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Food Heals

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 with guest co-hosts like Suzy Hardy, Leslie Durso, Whitney Lauritsen, Sophie Uliano and more – all self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This savvy show 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!
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Jul 30, 2019

Everything you do and every thought you have is either coming from a place of love or fear. If you look at our world right now, it seems obvious that we are living too much in fear. And we need to move to love if we want to heal - not just ourselves, but the whole world.

 

It took Josh Trent a long time to get to that place.

 

He had a rough childhood. He was a premature baby and spent the first two weeks of his life in an incubator. His dad left when he was 2 months old. His mum was bipolar. He never felt safe or peaceful at home. Without any parental presence, Josh didn’t learn how to deal with his emotions. So he found a drug. And that drug was food. It became a way to numb the feelings he didn’t know what to do with.

 

At 21 years old Josh weighed 280 pounds; he was in a loveless relationship and working a job he hated. It was the perfect moment for an awakening - there just HAD to be more to life than this. His journey began with losing weight. He spent 18 months frantically trying all the diets. But he was trying too hard to get out of feeling bad… instead of taking action from a place of trust and self-love. It wasn’t working. So at just 24, he sold everything and moved to Hawaii to study nutrition, to work out, and to spend time with himself - to just be. He became a personal trainer to help people lose weight and transform their lives. The thing is… he knew fitness wasn’t “it.”

 

So he went back to a corporate job selling technology software. It was spiritual suicide. And then he got fired. Suddenly, he felt liberated. He had something to share. After all, our biggest struggles are the biggest gift we can give the world. He decided to launch Wellness Force and started his podcast, Wellness Force Radio, which is now a top-ranked wellness show.

 

But it was plant-medicine which really took Josh to a place of healing, and a place from which he could follow his passion. The first time he drank ayahuasca, he felt an intense, all-consuming, nurturing, loving feminine energy. The energy of the Mother Gaia, Mother Earth.

 

Ayahuasca is an ancient medicine - it was used over 5000 years ago. When you drink it, you go into an altered state. And from that place, you can let go of addiction. Any addiction - food, drugs, work, shopping - covers our wounds but doesn’t heal them. To heal it, we need to face the pain. Plant medicine takes you to the source of pain, and lets it out. Yes, it’s a drug. But so is coffee. So are opioid painkillers. Ayahuasca is not addictive. And it is even being scientifically studied because of its power to reconnect both brain hemispheres and trigger long-lasting emotional healing.

 

Why do we need this? Because we’re killing the world right now. And the way we’re treating our earth and our environment, it all comes back to us. When we eat animals that have been tortured, we’re absorbing the fear that animal felt, the pharmaceuticals it was fed. Mother Earth is giving these plants to us to teach us how to heal ourselves and our world.

 

To begin healing, you don’t have to dive straight into plant medicine. Breathwork is another ancient tool to get to an altered state. It gets you out of your head and into your body, where trauma can come out. The following two practices are easy to do quickly on your own.

 

Phase 1

Sit with your knees below your hips (on a meditation cushion).

Align your head, shoulders and hips.

Take a deep clearing breath, filling in your belly first and then your chest.

Take 21 forceful breaths.

Do a few rounds of box breath - 5 second inhale, hold for 5 and feel your belly expand, breathe out for 5 seconds, then breathe out all your air out and feel your stomach contract.

 

Phase 2

This is also known as performance breathing. Breathing in quickly through your nose turns on your stress response and makes you more aware of your surroundings.

Breathe in quickly for 2 seconds.

Then hold for 7 seconds - this activates your vagus nerve and gets you into rest mode.

Then breath out for 8 seconds. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system into healing.

 

Want to get started doing breathwork? Then go to www.wellnessforce.com/M21 to download Josh’s guide and take part in the 7-day breathwork challenge. Plus you’ll discover other practices that will help you transform your morning, let go of old weight, and heal your life.

 

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!

Jul 24, 2019

DAISY JING - From Acne to Beauty

We all want to be beautiful. We all want to be perfect. Why? Because we’ve been sold the idea that we need to be perfect to be acceptable. This is especially true when it comes to our skin. It has to be pore-less, flawless, smooth, wrinkle-free - that’s a lot to worry about. We’re all trying to fit into some standardized idea of beauty… a standard created by marketing experts to sell us products and services!

 

Daisy’s quest for perfection started in the 3rd grade. As her acne developed, she was determined to get rid of it and make her skin perfect. She visited dozens of dermatologists, tried hundreds of “miracle” products, antibiotics, benzo-peroxide skincare… nothing worked. In fact, many of these products made the acne worse. Check out Episode 220 for her healing story.

