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Steph Gaudreau from Stupid Easy Paleo interviews the best experts in fitness, nutrition, sleep, and mindset so you can apply their lessons to optimizing your own health and wellness. Discover how to improve your health using a multi-faceted, holistic approach so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy in life instead of being a slave to diet and exercise. Steph weaves her science teaching experience with her holistic nutritionist training and years as a competitive athlete into a rich tapestry supplemented by the experiences of her expert guests to help you dial in your lifestyle.
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If you're thinking about nutrition or fitness (or both), it's usually a given that you're thinking about goals. You've probably heard that you won't achieve anything without having goals, so you make up something vague like and plow forward. Inevitably, you get frustrated by not reaching the goal fast enough and quit. Sound familiar? If so, this chat is for you. In this episode, I'm digging into the very important differences between outcome-oriented and process-oriented goals. You'll learn why you might want to cast a vision instead of get fixated on an outcome, and why staying committed to the process – while remaining fluid and flexible – is key. Also, you'll learn the surprising and powerful way to approach mistakes and failure that will keep you moving forward. In this episode I covered: Why outcome goals set you up for frustration The importance of vision and feeling How to leverage process goals to get better results Why process goals often require a perspective shift How to make SMART goals better Harder to Kill Radio is sponsored by the Nutritional Therapy Association. Registration is now open for the NTA's September class. You can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com (and don't forget to mention my name on your application!)  You can also try out their free 7-day course, Nutritional Therapy 101 by going to: https://nutritionaltherapy.com/nutritional-therapy-101/ Remember to find the show notes and other episodes on StephGaudreau.com Pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 are now available for you! Get all the freebies now because they disappear on July 30. Claim the bonuses here. Thank you so much for all your support! Resources from this episode: Get all the pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 Harder to Kill Club Follow Steph on: Instagram| Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter I'd really love it if you would take 10 seconds and subscribe to the podcast!
After striving to become perfect, Pat Flynn realized that it is okay to be average. More than that, he realized the potential of becoming good to great, or at least fairly competent, at many different things could have a positive effect on your life. With his new book, How to be Better at Almost Everything, Pat is taking his principles of Generalism to the masses and is here today to help you apply it to everything in your life to become a more robust human being. Becoming Better Through Generalism If you struggle with the idea of not being the best at something, it could be causing major harm to your health and mindset. Pat believes that being a specialist can be a big mistake for most people, and urges us ‘normal’ humans to accept generalism and all the power that comes with it.  Pat is an open book and a wealth of knowledge who shares his struggle with anxiety, bullying, and more on this episode. Find out how a background in writing gave him a leg up in the fitness world, why you should be focusing on becoming a short term specialist, and how to become better at multiple areas of your life without feeling too much pressure.  A generalist mentality can help you improve your everyday life, find more fulfillment in the things you enjoy, and stop the negative self-talk. Your value as a human being is based off who you are, not what you can accomplish, and Pat is here to help you realize that. Are you ready to stop obsessing over things that really don't matter and embrace generalism into your life? Share what you learned from Pat in the comments on the episode page.   On Today's Episode What three basic life skills you should start working on building today How to stack your skills and find value in who you are not what you do The realities of entrepreneurship and facing your fears in the name of freedom Why you should ditch perfectionism to find more progress and liberation How to form a new relationship with anxiety and philosophically rebrand your life   Quotes “In life for most people most of the time, you are probably going to have more competitive and creative advantages getting good to great, or at least fairly competent, at a wide variety of skills rather than trying to be the best in the world at any one.” (14:30) “When I finally started to actually find success in areas, it wasn't because I was trying to be the best at any one thing. But good to great, or fairly competent, at a lot of different things.” (34:18) “Some people are just better than me. That took me a long time to be able to admit.” (39:09) “Humility is an amazing and wonderful thing. Being able to admit you know what, I am not the best at something. And that is okay, and I am still infinitely value and infinitely worth having in existence regardless of any of that.” (40:27) “The day of reckoning is going to come. Be it age or injury or whatever, there is going to be a day when you lose that capacity. So you can either decide to take a deep existential look at that now, and work through that now, which I think can be extremely liberating and freeing.” (49:51)   Resources Mentioned In This Show How to Be Better at Almost Everything by Pat Flynn Chronicles of Strength Website The Pat Flynn Show 101 Kettlebell Workouts Free PDF HTK 082: Pat Flynn Nutritional Therapy Association Website Order The Core 4 Here   Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
13 Tips for Better Sleep

