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Daily Studies – Epictetus & The Art of Living

No One Can Hurt You

“People don’t have the power to hurt you. Even if someone shouts abuse at you or strikes you, if you are insulted, it is always your choice to view what is happening as insulting or not. If someone irritates you, it is only your own response that is irritating you. Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you, remember that it is only your judgement of the incident that provokes you. Don’t let your emotions get ignited by mere appearances.

 

Try not to merely react in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view, compose yourself.”

 

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

 

The UFC, The Gracie Family & Coaching World Champions – Our Interview with John Crouch

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This week we feature our interview with Coach John Crouch.  He is a world class jui jitsu coach, professor and mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community. Ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Not only is an amazing coach, he is a friend. I look up to many aspects of what Coach is doing for the sport he loves. He is highly regarded as one of the best MMA coaches in the business today. From his time with the Gracie Family to Coaching World Champions we go through his journey.

“Find something you love to do, and spend time doing it”

At the end of the podcast we will be giving away some autographed UFC gear. Details in the lower section.

Topics We Discuss:

  • The Journey to Martial Art
  • Time with The Gracie Family
  • The start of the UFC and World Champions
  • The rise of Jiu Jitsu in the States
  • The MMA Lab
  • What it takes to be a professional fighter
  • UFC – Behind the scenes
  • Road to a championship
  • Details of a fight camp
  • The Ultimate Fighter – Mexico
  • Benson Henderson – The Story of a Champion

We will be running a contest from Monday September 28th until midnight Friday October 9th.

You have the chance to win a pair of autographed UFC gloves signed by legend and world champion – Benson Henderson. We will also be giving away some limited edition Ultimate Fighter Latin America – Autographed Tee Shirts from Mr. Efrain Escudero. 

Click the link HERE for full contest details.

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

The Science of Boosting Confidence – The Infographic

 

I am a big fan of the team over at Happify. They are a company that take science and beautiful graphics to engage an audience. Aside from education, they have a killer app that features games, graphics and daily tid bits of positive data.

Below is a featured they created that is focused on the science of boosting confidence.

I find graphics in support of the story pack a great 1 -2 punch.

Who is Happify: 

It’s an exciting time for those who want to overcome negative thoughts, worries, and everyday stress. Happify has turned a decade’s worth of research into a series of activities and games that train your brain and build skills for lasting happiness. That’s our mission. Discover what our personalized tracks can do for you. They are effective and measurable.

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

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Gut Feeling – It’s Smarter Than You Think

Jason S Moore

Stress is all in the mind set right? Get your head straight and everything sorts itself out?

Well not exactly. You see stress is a funny thing. There are many schools of thoughts to dealing and managing through this burden of self inflicting pressure. You have to first understand things before you can really address them.

I came to know Mr. Jason Moore through some mutual friends as I was doing research for the upcoming projects aimed at stress reduction in the workplace. He is a power house of information and professional expertise. He turned me on to the massive importance the belly has in the over all spectrum to happiness and stress management.

Please join us for part 1 in this 3 part series.

His works have been featured on ABC, CNN, NBC, FOX CBS News and the Wall Street Journal.

Enjoy!
Kolby I The Healthy Primate

GUT INTELLIGENCE

You know those “gut feelings” you get (the ones you ignore most of the time)? And those “pits in your stomach” you get when you’re under stress (the ones you let stop you most of the time)?

Yeah, me too.

You may not realize it, but you actually have a “second brain in your gut”, also known as the “enteric nervous system”, which has a lot more to do with your feelings, performance, and experience in life than the brain located within the six inches between your ears does.

The enteric nervous system, which is sometimes considered part of the autonomic nervous system and sometimes considered totally independent, also governs the function of the gastrointestinal system (your digestion and elimination).

Why is that important?

Because digestion and elimination problems are at the root cause of all symptoms of all disease — physical, mental, and emotional — and healthy digestion and elimination are the foundation for extraordinary physical, mental, and emotional health and fitness in primates like us.

