03 Jan

How To Make Every Day A Day Worth Living

By Sophia Godkin PhD


Our lives are essentially a collection of years, years a collection of months, months a collection of weeks, and weeks a collection of days. So when you ponder how to really, truly create the life of your dreams, focus on a single day. Knowing that this day is contributing in a very big way to the kind of life you wish to create, ask yourself “How can I make this day a day worth living?”

After many consecutive days and years of asking myself this question, here is what I’ve discovered as to how you can make every day a day worth living, in 10 simple steps.


  1. Rise with the sun. There is just something so beautiful and life-giving about waking up along with mother nature, before the rest of the world is up, and watching the sun rise. There is a sense of peace that ensues from knowing that you have all the time in the world to do all that you need. So move at the pace that is natural for you as you ease your body and mind into the day. After all, just as the natural rhythm of mother nature suggests, there is absolutely no need to rush.


  1. Take five long deep breaths in and out. Let breathing consciously be the first thing you do as you wake. Simply wake up, resist the urge to reach for your phone, and take five deep breaths as you pay attention to the inflow and outflow of the force that gives you life. Tuning in to the natural state of your breath unites you with the peace that is always within you and has an almost uncanny ability to keep the chaos of the world at bay. When you do so in the early hours of the day, you invite your attention to more consciously orient towards your breath and away from dwelling on incessant thoughts for remainder of the day.



  1. Express gratitude for what you have. Start the day by focusing on what you do have, rather than what you don’t have. Guide your attention to all that’s sweet in your life – from the small things to the big. Bring to mind the beautiful way in which the sun shone this morning, the delicious meal and conversation you shared with a friend the other day,and the fact that you are alive with so many options by which to pursue your own joy. Feel the sense of accomplishment of having created a positive mood that will decide your mood for the remainder of the day. For if you accomplish a pure feeling of gratitude just as the sun rises, you have already accomplished more than the majority of the world will accomplish in the next 24 hours.


  1. Dream. The future is created today. So let yourself dream a little. With gratitude for all the sweetness that’s already here, envision all that you want. Sit in a beautiful spot and take your heart, soul, and mind on a journey into the future. Not just any future, but a future that contains all that you’ve ever wanted to be, do, and feel. Feel the feeling of experiencing all of your heart’s desires and rest in the contentment of knowing that it is all on its way. With regrets of the past behind you and only the present in front of you, dream yourself into the future that you desire and deserve. After all, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” (Eleanor Roosevelt).



  1. Do something fun. As a society, we tend to be quite good at taking life seriously – at working really hard, for long periods of time, doing things we often don’t enjoy. But life, in fact, is not as serious as we make it out to be! So pause right now and smile. Smile in knowing that your attitude towards life is up to you. That if you approach it with a stern attitude and don’t seek opportunity for pleasure, that’s what you will get. And that if you approach it with lightheartedness and set your sights on having fun, you will see more and more opportunities for fun and pleasure appearing around you. Fun isn’t reserved for weekends either. Do something fun today.


  1. Do something for someone else. Lend a helping hand to a stranger or friend. Slow down your car and let someone easily enter into your lane. Give someone a ride. Giving, after all, is receiving. Any time you do a good deed for another person, you are doing a good deed for your own self. In fact. it’s impossible to not feel joy after helping another person – we are hard-wired for it. And each act of kindness, no matter how small, creates ripples that make the world a much better place. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that you can be a part of creating that ripple every single day!


  1. Get some sunlight. With added sunlight in your day, you are rendering yourself more energized, more hormonally balanced, and overall healthier. Of the many benefits of sunshine, however, none is greater than its happiness-inducing effect. (Thank you serotonin!) So step away from your cubicle, leave your shades at your desk, take a 10-15 minute break or eat your lunch outside, and let direct exposure of your skin and eyes to natural sunlight render your days brighter and lighter.



  1. Move your body. Give your body some love. Stretch it from head to toe. Take it out for a walk. Dance it to the beat of a drum. Play. Climb. Find something that fits your style and do it. Because when you give your body love, you give all of you love. You boost your mood, raise your confidence, enhance your brain power, and create a positive outlook for the rest of the day. Couple that with the mood- and energy-boosting power of #7 by taking it outside and you’ve got yourself a flawless recipe for daily happiness.


  1. Put a smile on someone’s face. There are so many opportunities in the day to brighten someone else’s mood and to make them feel loved and worthy. So why not smile at the stranger walking past you on the street, compliment a co-worker on something you genuinely appreciate about them, or express gratitude to a friend for being there for you? Share the love by setting your eyes and your heart on making at least one person smile each day. You never know how a simple smile may change a life.



  1. Learn or do something new. There is nothing quite as invigorating as learning a new piece of knowledge or gaining a self-awareness you haven’t had before. Your brain is always yearning to make a new neural connection and your mind to see things differently than it has in the past. To make this happen, deviate from your routine, step outside of your comfort zone, go out and do something you haven’t done before. Share a conversation with an unlikely stranger, read a chapter of a book you normally wouldn’t gravitate to, visit a part of your city you haven’t been to before. Let yourself be pulled by the vision of an evolved you. Because after all, every bit of experience and every bit of knowledge, when applied, changes you and makes you into the next and best version of you.


Couple these steps with elements that are personal to you (because you express preferences and desires that are unique to you) and there’s no doubt that you can create a day worth living. Make this your goal each and every day. Because a day worth living becomes a life worth living. And a life worth living is a life worth loving.

01 Dec

How To Find The Perfect Meditation Style For You

By Sophia Godkin PhD
As unpredictable as life can sometimes feel and as laden with uncertainty and unanswered questions that it can sometimes appear to be, there is one thing I know for sure: It is our mind that governs our experience of life – how deep, how wondrous, how logical, how heartfelt, how tumultuous, how loving and how positive it is. And there’s no doubt (the research is abundant!) that meditation equips us with awareness, helps ease our mind of the constant clutter of thoughts, and teaches us to direct our mind to the present moment, a powerful gateway to the joy and wonder that are inherently present in life.

Notably, our minds come in many different shapes and sizes. How wonderful, then, that meditation comes in many shapes and sizes too. In fact, anything we do can become a meditation if done with ease and focus. And just as a size 7 shoe is unlikely to fit a size 10 foot, a meditation that works well for one mind is unlikely to fit another mind just as well. So if you’ve ever had a hard time meditating or just felt a resounding “this isn’t for me”, I urge you to try again – this time, in a way that is made for you and that resonates with the natural tendencies of your mind.