13 Tips for Better Sleep

2019-07-1200:24:17

In theory, you'll spend about 1/3 of your life asleep. It's how humans recharge physically and psychologically. Yet in busy, modern life, sleep is often treated like a negotiable, something put last on the agenda, and as having less value than exercise when it comes to improving how you feel. Tricky indeed and full of nuance.  In this episode, I'm diving into sleep a bit more from the "here's what you can implement in your life right now to feel better soon" perspective. I've divided these 13 tips up into lower barrier-to-entry and higher barrier-to-entry categories based on time, cost, and behavior change buy-in. (Note: My categories are pretty subjective.) My hope is that you find something you can implement very soon! In this episode I covered: Why sleep and rest matter Why trading sleep for workouts is a losing proposition What is the hierarchy between sleep, nutrition, and exercise? Considerations for lifestyle and non-negotiables 13 tips for better sleep based on lower and higher barriers to entry Harder to Kill Radio is sponsored by the Nutritional Therapy Association. Registration is now open for the NTA's September class. You can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com (and don't forget to mention my name on your application!)  You can also try out their free 7-day course, Nutritional Therapy 101 by going to: https://nutritionaltherapy.com/nutritional-therapy-101/ Remember to find the show notes and other episodes on StephGaudreau.com Pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 are now available for you! Get all the freebies now because they disappear on July 30. Claim the bonuses here. Thank you so much for all your support! Resources from this episode: Get all the pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 Recharge Your Energy TrueDark glasses Magnesium article Harder to Kill Club Follow Steph on: Instagram| Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter I'd really love it if you would take 10 seconds and subscribe to the podcast!
After working herself to the bone in the fitness space, Jill Coleman started creating content for the internet in 2010. Since then her online persona has exploded and she is one of the leaders creating fitness programs and health information for people through her website. Now Jill works to empower clients as well as health and fitness entrepreneurs to lead with purpose and find positivity in the food and exercise space. Creating Continuity & Confidence A big believer in overwhelming yourself at the start in order to gain experience and confidence, Jill is here to help you take the steps necessary to get your business dream off the ground. Learn why you need to earn the right to say no, how to distinguish what is okay to share with your followers and what to keep private, and ways to work together with your coach to create continuity and confidence. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, are feeling alone in your business or just looking for a fresh perspective when it comes to training, this is the episode for you. Jill is an inspiring role model who leads by example and believes in transparency and honesty in order to move your goals forward.  What baby steps are you taking to gain experience and confidence in your fitness and business goals? Share where you are at in the comments on the episode page.    On Today's Episode Low stake ways to earn your confidence and business mentality through experience Exploring how things have changed in the online space over the last decade The importance of having a coach to keep you accountable and informed How to embrace overwhelm and find value in your own demand  Why podcasting is the new blogging and how to create an online persona   Quotes “Do something that is going to move you. To me, the solution in those situations is just to make more decisions.” (14:16) “I am actually a huge fan of completely overwhelming yourself. I am to the point of like, say yes to everything until you have earned the right to say no.” (22:44) “At heart, I am a teacher. So if there is something I don't feel like I understand 100% the nuances of, or I am not the person that should be talking about it, then I am probably not going to talk about it.” (39:12) “I think the value of having any coach in your life is to tell you what is important and tell you what is not important. I think that is extremely critical to your process.” (42:55)   Resources Mentioned In This Show Follow Jill on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube JillFit Website The Best Life Podcast Elite Mastermind Fitness Business Accelerator Program  Nutritional Therapy Association Website Order The Core 4 Here   Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
Revitalize

