In a recent episode of the Dads With Daughters podcast, host Dr. Christopher Lewis delved into an insightful conversation with guest Dai Manuel, focusing on the unique challenges of fatherhood, maintaining resilience in relationships, and embracing whole-life fitness as a means of self-improvement. As the father of two daughters and an advocate for holistic well-being, Dai Manuel shared his experiences as an “on-demand dad” and discussed the emotional journey of transitioning into the empty nest phase. In this blog post, we’ll explore the valuable insights and practical advice shared by Dai Manuel on navigating fatherhood, fostering resilient relationships, and pursuing holistic fitness for a fulfilling life.
Fatherhood and the Empty Nest Phase
Dai Manuel candidly shared his experiences of fatherhood, particularly as his daughters have grown up and moved out of the family home, leaving him and his wife as empty nesters. As a father, he discussed the emotional challenges of letting go and acknowledging the everlasting nature of parenting, even as children grow older and become independent. He highlighted the importance of recognizing the evolving role of a parent and the continuous support needed by children, even into adulthood.
Resilience in Relationships
The conversation also delved into the impact of empty nesting on the relationship dynamics between parents. Dai Manuel emphasized the need for intentional, consistent, and persistent efforts to build resilience in relationships, especially during the transition to empty nesting. He shared insights on the importance of using specific language and establishing a dedicated weekly date night as effective tools for strengthening the bond between partners. Dai’s recommendations of relationship books such as “The 5 Love Languages,” “The Four Agreements,” and “Conscious Loving” serve as valuable resources for maintaining healthy and resilient relationships.
Navigating Parental Concerns and Relationships
Dai Manuel reflected on the challenges of navigating parental concerns, particularly in his youngest daughter’s relationship. Drawing from his experience in men’s coaching and relationship work, Dai shared a meaningful conversation he had with his daughter about recognizing toxic behaviors in her relationship. He emphasized the significance of stepping in as a father to help children perceive situations that they may not fully understand. Additionally, he recommended the book “The Way of the Superior Man” and highlighted insights from it, which played a pivotal role in his conversation with his daughter.
Embracing Vulnerability and Whole Life Fitness
Dai spoke about the impact of vulnerability in fostering deep connections with his daughters and in his relationships. This vulnerability extends beyond parenting and into his brand new podcast, “The 2% Solution,” which focuses on whole-life fitness. He emphasized the significance of engaging in physical, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and financial fitness as essential components of a fulfilling life. The podcast aims to provide actionable strategies that can be implemented in as little as 30 minutes a day, focusing on areas such as releasing trauma, clarifying values, and using fitness as a catalyst for overall well-being.
Taking Action for Holistic Well-Being
Dai Manuel’s encouragement for incorporating a nutrient-dense green smoothie and 30 minutes of brisk walking into daily routines is a practical example of taking action for holistic well-being. He emphasized the positive impacts on sleep, stress management, food choices, physical changes, and metabolism, urging listeners to embrace these simple habits for positive transformation.
In summary, Dai Manuel’s insights offered a wealth of wisdom on navigating the empty nest phase, fostering resilient relationships, embracing vulnerability, and pursuing holistic fitness. His commitment to supporting fathers and individuals in their pursuit of well-being serves as an inspiration for all. As we navigate the complexities of parenthood and seek personal growth, Dai’s advice and experiences serve as a guiding light for creating meaningful connections, building resilience, and embracing holistic well-being through intentional actions.
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Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:00:05]:
Welcome to Dads With Daughters. In this show, we spotlight dads, resources, and more to help you be the best dad you can be.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:00:16]:
Welcome back to the Dads with Daughters podcast, where we bring you guests to be active participants in your daughters’ lives, raising them to be strong, independent women. I am really excited to have you back again this week, every week. I love being able to sit down with you and talk to you about the journey that you’re on, share some of my own experiences, and really delve into the things that are challenging you and bringing people to talk to you about the journey that they have had the And things that they can offer to help your journey be even smoother than it may have already been. Every father comes to fatherhood in different ways. There’s no one right way to father. We’ve talked about that numerous times in numerous episodes, Dog. And it’s so true because the way that you fathered, the way that I fathered, is going to be just a little bit different. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from one another.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:01:07]:
That doesn’t mean that we can’t be vulnerable with one another and talk about our challenges because there will be challenges. It’s not always going to be the Roses. It’s not always going to be easy, but if you surround yourself with people who will help you, we’ll lift you up. That is only going to help you be a stronger father and be there, more engaged, and a better parent in the end for your kids. Every week, I love being able to bring you different guests, different men, different people who have lots of different experiences that they can share with you. This week, I am really excited to be able to bring back the Repeat guest, Di Manuel, who is with us today. Di is a repeat guest. As I said, he was first with us on May 18th, 2020.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:01:58]:
It’s been two and a half years. Been quite a while. Things have changed in Dai’s life, and we’re gonna talk about some of those changes that have happened. We’re Doc. We’re also gonna be talking about some of the things that he’s doing right now to support dads and people to be able to really change their mindset, Dog. Think about not only fitness, wellness, and more but really changing your mindset to moving yourself in the right direction toward whole body fitness. And when I say fitness, it’s not just about exercise, so we’re gonna talk about that too. Di, thanks so much for being here today.
