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FitFluential Radio - The Intersection of Health, Wellness and Fitness

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Aug 18, 2017

Vivica Menegaz is blogger, nutritionist, and well-known ketogenic cookbook author. One of the reasons she loves the ketogenic diet is due to how it let her bounce back from a pre-diabetic state. She didn’t like the advice given by doctors and certainly never accepted her health problems as part of the aging process. She studied nutrition and learned under Dr. Deborah Penner, a person Vivica says pushed her into a career that just happened to be her calling.

In part 1 of our interview, Vivica joins us to talk about how she embarked on her health and fitness journey and  her many struggles. We also discuss why she became adamant about helping herself and the many lessons she learned from her self-taught experience.

 

"It's your own problems and health challenges that lead you to become an expert in certain things.” Vivica Menegaz

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • When she started eating healthier.
  • How research in nutrition led her to the ketogenic diet.
  • How refusing to go the path her mom and grandma took became her stepping stone.
  • Why she'd rather study thyroid and adrenal as her specialty than female hormones.
  • Are women particularly vulnerable to adrenal and thyroid problems?

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Inform yourself, educate yourself, and make your own decisions.

 

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Aug 14, 2017

Stacey Krawczyk is a self-proclaimed “farm girl foodie” with a passion for balancing nutrition, living a healthy and active lifestyle, and the regular enjoyment of food. Stacey is a mother of four very active, athletic school age children, and a Registered Dietitian with the Kellogg company. She specializes in nutrition communication and strategy and trends translation, protein nutrition, public speaking, and training.

Stacey is the Nutrition Marketing team leader at the Kellogg company, and joins us today to share her tips, ideas, and insight on nutrition, moderation, and “keeping it real” when it comes to making fitness and nutrition decisions.

 

Links:

www.openforbreakfast.com

https://www.kelloggsnutrition.com/en_US/whoweare/Team_Stacey.html

 

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Aug 9, 2017

In her 20s, Shannon Kaiser had everything a twenty-something could ask for. A steady job, an abundant source of income, a man who wanted to marry her, and lived in a flat that was better than what most her age can afford. Despite all the success, Shannon wasn't happy. Suffering with bouts of depression, struggling with an addiction to pain killers and a diagnosis of clinical depression, Shannon would often times find herself sobbing with sadness and frustration.

During one difficult bout of depression, Shannon believed her heard an inner voice say, “You have everything you need. Follow your heart.”  It was a pivotal moment. . Realizing she wasn’t being true to herself, she was with a man she didn’t want to marry, and had a job that drained the life out of her she radically changed her mindset, quit her day job and now, her life’s purpose is to help others feel alive, the same way she does today.

Today, Shannon inspires us with her journey, and what it truly means to follow your heart. Shannon explains why it’s important to visualize the future version of yourself and offers advice on using our fears to propel us to a higher plane.

 

"Recognizing we're not stuck is monumental in moving us forward.” Shannon Kaiser

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Your mindset is where happiness starts. You can free yourself by the power of your mind.
  • Stress reduction should be the long-term goal of every person regardless of whether they have a busy lifestyle or not.
  • Ask yourself what you can be thankful for instead of brooding over how hard your life is.
  • Think about what one steps you can take right now. It’s always the first step that gets you going farther.
  • The biggest fear would be what if you couldn't make money out of the thing you love. You have to condition yourself to believe in what's possible than be limited by the fear.
  • The chaos in your life can improve the way you live. Go and do what scares you.
  • Keep showing up for yourself and be the best version of yourself in the moment.
  • You got to break up with your issues. Ask yourself what is holding you back. Break up with that issue and cut it out of your system.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It is so incredibly exhausting to be someone you aren't.
  • Fear isn't always bad. You have to recognize it and give it attention. Ignoring fear can sabotage us from moving forward and keep us stuck if we ignore it.

 

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Aug 7, 2017

Jim Emme, the CEO of NOW Foods, joins us on the show today. Jim started his career from humble beginnings – growing up on a farm in Indiana. He holds an undergraduate degree in food science and food chemistry, which initially started his career journey into the food industry.

