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Health coach turned podcaster, Chase interviews industry leaders in fitness nutrition and mindset. Messages to help you live a life EVER FORWARD.

Chase Chewning, MS, ACE CHC

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Aug 10, 2022

EFR 627: How to Better Tell Your Story and Why It Matters with Ivana de Maria

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Ivana De Maria is a producer, actress, activist, and tech entrepreneur. She is the founder of Storyplace, an empathy-driven digital platform where you can write and read stories from people all around the world.

Tying all of Ivana’s varied passions is the same mission: to promote empathy through the most basic and powerful form of education, storytelling.

Listen in as Ivana breaks down the magic of stories in their power to learn more about not just other human beings, but ourselves as well. It was thanks to her strong belief in the ability of storytelling to unite people of disparate background and beliefs that she was inspired to create the Storyplace platform.

In the latter half of our conversation, Ivana reflects on her experience with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, as well as her very first Ayahuasca ceremony, and how these sessions caused her to wake up to a truer version of herself for the first time in her life.

Asked what story she is currently writing now that she is in her third decade of life, Ivana tells Chase:

“I feel like I was just born again. I realized I had never, in 30 years, asked myself, ‘What do I want?’”

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Key Highlights

  • If you open yourself up to hearing the stories of everyone around you, you level up your own life. It all starts by slowing down and truly listening to the other person. Going further embrace empathy by consciously separating listening from agreeing.

  • Ivana shares what inspired her to establish her unique platform built to bring people’s stories together.

  • Addressing the all-too-common reply of, “I don’t have a story,” Ivana explains that, instead of saying to someone, “Tell me your story,” it’s so much more powerful to say, “Tell me a story about…”

  • Ivana talks about how her psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy experiences made her feel like she had “woken up from a 29-year-nap”.

Powerful Quotes

You learn about life through other people’s experiences. Once you realize that, how can you not become addicted to hearing everyone’s stories and trying to learn from every single person around you?

The best way to learn a language is to learn how to live in that language.

We all have stories. We’re all made up of a million-and-one stories. Every day, every second, is a story.

We tell ourselves stories to justify the lives we live.


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What is health hacking? Can you really hack your way to better nutrition, fitness, and mental health? Let’s dive in and find out!

Sean McDevitt, the Co-Founder of DLDNation nutrition and fitness coaching, is back on Ever Forward Radio to talk about his incredible new book, Hack Your Health.

In this discussion, Chase and Sean explore the worlds of health hacking and psychedelic medicine, shedding light on the practices and mindsets that can help you improve all aspects of your health. Sean shares all the hacks you can use to make gains in your health, fitness, mindset, and nutrition starting right now. 

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Key Highlights

  • Sean shares the story behind his book, Hack Your Health, highlighting the pandemic’s effect on his coaching business, DLDNation.

  • The word “hack” often makes us believe that we need to adjust because we’re doing something wrong or shameful… but this isn’t true! Hacks are in place to help us make small adjustments that lead to big gains.

  • When trying to hack your health, Sean emphasizes the power of the pause. Essentially, create a stillness practice in your life through meditation, breathwork, journaling, time for rest, etc. 

  • A huge part of hacking time is planning ahead.

  • Sean talks about how he uses a “Journal of Truth” to better manage life’s challenges and break through the mental blocks he experiences throughout the week.

  • He breaks down the historical origin of the placebo effect and how he uses the placebo effect to shift into different mindsets and perspectives.

  • Integration is the key to receiving benefits from psychedelics, self-help books, coaching, etc. If you’re not consistently integrating what you’ve learned into your daily life, how do you expect to gain anything or achieve the outcome you’re looking for?

Powerful Quotes by Sean McDevitt

If we look at our lives critically… and it does take practice, this isn’t gonna happen overnight, but we can start to sort of pause the emotion and allow ourselves the move forward.

When I shift into a different perspective that serves me, even if it’s BS and I’m just telling myself a story, based on what I know about the facts of the placebo effect that’s been scientifically studied, I am 100% buying into that because I’m just going to placebo effect myself. 

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David de las Morenas is Boston-based personal trainer, certified strength coach, bestselling author, and the personality behind the widely popular How to Beast YouTube channel, which now boasts over 1.1 million subscribers. David’s content is focused primarily around fitness and dating advice.

Today’s conversation centers on David’s success as an internet personality and business owner, as well as his advice to those who are looking to create content and start their own online brand in our influencer-saturated world.

