10 Things I Learned From My Podcast This Month

And just like that, the first month of 2021 is coming to an end! That means another roundup of podcast lessons. From finding self-acceptance in the era of Facetune and making micro changes for macro joy to learning about the science behind mRNA vaccines and nutritional psychiatry, The Blonde Files Podcast covered all things wellness, science and lifestyle this month. If you missed December’s roundup of lessons, definitely go check it out!

FROM CAMERON ROGERS

-Criticism only hurts when it’s about something you’re already struggling with or insecure about. Other people’s opinions are *none* of your business!

-When it comes to online bullying and the toxic climate of social media, you CHOOSE whether or not to consume the content.

-The comparison trip is so real and easy to spiral down. If you feel like you’re comparing or critiquing your body, try flipping the script. Acknowledge the negative thought and then affirm/respect whatever that part of your body is.

FROM KELSEY J. PATEL

-Being overwhelmed has nothing to do with the tasks but your mental attitude toward them. Watch yourself with radical honesty, love and acceptance.

-Take micro breaks for macro joy! Turn off *all* notifications on your phone so when you pick up your phone, you’re choosing what gets your attention; put your phone on Airplane Mode when you’re engaged in tasks and activities; and set up an “Out of Office” email reminder Friday through Monday when you’re off duty.

FROM DR. DANIELLE BELARDO

-The COVID-19 vaccine does *not* contain any live components! As long as you don’t have an allergy to any components in the vaccine, it should be safe for everyone.

-The only way to achieve herd immunity is through vaccines โ€“ and that requires 70 to 80% of the population to become vaccinated. The theory is, the longer this takes (aka the more people who refuse), the more time the virus has to mutate.

-The vaccine was *not* rushed. Both vaccine and mRNA research has been going on for about 20 years. The bureaucratic red tape that goes along with research (aka funding, regulatory processes, approval, etc.) was the only thing that was rushed; the actual science was not!

FROM DR. UMA NAIDOO

-People are often prescribed SSRIs (Prozac, Zoloft, etc.) โ€“ but more than 95% of serotonin receptors are in the gut. This is where the gut-brain connection comes into play!

-You cannot exercise out of a bad diet, but also in a similar way, you can’t eat your way happy (aka eating poorly and taking supplements). When it comes to managing anxiety, avoid highly processed foods, trans fat, highly processed vegetable oils, foods with a high glycemic index, excessive gluten, refined and added sugars and certain coffees. Enrich your diet with foods high in fiber, vitamin D, magnesium, omega-3s, prebiotics and probiotics.

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