Today we're talking freedom! Seems fitting with American Independence Day tomorrow. Specifically, Eric and Chad are discussing how to free your mind and release it from our self-imposed restrictions.
Learning to take the wheel and drive.
Don't let life happen to you.
Recognizing your contribution to any breakdown.
Beware of the sneaky shame.
Identify the fight or flight emotions rising within you.
How to choose joy!
And, playing some "gratitude volleyball".
Speaking of gratitude, Eric expresses his thanks for all the positive messages he has received from those taking bioStak. It is making a difference a ton of lives, and that's reallywhy Eric started this journey. So thank you for your feedback! If you would like to try bioStak for yourself, visit bioStak.com.
And as always, if you have any questions on this episode (or any questions in general) don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com, or submit a question on www.lifeinketosispodcast.com.
And if you’re interested in starting your own journey, you can find out more information at biofitcoaching.com or on Instagram @biofit_coaching
Chad: 00:00 The first way to re to free your mind is take full responsibility for where you are at in your life and in your mind. So the best way to start doing this and start practicing this is to recognize your contribution to any success or breakdown. I'd say a journey begins in a single step, or in my case, one less piece of bread.
Chad: 00:26 Yeah. My name is Chad and I, I'm a seeker. I have sought out an expert in the field of nutrition and fitness who I owed would help me feel well better. They call him the biohacker, but I call him Eric. I hope you'll join me in a path that leads you and I to optimal fitness, the body and the mind as we live our life in ketosis. This is the life in Ketosis podcast, a biohackers guide to optimal body performance.
Chad: 01:05 Hello everyone. My name is Chad and this is my quest to achieving the healthy state of being with a man that can get me there. My mentor and cohost, he's the science to my regular guy. They extreme testing to my, I'll take your word for it, the biohacker himself, Mr Eric Bischof. Somewhere along this journey of ours, I realized that filling better is really one part physical and one part mental and both are needed to achieve the optimal state of being what I call keto happiness or ketosiness. And today we're talking about freedom, Eric, for those of us that are in the United States. And I realize we have a lot of people who are outside of the United States. So apologize. I apologize in advance for relishing in some of our Americana here, but we are, uh, you know, we're, tomorrow is our independence day, the 4th of July. And, uh, you know, we wanted to talk a little bit about something that was themed freedom. Uh, you know, obviously the 4th of July is, uh, the day that we gained independence as a country. And, um, and so my topic for today, we're, we're tackling the mindset again today and, uh, the topic that I prepared for us is three ways to free your mind. How does that sound?
Eric: 02:23 That sounds good. Sounds good to me. It's something I would, I need for sure. I always feel like I get locked on to things in my mind. Exactly. Lisa always tells me, you know, I go, no, I'm OCD. I guess I always need to free it up somewhere somehow. So, so guide me, they, you know, teach me how to do this real quick.
Chad: 02:49 Get it, get it in me real quick. Yeah. So I think exactly what you said, I think it's really easy for us to start to feel trapped in our own mind. Like we cycle these thoughts that keep us stuck over and over again. Um, you know, sometimes it feels like somebody else's has the will and we're just along for the ride. And that can be super frustrating and that can be exhausting. And, um, so there's three ways that, uh, three main ways that I am going to talk about today that we can kind of free ourselves from feeling like somebody else's driving inside our mindset and really take on a take you ever take over the wheel and a, and for yourself.
Chad: 03:32 So I think it'll be, I think it'll be a good conversation. And obviously all of these things that I talk about whenever we do the mindset podcast, which is roughly about every other week, um, all of these things that I talk about, I talk about them from a perspective of somebody who practices them. Now what that means, Eric, is that means I'm not a master of them. In fact, I don't think anybody is a master of them. Uh, I think all of these things are a lifelong practice. And, uh, if we pay close attention, pay really, really close attention, we can see progress. Um, but we never master them. I think it's similar, Eric. I mean, you're such a racer and, and trainer. I think it's similar to like a triathlon. Nobody would, wouldn't you say it's true that nobody has mastered triathlons? No, no. It's just a practice, right? And, and we need to get better, uh, compared to ourselves, but even the best in the world continue to find new frontiers and new heights within these races. So it's pretty crazy.
