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Balance – Slow Aging – Improve Performance :071

Training balance is a Must for Athletes and Non-athletes Alike

Whether you are concerned about getting a better score in golf or a faster time down the slope – or you simply want to be more mobile, able and mentally sharp as you age – balance training is the key!

In this interview Jim Klopman, the author of Balance is Power and the creator of the Slackbow Balance Training System shared how his balance training not only helped his and others’ athletic performance, but also the ADD he had been experiencing exacerbated by sports related concussions.


Here’s some of what we covered:

  • How the Portable Neuromodulator Stimulator, developed and used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, helps people rehabilitate sensory and motor disorders – by re-circuiting feedback to the brain via the tongue!
  • How movement actually helped Parkinson’s patients begin to speak and walk again.
  • “We build better muscles, not bigger muscles.” – Jim Klopman
  • Cognitive Kali (martial arts) Paul McCarthy TED Talk
  • “Improving your balance is not a muscle skill – so we’re not teaching you to do something new like hitting a gold ball… it’s not like lifting weights – it’s a software system [sic].” – Jim Klopman
  • “When you learn how to balance, one thing that happens is your kinetic chain gets better. So golfers look smoother when they hit the golf ball, you run smoother… everything flows better… the best athletes are the most graceful… they have the best Balance.” – Jim Klopman
  • How playing music artificially shuts off the conscious mind which Jim has found very counter-productive for training.
  • This is not just for athletes! Improving your balance can help prevent injury and slow aging! Half of all emergency room visits of patients over the age of 45 are due to falls!
  • Is it better to walk on the ball or heel of the foot? What about walking in heels?
  • Why your bifocals may be a hazard.
  • Which shoes are best and worst to wear?

And so much more… Watch, Listen, Enjoy!


About Jim Klopman

Jim Klopman- Balance is Power - Slack Bow

Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He believes balance training has sharpened his ability to make new neural connections and see the possibilities and pathways that others miss.

Originally Jim was looking for a way to maintain his own athletic performance well into his 90s. But the Slackbow Balance Training System he developed turned out to be a key to whole body and mind fitness that was even more revolutionary than he could have imagined.

He is eager to spread his knowledge, techniques and tools far and wide to help seekers like him tune their brains to perform better in work and sports, sleep better, look younger and live longer.

Learn more – get Jim’s Balance is Power book, SlackBow and SlackBlock here!

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Overcome Binge Eating with Dr. Glenn Livingston :070

Binge eating can be overcome with Dr. Livingston’s advice based on clinical and personal experience.

Having been overweight myself I can attest that the strategies in Dr. Glenn’s book are clear and align with how I now think as a healthy person. Dr. Livingston’s advice seems remarkably too simple, but isn’t that what we want – a simple answer!?

Here are some highlights of our discussion:

  • Dr. Livingston’s background as a clinical psychologist
  • Dr. Glenn’s personal experience with exercise bulimia
  • His self-funded studies with 40,000 to understand food cravings  – Why people crave chocolate or salty, crunchy snacks for example.
  • How binge eating is a result of dieting which throws off natural cycles
  • Why it doesn’t work to love yourself out of binge eating or “love yourself thin”
  • Why binging is the “survival drive gone wrong”
  • Milner and Olds experiment
  • What are you really craving when you crave chocolate?
  • It doesn’t take will power to never binge again.
  • Big Food, Big Advertising, Big Addiction
  • Why it’s important to use the words Always and Never – no matter how uncomfortable!
  • Is there a withdrawal period? How long will it take to no longer binge?
  • Geneen Roth, Breaking Free From Emotional Eating
  • Dr. Glenn’s experience of feeling more alive by breaking free from the “deprivation trap”
  • Dr. Glenn’s hack to overcome the guilt or fear after a binge
  • Comfort vs. Contentment
  • Get Dr. Glenn’s book, Never Binge Again, helpful templates and recordings here!


Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!


About Dr. Glenn Livingston

Glenn Livingston - Binge Eating - Weight Free WellnessGlenn Livingston, Ph.D. is a veteran psychologist and was the long time CEO of a multi-million dollar consulting firm which has serviced several Fortune 500 clients in the food industry. You may have seen his (or his company’s)  previous work, theories, and research in major periodicals like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Times, The Indiana Star Ledger, The NY Daily News, American Demographics, or any of the other major media outlets you see on this page.  You may also have heard him on ABC, WGN, and/or CBS radio, or UPN TV. 

Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer overweight and/or food obsessed individuals, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants.  Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.

Get his book here for free!


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Lupus – Survive, Thrive and Live Naturally! :068

Given a diagnosis of Lupus and only 10 years to live (without medication) – Sandie moved back with her parents and pulled out all stops to not only heal herself, but to fulfill her dreams!

Sandie’s amazing Lupus healing story would take more than a simple blog post to summarize, but here are the highlights: beginning at age 7, Sandie experienced debilitating migraines headaches. Eventually, resorting to the prescription medication Effexor for help, she found some relief, but nothing that truly restored her to a normal life.

Her fiery spirit  was not totally tamed by debilitating headaches, cystic acne, depression, mood swings, and insomnia (to name few). Sandie still managed to graduate from university with honors in biomedicine and lead a relatively normal life; until the fateful tuna salad incident that seemed to throw things into a tailspin.

After food poisoning, a Lupus diagnosis and moving back in with her parents, Sandie – with seemingly every last ounce of gumption left in her –  enrolled in a Functional Diagnosis Nutrition Course which, with her determination and spirit, probably saved her life – at least that’s what I heard from her story.

If you are suffering from mystery symptoms or have a diagnosis of Lupus (or any other autoimmune disease) you should definitely listen to this woman’s inspiring story! I had a great time getting to know Sandie, I bet you will too!