A fan of Marcus Aurelius, he stays true to the philosophy of stoicism in both his personal and professional life. In fact, David attributes much of his success to his determination to stay grounded, collected, and introspective as challenges and opportunities continue to come his way.

Finally, David shares his thoughts on the dating world and how things have changed for himself since getting engaged. He also talks about what he has done to keep his relationship with himself healthy now that he is committed to sharing life with his partner.

 

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Key Highlights

  • David reflects on what Marcus Aurelius and the stoic philosophy in general means to him and how he applies it in his day-to-day life.

  • David shares how his biggest insecurity growing up caused him to struggle in the dating world.

  • Once you have a romantic partner, how do you keep your relationship with yourself healthy and flourishing at the same time?

  • David talks about how it feels to be a modern-day influencer and creative entrepreneur.

  • In today’s social media and content-saturated world, Chase and David agree that it’s best for any creative to lean into the things that they are most passionate about.

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Louisa Nicola is a neurophysiologist, brain coach to elite athletes, and Founder of Neuro Athletics, a full-service neuroscience diagnostic testing company. 

Back in episode #436, Louisa Nicola gave us an introduction to the brain and nervous system, setting the foundation for us to understand how neuroscience can help us get more out of life. This week, Louisa is back to dive deeper into the science behind brain performance. 

In this discussion, Chase and Louisa talk about the three domains of peak brain performance: nutrition, physical exercise, and neurophysiology. Louisa breaks down how to utilize nutrients, exercise, and sleep, so you can better optimize your brain health. The pair also talk about keeping the blood-brain barrier strong, the benefits of using exogenous ketones, and why you need to be more mindful of maintaining your dopamine levels. 

Plus… Can our brain cells regenerate or are the connections just getting stronger? Stick around until the end to hear Louisa’s shocking answer!

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Key Highlights

  • Sleep: “Sleep is probably the most underrated high performance tool we have,” Louisa says. If you’re an athlete who doesn’t get enough quality sleep, it affects almost every aspect of your performance and increases risk for injury. Louisa goes on to describe the impacts of sleep on brain health, brain disorders, and brain aging.

  • Nutrition: “When it comes to the brain, there are certain things that the brain favors, especially as it relates to nutrition and supplementation,” Louisa says. Listen in to learn how stress, inflammation, and supplementation of key nutrients, like EPA and DHA, can play a role in longevity and cognitive performance. Plus, Louisa explains the benefits of going on a high fat diet immediately after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion).

  • Hydration is a key indicator of brain functioning. If we are 2% dehydrated, we can have a decrease in our cognitive performance by 30%.

  • Exercise: “You can grow the gray matter of your brain by physical activity alone,” Louisa says. She then recaps various research studies that show the relationship between exercise, particularly resistance training, and cognitive performance as well as how exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Your brain loves quality time with other humans, loving relationships, social interactions, and of course, self-love. 

  • How will you know these practices are actually improving your brain health? Tune in to find out!

Powerful Quotes by Louisa Nicola

When you search any PubNet article and you really dig deep into the literature, nothing really seems to align until you have sleep down first.

Suppression of inflammation may be the very key to longevity and cognitive performance.

We need to be feeding our brain what it functions on. 

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Imagine a world where growing your own food is as nutritious and cost-effective as grocery shopping at your favorite store. Jacob Pechenik, the Founder and CEO of Lettuce Grow, is on a mission to make this happen now. Referring to the company as the answer to industrialized big agriculture, Jacob’s mission through Lettuce Grow (and its parent company The Farm Project) is to “democratize the growing of food for all” by “providing families access to clean, unprocessed food, [...] decreasing transportation emissions, drastically reducing water usage, and recycling ocean-bound plastics from places that lack recycling initiatives.”

Having always had a passion for sustainable farming, Jacob began with a dream to transform the wasteful industrial food system. He started with the question, “How do I get more people to the farm?”, but later on began to ask, “How do I get the farm to more people?”

That question led to his mission to create a million farmers throughout the country and by extension empower consumers to choose healthier, locally-produced alternatives. In the process, he hopes more people can reclaim that age-old sense of pride that comes with preparing one’s own meal.

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Key Highlights

  • People have become so disconnected from how their food is sourced, grown, and prepared. The fact that ever-changing fad diets exist makes this obvious. Jacob explains how conscious consumerism aims to help us rediscover our food heritage.

