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That's So Maven by The Healthy Maven

That's So Maven is a weekly health and wellness podcast from blogger Davida Kugelmass of The Healthy Maven. That's so Maven interviews "mavens" and shakers in the health, wellness and business spheres helping to tackle some of life's biggest challenges in leading a balanced and intentional lifestyle. This podcast is meant to inspire, entertain and above all — find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in your struggles.
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Feb 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day lovers!

Today I have a very special guest on the podcast...its someone you might be familiar with. I'm welcoming my fiancé, known around here as "C" onto the show to chat about love. Well, we get into more than just love but in honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I would share the hot seat with my love.

Now I may be biased, but I'm pretty sure Curt might be the wisest person we've ever had on the show. I've never met anyone who is so deeply content with their life but also strives for so much more. He's a dreamer by nature and his taught me so much about what it means to create the life you want to live.

I could not be more honored (or thankful!) to have Curt on the show today.

Here are a few things we covered in today's episode:

  • Curt's own journey and how we met
  • What he does for a living and how we make it work living and working under the same roof
  • Long distance and how we did 2.5 years of it!
  • Being in a relationship with someone who is more emotional and extreme than you
  • His involvement with THM and what he thought when I first started a blog
  • His best tips for training a dog
  • His version of self-care and how he takes care of himself daily
  • His favorite and least favorite things about me
  • Random facts you may not know about me

Mentioned in this episode:

Iceland Trip Video + Post

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Feb 7, 2018

By now you know that I don't shy away from exploring taboo topics on the podcast (or really just in life!). From my own mental health journey, to cannabis awareness and now today's episode all about relationships and sexuality, having conversations that we're told to keep private has become my personal mission.

A few months ago a couple of you requested that we bring a relationship coach/expert onto the podcast and after Georgia and I jumped into the research we discovered Susana Frioni. Immediately I know we had to have her on the show. Susana's journey has taken many unexpected turns and from this she's built Love, Sex, Desire, a podcast and coaching business that has helped thousands of women come to terms with their own sexuality and relationships. I'm honored to have her on the show today.

Beyond her sage wisdom, Susana's approach towards life is both calming and encouraging. She is the reminder we all need to be patient and to quiet the noise and listen to our intuition.

Here are a few other things we discussed on today's episode:

  • Susana's journey and what led her to found Love, Sex, Desire
  • Her personal awakening and experience at Vipassana 
  • What her upbringing was like and how she felt about exploring sexuality growing up
  • The end of her marriage and the start of her relationship with a woman
  • How to have conversations around sexuality with our current or future partners
  • Exploring your sexuality without feeling judged by those around you
  • What she wishes was being taught in sexual education
  • Sacred dance parties and what that experience looks like
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Mentioned in the episode:

Vipassana Meditation

Sacred Dance Parties

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Follow Susana:

Website: http://susanafrioni.com/

Podcast: LOVE SEX DESIRE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanafrioni

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanafrioni/

 

Jan 31, 2018

One of my favorite parts about being a part of the podcasting world is getting to chat about topics that we often feel scared or shameful about. Whether it's our use of cannabis to support our health or how our expectations of fertility are forced to change amidst unexpected circumstances, having a platform that allows me, my guest and you to feel comfortable opening up about these things is by far the most rewarding part of my job. When I started The Healthy Maven many years ago I did not expect my business to look like this. Although to be honest I did not expect it to be a business at all...though I will say I'm pretty damn proud of what we do!

This week's episode is no exception. Sonja Overhiser, one half of the duo behind A Couple Cooks is on the podcast today chatting about her own struggles with infertility, adoption and getting a cancer diagnosis. Her story is nothing short of inspiring and I'm honored to share this episode with you today.

I could go on about how incredible Sonja is, but I'll let the episode speak for itself. Here are a few other things we discussed:

  • Sonja's background and how she launched A Couple Cooks with her husband, Alex
  • Her cancer diagnosis and how that changed her perspective on health
  • Miscarriage and coming to terms with her own fertility
  • Adoption and what that process looked like for her
  • Her advice for anyone struggling with fertility or family planning
  • Writing a cookbook and getting their newborn son Larson at the same time
  • How Sonja and Alex make parenting and running a business together work
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Mentioned in this episode:

Food Matters by Mark Bittman 

Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else!

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Sonja + A Couple Cooks:

Website: https://www.acouplecooks.com/

Cookbook: A Couple Cooks - Pretty Simple Cooking

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aCoupleCooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acouplecooks/

A Couple Cooks Podcast 

 

Jan 24, 2018

I think the title of this post really gives away the topic of the podcast this week...Yes, you read that correctly! We're chatting Ganja Yoga with the incredible Dee Dussault and also about how cannabis can actually be good for you.

