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Your Habits Vote for Your Identity

Hey Team!
Around this time of year a lot of people are busy trying to keep up with their New Years Resolutions, and new goals that they have set for themselves. Maybe you are too? Creating new habits, that are good for us, is not always as easy as we want it to be. So, understanding how beliefs and behavior is connected – through habits, can be very useful.

“Your habits are the way that you embody a particular identity”

James Clear, the writer of Atomic Habits, says that “Your habits are the way that you embody a particular identity”. Meaning that if you are in the habit of making your bed every morning, you embody the identity of an organized person. Or, if you are someone who works out every day (habit), you are a fit person (identity). These actions are a continuous vote for who you believe you are. I think that this is really something to be aware of, and to think about! Habits then, become very important as they shape our self image.

What is a habit by definition then? According to James Clear from the podcast with Rich Roll, there are three ways to define a habit.
1. A habit is a behavior that has been repeated enough times to be performed more or less automatically.
2. When you face a problem [small or large] in life, your brain tries to find a solution to that. When you come across a recurring problem in life, you start to automate those.
3. …an automatic solution we fall into for whatever the recurring problems are that we face.

“Your original habit is not necessarily the optimal one” -James Clear

Here is a huge key in order to understand our habits and to be able to change them: “Your original habit is not necessarily the optimal one”. Once aware of that, maybe you can redesign your habit to solve that particular problem in a better way.

Here is another golden nugget from the podcastย “Every behavior is driven by the desire for a change in state”. For example, when you eat some sweets, you are not after the calories in that cake or chocolate, right. You want to feel different, like maybe less anxious, or a little happier.
When you come home in the evening feeling stressed and you have a glass of wine, you want to feel more relaxed. The question then is, is this a good habit for you, and what kind of identity are you shaping with that habit?

“Good habits serve you in the long run, bad habits do not.” -James Clear

I really enjoyed this podcast with former baseball player Jamesย  Clear, and wanted to share it with you. Rich Roll says on his webpage “This is a highly practical conversation that explores the psychology and neuroscience behind behavior change.” I totally agree! Check out the podcast, it’s well worth your time.

Listen to the podcast here, or check out the video below

I hope you find this podcast useful and maybe it will inspire you to take a look at your current habits, and see if they are in line with the identity of the person that you want to be.

I wish you all an atomically awesome weekend!
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Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash
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https://www.richroll.com/podcast/james-clear-401/
https://jamesclear.com/

It’s Time to Look at Cancer Differently

One good thing with being on long flights, is that its perfect for podcasts. I had a couple of them lined up for my New York trip last week. Some podcasts are just good for passing time, but once in a while you get one of those that make you go “holy shit, that’s some eye opening stuff!” The episode on Pursuing Health with Dr. Julie Foucher where she interviews Dr. Thomas Seyfried on cancer treatment is definitely one of those.

In the podcast called “Challenging Conventional Cancer Care” Dr. Thomas definitely will ruffle some old feathers with this new metabolic therapy approach. Based on his research he says that cancer is not a genetic disease, but a metabolic one. That means that if we take away the foods that fuels cancer, we can get rid of it. Now that is changing how we look at this disease altogether! This would also go along with Chris Kesser who says “Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger“.

“The paradigm change has to be, number one, it’s not a genetic disease. Number two, it’s a mitochondrial metabolic disease, and the treatments that you can use can be totally different than the ones used right now”*

According to Dr. Seyfried there are two types of fuel that feeds cancer. Cancer can use either one, or both of them for fuel depending of what type of tumor it is. So, what are the fuels? Glucose (sugars and almost all processed foods) and glutamine (an amino acid mainly found in animal proteins). Therefore by reducing the intake of these foods you are basically starving the cancer. This is why the Ketogenic diet can be very successful as you are restricting glucose, hence lowering your blood sugar levels.

Did you know that the “cancer survival rate” is just 5 years statistically. That means that if a person survives 5 years with cancer, statistically they will always count as a survivor, even if they die after 5 and a half years. I remember how shocked I was when I found this out a couple of years back. I thought that surviving cancer meant being alive more than 5 years! This is good information to have if you are reading up on statistics for a specific treatment.

Is this a controversial topic? You bet! But, I think it needs to be. Almost everyone has someone close to them affected by cancer these days. “…if we have a solution that’s working, why is the obituary page [in the newspaper] full of people dying from cancer?”.** It’s time to open up the conversation and look at other possibilities as well.

