Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Doug Orchard - filmmaker explores complexities of fasting

Episode 56 - Live Long and Master Aging 

The extraordinary power of fasting evokes many human emotions, from visceral opposition to a religious adherence to the age-old practice. Going without food can be dangerous and could lead to death under certain circumstances. But medically supervised fasting regimes or diets based on calorie restriction and time-restricted feeding, could be helpful in treating common ailments and even chronic diseases. The topic is explored in great depth in ‘Fasting,' a new documentary by Doug Orchard, a filmmaker, cinematographer and self-experimenter. The film examines seven different methods of fasting and weighs the pros and cons. In this wide-ranging interview Doug explains his respect for fasting; how he has come to understand the limitations of the practice and why he believes in a strict daily feeding regime.  He also discusses his own bodily transformation and dawn-to-dusk adherence to exercise, movement and meal windows.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

James Owen - living a long and healthy life with cowboy ethics


Fitness after fifty was never something that occurred to veteran financier James P. Owen, during his hectic life in corporate America. But when he turned seventy, the former Wall Street rainmaker and author of the best-selling book, Cowboy Ethics, had an epiphany. 

He discovered he could move. Jim founded the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership to spread the message that “we can all be heroes in our own lives,” but it was not until relatively late in life that he says he discovered his true purpose. 

Over the past seven years he has transformed his life, applying his much-lauded ‘rules of the west’ to a disciplined fitness regime. The result is a body and lifestyle that defies his age and a new book, Just Move!: A New Approach to Fitness After 50, in which Jim shares his wisdom. In this LLAMA podcast interview he explains how “fighting off old age” involves shadowboxing, weightlifting, walking and a focus on “functional fitness.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Emily Moser: Women's self defense instructor

The sexual harassment scandal, prompted by allegations against Harvey Weinstein, has empowered some women in Los Angeles to take up self-defense classes. I spoke to Emily Moser, an assistant instructor at SHIELD Women's Self-Defense, about her work and the response of students to the #metoo and #timesup movements. We also hear from SHIELD founder, Nelson Nio
We chatted on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night with Rhod Sharp.
March 20, 2018 | LISTEN

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ben Laker: Leadership expert

Dr. Ben Laker is a British academic and expert in leadership issues. He takes a special interest in the Oscars and the impact of acceptance speeches. 
We chatted shortly after the 2018 Academy Awards. 
How will the entertainment world respond to #metoo #timesup and calls for change.
Photo: Ben Laker
March 7, 2018 | LISTEN


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tricia Cusden - enjoying a third, fabulous act in life


Living longer and healthier means embracing a third chapter in life as “fabulously” as possible, says Tricia Cusden, a former management training consultant who has built a successful new business, in her late 60s.

When she and her daughters sat down for dinner in Los Angeles last week, they had to pinch themselves, after realizing they were living Tricia’s dream. Five years ago, instead of retiring, she launched Look Fabulous Forever, a makeup brand designed for women aged over-55.

It has grown into a multi-million pound family business, with millions of YouTube views for makeup tutorials. Promoting Tricia’s product range in Hollywood is a surreal highpoint in the London businesswoman’s inspiring journey.

She is also the author of Living the Life More Fabulous: Beauty, Style and Empowerment for Older Women In this LLAMA podcast interview Tricia explains her belief that we should “go into a period of renaissance rather than retirement,” and feel younger as we explore new adventures, later in life.