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What Raw Material Are You Feeding Your Mind?

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Lately, in the Rock Star office, you can find a group of us huddled together sharing nutrition tips.

Seems like we're all bio-hackers all of a sudden.

Coconut oils, grass-fed butter, alpha brain, charcoal, coffee, good meats, low-carbs ... it goes on and on.

We're likely all spending too much money on good foods right now.

But interestingly, everyone who has been playing around with their diet says they'll NEVER go back to the way they used to eat.  They're now pretty critical of anything that they but in their body.

And if they do go out on the weekend for a few drinks or eat some not-so-healthy-foods, they understand there will be a price to pay.

For myself, I now know the exact effects of eating different foods.  After two years of cleaning up my eating, I can now tell exactly what will happen if I eat Almond butter before bed versus having a single glass of wine before bed.

It's freaky, after tracking your diet so closely for a while you can pick up on the smallest things.

These types of conversations also freak out anyone who isn't into food as much as us ... you get eye rolls, a little laughter and even the response that, "everything is OK in moderation".

Here's the interesting thing...

With a big momentum shift going on in how much attention people are giving to what they eat.

We wonder if a similar shift will happen to what people feed their minds.

Seriously.

Personally, we noticed a huge change in our thinking and decision making as soon as we:

a) Stopped listening to the radio (for myself, for a 12-year stretch I literally listened to NO radio ... none).

b) Ignored the news.  We saw the headlines about jobs/economy/life/tech but we ignored it.  There has been one long-standing exception:  sports news.  We read it all!

And replaced that with:

a) Dozens of CDs floating around our cars on different topics.  Some have been audio books, interviews, courses ... whatever quality information we could feed our minds.  We now do a lot of audio books from Audible and interviews from Podcasts but we still have CDs all over the place.

b) Reading history.  We're not history buffs at all.  And some of these types of books are super boring, horribly boring.  But the odd ones are amazingly insightful.  Instead of being influenced by the latest media headlines designed to scare you ... we gained a certain calm and confidence by understanding economic cycles and the history of money, wealth, real estate, marketing strategies.

Did you know that some of the latest "marketing strategies" are actually things that were done a hundred years ago ... today they're "new" because you're seeing them on new media like Instagram or Facebook, but they're not original ideas.  Fascinating stuff.

c) Reading books and subscription-based (aka "paid for") newsletters.

d) Spending money to attend conferences all over North America.

Today we're back to watching some of the news headlines.

But now we have a better perspective.

We can make sense of the headlines instead of being confused by them.

And we know what affects reading too many news headlines, especially economic gloom and doom stuff, has on our minds.

We know what reading celebrity gossip stuff does too us.

We know what listening to the radio does to us.

It scatters our thinking.

Personally, after listening to the radio I have a difficult time focusing and thinking strategically.

Something about it scatters my brain.

It's almost as if what you put into your brain is as important as what you put into your mouth.

Maybe one day we'll have just as passionate discussions about this as we have about food.

It's definitely worth thinking about.

Just don't talk about this with your friends and family ... you'll freak them out 😉

Until next time ... Your Life! Your Terms!

 

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0 comments on “What Raw Material Are You Feeding Your Mind?”

  1. Why not make a list of some of your favorite cd's, books etc for us to check out?

  2. Tom, I couldn't agree with you more, I too stopped listening to the radio and started listening to books on CD or Rock Star CD's while driving. When it's all said and done each one of us has the choice of what we put in our brain. Great article, good to see others sharing my sentiments.

  3. What grass-fed butter do you guys use and where do you find it? I look everywhere for it but can never seem to find any real grass-fed stuff. When I search the internet it sounds like its pretty hard to come by in Canada!

  4. Sounds so familiar 🙂 I, too, inevitably turn most discussions with friends and family to proper nutrition and exercise and get a few eye rolls and even some patronizing. But I still go on - partly because I feel a bit obliged to share the latest knowledge with people I care about (after all, that would save them time going through tons of different research, interviews, articles, books and podcasts because I already do) and partly because I feel as passionate about this as I do about real estate 🙂 The difference between what I eat (and what I understand about what I eat) "then" and "now" is so vast, so profound that there is no going back to the time I started all this as a short-term experiment, even though I never considered myself a junk-food lover (and, by conventional standards, never was, by any stretch of imagination). But the secret I wanted to share with you, Tom and Nick, is that - as with many other things - you have kinda been my inspiration in this, too. I believe it was, originally, your book recommendation for the "Four-hour Chef", which then lead to my exploration of the "Four-hour body", that sparkled my interested in bio-hacking. Coupled with a few podcast recommendations I picked up from you recently , these tips were invaluable. So - THANK YOU, once again, for inspiring such diverse range of interests in us 🙂

  5. Sounds so familiar 🙂 I, too, inevitably turn many discussions with friends and family to nutrition and exercise and get a few eye rolls and even some patronizing. But I still go on - partially because I feel a little obliged to share the latest knowledge with people I care about (hey, that saves them a ton of time of going through pages of research, articles, podcasts, interviews, books and logical conclusions - I already do that 🙂 ). The difference between what I eat (and, to a large extent, do) now versus "then" (i.e. before I started looking into this as a short-term experiment, now turned into a life-stlye) is so vast that there is no going back (even though I could never consider myself a junk-food lover in the past - and, by conventional standards, never was by any stretch of imagination). But a little secret I wanted to share with you today, Tom and Nick, is that - as with many things lately - you have kinda been my inspiration behind all this. I believe it was a book recommendation for "4-hour chef", which lead me to "4-hour body", which then sparkled my interest for bio-hacking in general - which exploded after that with more books, podcasts (again, a few of them recommended by you), etc. So - THANK YOU for sharing such a diverse range of interests with us - your tips are always valuable, even if they don't relate specifically to real estate 🙂

  6. We use Kerrygold and pick some up whenever we're close to the U.S. border from Wegmans ... by the sounds of things I think there are more than a couple Canadians doing the same thing!

    -Tom.

  7. We use Kerrygold unsalted and pick some up whenever we're close to the U.S. border from Wegmans ... by the sounds of things I think there are more than a couple Canadians doing the same thing!

    -Tom.

  8. Teymur, thank you so much for sharing this. Our goals for Rock Star go way beyond real estate so your comment here means A LOT to us. Appreciate you taking the time to share that and we're very grateful to be surrounded by people like you!

    - Tom.

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