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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 7, 2016

When you hear the word, “craving,” what comes to mind?

It might be a feeling or an itch, that if left unscratched, will eventually take on a life of it's own.

What we now know is that cravings can be unnatural or natural depending on the manipulator that creates it based on satisfying our deepest physical and social needs.

This week on Wellness Force Radio, Holistic Health Coach Kevin Geary of Rebooted Body shares how we can identify our "manipulators" to then stop using superficial cravings as a means of instant gratification.

Decode Your Cravings

Do you crave a McDonald’s Big Mac or a large ice cream sundae after a long day? Or maybe a large glass of ice cold water in the summer?

Some cravings are natural and healthy; our body's voice that has spoken to us for Millenia to support health, vitality, and satisfy our soul.

But having a sugary smoothie will not help us satisfy what we are truly missing from our lives.

What we really crave are physical and social factors such as energy, acceptance, and a life purpose. It’s never too late to begin taking a closer look at yourself and discover what you’re truly craving in your life.

When we take time to figure out our stress factors and what we crave, we can get to a place of self-acceptance and feel satisfied with ourselves. When we really look deep inside ourselves, we can find fulfillment and finally get the fit life that we want.

What is a Craving vs. a Superficial Craving?

A craving is something that is a human need for a specific purpose such as survival; to be happy; or other core human needs.

A superficial craving is more of a desire such as a desire for a cup of hot coffee in the morning or something sweet as an afternoon snack.

When we can’t satisfy real human cravings, it can increase our superficial cravings and bring on a great deal of stress so that we easily turn to different coping mechanisms such as eating unhealthy foods.

Human cravings that we need to satisfy to end superficial cravings can include:

  • Safety
  • Mobility
  • Movement
  • Love and Relationships
  • Social Acceptance
  • Purpose
  • Health and Vitality
  • Self Actualization
  • Autonomy

What Are Our Manipulators?

All of us have very different backgrounds that involve stressors and factors that keep us from reaching our health and fitness goals.

These are referred to as BioPsychoSocial Manipulators. One specific manipulator is perfection. If we feel the need to have specific meal plans, workouts, and other specialized plans to reach fitness and body success, this need for perfection can actually have a negative effect on ourselves both physically and emotionally.

If we’re perfectionists and we end up not following a specific diet, we would feel bad if we eat something that’s not part of the meal plan.

If we didn’t do every set in a workout, or if we didn’t meet a weight goal by the summer, we’d be negative towards ourselves and get nowhere in the end.

BioPsychoSocial Manipulators such as perfection are distractions that keep us from reaching our goals in a positive manner. Other BioPsychoSocial Manipulators can include:

  • Willpower
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Poor sleep
  • Nutritional poverty
  • Cluttered environment
  • Peer pressure
  • Chronic illness

Why We Need A Why

The Fitness Industry likes to tell us that we need to look a certain way or we need to be a specific pants size to be healthy.

Therefore, we set up goals for ourselves based on that idea and force ourselves workout everyday or only eat salads for a month because we think it will get us to our fitness goals. But if you’re using willpower and forcing yourself to do a workout or diet that you don’t like, then you are more likely to fail than to succeed.

Willpower is a manipulator and it’s keeping you from reaching your goals and has no means to help you reach them in a much more positive means of fitness. Instead of having willpower, what you need to do is to question yourself “Why?”.

Why do you want to set a fitness goal? Why do you have this intention to eat healthy? If you have a massive why instead of a superficial why that’s been given to you by the Fitness Industry, then you’re going to be able to overcome your obstacles and get to your goal.  

More About Kevin Geary

Kevin Geary is the founder of RebootedBody.com and host of the Rebooted Body Podcast. He helps men and women finally get a body and life they love with his unique blend of real food nutrition, functional fitness, and behavior psychology. He currently has clients in over 30 countries around the world and is dedicated to the mission of changing the landscape of human health. Rebooted Body is here to help you answer the main question, “Why can’t I consistently align my behavior with my good intentions?”Kevin himself has gone through a life and body transformation from being 220 pounds and borderline diabetic with high blood pressure. After experiencing different yo-yo diets and forcing himself to cut calories and eat only certain foods, Kevin realized that there has to be a better, positive way to lose weight by creating a relationship with yourself, food, and fitness.

Listen To Kevin Share

  • His personal experience and journey with weight loss
  • His discovery of restorative and positive movement and exercise
  • His and his wife’s experience with psychotherapy sessions and finding the perfect counselor
  • How Kevin changed his life around with a new job, goals, and life outlook
  • What is the difference between Cravings vs. Superficial Cravings
  • What are BioPsychoSocial Manipulators
  • How are childhood experiences affect our behavior later on in life.
  • How and why we all have different perceptions of what is stressful

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May 31, 2016

For anyone new to the gym who’s looking to gain the strength to let go of old weight, lifting barbells can be intimidating, but not just because of the sweat that’s involved.

In a fitness industry of macho-messaging, loud gym floors, and creepy dudes drinking protein shakes, the exercises can sometimes be the easiest thing to deal with.

As with any new challenge, the hardest part is pushing through the uncomfortableness of a new environment to begin. From the incredible benefits of strength training for supporting fat loss, longevity, and mental clarity, today is the perfect day to start training no matter how long you’ve waited or how awkward it may feel.

On this week’s Wellness Force podcast, strength coach and movement teacher, Scott Iardella, shares his life’s work on the importance of strength training and tips for how busy moms, women, and men alike can add it to their wellness journey.

“Strength training does not have to be this intimidating factor that keeps us from the gym or from being the healthiest that we can be each day. With the right approach and the right guidance from a trusted coach or mentor, there can really be more benefits to strength than just your muscles.” - Scott Iardella

Strength training is a phenomenal way to boost metabolism, lose weight, stay healthy, and be strong. To help you get started with your weight training, Scott has shared with with us several of his top exercises for gaining muscle. If you’re looking for a place to begin or even to add some body weight exercises during your busy day, you’ll want to note down Scott’s tips for future reference.

Scott himself suffered from a major low back injury at a young age when he was training as a bodybuilder and had to learn the hard way to allow himself to recover and follow a specific program to get back to a healthy state. If you do have a sports injury, it’s okay to pull back and not push through intensive exercises and training. You need to allow time for  your body to heal so that it can perform at its very best again.

Unless you have an injury or are unable to perform certain exercises, when it comes to strength training, there shouldn’t be anything holding you back. Work hard, take a break, and keep pursuing your goals.

Common Myths of Strength Training for Women

When women begin to think about strength training, many are afraid of gaining too much muscle and bulking up at a fast pace. However, unless a person is training specifically to become a bodybuilder and over consume food to have a higher daily calorie count, it’s next to impossible for a woman to become too bulky.

Along the lines of being afraid of gaining too much muscle, many women believe that they need to do intense lifting at the very start of a strength training regime, but actually all you need to do is to keep it simple. There’s a reason why simple exercises have been used by people for so many years and it’s because time and time again, they work.

However, for some women, they have no interest on becoming stronger and that’s okay. But it is important to understand that strength training can help you be fit and healthy for the long run. Even just doing a couple minutes of it can boost your self-confidence and well-being.

Why Strength Train? What are the Benefits for Weight Loss and Longevity?

Besides becoming stronger, there are so many benefits to strength training including weight loss and longevity. Many people believe that all you need to do to get into shape is to do daily cardio as your entire workout. However, aerobic workouts and strength training really go hand in hand. In fact, including weights can increase your metabolism throughout the day and greatly helps increase weight loss.

If we want to continue to be strong as we age, lifting weights and doing other strength exercises are very important because we naturally begin to lose our muscle tissue once we get to 30 years of age. If we want to live longer  in addition to being healthy with a less risk of injury, strength training is an easy and effective form of exercise to increase those chances.

Four key, simple fundamental lifts include a push, pull, squat, and hinge movement. To ensure that you do each exercise correctly, be sure to have the right movement, stabilization, and mobility. Exercises has to be individualized to fit your needs and ability.

Keep your workout simple and don’t push yourself outside of your limits to avoid injury. It’s always a good idea to find a suitable personal trainer that is well credited and fits your approach to training.

