Better Health 101 delivers health and fitness news and information using everyday language that anyone can understand. Whether you’re just beginning to take control of your health, or you’ve been an exercise junkie since the days of leg warmers and step aerobics, Better Health 101 will keep you informed and inspired as you continue to strive for health improvements on a daily basis.


021: Calories vs. Nutrients (Live on 4/9/14)

We live in a calorie crazed world. When it comes to trying to lose weight, it’s easy to get lost in counting calories and worrying about how many calories you should be taking in and how many calories you are burning. But are we completely missing the boat? Does your body care at all about calories? Allow me to argue that when your body sends you the signal that tells you that you are hungry, what it wants is nutrients. Not calories. By focusing on the nutrient density of foods, instead of the number of calories, you will be able to take control of your health without feeling hungry at all. Too good to be true? Or makes complete sense? Decide for yourself.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore

020: What Will Your Verse Be?

Unless you are hiding under a rock, or strictly Netflix/Hulu viewer, you’ve no doubt seen the Apple commercial for the new iPad featuring the Robin Williams monolog from Dead Poet’s Society. I love that commercial. Literally, while I’m watching recorded shows on the DVR and fast forwarding the commercials, I’ll stop and watch that one. It drives my wife nuts. Not only do I love the commercial for the beauty and creativity that it displays, but for the message that it has. If you stop and think, however, the words from that clip are a perfect starting point for anyone that is ready to take control of their health. Also in this episode, I’ll give the the names of a few other health/fitness related podcasts that I think you guys might enjoy checking out.

“Sometimes you have to disconnect, in order to connect.” Chris Cerrone

The CouplesFit Podcast

Kitchen Made Abs

Tips of the Scale

The Fitness Motivation Podcast (Check for new episodes. As of this listing, last new episode was 2 weeks old.)

The Fat Burning Man

019: Quality vs. Quantity

There aren’t a lot of times concerning  your health when it makes more sense to choose quantity over quality. Yet, many people choose high calorie foods (quantity) over nutrient dense foods (quality) on a daily basis. Why is that? These high calorie, low nutrient foods aren’t providing us with the fuel that our bodies need to function properly and play a huge role in our current state of health (or lack of health). Why are so many people more than willing to spend for name-brand electronics, clothes, cars, and other goods yet skimp when it comes to food?

“Quality training is what I do now; before it was a combination of both quality and quantity. Now I’m not trying to be a world-class athlete, I don’t need to train at that level. It’s about being fit, fit for life.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee

018: Doc Talk–Hungry for Change

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you Hungry for Change? Goodness gracious, yall. This documentary is fantastic! Hungry for Change starts out talking about our history as human beings, and why sweets and fats are so desirable to us. Then, the film walks you through the many problems with the Standard American Diet (no wonder it’s referred to as SAD!), explains why diets DO NOT WORK, and offer you what might be the simplest solution ever to losing weight and keeping it off for yourself. No matter how much work I put into this episode, there is no way I could do the film justice. Please, take the time to watch it. It’s available on Netflix.

“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.” Walt Whitman

Hungry for Change

Rye Taylor

017: If You Are What You Eat, What Are You?

In episode 17, I’ll be taking a look at some of the more popular eating plans/diets that many people in America more or less follow on a regular basis. I’ll let you know what plan I follow, and what diets really aren’t worth your time, energy, or money. No matter which plan you model your diet after, however, as long as you’re eating as much fresh, local, and organic food as possible, you’re probably well on your way to taking control of your health. So keep at it!

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” Bethenny Frankel

016: A Saturday Stew

This episode is a little here, there, and everywhere. I am talking Dalai Lama, water myths, and CSA farms. None of the topics really warranted a full show, but all 3 deserved a little recognition.