Jim has been with NOW Foods – one of the leading providers of healthy, organic, and natural food products – for over 20 years. The company is passionate about helping people purchase healthier, natural food products and supplements at an affordable rate. NOW Foods offers a wide array of natural and organic products ranging from dietary supplements, essential oils and diffusers, as well as gluten-free, organic, and non-GMO food products and supplements.

Today, Jim joins us on the show to share his story – his passion – for helping foodies throughout the country find affordable healthy food options.

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Aug 4, 2017

Chris and Heidi Powell are a power couple in the fitness world. Chris and Heidi both worked on ABC’s popular documentary style series called “Extreme Weight Loss”. It’s a show where Chris and Heidi help a select number of unhealthy and overweight individuals become better versions of themselves.

The problem was, they could only help a small group of people at once and receiving 400,000 emails over the course of five years made them feel the need to address this problem. They decided to make an app called the Transform App, which they describe as an app that makes people feel like they are getting both Chris and Heidi in their pocket. It has a lot of features, but its main attraction is how it can be tailored towards each user.

Today, Chris and Heidi tells us all about their new app, its quirks and perks, as well as why it’s their most ambitious project yet.

 

"If your plan is not sustainable, your goal is not attainable.” Chris & Heidi Powell

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why the new app is like a one on one session with an actual trainer.
  • Why they believe there’s no such thing as maintenance.
  • How long it took them to shoot their many videos for the app.
  • The kind of content you’ll get as well as why there’s no excuse not to follow their guide.
  • Do you need to be perfect in your diet and routine?
  • Can you have a healthy diet with fast food?
  • Their advice for motivation and why it's not something that magically happens.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • You can eat junk food and still stay on track.
  • Surround yourself with visual “why’s” so you will always be motivated.

 

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Aug 2, 2017

Tina Muir is a pro runner and host of the Run to the Top podcast. She didn’t like running before and once shied away from any sort of running activity. When she did start running, she was initially embarrassed and ran in the dark. She mostly blogs about running but she also blogs about body image and shares it’s normal to have some sort of insecurity since even the most perfect of bodies are owned by people who have hidden struggles.

Today Tina will talk about her fitness journey and the reason she started her blogs especially on the topic of body image.

 

"Those airbrushed magazines aren't reality, but what is reality is what we are actually feeling even though only a few people will admit it.” Tina Muir

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Tina not only shares her running stories but also her struggles. She says sharing her struggles allow people to relate to her and somehow feel good that they’re not alone.
  • Talked a lot about weight and how she viewed herself. She insists that she's not perfect and those air-brushed magazines aren't reality.
  • We have different shapes and sizes but it's so hard not to compare yourself with other people especially since social media always shows us the best pictures of people who have flaws too.
  • People like to workout because they like to eat.
  • Started with not being able to exercise 6 minutes without stopping now she can do 15 minutes straight because she trained her body that way.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • We all have a different approach to health and wellness. We need to stop segregating amongst ourselves.
  • Restricting yourself on food you want might make you feel down and overindulged since you're trying to fill a void.

 

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Jul 31, 2017

Lindsay Manfredi is part of the band COLD, the people behind the riff audio for FitFluential Radio. Kelly met Lindsay in 2008 back when social media was still very new. Lindsay has wanted to be in the entertainment industry since she was 21 years of age and she literally lived the kind of life people associate with a rock band that’s always traveling and performing. She literally drank lots of alcohol and ate fast-food whenever it was available. This was how her days went until she realized she was overweight and had no muscle in her body.

She didn’t want to look like that on stage so she joined a fitness program called CURVES. She has since lost the weight and maintained a fit lifestyle comprised mostly of short workout sessions and meditation.

Today, Lindsay tells us what it’s like to be in a band and adopt a healthy lifestyle at the same time, the equipment she brings along during her road trips, and tells us why meditation is much more important than people give it credit.

