The Model Health Show: Nutrition | Exercise | Fitness | Health | Lifestyle

If you were to type in your search engine, “how to lose fat,” I bet you’d find a lot of articles emphasizing the importance of diet and exercise. Undoubtedly, those two components play a major role in changing your body composition. But there’s a huge piece of the puzzle that is missing from common knowledge—sleep.

If you really dig into the science, you’ll find that your sleep quality plays a more important role in fat loss than diet and exercise! However, this information has not (yet!) made its way into our culture. Sleep isn’t part of the conversation, because it is seemingly less actionable than meal prepping or putting in work in the gym.

In this episode, my mission is to help you understand the importance of sleep for your body, hormones, and overall fitness. I’ll share facts and strategies about regulating hormone levels, and how sleep influences the body’s basic mechanisms (including the brain and gut!) You’ll learn four actionable steps you can take to enhance your sleep quality, and in turn improve your body.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How sleep quality is affected by your hormone function.
  • Why our culture devalues the importance of sleep.
  • How to take responsibility for your sleep routine.
  • Why utilizing a sleep aid is a temporary solution for insomnia.
  • The difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
  • How sleep deprivation can influence your metabolic systems.
  • Which type of fat is the most dangerous, and how it relates to sleep deprivation.
  • The importance of melatonin and the two factors that help regulate your levels.
  • Why environmental darkness is crucial for deep sleep.
  • The role of Human Growth Hormone in the body (and how it relates to sleep!)
  • What factor is the biggest epigenetic triggerfor your aging process.
  • The shocking effects of sleep debt on the thyroid gland.
  • How a lack of sleep can diminish your willpower.
  • The three main (destructive) ways the body reacts when we are under stress.
  • In what part of the body the majority of melatonin is produced.
  • The importance of cortisol managementfor overall health.
  • The incredible link between gut health and sleep quality.
  • How probiotics and prebiotics work together in the gut.
  • An essential list of sleep-supporting nutrientsto incorporate in your diet.
  • The danger of antibiotic overuse on the body’s ecosystem.
  • The link between screen time and melatonin production.
  • What science says about natural sunlight (and what time of day to maximize exposure!)
  • Four actionable stepsyou can implement in order to regulate your sleep cycles.
  • The ideal sleeping temperature for humans.

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Eating isn’t as simple as consuming calories for energy. With the advent of frozen dinners and drive-thrus, we’ve lost sight of the importance of proper nutrition, and how what you eat can influence your health long-term.

Food is information, medicine, and nourishment. The quality of food you put in your body literally affects everything—from the way you feel and look, to how you perform. Science now shows that what we choose to eat ultimately influences the expression of our genes.

By understanding how to properly fuel our bodies, we can not only transform our health, but also the health of future generations. On this episode, Dr. Cate Shanahan is back to share her in-depth research (yet simple philosophy) on the optimal human diet. Her influential work has transformed the way I think about nutrition, and I know it will inspire you to implement positive changes in your life.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why new science takes time to infiltrate into traditional wisdom.
  • What it means to eat in alignment with what your genes are expecting.
  • How the food we eat can actually influence the expression of our genes.
  • The definition of epigenetics, and how it can effect human growth.
  • Two of the most toxic substancesthat can negatively influence gene function.
  • How family planning has changed over time, and how it can affect brain development.
  • The impact of nutritional deficiencies on a woman’s body during pregnancy.
  • The disruptive effects of sugarconsumption on hormones.
  • Why you should know (and understand) your fasting blood sugar levels.
  • The amount of sugar in the body’s bloodstream (and how to keep your system in check!)
  • Which health condition is a precursor to diabetes.
  • How gestational diabetes can affect a child’s weight long-term.
  • The science behind how the collagen you eat bonds with damaged collagen in the body.
  • How consuming bone broth can mimic the effects of Botox.
  • A powerful testimony of how Kobe Bryant used bone broth to recover in record time.
  • The implications of collagen consumption on beauty.
  • What the phi ratio is (and how it relates to attractiveness!)
  • The surprising links between vegetable oils and sugar cravings.
  • What the three C’s and three S’s are, and why you should avoid them at all costs.
  • The guiding principleyou can use to determine whether or not an oil is healthy.
  • Why our cells can’t properly use processed vegetable oils (and the scary consequences).

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When it comes down to it, making small changes consistently is what will bring you lasting results. No matter your skill or knowledge level, there are a few simple lifestyle changes you can make to completely transform your health.

