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The Thermo Diet Podcast Episode 47 - Colin Ricco

The Thermo Diet Podcast Episode 47 - Colin Ricco

In this episode of The Thermo Diet Podcast Jayton Miller sits down with Colin Ricco, one of the original people who were on to the philosophy when it first began. In this episode Jayton and Colin talk about various topics from his story and background, mindset, how to try and be Thermo with a spouse, and so much more. Check it out and let us know what you think! 

 

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 Full Transcript

Jayton Miller:
Welcome back to the Thermo Diet Podcast. I'm your host, Jayton Miller. And today I have Colin Ricco on the podcast. Colin is an UMZU ambassador and long time Thermo Diet community member. So I'm super excited to be able to dive in with him today. So let's get into this one. How you doing today, Colin?

Colin Ricco:
I'm doing great. How about yourself?

Jayton Miller:
I'm doing well. So, for the listeners out there, do you mind kind of telling them your background and how you came across the thermo diet kind of philosophies and UMZU?

Colin Ricco:
Yeah, absolutely. I guess that kind of takes us back to where I started taking an interest in health. When I was younger, I had a lot of health issues. I was diagnosed with asthma. I was a premature baby. I have seasonal allergies. And all types of these health conditions that I've been experiencing and dealing with ever since a young age. It wasn't up until I was in middle school is when I started to become more cognizant of these things going on.

Colin Ricco:
I drank tons of soy milk and then all almond milk, at one point. I was lactose intolerance, so a lot of my food options at that time, growing up, clearly wasn't the best. I mean, my parents did the best that they could. A lot of the information that we see now, I feel that they didn't have back then, so they made the best decisions with the information that they had, that was provided.

Colin Ricco:
It wasn't up until I was in middle school and then going into high school where I started noticing a lot of these other symptoms that I was experiencing. When I was in high school, I realized, in the morning, I wasn't getting any morning wood, my libido was very, very low. I had sleep apnea really bad, bad sleeping issues. I had a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep. I was also a teenager staying up till 1:00 in the morning playing Call of Duty two, so that doesn't help as well. But it wasn't until I had the morning wood issues, is when I really started diving into, "Okay, I'm 17, 18, there's no reason why this should be occurring."

Colin Ricco:
At the time I was also really big into going to the gym. I was familiar with Greg Kinobody. I started following a lot of his programs and learning a lot about his stuff. And that's kind of what introduced me to Christopher Walker and his information, was to The Road to Ripped Podcast and just hearing him talk and elaborate on a lot of different concepts, it was like, "Wow." There was just a whole side of things I've never even thought of. So diving into his information, and to his YouTube channel, I came across a few videos talking about varicose veins, which turns out, that's what was the cause of me having a morning wood, is what I believe. I was diagnosed with a varicose vein on the left side of my testicle.

Colin Ricco:
So hearing Christopher's video, explaining how to reduce that and to overcome that, led me to purchasing Redwood. So Redwood is a product for UMZU, from you guys, and it was the first product along with Floracil, that I had ever tried. And I tried Redwood for about three, four, maybe five-ish months. And that's when I started noticing some relief in that aspect. My morning wood wasn't 100%, but slowly but surely, I would log it, I'm a geek, so I try to log everything. I would go like, "All right, Monday, 7:30 AM, wake up time. Morning wood, check yes or no." It'd be no, or it would be yes, depending on the day. And I started noticing that as the weeks went on, I started having more yes's in the checklist than I did no. So that was a really big victory for me. And then ever since then, I've just been diving into health, nutrition.

Colin Ricco:
Shortly after Chris came out with the thermo diet. I remember subscribing to the newsletter to know when it was officially going to come out, and once it did, it was game over. That kind of just was the catalyst to me falling in love with nutrition, how foods affect the body on a hormonal level, on a cellular level. And that's just been it for me since then.

Jayton Miller:
Heck yeah. That's awesome. So what do you think is the highest lever thing that you've learned from the thermo diet?

