Being healthy in the 21st century can be a challenge. Our world is increasingly more infested with unhealthy foods, more preservatives, and increasingly complex healthy lifestyle plans that breed a sort of false narrative around the idea of being healthy. It is difficult to know where to begin… Vegan or Paleo? Vegetarian vs. Carnivore Diet? “Zone Diet” or Intermittent Fasting?… When it comes to working out, should we do CrossFit or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Olympic weightlifting vs. Powerlifting? Bodybuilding vs. Bodyweight?
There’s too much information online to be able to make an easy decision!
What’s the result? More often than not, folks delegate themselves to the couch and continue struggling to build healthy lifestyles.
Here’s the truth: creating healthy lifestyles, realistic diet plans, and reliable and effective workout schedules does not have to be difficult. In fact, if you talk to the real experts and successful coaches, it is actually quite “easy”.
Healthy Lifestyles Can Be Easy.
Personally, I struggled for years to find the right diet, workout plan, and lifestyle health plan that worked well for me and my schedule. I bounced between CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell training, Bodyweight training, long Yoga sessions, running, and a whole lot more… In my diet, I fluctuated between Vegetarian to Intermittent Fasting to high protein and carbs and a whole lot more (also plenty of days where I was sick of the whole thing and just ate whatever the hell I wanted…).
It’s a bit confusing when there’s so many “experts” online and each one seems to have an amazing idea for how to live healthy lifestyles… In a world where we are all busy, overworked, stressed, and looking for quick fixes, it can be quite difficult to find the right lifestyle health plans.
Virginia is a fitness coach and host of the Mummy Manual Podcast. Primarily, Virginia works with middle aged women are trying to live a healthier life, improve their mindset, and take themselves to the next level. She is an expert when it comes to healthy lifestyles and we cover quite a lot of ground in this episode.
Here’s what healthy lifestyles boil down to in today’s age:
Just get started doing something that is sustainable.
Cut out processed foods for the majority of your week.
Drink ALOT of water.
Use a workout program you enjoy to keep yourself in a routine.
Add in some form of weight lifting to keep your bones strong as you age.
Movement training like Yoga can help as well but should not be the sole focus.
Keep it simple.
The simple and sustainable effort that can be maintained for a period of months or years will beat the fancy diet and workout regime every time.
Being healthy and having your ideal body will be more achievable when you don’t go for a “get healthy quick” scheme. Ultimately, if you bounce between diets and workout programs, you will get frustrated, put yourself at risk for injury, and confuse your metabolic system.
Healthy lifestyles that rely on consistent and simple efforts over long periods of time are generally the ones that will win over some sort of “get fit quick” program that will probably just leave you feeling confused and frustrated.
Virginia recommends the Beach Body Workout System if a person is just looking for a simple program to get in good shape. The workouts are simple and encourage a person to remain consistent while they’re getting started with healthy lifestyles. Best of all: they can be done from home!
Holistic Living Explained
Holistic living is gaining in popularity around the world. As folks begin to wakeup to the fact that Western medicine gravitates towards over-prescribing medication and ignoring diet and exercise, our species is collectively demanding a better way to have a healthy lifestyle. As knowledge around holistic living expands, more folks are beginning to integrate this into their life.
On this episode of the show, Cynthia Henry Thurlow and I are talking about how to integrate holistic living to help you enjoy a more abundant future free from worries about the future of healthcare! Cynthia is a Registered Nurse and was educated at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has a wealth of experience in the traditional western medical system but branched over to Holistic living when her child began to experience severe eczema. Her total move over to holistic living came from her own struggles with auto-immune disorders and other medical issues that prevented her from having a healthy lifestyle. Cynthia is now passionate about helping others integrate holistic living into their life!
We are also exploring what the future of healthcare might resemble and why we think a shift towards holistic living is the answer! Think about it: why is it deemed “odd” by our society that integrating healthy food and exercise into our lives is somehow “woo-woo” or “unproven”? Doesn’t that method just make sense when checked against our common sense?