Revitalize

2019-07-0500:27:39

Community. Connection. Me to we. Taking time to center ourselves. I just got back from a beautiful long weekend at mindbodygreen's revitalize weekend in the Arizona desert where I learned from teachers, speakers, and healers committed to conscious connection and leadership. I consider myself quite lucky to have had this experience, and it comes at a time in my business and life when I feel very much on the cusp of shifting and change. In this episode, I'm filling you in on why you need to grab the book bonuses now (hint: on July 30 they disappear, so pre-order now), and I'm recapping my trip to St. Louis to record The Model Health Show with my friend Shawn Stevenson. Then, I'm sharing my experiences and most important take-aways from my weekend at the revitalize retreat.  In this episode I covered: Why you've got to grab the bonuses for The Core 4 soon My trip to St. Louis What it was like to attend revitalize 4 important things I took away from my experience at revitalize Harder to Kill Radio is sponsored by the Nutritional Therapy Association. Registration is now open for the NTA's September class. You can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com (and don't forget to mention my name on your application!)  You can also try out their free 7-day course, Nutritional Therapy 101 by going to: https://nutritionaltherapy.com/nutritional-therapy-101/ Remember to find the show notes and other episodes on StephGaudreau.com Pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 are now available for you! Get all the freebies now because they disappear on July 30. Claim the bonuses here. Thank you so much for all your support! Resources from this episode: Get all the pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 The Model Health Show Dr. Brighten mindbodygreen Paul Kuhn Deepak Chopra Julie Piatt Harder to Kill Club Follow Steph on: Instagram| Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter I'd really love it if you would take 10 seconds and subscribe to the podcast!
After falling captive to the scale and macro-nutrient counting, Shanique Allen said enough is enough and decided to change her lifestyle for one that was healthy, but not restrictive. Through this change in mindset and nutrition, Shanique has stopped letting food control her and now works with her clients to promote being kind to your body while still fueling yourself with healthy decisions. Live Life Unrestricted Shanique is determined to help you live your life with more ease and enjoyment. She believes that movement should be one of the things that bring you satisfaction and joy and that counting calories or setting limits for yourself is the opposite of achieving total body health and acceptance.  Learn from Shanique’s story as she reveals what she wishes she knew in hindsight, how being less restrictive can actually lead to greater holistic health benefits, and why we should stop judging those that go against societies version of ‘healthy’. There are more aspects to your wellness than just eating clean and exercising, and Shanique is living proof of the importance of making these healthy tools accessible to everyone. By creating a community where people are empowered to take the steps for themselves, you can invest in yourself and foster acceptance from within.   Are you ready to change the conversation regarding fitness and find more enjoyment in your daily routine? Share what you loved most about Shanique’s story and vision in the comments on the episode page.   On Today's Episode How to change your relationship and mindset with the numbers on the scale Changing the way you move to give you more joy and better results Mindset techniques you can use to break up with everything you know about fitness Ways life in Jamacia impacted Shanique’s approach to food and body image The importance of acceptance and giving yourself grace when making health improvements   Quotes “Having decided to break up with the person that I was, I had to create an identity that I could not ‘live with’, but who I was, I needed to figure that out, right now… and that's what lead me to where I am today. I am not defined by food, it is no longer something that I worry about, its something that compliments my life.” (19:44) “Now when I jump on the scale, and I am no longer tracking, I don't care. And because I decided that food was no longer a determining factor in how I chose to enjoy life.” (24:32) “In hindsight, I don't know what the hell I was doing! I’m like ‘damn Shanique you could have saved yourself a lot’. But at the same time, I am kind of glad I went through all that because it brought me here.” (34:38) “Given that we are all unique, how can you use what you have to do what you can to get to where you want to go?” (41:07)   Resources Mentioned In This Show   Shanique Allen Website Apply for #FabFitFormula Coaching Follow Shanique on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Pre-Order The Core 4 Here The Nutritional Therapy Association Website   Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
On the Wagon, Off the Wagon

