164 – No Assumptions

Hey welcome back! It’s Dr. D the “V”! How are you doing today? Welcome guys and gals!!! How are you all? I am so glad that you are with me today!

I’ve got something very very interesting for you. It’s actually a question from a listener that I think is going to be applicable to you. It’s really a good one!

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But before I get into it, here’s what I’m doing. I’m outside right now as usual. I’m actually walking back from taking my car in to be serviced and having a dermatological appointment. Nothing’s wrong with me, my skin is good. But I go once a year for a skin check just to make sure everything’s ok. And I’m going to highly recommend that you do this. Because you know something? You never know! I recommend annual physicals as well. But going once a year and seeing a dermatologist to have a complete skin check from head to toe, scalp to the bottom of your feet, is really important.

About 2 years ago she found a little discoloration on my chest that she said looks suspicious so she wanted to biopsy it. She did. She took it out and it was a very small little thing. Almost like a little mole but as it turns out it’s good that she caught it. She said that it was pre-cancerous. Pre-cancerous just means that the likelihood is there. It most likely wasn’t cancer but the possibility is there that if left alone it could turn into skin cancer. So I got it cut out and it’s gone. And that’s why I recommend going once a year and getting checked out. You never know what’s there. Something that you think might be ok, may not be ok.

As I am walking back, I passed a house I used to live in years ago. I’d say 15 to 16 years ago. And it brought back a memory because my next door neighbor assumed something about me. This came out years later. After I actually moved she told me this. And it was really bizarre. The moral of the story is, and I learned this a long time ago, never assume anything. You might think you’re right. You might think that what you’re assuming is definitely correct.

Here’s the thing this family made this assumption that I was some weirdo. Well maybe they’re right there 😉 [Dave laughs] But they thought that I was some weirdo living in a dark basement in this house. And the reason they thought that was because of my crazy travel schedule. You know me. A lot of times I am out of town for days or maybe even a couple weeks at a time. So this was before Yoko. It was B.Y. (before Yoko). I lived there alone. And I had my 3 cats. And what I would do is always keep this little light on in the basement where their food was and their litter box. And I had cat sitters that would come in and feed them. So there would always a little light shining in the basement 24/7. Just so they would have some light when they went downstairs. I know cats can probably see in the dark much better than we can but it was one of those things that I had a little light on.

So picture this, I am out of town for like a week at a time and the whole house is totally dark except for the light burning in the basement. So my neighbors formed this opinion, an assumption, that neighbor guy was a weirdo. All he does is sit in his basement and who knows what he’s doing down there. But he’s some weirdo and we’ve got to stay away from him.

It was so funny when that came out. I think it was when I was selling the house actually. They came over and we talked. I explained to them no that’s not what it really was. I am out of town a lot. And it was a light for my cats. And they said oh you’re not the weirdo that we thought you were. We thought you were some crazy guy.

So never assume! I’ve learned this and I used to assume things all the time. And I always thought that when I assumed something I was right. I was definitely right. But I’ll tell you something. It was 90% of the time when you’re assuming something about somebody else or something that happened. I’d say 90% of the time you’re not right. But you build this up in your mind. And you think, oh no it’s definitely right. It’s definitely true. But it’s not.

So if I could help you with that. Let’s start today. Never assume anything. Anything. Never assume. Don’t let the assumption worry you. Don’t let it ruin your life. Because it does. It will. Don’t assume.

So I got this question on Facebook from a really good guy named Eric. I don’t have it in front of me so I am going to try to recreate the question as best as I can. Actually I am just going to grab it because I don’t think I can do it any justice by trying to recreate it here. He asked it so beautifully and eloquently. Erik Ko, the guy that asked this question, is a vegan and long distance runner. He is a young guy who really really pays a lot of attention to his life and his finances. But he is extremely responsible. One of the most responsible people young men that I know I think. And he asks very very good questions. Eric’s question is…

“I’ve been wondering this and thought it might be a good topic for an upcoming podcast. What are your thoughts on buying a new car versus driving an old car into the ground? To give some specifics, I am very down to earth and typically get a safe reliable commuter car like a Civic, Elantra, or Tacoma. And in the past I’ve driven them an average of 9 years, well past the warranty. I currently have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra with 92,000 miles on it and the engine warranty is up at 100,000 miles. I’m torn because I like the peace of mind of a reliable car without having to worry about major repairs to which I cannot even do minor ones. So what should I do? Should I ditch that one and get another car? Should I keep it going?”

Oh my God! This is a total no brainer. What’s my advice guys? What do you think? What am I going to say to Eric?

Ok so number one, I know Eric and I know the guy. I am going to go out on a limb and assume (even though I shouldn’t assume), but I am going to assume that he takes good care of his things. I am sure that he maintains them. I will bet you that if you saw this Elantra, I am going to bet it’s in really good shape.

My advice to you Eric is to keep that car going. Do not sell it. Do not get a new car. And by the way, my feeling these days is to never buy a new car. Never, never, never buy a new car. Always buy a car that is probably in the 2 to 3 year old range with low mileage on it. You can go to cars.com and find almost anything. They’ve got pictures. They’ve got the condition. You can find cars that are only a couple of years old that look like they are brand freaking new. So that’s what I would do if I was buying a new car.

Eric, I would not worry about that warranty. That warranty is going to be up in 8,000 miles. But it does not make financial sense to go out and buy a new car just because it’s under warranty. It doesn’t make sense. Do the math on that. When you buy a warranty they are money makers for the dealer or car company so don’t worry about the warranty. When you’re maintaining a car, yeah it’s going to cost you every year but it’s generally not going to be all that much. It’s not going to be nearly the cost of ditching a car that’s almost out of warranty.

And buy the way people, always pay cash for your car. Another Dave secret. Always pay cash because if you cannot afford to pay cash for a car and want to finance it for 3, 5, or 7 years, you can’t afford it. I don’t care if it’s 0% interest. I don’t care. Pay cash for your car! No exceptions and never lease a car! Never! Leasing is the biggest rip off as far as financing your car goes. When you lease a car and drive it away, the dealers and the salespeople are laughing as you drive away. It is a total rip off. Do not ever lease a car again if you’re thinking about it.

Buy a car for cash. You might be saying well, I’ve only got $3,000 in cash. Then guess what? You’re buying a $3000 car until you can afford something better. And you drive that car and you take good care of it, and you work, and make money to invest. And when you can afford something better, you buy something better it you want to. Do NOT finance a car!

You might be asking why is Dr. Dave, Dr. D the “V”, talking about financial stuff on his lifestyle show. Well let me tell you something. It’s about lifestyle. If you’re financially strapped or stressed, or in debt, do you think your lifestyle is good? Do you think you are in good health? Do you think your stress is helping your health? I’ve learned some things during my life to be financially responsible. It is a game changer when you’re not stressed at all. When you put your head on your pillow at night, and you’re debt free, and you’re spending less money than you make, there’s a sense of peace that envelops your entire body. When you put your head on your pillow and you know that bill collectors are not coming after you even if you lose your job because you don’t have any debt. And when you don’t have any debt, you’re paying for food, you’re paying for your heat and air conditioning, you’re paying for fuel for your car, you’re paying for insurance, but when you don’t have any debt, you’re not in danger of losing things like your house. If you lose a job, it is a total game changer.

Now let me share with you about my cars because I think it’s going to help you. I have 3 cars between Yoko and I. I’ll tell you exactly what they are. I won’t hold anything back. Full disclosure here. I’ve got a 2005 Volvo XC90 which is about 12 years old and it has 108,000 miles on it. How do I know it has 108,000 miles on it? I just dropped it off for servicing because I take it for regular service. If you saw this car, you would think it’s maybe a couple of years old. You would think it almost came off the showroom floor. It doesn’t have crap all over the seats. The outside of it looks good. It doesn’t have any dings in it.

One of my secrets is that I park very far away when I go shopping. Grocery store, appointment, office, wherever it may be. Wherever I’m going. I park far away. Not near any other cars because everybody likes to park so damn close. And guess what? I walk to the door. I get my steps in and my car is in great shape. Like I said, if you saw my car it looks pretty good. And totally paid for.

Yoko’s car is a 2012 Jeep Compass. It’s a fairly modest Jeep. She hardly ever drives. She sees clients at home so she is mostly home all day. I think it only has 14,000 or 15,000 miles on it. I don’t have to even tell you that she takes great care of it. It looks like it is brand spanking new. She could sell this car for new. It has less than 15,000 miles on it! It looks great! And by the way, we don’t owe a dime for it. It was paid for in cash. It was bought used by the way. I think we bought it in 2013 so we bought it when it was like a year old. We got a great deal and paid cash.

And for my third car, what do I tell you about this one? When I was approaching my 60th birthday there was something that I wanted. These days I wouldn’t do it. But when I was approaching my 60th birthday I wanted a Porsche. So I went out and bought a Porsche. It’s a Porsche Cayman. It’s a cute little thing. I paid cash for it guys. It was used. Give me a break 😉 I know I don’t need it. It’s a 2007 and it looks brand spanking new. If you come to the Weekend to Awesome, I’ll show it to you. Maybe I’ll take you for a ride. It looks like it just came off the dealer’s showroom floor. It’s got something like 20,000 miles on it and I’ve had it for 2 years. Do I need it? No! Am I proud that I bought it? Eh it’s ok. Am I trying to become more of a minimalist? Yes! Will I probably sell it sometime in the very near future? Yes. But let me tell you something. While I have it this thing is sweet! It is so much fun to drive. It’s a 5 speed. It hugs the road and goes fast. It’s so much fun! But having said all that, I am going to be talking to you more about becoming more of a minimalist.

This Porsche is a cool car but it still requires insurance, maintenance, washing it, fuel and everything. It costs money. If something breaks down it’s a hassle. Do I need it? No, I don’t need it and I’m really trying to get rid of stuff. The time will come, probably sometime soon, where I say hey look it’s time to sell it.

And I tell you something, everytime I get rid of something or things, I really feel a big difference. It makes my life that much more simple. And by the way I hope you get this in time. We are going to be playing the minimalist game in my Facebook group, Supercharge Hangout. My buddy Jason Schramm and I will be playing this game all through the month of December. I’ll put a video up to explain exactly how it works. It will change your life, I promise you. I will be participating as well. I have found truly that when you start getting rid of stuff your life starts to open up. There’s a sense a peace that you wouldn’t believe. So I’m really trying to do more of this. I’ve been doing it for about a year but now I’m putting it into high gear. This game is going to be fun! I hope you join us. I’d like to see you there. It’s going to be a great month!

I’m going to leave you on that note folks! I hope I helped you! Financial stuff some people don’t really want to get involved with. They want to forget about it. But it’s so important to be financially responsible. I’m not a financial planner at all but I know enough to be dangerous. I know enough to do the right things in my life. It really helped me become financially independent, stress free, debt free, oh this stuff works! It works! We’ll talk about it soon.

Until next time guys and gals! I love ya!

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163 – Against All Odds – You Can Do This

Hey! Welcome to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I’m Dr. Dave. Dr. D the “V”. Of course Dr. D the “V” refers to Dr. Dave the vegan. Because I am “vaygan.” Yes, sir! Yes ma’am!

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I welcome you! I’ve got so much to share today on the show. We’ve gotta jump right in. But before I jump in though I want to welcome all of my new listeners. For some reason, and I don’t know why, but things have been going crazy lately. I’m gaining a lot of new followers and friends and I love it!! I love you! And whether you’re a brand new listener or if you’ve been with me for quite some time, I consider you my friend and I am so glad to have you here.

There are a lot of really cool things going on. If you have enrolled in my goals course, I really hope you got something out of it. It’s a two-part course and I put it online about three weeks ago. And we have had so many people come through this course so far. It’s been unbelievable. I have pretty much changed the way I live my life based on how I created goals for myself over many many years. Basically everything I know about goals is in a two-part lesson that’s online. More about the course here

I’ve got a great Facebook group going now too! It’s amazing. You guys have been really really active and cool. We’re sharing a lot of great advice and positivity. If you want to get there and join us, we’d love to have you there. Simply go to superchargehangout.com. It is a Facebook group but I set up a really easy redirect so you don’t have to remember how to get there through Facebook. I will let you in as long as you don’t look suspicious. [Dave laughs] You’ll be having a great time with us!

So I want to share a few things with you now. As I am recording you may hear some water in the background. I know Rory, my producer, plays this really cool relaxing spa type music in the background. And I hope it’s not competing with this wonderful river that I am standing on the bank of. Right now I am in Zion National Park and it’s just beautiful.

The reason I’m here is that Yoko and I took a little extended trip. All last week in Vegas I had my annual convention there. And it’s a lot of work and just tiring. There’s a lot going on when you have 1500 people that you have to take care of and make sure that they have the best two days of their lives. So after that Yoko made reservations out west here. So we were in Bryce Canyon yesterday and the day before. And now we’re in Zion and we’re going to do some hiking today and tomorrow.

It’s just gorgeous. And I’ve got to be honest with you. We just got here and we’re outside of a B & B right outside of the park. There’s a beautiful river (which I believe to be the Virgin River) overlooking this beautiful canyon and rock formation. If you get a chance to travel, I am going to really encourage to visit some of our incredible national parks all over the country. I’ve been to Grand Canyon National Park so many times and I’ve done some backpacking through the back country there. I don’t have a lot of experience with other national parks but Yoko is turning me onto a lot more. It’s really amazing the beauty that surrounds us here in North America. If you’re from someone else on the planet, I know you have your beauty too. I’ve been throughout a lot of Japan and there’s so much beauty there. We’ve hiked Mt. Fuji.

