Rethink your choices. Reclaim your life.
Join Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Gerasimo for this series of smart, rollicking, no-BS conversations about healthy, happy, conscious living — plus real-life "experiments" to help you discover the practical shifts that work best for you.
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This week we reflect on what we’ve learned during our first year of podcasting (warts and all). We also look forward at what we see coming next, and call for the creation of more meaningful conversations as a means for self-discovery, pleasure and connection.
We long for deeper and more authentic connections, particularly with our romantic partners. So what keeps us from creating them? Here, three Morehouse teachers share expert insights, and shed light on how we can both respect and challenge our own fear-based barriers.
What do we find attractive in others, and why? How can we become more attractive, and why does it matter so much to us that we do? Here we explore the biological and psychological underpinnings of attractiveness, challenging some key assumptions along the way. Because it turns out that attraction is rooted in far more than mere physical appearance.
If there’s one thing you’re not supposed to do in our culture, it’s nothing. Idleness is frowned upon, mistrusted, judged as wasteful and self-indulgent. Yet science shows that it’s essential to our health, happiness, and productivity. Here’s how to reclaim idleness — and reframe it in ways that let you better leverage its considerable (and pleasurable) benefits.
Is it true that nobody’s perfect — or is it possible that you are (in your own way) perfect already? We explore our complex relationship to the concept of ‘perfect,’ and the strategies that can empower us to embrace high standards without succumbing to self-destructive, perfectionistic tendencies.
By now you’ve probably heard that sleep matters. But do you know how get the quality and quantity of sleep your body needs? Here we talk about the art and science of sleep, explaining how you can leverage a good night’s rest to repair damage, combat inflammation, balance hormones, regulate mood, support good mental function, and more.
You think you know what ‘win-win’ means? Think again. In this special guest episode, Pilar talks with two Lafayette Morehouse teachers (one of whom is the daughter of the man who originally coined the term) about the true meaning of the phrase, and the extraordinary relational standard it was meant to convey. If you want to aim higher in your relationships and achieve more rewarding results in your life, this version of win-win is the one to shoot for.
Among the most heavily consumed dietary supplements, energy drinks are wildly popular. But do they work as advertised? If so, at what cost to our health? And why do we rely on them so heavily? We explore where real energy comes from, the mechanisms by which energy drinks may give us a real or perceived boost, and why that boost may come with some serious strings attached.
Science has shown that generous acts are good for both the giver and the give-ee. So here we explore the science, art, and real-life dynamics of generosity. Drawing on expert insights and our own experience, we talk about the nature and nuances of sharing — not just our material goods and time, but our energy, attention, and compassion. We also consider the importance of giving in balance with your current means and authentic desire.
It’s spring! Yay! That means fresh energy, fresh food, and fresh motivation to embrace goal-oriented action and outward exploration. Here we talk about the best ways to adjust your eating, movement, sleep and social patterns to make the most of the season. And for those who are still feeling depleted from winter, we offer some helpful post-hibernation suggestions, too.
We are sensual creatures who experience our world in large part through sensory experiences and urges. Yet we live in a world where sensuality is alternately prohibited and commoditized, subverted and obsessed about. Is it any wonder most of us are confused about how to get our sensual needs met in healthy ways? Here, we address those challenges, and some of their potential solutions.
Pleasure sounds appealing. And it’s good for you. So why on earth would anyone resist it? Crazy as it sounds, we do it all the time. To find out why, Pilar talks to three experts — teachers from Lafayette Morehouse — about how we can move beyond our negative social conditioning to embrace pleasure with more confidence and ease.
Ah, the power of “no” — that tiny two-letter word that can set you free, or set you up for a guilt trip that never ends. Here, we offer counsel on saying no with confidence, so you can say “yes!” when it matters most.
Today’s hyperbolic, 24-hour news cycle can be crazy-making — and misleading. We share our counsel for creating an oasis of well-informed sanity in the midst of media madness.
How much are you willing to risk revealing about yourself? How deeply are you willing to connect with others? With vulnerability, risk often equals reward. We explore the potential of moving beyond a state of armored self-protection to forge deeper, more satisfying connections with others, with ourselves, and with the experience of being alive.
What does it mean to be a healthy person in an unhealthy culture? What happens when we choose to reject the norms of a society that’s making us sick and unhappy a lot of the time? Journey with us into The Way of the Healthy Deviant.
Fasting has gained huge popularity in the past few years, both for weight regulation and health improvement. Here, we share our view on fasting’s pros and cons, plus smart ways to go about it, if you choose. Pilar also shares her first-hand account of a seven-day (!) water fast.
We all eat. But how well nourished are we? Here’s what you need to know (and do) to optimally feed your body and brain, avoid unwanted weight gain (or loss), ward off cravings and hunger, and sidestep the chronic conditions that plague many well-intended “healthy” eaters.
From the moment of our conception, expectations of masculinity and femininity shape every aspect of our lives. But we rarely talk about how they impact us right here and now. This week, we explore gender-related social prescriptions, and their influence on our daily experience and self-perception.
