Urban Farming with Greg Peterson :077

Permaculturalist Greg Peterson teaches urban farming, proving it’s not the size of the yard that counts!

Greg Peterson is an entrepreneur and permaculturalist who has dedicated his life to changing the food system, starting in his back yard. Greg has a gift for turning his amazing ideas into reality, not letting any fears hold him back. He is the creator of Urban Farm University, where he creates free and paid courses to help everyone everywhere learn how to turn lawns into food – Urban Farming! His incessant positive attitude, contagious except to the most negative of ninnies, steers him on his mission both in-person and online to get real food into real people, making the world more awesome from the inside out.


“Here’s what I know. Everybody needs to eat. And if we’re going to be healthy, everybody needs to eat healthy food.” – Greg Peterson, Urban Farm U


Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How you don’t need acreage to grow your own real food, and what all Greg accomplishes on his ¼ acre urban lot with “a little bit of land and planning” – Urban Farming!
  • Greg’s story of how he turned his 7th-grade vision of healing the food system into reality.
  • How the “art and science of working with nature” can help us use our space efficiently and effectively.
  • How defining his role on the planet at a weekend workshop 26 years ago still gives him chills and motivation to sustain his mission of transforming the food system.
  • How the notion of lack and scarcity only lives in our heads.
  • How stepping into prosperity consciousness is where happiness exists, and how the garden is one of the best visions of prosperity and gateways to happiness.
  • How Greg found the courage to stay strong to his mission despite disheartening and even mean-spirited beginnings.
  • What model is best to spread garden knowledge in your community.
  • How to know when to start teaching what you know to your community.
  • How you don’t have to be a gardener to be part of the real-food movement, and ways you can contribute instead.
  • The difference between verbal passion versus active passion, and how exploring multiple experiences and embracing failure can help us bridge that gap.
  • Greg’s local Great American Seed Up Program, designed to spread bulk diverse seeds in the community while educating on how to save, start, and store seeds.
  • How to allow yourself the freedom to flow with your changing passions instead of thinking you have to stay in the same place all the time.
  • About Greg’s in-person permaculture and fruit tree planting programs, and the analogous programs online.
  • How no one has a black thumb.
  • Why growing food in urban areas is the solution to America’s food and environmental problem.
  • How moving towards prosperity is different than moving away from scarcity, how being “for” something is different than being “against” something, and why that difference is so crucial.
  • How promoting urban gardening promotes happier people throughout the world.
  • How you only need a patio with sun to capture the joy of growing your own food.
  • What the 3 things in our culture are that cause 100% of the disease (and how gardening could be the answer to all of them).
  • What the real human super power is, and how the way you choose to use it creates your experience every day.
  • Why “choosing happy” is so hard.
  • Check out Greg’s interview of me about my school garden program on HIS Urban Farm podcast here.
  • Greg also featured me and my own front-yard garden on his Urban Farm featured farmer blog here!



About Greg

Greg Peterson in Garden - Urban Farm U

Greg has lived at the Urban Farm for almost 30 years.  His home was Phoenix’s first environmental showcase for urban farming.  This 1/3-acre yard features an entirely edible landscape, including over 70 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials. Greg is a longtime permaculture advocate, flunked out of university in 1981 because he was bored, then went back 20 years later to get a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning in 2006.  He is a lifelong continual learner. On his days off he hangs out in his garden with his sweetheart Heidi and their chickens, creating new projects and catching some rays.





Herbs for a Vibrant Life – with Herbalist Rosalee de la Foret :075

Herbalist Rosalee de la Foret shares ways to re-immerse ourselves in herbs.

Rosalee de la Foret, RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist, herbal mentor, and herbal educator who has dedicated her life to making herbal education available to everyone to spread the reconnection with herbs around the world.  Rosalee has a gift for making traditional herbal medicine simple and practical and is incredibly inspirational in her message of how to re-immerse ourselves in herbs.  She is the author of the book Alchemy of Herbs, where she shares deliciously created herbal recipes that titillate the taste buds while reconnected them with the diverse taste of herbs.  This inspirational, educational, and fun interview will compel and teach you how to make herbs a daily part of your life, not just part of your medicine chest.


Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How herbs aren’t just for acute health issues, but historically played a much larger role in our ancestors’ lives.
  • How the simplification of the food system and taste profiles have created a nutrient and herb deficit in our culture.
  • How the phytonutrient diversity “herb deficit” has affected the health and spiritual well-being of the more recent generations.
  • How our herb deficit doesn’t just come from a lack of consuming herbs, but also from a lack of being in a relationship with plants outdoors.
  • How to cultivate an outdoor relationship with plants.
  • Practical tips on increasing your use of herbs in your foods.
  • How to take her “phytonutrient” challenge during your meals.
  • How to create nourishing infusions to use nutrient-dense herbs throughout your day.
  • The side effects of using nettles every day.
  • How lack of bitters has affected our health as a culture, and how to incorporate the bitter flavor into your daily life.
  • How to use rituals around herbal teas and bitters to elevate your experience with herbs.
  • What the different tastes of herbs are, and how to sense them for yourself.
  • How the different tastes of herbs can indicate the uses of those herbs.
  • Why we should include all 5 flavors of herbs into our meals and our daily lives.
  • Why it’s important to approach herbal learning (and life in general) from a state of joy instead of stress, pressure, and dread.
  • How to change our perception from moving towards a vibrant life instead of away from an early death.


About Rosalee

Herbalist Rosalee de la ForetRosalee de la Foret is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator and author of the book, Alchemy of Herbs: Transforming Everyday Ingredients Into Foods and Remedies that Heal. She is also the Education Director at Learning Herbs with Herb Mentor and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. Rosalee’s teachings make herbs simple and practical for everyone. You can explore herbs and herbal remedies with Rosalee at HerbsWithRosalee.com and LearningHerbs.com . Learn about her healing story here.


Join Contributing Podcaster Lori Rose, Ph.D. for interactive classes teaching how to make and use Natural Remedies with your whole family! Join live or enjoy the recordings!


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Adverse Childhood Events and Holistic Healing with Niki Gratrix :074

Abundant Energy Expert Niki Gratrix shares how Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are probably the most important root cause to address for true holistic wellness.

Niki Gratrix, BA Dip ION NANP, is a nutritionist and energy expert who quickly realized that there was an emotional side to healing that was required in her clients for true wellness and complete healing. Niki discovered a correlative study on adverse childhood events (ACEs) by the CDC whose data shows that ACEs are found in epidemic levels in the population, and how devastating these ACEs are to health and well-being. Niki then started a journey to integrate identifying ACEs with her clients, increasing client awareness of the impact on previous trauma on their own health, and facilitated client-based conversation around facing these past events and moving forward for true holistic wellness. In this information-packed interview, Niki tells all about ACEs, how they contribute to health issues, how to identify ACEs, how to address ACEs, and how increasing awareness about ACEs in both conventional and holistic healing modalities is crucial in the evolution of raising human consciousness and well-being.


Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How what happens to us emotionally always affects us physically via epigenetic changes, even before we are born or aware of ourselves
  • How different ACE scores correlate with your risk of health issues
  • How ACEs contribute to digestive, hormone, thyroid, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, anxiety, headaches, pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue issues, lifespan, and more
  • What the ACEs are
  • ACEs: the research missed that need to be addressed
  • How many generations back do epigenetic changes get passed down to offspring from both mother and father
  • What are silent ACEs, and how most trauma is ambient
  • How silent ACEs affect our social relationships
  • How social relationships are more important for survival than BMI and other risky health behaviors
  • Why Niki says ACEs are the number one root cause of modern health issues
  • What the trifecta of contributors to health issues is
  • How ACEs affect epigenetics, behavior, and belief, and how that in turn affects lifestyle choices, health, and chances of fully healing
  • How the addiction therapy world is changing their therapies based upon new knowledge on the importance of ACEs
  • How binging and junk food snacking choices are linked to ACEs
  • How practitioners can create burnout in themselves either through over-giving, over-achieving, or perfectionism in their own hustle for worthiness unless they deal with their own ACEs
  • How ACEs can affect our belief system that we are worthy of getting better
  • How ACEs increase your risk of heart disease via epigenetics, despite 􀍞perfect􀍟 diets and cholesterol levels
  • How our stress thresholds are set epigenetically starting in childhood with ACEs, radiating to brain cell function and gut function
  • How our ACEs can even cause destructive approaches in our healing process, and affect our entire perception of the world
  • How our emotional intelligence is in a worse state than our diet choices as a culture, and how that is initiated in childhood and radiates all the way out through international behavior
  • The difference between superficially addressing stress with clients versus fully diving into ACEs with clients
  • How to prepare yourself as a practitioner to discuss ACEs with clients
  • How assessing ACEs needs to be done on all three levels: physical, energetic, and mental
  • How to figure out your or your clients’ ACE scores
  • Why you need to ask about your familial history of ACEs, not just familial health issues, as part of the pre-intake education process
  • How to know when to refer out clients with certain ACEs
  • How neurofeedback, EFT, essential oils, journaling, time in nature, joyful and creative activities, and daily rituals can be useful in overcoming ACEs and retraining epigenetics back to a more parasympathetic state
  • How enneagram assessment (www.enneagraminstitute.com ) can be used to help figure out how you are coping with your ACEs
  • How setting boundaries in relationships and who you are around is crucial to dealing with ACEs
  • How just talking about a past issue that you have never discussed is so strong that it can change your epigenetics
  • How practitioners can only offer the ACE healing to their clients that they themselves have achieved
  • 􀍞We can only take our clients as far as we have gone ourselves􀍟
  • How forming partnerships with counselors and other CAM therapists is a beneficial way to help clients address ACEs
  • 􀍞If you are just doing biochemistry, you aren’t holistic􀍟
  • How to warn clients (and yourself) about emotional detox when starting to address ACEs, and how to sit with the pain of feeling their feelings


