Dec 16, 2014
Chris Brogan is an author, speaker and marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, including Disney, Google, Coke, GM, Microsoft and Sony. He is also the CEO of Owner Media Group and author of the New York Times bestseller “Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation and Earn Trust.”
In this episode, Chris talks to Rob about willpower, taking action, owning your success and the difference between being busy and being productive.
“Your excuses will never be as interesting as the story of how you got things done,” he tells Rob. “By “owning the distance” between his fork and mouth, Chris was able to shed 60 pounds in 90 days, an experience he details in his candid book, “Just Start Here.”
Chris’s moment of change came when he realized he was doing a lot of silly exercises around the gym without ever truly challenging himself. “Variety can be a killer,” he says. “If you make something really complicated, it makes it easier to hide behind excuses.”
He was also in “lean-back mode” when it came to actually following through on exercise routines. “Like so many us, I used to just rip out whatever exercise routines looked good and mistake consuming information for having done something.”
How did he achieve such amazing results? He started owning his health decisions the same way he owned his business decisions.
“You’ve got to be in love with yourself to keep your promises,” he says. “Commitment starts with love of your self.”
He continues, “If you can’t commit to yourself, it’s pretty hard to see how you’ll be able to commit to anyone else.”
“Just Start Here” on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Just-Start-Here-Stronger-FINALLY-ebook/dp/B00LANF6HS
Chris Brogan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrisbrogan
Chris Brogan on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ChrisBrogan
Chicken Chili recipe from Lemonade restaurant mentioned by Alek: http://www.mommywarriors.com/blogs/?recipe=chicken-chili
Nov 25, 2014
Caitlin Turner (AKA Gypset Goddess) creates some of the most beautiful photos on Instagram. Pictures of her doing Yoga around the world have been featured in Elle, Vogue, New York Times, and on Good Morning America. She’s also the host of “Yoga Bliss” on the Indonesia Channel.
In this interview with Rob, Caitlin tells us how she’s turned her passion into a booming business, allowing her to travel to Ecuador, Galapagos, Belize, Mexico, Bora Bora, Italy and France for free.
Caitlin’s background is rhythmic gymnastics. When she first started doing Bikram, she felt like she’d found her calling. “It got me really competitive,” she tells Rob. “Mostly with myself."
We also talk about what Caitlin eats, how she stays flexible and how her Instagram fame has changed her life.
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Nov 18, 2014
In the latest Open Sky Podcast, we dive deep into the mind of YouTube’s biggest star: Shane Dawson.
Shane talks openly to Rob and Jeff about his struggle with weight and obsession with food. "I used to eat 300 packets of Splenda per day," he says. “I can’t eat just a bite of something. I get way too obsessive."
In the wide-ranging and personal interview, Shane also talks about getting liposuction (against his will), why he thinks group exercises are “the creepiest thing ever,” and his former job at Jenny Craig.
Shane fans will also love to know:
-Why Shane will never let his children own smartphones
-What Shane is like as a director
-Which workouts Rob inflicts on Shane on a weekly basis.
If you’ve ever felt that your gym hated you, or that you’d rather die than do one more rep, you will feel less alone after listening to this episode.
Thank you, Shane.
Shane Dawson’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN9wHzrHRdKVzCSeV-5RuzA
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Oct 22, 2014
Sylvester Stallone. Mike Tyson. Pete Sampras. Khloe Kardashian. What do these folks have in common?
They’ve all been trained by fitness expert Gunnar Peterson.
In this episode, we sit down with Gunnar in his private Beverly Hills gym to talk about his life and career training some of the most famous figures in Hollywood and professional sports. You’ll find out:
- The weird, expensive things fitness stars do to make sure they’re in peak physical condition.
- Why Khloe Kardashian trusts Gunnar with her Instagram account.
- The term celebrities use to describe “common folks.”
- How to accurately gauge your RPE, or “rate of perceived exertion.”
