“I was depressed, insecure, suicidal & hated myself and my life. I actually tried to end it at 18yo”
Welcome to episode 31 of The Travelling Wellness Show
Today I’m on the Gold coast of Australia to chat with health and fitness influencer Emily Skye, along with partner Declan Redmond.
Oh another fitness influencer I here you ask?? NOT FOR A MINUTE, and as you’ll hear shortly, Emily Skye is different; unique in fact, in a way which words are difficult to describe. Sure she’s sexy, she’s sassy, and she’s the usual shot of aspiration for young and older girls alike, but she’s much more than that too. She’s also scarred, she’s brave, she’s evolved and she’s real; She shows much more than just skin, and her near 11 million FB followers alone are testament to the fact that there’s really just something about Emily Skye.
"Dec was my saviour & responsible for massive shifts in me. He helped me to be more positive and to change my perspective on life. I also removed a lot of negativity from my life, including people"
" I like to show people that I go through the same things as they do. I’m just like them”
“Our emotional disconnect from ourselves and each other is far more devastating than any food or beverage”
Welcome to episode 30 of The Travelling Wellness Show
"I am happy to be the messenger; the connector for the people out there who might not have as large a platform to deliver the message as some chef who’s famous for being a judge on a cooking show"
" “The truth can be unsettling for people; it can be unsettling for the energy of a society”
Ben & Travis from the Vitality Trading Co take us through the chain of command which is common in the world of superfoods. From the farm to the shelves in which you purchase these supplements, what is the real cost to humanity?
In the lead-up to recording this episode, I mentioned to several people that the topic was going to be on Male Anorexia. Unequivocally, the response was one of amazement and generally followed a reply to the effect of "that would be really rare wouldn't it??" And I'll tell you what I told them.... "NO, no it isn't in fact"
Male anorexia and MDD (as it's more commonly known), are a bit like prostate cancer is to older men; a secret. Something that exists but isn't commonly known, nor discussed. Today's guest however has lived the nightmare and has promised himself that he will make a difference in the lives of others by sharing the fate he was dealt. The young, skinny kid I first met in the gym many moons ago was already under the heavy influence of body dysmorphia, and struggling in ways people would never know.
There is nothing especially different about Josh Wiggins, or his story for that matter. What is different though is his tenacity to fight the good fight, and his brave nature in completely disclosing his own demons in an effort to help any person who currently finds themselves in the throes of a similar state.
On this episode Josh and I discuss
Somewhere around 8 or 9 nine years ago, a young and not very ambitious Lachlan Tame walked through my clinic doors. Referred by legend surf boat sweeper and Avoca Beach Surf club life member Richard Brierty, Lachy as he's known, just wanted to be better. The vision at this point was small, yet Lachy was leaving his mark in local club races and showed promise for the future of his local club which had a strong history in results.
"I had a bit of a bet in 2010 that I would make the London Olympics. It wasn't as easy as I anticipated!"
Spurred on by a bet against a mate, Lachy was true to his word and fast forwarding just a little he finds himself standing on the podium in Rio, 4 years after failing the original bet of London, and with the partner that he literally fell out of the kayak when competing against for the very first time a few years earlier. Ken Wallace became a mentor for Lachy, and paved the road forward for what was to become a life changing moment.
" I learned to do the little things right and to have fun with it all. Not being the best at anything meant I had to find the best ways to get little things done"
-Lachy on the kind of athlete he has become.
The story here isn't necessarily of the Bronze medal collected in the 2016 Summer Olympics, yet more to do with the relentless grind and personal conviction that found an average athlete standing on the most important podium an athlete will ever stand on. From the comfort of his lounge room I bring you the Lachlan Tame story. From the beginning. Uncensored, and with the humility you'd expect from the guy next door.
Welcome to Episode 24 of the Travelling Wellness Show with Shannon Brenton, where today he travels back to Adelaide, South Australia, to talk with environmental illness guru Rick Hopton.
Rick is the guy you call when your health questions cannot be answered, and current modalities fail to offer acceptable solutions for a host of chronic symptoms ranging from asthma and sinusitis, right through to headaches and fatigue.