Dai Manuel [00:02:31]:
Chris, man, I gosh. The Last time we chatted was, like, a new lockdown. It was. Crazy, right, to think about wow, dude. This is awesome. I mean, it’s, no, but it’s funny, right, because we’re connected online. Right? Like, I see you show up in my feed regularly. I see each other commenting in different groups.
Dai Manuel [00:02:49]:
So I feel like We’ve been there all the time. You know? So it’s, but it’s nice to be here in this formal, wow, return guest. I mean, I’m just honored to be back again. I’m like, wow. Do I have something extra to talk about? I’m sure gonna try.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:03:03]:
Well, as I said, things have changed since the last time we talked. And the last time we talked, your kids were you had one that was graduating. You had another that was still in high school and getting ready to keep going on in high Doc. Since then, they’ve both been out of the house. They’re both doing their thing. They’re adulting in their own ways, and now they have grown and flown. And I guess I wanted to talk a little bit about that and some of the new reality for you and your spouse and to talk about some of the things that you’ve had to do as your kids have moved out of the house to now be able to still be a be their dad, But maybe in a little bit different way.
Dai Manuel [00:03:47]:
DOD, the acronym. I’m a dad on demand. Alright? Docs. It’s quite literally. You know, when I think about it now, my kids, are quick to ask for help when they need it, But that’s about it. Otherwise, they’re exerting their independence every which way they can. And you know what? Right on. Because I mean, I remember when I was 18 and moving away from home.
Dai Manuel [00:04:10]:
I moved all the way across the country. You know? At 18, I graduated high school, and I was okay. Peace out. I’m gone. Dog. And I literally went from Toronto, you know, like, on Ontario all the way to Vancouver, which is the furthest I could go on the West Coast. And so I remember the excitement, the exhilaration, but also the fear, right, associated with all that. Now, with my daughters, they’re both still in the province, which is awesome.
Dai Manuel [00:04:32]:
So they’re within distance. My one daughter, you know, literally an hour away. My other daughter is about 6 hours away. So I don’t see them as much as I’d like to. Of course. That transition from them leaving home, That move-out day, because we moved them. We did. We moved both of them into the universities, one on campus, the other one renting a room and shared home.
Dai Manuel [00:04:53]:
And just the act of moving them and then driving away. It was really hard. I didn’t realize how challenging it was gonna be. I mean, I remember my mom just bawling your eyes out that day that I was leaving to get on the plane to move to Vancouver. Right? Like, I remember just losing it and being like, What’s up, Mom? What’s wrong with you? You know? Like, don’t worry about it. It’s not like I’m dying here. I’m just I’m just moving. I get it now.
Dai Manuel [00:05:19]:
I get it. And, obviously, I didn’t bawl like my mom did, but I shed some tears. There was this feeling of a clap and just being all choked up. And that’s just the, I guess, part of life. Right? We all process it a little bit differently. It was much harder on my wife, full disclosure. It was definitely more challenging for her, especially when our 2nd daughter moved away because now it was, like, the 20 years of having kids around to no kids around. And what should be the 1st to say that I’m kind of a big kid?
Dai Manuel [00:05:44]:
But, anyway, I at least clean up after myself. But it’s been just an interesting last few months. We’re in a great place now. We talk to the kids regularly. We always have a Sunday night Zoom call, all of us on the call. We do message. We have a very active WhatsApp Family feed that we’re constantly sharing. We also have a family feed on Instagram for us to share some of the funny posts that we’re consuming.
