Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Impact Theory is a business and mindset-focused interview show that will teach anyone aspiring to greatness the secrets to success. The show is hosted by Tom Bilyeu - a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the #2 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition and former host of the viral hit Youtube series Inside Quest (viewed over 100,000,000 times). Bilyeu is known for his passion and preparation. Always eager to truly learn from his guests, Bilyeu digs deep and brings the urgency of someone hungry to put what he’s learning to immediate use - making the show not only entertaining and energetic, but also hyper-useful.
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Apr 4, 2020

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Normally, people are twice as happy and find their lives much more meaningful when they are with their spouse. However, current quarantines may be causing stress for some couples. The sheer amount of time spent together is uncharted territory for many relationships. On this episode of Women of Impact, host Lisa Bilyeu and her husband Tom Bilyeu discuss the tactics, strategies and rules of engagement they have used to keep their relationship strong and growing for 19 years and counting. They discuss how to avoid letting the small things frustrate you, how to lift each other up, and how to hopefully find a way to make this surprise quarantine fun and empowering.




How do you avoid getting annoyed with each other over small things? [3:39]

How to view everything that happens as practice, and then make it fun [5:50]

Don’t tell me I’ve done something wrong after I’ve done it [9:06]

Why you have to take responsibility for yourself instead of matching negative energy [10:23]

It’s OK to match your partner’s righteous indignation, but not their anxiety [12:42]

Do not tell someone they are being irrational. Wait for emotional sobriety [16:31]

How do you make space for yourself in a situation that seems impossible? [17:37]

How do you deal with a partner who isn’t willing to do the work in a relationship? [21:26]

Lisa talks about writing her “quarantine script” in real time [23:38]

What would need to be true for this experience to be positive? [25:08]

Why you shouldn’t let “dust settle” [27:06]

You have to know exactly why things are bothering you [28:38]

How to talk to someone who is agitated without getting them even more angry [31:55]

What is one thing couples can do right now to get stronger? [34:35]

Why you absolutely must take selfish time [37:13]

Tom and Lisa used to do relationship theory, which you can still find on YouTube [39:21]













Apr 2, 2020

Is human potential really limitless? Jim Kwik isn’t 100% sure, but he is going to figure out how to push himself and the rest of the world far past wherever most people believe human limits are. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Jim Kwik and Tom Bilyeu discuss the power of the mind, the true formula for motivation, and the methods anyone can apply to improve and grow. They also delve into a wonderful conversation of their favorite comic book characters, explain why video games can be so helpful, and discuss why you should determine what your dominant question is.

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Tom talks about what power is and how powerful concepts can become trite [1:33]

Jim and Tom discuss it’s better to think of everything as practice and not performance [4:52]

Tom explains his methods of staying calm during video games and why he does it [8:53]

How do you instigate flow? How do you trigger it? [11:42]

Jim shares the story of how he heard the message of responsibility [16:01]

If you change core beliefs it will change all sorts of sub-beliefs [17:45]

Being able to look nakedly at your inadequacies without feeling bad about yourself [20:29]

Tom discusses luck by sharing the story of how he met Lisa [24:27]

Jim and Tom talk about whether beliefs should be true or just useful [28:11]

Are there things you want to get better at but you’re just not willing to put in the work? [31:37]

Tom brings up the fact that the world pushup record seems impossible even to him [33:15]

The most infinite resource on planet earth is human potential [35:01]

Tom discusses disruption in the comic book marketplace [36:37]

Life is the choice between birth and death [41:35]

How do you stay energized and enthusiastic over decades? [44:40]

Jim explains his 3-part formula for motivation [49:30]

Jim talks about the necessity of energy and small, simple steps along with purpose [53:25]

Tom talks about how distractions sap your energy and thus your time [57:39]

Mindset is the set of attitudes and assumptions we have [1:00:49]

How and why do people self-sabotage? [1:01:36]

Jim and Tom discuss Bruce Lee and what they learned from him [1:08:20]

You’ll lose your drive if you’re fueled by other people’s expectations [1:14:54]

Tom talks about Taoism, Star Wars and martial arts [1:18:30]

Jim discusses his mixed feelings towards professional fighting [1:22:26]

A person should be capable of great violence, and then keep it in check [1:25:29]

Predators don’t follow the same conventions that everyone else does [1:27:40]

The only people who will make an impact are those that intelligently break the rules [1:34:45]

Tom and Jim discuss Iron Man, Stan Lee’s favorite character [1:36:21]

We can attach to fictional characters as a template to make change [1:40:42]

What is your dominant question? [1:46:30]

Tom reveals his own dominant question [1:52:55]

The power of our questions determine our focus [1:55:29]

Jim issues a challenge to listeners [2:03:44]








Mar 31, 2020

How powerful is meditation? Well, billionaire Ray Dalio literally credits it as the primary reason for whatever success he’s had. Vishen Lakhiani uses it to bend reality. And Tim Storey meditates so that he can “think big in small places.” On this special Impact Theory clips show with Tom Bilyeu, those three guests, along with Joe Dispenza, Dr. Shefali, Robert Greene, Colin O’Brady and Molly Bloom describe the science, the experience, and the power of meditation. Find out exactly how meditation affects you biologically, how to instantly go into a meditative state, and why meditation has led so many extraordinary people to liberation, fearlessness, and success.