Here are some topics we covered:

  • Symptoms: Migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, manic, Interstitial Cystitis, Cystic Acne, Butterfly rash, Mood swings, Joint pain, Chronic throat infections
  • Body-typing
  • Heredity
  • “It changed my path. It changed my whole life… The biggest lesson of my life came from that diagnosis…” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • Zone of Genius from “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
  • Raw vegan diet
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Un-labeling from disease
  • The difference between Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • DUTCH testing, Hormone testing, Sex Hormones, Organic Acids Testing (OATs)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and SIBOS (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Cystic Acne and Interstitial cystitis
  • How she healed more in 6 months than in 5 years of prior attempts
  • Why testing is better than trial and error
  • Why it’s easier/better to work with the Liver first
  • Mind-body healing
  • “You want to address the imbalances, but you also have to get to the root cause.” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • The true cost and value of health.
  • Her opinion and experience with social healthcare.
  • “Be positive. There is hope. Don’t give up.”  – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

About Sandie Gascon

Sandie Gascon - Motivated2Heal - Weight Free WellnessAs a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I am living my dream helping people achieve their health goals. I have spent 6 years researching every aspect of natural healing and have made it my life long quest to continue that learning. I am able to pull knowledge from many sources including my 4 year Honor’s Degree in Biomedicine, my 3 year diploma in Massage Therapy, and many different natural healing courses.

Dogs are my passion. I train and hike with my dogs everyday. I compete in dog agility every weekend I am able. I love yoga, golfing, kayaking and hiking. I am a high energy, passionate woman and I love true, natural beauty. I cherish every moment I am able to do the things I love because it was not long ago that I was in constant pain, fatigued and unable to do anything.

In the photo is Sandie and one of her 5 dogs dogs, Missile, who is retired from agility. Her goal is to be on the Canadian world agility by 2019. She also has a horse named Secret.  Learn more about Sandie here.

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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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Guro Rick Faye and Josh Prior of MKG Madison :058

MKG (Minnesota Kali Group) affiliated schools teach a variety of arts from Bruce Lee’s JKD; to Kali, Thai Boxing, Silat, Jiu Jitsu, CSW (wrestling) and focus on fitness, fun and function!

Guro Rick (MKG Minneapolis,MN) and Josh (MKG Madison, WI) really hit it home on how these arts are great not only for physical health, but brain health (neuro-plasticity) as well.

Josh also shares how they have transformed their kids’ program to focus around brain health and nonviolence.


We humbly ask – Help Guro Rick’s wife Marla Faye in her healing journey with cancer…

Please visit their Go Fund Me Page


Guro Rick Faye, Guro Dan Inosanto and Josh Prior

Josh Prior (MKG Madison) – Guro Dan Inosanto – Guro Rick Faye (MKG Minneapolis – MKG Founder)


Here are some for highlights of the discussion:

  • How Josh Prior, owner of MKG Madison got started in martial arts
  • What are Kali and JKD
  • Josh and Guro Rick’s perspective on martial arts: sports, art, training, self-defense, fitness…
  • The impact of a welcoming community
  • Bilateral movement
  • Using double stick work (sinawali) to “warm-up” the brain to perform better at other tasks
  • How stick work improves empty-hand work.
  • No more boring workouts!
  • “. . . he was training martial arts to lose weight, now he’s losing weight to train martial arts.” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • Altering training through body changes: arthritis, back pain, sciatica, etc.
  • “Martial arts is what keeps me from getting worse [body pain].” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • “It was an encouragement to me to be who I was and simultaneously change my body [through martial arts].” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • “I really believe we’ve been given the ‘Fountain of Youth’ through this art.” – Guro Rick Faye
  • Kids and martial arts – development and handling the ‘combative element”
  • “If we can create more peaceful, functional people… the world is going to be that much better.” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • “If I could recommend anything to people for their kids is, take the computer away.” – Guro Rick Faye
  • Attention span of youth
  • Present moment consciousness
  • Martial arts – more than self-defense


Guro Rick Faye and Josh Prior

Josh Prior (MGK Madison) and Guro Rick Faye (MKG Minneapolis – MGK Founder)


About Josh Prior

JJosh Prior MKG Madisonosh Prior and his wife Ruth are co-owners MKG International Martial Arts Madison. Josh has been training martial arts for over 18 years. He started training martial arts in 1997 in the discipline of Jun Fan JKD (Bruce Lee’s research and expression of martial arts). Through his training he has been exposed to many different types of martial arts: Kali (weapons and empty handed arts from the Philippines and Southeast Asia), Jun Fan/JKD Concepts, Muay Thai (kickboxing from Thailand), grappling (from many different arts), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian’s grappling art adapted from Judo), to name a few. In 2005, he started training and teaching at a local school where he developed the kids curriculum and taught all of the kids classes. During his martial arts career he has traveled to expand his knowledge of the martial arts. He has spent the majority of his training travels in Minneapolis at Rick Faye’s internationally recognized martial arts academy Minnesota Kali Group and in August 2010 Josh received his Level 1 Instructors certification. In December 2010, the school that Josh was currently teaching at decided to go a different direction, which allowed Josh to follow his dreams of starting his own martial arts academy. In February 2011, he made another trip to MKG to discuss the possibility of starting a branch in the Madison area. Rick Faye gave him his support and blessing for Josh to pursue his dream, thus MKG International Martial Arts Madison was born.

Check out MKGMadison.com

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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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Guros Rick Faye and Greg Nelson: The Early Days, Training Mentality and Overcoming Cancer :053

Guros Rick Faye and Greg Nelson talk about the early days, training mentality, Greg’s battle and victory over cancer and…

…as Greg puts it, “… how blessed we are doing what we love with people that we want to be around.”


We humbly ask – Help Guro Rick’s wife Marla Faye in her healing journey with cancer…

Please visit their Go Fund Me Page


Guro Greg Nelson refers to Guro Rick Faye as,

“…my friend, my mentor, my instructor, my most influential training partner….the man that started me on the path I am still walking today Sifu Rick Faye.


Whether you’ve never met these world-class teachers or you’ve known them since the early days you will be touched! You’ll laugh, you’ll probably cry and like all top-notch teachers do; when it’s all over, you’ll go away with a renewed perspective on life.