I guess my point is to get out and enjoy nature. I’ve been telling you this a lot lately. That’s one of the reasons I don’t really go to a gym and I don’t exercise on a treadmill or on a elliptical machine, or a stair stepper. I like to have my feet planted on the Earth. Just the way they are right now. When you become one with nature there really is a special feeling. As opposed to being inside an artificial gym doing a workout. I don’t get that! I know sometimes maybe the weather is bad and you have to do it indoors. That’s ok but I don’t even belong to a gym anymore. I love being outside.

Yesterday, Yoko and I did a really nice decent hike in Bryce Canyon. A couple days before that after my convention was over in Las Vegas, we ran the Rock N Roll Half Marathon which starts around 5pm so it’s dark and they run us down the strip which is amazing. They basically close off Las Vegas. Can you imagine that? They close off Las Vegas for an evening so that 40,000 runners can run through the streets of beautiful Las Vegas. So yeah I love being outdoors.

In my group, I asked people what they’re goals are for next year to make next year they’re best year ever. What it is they want to accomplish. And it seems like the most common response I’m getting is that people are saying that they want to lose weight. They want to exercise more. They want to lose weight. But that seems to be the most common answer. And I’m going to share some things with you right now on this episode about losing weight. Now maybe you don’t need to lose weight but if you don’t need to listen because I am going to share some really important concepts, tips, and principles with you. And some secrets as well.

First of all, congratulations to anyone that can even say that this is going to be the year that I am going to lose weight. Congratulations! Because it’s a start. What I want to say to you is don’t get intimidated. There are so many gurus out there that are telling you what to do, how to exercise, what to eat. I will tell you this  – weight loss is generally a combination of the two. A combination of moving your body and putting the proper foods (fuel) into your body. Some people say you can do one without the other. For example, some people say that if you go out and run a marathon everyday, you can eat whatever you want and you’re still going to lose weight. I don’t know if that’s true.

First of all, I would never want to run a marathon every day, it will kill your body. As a matter of fact after we ran this half marathon this past weekend in Las Vegas, I kind of said to myself that I think I’ve had it with marathons for a while. I just think they are really taxing on my body. Running 26 miles is really really far. I don’t think I’ve ever ran a marathon and then gone out and thought hey I can do anything I want. No you’re always tired and you feel sore. But a half marathon is different because I can generally run a half marathon every day and it doesn’t really change the rest of my day. I can run a half marathon and then I can go about my business. I can go to work. I can do anything. It’s 13.1 miles. That’s a lot but it’s not going to kill my day as opposed to a marathon. I have to be somewhere resting for hours and hours after a marathon. They are tough on your body.

I think for the foreseeable future I am going to stick to a half marathon as being my longest distance. Now that does not mean that I am going to run a half marathon every week or even every month. But when I register for a race or go out a do a run, I think I think 13.1 miles is going to be my longest. I just don’t feel the need right now at this point in my life to be doing anything longer than that. In fact, I am honestly not so sure how healthy it is to be running marathons. I think running 26 miles or even running/walking, which is what I do, just might be too much. That’s my gut feeling. I’ve been running for roughly 40 years now and I’ve just developed these gut feelings. I just think 26.2 miles is probably too much for my body.

I still am a tremendous fan of the “Magic 4”. So don’t feel that you’ve gotta go out there and run a half marathon. The Magic 4 is still the best. So if you can get out there and move your body and walk 4 miles every single day (or as close to it as you can), then you’re doing great!! Trust me!

Going back to weight loss, I want to emphasize a few things to you right now. I want to just do the best you can. You don’t have to excel at anything. I don’t think I excel at anything. I really don’t.  I ski, I run, I backpack, I climb, I do a lot of things. But I can’t say that I am an expert at any of these. I am good. I am good enough. When I get out on the mountain and when I ski, I am good enough. I do what I want to do. Am I one of the best skiers on the mountain? No! Am I one of those guys jumping off of cliffs and going fast down double black diamond courses blindfolded? No! But you know something? I have a great time and I am pretty darn good. I just feel like I’m good enough. So I want to stress this. Whatever you’re going to do, just do your best. Don’t feel like you are competing with anybody else. Don’t look at other people and see how they’re doing and if you’re not doing as well. If you’re not losing as much weight, if you’re not as fast, don’t let it get you down. Do your best. Just do the best that you can for you.

It’s different for everybody. Some people go hog wild and they want to lose as much weight as they can within a month. But others want to take their time and have a plan and map it out. That’s ok too! As long as you’re going in the right direction. As long as you know where you want to go and you’re taking the steps to get there. You’re doing fine. You’re doing great. I can’t emphasize this enough. Just do your best! That’s all you need to do. Don’t beat yourself up over something that maybe you’re not doing what you think you should be doing. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t go crazy. Don’t lose sleep. Don’t get depressed. Don’t get upset. Just do your best. If you miss a day. That’s ok. The sun is going to rise tomorrow. It’s alright.

Let me tell you something else. I believe that you can do almost anything. No matter what anybody else tells you. Yeah you can! You can do it!

I am going to use this past election as an analogy. Now I want to tell you and make it very clear that I am not a political pundit. I am not a commentator. I am certainly not a politician. And I am not a political expert in any way shape or form. Nor do I get political on my show. I never tell people who they should vote for or who I vote for because I don’t want this to turn political ever. But I will share something with you that I think is a pretty cool analogy to prove to you that you can pretty much do anything you want against all odds.

Guess what? Everybody thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win. When you went on the websites, when you looked at the polls, when you looked at the maps of the electoral college and the states that the experts thought that Hillary was going to win; when you looked at everything it looked like it was almost impossible for Trump to win. That’s what everybody said and everybody went into this thinking that they were going to get up the next morning, whether they were for her or not, most people thought that Hillary was going to win. And I have to say this, I think Hillary herself  got a little bit cocky and just felt that it was so wrapped up. It was a no brainer for her. It was done.

But guess what? Everybody was wrong. People said it was impossible for Trump to win. If you watched the news or read the papers leading up to the election, the biggest experts in the world, all pretty much said it’s going to be almost impossible for Trump to win. Almost impossible! In fact, some said it was impossible.

I was in Las Vegas the evening of the election. I was at a dinner in a restaurant and I remember they had a TV overhead. And I’m watching this T.V. and I am looking online. In the beginning, they had the odds makers saying it was pretty much a wrap for Hillary Clinton. As it got later and later into the evening, the odds were switching really quickly to Trump. Like within a matter of hours. It went from Hillary to looking like Trump was going to win this thing. Against all odds. Against what every single expert said.

So what’s the analogy here? I don’t care what other people think I can do. It doesn’t matter what other people say you can do or cannot do. You are your own person and you make your own odds. And guess what? I think you can do practically anything you set out to do in your life. I swear that’s the truth! Within reason. We can all do practically anything we want in life.

I want you to take a look at what you want to accomplish in 2017. Write your goals down. What do you want to do? If you need help with and have not enrolled in my goals course yet. I highly recommend you sign up. It’s a great course that can really really change your life. I promise you!

And again remember please do your best. I think Trump’s people were probably telling him to prepare that he would wake up the next morning and he would not be the President-elect. But guess what? It just happened the other way around. Every expert was wrong. They were wrong. And I even share with you in my goals course things that I have overcome at incredible odds. I will share this with you if you take the course 😉 Including experts telling me that there’s no way I can do something. Experts that I paid money to. They said,”Dave you’re wasting your time. There’s no way at all you will accomplish this.” And I said screw it! I am on my own and I am going to do it. I am going to accomplish this. And I did it! Yeah, against all odds. I did it!

I know you can. I’ve got faith in you. Trust me, you’ll do it!! And I want you to let me know too. Please keep in touch with me. Let me know what you’ve accomplished and how you went against the odds to achieve what you did.

I’m Dr. Dave. I’ll see you next week! I promise you I’ll be here. Love ya!

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162 – The Vaygans Are Coming

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I’m Dr. Dave. Welcome and this is The David Madow Lifestyle Show! It’s great to have you! I’m the “Vaygan”.  This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, happier, and a lot more. I’ve got a great one for you today.

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You’re going to hear me walking through some leaves as they rustle because I am in my outdoor studio. I talk a lot about being outside. A lot of you go to the gym. I used to have a gym membership but I don’t really go to the gym anymore. I truly believe that when you are outside and you are one with nature; you see some real changes in your body, in your life, in your mental capacity, whatever it is.

I recorded a Facebook live video that went out to my Facebook audience just a short time ago. Right before I came on here and pressed record for this episode. I talk about the “Magic 4” which I’ve talked about quite a bit with you. I believe it’s a life changer. I tell people that instead of running on a treadmill at the gym, go outside and experience the Earth. Experience your feet touching the Earth. It really does make a difference. Trust me on this one. Unless you’re living in a climate that’s so difficult to get outside, and I doubt many of you are.

When I am in Colorado in the winter, I still get outside way more than I’m inside. I’m outside almost all day walking and skiing because I just love being with nature. It really is a game changer.

I started off by saying it was going to be a great episode today and I was just thinking about that. Well, I am here to change lives! I’m here to change YOUR life! And I can’t do that with a mediocre episode. So every episode that I put out is a great episode. So if you hear an episode and you don’t think it’s so great, I want you to write to me and tell me. But I don’t think that’s going to happen. Now, there might be a topic that you don’t love. It’s possible. But I try to give every episode my 110%. I really do. Because I want to help you. I really do.

Now, before we get into today’s topic. I started a Facebook group just a few days ago. Go to superchargehangout.com. That link will redirect right to my Facebook group. We’re going to supercharge your life. No question about it! It’s an incredible group of people. Come in with a great attitude. We don’t judge. We just help everybody. We do.

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I want to share something with you. A great guy, a listener, a fan, a friend of mine, and viewer named Steve Moore wrote a letter to me. Actually, he posted it in one of my Facebook groups. I want to read this letter to you. And I am going to answer Steve on this podcast. It’s fairly lengthy but as I get into it you’ll see why I want to read this letter on this show today.

Before I read it I do want to tell you one thing. Steve uses the word “vaygan” in this letter. And as you know if you’ve been with me for some time, I call myself the “vaygan”. And it’s kind of just a light-hearted way of saying vegan. Kind of with an accent. No harm meant, it’s just fun. A lot of my fans and friends call me “Dr. Vaygan” or “Mr. Vaygan” or just “The Vaygan” in public. Well, Steve likes that. Let me read his letter and share this with you.

“Dear David,

I listened to your podcast this morning titled Why do they makes fun of us? This got me contemplating about it very deeply that I went for another walk this morning. And it turned out to be a very long walk. This after doing my Magic 4 already this morning.

You and Yoko became “vaygan” because of your love for animals and the way they are being treated. My wife and I became vegetarian and now “vaygan” because of our desire to be healthier. Don’t get me wrong, we both love and care for animals that was just not our motivation for becoming “vaygan”. Most “vaygans” preach about the way animals are treated to the extent that non “vaygans” get very tired and frustrated to the point where they’re considering “vaygans” as an extremist group. Now Dave don’t get upset with me until you have read my entire rant 🙂

We’ve looked into joining some “vaygan” groups here in Oklahoma City but have been turned off from them due to the get togethers being all about the mistreatment of animals. Nothing about being healthier or helping others to become “vaygan”. We left one get together early because I was being ridiculed for saying “vaygan” instead of vegan. The whole group was trying to tell us that saying “vaygan” was damaging to their cause. We no longer attempt to join any of the groups now. These types of groups are what everyone is seeing and hearing about.

There was a news story here about a speaker at the New Jersey Veg Fest that said if you were a vegetarian that you did not belong there. You are either a vegan or nothing. I don’t know if this is true or not but this is what the media is putting out there for everyone to hear. It’s why most non vegans make fun of us. Save the animals now sounds no different than save the whales to most people. They just hear it too much.

You talk about different views and reasons for being a vegan. The healthier lifestyle needs to be pushed out to the public through the media a lot more than it is. Which its not at all here in Oklahoma.

You have brought me a long way in my lifestyle change which I can’t thank you enough for. You’ve come a long way from that idiot “scoping” in Breckenridge from his living room not even in front of a window to being an awesome mentor. We need a lot more people like yourself in this world.

After seeing how the change has affected my life and how I feel, our son and his wife are now starting the change towards veganism. Yay! 🙂 He used to be one of them that made fun of me when I decided to change. But now he’s changing. Yes, we have lost some good friends because of it but I wouldn’t change a thing.

THANK YOU DAVE! Sorry this turned out so long but like I said it was a very long walk”

Steve

Steve, first of all, I thank you for that letter. It’s an incredible letter. I will try to touch on some of the points you made but I first want to let my audience know that I had the pleasure of meeting Steve. When I was on hippie road trip #1, some of you may remember this, but I was driving from Phoenix, AZ to Memphis, TN. And on the way there was a city called OKC or Oklahoma City. When Steve saw that I was coming through his town, he said “hey Dr. Dave, “Mr. Vaygan” can you meet up with me?” So I said sure let’s meet up. We met at the Panera right off of the interstate 40 which was not out of my way at all. So I figured I would go into Panera and meet up with him for 2, 3, or 4 minutes and shake his hand.

I walk into Panera and the first thing I heard from this man sitting at the table, he stood up and said “Mr. Vaygan”. The whole place stopped and looked up. He looked at me and I looked at him and I think we gave each other a big hug. He looked at me and said “you will never know how much you’ve changed my life.” And Steve, I will never forget those words. And up until that point I had no idea. And the 2 or 3 or 4 minutes I was going to spend with Steve turned into 10,15, maybe even 20 minutes. We did a video together, he shared some stories with me, it was just an incredible time. And let me tell you Steve if I had more time, I would have spent hours there with you. It was a really great morning.

