Ever since she was a she was a child, Laura Powers saw ghosts and spirits. She knew this made her different, so she tried to block out and ignore her gift. But her sight only got stronger and more intense. In college, things got too much - she sometimes couldn’t tell between ghosts and “real” people. This took her to breaking point, physically and spiritually. But she fought back, by tackling her health (check out Episode 260 to find out how she healed her body from the inside) and by learning to connect with the angelic presences all around.
We all go through tough times, and sometimes this can be a lonely experience. But if you’re feeling stuck, it’s ok to ask for guidance. It’s ok to ask angels.
Who are angels?
Angels are divine beings of light, souls that have crossed over and returned here as guides and helpers. They are here to help us with our life missions. They’re not limited by physical reality, so they can do many things at once. They WANT to help. And they can assist you with anything - whether it’s landing that dream job or finding a parking spot. How do you ask? Just make sure you’re clear and specific about the help you want, and speak it out loud. They are listening.
Busting the fortune teller myth
Let’s bust a myth right now: a psychic is a NOT fortune teller. We have free will and choices. Psychics can’t really tell the future. There might be a general plan for you, but ultimately you decide what happens in your life. When Laura gives a reading, she does it based on what she senses from you right now - however, you can change that path by making different choices, if you want to. You can manifest whatever you desire.
Yes, it’s easy to get stuck into societally acceptable goals and lose sight of what makes you truly happy, what you’re really passionate about. When you learn to listen to your higher self and your guides, you align with what’s meant to be your path and purpose. Laura can help you connect with that higher you. Click here to book a psychic reading with Laura.
Pets - your soul tribe and spirit guides:
Did you know your pets say a lot about you? They’re part of your soul tribe, and chances are you were connected in a previous life. Your dog might have been your horse, your cat might have been your sister. If your pet is troubled, they’re mirroring something that is going on in your life, that you might not even be aware of. If they’ve crossed over, they still want to communicate with you and protect you. Tune into this episode to hear Laura connecting with Alli’s dog Charlotte and Vince’s childhood pet D.O.G., and the jaw-dropping messages they have for their owners from the other side. You can book a reading with Laura and connect with your pets, whether they’re still with you or have passed on.
Learning from past lives:
What can you learn from your past life? Tons. By looking at what happened in previous lives we can better understand what’s happening in our life today. Whatever’s happening right now, we’ve already gone through it in the past. If you have trouble with boundaries, receiving, or relationships - often counselling doesn’t go deep enough because it only deals with your present state. But if you can get into your ancestral past, then you can get insight into what you need to learn and how you can heal. Traumatic experiences from past lives could be dictating phobias in your present, and letting those experiences go can zap those fears into nothingness. Laura does past life readings to connect you with your past life and help you thrive in the present.
Do police work with psychics? Maybe they should… Laura also helps families who have been victims of crime, to discover the truth and let go.
Tune in to hear her readings about these crimes:
Ultimately, we all have the power of psychic vision… but we lose it early on because society doesn’t accept it. If you want to unblock your gifts, check out Laura’s psychic training!
She’ll be back for a special Halloween episode to talk about ghosts, spirits, and the afterlife. We can’t wait!
Laura Powers was born in the same part of France as one of the world’s most famous psychics: Joan of Arc. In a sense, it was her destiny to become a clairvoyant. But just like all journeys, Laura had to overcome many obstacles before finding her true path.
Having been thin all her life, at 30 years old Laura was on the edge of obesity. She had gained a ton of weight, and nothing she did was helping her lose it. She had bad skin, sleep problems, leaky gut, and PCOS. She was also unemployed and in a toxic marriage.
So how did she heal her body and transform her life to become a celebrity psychic, model, writer, actress, singer, producer and podcaster?
She tuned in, listened to her intuition, and connected with her guardian angels. There are angels everywhere, just waiting for you to reach out and ask for guidance. When she did, they answered. Knowing she wasn’t alone gave Laura the courage to make choices from a place of love and hope.
She transformed her diet, quitting diary, soy and wheat. Did you know gluten is one of the major factors in inflammation? And where there’s inflammation, there’s chronic disease. For Laura, this inflammation was so severe than after she quit wheat, she didn’t just lose weight, she dropped two shoe sizes! And then she discovered the she had parasites (Laura used Dr. Todd’s Microbe Formulas to get rid of these, and a huge tape worm!).
But healing has to be holistic to be complete - that means you have to go beyond diet and exercise to really heal. Take excess weight, for example. The body stores toxins in fat cells, as a way of protecting your organs from toxic damage. So if you’re in a toxic situation, or surrounded by toxic people, your body hangs on to that fat - no amount of dieting and working out will help. Until you do the inner work. When Laura left her marriage, she lost 30 pounds almost instantly.
Your emotions literally change the chemical structure of your cells with every single thought. If you don’t believe us, check out The Hidden Messages in Water. This groundbreaking work involved meditating over water, sending it either love or hate, and then taking photographs of the water molecules. The water that had been loved showed perfectly crystalized patterns. The water that had been hated was chaotic, misshapen and fragmented. We are made up of over 80% water. So what do you think is happening to your body when you are constantly hating it, or if you’re stuck in self-doubt, or are always criticizing yourself or someone else? Or if you’re always around negative people? Exactly. That’s why it’s so important to do the inner work, and take a step back from toxic relationships. Connecting with your intuition and psychic wisdom really helps with this.
How to access psychic wisdom:
On the next episode, Laura’s back to talk about ghosts, angels and manifesting! Make sure you tune in!
What if every day you could elevate your consciousness, and create miracles in your life? Beating cancer can seem like a miracle. But it IS possible, and Hal Elrod is proof of this.
When Hal was 20, he had a car crash and died - he was clinically dead for 6-minutes. When he woke up from a 6-day coma, he found out he had 11 broken bones, brain damage and, according to the doctors, was never going to walk again. But he decided right there to maintain the faith that he was going to walk, and that he was going to do everything in his power to make it happen. Within 3 weeks of the car crash, he was taking his first steps. That marked the beginning of his life’s work. But it wasn’t an easy ride.
