The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast - Health, Wellbeing & Peak Performance
By Dr. Greg Wells
Each week, physiologist Dr. Greg and leading experts provide simple but transformative strategies to boost your mental and physical health, advance your career, and upgrade your life.
Listen in and learn about the 1% gains that can make a massive difference in your life. Excellence is not an accident - it's science!
The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast - Health, Wellbeing & Peak PerformanceNov 01, 2022
Ep 221. Dr. Greg Wells on How to Become a Powerhouse
In a special edition of The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast, we're excited to reshare an interview originally featured on The Inspire Podcast, hosted by my good friend, Bart Egnal. As the CEO of The Humphrey Group and a expert in leadership communication, Bart and I have a comprehensive discussion about my latest book, "Powerhouse".
This episode offers an in-depth exploration of the core themes of "Powerhouse". We dive into the science and strategies behind achieving peak performance, and how these principles can be applied not just in health and fitness, but in every facet of life. I share insights on how small, consistent changes can lead to significant improvements in overall wellbeing, aligning perfectly with Bart's focus on leadership and effective communication.
You will gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between physical health, mental resilience, and effective leadership. We discuss how the principles in "Powerhouse" are essential for anyone looking to lead with impact. Plus, Bart's expertise in communication brings a unique perspective on how these concepts can be conveyed and implemented within teams and organizations.
This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in personal development, leadership, and the art of communication. Whether you're a long-time follower of my work or new to the concepts I share, this conversation with Bart Egnal is sure to provide valuable insights and actionable advice to help you on your journey to becoming a powerhouse in all areas of your life.
Ep 220. Ty Hoesgen on Mastering Communication
In this episode of The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast, we're joined by Ty Hoesgen, an acclaimed communication coach, #1 best-selling author, and the visionary Founder of Advanced Growth Institute. Ty has transformed the art of communication into a pathway for personal and professional advancement, empowering countless individuals to speak with confidence, charisma, and clarity.
Dive deep with us as Ty shares his groundbreaking strategies and insights on effective communication. We'll explore how mastering the art of expression is not just about conveying thoughts, but also about elevating one's presence and leadership capabilities. Ty will reveal practical techniques that anyone can use to enhance their communicative prowess, ultimately leading to more respect, stronger leadership, and career progression.
Whether you're looking to sharpen your leadership skills, boost your career, or simply become a more effective communicator in your personal life, this episode is packed with valuable insights. Tune in for an invigorating conversation that promises to enrich your approach to communication and, by extension, your journey towards peak performance and wellbeing.
Ep 219. Wearable tech, is it worth the hype?
Join our host Jennifer Botterill as she chats with Dr. Greg Wells, a health and high-performance expert, physiologist, and author from Toronto, Ontario. In this episode you’ll learn what wearable tech is all about, the benefits of incorporating it into your daily routine and how it could help you achieve your health goals.
Dr. Greg Wells
Original link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wearable-tech-is-it-worth-the-hype/id1648489706?i=1000629082763.
Ep 218 Dr Marie Helene Pelletier on Strategic Resilience
I’m thrilled to bring back Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier, better known to her colleagues as “MH” (which is also a handy reference for “mental health”, so the short form is a great fit).
She’s a psychologist with a systems mind – and has both a PhD and an MBA. She has over 20 years of experience as a practicing psychologist and as a senior leader in the corporate, insurance, governance and health care sectors. MH’s unique talent is bringing together workplace and psychology – translating concepts into “take- aways” that listeners can put into action the minute they finish the episode. In 2024, Dr. Pelletier will release her new book, The Resilience Plan: A Strategic Approach to Optimizing Your Work Performance and Mental Health.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier.
Pre-Order the Book: https://theresilienceplan.com/
Ep 217. Dr. Greg Wells on Fitness - Fatigue = Performance
In this episode, Dr. Greg delves into the intrinsic relationship between enhancing mind body & emotional fitness levels and reducing fatigue, and how it serves as a cornerstone in determining one's overall performance. Drawing from the latest scientific research and his extensive knowledge in human physiology, Dr. Wells elucidates how small, incremental changes in your daily routine can significantly boost your energy levels and optimize performance.
Ep 216 The 7 Wellness Rituals with Dr. Dwight Chapin
Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another episode of the Dr. Wells Podcast, where we venture into the realms of health, wellbeing, and peak performance.
This week, we are honored to host Dr. Dwight Chapin. Dr. Chapin, has an extensive background as an award-winning chiropractor, team chiropractor for the Toronto Argonauts, and health advisor to employees at many companies including The Globe and Mail.
In this episode, we delve into the heart of Dr. Chapin's new book, "The 7 Wellness Rituals." This book serves as a playbook for anyone to unlock the secrets to sustained health and wellness. Through the lens of 21 world class experts in different fields, including the likes of Jann Arden and Dragons' Den investor Jim Treliving, we explore the rituals that have paved their way to success and wellbeing.
In this episode we explore the science and stories behind the 7 Wellness Rituals that can elevate your life.
You can learn more about Dr. Dwight and the book at https://www.7wellnessrituals.com/.
Ep 215 Own Your Story with Jason Thompson
Welcome to another episode of the Dr. Wells Podcast, where we delve deep into the realms of health, performance, and the science of thriving in a bustling world.
In this week's episode, we have a conversation with Jason Thompson, a maestro in the art of strategic storytelling. Jason's journey began three decades ago, in a room filled with 400 engineers, where a small wardrobe malfunction turned into a powerful lesson on the significance of emotional connections. Yes, you heard it right! A zipper mishap became the cornerstone of a philosophy that emphasizes owning your story and leveraging it to forge meaningful connections.
Fast forward to today, Jason is focused on the transformative power of storytelling. With a rich history of collaborations with industry giants like Disney, Warner Brothers, and Electronic Arts, Jason has honed his craft to a fine art. His expertise doesn't just stop at storytelling; it extends to helping organizations optimize their strategies, thereby boosting profits and optimizing positive impact.
