Mending the fabric of the female health story.
Mending the fabric of the female health story.
Now, typically when I schedule podcast interviews, I schedule them based on when my schedule aligns with the schedules of the guest I want to host. There is really no method behind how the podcasts are organized, which makes it extra special when I am able to host a guest like Jenny Carr to discuss inflammation and then immediately host my guest today, Kristen Boehmer, who has an incredible story of triumph in managing a serious disease via diet and lifestyle after medications and surgeries failed her.
Kristen Boehmer is the founder and creator of Living Loving Paleo, and from her own experience, is a true believer that food can be a powerful medicine. Tune into this episode for a serious hit of inspiration.read more
Halloween is now over (I am sure I am not the only mother out there whispering “thank god” under her breath). I love a lot of the traditions of Halloween but the sheer volume of candy involved in the holiday drives me crazy! I went trick-or-treating for all of 25 minutes with my son and, in that short time; he must have collected several pounds of candy. Ugh!
Sugar makes things taste good, but as far as good qualities sugar provides, it ends there. I really try hard not to label foods “bad” but in the case of sugar it is really hard not to, because of all of the inflammation it creates in the human body.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to nearly EVERY dis-ease known to man. Our bodies have a lot of stressors to contend with on any given day; there are lots of reasons for our system to get inflamed outside of the food choices we are making. So, we aren’t doing our body any favors when we ingest things that cause even MORE inflammation.
Inflammation is a very important topic that I have addressed on this podcast many times, and it is a topic I have every intention on continuing to talk about. Today’s guest, Jenny Carr, is a health coach who specializes in the topic of inflammation, has been on the podcast before to speak with us about this topic. Jenny just authored her first book, called Peace of Cake: The Secret to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet, so I begged her to come back to share some more of her wisdom with you! And low and behold, she said yes!read more
I know I sound like a broken record when I say that if you want to improve your health, you are going to have to create time to improve your health. Many health issues I see women struggling with are a result of women having gigantic expectations and poor time management.
You may very well be someone who schedules your days; you might have an awesome planner and the perfect pen to hash out your to do’s. When I say poor time management, I don’t mean that women aren’t making an effort to schedule their days. What I see is women creating schedules that are often misaligned with their values and jam-packed with outrageous expectations for what any one human can accomplish in a day.
I also see so much focus on DOING, that RESTORING is often neglected, which, as you well know if you are an avid listener of this podcast, is a recipe for a lot of dis-ease in the human body.
So, knowing how much women struggle to organize their time to create a level 10 life, I asked my friend and productivity expert, Amber De La Garza, to come on the show and talk about time management and to give us some simple tips for creating realistic schedules that are in line with our life goals and still leave room for the important stuff like rest and play.read more
Simplicity, in my opinion, is a topic we cannot talk about enough because we are living in a time that is everything but simple.
Building the skill of living more simply isn’t sexy (just as most of the things that will truly improve our health are not). It forces us to slow down, become aware and make conscious choices and it is easy to rationalize not having time for that in a world that pushes more is better and hustle as the only ways to be successful.
You are listening to this podcast because there is something you want for your health that you don’t currently have. I don’t sugarcoat, so here is the truth, if you want to up-level any area of your life, you are going to have to make room in your life to do that and most people I know are living with too much stuff to manage and too little time. Which, ultimately, is a recipe for breakdown and dis-ease, not a recipe for health & happiness.
And look… I get it, simplifying your life can feel really complicated and hard and overwhelming, which is why I am SO grateful there are people in the world like my guest today, Courtney Carver, who has a knack for showing people how to be more with less.read more
I have long wanted to do a podcast episode dedicated to the topic of Money. “But Courtney, this is a podcast about women’s health”
Yeah, I know…hear me out.
I firmly believe that money IS very much a women’s health topic. Money is linked to nearly every aspect of our health because at the end of the day money provides us with choice and choice grants us freedom;
The freedom to choose our health care providers,
The freedom to choose a way of life that is in line with our values,
The freedom to honor our body’s need to rest and restore regularly,
The freedom to choose work that feeds our soul.
I encounter women nearly every single day, who struggled to reclaim their health because:
They feel they have to work 60-80 hour work weeks… because of money.
They can’t afford the level of health care they need to address the underlying cause of dis-ease in their body… because of money.
They can’t afford to take time off despite feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and absolutely depleted… because of money.
They stay in jobs and relationships that are literally robbing them of their life force… because of money.
For all of these reasons, and many more, it was really important to me to do a podcast episode dedicated to empowering our relationship with money.
Personally, there was a time in my life, I couldn’t really talk about money because it induced so much stress, but avoiding it, I knew was not going to improve my relationship with it. And so, I started to do some research, which leads me to guest today, Bari Tessler Linden.read more
For years women have sought me out to help them improve their health, and often they come expecting a list of “what” they should be doing (via specific meal plans, calorie loads, foods to avoid etc.). They are often surprised when I ask them to start questioning HOW they might need to show up differently for themselves to elicit a different response.
