I am thrilled to welcome my friend David Zappasodi to the show today. I have known David for 3 years now. I was first introduced to David when I saw him speak at a yoga and spiritual center here in san diego. He was promoting his new book at the time, Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind. I was able to chat with him at that event and connected with where he was at on his journey in the wellness industry. He and I were both being called to expand and evolve the traditional weight loss approach.
David Zappasodi is the founder of Empowered Health Now. He is a thought leader, international bestselling author, and transformational weight loss expert who has helped countless individuals to break through the weight loss struggle and drastically change their lives for the better.
David is a super down-to-earth guy, with a huge heart. He is very passionate about his work, and committed to making a huge impact in people’s lives
In this episode, you are going to hear David share:
his radical methods for helping people find freedom from the weight/food struggle fast and forever.
the dramatic results he gets for clients in a matter of days
the difference between the thinking and sensory brain
why willpower and discipline don’t work and never will
the importance of safety when it comes to weight loss
how changing a habit doesn’t need to take 21 or 30 days
what a brain flip is and how it changes your life very fast
what is really going on with self-sabotage
why cravings are like bullies
how to have a FREE breakthrough session with David to see if his work it the missing piece for you
Book your FREE Breakthrough Session with David HERE
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Rochelle Schieck – creator and founder of QOYA. Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember. We remember our essence is wise, wild and free. Wise, wild, and free draw reference to the movement forms we practice.
Qoya is designed to help you remember the physical sensation of truth in your body and reclaim your inner knowing, intuition and instincts so that you let that feeling be north on your compass and let your body guide you on your soul’s journey.
Her love of movement and the desire to explore life’s meaning compelled her to spend the last 15+ years traveling around the world as a student and teacher to places throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Rochelle began instructing various yoga styles for all ages and abilities, several dance modalities and NIA. In the last 10+ years, she has led over 4,000 movement classes, facilitated hundreds of private sessions and taken women on over 20 retreats to 6 different continents.
In this episode, you are going to hear Rochelle share her expertise and experience around:
what Qoya is and how it can completely liberate you in your life.
the magic of remembering, instead of finding or searching.
the truth about your body and importance of creating a trusted partnership with her/him.
what it takes to access and trust the wisdom available in your body.
why the ROI for creating intimacy with your body is HUGE in living an authentic, joyful life.
how to discern between impulses and wisdom.
the magic that happens when you create practices to connect with yourself
why you may be resisting connecting with your body.
why there is no “right” way to have a daily practice
how to build the muscle of self-trust.
what can get in the way of going within yourself.
the importance of honoring your body’s cycles
how romantic relationships are huge opportunities for healing and growth.
Choosing to face and embrace the mother wound is not an easy path. It is worth it though. It takes courage. It takes compassion. It takes commitment. It takes self-honoring. And you deserve all of those things. Consider these powerful truths written by today’s guest…
“If we avoid dealing with the pain associated with one of THE most primary and foundational relationships in our lives, we are missing a pivotal opportunity to discover the truth of who we are and to authentically and joyfully live that truth.” -Bethany Webster
“The peace we desire is covered up by layers and layers of defenses against the original pain we experienced as children but couldn’t feel or process at the time. “ – Bethany Webster
“Know that whatever you embrace transforms.” – Bethany Webster
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Bethany Webster – a writer, transformational coach, international speaker and what you could call a midwife of the heart. Her work is focused on helping women heal the mother wound so that they can step into their full power and potential. She teaches workshops, an online course and offers a coaching program for women leaders who want to accelerate their impact and leadership.