Find resources from Niki including her free report/e-book on how to address your or your clients’ ACEs can be found at www.nikigratrix.com



About Niki Gratrix

Niki is an award-winning nutrition therapist, bioenergetic practitioner, and mind-body expert, helping people to optimize energy.

In 2005 she co-founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in integrative medicine in the UK.

In August 2015 she hosted the largest ever free online health summit on overcoming fatigue.

Niki has spoken on over 20 online health summits and been the keynote speaker at live conferences internationally.

Niki is currently the Education Director at NES Health, a quantum biology health technology company. www.nikigratrix.com

Interview by Contributing Podcaster, Lori Rose Ph.D.

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How to Start Using Herbs with Your Family with Herbalist Kami McBride :073

Kami McBride is an herbalist and author whose mission is to change the culture in our houses, communities, and country to one that embraces and cultivates a relationship with plants in our every-day lives.

She takes herbal concepts and theories and translates them to practical, simple strategies that everyone can use to bring the gift and power of plants into every home and every community.  After decades of teaching, she has mastered the skill of bridging conceptual herbal knowledge with practical hands-on strategies to build personal relationships with plants so we can spread their magic throughout our homes and our communities.  Her four pillars of herbalism teach us these practical skills, and allow us to harness the gift the plants offer.

Listen to this podcast to hear:

  • What are the four pillars of herbal home care?
  • Why it’s important to use herbs every day to use them most effectively during illness.
  • How cultural “symptom suppression” deprogramming is essential in using herbalism effectively.
  • How herbal teas can be used as self-care rituals and family care.
  • How making your teas beautiful is part of the medicine of herbs.
  • How to meet people where they are when introducing them to herbalism.
  • How “herb sprinkles” can be used every meal to support digestion, nutrition, and health.
  • How herb-infused oils can be used to support lymph and decrease dryness.
  • How herbal oils are the “least amount of effort for maximum return”.
  • Why “when people get dry they get grouchy,” and how “oiling keeps us happy”.
  • How herbal oils can be used to nurture ourselves and teach our kids self-care.
  • “Nurture yourself and your child at the same time.” Herbalist Kami McBride
  • How herbal baths can be used for self-care and getting herbs into the body, and how to create herbal baths.
  • How getting out of the book and fostering your relationship with a few plants is key to home herbalism.
  • How using the herbs daily during calm times is crucial to using that connection during times when your brain is too tired or sick or crazy to think.
  • How changing our perception of herbalism to include giving back to the plants that give to us is crucial to sustain the culture of herbalism: “local food, local medicine, urban farm, and urban pharmacy.”


About Kami

Herbalist Kami McBride - LivingAwareness.com

Kami McBride is a clinical herbalist graduate of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (1991) and author of The Herbal Kitchen. Kami has taught herbal medicine in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Department at University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She has helped thousands of families to use herbs and natural remedies for their self-care to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and protect their health naturally.

Find resources from Kami at LivingAwareness.com. Check out her incredibly practical and helpful book The Herbal Kitchen and Free Home Herbalism Video Masterclass.






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Is Camel Milk the New Superfood? :072

Camel Milk is the New Superfood and (in my eyes) an Old-time Natural Remedy Being Revived by Walid, the Founder of Desert Farms

Walid, the founder of Desert Farms generously and quickly sent me a sample pack (which you can get for FREE too!) after our interview and I was super excited to try it – after learning all the amazing benefits. But it’s been nearly two decades since I’ve simply downed a glass of milk and for almost the same amount of time I’d made dairy the evil culprit to my former digestive problems. So while my mind was eager to try it, my long-held thoughts of “dairy will mess you up!” took some time to overcome.

Not only did I (finally) give it a try – I found out everybody was correct. It taste nearly indistinguishably similar to cow milk (as far as I can remember) – and being a huge foodie and herbalist who uses taste to decipher medicinal qualities – you’d have to be super picky to turn your nose to this stuff. It’s really great!

I didn’t plan on it, but I actually put the camel milk to the most stringent test for my body – I consumed it right before a hard workout. Why is this special? Well, when your body is stressed to physical capacity, anything that is not working well stands out. I can really tell how I’ve been eating for the last couple of days when I do a hard workout. Eggs slow me down – but I felt great and didn’t feel help back at all due to adding camel milk to my pre-workout shake. To me, this could support the evidence that camel milk is closest to human breast milk (not that I’ve had any of that lately either) but I’m happy to say that not only is the science good for camel milk – so is my personal experience!


I was blown away by what I learned preparing for this podcast and talking with Walid – and I think you will be to!


Here are some highlights of what Walid and I talked about in this podcast:

  • Walid shares his unique way of finding camel farmers
  • Where do the camels live? Who take care of them humanely and sustainably?
  • “Desert Farms… is a company that provides superfoods from the desert.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The Paleo Diet
  • Immune-boosting colostrum and lactoferrin
  • Camel milk is the closest to human breast milk
  • Why camel milk does not cause the allergic reaction that bovine dairy does (A1 and A2 protein)
  • A case where camel milk actually improved Crohn’s Disease!
  • “Camel milk as a supplemental treatment seems less invasive and costly than specialist care, medications, alternative treatments, and behavioral interventions. Based on our findings, camel milk is safer for children, effective in the treatment of autism, improves general well-being, promotes body natural defenses, is a good nutritional source, and can helps the daily nutritional needs of humans.” (NIH)
  • How constituents in camel milk can improve diabetic conditions
  • Camel milk beauty products have been long-used in the desert regions to protect and nourish the skin
  • “A lot of people think the hump consists of water, when it’s actually fat – so that verifies that fat is essentially your source of energy because the camel does use the fat from its hump to survive the harshest desert climate and to go on without any food or water for a month. If you see a camel that has a flat hump that means it’s used all its energy.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The history of camels: Surviving the ice-age, their role in the U.S. Civil War, their prevalence in Australia and did you know that they love snow!?
  • The character of camels: “A dog’s best friend” and well-trained camels.
  • See and pet a camel at Paleo FX
  • Bactrian (two hump) camels and Dromedary camel (one hump – Desert Farms uses these for milking)
  • What do camels eat in the desert and on the farms? (organic, non-GMO, gluten free…)
  • Camel milk is a prized beverage in the Middle East.
  • Why it is a “functional food”
  • “You don’t really need that much to see the benefits of it – a small amount goes a long way.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms


Use code WFW at checkout to get your FREE sample pack! a $49.99 value!

Check it out here!


About Walid

Walid Abdul Wahab - DesertFarms.comWalid was visiting his family in his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, looking for raw milk. He was approached by a friend with a plastic bag of camel milk, he then quickly realized that camel milk was being used medicinally in the Middle East and the US for complex health problems.

When Walid moved to California, he appreciated how people valued a healthy lifestyle. He realized this was the perfect place to start a camel milk company. After selling camel milk at mosques and ethnic food festivals, Walid’s business plan won the Marcia Israel Award from USC, so he decided to leave his corporate real estate position and began his camel adventure.

Having made the big commitment, he went courting the world, trying to spark a Camel Milk Revolution, and found the greatest and most friendly people. While looking for US camel herders, in the Midwest he came across a group known for being polite and down-to-earth, a group who didn’t exist in the Middle East: the wonderful Amish community, who exemplify hard work and cooperation. Watching them work together was and remains awesome to Walid. Walid felt that they deserved an easier way to bring their products to market, and he loves the quality of their camel milk!


