Written and shared by Lifebook Member and health and nutrition expert, Jason Moore
You know those “gut feelings” you get (the ones you ignore most of the time)? And those “pits in your stomach” you get when you’re under stress (the ones you let stop you most of the time)? Yeah, me too. You may not realize it, but you actually have a second brain in your gut (also known as the enteric nervous system) which actually has a lot more to do with your feelings, performance, and experience in life than the brain located within the six inches between your ears does. The enteric nervous system, which is sometimes considered part of the autonomic nervous system and sometimes considered totally independent, also governs the function of the gastrointestinal system (your digestion and elimination). Here's why that's important... Digestion and elimination problems are at the root cause of all symptoms of all disease.

Have you ever read a health and fitness book that absolutely changed your life, and revolutionized how you relate to your body? Well, get ready! This article is full of books that will positively impact your health and fitness for years to come. Here are a few of our all-time favorite reads in the areas of health, wellness, fitness and body awareness. We hope you enjoy. (And please do share your own personal favorite health and fitness books with us in the comments!)

As featured on Portland Press Herald Writer and neuroscientist Rachel Herz details how the brain, emotions and the environment affect what we consume in her new book "Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food." Several years back, Cadbury, the English chocolatier, changed the shape of its signature Dairy Milk Bar, taming its square physique into a rounded profile. Though the recipe remained unchanged, aggrieved customers weren’t convinced. The revamped chocolates were said to be oily, sugary, sickly sweet.
Or consider another scenario where a panel of tasters believed they were sampling a new line of chocolates. Unbeknownst to participants, the samples were M&Ms, minus their logo, in green and brown, respectively. Although the candies were identical in composition, panelists deemed the green specimens less chocolatey. In both of these cases, one might reasonably ask what accounted for the disconnect. Can shape and color really alter our perception of a food’s flavor?

By Allen Clark “CONGRATULATIONS! You made it to the final week of Lifebook's 2018 Health and Fitness Challenge.” I love everything about that comment. I also love that “the final week” does not apply to me. Just over a month ago I would not have been able to say that. I am inspired by the progress I have experienced so far and plan to make turn this challenge into a lifestyle. I am 51, and on January 1, was literally twice the man I should be – but not in a desirable way. It was like doing everything, day and night, with another me on my back! So, my goal was to drop weight, along with some of the negative health side effects that came with being so physically… abundant. Lifebook (both this challenge and the quest, which I am currently doing), Jon, Missy, and everyone who has helped… I am surprising myself because I have a lump in my throat as I type this. I know this is supposed to be short but if I can please elaborate, to help you better understand the enormity of what you are inspiring here... The reason I said I would not have been able to say that a month ago, is while I used to embrace fitness and have a robust and enthusiastic love of life, in the past 15-20 years both of those faded to the point where my main reason for holding onto life was so my children wouldn’t have to lose their father. I was ready to go, part of me looked forward to it, and I figured at my current rate it wouldn’t be that much longer (check out my starting “fitness age” in the table below). I had occasionally begun the effort to get back in shape, but my heart wasn’t in it and there was no longer any commitment or real desire. I am so far from that now, I can hardly believe I’d sunk that low! And I am excited for what I am continuing to create daily. Here are some of the changes that have occurred so far, according to my scale and its app: Weight lost: 31.7 lbs Body Fat: -5% Muscle: +3.3% Fitness Age: -11 years!

By Lifebook Member Casey Bradburn If you even briefly met me at any time during my first 31-ish years of life, you would have known that I was tough. I just exuded an aura of bad@$$ery. I was fit, I was strong, and I was confident. I even birthed two 8- and 9-pound (posterior) babies naturally. I was one of those people that if I put my mind to something, there wasn't anything that would stop me from reaching my goals. Fast forward a little bit and the last few years have been tumultuous with various stressors from multiple categories, and over time I slowly got worn down and lost a lot of that. Of myself. I knew I needed to kick it back in gear and this challenge was the perfect motivation to do just that. Okay, so now for the challenge. What were my goals, what were my results, what happened? Well, my main goal was to lose 10 pounds, which was pretty aggressive. My secondary goals were to be able to do 2+ pull-ups and 12+ push-ups again. I'm happy to announce that I hit all of these goals! I surpassed my main goal and lost over 13.2 pounds in less than 30 days, which is about 8% of my weight. How did I do it? I'm glad you asked...

