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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 most-listened to episodes.
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Nov 1, 2015

If you had a simple breathing technique which helped you relax in stressful situations, get calm when you really needed it and even get to sleep at night, would you use it?

Today on Zestology podcast, some awesome stories, great fun, and an in depth look at three specific breathing techniques with Lucy Bruegger.

Lucy is a London based yoga teacher, a friend of mine and an awesome teacher with a very broad approach. I love Lucy’s work so much so I went and did some yoga with her in Greece (scroll down to see the amazing spot we went to). She’s had a huge number of different trainings not just in yoga but in all different types of meditative and spiritual practices, including, as you’ll hear, some surprising stories and some crazy experiences such as spending 11 days in a row saying absolutely nothing at all. A silent retreat. (There is no way I could ever do this. I might struggle with 11 minutes.)

Rest assured we talk all about that, and in fact dig into some of the most crazy personal development experiences it’s possible to have, followed by 3 breathing techniques for meditation, relaxation, and peace. They’re totally simple and you can try them as you listen. (Unless driving. Then listen after, please.)

When you listen you'll hear:

  • Silence for 11 Days [4:00]
  • Sitting with strong determination [5:45]
  • Learning self-reliance [8:20]
  • Exploring your limits through sweat lodges [12:15]
  • Exposing your own habits [14:40]
  • No one can take away your potential of being happy [17:40]
  • Meditation and breathing techniques [22:20]
  • Cleaning and cleansing channels [26:15]
  • Humming to cut through mind chatter [29:10]
  • Ujjayi Breathing techniques [32:50]
  • Lucy’s morning routine [37:10]
  • No resistance & no expectations [41:20]

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Oct 25, 2015

How to improve your life with NLP, meditation and hypnosis, recorded live in London with Tony Wrighton #34

The set of skills that can help you be happier, healthier and more persuasive.

Millions use NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) every day, and I've trained to the highest level in it. It's the basis for my books, audiobooks and underpins much of what we do on Zestology too. But what the hell is NLP - apart from a strange and slightly confusing name - and how could you use it now? 

I recently made a conference speech about Zestology, meditation and the power of NLP. So this week’s Zestology podcast was recorded live at the NLP Talks event in Central London. My musings were basically a series of stories from my life and how NLP has shaped it, changed it and improved it. 

The event also included the best heckle I've ever had! Listen out at around 16 minutes on the podcast for this random shout out from the crowd.

If you'd like any of the following, then listen on for my personal experiences of NLP.

  • Feel happier or more confident.
  • Inspire others.
  • Get creative (and build a cool sidecar like the one in the pic at the bottom of this blog. Not sure anyone could actually fit in that though...)
  • Improve your presentation skills.
  • Feel motivated towards something coming up in the future.
  • Achieve different goals.
  • Be more persuasive.
  • Improve at sport
  • Get over a phobia.

Show notes (for reference - or if you want to skip to the most important bits).

  • Using your powers and skills for good [2:50]
  • The most persuasive word in the world [6:20]
  • Do what works [9:00]
  • Becoming ill in the jungle [10:40]
  • Escaping the screens [13:50]
  • Switching off for 2 hours a day [16:20]
  • Meditation and hypnosis [17:40]
  • The value of sleep health and hygiene [19:45]
  • Blue blocking glasses [21:40]
  • Quantified self [23:10]

 

Oct 18, 2015

Fun productivity hacks, gadgets and tricks with lifehacker Maneesh Sethi #33

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 pilot on the Travel Channel.  Is there anything that this guy can’t do?

I guess the best way to describe him is - lifehacker.

Listen on if you want the answers to these fun questions.

  • Does hiring someone to slap you in the face every time you use Facebook improve your productivity levels?
  • What is HackYourBrain.com shortcut for behaviour change and getting over addictions? (Super cool.)
  • How do you get a Sandwich named after you?

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Oct 11, 2015

Hey Sauerkraut fans! (Silence). Actually I love sauerkraut, and confess I am a bit of a fermented foods geek although I've never plucked up the courage to DIY at home. But whatever you think of it, there is a very good reason for fermenting, and it is not necessarily to introduce some tasty healthy recipes into our diet. Although it does that too.

It’s because an increasing body of research suggests that fermented foods can influence not just our gut health, but our brain health as well. The gut-brain link comes up again!

In a recent study researchers at UCLA demonstrated that daily consumption of a fermented product containing five different strains of probiotic bacteria actually changed the brain’s emotional response to various stimuli, as measured on an advanced brain imaging thingamijig!

