A chinwag with my old mate Dr. Stephen Simpson, all about focus and the problem of getting distracted by our phones. This is timely after I've probably spent a little too long instastorying this weekend.
Studies prove that there's more to distract us than ever before. It can be hard to put down the phone or switch off the laptop, and the constant little dopamine hits we receive from notifications, likes, emails and more have a seriously negative effect on our lives. Our brains are all over the place.
So Dr. Stephen Simpson and I have tackled this problem head on in today's podcast.
*Don't worry, after listening to this podcast you won't have your phone confiscated your smartphone for the next month. The idea is you can start to control your tech usage, rather than letting the tech control you.
Non-monogamy/monogamy/celibacy. The strange relationship world of Luke Storey
18 years ago, my friend Luke Storey started using himself as a guinea pig to change his life, spiritually, physically, and in every way. Spending time, money, research into improving his physical and mental health.
Now he's sorting out his relationships... he's tried everything and he's now going celibate. Eh? It wouldn't be my approach, but he's my mate and I always love chatting to Luke Storey. Check it out.
A list of things that can help with happiness.
Having a cup of tea...
Meditation and mindfulness…
Being in nature...
For the definitive guide to happiness, today's Zestology podcast is with Dr. Robert Puff, and he is an internationally acclaimed author on feeling good.
For several years, Dr. Robert Puff was the number one ranked individual on Google search engines in the entire U.S. for the term “clinical psychologist.” He is regularly sought by the media for his expertise on a variety of mental health issues and has been quoted in the media over 1000 times. He co-hosted the weekly TV program, The Holistic Success Show, which was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Fit TV for six months.
This is the doctor who helped Tony Robbins get rid of record amounts of mercury in his body.
Dr. Chris Shade is a world leader in detox protocols, and knows his stuff. Plus he's a great guy and has some interesting practices that help him to relax after a hardcore day helping patients.
I recorded it on the scene at the magnificent Paleo f(x) conference in Austin, Texas. We recorded this sitting outside in Austin, and you can hear all the fun of the festival vibe in the background. Enjoy.
How could this little gadget dramatically improve your sleep quality? The Oura ring.
I've been using the OURA Ring (and have been talking about it on the podcast) for quite some time. It's a tracking device that you wear on your finger. It measures your sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing pace, body temperature, and exercise. And loads of other stuff.
I've found out some very interesting and unusual things using it. Listen on to find out more.
By the way, if you want one of the new Oura Rings, use the code ZESTOLOGY to get $$$ off. These new rings look way thinner and less mafia-like than the old ones.
Boosting your brain and body is the theme of today's show, where I've plucked three of the best guests (different format alert) when they go big-time in depth. Their subjects could be dry, but they are so good and knowledgeable that they make it entertaining.
I love depth, and that's why I've called it the smartest ways to boost brain and body.
Enjoy getting the old grey matter working hard.
Marek is my personal functional medicine practitioner and one of the most in-demand practitioners in London - almost too much in demand as you'll hear.
Working with him has meant for me: reduced body fat, reduced inflammation, increased methylation, a way better gut. And feeling pretty awesome.
In this podcast - some of the finest supplements to optimise your health. And you'll hear about the one test you should take to establish wellness. It's a good 'un.
Why this podcast? Sometimes it is important to have a little help, and I've found it great to have someone who cares and takes the time to really get to the heart of the problem.
He had the Number 1 book in the world on Amazon in every category for a few days.
Dr. Dale Bredesen is one of the world’s most acknowledged experts on Alzheimer’s, and today's podcast is frankly astonishing. He's seen case upon case over many years of patients who had sometimes advanced neurological decline. And he reversed it.
I am a carrier of the gene that makes Alzheimer’s more likely APOE3/4, just one of the many reasons to interview him.
Dr. Dale says in his book "Virtually no-one in the future should have to die from Alzheimer’s." That's a big claim. Listen on to find out more.
Challenging conventional wisdom on dietary fat. That's today's podcast guest Nina Teicholz. She's read the science, she's read SO much science!
Nina is an investigative journalist and author of the International (and New York Times) bestseller, The Big Fat Surprise (Simon & Schuster). The Economist named it #1 science book of 2014, and it was also named a 2014 *Best Book* by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, and Library Journal, The Big Fat Surprise has upended the conventional wisdom on dietary fat and challenged the very core of our nutrition policy. She also was a vegetarian for 25 years.
New rules for energy, vitality and motivation. In almost 15 years of being an NLP Master Practitioner and trainer and over the course having written 3 books, I've come across a loot of weird and wonderful hacks for better energy. So on Zestology, we look at the ones that work, the ones that don’t, and the ones you should avoid at all costs.
Today - Dr Andy Galpin. When technology goes bad. Beware of the trackers! Hmm, I like using trackers (as you'll hear), and often have a max geekout on all the stats they give me. But there are ups and downs, trials and tribulations associated with using tracking and tech for better health.
Dr. Andy is a (deep breath): Professor, PhD Human Bioenergetics, Muscle Physiology, Weightlifting, MMA, Scientist, Author and all round top bloke.
Repeat guest alert! This podcast is all about energy, and I've had lots of questions about a parenting podcast relating to energy, so here it is with my friend, repeat Zest guest and incredible author on parenting, Anna Williamson. An hour in Anna's company is seriously energising! I think you'll agree when you listen.
Anna Williamson is a television presenter, radio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor and Master NLP practitioner. (The NLP link we explore in this show). She is also as you'll hear, 'mind coach'. Anna is also an Ambassador for Mind, The Prince's Trust, The Young Variety Club and Childline.