Jason's approach to storytelling is not just about narrating tales; it's about innovative frameworks, developed from years of experience in diverse industries including film, television, and advertising. His ultimate goal is to empower individuals and organizations to build confidence, clarity, and conviction.
As we chat with Jason, we will explore the depths of strategic storytelling and uncover the secrets to making an emotional connection that can catalyze success in both personal and professional spheres. And remember, just like Jason checks his zipper before every keynote speech, it's the little habits and checks that can pave the way for grand successes.
You can learn more about Jason and his work at https://www.jasonthompson.ca/.
Ep 214. Greg Wells on the Books. Read. Thrive. Podcast.
Welcome back everyone! This week I am sharing an interview that I did on Dr. Guy MacPherson's podcast Books. Read. Thrive. Podcast about my new book Powerhouse.
Welcome to a special episode of The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast, where we dive into the groundbreaking insights and strategies found in Dr. Wells's latest book, "Powerhouse." In this enlightening conversation, Dr. Wells shares easy ways to boost your energy, fight inflammation, and optimize your health—cell by cell.
Did you know that every six months, over 98% of the cells in your body are new? At the heart of this continual renewal are the mitochondria, the "energy factories" of your cells. In "Powerhouse," Dr. Wells reveals simple yet revolutionary methods to heal and boost your mitochondria, leading to a whole-body transformation.
Join us as we explore practical techniques ranging from quick and effortless breathing exercises to strategic supplements and mindful technology usage. Drawing on his own leading research at the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Wells offers tangible advice to improve not just your physical wellbeing, but also your mood and hormonal health.
If you've ever felt tired, overwhelmed, or simply want to elevate your daily vitality, this episode is for you. "Powerhouse" presents a new frontier in personal wellness, giving you the tools to enhance the overall health of every single cell.
You can check out the video of the interview and other episodes on Guy's show here: https://thetraumatherapistproject.squarespace.com/the-books-read-thrive-podcast/breathe-move-energize-and-thrive-with-greg-wells-phd.
Ep. 213. Mike Lee on The Future of Leadership
Prepare to embark on a transformative journey as Dr. Greg Wells sits down with Mike Lee, a visionary in the realm of leadership, in this enlightening episode of The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast. In a world characterized by constant change and uncertainty, Mike's insights into the future of leadership are both timely and empowering.
With a blended background in mindset, mindfulness, and high-performance, Mike's approach offers a counter-cultural perspective that emphasizes purpose-driven, future-focused, and heart-centered skills. His extensive experience working with top-tier companies like Morgan Stanley, Cisco, and IBM, as well as professional athletes such as NBA MVP Steph Curry, lends unparalleled wisdom to today's leaders.
In this captivating conversation, Mike shares stories and practical exercises derived from the latest research in neuroscience, sports psychology, and his personal experiences battling anxiety and depression. Whether addressing packed ballrooms or intimate workshops, Mike's engaging and conscientious approach has earned him rave reviews from bold and driven leaders across various fields.
Tune in to uncover the new rules for the future of leadership, discover how to win the war for talent, and explore strategies to create cultures of belonging. Mike's unique blend of personal adversity and professional triumph provides an authentic and vulnerable perspective that resonates with diverse audiences.
Inspired to dig deeper into leadership and personal growth? Consider exploring Mike's latest book, "The New Rules For The Future of Leadership."
Don't miss this engaging episode that promises to redefine leadership and help you unlock your inner power to thrive in business and life."
Ep.212. Dietitian Jen Broxterman on Filling Your Cup
Join Dr. Greg Wells in an inspiring and informative episode of The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast as he sits down with Jennifer Broxterman, MSc, RD, a trailblazer in the field of nutrition. As the CEO of NutritionRx and a seasoned Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist, Jen has devoted her career to fostering healthy eating habits, supporting weight loss, and aiding in sports nutrition and eating disorder recovery.
In this conversation, Jennifer shares her holistic approach that emphasizes habits-based behavior change, mindset shifts, and creating nurturing environments. With a client list that ranges from everyday individuals to NHL players and Olympic athletes, Jen's insights offer valuable strategies for developing a positive relationship with food, exercise, and body image.
But Jen's story doesn't stop with NutritionRx. As a Foods and Nutrition university professor, researcher, content writer, and course creator, her influence on the field of nutrition is profound. Her personal triumph over a rare form of ovarian cancer, leading to a radical remission, adds a layer of resilience and positivity that's nothing short of remarkable.
Tune in to this episode to learn from Jen's extensive education and hands-on experience. Whether you're looking to optimize your performance, nourish your body, or simply embrace a happier, healthier lifestyle, Jen's wisdom provides the roadmap.
Ep 211. Dr. Greg Wells @ EPIC on From Languishing to Thriving
This week I'm sharing the fourth and final session that I did at the EPIC Conference in Toronto in December of 2022. This is one of the best events in the world and I'm thrilled to be able to share the section of my presentation on From Languishing to Thriving.
This is based on the fourth chapter of my book Powerhouse so if you like this talk, please check out the book!
Enjoy the episode and ping me on social to let me know what you think @drgregwells.
Ep 210. Dr. Greg Wells @ EPIC on Energize to Thrive
This week I'm sharing the third session that I did at the EPIC Conference in Toronto in December of 2022. This is one of the best events in the world and I'm thrilled to be able to share the section of my presentation on Energize to Thrive.
This is based on the third chapter of my book Powerhouse so if you like this talk, please check out the book!
Enjoy the episode and ping me on social to let me know what you think @drgregwells.
Ep 209. Dr. Greg Wells @ EPIC on Move to Live
This week I'm sharing the second session that I did at the EPIC Conference in Toronto in December of 2022. This is one of the best events in the world and I'm thrilled to be able to share the section of my presentation on Move to Live.
This is based on the second chapter of my book Powerhouse so if you like this talk, please check out the book!
Enjoy the episode and ping me on social to let me know what you think @drgregwells.