In other words, putting more fermented good stuff into your tummy can have a major impact on your high performance levels, and change how your brain works.

Jill Ciciarelli is the owner of First Comes Health, a certified holistic health coach, and the author of a fantastic book, Fermented: A four season approach to Paleo probiotic foods. Jill is definitely your go-to expert for all your home-fermenting needs and how it could change your life, your gut and your brain health.

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Oct 4, 2015
  • Should you go low fat or high fat?
  • Are protein shakes good for you?
  • Is being vegetarian and vegan healthier?

The answers to these questions and many more coming up today - on a need to know basis.

Rhiannon Lambert has an amazing story, and was an excellent guest to interview.

At the age of 16 she was plucked from obscurity to become one of the UK’s leading sopranos. Catapulted into a glamorous world, she became famous for her voice. She’d made a hugely successful career for herself, but behind the scenes, was struggling with the pressure.

She tells this story today on Zestology, and how she started to get involved in nutrition, healthy eating and wellbeing.

She now still sings all around the world - in fact as you’ll hear she’s singing at the Rugby World Cup this week - and combines that with a successful career in nutrition. Her online blogs and social media sites are hugely popular, she works as a nutritional consultant from two different clinics on Harley Street, with olympic athletes, celebrities, NHS hospitals and specialises in eating disorders as well.

She is - in short - busy.

Rhiannon is an awesome Zestology guest. In today’s show we start with Rhiannon’s story, and then move onto the 8 need to know nutrition facts. This podcast truly is about the dramatic impact healthy eating can have on performance at the highest level.

When you listen you'll hear:

  • The Singing Nutritionist [3:30]
  • Struggling with the pressure of a career in the public eye [6:30]
  • Finding something that works for you [12:18]
  • 8 Need-to-know food facts [15:00]
  • Should you eat low fat? [16:30]
  • Sugar as a “wrinkle monster” [19:10]
  • Altering our definition of carbohydrates [22:15]
  • Fresh vs Frozen [24:27]
  • Finding balance [26:00]
  • Confusing hunger with thirst [28:15]
  • Choosing a protein powder [29:10]
  • Using Echinacea [33:30]

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Sep 27, 2015

Today's Zestology podcast looks at instant natural solutions for more energy. Stuff you can do now. And - fasicinatingly, runs natural anti-ageing clinics. Dr Salerno is an anti-ageing pioneer. He's a well known doctor on TV in the USA, known to viewers of CBS, Fox and a host of other channels.

I love his approach - to embrace the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. An awesome approach that kind of embodies what we want to do with Zestology.

And check out the list of benefits he promises with his outlook - more energy, ideal weight, clear skin, greater memory, improved digestion, better sleep, less anxiety, and much more.

And there is more to Dr. Salerno. After the terrorist bombings of September 11, 2001, he served as the Medical Director for the World Trade Center Landfill, a position that earned him a commendation from then-mayor Rudy Giuliani. Furthermore, he was charged with monitoring the health of public workers assigned to manage the massive landfill, as much of the debris from the World Trade Center was riddled with airborne chemicals, heavy metals, and toxic buildup.

Zestology is all about living with energy, vitality and motivation, and today's show features one of the USA's leading doctors on natural solutions, anti-ageing and energy.

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Sep 20, 2015

5 secrets of better sleep with leading sleep recovery coach Nick Littlehales #29

Sleep is one of the key elements of better energy, vitality and motivation. Time and again it’s come up on Zestology podcast as a really important element of feeling great and performing at your very best. But somehow getting good, deep sleep is easier said than done.

Nick Littlehales he is a leading figure in the field of sleep, especially with sports stars having worked with top football clubs, such as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid, the England’s national side and a host of Olympians and tour de france winners.

The Guardian recently called him "The man who showed Cristiano Ronaldo how to sleep", and that's when I first heard about him. I now realise what a big deal he is in the world of sport, and sleep, so I'm chuffed he agreed to come on Zestology.

As the Guardian said, "Sleep coaches exist, although the only surprising thing about that is that it took so long for such a job to be taken seriously in the world of sport". 

FOOTNOTE: The night after I interviewed Nick Littlehales, I implemented just two of the changes he recommended, and - according to my jawbone wristband - I had the deepest night's sleep I've ever had (almost 4 hours 30 of deep sleep). 

Zestology is all about living with energy, vitality and motivation, and today's show features perhaps the top expert worldwide in the area of sleep and sport. Listen on for how he can help you.

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Sep 13, 2015

Could you live to 1000? Would you want to?