Here are the highlights of what Guro Rick and Guro Greg discussed:

  • Upcoming events!
  • What is a seminar like?
  • Why Guro Rick believes Guro Greg should be the head of the Thai Boxing Association
  • The early gyms: the garage, Washington Ave., the beach
  • “We didn’t have a lot but we did a lot.” – Guro Rick Faye
  • Guro Greg’s battle and victory over cancer – two times!
  • Healing mentality
  • Faith – Friends, – Family
  • An angel?
  • Training mentality… then and now
  • What Guro Greg’s personal training looks like
  • Guro Greg’s thoughts on holding pads
  • “Master the basics… Once you’ve developed a super-solid foundation of the basics, everything else is gravy.” – Guro Greg Nelson
  • “The Big Five” – Sinawali/Sombrada, Hubud/Chisao, Thai Pads/Focus Mitts, Knife Sparring (or in this case “The Big Four” or The Big Seven”)
  • We are blessed!


      Erik Paulson and Greg Nelson

Erik Paulson and Greg Nelson








Guros Rick Faye, Greg Nelson and Dan Inosanto

Guros Rick Faye, Greg Nelson and Dan Inosanto





Grand Master Surachai, Guros Greg Nelson and Rick Faye

Grand Master Surachai, Guros Greg Nelson and Rick Faye















About Guro Greg Nelson

Mr. Nelson is a former University of Minnesota Wrestling Team member and All-American high school gymnast.  In 1983, he started training in Jun Fan Martial Arts, Filipino Kali and Muay Thai under Sifu Rick Faye.  Since then, he has earned Full Instructor credentials in Jun Fan Martial Arts/Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Filipino Kali, and Level III Instructorship in Maphilindo Silat under the legendary Guru Dan Inosanto.  Coach Nelson is also a Senior Instructor in Muay Thai under Grand Master Surachai “Chai” Sirisute of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA.


Check out Guro Greg’s extensive bio and world-class training at The Academy MN



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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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Healing PCOS Naturally, Spiritual Healing and More with Tanaaz Chubb of Forever Conscious :047

Tanaaz shares how the Process of Healing Herself Naturally from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) started her on the Wellness and Spiritual path

On her website Forever Conscious, author Tanaaz writes on several intriguing subjects: Healing, Spiritual, Mindfulness, Astrology and Intuitive Readings. It’s a great place to begin or continue your interest in these topics. Her writing not only makes the subjects easy to grasp, but leaves you satiated yet curious for more.


In addition to discussing how she naturally healed from PCOS we discussed:

  • Living in Los Angeles
  • Tanaaz’s background in the entertainment industry
  • Spiritual and Metaphysical aspects of healing
  • Paths she used to treat her PCOS: iridology, naturopathy, acupuncture, herbs and change of diet
  • Positivity and Hope she received from “natural” health practitioners
  • Gaining weight from birth-control pills meant to subside PCOS symptoms
  • The role of emotional healing and emotional health
  • What are Flower Essences?
  • Natural Remedies for anxiety and stuffed(ing) feelings
  • The role of confidence: acting, Pilates and core energy/exercises
  • Self-help books: Hay House Publisher and authors
  • Body – Mind – Spirit – Emotions are all connected
  • Following what feels good
  • Meditation – how to get started, different forms, etc.
  • Shower/bathing meditation and cleansing ritual
  • Astrology – our health and our bodies
  • An Energetic Perspective on Fat
  • The emotional component of weight gain

Watch, Listen… Enjoy!


“Love – There are many things that you can do to activate your own self healing ability, but the number one task of disease is to learn how to love yourself.”

– Tanaaz Chubb, Forever Conscious


“If the moon can affect the entire ocean, what kind of effect does it have on the water in our body?” – Tanaaz Chubb, Forever Conscious


About Tanaaz

Tanaaz is the co-creator and owner of Forever Conscious.

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia Tanaaz moved to Los Angeles, USA after winning a green card in a lottery.

She arrived in LA eager to pursue work in the entertainment industry, however it seemed that the Universe had other plans for her.

Tanaaz always had a passion for writing, so she started writing content and blogs for clients and professional companies.

While this helped her to pay the bills, Tanaaz felt a stronger and deeper calling to turn her attention to the world of all things metaphysical.

Tanaaz had been doing intuitive readings for family, friends and friends of friends for ages, but she had never really considered doing it professionally before.

Feeling bored with her job as a content writer, Tanaaz had the inspiration one day to create Forever Conscious, which would use her writing and blogging talents as well as her passion for all things spiritual and metaphysical.

To date, she has done countless readings that have helped to guide and inspire others. She has also written two books- “Becoming Forever Conscious” and “Messages for the Soul” and released an e-course, “How to Connect With Your Spirit Guides.”

Her next book, “The Power of Positive Energy” is expected to be released in August 2017.

She has also been featured in Elle Magazine Italia and is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post.

Tanaaz currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and puppy dog, Cake.

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Parents Recover Daughter from Autism Naturally :046

Autism can be Overcome Naturally

Michael and Holly Larsen are parents to twin daughters. Their daughter Tula, Holly says, was born with three strikes against her – which they suspect were factors in their daughter’s autism:

  • She was born via c-section which did not allow her to receive the beneficial flora from the birth canal
  • Tula received antibiotics the first two days of her life (killing much of the beneficial flora she had)
  • She also was not able to consume breastmilk (she only had formula)


Michael and Holly realized that something was “off” with Tula compared to her sister; when her sister Thea would get a cold, Tula would get the flu or pneumonia for example. They had Tula’s stool and urine samples sent in and discovered that she had essentially no beneficial gut flora and the yeast was “off the charts”.

This means that Tula’s body was not able to absorb nutrients which was confirmed in tests – despite taking high amounts of supplements.

Tula craved breads, pastas and yoghurt, which Michael and Holly admit as young parents they thought were healthy foods for their family.

