4 Life Lessons From Summiting the Tallest Mountain in Mexico (Pico De Orizaba)

To be honest, I never had a desire to climb an 18,491 ft mountain. To be frank, just the thought of it scared the shit out of me… which is exactly why I decided to do it!

I realized that over the years I’ve become a bit addicted to comfort. Maybe you are too? Hear me out. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being comfortable. However, too much comfort often leads to stagnation… in mind, body and spirit. 

True growth happens just outside our comfort zones. It’s uncomfortable…it’s painful and it’s necessary. I’ve found that when you are present, life has a way of giving you exactly what you need to expand and grow. 

In my case, life gave me an opportunity to summit Pico De Orizaba, an 18,491 foot dormant volcano a few hours outside of Mexico City.  I learned many things along the way to the top. Here are a few of my many insights.

Lesson #1: One Step at a Time… One Breath at a Time!

Summiting a mountain is no easy feat. It takes planning, preparation, determination, grit and trust. It also takes an extreme amount of focus. The higher in elevation you get, the more focus it takes. Each step becomes a victory. Each step becomes a personal record. Each step moves you closer to your goal to get to the top.

I found that when I looked ahead at how much further I had to go, I lost energy and momentum. But when I focused on just the next step and just the next breath, I gained energy and momentum. My body…my heart…my legs…my breathing…my mind… became in sync. A natural rhythm took place which allowed me to move forward past the discomfort. 

In life we often don’t celebrate the small steps toward our goals, which is a shame. We get caught up always looking ahead to the end goal and don’t integrate and celebrate all it takes to get there along the way. The mountain taught me to celebrate each step and be present to each breath.

Lesson #2: Make It Fun!

The second lesson the mountain taught me was to have fun along the way (especially when you’re uncomfortable). This lesson came in the form of sliding down the glacier face using our ice picks and crampons as breaks. Not only did this save us time and energy, it made the adventure so much more fun.

I realized that over the years building my health and performance coaching practice, I’ve become a bit too serious. Somewhere along the way, I started taking myself and what I do too seriously. Yes, there is a time and place to be serious, but if you’re not infusing fun into what you do… you’re missing out and you won’t tap into your true potential.

Lesson #3: You are stronger than you think!

The third lesson the mountain taught me was that I am much stronger than I thought and so are you!

Much of summiting a mountain is a mental game. Just like running a marathon, you can be physically exhausted and your body telling you to stop, and still finish the race… in fact, 99% of people do.

David Goggins, a Navy Seal, shares about the Navy Seals 40% rule, which means when you think your done and have reached your limit, you’re actually only 40% done. I found this to be true on the way to the top of Pico De Orizaba.

At 18,000 ft. Every part of me wanted to throw in the towel and turn around. I was cold, I was tired and I couldn’t get my footing. Every step I took I slipped and my heart rate shot up because of the altitude. But with a little help from one of my amazing teammates, I was able to refocus and keep going and I’m glad I did because the view from the top was breathtaking (literally and figuratively).

Lesson #4: Choose Your Team Wisely

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” Just like in life, you want to be really careful who you decide to summit a mountain with. Because just like in life, when you are climbing a mountain there are many ups and downs.

Things go wrong… bad weather, faulty equipment, and altitude sickness are all high possibilities. Having a team who has your back no matter what is essential. Surrounding yourself with those who are committed, decisive and resourceful greatly enhances your chances of success in life and when summiting a mountain.

Summiting a mountain and moving gracefully through life are both great challenges. On any mountain, like in life, there are many routes to take… some clear… others not so clear… some harder… others easier. In the end, what matters most is continuing to move forward while enjoying the journey.

I hope this post has inspired you to take a chance, make a change or live more passionately on purpose! Hope to see you at the top!

-Devin 🙂

Health & Mindset Mastery

Health & Mindset Mastery is a ultra-premium world-class health, lifestyle and high performance training program for entrepreneurs, business owners, self-employed professionals, and high-performing individuals.

Before you apply to be a part of Health & Mindset Mastery, I’ll answer some basic questions for you:

What is Health & Mindset Mastery?

It’s a 3 month (12 week) TOTAL TRANSFORMATION step-by-step group coaching program. Through the cutting edge training you follow weekly, you’ll discover and experience a breakthrough in your energy, confidence, productivity, weight, mental clarity, stress, sleep, and emotional health…

AND you’ll learn a completely new mental framework for how you tackle and deal with life biggest challenges.

Hint: The biggest roadblock is NOT the physical, it’s your internal belief system or what I call “mindset.” 

In addition, we have weekly live coaching sessions where we cover the following topics:

Mindset Mastery – Finally breakthrough what has been holding you back from reaching your next level of health and performance. You’ll discover how to condition your mindset for success. Without the proper mindset for you just fail. Period. (This piece alone is worth the investment in the program)

Stress Mastery – We go WAY beyond just “managing stress” in this program. Making sure you’re identifying the root cause of your stress is the KEY to success. And we don’t just manage stress for the sake of a “stress relief”. You’ll know exactly WHY you’re doing what you’re doing and HOW it connects to the bigger picture of what you’re trying to accomplish.

Nutrition Mastery – Eating the “right” foods at the “right times” can be a REAL challenge if you don’t know…. the what, the why and how of 21st-century nutrition. During the program, you’ll uncover what foods to eat specifically to maximize your energy and health through advanced microbiome genetic testing.