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Sunscreen – What This Mom of Four Chooses – Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship :066

Finding a sunscreen that is non-toxic and effective is so important to this mom of four, she tested 80 brands to set her – and hopefully your – mind at ease.

Katie Kimball, founder and creator of the Kitchen Stewardship blog and Kids Cook Real Food e-course, teaches listeners how to choose between chemical and mineral sunscreens, which sunscreen ingredients to choose, versus which sunscreen ingredients to avoid.  Katie dives into the dangers of chemical sunscreens, the efficacy of chemical sunscreens, and if there are any safe chemical sunscreens we can use.  She goes over the different types of zinc, which forms are safe versus unsafe, and if sunscreen is safe for infants.  She then tells listeners about her amazing resources to help moms get healthy, whole foods back into the kitchen, and how her e-course teaches kids the essential life skill of cooking using her own kids as teachers.

In this podcast, Katie discusses:

  • The difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen
  • The difference between active and inactive ingredients
  • “I can’t even stomach thinking about petrochemical sunscreen on my kids’ skin.” – Katie Kimball – Kitchen Stewardship
  • The difference between titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • What makes a sunscreen safe versus unsafe
  • The problem with the high amounts of estrogen mimics found in chemical-based products and why it’s problematic – “one application of conventional sunscreen on a bikini-clad woman is equal to daily hormonal therapy for menopause.”
  • Red flag words to look out for on a sunscreen bottle
  • Ingredients to avoid
  • Ingredients to choose
  • The trouble with Avobenzone – staining clothes
  • Why to choose non-nano zinc in sunscreen.
  • Changes that the FDA has made to regulations for sunscreen
  • If higher SPF is better, and which SPF range is optimal
  • How this mom of 4 balances healthy sun exposure for her kids
  • The importance of Vitamin D, and how to use sunscreen in a way the allows sun exposure and sun protection
  • Her inspiring and helpful work and resources available at Kitchen Stewardship and why getting kids into the kitchen is important the mind-body-and-soul of the kids and the family
  • The skills each age level, from 2 years old and up, will gain from her Kids Cook Real Food e-course


Contributing Podcaster, Lori Rose, PhD’s teaches

“Everything You Need to Know About Sun Health” 

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Katie Kimball Kitchen Stewardship - Weight Free WellnessKatie Kimball is a Catholic mom from Michigan who has shared her journey to real food and natural living for 8 years at Kitchen Stewardship, a blog that helps families stay healthy without going crazy. Along with her 4 children, she created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help other parents teach their kids to cook, so that they too can get a little break (and raise healthy children who can eat their vegetables). The course serves 4,000 families from 6 continents and over 10,000 kids are learning to cook!

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How to Become a Wellness Coach and Nutrition and Herbal Professional with Lori Rose PhD :063

Becoming a Wellness Coach, Nutrition Professional and Herbalist are now easier and more affordable than ever!

Lori Rose, PhD teaches a coarse at Hill College that offers training for credentials in all three of these professions and in this interview we get to learn about her and how her own struggle with weight loss and health got her onto this path.

  • Are you interested in natural health and healing?
  • Do you want to learn more and help others?
  • Would an online program and affordable tuition (including financial aid) be ideal?


Here are the highlights of our talk:

  • How positive thinking changed her life
  • Learning that counting calories and measuring food (including carrying measuring cups in her purse) is not the way or a healthy way to lose weight.
  • Her experience and thoughts with being vegetarian and vegan
  • “I was not living life… may weight may have been going down, but I was not living live. I was all by myself, isolated, completely focused on food.” – Lori Rose, PhD
  • Some resources that helped Lori to make a big mental shift: Marianne Williamson, Eckart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch
  • How her intention to get a full refund in 30 days for book that promised to change the reader’s life actually challenged her to follow the instructions full and she got amazing results! (and did not request a refund)
  • Gardening and companion planting.
  • Lori’s unique program offering through Hill College to earn credentials as: Holistic Nutritionist, Wellness Coach, Herbalist or/and Associate of Science degree
  • What is the difference between being a Holistic Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and General or Clinical Herbalist?
  • What is the difference between a General and Clinical Herbalist?
  • What can a person do with this education? What kind of setting would this person work in?
  • “Plants have their own unique qualities, their own energetics and so do people – and so it’s not just that someone with this diagnosis can take this herb. You have to figure out what are all the components of this person and what are all the components of these herbs and which one is the best one for that client. And you really can’t that deep into it without pursuing herbalism itself.” – Lori Rose, PhD
  • Contraindications – herb/drug and herb/person interactions
  • How long does it take to complete this program? – It’s designed to cover 4 semesters. It’s two fall and spring sessions. This aligns with an associate degree program.
  • What’s the difference being a Naturopath and a Wellness Coach, Holistic Nutritionist or Herbalist?
  • “My dream is that my students will get these credentials and then they will go on to become D.O’s (doctor of osteopathy), M.D.’s, N.D.’s, psychologist, psychiatrist, nurses, massage therapists and anything in the health field – and then we will all have this holistic background… we will just add holistic healing to the world.” – Lori Rose, PhD
  • Will exercise education be included in this program?
  • “I think a very important part of this field is to avoid the competitive nature that is in a lot of other fields… with scarcity mentality… You’re not competitors, you’re partners.” – Lori Rose, PhD


Contributing Podcaster, Lori Rose, PhD’s teaches

“Everything You Need to Know About Sun Health” 

Demo, e-booklet + 3 Recipes!

How much sun is ok?

What about kids?


Free for a limited time – Join us!

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Hi everyone! I am Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, board certified nutrition professional (CNP), board certified holistic nutrition consultant (BCHN), registered herbalist (AHG), wellness coach, teacher, wife, and mom.  I am a passionate studier of nutrition, herbalism, spirituality, and pretty much anything that makes our minds, bodies, souls, and planet a better place to inhabit.  I have taught biology and nutrition at a local community college for around ten years, have been back-yard organic gardening for around five years, and have been pursuing clinical herbalism for several years.   I recently developed, created, and now instruct the Hill College Holistic Wellness Program, the most thorough, affordable wellness program in the country.  Thanks to my variety of education in how the body works, scientific literacy, environmental impact, and nutrition, I skillfully combine this knowledge to use science-based nutrition and herbalism to address the root cause of your health issues.  I am honored you are here, and hope you will join me on my quest for holistic wellness! Visit Lori’s website here.

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Natural Remedies for Grief with Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall :062

Grief often does just need time for healing, but there are natural and herbal remedies that can ease the process.


With over 35 years of nursing experience in the critical care and emergency room – Lora Krall is very familiar with tragedy and grief. As if being present with grieving families over the years was not enough experience; the recent loss of her son and many other family members (30 in total) in a two and half year period, make her even more of an expert.


Lora shares from her nursing background, personal grief and herbal training. She has some tremendously valuable insight.




Here are some highlights of our discussion on grief:

  • Lora began learning about herbs as nutritional support and prevention
  • The lack of support for health professionals to talk about grief
  • Being a community herbalist
  • “There are so many places where herbs and conventional/allopathic medicine can work well together. I see no reason why we can’t use the best of both.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • What our culture sees as acceptable ways and time frames for dealing with grief.
  • Where grief pops up: loss of pets, family members, a job, a home, an idea, a dream…
  • What happens when people do not deal with their grief?
  • Go spend time in nature. That is so incredibly healing.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • Death builds life.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • Hawthorn blend: Mimosa bark, Hawthorn, lavender – causes a gentle opening like a flower for a heart closed by grief.
  • The subtle, gentle effects of herbs.
  • Herbal stories
  • Grief in a community
  • “Violet helps you in the journey from the head to the heart.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • “Borage gives you courage and helps you stand up and face the world.”  – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • How do you deal with death as in an ending of a relationship where you may encounter the situation or people again? Ceremony: write letters and burn them as a method of release, nurture the loss especially when it’s between two females (motherwort)
  • Violet is also known as “Heart Ease” – the metaphors in our language.
  • When you (or a friend is) are sick to death: Linden Flower, Lavender, Chamomile in a foot bath – and some Rosemary for remembrance and peppermint to move things along.
  • Letting go of grief for ideas and dreams that have never come to be.
  • What to do and not to do with someone who is grieving. (Don’t not talk about IT.) Use light touch, not smothering hugs. If you bring food, keep it light: nutritious soups, light teas, juices and things that are easy to make. Not heavy, creamy hot dishes. Just saying, “I’m thinking of you.” is enough.
  • Are there cultures that deal with grief “better”?
  • What can we do to deal with grief better? Lora shares about the “Spirit Bowl”. Honoring the loss of a family member for a year to allow them to integrate into their new environment. This can be done by creating an altar for the one who has passed.
  • How Lora and her husband support one another in the loss of their son.
  • Men and grief.

