The Wellness Mama Podcast

The Wellness Mama Podcast is a weekly series covering the topics of holistic health, real food, stress, sleep, fitness, toxins, natural living, DIY, parenting, motherhood, and other health tips to give you actionable solutions to ...more

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July 23, 2014
14: Stop the Sugar Madness

14: Stop the Sugar Madness

Today, I’m taking a break from normal podcast interviews to step on my soapbox for a few minutes. I love doing interviews (you can check them all out here), but a recent experience reminded me of the importance of this issue and I didn’t want to wait for an interview to talk about it. Any guesses as to what the issue is? I’ll give you a hint- it is an addictive substance that is linked to various types of disease and is especially harmful to children who are exposed. Nicotine? Nope. Illicit drugs? Those too, but no. Asbestos? Yes, but not today’s topic. Another hint- It is molecularly similar to cocaine and harmful to the liver. Alcohol? No. Vegetable oils? Nope, but those are bad too. Toxic cleaning chemicals? No, but I would recommend using natural alternatives to those as well. Today, I’m ranting about SUGAR. Why? Because I decided to count for a week and my children were offered refined sugar in some form 21 times! The scary part is that we avoid a lot of situations where they would most logically be offered it and these were just places like the bank, the gym (!!) and friends’ houses. All things in moderation…. A little bit won’t hurt… It’s fuel for the brain… All justifications for consuming sugar in some amount. The question is: should sugar ever be consumed and if so, in what amount? I suggest that refined sugar should be avoided completely. Not so sure? Consider this: 27 million+ people suffering from thyroid problems 66% of the population overweight or obese Rates of cancer and heart disease skyrocketing estimated 95% of the population obese in next few ...

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July 11, 2014
13: Vitality & Healthy Children

13: Vitality & Healthy Children

In this episode of the Wellness Mama Podcast, I talk to my friend Dr. Pedram Shojai (founder of Well.org) about ways to improve the future for our children and how to create vitality in our lives. In This Episode We Discuss 1:30- The problems that future generations will face 2:04- Pedram’s new goals for future generations 3:30- The problem with conventional medicine 4:20- Why he felt trapped 4:30- The “sick care” problem 5:15- One of the flaws of the existing health care model 6:05- What inspired him to create “Vitality” 6:40- The wheel of vitality 7:00- Sleep, mindset, diet and exercise 7:50- Why kids have so much energy 10:28- Changes to make to improve health 10:45- The first stop 10:50- Breakfast: say no to cereal 11:00- Why cereal is a big deal 11:30- Why our kids are disconnected from food 12:01- How to make positive changes for your family 12:47- The flaw with our method of teaching children 13:40- The epidemic of kids not moving 14:01- The mindset for kids- how to fix it 14:25- What we have to teach our kids 14:50- Your child’s future job hasn’t even been invented yet 15:40- Victory gardens revisited 16:30- How Big Ag messed everything up 18:00- Pedram’s adventures and why his wife lost sleep 19:12- Is organic food too expensive? 19:30- Why we aren’t prioritizing health 22:28- How you are wasting energy 23:10- Subtle changes to start making 24:06- Hope for adults 25:16- Vitality screening 26:15- Hang out with me and Pedram 28:00- Advice he wishes he’d gotten earlier in life 29:01- Let your kids blossom Resources Mentioned in This Episode Dr. Pedram’s site: Well.org Environmental Working Group Friends of the Earth More about Vitality I recently got a chance to watch Vitality. Dr. Pedram ...

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July 10, 2014
12: Coconut Oil Secret & Natural Remedies

12: Coconut Oil Secret & Natural Remedies

My post about 101 uses for coconut oil is one of the most popular posts on WellnessMama.com. I’m a huge fan of coconut oil and my family uses it for everything! Jake Carney of TheAlternativeDaily.com joins me on this informative podcast to talk about the coconut oil secret, natural remedies and healthy fats. Jake has an extremely popular book, The Coconut Oil Secret and you can get it at a discount by visiting this link. In this episode, Jake and I talk about 2:03- How Jake became interested in alternative health 2:34- His big struggle that started at age 6 5:05- A tragedy in his personal life that was a catalyst for his own struggles 5:05- How his wife didn’t understand his struggle 5:15- What his doctor suggested and why he left his doctor’s office 7:35- What does everybody think? 7:54- How a surfing website helped him find answers 11:23- How TheAlternativeDaily.com got started 12:07- The free gift that had a huge impact on Jake 12:24- The site he will eventually start 13:30- When Jake started learning about natural living 15:05- How he first learned about coconut oil 16:56- What happened when he first started using coconut oil and why it made him sick 17:45- Why people looked at him strange 19:05- The drink you should never drink after noon! 21:20- An unusual use for coconut oil that I may or may not have tried 22:05- One thing you should NOT do with coconut oil 25:04- Is saturated fat bad for you? 25:50- The bad research against saturated fat 24:19- Is Saturated Fat causing heart disease? 25:36- Why coconut oil is not stored as fat and how you burn fat ...

