This episode has been sponsored by Beautycounter, whose mission (and mine too!) is to get safer beauty and personal care products into the hands of everyone. I know many pregnant women will be tuning into this episode as it is birth-related, and I also know that choosing safer products is something we tend to think about during pregnancy. Lucky for you, I've taken all the guesswork out of choosing better personal care products! For better safety and performance, I recommend choosing Beautycounter.
I am a total sucker for a good birth story. I used to read birth stories like crazy, yet ironically, I didn't during my pregnancy! Today I get to share with you the audio version of Ottava's birth story - my (our) breech, gentle, family-centered cesarean (c-section). Do you think I could have made that title any longer?!
It's our homebirth turned cesarean story, and it's one of beauty, because her birth was just that...beautiful. Through all of the changes to our desired birth, encouraging her (like a crazy person!) to flip from breech, we still made it a beautiful birth and fought for the best and healthiest birth possible for our little girl.
You may be wondering why I waited until her first birthday to get this podcast taped. The short version is, I just wasn't ready. I know I typed up her birth story a month after she was born. At that point I felt called to write it out, and typing it flowed out of me with ease. But saying it out loud and actually taping it was a big step for me.
Plus, this podcast didn't actually re-launch until January, so that's another reason. I didn't have to tape it until now ;)
In this episode you'll hear Ottava's full birth story. As I got done with it I remembered missing a few points or a few of my thoughts. I trust it is taped and presented the way God wanted it to be said. And I have to say, although I'm a little nervous to push publish, I really hope our story will bless you!
Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.
Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 11 to date.
What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day, and to make their own judgments about safety.
IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.
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IT’S NOT EASY WORK, BUT IT’S WELL WORTH IT.
This is about progress—not perfection. Because every little bit counts.
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Hello and guess what? The wait is over. Yep, I'm launching the second season of the Just Enjoy Health Podcast and I am so excited that I'm up and running again.
I took a longer time off than I thought. I wanted to restart the podcast after maternity leave, sometime in June or July. Each month I had too much on my plate and couldn't fit it into my work week. I really wanted to, I missed interviewing guests and missed connecting to you all.
But today... today is the day I begin season 2. And as much as I'd love the podcast to be super consistent with a weekly release, I'm going to do the un-smart business thing (but the smart family thing) and release the podcast when I can make time for it. I am shooting for 1-2 times per month. If you ever have show topic suggestions, let me know. I definitely want to know what you want to learn and listen to. And even who you want me to interview, let me know some names.
And now, without any more delaying, Season 2 of the Just Enjoy Podcast. There's a lot more information and updates in the podcast.
Ladies, I have a fun podcast for you today. I have a lot of podcasts I tell you are one of my favorite but this one has to be my absolute favorite because I got to interview my husband. Yep, we set up the podcast mic and I interviewed him about healthy eating in a professional capacity. We had so much fun and I hope you have fun listening to the podcast!
My husband isn't a chiropractor (it's one of the most common questions I get), he wasn't raised eating all organic foods and definitely didn't eat that way in college (and guess what, neither did I). But this man is 100% on board with healthy eating and healthy living. He is seriously a wealth of knowledge. I joke all the time that Phil could teach seminars on health and still have more to talk about.
The reason I wanted to interview Phil is because this lifestyle is something he adopted when we were dating. And we have learned a lot and changed a lot in our lifestyles together in the almost 5 years we have been married. We continue to learn and grow in health together as a unified team. For that I'm so thankful and it's our heart that you and your husband can be encouraged by this podcast and hopefully start conversations where you can start the process of becoming unified in the health decisions you make for yourselves and your family. We believe it's so important.
One more thing, this is the SEASON 1 FINALE episode of the podcast. It is bittersweet to be done recording podcasts for a while, but I'm excited to start maternity leave. I'm leaving for a few months for good reason. But I will be back and I am thinking some time in June to launch Season 2. Be on the lookout, I will definitely let you know. And in the meantime if you have any topics you want me to record an episode about or guests to interview, let me know. (You can contact me here)
Until next season, enjoy this episode!
