And remembering that interconnectness, if the other veins get blocked, then a stroke is waiting to happen next.

I better stop now, before the Gem Medical gets gloom. It didn’t yet!

Watch your mouthfuls.

X Johanna

GEM Bookshelf: A Woman Makes A Plan, Maye Musk

“When I was spending my July holidays in the Kalahari Desert as a child, I didn’t imagine I would be doing high fashion in America in my 70s. #AWomanMakesAPlan Yet your life changes, and you need to make another plan. Aim for happiness ⁦@IMGmodels#ItsGreatToBe71

Quote+Pic+The featured image (c) Twitter @mayemusk

Maye was a guest on a podcast by Vishen (The Mindvalley podcast with Vishen) and he called her a force to be reckon with. I could not agree more. Just couldn’t.

As getting to know her story and read the book, you cannot help but wonder HOW on earth did she manage that? For example, I now think about situations like: ‘How would Maye do this?’

In short (well you really need to get to know the story, so far), her mother and father were Canadians, where her father bought a plane. Then they moved to South-Africa, and with five kids explored the world, so to say. As Maye and her twin sister Kaye were so little, they often didn’t participate in the travels. Maye’s father searched for lost cities.

Except for the Kalahari desert trip they all went. The family spent weeks sleeping outside with lions and hyenas coming close to the camp.

That right there is why Maye and all her children (Kimbal, Tosca and Elon) are so fearless. Because Maye’s parents were, and when you grow up in a family like that…Well… Their motto was and is: “Living dangerously–carefully.”

“We never lit a fire and ate only canned food and bread. Sleep was limited, because at night, the cattle kept trying to lick our faces or steal our blankets. Perhaps that’s why it never bothered me to share a small apartment with my children.” (About the experiences in the Kalahari Desert)

“At fifteen, I had been told I’d be done by eighteen, and at seventy-one, I’m the biggest I’ve ever been. What I’ve learned is that you can always find a way. You can always make another plan. Of course, it took time for me to learn, and I’m still learning!” (Maye about modelling)

Going back to Canada, the family had barely nothing. Tosca (15) had sold pretty much everything, while Maye was out of town. Tosca was heading to Canada because Elon was already there. Living from a pay check to a pay check, eating lots of peanut butter sandwiches and bean soups to survive (Maye herself is a dietitian/nutritionist and Kimbal of course became a chef). This ‘roughing it’ was nothing new though. Elon said he lived a dollar per day on a podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

What a first Gem book of the year to kick-start 2022 with! O.m.g. Now, how would Maye spend 2022? Off to find out.

X Johanna