In 2007 Hal was in a tough spot. He’d lost half his clients, lost his house, he was broke and depressed. So he started looking into what the world’s most successful people do, and designed a morning ritual of self-improvement. Within 2 months, he’d doubled his income, completed an ultra-marathon, overcome depression and totally changed his life. To his wife, he said “It feels like a miracle.” That’s how The Miracle Morning was born.
You might feel that you’re not a morning person - most of us feel the same! But how you begin your day will either put you in a sub-optimal physical, mental and emotional state, or an optimal one. Start your day at your best, and you can give your best in everything you do. This will reflect in every aspect of your life. But how? You need simple, daily strategies that can be easily implemented. In The Miracle Morning e-book, Hal breaks down exactly what you need to do to begin uplifting your mornings, and uplifting your life.
But that’s only the beginning of the story.
Just 2 years ago, Hal was diagnosed with acute lymphotoxin leukemia - a rare cancer with a 30% survival rate. Not only that, but Hal also had a genetic condition that caused his cells to divide and replicate rapidly, making the cancer spread even faster. He had a collapsed lung, his kidneys were failing, and his heart was surrounded with fluid. He was told he had a 70-90% chance of dying within a few months. Going without chemo was not an option - his oncologist told him that the cancer was too fast, and if he didn’t have chemo, he would die within a week. After doing his research, Hal decided to have the treatment, while at the same time implementing every holistic practice he could to counter the negative effects. And it worked. The cancer went into remission.
Hal’s cancer-healing process:
Beyond all these methods is mindset. You need to believe that you can beat cancer:
Hal’s new book, The Miracle Equation: The Two Decision That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible to Probably to Inevitable, is your process for goal achievement. It will help you step out of your comfort zone to pursue your biggest goals and dreams. Use it in conjunction with The Miracle Morning and you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it feels like the end of the world. But it doesn’t have to be. Our guests didn’t just overcome cancer naturally, they used it as a platform from which to be a voice for positive change. Pretty powerful stuff!
Amanda Deming - Healing cervical cancer - Episode 8
Cervical cancer killed nearly 4,000 women last year. It’s the second most common cancer among women. Conventional treatments, like surgery, chemo and radiation, aren’t just poisonous, they often lead to infertility. When Amanda was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she was determined not to go down that road. Instead, she chose a raw vegan diet, meditation, and yoga. She’s now cancer-free.
Jeff Witzeman - Cancer can be killed - Episode 190
When Jeff’s wife was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer, she was told her life would change forever: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, a life without an essential organ. Instead of taking the doctor’s word for it, they travelled to Germany to treat the cancer to a spa. Thanks to juicing, a plant-based diet, hyperthermia (targeted heat therapy), oxygen therapy, intravenous vitamins, and colonics, she was completely cancer-free in just one month.
Tracey Edmonds - The truth about healing cancer - Episode 226
Just like Alli, Tracey lost both her parents to preventable diseases: her mom died from cancer and shortly after, her dad died from a heart attack. This made her determined to be a pillar of health and to spread the message through as many media outlets as possible. She launched the wellness website Alright Now to give people the tools they need to live their healthiest life - from nutrition and fitness to relationships and parenting. We think she rocks!
Jill and I were room-mates when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer at just 25 years old. She endured four years of conventional treatment, including chemo and surgery. But since then, she’s taken the holistic route: she’s a plant-powered Pilates superstar, an avid juicer and a big fan of the Gerson therapy. As of this year, she’s celebrating 9 years cancer-free.
Preventing Cancer Naturally
Part of cancer prevention is giving your body the tools it needs to be in great health. That’s why we love Organifi juice powder. It’s the perfect combination of detoxifying, energizing nutrients to keep disease at bay. Alli’s personal favorite is the Organifi Gold, which contains turmeric, ginger, reishi and turkey tail mushroom to keep you calm, help you sleep and soothe your muscles. Just mix the powder with hot water or oat milk for a super creamy bedtime drink. Organifi products are completely vegan, gluten free, soy free and keto-friendly. Get 20% off with the coupon code foodheals.
Join our Italian Vegan Getaway
To fully heal, you need to fully relax. So why not join us in Italy, where you can let go of all stress in the most gorgeous setting in the world. Turn off your phone (except for Instagram photos of course), put down your laptop, and indulge in a week of complete rejuvenation with a group of like-minded women. From June 15th to 22nd, we will swim, take boat trips, hike, go shopping, learn how to cook with Leslie Durso, dine at the best restaurants, have photoshoots, taste the best olive oils and wines, and so much more.
Cancer. It’s the kind of diagnosis that no one wants to hear. And yet, cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. For our guests, cancer was an opportunity to build up their health from the inside, and be a force for positive change.
Evita Ramparte - Healing ovarian cancer - Episode 57
When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Evita made the brave decision not to have surgery, radiation or chemotherapy - against her doctor’s wishes. She knew that toxic food and toxic thinking had caused her cancer, and she was determined to heal herself. Thanks to detoxing, fasting, and a lot of inner work, she did exactly that. In just 4 months, her tumor had disappeared, she lost 50 pounds, and felt better than ever before.
Chris Wark - Beating colon cancer - Episode 236
At just 26, Chris was told he had stage 3 cancer - it started as a tumor the size of a golf ball in his colon, and spread to his lymph nodes. He was given one option: chemotherapy. But poisoning himself back to health didn’t make sense to Chris. Just like Evita, he realized he’d created his cancer through his diet choices. So he switched from a standard American diet to a 100% vegan, 100% raw diet. The cancer disappeared. Now, he teaches others how to do the same.
Janette Murray-Wakelin - Overcoming breast cancer - Episode 52
Janette was given just six months to live when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. So she decided to use that time to change her life completely. Instead of accepting the chemo, she took the holistic approach: she went 100% raw vegan, oxygenated her blood, and started loving herself. After all, how can you heal yourself unless you love yourself first? Within 6 months, Janette was cancer-free. And as if that wasn’t amazing enough, she then ran a marathon, every day, for 366 consecutive days. We think she’s pretty incredible!
Jolen Philbrook - Healing breast cancer and kidney cancer - Episode 193
When it comes to surviving, Jolen’s an expert! She overcame cancer twice - first a rare type of breast cancer, then kidney cancer. At the same time, she was fighting a custody battle with no income. Most people would crumble under that kind of pressure, but Jolen pulled through. How? It all comes down to mindset. And power shoes.
