Drama-Free Healthy Living With Jess Cording
Welcome to Drama Free Healthy Living with Jess Cording, a registered dietitian, health coach, and author. We'll talk about easy ways to upgrade your life, streamline your wellness routine, and explore health and diet trends.
info_outline Episode 98: Functional Medicine Expert Dr. Will Cole 02/24/2021
Episode 98: Functional Medicine Expert Dr. Will Cole In today’s episode, I’m speaking with leading functional medicine expert Dr. Will Cole, whose work I appreciate and respect so very much. Dr. Cole has been named one of the top 50 functional-medicine and integrative doctors in the nation, and specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for his patients. Dr. Cole is also the bestselling author of (), (), and his latest book (), in which he shows how to use the powerful benefits of flexible intermittent fasting to gain metabolic flexibility and find food peace. There is truly so much to glean from my conversation with Dr. Cole, but here are some of my favorite takeaways: When it comes to your health, remember that “common” does not mean “normal.” Each individual’s health issues are individual and should be addressed as such. Intermittent fasting keeps your metabolism more flexible and can lead to renewed health by teaching the individual to take control of their hunger by becoming more mindful about how and when you eat. What works for you today might not work for you a year from now, so make sure to check in with your body and modify your approach to health as needed. Healthy living is believing in self-care as self-respect, and living so that you can achieve both. To learn more about Dr. Cole and the work he does, you can do so via his (), (), (), (), and his books: (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 97: K Aleisha Fetters 02/17/2021
Episode 97: K Aleisha Fetters If you’re a wellness practitioner who dreams of sharing your expertise in articles for major outlets or in a book of your own, you will want to tune into this podcast episode! I’m chatting with K. Aleisha Fetters, a widely-published author ( and are the two books she wrote in 2020!) and certified strength and conditioning specialist about how to identify and reach your ideal readers so that you can translate your passion for wellness into writing. There are so many important insights K. Aleisha shared during our chat, but here are some of my favorites: Life is about relationships and connections, so make the most of them personally and professionally. When pitching your article idea to an editor, demonstrate your familiarity with the publication’s readers and writing style, and keep your pitch direct and brief. When writing a book, make sure you’re passionate about your topic (you’ll be spending a lot of time thinking and writing about it!) and set yourself up for success by scheduling time blocks of 4-5 hours where your writing has your undivided attention. Healthy living means making conscious choices to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Want to connect with K. Aleisha to learn more about the remarkable work she does? You can check out her (),her books () and (), (), (, and ().
info_outline Episode 96: Lifeway Foods CEO & President Julie Smolyansky 02/10/2021
Episode 96: Lifeway Foods CEO & President Julie Smolyansky I think you’re going to really enjoy hearing from my inspiring podcast guest. I’m speaking with Julie Smolyansky, who is the President and CEO of . Julie made history when she became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27. Since then, Julie has continued the company’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing kefir into the United States mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to over $100 million. Julie is also the author of a beautiful cookbook titled, , where she shares over 100 sweet and savory recipes made with kefir. My conversation with Julie shone a light on so many interesting things, but here are some of my favorites: The health benefits of kefir are impressive, and they extend beyond gut health. Kefir -- a 2,000 year old probiotic yogurt drink -- supports our mental health as well by suppressing anxiety, stress and depression. The process of healing is an ongoing journey; it’s not about diet, but rather about feeling good inside and out, and making good choices about your wellness. Food can serve as a unifier, as it tells a story that transcends time. Health living means feeling good about how you treat yourself and your body, physically and mentally. Want to learn more about the many health benefits of kefir? You can connect with Julie and Lifeway via the (), (), (), Twitter (), Julie’s (), and Julie’s book ().