Busy, busy, busy. We’re all tired of hearing the word, and tired of living that feeling. So here, we challenge the underlying beliefs, values and assumptions that keep us running, and we explore strategies for unburdening ourselves from the oppressive sense that we should always be doing more.
The start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate and adjust your commitments. So this week, we pull back the curtain on how we are doing that with one project in particular: the podcast itself.
The New Year reliably brings a barrage of breathless New Year, New You! promises. Beyond all the hype, though, it can still be a valuable catalyst for reflection and conscious change. Learn to leverage the New Year as an opportunity to explore and adjust your choices in ways that work for you.
Confused by conflicting headlines? Unsure which advice to follow? Find out about the influences that are undermining what you read, see and hear, and how to navigate health media in a way that leaves you empowered, not overwhelmed.
Restaurant dining can present big challenges for health-motivated eaters. We offer tips for finding the best food options available and strategies for ordering healthy, satisfying meals from almost any menu.
Women’s voices often get drowned out by men’s, sometimes as the result of “mansplaining.” We talk about the strife and stress this causes us all, the implications for health and happiness, and what we can do about it.
Mmm, coffee. We adore the stuff. We also know it’s easy to overdo — and in excess, its risks outweigh its benefits. Discover the impacts coffee has on your body, and get tips for right-sizing its role in your life.
“Winter is coming … ” It may sound ominous, but in fact, winter is an essential season for recovery and replenishment. Discover important lifestyle shifts for a healthier body and mind, plus strategies for making the most of winter’s often-overlooked gifts.
“I’m ashamed of . . .” How would you fill in the blank? How does that shame manifest in your behavior and relationships? Discover the origins of shame, its many faces, and how to evolve toward courageous self-acceptance.
Is sitting really the new smoking? Is standing any better? Find out why getting off your butt may save (or at least extend) your life, why just swapping sitting for standing isn’t an ideal solution, and some simple ways to keep your body in motion at healthy intervals throughout the day.
We live in a culture that encourages us to consume far more than we create. That’s a dynamic that directly undermines both our health and happiness. Learn why, and how you can achieve a more empowering balance.
How often is healthy? What is it supposed to look like? What if things aren’t moving properly? When it comes to health, your poo matters! So find out how you can improve your elimination game.
Ever worry about not having enough — or not being enough? Find out how scarcity-related thoughts and beliefs can impact your mental, physical and emotional health, and how to evolve them in more abundant directions.
What’s the difference between Paleo and Primal eating approaches? And how much do they really matter? We explain their origins, similarities, and differences — plus practical steps for integrating them into the way you eat today.
Wrapping up our successful first season, we share what we see as the top 10 fundamentals of happy, healthy living, how they connect and why they matter. If you’re looking for a quick tour of what whole-person wellbeing looks and feels like, you’ve come to the right place.
Fitspo — short for fitness inspiration — is everywhere (especially on social media), and it may be doing us more harm than good. In this episode, we challenge the notion that comparing your body to others’ is likely to be a positive source of motivation. And we suggest ways of relating more consciously to the Fitspo memes and messages that show up in your own world.
We live in an addiction-creating culture. Beyond drugs and alcohol, many of us have unhealthy attachments to food, exercise, sex — even social media. In this episode, we explore the motivations, beliefs and desires behind addictive behaviors and suggest some strategies for evolving those habits that are causing us harm.
Too busy to take a breather? The science is clear: taking brief, periodic “ultradian rhythm” breaks improves not just your health and happiness, but also your productivity, creativity, energy and mood. We explain how to recognize your body’s “need a break” signals and build more health-supporting pauses into your day.
Travel can pose serious challenges for health-seeking people — from limited food options and excessive seat time to increased stress and disrupted sleep. We share some of our best tips for pre-trip preparation AND for rolling with whatever random conditions you’re faced with out on the road.
Winter, spring, summer, and fall — your body shifts gears with each season. Discover the simple lifestyle shifts that can help you stay in step with nature’s cyclical rhythms, rather than being driven by the madness of the modern-culture machine.
Mornings can be tough — rushed, stressful, groggy. And they set the tone for your days. So we offer up some smart strategies for reclaiming them. We explain why your first waking moments are so influential, and offer a fleet of suggestions to help you start each day on your own empowered terms.
Feeling a little lonely? Join the club. We talk about the discomfort and stigma of loneliness, and the negative impacts it has on our well-being. We explore why social isolation has become more common (even as we’ve gotten more “plugged in”), and how we can connect with each other in more meaningful ways.
What’s the difference between “Healthy” and “Hot”? We share what those descriptors mean to us, and how our definitions have evolved. We address the problem of hyper-perfected ideals in the media, the potential downsides of chasing aesthetics, plus experiments that can help you shift your own body-image ideals in a healthier, happier direction.
Can you live a healthy life in an unhealthy world? Yes, but right now, more than 97 percent of U.S. adults aren’t managing it. So if you’re one of the few brave souls intent on beating the statistics, that makes you a freak of sorts — in a good way. We explore what it means to live outside prevailing norms, and we share our own “freak” stories.