Joe Hawley played 8 years in the NFL for the Falcons and the Buccaneers before converting to minimalism, starting his blog (@manvandogblog) and traveling around North America with his dog Freedom. This episode was recorded inside of Joe’s pimped-out camper van at a campsite in Freeport, Maine.


Topics explored:

  • Van life
  • Minimalism, downsizing, and simplifying your life
  • The story of how Joe “manifested” his perfect van
  • The power of thought: can we really manifest our reality?
  • The Law of Attraction
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • The Dangers of the standard American diet
  • The myths of eating fat
  • Keto, Paleo, plant-based diets, Veganism
  • Gut biome & micronutrients
  • Why you might be getting tired after breakfast
  • Does food have a vibration?
  • What is intuitive eating?
  • Can meditation prevent or help remediate brain trauma from high impact sports? 




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