9 episodes

"Journey to the Sunnyside" is your guide to mindful living, focusing on health, wellness, and personal growth. Each episode offers insights into topics such as mindful drinking's impact on lifestyle, the science behind habit change, and more. Through conversations with experts and personal stories, the podcast provides listeners with practical tips and knowledge for a more balanced life.

Hosted by Mike Hardenbrook, #1 best-selling author, neuroscience enthusiast, and habit change expert. This podcast is brought to you by Sunnyside, the #1 alcohol moderation platform. If you could benefit from drinking a bit less, head over to sunnyside.co to get a free 15-day trial.

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    • 4.4 • 12 Ratings

"Journey to the Sunnyside" is your guide to mindful living, focusing on health, wellness, and personal growth. Each episode offers insights into topics such as mindful drinking's impact on lifestyle, the science behind habit change, and more. Through conversations with experts and personal stories, the podcast provides listeners with practical tips and knowledge for a more balanced life.

Hosted by Mike Hardenbrook, #1 best-selling author, neuroscience enthusiast, and habit change expert. This podcast is brought to you by Sunnyside, the #1 alcohol moderation platform. If you could benefit from drinking a bit less, head over to sunnyside.co to get a free 15-day trial.

    Negotiate Alcohol Peer Pressure with FBI Tactics (with Chris Voss)

    Negotiate Alcohol Peer Pressure with FBI Tactics (with Chris Voss)

    Today, we’re excited to welcome Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator and bestselling author of 'Never Split the Difference.' In this episode, Chris reveals how his high-stakes negotiation techniques can be effectively used to handle peer pressure related to alcohol. He’ll break down these strategies that you can use to confidently navigate discussions with friends, family, and even yourself. Tune in to learn how to turn challenging conversations into positive and supportive interactions.
    Want to drink less with no pressure to quit? Go to https://sunnyside.co for a free 15-day trial.

    • 51 min
    Harm Reduction in Alcohol Health with Expert Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

    Harm Reduction in Alcohol Health with Expert Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

    In this episode, we explore harm reduction with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, a visionary in addiction treatment with over 40 years of experience. As the architect of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), Dr. Tatarsky combines relational psychoanalysis, CBT, and mindfulness within a harm reduction framework. This approach meets individuals wherever they are in their journey to change, emphasizing personalized, compassionate care. Join us for an in-depth discussion as we explore how harm reduction supports people in discovering their paths to positive change. Don't miss this insightful conversation with one of the field's most influential figures!
    Want to drink less with no pressure to quit? Go to https://sunnyside.co for a free 15-day trial. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Woman Changing How the World Sees Non-Alcoholic Drinks with Victoria Watters

    The Woman Changing How the World Sees Non-Alcoholic Drinks with Victoria Watters

    For many of us mindful drinkers, non-alcoholic drinks have become not just part of our strategy to cut down on alcohol, but a full-blown hobby that we share with our friends. NA brands and options have been skyrocketing in popularity, and Victoria Watters has made it a point to stay at the forefront of this movement. In our latest episode of Journey to the Sunnyside we sit down to talk to her about the NA movement and more.
    Victoria if the founder of Dry Atlas, a media company focused on alcohol alternatives. She’s one-half of the duo who opened America’s first booze-free bottle shop. At https://www.dryatlas.com and through their great newsletter, they deliver non-alc insights, news, and recommendations to over five million people annually.
    In this episode Victoria shares her personal journey with alcohol and the passion that led her to explore the world of non-alcoholic options. We explore how the big alcohol companies are having an impact on non-alcoholic options, and their importance in helping normalize the conversation.
    And for all our mindful drinkers out there, Victoria helps explain the different types of non-alcoholic drinks, including spirits, wines, beers, and ready-to-drink mocktails, as well as how things like bitters help to define and enchance the flavors of these beverages.
    Sunnyside is the #1 alcohol moderation platform, helping people drink less with no pressure to quit. Get your free 15-day trial at https://www.sunnyside.co.

    • 56 min
    Master Alcohol Moderation with These Simple Steps (with Nir Eyal)

    Master Alcohol Moderation with These Simple Steps (with Nir Eyal)

    Nir Eyal is a master of habit change, and has actually inspired the Sunnyside product through and through. The habit loops that you’re forming by using Sunnyside are tied directly to the work that Nir has done. In fact, we’re proud to call Nir an investor and advisor to Sunnyside.
    In this conversation, Nir discusses his inspiration for writing books on psychology, technology, and business, particularly focusing on the intersection of behavior and product design.
    He shares his personal experience with addiction and the role of pain in driving addictive behaviors. Nir emphasizes the importance of understanding discomfort and developing skills to cope with it, rather than relying on labels or external factors.
    He also discusses the concept of mindful drinking and the importance of aligning actions with personal values and intentions. In this conversation, Nir Eyal discusses his personal experience managing alcohol consumption during COVID-19 and the importance of authenticity and values in making decisions. He also highlights the role of technology, specifically the Sunnyside app, in changing unhealthy habits.
    The Hook Model is introduced as a framework for habit formation, and the importance of community support is emphasized. The conversation concludes with a discussion on measuring success and engagement, as well as Nir’s future projects and ventures.
    Want to cut on your drinking with no pressure to quit? Start a free 15-day trial of Sunnyside at https://www.sunnyside.co.

