Season 5, Episode 6 – Get ready to stretch your horizons! We’ve got an enlightening conversation with Evan Lynch, a noteworthy nutritionist and educator, who gives us a compelling look at the lesser-known topic of relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) in men. Drawing from his unique journey from being an Irish race walker to a respected voice in nutritional science, Evan provides a refreshing perspective on this crucial topic. This episode is layered with practical insights and academic expertise, all aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of the psychological aspects that underlie optimal nutrition.
Our journey begins with a fascinating exploration of the world of race walking, an Olympic sport that pushes the boundaries of physiology and requires the technical prowess of a hurdler. Evan gives us an unparalleled insider look at the significance of body composition for success in race walking and the biomechanics of the sport, making this a must-listen for any sports enthusiast. Our conversation then takes a turn into the world of RED-S, a form of malnutrition that’s not often talked about, but can have serious implications on the hormonal balance, performance, and long-term health of athletes. Evan generously shares his personal experience with RED-S and offers strategies for athletes to increase their caloric intake and safeguard against this condition.
As we round off our discussion, we explore the exciting intersection of technology and sports nutrition, including the use of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and AI in enhancing athletic performance. While we acknowledge the potential benefits of these technologies, we also delve into the potential pitfalls and anxiety that can arise from over-dependence on them. From understanding the context of glucose levels, to exploring the utility of apps like Nutritics, this episode is a comprehensive study on the evolving world of sports nutrition. Listen on as we challenge common misconceptions and provide practical advice to optimise athletic performance. You won’t want to miss this deep dive into the world of sports nutrition.
What I’ve Been Reading
“No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention” by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer explores the unique and unorthodox work culture of Netflix, which has been instrumental in its global success.
Central to this culture is the idea of fostering responsibility and freedom among employees. One of the most talked-about aspects of this freedom is Netflix’s innovative no-holiday policy. Instead of having a fixed number of vacation days, employees at Netflix are empowered to take off as much time as they feel they need, without seeking approvals. This approach is rooted in the company’s trust in its employees to make the right decisions that benefit both their personal lives and the company’s objectives.
The book posits that such high levels of freedom and responsibility, coupled with radical candour and transparency, create a fertile environment for innovation and agility in a fast-evolving industry.
What I’ve Been Watching
“Her” is a poignant film that delves deep into the human relationship with technology.
Set in the near future, it follows the story of Theodore, a lonely writer who forms a deep emotional bond with Samantha, an advanced AI operating system. As their relationship deepens, the film explores themes of love, loneliness, and the paradox of modern connection. In today’s world, where AI and technology advancements are rapidly integrating into our daily lives, “Her” offers a prophetic look into the potential emotional dependencies that can arise. Moreover, despite the plethora of communication tools available, many individuals feel increasingly isolated, echoing Theodore’s initial emotional state.
This film serves as a stark reminder that while we are more connected technologically than ever before, genuine human connections are irreplaceable and essential for emotional well-being.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
AI is massively transforming our world, but there’s one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary TED talk How AI can save our humanity, computer scientist, Kai-Fu Lee, details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution — and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity. “AI is serendipity,” Lee says. “It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human.”
Quote of the Week
“Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high.”
– Reed Hastings, Netflix.
The Trusted Team
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Someone once told me, when you think you’ve told your team your business’ goals until you are blue in the face, they are just getting it. If you’d like to learn more about how the 1PBP can help you grow your business, drop us a line and I’ll happily explain how this powerful tool can transform your business and ensure you hit the goals that are important to you.
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