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This is a show about raising the bar, improving your life, transforming your health, fitness, and well-being, and shattering the status quo. Andy's guests are people who have found the inner strength and confidence to lead from the front, to stand out, be different, and to truly make a difference in the world of health, fitness, and well-being. Their incredible, inspiring stories will help you generate ideas that spring you forward into action.

Breaking Ordinary with Andy Petranek Whole Life Challenge

    • Health & Fitness

This is a show about raising the bar, improving your life, transforming your health, fitness, and well-being, and shattering the status quo. Andy's guests are people who have found the inner strength and confidence to lead from the front, to stand out, be different, and to truly make a difference in the world of health, fitness, and well-being. Their incredible, inspiring stories will help you generate ideas that spring you forward into action.

    166: Dr. Dawn DeSylvia - How Your Beliefs About Healing Matter. Leaky Gut and Inflammation. Chelation for Heavy Metals Removal. And more...

    166: Dr. Dawn DeSylvia - How Your Beliefs About Healing Matter. Leaky Gut and Inflammation. Chelation for Heavy Metals Removal. And more...

    Available On: iTunes  | Google Play  | Stitcher  | Spotify
     
    Dr. Dawn DeSylvia, MD, is a nationally recognized family medicine doctor with over 15 years of
    experience in Functional and Integrative Medicine. After completing her training at UCLA, Dr.
    DeSylvia worked at the UCLA Malibu Clinic, Santa Monica Hospital, and served on the faculty
    at UCLA. In 2013, she opened The Center for Whole Health, where she works with patients to
    identify the root causes of disease and foster optimal health.

    As founder and medical director of The Center for Whole Health, it is Dr. DeSylvia’s mission
    to:
     
    - Provide exceptional integrative medicine that is consistent in care and integrity
     - Bridge the work of advanced medicine with cellular biology, neuroscience, and
    contemplative wisdom
     - Bring forth the most advanced interventions available in health and wellbeingWant to learn more about functional medicine... and about the key areas of your body to focus on and address to have the biggest impact on your health and well-being? 
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    I'm super excited about this episode... mostly because Dr. Dawn is my personal functional medicine doctor, meaning that for the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to sit down for a long conversation about health and well-being with my own doctor! And by the way, she didn't disappoint... 

    In this episode, we dive deep into things like the brain, the gut, and the role that "belief" plays in healing. I really appreciate her humanness, and willingness to slow down and describe things in a way that "the rest of us" can understand and relate to.
    This was a great conversation... I know you're going to love this episode!! 
     Enjoy!

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    Episode Notes / Links
    What is functional medicine? Negativity bias - what you believe affects your ability to heal Bruce Lipton - The Biology of Belief - what determines a cell’s fate? How what you believe matters. Rick Hanson - “Wired for Happiness” - the brain is like Teflon to positive experience and velcro to negative experience Activating your parasympathetic nervous system Breaking Ordinary - “a call to arms” We want to listen to the whispers from the body, not just pay attention to when it screams. Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions How language and consciousness affects your experience of life Jim Kwik - speed learning - Why you want to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. The two questions Dr. Dawn always starts with when working with a new patient. EMF’s and how that contributes to stress and inflammation The impact of toxic heavy metals in the body and why you should care. Why you should get rid of your mercury fillings. How chelation therapy works to remove heavy metals. The two most important areas to focus on to keep yourself healthy: nutrition & gut health Why food quality matters… not just macros Make 80% of immune cells in our gut What is “leaky gut” and how it affects your health - a simplified breakdown. How toxins and inflammatory chemicals get into your bloodstream and liver from your gut (large intestine). A healthy immune system is built to handle the toxins (like lime, parasites, mold, etc) we get from our environment. However, when our system gut is impaired and dysfunctional, we can’t handle them, and they “get through” (leaky gut)  into our body, liver, heart, brain. Why gluten is so inflammatory in the United States (hint: glyphosate, Monsanto). Your body’s ability to

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    165: Max Shank - On Attention, Self-Talk, and The Daily Essentials of Movement

