Where We Buy Our Food
We believe there are many factors that adversely affect our health, from environmental toxins to negative thoughts to poor food choices. Though you can’t always control all the factors that affect your health, such as the air you breathe outdoors or even in your office, you can certainly make better food choices. We’re always striving to eat a more primal-like diet, which means fresher organic foods that haven’t been processed. Below are some of our top online sources when we can’t a) grow it ourselves or b) purchase it from our local farmer’s market.
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Thrive Market: Think Costco meets Wholefoods, but delivered straight to your home. We’ve always wanted to make the best health choices for our family, but sometimes we just couldn’t afford to do so. Thrive Market makes living a health conscious life much easier now with best-selling natural and organic products at 25%-50% off retail. They carry over 2,500 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market. For every new membership, they donate a free membership to a family in need.
Nutiva: Our go-to source for products chock-full of healthy omega fatty acids: coconut oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, red palm oil,
etc. John Roulac, the founder of Nutiva is a champion for GMO labeling and sustainable farming. John has founded four nonprofit groups including GMO Inside and the Nutiva Nourish Foundation, which donates 1% of Nutiva’s sales to support sustainable agriculture and other environmental programs.
BulletProof: If you’ve listened to the episode with Dave Asprey, founder of BulletProof, then you know that we’ve struggled with mold toxicity in the past. If you’re wondering whether you may be experiencing mold-related health issues, than we highly recommend you check out the Moldy documentary first. Then check out some of Dave’s “upgraded” products, such as coconut charcoal for immediate use following mold exposure and his supplements for boosting energy and brain function.
Books That Have Changed Our Lives
Though we’ve read hundreds of books over our lifetimes and continue to add to our ever growing collection, below are a few select that have truly altered our view of the universe, how we perceive our roles in it and how we can make an even more positive impact, whether for our personal spiritual growth or the greater world community. (For a list of all books discussed in our podcasts, click here.)
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Dr. Eben Alexander
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
Our Other Endeavors
On our path to realizing Inspire Nation, we undertook other important projects along the way. Check them out below.
RunBare: After Michael’s first near death accident left him with a titanium hip and femur, he struggled to find a way to run again without pain. While sitting in meditation he would see himself running barefoot through the open plains of Colorado. One day, out of frustration, a local running store owner who had tried repeatedly to fit Michael with orthodics suggested he simply run barefoot. That was the final straw. Michael stripped off his shoes and ran 100 yards barefoot. Progressing at an additional 100 yards every other day, by the 3rd month, he was up to running a 10K fully barefoot–and pain-free. Years later upon meeting Jessica, they coauthored Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth, followed by Barefoot Walking: Free Your Feet to Minimize Impact, Maximize Efficiency, and Discover the Pleasure of Getting in Touch with the Earth.
Mindful Running: On book tour, we often described barefoot running as our “trojan rabbit”. For us the number one benefit of going barefoot wasn’t so you could simply run pain-free or score a new PR (personal best race), though those were certainly likely results. It was the new found connection to nature and the heightened awareness that you gain from stimulating the nerve endings on the bottom of your feet. As we often say, you can’t help but be more aware when you’re walking or running barefoot. It was this increased awareness, internally and externally, coupled with our longtime deepening meditation practice that spawned mindful running. (Not to mention, Michael’s second near accident which left him with a matching titanium hip and femur in the other leg.) Finally, we didn’t have to keep the rabbits in the closet any longer. We could finally talk openly about the connection between our spiritual practices and physical training.
The Creative Learning Institute: As a child, Michael was diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He struggled to excel in the traditional classroom setting, though he later went on to complete two accelerated masters degrees simultaneously (an MBA and Masters in Computer Information Systems). While experiencing incredible success in graduate school, he felt compelled to share the tools which helped him to succeed in school, business and life and began writing College Confidence with ADD: The Ultimate Success Manual for ADD Students, from Applying to Academics, Preparation to Social Success and Everything Else You Need to Know.