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Jim Dailakis (pt 2)

Jim Dailakis’ reasons for being (Pt. 2 of 4)

 

Kamala Appel:           So tell me a little bit about your approach towards health, and if you had a pivotal moment, like an “aha” moment in your life that made you really committed to being healthier and what it was.

 

Jim Dailakis:              Well I think after the…actually I’ll just say the other thing I noticed, to be positive about coming here because I love it here, is the raging optimism.  I felt that no matter happens and what’s happening I just love that American optimistic approach to everything.  I don’t know if it’s still there now, but when I got here it definitely was, and that’s what attracted me.

 

But I would say my “aha” moment for being healthy came about because I was…I think after the 743rd time I got beat up I had to do something.  I was always getting sick. I had no idea why I was getting stomach aches.  I would have the flu for three weeks at a time, be well for one week. It was almost like being healthy was the shorter part.

 

I would be more ill than not; than healthy, and then just being extremely weak.  I think the “aha” moment definitely came when I saw Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon when I was a teenager.  I just remember being so blown away by that and just his physique and his power and his intensity and I thought, “What does one do to get like that,” and I ended up taking martial art and that was definitely the pivotal part of my life, because it put me on the right path.

 

Because I managed to find a Dojo that wasn’t just about getting strong physically, but also mentally, developing confidence and nutrition, and being respectful.  I love the whole discipline factor; I love the whole philosophical aspect.  And the more I got into Bruce Lee and the more I got into martial arts, the more I realized that there is so much more to what I’m doing than just learning to defend myself. And it just got to be a way of a life, and I’ve never looked back.  I’ve been at it ever since.

 

Kamala Appel:           How long ago was that in your life?

 

Jim Dailakis:              I was 14; so that was 610 years ago.  So yeah I was 14.

 

Kamala Appel:           Wow you’re like a Gila monster or whatever kind of reptile that lives forever.

 

Jim Dailakis:              [Laughing] So it was a while back; I was a teenager and I’m in my let’s just say early 40s now.  I was a stronger, fitter, faster and better than I’ve ever been physically, which kind of blows my mind.  But that was definitely the moment, and the second moment was when I saw Rocky Balboa doing his thing.  So then I combined the two.  I just was obsessed with Rocky Balboa and Bruce Lee, and it’s just instilled an amazing confidence in me.

 

Kamala Appel:           So the two underdogs; I mean Bruce Lee is a bad ass. And he looks like he’s this little green bean; he’s this tiny little guy.  It’s like the guy who won the gold for weightlifting; I want to say it was in 2000, it wasn’t that long ago.  He weight 135 and he lifted 600 pounds or something insane.  He almost split in half doing it, but he did it.  When I saw that guy it made me think of Bruce Lee like wow, here’s this little teeny guy that you wouldn’t think twice about, and he packs a can of whoop ass.

 

Jim Dailakis:              Yeah that was definitely a can of whoop ass; industrial strength.  And Bruce, I think I related to him because I’m not Chinese, but I related to the fact that he was also beat up and a sickly child; and the same with Stallone, he was like that.  I was more interested in Rocky Balboa, but then I realized that he and Sly are the same thing; so I saw that he…

 

Kamala Appel:           I don’t think that that Sylvester Stallone is that big of a guy, but the discipline.  He’s maintained his body all these years.

 

Jim Dailakis:              I know, it’s pretty spectacular.  And I always wonder what would Bruce Lee be like if he was still alive.  It’s very interesting.

 

Kamala Appel:           It’s heart breaking.  That’s a huge loss to all the fans, and also just as a role model.  I think he probably would have been very much on the path of like Jack LaLanne of life time fitness.

 

Jim Dailakis:              Absolutely; he changed the…I saw a documentary called How Bruce Lee Changed the World; I thought he just changed my life and a lot my teenage friends at the time. But I didn’t realize he had that much of an influence.  The African American community was into his movies over here, I had no idea that Hispanics were into him. I had no idea that Asians felt really happy about this.  In fact, this is all, believe it or not, part of a one man show that I’m doing.  How all these heroes came to me as a kid and I play all the roles.