Movement Mastery – We take learning your body to whole another level. We go far beyond just the what. We all know we need to move more. In the program, we focus on the how and you’ll create what I call a personal movement plan (PMP) tailored to your unique lifestyle, goals, and preferences… they don’t teach this stuff in a classroom, a textbook or (even medical school.)

Advanced Training – Because many of the participants in the program achieve their goals within the first month and a half (this obviously varies depending on your current situation), we coach past the surface level strategies, tactics, routines, and rituals and we discuss in detail how to go WAY beyond what you believe is possible in your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

When you know the “why” and the “how” and get the support and accountability you need…you get results. 

What is the investment in this program?

There’s a couple of things you need to know about “price”. I DO NOT give it out ahead of time. Before we even talk investment, I determine if you’re actually a great fit for the program AND the community. 

If we’re still good, I’ll tell you all the details of the program (the above is just the surface) and then we’ll talk investment (And yes, we can be pretty flexible with payment plans for those who are a fit for the program).

And no, do not email me asking for the price. That’s not the way I do it. If that doesn’t work for you, you’re not a good fit and shouldn’t apply.

But here’s what you need to know for now:

The investment into the program is going up every other month since its inception. The longer you wait the larger the investment will be. And the next price increase is happening VERY SOON.

Transformation isn’t cheap. If you’re thinking this program is in the hundreds, think about this… hiring a qualified personal trainer just for a couple months (I know I used to be one) will cost you $3000-4000 easy. This program is on an entirely new level, not just on the training itself or the structure of it, but on the content, support, and most of all the coaching.

It’s world-class. And I’m not saying that from a place of ego, I’m saying it from a place of truth and results (see the video testimonial from a recent past client here)

You don’t show up to the Bentley dealership expecting to get a new Bentley for $20,000. It’s just not happening.

If you want to know what I could charge for this program, go find the very top trainer, nutritionist, psychologist and performance coach in your area and find out what it would cost you to work with them all several times a week for 3 months (In South Florida, where I live, that’s easy $15,000 – $30,000+) 

What kind of results can I expect to get from this program?

Over the phone, I’ll tell you exactly how high this program will take you. 

But typically it’s this:

  • Driving your business/career forward while enjoying the process feeling fully present in the moment…
  • Feeling charged, confident and on the top of your game, accessing the best part of who you are… organized, mentally clear, centered, grounded and focused…
  • You’ll know how to set clear boundaries between your life and business and have a clear vision for not only your business success but for your life fulfillment.
  • You’ll more control over your schedule to spend more time with the people you love… doing the things you love…AND greatly improved your relationships.
  • You’ll wake up feeling energized, refreshed, excited and READY to take on the day after a deep restful nights sleep even if sleep has been a struggle for years.
  • You’ll feel more physically strong, mentally focused and emotionally connected than you ever have and be able to handle your businesses and life’s biggest challenges with greater ease… within the first few weeks.

This is just some of the results and feedback I’ve gotten from current and past clients…


I’ll be able to tell you exactly where you’ll go over the phone after I know with 100% certainty what you are dealing with.

Sound good?

So, If you think you’re a fit, you’re an extraordinary person and you want to be part of an extraordinary group of high performers experience how good their bodies and minds are designed to feel, schedule a call to speak with me AND fill out the application and we’ll get started:

Click to Apply for a Breakthrough Call 


Ps. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. And unfortunately, I don’t accept about 30% of people who apply for this program. As I said, you need to be a FIT not just for the training itself, but for the community. If I sense you’re not a good fit, I won’t even offer you the opportunity to enroll. No hard feelings.

PPs. I offer a one-time-only fast action discount over the phone for participants who are committed and ready to rock NOW. I make it easy for people who are willing to be decisive. Do your thinking, do your talking with your spouse or partner, do your finances ahead of time.

One other very important thing: If you schedule a phone call with me and decide you no longer want to do it, please take the time to cancel it. You’re not only taking up my time but you’re taking the time slot from someone else who could really use it. If you don’t cancel your scheduled call and don’t show up for whatever reason, you lose one-time fast action discount, sorry.

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When you’re ready here are 3 ways I can help you reclaim your health, energy and performance:

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are unlocking high performance.

It’s my new Facebook community where smart entrepreneurs and leaders learn to get more energy, freedom, influence and impact — Click Here

2. Join the NEW Ascend Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new high performance coaching case study group this month.  If you’d like to work with me to reverse burnout, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… book a breakthrough call here

3. Work with me privately

If you’d like to work directly with me to access the best of who you are… Click here and tell me a little about your health, business and life and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details!

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The #1 Drain to Energy & How to Reverse it

stress is the #1 drain to our life energy and actually the #1 root of all disease.

The “stress response” gland is your adrenal gland. This gland relies on micronutrients to produce stress hormones.

Stress depletes the following micronutrients, which are related to specific symptoms:

1. Stress depletes Vitamin C, which is linked to fatigue, joint pain, muscle fatigue and low immunity.

2. Stress depletes Vitamin E, which is linked to hormone imbalances, mood swings, low immunity and eye-sight degradation.

3. Stress depletes Calcium, which is linked to nervous irritability (anxiety), muscle spasms and twitching, bone loss issues (osteoporosis and osteopenia), cavities, depression and hypertension.

