On today’s episode of Food Heals we continue our coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve got all the updates on the effects of the  “Safer at Home ” emergency order in Los Angeles, how to thrive during an economic crash, the doctors using intravenous Vitamin C to treat COVID-19 in China, how CBD can keep you calm in times of panic, and the surprising positive news to come out of the pandemic.



Many of you know I live in LA where Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced the “Safer at Home” Emergency Order, which demands all L.A. residents to stay inside their homes and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. “Safer at Home” is described as a “more rigorous form of social distancing.” Shortly after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued statewide guidelines limiting all nonessential movement. What is considered essential? Pharmacies, Gas stations, Grocery Stores, Banks and Laundromats.

And hey look, I am fine with staying inside. I already work from home and for me it just means more time for me to spend with my new rescue dog Lily and my OG, Jackson. PLUS, I can do more research, interview more health experts and create more content for you. So that’s what I’m going to do.


And that’s what we all can do. Stay home. 1 in every 8 Americans live in california. So I am going to do my part and I ask you to do yours. We know that healthy people with no symptoms can be carriers and infect people with compromised immune systems or who are elderly and so we need to do our part. For me that means staying home and megadosing on my vitamins, supplements and eating a healthy plant-powered diet. Social distancing and staying positive. Technology can always bring me together with my loved ones for phone calls, zoom chats and virtual happy hours.

We can be the solution or the cause. Let’s choose to be the solution. Stay home, take your vitamins, meditate. Connect on Facetime and Zoom with people you love regularly. Be the light, stay positive.

Don’t feed into the negativity. Don’t watch the news nonstop. Remember that media outlets are businesses. They need sensational headlines to get more people tuning in so they can charge a premium to their advertisers. The more they say the world is ending the more we tune in. Don’t buy into it.

AND, remember that when it comes to your health, the news media is only scratching the surface of what we can do to boost our immunity. No anchor is going to report on the fact that doctors in china are successfully treating COVID-19 with intravenous Vitamin C because that is a conflict of interest with their advertisers – pharmaceutical companies. So please keep that in mind and binge listen to Food Heals for all your holistic health needs!

And, please be kind to everyone you see. Everyone is handling this differently. Have grace for those who are handling it differently than you. Educate, Inform, Inspire and dont judge And don’t create more hate.

The leader of this nation is giving us mixed messages, untruths and information not backed by facts, data or science. So we have to be the leaders now. Be the leader in your community. Be the leader in your family. Be the leader in your friend group.

When our president takes his own speech that was pre-written for him and crosses out the word “corona” in “coronavirus” and changes it to “chinese,” to now call it a “chinese virus” he is creating divisiveness. He is stirring up racism, and controversy, and creating enemies. This is not a time for hate! There is already a much bigger enemy that we all must collectively come together to overcome. This is a time for love, kindness and wellness. Do not follow in his lead.

Be the leader you wish to see. 

Coming up on Food Heals, I’ve got some great interviews lined up for you. I’ll be speaking with Dr. Stephen Cabral on not only how to prevent COVID-19, but also what to do if a loved one gets sick. Dr. Neal Barnard will be on to talk about the origin of COVID-19, and how to prevent fuutre outbreaks. We’ve got Vitamin recommendations on how to keep the disease at bay from Dr. Michael Platt. I’ll be speaking with Katie Krimitsos about how meditation can keep us calm and boost our immunity during these uncertain times. And, Suzy and I are talking to Dr. Roy Vongtama about how to stay physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy. Those and so many more interviews coming at you in the coming weeks.

I want to address the economic impact this COVID19 pandemic is having. Jobless claims rose to 281,000 last week, reflecting only the first indications of the impact the coronavirus will have on the U.S. employment picture. 

That number reflected a significant rise from last week’s 211,000, which was unrevised from the initial estimate, according to the Labor Department. It was the highest number since Sept. 2, 2017.

People are out of work, some are being laid off, some are contract workers or depend on the gig economy. And, as an entrepreneur, it is affecting me too. Part of my income comes from my AirBnb property and almost all my bookings have now cancelled. One of my biggest contracts is paused. I have friends who have lost their jobs or their clients or lost a significant amount in the stock market. It is a scary time.

A few days ago I shared my story of how I started Melody Productions, my film production business, right after I lost both of my parents to cancer, lost all their homes to foreclosure, and the estate was broke. It was the 2008 financial crisis.

I was negative in my bank account when I booked my first big client. And I went on to build a thriving business at a time when banks weren’t giving loans. When I no longer had mom and dad to fall back on. (You can read the full story in my book, Food Heals.

And I share that with you to let you know there is hope. And just as I believe there is no better time than right now to get as healthy as possible, I also believe there is NO better time than now to build a recession-proof online business. If that sparks your interest I want to help you. I am so grateful every day that I have created a business that has multiple streams of income so one or two or three dry up I have others on the back burner. 


