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Wellness Force Radio | Discovering Physical & Emotional Intelligence To Live Life Well

Wellness Force Radio | Discovering Physical & Emotional Intelligence To Help Men & Women Live Life Well. Your host, Josh Trent, spotlights ​world class experts in the fields of physical and emotional intelligence, mindset, behavior change, supplementation, nutrition, health, wellness, fitness, and technology that empower you with actionable steps for your wellness journey. After struggling with anxiety, depression, and weight gain in adolescence, in 2004 Josh let go of over 75 pounds and transformed his life by becoming a health and fitness professional that would coach over 12,000 sessions and evolve into one of the top wellness influencers on iTunes. In this podcast together, we discover the connections between our emotions and healthy habits to live our best life and enjoy the process. Every week, you'll learn from exceptional people who have dedicated their lives to being a positive force for our global collective. Deeper topics include: Physical intelligence, emotional intelligence, behavior change, wellness, behavioral psychology, habits, mindset, fitness, health, strength training, organic supplementation, bio-hacking, body transformation, psychedelics, digital health, quantified self, mHealth, wearable technology and more.
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Jun 23, 2017

As we approach the two year anniversary next month for the Wellness Force podcast, I'm compelled to deliver what I know to be the most powerful lessons I've come to learn as my truth, after over 100+ guests who've boldly shared theirs.

 

Tell The Truth Until It Stops Hurting: The Key To Unlocking A Lifetime of Greater Wellness 

 

1. Tell the truth until it stops hurting.

2. The answers you're frenetically searching for are already there. inside you Be willing to be seen, be vulnerable, and ask for the support you deserve without shame and with self-love

3. Listen to the messages your body is telling you. As Gay Hendricks would say, "Sometimes the universe will tickle you with a feather on where to go next, but if you're not listening, it will hit you with a sledgehammer." 

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Jun 20, 2017
For episode 117 we're learning from the best of the best companies that intersect at the crossroads for the future of health and wellness technology.
 
This is a topic we’ve explored over the past 100+ shows on Wellness Force Radio, but for 117 we’re going the deepest we’ve ever gone to address the most important question around this type of technology, much more important than just technology itself:
How exactly can health and wellness technology including apps, wearables, smart garments, and smart devices truly help us get more physically and emotionally intelligent so we can live life well? 
 
This is a big question that will affect not just national, but global health, so this deserves some big answers. That’s why today on the podcast we're bringing you not just one, but three doctors and industry experts in the fields of smart garments, with Dr. Tim Brown, founder of IntelliSkin, in brain neuroplasticity and neuropriming, with Dr. Daniel Chao, Co-Founder of Halo Neuroscience, and how the future of doctors will care for patients at home is actually here right now, with Dr. Renee Dua, Co-Founder of Heal.
 
If you’re a tech-focused wellness enthusiast, or if you’re brand new to exploring how technology can help you in your wellness journey, you're equally going to love this episode...
 
Many of the concepts we’re discussing today are brand-new to the show, and we've handpicked these guests out of all the noise online to get clarity on what brands in wellness technology we can use today that will help secure better personal wellness for our future.
 

Listen To Episode 117 As Our Special Guests Uncover

Dr. Tim Brown – IntelliSkin

  • Using smart garments to retrain the body's awareness of its position in space
  • Upper Cross Syndrome: “Death By Chair”
  • How posture affects immunity, hormones, breath, and overall health and what we can do about it
  • The 3 areas we all must keep flexible and why: ankle dorsiflexion, hip mobility, thoracic spine mobilization

Dr. Daniel Chao – Halo Neuroscience

  • Why professional sports teams are using Halo Sport with Halo Neuroscience
  • What is “neuropriming”  (tDCS, transcranial direct current stimulation) and what does it do for human performance
  • How a 20 minute application in the electric field will induce temporary state of “hyperlearning”
  • Breaking the 10,000 hour mastery rule: With tDCS, new skill acquisition may be possible to learn in half the time

Dr. Renee Dua – Heal App

  • Why emergency rooms in the United States are beyond capacity and how Heal is changing the current paradigm of patient care
  • What is the future of medical doctors delivering care on-call and insurance reimbursement
  • How mHealth and health and wellness technology like Heal are disrupting the medical world forever
  • What are the patient benefits of having doctors on call through a mobile app vs. current facility-only care models

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About Our Featured Guests

Dr. Tim Brown, Founder, IntelliSkin

IntelliSkin inventor, Dr. Tim Brown, grew to understand his future creation while working as the medical director on the ASP surf and AVP volleyball tours during the 1980’s. As an early innovator in functional taping, he developed a hybrid kinesiology technique known as SPRT (Specific Proprioceptive Response Taping). Used on everyone from Olympians to NFL players, the technique quickly became a staple in the athletic world as it allowed injured athletes to compete despite their injuries.
 
Dr. Brown’s instinctive techniques got athletes asking for taping remedies so often, that he needed something that could do the job when he wasn’t there. Many late nights of trial and error using remnants of old wetsuits and rash guards, he devised a wearable technology that mimicked his taping technique. Dr. Brown’s goal was to take what he had learned in designing and come up with a comfortable, Smart Compression shirt that would clinically improve posture and spinal alignment for everyone, whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior. Dr. Brown’s ultimate goal is to help everybody to look better, feel better and perform better. He continues to pursue that goal every day.
 
Dr. Daniel Chao, Co-Founder, Halo Neuroscience
 
Daniel Chao is a neurotech entrepreneur, specializing in devices that improve brain performance. Currently, Dan is co-founder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience, a venture-backed human performance company based in San Francisco. The company's first product, Halo Sport, is the world's first neurostimulation system built specifically for athletes.
 
Prior to Halo, Dan was the head of business development at NeuroPace, where he helped raise $250M in capital to develop the world's first closed-loop neuromodulation device, winning FDA approval for the treatment of epilepsy in a unanimous 13-0 vote. Before NeuroPace, Dan was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the New York office, and he received his M.D. and M.S. in neuroscience from Stanford University.
 
Renee Dua, Co-Founder, Heal
 
Dr. Renee Dua is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Heal – an LA-based start-up providing on-demand house call medicine. Dr. Dua is a Board certified nephrologist and internal medicine doctor who has served as Chief of Medicine at Valley Presbyterian and Simi Valley Hospital. After building a thriving private practice and also teaching medicine at UCLA, Dr. Dua embarked on her greatest adventure, being mom to her first child, a now 15-month old little boy.
 
It was her son that led her to create Heal, because she knew moms and dads everywhere needed an easier way to see a doctor. As a mom-doctor doing her first start-up, Dr. Dua often jokes she’s a doctor-mom-preneur. Dr. Dua resides in the Pacific Palisades with her husband and son.
 
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Jun 16, 2017

"Knowing without doing is the same thing as not knowing. What matters is if the knowledge that you have will give you an effective health practice for the long term.” – Dan Pardi 

There is power in knowledge. With the best sourced health and wellness information, we can make the right decisions for our own health. However, many sources claim to be the best or provide the ultimate solution. Thanks to sources like humanOS, we can sort through the sea of data, reports, and projects to find the answer to our health needs.

This Wellness Force Friday is a prime choice, three big question sampling of the FULL INTERVIEW with Dan Pardi on Wellness Force Radio episode 088.

 

Listen to the full episode here.

 

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Jun 13, 2017

Discovering Inner Joy: Regardless of where we are in life, happiness is possible. 

Whether we're struggling with negative thoughts, an unsatisfying job, or believing we're not enough, this episode is a powerful reminder that we're all worthy of self-love, joy, and an amazing life.

Today is all about fighting our inner demons and discovering our purpose in the world. Together, we'll be doing some real soul searching to find out what's holding us back from the happiness we deserve.

By the end of this podcast, we'll better understand how our brain, thoughts, and emotions all play a part in our wellness. 

A Mission for Happiness

Chief Business Officer for Google [X], serial entrepreneur and author of, Solve for HappyMo Gawdat had an amazing career during his late twenties. He was working as a Director for a major consumer goods company which gave him a terrific salary, amazing perks, and a career ladder to climb. However, despite how wonderful his life appeared on the outside, he wasn't truly happy on the inside.

When his son, Ali, unexpectedly passed away, Mo began to see life in a different light. Keeping Ali's tattoo in mind, The Gravity of Battle Means Nothing to Those at Peace, he set out to discover the perfect equation for happiness. After 12 years of research, he is sharing his Happiness Model with the rest of the world. His personal moonshot mission is to honor his son's memory and continue his legacy by making 10 million more people happy.

In this powerful episode, we will discover how to end self-sabotage by comparison, what pain and suffering can teach us, why our brain never tells us the truth and why death can be our best life coach.

The Happiness Model

Despite the global narrative, 'I'll be happy when I have _____,' money, relationships, and possessions cannot bring us true joy. So, Mo created his own narrative, 'I feel happy when I ____.' When he changed is focus from receiving possessions to valuing what he already had, he realized that people only seem to be happy when life is going their way.

When there's so much narrative coming our way, it's hard to listen to the narrative inside of us.

The harder we work to achieve happiness, the deeper the hole it creates in our soul. Happiness cannot come from outside of ourselves. It truly only comes from within.

With Ali as his inspiration, Mo crafted The Happiness Model to help us uncover any assumptions and doubts we have about life so that we may discover our inner joy.

The Happiness Model:

The 6 Grand Illusions

  1. Thought
  2. Self
  3. Fear
  4. Entitlement
  5. Knowledge
  6. Time

The 7 Blind Spots

  1. Filters
  2. Assumptions
  3. Predictions
  4. Memories
  5. Labels
  6. Emotions
  7. Exaggeration

The 5 Ultimate Truths

  1. Now
  2. Change
  3. Love
  4. Death
  5. Design

Ending Self-Sabotage by Comparison

We're all born happy and free to become whomever we want to be.

We start out strong like machines, but then we begin to break down when we engage more with life. Life's expectations lead us to believe that no matter how hard we try, we're never enough. We can end up subjecting ourselves to an inner, false dialogue that we'll only be happy if we have that job, relationship, or gadget.

Happiness > to your perceptions of the events in your life (-) your expectations of how life should be.

With phones at our fingertips, it's easy to get lost in all of the latest images, videos, and news about other people's lives. When we compare ourselves to other people, our brain interrupts those thoughts as threats to our ego. Eventually, we're not satisfied with our lives. Rather than being happy with what we have, we end up creating new expectations for the life we think we should be living.

If we don't perceive ourselves as successful, then we only see our failures. Therefore, we're only happy when life is going our way.

Listen To Episode 116 As Mo Uncovers:

  • His life in Egypt and how going to a book fair in Cairo helped nourish his hunger for learning.
  • Why he was so interested in quantum physics and relativity as a teenager.
  • What sparked his interest to research happiness.
  • The reason behind why neither a career nor material possessions can make us happy.
  • How material possessions only created a gap in his soul and what he did to fix it.
  • Why we're all born happy, but then expectations from other people cause us to be unhappy.
  • His equation for happiness.
  • Why we're like machines and we begin to breakdown when we engage more with life.
  • How Mo realized that we're only really happy when life is going our way.
  • Why the brain is wired  to use unhappiness as a survival mechanism.
  • Events vs. Expectations - How the brain is wired to remember negative experiences for much longer than positive experiences.
  • Why pain can sometimes be good for us.
  • How we can train the mind to stop comparing ourselves to other people.
  • The healing decisions he made after the death of his son, Ali.
  • Why our brain is not the enemy because it can't see the truth when there are threats.
  • The Happiness Model with the 6 Grand Illusions, 7 Blind Spots, and 5 Ultimate Truths.
  • What mistake to avoid when you're following The Happiness Model.
  • Why death is the best life coach we can have.
  • The first step you can take in your life as soon as this episode ends.
  • What wellness means to Mo.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • When we compare ourselves to other people, we end up self-sabotaging ourselves. As we scroll through our social media newsfeed, it's easy to get trapped by feelings of sadness, jealousy, and unfulfillment. When someone doesn't click "like," our brain is wired to see that as a threat to our ego. The truth is, there's no sense in comparing ourselves to others because someone will always be ahead of us.
  • The mind has this incredible ability to make us suffer on demand with negative thinking. However, we have the power to stop it. As our brain presents us with negative thoughts, we can say 'No, brain. I'm not going to listen to your lies.' We may see the brain as the enemy because it doesn't tell us the truth, but that's because the brain hasn't been trained. That's where we can step in to train it. Rather than allowing our brain to view everything as a threat, we can teach it to focus on the blessings. When in self doubt, ask your brain if it's telling you the truth. This will help you train the brain to differentiate between fact and fiction.
  • Death can be our best life coach because it's the biggest reminder that we're only here for a limited amount of time. By using life as a way to learn, achieve and develop, we can discover our purpose and ultimately our happiness.

Power Quotes From Mo Gawdat

[tweetthis]"People who find their happiness are the ones that make it their number one priority." - @Solveforhappy [/tweetthis]

  • "You never get happy from outside sources. We all believe that happiness is something that we have to strive for or earn, but we really don't have to do that. Happiness comes from within ourselves." - Mo Gawdat on how happiness comes from within.
  • "One singular material possession will never make you happy, but two can bring you constant disappointment. We tell ourselves, 'Okay, I know I'm not happy with this little gadget, but I'll be happy with the other gadget.' In the end, you rush and strive to get the other gadget, but you're still not happy. It's just a vicious cycle and you'll never find happiness in materials, wealth, or the world outside of you." - Mo Gawdat on why we'll never be satisfied from possessions.
  • "The more disappointed you are with your ability to achieve happiness, the more you feel that there's this gap that needs to be filled." - Mo Gawdat on why we're sometimes never fully satisfied with what we have or what we've done. 
  • "Truly, happiness is inside us. When we connect with the real us, we find happiness. When we engage with the real world, we get further away from engaging with us and finding the real person that you and I are." - Mo Gawdat on why true happiness comes from within ourselves. 
  • "Life is bound to bring us some pain because it's like a video game. Video games are designed to be difficult sometimes, but that's the only way that we can become a better gamers, right? If the game was easy, it would be boring as hell and we wouldn't learn how to be better gamers. Life is truly meant to give us pain and as much as we hate it, pain can be good. Pain is good because it alerts us as to what we should do in order to survive and progress in life." - Mo Gawdat on how life is like a video game and why pain can be good. 
  • "Constant comparison will always end in vain because there will always be someone who is ahead of you. If you set out to compare yourself to the rest of the world, you will always break the happiness equation and events will never meet your expectations." - Mo Gawdat on why it's not worth the effort to always be comparing ourselves to other people. 
  • "If you find what it is that you're passionate about and you're good at it, eventually when you're ready, your purpose will find you. It's not the other way around. If you set out to search for a purpose without knowing what you're capable of, you're never going to get there." - Mo Gawdat on how we discover our purpose.
  • "We get so engaged in life that we forget to live." - Mo Gawdat
  • "Every emotion we've ever felt is triggered by a thought, not an event." - Mo Gawdat

About Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat: How To Engineer Your Path To Joy WELLNESS FORCE RADIO EPISODE 116Mo Gawdat is a remarkable thinker and the Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], an elite team of engineers that comprise Google’s futuristic “dream factory.” Applying his superior skills of logic and problem solving to the issue of happiness, he proposes an algorithm based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. Then he solves for happy.

In 2001 Mo Gawdat realized that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would: examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness.

Thirteen years later, Mo’s algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation—and it saved them from despair. In dealing with the horrible loss, Mo found his mission: he would pull off the type of “moonshot” goal that he and his colleagues were always aiming for—he would share his equation with the world and help as many people as possible become happier.

In Solve for Happy Mo questions some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence, shares the underlying reasons for suffering, and plots out a step-by-step process for achieving lifelong happiness and enduring contentment. He shows us how to view life through a clear lens, teaching us how to dispel the illusions that cloud our thinking; overcome the brain’s blind spots; and embrace five ultimate truths.

No matter what obstacles we face, what burdens we bear, what trials we’ve experienced, we can all be content with our present situation and optimistic about the future.

About Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer for Google [X], a serial entrepreneur and author of “Solve for Happy.”

Mo has an impressive combined career of 27 years, starting at IBM Egypt as a Systems Engineer before moving to a sales role in the government sector. Venturing in to the UAE, Mo joined NCR Abu Dhabi to cover the non-finance sector. He then became acquainted with the consumer goods industry as Regional Manager of BAT. At Microsoft he assumed various roles over a span of seven and a half years, in his last role at Microsoft he headed the Communications Sector across Emerging Markets worldwide.

Alongside his career, Mo remained a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than 20 businesses in fields such as health and fitness, food and beverage and real estate. He served as a board member in several technology, health and fitness and consumer goods companies as well as several government technology and innovation boards in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He mentors tens of start-ups at any point in time.

Mo Gawdat is the author of “Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy” (2017). Through his 12 year research on the topic of happiness, he created an algorithm and a repeatable well engineered model to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances of life. Mo’s happiness model proved highly effective. And, in 2014, was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali to preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. Solve For Happy is the pillar for a mission Mo has committed to as his personal moonshot, a mission to deliver his happiness message to 10 million people around the world.

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[tweetthis]"If you compare yourself to the rest of the world, you will always break the happiness equation." - @Solveforhappy[/tweetthis]

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Jun 9, 2017

 How does compassion plug into a healthy fitness program?

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  • Why perfect is the enemy of done
  • The "10 minute rule"
  • "Trending positive"  
  • Understanding "Activation Before Motivation"
  • Why certainty is the opposite of growth
  • What is your fitness personality?

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Jun 6, 2017

There's more to time management than meets the eye. In fact, productivity and good time management are key to unlocking greater health and wellness. When we have our energy, focus, and clear mind, any goal can be accomplished with a head-on approach. 

In a world where it's easy to be overwhelmed by messages, meetings, and task lists, how can we get it all done and avoid decision fatigue day after day?

Many of us are trapped by the belief that to be productive, we have to continue to stay busy and say 'yes' to every task, opportunity, or event that comes our way. However, that's the exact opposite of being good at time management.

Being busy doesn't necessarily lead us to be productive or successful. It's just adding on more and more stress that we have to struggle to handle. 

In fact, deciding to say 'no' to something doesn't just allow us to take time back into our own hands, but it also liberates ourselves from unworthy distractions too.

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On today's episode, public speaker, productivity coach, best selling author, and host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, Jeff Sanders, joins us once again to teach us how to be more productive, say 'no' and take our time into our own hands.

We'll learn from Jeff about different tools and life hacks that can help us get from Point A to Point B, schedule time into batch or theme days, stay clear from distractions, and discover our own purpose behind staying determined to move forward in our goals. 

Whether it's e-mails, task switching, or you're all over the place to get a project done, Jeff has the perfect piece of advice to help you manage your time. 

