The Model Health Show: Nutrition | Exercise | Fitn

The Model Health Show: Nutrition | Exercise | Fitn


The Model Health Show is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening look at health and fitness. No subject is off limits here! World-renown author and nutritionist Shawn Stevenson breaks down complex health issues and makes them easy to understand and overcome. Whether it's weight loss, chronic fatigue, heart disease, diet, exercise, sex, hormones, sleep problems, or countless other health topics, the insights you get here will help you transform your health and live your best life ever. The Model Health Show is brought to you by RareGem Productions.


TMHS 236: UNDEFEATED: Strengthen Your Body, Mind, And Confidence - With Laila Ali  

I love the quote from Marianne Williamson that says, “With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.”

How much does confidence really play into our lives? Well, if we take a step back we can see that confidence plays a major role in ALL of the decisions we make. Humans don’t act without an underlying sense of confidence. We have confidence in simple things like our ability to walk out our front door and successfully make it to our job. And we have confidence in bigger things like telling someone you love them for the first time, choosing the right college to attend, or going after the dream career we really want. How much confidence we carry will decide how strongly we approach all these things, or even if we decide do them at all!

Here’s the thing… confidence is a learned behavior. Sure, there are outliers that have a genetically higher tolerance for risk, but for the most part, the most confidence people on the planet built that confidence by doing the work. Now, the question is, what does that work actually entail? How can we all build our confidence so that we are showing up better in our work, in our relationships, and in our health practices? To answer that, I decided to bring on one of the most confident people I know. She’s an undefeated world champion, she’s been successful in everything from boxing, to dancing, to hosting network television, to being a mom (which can be the most demanding thing on confidence of all!). She’s here today on The Model Health Show to share her story, and to share how she was able to build her confidence despite meeting adversity around many corners. Just click play, listen in, and enjoy this conversation with the one and only Laila Ali.

In this episode you'll discover: How Laila first became interested in boxing (and it’s not what you think!). Why doing work that you love doesn’t really feel like work. The little known outside the ring battles that challenged Laila during her boxing career. Why it can be difficult to uncover what you’re passionate about when you enter a new chapter of your life. What inspired Laila to focus on creating a new career in health & wellness. Why confidence is so important, and how to build it! What Laila’s #1 fear is (yep, it’s the fear that a champion would have!). How valuable failure really is and how it improves our lives. Why Laila doesn’t follow any diet framework 100% (this is important!). Items mentioned in this episode include: Thrive Market Exclusive - 25% off your entire 1st order + free shipping! ⇐ Use the coupon code model for 20% off Laila Ali’s DELICIOUS Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

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TMHS 235: Epigenetics And The Biology Of Belief - With Dr. Bruce Lipton  

I remember watching a lecture from Dr. Bruce Lipton along with my wife and mother-in-law many years ago. After it was over, I saw the tears rolling down my mother-in-laws face as she was overwhelmed with emotion.

You see, she had been helping people from all walks of life to better themselves mind, body, and spirit for decades. I’d never meet anyone who was as loved and admired as her before, and I was always intrigued by the love that came from everyone’s mouth when they spoke of her.

She endured so much that most people never saw… and all that she went through enabled her to give at a level most people never experienced until they meet her. And, during that lecture from Dr. Lipton, she realized that what she believed all along was true… If you can help people to heal their minds and beliefs, you can help them to heal their bodies. The solution was always inside. That’s how she was able to help herself, and that’s how she was able to help so many others (myself included).

Dr. Lipton has a tendency to transform people’s paradigms. As a cellular biologist and leading voice in the field of epigenetics, he’s seen firsthand how our thoughts, feelings, and environment can affect the destiny of the 50 trillion plus cells that make each one of us up. Moreover, he’s brought to light that our 50 trillion plus cells function very much like a community. Everyone has jobs, everyone is affected in one way or another by everyone else, and though we’ve been indoctrinated with the theory of “survival of the fittest”, legitimate health and success is really about cooperation.

There’s no function that yourself, as a complete human being, can do that your individual cells cannot do as well. Your cells have reproductive functions, digestive functions, respiration functions, eliminatory functions, and the list goes on. Our cells really are sentient entities that are trying to work together for our good. And, as you’ll discover today, problems arise when the community is led astray by a governing body that’s running the show behind the scenes. It’s not your genes that control your destiny, and it’s not the things that are happening outside of you. It’s the biology of belief. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the one and only, Dr. Bruce Lipton!

In this episode you'll discover: Which drink is clinically proven to help improve your sleep at night. What genetic determinism means. How conventional medicine can inherently train us to be powerless. How the environment can influence the destiny of a cell. What stem cells can teach us human potential. How your brain creates chemistry to match your feelings and beliefs. The important distinction between correlation and causation. What our genes actually do (this is important!). How the field of epigenetics is transforming health and medicine. The percentage of diseases that are controlled by genes (this will surprise you!). How our beliefs influence chronic diseases like cancer. What the placebo effect really is and how effective placebo treatments are. The fascinating way that certain cellular proteins function like television antennas. Where the actual “brain” of the cell is found (and it’s not where you might think!). How our perception impacts the functions of our cells. The different roles that our conscious and subconscious mind plays. How to switch out and upgrade our subconscious programs. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 234: Increase Your Sense Of Value And Stop Postponing Happiness - With Guest Lisa Nichols  

Scientist believe that approximately 50 percent of our happiness is genetically predetermined, while 10 percent is due to life circumstances, and 40 percent is the result of our own personal outlook. Whether or not you believe in genetic determinism, none of us can argue that our personal outlook (and in many ways our life circumstances) are within the power of our own hands to change.

Why, then, is happiness at a deficit today? With so much connection and so much opportunity, why has happiness become the exception and not the rule? There’s a relatively new field of science focusing on positive psychology and the underpinnings of what creates happiness from us. But nothing compares to the education that we get from someone who’s cracked the code on happiness personally. It’s the stories of success that really speak to hearts, and it’s the real world tools that help us to put what we learn into action.

