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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 Lederle 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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Oct 17, 2018

Social media tends to get a bad rap for a multitude of reasons. One of the biggest ones is that it creates a comparison trap that makes users feel "less than" the people they follow. Yet many of us continue to follow these people even though we know it isn't good for us.

And then there are the people who have made it their mission to make every social media user feel less alone. To be transparent and honest about their struggles and lift the veil on what "reality" online actually looks like. Rini Frey from Own It Babe epitomizes these people. If you aren't following Rini on Instagram, I urge you to do it RIGHT NOW. Her growth this year has been explosive, and for good reason. After battling an eating disorder for many years, she has single-handedly taken on the BS messaging we are fed by social media and digital marketing about what our bodies should look like. She is, quite simply, an inspiration.

For anyone who has or continues to struggle with body image, this episode is for you. For anyone who has or continues to compare their bodies to other people's, this episode is for you. For anyone who wants to end the binge-restrict cycle and learn to embrace who they are with compassion and love, this episode is for you.

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

  • Rini's history with an eating disorder and how it affected her body image
  • How the fitness industry affected her body image
  • Binge eating disorder and what that looked like for her
  • At what point she knew "enough was enough"
  • How she's coped with her body changing as she recovers
  • Shifting identity and the mental struggles of a new way of life
  • How to continue to have a healthy relationship with exercise after an eating disorder
  • Using positive affirmations to build body image
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self

Follow Rini:

Website: https://ownitbabe.ca/ 

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

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

 

Oct 10, 2018

I've decided that the theme of season 4 of That's So Maven is "expectation" or more specifically, releasing expectations. I'm not gonna lie, I go into most episodes with some kind of plan in my mind. I invite guests on with some type of expectation that we focus on a particular topic or area of interest. This season has thrown me for a loop. Many of the guests who have come on have completely dispelled my expectations, in the best way possible. This week's guest, Kelsey J Patel is no exception.

I originally invited Kelsey onto the show to chat about reiki, EFT and energy healing. While we definitely jump into these topics, the episode kept coming back to me and some struggles that I've been having. Without me knowing, Kelsey was helping me tap into my energy and some things I need to work on. I'm forever grateful to her for tuning into this and most importantly, reminding me to tune into myself.

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

  • Kelsey's upbringing and what led her to Reiki
  • Back pain and realizing it's more than just a physical issue
  • The importance of talking about mental health struggles
  • The energy of our words and how to reframe them
  • What is reiki and why you don't "do" reiki but "live" reiki
  • EFT and opening up your chakras for healing
  • Why you aren't what you do but who you are
  • Magik Vibes Box and why she created it
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self

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 Kelsey: 

Website: https://www.kelseyjpatel.com/

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

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

Oct 3, 2018

Mindfulness - what do you know about it? I feel like these days there so much talk about living more mindfully and embracing mindfulness but what does that actually mean? Today I'm chatting with neuroscientist and mindfulness expert, Nkechi Njaka all about this.

I met Nkechi after attending one of her classes and knew immediately that I wanted her on the show. Not only was it one of the most blissful 30 minutes of my week, but I just had this feeling that she was a wealth of knowledge. Glad I went with my gut, because I was right.

You can find Nkechi teaching at a couple studios around San Francisco, including The Pad and The Assembly, but you can also try out some of her mindfulness meditations here. Or just listen to the episode and learn a thing or two. Mindfulness is more than just sitting and meditating. Let's talk about it!

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

  • Her unique name and how she got it
  • Her upbringing and struggles with mental health
  • Landing her dream job and then realizing it wasn't her dream job at all
  • How she took what she learned from that job and launched her own business, NDN Lifestylist
  • What is mindfulness and what are the benefits of it
  • Mindfulness meditation vs. general mindfulness - how to cultivate both
  • Her creative practices and how she starts everyday
  • How to deal with mindfulness in challenging moments
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self.

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 Nkechi: 

Website: http://www.ndnlifestylestudio.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ndnlifestylist

 

Sep 26, 2018

One of the many reasons I love running the podcast is because I get to pick the brains of people I admire and ask them questions that I know will make me a better and healthier human. Knowing that you get to eavesdrop on those conversations is just icing on the cake! Today's episode is no exception.

To be honest, I went into today's episode with Fern Olivia with somewhat of an expectation. I knew we'd talk about Thyroid Yoga and how to support our thyroid health, but what I got in return was so much more. As you guys know, I completed Yoga Teacher Training last spring and have begun my journey of teaching yoga. It has been a STEEP learning curve (if you think yoga teaching is easy - well I urge you to give it a try!) and one that left me with a lot of knowledge but an equal amount of questions. Fern must have picked up on this because the conversation that ensued both inspired and equipped me to be a better yoga teacher. I left our convo feeling amped up and eager to see this next chapter through.

