Today’s interview has to do with weight gain and unhealthy eating habits and examines the way the RV Lifestyle can contribute to both. For me it’s true confession time. And from this week forward, I’m going to do something about it. This week, you’ll meet Dr. Jason Olafsson, whose Custom Health Centers have helped more than 10,000 people lose weight and regain control over their eating habits.
Specifically, he’ll address the RV Lifestyle and why you, too, need to pay attention to his insights.
Plus, we have lots and lots of RV news and tips, your questions and a great off the beaten path report.
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Show Notes for Episode #208 Sept. 5 2018 of Roadtreking – The RV Podcast:
WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK [spp-timestamp time=”2:10″]
First off, we want to celebrate a major milestone! Our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel now has over 50,000 subscribers! We had a contest on our Ask Us Anything Live YouTube show the other night asking viewers to guess the rime and day we would hit that mark. And the winner is Thresa Abramson. Her 3 PM Monday prediction was the closest to the time we hit that mark… which happened at 3:39 PM Monday. Theresa wins two T-shirts from our shop.rvlifestyle.com store. Now…on to 100K!!!!
That is so exciting. 50,000 is a lot and it’s happened pretty much over the oast year and a hakf or so… we’re very happy! So… you are doing a true confession this week about losing weight. I’m impressed. Are you going to tell everyone that you are going on Dr. Jason’s program?
I am. And I’m then going to give weekly progress reports on how I’m doing on our Sunday night “Ask Us Anything” Live YouTube show. I’ve done just about every weight loss program out there and am hoping this one is the one that results in a permanent lifestyle change.
How will you be able to do this in the road?
It’s a sensible plan, with real food, organic food, lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy fats and, besides, Dr. Jason specializes in long distance clients, using technology and video conferences. Anyway, we’ll talk more about it in the interview if the week, especially the part that relates to the RV Lifestyle.
We are coming to you this week from our Michigan sticks and bricks home where we’re catching up on some chores and appointments before we hit the road again thus coming weekend for a very busy fall travel schedule. Essentially, we’ll be crisscrossing North America from this weekend through just before Thanksgiving, chasing down RV Lifestyle stories, attending Roadtreking gatherings and making appearances at RV shows across the country.
Speaking of those shows, lets share the location and dates. We'll be attending America's Largest RV Show in Hershey, PA Sept. 15 and 16; RV Open House in Elkhart, IN (not open to the public, for dealers only) Sept. 21-22; and the RVIA California RV Show in Pomona, CA Oct. 5-6. We'll be doing meet and greets those days from 11am-1pm at the Erwin Hymer/Roadtrek displays as well as some live on our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel and Facebook reports. And of course, we'll be touring the shows working on special videos for you on what's new.
I can’t wait to get out there. Meanwhile, it has been a very bust week for RV News. Here’s the RV stories people need to know about:
RV NEWS OF THE WEEK [spp-timestamp time=”10:18″]
Is Roadtrek's parent company for sale?
I wish I had $1 for every time I've been asked that question this week. It all started from a story that broke a few days ago from Bloomberg that Thor Industries (maker of Airstream vans and trailers) was among several firms interested in buying German motor-home maker Hymer GmbH, the parent company that owns Roadtrek Motorhomes and the Erwin Hymer Group of North America. The story claimed Hymer’s family owners have received offers from four suitors and could make a decision about a sale in the next couple of weeks. It was also speculated that if an outright sale wasn't made, the privately owned firm was considering going public with an IPO on the Frankfurt stock exchange. I reached out to several of my contacts at Hymer and all said that because private talks in Germany were underway, they were instructed not to discuss the matter. Hymer is in Europe like Winnebago is in the U.S., a huge corporation with many brands and a reported value in excess of $2.2 billion. If U.S.-based Thor was to buy it, there is lots of speculation on what would happen with the Roadtrek brand as Thor already makes a Class B RV – the Airstream Interstate. Most likely scenario is they would continue the Roadtrek brand just as they have separate brands for the other models they make, like Airstream, Starcraft, Keystone, Crossroads, Entegra and a couple of other RV brands.
An interesting story aired last week about the problem of theft in our national parks. Visitors are stealing cacti at Arizona's Saguaro National Park, petrified wood from Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, American ginseng from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and even burls from redwoods at California's Redwood National and State Parks, among other things. The items are often sold on the black market for profit. But when things are taken, they can't be replaced, and it is hurting our national treasures. To read more about the problem and what is being done to fight it, click here.
