Author of The Weight is Over, Trent Mozingo DC joins us today!
I grew up on a farm in Southeastern Indiana, where my family worked hard to make ends meet. We raised beef cattle, crop farmed corn and soybeans, and even raised a garden from which we canned vegetables to preserve them for the winter. Chickens frequently ran around the barn lot, and I can remember climbing around on the stacks of hay with my sister to search for chicken eggs to be gathered for breakfast. There were seldom dull moments on the farm with the raising of animals, and it seemed like every week some pigs would escape from their makeshift fenced lot and make their way into the front yard, where they would root up the lawn with their noses, looking for fresh grub. This would generally turn into an eventful morning because we would have to turn the acre of sod back over and try to fit each piece back to where it came from, like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. Tending to the farm was a never-ending job that consisted of grinding feed for the animals, baling and stacking hay for days on end, and endless hours behind the wheel of a tractor tilling the soil for planting.
Quote: “One of the biggest challenges that we face today regarding our health is the mixed emotions of who is responsible for it.” — Trent Mozingo Twitter: @MozingoDC
I am the youngest of four children; in order of oldest to youngest—Travis, Troy, Tiffany, and Trent (that’s me). As you can probably imagine, our names would get mixed up quite often. Travis and Troy are nine and seven years, respectively, older than me, and my sister Tiffany, is two years older. Tiffany and I grew up thick as thieves. We were always bouncing around the farm looking for adventures, probably a little spoiled because our older brothers were taking care of most of the grunt work of farm life. Travis and Troy were like mentors to me. I always wanted to be just like them, so I would spend as much time analyzing their every move as I could. Still to this day, I feel like the little brother that’s trying to follow in their footsteps.
Our parents allowed us a great deal of free-thinking growing up. We had strong principles such as “Work comes before play” and “Always help a neighbor in need.” These embraced our daily lives. It always seemed like farm life provided a lot more work than play, but looking back on the years of growing up, I can see how it’s how I got to this point of my life. There is no debate: hard work pays off. As I write this, I am nostalgic about the undeniable blessing that my life has received. Our parents were not hovering parents; they allowed and demanded us to take responsibility for our own actions. They also helped each of us build confidence within ourselves to take on the tasks that lay in front of us.
There were times that making ends meet were more difficult than others, but there was never a time that money was wasted on paying to do things that we could do ourselves. Ours was a small farm; that meant our equipment was old and not under warranty. When the tractor broke down, we had to fix it. When the lawnmower blades became dull, we had to sharpen them ourselves. When we wanted a treehouse, we had to build it.
The confidence that our parents instilled in us certainly started my brothers and me out on the right foot. I can remember, as a small child, lying on the dirt floor of our barn holding a wrench for Travis or Troy as they worked to put a new axle into the back of our combine harvester. That was so they could make it a four-wheel-drive machine instead of two-wheel. During the harvest season that year, it rained constantly, turning our fields into a muddy mess. Without four-wheel drive, our combine would have been unable to reap the crops; thousands of dollars would have been lost.
We had no formal education on mechanics. We had no teacher to explain how to do mechanical things. John Deere mechanics were not there to help us. We were gifted the opportunity to figure out on our own how things worked, and we had no choice but to do it. This started for each of us at a young age. I was lucky to be able to piggyback on my brothers’ already unbridled ability to diagnose what was wrong with something by learning the principles of how it worked. I can assure you this: if you want to know how to fix things, you have to know how it works.
You don’t know your full potential until you have no choice but to fulfill it. There were times that our wood splitter was inoperative and we needed wood to burn in the stove of our home to stay warm in the winter. We had to fix it. There were times that the corn planter was not applying the correct amount of seed. We had to fix it. There were times when a cow was struggling to birth the calf. We had to help. There were times that the hay baler would not tie the strings properly to secure the bale. We had to figure it out. As the years passed, it became apparent that the hands-on approach to learning how things work provided a strong database of mechanical knowledge for my brothers and me.
We acquired a strong understanding of how things worked. We came across machines on which we had never worked before, and we just applied our ingrained logical thinking. Thus, the easier it became for us to understand how to fix things.
Top 3 Hot Point Takeaways:
No Sugar No Grains
Healthy Farm Life
Today’s Resource Links from the Podcast:
Our Mentioned Influencers:
• Vinnie Tortorich of Fitness Confidential Podcast and FAT: A Documentary movie.
Timestamped Show Notes:
10:00: I knew you and I would geek out about farming. But I think it's interesting how a tie is ties back to a healthy lifestyle, weight management, nutrition, and lifestyle. What does DC mean to you? Doctor of Chiropractic.
20:15: There's a ton of value in massage therapy alone. 80% of the patients see massage therapy in my office as well.
30:30: You seem to be pretty headstrong human. That's a pretty important thing for overcoming stress. It's very important to overcome anything. A lot of patients find some sort of satisfaction or relief from being diagnosed with something because then it takes away some of the stress. It takes away their responsibility.
40:00: It's a preservative. It's a sugar byproduct. It's corn syrup.
49:50: What I touch on is their perception in the medical world, which is what a doctor hasn't told you because they see it backwards. They see everything backwards. They have studies released that eating eggs is comparable to smoking cigarette, no it doesn't make any sense. They have studies that says being overweight can cause heartburn or acid reflux. By the way, that study about the cigarettes thing was from a vegan doctor who has just been outed this year, that he actually never completed his doctorate.
01:04:16: Final Words
Our Final Words of the Show:
The most important thing is to take responsibility for your health. You're the only one, no one should be more excited about your health than you are. Once you get excited about it, there's a lot of really good answers out there. Now it's this movement to whole food health that's really changing a lot. There's not a single person that I know, that I've ever treated, that made 100% of the right choices. They've come in and they've had a week that went by that was stressful, terrible traveling, whatever it was, but we get back on the horse. They clean it up again and then they just kind of watch their health get better.
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