Of course, if you're not on a journey to teaching yoga, this episode is still relevant for you! We chat about Fern's decision to move to a blue zone and pursue her dreams as well as how to support your thyroid holistically among many other things.

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

  • How Fern got sick and changed her entire life course through yoga
  • Her thyroid condition and how she learned to care for her thyroid holistically
  • The hustle culture of yoga and how she learned to live in the flow instead
  • 5th chakra healing and how it affects your thyroid
  • Identifying your dharma and following through with it
  • What Thyroid yoga is and how to use yoga to support your thyroid
  • Pursuing a career in yoga and how to find empowerment in your teaching
  • How she ended up moving to Costa Rica and what her life looks like now
  • The one health habit she can't live without (I love her answer!)

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 Fern:

Website: http://www.fernolivia.com/

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

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

 

Sep 19, 2018

Mentioned in this episode:

The Wellness Handbook: http://bit.ly/wellness-handbook

Last week's podcast episode with dosist: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/09/episode-71.html 

67% Project: https://www.refinery29.com/67-percent-project-plus-size-body-image/ 

Kelsey's new book, out on October 23rd: https://amzn.to/2NrDkKA

Connie Wang: https://www.instagram.com/conconwang/?hl=en 

I was so excited to hear your response to the return of Season 4! We definitely kicked things off with a bang in Episode #71 with dosist. I so appreciate your openness to learning about new topics that carry some stigma. I truly do have the best tribe!

Today's episode is equally as interesting and important. I'm chatting with Kelsey Miller, an anti-diet writer and body positivity activist. She is well known for her writing on Refinery 29's Anti-Diet Project and her memoir, Big Girl. She's also been working on her newest book, a pop-culture look at everyone's favorite TV show, Friends.

Not only is Kelsey incredibly knowledgeable in helping us navigate our diet-focused culture, but her story in and of itself is inspiring. I'm so excited to welcome Kelsey Miller to the show today.

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

  • Kelsey's upbringing and how she got caught in the diet-binge cycle
  • Growing up in diet culture and if and how things have changed
  • The history of diet culture and diet fads
  • Why all diets inevitably fail
  • Her wake-up call and when she finally realized she didn't want to be caught in the diet cycle
  • Kelsey's thoughts on Intuitive Eating and what it really means to embrace IE
  • "Clean" eating and why it's still a diet and the dangers of the wellness space
  • The difference between dieting to manipulate your body and chronic illness
  • Getting married and the dieting culture that permeates it
  • Her new book and why she chose to write about friends

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 Kelsey:

Website: https://www.kelseymiller.com/

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

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

Sep 12, 2018

Mentioned in this episode:

Episode 27 with Bess Matassa from Mojave Rising

Mission Loft in San Francisco 

Hello friends! After a 7 week hiatus from the pod, it feels SO good to be back. The break was needed as we gear up for Camp Wellness (are you coming?!) and other fun and exciting things happening but honestly, I missed this space. I haven't been 100% off the airwaves though. In prep for season 4 I've lined up an incredible array of guests that I know you're going to love. As promised, you will get your usual That's So Maven interviews and hot seat questions but this season we're branching out a bit. Not only are we exploring more of the business side of wellness, but also new modalities we've never chatted about before. From mindfulness meditation to breathwork to becoming a yoga teacher (!) this season is guaranteed to be the best one yet.

Any great season requires a great kick-off episode and I could not be more excited to share today's LIVE podcast recording with dosist. A few weeks ago in SF, a group of 25 of us gathered in the most beautiful home (hi Mission Loft!) for an evening of community, conversation and cannabis. Yes, you read that correctly: cannabis. This isn't a new topic to the show, but given that more and more states and countries are legalizing the plant, I felt it was due time to dive deeper into the topic and answer all of your questions - and mine!

On today's episode, we welcome Claire Anderson, the field marketing manager for dosist to the show to answer all of your questions about cannabis, how it's actually good for you and tips for getting started if you've never used cannabis before.

Here are some other things we chatted about:

  • Claire's background and all about dosist
  • What is the cannabis plant and how is it good for your health?
  • Why has cannabis gotten a bad rap?
  • What are tips for discovering or rediscovering cannabis?
  • What is the difference between CBD and THC? How about Indica and Sativa?
  • Different methods of consumption and how dosist is different
  • What are terpenes and can they be beneficial?
  • What Claire thinks is coming next in the Cannabis Space.