Therefore, supporting the enteric nervous system and the health, fitness, and proper functioning of your digestion and elimination must be the primary focus of any health or healing strategy you take on and maintain.

I first heard about “the brain in your gut” from an article written by Tom Staverosky, an expert on natural therapy for migraine headaches, in which he shared some research from a book titled, “The Second Brain – Your Gut Has a Mind of Its Own”, by Dr. Michael D. Gershon, MD.

Some of the more important things I pulled out of Dr. Gershon’s book, include:

  • 95% of your serotonin is made in your bowel and, in the central nervous system, serotonin plays a key role in regulating emotions like anger, feelings of aggression, body temperature, overall mood, sleep, sexuality, reproduction, appetite, metabolism, nausea, and much more.
  • There are more than a hundred million nerve cells in your small intestine, which is a number roughly equal to the number of nerve cells in your spinal cord; add the nerve cells of the esophagus, stomach, and large intestine and you have more nerve cells in your digestive system than in your spine.
  • The enteric nervous system is a vast chemical warehouse holding every class of neurotransmitters (facilitators of communication between neurons and body cells and therefore all performance and experience) found in the brain; and the extent of neurotransmitters found in your bowel suggests that the “language” spoken by the cells there is rich and “brain-like” in complexity.
  • The local nervous system of your gut has properties like your brain and spinal cord and is largely independent of the central nervous system; in fact, if you cut the connection between the brain and your gut, your gut will continue functioning on its own.
  • The enteric nervous system actually has more in common, chemically and structurally, with your brain than with the rest of the peripheral nervous system does and, as a result, illnesses thought to only occur in the brain and associated symptoms, also involve the enteric nervous system or, said differently, the health and fitness of your bowels and digestive tract.

Therefore, the way you think, feel, drink, and eat all have an effect on your biochemistry and, in turn, the quality of your digestion, assimilation, and elimination; and your digestion, assimilation, and elimination, in reverse, have an effect on your biochemistry and, in turn, the way you think and feel, as well as, what and how you eat and drink.

Said differently, how you “feel” and “perform” — your emotions, mood, energy, sexual performance, reproductive functions, appetite, metabolism, and so on, are all directly related to a healthy intestinal tract, proper digestion, proper assimilation, and proper elimination; and it’s a two way street — meaning, stress and emotions can affect your digestion and elimination and your digestion and elimination can affect your emotions and ability to manage stress.

And stress, my friend… WILL. FUCK. YOU. UP.

Jason S. Moore
Part 2 – The Reaction Our Bodies Have to Stress 

Manifesting a Self Help Course to Help Jesus Get Motivated

Take a “spiritual” journey with me for a moment as we look to find salvation for our sins.

People of any financial wherewithal’s can contribute to experience some aspect of redemption. You see in this story the evangelist has no prejudice for one thing all followers share – the color GREEN.

 Enters Jill – She is a single mother from Phoenix Arizona working two jobs to assure her 3 year old son Elijah and 6 year old daughter Faith can prosper from more than the Arizona summer. Every Sunday she hears the same story and starts to think that her struggles are unique and the pastor is speaking directly to her. As the tithe basket is passed in front of her she takes out a neatly folded $10 dollar bill and tucks it in with a tear and prayer. That money had to last her and the kids until next week. Don’t worry Jill – The Lord will provide.

 

Enters Will from San Diego California. Will comes from a broken home and has often found comfort at the local strip club. He works an honest living pushing for that corner office of the local real estate branch where he spends over 60 hours a week. He sees people around him in the new BMW and knows he is so close to achieving this monetary success he so desires. He starts looking online and finds a group that has the same drive and passion to do more. Daily he reads the posts of “find yourself” “you can be great” “manifest your success”. This group meets every week at a local church to discuss in more depth and share other stories of people just like Will. All he has to do is contribute to the tithe and he can join the others at the opportunity to “achieve his potential”. 

Both people in this story have a chance for their slice of redemption, love, motivation and the self worth they both desire. Shit they owe it to themselves! All they have to do is sacrifice a small contribution, green backs, bills, dinero, clams, MONEY!

