Aug 26, 2021
Shawn Wells is on the Girlfriend Show to talk about why purpose
and intention, when combined with exercise and nutrition, is the
foundation for a healthy long life. Learn how to detox your body
and your life with the ENERGY formula, how to biohack your body
with powerful natural supplements, and the secrets to making the
most of the ketogenic diet.
- [1:25] Writing a book is a major undertaking. Shawn recently
spent the last year and a half of his life working 30-40 hours each
week, getting all of the pieces together for his latest book.
- [3:05] The ENERGY acronym stands for Experiment, Nutrition,
Exercise, Routines, Growth, and Your Tribe. For the last 20 years,
Shawn has been accumulating and amassing all of this knowledge and
the book was his attempt to put it all into one easy-to-consume
- [5:35] What does biohacking mean? There are shortcuts to
improving your vitality and biological function, like bulletproof
coffee, sun gazing, cold plunges, and red light saunas. It’s the
mashup term for hacking your biology.
- [7:10] Hacktivism is the use of hacking for the greater good
and Shawn used this idea for the basis of the book. The more you
are energized and alive, the more you can connect with the world
- [8:00] Before going to medical school, Dr. Anna worked with the
military training deep sea divers. This experience came into play
in Dr. Anna’s own journey of being stressed and depressed after
going through early menopause and living a difficult, fast paced
- [10:00] The less mitochondrial function you have, the less
energy you have. Not having sufficient cellular energy will lead to
more inflammation and stress the mitochondria even further.
- [11:20] There is a psychological component at play. You can be
your own placebo by shifting your mindset and reframing a situation
in a positive light. The trouble is that most people reframe things
negatively by default.
- [13:40] There is a positive or negative charge to your thoughts
and those thoughts can affect the smallest physiological processes
in your body.
- [16:10] Exercise snacks are a unique idea that’s floating
around where small bursts of movement spread out throughout the day
are more impactful than one hour of concentrated activity. So many
of our physical issues are a result of the typical sedentary
lifestyle as our bodies adapt. It’s important to keep our bodies in
motion, whether that’s planks or squats for a few minutes each
- [20:30] 88% of the population is in a state of metabolic
dysfunction and heading toward insulin resistance. This resistance
will exacerbate the energy gap and the fastest way to solve this
issue is having an alternate source of energy in ketones. This is
where the keto diet comes in.
- [22:45] Insulin resistance is the hallmark of all biological
aging. Around 1% of disease is genetic; the 99% is metabolic and
driven by being insulin resistant. The standard American diet and
lifestyle is mainly to blame for why so many people in the West are
getting sick and tired.
- [26:10] When Dr. Anna shifted to a ketogenic diet, she saw a
major shift in her energy level and focus. Getting into ketosis is
incredibly powerful for healthy brain function.
- [27:10] If you’re not getting the results you want from your
keto diet, you are probably not eating enough fat. You have to
shift away from the idea that “you are what you eat,” to “you burn
what you eat.” If fat is the number one macronutrient in your diet,
your body will optimize to become a fat burning machine.
- [28:40] The latest keto snacks and treats may also be a source
of problems. Trying to eat a ketogenic version of the traditional
Western diet may put you in the awkward state of not being
optimized for either mode. It’s also very easy to go overboard on
these types of products.
- [30:15] Your energy level is your best indication that you’re
succeeding on the ketogenic diet, not your level of ketones. If
you’re not testing your ketones, you’re guessing.
- [32:40] Don’t worry too much about your glucose levels going up
after eating food; the important thing to watch is how quickly it
comes back down. Feast days are good for making sure you don’t
become metabolically inflexible.
- [34:05] Snacks destroy men’s and women’s metabolisms. The idea
of balancing your blood sugar by snacking all day has not worked
out well for people.
- [35:50] The number one place to start is to dump ultra
processed food, move your body, stop snacking, and stop thinking
you need dessert after every meal. Eliminating the snacks before
you adopt a ketogenic diet will only make it more effective once
- [37:55] Nootropics are substances that grow your mind and
enhance brain function. One of the reasons that keto is so
effective for most people is that it turns the lights back on in
your mind so they don’t have to compensate with caffeine and
- [38:40] Healing your metabolism and allowing it to properly use
glucose is going to enhance your energetic states and grant better
- [41:30] When your mitochondria can’t get the fuel they need,
everything in the world starts shutting down. With the ketogenic
diet, it reduces oxidation and inflammation, and without it, the
cells become overworked and stressed and just break down into
disease states over time.
- [43:40] MCT oils, especially C8 MCTs, are effective ketogenic
supplements. Berberine has also been shown to be effective at
helping type-2 diabetics, but it also has effective anti-aging
- [48:00] Metformin was originally brought to the market to
combat influenza and not type-2 diabetes. There is a chance that
Metformin and Berberine may actually help with viruses like
Covid-19. If diabetes and obesity are comorbidities for Covid-19,
they should be focused on as therapeutic pathways to treat the
- [51:15] Dr. Anna goes over her favorite supplements. Creatine
is associated with reproductive health and is naturally found in
red meat. Shawn discusses a trace amino acid that is being
considered for vitamin status.
- [54:10] Shawn’s typical morning routine starts with going to
sleep at the right time the night before. We are the only species
that deprive ourselves of sleep on purpose. Be mindful of your
light exposure and proper sleep hygiene so you can get to bed on
- [57:35] Not getting enough sleep makes you acutely insulin
resistant. When you chronically don’t get enough sleep, you are
chronically insulin resistant, which leads to 2-3 times higher risk
of heart attack and being 5 times more likely to have
- [1:00:35] If you ease into waking up, everything is different.
Start with gratitude and begin your day with positive thinking and
affirmations, some light stretching and a glass of water, and
you’ve got a good foundation for a great day. To change your life,
you have to change your morning.
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