With myriad symptoms on the Autism Spectrum Tula was diagnosed at the age of 3. Determined to find solutions for their daughter, Holly began researching online and through a lot of trial and error finally discovered that a change of diet was necessary.


“I thought… I never want to look back and say that we didn’t try everything that we could.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism


First they took away the gluten and dairy, but the real changes happened when they eliminated high-glycemic foods (high sugar) from Tula’s diet – which fed the yeast in Tula’s gut.


“…yeast acts like a parasite. You are the host and the parasite is controlling the host. It does it in the form of cravings, changing your mood …your tastes change too.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism


Within a couple of weeks of using the coconut kefir they noticed a dramatic improvement in Tula, i.e. in speech, eye contact. Within that year her autism diagnosis was dropped.


“As her gut healed her tastes for food changed for the better. Now one of her favorite foods is broccoli. That was one of the toughest things on the list initially.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism



Not only did Tula Recover from Autism

Thea, Tula’s twin sister no longer has eczema or chronic yeast infections.

Michael lost 40 pounds. He used to be anxious, stressed and depressed which he thought was due to work. He no longer has brain fog and can do more and think faster with a smile on his face.

Holly no longer takes Prilosec, which she took for over 10 years for acid reflux.


“We really do attribute the crux of her recovery (from autism) to diet.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism


Tips for Helping your Child Overcome Autism

“Kids eat with their eyes first.” – Michael

  • Make food/eating fun. Michael would make pirate ships from food.
  • Find likeminded people; support. You’re not alone.
  • Join groups on Facebook.


“The only advice I have is that we really stuck to it. We never gave in.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism


Helpful Links

D.A.N. – Defeat Autism Now

Body Ecology Diet

GAPS Diets

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

BEDROCK Community



About Michael and Holly Larsen

(Left to right) Michael, Thea, Tula, Holly

Michael Larsen and his wife, Holly, are parents to twin daughters. One of their daughters, Tula, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age three. By focusing on their daughter’s gut health, they were able to recover Tula from autism. Today Tula enjoys a happy, healthy, normal life and Michael and Holly put their efforts into sharing their story so other parents may consider similar approaches to helping their children. In 2009, Michael and Holly founded a company that produces coconut kefir and strive to make healthy fermented foods readily available to people who are serious about their gut health. Holly is currently authoring a book that details their story. Learn more at Tulasstorry.wordpress.com


How to Beat Cancer Naturally with Jack Kungel :045

Jack Kungel Beat Cancer Naturally 2 Times and is Eager to Share How He Did It!

It’s easy to think that chemotherapy and radiation are the only ways to beat cancer. Well, Jack is here to tell you emphatically that there is another way. In his opinion, there is a better way to beat cancer and beat it for good!


“It was diet and cannabis. [that healed my body from cancer]”

– Jack Kungel, Cancer Survivor

Jack Beat Cancer (oh, and diabetes and other dis-eases) with Cannabis

Jack has beaten cancer twice and has been cancer-free for over 5 years!

In the early 90’s he had a devastating accident and was immediately put on a long list of medications – many for pain management.

Not only was he left with a debilitated body from the accident, he suffered life-altering side effects from the medications; particularly vomiting (for 20 years 15-20 times a day) which wore down his teeth, caused breakage of ribs and pain on top of pain. He realized that he was in chemical toxicity from all of the medications.

With his first diagnosis of bladder cancer which also affected the prostate, the doctor left him with the option of surgery. Jack took some time to think things over, time that was becoming increasingly more valuable.


“I took 28 days from the 3 or 4 months they said I had after being diagnosed with cancer, and began to educate myself.” – Jack Kungel, Cancer Survivor

Jack mentions that he had a serendipitous meeting in which a man introduced him to the healing powers of cannabis. He began taking in this medicinal plant in every way possible immediately: smoking, vaporizing and ingesting.

The therapeutic effects of cannabis allowed him to easily wean from his medications; from 22 medications a day to zero in a matter of a couple of months.

When he was cleared of cancer he dramatically reduced the cannabis protocol he was following. But, the cancer came back.


“Your body is the computer and the cannabis is the anti-virus. You take it and goes to where the body needs to heal… We are hardwired for this plant.” – Jack Kungel, Cancer Survivor


What it Took to Beat Cancer Again

This time Jack took a “no holds barred” approach. He not only aggressively began his cannabis regimen again, he drastically changed his diet to eliminate all meat, dairy and sugar. He now eats a mostly vegan diet consuming eggs only about once every 4-5 months and using bone broth regularly. He says he eats a lot of veggies and nuts and only whole fruits.

Jack explains from what he learned along his healing journey that cancer cells feed off of sugar and an amino acid called methionine. Methionine is predominantly in animals products, which is why Jack avoids these foods.

In the interview Jack explains the healing components of cannabis and dispels the belief that CBD (the non psychoactive component of the plant) is just one aspect of the healing component of the plant. He confirms that THC not only is the part of the plant that knowingly produces the “high” but is the most healing.

Well, it’s a fun and lively conversation… and there’s so much more!


“We want full plant medicine… You need the THC-delta-9 to heal… CBD just addressed the symptoms.” – Jack Kungel, Cancer Survivor


“I couldn’t walk before. Now I walk four or five miles a day.” – Jack Kungel, Cancer Survivor


Other topics we talked about:

  • Endocannabinoid System
  • CBD1 and CBD2 receptors
  • Decarb cannabis (baked, dried cannabis at 240 degrees) which converts THC 8 to TCH delta 9 which is curative
  • How cannabis extended the life of Jack’s dog with hip dysplasia
  • Why cannabis became illegal
  • Evolution of cannabis becoming legal in Canada
  • What we can do in the US to legalize cannabis
  • Friends with Osteoarthritis and Multiple Sclerosis sufferer can thrive due to cannabis.
  • Run From the Cure (video that Jack mentions)
  • How high estrogen cancers needs to be treated differently
  • Bone marrow (bone broth) boosts the T-cells
  • How a friend helped him figure out that his intense skin reactions was acidic reaction (burns)
  • The perspective of gaining LIFE!
  • How quantum hypnosis helped
  • How a friend with glioblastoma (an aggressive cancer that begins in the brain) has survived 2 years (when given only 2 weeks to live!)
  • How Jack deals with negativity
  • Why not to say “My (disease)”
  • The role of Methionine and Serrapeptase


There are so many nuggets!