More about Scott Iardella

Scott Iardella is a strength coach, movement teacher, podcaster, and author of the NEW book, The Edge of Strength. With a one-of-a-kind background as a strength coach, athlete, and former physical therapist, Scott is known as a fitness innovator and a scientist in the area of strength and performance training.

He’s recognized for engineering powerful, no nonsense training programs that increase strength, build muscle, and enhance athleticism while preventing wasted time and frustration with ineffective or irrational exercises and programming.

A passionate professional who’s dedicated to helping people fulfill their potential through a foundation of strength.

Listen To Scott Uncover

  • Expose common myths of women in strength training: What holds women back?
  • Why we strength train: benefits for weight loss and longevity
  • The science behind letting go of old weight through the modality of strength training
  • How women can listen to their body to train effectively
  • Steady state vs. HIIT: How long duration cardio can derail fat loss
  • Bodyweight training for strength: 3 top simple movements
  • Kettlebell and barbell training for women: How to begin and best movements
  • Best overall exercises to activate and shape the glutes

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May 24, 2016

The Reality: Traveling Can Keep You From Being Healthy and Fit

When we're at home in our city and we have our weekly healthy routine, it's easy to focus on our goals, eat well, and get enough exercise. However, traveling can get in the way of ways and put us off course from continuing to be healthy and fit.

But, as Rob Dionne, Fitness Professional and host of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, will explain in this podcast, you don't have to let traveling get in the way of being the healthiest that you can be at the end of the day. In fact, there are many small steps you can do before or during a trip to ensure that you stay focused on eating right and getting a workout in when you can while traveling.

5 Key Steps to Staying Fit & Healthy While Traveling

On today's show, Rob Dionne shares with us how to stay healthy when traveling with 5 key steps.

1. Call Ahead to Different Restaurants and Gyms in the Area

Use different online resources such as Yelp, Uber, and more to find and get to the restaurants that provide the food that you want to be eating to stay fresh and healthy.

If you're always traveling to the same city, keep that list of restaurants with you as a good resource for the future. In that list, including a couple of restaurants that are open late at night so you have the opportunity to eat healthy whenever you want.

2. Stop Playing the Victim Card

Take the time to do a quick workout in either your hotel room or gym. Continue to do exercises that you do on a regular basis at your gym or with your personal trainer. Take control of your situation to find time and space in the day to work out and eat healthy including taking the stairs at the airport or hotel rather than the escalator or elevator.

3. Bring Healthy Food with You When You Travel

Start your vacation strong by not throwing yourself off course with an unhealthy meal. It's very tempting to eat at fast food places while traveling via airport and on the go, but you can easily fix that by bringing your own healthy snacks with you through security and on the plane. Eating a meal before you travel will also help keep hunger pains at bay.

Make sure you keep up your water intake as well. No need to buy an expensive bottle of water at the duty-free section of the airport terminal. Just bring an empty water bottle and fill it up once you pass through security.

Before you leave for your trip, try to have some prepared food at home for quick and easy batch cooking. Traveling can be very hard on our stomachs and if you have pre cooked food or ingredients waiting at home for you in the freezer, you can cook a quick and healthy meal once you get back.

4. Know Yourself, Know Your Triggers

Know and address your triggers while planning for your trip. Think ahead of time about what food at the airport will make you want to eat unhealthy or why you will decide to not workout during your trip. When you understand yourself, you can plan what food to eat while you travel and when you can fit in some fitness to continue to stay in shape and reach your goals.

5. Create a Goal for Yourself

Sign up for an event or make a goal for yourself or with others so that you have an obligation to eat healthy and workout daily. With all fitness goals, be sure to set an end date that you can look forward to seeing health results.

 

Resources Mentioned in the Show

More about Rob Dionne

Rob is an NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, also holding advanced specialist certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. Other certifications include Level 1 Rice Release Technique® practitioner as well as a proud Level 1 Crossfit Trainer! He is a life long athlete competing in swimming, wrestling, Brazilian ju jitsu, beach volleyball, marathons, triathlons and most recently men’s physique competitions.

In November 2013, Rob took 5th in the NPC World Championships and 1st in the INBA World Cup! With his extensive sports and fitness background, Rob has developed an effective workout program that incorporates sports movement and the mechanics of weight training in an outdoor setting, that is extremely fun, safe and effective.

Every individual has different needs and Rob is dedicated to helping his clients accomplish their personal goals.  Each workout program is designed specifically for the client’s needs.

 

Listen to Rob Share About:

  • His life journey from hunting game; acting in plays; beginning a healthy lifestyle; and his journey to becoming a personal trainer.
  • How empathy can help personal trainers really relate to and help their clients.
  • His transition to healthy eating based on his passion for cooking and nutrition.
  • His strategy to staying healthy and fit while traveling.
  • Self-awareness: How to check-in with ourselves and be mindful.

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May 17, 2016

Award winning Chef and entrepreneur Kat Humphus is on a mission to save the art of at-home cooking by making eating savory, healthy foods more simple. 

The uncomfortable data is in: with the speed of modern life, men and women collectively are spending less time at the stove than ever before.

Everyone knows that eating healthy trumps exercise, yet 6 out of 10 people in the country don't ever make time to cook food for themselves.

When looking at the continuum of behavior change and the skill it takes to push eating healthy into the fold, there couldn't be more reasons to throw in the towel.

But as Chef Kat explains, cooking healthy food at home isn't about being perfect and burning hours of time on your feet, it's about adding the right ingredients to your food and in your community to help support you along the way. 

Hungry For Connection

What makes cooking more fun and habit-forming?

Connection.

Not just to the food and where it came from, but to the people in our lives we cook for, including ourselves.

What we need now as a society is for food to be something revered, not just ordered from a window. But the paradigm shift back to the art of cooking healthy as an act of self-care is under massive attack.

Large food companies, who have made an absolute killing on the country's susceptibility for laziness, aren't helping either.

The same corporations that make billions on packaged foods are now capitalizing on the market for GMO ladened and poor nutrient quality "packaged meals."

With free time on the decline, the demand has been especially strong for what are called "fresh prepared foods," meals prepared in a nameless warehouse and then served at grocery stores, bodegas, and mini-mart's around the country.

Sales of these nameless, tasteless, and obesity yielding foods now spike above $25 billion annually that point towards a lack of cooking skills in parents are also on the rise. 

Turning Up The Heat In The Kitchen

The reasons for the slow death of cooking in America are many, but a few big flames stand out. For one, women, who traditionally have carried the brunt of the cooking load, are working more than ever, and therefore spending less time cooking at home.

In 2008, women spent 66 minutes per day cooking, almost 50 minutes less than in the 1960s, when they spent upward of 112 minutes on average. Men, by comparison, are actually spending a bit more time at the stove, albeit only a meager eight minutes more.

So men have hardly made up the difference.

As Chef Kat explains, making healthy cooking simple is just the first step, and what will really make the difference for busy families is adding in the the right ingredients at the right time.

More About Chef kat

Katherine Humphus is a classically trained Chef, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.

After working in Manhattan kitchens under famed chef Wylie Dufresne at WD-50, she also cooked under world-renowned chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa.

Upon returning to her hometown of San Diego, she began working under the Cohn Restaurant group umbrella, opening up 3 restaurants as Executive Chef—BO-beau kitchen + bar in 2010, 100 Wines Hillcrest in 2012, and BO-beau kitchen + roof tap in Long Beach in 2014.

Chef Kat has been honored with the title of Best Chef 2014 by the Peninsula Beacon, in addition to winning Top Female Chef by Riviera Magazine and also Best Local Chef 2012 by Ranch & Coast Magazine.

Now back in San Diego with Kat’s Kitchen Collective, she cannot wait to bring exquisite cuisine to the everyday kitchen. From the kitchens of Paris, New York, and Napa, Chef Kat is on a mission to make cooking healthy possible again right in your home.