California legislature moves to ban smoking from state's parks, beaches, to reduce wildfires
California is moving to ban smoking at many of its beaches and state parks hoping it will help reduce wildfires. Last year California had a number of devastating wildfires and this year isn't much better. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Cal Fire responds to an average of 47 wildfires each year caused by people smoking. Efforts to ban public smoking at beaches and in parks have been tried before, but this time backers believe conditions are different.
Georgia State Parks opens website to help campers track best fall colors
Do you love fall camping? One of the best parts can be the breathtaking colors as leaves transform to brilliant golds, oranges and reds. Georgia State Parks is offering a leaf watch site to help campers know the best colors at various locations. It even includes a map for the country. Colors start to change in September in Georgia, with the best viewing in late October or early November.
Strangers help carry injured woman down Colorado mountain
Jennifer and I often say how camping and being out in nature brings people together, and often brings out the best in humanity. That is why I have to share this next story. It is about a woman who was hiking at 14,000 feet in Colorado when she injured her leg and could no longer walk. Strangers banned together to help her. Some active military even slung her 160 pound body over their shoulders, taking turns carrying down her the mountain – some 2.5 miles.
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JENNIFER'S RV TIP OF THE WEEK [spp-timestamp time=”20:19″]
When we went camping last month near Sliver Lake Sand Dunes in northern Michigan, we stayed at a family friendly campground with four of our eight grandchildren, our daughter Wendy and her husband Dan, and our son Jeff and his wife Aimee.
It was not the type of place we normally camp, but we stayed because of all the activities available for children.
One morning when we were enjoying our coffee and cleaning up breakfast, one of the families camping next to us came over to our site and asked if we'd like some homemade donuts as they had extra. The donuts were cooked over the campfire, and smelled so delicious.
Our granddaughters Jovie, Hua Hua and Rachel each tried one, so I decided to try one, too, and boy, was it ever good! It reminded me of a sugar-cinnamon donut, like the kind apple orchards make fresh and sell during apple season back in Michigan.
So, I asked the mom how she made them and it was so easy! She simply took a package of biscuit dough that you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and cut it in the shape of a doughnut. She heated about a third of a cup of oil over the campfire in a cast iron pan. When the oil was hot she put the donuts in, flipping them when they turned brown.
She put the donuts on paper towels to absorb some of the grease once they were cooked. Then the donuts were placed in a brown paper bag with sugar and cinnamon where she would shake them to coat the donut, covering it with the sugar/cinnamon mix thoroughly.
They are that easy to make, and boy are they ever delicious, though they will be off limits for Mike in his new healthy eating plan.
So even though this isn't my normal kind of tip, I thought I would share in case you are looking for something fun and different to cook over a campfire with your children or grandchildren. You could make it even more memorable for the kids by letting them cut their own donut shapes and letting them do their own brown bag shaking.
I even found a copy of this campfire recipe on the internet, and I'll include a link in the shownotes, in case it is helpful.
And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.
I love hearing from you!
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LISTENER RV QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK [spp-timestamp time=”25:49″]
A listener asks about propane availability for RVs in Central and South America. Here’s a discussion and list if the differences and adapters that may be needed – http://www.drivetheamericas.com/forums/availability-propane-thru-central-amp-s-america
A listener called to comment about our recent tip on how to clean the filter on an RV water pump. Here’s a link to that video – https://rvlifestyle.com/rv-quick-tip-unclog-your-water-pump-filter/
This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.
RV INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK [spp-timestamp time=”31:03″]
Today’s interview has to do with weight gain and unhealthy eating habits and examines the way the RV Lifestyle can contribute to both. For me it’s true confession time. And from this week forward, I’. going to do something about it. This week, you’ll meet Dr. Jason Olafsson, whose Custom Health Centers have helped more than 10,000 people lose weight and regain control over their eating habits. Specifically, he’ll address the RV Lifestyle and why you, too, need to pay attention to his insights.
Here’s a video of the interview:
Here’s a full transcript of the interview:
Mike Wendland: Joining us right now from Custom Health Centers is Dr. Jason Olaffson. Dr. Jason, this is great to have you on because I've got to have a serious talk with myself and with our followers here on YouTube and on the podcast about taking care of ourselves.
So this lifestyle of RV travel can be pretty unhealthy. What can we do about taking better care of our health, and all of us getting rid of those extra pounds that creep up?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Well, first of all, Mike, thank you so much for having me on with you guys. I know that you guys are growing and this is a growing community. I'm honored to be speaking to the RV Lifestyle community. First and foremost, we've got an epidemic in our society. This epidemic is something that most people don't really think about. We might think, “Oh that person could lose a couple pounds.” But statistics actually are saying that over 80% of Americans are now overweight.
