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
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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.
“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.
“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.
“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
Body image and food obsession (aka food stress!) isn’t actually about how you look, or what you eat. There is much more to it than that. It is deeper. Healing requires going deeper. Disordered eating, and body shame, are symptoms. The root of the struggle is what my guest and I chat about this week. Maddy and I know this area well! We had both been in body image and food “issues” hell for years and years. It doesn’t have to be that way for you. May our conversation open your world up and inspire you to see your body, food and yourself in a whole new way =)
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Madelyn Moon –an author, podcast host, retreat leader and transformational life coach. She is a guiding force for women who want to stop over-thinking their lives away, and live with more trust, intuition and flow. Maddy Moon was driven by masculine energy for most of her life, which led her down a dangerous path. Always striving to do more, be more and accomplish more, she found herself disconnected from her body with multiple disordered eating patterns, a restlessness and a lack of confidence. Maddy healed her heart, spirit, body and mind by stepping into her unique feminine power, giving up the need for control and learning to surrender to a higher power. Maddy takes life by the reigns today by leading thousands of women across the world through their own transformational experiences via her podcast, Mind Body Musings, her website, and her global retreats.
You are going to hear Maddy share:
what was going beneath the surface of her struggle with food and her body image.
why letting your parents off the hook is KEY to your own happiness and fulfillment in life.
the real reason you are depriving yourself and/or others of love and nurture.
the importance of harmonizing the masculine and feminine parts of you
why Faith is a key to building your confidence and letting go of control.
how to find balance between asking for help and self-reliance.
how to begin trusting your intuition.
why some tools and practices work for you, and others don’t.