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    VITAMIN D Everything you need to know: Dosage, Benefits and How to Supplement

    VITAMIN D Everything you need to know: Dosage, Benefits and How to Supplement
    Are you getting enough of the SUNSHINE Vitamin?? ☀️☀️☀️⁣⁣⁣⁣

    👉🏻 Vitamin D3 is vital to our health! It is estimated that 70% of people in the US have a Vitamin D deficiency while over 40% of the global population are deficient.⁣⁣⁣⁣
    👉🏻 In this blog, Shawn will be discussing what Vitamin D is, how you can get it through food, SUNLIGHT, and supplements, the BENEFITS of Vitamin D, and how much you need.⁣⁣⁣⁣

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    Michael Dean Johnson | Reality Star/Personal Trainer | Everyday ICON

    Michael Dean Johnson | Reality Star/Personal Trainer | Everyday ICON

    This week we're excited to feature MTV reality star and personal trainer, Michael Dean Johnson. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Michael gives us insight on fitness, the day-to-day grind, and of course living and eating healthy! Here's why Michael Dean Johnson is our Everyday ICON of the week... 

    Can you give us a little background on yourself?

    Growing up in Tennessee, I was very active throughout my childhood. My fitness journey really began, though, when I started competitive wrestling at the age of 10.  I competed in wrestling over eight years for my school teams as well as the Tennessee National Team. Over those years, I learned a good amount about discipline. Wrestling opened my eyes to the fact that strength is a choice, and that we have the ability to push ourselves to do things we never thought possible as long as we persevere.

    Upon graduating high school, I transferred my dedication to wrestling over to bodybuilding and weightlifting. After four men’s physique competitions – including three 1st place finishes and one overall victory – I decided to move to New York City to kickstart my modeling career. Since making the move, in addition to becoming a published fitness model, I’ve been featured on MTV’s hit show ‘Are You The One’ and have made over 15 appearances on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’!

    What do you do?

    I am a personal trainer. I'm also a sponsored athlete for MuscleTech and Leorêver.

    What made you want to do what you are doing?

    I have always loved working out, ever since I was a kid doing push ups in my bedroom. Working out has always been a great outlet for me and has taught me a lot of discipline and helpful tools for life... I’d like to share my experience with others!

    Why Icon Meals? What makes us different?

    Icon meals is hands down the freshest prepared meal service out there... it doesn’t matter which meals you get and on which day you eat them, you can always expect them to be fresh.

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

    The best advice I’ve ever gotten is “That is that success isn’t easy (in anything) if being successful was easy then everyone would do it... so be prepared for hard work!”

    You are a social media “influencer” what are you doing to be “influential” in today’s society? 

    I like to say that I only spread good vibes. I try not to talk bad about others whatsoever on social media- I try to spread only positivity in hopes that it will help someone else.

    Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

    As cliché as it is... Arnold Schwarzenegger has inspired me for years. He always talks about putting in hard work and I respect that.

    How do you balance work and life demands? 

    I have a good support system at home- my wife is someone who I can always count on and she helps to push me through any struggles.

    What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

    I want to be known as the guy who only spread positivity.

    What is your current focus? Any plans for the future?

    Currently I am preparing for a bodybuilding competition in early spring so I’m eating my meals and putting the work in the gym!

    What are your favorite Icon Meals? Or favorite thing about Icon Meals?

    THE BREAKFAST MEALS 🤤 the Icon breakfast meals are hands down my favorite (the pancakes or the southwest egg skillet) 

    Stay connected with Michael Dean Johnson on IG at @michaeldean2.0

    His personal training site is: 

    Want to be featured as an "Everyday ICON?" Submit your stories to or send us a DM on IG or Facebook!


    Empower Yourself In 6 Minutes (SPEECH) by Brendan Meyers

    Empower Yourself In 6 Minutes (SPEECH) by Brendan Meyers

    The workweek has come to an end. That means in this Quick Time Friday, it is time to recharge the energy we’ve used up and come into a moment to empower ourselves. Brendan Meyers gives your dose of motivation in six minutes. Let everything sink in and believe that life is in your favor.