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Joe Dispenza explains how meditation affects you on a biological level [1:52]

Dr. Shefali explains how meditation leads to the liberation of the self [4:55]

Dr. Shefali’s meditation is the most basic type, just following your breath [7:01]

Robert Greene talks about how he uses meditation to reset his mind every day [7:40]

Vishen Lakhiani explains that meditation helps you bend reality [10:13]

Surrendering and going within allows you to tap into your deep intuition [11:48]

Colin O’Brady describes the ups and downs of learning to meditate [13:19]

Molly Bloom pursued a crisis mindset (liberated and fearless) without being in a crisis [16:46]

Tim Storey explains how to instantly go into a state of meditation [19:02]

Meditation is to set your mind, so focus on a mindset of gratitude [20:36]

Ray Dalio credits meditation and overcoming his ego for his success [21:50]




Ray Dalio: “Meditation is fantastic. Meditation is the biggest gift I can give anyone. And I would say, more than anything, it is whatever reason for success I’ve had.” [21:56]


Tim Storey: “Think big in small places.” [21:43]


Vishen Lakhiani: “Meditation helps you bend reality.” [10:58]




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Mar 26, 2020

Right now, as the novel coronavirus spreads rapidly and makes headlines, it is a great time to think about your immune system. This special clip episode of Health Theory brings together some of the finest minds in functional medicine to discuss the immune system with host Tom Bilyeu. Naveen Jain, Steven Gundry, Rangan Chatterjee, Jillian Teta, Mark Hyman and Jolene Brighten explain what exactly the immune system is, how to level it up, and what we should eat for maximum immune health. 

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Dr. Steven Gundry says that if you want to cure disease, head to the gut [0:37]

Naveen Jain explains how the immune system is based in the gut’s microbiome [2:36]

Rangan Chatterjee illuminates the connection between your gut, diet and immune system [6:35]

Jillian Teta describes the incredible diversity of gut bacteria [9:56]

Dr. Mark Hyman explains that all food is information [13:44]

Mark shares a list of recommended foods to improve immune system functioning [15:06]

Many processed foods are even worse for you than table sugar [16:54]

Dr. Jolene Brighten explains why processed foods and sugar are so inflammatory [19:45] 

Jolene recommends the best way to get healthy fats and protein [23:04]




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Mar 24, 2020

Dave Hollis has always been somewhat skeptical about self-help, but in the long run that skepticism has served him very well. He always questions the hypotheses being put forward, both by self-appointed gurus and his own subconscious. As a result, he combines incredible vulnerability and self-awareness with a rigorously logical and brutally honest mindset. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dave Hollis goes into incredible depth on the connections between failure, growth and fulfillment. While describing those connections he talks about his experiences with therapy, explains how he uses journaling so effectively, and even shares a few tips on marriage.


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Dave explains why he still calls himself a skeptic [3:20]

Dave admits that he had to get super-stuck in order to embrace self-help [4:58]

Tom and Dave discuss the power of negative visualization [8:32]

Motivation is built through consistent habits and constantly pushing yourself [12:15]

Dave talks about how he finished a challenge he thought might be impossible [15:53]

You must test the truth of the stories you’ve been told [19:54]

None of us are broken, but we all have seasons of brokenness [20:53]

Dave explains how he uses journaling to get down to the subconscious [23:38]

Dave describes the reasons why therapy was so helpful for him [25:38]

Are other people’s opinions real? Are they important? [27:41]

Dave and Tom discuss the connection between growth. discomfort and fulfillment [29:42]

It’s a guarantee in a startup that you are going to experience failure [36:15]

Dave talks about how difficult it was to no longer be the primary bread-winner [39:00]

Dave gives a few tips on marriage [44:14]

Dave shares the impact he wants to have on the world [47:11]




“If there’s something in a story that was given to you through the lens of someone else’s fear, you have to test the hypothesis of your truth.” [19:33]

“None of us are broken. We have seasons of brokenness.” [21:51]

“If you are in a position where you can’t fail, you are also in a position where you will never be fulfilled.” [33:01]

“You cannot mute the anxiety without also muting the joy.” [34:02]












“Get Out of Your Own Way”, Dave Hollis  [2:50]

“Spark”, John Ratey [29:58]

Mar 19, 2020

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Max Lugavere’s mother suffered terribly from both dementia and cancer in her final months, and watching her pain spurred him to try to understand exactly why so many of us suffer from so many kinds of chronic illness. His conclusion is that, essentially, the odds are stacked against the average person trying to live a healthy life. And so now his mission is to help as many people as possible become smarter, healthier and happier. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Max Lugavere and Tom Bilyeu touch on almost every possible aspect of a good lifestyle. The discussion ranges from the best diet for someone with terminal cancer to the surprising benefits of heat exposure for those who are already active and vital. Along the way they talk about the pros and cons of the carnivore and keto diets, and describe the best ways to detox the body and brain.



What does it take to have a healthy brain today? [0:26]

It’s scary the extent that the odds are stacked against us [2:10]

The treatment options for dementia and cancer are very limited [4:13]

Max shares the story of his mother’s terminal illness [7:53]

Tom and Max discuss watching someone fade away in extreme suffering [12:26]

Tom talks about someone who had both dementia and type 2 diabetes [16:14]

Max channels a lot of the angst over losing his mother into his work [17:52]

Max discusses why people with cancer should go ahead and eat delicious food [21:24]

Max and Tom discuss physician-assisted suicide [27:30]

What kinds of environmental toxins should people be avoiding? [30:24]

You can’t completely escape toxins, so it’s better to focus on detoxing [36:55]

Max discusses the best vegetables for detoxification [39:40]

What constitutes high cholesterol? [43:42]

Tom talks about how he was just about to go carnivore, but now he has doubts [45:54]

Max explains why he thinks it’s important to include vegetables in the diet [52:10]

Protein should be prioritized in every meal [55:58]

Tom discusses the keto diet and how a high-fat diet helped him [59:23]

Tom talks about how bad his diet was as a kid and college student [1:06:05]

Max explains the best ways to get plenty of healthy fats in your diet [1:08:12]

Tom riffs on how evil polar bears are and how toxic their livers can be [1:12:55]

Max and Tom talk about our body’s internal clocks [1:15:17]

Tom talks about how he’s capable of overeating even when he fasts [1:22:33]

Max and Tom discuss the ideal times and temperatures for sleep [1:25:47]

Tom and Max talk about the benefits of cold exposure [1:30:30]

What are the benefits of heat exposure? [1:35:45]

Tom and Max discuss the possible benefits of contrast therapy [1:42:41]








Mar 17, 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic bringing the world to a halt; on this special edition of Impact Theory, Tom interviews Behavioral Neuroscientist Jud Brewer on how to keep your cool in hectic times such as these. Jud would like like to offer Impact Theory listeners a 30% discount on his apps including Unwinding Anxiety, Jud's clinically proven app for dealing with stress and anxiety.
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Mar 12, 2020

Best known for her wise advocacy of bone broth and collagen, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci focuses her medical practice and her writing on ways to heal the gut, slow aging and reverse inflammation. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Kellyann Petrucci describes diets and lifestyle choices for anyone interested in longevity, weight loss or stress reduction. She also shares her own story of overcoming burnout without sacrificing ambition, describes the incredible complexity of gut health, and advocates visualizing your own “television show” where you see yourself in exactly the place you want to be.

