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Produced by The Mindful Tech Lab - a husband and wife team of wellness technology entrepreneurs. Sarah-Kate is an Ivy League educated nurse practitioner who uses her unique experience from working with high stressed Wall Streeters on mental health in NYC to award winning actors on their diet and fitness in LA to bring you tips that work. Eric discusses the positive psychology techniques he uses to improve both his business and personal life.
Exercise is one of the very best things you can do for yourself. It helps with mood, prevents cancer and disease, keeps you in shape – exercise literally does it all. That being said, exercise is also one of the hardest things to make a habit, especially if you are someone who didn’t grow up playing sports or its been a long time since you last worked out. In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you her top hacks to make exercise become a habit.
Yoga is one of the best things you can do for both your mind and body and is beneficial for all men and women of all ages and backgrounds, it is never too late to start and you don’t have to be inherently flexible to do it. In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about the benefits of yoga that she's seen first hand with her patients, family and friends.
You’ve been working out really hard and eating healthy, and you still feel like you aren’t making much progress, what gives? This is a very common situation I see in practice. Well, when we look a little closer at your day-to-day life, normally there are a few situations where unhealthy foods lurk and you might indulge and forget about what you ate or drink, or think it was just a bite – that adds up quickly without you even realizing it. In this episode Sarah-Kate discusses the most common sneaky situations that derail your diet.
What better day than today to start making positive and lasting changes in our life. When we do something consistently, and without even really thinking about it, we call that a habit. Of course there are good and bad habits, but today we are going to focus on the good – though removing bad habits is very important too.
Listen to this episode for the 7 steps to start building more positive habits in your daily life!
Many of the great companies that we are familiar with began as side projects. Yep, they were started when their founders still had day jobs. This is not uncommon and there are many additional benefits of creating a side project. In this episode Eric talks about the benefits of creating a side project and hopes to inspire you to start creating one today.
All forms of exercise are great for both your mind and body, but different workouts will give you different results. Some workouts will be great for weight loss, while others will be great for posture, but rarely does one specific workout check all of the boxes for all fitness goals.
Ask yourself first, what do you aim to achieve with exercise? Then listen to learn which of the various workouts are best to help you to reach your goals!
In this episode Eric talks about the trap of comparing ourselves to those who appear to “have it better” than us – whether it’s a good friend, family member, or some random person you follow on Instagram – the temptation to compare is always there. Learn 5 reasons why you should stop comparing yourself to others, now!
Change, well it’s inevitable in life. In fact, it’s one of the most constant things that we can count on happening in our day to day lives. Most people fear change and not only that, worry about it before it even happens. Instead of worrying about change, today we'll discuss 7 ways to better deal with it and come out on the positive side.
How many times a day do you check your phone? How about how many times per hour? Probably way too many times right?!
If just thinking about unplugging from your phone makes you feel anxious, don’t worry, you don’t have to fully detach from your phone to get the same benefits! Starting with just small steps to being on your phone less can be very beneficial, you just need a plan of action. In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you the best minimally invasive ways to decrease your time on your phone and more time in the present.
In this episode Sarah-Kate helps you with your bedtime routine to get a better sleep at night. Sleep is so incredibly important for our mind and body, and is a necessity for optimal functioning and for us to feel our best. After a good sleep you feel energized, happy, less stressed, and that’s because all of your hormones were able to reset and recharge while you were sleeping. Unfortunately, the opposite is true when you get a bad sleep – you are irritable, tired, hungry, the day just seems longer and everything appears harder. This is why we want to minimize bad sleep as much as possible!
Most of the things that can prevent you from getting a good sleep occur just a few hours before you want to sleep, which is a good thing because this means they can be completely avoidable – you just need to know what they are!
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about the foods that you'll want to avoid if you're looking to lose weight. We know it can be confusing when it comes to trying to eat healthy and make the best diet choices – think about how how many new diet books come out in a year!? That being said, there are some foods and drinks that will definitely promote weight gain and should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Listen to this episode to learn Sarah-Kate's 13 foods / drinks to avoid for weight loss!
It happens to everyone every once and a while – you wake up just feeling off or not yourself. This doesn’t mean the rest of your day has to be doomed because you woke up on a bad note and there are certainly simple things you can do to boost your mood quickly. Listen to this episode to learn how!
In this episode Sarah-Kate (our resident health expert) discusses the cheapest and healthiest foods that you can find in the market to help you to put together simple, healthy, and cheap meals. As a full-time college student for about eight years, SK had to learn how to eat healthy on a very tight budget – especially when living in New York City where prices seemed to be exponentially higher for everything! Learn her tips and tricks in this episode!