No one is paying me to podcast. I am not with a network, I do not have a boss. I do this out of pure passion to help people stop outsourcing their health to doctors and take their health into their own hands. So it is up to me to figure out how to get myself paid to podcast. So how do I do that? Well, sometimes I have sponsors who sponsor a show, sometimes I work with affiliates. I have online courses that I offer to people who want to take classes with me. I have an online mastermind where we meet monthly and I coach clients individually on health and business. 


And I want to help you with that. If this resonates, if this sparks your interest there are three ways I can help you.


  1. The Food Heals VIP Club: The Food Heals VIP Club is my $5/month offering where twice a month I share bonus content where we go behind the scenes of the businesses of our favorite Food Heals entrepreneurs. They are authors, podcasters, bloggers, speakers, coaches, filmmakers, and more. In the VIP club you’ll hear how these wellness influencers use their transformational stories, their miraculous healing journeys, their voices to create the life they desire. you will learn exact systems, strategies and real-world advice on how YOU can build a career out of the knowledge, expertise, experiences and passions you have had in your life. Join now for $5 at Glow.fm/foodheals
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There is a lot of COVID-19 news out there and it seems like things are changing almost every hour and it’s a lot for us to take in. It’s overwhelming, it’s scary, it’s stressful. So I can think of no better person than Journalist Erica Mandy to break it down for us. Erica is an experienced broadcast journalist who was tired of the talking heads and alarmist headlines, so she quit her high-profile TV news job to create something new- and that’s when The NewsWorthy was born. She’s passionate about helping you stay informed, save time and feel less overwhelmed and depressed by the news.

In today’s episode we break down the key things you need to know to stay safe and healthy, how and why our day to day lives are being impacted, and we share the positive news coming out of all the chaos.

I just wanted to take a second to acknowledge the collective fear and pain I know many of us are feeling during this tough time.

I feel you and I am here for you.

I know it’s scary facing this unknown, this unprecedented time in our history.

And I’m here to be the optimist. The voice of positivity. 

I have always been an optimist. Honestly many people get triggered by my optimism sometimes. Literally someone said to me the other day, “The world is ending and Alli’s over here talking about vitamins.” YAH and guess what I am not gonna shut up about it!

All I can say is, when there is negativity, I look for the positivity. Its been like this my whole life.

When there is a perceived failure, I look at it as an opportunity to grow.

When I get sick, I get excited to start a healing protocol to bring myself back to health.

When someone else is sick, I try to find them funny movies and make them laugh. I try to make them take all the vitamins make them garlic milkshakes much to their dismay and give them all the positive healing energy I can!

And when someone is dying, I wonder, “How can we celebrate their life and honor them so hard?”

I know I may not be the norm, but now is the time more than ever to begin to practice optimism, kindness, and love.

I challenge each and everyone of you instead of looking at this entire situation from a place of fear, to look at it from a place of love and begin to think about how we can all spread kindness, and not feed into negativity.

There are so many people in need right now. People are suffering. There are more people than ever that need our help, our words of encouragement, our strength.

And they need our kindness and grace.

Be kind to everyone you see. If you are at the grocery store, do not take the last of anything. There is someone who needs it more than you.

Spreading kindness makes us feel better! And when we feel good, our immune system is instantly boosted. And we are less likely to get sick.

If you have an elderly person in your neighborhood go buy him or her groceries.

If you have a local business you love, go buy a gift card from them to help them stay afloat when they are losing customers.

If you have friends or loved ones you haven’t connected with in awhile, send them a heartfelt letter. (Or a text or a tweet 🙂

Spread kindness and love, not fear. 

The truth is that no one knows the outcome of what is going to happen but one thing I do know is that everything that is going on in our personal lives as a reflection of what we believe.

If we believe we’re going to get sick, we will get sick.

If we believe we’re going to lose money or our job, or clients, we will create that.

We are the creators of our own reality. We and we alone are solely responsible for everything present in our lives. (I am not saying that anyone of us manifested the coronavirus crisis. But we are in charge of how we respond to it.)

Believe you’ll be OK and you’ll be OK.

Believe that this is an opportunity for your business to grow and thrive, and it will.

And please, please turn off the news.

Take your vitamins. Colloidal silver kills viruses on contact. Take Garlic, Elderberry, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Chlorella and Spirulina.

Hoard vitamins, not toilet paper.

If you are like me and you are not worried about contracting the virus but more concerned with the economic impact on your business I hope my story inspires you…

I started Melody Productions, my film production business, right after I lost both of my parents to cancer, lost all their homes to foreclosure, and the estate was broke. It was the 2008 financial crisis.

I was negative in my bank account when I booked my first client. I built a thriving business at a time when banks weren’t giving loans. When I didn’t have a penny to my name. When I no longer had mom and dad to fall back on. (You can read the full story in the first chapter of my book, Food Heals.) 

And as things slow down and we all stay home watching this play out, this is a wonderful time to reflect on your current life.

Ask yourself:

Am I truly happy?