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What are the lifestyle changes people should make for maximum longevity? [1:01]

The problem with Keto is that people don’t get enough fiber. So how about Keto 2.0? [3:19]

Kellyann advocates ancestral nutrition and learning to read your own body [4:37]

The first principle of a good diet is to eat the highest quality food they can get [7:23]

Kellyann explains how to get a good balance in your diet [9:15]

Kellyann defines what exactly Keto 2.0 is [10:53]

Kellyann explains how much of her stress was caused by her lack of boundaries [13:07]

Kellyann describes the kinds of exercise and meditation she does [16:25]

What are the signs that you are getting burned out and crushed by stress? [17:39]

Kellyann strongly advocates visualizing the personal and business life you want [19:59]

What are the biggest things that most people regret? [23:21]

Not honoring who you really are is destructive to your body [25:37]

Most autoimmune problems start with gut issues [28:17]

Kellyann describes the many ways to use bone broth effectively [30:32]

You have to have foundational beauty or else the cosmetic surgery won’t help [32:45]

What one change can people make that will improve their health the most? [35:00]








Mar 10, 2020

Are you aiming to get to the next level? This episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu combines some of the best success tips that have ever aired on the show. And as Tom says, “The best thing about these pieces of advice is that they are things anyone can do immediately. They’re easy, practical, obtainable, and--when used regularly--can change your life.” Guests Robin Sharma, Meagan Good, Mark Manson, Dame Dash, Rachel Hollis, Hal Elrod, Ramit Sethi and Sam Harris share some of their most useful advice, all in the space of one half-hour video.

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Robin Sharma explains how to eliminate distractions and cultivate high energy [1:24]

How to improve your entire day by getting the most out of the first hour [3:01]

Meagan Good explains how she deals with rejection, failure and unfairness [6:12]

Meagan talks about why her mother is her hero [8:01]

Mark Manson discusses the importance of values and how they define us [9:56]

How to use visualization effectively [11:51]

Dame Dash describes his visualization process and why he seeks other perspectives [14:40]

Rachel Hollis talks about dealing with self-sabotage and being a people-pleaser [17:51]

Hal Elrod says that birth and death are the two sides of love [21:46]

Hal uses affirmations to direct his focus [24:28]

Ramit Sethi explains how to get a 25k raise [26:16]

Sam Harris describes meditation as jiu jitsu of the mind [29:35]




“Why is it less scary to work out than to just think? And it doesn’t take any physical effort. It’s about a perspective. Why are people so scared of the unknown?”  [17:07]


“Birth and death are just as inevitable. And they are two sides of the same coin, which is life.” [22:45]


“Before the sun rises is the time of least distraction.” [3:26]




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Mar 5, 2020

We have over-complicated health and wellness. And we may be emphasizing food and exercise too much when stress, touch and sex are just as important. Dr. Rangan Chatterjee knows that people are needlessly suffering, and change is quite possible. Not only is it possible, but it may be much simpler than most people realize. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Rangan and Tom Bilyeu discuss how crucially important human touch is, and talk extensively about how harmful stress is. Dr. Chatterjee even claims that stress is a bigger part of digestive disorders than food is. This is not the only controversial claim he makes, but he has both the research and the life experience treating patients to back up what he says. After watching this episode you may very well conclude that it’s the simple things that we need to get right: human touch, intimacy, and relaxation. The complexity and the tech can wait.

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Rangan talks about hanging on to the toxic emotion of guilt as a parent [0:04]

How do you let go of toxic emotions? [2:53]

Does all addiction come down to childhood trauma? [4:33]

Tom and Rangan discuss the fact that you can’t want personal growth for someone [6:41]

Do people really need to suffer in order to get motivated to truly change? [9:59]

Rangan contends that most people are walking around unconscious to what matters [11:12]

Rangan talks about what happens when people really have to face their trauma [16:18]

Breakthroughs are extraordinary, but real change requires day-to-day work [19:33]

How do you get people to start working out who don’t want to work out? [21:37]

What do you do when your spouse is not on a growth path? [24:47]

Rangan says the point of life is to figure out who you are. Tom disagrees. [25:28]

Rangan explains losing his passion for soccer, and wonders if the passion was ever real [30:47]

Tom says that there is no such thing as a fundamental self [38:13]

Rangan says that his journey was absolutely one of letting go of false selves [40:36]

Tom advocates that everything about anyone’s worldview and values is made up [48:12]

Rangan talks about stripping away the layers of the onion to find who he really is [50:55]

Tom discusses the need for quiet and stillness to shut out everyone else’s opinions [55:55]

When you can see that your self is a construct, then you can start to un-construct it [59:10]

Diet and exercise is over-emphasized compared to overwhelming stress [1:01:33]

Rangan believes that stress is fundamentally what’s causing lower libido and infertility [1:04:09]

Stress is also a bigger component than food when it comes to digestive disorders [1:06:39]

Rangan describes methods to relax before eating [1:13:06]

Rangan and Tom discuss optimal breathing methods [1:18:01]

Rangan describes the mindfulness practices he uses [1:22:12]

Rangan and Tom discuss that how stress interferes with sex [1:23:31]

A lack of close, nourishing relationships is one of the biggest causes of stress [1:29:55]

Rangan and Tom discuss how touch has become something to be avoided [1:39:12]

Rangan recommends that everyone do what he calls a “3D greeting” [1:44:04]

There might be a point where you are having too much sex [1:48:21]

Technology has harmed intimacy [1:51:24]




“The Stress Solution”, Rangan Chatterjee








Mar 5, 2020

Sports Illustrated calls Trevor Moawad “the world’s best brain trainer.” With an accolade like that, and a history of working with the world’s elite athletes, you might expect him to have some sort of fancy, highly-complex system. If so, your expectations would be wrong. Moawad keeps it simple and straight-forward, focusing on changing what people say, what they consume, and how they form habits. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Trevor Moawad discusses a realistic alternative to the trendy idea of positive thinking, explains the connection between what you say out loud and how your life turns out, and proves conclusively that, contrary to popular belief, your past does not predict your future.

