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Rebellious Wellness Over 50
39 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
From Doctor of Pathology to Yogi MD — Yoga for Every Body
Nadine Kelly is a retired pathologist, experienced yoga instructor, American Council of Exercise certified Health Coach and Senior Exercise Specialist, founder of YOGI M.D. and host of the YOGI M.D. Podcast. For years, she was a practicing physician in a thriving community hospital setting. But despite having reached what she thought was her ultimate goal, something was missing – a sense of true fulfillment. The time had come to focus on health, wellness, and prevention.She started with her own and soon realized her true sense of fulfillment would be found in helping others.Why yoga? It began with her mother’s cancer.It continued with her wanting to find some peace from the realization that pathology was not going to be her “forever home” and all that this would mean to her identity and those who supported her on that long journey.When she says that yoga is for every body, she means every age, stage, and ability. Everybody in any kind of body can do yoga. And what you learn, feel, and experience might surprise you if you’ve not tried it yet.Nadine says “Yoga is one long breathing practice. It's not about your headstand, it's not about crow pose. It’s not about judging what you can’t do but accepting what your body can do.” She looks at yoga as a way to help her to live a better life. “Because all we can count on is change right now.”For those who want to try yoga but feel intimidated or like you are just not flexible enough:Arthur Ashe, one of Nadine’s favorite mentors said, "Start where you are, use what you have. Do what you can." If you are just starting with yoga, look for something that's friendly, like a beginner class. Hatha yoga is a form of yoga where they focus on a lot of alignment. It tends to be a gentler class for beginner level students as well. She recommends you meet the teacher.You have to find the right teacher for you. His or her energy is just as important as what kind or level of class you take.We talked about Restorative yoga and how delicious it is, how you can melt into the poses. I highly recommend it if you need to destress.I wanted to know about chair yoga. Nadine describes it as an elevated floor practice.“It's not about making the pose or making your body force itself into a pose. It's about accommodating the pose so that it works for your body.” The chair assists in this.“Yoga is an opportunity to evolve. With the inevitable changes in your life, in your body, in your circumstances. I think yoga is magic.”Flexibility? You acquire flexibility because you practice. You gain more as you do take more classes.Speaking of comparing ourselves to others…“Well, a yoga class allows you to stop and pause and listen to that voice that says ‘I should be able to do this, what's wrong with me?’”Can you adapt, can you become more mentally flexible?What is the story you're telling yourself in that moment?“A byproduct of that showing yourself compassion is then you want to show the others around you more compassion as well.”This realization came in handy during lockdown with her spouse of 25 years.In short, yoga is malleable. For everybody, every situation.Her site: https://yogimd.netNadine hosts virtual chair yoga classes as well as offering private sessions for those of you lucky enough to live near her in Michigan. Find the info here.
38 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Why We Age — Genetics Are Not The Whole Story
You might think that a conversation with a genetics expert might be tough to follow or dry. My guest, Dr. Judy Ford, is both easy to understand and anything but dry.She is able to explain how all the pieces of the complex puzzle that is aging fit together: Telomeres, Senescence, Fat Metabolism, Mitochondria and Inflammation, and more.Here’s what you’ll hear in this episode:How a game of backyard cricket and a little boy with Down's syndrome started Dr. Ford on her journey into the field of genetics.She studied prenatal diagnostics, cancer—mostly luekemias—and started up a research lab with a large staff as well as a private lab.She had success for decades until one day, in true rebellious fashion, she spoke out about a discovery she’d made. “And then I got into trouble. And I got into trouble because I started speaking out, finding out funny results that showed that people who had been exposed to chemicals, particularly in the workplace, but sometimes where they lived, toxic chemicals, I was showing that they had broken chromosomes and they were very sick.”That year, 2000, she lost everything.Lucky for us she began speaking and teaching and had time to write her book. “Why We Age.”How much influence do our genes have in how we age?I asked Dr. Ford about a stat I have read more than once, “Genes are 20 to 30 percent responsible for how we age, what we get, or how we look is that you concur twenty to thirty?”Her reply, “Some genes are very powerful, you know, and cause people to die very early, very young.There are a lot of smaller genes that, if you like, smaller but less powerful genes, and you need probably more of them to have an effect. If you have one it won't have much effect. But if you have A plus B plus C plus D plus E, and then you may be very unlucky.”What about those people who live to be 100 and beyond?“There are certain genes that are found to be more prevalent in centenarians. So people who really live a very long time are more likely to have some particular genes and they definitely won't have than others.”There are maybe 2% of important genes that will define us one way or the other.Small buy mightyWe have to ensure we are getting our trace elements like sulfur, glutathione and selenium. How do we take care of our glutathione?Dr. Ford sakes MSM, Methylsulfonylmethane. Because it contains sulfur and glutathione requires sulfur for production. You do get sulfur from eating protein as well. If you are lucky enough to live near a sulfur bath visit regularly. Selenium is also found in foods and three Brazil nuts a day will give you all you need.Trace elements people, don’t go overboard.NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a key player in energy metabolism. I asked Judy about this supplement because I’m taking it and have high hopes about what it is doing for my aging mitochondria—our cell’s energy power plants. She said she isn’t well read on this one so we moved on.She did say that “The best way to increase your mitochondrial function is by exercise.”#moveitorloseitTelomeres were on my mindHere’s an easy to follow page explaining telomeres—beyond “they are like the bits of plastic on the end of a shoelace” most of us have heard.Many of our lifestyle choices shorten telomeres—like sun burn and broken bones. Childhood illnesses can prematurely shorten them as do some genes.Another fun fact: “The only thing that is known to increase telomeres is having an older father, older fathers produced sperm that have slightly longer telomeres.” Here’s to all the old dads!Calorie Restriction as Anti-Aging Mechanism?Dr. Ford’s says, “The other thing that we know prolongs life and also suppresses cell division is calorie restriction when we're young. I don't know whether the calorie restriction when we're older does anything much and there's not there's not a lot of evidence.”Which is not to say it doesn’t have benefits for overall health whether it’s fasting or intermittent fasting.We talked about nutrigenomics, or gene testing to tell us what to eat, and the future of medicine and genes.Dr. Ford’s book “Why We Age” is focused on explaining this telomeres and what happens.You can find Dr. Ford’s website here. https://the-lifestyle-doctor.comCheck out her Youtube channel for some interesting tidbits on genes, food, and aging well.
