Who better to have on our healthy travel round table than three queens of the plant-based movement? Whitney Lauritsen is a vegan entrepreneur and coach, on a mission to help conscious brands grow. Melissa Glazewski is a private vegan chef, founder of ForkinPlants, and the organizational brain behind Food Heals. Erica Mandy is a journalist and founder of theNewsWorthy. Add a little vegan wine by Varietal group to the mix, and it’s not long before we’re sharing all sorts of secrets about our past!
Can you guess which travel story links to each guest?
She went trekking in a remote part of Arizona. But with only a compass and a map to guide her, she got lost and couldn’t find her way back.
She was skydiving in Australia. The moment the parachute opened, she knew something was wrong…
She traveled to Portland only to find she couldn’t poop for days. Her friends suggested an unusual (but delicious) relief for constipation.
She got scammed the second she stepped off the plane, and nearly didn’t make it out of Mexico.
Basically, traveling can be lots of fun, but full of surprises! So, here’s the first round of healthy travel tips.
Travel Tip #1:
Protect yourself from scammers: Find out all the details of your trip so you don’t get taken advantage of. Wait for people to introduce themselves, ask them what hotel/car service they work for, and don’t give away your information.
Travel Tip #2
Get a hotel with a fridge (not a mini-fridge!) and get some vegan basics. Even if you don’t have a car there might be a grocery delivery service like Instacart that can bring you everything you need for a small fee. When Alli was in Philadelphia for Podcast Movement, she got Instacart deliver organic vegan groceries. She stocked the fridge with tomatoes, hummus, avocado, Miyoko’s vegan cheese and grapes and would have people over for cheese and wine!
Travel Tip #3
Make sure you take your vitamins on holiday. An easy way to do this is to buy a travel pill dispenser, basically a little circular travel pill holder that you can store all your various vitamins in a compact way that is great for packing. Vitamins Alli never leaves home without are B12, vitamin C, pro-biotics, melatonin, and oxypowder (which you can only get from the Global Healing Center (don’t forget the discount code is foodheals17).
Travel Tip #4
Travel with CBD. CBD combats anxiety while traveling, it helps with jet lag and it’s a natural alternative to sleeping pills. Suzy has the best stuff - find it at CBD Fountain. Foodheals for 20% off.
Travel Tip #5
Pack your greens. Did you know 92% of Americans have a vitamin deficiency? It’s important to boost your energy, cleanse your body and feel amazing any day, but even more so when you travel. Alli never leaves home without Organifi, the easiest way to eat your greens no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
When you wake up and drink a glass of Organifi Green Juice, you kick-start the body’s processes of daily detoxing, producing natural energy, and managing stress. It’s a great way to start the day with a smart choice. So, what is it? Organify is a green juice powder infused superfoods - Alli’s favorite is coconut and ashwagandha. Simply mix with water and boom: you’ve got all the nutrients you need to jumpstart your energy, curb that jetlag and power through your day.
You can get 20% discount on your first order with the coupon code foodheals.
Travel Tip #6
Choose your drinks wisely. Whether you’re traveling business or pleasure, you’re probably going to engage in a few cocktails while you’re out of town. So Alli’s best advice is to choose organic biodynamic wines whenever possible. My friends at www.scoutandcellar.com know what up. Y If you want to sample the best vegan products hassle-free, then reach out to Varietal group - everything they promote is organic, biodynamic and vegan, free of sulfites and added sugar. And it’s female-owned. A great way to support women entrepreneurs.
Travel Tip #7
Increase Your Dose of Vitamin C. This helps boost your immune system while traveling. It also helps with jet lag and you can’t overdose on it!
Next time… we’ve got another guest joining the panel: vegan chef Leslie Durso. But you’ll have to wait until the next episode for her healthy travel tips!
What you’ll learn in Episode 250:
Our favorite moments:
@2:00 Back to the wine!
@9:23 Who’s the hip hop dancer?
@23:10 I love it when Melissa tells me stories
@32:46 Where horror movies happen
Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!
Millions of people across the country don’t have access to proper healthcare. The results can be devastating. Given only a handful of expensive options, patients are faced with the possibility of bankruptcy, and don’t even have the necessary information to make educated decisions about their treatment. Navigating the healthcare system can be a nightmare. But one person is changing all that. Meet Meghan Nechrebecki, founder and CEO of Heath Care Transformation, an organization centered around improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and empowering people to take control of their health.
Meghan was always passionate about healthcare. She wanted to be a doctor, but while doing her Master’s in public health, she saw the issues patients are faced with: lack of access, no information, unaffordable insurance. She decided she didn’t want to be another cog in the wheel, she wanted to fix the system from the inside. Instead of going to medical school, she began working with insurance companies, health startups and even the UCL health system. Through this, she saw just how the healthcare system lets people down. She also spotted a huge opportunity for prevention - because many of the diseases we face can be avoided through lifestyle changes.
