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 115: Regina Wallace Jones, VP of Product & Engineering at Mindbody 09/15/2021
Episode 115: Regina Wallace Jones, VP of Product & Engineering at Mindbody I’m super excited to share my latest podcast with you. I’m chatting with Regina Wallace-Jones, a truly incredible and accomplished guest. Regina is the SVP of Product & Engineering at , a leading technology platform for the wellness industry, featuring an app that allows people to discover and book fitness, beauty and salon services, and software to help growing businesses thrive. Regina is also the Vice Mayor of Palo Alto, California where she works to make life better for others. During our conversion, I learned a great number of things from Regina, but here are some of the most inspiring insights she shared: The world of wellness is for all of us, so make it your own and make it work for you; The flexibility and accessibility virtual wellness offers has transformed the way people incorporate wellness into their lives, and only for the better; Fitness and movement carry tremendous power in our lives; they transform our mood and the way we approach our day; Wellness practices can help us get through some of life’s most challenging moments; Healthy living is about being mentally, socially, creatively, and intellectually well. Are you feeling inspired and eager to learn more about Mindbody and the work Regina does? Check out (), (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 114: Dietitian Alissa Rumsey, "Unapologetic Eating" Author 09/01/2021
Episode 114: Dietitian Alissa Rumsey, "Unapologetic Eating" Author In this episode I’m chatting with dietitian, nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and author about the transformative power of making peace with food. As you’ll hear in the podcast, Alissa is the author of , a book which teaches the reader how to reconnect with their body and make peace with food. Alissa is also the founder of , a weight-inclusive nutrition practice that offers virtual counseling and online programs to help people liberate themselves from dieting, cultivate a peaceful relationship to food and their bodies, and live a more authentic, connected life. I love the work Alissa is doing and learned so much from our chat, but here are some of my favorite takeaways: Our society and diet culture normalizes disordered eating, but the reality is that health and weight are not as linked as we’ve been led to believe; Intuitive eating allows you to focus on eating what is right for you, while taking care of your body, without restriction or deprivation; Food can be an entry point into what we want out of life, so it’s important to learn to trust yourself around food; Unlearning what we’ve been taught about food and our bodies is an essential step in living a healthy life; Healthy living is living in a way that is aligned with one’s values, specifically those associated with mental, physical, spiritual, financial, and social health. Learn more about Alissa and the work she does by connecting with her via her (), (), (), (), (), and of course, her book ().
info_outline Episode 113: Is Meal Prepping Anti-Intuitive Eating? 08/18/2021
Episode 113: Is Meal Prepping Anti-Intuitive Eating? I was asked if meal-prepping is anti-intuitive eating and wanted to devote an episode to a thoughtful response. If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s possible to combine meal-prepping your food for the week and truly listening to your body by eating intuitively, you’ll want to check out this episode, in which I discuss how you can plan ahead for your busy week without sacrificing the connection to your body’s wants and needs. I hope you’ll take a listen and draw some comfort in knowing that being able to plan your meals ahead of time can be part of fostering a meaningful connection between your body and its nutritional needs and wants.