- Why expectation management is so important when you’re training.
Gunnar also talks about his philosophy on health and fitness. He doesn’t believe in limiting yourself to just one type of exercise routine but rather embracing everything from CrossFit to Tai Bo!
This is one of the most entertaining and illuminating episodes ever. You’re not going to want to miss it!
Oct 14, 2014
In this episode with Leslie Durso and Lynn Chen, we talk about how to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re eating junk food, when you’re really eating vegan whole foods sent from heaven!
From bacon burgers and guacamole to nacho cheese and ice cream sandwiches, we know what you’ve been craving! We’ll teach you how to make raw walnut chorizo, cashew nacho cheese and more.
We also talk about why Lynn started the Artist’s Diet after suffering for years from bulimia, anorexia and binge eating and how you can spot those behaviors in yourself and find treatment.
If you’ve ever felt shame about your body, you need to hear what Lynn has to say!
Leslie’s nachos recipe, and a bunch of other vegan “junk” food recipes, can be found below.
Vegan "Junk" Food:
Buzzfeed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDTTVlCR5J4
Sep 30, 2014
Our society’s methods for losing weight are bonkers. Starvation diets, low-fat diets — none of them really work on an extended basis, and some of them could be making us sicker.
Our guest today, Jonathan Bailor, spent 10 years doing intensively researching the diets we try and why they tend not to work.
“We’ve all been schooled in the paradigm that quantity matters, and that it’s all about the calories, but calories tell us little to nothing. It’s really about the quality of the foods we’re eating,” he told us.
According to Jonathan, we should be eating foods that are high in water, fiber and nutrients. Anything that grows in the ground = good. Anything else = potentially bad.
Bailor worked as a personal trainer before he became an engineer at Microsoft and it was through his experiences as a trainer that he came to his realizations.
“I’d put people on 1,200 calorie diets and strenuous exercise regimes and they wouldn’t get thinner, they’d just get sick and sad,” he told us. “I decided to retire and find out why the calorie math wasn’t working.”
Through his studies, he learned a lot about what happens to your body when you’re overweight.
“Obesity is like a metabolic fever, he said. “Starvation puts your metabolism in an ice bath and you may lose weight but what we really need to do is cure that metabolic fever.”
“Eating more sane foods and getting less but higher quality exercise can reverse inflammation in your brain, heal your gut and re-regulate your hormones.”
A good strategy is to eat so much sane food — like vegetables and high-quality meats and seafood — that you have no appetite for insane foods like processed carbs.
But it's not about willpower and starving yourself. “Naturally thin people show that the human body can automatically burn calories when they’re on the right diet.”
Sep 24, 2014
Our latest episode, with holistic nutritionist Christy Meyers, is a veritable treasure trove of nutrition advice. When you boil down healthy eating advice to a few concise— but very valuable — tenants, you get this podcast. Here are a few pearls of wisdom we learned from Christy:
-The single best thing you can do for your body is to cut out all processed foods. This is the basis for every single healthy diet. It could be as simple as making your own sweet potato fries instead of buying them in a pack, or making your own chicken breast instead of buying chicken strips. The important thing is to make whole foods a priority.
-Equally important is making green starchy vegetables a major part of every meal. They have to be green, people. Carrots don’t count. Think: kale, spinach, lettuce.
-To control cravings, drink a cup of water every time you’re hungry, eat whole foods first and be sure to eat healthy snacks throughout the day. Eat / drink all the healthy things, and see if your cravings go away. If they don’t, eat the cookie.
-Don’t ever feel like it’s healthy to be hungry. You should be satiating yourself throughout the entire day. Eat as many greens as you’d like (with a dash of moderation, of course). If you starve yourself, you’ll binge later.
-If you’re eating something because of the comfort factor, it’s worth it to analyze “what is it about the act of eating that’s bringing me comfort?” In holistic nutrition, the goal is to wean clients off their unhealthy eating habits and replace them with healthier habits. But if you don’t self-analyze, you’ll never change.