Today's Zestology podcast guest makes some extraordinary claims. Cambridge scientist and researcher Dr. Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease and a curable one too. He talks about a post-ageing world. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be reversed, eventually. He is a celebrated and controversial scientist and researcher, and he says the first person to live to 1000 might be alive already.

Amazing prospect. You could be 30,40,50 now and you could live to 150, or even 1000. Crazy, right? But that is what Aubrey De Grey is suggesting will happen.

His popular TED talk on the subject has had hundreds of thousands of views. He is definitely a maverick and controversial, and this is a must-listen Zestology.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • What does a post-aging society look like? [4:20]
  • Stem cells as a way to treat Parkinson’s disease [8:10]
  • Improving people’s quality and quantity of life [14:20]
  • What to look forward to in 20/25 years [24:00]
  • Finding a mission in life [25:50]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • Reverse aging therapy [7:20]
  • Performing mentally and physically like a young adult… again [9:50]
  • Eliminating illness (Can we do it?) [18:45]
  • A war on aging [21:43]

Finding motivation

  • Do we want extreme longevity? [2:45]
  • Could you work until you’re 150? [16:05]
  • When will we live to 1000? [13:10]
  • How to live to 1000 (in one easy step) [23:10]

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Sep 6, 2015

As you listen to this, are you hunched over a smartphone? Crouched over a computer? Slumped in a chair, Curved over a table? Some of us sit up to 17 hours a day, which is pretty obviously not ideal, especially if you are sitting in the wrong position.

Today’s Zestology guest might be able to help you with that. The New York Times calls her ‘the posture guru’. She is Esther Gokhale and the more we spoke, the more I realised how important good posture is for good health. I first heard her on a very inspirational TED talk - she was great so we got in touch and she agreed to come on Zestology.

GUARANTEE. When you listen to today's show, you will start to rearrange yourself into all kinds of postural adjustments that will make you feel good. The posture of success. (I'm not sure if the posture of success is an actual thing but you know what I mean).

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • Sitting with form [5:50]
  • Restoring length in the body [15:14]
  • Easy household items that can help you sit better [18:05]
  • How back pain is draining your energy [19:30]
  • How to properly use a standing desk [24:14]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • The Barefoot Posture Approach [7:15]
  • Posture for Infants [13:00]
  • How to properly sit (and change your life) [17:16]
  • Standing for beginners [22:25]
  • The importance of stacking [25:10]

Finding motivation

  • Learning from people who are close to the ground [4:50]
  • Movement as a part of the human heritage [10:25]
  • Adding strength to the system [15:45]
  • Modern people have different needs in the 21st century [29:10]
  • Ecosystem posture method [34:16]

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Aug 30, 2015

Today's Zestology podcast guest is phenomenally successful. He is the biggest selling hardback non-fiction author of all time. He is also the biggest selling author on relationships of all time. He is Dr John Gray, the author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

After focusing on relationships for many years, he turned his attention to focus, and his message is seriously powerful.

  • Are you someone who suffers with focus?
  • Would you like increased powers of concentration and energy?
  • Are you interested in living with more clarity and sharpness?

As well as these topics, John tells some great stories such as the 9 years he spent living as a celibate monk. Seriously! 9 years - can you imagine. And how this experience has relevance to all of our relationships now, and as he puts it, 'balancing masculine and feminine energies'.

Zestology is all about living with energy, vitality and motivation, and today's show features one of the foremost authors and teachers of our age. It's a must listen. 

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • How silence increases testosterone
  • The value of connecting with other people
  • Balancing hormones by cleansing and fasting
  • Improving focus with nutrition
  • Why you should be taking Glutathione
  • Preventing drops in testosterone
  • Taking baths before bed

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • When and how to express emotions in your relationship
  • Why oxytocin is the best anti-stress hormone for women
  • The benefits of unpasteurized whey and dairy
  • The healing power of probiotics and enzymes
  • Schedule in more sex

Finding motivation

  • Balancing both sides of your brain
  • Feminine and masculine energies
  • Better food for better sleep
  • Gender rules versus gender constructions
  • Pursuing things that have nothing to do with money

For more information

Aug 23, 2015

"Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." - George Bernard Shaw

Warning: I am about to discuss the H word. That's because one of the quickest ways I've found to create positive change is the aforementioned H word. Hypnosis.

Hypnosis gets a bad rap. Maybe that's because people think of people prancing around on a stage pretending to be a chicken when they think of hypnosis.

That's cool - I understand that. But hypnosis has so much more to offer. I use it almost every day, and so I wanted to use a Zestology podcast to explore its (potential) benefits for everyone.

