Tue, 24 March 2015
Health and wellness are seldom the first priority of large multinational corporations, but that's not the case with Adobe. In this episode I speak with Kris Herrera who is the Global Employee Services Manager for Adobe, and I also speak with Todd Kopriva who is the product manager for Adobe's visual effects and motion graphics applications which includes Adobe After Effects and its kin. We discuss what is wrong with most corporate cultures as far as their approach to health for their employees as well as the ways that Adobe is changing that.
Topics of conversation include:
- Adobe's definition of "wellness"
- How Kris and Adobe have reshaped their employees' ability to eat healthy foods at the office
- How to avoid "burn out" by feeding yourself the proper fuel
- Adobe's Fitbit program for every one of their employees
- Todd's strategy for racking up TONS of steps on the FiP Fitbit Leaderboard
- Building "awareness" by quantifying your activity and caloric intake (i.e. step 2)
- Todd's experience as an endurance athlete and ultra-marathon runner
- Todd's realistic and practical approach to including steps into his daily routine
- How increased activity can "loosen you up" and increase your ability to perform on the job
- Using standing desks, treadmill desks, and even elliptical bike desks
- Incorporating The Sitting Solution into your daily routine
- How just standing all day is almost as unhealthy as sitting all day
- Keyboard & mouse ergonomics as related to repetitive stress injuries
- How you can change the culture at your office to be more like Adobe's
- Incorporating standing and activity into meetings to enhance group productivity
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Sat, 14 March 2015
Paleo and Primal are popular buzz words in the health and fitness industry right now, but I think it's unfair to call them 'fads' as many people do, especially since these philosophies are designed based on millions of years of human evolution. My guest Mark Sisson is one of the godfathers of the paleo and primal diet and fitness movements, and we do a deep dive into living a 'primal lifestyle,' and we also dispel some of the myths and false atacks against this approach.
*PS. My apologies for the scratchy audio quality throughout this show.
Topics of discussion include:
- The purpose of 'The Primal Blueprint' and how we can reprogram our genes to burn more fat and become less dependent on medication to be 'healthy'
- Why the Paleo Diet is not a 'fad'
- What does "Going Paleo" look like?
- The mistake of just eating "real food"
- Why the Paleo diet was dead last on the list of US News & World Report's "Best Diets"
- The metaanalysis proving saturated fat is not a cause of heart disease
- The long term health effects of going Paleo
- Learning how to become good at burning stored body fat
- How changing your diet can help you avoid being "The Grumpy Editor"
- The "diseases of civilization" and how they stem from chronic inflammation
- Mayonnaise is back with 'Primal Mayo'
- Taking a primal approach to activity and applying that to a sedentary lifestyle
- The difference between exercise and constant activity
- The benefits of short bursts of high intensity exercise like kettlebells and sprinting
"Why Grains Are Unhealthy" by Mark Sisson
Dr. McDougal's Comments referenced in the podcast
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