    (This is a guest post from The CreateU Experience with Brendan Meyers. Original link at the bottom of this post)

    Listen to this episode via Apple Podcasts here:

    Your Dose of Motivation

    I want you to take a moment and close your eyes. I don’t know if you are on your computer, on Instagram, at work. Go to a quiet room, whatever you’ve got to do and close your eyes. This is going to be absolutely pivotal in your life. I want you to imagine you’re at a perfect family dinner. Keep those eyes closed and pay close attention. This is one of the most incredible and empowering blogs you’ve ever read on the CreateU Experience Quick Time Friday. Your perfect family dinner, maybe you’re smelling the meatballs and you love Turkey meatballs. Maybe you’re vegan. You smelled up beautiful tofu. Maybe you’re making pizza, you’re Italian. You have a four-course meal or you got a barbecue, whatever that perfect family dinner is.

    You’re sitting there, the silverware is there. Maybe you are all using your hands. Whatever that feeling is, just sit there and feel the energy, good food. It smells delicious. You have love around you. You have appreciation around you. Everyone is trusting you at that moment because the people that you love most are sitting around this table. Your mom and dad, everyone is alive. It doesn’t matter. Your brother, your sister, it could be your cousin, your niece, your nephew, your grandfather, your grandmother. Think of everyone in your family, the people that you love most, the people that you would die for, the people that have trusted you, the people that you trust and there is no foul emotion. There are only love and appreciation. The energy is booming in the room. Feel that. Sit with that. Let it sink in.

    I want you to listen closely, all of the chatter, everyone’s talking about, “At school, this happened. Do you remember when this happened?” Think back to something that you’ve accomplished and you are so happy with. Don’t imagine anything else, but just that moment in that room. I want you to sit there and think about it. It’s something that you’ve accomplished, anything. You could have gotten an A on a test. You could have had someone acknowledge you. You could have made the football team. Maybe you made the dance team, whatever it is. You got your Instagram starting. You’re excited or that your favorite TV show came on that feeling. Imagine that feeling now. I want you to take a second and sit there and listen closely to all the cheering in the room. Your cousin, your sister, your dad, your brother, your mom, your grandmother, even the dog, they’re all clapping. They’re all cheering. They’re cheering for you, the excitement for you.

    The rest of your family is just cheering and cheering. They say this, whispering in the room, not even from them, the energy in the room and they say, “I love you,” each and every person and the room goes quiet. They say, “I love you.” On top of that, they proceed to say, “I support you no matter what.” Did you get goosebumps yet? Each person in that room opens up their mouth and they say, “No matter what you do, I will always love you for who you are, who you want to be.” Go ahead and open up your eyes. How do you feel? Do you feel empowered? Do you know that your family has your back? Do you know that you have your own back? That whatever happens, you have that hand pushing you out the door to take the next step. Maybe you don’t have legs, maybe you’re in a wheelchair, maybe you’re sick, maybe a disease came upon you, or maybe you just defeated something. Whoever you are, whatever you feel like you are, wherever you are, it does not matter where you are in your life because your vision starts now.

    Everything in the past has worked towards your favor now. Life is in your favor. What are you going to do about it? All this love, all this inspiration, all this empowerment, all this trust, you are your own family and maybe you’re even blessed to have a family around you. Always remember, you not only have your own back, but the impossible is so much more possible than you could ever imagine. When you look at it, when you think about it and you meditate once again with something similar to what you read on this blog, you’ll remember, you’ll know, it will hit you in your gut. That not only are you going to create you, but your vision is going to come to life. Keep pushing. That’s all I have for you. Quick Time Friday in full swing, I love you. Keep working hard. Keep appreciating yourself. Keep trusting not only you, but the people around you and your vision will boom greater than you could ever have imagined.

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