177 – My Therapy Session

Hey welcome back! It’s Dr. Dave! Dr. D the “V” and this is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. Thanks so much for being back with me on The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I’ve got a great one for you today.

Before we get into it, I want to remind you first that Hippie Road Trip #4 is beginning on March 4th. So if you’re listening to the show before that just know that I am going to be on the road for about 5 or 6 days. It’s between two speaking gigs and I will be driving from Memphis, Tennessee all the way down to West Palm Beach, Florida. It’s going to be a great one. I’ve got a few stops already that I am thinking about. One of them hopefully is stopping off in Jacksonville, Florida to see my daughter, son in law, and two grandkids. So if that works out schedule wise, that could be a really good one.

Hippie Road Trips pretty much don’t have schedules so I could pretty much go with the flow wherever I want. Stopping at truck stops along the way. As long as I get to my gig in West Palm Beach by Thursday, March 9th, I’ll be ok. So I’ve got a bunch of days for hippie road trippin’.

And by the way, thanks so much to all of you that have commented on some of my Facebook posts lately. My wife Yoko and I really want to ultimately look into taking an RV trip. Getting rid of some of the junk we have, finding an RV, and going off and exploring the country. Maybe for a long period of time. I’m not sure. It’s still in the works. I am researching it. There are pros and cons. I found out about RV traveling and it looks very glamorous from the outside but there are some crazy things when you dig into it and find out. It’s not as easy as it looks so it’s something we are exploring right now.

Coincidentally, there happens to be a RV show in Maryland tomorrow which we are going to go check out. I’m not going to buy anything tomorrow. But I’m doing my research and figuring it out. Yoko and I want to be on the ultimate hippie road trip and just exploring this beautiful country of ours.

The thing is as soon as I posted this on Facebook, that I just wanted to get into a RV and travel around the country for a long period of time. Maybe a year or whatever. So many people responded like “go for it”, “I wish I could do this”, “I’m jealous, this is my dream”. And it led me to start thinking; wow, people have a lot of dreams but maybe they live vicariously through other people because they can’t fulfill them. Why can’t you do this? Why can’t I do this? Why can’t we do what we want in life instead of getting up in the morning, working for “the man”, doing a 9-5. Why can’t we live out our dreams? I am doing this.

You can do this! I am no different than you, trust me. We can live our dreams and if you want to live your dreams vicariously through me that’s ok but I want YOU to live the life of your dreams. Not just listen to me. Not just watch what I do. You can watch what I do but I hope you follow. That’s why it’s The David Madow Lifestyle Show. It’s not just me telling you what to do.I’d like you to try this stuff because it really does work.

Trust me. I am no smarter. I am not special or gifted in any type of way. I just figured out how to do this stuff and you can do the same thing. Just follow me. If you’re brand new start with Episode #1. Now we’re into the 170s so it’s going to take you some time. [Dave laughs] But start with episode #1 and start listening. Immerse yourself in the culture and we will change lives for sure.

By the way, one other quick announcement. If you happen to be local to the Maryland area and even it you’re not, I’ve got some people traveling in for this little event. It’s going to be taking place on Saturday March 18th. It’s the Vegan Indian Buffet and Open Mic. We are renting out a room at a local Indian restaurant and they are setting up a special vegan buffet. We’re going to have a great time! It’s actually pretty full right now. I’ve got maybe a couple of seats left that I am holding for VIPs and last minute people. I didn’t want to use every single ticket just in case.

By the way, if you’re ever doing any kind of events or anything like that always hold back a couple tickets just in case. You never know what’s going to happen at the last minute if somebody that you didn’t think about wants to come.

But it’s going to be an incredible event! And we’re going to do another one. We’re definitely going to. This one will take place on March 18th and then we’re going to look at sometime in May to do another one. I’ve got people coming in from out of town so no matter where you are on this planet look for future announcements for future vegan buffets and open mics because this is going to be a wild cool fun event. I’ll be hanging out with you guys and Yoko my wife will be there. It’s going to be full and it’s going to be fun!

So I want to segue into today’s topic. This is a free form podcast where I just talk and help you. It’s never scripted. Never. It’s basically what flows out of my brain.

This morning, I turned on my music and for some reason I was in the mood to hear an album that I hadn’t heard in many years. It’s called Seventh Sojourn. Without going to Google, do you know the artist that made that album? I’ll give you a hint. It came out in 1972. It’s old, very old. Seventh Sojourn was the seventh album by a group called the Moody Blues. I loved them when I was back in high school and college. They are just one of my favorite groups. I had a chance to see them live in the early 70s at the Baltimore Civic Center. It was one of my first concerts ever actually. I remember that it was so loud and distorted and I brought this little tape recorder and I tried to record some of their songs and it didn’t work. Just imagine someone sitting in the 50th row in this big arena with this little tape recorder. Imagine how that sounded. I played this album this morning.

So anyhow, I played this album this morning and it was really strange. I had this flashback to 1972 and I started feeling the way I felt in 1972. I had visions of me being in high school. I graduated in 1972 and I think it was right before I graduated high school when this came out. It was not necessarily a good thing. I had these feelings that I was kind of like a misguided kid who had no direction in life. That’s the feeling that came over me when I put this on. And I remember I was on a family camping trip with my dad and brothers and a couple other dads and their sons. It was a really cool time. It was very misty out and raining and I kind of had a flashback to that. But the overall feeling was that my childhood and adolescence was weird. To this day, I don’t know if I was depressed, misguided, or no ambition. I don’t know. But this all came from this album. My parents didn’t give me a lot of guidance. God love them. My parents were great! But they weren’t really on top of things as far as guiding me in the right direction.

I sort of remember to this day how I chose the college that I went to. I went to two undergraduate colleges because I transferred after two years. But the first college I went to was called Randolph Macon which is a very small liberal arts college in Ashland, Virginia. It’s not like a did a whole lot of research to find the perfect school for me.

I will tell you how I landed at Randolph Macon in Virginia. I don’t know how it happened, but it’s weird as shit. My mom, her friend Elaine, her son Jeff, and I went down to visit this college Randolph Macon. The four of us went down to visit this college and walked around the campus. We had dinner at some restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. That evening we decided that not only would Jeff and I go to this school but we decided that Jeff and I would be roommates. Boy that was stupid! That’s the way that I was guided to pick my college. It was ridiculous! And he was a nice guy and everything but Jeff and I didn’t really fit as roommates at all. It would have been much better if I maybe had someone randomly selected for me. I would have met someone new maybe from a different culture. It was just bizarre. It was weird and the school turned out not to be good for me. Not at all. It was tiny, very conservative, maybe something like a southern Baptist. I’m Jewish and they were sending me to a southern Baptist type school with maybe 1000 students total. And they had just begun admitting women the previous year. So there were like 930 men and 70 women in this whole school. Talk about a formula for disaster.

So this is what I started thinking about when this Moody Blues album come on this morning. I really did flashback to my whole weird life. It was like one series of misguided steps to the next. Don’t get me wrong. Anybody looking at me from the outside probably thought things were ok and I don’t really know that they were. I’m wondering if I had been guided in a different direction, would my life be different? Better? My life is good so maybe I needed the weirdness when I was younger. Maybe I needed that. But I lasted 2 years at that school. Jeff lasted all 4 years. He loved it! It was probably good for him but bad for me.

In the second year, I did have another roommate. Jeff and I kind of parted ways. I guess we figured we weren’t the best as roommates for each other. I think he moved into the frat house anyway. My second roommate’s name was Scott. He was a diabetic. It was like my first introduction into diabetes. I didn’t know anything about diabetes. But this guy had to take insulin. I didn’t even know what that was back then. He was a diabetic and he was a big masturbator. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the diabetes, but this guy masturbated so much. I would always walk into the room and catch this guy masturbating. It’s not like a really uncomfortable thing for me to always walk in on this. It was just really weird.

And again this album flashed me back to this weirdness. After 2 years at Randolph Macon. I came to my senses and I transferred closer to home at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). By the way, my grades at Randolph Macon were average at best. They were “B” and “C” type grades. They were ok not great. I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with my life so I transferred to UMBC where I then figured out that I had to grow up a little bit. I’ve got to start studying and working hard. And then I started getting “A’s”. It not that UMBC was easier. It was probably more difficult. But I totally grew up a little bit and moved back home. I studied hard because I wanted to go to dental school. Why did I want to go to dental school? I have no flipping idea. Again, it was probably because I was guided in that direction. But nobody gave me any tests or said, “Dave, I think you should be a dentist because…” So I am going to do something for the rest of my life because somebody said to try this.

This album brought this all back. I feel like this is my shrink appointment now. I feel like I am talking to my shrink. I don’t even have a shrink. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with seeing a shrink. I have seen shrinks in my life. When I was married the first time, I saw shrinks when I got divorced. I saw shrinks when I met Yoko because I was trying to figure out my life. There’s nothing at all wrong with it. It actually helped me a lot.

I’ll tell you the last time I spoke to a shrink. I remember exactly what happened. I spoke to my shrink 9 years ago. The reason I remember it was 9 years ago or so was because Obama was campaigning to be president. It was before he was elected. I said to my shrink, “I don’t think I am going to vote for Obama. I just don’t love him.”And she looked at me straight in the eye and said, “well Dave, if you are not voting for Obama that means you are racist.” And you know, I will never forget that. Because I wasn’t voting for somebody whose skin happened to be black, that meant I was racist. That was my last appointment ever with this woman. Up until then I thought she gave me a lot of good advice and helped me along with some questions I had with my life. That was the last time I ever saw shrink. The nerve of her looking at me and telling me, who loves everyone and looks at everyone the same regardless of skin color or sexual preference or age or gender. Whatever it is. I try my best to look at everybody as a human being. And this woman told me that I am a racist. So does that mean if I didn’t vote for Carter back in the 80s who I think ran against Reagan. Does that mean I hate southern people? That’s such a weird statement for a professional to tell me that if I didn’t vote for Obama I was racist. That’s just crazy.

Anyway, I digress. But again, my life was weird. I did a lot of crazy things and weird things when I was in college and dental school. But I just felt like I was a misguided mess. Thank God I finally came to my senses. It was really not until I divorced my wife of 23 years. And I went through some really tough times after that. I dated different women but I finally met Yoko and we got married. It was not until then, that I really figured it out. We’ve been married for 13 years now and it wasn’t until then that my life really started to come together. And I am going to thank the Moody Blues for coming on my iTunes this morning. Actually it might have been Spotify but I am the one that played it. But I want to thank the Moody Blues for flashing my entire adolescent life in front of me simply by playing that album. I might play it again. I’m not sure. I don’t know if I am going to play it again but I probably will. But I am going to be prepared to go back into 1972.

How about you? Do you ever listen to any music from your past that suddenly takes you back to that past whether it was good, bad, a mixture? Do you ever do that? Does it ever get you to think about how you’ve come such a long way? And how you’ve changed over many years?

I think a lot of it just has to do with life experience. When I was 17, 18, 19, I had almost no life experience and very little guidance and I had to figure things out on my own. But now about 45 years later, I think I am just starting to figure life out. Oh I wish God could give me 60 more years because I think in 60 more years I could figure a lot more out. But until then I have to enjoy every single day I have on this planet. The way I enjoy every single day is not only doing my thing but working and exploring this beautiful planet. But the way I really get my pleasure is by helping you. I love to help YOU live your best life!

Until next week! I’m Dr. Dave. I love you!

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176 – Jason and Twee Start a Vegan Restaurant

Welcome back to the David Madow Lifestyle show! It’s Dr. D the “V”! It’s the show where we help you live stronger, thinner, healthier and happier. I’ve got a great show for you today, coming live from Breckenridge, Colorado.

Normally, I banter for a little bit at the beginning of the show. But right now, I’m going to get right into this because it’s going to be a show that is packed with some really cool stuff.

Yoko and I come here a lot and we spend a good part of the winter here. And we are always looking for good vegan food. So we found it. We heard about this plant based restaurant that opened up a short time ago in Breckenridge, Colorado. It’s 100 percent plant based, and I believe it’s the first one. We went in there (it’s similar to a pizza shop) and we had a great meal.

The owners came over and talked to us. And they didn’t just come over for a couple minutes to ask “how was your meal?” They came over for a while and we bonded with them. We started to hear their whole story about why they wanted to open a plant based restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado. And now a week later we ended up in their home here in Blue River, Colorado doing a podcast finding out the entire story about Jason Goldstein and Twee Merrigan Goldstein.

I feel honored to be in your house, guys thanks so much for the invitation. Its beautiful! You guys told me you came from Westchester, New York and you drove around in like a hippie RV for I don’t know how long. I want to hear your story starting from New York to why you figured out that you wanted to start a plant based restaurant. I just want to hear your story. You will be talking to people from all over the world. I just want to hear about how you started this thing and go back to New York and why you’re here.

Jason: “Well, we decided to leave New York because we wanted to have a different life for ourselves and our family. So we thought we would move to Boulder, Colorado. After attending the National Gourmet Institute in New York, I said let’s go check out Boulder. And I was like, it seems like a beautiful place, but it’s a lot like where we were currently living in. We wanted a change from that. So I looked at my wife and she looked at me, and we said we don’t know where we’re going to live if it’s not Boulder. So we bought an RV and put our house on the market and started driving around the country until we figured out where we wanted to move. So as soon as we got to Cleveland, we thought, let’s move here. With all due respect, Westchester is a beautiful place and we loved it. But we wanted something different. Cleveland was a change. And that’s what we were looking for after being in my old career of hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood. distribution for 27 years.”

Dr. Dave: “So tell me how a Jason Goldstein who comes from Westchester, New York came to Breckenridge, Colorado? You had this vision of opening a plant based restaurant. How do you even start with that? What is the first step? What did you do?”

Jason: “I just did a Google search for restaurants that were for sale in Breckenridge and this one was available. It’s a very small restaurant, as you know, just over 800 square feet. I thought that it was in our price range and was something that was manageable and doable for us to start out in this type of industry.”

Dr. Dave: “Ok now, so Thui and Jason, you are both vegan. And I think you said you’ve both been vegan for about 3 years or so. So I’m guessing there’s no way that you would ever open up a restaurant that served animal products? So if you want to own a restaurant, you are absolutely serving plant based food. Were you worried at all that coming into Breckenridge and being the first that this thing wouldn’t really take off? That people wouldn’t accept it? Let’s face it, people love meat. I see them eating meat all the time. Were you worried that people wouldn’t come to your place if it were plant based?”

Jason: “Yes, we were very worried. In fact, on the second day after many people came in and we told them we weren’t selling because we just hadn’t taken the sign down yet. Groups of 6 and 8 were getting up and walking out. I looked at my wife and she looked at me, and I said I think we made a big mistake.”

Dr. Dave: “So now run us through this. You’ve got this vegan pizza business that’s open for business and you’ve got groups of 6 and 8 people that are coming in hungry and have probably just finished a day of skiing. They are ready to order. So what took place? At what point they figure out that they’re not going to get regular cheese from a cow or sausage? How did they figure it out? They just got up and walked out? What happened? You didn’t try to convince them to stay?”

Jason: “I am going to pass this over to my wife right now because she’s more front of the house and she was on the front lines of the situation.”

Twee: “I remember we put the sign out front that said vegan pizzeria. And I was thinking, yeah, so many people will just walk in the door. But sometimes they didn’t even get inside. They just spun on their heels. There were moments when they came and we would just say but it’s organic and sustainable and it’s non GMO. Here, can we give you a sample? We’d start getting the sample ready, and sometimes they would stay. But once they ate it, they were done. Once they ate it, they just looked at us like whoa! Here’s what it came down to. It was over the Christmas holiday and you’ve got people that come to Breck who come once a year. So they came back to the same pizzeria they were used to last year. But now that we are slammed on 3 of the 4 nights we are open it’s a totally different story and it’s only 3 weekends later. It’s just because it might have been a little bit too confrontational. You know? They just came in to get their pizza, they didn’t want to know what was in it. They just wanted to know it tasted good and they could feed their family because they either just drove into town or like you said, they just got off the mountain. So bottom line is here they are now like, “oh wait, what! It’s a vegan place? And there’s a lot more to that than you’re choosing to eat paleo or you’re choosing to eat low carbs or you’re choosing to eat gluten free. We’re talking about compassion for animals. And it was like whoa, you’re digging into a deeper belief system than mine right now. And there were people that got angry at us. I had this one group, a 4 top of adults and about 6 children. They were raving about the pizza. And again, this is when we were just opening up and figuring out how we were going to run it eventually. We wrote something on there about vegan meat or that it was plant based. Anyway, I had a family that just raved about it. And then all of a sudden, the one woman says what is that cheese? Is that like ricotta? And I looked at her and I said actually no it’s organic cashew based mozzarella. And oh my God, the look she gave me. She felt like she was tricked. At the end of the dinner, she looked at me and goes, I just want you to know that I really felt like I was tricked and we were duped. And I looked at her and said that’s the last thing we wanted to do. So here we are Jason and I busting our butts and somehow deciding to land in Breckenridge, Colorado. We were pulled here. If we were going to move to the west and moved to Colorado, we were going to make sure that opening a vegan restaurant in the middle of America. In the coastal cities, it’s very easy to go vegan. But there’s something about middle America, that it’s not that available yet. So we said we were going to move to a city or town or mountain resort that was going to have a lot of traffic. What is it? 7000 people that live here and 1.5 million that come through. So we figured even if we’re not going to do well, if we could get a couple percentages out of that, we’ll do all right. So anyway here we are. I just couldn’t believe that I had this woman who raved about it and couldn’t stop talking about it. And the other 4 adults that loved it. But once we told them, it was cashew mozzarella, I just saw people react differently. And the ones who were confronted, they were a little defensive. The ones who were open and tasted it walked away with a seed planted in their head like wow I just ate plant based food, and it tasted good. And maybe I might try again another time. And that’s what keeps the doors open for my husband and I. We don’t need to be making pizza, we don’t need to be converting anyone. We don’t want to. We could be making money and doing other things with our kids. It’s our first season in Breckenridge. Our plan was to just go riding every day. But this restaurant became available because it was meant to be. And here we are all of a sudden, the server, the staff. It just organically happened where we’re at now. It started to build. We are not building it. It’s being built with us as a part of it. But there is a family, there’s magic. Things are happening. Now we closed after that week. And for those 3 weeks, we just hung out and regrouped and said, do we really want to do this? Is this what we’re supposed to do? We wrote each other love notes like we are meant to dig our roots deep and build a mini community within this amazing community. And that’s what we’re doing. 3 weeks in and we don’t have enough staff. We have people knocking on our doors trying to get our hours extended. We’ve met people like you. A conscious community that has a gathering. And that’s what keeps us working 12 hours a day until we find the right balance. We are being called to do this. We’re being called.”

Dr. Dave: “I’ll share something that you told us when Yoko and I came into your house this evening to record this podcast. You were looking around at some houses and then you found one that was just perfect for you. And then you found this restaurant. Do you think you were asking the universe in some way for this whole thing to work out perfectly as you’re driving around in your RV for 14 months?”

Twee: Absolutely! I don’t think, I feel that is how we operate now or it’s how we’re being called to operate. Even today, we were riding on Valentine’s Day and Jason and I, of course you can’t help yourself but to talk about business especially this early in the game. And I said, what do we need. What’s the next step? He goes, I need a couple more Gregorios. Gregorio is one of our hardest workers in the kitchen. I mean this guy works 3 jobs and you know he’s sending money back home to Mexico. He said I need about 2 more of these. And so we stopped, rode the rest of the lift, and prayed to the universe. I said please, God we are dropping down on our knees of what you want us to do. We need your help. And within a half an hour, my husband just looked at his emails and said we just got 3 emails for kitchen staff and I said wow! I just prayed.I believe that if you put your mind towards a vibration that is on another level of consciousness. I’m not saying we are better than or less than. It’s like tuning in to a podcast. If you’re on the same vibration, its happening.”

Dr. Dave: “I totally agree with you there. I have told my listeners stories about when I went through a really difficult divorce, I asked the universe for a soul mate. It didn’t happen overnight. But it did happen. I teach my listeners about this. So let’s get back to the restaurant for a second. The other night, Yoko and I came in there, and we really didn’t know what to expect. We were greeted by a really nice woman her name was Victoria, I believe. She pretty much said sit wherever you want and get comfortable. We chose a great seat we were sitting next to each other with wonderful cushions next to our backs. It was great. But we still didn’t know what to expect. Then, as we were ordering, Thui I think you came over to our table and pretty much made us feel like we were old time friends. But it wasn’t just me and Yoko I noticed that you went over to every customer in the restaurant at some point and sat down with them and had a really nice conversation. And Jason, you were in the back, I think, doing a lot of the cooking but mainly the kitchen area. But Jason came over to our table, ultimately, and we all sat down and talked for a while. I am a business person as well, you know that and I think the way you’re doing, it is really really smart. You want to know your customer. You want to bond with them you want to connect with them. I imagine once you do that they’re kind of hooked and they want to come back. It’s like a family there. Tell me a little bit about how that’s working out for you. Because let’s face it, the average restaurant you walk into the owner is not going to come, sit at your table, and ask you a bunch of questions and be friendly. they might ask you how your food is, and that’s pretty much it. How’s that working out?”

Twee: ” I just did a little head count. You know, let’s make it’s relevant to the restaurant. It’s an intimate, cozy space. I think we have like 7 tables and then 5 seats at the bar and 5 seats at the island. So it’s cozy. And we love it cozy. For me, it’s about connecting with each other. I don’t know if you know, but I teach yoga professionally as well. And I teach a yoga class. You can be in and out, and it can be a real fitness experience. But what we try to offer people is some type of experience where you connect with yourself and connect with other people. It’s like we are having a dinner party. And I loved throwing dinner parties when we were back in New York. But now our restaurant is an extended dinner party from our home. So when we said to you, come over here. We met you in the restaurant, but here you are in our home because it’s an extension. The restaurant is and an extension of our home. So when you walk into our kitchen, our restaurant, or our dining room, it’s like we’re having a dinner party. And when we have dinner parties, we want to talk to everyone. Even if you bought a friend, you know? We want to know who you are and how we can serve you. Especially at the beginning. We’re not always going to be there, but we want to make sure that someone else there is also doing the same thing.”

Dr. Dave: “Well, it definitely worked. And as I said before, I felt really comfortable meeting you and talking to you. It was great. Jason, I want to talk to you a little bit more about your. I can’t say I’m a pizza expert. Being vegan, we don’t eat a lot of pizzas. And I am not just saying this because I am here in your house doing this podcast. The pizza, Jason, was unbelievable. We ordered a little too much. I was expecting a little 12 inch pizza but it came out and we had kale Cesar salads too as an appetizer. It was awesome. We split it and it was incredible. We decided to get 2 pizzas, but there were about 8 or 9 different pizzas on the menu. So I said to Yoko, a 12 inch pizza isn’t too big, let’s get 2 of them. Yoko said, are you sure? and I said yes, please, I’m starved. When they came out, they appeared to be a lot bigger than 12 inches because they’re square. Not only that the dough was incredible. Jason, something you are doing here is magical. We had a lasagna pizza and I think the other one was the pesto. So the combination of lasagna, pizza and the pesto pizza , we were in heaven. I want to talk to you in a second about how you make these things. We couldn’t finish it all, we took it home and we had pizza to eat for the next few days. So Jason, tell us just a little bit about how you are making this delicious pizza that is all vegan? And it’s different than anything I’ve ever tasted in my life. I’ve had vegan pizza in New York, trust me. This is different . This is better. So give us a little explanation as to what’s going on here?”

Jason: “All I can say is that we’re trying to honor the pizza traditions from New York from Napoli from Chicago, basically from the great pizza places around the world. That means using a top grade flour. It’s double refined and you won’t usually get that at most pizza restaurants. And putting it in a wood fire oven at 750 to 800 degrees for 90 seconds. We’re still working it out. It’s not a completed product yet. It’s not there yet. It’s close, but we’re still trying to figure this out. We have hopefully a truffle pizza coming on the menu for this weekend. So after I finished chef school, this wonderful chef opened up an unbelievable woodfire pizza restaurant in New York which is called Fortina. It’s not vegan or even close to vegan. The chef/owner Christian Petroni has won Chopped twice and is now a judge on the TV show. So everything I know started there. I did my internship there after I finished chef school. I was so inspired by these guys in their early 30s. It comes in our nature to be comfortable around our customers but these guys run an 80 seater restaurant if not larger and they sit down with everybody when they’re in there. We love how they do that. We want to connect with out customers in the same way. A lot of our inspiration comes from them.”

Twee: “So when we had our 5year old, it was an amazing time. He [Jason] was working at the family business in the South Bronx. And he would see our newborn baby about 15 minutes a night. Like most people, who unfortunately have to work, they only get to see their babies for a few hours if that. He only got to see his baby for 15 minutes a night. So it just kept happening like that and we had a “fantastic lifestyle.” One day I just said, you know babe is this what you want to do? Is this your dream? And he said no one ever asked me that question before. Here he was working at the family business since he was 13 and 27 years later his wife comes along and asks him this question and says is this what you want to do? And he said no one asked me. So I said, I’m asking you. I’m your wife, who is also a yoga teacher and goes around asking that same question every day of every single person. So what is your dream? And what are you doing about it? And here my husband was never asked or thought about it. So he thought about it. Finally he looked at me kind of shyly and said, I want to own a bar or restaurant maybe. That’s how it all started. Once he said it, then the wheels started coming into motion.”

Dr. Dave: “Jason, we need to get you back for a second because I have a really important question to ask you. You made this decision to leave the family business after 27 years which was obviously very lucrative. Is there turning back? Would you ever go back to your old lifestyle?”

Jason: “Not to my old lifestyle but there can always be unfinished business with the family business. There’s a lot of my heart and soul over there too. But not the old lifestyle, no.”

Dr. Dave: “What was the old lifestyle that you would never go back to? Give me 6o seconds. Tell me about the old lifestyle. I want to know about it”

Jason: “It was just basically living the “American dream.” In my case, just being born and raised in New Jersey and New York. My whole life I thought that New York was the center of the universe. Why would I even think about leaving? And that’s kinda the mentality of a lot of my family and people I know in that part of the country. I don’t want to go back to that. I like living with nature and a freer lifestyle to me. That’s my own personal opinion but you can ask my wife the same question.”

Dr. Dave: “Thui, we’re going to end it with this. You told me one story at the restaurant when we were sitting down talking. Can you tell that story again? Just take a few seconds. It was a great story that pretty much made me feel that, wow this person is really cool.”

Twee: “We lived next to the town Greenwich, Connecticut which was a beautiful place where you feel like you’ve jumped into the middle of Architecture Digest magazine. You go on house tours of 47 million dollar mansions. It was nice to look at, you know? And then 2 towns down was Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua. So here we are and we’ve “made it.” But then you look around and wonder is there a deep connection with each other’s souls, beyond all the stuff that you have and the education that you require. When you look at a 5 year old daughter of an acquaintance and say, hey I like your shoes. And she looks at me and says, oh thanks they’re Steve Madden. I wanted to just stick her fingernails into dirt and mess up her hair and say go hang out in the woods for God’s sake. You’re 5! Who taught you that labels are important enough to say to another human being. What?! I just went wow babe! Do we want to live in a community where we can find a few good people who we resonate with? I am not saying it’s wrong or right, better or less than, I’m just saying it wasn’t what we were looking for. I grew up on the Jersey shore. And he ran in Ringwood, New Jersey in the woods. We were connected to nature. He was connected to the woods and I was connected to the ocean. To each his own. You do what you need to do for your children. And we were very knowing and in our power that was not how we wanted our children to ever reply to a compliment about her shoes at 5 years old. You know what I’m saying? We want them to say thank you and then maybe give a compliment back. Remember the sun is on their face. They can hear the stream or the babbling brook and it’s time to take off your clothes and go naked in the pond. Let’s get back to it! So we left that place to go into a deeper richness.”

