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Episode 134: Goal Mapping 101

Jan 04, 2022

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It's 2022. You've decided on the meaningful resolution that's going to be your guiding light for the year, and now comes the scary part... turning that vision into your actual reality. 

But how do you do it? Like really do it?

How do you stay motivated when life tries to drag you down?

How do you stay consistent through a whole year of birthdays, holidays, weekends, happy hours, stressors, celebrations, vacations, and everything in between?

How do you navigate...

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Episode 124: Is Sugar REALLY That Bad?? (Halloween Edition)

Oct 19, 2021

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It was the first week of November, 2003. I was 11 years old and had my stash of Halloween candy stuffed into the corner of my closet.

I was old enough that my mom didn't throw part of it away or moderate my intake, so I did what a lot of kids would do at one of their first chances at unlimited candy... I ate it. All of it. 

Each night after dinner when everyone had gone to bed, I would pull out the giant bag, put it on my bed, and eat while watching Nick at Night. 

This was the first time I ever abused...

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Episode 122: Starch... Superfood or Super Villain?

Oct 05, 2021

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When you hear the word starch, what do you think of? Pasta, bread, white rice? Weight gain? Blood sugar spikes?

Starch has gotten a bad rap, and in some instances for good reason. The starch in processed carbs breaks down into glucose and does spike blood sugar and contributes to diseases like diabetes and obesity. 

But just like not all carbs are created equal, not all starch is created equal.

Resistant starch is starch that acts like soluble fiber in that it isn't digested in the small intestine by...

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Episode 121: "Fat Burning Foods"... Fact or Fantasy??

Sep 28, 2021

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Raise your hand if you've found yourself foregoing your morning coffee for a cup of hot lemon water or a giant glass of celery juice.

Or if you've ever kept that cup of joe, but added spoonfuls of coconut oil to it.

Or if you've put yourself through the gag-inducing shot of apple cider vinegar before your meals...

All in the name of dropping a few stubborn pounds.

The question is, do these diet tricks belong in the giant book of weight loss hoaxes? Or is there scientific merit to any of these...

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Episode 120: Should You Be Eating for Your Metabolic Type?

Sep 21, 2021

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Have you ever heard of the body type diet or the metabolic type diet?

Or maybe you've heard the terms 'ectomorphs', 'endomorphs', or 'mesomorphs' thrown around on social media or in your local gym. 

If so, you may have some questions like one of our awesome podcast listeners did, such as: what's the actual science behind it? And is it a useful thing to know and rely on in a better health journey?

So the truth is, in the 40's a psychologist by the name of Doctor William Sheldon came up with the 3...

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Episode 119: Breakfast... To Eat Or Not To Eat??

Sep 14, 2021

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There's a lot of conversation (and confusion) about the first meal of the day... breakfast.

For a long time you were told never to skip it.

Now you're told to cut it out completely.

Some argue you need it to rev your metabolism for the day.

Others would say a longer fast means more fat is burned. 

What's the truth?? 

Well if you know me, you probably know my answer is going to be somewhere in the middle and I'm going to say it differs from person to person (I know, I know, I can hear the groan of...

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Episode 115: The Mediterranean Diet: Where Science and Common Sense Meet

Aug 10, 2021

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I see people arguing over nutrition research all the time. This study says keto is the best, this study says paleo’s the best, this study says vegan’s the best. But here’s the thing, research and the experts behind it can be skewed, biased, and outdated. 

How many times have we proven old diets wrong that were once strongly supported by hundreds of studies (the era of ‘fat makes you fat’ comes to mind)?

Look at the fact that most researchers don’t want to use women to test their...

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Episode 113: How Trauma Affects the Body (Hint: Yes It Can Influence Your Weight)

Jul 27, 2021

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My narcissistic relationship triggered my autoimmune disease. 

Yes there were certainly other factors at play: diet, genetics, birth control. 

But for years I couldn't speak my mind for fear of retribution. For years I was on high alert, unsure what would set him off. For years I felt like I was crazy, having every word twisted and turned against me. 

My body's defenses were chronically waging war against the ever-present emotional threat and eventually turned on me, attacking my own thyroid...

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Episode 112: How Trauma Affects Your Brain (Willpower May Not Be Your Problem After All)

Jul 20, 2021

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For years I've said that the negative emotions and experiences we don't process and release get stored in the body. Sometimes as fat, sometimes as illness, sometimes as injury.

It always sounded 'woo woo' when it came out of my mouth, but finally I've discovered a book that scientifically backs up this intuition. 

'The Body Keeps the Score' by Bessel Van Der KolK, MD, is one of the most comprehensive books I've ever read on trauma, how it affects the brain and body, and how to heal...

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Episode 108: How This People-Pleaser Set Some Hard Boundaries [TikTok Drama Edition]

Jun 22, 2021

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"When you're not used to being confident, confidence feels like arrogance.

When you're used to being passive, assertiveness feels like aggression.

When you're not used to getting your needs met, prioritizing yourself feels selfish. Your comfort zone is not a good benchmark." - @cosmicteaholisticshop

A friend shared this quote with me recently and boy did it hit close to home. 

I've been a passive people-pleaser most of my life, and while I've spent years working through that in therapy, my limits have been...

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