Episode 19 is one of my favorite interviews and podcast episodes! I absolutely adore Suzanne Bowen and have been working out with her online streaming videos for over 2 years now. It is hands down my favorite kind of exercise (and that's including exercise during pregnancy). I had a great time interviewing Suzanne and I am so encouraged by her and her fitness philosophy. This interview has the potential to completely change the way you exercise and think about your body. Her message really is that powerful!
If you're feeling frustrated with your exercise routine, how you are thinking about your body image, or if you think you need to punish yourself in the gym, this podcast can change that! And just in time for the new year!
Suzanne is doing an amazing giveaway and it's for everyone. Everyone is a winner here. She is giving away a one month membership to SBF streaming workouts for the next 2 weeks (December 30th-January 13th). Get your FREE month here.
Here's how to find and connect with Suzanne:
Suzanne Bowen put her heart, soul, sweat and more than 16 years of fitness experience and training into SBF (Suzanne Bowen Fitness). SBF is a compilation of all the training she received and all the training she’s given over the years. Suzanne brings the form, focus and precision she learned from the Lotte Berk Method into general fitness with a balanced, full body workout. She is not a yeller. Who really wants to run bleachers or flip tires? SBF is a simple formula encompassing strength, cardio & flexibility in an effective way without the dread factor. Suzanne is on a mission with SBF to help someone build a foundation from which they can become not perfect, but their best, every day.
Under the SBF brand, Suzanne has created BarreAmped, an internationally taught barre technique which has been chosen by Fitness Magazine and Natural Health Magazine as the best of barre workouts in 2014-15. Suzanne is also the creator of numerous top selling fitness DVDs and online streaming barre and cardio classes. Suzanne does extensive training with posture and prenatal specialists, including her friend, Julie Wiebe, PT, to stay up to date on the latest scientific data as it relates to fitness.
In this episode of the podcast I am covering one of my favorite topics: desserts. They are one of my favorite things. Always have been and I think they always will be. The thing is, the ingredients to my desserts have changed a lot over the years.
I've shared this before on the podcast but I used to struggle a lot with sugar cravings (like all day monster cravings). I know the struggle and how much of a massive fight it is not to give into those cravings and how much energy it takes to fight them. Especially when you know the dangers or side effects of sugar and want to avoid it for your health.
In this episode I share more of my story and how I broke free of the sugar cravings without saying no to tasty treats. I also share how I believe you can use these healthy desserts to break the refined sugar cravings and kick that white and processed sugar to the curb.
Today's podcast episode is one of my favorites. I love food! How many nutrients are in food, how to get the best deals, and how to make the most of the food you buy. Going back about 100 years brings us to an art of cooking and preserving food we have lost in this country of refrigerators and microwaves. I'm not giving up my fridge, but there's definitely something to the way we used to prepare foods. They contain health giving nutrients, enzymes, probiotics, and more that we lose out on because of our fast-food and fast-paced nation.
I interviewed one of my friends and respected colleagues Sarica Cernohous. She is the Queen of Fermentation as our friend Faith Hill says. We talk about so many things in this episode and it shows in the length of the podcast. It's longer than an hour so you may need to watch this in two or three different chunks. But it is definitely worth listening to the whole interview.
Cultures for Health: Where to get SCOBY, Kefir Grains, or Yogurt starters (and more)
Yemoos: Where to get SCOBY, Kefir Grains, or Yogurt starters (and more)
Sarica Cernohous, L.Ac., MSTOM, BSBA is a nationally-certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicine, practicing Japanesestyle acupuncture. She is the author of The Funky Kitchen: One Soccer Mom's Favorite Traditional Food Techniques and Recipes. Sarica teaches on the importance and the practice of traditional food methods to both the public at large, and to other health care practitioners, notably through here 6-week online training on the basics of traditional food preparation, “Fresh, Fun and Flavorful in The Funky Kitchen.” She is also a coach for Metabolic Balance of Germany and is a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She resides in Flagstaff with her husband and two children. You can learn more about her at her website, naturallylivingtoday.com.
