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Five Reasons to Put Your Phone Down

I adore my iPhone.

We can manage endless amounts of deeds in the palm of our hands, no matter where in the world we may be.

But for most of us, this comes with a catch. So, these are my five reasons why I try to keep my iPhone at bay while out and about.

(I must say, Instagram ups the ante on this challenge!)

1. Be Present with People

It sucks when sitting across from someone at dinner whose thumbs are going crazy on their touch screen while I’m trying to connect with them. Sure there are exceptions, but in general it’s just downright rude and gives the impression that you’d rather be spending your time elsewhere.

When in the company of others, I keep my phone in my bag. While there is a world of friends and colleagues sitting just inside that lock screen, I’ve dedicated my time to the person I’m physically with.

Be present with those around you and I can guarantee you’ll all end up having a much better time.

Furthermore, we’ve all had/heard of those ”right place at the right time” moments… But if you’re walking around with your head stuck in your phone you could be severely limiting your opportunities.

2. Practise Active Listening

Passively listening to the transcript of a conversation is one thing, but actually connecting with what someone is saying takes your interaction to a completely different level. Pay full attention to the person who is speaking — not only will you be more likely to fully comprehend the full message being delivered, but you’ll also make that person feel acknowledged and appreciated.

I’ve written about active listening before, which is a big problem these days being surrounded by endless distractions.

3. Multitasking Dumbs You Down

Christine Rosen published an interesting article in The New Atlantis, The Myth of Multitasking, which explains that our brains are not fully capable of making high-level decisions while multitasking — such as texting and conversing, or driving and talking on a cell phone.

Performance and memory are significantly reduced while multitasking.

As Lord Chesterfield wrote back in the 1740s: “There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” To Chesterfield, singular focus was not merely a practical way to structure one’s time; it was a mark of intelligence. “This steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind.”

4. Nurture More Meaningful Relationships

While I love social media for opening up a multitude of connections that I otherwise wouldn’t have made, as well as keep in touch with friends and family from all over the world, we simply cannot beat personal interaction. We share energy with people, which disappears through technological communication.

Particularly when addressing something emotional, it’s easy to hide behind the shield of a text or email; and while that does allow us to thoroughly think about what we’re saying, this can open dangerous doors to misinterpretation.  So next time you open iMessage in autopilot, ask yourself, “Is this the type of conversation I should be having in person?

5. Enjoy Every Moment

One of the most powerful stress-relieving tools is to fully live in your every moment. If you are constantly distracted by immediately reading every message or email received, then you’re kind of missing out on life.

It’s about the journey, not the destination.

If we are too goal-fixated we forget to embrace the journey — which is where our most valuable lessons and later-appreciated detours happen.

LG x

This is a #regram of a post I made on PrettyBroad.com last year. :)

WPT Alpha 8 Florida

A Preview of WPT Alpha8, Premiering March 30th on Fox Sports 1

After months of hard work from the amazing crew at the World Poker Tour, finally seeing our new high-stakes poker tournament series, WPT Alpha8, come together as a TV show makes my want to explode with euphoria.

I cannot stop smiling as I watch this clip, filled with pride, joy, nerves, and endless amounts of gratitude. To host both the World Poker Tour and WPT Alpha8 is literally a DREAM. COME. TRUE.

WPT Alpha8 premieres Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET, on FOX Sports 1.

Whoooohoooooooo!!!

LG x

Lynn Gilmartin

Daring Greatly

I’ve just started reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, a book written after her outstanding Ted Talk, where over 14 million viewers have heard about the power of vulnerability, making it the fourth most-watched in 2013. Needless to say, I highly recommend it :)

In perfect timing as I began to embrace my vulnerability for all of its freeing power, the gorgeous Lauren Glucina, creator of the stunningly delicious website, Ascension Kitchen, interviewed me in what became my most personal interview yet.

What brought me to my knees? How do I nourish my body and soul? What do I believe life’s purpose to be? 

Ascension-Kitchen

Sure enough, it turned out to be my favourite interview, and one that attracted more of a widespread, loving response than ever before; along with what felt like a huge connection with so many friends. I felt open. I felt like I’d finally given myself permission to really share.

Now I ask you, when was the last time you let your guard down and allowed yourself to be vulnerable? If you cringe at the thought, then I highly suggest listening to Brene’s Ted Talk.

LG x

#nomakeupselfie

My #nomakeupselfie

In response to this #nomakeupselfie fad that’s happening over social media at the moment in an attempt to “raise awareness” for breast cancer research, I decided to put my own spin on it…

I would love to raise awareness of the importance of nurturing ourselves. Of the importance of whole foods and a positive mindset.

I’d love to raise awareness of the importance of living a life of passion and going for our dreams, no matter how extraordinary they may seem. Doing what makes us feel alive, not just accumulating a resume that impresses others.

I’d love to raise awareness of how important self-love is and that all the approval, security, love and forgiveness we seek from others is exactly what we need to give ourselves first. The importance of non-comparison and gratitude in a world that continues to remind us of what we don’t have and what to be afraid of.

I’d love to raise awareness of all the “spontaneous remissions” that are widely disregarded rather than looked in to for the miracle of “unexplainable” cures that often stem from mindfulness.