Watch or Listen for more… Enjoy!



“All I did was give my body the proper tools to heal. I removed all the toxins and stepped back and allowed the body to do its thing.” – Jack Kungel, Cancer Survivor


More About Jack Kungel

Jack’s story… in his words

Jack’s alkalizing smoothy recipe

Videos and helpful resources


Jack Kungel – and Santa’s helper

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Cerebral Palsy – An Inspiring Story with Jessica Day :044

Jessica was born with Cerebral Palsy

She clarifies that Cerebral Palsy is not a disease, nor is a person born with this as a genetic disorder; it’s a physical condition.

Since childhood she experienced debilitating pain on a daily basis and went through many invasive surgeries with lack-luster results.

In this interview Jessica shares how innovative Stem Cell Therapies and natural remedies and therapies have helped her to improve her condition dramatically.

I love meeting people like Jessica, who have taken their situation and made the best of it. She proves that individuals and even families can thrive despite a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis.

Jessica has an exemplary attitude. She takes matters into her own hands and finds solutions. Most of all, she is putting herself out there to help others who also suffer from pain and other debilitating conditions.

You’ll just have to listen to really understand what I mean.



“I have always identified and will always identify as an able-bodied person. I don’t like labels. I will not label myself.” – Jessica Day

We cover:

  • What is Cerebral Palsy
  • The difference between a disease and a physical condition
  • Her family history and how her parents helped culture an attitude of ability
  • Conventional treatments and the tradeoff of procedures
  • Treatments that helped Jessica the most (from the natural and medical realms)
  • How to keep an ability-focused and health-focused attitude
  • The law of attraction
  • Light Therapy – What is it? How it helped her.
  • Perspective on Pain
  • and much more!


“I’m no longer in constant pain as a result of my disability.” – Jessica Day

“When you remove pain there is so much more room to focus on other things.” – Jessica Day


Helpful links:

Light Therapy Info:

http://www.thelightlinks.info/ (not mobile optimized)

About Jessica

Jessica Day is a young entrepreneur, certified light energy practitioner, and disability advocate. Born with a physical disability known as  cerebral palsy (CP) she was forced to advocate for herself at an early age. She understands the importance of choice. Her desire to gain more control over her life and health is what brought her to choose more natural and unconventional ways of dealing with her physical condition personally. This paired with her passion for helping others has reshaped her life in many ways. She started Aspire Ability Resources inc., an advocacy company that focuses on bringing people with physical disabilities into a more positive, trend-forward light. Now, she hopes to complement her nonprofit work with a career in holistic wellness. Encouraging everyone to look at what their body can do for itself, rather than focusing on its limitations, whatever they may be.


Jessica can be reached:



Aspire Ability Resources Inc.
and reached at the same number listed above.


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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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Weight Loss Success Story – 40lbs+ Kept off for 4+ Years – Bob Davis :029

In our first Success Story Bob Davis Shares how he Lost 40+ lbs and has Kept it off for over 4 years.

Weight Free Wellness is about promoting a healthy lifestyle; and certainly in many cases, healthy weight loss can make a huge improvement to one’s total health.



There is not a one-way path to weight loss.

Bob, a friend and fellow podcaster shares how he found his way to achieve and maintain weight loss. Bob’s a great conversationalist and we covered a number of topics. Watch or listen to the podcast for the complete and entertaining podcast! Here’s a summary:


Bob is a news and current events podcaster.

We discussed his recent visit to North Dakota and real coverage of the pipeline issue.


“What you think that you’re seeing is not what you’re seeing.” – Bob Davis

“The antidote to big media is citizen journalism.” – Bob Davis


Bob was exercising every day but that wasn’t the key to his weight loss

Walking everywhere, biking 16 miles, running, and a vigorous one and a half hour Bikram yoga class everyday did not cause Bob to lose weight.

“It’s a lifestyle choice. You can’t go on a diet.” – Bob Davis


The weight loss happened… the weight dropped off…

When Bob started eating low-carb (Atkins at the time).


Bob’s motivation for weight loss…

Was to be able to do yoga without a gut. (Thanks for being honest Bob!)



  • How this midwest native man (Bob) got into doing yoga (and improved the condition of his knees)!
  • How Bob manages eating right while on the road.
  • Bob answers: Do you fear regaining the weight?
  • We talked a bit about Body-typing. Take the Body-type Quiz in the sidebar.


“Weight is not the issue; it’s being healthy.” – Bob Davis

“You’re not targeting a body shape, you just want to be on an equilibrium with being healthy.” – Bob Davis

“You have to figure out what works for you.” – Bob Davis



Thanks for a great interview Bob!


Visit BobDavisPodcasts.com!



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Autoimmune Wellness with Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott :022

Autoimmune Issues Show up as Nagging Symptoms

Do you have a list of symptoms you experience that seem to have no rhyme or reason? Do they show up at the most inconvenient times, and those around you (even loved ones) just don’t understand what all the fuss is about!

The list is seemingly endless, but may include:

  • feeling tired
  • feeling irritable
  • pain in all kinds of strange places
  • unpredictable energy patterns
  • sleepless or at best fidgety nights
  • hair loss
  • skin ailments and so many more


From this stellar book, “The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook”, I got some explanation for seemingly unrelated health symptoms that I’ve experienced since childhood!

If this book has been around 15 years ago when I first became aware of the Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel-like symptoms I experience as a child, I could have helped my body much quicker and sooner.

But the great news is that it’s available for you!


I am very pleased to share this insightful interview with the authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott have put together an amazingly helpful book for those who suspect they have or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The Weight Free Wellness Podcast is here to help you make your wellness journey as simple as it can be (and provide some encouragement along the way) and Angie and Mickey’s book is a perfect fit!

