#036 The Brain Flip Weight Loss Method with David Zappasodi

I am thrilled to welcome my friend David Zappasodi to the show today.  I have known David for 3 years now. I was first introduced to David when I saw him speak at a yoga and spiritual center here in san diego.  He was promoting his new book at the time, Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind. I was able to chat with him at that event and connected with where he was at on his journey in the wellness industry. He and I were both being called to expand and evolve the traditional weight loss approach.
David Zappasodi is the founder of Empowered Health Now. He is a thought leader, international bestselling author, and transformational weight loss expert who has helped countless individuals to break through the weight loss struggle and drastically change their lives for the better. 
David is a super down-to-earth guy, with a huge heart.  He is very passionate about his work, and committed to making a huge impact in people’s  lives
In this episode, you are going to hear David share:
  • his radical methods for helping people find freedom from the weight/food struggle fast and forever.
  • the dramatic results he gets for clients in a matter of days
  • the difference between the thinking and sensory brain
  • why willpower and discipline don’t work and never will
  • the importance of safety when it comes to weight loss
  • how changing a habit doesn’t need to take 21 or 30 days
  • what a brain flip is and how it changes your life very fast
  • what is really going on with self-sabotage
  • why cravings are like bullies
  • how to have a FREE breakthrough session with David to see if his work it the missing piece for you
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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.
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IMperfectly Healthy: 005 Being a Health Detective with Kimball Willson




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

Connect with Kimball at www.kwhealthcoaching.com


Are you falling for these nutrition myths?

Myth #1: Fat makes you fat.

Truth: Although fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates, that fact is somewhat irrelevant in the fat and weight discussion.

  • Fat mass is more about hormones than calories.
  • It is sugar and refined carbohydrates that initiate the hormonal shift resulting in fat gain.
  • Sugar and carbs make us hungrier and more apt to have cravings and overeat.

Fat, on the other hand, makes us feel full and keeps us feeling full longer.

Fat is important for so many reasons, including these:

  • Fat is an essential part of every single cell in the body.
  • The all-important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) require fat for proper absorption.
  • Fat assists with protein digestion.
  • Certain healthy fats act as powerful agents in managing inflammation in the body.
  • Fat is also a steady and consistent energy source.

Fat is an important nutrient with many important roles in the body providing many benefits.

Not all fat is created equal. Some healthy fats to include in your diet include:

  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Ghee or grass-fed butter
  • Olive oil
  • Oily fish
  • Grass-fed meats

Bottom Line: Fat does not make you fat.

Recommended Reading:

  • Eat Fat Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.
  • The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet.

Continue reading “Are you falling for these nutrition myths?”


The Archetypes of Cravings (part 1)

Your food cravings are messages from your body letting you know something needs attention.  It may be giving you a clue about an unmet need.  You may be using certain foods to avoid or escape pain.  Food may be an attempt to manage emotional stress.

There are emotional significances to your cravings.  Perhaps you turn to food because…

  • you are missing support and connection from others.
  • you have a hard time making time for yourself.
  • you live a go-go-go, do-do-do lifestyle and feel overly stressed.

Read through the 4 craving archetypes below to further explore why you crave what you crave.

DAIRY: Millie The Mother Mother’s love is unconditional. She is nurturing, nourishing, and caring. She is the symbol of life-giving. A mother is devoted and protective of her children.

Emotional Significance of Dairy:

  • A craving for comfort.
  • A yearning for being nurtured.
  • Needing soothing.
  • Looking for safety and security.
  • To ease worry and anxiety.
  • Desire for life to be a little easier.

The Mother may crave dairy when they are in need of nurturing, compassion, and comfort. Mothers need nurturing as well.

BREAD/CARBS: Felicity The Friend and Companion A friend is loyal, supportive, and comforting. They offer encouragement, companionship, and   love. They nourish our lives. Friends add richness and a depth to our lives that one cannot achieve on their own.

Emotional Significance of Bread:

  • An attempt to soothe tension, stress, and/or anxiety.
  • Wanting to fill an inner emptiness.
  • Looking for calm and comfort; reassurance.
  • A desire to slow down.
  • Calming and relaxing.

One will attempt to fulfill a need for friendship and companionship with bread. A craving for bread may emerge when one is missing the encouragement, support, and assurance a friend would provide.

SWEETS: Donna The Dreamer – Dreamers live in a world of imagination, ideas, and concepts that are beyond the ordinary mind. They spend a great deal of time in their heads and imagination. Many dreamers are introverted and very independent.

