The Model Health Show

Every human has the capacity to achieve great things. That’s undeniable. But what makes the difference between those who step into that greatness, and those who let their potential dwindle and die? I think the answer to that question can be summed up in one word: will.

When the inevitable challenges arrive in the pursuit of your goals, you need the will to push through. When things don’t go your way, how’s that willpower looking then? When simply giving yourself permission to want what you really want, you have to have the will to claim it. Willpower is not a motivational idea, it’s a necessity for anything of great success.

My guest today won a Super Bowl championship in the NFL, he was voted the NFL’s fittest man, and he’s currently one of the most influential figures in the world in fitness. He will tell you that it was not his connections, it was not his natural physical attributes, it was, in fact, his will that was his superpower to help him achieve all that he has. Can you develop and flex your muscles of willpower to help you achieve your own big goals and dreams? You bet you can. And the one and only Steve Weatherford is here to help you do it.

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Why being alive in 2018 provides an extraordinary opportunity for education and connection.
  • How Steve plays the role of Yoda for his 10-year-old son.
  • Why it’s important to have people in your life who challenge you.
  • What Steve’s #1 asset was in getting him to the NFL.
  • How changing your perspective changes your entire world.
  • Why we should all be proactively studying the personality traits of great people.
  • How the way you treat people you can’t gain anything from says a lot about your character.
  • How a certain degree of selfishness required in order for you to achieve your health goals.
  • Why comparison is a significant problem today.
  • Why we need to be mindful to not exchange our integrity for popularity.
  • The difference between spending your time and investing your time.
  • What it means to “self-scout” and why Steve does this on a regular basis.
  • How becoming self-aware puts you in a better position to be successful.
  • The 4 phases you go through when building a new habit.
  • Why fear is valuable emotion.
  • What makes the difference between good and great (this is powerful!).
  • Why it’s important to know what your own personal agenda is when you exercise.
  • Why consistency is the #1 key to your fitness success (no matter what approach you use!).
  • How to recognize if you are holding back or truly going all in.
  • The benefits of eccentric training (this is valuable!).
  • Why the uncomfortable moments in life provide huge opportunities.

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On any given workday, the average person in our modern world devotes about 50% of their waking hours to work. That’s a lot of time investment. And, believe it or not, this time investment has huge implications on your health, happiness, and longevity.

Today we’re talking about how our work influences our health. Plus, more importantly, we’re covering specific ways that you can adjust your work (or perception of your work) to enable you to get more joy, health, and success out of the thing you likely will spend half of your waking hours doing.

Today’s world is very different from the one our family member’s lived in just a couple generations ago. We live at a time of instant access to virtually everything. We live at a time of greater connection to people all over the world. And we live of more opportunity than ever to do work that we are deeply connected to. That’s why I thought our guest Chris Ducker would be the best person to help share these insights with you. He’s experienced the whole gamut of work experiences… from corporate work to being an incredibly successful entrepreneur, to experiencing a nearly tragic level of burnout that could have cost him everything.

Through all of this Chris found out that the work you do really comes down to YOU. And you are the secret ingredient to creating a thriving work life that makes you an abundant living and makes a major difference in the world, should you choose to embrace it. It’s time to banish burnout and create the life you love. Just click play, listen deeply, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover:

  • The surprising cost that job burnout has on our economy.
  • What the symptoms of job burnout are.
  • How job burnout impacts mental health.
  • How to reduce job burnout without changing your job.
  • Why chlorophyll is essential to human health.
  • What a Youpreneur is.
  • Why everyone is their own brand today and why your brand is your reputation!
  • What it actually means to be an entrepreneur.
  • A simple exercise you can do to start creating the business of you.
  • Why your “mess” can become your message.
  • Why you can build a successful business out of even your weirdest passion.
  • The #1 driver of the human psyche.
  • Why it’s important to give yourself permission to do work you enjoy (this is important!).
  • How to use The 3 Lists to Freedom.
  • Why time is (by far!) our most important resource.
  • Valuable tips and insights you can use to outsource things that support your health and fitness.
  • How delegation can help you spend more time with the people you love (and who need you the most!).
  • Why the power of community has a huge impact on your success.
  • Four ways to develop successful relationships.

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Bonus alert! I just couldn’t wait to share this episode with you. This week we’ve got a special bonus with the one and only Dr. Mark Hyman!

Mark is a 10, count’em, 10-time New York Times bestselling author. He’s a leading educator and advocate of functional medicine. Plus, (and most importantly) he’s someone with a courageous heart that has put him on the front lines for making change in what ends up on our dinner plates.

Mark had a big impact on me personally early in my career. He was one of the first people to provide me with evidence-based data on how type II diabetes could successfully be reversed. At that time, around a decade ago, it just wasn’t something you heard well-respected physicians talk about very often. He had a great communication style, and helped to empower people by making complex concepts understandable for everyone.

