Healing From Crohn’s Disease, Less Doing and Stress Reduction with Ari Meisel – #019

 

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Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Ari Meisel, who has a passion for helping others learn to reduce stress in their lives.  Ari is a real estate developer, triathlete, blogger, consultant, wellness and productivity coach, as well as a husband and father.  He helps others daily from his website, lessdoing.com, and he’s here to share valuable information with us!

Ari Meisel

In 2007, Ari’s life began to change with a hospital stay.  He had battled Crohn’s disease, which is a severe form of gastrointestinal inflammation, generally thought to be incurable.  Medications-to the tune of more than 12 daily-were required for Ari, yet he knew they weren’t helping.  It was during this hospitalization that Ari decided things HAD to change in his life.

How did Ari take control of his health and his life?

  • Diet: Ari began a strict vegan diet, and followed it for 6 months.
  • Supplements: Ari experimented with vitamin supplements, keeping track of what worked best.
  • Fitness: Ari, with the help of his yoga-instructor wife, began to “reboot” his body.

 

His results?  Within 3 months, he was off all medication.  Three months after that, he participated in his first triathlon.  Ari felt that he was 90% recovered—but what about the other 10%?  What was missing?

Ari concluded that the remaining obstacle in his journey to complete wellness was STRESS.  After he had beaten his chronic illness, he embarked on a mission to systematically remove stress from his life by saving time, and freeing up his mind.

Let’s take a closer look at the starting point of Ari’s journey from the nutritional aspect:

  • Go Vegan (temporarily)—This is a good starting point to cleanse your body, but not a great long-term option, because it’s limited and uninteresting.
  • “Work” your intestines like a muscle—This was Ari’s viewpoint that led him to feel cleaner and better. He focused on eating hearty greens and whole grains, like mustard greens, kale, collard greens, quinoa, and millet.
  • Add meat proteins slowly—Ari added fish just 6 months after going vegan, but waited several years to add other meats. His advice? Go for high-quality, grass-fed, organic meats.
  • Eat a lot of good fats—Ari concentrates on coconut oil, avocadoes, grass-fed butter, pastured egg yolks, and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil.
  • Plan ahead and cook at home—Cooking at home tends to be healthier, and it also reduces stress. Cook with a loved one and make it fun!
  • Be aware of the “gut-brain connection.”—Ari noticed that he could feel stress immediately in his stomach when he was overloaded, so he knew that stress affected digestion.

I asked Ari about his other findings based on his personal experiments.

What are 3 supplements he recommends?

  • Probiotics
  • Krill oil
  • Vitamin D

 

What are his fitness recommendations?  His personal routine combines 3 elements, at ½ hour for each one:

  • Strength/Skill Activity
  • Mobility
  • High Intensity Cardio

 

Ari just had to share his success with others, so he launched his website, lessdoing.com, focusing on productivity and wellness.  He started teaching classes in NYC, and developed online courses, as well as began coaching and consulting.

SO, WHAT EXACTLY DOES HE TEACH?   Ari teaches people how to be resilient, how to react, and how to NOT internalize stress.  In short, he teaches how to DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO!

Ari says, “I teach people how to OPTIMIZE, AUTOMATE, and OUTSOURCE everything in their lives in order to be more effective.”

Ari has developed some FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF STRESS REDUCTION:

  • Allocate your time to use it better.
  • Identify the processes involved in daily activities. Automate or outsource 95% of these, and focus only on the 5% that ONLY YOU can do.
  • Handle and recall information externally, and don’t internalize.
  • DON’T run errands!
  • Use customization, batching, and organization to achieve wellness.

 

Ari shared with me two valuable tips for a healthy lifestyle:

  1. If you live in a large city, take advantage of services that deliver to you pre-measured  ingredients needed to prepare a healthy meal in about 30 minutes.  As we’ve already learned, cooking at home is usually healthier!
  2. If you live in areas with these services unavailable, then plan ahead and use “batching” to prepare a large quantity of food at one time that can be frozen or refrigerated for later use. Make it a fun family activity!

 

 

My final question for Ari yielded an unusual answer.  I asked him what would be the ONE TIP he would give to people to reduce stress in their lives.

His answer was that everyone should work with a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT, because it can allow us to be more efficient.  Virtual Assistants can do some standard tasks; Ari’s advice is to start small, then build trust and comfort.  VA services can cost as little as $25/month, and this allows Ari to spend as much time as possible with his family, while conducting business solely from his phone.

 

Resources:

Ari’s website:  lessdoing.com

 

 

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Until next time, remember to eat consciously, because the world needs a healthy and vibrant you!

With Love <3
Dr. Anh

 

 

               

 

 

 

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