Resources Mentioned In The Show

Listen To Chef Kat Uncover

  • How to make cooking at home possible, fun, and simple
  • Why cookbooks don't work for longterm behavior change
  • How to start cooking today regardless of your past
  • The power of being vulnerable ion your cooking and you life
  • Community: What needs to be in place for healthy cooking to happen 
  • How to deal with being intimidated and overwhelmed by cooking 

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May 13, 2016

BONUS episode for a ten minute bite this week!

Today, we're talking about your wellness and genetics. Yes, predisposition towards health complications do exist, but from the collective consciousness in regards to lifestyle modification, saying that genes keep you fat takes the power of positive change out of your hands.

Remember when you were 7 years old and you got caught drawing with crayons on the wall in your room?

What was your first response?

Either fully own up to it or, most likely at that age, peel back and dive into 100% denial.

When it comes to our wellness in the modern world, the national food system, personal health choices, and nutritional habits have officially become the crayons.

Do you mindlessly graze on carb-packed foods throughout the day in a stress response to elevated cortisol?

Do you feel like the meals you eat could possibly be an escape from a day filled with stress, deadlines, and lack of sleep?

WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY

You are not alone.

In the currently health-jaded society, our mechanized, homogenized, and pasteurized system cannot be the scapegoat for you to place blame on any longer.

If you’re willing to spend enough quiet time by yourself in yoga, meditation, or breathing, completely removed from the distractions of the outside world, your intuition will tell you that the only thing holding you back from feeling and moving better is you.

This ten minute bite podcast was crated to inspire you to take the action and accountability needed for your dreams – whatever they might be. Step outside the box for a minute with me and get a little bit closer to feeling the way you deserve to feel: amazing.

HUMANS OF THESE MODERN TIMES

We learn the benefits of denial at an early age.

It comes in many forms but always has one strong anchor: it doesn’t serve our true needs. We all tend to place blame on others from time to time; our thoughts and actions miss the authentic boat. The path of least resistance is all to easy and holds no accountability to our true desires when it comes to health and wellness.

We ask ourselves early in the wellness journey at some point before the awakening: “Am I just a product of my genetics?”

Western medicine would like you to believe so, but after the past 10 years of coaching I can instinctively and intuitively say no.

“The mind only believes what you want it to believe and the body will always follow in tow.” – T.u.

Late one night, I had to go get water at my local grocery, when I ran into one of my old gym members from Mission Beach. Her shopping cart was filled with the usual suspects- bread, soy, dairy, chips, cakes and pasta.

You can always tell a lot about a person by the way they shop- where they are going and where they have been. When asked about her health goals, she told me about quitting the gym and doing a master cleanse the week before.

You know the drill, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a lot of BS. Its another one of those week long diets where you starve yourself and go into ketoacidosis only to regain all of the lost weight plus 3 lbs.

GENETICS & BELIEF

“It’s in my genetics Josh, I just can’t lose weight, I’m going to get a lap-band consultation soon,” she says while reaching for a 2 liter of Diet Pepsi. My heart sank as I talked to her a little about HFCS, food to hormone cues and gave her my card; it’s up to her to give me a call now.

As I walked away I realized the odds of me hearing from her again, with her victim mentality, were worse than trying to get a match to light in a thunderstorm. It’s not that she has completely given up, it’s just that she has temporarily lost hope.

All the motivation she had for better health used to power her enough to run an emotional marathon. All she can do now is sprint the curves and walk the straight-aways.

People are like that when it comes to changing, especially in regards to what they eat.

The supplement industry has made an absolute killing on people like this. Xerox a picture of a six pack spray tanned bikini model holding a fat burner bar on a magazine cover and you’ll make a HUGE profit capitalizing on someone out there who is uneducated and demotivated; they’re willing to try anything quick just to feel hope again.

So why does the uneducated follower repeat this obviously insane process of yo-yo dieting and calorie restriction over and over again?

It’s a learned behavior.

CHANGE THE EXPRESSION OF YOUR GENES

The old fatalistic view that your genes alone determine your fate is dead.

Emerging evidence in the field of epigenetics has demonstrated that not only can we change the expression of our own genes within our own lifetime, but perhaps even more surprisingly…sometimes these changes are heritable in the form of epigenetic marks that affect even our germ line!

In this PaleoFX 2014 video, Dr. Rhonda Patrick explores the intersection between genetics and environment: how things like exercise, heat stress, and fine tuning micronutrient intake can have profound effects on the way your body functions.

THE INSTANT GRATIFICATION MODEL

It attracts many of us shortly after birth; when we are young trust comes naturally.

Modern science has shown us that we learn all that is most important for behavior development in the first 7 years of life. Is it so shocking to most Americans that the eating habits of our parents are passed on to the children of tomorrow and that these children mirror everything we do?

It’s no surprise that those who have trouble losing weight in their adult lives are most likely just repeating a pattern that was learned from their parent’s lifestyle.

I’m not 100% blaming the parents as we know every human has their own free will. We grow into adolescence and further into adulthood by developing an alternate way of living and beliefs compared to when we were young. However, it is common practice that a cobbler’s son becomes a cobbler himself. If I was biased about this then look at the data from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services

“Looking at the long-term consequences, overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults, which increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese. In 2000, the total cost of obesity for children and adults in the United States was estimated to be $117 billion ($61 billion in direct medical costs).”

“Furthermore, the probability of childhood obesity persisting into adulthood is estimated to increase from approximately twenty percent at four years of age to approximately eighty percent by adolescence, and it is likely that these obesity comorbidities will persist into adulthood.”

GET CURIOUS

The question we have to ask is if our genetics or behavior is the cause of obesity. Well, the jury is out, and it’s obviously not just the genes; it’s our learned behavior. So how do we make drastic changes to an obviously broken system?

Speak.

Go out and talk about it! Become informed, don’t settle for the mainstream media high-carb & low-fat diet schemes! The change anyone wants for better health simply just comes down to education. Any learned behavior can be unlearned and refreshed if you put your mind to it.

According to the National testing laboratories in Bethel, Maine- Humans learn the fastest, and have the most retention, when teaching others at 90% followed by a close second of 80% when practicing themselves.

All the way at the bottom there is no shocker that we only retain 20% of what we see when learning.

This is why reading about being healthy and losing weight is no replacement for getting off the couch and failing till you get it right! Or happen to know a wellness professional who is passionate about results.

Just like the woman in the grocery store we all have choices; some are easier than others.

If you have hope take an active role in getting excited, then you have all you need to start the next cycle of recommitment.

Finding true health again is relearning all those feelings we are taught by the path of least resistance to ignore.

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May 10, 2016

This week we showcase an encore interview with two of those most sought after body intelligence coaches and best-selling authors in the world. 

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., and Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., are pioneers in the fields of conscious relationships and body intelligence and the authors of more than 30 books, including best sellers such as Conscious Loving, The Big Leap, and Five Wishes. During the past 30 years they have appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows and networks, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, and CBS's 48 hours.

In 1989 they founded the Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars annually in North America, Asia, and Europe. Their nonprofit organization, The Foundation for Conscious Living, funds research, Films, and scholarships in the areas of conscious relationships and natural well-being.

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Listen To Katie & Gay Uncover:

  • How doing the work in our relationships can translate into better health and wellness in our lives.
  • Gay & Katie's unique work in transformation & conscious living
  • Their work in consciousness and creating a life of love, presence, and integrity
  • The new book, Conscious Loving Ever After
  • How to create thriving, loving, and conscious relationships
  • Exploring the definition of emotional intelligence
  • Healthy habits to begin cultivating in relationships with our partners and ourselves  

Resources Mentioned In The Show

"Being out of integrity with your genius causes a wobble that destabilizes your relationship, work, and health.” - Gay Hendricks

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May 3, 2016

Whether you're a supportive coach or a person on the wellness journey looking to lose 40, 50, or even 100 pounds or more, the light at the end of the tunnel can sometimes seem dark.

Hours on the treadmill.

Counting calories in MyFitnessPal.

Starving yourself.

But what if losing weight had less to do with diet and exercise and ultimately was more about the emotional intelligence you have in your most authentic self?

Finding Your Authentic Self

From doing the powerful inner-work, letting go of his past, and changing his behavior, Holistic Health Coach and Author Michael Tamez was able to shift his functional relationship with food and realize his most authentic self to lose over 100 pounds.