    165: Max Shank - On Attention, Self-Talk, and The Daily Essentials of Movement

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    Max Shank is an eternal student, scientist, and artist of life and movement. Through his gym, books, videos, and online coaching programs, he helps tens of thousands of people get just a little better every day. He is a master of simplifying complex subjects and breaking them down into easy, effective actions. He loves to learn new skills like music, languages, juggling, and hand balancing.
    Episode Notes From Andy:
    Abrupt start - jumping into a conversation about ozone generator for his cold plunge Crux of the perishable skill as it applies to stimulus like walking barefoot and cold water Why you should think “intention before ingestion.” If complexity equals cost, what are you making complex that is costing you more than you need to spend? Why you should consider spending more time exercising, playing, and working out on hills. How looking for the right set/rep combination is missing the point. Learn this simple phrase to help frame your self-talk and be more honest with yourself.   Books The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey What to say when you talk to yourself by Shad Helmstetter The Power of Yet by Esther P Cordova “Freedom is understanding the truth of necessity” How do you know what you need? What is a want vs. what is a need? Your outer game vs. inner game Starvation and Fasting look almost the same until the very end. Considering the 3-3-3 rule. Why “shoulding” others is something to consider giving up. What is more important, attention or intelligence? Why a simple timer is one of the best tools you can use for your fitness. Max’s 5-minute flow Why you should roll around on the hard ground and how you should do it. The six daily essential types of movement: jump/bounce, roll, carry, walk/run, hang, crawl.   Framing your suffering - how your ego gets in the way. The reward mechanism behind modern technology and how we are all falling victim to the habit cycle Using the “3-feel Test” to help you see what is truly important for you. Being an adult is the ability to be totally bored while remaining perfectly still. Why are we attached to numbers - weight, length, time? How many days old are you? I am 19,156 days old!  (https://www.daysold.com/) Enjoy!

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    Connect with Max
    website MaxShank.com Facebook — Max Shank Twitter — @MaxShank Instagram — @MaxShank Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
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    If you liked this episode, try these:

    116: Danny Clark — Danny Clark - On What is Natural Movement and Why You Should Care 80: Ryan Hurst - Founder of GMB: On Training with Purpose, Fun and Playfulness  
     

    • 1 hr 40 min
    164: Natalie Dau - Founder of Rockstar Fit App and Dailyscape.com

    164: Natalie Dau - Founder of Rockstar Fit App and Dailyscape.com

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    Natalie Dau is the founder of the RockstarFit App and global media platform www.thedailyescape.com. She is a Reebok sponsored athlete and an ambassador for brands including ClassPass, Polar Watches, SportsSingapore and Soneva Resorts. She is a qualified trainer, a Training for Warriors coach and has accreditation in sports nutrition.
    Natalie has represented Asia in multiple Spartan Race World Championships, is an avid podium-placed runner, Asia Masters Athletics Champion and an Asia age-group CrossFit champion.
    She regularly appears in the media across Asia, and is a host/emcee, guest speaker, and trainer at many events. She is also dedicated to giving back to her local community, donating her time to charities and working with government committees.
    Enjoy!

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     Connect with Natalie
    website www.nataliedau.com and www.thedailyescape.com Facebook — RockstarArms Twitter — @eockstararms Instagram — @rockstararms Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
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    If you liked this episode, try these:

    111: Samantha Peszek - Olympic Medalist and Unstoppable Force
    88: Val Voboril - How to Succeed at Motherhood, Happiness, and CrossFit
     

    • 1 hr 26 min
    163: Gabby Reece - On Training with Intention, Why Context Matters, and Why You Should Be Breathing Through Your Nose

    163: Gabby Reece - On Training with Intention, Why Context Matters, and Why You Should Be Breathing Through Your Nose

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    Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, model, wife and mother. At 6’ 3” the former professional beach volleyball player, and Nike's first female spokeswoman, Gabby Reece is the definition of both athleticism and feminine beauty. Gabby’s commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular leader in the world of health and wellness.
    Gabby took up volleyball in 11th grade when she and her mother moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Gabby received an athletic scholarship to Florida State University, where she majored in communications and played two seasons of volleyball before booking modeling jobs in New York.
    In the spring of 2012, Gabby was invited to Washington, DC to speak at the annual TEDMED conference on innovations in health and medicine. Gabby also has an ongoing relationship with the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, an initiative that benefits needy schools through the planting of organic gardens.
    Together with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Gabby empowers people to take responsibility for their own health. She is a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby and Laird’s inspiring lifestyle led to the launch of an all-encompassing fitness program called XPT in early 2016. The objective of XPT is to increase human performance with a training approach modeled after Laird and Gabby’s day-to-day fitness regimen.
    From Andy:
    Wow...how do you follow that up? In spending over an hour one-on-one with Gabby, it's clear to me why she has achieved the level of success she has in life. She's honest, real, willing to talk about just about anything, and is always looking both inward to grow and learn, and outward to serve others. 

    A few of highlights from the show:
    How the life of her husband, big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, is way more than just glory and glamor What it means to be loyal to yourself How to beat stress by anticipation Visualization technique for a deep, full inhale  Why you should start practicing nasal breathing You're going to love every moment of this one...promise!

