The OPT2LIV Podcast
Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Successful New Year’s Resolutions

January 7, 2020

Doug and Eric discuss the number of New Year’s Resolutions that are made and the statistics for how well people are in hitting their goals. They generally include eating better, exercising, slowing down, and just being better to oneself. To be successful one will need knowledge, a commitment, and discipline.

Doug shares that 83% of people who join a gym on 1/1 are not their by 2/1 (sharecarehealth.com). Eric highlights that sticking with an exercise routine is not easy. Many people don’t have a doable plan that allows them to succeed and move at a pace that minimizes injury. Doug and Eric share that it is easy for them to go to a gym, because they have been doing it for many years and are grateful for the opportunity to share this knowledge through the OPT2LIV coaching services.

Doug shares that 8% of people who make a fitness goal on 1/1 achieve their goal (New York Post). They both share that they are available to help people realize their goals.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

Successful Resolutions

Successful Resolutions

December 28, 2019

Dr. Amy and Eric breakdown what it takes to be successful with your New Year’s resolutions. They share that 80% of people fail to follow through with their resolutions. They breakdown what parts of the brain are responsible for this low performance and how to change this performance for the better.

Dr. Amy says that it’s not that we are a bad person but that our instincts for survival are very strong and that it is important that we understand how this side of us works so that we will have more knowledge for driving our successes. Dopamine is released when we perceive pleasure, which directly impacts our memory and learning centers (hippocampus, amygdala) and perpetuates the cycle.

Eric shares that at a high level the brain is like an iceberg with that above the surface our consciousness and that larger mass below our unconscious, which includes the limbic system.

They then share how the OPT2LIV pillars and coaches can set you up for success and a healthy life.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

How OPT2LIV Pillars Boost the Immune System

How OPT2LIV Pillars Boost the Immune System

December 24, 2019

Dr. Amy and Eric talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy immune system and how the four pillars of OPT2LIV help.

Dr. Amy shares that there is an increased number of people sick during the winter months due to the closed environments for living and highlights protocols for minimizing the spread of colds and viruses. She highlights how to take care of yourself if you are sick, walking through the importance of each pillar: Breathe, Eat, Move, Sleep. As we age the immune system naturally weakens, so the importance of antioxidants and micronutrients is greater. She talks about how chronic stress has shown to weaken the immune system and how our Breathe pillar is helping people to remove stress in their lives.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

A Silent Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani

A Silent Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani

December 10, 2019

Doug and Eric reflect on their most recent visit to the Abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky, on a silent retreat. They share their experience from prayer to hiking the 2000 acres of land. The spiritually healing experience was born from the welcoming atmosphere of the Abbey and the time that they had visiting with Brother Tom.

They highlighted the challenges of living optimally, and that there is no need to worry, because the OPT2LIV Team is here to help them along their journey. They break down the pearls for living optimally.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

Holiday Prep Stress Buster

Holiday Prep Stress Buster

December 4, 2019

Doug and Eric talk about how to prepare for the stresses of the Holiday Season, and the importance of keeping your glass over half full or overflowing.

For survival purposes the brain is intrigued with fear. It is our job as conscious human beings to realize the difference between real fear and perceived fear. Real fear is usually an acute occurrence and our brain is wired to fight or flee. In this state the brain instructs the body to release chemicals, so that it is ready for either state. Once this state has passed the body returns to normal and we go on with our day. Perceived fear, if not recognized and managed, can keep the brain in a state of fight or flight for extended periods of time, which is not normal and can lead to chronic fatigue and/or chronic conditions.

Doug and Eric share that science has proven that the brain is plastic and that we have the opportunity to change how it perceives and works. They share some techniques for shifting the nervous system from the fight or flight to the calm digestive healing mode, so that we can begin the process of seeing life full of peace, joy, and love.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

Back On Track

Back On Track

November 23, 2019

Doug shares his recent tour and why it is hard sometimes to get back on track with your movement. Doug shares the benefits, challenges, and solutions.

The benefits are energy, mental clarity, increased metabolism.

The challenges are making a commitment and making the time.

The solutions are find a partner, have a routine, and schedule the movement.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

Why We All Need A Gut Test

Why We All Need A Gut Test

November 19, 2019

Dr. Amy shares the benefits of getting a gut test through OPT2LIV. She reviews the who, why, how, and what.

The gut test is one of four tests that Dr. Amy suggests getting to help individuals learn how to live an optimal life.

She shares that everyone would benefit from a comprehensive digestive analysis and how our gut is crucial to our overall health. It will help you to better understand how to balance foods, supplements and lifestyle to help your body and overall health.

Dr. Amy and Eric share that to get your gut tested you can go to our website (www.opt2liv.com) and select schedule an appointment then select Consultation or Analysis depending on what you would like and in that appointment Dr. Amy will start the process for ordering your kit.