This is a topic of conversation that has come up frequently in my friend groups lately, so I figured it was about time we discuss it on the show. I know there are a lot of opinions around cannabis use and all I ask is that you go into this episode with an open mind. So much research has come out in the last 20 years showing the benefits of cannabis use so we'll be focusing on those, but also some of the reasons cannabis-use has been stigmatized. As more and more countries and states legalize it, I truly believe education around cannabis will become increasingly important and my hope is that it can start for some of you on the podcast today.

Besides Dee's knowledge around cannabis in the wellness scene, she is also an experienced yogi with over 20 years of teaching experience under her belt. She has a deep understanding of the human body and the importance of supporting it holistically. She's also super articulate and I truly feel she did the best job explaining ganja yoga for all to understand.

Here are a few other things we discussed in today's episode:

  • Dee's background and how she launched Ganja Yoga
  • Her first experience with cannabis both with and without yoga
  • How cannabis can enhance your yoga experience
  • How to break the stigma surrounding cannabis use 
  • How legalization of marijuana will change our use of cannabis in yoga
  • The difference between THC and CBD and why choose one over the other
  • Which strains to use if you're just starting out with cannabis
  • Sexyflex yoga and how to use yoga to get in touch with your sexuality
  • What's next for Ganja Yoga and how you can try it at home

Mentioned in this episode:

Dee's book - Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightening Self-Discovery

MoonMans Mistress paleo-centric edibles

 

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else!

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Dee and Ganja Yoga:

Website: https://www.theganjayoga.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theganjayoga/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ganjayoga/

 

Jan 17, 2018

It is no secret that I adore Imperfect Produce. Besides the fact that they save me SO much money each month on my grocery bill, I love that I get access to fresh fruits and veggies, all while saving the planet. Yes...it is THAT amazing. It's one of those companies that seems so obvious in concept, you wonder why it didn't exist sooner. But more on that in the episode...

I wanted to bring on a member of the Imperfect team to not only share all about IP's mission, but also talk about the huge issue that is food waste in this country. It's not as simple as those soggy carrots at the bottom of your produce drawer. It goes so much deeper than that. So today's episode is talking about the many points of intersection when it comes to food waste and how to manage it in this country.

Reilly, who is the hilarious voice behind IP's brand is on the show today to talk about all of these points, but also about root to leaf cooking and tips and tricks on how to reduce your food waste individually, while IP tackles the issue on a larger scale.

Here are a few other things we discussed in today's episode:

  • How Imperfect Produce got started and why tackle food waste?
  • How big is the food waste problem and how Imperfect Produce is tackling these issues
  • Why so much food goes to waste even when it's great quality
  • Eating sustainably from a food waste perspective
  • Does local and seasonal make a difference and why we need to rethink seasonal
  • What is the "New Year No Waste Challenge" and how to preserve, reuse and eat all your fruits and vegetables
  • Root-to-stem eating and other healthy habits to reduce your food waste
  • Where to next for Imperfect Produce!

Mentioned in this episode:

Vegetable Stock recipe using veggie scraps

My Imperfect Produce Unboxing video

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Reilly and Imperfect Produce:

Website: https://www.imperfectproduce.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imperfectproduce

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imperfectproduce/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectfruit

Jan 10, 2018

Hello again and welcome back to the second episode of the podcast in 2018. I feel like we're off to a really great start! Thank you so much for your kind words on last week's episode with Ella Mills from Deliciously Ella. I'm still over-the-moon excited about our interview. But this week's podcast guest is no less impressive! I'm so excited to welcome my friend and wellness guru, Beth Manos Brickey from Tasty Yummies to the show!

It's hard to really describe how amazing Beth is, you kind of have to see it to believe it! She's one of those people who literally radiates to a point where you actually wonder if she's somehow figured out how to apply the beauty filter mask to herself at all times.And I can say this with confidence having met her last fall. But before we met, I was an avid follower of Beth's and have loved keeping up with her wellness journey as it evolves. She's a huge inspiration in this community and even though I don't make the same diet choices that she does, I love her overwhelming sentiment of self-love and compassion and her motto "eyes on your own plate".

In today's episode we discuss a bunch of different topics including Beth's decision to go gluten-free over 12 years ago. How she continues to experiment with her diet as well as what she does to support her health beyond just what she eats.

Here are a few other things we discussed in today's episode:

  • Beth's journey and when she developed a passion for health and wellness
  • How she determined her gluten-intolerance and what her symptoms were like
  • Her "eyes on your own plate" mentality and how to talk to people who disregard your symptoms
  • Self-care and how there was a period in her life when it felt selfish to her
  • What advice she gives to her nutrition clients about stress and self-care
  • How she discovered she had a type of kidney disease and what she's doing to heal it naturally
  • All about the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting
  • The one health habit she can't live without

*note: to anyone who is sensitive to diet talk, this may be an episode for you to skip. I adore Beth and know her message can be helpful to so many people, but if you're easily triggered by other people's food choices, this may not be the episode for you.

