“When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” – Brene Brown.
“Remember that you are a living, breathing novel, literally writing your own story. Your very own authentically personal piece of art. It’s pretty glorious.” – Victoria Erickson.
Today, you have the power to change your story…
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview my friend, and fellow coach, Lauren Marie Fleming, on the power of your life story.
A storyteller since birth, Lauren Marie Fleming has written four novels, countless articles, and is the author of the self-help book Bawdy Love: 10 Steps to Profoundly Loving Your Body. Her work has appeared in VICE, Glamour, Curve, Nerve, BlogHer, xoJane, and the Huffington Post.
Lauren is a dynamic and engaging speaker, and has presented at prestigious conferences and colleges across the globe. She is renowned for her entertaining and informative workshops that combine practicality with passion.
Through her writing, retreats, and coaching, Lauren helps people embrace their unique story and tell that story to the world. A queer, fat, femme, Lauren is especially invested in helping amplify and support marginalized voices.
Lauren is devoted to helping you take the guilty out of pleasure, ditch the starving, tortured artist cliché, and create the life and career of your dreams.
In this episode, Lauren and I chat about:
how story telling became a powerful tool of transformation for her, starting at a very young age.
how to break free of our society’s expectations and “rules”
empowering yourself through the story you tell about yourself and your life.
why transformation is a series of steps taken over and over, day to day.
shifting your focus from changing/fixing to thriving.
embracing your uniqueness.
how self-love is a journey, not a destination.
how to hold two opposing truths at the same time.
how our identities and the roles we play limit our potential and authentic expression.
getting real about the legacy you want to leave on this planet.
how to zero in on your zone of genius, and stay in your own lane.
giving yourself permission to have and do what you love.
how a scarcity mentality creates over-indulgence.
the magic of giving permission to yourself and others.
“Suppressed anger is one of the main reasons you are using food as a drug.”
“You have to decide you are worth it.”
These are just a few of the powerful truth bombs today’s guest shares in her book. There are many more. I highly suggest you listen to this episode, giving it your fullest presence…and read her book.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Samantha Skelly – an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and emotional eating expert who has revolutionized the weight loss industry by examining the individual and underlying causes of eating disorders. She has shared her mission on an international platform and continues to spread her message and transform the lives of thousands of people through the Phoenix Formula, motivational speaking engagements, the Hungry for Happiness podcast, worldwide international retreats, and her Amazon best-selling book, Hungry for Happiness: One Woman’s Guide From Fighting Food to Finding Freedom.
Hungry for Happiness is a movement of women dedicated to ending the fight with food and their bodies by addressing the underlying causes of emotional eating. When we heal our connection to our bodies and reestablish trust in ourselves, we realize our problems really have very little to do with food.
In this episode, you are going to hear Sam and I chat about:
her path to finding freedom from weight loss obsession, body shame, the diet/binge cycle, over-exercising and clean eating
the internal issues causing your struggle with your body.
how every choice you make is either self-loving or self-violent.
why suffering is a learned behavior.
the power of observation.
how your life is a reflection of your beliefs.
why you need to be willing to be in the process of transformation and healing, AND allow it to be messy.
how to let go of dieting and still honor your health.
What do you do when faced with illness? or an overwhelming health challenge?
Most people gear up to fight, battle with and beat (fill in the blank)….Cancer. Heart Disease. Autoimmune. Anxiety. Leaky Gut. Weight Gain.
What if this approach actually fueled the dis-ease? What if this way of being was even a cause of the illness, the imbalance?
The thing is, you cannot heal something you hate. You cannot use anger, shame and resistance to transform your body. The body is a reflection of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs. Therefore, having fear be the driving force on your path to health will never lead to wellness and vitality.
There is another way to approach healing your body. My guest today and I, both agree this other way, is THE way. It is the only path that fully heals and restores dis-ease to wholeness and well-being.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Dr. Kim D’Eramo – a physician, speaker, #1 bestselling author of “The MindBody Tool Kit,” and founder of The American Institute of MindBody Medicine. She is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, and attended residency at Emory University in Atlanta.
After healing herself from a chronic illness using MindBody tools, she now empowers millions to use the same tools to immediately shift their body chemistry and brain activity to create health and wellbeing.
