Episode 54: 8 Ways to Beat The Sads, The 32-Hour Metabolic Fix & Toxic Coffee Cups

On Our Minds

The “January blues” are a real thing, so if you’re feeling bummed out this month, it’s normal and you’re in good company. Now obviously find a professional if you think it’s more than just that.

But if it’s just a case of the sads, and you want to give yourself a leg up, here’s a list of things we’re doing:

1. Getting Enough Vitamin D: The Other Pandemic
2. Taking Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These Fats Treat Depression
3. Eating Breakfast: Skip This Meal, Get Depressed
4. Eating Lean Red Meat: The Food That Fights Depression
5. Taking Magnesium: The Mineral That Treats Depression and Anxiety
6. Preventing Low Testosterone: Testosterone And Depression – What You Don’t Know
7. Replacing Negative Thoughts: Study On Removing Unwanted Thoughts
8. Limiting Alcohol: Alcohol Worsens Depression; Depression Worsens Alcohol Abuse

Clearly there are lots of things you could add to this list. We didn’t even cover exercise, community, nature, volunteering, dogs, or any art and leisure activities. So feel free to add to this list or make your own!


Chris’s quiz was all about weird science this week. This was a true/false quiz, and I didn’t get a single question wrong. If you want to take a deeper look at the things we discussed, here they are:

Surgeons’ Birthdays and Patient Mortality Rate

The Scents That Make You Feel Thinner And Thicker

Your Dog and Your Chance of Diabetes

Toxic Paper Cups

Mangos and Wrinkles

Sniffing Your Man For Stress Relief


What happens when you put two groups of people into a metabolic chamber, feed them the same amount of calories, but give one group significantly more protein than the other?

Chris shared a pretty interesting study with me and it showed once again that calories aren’t all that matters and protein is awesome.

But then we somehow got into a slightly deeper topic.

I present to you The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.

Shugart Cart

Houseplants are on the rise. There was such a huge uptick of people working from home and looking for ways to beautify their space this year, so it’s no surprise.

For the past few years, I’ve been collecting and growing plants. Some didn’t make it unfortunately, but I have 22 healthy ones today. And I wouldn’t have had that success had it not been for this book: How Not To Kill Your Houseplant by Veronica Peerless. Buy it here.

Chris has our new favorite cooking pan in his cart this week. Finding a good one has been an ongoing problem for us. We’ve wanted the convenience of a non-stick pan, but without the toxic chemicals that get cooked right into your food. We also didn’t really want to have to pull out our cast iron every night because it’s a pain in the butt to clean.

Luckily my mom came to the rescue and sent us a couple new pans: The Ninja Foodi NeverStick Premium. It’s dishwasher safe, non-stick, and free of the teflon-like material that scrapes off and gets caught in your body. Get yours here.

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