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On this podcast, you’ll learn from global experts who are dedicating their lives to being a positive force for your physical and emotional wellness. Your host, Josh Trent, wellness influencer & digital health technology expert, spotlights ​premier thought leaders in the fields of emotional intelligence, mindset, behavior change, health, wellness, fitness, & technology that empower you with the tools and inspiration to transform your mind, body, & spirit. Every week, this is your trusted access to exceptional people that will teach you the connections between your emotions & healthy habits, to live your best life & enjoy the process. After struggling with weight & health issues in adolescence, Josh lost over 75 lbs and transformed his own life by becoming a fitness professional & training over 10,000 sessions since 2004. Voted by Onalytica as a "Top 50 Digital Health Influencer of 2015," Josh’s vision is clear: To Empower Greater Wellness In Over One Million Lives Through Technology & Emotion Listen as Josh showcases guests who are a real-life forces of wellness & discover how to change old habits with new technologies during his in-depth expert interviews. Topics include: behavior change, wellness, emotional intelligence, psychology, habits, technology, mindset, fitness, health, organic supplementation, bio-hacking, transformation, digital health, quantified self, mHealth, wearable technology, wellness applications and more. 
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Feb 21, 2017
My friend, we’ve arrived, this is it, episode 100 of Wellness Force Radio!
 
Aloha! Josh here. REVIEWENTER TO WIN 1 of 5 PRIZE PACKS | Full Details
 
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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  • Unlimited access to the Wellness Force Android or iPhone virtual coaching app with private messaging to ask your wellness questions directly to Josh, on the go right from your phone
  • Access to the Wellness Force video library with over 100 bodyweight exercises to choose from

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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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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Feb 14, 2017

Ted Ryce is a 20 year Celebrity Fitness Expert, Keynote Speaker, Corporate Wellness Coach and Host of the Legendary Life Podcast

In his dynamic health and wellness career, Ted has worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, busy professionals and celebrities, including Richard Branson, Ricky Martin and Robert Downey Jr. by helping his clients develop high-performance habits that help them manage stress, adversity, and lead more successful lives.

His philosophy is that being a high-performance person, one who chases and achieves their biggest goals, isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity to survive and thrive in the modern world.

 

Listen to Episode 099 as Ted Uncovers

  • How we can begin to take the initial steps towards sleeping, eating, and moving better amidst all of our constant distractions.
  • Strength training can benefit your entire mind and body by releasing beneficial hormones.
  • We can still maintain a high level of fitness and strength well into old age through sustainable training.
  • What periodization is and how it can help our bodies become stronger.
  • Who the best sources of health and wellness information are.
  • How we can use eccentric isometric and yielding isometric exercises to help stimulate and strengthen the muscle.
  • How long should we work out for? Understanding your body type is key to selecting what workouts to do and for how long you should be doing them. Some different body types include endomorph, ectomorph, and mesomorph.
  • Implement habit change with nutrition and movement to help you turn your health around.
  • How we all have a "fat thermostat" that affects our hormones and influences our emotional state. Changing habits will be better for our emotions compared to crash diets.
  • Avoid decision fatigue and plan to eat healthy while avoiding sugary snacks.
  • To sleep better, pay attention to the quality of your sleep: track your sleeping habits, stay away from electronic devices, lower the temperature in your bedroom, use devices or apps to help if necessary, and learn to balance your exercise routine.
  • Sleep quality usually depends on light, noise, temperature, and sound so make sure you create the best sleeping environment for your needs.

 

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • We need to get in touch with what our bodies are telling us. No one truly knows our bodies better than we do ourselves and we're the only ones that can fix any problems that we have. To become healthier, we need to start listening to our bodies and making healthy changes that are in accordance with our limits.
  • With so much constant information available to us, it's hard to know who you can trust. Seek out the right health tips and guidance from people who are constantly evolving and willing to change their philosophies. They're willing to experiment and learn by trying new diets, exercise, and wellness technology.
  • To achieve sustainable health, focus on movement, sleep, and nutrition.  To stay strong, fit, and active, muscle stimulation will help you become stronger and healthy. Sleep is so important for our bodies and we need it to be able to function. If you're not sleeping enough to restore your lost energy, you should take a look at your nighttime ritual and see if you can improve it.

 

Power Quotes From Ted Ryce

"You've gotta set yourself up for success because willpower won't get you there." - Ted Ryce

"We are ancient bodies in a modern world. We have hunter-gatherer genes. We are designed to hunt for our foods, to be outside, to get sun in our skin. We're now really out of sync with where we came from." - Ted Ryce on how we live today compared to our ancestors.

"If wake up in the morning and you don't feel good, you're fatigued, and then you've got brain fog, you've gotta look at your lifestyle and you've gotta learn the rules of the human body. There's no psychologist that's going to fix that. There's no medication you'll be able to take that'll be able to fix your problem if you're living too out of sync with what your genes need to function optimally." - Ted Ryce on why we should focus on listening to our bodies for optimal health.

"I want everyone listening to understand that you can maintain a high level of fitness, strong muscles, and a healthy body well into old age." - Ted Ryce on why sustainable health is attainable 

"You have to pay attention to your body and yes, you have to work, but pushing too hard is what we call over-reaching because you should never push so long that it turns into over-training. If you're over-reaching to the point that it's affecting your sleep, that shouldn't be done for no more than a week." - Ted Ryce on  how much we should exercise so that we can still sleep well at night

"You gotta know your limits and you gotta understand these physiological processes that are trying to push your behavior in certain ways. You gotta do things for you that can become a lifestyle. When you do that, everything becomes easier." - Ted Ryce on why changing habits can turn around our lives for the better

"We are not designed to go without sleep. It has a high cost and if you're struggling to get going, you better start looking into your nighttime ritual." - Ted Ryce on the importance of sleep

"There is a solution to every problem. It may not be the solution that you want, it may not be the solution that you were hoping for, but there is a solution to every single problem. And in a world where we have so much access to information and there's 7 billion people on this planet, you are not alone and someone has figured it out. The solution is out there; never give up and never stop searching."  - Ted Ryce's mantra for when he's going through a difficult time.