Lora’s handout “Herbs for Grieving Process”

Lora’s website.


About Lora Krall

Nurse Herbalist Lora KrallI am as much a part of what I see as it is a part of me. We are all one.  I despise labels and boxes instead preferring the gray zones of life that allow us to change and grow, adapt and integrate.  I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter. I have had careers as a nurse, gardener, coordinator, barista, caretaker and teacher. I am passionate about equality for all, education, and the environment in all its many forms.  I love to read, write, research, learn, explore, garden, hike, camp, travel, cook, create and just be.  While the many roles we play in our lives shape and form, it is the stories we create that tell who we are .  I hope you will join me as I share some of my story.


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What is Acupuncture, Really? with Michael Max of the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast :059

The Acupuncturist who doesn’t like needles… helps Dispel some Acupuncture Myths

My guest, acupuncturist and podcast host, Michael Max joins me to clarify what acupuncture is, and what it isn’t. Michael decided to study acupuncture, despite having a successful career in the technology industry, because of the dramatic effect it had on his chronic respiratory issues. What makes his story even more unique is that he doesn’t like needles… Watch, Listen, Enjoy!


Here’s what we talked about:

  • How chronic respiratory issues prompted this successful, former high tech. person to study and become an Acupuncturist (who doesn’t like needles)
  • How does Acupuncture work?
  • Are the needles like the needles we know from getting a vaccination?
  • Is Acupuncture woo-woo or science?
  • Do you have to believe in Acupuncture or understand it for it to work?
  • Does it work for everyone? Will it work right away?
  • How to find a reputable practitioner.
  • Which herbal remedies are the best?
  • Other than in California that has its own exam, look for the NCCAOM qualification which is a national exam and requires 3 years of training.
  • Does it hurt?
  • The common myths about Acupuncture
  • Do certain people or conditions respond quicker or better? (eg. digestion, anxiety, fertility)
  • About the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast
  • We know that sugar is bad… but what about fruit?
  • Book – Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • Examples of what Michael puts in his morning shakes: kale, apple, nut butter, herbs, turmeric, spirulina, collard greens, water (no ice – and why – especially if you have issues with your menstrual cycle or digestion)


Acupuncture - Weight Free Wellness


About Michael Max

michael-max-BWHello, I’m Michael Max.

I’ve been a student of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for going on 20 years now. It began as a curiosity as to how a few needles could not only resolve a stubborn health condition I’d had since childhood, but also improve my digestion, quality of sleep and mood. This lead me first to acupuncture school, and then Asia where I worked my way through the gate of Chinese language so I could study with doctors there. Today my work is informed by my clinical practice, the materials I read in Chinese from doctors of centuries past, and the teachers of our modern times who synthesize observations of the past with the challenges of the present.

I am the host of The Everyday Acupuncture podcast. It is a way to capture that clinically honed wisdom and share it with the world through the increasingly popular media stream of podcasting.

These podcasts run between 45-60 minutes. You can tune in at any time to the shows you are interested in learning more about. And unlike radio, you can listen at your convenience to the shows that are of interest to you.

Everyday Acupuncture is here to educate, entertain, give practical advice, inspire and encourage actionable change that assists you in improving your wellbeing. And all without requiring you to understand a lick of Chinese!

Check out the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast!

and Michael’s Clinic Website 


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Holistic Fertility with Stephanie Risinger :056

Natural Fertility Options can Replace or Enhance Medical Intervention

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate and the creator and host of The Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast.

In this interview she shares the ups and downs of her journey as well as natural fertility options.

This story is complete with a happy ending!

Serendipitously, after she decided to begin her own podcast to help others through their fertility challenges, she became pregnant and after nearly 10 years since beginning their journey to conceive and have a healthy baby, share and her husband are expecting their baby girl in May of 2017!


Here are some highlights of my talk with Stephanie Risinger of Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast:

  • What is fertility coaching?
  • How Stephanie uses her counseling background and personal experience to coach women on their journey to becoming pregnant.
  • Losing ones identity while trying to conceive. What were you doing before you started trying to conceive?
  • Stephanie’s journey
  • Looking into holistic approaches after 2 years of unprotected sex and no pregnancy.
  • Fertility Awareness Method
  • Achieving pregnancy after 4 years of “trying” which very sadly ended up being an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage
  • Going through the adoption process.
  • The healing process.
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional changes
  • Yes I Can Get Pregnant – Aimee Raupp
  • The reasons why she and her husband did not choose to use medical intervention
  • “I just knew my body could do this!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • What helped: essential oils, eliminating gluten, multivitamins, fish oils, exercise
  • The importance of taking a break
  • Preserving your marriage when struggling to conceive
  • “Last year… I see as the year that I pursued what I love – and that’s the year that I got pregnant!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • Stephanie shares an amazing message of how seeking a sense of self or worth from another person sets us up for disappointment and pain.


About Stephanie

Stephanie Risinger - Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate.

Stephanie was born and raised in Southern California and has recently relocated to the MidWest with her husband of 12 years and their German Shepherd.  Stephanie has been a therapist for nine years and a successful network marketer for four.  She decided to start The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast after experiencing several years of fertility challenges and pursuing holistic approaches to improving fertility.  She found that the information she sought was not as easily accessible as she had hoped.  She worked hard to find resources and would like to share those resources with you, as well as hear from you and what you’ve learned on your own journey.

With a background as both an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and a Marriage and Family Therapist, Stephanie brings a unique perspective to the show.  She believes true wellness involves the mind, body, and spirit; as all are interrelated and interconnected.  In addition to interviewing experts on The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast, Stephanie personally provides you with the tools you need for emotional and relational support on your fertility journey.

Visit HolisticFertilityPodcast.com

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Mindfulness Can be Easy (even for a busy working mom!) with Dr. Chantal Hofstee :052

Mindfulness can be achieved even by the busiest of people…

A very busy person herself: a mom, wife, clinical psychologist, author… need I say more? Dr. Chantal shares what mindfulness has brought to her life and how she has been able to apply this practice without having to chime bells every hour or set aside swaths of time – that frankly, few of us have!


Here are some highlights of our discussion:

  • How she was introduced to mindfulness
  • Her initial skepticism of mindfulness
  • Red Brain : Orange Brain : Green Brain States
  • “‘Red Brain’ brings out the worst in us, ‘Green Brain’ brings out the best in us.” – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • ‘Orange Brain’ is the to-do list brain.
  • How you can live from the ‘Green Brain’ State
  • What “stay green” means in her office.
  • In the Green Brain State you can be more productive and feel good at the same time.
  • The Productivity Myth
  • An explanation of procrastination
  • Having more consistent output and energy
  • Stress gives us tunnel vision
  • “Green Brain – the absence of stress – makes us flexible, creative, see new ideas and angles and ways to work smarter.” – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • Neuroplasticity – you can rewire your brain!
  • With mindfulness you can rewire your brain to handle stress
  • After 6-8 weeks of practicing mindfulness the amygdala (fear center) of the brain literally shrinks!
  • How Dr. Chantal practices what she preaches, her ‘Green Brain Activators’. She gets up early for a short morning run… gratitude practice… setting a daily goal… savoring her morning coffee.
  • How she created a happier, more connected morning routine with her 4 and 1 year old children.
  • Her perspective on the concept of “judgement”
  • You can be angry or sad in ‘Green Brain’ – it’s just different.
  • “Emotion is a signal that something needs to be addressed.”  – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • “Emotions are my internal GPS.”  – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • What is helpful?…
  • Check out her book “Mindfulness on the Run” and online programs



About Dr. Chantal Hofstee

Based in Auckland, born in the Netherlands, Dr Chantal Hofstee lives and breathes mindfulness. A Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness trainer and author. She is a strong believer in taking control of your happiness rather than seeking it outside of yourself. Accessible, warm and compassionate and in the first minutes with her you can tell she teaches from both her brain and her heart. Check out her insightful extended bio here as well as her books and resources!

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How to Live Free of Medication: ADHD, Autism, Apraxia and Anxiety with Jennifer Kozek :049

ADHD, autism, and anxiety were familiar subjects to Jennifer Kozek, a board-certified psychotherapist.

When her four year old son was diagnosed with severe anxiety, apraxia, ADD/ADHD and a Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD), she became much more interested in how to treat him naturally, despite her medical training.

In this podcast Jennifer shares her experience as a psychotherapist and mom. Most of all she shares her wealth of knowledge including insights from her book: Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively Without Harmful Medication.


