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Hi! I'm Luci Gabel, leadership development specialist, professor at the GWU School of Medicine graduate program in integrative medicine, and author of Eat to Lead. I talk about leadership, health and happiness and how it all goes together in your life.

Key topics here will be things like motivating yourself and others, being brave enough to be different, having life balance, setting yourself up for longevity and a high quality, happy life —on top of building a career you love. Come in and take a listen!

Luci Gabel—On Leadership, Life, Health and Happiness Luci Gabel

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Hi! I'm Luci Gabel, leadership development specialist, professor at the GWU School of Medicine graduate program in integrative medicine, and author of Eat to Lead. I talk about leadership, health and happiness and how it all goes together in your life.

Key topics here will be things like motivating yourself and others, being brave enough to be different, having life balance, setting yourself up for longevity and a high quality, happy life —on top of building a career you love. Come in and take a listen!

    How to Deal with Criticism: Take the Gift

    How to Deal with Criticism: Take the Gift

    Criticism is hard to take. But there's a gift in criticism. And if you decide to be a leader, or to assume a leadership role at any time, it's important to build yourself into someone who can listen to criticism and take it as the gift that it can be. 

    If you're a perfectionist, it's a lot harder to do. And that was my difficulty in the past.

    In this podcast,  I share my personal experience with handling criticism when you’re already hyper-critical of yourself. I provide tips on how to handle criticism constructively, accept feedback, and use it for self-improvement. 

    And we get a special guest appearance from the guy that wanted to clean my room.

    I’m in a hotel in Vancouver this weekend! 

    See my instagram and Facebook pics if you'd like to experience it with me.

    Episode 21: How to reduce stress

    Episode 10: Healthy Conflict Culture

    Episode 8: How to give advice so people want to listen

    Episode 5: Difficult conversations and how to make them easier


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    • 19 min
    Effects of Stress and How to Deal with It

    Effects of Stress and How to Deal with It

    Stress can impact your mental capacity and overall health.

    We all have different reactions to stress in the sense that we've been brought up differently, we've all had different life experiences, and there are different circumstances that bring up stress for each of us.

    But there are some things that happen to all of us during a high stress situation, and those are the things that are essentially in our DNA.

    Discover the impact of stress, the detrimental effects it has long-term, and tips to get out from under it in this latest episode.

    Related episodes:

    Episode 20: Long term mental energy

    Episode 18: Mindset—It's more than what you're thinking

    Episode 14: Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face

    Episode 11: Quiet your mind to be a better leader

    Research articles:

    Chu B, Marwaha K, Sanvictores T, et al. Physiology, Stress Reaction. [Updated 2022 Sep 12]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK541120/

    Dee G, Ryznar R, Dee C. Epigenetic Changes Associated with Different Types of Stressors and Suicide. Cells. 2023 Apr 26;12(9):1258. doi: 10.3390/cells12091258. PMID: 37174656; PMCID: PMC10177343.

    Hing B, Braun P, Cordner ZA, Ewald ER, Moody L, McKane M, Willour VL, Tamashiro KL, Potash JB. Chronic social stress induces DNA methylation changes at an evolutionary conserved intergenic region in chromosome X. Epigenetics. 2018;13(6):627-641. doi: 10.1080/15592294.2018.1486654. Epub 2018 Aug 5. PMID: 29943663; PMCID: PMC6140912.

    Janssen JAMJL. New Insights into the Role of Insulin and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis in the Metabolic Syndrome. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Jul 25;23(15):8178. doi: 10.3390/ijms23158178. PMID: 35897752; PMCID: PMC9331414.


    Let's keep in touch!

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    • 20 min
    You want even-keel mental energy that lasts. Here’s how.

    You want even-keel mental energy that lasts. Here’s how.

    Based on what I’ve seen and current science, there are 6 elements that affect your brain energy.

    They influence your success at work and in relationships, your leadership abilities, and the success of your team and your company if you have one.

    They also affect your health and longevity all the way down to your DNA. (But that's for another podcast.)

    They all work together. Each one affects the other. 

    Join me as I talk about them.

    Want to remember these?

    Download the free PDF: "6 Aspects of Mental Energy" to add your own personal notes to, place it at your desk or on your wall.


    For more depth on these major aspects I discussed, tune in to these episodes:

    Mindset: It's more than what you're thinking. Episode 18

    Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Episode 14

    Quiet your mind to be a better leader. Episode 11

    The easiest exercise with the highest return on investment. Episode 9

    Italian eating habits: How do they get away with it? Episode 6

    Your brain's optimal performance: Sleep, hunger, work. Episode 4


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    • 25 min
    (Part 2 ) Covid Prevention, Leadership & Science: What We've Learned on the 4 Year Anniversary

    (Part 2 ) Covid Prevention, Leadership & Science: What We've Learned on the 4 Year Anniversary

    This is part 2, as promised, on what we know about COVID today. This time, I'm talking about prevention.