 

This struggle with perfection is what motivated Daisy to start her own all-natural skincare brand, Banish, that removes acne scars and is gentle on skin. But more importantly, Daisy went on a journey to let go of the need to be perfect.

 

After all, what is perfectionism? Isn’t it just a symptom of feeling that you’re not good enough? It’s a control issue. Trying to control how you appear to others, hiding your “flaws” so that you become acceptable. This is crazy. Each of us is uniquely beautiful, we all have a light to share.

 

So how do you let go of the need to be perfect? For Daisy, it was focusing on something bigger than herself. As she focused on her YouTube channel, offering advice, sharing her struggles and responding to viewers, her focus shifted from appearance-obsession to helping others. This changed everything.

 

If you want to be comfortable in your skin, you’ve got to get outside your head. After all, what do you notice about other people? Do you notice their wrinkles and pimples, or do you notice their friendly smile, cool outfit, positive attitude?

 

Beyond Your Skin

You’re not defined by your looks. You’re defined by the difference you make in other people’s lives. So, what can you do? Give back. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, organize a campaign, do a clean-up, get involved helping your community, help those in your immediate circle who are struggling, make their life a bit better. Your journey is your gift to the world, any struggles you’ve gone through are ways you can help others.

 

Acne goes deeper than your skin

Your skin is your biggest organ, and it tells you whether something is off. Acne is a sign of a deeper issue - unbalanced hormones, inflammation, poor gut health. Skincare is only 20% of the solution. You need to start from the inside. Going vegan, quitting junk foods, giving up dairy can all help. Once you’ve got your diet sorted out, then you can look at skincare.

 

A natural way to clearer skin

The latest Banish product, Banisher 2.0, will help you on your journey to becoming comfortable in your skin. It’s a patented device with 24 carat plated tiny needles, that prick the skin and force it to heal by producing more collagen and elastin (known as micro-needling). Combined with Banish oil (made fresh every day with ascorbic acid - the most potent form of vitamin C), it accelerates the healing and rejuvenating process. You’ll get a glow from the first day. Coupon Code FOODHEALS gives you $10 off your purchase.

 

 

ELLA MAGERS - From poor body image and disordered eating to self-acceptance

 

At just 7 years old, Ella Magers already knew her mission was to save the animals and help our planet. By the time she was a teenager, she was sitting on the side of the road trying to raise awareness of the plight of factory farmed animals.

 

Her struggle with perfectionism really began in her early twenties. She was working in the fitness industry, and she decided that the way to promote the vegan lifestyle was to be so perfect, so lean, so muscular, that people would want to find out how she got there.

 

Unfortunately, this made life impossible. When Ella looked in the mirror, all she saw was her flaws. Her quest for a perfect body led her down a dark path of unhealthy behaviors like extreme calorie counting and binging. On the outside, she was a picture of vegan health, but behind closed doors, Ella saw herself as fat and restricted her food. Because all her focus was on something else - helping animals - Ella disconnected with herself.

 

Isn’t that what so many of us do these days? We’re taking care of everyone else, too busy with our children, our families, our work… and we neglect to work on ourselves, to cultivate that self-acceptance that helps us to live a joyful, purposeful life, that helps us be the best version of ourselves, and, ultimately, helps us make a bigger positive impact on the world.

 

In the digital age we live in now, we’re constantly comparing ourselves to other people - or profiles. How can we get over that? How can we know that we are fine just as we are? Well a good place to start is to say: I am perfectly imperfect. Because that’s what we all are.

 

We need to reprogram ourselves to get us out of that mental space of “I’m not good enough”. The first step is to acknowledge it.

 

  • Get into observation mode - pause and figure out the thoughts that are making you feel like crap.
  • Use affirmations to change those thoughts from negative to positive.
  • Reconnect with gratitude for your body.
  • Be patient - it will take time.
  • Share - you don’t have to do it alone. Connect with like-minded women to find that support.
  • Start with the emotional aspect first, be gentle with yourself.
  • Approach yourself with curiosity and compassion (instead of judgement).
  • Check out Ella’s Self-Empowerment Coaching System - a structured program for really looking at where you are right now, taking your power back, and falling in love with you.

 

Just focusing on the food or the workouts will only work for a short time. Unless you tackle the root cause of why you’re where you are right now, change will not last. And the root is how you view yourself. Whether you love yourself or not. Self-love is the pre-requisite for making sustainable changes in your life.

 

Through nutrition, veganism, muay thai boxing and self-love practices, Ella came out of the darkness of disordered eating, and now leads a body-positive life. She runs the Plant Empowered Coaching program where she helps her tribe adopt a vegan lifestyle and love the skin they’re in - without counting calories or feeling restricted. Got to www.SexyFitVegan.com for the details or to apply for a free break-through session.

