Podcasts: the next BEST thing to reading books

The Internet is a busy place. We’re logged into our gmail, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and with 10 open browsers at once, we’re jumping from page to page. Scanning, instead of reading. Who has time to read anymore? This isn’t to say we don’t want information, but the way we are taking in this information is changing. If you love to learn, but find yourself not the avid reader you used to be, consider podcasts: they will change your life.

It’s true. Podcasts changed my life. Podcasts have become what I do when I’m nearing a panic attack while stuck in traffic. Podcasts are what I do on my bi-monthly 6 hour drives. I’m often surprised when I hear about my information loving friends who have yet to jump on the podcast band-wagon, because the amount of information and learning that can happen from listening to a quality podcasts is truly amazing.

If your goal is to learn more about health, nutrition, or cooking, there are a few podcasts that will help achieve this. First, assuming you have an iPhone, you’ll need to download a podcast.

Here are the steps you will need to achieve this.

1. Go to your iTunes app

2. Go to search, and click on “podcasts.” If you don’t see it, do a search for podcasts or the show you are looking for

3. Choose the podcast of your choice and click on the right hand arrow to download

4. If you have the latest iPhone software, you will need to download the free podcast app. iTunes will prompt you to do this. If you don’t have the latest software, the podcast will show up in your ‘music.’ If not, the podcast will show up in your podcast app.

5. Listen, and LEARN!!!

If you have an Android, download the Stitcher app and download podcasts from there.

For health, nutrition and cooking, these are my personal favorites.

Underground Wellness http://undergroundwellness.com/radio/

Underground wellness is intelligent, informative, and incredible way to learn about a non-conventional but educated approach to what foods you should eat, how to care for your health, and more. The host is full of energy and asks pertinent questions, gets to the point, and you’ll get as much from an hour of listening to this show than reading a book.

The Health Revolution http://chriskresser.com/category/podcasts

Chris Kresser is a smart guy. He calls himself a health detective and uses what he coins the ‘investigative’ method to figure out what could be causing your health problems. He knows a lot about nutrition, science, and the body, and he’s a great guy to learn from if you’re a nutrition and health nerd. I don’t recommend this podcast for people who are just learning about this stuff, because it is somewhat technical.

Splendid Table http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/podcast/

Lynn does a lot of interesting chef interviews, and answers all of your cooking questions.  She’s a charming and intelligent host, and knows a lot about food.  This podcast will make you hungry.

Do you listen to podcasts?  What are some of your favorites?

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