Jason Schreiber – On Kettlebell & Weightlifting Worldclass Competition to Anorexia & Drug Addiction

Jason Schreiber won regional powerlifting competitions, qualified for CrossFit regionals his first attempt, placed 3rd in the World kettlebell competition, and is now going to Nationals for Olympic weightlifting. He’s a holistic health coach and he’s a huge fan of the science of kettlebell training. In this interview, we talk everything from physical fitness to kettlebell training to sports competition to overcoming anorexia and drug addiction to internal personal development to identifying bad advice online.
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Nutrition Secrets of the world's longest living people

30 Nutrition Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People

If you want to maximize the return of money and happiness you get over your lifetime, the most important thing you can do is increase how long you live. 

When you live longer, you have more time to work, enjoy life, and reap the fruits of your labor.

I believe that adding or missing out on 20 to 30 years of life is fully in your control based on your diet, fitness, and enjoyment of work.

Today, we’re focusing on the nutrition side of longevity. None of this is theory. It’s based on extensive research based on the book, 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People.

The whole book is not on just food. It talks about attitudes, activities, and other things you can do to live longer based on the longest living cultures and tribes in the world.

There’s a ton of science, biology, psychology, nutrition, and experiments in the book to back up what it says. But it’s based on the longest living tribes and cultures around the world and how they live.

Today, I’ll be focusing in on the food component.

This is meant to be a quick reference guide to just quickly see which food items to add and incorporate to your daily and weekly diet.

See the book for the extensive details on why.

Longevity Ingredients That Taste Good:

  1. 5 to 7 Servings of Fresh fruit and vegetables a day (crunchy vegetables preferred for scientific reasons)
  2. Buckwheat, brown rice, sprouted wheat bread, or whole grains (avoid white rice)
  3. Organic, free-range meat (if you must eat meat.. fish preferred)
  4. Beans
  5. Eggs (any type works, organic free-range preferred)
  6. Fish (specifically these: tuna, mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardines)
  7. Nuts and seeds
  8. Olive oil
  9. Garlic and onions
  10. Sweet potatoes
  11. Berries (Antioxidant scores: Prunes>raisins>blueberries>blackberries>kale>cranberries>strawberries>cherries) -lower blood pressure, cancer reduction
  12. Yogurt (bacteria and fermentation will help you a TON)
  13. Fermented foods (extra fermented tofu, sauerkraut, pickles, aged French sausaged, sourdough)
  14. Soy (soy sauce, miso, tempeh)
  15. Mushrooms
  16. Green Tea
  17. Water
  18. Tomatoes (this one’s huge. lot of science. tons of lycopene)
  19. Herbs (basil, thyme, sage, peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, oregano, parsley, ginger, ginseng, dill, marjoram, mint, or coriander) – sprinkle over anything: tea, pasta, rice

Longevity Ingredients That May Not Taste Good:

…but are probably still worth adding in.

  1. Hemp
  2. Organic Goat or Sheep Cheese
  3. Apricots and Apricot Kernels
  4. A small amount of red wine

Cooking Routines:

  • Avoid frying or barbecuing meat. Boil or stew it. (a lot of science behind this)
  • Limit the salt.
  • Combine the ingredients (a lot of science/magic here)
  • Avoid vegetable oil: use virgin or coconut oil

Eating Routines:

  • STOP Eating when you’re 8/10 full.
  • Chew 3x more than you will regularly chew before you swallow. Even more if you can.
  • Eat Meat Only Occasionally as a Treat (Use other protein sources) – If you must eat it frequently, eat it with lots of broccoli and cauliflower
  • Have a salad a day

This article will be constantly updated and added to with new books I read and things I research.

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Why You Should Read Fiction (3 Surprising Benefits)

When I was a kid, I only read fiction. Harry Potter. The Bartimaeus Sequence. The Inheritance Series. I thought non-fiction was boring and useless. I remember complaining to a classmate at my school library about why there was such a large non-fiction section. What kind of person reads a 500 page book on history for fun?