Today you’re going to hear one of the most outstanding stories of how we can achieve happiness and success no matter what our circumstances have looked like. This person is an absolute superstar in so many different domains of personal development. She’s so good at it because she has been through it. I mean, really through it. And by braving her path, she’s figured out a thing or 20 that’s going to make an impact on your life for many years to come. Grateful, honored, and excited to share with you the incredible Lisa Nichols. Enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: Why being broke is easier than being broken. Why we need to welcome the things that makes us decide. What it means to have "gifts wrapped in sandpaper." How to stop postponing your happiness. Three "buckets" we can put our experiences in to bring us more fulfillment and success. How having nothing to hide can free you from a lot of stress (and why the truth is sexy!). How to increase our sense of value within ourselves (this is important!). The life-threatening challenges that led Lisa to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Why shame can be one of the toughest burdens to carry. How Lisa brings her healthy lifestyle with her (and how she changed the culture for the people around her). Why it's important to serve from your or overflow. How good health spills over into other areas of your life in a positive way. Why it's a MUST to "live like you know it". What simple exercise we can do to help flush out the false things we believe about ourselves. Items mentioned in this episode include: ⇐ Get 15% off your daily health elixirs and coffee! ⇐ Use the coupon code model for 20% off The Power of “No” - With James Altucher - Episode 217 Exercise Your “No” Muscle & Get Free To Focus - With Michael Hyatt - Episode 206

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TMHS 233: If It Fits Your Macros & The Dangers Of Gluten-Free RELOADED  

You can gain just as much weight eating gluten-free cupcakes as you do eating gluten-filled cupcakes.

We don’t want the latest marketing trend to be the demise of your health and fitness goals. Though many gluten-free efforts mean well, as with anything, marketers can really mess things up. They’ll take a good wholesome idea and you turn it into a tactic.

Gluten-free options came into play to enable folks with gluten sensitivities to still enjoy some of their favorite comfort foods. Then more gluten-free options hit the market to meet the demand of people finding out the big potential downsides of eating gluten. The next thing you know there’s a gluten-free label slapped on everything from soups, to salads, to potato chips, and pizza. I think I even saw someone sipping a gluten-free bottle of water the other day.

You’re about to get an in-depth look at the gluten-free phenomenon (and where our initial good intentions may have gotten off track). Plus, we’re covering some of the basics of the If It Fits Your Macros movement that’s hotter than men’s rompers right now.

It’s said that many things come into our lives for a reason, a season, of for a lifetime. When it comes to diet and nutrition we have to be able to roll with the punches and identify which thing is which. Today is all about adding more tools to your superhero utility belt to make the best decisions for yourself and the people you care about. Just click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: Why reviewing something multiple times can be so powerful. The benefits and potential downside of following IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). The #1 component of any successful diet (this is important!). How the glycemic index of your meal affects your satiety hormones. Why relationships can go sour because of dieting drama. How micronutrient ratios play into satiation and long-term diet success. How a protein-centric breakfast vs. a carb-centric breakfast can affect your body weight. The interesting impact that removing gluten has on non-celiac test subjects. Why wheat is able to affect our brains so easily. What’s actually in wheat that causes many of the health problems seen today. The 6 big reasons why eating gluten-free can be dangerous. How quickly a fast food diet can negatively impact your gut microbiome. Why resistant starch is a critical part of optimal human nutrition. Why an actual behavior change is foundational for recovering and improving our health. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 232: Brain Hacks For Faster Learning, Boosting Your Retention, And Eliminating Mental Fatigue - With Jim Kwik  

You’ve probably been hearing the news about WMDs from the media for many years. In fact, the media itself is often a WMD (Weapon of Mass Distraction). Today we are living in the time of the greatest distraction known to man. We’ve gained some prominence over acquiring food and water, most folks have a roof over their head, and meeting potential mates can be as easy as swiping right on your phone. But all of this newfound free time has opened up blackhole of time to kill, and now we have an infinite amount of information to pour into it.

Sure dating today is a lot more like Wheel of Fortune than real life (I was always intrigued by those people who guessed just $1 for the price of a washing machine… why not $2? Why not 2???). The problem isn’t the apps and services, or the guessing that we do when we get on our devices. The problem is the sheer amount of data we all have to process each and every day of our lives now.

Because of this, most of us have simply outsourced a lot of our thinking to our smartphones. Basic calculations in our head? Nope, I’ve got a calculator for that. Remember my best friend’s new phone number? Nope, we might text or talk all the time, but my phone will remember your number for me - and if I lose my phone, well, I guess I lose you too… it’s been a great ride!.

Remembering appointments, managing money, etc. Our phones can do it all. And, in a strange way, our smartphones have now made us dumber. We may not have devolved to the point of our primitive ancestors, but have you seen how entertaining a fidget spinner is now? What reason can you give for it? Seriously!

Well, if you’re reading this, fidget spinner fan or not, I know that you’re someone who’s interested in living an amazing life. You would love to be healthy, fit, and happy, and have awesome relationships too. These things require study. And with so much information to go through, how in the world can we ever make the strides we want before we make the transition to the big world wide web in the sky?

The solution is simple, yet profound. In today’s world, where information is flying at you a thousand miles an minute, we must retrain our brains to learn in a new and powerful way. We all have an almost unlimited capability to learn, but we must learn how to unlock it. And for that, there’s only one expert I know who fits the bill. The man who companies like Virgin, Nike, Zappos, Fox Movie Studios, and Harvard University bring in to up-level their performance. The man who superstars in entertainment and industry like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith call on to help them learn faster and improve their memory. The one and only, Jim Kwik.

In this episode you'll discover: The surprising effect that coffee has on your metabolism. Why the all-time favorite method of study called cramming will cause you to fall short. How digital distraction is zapping our brainpower. How our smart devices can actually make us dumber. How much of our memory is determined by genetics. How multitasking compares to being high and sleep deprived. Practical tips to help you avoid wasting too much time on social media when you need to get work done (this can help all of us!). The difference between recognition and recollection. What primacy and recency have to do with learning. How music can influence memory and learning What spaced repetition is and how to use it to boost your brainpower. Why your emotional state has an impact on memory. How your memory is deeply connected to your sense of smell. How important relevance is to memory and learning. The most effective way to take notes (and things you should stop doing immediately!). Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 231: Morning Routines That Supercharge Your Fat Loss, Health, And Productivity  

Why not start your body off each day in a fat-burning state? It’s as easy as drinking a glass of water… and here’s why.

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking just 17 ounces of water can increase your metabolic rate by up to 30%. Wait, what?! So, this whole drinking water to lose fat thing actually works? In short, yes. But the real gold is in the details.

The researchers in the study found that the total thermogenic response of drinking the water was a burn off of about 24 Calories. Just to be clear, this does not mean that chug-a-lugging gallons of water each day will have you burning massive amounts of calories. There’s an upper limit to this that easily gets bypassed by overdoing it on the aqua. Just like everything else in life, too much of even a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing (unless it’s watching Game of Thrones… according to my wife, there’s no such thing as too much). Yet, the upper limit is definitely not the issue for the majority of people.