In this episode, I’m taking it back to basics and sharing some tried-and-true health tips that you can easily implement into your routine. I’ll explain a few essential nutrition, movement, and sleep tips that are scientifically proven to help you look and feel your very best. If you’re ready to take your health to the next level, today’s show is for you!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The importance of striving for better while still having appreciation for what you have.
  • The approach you should consider before turning to medication or supplementation.
  • How your environment influences your habits.
  • How consciously building new habits can rewire your brain.
  • The four levelsyou go through when mastering any new behavior.
  • How to overcome unconscious self-sabotage.
  • The two main factors that lead to embracing new behaviors.
  • What conscious competenceis (and how to make it part of your routine!)
  • The mind-blowing link between eating greens and the brain.
  • What science really says about eating fat, and how it relates to your body composition.
  • What the best (plant-based and omnivorous) sources of omega-3s.
  • The data behind what drinking enough water can do for your brain and body.
  • The one exerciseyour body is truly designed to do.
  • How building muscle can help you recover faster.
  • Why it’s important to engage in activities you love.
  • How having a screen curfew can immediately improve your sleep quality.
  • The best appsfor adjusting your device’s color temperature (and why it matters!)
  • What a cortisol reset is, and how to know if you need one.

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It’s important to have goals, but being fixated on the end result can actually be a huge obstacle to your overall success. Whether you’re trying to top a personal record at the gym, or drop some pounds before a vacation, there will frequently be times that you will fall short. And that’s okay, because it’s part of the process that forges greatness.

If you can flip the switch in your mind to become process-oriented instead of results-oriented, a whole new world of joy and success will open up for you. How you react in those difficult moments can be a powerful testimony to your strength. If you accept defeat and stop moving toward your goal, you will have gained nothing. But if you can understand that hardship is simply part of the process, you’ll come out stronger on the other end. Success isn’t strictly about results. Part of the journey is embracing the process and gaining experience along the way.

Our guest for today’s show is Jeff Bercovici, journalist, athlete, and author of the mind-blowing book, Play On. He is sharing his insights and extensive research from his new book, including what makes longtime professional athletes successful, and the keys to quick recovery. Jeff has put in the work to help you implement the strategies (and science!) necessary to perform at a higher level for years to come.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The scientifically proven benefits of massage therapy.
  • The difference between strength and power.
  • Which function of our muscles decline first with age (and how to keep it stronger, longer!).
  • The intriguing science behind antagonist muscle activation.
  • How exercise can work as a virtual fountain of youth.
  • The surprising way exercise affects your brain’s gray matter.
  • How balancing freshness and fitnesscan maximize your performance.
  • What muscular compensations are (and how they can lead to injury).
  • The incredible emergent technology behind calculating injury risk.
  • How one NBA coach changed the paradigm around rest and recovery.
  • What proprioception is, and how it can help you prevent injuries.
  • The psychological and physiological traits that elite older athletes have in common.
  • The profound impact of high intensity interval training(and how it relates to longevity).
  • What chunking is and how it can speed up your mental processing.
  • Why learning to love the processand experiencing joy leads to greatness.
  • The incredible benefits of being process-oriented.
  • What the data really says about trends like cryotherapy and infrared therapy.
  • The main cornerstonesof sports recovery.
  • How supplemental collagen can help your body heal and repair faster.

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Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or boost endurance, following a consistent nutrition approach is essential. Without proper planning, many of us become easily consumed by our busy schedules and turn to run-of-the-mill restaurants or packaged foods. Consequently, we end up consuming subpar fuel for our bodies.

Achieving one’s health and fitness goals does not happen by chance. It really boils down to creating an actionable plan and following through on it. This is why meal planning can be so powerful. By implementing a weekly meal prep routine you can plan your meals in advance, give your body the proper nutrients, and ultimately reach your goals.

On this episode of The Model Health Show, meal prep expert and superstar nutrition blogger Amanda Meixner is sharing her tried and true methods for meal planning like a boss! Amanda also shares her early struggles with eating (and how she ultimately found balance with food), how to start thinking about food as fuel (that can also be fun), and how you can implement meal prep strategies that fit your unique needs and lifestyle.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why failure is actually a huge key to big success.
  • What it means to batch your meals for the week.
  • Amanda’s top three tips for effective meal planning.
  • Why purchasing the right containers can inspire you to cook healthier meals.
  • The hidden inflammatory ingredientsyou might find in seemingly healthy packaged foods.
  • Why making a salad jar is an smart (and attractive!) way to store leafy greens.
  • How to create a routine and make batch cooking fun.
  • What it means to eat more but weigh less.
  • The importance of crafting a comprehensive grocery list.
  • How to create variety in your mealsby rotating seasonings and spices.
  • How meal planning can reduce food waste.
  • The truth about incorporating fats in your diet.
  • The three biggest meal planning mistakesthat most people make.
  • How cooking at home can help you eat fewer calories.
  • The best tools and hacks for simplifying food prep.

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When it comes down to it, performance is a key aspect of everything we do. Whether it’s in our relationships, jobs, or physical fitness, the ability to perform at a high level is what creates incredible results.