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that can bring about new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours or feelings. (Not clucking like a chicken - that's stage hypnosis, which is obvs very different.)

Edrina Rush is one of the UK’s top hypnotists and hypnotherapists, so the perfect person to riff with on this subject. We headed to the park on a beautiful summer's day in London to discuss how hypnosis can help.

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Aug 16, 2015

Are you a meditator? It turns out many high performers in all different areas are getting their meditation on. More and more leaders in the corporate/sporting/therapeutic worlds have been taking note of the benefits of meditation, which include lower stress levels, improved cognitive functioning, creative thinking and productivity, and even improved physical health.

Oprah Winfrey is known to do 20 minutes twice a day, and tells anyone who will listen. A lot of my friends and guests on Zestology have spoken about this, so it’s time to get involved.

So we want to do less, to achieve more.

But how...

Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in Meditation. She has been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, Awesomeness Fest & Relativity Media. Emily began her ten years of training in meditation in Rishikesh, India under world-renowned instructors. She was inspired to share this practice with others after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits it provided her during her career on Broadway, which is a story all in itself.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • You’re emotions go somewhere: they manifest in your physical being the more you suppress them [8:10]
  • "The house always wins" [11:20]
  • Increasing brain plasticity betters communication between both sides of the brain [15:20]
  • Looking for a flow state [24:10]
  • A day in the light of a meditation teacher [30:45]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • Meditation for better physical health [3:50]
  • Accept responsibility & take charge of your own health  [11:10]
  • How does stress mess so many things up? [18:23]
  • Meditation isn’t a cure-all; but it is a powerful stress-relieving tool [21:50]
  • Why meditation isn’t suppose to be a replacement for sleep [26:12]

Finding motivation

  • Intensive meditation training: what to expect and what happens [6:00]
  • The knowledge of longevity [9:10]
  • Mindfulness versus self-induced transcendental meditation [14:05]
  • Avoiding the meditation bends [30:18]

For more information

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Aug 9, 2015

On today's Zestology podcast I have an inspirational and fun-loving guest who definitely enjoys the journey.

As well as being a celebrated yoga teacher, Meghan Currie is a bit of an inspirer extraordinaire, and also blogs to her army of followers about travel and putting raw food on your face! When we met she was in the UK, then when we did the interview she was in Bali, and now she's in Istanbul for a month. She is truly enjoying the journey, and not intent on arriving.

On today's Zestology podcast I have an inspirational and fun-loving guest who definitely enjoys the journey.

As well as being a celebrated yoga teacher, Meghan Currie is a bit of an inspirer extraordinaire, and also blogs to her army of followers about travel and putting raw food on your face! When we met she was in the UK, then when we did the interview she was in Bali, and now she's in Istanbul for a month. She is truly enjoying the journey, and not intent on arriving.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • Being intimate with yourself and your own practice [19:30]
  • The importance of filtering on social media [20:40]
  • Letting yourself have a moment [26:40]
  • Don’t measure ingredients. Throw the recipes out. [36:00]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • Saying yes to every opportunity that comes up [5:05]
  • Staying plugged in on a moment to moment basis [23:52]
  • Why high discipline (even in yoga) can do more harm than good to your mind and mood [29:50]
  • When to control and when to surrender [31:23]

Finding motivation

  • A lot of fear and anxiety is based on an accumulation of information that hasn’t been processed yet [6:20]
  • Living without a home [11:40]
  • Making long distance friendships work [14:50]
  • Inspiring emotion with Phillip Glass music and other musicians [32:40]

For more information

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Aug 2, 2015

Slowing down and calming down to create more energy. It's almost like a contradiction in terms. But it works, and that's why meditation/trance/hypnosis/chillout time is so popular for people.

This week's Zestology podcast guest is fascinating, and contains some important themes. One is slowing down a bit to create a huge store of stamina and energy. Amen. We need to talk about this more. All of my audiobooks on iTunes have a similar theme using hypnosis and NLP skills to calm the mind, get into more of an Alpha State, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. And with my cool guest - blogger, podcaster and Natural Health practitioner Beverley Meyer - I have a similar mind that we can really get going on this subject - slowing off and switching off for more energy and feeling great.

Beverley also specialises in the area of nutrition and we tackle some fun foody subjects too. We delve right in and get technical around how good coconut oil is to encourage you to burn fat for fuel (great if you want to tone up and get an energy boost from your food). Then things get a bit crazy, like for instance, have you ever put coconut oil in your tea? Or on your face? And in your food?

