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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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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  • The American Food Pyramids is outdated and wrong.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

May 10, 2015

Live a stressful life? You have to listen. Constantly juggling priorities? Overworked? Tired? Make sure you listen in. Interested in how positive emotions and feelings can improve your physical health? You'll love this.

If I had to pick a personal doctor to look after me, it'd be Dr. Mimi Guarneri. She is a cardiologist by trade, but after spending her 30s treating hundreds of heart patients in dire need of help, she set up her own 'integrative medicine' centre to start to treat the causes and well as the symptoms of the patients she was encountering. Today's interview contains some fascinating stories, and includes the story of the 'three magic words' she wrote on a piece of paper which had a profound impact on a patient's health.

Want to know what those three magic words were? Listen on.

 

When you listen you'll hear:

Living with more energy

  • Prevention through lifestyle changes. [11:50]
  • Stress causes your hormones to go crazy and flare up symptoms and diseases. [13:30]
  • Why Integrated Medicine isn’t “alternative medicine.” [24:10]
  • Simple relaxation mechanisms to improve your health in the future. [14:35]

Easy, every-day tips for vitality

  • Every ill has a pill: why there are alternatives to prescriptions when you are feeling unwell. [9:20]
  • Western medicine versus holistic practices: how you can rely on both and why it’s not one versus the other. [12:05]
  • Training your body to respond to curve balls in a more positive way. [21:40]
  • The importance of nutrition and avoiding toxins for optimal health. [28:30]

Finding purpose

  • How your personal story can reflect your diagnosis. [8:23]
  • The three magic words. [31:10]

And lots more...

