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"No Free Lunch" - A Reflection On Modern Medicine
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 April 26 2024 at 10:23 pm
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While it's true that the side effects of medications can vary greatly in severity and duration, it’s essential to recognize the inherent trade-offs involved in taking them. "There is no such thing as a free lunch," especially when it comes to our health. This isn’t to diminish the value of medication for those who rely on it to navigate daily life; many of the individuals I work with find themselves in this very situation, and I deeply empathize with their challenges. However, it's crucial to acknowledge that medications often compromise our health in some way, which has led to the rise of lifestyle medicine—a movement predicated on the belief that we can address health issues and enhance our well-being through lifestyle changes, arguably the only "prescription" without negative side effects. The current healthcare model, however, is not fully equipped to advocate or prescribe such lifestyle-based interventions. It's encouraging to see many board-certified health coaches, and even some forward-thinking medical doctors who expand their expertise with health coaching certifications, stepping into this space. They recognize a significant gap in healthcare—a system that sometimes fails to prioritize lifestyle modifications before resorting to pharmaceutical solutions. Though I am not in a position to advise anyone against their prescribed medications—I'm neither a doctor nor intimately familiar with anyone's specific health conditions—I do advocate for a healthy skepticism towards quick-fix prescriptions devoid of discussions on lifestyle impacts and potential side effects. The stories are numerous and often heartbreaking, of individuals who've suffered long-term damage from prolonged drug use, blindsided by a lack of information that could have potentially spared them. Our aim should not be to patch up a flawed system but to envision and construct a new paradigm of health and wellness. This vision is what drives many of us in the health coaching community. Have you or someone you know experienced a reduction in pharmaceutical dependency through lifestyle changes? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Illusion of Food Choice
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 01 2024 at 01:38 am
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One of the great advantages of living in the United States is the vast array of choices we have at grocery stores—something I've found lacking in many other countries. However, this apparent abundance of options might not be as robust as it seems. Despite the variety on the shelves, a significant portion of these products come from just a handful of major corporations. This trend of consolidation is growing, with larger companies frequently acquiring smaller, often trusted organic brands, which raises concerns about the prioritization of profit over product quality. This image that's been circulating online highlights just how concentrated the industry is, showing that our 'choices' might actually be an illusion, with many different brands being owned by the same few companies. The implication here is profound: the diversity we perceive in our shopping experiences may not equate to real diversity in sourcing or production practices. My aim isn't to cause undue alarm but to encourage awareness. Understanding the landscape of our food sources is crucial if we're to make informed, healthy choices. If you're unsure what to do with this information, consider starting by reducing your consumption of processed foods packaged in boxes and bags. Opt instead for whole, real foods as much as possible. Engaging with your local farmers' market can be a powerful way to support community-based agriculture and ensure you're eating fresh and healthily. I’m curious about your approach to food: Where do most of your groceries come from? Do you grow any food yourself, or do you frequent a local farmers' market? How do these choices impact your shopping habits? Are you conscious of the corporate ownership of the brands you buy, or do you find yourself tempted by convenience? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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"Don't Take Criticism From People You Would...
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 12 2024 at 07:46 pm
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In this era of digital connectivity, we encounter more opinions than ever before in human history. However, not all these opinions are welcome. Due to the way our brains are wired, negative comments tend to stand out more than positive ones. For example, a LinkedIn post of mine could receive 100 comments, but it’s often the one or two negative ones that catch my attention most. This phenomenon is a result of our innate sensitivity to negativity. Understanding this can help us navigate our online environments more mindfully. Just as we are selective about what we eat, considering the health benefits or risks, we should also be selective about the media and opinions we consume. Not all feedback, especially from strangers or trolls who might stumble upon our work, holds value or merits our attention. It's crucial to be discerning about the criticisms we take to heart, recognizing that some comments may come from those with no real stake in our lives or work. These can be dismissed as the negligible chatter they are. However, this is often easier said than done. While it’s beneficial to be open to different ideas and constructive criticism—signs of mental robustness and adaptability—it’s equally important to be selective about the sources of these critiques. We must learn to distinguish between valuable feedback and baseless negativity. How do you decide from whom to accept criticism? Are you adept at handling criticism? When was the last time you encountered criticism that was delivered in bad faith, and how did you respond to it? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Unhealthy Lightbulbs
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 01 2024 at 05:29 pm
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Does the government always act in our best interest? Sometimes, decisions that seem minor can have profound implications, such as regulations concerning light bulbs. While it might seem trivial to discuss lighting, the type of bulbs we use can significantly affect our circadian rhythms and overall health. Recent regulations have encouraged the use of certain types of light bulbs while phasing out others. Interestingly, some of the promoted options may not be the healthiest choices due to their impact on our biological functions. This raises questions about the alignment of government regulations with public health interests. This isn't a critique of government regulation in general but a call to awareness about how seemingly small policies can influence our well-being. It’s a reminder to not solely rely on government directives for health guidance but to take personal responsibility for our choices, starting with something as everyday as light bulbs. In your own spaces, consider the type of lighting you use. Opting for incandescent bulbs where possible, utilizing red lights at specific times to align with natural circadian rhythms, getting regular sunlight exposure during the day, and minimizing screen light at night can all contribute to better health. Have you considered how the light bulbs in your home or workplace might be affecting your health? What steps have you taken to optimize your light environment for better well-being? Credit to @drjackkruse for originally sharing the image. Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Individuals vs Crowds
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 02 2024 at 02:05 pm
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Understanding the psychology of crowds versus individuals reveals fascinating insights about human behavior. Crowds operate differently, often becoming more reactive due to a phenomenon known as "deindividuation." This shift from individual to group consciousness can lead to actions people wouldn't normally consider, such as the heightened aggression seen during Black Friday sales or the escalated risks taken at concerts. I often think about groups through George Carlin’s lens. He cherished individual people, seeing the universe in their eyes. Yet, he noted a striking change when they group together—they 'begin to clot' like blood, sacrificing their unique beauty for the crowd. This vivid image really captures how group dynamics can negatively alter our behavior. In crowds, we may lose a sense of individual accountability, becoming part of a collective that acts on impulses that, in isolation, might be suppressed. This awareness can help us navigate social dynamics more consciously and respond more compassionately when we encounter others defined by group identities—whether they're fans of a particular music artist, sports teams, or political affiliations. As someone from Philadelphia, where sports team loyalty is intense, I've seen firsthand how quickly individuals can become subsumed into group identities (maybe I'll tell a story in the comments). But by understanding the underlying psychology, we can better protect ourselves from negative influences and be more empathetic towards others, regardless of the groups they may identify with. I'd love to hear your experiences with large groups and deindividuation. Have you noticed yourself acting differently in crowd settings? How do you manage interactions with people who identify with different groups, and what strategies do you use to maintain individuality and understanding in these situations? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Exciting Announcement: Rebranding to Avantia...