So I have come to know Steve. And Steve is one of my fans on Periscope, right here on this podcast, in my Facebook groups, he’s a big fan. But you know what’s more important than him being a big fan? He’s changing his flippin’ life!

Steve is a retired truck driver. He grew up and worked in Oklahoma and Texas his whole life. The land of beef, cattle, meat. In Oklahoma and Texas they’ve never heard of vegans. Pardon my terrible pun here but Steve decided to take the bull by the horns and change his life. And that he did. He’s lost weight and medical issues have gone away.

Steve is going to be at my Weekend to Awesome in April 2017. I am only taking 10 people total but if you happen to be there you can hear his incredible inspiring story.

But getting back to some of the things that were said by Steve in this letter. I feel really bad about the groups that you have come into contact with back in Oklahoma City. I’m gonna use the word “vaygan”. I don’t care what they say. You can play this for them for all I care. I want you to play this podcast for the people in the group because they are narrow-minded backwards people. Because if they make you feel bad about using the word “vaygan” when clearly you know the real word; and, clearly you are doing it like I do tongue in cheek to have some fun. Life is about having fun too! It’s not about being flippin’ serious every second of every day.

And let me tell you something. I donate to animal charities, farm sanctuaries, I can’t even tell you the number of animal charity envelopes I get in the mail every year that Yoko and I donate to in order to help some animals. And not only that we’ve gone to farm sanctuaries and held the animals and helped out so it’s not just money but we do whatever we can.

We’ve tried to save animals when we can. We love animals. We have animals. And guess what? I use the word “vaygan”. So using the word “vaygan” does not mean that you don’t care or you’re some weirdo. It doesn’t mean that. It means you’re having a little bit of fun in life. And if this damn group cannot understand that then they’re not helping anybody. I don’t care what anybody says. They are just not helping anybody. Because if they would make fun of a member and his wife that are coming there to join in to their cause and they make fun of this person who not only wants to help the animals but Steve says he loves animals in this letter. And they want to make fun of him and ridicule him. They don’t even realize how much of an ambassador Steve could be in the Oklahoma City area for becoming a vegan. Just because he pronounces the word a little bit funny. Steve I think it’s pitiful. I think it’s really really sad what they did. They lost a good person.

I recommend that you look around and try to find some other groups. There’s got to be something. There might be something under the radar, Steve. I know here in the Baltimore area there are tons of get-togthers and groups. All of them are just a little bit different. My friend Sharon runs a group that’s definitely geared pretty much all to health. She talks about eating plant based whole food. And she’s really really smart when it comes to health. My friend Don Robertson runs a group and has been a guest on my show. He’s probably a little bit more towards the animal ethics but neither of them would ever make fun of somebody who’s trying to spread the word as well. That’s just crazy. It makes me sad.

As far as the New Jersey Veg Fest goes Steve, I am very close with Kendra Arnold, the person who runs the New Jersey Veg Fest. She and her friend Marissa are the ones that started it. This is their first year. I was there. I was a speaker there this year and I didn’t hear anything about another speaker saying anything to the effect that you have to be 100% “vaygan” or that you should just leave. I didn’t hear anything like that there. I saw many of the speakers. I didn’t hear anybody talking about that. So there may have been some misinformation there Steve. I’m just not sure. The New Jersey Veg Fest was an incredible event. I was proud to be a speaker at the inaugural event. I think next year they are probably going to double their attendance. It was just awesome.

Steve, I appreciate you. And when I am talking to Steve, I am actually talking to all of you not just Steve. But I appreciate you sending in this lengthy letter. I’m glad I had a chance to comment on it.

There are all kinds of people on this planet. Are all vegans good? No! There are some crazies out there. Are all meat eaters bad? No! I’ve got family members and friends that eat meat. I’ve said this almost every show. I do not look down on anybody because we are all in different stages of our lives.

I’ve been a “vaygan” for just about three years now. And I’m thinking back and five years ago if somebody were to look down on me and tell me I was a pathetic person because I ate meat, that would not have set well with me. Because I was not a pathetic person. I was actually a very caring person but I just wasn’t ready to hear the message yet. That’s all. That’s the only difference. I just wasn’t ready. And some people maybe will never be ready. And that’s ok. That does not mean they are bad people. Everybody does things on their own timeline. That’s just the way it is.

I will be back with you next week with another great show. Of course hang out on my Facebook group. I want to see you there. The easiest way to get there is www.superchargehangout.com. But if you want to say something private, you can send me a Facebook message or you can send me an email (see below for contact info).

Hey guys! It’s been great! I’m Dr. Dave. I’ll see you next week.

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161 – The Bird That Had a Problem and Much More

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I’m Dr. Dave and I am broadcasting live from Union Square in beautiful Manhattan, New York, U.S.A. Sometimes I do some shows here, it just depends where I am. For some reason I get a lot of positive energy broadcasting live from Manhattan, especially Union Square. I just love it!

And by the way, it’s the David Madow Lifestyle where I help you live longer, thinner, healthier, happier , and a lot more. I’ve got a great one for you today guys! If you’re brand new welcome, welcome, welcome! If you’ve been hanging around with me for some time, I apologize. [Dave laughs] No I thank you very much! And I’m going to pay you back today with an amazing show.

A lot of people ask me why I come to New York. I come to New York for many different reasons. I’m in Maryland and it’s a short drive by car or train. So I get up here a decent amount.

New Projects

My talk that I give at Veg Fests, and conferences, and lifestyle events is called “10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life”.  One of the ways I talk about is moving your body. I am a firm believer in moving your body and moving your body a lot. You don’t have to do anything extreme. Yeah I’ve run a lot of marathons in my life. I don’t know if I’m running marathons anymore. Half marathons I think are a good distance for me. I just ran a half marathon yesterday. I think full marathons are getting a little out of control. But you don’t have to do anything extreme at all.

My favorite way to move my body is walking. And when I am here in Manhattan I do a lot of walking. It’s pretty rare that I jump on the train. I only jump on the train when I go ultra far distance and I’ve gotta be there in a certain amount of time or the weather is horrible. Today, I have not been on the train. I just put one foot in front of the other. I’ve got my Fitbit on my left wrist and it just tracks how many steps I’ve take.

Another thing I love about moving my body in Manhattan is that I use the scaffolding on the buildings to do pull ups. I stop my walk and find a good area to grab on the bar easily. I start doing pull ups in the middle of Manhattan. Do people look at me and think I’m a little weird? Maybe they do. But do some people look at me and say “man I wish I could be doing something like that.” Most people cannot do a pull up. Most people cannot do a proper pull up where you grab onto a bar and hang from your arms with your hands facing out. Try doing that. Try doing one pull up. It’s not easy. But when you start slowly and maybe start hanging first. You strengthen your arms up a little bit and then maybe try to do one. Just try to do one and see what happens. Don’t hurt yourself though. When you’re ready to do one, try it. Then maybe two. Just go slowly. Don’t hurt yourself. Pull ups are a great exercise for your arms, your back, your abs. You don’t need a gym. Just come to New York.

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I’ve been super super busy with some of my projects that are going on now. And let me just share really quickly before I get to the main topic. I’ve been working on something that’s coming out on 2017 and it’s called Flat Freaking Stomach. It’s going to start with a book. It’s going to be awesome. Too many of us, present company included, I’ve had problems in the past with my stomach being just a little bigger than I would like. When you get over the age of 40,45, or 50 it becomes more difficult. You know what I mean if you are that age. But I figured out a way to pretty much guarantee a flat freaking stomach. I am really happy with the way my stomach looks. And it’s not just all about the stomach. It’s kind of a metaphor because if you have a flat freaking stomach there’s a good chance that you are doing other things right. Let me back up for a second, it’s not all about weight. There are some people that are super thin that might be living really horrible unhealthy lifestyles. If you are leading a healthy lifestyle and putting the right things into your body, you are going to want a flat freaking stomach. And I’m going to teach you how to do it. That’s coming out in 2017.

And another project that I’ve been working on is my talk “10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life”. I do this live and it’s getting more and more popular. It’s standing room only. Every seat is taken. But if I have not come to an area that you might be in and you want to see this I think it’s kinda not fair to you. I’m not expecting you to get on a plane and travel a great distance to see a one hour talk. That would be crazy. So what I am going to do is to come out with an online version. An online course where I teach you how to supercharge your life. I’m going to show you 10 ways to do it.

So those are two things I am working on. If you keep following me closely you will hear more and more. The supercharge [talk] is going to come out sooner than flat freaking stomach. I am working on it right now as we speak. It takes quite a bit of work. Make sure you are on my VIP mailing list and you won’t miss it. Just go here.

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The Bird

I’ve got a story for you. I promised you a story. You might have to help me with this one because I don’t really know the answer. A few days ago, earlier this past week, I was having dinner with a bunch of friends. One of my friends who was sitting across from me started telling a story. He was kind of sad. He told me a story about an injured bird somewhere around his house. He tried to save it and nurse it back to health. Long story short, the bird passed away.

As an animal lover I totally get that. I have 3 cats and here in New York right now I am looking at some squirrels running around a grassy area in Union Square. I love animals. You know that. But this person was visibly upset. Yet at the same time he has a fork and a knife and was digging into a piece of meat on his plate.

Now, here’s what I don’t understand. Of course it’s really sad when you have a bird that’s injured. You are probably seeing the bird in pain and agonizing and suffering. But what about the 80 BILLION land animals that are killed every year for our food and other products?! Trust me they suffer as much if not more than that bird did! They suffer horribly. These animals have feelings. They feel pain, they feel sadness, they feel being scared. They feel everything that we feel. And they feel everything that the bird felt.

So help me with this. I didn’t say anything to him. I just don’t understand how so many people can be so sad when they see an animal in the road that has been hit by a car. Trust me I do it too! It breaks my heart. But then they go out to dinner and there’s meat on their plate. That’s the part I don’t understand.

“Because if you truly love animals and don’t want to see an animal suffer then what I think that means is that you are vegan.”

That might sound a little weird but if you love animals and don’t want to see animals suffer then I think by definition that person is vegan. As a vegan I choose not to eat animals or wear animal products because I don’t want to partake in an industry that causes them to suffer so horribly. Then they wind up in a slaughterhouse and then on someone’s plate with forks jabbed into them.

I was walking in a grocery store just yesterday and I happened to walk past the deli counter. As I am walking past the deli counter it turn into an area where they have hot dogs and different kind of meats. And then as you walk past a little further it’s the area where they have steaks and hamburgers and pork. So it’s like this whole long aisle of nothing but different types of meat. It seems like it just goes on forever. Some of its packaged, some of it’s behind glass counters, but it’s like this long long aisle that almost never ends. And people are walking by and picking up the little packages and putting them in their carts like it’s nothing. Like it was a commodity. Not even thinking that on the other side of that was horrible suffering. Man, I don’t know. Please help me!  Am I off base? Am I saying something really weird that doesn’t make sense? I don’t know.

I’m not putting anyone down. I’m really not. If you’re a long time listener you probably know that I don’t put anyone down. I don’t stand up on my soapbox and say “you better do that.” I would never do that. But I just want you to help me with a problem. A question. Why is it that some animals are valuable and loved and others are treated like they don’t feel any pain or suffering? They are treated like they are nothings. Help me with that question. Just help me with that. If you would send me an email or catch me on Facebook.

Help me out with this please. I want to know the answer. Maybe it’s something I’m just not seeing. Maybe I am being weird. Maybe the way it’s supposed to be is that it’s ok to cause animals to suffer. Maybe that’s ok. I don’t think so but maybe I’m just missing something.

I was taken aback. I think that Yoko and I were the only vegans at the table. So everyone else at this table was saying that it was so horrible as they’re jamming their forks into their meat. As they’re saying pass the steak. As they’re eating cheese for hors d’oeuvres. They’re saying, “oh isn’t that so sad?” That’s what I don’t get. Help me out with it.

No pun intended at all but I hope I have given you food for thought. You may already be there. You may already be vegan. You may be eating only plants. And if so, thanks so much. Well, it shouldn’t be me thanking you, it should be the animals thanking you. Also your body thanks you and your health thanks you. I still love you a lot. But I just want you to think. Do me a favor and just think about it. Why is it ok to harm some animals and kill them? I don’t know. I don’t have the answer. I personally don’t think it’s ok.

I am going to be getting back on the train soon heading back to Maryland. And I can’t remember if I told you this or not at the beginning of the show but one of the reasons that I took the train is that I brought my laptop. I am sitting here in the cafe car, pulled out my laptop, and got a lot of work done.

Give it Up

I put up a Facebook post a short time ago. And the Facebook post said something like this, I’m paraphrasing, but is said “the day I stopped worrying about who wins a particular football game was the day that my mind opened up to so many possibilities my mind just expanded. I’m not down on football. I’m not down on all that but it’s an incredible time killer. And it just wasn’t for me. When my son was little we used to go to all the Ravens games. We went to all the home games. And I had a great time with him. But these days I just like to be more productive. I like to move my body. I like to think. I like to record videos. I like to Periscope. I like to figure out ways to help other people – like you. And I’ve got to be honest with you, if I’m sitting there watching a football game on the sofa, it is just taking up time. For me it just didn’t work. It’s a time killer. It really was. I haven’t done it for years.

