Episode 18: Physical Freedom

Changing your mindset about health

Before we wrap up our series on the Five Freedoms, host Niel Malan introduces a bonus topic: Physical Freedom. 

We are often not aware of our mortality, because it doesn’t confront us every day. We often don’t take care of our health the way we should and we leave things too late.

Then one day, something happens… and it’s a wake-up call. You realise you need to think about your health differently.

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Elite Entrepreneur show. This is Niel Malan. I’ll be your host and guide for today. If you are brand new to our show, the Elite Entrepreneur show is the show about entrepreneurs who choose to invest in their own mindsets and their own knowledge. That’s how they become elite, because they possess rare skills that help them to build their own empires. 

Those of you guys that are returning, we are going to talk about another topic in the series of freedom. It’s an unannounced topic. I was going to wrap up the topic today of freedom, but I decided to introduce another topic called Physical Freedom. 

I want to tell you guys where this came from. Yesterday we celebrated my departed sister’s birthday. She died at the age of 49, sadly. She had an incredibly full life. She travelled the world. She taught in 37 different countries. She lived a life of incredible freedom. She lived a life of more freedom than anybody else that I knew. She had this ability to manifest things and to live abundantly and to live joyously. She had more emotional freedom and liberty than anybody else I’ve ever met. She travelled, she did well financially, etc. 

She got breast cancer when she was 46 years of age. She had always been incredibly healthy. I don’t think she smoked or drank or did anything like that in her life… vegetarian, the whole lot.

She sadly got breast cancer. It is in my family. So I think it was more of a hereditary thing than a lifestyle thing. But being cut from the natural, I guess sort of natural medicine cloth, she tried to fight the breast cancer naturally and after two years, unfortunately, her tumour grew so big that she ended up getting metastasis of the bones. It spread and it sadly took her life. 

That sounds like a terrible story. It was a couple of years ago. We still miss her terribly. But I thought it’s appropriate in light of thinking about my sister yesterday to talk about physical freedom because the thing is that we live lives where we are not aware of our own mortality. It sounds a bit grim. Don’t worry. This is going to be a very positive episode, but I want you to kind of just follow along with me what I’m saying here. 

We are not aware of the fact that we are going to die. We kind of conceptually understand it, but we are not really aware of it. We are not really aware of what it means for you if you become disabled, if you have a heart attack, if you contract a dreaded disease of some sorts. It’s not something that’s in our awareness every day. It’s not something that’s particularly nice to think about, to be quite honest with you. But the challenge is, because it doesn’t confront us on a daily basis, we often don’t take care of our health the way that we should and we leave things until it’s too late. 

Now, if you are expecting a lecture that tells you that you should exercise and you should eat well, that’s exactly what you are going to get. I’m joking. I’m going to give you a totally different spin on looking at health and looking at wellness. In fact, I’m about to make a massive confession. You know people like myself that love getting online and telling you all the good stuff. You know, go do this or just do that. And everybody has got all these instructions as though they’ve got it figured out. I’m going to tell you guys the truth about my journey when it comes to health. 

If you’ve been listening to our show for a while, you know that I’ve got Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD. I’ve had it since pretty much birth and it has been something that has impacted me most of my life. 

Interestingly, statistically, 70% of entrepreneurs have some form of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Aspergers… genuinely, we are not the most normal crowd. There are lots of gifts that come with it, but there are lots of downsides also. It’s like anything in life. You know, for everything that has got an upside, there is downside, and everything downside there is an upside. 

There are a couple of things that come with ADD and the one thing that comes with it is having incredible difficulty with routine, sustaining habits, sustaining focus on kind of short term repetitive tasks. My biggest paradox is that when it comes to long-term plans and strategy, you won’t find anybody more focused. My business plan is so clear and it doesn’t change. It’s like I just stay… my team will tell you this, my focus long-term is ridiculous. But sometimes on short term tasks, especially when they become repetitive and boring, it’s just incredibly difficult for me to stay in any kind of routines. 

In ADD, you get two polar opposites. You get a thing called hyperfocus, which is really if something switches on your brain, if it captures your attention for some reason, you’ve got the ability to focus on it with literally five times the intensity than what any mortal can. You can sustain focus on something to the exclusion of all other things and work like a fanatic and get things done. There is a day in time where that hyperfocus switches off and then it’s almost impossible to focus on the same thing. It’s like literally almost impossible. So this has been my journey with health. I’m not naturally a person that naturally eats healthy at all. I’m not a person that naturally exercises all.

