Want to stop dieting forever? Listen to Feeling Full to challenge your deepest beliefs around food, your body, and what you’re capable of. Together, we’ll uncover the raw truth about WHY and WHAT you eat — so you can finally make lasting positive change. I’m Mordechai Wiener: entrepreneur, coach, and host of Feeling Full. Over eight years ago, I lost 130 pounds. Now I’m talking with health experts, thought leaders, and everyday heroes to show you how to lose the weight and keep it off… without quick fixes, miracle cures, or diets.
27. Skin Removal Surgery - Behind the Scenes with Dr. Sadrian
In this episode, Dr. Sadrian and Mordechai discuss cosmetic surgery, how to make a good decision, and how to prepare for the process.
The ideal patient is one that takes their time and does their homework so that they are well armed with questions and basic knowledge. Some patients have misaligned or unreasonable expectations of what surgery can accomplish.There is nothing textbook about trauma surgery. Cosmetic surgery is a combination of science and art together.First thing is to find out what the patient wants. What are the things that are bothering them and what are their goals?The results are a partnership. If a patient works hard before and after the surgery, then there could be better results.There needs to be some time between the weight loss and the cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sadrian thinks that 6 months is the minimum wait time.Sometimes the surgery is done in stages. It generally takes 6 weeks for the majority of healing to happen after surgery. That is still not 100% recovery.Since people are using Zoom more frequently and seeing themselves, facial surgeries have increased.When you cut something there is going to be a scar.The tricky part is placing the scar in a place where it is less visible.Always ask “why?”. What do you want and what is your goal?Relevant Links
26. Losing 120 lbs and Finding Self-worth with Eli Schwebel
In this episode, Eli talks about his life battling with self-worth, loneliness, and weight. He discusses some key moments along his journey and offers some experiences that may be helpful to others. He talks about the importance of music to him and what it is like to let go of control when on stage performing.
Eli remembers when he became addicted to sugar at 7 years old.He started getting picked on and bullied in elementary school.Eli maintains a weight loss between 100 to 120 lbs.When you are on stage you let go of control and you just are.In the Orthodox community, nobody talks about feeling hurt or lonely.Admitting that you have insecurities is powerful.Part of Eli’s comfort is the music that he has released that reveals his struggles.Eli talks to himself in positive ways and believes that it’s healthy and helps remove negative thoughts.Manage your home environment. Create a space that is safe and supports your goals.Come up with staple foods that you can create as a ritual. Focus on what you are doing and do not obsess about what you are not doing.Relevant Links
Whole with you song
25. How to Overcome Body Shame: Shirtless Therapy and Skin Surgery
In this episode, Mordechai talks about the decision to have plastic surgery and the journey from his initial consideration to his post-surgery life.
About 5 years ago was the first time Mordechai decided that he wanted to have surgery. He visited 10 surgeons and decided something did not feel right. It felt like he was hiding something.He decided not to have the surgery.A year and a half ago he considered it for a second time and had the surgery.At a retreat in Costa Rica, he was hot but didn’t want to remove his shirt in front of people at the event.As a kid, Mordechai was bullied and picked on because of his weight.Mordechai shared with the group at the retreat that he had wanted to lose weight most of his life and now that he had, he still felt bad about himself.He wanted to build something and be financially successful. He achieved both of those things but realized that it was more about the acceptance of others. He learned that he needed to accept himself.He removed his shirt in front of the entire group while telling his story and sharing how he felt. It was a pivotal moment.He finally realized how great it felt to be unapologetically himself.He made it a point to remove his shirt after that and it was still hard, but it began to feel more comfortable.Have you ever had a moment where you stopped worrying about measuring up to society and you were your authentic self?He came across other men who were reluctant to remove their shirts.A few years later he decided it was time to have the surgery. He didn't feel he was running away from the skin but towards his true self. After interviewing a number of doctors, he realized that many of the doctors were not aligned with his needs.Mordechai struggled with scheduling the surgery. He worried about what it meant about him as a man and how he would be perceived.Letting his friends in and telling them about his surgery was a big part of the healing process.Now that he has shared about the surgeries, he has more people speaking with him about it.If you do it for the right reasons then you will probably have a great result.
24. Discover True Freedom with “Gangsta Gardener” Ron Finley
In this episode, Ron talks about why gardening is an essential piece of creating a greater community and environment. He discusses some of the struggles with his efforts to create gardens in Los Angeles and some of the underlying systemic issues that create underserved communities.