Mentioned in this episode:

Diane Sanfilippo

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Beth:

Website: http://tasty-yummies.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TastyYummies/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tastyyummies/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TastyYummies

Jan 3, 2018

Welcome back to the podcast and to the first episode of 2018! After taking some time off for the holidays, we're back and better than ever with a brand new episode. And I figured I'd kick off 2018 with a bang. If you've listened to past episodes of the podcast (notably the episode #39 Q&A) you will have heard me rave about this guest. She's someone who I have admired for years and have always dreamed of speaking with. Fortunately, I now have a podcast where it makes it much less creepy for me to ask her personal questions...

With that, I'm honored, grateful and SO excited to welcome Ella Mills from Deliciously Ella to the show!

I thought Ella would be the perfect person to intro a new year of the podcast. Her balanced approach to health is what has amassed her millions of followers, successful cookbooks (I own all 3!) and many many other ventures including a product line and 3 restaurants! If this woman doesn't inspire you, I'm not sure who will!

Besides how much Ella has inspired me, I thought she'd be a huge inspiration for you, especially as you set your intentions for this year! Such an amazing episode that I'm so excited to share with you.

Here are a few other things we discussed in today's episode:

  • Ella's journey and her health struggles with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome
  • Why she launched Deliciously Ella and if she ever imagined it would grow into what it's become
  • Her struggles with self-confidence and how she's tackled it over the years
  • What advice she has for bloggers looking to grow their blogs and run them as a business
  • What it's been like to be thrown into such success and how she managed it along with her illness
  • Working with her husband and how they manage their relationship personally and professionaly
  • How she decides what's public on social media and what she keeps private
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Mentioned in the episode:

Ella's new cookbook, Natural Feasts

Emily Weiss of Glossier

Whitney Wolfe of Bumble

Karlie Kloss of Kode with Klossy

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Ella:

Website: https://deliciouslyella.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Deliciouslyella/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deliciouslyella/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeliciouslyElla

 

Dec 20, 2017

Welcome to the final podcast of 2017! I'm so excited to welcome Christy Harrison, an intuitive eating and anti-diet dietitian to the show today to chat about, well, anti-dieting and intuitive eating!

It felt fitting to have Christy on the show during the holidays as I know many of you guys struggle with how to navigate them as you sort out your own health and eating journeys. It isn't easy with so many triggers and messaging telling you to work off that turkey dinner or set weight-loss goals for the new year. I feel you and I'm with you. Last year around this time I ended up unfollowing so many people because I couldn't handle all of the messaging making me feel inadequate being exactly where I am. So hopefully this episode helps to remind you that the holiday season is so much more than food and your body.

Beyond being a perfect guest for this season, Christy has also been one of the most highly requested guests. She runs a very successful podcast herself so she's no stranger to this world. As a result this episode really resonated with me and I hope it resonates with you too.

Here are a few other things we discussed in today's episode:

  • Christy's journey and how she became an anti-diet dietitian
  • Her history with disordered eating and what helped lead her out of it
  • Thin privilege and how to talk about intuitive eating and anti-diet from this perspecitve
  • What "Intuitive Eating" really means and how its been misinterpreted
  • How to be an intuitive eater with digestive issues
  • How to talk to friends and family members who are struggling with eating disorders
  • Resources for breaking weight stigma and bias and encouraging health at every size
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Items mentioned in this episode:

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else:

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Christy:

Website: https://christyharrison.com/

Podcast: https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chr1styharrison/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christyharrisonnutrition

Intuitive Eating Fundamentals Course: https://christyharrison.com/intuitive-eating-online-course

Dec 13, 2017

I'll be honest, I was highly skeptical when I first started chatting with Ana Maria Vasquez from Intention Training. I was introduced to her at the yoga retreat I attended earlier this year and since then have followed her closely, while also keeping her teachings at a distance. A piece of me wanted to believe her, but the realist in me didn't. Today's podcast episode with her was enlightening...to say the least!

Ana Maria is a self-described multi-sensory animal and nature intuitive. What does this mean? Through various types of sensory energy, she is able to communicate with plants and animals. Pretty cool, right? It gets cooler...Ana Maria also believes that all of us are capable of these abilities, it's just a matter of tapping into the right frequency. How does she do this? Well you'll have to listen to the episode...

Beyond her ability to communicate with plants and animals, we discuss in-depth all about energy healing, why animals and nature are good for our health and what we can learn from our pets. Hint: Bodhi was very much in attendance.

Here are a few other things we discussed in today's episode.