Dr. Dave: “We’re going to end it on that because you are preaching to the choir. I love the story. We’ve got beads here. We’ve got Jason with his grey ponytail. I love these guys. They’re like vegan hippies!” [Jason laughs]

Twee: “Crunchy luxury” 😉

Dr. Dave: “Crunchy luxury, I love it!”

Twee: “We can make change happen more consciously and more quickly.”

Dr. Dave: “At the restaurant I knew I loved you guys. I am so glad that I’m over here doing this. We’re going to end it like this. Tell us the name of your restaurant and any information you want listeners to hear because I’ve got a lot listeners that come through places like Breckenridge. The restaurant is called Piante Pizzeria. And where can we find Piante in Breckenridge?”

Twee: “It’s at 520 Main Street. At the corner of Park and Main Street on top floor. We hope to have a peace sign up there or a cool  little sign that you’ll be drawn to. Piante means plant in Italian. A good friend of Jason’s gave him the suggestion and we’re forever grateful because he nailed it.”

Dr. Dave: “So if you’re listening to me now wherever you are, when you comes through Breckenridge, Colorado, your homework is to come to Piante on the corner of Park and Main. It’s like the 3rd floor. You do have to take some steps up. Trust me, it’s a great place! And I want you to meet Thui and Jason personally. Tell them you heard about it on The David Madow Show. And Thui and Jason, thanks so much for your time. And thanks for inviting me and Yoko in your home tonight with your dogs and your wonderful kitchen and food. We really appreciate you. We really appreciate it. You guys are welcome back on the show anytime.”

Thanks so much for being here!

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175 – Four Agreements

Hey there! How ya doing? It’s Dr. D the “V” back with you! Welcome to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. It’s the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I’ve got a lot of great stuff coming at you today.

I’ve got a great show for you today. You can bookmark it and always come back to this one. Because I have been doing this show for about 3 years now as you know but this is going to be one of the most important shows I am doing for you. I’m serious about it! Bookmark it! Share it with your friends. Listen to it. And listen to it again, because it is going to help your life immensely.

Before I get into this subject, I have a couple of things for you real quick. I am still in Colorado. And it’s a beautiful cloudy snowy fairly warm day today in town. I am not skiing today, I am just cruising around doing my thing. I am really happy to say that the lifestyle here has worked really well for me. I’ve shed about 12 pounds in just about 3 weeks. I am concerned about going back East now because I have got to keep the lifestyle up. This is the way to live people! This is the way to do it! Love your body and eat healthy. These are important.

Speaking of moving your body and being outdoors, I want to share something with you. A good friend of mine, Steve Moore, down in Oklahoma City has started a Facebook group. I want you to check this out. It’s a small group right now.

I’ve talked about him a little bit before on the show. He is a retired truck driver who’s lived in the Oklahoma and Texas area I believe almost his whole life. Through listening to my shows and meeting me on Periscope video broadcasts, Steve told me his life changed. He told me that I was the one who was very influential. I am not going to take all the credit but Steve told me when we met up on Hippie Road Trip #1 that I changed his life. Steve grew up in an area that was pretty much a meat-eating area. Let’s face it, in Oklahoma and Texas, most people eat meat. And Steve, through listening to my words. Steve is in his late 50’s and now has totally changed his life. Steve I am proud of you and I want to share your group. The Facebook group is called Outdoor Tripin.

Steve now realizes that life is all about getting outdoors. If you’re going to run or do something, do it outside. Reconnect with the Earth. Steve put up a daily (almost) inspirational quote. I want you to check it out. It’s free! Steve doesn’t charge anything for his motivation and advice. I am honored to be the one (or one of the ones) that has mentored Steve in his new lifestyle.

So, I did a Facebook Live stream a few weeks ago on today’s topic so if you saw the video thanks for joining me there. I want you to listen very closely. A short time ago, maybe about a year ago, I made 4 agreements with myself and no one else. I did not come up with these 4 agreements. I did not invent them. I read the book The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. In this book, he very succinctly explains that if you abide by these 4 agreements and do the best you can, it’s going to come back to you. If you do the best you can with them, your life will change for the better. I’m doing this! I am going to share some experiences with you as I describe to you these 4 agreements.

I do recommend you read the book if you can. The book expands on what I am going to make a 10 minute version of. It’s not a thick book but it’s a regular book. So I am going to try my best to condense Don’s words into 10 minutes or so.

Admittedly, when I read this about 2 years ago, I read it on audiobook. So as I was out there every day doing my “Magic 4” I was listening to the book as an audiobook on my iPhone. If you don’t have the time to sit down and read page after page, it helps to listen to it on audiobook. Let’s get into this! I really want you to try your best to incorporate these into your life.

Agreement #1: Be impeccable with your word

What does that mean? In the old days there was a saying that went “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” You know something? That’s really not true. Words can really hurt people. When Don Miguel Ruiz says to be impeccable with your word, it means that before you say something just think. Think about what you’re saying. Is it true? Can it possibly hurt somebody? Is it gossip? Is it ill-intended?

Since I’ve read this book, I’ve tried so hard to not say bad things about anybody. I’m full of love and I try my best but let’s face it there are some people who are just whack jobs out there. [Dave laughs] Let’s face the facts. But I am really sticking to the 4 agreements and I try not to say anything bad.

I’ll give you an example. About 1-2 weeks ago somebody got ahold of me on Facebook. And he was trying to bring up somebody’s name and trying to trash the person. And I said to my friend, “hey I am not going there. I choose not to say anything bad about this person.” Then I said, “have you read the 4 agreements?” He hadn’t so I told him that I highly recommend it.

Let’s just be really careful. Those of us that gossip and say bad things, what good does it do? Trust me I have done it both ways. Of course we are all grown ups and if there’s somebody you don’t like you may say something bad. I don’t do that anymore. And I haven’t done it in some time. It really really does make a tremendous difference.

Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say what you mean.

“Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”  

– Don Miguel Ruiz

Agreement #2: Don’t take anything personally

I was a big violator of this agreement for a long time. There are a million examples of things that happen in life. I always used to take things personally. What did I do wrong? Why did they do that to me? But you know something? You never know the circumstances. You might think you know. But you don’t know the circumstances and it doesn’t do any good to take something personally. So just forget about it. Don’t worry!

Don’t take it personally! Nothing others do is because of you. Chances are that someone is not even thinking of you. It’s not all about you. What others say and do is a projection of their reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. Don’t take anything personally. Let it just fly away.

Agreement #3: Don’t make assumptions

Here’s another one that I know I have been super guilty of this. Super guilty! You always assume, oh this person didn’t do x because of… and that’s the reason. I’ve found that 90% of the time, I was wrong in my assumptions. It’s not good to make assumptions. It’s unhealthy to make assumptions. Trust me. Since I listened to the audio book I stopped making assumptions. I’m telling you it really is true.

Try this. If you’re assuming things, go back and take a look at the things you have assumed. Over the past few months or year the assumptions that you made were wrong.

I had somebody recently assume something about me. And she stopped talking to me. I noticed on Facebook and through other little hints that she just was pissed at me. And I am thinking to myself , “wow it’s a friend. What did I do?” So I got ahold of her and we started talking it out and she made these assumptions that were totally wrong. And I recommended the book to her, so I said “hey have you read the book The 4 Agreements?” And she said “I have not heard of it.” And I said, “I’ve learned over the years that when you assume and when I assume, it’s almost always wrong. Don’t assume.” It’s not good. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.

Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings. With just this one agreement you can completely transform your life. It’s true. It really is!

What’s the last agreement? Well that’s funny. I started the show off with this. When I first started talking about the 4 agreements, I said this is a little hint.

Agreement #4: Always do your best

No matter how good you are at something or if you’re really healthy whatever. All you can be asked to do is to do your best. Nobody’s perfect. I am far from perfect. We all try things. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we just give up. A lot of times we give up way too quickly.

Over the years I’ve found that I thought I had a good idea, I started something and if it didn’t hit right away, I just gave up. Which is the stupidest thing ever by the way because sometimes success takes a long time. It does not happen overnight. You look at these overnight sensations on the internet and people that put out videos and they go viral and have millions and millions of views. But that is such a small tiny fraction of the minority. Most people, like me included, have to work hard at what they do and nothing is ever an overnight success.

For example, I have been doing The David Madow Lifestyle Show for 3 years now. And it’s not an overnight success. I’ve got a lot of great listeners and subscribers like you. And by the way if you find this helpful, share it with someone else. I’ve grown quite a bit but I really want to grow it more. I want to change the entire world even if it’s one person at a time. Even if it’s one person in the world. As I told you before, I don’t get paid for this podcast. All of my equipment I pay for, my time thinking about an episode and what I am going to talk about. It’s all time and money and I don’t get paid.

The way I do get paid is not really in cash. The way I get paid is when somebody like Steve Moore comes up to me and says “hey Dave you’ve changed my life!” That’s all I need people. That’s what I like to hear and I want to change lives. So the more people we can share this with, I appreciate it. I want the word to get out to more people.

But anyway this last agreement is just to do your best. Nobody is asking you to be perfect. You’re not going to be perfect. You’re not going to be the best in the world at something. Or probably not. But just do your best! Do the best you can. Your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different when you’re healthy as opposed to when you’re sick. Under any circumstance simply do your best and you will avoid self judgement, self abuse, and regret.

How do you like that? The 4 agreements that are so powerful and so life changing. I want you to start with those today. And when I say today I mean today. So think before you say something. Don’t talk about anybody else. Don’t gossip. Don’t say anything bad. Being impeccable with you word means that your words are really powerful and they will affect others. So speak the truth my friend.

The other 3 agreements I don’t need to repeat them because you can just rewind. I guess we don’t really rewind these days do we? [Dave laughs] In the old days when we had cassette tapes. Some of you might be too young to remember this but in the old days before we had online streaming videos we had to go to the video store if we wanted to watch a movie. So we went and rented one of these large bulky tapes. And when you brought them back to the shop if you didn’t rewind, many shops would charge a $2 rewind fee. There would be a sticker on the VHS that said “be kind, rewind.”

So I want you to be kind and I want you to rewind this and I want you to listen to it. How about if we make this a goal? Let’s do this! I look at the stats to see how many people are listening to each episode. Let’s do this! If you like this episode, which I hope you did, I’d like you to share this with 2 like minded people. 2 people that you’re close with. Maybe a family member. Maybe a spouse or significant other. Maybe a cousin or an associate at work. Someone that you are like minded with and you feel that they could really benefit from learning these 4 agreements. I’d like you to share this. Send them the link. Share with them how to listen to my podcast. I would appreciate it!

And you know what I am going to be doing? I am going to be looking at the statistics. I won’t be able to tell if you actually shared but I do get statistics on how many people download, what countries they’re from. But don’t worry, I don’t get names. But I’ll be able to tell if there is a spike in the downloads. And I’ll be happy because I am seeing that more people are getting it. More people want to live a better life, to help others, to help yourself, to help the planet, to help animals, and just to help everything and everybody. Isn’t that good enough? That’s the way I try to live my life. Is my life perfect? No! Not at all! I go through tough times like any of you. I go through difficult times. Trust me. Trust me I do. But I always know there’s going to be sunlight at the end of that tunnel for sure.

Thanks for being with me. If you’ve been with me for quite some time, thank for being with me today again. If you’re brand new to me, I really appreciate it. I love you! I appreciate you! And guess what? I’ll see you next week. I’m Dr. D the “V”. Have a great one!

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174 – Indian Buffets and Weight Loss

Hey there! How’s it going? Dr. D the “V”, David Madow. Welcoming you back to another episode of The David Madow Lifestyle Show. It’s the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier!

I’ve got a great episode for you today. I’m recording live from Breckenridge, Colorado again. My home in the winter.

I want to share something with you today about your weight. It’s February now and unfortunately a lot of people have released the New Year’s resolutions. ttdx not abiding by them as carefully as they thought they would. But whether you’re thin, medium, heavy, whether you want to lose some weight, whether you want to gain some weight. Whatever you want to do; listen carefully because I am going to share my secrets. And also some of my struggles.

And by the way, if you’re brand new, I appreciate you! I appreciate you whether you’re new listener or long term but I’ve got some new listeners coming on board. So I really really appreciate the fact that you’re with me. I’m going to share some great things with you today.

But before I do so, I also want to give you a little reminder that on March 18th, 2017, I am producing the world’s 1st vegan Indian buffet dinner and open mic. It’s in Owings Mills, Maryland. It’s going to an incredible evening! And whether you’re local to the Maryland area or traveling in from out of state, there’s going to be a lot of cool people. Whether you’re vegan, whether you’re vegetarian, whether you’re just curious, or whether you’re totally an omnivore or carnivore and just want to see what this thing is all about; you are invited. It’s going to be a fun evening. And after dinner we’re going to open up the mic to anybody that’s there that wants to either tell a little story, do a little comedy, do a musical performance, whatever you may want to do. It’s going to be open for you. You don’t have to do anything. You can sit there and hang out and relax and eat and watch the show. Enjoy some good food and some good company.

For more information, check out my Facebook page. We’ve got a bunch of people going so far and hundreds interested. So this is going to prove to be a really cool evening. And if it works out well, which I have every reason to believe it will, but there will be more! And maybe we’ll travel to your hometown, who knows?! We’ll see! It’s going to be some fun.

So let’s talk about your weight. Let’s talk about my weight. I want to start off by saying we can never judge anybody by weight. Weight is a very personal thing no matter where you are in life. People want to be thinner. People want to gain weight. Some people are happy with the way they are.

But you never know really what’s going on inside of somebody and why they are the way they are. We never want to judge anybody personally. But it is true that if you want to be at an ideal weight, I think I can help you. I think I have kinda figured it out. Not without struggles. I’ve had plenty of struggles on my own as well. Not only that but due to some injuries and some other things going on.

I’ve had some struggles lately. Business is never as easy as it seems on the outside. When you own a business, there are always struggles. There’s all kinds of things. And I have found that due to an injury I had a short time ago combined with some stress from business and things like that, I had put on a few pounds back East. I probably put on 10 pounds. I made it a point to say that when I get out to Breckenridge, I am going to lose that weight. And I did! I’ve been pretty successful so far.

I’ve been here a little over 2 weeks now and I want to share with you some things I’ve done here that can be done anywhere. It’s easier here. I think because of the nature of the town because of the outdoor activities and some of the things I do. But what I’ve learned here can be done anywhere. So let me share with you some of the things I’m doing now to actually knock those pounds right off. And feel better. And look better.

When you look in the mirror or look back at old pictures, and you’re heavier than you want to be what’s the first thing that shows? It’s generally your face. And when you look in the mirror or look at old pictures and you’re heavier than you want to be, your face is generally fuller and fatter. And when the weight starts coming off and your face trims down, it’s like you’re a different person.

I have so many friends and so many people that I have helped with their weight troubles over the years and I can see before and after pictures; I have followers and friends that look like totally different people because their faces have narrowed down and they just look great. Now that doesn’t mean that if you have a full face, you look bad. No, I’m not saying that at all. But what I find is the first thing that is extremely noticeable is the face. It’s not necessarily the stomach but it’s the face. And the face really tells all.

So I want to share some of the things I am doing here in Breckenridge that have caused me to lose about 10 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks. And I am still going for a little bit more. So when I get back East, I am going to be a whole different person. I got my hair cut off and I look different. But I’m still the same Dr. Dave, trust me 😉

So in Breck, I walk everywhere we go. Right now I am on my way to the grocery store to pick some things up. Do you think I considered getting in my car? No! I’m walking. I’m walking every single day. When we travel to the ski life when we start skiing in the morning, we walk. And walking with skis over the snow is great exercise. Walking every single day is incredible exercise. At the end of the day, we ski down the mountain and walk about 10 minutes back to our place. So there’s a lot of walking and a lot of movement. What I’ve found is that a lot of time we are hanging around the house watching TV or at lunch eating and we just want to eat, eat, eat. It’s very easy to go to the fridge. It’s very easy to open up cabinets. It’s very easy to start eating and munching on stuff. But I’ve found that when I’m skiing, I’m not as hungry as I would if maybe I had nervous hunger like I have if I was at a business meeting or a lunch back East.

Now, I am not knocking the East. That’s where I live. But it’s really strange. You would think that skiing all morning you would be starved and want to eat this tremendous lunch and pig out. It’s actually kind of the opposite. I don’t feel all that hungry. I don’t generally eat a lot while I am skiing. But then we take a lunch break and I typically pack a sandwich, some green tea, some nuts, and I will be very honest with you occasionally we’ll pack a few little chips. They are not healthy at all by any stretch of the imagination. Am I perfect?  I try to eliminate all the processed foods that I can. That’s another one of my secrets.

Moving your body is not a secret but it’s something that works. If you want to lose weight, you pretty much have to do it on a regular basis.

Eating is another thing. As you know, I eat plant based. I don’t eat anything from an animal. When you eat plant based vegan and you cut out the processed foods and the sugars. No cookies, no desserts, no sweetened drinks at all. The only thing that I drink out here is basically water and unsweetened tea. No artificial sweeteners, no sugar, no nothing. Occasionally, if Yoko and I are out at one of our favorite restaurants we will split a sake. But very very little. I drink almost no alcohol. If you like alcohol, I’m not down on it; I’m just telling you it’s packed with calories. And when you eliminate alcohol, you’re gonna lose weight. When you eliminate wheat products and processed things like that, you’re gonna lose weight.

So those are the two main things that I find that when I am here help me with weight control. Eating a vegan diet, which I do anywhere, and moving my body.

What we do here, I do every day. I do some yoga poses I don’t do a full hour of yoga. I can’t say I don’t have the time for it. I just don’t do it. I do meditation practically every single day. And not noshing on junk. That’s pretty much my secret.

So maybe there’s something to this. If you want to lose weight, maybe there’s something to putting yourself in a different environment for a short period of time and really ramping it up. Moving your body more, taking time to yourself, eating better, and being stricter on your diet.

I am very strict. Even when I’m back East, I’m really strict. But I find that sometimes I do indulge in foods that are processed and not whole foods. I try my best to eat a whole food plant based diet. I never deviate on the animal part of it. I do not want to eat any animal products for so many reasons. I just don’t eat any animal products. So I never ever make an exception there. I never just take a bite of cheese. I just won’t do it. I look at labels and if something has animal products, I just don’t buy it. I am pretty much 100% vegan. Or as close to 100% as possible.

I know that when you eat in a restaurant you are pretty much at the mercy of the restaurant and you never know 100%. But most people as soon as you tell them what you don’t want to have in your food, they are very good about understanding. And I am finding, especially here in Breck too, that people are in tune to vegan eating. When were in an Indian restaurant last night and the waitress there totally understood when I said it. When you go to Indian restaurants and get the bread you think it’s so innocuous but let me tell you there is milk product in nan bread. If you want to get a bread in an Indian restaurant that has no dairy, you’ll want to get roti. Roti is a whole wheat bread that’s made without dairy. But be very careful. There’s hidden animal products in many many things that you would not expect.

So, it’s February. New Year’s resolutions for many of you have kind of gone down the tubes. And sometimes you get frustrated and you struggle especially with weight. So I am here to be your coach. I’m going to help you. I’m going to be your cheerleader. I know you can do this. The best advice I can give you is to try your best to make very few exceptions. The people that say anything in moderation is ok, to me that’s bullshit. I do not think that anything in moderation is ok. I think that’s an excuse for eating junk. Because would you say that heroin or cocaine in moderation is ok? You wouldn’t even think about that I hope. You wouldn’t even consider that in moderation. So why would you consider something that’s really bad for you like a coca-cola ok? I would not. So let’s tighten our belts so to speak (no pun intended) and really watch what we eat and be stricter and move our body.

Last spring, I got a Fitbit Blaze and it tracks my steps every day and tells me how much I sleep at night. I love it! It’s been an invaluable tool to help me keep my body in the best shape possible. I am going to be 62 in May and yeah I’m here skiing with my son who’s 31 and my wife who’s 46. I’m skiing with these youngsters and I’m keeping up…kind of. I’m skiing the blacks, the double blacks, the tough stuff. And do I ever get sore? Of course I do. Right now I could use an incredible massage on my left shoulder. It’s just sore. They are out actually on the slopes right now and I am kind of taking the morning off relaxing and recording this for you. And going to the grocery store getting some really healthy food. That’s exactly what I’m doing.

I’m probably going to be doing another live-stream Facebook video. I try to do those once or twice a month now. I try not to overdo it. I’m getting ready to do one a few days after Superbowl.

A lot of good stuff coming up. I’m excited about life. Do we all have struggles? Absolutely! Is life tough sometimes? It is! It really is! I’ll share some things with you in the very near future about some of the struggles I’ve been going through. And I’m just trying to sort things out. And figure out my life like I always go. I’m very goal oriented. I still carry around my goals in my notebook everywhere I go.

But sometimes things get difficult. And it doesn’t help that everyone is so divided now about the politics that are going on in the U.S. and really with things going on all over the world.  But I’ve never seen a nation so divided. I’ve never seen so many Facebook friends feel so divided. And I want to end with this. If someone is a different religion than you are, a different skin color, a different sexual orientation. I would hope that you respect and love because everyone is different. Don’t judge people on the religion, their skin color, their sexual orientation, whatever they may be. So I really hope you take it a step further and please don’t judge people on what they believe politically because we’re all different. Everybody has their own personal views. And we should all love each other and respect that is what makes the nation (and the world) go around. I see some of these hateful posts on Facebook and it really does upset me just because again I’ve never seen us so divided. So please love your fellow person. And don’t start to hate people based on their political views or their religious views. That’s really bad in my opinion. Let’s try to love.

I’m going to end this show today with love. Because you know something? I love you! You know something else? I will see you next week! I’m Dr. Dave…

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173 – Depressed in Motel Rooms, Animals, and MORE

Hey there! It’s Dr. Dave the “V”. That stands for David the vegan. Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I am still in Breckenridge, Colorado recording this live for you. It’s going to be a great show today. Remember this is the show where I help YOU live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier.

I’ve got a great one and the reason it’s a great one is because we’re going to be doing another 3 questions. This is when I go on Facebook and say I am going to take the first 3 questions and I will answer them no matter what they are. It’s going to be a little bit different because I have 4. #3 and #4 came in so close so to be fair I will answer 4 today. So let’s get going. This is going to be a packed show. You’re going to love it!

1. How do you deal with violence against animals on a personal level? – Blooms Day

That’s a great question! Number 1 , I’d say the biggest thing that I do is that I don’t consume animals. I do not participate in animal agriculture, I do not consume animals, I do not wear animals, and I do not go and see animals for my entertainment.

And by the way, I am so glad that Ringling Brothers, Barnum, & Bailey Circus is just giving up. They couldn’t make it because there’s just too much awareness and activism and people are seeing how these animals are being terribly terribly abused and suffering. And they called it quits. And I know a lot of people messaged me on Facebook and said “but Dave don’t you care about all the people there that are losing their jobs? Of course I do! I am a humanitarian. I love people. But guess what? These people can find other jobs. These people will find other jobs. They are talented people. The animals had no voice. They had no say! It was a no brainer. It had to end. And I am so glad that the circus is ending.

That’s probably the primary way that I deal with violence against animals. I am vegan and I do not use animals for food, clothing, or entertainment.

About 16 or 17 years ago, I rescued 3 cats that were outside in the cold. I brought them in and gave them a wonderful home and they’re still our cats. Their names are Phil, Ackley, and Jade. I think animal rescue is a really great thing. I did it. And there are only so many animals that we can take care of at one time. So I’ve got 3 that I rescued and saved their lives.

I give money to animal charities. I also try to educate others. I don’t force my being vegan down other people’s throats. I am not the kind of person that says you better be vegan or I am not going to like you or respect you. I don’t do that. I lead by example. People see that I am approaching 62 years old and I am pretty damn healthy looking. And that’s because I don’t eat animals. I just kinda throw little hints out there that it’s the best way to live. And a lot of people follow me. To this day, I think I am responsible for turning on about 110-120 people to become vegan.

So Bloom’s, great question! And I hope I answered that really thoroughly for you.

2. What attracted you to Breckenridge? – Jason Powell

For those of you that don’t know, I love Breckenridge, Colorado. I come out here at least twice per year with my wife Yoko. We’re here right now. We spend a good month plus here in the winter and a good couple weeks (at least) in the summer. What attracted me to this area was originally skiing. I love skiing and I want to come out here more to get better and better. Probably about 8 years ago, I was a decent intermediate skier. And I just felt like the only way that I was going to get better was to come out here and ski for a month straight every winter. And I did! And I got better at the blacks and the double blacks and the expert slopes. I’m still not the best person on the mountain, trust me. But I can hold my own. I’m decent. So I love the skiing out here.

But, what I have found when I am in Breckenridge, is that being outdoors in the mountains we don’t drive a lot here. Everything is within walking distance. I get exercise every day. Whether it’s walking to the chair lift, walking through town. The other day for the very first time in my life, I actually cross country skied and snowshoed in the same day. And we like to hike. And in the summer, Yoko and I like to do a lot of hiking and we do a race or two every season here. By the way, a half marathon in the mountains is very very difficult. And we like to hike up 14’ers. A 14’er is a mountain whose altitude is 14,000 feet plus. Let me tell you something. Try hiking up a 14’er at some point. It is not easy. The air is thin. It’s usually pretty steep, and rocky, and slippery. But you should try it! There is no such thing as an easy 14’er. It just doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as easy when hiking up a 14’er. But I think a good beginner’s 14’er would be Mt. Quandary just outside of Breckenridge. Very easy access to get there from Breckenridge. I wouldn’t do it in the winter. I would do it in the summer months only. During the summer you really should pay attention and be off of the exposed area of the mountain by noon. Because if you are on the peak at the summit when lightning strikes, you’ve got some problems. Time it so that you can start early in the morning and you are off the peak noon.

So when I come out here, I just find that I eat healthier, I lose weight, it’s kind of like a cleanse. I think toxins build up when I am living on the East coast. They just do. But when I am out in Breckenridge, I am able to catch up with better eating and exercising everyday. Losing a little bit of weight that I may have put on while on the East coast.

That’s why we love it here! The sheer beauty of what’s going on here.

So Jason, I hope that answered your question. Thanks for asking that.

3. Amalgam or composite? – Jarrod Thomas

As most of you know, I am a dentist by profession. I don’t practice dentistry anymore but I am trained as a dentist. I am licensed as a dentist. And I am also a dental motivational speaker in addition to what I am doing here with The David Madow Lifestyle Show. So I think this question came from a dentist 😉

Amalgam are the old time silver mercury fillings that we used to put in people’s teeth. They look dark and grey and are made of metal. Composite is a tooth colored plastic resin filling that is bonded to the tooth instead of being shoved into the tooth like an amalgam.

This is not a dental podcast but since he asked this, it’s very interesting. To this day, there’s a lot of controversy out there. There are dentists that believe that every person should have all amalgam taken out of their mouth because it’s toxic and it’s dangerous. And even if the amalgam (mercury/silver) was placed in your mouth 20 years, some people are saying that you’ve got to get it out because it’s leeching mercury vapor and is possibly causing all kinds of possible medical issues, disease, etc.

Now, I don’t have the answer to that. If I were a practicing dentist today, I would absolutely not be doing any mercury fillings for sure. But would I be taking them out of everybody’s mouth that has them if they’ve been there for 20 years and look fantastic? I’m not so sure. There are two camps. Some docs say you’ve got to get them all out and others say no if they’re not causing any problems and there no leaking and there’s no decay around them, leave them.

So I am not sure. I don’t have the answer. Some of the smartest people on both sides make excellent arguments. So I just don’t know. In my mouth, I think I have one tiny amalgam filling. Am I going to get that ripped out and have it replaced? I don’t know. I haven’t done it yet. We’ll see.

There’s some compelling stories though from people that say they had all kinds of problems and once they replaced them with composite fillings, they say their problems all went away. So I don’t know. Who am I to say? But thanks so much for that question Jerrod!