Michael Tamez is a certified holistic health coach and the author of "Transformative Nutrition" The Ultimate Guide To Healthy& Balanced Living."

He's stopping by Wellness Force today to share his 15 year story of overcoming severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, advanced gum disease, and going through layers of self resentment to then transcend and transform his life to let go of a surreal amount of weight.

Hiding Behind The Fat

At age 20, Michael was morbidly obese, had severe obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and advanced gum disease. By coming out of hiding and facing the anger in his heart, not only did he lose 100 pounds and reverse all of those lifestyle related health conditions, he also transformed the dysfunctional relationship he had with food, his lifestyle, and his true self.

This health transformation experience was intensified when he lost five family members within eighteen months. Because of the tremendous impact of these losses, Michael was forced to have major mental, emotional, and spiritual breakthroughs in some the most difficult times of his life.

After experiencing all of these life transforming deaths, he was highly inspired to write an empowering book about life.

In Michael’s book, Transformative Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy and Balanced Living, he describes his influential health journey in detail. Having been on the other side of balance, Michael can relate very closely to what people deal with when it comes to weight issues and lifestyle related health imbalances.

Healthy And Balanced Living

His unique and progressive approach is not just for people who want to lose weight or eat healthier; it is intended for anyone who wants to establish a functional, healthy relationship with their body, meanwhile impacting every area of their life.

Michael's mission is to inspire a permanent shift in the way people eat, think, feel, live and love.

More from Michael's Work:

"Unless you address the underlying causes of being overweight in the first place, the weight is most likely going to eventually return. The second question is going to take some work. That is what my whole book is about. People don’t become overweight overnight, do they? I know I didn’t. Therefore, they aren’t going to become skinny overnight either. Even if someone could magically wake up 50 pounds lighter, do you honestly think all of the negative mental and emotional attachments to being overweight will disappear? I can tell you from my permanent weight loss journey of initially losing almost 70 pounds over the course of the first year, those attachments took many years to break free from even after losing the weight."

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Listen To Michael Uncover

  • How to let go of old weight by finding your most authentic self
  • Why all diets don't work due to emotional roots
  • What to do next when diet and exercise aren't enough
  • How to use your body's signals to direct your personal wellness
  • Why personal development is the missing link for sustainable weight loss

"I drank two liters of soda a day. I ate fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, not caring at all about the consequences. I thought exercise was a joke, and it got to a point where I’d get winded just tying my shoes. Weight loss wasn’t even on my radar." - Michael Tamez

[tweetthis]"Fat loss has less to do with diet & exercise. It's about the emotional intelligence of your authentic self." @TransformativeN [/tweetthis]

 

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Apr 25, 2016

What does it take to live a life on your terms? Deep down, we all crave to live by our own design, but there's not exactly a 101 class in school that ever teaches us how.

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In this week's episode, Fitness Celebrity Anna Renderer shares her 10 strategies on how we can do just that.

With her story of overcoming hardship as a youth, Anna shares what it took for her to transcend and move out west to become one of the most watched fitness instructors in the country.

Designing A Life You Love

Anna believes that in order to have the capacity to thrive in your health, fitness, and to be fully expressed and achieve what you want, you first must know yourself.

More than just physically, Anna'a powerful emotional presence commands attention from the start. From years of working with personal training clients in the trenches at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, Anna has learned what mental roadblocks hold women back when it comes to creating better confidence, fitness, and self-love.

From thousands of hours on the training floor, Anna now teaches women across the country all the smart, simple, and small steps it takes to live their best life. She believes that women are such powerful human beings and wants to build an army of women that can fully utilize their power!

More About Anna

Anna is a certified High Performance Coach and the Fitness Expert and Host of POPSUGAR fitness, creating new workout programs each week for over 700K subscribers.

She is the creator of The Sexy Confident Woman Formula and 7 Day Fat Furnace and a 1-Star Diamond coach for Team Beachbody, growing a network of fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts to develop online businesses and brands to change more lives around the country.  

Crush Your Self Doubt

"I believe that having purpose will conquer fears of judgment, hardship and self-doubt." - Anna Renderer

What Anna Believes

 

I believe every person was born to shine bright.
I believe our attitude and environment sparks and sustains our motivation.
I believe everyone is born for greatness.
I believe we are born to serve and inspire others with our gifts, talents, and passion. 
I believe joy and enthusiasm are contagious and can change lives.
I believe having intention and discipline is the recipe for success in anything.
I believe more people are in need of support and love.
I believe more people are in need of self-expression and freedom to live their truth. 
I believe elevating others is the true key to happiness and connection
I believe making choices and taking action is how we develop wisdom to become better.

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Listen To Anna Uncover

  • 10 Strategies to be sexy, fit, and confident woman in this busy modern world
  • Why she believes elevating others is the true key to happiness and connection
  • Conscious Eating
  • Staying consistent for better shape and health 
  • Avoiding burnout as a busy woman
  • Creating realistic ideals that relate to you
  • The skill of letting go
  • How to do an emotional "clean-out" 

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Apr 19, 2016

Jeff Sanders is a public speaker, productivity coach, best selling author, and host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast.

Today on the show, Jeff spotlights how to take bold action, help us take charge of our mornings, and dominate our day before breakfast.

Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast

Personally, my wake up is 7am, but not everyone is a lark by nature and sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day. There have been many days where I make an elaborate 'to-do list" only to end up adding 15 more.

Can you relate? 

But getting up at 5am isn't the only way to tick all the boxes.

As Jeff describes on his website, there is a process and a method to quiet all the distractions by the simple, yet powerfully effective act of writing things down on paper.

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David Alan's book "Getting Things Done"

Simon Sinek's book "Start With Why"

Greg McKeown's book "Essentialism"

Gary Keller's book The One Thing

Cal Newport's book "Deep Work"

5AM Miracle Community on Facebook

5AM Miracle Podcast 

Listen To Jeff Uncover

  • How Jeff went from door to door sales to writing a best-selling book
  • The quest for our own self development
  • How to achieve goals yby taking a personal inventory
  • Eating food with intention
  • What it takes to create a massive health shift to running marathons and eating vegan
  • How to schedule in the fun

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Apr 12, 2016

When it comes to health and wellness, there is nothing more powerful than our habits.

But in this modern, busy, sometimes even crazy world, what is the real secret to habit change that we all can apply?

Does it matter for better wellness that you get up early, never take a bite of vanilla cake again, do crossfit or go running? Or is your tendency type so fixed so that you can eat what you want and still be healthy?

In this episode, we'll get the answers to all these burning questions and much more, as we uncover the secret to habit change with #1 New York Times Best-selling Author, Gretchen Rubin.

The Secret To Habit Change 

I sat down with world famous author Gretchen Rubin last week in the Wellness Force studio to dive deep into a powerful question:

Why do we do what we do?

What came next over the next 60 minutes was powerful knowledge and tools extracted from Gretchen's 10+ years of research to help us better understand our habits and behaviors so we can show up more vital, healthy, and fit in our lives.

Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.

Our wellness force is the energy source that fuels us to be our very best. So today, we're tapping into, and getting more clear on your wellness force.

Gretchen Rubin: Make or Break Your Habits

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. In Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, she provides surprising insights and practical advice drawn from cutting-edge research, ancient wisdom, and her own observations, about how we can make our lives better than before.

She investigates the multiple strategies she’s identified that help us make and break our habits. After all, habits are the invisible architecture of a happy life, and when we change our habits, we change our lives.

The secret to changing a habit? First, we must know ourselves, so we can suit our habits to our own nature. It was Rubin’s longstanding interest in happiness that led her to the study of habits, because when she talked to people about their happiness challenges, they often pointed to a habit that they couldn’t make or break.

This pattern made her ask, “When and why can people successfully change a habit—or not?”

What It Really Takes To Change Our Habits

Many of us want to change our lives by getting rid of bad habits and adopting new habits. But changing something that is fundamental to our daily lives can be very difficult.

To get insights into how we can make effective and lasting habit changes, Gretchen Rubin explains the spark that lead to her researching how to use the power of custom habits to help transform our everyday lives.