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to 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 podcast best for you!

Follow dosist:

Website: https://dosist.com/#

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

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

Jul 25, 2018

Mentioned in this episode:

Retreat Preview List: http://bit.ly/2LB8pcU 

Saje Wellness Yoga Event: http://bit.ly/2uziqOn 

Episode 31 with Sadie Lincoln: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2017/10/episode-31.html 

Episode 33 with Jessamyn Stanley: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2017/10/episode-33.html 

Episode 43 with Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/01/episode-43-ella-mills-from-deliciously-ella.html 

Episode 45 with Reilly Brock from Imperfect Produce: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/01/episode-45.html 

Episode 50 with Latham Thomas from Mama Glow: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/02/episode-50.html

Episode 52 with Ezzie Spencer from Lunar Abundance: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/03/episode-52.html 

Episode 55 with Kait Hurley: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/03/episode-55.html  and her book recommendation, What Made Maddy Run: https://amzn.to/2OeTWCg 

Episode 56 with Megan Faletra: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/04/episode-56.html 

Episode 60 with Jasmina Aganovic from Mother Dirt: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/05/episode-60.html 

Episode 63 with Kat Dahlen: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/06/episode-63.html 

Episode 64 with Cassie Johnston from Wholefully: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/06/episode-64.html 

Episode 68 with Lara Briden: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2018/07/episode-68.html 

It's the official end of Season 3 AH! There really is no method to the madness when it comes to the various seasons of the show other than to let my gut dictate when it's time to close one chapter and prep for another. It's just feeling like the right time to end season 3 with a few weeks off to make some tweaks and improvements before we kick off season 4. Luckily there are 70 shows out there to keep you entertained while I do a little restructuring and take some time off to reset.

I thought it would be fun to reflect back on season 3 and pick out some of the top lessons I've learned from the show. Truthfully, I don't go back to listen to old episodes (it's weird hearing your own voice!), but from the 40 episodes this season, a bunch of important lessons learned still stand-out. Today's episode will be all about these lessons and why they've stuck with me. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you know when I'm back from my short hiatus. In the meantime, enjoy!

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!

Jul 18, 2018

Check out Lee's first episode on the podcast here: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2016/12/thats-so-maven-episode-2-lee-hersh-from-fit-foodie-finds.html

Guess who's baaaaack! Now that we're almost 2 years into the podcast, it's been fun to bring some return visitors back on the show to catch-up about life and what's changed since we last spoke. Today's guest is no exception and likely requires no introduction: Lee Hersh from Fit Foodie Finds. I've known Lee for 5 years now after meeting through the blogging space and we've chronicled our friendship online and in our last podcast episode together. Today's episode is a bit different. We kept things conversational and open and I loved the result! A true reflection of our friendship but also some much necessary realness.

Lee reaches millions of visitors every month and has inspired so many with her recipes and body positive content. Today we're chatting about what it's really like behind the scenes of FFF and how things have changed recently.

Here are some other things we chatted about:

  • Lee's recent trip and what she learned from going off the grid
  • Expanding her team and how Team Fit Foodie has changed
  • The term "influencer" and how she describes her business
  • Body image and why it's a conversation we both don't find ourselves having
  • Mental health and sharing your mental health struggles on the internet
  • Her relationship with Mark and how he's helped to balance her out
  • What she's looking forward to in the future and big projects she's working on
  • The advice she wishes she'd gotten when she started out on this journey

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 Lee + Fit Foodie Finds: 

Website: https://fitfoodiefinds.com/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fit-Foodie-Finds/

Jul 11, 2018

Ladies! Buckle up because today we're chatting all about PERIODS. Yup, every woman's favorite monthly gift. But in all seriousness, menstruation is a huge indicator of a woman's overall health and when things are off, well the whole body is off. So I figured, let's not tip toe around the subject and get down and deep into women's menstrual health. Who better to bring on to talk about it than the author of Period Repair Manual and women's health naturopath Lara Briden.

Over the course of the last 68 episodes we've had a lot of really important conversations, but for women I think this one might be the most important. We've had conversations around Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and PCOS and from those episodes I've heard from you about how helpful these conversations have been so I thought we would talk about some of the challenges with menstruation but also how it benefits us. And well, we get down and dirty into birth control...this is definitely a great conversation!