And if you haven't ever supplemented with Vitamin K2, you may want to after listening to this.

When you listen, you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • Coconut oil provides a unique kind of saturated fat that helps your body burn fat for fuel. [5:00]
  • If you struggle with digesting diary, experiment with ghee (or clarified butter) into your diet. [7:00]
  • The human body digests and repairs itself when we’re in a slower, more relaxed state. [13:56]
  • The importance of stamina and a solid pace. [19:48]
  • The importance of Vitamin D and Vitamin K2. [29:20]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • The benefits of non-hydrogenated plant fats like macadamia oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. [9:10]
  • Passionflower supplements. [10:15]
  • How to elevate your calves on a wall or a chair to mimic the same benefits of a nap. [21:03]
  • Why food needs to be first. [35:20]

Finding motivation

  • The best way to create more energy is to slow down [00:20]
  • Why men and women need to adhere to different nutritional plans [6:00]
  • How GABA works as the “brakes” of your brain and helps you slow down [12:05]
  • The Beta state [13:07]
  • The person that does the least is the most active [20:13]

For more information

 

Jul 26, 2015

Did you know that taking a simple sauna twice a week could spark a complete change in your energy levels? (Hence the title of this blog.) This just one of the interesting, unusual and crazy ideas in today's Zestology Podcast.

Interested in making some small changes for big results? Listen/read on. My guest is someone with a wide amount of expertise in this area. Dr Izabella Wentz has written a hugely popular and well received book on Hashimotos. (Never heard of Hashimotos? It turns out that Hashimotos is really much more common than anyone thought so we look at that at the start of the show).

We also dive straight in general health improvements and yes, sauna therapy. We go into this into a bit of depth, including the uh, sauna incident that left Dr Wentz rather surprised and shocked.

And surprise surprise, it’s a regular theme, we look at nutrition and health and the role that has to play in your overall wellbeing and energy levels.

It’s one of those shows where we go deep, especially at the start, and I love that. There's some real depth in this podcast. I’m honoured to have a real expert in her field on, so let’s speak to Thyroid Pharmacist, Dr Izabella Wentz.

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Jul 19, 2015

Today, we're after an Aha! Moment to fire up our lives. It turns out the phrase Aha! Moment is actually in the dictionary.

So how do we have an Aha! Moment about our lives? How good would it be to find that thing, that really excites you? That motivates you to get outta bed with extreme energy every morning. In short, how can we all have an Aha! Moment. (Preferably this week, not that we're impatient...)

Today's Zestology guest is the host of a podcast that has taken the iTunes Podcast chart by storm. John Lee Dumas is the host of Entrepreneur On Fire, with over 1000 episodes in the bag and a huge amount of listeners.

And he's made it his business to ask successful, motivated, balanced, happy, energetic people about that lightbulb moment, the point in time when the flash of inspiration struck. So we talk about its importance, his Aha! Moment, and how we might find our own, and how your life can change once you have that Aha! Moment.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • Delayed Gratification: a true telling point of an entrepreneur [8:15]
  • Weapons of mass distraction. What they are and how to avoid them [15:45]
  • If you try to resonate with everyone, you’re going to resonate with no one. [17:20]
  • Do the small things right every single day and watch them grow to amazing levels over time [26:10]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • The benefits of having a disciplined morning routine for the first 80 minutes of the day [5:20]
  • Start you day with some sort of action activity to get the blood flowing and energy up before tackling your professional responsibilities [7:00]
  • You are the average of the 5 people you hang with.  Surround yourself with people who are adding to your fire and flame. [20:40]
  • KISS: Keep It Super Simple. Find one thing that you can absolutely dominate and crush better than anyone else can [24:59]

Finding motivation

  • To be energetic at any hour of the day, pursue a path that inspires and excites you [4:20]
  • Be the change you want to see in the world and other Ah-ha moments [11:00]
  • The Marshmallow Effect and the importance of delayed gratification [12:00]
  • The truth about entrepreneurship: 9 months without making single dollar [13:50]

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Jul 6, 2015

Summer weekends are made for festivals, and how could a yoga fest be anything other than awesome? It was an absolute joy being out in the elements, busting out some very unbendy yoga moves and recording this episode of Zestology podcasts at Yoga Connects festival.

Regular listeners/readers to Zestology will know what a huge fan I am of yoga and the way it makes me feel. I was quite privileged to get to chat to many of the world's top yoga teachers and experts, all thoughtful, inspiring and talented people kind enough to share some time with me and I hope you'll get loads out of this.

