Paleo 'UnPlugged'

October 27, 2014
Hosted by Tom Matt

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Episode Description

So what is all the fuss about this new "Paleo Diet" thing anyway?

Plenty, and we have the preeminent authority as our guest to enlighten and clear up all misconceptions, Dr. Loren Cordain.

As a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University Dr. Cordain has been teaching for over 30 years, making him a boomer that knows his topic.

His website is the preeminent source for information regarding everything Paleo and over a million people a month check it out!

For example if you want 'Paleo for beginners' we will talk about it. How about the '14 day plan' that too!

You will be amazed at Dr. Cordains easy going conversation, it is a 'don't miss' episode!

If you want more information about the Paleo diet and how it can benefit your life, implementation, anything and all 'Paleo' this is your show!

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Tom Matt's Boomers Rock talk show discusses how to improve the quality of your life. Tom brings in experts on fitness, psychology, nutrition, brain health, self-improvement, and finance, and together they cover the latest ideas that can help you take better care of yourself and better care of the people you love.

The modern world is a complicated place, and the older we get, the more complicated it seems. Sometimes we need to listen to experts apply their knowledge to real world problems. So if you have a question, ask Tom to find that expert with the answer.

Tom has had his share of challenges, and reaching out for help is what led him to change. Even if you aren't challenged, caring for yourself and your family is a full time job. Boomers Rock can help point you in the right direction.

Boomers Rock can’t guarantee you happiness, but if you are interested in learning how to improve your life today, then stop by and listen to the conversation.

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Tom Matt

Tom Matt is a small town Michigan boy who grew up playing baseball and football, just an average American kid. Like so many, he never took his talents seriously. Unfortunately, bad habits gave way to damaging substance addictions. He married, had a daughter, but his lifestyle led to divorce and more change.

Tom realized that he had a serious issue with alcohol and sought help to change his ways. He moved back to Michigan with his daughter and began to live the life he was meant to enjoy.

In 1999, sober and starting to build back his health, Tom reconnected with a high school sweetheart whom he married in 2001. Change begat change, and Tom enrolled at Michigan State University, earning both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Telecommunication Information Studies and Management.

Convinced that fitness leads to improved quality of life, Tom pursued a personal training certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Tom also competed in the Flint All Natural Body Building contest in 2010 As a rookie competitor, he placed 3rd in the Grand Master category, utilizing only whole foods and strength training.

In 2011, Tom created “Boomers Rock” and has interviewed dozens of experts in fitness, nutrition, finance, and brain health. His mission is to help others improve their quality of life. Who better to counsel those seeking help than someone who has ventured into the darkest tunnels life offers, but has become a new man during the journey out.

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Episode Directory

December 2014

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October 2014

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September 2014

Maria Carroll

Maria Carroll specializes in golf fitness and golf rehabilitation, her concentration is on strengthening the muscles associated throughout the golf swing and increasing flexibility, which includes exercises specific to golf, but not limited to. She uses the 3D TPI K-Vest system for visual and audio cuing, myofascial release techniques, and stretching to avoid the risk of injury. One of Maria’s top priority is to provide her clients with the necessary tools to lead a healthier lifestyle. The other is to help her clients attain their goals.

Maria has designed a golf rehabilitation program at Capitol Physical Therapy where she worked side by side with the Physical Therapists and Physicians. She was accepted as a volunteer at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim California. View Guest page

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Loren Cordain Ph.D.

One of the top global researchers in the area of evolutionary medicine. Generally acknowledged as the world's leading expert on the Paleolithic diet, he is a professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Cordain and his research have been featured on Dateline NBC and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media. He is the author of The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet Cookbook, among other books, and makes regular media and speaking appearances worldwide. View Guest page

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Todd Durkin

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally recognized strength, speed and conditioning coach, personal trainer, bodyworker, motivational speaker, author, and founder of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA– a world class facility that provides personal training, strength and conditioning, therapeutic massage and bodywork, Pilates, yoga, nutrition, and chiropractic and physical therapy programs. Durkin works with a high-profile clientele of elite professional athletes.His gym was named one of “America’s Top 10 Gyms” by Men’s Health for the past 5 years. Todd has appeared on 60 Minutes, ESPN, the NFL Network and has been featured in many magazines.He is the author of The IMPACT! Body Plan, a 10-week comprehensive plan to change body, mind, and spirit. View Guest page

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Petra Forbes

Petra Forbes, LMSW, ACSW began her career in Michigan at Mercy Health Memory Clinic in 2001 where she found her passion for assisting caregivers through their loved one's dementia process. Since then she has began a non-profit called the Caregiver Resource Center. This agency allows caregivers to receive counsel and education with no personal cost. View Guest page