4. How long did it take to rebuild your life when when you were going through the worst of times in a motel room? – Mallory Henderson

Many of you know, if you’re regular listeners, back in 2000 or 2001 I left a marriage that was a 23 year marriage. It wasn’t working for me. I’m not here to bad mouth anybody. That’s not what I do. But let’s just say, it was bad for me and there were some serious issues. If I stayed in that marriage, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I might have died one day soon prematurely because it wasn’t working for my health, for my body, for my psychological make-up. There were some bad things going on. I will say that.

So I left the situation. As Mallory indicated, I was kind of homeless because I didn’t have a place to go. So I found a motel room several miles from where we lived and I just checked in and lived there. I can’t really remember how long but fortunately a lot of that part of my life is just blacked out. And that’s maybe a good thing.

Suffice it to say, I was miserable. I lived in this motel room. I had a car a remember that it was winter so it was cold and snowy and sleeting outside. I would drive to work from this motel room to my office every day. I was depressed and it was just horrible.

There came a point where I knew I couldn’t stay in the motel room any longer. That just wasn’t working at all. So I found a townhouse that I rented. I think I signed a 1 year lease. And I moved in. It was fully furnished but to me the furnishings were to me really depressing and ugly. It wasn’t a super clean place. But at least it wasn’t a motel room.

But I was just depressed there. I felt bad. A lot of the people that I thought would support me when I was in my marriage, turned out to be fake friends. They weren’t really true friends. My true friends stuck with me through bad times as well as of course the good times. You think they are really your friends but when times get tough you find out they are not.

So I was in this depressing townhouse. My phone wasn’t really ringing a lot. I wasn’t talking to a lot of people. It was very tough for me. But I started going out a bit and seeing some people and getting involved with some things. There was never really a distinct date on the calendar. Over time, the feeling of being alone and being depressed and feeling worthless eventually went away. Just trying to be social and have some fun, my life started to get better and better and better. One of the most important things is that I found that it’s not about other people. I found out that I really didn’t love myself.

I had a lot of time to sit alone in that depressing townhouse and contemplate, meditate, think and learn how to truly feel comfortable within. I learned to like and love myself. And that took a lot. That was difficult! Because in the past I would always go with the program, go with the flow. I wasn’t really mindful of my whole life. I was going with the flow in my marriage. I knew in my heart it wasn’t right but I didn’t know what to do. So I just kept doing it. I got out of it but it took a lot of rebuilding time.

Probably after about a year of being in this townhouse, I was riding my bike one day about 4 miles away in a really cool rural area. And I found this house that said “open house”. So I parked my bike down  on the driveway and walked into the house and I said to myself “this is my house. I want to buy this house. This house is going to make me feel good.” Well, a house can’t make you feel good because you still have to feel good within. You have to love yourself. I can’t stress that enough. That is the most important thing. You have to love yourself. But when you come home everyday to a house that’s yours, and clean, furnished the way you like, and has your own music through a system that you installed, and you can do things like cook your own food, you start to feel a lot better.

So Mallory, I love that question and appreciate it. I could talk forever on this. But since that you asked that question, I sense that you might be going through something yourself. Some advice is to realize that it doesn’t happen overnight but you will get better. The situation will improve. You will meet better people. You will feel better about yourself. I guarantee that! I have been through all of this. I have been through hell where I thought wow, if my life continues like this I know my health would have went downhill. It would have been a disaster. So I made the change not knowing what’s going to be on the other side. People stay in the same relationship or they stay in the same job even though they don’t like it but it’s at least comfortable. It’s a known entity and they are not sure what’s on the other side. But let me tell you something. The other side is usually a lot better. If you are in a situation that you know in your heart is not right and you feel it in your gut every day. I promise you the other side will be better. Will it happen right away, no probably not. Will it take a little bit of time? Absolutely!

I can speak to this because I have been through all this. It’s been a good 16+ years now since I left a 23 year marriage and I wouldn’t want it any other way right now. There’s just no way. If somebody said to me, “Dave I will pay you 5 million dollars to go back into that situation.” I would say “screw you![Dave laughs] There’s no flipping way. There’s not enough money in the world. So I hope that illustrates how important it is to make that decision in a situation that’s really bad. I am not a proponent of divorce. I don’t tell people to go out and get divorced. Divorce is tough. It’s difficult. It’s not fun. There’s some people that might stop liking you. There’s still one family out there. I am not mentioning any names but they still despise me because this family felt that I should have remained in the marriage my entire life no matter what. They hate me. [Dave laughs]

Does it sound like a care? My life is great! I found a wonderful woman who respects me and who understands me. And who understands my family. So no, there’s not enough money in the entire world to make me go back into a toxic situation. So I beg you. You know in your heart the right thing to do.

Mallory, great question. And I really hope it not only helped you but that it helped a lot of people out there.

Hey guys, I’ll see you next week! I’m Dr. Dave and I will see you next I promise. You take care!

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172 – Tips From Breck

Hey there! It’s Dr. Dave and welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. It’s the show where I help you live stronger, longer, thinner, healthier, and happier!

If I sound like I’m a little out of breath, I’m really not. This is our first episode this season from Breckenridge, Colorado. Beautiful Breckenridge! Where there are mountains and snow and skiers and snowboarders and people and outdoors activities and fun. For the town itself, the elevation is 9600 feet. So even in the town just sleeping, you’re at almost 2 miles of elevation. And then once you get up on the mountain to ski, all bets are off. They have a chair lift here that brings you to just a tad under 13,000 feet in elevation. So do the math on that. The oxygen is very thin. The air is very thin here.

So I am walking outside. You might be able to hear the snow crunching under my feet. I love it here. I am here with my wife, Yoko. We come every season. We come in the winter and we come in the summer. We would like to live here and we will eventually.

What we love about it is that we don’t have to drive anywhere. Once we’re here, we pretty much walk wherever we want to go. What happens is you start to feel better. It’s almost like a forced exercise. A forced healthy lifestyle. We ski during the day. I do work and my writing. I have my laptop here and get on conference calls. I do all these things. But a lot of times during the day we are out skiing on the mountain or walking through town.

So anyway, we’re here for a while and I’ll probably be doing the next few episodes from beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. If you’re in the area, send me an email or a message and come through and visit. I would love to have you and hang out with you. I would love to get a cup of coffee or tea with you so let me know if you’re around.

The first thing I want to share with you is actually pretty interesting. The first day I went out on the mountain. It had not snowed for a while so there was not a whole bunch of powder. So you are kinda skiing on “groomed” packed snow if that makes any sense to you. As I was skiing down the mountain, I remembered that in that kind of snow my skis didn’t really perform that well. I was kind of slipping and sliding all over the place, whereas other people seemed to be doing fine. I just felt like I was sliding too much. My skis do really well through powder and at the top of the mountain and things like that. But for a normal type of skiing, I just felt that they could do better.

So I went to a local ski shop here and I demoed a pair of skis. I wanted skis that would allow me to pretty much ski all over the mountain. So I started doing a lot of reading. It said that I should try much shorter skis. Much shorter than most of the people in the stores would recommend.

So I went into a ski shop and the first lady said, “oh no you shouldn’t do that. That’s not going to be good.” And I pretty much thought to myself that my gut was telling me that I wanted some shorter skis.

So I went into another place and I worked with a guy for about 45 minutes and he showed me skis. He was a really nice guy named Matt. And he totally got it! He totally understood that you can do pretty well on short skis. Let’s give it a shot!

So I took these out on the mountain the next day. And let me tell you something. It was like night and day between what I had been skiing on and these new skis that I was demoing. It was like night and day. I felt like I could ski on anything. In the past I was slipping and sliding, but now I felt so comfortable. It was like starting a new skiing career over. I am thinking to myself these things are awesome. I demoed them for another day and I ended up buying them.

Yes, I know I am a minimalist. I don’t get a lot of stuff. This is just one thing. I ski so much and just wanted to have the right equipment. And I wanted to have something that was right for me.

So I started thinking. What else is in our lives that we kind of are putting up with but might not be the best for us? We know in our heart that it’s not right, but we’re too reluctant to change. It could be anything. Think along with me. What could it be? Maybe you’ve been sleeping on a mattress and the mattress is old and is causing lower back pain. And it’s not helping your back. It’s not helping your sleep and you’re getting a horrible night’s sleep. Maybe if you did a little research and bought a new mattress, you will say “I cannot believe I have been sleeping on that other mattress for 5 years!” Because that’s basically what I had been saying about these skis. Because the newer ones are so much better.

Think about anything you might have that for some reason you feel is not working out for you very well and if you only changed it there would be a big difference in the way that product or item works. Maybe it could change your life depending on what it is. Just think about it.

For 3 years I thought that slipping and sliding was the way it was supposed to be but I knew it was not. Because as I saw everybody else around me they didn’t seem to be slipping and sliding like I was.

So I bought these skis. But I want to share something with you about when I bought these skis. I recently went to a seminar. There was a guy on the stage and he was explaining to the audience how to really connect with people. And how to pretty much get something that you want. Not by taking advantage of anyone of doing any harm but how to have an advantage if you’re in a business negotiation or something like that. What he explained was something called C.I.A. “C” stands for compliment, the “I” stands for introduce, and the “A” stands for ask. So this guy said that whenever you are in a situation such as a business situation or you’re meeting someone new or people you don’t know and you don’t know how to really start a conversation, the first thing you do is to go up to a person or a group of people and throw a compliment out there.

So for example, you are at the ski lodge and you’re by yourself. You don’t know anyone around but maybe you want to meet some people. You see a group of people sitting there having lunch. So you look at them and the first thing you say to them is “Hey, you guys look like a fun group here.” Now that sounds a little forced. But imagine going up to a group of people and saying “Hey it looks like you guys are having fun.” Nobody would ever question that. People love to hear that said about themselves or a group.

The next thing you do is to introduce yourself. And then quickly ask a question. “Hey do you guys know where’s the best place on the mountain to ski some powder?” And all of a sudden you are accepted into this group and 30 seconds ago you didn’t even know them. Remember C.I.A.

So say you are a single guy looking for a single woman and you walk into a bar. You could do the same thing. It’s a good way to meet people and it doesn’t look like it’s forced or look phony. Nobody minds being complimented.

The reason I am bringing this up is that I wanted to share an example with you. I used this technique when I bought my pair of skis. You see I just saw this guy on stage a little while ago and I’m also reading one of his books. And I said I’m gonna try this out. What I wanted to do was to see if I could get the best possible deal on the skis. Again nothing unethical or illegal but I wanted to get the best possible deal.

So when I went into the store after I demoed the skis there was another guy, not the guy I dealt with already. So I thought I am going to try it out on this guy. He asked if he could help me and I said “No, I’m waiting for Matt. Matt’s been helping me.” So after a little while and a little small talk, I figured I was going to try it. So I said “It looks like you love working here. This looks like so much fun! Am I right?” And he looked at me and said, “Yeah I’m having too much fun! This is great, right?!”  And then I took my hand out and shook his hand and said, “Hi, my name is Dave.”

I was going to take it to the next level and ask him for help with my skis to really swing a deal but this guy didn’t look like the right kind of guy to be honest. To be honest with you the guy looked stoned. He looked a little out of it and I didn’t want to start up a financial conversation about my skis. It’s legal to buy weed and smoke weed in Colorado so this guy wasn’t doing anything illegal. But it’s probably not the coolest thing to be stoned at work. I don’t think the boss would have liked that too much. I just didn’t think this was the guy. But I was all ready to try that – C.I.A. Compliment, introduce, and ask a question. My question would have been “I’m interested in the skis. I am a regular here and refer lots of customers. What’s the best price you can get me?” But I didn’t ask the stoned guy.

Here’s what I did. When my guy Matt was ready (he was working with another customer), we started talking. He already knew me so I didn’t have to introduce. I think I did throw him a compliment. I thanked him very much and told him that he had been so helpful and that I appreciated him taking the time to work with me. And then I went right into my little spiel. I said, “Hey, let’s price this out. I want to let you know that I am a local who is here all winter and I have referred a lot of people and bought a lot of stuff here. So what’s the best price you can do?” He looked at me and thought for a second and said “Hmmm, don’t tell anybody this because I really shouldn’t be doing this but I am going to give you 20% off.” I look at him and said “20% off of everything? The skis, the bindings, everything?” And he said “Yeah, I’ll give you 20% off everything.” So I look at him and said “I think that’s really fair. Thank you very much!”

So there are a few lessons here. C.I.A. You can meet somebody new, you can negotiate. In business transactions I am very fair, but I also think it’s fair to ask for the best price. Don’t necessarily pay retail. I’ve found that at almost every place that you buy something you can make a deal with them. People think that you can only deal with car dealers and no one else negotiates. You can negotiate almost everywhere. You don’t have to be obnoxious. You don’t have to be a jerk about it. You can just say something kind of like I said in the ski shop. Nothing I said was untrue. I don’t want you to think you should lie or deceive somebody when trying to strike a deal. But there’s nothing wrong with letting somebody know how many people you’ve referred. And that you kind of expect a little deal in return. There’s nothing wrong with that. You’d be surprised how many people come back and say “we just had a sale two weeks ago, let me give you that price.”

Here’s another example. Yoko and I went into a running store called Vertical Runner which, by the way, is North America’s highest running store at an elevation of 9600 feet. Yoko was going to buy 2 pairs of running shoes. So we went in there and Yoko was trying on some trail shoes. And the trail shoes were on sale at a great price. And when something is on sale for a great price, you don’t have to necessarily have to try to get it lower and lower. But the running shoes were fairly expensive. and I even said “Wow that’s a lot of money.” And so immediately the woman who worked there, her name was Molly, she said “let me tell you something, we just had women’s night and I think we gave everyone 20% off so I am going to give you 20% off.” That was just by asking. There’s nothing wrong with it. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be ashamed. The best business people negotiate and get the absolute best prices.

So I think that’s kind of it. I am excited to be here. I am excited to take some of the pounds off that I gained on the East coast because my leg is hurting a little bit. No it’s not the same leg, it’s a different leg. I was playing catch with my son in law about a month ago and took a fall. My leg has been hurting since so I am trying to nurse that a little bit. So when I was back in Maryland, I wasn’t able to do my running and walking as much as I should have and I put on a few pounds. I am not proud of that at all.

But here I am eating healthier. I always eat vegan. I never make exceptions. But there was some processed junk I started throwing in the mix back in Maryland. I shouldn’t have but I did. But here, I’m healthier, I’m moving my body a lot more, skiing on the mountain, walking pretty much every day. On the second full day here, I already noticed. I got on the scale and I’ve already noticed the pounds coming off. Because it is a healthy lifestyle here! You can live a healthy lifestyle wherever you are. Sometimes when you get an injury, it’s tough. My spirits are high. My attitude is great! And I’m going to do the best I can. You know why? Because I’m Dr. Dave and I’ll see you next week!

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171 – Travelling and Not Quitting

Hey there it’s Dr. D the “V!” What’s going on? Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show! I’m Dr. Dave. And I welcome you. Thanks so much for being here.

Right now I am recording from my outdoor studio right smack in the middle of Manhattan. That’s right New York City. I’m actually right in the middle of a lot of action. You’re gonna hear cars, you’re gonna hear trucks, you’re gonna hear buses, you’re gonna hear horns, you’re gonna hear loud people, but this is where the action is and I love it. And sometimes I like to be totally in solitude like on a 7 day backpack trip where no other human beings are around.

Figure this out. So what is it that I like. Do I like solitude? Do I like a busy city? I normally don’t like cities all that much except there are a few favorite ones that I just love traveling to. I happened to be here for a meeting yesterday and New York happens to be one of my favorites in the world. So when I get a chance to come here, I try to stay an extra day or so and combine it with some pleasure. I would recommend it. If you are listening to me from anywhere on this planet, if you have not visited Manhattan ever in your life or its been a long time, I recommend that you come take a look. There’s so much going on. So many cool people.

But there’s anything you want. And as you know I am trying to minimalize my life. I don’t go shopping anymore. You could come here and spend a fortune on shopping and get some great deals. But the only thing I have bought here over the last 2 1/2 days is food. No clothes, no electronic gadgets, no shoes, nothing. Nothing except food.

I am able to save extra money like that. When you don’t have that lifestyle where you’re always worried about buying something such as a new car or jewelry. I do make an exception for jewelry but the only jewelry that I wear are my beads from Desmond. I wear 3 beads that are full of energy – 3 beaded bracelets. And those are the only jewelry that I wear. I have no gold on, no expensive watch. Oh I have a Fitbit watch. So the only jewelry that I ever wear are my beaded bracelets on my right wrist and my beaded bracelets on my left wrist.

How’s your year coming so far? Can you believe that it’s already the middle of January. Things are going to go fast. I’m warning ya. So if there’s something that you want to do. Including visiting Manhattan. If there’s something that you want to do, whatever it might be; taking a trip, starting a new hobby, writing a book, writing a blog, whatever it might be. I’m going to give you some advice. Don’t hesitate! Don’t procrastinate! Just do it! Nike made millions with that slogan and I hope it’s ok that I stole it but just do it! Don’t worry about making mistakes. You will make some mistakes! Maybe if you’re starting something at the beginning, whatever it might be. Be really bad it. I was bad at so many things. I’m bad at things now as well. But the difference is I just did things.

I want to share a little story with you. I don’t think I’ve spoken about this on a previous episode. But sometimes they just run together and I forget what I talked about a few months ago. Not that I forget the podcasts but I forget if I’ve said something. So I don’t think I’ve said this before.

So here’s what I did. This goes back to the mid to late 1980’s. So a long time ago. I was a practicing dentist and I had an idea that I wanted to do something else. I wasn’t really sure what but I wanted to start another business and I truly had no idea what it was going to be.

Back in those days you had to go to the printer if you wanted to get cards or other stationary made up. These days anybody with a computer or online access can have business cards made up or letterhead or whatever with a logo. But back in those days you had to go to the printer.

So I went to the printer and I had a 1000 business cards made up with a totally made up business name. I still remember what it was to this day. I called myself DMM Management Consultants. It stood for David Michael Madow. I had my address and phone number on them. Back then there were really no fax machines yet or email, so I just had DMM Management Consultants, my name, my address, and my phone number.

Now if you were to ask me what the heck DMM Management Consultants did, I had no idea. But this is really weird. I started handing my card out to people. I didn’t even know what I wanted to do but I knew it was something. So management consultants is kind of a vague enough term. You can do a lot of different things. You could just be a consultant and help people with a lot of things. And remember I was a practicing dentist and I was pretty good with business as well.

So I started handing my card out, and as I started handing my card out and people asked me what I did, I started coming up with different things that I could do in this DMM Management Consultant business. As it turned out I had an idea a few months later to start selling a business form which I did and I started selling them by direct mail. That was like the first thing that DMM Management Consultants did. It worked. It’s the most bizarre thing because like I said when I first started I had no idea what I was going to do. This led to more things and different businesses. And that was kind of the start to my entrepreneurial career. Learning that if you want to do something, don’t flippin’ procrastinate. And don’t worry about if you’re good at it or not.

Back when I was younger, I tried my best to play the guitar. I just sucked, I was horrible. The biggest problem was that if someone said to me “Dave, you’re not good” or something like that, I took it very personally and I put the guitar down. And same thing with singing.

I think I told you this story before but I remember one time somebody told me that my singing always sounded too high. And I didn’t like that so I stopped singing. This is when I was a little kid. I picked up the guitar here and there a little bit and tried to take some lessons but I always kinda sucked and I never did much with the guitar. And I never really did much with singing until I became much older.

I tried it again when I was with my brother Rich. At first I totally sucked. I am sure I sounded horrible. To this day I have sung on stage solo, or with Rich, or with people in front of tens of thousands of people. Some small audiences and some audiences with as many as 5000 people.

The point is, I tried this. I tried it and I was not worried about how much I sucked. And now I do it for a living partly. When I speak at seminars and conferences with my brother Rich, I am on stage playing guitar and singing. And when I do my “10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life” at vegan conferences and veg fests, I oftentimes play my song that I wrote called Vegan on A Jet Plane and I play the guitar. And no I am not fantastic, and no I’m not a great singer, but I get standing ovations for this thing. So my point is not to talk about me and my guitar and my singing.

And by the way, when I first became a public speaker, I was horrible. I had no confidence. I was reading from slides. I was reading from cue cards and notes and it was horrible. I am surprised audiences didn’t get up and walk out. I’m really surprised. But they were courteous and they gave me extra energy to get better and better and better.

So what is it that you want to do? You know in your heart. What do you want to try? Whatever it is. A business, a hobby, a writer, a speaker like me teaching others, whatever it is; please just do it. Please don’t hesitate.

But this isn’t what I was going to talk to you about today. Since I am in New York, I was going to talk to you about traveling, how easy it is, and how you can do it for cheap.

So let me just share with you a few things that I always bring with me when I travel. First of all, when I travel generally it’s to someplace like New York. I will go on some place like hotels.com and find myself a good deal. Like I said during my Hippie Road Trip, you can go to hotels.com or use the app called Hotel Tonight. You can find some really good deals. I am not saying its 100%. Where I am staying in the middle of Manhattan, I got a room for $67 per night. You heard that right. I know there’s a lot of noise in the background here so you may have thought I misspoke. But no, you heard that right. And it was a nice room. Was it a 5 star hotel? Absolutely not! But was it clean and nice and in a good location? Yes!  You can do this. You can’t do it all the time. Sometimes the city is sold out and it’s more difficult. But you can do it.

I carry a lot of my own food. Granted when I am here in New York, I love to go to the vegan restaurants and check them out. Which I’ve done so far here. But I also save a lot of money on food because when I first get to a city, I find a good natural grocery store. Here’s what I do for breakfast. I’ll get some strawberries and carry them back to my room. I wash them off and cut up the strawberries. I will then get my shaker bottle. I usually carry packets of organic instant oatmeal with no sugar added. I’ll open up a packet or a packet and a half and put it in the shaker bottle. I’ll then add a little protein powder. If you’ve been listening to me for a long time, you’ll know I love MRM Protein Powder. I’ll add that to the mix. Just a couple of tablespoons. I’ll add some chia seed, flax seed, or hemp seed. And I’ll top it off with a nice portion of almond milk. About 8 to 10 ounces. I shake that all up and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The almond milk will soak into the oatmeal really well. You don’t have to cook oatmeal. I never knew this. But you can have oatmeal totally raw and it’s fine. So I let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then you’ve got yourself a nice breakfast. And it’s really inexpensive. And it’s healthier than anything you’re going to get at a diner. I promise you. I promise! It’s great!

And I bring rice crackers and almond butter. But there is something that I always carry with me that is indispensable. I am going to urge you to get this. You can get this on Amazon or at a local Asian market. Locally, in the Maryland area, check out HMart. Look for a Korean spoon. Korean spoons are longer than the typical spoons we are used to [in the U.S.]. They come in either metal or wood. I prefer wood just because it feels really good in my hand. And I carry this Korean spoon so that I can scoop out a big thing of almond butter and put it on a cracker or I can eat anything with it. I actually just used it for my breakfast that I just described to you because as it gets down low sometimes you have to use a longer spoon sometimes. It’s an instrument that I use all the time when I travel, even something that you normally need a fork for. You can use this as a fork. I love it! Go on Amazon or if you’re fortunate enough to have a really nice Asian market, especially a Korean market. 

Something else that I love is that I will go to a Wegman’s or someplace like that and get these chickpea snacks. They are dried chickpeas that are seasoned. They come in bag. And I know in the past I have said to beware of anything that comes in a bag because chances are it’s processed. I guess you could probably call this processed. But they are whole organic chickpeas, they’re just dried and spiced up a little bit. Picture that as a snack you put your hands into, it is wonderful! I carry these wherever I go. I carry almonds. You can also carry break if you like. I’m kinda on a gluten free kick. And I’ll explain why in a future episode. I’m not a 100% gluten free but I’m eliminating wheat and things like. I’m going to see if it makes a differences guys and I will report back to you. I’ve got a couple things that I want to see improved so that’s why I am kinda eliminating the bread, the wheat, and the gluten for now. I’ll get back to you and let you know how it goes.

I used to carry like a whole briefcase that had my connections, and little gadgets, and wires but now I carry one REI backpack. I’ve used a lot of backpacks for travel and this is the best one I’ve ever had. I’m thinking it was probably in the $80 to $90 range. It holds a really nice container of water. It has 3 sections. One I use for food, and I use for electronic type gadgets like this portable microphone and recorder I am recording on now. I always have it with me in my backpack. Always. And another thing I always carry with me is…? You know! What am I going to say? It’s my book of goals. It’s always with me in my backpack or my back pocket. It’s in a small pocket sized notebook. I have my book of goals and I read them every single day.

As I started off the show, I said if there’s something you want to do in your life don’t procrastinate. Put it down on your list of goals and read it every single day. I’m sure it’s going to make it easier for you to get it going.

Those are some of the things that I carry when I travel and I really am able to save a lot of money. Because again I eat a lot of food and snacks in the hotel room or when I’m walking around. But I do like to go to dinner if I’m in a different area and sample vegan restaurants. But I do not go to very expensive ones either. I just don’t feel the need to have to spend a lot of money. Last evening, I was down in Chinatown in a place called Buddha Bodai for dinner. I was by myself. I ordered a main course and it came with tea and the whole thing cost me like $9.95. I also left a tip so it came to a few bucks more than that. You can eat healthy and not have to spend a lot of money for it. You can do it. I am doing it. I’m saving the difference. I’m putting it away. I’m investing it.

And I think we’re due pretty soon for a financial show especially since we are at the beginning of the year. I want to share some things and reinforce some things about money and finances. Because again it’s all about the lifestyle. And if you’re not stressed financially, you’re healthier generally. And your marriage is better generally if you’re not stressed financially. You’ll be setting yourself up for a better life as things come up so I want to help you with that as well. I don’t want to see any of you stressed over finances. And I see a very very high percentage of people in first world countries that are stressed over financial concerns. And it’s funny how I said that – first world countries. But we’ve got our own set of problems. We have a lot of wonderful things here. Think of all the convenient things we have in all these first world countries. But somebody in a third world country is most likely not stressed out over paying off a credit card bill or how they’re going to pay their mortgage or their cable. They’re stressed out over other things like where am I going to get clean water but they’re not stressed out over going bankrupt.

Isn’t it strange? Isn’t kinda weird the way things work? Isn’t it kinda crazy? But I am going to say it’s good. Know what else I am going to say? I am going to say…see you next week! I’m Dr. Dave, Dr. D the “V” with The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I really appreciate you!

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170 – My Three Questions

Hello there! It’s Dr. D the “V”, David Madow. Welcome back to another episode of The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I’m so happy to be back with you for another incredible episode. Today we are going to be doing a show called “My Three Questions.” On Facebook I said that the first three people to ask me questions, whatever they are, I will answer them. And I did that a few weeks ago and it turned out great! I got a bunch of messages from people saying that they really liked the episode and that it was really cool.

So about a week ago, I did another one. And I think you’re really going to enjoy it. I’ve got three really really good ones.

First thing I want to do before we get into them is that I want to welcome new listeners, old listeners, whoever you may be. I really appreciate you! I think over the past few episodes I have neglected to say it to you. If you need me for anything, you can always reach me. My email address is simply dave@davidmadow.com. I always say that if you know my name, which I think you do now, you can find me online anywhere – Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, wherever I may be hanging. So I really appreciate you and let’s get right into this episode.

My Three Questions

Question: How do you maintain a positive attitude when everything around you is falling apart? Terri – Maryland

Answer: Terri, first I want to start off my answer by saying, Terri I am so sorry you feel that everything is falling apart. But I am going to disagree with you. Everything is not falling apart. You know how I know that Terri? Because you were able to type this on a computer and transmit is all over the internet. I know you’ve got a computer, you have internet which you are most likely paying for, you likely have a home that is heated, and you’re putting food on the table I’m guessing.