Do it for the prosperity. You know, the Prosperity Gospel that any donation you make to God will increase your own material wealth in some opportunity in the future.

  • Give me your money and you will be healed
  • Man up and you can do this
  • Do some epic shit and think epic thoughts
  • Who cares about your mental and emotional strength, it’s only money
  • Give me your money and something great will happen
  • Trust me I am a professional

Who am I talking about here? Is it the gold chain wearing southern Baptist reverend? Is it the 60 year old white man with salt and pepper hair? Is it the couple from Texas with the great tan asking you to forget about your cancer and simply send us money – god will provide?

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Take out the pastors, priests and reverends. Replace them with self proclaimed – Self Help Experts, Motivational Coaches and Fitness Gurus. Twins of industry following a similar road to redemption on the backs of the willing.

Neither group has a moral compass that will cause loss of sleep to anyone opting in to their “programs. In research I have seen price tags range from $15K to $35K for a personal program designed by these self-proclaimed “experts”.

Many of us face struggles, depression, stress and anxiety. One of the reasons I started The Healthy Primate was to share in my personal experience. This road has taken me into some amazing places within my own physical, mental and emotional building blocks. From working 60+ hours a week, enduring a major shoulder surgery to recently welcoming in our fourth child 4 weeks premature. I know what the effects of life pressure cause first hand. I am no doctor; I don’t hold a PHD in psychology. I am just a man who works hard, wants the best for my family and has a platform to help other see the various options to deal with life in positive ways.

I am not going to say that the self help industry is a sham and after all it was a $10B market in 2014.

A quick amazon and Google search brings up over 375M options for Self Help. When you look at those in the space, one thing stood out. Many self-help books, teachers and gurus lack credentials or if they do, they are very uneven. Many do have a Masters Degree, are professors or Doctors. Yet over 90% of what is published is personal theory vs the actual science of dealing with the main issues we experience. I mean when was the last time you went looking for a good science journal article to read? Not that sexy.

When you dive into basic “coaching”, there is a noticeable absence of empirical evidence supporting the advice so copiously pumped out to the masses. You would think

Through research I have found many are relying solely or primarily on anecdotal evidence. If you are lucky, a few hard science facts are embedded in personal ideologies. There is no guarantee that the ‘secrets’ within the pages or lessons will be anything more than a stain in the undergarment of long-lasting change and sustained self-improvement.

In a future post I will dive into the science of why many of us feel they way we do. From anxiety, guilt, depression, anger to stress. If you understand the core building blocks, you can work to address them.

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Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

 

 

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The Road to Self Worth Has Over 2600 Miles

How do you define personal growth? Is it a series of self-help books, personal coaching, a long walk on the beach or simply a great workout? For one man it was a coast-to-coast hike and a camera to catalog each mile.

Photographer Andy Davidhazy recently hiked over 2,600 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT trail leads from Mexico to Canada. Here is the catch – Andy took selfies at every mile along the way. This amazing journey took over 5 months to complete, 4.5 million steps, required 5 pairs of shoes and a guest appearance from some exciting wildlife.

After hiking 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, a man discovers that life after a life-changing experience isn’t the change he planned for.

The end of the trail is the beginning of the story

 

 

Aside from the hike, you get to see the amazing transformation his body goes. Loosing 50 lbs and a multitude of beard mixtures, you get to see this happen frame by frame. The full journey and project can be viewed at Andy’s blog Lostorfound.org.

What are you doing to find your calling in life? The clock is ticking and today is the day to set your plan in motion.

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Quote of the Day

“If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” ~ Robert Fritz

In our podcast series we interview top athletes, industry experts & world class professionals. I ask the following two questions every week:

  • “Why do you think people don’t follow there dreams?
  • “What do you think holds people back?”

The answer we get almost every single time is one word – FEAR. People are afraid to take a risk to do what they love. They are afraid of the outcomes, afraid of failure, afraid of ridicule, afraid of acceptance.