I can imagine that just about everyone who has drank alcohol before has experienced a hangover at some point in time. Hangovers range in quality and severity with symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, headache, shakiness, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, anxiety, and depression.
The only real way to prevent a hangover is to not drink alcohol, but here are some tips that can make it less likely that you will experience a hangover, or at least ways to prevent its severity.
This is a very common question that I get from my patients as well as our online community and on Instagram. Constipation is incredibly common but it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to prevent constipation – or at least relieve symptoms of constipation to some degree – by making a few lifestyle and food changes.
Listen to learn the best ways to prevent constipation!
Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? This is one of the most common questions I’ve had in practice. And to answer simply, yes it is. What you eat (or don’t eat) in the morning does dictate how you will feel for the rest of the day.
Listen to learn why breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
If you feel like you are always hungry and constantly needing to snack, it’s probably a good idea to take a look at what you are eating on a daily basis. It could be that you are just not eating enough at breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, or it could be that it’s WHAT you are eating that is making you hungrier sooner.
Listen to learn the top foods that make you hungry!
Gaining weight is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you are someone who likes to eat healthy and loves to exercise. That being said, there are definitely ways to tweak your diet and exercise routine to gain weight in a healthy way without having to ditch your healthy lifestyle.
Listen to this episode to learn the best ways to gain weight the healthy way!
With all of the chatter going on in today’s world, it’s incredibly important for you to be able to stand out from the crowd and communicate effectively. In fact, one of the most common traits of successful leaders is that they are great communicators.
In this episode Eric discusses 8 ways to improve your own communication skills.
Heartburn is when acid from the stomach shoots up into the esophagus, causing that burning like feeling down the throat – this is why heart burn is also referred to as “acid reflux.” I once had it described to me as a burp that won’t come out, which I think is probably the best description of how it feels!
Heartburn is an incredibly uncomfortable thing and just about everyone will experience heartburn at some point in time. There are certainly ways to prevent acid reflux, and the prevention starts with food and drink. You don’t have to necessarily cut back on all of the food and drink that can cause heart burn, but cutting back and just being aware of the top offenders is good for your to know in case you start experiencing heartburn, or if you want to prevent heart burn in the first place.
Listen to this episode to learn the top food and drink to avoid to limit your heartburn!
Do you constantly feel like you have a voice in your head (feeding you negative thoughts!)? Well the good news is that this doesn’t make you crazy, it’s actually built into our DNA to have this pesky sidekick living alongside us. This mostly unwanted friend is often referred to as our “Monkey Mind” and like any monkey – it needs to be properly tamed. If the monkey mind is not properly tamed and we attach ourselves to it, that’s when serious problems begin to arise in our lives.
In this episode, Eric talks about 6 ways that you can quiet your monkey mind and start living more in the moment.
Think depression is all in the head? Well, think again. Depression is much more than just feeling sad and it actually may manifest itself in many different physical ways that you may not be aware of. Listen to this episode to learn 8 physical symptoms of depression.
The worst is when you are actively trying to be healthy and trying to incorporate healthy practices into your daily routine, only to find out that what you are doing is not helping, or may even be hurting you.
Taking a vacation is one of the very best things you can do for yourself because it’s a time to make happy memories and to reset and recharge. That being said, vacation can also be a time that you sabotage your healthy diet and exercise routine if you don’t plan accordingly. Listen to this episode to learn the worst vacation choices making you gain weight.
Do you ever consider how much sodium you are consuming? Most individuals need under 2,300 mg of sodium per day. This might sound like a lot, but it actually adds up very quickly and most will actually eat twice as much of this recommended amount. Ok, so why should you care? Well, aside from being linked to heart problems and certain diseases, too much sodium can also make you very uncomfortable. This is because an overload of sodium in the body leads to fluid retention, weight gain, bloating, and all around puffiness – nobody wants any of that. Listen to this episode to learn the foods you should limit and maybe avoid.
Traveling can be fun, but it can also be unpredictable and it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet while traveling. The key is to have a plan, and to have healthy snacks on hand.
A key point is to make sure you buy your snacks before you get to the airport or gas station, because the prices will be SO much higher at these places!
A ketogenic diet means that most of your calories are coming from fat, you are eating a moderate amount of protein, and keeping carbs low – around 50 grams net carbs. In my opinion, when done correctly this type of diet is best for controlling and preventing chronic disease – most notably diabetes and obesity – and can make you feel awesome!