How you greet the day is just as important as what you plan on doing in the day.
How you eat is just as impactful to your health as what you eat.
How you move is just as important as what modality you choose to up-level your physicality.
HOW should proceed the WHAT, because how you do anything has everything to do with the impact “the what” will have in the long term.read more
I have had several guests on the show to discuss the power hormones have in the health equation because honestly, I do not think this is a topic we can discuss enough. Hormones influence and govern everything about our physiology: weight fertility, mood, energy, sleep and sex drive…just to name a few things. And their disruption can cause havoc on our tissues, our systems and ultimately our sanity.
While there may be a time and place for pharmaceutical intervention to help balance extreme hormone challenges, there are a lot of ways to balance our hormones naturally, which are often overlooked.
So today, I have invited to the show, Madeline MacKinnon the founder of Natural Hormone Healing to give us some insight into the wild world of hormones and how to create a state of hormonal bliss.read more
Exercise inspires a host of emotions in people including: fear, dread, resistance and frustration. It is a shame that something that has been proven time and time again to be so good for us, can feel like such a hardship at times.
If you have every struggled to stay consistent with your exercise program, you are not alone. Everyone struggles at some point. So, in this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast I deliver my best tips for staying the course, even if you don’t feel like it (because to be honest, there will be many days you won’t feel like it).
Enjoy and please share it with the women in your life who you feel might benefit from listening too!read more
“Cheat meals” and “cheat days” are an integral part of the diet culture vocabulary. And while many people could argue that it is just “semantics” and, therefore, no big deal… I beg to differ.
Cheating implies dysfunction and deep health is not born out of dysfunction (not by a long shot).
If you have every found yourself in a position of trying to make amends with food choices that aren’t necessarily in line with what you say you want for your health, check out this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast for tips and tricks that can help you rework the “cheat meal” mentality.read more
You may have the best intentions for improving how and what you eat, but if you don’t have some strategies in place for doing so easily, you will never take action on it, or you will fail to take action with it consistently.
I get it. Been there done that.
Through my own process of working to elevate my health over the years, and hundreds of women to do the same, I have a few (okay…more than a few) suggestions for making shopping, meal prep and even meal time more simple and even fun, so you can easily turn those intentions in to REAL ACTION.
If you could use a few new ideas for how to organize your shopping, cooking and meal prep to live a more health-FULL life, check out this episode!read more
Sometimes I think we have come so far in the conversation of what it means to be a healthy woman, and other times it feels like we are having the same exact conversation we have always had using different words.
We have gone from:
Atkins to Ketogenic Diets
Aggressive cardio to aggressive strength training
Cosmopolitan Magazine to Instagram
“Skinny is sexy” to “Strong is the new sexy” (as my friend, Steph Gaudreau would say, “No! Strong is just strong.)
The platforms for these conversations may be new, but the underlying threads of the conversations are, sadly, the same:
-You MUST go to extreme measures to return to health.
-Health is a look.
Then there are women like, Rebecca Scritchfield, who are working hard to change the conversation and expand the definition of what it means to be a healthy woman.
“Most people mistakenly focus on their appearance as evidence of good health (or lack there of), but looks have very little to do with it. You can be healthy and have cellulite, thick thighs, junk in the trunk or virtually any body shape. Health is not just measured physically. Emotional health is an equal part of the equation. What people really mean when they say they want “ health and happiness” is they want to be WELL. The secret to being well is treating yourself well and establishing healthful habits you can feel good about.” – Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
If you are ready to be a part of a different kind of conversation, make sure you check out this week’s episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast and share it with the women in you life who you feel could benefit from listening too!read more
“I really love being a diet”, said no one ever.
Dieting sucks. You know it and I know it.
Being in a constant battle with food and exercise is downright exhausting, deflating and not a spectacular use of our 1 shot at this thing called life.
I am a huge fan of nutrition and exercise science, AND I think that a big part of dis-ease in the human body has stemmed from people seeking so much outside perspective about what is best for them, that they have become completely detached from their own awareness and insight.
Thank goodness there are people in the world like Samantha Skelly, who help women repair the bridge between their body and their mind, so they can stop being a hot frustrated mess and step into being the unstoppable, confident being they are meant to be.
If you are ready to care for yourself from a place of possibility and expansion rather than one of fear and shrinking…
If you are ready to dive deeper into what you are truly hungry for, do not miss this episode.read more
Compromising, negotiating and rationalizing your way out of your good intentions to improve your health goals are behaviors that can all too easily become habits. Quitting can also easily become a habit. In fact, the diet industry has been benefitting for years off of people going from diet to diet to diet; it has thrived off of its customers making a habit out of quitting.
