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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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Justin Jones-Fosu is here to explore the art of respectfully disagreeing and maintaining our humanity amidst ideological differences. Justin emphasizes the importance of valuing and dignifying individuals regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds. Prepare to discover strategies for fostering healthy collaboration over unhealthy competition and the significance of heart-driven work in difficult conversations. Justin shares his five pillars of respectful disagreement, offering practical examples and exercises to apply in various settings, making this a must-listen for anyone seeking to navigate our divided world with grace and respect.

We also tackle the concept of "disrespectful agreement," where individuals agree with others to avoid conflict, often leading to internal resentment and missed opportunities for genuine connection. Through real-life examples, such as a wife agreeing to preserve her husband's self-esteem or an employee aiming for a promotion, we highlight the importance of recognizing and addressing these tendencies. Practical advice is also provided on how to ensure every interaction leaves all parties feeling valued, and a personal story about managing contentious conversations underscores the importance of empathy and mutual respect in communication.

Additionally, we delve into the transformative power of collaboration over competition, sharing an engaging exercise that highlights the benefits of supportive environments. Reflecting on a late-night ride along with police officers, we discuss the multifaceted role they play and the importance of cultivating respectful relationships despite challenges. Finally, we explore the power of respectful interactions in planting seeds of change and the value of being present in the moment. Listen in as we bring you insights from Justin's latest book, "I Respectfully Disagree: How to Have Difficult Conversations in a Divided World," and learn how to move "Ever Forward" with purpose and understanding.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) Passionately Pursuing Humanity (03:22) What Does It Mean to Respectfully Disagree? (13:24) Honest Reasons for Disrespectfully Agreeing (26:43) Collaborative Stress Ball Challenge (34:19) Importance of Valuing Contributions in Meetings (37:10) A Mother's Lesson (45:53) Respectful Exploration of Beliefs (50:08) Creating Space for Redemption (01:03:03) How to Create a Shift in Perspective (01:07:20) Ever Forward

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Join me on as I sit down with Najwa Zebian, a four-time best-selling author and Lebanese-Canadian activist, to explore the intricate dynamics of cultural identity, empathy, and self-preservation. Najwa shares her compelling journey of navigating life between two cultures and the transformative power our words hold over our lives. Together, we uncover the challenges of maintaining one's personal story amidst societal pressures and discuss the importance of compassionate communication and the pitfalls of black-and-white thinking. Najwa's insights shed light on understanding differing perspectives and fostering open dialogue to achieve a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Throughout our conversation, we also touch on the importance of self-awareness and empathy in reducing judgment and criticism of others. By exploring how understanding one's values and imperfections fosters compassion, we highlight the problem of defensiveness and the unwillingness to engage in open conversations. Najwa shares personal anecdotes, such as her experience of removing the hijab and facing backlash, illustrating the challenges and importance of staying true to oneself while navigating societal pressures. We emphasize the value of dialogue and understanding differing perspectives for unity and growth.

Finally, we explore the profound journey of personal growth, healing, and living authentically. Najwa and I discuss the significance of embracing pain and seeking clarity, rather than masking issues with superficial solutions. By reflecting on past traumas and the transformative power of self-love and inner reflection, we underscore the necessity of setting boundaries and surrounding oneself with supportive relationships. Listen in as we share powerful stories and metaphors that highlight the urgency of embracing one's authentic truth and the liberating process of transforming knowing into doing.

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In this episode we discuss...

(08:01) Lebanese Canadian Identity and Empowerment

(19:17) Promoting Understanding Through Dialogue

(23:16) Religious Transition and Empowerment

(48:43) Reconnecting With Inner Child

(59:47) Najwa's Most Proud Accomplishment

(01:18:02) Father's Acceptance of Daughter's Independence

(01:26:21) Embracing Change and Authentic Living

(01:30:17) Navigating Family Reactions to Removing Hijab

(01:35:28) Embracing Authenticity Amidst Change

(01:41:48) Najwa's Current Personal Growth and Self-Discovery Journey

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Aging might seem like a series of relentless paper cuts, but it doesn't have to be. In this episode you'll discover actionable strategies to combat the silent epidemic of declining male hormones and reclaim your vitality. Joined by special guest, Dustin Baker, president of BioPro Plus, we explore the unspoken challenges men face after their 30s, from fading motivation and strength to the intricate nuances of body composition changes.