What is it I would do every single day if money wasn’t an option?

What would life look like if I was in radiant, perfect health?

Amidst what seems like utter chaos, there is massive opportunity right now.

Opportunity to reflect on your life and make changes.

Opportunity to spend more time with our kids, spouses and loved ones.

Opportunity to finally start that online business.

Opportunity to dust off that guitar and finally learn to play.

Opportunity to finally cook all those recipes from that vegan cookbook you bought.

Opportunity to practice meditation and get in touch with ourselves on a deeper level.

One of the things that brings me peace during tough times is music. If you are a singer like me or any type of musician, you know that music is to us like what meditation is to yogis…

In the past three nights alone, I have taught myself to play “Someone Like You” by Adele and “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga. Playing and singing and learning brings me so much joy.

And, I get so focused on the music that my brain can’t possibly sit there and be in worry, fear or anxiety. In fact, I feel joy, peace and excitement. Seeing my hands learn the notes and play them while my brain figures out how to sync the music with the lyrics is fascinating.

When I am in a state of joy, my body is alkaline which means my immunity is up and I am less likely to get sick.

I even hosted a Virtual Karaoke party this weekend in order to get everyone’s minds out of fear and into joy.

What can you do this week to bring you joy even when times are tough?

What can you do to help others in need?

Feel free to email me at info@foodhealsnation.com and let me know! Let’s all collectively brainstorm how to support each other during this scary time in our history.

Together, we will get through this.

What if I told you that you could travel the world, visit 21 countries and eat a whole foods plant-based diet the whole time?

Today’s guest, Seyka Mejeur did just that. She and her husband Brian recently returned from their vegan voyage ’round the world and Seyka is here to share her vegan adventures with us. On their journey, they interviewed top chefs, enjoyed plant-powered cuisine from around the globe, used cruelty-free beauty products for travel, and blogged about how easy and fun it can be to travel vegan!

Seyka is an entertainer, fitness instructor, public speaker, event host, chef, and vegan enthusiast. Through her brand For Goodness Seyks, she helps plant-based organizations hire, retain and have effective people operation initiatives. She also shares epic recipes and travel tips to empower people to live a plant-based lifestyle, through love and education, for the sake of human health, planetary wellness, the wellbeing of animals, and the pursuit of goodness.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The truth about antibiotics
  • Tips on how to eat vegan in Japan
  • The most vegan-friendly countries
  • Where you can find vegan hotels
  • The best sites for finding vegan food while traveling

You can find Seyka at:

For Goodness Seyks Instagram

For Goodness Seyks (Foodie) Instagram 

For Goodnes Seyks Facebook 

For Goodness Seyks Blog

For Goodness Seyks YouTube Channel

 

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Speaking of vegan traveling, I’ve done quite a bit of that myself lately. One thing that helps me stay fully energized when I’m hopping from plane to plane is Energy Bits. If you’re a frequent listener, then you already know how much I love this Spirulina and Chlorella aglae (we had the founder, Catharine, on back in Episode 276.)

 

In particular, their Vitality Bits tablets are the dream combo of health and energy. This is an easy way to boost your immune system and to get those high-protein, low-calorie nutrients on the go. The ingredients are simple, they’re clean and they’re perfect for just about any situation.

 

When you go to EnergyBits.com, make sure to put in our coupon code (FOODHEALS) for 20% off your next order. Enjoy and happy travels!

 

Current medical wisdom advises that anyone suffering from diabetes or prediabetes should eat a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. But today’s guests, Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH, rely on a century of research to show how that advice is misguided.

While it may improve short-term blood glucose control, a low-carb, high-fat diet also increases the long-term risk for chronic diseases like cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic kidney disease, and fatty liver disease.

Their revolutionary solution is to eat a low-fat plant-based whole-food diet. They’ve found it to be the most powerful way to reverse insulin resistance in all types of diabetes, including:

  1. Type 1
  2. Type 1.5
  3. Type 2
  4. Prediabetes
  5. Gestational Diabetes

This is why Cyrus and Robby founded Mastering Diabetes, an online platform that helps people do the following (in as little as 3 months):

  • Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently
  • Get your best A1c
  • Achieve your ideal body weight
  • Lower your cholesterol 

All of this is possible through their summits, coaching, and books. Their brand new book, Mastering Diabetes is out now.

As the creators of the extraordinary and effective Mastering Diabetes Method, Cyrus and Robby lay out a step-by-step proven plan to reverse insulin resistance – the root cause of blood glucose variability – while improving overall health and maximizing life expectancy.

Armed with more than 800 scientific references and drawing on more than 36 years of personal experience living with type 1 diabetes themselves, the authors show how to eat large quantities of carbohydrate-rich whole foods like bananas, potatoes, and quinoa while decreasing blood glucose, oral medication, and insulin requirements.

They also provide life-changing advice on intermittent fasting and daily exercise and offer tips on eating in tricky situations, such as restaurant meals and family dinners. Perhaps best of all: On the Mastering Diabetes Method, you will never go hungry.