"Over exercising is very much an issue as far as like how your body reacts to things.” Lindsay Manfredi

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Lindsay did what it takes to incorporate a healthy lifestyle while playing for her band. She mostly brought portable weights, resistance bands, and a yoga mat.
  • She also says you have to make sure you bring healthy food along the way and best prepare them before you go on a road trip. There are plenty of healthy snacks available in supermarkets or you can snack on some healthy nuts. She also drinks a lot of water every day.
  • Lindsay also reads a lot of books on the road. Among them are books that promote meditation
  • Meditation is an important aspect of fitness. Meditation keeps you grounded.
  • Meditation is the new black. Look into it and try it.
  • You're not what you eat, you're what you think about what you eat.
  • If she has trouble sleeping at night, she would pop in some good meditation music. She says 7-8 hours of sleep a day is necessary to do what she does every day.

Key Takeaways:

  • So many people don't put themselves first because they think it's selfish. If you're not healthy and doing this for yourself then nobody around you is going to be happy.
  • Sometimes it's alright to indulge. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Health and fitness is about maintaining balance and not about punishment.

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Jul 28, 2017

Dr. Mike Roussell knows the nutrition game. On top of being a nutrition expert, Mike is also an author of several books as well as a nutrition adviser for Men’s Health and Shape magazines. He believes in the idea of what he calls the “Psychology of Nutrition” or the mental aspect of eating and dieting. He actually did a research on the eating behaviors of ordinary people, ordinary being people who aren’t really into the whole health and fitness mindset yet. He found out the hardest part of maintaining a diet was not planning or crafting the right nutrition plan rather it was the doing of the nutrition that people find most difficult.

Today, Mike talks about the idea behind the Psychology of Nutrition, the difference between physiological and hedonic hunger, and what food logistics is. He describes the Rate Limiting step of nutrition as well as why he thinks people have a misguided focus on their wellness.

 "The psychology of nutrition is an extremely interesting and untapped area of food and nutrition.” Dr. Mike Roussell

 In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Tracking nutrition in whatever detail you want is fine.
  • People are too obsessed with how many calories they eat that they lack sleep and not exercise. This makes counting calories not matter.
  • Mike describes the Rate Limiting Step of nutrition by comparing it to when you overeat, but you focus on work to rest ratio when the focus should be on the “overeating” part. People need to focus on what's limiting them, what's holding them back.
  • People base their decision on food based on level of wholesomeness instead of nutrition.
  • A lot of gluten-free foods aren't really all that much healthier.
  • Pay attention to hunger and stop eating in front of a screen. It will make you focus on the food you're eating and will help you satiate faster.
  • Physiological hunger is when the body has a need for calories and nutritional sustenance. Reward driven or Hedonic hunger is when your body doesn't need any calories, but you eat because it makes you feel better.
  • Food logistics is knowing how you get the right meals for you at the right times during the day, every day.
  • Good food isn't just going to magically appear in front of you unless you prepare it first.

Key Takeaways:

  • To be successful in nutrition there has to be some gray. There is no "just" in nutrition.
  • People need to listen to their body's signals which we just don't do as much as we should.
  • Pre-planning your meals will make your nutrition more about execution and not figuring out.

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Jul 26, 2017

Valerie Waters is a personal trainer in Hollywood and has been sculpting celebrity bodies for over 20 years. She started getting into fitness when she was still in high school and trained for track & field. She fell in love with strength training as she found weight lifting as a form of stress relief, which she said really helped when she was stressed over high school issues.

Her first job was as a gym membership sales agent, but she barely got anything out of it. It wasn’t until she got hired as a personal trainer did her career start to flourish. Even though her experience mostly came from working with people for thousands of hours, she was known to get people into shape. She would eventually land a gig with Cindy Crawford, the first of her long list of celebrity clients.

Today, Valerie shares with us how she got to where she is right now, the difference between celebrities and average clients, her thoughts on how to motivate people to achieve their goals, and why she thinks it’s okay to not be as hardcore as most people are.

