EP08 Darin Olien, Conversations with a Super Human

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“Eat a wide variety of whole, fresh, clean foods—mostly vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, sprouts, and healthy fats. Eat a lot of it raw.”
- Darin Olien

darin-olienDarin Olien, founder and visionary of SuperLife, is often called “the Indiana Jones of superfoods.” He is a widely recognized exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, and environmental activist who travels the planet discovering new and underutilized medicinal plants. Darin has been around the world and back again on numerous remote field missions to source, formulate and research the world’s greatest edible food sources for optimal health.

In this episode we dive into Darin’s new book, the power of superfoods, his story as to how he got started doing what he is doing, traveling the world, spending time with indigenous cultures and so much more!

Darin Olien shares so many amazing things in this interview including:

  • How Darin got started living his ‘Super Life’ [2:59]
  • Grapefruits…and how they changed Darin’s life at age 13 [4:00]
  • Darin’s discovery of weight lifting at age 16 [6:56]
  • How a college football injury changed Darin’s perspective on exercise and nutrition and opened up his curiosity about the human body [7:20]
  • Darin’s determination to move forward from disappointments [12:08]
  • The 5 foundations of a ‘Super Life’ and how they are also built into the 21 day nutrition program The Ultimate Reset [15:13]
  • The importance of hydration and different types of water [22:18]
  • How Darin stays on track with the 5 forces of a ‘Super Life’ and his overall nutrition [29:45]
  • The power of Himalayan Salt [36:21]
  • Detoxification from not only the bad foods that we put in our bodies, but also the toxins in the environment from our technology [42:03]
  • Darin explains that our oxygen levels are lower than ever and how we replenish oxygen in our bodies [46:59]
  • Dr. Otto Warburg’s incredible findings on oxygenation [51:41]
  • Darin’s morning breathing routine [52:11]
  • What Darin’s Day looks like [54:13]
  • How married life is going for Darin [1:07:12]
  • Darin’s spiritual path [1:13:57]
  • The greatest failure in Darin’s life and how it shaped the person he is today [1:14:13]
  • The one thing that you can do to improve your diet [1:18:45]

Show Transcript

You’re listening to The Business of Life podcast. Practical advice for creating the life you love to live. Here’s your host, Keith Callahan.

INTRODUCTION

KC: Alright, welcome to Episode 8. Keith here and I am just super excited for today’s episode. We have Darin Olien on and I just want to let you know, there is going to be a ton of practical ‘put to work in your life’ information that comes up in this episode and I know for me, I’m always listening to podcast and I think, “Oh, I like that. I like that. I want to do that and I know that people have their show notes on their website, right, but I never get back to the website. So, we’ve made it easy for you. If you’re listening today and if you want the information, the show notes with all the links, everything that Darin’s talking about, it’s super simple, just send a text message to 38470 and then in the content type in Darin. So again, just send a text message to the number 38470. And then, in the content type in Darin which is D-a-r-i-n or you can just go to the website, KeithCallahan.com/Episode8, and you’ll get all the information that Darin talks about today. So, a little bit about Darin, he is the author of the groundbreaking book, SuperLife, The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome. This is, it really is an awesome book and I was really, really excited to do this interview with Darin. I learned a ton. There’s a bunch of things that he talks about that I implemented in my life after doing this interview with him. And, he’s also, he’s such a smart guy and such a worldly guy. So, there’s, as much as there’s practical, like ‘put to use in your life’ information in this episode, it’s also just chockfull of amazing stories from the life that Darin’s living. So, I guess without further ado, let’s go ahead and get Darin on.

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INTERVIEW WITH DARIN

KC: Alright, so I am super excited to introduce today’s guest to the show, Darin Olien. Darin, how are you?

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DO: Hey man, I’m good. How are you doing?

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KC: I’m doing great. I’m doing great. It’s awesome to have you on and, you know, prior to us connecting here I gave our listeners a little bit of an overview about you and sort of your bio but what I really want to dive into is a little bit deeper than the bio, sort of the story behind the story and how you got to where you are now. So, you have this amazing life where you’re traveling around the world and doing all these incredible things and living out this dream life of yours, but how did it all get started? How did you go from when you were a little kid to where you are now?

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DO: Yeah, okay. Well, we can definitely go back that far because it actually informs a lot of what I do even at the moment of birth and I’ll tell you in a second why. I came into this world 2 months early. I was 3 and a half pounds and kind of the first messaging I got was that, you know, life is fragile, my body is fragile and I had a list of, you know, issues, you know, the first one being I was 50/50 chance of even surviving in 1970 coming out that little and I had, you know, thyroid problems, some lung issues and they were concerned about the brain and all of that. So, kind of growing up through my childhood, you know, it wasn’t easy and from allergies to eye problems to different kind of weird things. And then, it was really, Keith, at 13 I think I saw an article or something in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, I think, and it was talking about the power of, you know, grapefruits and I think they’re, you know, starting to mention like some weight loss stuff and I didn’t have weight to lose but I was just like, “Oh wow, that sounds cool.” So, at 13 I just asked my mom to get some grapefruits and I started kind of cleansing.

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KC: So, up until that point you were sort of having minor issues throughout your years?

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DO: Yeah, I mean minor or major, however you want to look at it, I mean I, you know, there were some learning disabilities. There was the resting heart rate of 120 beats per minute, you know, there were some endocrine problems, you know, it was a strange period. Not to mention just being a teenager, you know, that’s strange enough.

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KC: Yup, yup.

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DO: And so, yeah, there were some things that, you know, early medications I was on. I spontaneously stopped taking them at the age of 10. I didn’t tell anybody until my mom, so you know, there was wisdom in there that I just was starting to kind of steer my life differently than just kind of being, dare I say, a victim to my challenges. So, after I did that cleanse it was the first time that I felt that, “Oh, I feel different” by literally the food that I’m eating and it informed me. And, you know, I grew up in a small town in Minnesota so it wasn’t like I just became this nutrition guru at the age of 13. I continued on. I was an active kid always but I ate, you know, pizza and fast food and I think I, at one point, was drinking 5 to 6 the old-fashioned cokes every day. I think probably somewhat medicating myself in an old-fashioned in that sort of way. So, you know, I wasn’t healthy at all but I at least did something that I used my tool. I used the tool of my body and I got some feedback. And then, really, at 16 I got like a next wave, you know, I was still, you know, I’m thinking I was 135 pounds, nothing to write home about and things were starting to sort itself out a little bit and I picked up my first weight and started kind of strength training. And then, I realized like, “Holy cow. Now this, I’m feeling different on this too.” And cut to, you know, 16 to 18, I think I packed on like 50 pounds and ended up playing college football.