Preventing Cancer Naturally
Part of cancer prevention is giving your body the tools it needs to be in great health. That’s why we love Organifi juice powder. It’s the perfect combination of detoxifying, energizing nutrients to keep disease at bay. Alli’s personal favorite is the Organifi Gold, which contains turmeric, ginger, reishi and turkey tail mushroom to keep you calm, help you sleep and soothe your muscles. Just mix the powder with hot water or oat milk for a super creamy bedtime drink. Organifi products are completely vegan, gluten free, soy free and keto-friendly. Get 20% off with the coupon code foodheals.
Join our Italian Vegan Getaway
Another part of cancer prevention is relaxation. And we’ve got the perfect retreat for you to do just that. From June 15 to 22nd, we’ll be back in Italy for our second retreat. Come and enjoy infinity pools, yoga, Italian food (vegan, of course!), cooking classes, hikes, boat trips, and make connections that will last a lifetime. Get more details at www.foodhealsnation.com/italy, or email your questions to email@example.com.
Dr. Roy specializes in cancer prevention and reversal. But he doesn’t do it in the traditional way. He combines his background as a Buddhist, western medical training, in depth research into alternative healing, mental health therapies, and meditation, into the House of Health, a scientifically backed up system you can use to heal yourself.
In today’s episode, Dr. Roy answers Food Heals Nation questions on health, healing, and cancer.
#1. How do you know if you have physical/emotional/spiritual issues you need to deal with?
Look at your present life. How are things going? If they’re not going well, there’s something you need to look at. In Dr. Roy’s book, Healing Before You’re Cured, you’ll find 10 questions to help you figure out what is going on, and strategies to help you address whatever comes up. You can also tune into Episode 255, where Dr. Roy shares some simple strategies to quickly release negative emotions.
#2. How can we deal with chronic stress?
Chronic stress can lead to disease. And we are constantly stressed these days with all the demands we have to deal with - work, social media, expectations. But what is disease? It’s a state of not having ease.
We need to get out of chronic stress into a state of ease. How? Simple. Inhale, tense your body completely, and double exhale. Do it three times. Your body will automatically respond to the physical tensing by relaxing.
Here’s another strategy. In your brain, the limbic system deals with fight of flight - when you’re stressed, it sends a signal to your adrenal glands to release epinephrine, which in turn causes a physical reaction. It’s important to get out of that part of your brain, otherwise you carry on the stress response throughout the day, or longer.
Here’s how you shift to another part of your brain:
This exercise connects you to something that is beautiful to you. These memories are in the cortex part of your brain. You cannot focus on two parts of your brain at the same time. By getting into the cortex, you move out of the limbic, and therefore out of that feeling of stress. You shut down the stress response and connect with peace.
#3. Where do you start after a cancer diagnosis?
First, don’t choose one or the other. You have both eastern and western methodologies at your disposal. Eastern medicine is over 7000-year-old, and deals with the mental, emotional and spiritual side. Western medicine deals with technology and drugs, and has billions of dollars’ worth of research behind it. Dr. Roy’s advice: do both.
Second, stop thinking about death. In life, nobody makes it out alive, cancer or no cancer. No one lives forever. Take death off the plate, and focus instead on how you want this to go.
Thirdly, take ownership. This is your life. Make a decision and get on with it.
Now you’re in a solid place to move forward. Things will start to come to you, depending on what you need to heal on your journey.
#4. How can we help people who don’t want to hear about the holistic part of healing?
You can’t treat someone who doesn’t want to be treated. You can’t fix someone. If you want to help, you have to take yourself and your needs about this situation out of the equation. You have to respect that person’s needs.
Instead of telling them what you think is right, you have to take a step back and ask them what they need or want to know. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and share how important it is to you. But accept that they might not want your help or your advice. For healing to take place, there has to be free will, that person has to want to heal. Pushing information on them will only build resentment. Accept where they are, lead by example and stay hopeful - because sometimes people change their minds.
If you want to know more, pick up Dr. Roy’s new book Healing Before You’re Cured, which is packed with simple evidence-based techniques you can use to heal the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual areas of your life. You can also sign up to Dr. Roy’s free email course by texting HEAL to 345345 or going to www.drvmd.com.
Very few guests get us as excited as Dr. Roy Vongtama. He’s doing the kind of work Alli wishes she’d known about when her parents were diagnosed with cancer. But back then, she lived in a small town with no access to green juices, no meditation studios, and no understanding of the emotional component in disease or the power of the body to heal itself.
The connection between trauma and cancer is not spiritual la la land. It is scientifically proven. Take ACES, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study. Scientists found that people who had experienced just one emotional trauma were at higher risk of disease, and actually doubled their risk of cancer.
And it isn’t just trauma. The way you think can suppress your genes, which means that emotion doesn’t leave your body. It stays trapped within your cells. Resentment, for example, which is wrapped up in the thought “This shouldn’t have happened.” When you keep that energy within you, it eventually turns to anger, then rage. And rage is destructive. Exactly like cancer, it destroys everything in its path, including its own home.
Do you have rage trapped in your body? Dr. Roy has 3 questions to help you figure that out:
Go to www.MDRoy.com to get a full list of questions. If you fit in these criteria, you may need to address the issue. You have to own it. You have to express it. You have to accept it. Because then you can do something about it.
You can get rid of these trapped emotions by following Dr. Roy’s Burn Page practice - it’s the same thing as Alli’s Write and Burn process.
Dr. Roy grew up as the son of two doctors, and was trained in western medicine. He soon noticed that many of his cancer patients were struggling with unexpressed emotions and past trauma. This spurred him on to go deeper into the research to discover what causes cancer in the first place, and what we can do to heal ourselves. Diet is important, but that’s just one small part of it. Health is physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. That means healing needs to involve all those aspects. His book Healing Before You’re Cured is the result of his research: evidence-based strategies to help you heal all parts of your life.
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Make sure you tune in next time because Dr. Roy will be answering your questions and sharing everything you need to know about how to heal yourself.
Part 2 of our Overcoming Anxiety Series welcomes three of my favorite people, and they have a lot of expertise to share about this topic. Keep reading because all three guests have special gifts for Food Heals Nation!
Whitney Lauritsen does a lot of work in the wellness world. Her brand EcoVeganGal helps people go plant-based and be more eco-conscious. She also runs the wellness coaching business Wellevatr with Jason Wrobel.
