“I knew that if I wanted to reduce my chance of injury, I needed to learn how the body moved, and needed to learn nutrition. I need to learn the human body.”
“You have to be so selfish with your time—it is the most precious thing.”
“Interrupt your system. Your system being you, the machine.”
Key Takeaway: This week we got to chat with founder of Ever Forward, Chase Chewning. Hear about his military background and how that led to the creation of Ever Forward, an all-encompassing brand that aims to educate clients on how to take control of their lives through bettering their physical and mental toughness.
- Chase’s interest in nutrition – his family grew up on a large property in the mountains in Roanoke, and they had a huge garden that produced a lot of the food they ate
- He grew up eating well and he grew up always being active, whether playing outside as a kid and also playing sports through most of his schooling
- After high school, he joined the military and entered as a linguist for Russian
- He was facing intense physical training but also intense mental training and emotional training
- Chase found out his dad had a terminal disease at the end of his basic training boot camp, which was still towards the beginning of his military career. This time of his life was his most emotionally challenging.
- Chase was medically discharged from the army after his body needed a lot of work and attention.
- He started studying exercise science which catapulted into a few jobs (personal training, etc.)
- Ever Forward was always one of his personal mantras (as well as high license plate since he had his first car)
- Chase and his brother worked together and came up with the Ever Forward brand. His brother was the videography creative person driving the brand while Chase was still working for other companies.
- The brand grew from there—podcast, apparel, working on a charity foundation
- 35:10 – “I just create what I want to create.”
- You have to have enough gas in the tank to take care of yourself. If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t put your best into the world to try and help others.
- 51:51 – “If you’re not at a place to delegate things, just be open to getting another opinion.”
- We can get lost in a lot, but once you start realizing your thoughts and your thought patterns, you can start understanding why you respond in ways that you usually do
- Reads The Daily Stoic every morning to start the day with truths and objective perspective
- 55:40 – True success is monotonous. There is a lot of repeat behaviors. If you want to create and do, you need to warm up the engine and put yourself in the right mindset and environment.
- Connect with Chase & EverForward:
“Mushrooms don’t work immediately. You have to take them regularly and they work in the background.”
“Our society conditions us in a way.”
“We often get into pathways that are fixed.”
“We are nature; nature is us. That ultimately is probably the most important thing we could realize.”
Key Takeaway: This week, we got to chat with a world-leading expert on mushrooms, Jeff Chilton. Tune in for a super educating episode about the nutrients mushrooms provide, how to distinguish between different types of mushrooms, and common misconceptions people have about mushrooms.
- Studied Anthropology in university and started studying mushrooms in different cultures and society throughout time
- Different types of mushrooms – psychedelic, types you see at the store, and more medicinal-types of mushrooms
- How to Classify Compounds – different types of mushrooms produce different compounds. The type of compound that is produced is how you would differentiate between psychedelic vs. medicinal mushrooms
- Mushrooms have nutrients that are really positive for us. Mushrooms are really high in fiber; it’s something that’s really helpful in our bodies
- 1989- Made his first trip to China for a mushroom conference. At this point, he realized he didn’t want to be working with fresh produce for the market.
- Sourcing mushrooms in China was the only way to be bringing medicinal mushrooms to the United States
- Most (if not all) American companies that are selling “mushrooms” aren’t actually mushrooms; they’re different types of fungus that are being labeled as mushrooms
- Most people don’t know how to “look” for the right information to make sure they’re getting quality products and quality mushrooms. Most people have no clue about them, how they grow, and what they should look for. The people selling these products capitalize on that lack of knowledge.
- Some ways to know if you have a genuine product – look at the label, look for words like mycelium
- Taste the product! If the product tastes bland or like grain, chances are you have a pseudo mushroom product.
- Another detector method is to empty the capsules and put a couple drops of iodine in there. Iodine reacts with starch and mushrooms aren’t supposed to have any starch. If there is a reaction, your product is not purely mushroom.
- Jeff talks about some of his mushroom products and extracts, and explains some of the benefits of these products
- Jeff Chilton talks specifically about Lions Mane mushrooms and how they relate to neurons
- Sometimes it’s not noticeable right away; sometimes you have to stop taking mushrooms to realize that they were working
- When you’re out in nature, you feel energy differently.
- Deep down, these mushrooms can take you to the place that is the ultimate healing experience.
Jeff”s Company: Nammex – raw material provider for mushrooms
“I could always control my effort. I could always control how much I could practice.”
“If I worked more than the next guy, that would give me the best opportunity to play in the NHL.”
Key Takeaways: This week we had the pleasure of talking to NHL’s Colin Wilson of the Colorado Avalanche. Of course we got the lowdown on how he made it into the NHL and some insight into what it’s like playing at the professional level. However, you’ll also want to check out Colin’s raw thoughts on the importance of meditation and mindfulness.
- Recruited after his first year at Boston University to Nashville
- The people he idolized were now the people he was playing against
- Entering the NHL, Colin felt both fear and passion. You’re fearing not being able to make a career out of it, but the passion also takes over.