With more than 30 delicious, filling, and nutrient-dense recipes and backed by cutting-edge nutritional science, Mastering Diabetes will help you maximize your insulin sensitivity, attain your ideal body weight, improve your digestive health, gain energy, live an active life, and feel the best you’ve felt in years.

LINKS:

Mastering Diabetes Main Page

Mastering Diabetes Facebook Page

Learn More About The Mastering Diabetes Team

Did you know that since the war on cancer was declared by Nixon, cancer rates have increased from 1 in 21 people to 1 in 2.5?

 

Clearly, our modern approach just isn’t working. To make matters worse, now even children are being diagnosed with cancer. It was these insane statistics that spurred Dr. Kevin Conners to open his clinic. He’s been practicing functional medicine since the 80’s (way before it was ever trendy!). And he has a different approach to traditional medicine: he focuses on treating the cause of cancer, rather than the cancer itself.

 

This is because, first of all, cancer is multi-factorial.

 

That means you can’t point to one single thing and say “this is what caused your cancer”. You can’t even really just point to genetics, because only around 5% of cancers are due to certain genes. Cancer comes from a combination of issues: diet, nutrition, environment, emotions. These are the epigenetic factors involved – these are the things that change the expression of your genes, and will then either trigger or protect you from cancer and other diseases. 

 

And this is why there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone is different, so cancer, ultimately, needs to be treated as such.

 

 

After all, one person might do great on a raw food diet, while another may not have the digestive enzymes to cope with that. Instead of applying a standard treatment, Dr. Conners treats every single patient as an individual.

 

That’s where functional testing comes in, because it helps you work out exactly what’s stressing your immune responses, and determines any food allergies, intolerances, deficiencies, which in turn helps you create the perfect anti-disease diet for you. 

 

Dr. Conners also works with people with autoimmune conditions and Lyme’s disease. Just like cancer, these are multifactorial. And they’re on the rise. It’s not so much a case of if you get autoimmune, but rather which autoimmune condition will you get.

 

We are constantly damaging our gut walls, which makes us vulnerable to these conditions. Even if you eat organic, we’re exposed to many chemicals that damage our digestive system. And that’s without mentioning another big topic: vaccination, which can damage the brain, increase inflammation, and lead to autoimmune disorders. 

 

So what can you do to protect yourself from cancer and autoimmune conditions? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as drinking green juice – you have to go deeper.

 

  • Give up sugar, because sugar feeds into cell replication and therefore cancer.
  • Do you have metal mouth? Depending on your health, you can work with a specialized dentist to replace or remove them.
  • Start with healing and sealing the gut to stop undigested particles triggering inflammation.
  • Get functional medicine tests to determine what is triggering your immune response and how your genes are reacting to your lifestyle.
  • Get in touch with Dr. Conners – you can work with the Conners’ Clinic whether you’re local to Minnesota or not. 
  • Check out Dr. Conners’ website for free book downloads – if you can’t work with Dr. Conners this is the next best thing. You can take this information to your local doctor.

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 295:

  • The cause of 4 out of 5 cancer deaths 
  • What’s the deal with genetics and cancer?
  • The problem with keto diets and cancer
  • The supplements to avoid when you have cancer
  • The #1 reason autoimmune disease has gone through the roof 
  • How the pharmaceutical industry inhibits real healing
  • Are autoimmune diseases and cancer linked?
  • What causes MS?
  • Should you get your fillings removed?
  • How your body naturally fights cancer all the time

 

Our favorite moments:

@10:10 What you never want to eat as a cancer patient

@14:09 How did we get here?

@24:31 You have to stand for what’s right

@39:10 That’s the definition of cancer

 

LINKS:

https://www.connersclinic.com

 

Daily Harvest

How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? It can be hard to maintain new lifestyle changes sometimes, but if your overall goal is to get healthier and stay that way in 2020, then it all starts with getting that healthy food on your plate, day in and day out.

That’s exactly what Daily Harvest is all about. They are your health goal companion, making it easier and more convenient than ever to eat well all the time. They deliver healthy, vegan, chef-crafted food directly to your door.

If you’re honest with yourself, who doesn’t want that??

I’ve personally had their smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, fresh veggies, oatmeal bowls, chia bowls and other delicious & divine selections…and I haven’t even brought up the lattes…

All you’ve gotta do is put the food in your freezer, and when you’re ready to eat, simply pop it back out and have it prepared in five minutes or less.

With a Daily Harvest diet, you’ll get all the fruits and veggies you need throughout the day. You’ll also be glad to know that Daily Harvest works directly with local farmers and make sure to get the freshest in organic products. They then freeze it within 24 hours to lock in the nutrients and send it to your door.

To get started, all you have to do is go to dailyharvest.com and enter FOOD HEALS in the promo code for $25 off your first box.

