How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle (with Gary LeBlanc)

How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle (with Gary LeBlanc)

Gary LeBlanc is a life engineer and the founder and CEO of Zero dB, an innovative organic beverages brand that helps people quiet the mental noise in their lives. Gary is also the author of Find Your Superhuman: Unlock Your Unique Potential. 

In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss Gary’s book and dive deeper into what it means to be healthy. As entrepreneurs, in order for us to really connect with others and unlock our potential, we first need to be aligned within ourselves. We have to be healthy. That’s why today we’re going to go over how to fuel our bodies, prevent disease, avoid toxins, and tune up our bodies. 

“Our superhuman potential is simply when we align within ourselves from a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual standpoint, we’re better able to connect with others,” Gary said. “Finding your superhuman was the mind-body alignment within ourselves, but the superhuman really gets unleashed when we connect with others.”

How to Fuel Our Bodies

To give ourselves the energy we need, we have to fuel our bodies properly. Gary explained that it’s really all about biodiversity. 

“If you can get a handle on how your specific ancestors ate, you’ll have a better idea of how your gut microbiome evolved, and really how your genetics evolved,” Mitch said. “When people look at these specific diets, more has to do with what your culture has eaten over time. Those are probably the foods you’re more tolerant to, and also the biodiversity aspect of it: we should eat more plants.”

Michael Pollan said it best when he said, “Eat less, mostly plants.” We should try to keep a clean diet with a lot of biodiversity. 

In addition to the food we eat, part of fueling our body also depends on how we spend our time. We should try to slow life down and take the time to really think about what we’re putting into our bodies and what we are doing during the day. We are always in such a rush to find these life hacks to free up time, but why? Why are we trying to unlock more time? To spend more time on social media? Why try to cook a fast meal, when you could cook a healthy meal over a couple hours with family? Dinner with our loved ones is probably the best way to spend our time. 

Foods to Live By

Vegetables and fruits are a great way to consume the proper nutrients we need in a day. 

“Get a mix of good, low glycemic vegetables and fruits,” Gary said. “When you look at the brassica family: cabbage, kale, broccoli, these are cancer fighters. The brassica family has a lot of cancer fighting agents. Then you look at berries. Berries are low glycemic, loaded with antioxidants. Then you look at other other specific foods like sesame seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds. You get your omegas and you get insoluble fibers out of celery.”

Depending on where we live, we may also want to consider supplements to gain the proper nutrients. Many people may want to supplement D3, omegas, or iodine since many people don’t get enough in their diet. 

Foods to Drive By 

There are also certain foods we want to avoid. We typically should avoid processed foods and pesticides. We also should consider avoiding food high in salt as it can be a problem for high blood pressure for cardiovascular disease.

There is a list called the Dirty Dozen which goes over fruits and vegetables we should choose to eat organically, as they are more likely to have pesticides otherwise. This list includes strawberries, spinach, apples, grapes, etc. While organic food isn’t cheap, we can make other smart choices such as eliminating processed foods. 

“You start to control what you consume, then it really becomes a whole food conservation,” Gary said. “I try not to get bogged down in the zeitgeist of the day; I just try to keep things pretty organic from a whole food perspective.”

Preventing Disease

In Gary’s book, he focuses on how we can prevent diseases such as cancer and diabetes. While genetics do play a factor, we can truly have an impact on preventing these diseases if we live a healthy lifestyle. 

“You want to focus on things that are going to be nutrient dense and keep the sugar down,” Gary said. “When you look at cancer, obviously there’s a genetic predisposition to certain cancers and each one has a different percentage, but it gets down to epigenetically. What kind of environment are you creating in the body? You can’t control your genetics but you can control the methylation of genes, the activation of certain genes.”

We have more control over our health than people think. We can prevent diseases by watching what we eat and how we live. Gary explained that processed foods and nitrates have been linked to organophosphates or pesticides. Pesticides have been linked to lymphoma. A heavy meat diet has also been linked to colon cancer. 

“There’s all of these different things you can worry about, but really it gets down to, like I mentioned before, mostly plants and keeping it clean,” Gary said. “That’s really what I focus on because it truly is a numbers game.”

Not only does how we eat prevent disease, but also how we connect with others. A Harvard study found that the most important predictor of a long life was relationships. While different groups of people still drank with their friends and consumed meat, they would live longer because of their connections with others. By creating a balanced lifestyle and not eating certain foods in excess, we can prevent disease. 

Avoiding Toxins

In section three of his book: Toxins, the Ugy Truth, Gary discusses how we can avoid toxins. 

“When we talk about toxins, we have to look at what we can control,” Gary said. “I live in a city. I can’t control the xylene and the total reading, and the formaldehyde coming out of the cars six floors below. I can’t control that. So, I buy an air purifier and I do my best.”

We can also try to avoid plastics as they contain toxins. We can limit our exposure to cleaning chemicals. These are things we do have control over. Gary uses a water purifier, has an air filter in his bedroom, and reduces all plastic in his life. He doesn’t use all plastic containers for his food. Doing small things like this can help us reduce the toxins in our lives. 

Keeping the Body Tuned Up

Part of staying healthy includes keeping the body tuned up. “Everybody wants to come up with the best and latest workout, [but] 95% of this could be just really moving,” Gary said. 

Gary has three areas we should focus on: stretching, cardio, and resistance training. Stretching can help with injury prevention while cardio can help with muscle growth and better circulation throughout the body. Moderate cardio works great for improving circulation by expanding capillary highways while high intensity cardio can build muscle and really strengthen our heart. Then, we should include resistance training. 

“The kicker if you want to be healthy and happy when you’re older, is resistance training,” Gary said. “You’ve got to load your body. Everything’s about time under tension. . . . Mindfulness is all about time and attention. We meditate so that we can train the mind to notice. Just like for our muscles, we do those reps to actually adapt to the rest of our lives where we prevent injury, where we’re more vital.”

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Two workouts a week should help us maintain muscle mass while three times a week can help increase muscle mass. Essentially, we want to put a moderate load on our body so our body can adapt. As entrepreneurs, once we are aligned within ourselves, we will be more capable of helping others through our business. 

Key Takeaways

Thank you so much Gary for sharing your stories and insights with us today. Here are some of my key takeaways from this episode:

  1. Our superhuman potential comes when we align within ourselves from a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual standpoint. As we do this, we’re better able to connect with others.
  2. We should fuel our bodies with the right foods. This means eating more vegetables and fruits while avoiding processed foods, too much meat, and pesticides. 
  3. We have more control over our health than many people realize. We can prevent disease by eating healthy, staying active, and developing healthy relationships. 
  4. To help our bodies stay healthy we should stretch, do cardio, and implement resistance training into our weekly schedules.  
  5. As entrepreneurs, once we are aligned within ourselves, we will be more capable of helping others through our business. 

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