Below, I share ideas grounded in the modern evolution of our ancient scientific understanding of mind-body typology. If you don’t yet know your mind-body type, head on over here to find out, then come back to this article to uncover the perfect meditation for you – the kind that your mind will love, that you will therefore come back to time and time again, and that will reap immense benefits for you in how you experience life every day.


Ectomorphs (crusaders and sensors), here is the perfect meditation for your naturally active mind.

If you are an ectomorph, you have a naturally overactive mind, making meditation a must-have in your toolkit of success. With a very active mind, you can get lost easily in your thoughts. The best meditation for you, therefore, is not one that directs you to absolve all thoughts but rather one that gives you a concrete point of focus and concentration. A mantra meditation (focusing on some word or phrase of meaning), or visualization (focusing on some imagined picture or scenario), can be great for the ectomorph mind. Sound meditation can also take your mind to a more still, and less active, place. Put on some headphones and try this or any number of 432 Hz sound meditations.

As an ectomorph, it is good for you to work with, not against, your naturally active mental energy, letting it flow as it wishes rather than trying to suppress it. You need to have enough energy to concentrate so when you’re lacking energy, try deepening your breath to invite in more prana (life force energy) during your meditation practice. Know too that meditation can work wonders for not only your mind, but that it helps also to create sound sleep, give you smooth digestion, and strengthen your immune system.

Of all the emotional experiences available to us as humans, fear and anxiety will be most common for you as an ectomorph. During meditation, it is therefore helpful to direct your mind back to your inherent fearlessness, peace, trust, and protection. Focusing within on universal truths (eg There is no dream that is too big to achieve) and laws (eg As above, so below; as below, so above) and on your stable inner nature – rather than the changes and disturbances of the external world – will help you maintain a calm, content mind capable of achieving all your goals and dreams.



Mesomorphs (connectors and activators), mindfulness meditation was made for you.

Because you have a strong ability to focus your attention and can do so more easily than your ectomorph and endomorph counterparts, vipassana (mindfulness) meditation and mantra meditation are great ways to help you focus your mental energy in a positive way. Because your mesomorphic personality lends itself to holding tight to opinions and judgments, meditation can especially be a great time to leave behind the limitations of the critical mind, and to experience your Higher Self beyond it.

As a mesomorph, the sways of emotion for you tend to be expressed as anger, frustration, and aggression. In fact, many of life’s circumstances can become conquests and challenges for you. It is therefore important that you be mindful not to make meditation into a similarly competitive, goal-oriented activity, thereby negating the whole purpose of it. During meditation, concentrate on releasing stress and tension, foregoing the desire to control and strive, and opening your mind and heart to what’s possible. Because you have a notable capacity to experience anger, guided meditations focusing on love and compassion are great, especially those that invite you to visualize giving, asking for, and receiving forgiveness.

Most important of all in your meditation practice is emphasizing your body as a vehicle for anything that your mind yearns to achieve. As a mesomorph, you tend to be an active, somatically-focused being so combining meditation with movement can be a great way to settle your mind. In fact, movement can naturally become a meditation for you. So take your mind for a walk and focus on the feeling of your feet as you do so, or lie down and follow – with your attention – the sensations in your body from your head to your toes. Chanting, as a form of self-expression, is another wonderful modality to try!



Endomorphs (guardians and diplomats), allow yourself to be held in the loving embrace of meditation.

As an Endomorph, you are far more inclined to adopt a meditation practice if it is done in a group and you are far more likely to maintain it if you approach it with some discipline and structure. So find a group meditation class and perhaps invite a friend, partner, or child to come along with you. Because you have a propensity for lethargy and can fall asleep during meditation, more active meditations, such as those infused with periods of breathwork (pranayama) are great for you. Walking meditation is also a great option to sustain your wakeful attention while simultaneously enhancing your circulation.

Meditation teaches the principle of non-attachment: being with each moment as it arises rather than clinging —whether to relationships, jobs, or material things— in hopes that they will last forever. Because you are not drawn to change and can become possessive and attached to people, emotions, circumstances and things, meditation can be a wonderful way to release these attachments and to help you move forward, inviting yourself to change along with a life that is always changing with or without you. You may also choose to recite an affirmation of freedom, independence, and non-attachment (eg “I deeply appreciate my life and the people and things within it while they are present, knowing they can change or cease to be at any time”) to help ease yourself into this understanding that all of life is impermanent and eventually gives way to something else.

Above all, know that you can support your naturally loving and caring nature during meditation by focusing your attention on love for all beings and for the divine (like in loving-kindness meditation), in whatever form it may come for you. And if you’d like to explore something very special to you as an endomorph, try the Hugging meditation created by Thich Nhat Hanh with a child (whether your own or the child of someone you know and love), a friend, or even a tree. First, recognize each other’s presence with a simple bow towards one another. Next, take three full, conscious breaths to welcome yourself into the present moment. Next, open your arms widely and hug, holding each other in a warm embrace for three in-breaths and out-breaths. While hugging, become aware that you and the other person are sharing a present moment together and invite yourself to feel the joy and gratitude that this togetherness brings. Complete the meditation by releasing and bowing to each other to show gratitude for the blessed time you spent together.


As you venture into the depths of meditation on your life’s journey, keep in mind that each of these descriptions is a constellation of tendencies meant to help you get to know yourself better. You are and always will remain an individual with unique preferences and proclivities. Be mindful of your individuality as you journey to explore your mind and the practices that help it be calm, content, and in harmony with your body and soul as you journey about this wonderful experience we call life. And know that the more you understand the ways that your unique mind and body work, the more you can find those ways of being, living (and meditating!) that feel good, that have positive, lasting effects on your life, and that make you eternally happy to be alive.

01 Nov

Overcoming a Devastating Diagnosis: Matt Riemann’s Story

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“You have familial amyloid polyneuropathy and will be alive for a maximum of 9 more years, most of which you will spend in a wheelchair” is what the doctors told me in 2007, one year after I awoke in severe and excruciating pain- a sensation that felt like I was being stabbed in the chest and soon enough in my spine too.

Hearing this news may make some people sad. Me? I was confused.

You see, I was doing everything I thought I was supposed to be doing – eating right, exercising every day, managing my stress, spending time with loving, supportive family and close friends, and leading a passionate career as a physical therapist working with Olympic athletes. So it wasn’t a logical progression of events that led to my suddenly experiencing constant, severe pain that wasn’t budging despite my trying all the then available treatment options, everything from physical and hydro therapy to pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

If I was following the guidelines for nutrition, exercise, and stress management recommended among professionals and public organizations worldwide as the means to be healthy, yet I was unhealthy, that meant that someone somewhere was misinformed. So, being aware that familial amyloid polyneuropathy was a function of a mutation in my TTR gene, I began researching and meeting with clinical geneticists and genetics researchers.