In this episode, you are going to hear Bethany share her wisdom on:
what the mother wound is and why healing it will empower you, liberate you and free you from your struggles in life.
the 3 aspects of the mother wound: personal, cultural and spiritual.
what gets in the way of looking at the mother wound.
the dysfunctional daughter/mother patterns that show up.
the ways we replicate our childhood dynamics in our current lives.
how the false self is developed as a survival strategy to childhood.
the common painful themes that show up for women: people pleasing, scarcity, low self-worth, deprivation, struggle, guilt, over-doing, denying needs, parentification, playing small, and more.
why so many women feel unexplained guilt, and where it comes from.
how the mother wound and food/body image are tightly connected
why your hungry is holy.
how to overcome your resistance to looking at your mother wound.
“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.
Food cravings are a doorway into everything your heart is yearning for. By leaning in and getting curious, you are given access to everything you truly want in life.
The first official episode of Own Your Body ~ The Loving Path Series!!!
In this episode of Own Your Body ~ The Loving Path Series, creator Faith Shevlin is interviewed by Jenna Hillier, self-love expert and lifestyle coach, on her own journey with her body. Faith shares her perspective on the journey of one’s relationship with food and your body. Faith and Jenna discuss why we crave the specific foods we crave, and how your cravings can be an access to transforming your life.
My first interview conversation ever! My friend, self-love expert and lifestyle coach, Jenna Hillier joins me to share her own inspiring story of recovering from an eating disorder, and her daily 5 self-love habits to start now.
This is the first of my Own Your Body Interview Series. I am so excited about it. More to come in the next couple months =)
If you’re like I used to be, you have likely been struggling with food cravings forever. And, also like me, you’ve likely tried a number of diets and strategies that haven’t worked long term. I know how frustrating this can be, and how defeating it feels to try to “be good” all the time. Because it never works, right? You do well for a while, avoiding all those foods you love. Then you end up giving in and devouring a whole bag of candy or chips. Then it all goes out the window…
It doesn’t have to be that way.
I put this guide together so you can start to learn some foundational lifestyle habits that can help you find more confidence around your food choices. The information I’m sharing is not about deprivation or the latest strict diet; it’s about creating healthy sustainable habits that have been proven to both help keep cravings in check, and improve overall well-being at the same time.
Get my 5 Ways to Overcome Your Food Cravings –> HERE
And let me know what you think. I would love to know how these tips resonate with you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to continue the conversation =)
More insights from reading “Dessert is Stressed Spelled Backwards”:
There are 4 types of dysfunctional family systems: Each results in a false self, meaning you don’t learn how to solve problems, relate to others, and there is a lack of nurture and acceptance.
Overachieving – human “doings”, pressure to succeed, perfectionism, be a “good” girl, “what others think is the most important”, self-critical, high expectations, discount yourself.
Judgmental – focus on what is wrong with you, make you feel small and helpless, never enough, have to settle for less, abuse, build walls with others, fear of trust so become independent, “don’t feel your feelings, don’t ask questions”, lots on control, can’t be who you are, crying is weakness, discount your feelings, bury your feelings is the only way.
Enmeshed – clinging family, all about the family, love from food or money, no lives of their own, no privacy, no boundaries, no secrets, cant have your own life, you are responsible for others happiness, make mom and dad feel good, tied to family through guilt and shame.
Distant- lack of emotional involvement, not much loving expression, no praise, avoid emotion, fear of rejection develops and they hide, no intimacy, not prepared for life.
Take-away’s from the book, “Desserts is Stressed Spelled Backwards”.
I love this book on emotional eating and body image. It is a deep dive into the real issues hiding behind emotional eating and the struggle with your body. I have pages and pages of amazing truths from this book. There are a small selection below.
You have the idea that if you change your appearance your problems will all go away. You blame every issue you have on not having a good enough body. Truth – your body is not the real problem.
Compulsive eating is a three-fold problem – physical, emotional, spiritual.
Key step is creating self-awareness. Which of my needs isn’t being met?
Self-sabotage – happens at the point at which you think major change in your life will occur and fear wins. You choose safety. Look at the consequences of reaching a goal or making a change in your life. What fears and/or negative consequences come up?
Shifting from the self-punishment and self-criticism to self-acceptance and self-care is critical for finding peace.