  • Ana Maria's journey and how she discovered she was a plant and animal intuitive
  • How we can all energetically "tune-in" to the world around us
  • What communication means beyond verbal communication and how to pay attention to these signals
  • Grounding and the benefits of being outside
  • How to connect to other dimensions through energetic portals like nature and animals
  • What we can learn from our dreams and accessing other dimensions?
  • The law of attraction and how to boost your vibrations
  • How to tune in to what our animals are trying to teach us

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else:

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Ana Maria and Intention Training:

Website: http://www.intentiontraining.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalsasmessengers

Dec 6, 2017

Ooooooh meditation! I feel like it's something that everyone talks about but no one really knows what it means. That's probably because there's so many ways to define it and beyond that, so many different traditions of meditation that there really is no one size fits all. And in case you've guessed it, that's what today's episode is all about!

I'm honored and excited to welcome Ellie Burrows, the co-founder of MNDFL, a meditation studio in New York City to the show today. On today's episode we're exploring meditation, what it means to Ellie, the different types of meditation practices available and tips for new and experienced meditators to explore and deepen their practices.

As someone who has a love-hate relationship with meditation, I'm happy to say that this episode inspired me to rekindle my practice more consistently, and I even signed up for my first meditation class!

Since I know the new year is just around the corner, and lots of you are setting goals and resolutions, my hope with this episode is that it inspires you to develop a meditation practice or explore the possibility of it in 2018.

Here's a breakdown of some of the stuff we talked about:

  • Ellie's journey and how she got started on her spiritual path
  • How she met her co-founder, Lodro and launched MNDFL
  • The different types of meditation and how she recommends finding the one that works for you
  • Some of the health benefits of a meditation practice
  • What to do on those days when you can't seem to let go of your thoughts?
  • Is there a benefit to practicing in a group vs. practicing at home
  • Rituals that help keep you consistent and on track with your meditation practice
  • How to prioritize your health when there's a never-ending list of wellness items to check off
  • How do you meld meditation and spirituality with religion?

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else:

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Ellie + Mndfl:

Website: https://www.mndflmeditation.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mndflmeditation/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mndflmeditation

Nov 29, 2017

Well I have a seriously fun episode of the podcast for you today! We're changing things up and my friend Talia from Party in my Plants Podcast is taking over as host and putting me in the hot seat!

We held nothing back and given that Talia is pretty experienced at this, she went deep with me. We talked for over and hour and covered everything from intuitive eating, to wedding planning to how C and I manage to both work from home. And so so much more! Talia met virtually almost a year ago and in person a few months ago. She is true gem and the real deal in the health and wellness space. Her energy is intoxicating and I know you'll love her

I'm also interviewing Talia over on her podcast TOMORROW so make sure you subscribe to her podcast so you don't miss that episode! And be sure to follow her on her blog and Instagram.

Today's episode is a long one, so buckle up and enjoy the show!

Here are some things we discussed:

  • My favorite and least favorite parts of my job
  • How I tackle my anxiety and create a better work-life balance
  • Essential oils and other practices I use to destress
  • My green beauty favorites and why I wear makeup
  • How I stay organized and on top of my content calendar
  • My biggest insecurities personally and professionally
  • What's next for The Healthy Maven
  • How wedding planning is going and some wedding planning details
  • I'm answering my hot seat questions! 

Items mentioned in this episode:

Gressa Foundation: http://bit.ly/2xQJcBh
Ilia Lipstick (Perfect Day): http://bit.ly/2hAafL3
Ilia Lipstick (Madam Mina): http://bit.ly/2wr5auI
Essentialism: http://amzn.to/2jNB5mZ
Daring Greatly:  http://amzn.to/2iIvk6N
Saje Wellness Diffusers
Credo Beauty (online store)
No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls (recipe)

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else:

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Talia:

Website: http://partyinmyplants.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/partyinmyplants/

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-party-in-my-plants-podcast/id1173220211?mt=2

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/partyinmyplants

Nov 22, 2017

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I thought today's episode would be perfect for those of you traveling today or are on your way to a family function to tune in and bring a little sunshine to your life. Because that's what Alison Wu is, pure, radiant sunshine. 

But beyond that, she's also an incredibly talented food, prop, and wardrobe stylist who specializes in healthy recipe development and making smoothies look out of this world good...that taste great too!

A lot of the episodes lately have been quite heavy or science-loaded, so I wanted a lighter episode that highlighted someone who brings positivity, creativity and art to the wellness space. Alison is one of those people who you just want to be friends with. And I not so secretly hope that bringing her on the podcast was the first step in becoming her friend!

Alison is just a ray of sunshine who delivers helpful tips in such a relatable way. Today's episode is no exception.

Here are some things we chatted about:

  • Alison's journey and how she found herself as a food stylist
  • Her biggest creative influences for recipe development and styling
  • Why she was a vegetarian and then started eating meat again
  • Tackling her food fears and eating intuitively
  • Adaptogens and using plants to help balance her hormones
  • Spirituality and her experience on an ashram learning yoga
  • Intentionality and the trendiness of crystals and alternative healing methods
  • Instagram algorithms and how to stay authentic online
  • The many layers of self-care and how to individualize this practice

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Sun Potion Transformational Foods (website)

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else:

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Alison Wu:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alison_wu

Website: wuhaus.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wuhaus

Nov 15, 2017

I love every single podcast episode I've recorded, but there are certain ones I never want to come to an end. Today's conversation with Dr. Will Cole was one of them. 

