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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June 20, 2014
8: Real Food & Killing Ants Naturally

8: Real Food & Killing Ants Naturally

I had so much fun on this interview with Katie Kimball of KitchenStewardship.com. She is a fantastic writer and researcher, pregnant with her fourth child, and manages a household and her popular blog (and makes it all look easy). We recorded at 9 PM after our collective 8.5 children were sleeping and she provided a lot of great tips for cooking real food for a family. My apologies in advance for the little bit of audio feedback in this episode. The problem has been fixed for the future episodes. Katie shared some of her best tips for getting rid of pests like ants and wasps naturally without chemicals that can harm your children. Other Fun Topics We Talked About 0:30- Random brain facts like why you can’t tickle yourself 1:40- Katie’s ten foundational habits for a healthier family 2:00- The struggle to balance it all 2:20- Katie’s “Core Four” = Environment, Nutrition, Time and Budget 3:00- One thing at a time approach- Monday missions 3:40- One simple switch that makes a big difference 4:15- Katie’s three budget friendly real foods that she makes daily 5:00- The super inexpensive way her family gets probiotics 6:15- 3 foods that seem scary but aren’t 8:00- The simple way to make homemade yogurt 11:00- Real food really does cost more 11:45- How to stretch an organic chicken and make multiple batches of broth 15:35- How to prepare beans if you are going to eat them 18:45- A tip to fix crunchy beans 20:20- Her quick and easy natural way to get rid of sugar ants 22:20- Lines that insects can’t cross 22:38- Katie’s natural tip to get rid of wasps 23:53- The biggest struggle Katie thinks the next generation ...

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June 14, 2014
7: Reducing Stress, Chronic Pain, & Talking to Doctors

7: Reducing Stress, Chronic Pain, & Talking to Doctors

In this episode, I talk to Dr. Kevin Cuccaro of StraightShotHealth.com. I met him a few months ago at a conference and was impressed with his research on stress and dealing with chronic pain. Many people struggle with chronic pain and Kevin has some valuable strategies for helping recover from it. Kevin is a doctor who left his private practice to pursue patient education and to help address some of the (major) problems in the health care system. As a doctor, he also provides some valuable insight in how to understand and talk to your doctor so that you can get real answers. In This Episode, We Discus 3:20 – Why as a doctor, he doesn’t want to see his patients all the time 4:30 – The frustration that doctors face 5:20 – Why stress can be good and why we need it 5:45 – The physiological effects of too much stress 6:30 – How stress impacts fertility and memory 6:55 – The continued effects of stress on the body 7:50 – How to become more resilient to stress and how stress is like a light switch 8:28 – How to turn stress on and off 9:02 – Tips to Practically reduce stress (Book: The Relaxation Revolution) 9:45 – What is the relaxation response 10:20 – How to activate your relaxation response to deal with stress 12:45 – What happens when your body doesn’t recognize stress 16:15 – What causes chronic pain 17:10 – Pain is all in the brain 17:45 – The biology of pain vs. the mental side of pain 20:00 – The core four for reducing stress and pain: Movement, Eating Right, Mindset, Avoiding ...

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June 12, 2014
6: Tongue Ties, Eating Dirt, & Natural Beauty

6: Tongue Ties, Eating Dirt, & Natural Beauty

This week, I am so excited to welcome Heather Dessinger from Mommypotamus.com. She is a featured contributor to Wellness Media, author of several e-books and mom to three little ones. She and her husband Daniel recently moved to a farm and are working toward raising their own food. I was excited to talk to Heather because we both read each others blogs and I feel like we have a lot in common and I think she is an incredible resource for health and natural living. In This Episode, We Discuss 1:50 – Why the name Mommypotamus? 2:20 – Heather’s own health struggles 3:20 – Her life-changing moment at her wedding 3:55 – How her honeymoon was a catalyst for realizing the connection of food and health 4:45 – Heather’s turning point 6:28 – And YES to the hippopotamus! 7:00 – How and why she started Mommypotamus.com 7:20 – What are lip and tongue ties? 7:50 – Why we are seeing more tongue and lip ties 9:00 – Different symptoms related to tongue/lip ties and how they present 9:45 – Heather’s own struggle with her son’s lip and tongue ties 11:15 – How tongue ties are typically treated 11:27 – When fixing a tongue ties can cause more problems 12:03 – The solution that finally worked for them 12:20 – How to tell if your child has a tongue or lip tie 14:17 – Symptoms mom may see while nursing a tongue tied baby 14:55 – Symptoms baby can have with tongue and lip ties 16:03 – Long term problems associated with uncorrected tongue and lip ties 17:10 – How lip ties can affect oral health 18:00 – Why ...