info_outline Episode 95: Heather Chauvin 02/03/2021
Episode 95: Heather Chauvin Today’s remarkable podcast guest is Heather Chauvin, a leadership coach who has dedicated her career to helping ambitious and overwhelmed women conquer their fears and become leaders at work and home. In addition to her , Heather is also the host of , where she guides women to create the life they actually want. As you’ll hear from our chat, Heather shares so many insights into living a fulfilling and happy life, but here are some of my favorites: Don’t wait for a life-changing diagnosis to make a change in your life -- think about what you need and want to feel alive, and go after it. Ask for what you want and remember that if we don’t know what we need, no one else knows what we need. One of life’s important skills is being able to listen to others rather than being an expert all the time. Healthy living means knowing that you are perfectly created and aligned, and that off days are ok. Want to learn more about Heather and the work she does? You can connect with her via her (), (), (), and her podcast ().
info_outline Episode 94: How much protein do you need? 01/27/2021
Episode 94: How much protein do you need? As a dietitian and health coach, I get a lot of questions about how much protein one should consume, so I wanted to record this solo podcast to share some insight with you. Interestingly, I hear from people on both sides of the protein-eating spectrum: there are those who try to consume as much protein as possible, while others limit their intake. No matter where you are in your protein-consumption, there are some important things to know: Protein makes up the building blocks of our organs, muscles, skin, and hormones; our body needs protein for healthy living and to maintain and repair tissues. Protein helps us meet our needs for the essential amino acids we need to get from food. Whether you eat meat or opt for a vegetarian or vegan diet, there are a variety of protein sources from which you can choose. Various life and health stages impact our need for protein. Hungry for more? In addition to the podcast, you can also check out my book, , where I have a chapter dedicated to protein intake. Want to learn more about me? You can connect with me on my (https://www.jessicacordingnutrition.com/), (https://www.instagram.com/jesscording/), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 93: Semaine Health Co-Founders Lauren Lee-Crane and Catherine Lee 01/20/2021
Episode 93: Semaine Health Co-Founders Lauren Lee-Crane and Catherine Lee Today I’m chatting with twin sisters Lauren Lee-Crane and Catherine Lee, co-founders of . Lauren and Catherine have made it their work’s mission to help improve women’s health through education about periods and period pain. Semaine, their period vitamin, is formulated with nine super-powered plant extracts and minerals that lower the inflammation in your body when you need it the most. It is Lauren and Catherine’s hope that Semaine can help give women healthier, happier periods. In their effort to normalize conversations about women’s bodies and periods, Lauren and Catherine touched on so many important topics, but here are some of my favorite takeaways from our chat: The connection between inflammation and period pain is significant and should not be overlooked; The idea that women are supposed to experience pain during their period is wrong; just because period pain is common, does not mean it should remain that way; Women of color are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to pain and health issues; Healthy living means being connected to your body, how it feels, and what makes it feel good, and also not striving for perfection. If you want to learn more about the work Lauren and Catherine do, you can connect with them via (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 92: The Little Book of Game Changers is a Year Old! 01/13/2021
Episode 92: The Little Book of Game Changers is a Year Old! Wow, you guys! It seems like so much has changed since January 14th, 2020, when my first book, The Little Book Of Game-Changers: 50 Healthy Habits For Managing Stress & Anxiety (Viva Editions) was released. Thank you so much for all of the support and enthusiasm during this year. I’m so glad that so many of you have found the book helpful. Because many of you have asked about the book writing process, today I’m sharing an episode about my experience writing the book. Though the writing process varies by individual, I made use of some strategies which can apply to writing projects of varying sizes. In this episode I discuss which were most useful as I put pen to paper and how I made use of my natural energy ebbs and flows during the writing process. is available on Amazon and other booksellers.I am so excited to share the many no-nonsense coping mechanisms I’ve made use of many times in my life, and hope they will help you focus on living a healthy life and lead you to improving your eating habits, sleep, energy levels, mentality, and exercise routines. Curious to know more about the writing process and how I wrote a book in three months? Check out ( ) to read about the writing strategies on which I relied. _____________