When you expand your life, making time and room for other things, your life changes! I have time to help others. I have time to help myself. I have time to eat the right food. I have time to move my body. I have time to meditate. I have time to do yoga. I have time to figure out my happiness quotient. I have time to work on my goals. I stopped it and it has helped my life so much. I’m not telling you to do it. You might love it. It might be what you live for. But it just didn’t work for me.

I’m Dr. Dave! I’ll be here in the same place, same time next week. Love ya.

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160 – Happiness, Steps and Big Stomachs

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I’m Dr. Dave, the “Vaygan”, and this is The David Madow Lifestyle Show. Thank you so much for being with me! It’s going to be a great show today.

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I am in my outside studio today as usual and I welcome you. If you’re a brand new listener, thanks so much for being with me. You’re going to become addicted! I promise you! If you’re not new to me, if you’ve been around for quite some time, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Big Stomachs

Let’s get right into it! I’ve got something special to share with you today. A new project. It’s going to be coming out in 2017. Long awaited. It’s something that I think is going to help many many people all over the world. It’s called FLAT FREAKING STOMACH. When you go out and look around, I don’t know maybe when you look in the mirror, you might see yourself or many other people with a big stomach. Bigger than you want it to be. And I’ve got to tell you something, it’s one of the most difficult things to be flat. It’s very very tough. And there are all kinds of experts out there that will tell you how to do it and that it’s easy. And let me tell you something it’s not easy! It is not easy at all!

It’s starting off as a book. I’ll be releasing this in 2017 and if you want to get on my early reader’s list I welcome you! And by the way if you get on my early reader’s list, I am going to select 100 PEOPLE  to get an autographed copy of my book mailed to them. It’s very simple to do. Just go to www.flatfreakingstomach.com and you’ll be on your way to achieving a FLAT FREAKING STOMACH.

Steps

So I want to talk to you about something today. I know I have talked to you about this before. It’s something that I bought several months ago that has helped me in my life immensely. It’s the Fitbit. I got it just before Hippie Road Trip #1 and I wear it everyday without fail. I held off for years. But it’s changed my life and I wouldn’t be without it. If I lost this one today, I would be on Amazon or going to the store to replace it today. I even just bought one for Yoko. Yoko saw how I was enjoying mine so I bought Yoko a Fitbit as well.

So what’s so good about a Fitbit? Well, I wear it and it tracks a lot of things. Probably the most common thing that I check on all the time is the number of steps I have taken in a day. You can set it to any default that you want. So for example, I think mine is 10,000 steps. But I set mine to 16,000. That’s my goal. That’s my minimum goal every single day. I want to take 16,000 steps which is roughly equivalent, for my stride, to about 8 miles. So by the end of the day, I know if my Fitbit says 16,000 or more, I’ve walked the equivalent of at least 8 miles every day. I start off every day doing the Magic 4. That is walking 4 (or 5) miles right off the bat every morning. I’m already up to almost 10,000 steps.

This is why I love the Fitbit. I’ll give you an example. I’m at my office today and I went to lunch. It’s about a 3-4 minute drive down the road to go to this place that I love to go for lunch. But it’s a nice day and I said to myself that I wasn’t going to drive today, I was going to walk today. Because I know if I walk, I am going to get a lot more steps in. It was about a 20 minute walk. I had my lunch and did a lot of work since I had my laptop with me. I got my stuff and walked back. The Fitbit helps me make these types of decisions. Before the Fitbit days or B.F. (before Fitbit 😉 ), I probably would have just gotten in my car and drove off.

The Fitbit makes me a lot more aware of what I’m doing every second of the day and not only that but I truly believe that the most powerful exercise that you can do in your life is walking. No matter how old you are. No matter how young you are. No matter what shape you are in. You can pretty much get out there and walk. Not everybody but almost everyone. You can pretty much get out there and do some walking.  I truly believe that it is the best exercise that human beings can do. Sure I run marathons, and half marathons, I ski a lot, I backpack, and I do all kinds of crazy things. But I still believe that the best exercise known to man is walking. Just putting one foot in front of the other at a decent pace and walking. It’s great!

One of the things that I have been doing for a long time is that when I go to a shopping center or wherever it may be and they have a large parking lot, I park really really far away. People that drive with me think I’m crazy. They say, “Dave, why are you parking so far away? We can park so much closer.” Well number 1 is that God gave me legs for a reason. Why do I need to park so flipping close that people ding up my car doors and there’s just so much congestion? I drive a 2005 Volvo XE90. If you saw it, you would think the thing is brand new. And the reason is that not only do I take care of it because I’m just a neat person but since 2005 I’ve learned to park it far away. And not get my doors dinged up, and not get people bumping into me, and not doing all kinds of crazy things with it. And more than 11 years later, it could pass for a new car. Not only that but think of all the walking I’ve had to do over the past 11 years parking this car far away as opposed to close.

What else do I do? I never take an escalator. Well, if the escalator is the only option, I will always walk or run up the escalator steps. And it gets me really irritated when somebody is in front of me on the escalator and they don’t let me go by. That just irritates me because I want to keep moving my body. And I will not take elevators unless I am on the 21st floor or something like that. It’s not that easy to run up 21 flights up steps although I have been known to do it. Let’s say I am in a hotel on the 6 th floor, I will take the steps. It’s just so much better for me. I don’t need to get into a lift or something electronically up several floors because my body doesn’t want me to do that. My body wants me to move, so I move.

My Fitbit tracks all of that. It tracks the number of steps taken in a day, it tracks how many actual stairs I’ve climbed, it tracks my heart rate while I’m exercising, it tracks my heart rate when I am sleeping. It only cost me just under $200 but I only wish I would have bought one several years ago. I only wish. It’s helping my life.

I talk about the scale and the scale is an instrument to measure your weight. Some experts out there say that you shouldn’t get on the scale and that you should go by how you feel. I can’t tell what I weigh. Maybe if I gained 40 pounds and nothing fit me. Yeah I would. But I like to use the scale as a measuring device so I know where I am. So I know if maybe I need to back off a little bit because I ate a little too much the past couple of days. Hopefully that won’t happen but I use it as a tool. As an instrument. And now the same thing with the Fitbit. I use it as a tool. Without it, I would be in the dark. I wouldn’t have any idea how I’m moving my body, how many steps I’ve taken, or what my pulse rate is everyday. It’s great! It’s truly changed my life.

I used to be one that looked at people that wore Fitbit and said what do you need that for? Why do you need to track everything? But now I see. Oh it’s nice. It makes all the difference in the world.

If you’re not sure which one to get, I’ve got a couple recommendations on my website. If you go there, you are not buying it from me and it is an affiliate link but you are buying it from Amazon. I just want to make it easy for you. I’ll be putting some more things up there but right now I’ve got a couple Fitbits up there and a vegan protein powder that I really like a lot. Anything you see there under products is what I’m actually using. I just try to share with you and help you. I do all the research and testing and then I share it with you. That’s what I do! I’m here for you! I just want to make your life better and easier and healthier. And did I say happier yet? Yeah, and happier too! You could be exercising all day every day but if you’re not happy what good is it? What are we living for?

Happiness

I’ve made all the mistake in my life. Trust me, I have made them all. [Dave laughs] A couple episodes ago you heard me talking about the toughest part of my life. I hope you heard it if not go back and listen to Episode #157: The Darkest Part of My Life. I share stuff with you that I’ve never really shared before. I had 10 years of my life that were really really difficult. Trust me, they were really tough. And I don’t want you to have to go through what I went through. I am over it now, it’s fine. And no I was not addicted to drugs, I was not addicted to alcohol, nothing like that. You won’t guess it unless you listen. I want you to listen to it because I truly believe that as much I am into eating right, and being plant based, and walking the “Magic 4” every day, and being financially responsible. As much I am into all that and that stuff is really important. It is uber important. But I want you to be happy in this life. That seems to be the underlying theme when I speak to a group, like when I speak at a Veg Fest or I speak anywhere, I look into the audience and I just want everybody to be living a good life. The lives of their dreams.

I know somebody that a few years ago sold his business for 30 million dollars. No that’s not a mistake. He earned 30 million dollars! Now you might think oh wow! If I earned 30 million dollars I would be set for life. I would be so happy. I wouldn’t have any worries and I would be fine. Well that’s what he thought. But here we are a few years later, after getting a check in the mail for 30 million dollars, and he’s having some serious life problems. I watch him and see what he posts on Facebook. And he’s admitted that he’s having some really tough problems. That’s why I don’t think money solves problems. Money is not the answer to everything. Now, being financially responsible, yes that’s really really important. But you could be making 440,000 a year and spending less money than you earn and not having any debt and be extremely happy with that. This guy is literally a multi-millionaire. 30 million dollars! I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to wake up one morning and have that number in my bank account. I cannot even imagine how that would feel. I guess it would feel pretty darn good knowing that I could do pretty much anything I want in my life. Well almost anything. But no he is troubled to the point where I hope he is ok and he gets the help that he needs.

That’s why sometimes I think that God or the universe or whatever you believe, has been really kind to me. You know what I mean by that? He has not given me 30 million dollars. I have to wake up and be really creative during the day. I have to work and I have to earn my money. I did not come from a wealthy family where I did not have to work and I have all this money sitting in an account somewhere. I’ve been through some tough things in my life especially my divorce. And because I had a tremendous amount of alimony that I had to pay. I am not super wealthy. Some people would look at my bank account and say oh he has nothing to worry about. People would say he is set for life. But you know it’s not that easy. Thank God that he (or the universe) gave me a certain amount. He didn’t want me to have too much. Because maybe, I am not sure if this is true or not, but maybe with too much comes more problems. I don’t know the answer.

I think I would be ok with 30 million. I think I would be the same person. It’s easy for me to say that now because I don’t have 3o million dollars sitting in my account but I think I would be the same person. But I think the universe just keeps that away from me to kind of keep me honest about life.

I’ve got a calling. My calling is to help other. To teach. To help you. I work hard for it. And maybe that’s the way it’s just supposed to be. And I’m totally fine with it. Again, don’t feel sorry for me as I said. I don’t have my friend’s 30 million dollars. Not even close! Not even close! But I am comfortable. I am comfortable to have enough. I need to work but I don’t feel the pressure that if I don’t make enough money in a month that I won’t be able to eat. Or that if I don’t make enough money in a year that I won’t be able to eat. I don’t feel that pressure at all. I am ok. I am pretty good. I have worked really hard for what I’ve got. Even with paying an obscene amount of alimony to my ex-wife and we got that finished up last year. I don’t want to throw her under the bus. She’s a good person. There are no bad feelings whatsoever. But that’s just the way it was. And my life is fabulous now! But I don’t have 30 million like my friend has. But if it would get me to turn out like him then I don’t think I want it. [Dave giggles] I don’t want it. Keep it away from me!

Hey, I’ll see you next week! I’m Dr. Dave

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159 – NJ VegFest and Vibrations

Welcome to David Madow Radio! I am Dr. Dave. They also call me “Mr. Vaygan”. Thanks so much for being with me today on the David Madow Lifestyle Show.

We’re going to have a great show today. I’ve got many things that I want to share with you and not a lot of time. So let’s get right into it.

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Audience Question

Let’s start off with a question. I received a question by Facebook messenger from James in Austin, TX.

James asks: “Dr. Dave, you oftentimes make a joke about this on your podcast but when you’re podcasting outside a lot of times noise happens to find you. Noise and craziness. And I understand that, and don’t take this the wrong way Dr. Dave, but do you think that when you kid around about that all the time that you are pretty much asking for the universe to give you noise?”

James, that’s a great question. I thank you very much for sending that to me. I’m going to say “no”. I know I kid around a lot about this but something I’ve found when I record outside is that things happen. What I’ve learned is that this planet is just not a peaceful place anymore. There’s noise and commotion everywhere. Even if you think you are in a fairly quiet place. Right now I am walking on a country road but who knows what’s going to happen? I don’t know. I pressed the record button about 3 minutes and I walked by this dog and this dog was barking incredibly loud. So I just stopped it and started over. It was at the very beginning and I just didn’t want to have that. It was just too much. The world is just a noisy crazy place.

I am oftentimes in the backcountry backpacking or maybe skiing somewhere and a lot of times these places that are far from civilization per se they’re pretty quiet. But it seems like wherever I go, wherever we go, that is an inhabited area with human beings, we’re going to encounter more noise than not. There’s motor vehicle traffic, there’s landscape crews, there’s emergency vehicles, there’s planes and helicopters flying overhead, there’s people blasting music out of loud sound systems, I mean need I say more? You just have to roll with it. I even live in the country. When I step outside of my house it’s extremely quiet, but if you walk about a mile to a certain area it becomes a lot more noisy and congested.

So it’s a really interesting question. I don’t think I am asking for it. I really do believe that when we ask the universe for things, whether it’s intentional or unintentional, the universe does respond. So it’s a very interesting question. And I don’t know maybe you are onto something in some way. When I kid around a lot and I’ll say I’ve found a remote area and I’ll be doing this podcast, and all of sudden a landscape crew just shows up. I don’t know! It’s a great question and I don’t think we’ll have the answer to that.

NJ Veg Fest

Before I move on I want to give a tremendous, and I mean tremendous, thank you to my good friends Kendra and Marissa. These ladies are two individuals that had a vision.