Gyms too make money on the predication that you are going to quit on yourself. They know that after your initial burst of inspiration to sign-up for a gym membership, it is highly likely that at some point you will stop showing up for yourself (but still pay on the contract you committed to).
It is a sad reality, but much of the diet and fitness industry benefits financially from you making a habit out of quitting on your way to your health goals.
Which sucks! And, while, the diet and fitness industries need to develop better systems and processes to prevent people from quitting, the quicker solution is found in learning how to break the habit of quitting on yourself. And that is the topic of this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast.
It seems we have become a culture of wanting the solution to all of our health woes to be delivered in 1 nice (and cheap) little package and, man, have a lot of people designed products and programs that promise just that.
Look, I get it…
It is easier to have someone tell you exactly what to do all the time: what to eat, how to move, which meditation to do, how much sleep to get, etc. And I am not trying to diminish the tremendous benefit of coaches, trainers, and processes that can make the road to stellar health a bit straighter, but at the end of the day…
The depth of your health is really dependent on the depth of your relationship with YOURSELF.
YOU are the only person who knows if you doing something because it is truly
enhancing your life, or because you are just really comfortable settling into the standards of the circles you travel in.
YOU are the only person who knows if the things you were doing 5 or 10 years ago to elevate your health are in line with this stage of your life.
YOU are the only person who really knows if your body, mind, and soul are being nourished or depleted by your lifestyle choices.
YOU are the only person who knows how happy and fulfilled you truly are.
Over the past decade of coaching women to reclaim their health and happiness, one of the most common obstacles I see women bumping up against is that they chase so much outside perspective on what they should be doing that they forget to go inside and fetch their own insight.
Check out this week’s episode of the Grace & Grit podcast to find out how to start getting reconnected with your own body’s wisdom.read more
Living life in the 21st century is a blessing in so many ways. We have education at our fingertip and more freedom to choose than ever before. And…
Having so many options at our disposal has increased overwhelm, the time, energy and money we spend on this that just aren’t all that important and we are more distracted than ever before. None of which leads us to a more health-FULL life. Many women I have coached through the years are so busy managing their stuff and schedules that they have lost themselves along the way.
Personally, in my own life, I have been on a journey to simplify my life to amplify the things that matter most. It has been no small feat, but every item I decide to purge, every thought I chose to release, every moment I choose to line up my actions with my values… allows me to breathe more easily.
So, once again I have invited my friend Evan Zislis to the show to give us some practical tips for releasing the unnecessary things in our life to make room for the things that will help us create true abundance, health, and freedom in our lives.read more
The Grace & Grit podcast is dedicated to helping women expand their definition of health because deep health isn’t a look, deep health is a way of being that extends far beyond the narrow conversation of just food and exercise.
Sure, as women, we all want to look good, but we also want to FEEL good and, most of all, we want to be happy. And finding our happy isn’t about adding MORE “to do’s” to our life. Often finding our happy is about being true to ourselves, granting ourselves permission to slow the heck down and honoring the things our body, mind, and soul are telling us. Finding our happy also has a lot to do with hormonal balance.
And my guest today, Melissa Ramos, has made art of helping women to do all of those things. I have been following Melissa for years, and I have witnessed her message of hormonal and digestive health spread like wildfire… as it well should. She shares great information with humor AND she walks her talk.
Melissa Ramos is a nutritionist with a background in Chinese medicine and the founder of sexyfoodtherapy.com, where she helps women heal their hormones and digestion for healthy ovaries (and poops).
If you struggle with PMS, difficult periods, fibroids, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, or digestive health issues do not miss this episode!read more
My mother jokes I came out of the womb dancing. I am not joking when I say that my movement journey has literally introduced me to all the best parts of my life from friends to my career to my husband. In fact, movement is what introduced me to today’s incredible guest, and my dear friend, Babeth Schuring.
When I started this podcast, I knew I would have her as a guest on this show at some point because she is such a powerful example of a woman who literally moves through live with grace & grit and a testimony to the fact that you can step into your prime whenever you decide to. Babeth set out to improve her own health story several years ago and never could have anticipated the way it would expand her life and the possibilities for her life.
Tune into this episode to hear an inspirational story about a remarkable woman who chose to let her curiosities guide her on an adventure she never could have anticipated.read more
The Grace & Grit podcast is one of the small ways I feel I can contribute to helping mend the fabric of the collective female health story. One of the topics, I feel passionate in regards to this, is educating women about how to utilize strength training and movement practices to empower the relationship they have WITH their body. So, I am always on the hunt for guests who have missions aligned with that.
Kirsty Grosart is an amazing woman, teacher and mover who helps others expand their movement possibilities far outside the scope of the traditional “fitness” industry.
