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Got happiness? We have a collection of tools for you! Join host, Jerod Killick, M.S., healthcare leader and academician, as he explores evidence-based clinical practice and research in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. Through regularly published content, Jerod provides a framework designed to help launch your wellness journey. He also shares his own experience as a lifelong runner living in recovery. Learn more at


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Got happiness? We have a collection of tools for you! Join host, Jerod Killick, M.S., healthcare leader and academician, as he explores evidence-based clinical practice and research in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. Through regularly published content, Jerod provides a framework designed to help launch your wellness journey. He also shares his own experience as a lifelong runner living in recovery. Learn more at




Problematic Decline in Motivation with Age - Doubling Down on Behavioural Activation

In today's episode, I share research and anecdotal evidence of my own experience in managing a perceived decline in motivation as I step into my early 50s. While there are popularized and straight forward cognitive explanations that point to a decline in motivation with age, changes in motivation and the, "get up and go" approach to activation, are caused by an array of contributing factors.


On Apple's New State of Mind App - Is Mood Tracking Harmful?

I am currently using the Watch OS 10 and iOS 17 Developer Beta. We are now able to test the new Apple Health integration, "State of Mind," intended to help you track your mood throughout the day. In today's podcast episode, I share my reaction after a month of sharing my mood with Apple.


300 Days Sober and Celebrating Canada Day

There is no greater feeling that adhering to a goal, no matter the challenge. Today is a significant landmark in my, 'dry' journey. I am proud to be celebrating both Canada Day, 2024, and 300 days of sobriety. I choose sobriety and I am not an alcoholic.


Advice To My Younger Self - Things I Wish I Knew In My 20s and 30s

There are some things in my 20s and 30s that I wish I knew. Hindsight might be 20/20, but surely wisdom from later in life would have helped, right? In today's episode, I provide 10 (plus a bonus) nuggets that I have gained over the years, advice that would have saved me some growing pains and heartache.


Career Development in Health Psychology - My Humble Advice

Unsure about your next step in your career development? Every path is different. In today's episode, I share my own experience working in healthcare for the past 27 years since completing graduate school. I also provide advice on the importance of going through a post-secondary program, how to navigate the realities of your first job, and core strategies for developing yourself as a professional.


Acute Vs. Chronic Inflammation - Is There a Dietary Solution?

What we eat has the power to contribute to chronic disease processes (i.e., autoimmune disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease) via the promotion of chronic inflammation. This is not to be confused with acute inflammatory states designed to heal localized injury via capillary dilation and leukocyte infiltration.


Three Pillars of Optimal Wellness - Metrics I Use to Stay On Track

"Optimal wellness for runners? Focus on Zone 2 training!" Optimal Wellness and Helpful Metrics The three pillars for health optimization are Diet, Exercise, and Sleep. If any one element is out of alignment, the others suffer. Optimized wellness means engaging in habits that predict both longevity and wellness throughout the lifespan. Some have called this, "health span". In today's podcast episode, I share my own experience as I improve focus on what I eat, physical activity through long distance walking and running, and sleep hygiene. As I have gotten older my definition of each has shifted. I also share where I struggle in this respect. Finally, I review metrics useful in providing feedback about how the habits I engage affect my overall wellness. Episode Outline FMP 83 - Three Pillars of Optimal Wellness What We Do: Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology Providing easily accessible content designed to help you design your own transformative experience. Today: I review the three pillars of optimal health - Diet, Exercise, and Sleep. I review my own wellness journey on what I have maximized on and what I consistently fail at. I review the importance of picking the right metrics to measure your health and the tech needed to measure accurately. How to Listen: Can find this episode on podcast apps such as iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, etc. Can watch on YouTube soon after each episode drop. Want to be a Guest? Email our team at The Three Pillars Diet You cannot outrun a bad diet. Calories do matter Both Count and Type Very easy on a plant-based diet to consume 3k Kcal a day. Very easy on a plant-based diet to eat a ton of refined sugar. Going too strict (HCLF No Oil) diet is good but hard to stick to. In general, when you exercise, cals burned should not matter (Calories in the bank is a trap). Exercise Think of exercise as a habit for your lifetime. Exercise should be at least 150 hrs a week of moderate strain (2.5 hrs). Sustainability is the key. As we get older, shifting the focus to weight bearing exercise is key. Sarcopenia (age related loss of muscle mass) occurs when we do nothing to maintain muscle. Plant-based diets with exercise should supplement appropriately. B12 absorption changes as we get older. Protein absorption as we age decreases from 51% to 45% - Vegan bio available protein is less - Focus on protein! Omega 3 Fatty Acids may slow age related effects and protect against cardiovascular disease, bone loss, sarcopenia, and changes to our immune system as we get older. Vegans must focus on Omega 3s in food and possible supplements - ALA needs to convert to DHA and EPA. Fish is already in the DHA and EPA form. Sleep Plays a critical role in learning , memory, mood and judgement. Plays a role in athletic performance. Allows heart to rest and cells and tissue to repair. More sleep means increased cytokines (hormones that help the immune system fight off infection. Sustained high intensity workouts (long distance running) causes immune system to decrease. Getting adequate rest and therefore cytokines may balance this effect. Sleeplessness is often a sign of depression. Early morning awakening syndrome. Increased sleep is associated with positive mood, decreased irritability and higher frustration tolerance. Where I Excel and Where I Fail I excel in the area of exercise. Running and consistency. I struggle with diet. My caloric intake is high. I slip into food as reward. I slip into overcompensating calories post exercise. I snack too much. Sleep is new territory for me. I have started seeing sleep as my job, the activity I am focusing on during sleep hours, not activities of tomorrow. I have adopted a strict sleep schedule (8:30 to 05:30). Tools for Accurate Data and Analysis Garmin


