Archive for “June, 2015”

Quote of the Day

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France


Nothing great happens without planning and action. To act, you must have a vision, dream or grand idea. This is the starting point of action. Set your sights high, plan and execute something new this week. Chase passion, dreams and things you have been holding on to.



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It Feels Better to Do Stuff Than to Have Stuff

It Feels Better to Do Stuff Than to Have Stuff  – James Wallman

Two things manifested in my Facebook feed back to back. One was the above quote from Becoming Minimalist. The other was an article posted by my friend Tori from the Elite Daily titled, People Who Spend Money on Experiences Instead of Things are Much Happier. 

When you break this information down an interesting thing starts to happen. I love to get the latest gadget, pair of shoes or fresh gear. It’s not just the excitement of acquiring these things, it’s also the excitement of using these new things. One word came up as I was discussing this with my wife, moderation.

Every year our family takes a vacation to Encinitas California. We all come in from around the United States to meet and share 10 days as a family, at the beach, eating, drinking, laughing and sharing memories. My wife and I had a debate on the above topics and comparisons. As we unpacked the differences, a few examples stood out. Yes we spent money on our trip and on things while we are on our trip. It is fun picking up new gear that we can’t get back home. Then I caught a glimpse of my wife’s cell phone.

On the screen saver is a picture of my daughter and son at Moonlight Beach holding hands getting ready to head into the water. It is something out a Come to California brochure. It is also one of my all time favorite pictures and memories. I asked my wife what is one things she will remember most about this years trip. Spoiler alert – it had to do with the kids on the beach, not the new scarf she bought.


Kiddos Beach


Life is about memories, not diamonds.

Just think about it: At the end of your life, are you going to be reminiscing about the fact that you had an iPhone 6 Plus while everyone else was still using the 5, or are you going to recall golden memories you shared with the people who shaped who you’ve become?

The summer is a great time to build memories. Save a bit of cash and take a quick road trip. There are always discounted flight and hotel deals that come up. The time we have here is precious, spend it on memories that will last forever.


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5 Reasons Why our Newsletter will Become Your Favorite

1. What do an Olympic Gold Medalist, NY Times Best Selling Author & Hall of Fame Chef have in common?

They have all contributed to content we feature on the newsletter and the Healthy Primate blog.

This Newsletter is dedicated to providing a platform for education as well as the world’s finest natural options and functional foods.  Making you the best you can be: mind, body & soul.

We built this with REAL people in mind. We have dialog vs. some marketing crap aimed at a “fast fix” to optimal health.

2. This is your newsletter

We are a community focused on uncovering natural ways to reduce stress, increase performance and chase after the things we love. Build a Better You – It’s more than just a tag line, it’s the way we look at the relationship with our readers. This should be a two-way discussion and dialog.

3. You will learn ONE new thing a week

What are the best foods for recovering after a run or work out? What are the top natural ways to reduce stress at work and home? How do world-class athletes and top entrepreneurs start their day? What do the nutritional labels on foods really mean?

We’ve got a lot to cover. You see where we are going with this?

4. Action plans vs. simply entertainment

We provide action steps on key articles that will help you use the material you read and listen to. This isn’t simply an entertainment piece; although I can say the stories of what I have done to my body in self-experimentation through supplements, foods, vitamins and workouts has been pretty entertaining.

5. People who read the content and listen to the podcast love it!

“The material I see on the Healthy Primate is some of the best online, in print and on the radio – period”  NBA Legend, Lebron Jameson

“If I could only go one place for content, it would be over to the Healthy” Humanitarian, Brad Putt

“I find the content not only educational, but worth sharing” Cultural Icon, Kim Kardashion

Disclaimer:None of these people really said any of this. But we have emails and phone calls into there publicists. We don’t think they will respond, but how cool would it be when they do?

Bonus: If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands?

You’re doing one of two things after reading this. Clapping your hands with excitement, or you’re at the office siting at your desk not able to show your excitement publicly.

Join us on a weekly adventure as we journey through the boulevard of the things that matter in fitness and health!


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Podcast: Professional Triathlete, Business Owner & The Best Buddy Program

In our latest Podcast we we feature an interview with Mr. Timothy Bolen. He is a decorated endurance athlete, professional triathlete and business owner. He coaches and trains some of the worlds best endurance competitors and triathletes. Tim is also the Arizona State Executive Director / Team Best Buddies.

In this episode we discuss his journey to becoming a professional triathlete, his time at Berkshire Hathaway, starting a successful business and how a special family member with cerebral palsy lead him to drive a movement that has a global impact on those with disabilities.

“Are you doing something you love every day that brings you joy?”

