Jun 22

115: Cynthia Cummins on Our Own Sacred Spaces

Cynthia Cummins sells houses in San Francisco. It’s arguably the most daunting real estate market in the country, where winning a 900 sq. ft. two-bedroom condo means coughing up $1.2 million in cash and doing battle with five other buyers for that dubious honor.

It’s a pressure cooker where commerce and human emotions collide, and in her 30 years spent swimming in that soup, she has gained a lot of wisdom about the psychology of seeking shelter.

Buying or selling property is a focus for the manifestation of every desire, neurosis, dream, or value a human being can possess. And real estate is, first and foremost, about home and its deepest meaning. It’s not merely a transaction. It’s a transition. And – if you’re lucky – it offers a chance for transformation and healing.

Her popular blog Real Estate Therapy explores the rich and complex narrative behind every home sale and reveals the ideas and guidelines that can make the experience a rewarding, life-affirming journey.

In this episode, Cynthia Cummins talks about:

  • Cynthia’s journey to mindfulness
  • Home as a sanctuary
  • Using space intentionally
  • Overwhelm leading to neurosis
  • The house as a symbol for the mind
  • “Operating Instructions” book
  • Creating a calm space
  • Importance of physical touch
  • Hugging yourself when you’re alone
  • Kondo Method and Feng Shui for spiritual wellness in home
  • Balancing being over-organized
  • Kids in the kitchen
  • Spiritual practice in the kitchen
  • Focusing on tasks without distraction and with intention
  • Creating family rituals
  • Importance of each person in the home having a calm, quiet space
  • Distancing from electronics
  • The space within ourselves
  • Finding and connecting with Cynthia

Featured Guest

Cynthia Cummins


Cynthia’s Website

Jun 15

114: Robby Barbaro on Mastering Diabetes

Robby Barbaro, MPH, and Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, are the team behind, an online coaching platform for people living with all forms of diabetes, that focuses on low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition.

Robby Barbaro has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and spent six years helping build the revolutionary Forks Over Knives empire. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000.

Khambatta and Barbaro have been featured in media outlets such as NPR, CNBC, Healthline, VICE, Fast Company, WIRED, KQED, and Plant Based News. They have spoken at major medical conferences including the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant-Stock, and VegFest LA.

In this episode, Robby Barbaro talks about:

  • Robby’s Type-1 Diabetes diagnosis
  • Defining Type-1 Diabetes
  • Symptoms of T1D
  • Learning new lifestyle symptoms
  • Monitoring and testing life
  • High fruit intake and lower need for insulin
  • Cause of insulin resistance
  • Eliminating insulin resistance
  • 5 types of good carbs: fruits, starchy vegetables, bean, lentils, whole grains
  • What happens when combining high carb and high fat
  • Food timing and insulin injections
  • Consistency of diabetes regulation
  • Typical day of eating for Robby
  • Nutrition as key for diabetes management
  • One simple change to make right now
  • Organic and seasonal foods

Featured Guest

Robby Barbaro


Mastering Diabetes
Mastering Diabetes Podcast

Jun 08

113: Matt Maruca on Sunlight for Optimal Health

Matt Maruca is a researcher, entrepreneur, and educator in the fields of photobiology, mitochondria, and optimal human health.

He is the Founder of Ra Optics (pronounced “Rah”), a company that teaches people about the risks of the indoor, sun-deficient, tech-based lifestyle, and creates the most effective blue light
protection lenses to mitigate its risks to help people to sleep better, think more clearly, and have the energy to succeed in everything they do.

Matt’s passion for “enlightening” others came out of his own experience with health issues at a young age. These struggles forced him to test many allopathic drugs, “alternative” treatments, and healing diets, ultimately coming to find that the science of mitochondrial medicine has clearly proven that the cause of all chronic disease is a dysfunction of the mitochondria, the cellular engines that keep us alive.

The first cause of this dysfunction is an indoor lifestyle deficient in full-spectrum sunlight, which is essential for complete metabolism, and chronic exposure to artificial lighting and tech devices that disrupt biological hormonal and sleep cycles, leading to inflammation and disease.
He is currently focused on research in the field of photobiology, the scientific study of the effects of lighting on living organisms, and on continuing to develop the world’s most effective blue light protection lenses.

In this episode, Matt Maruca talks about:

  • Matt’s health journey
  • Methods to enhance mitochondrial function
  • Outdoor lifestyle curing his issues
  • Light as the main controller of hormones
  • Sensitivity to blue light
  • Light regulating metabolism
  • Blue light and cortisol
  • Infrared essential for mitochondrial function
  • Sunlight and skin cancer
  • Sun as the base of the food chain
  • Why we’re always breathing
  • How our bodies make water
  • Efficacy of exogenous vitamin D
  • The Light Diet
  • Epigenetics
  • The foreign bacteria that makes up our bodies
  • Main controller of mitochondrial function
  • The amount of sunlight we need daily
  • Eye is the most important surface for light
  • Most important time of day for sunlight exposure
  • Importance of watching the sunrise and set
  • Sungazing
  • Going to sleep with the sun
  • How blue light blocking glasses work
  • Getting light exposure when it’s cloudy
  • Campfires and infrared saunas
  • Benefits of cold exposure
  • Reducing Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Looking directly at the sun
  • Blocking blue light in the evening
  • 8 steps of the Light Diet
  • Cultivating the inner light

Featured Guest

Matt Maruca


Ra Optics

Jun 01

112: Kathleen Trotter on Finding Your Fit

Kathleen Trotter is a fitness expert, media personality, personal trainer, writer, life coach, and overall health enthusiast. She is the author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit and Your Fittest Future Self: Making Choices Today for a Happier, Healthier, Fitter Future You.

Kathleen holds an M.Sc. in Exercise Science from the University of Toronto and a nutrition diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and she is a C.H.E.K. Level 3 trainer, a Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist, and a certified Pilates Equipment Specialist. Kathleen is currently working through certification to become a life coach.

In this episode, Kathleen Trotter talks about:

  • Thriving in our own lane
  • Finding your consistency
  • Kathleen’s story
  • Self-sabotage
  • There’s always a solution
  • Movement as a non-negotiable
  • Tweak fitness as you go
  • Just start
  • Putting “yet” after every sentence
  • Strengthen through injuries
  • Motivation is an emotion
  • Brain’s present bias
  • Self-talk that works for you
  • Take control of the moment
  • Snowballing self-sabotage
  • Compassionate curiosity
  • Difference between guilt and shame
  • Parenting ourselves
  • Approaching everything with a growth mindset
  • Multidimensional benefits of exercise
  • Building character through habit
  • Creating systems for consistent movement
  • Getting a FREE copy of Kathleen’s book

Featured Guest

Kathleen Trotter


Kathleen’s Website

May 25

111: Dr. Kabran Chapek on How to Protect Your Brain

Dr. Kabran Chapek is a staff physician at the Amen Clinics and the author of CONCUSSION RESCUE: A Comprehensive Program to Heal Traumatic Brain Injury (Kensington Publishing / January 2020).

A graduate of Bastyr University, he is an expert in the use of functional and integrative treatments, and has additional training in the assessment and utilization of hormones to treat traumatic brain injuries in combination with SPECT imaging and the Amen Method.

His areas of focus include the assessment and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), Alzheimer’s and dementia, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Chapek is the founding president of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate group of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

In his groundbreaking book, CONCUSSION RESCUE, Dr. Kabran Chapek presents the programs and protocols he uses at the Amen Clinics to put patients on a pathway to healing from traumatic brain injury.

He provides clear and concise instructions on recognizing the symptoms of mild to severe TBI, as well as healing strategies from the cutting edge of brain science – immediate and comprehensive evaluations, assessing hormone imbalances, correcting structural integrity, brain training, sleep, exercise, and more. Readers not only receive the tools to address a recent brain injury, but are shown how to assess if a long-ago brain injury could be troubling them today.

In this episode, Dr. Kabran Chapek talks about brain health and healing from traumatic brain injury:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a silent epidemic
  • TBI and mental illness
  • Brain injury and aggression
  • Football players and concussions
  • Vulnerability of brains
  • Brain reserve
  • Zachary Lystedt Law
  • Cumulative brain injuries
  • Putting your brain in a protective state
  • Vitamin D for brain health
  • Low sugar/keto diet to protect brain
  • Supplements for brain health
  • Sleep for brain health
  • Fitness being the best for BDNF
  • Interval training
  • Testing for traumatic brain injury
  • Delayed symptoms of brain injury
  • SPELT blood flow scans
  • Symptoms of brain injury
  • Acquired ADD
  • Determining if issues are due to past brain injury
  • Hormone deficiencies and brain injury
  • Healing the brain
  • First Aid for your brain
  • Glutathione supplement
  • Window of time to react after possible brain injury
  • “Brain Rice”
  • Starting ketogenic diet immediately after brain injury
  • First Aid kit for brain health
  • Protecting our children’s brains from injury
  • What sugar does to the brain

Featured Guest

Dr. Kabran Chapek


Book: Concussion Rescue
Amen Clinics Website
Amen Clinics on Facebook
Amen Clinics on Twitter

May 18

110: Jeff Chilton on Fabulous Fungi

Jeff Chilton, raised in Pacific Northwest, studied ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and started working on a commercial mushroom farm in Olympia, Washington in 1973.

During the next 10 years, he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of Agaricus mushrooms per year and was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest US fresh shiitake sales in 1978.

In the late seventies, he was a founder of Mycomedia, which held four mushroom conferences in the Pacific Northwest. These educational conferences brought together educators and experts in mushroom identification, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation.

During this period, Jeff co-authored the highly acclaimed book, The Mushroom Cultivator, which was published in 1983.

In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a business that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the US nutritional supplement industry. He traveled extensively in China during the 1990s, attending conferences and visiting research facilities and mushroom farms. In 1997 he organized the first organic mushroom production seminar in China.

Jeff’s company, Nammex was the first to offer a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the US nutritional supplement industry. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds.

In this episode, Jeff Chilton talks about:

  • Nutritional benefits of mushrooms
  • Fungi kingdom
  • How mushrooms grow
  • Natural cycle of decomposition
  • Formation of medicinal mushrooms
  • Mushroom hunting
  • Caloric value of mushrooms
  • Type of carbohydrates in mushrooms
  • Feeding the microbiome
  • Mushrooms for immune support
  • Species of medicinal mushrooms
  • Connection to Chinese medicine
  • Medicinal vs edible mushrooms
  • Buying medicinal mushrooms at the grocery store
  • Mushroom cooking tips
  • Amino acid profile of mushrooms
  • Importance of buying organic mushrooms
  • Mushroom supplements
  • How mushroom supplements work in the body
  • What to look out for in mushroom supplements
  • Hidden starches in mushroom supplements
  • Tasting for authenticity
  • Choosing a quality mushroom supplement
  • Polysaccharides
  • Iodine starch test
  • Lion’s Mane mushroom
  • Caterpillar Fungus
  • The Mushroom of Immortality
  • Adding mushrooms to your diet

Featured Guest

Jeff Chilton


Real Mushrooms

May 11

109: Camy Kennedy on Loving Yourself to Success

Camy Kennedy is a Mindset & Life Coach who teaches perfectionists how to love themselves. With a degree in Molecular Cell Biology, and a history of trying to be perfect, Camy teaches people how self-love is the key to real success.

She’s been published in Oxygen magazine, featured on ABC11 and given women’s empowerment talks in Africa & Costa Rica, yet she shares that no achievement can make you truly love yourself. That’s up to us to do the inner work.