Watch, Listen, Read… Enjoy!


The answers below have been summarized from the podcast…

Turn to the audio or visual podcast for the full experience!


Q:  Where are you from?

A:  Angie Alt, NTC, CHC  lives just outside of Washington D.C. and is originally from Montana. (On the left in the photo above.)

A:  Mickey Trescott, NTP lives on the West coast in rural area of Portland, Oregon. (On the right in the photo above.)


Q:  Please introduce yourself and give us your educational background.

A:  Angie is a certified nutritional therapy consultant and certified health coach.

A:  Mickey has a background as a personal chef and after diagnosis studies to become a certified nutritional therapy practitioner.


Q:  What is an Autoimmune Disease?

A:  This is the part of our body that serves to protect us from pathogens (bacteria, fungus, viruses for example) and rids the body of these foreign invaders. The body protects itself from suffering future attacks of the same kind by creating immunity- essentially it is already familiar with the former intruder, it has its mugshot, and can quickly mount a seek-and-destroy mission if this pathogen enters the body again. In the case of an Autoimmune Disease, the body sees a part of itself as the invader, and therefor is continually on the attack of the “invader,” which is your own body. Not good…


Q:  Which Autoimmune Diseases have you been diagnosed with and their primary symptoms?

A:  Angie: A diagnosis of 3 or more autoimmune diseases is considered a category of its own, Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS). Usually MAS includes a skin disorder.

Lichen sclerosus – tearing and changes to the skin in the genital region

Endometriosis – (suspected autoimmune disease) – symptoms are primarily emergency-level painful menstrual cycles.

Celiac Disease – (Angie suspects this is her primary autoimmune disease) – The immune system attacks the cells in the small intestine which prevents absorption of [some] nutrients. Can experience intestine pain, weight lost, diarrhea, or even constipation or weight gain. Celiac Disease can be a symptom due to nutrient deficiency.


A:  Mickey: 

Celiac Disease – Explains how hers and Angie’s symptoms showed up as more neurological and emotional due to the effects of nutritional deficiencies that Celiac Disease can cause; illustrating that Celiac Disease does not always show up as disturbing sensations in the abdomen.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – It is the most common autoimmune disease. Symptoms are varied greatly: loss of feeling in fingertips, feeling cold even in the summer (despite ambient temperature), hair loss, very low energy, exhaustion, muscle fatigue, mental and emotional “stuff”, anxiety, depression, weight gain not helped by diet; although weight gain was not the case for Mickey which she explains can complicate diagnosis since most doctors see this as a almost necessary symptom.


Q:  What causes Autoimmune Disease?

A:  Angie: There can be a lot of factors. Genetics is one of them. If others in your family have an autoimmune disease you may experience one as well, but it could be an entirely difference diagnosis. Your environment: toxins, viruses, diets and lifestyle.


Q: What is Paleo?

A:  Paleo is a way of eating like our ancestors. There are many different version, but most agree it’s a diet more like our ancestors’: without processed foods, thickeners, and even as far as eating grass-fed meats… that the animals are eating what their ancestors ate too (Tara).


Q: How is the Autoimmune Paleo protocol different?

A:  The AIP protocol falls under the umbrella of Paleo but eliminates foods that are known to trigger autoimmune symptoms while adding foods that are dense in nutrients.


We also talk about:

Elimination diets and/or food allergy testing.

Food – there are some amazing recipes in this book and each author has previously authored Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo cookbooks!

Achieve Wellness – Not an Image…what this means to them.

The dedication of the book to their supportive hubbies

I praise the book, maybe a little too much (was it weird?) but it’s so true… it’s such a terrific book!

How to handle the stress of making healthy changes when already stressed with challenging symptoms.

Angie and Mickey share their parting messages and words of encouragement.



From The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

“Wellness is not in your doctors office or in a new pill; it is in your hands and it starts with being informed.”

Start to inform yourself with their book, you’ll be glad you did!

Visit Autoimmune-Paleo.com


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Work With Your Body – Not on it! :016

The Mantra, “Work With Your Body – Not on It!” came to me…

…as I excavated the messages from my own body and healing journey for my first book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding.

In this book I share my journey from being an unhealthy child, suffering from undiagnosed Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel- like symptoms. I was also overweight. I weighed over 100 pounds at age nine when my average classmate weighed 60 pounds. My skin also nearly constantly pained me. It felt like it was being stretched at best, and would crack and bleed at worst.

In addition to this I had the usual social pressures to look thin and be in-style, and to behave in a way that was similarly in vogue.

I tried for some time to force myself to fit in. I literally starved myself in body and stretched myself in character, hoping it would all gain me more favor. It worked initially. Although, like how a little bit of makeup can look appealing, there is always a tipping point, when too much effort becomes a disaster. Looking back, eventually my extreme measures to change my body and character looked clownish.

There are more details in my book, so I will not repeat them here, but what I will emphasize is this: in order to meet other peoples’ standards I harmed my body greatly. I deprived my body of vital nutrients for growth at a critical time during puberty for which I feel I have finally healed… twenty years later!


Work With Your Body - Not on It

On the other hand there are positives that have come out of this time.

Going through that Dark Night of the Soul experience that also manifested in my body, I became much more acutely aware of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual condition.

It is much more clear to me now what is truly healthy and health-supporting and what is just fashion. Now I have a deep reverence and understanding that what is good for one person, may not be good for another.

I have created a deep, healthy, healing relationship with my body, mind, emotions and even spirit. It’s as if these aspects are layers of my own self that can converse with and guide each other for overall wellness. I am much more acutely aware of my needs in these areas in order to be healthy and balanced.

Going through this time of deep sadness and suffering, longing to be and become accepted, tired of being teased and left-out, helped me to be more compassionate towards others suffering in similar ways.