 

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Feb 7, 2017

"Once you realize that you can do anything that you set your mind to, how you spend your time becomes a spiritual consideration." - Tom Bilyeu

Tom Bilyeu is the founder and host of Impact Theory and the co-founder of Quest Nutrition.

After spending six years growing Quest into a billion-dollar company by helping people transform their bodies, Tom is now focused on completing the second half of his mission: transforming people’s minds through his new venture with Impact Theory.

Impact theory is a show spearheading a movement to facilitate mental transformation, both through its empowering content and by accelerating the businesses and entrepreneurs destined to change the world.

Impact Theory's mission is to free people from The Matrix. Said another way, they want to end the poverty of poor mindset.

 

How To Become A Master of Your Mind: Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition & Founder of Impact Theory

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Tom’s mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment.

Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane. Tom has also been a guest on the Tony Robbins podcast and The School of Greatness podcast and has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Success, and The Huffington Post. Tom is currently on the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation.

Listen to Episode 098 as Tom Uncovers

  • Tom's experience working for a corporate business, what he learned from it, and how it motivated him to become an entrepreneur.
  • The story behind why Tom started Impact Theory and the mission behind it.
  • The beginning of Quest Nutrition and how the brand grew to address health and wellness issues.
  • Where Tom's insatiable curiosity comes from and how we can allow our own excitement to grow as well.
  • The pros and cons of creating something that we want to share with the world when we focus on becoming a champion in our field.
  • How to become aware of our negative thoughts and ultimately change our habitual methods of thinking.
  • Using language to reinforce mentality and values.
  • Learn how to go from a fixed, negative mindset to to a more flexible, positive one.
  • How Tom stopped comparing himself to others and got rid of negative thoughts about himself.
  •  When Tom began to see himself as a radical learner.
  • Discovering our inner compass to understand our vulnerability and ourselves better.
  • Understanding that we're not born with instincts. We train our instincts by learning from our mistakes.
  • Tom's view on Law of Attraction: It helps improve our emotions, but won't give us want we want. We have to work for want we want by improving our skill set.

 

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Discover what makes you excited and allow that feeling to grow on its own. Let an idea capture your attention and focus on it.
  • To understand habitual negative thinking, we need to learn how the brain works and why we make these thought connections. In order to mentally grow and get rid of old software, we can build one skill after another to improve our mindset.
  • We can learn to become antifragile to negative thoughts. We can end negative thinking  about ourselves by not fighting it, but by learning and growing from our life experiences. If you attack negative thoughts, they will only grow stronger.

 

Power Quotes From Tom

"Once you realize that you can do anything that you set your mind to, how you spend your time becomes a spiritual consideration." - Tom Bilyeu 

"Wellness is really a 360 degree endeavor. It's not just the body, it's the mind as well." - Tom Bilyeu on wellness

"By letting an idea capture your attention, really focusing on it, going deep, and asking how is this usable and then putting it to use in your life and taking those steps to act on the things that you learn; you get a sense of this self reinforcing cycle." - Tom Bilyeu on how we can get excited about an idea.

"Stop worrying about being a champion and start worrying about becoming capable of the championship performance. Because that's totally different. That's about grinding it out and earning skills through hard work, actually becoming good, and becoming capable of the extraordinary."  - Tom Bilyeu on how acquiring a skill set can make us unstoppable

"The big breakthrough in my life was the day I stopped thinking of myself as smart because I wasn't and I started thinking of myself as a learner."  - Tom Bilyeu on how he defeated negative thinking and stopped comparing himself to other people.

"We are wired to support the tribe. We are wired to support other people and this will give us fulfillment and purpose. There is nothing more pleasurable from a neurochemical standpoint than that."  - Tom Bilyeu on the power of helping each other become better. 

[tweetthis]"Wellness is really a 360 degree endeavor. It's not just the body, it's the mind as well." - @TomBilyeu of @impact_theory on wellness[/tweetthis]

 

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Jan 31, 2017

"Optimists tend to be stronger responders to placebos. The placebo effect is a pervasive phenomenon; in fact, it is part of the response to any active medical intervention. The placebo effect points to the importance of perception and the brain's role in physical health. The opposite of a Placebo Effect is a Nocebo Effect. A Nocebo effect causes the perception that the phenomenon will have a negative outcome to actively influence the result. Pessimism may now be correlated with the Nocebo Effect.' - Jesse Lawler on WFR 097 

 

Brainpower Upgrade

 

For anyone who's ever been interested in increasing their brainpower and learning more about what their body is capable of and how to get started, this is a great Wellness Force Radio podcast episode for you to listen to!

What an amazing time for all of us to be alive with all of this technology to help us enhance and improve our minds and bodies. On this week's episode, I had an incredible conversation with previous WFR guest, Axon Labs Founder, and Smart Drug Smarts (SDS) Podcast Host, Jesse Lawler about smart drugs, meditation, the placebo effect, and how we can take that next step forward to learning more about ourselves.

If you tuned into last week's episode with Daniel Schmachtenberger, we dive even deeper this week to uncover how smart drugs like nootropics not only alter or state of consciousness, but how they can help benefit our lives and wellness as well.

 

Enhance Your Brainpower With Smart Drugs

 

"Smart drugs are a part of a wide family that doesn't really have a common starting point." - Jesse Lawler

 

Jesse explains that there is one main, common misconception about the origins of smart drugs. It's a popular disbelief that all of the smart drugs that are out there just operate in the same way. Many believe that they're similar to the drugs (Ritalin and Adderall ) that are used to help ADHD.

However, there's so much more to smart drugs than we originally thought was possible. 

Smart drugs don't have one common root and each one individually helps us to enhance different cognitive senses:

  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Energy
  • Focus

How to Choose the Perfect Smart Drug for You

If you're curious in trying a smart drug, don't rush into taking anything immediately without giving yourself enough time to think if it's right for you.

A lot of us already take a common cognitive enhancer: Coffee.

Consider if coffee already helps you achieve what you want more of: energy, focus, or mood. A lot of us already know our limits with coffee and we can only drink so much of it before we become over anxious and jittery. If the right amount of coffee (1-3 cups or more if need be) already gives you what you want when you need it, do you really need to add a nootropic to the combination?