Eric: 04:41 And that's what makes it kind of challenging and exciting because the borrow is, gets raised to really does. I mean, and you know, you can get fixated on that too, to where you just keep rate, you're going after that bar in the bar and then sometimes you, you gotta balance it out a little bit, you know, and it's, it's exciting to see people really, you know, begin to master it. There's never, you never master it, but you do become better at certain things, you know, to practice. Like you said, it's all about adaptation and practice. That's all it's about. And that's a reward there is just getting through it to me just, you know, discipline yourself to do that practice.
Chad: 05:23 That's right. And noticing the little winds and noticing the little improvements, right. I'm taking milliseconds off of your time and taking time to celebrate those and notice them. It's the same thing with the stuff that I'm going to talk about today and I'll, I'll share a little bit about how I make sure I notice those little wins or those little differences or improvements. So, um, I think for me the number one thing that I see keeps people stuck, both myself and those who I've had a chance to work with is a victim mentality. This is the victim mentality is the mentality that life is happening to you, not for you or by you. Right. So, um, and, and I get that. So I want people to hear, not hear what I'm not saying, meaning I w I'm not saying that there isn't a certain element of luck and there isn't a certain element of chaos to the world. There is. Um, but we can take full responsibility of how we respond to that Loc and how we respond to that chaos. And that's where we get to take full responsibility for where we are at in life. So I'm not talking necessarily when I take, say, take full responsibility for where you're at in life. I'm not specifically or I'm not. Um, I'm not specifically talking about money or career or any of that kind of stuff. Even though I do think the responsibility that we take for our lives has a bearing on those things. But those things also have an element of luck to them, right? They have an element of privilege to them. All of that kind of stuff. When I'm talking about taking full responsibility, uh, at, uh, for where you're at in life is your mentality, your mindset, how do you see life?
Chad: 07:18 How do you respond to the things that happen to you or for you or by you? Right? And so my first one is my first way to re to free your mind is take full responsibility for where you are at in your life and in your mind. So the best way to start doing this and start practicing this is to recognize your contribution to any success or breakdown. So meaning, Eric, if something were to happen, if you and I were to get into a disagreement, which never happens, we agree about everything, but it's if we were to get upset about something or have a disagreement and have a falling out, the best way for us to recover is if both of us were able to recognize what our contribution was to the breakdown and own that and come clean with it. And then hear the other person out what we're from, their contribution. Right? So, um, so that would look basically what that would look like in practice is instead of me saying, Eric, you did this and you said this and this when you did this, that pissed me off. Blah, blah, blah, whatever. Um, when I'm in that mentality, which is the victim mentality, I am owned. That situation owns me. Right? I'm trapped. Yeah. But as soon as I say, Eric, here's what happened from my perspective and here's how I contributed to the breakdown. Here's I did, I didn't listen to you or I assumed I knew what you were saying. Or, uh, you know, all of these sort of things that I could own and, and recognize what my contribution, then I have freedom. Then my mind is once again free to say, oh my gosh, here's what, here's where I, uh, contributed to the breakdown. Here's what I can do differently. Here's what I can commit to practicing doing differently in the future. And, uh, and then we have, we have a lot more space to expand. We have a lot more space to move forward and um, you know, and really own what happened rather than be a victim to it.
Eric: 09:34 You know, it seems that just thinking about that, my wife always tells me or works with me because I always will admit something, but I always come back with a but and she goes, you just undid everything you just said. You come back with a butt every, right. It's a tired, it's hard to contribute to that breakdown if you always come back with a but.
Chad: 09:59 Like, this is what I did and this is how I contributed. But I had no choice because.
Eric: 10:07 you always have an excuse. But then here comes the excuse. And so she's been a great teacher of me of that, cause I am Jay. She said, she said originally a long time I was the biggest buck person and she ever met. So I always, I always admit when I'm wrong, but I always come back with a, but so anyway, yeah. And think about this in context. Yeah.
