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Some self-optimization updates including tracking glucose response to foods, my holiday gift guide, and more
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Greetings! As we near the end of the decade I’ve been thinking about how rapidly technology has advanced in just 10 years, allowing us to understand and optimize ourselves in exciting ways as costs continue to drop. For example, back in 2010 it cost more than $10,000 to have your entire genome sequenced (30x more data than what 23andMe provides). Today this can be done for well under $500. An affordable continuous blood glucose sensor the size of a quarter that lasts for 2 weeks was just a dream, and now they are available to anyone (with a doctor's note) for $100.

I can't wait to see what the next decade brings!
 

A Few More 2010 Reflections...

  • My blog didn’t yet exist! (I started it in 2012)
  • Fitbit and Nike+iPod had just launched the earliest fitness trackers, using clip-on sensors to track steps
  • That year I purchased my first “smart scale,” from Withings (my first measurement? March 23, 2010!)
  • "Quantified Self" had recently become a concept, but "biohacking" would not reach our common vocabulary for several years (the first QS conference was held in 2011 and the first biohacking conference wasn't until 2012)
  • The book The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss was published. Although somewhat outdated today, it was one of the earliest and most influential books of my self-optimization journey.

This was also a decade of big life changes for me. After spending nearly 20 years as a technology entrepreneur in the digital marketing space and selling my last company, I decided to combine my skills, passion, and purpose and apply them to data-driven personal optimization. It’s been a wild experience and a huge personal investment in myself, and I can’t wait to share some of what I am working on over the next year!

Latest Personal Experiments


📈 Measuring My Personal Glucose Response to Foods
In this post I share how anyone can start optimizing their diet by tracking personal glycemic response to different foods (and food combinations) and start eliminating (or at least, minimizing) things that cause large, sustained spikes in blood sugar. Learn how you can do the same!

Holiday Gift Guide

🎁  Need some last-minute gift ideas? I’ve put together a little holiday gift guide with some of my favorite ways to optimize body, mind, sleep, recovery, and more!

New and Noteworthy

🤓 An Intro to Biohacking and the Quantified Self Movement
The folks over at Better Humans recently asked me some questions about getting started with biohacking and self-experimentation - hope you find the information useful! 👊💥

💪 Outside Magazine - I was recently featured in a recent issue of Outside Magazine about how generally healthy people are starting to use glucose monitoring for performance

Endnote


👍 That's all for now! Please let me know if there are any topics you would like to see me cover in the future, and as always feel free to connect with me on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Hope your holidays are happy, healthy, and safe!

Stay optimal,

- Bob



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