There’s something in your life that you complain about constantly to everyone...except the person who can actually do something about it. Time to set a boundary! Life coach and communication expert Amy E. Smith (The Joy Junkie) walks us through why boundary setting is worth it even when it’s uncomfortable, how to have the actual conversation, and how to enforce it without burning all of our bridges.
Comedian Jenn Welch had no idea that a slip in the shower would completely change her life. 15 months after her concussion, Jenn’s recovery is still in progress. How do you keep doing stand-up comedy when you can’t stand up and all you can picture in your mind is a bowl of popcorn? Jenn shares her hilarious story of her not-at-all-funny concussion.
Links in this episode: Jenn’s Twitter and Instagram, Our 150th episode featuring Jenn, More on concussions from the Mayo Clinic, More information on CTE, Dave Eagleman’s book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, NYU Langone Concussion Center
Exercise recovery has become a big industry, promising that even Normal People can get better results with everything from foam rolling to cryogenic chambers to “squeezy pants”. Didn’t recovery used to mean NOT doing anything? Science journalist and former elite athlete Christie Aschwanden digs into the science of recovery in her book Good to Go and lets us know which recovery strategies are actually backed up by science.
To wrap up our Pregnancy Series, we’re talking to Real Life Mom Caitlin Kean (The Paper Year podcast) about pregnancy, birth, and all the unexpected complicated things that can happen after. From trouble with nursing to allergies to postpartum anxiety, Caitlin has amazing perspective and great advice on handling anything that comes your way as a new parent.
Links in this episode: The Paper Year podcast, Caitlin on Instagram, Information on Gestational Diabetes, Information on RhoGAM, Information on Tongue-Tie, Study on the relationship between lack of sleep and postpartum depression and anxiety, More on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, More on the FDA-approved PPD drug, Park Slope Parents group
Non-diet nutrition therapist Jenna Hollenstein’s book Eat to Love takes the ideas of intuitive eating and gives us a framework for putting them into practice: the six Buddhist paramitas. What does meditation have to do with fighting diet culture? Jenna explains how even those of us who aren’t religious can use mindfulness to transform our relationship with food, body, and life.
Links in this episode: Buy Eat to Love on Amazon, Jenna’s website and Instagram, Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, Meditation teacher Susan Piver, Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
Cookbook author and food advocate Leanne Brown tells us how her book Good and Cheap went from NYU thesis to Kickstarter phenomenon with a little help from Reddit. She explains why cooking can be extra stressful for people living at the poverty line and shares some of her favorite tips for eating well on $4 a day. Plus, what do “good” and “cheap” mean, really? The answers will be comforting.
Have you ever felt like you can’t stop thinking about your food choices? Like no matter what you do, you can’t make the “right” decision? If you’ve ever started a new diet convinced it was going to change your life, or cycled through dieting and binging, or just feel like food and diets take up too much space in your brain, you’ve got to hear from Isabel Foxen Duke. Isabel tells her story and explains how she uses her own experience to help people stop feeling crazy around food.
To celebrate our 150th episode, we’re taking time to laugh at our fitness foibles. Guest comedians Claire Yale, Emily Johnson, and Jenn Welch share hilarious stories of athletic hubris, and Daphnie and Joanna look back at the last three years of “Just One More”.
You know that feeling when you’re 22 and just out of college and you start your first job and you aren’t feeling well and it turns out you have a brain hemorrhage and have to have brain surgery? Comedian and author Mimi Hayes knows that feeling! Mimi tells the story of her diagnosis and recovery in her new book I'll Be OK, It's Just a Hole In My Head, and she has great advice (and jokes!) for anyone dealing with brain injury or supporting someone going through it.
Creative career and business coach Katherine Jaeger-Thomas says we’re all creative beings, whether we’re professional actors, amateur painters, or parents inventing a new way to handle bedtime. We talk with her about how we can work on being more awesome by fostering creativity in our daily lives, even if we don’t have 15 (or even 5) minutes to spare.