On her own wellness journey and never-ending passion to master habits, Gretchen shares towards the end of the show how reading Gary Taubes book, "Why We Get Fat," dramatically increased her body and health awareness by changing her diet to low carb; which ended up transforming her life.

But before anyone can transform their life, they first must deeply know themselves. Gretchen has formulated just exactly how we can tap into this self-awareness in a system she calls "The Four Tendencies."

What Is Your Tendency Type?

Last month, I sent out Gretchen's 4 tendencies quiz to my social circles and here were the results:

14 Obligers
3 Upholders
1 Rebel
5 Questioners

Where do you fall?

Learn more about yourself and take the quiz

Are you a moderator or abstainer?
What are your habit loopholes?
Do you use the strategy of monitoring?
What is your tendency type?

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Apr 5, 2016

Does the language we use directly relate to the quality of our vitality and health?

What words or behaviors can we use to anchor healthy habits that stick?

On today's episode, NLP practitioner Tony Wrighton stops by Wellness Force Radio to uncover the secrets behind getting more energy and vitality through neuro linguistic programming, emotional freedom technique, and how he overcame a life-threatening illness by using these powerful tools.

Tony is a UK-based wellness expert, personal development author and Sky Sports host, with one of the most widely-downloaded self help podcasts/apps in the country. In addition, he's authored 19 books/audiobooks including three best sellers tied to improving your motivation, your vitality and your life. His brand platform, Zestology, draws hundreds of thousands each months, across his website/blog, podcast and popular app.

Neuro Linguistic Programming

Tony started using NLP techniques in his UK radio program to get more people listening, listening longer, and having better feelings about their listening. This episode is Part I of the episode II that I recorded on the Zestology Podcast.

This is the episode for you if you are curious about self tracking, NLP, getting more energy, vitality and manage your moods to live a more rewarding life. 

What is NLP?

  • NLP studies how people do things well.
  • NLP is a set of skills that improves your communication with other people (and yourself).
  • NLP helps you manage your moods and run your own life more successfully.
  • NLP can help with your personal development and the development of others.
  • NLP is used a lot in business, self-improvement, sport, sales, therapy, and coaching.
NLP Technique example 1 - Anchoring
NLP Technique example 2 - Hypnosis
 
 
Tony Robbins is probably the world's foremost personal development trainer. He does not call his methods NLP, but originally trained with Richard Bandler and there are similarities in the approach.

From Sickness To Health

Tony was struck down by a virus a year ago while on holiday in the jungle in the middle of nowhere and ended up having three months off work, and basically in bed. The doctors said it might be glandular fever, but they didn't really know. It was a scary time, and since then, Tony has really focused on his health and energy as he slowly fought back to full health.

“I was struck down by a virus while on holiday in the jungle in the middle of nowhere. I ended up having three months off work, and basically in bed."

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Mar 29, 2016

Ted Ryce was put on this planet to show us how to live a legendary life by helping people master their health & fitness, mindset, productivity and communication skills.

He is a motivational speaker, fitness expert, wellness coach and host of the Legendary Life podcast. Having been a fitness professional for over 17 years in the Miami Beach area, Ted has worked with celebrities like Richard Branson, Rick Martin, as well as many CEOs of multimillion dollar companies.

Tragedy & Triumph

Ted is the host of the Legendary life podcast, a top ranked health show on itunes, and with his intention to help others in a recent "Be The Change" project successfully funded on Kickstarter, his gratitude for life and people have reached new levels in 2016.

However, his life wasn’t always like this.

The truth is that he believes himself to be an ordinary guy who was born with no special skills or talents.

In fact, He's been through some extraordinary events. Tragedies that he thought he’d never be able to overcome.

The Extraordinary Circumstances Ted Has Lived Through   

  • In 1991, when he was 14 years old his mother died in a car accident.
  • In 1995, when he was 19 years old and starting to recovery from his mom’s death, his 9-year-old brother was kidnapped, raped and murdered.
  • In 2009, his step-mother died from a heart attack, from a broken heart.
  • In 2012, his 35-year-old sister committed suicide. The truth is she never recovered from Ted's brother’s loss.

Everything we’ll talk about on today's show is 100% in alignment with taking an honest, and sometimes humbling, look at our health and wellness goals, and the how and why we show up in our relationships to others.

I mean, is there really anything else more important in this life than how we serve other people?

You Will Learn

  • How to live a legendary life by setting and achieving your health and personal goals
  • How to take the time to learn the skills needed
  • Avoid the shame spiral and asking questions of “what’s wrong with me” by recognizing you just need the proper skills
  • Taking 1% daily imperfect action
  • Overcome obstacles by creating your why 
  • How to get clear on your why
  • Find what makes you come alive
  • Putting yourself outside your comfort zone

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Mar 22, 2016

Do you intuitively know that in order for your health to rise to the next level you first must break your bad habits? Today's guest, Nir Eyal, helps companies create behaviors that benefit their users, while educating people on how to build healthy habits in this busy modern world.

Nir Eyal is a best-selling author, speaker, and behavior change jedi-master that is educating people on how to build healthy habits in their own lives.

He writes for TechCrunch, Forbes, Psychology Today, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies.

As the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products Nir has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Design School on practical insights to create user habits that stick.

Are You Addicted To Technology?

How do successful companies create products people can’t put down?

Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit?

Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?

Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model—a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior.

Through consecutive “hook cycles,” these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging.

Why We Do What We Do

With technology growing exponentially, it is no surprise that the waterfall of apps, wearables, and the internet of things have become a double-edged sword in our world.

On one hand, technology has given rise to advances in human connection, expression, and productivity, while on the other, without mindfulness and intention, it can harm the most important thing we have: our health and wellness.

To balance the demands of this attention-grabbing technology while still maintaining our vitality and well-being, Nir's new book profoundly uncovers the how, why, and what makes this addictive technology, well, addictive.  

Behavior Change

Nir's blog is about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He calls it “behavioral design.” The topics at Nir's blog encompass user experience, behavioral economics, and a dash of neuroscience.

Since 2003, Nir has sold two technology companies and now help teams design more engaging products. For most of his career he has worked in the video gaming and advertising industries where he learned, applied (and at times rejected) the techniques used to motivate and manipulate users. 

His life's work in behavioral design has flourished from his writing, speaking, and consulting by helping companies create behaviors that benefit their users, while educating people on how to build healthy habits (and breaking bad habits) in this busy modern world.

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Mar 15, 2016

Peter Petersen is a highly sought after master facilitator and wellness coach who has been teaching qigong and meditation for over 16 years. As a certified massage therapist for the last 11 years, Peter has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. 

This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping.

The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.

Peter's Action Steps To Be In The Now:

  • Show Up
  • Pay attention and become aware of your awareness
  • Tell your truth without judgment or blame
  • Be open to alternate outcomes that may be even better

Peter’s Formula For The Perfect Day:

  • Write it down
  • See it
  • Say it
  • Live it

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Mar 8, 2016
Is your brain holding you back from stepping into your personal power? 
 
Today, we are talking with Dr. John Gray about natural solutions for ADHD, memory, and brain performance. (including depression and how we show up in our relationships). This conversation also goes to some profound places, including our discussion near the end of the show on how internet pornography is negatively affecting men’s brains like never before.

Staying Focused In A Hyper World

John's newest book, "Staying Focused In A Hyper Worldfocuses on practical information to increase brain focus, memory and restore love and passion in your life and relationships.

Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus

John’s most famous book, MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, is the number one selling, non-fiction book of all time and the most trusted voice in relationships today.
 
He is the author of 17 books, including The New York Times #1 Best-Selling Book of the last decade, MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS. His 17 books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages around the world.
 
For more than 35 years, John Gray has conducted public and private seminars for thousands of participants. John has made guest appearances on Oprah, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, Larry King Live, CNN and countless more. 