We think you’re going to get a whole lot out of this interview. Click below to listen!
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Sep 17, 2014
Many people suffer for years (even decades) from symptoms like depression, heartburn, fatigue and diarrhea that can be traced back to the foods they’re eating. On today’s podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio, a practitioner of functional medicine, we talk about how elimination diets and natural medicine can knock out these symptoms as well as serious infections, while helping restore balance to your body.
Consuming foods you’re intolerant to can cause inflammation and damage to the lining of your intestines. “If you damage that lining, then you wipe out the army that protects your body from parasites and other types of infections,” Dr. Ruscio says.
Thankfully, the intestine lining can be rebuilt after just a few days. But the rest of the body can take months to heal. "Additionally, your immune system in the gut has been in red alert for so long that it ends up attacking everything, which can make you hyper sensitive and can lead to an autoimmune disease,” Dr. Ruscio says.
What Foods You Should Avoid
Dr. Ruscio likes to put his patients on restricted diets to see which foods are causing trouble. He typically starts with telling patients to restrict these foods:
-buckwheat, millet, rice.
-nuts and seeds.
-nut shaped vegetables
-high sugar foods, high processed foods.
While encouraging them to eat more:
-Meats + fish (that are low on the mercury chain)
“Dietary interventions should always come first,” Dr. Ruscio says. “If the symptoms are still present after 30 days, then it’s the right time to do some testing and find out if the infection is being adequately treated.”
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Sep 10, 2014
In this episode, we talk to the delightful Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby from"How I Met Your Mother") about how meditation saved him from depression after a break-up and has helped him handle the ups-and-downs of life as an actor.
"When actors ask me for my one piece of advice, I always tell them to meditate," Josh says. “The thing that will take you down, personally and professionally, is your mind."
Josh meditates with a mantra in mind but says even just shutting your eyes for 20 minutes a day can be profoundly helpful.
“The mind is designed to think the way the heart is designed to beat and the lungs are designed to breathe…but it does a lot of lousy thinking. Even if you don’t have a mantra, the very act of closing your eyes for 10 - 20 minutes and not doing anything brings your mind to a subtle strata, the place where all thoughts and feelings originate.”
Josh first became interested in meditation after a relationship fell apart.
"I had a bout of depression one summer after a break up and I haven’t had that level of melancholy or that long a spell since I’ve been meditating."
"I'm not saying meditation makes you immune to the human experience," he continues. "It’s not a narcotizing thing. I actually think it makes you more sensitive, but you can process things a little quicker. If you grieve, you grieve hard, and it moves through you. There’s a fluidity to feelings and thoughts and you don’t get hooked."
It’s fitting that we talk about meditation in the second half of the podcast because the first half is pure stream-of-conscious silliness.
We discuss the high-class, low-class ways of presenting toilet paper to guests, Jeff’s uncanny ability to sense the presence of cookies from dozens of feet away, and how Alek consistently fails to resist the foods his kids are eating.
Oh, and we also talk about what’s been the most meaningful, transformative advice we’ve heard thus far on the podcast.
You’re not going to want to miss this one!
Sep 3, 2014
When Andy Bellatti completed his graduate degree in nutrition studies at NYU, he was shocked to find that the “continuing education” credits he was required to take every year were sponsored by Cocoa Cola and the Corn Refiners Association.
“I could earn one credit by hearing about how Sun Chips are good source of whole grains and why I should recommend them to clients,” he tells Rob. “What makes it most infuriating is that these presentations are looked at as so-called ‘sound science.’ If you stand against them, you’re stigmatized.”
Disturbed by the food industry’s control over the continuing education of dietitians, Andy decided to co-found the organization “Dietitians for Professional Integrity,” which seeks to expose the cosy relationships between the food industry and front organizations like the “American Society for Nutrition.” These “societies” purport to research nutrition while receiving generous funds from McDonald’s and pharmaceutical companies.