Today I get to share with you my interview with Becky Webb, she blogs over at Rooted Blessings and is a Young Living Diamond Distributor. Becky was one if my first blogger friends I met (online, we haven't met in person). She is so sweet and I had a blast interviewing her.
Becky is a wife, mom of 3, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a DONA-certified Childbirth Doula, a Family Herbalist, and an Aromatherapy Student. She is passionate about natural and alternative healing by God’s greatest gift, His creation. You can follow Becky on Facebook and Instagram.
Here's what we talked about:
Resources from today's episode:
I love eating out at a restaurant. I don't do it often and I really didn't much when I was experiencing all of my digestive symptoms (why pay to go out for a stomach ache?). There are days that I don't want to cook or Phil and I want to go on a date night. Sometimes I want to go and try new foods or a great new farm to table restaurant in town.
When I go out to eat I don't want to sacrifice my health or the satisfaction of a great tasting meal. I have learned over the years how to eat at a restaurant healthy.
You will learn:
What are some of your favorite things to order at a restaurant? How do you make healthy substitutions?
This episode is going to be one you want to listen to over and over again. I interview Meg Doll, RHN and we dig into some deep talk about emotions with food, our relationship with food, finding freedom with food and learning how to love your body. She is a wealth of knowledge and something all of us women need to hear. And often times we need to hear this message on a daily basis.
In this interview you will learn:
When you are in denial you need to hit that rock bottom and figure it out yourself. Disordered eating means you don't have a healthy relationship with food. Does it stress you out? Always thinking about food? More than likely you will have rules tied to food. This is disordered eating.
This message is really near and dear to my heart. Why? Because I believe that our health is made through consistent choices and healthy habits. We don't build health in sporadic high intensity bursts, that tends to overwhelm us and burn us out. We give up with not much (or anything) having changed.
Consistency. That's where the real fruit comes from.
Consistency builds habits, makes room for any bumps in the road, keeps us moving ahead one step at a time. It leaves room for grace over guilt.
Listen for much more information about how to build consistency into your healthy lifestyle.
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This week's podcast is a mini podcast. It's quick and short in length and is perfect for a little bit of encouragement for your diet. I'm a believer that healthy food can be fun and should be fun. We shouldn't live and struggle with deprivation and starting when eating well. We should take some time and enjoy dessert (healthy desserts) and figure out what foods make us feel satisfied, nourished and fueled all at the same time.
One of the most important things I do in my week is prepare for the week ahead. It may sound a little bit crazy, but setting aside time and getting purposeful about my schedule and plan helps me have the best week I can and take full advantage of all of the time available to me. When I say take full advantage of my week, I don't mean fill up every minute. I mean to plan out the week to schedule in work, rest and people that matter.
When I plan an evening of rest I make sure to get my rest in my week. When my husband and I plan a date night we actually have a date that week. It also helps me get together with friends I want to stay in community with.
Learn all about my 3P week and get the free download to start planning your week. (Enter your email below to get the free download directly in your inbox. High quality to use it week after week)
Sugar, the thing we are now told we should avoid. Oh, I get what you’re thinking, how do you do that? And how can something that tastes so good be so bad for you? How do you give it up for a day vs a whole life? Giving up sugar doesn’t mean giving up everything that tastes sweet. There are other things that taste sweet, right? And ways to make desserts without refined sugars and processed sugars.
In this episode I talk about:
What is refined sugar vs unrefined sugar
What sugars to Avoid and Remove
Why artificial sweeteners are even more dangerous than sugar
How to read a label for sugar
What unrefined and natural sweeteners to use
Why I love stevia and raw honey
How to start to cut out sugar in your life
Good Morning everyone. I am so excited for you to listen to this podcast. I got to interview the amazing Kat Lee. When I was starting my podcast I made a list of women I wanted to interview for the podcast. Kat Lee was on my list because I love her podcast, The Inspired to Action Podcast, and her heart for women and one of her areas of focus, mornings.
I have always inspired to be a morning person. To be completely honest I'm not the earliest riser and I don't know if that will ever change. But I do love to get my day started right. Over the last couple of years I have really been feeling the need to come up with a morning routine and one that makes me proactive to my life versus reactive to my life. Kat says she wants to wake up "for my life and not to my life".
When my body was sick and I was going through a lot of healing I couldn't get out of bed early. I tried and would feel bad about failing in my attempts. As I got healthier I was able to get up consistently earlier and love it. I get up somewhere between 6:00-6:30am and get up and do a little workout and get in the Bible and plan out my day while the ideas are still flowing. It is amazing, that is the best way I can describe it. Not every day starts this way but it is how I start the majority of my days.
My morning times have been so instrumental for me I wanted Kat, who is much more of an expert than I am, share with you some of her tips and encouragement that is meant to inspire you to Maximize your Mornings and start your day out right.
This episode is a mini solo episode I am putting out because I get asked a lot of questions specifically about digestion and a healthy vs and unhealthy digestive system. One of my areas of focus and specialties as a chiropractor and natural health practitioner is the digestive system. It has a lot to do with my own health story and my almost 10 years of being sick and not living to my fullest potential.
In this episode you will learn about some of my favorite gut topics. How starting with healing the digestive system is the place to start in your body. What the microbiome is and why it's important. My own health story and how you can get help to heal your digestive system (once and for all).
Today's episode of the podcast is all about Grocery Shopping. This is a fun topic for me because I really love the grocery store. I know that not everyone shares the same sentiment. The grocery store may be a place of frustration, temptation or give you feelings of dread. But it doesn't have to be that way. It can be fun, enjoyable and you can stick to your budget all while eating the healthy diet that makes you feel your best.
Trust me on this one, we have worked hard as a family to get our grocery budget in a certain category of spending and are usually within about $25 of our estimated budget. This doesn't include any bulk purchases we make for my website recipes. Many of the recipes I make and photograph are from our nightly dinners or breakfasts and do come out of our food budget.
Meal Planning… it almost makes you break out in hives thinking about it, right? Where do you start and how can you make meal planning successful? Does meal planning even matter? Or maybe you meal plan but you have trouble sticking with the plan?
These may sound familiar to you or you may have other challenges with meal planning. I want to share with you that I believe you can meal plan. And it is going to actually simplify your life and make meals and snacks a whole lot easier. There is a little learning curve to the art of meal planning, but you will get it.
You will learn:
Today's episode of the podcast features my friend Kate Doubler. Kate and I are "real life friends" or that's what I call us. It means that even though we both sit behind a computer and work online we actually know each other in real life. We met online and realized we not only both lived in Minnesota but about 20 minutes away from each other. We've got to spend time together a few times and we talk for hours and could talk for many more hours. The first time we met I was nervous because I was meeting this new person who I'd never even spoken to on the phone and I'm showing up at her front door. We hit it off and started talking about health, blogging, nutrition and everything in between and I looked at my phone and it was 3 hours later. We had to do our best to keep this interview a respectable length.
Kate is a health rockstar! She knows her stuff, she's always researching, she's always learning and really finds JOY in learning more, trying new things, and taking care of the health of her family. The hard work means something to her; a healthy life. I think we can all learn a lot from Kate's attitude about health.
Kate Doubler is the author behind the blog Real Food RN. A busy working mom of three young children, she manages to balance working as a Nurse in the Emergency Department, counseling clients in her nutrition business and finding time to write about real food and essential oils. She loves experimenting in her kitchen and coming up with all sorts of new and creative real food recipes with the hopes of bettering the health of her family and anyone who follows her blog. She wholeheartedly believes that prevention is the best medicine.
