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July 20, 2016

The china study solution | Dr. Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell, MD, is a board certified family physician and instructor of clinical family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He coauthored The China Study, which sold more than a million copies and inspired the 2011 documentary Forks over Knives. He also is director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, a nonprofit organization in Ithaca, New York, which promotes optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy, and research in partnership with eCornell, Cornell University's online course provider. He lives in Rochester, NY.

The China Study Solution is based on the book, The China Study, which is based on a very comprehensive study in rural China which showed that a whole-food, plant-based diet has the potential to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases.  The China Study became a worldwide phenomenon, selling more than a million copies and inspiring countless readers to reinvigorate their health by making better food choices.

With Dr. Campbell we discuss his 3 food group concept, which is inspired by nature:

  1. Animals, or animal sourced food group;
  2. whole plant food group; and
  3. processed plants or plant fragment.

We also discuss transitioning to a plant-based diet, whether going cold turkey or a gradual transition over time, as well as the options and health benefits.   Changing our behavior can be hard, but Dr. Campbell discusses his six-step approach which he has developed based on many years of observation in his family practice.

While there is plenty of science-based information in The China Study Solution, Dr. Thomas Campbell’s book also provides practical tools and advice on stocking your kitchen, reading food labels and navigating social situations.


The end of heart disease | Dr. Joel Fuhrman

June 10, 2016

Start here | Eric Langshur & Nate Klemp

In this episode, we talk with Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp about their new book, Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing.

Eric Langshur, a seasoned corporate executive and entrepreneur, is the founder of Abundant Venture Partners. Years of research into the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience have established him as a thought leader in optimizing wellbeing.

Nate Klemp, PhD, is a Stanford-Harvard-Princeton trained former philosophy professor and an expert in understanding how the tools of ancient and modern wisdom can be used to improve individual wellbeing. They have founded Life Cross Training together to foster a greater sense of wellbeing at work, home, and in all areas of life.

We’ve heard of cross training in fitness, such as sprinting for cardiovascular conditioning, and weight training for strength.   Eric and Nate believe that just like in fitness and popular physical fitness training programs, they believe that you can cross train for the skill of wellbeing.

Eric and Nate discuss the guiding theme of the book is that wellbeing is a skill that can be trained.   The science community has taught us that the brain does not have a fixed number of neurons, but that our brains can change and we can use our minds and certain sets of practices to change our experiences at life and at being alive. They structure the book with a structure of recommended practices for well-being. We also discuss how good practices lead to good habits and the benefits of meditation. Exercise is also discussed and its benefits on emotional as well as physical well-being.

Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing is a thought provoking book that is well researched and scientific, yet it is also filled with simple and basic guidance for taking care of both our physical and mental well-being.  Additional information, including a training course, can be found at starthere.life.

How to be here | Rob Bell

Life on purpose | Dr. Victor Stretcher

June 8, 2016

The end of heart disease | Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Today we talk to Dr. Joel Fuhrman about his philosophy of the nutritarian diet and his new book, The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Dr. Fuhrman is a Board-certified family physician with over 25 years experience in nutritional medicine. Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet.

Grounded in the latest scientific research as well as his years of clinical experience treating heart disease, Dr. Fuhrman’s book outlines a plan that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduces your weight, heals obstructive coronary artery disease, and can even eradicate advanced heart disease.   His philosophy is that all of this can be corrected without the prescription pad, as Dr. Fuhrman believes the most powerful drug on the planet is food.

According to Dr. Fuhrman, while heart disease and strokes are the leading cause of death in the United States, most heart disease-related deaths are preventable with diet and nutrition. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe a diet that is nutrient-dense and plant-rich, and includes anti-cancer superfoods, which also facilitate weight loss. These foods supply both the right amount of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and the vital micronutrients (vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals) that unleash the body’s incredible power to heal itself and slow the aging process, giving the body renewed vitality.