“I studied nutrition to learn about health, and to help people achieve better living through food,” he says. “If I wanted to advertise for the food industry, I would have sought out an MBA.”
With so much dietary tribalism out there, it’s easy to get confused about the real cause of the obesity epidemic: the food industry. By lobbying the U.S. government to subsidize foods that are unhealthy, funding sham studies to confuse the public and misinforming via social media, the industry wants to ensure that the average consumer can’t tell the difference between a pop tart and a Kale salad.
“Why are we debating garbanzo beans when we could redirect that energy to taking on the food industry?” Andy asks. “The truth is that the industry thrives on misinformation. People are terrified of dietary fat and think a Nutrigrain bar is healthier than a handful of almonds or an avocado."
"[The industry] wants the consumer to think that cooking is hard and, instead, they should pick up Rice-a-Roni, Hamburger Helper or Betty Crocker mashed potatoes. People don’t realize you can make a home-cooked meal in 15-20 minutes.”
Bellatti is also exposing the food industry’s influence on government-sponsored healthy eating programs:
“Even in Michelle Obama’s “My Plate” campaign, you still see how powerful the dairy lobby is because people are encouraged to have three servings of dairy a day and drink milk with every meal. This isn’t necessary. What should be next to that plate is a glass of water.”
Bellatti encourages folks to look up the organizations that fund studies through sites like Source Watch before believing the health claims they see in news stories.
To find out more about the industry’s dirty tactics, check out the podcast! If you have any questions about what you’ve heard, tweet us at #askopensky or record a voicemail on OpenSkyFitness.com by pressing on the “send voicemail” tab.
Aug 26, 2014
In today’s episode, we talk to NYT-bestselling author Sarah Ballantyne about her new book, “The Paleo Approach Cookbook.”
The cookbook teaches readers to incorporate seemingly exotic ingredients like cricket flour, fish heads and cow liver into their diets to reduce inflammation, calm their immune system and help their bodies heal themselves.
Sarah, who has a Ph.D. in medical biophysics, ate fish eyes as a child. (Sarah: “How do you KNOW this about me?” Rob: “You wrote it in your book. You have written a book.”). She learned from an early age that there were nutritious foods that nobody knew about.
“I was exposed to foods that people usually ignore,” she explained. “Clearly this has translated to my adult life.”
Sarah and Rob also talk about:
-How the exoskeleton of shellfish and insects contains a fiber unique in the animal kingdom.
-Why grass-fed meat has different nutrients in it, like Omega 3’s, that aren’t inflammatory. (Meat is only inflammatory when you eat it processed or cured and don’t eat enough vegetables.)
-Why Breakfast is a construct! You can eat whatever you want for breakfast. Chicken soup instead of waffles; whatever you want! Your body will thank you later.
“The Paleo Approach Cookbook,” which is available starting TODAY on Amazon.com, also contains “normal” dishes like garlic rosemary roast beef, burgers with portabello mushrooms buns and mediterranean mahi mahi.
If your head is buzzing after this interview, please tweet questions to #askopensky or go to OpenSkyFitness.com and click the tab labeled “send a voicemail.”
Aug 19, 2014
Most nutritionists would agree that if you want to lose weight, you should try cutting out carbs and sugar. But what you replace them with — lean meats, tofu, steak, beans, etc. — remains an area of controversy.
On today’s show, we talk to Columbia-trained nutritionist Kristen Mancinelli about an ultra, ultra low-carb diet that hacks your body into using fat, instead of carbs, as fuel.
“The word ‘fat’ has an image problem,” Mancinelli says. “Fat the nutrient and fat the condition are two separate things.”
The fat-as-fuel diet Mancinelli champions is something called the Ketogenic diet. Somewhat similar to a Paleo diet, a Ketogenic diet emphasizes foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein, and restricts foods high in carbohydrates (sugar and starches).
