You can almost guess by her name that Zlata Sushchik has an interesting story. Immigrating from Russia to Alaska as a teen, and new to the English language, she stumbled into a saving grace when a friend convinced her to join a bodybuilding competition.
She went on the win many titles, and learned a lot about nutrition, fitness and motivation along the way. She now runs an online coaching business called SexyFit which has helped many women lose weight and feel great in a healthy way.
I consider myself a half-way fit person, but I know very little about the best ways to work out in comparison to Zlata. She shares in this interview a comparison of different work out methods, and some advanced ways to approach your gym work out.
She also shares her views on food, which include not being too rigid, eating whole foods, and avoiding scammy weight loss products. She has also learned that in order to really get fit and lose weight, you need to identify your 'big why' to keep yourself motivated.
Having burned out her adrenals in the early years of her competition days, she had to cut back on exercise a lot to recover. So she is well versed in meeting women where they are, and choosing the right exercise for each stage.
I really enjoyed this interview with Zlata, and I know you will too!
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In this fun interview, I talk with Dr. Lauren Noel, aka Dr. Lo, of Shine Natural Medicine in Solana Beach, CA on how to use a primal lifestyle and diet to boost libido.
In our busy modern lives, stress can inhibit our hormone production. Learn how the attributes of a primal / ancestral lifestyle can be brought into your life, and increase your natural sex drive.
Here's a preview:
Here are some of Lauren's favorite aphrodisiac foods:
You can find out more about Dr. Lo at drlaurennoel.com and pick up her free Tired but Wired ebook. You can also look find her popular podcast, the Dr. Lo Radio Show, on iTunes or other podcast players.
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Holly Morello is a mother of three boys, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a certified GAPS diet practitioner. She is also a project manager for author and health coach Diane San Filippo.
As she tried to help her youngest son's health through nutrition, she began to blame herself when outcomes were not as good as expected. She struggled with how much her family got involved, with public eating settings, and with isolating herself.
She comes clean on this episode about all she went through, and how she came out on the other side.
She also shares how simply being on a wrong type of diet (a low-fat diet) contributed to the lack of results for her son's health.
In the end she re-connected with her family, her kids actually chose to get on board with dietary changes (more in the healthy fats/ whole foods camp), and her kids' health improved.
She now has a much healthier attitude about food and family and has "ditched the perfectionism."
If you are a parent struggling with how to feed your kids, or being hard on yourself because of your kids' health, please listen in and you won't feel alone.
Learn more about Holly's services at NourishingExcellence.com.
Dr. Anh Nguyen always wanted to be a pharmacist, and enjoyed many aspects of the work. But she realized people were just getting on more and more medications, and were never really coming off of them.
She was curious about how she could help people come off medications safely, and how to use food as medicine instead.
This led her to study health coaching and functional medicine. She also got interested in bodybuilding and started to train for competitions. Meanwhile she was dealing with illness in her family, which led to her own compromised health.
She shares some of her learnings with us on this interview. Here's what we talk about:
and much more.
Dr. Anh hosts a popular weekly podcast called Food As Medicine that you can find on iTunes or through her website, Dranh.com.
I was her guest on episode 49, talking about Fertility After Age 35.
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Money has power, and energy. How do you relate to money?
Do you label money as good, or bad?
Do you overspend it, only to feel guilty later?
Do you avoid it, never checking your bank account?
Are you afraid of it, that you'll never have enough?
Do you feel worthy of spending money on your health, or your pleasure?
Is money the topic of a lot of arguments with your spouse/partner?
Today's interview is a bit out of the box of what you'd traditionally think of as health care, but I find this too-rarely-discussed subject very important.
Money can be a major source of worry, which can severely affect our health. Money, or fear of spending it, can affect our health care decisions. Money is also about the biggest reason that couples fight, which again affects our health and happiness.
I hope you can take a little time to listen to this conversation about money and women with our guest expert Janin Johnston of Fashionable Finance. Janin is a really sweet and bright woman form Hawaii and she is actually an expert on finance and fashion...which is perhaps the goal of many women!
If you'd like to share anything about how you've learned to manage money in a healthy way, you can do so at our blog.
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Low thyroid symptoms are most commonly known to be weight gain, hair loss or cold hands and feet. Our guest expert today, Dr. Peter Kan, points out that brain symptoms such as brain fog, memory loss and balance issues could also be related to the state of the thyroid.
We also talk about how these 'brain farts' can be early stages of more serious brain disorders later in life, so it's important to address them.
"Thyroid physiology actually starts in the brain."