It’s not easy sticking to a healthy diet, and what makes it even worse is when food and drink are marketed as healthy, only for you to find out that they are anything but healthy! Beverages are the worst offenders because they are easy to consume without them making you feel full or realizing that they are actually loaded with sugar. Listen to this episode to hear the top 6 beverages you should really avoid.
Mindfulness has been shown to improve the quality of our adult lives in many ways, but children too can join in on the amazing benefits. Specifically, mindfulness has been shown to: improve a child’s social skills, boost focus, lower attention problems, and even limit the negative effects of bullying.
In this episode we discuss 6 ways you can practice mindfulness with children and start their journey to a mindful life at an early age.
Fruit has a ton of nutrients and vitamins, but it also contains a good amount of sugar. Too much sugar from any source is toxic to the body, and too much sugar in the body is a risk factor for basically every type of chronic disease including diabetes and obesity. Learn about the good and the bad when it comes to fruit in this episode.
Dehydration is extremely common, it’s probably one of the most common conditions I see in practice. Identifying that you are indeed dehydrated can be tricky because the most common symptoms are often very subtle. Understanding the symptoms of dehydration is extremely important to be able to treat the underlying cause of your symptom and make you feel better quickly and easily.
There are thousands of different supplements in the market today, and the efficacy is questionable for at least half of them. Let us start this first by saying that I believe diet and lifestyle are always best, but in cases where this is not enough, taking a supplement can certainly be beneficial. In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you her list of supplements that she gets the most questions about from patients – and which she recommends you take on a daily basis. We recommend after listening to this episode you check out labdoor.com which is a company that ranks brands based on efficacy, safety, and label accuracy.
Having low energy is the worst! Feeling sluggish and fatigued can also make you feel depressed, down, and unproductive – not good! We all feel a little low energy at times which is fine, but there are definitely ways to kick start your energy back into high gear quickly. In this episode Sarah-Kate gives your her top ways to increase your energy right NOW!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because what you eat (or don’t eat) will play a huge part in how you feel the rest of the day. Yes, that one meal in the morning will affect your mood, blood sugar, hunger, and food choices for the rest of the day – wow! So what do you choose when it comes to choosing your breakfast? In this episode Sarah-Kate will help you with what to eat and what to skip when it comes to breakfast.
Vacation can be incredibly beneficial for your health because it is a time to reset and relax, and to get away from stressors of everyday life. However, sometimes vacation can turn into a time that we over indulge and by the end of the vacation you might feel like you need a vacation from your vacation! In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you her favorite ways to stay in shape and feel great while on vacation.
I think we can all admit that we often spend our days navigating busyness while on ‘autopilot’, jumping from task to task, not living life with a true intention. When we do this we don’t feel a sense of joy or purpose in our lives, but instead feel anxiety and chaos. In this episode Eric gives you 7 tips to live your life more deliberately.
There are so many benefits of yoga for both the mind and body that everyone can benefit from. Yoga is definitely an exercise for all individuals, you do not have to be inherently flexible or athletic. You also do not need to go all the time to achieve the health benefits – albeit the more you go, the better you will feel, but just one session is beneficial for both your mind and body and you will feel the effects immediately.
Travel is one of the best things you can do with your money because the experiences and the memories last a lifetime. Experiencing other cultures and other ways of living broadens your scope of perspective and enhances the quality of your own life. Studies have also found that spending money on experiences makes you much happier than spending money on things. That being said, travel can be costly, stressful, and energy-zapping, sometimes making you feel you need a vacation from your vacation! In this episode Sarah-Kate shares her top travel hacks to improve the travel experience and prevent the downsides of traveling.
We all have positivity inside of us, it just takes cultivating certain daily approaches to life to bring it out. Our brains are wired to default to the emotions that are most often demonstrated – so instead of focusing on fear, grief, and other negative emotions – focus on love, passion, and other positive emotions. In today's episode we discuss the 7 emotional “seeds” to try and plant daily.
Experiences and memories last forever which is why vacation is one of the very best things you can spend your money on. That being said, vacation can be quite costly! One aspect of vacation that can either make or break your bank account is the food. Think about how many meals you eat a day, the drinks you order, the snacks – it all adds up quickly! The good news is that with a little planning, you can easily create healthy meals from your hotel room and save yourself a few hundred bucks in the process.
Listen to this episode to learn which food items you should pack to easily put together cheap and healthy meals.