The US healthcare system is basically centered around sick care. Little attention is given to preventative care, or helping people lead healthier lives so they don’t get sick in the first place. And let’s face it, being healthy these days is a real battle. We drive everywhere, we sit all day, we’re stressed, we eat a standard American diet. Meghan is trying to shift that focus. She works with businesses and individuals to spread the health message as far and wide as possible.
Her 6-Week Wellness Transformation Program gives people the tools they need to achieve health success, whatever that looks like to them. It’s entirely online, which makes it super easy to fit into even the busiest schedule. You’ll get access to a wellness coach, and modules cover everything from where you are now, to nutrition, understanding calories, choosing the best ingredients, food quality, meal prep, sustainability over time, healthy habits…
Meghan has also authored My Health Care Transformation Handbook, an absolutely gorgeous tiffany blue handbook to take on your journey to better health. In there, you’ll find a ton of information about prevention, managing your clinical encounters, how to document your medication, what happens with hospital stays, advance care planning, and health insurance. All the tools you need to achieve your greatest health.
What are the issues with the US healthcare system and how can it be changed?
Going forward, healthcare will move in the right direction, thanks to people like Meghan who are working tirelessly to make the healthcare system fair, and health-focused. Big up girlfriend.
Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!
The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!
Like so many of us, Christina Roulund-Dennis was insecure about her body. Believing she would feel more confident, she saved up and got breast implants at 23. Back then, there was no real data about the surgery, it was supposed to be completely safe. And for five years, she was perfectly ok… even though the boost in confidence only lasted a few months. But then things started going wrong. Exhausted, forgetful, depressed, anxious - she put it down to being a new mum, but over the years it got worse. Hair loss, joint pain, no libido, out of control hormones, shortness of breath. She wasn’t the fun bubbly energetic woman she used to be. Desperate to avoid whatever was making her body react, she detoxed her diet and her home of anything toxic. Nothing worked…
But she got lucky. One evening the news interviewed four women who had recently got explanted to heal the same symptoms she was experiencing. They’d been suffering with breast implant illness - an issue that is now recognized by an increasing number of practitioners. The toxins Christina’s body was reacting to weren’t from an external source. They were coming from the inside: from her implants. She decided there and then to get them removed. Christina has been explanted over 6 months now, and feels like a brand-new woman. She has energy, motivation, and is symptom-free. And what about how she looks? Christina just wanted to get her life back. “If I’m flat, I’m ok with that”. Power to you sister.
Why do so many of us decide to go under the knife despite the risks? We do it because we think we’ll feel more whole, or womanly, or confident. We want to match up to the unrealistic ideals of beauty we see on TV or social media. But the reality is that surgery is a short-term fix. Nothing we do to our bodies externally will change how we feel internally. We must turn around the inner belief that we need to look different to be ok, or find a partner, or be happy. We have to love ourselves exactly as we are right now.
Christina is on a mission to radically change thousands of lives by sharing information about breast implants and their complications. As well as being a coach for binge and emotional eaters, she’s the founder of Size Happy, the hottest new self-love movement online. If you’re worried about your implants, considering getting explanted, or if you’re thinking of getting implants and want to know more about them, you can email Christina at Christina@sizehappy.net.
Worried about silicone implant illness, or considering implants and want to know more about it?
What you need to know about explanting:
Christina’s top healing foods when you’re getting over breast implant illness:
Sometimes it takes a traumatic experience to make us wake up to the power of food and take our health into our own hands.
That’s what happened to Adrienne. She was diagnosed with Lyme disease at just 11 years old. Back then, doctors didn’t know much about it, or even how to recognize it. Antibiotics weren’t working. But they rarely do, because Lyme disease is a spiral-shaped bacterium that acts like a virus, which confuses the body and makes it complex to heal. Adrienne’s mum did not give up. After two years, thanks to integrative medicine strategies like a whole foods diet, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and bovine colostrum therapy, Adrienne was free from symptoms.
Fast-forward to college, Adrienne began eating the normal student diet. The result: she lost her periods. Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her and told her to just go on the birth control pill. That wasn’t good enough for Adrienne. Again, she changed her diet, and again, food worked its magic. Her periods came back.
But it was a more traumatic event that led Adrienne into her career as a board-certified patient advocate. Her mum suffered from severe mental health issues. She spent five years in and out of institutions, drugged up on anti-psychotics and other medications to counter the side effects. She was unable to live a normal life. She committed suicide. Isn’t that the core problem with the health industry? Instead of looking at the patient and working out what might be causing the disease, doctors just throw pills at the problem. There’s no health freedom when holistic options are never even mentioned.
Adrienne knew from that moment that she needed to do something to change the medical system and help people wake up to the importance of diet and lifestyle. So, just a year and a half ago, she launched WellBe, a content and learning platform dedicated to helping people prevent chronic health issues, or heal them if they arise. Check it out for in-depth articles, science wrap-ups and guides to prevent chronic health issues… including a Wine Guide. Or head to the WellBe store, where you can get natural lifestyle products tried and tested by Adrienne - including a must-have gadget for wine lovers.