Dr. D’Eramo conducts online group training programs and speaks internationally to doctors, medical students, and the general public to teach self-healing tools.
In this episode, you are going to hear Dr. Kim share:
how she overcame a rare autoimmune illness during med school when no doctor could help her.
what it takes to truly heal from any illness.
the top two things blocking your healing
how suppression of the feminine is making you sick, exhausted and age faster.
her approach to diet and supplements.
the impact emotions and negative thinking has on your physiology
the art of allowing, acceptance and surrender in your healing journey.
the truth of what is underneath the pattern of over-doing, overcoming, fighting and battling your body.
how what is happening with your body is a reflecting of how you live life.
the difference between pure and conditional love.
when things getting worse is actually a good thing.
the opportunity for creating a New Earth happening right now in the world
her A-B-C Instant Elevation Practice.
what she has found to be the most powerful medicine of all.
“For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticize ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love.” – Geneen Roth
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Kyla Sokoll-Ward – a self-love coach on a mission to change the way women relate to themselves. She teaches women to love their fears, trust the universe, and redefine their worthiness so that they can fall in love with themselves and step into their badass feminine power. She spent years perfecting her body and diet, hoping it would bring her happiness (spoiler alert: it didn’t). But once she kicked her limiting beliefs, found body bliss, and embraced unconditional self-love, there was no turning back.
Kyla and I share a lot of truths about the food/body struggle. We have both been there. If you struggle in this area, I know it is hard to hear — its not about food and your body….b/c it really feels like it is. We totally get that. I am encouraging you to dive a little deeper for yourself. Really think about how what we talk about, could apply to you and your life.
In this episode, you are going to hear Kyla and I chat about:
her path to finding freedom from orthorexia, body shame, the diet/binge cycle, over-exercising and clean eating righteousness.
how struggling with your body/food is only a symptom.
how your beliefs are at the core of your suffering.
why the end goal is not to always love your body.
the pattern we call the “Weighting” Game.
what you must give up to experience food freedom.
how the foundation of health is mental/emotional.
why we as humans hold on to struggle.
how disconnection and the food/body obsession go hand and hand.
how clean eating is often an excuse for disordered eating.
how we are seeking desired feelings through external means.
The topic on the table today is, always a fav, your relationship with food and your body. My guest and I know this journey well. And, we both wholeheartedly believe in the following quote.
“The relentless attempts to be thin take you further and further away from what could actually end your suffering: getting back in touch with who you really are. Your true nature. Your essence.” – Geneen Roth
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Melissa Costello – the founder of Karma Chow. Melissa is a Transformational Eating Coach, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Spiritual Psychologist, Plant-Based Chef, Speaker and Author. She is committed to your profound and deep transformation so you can finally break free of your sabotaging behaviors when it comes to food and loving your body. She is here to support you in stepping fully into your greatness, in every area of your life.
Melissa and I dive into a number of the key aspects of your journey with food and your body. There is one foundational truth, that we keep coming back to as the conversation flows. I would encourage you, to be on the lookout for that, as you listen.
In this episode, you are going to hear Melissa and I chat about:
her path to finding freedom from sugar addiction, body shame, the diet/binge cycle, chronic health issues, over-exercising, and orthorexia.
what your struggle with food is really about.
the parallels of healing your health challenges and relationship with food at the same time.
how food and body obsession is part of being in survival mode.
how control is always lurking under food/body obsession.
how to be in full body acceptance and also find a weight that feels good for you.
why seeing things as black and white is dangerous.
her insights on both ends of the body image spectrum currently in the media.
how to find being in flow with food.
the importance of self-trust and honesty in healing.
I am SO excited about this episode. It is a topic I have been wanting to cover for a while. It is also an aspect of health and wholeness that I LOVE to talk about. Today we are talking about dating, relationships, communication and attraction, from the perspective of a MAN….which is key. We are also taking a look at the ways men struggle with body image and weight.
The man who courageously stepped up to the plate for this conversation, is my dear friend, Josh Trent. Josh is the founder of Wellness Force, and a wellness industry influencer and coach. He is also a top ranked iTunes podcast host of both Wellness Force Radio and the Fitness + Technology podcasts.
With over 13 years in the health and wellness industry, he leads the Wellness Force community in discovering physical and emotional intelligence to help men and women live life well.