In this episode, Camy Kennedy talks about:

  • Practicing your potential
  • Camy’s personal story
  • Helping women overcome body issues
  • How lifestyle impacts fitness
  • Relationships as mirrors
  • Breakthroughs and breakdowns
  • Publicly sharing your struggle
  • Developing the need for perfectionism
  • Schooling and the perfectionism mindset
  • Defining what you want for yourself
  • 3 things for perfectionists
  • Creating a 10-year vision
  • Defining your values
  • 6 core values
  • Rewarding and celebrating yourself
  • Defining your potential self
  • Act “as if”
  • Mentally managing goal-setting
  • Feelings vs. achievement
  • Vision boards
  • Cultivating feelings based on what you have
  • Vibrational scale of emotions
  • Neutrality, acceptance, courage
  • Anxiety about the future; shame about the past
  • Concept of anchoring
  • InsightTimer app
  • Personalized affirmation creation
  • Self-love, worthiness, and money
  • Self-acceptance
  • Daily forgiveness practice
  • Getting “ridiculous”
  • Celebrating constantly
  • Hawaiian prayer for forgiveness
  • Creating the energy to attract what we want
  • Science of cortisol
  • Self-care routines
  • Book: The Power by Rhonda Byrne
  • Getting 1% better each day
  • Resetting your energy in 5 minutes

Featured Guest

Camy Kennedy


Camy’s Website
Book a call with Camy
Camy Kennedy Show Podcast

May 04

108: Dr. Anna Cabeca on Going Keto-Green to Overcome Mid-Life Weight Gain

Dr. Anna Cabeca has worked with thousands of women one-on-one to help them understand and improve their health and manage their hormones. She’s committed to supporting women so that they can thrive physically, emotionally, sexually, and even spiritually as they go through the natural and inevitable life shift of menopause.

Together, Dr. Cabeca and her clients tackle a host of symptoms: fatigue, depression, weight gain, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, hair loss, and more. She shines a light on this time of change, sharing truths, and finding solutions to restore vitality and joy.
Dr. Cabeca is proud to have published two best-selling books: The Hormone Fix, a groundbreaking holistic lifestyle program for menopausal woman and Keto-Green 16, a comprehensive nutritional plan to staying healthy and slim, at any age.
She has also spent years developing and perfecting a complete suite of life-changing products and programs. Everything Dr. Cabeca develops is part of her daily routine, and based on her exhaustive research and never-ending quest to find solutions that help women reclaim their vibrancy, sexuality, health, and happiness.

In this episode, Dr. Anna Cabeca talks about:

  • Keto-Green 16 book
  • Easy recipes with easy ingredients
  • Inspiration behind Keto-Green 16
  • Honing in on mid-life weight gain
  • Including men’s health
  • The keto green approach
  • Alkalinization for immunity and better health
  • Insidious weight gain
  • Urine PH testing as a vital sign of health
  • Goal of metabolic flexibility
  • Importance of feast days
  • International foods and their healing properties
  • Preventing binging
  • Moving from acidic to alkaline keto lifestyle
  • Why 93% of diets fail
  • Dr. Cabeca’s macro calculator
  • Significance of number 16
  • Clinical trials of Keto-Green 16 program
  • Weight loss results
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Rapid results in 16 days
  • Becoming insulin resistant as we age
  • Buying Keto-Green 16
  • 7 book bonuses
  • Macha to support adrenals
  • Support adrenals to create resilience
  • The need for self-care

Featured Guest

Dr. Anna Cabeca


Dr. Anna’s Website

Apr 27

107: Talia Pollock on The Lighter Side of Plant-Based Eating

Talia Pollock – aka the Amy Schumer of healthy eating – is a plant-based chef, health and empowerment coach, and host of the podcast Party In My Plants.

Her upcoming cookbook, Party In Your Plants, breathes new life into the way-too-serious world of plant-based eating.

In this episode, Talia Pollock talks about:

  • How plants saved Talia’s life
  • Life sentence IBS diagnosis
  • Healing with a vegan diet
  • Social isolation from healthy dieting
  • Inner change to owning your health
  • What a plant-based diet actually is
  • Whole foods as much as possible
  • What Talia eats in a day
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Loving leftovers
  • Cooking as an act of self-care
  • Plant-based comfort foods
  • Upgrading ingredients you already have
  • Food porn
  • Adapting recipes for keto
  • Cooking for meat eaters
  • Thoughts on soy
  • Choosing tempeh
  • Favorite proteins
  • Plant-based pastas
  • Favorite recipes from “Party In Your Plants” book
  • Mental associations with food and how it makes you feel
  • How to add more plants into your current life
  • Tracking macros, counting calories

Featured Guest

Talia Pollock


Talia’s Website
The Party In My Plants Podcast
Book: Party In Your Plants

Apr 20

106: Jessee Naylor on Mastering Your Metabolism

Jessee Naylor is the Lead Coach at MetPro, a concierge coaching company that analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your health goals.

Through MetPro’s tactful and personalized approach to health, Jessee and their highly-respected coaches have the ability to strategically redirect each of their clients toward achieving their greatest results.

With a high-profile client list that includes professional athletes and business leaders, it’s no wonder that MetPro has become one of the most celebrated and desired concierge health coaching services in the world.

In this episode, Jessee Naylor talks about:

  • Metabolic Profiling process
  • When your diet suddenly stops working
  • Goals for metabolic profiling
  • Specific metabolic needs
  • Considering your past nutrition
  • Figuring out your metabolic rate
  • Metabolic rate rollercoaster
  • Maximizing metabolic rate
  • Metabolic lifestyle
  • Finding your lever
  • How your body responds to different foods
  • Easing into the transition
  • Learning from the source of your body
  • Making potatoes healthy
  • Resistance starch
  • Sugar addiction
  • Importance of eating organic
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Managing meal planning for a family with different needs
  • Understanding the purpose of the scale
  • Working with women’s ever-changing hormones
  • Breaking down the side effects of menopause
  • Health metrics to measure
  • Number of times per day you think about food
  • Avoiding sugar and using portion control

Featured Guest

Jessee Naylor



Apr 13

105: Jeff Brown on Maximizing Longevity and Healthspan

Jeff Brown is a veteran of the United States Navy and the health, wellness and personal coaching industries. Most importantly, he is a father of five and grandfather of four.

Jeff has learned the importance of not only taking care of one’s self, but showing others how to achieve their goals and live a life of gratitude. Jeff and his wife Melissa wake up each day with a growing passion to teach, mentor and coach all those around them that they can change their life by making new decisions that create the outcomes they truly deserve.

In this episode, Jeff Brown talks about:

  • From military to health and wellness
  • Disease care
  • Functional medicine
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Blue Zones
  • Blue Zone certification paths
  • Blue Zone commonalities
  • Socialization
  • Benefits of wine
  • Lean protein sources
  • Habit of motion
  • Movement for lymphatic detox
  • Best types of wine
  • Geographic locations of blue zones
  • Proximity of an ocean
  • Becoming a Blue Zone Certified City
  • Simple health challenges
  • 66 days for a habit change
  • Gratitude for a healthy mindset
  • 26-element life book
  • 6 macro habits of health
  • Healthy surroundings
  • Twilight hour
  • Limiting blue light
  • A day in Jeff’s routine
  • Heat and cold health benefits
  • Moving every 30 minutes
  • How we fall asleep
  • Habits to start changing now
  • Becoming a student of nutrition
  • Starting the day with 8 ounces of water
  • Hydrating for hunger

Featured Guest

Jeff Brown


Jeff’s Website

Apr 06

104: Kevin Kearns on How To Train Like an Ultimate MMA Fighter

Coach Kevin Kearns has been working in the fitness field for 28 years. He is best known for creating the Burn With Kearns system for MMA conditioning. This system he uses to work with 15 UFC fighters and adapted to other sports and the general population. Why? Because fighters are fit.

He has been traveling the globe certifying people in his system. To reach more people he recently launches his certification system online. Kevin also launched his online training program,, a digital platform dedicated to the 40+ user.

Outside of his fitness programs and certifications, Kevin is the author of “Always Picked Last: Conquering the Bullies – A Guide to Finding Your Way in Life”. He has been a featured guest on several news outlets, as well as elementary schools to help put an end to bullying.

In this episode, Kevin Kearns talks about:

  • Coach Kevin’s story
  • Being bullied
  • Gaining strength and confidence through fitness
  • Achieving a physical transformation through a college major
  • Hobby –> Lifestyle –> Career/Business
  • The Fitness Connection
  • Pitfalls of gym ownership
  • Burn with Kearns
  • Riding the UFC wave
  • Becoming a UFC Fighter Coach
  • Building the core up first
  • Burning calories and boosting self-confidence
  • Gas in a Tank protocol
  • Train like an Ultimate MMA Fighter
  • Fun in hitting stuff
  • In-school programs for kids
  • Why hitting something is good
  • Get Fit Without Getting Hit
  • Consistency and commitment = results in 8 weeks
  • Fitness for 40+ community
  • Exercise equipment

Featured Guest

Kevin Kearns


Burn with Kearns
Burn with Kearns Online
Beach Bod Transformation
Kevin’s Book

Mar 30

103: Stephanie Raffelock on Embracing the Positives of Aging

Stephanie Raffelock is an advocate for the positive potential of aging. She proves that women aren’t finished living their best lives at 50, 60 and beyond, but instead, hold to the promise to become the wise elders of our culture.

Stephanie celebrates age and shows how it’s a privilege to grow old — how every single day is a gift. “Peter Pan’s mantra was that he was never going to grow up. My mantra is that we never stop growing.”

Stephanie is the host of the Coffee Table Wisdom podcast, promoting healthy aging in body, mind, and spirit. As an author and blogger, she writes about universal, life-transforming forces – grief, gratitude, loss, and love.

Stephanie’s book A Delightful Little Book on Aging is set for release on April 28, 2020, through She Writes Press. A graduate of Naropa University in Writing and Poetics, Stephanie has penned articles for numerous publications, including The Aspen Times, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles,, and

In this episode, Stephanie Raffelock talks about:

  • Stephanie’s story
  • Privilege of aging
  • New aspects of aging
  • Fear of aging
  • Advertising’s influence on aging
  • Releasing “older”
  • Challenges of aging
  • Undercurrent of healthy aging
  • Diet for alkalinity and inflammation
  • Moving body daily
  • Attitude and thoughts contributing to aging
  • Helping our parents age gracefully
  • Pain as motivation
  • Stephanie’s daily routine
  • Starting with “thank you”
  • Dogs as great human trainers
  • Workouts
  • Having an “encore career”
  • The importance of purpose
  • The Positive Aging Movement
  • Owning your age
  • Hollywood embracing aging
  • Adaptability
  • Cooking as an art
  • Getting Stephanie’s book
  • Coffee Table Wisdom podcast

Featured Guest

Stephanie Raffelock


Stephanie’s Website
Stephanie’s book
Coffee Table Wisdom Podcast

Mar 23

102: Jay Croft on Fit and Feeling Great Over 50

With three decades of professional experience, Jay Croft is a purpose-driven storyteller. He loves planning, producing and sharing content that targeted audiences find useful and engaging. That motivates people to take action. That helps drive business results.

Jay was trained as a journalist and spent 20 years as a reporter and editor at mainstream dailies from Alaska to Florida and, finally, at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2007, he began creating marketing communications for leading corporations and news organizations, from Coca-Cola to CNN, from SunTrust Banks to WebMD.

Jay created Prime Fit Content in 2018 to help fitness professionals help people over 50 live their best lives for as long as possible. He provides content to 100 gyms and studios across the country, in addition to industry and business coaching organizations.