Here are some other things we chatted about:

  • Lara's journey and how she became a naturopath
  • What is a naturopath and how is their approach different from conventional medicine?
  • What is a period and how can you benefit from it?
  • What are the types of reasons your period may not be normal
  • PCOS vs. HA and is it possible to have both?
  • The positive benefits of ovulation and menstruation and why you should be experiencing a cycle
  • Endometriosis and signs that you may have it
  • Why the birth control pill may actually be hindering menstruation
  • Alternative options to the pill and how they compare
  • Menstrual products and Lara's recommendations for a healthy vaginal biome

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to 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 podcast best for you!

Follow Lara:

Website: https://www.larabriden.com/

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

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

Jul 4, 2018

It's been a long time coming getting this beautiful human on the show today. Some of you may know Bettina Bogar, but many of you may not even know that you know her. Bettina is an insanely talented photographer and behind pretty image every image you've seen on THM (with the exception of the one's C takes for me!). Just look around this entire website - I have B to thank for all these images! So today I'm getting her out from behind the camera and putting her in the hot seat to answer all of my burning questions.

Bettina and I have known each other for several years now and besides being THM's official photographer, she's also one of my dear friends. I am eternally grateful to have her wisdom, work ethic and inspiration in my life. So it was due time I get to pick her brain and share all that wisdom with you. Since B and I know each other super well this episode is an especially fun one since it's a lot more relaxed and well, you'll also get to know me better too.

Here are some other things we chatted about:

  • Bettina's childhood and growing up in Budapest, Hungary
  • When she started to learn photography and how she knew she wanted to pursue it as a career
  • What prompted her move to Canada
  • Starting a creative business in a foreign country and building it from scratch
  • How she built her client base and her best tips for networking
  • What happened when her Instagram got taken down and what she learned from it
  • Why she doesn't work for exposure and neither should you
  • How she's working on self-care and finding balance between work and life
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to 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 podcast best for you!

Follow Bettina:

Website: http://www.bettinabogar.com/

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

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

Jun 27, 2018

You know those people who are fiercely honest? Who hold nothing back in the most authentic, human way? Allow me to introduce you to Candice Kumai, the epitome of these traits. Candice is someone who I have admired from afar both for her compassion and willingness to grow but also because she doesn't glaze over the hard stuff. I'll be honest, I'm about to quote from a Queer Eye episode I watched this weekend but the sentiment resonates exactly with who Candice is: "Failure is not the opposite of success, it's a part of it". Candice has hard her fair share of failures but all of them 100% contributed to her success. Thank you Karamo for that nugget of wisdom!

Candice has written many books and cookbooks on the art of wellness, but her latest book and venture is a total departure from her previous writing. After a trip to Japan last year for her Grandmother's passing, she dove deep into the art of Japanese wellness and from this she's sharing what she's learned in her latest book, Kintsugi Wellness and her new podcast, Wabi Sabi.

Here are some other things we chatted about:

  • Candice's upbringing with her Japanese mother and Polish-American Father
  • Her career and how she went from Fit Modelling to ending up on Top Chef
  • What it took to build her career in food and wellness and the struggles she faced
  • Is success on social media really worthwhile and what it really means to get gritty
  • Gaman, and what it truly means to be resilient in our modern-day world
  • All about Wabi Sabi and accepting our imperfections as not only real but also beautiful
  • Blue Zones and how they connect to Japanese culture
  • What is forest bathing and how can it benefit us?
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Today's sponsor, Kettle and Fire Bone Broth: https://offers.kettleandfire.com/thehealthymaven

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to 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 podcast best for you!

Follow Candice:

Website: http://candicekumai.com/

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wabi-sabi-perfectly-imperfect-podcast-candice-kumai

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

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

Jun 20, 2018

I'm so excited to welcome our first ever repeat guest back onto the show! It's crazy to think we're already on 65 episodes so I thought it was due time to bring back some of our highly requested and most popular guests from past episodes!

Dr. Will Cole made his first appearance on the show in episode #37 where we discussed a whole range of topics including what functional medicine is all about, adrenal fatigue and hormone health. We also discussed a little bit about inflammation, but since it's such a vast topic we couldn't cover it all. Luckily Dr. Cole was willing to come back on the show to expand on this conversation about inflammation and everything we need to know.

On today's episode we're getting to know Dr. Cole a little bit more as well as jumping deep into inflammation and discussing his new book coming out soon (!!!). Here are some other things we discussed:

  • A little bit more about functional medicine and how Dr. Cole became a functional medicine doctor
  • What is inflammation and why it's not all bad
  • What constitutes stress and how mental, physical and lifestyle stress is inflammatory to the body
  • The goldilocks principle and how to regulate inflammation properly
  • The different ways inflammation appears in the body e.g. fatigue, brain fog, acne, joint pain etc...
  • Why is inflammation there in the first place and how to test for it
  • The microbiome and how it's related to inflammation
  • Probiotics and how they can help your microbiome
  • Foods that help inflammation
  • MTHFR gene mutation - what it is and what to do if you have it

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to 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 podcast best for you!