Dr. Fuhrman is also the author of other NY Times best-selling books, Eat to Live, Super Immunity, The End of Diabetes, The Eat to Live Cookbook, and The End of Dieting. Additional information about the nutritarian diet and Dr. Fuhrman can be found on his website (https://www.drfuhrman.com).



Plant-based diet | the plant trainers

The china study solution | Dr. Thomas Campbell

May 23, 2016

Naked in 30 days | Theresa Roemer

Today we meet with Theresa Roemer and discuss her new book Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape.

 As background, Theresa Roemer is an author, media personality, entrepreneur and small business owner based in Houston, Texas. Her passion for health started at a young age. As a child Theresa was diagnosed with rheumatic fever many times over, which caused her to have a heart murmur; she was sickly and her doctors diagnosed her with a lifetime of physical constraints. Determined to prove the doctors wrong, Theresa began her lifelong journey to stay active, healthy, and physically fit. Theresa took the U.S. Open title in bodybuilding at the age of 40, and held the titles of Mrs. Houston U.A., Mrs. Texas U.A., and was the 1st runner up for Mrs. United America concurrently.

Theresa feels that anyone can do anything for a period of 30 days, and if you put yourself on this plan, you will find that you change your approach to food and exercise, as well as your relationship to both.   Before you know it, you will be standing naked with yourself and proud of who you are and how you got there.

Based on her years of experience as a personal trainer and body builder, Theresa covers diet, exercise, hormones, meal plans and recipes. She lays out her plan in a day-to-day guide that also includes the mental and spiritual aspects of taking care of your health and well-being.

Additional information about Theresa and her new book Naked in 30 Days can be found on www.theresaroemer.com.

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Warrior | Theresa Larsen

May 11, 2016

101 homemade products | Jan Berry

In today’s episode, we are joined by Jan Berry, the author of 101 Homemade Products for Skin, Health and Home.   Jan is also the writer and photographer of the blog, The Nerdy Farm Wife.   She is also a contributed to HobbyFarms.com and Natural Herbal Living Magazine.

Jan talks about her background and inspiration for her creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into beautiful, fun and practical products. She discusses how she’s especially fond of finding fun and practical uses for weeds and otherwise overlooked plants, such as dandelions.

Homemade products are featured that are easy to make and use commonly found herbs, flowers, oils and other natural ingredients. Going green has never been easier or more affordable.   Local, natural ingredients are key to making something beautiful, effective and good for you and your family.

Jan describes herself as a serial hobbyist with many interests, yet her blog has morphed into a place where she shares soap making ideas and tips along with herbal recipes and natural DIY body care projects. Learn and explore more about Jan Berry’s 101 Homemade products for Skin, Health and Home at the Nerdy Farm Wife website.


Ayurveda meets western medicine with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary


May 9, 2016

The big book of kombucha | Hannah Crum

An industry journalist and author, today we talk to Hanna Crum, author of The Book Book of Kombucha. Hanna is also known as the Kombucha Mama, and founder of Kombucha Kamp, the most visited website in the world for Kombucha information, receipts and advice. KKamp’s mission is to “change the world, one gut at a time.”

The health of our gut is an important foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Ancient humans always incorporated fermentation into their diet because of the lack of modern practices such as refrigeration. Kombucha has been undergoing resurgence as the concept of gut health is in the wellness spotlight.

So what is Kombucha?   It is a fermented beverage made from tea.   A starter culture of bacteria and yeast is added which increases the nutritional content of the beverage. Just like other fermented foods, Kombucha brings billions of self-perpetuating beneficial bacteria to your gut. It is available at health food stores, mainstream grocery and retail stores, and it is also easy to make at home. A lifetime supply can be made from one fresh, healthy culture.