“Carbs don’t seem to be essential,” Mancinelli says.”You can train your body to use fat instead.”
In a Ketogenic diet, your body uses the fats you’ve stored for energy, instead of all the empty carbs you eat before working out. The diet recommends 20% protein, 5% carbs and 75% fat.
“How much fat you use is based on a complex hormonal system that is influenced by the foods you eat,” she says. “Even your gene expression is influenced by the foods you eat.”
Rob Dionne told Kristen he’s still eating Ketogenic to maintain his physique after winning first place in a national physique competition last year. “It’s not that hard; it’s an easy lifestyle that’s totally manageable.”
In the podcast, Kristen also discusses how the Ketogenic diet has been used to treat epilepsy and to help Navy Seals avoid seizures, and she talks about how the indigenous Masaai tribe, who have only eaten meat with saturated fat, haven’t had a recorded case of heart disease in their history.
Definitely a lot of fatty food for thought!
Aug 12, 2014
Today we talked to Shawn Stevenson, author of the Amazon best-seller “Sleep Smarter,” to find out why sleep is so important to health.
If you’ve been waking up tired and you don’t know why, or you’ve tried but failed to curb your TV habits before bedtime, you’re definitely going to want to check out this episode.
-We found out about a study by Appalachian University that showed folks who work out in the morning get up to 70% more time in the deep, rejuvenating stages of sleep.
-On the flip side, night-time iPad users were shown to decrease their deep sleep by up to two hours!
-If you’re eating before bed, Shawn says it’s important to choose fattier foods that won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
-It's also important to create healthy night time rituals, like visualizing what you’ll be doing tomorrow, rather than watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
-The goal is to regulate hormones like cortisol, which is helpful for working out, and melatonin, which is helpful for sleep. Too much of one or the other at different times of the day can negatively impact your health.
Sean also told us how he was able to heal himself after a traumatic hip injury by embracing a new outlook on nutrition. “Your body requires raw materials to rebuild you,” he explained. “For me that meant eating whole foods."
Find out more about Shawn below!
Aug 2, 2014
At age 27, Quentin Vennie was working out when he suddenly felt a pain in his chest, a tingly left arm and dizziness. He drove to the hospital, where a doctor diagnosed him with anxiety and gave him a prescription for lorazepam.
"When you're in a vulnerable position, you turn to these people, but most doctors don't inquire. They don't ask what's really going on," he said.
Quentin quickly became addicted to the lorazepam -- doubling, then tripling, his dose. After a combination of vicodin and lorazepam resulted in a collapsed lung and trip to the ER, Quentin realized his coping mechanism wasn't only ineffective, but could actually kill him.
Over the next few years, Quentin began down a road of healing, starting with a daily practice of yoga, juicing, and meditation. "I didn't share anything with anyone because I didn't know if it was going to work," he said. Juicing became his "healthiest addiction," but he also cut out dairy, stopped smoking and worked towards accepting his inner demons.
Today, Quentin is a writer, speaker and integrative wellness coach whose byline has appeared in Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and Positively Positive. On the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, he shares his inspiring story and the changes he's made to stop feeling anxious and start enjoying life.
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Jul 25, 2014
If you’re not already munching on something healthy right now, you’re going to be making a salad by the end of this episode! Leslie Durso, a vegan chef featured in the pages of People, MAXIM, Glamour and VegNews, shared a ton of motivating advice with us about embarking on an herbivorous diet. Leslie first became vegan at age 8 and she is so cool, funny and charming in this episode, she’s like a walking advertisement for eating your veggies. Listen to find out:
• Which foods you must ensure are organic vs. which foods you can let slide.
• How to eat healthy on-the-go.
• What happens to your body when you begin caring about what you’re feeding it.
Jul 18, 2014
Jasmine Schmalhaus (AKA Jazzy Things) joins us on today's podcast!
-Jasmine shares her secret to creating a healthy recipe for just about anything you crave.