Chad: 10:27 Is really tough. And think about this in context of, um, our, our lifestyle, our keto lifestyle or our active lifestyle, right? If we're able to own our contribution, Eric, I'm sure you've seen this with your clients, those, those who own their contribution to their obesity or you know, whatever, if they, if they're in a space where they're like, I did this to myself, I made these choices, this was my contribution. And yes, they may genetically be disposed to obesity. They may genetically be disposed to, um, diabetes, whatever it is. But, but that doesn't matter. That's a, that's fine. But they can still own what their contribution was to the breakdown. Right? And when a, when a person is in a space like this, I'm assuming you and I have never had this conversation or talked about this in detail, but for my clients, and I assume it's the same for you, is that when somebody comes to the work in a space of, here's where I contributed to my breakdown, we make progress much faster than if they are a victim to everything that has happened to them. Right? And they can make changes that they want. And see progress so much quicker when they realize and recognize own their contribution.
Eric: 11:55 Eh, no, it's, you know, you just talking about that since I do all the gene analysis, so there is people who have their predisposed to these mutations, these snips, right? Yeah. And it's an amazing, the clients that I'm dealing with, it's, they have a perfect way out. You know, especially like if they're antioxidants and insulin resistance and inflammation markers in different things, even with cancer and everything else, they're not coming back with me, you know, using that as the But. But I have this gene mutation, that's why I'm obese. I have this and that. It's amazing that there, cause I always teach, it's, you know, it's not your destiny. Okay. Just a blueprint. And so you change it. True expression. So there's no buts. You know, I can't give you that excuse. Always a saying, well genetically I'm predisposed to being obese or have the diabetes. So that's my, but, but I'm really impressed with, with all the clients I've done there, they're not using this as, you know, a way out or an excuse. They're actually tackling it head on. So you would think it'd be an easy way to say, Hey, sorry, genetically I'm stuck this way. So I'm also just keep going and going, you know?
Chad: 13:12 Yup. Yeah. Now in this process of owning and taking responsibility, there's a sneaky little devil that we have to be very aware of and the sneaky little devil that that lurks within. This is a shame. So it's very easy to take what I'm saying about owning your, your contribution and, and, um, it's easy to take that and apply shame to it. And I want to make sure people understand that that's not what I'm saying at all. I'm not saying you should feel shameful for your contribution because that's going to take away your power again and leave you trapped by shame. What I'm saying is we're, we're owning it in a space of empowerment and saying, I own this so I can change it. I own this so I can do something about it, right. Not I, I did this and I feel so terrible about myself and I always do this and I'm, you know, that's the shame cycle. That's the, that's the sneaky little devil that wants to try to twist this back, twist you back into, um, being owned. Right? Okay. So there's a few, there's a couple of things. So just be aware of that. That's just a warning. So there's a few things that this will do. Taking this kind of ownership does is one, when we take this kind of ownership, we find more opportunity. So we, you know, we, we own, um, our contribution and then there's all of a sudden all of these opportunities to open up to us because we're taking ownership and we can now do with what we want rather than be acted upon. Uh, there's also, uh, an increase, uh, a feeling of increased in Self-worth because you are, you now understand the significance of your worth, right? You now understand, um, how you affect things. And um, and that leads me to the next one that, that I love when we take owners, this kind of ownership of our lives is we understand our impact, whether it's big or small.
Chad: 15:25 So locally, in our realm of influence, our impact is huge. And we start to understand that when we take full responsibility and understand and own our contribution, we are start to understand that our impact locally and in our realm of influence can be really big. But we also understand that in the grand scheme of things, the history of the world, the population of the world, the cosmos is all that kind of stuff. Our impact is incredibly small and that's okay. But if we just start to understand these things, the more we take responsibility for our contribution. Does all that make sense?
Eric: 16:06 Yeah. So how do you get the ego out of there Chad? It's, it seems, you know, it's so egotistical that, I mean to never met you wrong. Never take ownership. Yeah. It's just, oh my gosh. It's just seems like, you know, that that ego seems to stand in the way so much. Yeah.
