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#036 Sick of Being Sick: Mystery Illness, Cancer and Following Your Heart with Brenda Walding

 

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Brenda Walding – a Holistic Wellness & Transformation Coach who specializes in empowering women to overcome chronic illness, reconnect with their authentic self, and live a life that they truly love. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner, TaoFlow yoga teacher, HeartMath Certified Coach, author, and co-founded NativePath- a holistic nutrition and lifestyle company. Brenda just published her first book, Sick of Being Sick: The Women’s Guide to Conquering Chronic Illness. 
Get her book for FREE, HERE.
Brenda is passionate about natural healing and spreading the message that we all hold within us the power to heal and be well.
In this episode, you are going to hear Brenda share her expertise and experience around:
  • finding her true self after a 10 year journey with mystery illness and then cancer
  • the divine lessons she learned during a very painful period of her life
  • how she let go of perfectionism and started following the wisdom of her heart
  • the healing power of being seen and held in women’s circles
  • what it looks like to actually let go and let God
  • the opportunity the lies in chronic illness
  • the powerful of Heart Math
  • why women must embrace and remember their feminine, soft, open and divine nature
  • how suppression leads to illness, physical challenges
  • why being led by a higher vision is crucial for healing
  • a sneak peak into the amazing road map Brenda created to help women powerfully navigate illness.
Contact Brenda at risetoradiance@gmail.com
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Resources Mentioned:
HeartMath
5 Rhythms Dance
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#028 Change your story, change your life with Lauren Marie Fleming

“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.
  • how to work WITH your fears
To find out more about Lauren’s writing, retreats, and coaching, visit LaurenMarieFleming.com.
Lauren’s Fear Article
Lauren’s Journal Course
Lauren’s Book Bawdy Love
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#027 Hungry for Happiness with Sam Skelly

 

“You cannot heal something you hate” 
“Dieting and binge eating is rooted in fear.”
“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.
  • how your identity is keeping you stuck.
  • why it is ok to not like your body.
  • why self-honesty is a KEY to transformation.
  • what self-acceptance truly is.
  • how to create self-trust.
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#026 The Magic of Mind-Body Medicine with Dr. Kim D’Eramo

 

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.

Learn more about Dr. Kim at Dr. Kim.

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#024 Finding Peace with Food & Your Body with Melissa Costello

 

 

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 key piece to being healthy on all levels.
  • why failure is BS.
  • when intuitive eating is a good next step.
  • why daily self-care rituals are a must.

Learn more about Melissa at Karma Chow.

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#023 What Women Need to Know about Men with Josh Trent

 

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.
  • what men want most from women

Learn more about Josh at Wellness Force.

Check out the Wellness Force Podcast

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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

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#021 Heal Body Shame, Stop Binge Eating & BE the Badass Goddess You Really Are with Caty Pasternak

 

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.
  • and SO much more!

Learn more about Caty at www.catypasternak.com

Check out her podcast – The Spiritual Gangster Podcast

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#020 Fierce Loving for Your Body, Life & Self with Amber Krzys

 

 

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
  • what you are really yearning for
  • internal vs. external results and fulfillment
  • why you need to build your inner stillness muscle

Learn more about Amber at www.amberkrzys.com

Amber’s Body Love Series

Mentioned in the Show:

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

Robert Holden – Loveability and The Happiness Project

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#019 How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can with Amy B. Scher

 

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.  

Learn more about Amy at www.amybscher.com

Get her book, How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can.

Mentioned in the Show:

Donna Eden

Bruce Lipton

Louise Hay

Abraham Hicks:

Health Meditation

Remember Who You Are

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#018 From Victim to Victory: Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life with Bonnie Kelly

 

Are you stuck in the same repeating patterns?  Dating the same type of men?  Having to constantly re-commit to your health?  Always struggling with money? 

If so, this show is for you! It is time to get in there and weed your garden.  It is worth it.  Everything you deserve and all your heart desires are waiting for you to claim them.

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Bonnie Kelly. As an author, personal development and emotional intelligence expert, motivational speaker and founder of Bonnie Kelly & Associates and MindFu Academy™, Bonnie Kelly has dedicated her life to helping others stop the cycle of self-sabotage. 

In her book, “True to Your Core: Uncovering the Subconscious Beliefs Wreaking Havoc in Your Life,” Bonnie guides people to recognize the weight of regrets, shame and guilt from the past and how they are currently impacting our present lives. Through bringing these unconscious patterns into our conscious awareness, Bonnie supports readers in moving from victim to victory. It’s never too late to de-weed your life and cultivate a healthy, organic emotional state!

In this episode, you are going to hear Bonnie share:

  • her incredible story of transforming a life of abandonment, abuse and self-destruction, to leading and teachings other to be their own hero/heroine. 
  • why we take everything personal as kids.
  • how your subconscious mind is in the drivers seat of your life.
  • how pain from the past is keeping you stuck in misery and defeating patterns.
  • where the source of all your power lies.
  • what it means to take radical responsibility for your life.
  • why positive affirmations aren’t working for you.
  • the root of your struggle in finding a romantic relationship.
  • what it takes to transform your not “enough-ness”.
  • how your external expression is a reflection of your inner world.

Learn more about Bonnie at www.BonnieKelly.me 

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