What I discovered was life-saving and life-transforming.

Epigenetics. It’s the field devoted to studying the factors that impact how our genes, like the TTR gene, are expressed in the cells of our body. What epigenetics makes clear is that our genes, whether they are for illness or health, can be activated or deactivated, turned on or off. And our environment and lifestyle control the switch. At last! A solution.

The solution to turning off my TTR gene, recommended for my unique biology and genetics by some of the greatest minds in the world, led me to change my diet and move 1300 miles away from my lifelong home in Adelaide, Australia, to Brisbane. Within just a few days of moving to my new home, I knew I was experiencing epigenetic wisdom in action. I was feeling like myself again! And soon enough I was completely pain free.

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The wisdom of epigenetics can be applied to any and every instance of someone not feeling healthy and happy. It’s unlikely that you have a mutation in your TTR gene, but it is quite likely that you have another condition or a knowing that you can feel and be healthier than you currently are.

That’s why I knew I had to use my new-found wellness and understanding of human health to give everyone the same chance I had to let epigenetic wisdom work in their favor. And 10 years later, I’m happy to say that it’s here. Developed alongside a global team of doctors, researchers and scientists, it’s a wellness platform known as Personal Health 360 (ph360) that applies personalized health to give each person insights specific to their unique body, from the point of view of the many facets of epigenetics. The solution to your quest for optimal health can lie in the ways you eat, exercise, think and sleep, the ways you socialize, work, and live, or anywhere in between. How incredible that we are all born with a unique genetic code and that we can each make lifestyle choices tailored to our unique code that support our body and mind every single day.

As people are discovering the right lifestyle and environment for them right now through ph360, they – like me in 2007 – are experiencing myriad improvements in their symptoms and well-being and recognizing first hand the power of their lifestyle and environment to change the course of their health and their life. And me? I’m reminded time and time again why, in the grand scheme of things, it was important that I have the arduous, trying experiences of almost a decade ago.

Our story

Those experiences of nearly one decade ago were fundamental in shaping the course of my professional career and my very existence, for they showed me, without a doubt, that optimal health is possible for everyone.

And this is where our story, the story of changing the way we experience health around the globe and impacting millions of lives, begins. It begins with acknowledging that epigenetics and personalized, preventive health are the way. And that being healthy can be simple and convenient when we integrate everything we know in health and medicine with the technology of our time. That’s why the real excitement and potential in transforming our health lies in the new generation of ph360, known as ShaeTM, the very first application to customize health specifically for your unique body and circumstances in real time. Join our global community of people who are getting informed, empowered, and healthy, and supporting Shae. Because in essence this isn’t my story. It’s our story.

01 Oct

10 Truths You May Have Forgotten

By Sophia Godkin PhD

Truth is relative. No one can tell you what the truth is. You have to decide for yourself what the truth is. That being said, there are universal truths that when understood, appreciated, and practiced, can transform the course of your life in amazing ways. And though you may have forgotten them, know that they’ve never ceased to be.

1. You are not the lies your mind tells you about yourself. Your mind is a beautiful thing. It helps to create the intricate, wonderful world you live in. It gives you a perspective of life that is unlike that of anyone else. The key to ensuring that this perspective is one that helps, rather than hurts, you is to first recognize that your mind thinks lots of thoughts, many of which have no factual basis. Learn to spot the liars by noticing the thoughts that don’t feel great, question their validity, and decide to transform them into thoughts that feel better. Your thoughts are everything. Choose the good ones.

2. Your past doesn’t have to become your future. We all have wounds that we’ve accumulated simply from being a human being raised by other human beings with wounds in a world with wounds. These personal wounds are messengers, waiting and wanting to be acknowledged, integrated, and healed. So allow yourself to be vulnerable, acknowledge these past hurts, see their role in shaping who you are today, and shift how you think about the events and people involved. When you heal these wounds, hurts from the past won’t have to become fears of the future that ruin your present potential for happiness.

3. You are worthy of all that you desire and you can and will reach your dreams. If you are alive, that means you are here to have and be all that you want. In fact, that is the very reason why life exists – to give us, as individual souls, an opportunity to evolve and create a physical manifestation of what our hearts desire. So if you ever catch yourself doubting your ability to have all that you want, or the Universe’s ability to provide it for you, just remember that both you (the soul) and she (the Universe) are all-knowing and all-powerful. The when, where, and how, however, are up to her – and that’s what drives your mind crazy.

4. Your life is your own. Any time a friend, parent, family member, or anyone else verbally ‘shoulds’ on you, telling you “you should make this decision” (eg “be this profession”, “marry this person”, and so on), recognize their words as an act of caring and then set them off to the side. The only thing you need to listen to is your own heart and the only thing the ‘shoulds’ floating around in your energetic field do is activate your mind and cloud your heart. Don’t try to live your life based on the wants and needs of others. Live only from the wants and needs of your heart, for it knows you best.

5. What other people think about you is none of your business. In a world of 7.4 billion people, it is unrealistic to expect that each one will like, appreciate, and accept you as you are. Why? Because each has their own likes, dislikes, wounds, and personalities, making it impossible for you to control what they think, feel, say and do about you. What you can control, however, is what you think, feel, say, and do about yourself. And when you are true to yourself and think only the best of yourself, what others think about you becomes less of a concern. You do have an intrinsic need to belong, but your belonging isn’t conditional on you saying certain things, doing certain things, and buying certain things. You already belong. You always have and always will.

6. You teach others how to treat you based on how you treat yourself. Treat yourself as the beautiful, worthy being that you are, for it will dictate how others treat you too. If you love and accept yourself, they will too. Because you will approach them with kind words and positive actions. If you respect yourself, they will too. Because you will relate to yourself and to them in a respectful manner of speech and action. If something happens that does not meet your criteria of respect, you will stand up, set boundaries, and let the other party know what is and what is not acceptable when it comes to their interactions with you. Instead of sitting back and accepting any and all kinds of rude, demeaning, disrespectful behavior, you will voice your discontent. If it continues, you will gather up your courage and trust that all is for the best and you will walk away because you know that you deserve to be surrounded by people who treat you as you deserve to be treated and as you treat yourself.

7. You can bounce back from anything. Think back on your life. See all the ups and downs it’s been filled with. Remember the lows and see the highs that followed. Now remember the very lowest low. Was not even that circumstance followed soon enough by a high? Life goes sour sometimes but you can bounce back from anything. You’ve got the strength, resilience, and determination to do so. In fact, it’s all those lows that have given you ample strength, courage, and wisdom to get right back up after you fall, to see a glimmer of good when all else looks bad, and to try again soon after it’s felt like a piece of your heart was torn out and stomped on. Remember this the next time you are in a very low low.