30 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
You Are How You Move — Need a Makeover?
My guest, Annette Cashell, is a Restorative Exercise Specialist and Pilates instructor.You may recognize yourself in Annette. For many years she had a “real job” aka, sit at a desk for a long time every day. She took up Pilates to help with her lower back pain and did that for 16 years. “I still had issues with my wrist, with my knee, and eventually I had an issue with my neck. I had terrible chronic pain radiating down my arm. It got to the stage I was told I needed a fusion operation. I didn't want to do a neck fusion operation. I work with many people who came to my classes with fusions that hadn't gone that well.”Why were things still falling apart I wondered? So, I kind of looked into the big picture and I realized that I was what people called an active couch potato."Active couch potatoes, may exercise every day, maybe an hour or two every day but they're inactive the rest of the day.A light bulb went off for me.For Annette, “I had to reframe how I moved and I started looking at how many hours I sat and how sedentary I was.”She trained with NutritiousMovement.com, avoided the neck fusion operation, is on no meds, has had no pain since then. “I've also reversed the bone loss in my spine and my hips, which I contribute to adding movement to my diet.”I’m now all ears…The difference between movement and exercise. “In my mind, exercise is something normally where you put on a particular type of clothing. You might wear certain types of shoes. You might have a tennis racket or a piece of equipment in your hand. You might even drive there to do it. And you also normally have in your head a certain amount of time allocated to it. And when you've done this, you tend to take it off your mental list.”Movement is the rest of the day, which might sound horrendous, but it's not because it's very small, frequent bouts of movement spread throughout your day."#wecandothisIn the good old days people moved a lot just getting through the day.Washing clothes by hand, walking to stores or farming, cooking. Now we ride or drive everywhere, machines wash and dry our clothes, food is delivered ready to eat.As Annette said, “We have to physically crowbar a bit of exercise into our day.”Nutritious movement has the argument, the training that she did, that movement is not medicine. Movement is nutrition.#movementisnutritionOur conversation about bare feet led to talk about kids and bare feet. Annette works with schools on the movement and kids thing and has had remarkable results with them when they take off their shoes.“Our feet are sensors, sensory devices, you have twenty thousand sensory receptors in the soles of your feet. So, if you got your child and put gloves on their hands and expect them to thrive, you would realize that's ridiculous.”Bare feet and women, the pelvic floor—two subjects I never thought I’d write in one sentence. Annette explains it better than I will—just listen or read the transcript.The sneeze, jump, and cough pee are not inevitable. Back to the pelvic floor and balance, bare feet, and zombie movies. If you missed the episode on Escape rooms and zombies, it’s here.Got "tech neck"? You likely do if you spend a good deal of time looking down at your phone or tablet and that’s only going to lead to problems down the road.Annette recommends standing more in your day as an easy way to sit less.Of course, you can move more while sitting but people might think you’re weird.She mentioned a simple towel roll for our chairs that will align our spine.What about exercise? Is one kind better than another?“If you love the gym, go to the gym. If you love cycling on a bike at the gym, that's fine. But realize how much you're sitting the rest of the day. So, if the rest of your day requires sitting, cycling on a bike might not be the best exercise for you.”#peloton4everWhy she’s not a fan of treadmills and why our brains don’t do well while reading while walking on a treadmill.Awareness is important. How can you build in little awarenesses that it’s time to move, at least to get up from the seat and do something for a few minutes?You likely already get psychic hits from your body that it wants to move—give your body what it wants.No conversation about movement (and pelvic floors) would be complete with including the squatty potty. Hey, humans were designed to squat.Now that you’ve been introduced to this fabulous woman’s work, if you want to learn more she’s got a free webinar titled, Take the Pain Out of Working from Home.Want to know if you are—or how much you are—an active couch potato? Sign up for Annette’s newsletter and she’ll send you her “How to sit less” package. In it you’ll find a calculator that will show you—honest answers only please—your health risk based on how much you sit. If you recreate your environment to add movement into your routine you don’t need willpower anymore. Like replacing your desk chair with a yoga ball or get that squatty potty bench. She’s got lots more ideas too.I shared TMI about camping and well, you know, squatting.Annette’s website is here: https://www.malahidepilates.comFollow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MovementMakeovers/And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovementMakeoversShe’s got a really fun video on her FB page.If you could use a movement makeover I can’t think of a better person to help than Annette. That goes for the whole family and for your school if you are an educator.
36 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Raw, Whole-Plant CBDa Offers Hope and Healing
Justin Benton and his wife are the founders and owners of 101CBD products. They created their Organic, Raw, Whole-Plant, True Full Spectrum CBDa oil to assist their child after a diagnosis of severe, regressive autism at age two. Their relentless search for a holistic solution led them to raw hemp as well as lifestyle changes. Having experienced a miracle for their family, they are on a mission to educate the world about the benefits of raw CBDa, and provide the highest quality Hemp products so other families can try the same thing that worked for theirs. The early days of their search led them to Dr. Raphael Mechoulam.A special shown on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta told the story of a young girl, Charlotte Figi who suffered from hundreds of seizures a day. When treated with this miracle plant in its raw form, her seizures were almost non-existant.Dr. William Courtney the man whose work introduced Justin to juicing raw cannabis. And the guy who proposes high doses of raw THCA as an antioxidant and for reversing certain medical conditions. When not heated, these strains do not make you high but have enormous benefits.Justin tells an amazing story about how fast this juiced version of hemp helped his son. From kicking and screaming tantrum to calm, playing with other kids, like nothing was ever wrong and it happened within minutes.He is clear about CBD being part of a whole health program to help his child. “And it's not just CBD. You've got to do the other work, too. You are what you eat. The water has got to be clean, reverse osmosis, natural spring water. You need to make sure that you exercise, and sleep needs to be right.”He predicts the future for hemp is juice bars and farmers markets so we can juice it at home.I didn’t know that hemp has all twenty-one amino acids, and a perfect balance of omega 3s and 6s.There are different ways that you can consume the plant. Capsule, obviously, they're going to dry it and there's going to be some denaturing. Anything like that goes through digestive system and stomach acid, your liver, your kidney before it gets processed into your blood.The real absorption rate of a capsule or even an edible anything is around five or six percent absorption rate.Taken sublingually you can get up to 70 percent absorption by holding it there for seven minutes under your tongue.People will also make suppositories by mixing it with cocoa butter and freezing it. Absorption then climbs to 99%.About the taste? “You just got to grin and bear it.” Their product does come flavored. Bacon flavored CBD? They’ve got it.Besides he said, when your pain goes away or is greatly reduced, when you can finally sleep, when your auto immune issue goes away, that makes dealing with the taste worthwhile, right?My testimonial for their product:I had gotten some upsetting news, a possible medical diagnosis no one wants. My anxiety was off the charts and I could not calm my mind. I knew this was exactly the kind of thing CBD is known for relieving so I took the recommended amount, held it under my tongue for as close to 5 minutes as possible. Within 10 minutes I could focus. I was able to think positively again. I’m a believer.