In this era of technological advancement that we live in, it's really no surprise that not all modern conveniences are simply positive additions to out lives, as many people find themselves battling symptoms that modern medicine alone cannot explain.
“To Know but not to do is not to know?”
On this episode of The travelling Wellness Show, Mike and Myself provide the framework from which all great body's are ultimately spawned. There is enough science to keep you interested, enough experience to make things happen and passion for days.
I go into a lot more detail around the nutritional requirements that you must implement for results, and the scientific validation for doing so.
As promised Mike has been busy in the gym with a friend, to bring you the exercises below which frame up many of the push and pull variations that Mike discusses throughout this 2 part muscle building series. These exercises alone will take you far and work within any periodised training plan. We ultimately advise that you seek the guidance of an experienced trainer in your area, particularly if you are not confident in the execution of correct exercise form. Otherwise build slowly up, beginning with your own personal form review in front of a mirror to make sure you are mimicking the correct techniques before picking up any weight. There are also hundreds of regressive movements for those people not capable of achieving those below without pain or mobility concerns. Another reason to work with a local fitness professional.
Podcasts such as this are simply a labour of love which I can only hope you pick up and run with. After 17 years sitting full time in front of dysfunctional and diseased people, let me assure you that prophylaxis is always the best option. Don't wait until it happens to you, and don't let disease dictate the terms of your existence.
“Your muscle is your furnace for burning body fat. If you carry a reasonable amount of muscle you're simply going to expend more energy?”
Welcome to Episode 22 of the Travelling Wellness Show where on today's show I find myself on the Queensland Sunshine coast speaking with fitness trainer and IFBB pro bodybuilder, Mike Debenham.
Now I go back a bit with Mike, and don't wish to scare anyone off by selecting a bodybuilder to have todays conversation with. To put it simply, Mike knows a thing or two about building muscle and uses his 30 years of experience to influence the lives of people from all walks. Sure he comp preps other male and female competitors for the stage, but this only serves as a reminder that if the serious muscle accumulators reach out to Mike for help, you can too!
This is a two-part show, firstly framing up Mike as your coach as well as the primary reasons that all people should be concerning themselves with maintaining the precious resource we call muscle. On this episode we get to know Mike personally and set the stage for epsiode 23, which is essentially the meat & potatoes of how to gain more muscle via the fundamental movement & nutritional principles.
Key factors of learning include
"The amount of guys like mid 30's that I see, who can't even life a small lawn mower into the back of their ute is simply alarming"
Now here's the best part for all the newbies, mum's and dad's & other assorted folk that feel like it's all too hard and not possible for them. THIS MINDSET IS SELF-LIMITING & FRANKLY COMPLETE BULLSHIT! You can do this, you can still lead a normal life, you can still eat and drink the things you like and the exercise part won't take more than 90 minutes out of your entire week!!
Feeling confused or overwhelmed at the thought of it all?? Well thanks to Mike D, we have photographed all the primary exercise movements for you & will make them available on the episode 23 web page next week. We have your back on this, and urge you all to take your life into your own hands and make a move towards a better you.
Growing Muscle is both an art and a science and will influence the whole of your life, rather than simply how you look. That's just a great side-effect!
Enjoy this 2 part series and feel free to reach out for assistance
Are our thoughts and feelings the true predictors of physical health??
“95% of who we are & what we do is unconscious. Why are we not talking about what creates our behaviours, our thoughts & our feelings?”
Welcome to Episode 21 of the Travelling Wellness Show with Shannon Brenton, where today he travels to the Adelaide Hills of South Australia to chat with master health practitioner & Health Psychologist, Miriam Henke.
Shannon & Miriam essentially deconstruct the critical factors & processes which have become the framework for Miriam's clinical program, the Mainspring method.
"My body was failing me and no body could give me an answer. No one could help me"
As always, Shannon delves deep into the personal life of todays guest, serving ultimately as a real-life example of one person's battle to reclaim their health. The net effect of this being that many of you will resonate with Miriam's struggle, possibly seeing little bits of your self within her story.
Miriam doesn't only action results for her patients, but she also teaches other practitioners in the wellness space how to better understand & treat those they serve.