Ep 208. Dr. Greg Wells @ EPIC on The Science of Breath
This week I'm sharing a session that I did at the EPIC Conference in Toronto in December of 2022. This is one of the best events in the world and I'm thrilled to be able to share the section of my presentation on The Science of Breath.
This is based on the first chapter of my book Powerhouse so if you like this talk, please check out the book!
Enjoy the episode and ping me on social to let me know what you think @drgregwells.
Ep 207. Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe on Stress Wisely
Harnessing the Power of Stress: A Conversation with Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
we're thrilled to welcome award-winning psychology scholar and resiliency expert, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe. As the author of the transformative new book, "Stress Wisely", Dr. Robyne breaks down common misconceptions about stress and illuminates how, when understood and managed strategically, it can serve as an ally in our life's journey.
Throughout our discussion, we dive into the real-world experiences and groundbreaking research that shaped "Stress Wisely." Dr. Robyne shares her unique insights on developing resilience, harnessing the power of stress, and fostering a healthier relationship with our own nervous systems. With a perfect blend of humor, honesty, and relatability, we unpack the innovative strategies and thought-provoking exercises outlined in her book, all of which are grounded in science and geared towards enhancing each of the eight touchstones of wellness—physical, emotional, intellectual, social environmental, occupational, financial, and spiritual.
Whether you're grappling with life's everyday challenges or confronting more significant hurdles, this episode will empower you with the knowledge to navigate the complexities of life in the wisest way possible. Join us for this profound conversation and start your journey towards embracing stress as a tool for growth, resilience, and a more meaningful, purpose-filled life. Don't just cope with stress, learn to "Stress Wisely." Better days are ahead, and they start with this transformative discussion.
Ep 206. Dr's. Emily and Mitchell Clionsky on Using Your Head to Save Your Brain
Unlocking Brain Health: Dementia Prevention and Cognitive Fitness with Drs. Emily and Mitchell Clionsky
In this insightful episode, we sit down with Drs. Emily and Mitchell Clionsky, the authors of "DEMENTIA PREVENTION: Using Your Head to Save Your Brain" (Hopkins Press, April 4, 2023). This physician-neuropsychologist duo shares their extensive experience treating over 25,000 patients with cognitive impairment and caring for their own parents with dementia. They discuss their groundbreaking Memory Orientation Screening Test (MOST) and debunk the myth that dementia is inevitable, revealing it's actually preventable in 1 out of 2 people.
Together, we explore the factors that impact dementia risk, including those that are changeable in adulthood. We delve into how the brain's function is influenced by everything from blood circulation and sugar levels to sleep and social engagement. Learn how your activity level, weight, habits, mental outlook, and social life may affect your likelihood of developing dementia, and discover the proven psychological methods to change your habits and health to alter your brain's future.
With a combined 45 years of extensive clinical evaluation and treatment, the Clionskys bring together proven science from a wide spectrum of medical specialties, cutting through the noise of fads and unsupported claims.
For more information about their new book, visit: https://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title/12532/dementia-prevention.
Ep 205. Adrienne Rivera on The Breath of Gold
Adrienne Rivera is the founder of Breath of Gold--a global breathwork business that supports people in connecting to the wealth & wisdom that lives within them. She is a best-selling author, the creator of the Breath of Gold Oracle Deck, and the founder of the Breath of Gold Journal.
Her mission is to empower people to reconnect with their breath to realize that everything they desire lies within themselves. She trains people to become breathwork certified in The Breath of Gold Facilitator Program. She is also known for supporting people to grow & launch successful businesses using the tool of breathwork.
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Ep 204. Jennifer Broxterman on the Iceberg of Success
Jennifer Broxterman, MSc, RD: A Passion for Nutrition, Sports, and Resilience
Jennifer Broxterman, a Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist, has dedicated her life to promoting healthy living, nutrition, and exercise. As a former multi-sport varsity athlete and current CrossFit competitor, Jennifer's passion for nutrition and sports led her to establish NutritionRx, a London-based nutrition consulting company that inspires clients to eat healthier and develop a positive relationship with food and exercise.
Jennifer was born with a natural inclination towards athletics. She pursued her passion for sports as a dual varsity athlete in hockey and rowing during her time at Queen's University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc, Life Sciences). Furthering her education, Jennifer obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science (BScH, Foods & Nutrition) and a Masters of Science (MScFN, Foods & Nutrition) from Western University's Brescia campus.
In 2010, Jennifer founded NutritionRx, where she serves as the CEO and head Registered Dietitian. Her approach to nutrition encourages clients to build a happy and healthy relationship with food through habits-based behavior change, mindset shifts, and creating supportive environments. Over the years, Jennifer has worked with thousands of people, ranging from everyday folks to NHL hockey players and Olympic athletes, supporting their healthy eating and performance goals.
She also ventured into academia as a Foods and Nutrition university professor at Western University's Brescia campus, where she won the esteemed Excellence in Teaching Award.
At age 34, Jennifer was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Despite being given less than a 9% chance of living past five years, she achieved radical remission within a few months of her cancer removal surgery and remains cancer-free to this day.
Jennifer's resilience, positivity, and determination to continue sharing her passion for healthy living with others make her an inspiring figure in the world of nutrition and sports.
I hope you enjoy the episode!
Ep 203. Coach Andrew Moss on A Lifetime of Inspiration and Empowerment
For over 30 years, Andrew Moss has dedicated his life to helping others achieve their potential, proudly bearing the title of "Coach." His journey began in his youth, when he himself experienced the transformative power of coaches and teachers who believed in him and helped him realize possibilities beyond his own expectations. This profound impact inspired Andrew to pursue a career in coaching, hoping to provide the same sense of well-being and possibility for others.
Throughout his distinguished career, Coach Moss has been entrusted by a diverse array of clients, including Olympians, CEOs, students, social impact leaders, professionals in the arts, entrepreneurs, and fellow coaches. The wide range of clients he has worked with not only inspires him but also reinforces the universality of the human desire for growth and self-improvement.