Learn more about Kombucha and its gut health benefits from Hanna Crum who is an industry journalist and Master Brewer. She directly mentors thousands of new and experienced Kombucha brewers and provides consultation services for Kombuchs start-ups since 2007.   Along with her partner, Alex LaGory, their reporting has been featured in BevNet, Beverage Specrum Magazine, Whole Life Times Magazine, Los Angeles times, Elephant Journal, Vital Juice and mother others while her instructional video series with E-How/Expert Village has racked up over 1 million views.




101 homemade products | Jan Berry


May 6, 2016

Carey – dealing with setbacks

In this episode, we talk with Carey who has been successful in her health and fitness endeavors. Along the way she has had key learning points, so let’s talk with her about her successes and dealing with setbacks.

Carey’s mantra is “slow and steady” is the way to go, as it establishes good habits.   She did not find it discouraging; rather she made a commitment to change.   She did this by hiring a personal trainer.   This also took a while as she had to find the trainer who was in sync with Carey’s personal goals and approach to fitness.   She also experimented and found the right cardio training for her, as she is not a fan of running, walking, swimming and other forms of cardio.   She finds cycling has helped to reshape her body and she enjoys the peacefulness of the experience.

We discuss how finding that activity that you enjoy makes you connect with the exercise and your passions, which drive you to pushing yourself to a higher fitness level.

Carey’s journey was interrupted from time to time with health issues.   She tried to not let it discourage her, despite having put on some weight. Again, her approach is to get back on the slow and steady pace of eating better and incorporating exercise into her daily routine. Her approach with nutrition is through whole food, and has developed a palate which enables her to continue a lifestyle that has eliminated sugary soda, condiments etc.

Carey has been successful in so many ways, particularly with dealing with setbacks, yet she always maintains a positive attitude. We wish her continued success in her health and wellness journey.

Nelson finds crossfit

April 22, 2016

Let’s live happy | Deborah Heisz

Today we talk with Deborah K. Heisz, author of Live Happy, Ten Practices for Choosing Joy. She, along with founder Jeff Olson, leads the company that produces Live Happy, an award-winning bi-monthly print and digital magazine, Livehappy.com and Live Happy products.

We discuss with Deborah how we normally approach happiness as a destination or an end point.   Conventional thinking is that if we are successful, we will be happy.   It is the search for that destination, and when we finally arrive there, we believe that end point will make us happy.  However, we should flip our thinking and approach life with the attitude that we should be happy now, as it is happy people that then find success.

Deborah’s book outlines ten practices to live happy along with stories that parallel those practices.   One of her favorites is to reflect at the end of the day by writing down three positive things from your day. By making this practice a habit it positively changes our attitude.

The great thing about happiness is that it also correlates to our health.   If we don’t make our health a priority really cheats ourselves and everyone around us, but it is usually what busy working parents do.   By not doing that, it affects both our mental and physical health.    Small, incremental changes to the way we think and approach both happiness and fitness leads to positive attitudes and adoption of positive habits.

Learn more about Debra Heisz through her website, books, blog and podcast.   Debra is featured on Live Happy Now, a weekly podcast featuring uplifting and unique interviews with researchers in the field of positive psychology, practitioners and experts on their own personal happiness journeys. Join her in the movement to make the world a happier place, and let’s live happy!



Healthy brain happy life | Dr. Wendy Suzuki

April 4, 2016

Health and Fitness Apps

In today’s episode, we explore smart phone apps and their usefulness to support your health and fitness journey.   As background, I found it useful to solicit feedback from a user group in order to get a broader overview into the apps that many people are using concerning health and fitness.

Smart phones are great tools and we can use them to enhance our health and fitness. Many of the apps do continually change and often the functionality in one app is similar to the functionality in another app.

In this episode, we discuss the variety of food and nutrition apps which allow you to track your food intake, calculate and track calories and nutrients.   We also discuss the wide variety of fitness apps, such as those that are specific (running apps), those that provide exercise videos and training guidance.   There are also apps that act as timers for HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Tabata workouts. And let us not forget out mental health, and there are apps designed to guide you through the meditation process or those that provide white noise. While not necessarily apps, we also explore activity trackers that can sync to an app so you can have real time monitoring of your activity levels.