Follow Dr. Will Cole:

Website: https://drwillcole.com/

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

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

Jun 13, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words on last week's episode. I know this past week has been tough for many people and mental health has been a huge topic of conversation (as it should be) so I'm glad the episode could help educate and hopefully encourage you to seek out your own support.

Speaking of which, this week's guest has spent the last year seeking out her own support system. Cassie Johnston, the blogger and entrepreneur behind Wholefully started developing some strange symptoms last summer. After many months of tests and new symptoms, she was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It's been a long road since then.

On today's episode we're chatting about her diagnosis and some of the lessons she's learned along the way. It's definitely a raw and vulnerable episode and I'm so grateful for Cassie's openness. Here are some other things we discussed:

  • Cassie's journey and how she started Wholefully
  • Buying their hobby farm and why that was the right choice for their family
  • The challenges that come with owning acreage and why it isn't right for everyone 
  • Her diagnosis of Lyme Disease and what her initial symptoms were
  • The challenge of getting diagnosed for most people with Lyme
  • Some myths about Lyme Disease and what she wished all people knew
  • Treating Lyme Disease - the different options available
  • "Worry Time" and how therapy has helped her navigate her diagnosis
  • An unexpected by-product of Lyme Disease and why you shouldn't comment on people's weight

Join The Healthy Maven Tribe to ask guest questions and to 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 podcast best for you!

Follow Cassie:

Website: https://wholefully.com/

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

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

 
Jun 6, 2018

I'm back! My first official blog post and podcast episode as a married woman! Okay that just sounds weird, but I wanted to acknowledge the fact that I've been gone for the past 2 weeks and that my amazing and wonderful team took over the blog to show off their skills. Clearly I'm a lucky woman having Tanya and Georgia by my side! Oh and C :) He's pretty great too.

Today's podcast episode is near and dear to my heart. I've invited the incredible Kat Dahlen onto the show to chat about therapy, how it benefits us and why everyone should have a therapist. Kat is a holistic psychotherapist who has her masters in Integral Counseling Psychology. She takes an individualized approach while incorporating the best of both eastern and western techniques. She's incredible!

Having been in therapy for most of my adult life, I can 100% vouch for its benefits. That being said, there is still so much stigma around therapy and mental health so I hope today's episode can help dispel the myths out there and bring some light to a very important conversation. Here are a few other things we cover in today's episode:

  • Kat's journey and how she became a holistic pyschotherapist
  • What is "holistic psychotherapy" and how does it differ from other types of therapy?
  • Mental health stigma and why therapy isn't just for those who struggle with their mental health
  • Who should be in therapy and when should you start going?
  • How Kat incorporates eastern and western techniques into her practice
  • "Emotional fluency" and why its important to identify your emotions
  • Anxiety and why it isn't an emotional state but a clue to your emotions
  • Isolation and why so many people struggle with anxiety and depression
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self

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 Kat:

Website: https://www.kdahlentherapy.com/

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

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

May 16, 2018

Mentioned in this episode:

Mahalo Petal Mask: http://bit.ly/2Il8als

Blue Tansy Mask: http://bit.ly/2IEzXNc
Conscious Bride: https://amzn.to/2rKu47m

Hey guys! Welcome back to another episode of the podcast and the final episode before I get married! Fear not, there are still a few posts I have to share with you but since podcast episodes come out once a week, it just worked out that this will be the last one before we're married. Next podcast episode I'll officially be Davida Lederle. WOAH.

I thought since we're rounding things out for a little while that I'd do a solo Q&A episode for you and answer some of your most pressing questions as well as share some wedding planning details, a more personal take at my experience in yoga teacher training and some insider info on what's coming up next for The Healthy Maven.

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

  • Wedding planning and some challenges along the way
  • Why I haven't shared that much about the wedding and what I plan to share afterwards
  • Yoga Teacher Training and why I chose my specific program
  • Doing yoga teacher training at the same time as wedding planning
  • Do I plan to teach or how I plan to incorporate yoga content on The Healthy Maven
  • Anxiety and how it's manifested in various ways in my life
  • My best tips for growing a blog
  • How to change and evolve when you have a digital platform without alienating your audience
  • What advice I would have for a college student trying to figure their life out

 

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May 9, 2018

Oh man I've got a great episode for you guys today! I'm so excited to welcome my friend, badass business lady and new mama Ali Maffucci from Inspiralized onto the show today.