info_outline Episode 91: Chef Craig Rispoli of fresh & co 01/06/2021
Episode 91: Chef Craig Rispoli of fresh & co In today’s podcast episode I’m speaking with Craig Rispoli, a renowned chef with over a decade of high volume production, restaurant, retail, R&D, and catering experience. Having previously worked with companies like Gourmet Boutique, Financier Patisserie, Dean &DeLuca and Fresh Direct, Chef Rispoli joined as the Executive Chef. There, he leads the culinary development and innovation team where he oversees all seasonal menu roll-outs, menu enhancements, and recipe development for all corporate and franchise locations. Chef Craig shares fun insight into what it’s like to be a chef at as well as tips for developing healthy eating habits. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from our conversation: When it comes to eating healthfully, it’s important to enjoy what you’re eating, so keep your palate entertained by considering both the taste and nutritional value of the food you eat. The cost of putting good food in your body is nothing compared to the cost of the healthcare you’ll need if you don’t. The best and easiest way to build flavor in the meals you prepare is to eat seasonally. Healthy living is being happy with who you are, what you’re doing, where you’re going and where you’ve been. Want to learn more about Chef Craig and the food he creates? You can connect with him via his (), (), (), () and Chef Craig’s s personal ().
info_outline Episode 90: My Word of the Year for 2021 12/30/2020
Episode 90: My Word of the Year for 2021 I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has thrown the whole world for a loop. Last year at this time, as I sat down to think of my word of the year for 2020, I had no idea how differently our world would look a few months into the new year. On a personal level, I faced a lot of unknowns and I wanted to choose a word or phrase that would challenge me to believe in the possibilities before me. As you’ll hear in this solo podcast, the words I ended up choosing for 2020 were intentionally picked to encourage acceptance of positive change in my life. As we prepare to leave 2020 behind -- knowing full well that so much of its catastrophic nature will follow us into 2021 -- I’ve decided to approach the new year with a tinge of optimism and excitement for what’s to come. It is my hope that while 2020 has been about surviving, 2021 will be about thriving.
info_outline Episode 89: Undercover Snacks Founder Diana Levy 12/23/2020
Episode 89: Undercover Snacks Founder Diana Levy I have a real treat of a guest to share with you on the podcast! I’m chatting with mompreneur Diana Levy who is the Founder & CEO of the D2C healthy snack brand . Diana thought up this extremely addicting dark and milk chocolate covered crispy quinoa snack in 2018 to create a safe snacking option for two of her daughters with Celiac disease. I’m so glad she did because it is so yummy! I really enjoyed learning about Diana’s entrepreneurial journey; here are some of my favorite takeaways from our conversation: Sometimes in life and in business maybe we’re better off not knowing which challenges we will have to face; Don’t underestimate the importance having a work-life balance; When it comes to launching your own business, don’t wait until you have all the answers -- jump right in and try it instead; Healthy living means having balance and allowing yourself to indulge in something you enjoy every one in a while. Want to learn more about Diana and her delicious snack brand? Check out (), (), (), and (https://twitter.com/UCSnacks)
info_outline Episode 88: Earth and Olive Founder Monet Bush on Wellness Design 12/16/2020
Episode 88: Earth and Olive Founder Monet Bush on Wellness Design I think you’ll really enjoy hearing from my podcast guest Monet Bush. In addition to being a mother and mental health advocate, Monet is the Founder and Art Director of , a multidisciplinary design firm serving the wellness community. Monet shared so many fabulous insights into her approach to life and business during our chat, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite takeaways: Though the business world often has us believe that you have to fit a certain mold to be successful, you don’t. Be yourself and you’ll be great. One’s work environment plays a big role in one’s mental health, so it’s important to make it as healthy as possible. Reposition how you look at failure because you will fail at some point. Healthy living means seeking out what you need to thrive, and then living your best life. Want to learn more about Monet and the work she does? You can connect with her via the website (), (), (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 87: Dietitian Amylee Amos on All Things Brain Health 12/09/2020