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KC: Okay.

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DO: So, you know, I was like, “Oh, okay, there’s something going on with the food that we’re not just kind of destined to whatever we’re destined to.” And then, I picked up the exercise component kind of more officially than just running around as a kid.

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KC: And, where were you, where did you go and play college ball?

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DO: Yeah, so it was a D3 school in Minneapolis called Augsburg. And so, I was playing and I was starting fullback as a sophomore and then it was the next significant time in my life is when I got a first game of the season, I tore a bunch of ligaments in my lower back and it was done. It was a career ending injury I couldn’t come back from. So, it left me with this frustration of like, “God damn.” You know, now I feel like I’ve overcome this fragility as a kid and I’m stronger and I was playing and I was starting and now it’s done. And so, I took that opportunity, well, I was depressed and upset in all of that as a normal course of grieving and I switched universities, went to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and switched my career, switched my focus of my education to exercise physed and nutrition ultimately so that I could heal myself and get through this frustration of this back and not being able to kind of be as strong as I was. So, that was a significant turning point in my life because it gave me that curiosity that I’ve been kind of gathering whether my life in that, “Oh, this is not just a destined thing. We can do a lot to this beautiful miracle of a body that we have and it responds to either bad things or good things we do to it.” And, it just opened up the floodgate of insatiable curiosity about this body and, you know, that really was a start of my professional education towards this field of not only physiology and exercise but also nutrition and ultimately playing with food and formulas.

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KC: Yeah, it’s so fascinating to me because the piece that I’ve really heard going through that is you didn’t have everything handed to you on a silver platter growing up and especially physically you had these things that you had to overcome and then that sophomore year when you were playing ball and you got hurt, it sounds like that was sort of the turning point, was it fear or inspiration or a combination of both that kind of, like that really shifted and sounds like that’s like where you jumped into really taking control of your life.

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DO: Yeah, it was and you know it was that really the whole story of as a little kid, even my dad saying 50/50 chance of living that he felt that I really was trying to survive and fight for the life. And, when the football injury happened it was, you know, a normal grieving process, you know, something ending. And then, it was really like, “Okay, now what are you going to do?” Because, it’s on you, you know, it’s not, what do you, okay, that happened. Now, how are you going to overcome that? It was really a question I was asking other than it was just, it was I mean it was deeply asking but I wasn’t going to stop now. I wasn’t going to stop living, learning and loving what I’m doing now. I just needed to overcome something that I thought the path I was going was the path I needed and wanted when, in fact, there was undertow of something a lot bigger. So, going back I think we all can relate to things that really were hard at us, that period time when we didn’t want to go through it but we had to go through it and we did go through it but in retrospect I would never change anything and that time of being, you know, at that place where I was literally in an educational facility and the kid didn’t really know what he wanted to do and he’s just loved playing sports and that then gave me the epiphany through the pain of losing that career, it gave me the epiphany of like, “Oh, I can actually study, learn and expand what I’m naturally curious about because I’m so curious about it that I was 3 and half pounds like you can’t get more fragile coming into this world than that really.

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KC: Yeah.

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DO: And, you know, my dad took me home end to end in his hand, one hand. So, that’s how long I was, from the palm of his hand to the tip of his finger, that’s just that was me. So, when the football thing happened it was just like, “Okay, I get. This happened. Now, let’s go to work.” And, I talk about this in my book, this overwhelming, unacknowledgement of this miracle that we live in everyday that is us, that’s our body and surrounds our, you know, being. Like, that’s the miracle and we get an intimate understanding of that when we actually take responsibility for it. And, you know, from my experience, the more I lean into acknowledging the body, listening to the body and fueling the body, the better response it gives me, the better life it enables me to have without dragging it along like this degenerative kind of walking zombie that you see a lot of people kind of okay with living and they don’t even realize it. So, for me it was, you know, that turning point was the, you know, getting enough education to get me completely mad about learning more and that’s what the gift was for that. So, yeah, it was a significant time in my life.

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KC: There’s a piece in there, I want to jump up to the book but then I want to go back a little bit as well and ask you a couple of questions about your travels but since you just started talking about the book I really want to dive in and look at the 5 aspects of it. So, the nutrition, hydration, detoxification, oxygenation and…

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DO: That’s right.

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KC: Well, you got the last one right.

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DO: Alkalization, yeah.

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KC: So, I actually had a personal experience with, not with the book but I did the ultimate reset, the 21-Day program that you co-created and I had lime disease and I suffered, really sort of debilitating symptoms from the Lyme Disease, and I had never experience anything like I experienced when I did the ultimate reset and went through. But, the biggest thing for me was the clarity of mind and the clarity of my body, like everything was just so, it was almost like, I explained it to somebody one day that it was like when you’re watching Superman and you see these hyper- senses that he has, that’s the way that I felt. So, I was wondering if you could share with us a little bit more like diving into those 5 aspects of the book.

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DO: Yeah, I mean, you know, at first off I mean when you say ultimate reset you have to realize that really the foundation of where I formulate from and certainly how I help put together that reset is imbedded in these 5 forces that are in the book. I mean that’s ultimately we’re setting ourselves up so that we can get enough out of the way and fuel the body and the being with the things that it’s required so that it can just flourish and have like, and thank you for sharing that because it’s really the body is absolutely designed to thrive, That is what it wants and it does its very best with the circumstances that it’s in and that are given. So again, the ultimate reset was the foundation of it resides in what’s in this book, which is cool because it’s a, you know, people can take that action and like yourself, miracles can essentially happen that way and there’s 2 things in health, you either get too much of something or not enough of something and that’s really where health sits. You either get exposed to too much of say a processed food or a chemical or even too much sunlight or whatever and then there’re consequences to that. At the same time, you don’t get enough of something so you can say the same thing like, “Well, if you don’t get enough sunlight, you literally will have debilitating issues. If you don’t get enough phytonutrients from whole foods and, yeah, antioxidants from super foods and also you’re going to be suffering.” So, you know, therein lies the main things of how health is kind of creating this homeostasis. The book itself is really from 20 years of not only travelling around the world but I’ve been just completely blown away at being open to learning and I’ve gotten invited to some really interesting things in my life and secret rooms of some high level researchers to indigenous people to gurus and other lands learning about different ways that people live and staying balanced and it really is not complicated but really is simple and this 5 forces that I really try to show people that are governing bodies, right, they’re governing forces that kind of live in their balances with us. When we understand that all of our health, I don’t care what fad you’re talking about, what thing, new thing people are talking about, new super weight loss formula, I don’t care what they’re talking about. The number 1 thing is quality nutrition. No one is going to ever argue that that is important and I would then argue even more that increase your plants, increase your whole real raw foods and your plants. That is really, it’s a very simple thing. You can get into a lot of sciences to why that’s there. There’re alkalining properties, there’s vitamins and minerals that are absolutely surrounded by co-factors, phytonutrients, antioxidants in their complete perfect balance and they’re not isolated so therefore the body is able to receive them. It’s literally quality of food is really like eating as this is your medicine that keeps your body flying and thriving and at the same time when you get desensitized through these seduction of processed foods, you lose the sensitivity of what quality food is and I’m sure like you discovered, after even 21 days your taste buds change, your cravings change.