Travel is something that we all likely do at some point over the Summer (and throughout the year), and so you probably know that traveling can make it hard to stick to your workout routine. The best way to stay in shape while traveling is to have a plan before you travel, and to schedule exercise into your daily activities. In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you the best ways to incorporate exercise into your travels.
It seems like everyone is always trying to lose weight or at least trying to prevent fat gain. It is harder for women to regulate the amount of fat on their bodies than men, due to the fact that women’s body’s are much more highly regulated by hormones and women need more fat on them than men. This doesn’t mean women can’t get leaner, it just means women tend to have a harder time regulating their body fat. In this episode you'll learn the best ways men and women can prevent fat gain.
What you eat plays a key role in how you look, and fat is one of the most important building blocks for healthy skin and hair. The best fats are anti-inflammatory fats that are also packed with other vitamins and nutrients, so that you get the most bang for your buck. Listen to this episode to learn what foods to eat to promote healthy skin and hair.
We’ve all been there, you have a ton of work to do or you have a big presentation coming up and you just can’t get your mind to focus, it’s the worst right! If you find your mind wandering and you can’t seem to get yourself to focus on your task at hand, this episode will give you tips on how to help improve your focus and attention quickly!
It’s always great to see the elite performers of the world reach their goals. Whether it’s an athlete finally winning the championship or an entrepreneur building their dreams – it’s fascinating to see the end result of hard work. If we look closely at these successful people, we can find the bread crumbs that they left behind and replicate their success. After studying elite performers across various disciplines, this episode will give you the 5 traits that all seem to have in common.
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about "cheat day", consuming more calories than you do on the other six days of the week. It’s when you can indulge in a food or foods that maybe aren’t 100% healthy – and that’s totally fine and good! Find the show notes here.
Sometimes life is hard. Whether it’s dealing with family issues, a tough work situation, or any other of life’s little challenges – we all face difficulties. Just because you are going through a difficult moment in your life, that doesn’t mean you still can’t maintain your positive outlook – it just means you need to try a little harder and have it top of mind. In this episode Eric talks about 6 ways to stay positive when life gets tough.
Want to lose some weight overnight? You definitely can! The catch is that it won’t be fat, but it will be extra water weight that you are holding onto. Water weight can account for several unwanted pounds around your midsection as well as around your entire body. The trick to decreasing this extra water weight is to cut back on your sodium (aka salt) intake. Salt attracts water and so the more salt you have in your body, the more water you are going to hold onto.
Just about everyone has experienced a night or two of restless sleep, and so you know how awful it can be to be so tired yet unable to shut down and fall asleep – literally the worst! Insomnia is extremely common and is usually a symptom of stress, anxiety, worry, jet lag, or all of the above. Lifestyle factors are the best for treating insomnia, which include exercising daily and managing stress, but when lifestyle factors are not helping, sometimes an over the counter supplement can be very helpful. As with any new medication or supplement, always consult with your primary care provider first before trying anything new, and definitely no new supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
In this episode Eric gives you his 5 steps to creating big ideas. Looking at the great creators in history like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Thomas Edison – just to name a few, they all not only came up with big ideas, but truly executed them at scale. What sets them apart from others was their ability to combine their skills and passions to create big things in this world. You too have both skills and passions, so follow listen and learn the 5 steps to start creating your own big ideas today!
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about the how to be more mindful of what you're eating and why that's important. Everyone knows that what you eat has a major impact on your weight and fitness goals, but did you know that HOW you eat also plays a big part? Mindful eating is incredibly important when it comes to being satisfied with your meal. Find the show notes here
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about common lifestyle factors that may be causing you to feel tired throughout the day. Everyone can feel fatigued from time to time, but there may be certain patterns of fatigue caused by factors that you may not even be aware of. Find the show notes here.
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about why sleep is so important. Many individuals view sleep as a luxury and not a necessity, which could not be farther from the truth! Make sleep just as important as exercising and eating right, because it is just as important if not more important for your health. Find the show notes here
In this episode Eric talks about the ways to enable your creative mind. Do you ever look at the world’s creative minds and think to yourself – “I wish I was like that!”? While innate talent is important, fostering an environment to allow for creativity to flow through you is almost equally important.
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In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about the greatest health myths that she still gets questions about in practice. There are so many health myths out there these days, it can be hard to keep track of what is true and what has been found to be false.
In this episode Sarah-Kate discusses the different things that can cause stress without you even realizing it. Too much stress flowing your body can be damaging for both your mental health, as well as your body itself. Chronic stress can lead too many negative consequences, including: Muscle breakdown, fat gain, hormonal abnormalities, anxiety and depression.