I’m not sure how long ago it started but they had a vision to start a Veg Fest in the state of New Jersey which up until then they had not had a vegetarian festivals. They had a vision and they had an idea that they wanted to do it at an indoor venue and bring in speakers and make it a paid event. A lot of these vegetarian festivals are totally free events. They are outside and you show up for an hour or two then you leave. They get people there. But they (Kendra & Marissa) wanted to have a paid ticketed event. You can’t walk in for free. You gotta pay to get in. A lot of their friends, whether they were in the veg world or not, were telling them no you can’t do this, it’s gotta be free or people won’t come. But Kendra and Marissa had a definite vision and they wanted to do it a certain way. So they went against what their friends were telling them, what their peers were telling them, what other people in the veg community were telling them. And they persisted. They did it the way they wanted to do it. This Veg Fest just took place yesterday and when all was said and done, let me tell you something, 1500 people paid to get into this event at the Hyatt in Morristown, NJ. It was an incredible success. I mean to the point where they need more space because there were times in the exhibit space where there were so many people you couldn’t even get by. There were so many people. And to get through and actually see what some of the vendors had, it was so crowded.

But I give two thumbs up to these wonderful women because they had this vision and I don’t think they could have been any happier with the success!

First of all, there were so many positive like-minded people hanging around. It was just a great day! So I want to thank Kendra and Marissa both from the bottom of my heart for not only making this possible but for including me as well.

I want to share with you what happened to me there. It’s a very interesting story. I kinda got involved with this veg festival a little bit late in the game. I found out about this veg festival and Kendra told me they really didn’t have any speaker slots available but I could come possibly and play some of my vegan parody songs in the exhibit hall. And that sounded great because there would probably be a lot of people there. So I immediately said thank you very much and took her up on this kind offer. So I am practicing my songs and getting my songs together not knowing what to expect. And I threw it out to her about a week before the event that and I said, hey Kendra listen, I am going to be coming back from another speaking gig. I’m going to have everything with me so if for some reason you find that you need a speaker, I’m here. I going to be available and I will do whatever you want. And I left it at that. Well, interestingly enough I did not hear anything back from her until the day before the event. The day before the event, I got a message from Kendra that went something like Dave, would you like a speaking slot tomorrow? [Dave laughs] Here I am, I’m on Hippie Road Trip #3 in this rented vehicle that’s got my stuff all over the place. And I saw the message from her and I immediately messaged back and said, Absolutely, I’ll do whatever you want me to do.

And as it turned out she thought she had a little bit of time either at the beginning, which by the way is not a very good speaker slot. I’ve found that, in my experience, that’s not the best time to go in because people are still coming in; they’re registering, they’re getting their tickets, and they’re just kind of milling around and seeing what’s going on. They’re not really ready to sit down and see a speaker. I would do anything she wanted but I said if there is anyway around that I want another time slot.

So there was a speaker slot wedged in between two speakers. My time would have been limited and it would have taken me some time to get on stage. It would have been limited but I think that was actually a lot better going in between two speakers than at the beginning. So I said let’s try that. A short time after I arrived, I met up with Kendra and Marissa, and we are looking at the venue. Kendra said something to me like Dave, there’s a chance our 2:45pm speaker won’t show up. And I said “what do you mean?” She said well he’s experiencing some kind of family problems or something’s going on and he might not show up. And I said, ok if you think he’s not going to show up let’s find out. So when push came to shove the guy said he’s not going to show up. It was actually the next morning that we found out. We found out the morning of that he wasn’t coming. I’m not sure why but it was serious enough that he wasn’t going to show up. So an entire hour and a half opened up between speakers. So guess who grabbed it? Guess who grabbed that slot? Guess who was ready, willing, and able to do anything? Yep, yours truly. I grabbed the slot.

They had a little board outside of the room showing who is speaking for the day. And I went in with a sharpie pen and just kind of scribbled my name in there for 2:45pm. [Dave laughs] You have to improvise. Always walk around with a sharpie. If you learn one thing from this episode, walk around carrying a black sharpie pen. You never know when it’s going to come in handy. [Dave giggles]

So I scribbled 2:45pm: Dr. David Madow – 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life. Not knowing what to expect at all. Well let me tell you this! I was in the room at 2:20pm and people were already starting to come in. By 2:35pm, I was standing at the door greeting people, telling them to come on in, it’s going to be great.

Here’s the thing. I was not just a speaker coming in, delivering a talk, and then leaving afterwards. No! I was in the room ahead of time greeting my attendees, hanging with them, answering questions, introducing myself, I was one of them. And they loved it! And guess what? By the time I was ready to start at 2:45pm, every seat was taken and there were people standing in the back. I went on to give one of my best talks ever! By the time it was all over, I had great questions coming from the audience, great interaction, people were smiling, people were loving. And it was an incredible hour spend with these people.

So if you’re listening and you happen to be one of my new listeners listening in the audience, thank you so much for being there. I appreciate you and so many wonderful people. I had a blast and I want to thank you for being there. Again I want to thank Kendra and Marissa. And yes ladies, I am going to take you up on your offer. I am saying this publicly. I am going to take you up on this offer and speak in one of the large rooms next year. I have a feeling your size is probably going to grow next year because you turned people away. You maxed it out at 1500 and you turned people away. Next year is going to be bigger and better if that’s even possible.

But I want to be in one of the large rooms like we said. Remember, I filled this room up. I was not on the website, I was not on any of the announcements, I mean I was not on any of the printed materials. Nothing! And I filled this room up with standing room only. Imagine what I can do in a larger room with a little bit of publicity. It’s going to be awesome. So I am marking this off on my calendar for next year as soon as we find out the dates. I am super super excited!

Vibrations

But the reason I am talking to you about this is because it segways into something that I am extremely extremely passionate about now. And I’ve been telling you about this either on Periscope or on Facebook or wherever you might be following me as well. But I think it might be the first time that I am officially getting into this on The David Madow Lifestyle Show. And that is…our energy. Our vibration.

How we are vibrating in this universe. It’s real. It’s so real. We are matter and all matter vibrates at a certain frequency. Whether it’s the pen you hold in your hand, or your laptop, or your phone. The street that I’m walking on there are vibrations here, the trees, our bodies, the food that we put into our bodies is vibrating, it’s live food. The way we are vibrating determines how we interact with other beings and the universe. There’s just no question in my mind. Have you ever walked into a room full of people or even come in contact with one person, you know within 5 seconds if that person is vibrating on the same level or at the same frequency as you are. You can tell within seconds. And you can tell if there’s somebody that you want to hang out with and if maybe there’s someone that you just don’t feel the love. And I don’t mean they’re a bad person. I don’t mean they’re not a loving person. But you just don’t feel a connection or a similar vibration. You know exactly what I am talking about. Exactly!

When we’re vibrating at a higher frequencies, we attract the right people into our lives. The right people. The people that we feel a connection with, a serious connection, and good things happen when that takes place.

There’s a lot more that I can talk about when it comes to vibration and connection and the universe and the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is not just attracting other people, but it’s attracting anything you want into your life. Whether it’s money, a different type of job, where you want to be, where you want to be living, where you want to be hanging out. The Law of Attraction is extremely powerful.

I’ve talked about it in the past but I really haven’t put it into these words as far as vibration and the universe. But I’ve known about this for a long time. I saw the movie The Secret a long time ago and I’m going to revisit that again because it’s so powerful. It’s incredibly powerful. But I’ve found, interestingly enough, when I really started changing my life. By changing my life, I mean putting the right foods into my body. Think about this for one second. I heard this on somebody else’s show the other day, it was very very interesting.

You know, we are all different, different races and different skin colors, different religions, and many of us are different. But the one thing that we all have in common is the food we put into our bodies. We all need to put healthy nourishing healthy food into our bodies as fuel. Everybody. No matter what religion you are, no matter where you are on this planet, no matter what color you are. That’s something that we all have in common. And when I started taking out animal products and substituting them for whole food, organic, plant based, healthy rainbow type food. I mean different colors of the rainbow. Just imagine a bowl of green and different types of veggies that are different colors, and fruits that are incredibly rainbow colored. And not only that but the processed stuff that comes in the bags. When you take that out of your life, things change. Things totally change! It’s amazing what happens!

And don’t be surprised if some of the people that you used to hang out with, you don’t hang out with anymore. That does not mean they’re bad. That does not mean you hate anybody. It just means that sometimes new things and new possibilities and new people come into your life. There’s never been anything more powerful in my life than going plant based. Taking the suffering, taking the pain, taking the fright. I won’t ingest those. I won’t eat animals because when you are eating an animal, you are eating exactly that. An animal that was scared, frightened, and hurting, and now you’ve got them on your plate. It doesn’t seem right to me to do that. I’m not going to tell you what to do but to me that just does not feel like what I want to do. Maybe I’m more mindful. Maybe over the past few years, I’ve become more more mindful.

Think about this! The average person who has a plate of food in front of them and they’re not really thinking about what went into that and they’re cutting into it with a knife. They’re not thinking. They’re not mindful enough. And maybe I’ve reached a level of spirituality in my life that I do think about that. It’s not that it’s just a piece of food on a plate. It’s an animal that suffered and was killed. And I’m going to eat that?! No, I’m going to vote with my wallet and not ever buy anything or consume anything from that industry. Since I started that so many great things have come into my life. Whether it be my health. Admittedly, my health has always been pretty good, but I’ve had some minor medical issues that have cleared up totally. I’m talking about acid reflux, skin problems, sadness. I don’t have anything going on now. I’ve got nothing bad. Knock on wood!

But I am trying to do everything I can in my life. And I want you to at least think about it. I’ve said this before if you’re not vegan or plant based, I still love you. You are where you are for a reason. I don’t look down upon you, I don’t think I am any better than you. As Don Robertson said on my show a couple of weeks ago. He said, everybody is where they are for a reason and that’s they way it is. And we’re all at different points on our timeline.

I’ve got so much more to talk to you about. And I will! Trust me! I’ll be back next week! We are always learning. I am always learning, I am always reading, I am always thinking, I am always listening to podcasts. Of course I listen to mine but I listen to other ones as well. It’s all about growing, learning, and being the best people we can be. I’m Dr. Dave. I love ya! And I’ll see you next week!

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158 – Why Are They Making Fun of Us?

Hey it’s David Madow! Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I’ve got a great one for you today maybe even a little surprise for you.

So I am in my car driving back from speaking at the Charlottesville Veg Fest in Charlottesville, VA. And let me tell ya it was awesome! This episode I am going to share a lot of my thoughts with you and my feelings on life. You’ll like this a lot.

There were definitely many hundreds of people there. It was a hot day in Charlottesville, VA. A lot of exhibitors, a lot of booths, a lot of vendors, a lot of people selling food. Wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. I went with my wife, Yoko. I spoke at around 12:30pm to a room packed full of people.

I started off with a little sound check this morning. They were a little bit disorganized but that’s ok they were trying to get their stuff together. They couldn’t have been any nicer.

I was a little concerned that the equipment wouldn’t be ready in time but they got it all together. Not only that I was worried that it wouldn’t be a full room. I was in an indoor location a little bit off the beaten track where the main stage was. So I had concerns but as time went on, they were kind enough to let me make an announcement from the main stage. I just kinda pimped my talk a little bit from out there.

By the time I went on, there was standing room only. All the seats were taken and people were lined up on both sides of the room and there were people standing in the back. It was incredible!

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I’m not telling you this to tell how great it is speaking to a packed room. But the main thing about this veg festival is that people kinda came together for fun, learning, peace. Was everybody there vegan or vegetarian? No but there were a lot of people there that were interested in learning more about why they should change their lifestyle. They were eager to learn. They were asking great questions. It was a really positive experience. I was so happy to see so many people come out from the community. This week was Charlottesville, VA, next week I’m going to be in Morristown, NJ. All over North America there are are people that are curious to know how they can make their lives better, how they can go vegan, how they can go vegetarian. I am a big proponent of going vegan and not vegetarian but vegetarian is definitely a step.

But there are people that are hearing the message and they’re trying. It’s not everyday all day. But they’re trying. They’re changing. We’re all changing lives of people and of animals.

I was having a conversation with Yoko as we’re driving. We have about a 3 hour drive going back. And I was asking Yoko as we were driving, and I want to be nice about this. But it kinda just puzzles me. As I have said before many of my friends and family aren’t vegan yet so I don’t judge anybody at all. Everybody is kind of in their own timeframe of life for where they want to be and where they can be. It took me 58 years to figure out that this is the absolutely best way to live but not only for me, not only for me at all, but for the planet and for the animals that don’t want to die. That have committed no crime. They feel pain and sadness just like we do.

Yoko and I were staying at a bed and breakfast before I spoke at the Veg Fest. They have 2 baby goats there that are just so cute and so happy to be free and loving life. I held them and we kissed them. These animals don’t want to die. They don’t want to be your food. They don’t want to be on your plate, trust me. And the same thing with cows and chickens and pigs. They do not want to be cut up on your plate. They want to live their lives just like we do.

So I was saying to Yoko on the way home here that it just puzzles me why when we go to a family gathering let ‘s say for example a holiday, and everybody is celebrating, and in order to celebrate they are cutting up birds or cutting up animals? I still just don’t have the answer.

So Yoko said that when she was in Japan recently her family totally respected the fact that you don’t want to be eating meat. And when they had her over for dinner or whenever they went out, they were always very careful to not only take her to a place that had vegetarian options but to totally respect and not make fun of your lifestyle.

So I am puzzled. I am a little bit sad sometimes. Because I hear the comments and hear from family members that just want to get their jabs in about how I’m a little weird, and I’m not normal, and I eat this weird stuff. They are the normal ones because they eat meat. After everything I have been through and studied and observed, I don’t think that’s so normal. I don’t think it’s normal to be eating a cut up animal that had to suffer on your plate. I don’t necessarily think that’s so good. If you’re going to do it that’s ok, I still love you but please be careful not to make fun of somebody like me or Yoko who tries to be so compassionate and peaceful and so loving. Please don’t make fun. Don’t make fun of vegans on Facebook. Don’t make jokes about it because in the end it’s really about the animals that we care so much about. Try to be very careful and compassionate.