Here’s the thing, a lot of times we feel like we are falling apart and I have felt like this too so I can speak from experience. We go through a bad phase of life; whether it’s a divorce or whether it’s the loss of a job or a health problem, or anything like that. And your mind makes it feel like everything is falling apart. But then you take a stop back and it’s really not. Terri you’re living, you’re breathing, you’re eating, you’re sleeping, you’re doing all the things that human beings do and I just don’t think that we should be in the mindset that everything is falling apart. Do you have struggles? Do you have challenges? Ok, sure! Terri, I do too and probably every single person listening to this episode today has some type of struggles. Some are worse than others. Some are bad and some are not so bad. And maybe you’re going through a really tough time now. If you are Terri, I’m really sorry, I feel bad. But let’s see if we can straighten you out today.

So let’s say that you lost a job (I’m just making this up right now, for all I now that’s not your problem). And it seems that you have little money coming in if any and you have bills to pay. And you’re struggling with that and it’s hard to find a new job because things are tough out there. Let’s just say that’s the case. Maybe it’s getting you down and you feel depressed. I’ve talked about this in the past and on fairly recent episodes. We ALL tend to feel down sometimes. We all tend to feel sad or depressed. Especially this time of year when the days are short and it’s cold out. It’s gloomy and the sun is not as bright as it usually is in the spring and summer. I gave some tips on this in Episode #167 and I hope you go back and listen to them. I wouldn’t give these tips if I didn’t think they work. I know they work.

Not that long ago I was going through a little bit of a tough time myself. I was kind of sad at some points. And I realized, what am I doing differently? For some reason, I got out of the habit of meditating every day like I’ve been doing for a couple years now. Somehow it just slipped away and I got into other things. As soon as I got back and started meditating, almost immediately, I started feeling better. I started to feel more upbeat. And not only that when I meditate I have all kinds of ideas that come into my mind. First of all there’s not way it can hurt you. I’ve never heard of anybody that’s been hurt while meditating. So Terri, I recommend every day or even a couple time a day, sitting down in a comfortable position and putting on relaxing music for 15 minutes at a time. Just concentrate on your breathing – in, out, in, out. You’ll be surprised that when you start doing this every day you’ll feel more at peace with yourself and you’ll start getting ideas. Things are going to come to your mind that are maybe going to help your situation that you’re in right now.

Another thing I would do is to move your body as much as you possibly can right now. I don’t know how you can move your body or what kind of situation you are in but anything you can do to move your body somewhat is better than nothing.

And if you haven’t done this yet, I would cut out animal products from your diet. I know I have said this before and some people don’t believe me but I swear to you that this is true. When you’re consuming animals, you are consuming suffering and sadness. And you’re eating those cells and they are being incorporated into your bodily cells. Again, you are not going to lose anything by trying this. I’ve been through this, I’ve done this, it works!!

So try these things Terri and if you need me for anything feel free to write back and I can help you some more. But I feel that you’re going to turn around. Just remember your whole world is not falling apart. Yeah you’re going through a struggle now. We all have done that. We all have felt that before. And some of us are going through it right now. But I promise you Terri, your world is not falling apart. You have people that love you. You know that. Am I right about that? Plenty of people on this planet love you! So hold your head high and keep your chin up in the air. You’re going to be ok, Terri. I promise!

Question: You mentioned in a Facebook comment not too long ago that you had to beg, borrow, and steal to start your dental practice. What did you steal? Steve – Oklahoma

Answer: [Dave laughs] That is a great question Steve! Um, what did I steal? Well, actually it’s an expression. I did beg a lot and I borrowed a LOT but I don’t think I stole anything. As a matter of fact, I am pretty sure I didn’t steal anything because I believe in living my life the right way and part of that is thou shall not steal. And I really don’t steal. I try to be as ethical as possible. I would never even get into a business venture with anybody I felt wasn’t doing them any good. I would never do something for money if I thought the other person wasn’t getting a really good product or a deal or something. First of all, when you do that, it’s basically stealing from somebody. Somebody’s hard earned money that they are paying you and they trust you to do something for them and you’re taking their money and they are not getting what they thought they would be getting.

So Steve that was a great question! I don’t steal but I want to tell you an interesting story. This goes back to my youth, probably about age 18. I had a car and this car was an AMC Hornet. I loved this thing! It was kind of a cheap piece of junk but I loved it! It was mine and I took good care of it. Not only that I learned how to tune it up and change the oil. Because back then these cars were not run by computers. Anybody could lift the hood up and could basically change their own oil and set the timing. I actually loved tinkering with this thing.

One day I needed some type of part for under the hood. So I went to the local Ames which was kind of like an early version of Target and Kmart. They had like everything there. So I am roaming around the store and I found the part that I needed. It was a tiny little part probably less than $5. I remember I picked this thing up off the shelf and I kinda looked around. And I thought to myself, I’m just going to steal this thing. I don’t want to buy it, I am just going to steal it. I don’t know why I thought that. It wasn’t the money. I had the $5 on me. But I think it was more that I was a young kid and it was a thrill since I had never done it before. I probably just wanted to see if I could get away with it. I don’t know. I don’t understand why I did that. So I looked around the store. And when I was in an aisle that didn’t look like anybody I put the thing in my pocket. And I walked around a little bit more. When it looked like no one was following me, I left the store. And I stole this little part. Again, I don’t know why I did it. But I didn’t feel good about it.

But here’s the thing. It’s the only thing I have ever stolen in my life to my recollection. I don’t think I have ever done that since. I don’t think I have ever ripped anybody off. To this day, about 40 years later, I still remember this and it’s never gonna leave me. It will be with me until the day I die. I won’t forget it. I can’t forget it. And I don’t feel good. Imagine if I did something worse than that. Imagine if I had committed some serious crime or injured or killed somebody.

And I realized maybe it was a lesson. Maybe God, or whomever you believe, was trying to tell me thou shall not steal because if you do it’s going to haunt you for the rest of your life. I can’t say it’s something I think about every single day but Steve when you wrote that question I started thinking about stealing and I did. I remember and I will never do that again. I didn’t get caught. I didn’t get in trouble. But I ripped somebody off. I did something illegal and stole from somebody. That person did not deserve to be stolen from. And here I am remembering it for the rest of my life.

Steve, great question! But yeah opening up my dental practice was kind of a tough time in my life. I did have to borrow from a lot of people and beg a lot of people. We got through it though it though. And things are ok now. Thanks for the question Steve.

Question: How do you decide to go to either go to the ends of the earth again to forgive and forget and move on from a close family member who has been very toxic in your life or that it’s best to let them fade into the sunset and end the relationship permanently? This is heavy on my heart with this being Christmas. Lori – Pennsylvania

Answer: Sorry about the timing but she wrote this around Christmas time and so it’s been a couple weeks. Lori, I am sorry that you’ve got this person that’s been weighing on you. It’s obviously causing a lot of concern, and grief, and bad feelings and you’re wondering what to do. I am not sure what this person did and I am not sure how close or not close you are with this person. But what I’ve been preaching for quite some time on my show, or on Facebook, or wherever I may be talking about this. If somebody crosses you the wrong way, if they do something wrong to you, or they’re not nice to you; then holding a grudge is not a good option.

The reason it’s not a good option is because think about what it’s doing. It’s only hurting the person that’s holding the grudge. It’s only hurting the person that’s hating. It’s only hurting the person that’s holding it into their body because the other person couldn’t care less. They might be a jerk and they don’t really care. They’re going around doing their jerky stuff and they really don’t care. So when you hold a grudge or hold hatred it’s only hurting you. It’s not hurting the other person. So people say “yeah but I can’t let this go. That person did so many bad things to me that I can’t let it go. Well, what are your options? Your options are either hold it in and have it become toxic inside of your body or let it go! Those are the options. And when those two options are available to me guess what I do. I let it go! Now that does not mean that this person has to be your best friend. It does not mean you have to hang out with this person. It does not mean that you have to invite this person over to your house.

I’ve done episode of letting go of the mf’s. You know what that stands for. Let them go! Let them go. Don’t hold any hatred or anger or bad feelings towards them but let go of all the mf’s.

So in your case Lori it sounds like to me there was someone in your family that you were contemplating getting together during Christmas or during holidays and you don’t have a good feeling when you’re with them. They’ve done some bad things or said some bad things to you. And you’re trying to figure out whether you should totally get then out of your life once and for all or have them in your life. Look, there are people in my family that I don’t feel like I am vibrating with on the same level or on the same frequency as they are. I am not saying they are bad people but when I see them I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m cordial. I’m nice but I don’t go out of my way to make plans. And I don’t invite them over to my house. And I think that’s they way you should do it. If you’re invited to a party and that person or those people are going to be there, then it’s up to you whether you go or not. And if you go, you can be cordial. They don’t have to be your best friend. But I think as far as holding in anger or hatred, that’s where we have to let go.

So I hope that helped you Lori. The bottom line is to get rid of any anger and get rid of any hatred. Forgive! Forgive what they did to you. But they don’t have to be your best friend and you don’t have to have them over to your house. And you do not have to participate in parties or functions or whatever. If they work with you, then you’ll have to figure that out. Either get rid of them or you leave. But it didn’t sound like a work situation to me. But again my rules apply to whoever they are. If it’s your spouse, that’s a serious problem. You have to work that out or leave. And hopefully working it out is better. Even if it’s a parent. If they’re toxic, you gotta love them, but just don’t go out of your way to get together with them. I hate to say it like that but if it’s going to ruin your day every time you see them, that’s not a good thing either. I hope that helped.

Let’s do another episode like this really soon. How it works is that you can’t write in. I will put in on Facebook and say hey the first three questions, I’ll answer on my next episode. And that’s what I’ll do. I like it! And I like you!

I’ve gotta go now. So until next week. You know who I am, it’s Dr. Dave. Thank you for being a part of this show. See you next time!

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169 – The New Year

It’s Dr. D the “V” and welcome back! Let me be the first one to wish you a Happy New Year! Well ok, maybe I’m not the first one because if I’m right I believe this show comes out the day after the new year. So I might not be the first one to wish you a Happy New Year but I want to wish you a very very Happy New Year whether I am the first one or not. Let’s make 2017 the best year of our lives! The best year that we possibly can.

I am going to do a great show for you today. And by the way several of you wrote in on my Facebook with questions. I said that I would take the first 3 questions and what I am going to do is to do that episode next week. That will be the second episode of 2017 because I’ve got something really special for you that I really want to do since it’s the first one of 2017.

I want to talk to you about lifestyle, about your lifestyle, and about The David Madow Lifestyle and how I think that if you just do some of the things that I do, then your life is going to be so much better. I want to talk to you about some of these.

Is my life perfect? No! Have I learned? Have I figured it out? Yes! Do I do everything right? No! Do I do everything right every day? No! Do I do everything I talk about every single day? No! But I do it a lot and I try to do it every day. And I am going to talk to you about some of the most important things in my life now. Some of the things I have learned over the past year or the past several years. I am always learning. So some of these things I am teaching you I have been doing for a long time such running and walking. I’m going on 40 years as a runner. But some of the other things are a little bit newer. Like eating plant based. It’s only been about 3 years for me. So I am just always learning, always changing, and always evolving.

Let’s talk about some of the things that I do. Pick the ones that you really like. You don’t have to do every single thing that I do. You can do some things differently. It doesn’t matter. I’m here to coach you, to motivate you, and to inspire you. I really want to help you live the best life that you can possibly can. So gather around the speaker wherever you may be and let’s talk about some of these things.

These are not in any order, they are all really important. Number 1 is what you’re putting into your mouth, your nutrition. Your food, your liquids, whatever it may be. I have an analogy for you. You want to make sure that you take really good care of your car so of course you put good fuel in it. You’re not going to put junk in your car. So why would I ever put something in my mouth that going to go into my stomach which ultimately will be absorbed through my entire body. Why would I ever put junk, chemicals, and poison in my mouth? Why would I ever do that? I don’t eat animals any more. They’re just not healthy. And not only that there are so many other reasons. I don’t have to go into them all right now, you know the reasons. I eat whole food plant based. If it’s processed I try my best not to eat it. Am I 100% perfect with that? No! I’d be lying if I said I was perfect but it’s close to it. I try my absolute best. Things that come in a package, a box, a can, a jar, chances are it’s processed. Not always but there’s a good chance. That’s kind of a guideline. If you take something out of a box or a bag there’s a very good chance it’s processed. Be careful and read the ingredients. The more whole foods (something that came from the ground) you put in your body, the better it is. And I take it one step further, I try my best to eat all organic. So every single morning Yoko and I always have a good amount of fruit. Typically strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries. We love that kind of stuff. In addition to that, we will have some kiwi and mango; whatever is available. I cut it up every morning. It’s kind of my job in the house. It’s part of my morning routine. We will usually have it with vegan cereal, hot oatmeal, nuts, flax seed, chia seed, hemp seed, and almond milk. It’s a delicious breakfast. We don’t overdo it. We don’t eat too much.

Before breakfast I will generally have a banana or two as well. So I eat a lot of raw in the morning.

By the way, I eat one brazil nut every day which gives a really good amount of selenium into your diet which is wonderful stuff.

The point is put whole food, organic, no meat, no eggs, no animal products, no fish, no dairy, please start start your resolution now if you haven’t done this. If you haven’t done it yet, make 2017 the year! Please do that!

Speaking of my morning routine, so I get up early. Early is relative so I don’t have to give a time. As long as I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep. I try to get 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep but 7 is my minimum. I get up early every morning and the first thing I do is to check my Facebook and my emails just to make sure nothing came in overnight that’s super important. Then I’ll feed the cats unless Yoko has already fed them. But then I’ll go into a 15 minute meditation where I’m basically just sitting on the sofa in a very quiet room with very good posture sitting up straight I found a 15 minute meditative song that I love. The song is called Tibetan Curing Vibe by TCO. A lot of times I’ll use my iPhone earbuds which goes right into my brain. It just works! So I’ll do a 15 minute meditation, I’ll wash and cut fruit, and put breakfast on the table. I’ll take a bath and do my “Magic 4”. I do a lot in not a lot of time. I wake up early enough so that I have a couple of hours to do all of that stuff. It makes for a great routine in the morning. I suggest that whatever you do, make it a routine.

Too many people just get up quickly, they down some coffee and an egg or something like that, then they run off to whatever they’re doing whether they’re working or whether they have to be somewhere. Ease yourself into the morning by doing a morning routine. Meditation is really really powerful. Or if you have a chance to do some Yoga that’s great too. Meditation and yoga are very powerful things and are part of The David Madow Lifestyle.

Along with moving your body. Getting out and doing the “Magic 4”. If you’re brand new to me, the “Magic 4” means getting outside and walking 4 miles. It works wonders for your body. You can run. I’m a runner but I still love walking. Walking is the best exercise. In my home gym, if you want to call it that, I do pull ups, push ups, squats, lunges, crunches, curls, shoulder presses, all kinds of things. I’ve got a pull up bar in my closet door. It’s one of those things I got for like $20 at the pharmacy. Pull ups are great exercises. And when you do pull ups make sure you are doing them with you hands facing out. It’s part of my routine and part of The David Madow Lifestyle.

What else? I did mention yoga briefly but Yoko and I have been doing yoga for about 7 years now. We do a class with our friend Sandy, which you probably know if you’ve been listening for quite some time. Sandy was a guest on the show (Episode #15)  along time ago. She’s really cool person. She’s a great friend and a really good yoga instructor. She comes over and gives a private yoga class every monday evening. We’ve been doing this for 7 years now. Yoga is a game changer. It is! Don’t expect results overnight. The same thing with meditation. You just have to do it.

Let’s back up and talk about meditation just a bit. I had a time about 3-4 weeks ago, and I’m human just like you are, where I went through a weird things with business and with family and I was going through a kind of weird time. I’m not sure what started it maybe because it was winter or something but I went through a weird time. I was feeling a little bit “not right”. I didn’t feel like David Madow. I didn’t feel 100% mentally. And coincidentally I let my meditation drop off a bit and I wasn’t really doing it like I should have been. Like I have been telling you to do it. And it really made a difference. I started feeling weirder. Weird is good because I’m weird but you know what I mean. So I said to myself, “hey Dave, you know what the problem is. For some reason you took a break from meditating and it’s catching up to you.” Sure enough, that morning I got on my sofa and it made a difference right away.

So again, it’s not like a miracle cure where you meditate and all of a sudden you are on top of the world but I started doing it again every single morning for 15 minutes. And sure enough within a few days to a week, I really noticed a difference. It’s not like you feel high or anything but it made me feel like David Madow again. I don’t have that weird kind of strange feeling to me anymore. Meditation really really works.

A lot of you folks have been writing to me. And I’m sorry if I can’t get to every single email or Facebook message. I apologize but I’ve been getting so many.

So meditation is definitely a game changer. And I realized it when I stopped doing it. It really helps.

So let’s see what else can I talk to you about on The David Madow Lifestyle? Forgiveness! It’s a big one. As a matter of fact, I am going to be talking about that next episode because one of the three questions I got. I don’t have this in front of me because we’re going to do it next week but it came from a listener named Lori. She has a family member that’s rubbing her the wrong way and she wants to know what should she do? I’m going to tell you something, I learned to forgive people and not hold grudges and not hold bad feelings toward anybody, that’s part of The David Madow Lifestyle for sure. It has helped me so much.

I was one that used to have weird feelings towards people that maybe were not nice to me or did me wrong. I held bad feelings. Get rid of the bad feelings. As a matter of fact, when I was doing Periscope broadcasts every single day, I would look at the hearts going on the screen. And if you’re not into Periscope or don’t know what I’m talking about, imagine a screen with a bunch of hearts all over it moving around the screen. Just picture that. What I told people was that if you’ve got somebody that you’re related to or somebody that you know and for some reason they’ve done you wrong, think of that screen. If you’re at a place where you can close your eyes, close your eyes and visualize a screen filled with hearts and they’re all different colors and they’re all moving around. That’s your love for that person. Because the other way around is hatred and hatred doesn’t work. I’ve tried it both ways. Trust me! Trust me hatred does not work. It only destroys your body and your cells. It doesn’t do anything to the other person. It doesn’t hurt the other person at all. It only hurts you. So let’s stop hating. Let’s start forgiving. Let’s stop holding grudges. So forgiveness is a really really big thing.

Next is happiness. If you’re in a relationship or you’re in a job that you just don’t like look into changing something. Because going on and on and on for years in something that is not working for you, whatever it is, it’s not an option. You are going to wake up one day, 10 years are going to go by and you’re going to be in the same “whatever”. You can fill in the blank. Make changes. Try to make it better if you can. If you cannot make it better, get out and find something better. Trust me! It’s The David Madow Lifestyle.

Another thing I want to share with you about The David Madow Lifestyle is something I do. I’ve been doing this for quite some time but I’ve actually been stepping it up lately because I have found that it is so powerful. It’s giving. I find giving one of the most fulfilling things. I talk about a lot of thing but giving is incredibly powerful. Give. Give to somebody that needs something more than you do. Give to somebody that needs your help. Give to animals, an animal charity, or something but give on a regular basis.

Christians give tithing. If you’re Christian you know what I’m talking about. Tithing is when a Christian person gives 10% (generally) of their income to the church. Something like that. I’m not Christian but I still believe in giving and helping others in a big way.

One of the things that I do is this podcast. I help others in so many ways that don’t have anything to do with money. I don’t make any money from this podcast at all. Last time I checked, nobody’s really sent me a check for this podcast. Nobody has deposited money in my bank account for this podcast. I do it because I love teaching. I am passionate about changing lives. And that’s why I take all this time to not only record the podcast but it takes a lot of preparation and it takes a lot of equipment. I’ve got a studio in my home that I don’t use that much anymore but I have it available. If I have a guest on, I am using my studio. Now I am walking around outside with a hand held recorder which cost me some money. I put money into this. I pay somebody every week. I pay an assistant to help me put up show notes. I pay someone to help put the audio up online and edit the audio. I pay out for this and so that’s giving. I don’t get anything in return except when I get a thank you from you, or an email, or a message saying that I changed your life. That’s all I need. I don’t need anything more than that. And I know I’ve changed and touched a lot of lives. But I also give money. I give money to many different charities.

Guys, I think that’s it. I am running out of time. There are many more things that I do with The David Madow Lifestyle, many more things. But I can’t touch on every single one of them and that doesn’t mean that it’s not important. We live our lives with purpose.

One more thing just came to my mind. I want to do this because it’s very very important. I want to talk about financial for a second. I’m just going to sum it up really really quickly – spend less money than you make. Don’t worry about what anybody else appears to have or what anybody else is doing. Spend less money than you make. Invest the difference. Save for retirement. And get out of debt. I really simplified that. It’s much more complex. But if you just live by those principles, you’ll be way ahead of most people. Way ahead.

Make sure you catch next week’s episode because I will be answering the 3 questions that came to me on Facebook. They are really really good questions.

And one last thing I’m going to leave you with before I end this episode. I was in a mastermind meeting a few weeks ago. We all give tips. We go around the room and we have hot seats and give tips and we build lives. It’s incredible! But one of my buddies in the mastermind said I am going to give you a tip. This is what he said. He said he reads from the book of proverbs every day. And I believe there are 31 verses in the book of proverbs. So what he does is that at the beginning of the month he starts with verse number 1 and reads all of it. And on day 2 he reads the second verse and on and on and on. Of course some of it refers to God and Jesus and if you’re not Christian that’s ok. But what I’m trying to say is that the book of Proverbs is actually really powerful. It’s like reading some incredibly powerful fortune cookies every single day. Some really good life lessons are in the book of Proverbs. Whatever religion you are, I suggest taking a look. Take a look at the book. It’s very interesting.

So I am going to leave you with that. Again, I don’t profess any religion on the show. I don’t talk about politics or anything like that because everybody is different and everybody has different beliefs. I want you to be a good person. I want you to take care of your body. I want you to take care of other people. I want you to teach. I want you to give. I want you to do the right thing. You know what the right thing is. Do the right thing!

I’m Dr. Dave. I’ll see you next week!

Happy New Year!

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168 – Year in Review

Welcome to The David Madow Lifestyle Show! I’m Dr. D the “V”. And this is actually the last episode of 2016. It’s amazing how quickly the time goes. Again, I’ve been podcasting for close to 3 1/2 years now and it’s like you blink your eyes and the time is gone. It’s unbelievable!

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It’s the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier! And I am so glad to be here on the last show of the year. And if you’re brand new to me, I welcome you. We’ve got a lot of great things ahead in 2017 and beyond. If you’ve been with me from the beginning, or somewhere in between, thanks so much. I really appreciate you. I hope I have inspired you in some way, even if it’s in some little way, to live your life purposely and much better than you have before.

I’m going to recap and share with you some really cool things that I’ve learned and I do and I continue to do. Things I have learned in 2016 and will continue to do in 2017 and hopefully beyond. When I look back at the year, one of the coolest things I started doing these Hippie Road trips (kind of on a whim and not planned out). I actually did 3 of them in 2016. The way I started doing these was that I actually travel all over North America to speak and in the past I would always fly everywhere I went. And it was pretty cool to do that but airports get old. They’re crowded, they’re horrible. I just don’t like them anymore. They’re kind of a necessary evil. If I’m traveling from the East coast to let’s say Denver, San Francisco or Florida, you pretty much have to jump on a plane. It’s not really simple to get in a car and drive to that type of city from the East coast.

But I had a speaking gig sometime in the spring in Phoenix, Arizona. And 5 or 6 days later I had a speaking gig in Little Rock, Arkansas. I had this crazy idea that I was going to spend the days in between these speaking gigs instead of getting on a plane, I was going to drive from Phoenix, AZ to Little Rock, AK. And I did. And it was one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life. I was alone and the first day I remember that I drove to the Grand Canyon and did a nice day hike in the Grand Canyon. It was wild. I slept in Flagstaff, AZ that evening. The next day I drove to New Mexico and spent some time there. Then after New Mexico, I went to Texas. Through Oklahoma City and ultimately into Little Rock. I don’t know if I skipped any places or not but it was a blast.

What can you learn from a road trip?  I learned a lot! First of all, I learned that most people are really good people and in the past I always that that truckers were a group of people that were racing to get from one location to another and were inconsiderate. But I learned learned a lot about truckers on this trip and let me tell you something, truckers are some pretty cool people. They are working hard making a living out there. They’ve got to get from one location to the next but from what I saw they do it with a with a really good sincere, considerate attitude.

I learned a lot. I stopped at truck stops and at different types of restaurants and I learned that wherever you go almost any restaurant will cater to someone who eats plant based vegan. I stopped at some good Mexican places. It’s easy to find. It’s easy to also shop when you’re on the road and keep stuff in the back of your car and eat on the road. I ate healthy food the whole way. I stopped when I could.

I was in Oklahoma somewhere and got a speeding ticket. I paid it. It’s ok. The policeman was out there doing his job. He was extremely polite. I was speeding. I was breaking the law and I paid the ticket with gratitude actually. I did.

I learned something else on the trip. I had a lot of time to think. That was back in the time that I was doing a lot of Periscope broadcasting while I was driving. Which I’ve learned is really not a good idea because when I’m driving I’ve got to be paying attention to the road. I don’t want to jeopardize my life or anyone’s life on the road. So I actually stopped doing that live stream video and you can understand why. It’s just not a good idea.

I also learned another thing on the Hippie Road Trip. I published this and I talked about it in a previous podcast episode. I learned to kind of get the “mother fuckers” out my life. And as horrible as that sounds, I don’t mean that in a bad way. I don’t mean it in a negative way towards anyone. I just mean that life is short. And there’s only so much time we have so why spend it with people that you don’t feel that you are vibrating on the same frequency with. That doesn’t mean that they are bad people. You know exactly what I’m talking about. There are people like that in your life, I guarantee it. You don’t have anything against them but you but you don’t feel the love, feel the vibration, you don’t feel the connection. Why waste your time with these people when there are probably plenty of people in your life that you feel a serious connection with. Stick with those people!

I’m not saying you shouldn’t meet new people along the way, you should. But let’s face it! You don’t have a whole lot of time when you really look at it and there’s only so many people you can spend your time with and I choose to spend my time with the people that I am connected with. The people that I feel love for. The special people in my life. That’s who I choose to hang with. And when I learned to get the “mf’s” out of my life, it freed up a tremendous amount of time. I don’t spend time with them in real life anymore. I don’t spend time with them on social media. It just frees up a lot of time. Even if it means sitting down and reading a book. Writing something or working on some goals.

I took 2 subsequent hippie road trips after that. They actually led me up to the Northern part of the U.S. and into Canada. I had 2 speaking gigs. One of them was in Toronto, Ontario and the other was in London, Ontario. When you actually get in your car and drive you get to see what’s going on around you. You can look at the rivers and the mountains. It opened up a whole new world for me. It really did! I guess I am going to say to you is that if you have the chance to do something like a hippie road trip, I would get in the car and try it.

Some of you have asked me if I have any hippie road trips planned for 2017 and I think I do. It’s not definite. I am speaking in Memphis, Tennessee in the beginning of March. It’s a good 9-10 drive from where I live in Maryland so what I think I am going to do is take 2 or 3 days to drive to Memphis. So I will take my time on the way. I might head into Asheville, North Carolina since I’ve never been there. People have told me that it’s a great place especially if you’re vegan. Then after I finish speaking I would just jump on a plane and come back. It’ll be a hippie road trip but kind of like half a hippie road trip.

So that’s what I have planned. I have some other speaking gigs during the year and we’ll see if we can make them into hippie road trips. I have one right afterwards in South Florida but don’t think I want to drive that far. It’s too far for me to drive there then turn around and come back. South Florida is pretty far from where I live so I may not do that one. But we’ll see. We’re looking at the calendar and some maps and we’ll have more hippie road trips in 2017 for sure.