I invited Dr. Cole on to chat all things functional medicine, but what I got was so much more. We jumped into topics like hormone health, adrenal fatigue, our microbiome and the importance of FAT, among many other things. It was an enlightening and inspiring conversation, that unfortunately only last one hour. I wish we could have chatted all day!

Dr. Cole is an influential functional medicine doctor who has worked with many large publications so I'm thrilled he made the time to come onto the show.

Here are some things we discussed:

  • Dr. Cole's journey and how he decided to focus on functional medicine
  • What is functional medicine and how does it differ from mainstream western medicine?
  • Hormone health and how to treat it from a functional medicine perspective
  • Adrenal fatigue and what it really means
  • Food and lifestyle tips for someone struggling with adrenal fatigue
  • Brain health and the effects it has on your hormones and beyond
  • Inflammation in the brain and markers of inflammation
  • Tips for naturally treating your body during cold and flu season

Mentioned in the episode:

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else!

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Dr. Will Cole:

Website: https://drwillcole.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drwillcole/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doctorwillcole/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/drwillcole

Nov 8, 2017

A couple of years ago on a dark January day, I walked into a storefront on Kings Street in Toronto with little knowledge of how transformative the contents inside would be. It was called Body Thoughts and it was a traveling art show-experience focused on creating dialogue and expanding our knowledge of how we perceive our bodies. Run by two young women, each of whom had their own body image struggles and conversations to share, Body Thoughts ended up being one of my highlights of 2016 and an experience I haven't forgotten. 

Fast-forward to today and one of the founders of Body Thoughts and the creative vision behind it, Alexa Mazzarello is on the podcast today to chat about that experience, her struggles with body image and how her perception of her body has changed since taking on photography full-time. 

Alexa is an insanely talented photographer, body positive creative and a friend. It's been a year in the making bringing her on the show and I'm so happy to have her on board today!

Here are some things we discussed:

  • Alexa's journey and how she launched Body Thoughts
  • Losing her aunt and how that changed her perception of her body
  • The power of body positivity for men and why we must not exclude them from the conversation
  • How Body Thoughts helped shift her perspective when it comes to health
  • How she uses her photography to help women improve their body image 
  • The power of photography as a form of therapy and self-improvement
  • How her perception of body diversity has changed since becoming a photographer 
  • The one health habit she can't live without 

Mentioned in this episode:

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to find out who will be on the show before anyone else!

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Please don't forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the podcast best for you!

Follow Alexa:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexamazzarello

Website and portfolio: www.alexamazzarello.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexamazzarellocreative

Nov 1, 2017

WHEW! Coming up with a title for this episode was a real struggle. Why? Because on today's episode, I'm chatting with Lauren Geersten from Empowered Sustenance and Meo Energetics about everything! No really, everything.

Lauren is a wealth of knowledge and since starting the podcast I have wanted to bring her on the show. I had an hour of her time and I really tried to make the most of it so we covered a lot of ground. From her struggles with ulcerative colitis, her healing journey, mental health and chronic illness, energy medicine, and what it means to be an "empath", we're talking about it all. 

At 24 years old, Lauren's journey is nothing short of inspirational. She is currently writing a book and I am eagerly waiting for it to come out. In the meantime, I have today's episode to listen to on repeat.

Here are just a few of the things we discussed:

  • Lauren's journey and how she launched Empowered Sustenance
  • Her struggles with ulcerative colitis and how she healed her body with food
  • The healing archetype and how to support your mental health with chronic illness
  • How to use food to heal your body with a history of an eating disorder
  • Health perfectionism and how to recover from it
  • Health as a journey, not as a destination
  • Energy medicine - what it is and how it can benefit your health
  • Living as an empath vs. being a highly sensitive person

Items mentioned in this episode:

  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet (Amazon)
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Amazon)
  • Lauren's energy medicine company, Meo Energetics 

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Follow Lauren:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/empoweredsustenance

Websites: https://empoweredsustenance.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empoweredsustenance

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EmpoweredSustenance

Oct 25, 2017

The dreaded quarter life crisis...have you ever had one? I most certainly did and I can assure you that this blog would never exist if I hadn't had one. Silver lining? In today's episode, we're welcoming Kali Rogers from Blush Life Coaching to talk about the quarter life crisis and how to navigate it if you feel like you're having one. 

What I love about Kali is that she always keeps it real. This isn't some mumbo jumbo "go after your dreams" speech - it's real, effective strategies to navigate a very stressful period in your life. Usually these periods are just bumpy transitions, but it certainly helps to have someone holding your hand as you make your way to other side. 