Today it's quite popular to add different substances to your coffee and Bulletproof Coffee is a great example of that.  Some people like adding aniracetam, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter to their coffee, but it might not be for everyone.

When trying a new smart drug, you have to take it one step at a time to see how different combinations affect you. Keep in mind that  you don't have to try everything to see what affect it will have on you.

If you already have a good idea of what can happen when you take a smart drug and you don't think it will benefit you, then you can avoid taking it without the trial period.

Alternatives to Taking Smart Drugs

As already mentioned, coffee is a great cognitive enhancer without someone needing to take additional smart drugs.

Another one is green tea. Green tea contains ethylene and GABA which has the same effect on the body as coffee does except it's much more gentler. Green tea doesn't have caffeine so it will help you be focused and calm without the jittery side effects.

 

Achieve a New State of Consciousness

 

"Stay curious and be open to exploring different states of consciousness. Look for anything that will help you improve your health." - Josh Trent

 

Today, we are discovering that there is a large variety of different ways that we can achieve a new state of consciousness.

How can smart drugs help us achieve consciousness?

Specific smart drugs have been created help us improve our memory, creativity, and attentiveness.

Jess said that in general, our brain is able to keep track of 7 ideas in our working memory at a time (some people are able to take on between 5-9 ideas, but 7 is the average). But if you're able to add just one more working memory to the mix, think about what else you could achieve!

Why are tech CEOs in Silicon Valley microdosing on LSD?

Psychedelics have been used regularly to help people be more creative in their field and it's certainly gaining momentum for top executives in Silicon Valley.

This might appear to be just a hippie phenomenon, but CEOs are finding that small doses of LSD are helping them do more than they could have done before. Even former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, credited LSD to influencing his progress in the world of technology.

We're not supporting the use of LSD, but it's fascinating that psychedelic use is now encouraging further research into how LSD affects the mind and our state of consciousness.

Learn more in Jesse's interview with Dr. James Fadiman on the use of psychedelics to achieve a new state of consciousness.

Using Oxygen to Enhance Our Consciousness: Holotropic & Wim-hof Breathing

Believe it or not, oxygen is a natural drug that can take you to a new state of consciousness. There are two types of breathing techniques that you can use to get you to the state that you want to achieve: Grof's Holotropic Breathwork and the Wim-hof breathing technique.

Ayahuasca: A Natural Smart Drug

Jesse discussed the uses of Ayahuasca with Dr. Rick Strassman on the SDS episode, Breakthrough Work With "The Spirit Molecule."

Ayahuasca is a DMT (di-methyl-triptamine). DMTs are actually all around us and they're even a naturally occurring psychedelic made in the body! Yes, you read that correctly. DMT is naturally found in small amounts in every living thing.

Ayahuasca can have a negative effect on the body such as nausea and diarrhea, but plants can have an overall positive impact on our consciousness. In fact, Jesse believes that more people should be more open to experimentation. If something can lead to a positive outcome like it can for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) survivors, then it could be worth giving it a shot.

 

"If you have a condition like PTSD, then almost nothing should be off the table as a potential therapy. There are plenty of success stories with people treating depression, PTSD, and things like that with psychedelic therapies. If you've got a significant problem that you're trying to solve, it seems like it should be one of the things that you certainly can consider. " - Jesse Lawler on using plant medicines and psychedelics to help us heal our minds. 

 

Achieve Mindfulness Through Meditation

One of the easiest ways to naturally get to a different state of consciousness everyday is through the power of meditation.

From beginners to the advanced, there's not just one way to meditate and you can use different apps or pieces of technology like the MUSE Headband.

  • Silent meditation
  • Vipassana
  • Focusing on breathing
  • Listening to be in the present moment

A lot of people tend to go too fast, too quickly with meditation. Meditation won't be very effective for you if rush into doing hours of meditation compared to just a couple of minutes when you're a beginner.

Meditation that helps to quiet the mind can be good for someone who is depressed. It helps to get rid of nagging negative thoughts inside the mind and shut out everything.

 

"The style of meditation that a person chooses is really going to affect what they're practicing and getting their brain to be better at. So to be aware of what your meditation goal is, you will gravitate towards a certain style."  - Jesse Lawler

 

When it comes to meditation, there is no one size fits all. Just try different forms of meditation until you come cross the best way for you to become more mindful.

 

The Connection Between Placebo Effect & Willpower

 

"You're either an abstainer or a moderator." - Gretchen Rubin on willpower

 

Can our willpower fatigue with too much use (like a muscle) or is it just something that we're born with?

 

"Willpower is probably something that does get exhaustive in a person, but I think that something that looks like willpower to an outsider might not actually be willpower to that person. A person can train themselves to avoid Doritos to the point that it takes zero willpower to avoid it now. Willpower's just not an option to that person." - Jesse Lawler

 

It can be very difficult for some people to control themselves and have the willpower to prevent themselves from eating unhealthy foods.

Both the optimistic and negative mindset on health can impact our willpower. Those with a negative mindset will believe less in their own health and wellness than people who are overly optimistic that something like a smart drug or meditation can help them.

Having an optimistic mindset will help you find something that works for you, but a negative  mindset can hinder your progress to look for something that can help you.

 

"Optimists tend to be stronger responders to placebos. The Placebo Effect is when we put thoughts into our mind that we do something or there will be a positive outcome. The opposite of a Placebo Effect is a Nocebo Effect in which case things will be bad and get worse. Pessimism might be correlated with the Nocebo Effect." - Jesse Lawler

 

Jesse's Own N=1 Self Experiment

 

"One of the greatest advantages of experimentation is just realizing that you can do it. It's a continuous reminder of our power to start changes in our own lives when you're just screwing with something to see if it works in your own life. It's a constant reminder that we're always in flux and flux can't change but at least you can direct it." - Jesse Lawler

 

An N=1 self experiment is understanding what works for you through a process of elimination or a process of strategic testing. During the experiment you might use self quantifying devices such as wearable trackers, apps, and more that allow for self-optimization.

Josh shared his own N=1 self experiment on last week's episode, Emotional Resilience, Nootropics & Outsmarting the Modern World with Daniel Schmachtenberger

Jesse's N=1 experiment ended up being a total crash and burn for him. He participated in the Uberman Sleep Schedule which meant he had to break up his sleep into 20 minute blocks that were separated by 3.5 hours throughout the day. However, that's way less hours of sleep than what the majority of us need in 24 hours! 