Episode 87: Dietitian Amylee Amos on All Things Brain Health I am so happy you’ve joined me for this podcast because I think you’re going to be fascinated by my guest and the information she shares. I’m speaking with Amylee Amos, founder of the , where she utilizes a functional medicine approach to treat Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. In addition to her graduate work in Nutrition, Healthspan, & Longevity, Amylee is also a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, a background which allows her to incorporate comprehensive nutritional knowledge into her treatment protocols. There are so many wonderful and interesting highlights from our conversation, but here are some of my favorites: When it comes to Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline, the earlier you begin interventions, the greater the likelihood of seeing significant improvements. While genetics play a big role in our predisposition to diseases like Alzheimer's, our genes are not our destiny. Nutrition and lifestyle choices can influence our brain health. Lifestyle habits such as diet, exercise, brain training, meditation, sleep and education can restructure and regrow the brain in positive ways. While there is no perfect diet, a plant-based diet is especially beneficial to our brain health. Healthy living means creating a lifestyle that promotes health at every age, and one which allows us to die healthy. Want to learn more about Amylee and the work she does? You can connect with her via the Amos Institute (), its (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 86: Dietitian and Author Frances Largeman-Roth on the Best Smoothies for Wellness 10/26/2020
Episode 86: Dietitian and Author Frances Largeman-Roth on the Best Smoothies for Wellness In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow dietitian, Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, who is a best selling author, and former magazine editor. Her latest book titled Smoothies & Juices: Prevention Healing Kitchen is filled with 100 beautiful and delicious smoothie recipes, and is also rich in great health information for optimal wellness. I simply love it! I really enjoyed my chat with Frances and learned so much, but here are some of my favorite takeaways: Smoothies are an easy way to nourish your body with a delicious and nutritious combination of foods. Smoothies are super versatile, so feel free to experiment with them. When creating your smoothie, keep in mind that a combination of fruit and/or veggies and healthy fats and proteins is important. If you want to have more than a liquid smoothie food experience, make a smoothie bowl -- it’ll feel more like a meal and open up a number of unexpected flavor combinations. Being passionate about a project you’re taking on is key to your success. Healthy living is doing what feels right for you on any particular day, and listening to your body and what it needs. Want to connect with Frances and learn more about the work she does? You can do so via her (), her latest book (), (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 85: Mindful Holiday Eating For The Holidays 11/25/2020
Episode 85: Mindful Holiday Eating For The Holidays We’re approaching a time of year during which many of us become concerned about holiday eating and are looking for ways to be mindful about the food and drink choices we make. In this solo episode I address some of the most common concerns I hear from clients and patients. It’s easy to turn to food when we’re celebrating a special occasion, just as it is to do when we’re under stress and are struggling through some difficult moments, so I want to encourage you to not feel guilty about what you eat over the holidays, but rather keep the following tips in mind: Plan and prioritize what you’ll enjoy eating so that you don’t feel overwhelmed with the choices you’re presented with. Remember that a holiday meal is still just a meal, so eat and enjoy, but listen to your body while doing so. If you end up overindulging in food and beverages, don’t dwell on it. Make sure to listen to this podcast episode to hear all of my suggestions for mindful eating for the holidays. As always, you can connect with me on social media to learn more. I’m on IG , Twitter , and Facebook .
info_outline Episode 84: How To Deal With News-Related Stress 11/18/2020
Episode 84: How To Deal With News-Related Stress How To Deal with News-Related Stress As we enter the tail end of 2020, there’s no question that stress and anxiety have taken center-stage for so many of us. There’s so much triggering news filling our airwaves and online sources, and if you’re struggling with news-related stress, you are not alone. In this episode I share some tips to help you cope. First off, I want to be mindful not to downplay the gravity of the situation. To even be in a While much is outside our control, there are things we can do to reduce the stress-causing inputs in our lives: Step away from your news source(s) and limit your exposure to triggering information. Do something that distracts you and nurtures your creative side. Ensure that self-care is part of your daily rituals. If you want more, check out my book, (Viva Editions).