 

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!

Jul 17, 2019

When it comes to transforming your life, you’ve got to start from within. So, we’ve asked three successful entrepreneurs to share their top tips to banish limiting beliefs and step into your dream life.

 

Lisa Thomas - a transformational energy healer, Lisa empowers her clients to reach their full potential by removing inherited emotional blocks. One of the blocks so many of us carry concerns money. How many times have we heard “Money doesn’t grow on trees” or “You can’t be spiritual and prosperous” or “There is never enough”? Of course this impacts how we view money, and our own prosperity.

 

How can we transform our money mindset and manifest from a place of gratitude?

 

Inherited money beliefs are huge, and they’re based around scarcity - there not being enough to go around or that what you have will be taken from you. The antidote? Gratitude.

 

So, how do you tap into that?

  • Start small. “I am grateful that I’m alive.” Or you might be grateful that you have a bed, that the sun is out, that you have a roof over your head.
  • Before you know it, your vibration will start rising.
  • Make sure you speak it out loud. When you speak it, it sends it out into the universe. And when you give gratitude, it comes back.
  • Give gratitude for what you know is coming - your high-vibe clients, your perfect home, your ideal partner…
  • What if a negative belief creeps in? That’s fear. It’s time for stronger statements like “My life is getting better, whether I believe it or not
  • Check out Episode 215 for the full episode, where Lisa talks to Alli and vegan entrepreneur Whitney Lauritsen about releasing inherited emotional blocks and manifesting all you desire.
  • Lisa is here for you. Go to www.FoodHealsNation.com/Lisa to see her special offer for Food Heals listeners.
  • Check out Lisa’s FREE money clearing gift: Releasing Inherited Money Blocks audio meditation - go to www.lisathomas.com to get it.

 

 

James Whittaker is the author of the best-selling personal finance and motivation books The Beginner’s Guide to Wealth, and Think and Grow Rich - The Legacy. He’s also co-produced the film Think and Grow Rich - The Legacy. His mission is to help people take ownership of their financial, physical and mental health. Check out Episode 205 for his inspirational money story.

 

How can we all think and grow rich? We need to address our entire life, because money, body, and mind are all linked.

 

  • If you want to have a good relationship at home, you need to be engaged with your finances.
  • Write out a goals list (financial goals, health goals, life goals etc.), and get your spouse do to the same - this way you can know what’s important to them now, and in the future, and work together to make it happen. 
  • Get very clear on what you want. It’s much easier to take the first step if you know your destination. That will spur you on to greater success.
  • Keep it simple, and consistent.
  • Get out of victim mentality and banish limiting beliefs:
    • Look forward instead of focusing on the past.
    • Get crystal clear on where you want to be - mentally, physically and financially.
    • What is your environment like? Are you hanging out with too many negative people?
    • Get comfortable with being out of your comfort zone.
    • Try journaling - it helps you start the day with intention, purpose and passion.

 

 

Alida McDaniel helps people across the globe tap into pure consciousness and shift the world one thought at the time. If you want banish those negative beliefs, and create more time in our day for positive action, you need to break out of fear. How? By setting intentions.

 

  • Give yourself permission to be fearless.
  • Identify the limiting beliefs that are clouding your judgement and affecting your life from the root - it might be that you think you have no time or no skills, it might be that you’re afraid of losing people or money or your job.
  • Be committed to taking the actions necessary to make your dreams come true. Announce that commitment to the Universe.
  • Have 100% faith that you will make it.
  • Take ownership for your life so far, be honest with yourself about the actions you’re taking right now and how they have brought you where you are today.
  • Decide that you are not going to judge yourself, and choose a different course of action. Create a code of conduct for your new improved life.

 

Check out Episodes 43 and 65 to discover how Alida manifested the one and created a holistic life.

 

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!

Jul 9, 2019

Sarah’s story starts with a text message. It was 2008. She was living a sheltered life - married to her childhood sweetheart, children, a family home. And one day she saw a text on her husband’s phone that revealed he had been having an affair. Her world blew up instantaneously. The life she knew ended in 5 minutes. One minute they were sitting down to dinner, the next minute she’d thrown him out. Three days later they filed for divorce. She hit rock bottom.

 

But often the toughest times are those we need the most, even though it might not feel like it in the moment. Her divorce was the catalyst for a new beginning. Sarah began to realize she had the freedom to invent who she wanted to be. She started making a future board - finding pictures that illustrated the life she wanted to experience, and daydreaming about it. And the magic happened. Because when you shift your focus from what you’ve gone through in the past, or are going through in the moment, to what you want to create, you make your dreams happen. Before she knew it, she’d manifested 95% of what she wanted.