The Uberman Sleep Schedule is for people who want to be more productive during the day. The main idea is that you train your brain to drop into REM really quickly, but it's not a restorative way to sleep at all. 

Even though Jesse doesn't recommend this intense sleep schedule, he has been using the Oura Ring to keep track of his health. Why a ring instead of a bracelet? It's because the blood vessels are closer to the surface of the skin. Therefore, the ring is supposed to collect more accurate data than a bracelet.

Whatever you may decide to purchase, make sure you invest in something that is:

  • Safe
  • Can help improve your health
  • Usable for long term results
  • Worth the investment

Become your own citizen scientist. It's not about the app, bracelet, tracker etc. or anything you're using as long as it lines up with your main intentions. As a citizen scientist, begin your own N=1 self experiement by having a clear goal that something is going to help you perform better.

 

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About Jesse Lawler

Jesse Lawler is the Founder of AXON Labs and the Host of Smart Drug Smarts. Smart Drug Smarts is a top ranked podcast that brings you actionable insights from world-leading experts in neuroscience and
psychopharmacology — for the enhancement and protection of your greatest asset: your own
brain.

SmartDrugSmarts Podcast explores a range of health, wellness, fasting, cognitive
enhancement, smart drugs, meditation, altered states of consciousness and basically anything
or anyone that supports human and brain optimization.

 

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Lauren’s wellness journey began at a young age when she joined her local YMCA swim team, The Wave, of La Crosse, WI. One of the most profound views on wellness that anyone has said to her was when she was an assistant swim coach for that same YMCA swim team.

One day during a practice, former head swim coach, Jon Brenner, shared with her that the most important thing about coaching the swimmers was that “It doesn’t matter if they become the best athletes in the world. What’s important is that we give them the tools and guidance they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of their lives.”

Since hearing those words, she has taken it to heart to not only focus on continuously living her own healthy lifestyle, but to help others pursue their wellness goals as well.

Lauren’s not only an avid swimmer, but a fan of running, yoga, cooking, and doing any activity outside that involves being surrounded by nature. In the Fall of 2014, she completed a long-awaited goal of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

According to Lauren, wellness is about finding gratitude and joy in doing any type of physical or self-care activity that we love. Wellness means providing ourselves with self-love, good nutrition, and the inner peace that our individual minds and bodies need.

Jan 24, 2017

"We fully believe that optimized human beings lead to a better world. People being productive and creative in whatever it is that is theirs to do. But in many ways, our modern world works against us.” - Daniel Schmachtenberger, Co-Founder of The NeuroHacker Collective 

On this special episode of Wellness Force Radio, Daniel shares far beyond how Nootropics like Qualia can provide a comprehensive hardware upgrade for radical cognitive enhancement and emotional resilience, but also how he believes it is creating the building blocks towards a better planet.

You, The N Equals One [2:47]

In a world of mass distractions, responsibilities, cumulative stressors and more notifications than ever in the palms of hands, millions of Americans have long since met their cognitive and emotional capacity.   

Cognitive capacity is a nuanced relationship between many variables. Optimizing for one variable of cognitive function at the expense of other critical ones would not give us the result of comprehensive enhancement of human capability. For instance, having drive without the ability to focus well, or willpower without emotional resilience. For that reason, The Neurohacker Collective have designed a formula that deliberately balances subjective effects to give meaningful enhancement in a comprehensive way – a whole system upgrade called Qualia.

If you're here reading, you felt the call towards Qualia. If you're in the contemplation phase or in the process of learning, this is an optimal time for your N=1.

What is N=1?

N-of-1 or single subject clinical trials consider an individual patient as the sole unit of observation in a study investigating the efficacy or side-effect profiles of different interventions. The ultimate goal of an n-of-1 trial is to determine the optimal or best intervention for an individual patient using objective data-driven criteria.

From baseline to Qualia for 4 weeks, here are the 5 steps to start your own personal N:1 experiment in emotional resilience and cognitive performance: 

 

  1. Inspired Action: Order your 30 day supply of Qualia
  2. Baseline: Once your Qualia is received, take a baseline memory, reason, concentration and/or comprehensive cognitive test(s) on either Quantified Mind or Cambridge Brain Sciences and mark the date
  3. Stage 1: Begin stage 1 of Qualia on an empty stomach each morning for 30 days. Download the Qualia Quick Start Guide for full directions on stage 2 and total program here
  4. Journal: Each day for 30 days, journal for 5-7 minutes after your meditation session, or at minimum, during the same time each day.
  5. After 30 days: Congrats, you did it! How do you feel? What did you learn about yourself and Qualia? Now, reassess the same tests again for memory, reason, concentration and/or comprehensive cognitive performance (then email Josh and tell him how you feel!)

 

Rising Above All The Noise [11:36]

 

"What could a person of normal intelligence do with their life if they fully dedicated themselves to developing themselves comprehensively for the benefit of humanity?" - Richard Buckminster Fuller

 

People of all ages seek thier life purpose and calling. Maybe you've been called to a career or a responsibility that you now realize is keeping you from what you feel is really your life calling?

If you're aware your vocation doesn't coincide with who you really are, you have the power change it because it's never too late to start a new path that benefit yourself and others.

Rising above all the noise of modern society that's distracting you starts by creating the space to look inside. 

To begin, use meditation or box-breathing to enter a calm mindset in the stillness and ask yourself these questions:

  • What does the future of the world look like?
  • How does this transition look like for everyone? What does it look like for me?
  • If all my financial needs were met, what would I do?
  • What would be the most meaningful thing for me to do?

Answering these questions will raise your awareness above the noise and closer to true alignment with your most authentic self.

 

"By asking yourself these questions, we're not looking to answer how do we gain or how do we win at life. Rather, we're looking at what problems in the world bother us the most and what interest us."- Daniel Schmachtenberger

 

About Daniel Schmachtenberger [13:08]

 

Daniel Schmachtenberger is a social engineer and evolutionary philosopher and strategist. He is the Founder of Critical Path InstituteThe Emergence Project, and The Co-Founder of The Neurohacker Collective. With an early childhood in the Transcendental Meditation community of Fairfield, Iowa, Daniel was homeschooled on the works of Buckminster Fuller, Fritjof Capra, and David Bohm.