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July 08, 2014
11: How to Foster Success in Your Children

11: How to Foster Success in Your Children

In this episode I talk to former professional football player and world renowned speaker, Bo Eason, on a very important topic. This episode deviates from my usual themes of nutrition and health but addresses another important aspect of life. When I first heard that Bo would be speaking at an event I was attending, I wrote him off, figuring I would not learn much from an ex-football player. I could not have been more wrong! He told a story that struck me to the core, and I realized that he and I had similar goals for our families. He said that after he retired from playing football, he took his children to a birthday party in their city in California. He talked about how these lavish parties for five year olds always seemed to try and one-up each other and how uncomfortable he felt at them. His son Axel, found a football in the bushes and Bo and Axel started tossing the ball back and forth. Bo noticed a group of the other dads watching him and whispering as they played. At one point, Bo’s son dropped the ball, and he told him “Don’t let the ball touch the ground. Don’t drop the ball.” He noticed more whispering from the other dads and eventually one of them walked over to him and said “Why did you say that to that boy?” Bo responded, “Well, that boy is my son, and in our house, it is a rule that we don’t let the ball touch the ground.” The conversation continued and the other dad asked Bo, “Why is this a rule in your house?” ...

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July 02, 2014
10: Don’t Count Calories & Why Diets Don’t Work

10: Don’t Count Calories & Why Diets Don’t Work

In this episode, Jonathan Bailor, author of The Calorie Myth breaks down the problems with the calorie theory of weight loss. Jonathan covers topics like why eating less or exercising more won’t ever truly solve a weight problem, how stress affects weight and clears up confusion with the often-misquoted Law of Thermodynamics. Jonathan and I Discuss 1:45- The disconnect between technology and science 3:00- Why Calories don’t count the way we think they do 3:30- Weight isn’t a moral issue. People who weigh more aren’t lazy 4:29- The idea of “just eat fewer calories” is akin to telling those with depression to just frown less and smile more 6:45- How calories can count, we just don’t need to count them 7:15- The “Calorie Myth” 7:29- Calories in/calories out and why it doesn’t work 7:44- The role of the hypothalamus 10:55- The four laws of thermodynamics and why it isn’t as simple as eating less and burning more 11:31- Why most interpretations of the laws of thermodynamics are completely wrong 12:31- the problems with eating less 13:46- Why you’ll lose muscle and fat if you just eat less 14:16- How calories are different 15:00- The four factors of quality food: satiety, Agression, Nutrition, Efficiency 15:48- Foods that the more you eat, the healthier you get 16:05- Foods to avoid 16:38- How foods manipulate hormones 17:13- How to get your brain to tell your body to do something 19:44- How hormones signal the body to build muscle or gain fat 18:55- Why exercise alone won’t help you lose weight 19:45- Where “exercise” comes from 21:15- One step to be healthier Resources Mentioned Book: The Calorie Myth Website: ...

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June 23, 2014
9: Leaky Gut, Heartburn, & Digestion

9: Leaky Gut, Heartburn, & Digestion

In this episode, I welcome special guest Steve Wright from SCDLifestyle.com to talk about all things digestion. Steve is the co-creator of SCD Lifestyle and the Solving Leaky Gut System. He is a featured contributor for Wellness Media, and has worked with hundreds of people to help them improve digestive health. SCDLifestyle.com helps readers find answers to problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, and other digestive problems. How Leaky Gut Effects Digestion In this episode we talk about finding real solutions for digestive problems and how to know what your body needs to improve digestion. Steve shares why conventional treatments often don’t work and how sometimes the “cure” can be like throwing fuel on the fire. He shares the two supplements that often make a night and day difference for digestive health and tells his own story of recovery. Steve talks about three things you must do everyday for optimal health and gives practical tips that you can do to give your family better health everyday. Notes From This Episode 2:02- Steve’s own health problems 2:52- Why his family called him “the gas man” 4:07- Why Steve got in trouble with his boxx 4:37- The pivotal moment for him 5:37- How he got in to health education 6:35- The Leaky Gut- Is Poop Leaking in to the body 6:52- The small intestine is only one cell thick 7:55- How food and toxins can escape into the body 8:52- What causes heartburn and indigestion 11:22- Why antacids and PPIs are dangerous 12:37- The underlying causes of stomach problems and how to find your cause 13:22- Two Supplements to help increase ...

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