So to close out this week of UW awesomeness, I’ll leave you with a video I shot with juicing expert Drew Canole.
In my 4 years of hosting UW Radio, I had never received so many email/Facebook questions for a single guest — there were actually too many to ask Drew on the air! So I asked him to stop by the studio for a Q&A session to answer some of the questions we didn’t get to on the show.
Drew’s appearance on UW Radio was the second most listened to show ever — second only to the episode with Paul Chek and Joel Salatin.
We covered topics like blending versus juicing, potential problems with plant toxins, how juicing improves digestion, and the best juicers YOU can use at home.
Drew even went Oprah on us, giving away a juicer to one of our callers!
Did you hit the snooze button repeatedly until you had to get up, or did you jump out of bed eager to attack your day?
Did you turn to artificial energy — caffeine and sugar — to put some pep in your step, or were your batteries completely recharged from a good night’s sleep?
Did you feel like a rock — static and inert — or did you feel like a rock star?
I tell ya, if you’re not feeling like a rock star all day, every day, then you’re probably not living your best life– and that’s no fun.
Maybe you’re getting to bed too late.
Maybe the automatic negative thoughts in your head (ANTs) are wearing you down.
Or maybe you’re just not feeling passionate about your occupation, and dread showing up to work for another eight to nine hours of trading misery for a paycheck.
The circumstances standing between you and rock stardom abound. But with a few tweaks here and there, I can almost guarantee that your energy and vitality can shoot to the top of the charts.
And I’m not talking about any one hit wonders here. No, I’m talking crazy longevity. Think Jay-Z, Ice-T, or LL Cool J — those guys have been rocking it for decades in one form or another.
In about a month or so, I’ll be officially launching my new website, where I’ll be sharing tips on how to live a rock star life by getting your mind right and following your passion.
Today, we’ll stick with food. Because when you eat well, you sleep deeper, think clearer, and even have enough energy to get through your workday with enough gas in tank to do what YOU want to do after clocking out.
Last night, my friend Kathy Smart stopped by UW Radio to share a handful of tried-and-true tips for feeling like a rock star. Check these out…
Do yourself a favor and remove gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, oats, rye — from your diet for thirty days. I know, it sounds like a really long time to go without these staples. Just try it.
The first week will be challenging to get through, but I promise that ninety-percent of those who eliminate these foods will feel so amazing that they’ll never want to consume gluten ever again.
Nothing worth doing is ever easy at first. If you’re serious about your impending rock stardom, you’ll give it a shot and stick with it.
Add These Superfoods.
When you get rid of the gluten, you’ll have to replace those foods with some healthy alternatives — and I don’t mean gluten-free goodies like cookies, breads, and muffins. Not even. Those are usually worse than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Whenever I go to the market, every couple of weeks I make it a point to purchase something I’ve never tried before. Who knows, I may have been missing out on something for the past 35 years! I’ve discovered some pretty rad foods like dulse, chia, and asian pears this way.
So next time you’re strolling down the grocery store aisles, pick up one of these foods…
Avocado. Super yummy and contains more potassium than a banana, thus fighting high blood pressure.
Seaweed. Loaded with trace minerals and iodine (for your thyroid, of course). Also high in calcium and iron. If you’re ever at a Japanese restaurant, order the seaweed salad. Totally rocks!
Chia seeds. Sprinkle on a salad, or add to a healthy smoothie. Your digestive system will thank you!
Cruciferous vegetables. These include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and more. They stimulate the detoxification system, neutralize carcinogenic in your body, and lower circulating estrogen levels. I spent three years testing hormone levels, and found that many of my male clients had sky-high estrogen scores. Guys, eat more broccoli!!! It’ll make a man out of you.
Click HERE to listen to last night’s show in its entirety. Kathy — a chef and bestselling cookbook author — shares her favorite ways to prepare these superfoods.
You can also pick up a FREE copy (PDF format) of her cookbook Live the Smart WayHERE.
Exercise, But Don’t Over-Exercise.
Although it sounds counterintuitive, more exercise is not always better. Too much cardio can actually burn out your adrenal glands and pack more fat on you. Yes, exercise can make you fatter!