info_outline Episode 112: Bande Founder Rebecca Balyasny 08/04/2021
Episode 112: Bande Founder Rebecca Balyasny I am so excited to be able to share my latest podcast guest with you. I’m speaking with Rebecca Balyasny, the founder of a cool, online workout platform called . Bande was born from Rebecca’s desire for connection and community in the ever-changing pandemic world. At Bande, clients are encouraged to find their fitness and their strength as they enjoy fully immersive live boutique fitness classes. My conversation with Rebecca touched on so many important topics, including: Fitness and self-care can be empowering, especially in a time when Covid has taken away opportunities for connecting with others; Even in a pandemic, a silver lining can be found: in the past 12+ months fitness has become more accessible to all thanks to platforms like Bande; No matter your journey, taking care of your health is important and will make you a better individual, personally and professionally: sleep 8 hours/day, eat well, drink water and do things outside of work; Healthy living is about balance, mental stimulation and working towards a goal with real purpose. Want to learn more about ? Check out their (), where you can sign up for a free 7-day trial. You can also learn more about via (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 111: Nutrition for Bone Health 07/21/2021
Episode 111: Nutrition for Bone Health As I often do with solo podcasts, I’m coming to you to answer a question I’m frequently asked: what should I be eating to protect my bones? Bone health is a topic that comes up a lot in my work and for good reason; bone health is super important at all stages of our life. Whether we are thinking about protecting our bones against fractures (especially as we age), or how to best support healthy bones throughout our life, there are some very actionable suggestions and tips which can help you healthfully nourish your bones. These tips fall under two main categories: lifestyle and diet. Lifestyle factors: Incorporate weight bearing and flexibility exercises into your daily life: these types of exercises can be really beneficial to bone health Take pilates classes: pilates trains your body to know how to use core muscles and encourages flexibility Avoid smoking Fall-proof your home: make sure your home is safe to be moving around in so that you can avoid bone injuries Eat a healthy diet rich in bone-health friendly foods (see below for more on this) Dietary factors and key nutrients: Calcium is stored in our bones and when levels are low, our body takes from the bones, so I recommend eating calcium rich foods like dairy products, leafy greens, chia seeds, white beans, almonds, and taking supplements when you cannot meet the suggested 1000-1,200 milligrams/day with food alone. Vitamin D helps enhance calcium absorption. Foods like fatty fish, eggs, fortified products (like dairy), and mushrooms are good options. When it comes to a supplement dosage, ask your doctor to check what your Vitamin D levels are and then for suggestions on how much you should supplement. Vitamin K helps protect against bone turnover. 90 micrograms/day is suggested for women, but dark green and purple veggies are a great way to add Vitamin K to your body. Magnesium promotes bone health and supports bone mineral density, which helps protect against fractures. Leafy greens, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dairy products, chicken, fish, chocolate are my go-tos. I hope you find these bone health basics helpful. As always, feel free to reach out to me with questions you have about bone health and any other topic. You can connect with me via my (), (), (), and (). Also, make sure to check out my book, , where I share tips on living a healthy and balanced life.
info_outline Episode 110: Good Pharma Co-Founder Gary Shinner 07/07/2021
Episode 110: Good Pharma Co-Founder Gary Shinner I’m so happy to share this podcast episode with you. I’m chatting with Gary Shinner, the Co-founder of (), a tea and coffee revolution company whose mission is to provide people with powerful blends of ingredients that nourish the mind, body and spirit. I love bringing founders on the podcast because there are so many great stories about entrepreneurship to share and it’s always so fun to learn about people who choose to bring wellness into the world. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from my chat with Gary: Sustainable healthy habits -- like drinking carefully crafted teas and coffees -- are the ones which will best optimize your health. Self-care can become a natural, effortless practice that integrates into your lifestyle. Successful entrepreneurship is best achieved when you mobilize your team members so that they believe in your mission, values and culture. Healthy living is about discovering and practicing the why in your life, and about the energy that you give off and receive. Want to learn more about Good Pharma and connect with Gary? You can learn more via the (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 109: True Food Kitchen CEO Christine Barone 06/23/2021
Episode 109: True Food Kitchen CEO Christine Barone During my latest podcast episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Christine Barone who is the CEO of , where they celebrate a passion for better living through food. As you’ll hear from Christine, one of the core beliefs at True Food Kitchen is that you should eat with passion. To that end, they believe that the choices you make should sustain your appetite, your health and your planet. I love so much about my conversation with Christine, but here are some of my favorite takeaways: Food is a central part of our lives, so it’s important to learn how to balance eating healthy with enjoying the foods you love. Because the food-mood connection is strong, encourage yourself to eat foods which make you feel better, not worse. Wellness does not have to be identical for everyone, so keep in mind that your wellness will look different from other people’s, and that is ok. Healthy living is about finding a sense of happiness and inner calm for yourself, so that you can feel comfortable where you are in your journey. Want to connect with Chrisitne and learn more about ? You can check out their (), (), and ().