The average person today does not give their body the real hydration it needs. Chronic dehydration goes hand-in-hand with chronic disease, and still it’s disappointedly overlooked in the medical profession. Most people are not giving their body the water-induced thermogenic benefits possible for them because they are missing out on small keys that open big doors of health and wellness.

One, it’s water… not juice, not “vitamin water”, not gatorade, snakeade, or turtleade, not soda, not coffee… just WATER. Two, the actual quality of water matters. It matters in how it relates to your tissues. Specifically, the aquaporin channels that get the water from your belly into your cells. For more on that, make sure to check out the Hydration and Water Masterclass episode right after this one. Third, it’s how and when they drink the water. Follow up studies found that drinking 1 - 2 ounces of water had no significant thermogenic effect. Sippy sippin on the water bottle throughout the day just isn’t going to cut it. You need to get in a nice oil change a couple of times a day. Target 16 - 24 ounces to make the magic happen. And, as you’ll discover today, getting that first drink in to start your day has even more advantage, and might be a game-changing cornerstone of a morning routine that transforms your life.

Today you’ll learn how a consistent morning routine literally changes your brain and helps to set you up for success. You’ll also learn about morning routines of some of the most successful people on the planet, and real, tangible proof that their success (and having an effective morning routine) is not an accident. Just click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: How our daily actions determine our ultimate success. Why a morning routine provides you with a valuable sense of certainty. The science of momentum and how it inherently influences our lives. How a consistent morning routine affects our brains. The missing piece when people try to create new positive habits for themselves. Why many of us start our days with high stress. Why it's important to get hydrated as soon as your day begins. The daily ritual that Warren Buffett uses to ensure his continued success. How to train your mind to be more focused and resilient each day. How to give your body a metabolic advantage each day. Why the first food or beverage you have to start your day has a bigger impact on your performance. The best way to ensure you accomplish your biggest goal for the day. Additional morning routine components you can mix and match and experiment with. Morning routines of some of the most successful and healthy people on the planet. How to adjust your morning routine in a pinch, plus other valuable ways to personalize your best morning routine. Items mentioned in this episode include: ⇐ Get 15% off your daily health elixirs and coffee! ⇐ Use the coupon code model for 20% off Evening Routines That Enhance Sleep - Episode 216 Exercise Your “NO” Muscle With Michael Hyatt - Episode 206 Hydration And Water Masterclass - Episode 73 Master Your Mindset With Eric “ET” Thomas - Episode 120 The Miracle Morning With Hal Elrod - Episode 102 Truth About Adrenal Fatigue With Dr. Alan Christianson - Episode 226 Accomplish Your Biggest Goals With John Lee Dumas - Episode 138 Benefits Of Expressive Writing With Katie Dalebout - Episode 172 Movement Meditation With Tristan Truscott - Episode 154 8 Incredible Health Benefits Of Fasting - Episode 124 The Benefits Of Cold Thermogenesis - Episode 127 Unprocess Your Diet With Natalie Jill - Episode 156 Weight Loss Breakthroughs With Drew Manning - Episode 110 Fitness In Relationships With Danielle & Darren Natoni - Episode 135 The Sweet Potato Diet With Michael Morelli - Episode 212

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TMHS 230: Body Checks, Financial Fitness, And How To Be Age-Proof - With Dr. Michael Roizen  

You’ve probably heard the statement before that “health is wealth”. But what does that mean exactly?

I believe that it’s a statement summarizing the fact that when you have your health, you have possibility. With good health you have the clarity, the vitality, and the energy to submit your will in life, and do the things that make your life worth living.

Without good health, everything in life can seem exponentially harder. And I know this from firsthand experience. It’s so much harder to have clarity and direction, there’s a feeling that something is holding you back, and mustering up the energy to do even small things is an enormous task. Health is wealth because it moves you more gracefully out of limited thinking. As our health improves, so does our energy and optimism. You start to feel richer (or, at least, more capable of becoming richer!).

Now, what if we flipped the statement around? Wealth is health? Would it still hold up as a fact? Well, our guest today will not only show exactly how our financial health impacts our mental and physical health, but also share some ESSENTIAL strategies to build up your monetary muscles and ensure that you are fiscally fit.

Dr. Michael Roizen is the author of eight NY Times bestselling books, he's the Chief Wellness Officer at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, and he's just an all-around incredible human being. I was so excited that he wrote his latest book tying in the deep connection between our health and our finances. With The Model Health Show we want to provide a model for being healthy and happy in every area of our lives. From fitness to finances, from food to family, all of it matters, and all of it makes us who we are. I’m honored to share Dr. Roizen’s wisdom with you here today. Just click play, take good notes, and put these things into action!

In this episode you'll discover: Why having a longer lifespan can be a stressor financially. How long the average American born today should expect to live. What being born to splurge means. Some of the surprisingly similar ways that we approach our health and wealth. How healthcare spending by age-range has changed. Important physical metrics to track as you age. How to give yourself a fiscal physical. What 5 financial habits you need to be fiscally fit. How to create a protective financial shield around your family in the case of an emergency (this is a must!). Why your primal programming will eventually beat out your willpower. Which hormones cause you to feel hungry or feel satisfied. Why simply trying to stop a bad habit is a bad idea. How many of life's greatest stressors are financial. Why conventional stress management practices don't work well for financial stress. What stress actually does to your body. Why all stress isn't bad for you. The fascinating science of work and how to make work healthier! Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 229: The Myth Of Fat-Burning Foods & Why Stress Makes Us Fat - With Dr. Jade Teta  

You’ve seen the headlines… Ads telling you to just “Eat these 5 fat burning foods” and you’ll be able to achieve miraculous things. You’ll drop 10 pounds in two weeks, lose several inches off your waist, and even get your own reality show on VH1. Ok, I added the last one in, but you get the picture.

If eating certain fat-burning foods could cure our body fat problems, then why are we not seeing an epidemic of fit people flooding the streets? If there were fat-burning foods that really did as advertised, they would be in such high demand that people would stand in lines around the block just like they do when the new iPhones come out (but this time it’ll be called “The iPhat”).