8. You always have options. If you feel “stuck” and you don’t like how your life is going, it’s likely because you are using the same logic to make changes in your life as the one that created the life you currently find yourself in. As our friend Albert Einstein said, “no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So if you don’t like how your life is going, you’ve got to do something differently than you’ve done before. Oftentimes, this means changing the way you think about your life or any particular situation so that you can allow fresh insights and inspired action to emerge from that new awareness. You always have options, you just have to create space to see, hear, and feel them.

9. There are people out there who will love you just because you are you. If there is one thing that is critical to living a healthy, fulfilled life, it is the friendships, relationships, and connections you create. When our social interactions are filled with judgment, criticism, and conflict, they make for a life that is unnecessarily unpleasant, difficult, and unfulfilling. So find those people who love and appreciate you for no reason other than that you are you. Don’t settle for anything less than unconditional love. It is being around these types of people that will help you to love and accept yourself unconditionally. And when you love yourself no matter what, you’re free to shoot for the stars and reach all of your wildest dreams. After all, even if you miss or fall, the love you have for yourself stays the same.

10. You were born to be yourself. There is not one other person on this planet who thinks, looks, walks, talks, and emotes in the same way as you. You were born to be the best version of you, not a copy of anyone else. So relinquish any urge to conform. Be true to yourself, listen to your intuitive inner guidance, and know that it will not lead you astray. Embrace the good bits, the seemingly bad bits, and the strange bits of who you are. The more you can relax into being just as you are, the better life will be. Just ask ph360.me.

Integrating these 10 truths has turned my life from just fine to extraordinary and my heart from me to you. Live by these truths and you will not only experience true happiness but you will deeply know it, feel it, and be it.


01 Sep

“My Healthy Habits Were Making Me Sick”: Three Women Share Their Stories

By Sophia Godkin, PhD

If you’ve ever had symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you try, prescribed or over-the-counter, physical or mental, big or small, then I think you’ll enjoy reading the stories of Janna, Diana, and Maddie. Though their stories are very different, they have something very important in common: each woman, either suddenly or over time, was faced with a slew of physical symptoms that persisted despite her leading what she considered a healthy lifestyle – eating right, exercising, and managing her stress. More importantly, what these women’s stories share is a triumphant conclusion!


My life. I‘m a 63-years young proud mom of two beautiful daughters who love to travel the world. I spend a lot of time on my own, with my nose in a book, my arms deep in soil while I garden in the sun, or discovering new places, cultures and foods on my own travels to far off lands.

My challenges. Just a few years ago, I went for my annual physical and quickly saw that my doctor was sporting that concerned look on his face that everyone dreads. One week, one biopsy, and many tests later, it was confirmed; I had inflammatory breast cancer. Stage 3. Immediate chemotherapy, a full mastectomy, radiation; my body went through it all. I felt extremely weak and constantly ill. My hair and nails were gone, as was the sensation in my hands and feet from the nerve damage. To top it off, it turned out that all the treatment was also killing my liver. All I wanted was the strength to complete treatment and regain my strong body.

My triumph. I was blessed to be given personalized lifestyle recommendations via a health program my daughter discovered and suggested to me. Little by little, I changed what I was eating – less fats and proteins, and more vegetables, spices, garlic, vinegar and lemon. Green smoothies became a standard meal for me. Little by little, my liver values returned to normal. All I knew was that I was happy to have my liver and my body back, to be feeling anew, and that I had personalized health to thank for it. And I still do. I notice that when I follow my diet closely, my lymph flows freely and the swelling that sometimes shows up in my arm (a function of several lymph nodes being removed along with my left breast as part of cancer treatment), goes down.

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My life. I’m 49 years old, an avid skiing, hiking, and health enthusiast. I have three daughters and three grandchildren who are my world. My life’s passion is helping others, which I did as a women’s coach for twenty years and now do in the health arena after a personal triumph with my own health.

My challenges. Out of my 49 years of life, I’ve been extremely healthy for 48 of them, maintaining a slim, strong figure with only a few grey hairs visible on my head. That all changed a few years ago, when I began to get aches and pains, and soon after muscle weakness, joint pain, memory loss, mental fog, ringing in my head, sinus issues, extreme hand dryness, shingles, fatigue and constant heart palpitations. If that wasn’t enough, I was waking up with nosebleeds and rarely did a severe headache pass up the opportunity to greet my afternoon. The vibrant, energetic woman I considered myself to be was all of a sudden physically debilitated and unenthusiastic about life.

My triumph. I sought help from numerous health professionals – naturopaths, clinical specialists, and the like – and though well-intentioned, none could tell me what was going on with my body or why I felt 40 years older than I actually was. Then came the long-awaited solution that at first threw me for a loop. Could it be that the causes of my symptoms and years of weakness and frustration were the very things I thought were good for me? I discovered, thanks to a personalized health solutions recommended to me by a friend, that my particular bodily constitution benefits from living at low altitudes and warm, dry climates, whereas altitudes over 5,000 feet can have the opposite effect. I also discovered that kale, touted as the nutrient-rich “superfood,” was good for me in very small quantities and that other greens were more beneficial for me at the time. Here I was living in the mountains, drinking green smoothies packed with kale every day for the past two years.

Pessimistic yet hopeful, I went to stay with my daughter, who lived in an environment that mimicked what I was being told was ideal for my body, to give this latest recommendation a try. Lo and behold, after nearly 3 weeks, all of my symptoms were gone! My soft hands, supple joints, and clear head and sinuses were back! I felt like a completely new woman! One who was and is so grateful for finding the right things for her body when she did!

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My life. I’m a twenty year old nursing student, living at home with my family in Southern Canada. I spend a lot of time studying and I also work part-time. I have a pretty active social life, when I can fit it in, and I love to travel.

My challenges. Growing up, I considered myself to be quite healthy, having no issues aside from the occasional cold or flu. Then in 2015, within the span of a year and a half, I had walking pneumonia, strep throat several times, persistent inflamed acne breakouts and frequent vaginal infections (potentially a function of the antibiotics I was on for the pneumonia and strep throat). As a young woman just starting college, these symptoms were unpleasant to say the least. I was embarrassed about my breakouts, which persisted despite my trying a whole gamut of dermatologist-recommended treatment (benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide creams, extractions, lasers, and so on). It was unfair. I was eating healthy and working out 3-4 times a week. No one else my age was experiencing this, so why was I?

