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, 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.
“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 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.
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.
What if you didn’t have to rush? What if it wasn’t so urgent?
How would your experience of life change if you slowed down? If you eased up on yourself? If you let go of all the pressure?
Could your body be asking for something pretty simple? A new way of being.
My guest and I both learned this new way of being through our own health challenges.
Is something in your life asking you to slow down and ease up?
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Torea Rodriguez, a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® practitioner and Vitality Transformation Coach.
Toréa wasn’t always a health coach and functional medicine practitioner. In fact, she used to be a professional pilot flying jets for private families & charter companies out of the San Francisco Bay Area. It wasn’t until her diagnosis with two debilitating autoimmune diseases that led her down a path of exploration, transformation, and healing. Her undergraduate Biochemistry degree came in handy while she studied her way towards remission of both diseases. In that time, she became a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and discovered her love of coaching. Today, she leads her executive clients through a unique transformational experience that helps restore health, vitality and performance so they focus on their priorities without burning out.
You are going to hear Toréa share:
the importance of mindset on your journey.
how healing is exploratory, not prescriptive.
why n=1 experiments are key to your healing.
how to not get overwhelmed and why less is more.
what is really going on with autoimmune illness: the 3 key ingredients
the need to keep stepping back and seeing the big picture.
why building a team is key.
Toréa is super smart and has a heart of gold. She truly walks her talk and has been where you are.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Sarah Small, a health, lifestyle, & mindset coach for women with autoimmune disease. She helps empower women to get UN-stuck and be their own best healer through 1:1 coaching, online group programs, meditation, tapping, crystals, nutritional changes, essential oils, muscle testing, and strategic intervention. Sarah also works as a yoga and meditation teacher in Colorado (where she lives) and hosts an autoimmune book club.
Sarah shares her incredible journey with a mystery illness and heart-break, and how it lead her down the path of spirituality, personal growth and finding her own wholeness. You are going to hear Sarahshare her insight and wisdom on:
what is missing from the world of treating autoimmune
the ball and chain of chronic illness
the dangers of perfectionism
creating boundaries with others and what can happen when you don’t
listening and trusting your own body’s wisdom
four of our mutual favorite tools for healing, loving support and transformation.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Laurie da Silveira, a certified nutrition consultant with a masters degree in counseling living in the Bay Area. She is the owner of Vibrant Living with Laurie, where she sees individual clients and offers group classes regarding holistic nutrition and heart-centered healing. She is also the co-founder of the Love is Medicine: Guiding Clients to the Cure Within Practitioner Training.
You are going to hear about why Laurie sees her own health challenges as a gift, the role of limiting beliefs in illness, the healing power of forgiveness as well as:
why addressing health physically often isn’t enough
the common limiting beliefs that precede illness and health issues
the power of taking responsibility for your body and life
why you are a big huge mansion
how illness can become your identity and keep you stuck
how to find peace and appreciation on your health journey
the mental/emotional/spiritual causes of thyroid and digestive imbalances
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews her good friend and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner Kimball Willson. Kimball shares her own journey in finding the root causes of her own health challenges, that led to her passion for helping others achieve vibrant health.
What you will learn from Kimball in this episode is:
– the difference between functional and conventional lab testing
– the importance of looking at the body as a whole
– what question to keep asking until you get to the root cause
– how most often the answer lies in the gut
– why exercise is making you gain weight
– the real causes of excess weight
– why self-care is a key piece to your health journey