  • Industrial food distribution typically wastes 52% of the plant before it gets to the consumer. Jacob breaks down The Farm Project’s innovative “distributed farming” model, which ensures maximum freshness throughout the whole process.

  • Jacob shares his journey to becoming empowered in choosing the healthiest food he could for his children.

  • How much of an impact does Jacob hope Lettuce Grow and The Farm Project will have on the food distribution industry?

Powerful Quotes

Could we rethink fresh food distribution so that we never kill the plant, so that it’s always alive until you’re ready to eat? If we do that, we can eliminate that 50% waste which would cut the price of fresh produce in half.

Farmers are the caretakers of the Earth.

I focus solely on the consumer and their mindset. If I can wake up a bunch of consumers and get them engaged, they’re going to demand all of the big companies to adapt to consumer demand.

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EFR 622: Overcoming Food Allergies for True Internal and External Health with Sonia Hunt

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Food is what’s killing us in this country. Did you know that living in the United States for 10 years increases your risk of developing food allergies? That’s pretty nutty, but not as nutty as our guest, whom we have dubbed “Certified Nut Job,” Sonia Hunt.

Sonia Hunt is a Tedx Speaker, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and #1 Best-Selling Author of “NUT JOB: How I Crushed My Food Allergies to Thrive”. Sonia is known for her journey of, after almost dying four times, becoming food allergy-free from 32+ foods. Horrific experiences with anaphylaxis led her to optimize her life and share the lessons she learned with the world and with you!

In this discussion, Chase and Sonia talk about all things allergies – what’s in our foods that may or may not be causing internal and external havoc and, more importantly, what to do about your food allergies. She details her holistic approach to finding the root cause of her severe food allergies and the mind-blowing realizations she had along the way.

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Key Highlights

  • Sonia dissected every area of her life and worked with a variety of medical practitioners to get to the root cause of her suffering. A decade later, in 2020, she found out that she had eliminated all her food allergies and is still in remission today. How did she do it? Listen in to find out!

  • “The very first step to change is changing your mindset,” Sonia says. She didn’t love herself and she had been living on autopilot based on how society was telling her to live. This realization was her catalyst to start pivoting her mindset, taking back her power, and healing her health issues.

  • Sonia sheds light on how she manages the inner critic and the fear of “relapsing” and reacting to former allergens again.

  • Gut health was a major part of what Sonia and her doctors investigated and worked to improve. More research is coming out showing the correlation between Leaky Gut Syndrome, which Sonia has, and food allergies. Exercise, Ayurveda, supplementation, and eliminating environmental toxins in the home also helped her eliminate her allergies.

  • Sonia shares what she’s excited for in the future, highlighting her recent health coach certification, Three to Be™ program, and the role of technology and the metaverse in improving our physical self holistically.

Powerful Quotes by Sonia Hunt

What I didn’t realize and was starting to realize then was the mental, spiritual, and emotional toll that I also had sitting on me in addition to the physical toll because every single day of my life, I can’t put a piece of food into my mouth unless I think about it because I could die.

Visualizing that future healthy self just also really started to fill my heart with a lot of hope and joy and love.

When your health and well-being is off… it seeps into everything. So, when you really prioritize that above all… that’s when you can really have big breakthroughs.

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Maybe you have seen the new Netflix documentary "How to Change Your Mind" with Michael Pollen? Maybe you are becoming interested in learning more about psychedelic healing? May Yazdi, Chase’s wife and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy Family Nurse Practitioner, is back for a summertime chat and recap of a very special trip they took to the desert of Southern California – one that involved lots of love, connection, grounding, and psilocybin.

In this candid discussion, Chase and May talk about the incredibly healing power of downtime as well as intentional alternative medicine therapies such as psilocybin and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Chase dives deep into what his recent six gram psilocybin experience was like and May reflects on what it’s like to be a professional “trip sitter”. Then, the duo sheds light on how to choose your trip sitter along with tips for holding space for someone in altered states of consciousness.

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Key Highlights

  • Chase reflects on his decision to have a very high dose (6 grams) psilocybin experience and what he gained from the trip. 

  • May shares her experience as a professional “trip sitter”, as well as her experience being present during Chase’s big trip. She speaks on her strategy for holding space for people taking psychedelics and why it can be harmful to trip sit somebody when you’re not trained.

  • Next time you travel, when you get to your destination, try grounding yourself for a few minutes. Take your socks and shoes off, go to an area where you can stand on earth (if possible), and just soak in the presence. It’s the first thing May does anytime she travels! Listen in as she describes the first time she ever did this.