We take a deep dive into the natural hormonal shifts that hit hard by age 40 and how high-stress jobs can accelerate this decline. Dustin shares compelling insights on the importance of "microdosing adversity" and harnessing resilience. We also tackle the critical role of sleep in optimizing performance and well-being, questioning whether intense programs marketed by "masculinity gurus" truly offer lasting benefits. This episode is packed with real-life stories and expert advice designed to equip you with knowledge and practical tools.

Moreover, we address the evolving landscape of masculinity and the urgent need for positive male role models. By drawing on scientific evidence and personal experiences, we show how today's men can blend the best traits of past and present generations to find balance and clarity. From the impacts of synthetic treatments like TRT on fertility to the benefits of natural alternatives, this episode is a roadmap for modern men striving to live a purposeful, "ever forward" life. Don't miss out on this essential conversation that promises to redefine your approach to health and wellness.

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In this episode we discuss...

(04:24) Navigating Male Health and Fitness

(09:24) Aging and Hormonal Decline

(12:15) Factors Affecting Aging Process

(21:59) Why Quality Sleep is Crucial For Men

(31:02) Men's Work Ethic Across Generations

(41:48) Exploring Masculinity and Emotional Expression

(51:25) Personal Growth and Motivation

(01:00:03) Increasing Libido and Virility

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What if living beyond your limitations was more than just a mindset—it was your reality? Join me for an emotional conversation with Aaron Lazar, the accomplished actor and Broadway singer who is defying the odds in his battle with ALS. Aaron’s story is not just about resilience; it's about a profound transformation from fear and unhappiness to empowerment and self-healing. Discover how shifting self-perceptions and embracing a life beyond limitations can lead to a mindset of being healed, whole, strong, and powerful.

Aaron reflects deeply on the philosophy of living life "ever forward," a mantra inspired by my late father that has guided his journey of rediscovering his true self despite a terminal diagnosis. Drawing inspiration from characters he as portrayed on stage and on camera, Aaron speaks about the power of unwavering idealism and how a vision for the future can outweigh the pull of the past. He has channeled this newfound purpose into becoming a keynote speaker, advocating fiercely for a life that defies perceived limitations.

Throughout this episode, we touch on the highs and lows of Aaron’s distinguished career and his personal commitment to mental, emotional, and spiritual evolution. We discuss overcoming fear, the transformative power of positivity, and the significance of personal connections. Aaron’s narrative isn't just about facing a disease; it's about living life to the fullest, regardless of the obstacles. Tune in for a powerful exploration of self-awareness, holistic healing, and the awe-inspiring journey of turning life’s most daunting challenges into opportunities for growth and connection.

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In this episode we discuss...

(05:41) Aaron's ALS Story

(17:11) Aaron's Powerful Conscious Awakening

(26:59) Finding Peace in the Midst of a Terminal Illness

(34:24) Navigating Life's Uncertainties

(39:31) Neuroscience and ALS Research

(42:59) Heart Opening and Energy Connection

(47:47) Cultivating Daily Self-Love and Gratitude Practices

(52:18) Power of Personal Storytelling

(01:15:07) Aaron's Career Future

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Join us as we explore the groundbreaking benefits of saturated fats, specifically focusing on odd-chain saturated fatty acids like C15. Our guest, military physician and co-founder of Seraphina Therapeutics, Eric Venn-Watson, sheds light on how C15 is essential for cellular health, longevity, and chronic disease prevention. Eric shares his expertise on why decades of avoiding saturated fats might have been misguided and how C15, the first essential fatty acid discovered in over 90 years, can strengthen cell membranes and improve health metrics such as energy, mood, and even sex drive.

In this episode, you'll hear about the fascinating discovery that linked dolphin health studies to human metabolic diseases, revealing the crucial role of C15 in healthy aging. Eric explains how changes in agricultural practices and dietary preferences have led to widespread C15 deficiencies in human diets, potentially contributing to various health issues. We also explore the relationship between the endocannabinoid system and C15, highlighting its potential as a superior alternative to omega-3s in activating longevity pathways and promoting healthier aging.