My guests in this podcast include yoga teachers Meghan CurrieCelest PereiraMichael Wong (Boys of Yoga) and Charlotte Welfare. Other guests include RoxyRaRa and Ellie Positivitea, and of course yoga teacher, entrepreneur and festival organiser Sally Griffyn.

When you listen, you'll hear:

Living with more energy

Frog pose for physical and mental strength 9.15
Constant orgasms (yes really!) 14.50
A movement of consciousness and how this can benefit you 17.50
How making new connections and relationships with people gives you energy 35.30

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

Living a more simple life 18.10
Lying down and listening in to the current moment 20.50
How simplicitiy can lead to happiness 21.30
Use the Think Dirty Shop Clean app 24.30

Finding motivation

Dealing with self doubt 7.30
You and your journey 8.00
A great definition of success 8.30

Jul 5, 2015

Today we’re looking at the caveman approach to a healthy heart, body and life with a guest who's got a great story to tell. We dig deep into gluten. What's the deal with gluten? What are the probs? Why are so many people giving it up? How can doing so improve our energy and wellbeing?

Also, if you suffer from Hay Fever, please do listen to today's episode. There are a whole load of natural methods for dealing with the streaming eyes, runny nose, and general stuffiness that Hay Fever brings on.

My guest is Dr Jack Wolfson, the author of the Paleo Cardiologist. He was a conventional cardiologist, a Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and a very successful heart doctor. But deep down, he was perhaps unsatisfied until he met his future wife, who came from a very different background. I’ll let him tell the story in the podcast, but together they formed a new approach to heart health.

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Paleo, but just in case you’ve been living in the dark ages, (actually if you have you might know about Paleo) click here for the brief rundown.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • What is the modern “good life” [6:38]
  • The impact that pharmaceuticals have on your body and gut (it’s not pretty) [7:55]
  • Why it’s important to get to the root cause of a health issue versus simply prescribing more medication [8:31]
  • Why the foundation of any Paleo diet Pyramid should always be vegetables. [12:10]
  • The American Food Pyramids is outdated and wrong.  What your daily diet should consist of instead [13:45]

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • A high quality multi-vitamin should be on everyone’s “to do list” whether you’re young or old. Be sure there are no artificial colors or flavors included! [27:20]
  • Start your day with a green dehydrated vegetable powder to decrease inflammation and cardiac risk every morning [28:55]
  • If you’re trying to introduce your kids to a Paleo lifestyle, try swapping out traditional treats with gluten-free and organic options instead. [34:11]
  • Statins work (according to research paid for by pharmaceutical companies) but there are also harmful side effects that come with their usage. Find better options here. [19:50]

Finding motivation

  • Three great rules to live by are: gluten-free, organic, and soy-free. Here’s why [23:00]
  • Here’s what gluten actually does to your body [25:00]
  • “It’s hard to get a man to understand something, when his job depends on not understand it” [18:50]
  • Go to sleep with the sun down and awake with the sunrise [37:00]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Today's Zestology is also exciting as we have some new music that is pretty awesome, from British DJs Above and Beyond. They are one of the world’s biggest DJ acts, absolutely huge all around the world, their biggest gig I think was 1 million people on Rio beach at Carnival time, and they are also great guys too. They very kindly have agreed to let me use one of their tracks as the new music for Zestology. Take a listen and let me know what you think of our new Above and Beyond music. And thanks again to A&B - awesome work!

 

Jun 28, 2015

There’s a new gadget that claims to improve your mental fitness. It’s a headset called Muse, that syncs up with the iphone to help you, apparently, begin feeling the benefits of a calmer, more composed mind.

It makes use of EEG technology that only a few years ago would have cost 1000s. Now it’s just around £300 ($450). And I’ve got one here...

I decided to test it out with my first repeat guest on Zestology podcast - definitely back by popular demand. 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. We chatted about poker in Zestology episode 2, today though I wanted to explore the topics of intuition, altered states, and how when we tap into these we can increase our energy and wellbeing. He’s the perfect person to do this with as you’ll hear. 

In this podcast, we explore luck, intuition and altered states, and of course test out this new Muse headset gadget which is a lot of fun. Thank you Steve for being the guinea pig.

Jun 21, 2015

My personal development background is in NLP and related more to focusing on the mind. But I want Zestology to look at every area of our physical and mental health, and I know personally that when my digestion is good, I feel good. Likewise, when it's not, I feel sluggish and slow. I definitely have my ups and downs with digestion and gut health, hence today's show.