Dai Manuel [00:06:04]:
And so there’s lots of regular the contact still, but it’s not that face to face like I was used to. So all that being said, it’s just, I hate the cliche, but I’m gonna say it anyways. You know? Such as life, and it just goes on. Right? So but, yeah, that’s that’s more or less, you know, the update over the last few months because it’s it’s been interesting. The One
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:06:22]:
of the things that I guess that I wanna follow up on and ask you about there is the fact that you and your wife are now empty nesters, the We’re gonna say Right. You’re out of the house, and it’s just the 2 of you now. And that is a transition for many as you have gone from a dynamic of the 1st 4, then 3, and now just the 2 of you. How has that changed your relationships, and what have you had to do? To be able to fill that gap and maybe even reconnect in some ways now that the kids are not there.
Dai Manuel [00:06:56]:
Great question, Chris, because I also know that this is well, let’s be honest. This is a big issue for a lot of couples. You know? When the kids move out of the house, I mean I, and I hate to say this, but we all sorta know what the underlying Reality is here. And a lot of times, parents stay together until the kids leave the home. I remember my parents, they did that for the longest as they could, but they eventually got to a place where it’s like, no. Dog. My dad’s mental health, my mom’s mental health, they needed to split. But I know that it went on for years, trying to keep the family unit together. Even though the relationship between the parents, you know, was not something to emulate.
Dai Manuel [00:07:32]:
You know? Like, you could tell there are issues. So this whole piece around relationships and that dynamic constantly variable relationship, this romantic relationship, you know, between my wife and I, I have to be well, then I’m gonna share with you. You know, there’s 1 thing that’s helped us navigate this really well. And what I mean by that is it’s the resiliency to deal with stress. That’s what we’re all looking to improve In every aspect of life, right, like resiliency, you can make yourself more resilient, being consistent and persistent enough To build up certain tolerances, if you will, or buffers. Right? And what I mean by that is, obviously, if you do some of that exercise and work out fairly regularly, You’re gonna be on the far end of healthy. Right? So if you get sick or an injury, you’re gonna shift back a little bit, but you might go from being uber-healthy to healthy. So you have a bit more buffer where, you know, some people might be struggling to be healthy.
Dai Manuel [00:08:23]:
They get a major injury or sickness. Woah. They go to unhealth very quickly. And so it’s, again, building up resilience in all these different ways. And when it comes to our relationship, there’s one thing that I think’s given us a lot of resilience as a couple. And I think we might have shared about this before, but Chris, I use a certain type of language. Anybody who sees my social or hears me talking about my wife, I always say we’ve been dating for x amount of years. Like, I’ve been dating my wife now going on 23 years.
Dai Manuel [00:08:50]:
I am very selective with that language. I’m intentional with that language. Because my wife today, Chris, is very different than the woman I met almost 23 years ago. But if I didn’t intentionally, with a lot of diligence and patience, but also a wanting to constantly reconnect. Rediscover all those aspects that are shifting in us if I didn’t do that, obviously, that idea of growing apart. Is a reality, but we wanted to grow together, not apart. And for that, we had a dedicated date night that was nonnegotiable.
Dai Manuel [00:09:27]:
Both of our calendars every week, Saturday night, 5 to 11. Boom. Nonnegotiable. Like, we have friends that call us, and they’ll be like, oh, no. It’s Saturday night. We can only ask Diane Christie if we ask them as a couple. You know? It’s not like one or the other. Dog.
Dai Manuel [00:09:42]:
But this has been really a godsend for us. You know? Like this dedicated evening every week, doesn’t matter how busy life is, the How much chaos is going on around us or for us or into us. Right? We know we have this little oasis to look forward to where we have that intentional energy shared with each of us, between us. And so that has been one thing that has really helped us with the resiliency in our relationship. There are other things as well. For, I recommend people read the 5 love Languages and the four agreements, two great books that I highly recommend, and there’s also a book called Conscious Loving. Those are three key relationship books I recommend to anybody and everybody who listens to me, and quite frank, you don’t need any other relationship books. If you had those 3, you’ve got everything covered.
Dai Manuel [00:10:26]:
The Okay? But that’s really it. That piece that’s allowed us to sort of sustain that part of us, you know, as a couple. And since the kids have left, It’s been even more important to honor that weekly date, if you know what I mean, because it is interesting because it was just so many opportunities for us to do things during the week When the kids are around. When the kids weren’t there, all of a sudden, it’s like saying yes to, you know, she might come home late after work, or I might do an impromptu workout with a buddy or Go for a bike ride. Like, before, we would have had this time to come together and meet and start preparing dinner, etcetera, and that’s not happening as regularly now. And so intentional date night is even more important now than it was when we had kids, which is interesting. And I know some people are thinking, oh, that’s Different, but, no, it’s true. It really is true.