 

"All of us can change, it just depends on what your level of commitment is.” Valerie Waters

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Celebrities are like us except they get more motivated when they get a movie offer.
  • She figures out the strategy for busy people. Even if people were pressed with time, so long as the motivation is there it will work.
  • People have to be taught the lifestyle. Food is to be enjoyed and it's okay to be not so hardcore. You just have to be alright with only having a certain level of fitness versus what you could have if you raised it up a notch or two.
  • To get to the next level, doing more of the same thing won't work. You got to take it up a notch.
  • Raise your standards, especially in clean eating. Don't fall off because of M&Ms. It’s alright to get cravings, but you have to fill yourself with clean food as much as possible. So even if you fall from your goals, you won't fall far.
  • Planning your meals can be a great deterrent to snacking. Don't leave your nutrition to chance.
  • Excessive cardio makes them so hungry and ends up ruining their diet.
  • The more you eat clean food the harder it is to eat junk.
  • The body adjusts to new habits and ends up preferring it. It becomes your new standard.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • The difference between who gets results and someone who doesn't is the person who's willing to do the work even when they don't feel like it.
  • We change our lives through changing our bodies and it starts with fitness.

 

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Jul 24, 2017

Mark Crabtree is a trainer and founder of Ignite Fitness Inc. Mark has plenty of certifications under his belt including being a certified athletic trainer for professional athletes. He drew his fitness inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger, which made him want to get stronger and get bigger muscles. He decided to learn more about training and rehab when his doctor said a previous shoulder injury, which he got from training, was fine yet he still felt pain. He has since become the kind of trainer athletes don’t want to see, as frequent visits meant something’s wrong with their body.

Today, Mark gives his insight on the difference between training a professional athlete vs a typical fitness enthusiast, why he believes in Minimum Effective Dose, and his tips on how to maintain the body people worked hard to get.

"Doing less but doing it more effectively actually speeds up results and gets you there significantly quicker.” Mark Crabtree

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between pros and amateur athletes is the preparation they do before their activity. Most pros require some taping or some extra cushioning in vital areas especially when it comes to contact sports.
  • Typical fitness enthusiasts may also choose to do what pros do before their training to help prevent injury.
  • Your fitness philosophy, what you think, is important matters when knowing what kind of training you should be focusing on.
  • The minimum effective dose helps you get to your goals and still live your life outside the gym.
  • Most people like to go for a run first before they start lifting. Running is an advanced exercise which is hard for the body if you're a beginner.
  • When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, change a few things slowly and gradually transition into what you can sustain for long term.
  • Most workouts Mark advocates take less than 30 minutes after warmup, something most people don't think works but actually does.
  • People are drawn to go back to the way they always ate, but they have to adjust to their new normal if they want to keep their gains.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fitness is a journey, not a short 12-week thing.
  • The middle of the road process is the fastest way to get where you want to be.
  • Fitness is supposed to make your life better and more enjoyable.

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Jul 21, 2017

Dr. Chad Larson is a certified clinical nutritionist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He practices integrative naturopathic medicine which largely treats patients based on conventional medicine strategies and tests, but the treatment is usually more on a holistic protocol.

Chad became passionate in fitness at a young age and even started training people when he was just 15 years old. When he was in college taking up medicine, he had a back injury which ended up being fixed by a chiropractor, a profession he didn’t know existed until that day. Unsurprisingly, Chad was amazed at how his pain was instantly relieved in just one session. He figured he wanted to use his own hands to fix people in a very short period of time so he ended up going to chiropractor school and became one himself.

Today, Chad gives his insight on leaky gut syndrome, what it’s about, what causes it, and shares why a simple headache can be caused by poor gut health.

 "I like to make as many educated connections between the recommendations I'm making and the symptoms they're experiencing.” Dr. Chad Larson

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Integrative medicine uses conventional medicine principles, but the treatment protocol is different.
  • Naturopathic medical schools are based on diet and nutrition.
  • Increased intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut s when things that don't normally get past your intestinal walls can now pass through easily into your circulation.
  • Leaky Gut can be a key gateway to inflammation and even autoimmunity.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and other common over the counter medicine can cause leaky gut.
  • Stress can cause leaky gut through elevated cortisol levels.
  • Just four drinks of alcohol are enough to break down the gut barrier.
  • Dysbiosis or the imbalance of good and bad bacteria can also cause leaky gut.
  • People are often unaware of how important gut health is. Gastrointestinal function can have something to do with a person's headache or other diseases.
  • There is a wide collection of resources that indicate gluten as a toxic substance to some people.

Key Takeaways:

  • Everything in your body and your lifestyle is connected. Chronic illnesses are a sign that something's wrong with your body so listen to it.