In this episode, we talk about Kristy’s personal transition from competitive athlete to teacher, mindset strategies she uses on the hardest of days, how movement has elevated the level of respect she shows her body and how to build more strength, flexibility, body awareness and control.read more
Let’s face it, there is A LOT of information to navigate through when it comes to strategies and methods for improving health, maximizing performance, preventing injuries etc. Clearly, not all information coming at you is quality material and not all professionals in the health and wellness industries understand the complexities of the human body to the same extent.
There are professionals you will meet along your health journey who just “get it” and you know you must learn more from them. Shanté Cofield (aka the Movement Maestro) is one of those people for me.
In this interview, Shanté and I cover a ton of ground, including: using movement as a healing modality, the elements of a smart movement practice, tips for injury prevention, the difference between mobility & flexibility, cold water therapy, the power of breath and so much more.
Definitely, one of my all time favorite interviews to date. Not to be missed!read more
There is no denying that the aging process poses some challenges to our physiology. I just turned 40 this year, and what my body needs at this stage of my life is a bit more complex than what it needed in my 20’s. Aging demands a new level of respect when it comes to how we care for our body so we can continue to engage with the things that light us up and make us feel fully alive.
On today’s episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I have invited to the show, Betsy Ogden, who is a huge advocate of women’s health especially to the population of women 50+. She has an online business aptly named, “The Art of Going Gray”, where she shares her passion and knowledge of healthy living with her clients and fans.
Betsy is a former dancer, physical therapist and movement enthusiast, who strongly believes that a “moving life is a healthy life”. And, of course, I agree, so I am thrilled to have her here today to share a bit of her wisdom with us and to help us reframe our expectations of aging.read more
So often we embark on a change process because we get a hit of motivation so strong we feel compelled to take action… for a while.
A few days, weeks or months pass, and, well…you know the drill… the spark that ignited our action starts to flicker out and resistance starts to rear her ugly head.
We start descending the slippery slope of compromise and negotiation because we often fail to feed the motivational fire.
As a coach, I can give my clients tools to uncover the driving force behind their desire to change. I can educate them. I can support them. I can even toss them crumbs of inspiration. What I can’t do, I have learned after many years, is motivate them, because motivation is their work not mine. Motivation is an inside job.
In this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast, I go a bit deeper into why I believe motivation is an inside job and deliver a few strategies that may help you to fuel your own motivational fire.read more
“I have so much to do.”
“I am so stressed.”
“I don’t have time.”
“I am overwhelmed.”
Do any of those phrases sound familiar?
I hear women using these phrases constantly as rational for why they can’t seem to take better care of themselves more consistently.
And believe me…I get it.
There was a time in my life that these phrases dominated nearly every conversation I had with another person. Until… I realized that I was never going to stop feeling these things unless I learned how to manage my time better
These phrases were robbing me of my ability to be proactive about the things I truly wanted to change in my life. And they are robbing you too.
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed and like you never have time aren’t character flaws, they are time management issues and time management issues can be resolved with clarity, focus, and strategy.
This episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast dives deep into how we can stop rationalizing, compromising and negotiating our best intentions, reclaim our time and dedicate it to the things that matter most to us.read more
Deep health requires a deep level of self-respect. And, while many women may agree with that in theory, they often struggle with the application part. Treating yourself with consistent self-respect demands awareness, compassion, the willingness to make decisions that may go against the grain of cultural norms, the courage to set boundaries and the confidence to protect those boundaries. No small feat…to say the least.
In this week’s episode of the Grace & Grit podcast I had the privilege of interviewing Kimberly Dawson, who specializes in helping people to get out of their own way so they can strengthen their “self-respect” muscle and play full out in their life.
Kimberly has been developing her own inspired approach to manifesting the lives and businesses we most desire for many years. Her approach centers around one significant discovery: that what we each stand for, what we each seek, and what we each unknowingly deny ourselves, are all the same possibility — which she now calls the Point of You.
If you are someone who has struggled for years to up-level any aspect of your life, listen in to Kim’s wisdom for getting out of your own way and into the life you most desire.read more
A few weeks ago I did a short little episode surrounding the pretty horrifying statistics on eating disorders and disordered eating in this country and around the world.
What prompted me to look at the numbers was an article I came across titled, “Coming Out of the Anorexia Closet 25 Years later”. The article, written by a woman named Mia Lockhart, made my heart break a little, AND it also made me want do a victory dance for the courageous and strong woman that eventually came out on the other side of her disorder.
Check out this episode to hear what Mia has to say about eating disorders and what we can do to help raise girls who have a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image. And, PLEASE, if you know anyone who could benefit from hearing this episode… share it with them!!!read more
It doesn’t matter why you think you can’t. You absolutely CAN.
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