118 – Injuries, Family, Speaking and Much More

Welcome back to the David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is episode #118. And just in case you did not know this there was never an episode 115. It just did not exist. It’s kind of a long story, so I won’t get into it but if you are looking for episode #115 it was never recorded. And it will never be recorded so we’ll just leave it at that.

Family

I am here in Japan finishing up a 2 1/2 week trip. It’s been awesome! I spent a lot of time with my wife, Yoko, my son, Evan and his brand new wife, Keria. Oh my god, it has been wonderful. We just finished five straight days in skiing in Niseko, Japan. It’s the same latitude as North Korea and parts of Russia. What happens is that the cold air comes in from Russia and goes over the water and picks up a lot of moisture. It blows snow basically 24/7 over the island of Hokkaido, Japan. Particularly in the mountain where we are, it is some of the best skiing I’ve ever done. It’s just amazing! If you’re a skier and you ever get the chance to come here, I would highly recommend it. My son is 30 and his wife is just a few years younger than he is. You know, to have your 30 year old child come with you and say they are going to take 2 1/2 weeks out of their life and come on a trip with their Dad and Stepmom is an amazing thing. I was able to spend good quality time with my son doing the things we like to do. Relax, eat good food, skii, talk about anything we want to talk about, it’s just an amazing thing. I am so appreciative that I am able to do this sort of thing. If you have children or loved ones, spend time with them. Make sure you mark time off of your calendar and spend good quality time with loved ones. I think it’s more important than anything in life. You can have all the money in the world but if you’re not spending quality time with the people who are really important to you in your life, what good is the money? What good are material things?

So this is my little pointer for today: Spend quality time with the people that you love!

Speaking

I’ve got some great news I want to run by you. It just came through by email yesterday actually. And it’s really exciting for me. I was offered a speaking gig at the Vegetarian Summerfest this coming summer in Pennsylvania. The Vegetarian Summerfest, in case you’re not familiar with that, is perhaps the largest VegFest in North America, I believe. It’s possible that it might be the largest in the world, I’m not sure of that. It’s July 6th-10th and runs for five days. It’s five full days of speakers, exhibitors, entertainment, learning, camaraderie with other vegetarians and vegans. It’s just an amazing event. And I am so humbled to have been invited to speak there. Not only am I speaking there but it looks like there is a very good chance that I am going to be performing my song Vegan on A Jet Plane too. As well as maybe leading a group people in a three mile run. An inspirational and motivational slow run just to kind of talk and teach people how I do things. I am so so excited about this! If you are anywhere in the area, or maybe even not in the area, and you want to take a break this summer, I am going to suggest that you find out a little bit more about the Vegetarian Summerfest. I don’t think the information is out yet on their website but I am sure it will be updated and I can get you more information when I have it. I am really excited to be a part of this. It’s the first time there speaking for me. And I’ll tell you something else about this. It’s kind of a lesson for you. I applied to speak there last year and honestly I was turned down. They told me they just didn’t have room for me. And I took that as kind of, well, I was disappointed to say the least. I thought maybe I wasn’t good enough for them, maybe my topic wasn’t interesting enough. I’m not sure what it was. In any event, it would have been very easy for me to quit and say “well you know, I tried it and it didn’t really work out. I’m not going to be speaking there ever.” But instead I tried it again. I didn’t give up. I persisted and I got the email yesterday not only saying that they want me to speak but they want me to do all these other things there. My point is, don’t quit if there’s something that you really want to do. Never give up goals! They really work. They’ve worked for me for years. I write things down. I read them every single day. If I have a goal or a dream that I really want to do, I read it every single day. And guess what? Almost all of them come true. It’s the beginning of 2016 and I am still a firm believer that I want to see you have the best 2016 ever! Your best year ever! I believe you can do it.

I think I told you this before but I started playing guitar was I was in high school. I kind sucked and people told me I wasn’t good. I just didn’t have the confidence. And so the easiest thing to do was to give it up and so I gave it up. I didn’t play it for a long time. If I would have just kept playing for 40-50 years, I’d be pretty darn good right now. But I gave it up. But hey it picked it back up a few months ago. I played a song at my son’s wedding and now I am writing a vegan parody song. It’s good now but I would rather have not quit when I was a teenager.

If there is anything that you’re doing that you want to do and it just seems like it’s not working out for you, I’m telling you, don’t quit! Don’t let anybody get you down. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. I have total confidence in YOU. I know you can do it. Don’t listen to the naysayers.

Pick one or two things that you want to do this year. Write them down. Read them every single day. I am telling you that you will be able to do them.