Sharpening that ability begins with building a strong foundation. Many people want to jump to achieving an end result, while not realizing the importance of putting in the work and mastering the basics. Physically, this can manifest in a whole host of problems. Without a strong foundation in place, we can develop faulty patterns that negatively affect our movement, posture, and strength.

My guest on today’s show is Peter Park, former Ironman triathlete, ultramarathon runner, and strength and conditioning coach. Peter has 28 years of experience training everyone from elite athletes to everyday folks. On today’s show, Peter is sharing the guiding principles from his proven methods, sharing what it means to go slow to go fast, and discussing the importance of ensuring your body is functional, no matter your current skill level.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How making connections can help you reach your potential.
  • What inspired Peter to pivot from focusing on himself to training others.
  • The importance of finding balancein the way you approach training.
  • How helping others reach their goals can be enlightening.
  • The difference between outworking and overworking.
  • Why using fat as a primary energy source changed Peter’s training.
  • How building a strong aerobic base can help you recover faster.
  • What it means to “go slow to go fast.”
  • Why you have to earn the rightto lift weights.
  • The importance of acting as a safety net for your children.
  • How to appropriately and safely implement interval training.
  • Why listening to what your body needs throughout time is the key to success.
  • Why so many professional athletes are missing basic functional patterns.
  • The most important fundamental movementswe all need to master.

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No one else can do your push-ups for you. This means that there is always an amount of personal responsibility and action you need to take to be a better version of yourself.

Those are your arms, your lungs, and your chesticles you’re working doing those push-ups. But, in many ways, we share our hearts and minds with others.

Your desire to be better for your kids could be the WHY behind your reps. Your drive to show your community what’s possible could be the WHY behind the choices you make at the dinner table each day. Our relationships drive us.... and they also devastate us. They give us the fuel we need to grow: the good, the bad, and the ugly. But I’m here to share with you today that you can have a lot more of the good, and a lot less of the ugly, if you realize how to approach your relationships with heart, intention, and a willingness to be better yourself.

I’m in a pretty interesting place because I’ve been with my wife for almost 15 years, yet a lot of the time I feel like I just met her, and I’m overjoyed just to be around her. I don’t think there’s anything innately different about us… there was a phase when we pretty much wanted to avoid each other (insert laughing but serious here). But something changed… we DECIDED to work on us. Not just separately, we had plenty of personal development we were working on, but deciding to work on us together as a unit is what shifted everything. We’ll call it Together Development™ (that’s right… called dibs!).

My guest today is the person who’s helped me to grow the most. She’s shown me through her actions, words, and being how to love, be loved, and be the best human that I can be. She’s the mastermind behind several successful businesses, she’s an inspiring speaker and force in so many people’s lives, she’s a devoted mother, giving friend, and a fox of a wife. Please enjoy this episode with the one and only, Anne Stevenson.

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Why some people mistakenly believe that once you get fit, the mission is over.
  • How irritation can happen when your reality doesn’t match your identity.
  • The difference between supporting someone’s growth and trying to change them.
  • How external motivation can ignite your internal fire.
  • How commitment and structure in the gym can transfer over to structure and execution throughout your life.
  • Why being honest with yourself is critical for real success.
  • How your personal dedication to health can be a huge influence on your family’s culture.
  • Why you need to “make room” for relationships that match your mission.
  • Why there’s a balance between challenging yourself and loving yourself.
  • The #1 skill to develop to influence your family to improve along with you.
  • How acceptance is a powerful tool for happiness.
  • The two different types of people when it comes to motivation to achieve goals.
  • Why it’s essential to take time out to solve conflicts with your significant (no matter what).
  • Why exercise is a lifeline for parents.
  • How to stand up in your role and step into your power.

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Billions of dollars have already been spent on cancer research. But it’s shocking to me how little effort has been invested in teaching our society the basics of cancer prevention.

What if there were SIMPLE lifestyle changes that were clinically proven to reduce your risk of various cancers by over 50 percent? Wouldn’t that justify a couple million dollars in promotion? I think so.

Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But the money and attention is on the backend… in drugs and other treatments for cancer that have startlingly low long-term success rates. Today I’m advocating that we remove the veil from cancer, and stand up to reduce the rates of cancer even showing up in the first place!

This episode is filled with practical, actionable advice that can serve you and your family for a lifetime. Check it out now, and please make sure to share it with those you care about.

