So what happened on last week’s show? Lian was with Niko Leppänen. Niko is a transformative coach, trainer and inspirational speaker. He is the founder of the UNLIMITED conference and the co-founder of the 3P-Academy Finland.
At the age of 16 Niko suffered a rare inflammatory disease known as transverse myelitis which causes damage to the spinal cord and the central nervous system. As a result of the severity of the inflammation, he was left paralyzed from the waist down and he has been in wheelchair since.
Having had to face this kind of adversity at a such young age made him look for answer to some of the big questions about life and the meaning of everything. This search led him to study various philosophies and schools of thought before eventually coming across the Three Principles understanding as first articulated by the late Sydney Banks.
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And this week’s show is with Lucas Rockwood, a yoga teacher trainer, digital nomad, green food junkie, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines.
In search of nutritional products designed specifically for achy yoga students’ bodies, Rockwood worked with senior nutritional formulator, Paul Gaylon, and founded, YOGABODY Naturals, in the back of his yoga studio in 2007. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now an internationally-renowned nutrition, education, and publishing organization serving 81 countries.
In this show we talk about how unnaturally most humans eat in today’s modern world and what that’s doing to our health, weight and energy levels. And what we can do instead!
I’d love to know what YOU think about this week’s show. Let’s carry on the conversation… please leave a comment below.
What you’ll learn from this episode:
- When we get caught up in diet religions or paradigms (such as paleo or raw vegan) and they don’t work, it’s easy to give up on the approach altogether and flip back to the way they were eating before… typically the standard diet of foods which are convenient, hyper-palatable, high glycemic, low nutrient and processed, which is unlikely to be optimal for anyone.
- Eating a low fat and high carb diet is very common these days, whether it’s a standard diet or a raw food diet but Lucas cautions that this way of eating can cause health issues in the longer term – ‘a metabolic disaster’ in Lucas’s words. That’s why many of us find that we run into health issues, sexual dysfunction, mood disorders, and weight gain as we get older even when we’re eating the exact same way as we did when we were younger.
- The best place for most of us to start is by looking at our macros – fat, carbs, and protein. Lucas’s suggests starting with eating a gram of carb for each pound of your ideal body weight, around half a gram of protein for each pound of your ideal bodyweight and then fill in the rest with the healthiest fats you can find (i.e. not yellow vegetable oils in clear plastic bottles).
- And experiment! Measure your blood glucose and see how your diet changes are working for you… we’re all a bit different, what works for me might not work for you!
Resources and stuff that we spoke about:
- Absolute Yoga Academy
We turn passionate yoga students into highly qualified teachers. A “top 10” yoga training school internationally, AYA is known for its extremely practical courses and highly successful graduates in over 50 countries.
- YOGABODY Naturals
The leader in nutritional products for yoga students, YBN has also become a prominent publisher and educational research company in the yoga market.
- YOGABODY Fitness
Get in the best shape of your life… no gurus, no incense, no hassles. Just good, hard yoga classes for the rest of us. Own and operated by yoga teachers paid a living wage.
- Yoga Talk Show
Lucas’s weekly ad hoc yoga radio show with everyone from household name celebrities to unknown yoga bums. This show has a cult-like following and can only be described as unique.
- Contact Lucas
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