info_outline Episode 108: Are Plant Based Burgers Healthy? 06/09/2021
Episode 108: Are Plant Based Burgers Healthy? BBQ season is upon us, so I thought it’d be a good time to share some information about some healthy, non-meat options for the grill, specifically, plant-based burgers. As you’ll hear in this solo podcast, there are various plant-based burger options available on the market, but are they truly healthier than their red meat alternatives? In this solo podcast I’ll explore: How plant-based burgers compare to beef burgers when it comes to nutritional values, ingredients, and how much they are processed; The safest and healthiest forms of soy, which is often used in plant-based burgers; How the nutritional values and ingredients of 85% lean beef burgers, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat Burger stack up against one another. Ultimately, it’s important to remember that you’re the expert on you, and that indulging in a food you truly enjoy is totally fine. As I like to suggest to my clients, think about the experience you want to have with your food and make decisions that are best for you. We’re really fortunate that there are so many tasty and healthy plant-based products that mimic the beef-eating experience really well. Happy grilling!
info_outline What To Do When You Can't Sleep 05/26/2021
What To Do When You Can't Sleep Today, I’m sharing a solo podcast episode on a topic I’m passionate about: sleep, specifically what to do when sleep is elusive. My interest in sleep and the ways in which one can improve their sleep, stems from my own struggles with insomnia. Though I’ve learned to cope with my own sleep challenges as an adult, I have to really work at it. Sleep struggles are super common. I’m often asked about how to achieve healthy sleep habits, so I want to share some of my go-to tips and suggestions with you. When you tune into this episode, you’ll learn about: What to do when you wake up and can’t go back to sleep; The reasons why people struggle falling and staying asleep; Sleep hygiene; Some of the contributing factors to sleeplessness. I hope the information I share is helpful. As always, I invite you to connect with me on my (https://www.jessicacordingnutrition.com/), (), (), and (). Also, make sure to check out my book, , where I have a chapter dedicated to how to achieve a good night’s sleep.
info_outline Episode 106: Naturopathic Doctor and MegaFood Medical Director Erin Stokes 05/12/2021
Episode 106: Naturopathic Doctor and MegaFood Medical Director Erin Stokes Dr. Erin Stokes is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at , where she uses her extensive background in the natural products industry to educate people on health and wellness topics via webinars, podcasts and radio shows. Dr. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. There are so many fun takeaways from my chat with Erin, but here are some of my favorites: The mind, body and spirit are interconnected, so it’s important to treat the whole person, rather than just the symptoms. Humor is a good remedy for many ailments. There is no one size fits all in the world of supplements, so when considering adding a supplement to your diet, it’s important to ask yourself some certain questions about the quality and certifications of the products. Healthy living means having freedom, because when you have a healthy life, you have the freedom to be yourself. Want to learn more about Erin and the work she does? You can do so via , (), (), (), and Erin’s ().
info_outline Episode 105: PSYFI Founder David Mykel 04/28/2021
Episode 105: PSYFI Founder David Mykel I am so excited to be able to share this podcast episode with you. I have the pleasure of speaking with second-time guest David Mykel, founder of , where he helps people look, feel and perform better by training the brain, body, and breath together through a workout focused on psychology and fitness. I love so much about what David shared during our conversation, but here are some of my favorite takeaways from our chat: If we want sustainable results to show up in our lives, we need our brain, body and breath to be connected; As humans, we all gravitate towards growth and contribution, which means that we’re all high-performing individuals; Vulnerability does not equal weakness; in fact the mantra “I can be powerfully vulnerable” allows one to develop a deeper connection with those closest to them; Healthy living means growing every day in your physical, mental and emotional health. Want to learn more about David and the work he does at PSYFI? Check out the website (), (), (), and (). You can also reach David via email at [email protected]
info_outline Episode 104: Plant-Based Nutrition 04/14/2021
Episode 104: Plant-Based Nutrition It’s been well established that a plant-based diet whether that includes animal supplements or not) has been associated with a wide range of health benefits. In this solo podcast episode I discuss the nutrients you need on a plant-based diet and how to cover your bases.