His vision for Wellness Force is to empower over one million men and women in discovering the physical and emotional intelligence we need to live life well and enjoy the process. A KEY to enjoying that process is our relationships. Josh and I love chatting about this topic together as friends, so here we are! =)
In this episode, you are going to hear Josh share:
The physical and emotional transformation he has gone through to get to where he is today.
how physical weight can be a manifestation of your inner world.
why you must take responsibility for the story you tell in your head about yourself, others and life.
his experience being faced with the modern man’s dilemma
how to handle the pressures and expectations put on both men and women in our culture to do it all, be it all and have it all.
his insight on male body image
what makes a woman most attractive.
what it takes to have a healthy, harmonious, connected partnership
what makes a man want to commit to a woman.
the difference between being a strong, successful woman and having “independent women syndrome”.
why your language dictates your life.
what courageous communication is and why it matters
why being perfect is actually unattractive.
how readiness, divine timing, willingness and courage all play out in dating and love.
A few quotes to round out this topic from one of my favs from @createthelove.
“Fall in love with yourself first. When we’re whole we can see clearly the types of people who are in front of us as our vision is not clouded by loneliness and insecurity. It makes everything else so much easier because then we search for people that compliment us, not complete us.” – Mark Groves.
“Great love doesn’t leave. It stays. It communicates. It tried to understand. Great love doesn’t walk away. It walks towards.” – Mark Groves
“The purpose of our journey is to restore ourselves to wholeness.” – Debbie Ford
What does wholeness mean to you?
When it comes to health and well-being, you can’t compartmentalize the parts of who you are. You are a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual being. A Whole Being. Each part of You impacts the others. Your emotions influence your digestion. Your spirituality influences your nervous system. Your thoughts influence your energy level.
As humans, we are on the path of understanding, honoring and integrating all these parts into one.
As Caroline Myss says,
“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.”
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind”
“If healing required changing your job, would you do it? If healing required moving to another part of the country, would you do it? If healing required that you change most of your attitudes toward others and yourself, would you do so?”
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Christa Orecchio – a clinical and holistic nutritionist dedicated to helping individuals use food as medicine to heal from the root cause. She helps people ignite the natural healing process of their minds, bodies, and spirits so that they can feel whole again. She is the author of The Whole Journey Food as Medicine Cookbook, co-author of The Anti-Inflammatory Diet, and co-author of the best-seller How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30. Christa also hosts three health and wellness TV shows.
Christa has played a huge role on my path, both personally and professionally, over the last 9 years. She continues to be one of the top resources and referrals I pass on to my own friends, family and clients. Christa is the ultimate expert on the super nitty-gritty scientific details of physical health and healing disease. She has spoken about them publicly, a whoooole lot. It was quite an honor to have her on the show sharing her heart and soul about her own path, and her passion for the mental/emotional/spiritual aspects of one’s whole journey in life.
In this episode, you are going to hear Christa share:
her story of a life-changing year where she discovered the power of food to heal physical and emotional health. After transforming her own candida, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, she integrated all she learned and has been helping others do the same for over 8 years.
the importance of realizing there is no “there” to get to.
the impact your emotions, mind and energy have on your physical health.
her whole person approach to healing from the root cause of illness.
how primary foods – healthy relationships, a spiritual practice, a creative outlet, joyful movement, matter as much as what you eat.
how your physical ailments can have an emotional root cause.
why Spirituality has everything to do with your health and enjoyment of life.
how you are your own most powerful healer.
why trust is vital to healing.
simple ways to clear and recharge your energy body.
What if your obsession with food is really a distraction? If you weren’t thinking about food and/or your body all the time, where would your energy go? What in your life is on hold until you lose weight? How is your “weight” giving you the excuse to “wait”?
Things are about to get real in this powerful, and fun, episode!
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Caty Pasternak – an empowerment coach and speaker for women who have tried to just “love themselves more”, but still feels stuck in anxiety, insecurity and out-of-control emotions or behaviors. Caty blends self-love, spirituality, neuroplasticity, personal development and straight up love and laughter to help women create real, long-lasting change in their brains and in their lives so they can finally be the sexy, confident and successful goddess they were born to be.
Caty is down-to-earth, incredibly passionate and absolutely hilarious!