I’m going to pass the mic to Yoko just for a little bit and listen to what she says because if you listen to her words she totally gets it.

Yoko: “Hi! There are many many different kinds of people on this planet and each one of them has their own beliefs. We should respect each other so that we won’t have any fights. That’s my big big thing. So David and I really believe being a vegan is good because we can save the planet. We can be healthy. And also we can save animals. And then somebody may make a sarcastic [comment], oh we can be healthy eating meat. Of course you can. But that’s what you believe. If you want to do it, it’s ok. I respect you but you can’t respect me. I really felt comfortable being at the Charlottesville Veg Fest. Because people care about other people, and care about animals, and people care about the earth. There were lots of booths. People selling eco-friendly soaps, signs for human rights petitions and of course animal rights too. Some factory farm just abusing animals is what I really don’t want to happen. So that’s why I became vegan. Whatever you believe is ok but I hope that whatever you believe has compassion to others, either environmental or ethical. We all live on this planet. If we don’t have compassion for the place we live and the things surrounding us, then what’s going to happen? It’s gonna destroy everything and make it more uncomfortable to live on this earth. Right? So I really hope everybody has compassion for others.”

Yoko, somebody a couple of weeks ago that I was sitting down and having dinner with sometimes makes fun of me being vegan. In a fun way but you hear it enough and it gets kind of annoying. If you’ve been a long time listener you know that I would never force you. I would never ever do that. That’s not the way I teach. I teach by example and by compassion. And if you choose to follow one thing, some things, or all things, that’s ok. I really appreciate you listening to the podcast. It’s very important for me to have you as a listener.

Anyhow, he sat down with me and said, “Dave I understand what you are doing but you are not going to save the world. People are always going to eat meat and you are not going to be able to change this.” And I said well, I understand what you are saying and maybe it’s not going to happen in my lifetime but I am definitely making a difference. And not only that I think the number is something like 80 BILLION land animals that are killed every year for food and clothing. 80 BILLION! So I said to this person that even if I’m helping just a few of those 80 billion by me not eating meat, and by Yoko, and all of the other people that are following me and my message, I’m doing a job. That animals that are being saved are happy. They are living their lives.

So I do believe that I am making a difference. Yoko is making a difference. You are making a difference. If you are my follower or friend, you are making a difference because you are hearing the message. Whether you are vegan or not, I thank you because you are making a big difference. Just by being here and listening to the message, you are one step ahead of most people out there. Because the average person goes about their lives not thinking where this thing may have come from that is on their plate. They don’t consider it. YOU are at least thinking. That is all I want you to do. If you’re not going vegan now, I get it. But just be mindful of what’s going on around you. And when you’re ready, if you are, great!

But after this Veg Fest I feel like I am on top of the world. I hung out with hundreds of my closest friends. They are just so compassionate and I love it! I’m pretty much always in a really good mood because the way I live my life I follow my principles. Today I spoke about 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Life and I do everyone of those. And it really helps a lot. Being on top of the world and being positive, I am able to inspire others. No matter where you are on the timeline, you are doing it and we are all making a difference.

About a month or so ago, Yoko and I did a podcast together about climbing two “14ers” Mt. Cameron and Mt. Lincoln. We felt so great after climbing those. And I had Yoko on the podcast. We talked about our day, and what we did, and how we felt. And I had so many people message me and tell me how great it was to have Yoko on the podcast and hearing her voice again.

So we were having a really good conversation today in the car about Veg Fest and about why do people not get this. And I said, “Yoko we have to record this so that I can get it out to my listeners.”

I want to Thank Yoko for being with me and supporting me today. I had a bunch of people come up wanting to talk to me and ask questions. And while I was doing that Yoko was kind of in the background packing up my guitar, packing up my laptop, packing up everything else to make room for the next speaker coming on stage. It’s just so great traveling with Yoko. I want to publicly thank her for that and for just adding so much positivity to my life.

If I inspired or helped one person in the room today, it made my day. If I get one person or just one idea to change their lives, I’ve done my job. And today I have a feeling I did a little more than that. So thank so much! I’m Dr. Dave. Thank for being with me! And I can’t wait to see you next week!

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157 – The Darkest Part of My Life

Hey it’s Dr. Dave here, the “vaygan” and welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show! It’s the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. And a lot more! A heck of a lot more! If you’re with me, you know that. You know I underpromise and overdeliver. That’s kindof the motto of my life. It’s always good to underpromise but overdeliver.

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Right now you happen to hear some noise behind me because I happen to be in Union Square in Manhattan. It’s a very popular area. A lot of people are around me. I am at Broadway and 14th just kind of catching the vibe, hanging out, and broadcasting to you. And it’s what I do. I love inspiring. I love helping. I love teaching. I love motivating. I love YOU!

You can tell I’m pumped up and the reason I am is that when I come to New York I do a lot of walking and a lot of thinking. Yoko happens to be For those of you that are new to the podcast, Yoko is my wonderful wife. She is from Japan and right now as I am speaking she is visiting with her parents. Her Dad underwent some knee surgery so she is back there helping out her family. And I am speaking in a couple of days in New Jersey and I said to myself that what I am going to do is to take a few extra days and I’m going to hit up Brooklyn and Manhattan and spend some “Dave” time here. Then go right to my speaking gig from here. And that’s what I’m doing now. Here’s what I do. I come to New York, I  walk around a lot, I look around, I think, I plan, I strategize, I mastermind with myself. I think if you mastermind with myself, it’s still called masterminding right?! I don’t know if it would be called “mastermind-bating” since it’s by myself 😉

What I’m trying to do is to always improve myself. If you get to the point where you think that your life needs no improvement and there’s nowhere to go, you kind of stagnate. And as much fun as I am having in this lifetime and I am doing things I want to do. I’m only 61, 61 years young, and I think I’ve got a lot more time on this planet. You never know because life is very very fragile. We never know for sure but you have to live as though you have a lot of time left because if you don’t do that and then you have a lot of time left, you just gonna screw up 30 or 40 years. [Dave laughs] So don’t get old before your time. That’s tip #1. I don’t have this scripted or outlined or anything. I don’t have 10 tips for you, I just kind of came up with that. A lot of times we think, oh well I’m old now so I can’t do a lot. No matter how old you are chronologically. There are people that are 80 or 90 years old that are still learning new things and starting businesses or exercising. It’s never too late. I don’t care how old you are. I’ve seen people in their early 80s go back to school. It’s incredible! It’s never too late!

So that’s what I’m doing. I brought my backpack, my macbook, my notebook, things that I can plan, I can write, I can work, I can do anything. I just I really really love it!

A short time ago somebody sent me a Facebook message and I promised that I would answer it here on my podcast. I don’t have it in front of me but it was something like ‘Dave, you’ve got a great life but you’ve talked a lot about some struggles you’ve had in the past and how you’ve overcome them and I was curious to know what your greatest struggle ever was?”

I’m going to answer it in a way but I’ve got to be very careful because there’s one period in my life that totally stands out as the toughest, the biggest struggle by far, the most difficult. And I’m going to share that with you right now. It may not be what you’re thinking. You may be thinking oh he was an alcoholic, probably into drugs, or maybe he was addicted to something else like porn or gambling. But it wasn’t anything like that.

Thank God that I’ve never been addicted to anything except for a healthy lifestyle. I am addicted to a healthy lifestyle. I am addicted to healthy food and I am addicted to running. But I think my addictions are good. And they’re not really addictions. I could stop running anytime I wanted to but I love it. And I guess I would say that I could stop eating anytime I want but I guess I am addicted to food. I kinda have to live. I kinda have to nourish my body but I do it with extremely healthy plant based whole foods.

So it’s not any of that. But I will share with you the toughest part of my life. It was approximately 10 years from about 1990 or 1991 to the end of the year 2000. The reason I remember that so vividly is because those are about 10 years that I had a very very bad relationship with two people in my life that are very important to me. But I had a very very dark 10 years with these people that I really love. And I always loved them. They are my parents, my mom and dad. And you might be thinking, “That’s crazy! If they’re good people and you love them why would you ever have a bad relationship with them?”

Well it’s really really complex. There’s only so much explaining that I’m going to be able to do here on the show. But the reason it came about is because it’s not like I’m just in a vacuum with my parents and there’s nobody else in my life. I was married, had two wonderful kids, I had a life going, but unfortunately somebody that I was extremely close with had different thoughts for us. I want to be clear that I don’t have any bad feelings and I have moved on. This person, for some reason, learned to have hatred towards my parents. For good reasons? No, I don’t think so. As crazy as my parents may be, and we’re all crazy in one way or another, but my parents are basically really really good hard working people. Really good people. I’ve known them for my whole life. Do they have their idiosyncrasies? Of course they do, everyone does. But they would never do anything to anybody that would warrant hatred. To have a son and daughter in law to be on bad terms with them, that’s like that last thing they would ever want in their lives. But for some reason, somebody has other plans for me. And she pretty much said “hey, your parents are bad. We’re not going to have a relationship with them. We’re going to see them as little as possible. And when we see them we are going to be not as nice.”  And like a total idiot, I went along with it. But it’s very very complex and there is no way I could ever give it what it deserves.

When you have kids and when you have a wife who’s asking you to do something a certain way and if you don’t you’re going to be in big trouble. It’s not quite that easy. Looking back, yeah I would do some things totally different. But you know something? That was a learning part of my life.

Once I split up with my ex-wife and started a brand new life, I’m happy to say that my relationship with my parents is just incredible. It’s been incredible for the past 16 years. There’s no turning back. You can never get thoses years back. But I don’t really think about those years too much. And I don’t hold any kind of hatred or bad feelings towards anybody that had any part in it but I am just happy to have the years I’ve have had with them now. By the time you hear this my dad, Selvin, will have celebrated his 87th birthday! Gotta love him! You gotta love him as crazy as he is. You gotta love him. And my mom is going to be 82. Things are really good. I will miss them when they’re gone for sure. I will always be sorry about those 10 years that I lost with them.

How about you? Is there anybody in that category that for some reason you have a bad relationship with but you don’t think you should be in a bad relationship with them? In other words, you know in your heart that things should be better within the heart of this person or these people? Do you know anybody like that? Why don’t you think about making it better then? Why don’t you think about giving them a call? Or sending them an email and getting together with them? Maybe telling them that you love them and that life is too short to go through crazy things. Life is way too short! Try that. If there is anybody, get in touch with them. Rekindle an old relationship that for some reason went bad but you don’t even know why. It could be a really cool thing to do. Maybe one of the most powerful things you’ll ever do. In my case it was because it was with my parents. It was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Well there are a lot of good things I’ve done in my life, having my kids, meeting Yoko, I mean God a lot of good things are going on in my life. Absolutely!

But there’s something else that I shared with you a couple of months ago that I want to re-share if that’s possible? Again, it’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever learned and I learned this when I went on my first #hippieroadtrip. I wanted to run this by you. I went from Phoenix, AZ to Memphis, TN on Hippie Road Trip #1. I did a lot of thinking. And one of the things I started thinking was, it sounds really crude and it’t not a nice word, but one of the things I started thinking was to get rid of the mother fuckers. And by mother fuckers I don’t really mean that these people are bad people. I use the term because I had people in my life that just kind of took up space and they did not give me positive energy back. I always throw positive energy or at least try to throw positive energy towards certain people. No names needed at all just certain people that were in my life in one way or another. And I just wasn’t feeling the positive energy coming back at me so I started kinda drifting away from them. No hatred whatsoever. No bad feelings. No dislike. Would never wish any harm on them. It’s just that they weren’t really participating in the positive energy in my universe.

Life is too short! It goes by quickly. Why would you ever want to spend time with people that you don’t really really enjoy being with. Why would you want to take your precious time and spend it with people that you don’t really want to be with? I learned this on Hippie Road Trip #1.

But since I started getting the people that are not aligned with, people that are not sending me positive energy when I try to send them positive energy, a sense of total peace just enveloped me and it’s not going away. It’s not going anywhere. Wherever I go, I feel this peaceful feeling. Think about it. Try the same thing. Get rid of them. No hatred. No dislike. Just walk away. Move away from them. That’s all you have to do. It’s easy. It’s easier than you would ever think. Trust me.

I’ve got a lot to think about in my life. And so do you. I know that you have a lot to think about. I’m going to recommend something. Next time you are out on your walk, your “Magic 4”. I’ve talked about the “Magic 4” before. If you are new to me and you don’t know what the “Magic 4” is, it is going out and walking 4 miles. It’s the best exercise you can possibly do. It will take you a little over an hour. And if you do it often, as in every single day if possible, it’s going to change your life. I swear to you. Oh you’ll think a lot. And as you are out doing your “Magic 4” just start thinking. Think a lot. Plan out your life. What do you want to be doing tomorrow? What do you want to be doing next year? Next month? 5 years from now? Where do you want to be living? Do you want to be doing the same thing you’re doing now? If you want to be that’s fine. Just think. Plan your life because if you don’t plan anything, another day will go by, another month will go by, years will go by and you’ll be doing the same thing you’re doing now. Maybe that’s ok with you. It’s not with me. I’m always looking to see what’s on the horizon. Do that. Trust me. Just trust me.