Listen in as we discuss the immediate and long-term benefits of C15 supplementation, from improved sleep and reduced snacking to thicker hair and shinier skin. Eric introduces the new Cell Strength Test, which measures C15 levels and evaluates cell strength, offering insights into aging and cellular health. We also cover the science behind influencing aging, comparing C15 to rapamycin, and the broader implications of these findings for disease prevention and healthy aging. Finally, we touch on the complexities of biohacking and the importance of monitoring essential nutrients for overall well-being.

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In this episode we discuss...

(08:51) What Makes Certain Nutrients Essential

(15:46) Understanding the Role of C15

(20:10) Using Dolphins As a Model for Healthy Aging

(28:16) Fatty Liver Deficiency Syndrome Study

(33:59) Creating High-Quality Pure Food Ingredients

(37:28) Benefits of C15 Fatty Acid Monitoring

(44:04) Saturated Fats and Overall Health and Aging

(50:02) Longevity and Healthspan Trends

(53:45) Discovering Aging Biomarkers

(01:02:34) Omega-3s & C15 for Brain Health

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Join me and Robby Besner, PsyD, as we explore the transformative power of aligning our modern health practices with ancient wisdom. We discuss how embracing the rhythms of nature and the energy of the sun can revitalize our innate healing systems. From the dangers of the quick-fix mentality to the benefits of full-spectrum infrared therapy, this episode is a deep exploration of well-being through the lens of time-honored traditions and the latest in therapeutic technology.

Prepare to learn about the profound impact of light therapy, as we highlight the immediate gratification that comes with the natural healing process ignited by full-spectrum infrared frequencies. Robby shares fascinating insights into how different energy spectrums, like UV and IR light, play contrasting yet complementary roles in our health. We also delve into the personal story of a parent's search for natural remedies for Lyme disease, leading to a profound understanding of detoxification and the body's ability to purge toxins through exposure to specific wavelengths of sunlight.

You will discover how sauna experiences can be elevated with holistic therapies, and why hydration plays a crucial role in your detox regimen. We wrap up with strategies for fostering resilience against modern stressors and learn how practices like breathwork, meditation, and gratitude can shift you from anxiety to a state of calm.

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In this episode we discuss...

(13:58) Red Light Therapy Protocols and Effects

(19:14) Detoxifying in a Toxic World

(26:27) Optimal Timing for Red Light Therapy

(31:53) Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy

(35:44) Chronic Pain Management With Infrared Pad

(44:09) Benefits of Infrared Sauna for Health

(48:14) Enhancing Bioavailability Through Toxin Binding

(51:19) Toxin Removal and Symptom Relief

(58:23) Benefits of Raising Core Temperature

(01:06:33) Light Energy and Cell Energy Impact

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Unlock the secrets to revitalizing sleep with health coach and sleep expert, Anna Marie Schick, ACE CHC who joins us to reveal how a few simple adjustments in your daily life can lead to transformational nights of rest. No more groggy mornings or restless nights, listen in as we uncover the surprising ways your environment, habits, and biological rhythms can conspire to either sabotage or save your sleep. From the significance of light and temperature to the misunderstood cues your body is desperate for you to decode, this episode is your roadmap to restful nights and energized days.

If you've ever wondered about how to take the perfect nap, struggled with a partner's sleep patterns, or found yourself chugging coffee just to make it through the day, this conversation is your wake-up call. Anna Marie guides us through the cultural conundrums and personal preferences that shape our sleep, offering wisdom on napping, Non-Sleep Deep Rest, and embracing our unique chronotypes. We also tackle the challenges couples face with mismatched sleep cycles and share strategies for harmonizing your habits without compromising anyone's shut-eye. Are you ready to elevate your sleep game and, with it, your overall health and productivity?

This episode digs into the nitty-gritty of sleep stages, the impact of sleep aids and supplements, and the delicate dance of managing caffeine for optimal z's. Anna Marie doesn't hold back, equipping you with the tools and knowledge to craft your personal slumber strategy that goes beyond counting sheep. It's time to take control of your nights to truly own your days, starting with this enlightening discussion.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) Optimizing Sleep Quality Through Simple Lifestyle Hacks

(05:17) Improve Sleep With Light and Temperature

(17:23) Optimizing Sleep Through Temperature and Light

(25:27) Are We Meant to Nap? How to Nap?

