Episode 102 - Beating Addiction Forever

In this exciting episode the best Addiction Specialists, Dr. Adi Jaffe and I are digging our heals into ending the shame and embarrassment related to reliance on sugar, refined carbs and alcohol.

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Now onto the show!

Highlights

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I went and got my masters at Cal State in Long Beach and then my Phd at UCLA and psychology and neuroscience and psychology and not in statistics and you know, continued to the point where I am now where I started a company called ignited that has sensory self help and addiction specific courses and workshops.

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It’s going to be more work for others, for some than others, might be more complex, might be more healing work from some of our traumas that we experienced, you know, certainly the move that you made, a new culture, new...

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Episode 70 - Stories of Transformation with Kate Kelly

Caution, we use some adult language in this episode!

Today’s episode is a very exciting addition to the Fitlandia Podcast lineup! You are going to be SO thrilled to hear Kate’s special story of progress, transformation and courage.

Kate Kelly and I met through Dr. Jerome Craig, who has shared some of his amazing knowledge right here on the podcast previously, and we could not be more grateful or thrilled to have connected. Kate’s vulnerability and openness is a true inspiration for all of us and can move us each along on our own fitness and wellness journeys.

Kate’s Journey

Cheers to our journeys and instead of celebrating with red wine, today we are celebrating with our herbal teas! Kate and I have been talking and sharing our stories for the last few weeks and one thing that Kate mentioned that really stood out to me was that this time, her journey feels different. She is working hard and has begun the year by giving up alcohol for the month of January. She...

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Episode 56 - Learn How to Eliminate Anxiety

Today we have the pleasure of introducing Ashley James to our Fitlandia podcast! Ashley is a massage therapist, Reiki Master, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) master practitioner and trainer, and does Time Line Therapy Hypnosis and Coaching. In addition to all this, Ashley is the bubbly podcast host of Learn True Health, where she interviews holistic health experts and doctors of Naturopathic medicine.

As a reformed dieter herself, Ashley says she spent her time beating herself up about her weight until she concluded that, “Diets don’t work because they go against our physiology.” As humans, for much of our history, we were hunter and gathers and now we’re supposed to cut our calories? It doesn’t make sense because our physiology tells us we have to eat and gain weight to live; it’s what we were designed to do.

“Diets don’t work because they go against our physiology.” - Ashley

After many years of stressing over her weight,...

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Episode 46 - Strategic Vitality: Creating a Holistically Healthy Life

Today we welcome Maigen Thomas, a personal and professional development consultant, to teach us about strategic vitality and how to create holistic fitness in every area of your life!

Maigen helps people “be and do better.” With a strategy-based approach, Maigen helps her clients:

  1. organize thought patterns
  2. get clear on goals
  3. use only positive words
  4. discover core values
  5. create plan of actionable steps to receive results

“There’s a difference between being good at what you do and being good at business,” she says. Maigen found herself in a position of transition when she expanded a wedding information business and blog to a business for the wedding vendors to use. This enabled the photographer or the cake baker to focus on their specialty and she handled the business end of things.

As a development consultant, Maigen helps her clients turn their professional life around by building the strategy to get to the next step in a career, or to entirely change...

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Episode 43 - Releasing the Guilt of a Sugar Addiction

This week Christa is joined by Daniel Thomas, CEO of Evolution Eat, to help you release the guilt of a sugar addiction. Daniel is also partner and cofounder of Rich 20 Something, an education platform for millennials and entrepreneurs. Daniel teaches a counter-intuitive strategy to weight loss, dieting and lifestyle transformation that’s all about mindset, habits and skill development. Where self-development meets diet and wellness, Daniel helps individuals all over the world connect with their truest selves to begin a life of control over their bodies, minds and spirits; releasing all guilt from the past. 

Daniel didn’t always associate with such positive principles or self-discovery. He describes growing up as a difficult time of being overweight, allergic and inflamed, feeling as if he had no control over his overall health.  With a loving mother who saturated him with love and food, he was quickly tied into an unhealthy relationship with food....