My triumph. In autumn of 2015, I received some insights, almost serendipitously, about foods that were great for my body to have at that time, and foods that were less good for my body. The insights suggested that I eat little if any eggs, gluten, and certain types of dairy products and that I eat a larger variety of vegetables and prepare them in a way so as to maximize the nutrients my body can absorb. The insights didn’t come from a health professional or a blood test, but from a health program that let me know what types of nutrition, exercise, and environment were best for my particular body. Just a few months later, my acne completely cleared up! Vaginal infections were a thing of the past. An unintended but definitely welcome effect- I lost 5 pounds too. I felt like myself again. Confident. Healthy. Happy.

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You too can triumph over your health challenges, confusing and frustrating as they may have been for you in the past. That’s because we’re now understanding that our genes, whether for illness or health, obesity or thinness, acne or clear skin, brain fog or mental acuity, can be activated or deactivated. Turned on or off. And our environment and lifestyle control the on/off switch. What Janna, Diana, and Maddie have in common is that the cause of their triumph was personalized.

The wisdom of epigenetics has revived in society a new hope that each one of us can get and stay optimally healthy by learning to operate our personal epigenetic on/off switch. Developed alongside a global team of doctors, researchers and scientists, is a wellness platform known as Personal Health 360 (ph360) that applies personalized health to give each person insights specific to their unique body, from the point of view of the many facets of epigenetics.

The solution to your quest for optimal health lies in the ways you eat, exercise, think and sleep. The ways you socialize, work, and live, or anywhere in between. So I hope you’ll join Janna, Diana, Maddie and thousands of other men and women all around the world who are reclaiming their health and wellness by discovering what is right for them with Shae™, the next generation of ph360 and the very first application to customize health specifically for your unique body and circumstances in real time.


01 Aug

How You Can Influence the Genes of Your Unborn Baby

It’s widely known that a baby is a precious gift that is a combination of its mother’s genes and its father’s genes. You hear it all the time from doting relatives and friends when a new baby is born: ‘He has his father’s eyes’, ‘She has her mother’s chin’, ‘He’s the spitting image of his daddy at the same age’. The parents’ physical features are passed down to the child. As the child grows some other similarities may become apparent also – the like or dislike of certain foods, the natural abilities or talents with particular sports, an interest in specific academic pursuits. Many of these things can be attributed to genetics.

We see this ‘passing down’ of traits as something fairly rigid and outside our control. The kid will either have dad’s eyes or he won’t – nothing to be done about it. But did you know that a mother’s health can have a far wider reaching impact on her unborn child than just that of physical traits or lifestyle predispositions?

We all know that, for example, smoking during pregnancy can be very bad for the unborn baby. It is very clear cause and effect. Now, research suggests that what the mother does and doesn’t do during pregnancy can have a far more complex effect on the baby – on a genetic level. A mother’s health can change a child’s genetic predisposition to disease.

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Though there are many examples of how a mother’s health, nutrition, gestational wellbeing and birthing process can influence the health of her child, studies on specific genetic expressions have begun to shed light on epigenetic effects of intrauterine life. Intrauterine exposure to poor maternal nutrition or maternal obesity has consistently been demonstrated to contribute to a particular epigenotype that has a higher risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome. So mothers who have poor nutrition and/or are obese are, in effect, writing these same health problems into the genes of their unborn children.

Studies have shown that despite a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes, body mass index (BMI), body fat index (BFI), family history, age, sex, HDL cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and other risk factors outperform our ability to predict diabetic onset. Studies using familial clustering of type 2 diabetes found that the risk for onset of this disease is not entirely due to genetic factors. Epigenetic processes can produce inherited risk over one or several generations. So basically your risk for ending up with type 2 diabetes is not simply genetic (you either get it or you don’t) but can be influenced by things outside of genetics (epigenetics). For instance, pregnancy related factors, nutrition, toxins and infectious agents can also play a role in the activation of genes that may influence the risk of diabetes.

Mechanisms like histone acetylation, DNA-methylation, RNA coding patterns and the regulation of gene expressions in response to environmental cues can be passed on generations later. But the one factor that has the most epigenetic impact remains obesity. Studies focused on epigenetic markers found altered methylation and histone acetylation levels in genes involved in metabolic processes. For one, there is a huge influence of maternal obesity (including gestational and postnatal diet, maternal insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome) on changes in the biochemical structure of the baby’s DNA that alter gene expression involved in the risk for developing metabolic syndrome in adulthood. Put simply, the mother’s obesity can literally change how her child’s genes are expressed.

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The exact reason behind this is unclear, though leptin and adiponectin may play significant roles. Leptin is a hormone secreted by fat tissues that traveles from the mother’s blood to the fetus and works on the development of the central nervous system. After birth, leptin regulates appetite and energy expenditure. Maternal hyperglycemia have been shown to be related to increased leptin levels in offspring. Similarly, adiponectin should maintain insulin sensitivity but has been found to be significantly lower in children from mothers with high-fat diets. Meanwhile, a mother’s insulin resistance can cause pregnancy complications due to impaired glucose transport, including an increased risk for metabolic disturbances, cardiovascular disease and even telomere length.

In a nutshell, science is still hard at work figuring out exactly how a mother’s health has such a huge impact on the child’s genes. But one thing that is becoming increasingly more evident as each new study is released, is that the health of the mother is more important than we ever realised to the health and development of the child.

Now, if this has all left you searching for a medical dictionary to understand all the complicated words above while freaking out that you might be giving your unborn baby some genetic disease without even knowing it, please don’t stress. The intention of this article is not to further add to the fear and anxiety of pregnancy. It is simply to inform. It is to let you know that if you take care of yourself first you will be giving your baby the best, healthiest possible start in life. Eat well, exercise, avoid stress. Put yourself first because at it’s simplest, this article is about one thing: healthy mom = healthy bub.


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01 Jul

5 Tech Advances That’ll Make Your Body Healthier and Your Life WAY Easier

Being healthy and feeling good well into old age has its challenges and there are two main reasons why that is. The first – information about what promotes health is inconsistent and confusing. The second – life is demanding and staying healthy is time consuming. We are often so busy that we don’t have time to whip up a healthy meal, let alone focus on the many habits that create a healthy body.

Modern (In)Conveniences

In today’s fast-paced modern world, we face completely different health challenges than we did one hundred years ago. Today people are tempted by convenient, tasty treats that lack nutrients and often have ingredients that deplete vitality and harm the body. They’re tempted by the convenience of their couches, sitting for long hours surrounded by unnatural environments and seeing nature from a window. If they are lucky enough to have a window, that is. With so many other demands for their attention, being vigilant in educating themselves on what is actually good for them and enacting those changes is overwhelming for many.

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What Does it Take to be Healthy?