 

Now, Sarah is a master coach who has worked with professional athletes and people across the world. She’s a workshop leader, keynote speaker and best-selling author. She’s living her best life, and helping people manifest their dreams.

 

Her latest book FutureBoards is a step by step guide to using vision boards to manifest your dream life, and is out TODAY! It’s available at Target, and if you take a photo of you with the book, post it and tag @SarahCentrella with the hashtag #futureboards, you could win free coaching, free courses, and autographed books.

 

 

How to use a vision board:

  • Define what you really want.
  • Find pictures that match what’s in your head.
  • Put yourself in your dreams in your mind.
  • Hang your vision board in your space so that you can spend time around it.
  • Get comfortable with your dreams, no matter how big they are.

 

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!

Jul 2, 2019

Picture this. A gorgeous villa built into the cliffside, surrounded by an organic farm, with an infinity pool overlooking the sea; the picturesque Italian village of Ravello, the most vegan-friendly town in Italy, with its cobbled streets, authentic restaurants and independent shops. In this perfect setting, a group of women came together to connect, learn from each other, and savor a week of total plant-based relaxation.

 

Meet the ladies:

 

Leslie Durso - international vegan chef, working with the Four Seasons to veganize hotels all over the world. Her favorite part - going barefoot into the garden and picking food to make dinner. The super glamorous lifestyle. Swimming in private coves. Follow her on Instagram @lesliedurso.

 

Ella Magers - founder of Sexy Fit Vegan and creator of the 6-month plant empowered coaching program. Her favorite part of the trip? Being in a gorgeous setting where the food you eat has been picked from the garden that day. Learning about the olive oil. The locals being so friendly and inviting. Follow her @sexyfitvegan.

 

Coriann Bright - owner of Bright Living, she creates sacred spaces by combining energy healing and interior design. She loved eating divinely well while traveling, and finding so many new places that embrace vegan cuisine. But the highlight was taking the boat out to the seaside restaurant, swimming out to the caves as a group, and being in goddess energy. Oh, and words cannot express the joy of shopping in Ravello.

 

Ashley Fillingim - an attorney who represents wellness entrepreneurs. She loved our first Italian Getaway retreat so much she came back this year. She couldn’t pick a favorite thing. The place just calls to her. The peace and simplicity, alongside the explosion of light and color is what keeps bringing her back. Learning how to live simply and elegantly. Connecting with empowered, fun, intelligent women, sharing stories and being supportive. Follow her on Instagram @kickashlife

 

Jill Tomback - Alli’s longtime friend and a teacher. Check out episodes 26, 27 and 28 for her healing story! This retreat was the first time she landed in Europe and she was beyond blown away. The lemons, the food, the people, the artistry that goes into everything that’s made, the lack of mass production… but mostly, the healthy environment. Check her out on Instagram @jillctomback.

 

Susmitha Subbaraju - a vegan restauranteur (Carrots, the first vegan restaurant in India!), light worker, spiritual entrepreneur and jeweler from India. A year ago, she stumbled on the Spiritual Boss Babes episode, and it resonated so much she knew she had to meet Leslie and Alli. It was connections that brought her to the retreat. Women being there for each other and lifting each other up. Check her out on Instagram @veganosaurus and @carrotsrestaurant

 

Cynthia Bomaster - a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation. She’s loved getting to know everyone on this retreat. Each woman is so powerful and inspiring in their own right, has been so accepting, inclusive and open. It’s been wonderful to make new friends! Loved the community set up that encourages being physical active every day. Follow her on Instagram @simplylivefully.

 

Alli - the greatest thing about coming to Ravello again this year? Experiencing new places and foods. Like the vegan cheesecake (culinary art!). Loving the combination of being on vacation and eating the healthiest, tastiest foods. No, not just lettuce - eating the most divine, gorgeous dishes. And of course, the wine. You can indulge AND still be healthy.

 

Tips for vegan healthy eating while traveling:

  • Connect with restaurateurs
  • Don’t be shy, smile and ask - put a positive spin on it
  • Stay curious, you never know what you might learn
  • Do a little bit of research, and then go with the flow
  • Reach out to Leslie for advice or check out her guide for vegan traveling www.lesliedurso.com/travel
  • Check out Sexy Fit Vegan’s latest blog for travel tips https://sexyfitvegan.com/healthy-vegan-travel/

 

Want to join us next year? Go to www.foodhealsnation.com/italy to get on the mailing list.

 

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!

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