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KC: It was amazing.

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DO: Yeah.

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KC: It really was like just eating an orange or eating a banana, it was like almost a euphoric experience. It really was.

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DO: Exactly and, Keith, you imagine that that’s nature intercepting itself perfectly. That’s a beautiful organic orange that was created by sunlight and converted into this amazing geometric perfect caring capacity of nutrients and we get to eat it and pick it and consume it and our body knows what to do with it. It knows how to structure it in the body and it’s a perfect synergy, why we came in and tried to process around everything and extract things and pull things apart and reconstruct them into some weird laboratory. Convenient food is maybe in the start of that. That was a good idea because of the mass population but it’s been undercutting our health from the inception of it. So, we have to go back and start asking these questions again and desensitize ourselves from the marketing of food that was never intended to actually create health. So, most of the processed food is convenient at its best but I would argue how convenient is a banana, you know, it’s like it’s most convenient in the world. It’s there, you peel it and you eat it, same with an orange and apple, strawberry, blueberry. I can make a salad in under 5 minutes. I mean, you know, that warrants the preparation of a microwave meal.

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KC: Yeah.

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DO: I mean it’s like so, you know, with the quality nutrition I then dive into, pun intended, I dive into hydration and the importance of water but there’re other aspects of water that we’re not fully acknowledging. There’re structuring aspects of water that happens in nature. I was taught early on that if it’s reproduced in nature, how nature intended it then that is the way that we receive it in the best way possible and if we are undermining that which is intended and is created in nature then we’re undermining our health in some level. So, water with, you know, the easy way to describe it in the ultimate reset is distilled water and a little pinch of Himalayan crystal salt. So, you get the mineralization aspect and then you get the, oh sorry about that.

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KC: That’s alright.

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DO: So, water is so important but there’s also this other element of water that the energy of water that has been lost and the energy of water is created by water vortating down the mountains and off the rocks and everything else and, you know, I was recently in New Zealand where I stuck my bottle in a pristine glacial water and just drank it straight away as it was intended, full of energy, full of life because water is an empty hard drive it kind of receives anything, right, so that’s why you can be, you can look at your faucet and say, “Hey, it’s just water” but in fact it’s received all kinds of chemicals and fluorides and heavy metals and even pharmaceutical drugs and you can’t see them and now they’re just going through your pipes in your house and all of the stuff and being manipulated at the water treatment plants and everything, your water has lost all its energy. It’s essentially dead water. So, I get deep into understanding water again. So, it’s not just drink your 8 ounce glasses of water a day. It’s drink your high quality water because if you undermine water, you undermine every system of their body and it’s super important and you know the effects of good hydration because everything changes. Your eyes change. Your skin changes. Your hair it’s, you have energy and it’s so easy to blow it off and then people wonder why, you know, the number one thing of dehydration is fatigue. And so, then that feeds that Red Bull kind of culture of like, “Oh I’m tired so I need a Red Bull.” And, you’re missing the undertow of what’s really going on and at the same time chronic dehydration is behind every single degenerative disease on the planet by the way. So, there’s a correlation without a doubt that the power of water is completely misunderstood still.

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KC: With the hydration, when you’re putting the Himalayan salt in it, like one of your recommendations was the specific type of water.
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DO: Well, an easy way is either reverse osmosis water that takes out everything and or distilled water which recondenses into, it doesn’t allow the chemicals and things to recondense to it so your essentially at a 7.0 PH water, a neutral water. And then, so when you add the 250 million year old perfect crystallization of the Himalayan salt and the salt is not just salt. It’s got the representation of 84 trace minerals that by adding that salt it adds the ability for electrical conduction to happen because essentially we are hundred trillion little batteries in our cells and we need electrolytes in order for the central nervous system to work. So, what you want to do again is prepare the water in a way that can be receptive to how your body received it because essentially there’s a sodium potassium pump and calcium magnesium, all of these things are regulators of water in and out of your cell and something that I always, well, I’ve been taught from the beginning was “Live for your cell and the rest of you is healthy. “ So, if you understand what the cells require, you stay away from the fad mentality that people are trying to convince you off because they never , they never was intended for long term lifestyle use, you know, so certain things you can do and, you know, people are afraid of carbohydrates which is insane. So, people get weird Paleo definitions and they just make up a bunch of stuff. And then, people now are afraid of fat. Now, they’re not afraid of fat, they’re afraid of carbs. Now, they’re not afraid of carbs but they’re afraid of fruit and all this stuff. It’s just very crazy but when you understand the cell requires electrolytes and water and structured water and 7.365 PH and Omega 3, 6 and 9, essential fatty acids and a certain level of protein, 5 to 15% protein. So, when you start getting outside of those realms, you’re going to have problems because you’re undercutting that very nature of your cell and your intimate balance of the most, the smallest particles of you. So, over time, why do you think they call on degenerative diseases? Because, your body is so good at keeping going, you know, when I’m talking about water in the book, I say, “Hey, you know, if you don’t drink water today guess what happens?” Nothing. You don’t even really notice it. You might feel a little, you know, you might feel a little, you know if you drink your coffee, it’s going to trick your brain in a way that water’s going in but it’s actually not because you can’t use that water. Now, it’s some other element and you’ll kind of continue on because your body’s so great at it. Your body, the biggest asset we have is the adaptability of our body. Just look around, any culture can almost shovel anything in their body and survive to a point. But, it doesn’t mean that you’re living healthfully. It doesn’t mean that you’re thriving. You’re not setting yourself up to let your body be in balance because when you let your body be in balance, you live these life forces then you get everything else. You get the energy, your weight drops. Your body naturally doesn’t want to hold the weight. You naturally improve your detoxifications. You’re not getting sluggish and immune systems compromise so you don’t get sick, You’re easily fending off diseases because you’re creating environments in your body that are disease fighting. You promote the whole philosophy in the book is “Promote the good, don’t be afraid of the bad.”

