Mending the fabric of the female health story.


Mending the fabric of the female health story.

178: Deep Health: A Practice of Courage

Consistently honoring the needs of your mind, body and soul is no small thing. It will require you to learn new skills, set boundaries, risk failure, and lean into discomfort often and much.

And you will need a strong dose of courage to do those things.

Cultivating a state of deep health requires that you practice being courageous and in this episode I dish out suggestions for how to do just that.

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177: Deep Health: A Practice of Integrity

1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
2. the state of being whole and undivided

Women come to work with me NOT because of the extra weight they are carrying or the lack of energy they are experiencing (although they often convince themselves that IS why they are seeking out my help).

The real reason women come to work with me is that they want to get themselves out of what I call integrity pain.

What’s integrity pain? The emotional and physical pain that is a direct result of your actions being misaligned with what it is you say you want for your life.

Getting out of integrity pain requires deep honesty with yourself and a willingness to see yourself as a complete and whole person, not just a body.

And that is a very tall order for many women who have spent years, decades and even a lifetime being indoctrinated by the diet industry.

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176: Deep Health: A Practice of Expansion

For decades the diet industry has encouraged women to pursue smaller bodies by way of restricting food, which has ultimately, lead to the restriction of so many other things.

Restriction of self-respect.
Restriction of happiness.
Restriction of living life full out.

…until the “weight goal” is achieved.

All this “restriction” is depleting health not fortifying it.

Deep health, which I define extensively in this episode, is created from a place of expansion, not restriction.

Have a listen to this week’s episode to find out more about why I teach expansion to my clients, rather than restriction, as a way to improve health and, if you think it is valuable, share it with another woman who you think could benefit from listening.

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175: 4 Delightful Ways to Come Home to Yourself

Summer brings back fond childhood memories for many women; a time when we were less concerned about productivity and far more interested in seeking out fun, new adventures and even making new friends.

Most women I coach to improve their health and overall happiness with their life could benefit from an infusion of that childlike spirit.

Play, laughter, adventure, creativity, social connection and nature are nutrients that many women have pushed aside in their adult years because they are things that feel like guilty pleasures.

In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I remind listeners why these elements are so essential to your health and how to start infusing your life with more of them.

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174: Reclaiming Your Power Around Food & Alcohol This Summer (and always)

Summer presents us with a lot of opportunities to celebrate, travel and enjoy the company of family and friends, which can be oh-so-good for the heart and soul AND a little (or a lot) challenging for women who are trying to improve their relationship with food and alcohol.

In this episode, I talk about some of the biggest challenges people face in social situations and how to make choices that won’t have you regretting your decisions the next day.

Have a listen. Share your thoughts. Pass this on to a woman you think could benefit from listening to it.

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173: The REAL Secret to Rocking Your Swimwear This Summer (it is not what you think)

The diet and fitness industries would have you believe that if you want to rock your swimwear (or any “wear”, for that matter), you need a detox, a highly specialized diet or a new exercise routine.

What you really need, I would argue, is to change the way you are thinking about your body.

When you shift your focus from all that is wrong with your body to all that your body is doing awesomely well, not only do you feel better, but you DO better. You take better care of things you appreciate. #truestory

In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I talk about ways to mend your body image so can spend less time beating yourself up and more time embracing the preciousness of summer.

Have a listen. Share your thoughts:)

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172: Best Summer Ever

Last summer was NOT my best summer ever.

It was emotionally draining and I committed to way too many work projects, which made me feel like I literally missed the magic of summer. Which, I had a lot of disappointment about.

So, this year I took some time to be intentional about how I move through my summer, so I can experience as much summer magic as possible.

In this episode of the podcast, and all month long, the Grace & Grit Podcast will be dedicated to helping you design and live a summer that nourishes your mind, body, and soul.

I hope you’ll join me as we travel through the next few weeks, so you too can be very intentional about how you live your precious summer days.

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171: When Protecting Your Mental Health Means Making Hard Choices w/ Marianne van den Broek Ph.D.

Mental health should be a priority for EVERYONE, which is something we have emphasized throughout this month on the Grace & Grit Podcast.

Nourishing your mental health looks like:
=> Learning skills that help you navigate life challenges, gracefully.
=>Taking responsibility for your lifestyle choices.
=>Learning how to process ALL emotion without defending, distracting or numbing yourself.
=>Making difficult decisions to stay true to who you are and what you want for your life.
…just to name a few things.