Ali and I have run in the same circle for a long time but have never had a chance to chat (or meet! - which is weird because this community is really small). We've been supporters of each other's businesses and passions digitally but I'm thrilled we found the time to connect IRL (well on Skype but you know!) and get to know each other better. What I discovered was just how thoughtful, compassionate and truly loving Ali is. This is not something new to anyone who has followed Inspiralized's journey, but with every great story there are behind-the-scene struggles that aren't always captured. On today's episode Ali is opening up about these struggles and how she is finding balance between self-care, her business and motherhood.

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

  • Ali's journey and how she quit her job to start Inspiralized
  • Growing the brand and bumps and highlights she hit along the way
  • Having her son, Luca and how that has changed her work-life balance
  • Her own health journey and how that has shifted over the years
  • Her diagnosis of Bell's Palsy and learning to manage her stress
  • Self-care and what that looks like for her
  • How becoming a Mom has shifted her perspective on health
  • Her new cookbook and what's different about this one
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self

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May 2, 2018

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By now you all know I'm a skincare junkie. I love exploring green beauty products and indulging in my monthly facials. Skincare is totally my jam. But lately I've been wondering if there's too much of a good thing? Is it possible that we're actually too clean? That's what Jasmina Aganovic, founder of Mother Dirt and I are talking about on today's podcast episode.

A few months ago I discovered a line of skincare products that's made to be "biome-friendly". I'll be honest, I'd never heard this term before. I know about the microbiome as it relates to our gut (if you haven't read my last post of gut health and probiotics, DO IT!) but never how it applies to skincare. It's a brand new topic to me and has opened up a whole new world of skincare that is both expanding my knowledge and also decreasing the steps of my typical routine.

So I figured I'd turn this week into an unofficial "microbiome week", where chat about all things gut health, skin bacteria, inflammation and how to support your microbiome holistically. Jasmina is a wealth of knowledge on all these subjects!

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

  • About Jasmina and how she started Mother Dirt
  • The skin's microbiome and why it matters
  • Should we be wearing deodorant and what it does to our skin
  • The ecosystem of our skin and how to balance it out
  • The development of biome-friendly products and the future of skincare
  • How your skin conditions are related to your immune-system
  • The AO+ Mist and how to add good bacteria to your skin
  • How to be more "biome-friendly" and what to replace to encourage a healthy microbiome
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self

 

Apr 25, 2018

It's been a while since an episode has made me emotional. Maybe it's the PMS but after listening back on the episode I found myself crying. It felt cathartic to let out some things I've been keeping in. I have today's guest, Simi Botic to thank for that.

Simi is a health coach, author and speaker who helps women struggling with disordered eating, overexercise and other perfectionist tendencies learn to let go of control and accept and love yourself exactly as we are. Something I know I'm still working on everyday. Simi's new book, Letting Go of Leo jumps head first into this topic through short stories based off of Simi's own experiences growing up. The book really hit home for me. So much so I finished it in one night!

Today on the show we're digging into these perfectionist tendencies, talking about how they manifest differently and ways to embrace self-love, especially when life feels out of control

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

  • Simi's story and her journey to self-acceptance
  • Rejection and how it can deeply affect our self-worth
  • The college transition and why it was so tough for both of us
  • The underlying root of disordered eating and exercise
  • Coming to terms with her eating disorder and binge eating disorder
  • Recovery and what that looked like for her
  • Perfectionist tendencies and how to let go of trying to control
  • How to block out the noise and listen to your body with so much external influence
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self.

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Website: https://www.simibotic.com/

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Apr 18, 2018

My deep love for all things nut butter is not a secret around here. The passion runs deep and anyone who has the courage to jump head first into this world (as a college student no less!) deserves serious respect in my book.

Yes, I am taking about one half of the Wild Friends Foods duo, Erika Welsh. Erika and her business partner (then college roommate) stumbled into a business as college freshman. Never in their wildest dreams did they think they'd end up taking the peanut butter they ground up in their college dorm room and selling it for profit. Let alone having mass distribution across the country and a whole lineup of nut butters and overnight oats!

Today on the show we're going back to the early days of Wild Friends and chatting about how Erika and Keely got started, when they knew they wanted to take the leap and what it's been like growing a business in such a competitive industry.

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

  • How Erika and Keeley met and started Wild Friends
  • Why nut butter and how the obsession started
  • Their "ah ha" moment when they realized Wild Friends was more than just a fun side project
  • How they came to the decision to drop out of college and how that decision feels now
  • How people reacted to them dropping out of college
  • Their experience on SharkTank and how that changed the course of their business
  • What's it like running your business with your best friend
  • Asking for help with your business and finding trusted advisors
  • How to handle competition in the business space and shift your perspective on it
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self.