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Why immersion is so significant in transforming our health (and life overall).
  • Which food is proven to protect your body from abnormal gene mutations.
  • Why it’s important to demystify cancer, and what cancer actually is.
  • What role your immune system plays in cancer prevention.
  • What carcinogens are.
  • What causes gene mutations.
  • Which group of vegetables has the most profound cancer protection benefits.
  • How many servings of vegetables to target each day for optimal cancer prevention.
  • Which vegetables can actually INCREASE your risk of cancer.
  • The surprising truth about cell phone radiationand it’s official rank as a carcinogen.
  • How cell phone radiation is potentially impacting your myelin sheath.
  • How cell phone radiation can influence your brain waves during sleep (this is nuts!).
  • The shocking connection between working the overnight shift and cancer.
  • The two conditions that must be met in order to produce adequate melatonin.
  • Which medicinal mushroom have been clinically proven to improve sleep quality and prevent cancer growth.
  • How water intake influences cancer rates.
  • The incredible amount of cancers that can be reduced or prevented through daily exercise.
  • What aromatization is.
  • Why exercise and movement is so effective at reducing cancer rates.

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What could you accomplish if you weren’t afraid? Have you ever held yourself back because you were worried what other people might think? Have you ever rejected an opportunity because you feared rejection or failure?

We all experience fear, but what truly matters is how you direct that fear and ultimately overcome it. Often we see a successful person, but neglect to understand the shortcomings and insecurities they had to push through in order to thrive.

We think that maybe one day we will reach this magical place where our fears dissipate, but that isn’t reality. Our power lies in our ability to break outside of our comfort zone and go after what we want, despite fear.

Today’s episode features one of my favorite people, Andrea Navedo from Jane the Virgin. Andrea is a living testament of what it takes to overcome fear, find strength, and unleash your potential. Her story will inspire you to let go of your excuses, live with integrity, and pursue your dreams.

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Why it’s important to include our kids and younger family members in our health and wellness practices.
  • How we can gain strength from the tough times we go through.
  • The significance of being able to apologize to a child (even as an adult).
  • Why it’s so important to have role models and people to hold you accountable.
  • Why you need to face your fear or risk living with regret.
  • Why paying attention to the way opportunities feel (light or heavy) can help guide you in the right direction.
  • The huge role that media plays on society’s consciousness.
  • Why it’s important to see positive portrayals of people who “look like you” in the media.
  • The incredible story of how Andrea got her first big television acting role.
  • How talking about your insecurities can help ensure they’re not controlling you.
  • Why it’s important to stop making excuses and take responsibility for your life.
  • How loving yourself can help you overcome your fears.
  • How Jane the Virgin has helped to change the landscape of major media.
  • How Andrea stays in great shape with her busy schedule as a wife, mom, and actress.

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What separates good from great?

It’s usually not the presence of an innate talent, and it’s usually not a particularly unattainable skillset. What decides whether someone will be good, great, or phenomenal are “soft skills” like caring, focus, perspective-taking, continuous study, and a willingness to serve.

My guest today has all of these soft skills in spades. Not only is he a highly respected cardiothoracic surgeon, he’s gained world-acclaim and become a household name by devoting himself to sharing prevention strategies to keep folks from ending up on his office in the first place. You’d think that in the field of medicine, it would be obvious to help people prevent their illnesses in the first place (rather than being forced to treat them with drugs and surgery after the problems have occured). Unfortunately, our culture was lost for a few decades, and that reality was simply not the case. Though, we’ve still got a long way to go, folks like Dr. Oz have stepped to the forefront to teach people how to take ownership over their own bodies.

Through his books, audio programs, and award-winning television show, he’s been teaching people all of the latest and greatest in the field of health and wellness. He knows the doctor’s role as an advocate, coach, and supplier of conventional treatment when in need. But he also knows how important it is for you to understand your OWN body and do your part as the primary caregiver to that amazing physique you live in.

On today’s show, you’re going to learn some of the best tips and insights to understand and care for your body a little better. Being that Dr. Oz’s platform is so large, he’s bound to have a plethora of criticizers waiting in the wings to downgrade the things that he’s doing. True enough, you don’t have to agree with him or anyone else 100 percent (I’d even caution you agreeing with yourself 100 percent lol!). But the reality is, he’s a pioneer in the field of health, wellness, and integrative medicine who’s helped popularize many of the commonly held facts about wellness that we’re all taking advantage of today. This episode is a real treat to know more about the man behind the mission, plus you’ll get some actionable health tips to walk away with as well. Enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Three things that all world-class performershave in common.
  • The surprising impact that turkey tail mushroom has on ulcers, cancer, and HIV (you need to know this!).
  • What inspired Dr. Oz to focus more on preventative medicine.
  • How the bestselling YOU health books became such a huge hit (and the incredible purpose behind them).
  • Whether or not eating fat-filled nutsare associated with obesity and weight gain.
  • What metric is far more important to monitor than your bodyweight.
  • Why there’s an important benefit to your body storing fat.
  • How the hormones leptin and ghrelin work to control your appetite.
  • The huge role that your liver plays in keeping you fit and healthy.
  • Why heart surgeons use magnesiumon their patients.
  • Which heart-healthy foodsto regularly include in your diet.
  • How plants use colors to protect themselves (and what this does for you).
  • Why Dr. Oz does a 7-minute workouteach morning.

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