Listen Now As John Uncovers

  • What causes ADHD in the brain
  • What is the biggest obstacle for optimal brain performance
  • How to recognize if an adult has ADHD
  • How adult ADHD causes a lack of commitment in men
  • How ADHD lowers sex drive
  • How Tylenol and Acetaminophen can cause ADHD
  • How internet pronography is rewiring the brain to block love and connection 
Shocking Facts About ADHD
  • One out of ten American children have been diagnosed with ADHD,
  • One out of seven American women over 55 will develop dementia,
  • One out of nine American students seriously contemplate suicide every year
  • Statistics reveal a greater risk of ADHD in children of divorced parents, particularly when boys are missing the regular influence of their fathers or their mothers are unable to find happiness

The Hero's Journey

John's story is powerful beyond words. From his site, we find an incredible hero's journey through thresholds of being celibate for 9 years while traveling with the Maharishi Mahesh, sleeping on a beach homeless with two college degrees, to becoming the most sought after relationship expert in the world and writing the best selling book of all time. More from John's story page below:

"In 1978, John’s brother asked him for help from a mental hospital. His brother had suffered from bipolar disorder and he was struggling to find happiness. John had encouraged meditation for him in the past but it did not help. So John left the Transcendental Meditation movement and Maharishi and returned to the United States to try to help his brother get out of depression.

John ended up in Los Angeles, California hoping to find the cure for his brother’s bipolar disorder. Los Angeles had become a hot bed of new therapies like Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Neuro-linguistic programming, Hypnosis, Scientology, Primal Scream, EST, insight Seminars, Rebirthing and Loving Relationship Trainings. But first he had to find a place to sleep.

John was homeless and living primarily on a beach in Santa Monica. He spent his days at part time jobs and reading psychology books in the public library. “I had 2 degrees but not much work experience on my resume. I was good at meditating for hours, teaching yoga and living simply with peace of mind,“ remembers John, "But those things couldn't pay all the bills back then." Every couple days, John saved enough money for a hotel room where he could take a shower and sleep in a bed. But most nights were spent on the beach.

John recalls one night sitting by a fire on the beach with a dozen other homeless men, trying to teach them about God and their true purpose in life. “They said to me, ‘John, we love listening to you, but we have no idea what you’re talking about.’ I knew I was in the wrong place and need to move on. This was definitely not my audience,” recalls John......"

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Mar 2, 2016

Angela Martindale is a lifestyle transformation expert, fitness and nutrition professional, and motivational speaker.

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Having worked for many years as a celebrity fitness trainer and personal nutritionist to some of Hollywood’s most elite A-list actors and actresses, Olympic athletes, and renowned business moguls, Martindale now shares her unique nutrition, fitness and lifestyle expertise with individuals both locally and nationwide. 

Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Wellness

In 2006, Angela launched Transform - a lifestyle-coaching company geared toward cultivating physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. She also spearheaded Meals That Transform, a conscious food delivery service of all-natural, organic, healthy meals.

 

A native Utahn, Martindale has been voted Salt Lake City’s #1 Trainer and Best Wellness Coach and serves over 70,000 fresh, organic, GMO, and gluten-free, custom meals per year, to clients through her nutrition services company, Meals That Transform.   A past contributor to Livestrong.com, ExpertVillage.com and Healthy Utah Magazine, Martindale is a current Lifestyle and Wellness contributor to digital magazine SharpHeels.com and EverydayPowerBlog.com for professionals, and maintains regular appearances as an invited guest expert on all local TV network affiliate stations, offering insightful and educational nutrition and wellness tips for individuals, families, companies and community groups on creating positive lifestyle transformations. 

Additionally, Angela has been featured on the cover of magazines such as OM Times, The Global Information Network and The International Women's Leadership Association, with spotlights in magazines such as Ballet West’s Front Row and featured articles in publications such as; TheIndieChicks.com, Care2.com, The Active Times, Healthy Utah and The Good Men Project, among many others.  Angela was named as UT’s spotlight for the Happenings Media 2015 “50 Women that Rock the Nation” feature, and was recently made a member of the prestigious Ballet West Academy Board of Directors.   

Angela is also an inspirational speaker addressing topics such as; The Role of Nutrition in Healing Physical and Emotional Trauma, Lifestyle and Stress Management, Women’s Empowerment, The Power of Personal Choice in Success, Wellness and Healthy Living.

Martindale holds current certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, a certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is certified through YogaFit as a yoga instructor and national trainer. 

 

Positive Affirmations

Born with a possible life-threatening port wine stain birthmark, Angela was bullied throughout her childhood. Fortunately, Angela was raised by loving and encouraging parents, so that at home, she never felt any different than others. With this love and encouragement as a backdrop, she grew to learn how to have empathy for others by becoming kinder to herself

Angela says, “You can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. Remind yourself constantly of how amazing you are."

She suggests putting up “I AM” signs everywhere, so you're reminded to be the best version of yourself every day.

Listen As Angela Uncovers

  • How moms can understand what their kids need, and that you don’t have to be a nutritionist to lead them into health and wellness.
  • The need to ask the right questions and understanding exactly what is happening to your body
  • Looking within and knowing that wellness is a process; you can’t achieve optimum health in one day
  • Being specific about what you want to happen with your life, in terms of health and wellness
  • Helping moms de-stress and reconnect with their authentic self

Don't Get Fancy

Angela suggests working on meeting basic nutrition and hydration. You don’t need to be a nutritionist or a chef to deliver the best care for the ones you love. All is you need to do is understand what your body needs and how it reacts to the things you feed it.

Think of long-term goals because truth be told, wellness is a process. As Angela puts it, you can’t expect to lose weight all of a sudden if you eat a single apple today. It takes time and effort and patience - and of course, consistency.

Wellness Is Happiness

Being grateful is the key to unlocking a life of wellness. Angela states you'll know you’ve achieved wellness when there is a vibrant energy that flows through you. You don’t have to be the richest, the fanciest, or the best - you just have to be at peace and at home with who you are and what you have.

Moms have the most difficult time dealing with this; especially because of societal pressure - and Angela wants to remind all mothers out there that you are not alone and that you have support. 

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Feb 24, 2016

This EP is #1 for the Wellness Force archives! Dan Pardi is an entrepreneur and researcher whose life’s work is centered on how to facilitate health behaviors in others.

He is the developer of Loop Model to Sustain Health Behaviors to help people live a healthy lifestyle in a modern world. He does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His current research looks at how sleep influences decision making (publications).

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Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain vigilant performance in both combat and non-combat conditions. Formerly, Dan served as Board Chairman of the Investigator Initiated Sponsored Research Association, a global non-profit aimed to promote best practices in the arena of academic research grants.

Early in his career, he served as a Division 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach where he designed year-round training protocols for 13 different athletic teams.

Listen As Dan Uncovers The Secrets To Creating An Optimal Lifestyle Framework:

  • Why should you do it?
  • Are you doing it?
  • Is it working?

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Feb 16, 2016

On this episode we're diving deep into the broth of edu-tastement! Chef Lance Roll takes us through a journey about the story behind the healing powers of bone broth and how it has been revolutionizing the health and wellness industry for the past couple of years.

Heal, With Bone Broth!

The Flavor Chef, Lance Roll, has been cooking professionally for 25 years. His career started in 1998 when he joined the team with Chef Mark Strausman at Sapore Di Mare in New York. He spent 2.5 years there learning classical European cooking principals and Tuscan Cuisine.

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Immune System

Armed with the knowledge of the body’s natural healing capacity and being a lifelong student of food, Chef Lance Roll comes in and brings us why and how bone broth aids in repairing our bodies and leading us toward holistic health and wellness.

He stands firmly behind bone broth as he himself has gone through an amazing transition, going through his personal path of healing his own health issues.

Listen As Chef Lance Uncovers

  • The healing transition he went through after he discovered the power of bone broth
  • Being Paul Chek’s student and personal chef
  • His favorite books from health and wellness experts who swear by the healing properties of bone broth
  • How bone broth can actually reduce protein intake for people
  • Organic, grass-fed animals where bone broth should be taken from and the process it takes to get certified
  • His morning routine, which I also do - and you should also be doing!

The Bone Broth Process

Chicken soup and bone broth isn’t just good for the soul: there’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather.

All bone broths: beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more are staples in the traditional diets of every culture because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and–they boost the body’s ability to heal.