Listen To Episode 115 As Jeff Uncovers:

  • How he became such a thought leader in productivity.
  • What you can do to create the reality you want regardless of the reality you have.
  • What Jeff did to let go of the habit of being his own worse critic.
  • How can we be more productive? What does productivity even mean?
  • What is a batch day as far as productivity? How do theme days come into play?
  • How can we commit ourselves to having a regular batch day?
  • The importance of having a why or a reason for becoming more productive.
  • How to segment time blocks during batch days.
  • What tasks are better to do early on in the morning?
  • How the tool, Freedom, is helping Jeff stay clear of distractions like social media, emails, and more.
  • What are the benefits of theme days and how can they apply to anyone?
  • How we can give ourselves the freedom to dive deep rather than hold ourselves back.
  • The top excuses we tell ourselves that hold us back from being more productive and accomplish more each day.
  • Why we don't have to fall victims to saying 'yes' to everything that people ask us to do for them.
  • How does Jeff plan everything out while still having the time and energy to focus on his wellness?
  • Why health and wellness are so pivotal for our productivity and success.
  • Jeff's advice on how to get started on being more productive and creating better results:
    • Make a list of what's coming up in the near future.
    • Combine different tasks that have the same theme or are similar.
    • Find times in your calendar and assign batch or theme days.
  • Jeff's 2 Minute Rule for answering e-mails.
  • How can we switch from one task to the next without losing our focus?
  • Why we should give ourselves enough mental time to switch from a creative task to an analytical task.
  • How to know when it's time to rethink how we're managing our time.
  • Jeff's mantra that helps him become productive when he's busy or stressed.
  • The most important part of the day for us to change our state.
  • The power of saying 'no' or cutting tasks from your schedule.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Batch days can help us take advantage of the time that we have in a week. By focusing on related tasks on one day of the week, we can make better use out of our time and move forward with other tasks that we need to focus on for the remaining days.
  • Having a why or reason behind wanting to become more productive is vital for the entire process. You don't need to get a jump start at 5 am to begin the day. When you love an activity or task and have the motivation to do it, it'll be so much easier to commit yourself to getting something done. Saying 'no' to different tasks or distractions will help you stay on track with your goals and move you forward.
  • You can schedule out your tasks according to you energy cycles. Like Jeff, if you find that you're more productive in the morning compared to the afternoon, plan ahead to get strategic work done first thing in the morning before moving onto other basic tasks.

Power Quotes From Jeff Sanders

[tweetthis]"Once you realize that you control your own time, you control what you let into your life." - @JeffSandersTV[/tweetthis]

  • "If I can build myself up from nothing to five miles a day, a marathon is the exact same thing. You just keep growing and building. And in the same sense with my life, I ask myself, 'How can I add a little more each to day to what I'm already doing?' If I can see a little growth each day, then those bigger goals that once seemed unachievable, are actually possible." - Jeff Sanders on recognizing that any goal is possible. 
  • "When I stay committed to daily, incremental growth, it's much easier to envision what my next move is going to be." - Jeff Sanders on completing goals and tasks that can help us envision our future. 
  • "Productivity is very much like success. It's the progressive realization of our worthy goal or worthy ideal. All in all, making progress itself is success." - Jeff Sanders on what being productive means to him. 
  • "Rather than looking to your distractions as an excuse, think about what you could do with what you have." - Jeff Sanders
  • "Theme days allow you to stick to one specific project or idea for an entire day. Theme days not only help you schedule for when things are going to happen, but they also allow you to say 'no' to an activity or distraction because you've already chosen how you're going to spend your day. It gives you a clear sense of priority so that you know what matters today and what does not." - Jeff Sanders on the benefit of theme days. 
  • "Once you realize that you control your own time, you control what you let into your life. All of a sudden, you can shift gears completely and start to be more proactive on how your time is scheduled. Once you reach that point, your day becomes your own." - Jeff Sanders on how we can take control of our day and the time that is available to us.
  • "Health and wellness is what makes productivity possible. Health is really the number one goal because it makes everything else possible. If you want to get tasks done, you have to be healthy enough to do so." - Jeff Sanders on the importance of health and wellness when it comes to our productivity. 

About The 5 AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders

JEFF SANDERS THE POWER OF SAYING NO WELLNESS FORCE RADIO 115The 5 A.M. Miracle is a resource guide for high-achievers. It is for anyone who has a wild passion for life and is in search of a structured system that will hone those passions, clarify their big goals, and produce real, amazing results.

1. Begin Your Day the Right Way

Yes, it's true, I'm a big fan of early mornings. But, more importantly than waking up at an arbitrary time like 5:00 a.m., I'm a strong believer in intentionality. Choosing to wake up with a written plan is something most people just never do, and it's astonishing how much it can change your life once you embrace this single habit.

2. The 5 AM Blueprint: 7 Steps to Extraordinary Productivity

The bulk of the book breaks down my blueprint for unprecedented progress. From healthy habits and productivity strategies, to review systems and professional-grade daily routines, you will find more actionable content than you could possibly imagine.

3. Built-In 30-Day Action Plan

Let's not forget that at the end of the book I summarize the multitude of ideas into an easy-to-follow 30-day plan just so you have a clear plan of action.

About Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, author of the best-selling and award-winning book on productivity, The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast, and founder of The Rockin' Productivity Academy.

Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories, been nominated for 4 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 4 million downloads.

He is a 10-time marathon runner, personal development junkie, and passionate raw vegan. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at JeffSanders.com.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He has been married to his wife, Tessa for seven years. They live in Nashville, Tennessee with their quirky pug, Benny.

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Jun 2, 2017

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin from www.mindpupmedia.com chat with Josh Trent down in Austin, TX during the Paleo F(x) event.

Josh is the host of the Wellness Force podcast where he discusses all things fitness and wellness and has a great conversation with the boys. 

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May 30, 2017

Get ready for an incredible podcast as we discuss openly about food addiction and how to use natural foods to create a life where you no longer have to be a slave to junk food and the emotions that drive their consumption.

What is the real difference between the food cravings of our mind to calm stress and the body's signal that it's in need of real nutrients?

In a busy world, where big food advertising inundates us with immediate gratification through unhealthy choices, it can be easy to succumb to a quick fix from these feel good foods to pick ourselves up and give us that deep breath we're looking for.

But at what point does the occasional fast food meal, bags of chips, or candy purchases lead us to slide down the rabbit hole of uncontrolled and unhealthy habits that sabotage our wellness goals?

No matter how much we try to eat healthy, if our stress and sleep go unmanaged, it can be sometimes almost impossible to turn away from processed, sugary, and carb-laden foods. Even though that tasty Big Mac may bring us pleasure for just a brief moment, sooner or later we know that our food choices can backfire on us.

The moment we let our food cravings win, we may feel unwell, drained and maybe even depressed because yet again, we failed to make a healthy choice.

When a stressed-out mind demands junk food, what the body is really craving is natural foods, that provide us with specific nutrients that satisfy us deep down.

With patience, focus, and understanding, we can tune into the body to discover what natural nutrients it really needs to heal, thrive, and stay strong. Whether in our brain, gut, or thyroid gland, our bodies have this incredible ability to tell us when there's something wrong with our health.

Emotions, Habits, Food, & The Earth Diet

What emotions or physical sensations come to mind when you find yourself in a cycle of eating sugary, fried, junk food?

For Liana Werner-Gray, she was trapped in a constant shame spiral. Even though her food choices were constantly making her feel bloated, sick, and unhappy, she couldn't seem to shake off her sugar addiction.

Then one day, Liana received a life-changing wake up call. Doctors at the hospital discovered a pre-cancerous tumor in the lymphatic system in her neck. This discovery was just what Liana needed to begin the process to end her food addiction. Before she knew it, she was able to heal her body by eating natural foods.

Today, speaker, health advocate, podcast host of Hay House Radio, creator of The Earth Diet and author of The Earth Diet book, Liana Werner-Gray is helping thousands of people to lose weight, live a healthier life, and improve health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, addictions, depression, acne, heart disease, obesity, and more.

As we listen to her incredible journey on this special Wellness Force Radio episode, Liana teaches us about how she overcame her food addiction and found joy by focusing on The Earth Diet Principles, Body Maintenance, Shadow Work, and Mirror Work.

The Earth Diet Principles:

  • Eat from your backyard or from a local store that sells whole, seasonal foods.
  • Honor and acknowledge your cravings to make your own tasty, healthy recipes.
  • Include raw foods in your meals more often including juicing.

Listen To Episode 114 As Liana Uncovers:

  • Liana's background story about growing up in Outback Australia with aborigines.
  • How Liana became addicted to junk food when she left the outback to live in Brisbane City to study film and acting.
  • Liana's family and genetic history connection to addiction, depression, and cancer.
  • The steps Liana had to take to break her sugar addiction and depression.
  • Liana's wake up call that she needed to begin to take care of her health when she discovered that she had a pre-cancerous tumor in the lymphatic system in her neck.
  • How Liana began to fight back against her sugar addiction and write The Earth Diet Blog and only eat clean, nutritious foods from the earth.
  • What is shadow work and how does it help descend addiction?
  • The Earth Diet Principles
    • Eat from your backyard or local, whole, seasonal foods.
    • Honor and acknowledge your cravings to make your own tasty recipes.
    • Include raw foods in your meals more often.
  • What do you do if you don't have a backyard garden to eat homegrown foods from?
  • How Liana handles her food cravings with Shadow Work and the Earth Diet.
  • Liana's core principles to encourage self-love and self-care so that her healthy habits stick with her.
  • How Liana takes care of herself through Body Maintenance by spending an hour each day dedicated to focusing on her body.
  • What Liana focuses on during her Mirror Work time and how it helps her create a positive self-image.
  • How something as simple as juicing can help your body get better and healthy again.
  • Liana's process of trusting that what she's doing to improve her health is working for her.
  • What blocks people from living a healthy lifestyle?

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Juicing is one of the best ways to get in a ton of great nutrition at once. By creating a natural juice with only raw, nutritious foods, it's like drinking a daily vitamin that has so many wonderful benefits for our bodies. Some ingredients like beets can really clear out anything in the digestive system that's blocking the body from receiving the nutrients that it needs.
  • We need to focus more on our bodies as something powerful that we've been blessed with. To appreciate the body more, take time to do Mirror Work. Like Liana, take a moment to acknowledge what's in the mirror and accept it for what it is. If we have our health, then we have everything.
  • It might be difficult, but we need to trust the process of getting healthy. For Liana, it took just three months to begin seeing a difference in her health and for her tumor to dissolve by following the Earth Diet, exercising, and juicing everyday. It can be difficult to be patient and wait to see a change, but it's part of the healing journey.

Power Quotes From Liana Werner-Gray

[tweetthis]"The healthier we are internally, the healthier the choices we will make in every aspect of our lives." - @TheEarthDieter  [/tweetthis]

  • "It is easier to achieve a natural lifestyle when you are surrounded by like minded people who can help hold you accountable and who also share a goal of achieving a consistent healthy lifestyle." - Liana Werner-Gray
  • “When I was alone, a sense of anxious discomfort and heaviness would come over me.
    I wrestled with thoughts of going to get a pizza or a hamburger. After awhile I'd give in and
    then be so disappointed with myself. I would think, 'I blew it! The day is already ruined! I might
    as well eat more.' " - Liana Werner-Gray on how she used to struggle with her food addiction.
  • “Getting a tumor was a blessing in disguise. It gave me the extra push I needed to make a
    real change in my life. It finally brought me to the day when I thought 'This is it!" - Liana Werner-Gray on her wake-up call to live a healthier life.
  • "The best possible way to eat and be healthy is to be connected with the earth, to be in harmony with the earth, and to literally take food from our backyard. That's how we get the most nutritious value and a high vibration energy as well from food." - Liana Werner-Gray on how we can be more connected with nature through food. 
  • "At every single meal and drink, just think to yourself, 'Okay, how much nutrition am I actually getting from this right now?' The idea of The Earth Diet is to get nutrition at every single meal and with every single drink." - Liana Werner-Gray on how The Earth Diet can help you re-think your meals to make sure they're always nutritious. 
  • "Trust the body because the body will crave protein, fats, and oils. If you're craving those fried foods, there's a good chance that you're craving those fats for your brain. So instead of french fries, you could get healthy fat from avocados, chia seeds, or flax seeds." - Liana Werner- Gray on making the switch from junk food to natural foods when we have specific cravings.
  • "If I'm going to live to be 80 or 90 years old, I want to continue this practice of 1 hour Body Maintenance each day because until then I want to be flexible, enjoy good posture, and be in good physical shape for the rest of my life." - Liana Werner-Gray on the benefits of spending one hour each day to Body Maintenance. 
  • "The purpose of Mirror Work is to stand in front of the mirror and accept who we are. When I do Mirror Work, I discover things that I don't like about my physical appearance, but I know that I need to accept them to create this rich inner world and peace inside of myself." - Liana Werner-Gray on the benefits of doing Mirror Work. 
  • "We can't go wrong with eating nutritious foods every single day. We can't go wrong with eating more fresh foods that come straight from our backyard. And we can't go wrong with have fresh juice every single day." - Liana Werner-Gray on the importance of following a healthy, natural diet. 
  • "We all want the same thing. We're all striving for this soul journey to feel peace, full self-expression, and love. Even if we're addicted to it, nobody wants pain and suffering. Every single person wants to heal and stop what's making them suffer. We're all looking for something that can make us feel better and help us heal." - Liana Werner-Gray on what she's noticed is common among people from all over the world after visiting 17 different countries. 

About The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray

Beauty queen People’s Choice Miss Earth Australia Liana Werner-Gray got a wake-up call at the age of 21, when she was diagnosed with a precancerous tumor in her throat. Realizing that health issues were holding her back, including in her entertainment career, she decided to change her lifestyle. Through juicing and using the whole-food recipes shared in this book, Liana healed herself in only three months.
This success inspired Liana to create the Earth Diet and make information on the incredible power of plant-based and natural food available to others. She has since used her recipes to help thousands of people with cancer, diabetes, acne, addictions, obesity, and more.
When you get the essential vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients your body needs, you can’t help but feel better. In this book, you’ll find more than 100 gluten-free, nutrient-dense recipes that provide proper nutrition, tips for shifting out of toxic habits, and lifestyle recipes for household and personal-care products to help you heal in all areas of your life. The Earth Diet is inclusive, with recipes for every person, ranging from raw vegans to meat eaters. It also features specific guidelines for weight loss, boosting the immune system, increasing your energy, juice cleansing, and more. If you’re looking for great-tasting recipes to help you live your healthiest life ever, then this book is for you.

About Liana Werner-Gray

Liana Werner-Gray is a sought-after speaker and advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many negative health conditions including a pre-cancerous tumor, digestive issues and disorderly eating through embracing a natural lifestyle, Werner-Gray began lecturing and teaching about The Earth Diet internationally. Liana has visited 33 countries to date.

Hay House published Liana's new book "The Earth Diet" on October 28th 2014. Werner-Gray is the founder and owner of The Earth Diet, where she directs a team that helps people all over the world find recipes that work for them. Through her company, she has helped thousands of people improve, and in some cases even entirely heal, conditions such as cancer, diabetes, addictions, depression, acne, heart disease, obesity, and more.

Werner-Gray was born and raised in outback Australia, Alice Springs. In her final year of schooling at Charles Darwin University she received the school’s award for the arts, the Liana Nappi Award. She was named Miss Earth Australia in 2009 by People’s Choice, the third largest beauty pageant in the world. During the same competition, she was also awarded “Best in Environmental Speech,” “Green Achievers,” and the “Innovators Award.”

Werner-Gray has starred in films that received international praise and awards. She continues to work in the entertainment business, as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle. Her intention is to live her life the best she can, and hopefully to inspire others to live the lives of their dreams through a healthy lifestyle.

 

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May 26, 2017

The wiring of our limbic system is strung pretty tightly from infancy. If your Mama made lots of eye contact, you’re probably in the clear: The integrity of that wiring comes from early experiences of bonding, emotional closeness, security, and trust.

But unlike more recently evolved parts of our brain that constantly learn and change, our limbic system is a tough nut to crack.

One of the only things that can change our limbic response is other people.

We sync up to, adjust, and strengthen the systems of others through limbic regulation.

How To Wire Your Limbic System For Love

Like mind control, limbic regulation is the ability to “adjust and fortify one another’s fragile neural rhythms in the collaborative dance of love.” Relationships exist in open-loops and are reciprocal exchanges that constantly regulate the physiologies of its participants.

Psychologists poetically describe limbic regulation as a “shimmering conduit” to “tinker with one another’s psychology.”

We intermingle our rhythms and energies to regulate each other. Think of how powerful that is. Our physical body affects and is affected by other physical bodies. Consider yourself a source of energetic radioactivity.

You, by being you, impact another’s experience of themselves. This brings new light to the saying, “Who we are depends in part on who we love.”

This interview was inspired by Jessica's insightful and though provoking article "Wire Your Limbic System For Love

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Jessica Carson is a writer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and yoga/meditation teacher.

She started her career as a Neuroscience & Psychology Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), before entering the world of startups and venture capital. With a passion for psychology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, she now innovates new products for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Through her blog ColorfulCortex, Jessica offers a relatable and humorous perspective on psychological topics, including romantic relationships, entrepreneur wellness, and more.

Her mantra is to lead and support innovation in mental health and psychology, leveraging tools from technology to spirituality to support the journey of self-discovery.

 
May 23, 2017

Have you ever found yourself taking inspired action towards a new workout program or training regimen, only to wind up succumbing to an injury that keeps you from progressing? Have you ever been curious as to why some people get injured far more than others?

Exercise scientists and anatomists have been writing for centuries about the power of exercise as medicine, not only for cardiovascular heath, optimal strength, and blood circulation, but essentially for a better quality of life, supported through a body that can withstand the demands of our modern, sedentary, and even sometimes even over-trained population.

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In the USA, where desk posture and upper cross syndrome are affecting millions of men and women every year, what are the fundamentals we can all do at any age or athletic ability to progress our training, flexibility, and fortify our muscles to prevent injury?

Injury Prevention Through DCT

 

Today on the podcast, we're learning about a training technique called DCT or Dynamic Contraction Technique, that addresses these questions and much more from our friend, Licensed Physical Therapist and Founder of The National Resistance Stretching Association, Nic Bartolotta.

We're delving into new topics like flexibility vs. flex-ability, how to properly train our muscles using eccentric loading, and why Nic believes from working with thousands of clients and some of the top stars in the NBA that we all have what he calls a "second heart" in our lower extremities, and what stretching this second heart can do for our overall movement quality and wellness.

If you've ever had an injury or circulation issue that sidelined you on your wellness journey, or if you've been looking for a way to build up the proper range of motion without compensating your joints, this is going to be an insightful and thought provoking episode.