More information on Miriam’s up-skilling programs & clinical regimes can be found here
When I was a boy, the type of healthcare sought & utilised was the choice of my family, and my family alone. Fast forward 30 years though and it seems that 'choice' isn't always as accessible to everyone.
For Episode 14 I simply tell the story of Homoeopathy as I know it to be.
'Plausible' as my guest would describe it, and a deliberate healing system which addresses not just the whole person, just the whole illness as it presents. Case by case. Can you even imagine being treated completely independently by your local doctor, rather than separate from your condition? After all, there was a general imbalance which led you to the subsequent state of dysfunction that you now view as disease or pathology. How can we actually be separate from our disease?
DRUGS DON'T CURE, THEY MITIGATE THE SYMPTOMS.
IF WE HAVE A HEADACHE, IS IT BECAUSE WE 'LACK' PARACETAMOL? NO, IT'S BECAUSE THERE ARE THINGS HAPPENING IN THE BODY TO CAUSE THE HEADACHE
George Dimitriadis is a professional amongst professionals. Not only does he accept the position that Homoeopathy is in an a modality, but he mocks the actions and philosophies of many that practice it. With over 30 years clinical experience, George follows and practices the original teachings and observations of Samuel Hahnemann; the founding father of Homoepathy, and keen researcher of medical sciences. These are his stories as they once occurred and are now either forgotten or buried.
I truly fear that we have moved away from medicines that heal, further and further towards isolated drugs for symptomatic control. After all, cures are forever & forever is a very long time.
George Dimitriardis can be contacted at http://www.hahnemanninstitute.com
"Stress is an adaptive response to your environment.
Is what's happening in you life under control, or is it out of your control and you can no longer change or exert an influence on it?"
The topic of stress is usually met with two differing judgements; those that get it & have experienced its full wrath, and those who don't and are yet to receive a front row seat to the show.
There isn't a clinician in the world, across any modality, who won't agree that unregulated chronic stress complicates every disease or physiological dysfunction known to us at this time. And if it doesn't just exacerbate the symptoms, it can generally be traced to the very root cause that created the dis-ease to begin with. You literally won't find another single determinant capable of achieving so much, and as such, stress must be acknowledged, better understood and considered as a daily component of your life.
As a clinician, it's interesting to witness on a daily basis that most people don't identify with 'being stressed', despite the obvious signs of physiological deterioration. As adaptive creatures we literally accept stressors as normal components of life in the modern time, and push through the early warning signs that stress provides us with; the allergies, the fatigue, the brain fog, the menstrual dysfunctions and mood irregularities all provide the early framework for what should be acknowledged as an organism under load. And by the time autoimmunity & other inflammatory disease rears it's ugly head, opportunity has been lost, and the battle to control the acute phase response takes over. Regardless though, stress will & must be considered at some stage, so unless you choose to spend your life living between acute flairs, it's time to take stock.
"In it's primitive form, stress was an acute response for survival. It had a beginning and an end"
From my personal perspective, so many of us fail to acknowledge or accept that we are stressed due to the underlying subconscious aspects of failure. Accepting what is literally forces us to accept that we may not be where we initially expected to be at this time, or that we are actually out of control and not coping. Either way failure and shame is generally attached, & for most this is a hard reality to contemplate. And what do we do with this new enlightened state of acceptance? How big will the changes need to be to render the acute stressors inert? Will we have to face our unhappiness and make any of the massive changes staring us in the face in order to re-set ourselves and begin to live harmoniously once again?
On this episode of The Travelling Wellness Show, Dr Elen and I discuss stress at length, and the how it creates a cascade of neuroendocrine events that ultimately ends in chronic inflammation, thyroid disturbances and a person out of control.
We highlight the most up-to-date testing methods which best pinpoint how well your body is dealing with the daily loads placed against it, and discuss at length why patients just like you are feeling increasingly angry and frustrated with the current medical regime which refuses to evolve.
This episode is brought to you by the PSE Adrenal Awareness Campaign - click on the download below to learn more about stress and adrenal dysfunction, and how a simple test can highlight how stress is affecting you RIGHT NOW.
When you think of a personal trainer / gym trainer, what images does this conjure?
"I started out sweeping floors, selling memberships, repairing gym equipment and then I was offered the chance to teach classes. This is how it was when I started; you began at the bottom and worked your way up with on the job training"
Shannan's career began well over two decades ago; Before being a trainer was cool, and before entry to it's market place was simply a matter of dollars and a few quick weeks of entry-level education.
Shannan Ponton epitomises what it means to be a true 'Fitness Professional', and is a subtle reminder of what the industry was, versus what it has become. And this is no stab at the thousands of great trainers who motivate and direct their clients daily, more an indicator of what the industry has evolved into, and the areas in which it has failed in an effort to saturate the floors of a gym near you.
With 10 seasons of the highly successful Channel 10 hit TV series "The Biggest Loser" behind him, Shannon and Shannan reflect on the career that was, and Shannan's thoughts on weight loss, training, mindset and the struggle within.
As the industry continues to debate the answers to our obestity epidemic, Shannan talks about the very simple factors that allow the TV contestants to drop weight week after week. And while the scientific communities continue to argue over the pathogenesis of this insidious disease, Shannan and his team just keep getting results for each and every participant for every year that the show screens.
But behind the celebrity is always a normal person with their own unique struggles and life lessons. Learn how Shannan deals with all the normal cravings, time constraints and daily life issues as us all, and what it is that has made him a household name.
I was fortunate to hang out with Shannan in his Sydney home, and talk casually about life, love and family. He's an amazing dad who is happier hanging out at the local skate park with his son, rather than seeking attention via public displays at known paparazzi haunts. He's also a committed husband, and the energy between Shannan and his wife is genuine and infective.
I think that so much of who and what Shannan is will completely resonate with every listener, and motivate you to get more out of every day.
Have you ever dreamed of just packing up and leaving the life you currently lead? Well so did I, and so I did....
For 12 months now, I have travelled Australia to combine with my many and varied health colleagues, to create a series of stories that would both inspire and empower change within my audience.
After a 16 year full-time clinical career, my wife Michelle & I decided that a new phase to our journey would begin, as we literally shut up shop & loaded our three young children into a caravan for the journey of a lifetime around Australia.
And where would we go?? Wherever the best stories would be told.
And so The Travelling Wellness Show began.
I've been in the Health, Fitness & Wellness game for a very long time now, and contributed to the industries in a variety of ways, everything from supplement manufacture & wholesale, right through to the clinical and retail arms. People are my life, and health is my vehicle to create change.
Somewhere along the line though, full-time clinical work burnt me out and left me tired and uninspired. Life was more a series of day to day obligations, and even though I still loved my work and those I served, my desire wasn't there. I wasn't playing the game that I always dreamed of, and the efforts rendered over 16 years of full time work had only aided 60,000 people. Such is the reality of the 1:1 process, and every clinician understands this.
The Travelling Wellness Show was simply my way to give back to a broader audience, and to collaborate with other great minds who understand the often misunderstood subjects of health that hold the key to true transcendence.
This episode was recorded due to listener request, as people seem to fantisize with the notion of escaping reality. And in the words of Steve Jobs I leave you with this..
There is so much noise in the fitness industry nowadays, with so many available movement patterns that the lay person simply gets caught up amongst the noise when it comes to making a decision about what's best for them.
Nothing can be hardcore enough for the consumer either, as movements like CrossFit literally 'forge elite fitness' for average mums and dads, making elite level training protocols readily available to anyone willing to participate. Then we have bodybuilding / physique training which has stood the test of time for sure, and continues to inspire its active participants, followed by the myriad of breakout franchises like F45 which simply provides a 'no thought needed' environment for people who enjoy going through the motions but don't aspire to the likes of CrossFit. In so many ways, we are spoilt with choice as consumers, but with choice comes disappointment and with disappointment comes complacency.
Until now, if hardcore training programs were too all-encompassing for an individual, or too much stress on the body for people under enormous daily stress, the only real options have been our yin focused cousins like yoga and pilates. World's apart!