“Autism is an autoimmune, metabolic and digestive disorder.” – Jennifer Kozek


Here are some of the points of what we discussed:

  • What’s the difference between a counselor, psychologist, psychotherapist and psychiatrist?
  • The story of her son: born at 32 weeks and in NICU for 6 weeks because of undeveloped digestive system… Jennifer later learned this meant he had an underdeveloped immune system
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Hypotonia
  • The many symptoms that in hindsight were due to his diagnosis: delayed cognitive development, overly sensitive to tactile stimulation, speech apraxia, delayed to walk, “spacing out”, troubled sleep, social interaction, energy
  • “We had to reduce inflammation.” – Jennifer Kozek
  • Delays in development blamed on premature birth
  • Brain-gut Connection
  • Epigenetics
  • Allergy testing – how to test for accurate results
  • The truth about infant formula
  • Factors that a person can take for prevention
  • Managing necessary diet changes while keeping eating disorder prevention in mind
  • How still “live life” with diet restrictions with school activities, birthday parties, etc.
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • “Some of these kids don’t produce neurotransmitters well.” – Jennifer Kozek
  • Where to begin with elimination diet
  • Food sensitivities
  • Therapies: Neuro-feedback, Brain Balance Therapy, Brain Gym, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Shaman, Chiropractic, Naturopathy
  • What to do if insurance does not cover therapies
  • Blood types A and O
  • Prenatal care
  • MTHFR gene mutation
  • Why to take folate rather than folic acid
  • Whole food vs. synthetic vitamins
  • How babies get the beneficial bacteria into their bodies
  • Cord blood banking – beneficial or not?
  • Other benefits: Jenn is now off Zoloft and lost 20 pounds!



“What’s interesting about with these kids [ADHD and Autism Spectrum] is they either crave these foods that they are most sensitive to or they push it away.” – Jennifer Kozek


“Don’t give up and trust your gut!” – Jennifer Kozek


Helpful Resources Mentioned in Podcast

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics  – Dr. Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth – Book

The Feingold Diet

Vaccine Revealed- Documentary

Vaxxed – Documentary


“Nutritional deficiencies are really at the root of all these disorders [ADHD and Autism Spectrum].” – Jennifer Kozek


About Jennifer Kozek

I’m Jennifer Kozek, a board-certified psychotherapist and the author of “Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications.” I specialize in working with the families of children with Autism, ADHD, and their co-morbidities. I’ve seen firsthand the havoc these diagnoses can wreak, and was driven to explore alternative treatments. Thankfully I discovered natural solutions to address the underlying causes of these conditions without the need for harmful or intrusive medications.

For me this is not simply professional, but personal. At age four, my son was diagnosed with severe anxiety, apraxia, ADD/ADHD and a Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD). Through extensive research and implementation, I began to see how much my sons mood and behavior improved with lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. These changes included a reduction of hyperactivity, depression, and anxiety symptoms. In addition, he was focusing better, his executive functioning improved and he began sleeping soundly. I discovered far better solutions than any of the conventional practitioners had to offer, made it my mission to support other children and families.

As a national speaker, I’ve toured the country conducting workshops, and sharing my expertise with parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals. Now I’m here to help you personalize and implement these strategies for healing. The time for struggle is over – healing without hurting is here.

Visit her website at HealingWithoutHurting.com



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Free Generation Naturals Founded by Angela Doyle :037

Angela Created Free Generation Naturals from the Desire to Have a Healthy Pregnancy and a Healthy Child

Motivated to have a healthy pregnancy, fourteen years ago Angela Doyle created her own deodorants and now has a growing line of Free Generation Naturals products.

Even having cancer as a teenager didn’t affect Angela’s awareness of the value of life as much as did becoming pregnant and having the responsibility of caring for another life.

In this interview Angela Doyle, shares her journey of surviving cancer, changing what she used on her body for a healthy pregnancy, and how what she experienced and learned influences her decisions of what to include (or not include) in her own products!


Watch and Listen as Angela shares her story:

  • Surviving mesothelioma as a teenager (often due to exposure to asbestos)
  • How she became more aware and researched what went on her body when she became pregnant
  • Feeling vulnerable and responsible for her growing family and their health
  • Her thoughts and findings of what the FDA has approved and not approved
  • Where to go to find sound information on what is safe to use on and in the body
  • Why sweating can be healthy
  • and more…


What to Use and Not Use

In creating her natural deodorant and growing personal care line, there are ingredients that she seeks to use and not use. In the podcast Angela shares why she uses and doesn’t use certain ingredients. The resources below also give thorough explanation.

To use:

Baking soda (non aluminum)

Magnesium (used in the sensitive skin version)

Coconut oil

Arrowroot powder

Probiotics (for those with the most sensitive skin) – Angela shares why she thinks this will be the next generation of natural products. She explains how the good bacteria inhibits the growth of stinky bacteria that cause body odor.


To avoid:



Phthalates – including “fragrance” and “parfum”




Resources mentioned. Check them out!

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Visitors can look up specific chemicals and ingredients to determine risks. Angela will be applying for certification for her products in 2017.


Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a non-profit, independent group that requires global compliance with EU regulations.


Think Dirty App

This is an app that allows users to scan products in stores to learn about a product and its ingredients. Also has safety/risk ratings.


Story of Cosmetics

This 7-min animated film examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products.


Mother Dirt Products

Products that restore and maintain good bacteria on the skin.


About Angela and Free Generation Naturals

Free Generation Naturals launched in August 2016 with the mission to provide a safe and effective natural deodorant option for people of all ages and stages of life. The founder, Angela Doyle, started her own natural deodorant journey 14 years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter, and considered what was going in and on her body that might affect both her and her daughter’s health. As a childhood cancer survivor, Angela was further motivated to provide healthy options for her entire family.
The deodorant formula has been through hundreds of iterations throughout the years, and the line has expanded to include a sensitive skin version in stick form and a probiotic deodorant cream that is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Free Generation Naturals also offers a line of beeswax lip balms and will expand into bodycare products, including lotions and body scrubs, in late 2017. Learn more about the products, ingredients and company at www.FreeGenerationNaturals.com.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Help for Veterans (and everyone!) :032

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a very real thing for many individuals

Nicole Lovald, a trained counselor, life coach, yoga teacher and yoga studio, owner shares in this interview how she was initiated into helping veterans (and civilians) with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Married to a service member, Nicole has a unique perspective and insight to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Watch or listen for the fullest content and experience!


So, first of all, what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress is a very normal reaction to a very abnormal situation.

“When someone is threatened in some way, perceived or real, they will experience increased stress. This stress continues to go with them after the experience and therefor it becomes post traumatic stress.” – Nicole Lovald

Examples of how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder begins

  • Car accident particularly where a person feels their life was threatened
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mugging
  • When you are truly concerned for your life and your safety


What can Trigger a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Reaction?

Regarding veterans, It’s usually something associated with what they saw, smelled or experience while they were in this threatening situation:

  • Blast sounds, ex. fireworks
  • Strobe lights
  • Being unsure of surroundings
  • Flat tires


Are certain people more susceptible to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

It comes down to resiliency. Some people are more resilient than other. Some of this is resiliency we see to be born with and some of this is learned.


What can someone keep in mind when living with or serving a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

  • Make sure that they feel safe. Avoid surprises.
  • Allow the person to be aware of their environment.
  • Be careful about the language you use. For example, in her yoga classes, Nicole does not use the common pose “corpse pose” because it can be a trigger.
  • Be gentle with yourself too. You’re not going to be perfect. You can put yourself in their shoes, but not in their minds. Communicate- ask them!


How does yoga help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Nicole shares how her husband, a long-time service member, came to know, experience and benefit from yoga. He’s become a better dad (not that he was a bad dad, Nicole confirms) but he is less short-tempered, especially when coming back from deployment. He’s able to respond instead of just blowing up and reacting; he has more resiliency. Now he’s pretty much addicted to his weekly yoga class. It helps his body and clears his mind. It’s not normal for him to relax, so this gives him the ability to self-regulate and calm down.


If you have signs or have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is yoga the only answer?

Finding help is the answer. The suicide rates for veterans are unbelievable and it’s sad. Reach out for help. People love you and care about you. It doesn’t matter if it’s yoga, just get help.

If you’re not ready to dive into yoga, start with breathing exercises. Mental health clinics and doctor’s offices are providing more.

Also, meditation helps a lot.  UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center is a non-secular resource.

Could I be affected by Post Traumatic Stress and not even know it, even those who are not veterans?

Nicole explains there is a natural state that we want to be in, it’s homeostasis; it’s what is called in counseling “the window of tolerance”. This is where out body can self-regulate well: blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, etc.