Colin Ricco:
I would say creating a foundation, for sure. I think having a foundation and just a basic awareness of what's going on with your body, I think the two work very well hand in hand. And if people just took the time to, instead of being frantic, "Oh my god, my energy, my sleep, my this, my that." Take a step back and look at it and evaluate some of the decisions, or some of the food choices that you're making, and just sit back and just be like, "Oh, okay, well I'm doing this and this, probably shouldn't be eating that. What'll happen if I change those things? If I change my foundation and my approach to how I do certain things?" Whether it's lifestyle, probably shouldn't be staying up till 2:00 in the morning playing Call of Duty, even though I wish I could sometimes. Maybe taking that time to focus on your recovery, your sleep, things that most teenagers don't want to hear. But I think that having those foundational principles is extremely important and the thermo diet is kind of what sparked that into me, for sure.

Jayton Miller:
Definitely. I think, for myself, one of the highest leverage skills that I've developed doing this over the past few years is being able to find balance, not only in the nutrition, but I think that it's been replicated in different areas of my life as well. And through that balance, I feel there's kind of an abundance mentality has taken place where I don't have to be an extremist anymore, which, before the thermo diet, I was extreme to an unhealthy extent, almost to an orthorexic extent.

Jayton Miller:
So, for anyone out there who is on an extreme kind of diet, I highly recommend trying to find balance and a place where you're most comfortable, for sure.

Colin Ricco:
Absolutely.

Jayton Miller:
So, you're also an UMZU ambassador.

Colin Ricco:
Yes, sir.

Jayton Miller:
So make sure to keep an eye out for Colin inside of both the UMZU community, UMZU fit, whenever that comes out, by the time this podcast is out he'll be-

Colin Ricco:
It'll be awesome.

Jayton Miller:
Yeah, I can't wait. And you should be getting your Zoom in pretty quick too.

Colin Ricco:
Yeah, I saw that yesterday, that you were talking about that. I'm excited. I like to try [inaudible 00:06:51] different pre-workouts and a lot of them, they're not that good. I think they're under dosed with the right ingredients or overdosed with the wrong ones that just have no business being there. So I'm super excited to try this out.

Jayton Miller:
Absolutely. So what do you think you're most excited about as far as the ambassador program goes?

Colin Ricco:
Honestly, this is going to sound corny, but I would say the relationships that I'll develop over the time being in the ambassador program, whether that's with other people from the ambassador program or just people on the outside trying to get in, just trying to seek information and learn about UMZU and the thermo diet. Just building those relationships, I think, could be crucial and extremely important.

Colin Ricco:
I'm a people person, I'll talk to everybody. So just, when I first started getting into this community, the bioenergetic community, the thermo diet community, the amount of people it has exposed me to has been incredible. Everyone's been a valuable source of information. Made awesome friends, met awesome people through social media, even through the thermo diet community group. That's what I'm really most excited for.

Colin Ricco:
And just seeing where that takes us, not just me personally, but see where that takes everybody. Being in the thermo diet community for so long, I'm able to see a lot of the people who are in there from the beginning and seeing where they are now, it's been awesome seeing everybody make their progress and their growth.

Jayton Miller:
Definitely. So whenever it comes to the UMZU supplements, which one do you think is your favorite so far?

Colin Ricco:
It's not a fair question. So right now I would have to say, I like Miracle Morning, I really like Miracle Morning. Miracle Morning, and I'd say Cortigon are my two favorites. But I think it depends on what I'm trying to do at that point in time. So, at the time when I was taking Redwood, I mean, Redwood was my favorite product because it was giving me the results that I was looking for the issues that I was trying to resolve.

Colin Ricco:
And then it was Floracil, I loved Floracil because I was having really bad gut issues where I couldn't poop for three days straight. It was the longest duration that I went. So Floracil helped alleviate those issues. And right now, with life stressors, there's a lot of different things going on, Miracle Morning and Cortigon right now are my two staples, for sure.