May 3, 2015
What is your morning routine? Do you wake up full of energy, ready to start the day? Or do you hit snooze a few times, roll over and check your email, facebook, etc, before eventually stumbling out of bed wishing you had more sleep? Today's guest is an incredible speaker and NYT best-selling author, Hal Elrod. At age 20, he was hit head on by a drunk driver at 70 mph, was dead for 6 minutes, and doctors told his parents that if Hal ever came out of his coma, he would have permanent brain damage and may never walk again. After 6 days of fighting for his life, what happened next was incredible. You have to listen to this guy's story. He's also the NYT bestselling author of the Miracle Morning. When you listen, you'll hear: Living with more energy - 5 Minute Rule: controlling your emotions [8:14] - Waking up better versus waking up early [20:43] - To take your life to the next level, you have to take your mornings to the next level [34:00] - How to engineer your life for maximum energy [38:00] Easy, every-day tips for vitality - The 6 Minute Miracle Morning [21:25] - Earning the right to check Facebook [22:00] - How you do anything is how you do everything [23:28] - Life SAVERS: Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing [24:53] - The 5 Minute Journal [27:48] Finding purpose - Why every negative emotion that we feel is self-created [9:30] - How resisting what is out of our control creates emotional pain in our lives. [9:42] - The A-B-C's of living life's purpose [14:38] - Putting yourself in the best emotional and mental state to solve your own problems [18:39] - The “Can’t Change It” mentality and how it can help you [13:25] And loads more. For lots more and full show notes visit tonywrighton.com
Apr 26, 2015
Have you ever felt like it's hard to be well-informed about food? Ever asked yourself what's good for you and what's not? What are the foods that you can eat for health and vitality? And how much "good fat" should we be eating? Today's guest is Summer Innanen. She's one of America's top nutrition and diet coaches, and presents a cracking podcast herself. Please do take a listen, she's an inspiring individual, and starts on Zestology by telling her own story which is fascinating and led her to where she is today. When you listen you'll hear: Living with more energy Fat: clearing up the confusion. [9:00] Get happier through better nutrition. [10:26] Why grains raise your blood sugar more than sugar. [11:00] Supplements for support and not sustenance. [29:47] Easy, every-day tips for vitality Why complete carb depletion puts you at risk for hormonal imbalance. [14:00] The importance of “taking your food on a hot date.” [25:14] How eating in front of your T.V. or multitasking while you eat isn't great, and what you can do instead. [27:03] Finding purpose Listening to your body’s cues and symptoms when designing the eating habits that are right for you. [19:50] “Good” and “Bad” foods and improving your overall relationship with food [27:30] Be authentically you. Why you should show up as yourself [32:40] And lots more...
Apr 19, 2015
Ever wondered how to feel happier? How could these happiness secrets change your life? Today's guest is the man who wrote a book on being happy, actor, author, One Show reporter, and former MP Gyles Brandreth. His bestselling book is called 7 Secrets of Happiness, and he wrote it in consultation with psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare. When you listen, you'll hear: How you can lengthen your life by 7-10 years. Test yourself and allow yourself to be tested. The importance of embracing change for life longevity. The importance of being connected to something bigger than you. Why you should be more like the Queen. (Really.) Why happiness cannot be measured in Facebook posts. How breaking the mirror is a good thing. And lots more...
Apr 12, 2015
How can diet, fitness and sleep be used as the starting points for health and happiness? Tony is joined by a top guest. Evan Brand is a researcher, author, and host of the Not Just Paleo podcast. Stand by for some crazy but effective ideas on sleep, health and wellness in this week's show. He combines health, diet and training with many therapies including meditation, stress-management training and custom supplementation protocols to provide a well-rounded solution a variety of health struggles. He also, as you'll hear, is an expert on sleep, and you might be amazed by some of the ideas he has on how to improve your night-times. (We were.) When you listen you'll hear: Some scientifically proven sleep tips, and why the colour red could change the way you rest. How early in the day does your body start making melatonin. Why you need a "technology sunset." What's the perfect amount of sleep? Diet staples that you need. Bio-individual: Defining your individual needs instead of comparing yourself to other people. How a negative mindset can unravel your positive health choices. And loads more.
Apr 2, 2015
What does a good day look like for you? How great would it be to have one of those good days today? Tony chats to Karl Morris, who's one of the world's leading performance coaches. He's worked with sportsmen and women at the very top of their games over the last 30 years. He specialises in golf where he’s worked with multiple major winners. When you listen you'll hear: How to design your very own 'good day' What to do right now to start upping your game How to cut through all the distractions in life for increased energy Use mindfulness for health and business, and hold your attention in one place The principles of being present and being focused The amazing story of the sportsman Karl worked with who drew a red spot on his equipment Changing your environment to trigger the state you want Setting 'directions' rather than goals and then focusing on process Being someone who has direction, and purpose and process too
Mar 28, 2015
Why is magnesium so important? It can help with anxiety and depression, sleep, energy levels, with stomach problems, nerve problems and heart issues. So why aren't we all supplementing with magnesium? Well if you've had problems like the below, you might want to listen in. Today's Zestology expert is Dr. Carolyn Dean, one of the world's foremost experts on magnesium supplementation. If you want more energy and vitality in your life, magnesium might be the place to start. When you listen, you'll hear: If magnesium is so good for us, why don’t we ever hear about it from our doctors? Why your daily routine should include magnesium instead of 5 cups of coffee. “The ultimate chill pill” How much magnesium is too much magnesium? What you and LeBron James have in common? Signs of a magnesium deficiency How to balance magnesium with your prescribed medication How much water you should ACTUALLY be drinking And lots more...
Mar 21, 2015
Today's guest is Justin Wright. He's one of the world's top CrossFit trainers, based in Boston, USA. He's the founder of the Wright Performance method of training, and this chat throws up some fascinating subjects. When you listen you'll hear: How meditation and visualisation can help your energy levels Changing negative thoughts to positive energy How taking a scientific approach to your fitness and your life can make a massive difference Easy ways to collect data on your peformance and your life, and your sleep How using the Jawbone wristband can improve your energy during the day How to make positive nutrition choices that are practical for your everyday routine The new technology that can measure heart rate and blood pressure The importance of not over-obsessing and how to maintain perspective How changing your night-time habits can improve your motivation and energy levels during the day
Mar 13, 2015
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. In this podcast Dr. Steve tells Tony the fascinating story behind the poker player who used his relaxation techniques to help him win $1,000,000. Tony and Dr. Steve also set themselves the target of naming 14 different ways to chill out for more energy and vitality. But can they reach 14 without getting sidetracked? (Or even 4?) If you interested in health and wellbeing and motivation, today's show is perfect for you, with tips you can use right now and some fun along the way.
Mar 8, 2015
This episode dives right in to living life with more vitality and motivation with special guest Pedram Shojai. Pedram is a world renowned author, filmmaker, and medical doctor who's made two awesome films, Origins and Vitality. When you listen you'll hear: How to feel healthy like you're in your 20s (whatever age you actually are). The outstanding morning routine that you can put into place tomorrow morning. What to do in the middle of your day to boost your vitality levels. How turning the lights down in the evening can make you sleep better. The incredible stats on people that sit more than 6 hours a day. We sit more than we sleep. How to sort this out. How sitting impacts our physiology in a very powerful way, and how you can practically sort this out during your working day. And so much more. Thanks for listening - what do you think? Please do leave your comments below.
Feb 24, 2015
Short introduction to Zestology. If you ever feel like you could do with a bit more energy, more sleep, more motivation, or a bit more of a spring in your step, then this is the show for you. Hosted by Tony Wrighton.
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