4. Stress depletes Magnesium, which is linked to arrhythmias, dizziness, muscle twitching, hyperirritability, tiredness, depression and hypertension.

5. Stress depletes Chromium, which is linked to blood sugar issues, metabolic syndrome, fatigue and brain fog.

6. Stress depletes Zinc, which is linked to low energy, dermatitis, ance, decreased immunity, alopecia, digestive issues, white spots on fingernails, infertility.

7. Stress depletes Glutathione, which is linked to high cholesterol, plaque formation, high blood pressure, rapid aging, immunosuppression, increased inflammation and pain.

The deficiencies of these micronutrients put you at greater risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and neurodegenerative disease (such as Alzheimer’s).

When you’re ready here are 3 ways I can help you reclaim your health, energy and performance:

1. Join “Unlock High Performance” and connect with purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are unlocking high performance.

It’s my new Facebook community where smart entrepreneurs and leaders learn to get more energy, freedom, influence and impact — Click Here

2. Join the NEW Ascend Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new high performance coaching case study group this month.  If you’d like to work with me to reverse burnout, reclaim your energy, take back your health and experience more freedom in your mind, body, and life… book a breakthrough call here

3. Work with me privately

If you’d like to work directly with me to access the best of who you are… Click here and tell me a little about your health, business and life and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details!

Confused about What Foods are Best for Energy and Health? READ This…

Are you confused about what foods are best to eat for optimal energy and health?

I can honestly say after a decade of helping people transform their health and after studying over 100 dietary theories… I was still a bit confused too.

Over the years I’ve experimented with a number of different “Diets- ways of eating” to see what worked best for my unique body and health goals…

figuring out what worked for me personally, some took a great deal of trial and error.

Working with clients I’d guide them through a self-experimentation process to become more connected to their bodies so they could to do the same. Some people would do amazing including whole grains in their diets and others wouldn’t.

Some clients would feel great eating higher amounts of healthy fats and then some wouldn’t and on and on. Eventually, after several weeks and months of getting my clients to self-experiment, we’d be able to dial in what worked best for them through feeling and trial and error. Keep reading there is now a much easier process to figure this out…

What I discovered through this process is that there is no-one-size fits all way of eating that works for everyone! To take that one step further there is no such thing as a food that works for every single person (anyone that tells you otherwise is misinformed.)

What’s healthy for your friend or spouse may not be healthy for you, and what’s healthy for you today may not be healthy for you six months from now.

I can say with 100% certainty this is a truth and really common sense when you think about it. How could one way of eating work for everyone? We all come from different backgrounds, have different health needs and goals, and are biochemically unique.

Now hear me out… there are guidelines for healthy eating that work for everyone and they include:

  1. Eating REAL food (not eating processed ‘fake’ food think Twinkies and Cheetos)
  2. Eating the highest quality food possible (local and organic)
  3. Eating mostly fruits and vegetables (plant-based)

What is so interesting is the new research shows that the foods that maintain a healthy microbiome are the best foods for us to eat. The research shows that our health REALLY starts with the health of our microbiome or “gut” for short.

So by optimizing our gut health, we are optimizing our health and when it comes to balancing our microbiome health, food comes first!

So the specific foods that are right for us, right now (note: this changes as we go through life) are the foods that keep our unique microbiome balanced and healthy.

Determining what foods to eat used to be a process of trial and error until now…

Thanks to cutting-edge new technology we now have access to a new system that provides a testing service to understand how healthy or unhealthy our microbiome is and what food specifically is right for us today to optimize our well-being and health.

The service is called Viome and it takes microbiome management to the next level by pinpointing numerous factors like beneficial bacteria and probiotics that help increase microbiome health. Simply put, you get a customized chart of everything going on in your gut, and what foods you should eat specifically to correct imbalances and maintain optimal health.

Viome uses technology that was born at the prestigious Los Alamos National Lab and was initially designed for national security. They use this technology to perform an in-depth gut analysis and then pair the analysis with artificial intelligence to evaluate the complex personalized microbial data providing you with customized diet recommendations. There is nothing more advanced than what Viome offers today.

I became a huge fan of Viome when I was working on improving my own health late last year.  Viome provided information I wasn’t aware of about my microbiome, and ways to optimize my gut health and heal. I immediately started putting that information into action and started feeling the difference in my digestion and energy level after only a week of following their specific dietary recommendations.

The process couldn’t be easier. When you sign up, you get easy-to-use, in-home testing kits sent to your home. With the microbiome test, you’ll provide a stool sample to determine your gut health and by taking a shake to analyze your metabolism with this information Viome then can determine your body type and unique macronutrient needs.

Based on the test results, you get targeted recommendations for YOUR specific situation that empowers you to take control of your health and your life. With this information, you’ve got everything you need to start experiencing how good your body and mind are designed to feel.

You will also get a personalized list of microbes in your gut, which not only include bacteria, but also viruses, yeast, fungi, bacteriophages, or all other living microorganisms. You’ll learn how many good guys are hanging out in your gut and – just as important – your gut diversity, or the number of different types of organisms that are active in your gut.

You’ll learn valuable information like your diet type, and you’ll even learn what specific foods to enjoy, minimize or avoid. Detailed results and personalized diet recommendations are delivered via an easy application on your phone.