Whitney struggled with depression through college. For her, overcoming anxiety and depression is an ongoing process. Whenever she feels those emotions, she looks for the opportunity to go within. It’s about slowing down, trying to identify the source of those feelings. Even if you don’t know their root, just giving yourself some space can help lift you out of a sad mood.
Mellissa Glazewski is a private plant-based chef, helping people to eat healthier and thrive. She’s the founder of ForkinPlants.com. Growing up with alcoholic parents meant Melissa had a lot of anxiety and depression issues. The pharmaceuticals she was prescribed just made her worse. So she quit them and went down the holistic route, using herbal remedies, diet and meditation to improve her mood. The best supplement she’s found is ashwagandha, an adaptogen that helps your body adapt to and deal with stress. We love Four Sigmatic’s instant coffee with added ashwagandha (coffee without the jitters!).
Whitney & Melissa tips to overcome anxiety and depression:
Overcome anxiety with write & burn:
If you find it hard to meditate, try Alli’s Write & Burn process:
Have you inherited your anxiety from your ancestors?
We all carry energy from our ancestors. It can be great energy, but it can also energy that holds us back. Lisa Thomas is a DNA energy healer. She helps clients clear inherited patterns and release the anxiety tags that keep them from thriving. Lisa had a lot of anxiety and depression because she didn’t own who she was. When we don’t fully accept who we are, it triggers anxiety. Anxiety also shows up when we need to be in control. Check out Episode 215 for Lisa’s story.
Lisa’s 3 steps to overcome anxiety and depression:
FREE ANXIETY-BUSTING GIFTS
You Are Enough - a new workbook to help you figure out limiting beliefs you have about yourself and break through them. Sign up to the list, text the word MOOD to 66866 and you will instantly receive this workbook for FREE. If you text, Whitney will also try to send you some of Jason Wrobel’s other free resources around boosting mood with food. You can also download this guide from https://www.wellevatr.com.
Healthy Pantry Swap Guide - will take you through six common ingredients and some healthier alternatives. Go to www.forkinplants.com, sign up to Melissa’s newsletter and you’ll get the guide straight to your inbox.
Get $100 off your DNA clearing session with Lisa Thomas when you mention Food Heals. Go to www.foodhealsnation.com/lisa to book.
Over 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety - that’s around 20% of the population. Whether it’s relationship anxiety, workplace anxiety, social media anxiety or general anxiety, it has the power to zap your quality of life. So, what can we do about it?
According to empowerment strategist, fitness expert, author and podcast host JJ Flizanes, we’ve been dealing with it all wrong. Pharmaceuticals are not the solution. The first step to overcoming anxiety is to transform how we think about it.
We go through hundreds of emotions every single day. Unless these are properly processed, they remain stuck in the body, eventually creating discomfort, disease, and, you guessed it, anxiety. Anxiety is basically the body’s way of telling you something needs to be addressed. Seeing anxiety this way means that it no longer has power over us. Instead of being a victim, it becomes something to be worked with, and something that can lead to greater wellbeing. Looking at anxiety differently gives you more tools with which you can address the root cause of the problem. And if you get to the root, you can stop it from happening.
JJ’s 3-step anxiety-busting process:
You need to be able to have an awareness and consciousness of what is going on. Feel it to heal it!
Work with JJ and manifest your dream life:
Check out JJ’s next event in LA on October 11th to 13th. The Manifestation Boot Camp will teach you how to embody the law of attraction on all levels - creative, practical and emotional.
Anxiety and CBD
Inner work goes a long way to helping you combat anxiety. Another thing you can do is add anxiety-busting supplements, like CBD.
Before he became a CBD entrepreneur, Beau owned a bar with his friend Mike. They were always on the clock, always on the go - it was a high stress lifestyle which, unsurprisingly, created a lot of anxiety. They wanted something to help them deal with it naturally, so they began experimenting with CBD. It worked, but the products were unpleasant to take, impractical or messy. So they decided to create something that made CBD accessible, tasty, and easy to take. Sunday Scaries was born, on a mission to make the world a better place one gummy at a time.
CBD will not get you high. It contains medicinal compounds that reduce inflammation, nausea, pain and anxiety. CBD is an adaptogenic, which means that it helps the body heal itself. It’s completely safe and non-toxic, something that the World Health Organization has now confirmed. Sunday Scaries are infused with high quality CBD from Colorado, and added vitamins D3 and B12 (we love the Vegan AF ones!). They also have a range of CBD products for your pet.
Beau’s tips to overcome anxiety:
This special episode comes from Puerto Rico Mastermind, where Alli met amazing womenpreneurs whose businesses have a positive impact on the world. If you want to start a podcast and you need the next level of inspiration, coming to this event is one of the most impactful thing you can do.
Gena: Holistic Dentistry
Mercury fillings are implicated in the development of all sorts of diseases, like diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Women exposed to them have a higher risk of having a child with ADHD and neurological issues. Dr. Gena Schultheis used to be a traditional dentist, prescribing mercury fillings. Now, she takes them out and helps people back to health through detoxing, a healthy diet and holistic dentistry.
How can you detox from mercury? You have to go beyond diet, because mercury embeds itself in organs and is hard to get rid of. Chelation, saunas, Epsom salts, detoxifying supplements, chlorella and cilantro are all good options - the best thing is to work with a practitioner who will give you a personalized protocol. To find a holistic dentist, check out the Holistic Dental Association, or the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Why Gena loves Puerto Rico Mastermind
Learning from one another, working together to turn the world into a collaborative supportive place.
Sue: Co-creation as a key to success
Sue Dyer is president of OrgMetrics LLC. When she started working in construction, there was no spirit of collaboration - at her first meeting there was a fist fight in the bathroom! But for the last 40 years, Sue has been changing the culture of construction from combative to collaborative. Because let’s face it, we can achieve much more when we work together. In fact, you can be 40% more successful when you collaborate.
Why Sue loves Puerto Rico Mastermind
Co-creation is what you need to up-level every aspect of your life. That’s why masterminds work. When you collaborate and co-create, you’re accessing a collective wisdom that you don’t connect with on your own.