In this episode, Jay Croft talks about:

  • Why health over 50 is important
  • Aging out of the primary demographic for fitness
  • Addressing the needs of people over 50
  • Aging differently
  • How aging affects the economy
  • How we view age culturally
  • Importance of exercise as we age
  • Exercise in the prevention of falling and age-related cognitive decline
  • Goals of exercise are different at 50+
  • Strength at age 65+
  • The types of exercises we do as we age
  • When we begin losing muscle mass
  • Functional fitness
  • The role of nutrition for health after 50
  • Importance of protein
  • Leveraging the time you have to eat better
  • The placebo effect
  • Prescriptions and the risk of falling
  • Fear of aging
  • Exercise as the fountain of youth
  • How to start – or get our older loved ones to start – moving
  • Leading by example
  • Choosing activities that you enjoy
  • Find what motivates you

Featured Guest

Jay Croft


Jay’s Website

Mar 16

101: David Roseberry on Benefits for Doing Good Deeds

David Roseberry is the CEO of Proxy Score. Proxy Score’s mission is to help people who are often forgotten. They provide a platform where members can build their life’s legacy and purpose through publishing and documenting their service and generosity.

Much like how a credit score works, members can post acts of service to add points to their Proxy service score. This simple yet innovative company will help combat our addiction to electronics and social media by encouraging members to think of others.

Documenting and scoring members’ services isn’t the only benefit of Proxy Score. Business partners can advertise with Proxy Score by making a business profile that will motivate members to make a difference in the community – for example, by giving discounts to members with high scores, much like how senior citizen and military discounts work.

Businesses can also use Proxy Score for job applicants, to help with character identification other than relying solely on outdated one-page resumes. Non-profits can also use the service to recruit volunteers and bring more light to their mission.

Come be a part of the ground grounding movement of Proxy and help us help others find their happiness. Proxy Score, “Where a number is worth more than 1,000 words.”

In this episode, David Roseberry talks about:

  • What is Proxy Score
  • How and why Dave founded the company
  • Mental health improvement through acts of service
  • Being happy with your skills
  • Listening to self-help
  • Incentive system to think of others
  • Service-scoring platform
  • How employers search for employees
  • Current employment statistics
  • Mental health statistics among youth
  • Doing things that fill your soul
  • Getting a Proxy Score
  • Building the score
  • Finding volunteer opportunities
  • Discounts offered to Proxy Score individuals
  • Being a Public Benefit Company
  • Pitching to Shark Tank

Featured Guest

David Roseberry


Proxy Score Website
Contact David

Mar 09

100: Liz Tennyson on Settle Your Heart and Strengthen Your Body

Liz Tennyson Liz Tennyson is a body and soul performance coach who encourages her clients to “lean in”.

In this episode, Liz Tennyson talks about:

  • Liz’s personal story
  • Detoxing
  • Misdiagnosing inflammation
  • Intermittent fasting for mental clarity and soul cleansing
  • Fasting for mental health
  • The 16/8 IF window
  • Fasting for religious purposes
  • Dry Fasting
  • How to do a 24-hour dry fast
  • Placing meaning and setting intentions for fasts
  • Liz’s day during a 24-hour fast
  • Breaking the fast
  • The void
  • Powering through mental resistance
  • Overcoming self-doubt with fasting
  • Fasting and journaling
  • Journal prompts during a fast
  • What your body experiences vs who you are
  • Turning doubt into declaration
  • Unpacking declarations
  • The journal prompt that changed Liz’s life
  • Removing shame and judgement
  • Having people to call on for help
  • Danger of isolation
  • Importance of accountability
  • Intentionality for breakthroughs
  • Working with Liz

Featured Guest

Liz Tennyson


Essential oils

Feb 24

099: Becky Williams on Motherhood: From Surviving to Thriving

Becky Williams is a certified health coach whose heart-centered practice reaches mamas of all walks of life around the globe.

Her focus is on helping women to create rhythms and routines for their homes and to incorporate lifestyles that help them thrive in motherhood, not just survive.

Through wit and humor, she helps mamas shine and uncover their God-given talents to embrace the glorious mess we all are.

In this episode, Becky Williams talks about:

  • Becky’s personal story
  • Where moms lose themselves
  • Enneagrams
  • Mindset of needing to do more
  • Storytelling about self
  • Making a choice to change
  • Words and opinions of others
  • Process of changing thoughts
  • 5-5-7 breathing method
  • Value of a short rest
  • Priority-based scheduling
  • Scheduling rest
  • Realistic expectations for business and family
  • 3 Steps to Mama Mindset Refresh
  • Being honest about needs
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Stopping the negative spiral
  • Asking for help
  • Social media perfectionism
  • Necessity of routine
  • Perfectionism in kids
  • Community and conversations
  • Working with Becky
  • Focusing on feeling good

Featured Guest

Becky Williams


Becky’s Website
Contact Becky

Feb 17

098: Lauren Unger on Living In Alignment with Your Highest Self

Lauren Unger is a spiritual coach and energetic healer. For her, holding space for her clients and guiding them in their journey is her deepest passion and her true calling. According to Lauren:

“Whether I am coaching one on one clients or groups, hosting workshops or sound baths or hosting in-person healing sessions I am fully lit up. I remember the beginning of my awakening and how lonely it was. I sought like-minded individuals who would understand what I was going through but they were few and far between and that is why I have created what it is that I do.

I believe we are our own greatest healer and what we transmute and heal within ourselves we can then offer to others.

Each piece of my work I deeply integrate into my cells and DNA before I share it with others. From holy fire reiki to mastery of the akashic records to sound healing, Karuna reiki to studying and being initiated as a shaman to now be deep-diving into releasing stress and trauma from our physical body and organs with the work of true body intelligence I have become a student of life. I follow the path that is laid out for me, I take the work and opportunities seriously, I study, I implement and then I share and teach.”

In this episode, Lauren Unger talks about:

  • How spiritual work found Lauren
  • Becoming a medium
  • Reiki
  • Holy Fire Reiki
  • Spiritual Awakenings
  • Chakras
  • How chakras become imbalanced
  • Immediate healing
  • Soul awakening
  • How long healing lasts
  • Releasing stress from the organs
  • Body of Light work
  • Distance reiki
  • Favorite transformation stories
  • Reiki and fertility
  • Importance of mindset
  • Blocking our abilities to receive
  • How healing ourselves heals others
  • Intentionality of healing
  • Guidance through a healing journey
  • Sound healing
  • Trusting your intuition
  • Journaling
  • Reiki as natural healing and immunity

Featured Guest

Lauren Unger


Lauren’s Website

Feb 10

097: Ben Azadi on From Toxic Fat to Totally Fantastic

In 2008, Ben Azadi went through a personal health transformation after getting rid of 80 pounds of toxic fat. Ever since, Ben Azadi, FDN-P, has been on a mission to help 1 billion people live a healthier lifestyle.

Ben is the author of three best-selling books, The Perfect Health Booklet, The Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet, and The Power of Sleep. Ben has been the go-to source for intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet.

He is known as ‘The Health Detective’ because he investigates dysfunction, and he educates, not medicates, to bring the body back to normal function. Ben is the founder of Keto Kamp; a global brand bringing awareness to ancient healing strategies such as the keto diet and fasting.

Ben is the founder of Keto Kamp, host of a top 15 podcast, The Keto Kamp Podcast; and the fast-growing Keto Kamp YouTube channel.

In this episode, Ben Azadi talks about:

  • Ben’s personal journey
  • Addictions and Toxic Fat
  • Mental Health
  • “Books saved my life”
  • “I am responsible”
  • Weight loss vs. health gain
  • Going vegan
  • Vegan Crossfit
  • Transitioning to keto
  • Eating pork for the first time
  • Raw dairy
  • Transitioning from vegan to keto
  • “Keto-flexing”
  • What Ben eats now
  • Diet evolution
  • The problem with the popularity of keto
  • Keto is not a diet
  • Mimicking ancestral eating
  • Keto and fasting as a muscle
  • Toxic fuel sources
  • Transitioning into keto
  • Eating bitters
  • Importance of bile
  • Bitter-rich foods
  • Keto after gallbladder surgery
  • Using MCT oil and other supplements
  • Release of toxins
  • PPARY pathology
  • Bio-chemical individuals
  • Keto Kamp’s mission
  • Keto Kamp Academy
  • Importance of Mindset
  • Self-love, loving others, gratitude
  • Ben’s mindset practice
  • The significance of the number 150,000

Featured Guest

Ben Azadi


Ben’s Website
Keto Kamp Academy
Keto Kamp Podcast

Feb 03

096: Manny Weintraub on Financial Wellness

Manny Weintraub began his career on Wall Street in 1990 at Shelby Cullom Davis & Co. where he worked directly for investing legend Shelby Cullom Davis, a member of the Forbes 400. After Mr. Davis’ death in 1993, Manny became the Senior Security Analyst to Mutual Fund Manager Shelby M. C. Davis, who was later named Morningstar Manager of the Decade for the 1990’s.

In 1998, Manny joined Neuberger Berman, where he joined the Money Management Group managing Roy Neuberger’s personal wealth. In 2000, he was promoted to Managing Director and became co-leader of the group.

After establishing the leading track record at Neuberger Berman during the 1998 to 2003 period, he established Integre Asset Management to continue investing for his clients in high-quality growing companies without the distractions caused by Neuberger’s new corporate parent, Lehman Brothers.

In this episode, Manny Weintraub talks about:

  • Debt & investing
  • Relationship with money
  • Talking about money
  • Making choices around money
  • The wealthiest client
  • Mindful debt
  • Misconceptions around money
  • The penny that doubles each day
  • Working with Financial Advisors
  • Getting a second opinion
  • Feeling good about money
  • Investing based on values
  • The future vs. now
  • The Time Horizon
  • Industry of money fear
  • Permission to feel like an investor
  • 401K structure
  • Asset allocation
  • When to start investing
  • Meditation – practice, not perfection
  • The only constant is change
  • Deal with the present
  • Creating a meditation practice
  • Meditation for overcoming financial stress
  • Where to start in a money practice

Featured Guest

Manny Weintraub


Spears Abacus

Jan 27

095: Janice King on Plant Nutrition to Protect Your Smile

For the past two decades, Janice King has carried out extensive research on oral health and its connection to systemic diseases.

Together with co-founder Dale Winetroub, Janice developed a breakthrough patented oral therapeutics system: TRI-OLOGY (used and recommended by dentists for 10 years). “TRI-OLOGY” technology addresses a key risk factor linked to chronic diseases – inflammation.

A published study, “Comparison of Antimicrobial and Wound Healing Agents on Oral Fibroblast Viability and In-vivo Bacterial Load,” identifies a cause of oral inflammation linked to periodontal disease and systemic diseases. The study identifies how TRIOLOGY® can prevent, repair and protect oral tissues from inflammation.

Janice and Dale also opened the first non-dental mouth care center in the United States, where they spent 4 years studying the effects oral hygiene products, medicine, stress, age, health status and lifestyle have on oral health.

With a grant from the National Science Foundation, they are currently leading the TRI-OLOGY team in researching how family members of individuals diagnosed with age-related Alzheimer’s Disease feel about the disease and what they are doing to reduce their risk factors. They’re on a mission to educate others on the critical role the health of the mouth plays on the health of the entire body.