I encourage you to do the research and explore the wide variety of health and fitness apps that are available for your smart phone.

March 30, 2016

The bone broth diet | Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci

Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci is our guest today for a great discussion concerning bone broth and intermittent fasting. Join us as we explore her new book Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet: Lose Up to 15 Pounds, 4 Inches–and Your Wrinkles!–in Just 21 Days.

Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND, is a board-certified naturopathic physician and certified nutrition consultant with a thriving practice in the Philadelphia area. She is also a concierge doctor for celebrities in Los Angeles and New York. She is a regular guest on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and national news programs, and she is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.

Kellyann uses bone broth and the fasting process to help you burn more body fat, reduce insulin levels and lower inflammation.   She discusses how during a fast with bone broth for nutrition our bodies burn fat faster and experience benefits to the skin.

We discuss how you can set yourself up for success by knowing what to expect when your body experiences changes when adopting a different lifestyle or way of eating, particularly with intermittent fasting.   We explore the concept of building your plate with the right proteins, healthy fats and the right kinds of carbohydrates.   Refueling after a workout with the right foods, eating non-inflammation foods, healthy oils and berries are all factors in building the plate for health and nutrition.

Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci feels that the addition of bone broth to your diet is a healthy addition to your nutrition plan. She discusses the benefits to your energy levels and the positive, beautiful effects on your skin.   You can find out more from her website, Drkellyann.com.

Music: Ben Sound Royalty Free Music

Ayurveda meets western medicine with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

March 25, 2016

Motivate Me | Lynette Renda

In this episode, we talk with Lynette Renda, the successful host of the Motivate Me! podcast.   As a form of coaching, Lynette interviews people who have incorporated a passion into their lives, and she encourages her audience to do the same.

Together with Lynette we discuss the art of motivation.   Motivation is one thing on the health and fitness journey that often plateaus. And when that plateau lasts for a while, it can be demotivating.   So how does Lynette apply motivation to her health and fitness journey?   We talk with Lynette about her number one tool to remain motivated.

A sense of community can be an important part of your health and fitness journey. For Lynette, it has been her number one motivating factor.   In fact, by reaching out you reap the benefits of several motivating factors, such as:

  • The bond of shared experiences
  • Friendship
  • Encouragement
  • Accountability
  • Shared energy
  • Confidence

Continually learning from a community of resources and experts, such as professionals in their field, listening to podcasts and joining social media groups is empowering.   Surrounding yourself and reaching out to others who share the interest will help you persevere in your endeavors.

Lynette Renda’s show, Motivate Me!, is interactive with the goal of having listeners learn from the experiences of others while focusing on helping people create a life that excites and fulfills them.   You can learn more about Lynette Renda through her website (motiatemepodcast.com).

Music: Ben Sound Royalty Free Music


March 21, 2016

Caught in the dorito effect | Mark Schatzker

Today we talk to Mark Schatzker, the author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor.   Mark is a field reporter for The Dr. Oz Show as well as a radio columnist for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Conde Nast Traveler, and Bloomberg Pursuits.

We discuss with Mark how food has become complicated. That is because human biology and nutrition are such a complex sciences with many different variables.   Rather than focus on specific nutrients, Mark focuses on flavor in his book The Dorito Effect.

When it comes to our food, we all want flavor. Flavor in our food, however, is undergoing two trends. Whole foods, such as foods we get from farms, do not always have the flavor that they used to, as the heirloom quality has often been removed through generations of breeding and the industrialized nature of our food industry.

We also discuss with Mark how the food industry has mastered flavor technology. Flavor chemicals have changed what we call delicious and drive sales of product, as was the case with Doritos. The food industry is not in the business of making us healthy, it is a business of selling food.   This is where the desire to produce more and the desire to get us to eat more have crossed.