Today we’re tackling the topic of food controversy. There are obviously so many diets… so many theories… and so many belief systems about what diet works best for us as humans. What I want people to realize is that it’s never about what works best for all of us. It’s about what works best for YOU, right now, where you are in your life. And I want you to give yourself permission to change at any point you feel that your choices are no longer working for you.

It’s crazy that we can care so much that we actually become dogmatic about our diet beliefs. And from that we create separatism, and divisive judgements about other people who don’t believe what we believe. This has to stop. It’s important to embrace what works for us. But it’s also important to keep an open mind, and be willing to look at the facts when they present themselves.

That said, today Dr. Hyman is sharing some of the most well-researched data compiled in his new book FOOD: What the Heck Should I Eat? to help us decipher the best practices for our health and wellness. Click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Why food is far more complex than we realize.
  • How food manufacturers are growing human taste buds in laboratories (this is not good!).
  • Why processed food companies’ main objective is to create “heavy users”.
  • Why all calories are not created equal.
  • The #1 hormone that causes you to store fat.
  • How to burn the same amount of calories from running an hour a day without even leaving your couch.
  • Why you don’t want to let dogma determine your health decisions.
  • Why dietary restrictions on fat and cholesterol have been disappearing.
  • A shocking study that found how lowering LDL cholesterol actually increases risks of heart attacks.
  • The problem with research that looks at the pros and cons of specific nutrients but not the whole food itself.
  • The top vegetables that Americans eat (this is concerning!).
  • What critical details you need to be aware of when buying and eating your vegetables.
  • Why most humans would not be safe to eat (this is funny, but true!).
  • How fructose impacts your body differently than other types of sugar.
  • The impact that factory farmed animal foods has on our environment and our health.
  • Whether or not eating meat increases your risk of cancer.
  • What a “Pegan Diet” is.
  • The 5 principles that most diets can agree upon.

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Love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Not just in a metaphysical way, but in a very tangible, practical way that guides our choices everyday.

Love compels us to care for and support others. Love compels us to create and bring our thoughts into physical form. Love compels us to put ourselves in harm’s way so that others can live. Love compels us to work hard, to practice, and to respect the process. Love compels us to get back up when we fall, and rise to the challenge in the face of adversity. Love heals.

Love is also not discriminatory. Although, that’s the way our society has allowed it to be framed. In our world today, it’s ok to love someone or something else. But, loving yourself… nah. That would be self-centered.

What if I told you that loving yourself was the greatest love of all? Hold up, have you actually listened to Whitney Houston’s song “Greatest Love Of All”? Well, let me give you a little refresher:

I believe that children are our future.

Teach them well and let them lead the way.

Show them all the beauty they possess inside.

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.

Now, let’s break this down line-by-line.

I believe that children are our future: This is a statement emphasizing how important our children are. That they carry the torch. They are, in fact, the future of everything. We all start here. And we all deserve a chance.

Teach them well and let them lead the way: This encompasses how we are all programmed at an early age… and need to be taught “well”. With that, we are capable of leading us into a brighter future.

Show them all the beauty they possess inside: Establishing self-love is often directed by those entrusted to care for us. This line highlights that. It’s one of the greatest gifts to know that you have immense beauty inside of you. (And no one can take that from you… as highlighted in another line from the song, “No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity.”) If we can be shown the beauty we possess inside, we will find strength, happiness, and real love.

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier: This line makes clear that we need our sense of self-love and self-worth to be reaffirmed. Obstacles will be presented along the way that will challenge your sense of self-worth. If we are instilled with pride and a sense that it’s “ok” to love yourself, it will make life easier (and we can eliminate unnecessary suffering).

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be: Kids possess an innate quality of self-love that adults tend to forgo as they get older. That quality is being honest about what they want, and a desire to be happy. Kids are all about experiencing joy. That’s what this line of the song spotlights. If we can pay attention, and tune into that joy, we can be reminded of the beauty inside of us.

The interesting thing is that I didn’t listen to this song until the recording of this episode was complete. Each and every one of these points were covered in this episode in some form or fashion, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. The greatest love of all was outlined in this song many decades ago. Yet, we seem to have overlooked what the song actually means.

We’re at an epidemic place in our society’s collective lack of self-love. And its results are pouring into every area of our lives. I decided to do something about it. I decided to share the uncomfortable, seemingly unbeautiful stuff within me... in hopes that it can help someone else to see just how much they matter, and just how much they deserve to be loved. And especially deserving of “The Greatest Love Of All”. Click play, listen deeply, and enjoy.

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Why chocolate is commonly associated with love.
  • Why there’s a recent shift to positive psychology.
  • What self-love actually is.
  • How self-love can influence eating habits.
  • The negative feelings that often come with food choices.
  • How different things in your life are dramatically affected by your level of self-Love.
  • The 5 major places that our neglect of self-love comes from.
  • What kids know about self-love that adults tend to forget.
  • Why unhealthy comparison has become an epidemic.
  • How we are culturally programmed to NOT love ourselves.
  • How knowing ourselves can unconsciously diminish our self-love.
  • Why we all need to feel like we matter.
  • The difference between your innate value and explicit value.
  • Why deciding what you really want is part of self-love.
  • How lying about not knowing something can sabotage our success.
  • How we can start to allow ourselves to want what we really want.
  • The 5 steps to develop more self-love and self-value.