In this week's episode, we hear how Kali got started in the life coaching world and how to identify if you're having a quarter-life crisis. And even if you aren't, I think this episode will be helpful to anyone going through a transition phase. Because life certainly isn't stagnant so we all have that to relate to. 

Here are just a few of the things we discussed:

  • Kali's journey and how she got started in life coaching
  • What is a quarter-life crisis and who can have one?
  • How to navigate those transitions when you don't know what direction to go in
  • Do we all need a side hustle and if so, should it be our career?
  • What is a life coach and do they actually help?
  • How to ignore what is happening around you and focus on your journey
  • The one health habit Kali can't live without

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Photo credit:  http://jasonflynnphotography.com/

Follow Kali:

Website: https://joinblush.com

Email: kali@joinblush.com 

Book: Conquering Your Quarter-Life Crisis: How to Get Your Sh*t Together In Your 20s (Amazon)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisiskali/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joinblush

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoinBlush

Oct 18, 2017

Welcome back to to Episode #33 of That's So Maven! After a 5 day trip to NYC, I'm so happy to be back home and continuing to interview some incredible humans making waves in the wellness community. Today's guest, Jessamyn Stanley is no exception. 

From Jessamyn's bio: "Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Jessamyn uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students' bodies and encourages them to ask 'How do I feel?' rather than 'How do I look?' when practicing yoga."

This perfectly sums up Jessamyn and exactly the message she is advocating for. It was such a pleasure to talk with her and breakdown the prejudice that exists in the yoga community and beyond. 

Here are just a few of the things we discussed: 

  • Jessamyn's journey and how she discovered yoga
  • Why she thinks there is a lack of body diversity in the yoga community
  • Body image and how she learned to accept her body
  • Is the word "fat" derogatory and if not, can we use it?
  • How we define health and if you can be healthy and fat
  • The prejudice that exists in the health and wellness commmunity
  • Advice for people who feel discriminated against for their body size

Items mentioned in this episode:

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Follow Jessamyn Stanley:

Website: jessamynstanley.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mynameisjessamyn

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mynameisjessamyn/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessNotJazz

Oct 11, 2017

Thank you all so much for your kind words on last week's return of the podcast! It felt so nice to take a break and I'm feeling better than ever about the kick-off of this season. It certainly helps to have an epic lineup of guests, including this week's lady on the hot seat, Sahara Rose.

 Now I'm not entirely sure how I feel about manifestation, but it seems to be that when I think and talk a lot about wanting to have a certain guest on the podcast, it comes to fruition. I'm kind of an Ayurveda geek, but I have so much more to learn. As a result, I knew I wanted to bring on an Ayurvedic expert to let me pick their brain on the show. 

In this week's episode, we cover a lot of ground. But what I love most is how grounded Sahara is making her able to communicate what Ayurveda means within the context of our world. She's taking an ancient tradition and showing us how we can apply it to our everyday lives and that is something I can get down with. 

 

Here are just a few of the things we discussed:

  • Sahara's own health journey and struggles with allergies and asthma as a kid
  • How she discovered Ayurveda through yoga
  • Why she decided to adopt Ayurvedic practices in her life
  • What is Ayurveda and how it started in Ancient India
  • What is a dosha and how do you figure out your dosha?
  • What does it mean to balance your dosha?
  • Can you integrate Ayurveda with Western medicine?

Items and people mentioned in the episode:

Sahara Rose's book, The Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda

Discover Your Ayurvedic Mind-Body Type Dosha Quiz

Deepak Chopra

 

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Follow Sahara Rose:

Website: https://www.iamsahararose.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAmSaharaRose/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamsahararose/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sahararose

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/iamsahararose

Podcast: Highest Self Podcast

Oct 4, 2017

After a two-month break, the podcast is BACK and I could not be more excited! The time off really allowed me to catch my breath, journal, and reflect on my core values that I strive to incorporate into all of the content I continue to create for you. And I find it so fitting that many of these themes come up in this first episode back. 

 

For those of you who have been following The Healthy Maven for awhile now, you know I am a HUGE fan of Barre3 and the company's founder, Sadie Lincoln. I love how Barre3 advocates for listening to your body and practicing intuitive movement -  a message that has really resonated with me as my relationship with exercise has evolved over the past several years. Sadie is someone I have admired both as a businesswomen and as a leading voice for intuitive living and body love, and I've been dying to have her on the show!