After many relocations in childhood, Daniel returned to Fairfield to further math and eastern philosophy studies at Maharishi University, before delving into the work of his adult life. After accumulating comprehensive inventories on behavioral influence, coupled with an already comprehensive literacy of complex systems and whole systems science, he then founded The Emergence Project and began working with a host of luminaries to tackle global scale problems with global scale solutions.

Concurrently, he researched the epistemological frontier of neuroscience, delving deeply into integrative medicine as well as emergent neurotech tools and psychological techniques to optimize solutions on both sides of the mind/brain interface. All of these approaches, within an overarching framework of whole systems problem solving, have resulted in his axiomatic deconstruction of assumed scientific boundaries, and the emergence of a more integrally connected body of knowledge from which to understand scholarship. Daniel is not only a founder at Neurohacker Collective, but moreover a uniquely educated pioneer who is broadening the definition of scientific rigor itself.

 

What are Nootropics? [19:57]

Nootropic is a chemical that enhances some aspect of our cognitive ability beyond our normal capability without any impactful side affects.

When our brain power and cognitive ability drops below normal baseline, Nootropics help  to support existing and to create new capacities for our brainpower.

Nootropics like Qualia are not "medicine," but they can optimize our capability to overcome when we face different challenges such as brain fog.

 

The Difference between Nootropics and "Smart Drugs"

A lot of people will take "smart drugs" such as Adderall to help them focus, but Adderall also has a lot of long term side affects such as irritability, anxiety, loss of empathy and ability for digit span.

Adderall can help enhance one aspect, but unlike Nootropics that support systemic enhancement, it won't fully supplement the brain in a comprehensive manner.

 

Emotional Resilience, Curiosity & Wellness [24:50]

 

How many times have you felt the pull of distraction today? Maybe caught yourself looking at your phone too much? Did you try to have a conversation with someone, but they were absorbed by their phone?

It is easy to become slaves to emails, notifications, and social media messages. So much so, that the present moment is lost. 

When we're practicing emotional resilience however, we can take on deeper personal connections, and our biggest and brightest goals. When we're present, we're naturally curious, which allows us unlimited access to our wellness force: our ability to create a positive vibration in that moment, and in the collective world.

It's the burning curiosity of visionaries like the Co-Founder of The Neurohacker CollectiveDaniel Schmachtenberger, who believes that it is now both possible and necessary for human beings to dramatically upgrade our individual and collective capacities and safeguard the wellbeing of all, and he is on a mission to help build a global alliance of responsible, empowered individuals and like minded groups dedicated to making this vision a reality.

 

Cognitive Enhancement [28:13]

 

"We believe that it is now both possible and necessary for human beings to dramatically upgrade our individual and collective capacities and safeguard the well-being of all. Our mission is to help build a global alliance of responsible, empowered individuals and like minded groups dedicated to making this vision a reality." -Daniel Schmachtenberger

 

At a young age, Daniel realized that he was experiencing brain fog. In order to enhance his thinking, he began to focus on underlying disease structures to find the root of the problem. Unlike some acute diseases that can be cured with one medication, areas of health such as brain fog, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's are more complicated and can have several root causes.

To help end his brain fog, Daniel needed to enhance his brain by providing it with an optimal cognitive bandwidth. So he asked himself, how could a person enhance their own cognitive ability?

To understand the brain's ability and how we can reach cognitive enhancement, Daniel studied the following areas:

  • Cognitive chemistry
  • Nootropics
  • Brain nutrients
  • Neuro chemistry and structure
  • Smart drugs
  • Short term vs. long term memory
  • Verbal fluency and ability
  • Digital spain
  • Focus and concentration
  • Thinking speed
  • Neurotransmitters (dopamine, glutamine)


Get 10x More Done In Life [37:01]

 

 "Increasing the quality of our experience means less subjective suffering and more subjective happiness. That's important because human experience is intrinsically meaningful. By experiencing human capability and the pre-disposition to solve problems, we create things of meaning which also ends up increasing the experience of other people." - Daniel Schmachtenberger

 

Every single one of us has a hidden meaning or purpose, just waiting to be discovered. But we can't find it if we're distracted by incessant messages, media, or outside noise. We're all either motivated or inspired by numerous factors and in different manners.

Our world view, personal beliefs, economic situation, and even knowing our biology can motivate or direct us towards what we feel called to do.

How we can use this motivation to our advantage? We can biologically optimize our lives with technology and biomarker data.

Using technology and biomarker data, we can improve what we has human beings are capable of doing in this world. Sources such as WellnessFX, 23 And Me, and Ubiome can give us the genetics data we need to help us track our progress while using a nootropic like Qualia to enhance our lives and increase our emotional resilience.

 

"Qualia is not your golden ticket to everything, but it can support you by enhancing your ability to do things more effectively and grow your capability to make better decisions." -  Daniel Schmachtenberger

 

How To Increase Our Emotional Presence [46:12]

 

"There's circuitry in the brain that actually wired us to care for other people and tribes. That's how we would have survived." - Jason Silva of Brain Games

 

We are meant to be in a tribe. When we're surrounded by people who give us the compassion and support that we need to grow, we all win. But not everyone is born with or capable of being empathetic towards others. How can we create more empathy and compassion?

According to Daniel, humans have "hardware" and "software" that connects us with the "collective" or the rest of the world. Together, all of our physical and social needs are interdependent upon each other.

Daniel gave a great example of how we can take care of ourselves while also being omni-considerate. To begin, think about life would be like without plants. Our bioshphere created both us and plants. Therfore, without plants, we wouldn't have the means to live- no air nor food. The same goes for water and gravity.

We are completely interdependent with the planet and everyone else.

 

Our Actions Affect Everything [53:23]

With that thought in mind, we can increase our emotional presence by being more present with our actions or what we buy. Every time we make a decision, we can make the best choice by thinking about not only how it will affect ourselves, but everything else in the biosphere as well.

We're a growing population and we need to be emotionally present with how our actions are affecting not only people, but the planet.

