Posts Tagged ‘#higherhealthmovement’

HH029 Joe & Alex – Challenging Yourself


“If I continued to do the exact same things, I was going to continue to get the exact same results.” – Alex McMahon

“On the other side of discomfort is probably a place you’ve never been before, but a place you’ve always wanted to be.”  – Joe Sheehey


Key Takeaways:  People who achieve great things are the same people that took risks, worked hard, and stepped into the uncomfortable. Joe & Alex McMahon talk about challenges and what it takes to achieve something worthwhile.

  • When you set goals and then surpass them, you start to wonder what areas in your life you’re holding yourself back.
  • Most people put limits on themselves.
  • Alex and the notion of his “Weekly Comfort Challenges” – laying down in public, sleeping in a park, cold showers only
  • “When you fear something and you continually fear it, you allow it to grow in your mind in a way that allows it to become this insurmountable mountain that you can’t get past.”
  • We have a tendency to shy away from comfort; we’re taught to avoid failure.
  • The thought space of “what ifs” is an easy place to get stuck in.
  • When the stakes are high and you tell yourself “I’m going to make this happen,” you’ll be surprised at the level of motivation and drive you’ll find within yourself.
  • Most of the time, things that people do that they’re especially proud of required them to step outside of their comfort zone
  • Every person that’s achieved something great got there because they just grinded day in and day out.
  • Nothing worth having is easy in life.
  • People only start to get notoriety when they’re successful so no one sees the years or months where they were just putting in tons of hard work.
  • It shows a lot about a person to admit that they’re wrong; it shows that you’re growing and you’re a real person. Everyone messes up.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  • Your gut reaction usually won’t fail you.
  • You can do anything you set your mind to; it just takes hard work and dedication.
  • Alex talks about Evolve Nutritional Therapy


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.




HH018: Elisabeth Mack on Holistic Caring


Key Takeaways:  When it comes to Cannabis, nursing might just be the missing link; dispensaries sell the product, people buy the product, but no one educates people on how to use the product. Until now. Hear from RN Elisabeth Mack, who has brought 30 years of experience into her Holistic Caring business.

  • Definition of holistic caring and Elizabeth’s background and experience with nursing and the medical cannabis industry
  • Nursing is the missing link; dispensaries sell the product and people buy the product but no one is educated people on how to properly use the product. That’s why Elizabeth founded Holistic Caring
  • Elizabeth’s journey on how she learned about Cannabis and learned about its efficacy
  • Lock and Key analogy: the key is the cannabinoid, the lock is the human’s body receptors.
  • Basketball analogy: A great shooter depends on a great assist – the cannabinoid is that assist to help the body
  • Ratios of CBD to THC and what conditions would require different ratios
  • Education + Support are the two key elements to patient success within Holistic Caring
  • It’s important when starting out to take thorough notes about how CBD and THC are affecting you. Take notes of sleep, energy levels, focus, concentration, all of those things.
  • The issue of trouble sleeping: in small doses, CBD can be energizing, so it might be more beneficial to take it during the day. On the other hand, THC is sedating, so this is often taken before bedtime.

HH017: Lauren on Food Preoccupation


Key Takeaways: Food preoccupation is a struggle amongst tons of people. Hunger is inevitable and it can be hard to fight. Join your host Lauren as she discusses her strategies and personal experiences when it comes to quelling hunger, as well as a discussion on the psychology of obsession and how you can train yourself to be strong.

  • Two of Lauren’s clients that are having trouble with preoccupation with food and obstacles with staying on track
  • [6:00 ]Lauren’s personal experience with food preoccupation and stress regarding food and hunger
  • Dieting can create obsession with food
  • Make sure you have an “off season” with dieting; your body and mind needs a break if you’ve been dieting for long periods of time
  • The difference between being physically full but not satiated. Hunger can create very real obsession with food.
  • Being hungry is uncomfortable but it’s also necessary and it’s also normal. You shouldn’t always feel full.
  • Eating on the go vs. meal planning
  • [15:22] – Lauren’s personal tips on how to feel less hungry (meal plans, not hording macros, implementing a fast, spacing meals and making sure each one is well-balanced)
  • The importance of staying busy
  • Think of food as fuel. Don’t live to eat. Eat to live.
  • Dieting is you pushing past your body’s homeostasis. Recognize your hunger but don’t let it take control.

HH 012: Joe & Lauren on Perception


In this episode, hosts Joe and Lauren dig into the topic of perception, especially in regards to how the fitness industry has changed their views on how they see their bodies.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you have body image issues before entering the fitness industry, your body image and insecurities will be exacerbated.
  • Body builders and how they figure out what their “new normal” is… transitioning from the stage to normal life
  • If you’re a bodybuilder or in the fitness industry, what is your obligation to the general public? What message are you conveying?
  • For fitness professionals, their definition of “fat” is very, very different than the general public’s idea of “fat”.
  • [7:30] When you’re finished competing, how do you transition out of the “competing” body perception ideals?
  • [8:20] How comparison is only made worse by social media
  • Even if someone’s body is close to perfect, there are other areas of their life that are probably lacking. It’s more healthy to devote time to relationships, have energy, then it is to have 3% body fat.
  • [13:50] – Aim for “little changes”, which can help your mental state and help you learn how to achieve short term goals.
  • [15:50] – Learn how to be thankful for what your body can do and how much your body has achieved so far.
  • Learn how to be happy with what you have now, in this moment.
  • Happiness is not an angle; it’s a day to day journey. Learn more about this notion from Committed Physique Radio’s episode featuring Lauren Irick.
  • What does it take for you to feel fulfilled?
  • When you’re competing, don’t lose sight of important people in your life and don’t lose sight of yourself.