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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. 
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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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#030 Healing the Mother Wound with Bethany Webster

 

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.
  • how to begin healing your inner child.
  • the importance of creating your own inner mother.
  • why both internal and external work is needed.
Learn more about Bethany at Mother Wound
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#029 Calm the Chaos, Build a New Foundation and Optimize Your Metabolism with Josh and Jeanne Rubin

 

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.
  • how nose breathing can transform your health.
Learn more about Josh and Jeanne at East West Healing
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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.
Learn more about Sam at Hungry for Happiness.
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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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#022 Embracing the WHOLE Journey with Christa Orecchio

 

 

“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.
  • and SO much more!

Learn more about Christa at www.thewholejourney.com

Mentioned in the show:

IIN – Institute of Integrative Nutrition Where Christa and I both went to school.

Heather Lindenmenn – Our mutual friend/mentor we referenced a few times.

Caroline Myss – Expert on chakras, intuition, sacred contracts, the soul’s path, mind-body connection

Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro

Louise Hay – You Can Heal Your Body

Brene Brown – Author and teacher

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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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#015 The Illusion of Control, Authentic Confidence and Stepping into the Feminine with Maddy Moon

 

 

 

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.
  • and SO much more!!!

 

Learn more about Maddy at www.maddymoon.com

Listen to her podcast –> Mind Body Musings

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Within You are the Answers with David Lesinski

 

Hello and welcome to EP12 of IMperfectly Healthy.  I am thrilled to have David Lesinski on the show.  Dave is someone I have known about and followed for years now.  I have always admired his vast insight,
his deep wisdom, his grounded/calm presence, the way he leads with his heart, and how he does so humbly. Him and I have pretty recently crossed paths, so here we are =)

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview David Lesinski, an emotional wellness coach, Ayurvedic practitioner and intuitive artist and poet. His passion for meditation, spirituality and energy medicine was developed through his own personal pursuit of finding stress relief and inner peace naturally, years ago. Dave assists his clients in releasing long-standing stress-patterns, feeling lighter/happier/empowered/renewed, and connecting with the deepest, divine part of themselves.

You are going to hear Dave share his journey from teaching kids with emotional challenges to the world of meditation, yoga, Vedic astrology, intuition, Ayurveda, and now healing art. In this conversation, Dave:

  • explains how unresolved stress from the past gets stored in your body.
  • takes you on a deep dive into what Ayurveda really is.
  • walks you through the 5 layers of self.
  • shares the benefits heart-based meditation can have on your health and happiness. 
  • gives you insight into what a powerful, creator you are.
  • inspires you to do your work, trust your life and let your divine nature lead.

Dave is an incredible example of what is possible for someone when you stay committed to your own personal growth path. He certainly walks his talk.

Connect and learn more about Dave at www.davidlesinski.com 

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Find Your Life Purpose from the Inside Out with R. Christian Minson

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Christian Minson, an International Speaker, Best-Selling Contributing Author, Trainer, Life-Balance Coach and Founder of Breathflow Wellness, a transformational coaching business.

A former Monk, Christian spent 10 years in a yogic monastery searching for deeper meaning in his life. Now he teaches others to find purpose and fulfillment in their own lives and work. His spiritual discipline and award–winning speaking style contribute to his unique ability to apply the lessons he has learned to motivate and inspire audiences, while delivering practical real-world tools that create transformation and clarity of purpose.

Christian has shared his message and techniques across the globe, including Europe, Mexico, Canada, and all over the USA. He has presented at conferences, universities, churches, and the Chopra Center.  

You are going to hear Christian share his own Hero’s Journey to living an authentic and fulfilling life, as well as insight and wisdom on:

  • How most people are missing the boat when it comes to life purpose.
  • The importance of breathing to your health and well-being.
  • How breath and intuition are connected.
  • The impact breath has on all dimensions of your being: physical, emotional, spiritual.
  • What dysfunctional breathing looks like, feels like and how it blocks you.
  • The amazing results possible from a regular breathwork practice.
  • A simple technique to trusting yourself when making decisions in life.

Connect and learn more about Christian at www.breathflow.com

Find his book Align Expand and Succeed

Resources mentioned in the show:

The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Hero’s Journey: the work of Joseph Campbell

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