 

Kamala Appel:           Oh that’s cool.

 

Jim Dailakis:              Yeah, it’s going to be fun.

Evan Money (pt 2)

Evan Money’s Reasons for Being (Pt. 2 of 4)

 

Kamala:                      Right. I think that’s a good point like how much your mind set to challenge your body can make your body perform harder, in almost like kind of living a split life of your body and yourself as your own coach. What made you make this commitment to living a healthy life? Did you have a particular moment that transformed you and will you share it with us?

 

Evan:                          That’s a fantastic question Kamala and I think a lot of times in our society, everybody talks, what’s the one thing or what was the moment, what was this…and for me it was a process and too often in our society regardless of whatever it is, “reality TV show” and all the stuff going on we never, ever get to see the process and if we do it’s always fast-forward. For example great shows like, and I watch them, I love them; American Idol and x-Factor, these guys go from unknown to superstar in 6 weeks. And so you get this unrealistic view of what it takes or how it happens. And people always think that, “Oh I went from this sad flop to P90x cover person in 3 days.”

 

And for me it was a slow. I was always active as a young, kid, skateboarding, surfing, doing all that, I never paid attention to nutrition. I just ate and was active. So I worked out really well when I was younger. When I was in my early 20s I started body-building. And that was my first of many AHA moments. That’s what started me on the process, and Kamala what’s interesting for me was all of my research on nutrition and health and everything wasn’t about being healthy it was about how can I get bigger muscles faster without taking steroids. And along the way, I discovered what healthy living was all about, while trying to figure out how to maximize and become a natural body-builder and that changed the way I lived my life. Just one discovery after another after another after another and it wasn’t for the noble cause of “Oh I want to be healthy!”  Hey I want to get bigger biceps, I want to get ripped abs, I want to get bigger and stronger without taking steroids that led me on this path which I still continue and it was just a gradual process.

 

I learned that “Hey! Chicken’s a lot better than beef for your body, for its easily digested, you know? Hey fruits and vegetables really do… because they’re pre-digested with the enzymes and everything; I can get a maximum beneficiary about eating those versus a bunch of processed food.” And I just kept discovering and understanding “Wow! Processing sugar is the worst possible thing you can eat.” One of my latest discovery is just happens to be with salt. You know for the longest time we’re told sodium is bad and salts bad and all this and that. Salt is one of the best critical things of your body; however you have to get it in unprocessed form which is very hard to do. And they’re out there things like Celtic salt and the Hawaiian pink salt is out there but salt is actually a health food if you get it processed correctly. And it’s just little things like this, just one after another, just AHA moment after AHA moment, just building on each other to be come and understand that “Hey, I just don’t want to be one like I said before. I don’t want to be these people with my body falling apart in an old-age home. I want to be like Jack Lalanne and continue to search and study and more AHA moment.” The moment you think, Kamala the moments like that, you know, there’s no arrival point. There’s just continual process.

 

Kamala:                      Well, Evan the continuous learning is still important for your brain and continually challenging your body is so important for your well-being. It sounds like you have a series of lessons learned. I’m wondering if there’s any else in regards to health and fitness that surprises you that maybe you thought, oh for sure we have to do this, like for salt; I mean I know for myself I believe I can only miss anti-salt and then I was training for my first marathon and I ended up having hyponatremia without even knowing what that was. You know, water intoxication, and as soon as I started drinking healthy electrolyte, suddenly I can think clearly after my workouts. I would be so ditzed out. That was something that surprised me. Is there anything else that surprises you on health and fitness along your journey?