Andrew's professional journey has been marked by unique experiences that have enriched his coaching practice. He began his career in high-performance sports, working with elite athletes, including Olympic and World Champions. Over time, he transitioned to coaching other coaches and advising talent development experts across various Olympic sports.
A pivotal moment in Andrew's career occurred in 2016 when he attended a performance conference in New York City. There, he discovered that his talent for helping athletes unlock their potential was applicable to anyone with ambition, work ethic, and a desire to realize their dreams. This realization led him to expand his coaching practice, reaching out to individuals from all backgrounds who are seeking personal and professional growth.
As a devoted father to four daughters, Andrew finds daily inspiration in setting a positive example for his children. His commitment to social issues, particularly those relating to youth and Indigenous people in Canada, adds depth and purpose to his work. In 2019, he undertook a 600km hike across northern Canada in memory of a young Indigenous boy who tragically died while trying to escape from a residential school in the 1960s.
Coach Moss also collaborates with Chicago-based One Solution and their inner-city youth program, Rebels for Peace. Through this work, he has had the pleasure of meeting inspiring young leaders dedicated to shaping a better future for youth in Chicago by educating them about the mind from as early as Grade 4.
Andrew Moss's three-decade-long career as a coach is a testament to his unwavering dedication to helping others achieve greatness. Drawing on his own experiences and the wisdom he has gained from years of coaching, he continues to inspire and empower individuals from all walks of life to reach for the stars and realize their dreams.
Enjoy this episode!
Ep 202. Leslie Beck on Healthy Nutrition & Lifestyle Optimization
Leslie's professional background, credentials and years of experience put her at the top of her field. Whether working one-on-one with clients in her private practice, writing consumer books or consulting with the media, Leslie is able to translate the latest - and often complicated - nutrition and health information into advice that's easy to understand and easy to follow. She's not about gimmicks or fads - just science-based nutrition advice to help people follow a healthier lifestyle.
Leslie has operated a successful private practice in the heart of downtown Toronto since 1989. Working as a Registered Dietitian (RD) she has helped thousands of individuals achieve their nutrition and diet goals. As the Clinical Director, Food and Nutrition at Medcan, Leslie offers clients dietary advice, personalized meal plans and science-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements.
Leslie is recognized by the media as an authority on nutrition and food issues and is an experienced communicator in television, radio and print media. She writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper and is a regular contributor to CTV news. Leslie’s nutrition advice can also be heard every week on Montreal’s CJAD Radio's Andrew Carter Show.
Leslie is the best-selling author of 12 books (Penguin Canada): The Plant-Based Power Diet, Leslie Beck's Healthy Kitchen, Leslie Beck's Longevity Diet, The Complete A-Z Nutrition Encyclopedia, The Complete Nutrition Guide for Women, Heart Healthy Foods for Life, Foods that Fight Disease, The No-Fail Diet, Healthy Eating for Preteens and Teens, Leslie Beck’s Nutrition Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, The Complete Nutrition Guide to Menopause, and 10 Steps to Healthy Eating.
Leslie delivers nutrition seminars and workshops to corporate groups in Canada and the United States. Having a strong interest in sports nutrition, Leslie acted as nutritionist to the Canadian International Marathon and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. Leslie keeps fit herself by running, cycling, and strength training.
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) from the University of British Columbia and proceeded to complete the dietetic internship program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She studied a Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario and Dietitians of Canada.
Ep 201. Brette Harrington on Training to Ascend
Born to a family of skiers in Lake Tahoe, Brette Harrington has become an icon in the world of alpine climbing. She is an accomplished 5.13+ trad climber, calculated soloist, expert ski mountaineer, big wall sender, and graceful mixed climber and her versatility is a testament to her dedication and passion for the sport.
In 2013, at the young age of 23, Brette catapulted to international climbing fame when she daringly free soloed the 2,500-ft Chiaro di Luna (5.11a) in Patagonia. Her exceptional talents earned her the American Alpine Club's prestigious Robert Hicks Bates Award, honoring young climbers with outstanding promise for future accomplishments.
Brette's love for the outdoors began during her youth in Lake Tahoe, where she was raised by avid skiers. She competed in slopestyle skiing throughout high school and college, attending a ski academy in New Hampshire and later studying in British Columbia. However, a series of concussions and a broken neck at 20 led Brette to abandon competitive skiing and explore rock climbing.
By 2017, Brette had set her sights on winter alpine climbing, relishing the mental and physical challenges it presented.
During this time, she opened routes on the Taku Towers on the Juneau Ice Field and made the first ascent of Life Compass (IV 5.10a M4+) in Alberta. In 2019, Brette tackled the most formidable alpine route of her career: a first ascent of the East Face of Alberta's Mt. Fay, which she and her partners dubbed "Sound of Silence."
As Brette looks to the future, she is excited about expedition climbing, particularly in Peru and Pakistan. However, she finds immense satisfaction in the Canadian Rockies, where the loose limestone helps her address her weaknesses and the relief presents Himalayan-scale prominence without the high altitude.
The vast, unending range offers a lifetime of technical climbs, and for Brette, the more technical, the better.
Enjoy this episode!
200. The 200th Episode Extravaganza: Health, Wellbeing, and Peak Performance Insights from 4 years of the Dr. Greg Wells Podcast
Welcome to the monumental 200th episode of the Dr. Greg Wells Podcast! Over the past few years, we've explored the fascinating world of health, wellbeing, thriving, and performing at the highest levels. Together, we have delved into the minds of incredible experts, top-performing athletes, visionary scientists, and innovative entrepreneurs. As we celebrate this milestone, we want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we have been on and share some of the most valuable lessons and insights we've learned along the way.
199. Dr. Susan Biali Haas on Optimizing Health & Wellbeing
Dr. Susan Biali Haas is an award-winning medical doctor, health and wellness expert, coach, speaker and author. She helps people worldwide to reduce stress, prevent burnout, improve mental health, and live with increased wellness and resilience.