(34:35) Understanding Sleep Health and Optimization

(46:52) The Types and Importance of Sleep Cycles

(53:12) Optimizing Sleep Quality and Duration

(01:00:52) How Your Health Suffers From Poor Sleep

(01:14:53) Making a Sleep Routine and Rules for Caffeine Intake

(01:22:57) Cutting-Edge Sleep Technology

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Unlock the secrets to limitless health as Dr. Casey Means, MD returns to share groundbreaking insights from her new book, "Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health." Learn how our metabolism is intricately linked to our well-being, and how our modern diet and environmental factors could be chipping away at our cellular vitality. This episode is a revelation that exposes the disturbing prevalence of metabolic dysfunction in the U.S., drawing a clear line between the food we eat, the diseases we battle, and the choices we make every day.

Dr. Casey and I scrutinize the seismic shifts in nutrition, sleep, and physical activity, revealing how these changes have hijacked our body's natural processes. We uncover the hidden battle our cells fight against diseases and how aligning our day-to-day choices with our biological requirements is not just a choice but a necessity for longevity and vibrant health. This discussion extends to the pervasive impact of environmental toxins and how we need to forge a holistic path towards physical and mental well-being, sharing personal strategies to manage mental health through modalities ranging from traditional therapy to breathwork.

Finally, we illuminate the path to understanding our metabolic health through the lens of insulin, mitochondria, and biomarkers. Casey truly offers a beacon of hope, showing us how simple lifestyle adjustments can revolutionize our health trajectory in less than a month. This conversation is an empowering guide that encourages you to live fearlessly, to nurture meaningful connections, and to make choices that resonate with the molecular language of your body, unlocking a world brimming with good energy.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) What Causes Bad Energy in the Body

(12:22) Impact of Modern Lifestyles on Health

(16:51) Environmental Toxins Keeping You Sick

(21:16) Getting to the Root Causes of Chronic Illness

(29:17) Understanding Metabolic Health Through Key Biomarkers

(36:23) Battling Cellular Dysfunction

(47:30) Updating Medicine and the Healthcare System

(52:49) Relationship of Mitochondria, Fear, and Safety

(01:00:43) Optimizing Health Through Simple Lifestyle Choices

(01:06:15) Power of Meditation For Overall Health

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What is the purpose of life? Does science have any claim to this question? For generations, many have concluded that evolution implies there is no overarching purpose to our existence. Life has no fundamental meaning. We are merely the accumulation of tens of thousands of intricate molecular accidents. Some scientists take this logic one step further: “The fact of evolution is … inherently atheistic… It goes against the notion that there is a God.”

But is this true?

By integrating emerging principles from a variety of scientific disciplines—ranging from evolutionary biology to psychology—Yale Professor Samuel Wilkinson provides a framework of evolution that implies not only that there is an overarching purpose to our existence, but what this purpose is.

Closely related to purpose is meaning. What is the meaning of life? Based on the scientific data, it would seem that one such meaning is to develop deep and abiding relationships. At least that’s what most people report are the most meaningful aspects of their lives. And our relationships that are most meaningful are those with our families, those with whom we share our genes. This is a function of our evolution. It is how we were created.

Embark on a profound exploration of the human condition as Sam and I unravel the complexities of our existence. We offer a rare glimpse into the nuanced interplay between evolution, human nature, and theology. You'll be captivated by our discussion on the dualities we carry within us—selfishness versus altruism, cruelty versus compassion—and how these are reflective of an evolutionary dance, tested through the enigma of free will.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) Evolution, Purpose and Human Nature

(08:22) Blending Science and Religion

(16:11) The Wonders of Evolution and Life

(27:26) Future Evolution of Human Culture

(34:28) Meaning of Human Nature and Life

(44:41) The Importance of Relationships for Happiness

(51:14) Exploring Other Interpretations to the Meaning of Life

(57:47) Importance of Interactions and Ever Forward

(01:02:35) Overcoming Weaknesses and Evolution

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About the guest: Samuel T. Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Yale Depression Research Program. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His articles have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Ever wondered how that wilted lettuce in the back of your fridge could be the unsung hero of your next meal? Join me as Carleigh Bodrug from "Plant You" drops by to unearth the transformative power of 'scrappy cooking'. By turning our kitchen scraps into culinary gold, we're not just spicing up our meals but also taking a stand against the global issue of food waste. Carleigh's creative kitchen mindset isn't just about tantalizing your taste buds; it's a journey towards sustainable living that nurtures our bodies and the planet.