 

Thrive Causemetics

When it comes to beauty products, we have so many choices, so why not ask for more from your favorite brands? Particularly since this whole episode is about the prevention and reversal of diseases.  That’s why I’m so glad I discovered the vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic Thrive Causemetics

  • High-Performance Products: Thrive Causemetics’ products are made with high-performance, skin-loving ingredients. Their clinically proven formulas highlight your best features with long-lasting wear! All Thrive products are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. This is perfect for anyone who wants to use healthy products without sacrificing looking good.
  • 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free: I love buying from companies with a strong sense of mission aligned with my beliefs. Thrive Causemetics never tests on animals and has been Leaping Bunny and PETA certified as completely vegan and cruelty-free! That’s an ethos I can get behind.
  • Giving Back: For every product purchased, Thrive Causemetics helps women in need thrive by donating funds or products. Their causes include; women emerging from homelessness, surviving domestic abuse, and women fighting cancer. As you all know from my own story, that last cause is particularly near and dear to my heart.
  • Cult Favorite Mascara!  Thrive Causemetics’ Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™ is sold every 7 seconds and has over 7,000 5-star reviews online! The innovative, tried-and-true mascara gives the look of lash extensions with a smudge-proof, flake-free formula that truly lasts all day.

 

Start thriving and help women in need today by going to thrivecausemetics.com/foodheals and use code foodheals for 15% off your first purchase!

In the third episode in our wellness and weight-loss series, we are playing some of our favorite clips from some of our guests’ most inspiring weight-loss journeys.

First up we’re chatting with Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant Shelby Webb. Shelby became passionate about the healing power of food after seeing its benefits in mitigating the symptoms of her Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a common hormone disorder. Shelby lost 30 pounds and nearly 1/5 of her body weight by incorporating the principles of the blood type diet and now she helps others do the same. She encourages her clients to eat whole foods and make sustainable lifestyle changes for long-lasting results.

Next up we’re talking to Rob and Devon and hearing their personal workout and weight-loss journeys. Together, Rob and Devon are the dynamic duo behind Open Sky Fitness. Their podcast combines expert interviews with in-depth looks at the latest in wellness and workouts. They also offer one-on-one coaching and group challenges for people who are serious about getting fit. In this clip, we hear about the best tools for fat-burning and how to guarantee weight-loss success! 

Then, Sexy Fit Vegan Ella Magers has tips that will turn your body into a belly fat-burning machine. Eating should be an enjoyable way to fuel your body and ignite your taste buds. So many people obsess over counting calories and macros, or are stuck in a debilitating cycle of restricting and binging. Ella was one of those people! Learning to love herself, and develop a healthy relationship with food and fitness, was an empowering process that made her PLANT-strong in body, mind, and spirit.

 

TIME TO FIND YOUR FOOD FREEDOM

So many of us are fed up with feeding our feelings with food, body shaming ourselves and we are sick of looking in the mirror and not loving what we see.

 

It’s time to change that. Make 2020 the year that is different.

 

Have you been a yo-yo dieter for most of your life?

 

Do you feel shame when you look in the mirror?

 

Have you found yourself using food as a reward?

 

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to lose weight?

 

Do you feel shame around your body and the food that you eat?

 

Have you ever fed your feelings with food and then experienced guilt, shame and self-judgment?

 

Are you frustrated with yourself for not being able to FIGURE IT THE EFF OUT?

 

You are not alone.

 

Growing up I never felt good enough. I looked at all the beautiful girls around me and all I could think was how much better they were than me. They had better hair, they were taller, they were thinner.

 

Because I didn’t feel beautiful, I didn’t feel worthy.

 

CUT TO: College. My diet consisted of Taco Bell, Wendy’s and bad cafeteria campus food. I easily put on the dreaded freshman 20 pounds. The shame continued.

 

Food was comfort. Food was reward. Food soothed stress, depression, helped me overcome breakups, and cured hangovers.

 

When I looked in the mirror, I told myself I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t pretty enough. I wasn’t lovable enough.

 

It wasn’t until I discovered the tools to heal myself emotionally and spiritually that EVERYTHING CHANGED.

 

I finally lost the last effing ten pounds.

 

I finally stopped comforting myself with food.

 

I finally stopped abusing my body with sugar.

 

I finally became confident in the woman that I am.

 

And because this transformation was so RADICAL for me, I want to share those tools with you. 

And that is what the course, FOOD FREEDOM is all about.

 

If you are fed up with feeding your feelings with food, join me for a three-week transformation that will change your life.

 

It’s all at DropTheFoodShame.com.

 

IMPERFECT FOODS

 

Did you know that over $218 BILLION (yes, with a ‘b’) of food is left to waste every year in this country???

 

Included in that number is 20 Billion pounds of produce. 

 

Now, when you see a number like that, you might think — how can I really contribute? I’m just one person, after all.

 

So that’s why I want to tell you about Imperfect Foods. Because they’re out to turn those sad statistics upside down. How are they doing it? First, by being the only food delivery service that buys and distributes the produce grocery stores won’t sell to you. Second, they deliver these to you at a discount so that you can do even more to help reduce food waste around the country.