Water Myths Debunked

Local Harvest Website

“Raw ingredients trump recipes every time; farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the Earth can make any of us appear to be a great cook.”  Judy Rodgers

015: The Most Overlooked Facet of a Happy Retirement

For many people nearing retirement age, putting the finishing touches on their retirement savings and polishing that nest egg is a big priority. While worrying about having enough money to live out the retirement of your dreams is important, are you forgetting to get your health in order now so that you’re physically able to enjoy the fruits of your saving and planning? Poor physical health will derail your retirement dreams just as quickly as, if not quicker than, poor financial health. In order to give yourself your best chance of good health in retirement, you need to start taking control of your health today, no matter how close (or far) you are from your retirement date. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve outlined 5 action steps for a healthy retirement in this episode as well.

“Man…sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then, he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.”  Dalai Lama

014: Growing A Garden–TED Style

Is there anything more important to taking control of your health than figuring out how to take control of your food? And the best way to take control of your food is to grow it. I don’t care where you live or what your circumstances are, you have the ability to grow your food if you want to. Don’t believe me? Listen to this show and watch the 4 TED Talks I referenced in full, and I bet you’ll change your mind.

“Despite eating more than ever before, our culture may be the only one in human history to value food so little.” From Plenty: One Man, One Year, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally

Britta Riley–A Garden in My Apartment

Ron Finley–A Guerrilla Gardner in South Central LA

Pam Warhurst–How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

Roger Doiron–My Subversive (garden) Plot

013: The Dawn of the Workplace Wellness Program

In the future, more and more employers are going to make workplace wellness programs a priority. Why? Because smart employers know that healthy and happy employees are a vital component to a health and happy bottom line. Employers that are willing to invest in the health of their workforce now are at the forefront of the workplace wellness movement, and they will be rewarded handsomely. You’ll see.

Stay Inspired: Do Some Squats–The Blog Post I Mentioned from Lorrie Walker Public Relations

“Take time to appreciate employees and the will reciprocate in a thousand ways.”  Bob Nelson

012: What Should Real Health Care Look Like?

After going off on a rant about the lack of real health care in America today, it’s time to offer some suggestions on how to actually create an environment that fosters the promotion of actual health care and attempting to prevent illnesses rather than just treating them. The creation of recognized health care in this country will be difficult, but it’s possible if each of us works on taking control of our health every day, and in turn we all improve our health a little bit each day.

“Today’s healthcare CEO is told to fill beds. I think tomorrow’s CEO will be told to empty beds. You’ll have to keep your community healthy and out of the hospital. Hospitals will have to team up with other providers and payers to transform the service model, again.”  Joe Lupica

011: Does Health Care Exist in 21st Century America?

Say what you want about Obamacare, Affordible Care, Medicare, or any other semblance of “health care” in America, they are all smoke screens. Why? Because actual health care DOES NOT EXIST right now in America. Don’t believe me? Listen to my argument that the “sick care” system that we have in America is a terrible system, and a complete overhaul of how we even talk about health care in this country is needed if we are to continue being one of the most powerful countries in the world. After my rant is over, some words from Ben Franklin will prove again that I’m right, and that we are worse off now than we were in his day.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”  Benjamin Franklin

010: Doc Talk–Food Inc.

Every month or so, I’m going to take a look at a health related documentary, and for the first month there was never an option about looking at any documentary other than Food Inc. For me, this film was the straw that broke the camel’s back about the importance of healthy eating, and the fact that it is nearly impossible to get healthy food out of our industrialized food machine. This documentary is eye opening to say the least, and it should be required viewing for anyone that seriously wants to take control of his or her health. In this episode, I’ll be commenting on parts of the film and playing some sound clips as well, but I hope that you’ll take the time to watch it for yourself and draw your own conclusions about our food system in America.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates

009: What Does Being Healthy Even Mean?

Everyone wants to be healthier, but what does that mean exactly? Have you ever thought about what good health means to you? You need to, because if you don’t have an idea of what healthy actually is, how can you ever hope to be healthy? And since each of us have a different definition of good health, there is no one size fits all answer. Also on this episode, learn why counting calories is akin to not being able to see the forest for the trees, and a quote from an unknown author muddies the water of health and sickness.

Calories–The Great Destroyer Blog Post

“Just because you’re not sick, doesn’t mean you’re healthy.” Author Unknown

008: Can You Put a Price Tag on Your Health?