According to Dr. Kan, the brain needs: 1. fuel (oxygen and glucose) and 2. activation (which comes from movement.)
So the good news is that there is a lot we can do to improve brain health, such as:
We talk about some surprising things like:
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Dr. Peter Kan is a chiropractic functional neurologist running a clinic called Hope Integrative Wellness Center in Gilbert, Arizona. He shares many free health videos on his site, AskDrKan.com.
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Episode style: Conversational
I got a request for a show about health initiatives in the workplace. At first I had no idea who to invite, and then I thought of an old friend, Rachel Wagner.
Rachel has been an active person since childhood, and got a graduate degree in Health Promotion within the field of public health.
Her first job out of graduate school was with a consulting firm to help businesses of all sizes get healthier. She never pictured herself in corporate wellness, but she learned a lot.
She now runs wellness programs at a local liberal arts college, and finds her busy, young students have many of the same challenges to health as office workers did.
Rachel observed that people were most successful in improving their health when they made small steps. She also saw that when health initiatives came from within the employee population, those initiatives worked better. And when there was some kind of community accountability or reward system, that element of fun and togetherness helped people reached their goals.
A big thanks to Rachel for coming on the show, and a big thanks to our subscribers- we love you!
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Content type: Specific
Migraines headaches have to be one of the worst experiences many women endure. They can make you cancel important meetings, load up on potent pharmaceuticals, and miss out on life.
Luckily we have today as a guest Dr. Alexis Shields, who throws it down about where migraines come from, how to treat them, and also what we still don't know about them.
She explains that there is a dys-regulation of the electrical system of the brain that precipitates a migraine. (Did you know that the vascular theory has been disproven??)
Dr. Shields talks about certain foods and food additives that are triggers. (Did you know that left-overs are more apt to cause a migraine??)
She also talks about the underlying factors, such as hormone imbalance, misalignment and more. (Did you know oversleeping can be a problem??)
She gives specific apps, book and sites she likes, and I'll share a few of those below:
Site: Yoga Glo
Book: It Starts with Food
To learn more about Dr. Shields and her online practice, see her site here.
P.S.- I received a listener comment about our last episode not being specific enough, and the main take-away was 'buy the book.' I can assure we never manipulate content to try to make anyone buy books. However we have many published authors on the show, and you may occasionally want to buy a book that interests you, as we cannot possibly cover the whole book in 45 minutes.
Next is guest speaking style. Some speakers and topics lend themselves well to specific information. Other guests want to tell more of their story, or we have more of a dialogue about a topic. (Our next episode with Rachel Wagner is more dialogue.)
I try to pace these different types of episodes so you get some variety. I actually don't know my guest's style until we start the recording! Not every episode will be for you, but for another listener, it may be their favorite.
I am experimenting with labeling the episode at the top of the show notes, so you know what is coming. You can let me know what you think of this, or give me more feedback and guest ideas by joining our podcast fan club here. Please note this private space is for positive and constructive communication only.
Dr. Jessica Black, ND is an experienced clinician and accomplished author. Her first book, which started as a compilation of the recipe suggestions she was giving to her clients, became very popular. She has since written a second edition of The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, as well as a companion version, More Anti-Inflammation Diet Tips and Recipes.
She also co-authored a book about Living with Crohn's and Colitis, and is currently working on books about a blood sugar diet, and then pediatrics. Somehow in all this she manages to see patients at her clinics in Portland, OR, and McMinnville, OR, raise two daughters, and eat tons a vegetables along the way!
With her varied background, we bounce around a bit, talking about picky eaters and how she's developed a strong plan for controlling blood sugar in her clinic. But at the core of this conversation is the anti-inflammation diet.
This diet is so important because it prevents and treats so many diseases, from PCOS to joint pain to gastric distress. Yes, we know there are so many fad diets, but when my clients ask me what diet I promote, I usually say the anti-inflammation diet. It's safe, and treats the array of diseases caused by inflammation (much of which comes from inflammatory foods.)
Find out the tenets of the anti-inflammation diet at the player below. To get these interviews delivered right to your phone every week, be sure to search "Womens Wellness Radio" in your podcast player.
Has an anti-inflammation diet helped you? Join in the conversation in the comments field at our blog.
Today's guest, Hannah Ransom, is a Certified Fertility Awareness Educator in the sympto-thermal method.
Today we talk about:
Hannah specializes in this system of monitoring your basal body temperature, symptoms and cervical mucus mainly for birth control. I have used this type of cycle monitoring with my clients more for fertility. So we have a nice dual set of perspectives that we can share with you.