The reality is, fat-burning foods are a bit of a misnomer. Food (the good, the bad, and the ugly) doesn’t make you burn or store less fat based on the food alone. There are many complex things going on behind the scenes that only a few people can can give us the real skinny on. One of those people is Dr. Jade Teta. And he’s here today to share how certain foods might be mistaken for fat-burning foods, how stress can add to your waistline no matter how good your diet is, plus a whole lot more. Just click play, listen in, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: Important tools to help injury proof your body. Why it's easy to overly focus on exercise and not so much on nutrition. Why there's no such thing as fat-burning foods. How certain foods can appear to have more metabolic benefits than others. What causes us to overeat specific foods. Which factors cause foods to impact people differently. The 4 types of foods that will ensure you're satisfied and nourished. How the properties of water can teach you to create the best nutrition plan for yourself. Why our metabolism is a stress barometer. The #1 stressor that affects our metabolism (this is huge!). Where the command center of our metabolism actually is. How stress perception plays a major role in our health. Why going from couch potato to fitness enthusiast can backfire. Practical things you can implement to lower stress and heal your metabolism. The 4 major keys to effective fat-burning exercise (don’t miss this one!). Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 228: How To Create An Environment That Supports Your Greatness  

People, places, things, and ideas…

This doesn’t just describe what a noun is… this also describes what your destiny will be.

These are the things that make up your environment at any given time. And these are the things that inherently influence your thoughts, feelings, and actions. If you want to adjust the thoughts you carry, the feelings you experience, or the actions you take, you must meticulously look to your environment.

I love the quote that says, “You are a product of your environment, surround yourself with the best!” This statement affirms the fact that we are deeply influenced by our environment, but it also attests that we can change it.

If you’ve decided that you want to have, be, and do the very best things possible for you, then creating an environment that supports your greatness is of the utmost importance right now. In this powerful episode, you’re going to learn the actual science behind why you are a product of your environment. Plus, you’ll be equipped with several life-changing tools and insights to help you build the life that you truly deserve, and put more health, happiness, and success on automatic in your life. Let’s do this!

In this episode you'll discover: Why it's so important to invest in yourself. What the observer effect is and how our thoughts and consciousness literally create our world. What the phantom DNA experiment can teach us. How big our electromagnetic reach is. Why we have a tendency to replicate what we see in our environment. What happens in your brain when you’re in a conversation with people. Why letting go is a critical part of growth. The role that teachers and mentors play in shaping our reality. Why changing environments doesn’t automatically change you. The real reason people ask others for advice (this is a truth bomb!). Why we need to relinquish our inner know-it-all. Subconscious reasons why we don’t execute on insights and tips we receive. The most effective way to help the people you care about change. How the our behavior is influenced when we know others are watching us. Why it’s important to know yourself (and plan accordingly!). Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 227: The Pros And Cons Of Coconut Oil + 20 Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Wellness  

The next Watergate… the next Covfefe… the next New World Order is… coconut oil?

It’s remarkable how foods go in and out of fashion. A similar thing has happened with eggs. For centuries folks were eating whole eggs because, well, that’s how they come. Then saturated fat and cholesterol were villainized, and the egg yolks got the boot. Suddenly we were forced to endure the not-quite-right taste of egg white omelets. Then, years later, whole eggs are vindicated, and they are back on the menu again. Come to find out, cholesterol is an important part of building all of your sex hormones. It’s an important carrier molecule to ship critical nutrients from one place to another in your body. Plus, it helps the neurons in your brain to function properly and do things like form memories. So, yeah, it’s kind of important. Unless you don’t want to remember what you just read.

The reality is, it’s not cholesterol, but the oxidation of cholesterol that is the culprit behind increased risk of health problems. This study published in Biological Research is just one of the many sources that have been clear on this for years. The better question is, “How do we reduce the oxidation of the cholesterol and healthy, delicate fats in the eggs?”, not “How do we get rid of eggs?”. But, hey, the chicken crossed the road for lesser reasons, right?

One quick tip here is to simply not cook the yolk… have your eggs sunny side up or poached. If that’s not your cup of eggnog, you can opt for adding some potent antioxidants in along with your meal. As the study cites, antioxidants like rosemary oleoresin extract and the flavonoid quercetin efficiently inhibit the thermal-induced oxidation of cholesterol. Even something as simple as mixing the potent antioxidant/anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric in with your scrambled eggs can be helpful in preventing the oxidation bi-products from cooking. So, this simple example shows us something important that we need to carry with us always: It’s not just the food itself, it’s also how you use it.

After all is said and done, eggs go in and out of the secret spy, not-to-be-trusted list… and the overwhelmed public is tossed in a pool of conflicting information with no floaties, and no experience swimming through the actual clinical research.

But, this isn’t like the 1960s and 1970s where you had to just rely on the “experts” who look at the research and then tell you what to do. Today we have this interesting thing on our phones called the internet where you can go and look at the actual studies too. Information is not reserved for the few anymore, it’s available for everyone who’s interested in learning the whole story.

That brings us to the American Heart Association’s recent coconut-scented backslap. The internet was abuzz with news that coconut oil is not only unhealthy, but it was never healthy to begin with. Well, at least that’s what the hot, clickbait headline said. Everybody loves a good controversy, but at the end of the day we want the facts to speak for themselves.

On learning the whole story, you find out some pretty sketchy things about the AHA, who happens to be sponsored by pharmaceutical companies like Merck, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer. I bring this up because drugs and today’s conventional diet are salsa dancing together, and it gets real hot and steamy between the two.

Obviously, and I mean obviously, the drug company’s goals are not to sell less drugs. They have to have sick people around who are uneducated about what creates wellness. It’s easy to just trust in the foods stamped with the AHA’s approval. The problem is that the AHA puts their heart-healthy stamp on foods like Honey Nut Cheerios and even Subway sandwiches. Yep, not kidding. Not that long ago, the almighty American Heart Association endorsed Subway’s sandwiches even though their bread contained toxic compounds like Azodicarbonamide, and despite the fact that this chemical is banned in several other countries. The World Health Organization has confirmed that it’s linked it to chronic respiratory issues and allergies. Other studies have found it to be a carcinogen, and the U.K. Health And Safety Executive has recognized azodicarbonamide to be a contributing factor to asthma, specifically. Heart healthy Subway used it as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner, which allowed them to produce bread faster and cheaper. Where else can you find your neighborhood friendly azodicarbonamide? Oh, it’s pretty cool… it’s used to make yoga mats and rubber for shoes. You know, just typical things we love to eat (said no one ever… accept maybe Oscar the Grouch).

This doesn’t even bring in the antibiotics used in their food sourcing, the high glycemic nature of the breads, and all other manner of things that definitely are not heart healthy. The stamp of the AHA lands on many addictive, low quality foods that are known to contribute to disease. And with sick people, you get to sell more drugs. Big Pharma and the unethical organizations like the AHA win, but the public’s health loses.