Dai Manuel [00:11:08]:
Because I can see how couples grow apart when the kids go away. I really do see that. So we’re doing our darndest not to let that happen.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:11:15]:
You talked originally about the kids and how you are letting them fly and that they are they’re dads on-demand type of aspect. Dog. Talk to me about what you’ve had to do to let go because for many men, for many fathers, you want to still be a part of their lives, and you want to stay engaged, but as you said, dad on demand, and you have to give them that space to be able to do the things that they need to do to adult, to learn, to grow, but that’s not always easy. So talk to me about what you’ve had to do to be able to get into that mindset or get yourself in that place where you can let go.
Dai Manuel [00:12:00]:
Wow. That’s a great question. That’s a really, really great question. And, you know, I’m like, geez. I wish I could’ve listened episode that gave me this information before. You know? So with us, actually, I’ll bring it back a step for a second. The Wonder, how do I present? Well, I’m just gonna say it as it is. You know? Whatever.
Dai Manuel [00:12:19]:
I’ll let that it’ll come out in the wash. My daughter’s both dating. Okay? They both had some boyfriends boyfriend. My eldest daughter just went through her 1st big breakup, so she’s sort of in that state of being single again and figuring out what that looks like, but she’s been in a long-term relationship for over three years with the same guy and great guy. We, like, became part of our family quite literally. And so us as his parents, Obviously, we could be very naive and think, wow. I thought they’d be together forever. You know, it’s like she’s barely 21.
Dai Manuel [00:12:50]:
Right? Forget about it. But There was that feeling of wanting to protect them emotionally and psychologically, being there to console them, to protect And guard them against any negative. But that was something that we had to try, and it’s been easier for me than my wife. The Okay. She’s had a hard time with this because we both have an idea of how she can handle things better. How can you handle the breakup a little bit better? What’s the intention? Where are you going after this breakup? Like, really just asking some very specific questions that are challenging, but to also help her be more reflective, But also learn from this experience because that’s the thing with kids. And, I mean, we can all probably attest to this. We’ve been in the exactly same place where it’s like Done.
Dai Manuel [00:13:34]:
Moving on. Right? And it’s like, well, listen. The only way we prevent patterns from happening again and again is you have to recognize there is a pattern or Set some intentions before a pattern is created. And so we found that wanting to have these conversations with our girls is very, very present for my wife and I, and we’ve had to stop trying to force those conversations. That has been one of the hardest things for us is to just let go and let them live their lives. Let them make mistakes because we see them making them. You don’t believe me. Do you see what I’m making? I’m like, dude.
Dai Manuel [00:14:08]:
I’ve done that one, like, 10 times. You just listened to me. Maybe I could have saved you some Doesn’t matter. They wanna do their thing, and it’s been the hardest thing, man. Like, honestly, I struggle with it a lot. But a little case in point: As parents, I don’t think we can ever 100% let go. We can. At least, I don’t believe I can.
Dai Manuel [00:14:25]:
I think that would be impossible because I’m until the Day I die, they’re still gonna be my little girls. You know? Like, I could be a 100-year-old. They could be, like, in their seventies, and they’re still my little girls. Right? Like, whatever. I’m still gonna parent, though. And here’s the thing. My youngest daughter has been in a relationship for a couple of years. The Guy’s a really nice guy.
Dai Manuel [00:14:45]:
He’s stand-up-ish, but he is young. Maturity isn’t quite there yet because, I mean, they’re both under 20. Right? Like, they’re they’re just young. But we’ve recognized that there’s been some signs of toxicity in the relationship. Certain tendencies in communication, Dog. The way they talk to one another, the way that they communicate through text or TikTok or whatever they’re talking through. Right? Like, There are just certain aspects that aren’t respectful. And in fact, because of our knowledge and experience, you know, like, I work with a lot of men and I do men’s coaching, etcetera, etcetera.
