Lessons on Hitting Rock Bottom, Overcoming Addiction and Disease, & Impacting the World with Adam Sud

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I recently had an opportunity to catch up with Adam Sud. Now, if you’re not familiar with Adam, he is currently a health coach based in Austin, Texas for Whole Foods Market. But he didn’t start out as the healthy lifestyle advocate you might see online or presenting at events like the Esselstyn’s famous gathering ‘Plantstock'. This discussion goes deep and wide, and we cover much more than just the topic of diabetes. We talk about reaching breaking points and learning what we as humans are truly capable of. It’s about hitting rock bottom so hard that the only choice you have is for your life to come to an end, or you make the decision to recreate yourself from the cellular level on up, rewriting your brain's operating system in the process. As you’ll see, most of our lives might not be as extreme as Adam’s; he’s had an unbelievable start to his life. But what we can take from this interview and learn from him will help us remove any power our own excuses and mental barriers may hold. We will also see that improving our situation, our health, and our relationships is a step by step, every day commitment. There is no easy fix at times, and the reality is that old habits are always lurking in the shadows, regardless how far we’ve put them in our rear view mirror. In this conversation, Adam takes us on a journey through his childhood in Texas and then how he rapidly slipped into an Adderall and fast food addiction. Those addictions resulted in Adam spending huge amounts of time on his couch, surrounded by fast food wrappers, devising his next plan to get cash to feed his prescription drug addiction. It was only after overdosing that he sought help from his family and entered rehab. Luckily for Adam, his family’s support was there when he needed it the most. Once in rehab, Adam (who was over 300 pounds at that time) was told that he was a type 2 diabetic, and he had dangerously elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. He was a ticking time bomb, he was massively sick, and he was emotionally broken. Despite his addiction to Adderall, it was actually the diagnosis of diabetes that helped Adam to flip the switch that led him to change his relationship with food and himself, and in turn, it changed his relationship with his family and his connection with the world around him. This is an emotional interview at times, but there is so much to learn from Adam’s story. He’s a remarkable guy and in listening to him speak, you can’t help but root for his continued success.

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