I actually found myself in this category. Actually, I was in the obese category a couple years ago. About five or six years ago, I woke up one morning and I just decided it's time to step on the scale, I'd like to see what the number reads. It read 292 pounds. I couldn't believe it. So I decided to really start making some healthy lifestyle changes for myself. I ended up losing about 60 pounds and have been able to keep that off over the six year period of time.
The nice part is that I started helping the clients that came into my office. We've got a custom weight loss program that's specific for each and every person that walks in the door. It's been a lot of fun. We've helped over 10,000 people worldwide.
Mike Wendland: Wow, that's a lot of people. Let's talk about this RV lifestyle for a minute. You mention 80% of the public is obese or overweight. One of the problems about the RV lifestyle, of course, is people are on the road. They're experiencing new things. They're in vacation mode, they're tempted to overindulge. Then they're doing a lot of sitting, driving, hanging out at a campfire. What are some of the things that people can do to still enjoy this lifestyle but to get a grip on this growing problem of obesity?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Well, I think you brought something up that's really important. I actually call sitting too much “sitting disease”. So sitting disease has been coined by some medical research in the past, but we do a lot of education around that in my offices. I don't know if you know this, Mike, but inactivity is actually the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.
So people sitting too much equals a risk factor for death. It really is something that we've got to watch out for. So the RV lifestyle, actually, I think it sounds amazing. But one of the biggest things that I can stress for the people in RVs around the country is, hey, it's time to get up every 20 or 30 minutes, take a walk. If you're going to be on an extended drive for a while, a couple hours between gas stops, then make sure that while you're filling up, you're getting a good 20 or 30 minutes of exercise. That can be as easy as a walk around the gas station and back into the RV.
Mike Wendland: Now when we're on the road, eating is always an issue. People tend to fill up on the bad stuff. What are some things that we can do about making sure the food we eat is good for us? Not only good tasting but good for us. We're always told more fruits and vegetables and lean meats and all that stuff, but is there an easier way here?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Well, I think that preparation is always the answer. So I know that for myself, we took a spring break trip this year as a family. I've got five little kids, and we went down to Destin, Florida, from Michigan.
Mike Wendland: You know where we are right now?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Where are you?
Mike Wendland: Destin, Florida.
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Are you really? Oh man.
Mike Wendland: This is our condo down here, yeah.
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Destin is such a beautiful area. We actually asked ourselves, “Why don't we move to Destin? This is beautiful.” So good choice. Well, on the road we actually stocked up. So we went to Costco before we got on the road. We had a cooler in between our seats in the van that we've got. We loaded up with healthy alternatives to junk food on the road, because I know myself. I can easily get sidetracked while on a road trip. So it's easy to pull into a fast food restaurant. It's easy to pull into the gas station and grab a bag of chips or a bag of candy of some kind and then just start munching away.
But if you start thinking ahead, and you start saying, “Okay, if I'm on the road, what things do I like to eat?” Then, “What things will keep me from eating other things.” So if chips are a big thing, I'm a big believer that a lower carb lifestyle is the lifestyle most of us need. Now there's exceptions to that, but I'm a big believer in that.
So I always grab a bag of what's called Whisps. Costco’s around the country carry them and they are Parmesan cheese crisps. They taste like you're munching on chips, but they're made out of Parmesan cheese and they're satisfying. So that's a good choice. I also stock up on lots of fruits and vegetables. We also stock up on a whole bunch of different waters and different Stevia drops for the waters. So when you're on the road, you can make healthy choices, rather than just the fast food choices that we normally would.
Mike Wendland: What about aging and weight? I've heard people say, “Oh I've dieted and I've fought this stuff all my life, but I'm at an age now where it doesn't make any difference. I'm never going to get it off.” Are people ever too old to take control, eat healthy and lose weight?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Actually, Mike, the science doesn't say that. What science says it that as people age, they typically become more sedentary. So the RV lifestyle might lead to some of that excess weight gain, so people start to feel like, “I'm not as active as I used to be. I'm not in the gym as much as I used to be so I don't carry as much muscle mass.” Muscle mass is what really sort of sets our metabolism in motion. So if you've got some muscle mass loss from being sedentary and then you're going to travel around the country as we age … My grandpa is an RV lifestyle fan. So he's gained a couple pounds and we've worked with him to get it off.
Now he's 84 years old. I've had clients as old as 94 years old who have done my program. That client actually ended up losing 42 pounds. So I don't believe that there's ever an age that is too old, but I do believe that it will take a little bit more effort the older you are, and the more established end of the habits that you've been leading in your life.
So if you've got habits that are not conducive to weight loss or not conducive to a fitness regime, then it might be a little bit more difficult, but it's just about learning new habits.