 

Evan:                          Yeah there’s quite a few and another which I can keep this interview down to 24 hours. I’ll give it to you but I’ve got a long list. One of the big things for me, number one was genetic. And a lot of times in the marketing aspect of fitness magazines and everything else they will show someone genetically gifted and then lead you to believe that if you take this magic pill, you’re going to look like that. Or if you do a certain amount of exercises, you’re gonna look like that. And the reality is genetics play such a huge part in what our body is capable and what it can actually look like. And as someone who is big in the fitness industry and body building and all that, it was such an eye opener for me to finally realize – and I know there’s gonna be people reading and listening and watching this – is that a lot of people still think that, “Okay, if I lift enough weights, I can look like this guy,” or, “if I do enough sit-ups or I eat enough of this, I can look like this girl over here.”

 

And I give people perfect example, The View, daytime TV show, we had a chance to get to know Elisabeth Hasselbeck before she was put on The View and she’s just a little petite thing like my wife, and you look at someone who’s still on the show, I think Joy is one of her co-hosts. You know, she’s a much stockier woman and you see these two different body structures and one way to do it is to look at your wrist. Some people just have bigger, mightier wrists than other people do. And it’s a football analogy – the wide receiver doesn’t look like the lineman and it’s just that they have a different structure of their body. And so once I realized, “Hey this is what my body is capable of, I need to work with the genetics that I have” and understanding that all the lies in the fitness industry, again you do the best with what you have.

 

The next biggest thing that surprised me about health and fitness was – and I got two more – the less biggest thing is less is more. I used to think that if I wasn’t working out busting my behind seven days a week, I wasn’t making progress and I was falling farther and farther behind. And what I realized is that when it comes to – you can look at the two – and come on, you can agree with this – you can look at the two biggest poster children for fitness. It’s typically bodybuilders and long distance marathon runners. And people want to equate marathon running with great health and people want to look at bodybuilders and go, “Oh, they’re so healthy” and a professional body builder is the most unhealthy person on the planet and to make your body look like that, most of these guys are taking steroids, oh they’re taking a lot more than steroids, they’re taking a whole chemistry set with the stuff to get their body to do that until they’re very unhealthy. A lot of people think they look like that all the time, which they don’t, it’s in-season and when then out of season they look like big, giant roly polies. And then marathon running – a lot of people think, “Oh, you got to put on the miles, you got to run, you got to run and you hear all these stories about these guys, they’re marathon runners and just end up dropping dead because long distance running is very damaging to your body and –

 

Kamala:                      Yeah, three days a week, three days a week.

 

Evan:                          Yeah it’s about less is more.

 

Kamala:                      That’s because I’m gonna –

 

Evan:                          That was confusing for me, it’s like, “Oh, okay, your body actually grows when it’s resting, and you know when it’s resting, it’s actually doing this,” so that was a huge one to me because I was always, “Oh, it’s gotta be eight days a week or you’re not doing it”

And, the last, I think, again there’s a bazillion more but –

 

Kamala:                      Just one more.

 

Evan:                          Just one more. I’m trying to think of a real eye-opener for me. So we’ve got genetics, we’ve got less is more, I probably have to remember.

Charles Van Kessler (pt 2)

Charles Van Kessler’s Reasons for Being (Pt. 2 of 4)

 

Kamala:                      So when did you create the vitamins? Clearly you’re an entrepreneur. That’s what entrepreneurs do. They see that there’s something that they want that’s not in the market place and then they create it.  Then they said “Well might as well put it out there for the general public.”

So when did you make this decision? When did you get your products out there to people?

 

Charles:                      Well, it was a long story because I work two jobs to make ends meet. I had a young family to support and so the study lasted for 2 decades and the research lasted for all that time and all the meetings with the bio chemist and the bio engineers and so and so.

 

To make the long story short finally in the 90s, 1995 or so I decided did I finally learned enough that I have money saved to invest in to the development and the creation of this amazing liquid vitamin and mineral products that I had in mind that would just blow the world away and that’s exactly what happened.

 

Till seven more years after that it took to actually physically do it to have a hundred thirty-five ingredients all synergized together and make it all work. So in 2006 actually the product Passion for Life was born.

 

Kamala:                      Okay. So that sounds like it took 30 or 40 years before it really came to fruition, is that accurate?