Cynthia gave some great advice on this show about how to integrate a healthy lifestyle with holistic living:
Consider having bloodwork done in order to assess food sensitivities you may have.
Shift towards eating non-processed foods all-together.
Conduct your own research on the food and substances you are ingesting… Ensure it works for YOUR body.
Understand the importance of sleep and make it a top priority.
Ensure healthy macronutrient breakdown to ensure a good night’s sleep and a healthy immune system.
The importance of drinking water and having enough sleep cannot be understated. In my journey, drinking more water was absolutely life changing. A shift towards consuming MUCH more water helped me to eliminate many of the mental health conditions I struggled with as a result of being on the autism spectrum. When combined with good exercise, great sleep, going for walks, Yoga, and a true holistic approach, my health has never been better.
Self growth and intense personal development are often the result of hardship. There are some spiritual teachings that suggest life is simply meant to be a game wherein our souls grow, evolve, and learn oftentimes through growth. One of my beliefs about the world is that we are transitioning from a “simulation” of sorts where we learn from pain and instead move towards learning from joy. Regardless, there has been a long history of human self growth that comes from going through intense hardship. In my own life, the period of time where I was working through autism and realizing that I’m gay was an intense period of self growth that I would not trade for the world, despite the level of difficulty.
I talked about that time on this episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast. Check it out!
Self growth does not need to come from hardship but this is often the case in our world. When a person is going through those moments, the realizations and grit that is developed is second to none. Although in the beginning of a rough period, it is common to curse the ground upon which we walk. In those moments, god seems far away and our own minds plague us with thousands of reasons for why we are misfortunate. Self growth comes in these moments when we overcome the impossible and begin to thrive.
Self Growth And Mindset:
Self growth relies upon a great mindset that facilitates this growth to begin in the first place. Oftentimes, this mindset is developed through overcoming some sort of difficulty which then furthers personal development, spiritual growth, and the overall evolution of our human condition. These hardships are often with us all of our days on the planet and sometimes begin quite early. If you meet a person who suffers from chronic disease or a chronic condition of any variety, these individuals are often highly developed when it comes to self growth and mindset development.
Brian King is one such individual. Known as the “Mindset King”, Brian helps fellow entrepreneurs who suffer from chronic conditions overcome the impossible, grow their business, and improve their lives while going through incredible hardship. Brian is on the autism spectrum and also suffers from MS. Through the power of overcoming his own struggles in life, Brian has developed a keen ability to help fellow entrepreneurs overcome their limitations and achieve massive results in their business and personal lives. Self growth is an ever-evolving journey and Brian is no stranger to that road.
On this episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast, Brian and I talk about the process of overcoming impossible things in order to become the best version of yourself possible. Brian talks about the importance of self understanding and adaptation to achieve your goals. When hard times knock on our door, it is time to reflect on our personal situation and realize that we are all on our own journey. Oftentimes in today’s world, it is easy to get confused around the action steps to take on the road to personal development and achieving our goals in life. However, for individuals suffering from chronic conditions, it is essential to “know thyself” and adapt the situation around our own needs.
High functioning autism explains most of my life. From the time I was young, I always felt a bit disconnected from others. As a young kid, I was homeschooled and did unaware of high functioning autism altogether. My parents and peers never had any suspicion I was on the autism spectrum. Most of my days were spent fairly disconnected from the world… I would spend hours and hours in my basement playing World of Warcraft, Age of Empires, Empire Earth, Warcraft 3, Halo 2, or whatever other video games I was currently obsessed with playing. High functioning autism did not really show its face until I got married, joined the Army, and moved away from home. I attended college first at Howard Community College (still living at home) and then transferred to Lycoming College in PA where I completed Army ROTC. Lycoming College is an extremely small College with about 1400 students total. Honestly, the reason I chose to attend such a small college was because I felt overwhelmed by the noise and environment at the larger Universities I had visited. In hindsight, this is one of those situations where high functioning autism certainly reared it’s head a bit to influence my decision making process.