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KC: I have 2 questions with it and, you know, so I want to make sure we get through all five of them but there’s a question that’s sort of that’s burning on the tip of my tongue and the question that I have that I know a lot of people struggle with are, when I listen to you you’re so passionate about it and you’re so in tune and I’ve gone through and I’ve experienced everything you’re talking about firsthand when I followed your guide 100% and then I get off track and it’s almost like I have to crash a little bit and then I come back and I guess the question is how do you, is it work for you to keep yourself on track and like how do you do that?

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DO: It’s a great question. I mean I think there’s not this place where all of a sudden you’re in this perfect land of eating perfectly and never having to change anything, you know, and I think you know 20 years of, you know, the first thing I would say is knowledge is power, right, so I started studying this 20 years ago and, you know, cracking the first book and implying the first information gave me the greatest thing and, you know, like you went through the ultimate reset and you can’t really go back. You can be off track but you have an intimate different understanding not just in your head but in your being, in your body. So, you know, I think for me it’s a constant evolution of, you know, what do you require in any given moment. Is it work for me when I travel around the world? Well, you can maybe say it’s work but it’s just, it’s just engrained in me because it’s an investment that I make. So, for example, if I’m flying into West Africa, right, or just let’s say the United States, let’s say I’m flying to Boulder, Colorado. So, I go, “Okay, where am I staying? Okay, great. Where’s the first, you know, Whole Foods?” Alright, so I, my first thing is, okay, I’m going to get my water, I’m going to get my food. I’m probably going to bring most of it and to clear out the hotel refrigerator and I’m going to stack it with as much food as I can and I’m going to make sure that every morning I’m having my Shakeology and my Super Food mixes. I’m controlling my breakfast 100% and depending on what I’m doing, I’m bringing my own water, I’ve got a little vortator I run water through and I’ve got my salt and I know which waters to, you know, Smart Water has been tested over the years and Smart Water is pretty good. So, I know which one to take so I immediately take care of as much hunting and gathering as necessary and then I don’t get caught. So, if I have to go out to dinner and people are at some restaurant I would never eat at then I eat ahead of time or I just, you know, I know what I can and can’t eat. So, to answer your question, yes, it takes a certain amount of investment because why do I do that, do I consider that a pain in the ass? No, not anymore because the dividends that it pays me, I’m fulfilled, I’m not eating stuff that doesn’t feel good in my body so I’m not trapped somewhere going, “Oh man, the only thing to eat here is fried calamari.” I’m not going to put myself in that position, you know, so I always prepare, right. So, preparation I key no matter where I’m at and, listen, I’ve been in some weird situations around the planet and at least I’m taking care of what I can take care of, you know. So, it’s preparing and that’s a big thing because it’s worth it because A, I sleep better because I’ve take care of myself. I have the energy that I need to because I’ve taken care of myself. I’ve hydrated. I’ve, you know, not eaten foods that my body then reacts to and now I’m more stressed internally than I need to. So, you know, there’s a whole slew of reasons why. But, like you said, once you get off and you don’t hold the discipline of gifting yourself and preparing, you can all of a sudden, your trajectory is way off in the next couple of weeks. So, it does take that and I think over 20 years, I haven’t been perfect but I’ve constantly been learning and growing and improving the whole way so. Like you, okay, so what? You’re a little off track from when you felt amazing during the ultimate reset, so cool. Know what you know, take action on what you can and then forget about it, like don’t worry about it. Like, you know what to do, that’s the thing and people get, I think, get overwhelmed with, “I don’t know how to start.” When in fact that’s a lie because most people do. They know that they’re probably consuming things that aren’t that great for them so it’s slowing down on that or stopping that and at the end of the day most people kind of know some healthier choices that they can make and the problem is we’re also dealing with, Keith, is this big fix syndrome. We all want to get fixed tomorrow when in fact we’ve created weeks, months, years of some bad choices that have created the seat that we’re sitting in right now and that can’t necessarily be corrected in one day, right. So, you have to again get back on track and over time let yourself comeback and that’ll come back really fast but don’t get into this idea that, “Okay if I, you know, starve myself of carbs and I get a ton of protein and eat as much fat that I want that that’s my answer and when, in fact, it’s only going to create a whole ‘nother mess of problems that you’re then creating from that day and generating in the future. So, go back to your common sense. Go back to your instincts.

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KC: So, it really is, you know because I’m trying to look at what happened with myself and the 3 words that I took were the preparation, the discipline and then I added in one for myself, the repetition and for me it started with the preparation and I think that’s where most of us fall off so it was really good just to be reminded of that too.

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DO: Absolutely.

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KC: So, the other question I had was when we’re adding Himalayan salt to water, what is the difference between Himalayan salts and other salts where it doesn’t have that bloating factor like other salts do?

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DO: Well, I mean, yeah, this is a big one. I mean salt in itself has been demonized for some really bad reasons and some really good reasons and what’s happened essentially is when they discovered salt, whether through the seas or from the Himalayan minds and the mountains, it was an amazing commodity, right. So, it was traded, it was like gold that you trade it for monetary reasons to incredible add to someone’s life and body. But, what happened is they started stripping it so chemical solvents, bleaching agents that would strip it of all these other trace minerals and leave the sodium chloride and what  happened is if people kept taking that, now it’s out of balance. It’s out of balance, going back to the same thing I was telling you. It’s out of balance of how nature intended it. So, people were having all kinds of thyroid problems. So, that’s when they had to add iodine back to the salt, right. So, they stripped it all, now because it started killing people and thyroid problems they had to add the iodine to balance out the thyroid. So, now to this day, we have stripped and chemicalized salt shakers on our tables still giving that very unstable, I mean it’s balanced now with the iodine but it’s still essentially very toxic to the body. So, all the studies are essentially on table salt, which in fact, you’re going to get a lot of problems and people are still confused that salt raises hypertension which is absolutely scientifically not proven. You can create nutritional stress by taking regular salt. What I’m talking about is something that was created in nature, balanced in nature, crystallized in nature and it has the balancing effect of trace minerals and in fact is its own medicinal, balancing endocrine supporting water enhancing properties that have a whole host of necessary components to it. So, when you add it to salt, you create this perfect alchemy of what the salt, the water and salt is required for cellular hydration.  So salt, water on its own without the electrolytes is empty water. What would your body have to do in order to receive that water? You would drink that water, the body will strip itself from the inside, contribute some of the electrolytes to it. So then, it could be used in the body. So again, how things are in nature, let’s mimic that which the body requires. Let’s add a pinch of Himalayan salt to a glass of water or half a teaspoon per gallon. It’s not that much and it creates that alchemy effect that creates that electric now conductive force that water is and it has no relation to anything of the kind of pseudoscientific hypertensions or anything like that.

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KC: So, when you’re drinking water are you always putting Himalayan salt in it?

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DO: Always.

