These days there are supplements for virtually everything. Health supplements come in the form of pills, powders, tinctures, and drinks. Some supplements are for beauty, some are for health, and some are for virility. My cabinets used to be ‘Supplement City’, filled with all sorts of proteins, BCAAs, vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc, but now I am virtually supplement-free. I don’t even have pain-killers, like ibuprofen or aspirin in my house anymore, as I don’t need them. I have learned to eat in a way that optimally supports my body and mind, so I don’t rely on supplements anymore.
The way I look at supplements is the way I endeavor to look at my smartphone. It is something I didn’t own or even need when I was a kid or even when I was in my 20s. iPhone rolled around when I was 37 in 2007 and I have been using one ever since. After using my iPhone for many years, I realized it became an addiction of sorts, as I was constantly connected to the world and when I got “likes” or messages on social media, I would feel a dopamine surge. I realize now that I don’t need these dopamine rushes as I did before. My iPhone is there to supplement my life intelligently and as minimally as possible. I like to keep things simple.
Can You Remember Life Without a SmartPhone?
I’m sure some of you can remember the days when smartphones weren’t a part of daily life. I admit that I love the convenience and the variety of features on my iPhone. I also love that I am able to put it away or shut it down when I want to.
Younger generations may not understand why anyone would want to completely turn off their connection with everything good in the world like Instagram, YouTube and the like. However, most Gen X and some Millennials may be able to relate to what I am sharing here.
I know that some very creative and prolific people thrive in an environment where there are movement and an exchange of energy between people around them. An example of this is JK Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter series. She is known to have written most of her work in a café in Edinburg, Scotland. For me, I don’t have any issues with people being around me, but I do my best work in utter silence. So when I am traveling or working outside of my cave, I would probably need the assistance of some top-notch noise-canceling headphones to get my deep work done properly.
I am 100% open to people who love their pinging notifications. That’s just not my jam. I find it very distracting, so my notifications are always off. I let people around me know that if they need me quickly, they’ll need to use “the phone part of their smartphone” and call me. I’ve noticed that these days people hesitate to call, which makes me smile because it’s cute and considerate. It’s like they don’t want to bother you. However, it’s not effective if you want someone’s attention right away, especially someone that doesn’t check their messages for hours at a time like me:-)
My Early Morning Smartphone Approach
My iPhone kindly wakes me up every morning. I put at the other end of my apartment so I have to really get up to turn it off. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t check my iPhone for emails or social media. That is not what I want to look at first thing in the morning. I find that I am most productive in the early hours, so I get to work on fun projects first thing. After I finish a project or two, I look at my emails and messenger to see if there are any messages that need my attention and attend to them.
My Evening Smartphone Approach
There is so much cutting edge research these days on how vital good sleep is to balancing all other aspects of life, such as cortisol levels, stress, cravings, mood, productivity, etc.. Matthew Walker, Max Lugavere and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee are guys I respect and trust to be sharing well-researched, honest and helpful information. They all share that in order to get the deepest sleep, it is best not look at our cell phones or computer screens before bed. I do my best to turn off all screens (pc and cell phone) about an hour before I go to bed. I even like to turn off all the lights in my home about thirty minutes before sleep and light up a few candles. When I do this and bedtime rolls around, I generally fall asleep within seconds.
Currently, I take off one full day per week on Tuesdays. And the last few days of each month, my wife and I take a 2-3-day Holiday. During those days, I would like to turn off my smartphone completely and sometimes I can garner the courage to do so. There are other times I can’t. It can feel like I am cutting out the rest of the world with such an audacious action. It’s almost like I have a heroic responsibility to be available through my cell phone. Do any of you have that same strange feeling of duty? Perhaps it’s just a fear of missing out on a call or opportunity. I’m not sure.
There are times that I do shut it down and I feel better for doing so. It’s a form of completely relinquishing ‘that’ out there.
Do you feel that you are too attached to your smartphone and social media? If so, do your best to give it a rest sometime. Give it a Smartphone Siesta and see how liberating that can be. See if you are addicted to it or not.
Smartphones are wonderful, no doubt. There are also many great things you can do in the world that are outside the realm of the Stupendous Smartphone.