(PS I'm fine, the tests were negative)Justin explained why this works so quickly. Caveat—although many CBD enthusiasts recommend taking it daily for health, I found that I was a bit off when taking it twice a day as recommended. For now, I’ll use it on an as needed basis.How about skin care products, does it really make a difference?Another testimonial from moi. I tried the Raw Renew skin care cream and it def improved the brightness of my skin. It soothes dry skin too. Although they suggest using it twice per day it’s not my go to for a quick morning moisturizer. It’s thick, feels gritty—in a good way not harsh—and takes some time to absorb into the skin. A little goes a long way so don’t let the price scare you off. I asked him if there is anyone CBD is not good for. He couldn’t think of a single situation. As he’s fond of saying “CBD is in broccoli and kale, so just kind of use that as the driving force. So, like, what is broccoli bad for?”And he also said, “consult with your physician” if you are on medications.Rumor has it CBD helps diminish cravings for alcohol, drugs, and opioids. Justin has heard from plenty of people that have had that experience. My 89-year-old aunt says she doesn’t have the urge for wine like she used to since starting CBD.Grab the transcript on Justin's episode page or listen in for why organic hemp, the importance of COAs for more than just his products, and more.If you want to try it, reach out to us. We'll send you one for free and see for yourself.Get a free sample of 101CBD (You have to pay postage)Things we talked aboutJustin’s siteCertificates of Analysis for their productsFind them on IG
33 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Life is Like an Escape Room Complete with Zombies
My guest today is Christina Eanes and get this, she was an FBI agent and trained other agents. How cool is that?Through more than fifteen years of public service with a California police department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christina worked on an array of programs, including the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and the FBI’s Leadership Development Program, where her teams helped train thousands of leaders.From there—all before she was 40—she knew it was time to jump into entrepreneurship. In her leadership development and coaching company Christina inspires others to take responsibility for their success at work and home. Along with her team, she provides invaluable strategies that lead to better professional and personal relationships, improved communication skills, and, ultimately, increased productivity in accomplishing personal and organizational goals.Which brings us to Escape rooms or games.Really? According to Christina, “Escape rooms help us see clearly how we create our own realities and how we experience life.” She and her husband are pr0- escapeletes (pronounced escape-leets) with a 97% success rate. You def want her on your team when the zombies are approaching.For those who don’t know what an escape room is, here’s a Wiki on them.A good part of their success is setting an intention for the kind of experience they want to have. For them it’s always relationship first. “When you walk in with relationship first, it really changes how you communicate with each other, the level of stress in the room and realizing that we're here to get through this together, it just creates more collaboration, too.”It's great for emotional intelligence, too.Like many of us having come through Covid, “nothing today is taken for granted” she told us.And I’ve heard from other coaches that many more women are waking up to “I just realized that if this is all there is, this is not enough for me” or “this is not the way I want this to be.” Have you experienced feelings like this? Dissatisfaction with something in your life?When you are in that place there are plenty of new opportunity, a lot of excitement or enthusiasm. But I know that it can be scary when you don't know what to do or how to make change happen.Christina’s latest book is:The Secrets to Super ProductivityThe secret to super productivity is all about managing your energy, not your time,Here’s her 3 step system for productivity1. Know yourself—know when your energetically the strongest2. Know your "ECs" and your ECs are your energy consumers and energy creators.3. Plan accordingly.In her system she identifies 4 levels of energy 4. super productive, firing on all pistons 3. productive, getting stuff done just not bursting with energy 2. Meh, you can do things but not with great enthusiasm 1. Zombie mode, binge watching, lights are on, no one’s homeTL;DR -- know where you're at on any given day and be prepared to pivot.CE: “A lot of people think that they can multitask. And they actually can. It's just their brain is switching back and forth constantly, which takes up more energy.”And when energy management is the key to getting more done then maybe we should stop.This is also true for willpower. We only have a certain amount each day and it is tied to the energy you get, the budget we’re given.Living this way is not a one and done, it takes constant awareness.Just like emotional intelligence. We must constantly manage our perceptions, our emotional intelligence, and our energy.#adultingishardChristina’s system gives us permission to practice self-care. It almost ensures we’ll do the work to find out how we protect our energy—the right food, water, good sleep, staying away from toxic people—if we want to be successful at it.Like many of my listeners, Christina is experiencing the symptoms of peri-menopause. We agreed that hormones really drive everything. How she deals with unexpected hot flashes or other irritating symptoms is to ease up on her commitments and give herself some grace.Did you know that the little three pound thing in our head, aka the brain, takes up 20 percent of our daily metabolic energy. The more breaks we can give it the better.Who doesn’t love a pity party?Pity parties are important but only if you limit them, as in, set a timer, wallow on the clock, feel what you want to feel and then get back to life.CE’s final words of wisdom, “Keep going to be self-aware of your energy levels, your emotions, your perception, how that's getting in your way. And quit bleeping around and keep moving forward.”Christina’s websiteQuit Bleeping Around The PodcastSecretive to Super Productivity On this page you can find a link to the book and the classLife Is An Escape RoomHere you can find Christina’s recommended reading list
42 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The power of Body Love Over 50