    This deep-dive into the research was inspired when I had it in December which sent me digging through the journals to understand what the science is showing, rather than the misinformation too often heard through media and social media.

    In this episode I share:

    Lessons on leadership from these last 4 years
    Putting research reported by the media into perspective
    The current research on Covid prevention including: whether masks work, how dangerous are vaccines, whether boosters are valuable, and a few things you may not have thought about when it comes to prevention.

    References for this episode:

    Meta-analyses on Masks:

    Floriano I, Silvinato A,
    Bacha HA, Barbosa AN, Tanni S, Bernardo WM. Effectiveness of wearing masks
    during the COVID-19 outbreak in cohort and case-control studies: a systematic
    review and meta-analysis. J Bras Pneumol. 2024 Jan 5;49(6):e20230003. doi: 10.36416/1806-3756/e20230003.
    PMID: 38198343; PMCID: PMC10760436.


    Enright C, Gilbourne C,
    Kiersey R, et al. Efficacy of facemasks in preventing transmission of COVID-19
    in non-healthcare settings: A scoping review. Journal of Infection Prevention.
    2024;25(1-2):24-32. doi:10.1177/17571774231203


    Dighriri IM, Alhusayni KM, Mobarki AY, Aljerary
    IS, Alqurashi KA, Aljuaid FA, Alamri KA, Mutwalli AA, Maashi NA, Aljohani AM,
    Alqarni AM, Alfaqih AE, Moazam SM, Almutairi MN, Almutairi AN. Pfizer-BioNTech
    COVID-19 Vaccine (BNT162b2) Side Effects: A Systematic Review. Cureus. 2022 Mar
    26;14(3):e23526. doi: 10.7759/cureus.23526. PMID: 35494952; PMCID: PMC9039171.

    S.A. Meo, I.A. Bukhari, J. Akram, A.S. Meo,
    D.C. Klonoff ,COVID-19 vaccines: comparison of biological, pharmacological
    characteristics and adverse effects of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines, Eur
    Rev Med Pharmacol Sci, Year: 2021 Vol. 25 - N. 3 Pages: 1663-1669 DOI:

    Rosenblum HG, Hadler SC, Moulia D, Shimabukuro
    TT, Su JR, Tepper NK, Ess KC, Woo EJ, Mba-Jonas A, Alimchandani M, Nair N,
    Klein NP, Hanson KE, Markowitz LE, Wharton M, McNally VV, Romero JR, Talbot HK,
    Lee GM, Daley MF, Mbaeyi SA, Oliver SE. Use of COVID-19 Vaccines After
    Reports of Adverse Events Among Adult Recipients of Janssen (Johnson &
    Johnson) and mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna): Update from
    the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - United States, July 2021.
    MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Aug 13;70(32):1094-1099. doi:

    Bishara, H. , Arbel, A. , Barnett-Griness, O. ,
    Bloch, S. , Cohen, S. , Najjar-Debbiny, R. , Gronich, N. , Auriel, E. &
    Saliba, W. (2023). Association Between Guillain-Barré Syndrome and
    COVID-19 Infection and Vaccination. Neurology, 101 (20), e2035-e2042. doi:


    Lasrado et al. Waning immunity and IgG4 responses following bivalent mRNA boosting.Sci. Adv.10,eadj9945(2024).DOI:10.1126/sciadv.adj9945

    Cheng MQ, Li R, Weng ZY, Song G. Relative
    effectiveness of bivalent COVID-19 vaccine: a systematic review and
    meta-analysis. Front Med (Lausanne). 2024 Feb 7;10:1322396. doi:

    Link-Gelles R, Ciesla AA, Mak J, et al. Early
    Estimates of Updated 2023–2024 (Monovalent XBB.1.5) COVID-19 Vaccine
    Effectiveness Against Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection Attributable to
    Co-Circulating Omicron Variants Among Immunocompetent Adults — Increasing
    Community Access to Testing Program, United States, September 2023–January 2024.
    (Retrieved Feb 26, 2024) MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2024;73:77–83. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7304a2

    Nasal Spray

    Tanori M, Pitaro M, Fratini E, Colantoni E, Amoresano A, Celentano S,
    Chiaramonte B, Mancuso M. Safety in Rats of a Novel Nasal Spray Formulation for
    the Prevention of Airborne Viral Infections. Pharmaceutics. 2023 Feb
    9;15(2):591. doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics15020591

    Dr. Ko

    • 38 min
    Mindset: It's more than what you're thinking

    Mindset: It's more than what you're thinking

    Mindset is a powerful tool.

    It's also an undervalued and misunderstood tool.

    Some think mindset is the outcome of luck, circumstances, or upbringing. Some think it's nothing but slapping a "happy face" sticker on top of a problem.

    It's none of those.

    When you learn you can adjust your mindset to create the experiences and outcomes you most desire for yourself and others, that's when you really start to fly in life.

    Successful leaders understand how harness the tool of mindset.

