Four Ways Your Environment Is Killing You
What's up, guys and gals? Colin Stuckert here, Founder/CEO, Wild Foods Co.
Today's video is about your environment. T
here are a few ways it is mismatched to your biology, why it's devolving you and us as a species, and what you can do about it. Let's get to it.
Alright, number one. We live in an artificial environment.
We are not in nature; we are not walking barefoot, and we are not interacting with nature through hearing bird sounds, which they've proven to have a lot of benefits to the mind—just hearing the crickets and the chirping and the different trees moving.
This disconnection between where we evolved in nature and humans are animals. Remember, like every other animal, we belong in nature; these artificial environments are significant stressors in our society today.
And if you look at the mass of people that die yearly, we pass from these modern diseases resulting from our poor environment. Like low-level chronic inflammation, they've made the connection that is why people get heart disease, cancer, and all these things.
These long-term, they call Western diseases, are diseases of affluence, conditions of a mismatched environment.
And so, when you live in a box, there is metal and all these materials around me. You know, many of them put off gases and different materials; even touching them can rub off into my body, and these are all stressors that make my body have to work harder to process. And many of these things we don't even understand the ramifications for.
For example, the phone. The newest iPhone has the highest level of EMF output, like WiFi, Bluetooth, and all signals put out on this spectrum that we don't see but affect our brain and our health.
And it's the highest they've ever had in a phone; they're pushing the bar. And we need to have these studies showing this technology's ramifications.
Like right now, I'm in this building; I'm five stories up. And about 40 WiFi signals are coming through these walls and attacking my biology.
We have yet to learn how bad this is for us. I suspect that in 1 to 200 years, when future humans look back at us, they'll look back at these primitive humans that lived in these signal-soaked boxes that didn't have any protections or anything that the future humans will eventually figure out and fix. They'll look back at us like we're a bunch of morons.
But we're living in this time now, so we think we're super bright, know everything, and have no idea what's going to happen. And if you look at modern humans and how many of us are fat, sick, and dying. And I shouldn't say us, but when I say us, I mean collective humans because we're all in this together.
Many modern humans are dying unnecessarily soon while living in misery and pain, whether through cancer, heart disease, surgery, or being on medications every day. Not being able to move, walk, sleep, or all the issues that come with being unhealthy. And our modern environment is to blame.
And it's not just the boxes, though. The other points I'm talking about will get into what caused this. Still, our artificial environment in general, especially inside boxes, not being in nature, not walking barefoot, that's a very, very big one.
And let's get to the next one, which I wonder if I will reach five because I'm going to try to keep all this together. But the next one is probably the biggest.
When I say the number two reason your environment's killing you, it's not number two. For most of us, it's number one; it's food.
Our modern processed food revolution, our nutrient-depleted soil that our crops are grown in. Our food travels from all over the world; it's sprayed with things.
Even organic, there are, like, hundreds of substances that are allowed to be labeled organic. And then there are even some that aren't even organic substances. Some synthetic pesticides and chemicals can be used in organic farming, and they will still certify it as organic.
And so, organic is another big business; it's just a label that's been paid for. It's complete and utter nonsense.
When you have organic certification, it can mean certain things. It's better than not organic most of the time, but it doesn't mean what it should mean, which should be utterly close to nature, nothing fake used whatsoever, and organic doesn't mean that.
If you're buying organic and you think it's because you're getting a pure all-natural product that is guaranteed not to have anything synthetic in it or anything like that, it's not a guarantee. You're not buying that, so keep that in mind.
But food, particularly our empty calories from the calories, and the grains, the corn oils, and the seeds, and the vegetable oils, and the sugar. This stuff is the number one thing that's attacking our biology.
It's the number one reason people get cancer and heart disease at record levels. It's the number one reason America, one of the world's most affluent countries, is also one of the fattest, sickest, and most depressed countries.
Our food is the only way we would interact with our environment in the wild. We don't have to hunt for it; we don't have to forage for it; we don't have to process it; we literally can have someone bring us food.
And then they can bring us food flown worldwide; it's been processed. Who knows how it tastes fantastic to the point where it's manufactured to be addictive, so we buy it more?
I got a bunch of videos on this, so that I won't spend a lot of time on this, but in general, your food is the number one reason your health, your performance, and your results aren't the way they should be.
And a real quick action item that you can do to take back control of your health through food is to eat natural raw ingredients prepped at home and cooked at home. Keep corporations and restaurants from cooking for you.
Buy organic, fair trade. I know, I say organic, but you know.
Organic is a little better. Single origin, local if possible. No pesticides, no hormones.
Buy the highest quality stuff you can from small producers. Typically the big producers need to do it the right way. They can't be big; You can't do it correctly.
Food cannot be done in large amounts and also be healthy for the human organism. We have to go back to small and slow, which is why we have the local, the slow food, and the slight food movement. Get to know your farmer, and get to know where you buy.
For example, Wild Foods, where you buy your cocoa from, where you buy your turmeric from, or where you buy your fish oil from.
The more you can know about your food and the more you can select high-quality ingredients, the better off your health will be. That's the first thing you can do to regain your health by controlling your food and getting as close to nature as possible.
Real, raw, natural foods cooked and prepped at home as much as possible will be your best line of defense to live a long life in our modern world that is devolving around us.