info_outline Episode 83: Pretty Wellness Founder Caryn Sullivan 11/11/2020
Episode 83: Pretty Wellness Founder Caryn Sullivan I am so happy you’ve joined me for this podcast episode. I’m chatting with a remarkably inspiring guest, one whom I think you’ll love learning about and learning from. Caryn Sullivan is a two-time breast cancer survivor who spent nearly 20-years working in the world of sports and entertainment. It wasn’t until her wake-up call with stage IV cancer however, that her focus shifted from looking good to being well. In an effort to help others embrace a lifestyle of well-being, Caryn founded where she chronicles her journey toward better health and happiness. Caryn is also the author of and has podcast where she and her guests share inspirational stories of hope. During our chat, Caryn shared so many wonderful words of wisdom, but here are some which I found to be especially impactful: No matter your circumstances, remember that small steps can lead to significant changes in your life. When looking for a support system, find what feels right for you and what you need. There is always a way to find some joy no matter your journey. Remember to be flexible with yourself; what you need today might be different from what you need tomorrow. Healthy living means having healthy practices that are consistently part of your life. Want to connect with Caryn? You can do so via her book (), the podcast (), (https://prettywellness.com/), her (), (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 82: SAD-Fighting Foods, Revisited 11/04/2020
Episode 82: SAD-Fighting Foods, Revisited While I love so much of what comes with fall – the cooler temperatures, cozy clothes (and boots!) and changing foliage – I don’t love that the increased loss of daylight adversely affects so many of us. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in seasons, and if you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months. Having experienced SAD myself, I know all too well how the changes in daylight can affect a person, which is why I’ve dedicated this podcast episode to exploring how certain foods can help combat the effects of SAD.
info_outline Episode 81: Core Power Yoga’s Chief Yoga Officer Heather Peterson 10/28/2020
Episode 81: Core Power Yoga’s Chief Yoga Officer Heather Peterson Today’s guest is Heather Peterson, who is ’s Chief Yoga Officer. Heather focuses her practice on yoga, meditation, mindfulness, mindful leadership, tapping, breathwork, stress and anxiety. Throughout her journey in the wellness profession, Heather has dedicated herself to helping others find the magic which exists when the physical meets the mindful. There are so many takeaways from my chat with Heather, but here are some of my favorites: Mindfulness practices, like those offered by CorePower Yoga, can impact our lives in amazing and long-lasting ways. Whether we’re speaking of a nutrition program or an exercise regimen, it’s important to remember that what works for us today likely won’t work next year. Because of the nature of life -- it changes and we have to adapt -- being flexible and understanding what works and what doesn’t is especially important. Tapping can be a great tool in navigating emotional challenges. Healthy living means living with vitality so that you can fully feel an experience. If you want to learn more about Heather and the work she does, check out ().
info_outline Episode 80: Ashley Koff on Creating A Thriving Nutrition Practice 10/21/2020
Episode 80: Ashley Koff on Creating A Thriving Nutrition Practice In this episode I’m speaking with Ashley Koff, fellow RD, and CEO and Founder of , which helps integrative practitioners grow their nutrition business by providing extensive tools and resources, strategy support, and guidance via their all-in-one system. As you’ll learn during our chat, in addition to being an integrative practitioner, Ashley has also had an illustrious career in advertising, and is an accomplished author, speaker, media expert, spokeswoman and activist. She draws on these varied experiences and her extensive knowledge to help others grow their dream business. While there is so much to draw from my chat with Ashley, here are some of my favorite takeaways: Sometimes in our darkest moments, we see our light and what we’re meant to do. Draw on those experiences to make your dreams a reality. A nutrition assessment can serve as a wonderfully useful tool in allowing you to see where you are and what your body needs before you make choices. When growing your business, it’s important to rely on the feedback of two groups of people: those who choose to experience you and those who choose not to experience you -- you can learn so much from both. Healthy living is about feeling present in your body. Want to learn more about Ashley and the work she and her expert team perform at ()? You can connect with her via her (), her (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 79: 7 Self-Care Essentials for Uncertain Times 10/14/2020
Episode 79: 7 Self-Care Essentials for Uncertain Times In this episode I share 7 simple self-care strategies to help you cope during uncertain times.