In this episode, you are going to hear Caty share:
her story of overcoming body shame, binge eating, and exercise obsession to living a life of empowerment, self-love and fullest expression of who she really is.
what is really going on in the fitness competition industry.
the KEY to shifting all struggles with food, weight and your body.
the in’s and out’s of the Binge Brain.
why self-sabotage is normal.
how food and sex are connected.
why you must have a spiritual practice to heal from body shame and disordered eating.
what confidence really is and how to claim it.
how your feminine flow and expression is unique to you.
how to understand and embrace your fears and shadow self.
We live in a world of duality, opposites. Light and dark. Feminine and masculine. Human and Spirit. Good and bad. Yin and yang. Today on the show, we are talking about Fierce Loving. I imagine when you first read those two words together, you may think, “how do those words fit.” Well, you are going to find out how beautifully they compliment each other to describe a powerful way of being. Fierce Loving, created by my friend and today’s guest Amber Krzys, is having quite an impact in how I live my life, and relate to myself and others. I know it will for you as well.
“Every explicit duality is an implicit unity.” – Alan Watts.
“Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but of integration of the contraries.” – Carl Jung
Our lives are a journey of owning and integrating all parts of who we are, even when they seem contrary. Like one of my mentors had said to me many times, “whatever words you use to describe yourself, you are also the opposite.”
Fierce Loving…what does that mean to you?
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Amber Krzys – a coach, speaker, and founder of bodyheart and Fierce Loving—organizations devoted to helping people experience deep fulfillment in their body, career, and life. Amber has a thriving coaching practice where she serves a wide range of individuals, and also creates and facilitates her own coaching groups for body, business and life. Her individual clients range from moms, artists, small business owners to corporate and creative executives.
Amber’s work as a professional speaker has been featured at TEDx Malibu, MSN, the White House blog, University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University and more. Located in Los Angeles, Amber lives with her boyfriend and two rescue pups, and helps people change their lives for the better as a coach, speaker and author.
In this episode, you are going to hear Amber share:
her story of overcoming body-punishment, negative self talk and perfectionism to creating a thriving business helping others do the same.
what Fierce Loving is and how it came to be.
how to have healthy relationships in all areas of life – with your body, money, career, loved ones, family.
the 4 keys to having a successful relationship with anyone and anything
how to discern between your head and heart
why reading books isn’t enough to transform
how she is applying fierce loving to a current “rumble” in her own life
her wisdom on body image and creating a partnership with Her/Him
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Amy Scher. Amy B. Scher is an L.A.-based author and leading voice in the field of mind-body-spirit healing. Her new bestselling book, How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can was published in January 2016. As an energy therapist, Scher uses energy therapy techniques to help those experiencing illness and those in need of emotional healing. She has been featured on healthcare blogs, CNN, Curve magazine, Elephant Journal, Cosmopolitan magazine, OM Times, and the San Francisco Book Review. Her essay about her healing journey is featured in Elizabeth Gilbert’s most recent book, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It (Riverhead Books). Scher was also named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013. Amy has presented to groups such as the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University and teaches at retreats and conferences nationwide.
This episode is a special one. It encompasses everything I know, have learned AND have experienced around healing on all levels. I recently shared about my skin and autoimmune healing journey on my instagram page. In the post, I spoke to how I am following the food and supplement guidance of the medical medium (who is amazing, by the way)….AND I also expressed how the inner growth work has been the MOST important piece of my transformation. I know that if hadn’t done the inner work – looking at my emotions, beliefs, fears and so on, the food and supplements wouldn’t have been effective. Going within is the truly the foundation for lasting change. It has been for me, and it was for Amy as well.
In this episode, you are going to hear Amy share:
her incredible story of healing herself of Lyme disease and a variety of other health challenges using mind-body and energy medicine.
how your emotions and beliefs can keep you from healing.
what the stress mess is and how to shift out of it.
what can get in the way of healing.
why deep down you may not want to heal.
the difference of holding onto vs. honoring emotions
the role fear has in health and illness
the root cause of ALL health challenges
how to shift into alignment with healing.
If you are struggling with your health, and NOTHING seems to be working. If you are feeling confused, drained, and hopeless – let me know. I would love to speak with you and see how I can help.