Something I look forward to at the end of this year, and I’ll probably be doing it right around the time you’ll be hearing this, is my wife Yoko and I for the past many years have had a little ritual. I am really going to recommend you do this whether you have a spouse or not, it doesn’t really matter. This is something cool to do around the new year. We do it typically around New Year’s Eve. We work on our goals for the following year. We sit down and write what we want to accomplish for the next year (and really beyond). And the interesting thing is we always go over the goals that we had for the previous year. So in other words, sometime around New Year’s Eve this year we will sit down and work on not only our 2017 goals but we will look to see how we did in 2016. Interestingly enough I just found my book of goals that we had and started back in around 2010. I’ve had goals for myself for the past 25 years by myself but we started having joint goals for both of us. Out of curiosity I pulled out the book that we started in 2010 and began looking at all the goals we wrote down that year. It’s really pretty cool but just about everything that we wrote has become reality. A lot of them were financial goals like becoming debt free and paying off our house. And a lot of the others were travel goals and physical fitness goals such as doing certain races and certain backpack trips. The interesting thing is that just about all of them came true and not only that did not become reality were just things that we put down that we didn’t push for. For example, we listed a lot of places that we wanted to travel to over the next couple years or so like Vietnam and Thailand and we just didn’t get there. But truth be told we didn’t push for those because as you know I do a lot of traveling for work and outside of work and we did some trips to Japan since Yoko is from there, we did a couple trips to Hawaii and did some marathons there. So we did what we wanted to do but we didn’t get everything done. It just would have been a physical and financial impossibility. But it was really pretty cool reading through these goals starting from 2010 because I look back to see where we were then and how far we’ve come and how far we’ve progressed and what we’ve accomplished. And it was really great because we accomplished so many things because we wrote them down and read them on a regular basis.

Now, I’ve got my own list of goals. I started out doing goals about 20 to 25 years ago and I have my own list of goals for me personally that I keep with me wherever I am. They are either in my back pocket or my backpack in small little notebook and I read those every day. The goals that Yoko and I write up around New Year’s Eve we write them down and read them periodically but not every single day. They sit on a bookshelf in a main room sort of in our office. Our house is kind of like one big room on the first floor. The one big room is made of a kitchen, living area, and office. It’s kind of an open floor plan. So I keep the list of goals right there where we can see it anytime and either one of us can pull it off the bookshelf and read it. Periodically throughout the year we will review them and check them off as they become reality. They just about always do unless we just don’t push hard enough.

So I am going to highly recommend that if you haven’t started yet and there’s something you want to do, that you write it down. It could be anything. It could be weight loss. It could be a particular person you want to meet or someplace you want to travel to. New Year’s Eve or right around the beginning of the year is a great time to know that every single year at that time you are going to not only review your goals from the previous year but come up with new ones. It works so well for me and Yoko that I am going to highly recommend it.

What else have I gotten out of 2016? [Dave laughs] Well, I had a bad injury. You remember that one? I took a bad fall in Japan while skiing. It took a good part of the year to heal up. Sometimes I still feel it although it’s been almost a year now. So I learned that I am 61 years old now and I don’t heal as fast as when I was 11 years old. I need to be careful. I can’t take as many crazy chances as I used to. So I keep that in mind. That doesn’t mean that I don’t do things when we go skiing. Surely, we go to Breckenridge, Colorado every winter. We’ll be there in January and February. I am going to ski some hard stuff but I still have to be a little bit more careful than I was when I was much younger. If I take a fall and it’s a bad fall, it could hurt for a long time. And quite honestly I don’t want that. I had a tough time sleeping and getting around. Even on hippie road trip #1 and that was in the spring. I remember it was hurting! It was tough. So one of my goals is to be a little more careful in 2017. Just be careful. You can still have fun but don’t take crazy chances. And I don’t think I took a crazy chance when I fell in Japan. It was the first day though and I was on rental skis and we were skiing through some deep powder that I wasn’t really familiar with. We were skiing in and out of some trees a little bit and I just took a fall. I heard a snap and them felt the wham! I was like crying. So one of my goals is – don’t take chances like that. Just be careful.

So what are some of your goals? What are you going to do in 2017 to make it your best year ever? Have you thought about it? Think about it. We have the potential. We have a new president and whether you voted for him or not things are going to be changing. And hopefully it’s for the better. I really really hope our country and our world is going to change for the better. I have no idea. But I am going into this with a positive attitude. There have been so many people that are pissed off and angry and screaming but I am going into this with a positive attitude.

I am going to make 2017 the best year of my life so far. I am going to spend more time with my parents who are getting older. They are both in their 80s and I don’t know how much longer they’re going to be around. I want to spend some time with them. I want to spend some time with the people I am close with. I want to spend more time with Yoko. I want to spend more time with my 3 cats at home. I just want to be with people that I love. I want to spend more time with the people that mean so much to me. I want to get down to Florida more and spend time with my 2 grandsons and my daughter and my son in law. And get over to the West coast and see my son and daughter in law there. These are the most important things in life. And when we’re old and at the end of our lives, I don’t think anybody who’s on their deathbed has ever said “I wish I would have worked at the office a little bit more.” I don’t think anybody has ever said that. But one of the most common regrets is that somebody approaches the end of their life and they did not spend enough time with the people that were most important to them. I just don’t want to have that kind of regret. We’ll leave it at that.

I want to suggest one more thing to you and then I’ll wish you a very very Happy New Year because this will be the last time I will be talking to you in 2017. If you have not gone vegan yet, if you have not eliminated animals from your diet, and from your life, maybe 2017 is the year. It’s the best thing I have ever done in my life. I feel healthier, more vibrant, younger, I feel like I’ve got more passion. I am doing the right thing because I am not contributing to any animal suffering on my watch. And did I tell you that I’m healthier? I am! At least I think so. I am pretty sure 😉

Listen, I want to wish you not only a Merry Christmas (which has already passed) but a Happy New Year! If you’re Jewish, Happy Hanukkah! If you’re any other religion, whatever you celebrate or not celebrate. Whatever you are and whatever you’re not, it doesn’t matter. I love you! I want to wish you the best year ever in 2017. I’m Dr. Dave and I love ya!

See you next year!

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167 – Sadness

Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I’m Dr. Dave and this is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I’m going to give you a tip right at the start. We’re going to get right into this thing. I’ve got a lot of stuff for you today we’re going to try to cram in here.

Smile

My first tip to you is…can you tell that I’m smiling? You can probably tell that I’ve got a big smile on my face. You can’t see me but just from my voice. My tip to you is that whenever you are talking to somebody on the phone, smile. If you have a big smile on your face, it’s going to come through. As often as you can, just smile. You know it take fewer muscles to smile as it does to frown. It’s much better for you.

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I truly believe that smiling extends our life. I really do believe that. You can tell I’m smiling now because I am talking to you and I love you.

It’s a great day! I am walking in my outdoor studio. There’s actually snow on the ground here in Reisterstown, Maryland. It’s both snowy and icy. So I put these Yaktrax on my shoes. It’s these little cleats that you buy and you strap them over your shoes so you won’t slip. I use these for hiking all the time in Breckenridge, Colorado. Because you know when you’re hiking in the winter and there’s snow on the trail, one little slip and you’re in trouble. I bought these last year in Breckenridge and they’re really cool. You can strap them over any kind of shoe or boot.

Goals Course Questions & Feedback

I’ve got a bunch of stuff to talk to you about today so let’s get right into it guys and gals. I’m getting a lot of great feedback from my goals course that I had online. I’ve taken it down for a short time. I’m regrouping and after the 1st of the year, it’s probably going to come back up. But a lot of you are really getting into it and formulating your goals for the year. And seeing really positive changes already. But I’ve gotten a few messages from some of you that I just want to address. It seems like some people are getting a little bit stressed out because they are not seeing immediate gratification. They’re not sure if they’re goals are going to be working. Well, I’ve got some tips for you so that you can move forward with your goals and your dreams so that you realize that these things are going to work. But I have a couple of suggestions for you.

Number 1 when you’re formulating your goals, try your best to make your goals realistic. Let me back up for a second. You know I am one that believes in shooting for the stars and really reaching high and going for it. But I am asking you to make your goals somewhat realistic. I truly believe in reaching for the stars. But if your goals aren’t realistic or attainable, all it’s going to do is frustrate you and you’re going to stop.

I carry my book of goals with me every single day. Now I’ve kind of downsized my book and I carry a little pocket sized book with me everywhere I go. It’s in my back pocket or my backpack all the time with me. But I will talk more about reading your goals in a minute.

So for example, if one of my goals was to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. And I wrote that down and read it everyday. No matter how many times I read that, it ain’t happenin’! I am 61 1/2 years old. I’d like to think I am in really good shape and pretty strong but guess what? The NFL does not want me no matter what I do. No matter how much I work out, no matter how much I practice, the NFL does not want me. So my point is to make sure your goals are at least some attainable or possible. If not you’re going to get stressed out. They’re not going to work. You’re not going to see them become reality and you’re going to give up.

Secondly, some of you are telling me well, I know my instruction is to ready my goals once a day but if I read them 20 times a day they are going to happen faster. That’s not true. in fact, the more you read them every single day and they more you seem to be obsessed with them, it’s actually going to have a negative effect. We don’t want to obsess over our goals. We want to read them maybe twice a day at the most. And then let the universe do its work. The universe will figure out a way to make your goals become reality. But if it becomes the type of thing that is always on your mind, you’re reading them many times a day, you’re stressing out, and you’re obsessing; then that’s not what we want and they are not going to work. The universe will become confused and it’s not going going to give you what you want.

Like I said in my original instructions. Think about your goals, write them down, read them once per day. Don’t obsess over how they’re going to come true. Just read them. Through quantum physics, the universe, you’ll see them start to become reality. These things don’t happen overnight so I don’t want you to give up. I never want you to give up. You can edit, you can change, rearrange, things like that. I’m always changing, thinking, editing. But I don’t want you to give up. Don’t give up please.

So I hope that helps out. I just wanted to clear the air a little bit before I got into the main topic. Goals are really powerful. Goals are actually the way that I learned to live my life the way I am right now. My goal setting started probably about 25 years ago. And I never stop. They are really powerful. I am working on some goals right now.

One of my goals is Yoko and I moving to Colorado. I’ve got something written down about that. I read it every single day. It’s going to happen. I’m sure it’s going to happen. Our goal right now is to have it happen within the next 2-3 years. I’ll keep you informed and abreast of that as that’s unfolding. It’s kinda weird because as I have said as much as I love it here I’ve lived in Maryland all of my life. And I just think it’s time for a change. As much as I would probably hate to leave here it’s going to kinda open up a new chapter in my life. A new chapter, a good chapter, a chapter in the mountains. We’re just really excited about that. But part of me is going to miss this beautiful area that I live in right now. Let’s face it. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ve got friends, family, connections, and all kinds of things. It’s going to be a little bit strange but we have decided that we do want to do this. Like I say to my Dad all the time, if not now, when? Sometimes you just have to go for something. Sometimes you just have to do it.

Winter Blues

So I’ve been getting a lot of messaging from from a lot of folks and I am also seeing posts on Facebook and things like that and a lot of chatter online about many of you being sad, depressed, and blue. It seems like this time of year when the days are shorter, it’s cold, there’s not as much sun, that when we are in this season and this type of weather it’s very common to see many of you just feel a little bit down. A little bit sad. A little bit depressed. And if you’re one of them I am going to help you. And even if you’re not and you feel great every single day. Which I don’t think anybody feels great every single day! If you’re feeling sad, down, depressed, or even if you’re not, I’d like you to listen to this because I think some of the words I am going to give you might help you either way. They’re good for anybody really. Especially those of you that really feel like it’s not your time of year. There’s stress and there’s sadness and all kinds of things. I’m going to help you with a few little tips that are going to help you get through not only the holidays but they’re going to get you through the winter and into the spring when the grass gets green again. The flowers are blooming, it’s warm, and the birds are chirping. Everybody loves that time of the year, don’t they?! It’s a cool time of the year.

But I try to really love every part of the year, every day, every time. Whether the days are short, whether it’s long. Admittedly over the past few weeks, I’ve had some things. Work sometimes becomes stressful for me or there’s certain things going on. And here’s what I’ve learned to do to really help make my days and make my feelings really good.

Number 1, as you probably know I am a firm believer in eating a plant based diet. I have really seen an incredible change in my life since going vegan. I’ve been plant based for just about 3 years and what I’d say to people is that there is no turning back. There is no way. I’ve been on both sides of this. And there is no way I would ever go back to eating animal products ever again because it just doesn’t work for me. It worked for me for 50-some years or at least I thought it did. But when I go back and look at how my life was when I was eating animals and animal products, basically cut up carcasses on my plate. What I am eating now as far as fresh whole foods, organic foods from the earth. I think a lot of this has to do with when you are eating meat and animal products, you’re ingesting fear. Let’s face it!

If you are still eating animals, I still love you. I don’t have a list of friends that I like better because they’re eating vegan. If you’re listening to me and you’re looking to make your life better, trust me I love you! Whatever you’re doing, I love you. Let’s try to make your life as best as it possibly can be and if you take all my advice, that’s great; and if you take some of my advice, that’s fine. Do what you’re comfortable with. But I will tell you when there’s an animal that’s been suffering probably it’s entire life and then it goes off to slaughter and then you consume those cells. You’re consuming fright, fear, suffering, sadness. I truly believe that. I really really do. If you haven’t tried going totally vegan, totally plant based, I urge you to give it a try and see and feel the difference in your body. The way you look at every single day. Your emotions. I beg you to try and see the difference. Because there is a difference. And it’s not just me. Anybody that’s gone vegan or taken animal products out of their diet, out of their lives, and have learned to love the animals, they all say the same thing, they just feel better. So number 1 that is what I am going to recommend you try especially if you’re feeling a little bit down, sad, and blue this time of the year. I urge you to try it. There’s nothing you can lose. I think Donald Trump said something like this when he was campaigning, “things have been going on the same way this whole time. Vote for me. There’s nothing to lose at this point.” He was kind of right. [Dave laughs] We won’t get political. But it made sense. There’s nothing to lose.

That was not a political statement at all. Trust me it was not. When you are taking animal products out of your diet, there’s nothing to lose as far as trying it goes. It’s going to make you feel better. I promise you that.

Number 2, I am going to ask you to do what I am doing right now and I do it practically every single day. And that’s get out and experience the outdoors. Be one with nature. Put your feet firmly on this planet. Feel the difference. If you can do that “Magic 4” every day that’s really a plus. If you’re new to me the “Magic 4” means walking 4 miles every day on your feet on the earth. I really prefer to do it outside as opposed to a treadmill because there’s something about being outside in nature that is so different then being in a gym or in your home on a treadmill, or on a stair stepper, or on an elliptical or something like that. I’ve done it both ways. And the only time I really ever use my treadmill is if it’s really really inclement weather, like if it’s snowing, sleeting, and just freezing cold. That’s not fun for me. I would go on my treadmill instead or maybe I would take the day off. Right now I am outside. It’s cold, there’s snow, there’s ice on the ground. But let me tell you what I’m wearing because I truly believe being outside is better. I’ve got multiple layers on. I’ve got a pair of thermal underwear on that cover my legs. I’ve got a pair of heavy pants over that. I’ve got 2 t shirts and a shirt that goes over that and then a quilted flannel. So I’ve got multiple layers. And then I’ve got my jacket that I ski in. The more you layer the better it is. I’ve got a pair of gloves on, I’ve got a hat, and I’ve did I mention my socks, my shoes, and my cleats? So I am totally prepared for the weather. When you go out in weather like this and you’re in a short t-shirt, you’re gonna freeze. You not going to be comfortable. It’s not going to be fun! But quite honestly right now, even though it’s cold, icy, and snowy I could be out here for hours and not even feel like the weather is bothering me because I am dressed properly for the weather.

I’ve learned a lot of this from backpacking and from camping and quite honestly skiing and backpacking in Colorado. You learn what works and what doesn’t work. Sometimes it’s a little bit of trial and error but when you’re not prepared for bad weather, it’s going to kill ya. It’s going to be so uncomfortable. It’s just not going to be good.

So the third thing I am going to recommend that is going to help you with your life. It’s going to help you with your sadness or depression. Even if you’re not. I practice these things anyway. It’s meditation. As you know I am a firm believer in meditation. I meditate practically every single day. If I ever said I do something every day I would be lying because I am a human being like anybody else. And there are some days that I just miss. And that goes with the “Magic 4”. That goes with anything. It doesn’t go with eating. I never will eat meat. I never will eat animal products. So I never make an exception there. But if there’s a day that I just don’t feel like going out and doing the “Magic 4”, you know something? I don’t do it. I don’t stress myself over this. If there’s a day that I just, for some reason don’t want to meditate, I just don’t do it. And again, the day is going to be fine. But it seems like over the past couple months I’ve slipped out of the meditation habit. I wasn’t meditating nearly as much as I had been the past couple years. And I’ve gotta tell you something. I didn’t really think about it much but I started to feel a difference. I didn’t realize what it was and I started feeling a little anxious sometimes, I just didn’t feel right all the time. I thought about this and said you know, I can’t really change because I have not been meditating like I used to. So about a week ago, I made it a point to say that I was going to meditate for sure every single day without an exception. I am going to do at least 15 minutes. And what I have been doing in the past week or so as it turns out is that I have been meditating twice a day. In the morning for 15 minutes and sometime in the afternoon or evening for 15 minutes. And I swear to you I have noticed a huge difference in the way I feel every day. There really is a difference. Is it a scientific study? Could I swear it’s because of meditation? No! It’s not scientific, it’s more anecdotal. But it’s really coincidental isn’t it? As soon as I put meditation back into my routine, I started feeling not a little bit better but much better every day.

So I am going to highly recommend that you do the three things I just talked to you about. And meditation is truly truly a game changer.

Before I leave you today, I am just going to tell you how I do it. I sit down in a comfortable position. I turn on some meditative music. I close my eyes. Lately I have not been setting my timer because I actually play a song that is exactly 15 minutes. So when it’s over I know it’s over. I just sit there and listen to my music. I breathe in and I breathe out. And I try to concentrate on my music and my breathing. It really really works. And I am going to highly suggest that you have not been in the habit of meditating, I am going to ask that you give it a try. It is a game changer.

I think this went really well today. I apologize if you heard me crunching around the entire episode. I am crunching on hard packed snow and ice. And it’s a beautiful thing out here. I love it! I love nature! I love the outdoors!

I’m Dr. Dave and I will see you next week! Be good.

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166 – Fear, Goals and More

Hey there it’s Dr. Dave and welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. And a lot more than that.

I am in my outdoor studio and about 5 minutes ago I put a post up in one of my Facebook groups, The Supercharge Hangout (click the link to join). It’s a really cool group of about a few hundred people who are like minded and we just help each other live our best lives ever!

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So the message I wrote in this group was, “I’m recording a show in 5 minutes, I will take the first 3 questions whatever they are. I’m not going to edit anything out, I’m not going skip anything, whatever the 3 questions are I am going to answer them.” And right away within several minutes, I got 3 questions right away. And I am planning to answer those right away on this show. I had another topic I was going to discuss but it hit me. I want to hear what your questions are and I would like to answer them.

I have not prepared answers but I am going to do my best to answer them. I’m going to answer these totally off the cuff. Whatever comes to my mind first. I’m going to be thinking as I am doing the show with you.

The first one is from Chris in Maryland and Chris asks me what is your biggest fear? That’s a really good question. I have to think about that for a second. This may not be my biggest fear but one of my fears is actually heights. I’ve kind of overcome that.

I am a backpacker and a mountain climber. I’ve been to some crazy heights doing some weird things on ledges and cliffs where there’s basically a thousand foot drop. I remember we were hiking in Grand Canyon and there’s a side canyon there. It’s really unbelievable. Until you actually backpack or hike all the way down into the canyon you see it’s not just one canyon. There are all these big side canyons that in themselves are tremendous attractions.

I remember backpacking through Grapevine Canyon. I remember there was a part of the trail that was kind of a downward sloping hill. And just to your right there is about a 2000′ sheer cliff drop off. So if you slip, it’s wet, someone pushes you, or something like that, you are basically falling to your death 2000′. And I remember it was kinda scary. Not kinda, it was scary!

I was hiking with Yoko, Landy, Lou, and I think just 3 other people. And Landy was trying to talk to me when we were walking through this little area. And I said “Landy please do not talk, I need to concentrate. I am really scared.” [Dave laughs] But that’s not my greatest fear. But I’ve overcome that. I do these things to help me overcome my fear of heights. But there’s something about looking down a cliff that your standing on the edge of that’s like 2000’+. I am scared of that. I am scared. It’s ok.

But I think my biggest fear is probably dying. And it’s not really the fear of dying itself. I believe the act of dying is not really that fearful to me. It’s kind of like whatever would lead up to it. For example, if I get shot. I mean God forbid that I would get shot. But it’s kind of like whatever would lead up to it. You know what I mean. But in other words, if I am in horrible pain, if I’m drowning and can’t breathe, if I’m choking, something like that. Something like that leading to death is really really scary to me.

So I think that’s what I would probably say is my biggest fear. And I believe some of this may come from a past life I got into a crazy drowning accident or maybe fell off a cliff 2000′.

I’m really not afraid of many things. I am afraid of my health going downhill. I do everything I can to stay healthy. I am not afraid of being homeless or losing friends or anything like that. If things happen to me in my life I am pretty confident that I can take care of them. Being in serious end of life pain or health issues leading to death is probably my greatest fear. Maybe I should try to overcome that too. We all have to die, I know that! But it’s what would lead up to the act of dying and not really dying itself. I think once you die you’re probably extremely comfortable wherever you may be. I’ve read a lot of books on near death experiences and by all accounts it sounds like people are in a beautiful place once they die and come out of their bodies. So that’s not scary to me at all.

So, Chris I hope answered that question ok. Again, I didn’t rehearse. I didn’t think about this at all before. I am just reading the question and answering it totally off the cuff.

That was a good one! Thanks so much for that Chris!

The next question, Eric from South Carolina asks, “what is one life lesson you would tell your 30 year old self?” One life lesson I would tell my 30 year old self. That’s a great one Eric! Let me think about that one for a second too.

Number one, I think there are a lot of them. There are a lot! I wish I would have known the powers of being vegan and not eating animals when I was 30. I wish I would that powerful thing. That’s definitely one.

This is a great question. And maybe I’ll do a whole episode on this one. This is going to sound like it doesn’t really fit. It should be something like “do everything in your power to be happy” or “love mankind, love people, love trees, love animals.” But the one that really comes to my mind is the one life lesson I would have taught my 30 year old self (or earlier), it would be financial actually. I know Eric, that this will really resonate with you and I know it will resonate with a lot of people. The lesson would be something like “stay the course, don’t deviate from the course when saving and investing money.” Spend much less than you make, invest the difference in safe investments. Don’t think you can get tips from your friends and invest in the stock market. Safe mutual fund investments.

Stay the course. Don’t be tempted to pull your money out when things are going bad in the economy and then think you’re going to jump back in when things are going better. Just stay the course. Stay even and keep investing every single month. Pay yourself first meaning that the first thing you do with your money is that you invest the amount that you are going to put aside every single month. And you keep doing it. No matter what the political climate is, no matter what the economic climate is, no matter what, you just keep putting that money in your investments every single month. including your retirement funds every month.

Let me tell you something. If you do that and you don’t get emotional about it, and you don’t listen to what other people are doing and all that craziness, you will be a millionaire+ by the time you are ready to retire. Or probably a multi millionaire. But you have to do that.

I wish somebody would have told me that. I wish somebody would have spanked my butt every time I made one of these stupid mistakes like when the economic climate starts going down and the stock market starts going down I would stop sending money in. That’s ridiculous! That’s the time to send money in. When things are going down and everybody is worried and going crazy you send more money in. Because guess what?! It’s always going to come back up. As long as we have always had the DOW and the NASDAQ, it’s always been on an upward trend. Does it go down sometimes? Of course it does! Did it go down like crazy in 2009? And on paper people lost half of their assets? Yes! But guess what? As I am recording this we’re on the cusp of the DOW hitting 20,000 for the first time ever in history! We just passed 19,000 for the first time in history a few days ago.

So that’s my lesson that I would teach my 30 year old self. And any other 30 year old or similar ages out there that’s a great great question. God do I wish I would have done that.

I’ve got some stories! I had this hot shot financial planner who, when things were going really well back in 1999 and I was making all kinds of money and I had all kinds of money to invest, this guy had me invest in like 3 or 4 private placements. And I sent a lot of money over to him. And then of course we had the crash around 2000 and then 9/11 in 2001. Things came tumbling down. The amount of money that I lost would floor you. I can’t even tell you how much. But that’s another story for a different episode.

Great question Eric! I really appreciate that!

As I sip my coffee out here it’s a cold afternoon. It feels beautiful! I love the be in my outdoor studio. I always preach that you should be one with nature and I love to have my feet planted on the soil. It just feels so good. I get invigorated when I’m outside recording as opposed to sitting at a desk inside with my beautiful mixer and microphone. I think I am more creative and more vocal outside. It just does something to my body and that’s why I urge you to go outside when you’re doing your “Magic 4” or when you’re running or when you’re doing anything. I urge you to get outside no matter what the temperature is. You can bundle up. It feel great out here! Another lesson from Dave 😉

Tom from Tennessee writes, “what is a goal that you have not achieved yet that you are pretty sure you’ll accomplish?” A goal that I haven’t yet achieved. Tom must know that I am a big goals guy. I’ve lived by goals for at least the past 25 years for sure. When you write them down and when you read them every single day, they have a way of coming true.

So what’s a goal that I haven’t reached yet that I am pretty certain I will? Great question! Let’s see. That’s an easy one Tom. Yoko and I know that the goal we’re going to reach is that we will have a primary home in Colorado in the Rocky Mountains most likely in Breckenridge. That is a goal that we both have written down on our goal sheets and our book of goals. We read them everyday. I know it’s going to happen but it hasn’t happened yet. A few things have to fall into place which I know they will.

I always pay cash for everything. I do not take out loans. I do not take out mortgages. I pay cash. Every single thing I have is paid for. I’m standing outside and looking at my house right now, it’s paid for. I’m looking at my cars, they’re paid for. Everything! So I am not going to move out there and borrow money to buy a house. I’m not going to do that. So the only thing that’s really stopping me now, other than a few minor things, is that I need to wait and save up a little bit more money for a house. Because when I sell this house here, it’s a nice house, but it’s not going to bring me enough money to buy what we want out in Colorado. It’s not that we’re looking for a mansion. Trust me we’re really not. We’re minimalists. We’re looking for something actually fairly small but I also want it to be the right place in the right area so it’s going to cost a little bit more money than the house is going to bring us here for the sale of it.

The biggest problem of all; and it’s not really a problem, I know I’ve shared this with you before, but about 1 1/2 years ago I wrote a large check to my ex-wife to finalize a financial obligation that I had from a divorce that took place about 16 years ago. The state of Maryland has something called permanent alimony. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Basically for the rest of my life, I was supposed to be writing her this huge check every month. And nothing bad about her. It was all legal and that’s pretty much what the deal was. And I am not bad mouthing anybody. And I tell you something else, she’s a wonderful person! But I still had this obligation to her. I did.

I did not want to have this obligation for the rest of my life. I don’t know what’s going to be happening. I don’t know how long I want to work. I want to work forever but I don’t know how long I want to be pressured into making a certain amount of money so I could pay a very large amount of money every month for permanent alimony. So I wanted to work out a deal to get out of that. And in order to work out a deal like that it took a huge check that I had to write which depleted a large portion of my assets to be very honest with you.

Don’t worry about me. I’m ok! I still have some money. But it’s nothing like I had before I had to write this check. So I need to working on building up a little bit more. That might be too much information but it’s ok. The reason I do this show is because I am totally transparent. I don’t hold back. I want to share my life with you so that you can learn from me and learn from the good things I do and learn from the mistakes. If I held stuff back and didn’t share with you and made it seem like everything’s perfect in my life, then I wouldn’t be doing you a good service. It wouldn’t be right. Because as good as my life is I’ve got crazy things that have happened to me in the past and will probably happen in the future because we’re all human beings and crazy things do happen. So I want to share that with you. It was a tremendous struggle that I had for many many years. I had this really difficult financial obligation every single month whether money was coming in or not. This huge financial obligation was basically never ending and I had to put an end to it. And it took a huge amount of money to end it. But I’m good. I feel like this tremendous weight was lifted off my shoulder. I’m rebuilding and that’s fine.