Today's Zestology Podcast guest is someone who goes by the name of The Digestion Detective. Sam Bearfoot runs a successful practice here in the UK, combining kinesiology, nutrition and a number of different areas of expertise. She also hosts the popular Digestion Detective podcast and is regularly featured in major health and lifestyle publications such as Health & Fitness magazine, Daily Mirror, Prima and Cosmopolitan.

She's a bit of a ledge. When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • How to work out: what agrees with your body and what doesn't.
  • You've heard about the importance of drinking water, but do you know when to drink it?
  • How the crazy technique of putting your legs above your head might change your life!
  • Whether you should be eating gluten.

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • What kinesiology is and how it can help you.
  • How muscle testing might help you.
  • What probiotics to take, and where to buy them.
  • What to do if you've been on antibiotics at any point over the past couple of years (important).
  • Despite everything you hear, be careful with raw food. Why - listen on.

Finding motivation

  • Your emotional wellbeing is intrinsically linked to your digestion.
  • Make your body run super-efficiently, and notice how you feel.

 

And lots more...

Jun 14, 2015

Ever heard of biohacking? Today's guest has become famous for experimenting and attempting to improve every area of his health and wellbeing.

Luke Storey is well known as a stylist, appearing regularly on MTV and VH1 and working with top names like Kanye West, Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, Kim Kardashian and many more. But he's also a biohacker, experimenter, coach and he is now becoming as famous for this as for his styling work.

You won't agree with everything he says - I don't - but a lot of it is truly thought-provoking, and more than that, it's just great fun. Prepare to be a little bit shocked at how extreme Luke is, and laugh a lot too.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • Drink water from as pure a source as possible. Not tap.
  • Pop some sea salt in your morning glass of water.
  • Supplements such as Unfair Advantage may help boost your mitochondria levels.
  • It might hurt a bit, but take a cold bath/shower to supercharge your brain and get your circulation moving.
  • Be careful where you put your cellphone, (Cellphone cooks eggs!), and don't sleep close to a wifi router.

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • Align yourself with the natural circadian and solar rhythms of the world by 'sungazing'.
  • Put filters on your shower to block out vaporised chemicals from tap water.
  • Drink bulletproof coffee.
  • Eat more 'good fats' and less sugar.

Finding motivation

  • Start your day by avoiding social media.
  • Look into starting the day with a morning meditation, and allow your mind to settle into a good place.
  • Good morning routine means the stress response is more easily handled throughout the day.
  • Prioritise your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

And lots more...

Jun 7, 2015

It turns out that some of the bright lights we have in our homes and on our devices late at night can impact the depth of our sleep, and our long-term health by suppressing our melatonin levels. Basically, our bodies respond to bright 'blue light' by thinking it's daylight.

Turns out the solution is the colour amber. Amber 'blue-blocking' specs, night lights and computer programs can all help us replenish our melatonin levels to get a much improved night's sleep.

I especially wanted to look into this further for the many parents I know whose night-times are disrupted by their little angels waking them up. Any parents reading this, I hope you listen today, because there is a specific section for parents getting better sleep.

I'm joined in this show by a celebrated physicist, and definitely one of the most distinguished guests I've spoken to on Zestology.

Dr. Edward Carome led a long and distinguished career as a physicist. He was a professor of physics at John Carroll University. He’s consulted with industry and government agencies such as NASA, the FBI, and the National Institute of Health. He has been published widely in technical journals all over the world. And now, at 88 years old, he is still producing ground-breaking work on sleep, lighting, and melatonin production.

In fact Dr. Edward himself was a very light sleeper. He would always be woken up by his newspaper being delivered at 4.30am. He then started working on this research, and started using the blue-blocking glasses. The effect on his sleep was radical, and you'll hear the story in the podcast.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • The pineal gland produces melatonin which is the 'sleep hormone'.
  • Melatonin is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants and cancer fighters that we have.
  • It's only produced in darkness, but these days, we don't spend enough time in darkness.
  • The pineal gland is capable of producing melatonin for up to 12 hours a night, and you can tap into this ability by wearing blue-blocking glasses (or turning the lights out much earlier!)

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • Your smartphone contains a combination of LEDs that combine to produce a very white light. Shut your device off earlier in the evening to sleep deeper.
  • Parents - get blue blocking glasses and 'amber' nightlights to maintain melatonin production overnight.
  • You can even wear your blue-blocking glasses to the pub (though you might get a few comments).

Finding motivation

  • Keep your internal clock on a regular 24-hour cycle as much as possible for optimal health and melatonin levels.
  • Take a leaf out of Dr. Edward's book and never retire!

And lots more...