In this episode, Janice King talks about:

  • Damaging your gums with daily actions
  • Proper flossing techniques
  • Death due to gum damage
  • Danger of current dental hygiene recommendations
  • Gram negative Bacteria
  • Keeping bacteria in the mouth
  • Chronic inflammation cytotoxins
  • Systemic health begins in the mouth
  • Bacteria causing inflammatory disease
  • Sharing bacteria and the gut microbiome
  • Changes in saliva at age 40
  • How medications change saliva
  • Saliva as the gatekeeper for gum health
  • Stress as a key factor for poor oral health
  • Maternal age and child oral health
  • Oral bacteria during pregnancy and infant mortality
  • The importance of oral health during pregnancy
  • Oral bacteria overgrowth and strokes
  • Oral bacteria and brain health
  • Avoiding oral hygiene products with man-made chemicals
  • Water flossing
  • Baby toothbrushes
  • Managing stress for oral health
  • Supplementing saliva for systemic health
  • How the body absorbs synthetic substances
  • Formulation of Tri-Ology products
  • Oral wound-healing agent
  • Dental appointment preparation
  • Killing cells when killing bacteria
  • % of Americans with periodontal disease
  • Oral disease and reproductive health

Featured Guest

Janice King


Janice’s Website

Jan 20

094: Dr. Heather L. Cardin on Ketosis for Brain and Metabolic Health

Dr. Heather L. Cardin has been practicing alongside her husband, Dr. Ralph S. Cardin, for the past 20+ years. Besides being a passionate practitioner, she is a mother of four boys.

She is active in her church, her children’s school, chair of Low Carb Keto KC, Keto Rebook Coach and Keto Specialist for the company Pruvit. She has traveled globally educating on the benefits of ketones, exogenous ketones, intermittent fasting & metabolic flexibility.

Dr. Heather received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City in 1997. Drs. Heather and Ralph opened their first chiropractic and wellness office in her home town of Paola, Kansas in 1998. She is now currently practicing in Overland Park, Kansas.

Her patients benefit from her knowledge and expertise, drawing from her extensive training in diagnostic technology, Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture and nutrition. Dr. Heather has extended the scope of chiropractic treatment into physical, mental and chemical aspects of the patient’s health challenges.

She has extensive experience in chiropractic case management, family care, sports injuries, herbology, kinesiology and nutrition. Dr. Heather is a passionate practitioner who utilizes many techniques in order to promote wellness in her patients.

In this episode, Dr. Heather L. Cardin talks about:

  • Multi-disciplined treatments
  • Therapeutic ketones
  • How the body makes its own ketones
  • Definition of ketosis
  • Developing ketones for Navy SEALS
  • Why and how to use exogenous ketones
  • Why some people have trouble getting into ketosis
  • Ketones as a bridge to ketogenesis
  • The Carb Flu
  • How long energy lasts after taking ketones
  • Testing for ketones
  • When to take ketones
  • Ketones for sleep
  • Therapeutic ketones for brain health
  • Sleep as a secret weapon for overall health
  • Slipping out of ketosis when stressed
  • Higher level of ketones for extra healing
  • “Operation Torrent” documentary
  • “Broken brains”
  • Suicide and brain health
  • Changing your DNA
  • Clean nutrition
  • Ketones post-diagnosis
  • Ketones vs. Glucose as an energy source
  • Developing a tolerance to ketones and MCT oil
  • Determining how much ketones and MCT oil to take
  • Keeping calories down with quality MCT oil
  • Eating vegetables on a ketogenic diet
  • Ketones are not a substitute for diet
  • Choosing ketones the body can absorb
  • Autoimmune keto

Featured Guest

Dr. Heather L. Cardin


Operation Torrent Film

Jan 13

093: Dr. David Jockers on The Most Powerful Healing Diet on the Planet

Dr. David Jockers is a doctor of natural medicine, a functional nutritionist and corrective care chiropractor. He currently owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia and runs one of the hottest natural health websites in, which has gotten over 1 million monthly visitors. His work has been seen on popular media such as the Dr. Oz show and Hallmark Home and Family.

Dr. Jockers is a world-renowned expert in the area of ketosis, fasting and the ketogenic diet. He is the developer of the bestselling “Navigating the Ketogenic Diet” E-course and the host of the popular “Keto Edge Summit” and the “Fasting Transformation Summit.”

His book “The Keto Metabolic Breakthrough” by Victory Belt publishing is set to hit bookstores everywhere in January of 2020. Dr. Jockers lives in Canton, Georgia with his wife Angel and his twin boys David & Joshua and his daughter Joyful.

In this episode, Dr. David Jockers talks about:

  • Keto-friendly recipes
  • Difference in flours
  • Transitioning from the Standard American Diet
  • Having 10-12 go-to recipes
  • Importance of taking good images of recipes
  • Palmini Noodles
  • Hearts of Palm
  • Troubleshooting keto
  • Importance of food quality
  • Minimizing toxins
  • Keto as anti-inflammatory diet
  • High-quality diet choices
  • Drivers of inflammation
  • Avoiding refined vegetable oils
  • 3 big changes to make immediately
  • Where to find the best meats
  • Making keto work for your family
  • Why butter is so healthy
  • Fasting benefits with keto
  • Keto for women
  • Feast/famine cycles
  • Controlling insulin
  • Using carbs strategically
  • Nutrient-dense carb sources
  • Mastering our own physiology
  • Carbing up or carb-cutting to break a plateau
  • Are you really in ketosis?
  • How to test your thyroid at home
  • Carb cycling for thyroid
  • Adding stress to break a plateau
  • Hormetic stressors
  • Being intentional about adding stress to the body
  • Being intentional about calming the body
  • “Cold and flu season”
  • Training the body for resilience
  • The maintenance phase of keto
  • Mind Body Spirit
  • Tracking what you need with wearable devices
  • Tracking carbs – net vs. total
  • Tracking macros
  • Gentle approach to transitioning into keto
  • Worse thing you can do for fat-burning
  • Carbs in the evening

Featured Guest

Dr. David Jockers


US Wellness Meats
Slanker Grass Fed Meat
How to Test Your Thyroid Function at Home
Dr. Jockers’ Website
Keto Metabolic Breakthrough

Jan 06

092: Jeannette Bessinger on Life and Food in Flow

Jeannette Bessinger is on a national mission to serve educators, business professionals, spiritual seekers and all the other women who are tired of feeling trapped by their aching, overweight bodies and painful, self-destructive mindsets.

Men and women age very differently, and the majority of health & fitness data today is deeply male-biased. 95% of “healthy eating systems” do not take a woman’s fluctuating hormones into account at all. As a result, thousands of women are giving up on improving their health, energy, and weight.

They are frustrated with the ineffectiveness of the diet industry and unsatisfied with the overly-simplistic advice of their medical professionals to “sleep more and eat fewer calories.”

By overturning the flawed paradigm that drives the way we think about women’s health and wellness in this country, Jeannette paves the way for a shift in consciousness that allows us to reclaim our power as strong women and beacons of light for everyone in our circles.

With a unique combination of humorous, real-life stories and rich, practical content, Jeannette taps into decades of experience to build MeBoot, a groundbreaking program designed to help women understand the deep interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, and better negotiate their fitness, food, and mood beyond the childbearing years.

Engaging and inspiring, Jeannette generates profound “ah-ha” experiences among women, awakening them to the possibility of life “in the Flow.”

In this episode, Jeannette Bessinger talks about:

  • When the hormonal shift starts to happen
  • When doing what has “always worked” suddenly stops working
  • Lack of research for women’s health over 40
  • The difference in aging in men vs. women
  • HRT therapy risks
  • Environmental contributions to menopause experience
  • Xeno-estrogens
  • Accepted levels of stress and the effect on our health
  • Understanding cortisol levels
  • The cortisol and progesterone relationship
  • The cultural fight against menopause
  • Stepping into power to age gracefully
  • Tips for reducing cortisol
  • Elimination diet
  • Walking and restorative exercise
  • Walking post-workout for decompression
  • “Forest bathing”
  • “Natural Solutions for Digestive Health” book
  • Rest-based HIIT training
  • Reconnecting with your body from the inside out
  • Making the mental shift to allowing yourself to rest
  • Vegucation
  • Increasing fiber content as we age to flush out the liver
  • Swap out comfort foods for veggie-forward ones
  • Women taking care of themselves while taking care of their families
  • Finding staple dishes that families love and that are good for their aging bodies
  • Vegucating over time
  • Importance of making food taste good
  • A freebie for Straight-Up Wellness listeners!

Featured Guest

Jeannette Bessinger


Flower Fire Facebook Group
The Clean Food Coach Facebook page
Jeannette’s Website

Dec 30

091: Jessica Ederer on The Polyphenol Advantage of Tea

Jessica Ederer is the Head of Content and Wellness Education for Pique Teas. She’s a certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Personal Trainer, and also has a law degree from Berkeley. Jessica has spent the past 7 years as a wellness coach, where it’s her passion to help others heal from the stressors of our daily lives.

Jessica’s personal health struggles started in her late teens with an undiagnosed autoimmune condition, and progressively worsened through her 20’s and early 30’s as she battled with chronic joint and muscle pain, overweight, adrenal fatigue, gluten sensitivity and a cornucopia of distressing health issues.

Today, at the age of 39, Jessica can honestly say she has never felt stronger, healthier or more energetic. She spends her free time hiking, riding or climbing up the mountains she only dreamed of during most of her life. Jessica is a huge advocate of intermittent fasting and can attest to the radical changes it has provided for her clients.

Jessica decided to start working with Pique after she discovered their teas and found that 1 month of drinking them healed her gut microbiome in a way she never thought possible.

In this episode, Jessica Ederer talks about:

  • Jessica’s health journey
  • Misdiagnosed with juvenile arthritis
  • Food poisoning and its effect on the gut biome
  • “Chicken and egg” theory with stress and the gut
  • Headaches, sleeping, weight, and skin issues as an effect of poor gut health
  • Plant-based diet to assist in a healing journey
  • Gut microbiome as a garden
  • Tea is a prebiotic food
  • Tea for Intermittent Fasting
  • When tea may break a fast
  • Difference in health benefits between tea crystals and tea leaves
  • Cold brew tea
  • Phytonutrient extraction to support bodily functions
  • Polyphenols are key to health benefits of tea
  • Quantity of tea consumption for most health benefits
  • How tea is flavored
  • Goal of Pique Teas for consumers
  • Sustainable approach to wellness
  • Difference between coffee and tea
  • Polyphenols and heat
  • Caffeine in coffee vs tea
  • L-thyronine benefits
  • Difference between pre and probiotics
  • Black or herbal teas instead of green tea if you have a sensitive stomach
  • Favorite tea recipes
  • 3 types of Fasting Teas developed with Dr. Jason Fung
  • Cinnamon for healthy blood sugar regulation
  • Friday 5 weekly newsletter
  • Soothing effect of ginger

Featured Guest

Jessica Ederer


Pique Tea
The Flow Blog

Dec 23

090: Josh Trent on Better Living through Whole-Body Wellness and Personal Development

Josh Trent is the Founder of Wellness Force Media and host of the top-ranked iTunes podcast, Wellness Force Radio. Josh has spent the past 16 years as a researcher, trainer, and facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world.

After publishing over 300 high-level interviews with some of the most respected minds in the health, wellness, and self-help industries, Josh has been spotlighted in major wellness media outlets such as Onnit, Spartan, SEALFIT, and is a speaker for the FitTech Summit CES.

In 2019 Josh became the CEO of Civilized Caveman, helping women and men live better through practical solutions in wellness, personal development, and paleo-friendly recipes.