A few years later, I was introduced to the idea that non-fiction held the secrets to succeeding in every area of life. Will Smith said in an interview that for every problem that needs to be solved, someone has already written a book on it. Warren Buffett introduced to me the idea that not all non-fiction books were as boring as they made it in the classroom.

(Maybe Will is being a little enthusiastic with his statement but that got me interested.)

But after reading hundreds of “How To” books on improving every topic under the sun (nutrition, longevity, wealth, focus, social skills, and so on), I got slightly burnt out on non-fiction. I heard Charlie Hoehn and Nils Parker of the Mating Grounds podcast talk about how reading fiction helps you connect the dots of non-fiction, give your brain a break, and spur creativity.

I was interested to get back into fiction given that I realized I hadn’t read a fiction book in years and it seemed like a great way to escape having to think about logical concepts all the time. Here’s why you should read fiction.

1. You Live A Thousand Lives of Adventure (And You Start to Remember…)

People say this about non-fiction because you gain a lot of wisdom and perspective from real people’s biographies, especially if they lived much different lives than you. But it’s also true for fiction. The difference is that for fiction, these people don’t actually exist and their lives are even crazier and more fantastical.

Humans are wired to marvel at great storytelling and it is at its finest and most unleashed in the realm of fiction.

You are transported to universes and situations with creatures and personalities you would have never dreamed of. With a great book, you can’t help but feel amazed at how incredible a character is. Remember the first time you experienced Captain Jack Sparrow’s personality? Well, there are even more awesome personalities in books, like Bartimaeus, for instance.

Fiction lets you turn your brain off, relax, and get entertained.

You get your pick of a culmination of thousands of years of trial and error to create the most epic story imaginable.

When I first started reading fiction again, I started getting flashbacks to all the jaw-dropping stories I read as a child that I forgot about. Those were good times.

2. You Give Your Brain A Well-Deserved Break (And Something Magic Happens…)

A recipe for burn out is to stuff every second of your day with something for your brain to think about, especially if it becomes a chore rather than something fun.

That’s exactly what I’ve done in the past because I thought it was “productive.”

Unfortunately, I’ve found myself feeling resentment, jealousy, and frustration when I overhear peers talking about spending their time watching Netflix, reading a good book, or just relaxing.

Fiction gives you the luxury you need. It helps you unplug. It lets your brain completely unwind. It eases you into a good sleep. And the most beautiful part?

It’s in this eased state that our subconscious takes over and solves the problems that we couldn’t solve with our full focus and all the non-fiction reading in the world. There’s a reason why our best ideas happen in the shower.

3. Your Emotional and Social Intelligence Increase

Plenty of books and articles have been written about how IQ is overrated and how emotional and social intelligence are key to wealth and high status in real life.

What’s shocking is that five scientific studies published in Science found that children who read literary fiction had greater levels of ability to infer and understand people’s emotions and thoughts. 

It’s important to note that it was also found that it had to be literary fiction. Popular fiction had no effect. This may be because literary fiction is more realistic and has more mysterious characters that force you to come up with their motives.

If you’re struggling with your communication skills in your career or dating life, literary fiction may be a great stepping stone. The right book will improve your empathy and understanding of others — it will teach you see another’s values and drives, even if you don’t agree with them.

4. It Makes You A Better Reader, Writer, and Person

We’ve all heard people say that watching TV or being on social media too long rots the brain. Maybe it’s because you are sitting there and letting a screen bombard you with addictive, mind-numbing noises, pictures, and advertisements.

Music, on the other hand, doesn’t quite hit the mark either. It can lift your mood and spirits. But it usually doesn’t leave you that much better off, unless you’re a professional musician.

Educational podcasts may be the next best thing to reading since they fill in so much wasted time in a day and leave you smarter.

But reading can make you a better and faster reader and writer. Even if you don’t think you’re a writer, chances are that you type and write more than you realize on a daily basis. We’re all writers and the different ways we choose to present our words can make a huge difference to our lives over time.

This happens more often when you pick up an actual book (or Kindle or iPad) and actually read the text. Audio books are great and I prefer them, but reading actual words on paper (or a screen) will really help you see how sentences are put together and how effective language is delivered.

