Ep #53 The Importance of Sleep: How Sleep Impacts Health

There is a sleep shortage epidemic in America. The problem is, just like poor diet or sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep has many significant negative effects on the human body. In fact, the World Health Organization lists lack of sleep as a probable carcinogen. Not getting enough good-quality sleep impacts, weight, cardiovascular health, learning, memory,…

Ep #52 Emotional Eating

If you listen to my podcast, you’ve heard me discuss the idea that thoughts drive emotions, actions and inevitably results. When it comes to the action of eating, our desire for food is always driven by these same thoughts and emotions. Emotional eating isn’t always the Bridget Jones’ Diary image of a recently dumped and alone woman eating a gallon of chocolate ice cream. While these extreme emotions do drive overeating, often more subdued emotions like boredom or irritation cause us to eat. Additionally, we often tie food to positive emotions associated with dating, celebrations, and family. During this podcast, I discuss my definition of emotional eating and present strategies to stop eating emotionally so you can live a naturally healthy life free from type 2 diabetes.

Ep #51 Naturally Healthy Life & Weight

When it comes to living healthy, I promote the philosophy that your human body is perfectly normal. Diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and many others, are usually the result of not feeding your body the foods the earth naturally creates. Humans are the only animal that do not eat what the earth makes naturally. Squirrels aren’t saying, “I’m tired of acorns, let’s go out for pizza.” During this podcast, I discuss my straightforward philosophy and how this pertains to reversing type 2 diabetes, losing weight and living a naturally healthy life.

Ep #50 The Manual

When it comes to our relationships, we often have expectations of how other should behave. Sometimes these expectations are implied and not plainly expressed. If someone does not comply with our implied expectations, which in coaching we call “our manual”, we may experience negative feelings. During this podcast, I discuss why manual work is so important to managing our emotions and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Ep #49 Anatomy of Thought Change

One of the tools I teach for reversing diabetes is the thought model, which is the idea that thoughts drive feelings, actions and inevitably results. If you want different results, you need to work on finding a different thought. While conceptually this tool seems simple, applying and mastering this tool is much more difficult. During this podcast, I provide examples of how the thought model is applied and illustrate the many steps in the process. I discuss the challenges and iterations that are common on the road to living a naturally healthy life.

Ep #48 F-it Moment vs. Doubling Down

When it comes to losing weight, reversing diabetes, or just living a naturally healthy life, always sticking to our plan can be challenging. Often, we will hit a crossroads when we want to say, “screw it” and eat the bag of Oreos. We may even justify our actions by thinking we deserve it, or it is a reward for being so good. This is the moment, however, that will determine our future success or failure. During this podcast, I discuss why it is so important to double down on our commitment at this moment.

Ep 47 Pleasure

While the word “pleasure” often stirs images of sex, there are many non-sex-related ways to achieve pleasure. Pleasure is simply a feeling of happy, satisfaction or joy. Pleasure also has a biological component that includes the release of feel-good hormones. In fact, many highly processed foods have been engineered to produce an elevated release of these feel-good reward hormones. Consequently, most people turn to food as their primary way to achieve pleasure. These highly pleasurable foods are the same foods that make people sick with type 2 diabetes. If you are looking to reverse your type 2 diabetes and live a naturally healthy life as well as get out from under the health care system, you need to stop using food as your source of pleasure. During this podcast, I discuss ways to bring pleasure into your life that does not have negative health consequences.

Ep #46 Authenticity

The definition of authenticity or authentic is being of undisputed origin or genuine. In life, we often make decisions motivated by obligation or social pressures. Typically, these decisions are not in alignment with our authentic selves. During this podcast, I discuss how envisioning your authentic self and making decisions in alignment with this vision is an important part of living a naturally healthy life.

Ep #45 Nutritional Hormones

Hormones play a unique role in why and how we eat. Chemical messengers produced by glands, hormones help regulate hunger signals and energy storage. During this podcast, I discuss the influence of the three hormones Leptin, Ghrelin and Insulin, and their influence on our hunger, satiety, and fat storage.

Ep #44 Primitive Brain, Prefrontal Cortex & Planning

Your primitive brain seeks to minimize pain, maximize pleasure, and avoid work. While this evolutionary trait benefited our species when food was scarce, today it causes us to make food choices that do not serve our bodies. In contrast, the prefrontal cortex is implicated in logical thought, rational decision making and planning. During this podcast I discuss why planning ahead, which uses the prefrontal cortex, rather than making decisions on the fly using the primitive brain is necessary to living a naturally healthy life. I also provide strategies and examples of how to plan meals ahead of time.