Dr. Greg Wells talks about the connection between sleep, nutrition, exercise and the human mind in this week’s episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast.
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Episode 6 Show Notes
[00:00] Welcome and intro
[00:50] Featured Interview with Dr. Greg Wells
Greg Wells is author of The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better and Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes. Greg is a physiologist who does research at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children. He is also the host of The Be Better Podcast.
- How Greg’s trip to the cardiac ward changed his life [2:24}
- What is the ripple effect? [4:44]
- 1% gains [9:28]
- Sleep – why it’s important and how to do it better [14:46]
- Eating well as a tool for success [18:29]
- Why we can’t trust food guides [22:45]
- Nutrient-dense vs. energy-dense foods [25:45]
- Why it’s better to exercise outside than at the gym [26:48]
- Muscular meditation [27:35]
- Eustress vs. distress [31:20]
Websites and books mentioned:
- Harvard Medical School Healthy Eating Plate & Healthy Eating Pyramid
- Precision Nutrition
- Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman
- Blue Mind by Wallace J Nichols
- Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
[33:30] Greg wells’ INSTRUCTION MANUAL
1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy?
- Exercise every single day for at least 30 minutes
2. What personal development book do you recommend?
- The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
- “that’s one that I’ve gone through pretty repeatedly throughout my life”
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
- “another general mindset book that’s made a big difference in my adult life.”
3. Do you have a personal mantra?
- Anything is possible
4. What’s your one guilty pleasure?
- A really good espresso in the morning
5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?
- “What I would love to have happen is to go out being content with the impact that I have had in the world, the way that I’ve lived my life, but more importantly surrounded by my wife and children and family and friends and for them not to be sad.”
- References Gord Downie, the lead singer of The Tragically Hip