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KC: Wow. Okay.

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DO: Always.

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KC: That’s good to know. Got it. Okay.

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DO: Other than, you know, if you find water that already is properly electrolyzed then you don’t have to. Like, Smart Water has very low total dissolved solids called TDS which is very important when you’re looking at water because water shovel a lot of things in. So, from what I’ve gathered the particle size of the electrolytes are good in Smart Water so you can do that. But, if you’re taking in distilled or reverse osmosis or whatever, absolutely 100%, you need to add the, I never recommend only under very, very, very strict supervision would it be good to constantly drink distilled or reverse osmosis on its own. So, you need the element, you need the elements in or the electrolytes in order to have properly balanced cellular or receptive water.

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KC: That’s great. That’s going to be a huge eye opening thing for people, I think.

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DO: Yeah, and again, I always say with all these stuff, don’t take my word for it. Do your own research and, you know, this is just again stuff I’ve learned for 20 years and I’ve had my diffusion and osmotic activity of my cells, my hydrative capacity of my cells tested and I had it tested in New York at this university and the researcher, and this was right in the middle of you know drinking water and salt and all that stuff and she said it’s the best hydrative cells she’s ever seen and she worked with all kinds of athletes and whatever and that was kind of a nice wink to actually get that, you know.

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KC: Yeah, yeah, you’ve got it dialed in.

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DO: It’s dialed.

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KC: Awesome man. So, let’s jump over to the detoxification.

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DO: Yeah. So, detoxification is an interesting thing. We have to realize that it’s not some, you can enhance the detoxification potential in your body. You can speed it up and slow it down but it’s always, always, always happening in your body. Okay, your body is always getting rid of waste, balancing itself and this is something where a huge amount of energy goes to your body every day. What happens is if we’re now in this day and age where we have so many other internal stressors that are going on, we have these convenient foods that are getting immune responses instead of a generative receptive food, you know, the more we process something, the less our body sees it as food and therefore is reacting to it. So, we’re getting more and more kind of xenobiotics and xenobiotics are these manufactured substances that don’t exist in nature that we’ve created that are just hitting us from every angle from getting in our water, from our air we breathe to the food we make. So, our level of toxicity at an all time high of, you know, aside from people being irradiate, you know, radiation poisoning, we are getting hit and being poisoned in every opportunity in our culture these days and it’s not to create fear there. It’s to be let’s do this, let’s be aware. Let’s be aware of what’s going on and our detoxification systems get slowed down. They get beat up. So, at least what we can do is drink these high quality waters. Let’s get our deep breathing in and get high oxygen contents in our systems and let’s back off on this food stress of all these manufactured foods and heavy proteins all the time and rancid fats. We can control a lot that supports healthy detoxification potential in our body so that we don’t then end up further down the line needing to, you know, all of disease comes in because of a sluggish behind detoxification system. So, it’s about being proactive and understanding. I’m trying to layout in the book what really starts to happen and it’s important to know because at the end of the day, denial doesn’t work. We have a physical manifestation of our life and that’s our body. So, it doesn’t matter what you’ve decided, what’s convenient for you between your ears, your body has to deal with this, right. So, I really like to, I’m someone that wants to talk about the elephant in the room. The elephant in the room is we have a lot of fatal conveniences that we’ve created in this life. We have cell phones that we can put up to our ear that are bringing in a huge amount of electric energy into our heads. We have wifi signals that are hitting us. We have chemicals, 70 to 90,000 new chemicals being emitted in our atmosphere every year. This is the reality. It’s not a conspiracy. This is stuff that’s happening. So, my contention is I want to live a fantastic healthy super life. That is what I want and I want others to have that too. What doesn’t work is if we don’t have our eyes open and we don’t have our ears wide to hear our bodies inside and externally so I want to face things straight on so then I can have a choice. As a kid, there was no part of me that was just going to all of a sudden become a victim as to how I entered this world. It was like, “Oh, I’ve got a choice here but I actually have to make the choice based on knowledge, based on information. So, anyway, you know, that’s part of what I kind of get into the detoxification chapter. I just really like to expose the reality of what’s going on so that we can have a greater choice and we’re not kind of, you know, our bodies aren’t victim to our lives anymore and it can be in a way that is thriving rather than just surviving.

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KC: I love it. You know, I love just listening to you talk about this stuff, man. You get so fired up about it. It’s inspiring just to listen to you go through it. With the oxygenation, you know, in my mind when I look at that it’s getting out and breathing heavy and breathing good clean air as well.

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DO: Yeah and it’s actually, yes that is absolutely true. Our oxygen saturation has been affected because of toxins in our atmosphere. So, we actually don’t have as much oxygen available for every square cubic meter of air we have less oxygen in that. So, we have lowered our oxygen just because environmental pollutants, oxygen goes after toxins and that’s what part of the ozone is. That’s why there’s a whole in the ozone is because part of the deal of oxygen is to go after some of the free radicals that exist. So, therefore, yes, it is even more important that we breathe deeply, breathe from our stomachs, our diaphragms, all day everyday but take that time everyday to whether it’s, you know,  I mean working out’s a natural part of it, obviously, but also taking that a step further and taking time each day to really breathe in your belly and it’s really the physiological shutdown that has happened in the conversion of oxygen into our systems because if we’re, even the detrimental effects of too many processed Omega 6 oils, that effect on our oxygen uptake is huge and as opposed to a healthy Omega 6 from plant foods and beans, nuts, legumes that are not processed. That’s a huge part of oxygen uptake. So, there’s all these little things that are intimately involved in, you know, I’m doing some breathing techniques right now and I’m about 3 weeks into a 10-week program that I spend, I spend every morning 45 minutes of doing some intense breathing and I’m telling you I feel so amazing because why is oxygen, right? People think, “Well, I can just cruise through this oxygen chapter because it’s just about breathing.” But, oxygen is behind every single metabolic process in our bodies, a hundred trillion cells, virtually all of them require the spark of oxygen in order to ignite the normal metabolic processes. If we do not have that, the body then, you don’t know but the body moves into second and third backup systems and then goes into glycolysis to kind of use, okay, let’s use the sugar for the ignition of our cell. But then, that creates a problem in the presence of oxygen. Dr. Otto Warburg, one of the premier researchers of our, of kind of before our time, but he determined in the presence of oxygen, no disease, bacteria or cancer or anything can survive in a high oxygen rich environment. That’s astonishing. So, you know, oxygen has been studied almost more than any other element, 250 years of research. Why we don’t talk about this more is beyond me because it’s such an amazing, important, that’s why I put it as one of the 5 forces because if we don’t learn, hear me out, if we don’t learn to breathe like we’re supposed to breathe because we’ve all kind of atrophied and we’re also sitting and crushing our diaphragm all day at our computers, all that stuff, when we don’t train ourselves to breathe again, we’re going to have problems that there’s not a food or drug on the planet that can overcome lack of oxygen or things like that so that’s why I added it as a life force. It’s a really important aspect.