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Petra Forbes

Petra Forbes, LMSW, ACSW began her career in Michigan at Mercy Health Memory Clinic in 2001 where she found her passion for assisting caregivers through their loved one's dementia process. Since then she has began a non-profit called the Caregiver Resource Center. This agency allows caregivers to receive counsel and education with no personal cost. View Guest page

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Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon is a bestselling author and Washington, DC-based career, retirement and personal finance expert, and a popular motivational speaker. Kerry’s book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a national bestseller. The Wall Street Journal’ named it one of their six best guides for later life. Her updated paperback version of her award-winning book, What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014) is now available. Kerry has spent more than 25 years covering all aspects of personal finance for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. She is a nationally recognized authority on boomer career transitions and retirement. Kerry is a columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times and a contributing writer for Money magazine. She is AARP’s Jobs Expert and is the Great Jobs columnist for Kerry is a contributing editor at Forbes Magazine and the Second Verse columnist for and is recognized as the Forbes’ bard of career transitions and “working” retirement issues. She is the PBS web site expert on career and personal finance for boomer women and writes a weekly column. She is a Metlife Foundation and New America Media Fellow on Aging. She has appeared as a financial expert on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. ABC News, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, and PBS and has been a guest on numerous radio programs. Kerry has previously served as a reporter and personal finance columnist for USA Today and as a writer and editor for U.S. News & World Report, Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Forbes. Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh Pa and received a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Duke University. She is currently a member of an editorial board at Duke. View Guest page

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Brigit Hassig

Brigit Hassig is the Executive Director of Four Pointes – Center for Successful Aging located in Grand Haven, MI. She holds an MPA (Masters in Public Administration) and has been involved in nonprofit management for over 20 years, with a focus on social entrepreneurialism (innovation) in human services. Four Pointes recently completed a large scale relocation and rebranding project directed to better representing the opportunities in aging. With over 1600 members, 100 skilled volunteers and 22 staff, the agency has recently received the national Bronze 2014 NuStep Pinnacle Award for Senior Centers, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Diana Jones Award for volunteerism in service delivery and the Michigan Association of Senior Center Innovative Program award. Brigit and her staff were highlighted in the recently published book by Dr. Roger Landry, Live Long, Die Short, as being “out in front of the national movement to bring successful aging to all.” She is a frequent speaker, webinar contributor and recently nominated for the Athena Award dedicated to promoting women’s community contributions. View Guest page

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Dr. Deborah Heiser

Deborah Heiser has a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology, and is an aging specialist. She is trained in guardianship, has served as a legal guardian, has conducted empirical research, published scholarly articles and book chapters, and has co-edited a book entitled Spiritual Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults: Current Directions and Applications. Her publications, grant awards and presentations focus on geriatric topics and include depression, palliative care, elder abuse, and spirituality. Dr. Heiser has also practiced clinically, focusing on group support and bereavement. She specialized in older adults. She is active in the field of aging, serving as President of the State Society on Aging of New York in 2008. She has served on its board for more than 10 years. Dr. Heiser brings her knowledge of the lifespan and passion for life to her work with older adults and their families. View Guest page

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David Hornak

David Hornak lives and works in Holt, Michigan. He is the proud parent of two children, Olivia and Maxwell. He shares the load at home with his partner Anne. Hornak serves as the instructional leader (the principal) of Horizon Elementary in Holt, which is a year round school. His passion is centered on finding ways for children to feel successful each day. As a former young fives, kindergarten, first grade, and Reading Recovery teacher, Hornak has learned firsthand that by partnering with parents and creating a team atmosphere, together everyone accomplishes more.

Hornak has presented several times throughout Michigan on Year-Round Education, Building Knowledge as an Inexperienced Principal, Job Embedded Professional Development, Safe Routes to School, The Walking School Bus and Engaging Your School Community. His new line of inquiry is centered on wellness initiatives in school including before and after school fitness clubs, the Walking School Bus, Tone-up Tuesday (additional physical fitness activities every Tuesday in the classroom) and school vegetable gardens.