My name is EvEllen Harris. I am 39 years old and am on a quest to be in the best shape of my life by the time I am 40! To achieve this goal, I implemented a six-part goal for the Lifebook Health and Fitness Challenge 2018. Step one: Begin the challenge with a 3-5 day water fast. Step two: Workout first thing in the morning 5 days per week. Step three: Do a second wind workout in the afternoon 5 days per week. Step four: Intermittent fasting until 2:00 PM daily. Step 5: Nail my meal plan of unlimited vegetables and 3 ounces of protein at dinner. Finally, step six: Beat my sugar addiction by having NO sugar or refined carbs for the whole month. I am happy to report that I nailed all six of my goals for this challenge! As they are fond of saying in the Lifebook program: “A win here is a win everywhere!” By accomplishing all the goals I set out to achieve during this challenge, I have seen the needle move in EVERY Lifebook category. The most meaningful gains I have made were in the categories of health and fitness, emotional life, character, parenting, love relationship, and career.

Are you a coffee lover? If you're like most people, coffee is something you consider a vice -- a delightful, albeit indulgent, part of your diet. The good news? There have been literally thousands of scientific studies proving the incredible health and disease-fighting benefits of coffee. The not-so-good news? Almost NO ONE knows about it! Introducing the first-ever Lifebook Loves Podcast episode -- where Jon explores the amazing, life-changing benefits of coffee.

Written by Jessi Kohlhagen “As a doctor, let me tell you what self-love does: It improves your hearing, your eyesight, lowers your blood pressure, increases pulmonary function, cardiac output, and helps wiring the musculature. So, if we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our healthcare costs would go down dramatically. So, this isn’t just some little frou-frou new age notion, oh love yourself honey. This is hardcore science.” - Dr. Christiane Northrop, Hungry for Change Healing is something that happens on the non-physical level before it ever makes itself known on the physical level. Our cell tissues hold the vibrational patterns of our attitudes and beliefs. Our emotions (or more specifically, the neuropeptide chemicals triggered by emotions) are literally thoughts converted into matter. In order to heal and maintain vibrant health, we have to release the long-held fears and negative thoughts we've held toward ourselves and others.

Hi everyone! Jon Butcher here. As promised, today I'd like to share my new favorite health and fitness "hack." It's called Super Slow and I first learned about it from this month's VIP contributor and ex-kickboxing champion, David Szecsei, and Vishen from Mindvalley. In today's video, I...

Are you ready to create some serious POSITIVE CHANGE in your body, and your life? Do your New Years Resolutions include looking fantastic, feeling healthy and energized, getting stronger, increasing endurance, finding greater flexibility, and being the absolute best you can be? If you’re ready to move the needle in your health and fitness, we have a Lifebook Challenge you don’t want to miss! Introducing:

Lifebook’s 2018 Health and Fitness Challenge!

Please note: you do NOT have to be a Lifebook Member to participate in this challenge! It's open to everyone who wants to take their health and fitness over the top this year! Hit the ground running in the New Year with all the support, encouragement, and accountability you need to create positive, lasting transformation in your body! All you have to do is accomplish your most important health and fitness goal, and YOU could be the Grand Prize winner! (see below for details) Because a win in your health and fitness is a win EVERYWHERE. Set a strong physical foundation right out of the gate in 2018, and watch every other area of your life transform as a result of the strength, clarity and focus it brings! Our research shows that achieving health and fitness goals can cause a tremendous ripple effect in every other important area of life. By connecting to your body and achieving your health and fitness goals with this Lifebook Challenge, you have the opportunity to:
  • Improve the way you look and feel
  • Ignite greater passion and connection in your love relationship
  • Find unprecedented mental clarity and focus
  • Amp up the energy and commitment you bring to your career
  • Make more money
  • Achieve greater balance with your emotions
  • Discover a deeper spiritual connection
  • Experience greater energy, connection and presence with your children
  • Inspire EVERYONE in your life

The individual who creates the biggest results will win the Grand Prize, valued at over $3000…