Many women are interested in natural birth control, but are nervous if it will work. Getting educated can really dispel these worries.
Still other women were on chemical birth control for years, and are now trying to get pregnant. It is time to get to know their cycles and learn their fertile windows, and this is a great jumpstart for some, and a way to fill in some knowledge gaps for others.
So if you are:
This is a great episode for you!
Find out more about Hannah at HolisticHormonalHealth.com.
Caitlin Weeks blogs at her site, grassfedgirl.com, and is the author of several cooking books, including the paperback cookbook, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, she co-authored with her husband, Nabil Boumrar and Diane San Filippo.
Caitlin become a comfort food eater and a sugar and carb addict at a young age. She lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers, but was eating processed foods and doing tons of cardio.
She later became a personal trainer, effectively making weight control a career choice, and got really into strength training. She continued to experiment with dieting, trying low-fat, then vegetarian.
With her busy schedule and low-fat, low-protein diet, she wasn't feeling great. That is when she discovered the Weston A. Price type diet through a nutritionist, and it is also when she found out she had Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
There is a happy ending to this story, but you'll have to listen to find out! Caitlin and I have a great conversation about her journey, plus about how she and her chef husband concocted the ideas and recipes for Mediterranean Paleo Cooking.
I think there is a lot of value in sharing our health stories as women. It is easy to feel alone in your health challenges, and easy to give up for lack of results. But with persistence and open-mindedness, as Caitlin demonstrates, you can truly find your sweet spot.
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The Gut Bone's Connected to the Brain Bone...
In this interview with functional medicine expert Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, we talk about the rarely acknowledged gut-brain connection. With modern research, we are gaining a deeper understanding of how digestion and the gut micro-biome effects the brain, and common symptoms of mood disorder, and poor concentration.
You don't always connect that your:
...are coming from the foods you eat or the damage that has been done to your gut. When we get into habits of eating on the run, eating processed foods, eating gluten, etc, we may not notice a direct correlation between the meal and the brain symptom. But in fact the internal inflammatory response could be increasing every time you eat.
Dr. Ritamarie is like a walking encyclopedia of health knowledge, and she is very generous about sharing it. Here are some things we cover in the interview:
1. How are the gut and brain connected?
2. How do we make neurotransmitters and what do they do?
3. What can go wrong in the gut that leaves us not digesting and absorbing nutrients?
4. How do we come to have parasites and candida in the gut, and what damage do they do?
5. What are some of the worst habits/things we do to our guts?
6. What are a few reparative things we can start doing right away?
Dr. Ritamarie shared some helpful links both to help educate practitioners on this important relationship, and to give everyone more tools to nourish their own gut-brain axis.
Dr. Ritamarie is offering a live training program in Austin, Texas this Oct 30- Nov.1, 2015. This will included high-level lectures on gut health and the brain from a variety of top experts. Learn more here.
Hormones are such a mystery! One month your cycle is behaving, the next month it's not. Why I love lab testing for hormones is that it reveals the cold, hard facts, and from there you can take the best action to get great results.
Our expert today is Ann Melin, who is a Clinical Nutritionist, a Clinical Master Herbalist, a yoga teacher, and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner.
I invited her over to talk to us about DUTCH, or the Dried Urine Test of Comprehensive Hormones.
Here are some things we cover:
Ann also shares two really interesting case studies that help you see how the symptoms, tests and protocols come together.
Listen to my interview with Ann through the player below, and be sure to also get subscribed to our weekly interviews at iTunes or most podcast players.
Does what you eat matter for your mental health? According to Dr. Ann Childers, MD, it sure does.
Dr. Childers is a child and adult trained psychiatric physician with a passionate interest in regaining our physical and mental health through nutrition and sleep.
Dr. Childers was 'trying to eat right' when the low-fat craze was going on in the U.S. Despite her best efforts, she was getting increasingly dizzy and anxious, and had become pre-diabetic.
Since then she's adopted a ketogenic (high-fat, low-carb, moderate protein) diet, with great results for her own health. She also works with her pyschiatric clients to establish this diet, along with healthy sleep habits, for improved mental health.
We talk about her nutritional experiences, plus the new dietary guidelines for Amercians, in this episode. Dr. Childers is thrilled that the new guidelines, based on scientific evidence, are letting fats back into our diets, while limiting sugars.
Learn more about Dr. Childers, who blogs regularly and has a private practice in Lake Oswego, OR, here.
Learn more about yor host, Bridgit Danner, and pick up her free hormone guide, here.