May 31, 2015

3 yoga poses that make you feel instantly energised with top yoga teacher Celest Pereira #13

On a previous Zestology podcast we heard about the scientific study which found people who practice some form of yoga could be 48% less likely to suffer from heart disease.

That was when I knew I wanted to look more closely at the subject of yoga in the Zestology podcast. What is it about yoga that makes us feel so good?

And who better to ask than someone who's a bit of a YouTube yoga sensation. Celest Pereira has thousands of followers who watch her videos daily on both YouTube and Instagram, and she's on a mission to get us all to feel good with her yoga moves. She's also a friend of mine, so I set her a simple challenge - 3 poses that instantly energise us.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • The 3 yoga poses you can do right now for extra energy and motivation. (Check Celest's insta page for in depth examples of these and other yoga poses.)
  • The importance of breath and how to breath deeply for extra energy (sounds basic, but possibly the most important part).
  • How to increase your 'circle of comfort'.

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

  • The importance of a few moments of silence at the start of every day.
  • Why movement of any kind leads to energy and vitality.
  • Yoga moves that increase your health and wellbeing.

Finding motivation

  • Having an open-minded attitude has an incredible impact on your life.
  • The importance of community in a happy and fulfilled life.
  • Conquer something small today. That will give you the confidence to conquer other bigger challenges in future.
  • And lots more
May 24, 2015

How can you change your behaviour to ensure the changes you make last forever? What are the scientifically proven methods to ensure your actions match your intentions? Today's episode is for anyone who's ever made a goal, resolution or plan, and not stuck to it. 

My guest is Siri Steinmo. Siri is a health psychologist trained in the science of behaviour change, and the founder of The Anti Diet programme. Her thing is that it's not about what diet you're on, but how you change your behaviour to ensure the health changes you make last forever. In fact she goes further - and says diets make you fat and miserable.

Every week this podcast is all about living with more energy, vitality, and motivation, and this week is no exception. It's the theme that goes through every show. So listen on, and enjoy.

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • The system of monitoring. [11:50]
  • Starting a behavioral contract with yourself. [13:40]
  • How the Capability, Opportunity, Motivation Behavior Model can help you. [16:40]
  • Small changes that make a difference long term. [26:26]
  • Realistic achievements when facing barriers. [27:25]

Easy, every-day tips for vitality

  • Clearly define the behavior in question and not just the desired outcome [7:00]
  • The Goal Pyramid: the “be’s”, your “have’s,” and the “do’s” that you need to define for long-term success. [9:25]
  • Life and nutrition balance: important small tweaks. [19:40]
  • Positive habits for crazy work schedules. [21:41]

Finding purpose

  • The importance of seeking social support [15:30]
  • Big behavior changes are a result of a few small changes that make a difference [23:15]
  • Who wants to be 10 pounds heavier this time next year? And other issues with “dieting.” [25:30]
  • And loads more...
May 17, 2015

Have you ever considered supplementing with turmeric, or vitamin D spray, or B12 injections, or, er, trying a coffee enema? Well, believe it or not, all of these alternative remedies could help you on your journey to energy, vitality and feeling awesome.

Today's Zestology podcast guest is Laura Bond. In March 2011 Laura Bond's mother Gemma was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer. Laura discovered that the only thing more shocking than telling someone your mother has cancer was revealing that she had declined chemotherapy. 

Laura is a health journalist and health coach, and she decided to write a book that would become hugely successful, 'Mum's Not Having Chemo'. It explains her mother's decision to say 'no' to mainstream medicine and 'yes' to hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C injections and infrared saunas.

Today's podcast doesn't have a particular focus on cancer, it's just for anyone who's interested in boosting their energy, vitality and health. It's informative, and I think ultimately uplifting. Laura's mother beat cancer the natural way, and the two of them have a great story to tell.

When you listen, you'll hear:

Living with more energy

Flood your body with oxygen through juicing, looser clothing and body brushing (who knew!)

Look into Vitamin C injections, Vitamin D spray, turmeric supplements and (yes) coffee enemas.

Consider supporting your immune system with Myers Cocktail injections and Vitamin B12 injections.

Easy, everyday tips for vitality

Cutting down on sugar for extra vitality.

Cut down on coffee to protect your energy and magnesium levels.

Drink 'raw milk' for better dairy intake.

Finding motivation

Stress and anxiety is the number 1 cause of illness and disease.

Beat stress by developing your sense of joy.

Remember your thoughts, feelings and behaviour influence your health.

Follow your passion and this will help your physical and mental health.

And lots more

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