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KC: So much stuff in there, man, and I want to take another detour because I have 3 questions from that. So, the guy’s name is Otto Warburg?

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DO: Yeah, Dr. Otto Warburg.

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KC: And, how can we find out more of his stuff?

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DO: I think there’s a lot of stuff online so you can dig around. He’s got a lot of amazing, you know, I was lucky to study with a guy who’s got many of his references and research that have been destroyed over time.

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KC: Okay.

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DO: So, he was, one of my mentors put me on to him 15 years ago. But, yeah, he’s around and he pops up into this and when you start actually taking responsibility, I mean I’ve referenced him 2 or 3 times in the book too. His contribution to real medicine, host theory not germ theory is extremely important which is a whole other topic.

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KC: Alright, well, I’m going to do a little Google on him. And then, what’s the breathing routine that you’re doing in the morning?

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DO: This is interesting. It’s actually this guy called the Iceman. His name’s called Wim Hof, w-i-m H-o-f. So, he’s got this Wim Hof method of breathing, a 10-week program. I’ve done many breathing programs, obviously, because of oxygen, the importance of it. I’ve worked with researchers on liquid oxygen, supplements, all different types of things, this is really physiologically training a lot of things that are going on with the body’s ability to use oxygen so it’s a whole other, he’s super human and he can teach you and he also does a bunch of cold therapy or cold training as well. So, that’s a big topic to but it’s been quite fun. I’ve known of him for over 2 years and I’m just now kind of diving into it full on. But, he’s been physiologically tested as to, which is great for me because I always believed taking 100 % responsibility for yourself and your life and he has absolutely rewritten the physiological autonomic nervous system that he says is not autonomic. You can actually train your nervous system, central nervous system, immune system consciously, that anyone can do it and he can turn your immune system on or off. And so, it’s hitting many levels beyond just oxygen but these techniques are some really intense breathing protocols which is fantastic.

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KC: Great. I’m going to go look him up to. And then, so one loaded question, so when you’re either at home or you’re traveling, what does your daily routine look like?

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DO: If I’m at, well obviously, if I’m at home it’s a little different but when I wake up, I wake up anywhere from 3:30 to 4:30 every day, even on the weekends and I will prepare, well, first, structure, I got some structured water so I’ll drink a liter of, a liter of water straight away before anything else. I’ll set up either, I’ll either make a smoothie and some sort of concoction there, Shakeology, add a bunch of other stuff to it or if I’m experimenting with something I’ll make another type of concoction. But, before I’ll have it, I’ll just make it and then I’ll go off and for 45 minutes I’ll be doing the breathing stuff or meditating or stretching or a combination of all of them and then I’ll go into some cold, few minutes to straight cold shower, you know, all in all 50 minutes of that, I’ll come out and I’ll have my smoothie. I’ll do some writing. I’ll do some reading. It’s a great time for me to read stuff that I’m inspired by, you know, nutrition, health-based and, yeah, so that’s kind of the little morning routine and just a few hours later I’ll hit the workout with my buddies, the core group of guys that I workout with everyday that keep me on my toes and are some amazing athletes and amazing guys.

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KC: One quick question, what time’s the sun usually rising there?

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DO: Now, it’s because of the change, it’s maybe 7.

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KC: So, you’re getting up a good 3 to 4 hours before the sun rises?

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DO: Oh yeah, buddy.

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KC: That’s awesome.

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DO: It’s the pocket. It’s my most favorite time of the day. It is unbelievable. I just. I can’t even explain it. It’s incredible and I’ve done that since a junior in college, actually.

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KC: Uh-huh. Well, going back to that when I was doing the ultimate reset, one of the things that I noticed was, and again, for everybody listening this is, it was a surely plant-based whole foods and it’s extremely clean but I noticed that after the first week, I would have this just massive amount of energy through the whole day and then I would just crash at night and sleep like a baby through the night and then wake up just like you’re talking about in the morning ready to go with that natural energy.

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DO: Exactly, you’re getting into regulatory functioning and when you set yourself up again in letting your body thrive, it knows exactly what to do and you’re not overriding systems. You’re letting your body, like your body naturally knows how to produce energy and so it does and, you know, and when your brain chemistry is balanced in serotonin/dopamine and you’re not overly simulated or sluggish from those neurotransmitters not working. When they start firing then as soon as that sun, the circadian rhythm of the sun goes down, then your melatonin is converted through healthy balanced of the serotonin/dopamine and then it’s like a sleeping drip. The melatonin starts dripping in your brain and then you’re done, like it just shuts you off and then, boom, you fall into deeper levels of sleep and sleep is, you know, a force by itself really. But, you know, how I describe is all of these forces help you sleep. So, sleep is not an anomaly on its own. It’s an orchestra of these other forces that help it, help your body fall into those deeper levels of sleep. So, and when that’s happening everything else is exponentially greater when you can actually recover and kind of reset your brain everyday and let your body repair. You’re just going to do really well and that’s one of the side effects of just taking care of yourself that there’s no need for all this crazy drug experiments that we’re doing with sleeping pills and stuff. That’s just a prescription for disaster. It’s just really, my problem with most of the medical field is that we’re undercutting the very foundation of our health and expecting to have health when you’re not taking care of the core of how your body stays balanced is a massive disservice and dare I say, just criminal as a culture, we just are really beating ourselves up and we don’t need to do that. But, listen, I’m all for the medical field but let’s keep it in check. It’s out of its lane. The medical field should be supporting your eating. It should be supporting you eating well. It should be supporting you drinking. It should be supporting and not flicking pills at you. So, you know, that’s the big thing. We need to really take our power back, not look to anyone else to give us health that all the health is in our own grasp that if we take that responsibility on.

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KC: I totally agree 100%. I want to get back to the day because I know that a lot of the questions that people asked were specifically towards this. So, after you’re working out, I guess there’re 2 questions in here, what do you, what’s the day looking like from there? What are you fueling your body with? And then, also, are you vegan?