Overall, my life prior to moving overseas was easy.
I had no idea what was waiting in store for me when I shook up my routine and began to venture into the “real world”…
Before we dive more into the story of HOW being autistic has affected my life, it is important to share how I came to realize that I’m autistic in the first place. I feel this part of the story is crucial to share because it involves a substance that is about to be debated more publicly in the next few years: the psilocybin mushroom.
Psilocybin mushrooms are currently a schedule 1 drug in the United States of America. Despite continued research showing the long-lasting benefits of psilocybin mushroom in therapy, our fungal friend continues to remain highly illegal. However, there is a chance this could shift in the 2020 election. In the state of Oregon, there is a significant possibility that voting for the legality of psilocybin-active mushrooms will be on the ballot! Although we are still a ways away from having the actual law on the ballot, there is good reason for optimism. Oregon has a history of open-minded thinking towards recreational and medicinal drug use and it seems like the legalization of psychedelic mushrooms would find many advocates in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. However, obviously, there will be opposition towards this legalization from across our host of usual suspects when it comes time to actually vote. This is why it is important to share stories of the MASSIVE benefits of psychedelic mushrooms to pre-empt the case for their legalization when the time comes.
You see, psychedelic mushrooms saved my life.
High Functioning Autism Discovery
It all began when I was having troubles in my marriage.
After graduating from college, I got married to my girlfriend at the time and we moved overseas to Germany. Problems began happening almost right away. You see, I became a different person almost overnight… My now-Wife felt trapped in a new situation with a person that she felt she no longer recognized. It was as if I had transformed from a kind, well-meaning, and relatively “put together” person into a scared child practically in the blink of an eye. Over the course of a few weeks, I became increasingly selfish, self-centered, and borderline neglectful of my partner. Alone in a new country, she felt helpless.
I blamed my new job.
I thought it was all the fault of this 9-5 lifestyle that “forced” me to wakeup early, go to a job that I hated, and come home frustrated. I blamed everyone but myself. At the end of every day at the office, I would come home to my Wife in a terrible mood and take out my frustrations on the relationship. Typically, I would either come home and rant about my day or I would just stew silently while she made an attempt to have a good time and a “normal” relationship with her husband. Over time, she began to speak up about what was happening and how she felt. When she told me, I felt terrible. I felt like I had wounded the most important person in my life.
I would promise to change and then immediately go back to the same pattern.
I would make excuses for why we did not have a good sexual relationship.
I would constantly think of myself, my own needs, and not even realize what emotional support looked like in a relationship.
When she would try to explain what she felt was missing and have an “adult conversation”, I would just break down in a fit of crying. I would not even be able to have a conversation about what was happening because I was so emotionally overwhelmed by a situation that I did not understand.
You see, it was as if I could not even understand what was missing from the relationship. At the time, I felt completely overwhelmed by new job, adjusting to moving to a new environment, changes in my relationship status, paying bills, and the shift towards adult life… I could not even begin to comprehend more “high level” aspects of life such as emotional support or understanding for my Wife… This cycle dragged on for about a year. This was certainly the hardest part of both of our lives. Our internal states truly reflected out into the world around us: we had few friends, no purpose, and we lived in a small German village where no one spoke english. We were becoming desperate for a better life.
High functioning autism was still completely unknown to me. I had no clue that this was the root of so many of my problems…
In order to give myself some purpose in life, I started Podcasting. It began with the Mat-Tricks BJJ Podcast focused around Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Although this gave me some purpose and momentum in my life, it actually caused my relationship with my Wife to get even worse. I began to use the podcast and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in general as an excuse to not deal with my relationship problems. At this point in the story, we had moved to a larger German city, gained some more friends, and I had moved into a slightly better job. Suddenly, times were not quite so desperate as they had been… In my little autistic brain, this meant that I could somehow spend LESS time with my Wife (where the problems were at) and MORE time “making a better future” by podcasting and going to Jiu-Jitsu everyday.