On the Wagon, Off the Wagon

2019-06-2800:28:031

All-or-nothing thinking is not helpful when it comes to how you approach eating. Talk of "falling off the wagon" is extremely common and serves to keep you stuck in a loop of white-knuckle "compliance" (yuck) followed by periods of fuck-it-all eating, guilt, and shame. If you keep coming back to this way of thinking, start by asking yourself if it's actually helping you find better health and more ease. Probably not. In this episode, I'm talking about why all-or-nothing words and ways of thinking create unhelpful feelings which then lead to behaviors that cause further guilt and shame with food. I'm also sharing five practical steps you can follow for beginning to detangle yourself from the words and metaphors of dieting so you're more empowered from within and less likely to spend all of your time thinking about food. In this episode I covered: The reaction to last week's BMI episode Who I'm not for Why all-or-nothing thinking about food is disempowering 5 steps you can follow to begin breaking the cycle of on the wagon, off the wagon thinking Harder to Kill Radio is sponsored by the Nutritional Therapy Association. Registration is now open for the NTA's September class. You can learn more and save your seat by going to: www.nutritionaltherapy.com (and don't forget to mention my name on your application!)  You can also try out their free 7-day course, Nutritional Therapy 101 by going to: https://nutritionaltherapy.com/nutritional-therapy-101/ Remember to find the show notes and other episodes on StephGaudreau.com Pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 are now available for you! Get all the freebies before July 30. Just pre-order The Core 4 and claim the bonuses here. Thank you so much for all your support! Resources from this episode: Get all the pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 6 Reasons BMI is Bullshit – Ep 214 The Scale – Ep 120 Diet Culture – Ep 142 Intuitive Eating Harder to Kill Club Follow Steph on: Instagram| Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter I'd really love it if you would take 10 seconds and subscribe to the podcast!
I invite you to welcome back my real life friends Kristin Kaschak and Taylor Gage as we dive into a thought-provoking, curse-filled discussion about everything fitness. Fellow business owners, Kristin and Taylor are here to share strong opinions about everything from CrossFit to diet and nutrition and the ever ominous scale. Value Sustainable Health If you are looking for an episode that makes you think, provides new perspectives and encouragement that you are not alone in your fitness struggles, these are the girls for you. Everything from the stigma of CrossFit and the fitness realms preference to value output over mechanics, to the importance of separating the ideas of health and aesthetics into two very different categories, and so much more are covered today. Often we are so focused on the achievement of our goal that we forget about the ‘why’ behind our actions. Kristin and Taylor are here to drop some truth bombs and help you get out of the loop of unfulfillment to find something that really works for your physical and mental health. Kristin and Taylor believe that you should stop putting your performance on a pedestal and find what works for your long term health. Join us as we unweave the internalized messages many approach fitness with to address the language and mindset you use to impact your ability to suit your own health. Are you ready to learn how to stop valuing your performance over sustainable health? Share what steps you are taking to achieve a more holistic approach to wellness in the comments on the episode page!   On Today's Episode Identifying your internal feelings to find the type of fitness that works for you How to get over the number on the scale without questioning your self worth Ways to readjust your priorities away from aesthetics and towards feeling good Why you should question everything you believe to find what is true for you Addressing your language and context when it comes to your fitness goals   Quotes “When we are prioritizing output, when we feel like you have to be dead on the floor after every single workout and that's the bar for the workout, that's the only place I give a little bit of a side eye and think oh, I feel like we should stop and ask some questions right here.” (16:30) “Health is contextual. It is going to change depending on who you are and where you are, it's different for everybody and what that looks like. So if you are just putting a big stamp on something and saying ‘this is what health looks like’, that I think where the error comes in.” (22:28) “Health ultimately is there to support your life, it should not be your life.” (37:54) “Until you literally go all the way down, to these foundational elements of what you believe to be true about yourself in the world, you really are going to have a hard time seeing much else change in your life.” (56:10)   Resources Mentioned In This Show She Thrives Blog The Girl With The Butter Website Follow She Thrives on Instagram She Thrives Radio She Thrives Academy Follow The Girl With The Butter on Instagram Functional Fare Nutrition Website HTK 104: Kristin Kaschak HTK 073: Taylor Gage HTK 014: She Thrives HTK 188: Nutritional Therapy Nutritional Therapy Association Website Nutritional Therapy 101 Order The Core 4 Book Here   Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
6 Reasons BMI is Bullshit