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Jul 14, 2017

Jeremy Scott is widely known for his unique coaching style of “keeping it real” with his clients. He is a published, best-selling author, coach, athlete, and trainer who has helped thousands of people around the world transform, not only their body, but also their lives. He’s a former collegiate athlete and a self-proclaimed “real food eating fitness junkie.”

Jeremy’s story is uniquely inspirational. While he’s always been an athlete, he says he didn’t feel as good as he could have during his collegiate career – primarily because of the health and eating habits he followed. Today, he shares his story on what inspired him to improve his health and wellness, the motivating factors that lead him to become one of the fitness industry’s renowned experts, and how his coaching, products, and services have helped people around the world transform their health and lifestyle.

“If you are willing to work hard and put in the work, you can do some pretty amazing stuff.” – Jeremy Scott 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How and when Jeremy became interested in fitness.
  • What inspired him to turn his passion for fitness into an incredibly successful career.
  • His amazing online program and how it helps transform people’s lives.
  • What he means by “auditing yourself.”
  • Why he recommends you model the behaviors of your role models – in life, business, and health.
  • What Jeremy does to stay motivated.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eat real food. Have an understanding about nutrition.
  • Your fitness, your health, and your eating habits are for life. There is no such thing as maintaining. You are either growing, or you are dying. You are either progressing, or you’re going backwards.

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Jul 12, 2017

One look at Josh Chewning and you’d think he’s the kind of guy that has a good life and never struggled with anything. His infectious energy and smiles do a great job at hiding the fact that he’s a cancer survivor and that he once struggled to get his life back.

In part 2 of our episode, Josh tells us his cancer survival story, how he found out he got cancer, the emotions that stirred inside of him, and why he thinks pain and struggle will only make you a better person.

"You just gotta endure the storm and then the sun's gonna come up again.” Josh Chewning

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Josh was at the best shape of his life and felt everything was in place. He was even the Assistant Youth Pastor at his Church so it was a complete shock to him to find out he had cancer.
  • It began when he was in the shower and he accidentally brushed over his "junk" which felt like he got kicked. He then went to YouTube and did a search on how to feel your testicles for lumps then he felt the lump in the shower again that night.
  • It came to a point where his conditioned worsened as his left testicle got harder and bigger each day. He got checked by two doctors and tests indicated he has cancer and that he needs to get the tumor removed right away because it's spreading fast.
  • His faith prevented him from feeling fear from the things he'll be going through. The one thing he feared the most was how much he would be a burden to his wife who was a student at the time.
  • His wife Amber would write down everything about the procedure because John was still unable to move on from the news of his cancer.
  • It was a juggle between being a cancer patient and being a responsible adult to keep his life moving on.
  • When he got through his first day of chemo, that's when he realized how torturous the procedure was and how it would feel so much longer than it should.
  • When you’re in doubt, don't be a tough guy and pretend there's nothing wrong. Get help and go through the procedure no matter how overwhelming those odds could be. You have to do what it takes to win your life back. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Hearing somebody else who have gone through a dire situation and survived means a lot when it comes to feeling better.
  • Pain and Struggle allows you to give birth to a new version of yourself.

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Jul 10, 2017

Josh Chewning is a personal trainer who started his career as a computer crime investigator shortly after leaving the army. He realized he didn’t like knowing the ugly side of humanity, so he quit. It wasn’t long before he heard an inspiring story from his friend, who was a personal trainer, who had a client that walked for the first time since being hit by a drunk driver.

Needless to say, that story spoke to his heart and thought that maybe he should pursue a career that aims to help people get back on their feet. After getting his certifications, he went with a career as personal trainer in 2004.

Today, Josh tells us the experience he’s had in his career, his thoughts on making progress, as well as some quick tips on how to make you succeed in things that you have difficulty dealing with.