I’d love to raise awareness that cortisol, the hormone released around the body when we’re stressed or fearful is what creates a toxic playground for disease. That all the sugar and processed foods we intake are creating exorbitant amounts of inflammation – a common denominator of all chronic degenerative diseases.

I’d love to raise awareness about how much control pharmaceutical companies have over the education of our doctors, and how little most doctors are required to learn about nutrition, despite food having a direct influence on the way our body functions. I’m certainly not disregarding our incredible doctors for all the wonderful work they do for us, I’m just baffled that nutrition is seen as a separate factor by many. Advice such as “remove red meat and dairy from your diet while under treatment, but as soon as we’ve cut out the cancer there’s no problem going straight back to it” makes zero sense to me.

And I’d love to raise awareness of some of the incredible authors and doctors out there sharing endless amounts of inspiring information to help us take control of our body’s health and healing, such as Kris Carr, Louise Hay, Christiane Northrup, David Wolfe, Jess Ainscough and Lissa Rankin, films such as Food Matters, Forks Over Knives and Hungry for Change, and amazing non-profit organisations like Gerson Institute who are saving lives through food, yet they must drive to Mexico every week to consult with patients because the US government won’t allow for the alternative therapy.

We are more than aware of breast cancer and are entrenched in enough fear. While finding a cure would be fantastic, we’ve been powerlessly sitting back and waiting long enough. How about we shift gears and spread all the fascinating preventative information that’s out there to show that we don’t have to feel like vulnerable victims, and maybe, just maybe, if we lived our lives loaded with passion, happiness, gratitude, real food and unconditional love and acceptance of ourselves and others, then maybe we could help peacefully put the monster to bed. Maybe.

LG x

Floatation Tank

My Floatation Tank Experience

Floatation tanks are an amazing way to de-stress your body and mind. I loved my first experience so much that I recorded a before and after video at Inner Outer Health in Bellfield, Melbourne:

What is a floatation tank?

Also known as an isolation tank, floatation tanks are a lightproof and soundproof tank of heavily-salted water, heated to body temperature, which you can float in. Continue reading

Jungleman Dan Cates, Max Altergott, Lynn Gilmartin, Philipp Gruissem, Eric Seidel and Angel Guillen on safari in Pilanesburg, South Africa for WPT Alpha8.

Photo + Video Blog: Alpha8 Johannesburg

Sawubona!

After all my years of traveling, I finally visited a continent I have been so eager to see for the first time – Africa – and it blew me away.

WPT Alpha8 held its fourth stop at Emperor’s Palace Hotel and Casino in Johannesburg. Click here for event results, but if you don’t want a spoiler for the show (due to air on FS1 mid-year), then don’t click there!

My trip was filled with highlights, such as visiting Soweto and walking through Nelson Mandela’s home, a place where priceless memorabilia of the great man is on display, just there for you to freely touch. Personal letters and gifts, paintings, furniture… You name it. I nearly pounced out of the moving bus when I saw the below quote painted across a wall. It’s been one of my favourites for a long, long time. What an incredible man.

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” - Nelson Mandela

The biggest highlight for everyone was heading out into the thick of South Africa for a three-day safari in Pilanesburg National Park, staying at the stunning Ivory Tree Game Lodge.

I believe every human must go on a safari to reconnect with nature and remember the bigger picture of where we belong.

Check it out:

If I could share just one thing with you if you’re planning a trip,  please remember this:

If you want to see lions, do not visit the petting zoo types of venues – I made this mistake. While it’s nice to get up close and personal, many of these places do not have humane intentions. Once the cubs grow up they are sent off for the pathetic “sport” known as canned hunting. Instead, you can get in amongst the animals in their natural habitat by going on a safari. You simply cannot beat seeing them in their real environment rather than laying in a cage sedated.

On a brighter note, I learned that Zulu dancers are incredible, South Africans are amazingly friendly, and females are almost always the most dominant species across the animal kingdom. Love it.

Many of the above snaps are thanks to World Poker Tour.

LG x

Raw Cacao Amazeballs

Hemp, Cacao and Maca Superfood Amazeballs

I’m having a lazy afternoon and just opened Angel’s Onnit delivery of Hemp Force protein powder, so decided to give it a whirl in some amazeballs. I’m pretty impressed with how these bad boys turned out so I’m sharing the concoction:

  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • ½ cup of raw almonds
  • Handful of dried goji berries
  • 8 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of desiccated coconut
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of Green Nutritionals’ Green Superfoods
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of Onnit’s Hemp Force protein powder with cacao & maca (OR just any protein, cacao and maca powders with a dash of vanilla essence)
  • Tiny sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt

Blend. Roll. Fridge. Eat!

If you find the mix to be too dry then add in a little water, but not much as you don’t want a soggy mixture. This needs a little grit! And on that note, don’t feel you need to blend until it turns into a paste. Sometimes chunks are a nice surprise.

I love keeping these healthy treats in the fridge to kick my chocolate cravings and they can easily be a creation of your own – it’s just a “little bit of this, little bit of that” recipe. Whatever goodness you’ve got in your kitchen, toss it in the blender and see what happens!

LG x

Australian TV presenter, poker player, and holistic wellbeing student with a wicked passport stamp collection.