The Surprising Truth Behind Arnold’s Success and The 5 things He Taught Me

During the fall of my eight grade year, I looked at my skinny body in the mirror and realized something needed to change. Like many people I was not happy with my appearance and wanted to do something about it. I confessed to my mom and she offered to get a book from the library about “building muscle”. A day later she returned with a book that changed the course of my life The Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. In retrospect, she could not have chosen a better book (thanks Mom!). I was hooked within … Read More

The 4 Pillars of the Good Life and Why You Can’t Compartmentalize

It was Friday and I forgot to bring my lunch (I hate it, when I do that!). My coworker Blake (also without lunch) asked me if I wanted to go to The India Palace. We grabbed plates and quickly started demolishing mouthfuls of basmati rice and tandoori chicken. In between bites of naan we started talking about our current life struggles including our financial, personal and spiritual goals. Common conversation topics for me. Blake who is 24 and recently went back to school to finish his degree was suffering from “burnout”. The late nights and … Read More

Stop. Start. Do.

We are always looking for the next big thing. The next magic pill, the easy button or the one piece of the puzzle we are missing. The search for the magic solution gives us hope and keeps us going. The Magic Pill Does not Exist. After my collegiate football career was over, I took a hard look at myself in the mirror. I was 265 lbs, my face was puffy, my love-handles protruded from my sides and I had these weird red dots on my arms. Apparently this is what happens when your diet consists of … Read More

Morning Carbs Make Us Fat

Why Carbs in the AM Make Us Fat We were all told: “Eat a large breakfast, small lunch and tiny dinner” and “Don’t eat after 7:00 pm”. For the longest time, this seemed to make sense as the talking heads, scientists and doctors were recommending we eat this way. How could they be wrong? They were on TV for Christ’s sake. Even more, we were taught that we should eat something healthy for breakfast. Like “heart healthy” oatmeal, a banana and skim milk and a bit of sugar (for taste). Growing up in the 90’s and … Read More

Interview with Andy Hnilo: Deer Placenta Smoothies, Clay Masks, Sardines, and Living Life with Intent

Hi Folks, Today I’m honored to be interviewing Andy Hnilo. He is a model for Oakley, Speedo, and Coppertone in addition to being an actor on Days of our lives and HBO’s Hello Ladies. He’s also a Former D1 athlete (turned down a pro-baseball contract when he landed a role on Days of our Lives), ambassador for the Bulletproof Exec and owner of Alitura Naturals. His dedication to nutrition, health and body is unparalleled. Most people just talk about how healthy they are. Andy lives that dream (Unapologetically). I was first introduced to Andy while … Read More

Eliminate Stress and Block the Haters with HRV Training

  Getting Stressed Out is a Choice This post is about my favorite method for turning off stress and dealing with anxiety. Stress can be turned off, Like a light switch. You just have to know which switch. This practice I am going to discuss, has been an absolute game changer for me. I have spent the majority of my adult life in an anxious/stressed out state because I did not know how to generate my own positive emotions. I relied on external influences to feel good and as a result, I was at the mercy of my environment. … Read More

The Flow State Triggers: How to learn anything, achieve greatness and become the best version of yourself

  The first time I saw Laird Hamilton. I knew this guy was a badass. He was jacked, tall, had blond hair, and was a big wave surfer. Hamilton had calm confidence about him that came through even while watching him on TV. For some reason I was really impressed by the guy. He was like a mutant king from another planet. The things he was doing were so beyond anything I could ever dream of doing. He was achieving the impossible and with ease. His laser like focus, calm presence under chaos, and ability to … Read More

The Ultimate Female Weight Loss Q and A

Modern Life at Odds With Women’s Health Virtually every aspect of modern life is at odds with a woman’s biology. Literally everything. The food, the lifestyle, the stress, the human reward systems, and the relationships are at odds with the way women (and Men) have evolved to live. It is one of the main reasons why we have seen such an increase in obesity, degenerative, autoimmune and cognitive disease with women. The sad state of health has really really hit home for me in recent years. Many of the women in my life have dealt with serious … Read More

MI40 Program Review: Ben Pakulski’s Muscle Building Workouts

MI40 Review I was introduced to MI40 by a friend of mine (thanks Matt) a while back. He raved about a bodybuilder that I had never heard of: Ben Pakulski. He was not one of the big three bodybuilders at the time, so it seemed strange that Matt was so interested in this guy. In the past, I’ve been less than impressed with the training programs of most bodybuilders, as they don’t seem to work unless you are a genetic freak and are willing to re-do your endocrine system. A couple of months later, my training was … Read More