 

Here is the link on i-tunes if you want to download it. If you are short on time and want to skip to the intro of Dr. Seyfried it starts at 05:35, and the actual interview starts at 09:02.

 

If you think this seems impossible, well… the planet used to be flat at one time, and lobotomies were still performed in the 60’s, so let’s keep an open mind and start a real conversation about this.
I wish you all a round weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

P.S. I passed both of my Exams last week and am now officially an NTP(Nutritional Therapy Practitioner)! [feelings of happiness and relief are inserted here]

Also, if this blog post interests you, take a look at this previous blog “Eat your brain into better wellth” and this excellent TED talk by William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?




The book by Dr. Thomas Seyfried, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
Mentioned in the podcast, book by Travis Christofferson, Tripping Over the Truth
*in the podcast at 1:05:31
**in the podcast at 34:45

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

I’m guest hosting this Podcast. Have a listen!

A couple of moths ago I was asked to be a guest host on the Swedish Podcast “Cykelpratarna”, roughly translated to “The bike talkers”. Cykelpratarna is made by Anders Adamson and Tomas Jennebo, and it has been really fun to work with them and creating this podcast. I also have a new found respect for all the great podcasters out there. It is definitely not as easy as it sounds!

For those of you who know me a little bit better you know that my life has been multi faceted to say the least. I have lived in many different countries and I have had many different “lives” from Scuba Diving Instructor in Bali, to working in a private bank to working as I do now. In one of my other “lives” it was all about cycling. First on my own competing, and then working for some of the best pro teams in the World.

This Podcast focuses on my background in cycling, but I talk about other things as well, and what I am up to at the moment. So, you do not need to be a cycling expert to be able to tag along. If you want to find out more about me, and listen to some of my favorite songs, then you can either stream the podcast here, or just download it below. At the moment it is only available in Swedish, however if you are interested in getting an English version, send me an email titled “podcast in English” and we’ll take it from there.

Download the Podcast Episode Here

 

I have also attached some pictures from back in the days. Some of them are mentioned in the podcast with an accompanying story of course.

 

The famous BUTTON in Fabian’s white shirt! Here we are celebrating Fabian Cancellara’s win of Paris-Roubaix with the Team, which Marcus Ljungqvist was also a part of. Fun times!

 

Competing on cobbles somewhere in Belgium 2003.

 

 

Always a laugh with these two! Sport director Tristan Hoffman, and rider Kurt Asle-Arvesen. A usual afternoon for me, working on the Team.

 

The famous Survival camp with the Team. Here I am getting on a sail boat in the middle of the night during winter in Denmark. It was the start of three long, cold, wet days with hardly any sleep or food, and lots of hard work. A very interesting experience!

 

Just another day at work, here during the Giro d’Italia with Bjarne Riis. Below at the World Championships in Madrid.

 

Spring training camp in Italy, here with Aussie rider Luke Roberts.

 

Working on the WTA Pro Tour Tennis circuit and at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

 

Finally all of the matches have finished for the “day” at 11pm, and we can go for dinner!

 

 

With Chair Umpire Isabell during a WTA Tournament.ย  Remember have fun and… never take yourself too seriously!
๐Ÿ™‚ Until next time

 

 

Are Your Core Values on Rinse, Wash, Repeat?

You have probably read about the importance of core values, both for business and in your personal life. Maybe you have even done a workshop on the topic. Identifying your core values is one thing. But, what are you doing on a daily basis to put them into action, so that your core values will truly become a part of you?

“What are you doing on a daily basis to put them into action, so that your core values will truly become a part of you?”

For most people I think we get stuck at the slogan version, “have integrity” “be kind” “work hard” and so on.ย  The slogan version both sounds and looks good. But, it doesn’t say anything about how to implement that value on a daily basis. If you don’t have a clear daily map to guide you, how will you ever get to where you want to go? The difference is thinking that the top of the mountain probably looks good, compared to making it all the way up the mountain and enjoying the actual view. I think this key component is missed by most of us.

-Are you stuck at the “Slogan version”?

Excellent coaches are hard to come by, and I am always very happy when I find one that I think is worth listening to. Ben Bergeron belongs in that group, and I hope that this podcast will make you think about your core values and most importantly – how to implement them into daily actions. Even a small action put on rinse, wash, repeat will make a big impact given enough time.

Here is the link to the 30min podcast if you want to download it: Living Based on Core Values by Chasing Excellence.

And if your prefer to watch, here is the video of the podcast.

 

Have fun chasing excellence this weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