 

Charles:                      That is absolutely correct. It has been a long time and I just didn’t want to be not ready for it both financially and educationally. And so it took that long to finally do it. That’s correct.

 

Kamala:                      Wow! Talk about persistence and dedication. Is this product something that people can get at someplace like Whole Foods?

 

Charles:                      No.

 

Kamala:                      Or just through your site?

 

Charles:                      Yeah. If they go on the website, our website is www.passion4lifevitamins.com. They can see quite a bit of the background on the product. They can see scientific information, many doctors’ testimonials; we have Regis Philbin as our star celebrity endorsement taking our product who was one of the first endorsements we received and the reason that we do it on the website at the moment only is to keep the cost down.

 

Kamala:                      Right.

 

Charles:                      I’m the type of person who wants to help people; that’s what my whole life has been all about: to help people. I don’t believe in having 3, 4, 5 people in the middle making all kind of money and then the consumer ending up with $80 a bottle of vitamins. You know that is not correct.

 

Kamala:                      Yeah especially now.

 

Charles:                      Yeah.

 

Kamala:                      How much is it now? I’m guessing forty bucks something like that?

 

Charles:                      People can get 1 bottle, one time for $44.95 for the whole month but most people 80% of our customers are on auto shift. So if you get it in a monthly auto shift basis it comes down as much as $34.95 a bottle which is, if you know what’s all in this product, it’s beautiful to have this product available for people in such a low price. And it changes people’s lives every day we hear this. You know we have hundreds of testimonials from people that are excited about how much better they feel, how much better quality life they have. It’s sometimes –

 

Kamala:                      I’m excited. I’m going to go to try it myself. I want to talk more about your journey to give you the strength, to have the persistence and the stay power, to make this come to fruition.

It sounds like it must have been somewhat surprising to you to find out that what was already in the market place or something that didn’t really work. And also just a little surprise to how long will it really takes to have something new come to fruition. Was there anything else during your journey to be healthier or more fit that came as a surprise to you?

 

Charles:                      Well I’ve always been fortunate enough to do work outs and to walk a lot and to eat healthy and to drink lots of water and so on and so forth. So I’ve always been fortunate to take care of my body after I came to America so the beauty of being healthy is just that you feel so different.

You feel so much better. You even look better. You have more energy, more stamina, more focus. You have less aches or pains. It’s just fantastic to be able to you know at my age of 70, I have more energy than most 19 year olds because I do the right things and that’s what people should really think about. To make that commitment, to take care of their health because there is too much misery going on especially on the United States with the food people eat, too many toxins, chemicals etc.

Zero2Hero: Evan Money

EVAN MONEY’S REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 4)

Kamala Appel: Hello everyone! This is Kamala Appel. I’m here today with Evan Money. We are exploring living a healthier life and Evan’s on that path so he’s with me today. Even tell us a little bit of your background and what did you started with living a healthy life and just a little bit about your background and give me special areas of expertise you want to share with us.

Evan Money: Oh Kamala I’m super excited to be with you here, that’s number one and look forward to giving you and everyone else a fantastic interview as far as background goes. It’s pretty…it’s a wide again, that the short version is I’m a bestselling author of the cancer-prevention book, I’m a global entrepreneur and I’ve spent probably the last, almost 20 years researching health and nutrition. And unlike some of these “celebrities-whatever” hocking this or that, I’m a firm believer that you got to walk the walk. So I live my beliefs and I think the last time I checked, my body fat was under eight percent and off the charts with all other measurements. I’d like to live the message and appeal to my fans and colleagues; everybody called me the next Jack Lalanne which I’m excited about. That’s some big shoes to fill in, that’s for sure.

Kamala: Well Jack Lalanne was an inspiration I mean into the world’s what he was able to do- no steroids, no artificiality just real body. Tell me a little bit about what about him that inspires you and what aspects you aspire to emulate based on Jack Lalanne.