In this episode, Josh Trent talks about:

  • Josh’s personal story
  • Two driving forces: pain and pleasure
  • Connecting to a Higher Power
  • Gaining and losing 90 lbs
  • Gathering vs. applying information
  • Default mode network
  • Wired for ancestral life
  • The balancing act
  • Breathing – 6 seconds of stillness
  • Recurring stressors
  • Age of transformation
  • 4 major channels in our timelines
  • Defining emotional intelligence
  • Physical intelligence
  • Electronic signals from the muscles to the brain
  • Storing and accessing information
  • Your body keeps score
  • Healing as an end game
  • Recommendations for movement
  • M21 System
  • Womb squat with overhead reach
  • Fingerprint on the outside AND inside
  • List: “Not of Service” and “Service”
  • Cultivating the power to change
  • Gratitude mantra
  • Reach out
  • Hell YES vs Hell NO
  • Core components of wellness
  • BTFA loop
  • Tools for healing
  • Eating, moving, sleeping
  • Danger of listening to your gut
  • Fighting for the act of self-care and self-love
  • Josh’s biggest “aha” moment
  • How a partner mirrors you in a relationship
  • The last thing the ego wants
  • Stop, breathe, ask for support

Featured Guest

Josh Trent


Wellness Force
Wellness Force Radio Podcast
M21 Wellness Guide
Civilized Caveman

Dec 16

089: Jonathan Posey on Our Right to Choose Wellness

Jonathan Posey is the Founder, Executive, and Policy Director for the Council of Holistic Health Educators. He brings over a decade of experience in lobbying, public policy, and grassroots activism in food and consumer safety.

Jonathan began his career on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide, then moved to the private sector as a lobbyist, representing food and consumer safety firms, as well as other healthcare and technology interests.

Recognizing the need for an organization that exclusively represented the interests of the holistic health and nutrition community, Jonathan created a coalition of like-minded holistic schools to protect the practice of holistic health. This coalition grew to become the Council.

In this episode, Jonathan Posey talks about:

  • What is “holistic health”
  • Non-disease based model
  • The whole person – the whole body
  • Healing the whole body
  • Protecting holistic health
  • Delaying going to the doctor
  • Competition from dietician lobbyists
  • Licenses to talk about food and nutrition
  • Red states
  • Dietetics Industrial Complex
  • Holistic Practitioners – what we do/do not do
  • States with no nutrition laws
  • Health as a team effort
  • In-fighting among holistic educators
  • Policies for supplement and direct sales companies
  • Coaching on how to take supplements
  • Laws for lab testing and results
  • Direct access testing
  • Working together for a common concern
  • Bio-individuality
  • Ongoing education and networking for holistic health educators
  • The Health Coach in Florida who was sued
  • Florida nutritional assessment
  • Institute for Justice
  • District Courts
  • Friend of the Court
  • Getting schools involved in the Council
  • Reading every state’s nutrition law to keep yourself and your practice safe

Featured Guest

Jonathan Posey


Council of Holistic Health Educators
Take action
Contact Jonathan
Policies by state

Dec 09

088: Dr. Sherry Zhang on Eat Right for your Genes

From the first time Dr. Sherry Zhang saw living creatures under the lens of a microscope she fell in love with biology. And today, she still wants to learn more on how life works.

Sherry is a mother, a molecular geneticist and the CEO of the revolutionary new startup called GenoPalate, which uses the latest research in genetics and nutrition to show individuals how to eat healthier based on their genes. With GenoPalate technology platform of genetics-based personalized nutrition, Sherry and her team vision to change how people choose, shop and eat their foods, for better health.

Sherry spent over a decade researching and teaching about the genetic and epigenetic factors that contribute to the alarmingly prevalent obesity and metabolic disorders of our society in the United States and around the world.

Sherry has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Nankai University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Marquette University. Sherry received the 2019 Spirit of Marquette award from her alma mater, was named a HealthTech Innovator of Wisconsin and ‘40 under 40’ by Milwaukee Business Journal.

In this episode, Dr. Sherry Zhang talks about:

  • Molecular biology and food research
  • Unique combination of biomarkers
  • Why GenoPalate was founded
  • Avoiding obesity by eating for your DNA
  • Biomarker panels
  • Finding food freedom
  • Determining vitamins and minerals your body needs
  • Genetic baselines
  • Taking the guesswork out of knowing what to eat
  • Ancestry
  • Finding ways to eat foods you are sensitive to
  • Early intervention for quality of life
  • Genetic mutations
  • Integrating with genetics testing
  • GenoPalate home testing
  • Geometrics and Nutrigenomics
  • Neurobiology markers
  • Food maps
  • Sequencing the bugs in your gut
  • Genetic SNPs (“Snips”)
  • Continued updates to clients’ reports
  • Favorite case studies

Featured Guest

Dr. Sherry Zhang


Geno Palate

Dec 02

087: Thom King on Keeping Keto Sweet

Part CEO, part personal development wonk, and part biohacker info geek, Thom King is a self-confessed serial entrepreneur.

While his favorite book list contains many success-oriented and personal-development classics, the traditional definition of achieving success (e.g. make a lot of money) is not what inspires or motivates King. He follows more of a “you aren’t doing well unless you’re also doing some good” line of thinking.

King’s company has been built around the simple principle of “do the right thing.” In 1999, Thom’s personal passion for food and his concern over the explosion of metabolic disease led him to found Steviva Brands, now known as Icon Foods, with a mission to stem the tide of “diabesity” by providing consumers healthy alternatives to sugar.

In recent years, his passion for food and optimal health have intersected with his embrace of a ketogenic (low-carb, high fat) diet. Thom’s latest project is a line of ketogenic condiments intended to help more people successfully adopt a healthier lifestyle.

In this episode, Thom King talks about:

  • Thom’s personal journey
  • The trend of “diabesity”
  • Sugar addiction
  • The effect of Type 2 Diabetes on our healthcare system
  • Being connected to nature
  • The effects of artificial sweeteners
  • Aspartame and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sucralose and your microbiome
  • Claims that the taste of sweet spikes blood sugar
  • How the body recognizes glucosides
  • Erythritol and xylitol
  • Gut bacteria and your tolerance to sugar alcohols
  • Allulose – the “rare sugar”
  • Allulose and its use in baked goods
  • Stevivia avoiding the bitterness of stevia
  • Not using stevia as a stand-alone sweetener
  • Keto for overcoming sugar addiction
  • Keto for heartburn relief
  • How Thom found keto
  • Journaling to fix his health issues
  • Weekly cheat days in the beginning of his keto journey
  • Integrating intermittent fasting
  • Tracking macros
  • IMO – liquid vegetable fiber – and being kicked out of ketosis
  • Guy Gone Keto product ingredients
  • Thom’s macros: 70% fat, 20% protein, 10% cruciferous veggies
  • Reformulation of Guy Gone Keto BBQ sauce
  • Spicy Garlic Ketchup
  • Giving back to the arts, music, and physical education in schools
  • The Open School serving at-risk youth

Featured Guest

Thom King


Thom’s Website
Icon Foods

Nov 25

086: Stephen Vaughn on Building the Next Generation

Stephen Vaughn, a husband, a father, and a former Physical Education teacher and trainer of 7 years, has embarked on the ultimate dream chasing journey.

Through the pain of losing his father and the passion he had for helping youth, he exited his teaching career in 2013 to grow Dream Chasers Organization. Dream Chasers is a non-profit created to impact boys and girls in 3-5 grade and empower them to overcome their obstacles and chase their dreams.

His desire to impact kids quickly expanded to 8 states across the nation empowering Dream Chasers. His passion for empowering kids to reach for their passion, build the right team around them in life, and develop the grit to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams is making an impact in and out of the classroom and is positioning kids for their dream chasing capabilities.

Stephen is also the co-author of a book called “How To Catch A Star” developed as yet another tool to impact more kids and empower more Dream Chasers!

In this episode, Stephen Vaughn talks about:

  • Stephen’s dream chasing journey
  • A stage 4 cancer diagnosis
  • Teaching in a high-poverty area
  • Relating to students through painful life experiences
  • Teaching physical education to 700 elementary kids per week
  • Capturing kids at a young age = limitless potential
  • Children writing down what they want to be when they grow up without a thought of any obstacles
  • Dream Wall
  • Showing kids who they can become with the right activities and intentions
  • Activities to build confidence
  • Jumping in without a safety net
  • Becoming a Dream Chaser
  • The structure of Dream Chasers programs
  • School and parent involvement
  • The Dream Chaser Challenge
  • Family participation
  • Activity + putting the right people in your life + mindset
  • Functional fitness
  • Building confidence and character
  • 3 words that equate to being a Dream Chaser
  • The rollercoaster of confidence
  • Encouraging and loving one another for who we are
  • Building others up
  • Dream Chaser Code
  • Mimicking the positive
  • Bringing Dream Chasers to schools and communities
  • Help wanted: passionate people
  • Best advice to help kids stay focused on their dreams
  • Helping kids understand the “why”

Featured Guest

Stephen Vaughn


Dream Chasers Website
Contact Stephen

Nov 18

085: Nevada Gray on Triumph Over Injury with Nutrition and Fitness

Nevada Gray is a pharmacist and registered nurse, with 20 years of direct patient care experience. After suffering a rare spinal cord injury in 2016, called cauda equina syndrome, Nevada utilized a paleolithic ketogenic diet and became a NASM certified personal trainer during her 2-year recovery.

In 2018, Nevada started her company THE PALEO PHARMACIST LLC after becoming an accidental Instagram Influencer and established herself as a ketogenic lifestyle expert helping others return to a life of health & purpose with her coaching services, eBooks and online programs.

Affectionately called ‘the Gary Vee of KETO/Carnivore’, Nevada is widely sought after for her talent in social media marketing, branding, website design and content creation by small and large scale businesses looking to expand their influence & impact in eCommerce.

In April of 2019, Nevada co-founded the Mind Body Breakthroughs Network with her dear friend Chris Donohue, a progressive media company by the people, for the people, connecting people in business and health. They also co-host the Mind Body Breakthroughs Podcast and FREE accompanying community helping others achieve Breakthroughs in their lives to health and purpose. Nevada is currently working on her first book, set to release this fall.

Nevada can be found on her popular Instagram account, at The Paleo Pharmacist, and as a recent guest on podcasts: CarnivoreCast, Dr. Paul Saladino MD, HPO, Jimmy Moore, Fast Keto, Inner Fire Podcast and The PrimalLifestyle Podcast.

In this episode, Nevada Gray talks about:

  • Nevada’s personal journey
  • PCOS and metabolic health struggles
  • Evolving who you are based on what you’re learning and how you’re living
  • Paleo low carb diet
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Waking up paralyzed
  • Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • How to fully recover from Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Nevada’s road to recovery
  • Finding encouragement through Shawn Stevenson’s journey
  • Multifactorial conditions leading to Nevada’s injury
  • Correcting muscle imbalances
  • Implementing a sleep protocol
  • Cravings during recovery
  • Hydration for recovery
  • Keto for neurodegenerative repair
  • Starting very high fat keto
  • “Cheating” with protein
  • Feeling good without vegetables
  • Nightshade toxicity
  • Removing seeds and skin from vegetables
  • High lectin foods
  • “The Plant Paradox” book
  • Plant-based pharmaceutical side effects
  • Oxalates
  • 3 factors for autoimmune conditions
  • Foods while eating 80% fat
  • Listening to your body
  • Food families and drug compounds
  • Elimination dieting
  • High lectin plants and insulin resistance
  • Going full-blown carnivore
  • Personal benefits of going carnivore
  • Weight loss stalls with traditional keto
  • The fiber myth
  • The gut and gas
  • How quickly the microbiome changes
  • Evolving personal carnivore
  • Nevada’s typical food menu
  • Supplement-free
  • Biggest mistakes when starting carnivore
  • Timing foods with circadian rhythm
  • Weight loss without loose skin
  • Carnivore and insulin resistance
  • Gluconeogenesis as a demand-driven process
  • Carnivore for women
  • Why women gain weight on carnivore
  • Quality of proteins – important or not?
  • Tracking – necessary?
  • Why lower ketone numbers are good
  • Oxidative Priority Theory
  • Transitioning into carnivore
  • Food journaling for food addiction and inflammation
  • Carnivore eliminating cravings

Featured Guest

Nevada Gray


Nevada’s Website

Nov 11

084: Julie Scholten on Keto for Breastfeeding Mamas

Julie Scholten is a Ketogenic and IIN Health Coach and founder of the Breastfeeding Moms Guide to Going Ketogenic Program.