My guest today is Brenda Fredericks, mother and former middle school teacher turned Transformational Coach. She is the founder of Body Love, a method designed to show women how to create a new healthy relationship with their bodies so they can experience more joy, ease, and sexiness in their lives.As a body love skeptic myself Brenda’s boldness about her journey intrigued me.Here’s a bit of how she talks about the journey to who she is now:“And with each iteration of ME, I have gotten closer to my core.At the beginning of my journey, I was afraid. I thought I would lose something by following my deepest desires, but it turns out the opposite is true.What has happened instead is that I keep becoming more and more aligned with my self. My relationships are deep and rich and I have way more joy.I have become a woman I deeply trust.”We had a deep and conversation and Brenda got raw and real talking about her 52 year-old body, bathing suit shopping, the thong woman who changed her life, and grieving the younger bodies we no longer have.On the subject of body love and intimacy:“Intimacy isn’t just sexual, it can happen in a conversation with a friend but if you are walking around with the weight of “God, they're looking at my wrinkles or I wonder if I look fat?” you meet a friend for lunch, then that's there. That's also present in the encounter, in the relationship experience, and that's not allowing for the full juiciness of it. It robs the encounter of intimacy.”Our conversation covered relationships with others and wanting to be right vs recognizing an ego moment.How to quell an argument or avoid it: Brenda says, “one of the biggest skills that I learned in intimacy in conversation was when you're stuck with someone when things are heated, to just say ‘You know what? I don't know what to say right now.’ And that adds breath to a conversation. It's just a little tool that I use when I remember.It's a vulnerable thing to do and vulnerability is a superpower.”Have you ever asked your body what it wants? Rather than wearing an outfit because it’s “expected” check in and find out what would feel good.That’s body love.Brenda offers a class called Reveal which has a daily practice component. It’s open to men and women and it’s for people who want to work with their mind and not necessarily believe their thoughts, people who want to come to the table and have connection and see what's possible. “We do writing and meditation and practices that help us reflect on our behavior, who we are, and letting go of our fears so we can access our desires. It's like a little mini transformation every day” Brenda told us.We moved on to the importance of right mindset. How we view our day, and how we choose to see our experience of aging, is just as important as the actual physical process and trying to take care of the body.To close I asked Brenda what she would say to someone who’s new to the idea of body love. “Just being with where you are right now, in this moment, just being with what's true in this moment. You know, whatever it is, whether it's grief, or joy, or I'm scared, or I want to make a change, or my ass is too big, or I love my breasts, whatever it is, just, like what's true for you. And just be with that.” She offered a simple exercise too. You’ll have to tune in to get it.Things we mentioned:Her websiteReveal ProgramFacebookInstagramClubhouse
40 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Hormones Aren't Just for Sex — They Run The Show
My guest today, Claire Snowdon Darling, is a specialist in menopause and hormonal imbalances, adrenal issues and chronic fatigue and emotional issues such as anxiety and the connection between them all.She is the visionary founder and senior practitioner at Balanced Wellness, the UK’s leading Alternative Health Experts, and The College of Functional Wellness, a training School offering accredited training programmes in a new and exciting approach to health. At its core it focuses on the complex interplay between hormone systems and the root cause of modern health conditions.All of this came out of her battle to find the cause of her sudden, very early menopause, endless fatigue, depression, weight gain—all of this before she turned 40! And started when she almost died in childbirth with her daughter.Claire got into energy healing before it was cool in the UK. When she was a teenager she dabbled in crystals, took one of the first Reiki classes offered, and thought about a career in osteopathy. But the world of holistic health found her once again with the trauma that followed bringing her daughter in.Many specialists tried and failed to diagnose Claire’s fatigue, sleeplessness, weight gain but western medicine had nothing for her. Anyone else feel western medicine has nothing for you?She’s been doing everything right—or so she thought—in the diet and exercise categories. She researched every bit of science she could find for answers. She trained in 16 modalities and finally knew she had to create her own model for treatment which she did with her partner. They call it the Triangle of Hormonal Health. And with that they opened the wellness center.I asked Claire if I was overstating the importance of hormones in my course, The Weight Loss Express, when I say “hormones run every show.”“I wish? No, you're not” she laughed.We talked about all of the hormone pathways, organs, and disrupters. And all of the ways we get out of whack. The key players? Food, Movement, Stress, Sleep.Did you know that “But if we're stressed, we actually have a hormone response that will, for example, shorten and tighten one leg, which is why a lot of us have pelvic instability.”Other topics: Food sensitivities training, kinesiology, Bioidentical hormone replacement, what kind, when, for what symptomsHistamine one more thing to deal with at peri-menopause and beyond. #nomoreproseccoThe importance of progesteroneWhy BHRT is not just for peri-menopause symptoms. Estrogen is cardio, brain, and bone protective and bioidentical hormones are safe.What works for dry nether regions…and what doesn’t.Claire works one on one with people all over the world. Learn more here.Things we talked about:Balanced Wellness, Claire’s wellness centerIf you want to see what your symptoms tell her, she has a Symptom Assessor. This could be your first step to wellness. Don’t worry, it’s free.LarabarHidden Hormone Disruptors that hinder your weight loss
39 minutes | May 28, 2021
"Are you your own worst enemy? How to become your own best friend"
My guest today, Deborah Ivanoff is a Master Business Coach, Certified Mediator, Speaker, Author & Facilitator. She helps people resolve the delicate "business in their heart" so they can "get back to their business" in the world.Her signature approach addresses the root challenges that keep high-achieving people from the success and fulfillment they know they deserve. With her “inner to outer” approach, Deborah’s happy clients and fans lovingly refer to her as “The Being Coach.”“Negative” emotions are not bad—though many of us have been taught the opposite—but, as Deborah says, “they will keep you stuck where you’ve always been, until you learn how to use them.”We discussed ways to coach ourselves through those bad times, like so bad you think you can’t breathe bad. Deborah’s divorce took seven long years during which time she had to raise two little kids and support herself. In the worst of the chaos she had a spark of genius—or intuition. She realized that if she wanted to have the kind of relationship with her children that she’d dreamed of, she would have to find a way to get up out of the pit of anger and despair she felt.And she did and it became her life’s work to help others do the same.We talked about how the mean girl is always on call and how to tame her or at least shut her down rather than allowing her to run the show.Deborah actually has conversations with hers but speaks to her as she would anyone who needs attention or help; kindly and as a coach. You can do this on paper if talking to yourself isn’t your thing.And often this mean girl is running the same song over and over. Deborah says it’s a pattern.And most of the mean girl taunts, or negative things we play over and over were given to us by someone when we were young. We don’t question these limiting suggestions, like “Who do you think you are?” or “You’re not so smart.”The importance of the question, “is this really what it seems to be?” In the heat of a moment things can feel insurmountable. Are they really?We talked about releasing emotions, positive and negative and being comfortable doing it. Oh, and about the time I threw a chair an an ex…What do you do to release stress, reconnect with your happy place? For Deborah it’s nature. Me too! But I also love Brain.FM and Headspace for guided or unguided short meditations.Listen in for more stories and ideas on how to coach yourself back into the place where possibility lives and you are in your power.Things we mentioned: Brain.FM Headspace.com Deborah’s Website Find her everywhere via Linktr.ee