Put simply: Reading fiction is a great way to come out a better person in the most unexpected of ways. Just the fact you know certain references to popular fiction books will make you a better conversationalist, connect with more people, and a wiser person.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover Book Summary & Review

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover Book Summary & Review (Plus an Exclusive Interview)

“There are no perfect relationships. There are no perfect partners. Relationships by their very nature are chaotic, eventful, and challenging.”
― Robert A. Glover, No More Mr. Nice Guy

One of the books that has had the most profound impact on my life is Dr. Robert Glover’s No More Mr. Nice Guy.

The book uncovers:

  • the truth about the stereotypical Nice Guy
  • why modern society has created so many of them
  • why they fail to get the relationships and career success they crave
  • how to take back your life in an honest, non-manipulative way without becoming a jerk

It also goes into detailed stories of many of his Nice Guy clients and specific steps on how to break free from this behavior.

Dr. Glover understands Nice Guys deeply, having coached thousands of them as a licensed psychotherapist. He adeptly addresses specific common questions like, “Why is it a bad thing to be nice?” and “How do I talk to a girl without making it seem like I’m hitting on her?”

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How To American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy Yang Book Summary & Review

So I read How To American – An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy O. Yang. Well, I read a good portion of it.

That’s right, I didn’t read every word of the book, but you can still learn a lot without reading an entire book.

If you’re not familiar, Jimmy is a 30-year old Hong-Kong American actor who plays Jian Yang on the hit TV show, Silicon Valley. He wrote a whole book on his life journey and Asian immigrant struggles. It’s a must-read for any Asian American because it hits on themes we struggle with unique to us.

It was fantastic and shocking at times. Here’s what I learned…

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Why Reading 251 Books Didn’t Help Me Get Richer (Yet)

In the last couple years, I’ve read a ton of books. In fact, I stopped counting at 251 because I was going through them so fast. In addition to that, I’ve consumed hundreds of podcast interviews of millionaires and even more hours of video interview content. Yet I’m still not much richer.

How could all this priceless information from wealthy individuals do so little?

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Cara Delevingne on Happiness, Imposter Syndrome, Overwork, Therapy & the Beauty in Flaws

Cara Delevingne on Happiness, Imposter Syndrome, Overwork, Therapy & the Beauty in Flaws

“Be comfortable in your own shoes because you’re going to be in them for a while.” – Cara Delevigne

Cara DeLevigne’s speech during the Women in the World summit has touched me on multiple levels, even though I’m not a woman. I’ve watched it numerous times since it’s release.

With 41 million followers on Instagram, this supermodel spoke about many issues we can relate to, which surprised me immensely because I didn’t think she would struggle with these issues because of her success, a common misconception society has. In her chat, Cara talks about:

  • not knowing who you are
  • having a mental breakdown
  • dropping out of high school at 17
  • dealing with therapy and anti-depressants
  • how your flaws are what make you special
  • how writing helped her by articulating how she felt
  • trying to do well in school to please her parents but failing
  • meeting people who want to use her for what she can provide
  • being a goofball and nothing like the personality of a normal model
  • how mental illness and depression aren’t something to be ashamed of
  • how she always wanted to change the world growing up, like most kids
  • how she started yoga for fun, but stayed with it for the spiritual and therapy
  • how people who rejected her in the past in the industry were now all over her
  • having the imposter syndrome: not feeling like she deserved her success and feeling like she got lucky living some one’s dream life.
  • how she didn’t feel like she could complain or feel bad about any of the internal battles she had because of her fabulous external life
  • how she couldn’t say no to any opportunity after success because she remembered how difficult it was before and how this caused her to overwork and get stress-induced psoriasis, which gave her big welts all over her body and made her feel disgusting
  • how she wished someone would have just told her to take a break, but no one did
  • the importance of saying no to take control of your life, something she has now learned how to do (similar to Lady Gaga’s lessons with learning saying no to opportunity during her talk at the Emotion Revolution Summit)
  • how her modeling agency treated the symptoms of her psoriasis but not the underlying cause to get her back on the runway as soon as possible to make more money
  • just because you’re successful, rich, famous, good-looking, or loved doesn’t mean you will be happy
  • how you should dream bigger. Many girls tell her that they want to be models, but she thinks genetic engineers, astronauts, and presidents are cooler
  • how she wasn’t treated seriously and looked down on by other actors when she tried to break into the acting industry
  • how she grew up believing that showing any emotion, including crying, was weakness
  • the bad parts of the modeling industry: constantly being told you’re not good enough, measuring your worth as a person by rejections at work, photographers who only do the job to sleep with women, and models who don’t stand up for themselves who get used by photographers because they feel like they should be used