Be sure to listen until the end of the show where Nic discusses how to train flexibility using the ProFlex and RolFlex, and listen as he uncovers the most common mistakes that people make when training flexibility in new exercise programs.

He'll also finally answer the question that so many fitness pros have debated for years:

When exactly is the best time to stretch? And his answers may surprise you.

Stretching Your Second Heart

Can stretching mean more to our health than just something we do to warm up, cool down, or relax the body?

When was the last time you took time out of your day to focus on your body and stretch? Whether you constantly work out, have an active job, or work all day at a desk, stretching has this incredible power to heal our bodies.

At the age of 19, Nic Bartolotta was simply told by doctors that after years of gymnastics and diving, there was no more cartilage in his left knee and therefore no solution to his injury. However, Nic didn't believe that was possible and turned to both alternative medicine and resistance training to help him fix his knee. With passion and continuous persistence, Nic is changing the way we see stretching and physical therapy.

On today's episode of Wellness Force Radio,  Nic will share with us how proper stretching, leg movements, and exercise can help power the "second heart" in our calf muscles aka the soleus muscle.

Get ready to heal, relax, and strengthen your body through restrictive stretching. 

Listen to Episode 113 as Nic Uncovers:

  • How his personal background became a huge part of developing his professional career in alternative medicine and resistance training.
  • The challenge to find the right answers in order to fix Nic's knee.
  • Common misconceptions about what stretching actually is and how to properly do it.
  • What is DCT and what are the benefits?
  • What is myofascia and how can a massage heal other parts of the body because it connects every tissue of the body.
  • Which stretches can affect the myofascia or general muscles?
  • The difference between the fascial tension and muscle tension.
  • Why the calf and the lower leg is considered "the second heart" of the body.
  • How to reach out to a professional to help you with restrictive stretching and DCT.
  • What you can do on your own to improve your restrictive stretching and DCT ability.
  • The wide use of DCT tools like the ProFlex even among professional basketball players.
  • Flexibility vs Flex-Ability: what's the difference and how does Flex-Ability apply to everyone?
  • What creates knots and muscle tension in our bodies?
  • Common mistakes people make when beginning a new exercise.
  • When is the best time to stretch?

3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Physical movement throughout the day is important to ensure that we're pumping blood from our calves (the soleus muscle) back to our heart. Every time you run, jog, or just walk, you're working your second heart.
  • If we can learn how to treat our injuries on our own with different tools on a daily basis, this can be more efficient than going to see a physical therapist several times a week. Not that we don't need to see a specialist if we do have an injury, but it's so beneficial to our overall health when we have the ability to know what our bodies want and need.
  • Passive stretching is not as beneficial for our bodies as we might have once believed. What's better for our bodies is active stretching and always feeling at least a bit of tension in our muscles when we stretch.

Power Quotes From Nic Bartolotta

[tweetthis]"The ability to be able to flex a muscle is actually far more important than the ability to lengthen a muscle." - Nic Bartolotta [/tweetthis]

  • "When I initially started to work with clients, they would come in with all of these beliefs about muscle tension and stretching. Through this dialogue process, I would show and prove to them what stretching is supposed to feel like and what's possible in the body. After explaining all of that to them, they could never go back again to their original thoughts about stretching." - Nic Bartolotta on helping his clients to better understand the process of stretching through DCT. 
  • "Most people believe that stretching is supposed to be painful and that the sharp pain you feel when you relax into a stretch is what you're supposed to accomplish. However, when you resist with a muscle during the stretch and you don't relax, the muscle actually protects you from that pain. That pain is your guideline for how far you should go during the stretch." - Nic Bartolotta on common misconceptions about stretching. 
  • "With this understanding of how tension can affect blood circulation, you can turn your attention towards what it takes to mitigate problems and injuries." - Nic Bartolotta from his article,  Stretching Your Second Heart
  • "The calf or the lower leg is full of capillary beds and vascular veins so when you walk, jog, or run, the soleus muscle in your calf is pumping blood out of your legs and into your heart." - Nic Bartolotta on why the calf muscle, the soleus, is like our second heart. 
  • "If a person has edema, all they have to do is pump their ankles a bit to get the blood in the soleus muscle circulating again. However, if the soleus is so restricted with fascial or muscle tension, it won't be able to pump blood to the heart and that's when we want to use restrictive stretching and exercise." - Nic Bartolotta on what can happen if the soleus muscle is restricted and how restrictive stretching and exercise can help. 
  • "With the word, "flexibility," people think of someone who can lengthen their muscles or be able to do the splits. However, if we break up the word and change it into "flex-ability," flex means to flex or to shorten a muscle. The ability to be able to flex a muscle is actually far more important than the ability to lengthen a muscle." - Nic Bartolotta on the difference between Flexibility and Flex-Ability. 
  • "We can avoid traumatic injuries by looking at which joints need to flex and shorten versus which muscles need to lengthen and we get far more results when we do that." - Nic Bartolotta on the importance of joint flexing vs. muscle lengthening. 
  • "Going to physical therapy two or three times a week is good, but to learn how to do certain things on your own and to be able to do them a couple of times a day, is how you're really going to change your body." - Nic Bartolotta on the power of taking change into your own hands to heal your body.
  • "Passive stretching is absolutely something that should never be down before or after stretching. You should never completely relax a muscle into a stretch. You should always hold at least a little bit of tension in the muscle because that's going to tell you whether or not you're beyond your range of motion. If you can't contract a muscle, you shouldn't be in that position in the first place. " - Nic Bartolotta on how we should be stretching and how to do know if we're doing it right. 
  • "If I can go out there and change one person's perspective on health, than I can affirm with myself that I'm doing the right thing." - Nic Bartolotta's personal mantra. 

About Nic Bartolotta

Nic Bartolotta is the founder of the national resistance stretching association, and is a licensed physical therapist and holistic health practitioner specially trained as a flexibility and myofascial release expert. He is the co-founder of Range of Motion Products, maker of the Rolflex, and the creator of Dynamic Contraction Technique (DCT).

Nic got his start in alternative health as an injured athlete when he was 19, and fell in love with the profession and successfully resolved his own knee injury in 2001. So for the past 17 years plus, Nic has dedicated his life to learning about the body and pushing the limits of human performance by applying the principals of DCT to his own training and that of his clients and patients, including NBA favorites from the LA Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and others

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May 19, 2017

Do you often feel like you just "can't turn your brain off," or like when you lay down to sleep there's an annoying radio voice playing worrisome and overwhelming thoughts in your head?

For episode 002 of Wellness Force Friday, we're talking with Syanna Wand, a certified nutritional therapy practitioner who coaches women through the process of letting go of anxiety and stress. 

This interview was inspired by Syanna's powerfully vulnerable and authentic post from March 3/20/17 here on Instagram.

Wellness Force Friday is a special edition, bite-size podcast that fuels the start of your weekend with actionable steps for your wellness journey through an inspiring message or story from a trusted influencer who’s a positive force for the physical and emotional wellness of our global collective. 
 
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About Syanna Wand

From www.syannawand.com

"I'm Syanna, a Women's Stress and Anxiety Coach, and I'm thrilled to meet you! 

If you've ended up on my page, chances are you're searching for some answers and relief, and I'm here to tell you that you're in just the right place. 

Several years ago, I went through some incredibly painful and intense health issues which, as it turned out, stemmed from the stress and anxiety that plagued my mind and body on daily basis. In other words, my stress was killing me, and that's not a dramatization! 

Thankfully, I've always been pretty stubborn and determined, so I set out on a journey that would not only end up curing my life-long struggle with fear, worry and sickness, but also landed me right, square-middle in the life of my dreams, helping and guiding other women on the same path to total health and wellness. 

I believe in using a gentle combination of nutrition, exercise, mindset work and spiritual practices to bring your body and mind back into alignment and bring out the beautiful, stress-free woman inside of you who's just waiting to be set free! 

Even if you're thinking that you could NEVER imagine a life without overwhelm and angst, I assure you it's possible. I went from barely being able to get out of bed, obsessively worrying about my health, ruining all my closest relationships and having 7-8 anxiety attacks a day to absolutely thriving in and loving my life.

If I can do it, so can you."

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May 16, 2017

Rediscover Your Intuition Through Primal Living: 

Is our modern environment taking a too large of a toll on our physical, emotional, and mental health? Has the digital age led us to lose our primal intuition?

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Are we relying on technology too much to the point that we need data to tell us whether or not we've slept well, exercised enough, or become relaxed?

From a young age, health and fitness expert, author, and founder of  both Primal Blueprint and Primal Kitchen, Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple, has spent his life actively seeking information to help people live a long, healthy life. Today on Wellness Force Radio, he's sharing what it means to follow a primal life, an insight look into his upcoming book, Go Keto, and how to follow the Ten Guidelines of the Primal Blueprint Ethos.

Just because there's an app for anything and everything, it doesn't mean that we have to solely rely on technology to help us improve our mind, body, and emotional wellness. After all, our primal ancestors never had to rely on an app to help them survive so why should we?

As humans, it's in our nature to know, intuitively, exactly what we need. Whether it be nutrition, fitness, or sleep, our intuition knows what's best for us.

Paleo f(x)

In our modern and tech-focused society, this episode could not come at a better time. If you're like me, you've been using technology more and more every day for your wellness, health and fitness, and also online through social media to connect with people.

But in this world of online likes, shares, and facebook friends as well as conscious health tracking through wearables, a bigger question arises: have we lost touch with our most primal selves, the part of us that intuitively knows exactly how to form real, face to face personal connections, and in our ways of eating, moving, and sleeping for a life of wellness?

Today on the podcast, we're answering these questions and learning about how to create and sustain a primal lifestyle in this modern world from health and fitness expert, Mark Sisson.

Get ready for an in-depth and thought-provoking conversation with one of the most popular and profound influencers in our wellness world where we dive into topics like carbohydrate intake, fat adaptation, gene signaling and epigenetics, as well as Mark's personal ethos and story about how he overcame his own health issues to found Mark's Daily Apple, Primal Blueprint, and Primal Kitchen.

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Listen to Episode 112 as Mark Uncovers:

  • Mark's journey and mission to live a healthy life from an early age.
  • Why Mark began to eat a high-complex carbohydrate diet based on the books he was reading around the late 1960s, early 1970s and how that negatively affected his body.
  • How our own, personal intuition can help us create a sense of where our health needs to be at.
  • What skills we can use to help us curb our triggers to not over-eat when there is an abundance of food, but we're not even that hungry.
  • How we know whether or not we're following the primal living path.
  • The benefit of primal living and listening to our intuition compared to the guilt we can feel from app data results.
  • Mark's Ten Guidelines of the Primal Blueprint Ethos:
    • Eat lots of animals, insects and plants
    • Move around a lot at a slow pace
    • Lift heavy objects
    • Sprint once in a while
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Play often
    • Get plenty of sunlight
    • Avoid trauma and silly mistakes
    • Avoid poisonous things like added sugar
    • Use your brain
  • How scientists are using research about our ancestral genes to look at how different genes are affected by variables.
  • Why our modern environment is taking a toll on our bodies without us even realizing it.
  • What are epigentic studies and which variables can turn on the bad genetics in our bodies?
  • Why 'good' and 'bad' genes are a myth.
  • How inflammation can actually be a good thing for our bodies sometimes.
  • Great workouts to do on the go when you have long working hours or are traveling.
  • What Mark does to help him sleep better when he travels to different time zones.
  • How Mark uses intermittent fasting to his advantage when traveling.
  • What it's like to start following the Primal Blueprint and begin burning fat rather than sugar.
  • Why it only takes 21 days to create a change in how you eat and burn food.
  • What's the typical carbohydrate intake for the Ketogenic diet, weight loss, or effortless weight maintenance?
  • How to prepare your body to follow the Ketogenic Diet and why Mark uses any resource from Dominic D'Agostino as a reference.
  • For a beginner, how often should they be fasting per month?
  • How Mark's upcoming book, Go Keto, will teach us how to becoming intuitive with ourselves and prepare for the Ketogenic Diet.
  • The main differences between the Paleo and Primal ways of eating and living.
  • What Mark has learned from his wife, Carrie, about emotional intelligence and wellness.
  • How Primal Kitchen got its start as a new business for Mark.
  • What's included in the famous Primal Kitchen Mayo recipe.
  • Why coconut butter is a great go-to snack when you're feeling stressed.
  • What Mark plans to talk about at the upcoming 2017 Paleo f(x) event.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Wellness is not necessarily all about physical health. As Mark explains, wellness is about having a positive mindset and living in the moment. When we stop focusing on the past, we can fully feel contentment and joy.
  • The benefits and facts around Primal, Paleo, Keto, and intermittent fasting.
  • There is no such thing as 'bad' or 'good' genetics. Our genetics are turned on or off by different variables in order to help our bodies survive.

Power Quotes From Mark Sisson

[tweetthis] "Primal living allows you to develop the skills you need to get in touch with your body and  emotions." - @Mark_Sisson [/tweetthis]

  • "I may have looked fit on the outside, but I was falling apart in the inside. There was this inflammation that was gathering and building inside my body. I had osteoarthritis in my feet, tendinitis in my hips, and even irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) which pretty much dictated my life. I began this diet to be healthy, but all of a sudden, I was at the unhealthiest point of my life. I had no idea about what was going with my body." - Mark Sisson on his personal experience with the negative impact of following high complex carbohydrate diet. 
  • "It fascinates me that there are now 35 different wearable devices that tell you how poorly you slept last night, but there's nothing out there to really address the problem. I try to create an intuitive sense about my body's needs and I try to coach people to do the same." - Mark Sisson on the power of intuitive sense to help us understand our minds and bodies to make beneficial changes for our health. 
  • "Primal living means that you've dialed into several different aspects of your life so that you don't have to stop and ask a device, "What do I do now?" You get to the point when you know what to do and what choices to make. Your intuitive decision making process is going to serve you in that moment and in the best way possible." - Mark Sisson on what primal living means and how our intuitive sense can help us make the best decisions about our health. 
  • "Primal living allows you to develop the skills you need to be in touch with your body, emotions, and everything that draws us in to enjoy life." - Mark Sisson on the benefits of primal living.
  • "I don't want to ascribe genes as being 'good' or 'bad.' Genes are just doing what they're told to do. When you develop Type 2 Diabetes, that's not because of 'bad genetics. That happens because your human genes are addressing a problem that you've created with your eating and moving habits. Your body is just trying to prevent you from dying too soon from too much sugar." - Mark Sisson on why we shouldn't categorize genes as being 'good' or 'bad.'
  • "The Paleo and Primal diets are converging. Initially, the Paleo Diet was only a diet that looked at no dairy, alcohol, very low unsaturated fats, and was fairly restrictive. When I came up with the Primal Blueprint, I wanted to create a place where people could go and not feel excluded, but invited. So we included as many foods that made sense so we don't exclude dairy like cream, butter, artisanal cheese, and even whole milk for some people. Paleo has always been about the diet, but Primal includes the entire lifestyle." - Mark Sisson on the difference between the Primal Blueprint and Paleo Diets and lifestyles. 
  • "Thoughts are just thoughts and they're not reality. What we worry or agonize about only exists in our minds as imagination. My wife, Carrie, keeps reminding me that when I let those thoughts dictate how I feel in the present moment, they actually take me out of the present moment." - Mark Sisson on what he's learned from his wife, Carrie, about emotional wellness and intelligence. 
  • "Wellness is more of a state of mind than a physical presence. Wellness is this feeling of serenity and peace, but also the ability to not be caught up in feelings of worry, anger, or angst. Wellness is not about re-thinking about previous decisions or past mistakes. It's about being in the present moment and therefore being able to extract the greatest amount of contentment, joy, and fulfillment from now." - Mark Sisson on what wellness means to him. 

About Mark Sisson

Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and several other Primal Blueprint-branded books, and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

From its humble - and controversial - beginnings in 2006, Mark's Daily Apple has grown into one of the highest-ranked health information resources on the Internet, with some 3 million unique visitors each month. Mark, 62, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships to his credit.

Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosted 9 multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico from 2010-2014.

He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children.

Resources Mentioned by Mark & Josh

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May 12, 2017

For the inaugural episode of Wellness Force Friday, we're tapping into the inspiration from Jon Morrow via www.unstoppable.me with a spoken word piece that will fill your soul for the weekend.

"How To Accomplish Big Things, Even When You Feel Small"

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Welcome to Wellness Force Friday! 
 
A special edition, bite-size podcast that fuels the start of your weekend with actionable steps for your wellness journey through an inspiring message or story from a trusted influencer who’s a positive force for the physical and emotional wellness of our global collective. 
 
If it's your first time listening to the show, be sure to hit subscribe for access our more in depth and full-length featured episodes with over 100 expert guests where you’ll learn the best tools and ways of being to understand those connections between our emotions and healthy habits, to live life well and enjoy the process. 
 
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May 8, 2017

With the vast ocean of an industry that exceeds 122 billion dollars of supplements, pills, powders and elixirs in our wellness world, just exactly how do we decipher which things will actually work for the path we are walking in our personal wellness journey?

An even better question is how do we know which supplements to trust and what natural plant-based adaptogens will give us more sustained energy throughout the day?

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It should not come as a shock to anyone that the weight of our current responsibilities in this modern world are growing more every day. Combine this fact with all the social media, electronic, and technology distractions that pull us away from living a life of optimal wellness, and then how can we hit the reset button without wearing a bathrobe in the mountains for 5 days? (JK) :)

To help transcend overwhelm and excess stress, today on the podcast we're talking about the natural ways we can modulate stress and help to normalize our bodies by finding more balance.

We're talking with my good friend, Nutritional Therapist, and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Evan Brand, about using adaptogens; natural and phyto-therapeutic uses of plants to help us heal and give us more energy.

Functional Medicine Through An Ancestral Lens

If you been listening to the podcast for a while, you know that I've been a huge fan of Rhodiola Rosea as well as Maca for energy, so today on the podcast, if you've been curious about using adaptogens for wellness and energy this is going to be an awesome show for you.

I know you're going to love (just as much as I did) Evan's down-home, grounded and authentic personality where we dive into topics like functional medicine through an ancestral lens, how to get back in touch with your inner dialogue, letting go of "paralysis by analysis," what adaptogens and supplements are best to take with you while traveling, and one of my most favorite seven for seven rounds we've had yet on the show.

Be sure to stick around to hear Evan's take on the emotional quotient in letting go of old weight and how to use plants to give the type of healing that could never be produced in a lab.

What Are Adaptogens?