    • 56 min
    Alcohol, Psychedelics, and a 4500-Mile Sahara Run with Charlie Engle

    Alcohol, Psychedelics, and a 4500-Mile Sahara Run with Charlie Engle

    In a heart-to-heart, Mike and Charlie discuss Charlie’s fight against addiction, his evolving stance on alcohol, and the role of community and awareness in recovery. They explore the promise of psychedelic therapies for profound healing and the importance of sharing recovery stories with intention.
    Key topics include the exploration of non-traditional treatments like psilocybin for alcohol dependency and mental health, emphasizing its potential over conventional SSRIs.They critique the influence of pharmaceutical giants on treatment options, advocating for a variety of healing paths.The conversation underscores individual recovery journeys, the significance of gratitude and self-compassion, and the therapeutic power of nature and outdoor activities.Charlie’s upcoming adventure is highlighted as a metaphor for life’s journey and choosing happiness amidst adversity.Takeaways:
    Reflect on behaviors' benefits rather than labeling oneself.Recovery thrives on community support and conscious drinking choices.Psychedelic therapies, with proper guidance, can offer significant healing.Sharing experiences should inspire and be grounded in personal truth.Research backs psilocybin's effectiveness for mental health and addiction.The big pharma’s sway can limit access to alternative treatments.Personal growth in recovery involves gratitude, kindness to oneself, and connecting with nature.
    Chapters
    00:00Introduction and Catching Up
    03:00Charlie's Journey with Addiction and Recovery
    13:59Charlie's Evolving View on Alcohol and Addiction
    33:25The Importance of Community and Mindful Drinking
    42:02Exploring Psychedelic Therapies
    46:04Sharing Experiences Responsibly
    47:15Promising Studies on Medicines for Alcohol Use Disorder and Mental Health
    48:14Comparing the Effectiveness of Psilocybin and SSRIs for Depression
    49:34The Benefits of Psilocybin Compared to SSRIs
    51:00The Influence of Big Pharma and Lobbyists on Mental Health Treatments
    52:22The Potential Impact of Alternative Treatments on Veterans' Lives
    53:44The Availability of Different Solutions for Changing Alcohol Relationships
    55:36The Importance of Individual Paths and Gratitude in Recovery
    56:47The Significance of One Day at a Time and Avoiding Shame in Recovery
    58:39The Importance of Giving Yourself Grace and Starting Again
    01:01:14The Power of Nature and Outdoor Activities in Healing
    01:09:30The Need for Personalized Solutions and a Variety of Resources
    01:16:38Charlie's Epic Adventure: From the Lowest to the Highest Point on Earth
    01:22:32Choosing Happiness and Joy in the Face of Hardship

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Finding Balance: A Path to Mindful Drinking with Alice Ferris

    Finding Balance: A Path to Mindful Drinking with Alice Ferris

    Alice Ferris, a fundraising consultant, shares her mindful drinking journey and the impact it has had on her health and well-being. She discusses the importance of being intentional about drinking and finding a balance that works for her. Alice emphasizes the role of planning and accountability in her journey, using the Sunnyside app to set goals and track her progress. She also highlights the benefits of improved sleep and the support of a social network in achieving her goals. Overall, Alice's story showcases the power of mindfulness and moderation in creating a healthier relationship with alcohol.
    TakeawaysBeing mindful about drinking involves being intentional and finding a balance that works for you.Planning and accountability are key to successfully managing drinking habits.Mindful drinking can lead to improved sleep and overall well-being.Having a supportive social network can help in achieving your goals.
    Chapters
    00:00Introduction and Technical Difficulties
    03:11Alice's Background and Passion for Fundraising
    05:29Alice's Mindful Drinking Journey
    08:19The Impact of Mindful Drinking on Health and Weight
    12:03Being Mindful at Social Events
    16:51Giving Yourself Grace and Avoiding Extremes
    20:53The Ritual and Process of Mindful Drinking
    25:56Using the Sunnyside App for Flexible Planning
    28:16Successfully Managing Drinking at Social Events
    35:48Improved Sleep as a Benefit of Mindful Drinking
    39:05The Importance of Accountability and Support
    41:42Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

see kay are ,

Cool guests and interesting info on reducing drinking

The speakers are so interesting, and they don’t just focus on drinking less; it’s not a lecture. These are cool interviews with interesting people. And there’s a bunch of helpful info on how to drink less too.

NickNella ,

Great content for anyone exploring their relationship with alcohol

Definitely worth a listen for relatable stories and actionable guidance

DriverContractorDude ,

Informative, motivating, and refreshing

Yes, this podcast is by Sunnyside, but it isn’t just about alcohol at all. They weave alcohol in and out of the episodes, and focus more on high level mindfulness and motivation from some incredible guests so far. It’s relatively new, but I’m a fan. And Mike is a great host!

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