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59 minutes | 5 days ago
EP 81 - The Deep Dive - How Sena Sea Does Seafood Sustainably
My guest today is Sena Wheeler, the founder of Sena Sea. With fishing in her blood, so to speak, passed down from her grandfather. He immigrated from Norway with his brothers and became a commercial fisherman in 1938. They fished using traditional Norwegian longlines and passed the knowledge to their children, who passed it on again. Sena's father, Art, fished for thirty years, and Sena has fond memories of making trips with him on the Alrita as a teenager. In business with her husband, Rich, they are proud to be the third generation of fishermen carrying out their family tradition, and teaching their kids as well. Sena also has a master's degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a specialty in quantifying omega 3's in fish, and determining preferred handling. In this episode, we dished about sustainability, line-caught fish vs. farm-raised, the best way to cook seafood, and of course, Omega 3’s. Let’s dive in!
46 minutes | 18 days ago
EP 80 - Grapes Don’t Lie - What to Watch Out for when Choosing Wine
You’re here because you care about your health and the quality of food you put in your body, right? But, what about the beverages we consume, especially alcohol? I mean, those are agricultural products, too, and with consumption increasing at all-time highs, we better give a fork about what we’re sipping – for our health and the environment. In this episode, I’m dishing with Todd White, founder of Dry Farm Wines. With 15 years in the wine business, his life is dedicated to educating and helping people make better choices about food, nutrition, and how they think about consuming alcohol. Todd is a leader in the organic and Natural Wine movement and has widely educated communities on conscious consumption. Todd is deeply passionate about bringing people together to share love and laughter through Natural Wine.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 79 - The World Peace Prescription - 6 Mood-Boosting Foods for Happier Humans
Feeling moody lately? Let’s fix this. It’s National Nutrition Month and I would like to share with you 6 mood-boosting food categories that should find a place on your plate and in your gut. Our goal is to feel happier and stress-free every single day, so discover the light and reflect. Time for spring cleaning and cleansing your body, because if you haven’t felt like yourself lately, this episode is for you. Tune in and let’s boost ya up for real.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 78 - The Vitamin D Disgrace & the Great Cholesterol Myth with Dr. Jonny Bowden
As humans, we’re inundated with choices in our everyday lives, but I can say without any reservation, our overall health is our most valuable currency. The question is, what are we buying into? In our quest to ‘armor up’ our immunity, we may well be completely missing the mark if we don’t pay attention to these two things – Vitamin D and Cholesterol. One of my absolute favorite nutrition and functional medicine straight-shooters, Jonny Bowden, shares his invaluable insights to kick off National Nutrition Month and offers a great IMMUNITY REPORT – just for our listeners – to help set the record straight with specific products and information Jonny himself recommends. This is an episode that can save your life, so please tune in and share it with everyone you love.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 77 - This Year’s Fitness Trends for the Heart Pump – Part 2 with Lori Corbin
Cmon, let that little kid out. The movement doesn’t have to be hard. It’s beneficial even when you’re having fun and fooling around with the exercise equipment in your nearest gym or home. Even walks with your dog or playing games in the back garden are ways to get your ‘healthy exercise on. In part two, Lori shares with the listeners her best three exercise equipment pieces to have. We talk about plants as medication replacements and how movement programs are for youngsters and seniors.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 76 - This Year’s Fitness Trends for the Heart Pump – Part 1 with Lori Corbin
It’s February- the American Heart Month and it’s time to dish about ‘hearty’ exercise and the truth behind heart diseases. Mareya’s guest for this episode is Lori Corbin. She’s a food coach and a journalist for the KABC-TV. She’s gone through decades being the font of knowledge and providing people nationwide with the best answers, exercise routines, and nutrition advice to make your health a treasure and your biggest priority.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 75 - Let’s Talk About Sex -How to Align Your Hormones and Light Some Fires
Let me tell you a bedroom secret. Your sex drive, overall emotional and physical health are strongly connected to your hormonal balance. My guest today is Aamina Mirza from The Remedy Pharma, a certified hormone specialist and the host of the radio and Youtube show The Remedy Pharma Health Minute. What is a scream cream? And can a simple saliva test tell you why you’re not interested in the fun bedroom activities? Tune in now and let’s learn some new tricks and discover treats you can use to spice up your sex life.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 74 - 7 Ways to Start the Year on the Right Fork
Bye-bye 2020. 2020 will go down as the year of reckoning, one that magnified so closely how important it is to give a fork about our health, our lifestyle habits and our mental well-being, no matter what life throws at us. Well, it’s time to dust ourselves off and start with a clean slate. Here are 7 tips on how to start off the year the forking right way! Tune in and let’s make those habits into rituals you can feel joy out of.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 73 - Flavor + Family = Holiday Traditions
Peanut butter tamales? Wow. I had never heard that you can make tamales with peanut butter filling. Yummy. My guests for today’s holiday special are Javier and Mary Vasquez- the proud owners and founders of the Mexican restaurant Miguel’s Jr in Los Angeles. In this episode, we dive into their Mexican specialties around this time of year – particularly tamales and pozole – and understand how the family and their festive flair makes the holidays come to life. Happy Holidays everyone!
42 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 72 - The Glutathione Revolution - Fight Disease, Slow Aging, and Increase Energy with the Master Antioxidant
What if you could unlock the fountain of youth and the ability to super-armor your body, naturally? Best. News. Ever. Right? Well, the body has a remarkable ability to ward off disease and heal itself--and it does it with the help of the most important antioxidant you've never heard of: glutathione (GSH), the "master antioxidant." In this episode, we’ll dive into the life-transforming power of glutathione with Dr. Patel. This is an episode you won’t want to miss – only if you want to feel better than ever!