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Negative thinking is bad, but positive thinking doesn’t work all the time either [2:42]

It’s much easier to change what you say than it is to change what you think [7:07]

Trevor tells stories of how people talked negative outcomes into existence [8:26]

Tom and Trevor discuss Man’s Search for Meaning [12:13]

Everyone has messed up thoughts, but you don’t have to say it out loud [13:36]

Your past does not predict your future [15:48]

You have to ask: what do I want, why do I want it, and why don’t I have it [20:06]

If you watch 3 minutes of news it increases your chances of having a bad day by 27% [22:34]

Trevor explains why hope matters [23:21]

Trevor discusses why he says choice is an illusion [25:13]

Trevor shares the impact he wants to have on the world [30:12]




“If someone says something out loud, it’s ten times more powerful than if they think it.” [7:07]


“Negativity is a multiple of four to seven times more powerful than positivity. So think about that. If I say something out loud, it’s 10x. If it’s negative, it’s four to seven times more powerful. So when I say negative things out loud, it’s 40 to 70 times more likely that that will happen--or cause a result that won’t be good for me--than if I just didn’t say anything.” [7:21]


“If you say stupid sh*t out loud ultimately you’re predicting and perpetuating exactly what you don’t want to have happen.” [13:42]


“The past is real. But the only thing that makes it predictive is if my behavior stays the same.” [16:00]












“It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life”, Trevor Moawad 

“Man’s Search for Meaning”, Viktor Frankl 

Feb 27, 2020

Daniel Amen wants to see the end of mental illness, and he may very well achieve his goal. The man called “America’s favorite psychiatrist” is absolutely dedicated to improving everyone’s brain health, eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and reducing psychiatry’s reliance on pharmaceuticals as a method of first resort. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Daniel Amen discusses his methods for healing the brain, the importance of intergenerational trauma, and things you can do right now to improve your mental health.

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Daniel talks about the end of mental illness [1:31]

Daniel believes the stigma surrounding mental illness comes from misunderstanding [2:34]

Daniel discusses the impact of prayer on the brain [4:52]

The first thing Daniel recommends is never pharmaceuticals [8:51]

Tom and Daniel discuss meditation and neurofeedback [10:21]

Your body responds to every single thought you have [13:28]

Why is hypnosis so powerful? [14:44]

Daniel explains how to use hypnosis effectively [16:24]

Hypnosis allows you to deal with trauma in a place that’s completely safe [20:11]

Daniel believes that we carry memories from our ancestors [21:20]

Daniel describes a good diet for brain health [27:41]

Daniel explains why a hyperbaric oxygen chamber can help with brain health [28:22]

Don’t believe every stupid thing you think! [29:33]

How to create good “tiny brain habits” [30:39]

Daniel asks everyone he works with to start with the “one page miracle” [34:02]

The end of mental illness begins with a revolution in brain health [35:40]

Daniel describes some toxins that you might not be aware of [37:18]

Of the 11 major risk factors for brain illness, being overweight includes five [39:25]

Eating unhealthy food is not a reward. It’s a punishment. [43:04]

Daniel describes the number one thing we do to damage our health [45:14]








Feb 25, 2020

Named one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century by Time Magazine, Deepak Chopra has long been a towering figure in alternative medicine and spirituality. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Deepak Chopra examines the nature of consciousness and pursues eternal questions like, “Who am I? What do I want? What’s my purpose? What am I grateful for?” While advocating reflection, meditation and awareness, he describes the results of the deeply examined life, and gives concrete advice on how to deal with chronic illness, day-to-day suffering, and even the fear of death. 


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Deepak describes peptides, the “molecules of emotion” [2:42]

How do you know what you know? What is the source of consciousness? [5:19]

No neuroscientist can explain exactly how electrical information becomes experience [7:35]

We have done a good job of dealing with acute illness, but not chronic illness [9:31]

In addition to physical illness, humans also suffer from existential illness [12:15]

Deepak advocates that everyone needs to ask clearly, “Who am I?” [13:50]

Deepak discusses the benefits and limitations of panpsychism [18:45]

Deepak describes the different forms of consciousness [21:28]

Deepak explains what it means to say that the subject/object division is artificial [25:13]

Consciousness can only know itself through experience [28:18]

Why you should become comfortable with questioning your habitual certainties [29:01]

Tom and Deepak discuss the power of silence [30:40]

Deepak gives a brief breakdown of epigenetics [33:13]

Deepak describes his daily routine and the four things he does every day [35:00]

Deepak talks about his work and how he enjoys himself [37:26]

Death is not the end of consciousness, it’s the end of a storyline in consciousness [38:37]

Deepak talks about love [40:53]

Deepak describes his mother’s incredible storytelling skills [44:20]

Deepak explains why gratitude is so important [46:44]

Deepak discusses the future of medicine [47:02]

Deepak shares the impact he wants to have on the world [50:03]





“To observe a thought is to know you’re not a thought. To observe an emotion is to know that you’re not the emotion. To observe the body is to know that you’re not this bundle of sensations and perceptions. So who are you? What is it that knows?” [13:01]


“When you have time to be still, question your habitual certainties, you realize that actually, we know nothing. Nothing. Everything we know is made up. It’s a human construct.” [29:56]


“Love is not a sentiment. Love is not an emotion. Love is the ultimate truth, and the heart of creation.” [41:09]










“Meta-Human” by Deepak Chopra [2:18]

Feb 20, 2020

Flying cars, virtual reality, quantum computing, genetic modification, artificial intelligence, migration into space, a real-life holodeck… Things that once seemed impossible are now becoming reality, and they are becoming reality much faster than most people had predicted. It’s not just that things are changing rapidly, it’s that the pace of change itself is speeding up. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, two of the world’s leading futurists, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, join with Tom Bilyeu for a discussion of the future of technology, culture and the human mind. This future is brighter, wealthier, more abundant and filled with more meaning than most of us could have believed, and it may be coming faster than anyone is prepared for.