info_outline Episode 78: "Breaking Up With Sugar" Author Molly Carmel 10/07/2020
Episode 78: "Breaking Up With Sugar" Author Molly Carmel In this podcast episode. I’m chatting with the fabulous Molly Carmel, who is the founder of , a program designed to help clients create and nurture a whole new (and healthy) relationship with food. Molly is also author of the groundbreaking book, . As you’ll learn from the podcast, Molly speaks from experience. Since overcoming a battle with an eating disorder, she has dedicated her career to helping people break free of their destructive relationship with food and dieting by overcoming compulsive overeating, repetitive dieting, and sugar addiction. There are so many wonderful takeaways from my conversation with Molly, but here are some of my favorites: The solution to many of our food and weight problems isn't willpower or the next fad diet; it's breaking up with sugar; Healing and moving on from destructive dieting is an act of self-forgiveness; When using social media, do it mindfully and remember the following: comparing your insides with someone else’s outsides is not an act of self-love; Healthy living means living in alignment with your core values and having integrity with yourself and your food. Want to learn more about Molly and the work she does? You can connect with her (), The Beacon Program’s (), Molly’s (), and ().
info_outline Episode 77: Jackie Simeck on EFT, mindset, and how to achieve success 09/30/2020
Episode 77: Jackie Simeck on EFT, mindset, and how to achieve success In today’s episode I’m speaking with Jackie Simeck, who is a mindset coach and certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping practitioner. Jackie helps her clients use EFT to shift from stress and overwhelm to confidence and abundance. One of Jackie’s core beliefs is that we are each in the driver’s seat of our own lives and that sometimes we just need to adjust our mindset to achieve our goals. There are so many wonderful takeaways from my conversation with Jackie, but here are some which really resonated with me: Tapping teaches you how to change your subconscious by creating new neural pathways so your mind literally changes. Sometimes, the lowest points in our lives give birth to the things we were meant to do (you’ll want to hear Jackie’s journey!). To achieve success (or as Jackie puts it, to make your success unavoidable), you need to address your old beliefs and self-imposed limitations; you do this by shifting your mindset and realizing that you are worthy. Healthy living means achieving balance in our lives by making use of a positive mindset, powerful body, and aligned soul. If you want to connect with Jackie, you can do so via her (), (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 76: Inner Workout Founder Taylor Morrison on Self-Care as Part of Entrepreneuriship 09/25/2020
Episode 76: Inner Workout Founder Taylor Morrison on Self-Care as Part of Entrepreneuriship I have such a treat to share with you today. I am speaking with Taylor Morrison who is an international speaker, podcaster, and the founder of , which offers self-care practices that beautifully blend breathwork, movement, journaling, and meditation. Additionally, Taylor is a trained facilitator, a certified 200 hour yoga instructor, and a certified group fitness instructor. As you’ll hear during our chat, Taylor has made it her mission to help people beat burnout through sustainable self-care practices. Here are some of the things which resonated most with me: Self-care means listening within and responding in the most loving way possible; When it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s best to focus on what your gut and your community are telling you, rather than looking around to see what others are doing; Silence can be one of the most powerful self-care tools, providing great healing in chaotic moments; Healthy living means honoring your needs in the present moment. Want to learn more about Taylor and the work she does? You can do so by checking out () and its () page, as well as Taylor’s personal page ()
info_outline Episode 75: Root to Rise Founder Kelley Hoag on the Power of Intuition 09/21/2020