  • Adaptogens: Modulate stress responses and can help normalize body imbalances. By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress.
  • They enable the body's cells to access more energy; help cells eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process and help the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently.
  • Phytotherapy refers to the use of plants for their healing abilities. Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants: They help balance, restore and protect the body.
  • As naturopath Edward Wallace explains, "An adaptogen doesn’t have a specific action: It helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions."

Top 9 Adaptogens

  1. Rhodioloa Rosea: boosts endurance and fights depression (golden root)
  2. Ashwaghanda: helps to promote healthy levels of energy and sleep
  3. Schisandra berry: lowers inflammation, supports adrenal health, improves liver and digestion
  4. Maca: helps with reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance
  5. Cordyceps: considered the “ginseng of mushrooms” and are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina
  6. Holy Basil: has been found in many studies to be equivalent to many modern painkillers
  7. Ginseng: panax ginseng roots are proven anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar and can even inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer.
  8. Reishi Mushroom: traditional Chinese medicine uses reishi to "calm the spirit." Reishi, (literally "supernatural" mushrooms) have been used for more than 2,000 years, making them perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally. They can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure. Shawn Stevenson calls this "the mushroom of immortality”
  9. Licorice Root: increases energy, increase immune function

Listen to Episode 111 As Evan Uncovers:

  • What it means to look at functional medicine through an ancestral lens.
  • How Evan helps his clients through functional medicine and different tests.
  • What we can do to get back in touch with our human nature by getting rid of WiFi, blue light, and spending time with nature.
  • Evan's experience working for 21st Century Parks and how he fell in love with nature and forest bathing.
  • How to ingest adaptogens for optimal benefits to combat stress, fatigue, and enhance performance
  • What are the best adaptogens to help manage anxiety?
  • How to use natural ways of living and being to support homeostasis in the body.
  • Why more problems come from over researching and "information overload" which creates analysis paralysis that make people avoid doing anything.
  • What are the top three Adaptogens for balancing the body and nervous system: Perfect Acai Revive: Rhodiola Rosea, Cordyceps, Grape Seed Extract
  • The best foods and supplements to take on the road when traveling
  • How CBD oil and other healing modalities can support the well-being of those suffering from cancer and various health disorders
  • The right types of mindset and emotional intelligence that makes a difference when overcoming a chronic disease

Power Quotes From Evan Brand

[tweetthis] "What we've forgotten is how powerful nature can be to heal us." - @mrevanbrand [/tweetthis]

[tweetthis] "It's not what happens to you in life but how you respond to it." - @mrevanbrand [/tweetthis]

About Evan Brand

Evan Brand is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritional Therapist who is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional medicine. He is the creator of NotJustPaleo.com, one of the top 25 natural health podcasts on iTunes, and the author of three books including REM Rehab, Stress Solutions, and The Everything Guide to Nootropics.

Evan has been studying, practicing and teaching a natural health lifestyle for more than 9 years, and works with clients from a functional medicine perspective.
 
His work is deeply rooted in his own lifelong struggle with depression, IBS, and skin issues – which he later recovered from through his own research and experimentation.
 
Evan uses lab testing and a thorough intake process to discover the underlying causes of health symptoms, and a customized combination of nutrition, supplements, botanicals, herbs and lifestyle changes to address them. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and daughter.

Resources Mentioned by Evan & Josh

[tweetthis] "Be the type of person that wants to soak up every day." - @mrevanbrand [/tweetthis]

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May 2, 2017

Creating happiness in our lives, especially in this fast-paced modern industrialized world, can be a challenge.

Today on the podcast we're both honored and excited to share with you one of the most inspirational men in the health and fitness world, Bedros Keuilian, to share with us his incredible story and leadership insight garnered from over two decades where he cerated what he calls "The Immigrant Edge & The American Dream," built on the four pillars of happiness that Bedros has learned apply to all of us:

Money, meaning, health, and relationships, and the balance of all four is what truly creates a life of abundance and wellness that we all deserve, but getting there and working to maintain, is not a linear process for us, and definitely was not for Bedros.

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As you'll discover in this powerful conversation, where Bedros not only shares with us vulnerably, authentically, and powerfully about what he's overcome in life to create a global fitness empire, but how we can connect the dots and shine light on the contrast in our universal human journey. (that we all walk on this wellness path)

That is, how to overcome obstacles, and the mindset and ways of being we all can apply no matter what our past, because the story ahead of us is the one we write with the pen in our hand in this moment, right here, right now.

If you're open to inspiration, this episode is going to deliver on how we can become more emotionally resilient and apply these four fundamental pillars of happiness in our lives, no matter what the current reality.

Happiness, The Immigrant Edge, and the American Dream

Anger, guilt, confusion, and shame.

These were all emotions that Bedros Keuilian felt as he worked with his therapist to reconnect with the little boy he once was in Armenia during the Soviet Union era.

When Bedros was able to check in with himself and his subconscious thoughts, he discovered that his Immigrant Edge, American Dream, and self-belief are his tools to use for success, confidence, and happiness.

How can we let go of the past in order to regain happiness, inner strength, and self-fulfillment?

When we don't push forward in our lives, we may be pulled back into feeling negative emotions such as frustration, depression, and anxiety.

On today's episode of Wellness Force Radio, one of the fitness industry's most trusted consultant as well as both the Founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp and creator of the Fitness Business Summit, Bedros Keuilian, shares with us how we become emotionally resilient, discover adversity, and live the life that we want through The 4 Pillars of Happiness and HALT:

The 4 Pillars of Happiness:

  1. Money
  2. Meaning
  3. Health
  4. Relationships

Beat anxiety with HALT:

  • Hungry
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Tired

When you stop feelings of hunger, anger, loneliness, and being tired, you can also beat anxiety in its tracks.

This episode is a wonderful reminder that without the knowledge of self, we can't have money, meaning, health, or relationships.

Listen to Episode 110 as Bedros Uncovers:

  • Why Bedros identifies with the title as someone who "has the Immigrant Edge and the American Dream."
  • What is the "Immigration Edge" and why is it so important?
  • How Bedros teaches his clients about emotional resilience.
  • What Bedros did to change the money story that he previously knew of as a child.
  • Why Bedros now sees money as a point system that helps him elevate the kind of impacting he's making with his career.
  • How Bedros went from being $127,000 in debt to becoming debt-free and serving so many people through his business.
  • The business and life lessons that Bedros learned from his father by spending time in his tailor shop and seeing how he treated customers.
  • Bedros' 4 Pillars of Happiness
  • Why enough is never enough: you can always work harder to accomplish greater goals.
  • Why Bedros chose to work in the fitness industry to help gyms and entrepreneurs give their clients a better service.
  • How we can let go of anger and resentment to live a happier and successful life.
  • How Bedros' therapist was able to help him beat his anxiety with HALT.
  • The importance of dominating your life path and future by having closure with your past.
  • Why pushing forward and being productive helps us to be happy.
  • Why you "can't cut your family, but you can edit your relationship with them" and what it looks like.
  • Berdos' advice on why you don't have to talk about your next career, project, or goal with your family when you visit with them.
  • How we can let go from people who trigger our negative emotions? How can we keep calm and move forward with what we want to do with our lives?

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • When you want to start a new project, a career, or make a major life change, there will be people out there you will tell you that you can't do it or it's not a good idea. A lot of times, those people are our families and they will go against our dreams because they don't want us to fail. However, if you have a goal that you want to accomplish, you're more likely to do it when you don't tell your family about it. Don't tell you family about your business because they will probably only have negative thoughts about it. Instead, talk to people who are going to get excited with you and are there to encourage your dream.
  • When we are emotionally resilient and have experienced adversity, it is easier for us to let go from people and situations that trigger our negative emotions.  Experiencing a difficult moment can help us keep calm and move forward with our lives.
  • If you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it's okay to hit the pause button. Go ahead to cancel and schedule that meeting or task. If you want to succeed, put your self first and take care of yourself both emotionally and physically.

Power Quotes From Bedros Keuilian

[tweetthis] "If you grow your emotional and adversity quotient, you will be a well-rounded human that can deal with anything." - @BedrosKeuilian [/tweetthis]

  • "The immigrant edge mentality is about getting resourceful when you don't have any resources. You realize that no matter how bad things get in the USA, they're still better than in any other place in the world." - Bedros Keuilian on how he gained the Immigrant Edge during his transition from Armenia to the USA.
  • "Even if you have a job, go start a side project, be part of a charity, or do something like build a house in a third-world country with Habitat for Humanity. These experiences will give you the environmental exposure that allows you to build your emotional resiliency and adversity. If you can grow your emotional and adversity quotient, you will be a well-rounded human that can deal with any adversity or difficult factor when it comes. Not if it comes, but when it comes because stressful events are sure to come in anyone's life." - Bedros Keuilian on how to build emotional resiliency and adversity.
  • "Adversity is an advantage and I started to re-frame my thinking about negative factors. Anything bad that happens is actually a learning lesson towards something better." - Bedros Keuilian on the power of adversity.
  • "Enough is never enough. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing forever because I know that if I don't focus on dominating my path and my purpose, I will go deep into my darkness and the monster will come out. I will begin to think about what happened to me as a kid in Armenia." - Bedros Keuilian on the importance of doing what you love to do and how it helps to keep you moving forward.
  •  "When you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, it's so easy for your body to manifest anxiety and that's what happened to me. If I can stop myself from feeling those emotions, I can stop my anxiety in its tracks." - Bedros Keuilian on his therapist teaching him about HALT and how it helped him with his anxiety and negative emotions.
  • "It's highly important to process the negativity in your life. Negativity thoughts are like a computer virus. They may go into isolation, but you can never completely kill a computer virus and there's new software to cover it up. The moment you stop updating your software, that virus might just come back out again. Stay on your path of domination and do good because the moment you don't, you can go inward into the darkness and try to find problems that we need to  be"fixed" when in reality you're just delving into depression." -Bedros Keuilian on fighting negative thoughts and staying strong.

About Bedros Keuilian

Bedros Keuilian has spent the last 20 years as the genius behind some of the biggest names in the health and fitness industry.

At the age of 6 in 1980, Bedros and his family immigrated to the USA from communist Russia in Armenia on a search of a brighter future and opportunity. It was in those next two decades, where he faced incredible adversity and taught himself how to choose to forge a mindset of steel, and grow a heart of service to others, to become known as the one of the greatest mentors and successful business figures in the health and wellness world.

As the CEO and founder of Fit Body, recently listed as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing businesses of 2016, Bedros truly practices what he preaches, implementing the same formula for success in his life as a dedicated father, husband, and a pillar for his community that he brings to his fitness clients worldwide.

Bedros Keuilian is the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant. His various fitness businesses are designed to enable trainers to maximize their earning potential with revolutionary industry techniques.

Before constructing his fitness empire, Bedros owned five fitness gyms at once. After revamping his business model with direct response marketing and sales techniques, he began earning profit margins totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars from these locations alone.

He would then go on to found Fit Body Boot Camp. As the CEO and founder of Fit Body, currently the world’s fastest growing fitness chain, Bedros practices what he preaches, implementing the same formula for success that he brings to his fitness clients worldwide. Fit Body was recently listed as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing businesses of 2016.

Among Bedros’ innovations for the fitness industry are FitPro Newsletter and FitPro Magazine. These software systems help trainers capitalize on leads and increase profits.

Bedros also co-manages a publishing company that prints top-notch fat-loss programs from trainers across the globe. Trainers have sold thousands of book copies thanks to Bedros’ push in publishing.

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[tweetthis]"When you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, it's so easy for your body to manifest anxiety." @BedrosKeuilian[/tweetthis]

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Apr 25, 2017

Heal Your Immune System In Four Steps 

Antibiotics are supposed to help our immune system recover from viruses, diseases, and other illnesses, but what if they leave us feeling fatigued, unwell, or even worse over time?

With long-term use, can antibiotics actually hinder, not heal our immune systems?

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Besides antibiotics, pesticides and processed food ingredients are also all too common in our modern society. Unfortunately, these three can be the culprits behind health, mind, and autoimmune disease.

If we've developed an autoimmune disease over time, how can we fight back to regain our vibrant health, clarity, and strength?

On this episode of Wellness Force Radio, Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Founder and Director of The Blum Center for Health, and author of both The Immune System Recovery Plan and the upcoming bookHealing ArthritisDr. Susan Blum helps us discover how we can get to the the root of our autoimmune disease and recover our immune system in four steps:

  1. Using Food As Medicine
  2. Understanding Our Stress Connection
  3. Improving Our Gut health 
  4. Supporting and Detoxifying the Liver 

Listen to Episode 109 as Dr. Susan Blum Uncovers

  • How we can live a healthier life with the Four Fundamental Steps in her Immune System Recovery Plan.
  • The importance of discovering the root causes of modern autoimmune disease.
  • What is a healthy immune system? How does the gut, stress, food, toxins, and other factors come into play?
  • The power of functional medicine to heal the mind and body.
  • How is it possible that the number of people with an autoimmune disease has grown from 9 million to 24 million people since 1997?
  • The constant amount of stress that we are facing as a society and how it's affecting our bodies and minds.
  • Dr. Blum's experience with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and what she's doing to help other people discover and treat their autoimmune disease.
  • The danger of eating fish from the sea especially after Fukushima.
  • How to know if your thyroid and overall health is actually helping your mind and body..
  • How can long usage of medications or antibiotics affect the body?
  • What can food do to improve our health after taking antibiotics for so many years?
  • Why are plant-based diets and cultured foods so great to help gut health?
  • How can dairy affect our bodies? What can we eat if we're unable to digest dairy products?
  • How probiotics can help the inflammation throughout your entire body.
  • The connection between having both an autoimmune disease and a leaky gut.
  • What is dysbiosis and how does it affect the stomach?
  • What is glyphosate in products such as Roundup pesticide and how does it affect our gut's health?
  • Wheat Sensitivity vs Gluten Sensitivity
  • How an Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) test can help you discover if you have a general systematic autoimmune disease.
  • How stress can really take a toll on our bodies and how it can lead to autoimmune diseases.
  • The two stress systems: Hormonal stress and Acute stress
  • How we can we detox our liver to live a healthier life.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • We've all had moments when we say "I'm too stressed" or "I'm so busy with everything." Fortunately, we have the power to recognize that stress and turn our feelings around. We don't have to allow stress to take control of our lives. Instead, we can find productive ways to use it and handle it.
  • Regularly check in with your mind and body to see how you're doing. Taking a couple of moments each do to be mindful can help you recognize what your emotions or literal gut feelings are telling you. Meditate, walk, or journaling can help you get in touch with yourself and discover what you need.
  • Following the Four Fundamental Steps in the Immune System Recovery Plan, be conscious about what you eat and drink as well as your stress levels. Treating our bodies naturally is possible without taking so many antibiotics for long periods of time.

Power Quotes From Dr. Blum

[tweetthis] "Functional medicine can heal the gut, detoxify the body, and help manage and measure stress levels." [/tweetthis]

  • "Autoimmune disease is a malfunction in our immune system and there have been studies done to prove that certain factors disrupt our gut, stress and overall health. Functional medicine is an approach to treating and repairing the body. With functional medicine, we can heal the gut, get the toxins out of the body, and manage and measure stress levels." - Dr. Susan Blum on the power of Functional Medicine to heal our bodies. 
  • "Today, babies aren't developing the healthy microbiome that they need to support their bodies. According to the Hygiene Hypothesis, babies don't need to be so clean because it tones their immune system. They should get an exposure to dirt to help their microbiome be strong. Kids should be playing outside. It's okay for them to eat dirt and parents don't have to make everything so clean." - Dr. Susan Blum on how a healthy microbiome and gut system can develop when we're young. 
  •  "You're eating what the animal ate." - Michael Pollan on how what animals we consume, such as fish our poultry, can affect us because of the mercury in the ocean or pesticides in the animal feed.
  • "We don't have medicine for viruses, except for herpes. How can we recover from a virus? Our immune system naturally puts the virus into remission and that virus continues to live hidden inside our bodies. However, sometimes those viruses don't stay quiet and they can come back. That's when we have a problem with the immune system, but these four steps can treat that. By treating the immune system, you can also treat the virus." - Dr. Susan Blum on how viruses can be treated the same way we'd treat an autoimmune disease. 
  • "The number one most important influence on your gut microbiome is food. Vegetables and foods with fiber and vital nutrients feed the good bacteria and help it flourish. Think of your gut like a garden and what you feed it will determine what will grow in it. So you can either grow flowers with good food or weeds with bad food." - Dr. Susan Blum on how food influences our gut microbiome. 
  • "A plant-based diet and cultured foods are still king for encouraging the growth of good bacteria. If you eat cultured foods or take probiotics, you have a better chance at recovering the gut." - Dr. Susan Blum on how a plant-based diet and cultured foods or probiotics can really help our gut thrive. 
  • "We all know that stress has this great control over us, but the fact is that we really have to take it to heart. We really have to believe that it's having an affect on us so that we can take steps to change what's happening. Try to think of it as if we have these 'stress auras' around us, but stress is actually the way our bodies are responding to them and we do have control over that." - Dr Susan Blum on the importance of recognizing how stress is affecting us and that we have the ability to take control. 
  • "Keep practicing your self-care and keep it a priority. Check in with yourself to make sure that you're being true to who you are. We all have a North Star that's within ourselves that's there to guide us and that's also our intuition."  - Dr. Susan Blum on the best piece of advice she received to keep her health strong while working hard at her career.
  • "Wellness is really about balancing our mind, body, and spirit. It's learning about who you are and finding happiness. Wellness is charting a path towards health with a positive outlook. It's about living your life to the fullest." - Dr. Susan Blum on what wellness means to her.

About Dr. Susan Blum

A true pioneer in Functional Medicine, Dr. Susan Blum has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. She has a voluntary faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine, is helping to transform our healthcare system.

As the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. A Preventive Medicine and Chronic Disease Specialist, Dr. Blum is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. She has appeared on Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, and is regularly quoted in Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook. Dr. Blum’s mission for Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personalized healing experience by creating a partnership with her patients while providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care skills for changing health habits.

Through Dr. Blum’s medical practice, education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, she empowers her patients to stop covering up symptoms in order to actually treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby combating—and most often curing—the chronic-disease epidemic.

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[tweetthis] "Treat self-care as a priority. Check in with yourself to make sure that you're being true to who you are." [/tweetthis]

 

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Apr 18, 2017

Have you ever shame spiraled after a "cheat day" or eating a piece of food that's not on an approved list?

Shouldn't creating healthy eating patterns really be all about self-care and self-love?

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How can we take all of the obstacles we face each day and really use them to help us make empowered decisions for ourselves? On this episode of Wellness Force Radio, lifestyle coach, sports nutritionist, founder of Sexyfit, and author of The Sexyfit Method, Zlata Sushchik, teaches us how we can deeply connect with our bodies, create a fresh start with our health, and gain our own confidence and powerful mindset.