Chad: 16:29 Well I think there's, I think there's a few, a few ways to, to start to get that. And I want to be very clear. Once again, I am not claiming to be a master at this. I'm claiming to be a practitioner of this. And, um, and I think just with that, that mentality of being a practitioner rather than a master helps us stay in tune with where we're falling short, where we're allowing the ego to drive and um, and then we can really identify it. So I call those identifying triggers. So basically what happens is you w when you start to notice that the ego is taking over and wanting to be right and wanting to be the best or whatever that is in this, and you're becoming a victim to all of these other things because the ego is telling you it, it couldn't be you. You're never wrong. Um, so that puts us back in victim. When you start to notice that happening, if you can create an identifying or if you can create a trigger, um, or, or understand that as an identifying trigger, then you can start to practice something different. So you notice that coming on, that's the identifying trigger trigger. And you say, oh my gosh, I'm doing this thing where I let the ego drive. And I think always right and okay, what is my plan? Or what is my techniques? Or my practices that I can do to counteract this and, and it just takes practice. So at first it starts by just noticing and you don't even need to worry about the counteracting part. Just get really good at noticing and even if that's takes six months, a year or five years, if you just get really good at noticing when you drip drop back into that ego place, um, that's going to take you so much farther than um, shaming yourself for it.
Chad: 18:26 Right? And just noticing it. And then you can start to build a tool belt, which is what we're doing here in this pod casts and in my coaching and you know, in reading books that are helpful, all that kind of stuff, we start to build a tool belt that allows us to step back out of that once we notice. And that's why I always say noticing is, is more than half the work because most of us go through life not even noticing. Yeah, right. When you, Eric, when you think about you yourself, your ego, when you're in the junk, when you're in the crap of it and your ego is taken over and driving, I would say probably the majority of time you not, you don't even notice in the moment that that's what's happening.
Eric: 19:12 No, no. It took years for me to realize how egotistical I was. You know, it was different because you were driven all the time by ego and then everybody has to have that Aha moment in their life sooner or later where you really try to figure out who you are and you realize how much ego-driven you really were. And the reward is just day. You have to keep repeating it and repeating it and it just, it's very, yeah. Um, uh, mind crushing actually. So anyway, yeah, that's a tough thing is to really figure out what's, you know, is ego motivated? You know, it's a deep subject. Yeah. Very deep.
Chad: 19:56 If you keep the shame out of it, if you can ward off that little devil than noticing is incredibly helpful. And it takes you leaps and bounds in your practice
Eric: 20:07 just to recognize it, you know, once you get yeah. Just to recognize it. Yeah. That, that would take practice. Practice, practice. Yeah.
Chad: 20:15 Especially in the moment. And what I notice is, you know, um, what I notice is that my noticing time keeps getting shorter and that's how I know that I'm progressing. That's how I know that I'm improving. Like we talked about in the beginning of this conversation. All of this is a practice just like working out, just like racing, all of that kind of stuff. The way I measure my progress is by noticing that my, and this is getting a little Meta, I hope can follow it. I'm starting to realize that my noticing time is getting shorter. So it used to be that like I would, I would get into the funk and it would be the next day or something that I would notice. Oh my gosh, back then when I did that thing, that's when I was in the ego. That's when I was, you know, in my junk. I'm all up in my head. That's when I was trapped. And Stockton. Um, but then, but then I noticed that getting shorter and shorter and shorter. And now I'm to the point now where, you know, some of these things, I'm, I'm identifying these triggers within moments of, of them coming on, right? So if my wife does something that just really gets to me and, uh, I'm, I'm getting to the point where I'm really able to identify that almost within moments of feeling that tightness in my chest, those butterflies in my stomach that fight or flight coming up and all of a sudden I can say, Whoa, okay, this is that thing that usually takes me over, makes me say stupid things, not makes me, but you know, prompts me to say stupid things that I don't mean that I might regret talking away that doesn't represent my love for her.