6 Reasons BMI is Bullshit

2019-06-2100:25:48

I've dabbled with this topic before in other podcast episodes about the scale and diet culture, but I haven't taken on BMI as a separate topic until now. A recent routine doctor's appointment had me reeling from an offhand BMI comment. It brought up a lot for me, and had I not been mentally stronger, it could have pushed me back into disordered eating and exercise behaviors. In this episode, I'm relaying my story and tearing into six reasons why BMI is bullshit. There's a lot of nuance here, and my experiences as a person in a smaller body are nothing like what someone else in a larger body may experience. It's my hope that you'll walk away from this episode with some things to think about and start conversations of your own with the people you care about. In this episode I covered: My recent BMI story What I said when told my BMI was too high 6 reasons BMI is total bullshit Why intuitive eating is important to move past diet mentality and diet culture Remember to find the show notes and other episodes on StephGaudreau.com Pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 are now available and free for you! Get all the freebies before July 30. Just pre-order The Core 4 and claim the bonuses here. Thank you so much for all your support! Resources from this episode: Get all the pre-order bonuses for The Core 4 The Scale – Ep 120 Diet Culture – Ep 142 Intuitive Eating Harder to Kill Club Follow Steph on: Instagram| Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube | Twitter I'd really love it if you would take 10 seconds and subscribe to the podcast!
Instead of focusing on the latest diet or exercise fad, Laura Schoenfeld wants you to figure out what works best for your body. A registered dietitian and placeholder of the most downloaded Harder To Kill episode to date, Laura is back for round two to take her nutrition expertise in a new and exciting direction. Food, Fitness, & Faith Believe it or not, but being malnourished in the fitness space is a very common problem, and Laura is working to fix that by spreading information and knowledge. You don't have to break up with sugar to be healthy, all it takes is understanding your cravings and balancing your micronutrients, macronutrients, and calories. Learn how to stop the binge behavior that has been ingrained into your bodies functioning, understand what your body needs both physically and spiritually to achieve optimal health, start looking at your health decisions as part of your belief system, and so much more. Sugar is not the enemy, negative self-talk and self-criticism are. Laura believes in creating a positive self-image that is not based on performance but instead based on your own sense of purpose. We all want to create a meaningful life that we look back on with fond memories, and being focused or distracted by your body image is not the way to achieve that When you have a sense of purpose, you can increase your physiological resiliency and in turn create healthy habits that are as easy as autopilot. It is time to start looking at your health decisions and understanding how it relates to your belief system in order to find the most minimal way to keep your body on track. Are you ready to stop focusing so heavily on diet and nutrition and start feeding yourself spiritually? Share what you loved most about Laura's perspective in the comments on the episode page.   On Today's Episode Understanding why you may be craving sugar and how to reduce the cravings How over exercising could be holding you back from experiencing your best health The three categories you should be using to evaluate your malnourishment Using your faith to release your anxiety over food, fitness and body image Recognizing yourself as valuable regardless of your performance or diet   Quotes “Just because you are eating good quality real food, vegetables, proteins, healthy fats, all that stuff, that doesn't mean you are getting enough calories or macronutrients to meet your bodies needs.” (25:31) “There is research showing that the restriction of foods can actually trigger cravings and then bingeing on those foods later. That's not just an anecdotal thing, it is found in the research.” (40:52) “If we can switch that mindset of the typical belief that the more you do the better your results will be, I really like to switch that and say ‘what is the least I can do to get the results that I want to get’, and after that, it’s more just like bonus points if I feel like doing more.” (50:38) “Make sure that you aren't spending all of your time focused so heavily on nutrition and fitness and all that stuff. Honestly, I feel that should be a tool to help you pursue your purpose, not the purpose of your life to focus on that stuff so heavily.” (1:06:38)   Resources Mentioned In This Show Get the Free 3-Part Video Training Series Here Download the Faith-Based Fed and Fearless Guide Here Fed and Fearless Website Laura Schoenfeld Website Follow Laura on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Join the Fed and Fearless Society Here The Ancestral RDs Podcast HTK 105: Laura Schoenfeld Pre-Order The Core 4 Book Here   Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
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Alison Anderson

Another absolutely amazing episode!

Mar 10th
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Rachel Kline

I love this so much! I'm a trainer and constantly talking to clients about healthy eating including allowing themselves to enjoy the foods they love in moderation. You are spot on with the chips at Mexican food places! I love Mexican food! Thank you for sharing!

Feb 4th
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Diandra C

love her! great stuff!

Jan 11th
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Elizabeth Shannon

loved this episode!

Jan 7th
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Lisa Littell

YES! comparison is the thief of joy.

Jun 30th
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Kat Reuter

great episode!!

May 18th
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