In fact, I was a substance abuser – never drugs, but cigarettes. I used to smoke. Most of my life I smoked. Thank God I gave it up a couple of years ago. I basically white-knuckled it and I forced myself to never touch it again. But it was a struggle, let me tell you something. But when I gave up the cigarettes, guess what took its place? Food. I became a pork chop. I picked up like 30 kilos. Not quite as bad, 25 kilos, maybe. Food became the drug. 

When you’ve got ADD, you’ve got a shortage of dopamine. So typically you do things that give you more dopamine, coffee, cigarettes, some people take drugs, but there are healthy ways to get it as well. There is exercise and so forth. But that was never my chosen way of doing it.

I had really bad habits most of my life, but I would overdo it so much that I get to a point where I’m like fed up of either being fat or like coughing up a lung because I’m smoking too much. I’ve never abused alcohol or drugs, fortunately. I think I’m just scared of it. My father was an alcoholic, so I don’t ever want to go down that route, but specifically food and cigarettes. So I would overdo it and then the hyperfocus would kick in. And then what would happen? I would go on this mission from God to go and lose weight and I would hit the gym and I become like lean and I would tell everybody about, you know, they need to get their act together when it comes to fitness and health and exercise and I buy the watches, the suits, all the stuff. I got all the gadgets and the takkies, because takkies make you thin, right?

I would go on this mission to the exclusion of other things to you go on this exercise mission and this weight-loss and this health mission. And then I would nail it. In a few months I would be looking awesome and feeling incredible and sleeping well. 

And then it’s no longer as stimulating and as exciting. Then what happens? The focus drifts away and then the focus goes on something else, usually a business project. Then about a year or two years later, I would one day walk back into awareness and I would realise, guess what? I’m coughing up a lung again. I started smoking again or I am overweight again or I’m not exercising again. 

That has been a battle my entire life. It has been the most frustrating thing because every time I was like, “Niel, you idiot, you worked so hard to lose all that weight. You went and piled it all back on again. What is wrong with you?” I used to like be very hard on myself. It used to drive me batty.

Now, I know none of this you’ve ever done. I know you can’t relate to any of this at all. But you may know someone else that has gone through the cycles. The first thing I want to tell you is that if you’ve experienced anything like this, you are normal. Even if you don’t have ADD, I don’t think it’s easy for most of us. There are so many reasons why. Some of it is excuses, some of it is reasons. 

So anyway, the big realisation I got to a few short years ago was that I was asking the wrong question. You see, I used to ask myself the question, what’s the best diet? What’s the best exercise program? What’s the best supplement manufacturer? Et cetera.  I would go on this mission to try and decide between ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting versus vegetarianism, the whole lot. I wasted a massive amount of time, and you’ll see now why I said waste, figuring it out and then doing this whole thing. 

I realised I was asked the wrong question because I realised, what point is the perfect diet if you can’t stick to it? What point is a perfect exercise program if you can’t stick to it? 

I realized the ability to sustain something is much more important than anything else. The perfect exercise program, the perfect health program, the perfect regime is useless if you can’t stick to it. So I started looking at things differently. I started looking at things from a point of view of sustainability. I started saying, the reality to my life is I have ADD, I take medication for it. I say it unashamedly. A lot of people poo-poo it and say, listen, people are over medicated. I could care less. I take medication to help me. I’m not saying the next person should. I’m saying it helps me. But I realise I’m still going to have ADD the rest of my life and I’m probably going to have this tendency to like lose focus and so on. 

So I need to look at it differently. I need to stop trying to find the perfect thing. I need to find something that is the most sustainable in all areas. 

That was quite a big turning point. It was actually something that was quite interesting because I got to a point not that long ago to be quite honest, where I was so… I mean our company is growing like crazy. We’ve grown 400% year-on-year for three years in a row now. I mean, this year alone, we’ve grown our staff compliment by 300%. So I mean, it’s intense, you know what I mean? There is a lot that goes with it and I love it. I absolutely love it. I’m a complete, you know, like I’m besotted with my company. You may have noticed. 

