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Body-typing: Ancient Wisdom to Balance Mind, Body and Spirit :064

Body-typing is Tara’s interpretation and integration of the ancient wisdom of using constitutional analysis to understand oneself more deeply

… and therefore gain awareness of how our own personal attributes can be used in the most productive way in order to create more peace with ourselves and with others. Tara Baklund, founder and creator of the Weight Free Wellness blog and podcast, teaches listeners how body-typing can be used to holistically find mind-body-spirit balance within, with others, and with the world. Tara shares wisdom that she gained during her healing journey, and how her struggles ultimately led her to use technology as a means of spreading a true holistic approach to wellness with others worldwide. Listeners will gain both philosophical and practical insight on how to use body-typing to cultivate more balance in all areas of their lives, including self-acceptance, food choices, relationship dynamics, and more.

In this podcast, Tara discusses:

  • The mission of the Weight Free Wellness podcast, and how technology can be used to more efficiently spread the word of wellness throughout the world
  • The meaning behind the title “Weight Free Wellness”, and how a mind-shift away from weight as a metric of health is crucial to the wellness movement
  • Why it’s important to “learn to live with our bodies rather than in them”
  • How “healing can and does happen in an instant”
  • How the spirit in which we approach healing greatly determines the success of our healing journey
  • How do use the ancient wisdom of body typing to find a balanced interaction with ourselves and with others at all levels of existence: mind, body, and spirit
  • To take Tara’s body-typing quiz to find out your unique body type and get a free e-course on how to use body-typing in your life.
  • To dive deeper into learning the skills in using your personal body-type to improve your self-understanding, food choices, relationships, and even decorating choices, you can purchase Tara’s body-typing book, You-niversal Self-Care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding,  “A body love story.”

 

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?

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Free for a limited time – Join us!

Learn more here.

 

About Tara

Tara BaklundTara Baklund is the founder and director of the Weight Free Wellness® Podcast platform. Her history of life-altering health issues lead her to seek natural solutions. Seeing others experience similar painful skin issues, disturbing digestive diseases, eating disorders and the mental and emotional disturbances that accompany these issues – Tara became deeply motivated to share what she learned from her journey to help others. Her book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding tells her story. The book has been called, “A body love story” as it shares how we can stop the relationship of suffering so many have with their bodies and learn to love and appreciate it – and to find balance in the foods, exercises and habits that each Body-type desires. The Weight Free Wellness® Podcast is how Tara fulfills her calling of helping and inspiring others by sharing her message, continuing to learn from others and sharing stories of health and healing through podcasts as well as online classes along with the Weight Free Wellness® Contributing Podcasters. Tara is available for speaking engagements, interviews and consultations. Contact her and take the Body-typing Quiz at WeightFreeWellness.com





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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?

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Free for a limited time – Join us!

Learn more here.

 

 

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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5 Reasons for Weight Gain That You Need to Know About :060

 

Weight Gain is not just caused by consuming too many calories… your body may be trying to tell you something.

 

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue can cause a whole slew of problems and issues. You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if:

– Weight seems stubborn and just won’t go away no matter how much working out you do
– You always feel tired
– You NEED that cup (or two or…) to keep you going

If this describes you, I would see a Functional Medicine practitioner or Naturopath to investigate and receive holistic advice. Also, strive to get quality sleep, cut back on caffeine, and get moderate exercise.

 

Gluten Intolerance 

There are  so many signs of gluten intolerance – weight issues is a common one. You may have gluten intolerance if:

– You feel tired and cranky
Your belly always feels bloated
– The fat won’t go away no matter how much working out you do!

If this describes you, I would see a Functional Medicine practitioner or Naturopath to investigate and receive holistic advice.

 

5 Reasons for Weight Gain You Need to Know About

Self-protection

Aside from the physical reasons for weight gain, there are meta-physical and even symbolic reasons for these issues. Our unconscious self works in very mysterious ways at times. When we have poor boundaries and are unable to stand up for ourself – our body can create these boundaries for us. Some people (who are noticeably not assertive) may create a literal protective bubble around themselves. This may be you if:
– You’re a nurturing person
– You just want everyone to be happy
– You’re a peacemaker and/or
– People take advantage of your niceness but you’re too nice to stay away from them

If this sounds like you, I would see a counselor or talk with a strong person (not necessarily a “friend” because they might be one that is causing an issue) and learn to set boundaries so your “extra layer” doesn’t have to be!

 

You’re eating the wrong things:

You can feel like your doing all the right things; exercising, eating according to… but there are a few small details that can make ALL the difference! Those are:
– Too much sugar in pre or post workout drinks and bars
– Eating too late
– Just generally eating the wrong things for your body-type

Which leads me to the last reason…

 

You just might be an Earth-type

Understanding your Body-type can help you have a harmonious relationship with your body. Knowing which foods and exercises help your body feel more balanced can make all the difference! There are four Body-types; Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Earth-types are naturally “big-boned” and have a fuller figure. You may be an Earth-type if:
– You’ve always been heavy
– All of the above options sound like you

 

 

Take my Body-type Quiz!

Learn more about your Body-type and the habits that help this type feel more balanced. You’ll also receive a free copy of my book in your preferred eBook format plus 50% off the audiobook. It’s fun and very insightful! Get it here! 

 

For more details and insights watch or listen to the podcast! Enjoy!

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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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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!)

 

Plus:

  • 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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Make Weight Loss the Benefit, Not the Goal :024

Weight Loss and “Fitting-in” Used to be my Goals

Weight loss and fitting-in were my primary objectives for many years; to fit-in to the right sized jeans and to fit-in to the groups I glamorized.

 

When you struggle with weight, it becomes your focus.

When it comes to health, weight is a symptom, not the cause.

Recognize that you may the Type who tends to carry more weight naturally. (Take the Body-typing Quiz in the sidebar and learn more about Body-typing in my book, You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding.)

But when being overweight or underweight is truly and issue, we don’t need a scale to tell us this!

From my health and weight struggles and victories, I encourage you to change your focus!

Get off the scale and on to Wellness!

There’s a story

…of how monkeys are captured. The short version is; trappers hang a coconut with a hole just large enough for the monkey to slip its tiny hand into. The trappers place the monkeys favorite fruit inside and wait. Soon enough a troop of monkeys comes through this area and when the freely available fruits are consumed by the hungry bunch, an unlucky few find the baited trap. The monkey slips its hand through the hole to grasp the fruit. He thinks he has the prize, but soon finds out that he cannot remove his hand with the tightly-grasped fruit treat. He does not let go of the fruit and so ends up trapping himself.

When we let go of thinking that a certain weight is the goal, our perspective opens.

We are no longer trapped in this game where a particular weight is the prize.

Instead, let your goals be those things that actually promote health. Find the food and habits that help you feel as close to 100% as possible!

Experience your body being free of cravings by eliminating certain foods, stabilizing your blood sugars, and even by taking quality vitamins!

Your body and mind can learn to enjoy exercise and especially the benefits when you find something that is challenging enough and feels good! (Yes, exercise can feel good and be very rewarding!)

Feel how these changes in habit work synergistically; when eating the foods your body needs it gives you genuine energy (not fake energy from caffeine or sugar) and how moving your body is so much easier with the right sources of energy- and encourages you to keep making those health-promoting choices!

See beyond the “bait” of weight and you will likely achieve so much more than you hoped for!