Dai Manuel [00:15:18]:
I’ve also done a lot of work for the last 15 years on myself when it comes to relationships. So I’m much more in tune and mindful of what I’m observing. And people are probably familiar with the four apocalypses. Right? The writers of, and I’m not talking about the biblical sense, but I’m talking about the relationship killers, You know, like stonewalling, right, or gaslighting. And there are certain habits that are killers when it comes to relationships, And that growth that we can actually experience being in a healthy relationship, you know, and we sort of, and it’s often based around fear and insecurities and just not knowing a healthier way the doing things. We’ve started to recognize in our daughters some of these tendencies, whether they’re on the receiving end or sometimes they’re on the dishing end. And I had this great conversation with my youngest daughter where I don’t normally meddle in relationship conversations. Okay, Chris? I don’t.
Dai Manuel [00:16:09]:
I don’t talk about that. I’m very surface when it comes to talking about relationships, and because I just know that that’s something that they gotta work through, but also, being that they’re girls, They relate better with my wife when talking about relationships. My wife is great with that. She likes dealing with that. So I know I’m sort of, like, the backup pinched hitter when needed. Okay? And I was needed. Coach put me in because we could tell that there was something very wrong, and there was a pattern that we wanted to deal with and address. I sat down with her.
Dai Manuel [00:16:37]:
You know, both of us are sitting there, but I just started to explain some of the things I was observing in her boyfriend, But also things I was observing in her, how they started to compromise on some of their values. Some of the things that they were attracted to initially are now becoming so biased to one way, meaning very controlling type of things, wanting to know where they’re at because they’re also in a distance relationship right now. So some of these added pressures have now been added in, and so we brought this up with her and educated her, but also empowered her with some language around this. And this is the win. A week later, she came back and said, I had a conversation with them, and it went amazing. We’re both working on it. Like, just to see them take that, which was really sensitive, especially Giving them some relationship advice, right, or coaching or mentorship, but seeing her receive it and then actually go and try to apply it. It was like A very proud moment for me when I got them to pat me on the back.
Dai Manuel [00:17:30]:
I was like, yeah. It went. But even my wife, after the fact, she’s like, you know what? That was exactly what she needed to hear. I don’t get involved in those conversations very often, but when I do, I’m very specific in what I’m observing and try to share it in a way that’s not antagonistic, more reflective, and more inquisitory. Right? Like, I’m here to ask more questions to help her come to that discovery. And so everything that I’m sharing right now, hopefully, is just giving people ideas of ways to maybe navigate some of the harder conversations because this is really when we start talking about vulnerability, right, and that ability to utilize vulnerability as a skill to deepen connection and understanding and relatability. So, yeah, that’s really it right there. But I mean, I don’t know if that answered your question fully, but I touched on it from both sides of the fence.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:18:15]:
I think that so often, dads would not step into those conversations because you wanna give them that space. You want them to learn and grow. You want them to sometimes fail, but I love what you said there that there are times when you need to step in, and you need to show leadership, and you need to be able to help your child to be able to see things that may be right in front of them, But that they can’t see.
Dai Manuel [00:18:43]:
Exactly. Spot on. And to be fair, I also the There’s a book I recommend to a lot of men, and you could be a father or not a father. It doesn’t matter. This book will be relevant, but it’s called The Way of the Superior Man by David Dita. And just so you know, I know when I brought that book home the 1st time, my wife’s like, what a chauvinistic book. She just looked at the title, and it does. It sounds extremely chauvinistic, But it is not what you think.
Dai Manuel [00:19:07]:
The way the superior man is really about this idea of what it means to be a great man or how to continuously evolve into a better version of oneself. But this speaks from a man representing a man’s standpoint in their viewpoint. Great book. And so I had just reread that. So There were also some insights that I gleaned from that that I remembered from a couple of the chapters that was literally I could put it side by side what my daughter was the in her relationship. It was like the exact example shared in the book. So that also helped me with articulating, but also painting the picture. Sure.
Dai Manuel [00:19:40]:
But also Chris is the big one. And to echo exactly what you said, this idea about vulnerability and being able to step in, I shared some of my own past experiences where either I was on the receiving end or on the giving end and explaining how it made me feel and how it affected my relationships in the negative. So, being able to share that intimate knowledge with my daughter was also a piece that I could see just in her eyes when we were sharing that. It was just like it registered. Like, it was like, okay. I get it. This isn’t like it’s just a problem that I’m dealing with. This is a problem that everybody deals with.