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DO: I am. I mean I don’t, I don’t run around announcing it because I think it’s just, it’s just a matter of, you know, I don’t, it’s been 8 years, I don’t need any animal products for me and in certain situations I’d be naïve to say that there can’t be some medicinal qualities to some very high quality meats or stuff like that so I’m not one of those activists of vegan that everyone is exactly the same. It’s not true. But, I think the gross misunderstanding and misuse of horrible, horrible meat and dairy and cheeses and all that stuff is destroying us absolutely. So, it’s really, factory farming is a massive issue and the quality of our food is just horrendous. So, that is what I’m most concerned of. Each body is different. I started this way because I simply, as an experiment because that’s what I do and I felt so great. And, listen, I’m as strong as I was when I was 20. I have as much muscle mass as I did when I was playing football. So, that’s a complete misnomer and I dive heavy into a lot of protein myths in the book and it’s a destructive element if taken on too much. And again, everything needs to be in balance.

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KC: Yup. So, what are you fueling your body with after a workout?

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DO: So, I typically will, you know, when I make my smoothie in the morning it’s usually a massive blender full so it’s 2 liters. I’ll start it off that way and then at the end I’ll, you know, it’s Shakeology and a bunch of other stuff that I’ve added to it, whatever my body needs but I’ll finish that other quart of smoothie. And then, you know, come lunch it’s, you know, 99% of the time, my lunch is some elaborate big salad. I grow a lot of my vegetables. So, it’s a variety of leafy greens and kales and certainly quinoa can end up in there sometimes and a bunch of sprouted or germinated nuts and I love a good raw hummus. And so, it’s a Flintstones-sized salad. And then, I will really not eat anything until dinner because I just, I like to stay light. I like to keep my head nice and sharp. If, you know, if I have a little snack, it might even be like an 88% or 100% dark chocolate as a nice little boost in the afternoon or I actually have an elixir that I make myself that is unbelievable. So like, I sometimes do in the morning and in the afternoon but that’s top secret. And then, dinner, you know I make, I can make an amazing vegan burrito and pizza and things like that that will blow your mind that have all the taste and textures or I make, you know, a vegetable soup with beans, legumes, things like that and I just, you know, it’s funny because my wife, she always knows what she’s going to make for dinner after she eats lunch kind of and I’m like the opposite, like once I show up in the kitchen, I actually don’t even know what I’m going to make. Even as I’m pulling out food, I just kind of intuitively just start creating something and ultimately I ended with some new thing that I just let my body sort out and it’s a very artistic way of eating but it’s really fun and I enjoy it and it makes you nuts but it’s great.

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KC: And then, what about a wine or a beer? Do you ever have any wine or beer?

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DO: I don’t. No, I, not out of any wrongness of it. It’s just, I just don’t. It just doesn’t appeal to me. Of course, I drank as a college kid but I also can’t say that, you know, one of the other biggest turning points of my life that got me formulating and got me doing this professionally was when I lost my father and I did lose him to alcohol and he was a brilliant, amazing guy. And so, yeah, is there a part of alcohol and me that just don’t want to really mix? For sure and at the same time there’s zero missing in my life because of it. I don’t have a judgment of other people doing it. I’m not around people that are sloppy and do that kind of thing. But, I also have no problem with people, you know, having that in their life. You just keep it in balance and I just don’t like the feeling. I don’t like it how, what it does to me. I love my consciousness the way it’s at so I just don’t partake at all.

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KC: Great, great. And then, when you’re winding down the night, what time are you usually going to bed?

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DO: It’s early, man, because I’m a, my wife and I are kind of crazy that way. I mean there would be times when we’re literally making dinner at quarter to 5 and often times we’re totally done eating by 6 o’clock and we might, you know, even turn on our favorite show or whatever and just kind of have some time together and then, you know, by 8 o’clock I’m done. Like, that melatonin drip has started and I am totally done. Yeah.

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KC: So, the one other big question, this is sort of the elephant in the room for all the women. You have tons of female followers and fans. They all found out that you just got married, man. So, how is it? You know, I had recently saw myself, I saw through social media and she seems like an amazing woman. How’d you guys meet? How’s everything going?

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DO: Oh, well, thank you. Yeah, it’s been great. It’s Eliza, Eliza Olien now but formerly Eliza Coupe. She’s an actress. She was a really, really good buddy of mine, who was a film producer, actually, she was on a film of his and he just had a conversation with her and she was, you know, making all these green drinks and getting up at 4 in the morning and all this stuff and he was like, “I know one other person on the planet who does that.” And, but, it wasn’t, the timing wasn’t so because she was married at that time and I was in a relationship and but we got connected on e-mail, kept everything totally just like, “Hey, cool” you know, it’s we didn’t cross any lines or anything and in kind of 3 years we just touch based with each other. So, 3 years went by and we never talked. We never got together, nothing. We just respected each other. You know, her work was fantastic. She’s an incredible actress and Liz had several TV shows, working on some stuff now and she’s super funny and talented. And so, I admired her for that and then come to find out a few years ago, I just said ‘happy new year’ to her one time and she shot back a couple of e-mails later and said, “Oh, by the way, I’m no longer married.” And, I was like, “Holy cow” and that changed everything and within a few weeks we met and that was it and it was and this is coming from a guy who was, I was traveling everywhere and I didn’t think relationships were really going to work out for me and man, it was the best and the easiest choice I’ve ever made in my life.

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KC: That’s awesome.

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DO: So, within a short period of time she moved in and within a year and a half we were married.

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KC: It’s awesome. Happy for you, man.

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DO: Thank you. It’s good.

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KC: So, another question sort of on a personal level, I…

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DO: More personal than being getting married? Okay.

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KC: No. So, this is on a personal level for me. The other one was on a personal level for all the women that were so [inaudible -01:09:31] that you went and got married on them. But, they’re all happy for you.

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DO: Good, good, good.

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KC: One of the things that, so I follow a native American spiritual path, specifically, Lakota, and during the summer like one of the high ceremony, we do, I go out to Rosebud out in South Dakota, the reservation and we do a ceremony called Sundance every year.

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DO: Sure.

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KC: And, one of the things that’s extremely hard for me, so I’ll be out there for 2 sometimes, 3 weeks at a time and it’s no cell phone, no running water or running water, no electricity, no plumbing, so a very, it’s just an amazing experience for me and it’s sort of the grounding force in my life but one of the things that I actually have a difficult time was, is coming back to society after that, like coming back to this crazy world we live in and I was wondering if there’s ever a part of you, you go with all of these indigenous cultures and meet these amazing people, is there ever a time that you just want to stay?