Julie specializes in helping breastfeeding mamas get back into their pre-baby jeans without affecting their milk supply.

Julie is a wife and mama of 3 little ones from Holland, Michigan.

When she’s not working at she enjoys camping with the family, sewing, reading and spending time with friends.

In this episode, Julie Scholten talks about:

  • Julie’s personal story
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Clean eating to treat colitis and anxiety
  • Anxiety and stress affecting milk supply
  • Ease in conception when going keto
  • Pregnancy nutrition while dealing with 24/7 morning sickness
  • Pregnancy supplements
  • Transitioning back to keto after birth
  • How to know if you’re making enough breast milk
  • Pumping for supply
  • Difference in color and density of breast milk with keto
  • Foods to enhance milk supply
  • Supplements to boost milk supply
  • Add brewer’s yeast and flaxseed to recipes to boost supply
  • Macros for breastfeeding moms
  • Importance of eating enough food
  • Carb intake for breastfeeding moms
  • The most important goals for breastfeeding moms
  • Getting back to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Managing postpartum anxiety with keto
  • Boosting energy for breastfeeding moms
  • Transitioning from breastfeeding macros to “regular” keto macros post-breastfeeding
  • Best advice for mamas who are breastfeeding and want to go keto

Featured Guest

Julie Scholten


Julie’s Website
The Breastfeeding Mom’s Guide to Going Ketogenic

Nov 04

083: Betty Jean Bell on You Are a Babe (right now!)

Betty Jean Bell, founder of, has helped successful women around the world to lose weight, improve their health, and love their bodies now, regardless of shape, all while running their businesses, families, and lives.

She believes that when you love the body you have, it becomes the body you want.

With her radically transformative program You Are A Babe, and with a badass army of ambitious, inspiring women in 20 countries, Betty Jean Bell helps entrepreneurial women transform their confidence, body image, and health with meaningful science, psychology, spirituality, and uncommon action that works.

In this episode, Betty Jean Bell talks about:

  • Personal journey
  • Being bullied for a body
  • Leaning on food and future success for comfort and worth
  • Idea that “success = safety”
  • Believing that we need to look a certain way to be loved
  • Being mute for 18 months
  • What do YOU need to make yourself feel good
  • Your brain and your body love you
  • Focus on feeling good right now at the moment
  • The problem with “someday” goals
  • The beliefs that keep women stuck
  • Getting what you want with what you have right now
  • Mastering your mind
  • The “fixing” mentality
  • Thought habits
  • Mantras over affirmations
  • Reprogramming the neuropathways
  • Retraining the brain to celebrate yourself
  • Being uncomfortable with change
  • Honoring your own dream
  • Transformation requires a peer group that is on the same path as you
  • The team mentality
  • What is precious is a priority
  • Not taking “no” as an answer
  • Overhauling the “You Are A Babe” 1- week program
  • Ending body hatred
  • Reclaiming power around beauty
  • Finding self-confidence through Instagram
  • Learning how to take beautiful photos
  • Importance of external beauty to seeing yourself with love

Featured Guest

Betty Jean Bell


Betty Jean’s Website

Oct 28

082: Dr. Anna Cabeca on Keto Clean Living for Women

Anna Cabeca is an internationally-acclaimed menopause and sexual health expert, global speaker and pioneering promoter of women’s health. She is Emory University-trained and triple board-certified in gynecology and obstetrics, integrative medicine and anti-aging and regenerative medicine, and is the author of “The Hormone Fix,” a diet and holistic lifestyle program for menopausal women.

Her areas of specialty include bio-identical hormone treatments and natural hormone-balancing strategies, and she has received extensive notoriety for her virtual transformational programs including Women‘s Restorative Health, Sexual CPR®, and Magic Menopause.

She created the successful and popular alkaline superfoods drink Mighty Maca® PLUS, and a top-selling, rejuvenating feminine vulvar cream for women, Julva®. In her spare time, Dr. Cabeca hosts the highly-regarded series “Couch Talk,” featuring compelling podcasts focused on a wide variety of important health and wellness topics.

She was named “2018 Innovator of the Year” by Mindshare, the #1 conference for health and wellness influencers, and was also honored with the prestigious 2017 Alan P. Mintz award, presented annually by the Age Management Medicine Group to the most outstanding physician who displays clinical excellence and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Cabeca balances her passion for women’s health with faith, grace, and skill while raising her four daughters, and leading the non-profit foundation she created in honor of her son, Garrett V. Bivens, who tragically died as a toddler.

She has reached hundreds of thousands of women around the globe, inspiring them to reclaim their optimal health and realize they can journey through menopause and find more purpose and pleasure than they ever dreamed possible.

In this episode, Dr. Anna Cabeca talks about:

  • Dr. Cabeca’s personal story
  • The devastation of diagnoses
  • Acting based on love or fear
  • The effect grief has on physiology
  • Major and minor transformations
  • Getting into a flow
  • Becoming self-aware
  • Keto Green living
  • Alkalinity
  • Medicating ADD
  • Becoming “keto crazy”
  • Urine PH as a vital sign
  • What all creates an acidic urine PH
  • PH levels telling us how we handle life
  • Health benefits of alkaline urine PH
  • Getting alkaline PH while being keto
  • Being in tune with your heart’s desires
  • Getting into ketosis is essential
  • Keto clean living
  • Women are completely different from men
  • Thyroid numbers improving
  • 10% fasting, 80% keto, 10% feasting
  • Metabolic flexibility
  • How long it takes to get into ketosis
  • The components of a keto green lifestyle
  • Maca root
  • Alkaline water
  • Green breakfast bowl
  • Sprouts for detoxing
  • Making sure there are alkalizers on every plate
  • Counting macros
  • Stress affecting blood sugar and ability to get into ketosis
  • “Get your Nancy Drew on!”
  • Using Weight Watchers points
  • How often to test urine PH
  • Go to bed and wake up alkaline
  • Feast days
  • Restriction fatigue
  • Working with Dr. Cabeca
  • “The Hormone Fix” book
  • Test, don’t guess

Featured Guest

Anna Cabeca


Dr. Anna’s Website

Oct 21

081: Antoinette Caruso on A Holistic Approach to Health

“Once a teacher, always a teacher,” Antoinette Caruso says as she shares her passion for nutrition, food, and spiritual development.

When her husband died with complications from pharmaceuticals, she left her teaching career to pursue new degrees and to rediscover ancient knowledge. She earned certificates as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from the Nutritional Therapy Association in Seattle Washington, and as Certified Gluten Practitioner from Dr. Tom O’Bryan, the world’s leading authority on gluten and autoimmune disease.

“We have a dual nature,” Antoinette explains. “We’re spiritual beings in a physical body, so it’s important to focus on how we feel emotionally because that impacts the state of our body.” With background training as a Reiki Master and a certificate in Chinese Medicine, she teaches clients how balance is key to healthy living.

“We are designed to be happy and healthy,” Antoinette continues, “our body is continually regenerating and regrowing cells. When we give it the proper foods and nutrition, and when we continually think healthy and happy thoughts, we re-create healthy cells in a body that will live a long life.”

Antoinette practices today in Ellsworth, Maine, and consults with clients nationwide via the web.

In this episode, Antoinette Caruso talks about:

  • Food as medicine
  • Our bodies are designed to grow and heal
  • How food has changed throughout the years
  • Bacteria is necessary for good health
  • Why foods are devoid of nutrients
  • Knowing the source of where your food is coming from
  • Eating what is seasonal to where you are
  • Choosing the right foods for your body
  • Teeth and mental wellness
  • Mental illness and Westernized foods
  • Food based on heritage
  • What style of eating brings the best balance
  • Food journal to document how food is affecting the body and the mind
  • Food Intolerance Test
  • Why to retest every 6 months
  • What happens when you eat wheat
  • Bone broth
  • Hypothyroidism through diet
  • Autoimmune diseases and gut health
  • Mental issues and gut health
  • How to actually digest foods and absorb their nutrients
  • Small changes to nutrition and lifestyle to restore balance
  • Example of energy work
  • Universal energy
  • Vibrational thoughts and feelings
  • Honoring Divine conception
  • Epigenetics
  • Choices that make you well or sick
  • Doing energy work virtually
  • Rehealing and resealing the gut
  • Focused breathing

Featured Guest

Antoinette Caruso


Women & Spirituality Conference 2019
Antoinette’s Website
Contact Antoinette

Oct 14

080: Kristen Zurek on Raising the Barre for Fitness

Instructor, dancer, and entrepreneur, Kristen Zurek has 20 years of experience in ballet as well as extensive training in jazz, tap, and modern dance.

She received her dance training from Marymount Manhattan College (from where she holds a B.A. in Dance and Communication Arts), Ballet Academy East, the Broadway Dance Center, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the University of the Arts, and the Parsons Dance Company summer intensive program.

Kristen also worked as a professional tap dancer for five seasons with New York’s Peggy Spina Tap Company. She is originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she began her dance studies with the Joan Harris Center.

After moving to Littleton, CO, in 2008, Kristen expanded her program (now called The Ballet Physique) and opened her first studio in 2010. Kristen was thrilled to realize the dream of owning a business that would positively impact the lives of her students while contributing to the local economy.

The Ballet Physique was, in fact, the first independently-owned barre studio to open in the region, and it continues to be one of Littleton’s premier fitness destinations. In December 2012, Kristen expanded her brand’s reach by co-producing and starring in a pair of DVDs. And just last year, she debuted her newest venture—an online streaming platform for barre classes called The Ballet Physique Streaming Studio.

Away from the barre, Kristen and her husband Michael enjoy spending time with their three adopted kitties and their 2-year old son Julian. They love movies, cooking, animals, and the outdoors.

In this episode, Kristen Zurek talks about:

  • Kristen’s evolution from dancer to barre instructor
  • What is barre
  • Body weight and alignment
  • Incorporating ballet movements
  • Body benefits of barre
  • Precision of movement
  • Barre for all levels of fitness
  • Exercise must feel good on the body
  • Intensity of barre
  • Music as motivation
  • Barre discrimination
  • Mind Body component of barre
  • Equipment for barre workouts
  • Studio workouts vs Streaming
  • Doing a barre workout without a bar
  • Barre with babies and kids
  • Lose the intimidation
  • Empowerment on all levels

Featured Guest

Kristen Zurek


The Ballet Physique
Try The Ballet Physique (Use Code KETOKATE for 14 day free trial!)

Oct 07

079: Matt Walrath on Looking Beyond Macros

Matt Walrath is the founder of Beyond Macros Nutrition coaching and creator of the Beyond Macros Coach Certification.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Matt entered the fitness industry coaching CrossFit and teaching nutrition seminars at the gym. Through years of experience working with clients of all levels and backgrounds, Matt realized he could make the biggest impact in an individual’s overall health through leveraging nutrition strategies.

Over the last four years, Matt has developed a nutrition coaching methodology for creating sustainable transformations in clients, along with systems for training coaches to do the same. This methodology and these systems are exactly what he teaches in the Beyond Macros Coach Certification program.

