Cancer support groups are vital for the mental and physical well being of all those who suffer from this dreaded disease. Dr. Stephen Lottenberg is a medical doctor and a therapist who facilitates networking and emotional support groups for patients and their families. Dr. Lottenberg has been facilitating cancer support groups for twenty years. He provides a sense of community for those who would otherwise be alone in their struggle.
Dr. Lottenberg Bio:
Dr. Stephen Lottenberg, MD, PsyD combines his experience as a medical doctor with his background in Psychology. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, Irvine and Clinical Director of the Brain Imaging Center where he studied brain function in many different psychiatric and psychological disorders. He then went on to receive his Doctoral degree in Psychology as he transitioned into more direct patient care. He has since directed his practice into facilitating cancer related support groups for the last twenty years. His main areas of expertise combines his background of medicine with psychology to facilitate groups that include cancer patients and their loved ones. He helps in the continuum of care by also facilitating bereavement groups for family members whose loved ones have passed from cancer.
If nothing will be the same, then how will your life be different? – Is an enlightening conversation with author, and educator, Michael J. Goldberg, on the Enneagram, and changing your life for the better. Michael is the author of Travels with Odysseus, and The 9 Ways of Working.
About Michael J. Goldberg
Michael is the author of several great books, based on the Enneagram personality typing system. Two of my favorites are Travels with Odysseus and the Nine Ways of Working. Michael is also a speaker and consultant. His specialties are leadership, executive presence and team collaboration.
In speaking to Michael I have found his knowledge of the Enneagram personality types goes much deeper, than many who teach the system. His approach is refreshing. We both believe that it is not productive to use personality type as a justification for your behavior. A lot like Odysseus on his quest for home, the Enneagram is far more useful as a map and a compass that points you in the direction of a richer fuller life.
The Enneagram can help you understand friends and loved ones. Mental fitness is a positive attribute of introspection. Unlike the Cyclops, we have an eye that looks at the world, and the other, looks inward. This system can help you build business strategies and relationships. Office politics need not be a nightmare. You can use your leadership skills to end frustrations and build alliances. Right now the world needs better leaders.
This is the most fun I’ve had in a while on the podcast. We discuss everything from the Enneagram to films to dealing with the pandemic. Michael’s insightful humor will tickle your brain cells into positive action.
About this podcast episode
Episode 35- Mental health and social distancing, is a lively fun conversation with Serena Sun, the founder of Breaking Taboo, about mental health taboos, suicide prevention, love, good books and karaoke! Serena and her non profit company Breaking Taboo is doing good things to support hospitals and health workers. Please check the links below and donate whatever you can to support the cause.
We both believe that the current situation is a serious one. The gravity does not escape us. That’s why we decided to be light in our tone. Laughter has been said to boost the immune system. Our conversation made me smile. I had not smiled in days. I hope that you smile too. Listen to her great advise. on mental health and social distancing. This is a terrible time. We can all use a good laugh.
Serena Sun Bio:
Serena Sun is the Founder and Director of Breaking Taboo. It’s a nonprofit organization on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She is a public speaker and gives seminars on mental health. Serena is a certified life coach and holds internationally accredited certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming. Serena has a degree and background in psychology and film. She has volunteered since the age of thirteen, in hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless food drives. Serena plays concert piano and enjoys teaching.
Topics we tackle
- Addressing your sense of helplessness
- How to help ourselves and others
- A renewed sense of purpose. (You’re not your job!)
- Tools and tips to deal with anxiety, and depression
- Introvert/Extrovert strategies
- Couples with issues strategies
- Book suggestions – Attached, and The Five Love languages
- Attachment Theory
- Smule online karaoke!
- Routines and reprogramming
- Gratitude and opportunities for taking personal inventories, and take stock too!
Episode 34 – Staying fit during the pandemic, is a special episode with Darren Kirby the “Fitter Healthier Dad”. Darren is a tri-athlete, and a fit dad. He lost over sixty pounds and has managed to keep the weight off through a diet based on sensible principles, and a commitment to fitness.
Being a tri-athlete has given Darren the mental toughness to staying fit during the pandemic and ongoing the restrictions. He’s here on the Happy and Healthy Over 40 podcast to share some useful tips on how to stay fit and eat right under the social distancing guidelines that are currently in place.
His tips on fitness during the pandemic are super useful. Put them to good use, and stay happy and healthy!
About Darren Kirby
Ironman athlete Darren Kirby’s aim is to help one million Dads/Men live a healthier happy life – and to give them the knowledge and tools to also help their children and families do the same. In the year 2015 Darren the fitter healthier dad had competed in 10 triathlons during that season. In 2018 he was awarded ALL World Athlete Status by Ironman in the top 5% in the world. Darren started fitter Healthier Dad to help other fathers.