Here's what we chatted about: 

  • Her unconventional upbringing as a "hippie" kid
  • How she fell into the fitness industry and discovered her love of group exercise
  • The role of intuition in shaping her career path as an entrepreneur
  • The importance of slowing down, and how this idea plays a role in both her professional and personal lives
  • Sadie's toolbox of self-care practices
  • Her thoughts on developing and modeling a healthy relationship with social media
  • Using the power of education to maintain Barre3's key messages across a franchise model 
  • How she's navigated through the traditional fitness marketing cycle to find her authentic path
  • The one health habit she can't live without
  • Sadie's advice to her 20-year-old self

Items mentioned in this episode:

 

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Follow Sadie Lincoln + Barre3:

Website: http://barre3.com  

Facebook: https://facebook.com/barre3

Instagram: https://instagram.com/barre3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/barre3

 

Aug 9, 2017
In today's episode, we're changing things up, and Davida is giving her best tips for bloggers and digital creators looking to turn their passion project into a business. She's giving advice on how to build a sustainable business with integrity and what kind of goals and boundaries to set along the way.
 
Davida will give her 8 biggest pieces of advice to anywhere out there looking to start a blog, grow their blog, launch a podcast or share any kind of digital work with the world.
 
This is also the finale episode of season #2. Davida will be back in a few weeks with a brand spanking new season, but until then we'll call this goodbye for now. See you soon!
 
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Aug 2, 2017
Today we are chatting with Saje Wellness founder Jean-Pierre LeBlanc. I think its fair to say that if there’s any company out there right now that I’m completely obsessed with it would be Saje Wellness
 
Getting a chance to speak with one of their founders, Jean-Pierre LeBlanc was truly a dream come true.Not only do I love all of their products (and my collection is embarrassingly large!), but I also am in awe of the company culture they have built and the authenticity they retain in all that they do.

Today’s episode is for anyone who wants to learn more about how they can make wellness easier and more accessible via essential oils, blends, and body care products.

There's a contest to win a pocket farmacy of your own too! Listen to the end of the episode to learn how to enter.

-What "uncommon wellness" is and how essential oils and blends can help your health
-How the pocket pharmacy is being updated for Saje's 25th anniversary
-Jean-Pierre’s journey and why he decided to launch Saje Wellness with his wife, Kate
-How long someone at Saje went without getting sick (!!)
-The company culture and why its important to him to have a good team
-His work-life balance and working with his family
-What are essential oils and how can they benefit our health
-How to start using essential oils without getting overwhelmed (and how this approach has helped Saje standout!)
-Why Saje decided to open retail stores to distribute their products
-How to know which essential oils are right for you
-Ailments and illnesses that could benefit from essential oils
-What is in a pocket pharmacy and what each oil is for
-How Davida has been using essential oils to help sleep and with her anxiety
-What’s next for Saje
 
 
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Jul 26, 2017
Today we are chatting with self-love junkie Sophie Gray. Sophie is someone who I’ve followed for the last couple of years on social media and have admired from afar her transition from fitness coach to self-acceptance superstar. I think I finally manifested her being on the show!
 
Today’s episode is for anyone who wants to learn more about figuring out who they are or anyone struggling with their own securities and embracing self-love.
 
You'll hear about:
-Sophie’s journey and what sparked her path to self-acceptance
-What one incident completely changed the course of Sophie’s life
-What experience Sophie went through when she was younger that shaped who she was
-How she’s navigated social media through her transformation
-If she lost or gained followers during her transformation (the answer will surprise you!)
-What she’s learned about why people want to be insecure or feel less about themselves
-Why social media is like a movie
-How to balance curating your social media and being vulnerable and honest
-Being honest and vulnerable with your insecurities and how to communicate them to the world
-What "makeup-free selfies" have done for her self-esteem and how they were a tool to help with her insecurities
-How to combine self-love and insecurities
-What we learn about sharing our insecurities with others
-What is a full moon ceremony and why Sophie recently hosted one
-Spirituality and how it’s helped her in her recovery
-What it means to manifest and create a life that you truly want
-Finding a support system that accepts and supports who you really are
-Who she follows on social media and who inspires her
-The one health-habit she can't live without
-Who she looks up to in business
-What she would tell her 20 year old self
-What she hopes her 50 year old self tells her
 
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Follow Sophie:

Website: http://wayofgray.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wayofgray 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wayofgray/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wayofgray 

Jul 12, 2017

Today we are chatting with astrology expert Bess Matassa from Mojave Rising. I legitimately have never been as excited to interview anyone as I was to have Bess on the podcast! She’s an astrology expert who doesn’t just predict what your next week will look like but rather helps you get in touch with your birth chart signs and live a life that embraces and accentuates these qualities.
If you want to learn more about what is a birth chart, how you discover yours, or what if you don’t feel like your assigned sun sign fits your personality, this episode is for you. Bess also put together an in-depth analysis of each sign and how you can support your health based on your assigned sign.