 

Think about it. Getting all this nutritious, good food, all at a low-low price (like up to 30% less than standard grocery prices). 

 

It’s super simple to set up. Log into your account and choose the exact produce you want on your doorstep. They’ve even got other foods (like vegan cheese and cashew butter). Check out the list for yourself! 

 

By going to imperfectfoods.com/foodheals, you get $10 off your next 4 orders! But you only have until February 16th, so get buying some “imperfect” but nutritious produce today!

In today’s episode we are continuing on our journey to help you stay healthy in 2020 with inspiring clips from our favorite podcast guests on how to use physical, emotional and spiritual tools to end emotional eating, drop the body shame and lose weight for good.

First we will hear from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Director Joe Cross on how he lost 100 pounds, healed himself of an auto-immune condition by juicing his way back to health!

Joe used to be in financial trading, and while his career blossomed, his health deteriorated. His weight shot up to 320 pounds and he was taking a cocktail of medications to manage a variety of health issues including an autoimmune disease, chronic urticaria. One bite away from a heart attack, Joe decided to take matters in his own hands and make a drastic change, and film it!

After 60 days of juicing and 90 days of eating only plant based foods, he was a new man. He knew his film, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead would have a big impact – it’s probably responsible for how trendy green juices are these days! Now, Joe has two businesses, a production company and Reboot with Joe, a community and website that helps people “reboot” their health.”

In the second clip, we’re chatting with Katie Krimitsos on how she lost weight, ended her emotional eating and got rid of her body shame to create a body and life she loves!

Growing up, Katie’s family, like many, showed love through big portions of low-quality food. During her childhood, Katie was an athlete, exercising up to 6 hours a day and eating whatever she wanted. However, once she got to college, she gained 60 pounds. She fell in love with feminism and used it to present a mask of not caring about her weight. Deep down she wasn’t happy with her body and her relationship with food became dysfunctional.  Suffering from a combination of overeating, bulimia, and exercisorexia, her days were focused around working out, eating food and avoiding food.

Luckily she realized this was an unsustainable lifestyle ad she decided to make a change. She was able to overcome her eating disorder thanks to the Overeaters Anonymous 12-step program.

And in our final clip, we hear from Christian Evans who lost 80 pounds by juicing his way back to health, and using positive affimations to change his body and his outlook on life to become a brand new man.

Before his transformation, Christian weighed in at 402 pounds. He had sleep apnea and took blood pressure meds. After three of his close family members passed away, he realized his lifestyle had to change. After watching Hungry for Change, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and Frankensteer, Christian began researching and learning about the devastating effects of sugar, the horrors of industrial farming, the mountain of chemicals and additives in processed food. And the links between modern diet and modern diseases. It was the push he needed to get started on his new healthy lifestyle.

Christian embarked on a two-month juice and smoothie fast—no easy feat considering he’s a chef and was around food all the time! He lost 80 pounds in the first two months. He kept going, intermittently fasting and swapping his usual weight training with cardio. He’s now a healthy 215 pounds. But it was more than just about diet—it was about mindset. Some people start their day with a morning coffee, Christian chooses a positive affirmation. He’s now a weight-loss blogger and health coach, helping others to ditch the junk foods and get healthy.

And, check out Allison’s brand new 5-Steps to Food Freedom free course for anyone who wants to end emotional eating, drop the body shame, and lose the weight for good. Check out 5 Steps to Food Freedom at FreeWeightLossCourse.com.

Food Freedom is available to all of us. The body you want can be yours. Your body is always striving for homeostasis. It is always striving for perfect balance. We just have to give it the tools it needs to do heal.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how tired you are. It doesn’t matter how sick you are. You can lose the weight. You can overcome chronic conditions. You can look and feel like a million bucks!

If you want to create a comprehensive plan to to end emotional eating, drop the body shame, lose the weight for good and create food freedom then you can join Allison for a three week deep dive at DropTheFoodShame.com. Inside this comprehensive course you will receive 3 weeks of lessons, classes, practices and meditations to truly heal yourself.

You’ll learn:

  • The Most Effective Healing Tools For Your Emotional Healing Toolbox
  • EXACT Step-By-Step Process For When Diet & Exercise Don’t Work
  • A Process For Identifying, Shifting & Changing your Core MisBeliefs Around Your Body
  • How to Integrate Trust, Ease and Self-Love into Your Daily Practice 
  • How to Stop Over-eating, Stress-eating and Emotional Eating for Good
  • ​The Exact Healing Meditations, Tools and Processes Allison USED to LOVE HERSELF and LOVE HER BODY!

    Check it out at DropTheFoodShame.com.

🌹Venus Et Fleur 🌹


Valentine’s Day is almost here!! Are you ready? Or are you a last-minute kind of gift-giver? Then get Venus Et Fleur’s customizable arrangements with real roses that last a year.