Ron turned his pool into a garden.Plants do communicate and produce sound.A lot of today's technology has atrophied our minds and body.People need to get back to doing things, touching things, building and communicating.Life comes out of the soil and then goes back into it and we need to appreciate that.Ron worked in fashion manufacturing and studied tailoring from the time he was 15 years old. He wanted to be a master tailor.When people hear the word fashion they think of clothes. That is not the definition of fashion. Ron sees gardening and tailoring as the same thing. It is a creative process in the same way an artist renders something.If you are a passionate person then everything that you do has passion.Gardening is a source of freedom.Air is the single most important thing in your life and most people don’t recognize that. Even water has oxygen in it. Ron was instrumental in having the law changed to allow food to be planted on the parkways in Los Angeles. Ron wanted to walk out of his home and see and experience something beautiful and fulfilling instead of grass and trash.His garden was reported to the city for planting in the parkway. He received a warrant for his arrest.He removed the first garden but several years later he planted another one and was reported again. This time he didn’t submit to the request to remove the garden.Ron believes that the food problem is easy to solve but there are too many industries that would be negatively impacted by the change so those that could fix it choose not to.It’s June but there is still time to plant many vegetables and fruits. Find out what zone you are in and start now.You can grow squash, grapes, and cucumbers on a balcony if you are in the city.No herbs are easy to grow.Relevant Links
Website - Click here
Ted Talk – Click here
Master Class -Ron Finley Teaches Gardening - Click here
23. The Healing Power of Human Connection with Dr. Dean Ornish
In this episode, Dean talks about changing behaviors to make improvements in your life. He talks about the power connection has to heal. He discusses the four pillars of health and how managing each one can have tremendous impact on overall health and happiness.
"Joy of living is sustainable; fear of dying is not" - Dr. Dean Ornish
Lifestyle changes can reverse heart disease, blood pressure, obesity, etc.Changing your lifestyle can change genes.Many conditions share the same underlying mechanisms. Making lifestyle changes can help improve many conditions.Fear is a powerful motivator, but it is usually short-term. Fear is not sustainable. Reframing the change from fear of dying or pain to joy and feeling good helps sustainability.People want to feel free and in control more than they want to feel healthy.Sometimes it’s easier to make big changes instead of small ones because the gain or improvement is more obvious.People who are lonely and depressed are 3 to 10 times more likely to die a premature death.Ask the question, “Why do I want to live longer?”. Having an answer and a sense of meaning for those reasons then they are more likely to make good lifestyle changes.Facebook is fake intimacy. It is not the same as spending time with friends and family.The goal shouldn’t be to eliminate or numb the pain quickly. The goal should be to understand what is causing the pain.Trading processed carbs and sugar for animal protein can cause problems. Instead, trade for whole foods like natural fruits and vegetables that have fiber and eat beans and rice as protein sources. You need to consume complete proteins or combinations of protein that cover all needs.Relevant Links
Book – Undo It! by Dean Ornish
Book – The Spectrum by Dean Ornish
Website - https://www.ornish.com/
Movie – Game Changers
James Camron – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cameron
Swami Satchidanand – https://swamisatchidananda.org
22. Hungry For Change? Challenge Your Beliefs with James Colquhoun
In this episode, James talks about transformations, the healing power of the human body, how to change beliefs, and the importance of being non-attached.
"Everything is absolutely always unfolding perfectly" - James Colquhoun
James discovered that it is important to clear your slate to reset how you think before trying to move forward.Most people never clear their mental and physical slate to help discover what truly drives them.Going through some big transformation can give some deeper insight into your essence and what you are here to do.James has been trying to help people understand what a powerful healing machine their body is.Detoxing and cleansing can offer your body a reset to help focus your approach on food.Now James is focusing on spiritual and mental reset to help focus attention.Non-attachment is a difficult muscle to recognize since we are trained to expect outcomes and instant gratification.Instead of paying attention to what is causing the symptoms of our discomfort, we are relying on instant relief from manufactured medicine.The idea of suffering is an illusion because we create it through an attachment to an outcome and desire for an outcome.Step 1: Practice being nothing and just being in the moment. Step 2: Be non-attached to what happens next.When things get “too comfortable” for James he tends to blow it up and move on to something new.James worked as a Qualified Ships Officer which allowed him to work with some of the world’s wealthiest people.James had an extraordinary job but was thinking about changing. He was told by his boss, “If you’re thinking about it, do it.” Which was a pivotal moment for James.While working for some of the wealthiest people in the world he realized that money does not make you happy or healthy. He witnessed the trap of wealth firsthand.Part of the reason for recording the experts was to let James’ dad see them. Education shifts your beliefs. Beliefs shift your choices. Choices shift the outcome of your life.People are living longer but also dying longer.Once James’ father shifted his beliefs, he saw major health and wellness improvements.Transformation comes through insight and/or pain.One of James’s favorite juices: Celery, cucumber, lime or lemon, ginger, and/or Turmeric.The Four Agreements and Man’s Search for Meaning are two of James’ favorite books to gift to people.Relevant Links
Food Matters Website
Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program
Food Matters Film
Man's Search for Meaning
The Four Agreements
I love Mordechai's authenticity, integrity, and willingness to express vulnerability. He models such a wonderful way of being in the world. He is also an outstanding interviewer, never getting in the way of the conversation but always expertly and inobtrusively facilitating it.
Surprised how much I am enjoying the episodes
I am actually binge listening to previous episodes. Inspiring and informative. Very good interviewing skills IMHO. Great job!
Super approachable & real
Mordechai is great at getting to the core of health, eating, and body challenges and being real about what’s hard and how to change. Love it.