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138. Overcoming the Energy Thieves and Managing Energy to Feel More Refreshed, Engaged, & Connected (encore)

In this episode, we're working on our element of Resilience and exploring the second Root of Resilience known as managing energy. The Roots of Resilience were laid out in one of Dr. Emmons book, "The Chemistry of Calm." We'll work through this foundational aspect of resilience, focusing on how we can keep our resilience tank more full by returning to our natural rhythms of rest and activity to help us feel more refreshed, engaged, and connected. We'll also learn about three "energy thieves" (oxidative stress, blood sugar dysregulation, and systemic inflammation) and how you can overcome those thieves to reclaim your natural energy cycles. The key strategies we'll focus on are: adopting a diet rich in whole foods, supplementing wisely with vitamins and antioxidants (if needed), and engaging in simple, enjoyable exercise like walking.


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Key moments:

00:00 Welcome to Joy Lab
00:46 Introducing the Element of Resilience
01:47 Unpacking the Energy Thieves- Thief #1: Oxidative Stress
06:08 Blood Sugar Dysregulation: The Second Energy Thief
09:52 Systemic Inflammation: The Third Energy Thief
11:15 Radically Sensible Eating: A Strategy to Reclaim Energy
17:13 Supplementing Wisely for Energy and Resilience
20:56 The Power of Exercise: Simple Steps to Boost Energy
25:11 Looking Ahead: Aligning with Nature


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  • Joy Lab Podcast #13 (The Roots of Resilience) This episode is a broad overview of what we'll be talking about over the next 9 episodes. It's a really helpful summary!
  • Chemistry of Calm (Dr. Emmons' book referenced in this series)
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