At the end of the show we are running a contest to help drive more awareness towards the Best Buddies program, so be sure to follow along. Click the Podcast Link in the header or you stream above.



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A NY Times Best Selling Author, Professional Triathlete, World Class Chef, Olympic Coach and a Top MMA Practitioner walk into a bar

Podcast – Interview Updates:

Our podcast series feature conversations with world-class athletes, entrepreneurs, business owners, healthcare professionals and industry leaders. We discuss the tactics, actions and stories that have shaped both their failures and success. In these conversations the goal is to inspire, educate and motivate you into thinking about things in a way you may not be traditionally accustom to.

There are some amazing people, stories and action coming your way over the next 6 weeks. Our podcast series is proud to feature interviews with the following people.

Tim Bolen: Professional Triathlete, Collegiate Runner, Endurance Athlete & Executive Director for Best Buddies Charity, an International Non Profit to bring awareness to the those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brian Mackenzie: Owner of CrossFit Endurance, NY Times Best Selling Author, Industry Expert in Functional Fitness, Competed in 30+ ultra marathons, Thought leader in altitude training, coaching and kick ass athlete in his own right.

Chef Gio Osso: World Class Chef, Owner of Virtu in Scottsdale AZ with Accolades from Esquire Magazine to the Food Network.

Also being named 2015 Chef of the Year by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. Restaurant nominated for a coveted James Beard Award

Coach John Crouch: World Class Jui Jitsu Coach & Professor. Mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community, ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Coaches over 40 professional fighters across the top MMA Promotions, UFC, Bellator  Etc.

Coach Jimmy Pedro: Judo World Champion, Olympic Medalist and current Judo Coach for the United States Olympic Team. Highly regarded as one of the best Judo competitors of all times.Cheers!

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Quote of the Day

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer


Happiness is a great emotion. I am also a true believer in the laws of attraction. What are you putting out this week?

Will it be complaints, unhappiness and stress? Or will you find ways to motivate and accomplish great things?



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Elevation Training: My Journey w/ Training Mask PT1.

We had the chance recently to interview Coach Brian Mackenzie, founder of Crossfit Endurance. In our discussion he broke down the key components to breathing and exercise and why it is so important. One of the tools he represents and endorses is his partnership with Training Mask.

As I am personally training for an endurance event in December, we had to put this to the test. I have dealt with Asthma for over 20 years, and have to say I am excited to work on new technics and ways to improve my breathing and response times.

What is Training Mask:

The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, the intensity of the workout, or the determination to push one’s body to the limits. No, world-class athletes are beating their competition thanks to the effects of high-altitude training.
When the air is thinner, your body works harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It’s as if you were wearing a suit of armor while working out and then removed it for the competition.

It used to be that most athletes who wanted that edge were out of luck. Unless they lived near very high mountains, or had an enormous amount of money to travel to training facilities there, they had to settle for the benefits of a hard workout at sea level.
That was then. Now there’s a way to get the benefits of high-altitude training without heading to the mountaintop.

Credits: Brian Mackenzie

Coach Mackenzie is the creator of CrossFit Endurance, & 3Fu3l, and Author of Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training & NYT Best Seller Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong.

Direct Links:

Training Mask






Brian Mackenzie

Twitter: @iamunscared
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3 Fuel:
A Tribe Called Quest: Electric Relaxation

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Never Give Up – The European Games Story

Never Give Up – The European Games Story 

No venture, opportunity or large life gain ever comes without some type of adversity. What happens when you are just starting to gain traction and momentum on a project or venture and you run smack into a wall? Do you get up and keep going? Do you look around to see who saw you fall and stop based on the critics? Or do you laugh and figure the best route to pivot and keep going?

Aaron Gwin won the world cup in Leogang recently. Within the first few seconds he had a major malfunction on his bike. What he does next is nothing short of miraculous.

Watch to the end for the full ride.

How will you face adversity this week? Take it like Aaron Gwin, straighten out ride fast – you will win in the long run.

Have a great week.


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Sharks, Horses or Hippos? Who is the True Killer?

Earth Justice posted a cool infographic on Facebook that we had to share. Living by the beach and loving the water, I ofter hear the question about sharks. I can honestly tell in over 25 years I have seen two sharks. One on a boat fishing – it was caught and released. The other was at a favorite surf spot in Maui. We got out of the water and everyone was safe.

The data comes from a great new site, 

But looking at this – I may need to worry more about the hippos!


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American Management Explained

We as humans by default are wired to go with our gut feeling. Yet in American business we seem to over complicate and over think them. A friend recently posted this parable of what I would explain as most corporate cultures and decision tree processes today.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the North American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

The full story of how the American team adapts is pretty spot on

Corporate America


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