Chad: 22:06 So let me just take a minute, notice this and understand it. And I realized I, I'm now I'm starting to realize that that recovery time is getting quicker and quicker and quicker. All right Eric. So that's the very first one. Take full responsibility for where you're at in life. My second one and this one is, uh, always comes as a little bit of a shock to most of my clients. So just stick with me and I actually think you and I have talked a little bit about this already on the podcast, but the second one is choose joy. Um, like a lot, most of us go through life thinking that joy and happiness is something that happens to us, which is so interesting to me, right? I, I'm, I'm the same way. Like even I fall back into this type of thinking where we're going, the point of life is for us to co find this thing that exists outside of us called happiness or joy.
Chad: 23:05 And when we find it, we'll know it and then we'll be able to take it. But that's not true. That's just categorically not true. It's something that already exists within us or better, better said. Is it something that we create? So maybe even, you know, rather than choosing joy, uh, this, this principle would be best described or titled Create Joy. Um, and I'll talk a little bit about that as, um, as we go on. But you know, recognizing that this is a choice then in every instance in every, um, the intersection of our lives, we have the opportunity to choose whether or not we're going to convert this and interpret this as something that is part of the life experience and find joy or happiness in that. Hmm. Right. So it's, it's in our interpretation of life's events that allows us to choose joy or not.
Chad: 24:13 I like that. Yes. I think a couple of weeks ago, you and I taught, we're talking on this podcast and I told the story about the man who, uh, whose horse got away, right? Yup. And, uh, all these series of events happen and each of them are interpreted in a certain way. And if you haven't listened to that, you can go back. I think it's back three or four episodes. Um, but, uh, basically similarly, this man, his, uh, a bunch of things happen and he and the rest of the town interpret each event as good or bad until something else happens because of that last event, meaning, um, an event happens, the horse gets out of the pen and everybody thinks that's a horrible, horrible thing that's happened. He's bad. He has, you know, there's, that's bad luck and obviously there's no joy or happiness to be found there.
Chad: 25:04 And then the horse comes back with a beautiful mare that they can make with and create a foul. So, and then, and then all of a sudden everybody says, this is such a great thing. There's so much happiness and in this, and then, you know, and so the story goes on like that where these events happen and uh, and we interpret them in a certain way. And so it's, it is our interpretation of these lives events that allow us to choose whether we're going to find happiness and joy in them or not or, or an element of them. And, um, I'm not going to, I don't pretend to, um, say that every event in life, we can find joy and happiness in every event in life. That would be, um, that would be insensitive of me and, and, uh, ignorant of me because there's some pretty crappy things that happened to us or, or happen to some people in life. But I will say, you know, sometimes it takes years and years to find the joy and the happiness or to find how we can create joy and happiness from those events, if that makes sense. So I was having a, an interesting conversation with my daughter, Kenya last night. And, uh, we were going to bed and it just was not a good night for going to bed. It was one of those ones where you want to rip your hair out. Right. And we're going to bed. And she said, why is my, why does my life suck so bad?
Chad: 26:38 How old is she again? 10. She's turning 10 this month. Yeah. And, um, and it was a great opportunity for me to have a conversation. And I said, well, why does your life suck so bad? What do you, why do you say that? You know? And she named four or five things that happened within an hour of going to bed that just really sent her into a tailspin. And you know, there were things like, well, she fought with her brother over which books she could read and he, he had the book and she wanted to read it, you know, Yada, Yada, Yada. And then she stubbed her toe going into the bathroom and, you know, so the list just kind of went on and these are the things she's telling me. Um, you know, uh, why her, why her life is so terrible. And, uh, it was really a great opportunity for us to have a conversation of what you get more of what you focus on.
Chad: 27:33 So wherever your focus is, you create more of that. Whatever you pay attention to, you create more of it. It's just, it's a, it is just true because we create what we are, we choose what we pay attention to and then once we pay attention to that, so she's paying attention to everything negative that's happening to her. All these events, negative, negative, negative. And I said, well sweetie, think about it. We also read together and had a great time going through a book. I know you had a great time cause we laughed and we, you know, we loved the story and all that kind of stuff. And um, we had a treat before we started reading books and you know, all of these, I named probably four or five really positive things that happened throughout the evening that were intermittent with these things that she was looking at as negative.