I do it out of love, but I let my health go once again, surprise, surprise! But this time there was something different about it. This time I started really feeling symptoms that I never felt before. I let myself go to a point where I was having heart palpitations at night. I was battling sleeping. Insomnia isn’t new to me. I had it most of my life as well, but it was different. I had shortness of breath and so forth. Eventually, I went to the doctor, preventative doctor, and this guy looked at my blood and he said, “Dude, you are screwed. Like your entire system is completely out of whack.” 

And I said, “Thanks for that, buddy. What do you mean?” 

He said, “Well, listen, let me tell you somebody, your hormone levels all shot. You’ve obviously been eating refined carbohydrates and all sorts of rubbish because your estrogen levels are too high and as a result, it drops your testosterone levels. The two are inverted.

He also said that 99% of people that walk into his clinic have testosterone deficiencies. He said it’s very common, especially in the men, interestingly. My DHEA levels are completely out. Cortisol, interestingly, almost non-existing. It’s usually very high if you are stressed, but if your adrenals burn out it goes away and it’s like my hormonal levels were like all busted and a whole bunch of other stuff. And this guy said to me, “You are going to have to make choice… you obviously for a long period of time haven’t taken the best care of your health.” Fortunately, the times I did take care of health, those hyperfocus areas, carried me into other areas where I don’t have any issues. So my heart is in really good shape, organ functions, I don’t have high blood pressure or anything like that. So from that point of view, I’m super thankful for all the work I did put in, you know, those manic times. 

But, anyway, so this whole health crisis like came home to roost and it wasn’t as easy to solve as it usually was. When you are in your twenties and your thirties, you are bulletproof. You can screw up your body and then it’s like quick, two little months and you are back to health. I’m now 46. It’s now a little bit harder to get this old wheel turned around. So this guy said to me, “You are going to have to make a choice. You are going to either have to find a way to not do this yourself anymore because this is a long recovery process. This is six months to a year to recover from this whole thing.” 

What was really cool about it is that it was a wake-up, and I’m really grateful that I got woken up on something that wasn’t terminal. 

A lot of people get to wake up after they have had heart attack or a stroke or cancer. So I consider myself incredibly lucky that I had a big wake up on something that I can still turn around. I started thinking about the same problem differently. I started thinking about, how do I need to approach my health differently? What I’ve done in the past didn’t work. You know, going on these fanatical diets and beating myself up if I don’t do it and then starting exercise, stopping again and taking the vitamins and then stopping. It’s like it doesn’t work. I’ve got to look at it differently. 

I thought about the mechanics of starting and stopping all the time and I realized that sustainability is the number one criteria. I started looking at everything through a sustainability lens. Before I start anything, the question was, what will get me to sustain? What is sustainable? I have done a mountain of research, surprise, surprise. And I came up with a couple of answers that works very well for me. I don’t know if it’s going to work well for you, but I’m going to pass it on because some of the ideas may stick. 

The first thing I said is, how do I absolutely failure proof myself? I know what happens. Like when I’m focused and I’m excited, I’m on, but when something else grabs my attention or if it starts getting boring, it drops onto my awareness and I’m not focused on it. I said, how do I prevent that from happening? I thought of personal trainer and I thought, no, I have done that. I’ll just cancel it. I thought to myself, how do I have failure proof? And then I read about this group of behavioral economists that wrote a book called Carrots and Sticks. They found through a big body of research that people are more driven to avoid loss than what they are to gain something. So what they use is they use economic disincentives to change behavior and they wrote an app called StickK. I think it is spelled STICKK or there may be no C. 

What you do is, you enter a challenge with a friend or a peer and then if you don’t achieve your goal for that week, you lose an amount of money. It gets wacked straight off your credit card, because you didn’t achieve your goal. They use it for smoking cessation. They use it for weight loss, all that kind of thing. So I thought, okay, cool, before I even decide how I’m going to lose weight and how I’m going to stick to exercise or whatever, I’m going to find someone that’s going to hold me accountable and I’m going to make the stakes so high that it will become impossible for me to not stay focused on it. So I called up a buddy of mine who is in a very similar position. He was in a very similar position to myself, also grew an empire; grew a really big company at the cost of his health, on blood pressure medication and cholesterol, the whole lot.