As we peel back the layers of our dietary habits, Carleigh and I discuss the critical, yet often ignored, role of fiber in maintaining our health. It's time to shift the spotlight from protein to the unsung hero of our plates – fiber. Sharing our personal nutrition paths, this conversation invites you in to reflect on how the foods we choose can impact not just our own vitality, but the ecological footprint we leave behind.

Rounding out our discussion, we serve up a feast of ideas for repurposing food scraps into delicious meals that will have you rethinking what you toss in the trash. From inventive ways to save spinach to whipping up a comforting 'clean-out-the-fridge' ramen, these kitchen hacks promise to elevate your cooking game.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) Revolutionizing Food Waste and Healthy Eating

(13:03) Importance of Nourishing Your Body

(16:16) The Importance of Fiber in Diets

(23:34) The Mind-Blowing Impact of Food Waste

(36:09) Improving Lifestyle Through Food Choices

(44:31) Innovative Scrappy Cooking

(53:19) Creative Ways to Reduce Food Waste

(01:03:39) Creative and Easy Cooking Ideas for First Date and Hangovers

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When stress knocks at your door, how do you answer? Jeff Krasno, the visionary behind "Good Stress" and CEO of Commune Media, joins me to unravel the intricacies of our body's response to stress and how, counterintuitively, it can be a powerful ally in our quest for wellness. We dissect the symbiotic relationship between cortisol—the misunderstood hormone—and eustress, revealing how the right kind of stressors can strengthen our resilience and propel us towards growth.

As we navigate the maze of modern life, chronic stress has become a silent epidemic, taking a toll on nearly half of Americans. Our discussion takes a deep dive into the hormonal whirlwind triggered by stress, examining its effects on blood glucose, the immune system, and gut health. Yet, beyond these physical manifestations, we explore the delicate dance between environmental triggers and our personal narratives that contribute to stress. Unearthing findings from Commune's vast surveys, Jeff provides a panoramic view of the stress landscape, helping us chart a course through the stormy waters of anxiety and tension.

The journey doesn't end with recognition; it's about transformation. Through personal anecdotes, such as my own experience with fasting, resistance training, and the power of mindset, we uncover practical strategies for not just managing stress, but mastering it. From the unexpected benefits of squats to embracing the heat of a sauna blanket, we discuss how these tools not only temper our stress response but rewire our brains for enduring health. So, join us as we turn the tables on stress, learning to harness it as a force for profound personal change and wellness.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) Understanding and Embracing Stress

(07:32) Understanding the Impact of Chronic Stress

(19:18) Exploring Health, Fasting, and the Role Mindset Plays on Managing Stress

(30:52) Navigating Difficult Conversations With Empathy

(41:04) Finding Connection and Managing Adversity

(49:10) Resistance Training and Mind Optimization

(59:44) Optimizing Stress for Your Health and Wellness

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Imagine carrying a relentless storm of anxiety, compelled by thoughts that clash with your core values—a reality for many living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Joined by Stephen Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of NOCD, we confront the cold truth about OCD, unmasking the fears and secretive struggles that countless individuals endure. Gone are the misconceptions and casual stigmas; instead, our conversation serves as a beacon of understanding and a call to action for heightened awareness and empathy.

This episode offers firsthand narratives and expert insights into the labyrinth of OCD subtypes, from harm-based to relationship OCD. We discuss the transformative effect of specialized treatment, particularly exposure response prevention (ERP), and how it stands as a testament to hope for those grappling with this disorder. Stephen's journey with NOCD shines a light on the importance of immediate, accessible support, detailing how ERP is revolutionizing care by meeting people where they are, amidst their deepest fears.

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In this episode we discuss...

(00:00) Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

(12:18) Understanding and Treating Different OCD Subtypes

(18:54) Understanding OCD and Effective Treatment

(26:51) OCD Treatment and Co-Morbid Conditions

(34:38) Improving Access to OCD Treatment

(39:45) Accessing OCD Treatment With NoCD

(48:43) Access NoCD Resources for Mental Health

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