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156 – Start With More Peace and Happiness in Your Life

Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I’m Dr. Dave and it’s great to have you here. Of course, as you know, this is the show where we help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. And a lot more than that but that’s enough to keep you going for a while 😉

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If you’re a brand new listener, we appreciate you! Thanks for being with us. And I have to warn you, as I have said before this show can become addicting. You will want to listen to every single episode. A new episode comes out every single Monday morning online. Some people think that you have to listen to it when it first comes out on Monday morning, but no, you can listen to it whenever you want. It’s available to you on iTunes and of course on this website.

I am actually take a walk now with our guest that will be on today’s show. But before I introduce him, I just wanted to remind you about the beads that I wear everyday. I get these beads from my friend Desmond at www.beadsbydes.com. They give me so much energy. I can’t really explain it. I never really take them off except when I am in the shower or running. But they give me a sense of peace and energy. And Des has made a special offer to you for anybody that listens or is my friend. If you go to his website and enter the offer code ‘DAVE’ he will give you free shipping. I’m not sure how long he is going to keep that up, but take advantage of it. See the photo of my bracelets below.

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So I am taking a walk with my good friend Don Robertson today. It’s a beautiful day out here. Don Robertson is the Founder of EarthSave Baltimore. It’s a great organization that creates awareness for living peacefully and not harming animals. They do a lot of great things like sponsoring dinners, and events, and speakers. I will let Don tell you a little bit more about it. But that’s not the only reason I’ve got Don. Don is a great guy. I’m going to ask him some questions and he’s going to share some of his experiences with you. We are going to change some lives today. There’s no question. I always say if I change one life by this show then I’ve done my job. And I have a feeling today that we will be changing more than one life.

Dr. Dave: “Don, how’s it going? Welcome! This walk is beautiful today. What’s going on?”

Don: “Hey Dave! Really glad to be here, thanks for inviting me! What we’re doing with EarthSave Baltimore group is that we’ve been doing this since 1997. I founded our local Baltimore chapter and ever since then we have been having a vegan dinner with a different speaker each month and it’s been going really well. The interest has grown so much it’s just amazing. It’s really exciting to see the way things are developing now.

I just came back from the Vegan SoulFest in Downtown Baltimore. And my goodness! This is only the third one and there must have been 5,000 people there. It was like woah something is changing, something is in the air. I find it really exciting.

I remember way way back when my mom first told me that we kill animals for food. I was like ahhh really? C’mon now?! It really hurt my heart. Like most kids, I loved animals so I was like, wow that is what’s on my plate!! So way way back then the first time I heard about vegetarians, I thought vegetarians are cool because they do something every day to help animals. And I thought maybe one day I could be a vegetarian.

A whole bunch of years went by without me thinking too much more about it because like most us I just kind of fell into the pattern. We are told that these 4 basic food groups are what we need. And of course that’s all scientifically vetted, right?! So all these years went by. It wasn’t until I started working with the Humane Society that I started seeing this literature come in showing the kind of living conditions the animals are subjected to and I said whoa what third world country is this in? Where is this? Where are they treating animals this way?

So I started learning about it and realized oh it’s right here. So that didn’t sit well with me. It was like ok, I am part of the problem. I had to do something about it so I started studying up on it because I thought you had to be a nutrition expert to learn how to eat a plant based diet right?! And I started learning about it. I thought wow! It’s not really as hard as I thought. The nutrition thing is really more of a problem for those who don’t eat a lot of plants, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. So that touched me. I thought this is probably doable.

The other thing I learned when I started reading up that really impacted me deeply is how wasteful our current agricultural system is. We are growing all these mountains of grains and soybeans to feed cows. We are feeding cows about 12 pounds of grains just to produce 1 pound of meat. How are we going to feed a hungry world like that?

So I said ok I’ve gotta do this. I’ve learned more than I need to know to know what I’ve gotta do. And I thought, but I’m such a habit driven person, how can I do this? I realized that I’ve got to give myself some time. I’ve got to allow myself to take this a little bit at a time. So I thought I am going to give myself some time to make this change but I am not going to go beyond one year before I go vegetarian. And at the end of the year, I was still eating one thing, McDonald’s chicken filet sandwiches. And I was like ohhh do I want to give those up? I really didn’t want to but I had learned too much about the way chickens are raised. They are probably the most mistreated animal on the planet.

So I went vegetarian and stayed vegetarian for a year. Then I started hearing about sinus infections being linked to dairy products. It reminded me that way back when I started singing at the age of 17, another singer told me to never drink milk before going on stage because it will cause a mucus buildup in your throat. And I thought well look, if it’s such a healthy food as it’s supposed to be, why am I getting a mucus build up in my throat? So I said oh I am going to try this. It’s worth an experiment. I’m going to go ahead and drop all dairy products overnight. It was the most health affirming and life affirming thing in my life. I was more energetic almost overnight. I understood what people were saying about sinus infections and dairy products. They were on to something there! So I’ve been vegan now for 26 years. Plus the additional vegetarian year. And I’ve had 1 sinus infection in the last 26 years. I used to get 2 or 3 bad ones every year. So pretty cool changes! Pretty cool!

I also dropped a lot of weight as well. I didn’t even think about dropping weight. But I had gotten up to 209 and I was really about 30 or 40 pounds too heavy for me. I am 6′. Over the next two years, after making that change, I got down to 170. And I thought wow, I am a lot lighter than I was. That’s a surprise!

Another cool benefit was that my lower back pain went away. I used to get lower back pain. Even at a young age. Even in my pre-40s. And it didn’t really make much sense to me that back pain could have anything to do with diet until I read Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, Foods That Fight Pain. It talks about lower back pain having a possible connection to cardiovascular disease. I said ohhh that could be it because I never get lower back pain anymore. So really really good stuff.

But you know it’s a wonderful thing to look better, feel better, be at a healthier weight, and will probably live longer. A few years later I thought what’s the big thing that I got out of this? And I thought really the big big thing I got is that now I can look an animal in the eye without feeling guilty. I know I am here with you and I am doing something to protect you. I made the commitment to step up every day and to make the effort to do what I can to educate people and encourage them to make some of these same changes. So exciting stuff!”

Dr. Dave: “If that’s not a great advertisement for becoming vegan/vegetarian I don’t know what is. And you said it was how many years?”

Don: “It’s 26 years plus 1 year as a vegetarian.”

Dr. Dave: “26 years! That’s amazing Don! Congratulations on your message and what you’re doing.”

Don: “Thank you!”

Dr. Dave: “I want to switch gears a little bit because there’s something else I want to know about you. But I want some help on this and I know my listeners want some help on this as well. I don’t know if this happened the same time you went vegan or if you were always like this. But I gotta tell you, you are a kind peaceful individual. I don’t know you intimately but we’ve been friends long enough. I’ve seen you interact with a lot of people in real life and online. And I’ve never seen you say something unkind even if someone’s attacking you for being vegan or doing this. I’ve never seen you say an unkind word. So speak to us on kindness and on peace? How do you do it? I’m getting there. But I think my listeners want to be kinder people all around.”

Don: “Yeah thank you David. That’s a good question. The whole kindness thing, that is so impactful. I came to an insight It was a life changing insight about how connected we all are. I don’t want to point any fingers at anybody, we’re all still evolving right?! It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been vegan. We’ve all got steps to take. I don’t want to tell anybody that they should be here when they want to be where they are. It’s like everybody is where they need to be in the present moment of their evolution. That’s something that it might take something special to arrive at that understanding. That’s a challenge.To just accept that, ok there’s a lot of cruelty in the world and a lot of suffering in the world. But if the way I try to make a difference is to point a finger at somebody and say, ‘you should be’ or ‘you ought to be’. It just doesn’t work. None of us like being blamed. We like to accept the possiblities within us. And accept the encouragement of others to take some of those steps. And know that people have confidence in us. That’s what they really need to hear.”

Dr. Dave: “Let’s even extend it beyond being vegan. Let’s talk about our lives in general. I’ve never been in this situation with you but you’re driving down the highway and somebody cuts you off or somebody flips you the finger or somebody says something really nasty to you. I’m just going to take a guess because like I said I ‘ve never seen you in that situation. But I am going to guess you don’t do something bad back to them. You’re a really really peaceful person. How do you handle them trying to get aggressive with you in your life? Let’s fact it, we all have that. How do you handle that?”

Don: “It’s really about understanding where others are coming from. And it’s usually coming from fear or coming from anger. Anger comes from fear. People who are flipping you the bird, they’re thinking that you ought to be some other way than you are. They feel that you shouldn’t be cutting them off, you should be thinking about them and not yourself. That’s where they’re coming from. So I understand that. I have to understand that where he is at right now is a tough place for him. It’s like ok he’s gonna vent. What can I do? I can try not to get caught up in his anger. It takes practice. It does! Especially when we are dealing with some aspect of our lives where we’re used to doing things. And most of us do have some areas like that where we know someone can really push our buttons. And it’s like so what can I do? Well maybe the best I can do right now is to suck it in.”

Dr. Dave: “Don talk to me a little bit about spirituality. If I may ask you that. If I’m getting too personal I understand but it seems to me that you must be a very spiritual person so talk to me and my listeners about that.”

Don: “Thanks Dave! Yeah, thanks for that affirmation. Spirituality was something that for many years I wasn’t sure about this God “thing”. I called myself agnostic for many years. It wasn’t until some revelations I had about forgiveness of my father. That was a big one. It was like It dawned on me at one point that if I was going to be angry at my father then I am going to be angry with myself too. So I started coming to a process of forgiveness. And releasing anger, and releasing blame releasing the need to control life. That was huge. The other big big piece for me was the whole veg/vegan movement and the animals rights movement. All of that. The more I contributed to that and the more I stepped into that advocated role the better I felt. And it was like wow! I am really starting to get what mystics mean when they talk about oneness. I am feeling connected to all life, to all living beings. Everything comes back to animals and it comes back to me. And it’s like woah ok, what Jesus talked about is right! Treat your enemies with kindness. Turn the other cheek. There’s wisdom in that. You don’t have to be manager of the world. We can slow down, be ourselves, and do what we can to inspire and educate others. When we are doing that, we are doing our job. It’s like ok there’s not a whole lot more we can do.”

Dr. Dave: “I love that answer. You are inspiring so many people at least in the Baltimore area for sure. But in the couple minutes that we have left, if you could make any change or changes in your life, what would you change if anything at   all?”

Don: “Oh yeah U always have things to work on. People will ask me how to do food preparation and it’s like ohhh I’m a philosopher, I’m not a cook. I get bored with the food that I make for myself so I want to have joy when I eat. And I am not getting that joy anymore so it’s time for me to step up to the plate. Come up with some recipes and give some new recipes a try. I want to do some things that could enthusiastically encourage others to do at the checkout. I saw a cool recipe today. Somebody was a real lover of hot dogs but they’re vegan now. And so they came up with a way of using a marinated carrot in place of the meat hot dog. It looked really good. They were putting various toppings on them. They were showing ones with mustard on them and ones with onions on them and ones with relish on them. I think I’m going to try that. Probably not the most healthy thing we can do but it’s kinda neat. Kind of a cool idea.”

Dr. Dave: “The marinated carrot actually sounds pretty good. I am ready to get some lunch and maybe we’ll get ourselves a couple of marinated carrot hot dogs. The point is though that people think that we have to remove things from our diet. There are options that are so healthy and so delicious and they are actually made from plants. That’s a great example right there. The marinated carrot hot dog that sounds delicious and it’s probably not all that unhealthy if it’s made of carrots.”

Don: “Especially if you have healthy bread with it!” 🙂

Dr. Dave: “Exactly, exactly! Help us out if anybody is interested in finding out more about you, your website, or your upcoming events. A lot of my listeners are really all over the planet, they’re not necessarily Maryland based but I’ve got a lot that are Maryland based. And maybe some people travel to some of these events, you never know. So share with people how they can find out more about your events.”

Don: “I am really active on Facebook. That is the easiest way to find me. I love posting daily acronyms that are also educational. Things like – Vibrant Empathic Global Action
Network (Vegan) or People Everywhere Answering the Call the Evolve (Peace).

Dr. Dave: “That’s beautiful!”

Don: “Thank you Dave. They’re a lot of fun. Somebody suggested that I do a daily guide with a different acronym for each day. And I thought well, that would be fun but I can’t come up with 365 peace acronyms. And at this point I have nearly 600 so I’m getting there!”

Dr. Dave: “Well I think a book might be in your future of all the different acronyms you’ve put up over the years.”

Don: “I think so too. I’ve been thinking about that. It hasn’t become my priority yet but I want to do that.”

Dr. Dave: “That sounds really cool! Anyway Don, listen we are out of time but I really really appreciate you taking your time and walking with me on this beautiful day. I have a really nice studio in my house with microphones and mixers but there’s nothing like being outdoors on a beautiful day like this. So Don, I appreciate you being here and being my guest and being my friend. Keep up the good work brother because you are doing some great stuff for people, animals, and basically every living being.”

Don: “Thanks so much David! I really appreciate your show!”

Dr. Dave: “We will see you next Monday. Remember a brand new show comes out every Monday. Thanks so much for listening. I’m Dr. Dave and we’ll see ya!”

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155 – Recalculating

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I’ve got a guest here with me today. I know on most of my episodes you hear me and it’s me talking all the time. But when I find somebody really special, I invite them to be on my show. Today’s guest I will put in the extremely special category. I will go so far as to say that you’ve probably heard her voice before. I will put it this way, more people have heard her voice than Oprah and President Obama. Not only that I’m going to say she may have even been in your house. You may have heard her actually speaking in your house. Her name is Karen. Karen say hello!