This week what choices will you make that get you closer to doing what you love? How will you punch fear in the face?
Cheers,

The Healthy Primate

 

Meditation – It’s Not Just for Stinky Hippies

In our podcast series I have the opportunity to interview industry leaders, top performers, athletes and entrepreneurs.

The first question we ask is focused on how people start the day – the first 60 minute routine.

Without fail I hear the same types of answers.

1. Some type of physical activity (remind me to tell you about the Richard Branson story)

2. Read or Study

3. Meditation

If top performers follow a recipe for what makes them great, how could I not try to attempt to emulate some aspects of these practices? Meditation was the one missing building block from my daily routine. When I thought of meditation I immediately thought of a some dude in dreads stinking of patchouli oil. Or a calm monk on the tibet mountain side sitting and chanting for hours.  As closely as I resemble neither of these characters I was a bit turned off by it all. That all changed when I actually started doing basic mediation to start the day. There was one thing that made this super easy for me. It starts as only 10 minutes a day for 10 days. I was I was turned on to the app Headspace. 

At Headspace we believe there is nothing more important than looking after the health of the mind, so we’ve made it our mission to get people everywhere to look after this precious resource by sitting to meditate for a few minutes a day, everyday. When this simple activity is considered no more strange than taking a shower, we’ll have achieved our aim.

For thousands of years, meditators have claimed many benefits for their practice. Our experience, and that of Headspace members, suggests that regular mindfulness practice, through meditation, is an effective treatment for stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more. It leads to peace of mind and wellbeing, greater focus and creativity and better relationships.

By using the Take 10 series, a free 10 day guided introduction into meditation – I feel a huge difference. You can read all kinds of benefits of meditation. Here at the top 3 things I noticed after just a few sessions:

  1. Stress Levels Decreased
  2. My ability to Respond vs React Increased
  3. Mental Clarity Increased

As a natural sceptic on most things health related – I have to say that although I went in with an open mind, there was a bit of doubt in the back of my mind. This is not uncommon as I think most people in general are a bit skeptical. Below is a great graphic that outlines some of the biggest misconceptions of meditation.

 

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– Source: www.happify.com

Here is what I can say – after meditating now for 30 days, I mentally feel stronger and emotionally in balance than ever before.

We all have busy schedules. It’s not about finding time, it is about making time. Making time for the things that are important.

Here is a snap shot of my morning routine. 

  1. Wake up at 6:15AM
  2. Drink 32 ounces of ice water with a pinch of Himalayan salt.  I do this to kick start my metabolism and to hydrate first thing
  3. Stretch for 10-15 minutes
  4. Meditate for 10 minutes
  5. Read for 30 minutes
  6. Work Out: 30-40 minutes of cardio with 30-40 minutes of strength & conditioning
  7. Kick the day in the ass

Get your mind right!
Cheers,

The Healthy Primate

 

 

Juicing with Noah – Peach Blast

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Join for another episode of Juicing with Noah. This week attempt to make Peach Blast.

It is filled with Vitamin A & C. Aimed at increasing your immune system and keeping you healthy. We recommend that you wear safety gear when working with a juicer. Noah came prepared. We have a special guest this week. Stay tuned for an ending to remember.

Peach Blast – Good for Mental Clarity

Apples – 2 large
Carrots – 10 medium
Lemon – 1
Orange – 1 large
Peaches – 2 large

Cheers,
The Healthy Primate

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Understanding Your Body – Blood Work Session 1

There are many aspects of health and fitness that are important. Often times we overlook the actual workings behind the scenes. Blood work is a must in really understanding what your body is doing and areas you can personally address. You can make changes and adjustments to feel better, perform at a higher level and reduce stress.

In this first part of the series, I am doing a full blood pull. It’s also referred to as a Complete Blood Count. I am looking to see my cholesterol, red blood cells, oxygen levels, white blood cells, hormones, and other basics on my body functions. I have also ordered a special test for Cortisol. This is very important when understanding stress and how it is effecting my body and mental status.

Part two we will be reviewing the tests in detail with a specialist, doctor and a personal trainer.
We will break the aspects of the test down and explain what is important and what you should look for.

Cheers!
The Healthy Primate