All of this sounds a little bit fishy, because it is. In fact, it’s full-on Little Mermaid fishy because the AHA also has members of the U.S. Canola Association on its nutrition advisory panel. Do you think they’re NOT going to recommend that you consume canola oil? With conventional canola oil you’re getting a frequently genetically modified rapeseed that’s proven to contribute to serious health problems. A study published in the journal Lipids found that rats bred to have high blood pressure died faster when fed canola oil as their source of fat. Maybe that would have made a better headline… but instead the AHA chose to go after a food that’s been around for centuries (whereas as the canola oil we are using today was basically invented in the 1970’s).

In the article bashing coconut oil that made its rounds on the internet, they are admittedly using old, flawed studies. And these studies are mostly focusing on saturated fat, and not coconut oil itself. And this is important… because all saturated fat is not the same! Plus, they essentially ignore more updated research that completely demolishes this silly fight against coconut oil. But hey, when you mess with the bull, you get the horns.

I actually went into the studio and recorded this episode on coconut oil just about a week before this big news story hit the interwebs. I had no idea the AHA and related entities had this up their sleeves, I just felt compelled to share this information so that we can all live healthier, happier, better informed lives.

I feel that this episode will clear up a lot of questions and help you to gain some clarity over the misinformation that’s out there. And remember this like you remember the lyrics from your favorite boy band song: Just because it’s on the internet, does not mean that it’s true. And if you want to dive in further on the real health benefits of fats, specifically saturated fat, and where all of this diet drama began a few decades ago, then be sure to head over and check out my conversations with Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Cate Shanahan and Dr. Joseph Mercola after you enjoy the coconut pants off this episode. Let’s go!

In this episode you'll discover: The mysterious origins of the coconut tree. How coconut oil is actually made. Which health damaging practices some conventional coconut oil makers use during processing. Why dietary fat has a terrible marketing name. What clinical studies say about coconut oil and weight gain. How uncoupling protein influences fat burning. How coconut oil affects waist circumference. The impact that coconut oil has on cholesterol levels (you need to know this!). What potential problem you might run into eating coconut oil (if you really try). The 20 ways to use coconut oil for wellness. How to add coconut oil to your diet with several delicious methods. The best way to remove makeup (and even tar!). Whether or not coconut oil is ideal for facial skin. The surprising way that coconut oil impacts dental health. Crucial things to consider when buying personal lubricants. Dangerous chemicals that are found in typical toothpastes. Important tips for sunburn protection. How coconut oil can be used as an effective antibacterial. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 226: The Truth About Adrenal Fatigue - With Dr. Alan Christianson  

What is does adrenal fatigue really mean? What causes it? And is there actually a cure?

These are just some of the questions we’re answering today with the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Adrenal Reset Diet, Dr. Alan Christianson.

Dr. C knows about adrenal issues at a far deeper level than most. Being the accomplished endocrinologist that he is, that’s one thing. But being someone who’s overcome devastating health issues himself, puts him in a league of his own.

You’re going to uncover piece-by-piece how your incredible endocrine system works to keep you fit, energized, and healthy. It’s these connective pieces that can bring you game-changing results in how you feel in just a matter of days. Adrenal fatigue is a hot illness right now, but it’s time that we kick it off the runway and let radiant health strut its stuff. Click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: How struggles with severe childhood illnesses led Dr. Christianson into the field of medicine. What your endocrine system actually encompasses. Where the CEO of your endocrine system is located. What hormones really are. Why our thyroids are more susceptible to disease today. The potential downside of iodine for your thyroid (this is important!). How the pancreas is involved in maintaining metabolic rate. How your liver influences your blood sugar (far beyond the foods you eat!). Why mathematical models for human health are not always accurate. Why we might want to be a little more cautious about ketogenic diets. What role your adrenal glands play in ketosis. The critical functions cortisol is responsible for. Surprising facts about your adrenal glands. The truth about adrenal fatigue and why it’s not exactly what the name implies. How cortisol influences your sleep patterns. The practical steps you can use to reverse perceived adrenal issues. The ideal time to eat carbs to support adrenal health. Why resistant starch might be a crucial part of your diet. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 225: Paying Off Sleep-Debt, The Truth About Naps, And Sleep Tips For Parents  

When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap. That’s how it goes, right?

More and more today, napping is being considered acceptable by societal standards. There was a time when being caught “sleeping on the job” was frowned upon. Now, today, innovative companies like Google actually encourage their employees to nap if they feel the desire to. The results?...

Higher employee work output, higher levels of job satisfaction, and lower levels of stress. Can a good nap do all of that? Well, maybe.

One thing for certain is that simply having the ability to catch a few z’s during the day is comforting. Life happens, and even the tough get sleepy. But, as you’ll discover in this episode, you don’t want to let the smooth nap fool you.

There is a lot more to napping than meets the eye. Also, there is a growing amount of national sleep deficit that we are currently trying to find a way to pay off. The need for a nap might just be a symptom of a bigger issue… and all of that we’ll be rolling the covers back on today.

Plus, no one knows the seduction of a good nap like the folks who have small children. In this episode we’re going to provide some crucial insights to help parents (and their kids) to sleep better at night. Let’s do this!

In this episode you'll discover: Which medicinal mushroom is clinically proven to enhance deep sleep. What the 2 different types of sleep debt are. How time at a casino caused me to take a major mortgage on sleep. Which health problems are associated with even a small amount of sleep debt. What just one week of sleep debt can do to your testosterone. How sleep debt affects weight loss. Practical tips to help you prevent sleep debt in the first place. What the best form of melatonin is (and the optimal way to utilize it!). How sleep debt influences your food choices. What the underlying reasons for napping are (this might surprise you!). Whether or not naps help you to recover from prolonged sleep debt. What the optimal amount of time for a nap should be (more than meets the eye!). How a certain type of nap can influence your memory. What the best time of day to take a nap is. Whether or not you release enough melatonin during the day for better sleep. The differences between monophasic, biphasic, and polyphasic sleep. The major keys to making biphasic sleep work for you (if you choose). Why the time you go to bed matters. What it really means to sleep like a baby. The most important factors to helping your small children sleep through the night. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 224: Unconventional Exercise And Creating An Alpha Brain - With Aubrey Marcus  

There are many paths to our fitness goals. Some will get you there faster than others. And some will get you there so overly yolked that you look like crossfitting, keto eating Hulk Hogan.

Having 24 inch pythons like Hulk Hogan probably isn’t the goal for everyone. But getting to our body composition and fitness goals injury-free is. We’ve become strangely trapped in our linear movements in exercise today. Press with both arms in one direction with equal weight (i.e. bench press), squat up and down with both legs with equal weight (i.e. barbell squats), pull yourself straight up with total symmetry (i.e. strict pull ups), and these are the basics of our exercise programs today.