Again, diet and health are not one-size-fits-all. You are unique, and so is your gut health. Viome takes the guesswork out of the equation so you get a personalized map that helps you fix your gut to lose weight, reduce the risk of disease, and ultimately, feel your best.

Like me, I’m sure you want to do everything possible to optimize your health and energy. With Viome, you get individualized results to customize nutrition that works for you!

When you take control of your gut health, you have the power to heal.

Viome is the most powerful tool I’ve seen and has made a difference in my own health.

Viome offers a complete gut intelligence and metabolic intelligence tests and provides a stream of personalized recommendations for only $399. I now use the service in my premium High Performance Health Programs and I’m sharing about it with my community.

I know cost can be a mindset barrier for some people so I partnered with them to be able to offer a 50$ discount bringing the cost down to just $350 (p.s it used to cost thousands of dollars to do advanced tests like these – not anymore) click here to get the discount (Note: the discount will be applied at checkout)

Fixing your gut health – and therefore overall health – has never been easier, more precise, or more customized. I am confident that you will feel as empowered as I did to take back your health.

What’s more important than that?

Wishing you health and happiness,

Devin

 

 

 

 

 

Medicinal Mushrooms – Nature’s Most Powerful Immune Support

2018 has been named “The Year of the Mushroom” as they’ve become one of the most popular and consumed superfoods for their proven and powerful immune support and healing properties!

Why Mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms help our bodies maintain a state of balance. They are adaptogic producing a non-specific biological responses that improves the body’s ability to recovery from physical, chemical, emotional and other biological stressors.

Adaptogens help the body maintain its homeostatic balance. For example, if stress hormones are too high, they help lower and stabilize them and if stress hormones are too low, they help to raise and stabilize them.

Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to stressors and help us overcome health challenges more quickly.

What Are The Best Medicinal Mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms are specfic mushrooms with extremely potent healing properties. Not all mushrooms are created equal! There are many amazing medicinial mushrooms but these are my favorite…

  • Cordyceps
  • Reishi
  • Chaga
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Turkey Tall
  • Maitake
  • Shitake
  • Oyster

Scientific research has shown that mushroom fruiting bodies (the tops of the mushroom) contain hundreds of therapeutic compounds and have immune enhancing properties, sharpen cognitive function and provide an adaptogenic balance to help our bodies function optimally. They’ve even been revered by the Chinese for centuries for providing energy and as an aphrodisiac.

Mushrooms are just now becoming popular health tonics in Western culture and offer real therapeutic value. Mushroom fruiting bodies contain therapeutic compounds such as beta-glucans, triterpenoids, ergosterols and other polysaccharides known to boost vitality, balance hormones, fight stress, improve brain health, support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels and more.

These compounds elevate immune fighting compounds including T Killer cells, macrophages and interleukins. Research is continually finding new evidence on mushroom’s health enhancing properties.

Over 600 species of mushrooms have shown at least some level of antitumor or immune-stimulating activity. Mushrooms are truly the ultimate superfood and many people use them as a coffee or tea substitute because they has a similar flavor profile, stimulate blood flow and provide natural energy and mood enhancement without the crash most coffee drinkers experience because they don’t contain any caffeine.

MEDICINAL MUSHROOM FRUITING BODY BENEFITS
– Stimulates immune response and resistance to pathogens, viruses and cancer
– Improves cognitive function and enhances mood
– Provides natural energy without a crash
– Assists in detoxification
– Supports cellular health and DNA protection
– Supports a healthy hormonal balance
– Increases anti-inflammatory response
– Relieves stress and adrenal fatigue
– Promotes healthy aging
– Supports healthy cholesterol levels
– Supports healthy blood sugar levels
– Increases athletic performance, oxygen utilization and recovery
– Supports healthy weight management

Top 6 Myths about Mushrooms!

MYTH 1: ALL MUSHROOM PRODUCTS ARE CREATED EQUAL
The vast majority of mushroom products on the market use mushroom mycelium, a cheaper and less potent form that contains starch fillers from the brown rice grain substrate they are grown on. Always look for the word “mushroom fruiting bodies” on your labels as studies have shown they have up to 50 times the beta glucan levels of the more common mycelium-based products grown in artificial conditions on starchy substances.

Note: It’s not required by law to disclose on the label what part of the mushroom a company uses in its products.

MYTH 2: CHINESE MUSHROOMS ARE BAD
China is the leading supplier of mushrooms worldwide and supplies over 85% of the world’s mushrooms. If you are getting a high quality mushroom supplement they are tested multiple times before and after bottling to ensure purity and strength. The product I reccomend supports the traditional practices of organic farmers in China, Asia and North America. In Asia, these farmers and herbalists have thousands of years of experience growing, preparing and treating illness with mushroom fruiting bodies.

MYTH 3: MUSHROOMS FEED CANDIDA AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS
If you’re fighting these conditions, you should avoid molds and yeast, but Mushrooms Are OK. Much of the worry about fungi (mushrooms) in the diet of Candida sufferers is unwarranted. Mushrooms can be a healthy part of your Candida diet, and in fact their immune-stimulatory properties may be quite helpful. Sugar and stress are the big candida feeders, mushrooms are the body’s great healer!