Hornak is a doctoral student at Central Michigan University in Educational Leadership. He recently earned one of seven national scholarships from the American Association of School Administrators. Hornak has been in education for nineteen years. View Guest page

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Colin Milner

Colin Milner is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging and founder of the active-aging industry in North America. Milner is also a leading authority on the health and well-being of the older adult. For the past six years, the World Economic Forum has invited him to serve on its Network of Global Agenda Councils, recognizing him as one of "the most innovative and influential minds" in the world on aging-related topics. An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 250 articles. He is an editorial advisor to ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management, a Contributing Blogger to the US Department of Health and Human Services' Be Active Your Way Blog and the PBS sponsored website Next Avenue, and has been published in such journals as Global Policy. He also contributed a chapter to the book Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise? published by the Forum in 2012. Milner's speeches have stimulated thousands of business and government leaders, industry professionals and older adults worldwide. In Canada, he hosts the Age-friendly BC Community video series released in spring 2012 by the British Columbia Ministry of Health. In 2010, the Canadian Fitness Professional Association awarded Milner with its "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his contributions to the Canadian fitness industry. His tireless efforts have leading-edge publications, television networks and radio stations seeking his insights. Among these outlets are: CNN, US News and World Report, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dow Jones Market Watch, Money Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, WebMD, The National Post, Globe and Mail, Parade Magazine, and Fox Business Radio. View Guest page

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Sandy Parker

Owner of On The Path Yoga, Sandy has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Education and recently became certified as a Restorative Exercise™ Specialist. This advanced certification adds to her personal training and yoga certifications, which she also currently holds. She has over 25 years of experience as a health educator, teaching everything from Aquatics to Zumba. Sandy sees yoga as a vital path toward insightfulness and holistic health. Her yoga classes emphasize finding strength, balance, steadiness and ease in postures through the practice of breath, focus, and alignment. Her favorite understanding about yoga is from the legendary guru, BKS Iyengar, "Alignment is, for me, both a physical and metaphysical word." Workshops and private sessions of Restorative Exercise™ are other options to study with Sandy. Workshops are offered regularly and cover a wide range of health and disease prevention including such topics as pelvic floor health, aging, balance and proprioception. Private sessions are by appointment and cover alignment, gait analysis, and specific health concerns. View Guest page

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Jessie Riley

Jessie Riley holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Gerontology from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mi. Through her experience working in Assisted Living communities, in-patient rehabilitation and corporate wellness environments, Jessie has worked with a diverse population of individuals empowering them to implement healthy lifestyle changes, regardless of age. In her current role as Lifestyle Coordinator for the national pilot initiative of Masterpiece Living at Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging in Grand Haven, Jessie is excited to support and empower individuals to a healthier life, and shift the perception and experience of aging in the community to a more positive one. View Guest page

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Dr. Darren Riopelle

Darren Riopelle DDS is a graduate of Albion College and University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry. He has practiced family dental care since 1995. In 2008, he created Smile Grand Haven; a family-owned private practice with a vision to combine exceptional dental care with a great experience. In 2010, he created Smiles from the Heart, an annual free day of dental care. In 2014 the 5th Annual Smiles from the Heart, served over 250 community members through 3 locations, 12 dentists and over 50 volunteers. In 2012, Dr. Riopelle opened Little Smiles, a specialist practice focused on dental care from infancy to adolescence including special needs patients and care under general anesthesia. In 2015, Smile Grand Haven and Little Smiles will be expanding its services again by also offering full-service orthodontic care in both facilities. Dr. Riopelle has been member of the Grand Haven Rotary since 2009. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. View Guest page

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Kirk Spano

Kirk Spano was tabbed "The World's Next Great Investing Columnist" by MarketWatch of the Wall Street Journal network in 2011. He has written for Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha and been widely distributed by various newswires, brokerage feeds and on Morningstar. As one of the first to identify the developing resource boom in America, Kirk has been able to pass on stellar returns to his investors and subscribers. He has appeared on Fox Business and made regular appearances on the radio. Mr. Spano is the founder of Bluemound Asset Management a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor. View Guest page

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Angela Taylor

Angela Taylor is a great example of the transitional entrepreneur. She and her husband Jeff have five children and four grandchildren, who decided in 2006 to reset the landscape of Grand Haven, Michigan and build from scratch one of the most successful Culvers franchises in the Midwest.

It is an amazing story!

Angela embraces hiring 'Superior-Seniors' and is a community ambassador supporting many causes and the needs of West Michigan's Tri-Cities.

The Taylor's began construction on their project in November of 2006 and opened April 29th, 2007.

The restaurant opened during the recession and was difficult to maintain during the first couple years. With the support of the community we have been able to sustain our business and grow every year.

Angela thanks her family, friends and the communities who support us daily. Without the continued support of family, friends, vendors, and community, we would not be here today.

Culver's is a family business that supports the values of our community. I am proud to be a part of this organization and hope to continue with our mission to be a strong contributing business today and in the years to come. View Guest page

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