Don’t get me wrong, those movements are all valuable and popular for a reason. But, we may have gotten so set in those movements that they may have put us at a disadvantage when it comes to moving in the real world.

In reality… in life, and in competition, very rarely are you facing resistance that’s perfectly balanced on both sides of your body. That said, a healthy, almost necessary adjunct to training for life is to have unconventional resistance, unbalanced stressors that our body’s have to adapt to, and tools that make it easier (and safer) than that nutty buddy who has the picture of himself doing barbell squats while standing on top a swiss ball on social media.

For unconventional training, there’s one person who jumps right in my mind. He’s the man behind one of the biggest brands in the world in natural nutrition and unconventional training. He didn’t just create a company, he created a movement. And this movement has athletes the likes of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas from the Seattle Seahawks, UFC champion Tyron Woodley, and hundreds of thousands of everyday people from all around the world getting Onnit and transforming their bodies and their lives. Aubrey Marcus is in the house and he’s dropping some serious knowledge bombs! Click play, focus in, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: What growing up around athletes can instill in a child’s mindset. Why having a coach that makes you feel bad can be counterproductive. How to find more balance in helping our kids to decide their path in life. What unconventional training means. Why today’s typical training methods do not mimic reality. How unconventional exercises can help to injury-proof your body. Where the kettlebell originated and what it’s best applications are. What some of the biggest mistakes with the kettlebell swing are. Why steel clubs and steel maces were developed for warriors. The #1 exercise someone with muscle imbalances from their sport (like swinging a baseball bat or golf club from the same side for years) needs to be doing. Why battle rope exercises meet a need that no other conventional HIIT method can deliver. Why battle ropes are great tools for people who are just beginning to get in shape and for experienced exercisers as well. What it means to become physically literate. What some of the greatest athletes on the planet carry in their mindset (this is valuable!). How Aubrey was able to bypass “parasitic capitalism” and create a real movement. What rigorous, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies were able to reveal about the Alpha Brain supplement. The truth about caffeine and why it’s not an ideal long-term solution for focus and energy. Why feeling that you’re not enough is one of the biggest hindrances of success. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 223: Transform Your Body And Life From The Inside Out - With Carrie Wilkerson  

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That’s how the timeless classic from Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities begins... and it couldn’t be anymore accurate today.

Right now we have instant information at our fingertips. The answers to almost any question you can ask (including important questions like “Why do they keep remaking Spider-man?”) are just seconds away. We have an abundance of food for billions of people (I have some issues with this, but let me not digress). We have the ability to travel anywhere on the planet within hours. We have safer communities, more wealth, more access to education, and the ability to bypass conventional gatekeepers and become a shining success through the power of social media. Sounds like a pretty cool world, right? Well, don’t sign up for this field trip quite yet.

At the same time today, we have higher rates of disease and poor health than at any other time in documented human history. We have cyberbullying and endless criticism if you do decide to “put yourself out there” and engage with the world online. We have so many nuclear weapons that we can destroy our own planet a hundred times over, we have covfefe, we have destruction of our natural resources, and, most noticeably by all of us, we have lives that are filled to the brim with things to do. We have tasks to accomplish a mile long, and not enough minutes in the day to make much of a dent in it. So, my question to you is: How do we actually thrive in all of this?

Figuring this out would be like figuring out why anyone would ever travel anywhere with Tom Hanks (he’s been stranded on an island, hijacked at sea, and crashed, not one, but two airplanes.) Yet, there are incredible people walking around today who have uncovered a thing or two about what to do when you’re living in the busiest time of human existence... when you have access to so much opportunity, yet, you have so much distraction that it can seriously paralyze you.

One of those people who has uncovered some mind-blowing secrets to success today is Carrie Wilkerson. She’s one of the world’s top speakers, a bestselling author, a wife, a mother of four, and proof that not all superheroes wear capes. She has created several successful businesses and helped countless others to do the same. Oh, and did I mention that she found time to lose 140 pounds of excess weight along the way?!

Seriously, it sounds like her life is made up, but it’s actually as real as it can get. She faces the same daily challenges and decisions as all of us. She’s been through trials and tribulations that would make The Macho Man Randy Savage curl up in a corner and weep big, muscular tears. Learning from her is like a getting masterclass on how to overcome your excuses and blast-through any obstacles that stand in your way. I’m beyond excited to share her with you today. So, click play, listen in, and let the best of times begin!

In this episode you'll discover: Which food is actually clinically proven to increase antioxidants levels in your body. Why our mission in life can often start out as an accident. Why carrying excess weight is often a symptom of other things we’re dealing with. What ultimately enabled Carrie to lose 145 pounds (so amazing!). Why honesty and responsibility are huge factors in transforming our health. Three critical keys to improve the areas of your life that matter most. How tracking and course-correcting play an important role in achieving long-term results. The #1 thing we need to accomplish our goals with our increasingly busy lifestyles. Why being resourceful can be life-changing for you if you don’t have the resources. Some of the best ways to indulge in your favorite media (without putting you behind the ball on your goals). Why self-awareness is the most overlooked secret to success. Why gaining awareness starts with having less awareness of what others are doing. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 222: The History Of Sugar: Sex, Drugs, And Entertainment  

Pretty please with sugar on top.

Who could resist a request like that? Sugar does, indeed, make everything sweeter. Whether it’s a cake, a cup of coffee, or a deal brokered by a 5-year old, when sugar is added to the mix, things can become irresistible.

I’ve loved sugar as far back as I can remember. It’s been a staple in our lives… even when we didn’t have much money or food, we had sugar on the shelf. I can think back on the times that my younger siblings and I made butter and sugar sandwiches when the refrigerator was next to empty. Sugar was there for us, making life sweeter even then. So, how did things go so terribly wrong?

To say that I was addicted to sugar would be an understatement. I easily ate over 100 pounds of sugar each year through the foods and beverages I consumed. You might think that a number like that is outlandish, or even unusual, but today it’s actually the norm. Our society puts so much sugar into our metaphorical gas tanks each year that you’d be hard-pressed to figure out how any of us are still driving around. But, the truth is, our bodies/vehicles we're moving around in have made some drastic changes since sugar arrived on the scene. Rates of obesity and diseases related to sugar consumption are at an all-time high. And sugar, as sweet as it is, has poured its way into so many parts of our culture that you’d be hard-pressed to go anywhere and not find it. It’s always there, hidden in plain sight. But today you’re going to get your X-ray sugar glasses.