Jayton Miller:
Heck yeah. I think my favorite... I count this as a food, but the zuBroth is definitely-

Colin Ricco:
It's awesome.

Jayton Miller:
... 100%. That and then the Cortigon and the Mucuna, that stack is absolutely amazing for just my mood in the mornings, my ability to focus and just zone in and get into almost that flow state on a consistent basis. It's been awesome. So, I highly recommend adding Mucuna to your stack, for sure.

Colin Ricco:
Absolutely. I'll definitely give that a try. I like the Cortigon. The first time I tried Cortigon and Miracle Morning together, on top of the Choline Bitartrate, it's like someones giving your brain a big hug, is how I describe it. You feel kind of, I don't know, Zen, if that'd be the best word to describe it. Just very chilled out, laser point focus. It's awesome.

Jayton Miller:
Heck yeah. So, I've watched you in the thermo community groups pretty much since the beginning, and you've made a massive amount of growth in terms of your knowledge and your experience in there. What are some of the hacks that you've discovered along your journey so far?

Colin Ricco:
That's an interesting question. Other than developing those foundations that I was mentioning earlier, I would say, just to figure out what your goals are. That's really my big emphasis is figuring out, based off of biofeedback, what your goals are. Is your goal sleep? Is your goal energy? Is your goal to have a better sex drive? Is is digestion? Figuring out what your goals are and then being able to tackle them one step at a time is the big hack that I think that I've developed the most. And that's something that I really try to [inaudible 00:11:20] is developing those foundational approaches and as well as understanding your own biofeedback and what that means, and kind of just being able to take a step back and look at yourself and reflect on some of the things that you might be experiencing.

Jayton Miller:
Heck yeah. What are some of the specific signs that you usually pay attention to?

Colin Ricco:
Pulse and temperature, definitely. Especially when it comes to people who have low energy or who are really cold, their extremities have a hard staying warm. Usually those are signs of hypothyroidism. So I think that pulse and temperature are a huge one. Quality of sleep. And I think that there's a difference between people who have a hard time falling asleep and people who have a hard time staying asleep. The two are intertwined, but I think that there can be a different reasons for both.

Colin Ricco:
Energy levels, mood, how you feel throughout the day, is your mood consistent? Are you really happy and energetic when you eat carbs? Are you really low and lethargic when you skip breakfast or when you have less carbohydrates in the diet? I think it's things that, that people aren't really paying attention to. One, because I think that they don't know how, I don't think that, in mainstream health, they really teach people how to pay attention to those things. I think that that's a huge component of it.

Jayton Miller:
Yeah, definitely. I think just knowing how to listen to what your body is telling you is a skill that so many people have that's underdeveloped. And that if they simply just focus on that, that alone will make a dramatic difference in their life. In really all areas of your life, because you'll be able to tell, from an emotional aspect, "Is this person making me tense in my body? And if that's the case what emotions am I experiencing because of that tenseness? Am I angry? Am I frustrated? And how can I alleviate that in a way that is productive to both parties?"

Colin Ricco:
Yeah, absolutely. I'm newly married, so taking those principles and applying it to marriage, I think have a huge key as well. When you're married, you're not always going to see eye to eye on things. So when you may have a disagreement with your significant other, or even at work, or relationships in general, doesn't have to be your spouse. Being able to understand your own biofeedback, it helps develop your relationships because they're going to be times we disagree. And when those events occur, you could take a step back and be like, "Wow, all right, I need to relax for a second. I'm getting worked up. What's going on?" And how I look at it is, "All right. What did I eat that day? What has my diet looked for the past few days? Am I on the road? Have I been eating tons of fruit, carbohydrates? Or have I just been snacking on gas station snacks?" Or whatever the case may be. I think diet has a really huge role in that as well.

Jayton Miller:
100%. So, has it been difficult trying to implement the different kinds of thermo principles in with having a significant other that you kind of have to play the games with?