In this interview, Zlata uncovers how we can avoid being a "diet robot" that's compelled to always keep up with the rules, regulations, and latest "trends" around food and fitness. As you'll learn, no single diet or exercise plan made for every person, because we get to discover what makes us feel good about ourselves by trusting and honoring the process.

Listen to Episode 108 as Zlata Sushchik Uncovers

  • How Zlata's mother and her Russian roots in Moscow have influenced her career in the health and wellness industry.
  • Zlata's story from moving from Russia to the USA (Alaska), getting her start in the fitness industry with bodybuilding, and her relationship with food.
  • Why Zlata created Sexyfit to help her and other women create a healthy relationship with food and love themselves.
  • How our health problems can actually be a blessing that leads us to live healthier lives.
  • Zlata's experience starting out as a wellness coach and helping coach her best friend shed 70 pounds.
  • What it means to be Sexyfit.
  • Zlata's 5 Key Steps in the Sexyfit Method:
  • How trend hopping around diets eventually leads us to stop doing them and discover food freedom.
  • How the Sexyfit Method differs from the Whole 30 and other nutrition methods.
  • What was Zlata's Mirror Work moment and how it helped her analyze her relationship with food.
  • What are the emotional triggers that attract us to food?
  • How you can create a new dialogue with your body and stop self-sabotaging it.
  • What both Zlata and Josh have done to help them change their state of mind about their bodies.
  • Zlata's view point on weight lifting vs. simple exercise.
  • Why exercising should be about honoring your body.
  • How we're responsible for our own happiness and self-love.
  • What can sabotage a busy mom's own health and wellness plan.
  • Why selfishness is not a bad thing: We have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of other people.
  • What's eating most people today and what affects us on a day to day basis.
  • Why it's so important, but scary for people to take a closer look at their emotional inventory and come to terms with it.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • You don't have to be a "diet robot" that follows all of these different fitness and nutrition rules and regulations. Healthy is something you create for yourself. Discover and enjoy whatever keeps you motivated to stay on track with your wellness.
  • Don't see your poor health as something to be ashamed of. Instead, see it as a blessing that you're recognizing that you want to take control of your health and wellness. We all have to start somewhere.
  • Each day, you have the opportunity to wake up and honor your body. Do the exercises that you want to do whether it's cardio, HIIT, or LISS. Sometimes, some workouts like CrossFit won't bring us the same joy that other ones can provide for us. Just because your favorite workout isn't hardcore like CrossFit, it doesn't make it any less beneficial for your mind or body.

Power Quotes From Zlata Sushchik

[tweetthis] "Words shape our present and future. We don't need more restrictions. If there is anything that we do need, it's freedom." [/tweetthis]

  • "We must understand that all of the different parts of the body are connected. If you're constantly fatigued, your body is giving you a sign that you need to pay attention to it. All your body really wants is just attention." - Zlata Sushchik on the power of listening to our bodies. 
  • "It is possible to live in peace. It is possible and available at any time. To achieve it, we need to pay attention to how external chaos influences us internally and how we pick up on energies and mirror those reflections." - Zlata Sushchik on paying attention to ourselves. 
  •  "There's no one definition of 'sexy' just like there's no one definition of 'success' because that's something that we truly cultivate for ourselves as women and that's truly where we shine in being different in our own way. Our bodies are different, our lifestyles are different, and we must honor that in order to feel at home in our body and with who we are rather they buy into the ideas of what we're supposed to look like." - Zlata Sushchik on what 'sexy' means.
  • "Sexyfit is about understanding who you are, how you feel, and doing things your own way." -Zlata Sushchik on what Sexyfit is all about. 
  • "Words shape our present moment and shape our future. We don't need more restrictions in our diet. If there is anything that we do need, it's freedom. Freedom doesn't come from restriction. Freedom comes from empowerment and making choices based on what's true for us." - Zlata Sushchik on how we should be empowered to make the choices we want to make about food and not restrict ourselves. 
  • "There's this idea that every workout has to be intense and insane, but half of my workouts are a mix between walking and meditation. I believe that simple fitness is really the best way to connect with our bodies and to connect with our movement. Fitness is not therapy. Use fitness as a way to honor your body and movement. Don't torture yourself with crazy workouts that don't feel good to you." - Zlata Sushchik on why we don't need to do intense workouts like CrossFit. 
  • "The true wealth is our health. It's really important for us to honor the relationship we have with ourselves when it comes to trust, communication, respect, kindness, and compassion. Just like everything else in life, it takes work. It's not something that's just given to us and it's not something that's so simple unless we have the right tools." - Zlata Sushchik on the importance of honoring our minds and bodies. 

About Zlata Sushchik

Zlata Sushchik is a lifestyle coach, sports nutritionist and founder of an online fitness
coaching company called Sexyfit. She grew up in Moscow, Russia but moved to Alaska (USA) at 16. During her career as a fitness competitor, she won top 5 placements at 26 shows including 3 national titles. She's been featured in Muscular Development, Flex Magazine, Rx Fitness and more.

Her powerful message of The Sexyfit Method has helped tens of thousands of women let go of old weight by providing virtual nutrition, fitness and accountability coaching towards healthier, happier and sexier lives.

She's known for her no-nonsense, no BS approach to health and fitness and at Sexyfit. Her focus is to create a foundation for sustainable living to help women get in shape and most importantly, create the habits that work for modern wellness.

About The Sexyfit Method by Zlata Sushchik

What's Eating You? The Sexyfit Method by Zlata SushchikSexyfit was created out of the notion that every woman is sexy in her own way and deserves to feel confident in her body. Zlata Sushchik helps women break up with unrealistic beauty standards and escape the “I’m not enough” mindset, as well as the guilt and anxiety around food. Zlata has combined her fitness knowledge with the expertise of the more than 300 top researchers, coaches, and nutritionists whom she on  interviews on her podcast .

“The Sexyfit Method” is a complete five-step formula designed for women to create the body they love on their terms. What makes this approach unique is the combination of cognitive psychology practices, research-proven nutrition strategies, and simple fitness, all of which Zlata marries with useful tips to stay accountable and motivated for life.

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[tweetthis] "Just like 'success,' there's no one definition of 'sexy.' As women, we truly shine when we're different in our own way." [/tweetthis]

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Apr 11, 2017

How can understanding the secret biological and emotional connections hidden deep inside our fat help us let go of old weight, discover individual wellness, and rekindle a trusted relationship with our body?

On this episode of Wellness Force Radio, biochemist and author of The Secret Life of Fat, Dr. Sylvia Tara teaches us why fat is such a complex endocrine organ that can control our minds and how we can use that knowledge to our advantage for weight loss and more energy.

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Our Individual Connection With Fat

There is no one-size fits-all weight loss plan because our age, gender, genetics, as well as bacteria and viruses all play a role. 

Forget everything that you thought you knew about fat and discover how you can create an individual approach to losing weight and loving the skin you're in.

Listen To Episode 107 As Dr. Tara Uncovers

  •  Why Dr. Tara wrote, The Secret Life of Fat, as an educational tool for us to use.
  • What is fat? Why is it so easy for some people to lose weight and difficult for others?
  • Why do we shame ourselves for our weight? When did we start judging our bodies?
  • What changed society from bracing fat to fearing it?
  • Dr. Tara and Josh share their fat loss stories and what has helped guide them to embracing their bodies.
  • Why fat is so amazing and how it connects with our bodies, emotions, metabolism, and behavior.
  • The analogy of money and fat in the body: glucose is cash, glycogen is a checking account, and fat is a certificate of deposit.
  • What is leptin and how does fat regulate it? How does it affect our food cravings?
  • What are the daily habits we can make to ensure that we continue to keep the weight off?
  • Why we should keep in mind different hormones to keep off weight: insulin, ghrelin, and leptin.
  • How intermittent fasting has helped Dr. Tara keep off her unwanted fat.
  • As we age, other fat burning hormones such as estrogen and testosterone begin to decline.
  • What do sumo wrestlers eat and what happens to their metabolism when they retire?
  • The difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
  • What can allow us to release adiponectin so we have fat stored as subcutaneous versus mesentery or visceral fat: cardio, HIIT, working out at night vs. the morning.
  • How genetics, age, gender, viruses and bacteria all have different roles that play into how much fat we store.
  • Why women are predisposed to pack on more fat than men because of their biology and hormone levels.
  • Dr. Tara's tips to staying on your nutrition and exercise plan.
  • Why we feel like a failure if we skip a day in our plan because of dichotomous thinking.
  • Don't fall into a shame spiral. Take a break from your diet if you need and get recharged to get back on it again.
  • Why sleep is so good to help our hormone levels and elevate our stress levels.
  • The most fascinating fact that Dr. Tara learned during her research: that fat can control our mind. It controls our appetite and how affects how we think about food.
  • What leptin replacement therapy is and how it could be used to help people control their weight. 

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • If you're a woman, don't let the thin female models on the covers of magazines send you into a shame spiral. Women are naturally predisposed to pack on more fat than men because they are meant to store their fat for energy. Also, when women workout, they release more of the gherkin hormone which is why they're hungrier than men afterwards. It's not a bad thing that women store more fat and have hunger cravings after hitting the gym, it's completely natural.
  • How much fat each person stores is completely unique to them because there are so many factors to consider (age, genetics, bacteria, gender). To approach weight loss, we need to create an individualized plan for ourselves. Know which foods help or hurt your weight loss goal and which type of workout benefits your body that most. Don't limit yourself to eating you favorite foods; just try to stick to your plan. Create a plan that works for your body, mind, and schedule.
  • Don't be upset with yourself if you fall off your nutrition and exercise path one day. We're only human and taking a break is okay. We need time to recharge our batteries and get motivated to eat healthy and workout again.

Power Quotes From Dr. Sylvia Tara

[tweetthis] "We don't all lose weight the same way. You have to find a diet that just works just for you. " - @SylviaTaraPhD [/tweetthis]

  • "The Secret Life of Fat is about having a better idea of what fat actually is and to stop believing in all of these myths about fat loss." - Dr. Sylvia Tara
  • "Once I learned about fat and what it does with our bodies, it was actually really empowering. Fat has so many tricks to stay on our bodies and it can do amazing things. It's an endocrine organ so it can release hormones into our blood stream that can affect our behaviour, our appetite, and our metabolism." - Dr. Sylvia Tara on the power of fat.
  • "We don't all lose weight the same way and that's why it's so important to tailor a diet that works for yourself." - Dr. Sylvia Tara
  • "When you've lost weight and you're feeling less satiated and more hungry, just remember that your body and its leptin levels are driving you to get that fat back on your body. It takes a lot of drive and determination to not give into cravings. This feeling can even last for years and it's important to have that inner drive to keep off the weight." - Dr. Sylvia Tara
  • "People think that sloth and gluttony are the only reasons why people gain on weight. However, genetics, age, gender, as well as viruses and bacteria all have a role in how much fat we actually store." - Dr. Sylvia Tara on how we actually store fat vs. how we used to think we store fat.
  • "If we feel uncertainty in our daily lives, whether over a medical test, job offer, or family situation, the lingering doubt depletes our willpower. Starting a weight management plan during such a time of uncertainty makes it more difficult to persevere. If it is possible to ease the stress in your life before starting a serious attempt to change your lifestyle do so. Successful weight management requires the ability to take challenges in stride and maintain your diet and exercise plan." - Dr. Sylvia Tara on how to set up the mind so we can focus on losing weight. 
  • "Once you get on a shame spiral, it's hard to get off of it. Not only will dichotomous thinking affect your diet plan, but other factors of your life as well. People with dichotomous thinking tend to have more depression, more eating disorders, and a lot more unhappiness in their lives." - Dr. Syliva Tara on how dichotomous thinking can negatively affect our minds and bodies. 
  • "Dieting is hard. It's a long-term commitment and you have to fight a lot of urges to stay on it. However the rewards are good. It might be hard to go through and stay on a diet for awhile, but you also get a lot of rewards. You gain a control of your life, can buy clothes at the size you want to be, and so many other benefits. Choose to follow a diet when the timing is right for you and the commitment will be worth it. " - Dr. Sylvia Tara on her own difficulties with staying on a diet. 
  • "Anger is a very strong emotion. What helped fuel me through this wellness transformation was my anger and vengeance towards my fat. Use your negative emotions and direct them in a way that you will win in the end." - Dr. Sylvia Tara on how we can use our anger and other negative emotions to fuel our motivation to lose weight. 

About Dr. Sylvia Tara

Sylvia Tara holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

She was a healthcare management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and has worked for the world’s largest biotechnology companies.

After an extended battle with fat, Dr. Tara became fascinated with its resiliency and embarked on a mission to better understand it. This book is the culmination of years of research and interviews with physicians, patients and leading scientists. The Secret Life of Fat will forever change how you think about this misunderstood organ.

Resources Mentioned by Dr. Tara & Josh 

 

[tweetthis]"When we're losing fat, we're actually remodeling your body's tissues and that's not an easy process." - @SylviaTaraPhD[/tweetthis]

 

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Apr 4, 2017

The digital world is growing faster than ever, but how it is really helping us to create better wellness, loving relationships, and true happiness in our modern world?

On this episode of Wellness Force Radio, sociologist, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and the author of Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness, Dr. Anna Akbari shares how we can and find both happiness and wellness in a digital world.

Listen and learn how to bring more wellness into your life as we dive deep into a discussion about career and life choices, relationships, and money in today's modern life

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Think Like A Startup

To change her life, Dr. Akbari had to start analyzing each of her decisions like a startup company would approach them.

Even though Dr. Anna Akbari had a wonderful career in New York City and academia at New York University and Parsons New School for Design, she eventually realized that it was not enough to sustain her happiness and wellness forever.

Following just one career path was not all that Dr. Akbari wanted to succeed at during her lifetime. She knew deep down inside that there had to be something more.

One day, she woke up and finally decided it was time to pivot her life. Craving nature, new work projects, expanding her career and life possibilities, Dr. Akbari made the plan to move to California. Academia was her comfort zone but she knew she could be happier if she added more practical passions to the mix.

Pausing our lives, pivoting, and making a major change isn't the easiest choice, but it could be what changes the direction of our journey forever. 

Happiness Architecture

How we can design our lives so that we can create the life that we want.

Mental models hold us hostage in thinking that there's only one singular path that we have to follow to be happy and successful. Like a startup trying new tactics and finding better solutions, we can invert the truth about how a life should be lived and begin anew.

We can afford to take chances, unlearn something, and innovate. We don't need to make a geographical change like Dr. Akbari did by moving from New York City to California, but we can find new ways to reinvent ourselves and be more open take chances.

When we get outside of our comfort zone, we can make it easier for ourselves to pivot our lives in order to increase our wellness and happiness. 

The 3 Part Formula for Happiness & Success

If we get to a point in life where we know we can no longer stay with the same unrewarding job, a lot of us need to pivot our careers or find a new place to live like Dr. Akbari did to rediscover her wellness and happiness. While moving to a completely different location or leaving our work field for another career may not be entirely feasible, there is a formula we can use to evaluate and choose our next move.

During our interview, Dr. Akbari shares her 3 Part Formula for Happiness and Success and how we can apply it to our lives.

Simply ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Passion: What is something that you are passionate about?
  2. Practicality: What are you skilled at or could be good at?
  3. Audience: What does your audience demand?

If all of these three areas successfully intersect, then you've created your own secret sauce for happiness and success.  

Listen to Episode 106 as Dr. Akbari Uncovers

  • Why Dr. Akbari decided to title her book, "Startup Your Life" and how it relates to her personal life.
  • What her experience was like during the 2008 recession as a working professional.
  • How "pivoting" can help us improve our careers, relationships, wellness, and more.
  • The biggest pivot that Dr. Akbari has made in her life when she decided to leave New York City.
  • Happiness Architecture: Digital Happiness in our modern world.
  • How Dr. Akbari is able to handle decision fatigue throughout the day.
  • What digital happiness can look like in 2017.
  • How we can design our lives so that we can create the life that we want to create.
  • What Dr. Akbari did to invert all of her assumptions about what would happen if she left NYC and took a chance to move to California.
  • How do we know if we should drastically change our environments or stay where we are?
  • What can we do to get rid of some of the facts that we used to believe about ourselves? How can we get rid of old software to start anew?
  • Why Dr. Akbari decided to include the following quote in her book from Paramahana Yoganana: "Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.”
  • The 3 Part Formula for Happiness according to Dr. Akbari.
  • How we can strategically spend money to help our feelings of well-being and security.
  • Can love and relationships really thrive in this digital age? How does each gender play a part?
  • How do men and women feel empowered in the world of technology? How do we socialize without technology?
  • Why ghosting is one of the most selfish things a person can do in both their personal and professional lives. 

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Pivoting can help us improve anything we want to actively change in our lives. Our careers, relationships, or wellness can all benefit from pivoting. We can become better "pivoters" when we don't invest in the idea of what our singular outcome will be. If we keep an open mind and if we're experimenting with how we'll get to where we want to be, then the constant feedback will help us readjust our input. It's always good to remember to not be too over-attached to something that wasn't even feasible in the first place.
  • Relationships, both personal and professional, have changed because of all of the new digital technology. We're so used to online dating that for someone to actually come up to us and ask us out in person can seem strange and even intimidating. The digital age has really affected the roles that both men and women play in relationships. Now there are all of these new terms like catfishing and ghosting that are really affecting our relationships with each other. We've gotten so used to moving from one relationship to the next through dating apps, they we don't take the time to really dig deep into one relationship.
  • Conventional pieces of wisdom such as "money cannot buy happiness" is affecting the way we see money today. What a lot of people don't realize is that without money, we don't have the ability to create, thrive, nor relax. How we spend our money can affect our wellness and happiness. If we spend our money more strategically by investing in experiences, it can help build long-term happiness compared to buying objects. If we're worried that a life decision will set us back financially, we have to be honest with ourselves. Will it just slightly lower some of the luxuries that aren't bringing us happiness or will it threaten our well-being and security?