Dorothy - Your success helps the world
Dorothy Illson helps her clients bust through limiting beliefs about money, increase their income, and maximize their impact. Many of us feel shame about wanting to be successful and make money. But there shouldn’t be shame in that - the more abundance you create in your life, the more leverage you have to make an impact on the world.
The desire to make money and to make a positive difference are not opposing ambitions. You need one to achieve the other. If you’re miserable and struggling financially, you don’t have the emotional space or time to go out and make an impact in the world.
Dorothy promotes for-purpose businesses, where giving back is built into the business model. This is something consumers are already beginning to demand - they want to buy from a brand that makes the world a better place.
We love her podcast Do Well and Do Good.
Dorothy’s Take Away from the Puerto Rico Mastermind
Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and authentic. That’s the most powerful thing you can do.
Bonus Travel Tip
Alli’s must-have when traveling is Organify green juice powder. This was a life-saver in Puerto Rico. When you travel, you don’t know where the next juice bar will be. Or if there’s a Whole Foods. Or if there will even BE any healthy options. But with jet lag, travel stress, and lack of sleep, you need to give your body as many nutrients as possible to stay well and make the most of your time. Organifi is a detoxifying blend herbs and vegetables like chlorella, moringa, spirulina, mint, beets, matcha, wheatgrass, ashwagandha, turmeric, coconut water and more. Perfect for jumpstarting your energy… and kicking those wine hangovers to the curb. Food Heals Nation listeners get 20% off their first order with coupon code foodheals.
In part 2 of our Round Table, we say goodbye to Melissa (our amazing PA, check her out at ForkinPlants) and hello to the beautiful and super talented vegan chef Leslie Durso! She joins our panel of plant-based peeps, Whitney Lauritsen, a vegan entrepreneur and coach on a mission to help conscious brands grow, and Erica Mandy, a journalist and founder of theNewsWorthy.
Travel tip #2
It’s all about downloading what you need. Make sure you download your podcast episodes (or videos, or ebooks) so you have something to listen to, read or watch while you travel. Alli uses the Overcast App.
If you need to work, download the web pages you need to reference. Google drive can be accessed offline so you can work on your documents without needing wifi.
Travel tip #3
When you sit on the plane, make sure you wipe the seat, window, and tray table. You really don’t want to pick up germs before you’re on holiday. You can also bring a natural antibacterial spray and essential oils to keep your hands clean.
Travel tip #4
Make sure you stay hydrated while you travel. Whitney uses a LifeStraw - it screws onto any water bottle and will filter your water. Do not drink coffee or tea while you’re travelling, caffeine will dehydrate you.
Travel tip #5
To combat jet lag, CBD is your friend. It will help you sleep on the plane. Take plenty of turmeric and ginger before you travel. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties will knock out any germs, help regulate your body and keep it healthy on your travels. Pack some probiotics. This will help if you’re going to countries where the food is not what you’re used to eating.
Travel tip #6
Change your sleep routine to avoid jet lag. The Jet Lag Rooster app will create a schedule for you to tell you when to go to bed, when to get sunlight, and more, so that you can avoid jet lag. You can also get blue light glasses, which block the light from the plane and help your body adjust to different time zones (Swanwick do stylish ones!).
Travel tip #7
Always bring a pashmina with you - you can use it as a blanket and a pillow. It makes the perfect neck support if you wrap it around your water bottle.
Travel tip #8
Bring accessories to make the flight more comfortable. Our favorite eye mask is the Dream Sleeper, it’s super comfortable. We also love Sleep Buds - headphones you can sleep with! The fleece ones feel amazing.
Travel tip #9
Pack healthy foods for the plane! For example, fruit & nut bars (choose those without added sugar), nuts, or fruit (like oranges or apples - but beware, you’ll have to eat them before you get off the plane because some states have strict restrictions on what fruit can be brought in), cucumber and hummus, little packets of olives, or even vegan cheese and crackers.
You can also tell the airplane your dietary preferences ahead of time.
Travel tip #10
One of the best tips if you’re travelling internationally: sign up for Global Entry and avoid the long queues.
We did a little wine tasting during our panel (we absolutely love Scout & Cellar’s wine selection)… and speaking of wine tasting, we’ll be doing some of that on our next Italian Vegan Getaway! This is an intimate women-only retreat. You’ll feel like one of the locals since Ravello is a town Leslie has been going to for years. No tourist busses, no huge groups - just 12 like-minded women. There are just a couple of spots left so if you’ve yet to join us…. What are you waiting for? Go to www.foodhealsnation.com/italy for all the details, or check out Leslie’s Instagram stories. Or email Alli with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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.
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.
Most of us fail at dieting. Maybe we’re doing it wrong. We’re so busy following the latest fitness and diet trends that we completely forget to consider the most important factor in successful weight loss: who we are.
It’s time to forget what you think you know about dieting. Almost every diet and fitness trend can be a path to weight loss…. But is it YOUR path? If you’re struggling to lose weight, you may simply be following the wrong method for you. Because let’s face it: there is no one-size-fits-all diet that works for everyone. Different methods work for different people.
Christine Lusita may be an expert on fitness and weight loss now, but she struggled with her weight since the age of 13. Finding her path towards health and fitness was a marathon. She was a yoyo dieter. She would always jump on the latest diet & fitness trend, and each time she would fail. It wasn’t until she realized she needed to make it easy that she truly connected with her health and her body. Now, she helps other people sprint towards their wellness goals. Christine has over 15 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry and regularly appears on morning shows to promote the latest food & fitness trends and, more importantly, how to make them work for you.
The missing link between health success and repeated struggle is knowing who you are. What’s your personality? Are you a leader, socializer, supporter or planter? What works for one personality type does not work for another. Some people love spinning classes and circuit training, other people love yoga and jogging. When you honor who you are and what you love, being healthy becomes effortless. Through her coaching, Christine helps clients realign and accept who they are, and use this to their advantage. Her motto? It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being better. You may not be able to get abs like J-Lo, but you can be the best version of yourself. Christine’s book The Right Fit Formula delves deep into this and give step by step guidance to help you find out who you are and which health strategy fits your personality.
The most important thing for successful weight loss is to do what makes you feel good. That’s why Christine has launched an 80’s inspired fitness brand What A Feeling Athletic Wear - that’s how Christine wants people to feel after a workout. Why 80’s? Because the 80’s felt so magical; it was a happier, up-beat time, full of hope. Her new line complements every body type and brings a splash of color, and joy, to your workouts. We love it!