MYTH 4: MUSHROOMS TASTE BAD
This one is up to debate of course, but may products have a very pleasant nutty and earthy flavor similar to a mild coffee. In fact, many people use it as an enlightened alternative to coffee. It can be served simply by mixing with water, your favorite juice, milk substitute or smoothie. It can also be mixed into hot water as a coffee or tea substitute. Since the mushroom fruiting bodies are hot-water extracted to break down cell walls to make the beta-glucans available, nothing is destroyed when you mix it at higher temperatures during consumption. It also tastes great when you add cacoa powder!

MYTH 5: GROUND RAW MUSHROOMS ARE BETTER THAN HOT-WATER EXTRACTION
Hot-water extraction helps to break down the cell walls of the mushroom fruiting bodies which makes their valuable immune-modulating beta-glucans and other compounds more prevalent and bio-available at higher levels. Compared to simply grinding raw mushrooms into powder which results in beta-glucans levels below 1%, hot-water extracted mushroom blends consists of 100% mushroom fruiting bodies with guaranteed beta-glucan levels not less than 30%.

MYTH 6: MUSHROOMS ARE NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO HEAL THE BODY
Many studies have examined the effects of mushrooms on immune response pathways and on direct anti-tumor mechanisms. The immune effects are mediated through the mushroom’s stimulation of innate immune cells, such as monocytes, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells. The activity is generally considered to be caused by the presence of high-molecular-weight polysaccharides in the mushrooms, although other constituents may also be involved. Clinical trials in cancer patients have demonstrated that G. lucidum (Reishi) products are generally well tolerated. The power to heal our bodies is always found in Nature! PubMed, The National Institute of Health, Cancer.gov and many clinical studies demonstrate the anti-tumor and healing properties of over 600 species of mushrooms and everyday we are learning more! For more info: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/mushrooms-pdq

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MUSHROOM PRODUCTS
The majority of mushroom supplements are not 100% mushroom fruiting bodies but mycelium grown on grain. That means you’re paying for BROWN RICE not mushrooms! The grain material that the mycelium grows on ends up being a significant portion of these products. Independent analysis has shown that due to this high amount of grain, they contain very little active compounds. Read your supplement panels very closely and look for the words “mycelium”, “myceliated brown rice”, “mycelial biomass”, “full spectrum”, “whole life cycle” or other derivatives of mycelium.

The Mushroom product I personally use and reccomend is Ultimate Shrooms by Live Ultimate

14 Of the Most Asked Questions About CBD | Hemp Oil

14 Of the Most Asked Questions About CBD | Hemp Oil

 

CBD also known sold as hemp oil is quickly becoming one of the most highly sought after and used supplements in the world. Why? Because it’s benefits are finally being discovered and shared. It also just so happens to help alleviate 3 of the most common 21st-century health conditions.

  1. Stress and Anxiety
  2. Trouble sleeping
  3. Physical pain

In this short article, I share some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD. Enjoy!

1) What is CBD (Hemp oil)?

CBD also known as cannabadiol, is a non-psychoactive (it won’t make you feel high) compound found in cannabis. It is one of over 60 different compounds present in cannabis. CBD is usually present in cannabis in high concentrations along with THC (the compound in cannabis that is psychoactive and makes you feel high).

It’s non-psychoactive because of its lack of affinity and attraction for CB1 receptors (the receptors that cause one to experience a cerebral high). There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body; CB1 and CB2. Both are naturally found throughout the body but are most common in the brain and immune system.

CB1 receptors are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. These receptors affect memory, mood, sleep, appetite and pain sensation. CB2 receptors have anti-inflammatory effects and are found in immune cells. Cbd does have a great affinity and or attraction for CB2 receptors making it a great natural anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancer.

2) Is CBD legal?

Unlike marijuana, CBD is 100% legal in the USA. On February 7, 2014 President Obama signed the farm bill of 2013 into law which defined industrial hemp as distinctly different from marijuana. It further states that as long as the cannabis sativa plant has less than .3% THC it qualifies as industrial hemp and is legal to be grown in the United States.

3) Will CBD make me feel high?

CBD offers many of the same benefits of marijuana without the “high” because it contains minimal.  if any amounts of THC tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is completely safe and non-­addictive.

4) What are CBD known benefits?

CBD has been proven to be highly beneficial in the treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as MS and cerebral palsy and anxiety disorders.

Studies have found that CBD can…
1. Relieve nausea and vomiting making it a great digestive aid
2. Help control and reduce seizures
3. Help Fight tumors and cancer cells (it’s a powerful anti­oxidant)
4. Help relieve anxiety and depression
5. Calm and protect the nervous system
6. Promote relaxation and deeper sleep
7. Help reduce stress
8. Help relieve insomnia
9. Anti­-inflammatory effects which help reduce swelling
10. Help relieves muscle and joint pain

5) What are the most popular uses of CBD?

Right now the general popular is using CBD as a natural alternative to help support anxiety, physical pain and promote relaxation to improve sleep. As mentioned before it’s also been proven to be highly beneficial treatment of seizures, and neurological conditions such as MS.

6) What is the best way to use CBD? What form is best to take?

CBD is extracted as an oil from cannabis or hemp plant and comes in various concentrations and forms. It can be consumed orally in the form of a supplement or gummy, in a capsule form, as a liquid tincture, vaporized, or sprayed into the mouth. It can also be used topically and absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin from an externally applied cream.