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    Episode Links
    Byron Katie XPTlife.com Diaphragmatic breathing Paul Chek Laird Superfood Nutiva Red Palm Oil David Goggins - “Can’t Hurt Me” Connect with 
    website — https://www.xptlife.com/ Facebook — @OfficialGabbyReece Twitter — @GabbyReece Instagram — @GabbyReece Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
    REVIEW THE PODCAST ON iTUNES - bit.ly/breakingordinary
    If you liked this episode, try these:

    138: Kristin MacDermott -- On Learnable Resilience Skills to Improve the Quality of Your Life
    124: Jill Miller — Erase Pain, Improve Mobility and Live Better in Body and Mind
     

    • 1 hr 30 min
    162: Dai Manuel: On Life, Leadership, And COOing Your Life

    162: Dai Manuel: On Life, Leadership, And COOing Your Life

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    Dai Manuel is a super dad, dating his wife and currently doing life with his family around the globe.
    He is also an award-winning digital thought leader and author, executive performance coach, and certified lifestyle mentor who empowers people to lead a FUN-ctionally fit life through education, encouragement, and community.
    Dai models his work based on 5 F's: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of FUN, built on a rock-solid foundation of Health.
    As a former partner and Chief Operating Officer of a multi-million dollar retail company, a keynote speaker, brand ambassador, competitive athlete, a family man, and community leader, Dai knows the struggle of the juggle and keeping his health and happiness a priority.
    Dai and his family are on a mission to impact one million role models through education, entertainment, and inspiration by 2020.
    From Andy: Dai is one of the funnest people I know to hang out with - even if it's on a video chat 6,000 miles away. He's on a mission to help others change their lives, like he did when he was a young man. In the episode we talk about things like growing up as a fat kid, being suicidal, how he turned that all around, being a responsible leader of your family, self-care, the power of public declaration, and much, much more.
    Enjoy this one... I know you will!

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    Episode Links

    Dai Manuel's Whole Life Fitness Manifesto 300 (the film) Mobility WOD ROMWOD Insight Timer (app) Evernote Toastmasters CrossFit Games Vipassana Meditation Connect with Dai
    Website  www.DaiManuel.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/daimanuel Twitter: www.twitter.com/daimanuel Instagram: www.instagram.com/daimanuel Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daimanuel/ Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
    REVIEW THE PODCAST ON iTUNES - bit.ly/breakingordinary If you liked this episode, try these:

    144: Katie Wells — The Wellness Mama
    151: Kevin Rose — Lifehacker, Visionary Tech Investor, and CEO of Oak Meditation

    • 1 hr 21 min
    161: David Meltzer: On Killing Them with Kindness and Value

    161: David Meltzer: On Killing Them with Kindness and Value

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    In his early 20s, David Meltzer was at the top of his game in the business world and lecturing around the globe. But despite his success, he felt that something was missing, and the multimillionaire went on a rapid downward spiral that ended in bankruptcy.
    It was only then that David realized, in order to revive and thrive, he needed to blend spirituality with business. He started to meld his newfound life and business outlook as CEO to sports super agent Leigh Steinberg (played by Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire), and the result of his transformation is the remarkably successful venture - Sports 1 Marketing - that he began with Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon.
    From Andy:
    Dave is one of the most successful people I've ever had the opportunity of having on the podcast, and also one of the most genuine, relatable, and generous. It came as a surprise to me given the cutthroat, ego-driven business (sports agent, deal making, sports marketing) for which he's at the top of the game. He was incredibly open, sharing the behind the scenes story about getting Steve Young signed to the 49ers when they already had Joe Montana as their go-to guy, and also sharing his "secrets" of negotiating and deal-making. He's driven to succeed, but also to give, serve, and contribute to humanity - which he's doing every day.
     
    Enjoy!

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    Episode Links
    Leigh Steinberg - the guy you might know as Jerry McGuire Ed DeBartolo Joe Montana Steve Young Blaine Bartlett Bob Proctor Jack Canfield Steve Wynn Warren Moon Unstoppable Foundation - David’s Foundation The Playbook - David’s podcast Connect with Dave
    Dave's Website  Facebook — davidmeltzer11 Twitter — @davidmeltzer Instagram — @davidmeltzer Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
    REVIEW THE PODCAST ON iTUNES - bit.ly/breakingordinary
    If you liked this episode, try these:

    137: Sam Morris – Zen Warrior
    147: Kevin Carter — Father, Philanthropist, Former NFL Player & Super Bowl Champion
     

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