  • Set and Setting: May explains why it’s so important to create a safe space and to be a neutral, unbiased trip sitter during someone else’s psychedelic journey. Remember the phrase “your feelings are valid.”

  • Choosing your trip sitter is a very important, intentional decision and there are many benefits to working with a trained Psychotherapist. May also shares why your best friend, partner, or family member might not be the best person to trip sit for you. 

  • Chase addresses his recent decision to revisit his mental and emotional health through at-home Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Powerful Quotes by May and Chase

Take from this what you want and leave whatever you feel doesn’t serve you.

My favorite thing to do is guide people through that fear so that they’re not afraid anymore.

The most important things you can do if you’re holding space for someone during a journey, #1 is always safety, but #2 is being unbiased.

Judgement is the antithesis to psychedelics. It’s so detrimental.

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She shares how she came to discover her natural talent for weightlifting which, combined with an insatiable work ethic and trust and belief in herself, led her down an unexpected path that would challenge everything she knew about health and wellness. After a series of gut-related issues reared their heads at the beginning of her fitness career, it all came to a head when the motility in her gut completely halted.

After being told that the only solution to her condition was the removal of her entire large intestine (an option she seriously considered for a while), Rachel eventually decided that there had to be another way. She threw herself into studying as much as she could about the gut, leading her to discover the power of the microbiome and a pathway to healing she never realized existed.

She talks about how to identify and eliminate the stressors that contribute to gut-related problems—whether they be dietary, emotional, or environmental stressors. “Our body has an innate ability to heal,” says Rachel, “once we can get out of our own way.”

Rachel reflects on the final piece of the puzzle she had to solve on her healing journey: addressing unresolved trauma. She shares how she forced herself to practice brutally honesty in order to evaluate the stories she told about herself and rewrite the ones that didn’t serve her.

Needless to say, Rachel’s progress has completely surpassed all of her doctors’ expectations. To her, healing and growth ultimately comes down to embracing our truth and choosing what brings joy and love into our lives.

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Key Highlights

  • Rachel never grew up expecting to be the most talented person in the room. However, what has served her well in life is her trust and faith in her potential coupled with a lot of discipline to fully unlock that potential.

  • The rock-bottom moment for Rachel was when she was told that the only solution to her condition was the removal of her entire large intestine. She talks about how she dealt with the weight of this life-altering decision and how it all led her to pursue functional medicine.

  • Rachel breaks down the three main stressors that lead to disease (i.e. dis-ease) in the body: emotional stressors, dietary stressors, and environmental stressors.

  • The less obvious healing work that Rachel had to do was address unresolved trauma to rekindle the link between her gut, her head, and her heart. She explains how she was able to do this, starting with forcing herself to embrace radical honesty.

Powerful Quotes

At the end of the day, hard work is going to beat talent ten times over.

My interest is in mimicking ecology as best as I can. I don’t think we’ll ever really be able to do it quite like our planet does, but I find it a really interesting challenge to imitate different environments that exist in the wild.

The whole person must heal for the gut to function optimally.

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Whether you’re struggling to lose weight, burn fat, gain muscle, or improve your health in any way, there’s one thing that’s almost guaranteed to be in your way… your mind.

Natalie Newhart is the Founder of Fit Addicted Nutrition, where she specializes in female-specific fat loss, as well as a mindset coach for those who want to master their mind and body. She believes that in order to master your body, you have to train your mind… but what does that mean and how do you start to train the mind?

Natalie and Chase talk about what it means to train the mind while breaking down the 4-phase training approach she uses to maintain her health and create the life she wants to live. Natalie shares her thoughts on why mindset is more important than diet and exercise and how your mental health and mindset could be preventing you from losing excess fat. 

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Key Highlights

  • Natalie shares the meaning behind her motto/mindset: “Train your mind. Love your body. Become your best self.” and how she has used that to overcome disordered eating and exercise habits. 

  • The 4 phases of training Natalie uses are focus (training thoughts), emotions (training the nervous system), vision (painting a picture of the life you want to create), and intuition (bridging the gap from where you are to where you want to be). 

  • Most people struggle to take the first step of retraining the mind because of fear of uncertainty. You’ve got to have faith and trust that this process can work. Once Nat saw other people living a healthy, free life, she started to shift her focus from the version of herself she thought she had to be to the version of herself she wanted to be.