7) Does CBD have side effects?

CBD rarely has side effects when using the commonly recommended doses of anywhere between 2.5 mg to 1500 mg

However, studies have found Possible side effects include…

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Increases or decreases in appetite.

Minus diarrhea, these sides effects could potentially be beneficial depending on the reason you’re taking CBD in the first place. Often CBD users are using CBD to help them get higher quality sleep. The majority of studies currently available were performed for treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders. Here, the most commonly reported side effects were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite/weight. In comparison with other drugs, used for the treatment of these medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile. More clinical trials with a greater number of participants and longer chronic CBD administration are still lacking.

However, there are a few upcoming CBD clinical trials for the treatment of the following disorders:

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Infantile Spasms
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsons
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • And a few more

8) Is CBD addictive? Is CBD safe?

CBD is nonaddictive and safe when you’re getting your CBD products from a reputable source. Unfortunately, because the benefits of consuming CBD are becoming more and more known many companies are flooding the CBD market with poor quality and ineffective products. You want to look for reputable companies that offer organically grown, full spectrum, Co2 extracted CBD.

9) Will taking CBD fail my drug test?

This is a very common question and the simple answer is no. This is because legal CBD products contain no traceable amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes people to get high). However, consumers using extremely large doses of CBD rich hemp oil products above 1000-2000 mg daily could potentially have a false positive during initial screening due to other non-THC metabolites which may cross-react with the test. This is extremely rare.

10) How much should I take? How do I dose CBD?

There is no one size fits all or easy answer to this question. It really depends on several factors. First, it depends on the quality of the CBD product that you are using. Second, it depends on the reason you are using CBD. Are you using it to relieve pain? Help you get to sleep or to manage anxiety? Are you using it to manage MS or Parkinsons? Everybody is different so it’s best to experiment with different dosages until you achieve the desired effect.

I recommend the following protocols:

  1. Start small – start with the smallest dose possible. Everyone reacts differently to various supplements so it’s important to become familiar with how your body responds
  2. Size Matters – larger individuals may prefer a high dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you can easily scale up just a few mg at a time to meet your needs
  3. Consult with a medical professional – if you have a serious medical condition, always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before consuming CBD
  4. Consistency is key – using CBD consistency stimulate a healthy, functioning endocannabinoid system. As cannabinoids enter the system, your body becomes more sensitive over time.

11) When is the best time to take CBD?

Again it really depends on why you are taking it in the first place. Generally speaking most people take CBD and hour before bed to help improve sleep, in the morning to manage pain and anytime help alleviate stress and anxiety.

12) How long will it take for CBD to take effect? How long do the effects last?

Again it depends. In this case, it depends on the method of ingestion.This is a challenging question to answer because it depends on several factors

  1. Quality of product
  2. Amount of MG’s
  3. Method of delivery (capsules, sublingual oil, vape or topical)

Generally…

  • Consuming CBD orally takes over an hour for the CBD to arrive in the bloodstream.
  • Using CBD through inhalation via vaporizing it produces more rapid effects because it bypasses the liver.
  • Consuming CBD sublingually in the form of an oil is relatively fast acting and is my recommended and preferred method.
  • Using CBD topically in the form of a cream can be relatively fast acting when used locally for (inflammation, pain and other skin conditions).

13) Can my dog benefit from taking CBD?

Yes, animals can also benefit from taking CBD. Pets can consume CBD for many of the same ailments that humans do.

CBD had been found to help with the following pet conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Digestive Issues
  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Joint & Mobility Issues
  • Pain

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14) Where can I purchase the best CBD products?

As more and more scientific studies are released on the benefits of CBD more and more products will hit the consumer market. Right now you can purchase and a wide variety of CBD products online and in some health foods stores across the country. As with all supplements, it’s important to consider the quality, extraction, storage and manufacturing methods before purchasing a product. Many supplements on the market today are ineffective and a complete waste of money because they simply aren’t of quality ingredients or have poor extraction methods making them ineffective at best.

I recommend BioCare CBD. It’s all natural, Co2 extracted, tested for purity and derived from organic CBD.

I recommend a company called Biocare CBD for the following reasons…

  • Organically grown hemp at a federally registered facility.
  • Nontoxic, pesticide free and 3rd party tested for quality.
  • Oil is full spectrum CBD – meaning if contains all of the cannabinoids which work in synergy to unlock the full potential of CBD
  • Whole plant extracted CBD oil – extracted from the stalk, flowers and leaves no just the stalk
  • Manufacturer is both GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and PETA approved.

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5 Things You Might Be Addicted To, But Don’t Know It

Are all addictions bad? The term addiction is usually used when someone is addicted to a harmful substance but an addiction can either be a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble) or be an unusually great interest in something. If we’re using the definition as “an unusually great interest in something” then an addiction could be actually be good thing.  

So according to this definition not all addictions are bad…there can exist positive addictions. William Glasser, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist actually wrote an entire book about it titled, “Positive Addiction”. He defines a positive addiction as a repetitive activity that you do non-self-critically that has a beneficial effect on your mind and/or body.

But unfortunately, most addictions today are not positive and we often don’t even realize we’re addicted to something, that’s negatively affecting the well-being of our minds and bodies.

