Book Report: Heavy Brain by Tommy Caldwell - 017



Book Report: Heavy Brain by Tommy Caldwell – 017


Dr. Peggy Interviewing Tommy Caldwell


In this episode 017, we share our first ever interview on The Improvement Project!  I got a chance to sit down with Tommy Caldwell, who is the author of our book this month, Heavy Brain.  Tommy is the founder of Hybrid Fitness in London, Ontario as well as the Author of the MetFlex-Rx Diet and his Bestselling book, Heavy Brain. Tommy works as a health and fitness based behavioural change coach who provides cognitive behavioural therapy practices and strategies to his in-person and online client’s. He has some really fabulous knowledge and is a great guy and this interview takes what Jenny and I have been discussing this last few weeks and takes it to the next level!


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


2:13: We jump right in to the interview with Tommy Caldwell.  I catch everyone up to speed on how Tommy and I know each other. He then introduces himself with some context into his background and what he is doing now.

12:15: This is where Tommy starts to talk about a lot of the concepts in the book Heavy Brain including the primal conflict and why we should know about them.

20:20: Here’s where we switch from much of the bad news about how people are struggling to what steps people can take to make improvements in their health, especially as it relates to food and drink.

47:39: I ask Tommy to share his opinion and advice for parents of small children as they navigate the challenges associated with helping those small humans start making their own habits around food.

57:07: We wrap it up for this week and encourage you to let us know what you thought about this interview with Tommy Caldwell.  Next week we will wrap up our October Challenge and move into our next monthly challenge which is all about….Relationships!!


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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Book: Heavy Brain by Tommy Caldwell

Book: The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel Lieberman



MetFlex-Rx Diet is the diet that Tommy created and encourages his clients to follow.

MetFlex-Rx-Diet Facebook Page

Tommy’s gym: Hybrid Fitness Centre

How to find Tommy on the socials:





Key Quotes:

“Being healthy is an abnormal state and the reason why is because the healthy choice is always going to be the most difficult choice for a human to make.” – Tommy Caldwell

“Every adult human being is susceptible to some sort of negative emotions, thoughts and feelings and those are usually the things that drive us to self medicate with food, laziness, lethargy, technological distraction and all these sorts of things that as modern human beings we suffer from.  Understanding the problem is the most important thing and you can only do that by actively thinking when you eat food and understanding what’s the positive thing you are getting from it?  Because you are getting something positive from it even though in the long run, it’s negative.  In that moment you’re getting something out of that eventually consequential action.  So what is that?  Knowing that, understanding that, getting to the bottom of it at least allows you to begin solving that problem.” -Tommy Caldwell

“If you constantly expect yourself to succeed and you don’t let those little steps backward effect you….If you don’t give so much power to those handful of poor choices that you make, success is inevitable.” -Tommy Caldwell


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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to John and mom to fur baby Calvin the fat orange cat.  Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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Until next time,


Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny