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.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Alicia Lynn Diaz – a Life Transformation Expert, Holistic Health Practitioner and Soul Visionary. Alicia supports healers and health-enthusiasts to activate their innate intelligence, liberate their mind and emotions and boost their energy and vitality for life. What she is really passionate about is uplifting the holistic healthcare paradigm by integrating the soul and helping people actualize their higher purpose to transform the world.
In this episode, you are going to hear Alicia share her expertise and experience around:
how living your purpose is paramount for your body to heal.
her personal health journey from western to eastern medicine and how she now integrates the two.
the amazing self-healing she witnessed and experienced studying in India.
how to go from victim to leader of your own health and wholeness.
the importance of the nervous system in being able to heal.
insights on holding onto extra weight, difficulty losing weight.
the impact being highly sensitive has on your health.
the energetics of weight loss from the Ayurvedic perspective
how daily oil self-massage could transform your entire life.
how repressed trauma can create illness.
the 6 stages of Disease and Healing.
some practices you could start on your own to support you on your health/wholeness journey.
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.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Jeanne and Josh Rubin of East West Healing and Performance. Josh and Jeanne are revolutionizing nutrition for thyroid health by teaching people how to use food as supplementation, reduce stress and build the most sound foundation for the body to heal.
They believe the greatest defense one has against the ever-changing environment is the health of the metabolism. When the metabolism is strong and the thyroid is functioning, all systems are working in synergy, just as they are meant to.
Josh and Jeanne are teaching people how to use food to resource their body in new ways, which in turn is building a bridge for complete mind, body and spirit growth and transformation. They are here to offer you back ownership of your health and to provide you the information you need to make more informed choices around your health!
In this episode, you are going to hear Josh and Jeanne shed light on:
their refreshing philosophy on healing the body of all chronic ailments.
why we must look at cellular function to restore health.
the importance of looking at the body as a system.
what foods, and ways of eating, support optimizing metabolism.
their food strategy that meets you where you are at.
what mistakes, and misguidance, they see being practiced out there.
the most accurate way to assess thyroid health and metabolism
how to stop chasing your tail and instead, build resiliency in your body.
how people are approaching weight loss backwards.
why weight doesn’t determine health.
how important breath is to metabolism and restoring optimal function in the body.
how you must be willing to change your life to achieve the results you want.
why patience, experimentation and customization is crucial for long-term healing.
how health challenges have become a red tag people wear as a badge of honor.
why you cannot heal in a state of chaos.
bringing health back to basics, instead of over-complicating the solutions.
“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.
“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.
Do you have a dream you have been ignoring? A passion you push to the side? Is there an unsettling knot in your stomach begging you to listen to it?
It doesn’t have to be a business. It could be starting a non-profit for a cause that matters to you. It could be making difference in a community of people that need help. It could be taking a stand as a leader on a topic that ignites your heart.
If you are holding back in any area of your life, then this show is for you!
Welcome to EP17 of IMperfectly Healthy! Today’s guest is Kristyn Caetano. Kristyn is an Intuitive Business Coach and Lifestyle Strategist. She helps coaches and healers build their thriving dream business, so they can create more freedom and prosperity in their life, while making a positive impact in the world. She has always been passionate about health and personal development on multiple levels.
She began studying many different wellness modalities more than 25 years ago, including the use of food and herbs as medicine, reiki, meditation, NLP, EFT, spiritual practices, and more. Eventually she earned a Master of Public Health degree and certifications in Nutritional Counseling, Life Coaching, and Hypnotherapy.
Altogether, she has more than 18 years of business and leadership experience in the area of Public Health, including management of nonprofit health clinics, business development, community outreach and education, mentorship, and teaching.
Kristyn is an incredibly heart-centered, grounded and inspiring woman.
In this episode, you are going to hear Kristyn share:
her own path of finding her higher calling and creating a business she LOVES
what can get in the way of accessing and pursuing your dreams
what is often hiding under confusion and indecision
how starting a business is the ultimate personal growth path
what the independent woman syndrome is, and find out if you have it
what core desired feelings are and why they can change your life
how to begin awakening your higher calling
her wisdom on what it takes to make it all happen
what the cost is of ignoring the call
why so many people are being called to be of service
Today’s guest is a dear friend of mine, Mimi Cerutti. Mimi is a holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach. She recently asked me to be a part of her Women Rising Project, in which she invited women to share their life stories of strength and courage. As I completed my interview write up, I had the thought, “I hope Mimi is planning to write one of her own.” As you are going to find out, she has had quite the life story. Then I thought, “ooo I am going to ask her to be on the show so she can share her own Woman Rising story” So I sent her a very excited text. She wrote right back equally as enthused and so here we are.
The following is what Mimi had to said about her Rising Women Project:
We’ve all experienced pain, loss, tragedy and struggle in some way. Whether it be through death, divorce, loss of a job, loss of relationships, loss of health, or just a plain loss of our sense of ourselves and who we are in this life. Sometimes we just feel lost! It can come in so many forms and manifest itself in so many ways. For many of us it is a total loss of power and control in our lives and any sense of who we are in the world.
My intention with this project it to show you that you’re not alone. To give you hope and courage in your own life. To show you that you have the power, the courage and the strength that you need inside of you right now to overcome anything that you’ve had happen in your past, or that you might be struggling with right now.
Through this project, I will be sharing other women’s stories of strength and triumph, as well as the tools and resources they used to get through and rise above. My hope is that you will use these stories to rise above and write your own story, create your own triumphs and realize the amazing woman that you are. Right here. Right now.
Please… Use these stories to fuel your journey in whatever way that may be for you. Maybe you just want better fulfillment, self love, self care. Maybe you want to heal from something from your past. Maybe you want to be a better lover, mother, sister, friend. Maybe you want to leave some situation that is no longer serving you. Maybe you know that you’re on this planet to be of some kind of contribution, but there’s just something in your way.
Please… Use these stories to help you delve into your life, to discover, to heal and to rise.
We’re all in this together.
Mimi came on the show to share:
her incredible RW story of resilience, courage and commitment
how to have a conscious divorce
how to embrace the ups and down of life
the beauty in being a total mess
what to do when you want to give up
her wisdom around being an imperfect parent
the importance of creating a strong community of support
who is the most important relationship in your life
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.
When I think about my own journey with food, my body and my health, it comes down to a variety of factors. The most pivotal being having an empowering mindset, listening to and trusting my body, being flexible and open to change, embracing the journey and going on deep journey within myself. These are the foundational pieces of health and happiness that my guest, Sherri, and I chat about this week.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Sherri Starr – a life, health, and happiness coach on a mission to guide and empower women to live in a body they love and a life that lights them up. Sherri’s passion for proactive wellness was sparked by the loss of her father to suicide, which resulted in new insights about the importance of participating fully in each moment of our precious lives.
You are going to hear Sherri share:
why having an empowering mindset is key to getting results.
how your beliefs shape your life and health.
why your food and body story can keep you stuck.
how to both enjoy the journeyandstrive for improvement/growth.
what it takes to sustain lasting change in your life and with your health.
how to create goals in alignment with your true self.
the importance of creating trust and connection with your own body (your most trusted advisor/expert).