How much is your health worth? Priceless, right? Sadly, for some people, good health does have a price that they just aren’t willing to pay. If good health is truly important, the cost of healthier food, gym memberships, and personal trainers wouldn’t matter because of the benefits to your health. From Washington DC to Main Street, we as a nation need to show that good health is a priority. I’ll also look at the importance of standing more throughout the day and let John Wooden inspire you to make the most of each day.

Get Up Already

“Make each day your masterpiece.” John Wooden

007: Curling Stones & Losing Weight

As a certified Olympic junkie, I’ve been glued to my TV for the last 10 days. By far, my favorite Winter Olympic event is curling. I set the DVR for curling, that’s how psycho I am. Many people I know, both in real life and online, talk crap about curling. But here’s the deal, curling and weight loss are very similar. I promise. While curling and weight loss dominate today’s show, we will also take a look at a recent blog post by my sassy-pants friend Kiya, and get kicked in the butt by Winston Churchill’s words about mixing up your routine!

Goodbye Gym! Post by Kiya Krier

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill

006: A Dinner Date with TED

If you are what you eat, it’s no surprise that so many people in our country are unhealthy and super-sized. There are a multitude of health factors that are directly impacted by the choices of the food that you eat, and all of us can learn to make better choices. Mark Bittman, Jamie Oliver, Birke Beahr, and I combine forces to encourage you to take control of your health by taking control of the food you are putting in your mouth. I’ll also take a look at the disservice your personal trainer is doing for you if they put you on the treadmill for anything other than a brief warm up, and George Orwell will inspire you to eat a little healthier as well.

Mark Bittman’s TED Talk

Jaime Oliver’s TED Talk

Birke Baehr’s TED Talk

Local Harvest–Find Healthy, Fresh Food in Your Area

Cardio Confession by Ariana Dane

“We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine gun.” George Orwell

005: Going for the Gold

Do you enjoy watching the Olympic Games as much as I do? Doubtful. I am totally addicted to the Olympics, and am watching as much as I possibly can. But while watching the best athletes in the world compete for their countries, are there any lessons that we can learn? The pursuit of a gold medal is very similar to our pursuit of better health, and there are lessons to be learned from Olympic athletes that we can apply to our daily progress towards a healthier life.

004: The Biggest Loser Fiasco

In this episode, I’ll be taking a look at some of the fallout from the finale of the Biggest Loser Season 15. But instead of just attacking the winner, I’m more interested in some of the lessons that the viewers of the show need to learn.

Related Links:

Lessons from the Biggest Loser

My Post on the Biggest Loser Finale

003: Do. Do Not. There is No Try

In this episode, I’ll talk about one of my least favorite commercials from the Super Bowl, and why you can’t always trust certain brands to practice what they preach all of the time. I’ll also cover a blog post suggesting that less time working out can speed up weight loss, answer the question of whether or not you should work out if you’re feeling a little blah, and impart some inspiring words of wisdom on you from everyone’s favorite resident of Dagobah.

002: Much Better

I’m not a pro, but I think this episode is quite a bit better than the first. If I’m wrong, please tell me otherwise. 002 actually follows the outline I have envisioned for the show, which is probably why I like it so much more. I’m sure that 10-15 episodes from now, I’ll have basically blown up this original outline, but for my 2nd ever podcast, I’m cautiously optimistic that I might really enjoy putting these shows out on a regular basis.

001: Gotta Start Somewhere

This is my maiden voyage into podcasting. It’s a little rough, but it’ll get better. In this episode, I’ll talk a little bit about how I hope to inspire my listeners to improve their health and urge you to take the first steps towards improving your health today. If you wait for everything to be perfect before you start, you’ll never get started.

000: The Preamble

This is the episode before the first episode of Better Health 101. This brief intro to my new podcast outlines my schedule for new shows, pokes fun at my lack of ability to produce a quality podcast, and begs for your (hopefully) constructive criticism. If you just want to tell me that my first few episodes suck, that’s fine. But that won’t help me get any better.

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