10 years ago program founder and educator Nathan Helberg found himself in the same boat as everyone else, as he struggled to maintain physical function and mobility on a traditional bodybuilding regime. In his words, Isolation movements had left him 'vulnerable' and in need of change.
On this episode we explore the training system which is ZUU, through the eyes of two of its most experienced devotees. Two people who have experienced the multifactorial benefits that ZUU provides, and have fully embraced it as an important part of their lives. For Luke Bishara, ZUU frankly changed his life and provided much needed direction. For Dirk Gardner it became a philosophy by which to live. For both boys though it is the #truth, and a tool for doing good within communiites & reconnecting people to themselves and each other.
I call these lads good blokes. Nathan Helberg calls them his #generalz
Enjoy the show,
I first met Dave Tabain in 2014 and must admit, I didn't know what to make of him.
At first glance I saw a tall, suave, fast-talker who I learned had a knack of popping up everywhere! Feeling more like a groupie, I was honestly enthralled and instantly attracted to this character that I could't quite put into words.
Growing up in a very small country town, Dave basically was void of filters, and simply wore his heart on his sleeve. I loved this; someone who just said shit as it was, with zero fuss or bullshit. He simply wanted to positively influence people's lives.
Just ask anyone around you, and the chances are that they know who Dave Tabain is, or have heard his name around the traps. And his currency I hear you ask?? Authenticity, life experience, passion & an early love of the Kettlebell. Simple.
And in reality that is more than enough. More than was necessary, for each of those features he has in spades. Authentic to a fault, embarrassingly so. Life experience that he doesn't deny, starting with early academic failings and familial conditioning that he saw through. Passion in droves; for life, for love, for movement. And the kettlebell, wow! A cannonball with a handle that Dave saw as his way out of the small town he was raised in. Dave made that device his bitch, and went on to win multiple international back-to-back world records .
Anyway that's enough from me. Push play and be inspired by a bloke just like you and me, who decided early in life that more wasn't going to be enough.
For more on Dave, and information on his Internationally-popular 30 day Challenge, click here
As the age of connectivity continues to throw reality in our faces, the world seems to be going mad for everything cruelty free. We've all seen the images of animal slaughter & the often inhumane processing standards that serve food up onto our daily plate. And with awareness comes responsibility, and with responsibility we must question sustainability for the good of the planet.
For Episode 9, we chew the fat with two guys who are industry leaders in the world of plant based living, and observe the cause and effect of their individual decisions.
Jason Clarke from Brisbane based performance centre Perform 360 however, is living proof that a move to plant based living is possible for an athlete. A fact that many condemn as unachievable.
So it's time to open your mind to what most consider incomprehensible, while we learn from two guys who seem to be doing just fine without animals in their lives.
We live in hard times, this is undeniable. Now, more than every before, people are struggling in ways that aren't always easy to explain, nor accept.
As we continue to blur the lines of acceptable living, the daily pressures to be everything to everyone have effectively altered the ways in which our bodies respond to stress. New diseases & the dramatic rise of others are a case in point that shit needs to change. But where does change begin & what would that feel like?
Mid 2015, professional athlete Matt Murphy found himself with big questions to ask as his ability to focus and perform took a massive dive. It's funny how life sometimes throws such large curve balls that it literally forces our hand. Forces the next move, and ultimately sets us up for the next phase.
Adrenal dysfunction is a very real and diagnosable state of ill-health which feels much worse than it sounds. This all-encompassing state of anguish is literally a life changer that many people never fully recover from.
This is the first of many real life case studies which demonstrates the amazing opportunity that sits just beneath your own discomfort, and how ultimately adaptation always reveals a new light.
What does one do when the doctors tell you that everything is OK, despite the fact that you know if your gut that you're actually not OK at all? What is OK anyway?
Is health simply the absence of pathology as revealed via laboratory tests, or does our health encompass much more? Attached you will find the PSE Supplements Adrenal Awareness Campaign which fully outlines Adrenal Dysfunction & all it entails; the how, the why & the what can all be found by downloading the report.
As the world finally wakes us to the subjective concept of wellbeing, I leave you with this podcast.