  • Ultimately, awareness is key in shifting thought and behavior patterns. The mind thinks there’s some type of benefit to overeating, restricting, or whatever action that’s not serving you. But when you become aware of that, you have the power to shift your thoughts and behaviors to healthier ones.

  • Natalie sheds light on her relationship with gratitude, how gratitude and stillness play a major role in her health and wellness journey, and what she does when gratitude doesn’t come easy to her.

  • Natalie also talks about how she discovered the impact of mental and emotional stress on the body, specifically women’s bodies, and the research she’s done on stress, health, and weight gain/loss.

Powerful Quotes by Natalie Newhart

There’s certain patterns that we have that are really strong and you can train yourself out of those emotional patterns and into patterns of peace, love, joy, trust, etc.

Acceptance and gratitude are my two bridges to get out of the fear that I’m gonna get fat or the anxiety around food or anxiety with my to-do list or anything like that. Acceptance and gratitude will center me and put me back on track.

Nothing worked for me until I started to train my mind.


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Being a human means you’re going to experience difficult emotions, traumas, and hardships… but being a human also means that you have the ability to heal, connect with your Higher Self, and make an impact in the world. 

Meet Emily Duncan, CEO of Emily Duncan Fitness, a science-based and human-centric fitness coaching company. Emily is not only passionate about transforming bodies and minds through health and fitness, she’s also passionate about the impacts of spirituality, mindfulness, and psychedelics on the human experience.

Chase and Emily have a cozy conversation about psychedelics and microdosing, connecting with your Higher Self through Higher Self Behaviors, what it means to live on brand, and how she helps others find health and wholeness through fitness coaching.

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Key Highlights

  • Emily describes (for the first time publicly) her experience during a psychedelic trip that initiated healing from deeply rooted traumas. She speaks on the existential crisis that blossomed out of that experience, how she overcame that, and the lessons she learned along the way. 

  • Living on brand, having conviction in who you are now and how you might change tomorrow, is immensely powerful. “To really solidify who your people are, to become more aware of the growth you’ve had, just to really connect with other human beings in a totally different way happens so much more significantly when you can look at a person and it’s just like, you are fully fucking you,” Chase says. 

  • Can we experience life-changing realizations on our own volition, without psychedelics? Listen in as Emily and Chase share their candid thoughts on how to reach a psychedelic state of mind without taking psychedelics.

  • One of the biggest joys Emily has experienced in life is the opportunity to learn about herself and understanding why she has functioned the way she has. This is also what she helps her coaching clients do. We are not static creatures, so taking risks, believing in yourself, and trusting the Universe seems to be the root of all joy and growth.

  • Emily breaks down how she integrates behavior change, emotional awareness, and other teachings into her coaching practice.

  • What does a day in the life of your Higher Self look like? What is your Higher Self’s brand? When you break down your Higher Self Behaviors (HSBs), especially the small details and moments, pick one of the easiest things you can start doing right now. Then, continue doing that and see how your life and mindset shift. Emily believes you’ll start seeing that you’re not as far away from who you want to be as you might think…

Powerful Quotes by Emily Duncan

What is more human than seeing another human’s soul and loving it?

We can’t just continue to trauma bond or suffer bond or only see realness and relatability in people’s pain. We have to see realness and relatability in each other’s joy and in each other’s success because that’s the only way we elevate everyone’s frequency together.

The more you try and cut yourself off and numb yourself to the stuff that hurts, the more you cut yourself off to the best feelings you could ever experience.

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You’ve heard people speak about the power of community in healing, making change, and even living longer, but did you know that community has been the single driving force of many leaders’ and companies’ success? 

Revolutionary tech founders, presidents, and world-renowned artists have one thing in common… they know how to build and leverage communal thinking and collaboration.

Today’s guest, Jeff Rosenthal, is no different. Jeff is a Co-Founder of Summit, a forward-thinking organization founded on building relationships, connecting with people, and fostering generosity to build successful and fulfilling businesses. Through a series of invitation-only events, Summit fosters a global community of entrepreneurs, academics, athletes, artists, astronauts, authors, chefs, engineers, explorers, philanthropists, spiritual leaders, scientists, and beyond.

In this discussion, Chase and Jeff talk about the beauty and challenges of launching, growing, and scaling a start-up and building community in the entrepreneurship space. He shares his biggest revelation since starting Summit, the self-care practices that keep him at his peak, and why it’s so important to bet on your friends. He also describes the purpose and process behind his new book, Make No Small Plans: Lessons on Thinking Big, Cashing Dreams, and Building Community.