So anyway, this guy and I did a deal. We said, “Listen here, what we are going to do is we are going to hold each other accountable” and we signed up for this app called StickK. I said to him, “So we’ve got to make the penalties for not following through severe”. So we charged $500 a week. How it works, every quarter we now set goals, whether it be weight loss, exercise, whatever the case. It changes every quarter depending on what you need to do and what do you need to accomplish. And then every Friday or Saturday, we’ve got to clock in. If you don’t achieve your goal, $500 goes off the account and it gets paid to this dude. So you can imagine two highly competitive entrepreneurs, trust me, if you want something that’s going to keep you focused, make yourself accountable to that level. 

When I reached out to him, I said to him, “The first thing is we’ve got to do this thing, but we both know the first quarter is going to be the easy one, right? So I said to him, “When is going to be the toughest quarter?” I said, “The quarter after that, right? Because it’s no longer as exciting”. We made a pact for at least two years to keep every quarter we set new goals, even if it’s just sustaining weight. That’s still the goal. But every week we’ve got to be accountable for something. I built in accountability and it has been incredible. I mean it sounds… I’m a little bit embarrassed, to be quite honest with you that it had to take that to get me to become consistent. But again, quite frankly, I don’t care. My view is I do what works. I don’t care whether it’s popular or other people have an opinion about it. It’s my life, not theirs. So I’m very transparent about these things.

But there is a part of me that’s like, Niel, shouldn’t you just have had more self-discipline to be able to do it without this? Well, quite frankly, I didn’t have it, so anyway. I’ve done it and it has been incredible. It has been transformational because now I’m committed. Now only do I go back and say, what is it that I can do on the dietary front that is the most sustainable? So I started thinking about it differently and I started researching which diets are the easiest to stick to, because they all work. They all work if you stick to them. That’s the key thing.

I read a book by Tim Ferriss called The 4-Hour Body and he developed the thing called the 4-Hour Diet. It’s almost like a non-diet. All you basically do is you replace white carbohydrates with beans. So you still get the calories. It’s not all Banting, burn fat thing. You still get carbohydrates, but you just get in the form of beans. So it’s very low glycemic index. You don’t drink calories, so you basically mainly drink water or diet Coke or something like that. You stay away from fruit, [inaudible 19:20] around sugar and there are one or two other things. But there is like five lines. That’s it. It’s very simple. 

He developed this diet based on one factor. What’s easy to stick to you? Even if you travel, even if you are an entrepreneur, even if you are busy, even if you’ve got screaming kids, even if you are a mom that works late, what’s easy? What can you find at all restaurants? What’s super easy to prepare? What can you find at most restaurants? You see what I mean? So from that point of view, I liked it. I thought, well, that’s pretty cool. So I tried it and it worked. I lost a lot of weight on it.

Now, I’m sure there are other ones. My mate that I told you about who I’m doing this challenge with, intermittent fasting works for him. He loves it because he doesn’t have to cut out pizza or chocolates or anything like that. All he has to do is not eat until, I think it’s 12 in the afternoon and then you can pig out. He can do whatever he wants to until six in the evening. I’m not quite sure exactly how it works. He loves it because for him it’s harder to cut out stuff. He still enjoys his glass of wine. He still likes his pizza or whatever the case may be. So he times his eating. He often has business dinners. Then he doesn’t feel like cutting things out. So intermittent fasting works for him. 

My recommendation for you on diet is forget about what’s the perfect diet and forget about what other people are doing. Ask yourself one question, what will you be able to stick to you? The 4-Hour Body works for me; intermittent fasting works for him. Maybe there is something else that works for you. I don’t know, but I can tell you the way to look at what to eat, how to eat, look at what you can stick to. And that’s obviously healthy. I don’t think the chocolate cake diet is that effective. So that’s on the dietary front. That’s something that I might have shift on and that’s very easy. So if I go off course, all I have to do is just cut out one or two little things just to bring things back into balance. I still, I love red meat. I’m a total steak slut, so I eat a ton of red meat. Even though some people say it’s not all that healthy for you, I don’t care. Quite frankly, as long as my blood show up good and as long as I keep up my exercise and I stay healthy. I’m not going to have the perfect diet. I’m going to have the diet that I stick to. So I cut out the stuff that’s the most damaging and that was making me fat and it has been amazing. 