Coffee. This entire episode is dedicated to everything coffee. It is not an all out research exploration of coffee, but it is a fun and informational episode that will explain how to choose a healthy cup of coffee and enjoy all things that go with coffee (like a heart to heart conversation with a good friend). PS. I will not be telling you in this episode to ditch coffee forever or that it's bad. Whew, we got that out of the way.
*This episode says that it is the first episode and that is because I taped this one months ago and it was the first one I ever taped. Excuse that mis-speak and enjoy the episode
Today's episode features my own health story. I shied away from sharing it for so long because I didn't think it was important or that it mattered. Why should I share the details of being sick and suffering through my early-mid 20's? It definitely wasn't my favorite season (read long and tiring season) to walk through. It was hard, tough, frustrating, disappointing and I felt drained and like a big huge disappointment. I didn't know I was sick at first. I didn't know what I was feeling wasn't normal. I just assumed I was lazy and couldn't figure out a way to be successful in life. I had unachievable expectations, never allowed my body time to rest and pushed myself far beyond what I could handle. I was exhausted and physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. I started on a path of figuring out what was at the root of my health problems and walking a natural healing journey that now allows me to life a life I love and run a business fueled by my story.
Guess what? You have a story too. We all have a story to tell. For you, it may or may not be health related. But it is very important and God has given you your story to live out and share it with others.
Let's get this out of the way first. This is Faith Hill and it's her real name. Not the singer, but my dear friend and fellow woman in wellness. I was excited to interview Faith because she is a woman of faith that dreams big and sees the big picture in life and everything she has her hands in. She is southern, which you will be able to notice within 2 seconds of starting to listen to her speak. Faith is full of wisdom and this interview encouraged me and I know will be an unbelievable encouragement to you too.
Faith Hill is the visionary founder and show host for LifeWiseTV. Faith, author of The LifeWise Menu Planning System, is a passionate woman dedicated to helping people experience life and health like they never have before. For the past 5 years, Faith has been a personal business coach for health care professionals across the US and Canada. Faith is dedicated to helping people live their purpose and improve their lifestyle, while spreading the message of hope. As a licensed stylists and organic beauty advocate she exposes the dangers of toxins in home and beauty products and educates on how we can be clean and beautiful without sacrificing their health. She is the creator of two nationally utilized wellness programs, and has co-founded two ministries in the Charlotte area. Faith and her husband Jonathan travel as seminar coordinators and speakers, teaching training programs they have developed. They have recently launched their digital wellness solution Fortified Health Club. To unwind from the daily grind, Faith loves to host theme parties for her friends, giving traditional dishes from all around the world her 'Faith twist' by turning them into healthy, yet delicious dishes. She also loves to travel with her wonderful husband, Jonathan, which contributes to her own journey of growth, allowing her to experience and learn from different cultures.
The first episode of the Just Enjoy Health podcast is here. I am so excited to share it with you. Today actually launches the first 3 episodes of the podcast so you can listen to the introduction, a solo show and one of my interviews.
Episode 1: Introduction and Mission and Vision
Episode 2: Dr. Meghan's health story from sick, exhausted and discouraged to craving-free, purposeful and experiencing abundant health.
Episode 3: Faith Hill | Total Well Being, debunking health myths and realizing you have everything you need for today (Founder of Lifewise TV and Fortified Health Club)
In this episode you will learn my heart behind this podcast and what I believe about health, wellness, food, fitness and how I want to infuse my faith into the podcast too. I believe that God created our bodies magnificently to heal and we experience the healthiest life (body, mind and spirit) with him at the center and through his help and strength.
This episode is where you get a good idea about the upcoming podcast episodes and my passion for encouraging, empowering and inspiring you (women) right where God has you.