So, when it comes in a package when it sits on the shelf when it's got a bunch of ingredients on the list, when it's been processed in any way. Even the gluten-free, gluten-free cookies it's junk food; it's pure junk food. So, please don't eat it, and don't be fooled by the gluten-free marketing nonsense.
Yes, it would be best if you avoid gluten, but also grains and processed refined foods. You can find keto junk foods; you can see, there's even paleo junk food.
I don't want to go down a rabbit hole, I want to, but I don't, right? I want to keep this short.
This video is about how the environment is devolving your genes and devolving you and devolving us as a species and what we can do about it. So, go for real food; that's the number one thing you can do for your environment.
So, this video will be three things because I know I'm already going a little bit over than what I was shooting for.
The third thing is going to be technology and how our modern world, even though we're more connected than ever, is making us more disconnected and more discontent, and it's sapping the value in our relationships, it's wasting the importance us being in the now and appreciating the moment.
All of this dopamine-driven technology, where we get these dings, likes, and notifications. We want all this external validation, and we want it now, on demand. You know, reports are going non-stop.
These are all short-circuiting our brain chemistry and making us unhappy. We're falling into a comparison trap, where we compare our lives to other people's lives who are living these extraordinary lives like traveling all over the world, or at least it seems that way.
We're seeking likes and validation from people we don't know and ultimately don't care what their opinion is, which is crazy when you think about it. And we fail to be in the moment with the people we care about.
How often do you go to dinner with friends, out w friends, and people cannot stay off their phones?
We did a three-hour mastermind, it was like a two-hour mastermind here at the Wild Studio, and we had eight of us around. And there were. Still, at least four people had to get up and check their phones at least once. And they didn't announce it; they just gravitated to it, and then when I'd look over, they were on their phone.
It's just like, even though we put the phones in a basket out of the way. That's an example of how addicted we are and how chained we are to technology but not in a good way. It's not making us any better; it's making us worse.
And so, the third way that we're devolving as a species is that technology is warping our brains and brain chemistry, affecting our relationships and how we focus.
We're becoming technology-addicted zombies. And we all have ADD because all we can think about is what's going on on our phones, somewhere else. And we can't focus, we can't disconnect, and we can't be in the moment.
Some action items would be that there's a good article I just read. It's by the coach. Me, guy, and it's like, how to make your iPhone work for you instead of against you.
You turn off all the notifications, move a lot of them, and put your phone on Do Not Disturb a lot of the often that now; I love it.
When I want to get notified of something, especially text messages, I check it. I don't have notifications on to interrupt me. Moving a lot of the social apps to the back of the iPhone, you have to swipe to get it, to make it a little less accessible and, so you'll think about it less, you'll click it less, et cetera.
You are organizing icons in your background to be simple and minimalist as possible. It's great.
Many of the Mastermind Group have done that to significant effect, and I highly recommend that. But, at the very least, if you, especially if you're a knowledge worker and you do any work if you have your text messages on or your pop-ups on your computer on, or any of that, you've got to get rid of it, you have to.
It's screwing up your brain; it's also making you unproductive. It's also making you unhappy.
They've done research that shows that every time you get interrupted by a distraction, it takes 25 minutes to return to the same mental state. And that's why the whole purpose of Deep Work is to knock out all distractions, to almost the point where no one can even find you to interrupt you so you can focus and do the thing.
And then, when you get into that deep flow state, that's where you're most creative, and your best work will come out. And so, you have to control your environment to find that Deep Work state.
I had to get this studio here because we have our newborn at home, and even though I have an office, it was too loud, I couldn't record, people would interrupt me, they'd knock on the door, et cetera, and it wasn't conducive for getting work done.
So, I had to get a studio that I could open up at The Domain, a one-bedroom; nobody is here, and nobody can interrupt me. And, of course, it's a business expense, so we write it off.
But I had to find an environment where I could get the work done. And so, I had to alter my background to ensure that would happen.
And sometimes when I'm working at Capital One down there, which is the co-working coffee workspace wherever, where I work every day because people start going there more often and it's a congregation area, I sometimes have to dip out of there and either come here or find a different spot where people aren't going to be that I know so I don't get interrupted. It's a real thing.
I hope this video is helpful, but I hope you do something about it.
What can you do to take control of your environment so that you can live better, think better, live longer, get more work done, and be happier in general? And then how can you be a shining light so that people around you can also follow you and do the same thing?
Because as much as humans are by-products of their environment, other people are a massive part of our environment. And so, that would be number four.
The people around you. If you are around people who have no desire to level up in life, don't want to do the things you wish to, or worse, criticize you or hold you back, you've got to cull that out of your life.
Either you have to spend less time with them or eliminate them for a while so you can do your thing. And then be around people doing the stuff you want to do, go to meet-ups, retail to people on social media, ask for advice, follow people, et cetera.
Fill your brain with positive affirmations, positive ideas, and people doing the things you want to do. Your environment's also what you take in content.
Control what you're watching, drop the news, drop the scare-mongering. Stop wasting time on harmful, lame, BS entertainment that's just mindless. Watch TED
Talks, you know, watch videos like this. Read audiobooks, et cetera. You are a by-product of your environment, so what you allow into that environment is the most important thing.
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Founder/CEO, Wild Foods