39 minutes | May 11, 2021
Control Your Thoughts — Enjoy a Better Life
Yes, you can control your thoughts in any situationErin McCollough is a Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer, studying under Mike Dooley. While getting certified, it became clear to her that her life's purpose is to help businesspeople find joy, purpose, and meaning in their lives. She coaches and conducts her own trainings on changing the way we think so that we are in control of what we can control—our emotions, reactions, and actions—in any situation.Erin began this work when she had hit rock bottom after divorce and a dizzying work schedule that produced piles of stress. She woke up one day and realized she didn’t recognize who she was. That’s when she began to seek personal development. Her life immediately began to look very different and includes peace of mind and finding the love of her life.You may have heard that we are not our thoughts. When you drill down into what this means you realize it's a power tool for getting through life.Erin says, “You can create separateness and recognize that you aren’t your thoughts, and you aren't the emotions that arise, they are just predictable things that you do based on past experiences.” One powerful idea that has made a big difference for me and for her is having a thought about a person or situation, and then deciding whether I want to say it or not. The thought is not in control.Find out what impenetrable joy is and why it’s important. Here’s a hint, it helps ground us so we don’t get rocked or knocked off our game when things get tough.Don’t wait to feel joy or happiness until x, y or z happens, choose to have it now despite what might be going on in your life.You are not the story, the things that happened to you.When we decide to make a changes it’s sometimes not a good idea to tell those who love us. Why? Because they want us to stay the same just as much as our reptilian brain wants us to stay the same. It takes them out of their comfort zone if we start to become different or be different. Feeling irritable? Take a breath and ask, “why am I getting triggered here?” That pause is a chance to not react and have a different, better, outcome than what reaction usually leads to.Erin’s WebsiteFind her on social media: Insta, Facebook, and LinkedInWe talked about:Mike DooleyOprahVisualizationA Course in Miracles
39 minutes | May 3, 2021
Meditation Doesn’t Have to be Hard or Take Hours
Terry teaches adults and kids--imagine that--how to meditate. Our conversation was different than any others I've had about meditation in that, Terry makes the how to, simple.He has helped clients get out of unhealthy relationships and into healthy ones, launch their business, start their careers, and explore their inner spirituality by teaching them meditation and coaching them into fulfillment.As in we don't have to sit in a certain position, clear our minds completely--have you tried that lately--or go deep.He told me, "I find it hilarious that I'm teaching this, while of all the wonderful skills that we've developed in the world, all the advances in technology, we have yet to really understand the breath and the value of it."If you breathe, you are valuable. Think about the power in that."Why am I not able to build a consistent practice?" Terry says he thinks it's because we put too much emphasis on the idea of sitting and closing our eyes in contemplation. I have to agree but isn't that what we are supposed to do?Not at all. There are many levels of consciousness and therefore many levels of meditation. How big is the question you are trying to answer? That can determine how deep you go.Terry's book is, Meditate, Breathe into the Meditation and Awaken Your Potential, you can purchase it as an audio book or paperback. His website is here:You can find him on IG. And Facebook
28 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Are you really losing your mind? Brain Health Strategies
Dr. Cynthia Green is a psychologist and a leading expert on cognitive wellness. We're talking about our brains, girls. Cynthia has written six books on the topic and has been featured as a media guest of all the great places in the world to be included. IShe even did a book with National Geographic on your best brain ever.Her company, Total Brain Health offers brain training tools for individuals such as the TBHToolbox365, THB Toolkits for communities and TBH Academy, continuing ed for Professionals.We might not think that the heart, for example, matters to the brain, but in fact, the cardiovascular system is implicated in the second leading cause of dementia, which is dementias that are related to vascular incidents like stroke and stroke as a major brain injury. But people always worry about dementia. They don't necessarily think about stroke as a brain injury is a leading injury and cause of death.Leading a brain healthy lifestyle includes things like maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular physical exercise, not smoking, using alcohol in a moderate amount. And in one of those studies, doing cognitively stimulating activities could cut dementia risk significantly up to 60 percent.Depending on the configuration of our genes we can be susceptible to Alzheimer’s. But one study did show also that you can modify that risk by the choices you make day to day in terms of how we live.Dementia is a broad category that defines any disease that impacts memory and other cognitive functions.When we diagnose dementia, we're looking at someone who had a higher level of functioning previously. So, there's a decline that's significant, that's impacting their short-term memory in general, but their memory and then usually one other area of cognitive function.Alzheimer's is a kind of dementia.The researchers that have talked about Alzheimer's as a potential type III diabetes come from the research about inflammation. And it's still theoretical. But it is very interesting because we really don't know what causes Alzheimer's disease.It is true that as we grow older, our hair color changes, our vision changes, but also or certain cognitive skills change. It doesn't mean they go away it means we have to work on them.Social engagement is huge. It's huge for our well-being. It's very big for successful aging and for our brains.And as we grow older, we tend to be placed on multiple medications. Sometimes those medications can interact and impact our functioning. If you have concerns about your medications--and by the way, your supplements, because your supplements actually do do something,even if you can buy them in the grocery aisle-- talk to your doctor and to your pharmacist on a regular basis, review all the medicines you're on, even if it's not something that they are prescribing to you.Sadly Dr. Green did not have a brain supplement to recommend. She’s a strong believer in the food as medicine theory. That said, Omega 3 fatty acides and B12 are two she feels can’t hurt and have some good science behind them.We are social animals. It's good for our spirit. And when we can, we can even go out and exercise together againThings we discussedNat Geo Book Your Best Brain EverThe Blue Zones.Total Brain Health You can check out all of her companies products there.