Then there’s the hyper-aroused state and the hypo-aroused state.

The hyper-aroused state is when you feel anxious. If you’re feeling jittery, your heart is beating harder or faster in your chest, and you just can’t seem to calm down, your just reacting and just can’t get to the more natural, level state then you need help. This is not where your body is supposed to function on a regular basis.

The hypo-aroused state is when you feel lethargic or depressed (this does not necessarily you’ve been diagnosed as depressed) but you just feel like you can’t get out of bed, you don’t have energy, you don’t want to talk to friends or family- this is not a natural state of being.

Even though it’s especially difficult when we feel in the hyper or hypo states, we need to reach out to a friend and ask to talk or go for a walk. Connect with others who can support you.


Resources and Links

Yoga Veterans Project

Wounded Warrior Project

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Nicole is offering a class for yoga teachers and professionals who want to learn better how to work with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in April, 2017. Healing Through Yoga: Trauma Sensitive Training

About Nicole Lovald

Nicole Lovald is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Life/Wellness Coach with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She has spent over 15 years working in higher education, social services, non-profit, and for-profit settings. Her love of yoga began many years ago when her husband was deployed and she was looking for a self-care practice to ease her worried mind and untangle the stress induced knots in her body.
What she found was that yoga provided amazing benefits that not only impacted her body but also relaxed her mind and allowed her to get in touch with her inner spirit. After realizing the wonderful benefits of her practice, she decided to embark on a yoga teacher training program so that she would be able to bring it to others. She has now been teaching yoga for over 4 years and is thrilled to be able to help others live healthier and happier lives.
As the owner of Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center, Nicole is excited to continue to support the Excelsior and surrounding communities. In addition to teaching several classes at Spirit of the Lake she also provides individual wellness and life coaching sessions.

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The Emily Program – Eating Disorder Help :020

The Emily Program, is an eating disorder treatment program

…located in MN, WA, OH and PA that takes a more holistic approach for treatment.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Lisa Diers, RDN, E-RYT, who oversees the national operations of both nutrition and yoga departments, which includes the direction and over site of the clinical practices for 65+ nutrition staff and 20+ yoga instructors.

In my book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding I share my experience of anorexia. I share more of my experience including what helped me to “come out of it”.

This is a great time to clarify that the name “Weight Free Wellness®” by no means implies unhealthy weight management. Rather, my message through this podcast is that wellness goes beyond weight; and achieving a healthy weight (which is different for each individual) is often a byproduct of leading a life with healthy habits.

Lisa and I find out we share a lot in common and have a lively chat about eating disorders, yoga, wellness and more!

Step off the scale, get on to wellness!


The Emily Program - Eating Disorder Help

What kinds of eating disorders does The Emily Program treat?

All kinds, all ages! The most common or what people are most familiar with are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorder not formerly specified. Eating disorders are a mental health illness and this category has the highest mortality rate of any mental health illness.

Eating disorders do not discriminate. – Lisa Diers  RDN, E-RYT


How do you identify if someone is experiencing an eating disorder?

Lisa expresses that this is a challenge because in our culture we put so much emphasis and even communicate heavily on the basis of weight, food and image. You don’t know unless they are clinically diagnosed but there are some signs:

  • If your/their eating patterns have changed significantly. Examples are if someone has eliminated a food group or is more anxious around food.
  • Eating disorders thrive in isolation. If a person is not engaging as they normally would, this could be a sign.
  • Depression and irritability


With 12 years of experience working with eating disorders and at The Emily Program, what do you see as the underlying cause of eating disorders?


Having an eating disorder is not a choice. – Lisa Diers  RDN, E-RYT


“One way to really, really generalize and simplify [the cause of eating disorders] would be when life feels out of control; the two things that us humans can control… are our weight and our food.” – Lisa

Eating disorder is a very complicated subject. This is a broad generalization but serves to help shed some light on what goes through the mind of someone experiencing an eating disorder.

“If I’m experiencing internal turmoil and I feel like I have no control over it, a false sense of control is to manipulate my food, self medicate with food or change my weight… can serve as a distraction… Of course this is not a long-term, healthy way to cope.” – Lisa


Eating disorders are a mal-adaptitve coping skill for life stresses. – Lisa Diers  RDN, E-RYT

No one chooses to have an eating disorder. – Lisa Diers  RDN, E-RYT


What causes eating disorder?

The cause is multifactorial and can include:

  • Genetic
  • Environment (ex. Growing up in an environment with individuals who diet and the impact of media.)


What can you expect when seeking treatment at The Emily Program?

You will receive:

  • A clinical assessment
  • Recommendation for treatment based on research, clinical knowledge and what the individual needs and is ready for. This can include an intensive day program with supported meals and snacks, group process, and yoga therapy. There is also out-patient care where you sit with a therapist and dietician. There is also a residential option for 24/7 acute treatment.
  • Reconnect, rediscover, repair the relationship to food and yourself!


I see people recover all the time! – Lisa Diers  RDN, E-RYT

Also mentioned in this podcast:

  • Our bodies are made up of the components of the foods that we eat… when you are missing key components from your food your are missing key components of yourself.
  • Balance, variety, moderation
  • The connection between gut health and brain health.
  • How to eat a food with confidence… own it!
  • How yoga and mindful movement facilitate the healing process: connecting, compassion, anxiety and depression relief, healthy movement.
  • What’s the best and perhaps the quickest way to develop self-compassion?
  • Pause: observe yourself, observe your thoughts, in a curious, not furious way.
  • The thoughts you think about yourself, would you say them to a loved-one or friend?


…Appreciate what your body can do, versus what it looks like! – Lisa Diers  RDN, E-RYT


Check out The Emily Program website for really helpful resources!

About Lisa

Lisa Diers, RDN, LD, E-RYT is  director of nutrition and yoga at The Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment program located in MN, WA, OH and PA. Lisa oversees the national operations of both nutrition and yoga departments, which includes the direction and oversite  of the clinical practices for 65+ nutrition staff and 20+ yoga instructors. She has over 10 years of eating disorder specific: yoga instruction, clinical nutrition counseling and program development experience. Lisa draws from her deep knowledge base of yoga, body image and eating disorder treatment to meet client’s physical and emotional needs. She developed and conducts national  eating disorder & body image  sensitive yoga trainings as well as is  a regular blogger on nutrition, yoga and body image,   a published author (articles, book chapters and published research), and continues to  conduct research to better understand the role of yoga and nutrition in eating disorder recovery.

Lisa Diers - Emily Program


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Inflammation: Belly Aches – Leaky Gut – Dementia :012

Inflammation affects us every day

Inflammation is the body’s reaction, the “fire-alarm” (read: in-flame-ation) to trigger the helpers in the body to bring in reinforcements to help and heal the body. Prolonged inflammation can lead to everything from Belly Aches, to Leaky Gut and Dementia.


Inflammation is most commonly experienced as pain. But there are certain areas of the body that do not experience pain like others, namely the brain. The down-side to this is that when the brain is being injured and is inflamed, we don’t often notice until damage has been done.


In this talk with Dr. Rory, a Chiropractor in the greater Minneapolis area of Minnesota and Functional Medicine practitioner, we discuss how inflammation shows in our bodies and how to address it naturally and when more heavy-hitting drugs like corticosteroids may be the answer. Below is a summary of our talk.


Sign and Symptoms of Inflammation

Inflammation can occur from minor injuries like hitting the shin on a coffee table, to traumatic car accidents to long-term injury on the body from long-term digestive inflammation or environmental toxins.

No matter the stimulus, the results are similar when it comes to inflammation which is the bodies first response to injury. When this “fire alarm” goes off the body ushers in the healing forces of the body. The first signs are discoloration, swelling and usually a warming of the tissue.


Inflammation with Dr. Rory


Inflammation and The Brain

In most cases, we also feel the symptoms of pain or discomfort. Although, when the brain is inflamed we do not experience pain- rather we experience the symptoms or effects such as trouble remembering words, names and if the inflammation is prolonged, conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers. These signs and symptoms are showing up at younger and younger ages, as early as the 40’s in some people, which is a sure sign that inflammation needs to be addressed.

Because the signs and symptoms may not be evident until real damage has been done, it’s important to be familiar with how your body uniquely demonstrates inflammation.


Inflammation and The Gut

The digestive system, particularly the intestines show inflammation very readily in most people. Symptoms can include: bloating, aching, diarrhea, constipation and many more. In severe and chronic cases it manifests as Heart Burn (stomach), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease (intestines).