We all love a good outfit. But fashion is cruel to animals, cruel to people and cruel to the planet. Especially luxury fashion, which is synonymous with fur, cashmere, leather, angora and silk. Can fashion ever be compassionate? It can now.
Meg and Komie were raised vegetarian. From a very young age they understood that animals are not here for food. Also from a young age, they loved nothing more than customizing their outfits. As they started shopping, they found it nearly impossible to find clothes they liked that were also cruelty-free. That’s why they created Delikate Rayne, a 100% vegan, sustainable, luxury clothing line made in LA. Their mission: to make a positive impact and give back through something people love - great fashion! And they’re spreading the message, having recently been featured in the prominent fashion publication PAPER.
What’s so wrong with fast fashion? Firstly, the impact on animals: it’s a myth that fur and leather are by-products of the meat industry. Animals are raised specifically for that purpose, they are confined in tiny cages, tortured and slaughtered for their skin. Secondly, the impact on the environment. Constantly changing trends mean there is an incredible amount of waste. The process of dying fabrics pollutes water. And finally, the social impact. If you’re paying $10 for a t-shirt, how much is the person who made it getting paid?
The solution? To go for a brand that is vegan, affordable, sustainable AND gorgeous… we love Delikate Rayne’s fashion range that ticks all these boxes.
Meg and Komie’s tips for green shopping and living:
Check out Delikate Rayne’s game changer movement in partnership with PETA.
What makes a relationship strong? It’s the little things. Going to the grocery store, taking out the trash. And the most important thing is to learn your partner’s love language. What’s your love language? For some, it’s physical affection. For others, love is shown through the little gestures. Getting to know how you and your partner communicate love will help you become closer. Suzy, Alli and Leanne talk 5 Love Languages.
The wine is flowing, the superfood chocolates come out, and we’re talking sex. Jason Wrobel - vegan chef and best-selling author of Eaternity, shares the secrets of how to eat for better sex. What would Jason cook for a first date? What foods improve blood flow and libido? For one, all foods containing magnesium - this is a mineral most people are deficient in. Think raw chocolate, kombucha squash, and maca.
Here’s to the sacred healing power of the Jade Egg. Elise Carr is a tantra practitioner, reiki master and artist. We’re talking yoni - the female sacred space. When you hold a jade egg in your yoni, you do more than just tone your pc muscles and make sex more pleasurable. It’s a powerful practice that supports your divine female energy and allows you to release any old negative energies.
Sometimes you date frogs before your perfect match comes along. Erica Mandy from the NewsWorthy and Laura Petersen from Copy That Pops tell their first date horror stories - insults, lateness, and accidents with artichokes.
John Salley shares his relationship philosophies. The difference between making out and having sex. What men really think. How to deal with your partner’s honesty. And how women make the decisions.
Emunah is on a mission to help us have more love in our lives. Authentic, juicy, connective, soulful love. How can we create sacred love that lasts? You have to start with you and the universe - the relationship will follow. There’s a whole buffet available, so don’t just settle for scraps.
Emunah’s tips to welcome love into your life:
It’s been found that most people choose their partner based on their parents or their parents’ relationship. Imago therapy is based on the theory that you pick your partner based on the wounds of your past, and helps you to unpick this so that you can heal your marriage… or pick a love that lasts.
What’s the difference between soul groups and soulmates? Tracy believes we reincarnate, and have a soul group that we are connected to throughout time. You know that feeling when you have an instant rapport with someone? That’s because they’re part of your soul group. And it doesn’t have to be a lover, it can be a friend. So relax - because this means there’s more than just one single person out there for you!
Suzy met her husband online, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. In the beginning, she thought they would just be friends. They didn’t kiss until the fourth date… but what took time to blossom turned into a beautiful love story. Alli and her husband were neighbors, and friends. When he kissed her the first time, she told him never to do it again. But their relationship soon turned into true love… you’ll have to listen to the episode for the details!
Sahara and Alli's engagement stories. Proof that men can be super romantic when they put their mind to it!
How to make your date feel really great? Guide them through a meditation. Danielle shares her Man Magnet Meditation to revolutionize your date nights.
Are you giving away your power through the clothes you choose to wear? Many of us do! We’re scared of being seen, we hide ourselves away in a cocoon of loose or dark clothes. The clothes we wear send out a message. So that means we can dress for love! Kimberly Seltzer shares how to make over your wardrobe, and your love life, with a little red dress.
Diets don’t work. Neither do New Year’s resolutions. Just 3% of people who go on a diet successfully lose weight. Why? They’re based on the idea that if you lose weight, you’ll transform your life. In fact, you need to transform your life first, then the weight loss will happen.
Alli was a healthy plant-based holistic salad eater by day…. sugar junkie by night. Sugar addiction ruled her life. Nothing she tried ever worked. Until she met David Zappazodi. Now, her cravings for sugar have disappeared.
David Zappazodi has been a healthcare professional specializing in weight loss for over 20 years. He uses radical methods. Instead of coaching people to find their why, and motivating them to change their habits, he tells his clients to stop exercising and eat the junk foods they crave several times a day. It sounds nuts. But…. It works.
How do you transform your life first? You have to focus on the struggles that are preventing the weight loss, and then focus on the weight loss itself. To do this, David uses three brain flips that tackle cravings, overeating, and exercising.
Brain Flip Your Cravings
Cravings are like bullies. You have to stand up to them in a way that lets them know you’re not going to be pushed around. Trying to avoid bullies, or fight them, doesn't work long-term. It's the same with your cravings. You might try avoiding your cravings, but that doesn’t work. Eventually the cravings win. Then you indulge and feel guilty. The only way to free yourself is to eat the food you crave… but eat it in a different pattern.
Think about it. You’ve resisted for so long, then finally you give in. In that moment when you indulge, there is pleasure. This is the core point where things need to change. If you create pain in the moment of indulgence, then you begin to flip your brain to eradicate your desire for that particular food. How? By creating a pain tool. This is a recording of what could go wrong in your life if you don’t solve this issue, which you listen to while you eat the food. By inserting pain in that indulgence, you begin to make friends with your cravings. You stop associating indulging with pleasure, and the cravings subside.