 

See the World Differently

 

"Practice looking at the world through other people's eyes." - Daniel Schmachtenberger

 

One of Daniel's favorite ways to increase emotional presence is just to think about looking at the world through the perspective of other people.

  • What other people value
  • What can hurt them
  • Why they are asking for something
  • The reason they feel upset or feel a certain way about something

This way of thinking can help us grow our wellness through better relationships with loved ones and create positive connections with everyone else that we come into contact with.


Emotional Resilience [47:30]

 

With all of the challenges that we face in this world, it can be emotionally draining at times. At some point we may feel like we've lost our original path to living the life that we want. The life we wanted that gave us purpose.

Nootropics like Qualia can support people in get engaged once again with what they are curious about.

As Daniel discusses during the 2016 event "The Hive Panel: The Future of Humanity and Systems Thinking" he believes that only fully optimized human beings can improve the world.

The Hive Panel: The Future of Humanity and Systems Thinking.

 

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Jan 17, 2017

"Change is difficult in the beginning and can get messier as we go, but it always starts with love. Because, in order to improve yourself, you first have to love yourself. It's about acceptance, not settling. Keep your unique quirks and your perfectly imperfect amazingness in mind as you set intentions for 2017” - Lori Streator

 

When The Label Doesn't Fit

 What stories have you been told or are you telling yourself that you know in your heart you need to let go of?

What roles do you have in life? What are their commonalities and what do you know doesn’t “fit” you?

Today on the show, Lori discusses how to find the right labels for your wellness and how to peel off the ones that don't fit - even if your subconscious mind says they do.

Lori's mission is to help others understand that when you change your mind, you can change your life.

Instead of procrastinating, caving into fear or staying stuck in a places they don’t want to be, she works with her clients across the world to help them rewrite their story and move forward to a place of self love and genuine happiness.

 

About Lori Streator 

Lori Streator is a Whole Body Wellness professional and the owner of Breakthrough Mind & Body. After having her son in 2011 she gained a newfound respect for healthy living, so she combined her love for health and happiness with her passion to help others. Lori is a licensed clinical professional counselor, she has 10 years of experience in the field of psychology. She teaches from the philosophy that we need to build healthy habits, not ridiculous restrictions, in order to create positive & lasting change. Her clients learn how to shift their mindset, improve their health & work toward living their ideal life.

Lori runs a website and coaching business where she has the opportunity to help people align their body and mind, and live a life of health and happiness. Lori utilizes her zest for life, and her clinical professional counseling license and fitness/nutrition certifications to design Whole Body Wellness programs. She works with clients both in person and online, and knows that programs are not one-size-fits-all. She does everything with ease, a sense of humor and the understanding that everyone deserves to live life with joy. 

  

Dealing With Loss

"When my mom passed away in October 2015, it reinforced how important health and wellness is, and that my mission is as strong as ever. When I could’ve laid in bed feeling sorry for myself, I decided to show up for life. When we’re faced with life-altering events, we can choose to be a victim or we can choose to be a force. While I still grieve, cope and manage my own wellness, I have the understanding that I decide how my story continues." - Lori Streator

 

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Jan 10, 2017

There continues to be a stigma and unclear understandings about eat disorders and mental illness. Fortunately, more people are coming forward to discuss why it's so important that we try to understand and help those who are struggling each day. 

One of these leaders is 18 year-old University of California, Santa Cruz student and Yoga Teacher, Maris Degener. Maris began her wellness journey as she was recovering from her eating disorder at a hospital. She was given the tools and assistance that she needed to help her body recover from her disorder, but she realized that the medical center didn't provide what she needed to help her mind heal. 

Even though she's now a freshman in college, get ready to hear a great deal of insight from Maris on how we can discover self purpose, uncover happiness, and help change the stigma surrounding eating disorders and mental illness.

 

"They might not be able to understand that what's going through a person's mind doesn't represent the person, but the mental illness." - Maris Degener on why it's important to separate the person from their disorder.

 

Ending Myths about Mental Illness

"Mental illness as a whole is so difficult to treat because it's so unique to the individual. We're still not 100% certain about how exactly mental illness manifests in people." -  Maris Degener

 

There are lot a of myths surrounding mental illness and we're still not quite sure what could be the cause of it. For some people it might be genetics or trauma or other life situations they experienced that create enough of an impact to affect their well-being. 

There's a false belief that eating disorders come from a place of vanity. However, the root cause is so much deeper than that. Eating disorders and mental illness can come from a person working through their personal life issues. It might be their way to cope with trauma, feeling lost, or as a means to stay grounded when they feel out of control.

 

Recognize the Signs of an Eating Disorder

Here are some different ways to recognize the signs of an eating disorder.

The person is _____:

  • not finding joy in food.
  • finding it stressful to eat or be around food.
  • suddenly displaying stress during social situations where food is involved.
  • weighing and measuring what they are eating.
  • eating different foods that they didn't eat before.

 

Shred Other People's Expectations 

"Find whatever lights you up when other people are telling you that you should be doing something different with your life." - Maris Degener

Maris made a really great point about the predicted expectations that society has about life and happiness. We can go through these scenarios at different points throughout life, but the pressure can be at its strongest when we have all of this pressure to join extracurricular activities in order to get into college.

 

Leave The Predicted Life Path

When we face so many expectations that other people have about OUR life, we can feel numb and shut out our emotions.

When we create our expectations and a life for ourselves, we find happiness. So go on and shred every idea that you had before about what it means to be a happy and successful person. Discover what you want out of this life and create your own path for yourself.

Shred the expectations that other people have for you life and start to feel YOUR emotions. 

For Maris, she was a talented swimmer, but she didn't enjoy the sport or the competition. After recovering from her eating disorder, she began a new journey in which she was more open and honest with herself about what what she loves and what makes her happy. 

At first, it was an uncomfortable feeling, but before she knew it, she felt free to follow her passion for yoga.

 

"I was torn because I wasn't sure if I was supposed to do things because I was passionate about them or was I supposed to do things because it was the right thing to do. So I was struggling with the traditional lack of identity, but I was also playing with this idea of what it meant to be authentic." - Maris Degener on trying to find her purpose during high school

 

About Maris Degener

Maris is an 18 year old certified yoga teacher specializing in the healing and restorative power of Vinyasa
Flow. With a past of overcoming eating disorders and mental illness, Maris is a recovering pessimist and
perfectionist who is now fearlessly authentic.