So Tom I answered that in a very long way. But that’s my goal that I know is going to happen and it’s going to happen most likely within 2-3 years. That’s what we’re planning. 2-3 years give or take.

I’m excited whenever Yoko and I are out west in Breckenridge, Colorado. Tom, you know this too! I know Tom personally.

I appreciate all of you writing in these questions, Chris, Eric, and Tom. I happen to know all of you fairly well. So I appreciate that a lot.

But there are also other goals that I read every day on my goal sheet. But that is the main one that I think. Tom was looking for that answer right there.

Wow! Ok, I’m out of breath. I think I like this idea. I think I like putting this up on Facebook and answering the first 3 questions I get asked. So I think I am going to do this again. And when I do it I promise that whatever the question is, even if I don’t really like the question, I’ll answer it in some way so that it will make it fair so that you know if you write a question and you’re the first 3, you know it’s going to get answered. I kind of like that.

I hope you liked the show! I hope you did! Feel free to send me an email and let me know if you like the concept. I’d like to do a live call-in show. I did that once or twice but it was difficult because I need certain equipment. It was not easy to do. Technically it’s not a simple thing to do. But I tried it early on when I first started my podcast. I think what is was is that I recorded some questions and played them on the show. That’s what it was. But let’s see if this thing works. Let me know! Send me an email to dave@davidmadow.com. Send me an email and let me know what you think. Hang out with us on Facebook. We’re there! I’d love to have you with us! Until next time…

I am Dr. Dave. I’ll see you next week! Have a great one!

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165 – The End of the Trail

Hey welcome back it’s Dr. Dave! Great to have you. This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. It’s The David Madow Lifestyle Show. And I appreciate YOU!

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I’m in my outdoor studio again because I am doing my “Magic 4” today. By the way, in case you’re new to me, the “Magic 4” is walking 4 miles straight. And if you do it everyday, it’s a game changer. And I want to stress that when I do my “Magic 4” it’s not necessarily just walking. There are a lot of other things you can do during the “Magic 4”. And I’ll just give you a few examples. Oftentimes if I stop to take a break, I do some squats. You know what squats are. Basically, from a standing position you bend your knees and you go down as far as you can and then stand back up.

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So imagine during your walk, during your “Magic 4”, Imagine stopping and doing 10 free squats. And then continue on your walk. And then maybe a short time later doing 10 more. By the time you finish, during your breaks you can do a decent number of squats. And let me tell you something, you’ll feel a difference in your body when you start incorporating squats into your routine. You don’t need to be at a gym. You can do this during your “Magic 4” or when you’re brushing your teeth as my wife Yoko does. [Dave giggles] Or any room or outside. You don’t have to be doing this in a gym.

Where I walk is kind of rural as you probably know if you’ve been following me for quite some time. Especially my Periscope broadcasts. You see the streets that I walk on and the area that I’m in. And by the way, if you come to W.T.A. (Weekend to Awesome) on April 22nd & 23rd, you will walk the same streets we walk here. You will basically immerse yourself in our lifestyle. And at the end of the weekend my goal is to have you saying that it was the best weekend you ever spent in your life. So I hope you’re in. I’m only taking 10. I’m being really strict because I want 10 like minded people.

So there are all kinds of horse fences and trees around here. I will stop at a fence or a tree or anything and do some stretching. Some very simple stretching exercises during my “Magic 4”. And if I really feel motivated, I’ll get down on the ground and do some sets of push ups. You can do these all during a “Magic 4”. I’d like to know what you do. If you’ve come up with any good ideas. Let me know.

There are tons of things you can do. You can strike some Yoga poses and crunches. There are tons of things you can do during your “Magic 4”.

Then again you don’t to do anything. You can just do a straight 4 and that’s fine. That’s totally fine because it’s all about getting out there every day and covering 4 miles on your feet. NOT on a treadmill please! Keep your feet on the Earth. Be one with nature, it makes a tremendous difference.

Again, I’ve got a treadmill in my home. Do I used it a lot? No ! Do I use it for training sometimes? Yes! Do I use it when it’s -10 degrees out and icy and snowy? Yes! But I usually don’t use it. I’m usually outside walking, running, hiking, skiing, the list goes on and on. So, I love the outdoors and I think that’s one of my secrets to life.

“Be one with nature.”

A short time ago, again you probably know this if you’re a frequent listener, you know that a few weeks ago I spent some time in Zion National Park .

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There was a trail called Hidden Canyon Trail. I’m not sure if I spoke about this trail in detail but I want to share something with you about the trail. It was not an easy trail. It was actually fairly difficult. The trail consisted of a lot of uphill switchbacks which go up the bottom of the canyon to the rim of the canyon. So it consisted of a lot of uphill. Basically all uphill which can be really intimidating to someone who’s not really used to a lot of uphill climbing  or who aren’t in very good physical condition it can be very difficult. There’s not a lot of resting. You can take time, move to the side, and get a little rest. Which I believe in but the whole first half of the hike is uphill.

Not only was it difficult that way but we got to a point where there were chains that you had to hold onto. So imagine your going along walking uphill, and all of a sudden there are chains that you have to hold on to. It’s not like you don’t have to grab onto the chains. If you don’t grab onto them and look off to your right, there’s a nice little cliff right there.  If you happen to let go of that chain and slip and fall off the cliff, well you will fall about 1000 feet down to your death. I don’t want to paint that difficult of a picture because people do this trail every day and I think it’s extremely rare that somebody will actually fall. But it can be very intimidating and very dangerous especially if you have a fear of heights. And then we get to a point after the chains where it’s more climbing up up up. And there’s a sign that says…

You’ve reached the end of the trail

But after that it look like there was more trail. So we kept going. Yeah we had to jump over some boulders. We had to get around trees and branches and obstacles for sure. But we finally made it to the part in the trail that I think truly was the end…I think. It was a natural arch that was just beautiful and nobody else was there. And we just sat down and enjoyed some snacks and lunch. We enjoyed the incredible beauty that this trail offered us at the top of Hidden Canyon.

I’ve got a few take home points I want to share with you about this hike and about this trail and about this life. We’re going to wrap everything together into life because it’s all about life. First of all, the trail…yes it was intimidating. And somebody who would’ve look at a map or seen a video or heard a description of this trail, many people would have said “no, there’s no way. I’m not doing that. I can’t do that. There’s a lot of uphill and a lot of obstacles. There’s chains you have to grab onto. There’s parts that if you fall off you’re going to die. It’s scary. I’m not doing that!” I think that would be a very common response to somebody that we would ask “do you want to do this trail with us?” But what I learned was if you look at the whole picture of something it could be very intimidating. But when you take a step back and think of it as one little piece of the puzzle at a time you can conquer it. Yeah sure there was a lot of uphill. But if you just take your time and don’t go too fast and take some breaks, you’ll be able to get past the uphill part. Coming back the second half was amazing. Coming downhill was like a present from somebody to us. You can get through it if you take it one step at a time. Going downhill is not that tough.

So you can get through it if you just take a little bit at a time. You get to the part there are chains and it’s very intimidating. You say I’m not doing that it’s crazy. Stop. Take a deep breath. Realize that hikers do this everyday. And yes it’s dangerous but nobody’s falling if you’re careful. Just put one foot in front of the other. You’re gonna get to the point where after probably less than 5 minutes you’re passed that really difficult part. And you can say WOW I did that! I got passed that! And then you get to an area that says this is the end of the maintained trail. And you can say look I don’t want to go any further. Yeah there are areas where you have to climb over some boulders but you do it a little bit at a time. Get over the next obstacle. And when you get to the next obstacle, conquer that one. It’s almost like checking that one off. And when you get to the next obstacle, it might be difficult but you get around that or over that whatever you have to do. And if you get to the end you will be truly rewarded by this beauty that very few people get to achieve, very few people get to accomplish getting to these arches. Because of the obstacles involved, because of a sign that says “end of trail”, and because of the fright of doing it. Again if you look at it as all one big obstacle course, then year people aren’t going to do it. But that’s why I like to break things down and take them one little piece at a time.

I remember when I was a practicing dentist. I had this patient come in and his name was Rick. He was a young guy. Back then he was probably 19,20, or 21. He was a heck of a guy. but every time he came in he had more trouble. I tell you this guy must of drank coke all day long. Because every time he came in there was more decay. His mouth was a mess. It was really a complex case. And I felt that I was up against a lot of obstacles and I didn’t even know what to do with this guy. And it was really frustrating. As nice as a guy as he was, his mouth was a total disaster. I just felt that this was so complex that it made me anxious. I didn’t know what to do.

So I still remember this like it was the other day. I was skiing with a friend of mine. His name is Stan. This was back in the 80’s. And I we were on the chair life and I was explaining to Stan. I said “Rick is a nice guy but I’m just really intimidated by his case. It’s so complex and I don’t know what to do. Every time he comes back in there’s more decay. It’s just a total total mess!” And Stan looked at me as we’re riding on this chair life and he said “Dave, why are you so intimidated about this?” And I said “There’s just so much going on here. I can’t comprehend it. It’s just too much for me.” And Stan looked at me and said “Dave just do one tooth at a time. Take care of one tooth at a time. It might take a long time but you’ll finally be there. You’ll do it!” And I’ll never forget that example because how many time do you get intimidated by something. You look at the big picture and it’s intimidating. It’s a mess. Whatever that may be.

Maybe you want to lose a lot of weight. Maybe you know you’ve got a lot of weight to lose. Maybe there’s something in life that you want to accomplish but it seems so crazy it’s too much for you. I’ve learned to just do a little but at a time. Get over one little obstacle and then move to the next one. And then over a period of time, you’ll be there. You have conquered the trail and passed the sign that says “end of the trail”. And there might be extreme beauty there.

Once you pass the “end of the trail” so many people look forward to retiring. And they don’t have any real plans after retirement. They work all their lives. Maybe they’re in their 60’s and say “ok, I want to retire”. And then they don’t really have anything going. They slowly fade away because there’s nothing going on passed that “end of trail” sign. Personally, I am never going to retire. I might stop working at what I am doing now. Meaning that me speaking all over North America to dental groups and all of that. It’s a lot of work. And I might now do that forever. I love it but I might want to move into something else. But I would never say that I am just going to get to the end of the trail, and see that sign, and just stop. What would I do? What would I do every single day? I love helping you! I could never see the day come when I want to just stop this show. I can’t see that happening. I love what I’m doing. Do I want to make some changes along the way? Absolutely! But when I see that “end of trail” sign? I am going to ignore that sign and keep going. When we reached the second sign that said “stop now”. We didn’t go further because it looked like that sign was there for a reason and it may have been dangerous. It looked like Zion National Park was telling us not to go anymore. Sometime you have to be smart. Sometimes you have to say “look we’ve done everything we can, we’re going to listen and not go any further.”

In life, I am always going to be on the trail. There are going to be obstacles. There are going to be chains. There are going to be cliff that sometimes you will get close to falling over, or get close to failing, or dying. There are going to be all kinds of challenges in life. I know I have talked to you about this several times.

About 6 months ago or so, I was in Yosemite National Park. And I talked about being on the right trail or being on the wrong trail (Episode #138). Sometimes not even understand what trail you should be on. But you can be at the bottom of a mountain and look up and almost visualize the trail that you should be on. You can see in advance almost what trail you should be on. Yeah, I am an outdoors guy. I love hiking, I love backpacking, I love being on trails. And I definitely use that as a metaphor for life.

This past trip that we did to Zion, it was not an easy trail but it wasn’t the most difficult thing in the world either. If you’re ever at Zion, I am going to recommend you go up Hidden Canyon Trail. You’ll be fine. You’ll do it!! I know you can. Be prepared for a lot of uphill at first. Be prepared to hang onto some chains that are firmly attached to the canyon. You have to trust that they are. You are pretty much putting faith in those chains that they will save your life. You’ll get past the chains. You’ll get past the first sign that says “end of trail”. You’ll get past that! You’ll get past the obstacles after that and your reward will be that beautiful natural arch. And when you have gotten there, I really want to say thanks Dr. Dave.

Not only on the trail but the trail of life. We’re doing this together guys! And I am not just talking about the male gender. I am talking about ALL of you. Every single one of you. You’re my friends. My goal in life is to help you live your best life EVER! I’ve been through some crazy times in my life. You know that. If you’ve been a long time listener or friend, you know what I went through. I could have thrown my hands in the air and said “that’s it, I’m done!” But I did not do that. I figured out ways to make it good. Make it better. And now I truly am blessed. I really am. I travel the world but mostly North America. I see the beauty and I am able to do my work from wherever I am. And I really love what I do. I hope it comes across in my words. But not only in my words but in my emotion that you can sense from listening to my words here. I truly love what I do. I love helping you! I am going to end this today just by thanking you.

Thanking you not only for being a listener or a follower, you’re a lot more than that to me. A lot more than that. You are a true friend. I’m Dr. Dave or whatever you call me. Dr. D the “V” or just Dave.

I will see you next week!

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164 – No Assumptions

Hey welcome back! It’s Dr. D the “V”! How are you doing today? Welcome guys and gals!!! How are you all? I am so glad that you are with me today!

I’ve got something very very interesting for you. It’s actually a question from a listener that I think is going to be applicable to you. It’s really a good one!

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But before I get into it, here’s what I’m doing. I’m outside right now as usual. I’m actually walking back from taking my car in to be serviced and having a dermatological appointment. Nothing’s wrong with me, my skin is good. But I go once a year for a skin check just to make sure everything’s ok. And I’m going to highly recommend that you do this. Because you know something? You never know! I recommend annual physicals as well. But going once a year and seeing a dermatologist to have a complete skin check from head to toe, scalp to the bottom of your feet, is really important.

About 2 years ago she found a little discoloration on my chest that she said looks suspicious so she wanted to biopsy it. She did. She took it out and it was a very small little thing. Almost like a little mole but as it turns out it’s good that she caught it. She said that it was pre-cancerous. Pre-cancerous just means that the likelihood is there. It most likely wasn’t cancer but the possibility is there that if left alone it could turn into skin cancer. So I got it cut out and it’s gone. And that’s why I recommend going once a year and getting checked out. You never know what’s there. Something that you think might be ok, may not be ok.

As I am walking back, I passed a house I used to live in years ago. I’d say 15 to 16 years ago. And it brought back a memory because my next door neighbor assumed something about me. This came out years later. After I actually moved she told me this. And it was really bizarre. The moral of the story is, and I learned this a long time ago, never assume anything. You might think you’re right. You might think that what you’re assuming is definitely correct.

Here’s the thing this family made this assumption that I was some weirdo. Well maybe they’re right there 😉 [Dave laughs] But they thought that I was some weirdo living in a dark basement in this house. And the reason they thought that was because of my crazy travel schedule. You know me. A lot of times I am out of town for days or maybe even a couple weeks at a time. So this was before Yoko. It was B.Y. (before Yoko). I lived there alone. And I had my 3 cats. And what I would do is always keep this little light on in the basement where their food was and their litter box. And I had cat sitters that would come in and feed them. So there would always a little light shining in the basement 24/7. Just so they would have some light when they went downstairs. I know cats can probably see in the dark much better than we can but it was one of those things that I had a little light on.

So picture this, I am out of town for like a week at a time and the whole house is totally dark except for the light burning in the basement. So my neighbors formed this opinion, an assumption, that neighbor guy was a weirdo. All he does is sit in his basement and who knows what he’s doing down there. But he’s some weirdo and we’ve got to stay away from him.

It was so funny when that came out. I think it was when I was selling the house actually. They came over and we talked. I explained to them no that’s not what it really was. I am out of town a lot. And it was a light for my cats. And they said oh you’re not the weirdo that we thought you were. We thought you were some crazy guy.

So never assume! I’ve learned this and I used to assume things all the time. And I always thought that when I assumed something I was right. I was definitely right. But I’ll tell you something. It was 90% of the time when you’re assuming something about somebody else or something that happened. I’d say 90% of the time you’re not right. But you build this up in your mind. And you think, oh no it’s definitely right. It’s definitely true. But it’s not.

So if I could help you with that. Let’s start today. Never assume anything. Anything. Never assume. Don’t let the assumption worry you. Don’t let it ruin your life. Because it does. It will. Don’t assume.

So I got this question on Facebook from a really good guy named Eric. I don’t have it in front of me so I am going to try to recreate the question as best as I can. Actually I am just going to grab it because I don’t think I can do it any justice by trying to recreate it here. He asked it so beautifully and eloquently. Erik Ko, the guy that asked this question, is a vegan and long distance runner. He is a young guy who really really pays a lot of attention to his life and his finances. But he is extremely responsible. One of the most responsible people young men that I know I think. And he asks very very good questions. Eric’s question is…

“I’ve been wondering this and thought it might be a good topic for an upcoming podcast. What are your thoughts on buying a new car versus driving an old car into the ground? To give some specifics, I am very down to earth and typically get a safe reliable commuter car like a Civic, Elantra, or Tacoma. And in the past I’ve driven them an average of 9 years, well past the warranty. I currently have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra with 92,000 miles on it and the engine warranty is up at 100,000 miles. I’m torn because I like the peace of mind of a reliable car without having to worry about major repairs to which I cannot even do minor ones. So what should I do? Should I ditch that one and get another car? Should I keep it going?”

Oh my God! This is a total no brainer. What’s my advice guys? What do you think? What am I going to say to Eric?

Ok so number one, I know Eric and I know the guy. I am going to go out on a limb and assume (even though I shouldn’t assume), but I am going to assume that he takes good care of his things. I am sure that he maintains them. I will bet you that if you saw this Elantra, I am going to bet it’s in really good shape.

My advice to you Eric is to keep that car going. Do not sell it. Do not get a new car. And by the way, my feeling these days is to never buy a new car. Never, never, never buy a new car. Always buy a car that is probably in the 2 to 3 year old range with low mileage on it. You can go to cars.com and find almost anything. They’ve got pictures. They’ve got the condition. You can find cars that are only a couple of years old that look like they are brand freaking new. So that’s what I would do if I was buying a new car.

Eric, I would not worry about that warranty. That warranty is going to be up in 8,000 miles. But it does not make financial sense to go out and buy a new car just because it’s under warranty. It doesn’t make sense. Do the math on that. When you buy a warranty they are money makers for the dealer or car company so don’t worry about the warranty. When you’re maintaining a car, yeah it’s going to cost you every year but it’s generally not going to be all that much. It’s not going to be nearly the cost of ditching a car that’s almost out of warranty.

And buy the way people, always pay cash for your car. Another Dave secret. Always pay cash because if you cannot afford to pay cash for a car and want to finance it for 3, 5, or 7 years, you can’t afford it. I don’t care if it’s 0% interest. I don’t care. Pay cash for your car! No exceptions and never lease a car! Never! Leasing is the biggest rip off as far as financing your car goes. When you lease a car and drive it away, the dealers and the salespeople are laughing as you drive away. It is a total rip off. Do not ever lease a car again if you’re thinking about it.

Buy a car for cash. You might be saying well, I’ve only got $3,000 in cash. Then guess what? You’re buying a $3000 car until you can afford something better. And you drive that car and you take good care of it, and you work, and make money to invest. And when you can afford something better, you buy something better it you want to. Do NOT finance a car!

You might be asking why is Dr. Dave, Dr. D the “V”, talking about financial stuff on his lifestyle show. Well let me tell you something. It’s about lifestyle. If you’re financially strapped or stressed, or in debt, do you think your lifestyle is good? Do you think you are in good health? Do you think your stress is helping your health? I’ve learned some things during my life to be financially responsible. It is a game changer when you’re not stressed at all. When you put your head on your pillow at night, and you’re debt free, and you’re spending less money than you make, there’s a sense of peace that envelops your entire body. When you put your head on your pillow and you know that bill collectors are not coming after you even if you lose your job because you don’t have any debt. And when you don’t have any debt, you’re paying for food, you’re paying for your heat and air conditioning, you’re paying for fuel for your car, you’re paying for insurance, but when you don’t have any debt, you’re not in danger of losing things like your house. If you lose a job, it is a total game changer.

Now let me share with you about my cars because I think it’s going to help you. I have 3 cars between Yoko and I. I’ll tell you exactly what they are. I won’t hold anything back. Full disclosure here. I’ve got a 2005 Volvo XC90 which is about 12 years old and it has 108,000 miles on it. How do I know it has 108,000 miles on it? I just dropped it off for servicing because I take it for regular service. If you saw this car, you would think it’s maybe a couple of years old. You would think it almost came off the showroom floor. It doesn’t have crap all over the seats. The outside of it looks good. It doesn’t have any dings in it.

One of my secrets is that I park very far away when I go shopping. Grocery store, appointment, office, wherever it may be. Wherever I’m going. I park far away. Not near any other cars because everybody likes to park so damn close. And guess what? I walk to the door. I get my steps in and my car is in great shape. Like I said, if you saw my car it looks pretty good. And totally paid for.

Yoko’s car is a 2012 Jeep Compass. It’s a fairly modest Jeep. She hardly ever drives. She sees clients at home so she is mostly home all day. I think it only has 14,000 or 15,000 miles on it. I don’t have to even tell you that she takes great care of it. It looks like it is brand spanking new. She could sell this car for new. It has less than 15,000 miles on it! It looks great! And by the way, we don’t owe a dime for it. It was paid for in cash. It was bought used by the way. I think we bought it in 2013 so we bought it when it was like a year old. We got a great deal and paid cash.

And for my third car, what do I tell you about this one? When I was approaching my 60th birthday there was something that I wanted. These days I wouldn’t do it. But when I was approaching my 60th birthday I wanted a Porsche. So I went out and bought a Porsche. It’s a Porsche Cayman. It’s a cute little thing. I paid cash for it guys. It was used. Give me a break 😉 I know I don’t need it. It’s a 2007 and it looks brand spanking new. If you come to the Weekend to Awesome, I’ll show it to you. Maybe I’ll take you for a ride. It looks like it just came off the dealer’s showroom floor. It’s got something like 20,000 miles on it and I’ve had it for 2 years. Do I need it? No! Am I proud that I bought it? Eh it’s ok. Am I trying to become more of a minimalist? Yes! Will I probably sell it sometime in the very near future? Yes. But let me tell you something. While I have it this thing is sweet! It is so much fun to drive. It’s a 5 speed. It hugs the road and goes fast. It’s so much fun! But having said all that, I am going to be talking to you more about becoming more of a minimalist.

This Porsche is a cool car but it still requires insurance, maintenance, washing it, fuel and everything. It costs money. If something breaks down it’s a hassle. Do I need it? No, I don’t need it and I’m really trying to get rid of stuff. The time will come, probably sometime soon, where I say hey look it’s time to sell it.

And I tell you something, everytime I get rid of something or things, I really feel a big difference. It makes my life that much more simple. And by the way I hope you get this in time. We are going to be playing the minimalist game in my Facebook group, Supercharge Hangout. My buddy Jason Schramm and I will be playing this game all through the month of December. I’ll put a video up to explain exactly how it works. It will change your life, I promise you. I will be participating as well. I have found truly that when you start getting rid of stuff your life starts to open up. There’s a sense a peace that you wouldn’t believe. So I’m really trying to do more of this. I’ve been doing it for about a year but now I’m putting it into high gear. This game is going to be fun! I hope you join us. I’d like to see you there. It’s going to be a great month!

I’m going to leave you on that note folks! I hope I helped you! Financial stuff some people don’t really want to get involved with. They want to forget about it. But it’s so important to be financially responsible. I’m not a financial planner at all but I know enough to be dangerous. I know enough to do the right things in my life. It really helped me become financially independent, stress free, debt free, oh this stuff works! It works! We’ll talk about it soon.

Until next time guys and gals! I love ya!

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163 – Against All Odds – You Can Do This

Hey! Welcome to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I’m Dr. Dave. Dr. D the “V”. Of course Dr. D the “V” refers to Dr. Dave the vegan. Because I am “vaygan.” Yes, sir! Yes ma’am!

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I welcome you! I’ve got so much to share today on the show. We’ve gotta jump right in. But before I jump in though I want to welcome all of my new listeners. For some reason, and I don’t know why, but things have been going crazy lately. I’m gaining a lot of new followers and friends and I love it!! I love you! And whether you’re a brand new listener or if you’ve been with me for quite some time, I consider you my friend and I am so glad to have you here.

There are a lot of really cool things going on. If you have enrolled in my goals course, I really hope you got something out of it. It’s a two-part course and I put it online about three weeks ago. And we have had so many people come through this course so far. It’s been unbelievable. I have pretty much changed the way I live my life based on how I created goals for myself over many many years. Basically everything I know about goals is in a two-part lesson that’s online. More about the course here

I’ve got a great Facebook group going now too! It’s amazing. You guys have been really really active and cool. We’re sharing a lot of great advice and positivity. If you want to get there and join us, we’d love to have you there. Simply go to superchargehangout.com. It is a Facebook group but I set up a really easy redirect so you don’t have to remember how to get there through Facebook. I will let you in as long as you don’t look suspicious. [Dave laughs] You’ll be having a great time with us!

So I want to share a few things with you now. As I am recording you may hear some water in the background. I know Rory, my producer, plays this really cool relaxing spa type music in the background. And I hope it’s not competing with this wonderful river that I am standing on the bank of. Right now I am in Zion National Park and it’s just beautiful.

The reason I’m here is that Yoko and I took a little extended trip. All last week in Vegas I had my annual convention there. And it’s a lot of work and just tiring. There’s a lot going on when you have 1500 people that you have to take care of and make sure that they have the best two days of their lives. So after that Yoko made reservations out west here. So we were in Bryce Canyon yesterday and the day before. And now we’re in Zion and we’re going to do some hiking today and tomorrow.

It’s just gorgeous. And I’ve got to be honest with you. We just got here and we’re outside of a B & B right outside of the park. There’s a beautiful river (which I believe to be the Virgin River) overlooking this beautiful canyon and rock formation. If you get a chance to travel, I am going to really encourage to visit some of our incredible national parks all over the country. I’ve been to Grand Canyon National Park so many times and I’ve done some backpacking through the back country there. I don’t have a lot of experience with other national parks but Yoko is turning me onto a lot more. It’s really amazing the beauty that surrounds us here in North America. If you’re from someone else on the planet, I know you have your beauty too. I’ve been throughout a lot of Japan and there’s so much beauty there. We’ve hiked Mt. Fuji.

I guess my point is to get out and enjoy nature. I’ve been telling you this a lot lately. That’s one of the reasons I don’t really go to a gym and I don’t exercise on a treadmill or on a elliptical machine, or a stair stepper. I like to have my feet planted on the Earth. Just the way they are right now. When you become one with nature there really is a special feeling. As opposed to being inside an artificial gym doing a workout. I don’t get that! I know sometimes maybe the weather is bad and you have to do it indoors. That’s ok but I don’t even belong to a gym anymore. I love being outside.

Yesterday, Yoko and I did a really nice decent hike in Bryce Canyon. A couple days before that after my convention was over in Las Vegas, we ran the Rock N Roll Half Marathon which starts around 5pm so it’s dark and they run us down the strip which is amazing. They basically close off Las Vegas. Can you imagine that? They close off Las Vegas for an evening so that 40,000 runners can run through the streets of beautiful Las Vegas. So yeah I love being outdoors.

In my group, I asked people what they’re goals are for next year to make next year they’re best year ever. What it is they want to accomplish. And it seems like the most common response I’m getting is that people are saying that they want to lose weight. They want to exercise more. They want to lose weight. But that seems to be the most common answer. And I’m going to share some things with you right now on this episode about losing weight. Now maybe you don’t need to lose weight but if you don’t need to listen because I am going to share some really important concepts, tips, and principles with you. And some secrets as well.

First of all, congratulations to anyone that can even say that this is going to be the year that I am going to lose weight. Congratulations! Because it’s a start. What I want to say to you is don’t get intimidated. There are so many gurus out there that are telling you what to do, how to exercise, what to eat. I will tell you this  – weight loss is generally a combination of the two. A combination of moving your body and putting the proper foods (fuel) into your body. Some people say you can do one without the other. For example, some people say that if you go out and run a marathon everyday, you can eat whatever you want and you’re still going to lose weight. I don’t know if that’s true.

