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.”


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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


From Pain to Podcast :028


To put it simply, Pain Inspired this podcast

One thing I can say for sure; Your pain has a message for you!

At a young age I had experienced the type of health challenges that people many times my age might face due to prolonged stress and abuse to their bodies.

I’ve overcome the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, and painful skin conditions. I treated my underlying nutritional deficiencies, resulting anxiety and depression, irregular menstrual cycles and more. Doctors were not readily diagnosing IBS and Celiac Disease at the time I was experiencing the height of my symptoms in the late 80’s. This is why I say “I experienced symptoms…” I found many more answers to my ailments as soon as I began researching and taking control of my own health.

As a young adult I endured painful hardships in relationships.

It was such an excruciating time; as they say, I would not wish this on my worst enemies. I address emotional and relationship health as a part of overall wellness because it has as much or more affect on us as diet, nutrition and exercise.

These hardships and overcoming made me stronger and wiser.

Having overcome great struggles myself, it is very difficult to see others feeling they are a victim of their own bodies and situations.

Naturally I am empathic person. I feel, to varying degrees, what others are experiencing. It was, and still is, very difficult to experience others’ suffering.

I knew I would contribute someday, somehow; to educate, up-lift and inspire others to overcome as well.

Ever since I was a teenager I had a growing desire – no it was a drive! – to discover and create what I could in order to help others.

This drive, this thing that was to become Weight Free Wellness hounded me to overcome, to discover, to create, to learn things I hated to do (technology) so that I would be prepared to receive the name “Weight Free Wellness” and to do something with it!


When it comes to helping people, there are a few routes (probably many) that one can go.

  • One is simply giving of oneself and giving resources in order to help.
  • Another is to teach.
  • One that is often overlooked; it can be misinterpreted as brute capitalism. They are those who create opportunities for others so they too feel they have a sense of meaning and purpose in this world.
  • And finally, there are those that shine the light.


Those who serve and give don’t always fit into just one of the above categories.

Indeed, this podcast, this entire Weight Free Wellness endeavor, fits into multiple categories and will grow and change.

The most valuable resource we have is time. I simply did not have enough time to educate and share with people what I had learned, and reach as many people as I wanted to help, by talking to one person at a time. I had to expand my reach. Hence, the podcast.


You learn to propel yourself when you read or listen to information.

There are times when we need to feel the direct power and passion by sitting across from someone as they share their experience and story. There is an initial high, but this can wear off. The most valuable tools for me have been those I could read and listen to over and over for education, support and inspiration. The most victorious achievements were those I accomplished by finding and assembling the puzzle pieces myself. Sure, I might have a mentor or guide who chimes in, to at times to shed some light, to teach, but not do for me what I could do for myself. As the saying goes, “…teach a man to fish…” Weight Free Wellness is about empowerment. We’ll help you find the puzzle pieces, we’ll even demonstrate how to put them together, but you are the only one who can put in the work.


Teachers all Around us

I used to feel overwhelmed thinking that I had to continue to be on the cutting edge of all health and wellness information; that I had to have all the information. What a relief when I realized that this is simply not possible. This is not where I thrive. I love to share, to help, to lift up and shine the light on others who are doing the amazing ground-breaking work. I love finding these people, learning what they do and creating a platform for them to share. Weight Free Wellness is about making your Wellness Journey simpler by helping you find the teachers and resources to help you on your way.


Connection and Opportunities

We are at an amazing time of technology and creation. Arguably, the most challenging of things these days is keeping up with all the information and opportunities available to us. I aspire to help connect those in need of valuable health-supporting resources with those brilliant people who dedicate their life’s work to creating the tools (even if this tool is themselves!) to help and heal others. Weight Free Wellness is about helping to create opportunities for those dedicated to teaching, providing services and creating healthy products by helping people connect.


Bringing it Together and Shedding Light

Through the pain and the victories of my own Wellness Journey I have learned many things: what to pack, which routes to take and in which season, whom to have as a companion along the way, and when to seek a guide. It is my absolute pleasure to empower others on their Journey in health, life… it all relates. Weight Free Wellness is about empowerment.


The Underlying Messages

There are threads that I tie into many of the posts and podcasts: here they are, if you haven’t noticed them already 🙂

  • Healing is possible
  • The Healing Journey can be simple.
  • Love yourself – develop self-compassion – you must begin here!
  • You can overcome whatever you’re going through – it’ll be worth it!
  • Sometimes you need to fight, sometimes you need to sit back… and at all times, Love.
  • You are loved… Love heals!


Watch, Listen, Read… Enjoy!


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How to Deal with a Weight or Health Plateau :026

So, You’ve Hit a Plateau

Your Wellness Journey has been trucking along, until now…

It’s hard not to feel disappointment, frustration, even sadness.

Things were going so well. You finally overcame addictions, well ingrained habits, even your own mental roadblocks!


When Your Health Seems at a Standstill… press on!

Despite your best efforts, sometimes the body will seemingly not respond. But it is responding!

It’s doing deeper, inner work. It’s telling you to change things up, or even to be patient and wait.

So continue to support your body through this time, anyway!

When it seems that your weight or health has hit a plateau and there are no signs of improvement, let go of the focus, let go of the goal, step back and gain perspective.



Seek to understand the underlying message…

What are you supposed to see?

What has worked so far? Does something need to be changed?

Are you focusing on the horizon, the ever-distant goal; when you need to focus instead, on the next scenic overlook on this lesson-filled Wellness Journey.

Indeed, you may be at a scenic overlook at this point and your spirit wants you to take a look at how far you have come! Take it in! Soak up your lessons, your accomplishments, cherish who you are at this point in time!


Like the repose of winter, our body, mind and spirit need periods of rest as well.

Sit back. Relax. Observe during this time.

Know that when it’s time for you to press on, your tank will be so full of lessons learned, hope and knowledge gained, that you can go further with the progress of your next stage than just sheer determination could have taken you.


After you have stopped to take in the scenery, plot a new path.

Sit with someone who knows the land and the journey. Discuss which path to take. Stock up on supplies and when your heart and spirit are filled with inspiration, take off once again!

Like any worthwhile journey, the Wellness Journey is full of ups and downs, the “are we there yet’s?”; thrilling passes and long monotonous stretches.

Acknowledge how far you’ve come.

Re-plot the next leg of your journey if necessary.

Find some good companions to share in the fun, rejoice in the victories and to help each other along the way.

Most of all, keep on going! Even if this mean just sitting back, enjoying the scenery and the journey so far! Restore, then press on!