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Conventional wisdom would tell you that there are only two types of foods: foods that are good for you and foods that are bad for you. The truth is, there is a whole lot of grey area when it comes to the foods that we eat.

There are certain foods that provide us with key, valuable nutrients, but also come packaged with some straight up poisons. Our job is to be able to weigh the cost-benefit analysis, and select the foods that provide us with the most benefit and least downside. Hopefully, also, we experience the immense joy of eating along the way. Because, at the end of the day, that’s another important part of food that really makes it all worth it.

Today we’re diving into which foods are the best and worst for your brain. And there’s no better person on the planet to break it down for us than Dr. David Perlmutter. He’s one of the most decorated MDs in the country, and the only Board-Certified Neurologist with the distinction of being a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition as well.

We’re also going to cover the surprising benefits of cholesterol. This compound has enabled the growth of a multi-billion dollar statin drug industry. But, as you’ll discover, our society definitely went barking up the wrong tree (and that tree has fallen right on top of many of us). This is incredibly important information to get your hands on. So, just click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover:

  • Where the governing force of every cell in your body resides.
  • The surprising economic cost of brain diseases.
  • How a carbohydrate-dominant diet directly impacts rates of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The truth about what an optimal blood sugar level should be.
  • What glycation is.
  • How your A1C level relates to brain shrinkage (you need to know this!).
  • How insulin deeply influences your brain.
  • Why many of us are “eating for a winter that never shows up.”
  • The incredible impact that brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) has on your health.
  • One of the best ways to boost your body’s production of BDNF.
  • How sleep deprivation significantly influences the health of your brain.
  • Why a brain healthy diet isn’t just good for your brain.
  • Specific compounds in wheat that create inflammation and damage your brain.
  • How wheat creates an addictive response in the brain.
  • Why testing negative for celiac disease does NOT mean that gluten isn’t causing severe damage.
  • How a gluten-free diet can actually increase your risk of certain diseases.
  • What the #1 causative factor for chronic disease is.
  • The incredible benefits of cholesterol (this is important!).
  • How one of the most popular drugs in the world for protecting the heart actually INCREASES heart problems.
  • The benefits of the omega 3 fatty acid DHA.
  • Why you need to be cautious eating farm-raised fish.
  • Which tests you can use to uncover a gluten sensitivity.
  • How to intelligently replace gluten-containing foods in your diet.

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Meditation or medication? Today, more than ever, it’s a choice that many of us have to make.

We live at a time of great distraction, and terrible health influences around every bend. When I walked into the restaurant where I’m writing this, I strolled past a glass case of desserts where there was a rice crispy bar made out of Fruity Pebbles that I swear called my name.

It’s a different world, and we have different means for coping with it. Exercise, great food, great sleep, great companionship… all of those things lean towards creating a healthy, successful life. But I feel that one of the greatest tools we have available to us still isn’t talked about enough. That’s why I wanted to do this brand new episode.

Meditation has been found to reduce your risk of heart attack (The Stroke Journal, 2009), reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009), increase focus and attention (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007), improve your libido (yep… The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009), and so much more. What medication can do all of these things? Let me answer that for you… none of them.

Why then isn’t meditation being prescribed and utilized more often? I believe it’s due to some strange stigmas we might carry about it. I know that I was apprehensive about meditation before I knew what it actually was (and experienced the benefits). There are definitely a lot of myths about meditation that we need to clear up. So, that’s why I invited on one of the best meditation teachers in the country, Light Watkins. Click play, listen deeply, and enjoy!

In this episode you'll discover:

  • The #1 way to improve your focus in a hyper distracted world.
  • How meditation literally changes your brain.
  • Why stereotypes exist in the world of meditation like everywhere else.
  • How helping people to experience more joy is one of the major solutions for all of the civil unrest today.
  • Why achieving more things doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness.
  • The 5 biggest myths about meditation.
  • Why meditation can mean a lot of different things to different people.
  • The difference between meditation and meditative.
  • The difference between monastic meditation and meditation for those who are householders.
  • Why meditation is surprisingly similar to exercise.
  • Why a busy mind during meditation can actually be a sign of progress (you have to hear this!).
  • What the E.A.S.Y. approach to meditation is.
  • The logical reason why comfort during meditation is so important.
  • Why there’s similar stigmas about meditation and dieting.
  • How meditation can be so impactful on sleep quality.
  • Whether or not it’s ideal to meditate right before bed.
  • How meditation can influence patience and awareness.
  • Why the progress in meditation happens outside of meditation.
  • Why meditation is the only thing that can refund you your time back (this is fascinating!).
  • What spontaneous right action is.
  • Why it’s more than ok to experience unhappiness and negative emotions.

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