Chad: 28:29 And I said, you know, it's interesting, don't you think that you chose to really pay close attention and define your life by the negative things that happened tonight rather than the equally and just as many positive things or, or, or things that you would perceive as positive. So just realize that you'll get more, and it's not actually that, that more things are happening, um, that, that are negative. It's just that we're paying attention to them more seeing those things. And we have this human instinct to gravitate towards the negative for some reason. Or did you understand? A little bit. I mean, is she great conversation La? Yeah. She said, okay, I get, I mean, she's told me she understood and it wasn't, you know, I simplified it and, and, and, you know, made it as simple as I possibly could and it wasn't long. Cause I know, you know, once you're talking for more than two minutes, a 10 year old's mind has gone right.
Chad: 29:34 It was just such a good way for, and I knew we were doing this podcast, so this morning and I just loved that it was such a simple illustration of how we can create and pay attention to certain things and create more of those things in our lives. So when we choose to pay attention to the things that bring us joy and happiness, we get more of that or we notice more of that. Um, and, uh, but, but once again, it takes practice. Yes. Um, and it, and it, it's, it's an opportunity for us to really, I find those identifying triggers, once again, I'm going to bring that up at the end of this one. Same thing as the first one. When we find ourselves, we have to, we have to start noticing those triggers and start saying, oh my gosh, I realize no shame, right?
Chad: 30:22 No bad. But I realized that I'm paying attention to all of the things that I don't want in my life. And it's getting me more of that. So what are the things? And you can even at that moment, you can sit down and say, okay, what are five things that are going right right now? Right? Who loves me? What opportunities do I have? What's one of my most recent small wins? You know? And just write those things down. And that can change things very, very quickly. So that's my last point on choose joy, identify triggers, and make a plan to notice something different. You Bet. Great. So the last one, and I know we've talked about this one a lot, Eric, and that's practicing gratitude. Oh, I do want to say, I do want to say with choosing joy, I want to bring it back to our, the main conversation in this podcast, which is the Keto lifestyle and exercise.
Chad: 31:23 So I'm sure you've noticed in your coaching, Eric, and he probably even personally through different phases of your journey in your life that um, you can really create your experience in keto and working out. Like you can really pay attention to the, the, the amazing things about it. Or you can pay attention to the things that are hard about it. You can pay attention to the things you can't eat, you can take, you know, you can pay attention to, um, you know, maybe the, the repetitiveness or I dunno what it is, but you could pay it, you could pay all your attention to the things that aren't going well or that you don't like about it. And it can be a terrible experience. Yes. Or You could pay attention to all of the things that are going well, you know, not being exhausted, feeling like you have energy, losing weight, uh, just getting more in tune with your body. Uh, you know, all of these things that we talk about that are benefits and we've heard over and over again from your clients and guests on the podcast and just talking with people, there's so many benefits and whatever we pay attention to is going to dictate our experience and therefore we're choosing either joy or not.
Eric: 32:47 Yes, it's like the tradeoffs when you get, when you start out Keto, the trade offs aren't there. You don't see it, you don't feel it. And then sooner or later as you get into ketosis and you practice it, then the tradeoffs, you become really aware of the tradeoffs. So the things that you thought you really were important to you that you gave up are like, you're sacrificing no longer exist that way, that, that the trade offs are too good. And sometimes it takes a little time to get there, but you do recognize it sooner or later.
Chad: 33:17 Yeah, that's right. Well. Um, before we move on to the last one, which I'm really excited to take, go through and it's, it's a quick one. Before we go there, I want to talk about bioStak really quick. uh, those of you that listened to the podcast regularly, you hear us talk about it every single episode, bioStak.com. Go there, check it out. It's five organic synergistic ingredients that promote cellular health. Eric, what's a, what's on your mind this week about Biostak?