Things began getting much worse for us. Although our friendship remained strong, the romantic side of our relationship was completely dead. Furthermore, because of my new obsession with podcasting and going to Jiu-Jitsu everyday, she felt increasingly more neglected and felt as if I did not care about our relationship.
Continuing to be tormented by not understanding what was happening and why I continued to fail in my attempts to improve the relationship, I became desperate. I was looking everywhere for answers.
She would continuously tell me that it seemed as if I had no empathy. Honestly, when she would say this, I struggled to even wrap my mind around what “empathy” actually meant. In hindsight, this should have been a bit of a clue as to what was really happening…
I turned to the psychedelic mushroom. I had heard through the Joe Rogan Podcast and the Warrior Poet Podcast with Aubrey Marcus about the power of mushrooms (and psychedelics in general) to change lives, hyper-speed personal development, and increase empathy. It sounded like something that would really help me to achieve what I wanted.
I managed to acquire some psychedelic mushrooms. Over the course of a few experiences, I gradually increased my awareness with my emotions and began to unlock certain aspects of my personality and process previous traumas that had happened throughout the course of my life. We were moving in the right direction. More importantly, suddenly, I was acting more emotionally connected with my Wife… Suddenly, I began to understand more about what she was saying during our talks. I was beginning to see things from her perspective and understand how that was actually supposed to “work”.
It all changed around my fourth or fifth experience with the mushrooms…
This experience changed my life forever.
During the experience, I suddenly was able to “know” intuitively that my Wife was another person.
I realized in an instant that a part of my mind was somehow “cut-off” to the idea that she (and everyone) was her own person, living her own life, with her own story, her own life that happened when I was not around, her own thoughts, and furthermore that I was a character in HER story just as she is a character in mine. Most importantly: I had the overwhelming sense that I need to respect her story, her experience, and her thoughts. I realized instinctively that my thoughts are not more important than hers… That my story is not more important than her story… That my life is not somehow more important that hers. If anything, hers is more important than mine! That is the meaning of love, after all, right? Placing someone else before yourself.
Of course, this is all stuff that I had previously known LOGICALLY… However, I had never FELT any of this before. I had never had the intuitive KNOWING that a “Neurotypical” person apparently walks around having 24/7.
During the trip, we hopped on Dr. Google and began to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Over the course of a few hours of learning all about this new thing called “High Functioning Autism”, we got to the bottom of what this thing is called:
“Theory of Mind”.
Have you ever heard about “Theory of Mind”?
It’s the intuitive KNOWING that other people are people too.
It’s that connective sense that Neurotypical people possess that helps them understand that they are existing as pieces in the puzzles of another person’s life. The intuitive expression and understanding that they are not alone in this world… That everyone else is also involved in this “game of life”. This realization completely changed the course of my life because it helped me understand that I’m on the autism spectrum. Without this clear example of what I was “missing” from life, I would have never made the effort to change… Without the experience of realizing that my Wife and everyone else is also here living their own life, I might have never changed. I probably would have just stayed set in my ways. I would never have realized my purpose in life, accepted that I’m gay, and gone onto having a healthy and loving relationship with my Wife (who has now become just my best friend).
High Functioning Autism Prevented Me From Realizing My Sexuality
High functioning autism is sneaky because it hides in plain side. Again, in hindsight, I see very clearly where I was somewhat at the whims of the disorder without realizing what was happening. At college, I was a total loner. I avoided people because it felt a bit overwhelming. I hated going to parties because it was too loud and I always felt really awkward. Mostly, I stayed in the library at the same computers every day working on homework or browsing the internet. I loved martial arts… I still do! Actually, for a side note, here’s a post on my martial arts journey and how it influenced my personal development:
High functioning autism did not really effect my life until I got married. You see, I had been doing Army ROTC during my time at Lycoming College and had commissioned as an officer in the US Army Military Police Corps. I was going to be stationed in Germany for three years. At this time, my girlfriend and I decided to get married so she could come. After all, she was my absolute best friend and we wanted to continue having fun together.
