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SELF Principle is built around 4 time tested tenets: sleep more, move more, practice gratitude and kindness, and eat a whole food plant-based diet. Join Dr. Sean Hashmi and his expert guests each week as they dive into the latest evidence-based health, nutrition, fitness and wellness research.

SELF Principle is built around 4 time tested tenets: sleep more, move more, practice gratitude and kindness, and eat a whole food plant-based diet. Join Dr. Sean Hashmi and his expert guests each week as they dive into the latest evidence-based health, nutrition, fitness and wellness research.


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SELF Principle is built around 4 time tested tenets: sleep more, move more, practice gratitude and kindness, and eat a whole food plant-based diet. Join Dr. Sean Hashmi and his expert guests each week as they dive into the latest evidence-based health, nutrition, fitness and wellness research.






Ketogenic diet: Pros and Cons that you need to know!

The trendy ketogenic diet promises quick and easy weight loss. Before you try it, learn what this low-carb eating approach could actually mean for your health. Learn the ins and outs of the diet, including risks and benefits


The Dementia Diet: Treating and Preventing Dementia with foods

The dementia diet is a whole food, plant-based approach to treating and preventing dementia and it only takes a few simple changes in your diet. You don't need any fancy ingredients or supplements, the Dementia Diet is made up of whole foods that you can easily find at your local grocery store. Let's look at the research on what are some ideal foods to start adding to your diet today.


Weight loss, Exercise and Metabolism: The Ugly Truth | Dr. Herman Pontzer

Does exercising improve your metabolism and help you burn more calories? Can you increase weight loss? I sit down with an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University, Dr. Herman Pontzer. We dive into his new highly acclaimed book, Burn, to debunk common myths about metabolism, weight loss, and more.


Better Nutrition for a Healthy Life with Dr. Benjamin Ha

How do you achieve better nutrition in the quest for a healthier life? It's not through crash diets or quick-fix schemes. In this interview, we get to hear Dr. Benjamin Ha's approach to optimizing health through progress over perfection! Dr. Benjamin Ha is a native of North Carolina but has lived in Bakersfield, California, since 2003. He followed in his father’s footsteps in choosing to become a family physician. During his residency in Long Beach, he fell in love—both with his wife-to-be...


Walking and Diabetes: A simple strategy to lower your blood sugar

Walking is one of the most underrated exercises. When it comes to diabetes, walking can be very helpful in lowering blood sugars. However, what is the best way to walk, and what time of the day is optimal for glucose control. Here we look at interesting research comparing 45 minutes of continuous walking versus 15 minutes of walking after each meal. The results were pretty surprising.


Fiber versus Fermented Food: What's better for gut health?

How does fiber compare to fermented foods when it comes to optimal gut health? Fiber has been shown to lower cardiovascular mortality, cancer mortality, and even all-cause mortality. As little as 10 grams per day increase in fiber can help protect our heart, our kidneys, improve our gut and lower our cancer risk. Fermented foods have been shown to lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Examples of fermented foods include kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh, natto, miso,...


Tiny habits that can transform your life: BJ Fogg, PhD

How to build and maintain sustainable habits. Do you remember your New Year's resolutions? Probably not. Most people don't last more than a few weeks before they give up. This is because making a major life change is way too difficult to do in just one day of effort. There's too much risk of failure and too many reasons to quit. So what if there was a better way? This week, I am talking with world-renowned behavior change expert Dr. BJ Fogg. Dr. Fogg has spent over 20 years running a...


Carbonated Beverages and Weight Gain - What’s the link?

Carbonated Beverages and Weight Gain - What’s the link? We know that sugar-sweetened and even artificially sweetened beverages are linked to weight gain. How about just plain carbonated drinks? When you drink a carbonated beverage, the carbon dioxide can stretch the stomach and release a hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain to create the sensation of hunger. This results in increase food consumption and weight gain. Let's look at the...


Plant Based Diet to Prevent and Reverse Kidney Disease: Interview with Michele Crosmer, RD

Plant-Based Diet to Prevent and Reverse Kidney Disease. An Interview with Michele Crosmer, RD. Michele Crosmer is a Registered Dietitian and Board-Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition. She is the owner of and helps people with Chronic Kidney Disease implement a plant-based diet to preserve kidney function, optimize health, and delay or prevent dialysis. I sit down with Michele to talk about the optimal foods for treating, managing, and preventing kidney disease.


Preventing Disease with a Plant Based Diet: Dr. Laurie Marbas

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is a double board-certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician, who has been utilizing food as medicine since 2012. Previously, she created a new medical model combining the power of nutrient-dense foods and intensive clinical psychological therapy to treat not only food addiction but also chronic disease. As the Managing Editor for the Plantrician Project’s International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, she works closely with the journal’s...


Ocean Robbins and the Food Revolution: A interview on how to eat healthy and support our planet.

Ocean Robbins is the CEO and co-founder of the 500,000+ member Food Revolution Network — one of the largest communities of healthy eating advocates on the planet. He has held hundreds of live seminars and events that have touched millions of lives from 190 nations. We sit down with Ocean to talk about healthy sustainable eating, doing good for ourselves and helping our planet at the same time.


Best time to exercise according to science

The best time to work out is a hotly debated topic. Some people think that waking up early for a morning workout is best while others think that afternoon or evening is better. Instead of relying on opinions or bro-science, lets look at some quality studies to see what the research suggests. At the end of the day, remember the key is to find the time and routine you can stick to!


Michael Moss Interview: Food Addiction and the Food Industry

When it comes to food, it can be hard for many of us to listen to our bodies signals, and not just because we might be hungry. There has been a growing body of scientific evidence that some foods are addictive - and the processed food industry knows all too well about how to take advantage of it. We get to sit down with Michael Moss and discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative work on how the food industry exploits our addictions.


The Evidence Behind Fasting: Pros and Cons

There is substantial evidence that fasting can be beneficial for many aspects of health. However, there is very little mention of the risks. How much fasting is too much? Is there a sweet spot? Let's look at the research on both the benefits and risks of fasting and see how to do fasting safely.


Fatty Liver Disease and Plant Based Diets: A conversation with Dr. Meagan Gray

Non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) is a condition where fat builds up in the liver. This leads to liver damage and scarring and affects roughly 30% of American adults. In this interview, we sit down with Dr. Meagan Gray to talk about the role of whole-food, Plant-Based diets, and fatty liver disease.


Problems with Intermittent Fasting?

Fasting has been shown to improve weight, fatty liver, longevity, cholesterol, fight cancer, and reduce sugars. However, what happens to our body as we continue to fast? In this video, we look at how the body fights back as we do every other day fasting for prolonged periods.


The remarkable benefits of just 12 minutes of exercise

Physical activity has some incredible benefits. It can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, fatty liver, and improve mental health. It even lowers your risk of cancers such as bladder, breast, kidney, lung, stomach, colon, endometrium, and esophageal. But what can a single bout of 12 minutes do for you?


How does exercise affect depression and anxiety?

Mental health awareness is extremely important for all of us. It is a topic that is far too often ignored. In fact, depression and anxiety are the first and sixth leading causes of disability worldwide. How does exercise affect the risk of getting these and other disorders? What type of exercise is helpful and how much? Let's dive into the latest research on these topics.


How does Coffee affect Kidney Disease?

How does Coffee affect Kidney Disease? Coffee is the most widely consumed beverage on the planet. Over 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. But how does coffee affect the kidneys? What is the optimal amount of coffee to drink for kidney benefits? Let's take a look at this topic