Darren’s motto is – Feel Better, Look Better and Have tons of energy.
Here’s what you’ll learn
- fitness during the pandemic
- Adapting your exercise schedule
- varying your daily routine
- immune system support
- intermittent fasting
- Autophagy and insulin levels
- 12 to 15 thousand steps a day
- and keeping the kids involved and staying fit too!
Useful tips on keeping the relationship together during social distancing
Episode 33 – Covid 19, Corona Virus, or SARS-CoV-2 – No matter what you call this virus, it spells isolation. Even the most introverted humans have personal relationships that they value and want to maintain. We humans are designed to live together. Anthropologists can prove that hominids (early humans) have lived in bands, tribes, and villages for millennia.
Covid – 19
Since the terrible spread of Covid – 19, we’ve been engaging in some very un-human like activity through self imposed isolation or quarantine. Even monks who live in silence still live in proximity to other monks during their meditations, and daily activities. Mass global quarantine is unusual to say the least.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s growing evidence that social distancing and quarantine are working. The spread of the virus is slowing down. That is a good thing. Until scientists create a vaccine for this pandemic, social distancing and testing are the best solutions for saving lives.
You will probably survive this virus, but what about your love life? You’re stuck at home with your significant others. I’d bet you a roll of toilet paper that there will be a new baby boom for the next two years. For a lot of people there’s nothing to do but watch Netflix and make babies.
For some other folks a 24/7 scenario is too much of a good thing. I got a call the other day from a friend, who is staying with his parents during the pandemic. He’s not doing this because they need his help. They need a referee, otherwise they were going to come apart. This may not be you, but if you find yourself frustrated and maybe a little more annoyed than usual with your partner. You might be getting a touch of what the old timers used to call “cabin fever“. No, not the movie! It’s an actual disorder from too much close proximity over an extended period of time.
So what can you do to stay safe and maintain a healthy relationship? How do our relationships survive this pandemic? Fear not. On this latest podcast I’ve brought in relationship expert Allana Pratt to lend us some insight on how to deal with this temporary situation.
Allana Pratt Bio:
Intimacy Expert, Allana Pratt is a global media personality and go-to authority for those who have suffered heartbreak and are ready to live unapologetically, and attract an open-hearted, ideal relationship. Her vulnerability and courage landed her a featured weekly column on the GoodMenProject, featured as an Icon of Influence, and as Guest Expert on Huffington Post, People Magazine, Forbes, CBS & FOX and The Jenny McCarthy Show. Allana is the Author of 4 books. She has interviewed Whoopi Goldberg, on her edgy Podcast “Intimate Conversations”, where listeners learn how to find the relationship they deserve.
Deshaan Johnson is a men’s work coach. His company, Socially Agile, is dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of men. Deshaan has a great YouTube channel by the name Socially Agile where he discusses many topics that are near and dear to me such as the power of presence, being intentional in life, growth, grounding oneself with integrity, and he did a video with Soma Miller about our topic today which is the benefits of mentorship. So go check out Deshaan on YouTube!
Episode 31 – Carefree meal plans for weight loss and healthy families! Paleo Folks founder, Kirsty Briscoe, discusses the benefits of a carefree meal plan. Kirsty is back for a second visit to the show. She’s got all types of new products to get you on track with your health and fitness goals!
Meal Plans for Every Lifestyle
For the busy health conscious person, it’s sometimes hard to figure out meals that support your health goals. You try your best. It gets repetitive eating the same basic meals all the time. This might cause you to make bad choices over the long haul.
Some of you are new to paleo or just too busy or can’t quite figure it all out. You, can try new foods and learn new tricks to add to your eating plan. Why struggle to figure out all of the metrics on calories, and macros when someone else has done it for you?
It’s a Family affair
What parent hasn’t felt the guilt of serving something, less than healthy, to their kids? Kirsty created a menu membership product for the whole family! It’s called Real Food Family Style. All of the information on calories, and macro nutrients are included. You don’t have to feel the guilt of serving your family junk food for dinner just because you had to work overtime this week.
Kirsty Briscoe is the founder of Paleo Folks; grain free baking mix company, health coaching agency, and curated meal planning service all in one! Their paleo pancake mix and chocolate chip cookie mix are both top paleo products at Whole Foods Market and on Amazon! Kirsty struggled with health, wellness, and her weight for most of her life, and paleo changed it all for her. As a former teacher, sharing the paleo diet in an easy to understand way is a deep passion for her! She specializes in paleo for busy people, moms and kids, and budget conscious healthy eaters.