In this episode, Matthew Walrath talks about:

  • How Matt started out in the fitness business
  • After the honeymoon phase of owning your business
  • Feeling like you have to use your degree
  • How to identify an energy vampire in your life
  • The “protection purge”
  • Building resilience
  • How energy vampires affect overall wellness
  • The “attack mind”
  • How mental health affects physical health transformations
  • Cortisol gets a bad rap
  • Sleep for whole body health
  • Centralizing fat storage
  • Difference between building resilience and being desensitized
  • Tips for developing a healthy mindset
  • Your results in life are your own choices
  • Difficult clients as your best teachers
  • Being able to identify your ideal client as a business owner
  • Feeling like a difficult client

Featured Guest

Matthew Walrath


Beyond Macros: Services
Beyond Macros: Courses

Sep 30

078: Sarah Fragoso on Opting Out of Overwhelm

Sarah Fragosois an international best selling author of 5 books and is the founder of the Everyday Paleo brand. She has over a decade of experience as a certified strength and conditioning coach, is co-owner of JS Strength & Conditioning in Chico, CA, and holds a degree in Psychology as well as certifications in mindfulness practice.

Sarah helps women around the world with her thriving online platforms as well as conducting consistently sold out nationwide seminars and worldwide retreats. Sarah’s latest book Hangry, co-authored with Dr. Brooke Kalanick ND, launched on June 4th and is now helping women everywhere go from Hangry B*tch to Happy Babe!

In this episode, Sarah Fragoso talks about:

  • The overwhelm of daily life
  • Guilt when we don’t “get it all done”
  • Sarah’s personal mindfulness practice
  • Being intentional during meditation
  • Having a “spiritual IV”
  • Allowing yourself to feel negative emotions
  • Quick guided meditation with Sarah
  • Favorite guided meditations
  • Why we get hangry
  • Two hormones we have the most control over
  • Physiological side of being hangry
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Constant change in hormones, and adapting to change
  • Listening to your body
  • Body acceptance
  • Full engagement living
  • The 4 Week Hangry program
  • Finding what works for you
  • Being your best friend
  • Opting out of overwhelm
  • Living in your authenticity
  • Food addictions
  • The sustainability of diets
  • Pros and cons of intuitive eating
  • Moving forward after identifying hormonal disruption
  • Developing trust in your body
  • Turning into your ACES

Featured Guest

Sarah Fragoso


Everyday Paleo on Facebook
Sarah’s Website
Sarah and Dr. Brooke
Tara Brach
Sarah Blondin
Jack Kornfield
Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Piercy

Sep 23

077: Matt Gallant & Wade Lightheart on BiOptimize Your Life

Matt Gallant and Wade Lightheart are the CEO and President, respectively, of BiOptimizers, a company whose current core focus is to fix and optimize digestion.

Our mission is dedicated to discover, present and share strategies backed by cutting edge research that lead to Healthy High Performance. We believe our products empower humanity to achieve an optimal state of well-being in the body, mind and soul, holistically defined as BiOptimization.

In this episode, Matt Gallant and Wade Lightheart talk about:

  • Matt’s 26-year journey with keto
  • “Anabolic Diet” book
  • 4 main health goals
  • Cycling carbs and cycling calories
  • Cycling for weight loss
  • Triggering survival mechanisms
  • Ghrelin – what it is and how it works
  • Extended calorie deprivation
  • Gaining more than 40 pounds of fat in 11 weeks
  • Women and weight maintenance
  • Understanding hormonal mechanisms
  • Strategic refeeds
  • Diets and food fears
  • Study on diet cycling
  • Feasting gene
  • The psychological benefits of cycling/refeeding
  • Making a list of your cravings
  • What happens to leptin during a refeed
  • How cravings destroy progress
  • How the body adapts to refeeds
  • Metabolic energy boosting
  • Sociological and physiological dysfunction of dieting
  • Importance of muscle mass
  • Strategy for refeeds when doing keto
  • Calorie deficits and refeeds
  • What happens to muscle during a refeed
  • Phases of keto-adaptation
  • When to start incorporating refeeds in a keto lifestyle
  • How to indulge on cravings without the negative consequences
  • Evolution of refeeds
  • When and how to use Masszymes, Gluten Guardian, and Hydrochloric acid (HCL)
  • The effects of undigested protein on the body
  • Digestion’s impact on health and longevity
  • HCL production and age
  • HCL for inflammation
  • 3 areas where digestion goes wrong
  • ER visits and gastrointestinal issues
  • Lipase
  • Maximizing the benefits of refeed days
  • Probiotics on refeed days
  • Transient and colonizing probiotics
  • How to achieve perfect digestion
  • “The Longevity Code” book
  • Taking enzymes on an empty stomach
  • Gluten Guardian for dairy digestion
  • Eating socially
  • Vacation eating strategy
  • Weight-gaining factors
  • Correcting 99% of the populations’ digestive issues

Featured Guest

Matt Gallant and Wade Lightheart


BiOptimizers Website (Use KETOGENICLIVING20 for 20% off)

Sep 16

076: Lisa Simone Richards on Secrets to Succeeding in the Fitness Industry (and in Life!)

Lisa Simone Richards is a publicist for fitness business owners who want to build their authority to grow their business. She helps her clients get free exposure using PR to get in front of their ideal client, and build the awareness, buzz and credibility that gets clients running TO you.

When she’s not shooting national TV segments or working with editors on magazine features, you can find her swinging a kettlebell, getting her zen on at hot yoga, or shopping at her local farmer’s market.

In this episode, Lisa Simone Richards talks about:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • The difference between information and transformation
  • How to get the most out of an Audible book for personal development
  • The root of Imposter Syndrome
  • The real reason you procrastinate
  • Why negative comments are actually awesome
  • The benefit of being polarizing
  • Where confidence comes from
  • One thing to do right now to overcome imposter syndrome

Featured Guest

Lisa Simone Richards


Lisa’s Website

Sep 09

075: Glenn Livingston on Never Binge Again

Glenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and was the long time CEO of a multi-million dollar consulting firm which has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry.

You may have seen his (or his company’s) previous work, theories, and research in major periodicals like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Indiana Star Ledger, The NY Daily News, American Demographics, or any of the other major media outlets you see on this page. You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, and/or CBS radio, or UPN TV.

Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer overweight and/or food obsessed individuals, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants.
Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.
After today’s interview you are definitely going to want to grab a copy of his book: Never Binge Again: Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person…on the Food Plan of Your Choice!

In this episode, Glenn Livingston talks about:

  • Dr. Livingston’s personal journey
  • Psychology behind eating
  • Obsessive thoughts about food
  • Reptilian brain
  • Components of processed foods
  • Super-sized stimuli
  • Emotional triggers for sweet, salty, and soft, chewy carbs
  • Mentally justifying cravings
  • Making food rules that you can live with
  • Drawing a line between constructive and destructive thoughts about food
  • Two types of deprivation
  • Tips for journaling and creating food rules
  • Creating rules that support mindfulness
  • Challenging the “pig” to prevent the element of surprise
  • Planning to eat for specific events
  • Character trumps willpower
  • “I’m the kind of person who…”
  • Developing a dual mindset
  • The problem with aiming for progress instead of perfection
  • Why it’s important to yell at yourself
  • How to update your food rules
  • Reprogramming yourself to think like a permanently thin person
  • Decision fatigue
  • Rules vs. Guidelines for dangerous trigger points
  • Addiction to dieting
  • The “biological error” concept
  • Drugs in our food
  • The one thing you can do right now to stop binging

Featured Guest

Glenn Livingston, Ph.D.


Never Binge Again Website

Sep 02

074: Dr. Will Cole on The Inflammation Spectrum

Dr. Will Cole, a leading functional medicine practitioner, specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune, hormonal dysfunctions, and more.

He consults locally in the Pittsburgh area as well as webcam and phone consultations for people across the country and around the world.

Dr. Cole is a health writer for international publications such as mindbodygreen and lectures nationally. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Ketotarian, in which he melds the powerful benefits of a ketogenic diet with a plant-based one.

Dr. Cole is the genius behind the forthcoming book, The Inflammation Spectrum: Find Your Food Triggers and Reset Your System, a revolutionary new plan to discover the foods your unique body loves, hates, and needs to feel great.

In this episode, Dr. Will Cole talks about:

  • Functional medicine vs mainstream medicine
  • The “functional range” of wellness
  • Identifying root cause issues
  • Defining the Inflammation Spectrum
  • Chronic issues all have an inflammatory component
  • One side of the Spectrum to the other side
  • Hope for diagnosis
  • Lifestyle choices that cause inflammation levels
  • Lack of inflammatory balance
  • Pregnancy and the Inflammation Spectrum
  • Fluctuations of inflammation
  • Taking the Inflammation Quiz throughout life
  • Additional testing recommendations
  • How quickly people can start feeling better
  • Larger trajectory of healing
  • Environmental toxins and inflammation
  • Changing genetic expression
  • Having kids take the Inflammation Quiz
  • The role of natural supplements in reducing inflammation
  • The Inflammation Spectrum tool box
  • Finding what you need to live your best life
  • Grace and clarity
  • Intentionally feeling great

Featured Guest

Dr. Will Cole


Dr. Will Cole’s Website

Aug 26

073: Autumn Smith on Real Food Nutrition for Mental and Physical Wellness

Autumn Fladmo Smith is the co-founder of Paleovalley and Wild Pastures, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition, is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, and a Certified FDN Practitioner.

Her passion for health began with her own struggles with IBS and anxiety: despite a career as a professional dancer and celebrity fitness trainer, Autumn’s own health was in shambles.

Desperate for a cure, she and her husband Chas stumbled upon the paleo diet in 2011 and within a month of beginning it, her health was completely transformed. Autumn then made it her mission to share the information she had learned with as many people as possible.

She is now the co-founder of Paleovalley, an organic whole-food supplement and paleo snack food company that prioritizes nutrient density and food quality.

In 2018, she took things a step further and launched her second business with her husband: Wild Pastures, a regenerative pasture-based meat delivery service. Wild Pastures makes supporting sustainable agriculture and local, small farms easy for consumers.

She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and their son, Maveric.

In this episode, Autumn Smith talks about:

  • Autumn’s personal health struggles
  • Mental health struggles
  • Super fit but not well
  • Healing with Paleo
  • Difficulty in finding good snacks while traveling
  • Going hardcore with Paleo
  • Importance of being low carb for energy
  • 3 things to understand about diet and mental health
  • Identifying inflammation
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • 3 days of tracking in cronometer for nutrient identification
  • Learning how to balance blood sugar
  • How our bodies respond to food is as unique as our fingerprints
  • Most protective foods for mental health issues
  • Autumn’s green shake recipe
  • Understanding where ingredients come from
  • The truth about “free-range” and “grass-fed”
  • How the treatment of animals impacts the taste of the meat
  • Why to avoid encapsulated citric acid
  • Grass-fed meat as best food to protect against anxiety
  • Importance of Vitamin C in its whole form
  • Vitamin C as a natural adderall
  • Vitamin C for viral infections
  • The awesome power of apple cider vinegar
  • Acne and gut health
  • Moving cows around to stimulate grass growth and regenerate soil

Featured Guest

Autumn Smith



Aug 19

072: Krishna Kaliannan on Cereal: It’s Back on the Menu (and it’s Keto!)

Krishna Kaliannan has never run from anything, including a life-altering diagnosis. After managing Type-1 diabetes for years, he was frustrated with a lack of healthy breakfast options and decided to do something about it.