“I tend to work with peoples’ guts [environment] more because this seems to be the seat of inflammation.” Dr. Rory


Inflammation and Traumatic Injury

When there is a traumatic injury to the body whether it be from an accident or surgery, this can have not only a physical effect on the body, but there is often also an effect on the nervous system which can be treated with natural “calm-ers” such as rhodiola, valerian, passionflower and hops. This is true for emotional trauma as well. Retraining the para-sympathetic system helps the body to get back to a normal “rest and digest” function.


Inflammation and Stress

Did you know that symptoms of PTSD can be passed down from one generation to another? This learned programming happens as early as our time in the womb.

When you think to yourself, “This is not working for me!” this is a great point to institute change.

Does your body remember what it’s like to really relax? When’s the last time you felt the feeling of  “ahhhhh…”?

It’s important that we re-familiarize ourselves with how to turn our systems off and reboot, before we experience a crash.


“My grandpa used to say, ‘Is this a first world problem or a third world problem?'” – Dr. Rory


Pharmaceutical Drugs and Natural Alternatives for Inflammation

There is a time and place for everything. In certain cases, Dr. Rory shares that a corticosteroid can help a patient delay a hip surgery for example, until it’s a better time to have the procedure done.

It is important to note however, that too many anti-inflammatories drugs, corticosteroids and opioids (commonly used to treat pain) can impede healing response in the long-term. Working with a professional like Dr. Rory is essential to help understand if your particular situation can benefit in the short and long-term by the myriad therapies available.

For long-term health herbal remedies which are conveniently also food ingredients like turmeric and ginger (which are know for their benefits by their common constituent curcumin) are better in long-term because they aid the body in healing. While they are also anti-inflammatories like some drugs are called; these (and many other) herbs do not prevent the body from healing, but rather, help it.

By now it is well-know that Prince died from and overdose of the opiate drug, fentanyl. This  case “hit home” for many; but especially for us since many of us in this area pass Prince’s home and studio on a regular basis (I do every day on average!). But, on a humanly compassionate way, his passing affected many of us because, I believe, we innately recognize our similarities, and how real pain is for each of us these days. We have even more ability to connect, but are we really any closer?


“The biggest side-effect is that it (opiates) derail us and disengage us from life.” Dr. Rory

How to Address Inflammation Naturally

The change to reduce inflammatory responses induced by our thoughts (i.e. stress) can happen as actively as the renown techniques taught by Tony Robins or as simply as the built-in stress-reliever… spending time in nature!


Avoidance is easier than taking something…

Test lessening the burden on the body by removing gluten and other potential inflammatories (refined foods, carbohydrates, sugars.)


General Advice to Alleviate Inflammation

Taking herbal supplements with ginger, turmeric, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, passion flower and valerian can help a lot.

Dr. Rory also believes in taking a quality Omega-3. Remember, you pay for what you get. Krill oil is a higher quality.

It is, of course, very important to work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who is educated in the philosophy of health care that match your values. What is mentioned in this podcast and blog is for information purposes only. You should work with your trusted health care practitioner to decide which supplementation and tests and marker CRP or iGG iGA to get more specific on how to address your signs and causes of inflammation.


Also in this Podcast… What are you inflamed by?

I do my best to summarize the important points of conversations with guests, but there is so much that can not be wrapped up into words. Watch and/or listen for the full experience!



Links and References:

Tony Robbins’ recent documentary: I am Not Your Guru

Golden Milk Recipe and other healthy recipes in the Weight Free Wellness Cookbook


Supplements mentioned:

AccutePhase (Metagenics)

TranQ (Metagenics)


About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

Rory Faherty, D.C.





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Spirit of the Lake Yoga – On and Off the Mat :008

Spirit of the Lake Yoga is a lovely studio near Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.


In this interview, (now) yoga studio owner Nicole Lovald, shares how she came to yoga while her husband was deployed in Iraq, and how yoga helped her to cope with her many thoughts, concerns and challenges as she was faced with raising their 2 year old son alone during that time.


Several years later she and her husband are owners of an award-winning yoga studio, and take the goodness of yoga beyond the mat to their community.


Nicole recounts her first yoga class she went to: that for first time, since her husband had left for Iraq, her mind was silent. She remembers leaving class feeling better. This was enough to convince herself to go to class weekly!





She admits that her friends could tell if she missed a class, because with yoga she was a calmer, happier, easier person to be around.



“When you support your body… you can release… muscles, emotions, tension… Whatever is challenging you at the time.” – Nicole



Not too long after Nicole took a yoga teacher training course, never with the intention to teach (or own a studio for that matter) but to understand better what was going on that caused the great changes she felt in herself.


Some other things we talk about in this episode:

  • How she and her husband came to be owners of Spirit of the Lake
  • How Nicole and her husband have a special desire to work with veterans
  • Is yoga a religion?
  • Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga
  • Nicole’s passion for working with kids – especially little kids.
  • How they are taking yoga off the mat and support the community


“You don’t have to be flexible in body, but be flexible in mind.” – Nicole


What’s unique about Spirit of the Lake Yoga:


Family friendly programs for all ages!

Online programs:

  • Intro to meditation
  • Soulful self-care
  • Mindful parenting
  • Mindful eating

Spirit of the Midwest Yoga Festival

“We can still focus on the good even when we’re dealing with trauma, even when we’re dealing with sadness. It’s important to let that sadness move through us.” – Nicole

 2 Tips on How to Feel More Balanced in Times of Stress and Despair

  • Let “that” emotion move through you (rather than stuffing it). Which leads to illness and disease. Restorative and Yin yoga for example allow us to be quiet and to release.
  • Breathe – “We take our breath for granted… Our breath is our life-force…. It’s what gives us vitality… It’s what helps us to move those emotions through…”  Learn to breathe into the belly.



How Yoga Helps us With Everyday Things – Like Kids

Nicole is adamant that she shares parenting tips not because she is the perfect parent, but because so many of the mindfulness techniques taught in yoga (and in former training) have helped her to be a better parent. She suggests to bring in mindfulness (bring awareness into the here and now). This helps a parent to take the time to respond to a situation rather than hastily reacting. Kids can eventually learn to model this mindfulness behavior also!



“Try to find moments, where you truly see your children… experience with them.” – Nicole



“I just keep thinking how much my teenage years would have been had I had yoga then… Self-esteem, self-confidence…” – Nicole



Listen to the podcast to hear how Nicole beautifully explains the how-to and the benefits of these tips. 



About Nicole Lovald


Nicole Lovald is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Life/Wellness Coach with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She has spent over 15 years working in higher education, social services, non-profit, and for-profit settings. Her love of yoga began many years ago when her husband was deployed and she was looking for a self-care practice to ease her worried mind and untangle the stress induced knots in her body.
What she found was that yoga provided amazing benefits that not only impacted her body but also relaxed her mind and allowed her to get in touch with her inner spirit. After realizing the wonderful benefits of her practice, she decided to embark on a yoga teacher training program so that she would be able to bring it to others. She has now been teaching yoga for over 4 years and is thrilled to be able to help others live healthier and happier lives.
As the owner of Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center, Nicole is excited to continue to support the Excelsior and surrounding communities. In addition to teaching several classes at Spirit of the Lake she also provides individual wellness and life coaching sessions.

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Connecting Kids with Nature: 006

Connecting Kids with Nature Takes a Concerted Effort These Days.

A steward and guide to nature who can help make the connection between kids and nature are needed than ever these days. If you don’t have such a person in your area, our local Naturalist, Larry Wade, has created a wonderful guidebook for elementary aged students (and I must attest, as a big kid I enjoyed it very much too!) to connect with nature. Parents, teachers, fellow guides for the next generation… this is a wonderful tool!


The making of a Naturalist

Larry Wade is a Naturalist in the Minneapolis area and has taught for many years at local parks and in school programs.

In the beginning of our talk Larry described how he grew up in a rural area of Southern California in the 1950’s. Nature was his playground since, in those days, there was not much else to occupy a child. During his middle and high school years Larry admits he grew away from nature, but when it came time to go to college he found himself back at nature’s doorstep.

At around age 30 he found himself at a cross-roads; his marine biology career was taking off, but he knew this would conflict with raising a family. So, he made the decision to leave the marine biology, start a family, and moved to Minnesota.


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Outdoor Activities for Autumn

Larry describes an activity he does with 2nd and 3rd grade students during the fall (which is also clearly outlined in his workbook) called “Grasshopper Studies”.

He describes how this activity helps kids learn a number of things from grasshopper species diversity, grasshopper care and even empathy for such critters. The grasshoppers are collected and released within a week’s time.