Mike Wendland: One of the things that has interested me in your program is you help people all across the country. Technology plays a big role in that. Tell us how that works. Also, your company is Custom Health Centers, so that implies to me that there's something individual about the programs you put out. It's not just slash 800 calories a day off your diet and eat twigs and lose weight, which I guess you would for a while. How does it work?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: I think we've all seen the “eat twig” diet work for the short-term, but most people can't last on it more than a month or two. So what we do is we take a look at the person as an individual. So we gather a detailed health history, whether you're in our offices in Metro Detroit, whether you fill out our detailed health history online and then we review it in the office.
If someone is in Metro Detroit, we start them on all the supplements that day. If someone's outside of Metro Detroit, we actually mail the correct supplements based on their health history to help them lose weight. Then we stand by you every step of the way. So if someone is outside of the Metro Detroit area, we actually use what's called Zoom calls online, so that we're face to face with the person.
Mike Wendland: That's what this is. This is a Zoom call. So yeah, very simple to use.
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Exactly. Yeah, so the people who are … We just had a client finish up our program in England. They ended up losing 46 pounds and all of it was done via Zoom calls. So it's been a really fun addition to our offices, because so many people are now taking advantage of the technology that's out there.
Mike Wendland: I should point out that as this podcast airs, and as this interview on YouTube airs, I will one day into your program. So I'm actually going to put this all to the test, because as all my followers know, I share everything about my life. So we're going to actually try it. We are doing a ton of traveling and making personal appearances around the country. That's kind of what has motivated me is I have looked at the videos I shoot and say, “What happened to me?”
So I'm very anxious to try your program. I've just heard great things about it. I don't mean this to be a sales pitch for your program, but I want everybody to know that I'm going on it and we're going to probably get you to come on a couple of times so I do progress reports. I do a live thing every Sunday night at 7:00, and we'll use part of that to update it.
When you talk about supplements, I've heard a lot of stuff back and forth on supplements. Some doctors say, “You don't need it! You get it from the food you eat.” Problem is our food is different now, isn't it?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Yeah, it sure is. In the early 1900s, if you took a cup of spinach and measured the amount of iron in that cup of spinach, you'd have 50 times the amount of iron in that cup of spinach versus a cup of spinach from today. So the foods that we are eating are different. They're a lot of times genetically modified, and a lot of times the foods that we're eating are lower quality in terms of their nutrient status.
So one of the things that we do recognize at the Custom Health Centers is that many times we need extra vitamins. We need extra minerals to help us through our day. Then I really have like the study of herbology. So we use herbs to help calm down nervous people or support different organs and glands and tissues in the body, and speed up a person's weight loss journey or venture while on our program.
Mike Wendland: Now, how much typically … I know it depends on every person, but how much typically does somebody lose? The big question is … We've all lost weight. I've probably lost tons of weight over my years. How do you keep it off? That's the next thing.
Dr. Jason Olafsson: That is the thing. I just met with a woman who came into our office and she said, “Dr. Jason, I've lost over 2,000 pounds.” I looked at her and I'm like, “What?” She goes, “Yeah, it's the same 20 over and over and over and over again.”
So the big goal that I have as a doctor, as a weight loss practitioner is that we want people to lose weight and then learn the tips, tricks and strategies to keep the weight off. So at the Custom Health Centers, there's nothing worse than meeting somebody six or eight months later where they've gained the weight, they've fallen back into an old lifestyle pattern. So at the Custom Health Centers, what we actually do is do some hand-holding, not only through our 60 or 90 day program, but also through the remainder of that year. We want to walk beside you through every anniversary and birthday party, every celebration, every big game or sporting event or holiday that comes up, so that you learn how to eat, move and think like a thin person for the remainder of your life, and you can keep that weight off.
Mike Wendland: You know, you just said something, “move, eat and think like a thin person”. My wife, who is a gym rat and does not suffer the same tendencies I do, will often say to me, “Look at the people that are coming out of that fast food restaurant. Look at them!” You know, it's pretty effective. Thin people do eat differently, don't they?
Dr. Jason Olafsson: Oh, absolutely. Yes. So thin people tend to have yes, a faster metabolism. But many times it's because they're making the correct choices over and over again. So that's what we help people think about and really address in their lifestyle. We see incredible transformations in very short periods of time. But the best part is when I talk to somebody who's done our program two years ago and they're saying, “I've got a totally different lifestyle now, and I've kept all the weight off.” That's where it really makes my heart go, “Yay!”