The second thing is then exercise. The next question is, what is the exercise that has the greatest stickability, the greatest stick factor? For me, I realized whatever is the most fun. Again, I get bored with things. So there was a period of time where I went to [inaudible 21:56]. I liked that interaction and getting my body alignment right and all that kind of thing and then it sort of became boring. So I said, okay, cool, I’m going to do some running. I like actually running. We stay on a beautiful golf estate. So at this point I go for runs in the morning. But what I’ve just done, I’ve just signed up for Brazilian jujitsu classes. I’m probably only got to do it for a quarter or two quarters because I know what’s going to happen. I’m just going to start getting bored with it and then I’m going to do something else. I’ll do a little park run every now and again.

The idea is to make it fun. I think that if you look at exercise from that point of view, it opens up a world of possibilities because you start thinking to yourself, well, fun. So I think sometimes action sports or things that you can do with other people or something that’s really engaging like a Brazilian Jujitsu or whatever. I don’t think it really matters. According to the Heart Association, they say you want to elevate your heart rate for 150 minutes a week. So you want to do five sessions of 30 minutes. So it’s really not a lot of time. Anybody has got 150 minutes for heaven sakes. The question is, what can you do that’s fun and that’s fairly easy to do. The one thing you don’t want to do is anything that’s going to take a massive amount of time. I think that’s where most people fall off the wagon with gym. 

I happen to like going to the gym, so I still go quite frequently. But there is a time factor. I make sure I don’t do traffic or anything like that. So I’ve got more time than most other people on my hands, but I designed it like that. But I think that’s where most people lose a plot with gym, is the time factor. You’ve got to drive somewhere. You’ve got to pack your bag. You’ve got to and exercise, come back, it’s an hour and a half. Sometimes you don’t have an hour and a half. So what can you do in half an hour that’s fun and that’s easy to do? That to me is a sticking factor with the exercise. I just decided I’m not going to put myself in a box and go and do this begrudging white knuckle crap. That’s nonsense. I’m going to do what’s fun. As long as I keep on exercising, as long as I get in four to five workouts a week, it doesn’t really matter what I do, as long as my heart rate gets elevated. Boom! How simple is that, right? Easy. Cool.

Then what I said, I said, “What impacts my personal health and wellness more than anything else?” For me it’s sleep. If I don’t sleep properly, man, I’m grumpy, I’m moody, I eat like crazy. Anything that’s in front of me is going to get eaten. As long as it’s not rock hard, you know, like my computer. But anything that looks semi-edible is going to get flattened. That’s just the way it is. So for me, sleep is a big thing. I have to make sure that I’ve got incredible sleep and I’ve battled with insomnia most of my life and I don’t naturally have good sleep habits. I’m a bit of a late night owl. I prefer working and actually reading at night and waking up a little bit later, which isn’t in itself a problem, but sometimes it’s not the best sleep hygiene. 

I did quite a lot of research on this and I realized that tracking sleep is actually for me. I love numbers and data and stats. And I heard about this ring, it’s called an aura ring. You’ve got to get it from this company in Finland or some weird place, aura. It’s very cool. You wear it every day and it has got an app. What it does, it tells you like, your sleep stages throughout the night, how much time you spent in bed versus how much time you slept. It tells you your sleep stage. How much REM sleep you get, how much deep sleep you are getting. It tells you if you are restless or if you are restful. It looks at your readiness, how you are feeling based on the previous days’ activity and all sorts of cool stuff. And I love it. Every morning I open up my app and I can see all sorts of cool stuff in it and I can see patterns and trends emerging. So for me, sleeping… In every category, I said I’ve got to have one thing that overrides everything else, so it makes it easy to stick to. For me, sleeping, the awareness of how I am sleeping is it. So this ring, it sounds weird, but it has changed my sleeping habits. It’s something that does nothing. It just shows me the truth about my sleeping pattern. So that has been incredible. 

Next topic- stress, stress. We all know stress is a killer. We all know that stress is harmful, chronic stress. We all know we should stress less, but the question is, how? What do you do that? Again, I was looking for that one thing that reduces stress more than anything else and that’s quite easy to do, it’s pretty easy to sustain. I’ve done a little bit of research on this and I found out that walking in nature and interacting with animals, pets is like one of, both of those two things combined has some of the most stress relieving properties on the planet. I thought that’s cool. My dogs drive me nuts. Every afternoon, I’ve got to take them for a walk anyway. I’ve got this really cute Jack Russell and like a little Dachshund.