We’re about to go on a journey back to where this all began. To understand where we are, it’s important to look back at the sweet trail that sugar has left us. Today we’re going to uncover sugar’s humble beginnings, and how, ultimately, it was able to rise to power. I hope you’ve got a sweet tooth for learning and fun, because where we’re going, no podcast has gone before. So, buckle up, focus in, and travel with us into the History of Sugar!

In this episode you'll discover: What medium chain triglycerides are and the various effects they have on your body. When sugar originally entered the human diet. What sweet foods signal to our system to do. Why having more body fat was once considered an advantage. The surprising effects that whole sugar cane has on your teeth. Where the first mass refinery of sugar took place. How sugar was originally used as a medicine. Why sugar was once considered a luxury item. How slavery and ethnic diversification are heavily tied sugar production How sugar is actually created from sugar cane. The interesting history that sugar has with the U.S. stock market. How science has proven that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Why it’s extremely difficult to villainize sugar (hint: it’s because of love!). The deep ties that sugar has to celebrities and entertainment. The origins of the candy bar. How beverages have become preferred delivery systems for sugar. Why sugar has a huge impact on sexual dysfunction today. The little known ways that sugar and violence are connected. How much sugar people consume today versus a few centuries ago (this will shock you!). How sugar actually ends up as fat on your body. Some of the most devastating illnesses related to sugar consumption. How high fructose corn syrup impacts your body differently than table sugar. Valuable tips to help you move past a bad relationship with sugar. Items mentioned in this episode include:
TMHS 221: Real Solutions For ADHD And Staying Focused In A Hyper World - With Dr. John Gray  

What if every child with ADHD is actually gifted? As a society, we’ve been struggling to support our kids who have ADHD. And, as it turns out, many of these children are not just hyper-active, but also hyper-intelligent.

The great tragedy today is that many of these kid’s amazing gifts are, unfortunately, overlooked or suppressed. ADHD is typically a blanket diagnosis that covers hundreds of different variations in symptoms and experiences. Yet, millions of children are lumped together and given a cookie-cutter treatment, and the results of have been less than impressive.

Some rarely discussed side effects of conventional treatment and/or neglect of ADHD are greater levels of depression and anxiety, higher incidences of drug abuse, and higher rates of suicide. Simply giving a child a drug to help them be more focused in grade school may seem appropriate in the short-term, but neglecting the underlying cause of the ADHD could have devastating consequences in the long-term.

ADHD simply does not “wear off” when a child reaches adulthood. More than half of the kids diagnosed with ADHD transition into what’s known as adult ADHD. The symptoms of adult ADHD are far reaching and more common than you can imagine. This could manifest as struggles in health, work, finances, and relationships. That’s why I could think of no one better than Dr. John Gray to help us understand this better and truly help us to find some solutions.

Dr. Gray is the author of one of the best selling books of all time, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and several other life-changing books in that guild. John has become wildly successful, and his books have become household names. John has also battled ADHD most of his life, and his story of discovery and reversing his condition will truly blow your mind.

John’s success inspired him to research, teach and write about valuable treatments for ADHD and adult ADHD, without the potentially harmful side effects seen with conventional medicine. This episode can literally save lives. It can also help some of our most gifted souls to live healthy, happy, meaningful lives. I’m excited and honored to share this with you today. So, just click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: How an experience with Parkinson’s disease led Dr. Gray to discover he had ADHD most of his life. What symptoms Dr. Gray experienced from childhood to adulthood with ADHD. How women and men can express ADHD differently. Why common activities today can desensitize you to normal stimulation. How there can be different forms of ADHD. How dopamine is related to focus and reward. What the 4 temperaments of ADHD are. How our current school system can drive kids to feel less-smart, less-capable, and less-valued. Why the typical school setting is not natural for children. How to support the 4 temperaments of ADHD to help kids thrive. Why parents can have a hard time relating to one child, but not to another. What oxidative stress is and how it’s connected to ADHD. Which popular over-the-counter medication suppresses your body’s antioxidant systems. Why a fever can actually be helpful, and how to use hot water therapy for fast results. Which key nutrients perform better than Adderall for ADHD in clinical studies. How exercise plays a crucial role in eliminating ADHD symptoms. Why gut health is the precursor to brain health. Which foods tend to be the biggest culprits in aggravating ADHD. Items mentioned in this episode include: 
Lose Stubborn Fat And Heal Your Thyroid Function With The Hashimoto’s Protocol - With Dr. Izabella Wentz  

With the rapidly growing rates of Hashimoto’s disease, either you or someone you know will be stricken by this disease if we don’t do something about it.

Hashimoto’s is hot right now. Not in a Zoolander hitting the runway kind of hot, but a full-fledged epidemic featuring the fastest spreading autoimmune disease in the nation.

Dr. Izabella Wentz had Hashimoto’s for years and didn’t know it. It just about wrecked her entire life (as you’ll learn about today), but it was also an amazing gift in disguise.

After years of struggle, she was able to successfully put the disease into full remission. Now she’s on a mission to share the life-changing strategies she discovered with the millions of people battling Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The rub is that many of the people with Hashimoto’s don’t know that they have it. It could be expressed in chronic fatigue, stubborn body fat, constipation, hair loss, memory lapses, or many other symptoms. It’s important to know the signs, but it’s also important to know the right testing. We’ll definitely be covering both of those today.

So, why is Hashimoto’s so prevalent in our world right now? What makes our thyroid so special? Why is conventional medicine failing in treating this disease? You’ll discover that and so much more in this very important and timely interview today. Just click play, take good note, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: How growing up in a doctor’s office shaped Dr. Wentz’s passion for medicine. The surprising (but not uncommon) way that Dr. Wentz was treated by her own doctors. What the term “incurable” really means. How conventional medicine treats Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (and what is missing). How prevalent Hashimoto’s actually is today (this will shock you!). What some common (and overlooked) symptoms of Hashimoto’s can be. How the immune system functions like a private investigator. The 3 factors that must be present for Hashimoto’s to occur. How gut cells and thyroid cells are connected. Why some people can eat gluten and live without any negative symptoms. Which environmental triggers can disrupt thyroid function. How fluoride suppresses thyroid function (you need to know about this!). Why your liver plays a huge role in thyroid health. What adaptive physiology is and how diseases work (in a weird way) to help us. How stress contributes to thyroid disease. Which essential nutrients are needed for healthy thyroid function. What the correct thyroid tests are to identify Hashimoto’s. Items mentioned in this episode include: 
TMHS 219: Combat Cancer, Heal Your Metabolism, And Use Fat For Fuel - With Dr. Joseph Mercola  

It may sound strange to hear, but cancer actually has a purpose in the human body. And there are many theories on the origins and role of cancer. Theories related to fungus overgrowth, to oxygenation, to immune function, and many others. Researchers have been furiously searching to find the cure for cancer decades, but not coming to grips with what cancer really is and where it all begins.