Basics of Applied Behavioural Psychology for Optimizing Wellness

We become what we do, at least according to the Behavioural Psychologists. In today's episode, I provide a brief primer covering critical need-to-know concepts from the field. This includes a discussion on Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Intentional Personal Reinforcement, and Modelling.


My Sober Identity - Why Do I Feel So Much Shame? (Full Disclosure)

I discovered today that I have a great deal of shame about identifying myself as, "sober". Johnny and I have been sober since September after a serous health scare. I choose not to drink in support of Johnny who lives with an addiction to alcohol. Since, we have started giving away our alcohol paraphernalia (wine openers, glasses, etc.).


How I Quit Caffeine and Failed Miserably (A Confession)

I had no idea how difficult quitting caffeine was going to be. I have been a coffee drinker since I was eighteen years old. No doubt that I started my caffeine addiction well before that drinking Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Jolt back in the day. The ubiquitous nature of caffeine addiction made my time away from the substance (albeit brief) a very interesting experiment.


Jerod & Johnny - 2022, The Year Denial Lost Grip (New Year's Eve)

In some ways, 2022 has been a year of reckoning. This was the year that denial lost her grip. Alcohol was destroying both of us in its own way and chipping away at the foundation of our marriage. Following a significant health scare, as a couple we committed to becoming a sober family.


Stimulants (Methamphetamines) - Horrors, Harms, & Care Options

Methamphetamine is the most destructive non-pharmaceutical substance impacting every sector of society. It results in both violent and non-violent crime in every community it impacts. This is evidenced by the work done by the Montana Meth Project. In today's episode, we discuss the anecdotal increase in use on the streets in Vancouver, BC, and the increased presentations observed in the healthcare system.


How I Trained and Finished My First 42.2k - Liz Garrett, Vegan Marathoner

Liz recently completed the Eversource Hardford Marathon on October 8th. Liz comes back on the show to describe her training strategy and approach to completing the marathon distance. For the plant-based curious, Liz also describes her approach to nutrition while training and on race day.


Gratitude - The Critical Step in Your Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing

Our success is defined by those who helped get us here. As we develop into better individuals, parents, and professionals, it is critical that we take the time to acknowledge those who have made that development possible. The best expression comes in the form of gratitude for the individuals who cared enough to offer a helping hand, kind word, or advice, ultimately taking us to the next level in our journey and self-discovery.


My Husband's Recovery Journey and Our Commitment to Sobriety as a Family

In today's episode, I reveal our commitment to recovery as a family of two. COVID provided a gift - Issues became magnified as they were impossible to conceal due to proximity. My husband has struggled over the years, a coping strategy discovered to be effective against the impacts of childhood trauma.


Orthorexia - The Lesser Known Eating Disorder Among Vegans

Orthorexia, a lesser known eating disorder not yet approved by the American Psychiatric Association, is characterized as an obsession with eating, 'clean' food. Individuals typically categorize food in terms of, 'good vs. bad' and are often concerned with putting, 'poison' in their body, going to great lengths to control the food they eat and how it is prepared by others.


Weight Loss Without Exercise - Dr. Attia's Three Levers of Nutrition

Frustrated with those extra pounds that hang on no matter how hard you workout? Let's face it, exercise alone rarely results in sustainable weight loss. In fact, if you want to lose weight, a surgical approach focusing on diet just might be the key.


Data is Making Us Anxious and Depressed (Thoughts & Recommendations)

I love data. However, as someone who grew up as a member of the Gen-X generation, I have the advantage of remembering what it was like not to have a computer, cell phone, or wearable tracking your every move. While I obsess over the information coming at me, especially as a runner, I also recognize the darker side of data, especially as it relates to anxiety and mood.


Turning 50 - What I Have Learned and How I am Designing My Future

Oh my God...where has the last 20, even 30 years gone? In today's episode, I review what turning 50 means to me, what feels different, and outline what I want the next few decades to look like. I also share my findings of what others say they have experienced entering the 5th decade of their life.


The Healing Power of the Cognitive Reframe (Fighting Our Propensity)

A colleague at work recently remarked that I had a talent for keeping conversations positive (and therefore productive), even when meetings turned towards the negative. I thought, "Wow, do I have everyone fooled!" In reality, what goes on in my head, just like everyone else, is often in stark contrast to what I put out to the real world.