Mentioned in the episode:

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Apr 11, 2018

Feng Shui! Probably one of the most requested topics for the podcast. We've talked a lot about how to care for your mental, emotional and physical health on the show, but what about your spaces? We spend a lot of time at in, at work and indoors in general so understandably, how we organize and decorate them has an impact. That's the topic of today's episode.

Anjie Cho is an architect and Feng Shui expert. She helps to build homes and decorate homes in accordance with Feng Shui principles to help maximize the energy and flow of your space. Her focus is to create a nurturing and supportive environment for each of her clients, tailoring her practice to each person's specific needs.

Today on the show we're going back-to-basics with Feng Shui and some easy principles everyone should know to help maximize and balance their space. It's a fascinating episode for those who are new to Feng Shui and also for those who are already familiar.

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

  • About Anjie and why she went into architecture and Feng Shui
  • An intro guide to Feng Shui and how it started
  • The different Feng Shui "camps" and how they differ
  • Ways you can build a home using the principles of Feng Shui
  • Tips for designing a home using the principles of Feng Shui
  • The importance of spring cleaning and keeping clutter out of your home
  • Plants and why they're important in Feng Shui
  • Tips for implementing Feng Shui on a budget
  • Numerology and how numbers play into designing your home
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self.

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Websites: https://www.anjiecho.com/ and https://www.holisticspaces.com/ 

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

Apr 4, 2018

I can't help but love the episodes where I get to welcome my friends onto the show. This week's is no exception. It's been a long time coming so I am EXTRA excited to have my dear friend, Megan Faletra from The Well Essentials on the show today.

Megan and I met through the interwebs and I don't know what exactly clicked when we discovered each other but somehow I felt like I had always known her. When we met in person last year at Expo East that feeling only intensified. It was like meeting my long lost soul sister who lived on the opposite coast. Literally everyday we discover something new that we have in common. It's these scenarios that make me LOVE social media. If it weren't for instagram, we never would have met!

Back to Megan...Megan Faletra (MS, MPH, RDN) is a global health dietitian, humanitarian, and founder of The Well Essentials where she is devoted to helping others create a sustainable healthy life that supports a healthy body and planet. She has worked on food security and global health issues around the world, and advocates for a reconnection to the world around us. She believes that by rethinking the way we choose to consume we can change how we view the world and most importantly how we can impact it.

Her life motto is to “live with purpose”, which guides virtually every way she lives her life. Megan lives in Boston with her husband where she also runs a nutrition coaching practice, when she is not working you can most likely find her with a passport in hand planning that next great adventure. --> VERY true. I am constantly in awe at the cool places Megan visits.

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

  • About Megan and how she became a Global Health Dietitian 
  • Why Megan went to school to become a registered dietitian and got her masters in public health
  • Food culture and why it's the missing piece to the way we eat
  • How to cultivate a food culture if you didn't grow up with one
  • Teaching kids where food comes from and the importance of doing so
  • Organic food and why most of our food is not organic
  • Food security and why it's a major problem in North America
  • Pesticide use and why organics and regenerative agriculture is so important
  • Why it's better for the planet to buy organic food and other organic products
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self.

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Website: https://www.thewellessentials.com/

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Mar 28, 2018

Thank you so much for your positive words and support on last week's podcast episode with Nourishing Minds Nutrition. It's so encouraging to me to hear how many of you are embracing intuitive eating and ditching the calorie counting and endless diet cycle. Meg and Victoria are such an inspiring team and incredible resource for learning how to listen to your body and embrace your intuition.

Speaking of inspiring and intuition, I'm so excited to introduce you to today's podcast with Kait Hurley. Kait is a movement and meditation teacher and entrepreneur based in Portland, OR. Kait struggled with meditation until she found that by moving her body beforehand, she was able to get in turn her attention inward and calm, focus and center the mind for a meditation session. Realizing this powerful synergy between movement + meditation, Kait was inspired to create a digital platform to help women connect with themselves in a deeper, more meaningful way through mindfulness and motion.

On today's episode we're chatting about intuitive exercise, embracing your anxiety and using movement and meditation to help harness it for good.

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

  • Intuitive exercise and how she found balance after years of overexercise
  • Kait’s panic attacks and how she discovered she was struggling with an anxiety disorder
  • Meditation and how meditation has helped her to manage her anxiety
  • Her meditation journey and the obstacles she was challenged with along the way
  • Kait’s anxiety and how she sees it as a benefit in her life
  • How meditation has helped her work through the shame of her anxiety
  • Who Kait looks to for inspiration and how they inspired her movement and meditation platform
  • Why combine meditation and exercise
  • Why “less is more” when it comes to meditation and exercise
  • What advice she would give to her 20 year old self.