They are super cute, but they drive me mental. In the afternoon, they want to go for a walk because I got them into the habit. So there is no escaping. If I’m at the house, these dogs are going to drive me nuts. I’ll put them on a leash with my wife and our boy and I go for a long nature walk for half an hour. That’s what we do every single day. And that’s beautiful. It’s a cut off between the working day and spending time with the family. We get to chat about our day. We have time with the family, time with the dogs out in nature and it’s amazing. We love it. We probably do that on average, five to seven times a week. So that’s just my way of distressing and that’s something that’s easy and it’s simple. I do meditation as well, but I’m not very consistent with it. But for me the nature walks work really well. 

Then there is another big factor here, which is prevention. So going back to my sister, the lead in, the question I asked the doctor, I said, “Listen, I’m noticing so many entrepreneurs are all of a sudden heart attack. Boom, this person is gone” Just the other day, one or two [inaudible 27:54] stars walk out of a shop, you know, 51, boom dead. So many people I’m noticing are just dying from heart attack, getting strokes, getting cancer, getting all sorts of major health challenges that they can’t walk away from and way too early. I said to him, “Isn’t there a way to detect this stuff before it happens?” Because the problem is you normally only find out after it happens. I’m drinking some coffee here. He said, “Yeah, you can. Your body… There are inflammation markers that tell you if there is something out”. So something like C reactive protein for example, your homocysteine levels and so forth. So there are things that you can test for. It’s not fail-proof, not at all, but it gives you an indication. It gives you an early indication. 

So what I decided to do is every six months I go for a preventative blood test. You get a kind of doctor called an integrative doctor. What an integrative doctor does is they prevent disease rather than cure it. If you walk in with a whole bunch of symptoms and problems they will also work with you, but they looking at your system quite holistically. They look at what you eat. They look at your exercise habits, your stress habits, your mental, emotional makeup, the whole thing. I mean, it’s quite intense. But they look at your blood and that’s just one of the things I love about it. Because you know, with vitamins, there are all these fads. You should take this vitamin and that vitamin. How you know your body needs it even?

I don’t like guesswork. So I like the blood test. I go for these blood tests and that shows me what my hormone levels are looking like. My insulin levels are up through the damn roof, you know a while back. So thank heavens I got it earlier because I would have had type 2 diabetes if I carried on the way I did. Honestly, the guy said to me, “Listen, you are pre-diabetic. If you carried on like this, you would have had type 2 for sure and then there is no walking back from that”. So because I went for preventative blood tests, I could prevent it from happening. I could start stabilizing hormone levels and getting everything back into balance. And it’s a way to see, listen here, is there something that your body is struggling with that you can support it? 

I am very prone to inflammation. I constantly have these… Every now and again, when I go for these blood tests, I get these very high inflammation markers and then I’ve got to take things like Meriva. I’ve got to make sure I have my greens, which are really hate. I just don’t dig greens. I don’t know. It just tastes bitter. But anyway, then I’ll do that and so forth. So what I do is I try to prevent disease. Is it a magic bullet? No, it’s not. I mean, you can still walk out and die of heart attack, but I believe to a large degree it’s preventable, to a very large degree, it is preventable. Most diseases show up early in your body and you can pick it up in the form of inflammation, then you can start doing test and you can proact on it.

Most people don’t do this. I’ve told so many people about it. They don’t do it because they say it’s too expensive. When someone says to me that taking care of their health is too expensive, it’s the dumbest thing that I’ve heard in my entire life. It is the stupidest statement because you will see the same people that have got… They pay for DStv or cable, you know as it’s called the United States. They’ve got cars. That’s more important than having good health. When I [inaudible 31:21] just the sheer stupidity of that argument. 

Everybody talks about saving for retirement. How about making sure that you can retire because you are still alive? How about making sure that you are able to walk when you retire? How about making sure that you are able to function and don’t have to sit in a wheelchair. That sounds dramatic guys, but listen, if you are an entrepreneur, which you are, because you are listening to this or you are watching the show, I know you take more stress than most other people and I know that there is a very good chance that your body gets abused in some way, shape, or form and there is a point where your body can’t take it anymore. So I believe in preventative blood tests. 

