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.
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.
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.
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.