Let’s dive right into the 5 Biggest Lifestyle Addictions Sabotaging Your Health (and how to beat them)

1. Sugar addiction by way of processed food

The scary reality is that according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey, Americans consume about 64 pounds of sugar per person per year and some studies suggested even much high amount… up to 150 lbs. per person per year.

This is because about 70% of the food we’re eating today, consists of processed artificial food; food that comes in a bag, box, can and is loaded with unnatural ingredients such as preservatives and artifical flavorings.

Sugar is found in desserts, snacks, fruit juices, fruits, prepared foods and beverages. Now you may be reading this and thinking “nah not me, I’m healthy I shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joes”, but even healthier grocery stores chains carry a lot of processed foods.

For example those “healthy” protein bars you’ve been eating may not be any better for your health then a candy bar (ok slight exaggeration but some really aren’t). If you find you have cravings for a certain snack, chances are they have got you hooked. They are the big business good manufactures who deisgn addiction into foods.

The big take away here is to start reading the labels of everything you buy, yes even food that looks “healthy”.

2. Caffeine

I know you probably already know you may be addicted to this one, but did you know that 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day according to Harvard News. That’s a lot of coffee no wonder there is a Starbucks on every corner of every major city in the US.

Honestly, 1 cup of coffee a day isn’t that bad, it’s usually what you’re adding into your coffee that’s killing you and adding to your coffee addiction– Sugar and antibiotic and growth hormone creamer… yikes!

Upgrade your coffee addiction by weening off the white stuff. If you like your coffee sweet try swapping refined sugar for a more natural sugar such as coconut palm nectar, then eventually weaning off all sweeteners together.

3. Checking your phone for social media, texts and email

Hooked on Facebook or Instagram? Can’t stop checking your phone for the incoming onslaught of texts and emails? We’ll you’re not alone. According to Time Magazine, American’s check their phone 8 billion times per day that’s an average of about 46 times every single day.

Phone addiction is real…next time you’re in public just take a look around you’ll likely notice 8 out of every 10 people are glued to their phones whether it be sitting at a red light in traffic, standing in line at the mall or even while working out in the gym.

Social media addiction is bad…real bad. How do you know if you addicted? Well how many times a day do you check your social media per day? Is your phone glued to your hand?

It’s sad but being addicted to social media has created a lot of disconnection between people and “real life” relationships.Next time you’re out to eat look around the restaurant, it’s not uncommon to see two people sitting across from each other glued to their phones instead of sharing each other’s company.

To beat this addiction I recommend turning your phone off or putting it on silent at a certain hour in the evening. Also not bringing it to the table when eating especially when with friends. Try scheduling times to check my social media throughout the week and sticking to your schedule. Turn off push notifications for social media to not be tempted.

It’s important to understand that the goal of each social site is user engagement (aka time you spend and interact on their platform) so they can sell and serve you more and more ads leading to more and more money for them. Simply put they want you on their platform as long as possible!

Don’t let them have your most precious asset…your time. Don’t get me wrong social media can be pretty awesome especially if you’re a small business owner or run an online business and can be used to do many amazing things like connecting with friends.

The key to not becoming a phone and social media addict is… to use social media and not let it use you!

4. T.V

The average American watches about 5 hours of T.V per day. Studies have found that watching T.V, puts us into a mild state of depression. Do you binge on Netflix T.V shows? Today it’s very easy to get sucked into an awesome T.V show and end up neglecting an important project, healthy habit like exercising, cooking or even an important relationship.

Most commonly people watch T.V after work or right before bed which can disturb sleep cycles because of the exposure to blue light. I think it’s safe to say that the average American is addicted to watching T.V.To find out if you’re addicted to the boobtube start by tracking how many hours you spend watching the it this week. Could you be using this time for something more productive and healthy?

5. Chocolate

I got to admit, I’m a bit of a chocoholic. It all started when my girlfriend began bringing home chocolate around “that time of the month”. Slowly but surely eating a piece here and there I soon found myself craving chocolate all the time.

Are you a chocoholic? The Mayans and Aztecs viewed chocolate as a sacred food and for good reason. Chocolate has many health promoting effects and can also be addicting because it contains both sugar and fat. Not all chocolate contains high amounts of sugar and fat but generally most chocolate does.

Some chocolate is better than others and by “better” I mean healthier. Eating high quality chocolate containing at least 70% cacao or higher is much better than eating milk chocolate loaded with sugar. Nonetheless chocolate is still high in fat and contains sugar so it’s best to limit your intake to a few pieces of high quality chocolate a day at most.

As with any addiction the key is really finding balance…which can be hard but nevertheless is possible. The first step in overcoming an addiction is always developing a keen awareness that you have an addiction. It’s essential to be self-aware of the forces that compel us to act. There are many simple strategies that work to bring these lifestyle addictions back into balance depending on the type and severity of the lifestyle addiction.

We all live unique lifestyles so some may work better than others depending on the person but again the first step is always simply realizing you’re addicted. The next step is either getting support via a therapist, health or life coach, or counselor or creating some boundaries and strategies to develop a plan to find more balance with whatever it may be sugar, your phone, caffeine, watching too much T.V or eating too much chocolate.

In the end, what we’re all really looking for through these addictions is more happiness and peace in in our lives. Choose your addictions wisely and notice when they are out of balance. 