To create real, sustainable health in the lives of the busy people of the world, each person needs a nutritionist, personal trainer, nurse and therapist on hand to tell them what to eat, how to exercise, what their vitals are and what activities are good for their current mood and neurochemistry. Sounds exhausting and expensive.

Fortunately for the active mother, the successful professional, and any busy person (ie all of us!) the advice of these trained experts is becoming accessible in the form of online apps and wearable technology. Because health is such a sought-after and oftentimes elusive goal, many innovative companies have happily stepped up to fulfill the need to simplify health.

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The new gadgets to help you fine-tune your energy levels, sleep quality, diet and overall health and well-being belong to a long, growing list. Here are a few of the best ones:

  1. Pebble

This smartwatch contains a 3D motion sensor that accurately tracks calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and quality of sleep. What’s unique about it is that, unlike a phone that you leave at home when you go to the pool, Pebble is a watch that you wear on your body at all times. It also has sensing abilities that smartphones don’t have to monitor your sleep and daily activity with high accuracy. By providing this information and hence awareness, Pebble encourages people to get more movement and better sleep.

  1.  Lantern

An internet-based emotional health program that uses cognitive behavioral approaches, Lantern helps users restructure negative thoughts so they can better deal with life’s challenges. Lantern is a unique program on the market, guiding users to increase their happiness and therefore their health too – something other health apps have yet to do.

  1. ActiveProtective

Did you ever imagine there would be airbags in your underwear? This clever app senses normal motion and unusual motion, and is able to detect when a person is falling. Prior to impact, an airbag deploys on the appropriate side to reduce injury and prevent the risk of a hip fracture. A whopping 2.5 million Americans who injure themselves in a fall each year, 10% of whom end up with a hip fracture, stand to benefit from this new and unique technology.

  1. Scanadu

Scanadu is a mobile medical device company that develops consumer products that monitor a list of valuable vitals for health tracking and awareness. Scanadu is able to track critical vitals such as temperature, heart rate and hemoglobin all in a matter of ten seconds. It then transfers the information through a smartphone to the user themselves, their family members, doctors, or anyone else for whom this information is beneficial.

  1. ph360

ph360 is an online health app that takes into account a considerable amount of user information, including body measurements, family history and lifestyle and then tells users what foods are best for their body’s unique needs, what exercises are ideal for their physical structure, what social activities and environments support them most, and provides suggestions on how best to use their natural talents. The program dives deeply into modern science and ancient wisdom to be able to provide specific and balanced lifestyle suggestions for creating optimal health. This program is unique and doesn’t have any direct competition that provides the same level of detail tailored to the user. The next-gen version of ph360, ShaeTM, is being referred to as ‘Siri for your health’.

Today the quest for the fountain of youth is much sought after and yet easy to miss.  The future of health looks promising given the splurge of technology we’ve seen over the last decade and especially in the last few years, some of which is focused on changing the health of the world in a grand way. For small amounts of money, people are now able to have valuable health information in the palm of their hand or on their wrist and are experiencing health at a new level. The future will continue to take health to places we are only dreaming of now.

01 Jun

The Foolproof Way to Control Your Genetic Destiny

Just ten to twenty years ago the major consensus was that we couldn’t change our genetic destiny, that we are born with the genes we have and there is little we can do to impact our health and lifespan. This was the general agreement even though in the 1940’s and 1950’s several scientist were already reporting to the world that genes are either active or inactive and that this is determined by the lifestyle choices we make every day.

You Have Genetic Choice

Epigenetics can sound like an intimidating concept, but it simply means that you can control your genetic destiny by the choices that you make every day. What a beautiful discovery! Your health is within your influence and there are choices that you can make to have more vitality, stronger legs, a supple spine or healthier hair. There are literally hundreds of choices you make that impact your gene expression, such as your thoughts, emotions, diet, fitness, social circle, family traditions, privacy, freedoms, environment and more.

For simplification, let’s focus on one of the biggest impacts on your genes – food. What you eat is like a language that talks to and is interpreted by your genes. Food has a major effect on which genes will or will not be activated. For example, we all know that if we eat a diet high in simple, processed sugars and simple carbohydrates we may turn on the genes that activate Type II diabetes. This is a perfect example of epigenetics at work.

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But epigenetics can also activate your “good” genes. Here are a few examples of how you can make epigenetics work in your favor through the very foods you eat.

  • Modify what you’re eating based on the climate you’re in. Eat warming foods in the winter and cooling foods in the summer to have more energy and easily maintain your body temperature.
  • Eat the correct amount of calories for your activity level so it is really easy to maintain weight and energy. If you’re moving more, you likely need to consume more calories to make up for all the energy you’ve expended.
  • Eat according to your body’s specific nutritional needs. Choose foods high in quality and also high in nutrients that your body has a tendency to be low in to support its need for vitamins and minerals so it can function properly.
  • Avoid foods that make you feel sluggish, constipated or bloated and that steal away vitality. These tend to be the foods that cause your not-so-good genes to be activated over time.
  • Eat foods that are great for your type of digestion. Because of differences in our genetics, epigenetics, and microbiome we each digest food differently.

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How To Decode Your Genes to Control Your Genetic Destiny

Many people are learning about what feels good to their body through trial and error, a method which is neither accurate nor scientific. There is a way to know the specific lifestyle choices that will optimize your body’s vitality. Modern technology and health science have given birth to an online program that essentially decodes the genes of each individual user. By gathering your personal data, including body measurements and health history, this new program called ph360 tells you which lifestyle choices are most important and effective specifically for you. For the first time ever you can have information from over fifteen sciences applied to your health through a system of complex algorithms that produces the optimal health regime for you. Even better – the next-gen version of of ph360, ShaeTM, will make it incredibly easy to practically apply these insights in daily life.

The great news is that your health is within your control. As long as you make good choices (ie the ones that suit your body), you will enjoy good health. Your energy level, quality of sleep and weight are all determined by hundreds of little decisions you make every day, including your thoughts, your job, the hours you go to sleep, the friends you choose and more. You have the power to make your life what you want. Why not begin today?!

15 May

What If You Could EAT and EXERCISE Your Karma Away?

By Sophia Godkin PhD

The word ‘karma’ gets a bad rap these days. It’s like the misbehaving child causing a ruckus on the playground, making everyone’s life miserable. Just say the word ‘karma’ and the expression on people’s faces around you will be one of worry, fear, and/or concern.

Ask Merriam-Webster and they’ll tell you that karma is the force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person. Oxford and the most reputable source of information on the web, Wikipedia, provide related definitions, from which it’s evident that karma leaves with us a sense that our potential for health and happiness may be doomed because of our actions in previous lives and generations that are unavoidably passed down and affecting us today. ‘It must be karma’ you’ll hear someone say when something challenging or unpleasant happens in their life.