Power Quotes From Dr. Anna Akbari

[tweetthis]"If you follow your heart and you keep the 3 Part Formula in mind, then you will be happy." - @annaakbari[/tweetthis]

  • "Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.” - Paramahana Yoganana
  • "The actions I did weren't necessarily glamorous decisions, but they were actions that many people think are out of reach for them. The difference is that I was trying to figure out life hacks and how to do things that might immediately seem inaccessible. That is what startups do all the time. That's what they have to do all the time to be relevant and to beat out the major competition. The more I applied that thinking to my life, the more of an edge I got and the happier I was." - Dr. Anna Akbari on how she was able to startup her life.
  • "It's easier to be happy in the sludge. Much of our life is spent in the sludge. It's not all spent in those top-of-your-game milestones. We think that achieving those milestones will make us happy, but it's really all of those in-between moments that we have to sort out along the way that bring us joy." - Dr. Anna Akbari on how working towards achievements is what brings us purpose and makes us happy. 
  • "As devastating as it was, I think the 2008 recession was actually really liberating for a lot of people. A lot of my friends and peers had been relatively unhappy in their life and career paths. Then everything that they had always taken for granted was pulled out from underneath them. So they thought to themselves, "Well, I should just go do what I want to do if this career that I don't want to do isn't secure anymore." - Dr. Anna Akbari on the effect of the 2008 USA recession and how people realized that they could change their careers to something that they love to do. 
  • "Stop investing in so much of what the initial idea of what your singular outcome can be. If you're always thinking about what you're working toward and if it's only towards one thing, then you're not going to be open to a pivot. Any kind of shift in your focus or in the outcome is going to feel like a failure and an unacceptable outcome." - Dr. Anna Akbari on what can hold us back from pivoting and therefore making a successful change in our lives.
  • "We've been taught over and over again that we should focus on one thing and really excel at it so that we can climb the ranks. But that's not the correct path for a lot of us; especially if we have different interests or just want to diversify our income. Following a singular path is not the only or right path for most people." - Dr. Anna Akbari on why pivoting and changing our paths can be the right thing for a lot of us. 
  • "When I started following my heart and not doing just what was immediately professionally practical, all of these new professional opportunities for success started flowing in." - Dr. Anna Akbari on how her biggest pivot to move from New York City to California helped her find happiness in her career. 
  • "We're at this interesting point in time when technology is such a crucial element of our lives and it affords us so many wonderful conveniences and yet, as we all know, it simultaneously diminishes and deteriorates the quality of our lives." - Dr. Anna Akbari on digital happiness.
  • "Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and also makes live easier bring us so little happiness?" - Albert Einstein on how technology can bring us very little happiness. 
  • "Wherever you go, there you are." - Josh Trent
  • "The more that we can keep our minds ripe and ready for change, the better we will be. Constantly pushing yourself out of your comfort zone or introducing new variables into your life will keep you fresh." - Dr Anna Akbari on how we can be open to change and be rid of old software or false beliefs. 
  • "Your opportunity for both success and happiness is at this intersection of what you're passionate about, what you're actually skilled at or could become skilled at, and what people are demanding. If you can find an intersection of those three things and use that to interrogate which passions are viable and which aren't, you're going to have a much smoother and happier path." - Dr. Anna Akbari on her advice to clients on how to interrogate their passions for happiness and success.
  • "When it comes to money and happiness, it's less about specific numbers and more about the choices that surround those numbers. Studies find that the amount of money you make matters less than how you spend it. While money alone can't buy happiness, strategic spending can significantly enhance your well-being." - Dr. Anna Akbari in chapter 8 (Hustle and Grow) of her book, Startup Your Life. 
  • "Finding happiness is not so much in trading to a new novelty, but rather digging deeper. Really taking the time to put in the work is the key component with relationships."  - Dr. Anna Akbari
  • "To follow my heart and not just always be thinking about being practical. If you follow your heart and you keep the 3 Part Formula (passion, audience, and practicality) in mind, then you will be happy." - Dr. Anna Akbari's advice on being happy. 
  • "Everyone has their tipping point when they know that something is a breaking point for them. We all have to decide what that is for us and submit to it when that time comes. Embrace it and reflect on it so that we can grow. We don't grow the most when we're actually thriving. We grow the most when we've had some kind of failure and are forced to reflect and make something of it." - Dr. Anna Akbari on what we can learning from trying something new. 
  • "We might not like everything that we see happening in the world and we can't always change all of that, but we can decide how we're going to design our lives and how we want to touch the communities that we encounter on an every day basis. " - Dr. Anna Akbari on what kind of legacy she wants to leave. 
  • "Wellness is about creating balance. Whether it's sleep, diet, exercise, or meditation while also never forgetting the value of spontaneity." - Dr. Anna Akbari on what wellness means to her. 

About Dr. Anna Akbari

Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and writer.  She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, as well as the Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual and virtual self-presentation, technology and human intersects, dating and interpersonal relationships, and happiness and well-being.

Akbari is the founder of Sociology of Style, which takes an intelligent approach to image and well-being and offers holistic image consulting and life coaching services.  She also created the Sociology of TV, which offers videos and white papers on the social significance of television media in public spaces.

She is a partner in HVCK, an innovation consultancy, and the co-creator of the Silicon Valley Insider's Edge video series for entrepreneurs and enterprise employees.

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Mar 28, 2017

The brain is the ultimate governor of the body. Without it, we wouldn't have strong muscles, healthy emotional wellness, good gut health, and the ability to perform to our highest potential each day.

We've always known that the brain is a powerful organ, but without it, we wouldn't have such an amazing connection with the rest of our body. 

Today on Wellness Force Radio, Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist at Clinical & Sports Consulting Services and co-author of the latest book, The Brain Always Wins, Dr. John P. Sullivan, teaches us how our brain has the powerful ability to help us deeply connect with our emotions, make good decisions, and build relationships within our tribe.

 

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Hydration. Nutrition. Sleep.

As long as we provide these three essential daily activities to our lives, our brain will always win.

Power Your Life

We work so hard to be perfect, but the brain doesn't want us to be perfect.

Perfection causes anxiety and trauma. What we really need is consistency. The brain craves consistency that is in line with our daily hydration, nutrition, and sleep. Without all three elements, we wouldn't be able to move and perform as well.

Today, Dr. Sullivan will help us answer the ultimate questions, "How do we show up powerfully in our lives? How can we train for both brain performance and brain health?"

How can both a top performing athlete and a busy parent manage and enhance their mental health by focusing on good hydration, nutrition, and sleep?

What do our brain waves, meditation, and emotions all have in common? How does both our brain and gut function to help us thrive and perform each day? Tune in to find out.

Listen to Episode 105 as Dr. Sullivan Uncovers

  • What fascinates Dr. Sullivan about the brain and how his career began.
  • Why Dr. Sullivan placed the following quote by Francis Crick on his website and what it means to him: "There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.”
  • Dr. Sullivan explains what he means by calling the brain a "governor" throughout his book, The Brain Always Wins.
  • Why does the brain always win? Why is the brain the leader of our bodies?
  • How come our brains are so much larger than great apes? What is the benefit of this?
  • What is the contrast between athletes and high performers vs busy parents? How can the MUSE headband help?
  • The benefits of meditation to combat not stress, but the trauma we experience in our lives.
  • A look at the 5 major sections of brain waves: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.
  • The proper way to nap for brain health plus the difference between napping and sleeping.
  • What's the best amount of time to take a nap? Do you need 10 minutes or longer to get the full benefits from napping?
  • How our brains are able to detoxify while we sleep.
  • When we're stressed, does the brain produce more toxins that need to be washed during a sleep cycle?
  • The importance of water and staying hydrated to keep our nervous system healthy.
  • If we don't have sleep, hydration, or food, we simply cannot move and that's why the first three or so necessary to create a healthy brain.
  • Training for brain performance and training for brain health: How do we do both? What's the correlation between professional athletes who train hard and people in every day life?
  • How can we train or vagus nerve to have a better connection between the gut and the brain? How does the vagus nerve benefit us?
  • Sport Psychology practices that athletes put to use that we can also use: the power of music for our brains, heart, vagus, and more.
  • How can Ketosis help us have a healthy brain?
  • The best way to keep your mind in a consistent state of flow and combat fatigue while traveling between time zones.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Our quality of health including muscle, nutrition, and heart function are all in service to our brain. Our brain has a solid part and a place in everything concerning our health and wellness. We can improve our health and keep it in top condition with three factors: hydration, nutrition, and sleep.
  • The brains is the governor of the body and is wired to help us survive. Thanks to our evolution, with our brains we have the ability to hone in on our background environment and  predict at least a minute ahead of time of what will happen next. It's because of our ability to first feel and then think that allows the brain to always win.
  • Unlike great apes, we're able to make emotional connections that allow us to make good decisions. It's because of our emotions that we're able to evaluate friendships and stay connected within our tribe. We're not made to be isolated from other people and our emotions help us to stay balanced.

Power Quotes From Dr. John Sullivan

[tweetthis]"Our brain is wired to survive, but we can to certain things day to day to make it more resilient." - @BrainAlwaysWins[/tweetthis]

  • "There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.” - Francis Crick 
  • "Heart health, maintaining lean muscle mass, nutrition and a multitude of other factors all serve the brain. They are not in service for isolation; they are in service to our brain. If we don't think about our brain as the vehicle for our personal performance, our quality of life, our ability to give  to others and to give to ourselves, then we're really missing a critical point." - Dr. John Sullivan on his take on the above Francis Crick quote. 
  • "Excellence is grounded in the billions of neurons between our ears. Arguing this point also comes from the same neurons between our ears." - Dr. John Sullivan
  • "Human variation starts with the brain and I try to assist people to have a better quality of life or better performance in certain situations. The brain's function is not "cookie cutter"  because it's not the same pattern for everyone. But because we're uniquely wired to survive, everyone has these strengths that they can bring to the table." - Dr. John Sullivan on his fascination with the brain. 
  • "Central to our life is our brain health. Without our brain health, we don't have health and then we don't have performance." - Dr. John Sullivan on why the brain is the governor of the body.
  • "The brain always wins because it's a predictive organ. It's always giving us consistent information about our health. It is incredibly efficient in helping us get information, understanding what that information means, and using that information to benefit our health. The brain always wins because it is designed to survive." - Dr. John Sullivan on why the brain always wins. 
  • "There is no such thing as mental toughness or grit. These are re-packaged terms with very poor science. Everyone's ability to perform on any given day is based upon their health." - Dr. John Sullivan on what it means to have a strong mind. 
  • "Life is not about stress. If you look at neuroanatomy, life is about trauma and it's either a little "t" or a large "T." Trauma requires rest and recovery which meditation provides." - Dr. John Sullivan on how meditation can help us with trauma.
  • "We can all expect stress or some type of challenge, but we have to plan for the recovery so that it all balances out. Only then can we become resilient, evolve, grow, and adapt." - Dr. John Sullivan on the power of rest and recovery when we're stressed out.
  • "Our culture is all about work, work, work and we've lost the idea that rest is where it all comes together." - Dr. John Sullivan on the benefits of rest.
  • "Our brain is wired to survive, but we can to certain things day to day to make it more resilient." - Dr. John Sullivan on how to make our minds stronger. 
  • "You don't have to be perfect. In fact the brain hates perfection because it induces anxiety and it creates more neurological stress. We only really need consistency to have a happy brain. Looking at our ancestors and evolution, if we needed perfection, we wouldn't have been able to survive as a species." - Dr. John Sullivan on why we're not wired to be perfect.
  • "What we've learned is that we think first and then we feel, but it's actually the other way around. We feel first and then we think. It doesn't work any other way than that because the limbic system was designed for survival." - Dr. John Sullivan on the purpose of our emotions. 
  • "Any important decision we've ever made in our lives has been made on emotion. The more important the decision, the more emotion is involved. This why emotion regulation is so key to decision making." - Dr. John Sullivan on why are emotions are so important to help us make decisions. 
  • "Wellness is having an individualized, thoughtful, and flexible approach to being able to be healthy and meet life's demands." - Dr. John Sullivan on what wellness means to him.

About Dr. John Sullivan

John P. Sullivan is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist. He has over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience, and for the past 16 years he has worked with the same team in the National Football League (NFL) coordinating clinical care and sport science.

Dr. Sullivan’s experience also includes such work within the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, English Premier League, The English Football Association, Premier Rugby League, Australian Football League and Olympic national teams. He is an expert consultant for the military and law enforcement in regards to both welfare and performance needs.

He has established expertise with psychophysiological profiling and developing cognitive abilities (e.g., decision making, complex reaction time, and read-and-react abilities) of elite performers. Dr. Sullivan uses various markers such as, Central Nervous Systems Assessment - DC Potential, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), Electroencephalography (EEG), Accelerometry/GPS, Multiple Object Tracking (MOT), Optic Flow (OF), and biofeedback to determine optimal training loads, recovery interventions, and maintaining as well as enhancing cognitive capabilities in performance environments.

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Mar 21, 2017

Worthless.

That’s how Amanda Steinberg felt in her late 20s. She had bottomed out financially, emotionally—everything. She’d worked herself to the bone to showcase herself as a 21st Century working mom, and like practically every college-educated woman she knew, she'd followed what seemed like straightforward steps to building the perfect post-feminist life.

It was at this gut-check moment, in debt and emotionally spent, when she realized that she was "worth it," and so are you. 

 

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As a female, have you ever felt like you could not achieve the same financial success as others because of your gender or present situation?

Have you struggled to let go of old weight and society’s expectations of what you should do with your life?

For women who believe they need money to be enough, are afraid they’ll never achieve financial success, or feel stuck in their present situation, this episode is for you.

We are all worthy of financial success and feeling empowered about ourselves.

Despite gender inequality in the workforce and how society views and values money, women have the ability to take the idea of financial success and make it something of their own.

We don't have to allow society's structure and regulations to prevent us from creating a successful relationship with money because we're worth more than that.

Rewiring our Perception of Self-Worth Around Money

What are the stories we tell ourselves in relation to money around society?

For decades, situations and circumstances have shaped the household roles of both males and females. Males have been the providers and women the nurturers.

This idea has been branded in our minds. Society tells us that males cannot be the nurturers nor females the providers. Fortunately, this idea is slowly changing as females are discovering their self-worth and net worth.

Today on Wellness Force Radio, Founder & CEO of DailyWorth, founder of WorthFM, and author of Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms, Amanda Steinberg shares how she’s helping women find their inner strength to let go of old weight and gain financial freedom.

Roots & Wings: Create Your Own Rules About Money

At a young age, Amanda observed the burden that money had on her mother. She saw first-hand the pressure that her mother experienced to make sure that she had enough money to pay the bills and provide a comfortable life for her family.

At one point or another, we can all relate to that same pressure that Amanda’s mother faced. We’ve all experienced the pressure to “be enough” and have a baseline of “normalcy” according to our financial self-worth.

We’re pressured to have enough money to provide for the perfect family, have the best possessions, or to fit our role according to our gender. Unfortunately, because of this pressure around normalcy and money, some women might feel held back from achieving their own financial success.

We’re afraid that we’re not worthy because of how we show up to society.

On this episode, you will learn that despite what society has told us, financial freedom is attainable for anyone. Money shouldn’t be a burden according to our background, gender, or knowledge.

One day Amanda learned an important lesson from her mother that has helped her to let go of old weight and rewire how she perceives money.

To be financially secure, we just need two things: Roots and Wings:

  • Roots are your assets such as real estate, investment, and owning a business.
  • Wings are your cash flow including credit and income.

Join us in listening to Amanda as she shares how we can rewire our perceptions about money and gain financial freedom.

Listen to Episode 104 as Amanda Uncovers

  • How is financial security defined? What does it mean for different people?
  • What we perceive as clarity and control around money versus the reality of our own circumstances.
  • How money can create stress and harm our personal wellness.
  • Amanda's childhood and the paralyzing pain that she and her family experienced because of money.
  • Amanda's experience with debt and the steps she took to reevaluate her personal finances.
  • How a hip-hop poetry artist and a spiritually elevated human rights advocate named Rha Goddess helped Amanda re-program her thoughts on money.
  • The shift in society regarding the role that both men and women have with money.
  • Why Amanda was living a life that she thought she was supposed to live out of fear of not fitting in. Why Amanda forced herself to live a life that didn’t suit her at all.
  • How Amanda created a new story about money to fit her life and needs.
  • How women can write their own rules to live their own lives with roots and wings.
  • The new financial narrative for women in 2017: How does money impact their wellness?
  • Josh's experience with money and how it represented pain for him when he was younger.
  • How we learn about money habits from our parents and other sources.
  • Amanda's strategy to rewire thoughts about who she is and her relationship with money. To rewire her thoughts to not see herself as a spender anymore, but a saver.
  • The challenges women face to become leaders in the corporation world.
  • How the social norms are changing as far as women being nurturers and men being the providers.
  • Amanda's goal to help people to become more comfortable with who they are and what roles they want to take on.
  • How a couple can begin to balance their money and keep their family in a constant state of financial wellness.
  • The importance of figuring out what is important to you i.e. travel, a home, technology so that you focus on spending your money on that and not on something that is not as important to you.
  • How to discover Positive Net Worth: Ask yourself what you're invested in, what do all of these financial terms mean for you? Where is your money and how is it being directed?
  • Amanda's favorite money tools to help you re-evaluate your personal finances.
  • Amanda's plans for 2017 and her new book, Worth It.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • We do not have to learn money habits from only our parents. There are other sources out there that can act as good examples to help us achieve financial stability and freedom.
  • Society doesn’t define our relationship with money. We do. Despite our previous income status, experiences, our gender, we can let go of old weight and begin a new relationship with money. We can start fresh and gain control of our personal finances with clarity.
  • Our society has wired our brains for years to believe that only men can be the main providers and women the sole nurturers. But times are changing as both genders can either be the provider or the nurturer.

Power Quotes From Amanda Steinberg

 

"Our feelings and relationship around money have very little to do with the actual circumstances of our finances." - @AmandaSteinberg

 

  • "My life and work are dedicated to the reinvention of financial advice and financial services so that anyone, regardless of circumstance, gender or knowledge level, can experience the thrill of money clarity and control." - Amanda Steinberg
  • "Our feelings and relationship around money have very little to do with the actual circumstances of our finances." - Amanda Steinberg on achieving clarity and control with money.
  • "As women, we can't really fulfill our potential until we understand our money. I'm trying to support this shift for women in the workforce so that it doesn't feel like work and they don't feel bad about it." - Amanda Steinberg on the current shift for women in relation to money and work.
  • "Worthless. That’s how I felt in my late 20s. I had bottomed out financially, emotionally—everything. I’d worked myself to the bone to showcase myself as a 21st Century working mom, and like practically every college-educated woman I knew, I had followed what seemed like straightforward steps to building the perfect post-feminist life." - Amanda Steinberg on her own struggle with money.
  • "If women are disassociated from finance as our culture has required it, women are never going to be able to take care of themselves and it's going to perpetuate this impossible situation." - Amanda Steinberg on the motivation to help women become financially independent and manage their money better. 
  • "Debt led to doubt; doubt spiraled into despair." - Amanda Steinberg in her new book, Worth It.
  • "All you need are roots and wings." - The piece of financial advice that Amanda Steinberg's mom gave her.
  • "This baseline of normalcy has set it up so that people are so afraid to be judged by others. We don't realize that anyone's judgement of ourselves is actually more about them than anything to do with us. Where do these expectations even come from? Give yourself the freedom of space." - Amanda Steinberg on the social pressures that we face every day and how to ignore them.
  • "We shape our identities to protect ourselves from pain. So, when we start to dismantle some things that we realize don't have to be entirely true, it can be really painful. It's confronting and really uncomfortable. But it can bring clarity to recognize which statements cause us pain and those are the ones that we need to get rid of in our lives." - Amanda Steinberg on how we can rewire our thoughts around money and ourselves.
  • "All of your Truth exists because you arbitrarily chose it for no reason long ago and then collected evidence. That's it. Except for: be nice to people, be honest, love wins. Otherwise, all bullshit.” - Carl Richards
  • "Humans are really starting to realize that we are the creators of our world, we are not victims of it." - Amanda Steinberg on how we are gaining more confidence to do what we want with our lives.
  • "Women have been programmed to be self-less, dependent, and bad with money. I am overtly and expressly helping women to reprogram themselves so that they are self-full, independent, and can live life by their own definition." - Amanda Steinberg on how she's helping women redefine themselves.
  • "What's important for women is to realize that we have been impressed upon us by society that we are valued when we are selfless and giving. That makes it very hard for women to even think about money because it feels like a selfish thing. For the man, he has been told that he will be successful when he has monetary success and he is a provider. So, for the man to release some of that over to his wife and to not feel like he's being emasculated, it's equally as challenging."  - Amanda Steinberg on the struggle society faces to see the female and male roles with money in a different light.
  • "Revenue solves all problems." - Amanda Steinberg's own mantra when she faces something difficult.

