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Just a Thought - YouTube health videos addictive
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The phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” definitely has a negative meaning. It refers to followership at its worse. I’m hesitant to use that phrase in reference to Dr. Sten Ekberg’s YouTube videos, but I’ve become obsessed with watching them.

Ekberg is a holistic doctor and former Olympic decathlete. He produces videos geared toward helping you be the healthiest you can be by learning about health. Videos offer health tips, life hacks, health education, nutrition, recipes, exercise, how to get and stay healthy.

I’ve watched numerous videos with titles like:

• What if you stop eating sugar for 30 days?

• What if you stop eating bread for 30 days?

• What if you only ate once a day for 30 days?

• What if you stop eating breakfast for 30 days?

• Top 10 foods you should never eat again.

• Top 10 healthy foods you must eat.

• Top 10 harmful foods that people keep eating.

• Top 10 foods that should be banned.

• Top 10 vitamin D immune boosting foods you must eat?

• Keto vs. low carb.

• Intermittent fasting mistakes.

• Eggs, are they good or bad? Ekberg always starts the videos calling viewers “health champions.”

He offers a “new perspective on health,' and hopes to empower you to make natural healthy choices that will last a lifetime.

When you make a decision to do something about it, you become a health champion.

Knowledge is power, they say. Understanding how the body works is a very powerful tool.

I want to become a health champion, so I’ve been making subtle changes based on what I’m learning from watching Ekberg’s videos.

While I don’t want to spoil the videos for anyone, Ekberg is definitely an opponent of processed foods and supporter of whole foods. He goes a step further than that, however. Of the whole foods, which are healthier than others?

Don’t know how many of you are vegetarians, but I am not. Ekberg says if you are going to eat animals and products made from them, pick those that lived as naturally as possible. Fish should be wild caught, eggs should be pasture raised, butter should come from grass-fed cows.

Ekberg seems to understand that these items usually cost more, so he says buy the best that you can.

He wasn’t kidding about cost. I recently bought two sticks of butter that cost $3. It came from grass-fed cows. I’ve made a few other costly changes, but that stood out as the most costly thus far.

When I have a few extra minutes in the morning or evening, I’m looking for videos that I haven’t watched. I’ll watch a video twice, if I don’t feel like it received my full attention the first time. This has reached obsession status.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.