Dr. Biali Haas overcame burnout and depression at the beginning of her medical career, quickly becoming an internationally recognized influencer in health and well-being. With over two decades spent studying wellness and resiliency, twenty years of clinical experience with thousands of patients, and more than ten years coaching high performance clients worldwide, she expertly applies her experience and skills to equip people to live better lives.
Dr. Susan’s long list of speaking clients includes the US Navy, Google, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), McKinsey & Company, and Deloitte.
She also inspires a broad range of clients — from military leaders and senior executives to physicians and other healthcare professionals — to take control of their health and start living more impactful, meaningful lives. Dr. Susan has also provided focused support to patients with mental health challenges, providing virtual medical psychotherapy treatment during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A popular blogger for Psychology Today, Dr. Biali Haas’ posts on wellness, mental health and resilience have attracted over 10 million views. She has been featured on The Today Show and The Marilyn Denis Show, and her opinions have appeared in Oprah.com, Forbes, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, Health, Martha Stewart Living, People, InStyle, Elle, Prevention, The Washington Post, The New York Post and The Globe and Mail. She has also been a health columnist and “Embrace Life Expert” for Reader’s Digest Best Health.
In addition to her Doctorate of Medicine and Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Biali Haas has received a number of awards, including the Rakesh Goel Prize for most outstanding clinical skills, the UBC Medal in Dietetics, and the Woman of Worth Award in Health & Wellness.
She loves to attend courses in preventive and lifestyle medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is continually on the lookout for the latest science and data that will help you to thrive in both work and life.
Dr. Biali Haas’ latest book, The Resilient Life, was released in Fall 2022.
198. Robert Bent on Breathwork and Creating Othership
Today I’d like to introduce you to Robbie Bent, the founder and CEO of Othership.
At Othership, Robbie is on a mission to combat loneliness and its negative effects on our health.
He’s building a platform that includes physical spaces, a mobile app, a concert tour, and a global community.
The Othership flagship location is a modern bathhouse that features a 50-person sauna, ice baths, and a tea room. They offer guided facilitation for hot and cold circuits, social hour, and performances like breathwork, sound experiences, and body-based movement. Their goal is to create a healthy social experience that can serve as an alternative to bars and is both fun and accessible.
The Othership app is a digital product that helps you shift your state whenever and wherever you are. It features over 250 guided breathwork classes that harness the power of breath and promote positive habits. It's a transformative tool that makes it easy, effective, and fun to regulate your state.
Robbie and the Othership team also go on tour with live musical breathwork performances, it's like a journey inward with Cirque Du Soleil.
The Othership community is a growing and vibrant web of curious humans connected through both our physical space and digital offerings. They also have virtual group circles that offer a deeper opportunity to connect with others.
Robbie’s vision is to create space that encourages openness, awe, belonging, and interconnectivity for a more joyful life and living.
In this podcast we talk about shifting states and experienceing peak moments that inspire awe and belonging.
Ep 197. Dr. Greg Wells on Sleeping Soundly at the 2023 Recovery and Sleep Summit
Welcome back! This week I'm sharing a presentation I did on Sleeping Soundly at the 2023 Recovery and Sleep Summit.
I share some sleep physiology, how to improve your sleep, and what metrics to track when you are assessing your sleep with wearable technology.
Enjoy and let me know what you thought about this episode on social @drgregwells.
196. Dr. Eric Williamson Exploring the Impact of Alcohol on Your Wellness
Dr. Eric Williamson is a highly respected fitness and nutrition expert with over a decade of experience in the field.
He is the founder and head coach at Unlocked Fitness and Nutrition, where he helps clients achieve their fitness and nutrition goals through personalized, science-based strategies. He has also been the dietetics lead at Wells Performance for many years and we’re thrilled to have him on the team.
Dr. Williamson has a deep understanding of the body, mind, and performance, and is constantly striving to understand how each change to our lifestyle affects them.
He has a PhD in exercise nutrition and metabolism from the University of Toronto, as well as a BA in Kinesiology and BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from Western University, and multiple certifications in health and wellness, strength and conditioning and sports dietetics.
He is an avid reader of scientific literature and personally experiments with different diets and exercise programs, gaining invaluable experience that he uses to help his clients.
In this episode we explore the health risks of alcohol in light of new consumption recommendations.
195. Dr. Alex Auerbach on Psychological Flexibility
Dr. Alex Auerbach is the Director of Wellness and Development for the Toronto Raptors, where he brings a wealth of experience in sports psychology and performance enhancement.
Prior to joining the Raptors, Dr. Auerbach served as the Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology for the University of Arizona.
He has also worked with NCAA Division-I schools in the Pac-12, ACC, and Big 12, where his work has included serving as the performance consultant for a Conference USA bowl-winning football team, ACC championship team, and student-athletes who continued in professional sport and/or the Olympic games.
Dr. Auerbach earned his doctoral degree in counselling psychology with a specialization in sport and performance psychology from the University of North Texas.
He has published research and presented at international and national conferences, serves as a journal reviewer for the Journal of Athlete Development, and has been nominated for and served in leadership roles for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and Clinical Counselling Sport Psychology Association.
He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, a Licensed Psychologist, and a member of the United States Olympic Sport Psychology Committee.
Enjoy this episode where we delve into psychological flexibility!
Ep 194.5 All about Powerhouse with Dr. Greg Wells on the Health Hacks Podcast
This week I am sharing an interview I did on the Health Hacks Podcast with host Mark White. Here's the description from Mark's show:
The link to the Health Hacks Podcast is here: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/protect-your-energy-optimize-your-health-supercharge/id1468178367?i=1000608660088
Welcome to the latest episode of Health Hacks with Mark L. White! In this episode, we are thrilled to have Greg Wells, Ph.D., as our special guest. Dr. Wells is a scientist, physiologist, and bestselling author who has dedicated his career to helping people optimize their health and performance. In this episode, we will be diving into the topic of Powerhouse - Protect Your Energy, Optimize Your Health & Supercharge Your Performance.