Evan: What’s interesting about Jack, and I actually got a chance to hang out with him a little bit last year, it’s about a year and a half ago and he’s just an amazing guy. I think that at the time he was still in his 90s he was still swimming a couple of miles a day and just still living the walk basically. But what’s interesting about Jack was you can get him on YouTube now which is great about technology and you can look at all of his old shows that were in the 50s and 60s and what he was talking about then is considered cutting edge today. And you see how revolutionary he was, talking about stuff. We’re talking about 60 years later and calling it cutting edge. And so from a pioneer aspect, it’s just, you got to tip your hat to guys like that because obviously, health and fitness was a much different field back then, than it is now.

Kamala: Right…

Evan: I tip my hand to him for being a pioneer and also for being someone who’s willing to be someone who goes against the grain; be a non-traditionalist; be someone that people like, “Who’s that weirdo doing exercises over there?”

Kamala: And so what are some of the things that you would say would be considered cutting edge today that’s really been around for fifty years and also how do you see yourself as a pioneer?

Evan: Well Jack talking about back then the same stuff we’re talking about now with the dangers of dairy, you know, avoiding dairy, avoiding red meat, saying that. I talk about it in my book is how dangerous refined sugar is. And so those three things have, you know still today they’re finding out more and more; see the tide turning on those things but he was the guy uncovering them. Again, 60 years ago and it’s finally taking. It’s interesting because it’s finally taken the death toll economically on health care system to get people to turn it around. Because once it hits everyone in their wallet, then people start taking notice. So again the interesting thing about Jack there and what I also loved about him, what I want to model my life after is he showed what the human body can do, what’s normal for the human body if you take care of it. So a lot of people don’t know that on his 65th and 70th birthdays he was doing…I mean you’re from the Bay Area. I don’t know if you remember but he used to hand cuff himself and swim from Alcatraz back to the beach handcuffed!

Kamala: Yeah…

Evan: You know, in his 60s and 70s!

Kamala: Yeah…

Evan: And doing crazy stuff like that it’s like, “Wow! You know if I take care of my body I really can do that” versus the mentality we have now, everybody the gold forty, I’m broken down, I’m old and slow and people buy into that and Jack was just like this is how the body works and Jacks the perfect example. He was not an old, broken-down guy in an old age home. He lived until he died; everything until the last couple of weeks, he was swimming, eating and running and doing all the things he normally does so that’s what I admire about him. I would do the same thing. I would be playing football with my great-grandkids. I don’t want to be sitting around all day.

Zero2Hero: Charles Van Kessler

CHARLES VAN KESSLER’S REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 4)

Kamala Appel: Hello everyone. This is Kamala Appel and I’m here today with an incredible survivor who also has a huge inspirational story to share with us, Mar. Charles Van Kessler.
Charles please tells us a little bit about your background.

Charles Van Kessler: Okay. I’m a Dutchman. I’m American now but I was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1941 during World War II. Because my family on my father side was Jewish most of the family was taken away by the Germans and transported in to concentration camps.
I ended up in a state run orphanage for 8 years. Eight years of brutally living a nightmare and lots of abuse, no food especially during the war years. We ate flower bulbs to survive.
So when I was 9 years old I ran away. At that young age I just drifted all over Holland and try to talk to anyone who’d want to listen to my story and tried to find a place to sleep and get some food to eat and trying to start a different kind of life. That went on for quite a while till, thank God, I ended up in the United States at the age of 23.

Kamala: And what happen to you when came to United States? Did you experience any kind of aha moment or pivotal point in your life that made you realize that you had to be a little bit healthier and make a commitment to living a healthier life?

Charles: Yeah, you know, my body was a disaster. My mind was a disaster. I had nightmares and headaches and emotionally, I was a nightmare. So after talking to some people when I arrived in the United States, I started to take a handful of vitamin pills trying to make a difference in my life and obviously starting to live healthier as well. But I came very quickly to find out that vitamin pills don’t do too much for you because of the absorption process.

You know 80% of most heart pills end up in the bathroom when people go to the toilet and many sewage plants throughout America can vouch for that. There are thousands of pounds of undigested pills fetched up out of the filters of the sewage plants nationwide. This is all documented.