There’s one thing that affects nearly all of our listeners that we haven’t covered at all: sex! Public health nurse Kim Kaiser, LPN, joins us to talk about how to care for the parts of our bodies that might be involved in sex. We also talk about the most common sexually transmitted infections: how to recognize them, what the tests are like, and how they’re treated. Get the information you need to make informed choices (and laugh a lot, too!)
It’s one thing to say your workout class is for all levels. It’s another to actually make it a place where everyone feels comfortable and can get a great workout, from newbies to professional athletes. Colleen Conlon, Studio Manager of The Sweatshed, walks us through how she does it with Sweatshed’s HIIT workouts, how she trains her instructors, and what we should be doing to take care of ourselves when we take a new class.
Headaches and migraines aren’t just “in your head”; they can seriously affect your overall health, not to mention happiness. Headache coach Jan Mundo has been treating headache sufferers, including herself, since the 1970s, and her new book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook, offers a holistic, somatic approach to migraine relief and prevention. Jan walks us through how migraineurs can investigate headache triggers and be our own best advocates.
“Wellness spaces” can be less than welcoming, especially if you don’t see other people who look like you in class (or even on the posters). Personal trainer, nutrition coach, and marketing expert Chelsea Burrell of Leah B. Wellness talks with us about her experience as a curvy, multicultural fitness enthusiast and professional, and she offers advice on how we can make the world of wellness open to people of all races, sizes, and life experiences.
Links in this episode: Chelsea’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Nutritious Life Studio, Splendid Table piece about restaurants and race, The Bradley Method birthing classes
Everyone says you should “love your body”, but that can feel impossible to a lot of us. Our guest, Health Coach Holly Toronto, has a new way to frame that idea: loving your body is releasing it from the unrealistic expectation that it has to define your worth. Holly shares her journey to body positivity and food neutrality and offers us five steps we can take toward loving our bodies as they are right now.
Links in this episode: Holly's website, Holly's Instagram, Health Coach Institute, Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, Christy Harrison's website, Our episode with Christy, Article on how Weight Watchers is targeting teens, Louise Hay mirror work
We have 10 times more microbial cells in our body than we have human cells. What are they all doing there? Dr. Gabi Fragiadakis, post-doctoral researcher in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, sheds some light on what the microbes in our gut are up to, how they might be affecting our health, and what scientists think we should be eating to keep our microbiome happy.
Links in this episode: Diagram of the GI tract, More info on the mouse obesity fecal transplant experiment, More on the microbiome in babies delivered by c-section, Breastfeeding and the microbiome, The Good Gut book, The Sonnenburg Lab
“I want to make a change, but I just can’t seem to make it happen.” Sound familiar? We’ve been there, in our work lives and our fitness lives. Dr. Amanda Crowell (cognitive psychologist and change coach) says there are three mindsets that are keeping us from making those changes, and she shares her tools for adjusting those mindsets so that we “normal people” can do the awesome things we want to do.
Most of us will get referred to a physical therapist at some point in our lives, but how can we tell if we have a good one, and what are they actually supposed to be doing for us? Daphnie’s physical therapist, Dr. Ray Ednie, joins us to talk about how to make the most out of your physical therapy experience. Plus, we find out what Daphnie is like as a patient...
Cooking with kids makes them more likely to try new foods, helps them establish healthy habits, and reinforces the skills they learn in school. Plus, it’s a great chance to bond as a family! But cooking with kids can also be messy, and time consuming, and...what if you aren’t that great of a cook yourself? Nomster Chef founder Ashley Moulton gives us great tips and tricks for getting started with kids in the kitchen even if you aren’t a Master Chef.
Links in this episode: Nomster Chef Kickstarter, Nomster Chef website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, Learning Design and Technology program at Stanford, YouTube Kids, Curious Chef, Montessori learning towers, Chop Chop magazine, Sesame Street cookbook
A lot of us get nervous about the idea of “couples counseling”: doesn’t seeing someone mean something is really...wrong with us? Isn't it just for old married people who are getting divorced? Absolutely not! Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Jen Elmquist joins us to break through the stigma of taking care of our hearts and minds the way we take care of our bodies. We talk about what couples therapy is, when might be a good time to try it, and how her book, Relationship Reset, can get us heading in the right direction without even sitting down on The Couch.