We got married and moved to Germany. Almost immediately, high functioning autism reared its head and the real problems began to emerge. Keep in mind: I still have no clue about high functioning autism or any of the details of how this works… All that I know is that my life SUCKS. For whatever reason, It’s difficult for me to function at my new job.
Meanwhile, my relationship is falling apart practically right from the beginning. Although the friendship between us is still strong, I’m realizing that I’m not a very emotionally supportive spouse.
High functioning autism was at the root of so many of the issues that I had… Now, when I finally found out about it, things clicked… For the longest time, I absolutely hated my life. I was miserable, things were just getting worse, and it felt like I was cursed with a terrible life. This is about 1.5 years ago. My marriage was getting worse and worse.
It wasn’t until I unlocked the ket to evolving my mindset and connecting with my spirituality that things began to shift. I learned about the Law of Attraction, I learned about self love and acceptance, I began to get to the root of some serious limiting beliefs. So many limiting beliefs around self acceptance, self approval, and self love began to emerge. What was the result of this intense period of self discovery?
Well, I’m gay. It explained so much… It explained why my emotions were always overwhelming me. I had blamed this high functioning autism thing but really it was unexpressed sexual emotions that were locked up inside. Once I began this period of self love, self acceptance, and self realization, everything changed. High functioning autism is a superpower. All that needed to change was ME and how I view the world, myself, and my “disorder”. My life radically changed. Share this video with someone in the event they’re fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Personal Development Via Entrepreneurship: Is It Possible?
Personal development is a key result of the process of building a business. In my own life as an entrepreneur, the process of starting a business is a cornerstone of my own personal and spiritual growth. By building a business, a person undergoes an intense process of overcoming limiting beliefs and unlocking our true soul power. Personal development is an inevitable part of the process. Growing a business is intensely difficult and many folks unfortunately fall by the wayside throughout the process.
Spiritual growth is inevitable during the entrepreneurship process. Why is this the case? What really seems to happen as we grow a business is that we unlock the key desires and needs of our soul. The individual discovers the reason their soul incarnated here onto the earth. If done correctly, entrepreneurship is a creative and self-realizing process that inevitably leads to a wealth of personal development and spiritual growth.
Personal development is a vital part of the human experience. On the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast, we often dive into the idea of personal development and how it factors into human evolution and ultimately the growth of our collective mind at the species level. After interviewing and knowing many entrepreneurs, I am convinced that the process of building a business is a shortcut towards this personal growth and spiritual development we are all intuitively chasing. Here is a breakdown of what I have learned:
Self Development Is Key In Business Building:
Starting and growing a business is an intense process of personal growth and development. There is nothing harder than overcoming limiting beliefs to start, pushing through hardship to continue, and continuing a personal development plan in order to thrive. It’s a process of reaching deep into your soul power, personal development like no other, going to depths of your mind, and pulling out some gold to give to the world.
Chris Albert and I dive into this topic on the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast. On this episode, we chat about the process of personal development and spiritual growth undergone during the process of starting and growing a business. With multiple years of experience coaching for the London Real Academy, Chris has seen hundreds of new entrepreneurs begin this intense journey of personal development.
Chris also went through this journey of self improvement himself by starting and growing Warrior Soul Agoge, a lifestyle brand that supports Military service members and veterans. Chris knows better than anyone the intense self development it takes to grow a successful business. Let’s talk about this process and how it can aid in evolving our lives and taking everything to the next level:
Personal development is not easy. Throughout the process of growing a business, mistakes are often made that can set a person back a great deal. Having a mentor, coach, or consultant can help significantly with this process. In fact, working with someone further along the path will accelerate the process considerably. If you are looking for some help in this process, Chris has started a coaching program to help folks grow their business to where they want to be in life. If you want to watch his free class and learn about this process, click this link to learn.
In today’s world, there is a resurgence around Psychedelic substances. Whether it’s ayahuasca, shrooms, salvia divinorum, MDMA, or even cannabis, there is a renaissance around psychedelics and how they can aid mankind. Thought leaders like Joe Rogan, Dennis McKenna, Aubrey Marcus, and many more are stepping up to change how the human species deals with psychedelics at the civilization level. Do psychedelics really help with personal development? There is mounting evidence that this is the case.