Mentioned in the episode:

Kate Fagan and her book What Made Maddy Run

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Mar 21, 2018

We're over 50 podcast episodes in and truthfully, I don't know why I waited this long to bring these two beautiful women onto the show. Victoria Myers and Meg Dixon are the pair that makeup Nourishing Minds Nutrition and the hosts behind the Nourishing Women's Podcast. They're easily the most bubbly fun-loving women I follow but they're also a huge wealth of knowledge when it comes to nutrition and holistic wellness. They're my intuitive eating soul sisters and kind of make me want to jump on a plane and move to St. Pete's Florida.

On today's episode I wanted to bring Meg and Victoria on to chat more in-depth about eating disorder recovery, why calorie counting is archaic and how to get back to listening to our bodies. This is one of the most important conversations we've had on the show and I hope it can inspire everyone to live a bit more intuitively. This episode is all about cutting out the noise and the best ways to do that to get back to your body's individualized version of health.

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

  • Meg and Victoria's journeys and how they met and launched their business
  • Eating disorder recovery and what to tackle first when it comes to healing
  • How to let go of calorie counting and why it's not accurate assessment of nutrition
  • What is intuitive eating and how to learn to trust your body as a traditional eater
  • Binge eating disorder and how to stop the binge-restrict cycle
  • What is orthorexia and how social media perpetuates it
  • Food intolerances and can you eat intuitively while eliminating foods?
  • The Brain-Gut axis and how to know the difference between intolerances and anxiety
  • Supplementation for nutrition and wellness
  • Hormones and why so many women are struggling with hormone disorders

Mentioned in this episode:

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Georgie from In it 4 the Long Run

Chris Kresser

Christy Harrison

Megan Faletra from The Well Essentials

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Mar 14, 2018

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I think there will be no surprises here that we have a second episode dedicated to my absolute favorite company, Saje Wellness! Last year, we featured the co-founder of Saje, John-Pierre LeBlanc (episode #29) and on today's episode we have his daughter, Kiara LeBlanc. Kiara is the Creative Director of Saje Wellness and the mastermind behind their gorgeous branding. If you've ever been into a Saje store you know what I'm talking about...

On today's episode I wanted to get deep with Kiara about what it was like to grow up within Saje Wellness (she was 2 when they started the company) and how essential oils have impacted her life. I also wanted to learn more about the vision behind Saje Wellness and why they chose to take such a unique approach toward essential oil sales.

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

  • Kiara's journey and how she ended up working as creative director of Saje Wellness
  • What it was like growing up with Saje and how she felt different from other kids
  • Her career transition and moving from her acting career to working for Saje
  • Their vision behind Saje and how they took Saje more mainstream
  • What it's like working with her parents and how her role has evolved
  • What makes Saje different from other essential oil companies out there
  • What makes an essential oil "quality"
  • Why essential oils are so individualized and how to maximize their adaptogenic properties
  • The one health habit she can't live without

Mentioned in this episode:

Saje Goddess Blend

Saje Tranquility Blend

Saje Starter Kit

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Mar 7, 2018

I don't know about you, but I've always had an infatuation with the moon. When full moons appear in the sky I have a deep pull to gaze at them and have always had so many questions about how the moon cycle impacts our human experience. Cue to discovering Ezzie Spencer and her incredible work with Lunar Abundance. It was like finding the holy grail of all things moon knowledge. Suddenly I could have all my questions answered!

What I've also discovered is that I'm not alone in this curiosity around the moon. So many of you have reached out that you feel intense sensations around different times of the moon cycle. And I'm not just talking lady cycles - Did you know there are more visits to the ER during full moons than any other time of the month?! That is precisely why I wanted to bring Ezzie onto the show to share some of her lunar knowledge with all of you and hopefully answer some of your burning questions.

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

  • Ezzie's journey and how she discovered moon cycles and launched Lunar Abundance
  • The moon in history and how its been used in different ways
  • The difference between the yin and the yang phases of the moon
  • Each of the 8 phases of the moon and how to use them to manifest different intentions
  • What is an intention setting practice and how to sync it to the moon
  • Why Ezzie recommends setting only one intention per moon cycle
  • Using the moon as a guide for your menstrual cycle
  • Planning a new moon or full moon ceremony
  • Using the elements like water and fire during your ceremonies
  • The one health habit she can't live without 

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