Dr. Wells will be sharing his expert insights on how we can protect our energy levels, optimize our health, and supercharge our performance to achieve our goals and live our best lives. Dr. Wells will be sharing practical tips and strategies that you can implement into your daily routine to improve your overall health and well-being. From optimizing your sleep to managing stress, he will be covering a range of topics that will help you achieve your health and performance goals.
So, whether you are an athlete looking to improve your performance or someone who simply wants to optimize their health, this episode is a must-watch. So, sit back, relax, and join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Greg Wells on Health Hacks with Mark L. White. More about this episode: We have all faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, and now more than ever, it is critical to prioritize our health and wellbeing while maintaining high performance.
To address this reality the purpose and focus of the book is on helping people to have better energy and health via optimizing our mitochondria so that we can all create an upward spiral of wellness and peak performance. When we look into the physiology it becomes apparent that our health and human potential is 4 billion years in the making. Our mitochondria are small structures in all our cells that create the energy that we use to move, to think, to perform and to lead. The wonderful thing is that we can make create more of them to get more energy, we can make them stronger so we are more resilient, and we can heal them so we can be healthier in mind and body.
The key principles in Powerhouse are all based on the physiology of “hormesis” – simply that a little is good, a lot is not. For example, 3 minutes of meditation each day can improve brain function. Five minutes of cold water can sharpen your focus and improve mental health. A 15-minute walk decreases your risk of cancer but also improves problem solving and innovation thinking. Small micro wins daily can lead to exponential gains in health and wellbeing. The Powerhouse book is grounded in the latest scientific research and demonstrates how to elevate your energy, shift from tension to flow, and build your performance capacity.
Through the framework of breathe, move, energize, and thrive, I’ve tried my best to show people how to take concrete steps towards healthy high performance. Key Learnings:
• Why the science of human energy is 4 billion years in the making. • How to breathe for relaxation, focus and consistent energy. • How activity can spark concentration, creativity, and innovation. • How stress can be a powerful spark for positive mental and physical growth. • What practices lead to a life where we can thrive personally and professionally.
194. Dr. Alex Hutchinson on Mental Toughness and Flexible Training
Dr. Alex Hutchinson is an accomplished author and journalist. He is known for his expertise in the science of endurance and fitness, and he writes on the topic for several publications, including Outside (where he is a contributing editor and writes the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where he writes the Jockology column), and Canadian Running magazine. He was also a Runner's World columnist from 2012 to 2017.
In 2011, he published a practical guide to the science of fitness, called Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise.
Alex's latest book, ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, was published in February 2018. The book is an exploration of the science and mysteries of endurance.
Prior to his career in journalism and writing, Alex had a background in physics. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. During this time, Alex also competed as a middle and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team, mostly as a miler but also dabbling in cross-country and even a bit of mountain running.
He still runs most days, and enjoys the rigors of hard training.
193. Kari Schneider on Building World Class Fitness
Kari Schneider is a highly accomplished strength and conditioning coach, researcher and physiologist who has dedicated her career to helping athletes reach their physical peak.
She began her journey in sport at the Canadian Sport Institute Manitoba. Throughout her years of experience and hard work, Kari has had the privilege of helping many athletes achieve their dreams, from making teams to competing in the Olympics.
Leading into the 2008 Olympics, Kari opened her own gym, Empower Conditioning. Over the next 15 years, together with her husband and team of dedicated coaches, Kari grew Empower Conditioning into a training center that helped athletes and achievers reach their goals in physicality, career and life.
Throughout her journey as an entrepreneur, Kari has experienced massive learning and intentional growth in the science of behavior change and life coaching. This was a necessary change as she found herself coaching clients more and more in life, communication and mindset skills alongside the physical conditioning.
Today, Empower Conditioning has transitioned to be online to help more people reach their performance goals in ways that are congruent to today's demands.
Kari is excited to help more people be the best version of themselves for an experience of life that is fuller and deeper than they could have imagined.
192. Dr. Ivan Joseph on Peak Performance Tactics for 'A' Players
In this podcast with Dr. Ivan Joseph, I discuss strategies and tactics for building a healthy, high-performance mindset.
Dr. Ivan Joseph is a renowned author, speaker, and educator with a passion for empowering individuals to reach their full potential. He is the author of the best-selling book " You Got This: The Skill of Confidence," which has received critical acclaim for its practical and relatable advice on how to build self-confidence and achieve success in all areas of life.
Dr. Joseph has a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Ottawa, and he has over 20 years of experience in the field of sport psychology. He has worked with athletes of all levels, from amateur to professional, and has helped them to improve their performance, build self-confidence and achieve their goals. He has also worked with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and performers to help them build resilience and achieve success in their respective fields.
Dr. Joseph is a sought-after speaker, having given presentations at conferences, events and organizations around the world. He is known for his ability to deliver engaging and practical presentations that inspire and empower audiences to take action and achieve their goals. He is also a regular contributor to various media outlets, including The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, where he writes about topics related to self-confidence, motivation, and achieving success.
In today’s show we discuss tactics for managing stress, setting and achieving targets, and harnessing the power of positive thinking. Overall, the podcast provides actionable advice and inspiration for listeners who want to improve their mental and emotional well-being and achieve success in their personal and professional lives.
191. 11 X Ironman Champion Lisa Bentley on Building a Healthy High Performance Lifestyle
Lisa Bentley is a ironman triathlete who has had a remarkable career in the sport of triathlon.
She began competing in triathlons in the late 1990s and quickly made a name for herself, winning Ironman 11-times. She is considered as one of the most successful female triathletes in the history of the sport. The fact that she was a world class athlete is even more remarkable when you consider that she also has cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease.
In addition to her competitive success, Lisa is also a highly sought-after coach and motivational speaker. She is known for her ability to inspire others to achieve their goals and is a true ambassador for the sport of triathlon.
She has been coaching athletes of all levels, from beginner to professional, for over a decade and has helped many of them achieve their personal bests and even win their own championships.
Lisa's approach to coaching is rooted in the belief that with the right mindset and training, anyone can achieve their goals. She is dedicated to helping her athletes understand the importance of proper nutrition and recovery, as well as the mental and emotional aspects of training and competition.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and awesome puppies, traveling, and staying active.
In this podcast, Lisa Bentley joins us to share her insights on how to build a healthy, high-performance lifestyle. Lisa draws on her extensive experience competing at the highest levels of endurance sports to offer tips and strategies for you to improve your mindset, positivity, and overall wellbeing.
Whether you're an aspiring triathlete or just looking to make some positive changes in your life, this podcast is sure to inspire and inform.
190. Dr. Joe Baker on the Tyranny of Talent
This week I interviewed Professor Joe Baker from York University in Toronto Canada.
Professor Joe Baker is a leading expert in the field of optimal human development and sport skill development. He currently holds a position in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University.
Throughout his career, Professor Baker has dedicated his research to understanding how individuals can reach and maintain the highest levels of performance in various sports. His work considers a wide range of psychosocial and environmental factors that influence athletic skill development, with the goal of cataloguing the numerous factors that affect an athlete's ability to maximize their potential. This research aims to inform the development of stronger policies, the building of better theories and models, and the construction of superior learning environments.
Professor Baker's research primarily focuses on two main areas. The first area examines the diverse factors that influence athlete skill development. He is currently studying the development and maintenance of skilled performance in both able-bodied and Paralympic sports, working with leading athlete development systems worldwide to advance our understanding of how individuals reach and maintain high levels of performance.
The second area of focus is on notions of 'talent' in sport. Despite its prominence in public discourse, there is a lack of understanding of what the term 'talent' means and how it affects sport programming. Professor Baker's research in this area concentrates on improving decisions made in talent identification and selection settings, working with leaders in high-performance and professional sport to understand the efficiency and effectiveness of various approaches and models to talent evaluation and development.
In addition to his work in high-performance sport, Professor Baker also applies models of athlete learning and development to understand how to maximize function and performance in non-elite populations. Specifically, he has examined how Masters Athletes (those over 50 years of age) can inform a deeper understanding of what older adults are capable of achieving in terms of performance.
Enjoy this conversation!
Bonus Episode: How to be more creative, innovative and solve problems better.
A few thoughts from the Titan Summit stage on "How to be more creative, innovative and to solve problems".
I share ideas on Theta brainwave states that led to a chapter in my Rest Refocus Recharge book.
I hope this is helpful and let me know how you drop into Theta states when you want to ideate and innovate!
189. Chris Bailey on Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction
This week we get to chat with author Chris Bailey about his new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction.
Hyperfocus: How to be More Productive in a World of Distraction, provides a fresh angle on how to do more with less. It serves as a practical guide to managing your attention – the most powerful resource you have to get stuff done, become more creative, and live a meaningful life.
Our attention has never been as overwhelmed as it is today. Many of us recognize that our brains struggle to multitask. Despite this, we feel compelled to do so anyway while we fill each moment of our lives to the brim with mindless distraction. Hyperfocus provides profound insights into how you can best take charge of your attention to achieve a greater sense of purpose and productivity throughout the day.
I know you'll love this episode!
188. Masterclass on Peak Performance Part 2
This week I'm thrilled to share 3 more interviews that I have done with some of the highest performing individuals on the planet. Last week's episode was one of our most popular ever so we're continuing the discussion! Here we talk to Mental Health and Performance coach Dr. Alex Auerbach, Dr. Ivan Joseph and Navy Seal Stephen Drum.
I wanted to share these conversations with you so that you can use the tools, tactics and strategies that these world-class performers have used with such great success.
188. Masterclass on Peak Performance Part 1
This week I'm thrilled to share interviews that I have done with some of the highest performing individuals on the planet. My guests are Olympic coach Ben Titley, Olympic Mental Skills trainer Jean-Francois Menard and Adventurer Ray Zahab.
I wanted to share these conversations with you so that you can use the tools, tactics and strategies that these world-class performers have used with such great success.
187. Masterclass on Mindfulness
This week I'm thrilled to share interviews that I have done with world-class experts on mindfulness. This week we talk to Dr. Milena Braticevic, Elli Weisbaum and Dr. Ellen Choi.
Mindfulness has been such a powerful tool for wellbeing that I wanted to share these insights with you in the hopes that you can think clearly and improve your mental health and ability to perform under pressure.
#186. Masterclass on Mental Health Part 2: With Riaz Meghji, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, and Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier
Today we’re going to do Part 2 of our Masterclass on Mental Health. We’re speaking to Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, who will talk about staying calm among stormy conditions, Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier who will talk about burnout, and Riaz Meghji who will talk about human connection.
#185. Masterclass on Mental Health Part 1: With Dr. Gina Di Giulio, Michael Landsberg, and Dr. Bill Howatt
In today’s Masterclass we’re going to dig into the most prevalent topic we’ve heard from our guests over the past couple of years: mental health. Since this is such a big and important topic, this is going to be the first of a two part series on mental health.
This week we’re going to hear from Dr. Gina Di Giulio, who talks about managing stress and anxiety, Michael Landsberg, who has developed a movement around the idea of sick not weak, and Dr. Bill Howatt, who is an expert on mental health and who recently published a book No Regrets.
Enjoy this Masterclass!
#184. Masterclass on Overcoming Obstacles: With Silken Laumann, Tara Norton, and Lisa Bentley
Welcome back to another Masterclass!
Today we’re going to be looking at the topic of overcoming obstacles. We’ve had the incredible opportunity of interviewing some incredible athletes on this podcast and today you’ll hear from Olympic medalist Silken Laumann, Ultraman Champion Tara Norton, and eleven-time Ironman Champion Lisa Bentley. As you listen to this episode, you’ll start to see some patterns emerge around mindset and practices that these athletes have used to overcome obstacles and become the best of the best.