 "Strive today to be better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.” Josh Chewning

 In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Josh says he’s worked with more women than men. He thinks it’s because Women are more prone to ask for help because they are more in tune with how they feel.
  • Women are also harder on themselves when it comes to their body so they often think they need a personal trainer to speed things up a bit.
  • People think personal trainers have it easy, but they are people too. They also need help and the also have sad days.
  • Don't condemn yourself for not making progress or for regressing and end up paralyzed to take action. We're more prone to take action if we feel we are progressing and are good enough so do what it takes to motivate yourself even if it means you have to listen to motivational or cheesy songs in the morning and dance to them.
  • When you’re gone from your workout for a long time, you have to acknowledge it usually takes a few days or a few weeks to get back up again and to feel the energy.
  • Josh’s quick tip on accomplishing your goals is to have a column for 1. Things you’ve tried, but haven’t worked, 2. Things you've tried and worked, and 3. Things you haven’t tried yet.
  • You have to accept who you are today without judgment.
  • Find out what your nutrient deficiencies are and work from there. Go see your doctor, test your blood.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re hurting, it's safe to say you can ask someone to encourage you. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
  • There's no lock that has the same combination. Everyone is different. A healthy lifestyle is not a one-size fits all approach.

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Jul 7, 2017

Matt Taub is an international fitness presenter, Beachbody Live master trainer, Fitfluential Ambassador, husband, and father of three boys with a serious passion for helping others live to their full potential by creating healthy habits in their daily lives. Matt entered college as a borderline underweight freshman, but by the time he graduated, he was considered very overweight. Following college, he entered the workforce in the public relations industry – which he hated – and his health continued to deteriorate significantly as he started several bad habits and addictions, including smoking and drinking.

In part two of our interview with Matt, we “get real” on what his life was like while struggling with addiction, what the motivating factor was to make him want to change his life and become healthier, and how he and his wife Felicia maintain a healthy balance while “keeping it real” and raising their boys to be active, fit, and healthy.

“You want to train your body to thrive – not just survive.” – Matt Taub

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Matt and Alecia balance fitness and health for their children while still allowing them to have “fun foods” like ice cream, cake, and cookies.
  • The importance of keeping kids healthy, fit, and active.
  • The overwhelming tendency in today’s youth with less activity, frequent convenience foods, and massive use of technology devices.
  • The physical effects and posture changes associated with kids using technology devices too much.
  • The importance of getting kids active, disconnecting them from technology devices, and eating healthier so their bodies can thrive.
  • How parents can talk to their kids about making healthy lifestyle choices.
  • The moment Matt realized he needed to end his addiction to alcohol.
  • How his life changed after he beat his addiction.
  • Why he believes recognizing your addictive behavior patterns and discovering why you do them can help beat your addiction.

Key Takeaways:

  • Kids are going to be kids. They may protest, but they will eat what’s in front of them. We have to give kids a balance in order to keep them fit and help their bodies thrive instead of just survive.
  • The biggest thing about beating addiction is that there is a reason why you are doing it. Find out the “why,” then find someone to help keep you accountable to staying on track with your recovery process.

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Jul 5, 2017

Matt Taub is an international fitness presenter, Beachbody Live master trainer, and Fitfluential Ambassador on a mission to help change as many lives as possible by helping people find their true potential through health and fitness. Matt and his lovely wife Felicia, are raising three in a world – like many parents – that is filled with technology devices, fast food, and inactivity.

Matt joins us on the show today to share his transformation story – how he went from being an overweight college graduate addicted to smoking and drinking to becoming one of the leading experts in the field of health and fitness. He explains what inspired him to change his lifestyle habits to making better, healthier decisions, what the term “moderation” really means, and how he manages to curb his cravings for junk food – especially ice cream.

“You have to find the switch that flips.” – Matt Taub

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Matt’s fitness journey and what inspired him to get fit.
  • How his “go big or go home” personality has helped him transition from his previously unhealthy lifestyle to making healthy choices.
  • How he manages his cravings and controls his unhealthy urges.
  • Why he believes it’s “okay to be you” in your health and fitness journey by allowing yourself to have “bad foods” in moderation.
  • His definition of the term “moderation.”

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s important to incorporate a “clean,” healthy diet and exercise into your daily routine, but it’s also okay to indulge in “sinful foods” on occasion.

