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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Scott Switzer PH194

Don’t Call it a Comeback: Scott Switzer PH194

May 4, 2021

Scott Switzer is a former athlete, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a familiar face at CrossFit events across the country.  He has a remarkable transformation story, having lost nearly 250 pounds and reversing his diabetes with the help of his neighbor, his family, and his CrossFit community.

 

But Scott’s journey has not been without setbacks.  Back surgery, a vascular condition, and an ongoing struggle with depression have resulted in regaining weight, but he’s not giving up.  

 

In this episode, Scott shares his incredibly inspiring mindset around how he’s improving his mental and physical health.  We chat about the ups and downs of his journey: how he recognized he needed to get help from a professional, how he’s found the courage to make big changes in his life, and how he continues to work his way back towards fitness.

 

You can connect with Scott via Instagram @clydesdale_fitnessandfriends

 

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns

Superhuman: Dr. David Haase on Unlocking your Brain’s Potential PH193

Superhuman: Dr. David Haase on Unlocking your Brain’s Potential PH193

April 27, 2021

David Haase, MD, is a doctor, teacher, author and innovator. In his practice, he strives to be a super-generalist, looking at the human body as a whole and applying relentless curiosity to identify and treat the root cause of a patient’s disease.

Dr. Haase received his medical training at Vanderbilt University and completed his residency in family medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified in family medicine, integrative holistic medicine, neurofeedback and functional medicine.  He also holds additional training and certifications in nutrition, health coaching, systems biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and precision medicine.

In this episode, Dr. Haase and I talk about the importance of curiosity, the potential of the human brain, and how better questions lead to better answers, specifically in regard to our own health journeys.

Links:
Book: Curiosity Heals the Human
TED talk: Systems and Plasma Regenerating HOPE for Dementia

You can connect with Dr. Haase via the Maxwell Clinic, his website, Facebook and Twitter.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns

PGA Pro Scott Stallings on Becoming the Fittest on the Fairway PH192

PGA Pro Scott Stallings on Becoming the Fittest on the Fairway PH192

April 20, 2021

Three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings has been a professional golfer since 2010.  Despite turning in successful performances on green, off the course, Scott struggled with sleep, excess weight, and lack of energy, all compounded by a grueling travel schedule.

 

He finally decided enough was enough and made a huge lifestyle overhaul.  He worked with a physician to address hormone imbalances and to correct a sinus problem that was causing sleep apnea.  He cleaned up his diet, incorporated CrossFit into his training regimen, and developed strategies to stay on track even though his career has him on the road more days than he is home.  

 

To date, Scott has lost over 40 pounds and has improved his lab markers substantially.  In this episode, he shares the steps he’s taken to get in the best shape of his life, and the motivation behind this huge transformation.

 

You can connect with Scott via Instagram @scottstallings

 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns.

Ultra-endurance Athlete Katie Spotz on Testing Your Limits Katie Spotz PH191

Ultra-endurance Athlete Katie Spotz on Testing Your Limits Katie Spotz PH191

April 13, 2021

Katie Spotz is an incredibly impressive ultra-endurance athlete who has undertaken enormous adventures across the globe to help raise funds for clean water and sanitation for underserved communities.

 

Just a few highlights: at 22, she rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days, becoming the youngest person ever to do so.  In 2020, she ran 138-miles nonstop in 33-hours across the state of Maine.  She was also the first person to swim the length of the Allegheny river at 325 miles, she’s cycled across the country, and completed 5 ironman triathlons and countless marathons. Her next adventure will take her cycling across the coastline of Maine, 308 miles from the Canadian border to New Hampshire.

 

Katie’s drive to test her limits, dream big, and break records is remarkable, all the more so because of the motivation behind it.  Worldwide, an estimated 2.2 billion people lack access to a safe, clean water source, and roughly 4.2 billion people live without adequate sanitation services, according to the World Health Organization.  

 

By taking on these challenges, Katie helps raise funds for organizations such as Run4Water and Lifewater International who work to transform lives by providing clean water, and at the same time, she reminds us all that we’re all capable of making a difference in the world.

 

You can connect with Katie via Instagram @katiespotz, Facebook @hellokatiespotz and her website.

 

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns

Jess Esch on Treating Yourself with Value PH190

Jess Esch on Treating Yourself with Value PH190

April 6, 2021

At a very young age, Jess Esch became aware that her shape and size did not fit in amongst her friends.  She struggled with years of shame and insecurity and fell into a pattern of starving herself, followed by large binges.  By 16, her weight peaked at 220 lbs, and her doctor began discussing the potential for gastric bypass surgery.

 

Jess was devastated by the idea, and instead turned to her faith to re-frame her mindset.   She began to recognize that her value and worth are not determined by her weight.  This was the first step in her healing journey.  Over time, Jess’s small, consistent changes have resulted in a huge weight loss, and even more importantly, in the discovery that she truly loves living a healthy lifestyle.

 

In this episode, she shares how she was able to change her mindset from shame to self-love and the tools she used to develop the discipline to change her nutrition and exercise habits.

 

You can connect with Jessica via Instagram @joyfilledjess

 

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

 

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns

Chris Kresser on HPA Axis Dysfunction and the Stress Response PH189

Chris Kresser on HPA Axis Dysfunction and the Stress Response PH189

March 30, 2021

Chris Kresser is a leading clinician and top educator in the fields of Functional Medicine and ancestral health, and the New York Times-bestselling author of The Paleo Cure. 

In 2015, Chris founded The Kresser Institute to provide the next generation of functional health practitioners and coaches with the skills and tools they need to turn the tide of chronic disease—and change the future of medicine. Through the Institute, he also created and launched the ADAPT Practitioner and Health Coach Training Programs to train health professionals around the world in his unique approach.