In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you her top tips on how to start becoming a morning a person and get a head start on the day. We love the morning because you can get so much more done in a shorter amount of time – mostly due to the fact that everyone else is still sleeping! Getting up early on a daily basis is easier said than done, and it definitely takes some skill and planning to become a morning person. Learn how to bring out your inner morning person in this episode.
In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you her favorite foods to help boost your brain. Your brain is inarguably the most important part of your body, and keeping your brain healthy should be a top priority. There are certain foods that can help to boost parts of your brain involved with attention, focus, and memory and so understanding which foods do this is vital!
In this episode Sarah-Kate delivers her best tips to make eating healthy easier for you to start and continue doing. We all know that cooking healthy meals is easier said than done, and most of the work comes from the prep of the meal rather than the actual cooking part. Learn how to make it easier on yourself when it comes to preparing healthy meals at home so that you will be more likely to do it!
In this episode Eric breaks down the two main personality types - and one in between. It's important to understand not only your own personality type, but (arguably more so) those of the people around you. By taking into account whether your friends, colleagues, family, etc. tend to lean towards extraversion, introversion, or ambiversion (that's the one in between), you'll be better suited to thrive with them in your life.
In this episode Sarah-Kate focuses on how to burn more calories throughout your day. First of all, why do we want to burn calories? We want to burn calories because generally the more calories you burn on a daily basis, the easier it will be to maintain a healthy weight. There are many different ways that your body will burn calories, both involuntary (such as breathing) and voluntary (such as movement) - today, we are going to focus on voluntary movement.
In this episode Eric talks about how visualizing a successful outcome will actually help you achieve it. Science proves that our brains can hardly tell the difference of an experience we think about and those we really live - that's why the world's top athletes, leaders, celebrities, and more all leverage the power of visualization. Learn how you can apply it to your life today to help reach your own success.
In this episode Sarah-Kate gives you the best foods to deliver medicinal benefits to your body. Prevention is key when it comes to health, and food is one of the very best ways to prevent disease and dysfunction from occurring in your body. Improve and optimize your diet today to prevent having to rely on expensive medications and procedures in the future.
In this episode Eric discusses the 5 personality types you need to avoid in order to keep on your positive path to happiness and success. Many people say that “you” are the average of the 5 people you hang around with the most. If this holds true, it’s important to avoid those with toxic personalities that can bring you down to their level and hinder your own happiness.
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about her powerful ways to manage, prevent, and even cure pain naturally without having to turn to pain medication or expensive procedures. Chronic pain is unfortunately a very common problem for both men and women of all ages, so use these tips to help you relieve your pain today!
In this episode Eric talks about how to use your failures as stepping stones to reaching your own personal success. You’ve probably heard the story about Michael Jordan being cut from his freshmen basketball team or the one about how Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before finally inventing the light bulb. The truth is, there are millions of stories like this in everyday life – people that took a perceived “failure” and used that as motivation to reach their own success.
In this episode Eric discusses "emotional intelligence" and how it helps us recognize, understand, and manage our emotions. People with a high emotional intelligence have learned how to manage their emotions to drive positivity in their life. Learn our 10 ways to increase your emotional intelligence today!
In this episode Sarah-Kate talks about 10 simple ways to keep your brain feeling young. Cognitive decline is one of the most feared aspects of aging. Yes your brain will change over time, but there are definitely ways to keep your brain young and to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. Listen to hear what they are!
In this episode Eric brings up 7 reasons why taking the time to be grateful for the amazing things we DO have in our life, instead of thinking about what we DON'T have, presents a world of benefits to our overall well-being.
In this episode Eric discusses 6 benefits of spending time in solitude. Humans are social beings by nature, we crave the sense of belonging and interaction with others. We get FOMO (fear of missing out) if a social activity is going on and we aren’t there. But if we were to look at all of the benefits of being alone, we may just get JOMO (joy of missing out) the next time we dodge a party or event.
In this episode Eric gives advice on how best to deal with those difficult people. No matter how you cut it, at some point throughout your days on earth you are going to come across a difficult person in which you’ll have to deal with. Even the most centered and mindful people run across these folks – truthfully, it’s almost impossible to avoid them
In this episode Eric talks about the most common thing that gets in the way of reaching your personal success - the Ego. Your ego is responsible for seeking approval of others and what they may think if you fail. Your ego is there to constantly tell you what is lacking. Simply, the ego is not your friend. In this episode, we discuss the 7 ways to control your ego and stop it from stopping you from reaching your goals!