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Key Highlights

  • Jeff sheds light on the creation and development of Summit, detailing how he and his team worked through failure and defined their meaning of success as a new, growing social impact start-up.

  • Is it healthy to hustle and grind as an entrepreneur? You’ll hear Jeff speak on his belief that the core of entrepreneurship is being afflicted by your ambition to create, along with why you need to believe in yourself irrationally.

  • There’s immense power in community, collaboration, and the exchanging of wisdom between business and thought leaders. You don’t need to have an existing community to build community. You just need to find a passion so that when you meet people who share that passion and hold a deeper knowledge of it, you get to exchange wisdom and therefore, build community.

  • Sometimes, as a business leader, it can feel like people are only building a relationship with you to capitalize on it. Listen in as Jeff shares his best advice for not being a capitalist in your community.

  • Jeff highlights his opinion on one of the biggest economic and environmental movements of our lifetime, the decarbonization of our economy, and why that’s so exciting to him.

  • Is it possible to create, develop, and build trust virtually? How can you transition from a virtual community to an in-person community post-pandemic? Tune in to hear Jeff’s answers!

Powerful Quotes by Jeff Rosenthal

Today, it’s not about overpromising and overdelivering, it’s about being sighted and scoped and thoughtful and wise in our moves.

Summit wouldn’t have made any sense in 1990, but I think that today it’s pretty invaluable. It’s like the breaking of those silos creates the opportunity for these overlapping wisdoms in these different spaces to connect and then create something exponential.

This is gardening not architecture. There’s an energy there and we’re pruning, we’re guiding, but we’re not prescriptive as to where it’s going to go… We didn’t intend to buy a mountain to build a community… but by the time we made that decision, we were on the hunt because we believe that communities that stand the test of time require roots.

There’s always a next piece of wisdom that you can unlock.

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As the world of health, wellness, and longevity continues to evolve, Eastern and Western philosophies continue to inform and integrate with one another. This means we have a more holistic approach to health, wellness, and longevity than we’ve ever had before.

Let us introduce you to Andy Chan, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Master Trainer, and educator who blends Traditional Chinese Medicine with his training philosophy to help clients build a more dynamic and balanced body.

His training philosophy was founded on the concept that harmony between all aspects of life is a prerequisite to optimal health and human performance.

In this discussion, Chase and Andy talk about his book, Dynamic Balance, and what it means to be a dynamic human being both in the gym and in life. They discuss the interconnectedness of diet, emotion, and fascia as well as how you can apply the principles of traditional Eastern medicine to strength training and conditioning. This is a fascinating “East meets West” conversation that unveils simple, yet practical strategies for intuitive eating, training, and living.

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Key Highlights

  • Andy breaks down his understanding of the mind body connection and the philosophical aspect of movement, strength, and resilience. He describes the poetry of the human body along with how you can begin to understand the poetry of your own body.

  • He details the Eastern approach to health and wellness, including the relationship between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the fluidity of the human experience.

  • What does it mean to have an imbalance in the body? Andy explains how to find imbalances in your body and mind as well as some key imbalances that are important to address. He also breaks down the yin yang philosophy and relates that to imbalances you may experience in the gym.

  • Andy and Chase talk about why breathing (yes, breathing) is a vital health and wellness practice. He touches on the role of breath in decreasing stress, regulating the fight or flight response, and even decreasing the rigidity of your muscles. Plus, they explain why right before and after eating is a perfect time to practice breath work.

  • Embrace the yin. Embrace the rest and recharge period. “We are born to sleep and we are born to recover,” Andy says. Rest and recovery is essential if we want to reach the health outcomes we’re working towards.

  • The #1 concept Andy says you can apply to your life today: Live according to how you should be living, meaning eating and living intuitively.

  • Plus, Andy divulges the strategy he uses with clients for practicing intuitive living and training.

Powerful Quotes by Andy Chan

We need to recover. In fact, we need just as much time to recover as we work out because our training outcome is greatly determined by our body’s ability to tolerate, to recover from, and to adapt to a certain stress. If the stress is so big, we’re never going to recover from it and you’re not going to get stronger. You’re not going to get the outcome that you want.

Listen to your body today and listen to the signals. Don’t just mask your feelings with three cups of coffee. If you are feeling a bit down today, it’s fine, we’re not motivated every single day.

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