Dai Manuel [00:20:11]:
Even my dad dealt with it. And I think one thing I’ve had to take The heart is I’ve been very selective about some of the past stories I share with my kids. You know? Like, until I did my TEDx talk a couple of years ago On vulnerability, but actually speaking about my challenges with alcohol for a good 15 years of my life, my daughters had no idea about that, and a lot of the things I shared in that talk. And I remember the day I gave that talk to them as a dry run-in one of my rehearsals the week before I actually went on the stage to do it. And remember their tears welling up and crying from a place of love, understanding, and respect. And, that was the best hug I ever had. In fact, the delivery of my TEDx Duck was far better than the one I did on the stage. But, again, it’s all about this idea of sort of tapping into some of these emotions and learning how to better articulate them.
Dai Manuel [00:20:58]:
It is not easy at all. Full disclosure: it’s hard, but it’s also extremely worth it. And so I’d want to encourage and invite people to start doing it. Don’t worry. You can’t Chew this up. Okay? You can. Just the fact that your kids see you trying, wow, it will be inspiring, and it will bring you closer together with your kids.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:21:15]:
Speaking of that TEDx talk, it makes me wanna transition and talk a little bit about your brand new podcast because you did just the Share that TEDx Talk on your podcast, The 2% Solution. And I guess, first and foremost, I mean, you’ve been out there for quite some time. Dog. You know, you’ve shared videos and, you know, you’ve done a lot on fitness and working with men and women, just people that want to live healthier lifestyles. And Now you’ve brought what you have been sharing from an exercise end, wholesale cyclical Doc. To the point of now talking about what you’re calling the 2% solution. Talk to me about that. What is your goal with this podcast? Why now? And why is it important to get this message out?
Dai Manuel [00:22:02]:
Thanks, Chris. Well, first of all, my book that was published a while ago is now Doc. It was called the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, and it was a resource that allows people to better understand how to get started with creating more whole-life health and well-being for themselves. And what I mean by whole-life fitness is that fitness is an action. It’s an activity that will help move the needle forward in certain areas, in particular, health areas. Right? Like, we wanna see blood pressure decrease well. Start walking 5 times a week for 30 minutes a day, you know, drink some extra water, and increase your fiber intake. Wow.
Dai Manuel [00:22:36]:
Look. All of a sudden, those markers start to improve. So we can quantify things quite nicely, But we can also qualify based on how we feel once we’ve achieved the result. But this is more than just physical fitness. We can talk about emotional fitness. We can talk about spiritual fitness, Relationship fitness, and financial fitness. Right? This really implies the activities we’re doing to see those areas get stronger, Healthier, and more resilient because it does imply intentional actions to see the results through. But a lot of us get confused.
Dai Manuel [00:23:08]:
What’s the best action to start with? How often do I do it? The How do I do it? Why the hell do I even rather do this? You know, like, there there’s all these big questions that sometimes we just skimp over. We don’t give the the necessary Dime or attention to really get clear with ourselves on what’s the path in front of us. A lot of the time, we just feel like we’re bushwhacking. We got a big machete, and we’re just trying to get our way through it as best we can, but it is not a very efficient way to travel. You’re gonna get really tired, and you probably will give up because it’s not very fun. The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto teaches people how to leverage 2% of every 24 hours. That’s where the 2% solution comes in. 2% of every, 24 hours is almost almost 30 minutes a day.
Dai Manuel [00:23:49]:
So it’s really 30 minutes. I just tell people 30 minutes. I’m rounding up a little bit, but it’s 30 minutes a day of intentional activities to see your physical body, your mental and emotional body, as well as that spiritual body. And all these parts of you gain resiliency. Get healthier. The 2% Solution podcast is just an extension of that where I’m now talking to different guest Docs on different subjects and sharing some great actionable tips and strategies that can be applied in as little as 30 minutes a day. To see improvement in the area that those subject matter experts are speaking to. Also, on every Monday, I’ve got a Monday motivation, super short. The Episode is always less than 7 minutes, which sets you up mindset-wise for the week ahead.
Dai Manuel [00:24:34]:
And then Fridays, I have Fit Tip Fridays which sets some healthy intentions for the weekend. Because I know Mondays and Fridays are important days to get the mindset right. Monday for the week that we’re about to experience, the Friday because usually, the weekends are when people let themselves go. It’s a weekend, which is a break from the week. You know? It’s like my vacation from the week, and that’s often where I find my clients would let their guard down, their intentions down, and awfully undo, unfortunately, a lot of what they did during the week. And then they start the week over again, feeling like they’re right back at 0 again. And it’s like, oh, no. Let’s. I’m gonna help you with this.