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Flying cars are even cooler than anyone expected [1:03]

The rate of change is much faster than anyone thinks [5:22]

Tom doesn’t even own a car, and hardly anyone rents a car any more [6:03]

Quantum computing has been taking huge leaps forward [7:52]

A company is now 3D printing rockets [10:33]

3D printed houses will be three or four times cheaper than current houses [13:33]

The rate of change is so rapid that people become afraid, but they shouldn’t be [16:17]

What can be done if you’re seriously averse to loss, or afraid of change? [17:53]

We’ve forgotten how fast things have changed already [20:38]

We turn thoughts into things. What’s the difference between insight and intuition? [24:36]

What will happen when we all have a version of Jarvis? [27:53]

There will soon be brain to computer connection, and even brain to brain connection [30:53]

Perhaps by the 2030’s we’ll be able to directly connect from our brains to the cloud [33:59]

The panel discusses how virtual reality and AI could really mess up human relationships [35:11]

What will happen when Jarvis or Alexa hears all your arguments with your spouse? [38:59]

Peter brings up the problem of deep fakes [40:20]

Is the rate of change so fast that we are just falling into things instead of creating them? [42:48]

How do you change people’s frame of reference? [46:53]

We create our own futures, limitations and expansive abilities [50:30]

We will create more wealth in the next decade than we did in the last century [52:41]

Hardly anyone writes near-future fiction any more because things change too fast [57:31]

Peter talks about how new technologies will change real estate, business and storage [1:00:58]

Peter and Tom discuss the need to be monomaniacal as an entrepreneur [1:04:29]

How do we create a hopeful, compelling and abundant future? [1:07:05]

The panel discusses gene modification [1:09:19]

What are the ethics behind genetic modification? [1:14:52]

There are already contacts that have augmented reality and virtual reality [1:20:13]

Creating meta-intelligence and migration into space [1:24:57]

Peter describes his experiences with plant medicine [1:29:04]

Steven describes the potential downsides of plant medicine [1:40:52]

In the next 20 years the human race will start irreversibly moving off the planet [1:42:01]

We are getting very close to being able to constantly being in flow [1:46:56]

What happens when VR becomes more meaningful than physical life? [1:50:02]

Steven discusses learning to control dopamine [1:53:18]

We will have more control of our own experiences in the future [1:55:06]




“Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think”, Diamandis and Kotler

“The Future is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives.” Peter Diamandis















Feb 18, 2020

Hip hop star, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Chamillionaire embodies the hope that anyone, no matter how humble their background, can succeed at the highest level. He went from growing up poor in Houston to becoming one of the biggest stars in popular music, then flipped the script entirely and started an incredible winning streak as an investor. Through it all, he remained loyal to his core values and his community. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Chamillionaire explains exactly how he succeeded in hip hop, speaks passionately about the importance of forming and nurturing relationships, and even talks about how to overcome the primary roadblocks that stop most people from achieving their dreams.

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Chamillionaire credits his perceptiveness for much of his success [3:08]

People don’t like to get advice, even when they need to hear it, because they feel judged [4:20]

The number one thing that stops people from being successful is fear [8:16]

Chamillionaire shares the story of his neighbor being murdered [12:57]

You have to be brutally honest with yourself to change your life [17:18]

Chamillionaire explains how he succeeded at hip hop [19:45]

Chamillionaire describes having one foot in the streets and one in venture capital [25:37]

Chamillionaire talks about the importance of relationships as opposed to money [26:49]

Chamillionaire explains how he becomes as efficient as possible [31:46]

Chamillionaire describes his attraction to the letter “C” [34:09]

You won’t succeed as an individual, you’ll need a team [37:00]

Chamillionaire shares the impact he wants to have on the world [39:09]




“When people see my name, Chamillionaire, they instantly think of money. My first song, before Ridin Dirty, was a song called In Love With My Money. Everybody used to think I was in love with my money. But I wasn’t really in love with my money. It was really fighting for something bigger.” [28:15]


“If you want to have success at scale, you’re never going to do it by yourself.” [36:59]








Feb 14, 2020

This episode was originally published on Impact Theory's sister channel, Women of Impact, hosted by Tom's wife Lisa Bilyeu.

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What does it take to make a marriage work? On this episode of Women of Impact, Lisa Bilyeu invites the person she most trusts to offer insight into that question--her husband of 17 years, Tom Bilyeu. And if nothing else, he’s certainly the only person she could reasonably ask to discuss his most embarrassing relationship stories. Over the course of the episode Tom and Lisa share their history and talk about how to build trust, why you need to keep your sex life alive forever, the extent to which you can influence your partner, and how to deal with changing roles in the relationship.




Why you have to choose the right person to be with in the first place [3:28]

Your personalities can be different, but your values need to be quite similar [6:08]

Tom discusses how easy it was to have differences when he wasn’t giving anything up [7:37]

“I don’t even know who I am without you.” [13:24]

To what extent can you change, manipulate or influence your partner? [14:13]

You should never weaponize your knowledge of your partner [16:57]

Lisa and Tom discuss the importance of defining words clearly [20:04]

Tom talks about defining roles in a relationship [20:58]

At first it was incredibly hard for Lisa to admit that she had outgrown being a housewife [25:04]

Tom tells the story of how Lisa’s changing role affected him [27:20]

Lisa and Tom discuss loving each phase of the relationship for what it is [32:36]

You will always find other people attractive [35:19]

Never take anything for granted, and keep your sex life alive forever [37:33]

“Don’t make me feel bad for asking, and I won’t make you feel bad for saying no.” [41:48]

Tom shares the story of how he and Lisa learned to not test each other or drop hints [43:02]








Feb 13, 2020

Functional medicine aims to uncover the laws of biology, treats the human body as an ecosystem, and is about creating health, not just curing illness. Mark Hyman is one of the foremost practitioners of functional medicine, one of its earliest advocates, and is certainly one of its best spokesmen. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Mark Hyman explains the rationale behind functional medicine and describes its most important features. He also gives detailed advice on improving the diet, talks about what it means to say that food is information, and discusses the connection between the body, mind, gut and brain. 