51 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 71 - What am I missing - Empowering your overall well-being with Bernadette Judge, RN
Can’t sleep? Feeling sad? The trouble with digestion? It is a growing sign of the times, but the truth is you may be missing out on some very valuable nutrients that are hindering your body’s natural ability to heal itself. In my discussion with Bernadette Judge, RN with Nupeutics Health, we dive into some of the common symptoms when you’re feeling out of whack, and how to simply remedy them with food, supplements and hydration. No FOMO here, just the facts!
33 minutes | 6 months ago
EP 70 - Getting the Most out of Thanksgiving with Christine Pittman
As we head into the holidays, rolls aren’t the only thing rising. Pandemic fatigue is too... Planning for the holidays amidst a pandemic just doesn’t feel the same. We’re mourning the loss of annual traditions, without big gatherings in the kitchen with family and friends from afar. In this episode, Christine Pittman and I dish about how to still get in the kitchen and find ways to connect with one another. We talked about creative ideas to lift your spirits and still connect with loved ones this holiday season, including tips for hosting a virtual potluck, organizing a neighborhood dropoff, or even hosting a virtual happy hour with friends to swap family recipes. And above all, keep the thankfulness front and center in our hearts and kitchens.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
EP 69 - In the Belly of Restaurant Life Today_ With Celebrity Chef Bruce Kalman
Get ready for some heat and the crazy and amazing food in Viva Las Vegas. In today’s episode of Recipes For Your Best Life, Mareya is interviewing a top chef and restaurant owner Bruce Kalman who’s been passionately making food and living the life of a top-performing chef over decades. Chef Kalman has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15 and many others. Barbeque is life and that smokey flavor is a level up for many dishes. Tune in now and let’s get to the belly of the restaurant business with Bruce.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
EP 68 - Top 10 countdown: Bite-Sized Tips for Better Health
In this unique episode, we’re rewinding some of the best, thought-provoking tips from the last 10 episodes of Recipes For Your Best Life. Hear the most inspiring moments from interviews with Peter Taunton, Tana Amen, Nick Bradley, and absorb the wisdom from the plethora of useful nutrition and life tips provided to you by Mareya, The Fit Foodie.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
EP 67 - No Fake News, Just Real Forking Change
Are you forking kidding me? There was a news article the other day where a woman disclaimed, she can survive without food and water. No, please no. Our food on the plate is there for a good reason. You nurture our body and soul, bring us joy and keep us balanced- physically and mentally healthy. Are we what we eat? Cheap and easy or healthy and strong? In today’s episode of Recipes For Your Best Life, Mareya speaks about re-training your tastebuds and finally deciding on how you can improve your overall life quality by just making smart swaps. Enjoy!
56 minutes | 7 months ago
EP 66 - Overcoming Adversity, Pain and Fear with Relentless Courage With Tana Amen
Tana Amen is no stranger to tough times. In her new memoir, "The Relentless Courage Of A Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer," she dives into this in detail. In this compelling episode, Tana Amen shares how overcoming her traumatic past made her a passionate champion for others in need of healing and hope. Tana Amen is a New York Times bestselling author, neurosurgical ICU trauma nurse, and vice president of Amen Clinics. Tana is a true warrior, and I'm proud to call her a dear friend! I hope you'll tune in.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
EP 65 - Happy Hormones - Managing Menopause with Food & Lifestyle
Welcome in to the episode number 65 where I will share with you tips for getting through menopause by using your KITCHEN locker, and not your medicine locker. Overcome the stressful period by choosing WHAT to eat and by making positive changes to your hormones. Tune in & let's get started!
31 minutes | 8 months ago
EP 64 - 8 Food Safe, Zero Food Waste Tips for Smart Citizens
Food waste and food safety are always primary concerns, and now more than ever, the spread of COVID-19 makes clean cooking and preparation practices essential to safeguarding good health. To help streamline the process and provide added peace of mind, Chef Mareya Ibrahim - America’s “Fit Foodie” - offers her top 8 zero-waste kitchen safety tips for September, which is National Food Safety Education Month.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
EP 63 - Armor Up! The top 8 immunity-boosting foods
We’ve heard it, and it’s ingrained in us. Food is medicine. But really, let’s dive deep down into this idea. How did they deal with disease thousands of years ago, before conventional medicine and antibiotics? The answer was in nature. In this episode, Mareya lists the top 8 foods on your plate that help you boost your immunity and can be used as natural medicine. Let’s armor up your immunity and fuel up your body. Tune in now.
35 minutes | 9 months ago
EP 62 - How Herbs Can Transform Your Health with Amber Valenzuela of Traditional Medicinals
How herbs can transform your health: Amber Valenzuela, Herbalist How did they deal with disease thousands of years ago, before conventional medicine and antibiotics? The answer was in the ground. They were masters of using plants and food as their remedies. And the pharmaceuticals we have now are often derived from those medicinal plants - like garlic, onions, turmeric, thyme and so many more. The use of spices and herbs with antimicrobial activity was necessary to ward off the threat of food-borne pathogens. The only problem is, people tend to turn to a pharmaceutical when they can get a natural answer from their own spice cabinet. My guest today is Amber Valenzuela, a certified California Naturalist through UC Berkeley and Staff Herbalist at Traditional Medicinals specializing in the practical application of Western Herbalism in your everyday life. You'll learn how to use herbs in an effective way to help with sleep, stress, digestion and boosting immunity. This is one you won't want to miss!
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