Mike Wendland: Well, I'm going to share some of the tips that I learned from your program with our audience. We're going to try and pass along some things that they can all do eat and be a little healthier, get control of what can be a vacation mode syndrome, where all the time we're on the road, we're on vacation mode. Which you can't live like that every day.
Dr. Jason, I know you're a busy guy. I will be sharing a lot with this. Thanks and I look forward to having you back on the program and a little less of me next time.
Dr. Jason Olafsson: I'm really looking forward to seeing you in the offices and I'm looking forward to seeing less of you. That's going to be a lot of fun.
Mike Wendland: All right, thanks. Dr. Jason Olaffson on the podcast and YouTube.
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RV TRAVELING TECH TIP [spp-timestamp time=”51:59″]
By Andy Choi
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. You know, just a year ago, we saw historic natural disasters unfold across the country. Disaster preparedness remains top-of-mind in communities across the nation. And with September being National Preparedness Month, it's a great time for you and your families to stay prepared with tech.
With the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, Verizon considers every month preparedness month. Most of Verizon’s cell sites have battery backup and generators to ensure your phone continues to work even when local commercial power is lost. Our decades-long commitment to public safety, unparalleled redundancy, and backup systems provide emergency responders with service they can count on.
And you too can take steps to help stay connected during an emergency. First, store phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. Ziploc storage bags will do the trick or look into waterproof phone cases or other protective accessories.
Try to keep those phones and tablets fully charged – just in case local power is lost. And have additional batteries and car-chargers available for backup power. A nice variety, including solar-powered devices, make it easy to stay powered up. And use your phone or tablet to photograph and catalog your valuables and other household belongings for possible insurance claims.
For additional tools and apps you can use to prepare your family, check out the website Ready.gov, and make sure you and your family remain well prepared in the event of an emergency. With this week's traveling technology tip, I'm Andy Choi with Verizon.
This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH RV REPORT [spp-timestamp time=”54:26″]
By Tom & Patti Burkett
US Route 22 is one of the original national highways proposed in 1926. Beginning in Cincinnati, it crosses Ohio, winds through the hills of Pittsburgh, then climbs over a thousand feet into the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Beautiful in the fall color season, the Highlands also have many farms and orchards where travelers can pick up something for dinner or a snack. And if you happen to be in the tiny town of New Alexandria come evening, you can have some entertainment with your dinner.
Speal’s Tavern has been family run for more than 50 years, and it’s like a lot of bars you’ve been in. Wings and burgers on the menu, several beers on tap, and the regulars hanging around at the bar or at a table in the corner. What’s different is on the walls. Dozens of guitars are hanging for your inspection, enough that locals call the place “our own hard rock café.” These are no ordinary guitars, though. You won’t find a Waylon Jennings autograph or a concert special played by Alanis Morissette.
These are cigar box guitars. Heralded in the blues community, these simple, often homemade instruments were the beginner instruments for two generations of impoverished rural musicians. Lightnin’ Hopkins and many other Delta bluesmen of that generation played cigar box guitars throughout their careers. Jimi Hendrix, PaulMcCartney, and Tom Waits can be heard playing the instrument on their recordings, too.
Shane Speal (of the Speal’s Tavern family) is known as the king of the cigar box guitar, hence the collection in the family bar. Starting with simple rudimentary one-string version, played in the Vaudeville era, and working up to modern instruments with six strings and on-board electronics, the collection is fascinating both for its visual appeal and the history it represents. Every Friday the bar hosts a blues jam, and chances are good you’ll get to hear a cigar-box guitar played if you stop in.
Being musicians ourselves, we arrived on Thursday night thinking we might step up for the weekly open mic session, but arrived a bit too late. The music had ended and the bar was getting ready to close. “Come on in and let me buy you a beer. at least,” said Bill, the owner. So we shared a Yuengling, looked at the guitars, and had a bit of a visit. The several locals still hanging around gave us a few recommendations for places to park overnight, and everyone encouraged us to come back. “It’s guitar-b-que in two weeks,” they said, “all day blues and ribs!”
Speal’s Taverns is a block off US 22. It has no signs, and nothing on the building would clue you in to the fact it anything more than a neighborhood bar. On the other hand, folks know about it for miles around, and are proud to tell you about it. Without that question, you’d drive by it without a clue, as we’ve done many times. Lesson learned. Always take the time to ask. We’ll look for you out here, maybe at a open mic night, somewhere off the beaten path.
RV CALENDAR OF EVENTS [spp-timestamp time=”57:44″]
- September 6-9, The Real RV Show – Sacramento, Cal Expo Sacramento, CA
- September 12-16, Hershey – America's Largest RV Show, Giant Center Hershey, PA
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