Psychedelics have been taboo for some time. Since the sweeping Controlled Substance Act of the 1970, psychedelics have been forced underground. Similar to ancient days when esoteric practices were demonized by the early Christian church, psychedelics have become hidden. Unfortunately, the personal development that can happen as a result of psychedelics has disappeared along with the substances themselves.
Psychedelics are making a resurgence. In what would seem a dark moment for humanity, psychedelics have returned to the spotlight. On this episode of Beyond Homo Sapien, I chat with Paul Kaufman about this resurgence and how psychedelics can aid in personal development. Paul is involved in the legal cannabis industry in Oregon and he is an advocate for how psychedelics can be harnessed to assist in personal development. Paul is also an MMA fighter and BJJ practitioner with a deep understanding of personal development from a more generalized perspective.
Let’s dive into the show!
Ayahuasca For Personal Development
Ayahuasca is a sacred vine that grows in the Amazon rainforest. Well, more specifically, it is a combination of several plants that are brewed into a psychedelic drink that is said to connect the drinker with “Mother Ayahuasca”: a spiritual entity that delivers deep insights into that persons life. Personal development is a significant reason why entrepreneurs, business executives, life coaches, and advanced practitioners across a variety of fields are escaping to the Amazon in order to meet with Mother Ayahuasca.
Why is Ayahuasca great for personal development? According to users, it gives a person deep insight into the blocks hindering their personal growth and development. Countless testimonials come out of the Amazon rainforest about the personal development that comes from drinking Ayahuasca. Why is Ayahuasca gaining traction? As civilization continues forward, motivated people are finding it more difficult to connect with deeper truths and limitations preventing them from personal development. Psychedelics like Ayahuasca assist in a users ability to experience spiritual and personal growth due to the nature of the intense experience.
Want to learn more about why Ayahuasca is excellent for personal development? Luke Furguson came on the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast to discuss how Ayahuasca changed his life and aided in spiritual growth. Luke now leads expeditions of people down to the Amazon rainforest in order to experience Ayahuasca. Listen to our interview here for a great example of how psychedelic “drugs” like Ayahuasca or Psilocybin Mushrooms can aid in personal growth:
Want to know how to visit the Amazon to do Ayahuasca?Check out Luke’s Facebook Group: Travel Peru. This is a fantastic place to learn how to experience this powerful psychedelic substance. Personal growth and spiritual development is the key behind what Luke is doing and this is a powerful place to get connected and learn about your options.
Psychedelics Aid In Spiritual Awakening
Psychedelics are a powerful medium because they help us connect with ourselves at a deeper level. In my case, psychedelic mushrooms were paramount in spiritual awakening. Before I tried psychedelic mushrooms, I felt incredibly disconnected with my emotions and my “higher self”. Spiritual enlightenment was a topic far removed from where I was headed at that time.
Men in the 21st Century find themselves at a confusing time. How can a man connect with their emotions at a deeper level? Spiritual awakening is a n important part of life and emotional connection is a key element. If a person is disconnected from their emotions, they are disconnected from their Selves and unable to progress up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This was certainly true in my case.
Psychedelics can help men connect with their emotions at a deep level. Indeed, it is hard to deny the life changing impact of the psychedelic experience, especially with plant medicines such as psilocybin mushrooms, psychedelic cactus, ayahuasca, or even cannabis. Want to learn more about the interrelated nature of Psychedelics with spiritual awakening particularly for men? Check out this episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast with Jason Bernardo.
Jason is a life coach who helps men experience healthier relationships. On this show, we talked about psychedelics and their role in helping men connect with their emotions at a deeper level. Whether its Ayahuasca, Salvia Divinorum, or MDMA, psychedelics have a powerful ability to help a person unlock their deeper emotions. This is a valuable tool for men in the 21st century.