First of all, I would never want to run a marathon every day, it will kill your body. As a matter of fact after we ran this half marathon this past weekend in Las Vegas, I kind of said to myself that I think I’ve had it with marathons for a while. I just think they are really taxing on my body. Running 26 miles is really really far. I don’t think I’ve ever ran a marathon and then gone out and thought hey I can do anything I want. No you’re always tired and you feel sore. But a half marathon is different because I can generally run a half marathon every day and it doesn’t really change the rest of my day. I can run a half marathon and then I can go about my business. I can go to work. I can do anything. It’s 13.1 miles. That’s a lot but it’s not going to kill my day as opposed to a marathon. I have to be somewhere resting for hours and hours after a marathon. They are tough on your body.

I think for the foreseeable future I am going to stick to a half marathon as being my longest distance. Now that does not mean that I am going to run a half marathon every week or even every month. But when I register for a race or go out a do a run, I think I think 13.1 miles is going to be my longest. I just don’t feel the need right now at this point in my life to be doing anything longer than that. In fact, I am honestly not so sure how healthy it is to be running marathons. I think running 26 miles or even running/walking, which is what I do, just might be too much. That’s my gut feeling. I’ve been running for roughly 40 years now and I’ve just developed these gut feelings. I just think 26.2 miles is probably too much for my body.

I still am a tremendous fan of the “Magic 4”. So don’t feel that you’ve gotta go out there and run a half marathon. The Magic 4 is still the best. So if you can get out there and move your body and walk 4 miles every single day (or as close to it as you can), then you’re doing great!! Trust me!

Going back to weight loss, I want to emphasize a few things to you right now. I want to just do the best you can. You don’t have to excel at anything. I don’t think I excel at anything. I really don’t.  I ski, I run, I backpack, I climb, I do a lot of things. But I can’t say that I am an expert at any of these. I am good. I am good enough. When I get out on the mountain and when I ski, I am good enough. I do what I want to do. Am I one of the best skiers on the mountain? No! Am I one of those guys jumping off of cliffs and going fast down double black diamond courses blindfolded? No! But you know something? I have a great time and I am pretty darn good. I just feel like I’m good enough. So I want to stress this. Whatever you’re going to do, just do your best. Don’t feel like you are competing with anybody else. Don’t look at other people and see how they’re doing and if you’re not doing as well. If you’re not losing as much weight, if you’re not as fast, don’t let it get you down. Do your best. Just do the best that you can for you.

It’s different for everybody. Some people go hog wild and they want to lose as much weight as they can within a month. But others want to take their time and have a plan and map it out. That’s ok too! As long as you’re going in the right direction. As long as you know where you want to go and you’re taking the steps to get there. You’re doing fine. You’re doing great. I can’t emphasize this enough. Just do your best! That’s all you need to do. Don’t beat yourself up over something that maybe you’re not doing what you think you should be doing. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t go crazy. Don’t lose sleep. Don’t get depressed. Don’t get upset. Just do your best. If you miss a day. That’s ok. The sun is going to rise tomorrow. It’s alright.

Let me tell you something else. I believe that you can do almost anything. No matter what anybody else tells you. Yeah you can! You can do it!

I am going to use this past election as an analogy. Now I want to tell you and make it very clear that I am not a political pundit. I am not a commentator. I am certainly not a politician. And I am not a political expert in any way shape or form. Nor do I get political on my show. I never tell people who they should vote for or who I vote for because I don’t want this to turn political ever. But I will share something with you that I think is a pretty cool analogy to prove to you that you can pretty much do anything you want against all odds.

Guess what? Everybody thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win. When you went on the websites, when you looked at the polls, when you looked at the maps of the electoral college and the states that the experts thought that Hillary was going to win; when you looked at everything it looked like it was almost impossible for Trump to win. That’s what everybody said and everybody went into this thinking that they were going to get up the next morning, whether they were for her or not, most people thought that Hillary was going to win. And I have to say this, I think Hillary herself  got a little bit cocky and just felt that it was so wrapped up. It was a no brainer for her. It was done.

But guess what? Everybody was wrong. People said it was impossible for Trump to win. If you watched the news or read the papers leading up to the election, the biggest experts in the world, all pretty much said it’s going to be almost impossible for Trump to win. Almost impossible! In fact, some said it was impossible.

I was in Las Vegas the evening of the election. I was at a dinner in a restaurant and I remember they had a TV overhead. And I’m watching this T.V. and I am looking online. In the beginning, they had the odds makers saying it was pretty much a wrap for Hillary Clinton. As it got later and later into the evening, the odds were switching really quickly to Trump. Like within a matter of hours. It went from Hillary to looking like Trump was going to win this thing. Against all odds. Against what every single expert said.

So what’s the analogy here? I don’t care what other people think I can do. It doesn’t matter what other people say you can do or cannot do. You are your own person and you make your own odds. And guess what? I think you can do practically anything you set out to do in your life. I swear that’s the truth! Within reason. We can all do practically anything we want in life.

I want you to take a look at what you want to accomplish in 2017. Write your goals down. What do you want to do? If you need help with and have not enrolled in my goals course yet. I highly recommend you sign up. It’s a great course that can really really change your life. I promise you!

And again remember please do your best. I think Trump’s people were probably telling him to prepare that he would wake up the next morning and he would not be the President-elect. But guess what? It just happened the other way around. Every expert was wrong. They were wrong. And I even share with you in my goals course things that I have overcome at incredible odds. I will share this with you if you take the course 😉 Including experts telling me that there’s no way I can do something. Experts that I paid money to. They said,”Dave you’re wasting your time. There’s no way at all you will accomplish this.” And I said screw it! I am on my own and I am going to do it. I am going to accomplish this. And I did it! Yeah, against all odds. I did it!

I know you can. I’ve got faith in you. Trust me, you’ll do it!! And I want you to let me know too. Please keep in touch with me. Let me know what you’ve accomplished and how you went against the odds to achieve what you did.

I’m Dr. Dave. I’ll see you next week! I promise you I’ll be here. Love ya!

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162 – The Vaygans Are Coming

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I’m Dr. Dave. Welcome and this is The David Madow Lifestyle Show! It’s great to have you! I’m the “Vaygan”.  This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, happier, and a lot more. I’ve got a great one for you today.

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You’re going to hear me walking through some leaves as they rustle because I am in my outdoor studio. I talk a lot about being outside. A lot of you go to the gym. I used to have a gym membership but I don’t really go to the gym anymore. I truly believe that when you are outside and you are one with nature; you see some real changes in your body, in your life, in your mental capacity, whatever it is.

I recorded a Facebook live video that went out to my Facebook audience just a short time ago. Right before I came on here and pressed record for this episode. I talk about the “Magic 4” which I’ve talked about quite a bit with you. I believe it’s a life changer. I tell people that instead of running on a treadmill at the gym, go outside and experience the Earth. Experience your feet touching the Earth. It really does make a difference. Trust me on this one. Unless you’re living in a climate that’s so difficult to get outside, and I doubt many of you are.

When I am in Colorado in the winter, I still get outside way more than I’m inside. I’m outside almost all day walking and skiing because I just love being with nature. It really is a game changer.

I started off by saying it was going to be a great episode today and I was just thinking about that. Well, I am here to change lives! I’m here to change YOUR life! And I can’t do that with a mediocre episode. So every episode that I put out is a great episode. So if you hear an episode and you don’t think it’s so great, I want you to write to me and tell me. But I don’t think that’s going to happen. Now, there might be a topic that you don’t love. It’s possible. But I try to give every episode my 110%. I really do. Because I want to help you. I really do.

Now, before we get into today’s topic. I started a Facebook group just a few days ago. Go to superchargehangout.com. That link will redirect right to my Facebook group. We’re going to supercharge your life. No question about it! It’s an incredible group of people. Come in with a great attitude. We don’t judge. We just help everybody. We do.

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I want to share something with you. A great guy, a listener, a fan, a friend of mine, and viewer named Steve Moore wrote a letter to me. Actually, he posted it in one of my Facebook groups. I want to read this letter to you. And I am going to answer Steve on this podcast. It’s fairly lengthy but as I get into it you’ll see why I want to read this letter on this show today.

Before I read it I do want to tell you one thing. Steve uses the word “vaygan” in this letter. And as you know if you’ve been with me for some time, I call myself the “vaygan”. And it’s kind of just a light-hearted way of saying vegan. Kind of with an accent. No harm meant, it’s just fun. A lot of my fans and friends call me “Dr. Vaygan” or “Mr. Vaygan” or just “The Vaygan” in public. Well, Steve likes that. Let me read his letter and share this with you.

“Dear David,

I listened to your podcast this morning titled Why do they makes fun of us? This got me contemplating about it very deeply that I went for another walk this morning. And it turned out to be a very long walk. This after doing my Magic 4 already this morning.

You and Yoko became “vaygan” because of your love for animals and the way they are being treated. My wife and I became vegetarian and now “vaygan” because of our desire to be healthier. Don’t get me wrong, we both love and care for animals that was just not our motivation for becoming “vaygan”. Most “vaygans” preach about the way animals are treated to the extent that non “vaygans” get very tired and frustrated to the point where they’re considering “vaygans” as an extremist group. Now Dave don’t get upset with me until you have read my entire rant 🙂

We’ve looked into joining some “vaygan” groups here in Oklahoma City but have been turned off from them due to the get togethers being all about the mistreatment of animals. Nothing about being healthier or helping others to become “vaygan”. We left one get together early because I was being ridiculed for saying “vaygan” instead of vegan. The whole group was trying to tell us that saying “vaygan” was damaging to their cause. We no longer attempt to join any of the groups now. These types of groups are what everyone is seeing and hearing about.

There was a news story here about a speaker at the New Jersey Veg Fest that said if you were a vegetarian that you did not belong there. You are either a vegan or nothing. I don’t know if this is true or not but this is what the media is putting out there for everyone to hear. It’s why most non vegans make fun of us. Save the animals now sounds no different than save the whales to most people. They just hear it too much.

You talk about different views and reasons for being a vegan. The healthier lifestyle needs to be pushed out to the public through the media a lot more than it is. Which its not at all here in Oklahoma.

You have brought me a long way in my lifestyle change which I can’t thank you enough for. You’ve come a long way from that idiot “scoping” in Breckenridge from his living room not even in front of a window to being an awesome mentor. We need a lot more people like yourself in this world.

After seeing how the change has affected my life and how I feel, our son and his wife are now starting the change towards veganism. Yay! 🙂 He used to be one of them that made fun of me when I decided to change. But now he’s changing. Yes, we have lost some good friends because of it but I wouldn’t change a thing.

THANK YOU DAVE! Sorry this turned out so long but like I said it was a very long walk”

Steve

Steve, first of all, I thank you for that letter. It’s an incredible letter. I will try to touch on some of the points you made but I first want to let my audience know that I had the pleasure of meeting Steve. When I was on hippie road trip #1, some of you may remember this, but I was driving from Phoenix, AZ to Memphis, TN. And on the way there was a city called OKC or Oklahoma City. When Steve saw that I was coming through his town, he said “hey Dr. Dave, “Mr. Vaygan” can you meet up with me?” So I said sure let’s meet up. We met at the Panera right off of the interstate 40 which was not out of my way at all. So I figured I would go into Panera and meet up with him for 2, 3, or 4 minutes and shake his hand.

I walk into Panera and the first thing I heard from this man sitting at the table, he stood up and said “Mr. Vaygan”. The whole place stopped and looked up. He looked at me and I looked at him and I think we gave each other a big hug. He looked at me and said “you will never know how much you’ve changed my life.” And Steve, I will never forget those words. And up until that point I had no idea. And the 2 or 3 or 4 minutes I was going to spend with Steve turned into 10,15, maybe even 20 minutes. We did a video together, he shared some stories with me, it was just an incredible time. And let me tell you Steve if I had more time, I would have spent hours there with you. It was a really great morning.

So I have come to know Steve. And Steve is one of my fans on Periscope, right here on this podcast, in my Facebook groups, he’s a big fan. But you know what’s more important than him being a big fan? He’s changing his flippin’ life!

Steve is a retired truck driver. He grew up and worked in Oklahoma and Texas his whole life. The land of beef, cattle, meat. In Oklahoma and Texas they’ve never heard of vegans. Pardon my terrible pun here but Steve decided to take the bull by the horns and change his life. And that he did. He’s lost weight and medical issues have gone away.

Steve is going to be at my Weekend to Awesome in April 2017. I am only taking 10 people total but if you happen to be there you can hear his incredible inspiring story.

But getting back to some of the things that were said by Steve in this letter. I feel really bad about the groups that you have come into contact with back in Oklahoma City. I’m gonna use the word “vaygan”. I don’t care what they say. You can play this for them for all I care. I want you to play this podcast for the people in the group because they are narrow-minded backwards people. Because if they make you feel bad about using the word “vaygan” when clearly you know the real word; and, clearly you are doing it like I do tongue in cheek to have some fun. Life is about having fun too! It’s not about being flippin’ serious every second of every day.

And let me tell you something. I donate to animal charities, farm sanctuaries, I can’t even tell you the number of animal charity envelopes I get in the mail every year that Yoko and I donate to in order to help some animals. And not only that we’ve gone to farm sanctuaries and held the animals and helped out so it’s not just money but we do whatever we can.

We’ve tried to save animals when we can. We love animals. We have animals. And guess what? I use the word “vaygan”. So using the word “vaygan” does not mean that you don’t care or you’re some weirdo. It doesn’t mean that. It means you’re having a little bit of fun in life. And if this damn group cannot understand that then they’re not helping anybody. I don’t care what anybody says. They are just not helping anybody. Because if they would make fun of a member and his wife that are coming there to join in to their cause and they make fun of this person who not only wants to help the animals but Steve says he loves animals in this letter. And they want to make fun of him and ridicule him. They don’t even realize how much of an ambassador Steve could be in the Oklahoma City area for becoming a vegan. Just because he pronounces the word a little bit funny. Steve I think it’s pitiful. I think it’s really really sad what they did. They lost a good person.

I recommend that you look around and try to find some other groups. There’s got to be something. There might be something under the radar, Steve. I know here in the Baltimore area there are tons of get-togthers and groups. All of them are just a little bit different. My friend Sharon runs a group that’s definitely geared pretty much all to health. She talks about eating plant based whole food. And she’s really really smart when it comes to health. My friend Don Robertson runs a group and has been a guest on my show. He’s probably a little bit more towards the animal ethics but neither of them would ever make fun of somebody who’s trying to spread the word as well. That’s just crazy. It makes me sad.

As far as the New Jersey Veg Fest goes Steve, I am very close with Kendra Arnold, the person who runs the New Jersey Veg Fest. She and her friend Marissa are the ones that started it. This is their first year. I was there. I was a speaker there this year and I didn’t hear anything about another speaker saying anything to the effect that you have to be 100% “vaygan” or that you should just leave. I didn’t hear anything like that there. I saw many of the speakers. I didn’t hear anybody talking about that. So there may have been some misinformation there Steve. I’m just not sure. The New Jersey Veg Fest was an incredible event. I was proud to be a speaker at the inaugural event. I think next year they are probably going to double their attendance. It was just awesome.

Steve, I appreciate you. And when I am talking to Steve, I am actually talking to all of you not just Steve. But I appreciate you sending in this lengthy letter. I’m glad I had a chance to comment on it.

There are all kinds of people on this planet. Are all vegans good? No! There are some crazies out there. Are all meat eaters bad? No! I’ve got family members and friends that eat meat. I’ve said this almost every show. I do not look down on anybody because we are all in different stages of our lives.

I’ve been a “vaygan” for just about three years now. And I’m thinking back and five years ago if somebody were to look down on me and tell me I was a pathetic person because I ate meat, that would not have set well with me. Because I was not a pathetic person. I was actually a very caring person but I just wasn’t ready to hear the message yet. That’s all. That’s the only difference. I just wasn’t ready. And some people maybe will never be ready. And that’s ok. That does not mean they are bad people. Everybody does things on their own timeline. That’s just the way it is.

I will be back with you next week with another great show. Of course hang out on my Facebook group. I want to see you there. The easiest way to get there is www.superchargehangout.com. But if you want to say something private, you can send me a Facebook message or you can send me an email (see below for contact info).

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161 – The Bird That Had a Problem and Much More

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I’m Dr. Dave and I am broadcasting live from Union Square in beautiful Manhattan, New York, U.S.A. Sometimes I do some shows here, it just depends where I am. For some reason I get a lot of positive energy broadcasting live from Manhattan, especially Union Square. I just love it!

And by the way, it’s the David Madow Lifestyle where I help you live longer, thinner, healthier, happier , and a lot more. I’ve got a great one for you today guys! If you’re brand new welcome, welcome, welcome! If you’ve been hanging around with me for some time, I apologize. [Dave laughs] No I thank you very much! And I’m going to pay you back today with an amazing show.

A lot of people ask me why I come to New York. I come to New York for many different reasons. I’m in Maryland and it’s a short drive by car or train. So I get up here a decent amount.

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My talk that I give at Veg Fests, and conferences, and lifestyle events is called “10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life”.  One of the ways I talk about is moving your body. I am a firm believer in moving your body and moving your body a lot. You don’t have to do anything extreme. Yeah I’ve run a lot of marathons in my life. I don’t know if I’m running marathons anymore. Half marathons I think are a good distance for me. I just ran a half marathon yesterday. I think full marathons are getting a little out of control. But you don’t have to do anything extreme at all.

My favorite way to move my body is walking. And when I am here in Manhattan I do a lot of walking. It’s pretty rare that I jump on the train. I only jump on the train when I go ultra far distance and I’ve gotta be there in a certain amount of time or the weather is horrible. Today, I have not been on the train. I just put one foot in front of the other. I’ve got my Fitbit on my left wrist and it just tracks how many steps I’ve take.

Another thing I love about moving my body in Manhattan is that I use the scaffolding on the buildings to do pull ups. I stop my walk and find a good area to grab on the bar easily. I start doing pull ups in the middle of Manhattan. Do people look at me and think I’m a little weird? Maybe they do. But do some people look at me and say “man I wish I could be doing something like that.” Most people cannot do a pull up. Most people cannot do a proper pull up where you grab onto a bar and hang from your arms with your hands facing out. Try doing that. Try doing one pull up. It’s not easy. But when you start slowly and maybe start hanging first. You strengthen your arms up a little bit and then maybe try to do one. Just try to do one and see what happens. Don’t hurt yourself though. When you’re ready to do one, try it. Then maybe two. Just go slowly. Don’t hurt yourself. Pull ups are a great exercise for your arms, your back, your abs. You don’t need a gym. Just come to New York.

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I’ve been super super busy with some of my projects that are going on now. And let me just share really quickly before I get to the main topic. I’ve been working on something that’s coming out on 2017 and it’s called Flat Freaking Stomach. It’s going to start with a book. It’s going to be awesome. Too many of us, present company included, I’ve had problems in the past with my stomach being just a little bigger than I would like. When you get over the age of 40,45, or 50 it becomes more difficult. You know what I mean if you are that age. But I figured out a way to pretty much guarantee a flat freaking stomach. I am really happy with the way my stomach looks. And it’s not just all about the stomach. It’s kind of a metaphor because if you have a flat freaking stomach there’s a good chance that you are doing other things right. Let me back up for a second, it’s not all about weight. There are some people that are super thin that might be living really horrible unhealthy lifestyles. If you are leading a healthy lifestyle and putting the right things into your body, you are going to want a flat freaking stomach. And I’m going to teach you how to do it. That’s coming out in 2017.

And another project that I’ve been working on is my talk “10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life”. I do this live and it’s getting more and more popular. It’s standing room only. Every seat is taken. But if I have not come to an area that you might be in and you want to see this I think it’s kinda not fair to you. I’m not expecting you to get on a plane and travel a great distance to see a one hour talk. That would be crazy. So what I am going to do is to come out with an online version. An online course where I teach you how to supercharge your life. I’m going to show you 10 ways to do it.

So those are two things I am working on. If you keep following me closely you will hear more and more. The supercharge [talk] is going to come out sooner than flat freaking stomach. I am working on it right now as we speak. It takes quite a bit of work. Make sure you are on my VIP mailing list and you won’t miss it. Just go here.

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The Bird

I’ve got a story for you. I promised you a story. You might have to help me with this one because I don’t really know the answer. A few days ago, earlier this past week, I was having dinner with a bunch of friends. One of my friends who was sitting across from me started telling a story. He was kind of sad. He told me a story about an injured bird somewhere around his house. He tried to save it and nurse it back to health. Long story short, the bird passed away.

As an animal lover I totally get that. I have 3 cats and here in New York right now I am looking at some squirrels running around a grassy area in Union Square. I love animals. You know that. But this person was visibly upset. Yet at the same time he has a fork and a knife and was digging into a piece of meat on his plate.

Now, here’s what I don’t understand. Of course it’s really sad when you have a bird that’s injured. You are probably seeing the bird in pain and agonizing and suffering. But what about the 80 BILLION land animals that are killed every year for our food and other products?! Trust me they suffer as much if not more than that bird did! They suffer horribly. These animals have feelings. They feel pain, they feel sadness, they feel being scared. They feel everything that we feel. And they feel everything that the bird felt.

So help me with this. I didn’t say anything to him. I just don’t understand how so many people can be so sad when they see an animal in the road that has been hit by a car. Trust me I do it too! It breaks my heart. But then they go out to dinner and there’s meat on their plate. That’s the part I don’t understand.

“Because if you truly love animals and don’t want to see an animal suffer then what I think that means is that you are vegan.”

That might sound a little weird but if you love animals and don’t want to see animals suffer then I think by definition that person is vegan. As a vegan I choose not to eat animals or wear animal products because I don’t want to partake in an industry that causes them to suffer so horribly. Then they wind up in a slaughterhouse and then on someone’s plate with forks jabbed into them.

I was walking in a grocery store just yesterday and I happened to walk past the deli counter. As I am walking past the deli counter it turn into an area where they have hot dogs and different kind of meats. And then as you walk past a little further it’s the area where they have steaks and hamburgers and pork. So it’s like this whole long aisle of nothing but different types of meat. It seems like it just goes on forever. Some of its packaged, some of it’s behind glass counters, but it’s like this long long aisle that almost never ends. And people are walking by and picking up the little packages and putting them in their carts like it’s nothing. Like it was a commodity. Not even thinking that on the other side of that was horrible suffering. Man, I don’t know. Please help me!  Am I off base? Am I saying something really weird that doesn’t make sense? I don’t know.

I’m not putting anyone down. I’m really not. If you’re a long time listener you probably know that I don’t put anyone down. I don’t stand up on my soapbox and say “you better do that.” I would never do that. But I just want you to help me with a problem. A question. Why is it that some animals are valuable and loved and others are treated like they don’t feel any pain or suffering? They are treated like they are nothings. Help me with that question. Just help me with that. If you would send me an email or catch me on Facebook.

Help me out with this please. I want to know the answer. Maybe it’s something I’m just not seeing. Maybe I am being weird. Maybe the way it’s supposed to be is that it’s ok to cause animals to suffer. Maybe that’s ok. I don’t think so but maybe I’m just missing something.

I was taken aback. I think that Yoko and I were the only vegans at the table. So everyone else at this table was saying that it was so horrible as they’re jamming their forks into their meat. As they’re saying pass the steak. As they’re eating cheese for hors d’oeuvres. They’re saying, “oh isn’t that so sad?” That’s what I don’t get. Help me out with it.

No pun intended at all but I hope I have given you food for thought. You may already be there. You may already be vegan. You may be eating only plants. And if so, thanks so much. Well, it shouldn’t be me thanking you, it should be the animals thanking you. Also your body thanks you and your health thanks you. I still love you a lot. But I just want you to think. Do me a favor and just think about it. Why is it ok to harm some animals and kill them? I don’t know. I don’t have the answer. I personally don’t think it’s ok.

I am going to be getting back on the train soon heading back to Maryland. And I can’t remember if I told you this or not at the beginning of the show but one of the reasons that I took the train is that I brought my laptop. I am sitting here in the cafe car, pulled out my laptop, and got a lot of work done.

Give it Up

I put up a Facebook post a short time ago. And the Facebook post said something like this, I’m paraphrasing, but is said “the day I stopped worrying about who wins a particular football game was the day that my mind opened up to so many possibilities my mind just expanded. I’m not down on football. I’m not down on all that but it’s an incredible time killer. And it just wasn’t for me. When my son was little we used to go to all the Ravens games. We went to all the home games. And I had a great time with him. But these days I just like to be more productive. I like to move my body. I like to think. I like to record videos. I like to Periscope. I like to figure out ways to help other people – like you. And I’ve got to be honest with you, if I’m sitting there watching a football game on the sofa, it is just taking up time. For me it just didn’t work. It’s a time killer. It really was. I haven’t done it for years.

When you expand your life, making time and room for other things, your life changes! I have time to help others. I have time to help myself. I have time to eat the right food. I have time to move my body. I have time to meditate. I have time to do yoga. I have time to figure out my happiness quotient. I have time to work on my goals. I stopped it and it has helped my life so much. I’m not telling you to do it. You might love it. It might be what you live for. But it just didn’t work for me.

I’m Dr. Dave! I’ll be here in the same place, same time next week. Love ya.

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160 – Happiness, Steps and Big Stomachs

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I’m Dr. Dave, the “Vaygan”, and this is The David Madow Lifestyle Show. Thank you so much for being with me! It’s going to be a great show today.

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I am in my outside studio today as usual and I welcome you. If you’re a brand new listener, thanks so much for being with me. You’re going to become addicted! I promise you! If you’re not new to me, if you’ve been around for quite some time, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Big Stomachs

Let’s get right into it! I’ve got something special to share with you today. A new project. It’s going to be coming out in 2017. Long awaited. It’s something that I think is going to help many many people all over the world. It’s called FLAT FREAKING STOMACH. When you go out and look around, I don’t know maybe when you look in the mirror, you might see yourself or many other people with a big stomach. Bigger than you want it to be. And I’ve got to tell you something, it’s one of the most difficult things to be flat. It’s very very tough. And there are all kinds of experts out there that will tell you how to do it and that it’s easy. And let me tell you something it’s not easy! It is not easy at all!

It’s starting off as a book. I’ll be releasing this in 2017 and if you want to get on my early reader’s list I welcome you! And by the way if you get on my early reader’s list, I am going to select 100 PEOPLE  to get an autographed copy of my book mailed to them. It’s very simple to do. Just go to www.flatfreakingstomach.com and you’ll be on your way to achieving a FLAT FREAKING STOMACH.

Steps

So I want to talk to you about something today. I know I have talked to you about this before. It’s something that I bought several months ago that has helped me in my life immensely. It’s the Fitbit. I got it just before Hippie Road Trip #1 and I wear it everyday without fail. I held off for years. But it’s changed my life and I wouldn’t be without it. If I lost this one today, I would be on Amazon or going to the store to replace it today. I even just bought one for Yoko. Yoko saw how I was enjoying mine so I bought Yoko a Fitbit as well.

So what’s so good about a Fitbit? Well, I wear it and it tracks a lot of things. Probably the most common thing that I check on all the time is the number of steps I have taken in a day. You can set it to any default that you want. So for example, I think mine is 10,000 steps. But I set mine to 16,000. That’s my goal. That’s my minimum goal every single day. I want to take 16,000 steps which is roughly equivalent, for my stride, to about 8 miles. So by the end of the day, I know if my Fitbit says 16,000 or more, I’ve walked the equivalent of at least 8 miles every day. I start off every day doing the Magic 4. That is walking 4 (or 5) miles right off the bat every morning. I’m already up to almost 10,000 steps.

This is why I love the Fitbit. I’ll give you an example. I’m at my office today and I went to lunch. It’s about a 3-4 minute drive down the road to go to this place that I love to go for lunch. But it’s a nice day and I said to myself that I wasn’t going to drive today, I was going to walk today. Because I know if I walk, I am going to get a lot more steps in. It was about a 20 minute walk. I had my lunch and did a lot of work since I had my laptop with me. I got my stuff and walked back. The Fitbit helps me make these types of decisions. Before the Fitbit days or B.F. (before Fitbit 😉 ), I probably would have just gotten in my car and drove off.