Injuries

I want to share something with you; it has to do with skiing. But even if you are not a skier, just hang in there.  I think you are going to like this story. So we are out here skiing on the first day. I had rented my skis because it was too much to carry from the states. So I put on the skis and boots and went out and started skiing. My son is a very good skier, he is very advanced. Yoko is definitely a very good skier. And sometimes I feel like I can keep up with them. I’d say they are better than I am, but I am pretty darn good. Sometimes I feel like I need to warm up a little bit but they just get out on the slopes and head right to the most difficult things. I think that was a big mistake my first day skiing here. We got off the first lift and instead of warming up and getting the feel of the skis and the feel of the powder and the mountain here, they just started skiing through trees and deep powder. That is fine if I am warmed up but I wasn’t warmed up. And in the first 15 minutes of skiing, I took a fall. It wasn’t just a little fall. It was a fall that really really hurt. I was screaming. I was just screaming my guts out. And luckily Yoko was still fairly close to me so that she came back and could help me out. My skiis stayed on which turned out to be not a good thing because had the bindings released and the skis come off, it would have been much better but my skis stayed on which means that they were not really adjusted properly, they were a little too tight. So my knee had nowhere to go but twist. Ouch! Oh my god, it hurt so bad I was screaming. It was horrible. I was in a tremendous amount of pain buried in deep powder. It was crazy. So Yoko came and helped me up. I was in agony. Luckily there was a place I could ski to very gently. It was a small lodge up on the mountain that had food and chairs so I could sit down. I was in so much pain that I knew I was not going to be able to ski the rest of the time we were there. It was disheartening to say the least. I paid for five days worth of lift tickets and ski rentals. Not only that but I was in excruciating pain.  So I am thinking to myself, how am I going to get down this mountain? I am about midway and didn’t know how I was going to get down. We sat there and had some lunch. So I am thinking to myself, that I am going to take the easiest way down and see what happens. Luckily, it was ok. I was able to ski down without a whole lot of pain. I made it down to the bottom. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to ski the rest of the time I was there. I normally hate to take pain meds and I began taking pain medicine but I just felt like I had to take some advil. I felt better with that. I went into a Japanese hot bath and that seemed to help a bit. But I was prepared not to ski the rest of the time I was here. The next morning when I woke up I decided I was going to give it a try. I was pain but not a lot. Yoko suggested that we stop at a pharmacy and get a knee brace which is basically an elastic that goes around the knee to help hold my knee together 🙂 So I put it on and started skiing the second day. And let me tell you, I didn’t feel horrible. I was able to ski some fairly easy slopes and the easy slopes turned into intermediate. And I even got to some advanced slopes later in the day. The point is this thing that I thought was a really serious injury started healing up fairly quickly. The third day we were out the skiing and skiing some Black Diamond courses as well. Same thing with day four, we are up on some mountains skiing in deep powder. And on day five, which is today, we were skiing some tough stuff. They took me on probably the toughest area of the mountain. I didn’t realize it at first but when I finished I looked at the trail map and realized that it was a really tough area. And I finished the five days injury free. As it turns out my injury went from excruciating pain to something that was not that bad at all within 24-48 hours. I could be totally wrong but I attribute this fast healing to eating plant based foods. They said food is medicine. When you eat really healthy stuff it goes right to the cells and it gives them all the nutrients they need to heal and be strong. I believe it’s the lack of animal meat in my diet that keeps me strong. I don’t know how much slower the healing would have been had I been a meat eater.

I have another example for you. There is a guy I know that comes to our plant based meetups. He is an elderly man but seems to be in great shape. He’s a bike rider. About six years ago, he was out riding his bike on the road and he gets hit by a truck. He was basically run over by the truck. He was injured so badly that he was sent to shock trauma. Who knows if I could have endured what he did. He ended up losing a leg from this injury. But the docs in the hospital said that they were amazed at how fast this elderly man healed. They said they had never seen anything like it. Again, he attributes it to his incredible plant based diet. When you are putting the proper nutrients into the body great things happen.

Just do it!

I am going to leave you with this today, if you have ever thought about going plant based. I urge you to seriously give it a try. What do you have to lose? Try it for one month – just thirty days. Eliminate animal products from your diet. That’s all you have to do. Eliminate processed foods, sugars, and only eat things that grow from the ground. Try it out. I am telling you, you are going to look and feel better than you have before. I have been doing this for going on two years and there is no turning back.

I am going to be coming out with a book some time this summer. I am working on it with a very good friend of mine, Lynda. This book will help people that aren’t exactly sure how to do this vegan thing. It will tell you how to do it, what to eat, and how to live their lives. Our goal is to help people. That’s the bottom line. Look out for more information sometime early summer.

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