Emotional Significance of Sweets:

  • A craving for sweetness in life.
  • A lack of joy in life.
  • A lack of self-care and “me” time.
  • Wanting a reward, seeking pleasure.
  • Unable to process sadness and grief.
  • Needing a boost of energy.
  • Don’t feel “sweet” enough.

Dreamers crave sweets when they think their dreams may not become a reality. They may have big dreams and wishes for what they want their lives to look like. They reach for sweets when they are missing the joy, pleasure, and sweetness that are only in their imaginations.

CRUNCHY: Charles The Critic A critic is a person who expresses an unfavorable opinion of something; a person who judges, evaluates, and/or criticizes.

Emotional Significance of Crunchy/Crispy:

  • An attempt to relieve anger, irritation, anxiety, and frustration.
  • Holding back something we want to express; resentment, anger, regret
  • A need to hide and avoid conflict.
  • Stress relief.
  • Impatience and/or dissatisfaction.
  • Criticism – of self, from others, and/or towards others.

The Critic goes for crunchy foods to relieve their frustration, anger, and anxiety.

Which craving archetype do you relate to?

I will cover 4 more in my next blog (chocolate, salty, fatty, spicy).  Stay Tuned!



Cooling the Fire Within

What do all health conditions have in common?

Inflammation is the common denominator that fuels all health conditions.  Chronic inflammation is at the root of a host of modern diseases including diabetes, heart disease, depression, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s, digestive conditions, and more.  In the presence of chronic inflammation, damage is done to areas of the body as pro-inflammatory substances are continuously secreted into circulation.   This overactive immune process targets healthy cells and tissues, instead of protecting them.  Over time, this activated immune system creates a disruption of the body’s natural harmonious state, leading to dis-ease and illness.

Within our modern culture and lifestyle lies an abundance of potential sources of inflammation.

Causes of chronic inflammation include: sugar and refined carbs, damaged oils, excessive omega-6 oils (soy, corn, safflower, vegetable), trans fat (hydrogenated oils), processed foods, fast/fried foods, hidden food allergies (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, eggs), hidden infections, chronic emotional stress, over-exercising, lack of quality sleep, environmental toxins, overuse of medications and long term suppression of emotions.

So how would one know they have a silent fire burning within?

Signs of chronic inflammation: joint and muscle pain, headaches, trouble losing weight, digestive issues, allergies, acid reflux, skin disorders, autoimmune conditions, chronic dental issues, high blood pressure, brain fog

What can you do to calm inflammation?

Eat anti-inflammatory foods: choose organic, fresh and local as often as possible

  • brightly colored vegetables and fruits including leafy greens, berries, lemons/limes, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomato, cherries, figs, bell peppers, cucumbers, sprouts
  • healthy fats and oils like salmon, sardines, mackerel, almonds, hemp seeds/oil, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, avocado, red palm oil, coconut
  • sea veggies like seaweed, chlorella, algae, spirulina
  • superfoods and spices such as turmeric, ginger, green tea, medicinal mushrooms, garlic, parsley, aloe vera, cinnamon, cacao, cayenne, dill, oregano, basil, apple cider vinegar

note: organic, grass fed meats are higher in anti-inflammatory fats and nutrients compared to conventional, as well as devoid of the inflammatory toxic load present in conventionally raised meats.

Practice healthy lifestyle habits:

  • meditation, prayer, yoga, massage (studies show these reduce stress and inflammatory chemicals like C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and interleukin-6)
  • connect with a community of like-minded people
  • sleep: 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep in complete darkness
  • spend time in nature regularly
  • seek help from a health care professional if you suspect food intolerances or a potential gut infection
  • limit environmental toxin exposure by choosing organic, natural home and personal care products, avoiding plastics, and drinking pure water

Cooling inflammation requires a holistic approach, as inflammation can stem from physical, mental and/or emotional dis-ease.  It is so important to find balance in each of these areas.  Really take a look at your life and how you are choosing to live.

Commit to making 2-3 small changes to start.  Make them small and specific. Once those few changes feel like regular habits, choose 2-3 more.  Keep going.  Small and steady improvements in your diet and lifestyle will give you tremendous results in achieving optimal health and well-being.



NOT all smoothies are healthy.

 All smoothies are NOT healthy.

Truth: Not all smoothies are created equal. The health benefits of a smoothie depend on the choice of ingredients as well as the quality and quantity of each ingredient.