Episode 75: Root to Rise Founder Kelley Hoag on the Power of Intuition I’m today’s episode I’m chatting with Kelley Hoag, a Behavioral Health Advisor and founder of , where she uses behavior change and integrative health to help high achievers create a more free and balanced life. Kelley doesn’t see herself as a coach nor a therapist. Instead, she works in partnership with her clients -- as their friend and advocate -- to help them achieve their full potential. Kelley and I covered a lot of ground during our conversation, but here are some of my favorite takeaways from our chat: When it comes to achieving sustainable success in life, having a strong intuition (and following it) is key. Creating a space so you can listen to what your body and gut are saying is key to achieving alignment in life. Remember that in life there aren’t any failures, just feedback; in other words, recognizing what didn’t work is valuable and empowering as you move forward. Healthy living means cultivating alignment in our lives and following our intuition as we learn to roll with the punches. Want to learn more about Kelley and the work she does? You can connect with her via (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 74: Behave Candy Founder Mayssa Chehata 09/14/2020
Episode 74: Behave Candy Founder Mayssa Chehata I have a real treat of a guest to share with you in this episode (pun totally intended). I’m speaking with Mayssa Chehata who is the founder of . Born out of Mayssa’s desire to create a better-for-you candy, Behave is on a mission to reinvent the candy experience with all natural and chef-crafted ingredients and inventive flavors that bring joy and positivity to your candy indulgence. As you’ll hear during our chat, Mayssa set out to turn the idea of “being good” on its head by making it easy to enjoy candy. Behave Candy’s gummy bears are low in sugar and low in net carb — the perfect combination to help you reclaim your cravings without rules. Some of my favorite key takeaways from my chat with Mayssa include: Don’t be too restrictive with yourself; it’s ok (and good for you) to indulge in things you love. When building your brand, community building is extremely important, so speak directly to your customer so that they feel connected to you and your product. Self-care is essential, so lean into what feels good to you and remember that sleep is paramount. Healthy living is prioritizing finding peace throughout the day and focusing on finding solutions rather than problems. Want to learn more and taste for yourself? Click () to read about their chef-crafted flavors and ordering information. You can also connect with the brand via () and ().
info_outline Episode 73: Carrots 'N' Cake Founder Tina Haupert Dishes On Her New Book, The Everything Macro Cookbook 09/07/2020
Episode 73: Carrots 'N' Cake Founder Tina Haupert Dishes On Her New Book, The Everything Macro Cookbook In today’s episode I’m speaking with Tina Haupert, a lifestyle influencer and the creative mind behind , a popular healthy living blog that chronicles Tina’s adventures, workouts, and recipes, all while sharing how you can have your carrots and eat your cake, too. In addition to being a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Tina is also the author of the gorgeous cookbook, . My conversation with Tina shone a light on so many interesting topics, but here are some of my favorites: Macros are a tool to get you to your body composition goal, and if done correctly, macro counting sets you up for success for the rest of your life. Having an approach to food that isn’t super strict is important, so remember to be flexible and to make room for your favorite indulgences. Setting boundaries is an essential tool, and doing so allows you to show up as a better version of yourself. Healthy living means striving to feel your best, while enjoying the experience of being healthy and living. If you want to connect with Tina, you can do so via (), (), (), (), and her cookbook (), which you can purchase on (), and ().
info_outline Episode 72: 4 Tips For Finding Your Media Niche 08/31/2020
Episode 72: 4 Tips For Finding Your Media Niche I’m really excited to share this podcast episode with you because I’m chatting about a topic I get many questions about, which is how to position yourself as an expert and find your niche in the wellness media world. While I recognize that everyone’s path and story are unique —and that uniqueness is in large part what makes each person so special — there are tips which I believe can be universally helpful. In this episode I share 4 tips for finding your niche. Also on September 2nd 2020, I’m launching the first in my series of () with health journalist Julie Revelant. We’ll be chatting about finding your place in the wellness media world and crafting the perfect pitch.