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DO: Well, it’s funny that you ask that because first off in what you said, there’s a lot there because I studied with and got to know many Lakota throughout Colorado and did many, did the Humblacha and did many sweat lodges and was a big part of my life in my 20s and went out to the reservation several times and got to meet Wallace Black Elk and everything else. So, anyway, there’s a lot there and like we could talk at some point about but I always revered the natural path. I’ve always revered the balance that’s innately within and as you know everything is, essentially everything is sacred, everything has a purpose and there’s a reason why you’re there and you’re honoring that thing. So, every travel I go with that same mentality because I’ve been around many indigenous people and I respect that and I think it is one of the biggest assets I have is there’s a natural comfort that I’ve experienced with those people and me because of the leading with my heart essentially first, not profits, not products, not anything like that. It’s really how can I, I am here with an opportunity that could make your life a better balance. I could provide an opportunity for your life and your people’s lives to be have a greater level of inclusion of this economic world as example but let’s do it in a way that’s beneficial to everyone or let’s not do it. So, that’s something that I’ve always in every culture because every culture’s absolutely different. So, you also have to just completely wide open knowing that I may know of the ingredient or the super food or the medicinal plant but I don’t know of them. So, I need to sit with them and be with them and hear from them. And so, it’s a big, big part of my life and, you know, I’ve studied many, I’ve stayed with many, I have followed many, you know, it’s just a, you know, it’s a very important aspect in my life and something that is, I think, as you know once that, once it’s kind of in you, whether I’m not going to sweat lodge every weekend anymore but it’s, it never leaves. That is always there and so it is informed every travel I’ve ever had. It was very vulnerable for me, actually to share, my connections to Beachbody. It was a very vulnerable time for me. This was years ago, right, at this point and it was really I was more on their side than I was on Beachbody’s side because I didn’t know.

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KC: Yeah absolutely.

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DO: I’m like, “Listen, you need to tell me at any point that if something doesn’t feel right, tell me and we can figure it out.” But, I was really, it was really vulnerable and the cool thing is that Beachbody has done everything it can to live by that, that same respect.  And, you know, business is tricky, just inherently too, you know, and you have rough patches with any culture. I mean essentially, from my point of view our whole supply chain of say like Shakeology or anything else is intimately and probably the most important part of that is the relationships, period. If you don’t have the relationships, you might as well be selling microchips, like it’s just, you know, it’s when you’re dealing with indigenous people in foreign countries and farmers, you’re dealing with people of the earth, period, and you need to act accordingly. And so, anyway but that’s a, it’s a big one and I’m happy to hear that you have been in our touched by what you’re doing because it influenced my life and it sounds like it’s doing the same for you.

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KC: Yeah, it really has, it was the, it’s interesting that you mentioned Humblacha, that’s how I got involved with Beachbody.  So, like you said, awkward story but on my 4th day I really had that vision and came, I came down from the hill and told my wife what I saw. So, I’ll share that with you another time but that is a hell of a story and I think that’s probably, that might be the most unique coaching, coaching stories that the vision was this and that’s…

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DO: Yeah, yeah, so, I want to wrap up, Darin, and I know that your time’s precious and I have a few questions here from your followers and this first one was one that I really liked and it was Jessica Anthony and she asked, “What’s the biggest failure you’ve ever had and how did it shape who you are today? You know, I would say, other than the football thing it’s not really a failure because I got injured. You know, there was a time in my life before I really was eating strides. I really was finding all these super foods around the world. I was really inspired because I was there. I was with the people. I saw what could happen and I was trying to, you know, go come back to the States and kind of, you know, go to some of these super food companies and this was before Beachbody and kind of enroll them in like this is an amazing super food that no one has and even if they have it they’re not getting at these price with these people and fair traded with stuff. And so, in that process I was, I was really vulnerable because I was inspiring groups of people to grow things and then it’s grown. So , once it’s grown you need to sell it and these people are kind of relying on you. And so, I financially got myself into a lot of issues because people didn’t buy it at the rate that I thought and it was ready and I didn’t want to let down the people and so, yeah. I lost my ass in, you know, learning my way and like, okay, we can’t import that and if we import it, now it’s full of mold and I just lost, you know, I probably lost close to 50 to $100,000 just in super foods down the drain. So, that was my, it might be on one level my biggest failure.

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KC: Yeah and then it turned, I mean turned into connecting with Beachbody who had the ability to, I don’t know what the correct wording is, the ability to really get your work out to the masses.

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DO: Exactly, yeah, exactly.

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KC: Now, one final question from Alicia Mers. She asked the question, “If people could change just one thing about their diet that would make the biggest impact, what would you recommend?”

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DO: Oh wow, that’s a great question. I’m going to give 2 answers. I’m going to give, one, because it’s assumed that we’re talking about food. So, I would say the first answer is water, drinking enough water because it will help every single system of your body especially your digestive system and the inflammatory systems, detoxification systems, all that stuff. So, that would be the first one, the right kind of water, the amount of water is number one. Probably the second way to answer that, I guess, and not a lot of people would agree with me but I would say lower the amount of animal products. I’m not saying get rid of them because sometimes maybe, maybe some people need them but lower the amount of other animal flesh that you’re eating. That’s very taxing on the body and often if your digestive system isn’t perfectly designed or perfectly in harmony as enough hydrochloric acids, your enzymes are correct and the PH levels are correct so that they can work. Often, people that just keep eating protein just putrefies and the body can’t break it down very well so there’s a whole host of things. SO, I would say, water if you’re talking something outside of food and lower the amount of animal products that you’re taking in.

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KC: Go it. So, as far as the book for people that are listening in, people that are new that are looking to find the book, how can they find the book and then second part to that is after that where can they find more information about you?

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DO: Yeah, so the book can be found, physical locations in Barnes & Noble, also online Barnes & Noble, Amazon, it’s even at Costco. Yeah, they can get it there. I have a little excerpt on it on my website, Superlife.com, and then you can click on the book, there’s a little video to it so any of the places where they sell books, you can find it. And, if you like it, please give a review. It really helps other people see that it’s a gift to them and then they’ll order as well. So, it’s really helpful. You can find out a ton of stuff about me at Superlife.com and sign up for the newsletter that I have. We’re just gearing to some more and more cool research and sign up there and you’ll get a weekly newsletter and join the community and we’ll be getting out a ton of cool cutting edge information. So, yeah, it’s all there.

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KC: Awesome. Thanks so much Darin. For myself, personally, I ordered the book, the book is at my house and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but after talking with you today, I’m literally, tonight after dinner, I’m going to sit down and start going through it. So again, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to be with us Darin and if you have any parting words, I’ll let you close things out.

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DO: Okay, well, you know, hey, living a super life is what I’m about and it’s not a far off thing. It’s something that’s deeply capable and possible for all of us, regardless of who you are and what you are that it’s about living your most extraordinary life possible so keep living and keep choosing because you have a lot more choice than what we thought and that’s what it’s about, living your greatest life ever.
Thank you for listening to The Business of Life podcast. Apply what you learned today and you’ll be one step closer to creating the life you love to live.
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