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What if, just for a moment, we let go of this stigma and look at the true meaning of karma? Karma, in its truest sense, is ‘the memory contained in the cells of your body’. And yes, scientific studies have confirmed that this cellular memory is in fact passed down intergenerationally as an epigenetic inheritance, be it an effect of a particular dietary change1 or a traumatic experience2. Karma then is nothing more than a genetic mutation.

Which brings me to the good news. Scientific research, especially since the start of the millennium, has made it clear that our genetic mutations, whether they are for illness or health, depression or joy, struggle or ease, can be activated or deactivated, turned on or off, through epigenetic means. Just as any memory, this cellular memory can stay in the past or it can travel with you into the future, affecting your every thought and action. The course it takes is up to you.

So how can you choose what goes into your cellular memory and change your karma forever?

Find your talents and share them with the world. Those things that you love doing are usually also the things that you’re good at. So find them, own them, and share them! Your cells will thank you and the world will thank you, for you’ve filled a much needed gap that was essential for the synergistic functioning and expansion of the Universe.

CELLebrate your body with food. Every bite of food either supports your cells in functioning optimally or it signals those unwanted genes to turn on. Your genes are not like anyone else’s genes so be sure to find out what’s right for you in terms of not only what you eat but also when you eat it.

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Move to sweat and smile. Want to walk a mile around your neighborhood park? Take a step class? A Zumba class? Lift some weights? Run a 5K? Go all out with CrossFit? Whatever it is, make sure it feels good to you. If you’re looking good, it’s not a guarantee that your cells are looking good too, but if you’re feeling good, the probability is high that your cells too are frolicking happily around your body.

Choose your tribe intentionally. It’s true what they say: ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ Whether at home or at work, every person you are around influences your state of mind, your development, and even your health habits. It’s known in the scientific community as social contagion, and it’s not just about who you spend time with in person; it extends to those you interact with on social media3. So why not choose to be influenced by people who “get” you, who support you (and your tiniest cells) in being the best version of you, and who share your goals, vision, and definition of “success”?

Mind your mind. ‘Why did I do/say that?’ At first glance, humans appear to be mysterious, complex beings. When we as these mysterious, complex beings practice becoming aware of the reasons why we do or say certain things, we become aware of the inherent workings of our conscious mind and of the memories our cells may be holding onto by way of our subconscious mind. And over time, things become a lot more clear and simple. If this type of self-reflection isn’t something your mind naturally gravitates to, then ask a friend or make an appointment with someone for whom these are natural gifts. That’s the beauty of each of us having unique talents… we can share them with one another in the interest of the common good.

Why did I write this? Because one of my fundamental values which drives a lot of my thoughts and behavior, is freedom of self – the kind you can feel on the inside, that leads you to burst with joy on the outside, and that knocks the old view of “karma” as something predetermined upside its head. Because it leaves you with a realization that no matter what your cellular memory, you can leave it in the past and share your gifts freely with the world.

The easiest way to do that? Find out what brings you joy in body and mind, and do it. The best way I know to do that? The personalized health and wellness platforms Shae and ph360.


1 Huypens, P., Sass, S., Wu, M., Dyckhoff, D., Tschöp, M., Theis, F., Marschall, S., Hrabě de Angelis, M., & Beckers, J. (2016). Epigenetic germline inheritance of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance. Nature Genetics, doi: 10.1038/ng.3527

2 Yehuda, R., Daskalakis, N.P., Bierer, L.M., Bader, H.N., Klengel, T., Holsboer, F., & Binder, E.B. (2015). Holocaust exposure induced intergenerational effects on FKBP5 methylation. Biological Psychiatry, doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.08.005

3 Kramer, A. D. I., Guillory, J. E., & Hancock, J. T. (2014). Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 8788–8790, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1320040111


01 May

Your Health Type, Your Life

By Sophia Godkin, PhD

Your health type isn’t just a Health Type. It’s a Life Type. Because it is an incredible tool for noticing and correcting underlying imbalances that may be impacting your health, and also for understanding your natural strengths and psychological and social inclinations. So let’s delve into each type and see what it reveals about the inherent world that exists within and around you.

If you’ve yet to discover your Health Type, just click here to take the health type test and get started on your personal journey of optimal health and wellness.


Activator Physical Characteristics

As an Activator, you come equipped with short bones and stature, are naturally more muscular, and are likely to carry more weight in your stomach, hips, and thighs.

The Activator Mind

The Activator mind is governed by two main preferences: change and challenge. As an Activator, you need to engage in a variety of tasks that allow you to use your variety of skills and talents throughout the day. If your schedule is too repetitive, you will become bored and unstimulated. As an Activator, you also have high mental stamina and can be very focused, productive, and determined when it comes to reaching a goal you desire. Give yourself the opportunity to take risks and engage in activities that stimulate your mind – you won’t regret it.

The Activator’s Social World

As an Activator, you value your independence and the ability to take time to be with your own ideas. Yet you also love interacting with like-minded people who, like you, value their own resolve and independence. It is important that you take time out to be with your partner, family, or close friends. It will give you space to verbally express your ideas and will act as a nice break from your routine. Invite diversity of ideas into your social world too by meeting new people and listening to their viewpoints whenever possible.

Activator Movement

Activators are made to be active. Moving throughout the day is your elixir for health and wellness, and you benefit from engaging in many types of movement. Resistance training will help your body build the muscle it naturally strives to have, explosive movements (like in high-intensity interval training) will engage your mind’s naturally unpredictable nature, and team sports will involve its competitive spirit.

The Activator Diet

As an Activator, you have fast digestion so be sure to eat periodically throughout the day, with three meals and snacks in between each. Include a good amount of fruit and meat in your diet, and go easy on sugars and fats.


Connector Physical Characteristics

As a Connector, you have a short stature and a lean, solid muscle structure with a tendency to carry some extra weight.

The Connector Mind

The Connector Mind is oriented toward activity, diversity, feeling, and expressiveness. As a Connector, your mind loves to engage in activities that are helpful, stimulating, and that unite people and ideas. When you have opportunities to share your feelings and ideas, and to engage in a variety of activities that you deem important to the well-being of the world, your mind and body naturally gravitate toward a state of well-being.

The Connector’s Social World

As a Connector, you are undeniably a social being. You are open, friendly, and affectionate. You are in tune with the emotional states, perspectives, and needs of those around you and you are quick to lend a kind word or gesture. Having people around you who appreciate you and to whom you can regularly express what is going on in your life is essential. The more you interact and share with others, the more energized you are in your daily life.