Understanding the role that cancer actually plays, and what the body is doing when it sparks the life of cancer cells is vital to overcoming this epidemic. If we search deep enough, like we are finally able to do today, we see that cancer is actually tied intimately to one of the fundamental processes that give you life, and that’s the process of making energy.

The remarkable New York Times bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola is on the show today to share with you how the causes of cancer are related to your metabolism. You’ll learn how these microscopic energy power plants in your cells called mitochondria are the key to healing your metabolism, reversing and preventing cancer, and helping you to live a long, healthy life. Dr. Mercola is one of my go-to resources for health information, and I’m truly excited to have him on the show to share this with you today!

In this episode you'll discover: What simple principle inspired Dr. Mercola to shift his focus to more natural medicine. Why reversing cancer begins with healing the metabolism. How much of your bodyweight is actually mitochondria. The important role that mitochondria play in eliminating cancer cells. How much of your body’s energy is stored in the form of fat. Why a ketogenic diet is incredibly beneficial for healing the metabolism. What the potential pitfall can be from using a ketogenic diet long-term. How Dr. Mercola recommends cycling your carbohydrate intake each week. The common protein mistake that people make on a ketogenic diet. How hepatic gluconeogenesis keeps your blood sugar low even after a high-carb meal. Why the advocacy against eating fat was correct (and where it went wrong). Whether or not flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are good for you (critical to know!). Why it’s important to cycle your foods and supplements. Which popular mineral supplement could be causing major health problems. How to ensure that you’re optimizing your Vitamin D levels in a smart way. The surprising impact that cold thermogenesis has on mitochondria. Why getting your body grounded can help reduce stress hormones and inflammation. How exercise can powerfully impact your mitochondria and brain function. Items mentioned in this episode include: 
TMHS 218: Demolish Fitness Myths And Sculpt Your Best Body With The Cut - With Morris Chestnut And Obi Obadike  

For generations, many of us have aspired to be like the heroes and heroines we see on the big screen. The charisma, the confidence, and, of course, the incredible physiques have motivated people to hit the gym for decades.

Morris Chestnut is definitely on that list of favorite fit actors for millions of people. In his own words, getting in shape and staying in shape wasn’t that hard for him. But then something changed…

As Morris was busy doing his thing making movies and television shows, he noticed that the extra weight wasn’t hopping off of his frame like it used to. In fact, the weight snuck up on him so fast that he barely knew what hit him. And, as life would so poetically write it, this is when he gets a call for a big movie role where he needs to be in jaw-dropping shape. He needed an assist, big time! And this is where celebrity fitness trainer Obi Obadike steps on the scene.

In this episode you’re going to learn Morris and Obi’s story, and how they were able to transform Morris’ physique (and get just as many people talking about his body as the movie itself). Most importantly, you’re going to learn the valuable fitness lessons that anyone can use to break through and accomplish their fitness goals. They are excited to show you that this process of getting in incredible shape is simple, attainable, and even fun! Listen in as we breakdown the common fitness myths and provide you the tools you need to create the body and health that you deserve. Check out the video, but make sure to listen to the audio podcast for some of the extras to ensure you take things to a whole new level. Enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover: Which nutrient can protect your brain from the effects of sleep deprivation. What the most important factor is in any diet that you choose. How carbohydrate intake can affect water retention in the body. What carbohydrate spillover is and how it impacts body fat. How extra weight can creep up on you. Why actors tend to get fat on set. The most significant thing that a trainer has to establish with their client. How weekend weight gain changed Morris’ perception about fitness. Whether or not eating more smaller meals throughout the day accelerates fat loss. What impact (if any) does eating carbs in the evening have on weight gain. Why it’s actually encouraged for you to indulge in your favorite foods on The Cut program. How dropping calories too low can sabotage your weight loss. Why eating some smart carbs for dinner can actually help you sleep better. Items mentioned in this episode include: 
TMHS 217: Create Epic Health, Wealth, And Relationships Through The Power Of No - With James Altucher  

Every choice we make in life instantly has two outcomes.

Every time you say yes to something, you are inherently saying no to something else. And every time you say no to something, you are automatically saying yes to something else.

For example, when you say yes to eating healthy food, then you are saying no to eating deep-fried Twinkies by default. That cream-stuffed heart attack may be attractive, but one yes decision accomplishes both in one fell swoop.

That example is for a positive outcome. But in a negative context, saying yes to a job that you can’t stand (and not opening yourself up to another one), is saying no to a career that you could really enjoy, automatically. You can have anything, but you can’t have everything. And your no’s and yes’s are the priceless currency of your life.

According to bestselling author James Altucher, The Power of No is one of the least utilized keys to a healthy and happy life. When you say “NO” to the things that you don’t want, then you actually make room for the things in life that you do want. Often times we can’t take advantage of (or even recognize) the biggest opportunities in our lives if we’re busy doing things that we don’t want to do.

On a level of health and wellness, that soul-sucking behavior of saying yes (even when you know good and well you shouldn’t be doing it) increases stress hormones, reduces activity in the parts of your brain associated with creativity and happiness, and even increases behaviors like emotional eating (because your biology is trying to find some relief from the jam you’ve gotten yourself into).

It’s true that there are rites of passage in life, and there are times when you have to suck-it-up and do things that you might not want to do (like going to the DMV to get your tags renewed - I think I would rather be forced to cook bacon in the nude. And bacon grease can be so unfriendly!). But those short-term choices need to be leading you to long-term rewards you want. The problem is that a lot of times we say yes to things, we get stuck saying yes, and never devise ourselves an exit plan.

The solution is to become more aware of the power of no, and to use it consciously to move your life forward. You’ve got a finite time here to enjoy life and make the most of yourself, and that’s why I’m so excited to share today’s episode with you!

In this episode you'll discover: How James amassed a fortune building websites for iconic entertainment companies. How James lost all of his fortune (and more) because of what he calls “the disease”. Why it’s a big mistake to think that you’re ever done (or that you’ve “made it”). Why money is a side effect of something more important. How self-honesty can be the key to having the health, happiness, and life you want. Why you need to exercise your idea muscle daily. What Twinkies have to do with finding your purpose. How the power of “NO” can revolutionize your life. Why rejection is a normal, valuable part of life. Why playing is such an important part of success. How to become an idea machine. Why you need to love yourself like your life depends on it. Why putting a priority on your own health and happiness is one of the most unselfish things you can ever do. Items mentioned in this episode include: 
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