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What does it mean to say the body is an ecosystem? [1:41]

How do you find the root cause of an illness? [3:18]

Functional medicine is about creating health, not curing illness [6:08]

How should you deal with bacterial overgrowth in the upper gut? [10:05]

Mark explains how to test your microbiome [11:33]

There is lots of conflicting information on nutrition but there are some common principles [14:40]

Factory vegetarian diets harm the environment, but regenerative meat diets help [19:17]

Why should we eat more vegetables? [21:30]

What are the laws of biology regarding diet and nutrition? [23:19]

Soy traditionally was processed in a very different way than it is now [26:30]

All food is information [28:00]

Mark describes the dietary principles nearly everyone should follow [29:17]

Which kinds of vegetables should you be eating? [34:12]

Mark explains the effects of eliminating the most toxic foods from a diet [35:56]

We have the most inflammatory diet in history, and it directly causes illness [38:17]

Mark shares his journey towards Buddhism, wisdom and compassion [41:10]

Your brain, mind, body and gut are all connected [43:26]

Mark shares the one change people need to make [48:11]








Feb 11, 2020

What if everything you think you know about yourself is wrong? Most people have the intuition that they have a self separate from their body and brain, and that they can control their experience with conscious will. But what if that isn’t true? Best-selling author Annaka Harris is devoted to challenging our deepest intuitions about the nature of consciousness and the self. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, she discusses experiments on the cutting edge of physics and neuroscience, and explains why those experiments matter. The result is a fascinating conversation that will leave you questioning some of your most cherished, comforting intuitions.

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Consciousness is exactly as mysterious as it seems to be [2:29]

Annaka defines what consciousness is [4:54]

Tom and Annaka discuss the story of Phineas Gage [6:31]

Annaka talks about the difference between consciousness and high level thought [9:14]

There is a basic level of consciousness that doesn’t involve awareness of consciousness [11:35]

Challenging intuitions is a basic element of the scientific method [14:58]

Is there outer evidence of conscious experience? Is consciousness doing anything? [18:46]

Upending comfortable intuitions is eventually a freeing experience [20:57]

Annaka explains how the brain binds disparate signals to make them seem congruent [22:23]

Annaka and Tom discuss how much unconscious brain functioning we take for granted [27:09]

Annaka describes the false sense of self and conscious will [29:53]

We make decisions before we are aware of them [33:41]

Annaka discusses the question of whether or to what extent plants are conscious [35:30]

Trees take care of their own kin, and defend their kin [40:48]

What if consciousness is a field like gravity? [43:39]

Annaka describes the double slit light experiment [46:13]

Measuring an event can change the past [51:41]

Annaka discusses problems with the views that consciousness emerges from life [54:25]

Annaka shares the impact she wants to have on the world [1:03:06]




“There’s something jarring about learning that the things that feel most true to you about reality are possibly not structured that way.” [21:29]

“We feel that consciousness is behind our willed actions, when in fact, there is a lot of neuroscience to suggest that it’s actually the reverse. It’s at the end. That all this processing happens, a decision gets made, and we’re kind of the last to know.” [31:54]

“We have no evidence that consciousness is due to complexity.” [1:00:24]












“Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind”, [2:19]

Feb 6, 2020

Unfortunately, most people never realize that their past does not define them. Former drug dealer Chris Cavallini has a past that would sink a lot of people. But instead of letting it own him, he has taken complete ownership of his own actions and their consequences. This process of learning, in his words, how to be a man, led him to start an extraordinary nutrition company that employs people who need second chances just like he once did. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Chris Cavallini and Tom Bilyeu discuss constructing the self, living with integrity, and answer some tough questions about what it really takes to change someone’s life.


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Tom and Chris discuss the different reasons they each started working out [1:20]

Chris shares the story of his childhood, not having a father figure and getting arrested [3:36]

Around 25 or 26 Chris started to change his story of being a victim [5:04]

Chris explains the events that led him to join the military [6:44]

Boot camp was exactly what Chris needed as a youth [9:31]

The most important thing about boot camp was that it got Chris out of Boston [13:38]

Who you think of as “you” is a construct [14:20]

The people around you dictate your standards, whether you like it or not [17:03]

Chris shares the story of how he became a drug dealer [18:06]

Chris explains why he finally changed his life course [20:35]

You are hopelessly average, which means you can improve [24:41]

Helping other people was the fundamental trigger causing Chris to change [26:41]

What makes life worth living? [29:00]

Chris advocates helping others even if your motivation is fundamentally selfish [32:15]

Chris made a decision that he’d rather sit in prison than sell someone else out [36:12]

Chris explains how he decided to take full responsibility for his actions [39:36]

What does it mean to be a man? [43:08]

Chris shares the story of getting a true second chance [46:18]

It doesn’t work out a hell of a lot more times than it does [49:18]

Chris explains what he looks for in potential employees [50:13]

When you own your past mistakes, people stop looking down on you [52:47]

Tom explains how he became reasonably good at interviewing people [54:51]

Whatever you do, you have to do it badly before you do it well [1:00:59]

Tom advocates that you need to have savings to make good decisions [1:02:56]

When you aren’t legitimately passionate, it’s very hard to go above and beyond [1:05:43]

The key to passion is mastery [1:10:23]

How you do anything is how you do everything [1:13:06]

Tom talks about taking control of the pain [1:16:24]

Actively seeking out discomfort makes it easier to fix real-world problems [1:19:41]

Chris advocates changing your diet to create self-confidence [1:26:28]

Personal development is the most important work in your life [1:31:29]




“So Good They Can’t Ignore You”, Cal Newport

“Extreme Ownership”, Jocko Willink







Feb 4, 2020

John Maxwell is the most widely recognized expert in the field of leadership. But his accomplishments did not come easy, and he experienced plenty of setbacks and failures along the way. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, John C. Maxwell explains why everyone has to go through adversity, and shows the best way to learn the most you can from experience. Specifically, he details the precise questions you should ask other leaders, describes the methods he uses to reflect on both hardships and successes, and explains exactly how you should go about having hard conversations with your peers and teammates.