Chef Lance Roll takes us through the process by which bone broth is made, and how long the certain process takes. Bone broth can be done at home or obtained from external sources - but we have to make sure we get them from certified organic suppliers and that the animals were treated without cruelty.

B.R.O.T.H.: Blessed Return Of Traditional Healing

Your body doesn’t recognize chemicals; it recognizes food.

Chef Lance is a big believer in using food as a healing modality, and he talks about how our bodies don’t really react to the chemicals in the things we eat.

He goes back to the traditional way of cooking - prep it, cook it, eat it. There is an emphasis here on the importance of authentic food - food that can actually be recognized by the body, and therefore can be digested and used for healing and repair.

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Feb 9, 2016

Scott Colby, also known as the fitness industry's "Abs Expert" is a fitness coach, entrepreneur, and the host to the Power To Change podcast.

Scott brings on the most inspirational stories from people who have transformed their minds, bodies and lives to find out what gives people the power to overcome obstacles and make changes so they can live with more passion and purpose.

With a background in medical research, Scott had ample knowledge of the way our bodies work, making his transition into health and fitness an easy one. He has helped numerous people with his accountability groups and coaching programs - and he’s not about to stop just yet.

WHY ACCOUNTABILITY MATTERS

Growing up, Scott always had a problem with his body image and was the kind of guy who refused to take off his shirt at the pool or beach.

He just didn’t feel good about it. Over time, he realized it was important to create a change and embrace that change.

But stating a goal is different from actually doing it and having someone take a look at it - not because of the need for validation, but because one needs to be pushed toward the direction he needs to take. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy and that’s what accountability is for. To motivate us to reach the end goal.

Scott emphasized that end goals should be for the purpose of giving yourself a pat on the back and complimenting yourself for a job well done - it is not for the affirmation.

LISTEN AS SCOTT TALKS ABOUT

  • His biochemical engineering education and previous work with medical research; he was featured in journals such as Spine and Gait and Posture
  • How he conceptualized and materialized the Her Strength Dallas Bootcamp
  • Words that we should take out of our vocabulary to enhance our mindset
  • The three habits he does to ensure wellness, both in body and mind
  • Having the ultimate power of choice!

The Gratitude Challenge

There are those times when we feel lost and almost incapable of getting up. Scott Colby reminds us to get up and be grateful - even for the smallest and most trivial things. Anchoring our gratitude to something we are already doing helps in reminding us to express it. Still having a tough time? Write down the things you are grateful for for 7 straight days! You may just pick up a habit.

Getting Fit For Photos Through Gratitude And Accountability

In his community, he has his members write down the things they are grateful for. You wouldn’t believe what he found out! Not only did the members enjoy writing down their gratitude, but they enjoyed reading others’ list more! He says it’s like a glimpse into other people’s lives!

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Feb 2, 2016

What long term positive effects can nootropics give to our busy lives? Can new breakthroughs in cognitive neuroscience help us attain the focused state of attention to meet the demands of our busy modern world?

Andrew Hill, PhD, is a lecturer, scientist, explorer, and also the lead neuroscientist at TruBrain. Today on the show, Dr. Hill and I discuss everything from frontal lobes to biofeedback, and more. 

Focused Attention

Improving focus and efficiency is the greatest weapon for ambitious people looking to accomplish more. In today’s connected 24/7 world, clocking more hours in the office no longer provides the same unique advantage that it used to.

To become more efficient, you first need to understand your equation for productivity. This equation starts with the human brain and how your brainwave states dictate your output. Because we measure brainwaves, we can actually quantify what happens in the brain when someone is in a focused state.

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Cognitive Neuroscience 

Dr. Hill holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA's department of Psychology and continues to do research on attention and cognitive performance. He is the Lead Neuroscientist for truBrain, an LA-based mental performance company, as well as the cofounder of Alternatives Addiction Treatment.

He lectures at UCLA, teaching courses in psychology, neuroscience, and gerontology,and has recently opened a peak brain performance center in Los Angeles named the Peak Brain Institute.

From a storied perspective, Dr. Hill’s road to being a neuroscientist has been the ultimate heroes journey: In the past, he’s worked on a farm, in technology sector, in mental health facilities, and many different previous careers that give him a unique understanding of how humans behave and what holds them back, and the science of how brain health can literally change lives.

Currently focused on developing tools and technologies to help everyday citizens enhance their cognitive performance outside of the lab---- as the lead neuroscientist at TruBrain, an LA-based mental performance company, Dr, Hill is the founding director of Alternatives Behavioral health AND the Alternatives Brain Institute.

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Jan 25, 2016
Bonnie Kelley is a Coach, Trainer, Speaker, and Author who specializes in personal, group, and corporate coaching in personal development and Emotional Resilience Training. (ERT)
 
She is also the founder of Bonnie Kelly & Associates; a personal development academy that teaches and empowers people through one laser-focused intention:
 
How to get out of your own way & on with your life.
 

Getting Out of Your Own Way 

 
Bonnie has spent the last 10 years traveling all over the country helping thousands of others in personal & group coaching experiences, Bonnie has gained the reputation as a "Core Energy Coach," who helps you get to the root cause of your blocks locked deep in your subconscious mind for permanent removal.
 
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But Bonnie’s road to becoming one of the most sought after coaches in emotional intelligence was not straight and narrow. Turned to the streets at just 14 years old, and in desperate need of acceptance, she was introduced to drugs and drinking. It was during this chapter of her life that she was in/out of jail, probation, and court appointed rehabs, and was on a fast-track to nowhere. 
 
Bonnie is a master at balancing success, passion, personal growth, & life. Her approach and style has helped thousands of people transform their lives without needless suffering by strengthening their emotional resilience.
 

Listen As Bonnie Uncovers

  • Top Three Habits To Cultivate Emotional Resilience
  • How Her Story Was Her Fuel To Change
  • How We Get In Our Own Way And How To Begin To Change NOW
  • Attracting Success In Life And Relationships

Transformation To Realization

 
After years of dysfunction, including emotional & sexual abuse, PTSD, food and drug addiction, Bonnie has become an eating, breathing testimony that anyone can change their lives. It was in this moment of complete despair that she realized no one was ever going to save her, and it was her responsibility to transform her own life.
 
In 2004, what initially began as a path of personal healing, quickly transitioned to pursuing a career in personal development. Bonnie has since dedicated her life to helping others, to stop the endless cycle of self abuse and self sabotage.
 

Emotional Resilience

 
Today, we’re going to discover how bonnie transformed her own life to now powerfully transform others, and get clear on how to take action in getting out of your own way to create the life you deserve.
 

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Jan 19, 2016

On today's show, we're flipping the tables where I'm interviewed by JJ Flizanes on Wellness Force Radio where we discuss how to use new wellness technology in our busy modern lives to drive better results and breakthrough old (and sometimes even longstanding) weight and performance plateaus.

Using New Technology To Let Go of Old Weight 

After attending #CES2016 in Las Vegas this month, it couldn't be more clear that when it comes to how wellness and fitness technology will help people through increased accountability, 2016 is the year we will all look back on and remember as a major turning point.

The current global market for wellness and fitness wearables is growing faster than expected. A recent study published by Forrester research shows one out of every five Americans now uses a wearable device.

President Barack Obama has even adopted the connected fitness lifestyle by proudly donning the Fitbit SURGE fitness watch in press photos while walking in the White House garden.

But when it comes to these exciting new technologies giving us new tools to fight against poor health, obesity, and sedentary living, one powerful question surfaces:

Who exactly are you and what are you trying to do?

Why Busy Moms Need More Than Just A Personal Trainer

The days of a busy parent couldn't be more full.

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Companies around the world know this, and in turn, have been hard at work creating products in the health and wellness industry that are changing the game of balancing family, fitness, and responsibility with more ease for moms and dads. 

In the past 100 years, men, women and children alike have all grown accustomed to using the tools yielded by rapidly growing technology around the pain point of wanting to be more and do more with and for the people they love.

Since the early 1900's, and especially since the advent of personal computing, the law of accelerating returns has proven to drive consumers not only to use machines and circuits to produce more economically, but also connect in ways never dreamed possible.