    In this episode I talk about:

    One client's mindset shift from "victim of circumstance" to "leader."
    How your mindset affects not only yourself but the people around you.
    A simple step to shift your mindset into being the person you want to be.
    Examples of how mindset affects physiology, from how you present on the outside to how your body reacts internally.

    Have you been working on your mindset? It's an ongoing event. If you're always growing, no doubt, you're always encountering new reasons to work on it.

    If you like this episode, give it a like or five stars. Let me know in the comments what kind of work you've been doing on your mindset lately, and what you'd like to hear about next.

    P.S.: Thanks for chiming in on the last episode about COVID research. I got some great questions and comments on all the social media channels, and I'm putting together part two taking into consideration all of your responses and questions. So look forward to that in just a couple of weeks.

    Connect with me further
    I'm Luci Gabel on: TT, Insta FB and LI
    My award winning book: ⁠⁠https://www.EatToLead.com⁠⁠
    Website: ⁠⁠https://www.LuciGabel.com⁠


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    • 13 min
    I Caught Covid: What Happened and What I Learned

    I Caught Covid: What Happened and What I Learned

    There are so many confusing messages about COVID today. Has it become as benign as a cold? Is it just like the flu? Are you completely safe if you're fit and healthy?

    I'll tell you about the experience I had with it in December. And I'll share the most recent research I've found about it.

    Below is a list of references to the studies I mentioned in this episode, in the order I speak about them.

    Connect with me here or at my website: https://www.lucigabel.com

    Connect with me more regularly on social: LinkedIn, Insta, FB, TT, YT.



    Covid and blood:

    Valentine Léopold, et al:
    Platelets of COVID-19 patients display mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative
    stress, and energy metabolism failure compatible with cell death, Research and
    Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis,Volume 7, Issue 7,2023,102213,ISSN
    2475-0379, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rpth.2023.102213

    Cardiovascular issues after exposure:

    Nat Med. 2022; 28(3): 583–590. Published online 2022 Feb 7. doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-01689-3


    Xie Y, Xu E, Bowe B,
    Al-Aly Z. Long-term cardiovascular outcomes of COVID-19. Nat Med. 2022
    Mar;28(3):583-590. doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-01689-3. Epub 2022 Feb 7. PMID:
    35132265; PMCID: PMC8938267


    Long Covid in
    full spectrum of illness severity:

    Li, J., Zhou, Y., Ma, J. et al. The long-term health
    outcomes, pathophysiological mechanisms and multidisciplinary management of
    long COVID. Sig Transduct Target
    Ther8, 416
    (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41392-023-01640-z


    Nine countries meta-analysis:

    Journal of infection, Persistance
    of post-covid symptoms in general population two years after SARS CoV-2
    infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis. De-las-Peñas, et al. December
    13, 2023 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2023.12.004


    CDC Research:  



    Athletes and Myocarditis:

    Modica G, Bianco M, Sollazzo F, Di Murro E,
    Monti R, Cammarano M, Morra L, Nifosì FM, Gervasi SF, Manes Gravina E, Zeppilli
    P, Palmieri V. Myocarditis in Athletes Recovering from COVID-19: A Systematic
    Review and Meta-Analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Apr
    2;19(7):4279. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19074279. PMID: 35409960; PMCID: PMC8998516.

    Eighteen universities:

    Massey, D., Saydah, S., Adamson, B. et al. Prevalence
    of covid-19 and long covid in collegiate student athletes from spring 2020 to
    fall 2021: a retrospective survey. BMC Infect Dis 23,
    876 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-023-08801-z


    Males, long COVID and exercise:

    Appelman, B., Charlton, B.T., Goulding,
    R.P. et al. Muscle abnormalities worsen after post-exertional
    malaise in long COVID. Nat Commun 15, 17 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-44432-3
    Physical activity was associated with a shorter length of symptoms:

    Feter N, Caputo EL, Delpino FM, Leite JS, da Silva LS, de Almeida Paz I,
    Santos Rocha JQ, Vieira YP, Schröeder N, da Silva CN, Baptista Gonçalves JC, da
    Costa Pereira H, Barbosa TA, Cassuriaga J, da Silva MC, Reichert FF, Rombaldi
    AJ. Physical activity and long COVID: findings from the Prospective Study About
    Mental and Physical Health in Adults cohort. Public Health. 2023
    Jul;220:148-154. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.05.011. Epub 2023 Jun 13. PMID:
    37320945; PMCID: PMC10263464.



    NHS UK, https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/paxlovid/about-paxlovid

    Smith DJ, Lambrou A, Patel P. SARS-CoV-2 Rebound With and
    Without Use of COVID-19 Oral Antivirals. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
    2023;72:1357–1364. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7251a1


    Harrington PR, Cong J, Troy SB, et al. Evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 RNA
    Rebound After Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir Treatment in Randomized, Double-Blind,
    Placebo-Controlled Trials — United States and International Sites, 2021–2022.
    MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2023;72:1365–1370. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7251a2.


    GWCIM Virtual Long Covid Open House, YouTube, https://youtu.be

    • 24 min

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