“Writing creates empathy.” – Larry Wade, The Old Naturalist  

(See “My Life as an Oak” exercise in the Nature Seeker Workbook)

More Nature Activity Ideas for Kids

Animal homes activity gets kids out on a full-day event to identify…. that’s right… animal homes! Exercises include a nature hike (which doubles as Physical Education activity), a pond study, tree aging identification (math activity) and an art activity using the pigments found in nature. Larry says that the kids (and he) are so full of the expansiveness of nature at the end of the day that the school walls can barely contain the group upon their return.

Whale Day is a special day dedicated to Larry’s early passion of marine life. It includes art activities with his friend and workbook illustrator Jeannette Dickinson (and Amelia Ladd), his shell lab activities and respectful squid dissection.

The workbook is full of many other activities all centered around helping children learn about nature…

Many exercises involve other learning skills such as math, writing and more. There are activities for each season. Even if you do not live in the Upper Midwest region where much of the exercise are geared towards, this workbook can be an excellent guide to adapt the lessons for your region.

Other topics covered:

Larry’s adventures in snorkeling in local Minnehaha Creek – and his encounter with a Pike and a four-foot Muskie – it’s quite a “Fish Story”!

Hear him recount poetic experiences snorkeling among lily pads.

Kids are not the only ones affected by nature. Larry has also taken senior groups with Alzheimers Disease  into nature, he says, “You can feel their hearts remembering!”

“It’s about connection.” – Larry Wade, The Old Naturalist



In closing I ask guests to share 2 things that can help listeners improve their health with their subject material.

Larry and I agreed that connecting with nature plays a vital role in helping us improve our health. He suggests:

  • When you are out walking your dog (if you have one, of course!), Take time to be present. Don’t bring the phone, don’t think about work. Try to listen – with your whole body. Listen to the trees. Slow down.
  • For the kids, it depends on what age they are… Go to a park and let them run through the forrest- that’s great exercise! Then guide them, even if it’s just for ten minutes, to take some quiet time to draw or say, “Let’s try to write some poetry.” Of course, this all depends on the age of the child.



Other Links and Resources

If any part of this material interests you I highly recommend you check out Larry’s website. There he posts about his adventures underwater, recent activities he’s done with kids and some truly special audio clips of animal and nature sounds!

Larry’s website – The Old Naturalist: A voice for the earth- honoring life and seeking beauty

You can find his Nature Seeker Workbook here and at Amazon.com

Finding Balance in Nature – A gift from Larry… a PDF of great ideas!

About Larry

My name is Larry Wade, and I’ve had a passionate affair with the Planet Earth for most of my life. I have a deep and abiding respect for this amazing rock-and-water covered sphere where life expresses itself in millions of different forms, and in a set of interconnected systems.

I also have deep concerns about how we are treating our home. We have a lot of work to do to preserve the beauty and and living things on our planet.

One of the reasons why I continue this blog is my desire to help readers develop a relationship with the Earth. My personal mission can be summed up:


A Voice for the Earth.
Honoring Life and Seeking Beauty
Connecting, Learning, Healing
Earth First.

It’s my hope that you’ll find something in here–words, pictures, activities, poetry, something–that will stir something deep inside you and make you want to get outside. Take a walk. Look up. Look down. Listen. Close your eyes. Get dirty. Get wet. Re-introduce yourself to this amazing place we too often take for granted. Fall in love with Nature. Pass that love along to someone else–especially a child.

And let me know what you find.

Larry Wade
The Old Naturalist



Connecting Kids with Nature - Larry Wade - The Old Naturalist


Holistic Dentist – What Your Oral Health says about your Body :005

A Holistic Dentist can Tell you More About Your Body Than

What’s Going on in Your Mouth!

In this interview with the well-studied and poised holistic dentist, Dr. Tara Kaur, we explore how your oral health is both and indicator and the story-teller of your overall health.


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How did you get into dentistry and then holistic dentistry?

Dr. Kaur shares her background in becoming not only a dentist, but how she gravitated towards the yet uncharted field of holistic dentistry. After practicing dentistry now for 17 years and holistic dentistry for over 10 years, she has solid experience and information to share.



“We connect with people as a whole person… we’re looking at your whole body… your being… your emotions, stress, lifestyle… It all comes together when developing treatment plans.” – Dr. Tara Kaur



What sets you apart?

When asked what sets her practice apart, her first answer was not that she practices holistic dentistry, but that she and her staff look at and treat a person as an individual with unique needs, values and past history. They strive to inform the patient, communicate and educate and allow the patient to be in the driver’s seat. As a patient of Dr. Kaur I can absolutely attest that this is how they operate! And more…


The Mouth-Body Connection

Learning about Weston A. Price, a dentist in the early 20th century has influenced many in the natural health community. His travels and subsequent studies proved that oral health is directly correlated to the quality of diet, no matter in what part of the world you live! and that these were indicators for overall health and especially fertility.


Dr. Kaur shares the studies that especially piqued her interest and cemented the concept of the mouth-body connection.


Two examples of how oral health indicates the condition of the overall body:

  1. Inflammation – (ex. gingivitis of the gums) is an indicator that this inflammation is perhaps occurring throughout the body and degrading the rest of the body as well. This then up-regulates the immune system which can lead to auto-immune disease and conditions: examples include rheumatoid arthritis, digestive disorders, lupus and many other conditions.
  2. Enamel erosion – is a sign that the body’s pH is off and can also be a sign of acid reflux. (Factors such as a diet high in processed food, lack of minerals in the diet, sugar and soda-based drinks, as well as high stress levels can alter the body’s pH greatly. – added by Tara of Weight Free Wellness)



“It’s all connected… What we see in the mouth we see in the body…” – Dr. Tara Kaur



Takeaways to improve oral health:

  • Reduce stress!
  • Increase mineral intake. Stress depletes body of minerals. Add baking soda to toothpaste. Use toothpaste with clay. Take mineral supplement.



Other topics covered in this talk:

  • Differences between holistic and conventional dentistry
  • Safe metal removal – amalgam removal “silver fillings”
  • What is the biological effect of dental procedures and products?
  • Alternatives to silver fillings
  • Biocompatible testing
  • Affects of fluoride
  • Reducing the amount of ionizing radiation i.e. x-rays
  • The benefits of biocompatible composites: looks and function
  • Root canals
  • Micro-fractures in the teeth
  • Clenching
  • Bruxism – teeth grinding
  • Alternatives to night-guards
  • pH and how it affects oral and overall health



Watch and listen to podcast for more!



Check out Dr. Kaur’s Website!

It is a Terrific Resource for Information on Holistic Dentistry!

Dr. Tara Kaur’s website www.TaraKaurDDS.com



About Dr. Kaur

Dr. Tara Kaur nurtures patient centered dental care with holistic and biological philosophies. She sees each dental patient as unique and strives to educate, empower, and assist all patients in making informed health care decisions. Her awareness of dental care as it relates to the whole body allows for an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to health. Dr. Kaur is concerned about YOU and how your oral health is contributing to your overall health and wholeness.

Dr. Kaur graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000. She is a current member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the Holistic Dental Association and the Eco-Dentistry Association.

Dr. Kaur has over 1000 hours of continuing education and experience in complementary, alternative and energy healing modalities.  She leads a very blessed life and is grateful to be of service to her patients.


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How to Help A Loved-One be Healthy & Intro. :001


It’s very difficult to watch a loved-on lead an unhealthy life;

…eating poor quality foods, not exercising and doing things that are outright harmful to the body.


How to help a Loved One be Healthy


In this podcast my hubby Jon and I discuss what a person can do to help a loved-one create a healthier lifestyle.


You’ll also get a good intro. to us. and meet my other co-host… my cat Starry 🙂


***Learning to create a podcast is a bit like learning to ride a bike. You can observe, take instruction from those who’ve done it- but the first several attempts are going to be wobbly and might make you gasp! We’ll get the hang of this sooner than later. Please be patient as we get this thing going smoothly! Thanks!***



Here are a few summarized tips from the discussion:

  • You can only really help the people who are truly looking for help.
  • The person has to want to make changes. (I would add that regarding health, the “why” may not be to “be healthy” but if you can find a tangential motivation (ex. to be able to play with grandkids with more ease) this could be a good starting point.
  • While Jon had many well-studied and perfectly reasonable solutions for me based on his experience; he encouraged me to go to other teachers early on. (The people closest to you may not be the ideal people to help you move to the next level.)
  • Wait to comment about food choices and habits until well-after your loved-one has enjoyed their experience. From a metaphysical perspective, the thoughts and feelings you experience are more impactful than the physical actions you take. I.e. What you think, you become. (See Dr. Masaru Emoto’s or Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.‘s works for excellent examples of this!)

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