My guest today, Marianne van den Broek Ph.D., is a licensed MD and psychiatrist, who spent 17 years pursuing a profession in the medical field that she eventually decided was not a good fit for her. So, she gave herself the grace to pursue work that DID feel in alignment with who she is and her mental health benefitted tremendously from it.

Yes, even mental health experts have to make hard decision to honor and protect their own mental health.

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170: Why You Drink and How To Stop w/ Veronica Valli

I am super excited to have with me today, Veronica Valli to talk about something our culture has really normalized to the point that it is nearly impossible to escape, which is, the consumption of ALCOHOL.

Alcohol is everywhere!

When you go out to eat, it is very common to be asked if you want a cocktail.
The media inundates us with ads promoting alcohol.
Nearly every social occasion you are invited to will present you with an opportunity to drink.
Most people associate downtime, fun and relaxing with alcohol.

We are living in an age where we have made the consumption of alcohol SO normal, that many people struggle to drink less because they literally think their life will be less enjoyable without it.

And the craziest thing of all is that it is costing people a lot to drink.

It is costing people their ability to face difficult emotions head-on.

It is costing people their ability to be authentic and real.

For many, it is costing them self-respect, because alcohol is preventing them from improving things in their life they say are important to them, like health and relationships.

In other words, drinking costs a lot in terms of both mental and physical health. Which is precisely why I could not be more excited to have Veronica Valli with me today to talk about why you drink and how to stop.

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169: The Courageous Act of Improving Your Mental Health w/ Dr. Sarah Sarkis

Dr. Sarah Sarkis is a psychologist, writer, and performance consultant with a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her integrated approach is big on science, low on bullshit, empowering her clients to achieve long term change and growth through an eclectic blend of psychology, neurobiology, and functional medicine.

In this interview, we touch on so many points relevant to modern-day mental health, including:

The importance of being emotional flexibility
Learning how to embrace ambiguity
Where to start improving your mental health
The role self-awareness plays in mental health
How to find a great therapist
The danger of avoiding difficult emotions
…and so much more.

Listen in and share your thoughts!

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168: 3 Simple Steps to Manage Your Mental Landscape Daily

In this second episode of the “Modern Day Mental Health Theme”, I introduce 3 simple steps to to help you immediately improve your mental state. Clear physical and lifestyle clutter Pause to notice & name your what you are feeling and why you are feeling it....

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167: Modern Day Mental Health

While we are facing a tremendous amount of physical health challenges in our culture today, mental health is the most pressing issue of our time. Our ability to prevent, heal and manage modern-day health challenges is heavily influenced by the state of a person’s...

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165: Disciplined Actions That Will Supercharge Your Life

There are 4 primary practices that I teach all of my clients to ensure that they make progress towards their goals.

Follow Through

These 4 practices can be applied to any area of your life to supercharge it.

So, if you are looking for ways to supercharge your life in any way, do not miss this episode!

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164: 5 Ways to Cultivate Self-Discipline…Gracefully.

Last week on the podcast we talked about the difference between using discipline as punishment vs an act of love.

And this week, I am teaching you 5 ways to apply more self-discipline in your life in a way that feels simple, kind and even joy-filled.

If you struggle to show up for yourself consistently, and you know that developing more self-discipline would help you do just that… do not miss this episode.

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163: Discipline is not a dirty word.

In my opinion, there are two ways you can think about discipline, and how you choose to think about it has everything to do with your ability to use it to move your life to higher ground. What do you make discipline mean?   What could you make it mean?  Do you want it...

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162: The Space Between Grace & Grit

This week’s episode on the Grace & Grit Podcast is the final installment of the Self-Leadership (and why it matters to your health) theme, and I am talking about the two final pillars: self-compassion & self-discipline (aka Grace & Grit).

We need BOTH grace (self-compassion) and grit (self-discipline) to live a healthy, joyous life. The hard part is embracing the quality that doesn’t come as natural to you and not misuse the one that does.

As a health coach, I have seen women manipulate self-love into rationalizing why they shouldn’t have to apply the self-discipline that will help them get happier or healthier. And I have witnessed women use self-discipline to the point of self-destruction because they clearly lack love for themselves.

I am a champion for residing in the space between self-love and self-discipline, which is why I named my company Grace & Grit. One without the other will cage what is possible for your life.

Listen in to this episode to hear more about my thoughts on this and learn a few of my favorite strategies for finding your balance between the two.

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161: Self-Management: Taking Back Control of Your Time, Energy & Mindset

We have covered a lot of ground on the Grace & Grit Podcast this month in regards to Self-Leadership and why it matters to your health.