Connector Movement

Your body yearns to move throughout the day and it yearns for a variety of movements and stretches. Strength or interval training, either solo or with a friend, is a great way to get your heart rate and muscle strength up, as are group exercise or dance classes that simultaneously incorporate movement and social connection. As long as you find it enjoyable, you should have no problem keeping it up.

The Connector Diet

As a Connector, you are familiar with how good food tastes and how healthy food feels for your body. Keep this in mind as you select a diet full of healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables, surround yourself with other healthy, conscious eaters, and watch the results come over time.


Guardian Physical Characteristics

As a Guardian, you are tall with a large body mass and a tendency to carry extra weight.

The Guardian Mind

Your mind enjoys routine and stability and is easily content being in one environment or engaging in one activity for a long period of time. You are dependable and cautious and prefer stable activities without much variation. These calm, predictable, and repetitive activities feel great for your mind.

The Guardian’s Social World

You are the good-natured and friendly friend, parent, or co-worker everyone loves to have around. As a Guardian, you value and prioritize family. Each member of your family is cared and supported for to a high degree. Surround yourself with supportive, understanding, and trustworthy people like you and you will find yourself feeling better than ever.

Guardian Movement

As a Guardian, increasing your circulation through activities like walking and light aerobics is immensely helpful to your health and overall well-being. Involve others in your activities to enhance the pleasure you feel and the motivation you have to repeat them.

The Guardian Diet

Your digestion is quite slow and your body tends to conserve energy as a Guardian, so you may find it more natural for you to put on and keep on weight than people of other biotypes. Many of your actions, including eating, are dictated by pleasure. Be sure to bring your love of food and of family together to create family dinners and events as you prioritize eating a diet high in vegetables, low in fruits, and with less meat than other biotypes.


Diplomat Physical Characteristics

As a Diplomat, you come equipped with a tall height, large body mass, and a thick muscle structure.

The Diplomat Mind

As a Diplomat, you are drawn towards a stable way of life to match the calmness and stability of your mind. Your mind is great at analyzing visual data and finding solutions to problems in the form of emerging patterns. With a predictable routine, your mind can be at its best.

The Diplomat’s Social World

As a Diplomat, you are generally very likeable and easy to get along with and though you can get along with almost anyone, you prefer to spend a majority of your time with close friends and family. You can benefit most from being around laid-back, easy-going, and loyal people like yourself. And though you may not seek them out, you are generally happy to make new acquaintances if they approach you.

Diplomat Movement

Regular exercise is important for you as a Diplomat. Because you have a thick muscle structure, you can become quite strong with a regular muscle strengthening routine. Keep your activities aligned with the slow rhythm that your body prefers and you will undoubtedly keep them up. Activities that are low impact and enhance your circulation, like swimming, can also be great for you.

The Diplomat Diet

The digestion and metabolism of a Diplomat are quite slow, so weight gain comes about more easily than it does for other biotypes. Give yourself time to digest, eating 2 or 3 times a day while avoiding snacking in between meals. Eating is a pleasure-filled activity for you, so be sure to take joy in the foods you are eating and be mindful of what you put on your plate, especially when gathered with the ones you love and consider family.


Sensor Physical Characteristics

As a Sensor, you are generally long and lean with light bones.

The Sensor Mind

As a Sensor, you come equipped with an analytical and intellectual mind that is oriented to the creative process. Your mental energy is rarely at rest, rendering you very focused, determined, and attentive to detail. You thrive when pursuing a goal independently and you can learn anything that is of interest to you in a short matter of time.

The Sensor’s Social World

Because you tend to speak only when necessary, others may perceive you as withdrawn, shy, or ‘hard to get to know’. Around your close friends, however, you may be quite talkative and open to sharing about yourself. When around logically-minded people like yourself, you are more at ease in both social and professional situations.

Sensor Movement

Light, repetitive aerobic activities like dance or step aerobics are great for you as a Sensor, as are activities that stretch and engage your body and mind simultaneously (eg Yoga). Engage your mind and you will enjoy and benefit much more from your exercise routine.

The Sensor Diet

Because you have an exceptionally high metabolism and low body fat as a Sensor, you are unlikely to gain weight, even if eating unfavorably for a period of time. To keep your nervous system and digestive system operating at their best, be sure to cook your food well and include plenty of healthy fats in your diet.


Crusader Physical Characteristics

As a Crusader, you have a lean body with medium-sized bones and a medium height.

The Crusader Mind

The Crusader Mind is characterized by high activity, high motivation, high independence, and immaculate capability for intellect, focus, and leadership. Your mental processes lead you to be determined, goal-oriented, and easily disciplined. You care about the details, enjoy an intellectual challenge, and openly and willingly accept responsibility.

Crusader Movement

Steady, rhythmic movement done consistently over a long distance, such as running, biking, hiking, swimming, and tennis is great for you as a Crusader. When done with purpose and efficiency, physical movement can satisfy the goals of both your body and mind.

The Crusader’s Social World

As a strong, self-reliant individual, you prefer to be around others who are similarly minded, though you can relate well to most people, especially when you are in a position of leadership and authority.

Small groups of people or several close friends or a partner make up your ideal social world.

The Crusader Diet

A high metabolism and long, lean muscles render you unlikely to gain weight. You can find your optimal bodily balance through a tender combination of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and well cooked meats.

Appreciating and Inhabiting our Inherent Individuality

We all come to life with distinct physical, physiological, bio- and neuro-chemical tendencies , each of which reveal the psychological, social, and behavioral preferences that are ingrained into the very essence of who we are. Understanding your health type and its needs can make all the difference to the quality of your health, your relationships, and your life. Going beyond health-typology to embrace yourself as a unique individual will reap even further rewards for your body, mind, and life. When you can appreciate and inhabit who you are as an individual, who you are as an individual becomes all-knowing and all-powerful.

Here’s to turning your health type into a life designed perfectly for you!


Author Info

Sophia Godkin, PhD is a Psychologist, Personalized Health, Happiness, and Mindset Coach, and a University Professor. Her life mission is to help people on their journeys to gain utmost joy, health, and freedom. She supports her clients in one-on-one sessions and group workshops to better understand the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of who they are. By guiding them to see clearly the wisdom contained within their own body, mind, and heart, Sophia helps people to rise up from life’s challenges. Her clients become happier, braver, and more fulfilled than they ever thought they could be. Sophia enjoys traveling internationally teaching the principles of happiness to all who are interested and ready for the pursuit of a lifetime. Join Dr Sophia’s ‘Happiness Doctor’ community and follow her on Twitter.