This weeks healthy in 21st century challenge is to evaluate which of the addictions you may have and try out one or all of my recommended tips to find your balance.

Wishing you freedom,

Devin

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The Difference Between “Weight Loss” and “Healthy Weight Loss”

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Each year thousands of new diet books are published, new weight loss pills, powders and medications created all in an attempt to fulfill the growing weight loss demand.

Worldwide obesity (abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health) has more than doubled since 1980.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, nearly one-third of the world’s population is now obese or overweight and nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight, and one third obese.

The world is experiencing an epidemic.

But what most people don’t realize is that there is a difference between weight loss and healthy weight loss.

We have been duped to believe that weight loss and healthy weight loss are one and the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Weight loss is simply the act losing weight by any means possible. This can be accomplished from not eating, taking synthetic appetite suppressants, chemical weight lose pills and injections, liposuction and manipulation of one’s caloric intake temporary such as going on a liquid diet.

Yes, these weight loss solutions do work and some of them work fairly well, but they work at the expense of your health and vitality and are temporary solutions.

These quick weight loss solutions address being overweight as a “symptom” but never address it at its root causes.

Quick weight loss methods lead to an endless cycle of weight loss and weight gain. Have you jumped from diet to diet?  Weight loss program to weight loss program? Searching for the next “miracle weight loss solution” that will finally “fix” you once and for all.

The truth is that treating a symptom will never heal the root cause. In order to make weight loss stick the root cause of the weight gain must first be address.

Life in the 21st century has programmed us to want everything at the snap of a finger.

So we are marketed and sold “quick” solutions; “8 minutes in the morning to the perfect body”, “quick weight loss”, “lose 20 lbs in 20 days with this miracle pill”, “1 minute to a sexy stomach” etc.

Savvy weight loss marketers and publishers prey on the pain of those looking to change the way they look and feel by creating an illusion that healthy weight loss is easy.

Healthy weight loss isn’t easy, but it can be simple, fun and rewarding.

Healthy weight loss is losing weight in a natural sustainable and permanent way and the truth is, it’s not “easy”. Although “easy” is very subjective to the individual, easy to most people means not having to do that much work to accomplish a goal or task.

Treating the root cause of being overweight or obese isn’t “easy”. It takes work, commitment and at times can be uncomfortable but it can also be empowering because healthy weight loss is more than just about losing weight

It’s about reconnecting and creating freedom in your body, discovering your passions, reigniting your relationships, accelerating your energy, and living a fully engaged vibrant life.

Healthy weight loss addresses the lifestyle factors that get out of balance and lead to over eating, using food as pure entertainment or to try a fill what’s missing in your life. The truth is food can never fill what’s missing in your life.

Have you ever used food as a substitute for other things you want in life but were too afraid to take action on? Do you use food to manage your emotions or as a reward? Do you eat when you feel lonely, bored, anger or stressed?

If you’re overweight or obese the answers to these questions is most likely yes. The answers to these questions also hold the keys to healthy weight loss. In order to change or shift something that’s out of balance, that something must first be in your awareness to be shifted.

Often times these feelings, frustrations and patterns are subconscious or have become so routine that we lose touch with them and they become automatic.

To experience healthy weight loss or what I like to refer to it “weight freedom” you must address the root mental and emotional issues that lead to eating too much and the wrong kinds of foods. Without addressing the emotional root causes for why we do, what we do, true lasting change can never occur.

To do this type of deep inner work takes a strong desire to change, an openness, and the courage to be vulnerable. Simply put, doing the inner work, yields amazing outer results…results that are real and that last.

Steps to Weight Freedom:

  1. Recognizing your unresourceful pattern. What situations, people or circumstances in your life lead you to overeat? Where do you feel powerless, out of control, worthless, afraid, and uncertain? What do you consistently focus on that is outside of your control? Honestly answering these questions will bring to the surface inner conflicts that need to be shifted to healthfully lose weight.
  2. Powerfully dealing with these inner conflicts. A good coach or therapist can help with this process. Working through deep inner conflicts can be challenging and scary but the end result by far outweighs the work in moving through them.
  3. Replacing bad habits (emotional eating) with good habits (taking a walk, breathing, reading a book, finding a passion project, starting a new relationship) this step only lasts when step one and two have been taken.

Often times people try to jump right to step three and are only successful for a short period of time until they fall back into their old patterns.

My hope is that this article has connected you with a clear path to truly take the necessary action to healthily and joyfully achieve your ideal weight.

The power to reclaim your weight and health rests in your hands.

There’s no greater satisfaction than seeing, feeling, and experiencing daily incremental improvement in your health and knowing YOU were the one responsible.

Healthy weight loss is possible. Think about all you’ll gain as a result letting go of the inner conflicts that have been unnecessary weighing you down for years.

Don’t believe the weight loss hype, do the inner work, change your lifestyle and experience how good your body is designed to feel….experience weight freedom.

After studying over 100 dietary theories, and hearing the frustrations of many clients, friends and family about their frustrating experience with diets and quick weight loss programs, and after helping many women holistically lose weight and keep it off, I’ve come to realize that there isn’t a “quick-fix” to weight loss because we aren’t broken.

Savvy marketers will try and sell their magic weight loss pills, potions and diets but the true healthy weight loss is and always has been an inner game that takes dedication, commitment, time and support. 

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