Now, that’s me. I’m not saying it’s going to work for you, but those are the things that I do that helped me to get my ducks in a row. Oh, yeah one more thing. So every time I go for blood and I have a new thing that I’ve got to manage right and I usually manage it with supplements, sometimes medication. So when my insulin levels were very high, I took a drug called glucofix for a couple of months to just get it under control and now I just keep it under control with diet and so forth. But yeah, I take a lot of supplements. By the way, there are certain things that virtually everybody is deficient of. Vitamin D3 for example, most of us are deficient in it. It causes severe challenges with mood and immune system and so forth. Most of us are deficient in serotonin. The lifestyles we lead, we don’t manufacture enough serotonin. 

Interestingly, the reason why we are all short on serotonin is the same reason we are short on D3, which is we don’t get enough sunlight, but it’s not only sunlight. We don’t get enough direct light in our retina on our pupils. Serotonin gets secreted by the brain as well as the gut. But we don’t get nearly as much sunlight, direct, bright sun light as we used to in the sort of agricultural days. So as a result, most of us are devoid in serotonin. So supplements are not that the only way to do it. You get a lot more direct sunlight. So I’ve got the super bright light on my desk. Everybody walks in and is like, “Jesus, what’s going on here?”  I’m like, “I’m getting serotonin, thank you very much”. 

There are lots of remedies that you can have, but how do remember to take supplements? I’ve got this app on my phone. I’m actually going to pull up the name for you guys real quick because it’s awesome. It’s called something like Tick Tock or something like that. Let me just track it down here. Tick Tick. It’s really awesome. This notification pops up and tells me it’s time for these supplements, it’s time for these medications or whatever the case may be. I’ve got a bit of OCD problem, so if there is a notification open on my phone it like drives me nuts. So I’ve got to deal with myself. I can’t actually kill the thing until I’ve taken it. 

So listen, you can see how much maintenance it is being Niel Malan. My God, aren’t you exhausted yet? I’m exhausted listening to my own thing. But guys, hey, listen here, I just decided coming back to all the freedoms in life, what’s the point of having financial freedom? What the point of having time freedom? What’s the point of having impact? What’s the point of all of us if I’m not healthy? What’s the point of this if I’m a prisoner in my own body? What’s the point of this if I die young? What’s the point of this if I’m not feeling well, if I’m feeling tired, if I’m feeling stress? I can’t enjoy life like that. 

So physical freedom, I believe is an incredibly important freedom we should all give ourselves. I hope that some of the stories that I shared today and some of the ideas at least give you one more thing that can just help you to improve. Don’t try and make the whole thing work. Make one thing work and then take the next step and then take the next step. But whatever you do, please make sure that you take good care of your health. So I want to hear from you. I want you to go to eliteinc.com/18. Track down the comments box and I want you to tell me what you do to take good care of yourself. What is working when it comes to your health and your wellness? You are probably do a whole bunch of stuff right that I battle with. Probably you’ve got really good eating or exercise.

Tell me what’s working and tell me what you battle with. Tell me what some of the sticking points are and some of the areas where you are struggling and what some of these ideas that I spoke about that can maybe help you and maybe you guys can give each other advice and some ideas on the chat there. So go to eliteinc.com/18 and participate. We love reading your comments on the blog. Thank you so much. You guys are reactive communities, lovely to see all those comments. Those of you guys that like watching the videos on YouTube, please remember to hit the subscribe button. Those of you guys who like listening on podcast, please remember to subscribe on your favorite podcast channel. If you like what we have to say on these shows, please give us a rating and tell your friends about it.

Those of you guys who are looking for way to run a successful digital business that can give you a whole bunch of these freedoms, please go to eliteinc.com/18, scroll down and book of 15 minute complementary conversation with one of my coaches and we will see if we can help you. That is a wrap for today. I want to tell you that I’m thankful that you’ve watched or listened to this entire show, that you made it here. I know it has been a marathon session, but I respect you. You know, the fact that you take the time to invest in your own education tells me that you are the kind of person that’s proactive. You are the kind of person that likes taking initiative and that likes to improve things. I don’t take the time you’ve just invested for granted, so I appreciate you, I thank you and I look forward to seeing you on our next episode, episode number 19 where this time I’m really going to wrap up the whole discussion around freedom. Have a great day and I’ll catch you later.