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Leadership is nothing more or less than influence [2:59]

John explains the power and value of connecting [3:39]

Everything rises and falls on leadership [5:06]

John discusses the extent to which leadership comes from your environment and mentors [6:29]

“I changed from a goal mindset to a growth mindset” [9:37]

We influence people by intentionally adding value to their lives [10:37]

John details strategies for learning leadership skills [14:05]

Before you lead people you have to find them [16:34]

John claims that character is mostly developed out of adversity [18:34]

John describes a U-turn leader [21:40]

John advocates that competence and skills come from years of practice [22:42]

John explains how he reflects and how he learns from experience [24:10]

John explains how he deals with the hard conversations [25:42]

What are the keys to developing leaders in your organization? [31:54]

John tells a fascinating story about how influence works in groups [37:38]

John then tells a great story about how to fail completely as a leader [41:31]

John shares the impact he wants to have on the world [43:31]




“One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” [4:17]

“I stopped asking the question, “How long will it take?” And I started asking the question, “How far can I go?” And everything changed that day.” [9:20]

“The character of a person comes out of their failures, not out of their success.” [15:20]

“You can’t grow yourself if you don’t know yourself.” [19:20]












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Jan 30, 2020

Dr. Shawn Baker is an extraordinarily accomplished athlete, but he is best known as one of the foremost advocates of the carnivore diet. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Shawn Baker addresses the controversy surrounding the carnivore diet, and perhaps surprisingly, does not advocate that every single person ought to go full carnivore. But he does explain the evolutionary logic behind the carnivore diet, describes its benefits, and makes a strong case that people need to take responsibility for their own health instead of delegating that responsibility to professionals.

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Shawn discusses the controversy surrounding the carnivore diet [0:40]

There is no doubt that humans are omnivorous, but how suitable are most foods? [2:24]

If at age 85 you can run 100 meters in 15 seconds, you’re probably doing things right [3:40]

Shawn describes his methods of holding back aging [4:40]

Shawn believes that not everyone needs to use a carnivore diet [5:33]

Why you should chase health and not lab values [6:02]

Why is sexual function important? [8:37]

Yes, you can gain muscle at any age [10:20]

Strength is much more important than size when it comes to muscle [12:03]

The very first animals were carnivorous, and early humans were primarily carnivorous [14:00]

Shawn describes what a basic human diet probably was thousands of years ago [18:34]

Shawn speculates on why seed oil is so dangerous [20:02]

Tom discusses his own transformative dietary journey [22:42]

Shawn describes the absolute requirements for the human diet [26:15]

The truth about why diets fail [27:24]

Shawn discusses a forth-coming study on the carnivore diet [29:21]

Tom and Shawn talk about how to measure improvements in health [31:58]

Shawn addresses questions about whether people should eat organ meat [35:28]

Shawn describes his experience in the military [37:51]

Shawn talks about becoming somewhat immune to trauma as a war-time surgeon [39:59]

Shawn learned how to improvise and think on his feet in war [41:45]

What is one change people can make that would most improve their health? [45:03]








Jan 28, 2020

An acknowledged leader in the “science-help” movement, Kelly McGonigal has dedicated her career to using neuroscience and psychology to develop methods of improving mental well-being. And she is now at the forefront of researchers and advocates who continue to explore the connection between mind and body. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Kelly McGonigal explains how to change your emotional states through physical movement, and also explains why movement has such a strong effect on the brain. She also describes ways to become more compassionate, shares the story of her own struggles with chronic pain, and gives surprising insights into why it’s not always good to try to control your inner experiences. 

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“This is the book I was born to write.” [3:30]

Movement and exercise are essential to mental well-being [4:15]

Kelly explains the hypothesis that we have large brains for physical movement [5:50]

Tom and Kelly discuss runner’s high and why he doesn’t get it [7:12]

Working out your core reduces anxiety [11:03]

Kelly explains how your brain receives information from your muscles and tendons [11:51]

Kelly and Tom discuss how physical improvement changes your self-image [13:15]

Kelly talks about why it’s not always good to try to control your inner experiences [17:53]

Kelly describes her experience with chronic pain [21:05]

Kelly has a strong gut instinct for whether or not things are consistent with her values [24:00]

How do you teach someone to be compassionate and self-compassionate? [27:56]

How to be a better listener [31:41]

Kelly explains how she teaches self-compassion [34:52]

Tom’s crucial insight that even the average human is the ultimate adaptation machine [38:05]

Tom and Kelly discuss competition and cooperation [40:48]

Kelly describes overcoming the need to be better than others [42:33]

Kelly shares the impact she wants to have on the world [44:29]




“Your literal moment to moment sense of self is always being informed by what your body is doing.” [11:36]


“You can choose your values over trying to control your inner experiences.” [23:49]


“So you’re lifting something heavy. Your brain is going to get feedback from muscle contraction and tension from the tendons on your joints. Your brain does not get that information and think, ‘my bicep is strong.’ Or, ‘my lats are strong.’ The brain thinks, ‘I am strong.’” [12:02]












“The Willpower Instinct”   [2:07]

“The Upside of Stress”   [2:07]

“The Joy of Movement”  [2:53]

Jan 23, 2020

Ben Greenfield defies easy categorization. A science freak and renowned functional medicine practitioner, he is also deeply spiritual with a profound faith in God. That means there are some times when he and Tom are on exactly the same path, and others where they see the world in dramatically different ways. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Ben Greenfield and Tom Bilyeu explore both the differences and the connections. Their discussion travels into fascinating and often hilarious territory as they talk about everything from raising children with love and logic to optimizing sex and the unexpected consequences of fecal transplants. 





