“5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Can Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing” With Dr. William Seeds & Bilal Qizilbash

I would encourage a movement that inspires people to start with a simple “soul smile.” A world of soul smiles will make a huge difference in the world because people would be genuinely happy to see each other. It takes courage to expose your heart and break down the walls that keep us from connecting […]

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I would encourage a movement that inspires people to start with a simple “soul smile.” A world of soul smiles will make a huge difference in the world because people would be genuinely happy to see each other. It takes courage to expose your heart and break down the walls that keep us from connecting on a personal level.

As a part of my series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bilal Qizilbash. When Bilal Qizilbash discovered that juiced leafy kale would selectively kill melanoma cancer cells in vitro while leaving non-cancerous cells alone, he realized that he could help humanity by developing Bilal’s EasyKale, which makes it easy for people to add #dailykale to their diets. Today, Bilal is the CEO and chief scientist for EasyKale Labs, LLC and, in addition to his cancer research, his company pledges 2.5% of net profits to feeding the homeless with his Draw-a-Smile non-profit foundation and another 2.5% to the Mississippi Coding Academies which helps at-risk kids build technology careers debt free.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the story about how you first got involved in fitness and wellness?

Myinvolvement with wellness came about after I had spent 70–80 hours per week working and coming home completely exhausted. My mom encouraged me to try her fresh-pressed juices and eventually she challenged me to try her kale-based green juice. The truth is, I absolutely HATED the taste but a few days later I quickly noticed a correlation between my juice consumption and the reduced size of my skin tags, which are essentially benign tumors. I was also much younger.

This correlation further sparked my interest in kale, leading me to research the ways cancer patients were living more natural lifestyles to support their treatment, and I found there was an additional correlation between kale and improved tolerance to chemotherapy after sorting through thousands of posts.

I wrote down my findings in my ever-growing notebook of ideas and, two years later, was given the opportunity to test my idea in a professional laboratory environment. This series of experiences set the perfect stage for my ongoing interest in understanding of the benefits of kale and its potential to kill cancer cells.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

There have been a number of interesting stories since I started on this path. This past June, we were one of 200 of the most innovative companies in the country to represent the USA at the 2019 Global Entrepreneur Summit in the Netherlands. We announced our more recent breakthroughs from the past year at the event. We learned, while effective in killing cancer cells in the liver in vitro, kale was not effective on colon cancer cells. This brings to light the fact that there is still so much to learn about this complex and often hated “superfood”. While we are proud of the work we have done so far, we have merely scratched the surface of opportunities to maximize the potential health benefits of kale. We must work together to maximize our probability of future breakthroughs faster, people are suffering and dying now.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

Well, minimizing the flavor profile of kale was a total accident. I was terribly sleep deprived one day, in the lab, and I took the kale out of the freezer but completely forgot about it after placing it into a sterile bin. I would see the kale in the bin and wonder what the heck it was doing there and place it back in the freezer only to remember that I took it out in the first place for it to be processed. After repeating this process of remembering and forgetting enough times, I came back to the sterile bin where the kale was sitting, processed it, and then noticed it smelled different. I decided to taste it — (a big lab no-no) — only to realize that it was now completely tasteless! This series of sleep-deprived mistakes eventually provided the inspiration behind our procedure for making EasyKale a seamless addition to a wide range of foods.

Can you share with our readers a bit about why you are an authority in the fitness and wellness field? In your opinion, what is your unique contribution to the world of wellness?

What we have been able to do by developing EasyKale has been to help increase the accessibility of kale by providing a more palatable and cost-effective alternative to fresh produce. The product was designed to address several key issues people complain about when it comes to fresh leaf kale. With a shelf life of nearly two years, customers can simply add a tablespoon to any meal and receive the essentially the same nutritional benefits as four cups of leafy kale.

But regardless of my scientific accolades, I believe my most important contribution to the world of wellness is my genuine love for humanity that propels me and drives me to do what I do every day. I live my truth every day and seek to help people maximize their potential.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

There have been TONS, but I especially have to give credit and thanks to my parents who have always made sacrifices to support my creative and intellectual pursuits, despite my eccentric tendencies to rebel.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. We all know that it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, exercise more, and get better sleep etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion what are the 3 main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?

  • Emotional Eating: Most people make eating decisions based on their emotions, which can lead to bingeing and irrational behavior. The guilt associated with these behaviors further deters them from their nutritional goals.
  • Misinformation: Misinformation is widely spread across social media platforms, regarding everything from exercises to nutritional supplements.
  • General Motivation: People are often too hard on themselves, leading them to create an idealized version of their own self-image that’s impossible to maintain. Instead, they should strive for accomplishing small, consistent actions that lead to large results over time.