So I started studying at an early age in between working two jobs to make ends meet. I started studying nutrition and supplements in the human body for several decades actually. I also was trying to find a liquid multi vitamin product that would probably be a lot better for me but I could never find them.

So the “Aha!” moment came when I decided after some time of studying nutrition to look into the possibility of creating a liquid multi vitamin product and mineral product that would be second to none, really to change my life. With all the knowledge I had gathered, with all the meetings with bio chemist and bio engineers and PhDs and researches. I thought in one moment that I could do that and that’s exactly what happened. I created a product for me and I decided that if it would work for me I would share it with the world. That’s exactly what happened.

Zero2Hero: Jim Dailakis

JIM DAILAKIS’ REASONS FOR BEING (PT. 1 OF 4)

Kamala Appel: Hello everyone this is Kamala Appel, and I’m here with Jim Dailakis, and we’re going to be talking about how to live a healthy lifestyle, and learning from his journey. Jim please tell everyone a little bit about your background.

Jim Dailakis: Well let’s see; I’m a first generation Australian, born to Greek parents and I grew up in Australia for most of my life, but then moved to New York City in my 20s a few times. And I was supposed to be here for a three month stand-up comedy tour but that three months came up to…I think we’re coming up to 16 years.

Kamala Appel: Wow.

Jim Dailakis: Yeah, and that’s 43 states and 6 countries later. So I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen; where I’d just travel around the world performing and just working on a film, on a one man show, and it’s just all been great. I’m living proof that you can have what you want. Just apply yourself and don’t be lazy, because I do that sometimes.

Kamala Appel: Well that’s interesting. So when you say Australian of Greek heritage it’s funny because it makes me think of Anthony LaPaglia when he was talking about being the Italian in Australia, because Aussies are known for being blonde hair, blue eyes.

Jim Dailakis: Oh yeah that’s all gone. Yeah we’re all…it’s more of a melting point per capita than New York City. Believe it or not there’s a lot of Asians, there’s more Greeks outside of Athens in Melbourne than anywhere else in the world; and a lot of Italians. I go back every year and every year it’s like I see a different culture has just entered into the country; so it’s just…now there’s a lot of Somalians, there’s…the idea and the stereotypical blonde, bronzed, blue-eyed Aussie hero on a horse with a big coat is really fading out.

Kamala Appel: That’s kind of cool. So, tell me a little bit about…I’m curious, this is just an additional question; do you see any differences in health and wellness in people’s mindsets in Australia versus in the U.S.?

Jim Dailakis: Definitely. When I first got here I was just blown away by how many pharmaceutical commercials…

Kamala Appel: When did you get here?

Jim Dailakis: Let’s see ’96. Actually I was…in the ‘80s I was here, but I was…more like for a couple of years and then go back and then another year and then go back. But, I guess ‘95/96 I came for the three month tour and I’ve been here ever since. But, what I notice more than anything is Australians are really into just relaxing. Being more into I guess sports; I think they tried cable back then and it didn’t take off that well, because no one…and I guess because of the climate too, no one really wants to sit and watch television; so that was something I noticed.

I also noticed that there was a lot more stress over here, and I noticed that there was the pharmaceutical commercials; I thought, “Wow, if I didn’t have something wrong with me I think these commercials are convincing me that maybe I’m losing my hair, I’m too fat, I have restless leg and I’m depressed.” So I just…because I don’t think and I think it’s still like that now in Australia, I think you can only advertise headache tablets. But Viagra ,and what not, you can’t advertise those- no.

Kamala Appel: Well yeah and I think also you moved here when something switched in with the generics in the ‘80s where…then all of the sudden the pharmaceutical companies were competing for generics, and they had to figure out a way to compete; so that’s one way…when I was talking to people in that industry they said the one way they could compete is to outspend the generic with advertising dollars.

So that advertising really didn’t start appearing even in the states until the ‘90s. That was when you moved.