You'll hear about:
-Bess's journey and how she got into astrology
-What is a birth chart and how does it differ from the 12 astrological signs we’re familiar with?
-What happens if you don’t feel like your personality matches your sign?
-What are the creative tensions in your chart and how can you use these to achieve your full potential?
-How do the transits of the stars affect your life during different times of the year?
-Why do we naturally gravitate towards friendships and relationships with certain signs?
-What is Saturn Return and how can we prepare for it?
-Is there such thing as “being on the cusp” of a sign?
-How different signs can use different wellness practices to support their health
-The one health-habit she can't live without
-Who she looks up to in business
-What she would tell her 20 year old self
-What she hopes her 50 year old self tells her

Join the Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guests questions and find out who will be on the show before anyone else! http://facebook.com/groups/THMTribe
Please don’t forget to rate + review in iTunes if you love the podcast. Your comments and subscriptions help us make the best podcast for you!

Follow Bess:

Website: http://www.mojaverising.com/

Bess has generously offered THM readers and listeners 10% off a birth chart reading! Just use the code COSMICMAVEN at checkout when signing up on her site!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/mojaverising

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mojave_rising/

Jul 5, 2017

 

Today I'm chatting with Youtuber Nikky Goncalves from HealthNut Nutrition. She and I have collaborated many times in the past and over the course of the last couple of years she’s become a close friend. 
 
She is truly one of the most genuine people I have ever met and I can attest to the fact that what you see on her amazing YouTube videos, blog or social media is actually what you get in person. She is a ray of positivity, but also isn’t afraid to keep it real and be honest with her struggles.
 
If you want to learn about how to become more positive, what it's like to be a full-time Youtuber and how to find a healthy balance in all of your relationships, this episode is for you!
 
You'll hear about:
-What sparked Nikky's interest in health
-How was HealthNut Nutrition born 
-What made Nikky decide to start her YouTube channel
-What Nikky's very first videos were — and how long did they take to film?
-Why Nikky thinks she was always able to have a balanced approach to health 
-How food affects Nikky's mood — and how she listens to her body to always feel her best
-What negative backlash she has experienced on YouTube BECAUSE she eats so balanced 
-How she incorporates every diet into her videos
-What her posting schedule is like and what she shares on her channel 
-What Nikky did when she wanted to be more positive 
-Why self-reflection is so important for personal growth and loving yourself 
-How a supportive partner is important in your journey — and how to be a supportive partner as well 
-What made Nikky decide to take the leap to be a full-time Youtuber and what that journey looked like 
-What surprised Nikky about the transition to being an entrepreneur and what struggles she faced 
-Why having a routine is so important even when you work for yourself 
-What is the best thing Nikky has done for her business 
-The one health-habit she can't live without
-Who she looks up to in business
-What she would tell her 20 year old self
-What she hopes her 50 year old self tells her
 
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Follow Nikki:
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZB32syI0FFtThd6xkPTRrg
Blog: http://www.healthnutnutrition.ca 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urhealthnut/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urhealthnut 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UrHealthNut 

 

Jun 28, 2017

Today we are chatting with entrepreneur Kati Holland from Pearl Butter. Once I met Kati through mutual friends, I knew I wanted to share her health journey and the inspiration behind Pearl Butter with you on the show.
If you want to learn more about adaptogens, how to manage your mental health while dealing with chronic illness, or starting your own business, this episode is for you!

You'll hear about:
-Kati’s own health journey and why she launched Pearl Butter
-What alternative methods Kati used to try and manage her compromised lymphatic system
-What is a compromised lymphatic system and what it means to your health?
-Why mental health is important if you're dealing with a chronic illness
-The different types of butters and how they can benefit your health
-What is an adaptogen and how to incorporate them into your diet
-What originally turned Kati off about adaptogens and what inspired her to create her own product
-Why she wants wellness to be "fun"
-What is in an adaptogens and what is in Kati's products?
-What it takes to launch a product from idea to conception
-What ingredients are in Pearl Butters and what are the different types?
-What mistakes she has made in the past and how she's learning from them
-What background she had in business before starting Pearl Butter
-How her story is incorporated in the products
-Struggles she’s had in launching the product
-What wellness buzz words does Kati not love and how she wants to change the wellness world
-What she sees next for Pearl Butter
-Why she chose to focus on such a colorful product and if she worries the “unicorn trend” will pass
-The one health-habit she can't live without
-Who she looks up to in business
-What she would tell her 20 year old self
-What she hopes her 50 year old self tells her

Join the Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guests questions and find out who will be on the show before anyone else! http://facebook.com/groups/THMTribe
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GIVEAWAY!

Kati has graciously offered one That’s So Maven listener a Pearl Butter prize pack featuring one of each Pearl Butter Flavor! To enter, follow Pearl Butter and The Healthy Maven on Instagram and then drop your username below. For a bonus entry, leave a review of the podcast on iTunesand leave another comment with the username you used to enter below. Giveaway closes on Wednesday July 5th, 2017 at 12:00AM PST. Only available to US residents.

Follow Kati:

Buy Pearl Butter: https://www.pearlbutter.com/collections/butters/products/beauty-butter (use code THEHEALTHYMAVEN for 15% off!)

Facebook: https://facebook.com/PearlButterShop/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pearlbutter/

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