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Jul 3, 2017

Leanne Vogel is a passionate nutrition and food blogger who found happiness with the ketogenic diet and writing programs, recipes, and books around it. She is also a nutrition educator who offers a friendly approach to the often misunderstood fat-fueled lifestyle. Before this, Leanne was a person who always searched for the right kind of diet. She was a vegan then she switched to Paleo until she settled with the ketogenic diet. She also credits her issue with amenorrhea as to why she decided to not just try the ketogenic diet, but stay with it.

Today, Leanne talks about how she transitioned and settled with the ketogenic lifestyle, her book, and her opinion on diet and lifestyle elitism in the fitness world.

 

"If what you're doing isn't working, change it.” Leanne Vogel

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Her life before she found the ketogenic diet.
  • How amenorrhea affected her health and fitness routines.
  • How the ketogenic diet helped treat her ADHD.
  • Her opinion on being elitist around a specific lifestyle today versus a few year ago.
  • How would she describe the ketogenic diet to someone new to the concept?
  • The amazing first time experience of feeding your brain ketones.
  • Her experience on going rogue and eating something that wasn't keto.
  • Why the ketogenic diet is not just a 90-day diet.
  • Examples of food you can eat from Leanne's book.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding what you ate and how it affects your thoughts and feelings is mind-blowing.
  • The Ketogenic diet is actually a lifestyle and not a quick weight loss program.

 

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Jun 21, 2017

Heidi Powell is what we call the ultimate female force. She’s a trainer, a transformation specialist, an author, a savvy businesswoman, a health nut, and a mother of beautiful children. She’s the co-host of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss and has since helped a lot of people choose a healthier and fitter life.

In today’s episode, Heidi talks about her many ups and downs, what her life was like before she found out what being fit means, and her tips on how to successfully transform yourself both inside and out.

 

“Losing weight or reaching any goal is like a game of poker. You have to have your cards and you play one card at a time.” Heidi Powell

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • An eating disorder is not always anorexia or bulimia; it’s not being able to find balance with nutrition.
  • Some diets can get the best of you and make you feel stressed, even the most flexible ones like Macro tracking.
  • Finding balance is everything so take a break on your diet every now and then.
  • Doing everything strategically or slowly will lead to a long-term success specially when it comes to weight loss.
  • Parents should be less concerned about kids liking them but more about raising productive human beings.
  • Coaches play a major role in making sure the client sticks with the program. Without a coach, Heidi would be a totally different person.
  • Investing in yourself will always reap more than what you pay for.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It's not about the weight or how you look but how you love yourself.
  • Trusting the process and the coach is important when it comes to a successful transformation.
  • When you invest money in yourself, not only are saving money on healthcare cost but you’re also clearing you mind as you bring more things other than money into your life.

 

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Jun 14, 2017

Jim Klopman is all about training for balance. He was always the thrill seeker - engaging in activities and sports that challenge the balance system of our body. He always thought it was a psychological issue, but a brain scan said otherwise. Doctors said he had brain damage comparable to that of a former football player. He was then asked to do balance training, something he’s been doing for a very long time. This would explain his penchant for balance-challenging activities and would go on to help others get their balance back.

Today, Jim talks about the balance system in our body, how to improve it, how to turn it around, and how it affects performance in business and sports.

 

"The best athletes have the best balance.” Jim Klopman

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why he trains for balance.
  • What is the “autonomic” system?
  • Why you’re technically not standing “still”
  • Why do we stumble or fall? How do you improve your balance limit?
  • Is it better to run on an unexpected surface?
  • How much of the body is involved in balance?
  • The difference between training an athletic person and an older person.
  • The little things you can do to train your balance now.
  • Why we should be barefoot as much as possible.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Over 50% of emergency room cases from patients age 45 years and above are due to a fall.
  • When you balance train you're just reactivating a sleeping software system and you get better so fast.
  • All human balance is on one foot or the other.

 

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Jun 12, 2017

Last episode, Dai Manuel gave us a slice of his life discussing his experience being an obese kid with a BMI of 40 at the age of 14. He told us what he did to change his life, the kind of hard work he pursued to become a healthier and fit person, and his advice on the kind of lifestyle people should strive to achieve. He also believes nutrition should make up a bigger part of the school curriculum to help prevent or at least reduce child obesity.