Now, in 2016 and the age of mass distractions and helicopter parenting, wearable and wellness technology are giving moms a fighting chance to stay on top of how they show up for their family by first tracking how the show up for themselves.

Wellness Tools

Fitbit – The dominant fitness tracker manufacturer is a four billion dollar company out of San Francisco named Fitbit. As the global leader of wearable devices, Fitbit has changed course in 2016 to point more towards the . Beyond simply counting steps, distance, heart rate and the number of hours slept, they are now positioning insights for corporate wellness programs to offer much more detailed and insightful analysis of activity and health.

Muse – As mindfulness and meditation both continue to grow in scientific efficacy for both stress reduction and lowering cortisol, people using quantified meditation devices like the Muse brain-sensing headband now have a way to encourage and track stress reduction practices for sustainable behavior change.

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Jan 12, 2016
This time of year there is a huge focus on diets, nutrition, and food choices but what if I told you that when it comes to letting go of old weight, that sleep beats nutrition?
 

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Do you suffer from insomnia or poor sleep?
 
We all know we need to get more sleep, but it isn't always as easy as knowing what we need.
 
Sometimes, and in the case of our guest Chris Kelly, life gives us an open palmed slap to face to let us know exactly WHY we need to get some rest.
 

Science Says Go To Sleep!

 
Chris Kelly is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, a graduate of the Kalish Institute and the founder of Nourish Balance Thrive, a science-based, personalized wellness support program.
 
With a degree in computer science and resume at Yahoo and silicon valley, Chris’s love for data is a powerful compliment to his passion for health and functional lab work, helping clients across the globe with a powerful team comprised of doctors and food scientists.  

Rest & Digest

Chris learned firsthand about what it takes to overcome hormonal imbalances and fix his sleep after suffering many nights out on the couch watching tour de france videos.... unable to ever get a good night's rest.
 
This brought him years of stress, poor health, and a myriad of other issues that culminated in him changing his career, getting well, becoming an FDN practitioner, and a professional mountain biker. 
 
A truly inspirational story and message from an inspirational and great human being, Chris Kelly.
 
Enjoy the show and make sure to listen to the Nourish Balance Thrive Podcast where you can get to know more of Chris and his team.
 
Listen as Chris uncovers:
  • Chris’s battle with Insomnia
  • Setting up our environment for optimal sleep
  • Eating healthy for better sleep when traveling
  • Vacuum sealed food for abetter night's rest
  • MCT oil for wellness
  • Room temperature 
     
  • Oxidative Stress
     
  • Plus more

The Nourish Balance Thrive Team

Chris Kelly, Coach
Julia Kelly, Food Scientist 
Amelia Luker, Registered Nurse
Tommy Wood, MD
Jamie Kendall-Weed, MD

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Jan 11, 2016

With the first week of a new year under our belts, for many on the quest in better nutrition, broccoli is getting boring.

What are the ways we can avoid meal prep burnout in a fast paced and instant gratification world? Can sitting down to eat with others be the missing piece to healing?

The topic of meal planning is perfect timing with what I think everyone is taking a deeper look at right now as we move into the new year, and that is food:
 
How we make it, what it makes us feel, and what is our relationship with it.

Preparing To Win In The Kitchen

Today, on the fourth installment of your six-part series in January, "Wellness In The New Year," we're showcasing the power of meal preparation towards our personal wellness with Registered Dietician, Founder Of PrepDish.com, and passionate chef, Allison Schaaf.

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During her 4 years learning about culinary nutrition at Johnson & Wales University, Allison had the opportunity to work at two amazing, world-renowned health spas: Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires and Champneys in Tring England.

Hungry for more, Allison expanded her nutrition knowledge at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition in Boston, earning a masters in Nutrition Communications and becoming a Registered Dietitian. She then spent time traveling the world promoting almonds through her work at the Almond Board of California. 

Currently living in Austin, TX and operating a thriving personal chef company, Prep Dish Personal Chef, she has the opportunity to cook for families & celebrity clients in their home, bringing healthy, delicious foods to their tables, every week.

Most of all, she feels blessed for the opportunity to thoughtfully plan weekly menus so you, the home cook, can enjoy a healthier lifestyle that’s every bit delicious. 

Meal Prep Success

Allison believes healthy eating can be easy and enjoyable when we prep our meals and setup our week for success.

She created Prep Dish with four clear goals in mind:

1. Save you time & decrease stress.
2. Ensure healthy & gluten-free tastes delicious.
3. Bring back family dinners.
4. Create happier, healthier people! 

Eating Healthy On The Go

Listen as Allison uncovers:
  • Action steps & tips to creating healthy food on the go
  • How to travel and still eat well
  • Food sensitivity tests
  • Elimination dieting 
  • Gluten free or paleo?

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So nice! 

You read all the way to the bottom? That's what I call love! I do the same thing for the people, things, and movements I care about as well.

PS: Looks like you and I share the same passion. I'm grateful for you and want to extend you my email address.

Write to me and let me know what you'd like to have to get more wellness in your life.

 

Jan 6, 2016

What are the things that actually make a difference for creating and maintaining a healthy bulletproof brain? Can nootropics and cognitive enhancers yield more drive and allow us to thrive in the busy world, or are they just a stimulant ride for a crash and burn?

Today on the show, we're lucky to have on an expert in the field of brain health and cognitive enhancers to unpack this rapidly growing part of the wellness industry, Jesse Lawler.

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Optimal Cognition

Jesse is the host of the top rated iTunes Smart Drug Smarts Podcast, and the Founder of AXON LABS. Through his website, media, and radio personality, he powerfully shares his passion as stated on his site: 

"Being fascinated with the idea of the self – of having a “self” at all, in the philosophical sense – is nothing to be ashamed of.  It’s something to revel in."

He speaks regularly on podcasts and live radio (KCRW in Los Angeles, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast), and at real world conferences and events (the Dynamite Circle conference in Bangkok; Oxford University, BioHackingCon 2016, etc.) on topics related to optimal cognition, smart drugs, bioethics, futurism, and more.

Smart Drugs: Are They Smart For You?

Jesse's podcast, Smart Drug Smarts, is for people who want to keep up on the latest breakthroughs in brain health and optimization and related areas of neuroscience.

On today's episode, Jesse explains the 7 types of cognitive enhancers, what and who nootropics are for, and shares a handful of fascinating stories about his own life and passion for optimizing the brain.

How To Build A Bulletproof Brain

Pronunciation aside, below are the 7 nootropics (cognitive enhancers) that we'll discuss on the show:

  • Racetams
    • speeds up chemical exchange between brain cells. Effects include increases in verbal learning, mental clarity, and general IQ.
  • Stimulants
    • psychostimulants, affects of caffeine and nicotine, and the more ill-reputed subclass of amphetamines.
  • Adaptogens
    • plant-derived chemicals whose activity helps the body maintain or regain homeostasis 
  • Cholinergics
    • choline-based class of smart drugs play important cognitive roles in memory, attention, and mood regulation. 
  • Seratonegenics
    • primary neurotransmitter and controls major features of the mental landscape including mood, sleep and appetite. 
  • Dopaminergics
    • promotes attention and alertness by either increasing the efficacy of dopamine within the brain, or inhibiting the enzymes that break dopamine down
  • Metabolic Function Smart Drugs
    • provide mental benefits by generally facilitating the body's metabolic processes related to the production of new tissues and the release of energy from food and fat stores

The Three Must-Have Supplements For A Bulletproof Brain

In as difficult of an answer as it was with all the powerful and brain-boosting supplements out there, Jesse was kind enough to share the three supplements he never leaves home without (and two bonus)

Learn more about Jesse's stack

  • Racetam
  • Fish oil (Omega 3)
  • Creatine
  • NEXUS (15% off using code WELLFX)
  • <MITOGEN (15% off using code WELLFX)

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Bonus Clip

At the end of episode at 47:01, listen to Jesse and I discuss a journey from our experiences into holotropic breathing, inspired by Dr. James Eyerman from the Smart Drug Smarts Podcast.

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