健康に関する最近の傾向は、ヘルストラッキングです。最近ヘルストラッキングが流行っているので、少しやりすぎている人を見かけます。私はミニマリズムが好きですが、自分の努力を数値化し、フィットネスを少しゲーミングすることは楽しいと思います。健康をトラッキングする4つのユニークな方法に関する以前の投稿を少し紹介します。iPhoneを持っていて、歩数を追跡したい場合は、ヘルスケアアプリを使用できます。上記の[ヘルスケアアプリ]では、トラッキングする方法を確認できます。安定したペースで歩くと、10分ごとに約1,000歩かかるため、10,000歩を歩くには、約100分（1時間40分）必要です。少し「ステップアップ」して、90分に短縮できると確信しています。私はウォーキングを行いますがありますが、毎日の「必須」にはしません。ウォーキングは、午前中に30分、午後に30分、夕食の前後に30分、1日を通して3 x 30分のアプローチで簡単に行えます。
Instead of going out to ordinary restaurants several times per month, we have decided to go to one extraordinary place once a month. As our influence, service, and income grow, we will be enjoying luxurious dining more and more. We chose The Park Hyatt New York Grill, in Shinjuku for lunch last month and this month, as we know it delivers a whole lot of happiness.
Extraordinary Service and View
The Service at the New York Grill is Top-Notch. They take such good care of us and give us first-class treatment from the moment the elevator door opens on the 54 Floor until we pay our check. The General Manager, Tobias Schreiner is such a heart-centered guy. He’s very sincere and I’m always happy to see him. Our total experience at the New York Grill is generally about three hours of pure enjoyment and relaxation.
The view of Magnificent Tokyo and Yokohama from our table
Hitomi’s Favorite Bread and Butter in Tokyo
Last month, we went to the Park Hyatt New York Grill and Hitomi was beside herself with the bread and especially the BUTTER. She went on and on for a few weeks about how good that butter was. Here is what that bread and butter looks like up close from the eyes of the Bread Predator Hitomi. She isn’t normally a Bread & Butter-tarian unless she is somewhere fancy like this. She gives Joel Robuchon the #2 spot for his boldly buttery CWAAAAAAZON (aka croissant)! Seriously, If you like croissants, give Joel Robuchon’s specialty bakery a try – it’s a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station.
Bread and Butter of the Gods
Omnivory vs. Carnivory
The New York Grill offers several choices, such as steak, fish, pork, and a vegetarian curry as the main course and an amazing buffet filled with salubrious salads, delectable meat dishes, and tantalizing cheeses. Hitomi satisfied her omnivorous side and I enjoyed my carnivory completely.
I ate the steak but didn’t touch the mashed potatoes, asparagus or garlic. No, no, no!
I did eat more fish and meat…
Which I found on the bountiful buffet.
A Big Breakthrough in Overcoming Gluttony
Gorging has been an issue for me since childhood when faced with a buffet. My gluttonous side has always won in the battle of wills between smart and stupid. I would eat, without fail, until I was painfully full. Today was different. I ate consciously and truly enjoyed each and every bite. It was truly a breakthrough for me and I accredit that to the carnivore diet, as it is the only diet where I feel I have conscious control over the amount of food I eat.
The Best Dessert Bar in Tokyo
I told my star client, Peter Von Gomm, that we were going to The New York Grill and he said, “Good luck with the dessert bar, Mr. Meat.” The “Mr. Meat” was his jest at my new carnivore diet. I told him that I thought I could resist the temptation for high-quality sweets but couldn’t guarantee it, as I had failed miserably in the past. Well, I didn’t have a single bite of anything but fish and meat today, keeping my title as Mr. Meat.
Temptation from Hell – Level 1
Temptation from hell – Level 2
I overcame the hells and have arrived at my heavenly table, overlooking the 2020 Olympic Stadium with my dessert – I call it “Piscivore’s Delight”.
Sanctifying Our Date Day
Tuesdays for us is always a date day. We spend 6 days a week working together morning to night, so Tuesday is our day to enjoy downtime together. Today is obviously our luxurious lunch date day. Sometimes we go to Ueno Park. Sometimes we go shopping at Costco. Sometimes we go to the beach and sometimes we just lay around and chill all day.
Partnership is Highly Recommended
It’s so good to have a partner to connect with and share with. I was alone for 14 years, so I know the other side of not having a partner – being a lone wolf. It can be really good to have your own time and space, but finding a partner that is truly a team player, is a game-changer. Everything about my life is better with HItomi, period. Life is so much more full and enjoyable with her presence. If you don’t have a partner and want one, make it a priority to make it happen. Plan how you are going to make it happen. Don’t leave it up to chance. Life with a partner you love and who loves you back is very rewarding and fun. Yes, there may be fights and issues that arise and each of those fights and issues can make the bond deeper, richer and more loving. Growth is there for us if we consciously choose it.
Thank you for joining us today. I hope you found some goodness in what I have shared.
By all means, if you are in Tokyo, go to the Park Hyatt New York Grill for Lunch or Dinner. If you like nice drinks, amazing live Jazz music and a gorgeous nighttime view of Tokyo, go to the New York Bar, which is also on the 54th Floor of the Park Hyatt.