Brain Flip Overeating:
The way David tackles overeating is to get his clients to split their usual portion into two plates. You eat the first one normally, but you eat the second portion while listening to another pain tool, so you learn to associate being overfull with being in pain. This creates another brain flip.
Brain Flip Exercise:
David calls this the body brain flip. Now that the cravings and overeating are dealt with, it’s time to reprogram your brain to look at exercise in a completely new way. David gets his clients to create a vision tool - the opposite to a pain tool. Imagine the best that could happen to you as you transform your health and lose the weight, and listen to that audio several times a day to really connect with the feeling of joy. This turns around your usual thinking about exercise being a chore, into something you’re excited about doing. And when you’re excited about doing something, it becomes effortless.
Want more? Check out Episode 233, where David delves deep into how the brain flip works to free you of chaotic or compulsive eating.
David’s tips to reduce your cravings:
You can save animals from factory farms. You can shift culture. You can stop rainforests from being chopped down. You can help communities. You can create the kind of world you want to live in. This is the power of your fork. The food revolution is a revolution you can fight peacefully, and everyone wins: the animals, the people, and our environment.
Food really matters. It’s the foundation of good health. But unfortunately, for many people it can also be the foundation of disease. A standard American diet means standard American diseases.
This is something Ocean Robbins witnessed in his own family history. His grandfather was one of the founders of Baskin-Robbins. His dad refused to go into the business, and walked away from a path paved with gold and ice-cream. He moved to an island off Canada with his wife, built a log cabin, grew vegetables, practiced yoga several hours a day, and had a child: Ocean.
From this island, Ocean’s dad wrote the book Diet for a New America, which helped thousands of people rethink their food choices. One of his readers ended up being his own father, who, after years of eating a standard American diet, was at death’s door. But making the changes suggested in the book, he reversed his heart disease and diabetes, lost 30 pounds, and lived 19 more healthy years.
When Ocean was 16, inspired by his dad and grandfather, he founded a nonprofit called Yes, and travelled to 65 countries giving talks and helping young activists build a healthier world for future generations. It was during these travels that Ocean realized how much of an impact food has on our health. He saw that as the American way of eating and producing food was expanding, so too were the diseases related to this diet. He realized food was at the source of a lot of the suffering on the planet: the torture of animals, the use of chemical poisons to grow crops and hijack our taste buds, the subsidies given to support the unhealthiest foods.
In 2012, Ocean joined forces with his dad and launched the Food Revolution Network, to promote healthy, sustainable food for everyone. They push for policy changes that could change our world. One of their goals is to make sure medical doctors get proper nutrition education. They also lobby to stop policies that support junk foods, and get the food industry to take health seriously.
But perhaps the most important goal is to share this life-boosting information with as many people as possible and help them put healthy change into action - not just for themselves, but for their community and the whole world.
We’re so excited to announce that Ocean’s new book 31-Day Food Revolution is out today. It’s packed with information and a step by step plan to put new habits into action.
The 4 principles to starting your own Food Revolution:
How to be plant-based affordably:
All these things put together can get you to ultimate vitality and help create a better world.
But it’s about more than just health. Food can also connect us. Ocean’s book gives tips to help you be a positive influencer, teach people about nutrition in a loving way, and how you can build a community. Because we are not lone wolves, we need community to thrive.
And for every copy of the book that’s ordered, Ocean will donate to Trees for the Future, a nonprofit that plants trees all over the world. Every time a new copy is ordered, they will plant an organic fruit or nut tree in a disadvantaged community. This means when you order Ocean’s new book, you participate in the food revolution right away.
World renowned keynote speaker, best-selling author, world traveler… and she recently got engaged in Bali after one of the most epic proposal stories we’ve ever heard! But Sahara Rose wasn’t always a glowing picture of health and success.
In fact, she went through a really tough time - she didn’t have periods, lost her hair, suffered from bloating and constipation. No one could find the cause or cure the problem. Until one day she read about the Vata dosha - it was like reading her autobiography. Following ayurvedic practices to bring this dosha back into balance, Sahara regained her health.
But it was hard - Ayurveda processes are old school, and many don’t work for today’s busy lifestyles. So Sahara decided to redesign these ancient practices to fit the modern world.
Her two books - The Idiot’s guide to Ayurveda, and Eat Feel Fresh (with a foreword by Deepak Chopra!) offer simple and easy to follow strategies to get your doshas, and your health, back into balance.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is over 5000 years old; it’s the world’s oldest heath system. It means “the knowledge of life.” Ayurveda involves your entire life in order to heal you: nutrition, digestion, self-care, movement, morning rituals, your environment, your relationships, and your purpose.
What Dosha Are You?
Dosha means energy. In Ayurveda, we’re all made up of three energies from the elements space, air, fire, water and earth. The three doshas are Vata (air and space), Pita (fire and water) and Katha (earth and water).
Mind: creative, artistic, go with the flow, visionary… but if unbalanced: difficulty coming down to earth, anxiety, everything up in the air, head in the clouds, not liking a set schedule
Body: lean, flexible… but if unbalanced: cold skin, slow digestion, bloating, cracking joints, unbalanced appetite, dry skin.
Mind: feisty, high energy, driven, business-minded, regimented, likes routine, motivated…. But if unbalanced: angry, aggressive.
Body: strong and athletic… but if unbalanced: high risk of inflammation, heart burn, acne, rashes.
Mind: calm, peaceful, very giving… but if unbalanced: gives too much, unable to set boundaries, people pleaser.
Body: solid, endurance… but if unbalanced: lethargic and prone to increased mucous.
We are all a combination of all three of these doshas, in varying amounts. What’s more, these doshas may change depending on where you are in your life. Ayurveda heals the doshas within us so that we can rebalance our health.
To find out your dosha, take the quiz on Sahara’s website.
How to Rebalance Your Dosha:
Warm, grounding foods - think roots! Stay away from excessively cold foods.
Cooling, alkalizing foods - more leafy greens, bitter veg, coconut. Avoid spicy foods.
Stimulating foods - warming spices to rev up metabolism.