41 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Injection Therapy for Pain Relief and Joint Regeneration
Dr. Angela Cortal is an Oregon based naturopath who has made it her mission to change how we approach and treat chronic joint pain by reversing the causes.WHAT? Reversing the causes of things like arthritis or chronic pain?Yes ma’am and without invasive surgery or prolonged treatments that keep you coming back for more rather than setting you free. We're talking about reversing the causes of things like arthritis, one joint at a timeDr. Angela’s journey to Doctor of regeneration therapies began when she tore her ACL at 19.She was in pain for years but along the way to pain free she learned a few things.Like: there's a lot more to joints than just wearing and tearing and falling apart. And, when it comes to chronic pain and chronic joint pain, what we eat, what we do and don't put into our bodies every day plays a huge role.Especially putting in too much of what doesn’t work. #justhtemessengerInsulin resistance creates an insulin excess that is sort of spilled over, so to speak, into the actual joint tissue itself. You can get tested for this specific issue. They do a sampling of the joint tissue.Seven out of eight adults in the US have at least one of the markers which are related to a host of different chronic diseases like blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes.Speaking of high blood sugar, we discussed continuous blood sugar monitoring or CGM.Rather than a finger stick a few times a day, this is a patch type thing you wear that gives you the information that you can't get otherwise. It answers the question, “how is my body reacting to what I'm doing through the course of the day?” Not just what you are eating.And this is not just for those with diabetes. They are popular with biohacker types who want to maximize their health by keeping blood sugar in a healthy range all day.Here’s Dr. Cortal on hormones. “If someone has a deficiency in certain types of hormones, we do see that they get an earlier arthritis diagnosis and that it accelerates faster. So, they go from mild to moderate to severe in less years than someone who does not have that same hormonal deficiency.”And this “It’s more likely, more prevalent that folks with certain hormonal deficiencies get more joint replacement surgeries. The top hormones that I see again and again in the research are thyroid levels and estrogen and testosterone.Get those hormones tested peeps and if you need a boost, bio-identical hormones are safe. You can read more on that in my book.About her injection therapies:“First we have to identify what are your sources of pain, where is your pain coming from so that we can figure out would someone be a good candidate for injection therapies to those sites. Would this help that area heal? They different therapies, Prolotherapy and PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections )mimic what's called a stem cell migration signal, which is just a fancy term of saying we're kind of tricking the body, kind of biohacking.”I wanted to know how long this type of treatment lasts. “If they stop coming to someone like you, will they backslide, will the pain return?”She said that unlike some treatments like chiropractic—not saying anything bad about this modality—someone may go continuously for a long time. With injection therapies the whole idea is that we have reversed that chronic, lingering injury. We've gotten a deeper level of healing that just wasn't happening previously. And then they should go out and live their life. And they do. I'll see patients for a short period of time and then I don't see them until, I don't know, maybe they overdo it or have a tumble on a snowboard.If you are reading this before May 3 and would like to benefit from one on one time with Dr. Cortal in a small group, you are in time to register for her Foundations of Resilience program. (If not use the link to get on the waiting list for next time)This 4 week program comprises four pillars of health, each focusing on a different essential aspect of what helps (and what hurts!) when it comes to chronic joint pain.It’s virtual—of course—and you can bring labs or questions and get Dr. Cortal’s insights on your specific problem.Use this link to go to the waiting list page and use this code RWO50 to have access to the VIP tier at the intro tier pricing. (A savings of $70!) If this sounds like something you could benefit from or are just curious, listen in for the whole discussion or grab a copy of Dr. Cortal’s book. I sent it to a friend who was contemplating knee replacement therapy and she reconsidered to do some more investigating.By all means share this with anyone you know struggling with chronic pain.AOAPRM, is the organization of prolotherapy and PRP practitioners. Her website is: https://www.drcortal.comHer book: Younger Joints Today, Your 7 Step Plan to turn back the hands of time and get your joints healing, moving, and feeling their best.”
36 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
There Are No Do-Overs In End Of Life
Jennifer O’Brien helps people talk about caregiving and end of life. She encourages compassionate, real conversation through her book, The Hospice Doctor’s Widow: A Journal, where she shares her story of caregiving through collages and writings. After years of caring for people with serious illness as a physician, Jennifer’s husband, Bob Lehmberg, was diagnosed with a stage IV, metastatic cancer. But caregiving for the man who had made a 40-year career of caregiving as a physician was not easy.I wondered, How do you be normal and allow the normal feelings that arise in any relationship when they are dying and you are going to live?She related a funny story or two in that regard and one particularly ugly spat early on gave her an aha--she would never allow herself to go there again because she was responsible for the memories she would create during this time. Preventable regrets is the flip side.Caring for Bob made her a better person, Jennifer said."A lot of what caregiving is about, is that you're self aware, hopefully, but you're also managing your future survivorship." One of the first things Jennifer said to me before our call was, at the end of life comes death. How true and how few of us want to face that never mind prepare for it.She stressed the importance of having the conversations now, before the illness, the accident, or the random act that finds you at the mercy of a hospital or ER.She suggested the Conversation Project group for help with these conversations.Or, if you want to have a little fun with the subject, she suggests The Death Deck. I'm adding it to my Christmas family games night.Either way Jennifer said, "these conversations are as intimate as it gets as far as I'm concerned, to be the one who talks to somebody about what they want and don't want, at the end of their life, and then have that great honor of helping to carry that out."We also talked about:Anticipatory grief. The Hospice Doctor's Widow, a journalSlow Medicine, a group on FacebookThere are fifty three million caregivers in the United States, family unpaid caregivers, and that's a number that is pre-Covid19, that number is only going up.If you are not currently a caregiver, you know someone who is. You know someone who has a spouse, a parent, a sibling, or a friend with a life-limiting condition and is struggling to feel supported and whole while caring for and ultimately losing their loved one. Caregivers are the ubiquitous, unsung heroes of our time, each of us is one, knows one or will soon become one. Jennifer's book, which I bought for myself just to experience, would make a thoughtful gift for someone in that role of caregiver.Don't let the topic put you off, this was a light hearted, fun, and important conversation.