#183. Masterclass on Gratitude: With John Foley, Steve Foran, and Pete Bombaci
We’re going to change things up over the next couple of months.
As we look back at the past few years of this podcast, some topics kept coming up over and over again. So we’d like to dedicate some episodes to digging deep into some of the key themes that have emerged over the past few years.
This week we’re going to look back at three guests who talked a lot about gratitude: John Foley, Steve Foran, and Pete Bomabaci. John was our first ever guest and is a former lead pilot for the Blue Angels, Steve has dedicated his career to the power of gratitude, and Pete is the leader of the GenWell Project.
#182. Shawn Kanungo on The Bold Ones
This week I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Shawn Kanungo, an expert in disruption and innovation.
Shawn is a globally recognized innovation strategist. He previously spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation. Shawn is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends.
His work and interviews have been featured in The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. His debut book, The Bold Ones: Innovate and Disrupt to Become Truly Indispensable, releases on December 6, 2022. This book unpacks the DNA of disruptors, showing us how to make a dent in any field.
Enjoy the conversation!
#181. Joe Jacobi on Mindful Training
Today I’m super excited to share my conversation with Joe Jacobi. Joe won America’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal in Whitewater Canoe Slalom, and combines his experience as an Olympic Gold Medalist and the spirit and values of his home life in Catalunya to build a one-of-a-kind lens that simplifies and shapes the next chapter of people’s lives.
Joe uses writing, coaching, and adventures to help seasoned leaders confront obstacles and bring focus to what matters most. He helps people reset, build effective routines, embrace challenging transitions, improve responses to uncertainty, and leverage states of flow.
In this conversatiaon, we talk a lot about his book "Slalom: 6 River Classes About How To Confront Obstacles, Advance Amid Uncertainty, & Bring Focus To What Matters Most," a book that transfers his reflections, experiences, relationships, and strategies from more than 40 years on the river to navigating the river of the life.
You can learn more about Joe on his LinkedIn page.
Enjoy the conversation!
#180. Stéphane Grenier on Creating the Care Culture
This week I’m excited to talk with Stéphane Grenier. His vision is a world where people no longer face barriers to good mental health.
Stéphane’s riveting keynotes are thought-provoking and lead to tangible action and sustainable change for leaders who are prepared to rethink how they support their people.
His autobiography, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, tells his story from the day he landed amid the Rwandan genocide, through his journey of changing mental health culture in the Canadian military, developing national Guidelines for Peer Support with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, all the way to creating Mental Health Innovations (MHI); a consultancy that leads innovative and sustainable change in organizations to enhance the mental health of their people.
Today, he and his business partners, along with countless associates, develop non-clinical mental health interventions to complement traditional clinical care for private and public sector organizations and provincial healthcare systems.
As mental health is a huge challenge right now, this is a very applicable conversation and beneficial for all of us.
#179. Mitch Joel on The Great Compression
This week we get to sit down with Mitch Joel.
Mitch helps leaders decode the future. Mitch is a Co-Founder of ThinkersOne - a platform that empowers companies with personalized and bite-sized thought leadership from the best Thinkers in the world. He is also an investor, author, trusted advisor, chronic reader and passionate speaker who connects with people worldwide by sharing his insights on business transformation, innovation and marketing.
Mitch and I dig into the Great Compression, and in decoding that, we establish a mission for how we can move forward and make the world a better place.
You can learn more about Mitch and his work at his website mitchjoel.com.
Enjoy the conversation!
#178. Pete Bombaci on The GenWell Project
This week I’m excited to share my interview with Pete Bombaci, the founder and executive director of the GenWell Project. The idea was inspired by the events witnessed during the summer blackout in 2003 - kindness, generosity, empathy, and human connection. Pete is proud to be leading a movement that he believes can make the world a happier and healthier place.
If you want to learn more you can check out genwellproject.org.
In this conversation we do a deep dive into gratitude, community building, and leveraging the power of human connection.
#177. Dr. Susan Biali Haas on The Thriving Life
This week I’m really excited to share my interview with Dr. Susan Biali Haas.
Susan is an award-winning medical doctor, health and wellness expert, coach, speaker, and author. She helps people world-wide to reduce stress, prevent burnout, improve mental health, and live with increased wellness and resilience.
She overcame burnout and depression at the beginning of her medical career, quickly becoming an internationally recognized influencer in health and wellbeing. With over two decades spent studying wellness and resiliency, twenty years of clinical experience with thousands of patients, and more than ten years coaching high performance clients worldwide, she expertly applies her experience and skills to equip people to live better lives.
In this conversation, we talk about everything to do with health, wellbeing, and especially resiliency. Her latest book, The Resilient Life is available today, October 25! You can learn more about it on her website.
Enjoy the conversation!
#176. Barrie Shepley on Chasing Greatness
This week I’m excited to talk to Barrie Shepley. Barrie was Canada’s National Triathlon Coach in the early 90s and has coached hundreds of people to National Championship titles, Pan American Games medals, World Championship medals, and to the successful completions of Hawaii Ironman and Boston Marathon. Barrie was selected to go to the 2000 Sydney Olympics where Triathlon made its debut as an Olympic Sport and where Canadian Simon Whitfield won a gold medal. Simon has also been on this podcast and you can listen to that interview here!
There are few people who have contributed to this sport as much as Barrie. In this episode we discuss his new book Chasing Greatness: Stories of Passion and Perseverance in Sport and in Life and what Barrie’s learned from coaching some of the top people in the world as well as people who are just looking to get fitter and healthier in their day to day lives.
Enjoy the conversation!
#175. Dr. Greg Wells on the Magical Learning Podcast: Fun, Play and Happiness
This week I'm sharing an interview I did on the Magical Learning Podcast, an organization that helps companies and schools learn better.
We have a great conversation about health and wellbeing - specifically looking at play, fun, and happiness.
If you want to learn more about the Magical Learning Podcast, you can check out their website here.
Enjoy the episode!