In her latest book, Eat Feel Fresh, Sahara makes it easy to incorporate this ancient healing practice into your life with over 100 ayurvedic plant-based recipes. Her other book, An Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda contains all the self-care and lifestyle strategies to take your health to the next level. Check out Sahara’s podcast, Highest Self.
Ayurvedic self-care 101:
You’re only 10% human. Yes, really.
Just over a decade ago, doctors believed there were around 200 species of bacteria living on and in the human body. We now know there are over 30,000 species. We have a community of 100 trillion microorganisms in our gut. That is 10 times the number of human cells in the body. This basically means we’re 10% human, 90% bacteria!
The microbiome was an unknown entity, but now science has shown it to be a game changer. It’s an integral part of our health, and if we can support it, we can thrive.
We are in a synergistic relationship with the microorganisms in our body - we need them to survive, and they need us. They’ve been a part of us since the beginning of human evolution. But we’re bailing on them right now. In the last century, we’ve stopped taking care of them. Our diets (the chemicals we use to process our food), environment (the chemicals we use to clean our homes), lifestyles (lack of sleep, lack of movement, stress), medications (antibiotics) - destroy the delicate microbiome we rely on for health.
Doctor Will Bulsiewicz, also known as Dr. B, is an internal medicine doctor and expert gastroenterologist. While his conventional medicine training did not include any nutrition study, science was emerging about the power of diet to treat gastrointestinal disease. So he began studying it in his own time and discovered the untapped potential of a healthy gut. Having witnessed amazing results with his patients, he decided to spread the word beyond his clinic. The Gut Health MD was born.
Why your gut is your first step to thriving health:
What can you do to heal your gut?
Could mold be affecting your health? Mold is a tricky thing. It’s affected people since the dawn of time - but conventional medicine rarely addresses it. But it is a serious issue. Mold produces mycotoxins that can drive up estrogen levels, overburden the body with toxicity and elevate inflammation - so if you’re sensitive to mold (25% of people have the gene that make them sensitive) other symptoms will appear, like frequent illness, more allergies, exhaustion and hormonal issues.
Jenn Malecha’s healing journey had bumps along the way. She’d had a pretty healthy up-bringing - garden, vegetables, an active lifestyle. But when she got to college, the long hours and stress caused by studying and working crazy hours caused her health to decline. Then, at just 25, and having never been a sun-worshipper, Jenn was diagnosed with skin cancer. She knew it had to be caused by her environment and lifestyle. Functional tests revealed that she had high oxidative stress, a clogged-up liver, and adrenal dysfunction. So she tackled all those things, and felt like herself again…
Until five years later. She began gaining weight, her periods were all over the place, she had candida overgrowth and inflamed breasts. She went to experts, who were unable to tell her what was going on. Until one day she opened the cupboard near her work desk and there was black mold everywhere. Toxic mold had devastated her health. Having understood what was causing these issues, she began rebalancing her health. She became the boss of her health instead of relying on doctors. She now empowers others to have that same connection with their body.
Here are some of the strategies she used to free her home and her body from mold:
Screen for Mold at Home:
Screen for Mold Toxicity:
Getting Rid of Mold:
Detox Your Body and Feed Yourself Right:
Jenn now helps busy professional to take back control of their health by offering lab tests and resources to find the missing piece of their health puzzle. With over a decade of personal training experience, Jenn creates personalized health-rebuilding programs for her clients that are realistic and achievable. Book a complimentary discovery call today!
New year, new you! We always feel like a makeover is needed in January. So what better way to begin 2019 than with style coach Kimberly Seltzer?
You might not realize it, but your outfits are more than just clothes. They say a lot about you. They can keep you feeling down, block love, and give away your power. Yes, really. Wearing muted colors, going for the bigger size, wrapping up in layers all send a strong message, both to the outside world and to yourself: that you are not confident and are not comfortable in your own skin. From that space, implementing positive change is an uphill struggle.
Often, we’re told that if we work on what’s on the inside - our mindset - we can transform what’s on the outside. But this can work the other way too: a great outfit can make you feel empowered, and over time this boosts your confidence and improves your mindset, so you can attract what you want - whether it’s in love or in business. If you work on both your mindset and your wardrobe, transformation gets much faster. Kim knows about this first-hand.
Twenty years ago, she was a traditional therapist - in other words, she was totally focused on the inner work side of things. But life happened, she got a divorce. Life as she knew it was over. Her mood was so low she couldn’t even get out of bed, let alone be a helpful therapist. Despite her knowledge of talking therapy, she couldn’t get out of her own way or change how she felt. One day, she looked in the mirror. And she was horrified. Frumpy, wearing oversized clothes, a nursing bra and Birkenstocks. She looked like her mindset: sad, and hiding in a cocoon of black. So she went shopping. Luckily, a personal shopper saw her picking out her usual uniform and intervened with a sexy little red dress. This chance encounter changed Kim’s life forever. She suddenly felt like herself again. Her confidence started growing. And the rest is history. Now, Kim is determined to help others reconnect with themselves and find their perfect partner.
Laughter heals - so we’ve gathered the funniest moments since we started the podcast three years ago, to bring you an episode that will make you laugh out loud. If you’ve not checked these episodes out yet, make sure you do!
Did you stop shaving your armpits?
Sage & Anna-Blanca
Are you leaking Jing?
Let’s get to the wine!
John Lee Dumas
Are your goals smart?
Dr. Joel Kahn
Get out of your body’s way and let it heal.
New Year’s episode with Jay, Joy and Sophie
Rampage of gratitude!
Shamanic talk, green juice and foreplay.
What does the world need right now?
Have you seen Jesus’s abs?
Leafy green sexiness.
Juice cleanse or smoothie cleanse?
Dr. Stephen Cabral
What’s the sign of a healthy balanced body?
Take the risk for your passion.
Improve health, happiness and sexiness with this one move.
Things are getting hot in the studio.
Self-love or self-ok?
Type A personality and yoga.
The power of rituals - or is it karaoke?
Best karaoke moments EVER.
What you’ll learn in Episode 237:
Our favorite moments:
@6:11 Big and bold? Who cares!
@8:55 It’s a little nutty
@15:45 It’s a miracle!
@19:02 Your gut is screwed up, baby
@23:28 Mind equals blown!
@29:52 Crazy woowoo
@41:25 A little more hip action
@50:35 I cannot believe I didn’t do this sooner
Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!