Eric: 33:47 it, uh, really I've, you know, I've been thinking about it a lot, just the feedback that we're getting. Um, the excitement that, you know, that I feel that you feel from the clients and those out there that, that are using the product, uh, the difference that it's making. Uh, amazing. Just as far as, you know, recovery, regeneration, even mental, uh, cognition, uh, more joy, less depression, you know, you know, and I won't go into detail about, we're back at the root cause of everything is back to the Mitochondria with you know, free radical leakage and where we're controlling, you know, the root cause of inflammation and illnesses and fatigue and everything else. So its just the feedback, uh, it's exciting. Um, and more people are um, uh, getting on biostak again, it's actually making a change in their life. So I'm personally very excited about that for them.
Chad: 34:49 Yeah. In inflammation is what I've been thinking about lately. I, I watched 'em, there was a [inaudible], I can't remember what program it was on. Um, it was a, it was like an interest story kind of newsy program. And they were talking about inflammation and what were seeing medically from him, from inflammation. And what we're starting to understand about inflammation and literally, I mean, it's exactly what you've been saying this whole time, but inflammation is the root of everything that is killing us. Everything that is ailing us, it's inflammation, inflammation, inflammation. And you know, we have a stack for that pretty much. And that's, that's, that's an incredible thing. And it's not always something that we know is happening inside our body except for we can see little glimpses of it through our fatigue or through, um, you know, being, not having clarity, the clarity that we know is should, all of that kind of stuff. So there is that element of it. But Man, the inflammation is taking over and bioStak really addresses that.
Eric: 35:58 You know, in fact, I just finished that book, the inflamed mind, what an, it really enlightened me on more about inflammation in and depression is where the tie-ins coming and it's there. It's real. But remember, the root causes inflammation we give back to reactive oxygen species and free radical leakage and, and what, what ignites inflammatory cytokines. There you go right there. So anyway, uh, it's, it's fascinating. Uh, but you know, in acute inflammation at time fighting pathogens and viruses and illnesses and everything else, yeah, fantastic. It's that chronic, that, that low burning inflammation that you really don't feel until it, it raises its ugly head in the future. So anyway,
Chad: 36:46 that's right. Yup. Great. Well, go to biostak.com check it out. See how good you can feel. I think we should like implement tagline. We've got a stack for that inflammation. We've got a stack for that. I feel like it could be an infomercial. That's true. I think. Yeah. All right, so my third practice to free your mind, we're talking about freeing our minds, um, and things that we can do on a daily to make sure that we're not feeling trapped in our own mind, that we're not feeling like somebody else has the will inside of there and we're just taken along for the ride. So, uh, the, the third and final prices I'm going to talk about is gratitude. And like I said, Eric, you and I have talked a lot about this in the podcast. I can not talk about it enough because it has changed my life.
Chad: 37:32 And whenever I'm in a funk, whenever I feel stuck, this is the number one practice that can get me out of it. Um, and so the best way for me to look at this is, is to, um, or the best way for me to talk about this and hopefully get some of my clients and those who are listening to the podcast to overcome some of the stuckness is to not look at life in terms of positive and negative. Not Black and white, not um, bad or good, not assigning moral value to the events in our lives, but just having gratitude for the experience of life, all that it offers, all that it gives. And I realize that this is, I'm sure most of you are thinking in your mind right now, okay, yeah, this, this is a tall order or maybe not even possible, right? To be grateful for everything that is part of the experience of life.
Chad: 38:32 But as we start to practice, as we start to really understand what it does for our physiology, for our, for our mentality and our mindset and, and once we start to experience it, even small glimpses, I would say I've only experienced small glimpses of true gratitude for the holistic experience of life. Everything that I'm interpreting it is good, as bad, as neutral, whatever. It is very, very freeing to feel that. And just to be able to say this is life in all of its, in all of its aspects, in all of its glory. Um, you know, it, there's ups and downs, there's things we interpret as good, there's things we interpret as bad, but we can be grateful that we just have the experience of living. And, uh, you know, and how this shows up for me in daily practice is I've talked about my gratitude journal five things every single morning that I'm grateful for.