Dr. Amy compares Eric’s 2 gut test results from last year to today. She shares the plan that she had Eric on last year and the benefits from that protocol and the plan that she is giving Eric going forward from today’s review.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

Moving Through Back Pain

Moving Through Back Pain

November 11, 2019

Dr. Amy shares her journey after a recent bout with acute back pain and how she used the Opt2Liv coaching protocols to move through it and facilitate her healing.

Dr. highlights some of the statistics of back pain and starts with 84% of adults will have low back pain some time in their lives. She breaks down back pain into acute, subacute (4-12 wk) or chronic (>12 weeks). 85% of cases are nonspecific, or of unknown cause, and it is the 5th leading cause of office visits to the doctor.

Dr Amy shares the role of movement in treating back pain. She discusses what happens in the back tissues and muscles after injury that cause pain. And how exercise improves both pain and function, muscle and ligament and tissue repair and increases healing.

Eric and Dr Amy explain functional movement and how unique it is for each of us and how important it is to establish a personalized plan.

They discuss their chronic low back pain program which Linda, Eric and Dr Amy developed and studied in those with CLBP incorporating Yoga Therapy, Massage as well as the Opt2Liv pillars and how they saw 43% improvement in quality of life measures such as pain, emotional states and physical states.

Eric describes the importance of addressing stretching, strengthening and toning that are crucial in treatment and prevention of back pain.

Eric and Dr Amy highlight how Opt2Liv coaches can help you whether you are dealing with current back pain yourself, have had a history of back pain and want to prevent it or deal with chronic daily pain.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

How The Chakras Affect Optimal Living

How The Chakras Affect Optimal Living

November 5, 2019

Dr. Amy Banter, Linda Banter, Kim Carlson, & Eric Banter are back to expand on what the chakras are and why knowing how they work could help someone to live optimally.

The group breaks down each of the seven main chakras in the body: muladhara, svadhisthana, manipura, anahata, vishuddha, ajna, sahaswara.

They start with muladhara located at the base of the spine, which is our center of survival. When out of balance on one side we might feel fear filled or concerned that we don’t have enough money to survive and on the other side might have greed and might look at the abundance that we have as power.

Linda shares that if we want to find balance we have to be consciously aware of our current state, and once aware begin a journey toward balance. It is believed that if we stay out of balance that with time this could lead to disease in the body or mind.

The second chakra is svadhisthana is associated with the reproductive organs and creativity. When out of balance on one side one might experience low libido, sexual disfunction on the other side over emotional and take everything personal.

The third chakra is manipura is associate with power and purpose. When out of balance on one side we have people that can’t associate with themselves and on the other side power hungry.

The group shares that our media plays into the first three chakras to keep us in-tune. The consist of material adds, sexual exploitation, and highlighting people of influence. When we find balance in the first three chakras our energy is not consumed and therefore wants to move upward toward our fourth chakra.

The fourth chakra is anahata our heart center and the beginning of our evolution to want to love and to serve. When out of balance on one side we might have a lack of empathy towards others and on the other side jealousy.

The fifth chakra is vishuddha our center of communication. When out of balance on one side might not be a good listener and on the other we might be using harsh words.

The six chakra is ajna our center of intuition. When out of balance on one side we might be delusional and on the other obsessive.

The seventh chakra is sahaswara our center of wisdom. This is our opportunity to tune into our Creator. When out of balance on one side we see depression, brain fog and on the other we would might think it is my way or the highway.

When we put energy into balancing our chakras we are actually putting energy into growing spiritually.

The group discusses that optimal living is realized when one is conscious for how to place balance in their chakras, and that this is what the OPT2LIV coaches are trained to do.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com

Introduction To The Chakras

Introduction To The Chakras

November 2, 2019

Dr. Amy Banter, Linda Banter, Kim Carlson, & Eric Banter discuss what the Chakras are and how they are a part of our life.

Eric shares how quantum physics is helping us to better understand the spiritual realm through proving that 4% of the energy in the universe is seen and measurable and that the other 96% is unseen and unmeasurable. The chakras are our bridge between the seen and unseen realms.

The group shares how the chakras are tied to the nervous system (science) or the nadis system (yoga), which is also the system that acupuncture uses to heal patients.

When the chakras are in balance unseen energy flows more easily in the body and will naturally move upward in the body to the higher chakras.

Linda shares that when the chakras are out of balance that it can create disease in the body. When we listen to our body we can intuitively facilitate balance in our lives, which creates balance in our chakras.

Kim shares that it is from this intuitive awareness that we can open up our chakras and begin the journey of enlightenment.

Opt2Liv Virtual Wellness is a family owned business that spans three generations with over 100 years combined experience in health and wellness. 

We design personal and customized plans to help you along your journey toward optimal living based off of the FOUR principles of Opt2Liv: Breath, Eat, Move, and Sleep

Whether you are old or young, extremely active or ready for a change, we have solutions to help you live life to the fullest. ShamrockWellness.com