-How even a moron could read her cookbook and make something delicious.
-If you want to succeed in the gym, you must accept failure. You only succeed if you fail. Mind Blown!
Find out how Jasmine left her corporate job to create a career from thin air, doing the thing she is most passionate about. Food!
Jeff cooks one of Jasmine's recipes, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Cakes, and stuffs his face during the entire podcast.
Jasmine admits, if she was only allowed to eat one meal for the rest of her life, it would have to be pan cakes. Rob says it's is his grandmother's Pasta Fagioli. We ignore that Jeff's favorite his Crab Cakes.
Things we talk about:
-Pre and Post Workout Foods
-Jasmine's training schedule while prepping for a show
-You must lift heavy weights to see major results
-Do you really need to use pre-workout energy drinks?
-Jasmine loves Honey-Nut Cheerios
-How do you keep your cravings in check?
-Eating the same meal every day, is very helpful for seeing results
-Competing in something is a great way to kickstart healthy habits
-We answer a bunch of questions from Jasmine's fans
Jazzy Things Website:
Jazzy Things E-Cookbook:
NPC Physique Competition:
Jul 13, 2014
In todays podcast the gang gets back together!
-Jeff's inner fat kid rears its ugly head while on vacation and Alek suggests N.C.I.S as a fitness motivator to get back on track.
-We discuss how pizza burritos are the best idea ever.
-Acting is a lucrative business as verified by residual checks.
Our interview with Sarah Ballantyne:
-Autoimmune disease and the difficulty with testing.
-Sarah's skin disease, Lichen planus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichen_planus)
-Can High intensity training inhibit the healing of, or even increase gut permeability?
-The Paleo Mom Website
-Sarah's Book: The Paleo Approach
This Awesome Podcast
Consulting with Sarah's Peeps
Bone Broth Recipe
-Functional, Preventative Medicine Physicians
-Sustainable, Well Sourced, Grass-Fed Meats
Jul 5, 2014
In this awesome episode of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, we chat it up with Motivational Messenger, Preston Smiles about why it's so important to listen to your gut, how Alek has made the "choice" to fail as a writer and why getting naked in front of hundreds of people will help you with your mommy issues.
Alek also tells about a book that he's going to write in 10 years, so if anyone wants to steal his idea, you have some time.
Rob finds out the importance of meditation and vows to start a new practice. He's probably full of shit. We'll have to wait and see.
Lastly, we read a review someone left for us on iTunes. Rob will send any person who leaves a review, that he end up reading on the show, a new Open Sky Fitness write band. Leave a review, listen to the show and if you hear your review read, email your home address to Rob and we'll send you an OSF wrist band.
Find everything you need to know about Preston Smiles and what he's working on here:
Jun 17, 2014
Musician, Brett Dennen joins the OSF Podcast! Find out how Brett lost all that weight and why Jeff thinks Rob & Brett are secretly in love.
New album Smoke and Mirrors: http://brettdennen.net/toursplash2013/
Brett's favorite juice recipe....
1 bunch kale
1 "nub" ginger
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Jun 6, 2014
Maddy Curley can deadlift 270, do 45 pull-ups, and doesn't care what she eats. Listen up.
May 23, 2014
Author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, Nina Teicholz comes on the show. We discover how saturated fat is actually vital to a healthy diet and how we've all been duped into thinking a low-fat diet is the best thing for us.
May 15, 2014
An interview with Paleo Chef, Mary Shenouda. We talk about what it means to be Paleo and why it's so important to have fun no matter what you do!
May 6, 2014
An interview with Krista Simmons, culinary travel journalist, food editor at LAist.com, and judge on Esquire's "Knife Fight"
Apr 16, 2014
Calisthenic athlete, Ninja, Social Entrepeneur - on a mission to inspire the world to move.
Apr 8, 2014
An extended talk with health activist and international model Nikki Sharp of stayshartbestrong.com