Kyō App: Making Daily Reflection Manageable in 2018 [Tool of The Week]

Kyō App: Making Daily Reflection Manageable in 2018 [Tool of The Week] kyo

Reflection is important. It’s not something that should only happen at the end of each year, though. But must become an attitude towards life. At every step of the journey, we should stop, get back to the present, reflect, take some decisions, make sure we’re doing what’s right, and then continue.

To help you with that in the new year, I found an app that can become your daily reflection journal – Kyo, only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

What is Kyo App?

According to its creators, ‘KYŌ is a personal daily reflection app. We help fuel your daily reflection through questions from some of the most inspiring figures in the world.’

It’s a tool that helps you reflect in the company of your idols, and that’s one of the things I like about it the most. One of the names associated with it is Leo Babauta, someone who’s been inspiring me on my personal journey over the years through his blog ZenHabits.

The Importance of Daily Reflection

Daily reflection is something the people I consider my mentors have relied on since they can remember. Let’s take Tim Ferriss, for instance. He shares that reflective writing is the most cost-effective therapy he’s ever found.

A question is a powerful thing when presented at the right time and by the right person.

And by providing a guided approach and platform that loops in people’s’ idols, like Kevin Rose, Om Malik, Leo Babauta, with Kyo App we can unlock an entirely new depth of reflection. One we’ve never really seen anywhere before.

KYŌ is Japanese for ‘today’.

There’s really no other day more important than today, and no other moment more precious than this one. And that’s what the creators of the Kyo App have tried to remind us of, by leveraging technology to fit into our lives, instead of adding one more thing that we need to fit into our days.

How Does Kyo Work?

Let’s take a look inside the reflection journal tool.

For a start, what are the goals of the app? Well, they are connected to mind, body, and spirit. Kyo aims to lower your anxiety and stress, increase clarity and focus, and stimulate creativity.

Kyo helps you ask the right questions at the right time. It gives you all entries in one place and provides guidance from experts around the world.

KYŌ app on the apple store daily reflection journal


Anyone can use KYŌ for FREE. You will be able to create entries, use KYŌ prompts and see all interviews.

However, monthly and yearly plans give full access to KYŌ’s entire collection of custom question packs and “how-to” content plus additional features like custom reminders on your questions.

The two auto-renewing subscription options are:

  • $2.99 per month
  • $24.99 per year.

Are you ready to make reflection part of your days?

I do believe a single app like Kyo can help us be more mindful, find answers to the deeper questions, and – ultimately – find direction and achieve more.

If you are in need of some clarity and focus too, make sure to check out the app on the App Store.

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.