As founder of Catalina Crunch, Krishna prides himself in helping healthy eaters everywhere discover that low-carb breakfasts don’t have to sacrifice flavor or fun.

In this episode, Krishna Kaliannan talks about:

  • Type-1 Diabetes diagnosis at age 18
  • Difference between T-1 and T-2 diabetes
  • Forms of insulin resistance
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Choosing the low carb route to manage T1D and epilepsy
  • Rising cost of insulin
  • Creating a crunchy keto breakfast
  • Early recipe fails
  • Cost of keto ingredients
  • Catalina Flour
  • Replacing gluten as a binder
  • Potato fiber as an ingredient
  • Choosing soluble fibers for gut health
  • Monk fruit as a sweetener instead of sugar alcohols
  • Three Catalina Crunch flavors – inspiration
  • Ways to enjoy Catalina Crunch
  • 10% discount for Straight-Up Wellness listeners: StraightUp10

Featured Guest

Krishna Kaliannan


Catalina Crunch Website (Use discount code StraightUp10 for 10% off!)

Aug 12

071: Matt Gallant on Cyclical Keto for Lifelong Strength and Wellness

Matt Gallant is a poker champion, an ex-rock guitarist, a serial entrepreneur (who’s built 13 companies in the last 20 years), a strength and conditioning coach with a degree in kinesiology, and the CEO and co-founder of a company called BiOptimizers.

BiOptimizers has been optimizing digestion since 2004. Their mission is to discover, present, and share supplement products and health strategies backed by cutting-edge research that leads to a happier, healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.

BiOptimizers creates products to empower their customers to achieve an optimal state of well-being in the body, mind, and soul, which the company holistically defines as BiOptimization. Over the past 15 years, BiOptimizers have helped people find natural solutions for difficult digestive problems.

In this episode, Matt Gallant talks about:

  • Matt’s 26-year journey with the ketogenic diet
  • Cyclical keto
  • Sustainability of keto
  • Three key milestones in a ketogenic journey: 2 weeks, 3 months, 1 year
  • First two weeks are ideal for keto products such as ketone salts, esters, and kApex
  • What causes keto digestive issues
  • Combating low energy on keto
  • Carb loading 1X per week
  • Calorie loading for hormone optimization
  • How long to be strict keto before attempting a carb-load
  • The dual-fuel concept
  • Matt’s workout schedule
  • Choosing calorie goals for refeed days
  • What to consume on refeed days
  • Why inflammation blocks fat loss
  • Supplements for blood sugar regulation, and how and went to take them
  • Tips to stay healthy while traveling
  • Combating food poisoning and parasites
  • Combating hangovers
  • Cleansing parasites
  • Viome to test gut biome to choose the foods to eat
  • Importance of testing your body before blindly following a diet

Featured Guest

Matt Gallant


Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures
BiOptimizers Website (Use discount code KetogenicLiving20 for a 20% Discount!)

Aug 05

070: Dr. Felice Gersh on fasting, PCOS, and aging gracefully

Dr. Felice Gersh is double Board-Certified in OB/GYN and Integrative Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. This was followed by a four-year internship and residency in OB/GYN at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles. More recently she completed a 2-year fellowship program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

She specializes in all aspects of female health, with a particular focus on managing female hormonal dysfunctions.

In addition to her many national and international speaking engagements, she works full time as the Medical Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. She served many years as an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at the Keck/USC School of Medicine and currently serves as a Consultative Faculty member with the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Dr. Gersh has been awarded membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, named the outstanding volunteer faculty for the OB/GYN Department at USC-Keck School of Medicine, and identified as a Physician of Excellence for Orange County 16 years in a row.

She has recently completed her first book, PCOS SOS: a Gynecologist’s Lifeline to Naturally Restore Your Rhythms, Hormones, and Happiness, which is now available for purchase on Amazon.

In this episode, Dr. Felice Gersh talks about:

  • Fasting benefits
  • Groups of women who can benefit the most from fasting
  • Time-restricted eating for healing
  • Function of mitochondria
  • The liver’s role in metabolic health
  • Multifaceted approach to healing
  • Dangers of birth control
  • The Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD)
  • Autophagy and mitophagy for a longer lifespan
  • Prolon protocol
  • Why women should not be in a constant state of ketosis
  • Dr. Gersh’s nutritional recommendations
  • When women should not fast
  • What happens to our brains and bodies when we breastfeed
  • Exercise recommendations

Featured Guest

Dr. Felice Gersh


Integrative Medical Group of Irvine
Dr. Gersh’s Website
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Jul 29

069: Taylor Johnson on Esports: Innovative Technology for Optimizing Performance, in Gaming and in Life.

Taylor Johnson has an incredible mind when it comes to looking at all aspects of performance. He came from collegiate and professional sport, including the NFL San Francisco 49ers, and has become laser-focused on utilizing his insights to create and support performance cultures from the ground up in gaming and esports.

He stands for promoting health and wellness to millions of people worldwide through esports. His work includes building comprehensive programs and initiatives in training, research, and education for professional esport organizations, consulting esport startups on go-to market strategies, and designing performance training camps for all ages.

Taylor has both a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Biology as well as certifications in strength and conditioning training, corrective exercise, nutrition, and sports performance.

In this episode, Taylor Johnson talks about:

  • What are eSports
  • Evolution of eSports
  • How do eSports help promote health and wellness among children
  • Encouraging gamers to move and eat healthy
  • 3 things holding gamers back from healthy movement
  • Shaping the training environment
  • Overuse injuries and prevention
  • eSports scholarship opportunities
  • Demographics
  • Burnout
  • Toxic Environments
  • Improving communication
  • Getting started – best games
  • eSports communities
  • Most important tips for parents
  • Where our listeners can find and follow

Featured Guest

Taylor Johnson


Taylor Johnson Performance

Jul 22

068: Cameron George on The Calming Health Benefits of Kava

Cameron George is the co-founder of Kavaplex, a ready-to-use full-spectrum kava oil.

Cameron became ill in 2009 with a severe autoimmune condition while in his second year of college at the University of Arkansas. An avid distance runner, this seemingly-normal 19 year-old began spiraling into an immune/nervous system crash leaving him weak, tired and unmotivated.

The next few years were horrific as his health and mental cognition steadily declined. Going from doctor to doctor in various cities throughout the country, medication to medication…nothing was helping.

He was running out of foods that he could eat and now he was running out of water choices. Just when things seemed to be at rock bottom the unthinkable happened…his body began to refuse all food AND water. Everything that touched his lips caused his body to go into convulsions and he was unable to eat or drink for 12 days.

While researching on the internet he found stories and podcasts of Dr. Dan Pompa of Park City, Utah. Upon contacting Dr. Pompa the family was fortunate to have him sign on as Cameron’s health coach to teach him how to cleanse and feed his body so his body could then heal itself.

He and Dr. Pompa discussed trying Kava in various forms to potentially calm his nervous system and reduce the severity of reactions. It was not overnight, it took time and it tasted awful, but it was working beautifully!

Cameron’s return to health embedded in him a burning desire to share this path to health with everyone who needs it. Today his goal is to help the millions that are suffering, by using the root of the amazing kava plant.

In this episode, Cameron George talks about:

  • Cameron’s personal health journey
  • What is Kava?
  • Properly extracting kava for effectiveness
  • Noble kavas
  • Main benefits of kava
  • Kava for fasting and ketosis
  • The interesting taste of kava
  • How do you take it?
  • Cumulative effect
  • Testing kava
  • Anyone who should not take kava?
  • Where to find and follow Cameron

Featured Guest

Cameron George


Kavaplex Website
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Jul 15

067: Amy Monson on Keto Wellness for the Whole Family

Amy Monson was born and raised in a small farming community in rural Minnesota. In July of 1997, she joined the MN Army National Guard.

Amy ended up with a 20-year career and three overseas deployments: Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Believe it or not, Afghanistan was where she found her interest in agriculture and decided to go back to school in order to learn about our food systems from crops to animals.

Amy received her BS in General Agriculture with a minor in AG Education from North Dakota State University in 2015. She really enjoyed school, so she continued with Graduate School. She graduated in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Education. Amy then began her teaching career as an Agriculture teacher in the public education system. In June of 2018, Amy retired from the MN Army National Guard after 20+ years of service.

Amy and her husband, Paul, were blessed with 3 kids in December of 2014, after fostering for a year they were able to adopt all three kids! With kids that were adopted from the foster care system, they all came with their own special needs and circumstances.

Amy started researching the Keto lifestyle for herself and found the great benefits it could offer her kids. Amy is very passionate about the Keto lifestyle, which is why she became a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach so she could help others and their families achieve their goals using this lifestyle.

In this episode, Amy Monson talks about:

  • What is your background, and what made you adopt a ketogenic lifestyle?
  • How do you manage keto with your family?
  • What have been some of the major benefits you have seen both for yourself, as well as your kids?
  • How do you deal with your kids’ nutrition when they are eating outside of the home?
  • What inspired you to write your cookbook, Mission Keto?
  • What can we expect to find in your book?
  • Favorite recipes from the cookbook
  • Where can we buy the book?
  • Where can our listeners connect with you online?

Featured Guest

Amy Monson


Amy’s Website
Mission: Keto Family Cookbook
Mission:Keto Facebook Group

Jul 08

066: Laura Rupsis on Ancestral Living for Optimal Health and Fitness

Laura Rupsis is a CrossFit affiliate owner and trainer, Nutrition/Health Coach and Primal Lifestyle Resource. Laura is committed to coaching others into a healthy, real food, holistic lifestyle that best suits the unique metabolic and lifestyle needs of each individual.

After spending 20 years in finance, Laura adopted an Ancestral diet and lifestyle in her journey
to get well after battling a mysterious chronic illness that, to this day, was never diagnosed. The
diagnosis proved to be irrelevant when ditching inflammatory foods, managing stress, sleeping
and moving more proved to be the cure.

She earned her first health coach certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012 where she studied over 100 different dietary theories. Based on her personal experience and years of independent research, she quickly learned that there are NOT 100 VALID dietary theories and an “Ancestral” approach to diet and lifestyle was the most effective.

Laura found CrossFit in 2012 in an effort to find a whole body, fully functional fitness program and fell in love with it. It is also where Laura met and married CrossFit trainer Brad Rupsis. In 2014 Laura and Brad opened Absolution CrossFit in La Grange, IL.

Laura also aligned herself with the Primal Health Coach Certification program in 2014. As a
matter of fact, Laura believed in the Ancestral lifestyle so much, she joined the Primal HealthCoach Institute team in 2016. She is the admissions director, a staff coach to the communities
coaches and also co-hosts the Health Coach Radio podcast.

On top of all this, as a working mother of 4 children, Laura understands the demands of today’s
busy lifestyle and the detrimental impact the dietary choices so many of us make in the interest
of convenience.

Laura Certifications Include: CF Level 1, MovNat L1, IIN Certified Health Coach, Certified Primal
Health Coach.

In this episode, Laura Rupsis talks about:

  • What is the Ancestral Lifestyle?
  • Biggest reason we are fat, sick, unhealthy
  • What is your own story behind adopting this way of eating and living?
  • What is the difference between Primal, Paleo and Keto?
  • Is organic required for Primal?
  • What are some of the major health benefits of a primal diet?
  • What is the best resource for more information on the primal lifestyle?
  • Tell us about Primal Health Coach Institute – what it is, how it works, who it’s for
  • Where can we go to become a Primal Health Coach?

Featured Guest

Laura Rupsis


Primal Health Coach Institute
Health Coach Radio Podcast
Primal Blueprint Books
Mark’s Daily Apple