Stick with a good 15-20 minutes of interval training, then head over to the weight room (or the park, backyard, beach, or living room) for some weight training — bodyweight movements, squats, lunges, kettlebells, push-ups, pull-ups, etc.
No one ever became a rock star overnight, it takes time. The above recommendations are a great place to start your journey. Once you get a taste of how it feels to absolutely crush your day with energy, passion, and a smile, you will be addicted for life. Why live any other way?
My gosh, if it weren’t okay to flip-flop in the event of new information, I would still be pushing the Food Guide Pyramid and watching my personal training clients get fatter!
In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie writes, “…ninety-nine times out of a hundred, people don’t criticize themselves for anything, no matter how wrong it may be.”
In other words, human beings LOVE being right — the overwhelming majority of us will stick to our guns regardless of how conclusive the evidence to the contrary may be.
But not Susan Schenck.
Susan had fallen madly in love with her raw food vegan diet. So much so that she wrote a 700-page book about it!
Going vegan made Susan feel amazing. Her book, The Live Food Factor, even became a bestseller, making her a hero amongst the vegan community. She was on top of the world. That is, until…
Her diet stopped working for her.
This is a dilemma that many health bloggers and gurus fear the most — when the diet they have wholeheartedly advocated to thousands — if not millions – of people starts to head south.
So, what happens now?
Do they just fake the funk, incongruently pushing a diet that doesn’t work for them anymore.
Do they hide in the closet and chow down on a steak?
Or do they just come right out and say that they’ve changed their minds?
Susan bravely chose the latter. And, of course, she wrote another book, Beyond Broccoli: Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work, to break down the science behind her decision.
In the first chapter of her book, Susan writes, “I refuse to get locked into dogma. Show me where I am wrong or some better way, and I will listen eagerly.”
Those aren’t the works of a flip-flopper, but rather a fact-finder. No amount of dogma can ever alter our unique nutritional requirements.
Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.
So, on today’s morning edition of UW Radio, Susan joined me to discuss a ton of topics, including…
* Critical nutrients — such as carnitine, DHEA, and vitamin B12 — that are contained primarily in animal foods
* Why the vegan diet is not suitable for children and pregnant mothers
* How the idea that we have not adapted to consuming meat is one ginormous myth
* The types of meat that are in fact toxic and cause cancer
* Why, although a vegan diet may work well for a year or two, it may not be good for a lifetime.
* Why nuts and seeds are not an ideal primary source of protein
* Flaws in The China Study, and how the Chinese are NOT vegans!
* Why most of the world would starve if everyone became a vegetarian.
This was a GREAT show! You can listen by clicking the PLAY button below or by downloading it on iTunes HERE.
Have a great weekend, friends!
Sean I Wrote an e-Book About All the Things I’ve Changed My Mind About…
I’m off to a late start today. If you’ve ever spent a weekend in Las Vegas, you know Monday can be rough!
I didn’t have a chance to write today, but I do have a pretty awesome video to share. It’s a clip from last Thursday’s UW Radio show with Yuri Elkaim, author of Eating for Energy.
Yuri and I talked about all kinds of stuff! I especially liked our segment about a few of his Top 12 Superfoods, which included:
* Spirulina – a non-animal source of complete protein
* Avocado – known as the “testicle tree” in ancient Aztec dialect
* Olives – they have an aphrodisiac effect
* Parsley – it was a medicine before it was a food!
* Cacao – it literally means “the food of the gods”
In this clip, we talk about what exactly it means to be a raw food as well as the importance of consuming foods that still have their enzymes intact.
Nature is so cool! It actually provides us with food in its own health-providing package.
See how many times you can go through the circuit in 4 minutes. The first round is easy, but don’t be fooled. It gets harder!
Be sure to watch the entire video. Kirk and I have a yummy organic treat for you.
Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Grow Your Own organic gardening video series. Kirk and I are going to show YOU step-by-step how to grow your own food. Audience participation is highly encouraged!
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And be sure to download last night’s UW Radio show to learn the facts about osteoporosis. Another great show!
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