Dai Manuel [00:25:09]:
And so those 2 short episodes on Monday and Friday are really to get the mindset in the right place And give you actionable tips and tricks and strategies to take in the weekend. So it’s 3 episodes a week. And why? Because I want to the Fire, motivate, and educate people, and I am always gonna strive to do it in a fun way. And what better avenue than a podcast? So that’s Really It.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:25:29]:
So you’ve put out a number of different episodes already, many of which have been the chapters of your book in talking about some of the things that you should be thinking about. Dog. And you’ve gotten to almost pretty much the end of the book in regards to those episodes. So what’s next, and what is coming next the As you go down the path, you talked about the Monday Friday, but you’re gonna have that midweek episode too. But what’s the plan for the future?
Dai Manuel [00:25:56]:
Well, there are a few different aspects. I’ve recognized that this is really my own frustration. So out of my own necessity, I felt this idea is every time I have a guest on, we co-create an action sheet, a 1-page actionable sheet That summarizes the key things shared in the episode but also gives some actionable steps to start to implement the Some of the things talked about, and all those activities will always be less than 30 minutes a day. These resources will be accessible in the 2% Collective, which is the community of the 2% solution, and it’s free for people to join. And, because, again, I want people to have access to the information so they can do something to see life get better. Because life only gets better when you start doing things. Okay? You can sit there and try to manifest the best life in the world, and that’s great. You might have a very positive mindset, but unfortunately, just thinking about things doesn’t necessarily make things Happen.
Dai Manuel [00:26:54]:
So we need to think about it. We need to reflect on it. We set some intentions, but now we go forward and do something. And so that’s really the premise of the Podcast is to inspire people to do the right things for the right reasons to produce the right results. And in that, I feel I’d live in my purpose. Like, really, that’s what it boils down to. I feel very fulfilled putting this kind of content out. And so in the future, I’ve already got over 100 people that have applied to be a guest.
Dai Manuel [00:27:18]:
So I’ve got plenty of amazing experts in so many different areas. I just recently had a conversation with somebody about some of the best strategies to release trauma In a healthy, constructive way, as well as how to use fitness. I just talked to somebody about the 3 best questions to ask if you wanna get very clear on what your values are. So there are all these sorts of types of people that are gonna be coming on to share this wisdom. And so, yeah, I’m just excited to be the conduit to get people the right Stop.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:27:44]:
So let’s talk action then. Right now someone, you know, so a person’s listening, they’re hearing this, they’re saying, okay. I’m gonna check out this podcast, but today, I’m listening, and I wanna do something. I wanna do something to just start moving in the right direction. What’s one thing that they can start doing today that’ll start to kind of turn the tide in helping them to find that whole life fitness for themselves.
Dai Manuel [00:28:10]:
Well, there are two things I ask people to do a lot of the time. 22 little things. 1 involves fuel. The second one involves activity, and the 2 are not mutually exclusive, by the way. Okay? They tend to feed each other quite literally. But the first one is to start your day with a green smoothie. Just every day, have a green smoothie. People are like, well, what kind of green smoothie? What do I put in it? Don’t worry.
Dai Manuel [00:28:31]:
I’ve got a free book on that. I’ve got a recipe book with 10 of my favorite green smoothie recipes. It’s free. People can have it. I’ll provide you with the link, Chris. You can share it in the show notes. So everybody’s listening, you can get a copy of this. So there we go.
Dai Manuel [00:28:44]:
Get rid of that excuse. Right? I don’t have the time. Yes. You do. Because here’s the thing. It’s starting your day with this injection of nutrient dense Food. And it’s in a liquid form, so it’s easier to consume. You can do it on the fly because I hear so many people; oh, I don’t do breakfast because I’m just too busy.
Dai Manuel [00:29:01]:
Just, like, I can’t. Mornings are too chaotic. Gotta get the kids to the school. I gotta do this, that. Yo. You need a good meal to start your day. A green smoothie is the best that I found, it works great for my lifestyle. I’ve been doing this for over 15 years.
Dai Manuel [00:29:15]:
This is how I start my day every day, and it’s awesome. And I tell people, do it for two weeks and tell me it doesn’t make your difference. So that’s the challenge. Throwing down the gauntlet right now. Okay? Do it for 2 weeks. Now, 2nd to that, if you wanna really get even more out of this 2-week commitment, I invite people to walk for 30 minutes every day Outside at a brisk pace. I mean, it’s not just some sort of saunter. Right? Like, you’re you’re going with the intention of elevating the heart rate a bit, Doc.
