Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~ Michael Pollan
Greetings from Costa Rica!
I'm hanging out in Ojochal, an ex-pat community on the Costa Ballena (Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast). Even though it's a tiny village, Ojochal is known primarily for one thing — amazing food thanks to relocated restaurateurs from around the world.
Costa Rica is known in general for abundant fresh fruit, vegatables, and fish. Given the nutritional content of those foods, it's one reason why the inhabitants of this country enjoy higher-than-average longevity.
Which brings us to this week's main topic:
After analysing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements – and they found a few surprises.
What does the top 100 reveal? Lots of plants. Did you know that collard greens are slightly more nutritious than kale, but Swiss chard easily beats them both?
Also, just about any kind of fish you can think of. Plus octopus — although recent evidence suggests the squishy creatures carry harmful toxins and allergens.
Thanks, but I think I'll stick with salmon.
And the most nutritious food in the world? It's almonds. Yep, that surprised me too.
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Shrooms for Life
Your favorite fungi didn't make the top 100, but you still want to keep them on your plate. Mushrooms boost the immune system, they’re a great source of Vitamin D which helps to maintain healthy bones, and new research reveals they could also contain anti-aging properties.
More amazing news in the fight against one of humanity's top killers. Activating T cells in tumors eliminated even distant metastases in mice, Stanford researchers found. Lymphoma patients are being recruited to test the technique in a clinical trial.
The Art of Health
Creativity is a primary pathway for personal growth and self actualization. Turns out research reveals that the process of making art — whether that be writing, painting, singing, dancing, or anything in between — is also good for your health.
You've likely heard that crypto-currencies are just the starting point for what blockchain technology can do. Imagine wearable devices or neural implants capturing data that will enable a vastly profound understanding of human consciousness; and algorithms that determine the importance of a memory and “prune” it to improve cognitive or motor function.
“I used to believe that timing was everything,” says Daniel Pink, author of the New York Times bestseller When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. “Now,” he says, “I believe that everything is timing.” Also, if you're the self-employed type, listen to my interview with Dan about perfect timing here.
The Cost of Happiness
The amount varies from place to place, and is lower than you might think. The weird part is that too much money coming in can actually make you unhappy.
Dan Klein is an improviser, performer, and educator. He believes the practices of improv are teachable, learnable, and have the power to unleash creative problem solving and collaborative innovation.
Centuries after Zeno developed and spread the ideas of Stoicism, the philosophy remains as relevant — if not more so — in modern society. These stoic practices will help bring calm to the chaos we face today.
Tao Te Cringe
Like the author of this piece, I thought vividly re-experiencing embarrassing moments from the past was some weird thing that happened to only me. It's a fairly common thing, and here's what likely triggers the cringe, and how to deal with it better.
In Costa Rica, “pura vida” is used to say hello, goodbye, and that everything is great. It's also a life philosophy — a laid-back optimism that makes Costa Rica one of the happiest places on earth. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker thinks Costa Ricans are on to something.
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