35 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Functional Movement for Pain Relief
My guest, Carl Reader, addresses the root causes of pain. He is a Functional Movement Coach, Personal Trainer and have a background in Exercise Physiology and Pilates.What this means for you is the possibility of exercising safely without risk of pain and injury or getting to the root cause of your pain so you get relief.I had a virtual session with Carl during which he corrected my posture getting up from a chair to protect my sometimes achey knees, showed me a safer stretch for my hips, and approved my aerial yoga inversions. That was good news because I love to hang upside down!He did suggest that one of my favorite core body exercises, the plank, might not be the best way to get the results I'm looking for. This was actually good news as my wrists are not so happy in plank pose.But let's talk pain. Pain is a thief isn't it?One of the questions that led Carl to do this work is "Why does the pain keep coming back?" after treatments even with Chiropractic or other so called functional movement therapies.Because something is not being addressed he said.Sometimes it's a habitual wrong movement we return to after treatment, and sometimes, Carl says, it's more than just balancing the muscles there are thoughts and emotions and beliefs intimately connected with out movements.Yes we did get into the mind/body connection.He has anecdotal evidence that I find fascinating. Listen up women. He has noticed over the years that women's pain is often on their left sides. And women are more relational. "So any sort of relational stress--that can be relationships to friends, family, and even to yourself, how you view yourself, negative body images, thoughts can show up as pain. It's just is so connected. So men are on the right side. That's the ego side of the power, it's the striving and trying too hard. Worry, anxiety and fear are also right side pains." He points this out to say that sometimes just hearing that your pain could be related to or caused by some kind of relationship--even to yourself--can start the healing process. Acknowledging this can move the needle.More on that Carl said another reason for pain could be that we're carrying, literally carrying this emotional weight or pressure in the body, in the muscles.Bottom line? Don't suffer with pain. Get help. We talked about something called "The sit to rise test" When I described it to Carl he said he'd be surprised anyone over 5o could do it, In his practice he has people start on a short stool, maybe a foot off the ground. This test is said to predict how long a life you'll have. I tried it again before posting this and I've lost a point in the past few years. But as with all other forms of strength building, it's never too late to improve.Here's a page with a video and directions: Sit to Stand ExerciseCarl has virtual sessions on offer on his website. Carl's Website
44 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Your Thyroid May Need Attention
For twenty-five years, Mary Shomon about that I have been out in the thyroid trenches fighting for decent care and awareness and doing what she can to help support her fellow thyroid patients.She has written 15 books and the majority of them are on thyroid and autoimmune health and hormonal health, many of them are New York Times best sellers.She took on the powers that were, back in the 90s but that haven’t changed much, to bust the myth that the symptoms of hypothyroidism—fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, dysregulated body temps, and more—were all in people’s heads. The message boards she was researching in were full of women saying otherwise.If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, or these from Mary’s site, and have been told “it's probably that you're stressed, depressed, PMS, menopausal, lazy, got to get off the couch, eat less, work out more and take an antidepressant”: know you are not alone. You need a doc or patient advocate like Mary to focus on the health of your thyroid.The most common test a doc will give a person who comes in with symptoms is the TSH test, which stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH is a pituitary hormone and it's what we refer to as a messenger hormone, it is not a thyroid hormone at all but it is one piece—and one piece only—of the thyroid profile one needs.It is a secondary marker of what's going on with the gland itself.Using only TSH as the measure of thyroid health leaves a lot of people who may have levels that fall into the so-called--and quite controversial--reference range, or the normal range. They may be looking normal on paper, but they certainly don't feel normal.This is a huge piece of information people, and one I did not know, Mary pointed out, “If you look at the prescribing instructions for anti-depressants and cholesterol lowering statin drugs, both of them say very clearly a complete thyroid panel should be performed before this medication is prescribed.”Some women who experience mild depression and are given antianxiety or antidepressant drugs, who never had this problem before, they get their thyroid diagnosed and treated, depression lifts. They're fine. It wasn't a mental health problem.If you find it difficult to lose weight even though you are eating well and exercising, if you’ve seen a doctor about this, you might be greeted with, “You just need to eat less and work out more.” Weight gain or inability to lose weight are common with hypothyroidism.She also warned, “Ladies, if you're penciling in those eyebrows, it's probably a thyroid get you need to get it checked.”I asked Mary what age is too old to look at the thyroid for symptom relief. “There's never a wrong time to feel better and to get to the root of this.” She talked about clients in their 80s who started to lose their usual energy, got the right thyroid tests, the right thyroid supplementation—meds or otherwise—came back to her and say things like, “I feel so much younger. I'm energetic, my joints don't hurt anymore. I'm out there gardening. I'm doing my dance class. I'm doing the things I love, playing with my grandkids.” And so, there's never a wrong age.Shifts in estrogen and progesterone that women experience during the transitional period of perimenopause and after menopause and periods stop can be a trigger for the onset of various thyroid issues.We discussed dessicated thyroid meds where all of the thyroid hormones are built in because they are formulated from the thyroid glands of pigs. And have been for one hundred years or more.If you’ve been given Synthroid or another T4 only medication, and don’t feel well yet or feel worse—which is what happened in my case years ago—you can ask your doc to add some T3. (Mary explains it in our chat) or switch to a natural, dessicated version.Dessicated thyroid meds are not FDA approved, but are FDA regulated legal to prescribe.They have been around and saving lives since before the FDA was born!Mary is the kind of coach you want if you can’t get answers to your stubborn symptoms and are tired of Dr. Google. She has talked with hundreds and thousands of people, read tens of thousands of journals, books, and articles, and can pull something together quickly for you so you don't have to spend all the time doing the homework.HypothyroidismHashimoto's ThyroiditisNational Library of MedicineMary on FacebookDr. Richard ShamasTirosintLiving Well with HypothyroidismThe Menopause Thyroid Solution
34 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Living Longer is the New Normal!