At the age of 13 she was diagnosed with a life-threatening eating disorder that led her on a journey to regain her mental and physical health. She now seeks to spread the healing powers of yoga, whole foods, and mindful living through her blog and teaching practice.

She has been featured by CNN health and across the media being spotlighted for her fearless authenticity and raising awareness of eating disorders and mental health.

 

Resources Mentioned On the Show

 

What You'll Hear On The Show

  • 1:50  Josh discusses today's show topics
  • 4:00  Josh introduces Maris
  • 4:30  Maris' story of receiving an email from an 80 year old man interested in yoga.
  • 5:40 What is a common myth about eating disorders that isn't true?
  • 7:00  The start of Maris' eating disorder with anxiety.
  • 10:00 Discovering who we are and what our destination is meant to be.
  • 11:40  What was your inspiration to be so self reflective?
  • 12:20  What was missing for you after you left the hospital? How can our medical centers be better to help us heal both our minds and bodies?
  • 15:00  Maris' discovery on how she could heal her emotional wellness
  • 16:50  Maris' new journey to healing her mind and body through yoga
  • 17:40  Maris' parents participation in her healing process
  • 19:15  Are we born with an eating disorder or do different events push people in that direction?
  • 22:45  Maris' connection with other people
  • 25:00  The stigma around mental illness: Do we not allow ourselves to simply feel our emotions? How can we manage our emotions?
  • 27:10  What do you tell women who are struggling?
  • 28:30 Who's inspired you become this person that you are?
  • 30:00  I Am Maris: How did this documentary about mental illness and your story begin?
  • 31:45  Maris' continuous journey towards forgiving herself for her eating disorder
  • 33:00  Books that have helped Maris with emotional wellness and well-being
  • 34:30  How can we recognize signs of struggle with addiction or mental illness?
  • 35:50  Maris' relationship with food today
  • 37:30  How do we misinterpret our relationship with food? What do we focus on instead?
  • 38:40  7 for 7: Josh asks Maris 7 fast questions
  • 39:15  How do you practice fearless authenticity?
  • 39:45  How do you create an authentic space?
  • 40:10  What can people tell themselves when they're going through a shame spiral
  • 42:10  What is your definition of wellness?
  • 44:40 Takeaways from today's show

 

 

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Jan 3, 2017

To celebrate the start of 2017, this episode is dedicated to spotlighting  7 powerful episodes and remembering what they taught us about our wellness path in 2016.

It has been such an incredible year on the Wellness Force Radio podcast! There have been so many amazing guests who have opened up to us to share their stories and teach us how we can improve our health and wellness.

On this episode, you will listen to seven inspiring conversations for seven steps to greater wellness in 2017.

If you’re listening to the Wellness Force Radio podcast for the first time, this will be a unique experience for you to get in touch with the types of guests and topics we dive deep with on the show. If you're a returning listener, this will be an incredible chance for you to absorb seven powerful concepts from these world-class leaders to help you in 2017.

 

Gretchen Rubin: The Secret to Habit Change 

 

"Unfortunately, we've all learned from tough experience that no magic, one-size-fits-all solution exists and that the real secret to habit change is that in order to change our habits, we must first know ourselves." -  Gretchen Rubin

 

According to Gretchen, the secret to habit change is to get to know ourselves through self exploration and awareness. We're not all the same and we need to understand what makes us happy and motivated to work hard. 

One great example that Gretchen gave was the difference between some one enjoys simplicity vs. abundance. One person may work great in a simple environment with no clutter, but maybe another person feels energized in an office stacked with books and other collections. 

Once you've found what helps you stay motivated, you can create new habits to keep that motivation going while respecting other people's differences and what motivates them at the same time. 

 

Melissa Hartwig: Food Freedom Forever 

 

"Food scientists have engineered chemicals and processed foods that light up the reward centers in the brain for a different reason than nature intended. Not because they provide vital nutrition, but because they're scientifically designed to stimulate our taste buds." - Melissa Hartwig

 

It is said that the gut is our body's second brain because if we pay close attention to it, it can tell us when we're full and what nutrition we need. During this podcast episode, Melissa discussed the difference between Satiation and Satiety and how they can help us create healthy habits. 

What is Satiation?

Satiation is your brain's perception that you've had enough food and you're done eating. Satiation basically occurs when you're sick of eating. Maybe your mouth is tired from chewing food, you're sick of the taste of the food that you're eating, or you're so full that you can't even eat anything else. 

Satiation can easily happen when you've eaten foods such as popcorn, brownies, chocolate or any food that's difficult to stop eating once you've started. For me, it's super hard to stop eating chips with salsa and/or guacamole. 

 

What is Satiety?

Satiety takes place in the stomach when the body knows that it has enough various nutrients to be full and satisfied as far as survival goes. When you eat a grass-fed steak with green vegetables and perhaps some healthy fats, your body has had enough without you needing to over consume other foods. 

How can we begin to focus on eating more foods that help us feel satiety?

Focus on consuming foods that nature intended for us to eat. Stay away from overly processed foods with lots of preservatives and sugars and eat natural fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. Focus on eating satiety foods so that you get to a place where you can trust the signals that your gut, not your brain, is telling you. 

 

Dr. Jade Teta: The 5 Metabolic Myths 

 

"Metabolism is designed to keep us in homeostasis and help us adapt to the stresses of the world around us whether that stress is sleep deprivation, decreased calories, over exercising, or emotional stress." - Dr. Jade Teta

 

During the episode with Dr. Jade Teta, he explained what the difference is between Dieters and Detectives.

Dieters go by the rules, but unfortunately, this is what keeps them stuck in the same place or worse as they move form one diet to the next. Dieters follow all of these rules, but there actually aren't any rules at all, just guidelines. That's where the Detectives come in. 

Detectives follow the guidelines and learn skills that allow them to be flexible and discover their own nutrition method. Why is this better than following a strict set of rules of what to eat and not eat? Because every person is different and we all have different metabolism. 