Can you please share your “5 Non-Intuitive Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”? (Please share a story or an example for each, and feel free to share ideas for mental, emotional and physical health.)

  1. Drink More Water: From my own experience, I can say that the best results I have seen came from keeping hydrated. I started dropping weight as I drank more water. Like a car engine that needs oil, maintaining proper hydration allows cells to function optimally.
  2. Stress: Your body doesn’t differentiate between the different types of stress or whether that stress comes from seeing a tiger or bills. I have personally found that the best tip for managing stress is to live from moment to moment, while allowing yourself to stay grateful and fully present at all times.
  3. Find Something That You Love, and Do It: I absolutely recommend finding a hobby to keep you centered. For me, that hobby is tinkering with things, which allows me to refocus my energy, explore new ideas and continue problem solving.
  4. Simplify Your Life: Take a moment to be still and really listen to people. Take the time to notice trends, find patterns to solve and be able to recognize when the best solution is no solution at all.
  5. Have a Good Heart: Focus on one another and help others grow, with the goal of helping society as a whole to thrive. If everyone has his or her needs met, a powerful bonding experience is created and the probability of us causing harm to one another is significantly reduced. I encourage people to start this process by sharing a simple smile with a stranger and spreading joy.

As an expert, this might be obvious to you, but I think it would be instructive to articulate this for the public. Aside from weight loss, what are 3 benefits of daily exercise? Can you explain?

  1. Improved Cognitive Function: Regular exercise allows the brain to function optimally.
  2. Improved Circulation: When our body moves, we improve our blood circulation, which is the means for bringing oxygen and important nutrients into our organs.
  3. Reduced Stress Levels: Exercise reduces cortisol levels and allows people to deal with stress more effectively.

For someone who is looking to add exercise to their daily routine, which 3 exercises would you recommend that are absolutely critical?

  1. Walking More: This could be a regular stroll around the neighborhood or simply parking further in the parking lot on your way into the grocery store.
  2. Doing Something Fun: Find an activity you enjoy that gets your heart working. This could be anything from biking to hiking and even swimming. Dancing is great cardio (wiggle wiggle). Bonus points if you encourage a friend to do it with you!
  3. Sitting and Controlling Your Breath: Controlled breathing is important for bringing your body in sync and oxygenating blood, keeping your blood PH at about a 7.4 (slightly alkaline) and managing stress. Extreme hyperventilating in most cases will make your blood too alkaline (blowing off CO2) while holding your breath builds the acidity of your blood (dissolved CO2in water can make it acidic). It is important to understand the oxygen hemoglobin dissociation curve.

In my experience, many people begin an exercise regimen but stop because they get too sore afterwards. What ideas would you recommend to someone who plays sports or does heavy exercise to shorten the recovery time, and to prevent short term or long-term injury?

Hydration, ice baths and ibuprofen — (used sparingly for short-term relief)! I have issues with ibuprofen, but it has its uses in acute applications.

There are so many different diets today. Can you share what kind of diet you follow? Which diet do you recommend to most of your clients?

Today my diet consists of mostly vegetables, at 80–90%, and less than 5% carbs. The important thing for people to understand is that there is no one size fits all diet. People should eat as much natural nutrition as they can and then supplement what they don’t get. Two deficiencies that are very common in the U.S. are magnesium deficiencies and dehydration.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?

My life has been heavily impacted by the world of comics. I love that Marvel comics specifically are heavily science based and celebrate diversity to empower audiences of all backgrounds and genders and struggles.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I would encourage a movement that inspires people to start with a simple “soul smile.” A world of soul smiles will make a huge difference in the world because people would be genuinely happy to see each other. It takes courage to expose your heart and break down the walls that keep us from connecting on a personal level.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

My favorite quote comes from Uncle Ben in Spider-man: “With great power becomes great responsibility.” I believe that when you’re given a platform, you have an increased responsibility for using it to positively to impact society.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂

I would love to sit down and chat with Warren Buffet because I can identify with the struggles he has gone through and would love to get his thoughts and feedback on our company’s progress as well as get advice on how to grow. For example, I wonder what he would say about how we can convert our recent ranking as among the top 35 companies on Pepperdine’s “Most Fundable Companies®” list (out of 3,500) into being heavily funded by synergistic investors.

Additionally, I would love to sit down with Shaquille O’Neal, because he’s a personal hero of mine for never being afraid to try new things.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

I can be found on Instagram @Bilal.Qizilbash

I am not overly active on social media, I try to keep my phone down and genuinely interact with people.

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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