Most of all I learned to become compassionate with myself. It is necessary, I now see, to start here. We innately treat others the way we treat ourselves- it’s all that we know, until we learn otherwise. We are our own learning-ground.


I urge you to learn to Work With Your Body – Not on It!

Yes, there are times that we need to push ourselves, get outside our comfort zone, even to create healthy changes!

It’s healthy in most cases to: break a sweet, run out of breath, or workout so hard you are sore the next day. Stress initiates change.

What is not healthy is when we have unreasonable goals and ideals.

When I wanted to be the same size as children my same age who weighed forty percent less than me (that was nearly half my size!) I put unreasonable stress on myself, and did not have healthy motives.

As an adult I have to remain focused on building and supporting my body with nutrition, balanced exercise and attribute training so that I am working towards the best version of me that I can help come forth; rather than the jury-rigged version that I might be able to create based on what media and my peers are promoting.


Here are some tips on how to work with your body:

  1. Set a goal with a health-oriented result. Setting a weight as a goals makes you unreasonably focused about weight, which can fluctuate on a daily basis and even increase when you begin healthy habits like working out when you build heavier tissues, i.e. muscle. Set a single goal like eating whole foods for a month and be surprised how the effect of weight loss just happens!
  2. When you commit to a new or renewed goal, don’t make a big deal out of it. The more you build it up to yourself (and others by sharing with them) the more emotion you put into it and if you don’t meet your goal the more of an emotional crash you’re likely to experience. Treat it like it’s something you’re doing because it needs to be done- like going to the grocery store or brushing your teeth.
  3. Give yourself time. How long did it take for your body to get to the condition it’s in? What if it took that same amount of time to heal? It more than likely won’t; but if it did, at least you would be getting healthier and feeling better all along the way!


The beauty of you is that there is no one else like you and we need you to be YOU! Support your body, mind, emotions and spirit so you can be the best version of you possible. How amazing would that be!


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How to Become and Stay Fit After 50! :010

Being Fit after 50 Improves Overall

Quality of Life!




Being physically fit can have a positive emotional and even spiritual component.

Through #funfitness programs such as these I hope to inspire listeners (and readers) to find the particular form of fitness activity that suits them.



In this interview with my dear friends Charlie and Tammy, they share how the weekly ballet class we attend together is not just exercise, it enriches their lives!


Charlie, a tall energetic fellow who would rival Willy Wonka for creativity and Dick Van Dyke for spryness; is a tremendous example of how at 76 years of age you can be more than just a kid at heart!


Tamara (whom we call Tammy) is a heartfelt, graceful and vivacious woman; and at 69 years of age she glides and springs across the dance floor with awe-inspiring levity and is the personification of joy.



These notes are just a summary. I highly encourage you to listen to this lively and heart-warming discussion!



These two inspire me greatly! I hope sharing their insights in this interview inspires you too!


Tammy shares:

  • The role that ballet has played throughout her life.
  • How having malformed feet affected her as a child and how her awareness as a life-long dancer helps her take care of symptoms now.
  • How she made her health and wellness through ballet a priority while raising a family, through a busy teaching career and also as a single parent.
  • How to work around not being able to afford classes. “For years, I was my teacher.” – Tamara
  • How she lost and regained 1/2″ in height!
  • Working with muscles that don’t seem to be getting the message of what to do.



“Ballet as an art, a sport and endeavor is so fulfilling… for the physical strength and balance and flexibility…  also for the intellectual challenge… There’s the artistry, of course, but it goes beyond artistry to spiritual…” – Tamara


“I think being in a class environment really helps.” – Tamara


“I am a grandmother to 6 little children and I’ve been able to pick them up and carry them around and play and roll around on the floor and do well… I think because of the ballet.”

– Tamara


“I have had injuries, I’ve been able to tune in… adapt… to be kind to muscle but not to stop… I adapt what I do to the process of healing… I believe I cut the healing time in half by doing that.” – Tamara



Charlie shares:

  • How Tammy inspired him to enter community theatre and her amusing recommendation to the director for him to play the part of Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. “He dances with great spirit, but he’s a sloppy dancer…” FYI… he got the part and will be playing Drosselmeyer for the sixth time this year!
  • Charlie (76) began ballet class at age 63. He admits that he hadn’t even been to many ballets!
  • His ever-present creative side chimes in and shares his first poem and first dance.
  • He adds, ballet and being active has helped him most through pain. “Don’t give up as you feel more and more pain… through arthritis and back pain.” He says, when he gets to ballet class, it goes away!
  • Charlie share the words of advice his father shared with him from his deathbed… a message we can all take to heart!


“Having fun is the biggest part…” – Charlie

“Working through it with other people and working through in a graceful way is nice… other than doing medical things… Stretching, moving turning. You feel alive. And pain is a part of it.” – Charlie

“Ballet has been very important in my life to force me to stay focused.” – Charlie

“I wish more guys would try it (ballet)… and not see it as too feminine or too easy.” – Charlie




Closing thoughts


Tammy, because she was a teacher of foreign language for so many years, she adopted the habit early of striving to always be learning something new to be continually familiar with what it’s like to be a newbie; to better relate with there students. “Come, be humbled, hang in there, be patient with yourself because your brain will adapt to those new elements and you’ll be glad you did!” – Tamara


“…Especially for our children and grandchildren, there has to be joy in the world , there has to be happiness, and if it’s not going to come from the television… it has to come from the people around them. Finding ways to see the happy side of life…” – Charlie



Whether you begin at four, forty, or 64… it’s never too late to find your particular #funfitness activity that keeps you healthy from your head to your heart and even down to your feet!



About Tamara

Tamara Ann Rogers has been a secondary teacher of world languages and a ballet dancer. Born in 1947 in southern Ohio she grew up in a magnolia culture, danced as a performing member of Cincinnati Ballet, and graduated from Denison University in the major of French, with a triple minor in Latin, Dance and Education. Tamara moved to Minnesota in 1972, raised her beloved daughters here, and grew to become a Northerner with a southern flair. Her immediate family expanded with a step-son and treasured grandchildren. She and husband Randall Schumacher are richly involved at their church St Luke, in their community, and in their arts of dance and music.