About Amanda Steinberg

Amanda Steinberg is the founder & CEO of DailyWorth, the leading financial media company for women publishing financial and business advice to millions of women daily. She is an international business leader, public speaker and author on the topic of women and money.

After launching DailyWorth in 2009 to bring a fresh voice and an outsider’s perspective to personal finance, Oprah selected her to the exclusive SuperSoul 100, while Forbes named her one of 21 New American Money Masters.

She is also founder of the new digital investing service, WorthFM, which received front-page coverage in The New York Times Business section, and the author of Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms.

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From the founder and superstar CEO of DailyWorth.com—the go-to financial site for women with more than one million subscribers—comes a fresh book that redefines the relationship between women, self-worth, and money. Worth It shows women how to view money as a source of personal power and freedom—and live life on their terms.

Millions of women want to create financial stability and abundance in their lives, but they don’t know how. They are stuck in overwhelming confusion and guilt, driven by internalized “money stories” that have nothing to do with what is really possible. As the founder of DailyWorth.com, a financial media and education platform, Amanda Steinberg encounters these smart, ambitious women every day. With this book, she helps them face their money stories head on and wake up to the prosperity that awaits them.

Worth It outlines the essential financial information women need—and everything  that the advisers don’t spell out. Steinberg gets to the bottom of why women are stressed and anxious when it comes to their finances and teaches them to stay away from strict budgeting and other harsh austerity practices. Instead, she makes money relatable, while sharing strategies she uses herself to build confidence and ease in her own financial life.

Through her first-hand experiences and the stories from other women who’ve woken up, Steinberg’s powerful and encouraging advice can help women of any age and income view money as a source of freedom and independence—and create bright financial futures.

Resources Mentioned by Amanda & Josh

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Mar 13, 2017
We are genetically wired to eat more and move less; it’s no wonder most people fail to achieve health and weight-loss goals. But there is a solution.
 

In this episode, Robb Wolf defuses the guilt and morality around changing your eating and lifestyle habits by teaching how to radically change your life using personalized nutrition, the ancestral lifestyle, and loving connected relationships that unlock your best health. 

Robb Wolf, Host of the Paleo Solution Podcast and author of The Paleo Solution, shares about his new book, Wired to Eat, his story of how he overcame his own health issues after struggling for years, and what he's discovered from decades of research about human nature and finding optimal wellness. Robb's new book digs into the details of how you can turn off cravings, rewire your appetitie for weight loss, and determine the foods that work for you.

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Robb is an expert in the fields of Paleo Nutrition and ancestral health, yet he's also open about how he believes himself to be in the same health and wellness journey that we all are. The truth is that it can be hard to let go of old weight because we might be afraid to fail again, but Robb is here to with a message of science and experience that there is a solution.

Wired To Eat

Have you or the people close to you ever struggled with cravings or an appetite that can sometimes seem out of control? Have you ever felt anger or frustration about your relationship with food?

You are not alone. 

There are millions of people in the country and across the world that feel that exact same way. Listen to episode 103 as Robb Wolf uncovers the scientific reasons why we are all wired to eat and how this modern world and big food system is set up to capitalize on our biology.

Utilizing a 30 day reset and a 7 day carb test, Robb unpacks how this will help determine what amounts and types of carbohydrates your specific body can tolerate. No more guessing, because now we can all find out for ourselves which foods we can and cannot eat, instead of relying on some BS one-size-fits-all frame.

After over 100 shows this goes down as one of Josh's top 3 most in-depth, authentic, and powerful conversations he's ever had on Wellness Force and Radio.

Discover how to turn off cravings, rewire your appetite for weight loss, and determine the foods that work for you!

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Wired To Eat explains how more willpower and better discipline are not the missing pieces to health and fat loss. Our genetics are working against us in the modern world of super tasty foods. In this new book you will learn about neuroregulation of appetite and how hyperpalatable foods can bypass our built in “off switch”, causing us to eat far more than we otherwise would. The genes that made our ancestors successful are setting us up for troubles today. You will learn how sleep, gut health, stress, exercise and community can work with or against our goals of health and leanness.

With Wired To Eat you’ll embark on a program to rewire your appetite and regain your health. We will start with a 30 Day Reset that will normalize the neuroregulation of appetite and help us not only to eat the right amount, but also begin to appreciate simple but delicious meals. After the 30 Day Reset we will use the 7 Day Carb Test to map what specific carbohydrate foods we do best (and worst) with. This will move us beyond one-size-fits-all dietary dogma and into the modern world of Personalized Nutrition.

Wired To Eat includes over 60 whole-food recipes and includes meal plans for the 30 Day Reset as well as for autoimmune and ketogenic diets.

Wired To Eat Bonuses: 

These bonuses are only available to those that pre-order the book by March 21st. After that, the bonuses go away. When you pre-order a copy of Wired to Eat, Robb and his team will send you:

Master The 30 Day Reset

Our Step by Step Guide to Wired to Eat and putting the new principles into practice.

Your Blood Work And You

William Cromwell, MD, Discipline Director, Cardiovascular Disease at LabCorp is an expert in the world of individualized healthcare and interpreting your blood work. In this 1-hour interview, we discuss the ins and outs of what to look for in your blood work and how to interpret your results

Bonus Chapter: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

What would you have if academia, the government and media all conspired to give us the wrong dietary advice? You’d have Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

THRIVE On The 30 Day Reset

What food should you keep in stock to make it through 30 days of resetting your appetite? Robb has partnered with Thrive Market to offer you a curated list of all your pantry staples at 25-50% off retail, plus a $20 gift card to Thrive Market (available for residents of USA only).

Listen to Episode 103 as Robb Uncovers

  • Robb's response to when people say they do not believe in Paleo and ancestral health: the evidence is there that it works and it's helping people.
  • How Paleo health got its start with just a couple of thousands of people studying and researching it.
  • The emotion and story behind Robb writing his upcoming book, Wired to Eat.
  • How the human race has evolved in such a way that it's difficult to eat healthy with our current environment: food to order, a variety of flavors, processed foods etc.
  • Why we have a mindset that we can't be healthy even as we're watching other people do just that.
  • It's hard to make changes in our lives because we're afraid to fail or look bad.
  • How Robb struggled with his own health and inherited genetics.
  • Despite his success as an author and podcast host, Robb has always been able to stay level-headed and stay true to himself.
  • What Robb has learned from watching other people in the industry and how he used that point of view as an opportunity to decide how he would present himself to the public.
  • How Robb's mom's health scare with her gastrointestinal health led to Robb taking a closer look at his own health and adjust his nutrition to follow the Paleo diet.
  • Robb's experience adapting to a Paleo based diet and the success he has had with it.
  • How Robb met his wife, Nicki, when he moved to Chico, California and the unknown link their mothers shared by having the same rheumatologists.
  • The impact of the death of Nicki's mother from rheumatoid arthritis and how Robb wishes he could've helped her based on what was able to help his mother.
  • How Robb's 30 Day Reset plan can help people take a closer look at their nutrition and improve their lives.
  • Robb and Josh dive deep into a conversation about the neuroregulation of appetite and personalized nutrition tools.
  • How our modern world has taken away the positive impact of our natural optimum foraging strategy and why we have palate fatigue.
  • What we can do to avoid distractions and really focus on what our appetites are telling us: when we're truly hungry and when we're full.
  • The dessert effect: When we decide to go ahead to eat dessert even though we've just polished off a huge meal.
  • The normal fed state: what it is and how it varies from person to person depending on several factors such as stress, sleep, genetics etc.
  • The idea of calories in and calories out simply doesn't work. We need to balance our activity and nutrition out. If we're very active, we need  more nutrients, but if we have a low calorie day, we're naturally less active.
  • If we get into an over-fed state, we're overweight, but our brain cannot sense it because it's become numb to the feeling of over-eating food.
  • How Robb came up with th30 Day Reset Program in Wired to Eat and why it's only 30 days: It's not a long time, but enough time to collect necessary information to help the person see results as far ar their:
    • Protein
    • Fiber
  • The mission behind the 7 Day Carb Test: it helps people to see the impact that different carbohydrates have on their bodies and minds.
  • Robb's experience with the Ketogenic Diet and what advice he would give to people who follow it or a low-carb diet.
  • The blood-glucose monitors that Robb offers on his website and what it can tell you about yourself in accordance with different parameters such as food and sleep. 
    • Precision Xtra Glucose+Ketone meter
    • Dexcom Continuous Glucose monitor
  • Are finger pricks really necessary to tell us about our blood-glucose levels? Robb shares how technology is making it easier for us to learn about our bodies and what we can do to modify our daily habits for better health. 
  • How becoming a parent has helped Robb become more patient with both himself and others.
  • What it was like for Robb to write his second book, Wired to Eat and some of the hurdles he had to jump to make sure his voice was heard in the book.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • What have we got to lose from trying a diet like the Paleo diet? If we're doing all that we can to help our health, but nothing is helping, simply changing your focus on nutrition could be the solution. Change can be difficult but with Robb's 30 Day Reset Program and 7 Day Carb Test, we'll be able to see that making small changes to our diet really isn't that difficult after all.
  • Our modern world has stolen the positive impact of  the natural optimum foraging strategy that was passed down to us by our ancestors. This is why we experience palate fatigue after we eat the same processed foods over and over again. The Paleo diet brings us back to that optimum foraging strategy so we can avoid palate fatigue. What our bodies and minds need is a variety of healthy, nutritious foods that can help us function better.
  • Our bodies have a gut, health, and brain connection and The 4 Pillars of Health have a great influence over this connection. The 4 Pillars of Health are Sleep, Movement, Community, and Nutrition. Our genetic and environmental factors can either make it easier for us to overeat or if we're able to balance the 4 Pillars, we can manage our nutrition.

Power Quotes From Robb Wolf

"Eat whole foods, get outside, move a lot, sleep like you are on vacation, and surround yourself with loving relationships." - @robbwolf

  • "If we understand how our world has changed, our genetics are wired for a different world, we can free ourselves of the shame and missed placed morality associated with you and hearing difficulties of change. We can finally stop bleeding ourselves for our inability to lose weight and get healthy." - Robb Wolf in Wired to Eat
  • "We are genetically wired to eat more and move less; it’s no wonder most people fail to achieve health and weight-loss goals." - Robb Wolf in Wired to Eat
  • "The fact that the Paleo diet can be difficult for some people to follow indicates that there is a mismatch between our genetics and our current environment. Everything that made our ancestors successful and everything that brought us to where we are today is the reason why changing our diets can be difficult." - Robb Wolf on why it's difficult for people to follow healthy diets like the Paleo diet.
  • "We often tell ourselves stories about why we are a certain way. We tell ourselves why we can or cannot change. And the common denominator with most of the stories is fear. Fear of change, failure, or wasting time. This fear sends the logical mind searching for credible reasons why embarking on a new solution seems like a bad idea." - Robb Wolf in his upcoming book, Wired to Eat about why we let fear get in the way of our goals. 
  • "It's not about me, it's about the mission." - Lauren Noel on the importance of staying true to yourself while becoming more recognizable in the health and wellness industry. 
  • "I basically adopted a low-carb, Paleo diet and it was almost as if a switch had been flipped. For the first time in my life, I didn't have to eat every hour and a half to two hours or face a catastrophic hypoglycemic event. I was completely functional. I felt good, I was leaner than I had ever been in my life, and it was all effortless." - Robb Wolf on deciding to follow a Paleo diet to improve his health. 
  • "Eat whole, unprocessed foods, get outside in the sun, move a lot, sleep like you are
    on vacation, and surround yourself with loving relationships." - Robb Wolf  in Wired to Eat on how to stay healthy.  
  • "With a Paleo template, you can still add spaghetti if you want to add it. You can have spaghetti squash and it might be a bit odd for some people at first, but when you add the marinara sauce, it still tastes delicious. It's the same as normal spaghetti because you don't even taste the noodles. What you taste is the marinara sauce on top." - Robb Wolf on how you can eat Paleo foods and still enjoy the meal. 
  • "Be able to do whatever I want to do with very little preparation or effort within the 4 pillars of health: sleep, nutrition, movement, and community. We need to have a balance of all 4 and if we're successful, we'll be able to do a large amount of what we want to do with our lives." - Rob Wolf on what wellness means to him.
  • "People are not swayed into action by information. Most people make changes in behavior due to emotion, not facts and figures. This is not a bad thing; our emotions, coupled with our logical intellect, is what make us human." - Robb Wolf in Wired to Eat

More About Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the New York Times Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, book and seminars.

Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, Paleo FX,  and Paleo Magazine.

Robb is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. He coaches athletes at the highest levels of competition and consults with Olympians and world champions in MMA, motocross, rowing and triathlon. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps.

Robb lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife Nicki and daughters Zoe and Sagan.

Resources Mentioned by Robb & Josh

"We need to have a balance of the 4 Pillars of Health. If we're successful, we'll be able to do a lot with our lives." - @robbwolf

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Mar 7, 2017

Esther Gokhale has been involved in integrative therapies all of her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a registered nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton while later, acupuncture at the San Francisco school of Oriental medicine.

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After crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, she began her lifelong crusade to find a solution to back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Burkina Faso, India, Portugal, and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale method which she has been teaching at her Palo Alto wellness center for over 15 years, and gives lectures for the ancestral health symposium, TEDX, google, and many more large organizations interested in posture’s effect on health, wellness and work. 

Primal Posture for Wellness

When did we ever stop paying attention to our primal posture? Even if someone does remind us to "stand up straight" or "sit tall," we either become easily distracted or we fail to have good posture and end up over-exerting ourselves. 

Other cultures have shared good posture techniques for generations. They know how to bend, sit, and stand with a strong body. But our modern culture has lost something along the way. We're not the same active hunter-gatherers that our ancestors once were long ago. We've lost our primal instinct today because we either work at a desk for hours on end or we're doing other sedentary activities all day.

We're naturally born with excellent posture and mobility, but as we move on in life, we tend to lose our good posture habits.

On this episode of Wellness Force, we'll discuss how our modern culture has affected our posture and what we can do to fix it.

For those with constant back pain or have lost the ability to move comfortably, Esther Gokhale of the Gokhale Method is here to help.

Combining her experiences and knowledge about the human body, Esther has dedicated her life to changing our modern culture. With each workshop, lecture, and class, she is teaching us how we can achieve primal posture for wellness.

Esther Gokhale is the creator of The Gokhale Method as well as the author of the book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain. Esther and her team have helped many people with back pain and decreased joint mobility all throughout the USA and the rest of the world.

Not only does Esther teach us that it is possible to improve our posture and mobility, but she reminds us that without either, good health and wellness would be difficult to achieve.

Just as nutrition and fitness are important for our bodies, so is excellent posture and mobility. 

Listen to Episode 102 as Esther Uncovers

  • Common misconceptions and myths about posture.
  • Why we don't have to over-exaggerate our posture, but instead we should focus on core posture by standing and sitting naturally and comfortably.
  • The reason why the "chin up and shoulders back" posture is unnatural and creates tension in our bodies.
  • How to do a shoulder roll to improve your upper posture.
  • How good posture translates into stretching and strengthening of the body.
  • The negative effects of poor posture and how we can improve our health with good posture.
  • The Gokhale Method 4 Levels of Learning:
    • 1) Intellectual understanding of what movement you want to do.
    • 2) The ability to do that movement when a teacher is helping you.
    • 3) The ability to do that movement when you remember to do it.
    • 4) When that movement becomes a habit.
  • Why our environment affects our posture and movement habits.
  • How sitting can actually be good for our bodies under the right circumstances.
  • Standing vs. Sitting: How is each beneficial for the body and for how long should we be doing each activity?
  • Why we're born with great posture and mobility, but our modern culture has worsened it.
  • What we can do to change our posture and improve our back pain throughout our lives.
  • Learn what the Gokhale Method is and how it can help you improve your posture.
  • Why movement and dance breaks would be so beneficial for the human body during the work day.
  • How to improve your fluxed position and swayed back.
  • What you'll learn from Esther Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain.
  • How do we strengthen our spine and inner-core set?
  • How you can use the plank exercise correctly to strengthen your inner girdle and core.
  • What's the best way to stand? What's the best position for your pelvis?
  • The 6 Lessons in the Gokhale Method Foundations Course.
  • How our posture can affect our emotional health.

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • We might have believed it to be true, but sitting is not the new smoking. As long as we do a combination of sitting, standing, and movement in moderation all the while maintaining good posture, we can have strong, healthy bodies.
  • Posture is the key to healthy joints and avoiding pain. Whether we're sitting, standing, or moving; we have to have good posture. The key is to not over-extend ourselves. We shouldn't have to "sit up straight" or "point our chins up" because those movements create tension. There are better, more comfortable movements that we can teach ourselves over time.
  • Good posture is not only good for our bodies, but for our minds and emotions as well. Focusing on our posture can help reduce cortisol levels and increase testosterone levels.

Power Quotes From Esther Gokhale

"When you have good posture, then your every day life and activities become both your exercise and therapy." - Esther Gokhale

"When we focus on pointing our chins up, it usually leads us to tense up the muscles in the back of our neck. This tension in the back of the neck is not healthy. Our chins want to elongate and point down towards the ground." - Esther Gokhale on why we shouldn't focus on pointing our chins up to try to achieve good posture. 