The Life Coach for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders – this episode is a wake up call, and a genuine eye-opener where Derek Lacey and yours truly discuss his theory on the leading causes of poor sleep, and insomnia. This self-professed “Life Coach for insomniacs”, thinks that artificial blue light from televisions, cellphones, and artificial lighting from LED, and fluorescent sources are not allowing us fall into a proper circadian sleep cycle. He further states that the lack of exposure to full spectrum light (Daylight) doesn’t allow the proper hormones and nutrients to be released by our eyes.
Derek’s solutions are practical and available for any of you who are suffering from insomnia and sleep disorders. His approach is based in science, and common sense. I urge you to listen to this podcast, and finally get some good sleep. Your life depends on it!
Derek Lacey Bio
Derek Lacey is a Sleep Coach who works with Insomniacs to discover their own power and internal resistance to sleep.
As a former Insomniac himself, Derek’s lifestyle brought him to rock bottom, with no solution for rising above. His commitment to a whole new set of habits around food, mindset, and spirituality helped him overcome his greatest lifestyle challenges, even beyond Insomnia. He began to see life differently and understand how to use his unique skills as a communicator and connector to influence the lives of others.
As a speaker, Derek offers a unique way to make incredibly complex scientific information about sleep accessible, inspiring audiences to make simple but radical changes to their lifestyle. As a coach, he enables people to rapidly transform their lives through good sleep.
Derek Lacey explains his unique approach to insomnia and sleep disorders
It’s difficult to one day decide it’s time to make sincere changes in your life so you can start sleeping again. Part of what makes that so challenging are the listless options you might be tempted to try instead, offered by people who really do know a lot about sleep. Their knowledge isn’t the problem, it’s the confidence you have in yet another sleep product, idea, or sleep tip to reverse years of sleeplessness or acute insomnia. This part is rarely, at least I’ve never seen it, addressed. In a way, these things are destined to not work before you even try them.
Not because they aren’t proven, but because what is missing, in my opinion, is the understanding for what an Insomniac is going through and the compassion for the catch 22 lifestyle they experience that’s posing the bigger problem.
It’s not just about falling asleep!
That puts more pressure on this “thing” to work so that you can start sleeping. Then there are no back up plans or victories of any kind to celebrate when they don’t work or stop working. There is no system to it. With so much pressure on something working, no wonder you’ve never heard of the sleep supplement that saved the day!
As a life coach for Insomniacs, this is where my approach is radically different. It is of the highest priority for me to help you experience a higher quality life, before you actually start sleeping better and not the other way around.
“Insomniacs appreciate sleep more than anybody else, because of the ‘or else’ factor.”
“It’s about avoiding toxic light, and also getting the good light. If you’ve got insomnia, and you’re not doing that, you need to start.”
“I call myself a life coach for insomniacs, because I’ve never met a person with a sleep problem. They’ve got life problems that affect their sleep.”
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Episode 29 – Ayurveda a blueprint for fatherhood – with Arun Deva, is a conversation with Ayurveda and Yoga therapist Arun Deva about fatherhood. Today I learned that Ayurveda is not just about food combining. It’s a system and science for living, with a special blueprint for fathers and how to raise a family, through respect, communication, and personal sacrifice.
About Arun Deva
Arun Deva, is a highly credentialed Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Ayurvedic yoga therapist. DASc. He’s a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA)*, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (NAMA), Yoga Therapist (IAYT**) and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher (E-RYT500).
Arun is also the founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM for over 15 years. Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.
Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma (detox and rejuvenation protocols) and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood.
What you learn
- Do they celebrate Father’s Day in India?
- The things that Arun feels his practice of Ayurveda has brought to his parenting, that gives him a unique perspective?
- What aspects of life has gotten better for Arun as he gets older? This is absolutely related to Ayurveda and yoga!
- Arun’s advice to young fathers, who are having difficulty communicating with their family?
- What it means when Arun says, “grow up before you grow old”.
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Episode 28 of Happy and Healthy Over 40 – The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood – Coach and Facilitator Soma Miller discuss why he sees fatherhood as a sacred sacrifice, and why he thinks fathers should learn by talking with one another to discuss ideas on parenting, especially for young fathers. The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood, is a conversation that surprised me a great deal. Soma Miller is a friend and a wise man. I’d never heard fatherhood described as a sacred sacrifice.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who don’t get enough recognition, and to all the dads that do. This is the first in the Father’s Day series for all of those fathers out there who respect, the sacred sacrifice of fatherhood!