A casual sit-down with a passionate human who discusses subjects that matter!
Habit Formation And Goal Setting: Take Control Of Your Habits
In this episode, I offer 5 scientifically-proven steps to break any habit and build new ones. I draw from James Clear's Book on habits to offer you some tangible ways to recognize, interrupt, and require your habit loops. I also give you 3 tips on how to set goals effectively, and actually go through with them even when faced with challenges. Excusing the tangents and failed examples, I hope you enjoy the content!
Interview With Mohammed Kibriya: The Importance of Community, Mentors, and Gratitude
In this very special episode, I get the chance to speak with youth mentor Mohammed Kibriya about how important it is to practice gratitude, find mentors, and belong to a community. He sheds light on how significant of a role mentors can play in guidance, and how that goes hand in hand with self-awareness and reflection. Kibriya urges us to develop habits like journaling about things you are grateful for, getting others' insight on your strengths and weaknesses, and being vulnerable with trusted people. Get off of social media and get reflecting, because we all need real, honest conversations with ourselves and with our community.
Medical Mistrust: Roots and Role in Perpetuating Health Disparities
In this episode, I discuss the roots and impact of medical mistrust that exists within the African American community. From the transatlantic slave trade, to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments, and the modern-day implicit biases that impact health outcomes, African Americans are continuously given reasons to be weary of medical professionals. This ultimately perpetuates health disparities, reinforces systems of oppression, and leads to worsening health inequities that entail higher morbidity, mortality, and disease rates, shorter lifespans, and poorer qualities of life. Addressing this issue starts here- with education.
Effects Of Malnutrition: Your Brain And Body In Starvation Mode And My Experience With Anorexia
In this episode I discuss the the physiological and psychological of malnutrition. I draw upon The Minnesota Starvation Experiment and my own experiences with an eating disorder to demonstrate how your body reacts a prolonged period of energy deficit. Grab a snack, your bodily functions are expensive and needs tons of energy to function optimally and keep you happy and healthy.
Anorexia As An Evolved Response To Famine: The Biology behind Restrictive Eating Disorder and My Own Experience Part 1
In this episode I draw upon recent research that describes restrictive eating disorders as evolutionary responses to famine. When a person who is predisposed to anorexia enters energy deficit, the genes are triggered or activated, and the illness manifests. This is not to say there aren't psychological roots to eating disorders, as they serve as coping mechanisms and have a deep rooting in mental health issues. This is just an alternate theory and brief explanation of the biology that many fail to recognize. And finally, a little about my own experience. In part 2 of this series, I will delve deeper into human anatomy and my road recovery, so stay tuned!
Brainwashed By Diet Culture: Recognizing The Role of The Fitness Industry
As impressionable youth, we learn that how we look is a direct reflection of who we are as people: how worthy, desirable, and successful we are. These ideas only serve the fitness industry, a multi-billion dollar industry that has consumed American culture for decades. In this episode, I discuss how psychologists and marketers in the industry have influenced our thoughts and behaviors, preyed upon insecurities they have promoted, and normalized disordered eating habits for their own profit. Diet culture is at our dinner tables, in our doctors' offices, and in our job interviews, so how will we fight against it?