Ingredients to avoid in smoothies:

  • Excessive fruit juice/fruit
  • Added sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Dairy
  • Agave
  • Soy
  • Peanut butter
  • Flavorings
  • Cheap protein powders
  • Tap water

Healthy smoothie ingredients:

  • Pure spring water
  • Raw coconut water
  • Unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • Raw organic milk (if tolerated)
  • Fresh and frozen fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs and spices
  • Super foods like cacao, camu camu, chlorella, and greens powder
  • High quality protein powder
  • Chai or flaxseed
  • Organic nut butter
  • Greens powders
  • Raw honey, in small amounts
  • Stevia
  • Hemp seeds or powder

Quality: Look for cold-pressed, raw, organic, HPP (high pressure processing), no added sugar. Healthy brands include Suja, Evolution, and more. Check your local area for cafes and health food stores that make fresh juices and smoothies.

Avoid: Naked, Odwalla, Bolthouse, V8.

Quantity: We are talking about the amount of sugar here. Even though the sugar may be coming from fruit, the body knows no difference. Blood sugar spikes from a “healthy” smoothie cause such detriment to the body that smoothies, such as those listed below, are actually quite unhealthy.

  • Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean Breeze smoothie = 67 g sugar in a medium (16.5 teaspoons of sugar).
  • Jamba Juice Banana Berry “make it light” Smoothie = 45 g sugar in a medium (11 teaspoons of sugar). Eeeekkkk!

Bottom Line: Don’t assume all smoothies are healthy.

Look at:

  • The list of ingredients
  • The quality of the ingredients
  • Total sugar amount (check serving size).

Be picky and/or make your own at home.



The Worst Food for You!

Sugar – It is not just about the empty calories…

“The food you eat can either be the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore

Most people know it is in their best interest to avoid sugar but do you know why? People often have a love/hate relationship with sugar.  Intuitively people know it is harmful but it tastes so good, so good it is hard to resist.  Everyone knows what it feels like to be in the grip of a sugar craving.  Sugar can have such power because it is a highly addictive substance. Most importantly, sugar is an anti-nutrient that robs the body of essential vitamins and minerals and causes serious harm in a number of ways.

Sugar harms your health by…

  • Suppressing your immune system
  • Promoting systemic inflammation
  • Promoting glycation, a process that accelerates aging
  • Raising insulin which leads to weight gain, aging, insulin resistance, hormonal disturbance and eventually diabetes and heart disease
  • Suppressing the release of human growth hormone needed to maintain healthy organs, tissues and muscle
  • Damaging blood vessels and negatively impacting cholesterol levels
  • Feeding and leading to overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria
  • Feeding and promoting cancer
  • Causing hyperactivity in 50% of children

That Sneaky Hidden Sugar: Sugar hides in many places so you need to become a detective. Get in the habit of checking nutrition facts (4g sugar = 1 tsp) and ALL ingredient labels.  Look for anything with the name syrup, nectar, crystals or juice in it and beware of terms ending in –ose.

The following are some other names for sugar: sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, cane juice/syrup, corn syrup, maltodextrin, dextrin, fructose, malt.  Sugar is lurking everywhere; tomato sauce, salad dressing, cereal, BBQ sauce, yogurt, peanut butter, marinades, sports drinks, ketchup and even bread!!

So how much is too much? You will get a different answer depending on which health organization you ask.  So to take the middle ground, limit your intake of added sugar to 25 grams or less per day…the lower the better really.

Good News: There are ways to more safely satisfy your sweet tooth, on occasion of course. Choose natural sweeteners like stevia, coconut sugar, and xylitol which are my favorites! Others include raw honey, brown rice syrup, yacon syrup, molasses, date sugar and more.  There are a variety out there and one for every need. Each natural sweetener has its benefits and varying effects on blood sugar levels so continue to use in moderation.

Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners.

Although the natural sources are way better than refined and artificial sweeteners, it is always best to minimize consumption of all sweeteners.

Every person is capable of ridding their diet of sugar and freeing themselves from sugar addiction.  Start by counting your daily intake and make a conscious effort to lower your intake from there.  It is all about progress.  Start upgrading your food and beverage choices by reading labels and replacing high refined sugar items with lower sugar, naturally sweetened items.  Before you know it, you won’t even want a piece of cake and you will be totally satisfied with berries for dessert or a sweet potato at dinner!

Go you!