My guest is Dr. Joe Casciani. He has a 30-year history in long-term care as a psychologist and mental health, and an expert in mental health practices. He is most interested in the aging part, how the psychology of aging is applied and how we can age better. His new business is called Living to One HundredJoe believes that successful aging is more about a mindset than we give that attention."My whole career focused on aging and looking at kind of the upside to aging, not just the decline" Dr. JoeWhat does "Turn aging on its head", The Living to 100 Club's tagline rally mean? It means we should stop using number as any kind of gauge of what we should or should not be doing. To give up that those self-limiting beliefs that really hold us back and foster those negative stereotypes.Joe says, "we should dig deep and finding some some new energy and new potential and new interest. He thinks this is our future as we age.He and I agree that it's super important to stay connected with other people.We talk about the importance of waking up each morning with a smile on our faces, (in theory anyway 😎) and saying, what's my purpose today? What's my objective? What's my goal today? And we really need to have that, whatever it is, whether it's solitary or whether it's social and interpersonal, we really have to have something to look forward to.We all know the importance of exercise but Joe has a confession, "I don't find it fun. I just find it necessary. So I do it."Mindset figured bigly into our conversation and how, as Epictetus would say, "We are disturbed not by events, but by the views we take of these events." Joe mentioned this in answer to my question about how to deal with sudden upsets, hurdles, like illness or loss."How we interpret events, how we explain events that colors how well we cope with them, how well we manage them" will make the difference in how we heal or get through things. Fire and determination are always within us and as we age this is an important concept to carry with us. And, to have people in our lives who will remind us of that, help us remember it.Speaking of remembering, looking back on other times in our lives where we've done hard things, survived when we weren't sure we would, are also important ideas to hold on to.Listen to how Dr. Joe answered my question; "Do you think that goals for life play into how we recover?"And how easy it is--despite what it may feel like in a moment--to completely change a belief about ourselves and others. "The future is often written by the past which limits our possibility of what could be in the future."In short, bad things happen and we get through them.And, More power to the oldies!Joe's book: Living Longer IS The New Normal, Lessons from a Geropsychologist on Living Longer, Staying Positive, and Making it Over the HurdlesHis website: Living to 100. ClubBooks and people we mentioned during our conversation:The Blue ZonesSuccessful Aging by Dr. Daniel LevitinDr. Joe DispenzaBruce LiptonDan SullivanSteve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson
40 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Vedic Astrology and Your Health — Mind and Body
Vedic astrology is the astrology of India. Prema and I talked about how this ancient Indian science can be used to support us on our journey physically, mentally and spiritually.There's no one time of life that we feel more drawn to get readings or explore our personalities, what makes us tick, but midlife is certainly a time when women especially begin to look inward after decades of being outward focused.Relationships, habits, our health, our belief systems--everything is subject to examination in search of what fulfills us, what will fulfill us in the years to come. Often we need help sorting through. Vedic astrology recognizes the physical body and all of its organs and systems within certain houses. If you've heard of Ayurveda--which is a western word that translates to "the science of life"--then you have had a glimpse into this bigger picture of the vedas.Think of the information you get from a vedic astrology reading as keeping you appraised of the spiritual weather ahead for you. This allows you to prepare for shifts in energy. Since we are all energy we are all affected by the prevailing energy. Even skeptics now cite mercury retrogrades as the devil in their tech and their lives.In addition, this ancient science gives you a bigger picture of your gifts and your shadows. Knowing both of these things--not just your gifts but your shadows--means you have more to work with when finding fulfillment or changing habits.You'll find out more as you listen in to my conversation with Prema Lee Gurreri, spiritual and business coach, vedic astrologer with 25 years experience, and owner of Soulutionary. Learn more about Prema's Sacred Wealth Code Readings here.
28 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Covid, The Vaccines, and Why We Can't Rely on Them to Save Us
Dr. Bob Bollinger is a renown epidemiologist and currently a Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, and serves on the Advisory Team for the Johns Hopkins Precision Medicine Center of Excellence for COVID-19. He has more than 40 years of experience in international public health, clinical research, and education dealing with such global health priorities as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, dengue, antibiotic resistant infections and other emerging diseases. I asked Dr. Bob to talk about how we got here, how we can get back to "normal" and why we should trust the vaccine.Also, is one vaccine safer than another. How do we know we can trust the ones that are out there now? And what he would say to someone who is not sure they want to get this vaccine.Bob is very clear, the vaccine is one way to move us in the direction of something like normal but we still must be practicing all the other ways we already know work.
39 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Lifestyle Strategies for Optimal Health — and Good Looks!
Food is more powerful than most people believe and we discuss how you can change your life and your health, one bite at a time.If we ate what our great grandparents ate, we would simplify the food thing.Kristen endured an entire decade of soul sucking events, cancer--hers and her mother's, Alzheimer's her dad's--marriage challenges, overwork, under caring for herself, more wine, more coffee, feelings of hopelessness. She woke up one day to the realization that, "If I continue to live like this, I will die and it will not be pretty."That morning she began her journey to a new and healthier life and her business, TheCulinaryCure.Com. because she knew she was not alone in her struggles.Sleep is when spinal fluid comes up and does a power wash on the brain and it helps our brains detox. It helps solidify memories, just it helps the organs repair and restore themselves.Forty three percent of what we do every single day is mindless repetition. When you can tap into that forty three percent and make those habits things that support you, you start to shift energy balance within yourself and you start to do more of the good things.Hydration is the low hanging fruit of wellness. What to add to water to add back the minerals and electrolytes that processing takes out.Look at your habits and you say is this habit serving me or is it no longer serving me?Mindless eating is the enemy of mindful health. Ask yourself when you are planning to eat, what do I want from this?We went on to talk about gut health--the quick and easy version--healthy fats, diabetes type 3, real sugar/fake sugar, blood sugar, diabetes, and the trio of healthy foods; fat, fiber, and protein.Kristen's new book How Healthy People Eat and Eater's Guide to Healthy Habits.Mastering daily food habits is a tool we can use to create culinary resilience, the ultimate wellness benefit.
14 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Everything is Food
This is not about the song from the "Popeye" movie. My version of Everything is Food is more metaphor meets actual life.It's like philosophy made practical.Did you know that your thoughts, what media you consume, and what comestible food you eat all cause many of the same chemicals to be released in your body?If you listen for food metaphors in your day to day conversations, podcasts, even the books you read, you'll realize we associate food and feeding with every aspect of life. The significance of this is, everything is then food.You "consume" information and information can "consume" your psyche good or bad.Our legs turn to jelly, he or she is a rotten apple, her office needs to be spiced up. Food and feelings are unconsciously tied.Did you know that an exhausting relationship may make you sick to your stomach with the same ferocity as an old piece of chicken? But you may keep eating because on some level that relationship feeds a need in you, even as you starve for a bit of love.Armed with this kind of information means we can bring awareness to what we are consuming literally and figuratively and make sure that our choices feed us well for the moment and for our years to come.A simple exercise to help you put this into practice: get mindful of all the people you interact with, the messages and media you consume, the food choices you make for every meal and snackand ask, does this add to my health, my life, my joy?Things I mentioned on this episode:HoremsisMarie KondoMy Twitter Mary Oliver's poem, "Don't Hesitate".
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