The Fitbit makes me a lot more aware of what I’m doing every second of the day and not only that but I truly believe that the most powerful exercise that you can do in your life is walking. No matter how old you are. No matter how young you are. No matter what shape you are in. You can pretty much get out there and walk. Not everybody but almost everyone. You can pretty much get out there and do some walking.  I truly believe that it is the best exercise that human beings can do. Sure I run marathons, and half marathons, I ski a lot, I backpack, and I do all kinds of crazy things. But I still believe that the best exercise known to man is walking. Just putting one foot in front of the other at a decent pace and walking. It’s great!

One of the things that I have been doing for a long time is that when I go to a shopping center or wherever it may be and they have a large parking lot, I park really really far away. People that drive with me think I’m crazy. They say, “Dave, why are you parking so far away? We can park so much closer.” Well number 1 is that God gave me legs for a reason. Why do I need to park so flipping close that people ding up my car doors and there’s just so much congestion? I drive a 2005 Volvo XE90. If you saw it, you would think the thing is brand new. And the reason is that not only do I take care of it because I’m just a neat person but since 2005 I’ve learned to park it far away. And not get my doors dinged up, and not get people bumping into me, and not doing all kinds of crazy things with it. And more than 11 years later, it could pass for a new car. Not only that but think of all the walking I’ve had to do over the past 11 years parking this car far away as opposed to close.

What else do I do? I never take an escalator. Well, if the escalator is the only option, I will always walk or run up the escalator steps. And it gets me really irritated when somebody is in front of me on the escalator and they don’t let me go by. That just irritates me because I want to keep moving my body. And I will not take elevators unless I am on the 21st floor or something like that. It’s not that easy to run up 21 flights up steps although I have been known to do it. Let’s say I am in a hotel on the 6 th floor, I will take the steps. It’s just so much better for me. I don’t need to get into a lift or something electronically up several floors because my body doesn’t want me to do that. My body wants me to move, so I move.

My Fitbit tracks all of that. It tracks the number of steps taken in a day, it tracks how many actual stairs I’ve climbed, it tracks my heart rate while I’m exercising, it tracks my heart rate when I am sleeping. It only cost me just under $200 but I only wish I would have bought one several years ago. I only wish. It’s helping my life.

I talk about the scale and the scale is an instrument to measure your weight. Some experts out there say that you shouldn’t get on the scale and that you should go by how you feel. I can’t tell what I weigh. Maybe if I gained 40 pounds and nothing fit me. Yeah I would. But I like to use the scale as a measuring device so I know where I am. So I know if maybe I need to back off a little bit because I ate a little too much the past couple of days. Hopefully that won’t happen but I use it as a tool. As an instrument. And now the same thing with the Fitbit. I use it as a tool. Without it, I would be in the dark. I wouldn’t have any idea how I’m moving my body, how many steps I’ve taken, or what my pulse rate is everyday. It’s great! It’s truly changed my life.

I used to be one that looked at people that wore Fitbit and said what do you need that for? Why do you need to track everything? But now I see. Oh it’s nice. It makes all the difference in the world.

If you’re not sure which one to get, I’ve got a couple recommendations on my website. If you go there, you are not buying it from me and it is an affiliate link but you are buying it from Amazon. I just want to make it easy for you. I’ll be putting some more things up there but right now I’ve got a couple Fitbits up there and a vegan protein powder that I really like a lot. Anything you see there under products is what I’m actually using. I just try to share with you and help you. I do all the research and testing and then I share it with you. That’s what I do! I’m here for you! I just want to make your life better and easier and healthier. And did I say happier yet? Yeah, and happier too! You could be exercising all day every day but if you’re not happy what good is it? What are we living for?

Happiness

I’ve made all the mistake in my life. Trust me, I have made them all. [Dave laughs] A couple episodes ago you heard me talking about the toughest part of my life. I hope you heard it if not go back and listen to Episode #157: The Darkest Part of My Life. I share stuff with you that I’ve never really shared before. I had 10 years of my life that were really really difficult. Trust me, they were really tough. And I don’t want you to have to go through what I went through. I am over it now, it’s fine. And no I was not addicted to drugs, I was not addicted to alcohol, nothing like that. You won’t guess it unless you listen. I want you to listen to it because I truly believe that as much I am into eating right, and being plant based, and walking the “Magic 4” every day, and being financially responsible. As much I am into all that and that stuff is really important. It is uber important. But I want you to be happy in this life. That seems to be the underlying theme when I speak to a group, like when I speak at a Veg Fest or I speak anywhere, I look into the audience and I just want everybody to be living a good life. The lives of their dreams.

I know somebody that a few years ago sold his business for 30 million dollars. No that’s not a mistake. He earned 30 million dollars! Now you might think oh wow! If I earned 30 million dollars I would be set for life. I would be so happy. I wouldn’t have any worries and I would be fine. Well that’s what he thought. But here we are a few years later, after getting a check in the mail for 30 million dollars, and he’s having some serious life problems. I watch him and see what he posts on Facebook. And he’s admitted that he’s having some really tough problems. That’s why I don’t think money solves problems. Money is not the answer to everything. Now, being financially responsible, yes that’s really really important. But you could be making 440,000 a year and spending less money than you earn and not having any debt and be extremely happy with that. This guy is literally a multi-millionaire. 30 million dollars! I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to wake up one morning and have that number in my bank account. I cannot even imagine how that would feel. I guess it would feel pretty darn good knowing that I could do pretty much anything I want in my life. Well almost anything. But no he is troubled to the point where I hope he is ok and he gets the help that he needs.

That’s why sometimes I think that God or the universe or whatever you believe, has been really kind to me. You know what I mean by that? He has not given me 30 million dollars. I have to wake up and be really creative during the day. I have to work and I have to earn my money. I did not come from a wealthy family where I did not have to work and I have all this money sitting in an account somewhere. I’ve been through some tough things in my life especially my divorce. And because I had a tremendous amount of alimony that I had to pay. I am not super wealthy. Some people would look at my bank account and say oh he has nothing to worry about. People would say he is set for life. But you know it’s not that easy. Thank God that he (or the universe) gave me a certain amount. He didn’t want me to have too much. Because maybe, I am not sure if this is true or not, but maybe with too much comes more problems. I don’t know the answer.

I think I would be ok with 30 million. I think I would be the same person. It’s easy for me to say that now because I don’t have 3o million dollars sitting in my account but I think I would be the same person. But I think the universe just keeps that away from me to kind of keep me honest about life.

I’ve got a calling. My calling is to help other. To teach. To help you. I work hard for it. And maybe that’s the way it’s just supposed to be. And I’m totally fine with it. Again, don’t feel sorry for me as I said. I don’t have my friend’s 30 million dollars. Not even close! Not even close! But I am comfortable. I am comfortable to have enough. I need to work but I don’t feel the pressure that if I don’t make enough money in a month that I won’t be able to eat. Or that if I don’t make enough money in a year that I won’t be able to eat. I don’t feel that pressure at all. I am ok. I am pretty good. I have worked really hard for what I’ve got. Even with paying an obscene amount of alimony to my ex-wife and we got that finished up last year. I don’t want to throw her under the bus. She’s a good person. There are no bad feelings whatsoever. But that’s just the way it was. And my life is fabulous now! But I don’t have 30 million like my friend has. But if it would get me to turn out like him then I don’t think I want it. [Dave giggles] I don’t want it. Keep it away from me!

Hey, I’ll see you next week! I’m Dr. Dave

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159 – NJ VegFest and Vibrations

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I am Dr. Dave. They also call me “Mr. Vaygan”. Thanks so much for being with me today on the David Madow Lifestyle Show.

We’re going to have a great show today. I’ve got many things that I want to share with you and not a lot of time. So let’s get right into it.

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Audience Question

Let’s start off with a question. I received a question by Facebook messenger from James in Austin, TX.

James asks: “Dr. Dave, you oftentimes make a joke about this on your podcast but when you’re podcasting outside a lot of times noise happens to find you. Noise and craziness. And I understand that, and don’t take this the wrong way Dr. Dave, but do you think that when you kid around about that all the time that you are pretty much asking for the universe to give you noise?”

James, that’s a great question. I thank you very much for sending that to me. I’m going to say “no”. I know I kid around a lot about this but something I’ve found when I record outside is that things happen. What I’ve learned is that this planet is just not a peaceful place anymore. There’s noise and commotion everywhere. Even if you think you are in a fairly quiet place. Right now I am walking on a country road but who knows what’s going to happen? I don’t know. I pressed the record button about 3 minutes and I walked by this dog and this dog was barking incredibly loud. So I just stopped it and started over. It was at the very beginning and I just didn’t want to have that. It was just too much. The world is just a noisy crazy place.

I am oftentimes in the backcountry backpacking or maybe skiing somewhere and a lot of times these places that are far from civilization per se they’re pretty quiet. But it seems like wherever I go, wherever we go, that is an inhabited area with human beings, we’re going to encounter more noise than not. There’s motor vehicle traffic, there’s landscape crews, there’s emergency vehicles, there’s planes and helicopters flying overhead, there’s people blasting music out of loud sound systems, I mean need I say more? You just have to roll with it. I even live in the country. When I step outside of my house it’s extremely quiet, but if you walk about a mile to a certain area it becomes a lot more noisy and congested.

So it’s a really interesting question. I don’t think I am asking for it. I really do believe that when we ask the universe for things, whether it’s intentional or unintentional, the universe does respond. So it’s a very interesting question. And I don’t know maybe you are onto something in some way. When I kid around a lot and I’ll say I’ve found a remote area and I’ll be doing this podcast, and all of sudden a landscape crew just shows up. I don’t know! It’s a great question and I don’t think we’ll have the answer to that.

NJ Veg Fest

Before I move on I want to give a tremendous, and I mean tremendous, thank you to my good friends Kendra and Marissa. These ladies are two individuals that had a vision.

I’m not sure how long ago it started but they had a vision to start a Veg Fest in the state of New Jersey which up until then they had not had a vegetarian festivals. They had a vision and they had an idea that they wanted to do it at an indoor venue and bring in speakers and make it a paid event. A lot of these vegetarian festivals are totally free events. They are outside and you show up for an hour or two then you leave. They get people there. But they (Kendra & Marissa) wanted to have a paid ticketed event. You can’t walk in for free. You gotta pay to get in. A lot of their friends, whether they were in the veg world or not, were telling them no you can’t do this, it’s gotta be free or people won’t come. But Kendra and Marissa had a definite vision and they wanted to do it a certain way. So they went against what their friends were telling them, what their peers were telling them, what other people in the veg community were telling them. And they persisted. They did it the way they wanted to do it. This Veg Fest just took place yesterday and when all was said and done, let me tell you something, 1500 people paid to get into this event at the Hyatt in Morristown, NJ. It was an incredible success. I mean to the point where they need more space because there were times in the exhibit space where there were so many people you couldn’t even get by. There were so many people. And to get through and actually see what some of the vendors had, it was so crowded.

But I give two thumbs up to these wonderful women because they had this vision and I don’t think they could have been any happier with the success!

First of all, there were so many positive like-minded people hanging around. It was just a great day! So I want to thank Kendra and Marissa both from the bottom of my heart for not only making this possible but for including me as well.

I want to share with you what happened to me there. It’s a very interesting story. I kinda got involved with this veg festival a little bit late in the game. I found out about this veg festival and Kendra told me they really didn’t have any speaker slots available but I could come possibly and play some of my vegan parody songs in the exhibit hall. And that sounded great because there would probably be a lot of people there. So I immediately said thank you very much and took her up on this kind offer. So I am practicing my songs and getting my songs together not knowing what to expect. And I threw it out to her about a week before the event that and I said, hey Kendra listen, I am going to be coming back from another speaking gig. I’m going to have everything with me so if for some reason you find that you need a speaker, I’m here. I going to be available and I will do whatever you want. And I left it at that. Well, interestingly enough I did not hear anything back from her until the day before the event. The day before the event, I got a message from Kendra that went something like Dave, would you like a speaking slot tomorrow? [Dave laughs] Here I am, I’m on Hippie Road Trip #3 in this rented vehicle that’s got my stuff all over the place. And I saw the message from her and I immediately messaged back and said, Absolutely, I’ll do whatever you want me to do.

And as it turned out she thought she had a little bit of time either at the beginning, which by the way is not a very good speaker slot. I’ve found that, in my experience, that’s not the best time to go in because people are still coming in; they’re registering, they’re getting their tickets, and they’re just kind of milling around and seeing what’s going on. They’re not really ready to sit down and see a speaker. I would do anything she wanted but I said if there is anyway around that I want another time slot.

So there was a speaker slot wedged in between two speakers. My time would have been limited and it would have taken me some time to get on stage. It would have been limited but I think that was actually a lot better going in between two speakers than at the beginning. So I said let’s try that. A short time after I arrived, I met up with Kendra and Marissa, and we are looking at the venue. Kendra said something to me like Dave, there’s a chance our 2:45pm speaker won’t show up. And I said “what do you mean?” She said well he’s experiencing some kind of family problems or something’s going on and he might not show up. And I said, ok if you think he’s not going to show up let’s find out. So when push came to shove the guy said he’s not going to show up. It was actually the next morning that we found out. We found out the morning of that he wasn’t coming. I’m not sure why but it was serious enough that he wasn’t going to show up. So an entire hour and a half opened up between speakers. So guess who grabbed it? Guess who grabbed that slot? Guess who was ready, willing, and able to do anything? Yep, yours truly. I grabbed the slot.

They had a little board outside of the room showing who is speaking for the day. And I went in with a sharpie pen and just kind of scribbled my name in there for 2:45pm. [Dave laughs] You have to improvise. Always walk around with a sharpie. If you learn one thing from this episode, walk around carrying a black sharpie pen. You never know when it’s going to come in handy. [Dave giggles]

So I scribbled 2:45pm: Dr. David Madow – 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life. Not knowing what to expect at all. Well let me tell you this! I was in the room at 2:20pm and people were already starting to come in. By 2:35pm, I was standing at the door greeting people, telling them to come on in, it’s going to be great.

Here’s the thing. I was not just a speaker coming in, delivering a talk, and then leaving afterwards. No! I was in the room ahead of time greeting my attendees, hanging with them, answering questions, introducing myself, I was one of them. And they loved it! And guess what? By the time I was ready to start at 2:45pm, every seat was taken and there were people standing in the back. I went on to give one of my best talks ever! By the time it was all over, I had great questions coming from the audience, great interaction, people were smiling, people were loving. And it was an incredible hour spend with these people.

So if you’re listening and you happen to be one of my new listeners listening in the audience, thank you so much for being there. I appreciate you and so many wonderful people. I had a blast and I want to thank you for being there. Again I want to thank Kendra and Marissa. And yes ladies, I am going to take you up on your offer. I am saying this publicly. I am going to take you up on this offer and speak in one of the large rooms next year. I have a feeling your size is probably going to grow next year because you turned people away. You maxed it out at 1500 and you turned people away. Next year is going to be bigger and better if that’s even possible.

But I want to be in one of the large rooms like we said. Remember, I filled this room up. I was not on the website, I was not on any of the announcements, I mean I was not on any of the printed materials. Nothing! And I filled this room up with standing room only. Imagine what I can do in a larger room with a little bit of publicity. It’s going to be awesome. So I am marking this off on my calendar for next year as soon as we find out the dates. I am super super excited!

Vibrations

But the reason I am talking to you about this is because it segways into something that I am extremely extremely passionate about now. And I’ve been telling you about this either on Periscope or on Facebook or wherever you might be following me as well. But I think it might be the first time that I am officially getting into this on The David Madow Lifestyle Show. And that is…our energy. Our vibration.

How we are vibrating in this universe. It’s real. It’s so real. We are matter and all matter vibrates at a certain frequency. Whether it’s the pen you hold in your hand, or your laptop, or your phone. The street that I’m walking on there are vibrations here, the trees, our bodies, the food that we put into our bodies is vibrating, it’s live food. The way we are vibrating determines how we interact with other beings and the universe. There’s just no question in my mind. Have you ever walked into a room full of people or even come in contact with one person, you know within 5 seconds if that person is vibrating on the same level or at the same frequency as you are. You can tell within seconds. And you can tell if there’s somebody that you want to hang out with and if maybe there’s someone that you just don’t feel the love. And I don’t mean they’re a bad person. I don’t mean they’re not a loving person. But you just don’t feel a connection or a similar vibration. You know exactly what I am talking about. Exactly!

When we’re vibrating at a higher frequencies, we attract the right people into our lives. The right people. The people that we feel a connection with, a serious connection, and good things happen when that takes place.

There’s a lot more that I can talk about when it comes to vibration and connection and the universe and the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is not just attracting other people, but it’s attracting anything you want into your life. Whether it’s money, a different type of job, where you want to be, where you want to be living, where you want to be hanging out. The Law of Attraction is extremely powerful.

I’ve talked about it in the past but I really haven’t put it into these words as far as vibration and the universe. But I’ve known about this for a long time. I saw the movie The Secret a long time ago and I’m going to revisit that again because it’s so powerful. It’s incredibly powerful. But I’ve found, interestingly enough, when I really started changing my life. By changing my life, I mean putting the right foods into my body. Think about this for one second. I heard this on somebody else’s show the other day, it was very very interesting.

You know, we are all different, different races and different skin colors, different religions, and many of us are different. But the one thing that we all have in common is the food we put into our bodies. We all need to put healthy nourishing healthy food into our bodies as fuel. Everybody. No matter what religion you are, no matter where you are on this planet, no matter what color you are. That’s something that we all have in common. And when I started taking out animal products and substituting them for whole food, organic, plant based, healthy rainbow type food. I mean different colors of the rainbow. Just imagine a bowl of green and different types of veggies that are different colors, and fruits that are incredibly rainbow colored. And not only that but the processed stuff that comes in the bags. When you take that out of your life, things change. Things totally change! It’s amazing what happens!

And don’t be surprised if some of the people that you used to hang out with, you don’t hang out with anymore. That does not mean they’re bad. That does not mean you hate anybody. It just means that sometimes new things and new possibilities and new people come into your life. There’s never been anything more powerful in my life than going plant based. Taking the suffering, taking the pain, taking the fright. I won’t ingest those. I won’t eat animals because when you are eating an animal, you are eating exactly that. An animal that was scared, frightened, and hurting, and now you’ve got them on your plate. It doesn’t seem right to me to do that. I’m not going to tell you what to do but to me that just does not feel like what I want to do. Maybe I’m more mindful. Maybe over the past few years, I’ve become more more mindful.

Think about this! The average person who has a plate of food in front of them and they’re not really thinking about what went into that and they’re cutting into it with a knife. They’re not thinking. They’re not mindful enough. And maybe I’ve reached a level of spirituality in my life that I do think about that. It’s not that it’s just a piece of food on a plate. It’s an animal that suffered and was killed. And I’m going to eat that?! No, I’m going to vote with my wallet and not ever buy anything or consume anything from that industry. Since I started that so many great things have come into my life. Whether it be my health. Admittedly, my health has always been pretty good, but I’ve had some minor medical issues that have cleared up totally. I’m talking about acid reflux, skin problems, sadness. I don’t have anything going on now. I’ve got nothing bad. Knock on wood!

But I am trying to do everything I can in my life. And I want you to at least think about it. I’ve said this before if you’re not vegan or plant based, I still love you. You are where you are for a reason. I don’t look down upon you, I don’t think I am any better than you. As Don Robertson said on my show a couple of weeks ago. He said, everybody is where they are for a reason and that’s they way it is. And we’re all at different points on our timeline.

I’ve got so much more to talk to you about. And I will! Trust me! I’ll be back next week! We are always learning. I am always learning, I am always reading, I am always thinking, I am always listening to podcasts. Of course I listen to mine but I listen to other ones as well. It’s all about growing, learning, and being the best people we can be. I’m Dr. Dave. I love ya! And I’ll see you next week!

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158 – Why Are They Making Fun of Us?

Hey it’s David Madow! Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I’ve got a great one for you today maybe even a little surprise for you.

So I am in my car driving back from speaking at the Charlottesville Veg Fest in Charlottesville, VA. And let me tell ya it was awesome! This episode I am going to share a lot of my thoughts with you and my feelings on life. You’ll like this a lot.

There were definitely many hundreds of people there. It was a hot day in Charlottesville, VA. A lot of exhibitors, a lot of booths, a lot of vendors, a lot of people selling food. Wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. I went with my wife, Yoko. I spoke at around 12:30pm to a room packed full of people.

I started off with a little sound check this morning. They were a little bit disorganized but that’s ok they were trying to get their stuff together. They couldn’t have been any nicer.

I was a little concerned that the equipment wouldn’t be ready in time but they got it all together. Not only that I was worried that it wouldn’t be a full room. I was in an indoor location a little bit off the beaten track where the main stage was. So I had concerns but as time went on, they were kind enough to let me make an announcement from the main stage. I just kinda pimped my talk a little bit from out there.

By the time I went on, there was standing room only. All the seats were taken and people were lined up on both sides of the room and there were people standing in the back. It was incredible!

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I’m not telling you this to tell how great it is speaking to a packed room. But the main thing about this veg festival is that people kinda came together for fun, learning, peace. Was everybody there vegan or vegetarian? No but there were a lot of people there that were interested in learning more about why they should change their lifestyle. They were eager to learn. They were asking great questions. It was a really positive experience. I was so happy to see so many people come out from the community. This week was Charlottesville, VA, next week I’m going to be in Morristown, NJ. All over North America there are are people that are curious to know how they can make their lives better, how they can go vegan, how they can go vegetarian. I am a big proponent of going vegan and not vegetarian but vegetarian is definitely a step.

But there are people that are hearing the message and they’re trying. It’s not everyday all day. But they’re trying. They’re changing. We’re all changing lives of people and of animals.

I was having a conversation with Yoko as we’re driving. We have about a 3 hour drive going back. And I was asking Yoko as we were driving, and I want to be nice about this. But it kinda just puzzles me. As I have said before many of my friends and family aren’t vegan yet so I don’t judge anybody at all. Everybody is kind of in their own timeframe of life for where they want to be and where they can be. It took me 58 years to figure out that this is the absolutely best way to live but not only for me, not only for me at all, but for the planet and for the animals that don’t want to die. That have committed no crime. They feel pain and sadness just like we do.

Yoko and I were staying at a bed and breakfast before I spoke at the Veg Fest. They have 2 baby goats there that are just so cute and so happy to be free and loving life. I held them and we kissed them. These animals don’t want to die. They don’t want to be your food. They don’t want to be on your plate, trust me. And the same thing with cows and chickens and pigs. They do not want to be cut up on your plate. They want to live their lives just like we do.

So I was saying to Yoko on the way home here that it just puzzles me why when we go to a family gathering let ‘s say for example a holiday, and everybody is celebrating, and in order to celebrate they are cutting up birds or cutting up animals? I still just don’t have the answer.

So Yoko said that when she was in Japan recently her family totally respected the fact that you don’t want to be eating meat. And when they had her over for dinner or whenever they went out, they were always very careful to not only take her to a place that had vegetarian options but to totally respect and not make fun of your lifestyle.

So I am puzzled. I am a little bit sad sometimes. Because I hear the comments and hear from family members that just want to get their jabs in about how I’m a little weird, and I’m not normal, and I eat this weird stuff. They are the normal ones because they eat meat. After everything I have been through and studied and observed, I don’t think that’s so normal. I don’t think it’s normal to be eating a cut up animal that had to suffer on your plate. I don’t necessarily think that’s so good. If you’re going to do it that’s ok, I still love you but please be careful not to make fun of somebody like me or Yoko who tries to be so compassionate and peaceful and so loving. Please don’t make fun. Don’t make fun of vegans on Facebook. Don’t make jokes about it because in the end it’s really about the animals that we care so much about. Try to be very careful and compassionate.

I’m going to pass the mic to Yoko just for a little bit and listen to what she says because if you listen to her words she totally gets it.

Yoko: “Hi! There are many many different kinds of people on this planet and each one of them has their own beliefs. We should respect each other so that we won’t have any fights. That’s my big big thing. So David and I really believe being a vegan is good because we can save the planet. We can be healthy. And also we can save animals. And then somebody may make a sarcastic [comment], oh we can be healthy eating meat. Of course you can. But that’s what you believe. If you want to do it, it’s ok. I respect you but you can’t respect me. I really felt comfortable being at the Charlottesville Veg Fest. Because people care about other people, and care about animals, and people care about the earth. There were lots of booths. People selling eco-friendly soaps, signs for human rights petitions and of course animal rights too. Some factory farm just abusing animals is what I really don’t want to happen. So that’s why I became vegan. Whatever you believe is ok but I hope that whatever you believe has compassion to others, either environmental or ethical. We all live on this planet. If we don’t have compassion for the place we live and the things surrounding us, then what’s going to happen? It’s gonna destroy everything and make it more uncomfortable to live on this earth. Right? So I really hope everybody has compassion for others.”

Yoko, somebody a couple of weeks ago that I was sitting down and having dinner with sometimes makes fun of me being vegan. In a fun way but you hear it enough and it gets kind of annoying. If you’ve been a long time listener you know that I would never force you. I would never ever do that. That’s not the way I teach. I teach by example and by compassion. And if you choose to follow one thing, some things, or all things, that’s ok. I really appreciate you listening to the podcast. It’s very important for me to have you as a listener.

Anyhow, he sat down with me and said, “Dave I understand what you are doing but you are not going to save the world. People are always going to eat meat and you are not going to be able to change this.” And I said well, I understand what you are saying and maybe it’s not going to happen in my lifetime but I am definitely making a difference. And not only that I think the number is something like 80 BILLION land animals that are killed every year for food and clothing. 80 BILLION! So I said to this person that even if I’m helping just a few of those 80 billion by me not eating meat, and by Yoko, and all of the other people that are following me and my message, I’m doing a job. That animals that are being saved are happy. They are living their lives.

So I do believe that I am making a difference. Yoko is making a difference. You are making a difference. If you are my follower or friend, you are making a difference because you are hearing the message. Whether you are vegan or not, I thank you because you are making a big difference. Just by being here and listening to the message, you are one step ahead of most people out there. Because the average person goes about their lives not thinking where this thing may have come from that is on their plate. They don’t consider it. YOU are at least thinking. That is all I want you to do. If you’re not going vegan now, I get it. But just be mindful of what’s going on around you. And when you’re ready, if you are, great!

But after this Veg Fest I feel like I am on top of the world. I hung out with hundreds of my closest friends. They are just so compassionate and I love it! I’m pretty much always in a really good mood because the way I live my life I follow my principles. Today I spoke about 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life and I do everyone of those. And it really helps a lot. Being on top of the world and being positive, I am able to inspire others. No matter where you are on the timeline, you are doing it and we are all making a difference.

About a month or so ago, Yoko and I did a podcast together about climbing two “14ers” Mt. Cameron and Mt. Lincoln. We felt so great after climbing those. And I had Yoko on the podcast. We talked about our day, and what we did, and how we felt. And I had so many people message me and tell me how great it was to have Yoko on the podcast and hearing her voice again.

So we were having a really good conversation today in the car about Veg Fest and about why do people not get this. And I said, “Yoko we have to record this so that I can get it out to my listeners.”

I want to Thank Yoko for being with me and supporting me today. I had a bunch of people come up wanting to talk to me and ask questions. And while I was doing that Yoko was kind of in the background packing up my guitar, packing up my laptop, packing up everything else to make room for the next speaker coming on stage. It’s just so great traveling with Yoko. I want to publicly thank her for that and for just adding so much positivity to my life.

If I inspired or helped one person in the room today, it made my day. If I get one person or just one idea to change their lives, I’ve done my job. And today I have a feeling I did a little more than that. So thank so much! I’m Dr. Dave. Thank for being with me! And I can’t wait to see you next week!

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