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 10 2024 at 03:41 pm
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We are thrilled to announce the evolution of our business to it's new name, Avantia Health Optimization. Our previous venture was a fantastic journey, helping countless individuals achieve their health goals. Now, as we transition to Avantia, we are poised to reach even more people with a name that embodies innovation and creativity. Inspired by the term ‘avant-garde,’ Avantia stands at the forefront of pioneering new ideas and methods in the health industry. The name Avantia reflects our commitment to exploring and advocating for groundbreaking approaches in health and wellness. Just as the avant-garde challenges traditional norms in art, culture, and politics, we strive to question conventional health wisdom and promote a deeper understanding of how influences and propaganda shape our health choices. Our mission is to empower individuals by crafting new health paradigms that transform their wellness journeys. While our social media posts and the Healthy & Awake Podcast will continue as usual, our business is now ready to embark on this exciting new chapter. We are eager to take Avantia to the next level and can’t wait for you to see what lies ahead. Thank you for your continued support and stay tuned for more innovative health solutions from Avantia! Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Small Groups Can Change The World. But That...
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 09 2024 at 05:22 pm
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Historically, small groups of motivated individuals have wielded significant power to initiate change. Gandhi's non-violent protests alongside his dedicated followers serve as a potent example of this dynamic. This historical reality speaks to those of us who are 'awake'—it underscores the importance of sticking together to effect positive change. However, while cohesion and collective action have been forces for good, the same principles have also been exploited in more nefarious ways. To deny the influence exerted over society and culture by an elite minority is to overlook the fundamental dynamics of our global structure. We exist in a world where the actions of governments, religious institutions, NGOs, and corporations—both overt and covert—shape societal norms and public opinions. These entities, along with wealthy individuals, are not just participants but often directors in the orchestration of our social reality. Asserting that only visible forces shape our lives is not merely naive; it borders on willful ignorance. Such a stance neglects the complexity of our social systems and the subtle yet profound dynamics at play. This ignorance allows manipulators to operate unchecked, perpetuating a cycle that compromises our proximity to truth and freedom. The challenge, then, is not merely recognizing these overt influences but delving deeper into the hidden aspects of manipulation that require us to speculate and employ critical thinking. The real danger lies not in uncovering these hidden forces but in choosing to ignore their existence. Engaging with these realities is crucial for progress. It demands that we pierce through the veil of ignorance and question the full spectrum of influence—both seen and unseen. By doing so, we foster a society that values transparency, critical thinking, and truth. What might be some of the unseen forces shaping our society today? How can we cultivate a culture of awareness and skepticism toward these hidden manipulations to ensure we are active participants in our societal narrative, not just passive observers? Share your thoughts on how these influences might be manifesting in everyday life. Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Choosing Our Reality
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 09 2024 at 05:31 pm
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Our worldview profoundly shapes our life experiences. If we focus on seeing the worst in people, we might find ourselves surrounded by negativity. Conversely, if we choose to see the best, we often find ourselves among greatness. While it's true that some events are beyond our control and can negatively affect our lives, much of our reality is shaped by our choices and perspectives. Choosing our reality isn't always straightforward and can be quite challenging. Our thoughts and words have power—they influence our actions and the outcomes we experience. Thus, building a better life often starts with a shift in thinking. Consider the difference between two mindsets: one sees life as a series of unfortunate events with oneself as a perpetual victim, while the other views challenges as opportunities for growth and strength, feeling gratitude for what they have, recognizing that someone else may be facing harder struggles. Which perspective do you think is more productive? Who is likely to be happier? Changing our worldview, if we desire to do so, involves engaging with the world with compassion and an open mind. It means listening to differing viewpoints, traveling to experience different cultures when possible, continuously learning, and trying new things. However, broadening one’s perspective requires deliberate effort—it's about consciously choosing positivity, open-mindedness, and compassion. With this in mind, what are some of the ways you expand your worldview? How do you embrace different perspectives and maintain an optimistic outlook without veering into naivety or excessive optimism? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.

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