Ben describes stealing a bottle of bourbon from his father’s office [0:45]

“In our house, there are no rules.” Ben describes love and logic. [2:35]

Tom wonders how his Mom prevented him from doing stupid things [7:18]

Ben talks about how small doses of things like alcohol can be good [8:22]

Tom questions how much the benefit of wine is social [11:32]

Ben recommends Cyrax laboratories for functional medicine testing [14:02]

Ben discusses how autoimmune conditions are caused by all sorts of things [15:09]

Tom and Ben discuss Lisa’s chronic illness and peptides [15:44]

Tom and Ben discuss treatments to clear brain fog and increase energy [20:11]

Ben talks about an app that improves memory [23:37]

Ben goes into depth on the LL37 peptide and talks gut health [28:32]

Ben describes combining anti-inflammatory remedies with exercise [35:05]

There are fewer people in prisons because we have gyms [39:29]

Ben talks about which exercises improve longevity the most [46:28]

Ben and Tom discuss world records for things like push-ups [50:51]

Ben talks about his ideal physique and diet [52:58]

Ben and his family love cooking and their dinners are a big production [57:43]

Ben finds confidence and comfort in spirituality, and having hope [58:53]

Tom wonders what Ben imagines when he talks about soul and spirit [1:02:42]

Ben discusses eye-gazing [1:07:17]

Tom talks about why he does not connect with spirituality [1:08:37]

Tom and Ben discuss how physical changes cause mental and spiritual shifts [1:13:03]

Ben believes there is a divine purpose to life, to love as deeply as possible [1:16:31]

Ben hasn’t hurt himself much as a biohacker [1:23:43]

Ben and Tom discuss why you might want to avoid supplements [1:26:21]

Ben talks about fecal transplants and their surprising range of effects [1:28:03]

Ben explains his “bastardized” version of the carnivore diet [1:32:42]

Health food companies need to make healthy versions of comfort foods [1:38:04]

Ben describes the methods he uses to create boundless energy [1:39:44]

How to optimize sex. [1:41:37]

Ben and Tom talk about the spiritual side of sex [1:47:27]

Ben explains how we can detect electrical fields produced by others [1:55:00]

Ben and Tom discuss that sharks detect electricity and humans see light [1:59:12]

Ben had to cut out of Boundless advice on mitigating the effect of partying [2:03:29]

Ben talks about how he weaves science and survivalism into his fiction [2:05:08]

Tom tells the story of how Impact Theory came about [2:07:54]








Jan 21, 2020

Life coach to billionaire and one of the greatest influencers of all time, Brendon Burchard knows exactly how to make an impact. So, on this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Brendon details precisely how to achieve impossibly high performance, evaluate yourself and your goals, and deal with failure and stress. And he does it all while still bringing his trademark joy and revealing the qualities that have allowed him to build and maintain exceptional relationships and a vibrant community. Oh, and he still repels all the jerks!

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Brendon shares the story of being suicidal, then being in a nearly fatal accident [3:03]

Brendon describes becoming obsessive about learning leadership and psychology [4:53]

Your life is determined by each decision you make, every day [7:20]

Brendon describes his self-evaluation and visualization process [10:33]

How to observe your life dispassionately [17:55]

Brendon explains how to deal with failures and feeling bad [21:04]

Going through the motions is the death of high performance [24:29]

Tom and Brendon discuss leveraging guilt and pain, courage and contemplation [25:56]

Brendon strongly advocates the need for community [29:48]

Tom advocates learning to endure hardship, failure and stress [31:50]

Brendon advocates allowing joy and deep pleasure [34:45]

Brendon explains how he came to value relationships so deeply [39:05]

What one change could people make to have more of an impact [43:27]




“Your life doesn’t end up an accident. Your life is a series of actions that you initiate or don’t initiate.” [7:58]

“I’m totally cool with guilt. It’s good that we feel bad when we do something that is below our standards or that’s not right.” [22:29]

“The world completely underestimates the power of visualization, completely misutilizes the human power of contemplation. The number one thing I say to my clients: Going through the motions is the death of high performance.” [25:15]

“Emotion is not something you have. Emotion is something you generate.” [31:00]

“I don’t attract assholes. I’m too annoying. I’m too happy for them. There’s too much positive psychology happening so all the assholes say, ‘I don’t like that guy.’ They don’t come to my seminars. They don’t buy my stuff. I repel all the jerks.” [41:05]












High Performance Habits [2:40]

Jan 16, 2020


Dr. Jolene Brighten is one of the foremost practitioners of functional medicine to try to understand health holistically, recognizing the connection between mind and body, nutrition and emotion, wellness and community. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, she shares her own intense stories of dealing with autoimmune issues, chronic illness, an abusive family, bullying, and the long-term effects of using hormonal birth control. While describing her journey to genuine health, Jolene Brighten also talks about the three keys to rapid healing, explains why she doesn’t focus on what not to eat, and gives plenty of concrete suggestions on how to improve your diet.

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Jolene shares her battles with chronic illness and bullying [0:50]

Jolene talks about growing up in an abusive and controlling household [5:25]

We can choose to re-write our narratives [7:00]

One tactic Jolene always uses is to carve out time to just think [10:41]

Jolene talks about how her negative experiences contributed to her chronic illness [11:43]

Jolene shares a story of when she publicly called herself on her own BS [14:21]

Tom talks about the connection between mind and body, nutrition and emotions [18:25]

Jolene strongly advocates that food is medicine, and that food is communication [20:13]

Jolene explains the benefits of turmeric [22:27]

Inflammation is not always bad--you need a little bit of it [23:25]

“I don’t want to focus on what NOT to eat.” [24:27]

Jolene is not a fan of products that have been dramatically genetically engineered [27:29]

Jolene discusses the connection between soy and estrogen [30:00]

Jolene describes good ways to get proteins and fats [31:50]

Jolene talks about the difficulty of making recommendations when evidence is limited [34:09]

Jolene explains the real effects of the birth control pill [36:00]

A woman may find a different man attractive when she’s using birth control [39:55]

Jolene advocates for a more balanced view of hormonal birth control [43:00]

Unapologetically love yourself fiercely, set and hold your boundaries [47:35]








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