Posts Tagged ‘Higher Health Movement’

HH030: Esteban Decorazon on Microdosing


Key Takeaways:  Hear from Esteban Decorazon about the different between tripping and micro-dosing and how topics like energy, sensitivity and focus all play into the notion of achieving a state of meditation.

  • Difference between “tripping” and what micro-dosing is
  • Esteban’s background of usage, psychedelic experiences and profound states of consciousness
  • [9:00] transitioning from tripping to micro-dosing. At what point are things too intense?
  • It’s been said that micro-dosing is supposed to be unnoticeable. Is this a valid claim or not?
  • What does micro-dosing do to you? For Esteban, he notices a brightness in colors, more compassion
  • Micro-dosing can be an effective way to speeding up the time it takes to reach a heightened state of consciousness for meditation
  • [17:30] – Esteban talks about a sense of profundity
  • Topics of energy and sensitivity – how all the elements of living a healthy lifestyle contribute to the idea of sensitivity
  • “Focus” is the key component
  • Esteban’s personal recommendation for people that are starting off with micro-dosing

HH022: Acadia Webber on Living for Health


Key Takeaways:  As a nutritional and fitness coach, businesswoman and PhD student, Acadia is a busy woman. And yet, she manages to find and teach balance. Hear how she prioritizes balance, and learn from her insight on learning to let go.

  • “Health is a balance; not an extreme” – insight into how this is implemented in Acadia’s life
  • Tapping into the middle balance area instead of being consumed by the disordered eating part of the bodybuilding industry
  • Coach vs. mentor mentality – how Acadia was inspired by her own clients to help achieve better balance in her life
  • Dieting is a means to an end; it’s not a way of life. Knowing this and remembering this can help you achieve a better balance.
  • Placebo Effects – the importance of understanding the power of psychology and honing on an individual’s mindset
  • However, you also have to be careful about a person’s psychology. A lot of people who are bodybuilders are also usually susceptible to falling into disordered ways of life.
  • The “fitstagram” movement – associating health with things you can see, it’s a lot of physical progress so it’s hard to show photos that demonstrate balance
  • Acadia explains her mission statement and she got into the nutrition industry
  • Acadia’s personal techniques to implement balance, whether it’s eating properly or managing various jobs (efficiency, smaller steps, etc.)
  • The importance of being present, slowing down, and drinking enough water
  • How people view food and the benefits a trainer / nutritional coach can bring to someone who is beginning a lifestyle change
  • Sometimes balance means not needing everything to perfect, and giving yourself a little bit of flexibility and grace
  • Learning to let go; meditation isn’t about absence of negative thoughts. It’s more about recognizing you have negative thoughts and letting them pass.




HH 016: Paul Revelia on Metabolic Rehabilitation


Key Takeaways:  Join Paul Revelia as he discusses metabolic damage and how health-minded individuals can ensure success when they’re not seeing changes on the scale.

  • Background on Paul Revelia and his involvement in the fitness industry; how he got into competing and his turning point that confirmed that coaching was for him
  • [6:30] diving into the world of metabolic damage; what are some signs and symptoms of metabolic damage and how can clients create change for themselves?
  • “Metabolic damage” is poor phrasing because metabolism can be adapted. Metabolism is never fully damaged.
  • Metabolism comes down to individual potential; everyone has different metabolisms so it needs to be evaluated on a case to case basis.
  • Females do often have it harden than men when it comes to being susceptible to negative body image starting from a young age.
  • A real coach knows what to do when the diet is over and doesn’t just increase cardio or decrease calories.
  • If there’s something wrong where an individual truly can’t lost weight, there’s usually something going on there and it needs to be approached in a healthy manner
  • Metabolism will change when you diet down and your body shape changes
  • From an evolutionary perspective, a slow metabolism is good because it’s allowed humans to survive
  • The importance of taking time off/rest days to aid metabolism. Aches and pains will go away when you give your body time to refresh.
  • [31:40] Psychology of the athlete – an individual has to believe in something for it to truly work
  • Example of how to adjust post-competition in terms of cardio and food adjustment
  • True health involves mental strength in addition to physical strength
  • [37:30] – some of Paul’s biggest tips to avoid metabolic damage
  • Paul’s definition of what “Higher Health” means


HH 015: Joe & Lauren on Meditation


Key Takeaways: Many people have pre-conceived ideas about what meditation is or what it requires of you. However, the reality is that meditation is a fluid term that’s built on focus. Joe and Lauren discuss the benefits of clearing your mind, and how anyone can find a way to implement meditation into their life.

  • When you think about meditation, what do you think meditation is? Is there any pre-conceived notion regarding meditation?
  • Can you be meditating without even realizing it?
  • Meditation can be a positive solution for depression and improving one’s mental state.
  • If you’ve never meditated before, how do you start?
  • Meditation is clearing your mind, but that’s hard to do nowadays.
  • Headspace App can help you with meditation if it’s a foreign concept for you; it starts with calming down and learning how to breathe.
  • Anxiety is getting caught up on ideas; meditation teaches you to intentionally let thoughts go while focusing on breathing.
  • Meditating is creating a focus––asking yourself what in your life is most important and how can you focus on that?
  • Yoga can be a form of meditation; you’re instructed to leave your worries at the door and focus on a keyword that brings you back to your center.
  • You don’t have to meditate for long periods of time; find what works for you.

HH 014: Eric Helms on Natural Bodybuilding


Key Takeaways: From the outside world, bodybuilding can often seem unnatural. However, like anything, there are different approaches to the sport. Join Eric Helms as he discusses natural bodybuilding, and how extreme bodies can be achieved through natural methods.


  • Eric Helms’ personal experience on how he got into lifting and how he was able to decipher between the positive and negative aspects regarding bodybuilding
  • [3:15 ]– Natural bodybuilding vs. pharmaceuticals and athletes that are putting out false images about how they’re achieving their bodies. How do you decipher what is natural?
  • Philosophy of coaching, and how starting a client off on pharmaceuticals right away isn’t healthy
  • [8:30] – Eric’s personal philosophy on why he’s chosen to stay natural in the midst of bodybuilding and how he’s humble enough to know that his competitive nature could escalate to unnatural levels if he were to let things get out of his control
  • [10:45] – How testosterone affects muscle mass. Does testosterone even affect muscles?
  • “Hormones are the way things naturally happen. You don’t need to try to manipulate it.”
  • The importance of admitting you’re wrong and exposing your ignorance.
  • How failure is actually a measure of success.
  • How extreme bodybuilding puts a lot of unneeded strain on your body.
  • Reverse Diet vs. Recovery Diet for athletes who are finished with a show
  • Recovery Diet= goal is to put on 5-10% of your body weight within a month or two
  • Eric’s personal post-show experience and how it was a rude awakening
  • Structure is an important part of dieting. It doesn’t necessarily have to be inflexible, but there should be an underlying structure.
  • People can get into bodybuilding but how do you get out of it and move away from the rigidity?