 

The Goldilock Zone

According to Dr. Teta, the key to finding the right metabolism balance and the perfect amount of nutrition, exercise, and relaxation is to follow the Golidlock Zone method. 

You can get in the Goldilock zone when you have not too much, not too little, but just the right amount of:

  • Fats
  • Carbs
  • Proteins
  • Stress
  • Exercise

When everything is balanced, your metabolism is right where you want it to be. Just like metabolism, everyone's Goldilock Zone will be unique. To help you get to the Goldilock Zone, focus on HEC.

What is HEC?

HEC stands for Hunger, Energy, and Cravings. HEC helps you to understand if a diet is working for you. After each meal, pay attention to how your body feels, responds, and what your biomarkers are telling you. 

 

"If your HEC is in check, then your metabolism is balanced."- Dr. Jade Teta

 

 Dr. John Gray - ADHD, Brain Health, & Sex Addiction 

 

"We demand the instant gratification that releases the dopamine in our brain when we're hyper stimulated.  Instead of over simulating our brains, need to bring it back it back to the present moment. We need to be happy with what's here rather than creating drama or addiction." - Dr. John Gray

 

Our society is always looking for the best, new thing out there. The best TV screens, the best food, the most romantic relationships etc. But our brain can also thrive on sadness, stress, and addiction

All of these factors and more can give us instant gratification because they release high levels of dopamine in our brains. Once we've experienced this natural stimulation, we keep wanting more or we'll easily get bored.

However, if too much dopamine is released into the brain, the body regulates itself and ends up lowering the amount of dopamine sensors. The higher the stimulation, the longer it takes for the sensors to return to normal. 

Recover from Hyper Stimulation

Not only will time help heal the body from hyper stimulation and high dopamine levels, but a healthy nutrition is key to helping the body recover back to normal. 

Rather than being bored with what we have and ready to move one, we need to learn to be happy and appreciate what we have in our lives. Looking out for and buying the latest TV will only give you instant gratification; it cannot bring you pure joy and happiness in your life. 

Nutrition is key, but so are minerals such as lithium. With just the right amount of lithium and another alkalizing minerals such as potassium and calcium, they can help lower our amount of stress. However, too much lithium can create high levels of anxiety. 

 

Gay & Katie Hendricks - Love vs. Fear:Body Intelligence in a Modern World 

 

"Love will triumph because love is bigger than fear. You can test that out in your own being by noticing what happens when you love your fear. Suddenly a whole new world opens up." - Gay Hendricks

 

For some people, self-love is something that can be difficult to find and tap into. However, if we don't love or honor ourselves, then we cannot honestly begin to trust and get to know ourselves. 

 

"I saw that down at the bottom of everything, you're either in love or in fear at any given moment. That you're either open to cherishing yourself, cherishing other people, the universe around you, you're opening to listening, you're opening to being present OR you're scared about something and that shuts you down." - Gay Hendricks

 

To better understand ourselves, Gay suggests that we think about something that we're afraid of. We need to discover that fear, feel it, and love it. Love that fear just like you love a person and with all of that positive emotion, you can use that love as a means to start loving yourself just the way you are. 

 

Drew Canole - Self-Love, Juicing, and Transformation 

 

"A lot of people are trying to find what they're purpose is. When you clear your space and put yourself in a place where you can just start listeneing more, your purpose is going to show up. It's that thing that's always more or less been there, but you don't think is possible." - Drew Canole

 

The people that we spend the most time with can say a lot about who we are and what we want out of life. During Drew's interview with Josh, he explained how Tribe Affects Our Vibe

Each year, Drew takes time to get a clear picture of himself. What he loves about himself, but also what he dislikes and disapproves. Do the same for yourself and then think about people who you think are the same or have similar personal growth development goals. 

You create your tribe by finding and connecting with people who have the same vibe going on. People who share similar characteristics. If you are or want to be a certain way, you'll bring similar people into your life.

Transforming Your Life By Finding Your WHY

Drew also spoke about the Whydentity Process and discovering a why that makes us cry. This is the moment when we identify with the identity that we have in mind with who we are.

Your why is your joy or reason as to why you like something. If we can find joy in something that we're doing, we can create something amazing. In the moment that you find your why, you will omit self-love, happiness, and success. So much so that it rubs off on other people and they will feel passionate about something that they love too. 

 

Mark Divine: Creating the Unbeatable Mind 

 

"The Warrior Master is someone who is extremely humble. It is someone who is extremely emotionally grounded and has cultivated a love for his teammates that is uncommon and also has a love for his enemies. They realize that everyone has the same essence. It's just what's layered on top that makes us different." - Mark Divine

 

We learned something important about the power of love and respecting other people when Mark Divine spoke on the podcast. 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to open our hearts to other people. Especially if we've experienced trauma such as PTSD, it's not easy to open up after feeling shut down for so long. But if there's two things that Mark learned during his 20 years as a Marine, it's that a warrior is committed to two things: Self Mastery and Service. 

However, we can't serve if we don't work on ourselves and many people do not have the training and methodology to work towards mastery. Mastery is just as important as sleeping, eating, and simply being. To reach self mastery and service, we need to grow emotionally so that our intuition can develop and our hearts become softer. 

Loving Our Enemies

The Master Warrior loves their enemies and recognizes that we are all humans with the same essence. We all have a being. Not only do we love our enemies, but we respect them and that is also a form of love. In returner, the love and respect we have for our enemies will help us grow stronger. 

 

 

What You'll Hear on the Show

  • 00:30  Podcast Introduction
  • 2:40  Gretchen Rubin: The Secret to Habit Change (Episode 051)
  • 10:00 Melissa Hartwig: Food Freedom Forever (episode 071)
  • 18:40 Dr. Jade Teta: The 5 Metabolic Myths (episode 067)
  • 29:35  Dr. John Gray - ADHD, Brain Health, & Sex Addiction (Episode 046)
  • 42:20  Gay & Katie Hendricks - Love vs Fear: Body Intelligence in a Modern World (Episode 055)
  • 47:00 Drew Canole - Self-Love, Juicing, and Transformation (Episode 078)
  • 56:50 Mark Divine: Creating the Unbeatable Mind (Episode 086)
  • 1:04:45  Final comments by Josh

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