"When you have good posture, then your every day life and activities become both your exercise and therapy. Every bend and step becomes a rep or a stretch. You're also taking care of a lot of your exercise needs. With poor posture, not only are you missing out on those stretches and strengthening repetitions, but you're actually creating wear and tear on your joints." - Esther Gokhale on how good posture can benefit our bodies while poor posture hurts it.

"On average, people have great posture design and structure. However, it's up to the culture to either nurture and support this primal architecture that we're born with or to destroy it. Good posture can be destroyed with poorly designed furniture, directions such as "stand up straight, chin up," and even those electronic notifications that remind us to fix our posture." - Esther Gokhale on how good posture can decline because of culture. 

"Culture is critical to posture and my life mission is to change the culture. My long-term goal is to create a healthy posture culture for modern people. It's possible and we have such an advantage to change our posture." - Esther Gokhale on her mission to help modern culture improve its posture. 

"We blame sitting for our health problems, but it's actually incredibly gentle for the body. Of course you shouldn't just sit like a lump or sit with unhealthy posture in badly made furniture. However, if you sit well for moderate periods of time in half-decent furniture, sitting is really gentle for the system. It's so easy on the joints and our architecture." - Esther Gokhale on how sitting can be beneficial for our bodies with the right circumstances. 

"Corporate jobs tend to keep people at their desks and don't allow them to move. Dance or movement breaks would be beneficial for the employees." - Esther Gokhale on how corporations can include movement as a part of their employees' work day. 

"A lot of people will only make an extreme change when they're going through extreme pain. But this is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and be proactive. Proactive health is so much easier than reactive health." - Josh Trent on how we can take advantage of the Gokhale Method to actively improve our health.

 

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"Culture is critical to posture and my life mission is to change the culture." -Esther Gokhale

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Feb 27, 2017

"You realize that when you get to the core of it, wellness is really about taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Paying attention to all three will affect how you show up for everyone else" - Ian Ryan on the importance of paying attention to our bodies and minds. 

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For anyone who has ever felt the feelings of unworthiness that blocks them from living a fearless and healthy life, Ian Ryan is on a mission to inspire and share his message:

We are all worthy beyond measure.

On this episode of Wellness Force Radio episode, we'll discuss personal power, courage, and confidence needed to take imperfectly perfect action, knowing that anything is possible.

Ian Ryan is the creator and host of the Fearless and Healthy Podcasta top ranked iTunes podcast in health, self-help and education. With over 150 podcast episodes and counting, Ian has been interviewing some of the best minds in wellness and personal development that support grow in both mind and body.

Become Fearless and Healthy

With over 9 years experience as a highly sought after health coach, Ian believes in a holistic approach to wellness and putting a large emphasis on mastering mindset. His vision is to help one million people step into their true calling and live a healthy, confident and fearless life. Ian’s motivation to create www.fearlessandhealthy.com was in large part influenced by his 25 year old brothers death in January 2015.

This tragedy was the catalyst behind his podcast, cross country move and desire to inspire people on a bigger scale. Ian believes that wellness can spark the change necessary to change lives both inside and out.

On this eye-opening show, Ian shares his top advice for coping with tragic loss, getting re-connected with yourself in a modern world, and the steps he believes will allow anyone to become the person they are meant to be. Discover how you can tap into your fears and make the changes to live the life that you desire.

Listen to Episode 101 as Ian Uncovers

  • How he helps people with busy schedules to really focus on improving their physical and mental health.
  • Why he values his alone time to focus on himself; especially during his morning rituals or breathing exercises.
  • His personal story of how gaining the college Freshman Fifteen was a real wake up call for him to focus on his health.
  • When he began building a career as a personal fitness trainer and what he learned from the initial experience.
  • How his brother, Casey, struggled with drug addiction and the impact his death had on him. Why this tragic experience really pushed him to work harder to help people with their health and wellness.
  • The moment when he decided to follow an uplifting life path and try to understand addiction by interviewing people for his magazine.
  • The difference between acting out of fear and acting out of love.
  • How we can begin to create behavior change and good habits.
  • The reason behind him asking himself the following questions after his brother's death, "What type of impact have I had on this world? Were the lives of other people going to be better because I was here? How am I going to make the lives of other people better?"
  • His fear of being video-taped and being seen in YouTube videos because of the reactions or comments that he would receive from the public.
  • Why people hold themselves back from achieving the health or self-expression that they want.
  • How we can choose our own journey by ignoring negative thoughts.
  • The power behind focusing on doing something that's going to help us get to where we want to be while serving other people at the same time.
  • Why there's no cookie cutter approach to living our lives. If we follow a "template" to live our lives, it can be so easy to get caught up in a shame spiral.
  • His morning ritual that he tries to follow each day.
  • Why it's okay if our morning isn't perfect and we don't do everything that we want to accomplish each day.
  • How he adjusts his morning routine if he's traveling or doesn't have the time to complete everything.
  • How he has used meditation as a tool to help him cope with the loss of his brother.
  • How meditation, stillness, and journaling all help to work our brain muscles and build cognitive strength.
  • Why it's okay to let go and not be consistent with journaling. We can give ourselves permission to not do something everyday.
  • The magic behind why our life journey doesn't have to be like anyone else's.
  • How positive thinking can change us: We don't have to live up to anyone's expectations and we're worthy on our own. 

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • We don't have to allow a personal tragedy to lead us on a destructive path. We have the ability and power to live a life that can help others and as well as ourselves. If you're seeking to improve your life, you will find the right tools and assistance to help you get there.
  • It's very common for someone to be afraid of what other people think about them. For example, we can easily fear judgement and not being accepted by our peers. But guess what? People are actually way more caught up in their own lives and problems than you think they might be. Other people don't have time to judge us because they're more caught up with what is going on with themselves.
  • Many of us think we need to have a perfect morning ritual or a template to set ourselves up for the day, but life doesn't actually work like that. Life happens and the reality is that sometimes there's just not enough time to complete everything, but that's okay. Just use whatever time you have available to you to do something that empowers and motivates you to do your best each day. Even if you spend 10 minutes focusing on your breathing; that can be enough to start your day with positive emotions.

Power Quotes From Ian Ryan

"We're the architect of our own future and sometimes we forget that." - Ian Ryan of the Fearless and Healthy Podcast

"You realize that when you get to the core of it, wellness is really about taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Paying attention to all three will affect how you show up for everyone else. You realize that when you get to the core of it, wellness is really about taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Paying attention to all three will affect how you show up for everyone else."- Ian Ryan on the importance of paying attention to our bodies and minds.

"When we share the tragedies that we experience, it can help other people who are in similar situations." - Ian Ryan on how we can all heal by talking about difficult experiences.

"Although my brother's death is a difficult topic for me to talk about, that life event shifted everything for me because I realized that no one is promised tomorrow. So many of us look at life as if we have time to put things off, but the reality is that life can be snatched away from you at any moment." - Ian Ryan on the impact of his brother's death.

"A couple of different things can happen to the mind when we experience tragedy. We can either take it in a direction where we go into addiction or we can turn that pain into art and service for other people." - Josh Trent on how we cope with a tragedy.

"It's nice to have a game plan and clarity, but the reality is that all of the pieces aren't going to make sense before you have to jump in and take action. So many of us think we're waiting for this magic bullet for everything to come together. The reality is that we have to jump, take action, and then figure things out along the way because life is a journey. Whatever area we want to change, we have to be able to step into it and be okay with imperfect action." - Ian Ryan on why it's okay to make changes in life without a perfect game plan. 

"What type of impact do I want to make? I'm okay if my message doesn't resonate with everyone because it doesn't have to. However, if I don't do anything at all, then I'm not going to impact anyone." - Ian Ryan on how he got over his fear of sharing his message with YouTube videos.

"We're the architect of our own future and sometimes we forget that. We get into reaction mode to everything else that's going on in the world. But sometimes we have to take a step back, breathe, look at the vision we have of ourselves, visualize what we want, and try to act in alignment with the person that we want to try to become." - Ian Ryan on how we can create a clear purpose and vision for ourselves. 

"If I only had ten minutes to do a morning ritual, I wouldn't check my smartphone, laptop, or e-mail. I'd just sit there and be alone with my breath for a couple of minutes and be grounded. Even if it's just a 100 count breathing exercise, do something because I guarantee you that it's going to make a huge impact if you're consistent with it." - Ian Ryan on the benefits of doing breathing exercises on a daily basis even if we don't have a lot of time.

"First make the commitment and decide that you're worthy of change. Just get started and realize that things will get better over time. You're going to build that emotional and physical muscle. You're going to get to where you want to be, but you just have to take that first step." -Ian Ryan on how you can use today to get started and make changes in your own life.

"In life, we can either react to what this world throws at us in an unfavorable way or we can choose to tap into our hearts and live with purpose and power." - Ian Ryan from the Fearless and Healthy Podcast intro

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My friend, we’ve arrived, this is it, episode 100 of Wellness Force Radio!
 
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In this ultra special episode, I’m going to do more of what I love to do most, I get to share and GIVE. To thank you for your support since July of 2015, I’m giving away over two thousand dollars in prizes to celebrate reaching our first 100 shows together, and on top of that, this is going to be an incredible podcast where I’m guiding you through an audio journey with 9 world class wellness influencers sure to leave you with inspiration and some tactical, real life tools to help you get more wellness in your life.
 
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We Have Arrived

If you’ve been listening to Wellness Force for awhile, or if you’ve been with us since the beginning, you know by now that great things tend to take us time, effort, and the hardest one of them all - trusting the process - especially when it comes to our wellness. For episode 100, I’m walking you through nine of my favorite moments over the past 100 interviews, to pull the gems of wisdom, moments of laughter, and the real life action steps that I've learned to both trust and believe in.
 
I want to share my truth: This entrepreneurial and podcast path has not been 100% rainbows. Even since early childhood, I have known, deep down, that I march to the beat of a different drummer. Maybe you feel that too, and that’s why you’re here. I’ve faced inner and outer demons I wouldn’t wish on anyone, and since I woke up in 2011, I’ve done some really, really, hard work to let go of old stories about genetics, beliefs, and the people and things that don't serve my wellness. But yet as hard as this has been, I’ve also learned that when you operate from a place of love and service to others, and if you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
 
This podcast has been my home, my work, and my life for almost two years now, and today, I get to give thanks to YOU.
 

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Here's how you can click to leave a review from your iPhone, easily right now. Just follow the directions in the video here. That will take you right to the review screen on your iPhone and after you hit “send” that’s it, you’re entered! Just a quick head’s up, after you hit send, your review won’t show on iTunes for 24 hours.
 
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**Winners will be chosen by a random computer and your iTunes username will be announced on March 14th right from the Wellness Force Facebook page, so make sure you like our page and turn on notifications to claim your prize pack March 14th.
 
 
Now, it's let’s jump into this special show and waterfall of gratitude for you. Because you’ve trusted me with your valuable time and your wellness, I get to live my mission, and when I close my eyes, I can see it clearly in my mind that together: we’re growing this community and serving over one million people’s lives to greater wellness this year.
  

9 World Class Wellness Influencers In 2017

David Zappasodi

First up is my good friend and best-selling author of Immovable Heart, Unstoppable Mind, David Zappasodi. In our first clip, we’re talking about why wellness and achievement live in two different worlds. After 20 plus years as health and wellness professional, David believes that there is one universal reason that blocks most people from letting go off old their old weight. Let’s hear what and why right now with David, and be sure to listen to episode 072 for the full show.
 

Michael Strasner

Michael Strasner is one of the most respected leading experts in personal transformation, and taught me in person how to open my heart in the advanced emotional intelligence and leadership course that changed my compass forever. This was a really emotional episode for me as from Micheal’s teachings, I was able to connect with my father after 2 years of not speaking, and let go of some weight I’d been carrying around for years. In this clip, Michael is talking with us about the difference between our feelings and emotions, and commitment to self, how we can harness energy to guide us towards wellness without letting emotions hold us back. Let’s drop in with Michael, and be sure to listen to episode 027 for the full show.
 

Tom Bilyeu

Our next clip is with a powerful speaker, health entrepreneur, the co-founder of Quest Nutrition and the Host of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu. In this segment, Tom is talking about the promises we keep to ourselves and why. How his mission now with Impact theory spearheading a movement to facilitate mental transformation, both through its empowering content and by accelerating the businesses and entrepreneurs destined to change the world. Tom wants to free people from The Matrix. Said another way, he wants to end the poverty of poor mindset. Tom dives into what the no BS answer is that will help end metabolic disease and how understanding mythology and rituals can empower us in our wellness journey. Let’s listen in with Tom now and be sure to check out episode 098 for the full show.
 

Bonnie Kelly

Our next guest is going to take you to the basement for some cleaning! In a good way. Bonnie Kelly, author, speaker, certified coach and my friend returns to wellness force radio to talk about her new book True To Your Core and how we perceive, interrupt, and experience reality is unique to all of us, just like your thumb print. Bonnie is talking about why neurologically, we are an endangered species. Bonnie is an expert in personal development and helping people heal from their past, and in this short clip she's explaining the science and real talk about how our brain chemistry is just like a computer, and like any computer, it can be reprogrammed with inspired action. From upgrading our subconscious beliefs to what it really takes to write a new story, Bonnie is giving us the clarity and the insights on why we do, what we do. Be sure to check out episode 087 for the full show.
 

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal is a best-selling author, speaker, and behavior change jedi-master that is educating people on how to build the sometimes challenging healthy habits we need to thrive in this technologically modern world. With the buzzing from apps, devices, and notifications pulling us away from our personal connections and conversations, Nir is teaching us about what he has come to know as the “Hook Model.” This is how companies create behaviors with technology that can benefit their users, or, turn them into addicts depending on their intention. In this clip, Nir pulls back the curtain for a look behind how companies use psychology to capture our attention, including triggers, actions, variable rewards and investment. Once we know how they do it, we can then consciously choose where we put our attention and avoid being disconnected from the relationships we care about. We can use technology to give us wellness, rather than take it away. You can hear Nir’s full story and mission on episode 048.
 

Daniel Schmachtenberger

Prepare to get you brain fed high octane on our next clip. Daniel Scmachtenberger, the Co-Founder of The Neurohacker Collective, shares far beyond how a Nootropics like Qualia can provide a comprehensive hardware upgrade for radical cognitive enhancement and emotional resilience, but also how he believes it creates the building blocks towards a better planet. Daniel is sharing his brilliant mind and expertise of the body and brain to teach us the why, how, and what these cognitive enhancers can do the health and speed of our mind. The was one of my all time favorite episodes on the podcast where I shared my n=1 experiment using nootropics, so be sure to download episode 096 for the full story.
 

Lisa Perkins

This is where we trust our process. Lisa Perkins my friend and nutrition expert, is uncovering exactly how we can trust ourselves when it comes to food, by using intuition, time, and focused attention. Lisa shares about how when it comes to nutrition, rules minus relationship equals rebellion. When we impose rules upon ourself without first trusting the promises we make to our body about nourishing it, it’s going to end in rebellion. She believes that easy is earned; in the beginning of any nutrition program, you’ll have to pay attention to yourself just like if you were learning any new skill. Lisa not only has the science and accredited background as a precision nutrition coach, but she also has a heart of gold. Click on episode 085 for the full show with Lisa.
 

Ryan Yokome

What happens in your physical body when you hear the word money? Do you get loose or get tight? Our next clip is with Ryan Yokome, an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal transformation. Ryan is the CEO of Money & Miracles Breakthrough Coaching and essentially he believes that money is just an exchange of energy. The challenge comes when we have an unhealthy relationship with our energy around money that can deflect it. Ryan has an extraordinary presence you’ll feel in this clip. He shares about how a lack of expression as a teen blocked his physical and financial wellness as an adult, and the stages of work he went through to overcome the block to call in the money and health he always wanted. Set your player for episode 079 to hear the full show.
 

Dan Pardi

Our last clip is with a man who needs no introduction - health and human behavior specialist, Dan Pardi. Dan’s return to Wellness Force Radio is shining light on how we can use what he calls HumanOS to cut through the noise of the overwhelming information online so we can really find the health we’re looking for. Dan’s mission and his systems of finding the right answers for our mind, body, and spirit are so profound, we put his voice in our show intro. So in this final clip, Dan shares why no matter how much we know, it won't always inspire us to take the right actions. "Knowing without doing is the same thing as not knowing. What matters is if the knowledge that you have will give you an effective health practice for the long term.” Dan is one of my most trusted sources for wellness so you’ll want to download episode 088 for later.
 

Join Us For The Next 100 Shows!

 
You’ve arrived at the end of the show but it’s all good, there hundreds more episodes to pull energy and inspiration from on your phone that’ll last you for weeks. And regardless of our prize giveaway, I have more free stuff for you this week, but seriously these prizes are insanely good I hand picked them from all the things I go nuts for, so leave your quick iTunes review for the show right from your phone right now by clicking on the show artwork on your screen and touching the word REVIEW on the top, you can also click over to wellnessforce.com/100 and claim your spot to win!
 
Ok so anyways, the free stuff. I want to invite you to sign up for the Wellness Force Newsletter over at wellnessforce.com/news whether you want you awesome prizes or not because when you sign up, I’m giving you 3 free guides for better wellness including 7 Wellness Devices To Live More Mindfully, 5 Wellness Tech Devices To Gain Muscle, and How To Travel & Stay Healthy.
 
I want to thank so many people who have helped these past 100 episodes happen. There’s not another hour for me time to list everyone who has made this podcast possible, so I know I'm gonna miss a ton of people I love but special shout outs to Buzzy Torek and the whole team over at Epicast Network for making the show audio so great, to Perfect Supplements for believing in us and supporting the show with trustworthy and amazing products, to my brother James for being the example of how to live from the heart, to Amy Dalton for opening my eyes, my world, and my soul to what’s possible in relationships, to my mom and dad for giving me the gift of life, to my teachers: Watts, Hill, Brown, Hicks, Sagan, Silva, Teta and 20 plus more, both alive and gone for all you’ve given me, and to all of our powerful guests we’ve had on the show, last but not least to my warriors in the wellness community, I see you, I love you, and I support what you are doing to raise the consciousness and wellness that this world needs right now.
 
I literally can not wait to announce the winners of the prize packs on March 14th, and I also can’t wait to meet you in person at an event or online this year as Wellness Force grows. My birthday is fast approaching on April 29th and I’m doing the SEALFIT 20X that day. Do you want to join me? Write to me josh (at) wellnessforce.com with subject line 20X if you’re interested.
 
My friend, I know you already know this, but thank you for being here and being a part of this community who are up to big things, and doing the physical and emotional work needed to live our life well.
 
So until I see you again real soon, I’m wishing you love and wellness. 
 
Josh Trent
 
 

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