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Episode 42 - Grieving Your Old Lifestyle

It’s natural to grieve your old lifestyle when making a shift into healthy eating, daily movement and positive thoughts. You’re forced to look at old patterns and learn how to let go of old coping mechanisms. In today’s show, we’ve pulled the webinar archives to repost this important info. We look at the Transtheoretical Model of Change as well as the 5 Stages of Grief to explain this process so you’re better prepared to cope with emotions.

What we can learn from models of change and stages of grieving when setting health goals?

As a Functional Medicine Practitioner working with my patients to overcome their health challenges and create positive change, I have to be aware of mind set and my expectations regarding their wants and needs.

It is never as simple as “tell me what to do and I’ll do it” or “this is the plan and these will be the outcomes.” Creating health is really about changing lifestyle and that involves...

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Episode 41 – Become Ultra Healthy with JP Sears of Awaken with JP

Christa intros JP Sears to the show and jumps right into some nutritional controversy with the American Heart Association’s assertion that coconut oil isn’t healthy. Christa wanted to get JP’s take on the situation since the topic was all over social media.

Here’s what JP had to say:

“From the bottom of my heart, I would dare say, virtually anything the American Heart Association says deserves to be flushed down the toilet.”

Because of the corporate agenda and funding into research, these studies aren’t for the greater good of people, but instead putting dollars into their pockets. Christa concurs. She points out that there is conflicting info in the industry and JP uses the example of the days when margarine was touted as being healthy.

The Power of Meditation

Christa reminds newcomers to the show that Fitlandia is on a mission to end dieting by first helping people change their thought-patterns using Mind Zoning®. Because these...

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Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Oh boy! When I saw the USA Today article titled, “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy,” I thought to myself, “Here we go again. Yet another food industry or big pharma-sponsored research study meant to keep flooding their pockets at the expense of our health.” Yes, I realize these are strong words and I stand by them.

First, a little history on my education, experience and position with regards to scientific research studies. During my Functional Nutrition training we had an entire class dedicated to this very topic called, “Intro to Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Nutritional Therapy.” Through this class I came to learn three very important things:

  1. Studies are open to interpretation.
  2. Science can not “prove” anything. It can only “disprove” ideas. Click here for more misconceptions about science.
  3. Private corporations pay for up to 75% of all studies.

In a nutshell, look to see...

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Episode 38 - The Falsehood of Everything in Moderation

Dr. Jerome Craig is back to talk about the falsehood of “everything in moderation.” This idea of moderation is tossed around so much in the diet industry and they both agree that it’s setting us up for failure.

The Truth About Moderation

  • If you don’t want to change, then everything in moderation works great! It maintains the status quo.
  • If you want to make health and wellness changes in your life, then moderation is not going to work.
  • If you’re using moderation as an excuse for not changing, it’s working - there will be no change.

Dr. Craig provides an example of a patient who is a type 2 diabetic, on multiple medications, life not going well and who wants to change but cannot give up his daily chocolate-coated almonds. Dr. Craig appealed to the patient that he needed to get away from the almonds, that they were a sugar addiction and he needed to give them up.

“The only way to break an addiction to something is to give it up” Dr....

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Episode 32 - Transform Your Life with Tapping with Jessica Ortner

Christa gives us a massive treat with this week’s podcast by welcoming Jessica Ortner to the show! Jessica Ortner is a Stress Reduction and Weight Loss Coach, New York Times’ best-seller and producer of the documentary, “The Tapping Solution.”

Background

When Jessica was introduced to tapping by her brother, Nick Ortner, she was absolutely blown away by its effectiveness. An “over thinker” since childhood, Jessica describes how she struggled to use positive affirmations and other techniques to shift her brain’s way of thinking. Like many of us, the anxiety and worry that clouded her mind not only affected her brain but she felt it throughout her whole body. Since tapping helps to relieve the physical symptoms associated with anxiety, Jessica found that it worked to quiet her mind but also to calm her body and reduce the corresponding physical stress. She and her brother became proficient in using tapping and eventually filmed a documentary...

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