info_outline Episode 71: Dr. Sheila Farhang on Integrative Dermatology and Building a Strong Social Media Presence as a Healthcare Practitioner 08/24/2020
Episode 71: Dr. Sheila Farhang on Integrative Dermatology and Building a Strong Social Media Presence as a Healthcare Practitioner I’ve got a really exciting podcast to share with you today! I’m chatting with the accomplished Dr. Sheila Farhang. Dr. Sheila is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon whose focus spans millennial skincare, integrative skincare and cutting-edge procedures. In addition to her work in the field of dermatology, Dr. Sheila is also a popular social media influencer (you’ll definitely want to check out her account!) and entrepreneur. Dr. Sheila and I chatted about so many different topics — from integrative dermatology and entrepreneurship, to learning to trust your gut and building a strong social media presence — but here are some of my favorite takeaways: The mind-body connection is so strong that what’s happening on the inside is often manifested on the outside. Hard work makes life as an entrepreneur possible and fulfilling; when you find yourself struggling, remember your why and let that energize you. If you focus on the past — in particular its mistakes — you’re not moving forward. Healthy living means living with intention and constantly revisiting and reevaluating what is important. Want to learn more about Dr. Sheila and the work she does? You can connect with her via (https://www.instagram.com/dr.sheila_derm/). You can learn about her practice at (@avantdermatology on IG)
info_outline Episode 70: Once Upon A Pumpkin Creator Maggie Michalczyk on Writing a Cookbook and Turning Her Nutrition Passion into a Career 08/17/2020
Episode 70: Once Upon A Pumpkin Creator Maggie Michalczyk on Writing a Cookbook and Turning Her Nutrition Passion into a Career You’re in for a real treat with today’s podcast guest! I’m speaking with Maggie Michalczyk, whose bright and joyful personality shines through even over Zoom. Maggie is a fellow Registered Dietitian, author of the recently released cookbook , and recipe developer specializing in millennial nutrition. Maggie loves sharing healthy, delicious recipes that inspire others to get in the kitchen and create something healthy and delicious. During our chat, Maggie shared some interesting insight into her RD career path, the cookbook writing and publishing process, and what healthy living means to her. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from our conversation: The RD career path affords one many opportunities to design their own path. For Maggie, recognizing the connection between feeling good and eating certain foods was key in helping her decide to explore the nutrition world professionally. When you’re passionate about a project or endeavor, the universe takes notice and things start to come back full-circle in ways you didn’t expect. Healthy living means looking within and doing what’s healthy for you based on what makes you feel good. Pumpkin is super versatile and lends itself to so many delicious recipes! If you want to connect with Maggie you can do so via her website (), (), and purchase her ().
info_outline Episode 69: Dr. Uma Naidoo, author of "Your Brain on Food" 08/10/2020
Episode 69: Dr. Uma Naidoo, author of "Your Brain on Food" In today’s episode I am speaking with Dr. Uma Naidoo, whose fascinating research continues to shed light on a very important connection: the impact our diet has on our mental and emotional health. Dr. Uma Naidoo is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and nutrition expert, who is also trained as a chef, and is currently the Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and the author of the upcoming book, . My conversation with Dr. Naidoo highlights many interesting facts related to the gut-brain connection, but here are some of the key takeaways: What we eat affects not only our bodies, but also our mental and emotional health. Foods like fruit, veggies, beans, nuts, legumes and whole grains can have a positive impact on our gut health, as do prebiotic and probiotic foods. Healthy living means starting your day in a way which allows you to connect with your spiritual center so that you can find joy and gratitude in your life. If you’re eager to learn more about Dr. Uma Naidoo’s work, you can visit her (), where you’ll also find information about her book, (), and (),