What's On My Mind #12

What's On My Mind #12

Oct 03, 2021


What's On My Mind is a weekly newsletter where I share a variety of thoughts, stories, and ideas to raise awareness; enable personal growth; nourish an open mind; encourage self-discovery; and empowering myself and others with individual responsibility.

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Self-awareness = self-learning = self-knowledge = self-healing = self-realization

I hope you find them of any use.

One-dimensional thinking in a multi-dimensional reality
One-dimensional thinking is a description of the process which leads to an incorrect conclusion that is based on the false dillema fallacy. That is, the idea that most questions have a yes/no, positive/negative, black/white answer.

One-Dimensional Thinkers tend to look at the world in terms of extremes, and ignore any middle ground that doesn't correlate with their own foregone conclusion or personal agenda. Everything must fit neatly into their good/evil paradigm. The need to categorize people is a function of one-dimensional thinking. When people call themselves "liberal" or "conservative" they're actually sacrificing their own individuality and critical thinking to join in a herd-type mentality as if important social issues could be resolved in the same way two sport teams might compete.

By polarizing people into clearly-defined categories, and then generalizing about their "evil" intent, it makes it easy and convenient for the 1DT to dismiss the opinions of others with whom he/she might not agree. By using a sweeping generalization in conjunction with a polarized category, the 1DT divides and dismisses ideological opponents without having to spend a moment actually considering the issues raised.

Sometimes arriving at “the whole truth” about something is being able to look at something from a different angle. Many times a correct answer has more than one component or side to it. Sometimes answers are multi-dimensional. They have several layers of complexity or sides to them. One side isn’t the “whole truth.” Like the distinct sides of a pyramid, truth, or what is correct, is sometimes all of the sides at once. It’s when we are able to step back and see the whole picture that a whole solution can be reached.

In current times one-dimensional thinking is dominant. We can see it presenting itself in the big issues we are facing today. Most, if not all, of those issues came into being from one-dimensional thinking, and we try to solve them with the same mindset. On the surface this looks like a solution, but it's not, it's part of a solution. Not the whole solution. So far, this has resulted in more and more problems. Time to put our ego's to the side so we can transcend one-dimensional thinking and produce real solutions.

"We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - A. Einstein.

Orginal art: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/AqaPZN

Tao Te Ching -75-

When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.
When the government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.

Act for the people's benefit.
Trust them; leave them alone.

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Quote to contemplate
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky

Fundamental - Nutrition: Metabolic flexible

Metabolic flexibility is the body’s ability to switch between different fuel sources and produce energy under various conditions. A more scientific definition is the capacity for skeletal muscle to acutely shift its reliance between lipids and glucose during fasting or in response to insulin, such as postprandial (after diner) conditions. Your body generates energy through two main methods; burning up stored carbohydrates or fats. What determines how metabolically flexible you are is how easily your body can switch back and forth between using stored fats or carbs for energy without running into energy crises. If you have low functioning or inefficient mitochondria (energy sources in your cells), your body will utilize only stored carbs and not stored fats. Mitochondria inefficiency can be caused by eating too much-processed foods, having a high carbohydrate diet, not including enough antioxidant foods, a lack of physical exercise, among other factors.

At the extreme end of unhealthy metabolic flexibility—that is, metabolic inflexibility—lies disease, including metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, certain types of cancer, and more. But even before things get that “ugly,” the path to metabolic inflexibility may manifest as:

  • Feeling tired and fatigued

  • Battling brain fog

  • Not having the energy to exercise

  • Not having the stamina to complete physically demanding tasks

  • Dealing with cravings and hunger

  • Difficulty with weight loss

  • Struggling to manage blood sugar levels

  • And more

Simply put, metabolic flexibility is a key to looking, feeling, and performing your best and living your best life.

4 Tools to Boost Metabolic Flexibility:

1. Active lifestyle
Spend more time on your feet than on your ass.

2. Exercise regularly
Include cardio, H.I.I.T, and strenght training in your weekly routine.

3. Intermittent fasting
The easiest way to implement this is the 16:8 method. 16 hours without eating, followed by 8 hours of eating.

4. Cold exposure
Stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis, enhance insulin sensitivity, and ultimately, boost metabolic flexibility

Of course, how much and what you do (and don’t) put into your mouth also influences metabolic flexibility.

Podcast that made me think


Did you know...
that processed meat is classified as a group 1 carcinogen according to the WHO! It is on the same list as; tabacco, asbestos, plutonium, engine exhaust, and ethanol (found in alcohol). Processed meat, is meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation.

Thank you for your interest, time and attention.
Your support is much appreciated.

Joey van Tilburg

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