Colin Ricco:
Yeah. Well, it's been interesting. So, my wife, she's Puerto Rican, so her culture is very different. Her diet was very different prior to her and I being married. A lot of Hispanic style food. I'm sure some traditional American diet food as well, which I've also had that experience as well. So I get where she's coming from when somebody else comes and says, "Hey, let's try this." It's like, "Wow, hold on a second. You're going to take my McDonald's away? You're going to take my rice and beans away? Let's talk."

Colin Ricco:
But it's been interesting. And watching her grow as we fine tuned different things in her diet and just our diet in general, and figured out things that stick, it's been interesting to see how she's developed more and a lot of the symptoms that she's experienced, how a lot of those have also been alleviated over time. So it's been awesome to kind of watch that. I like seeing other people's growth and progress in that realm, than I do myself. It's like a science experiment. I'm a big science guy.

Jayton Miller:
Definitely. Are there any specific things that you all kind of clashed on that you all had to kind of overcome together?

Colin Ricco:
She likes fast food. I'm not the biggest fan, but she's very much like, if she's going to work and if she's she's hungry, she'll go to Panda Express. And then we'll have a conversation when she's talking about, "Oh my digestion's been off track." Or, "I've been feeling this way." "All right, what'd you eat yesterday?" "Oh, I had Panda." "Okay. This is why." "Yeah. But I it." "Yeah. But you also don't feeling these ways." So it's things that and those type of conversations where, like we were talking earlier, finding that balance, I think is super critical.

Jayton Miller:
Definitely. Yeah. I completely agree. That's one of the things that, within my family specifically, me having to kind of communicate the different ideas to them slowly, and just kind of releasing the outcome and just trying to give off the information so they're knowledgeable, is something that has been extremely beneficial in terms of... I can see it in the way that they interact with me, but also just the way that they are in general. Even if it's just a few thermo principles that they're taking under their into their life, it makes a massive difference, for sure.

Colin Ricco:
Yeah, absolutely. That's something that I've been dealing with as well as, is trying to... I mean, they're your parents, you want to help you parents regardless of whether you live with them or whatever... If you're a 50 year old adult or you're a 25 year old, it doesn't matter, you always want to care for your parents. And that's been something that I've been trying to kind of, slowly but surely, just kind of throw little things at them here and there.

Colin Ricco:
My dad and I, we bounce ideas off each other all the time. And he's like, "Hey, what do you think about fish oil?" And it's like, "Okay, well, we need to sit down for a second and have this conversation." And he's like, "Oh, I didn't know about polyunsaturated fats and lipid [inaudible 00:17:52]." Things that, that they're slowly starting to incorporate into their own lifestyle.

Colin Ricco:
And then when they give the feedback like, "Hey, ever since you told me about this, and I removed this from my regimen, my energy has been better. I don't feel this and this anymore." It's little steps that, that I think make a huge difference.

Jayton Miller:
Definitely. Well, I won't take up too much of your time, Colin. I really appreciate you hopping on here and talking with us. Do you have any kind of social media or anything that that people can follow?

Colin Ricco:
Yeah, I'm trying to be more active on Instagram. My Instagram is my first name Colin, C-O-L-I-N, last name is Ricco, R-I-C-C-O. As I learn more about the bioenergetic communities, I learn more from the thermo diet, I'm trying to pass that on through my social media, just to help other people as well. I think that there's a lot of people out there who are looking for a source of information, have a hard time finding it and I'm just trying to be a small part in that role.

Jayton Miller:
Heck yeah, definitely. Well, for all of those who are listening, make sure to give him a follow, make sure to keep an eye out for him inside of the Facebook group, which, if you're not in yet, you really need to get in there. There's tons of people just absolutely killing it. And then make sure to get inside UMZU Fit and see all the stuff that we're kind of doing in there. And Colin, again, appreciate your time. And I hope you have a good one.

Colin Ricco:
Absolutely, thank you for having me on.

Jayton Miller:
Definitely. All right. Have a good one. Thanks for listening to the podcast. If you haven't already, make sure to hit the button, subscribe, and leave a comment down below if you want us to cover a different topic.

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