info_outline Episode 103: Coach, Author, Podcast Host and Bridesmaid for Hire Founder Jen Glantz 03/31/2021
Episode 103: Coach, Author, Podcast Host and Bridesmaid for Hire Founder Jen Glantz I am so happy to share my podcast guest with you. I’m chatting with the sparkling Jen Glantz. Jen is the founder of the viral business , the creator of the project , the founder of the blog , the voice of the podcast , the founder of the coaching bizz Jen & Juice, and the author of the Amazon-bestselling books and . As you’ll hear from our chat, Jen makes people feel empowered to go after their dreams and do what lights them up. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from our chat: Goal setting is key in life, but remember to focus less on the goals themselves and more on the progress you’re making. Everything takes longer than we expect, so start planning now for your goals so that you’re ready to go (with a plan in hand), when it’s time. When setting goals for yourself, look at the year in 90-day chunks rather than in a 12-month chunk; doing so will allow you to make progress and pivot when you need to. Healthy living means ditching the idea of perfection and opening yourself up to forgiveness. Want to connect with Jen? You can do so via her (), (), (), and her podcast ().
info_outline Episode 102: Listener Request: Dietary Iron 101 03/24/2021
Episode 102: Listener Request: Dietary Iron 101 A topic I’ve been asked about by a lot of you is iron, so in this solo podcast episode, I talk about the important roles this mineral plays in our body and which foods are good sources of iron. Some key information I cover includes: The essential role iron plays in our body’s growth and development, the proper functioning of the immune system, and in the production of both hemoglobin and myoglobin. Our body’s need for iron varies based on our gender and age, and the need for iron in women increases during pregnancy and decreases during menopause. While red meat is a well-known source of iron, there are many plant-based sources as well, such as beans, peas, dark leafy greens and nuts. If you’d like to read more about iron, the and offer some good resources to get you started.
info_outline Episode 101: Kate Eckman 03/17/2021
Episode 101: Kate Eckman In today’s episode I am chatting with the lovely Kate Eckman who as a coach, educator and author, dedicates her work to helping high-achieving individuals reach their full potential by leveraging her expertise in communication, performance, and mindfulness. Kate is also the author of the soon to be published book, where she focuses on daily mind-body-spirit exercises and practices. As you’ll hear from our conversation, Kate brings so much warmth and care to all she does. So much of what she shared resonates with me, but here are some of my favorite takeaways: We so often find ourselves in roles because we think we should be in them, rather than wanting to be in them, so it’s important to honor yourself by putting yourself in alignment with you. You don’t have to choose between pleasure and wellness -- both are possible. Allow yourself to go on a journey of self-discovery; by doing so, you’ll uplift yourself and others. Healthy living means living a life where pleasure and wellness combine, and where meaningful conversations and connections with others take place. Want to learn more about Kate and her work? You can connect with her via her (), (), (), (), and her , which is available for preorder now.
info_outline Episode 100: What Healthy Living Means To Me 03/10/2021
Episode 100: What Healthy Living Means To Me I can’t believe we’re at the 100th episode of the Drama-Free Healthy Living podcast. In this special solo episode I share my thoughts on the same question I ask all my guests: “What does healthy living mean to you?”
info_outline Episode 99: Intro to Gluten-Free Eating 03/03/2021
Episode 99: Intro to Gluten-Free Eating I receive a lot of questions about navigating a gluten-free diet, so I wanted to dedicate this solo podcast to outlining some basics about gluten, the problems it can cause if consumed by someone who is either gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive, and how you can go about enjoying a variety of foods even if you’re following a gluten-free diet. I hope this podcast helps you feel more informed and less overwhelmed as you navigate food choices and limitations (though you just might be surprised to hear how many foods you can actually eat!), especially if you or someone you care for has been newly diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance.
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 ().