Episode 109. Diet, Training, and Life Lessons from Aruba

Jun 18, 2018 | 0 comments

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Show Notes

Scott shares observations and useful lessons learned about diet, training, and life in general, during his annual vacation to Aruba… lessons that can be leveraged for personal transformation.


“At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assist you.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  • Scott and Ange traveled to Aruba for a two-week “vegan vacation,” yet weren’t 100% sure how many vegan options would materialize.
  • In addition to his weekly Cycle Diet refeed, Scott uses his Aruba vacation for an annual two-week refeed. He wasn’t sure how successful he’d be at staying on his vegan diet protocol during travel.
  • Traveling isn’t an excuse to break from an eating strategy.
  • What you focus on, expands. Pretty much everywhere Scott and Ange went, they found vegan options, even in the airport. Scott noticed that options just seemed to appear.
  • Using searching services such as Google or Yelp and typing in keywords like “vegetarian” or “vegan”, works well to find stores and restaurants that serve those foods.
  • Vegan options often cost less due to fewer ingredients that often add to their price tag. However, not every vegan option is tasty or inexpensive, but that’s not a reason to give up the eating strategy!
  • There’s a big difference between an enjoyable refeed and binge eating. Consider that binge eating is often a consequence of absolute calorie deficit.
  • Avoiding food, traps a person inside the “thin cage.” Proactive, wise food choices are liberating. Scott will be releasing a Food Freedom course within the next few weeks.
  • If you want to be lean and stay lean, surround yourself with others who are lean.
  • Scott contrasts two gyms where he trained in Aruba. The attitude of the people mirrored the condition of the gyms.
  • Learn to be present and in the moment wherever you are. It’s easy to take your stress with you on vacation.
  • Overdependence to technology contributes and detracts from daily life. Yes, technology allowed Scott and Ange to share their vacation as it unfolded, but in contrast, there were people sitting in a group interacting ONLY with their smart phones.
  • Scott cites three examples of people he observed in Aruba, who were surrounded with sand, sea and sun of the Caribbean, but taking in none of it because -among other limiting reasons- of the overdependence to their phones.
  • Consequences of lifestyle impact people in ways they may be completely unaware of.


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