In the first two episodes (159 & 161) I talked about the importance of developing self-respect, and why self-awareness is so essential to self-development.

You may have self-respect, you may have self-awareness, you may have a game plan for developing the parts of yourself that need developing, but if you can’t manage your time, your energy, or your mindset – you will struggle unnecessarily to make progress along your journey.

This episode is all about helping you to take back control of your time, energy and mindset so you can create the level of success you truly crave with your health, and ultimately, your life.

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160: Shifting Your Focus from Arriving to Becoming

This month on the podcast we are talking about what means to be self-directed along your health journey and the 6 pillars that make-up powerful self-leadership.

Last week we did a deep dive into the most foundational pillar, which is self-respect and on this episode, I talk about self-awareness and self-development. Plus I dish out some tips for improving both of these areas with more ease and grace.

I also interview a client of mine at the end of this episode who shares her insight on what it is like to work with me. 🙂

Have a listen. Share your thoughts and send this to a woman who may benefit from hearing it!

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159: When “Loving Yourself” Feels Impossible

Some health coaches heavily focus on nutrition, others on fitness, and others on mindfulness.

While the work that I do as a coach addresses all of these things in depth, the thing I am MOST passionate about teaching clients is self-leadership, because, without it, nothing else will stick for very long.

In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I introduce what I believe to be the 6 pillars of powerful self-leadership, how self-leadership impacts your ability to take care of yourself and I do a deep dive into the most essential of these pillars: self-respect.

This is perhaps, one of my favorite topics to date on the podcast because it is the bedrock of the work that I do as a coach.

Over the course of the next month, I will be addressing all 6 pillars of self-leadership and how these pillars directly influence your health story.

Have a listen. Share your thoughts. And if you love it, please consider sharing it with a woman you believe could benefit from listening too!

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158: Sleep Deprivation: A Public Health Crisis

Everywhere you turn it seems there is a new diet or exercise program being marketed to you, but how often do you see the wellness industry pushing the importance of sleep?

Sleep is the linchpin to your health, according to Matthew Walker Ph.D., who wrote the awesome book, Why We Sleep.

Matthew Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. He is has been deep in the study of sleep for more than 20 years and his book is both illuminating and horrifying.

I strongly encourage every human who values their health to read this book and in this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I highlight some of the biggest takeaways from Walker’s book and dish out a few of my own tips for better sleep hygiene.

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157: Restoring Hormonal Health w/ Kiran Ram

It is fundamentally impossible to create a state of deep health without adequate recovery and I will forever be reminding my listeners, my clients and my community that the answers to improving health are often not found in doing more but doing less.

In a culture that glorifies hustle, it can be really difficult to slow down and grant yourself adequate permission to rest and recover, which can dramatically affect your hormonal system. When hormones are disrupted everything feels challenging and no one understands this better than women entering perimenopause and menopause.

In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I have invited my friend, Kiran Ram, to the show to help women better understand how lifestyle choices can help to restore hormonal balance.

Have a listen and share your thoughts!

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156: When Restoration Looks Like Making Difficult Personal Decisions w/ Michelle Rycroft

Have you ever heard of Breast Implant Illness?

If not, you are not alone.

I had not heard of it either until few friends of mine publically announced their intention to have “explant” surgery after they started to suffer from inexplicable health challenges over the past few years.

One such friend is Michelle Rycroft, a dedicated health coach and personal trainer who I have had the pleasure of knowing for several years. When Michelle started to share her challenges with what she believes to be breast implant illness, I was intrigued about the illness and started to do some of my own research.

I came across hundreds of stories just like Michelle’s and I strongly feel that this is a topic that women need to be better informed about, especially in light of the FDA stepping forward last month to notify the public that “individuals with breast implants have a risk of developing breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system).”

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures done in the United States. While I am not for or against plastic surgery, I am all for helping women to make educated decisions about their health.

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155: Restoring in the Azores w/ Joana Meneses

In this episode, I interview a very dear friend of mine, Joana Meneses, who has built an amazing retreat business in her homeland of Portugal (in the Azores Islands, to be more specific).

I went to visit her last year for some much-needed restoration myself and, not only was I restored, I was deeply touched and inspired by the place and the people that she introduced me to.

Since the entire month on the Grace & Grit podcast is dedicated to the theme RESTORE, I thought it would be a great opportunity to host this incredible friend of mine so you can hear from her first hand how she was able to combine her love of movement with her native country, to create a restoration opportunity like no other.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it:)

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