Tammy and her Granddaughter


About Charlie

Charlie Title created a successful career composing scripts and songs for many corporate and institutional organizations. He spends his retired life dancing, creating tremendously entertaining musicals, chasing his cats back to the house from the woods, serving his wife delicious meals, fitting in travel here and there, and last but not least, enjoying time with his precious grandchildren.


Charlie Title



Being Overweight, Bullies, IBS and Anorexia Made me Stronger :002

Being overweight, dealing with bullies and IBS (at the same time) and later anorexia was not comfortable…

…so why would I want to bring it up now? To help others in similar times of need.


I’ve put off sharing these stories for years.


Why? Because to tell the message that’s really deep inside of me; born of gut-wrenching emotional hardships and puzzling physical-health obstacles… I have to be real.


Being real and telling the truth are not easy. I don’t mean the plain truths; I mean the real truth where I don’t put up a veil, put on a mask, or just stay “politely” quiet.


So, to say the least, this is really awkward; to be on camera, talking about myself, figuratively and literally nearly naked.


***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!***



I’m creating this podcast because over my years of my personal Wellness Journey and through consulting others I’ve learned so much; and I want to continue to learn and help others!


By sharing my research, resources, and experiences through the enjoyable medium of conversation and podcasting, I get to do what satiates my desires to learn more and help others.


I started this process several years ago with my first book You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding, teaching the ancient wisdom of Body-typing. Earth, Fire, Air and Water are the elements I use as metaphors to help people understand their body and environment, including relationships.

Since then I’ve felt the deep desire to contribute more, and help people gain Self-Empowerment and Self-Compassion.



At about 12 minutes into the recording  I’m more settled into talking to the camera and share significant experiences that cultivated me to be able to teach this material.



Significant Experiences I Highlight in this Podcast:

  • I was blessed with an unhealthy body as a youngster. Yes, I said “blessed”. Because I was significantly overweight and larger than my classmates (I weighed over 100 pounds as a 3rd-grader when my classmates weighted 60 pounds on average.) I am able to deeply empathize with those who are overweight, feel the pressures from multiple directions to be a “normal” weight, and to simply fit in; not to mention to just fit into normal clothes!
  • The truth is, bullies make you tougher… I don’t condone bullying, but today I thank mine. They prepared me for bigger bullies!
  • Through this experience I also learned that focusing on weight was not the answer, and by focusing on weight, I actually put more figurative weight on myself; the weight on one’s shoulders, so-to-speak.
  • If I were a youngster with the same conditions living in the time with knowledge we have today, I believe I would have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowels Syndrome.
  • Eating disorders are no joke. When I experienced anorexia I was trying to re-create myself. I wanted to fit-in and be accepted. I felt terrible. I had no energy. I was starving my body, and the essence of myself. I lost site of life, having fun and being me.



By the way, posting this video of me in my bathing suit is not comfortable. As I said before, it’s very metaphoric of how nearly-naked I feel in just beginning to talk about some topics that I feel very vulnerable in talking about.

I’m normally rather reserved.

But, from my experience, I know how motivating it can be to see that someone else has achieved the goals that I desire. It’s like a sign saying, “It’s possible. You can do it too!”

While I do not promote physical image to be the end-all-be-all goal, a natural byproduct of leading a healthy life is looking good/healthy!

I’m doing what’s uncomfortable to me because my goal is to help people be more comfortable with themselves and more Self-Loving.

So, if this helps you feel more inspired that you can overcome too – here you go!

I want this to be a healthy form of motivation.

It’s about Self-Love… Sounds narcissistic, doesn’t it?

Don’t let this thought stop you! (Like it did to me for many years!)

The degree to which you can love yourself, you can love others. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true!

This ties into later podcasts on the topic of relationships I will do later with my hubby.


Ok… back to…

Significant memories from being anorexic- the turning points:

  • While literally starving myself I would make myself exercise. I played basketball at the time; not because I enjoyed it or was interested in it really, but because it was an activity I could involve myself in in order to exercise, burn more calories during the day, and avoid my parents seeing what was really going on.  Because my body was weak and I lacked energy, I would fall on the basketball court often.
  • I remember one final fall –it must have been right before I quit– when I heard, I mean really heard, my legs impact the hardwood floor. My knees sounded eerily hollow. It occurred to me then, that I felt as hollow as my body sounded physically. At that moment I felt sad and sensed empathy for myself.
  • Around the same time there were two people who’s simple, genuine inquiries of “Are you ok?” showed the care and concern I must have needed. I didn’t feel like I needed attention at the time, but these gestures of concern helped me to see that I deserved to give myself more care and concern. These two people were a teacher and an aunt.


What I learned about Healthy Self-Image, from the Oprah show

Around this same time, it was a typical routine for me to arrive at home, turn on the t.v. to watch a bit of an afternoon talk-show before doing homework and having dinner. Oftentimes I would decide on the Oprah show. That particular day she had on a guest who gave tips on developing healthy self-image. I am paraphrasing from memories nearly 20 years old…

“… Stand in front of the mirror naked. Pick out one thing you can genuinely love and admire about yourself. Keep doing this day-after-day. There will be a point where you will begin to see other things you can love and appreciate about yourself. It may take days or even months, but soon this self-love and appreciation will increase.”

Well, it sounded crazy at the time. And I felt so tremendously uncomfortable doing it, but at a time when I needed healthy Self-image the most- I gave it a try!

And, it works… really!



When you appreciate one thing in life or about yourself, it creates a healthy habit making it so much easier to appreciate many other things in life.

Then… life just get better and better!

What is concerning you? What steps are you taking?

It took me nearly 20 years to get to a point in my Wellness Journey where I feel healthy… it can happen much faster for you!

In future episodes we’ll continue to cover the plethora of information on health and wellness that’s available, and most of all, how to sort it out!

Comment and share!

Love,  Tara Baklund