These are roses delicately cultivated from their very own flower farm in Ecuador, guaranteeing this extremely long lifespan. I know from personal experience that these roses smell amazing and instantly light up a room. When it comes to premium flowers, these are a game-changer.

Who else gets roses from Venus Et Fleur? Cardi B and the Kardashians, among many other celebrities!

If you’re ready to take Valentine’s Day to the next level —

Go to https://www.venusetfleur.com/pages/FOODHEALS for complimentary shipping on your next order!

CARE/OF

If you’ve enjoyed the two episodes in this series so far and you want to take your goals to the next level this year, I’ve got a great recommendation for you.

Care/Of offers a customized vitamin plan that helps you feel your best, while supporting you long-term. And maintaining your health long-term is what this series has been all about. After all, you want a plan that you know you can stick to – because those are the ones that will be with you and help you stay well your entire life.

Care/Of comes along with you on that journey by customizing a plan that’s just for you. We’re all different, and they offer a vitamin plan that actually understands that. 

Want to improve your fitness routine? Manage weight? Reach other personal health goals? Well, before you order anything, you take a highly personalized quiz. That way, the experts at Care/Of know exactly what you want and what you’re looking for.

Feel comfort in knowing that Care/Of only deals with high-quality ingredients that you actually recognize! Even the packs they come in are eco-friendly – this is a brand that truly cares about you and about our world.

So guess what, listeners! I scored an exclusive for you –  50% off your first Care/of order. Just go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code foodheals50.

There is a common theme that happens at the beginning of every new year: We set resolutions and intentions to work out more, to lose weight, to eat better, and to get healthier. But unfortunately, even with our best of intentions the research shows that usually by February most people have fallen back into their old habits and forgotten their resolutions, or decided that whatever diet or exercise plan they chose to follow just didn’t work.

Very often we are not getting to the root cause of the original problem and so we are doing the surface level things (that in theory should work) but because these are temporary fixes or bandaid approaches, they are not lasting and sustainable lifestyle changes. So we are not actually dealing with the issues that got our bodies to be sick or tired or overweight in the first place.

To create sustainable lifestyle changes we can take a mind body, and spirit approach to maintaining a healthy weight. On this episode of Food Heals, you’ll hear some of our most inspiring weight loss stories chosen from almost 300 podcast interviews to help keep you motivated over the month of February.

You will learn:

  • Why your current plan is not working and what to do instead
  • How functional medicine can help you lose weight with Dr. Cabral
  • What foods Chef AJ eats in abundance and still stays slim
  • How your blinds could be hindering your health
  • How Alida McDaniel manifested her 80 pound weight-loss with the Law of Attraction
  • How Drew Canole juiced his way back to health and fulfillment
  • How to make your body a fat-burning machine according to Sophie Uliano
  • And more!


And, super special BONUS FOR YOU: Check out our brand new 5-Steps to Food Freedom free course for anyone who wants to end emotional eating, drop the body shame, and lose the weight for good. Check out 5 Steps to Food Freedom at FreeWeightLossCourse.com.

Food Freedom is available to all of us. The body you want can be yours. Your body is always striving for homeostasis. It is always striving for perfect balance. We just have to give it the tools it needs to do heal.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how tired you are. It doesn’t matter how sick you are. You can lose the weight. You can overcome chronic conditions. You can look and feel like a million bucks.

If you want to create a comprehensive plan to to end emotional eating, drop the body shame, lose the weight for good and create food freedom then you can join Allison for a three week deep dive at DropTheFoodShame.com. Inside this comprehensive course you will receive 3 weeks of lessons, classes, practices and meditations to truly heal yourself.

You’ll learn:

  • The Most Effective Healing Tools For Your Emotional Healing Toolbox
  • EXACT Step-By-Step Process For When Diet & Exercise Don’t Work
  • A Process For Identifying, Shifting & Changing your Core MisBeliefs Around Your Body
  • How to Integrate Trust, Ease and Self-Love into Your Daily Practice 
  • How to Stop Over-eating, Stress-eating and Emotional Eating for Good
  • ​The Exact Healing Meditations, Tools and Processes Allison USED to LOVE HERSELF and LOVE HER BODY!

Check it out at DropTheFoodShame.com.

Three of the myths we often hear about going plant-based are that it is time-consuming, expensive and difficult. So today we have three plant-powered pioneers in the plant-based space who are busting every single one of those myths and teaching us how easy, affordable and fun it is to eat a vegan diet.

First up is Toni Okamoto, author of Plant‑Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week who is here to share her tips and knowledge on making delicious plant-based food easy and affordable.

Then Alli and Suzy are talking to Maya Kaimal, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Maya Kaimal Foods and winner of the Julia Child Award for her cookbook Curried Favors, Family Recipes from South India to learn more about plant-based Indian cuisine.

And finally, Alli sits down with Food Heals favorite Leslie Durso, who is currently the vegan chef at the Four Seasons Punta Mita and the Four Seasons Santa Barbara to hear her plant-powered tips and advice for making vegan easy and not compromising style for sustainability.