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June 10, 2014
5: Quitting Sugar, Natural Parenting, & Pregnancy Tips

5: Quitting Sugar, Natural Parenting, & Pregnancy Tips

I’m so happy to introduce Genevieve from MamaNatural.com. Genevieve is mom to two children and she and her husband Mike work together to run the Mama Natural blog and their wildly popular YouTube channel. She’s a also a Wellness Media featured contribute. Mama Natural on Quitting Sugar As her name suggests, Mama Natural is an expert at all things natural parenting, natural pregnancy and breastfeeding. She is also the mind behind the hilarious video Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say: In this episode, Genevieve and I discus: 1:28 Her health struggle and how she came to real food 2:25 Her lightening bolt moment and how she made lasting changes 3:15 Her “last supper” 5:23 The factors that helped her with quitting sugar, lose 60lbs, and keep it off for over 15 years 6:16 How accountability helped her 7:23 How long it takes to detox from sugar and how to do it 8:20 Why she has hope for the health of future generations 10:45 Natural pregnancy, parenting, and birthing tips 16:00 The crunchy thing she can’t do and the crunchiest thing she’s ever done 16:45 The thing she recommends to help have a natural birth – Hint: it starts in the 2nd trimester 17:46 Why Fermented Cod Liver Oil & exercise can improve birth 18:00 Tips to help baby’s position before birth 19:00 Crunchyest thing she’s ever tried, and what weird foods she ate after she gave birth 21:28 Her best advice for listening to your body 23:00 Number one health step to take now 24:07 The book she recommends everyone should read Posts we Reference Learn more about Genevieve and MamaNatural here Genevieve’s special page for Wellness Mama Readers with resources ...

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June 06, 2014
4: Canola Oil, Gelatin, & Balancing Hormones

4: Canola Oil, Gelatin, & Balancing Hormones

It was wonderful to interview Lauren of EmpoweredSustenance.com who is a rising star in the blogging world and an incredibly smart researcher. Lauren and I talk about several topics that we are both passionate about, including the problems with canola oil, the benefits of gelatin and the importance of balancing hormones. In This Episode, We Cover Why canola oil is so dangerous and how we are both working to spread the word. (Read my full explanation here and check out Lauren’s campaign to get Whole Foods to remove it from pre-made foods) What foods are a “freak of nature” in both good and bad ways Why gelatin is an amazing superfood and how to consume enough Lauren’s own journey with debilitating autoimmune disease and how she overcame it Natural beauty care options and why it is important to avoid many conventional beauty products The unexpected factors that contribute to hormone balance How you can “Quit PMS“ Lauren’s simple step for better health The advice she wishes she had gotten about health Her favorite health resources Posts we Mention Why to avoid vegetable oil and margarine (Wellness Mama) The health benefits of near infrared saunas (Lauren) Natural hair care ideas (Lauren) Balance hormones with gelatin (Lauren) 12 uses for Gelatin (Wellness Mama) Read TranscriptKatie: Hi, this is Katie from wellnessmama.com. Welcome to Episode 4 of the “Wellness Mama” podcast, where I provide simple answers for healthier families. Today’s interesting fact is that, while blondes may or may not have more fun, they definitely have more hair. Hair color helps ...

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June 06, 2014
3: How to Improve Your Oral Health

3: How to Improve Your Oral Health

I’ve written a lot about oral health and how it affects the health of the entire body. This episode is a replay from the Heal Thy Mouth World Summit where I had the privilege of speaking alongside top dental experts from around the world about how to improve your oral health. Topics I Cover in this Episode Why I think oral health is so crucial The oral health problems I’ve personally struggled with The fascinating research between diet and oral health My favorite resources for improving oral health How I’m helping to ensure that my kids have strong teeth and (hopefully) won’t need braces What foods and supplements help support tooth and gum health Factors that harm teeth and gums Other factors that affect oral health: hormones, saliva quality, sleep, stress, etc. Resources I Mention How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally Oral Affects the Health of the Whole Body How to Whiten Teeth Naturally (and Prevent Poisoning) Should I Take Supplements? Are You Low on Magnesium? Why I Drink Green Jello Supplements for Children Supplements for Pregnancy and Nursing Wellnesse Remineralizing Toothpaste Wellnesse Charcoal Toothpaste Wellnesse Peppermint Silk Floss Recommended Books Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel Oil Pulling Therapy by Dr. Bruce Fife Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan Read TranscriptKatie: Hi, I’m Katie from wellnessmama.com. Welcome to episode three of the Wellness Mama Podcast where I provide simple answers for healthier families. This episode is the oral health episode. And our interesting fact today is that the ...

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