He has appeared regularly in the media, including The Dr. Oz show and Fox & Friends, as well as top-rated health podcasts, such as The Broken Brain, The Doctor’s Farmacy and The Ultimate Health Podcast.

Chris was one of the first people who introduced me to functional medicine, and I was excited to sit down with him to learn more about HPA axis dysfunction, especially as it pertains to high achievers and the CrossFit population.  We talked about how stress, both good and bad, can impact the body, strategies to implement for successful behavior change, and how HPA axis dysfunction differs from adrenal fatigue.

*Chris’s bio adapted from his website.

You can connect with Chris via Instagram @chriskresser

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Surviving Colon Cancer: Sharon Cabe PH188

Surviving Colon Cancer: Sharon Cabe PH188

March 23, 2021

Sharon Cabe was a young, vibrant, active wife and mother of two, so she was shocked when an exploratory colonoscopy resulted in finding a mass so large that her doctor immediately took her into surgery to remove the growth.  

 

She underwent a year of chemotherapy, and all signs of the cancer disappeared.  However, it wasn’t too long before a routine follow-up scan revealed a node in her lung.  Her colon cancer had become metastatic.  In the 8 years that followed, Sharon underwent a multitude of treatments, including having a portion of her lung removed.

 

Eventually, just a few short weeks after finishing treatment, Sharon decided to try CrossFit.  She had read research indicating that high intensity interval training could reduce colon cancer growth, and her son had been urging her to try it for years.  She found an affiliate that felt like a good fit for her, and she took the plunge.

 

Since starting, Sharon has found that the workouts help her manage her anxiety surrounding scans, and the friends she’s made keep her excited about showing up.  Her breathing has improved, and her doctors are impressed with the function of her remaining lung tissue.

 

For the last three years, Sharon has had clean scans.  She credits her faith, her positive attitude, and her active lifestyle with helping her remain as healthy as possible.

 

You can connect with Sharon via Facebook

 

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From Overweight to Fittest in the UK: Zack George PH187

From Overweight to Fittest in the UK: Zack George PH187

March 16, 2021

Zack George finished the 2020 Open as the Fittest Man in the UK and 26th worldwide, but hearing this accomplishment, you would never guess how far he’s come.

As a child, a steady diet of sweets and fast food led to him being extremely overweight and self conscious.  With the support of his family, he was slowly able to transform from a kid who hated exercise to one of the most athletic teens in his school.

Fueled by the knowledge of how much better he felt living a healthy lifestyle, Zack has made it his mission to inspire others to do the same.  In addition to training for the 2021 CrossFit Games, he coaches others at his affiliate, CrossFit BFG, works with remote clients, and has just written a book based on his personal mantra: Start Where Others Stop.

In this episode, we chat about how making small changes can lead to dramatic results, why it’s important to surround yourself with the right community, and why it’s never too late to set big goals and chase them down.

You can connect with Zack via Instagram @zackgeorge and his website.

 

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

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Growing Into Her Best Self: Haley Morrone PH186

Growing Into Her Best Self: Haley Morrone PH186

March 9, 2021

I have changed so much as a person over these past 5 and a half years, I almost don’t recognize myself.  I feel as if I have lived my life as two very different people, but yet I am very much the same person that I have always been.”

In this week’s episode of Pursuing Health, Haley Morrone shares the story of her tumultuous childhood during which she experienced sexual abuse, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.  As she grew up and became a young mother, she found herself facing even more challenges, including smoking, binge eating, obesity, and back pain.

Haley knew she wanted to be healthier, but struggled to overcome the obstacles in her path.

Luckily, Haley’s friends and family didn’t give up on her, and Haley didn’t give up on herself.  She decided to educate herself as much as possible so that she could learn how to create long-term healthy habits.  She went back to school for Bachelors in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and then joined a CrossFit affiliate while her husband was on an Army deployment.

Once the health and fitness ball was rolling, Haley became unstoppable.  She became a certified 500-hour Yoga teacher, got her CrossFit Level 1, opened an affiliate with her husband, completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1 and more.

In this inspiring conversation, Haley and I talk about how she’s always working to grow to her fullest potential, why surrounding yourself with a good community is so important, and how getting outside her comfort zone has led her down a path of wanting to share her story to help and motivate others.

You can connect with Haley via Instagram @haley_racine.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns

CrossFit After COVID: Darryl Chajon PH185

CrossFit After COVID: Darryl Chajon PH185

March 2, 2021

47-year old Darryl Chajon didn’t start CrossFit until later in life, but once he did, he was hooked.  After several years of regular training, he even set his sights on becoming a competitor.  He started ramping up the volume and intensity of his sessions, dialed in his nutrition, and worked hard to get in better shape than ever.

 

Then, in March of 2020, just as he was preparing for a competition, he came down with extreme fatigue, a cough, and a fever: classic symptoms of COVID-19.  His symptoms progressed from mild to life-threatening.  He was admitted to the hospital and spent six days alone in the ICU on a ventilator and underwent dialysis when his kidneys began to fail.  When he was discharged, taking even just a short walk would leave him exhausted.

 

Despite experiencing such severe symptoms, Darryl was able to get back to his regular training within 3 months of leaving the hospital and now, nearly a year after he first became ill, he’s fitter than ever.  He credits his fitness level prior to becoming sick with saving his life and expediting his recovery, living proof of the CrossFit Sickness-Wellness-Fitness continuum.

 

You can connect with Darryl via Instagram @darrylchajon

 

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns

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