Eric: 39:35 May I started that great. How's it going? It's going really good. In fact, it's making me just recognize the simple things in life that I should be yeah. Before. And you know, in fact, I, I don't know why I'm doing it, but I, you know, I have to do, you know, your [inaudible] stories on the Internet and Instagrams and everything else and I'm not the best social network guy in the world, but I did, um, from that gratitude thing that I'm learning from, I started on this story, I did it twice thing and I'm going to do it all the time where if I'm in a situation where I'm actually enjoying the moment and that's who I am and I put that on the text there on the story, enjoying the moment where I'm not looking for things to enjoy, but I actually catch myself just consciously actually enjoying the moment. And so I take a snapshot of it and kind of share it. So you sent me down that path of just really looking, you know, for the simple things to be grateful for and enjoy that moment. It's not big moments, but man, when you start to enjoy the little moments and life gets a little more, you know, interesting. Actually what I'm learning is what I'm learning. It's a process.
Chad: 40:52 It gets a little more colorful and, exactly. I absolutely agree. And it's really interesting when we start this process, the gratitude, um, it, it lends itself to some of the bigger things. Like I'm so grateful for this and that this big event or this, um, this child or whatever. And it starts when you do it daily, it starts to granulate and it starts to go down to man. I love just taking that first crisp breath in the morning when I go out for my run. And it gets small. It gets really granular and, and it's, we don't need those big moments and those big and those big relationships to experience the same level of gratitude. [inaudible]. Um, the other via the practice that I practice, um, often is, I call it gratitude volleyball where a friend and I, or a colleague or my wife or one of my kids, we go back and forth just naming things we're grateful for and it's really fun and we try to outdo each other, right? We try to have more things that we're grateful for or get more specific or you know, that sort of stuff. And it's, it's a fun little practice and, um, and we have a good time, but ultimately it really stretches me to really start to name off and list a lot of things that I'm grateful, grateful for. Hm. And, um, once again, I'm going to end this one with identifying triggers.
Chad: 42:23 So when I start to think my life sucks, when I start to think I'll, I'm just up against hard things and everything is, is just drab or everything is out to get me, whatever, you know, these gratitude practices really bring me back and the quicker I can identify that trigger and, and start to implement a new practice, um, the better I get at it and the more progress I see. So, um, yeah. So anyway, that's my third practice. Gratitude. So once again, just to recap, take full responsibility for it. You're at where you're at in life, choose joy and practice gratitude. Anything to add as we close up? Eric?
Eric: 43:07 Yeah, no, I'm uh, I'm excited. Uh, no, I think it was great and I'm, in fact, I'm happy that I'm up here podcasting in the mountains in year your home in the city. This time I have lots of gratitude being up here, uh, in the beauty and uh, I've been, it's, I just had to get a break away for a few days, but I'm working. Oh, obviously. Um, but um, it just went, you know, just looking at squirrels and just the simple things, you know, when you're out in nature, it really is good for me to practice some gratitude why I'm out here. So, yeah.
Chad: 43:44 Yeah. That's one of my, that's great to recognize. That's one of my practices too. I recognize that when I'm out in nature, when I'm in the wilderness, and this isn't the same for everybody. Sometimes this happens for people when they're in the city or they're, you know, doing whatever, reading a book, whatever it, that my senses become more attune to the things that I can be grateful for, more attuned to my mind and my thoughts and all that kind of stuff. And it's great to recognize what situations you can put yourself in to amplify and be more attuned to those things. And I think that's really great. Great. Take it away,
Eric: 44:24 right? To get away and do it. My, in fact, when I left my wife, she's out of town, so I, you know, escaped out to get away from things for three days or four days. But when I walked out of this big pile of files, [inaudible] me, she's like, what are you doing? Aren't you going to go get a break? And I said, no, I'm doing some research on the, basically the, the, the Redux, uh, uh, imbalancing the electron transport chain. I said, I'm doing some research and she tried to convince me to leave at home. I'm like, no, no, I enjoy this. So anyway, she couldn't understand like, ah, how do you tie that in with something you enjoy? So anyway, no. Great. Great. Great. That's great.
Chad: 45:06 Well, I hope everybody has a great 4th of July. Even if you're not in the United States, you can celebrate with us. Um, our, our freedom and uh, and I hope this was helpful in creating some freedom in your mind. Thanks so much for mind hacking with us today, Eric. No, I appreciate it.
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