ABOUT TONI:

Toni Okamoto is the founder of Plant-Based on a Budget, the popular website and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies. She’s also author of The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, Plant‑Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week and is the co-host of The Plant-Powered People Podcast. Plant-Based on a Budget has been featured in NBC News, US News and World Report, and more. Toni’s also a regular presence on the FOX affiliate in Sacramento, where she teaches viewers how to break their meat habit without breaking their budget, and was featured in the popular documentary What the Health. Toni is a burrito enthusiast and spends her free time swing dancing across the county.

ABOUT MAYA:

Maya Kaimal is the founder of Maya Kaimal Foods, winner of the Julia Child Award for her cookbook Curried Favors: Family Recipes from South India, and former photo editor of Saveur magazine. Raised by two talented cooks–an American mother and Indian father–Maya’s father’s roots in Kerala have been a source of inspiration for her. She has written extensively about South Indian cuisine in magazines and cookbooks. In 2003, she and her husband launched her line of Indian products from their Brooklyn apartment. Her goal was to use quality ingredients and home-cooked methods to make it easy for consumers to experience delicious, regional Indian flavors at home, and her products are now available in over 7000 stores nationwide. 

ABOUT LESLIE:

A vegan chef and wellness expert, Leslie is the glowing face of a fresher plant-based movement that refuses to compromise style for sustainability. Walking the plant-based talk since age eight, this Southern California native has always been well ahead of the times with her meatless mindset. She works as a consulting chef for hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world and is currently the vegan chef at the Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico and the Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore, Santa Barbara. Once simply known as Leslie the lab girl with Bill Nye the science guy, Leslie took her love of education and shifted from science to plant-based food. She regularly appears on The Doctors, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and has written for VegNews, CNN.com, Redbook, Glamour, and more, evangelizing the benefits of a mindful lifestyle, delivered with her trademark blend of sunshine-y sophistication and girl-next-door relatability. 

🌹Venus Et Fleur 🌹


Valentine’s Day is going to be here before you know it! Are you prepared? If you’re not (like me 😀) then I’ve got a life-saver for you. Venus Et Fleur designs customizable arrangements with real roses that last a year.

Yes, read that again. It is possible! These roses have been delicately cultivated from their very own flower farm in Ecuador, guaranteeing this extremely long lifespan. I know from personal experience that these roses smell amazing and instantly light up a room. When it comes to premium flowers, these are a game-changer.

Who else gets roses from Venus Et Fleur? Cardi B and the Kardashians, among many other celebrities!

If you’re ready to elevate the gift-giving experience this year–

Go to https://www.venusetfleur.com/pages/FOODHEALS for complimentary shipping on your next order!

LOLA

I can’t wait to share with you more about this female-founded company that’s truly taking a modern approach to feminine care. They offer a line of organic tampons, pads and liners, as well as all-natural cleansing wipes and essential oils.

Here’s the story. The founders, Jordana and Alex, started LOLA with a simple question…

Shouldn’t you care about your feminine care products in the same way you care about what goes into the food you eat and the beauty products you apply?

A simple, but powerful, idea was born. It’s also a message I can totally get behind! Making sure whatever we put into our bodies is organic is top priority on the Food Heals podcast. Honestly, after LOLA, I don’t ever want to think about those drugstore tampons (and whatever toxins could be absorbing into our bodies) again!

And now you don’t have to. LOLA offers complete transparency about their all-natural ingredients used to make their feminine care products. LOLA also gives back, donating their products to homeless shelters across the United States.

Because you’re a listener, LOLA is offering 30% off the first month’s subscription. Just go to mylola.com and enter the promo code FOOD HEALS.

Daily Harvest

It’s almost the end of the first month of 2020. You know what that means…

Finding out if you stuck to those New Year’s Resolutions or not! It can be hard to maintain new lifestyle changes sometimes, but if your overall goal is to get healthier and stay that way in 2020, then it all starts with getting that healthy food on your plate, day in and day out.

That’s exactly what Daily Harvest is all about. They are your health goal companion, making it easier and more convenient than ever to eat well all the time. They deliver healthy, vegan, chef-crafted food directly to your door.

If you’re honest with yourself, who doesn’t want that??

I’ve personally had their smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, fresh veggies, oatmeal bowls, chia bowls and other delicious & divine selections…and I haven’t even brought up the lattes…

All you’ve gotta do is put the food in your freezer, and when you’re ready to eat, simply pop it back out and have it prepared in five minutes or less.

With a Daily Harvest diet, you’ll get all the fruits and veggies you need throughout the day. You’ll also be glad to know that Daily Harvest works directly with local farmers and make sure to get the freshest in organic products. They then freeze it within 24 hours to lock in the nutrients and send it to your door.

To get started, all you have to do is go to dailyharvest.com and enter FOOD HEALS in the promo code for $25 off your first box.