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Crush It By Gary Vaynerchuk Book Summary and Review

Crush It was Gary Vaynerchuk’s first book. Since its release, Gary has become a superstar on social media, impacting many successful artists and creators as an inspiration. He has been one of the best at leveraging every social media platform out there to spread his message, amassing hundreds of thousands of fans, and building an 8 to 9-figure digital agency.

I found out about Gary when he first transitioned from his family wine business, which he 10xed in sales, to becoming a social media expert and digital agency CEO.

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I meditated for a year. Here's what happened

I Experimented With Meditation For A Year and a Half. Here’s What Happened (Complete Guide)

A year ago, I started an experiment. After hearing all the hype from successful people about how meditation, I took it up for the first time in my life. And I documented my journey with data.

I used the app, Insight Timer, the best free meditation app out there. It logs all the free guided meditations I listen to on there and breaks down the stats. According to the app, I have meditated a total of 56 hours and 27 minutes for a daily average of 10 minutes.

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Ben Franklin's Autobiography: A Quick Book Summary & Review

Ben Franklin’s Autobiography: A Quick Book Summary & Review

Ben Franklin is one of the most influential people of American History. Hundreds of years after his death, he’s still seen as a role model by many, including the billionaire, Charlie Munger.

He was a successful inventor and businessman. He helped build the great American government and economy. His foresight into the power of compound interest helped turn his $2,000 donation to the country at his death into $6.5 million.

Ben’s philosophies in life are still influencing many people today. His concepts of pursuing health, wealth, and happiness even impacted Tim Ferriss to structure his best-selling book Tools of Titans around these concepts.

Here’s a busy man’s book summary of Ben’s autobiography, a book I’ve been wanting to read for year that I finally got to:

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The Fung Bros Give Advice to Asian Americans on Success, Excuses, Dating, and Social Media Growth

The Fung Bros Give Advice to Asian Americans on Success, Excuses, Dating, and Social Media Growth

The Fung Brothers are a Chinese-American duo consisting of comedians and rappers, Andrew Fung and David Fung. They have a successful Hip Hop foodie and streetwear YouTube channel, with almost 2 million subscribers.

Here’s my interview with them. We talk Asian American obstacles, overcoming excuses, social media growth tips, dating & wealth advice, and more.

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On Celebrating & Appreciating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

On Celebrating & Appreciating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! The history of this appreciation month dates back to 1978 when U.S. Congress passed a resolution to celebrate the culture for a week. Like other cultural appreciation weeks, they later extended it to a full month.

Many Asian Americans have insecurity, shame, or hidden disgrace when it comes to their race because they perceive it to be lower status in American culture. We have to stop doing this and stop shooting ourselves in the foot with self-pity and defeatism. This month is a great month to do so. My mother has been a strong supporter of feeling proud of your ancestry. 13 years ago, I competed in a state-wide history project presentation. Hundreds of three-board poster boards filled up the the cafeteria and gymnasium that the competition was housed in.

But I stood out like a red lantern. Literally.

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How To Master Your Asian Masculinity & Live The Life You Want with Kevin Kreider

How To Master Your Asian Masculinity & Live The Life You Want with Kevin Kreider

Kevin Kreider is an Asian American male model, life coach, speaker, fitness trainer, social media influencer, and bodybuilding competitor.

As a child, he was bullied for his skinny figure and race, while struggling with Tourette’s Syndrome. Kevin has won several natural bodybuilding competitions and spoke at TEDx. Now, he helps other Asian American men cultivate their Asian American masculinity through life coaching.

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