When you get your breathing right, you'll notice some incredible results. Probably just listening to this will make you breathe deeper.
Brian Mackenzie is a world-renowned strength and conditioning coach. He's trained gold and olympic medalists including, as you'll hear, his wife. He's also a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and all-round good guy.
He created Cross Fit Endurance which is wildly popular and has written genuine bestsellers. I loved this chat, and I'm wel jel of Brian's health kit that he's got rigged up in his home. Enjoy!
Happy stomachs feature this week.
Recently I put something in my weekly blog that became the most clicked on link I've ever included in my '3 zesty things' newsletter (sign up at www.tonywrighton.com if interested). So this podcast is all about my quest to find out why it was such a popular link, why it captured the imagination so much, and why so many people were interested in a link about gut health.
Dr. Zach Bush came up with the concept behind the link. He's a triple-certified so knows a thing or two about gut health. He's a Triple Certified physician, Scientist, Biologist, University lecturer and more. And he made an incredible discovery in his research...
I've been intermittent fasting for a while now and definitely notice the benefits energy-wise. But I'm a proper fasting lightweight compared to today's Zestology guest.
Fasting is a real theme on Zestology, so many experts seem to recommend the benefits of not eating every once in a while. So I got in touch with Loren Lockman. He is the director of the TanglewoodwellnessCenter.com and has been coaching people to better health since 1992, and supervising water only fasts since 1997. He's guided more than 2000 people through water-only fasts averaging 24-25 days and has seen countless "miracles" over the years.
So what are these "miracles"? Listen on to find out.
She says this about happiness: The first step in creating your right life is acknowledging where you've gone wrong.
She's great fun, a brilliant guest for Zestology, and very revealing on the subject of happiness. So listen on.
We check our smartphones hundreds of times a day. 53% of people say they waste at least an hour at work every day, and most of their distractions are digital. So are you distracted by digital? Addicted to tech? It’s time to stop, take a breath, and hit the reset button in a big way.
The techlash has started..
Phil White is a good person to talk to about this - he's the author of Unplugged... and provides a blueprint for using technology to meet your health and performance goals in a much smarter way.
A podcast on cutting-edge natural anti-ageing methods. Some of this stuff is radically new and exciting.
So ditch the botox, there's some much healthier and more natural alternatives! An awesome chat with the highly qualified and highly respected Dr. Amy Killen - by the time you've finished listening you may well be booking in for Platelet-Rich-Plasma, a vampire facial, stem cell therapy, or even the incredible O-Shot. (Don't know what that is? Listen to the podcast...)
For more on Dr. Amy Killen, visit here https://www.doceremedical.com/our-staff-docere-medical/
One of the world's foremost relationship experts is on Zestology today - Esther Perel. If you haven't seen her TED talks, do yourself a favour, get googling and come back to me in half an hour. Her take on bickering is especially good.
I was grateful to meet Esther Perel recently and interview her for Zestology and Balance mag. I think the interview is useful listening for anyone in a relationship (or wanting to be in one).
In this Valentine's week I think this podcast might be one of the most important I've recorded. This podcast could help you. Enjoy.
It was great to meet Joe Wicks recently, in conjunction with the awesome Balance magazine. His latest book, The Fat-Loss Plan, came out on Boxing Day. Joe is changing the lives and shapes of gazillions of Brits - he's the author of the UK's biggest-selling diet books since records began and he keeps building his fanbase.
His philosophy about both diet and exercise is to keep it simple.
“People try and change too much at once, and it never works. Pick something that you can do 15 minutes a day, rather than one hour a week.”
Which is solid advice. I always feel better when I do a little exercise, than on a day when I do none. Bearing that in mind, you might want to listen to the whole interview now.
Author Brett Moran and I discuss digital addiction and distraction. He’s got a great system for focus, productivity and avoiding the online rabbit hole.
And I’ve got an important(ish) question for you at the end of the podcast.
The final podcast in my series recorded over here in South-east Asia.
Continuing my series of podcasts recorded here in Asia - you may know that I was planning to go off to a monastery to meditate. It didn’t quite go to plan. Here’s what happened...
Huge thanks to Nick Elvery of the Daily Habits podcast and Leanne Spencer of Remove The Guesswork podcast for their excellent contributions - make sure to check out their podcasts too.
You can listen to the show here right now, or if you are short of time you can read on below.
Please note: the below does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting new supplements or regimes. This is just what worked for me.
The “setlist” was:
But which one didn't I like? Listen on to find out.
This podcast includes the frankly shocking results of my alcohol/ sleep experiment.
Coming up in this podcast, you'll hear about my experiments with:
The Oura Ring
As you may know, I've been road-testing the Oura Ring (and have been talking about it on the podcast). It's a tracking device that you wear on your finger. It measures your sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, body temperature, and exercise.
Sleep and alcohol
So for more on this, I'm definitely cutting down on the drinking in January - Dryish January as I'm calling it. I've talked to former professional footballer Andy Ramage on today's Zestology podcast. He is a successful trader these days, as well as running the popular site One Year No Beer and being an author at the same time. It's a brilliant interview, and if you're thinking of cutting down on the booze in January, or anytime this year, then I hope you enjoy. And if you want to read his article - How to do dry January without hating your life - it's here.
Steven Masley is one of the world's top experts in this area. He's a bestselling author and TV Doctor in the States, and he knows his stuff. His new book, The Better Brain Solution, is out tomorrow and I heartily recommend a cheeky pre-order as he is one of the top people in the field. It focuses on the link between body, brain and what we eat.