In part 2 of our episode, Dai talks about the difference between knowledge and wisdom when it comes to fitness, his Five Pillars, why he wrote The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, his opinion on social media, and how you should always hang out with people who strive to be better.

 

“I don't train as hard as I used to but I train smarter than I used to.” Dai Manuel

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Dai absorbed knowledge like a sponge when he was a kid but he ended up quantifying his health too much. Dai now believes it’s all about how you feel, function, and should be focused on quality over quantity.
  • His book allows the reader to envision their life like a home. The foundation is health and the pillars supporting it are fitness, faith, finances, family, and fun.
  • He wrote his book because people overcomplicate life and his book teaches people to look at life from a simpler perspective.
  • Dai believes "Fitness is the extension from which you can directly improve your health."
  • When it comes to social media, it’s one thing to show your idea thru your actions and it’s another to simply shout the message.
  • When it comes to information, the one who shares their idea should be mindful of two things: How to project the information and how people would interpret them.
  • Social media should be used to lead, not to push.
  • Dai believes in the idea of mindfulness and says at least five minutes of mindfulness should be done by everyone. Just 30 minutes of mindfulness a day “is an investment that's gonna pay dividends for a long time.”
  • People should take time to be present in the now, to pause and think things through. They should learn to respond and not react.

Key Takeaways:

  • When you hang around with the wrong people, you too will be like them. Likewise, if you hang around with the right people, you too will be like them.
  • The gym is prepping us for all the hours outside the gym.

 

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Jun 9, 2017

Dai Manuel - before he became a personal trainer, keynote speaker, author, and a general fitness inspiration - was an obese teenager. He started fat-building when he was 9 years old and packed on pound after pound until he was 14 and weighed an astonishing 200 lbs. with a 38-inch waistline, metrics that shouldn’t belong to a kid who’s barely 5 feet 6 inches.

It wasn’t until he was 14 that he decided to change the way he lived and that’s where it all began. He built a good habit and swore by it. He lost lots of weight and built muscle over the course of 20 months all while growing 8 inches taller. He has since helped people and has been doing so for 25 years with no signs of stopping.

Today we’re going to talk about his transformation story, the habits that made him who he is today, and his opinion on the child obesity epidemic.

 

“If you want to be a positive role model you've gotta be doing it too.” Dai Manuel

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • At the age of 14, Dai was faced with two choices: to accept his life and live with it or change it for the better. He chose the latter.
  • Dai made use of what he had to grow his knowledge when it came to health and fitness. Internet access wasn’t as popular then so he made use of the library.
  • He began his fitness journey by eating smarter and riding a fitness bike. He eventually got more active and learned taekwondo, climbed mountains for fun, and eventually got into CrossFit and stayed there.
  • When you change to a better version of yourself, people start asking you for helpful advice.
  • Education in nutrition is the answer to obesity problem in kids.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is always a choice.
  • Talk about feelings, don't talk about science when it comes to what kids eat. Ask about how they feel when they eat junk food vs healthy meals.
  • Have a lifestyle that will support your "treats" and cheat days.
  • People workout and go on a healthy diet so they can enjoy life more.

 

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Jun 7, 2017

Pina is a naturopathic doctor who combines the latest scientific research with natural methods to help the body recover on its own. Her mission is to help her patients reach their best health potential through holistic and non-disruptive procedures, promoting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. She’s the author of The Little Book of Healthy Beauty where she shares her knowledge on how to be beautiful from the inside out.

Today, Pina talks about her definition of healthy beauty, the keys to health, longevity, and beauty, and why she says meditation is as important as your diet.

 

"It's super exciting just to see that empowerment; that they've taken care of themselves.” Pina LoGiudice

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is "healthy beauty"
  • The 6 master keys to health, longevity, and glowing beauty.
  • Why we have the ability to change our genes.
  • What is autophagy and how does it link to aging?
  • Tips on how to improve sleep and sleeping habits.
  • The benefits of starting and ending your day with meditation.
  • What are "AGEs" and how do they contribute to aging?
  • Tips on eliminating foods that harm your body.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • You could be exercising like a lunatic but if you're not getting any sleep you're not going to be healthier.
  • It's not just what you eat but how you prepare your food that affects how you look.

 

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