- One of the biggest differences of collegiate hockey and NHL is that NHL is very methodical and mechanical. There’s obviously immense talent on the ice, so there also has to be a level of strategic and methodic thinking to really be able to perform.
- Colin had a sports coach who gave instruction on thoughts, mind, and consciousness
- Colin went to Sedona with a friend and was introduced to a breathwork and static dance ceremony. Both definitely changed the way he thought, since he was able to access a new level of mindfulness
- Colin uses The Muse everyday – helps guide his meditative sessions
- There’s a lot of things that you can’t control, but meditation teaches you that in those moments you have to just “be”
- Hear about what Colin does to help take care of his body after getting beat up in games
- Learn about both Colin’s physical and mental routine
- The NHL league as a whole is getting younger, so it’s hard for the “older” players to know how long they’ll be playing and how it drives them to keep their game as high as possible
- Talking post – NHL – hear about Colin’s plans for the future
- “There’s nobody who’s giving to give you the answers outside of yourself.”
- Everyone is human; everyone is trying to figure out their own path.
- There’s a big difference between people who say “I have all the answers” and “I have people around me who direct me to inward thoughts.” You want to become your own guru, but you also need people around you to support you and guide you in that inward thought process.
“I’ve had to overcome a lot of struggles in my life, and a lot of people would look at me and wouldn’t think that.”
“Either you’re going to be complacent or you’re going to take action.”
“I’ve never been happier in my life because I know that I’m in control of my life.”
“You have to bet on yourself.”
Key Takeaway: This week, we chatter with Justin Murphy about how he was able to escape a dark path and turn it into one of success, motivation, and victory. Hear about his past and how he launched Justin Murphy Nutrition and iCoach Nutrition.
- Hear about his early childhood and teenage years and how a lot of what he did was a way to seek external affirmation
- He got in with the wrong crowd and started going down a scary, dark path
- “I was taking so many drugs that I just lost myself.”
- Hear the story of how Justin ended up in jail
- Justin got out of jail and ended up becoming a personal trainer
- Justin’s light bulb moment – his mentor told him he didn’t want to be a part of a bad-ass team; he wanted to create his own bad-ass team
- Making the decisions to just DO something is the most important step. Even if you get a “no”, that’s still progress. That means you’re at least doing something.
- A lot of us don’t really go after what we want because that’s pretty much all of us have been taught to be safe.
- Most people learn that after school, you work for someone else for 25-40 years and then you retire and that’s the way life goes.
- If you’re not able to go for it and give your passion everything you’ve got, you’re never going to be able to help other people in the same way that you want
- The people in the world who are most successful are the ones who have the best mindset
- You don’t have time for negativity when you’re trying to have a positive mindset. Don’t watch the news or gossip if you’re trying to fill your head with positive things.
- If you have a friend who can’t adequately celebrate your successes with you, then they’re not a real friend
- There’s a huge difference between jealousy and legitimate inspiration. A lot of people aren’t inspired by other people that are doing “better” than them. Instead, they have a negative attitude and are more jealous than anything.
- When you do the inner work, the outer work always follows.
CONNECT WITH JUSTIN:
“I had no idea who I was.”
“Why do I feel like my enough-ness are solely dependent on my accolades and achievements?”
“I’ve never had a voice; now I have a voice.”
“I never had a voice and I never spoke my truth.”
Key Takeaway: This week, we welcome guest Lo Bondi, who shares an authentic conversation about us regarding what it means to truly find yourself. Hear about the importance of awareness and learn how Lo was able to finally find her voice.
-“What I believe in wasn’t aligning with what I was practicing my competing.”
-She was tearing herself apart and contorting her body for a group of strangers, and she knew that wasn’t in line with what she believed and what she stood for. The overarching idea of self-love is what brought her away from the competing world.
-She knew in the midst of competing that it was a toxic environment, but she didn’t realize just how toxic it was until she finally stepped away
–[6:37 ]With awareness, you can make informed decisions and self-led decisions.
-Her tattoo: “And within her the chaos found balance.” – find out what this means to Lauren and how she was able to step away from disordered patterns
-You have to start by asking yourself the big questions.
-If you’re walking around and feel like even one thing if off or missing, it comes back to needing to create personal awareness to understand those feelings
-Look at yourself in the mirror, hold that gaze, and see yourself loving yourself
-People go through their lives without every listening to themselves, seeing themselves, knowing themselves
-Most people think you are defined by your relationships, your titles, etc. That’s not who you are.
-Lo gives humble insight to a previous relationship and how the unhealthy nature of the relationship was actually manifested in her physical body
-“Your body is profoundly wise and it’s always talking to us.”
-Find out why Lauren moved to Colorado and what she is doing now!
-I try to heal to the point of losing myself and losing my voice
-Hear about the philosophy of counseling according to Lauren and how her strongest talents and gifts are aligned with coaching and counseling
-If you can’t walk up to the mirror and look yourself in the eye, you can’t see yourself (truly SEE yourself)
-If you aren’t fully ready to show up for the work, nothing you try to do will stick.
CONNTECT WITH LO: