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Zestology: Live with energy, vitality and motivation

Sky Sports presenter and author Tony Wrighton goes on a podcast journey to find more energy, vitality and motivation. Packed full of epic health tips, fun biohacking gadgets, supercharged supplements and some of the most respected and well-known experts on the planet. Oh, and occasionally all this experimentation goes wrong - you'll hear those bits too. New to Zestology? Look for the 🍊 for some fave episodes.
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Sep 22, 2017

I've been mulling doing a new Friday feature called (drumroll) 

NEW STUFF FRIDAY

Where I try out new stuff that helps you to live with more energy and motivation. It's a name that does what it says on the tin, if you've got a better one though, feel free to send it over!

So here it is, the first NSF (catchy eh!), it might be shortlived, but let's see :)

Sep 18, 2017

He's back. Friend of the show and full of wisdom - Dr. Stephen Simpson is today on Zestology and we are talking the surprising effects of music, and how it can help you to chill, and feel happier.

You'll want to fire up a new Spotify playlist after listening to this.

Dr. Stephen Simpson is an Elite Performance Coach, medical doctor, and NLP expert who specialises in a fascinating field. He's developed the niche of helping poker players win more money. He also has released his own music with a twist... 

Sep 11, 2017

This week's podcast is with the awesome Drew Canole. It was a simple green juice from a friend on a particularly stressful afternoon at work (he used to be in finance) that changed his life entirely.

He is now a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition, and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time. We talk... 

  • The best way to eat healthy on the road
  • The humble weed that could change your life
  • What happens when you go on a six month meditation retreat?
Sep 4, 2017

The cool thing about functional health solutions is that sometimes they can provide you some answers when a visit to a conventional doctor leaves you scratching your head. I found that out a few years ago when I got sick, and so did my friend Celest who I've interviewed this week.

This week's podcast 🍊- with Celest Pereira

Celest Pereira is a friend of the podcast - this is her fourth time as a guest - and an internationally-renowned yoga teacher. But now she's sharing a story of a very personal nature, her hair loss, and her natural health journey. I'm so grateful to her for being so honest on Zestology, I don't think it's easy to bare your soul like this, but it'll provide inspiration for many I'm sure. Cheers Celest!

So what's this all about?

Hair loss is a symptom that is increasingly on the rise amongst otherwise 'healthy' people. But it's not hair loss itself, this story is relevant to anyone who's got unexplained symptoms, and hasn't had many answers from doctors. Or Dr. Google 😂

Aug 28, 2017

I've been interested for a while in getting on a physical pain specialist on my podcast. When I spoke to back-pain expert Esther Gokhale a while back, it had a huge response and lots of people listened. So - we've brought in body expert Aaron Alexander for more. You'll love this, and you may well sort your back out while you listen.

Yep, I've had problems with a dodgy back in the past too. Ever heard of Align Therapy? Aaron Alexander is awesome, and occasionally just slightly inappropriate. (You'll hear this in the first few minutes of the podcast).

Also - is "sitting the new smoking"? Aaron answers the question on today's show.

The link between physicality and what's going on in the mind

I totally subscribe to this. I know when I'm relaxed, happy, stress-free, my body works better too. Want more of this vibe? Listen now.

​How getting naked helps your back

Hmm, hard to explain in an email. But, as I recently discovered, getting naked can help your back pain and general wellbeing levels. Aaron's got some fascinating thoughts on this. You need to listen to the podcast for this bit I think.

 

Aug 21, 2017

 

This week on my podcast, an author who rose to fame after a blog post about anxiety that pretty much broke the internet. In fact even now it's the top google result on anxiety, and curing anxiety.

  • Do you have trouble breathing, relaxing, and sleeping?
  • Are you sitting still and staring at screens for most of your waking hours?
  • Are you consuming stimulants multiple times per day to hide your exhaustion?

Charlie Hoehn had some big problems with stress. Shallow breathing, tension in the gut, chest pains, rapid heartbeat. Anxiety destroyed his confidence, productivity, relationships, and ability to enjoy life. Then he made one massive change.

Listen on to find out more... 

Aug 14, 2017

Camilla Dallerup waltzed away from Strictly Come Dancing after six series and even won the competition with Tom Chambers in 2008.

And guess what, having shunned the sequins and the limelight, she's happier than ever.

She's now an author and meditation teacher living in LA, and when she was in London recently she popped over so we could chat reinventing yourself, chilling out in a hectic world, and the meditation secrets that helped her win the UK's most popular TV show.

Aug 7, 2017

First up, I've been spending plenty of time out in nature this summer - trying to get a bit more primal. I walked up Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales) a couple of weeks ago. So many of my Zestology podcast guests talk about the importance of getting back to nature, and being a bit more primal. Having climbed Snowdon I felt the same thing. Especially with emojis to help me on my way.

This week's Zestology was also recorded outside, with Ayurveda expert Natalie Roper. Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda. Which it turns out can massively sort you out. Listen to the podcast for more, or for a quick link, take this 'What's Your Dosha' test now.

This was a lovely podcast to record - getting slightly sunburnt at Yoga Connects Festival outside, even if I'm not sure about the ghee fast Natalie was talking about.

Jul 31, 2017

Over the last couple of weeks I've been to a couple of festivals in the West Country. The Tolpuddle Festival in Dorset, (shaking Jeremy Corbyn's hand possibly the highlight of that one.) And Yoga Connects festival in Glastonbury, where I was also speaking. It was my third time there, and it lived up to the other two - what an awesome weekend of fun, exercise and a few drinks too.

I bumped into this fella, someone I've been meaning to interview for a long time, if only I could get hold of him for more than 5 minutes!

Overcoming adversity

Author Brett Moran has lived an incredible life of ups and downs. Brett's life changed forever when serving time because of a drug deal. He found himself in the prison library and stumbled across a book on meditation. The story is quite something - and it's all in the podcast.

In a nutshell, listen to this podcast to find more love, joy and happiness through simple gratitude practices and living more authentically.

He really does live in the present. I'm inspired to do that more after hanging out with him. Simple!

Jul 24, 2017

It's Q and A time and all these topics are discussed.

  • Different meditation techniques.
  • Squatty potties 
  • Carl Jung's collective unconscious
  • Ketonix breath meters
  • The best water filters money can buy
  • The benefits of hypnosis
  • My new podcast idea for Fridays (please let me know your feedback on this)
  • And many more vitality-related bits and pieces.

Okay, you're totally wondering what a Squatty Potty is now aren't you. Check it out - apparently it's a way to, er, get more primal when you go to the toilet. Our ancestors squatted for centuries before the invention of the modern day toilet. In fact, the majority of the world's population still squats today! So it's perhaps not as weird as it sounds.

Dr. Stephen Simpson is one of my regular Zestology guests and good friends. He is an Elite Performance Coach, and works with top professional poker players such as Chris Moorman and Liv Boeree on helping them achieve their potential in every area of their lives.

Today's podcast is Dr. Steve and me answering your questions. Thank you for posting them, remember to let me know what you think, and if you have any questions for future episodes that's cool too...

Jul 17, 2017

Are you ready for a Brain Boost?

That's the name of my friend Karl's new podcast. When I spoke to my friend Karl Morris on Zestology a while back, it got a big response. He's a leading performance coach in the world of sport and kind of a big deal (though he'd be far too modest to admit that himself).

This time, he's now started a podcast himself and it's been fun chatting to him about his ideas for it. I know he'll be a huge success in the podcast world because he's so damn good at what he does, and I was honoured to be interviewed by him on his new show.

So here, with kind permission of Karl, is the interview we recorded. Enjoy (and remember this link is a special day early link).

And if you like Karl, you can listen to more of him on Zestology on episodes 5 and 83.

Jul 10, 2017

I'm not going to lie, sometimes I worry about getting older. Do you?

Laura Coe is an entrepreneur, podcast host, philosophy lover and certified life coach. She's a brilliant podcast guest, because she tells us in simple terms how age is just a number, and there's no need to worry about it. Hmm, sounds good.

The podcast is all about energy, and feeling good as you get older is all part of that, I reckon. As you'll hear I'm sceptical... but I'm happy to admit Laura is good

So who is this Laura Coe?  She had a high-powered corporate career, and when I say high-powered, she was right at the top. But then something dramatic happened, and everything changed. You'll hear about that too. Laura's a repeat Zestology guest - because I know people enjoyed listening last time.

Jul 3, 2017

Okay lifehackers and energy seekers, you'll enjoy this one. Coming up:

  • Lots of productivity hacks you've never thought of before.
  • The crazy device that gives you a mini jolt (not a shock!) to help you change your behaviour.
  • The new innovation for my email subscribers - listen a day earlier!

Maneesh Sethi is the voice behind the outstanding website Hack The System and the brains behind Pavlok - a gadget that literally shocks you into shape. He’s worked with major influencers like Tim Ferris, he’s a famous DJ in Berlin, and he’s even hosted a TV show on the Travel Channel.  Is there anything that this guy can’t do?

I guess the best way to describe him is - lifehacker. And he has invented the device below. Listen in for more.

Jun 26, 2017
It's fascinating to study daily rituals of successful people. And that's one of the main themes in this podcast. Jaret Grossman is one of those sickening individuals who seems to be good at everything! And one of the reasons I loved this podcast is we violently disagreed on the subject of daily rituals.
 
He's the co-founder of Muscle Prodigy - a company that has built a huuge following online. And he's a 3x All American Wrestler.
 
Here's the kind of stuff he talks about.
 
 - Discover Your Life Purpose
 - Learn How to TAKE BACK Control of Your Mind
 - Become an Emotional Jedi and Master Your Emotions Rather than Allow Them to Master You
 - Find Out How to Do MORE with Less Time
 - Understand the Crucial Elements to Building a Successful Brand
 - Foster Deep and Impactful Relationships 
 - Be Able to Influence People's Behavior and Decisions for the Greater Good
 - Earn Money in Multiple Ways and at Elevated Heights
 
.... and of course, DAILY RITUALS!
 
Enjoy the show.
Jun 19, 2017

Energy, creativity, music and motivation, and how these themes all tie together.

Jono Grant is one of the world's top DJs. He and I had a caffeine-fuelled chat on music and creativity, and how he gets into the creative vibe. Above and Beyond are obviously a massive worldwide success and he also talks about the biggest gig he ever played - in front of 1 million people in Rio.

He's also responsible for the music that you hear at the start of the podcast.

We recorded this as part of a special Spotify series on music. If you'd like to listen to the full series head over to Zestology on Spotify.

One more thing - listen out for the end of the podcast where I'm recording at the famous Morning Gloryville party.

Jun 12, 2017

DISCLAIMER: This week's podcast was not recorded on a hangover 😂

  • IV drips - do they work if you are healthy but in need of a boost?
  • Can they get rid of your hangover? The big question!
  • How can you use nutrients to help you live longer?

This podcast was recorded WHILE I had an intravenous drip pumping 25 grams of Vitamin C and 1.5 grams of Magnesium into my bloodstream.

Dr Josh Berkowitz's treatments are based on the direct intravenous introduction of fluids and vitamins into the body. IVs are the quickest way to deliver fluids into the bloodstream.

Check out the drip gently releasing Vit C into my arm while we chat on the website - pics there.

But how did I feel when I got one while talking to Dr. Josh? And could high-dose vitamins and minerals pumped into your body benefit you?

I love meeting world experts, chatting to them and rolling my sleeves up and trying new stuff at the same time. I hope you enjoy listening to it too. You can listen now on iTunes, Spotify, and the website.

Also very cool - if you want to try it out for yourself, you can quote Zestology when you contact them at ivboost.uk and get 30% off. A not too shabby discount.

Stay zesty.

Jun 5, 2017

Sometimes we get so mired in stress, anxiety or wrapped up in our problems, it's hard to remember how to relax. So today I speak to one of the UK's top psychologists all about stress and balance.

Anna Williamson used to be a pop band, then was one of the UK's most popular children's TV presenters. It's quite a journey from that to respected psychologist (yes, I just used the J word). She's now the resident psychologist for Big Brother and ITV's This Morning, two of the biggest shows on UK television.

Join us as we discuss 'funny mind stuff'. She's had her own problems with anxiety and stress, and she's now all about balance.

Anna and I met to record at a venue in Central London - possibly the noisiest hotel in the city. Somehow it doesn't sound too loud on the interview though, thanks partly to some very friendly people we met who talked sotto voce while we recorded.

May 29, 2017

The author of the brilliant best-selling book - The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k.

I keep seeing people reading this book all over London. It's been a huge hit for Sarah. The interview contained such amusing parts as the four categories of potential F*** giving. Then she wrote the book - Get Your Sh*t Together: How to stop worrying about what you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do. Now she's moved to the Dominican Republic, recorded a viral Tedx talk, and had a crazy Zestology-inspired coincidence. All of which is good podcast topic material.

Potty-mouthed Sarah Knight specialises in best-selling books with vaguely naughty words in the title. And she's decidedly anti-guru. She's perfect for Zestology.

May 22, 2017

How do you achieve true love in today's chaotic world? John Gray has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, etc. He knows his stuff. 

It was a pleasure to hang out with the world's best selling non-fiction author of all time in our special live event, and his stuff is perfect for the Zestology themes of energy, vitality and motivation.

If you're in for some spot on, no-holds barred relationship advice, listen now on iTunes, Spotify, and the website. Also on the podcast, you'll find out what we got up to afterwards with John when we went out to dinner, what an evening.

 

May 15, 2017
  • Tap into a mindset of awesomeness
  • Trust your instincts
  • Defy the odds

That's what JJ Virgin did, and now she's here to tell you all about it.

It helped her to ultimately save her son’s life…and her own. 

Today's podcast guest is kind of a big deal, in the words of Anchorman. But she really is! She's totally down to earth and I really enjoyed chatting to her.

Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerance. She is author of New York Times Bestsellers The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days and The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose… and now the Miracle Mindset.

She’ll share the lessons she learned that can help you create your own resilient mindset, trust your instincts and defy the odds.

I also recorded a podcast on JJ Virgin's show too, so please do check out her outstanding podcast too. After listening to this one, of course :)

 

May 8, 2017

I've often heard about taking a boat load of vitamin C when you get a cold to get rid of it quickly. But I've never quite known if it was actually true or not. That's why I wanted to interview Dr. Andrew Saul, AKA MegaVitamin Man. He says yes - huge amounts of Vitamin C are a natural anti-viral and can banish all kinds of ailments. So, high dose vitamins, could they be the answer to many of our health problems? 

Dr. Andrew Saul, “The MegaVitamin Man”, has 40 years of experience in natural health. His peer-reviewed website, www.DoctorYourself.com, is one of the largest non-commercial natural health resources on the internet, it's pretty awesome. And when you hear his story about how he brought his kids up, it'll make you think.

But are huge doses of Vitamins really good for us? I've definitely been upping my Vit C dosage since speaking to Dr. Andrew. And you can listen to his podcast interview right now, by clicking here on iTunes , Spotify and tonywrighton.com

As always, please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

May 1, 2017

It's all about The Journey.

TIME Magazine called him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” and he's on today's podcast, reminding us to enjoy the journey.

I'm still buzzing after our latest live event in London. It was just so cool to meet lots of friendly Zestologists doing some innovative (some would say crazy) stuff to improve their energy and performance levels. We also had the legendary ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes there - the man who never stretches, even after running 300 miles! 

Dean is a big name.
So impressive that TIME named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” and Men’s Fitness honored him as one of the fittest men on the planet.

Our topic this week? Motivation, mindset, challenges and why they're so important
We go general and specific. We’re chatting nitty gritty, including how Dean knocked off 50 marathons spanning 50 U.S. states in just 50 days and what it takes to run 350 miles across 80 sleep-free hours.

Listen up now.
Even if you aren’t angling to run a marathon (or run anything for that matter), Dean’s got a lot to say on getting and staying motivated no matter what you’re up against. He's also quite simply a very nice man, one of life's winners who's a good guy as well.

 

Apr 24, 2017

On today's podcast - how to feel like you've just downed a quadruple espresso with none of the downsides. That's how it feels after some oxygen therapy you'll hear me roadtesting today.

Specifically, I have two real experts in the field of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Eh? What's that? It's a pretty cool way to feel unbelievably great, quickly. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps patients suffering from sports injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, infections, arthritis and a huge range of other medical conditions. HBOT is also used by biohackers because of the real benefits for our general health and wellness too. You're basically breathing the purest oxygen possible in a tank. 

I've been filming videos inside the tank over on my facebook page too.

Get the quadruple espressos in!

Enjoy.

Apr 17, 2017
  • The one supplement you should take to a desert island
  • How to upgrade your wellness levels by 5%
  • And lots more!

Dr. David Minkoff is one the USA's foremost functional medicine docs and he has some strong views. He's been on Zestology before and I noticed there was a real spike in listenership when he came on. So he's back, and so what is the one supplement you should take to a desert island? Find out on the podcast.

Think you can get all your essential nutrients from food alone? Don't take any supplements yourself? You may want to listen.

My target in this podcast - to increase your wellness and performance levels by a few percent. It strikes me that's a great place to start.

Apr 10, 2017

We have a new format. It's the Zestology Q and A. Let me know if you like it and think it works - I'd genuinely appreciate your feedback as I'd like to know if this idea is a good one in future.

Dr. Stephen Simpson is one of my regular Zestology guests. He works with top professional poker players such as Chris Moorman and Liv Boeree on helping them achieve their potential in every area of your life.

Today's podcast is Dr. Steve and me answering your questions. Thank you for posting them, remember to let me know what you think, and if you have any questions for future episodes that's cool too...

Dr. Stephen Simpson is an Elite Performance Coach, medical doctor, and NLP expert. Enjoy the podcast - it also contains details on the one supplement that's made a big impact for me recently and why. It's called CBS/BHMT Assist (I know - doesn't exactly sound exciting but it is honest!)

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