You can learn more about Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect and Steak through Mark’s website (markschatzker.com). Also, his award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Best American Travel Writing.

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Ayurveda meets western medicine with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

March 2, 2016

Plant-based diet | the plant trainers

In this episode, we talk with Shoshana and Adam Chaim who are “Plant Trainers” on a mission to improve the quality of life through nutrition and fitness.   They will walk us through their personal journey of transitioning to a plant-based diet.

Their journey to a plant-based diet began after a health scare.   In the process of researching his health issue, Adam became intrigued and eventually inspired by the plant based lifestyles he was reading about.   He decided to make an immediate transition.

Shoshana’s transition to a plant-based diet was not as immediate.   And while her path was different, eventually she and Adam began expanding their knowledge base on how plant-based nutrition would be the appropriate route for them and their family.   The end result was soaring energy levels, weight loss, glowing skin and other benefits.

Today, Shoshana and Adam Chaim host “The Plant Trainers Podcast.”   They are actively involved in providing personalized plans focusing on nutrition, motivation, fitness no matter what lifestyle you choose.   Learn more about The Plant Trainers and plant-based diets via their website: planttrainers.com

The end of heart disease | Dr. Joel Fuhrman


Music: Ben Sound Royalty Free Music

March 1, 2016

Stepping it up

In this episode, we are stepping it up with John and Tammy.

John discusses his exercise program, which includes walking about 15,000 steps per day.   He has been working on his squats and is making improvements to his form.

We introduce the concept of Tabata to his workouts. The premise of a Tabata is a series of rounds where you move as hard as you can with an exercise for 20 seconds, in this case squats, jump squats or even push-ups.  Then you take 10 seconds of rest.   The cycle is repeated for a total of 4 minutes.    If you really want to step it up, you can walk a lap or two when the first cycle is finished, then repeat another cycle with a different exercise.

There are apps that you can find that are Tabata timers or interval timers which work well with this concept and guide you through the on and off cycles.   It provides a fantastic workout in a short period of time, while increasing your cardiovascular endurance.

Stepping up your exercise routine with Tabata or interval training will give you a good metabolic kick. We will continue to follow John and Tammy as they continue their health and fitness journey.


Do you have patience, persistence, and progression

Tammy success and lessons learned


Music: Ben Sound Royalty Free Music

January 6, 2016

The scoop on ketosis with Jimmy Moore

Today we have an energetic discussion with Jimmy Moore, author of Keto Clarity. This is the second part of my earlier interview (Episode 18) with Jimmy.   In this episode, we will focus on the concept of nutritional ketosis as an important tool for fat loss.

Jimmy Moore is best known for his “Livin’ LaVida Low-Carb” blog and podcast.   In 2004, at 32 years of age and 410 pounds, Jimmy made the decision to take off the weight that was literally killing him. The time had come for a radical lifestyle change.   A year later, he had lost 180 pounds and shrunk his waistline by 20 inches. This phenomenal weight loss enabled him to come off prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and respiratory problems. This dramatic change sparked his dedication to helping others find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle changes he has made.

Jimmy discussed ketosis as the process for letting your body become a fat burning machine rather than a sugar burning machine.   When you eat a lot of carbohydrates, your body is a sugar burner. In ketosis, you shift the body from a sugar burner over to a fat burner.   Choosing high quality sources of carbohydrates, such as non-starchy vegetables and green, leafy vegetables and some berries is part of the process. It is a balancing act, though, as too much protein will also inhibit the body’s ability to get into a ketogenic state.

Along with his blog and podcasts, Jimmy Moore is also the author of The Ketogenic Cookbook, Keto Clarity and Cholesterol Clarity. Learn more about ketosis, Jimmy Moore and his work at www.livinlavidalowcarb.com.

Understanding cholesterol with Jimmy Moore

Can fasting be a healthy solution for weight loss | Jimmy Moore

Music: Ben Sound Royalty Free Music