That’s it! You’ve heard her. She is the voice on millions of GPS units all over the planet as well as Siri. So there’s a very good chance that Karen has been in your car, in your house, somewhere.

Dr. Dave: “Welcome Karen! How are you doing today?”

Karen: “Oh I’m doing well! I think I’m recalculating one step at a time. I think it’s over 400 million GPS and smartphone devices and elevators and different places around the world. So yeah a bazillion.”

Dr. Dave: “A bazillion! So chances are my listeners have already heard your voice. You’ve been with them in their car, in their house, in the elevator, on the iPhone. So they probably feel like they already know you. You’ve been giving them directions and telling them what to do for many years now and have been asking them to recalculate.”

Karen: “That’s right. I’ve been telling them where to go and what to do. I mean that’s a lot of fun right?!”

Dr. Dave: “I think it’s a blast. Now tell us real briefly Karen, how did you get the gig? I mean there are billions of people on this planet. How did you get the gig to be the voice of GPS, Siri, in elevators, things like that? What did you do?”

Karen: “Well I’m originally from Australia from a town called Mackay. And I moved to New York City. I had done voice overs and I’m a singer/songwriter by trade. And this client was looking for a native Australian female voice over artist that was living in the northeast of the United States. It was an audition and I went to the audition. I ended up getting the job. And I ended recording for almost 50 hours to create the voice system that’s ended up in all those devices. So it was a completely unexpected development in my singing and songwriting career.”

Dr. Dave: “Well I’ve got a million questions I could ask you about that. We don’t have enough time for all these questions that I have but I’ve always wondered, do you have to say every street name in the world? Do they give you a list of like a billion street names and you have to just go from number 1 to number 1 billion? I just have a million questions. But forget about that. I will have you on another time to talk about that. The thing I want to talk about today is actually you know when you’re in your car and you have the GPS on and it’s telling you where to turn. And you miss the turn and all of a sudden you come on and you very politely say – recalculating. [giggling] Whenever I used to hear that recalculating thing, I used to think I’m an idiot. I messed up and this woman on the GPS is being very polite and she’s just saying recalculating. And I think we all recalculate in our lives. Not only driving but many things we do in our lives right?”

Karen: “That’s the thing. I think actually we are recalculating all day every day. It’s something that I really talk a lot about; being able to do that at a moment’s notice, being able to find another way, to course correct in our daily lives and in business because things do not go as planned more of the time than does. The human reaction is often to get upset and to get stuck. So recalculating is really a way of life that you can become more and more proficient at so that you can limit the amount of time feeling stuck or negative when things don’t go well.”

Dr. Dave: “And it’s not only when you miss a turn or something goes wrong in a particular day but I’ve actually been sharing with my listeners on the show here for the past 3 years that if you’re in a job or profession you don’t love and you’ve tried everything possible to make it better and adapt and it’s just not working. If you are getting in your car every morning, or you get on the bus, or the train, or however you get to work you are just not loving what you are doing; I’ve never used the word recalculate before but I said, hey you’ve got to make a change. You cannot stay in the same thing for your life. You can’t do that. And not only that but in a relationship. I am not a proponent of divorce. It’s ugly and it’t not fun. I’ve been through one. It’s not a good thing however I tell my listeners that if you’re in a relationship and you’ve done everything and it’s just not working, you need to recalculate. You need to make a change somehow.”

Karen: “Right and I think one of the hardest things for people to come to terms with is that they are 100% responsible for the outcomes. If you are willing to become completely responsible for the way your life is. That’s when you can do something about it. And even when it’s not good news and even when it’s messy everywhere. To be able to say that I am at the source of this can give us a tremendous amount of power. Even though it doesn’t necessarily feel good in the short term. But to be able to say ok I created this and if I can create this, I can create something way better.”

Dr. Dave: “Yes, that’s right! You’re exactly right. Everything we’ve done in our lives whether it’s good or bad, we are the ones that created it. I think people, including myself, are afraid to make a change or recalculate because I was afraid to see what was on the other side. Even if we’re in a bad situation at least we know what we have. We are afraid of the unknown.”

Karen: “Right.”

Dr. Dave: “Sometimes we need to just jump into the unknown because normally the unknown is going to be a lot better than staying in something that you know you need to recalculate.”

Karen: “Absolutely. And you know often we will wait until we hit rock bottom. Guys! Don’t hit rock bottom. If you know it’s not work and you’re really clear that there are changes to be made, have the presence of mind to start at least making small adjustments and bring in some new energy before things get so dire. I think what happens is that we start to think that life is happening to us rather than think that we have something to do with it.”

Dr. Dave: “Well Karen that’s a really good point. But don’t you think that for many people out there that life does just does happen to know? They are not proactive enough to say hey I totally have the power to change this. I can do anything I want. Now I may not know exactly what the outcome is going to be but it’s probably going to be better than it is right now. People are just afraid. They are worried. People don’t realize that they’re totally in the driver’s seat if they’re able to do the recalculating.”

Karen: “I think there are two pieces. And I think that one of those pieces is sometimes fear. Absolutely. But the other piece is that I really don’t think a lot of people know what’s possible. I didn’t. I didn’t realize what was possible. I didn’t realize that I could create and design my life as aspects of my life to be the way I wanted them to be. I would look at people who had incredible lives and I would dream of having a life like them. But I thought they got lucky. I didn’t realize that it was massive action over a period of time. There was intention. There were decisions made to create those kinds of outcomes and that kind of life. And one thing I’ve learned from all of the reading, and I am sure you read as voraciously as I do about personal and professional development, is that people who are extremely successful it’s not an accident. It’s extremely intentional. It’s been designed that way. They have had a goal, a focus, outcomes that they wanted to accomplish and they’ve taken massive action toward them. It is so easy to look from the outside in and go oh they were lucky but that isn’t how it goes.”

Dr. Dave: “I wonder if there’s also a third component and that might be that people are just really concerned about what others think.”

Karen: “Totally.”

Dr. Dave: “People are trying to live this life where they make it look like they live so good. You know it’s so easy on Facebook these days and on social media to put only your best pictures up and only your good stories and show your vacations but it’s not so easy for people to show others that, hey my life sometimes really sucks. They’re afraid to show people that. So they’re afraid to make a change because they don’t want people to know that they’re in a horrible situation to begin with. But I am going to beg my listeners, and I have been saying this for the last three years, trust me and trust Karen. You know in your heart if you need to make a change. And now we’re going to call it recalculating. If you need to recalculate please please have the guts to do it. I have been through many recalculations and I have not been through one that turned out worse.”

Karen: “Oh I love that!”

Dr. Dave: “Seriously!”

Karen: “I believe it!”

Dr. Dave: “Oh my gosh. Let’s see. I ‘ve had a change in my work, in my profession. I’ve had a change in marriage about 15 years ago. Change in my lifestyle/diet, which I want to talk to you about for a couple seconds too. But going vegan; it could have been horrible. But going vegan was the best thing I ever did in my life. I will never eat another animal product.”

Karen: “Tell me about it.”

Dr. Dave: “Karen so you recalculated how long ago when you became vegan? How long have you been vegan?”

Karen: “3 years.”

Dr. Dave: “I’ll tell you something. We are definitely siblings from another mother. [laughing] We’re so close in that regard also. What made you do that recalculation and would you ever go back?”

Karen: “I am never going back. And it’s interesting because my husband and I both went vegan at the same time and around that time we were at a march 3 years ago. We were watching documentaries. We love documentaries so we were watching food documentaries and we watched 6 food industry documentaries in a week. Like one every night. We were binge watching these amazing movies. At about the third movie, my husband turned to me and he said should we give this a go? And I said what?! Vegan?! And he said yeah what have we got to lose? And I’m like ok. The thing is I had been vegetarian for a numbers of years and my husband had actually been vegan for 14 years before we met. But at that point we were not eating very much meat. A little bit of everything you know? And when he said should we try this? I just thought wow how are we going to do this? I went back to the favorite question of people, what do you eat? [laughing] So we decided to do a challenge. We did it for ourselves. No one was asking us to do this challenge. We just decided we would try eating vegan for one week. When my husband and I do this kind of challenge in our lives, which we have for a number of different things, we go the whole way with these things. We like to really commit. It’s not about doing it perfectly of course but it’s about committing and keeping your word to yourself. So we set out to be vegan for a week. And we were. And gosh it was fascinating and eye opening. We live really close to one of the best natural supermarkets in all of Manhattan which is very fortunate. We were already eating lots of things that were whole food and plant based. So on the 7th day my husband said so honey do you want eggs for breakfast now? And I used to love eggs. I’ll never eat eggs again but that was a very useful and enjoyable part of my diet at one time. So he said do you want eggs and I said you know, I really don’t. And the second week began and we decided we’d make it a month challenge. And then we really liked a 90 day challenge and we’ve just never looked back. There have been incredible changes in how we feel. Digestion is amazing. And one of the things that amazes me is just my clarity of thinking. It’s gone off the charts in a whole new way from making that change. Did you have the same experience?”

Dr. Dave: “I did and our stories are amazingly similar. It’s very scary. My wife and I were watching probably some very similar documentaries, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. We also have a yoga instructor who is a very good friend of ours. My wife and I used to have these little dinners after yoga and Sandy would come hang with us. Sandy, being vegan, would be eating her veggies and we’d have chicken on the table. She would be very nice about it and never give us dirty looks but over the course of many weeks and probably many months she would share books with us. She brought us a copy of Main Street Vegan. So we got to a point where my and I were watching some documentary one evening and we looked at each other and I said we’ve had enough. Let’s give up animal products altogether and she totally agreed with me. Now I remember, we were starting a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway so we were in Northern California. We had all these restaurant reservations and we just said forget it! And we ate at our hotel room or on the deck and it was the best trip we’ve ever had. I’ll never forget that recalculation of going vegan. So our stories are pretty similar. There’s no turning back ever.”

Karen: “No and I didn’t realize what a statement it is to choose to eat that way. The first year was getting used to it and getting more of a repertoire of meals and learning what my snacks were. Over time though I have become even more educated. I really think about the materials that the different things in our house are made of. I’m not doing everything perfectly but I’m much more conscious about it. After seeing Cowspiracy not that long ago, we are on a road to ruin if the majority of the planet doesn’t drop animal products in a shorter time frame.”

Dr. Dave: “There’s no question about that. It’s very scary. What a great story that is! I was going to ask you real quickly Karen because we’re getting close to time. But, other than going vegan, are there any other real serious recalculations that you’ve made in your life that you want to share?”

Karen: “Well leaving Australia and moving to New York on my own with a suitcase and my dream of being like Olivia Newton John would definitely be a major recalculation and took me to all kinds of emotional places. But I think it’s nice to talk about right now when recalculating is happening right now. So can I share a little bit about right now?”

Dr. Dave: “Absolutely. Please.”

Karen: “So we live in a beautiful place in New York City. And there was some water damage so all of our floor boards are being replaced in our apartment. So what that actually involves is packing everything  in our apartment and moving us to a hotel while they get that done. And that’s actually happening while I am talking to you right now! You think you have things worked out in a certain way but what’s been really tremendously interesting is that this period of time my husband will be celebrating a milestone birthday. So I have been planning a party for him for a year. Because it’s an exciting time for us. Meanwhile this happens and it’s like everything is up in the air. And then my husband is a production manager for touring music artists and he has been on hold for this particular tour in China with someone fabulous and successful. But it’s been on and off since July 22nd. I mean one day it’s on and the next day it’s never gonna happen. As of this week it’s on and he’s now actually arranging visas for everybody. Right of course when the party is supposed to be. [Dave moans] And I then got a note for jury duty which starts next Monday.”

Dr. Dave: [laughing] “Oh no!”

Karen: “It’s like all of these different things at once. So we’re going to be out of our apartment, my husband isn’t even going to be here for his birthday and the party will have to be totally recalculated, I’ve got jury duty. Things are just totally up in the air. I’m not sure of our next move but we know that we have to do a reasonable amount of deep breathing. Because I’ve got to tell you that’s a lot of change.”

Dr. Dave: “I have a feeling though Karen that whatever life throws at you, you are totally able to recalculate. After all you’ve said it enough times to the GPS unit. I just have a feeling you’re probably an expert. You can do it! I’ve got full confidence in you.”

Karen: “That’s true but what is very interesting from this experience is how there are so many things that could send you off kilter at once. I’m actually realizing it is almost like a little recalculating test the universe is sending me.”

Dr. Dave: “Karen, in a minute or less, help our listeners. I’ve got a lot of people listening from all over the world. I know several in Australia off hand that are listening. In sixty seconds for those that are out there that know they need to recalculate, help them out. What can they do?”

Karen: “It takes courage to recalculate. It takes courage to take action in an uncomfortable way. I’m here to tell you that it is never too late to recalculate. If you remember nothing else from this 20 minute chat, remember it is never too late to recalculate. There is always another action you can take even when life is dire and seems dire. There is always something you can do to make yourself feel just a little bit better. So that’s my sixty second take on it. It takes courage. Ask people for help. Pick up the phone and share with a friend. It’s normal. Everybody is recalculating all the time. Most people are not out about that. And it’s never too late to recalculate.”

Dr. Dave: “Karen, that was super. The time just goes so fast. I am going to give you an open invitation if you ever want to come back on the show I would love to have you back. Because I have a feeling you and I could just talk forever on this topic.”

Karen: “Love it! I will absolutely take you up on that.”

Dr. Dave: “I really hope you do. But for now I am going to give you the last word.”

Karen: “You have reached your destination.”

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