Dai Manuel [00:29:42]:
So you feel like you’re actually working. And so just 30 minutes, and I always say listen to a podcast like Chris’, you know, or some the piece of information. So you’re at least injecting something positive into your mind while you’re doing your walking. I know it’s technically 3 activities, but it’s really just 2, but 2 are as one. So that would be it, and I invite people. Just do that for 2 weeks. And I know they’re probably thinking, well, I mean, I don’t have to work out at the gym. I don’t have to, like, you know, measure my food.
Dai Manuel [00:30:06]:
Like, the Hell no. Okay. Like, it’s about doing something that’s realistically going to move the needle, but also, I want you to feel how simple it was to move that needle. I want people to experience a win that feels more effortless to attain. And this is believe me. After 2 weeks of doing this, you’re gonna start to sleep better. You’re gonna be managing your stress better. You’re gonna be making better decisions around your food because you start your day with something healthy.
Dai Manuel [00:30:31]:
It gets the energy in a great place. When you’re feeling great, you don’t wanna stop feeling great. So you instinctively will start to choose different fuel sources just automatically because of how you’re feeling. Also, because of the movement, you’re gonna start to see physicality change. Your heart rate’s gonna get better. You’re gonna handle stress a little bit more effectively because you’re actually releasing a bit of stress. You also start to boost your metabolism. So you start to have more metabolic health, meaning that you’re using a lot more of those calories you put into your body as well for a healthy thing.
Dai Manuel [00:31:03]:
These are just some of the high-level stuff that you can expect within just as little as 2 weeks. And then after two weeks, oh, believe me. There are so many different things you can do, but that’s a great place to start.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:31:12]:
Well, I appreciate that. I love that you threw down the gauntlet, and we’ll definitely put a link in the notes today with your green smoothies and definitely, challenge Domino’s. People to take you up on that challenge. Now if people wanna find out more about you, about your podcast, Where should they go?
Dai Manuel [00:31:30]:
On my website, Diamondwell.com or any social platform, Diamondwell. It’s a nice thing about having a really Weird unique name. It’s unencumbered everywhere. I’m the only one, but Dae is a Welsh name for David, dai. Manuel is Portuguese. It’s m a n u e l. If you can spell it somewhat right, don’t worry. You’ll find me.
Dai Manuel [00:31:50]:
But as far as social, I’m most active on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. Those are my three primary platforms. The primary ones that I tend to hang out on the most are my website, where I have lots of content and free resources. Over 1500 articles I’ve published over the last ten years. We’re all geared toward helping people optimize their happiness, fulfillment, and joy in life. And so I always say, hey. Good luck, but it is a bit of a rabbit hole. So, when you go down the rabbit hole, be prepared. You’re gonna get lots of great information, but you might find you’re losing some time.
Dai Manuel [00:32:19]:
And I’ve had people message me like, oh my gosh. I was in there to read 1 article, and I ended up being on there for 2 hours. So, like, I always say thank you. And then, 2nd, thank you. Anyways but thanks for asking, Chris.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:32:30]:
Although, I just wanna say thank you. Thank you for sharing your story today about you and your daughters, the challenges that have been happening at your own home, and how each of us can find fitness in our own lives in small, independent ways; I wish you all the best.
Dai Manuel [00:32:46]:
Chris, thank you, and it’s an honor to be back. Thank you for having me back, but I can’t wait To switch roles and have you as a guest on my podcast; I’m throwing down another gauntlet. Boom. So those that are listening, You make sure you follow up with Chris to make sure he’s getting on my podcast too. Anyway, I can’t wait to have you on to talk about being a father with daughters, but especially the organization that you’ve cofounded, Fathering Together, and some of the amazing things you’re doing there because that is something that we all need to learn more about, and I can’t wait to have you on.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:33:18]:
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Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:34:04]:
Dad’s with Daughters is a program of fathering together. We look forward to having you back for another great guest next week, all geared to helping you raise strong, empowered daughters And be the best dad that you can be.
Dr. Christopher Lewis [00:34:16]:
We’re all in the same boat, and it’s full of tiny screaming passengers. We spend the time. We give the lessons. We make the meals. We buy them presents. Bring your A-Game because those kids are growing fast. The time goes by just like a dynamite blast calling astronauts and firemen, carpenters and musclemen. Get out and be the world to them. Be the best dad you can be. Be the best dad you can be.