What does it mean to cleanse? For many, the word conjures up images of green juices and fasting. But that’s not quite accurate. You can cleanse in a gentler way. But you also need to go beyond diet if you want to really reset your body.

 

Elissa Goodman looks 20 years younger than her age (59) – and you might think she’s just been blessed with great genes. But she was not the healthiest child. She had a low immune system and was always sick. She got every type of virus (tonsillitis, chickenpox, chronic fatigue) To make matters worse, she felt unworthy compared to her high-achieving, Type-A personality parents. 

 

So Elissa went to college, got into advertising, and climbed that corporate ladder because she was determined to make her parents proud. But she wasn’t following her passion or purpose. She just worked. And got sicker. And one day she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

 

She knew that this was because she’d been sick most of her life and that her lymphatic system was full of toxins that she’d been unable to clear. But she hadn’t thought of the emotional aspect. Most of the doctors she saw first just talked of chemo and freezing her eggs. But one of them was different. He sat her down and asked her – Are you happy? Are you doing what you love? It was a turning point. 

 

Elissa realized how miserable she’d been in her job and how much she disliked herself. She knew something had to change.

 

 

She went 100% vegan, started doing yoga, went into talk therapy, and started doing emotional release work. She got rid of her cancer, but the radiation caused hypothyroidism. Then she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and celiac (two autoimmune conditions). And then her husband died of cancer. It was like a cascade of traumatic life events. That’s when she decided to go back to school and learn about nutrition so she could help her daughters stay healthy.

 

And that was it – she never looked back. She became a cleanse expert to help as many people as possible get healthy the easy way. Like her 1-week soup cleanse, which contains 45 different vegetables, is totally vegan and free from anything processed or GMO. She helps her clients to reset their body and brain so they can rejuvenate, re-energize, heal, and maintain a new, healthy lifestyle long-term. 

 

Here are some of Elissa’s tips to reset your body:

  • Juicing – a fantastic way to get all those vitamins straight into your cells
  • Smoothies – packed with healthy fiber to cleanse your digestive system 
  • Veggies, Veggies, And More Veggies – the more vegetables, the better (especially dandelion greens, cruciferous veg, and celery)
  • Quality Superfood Powder –  (Elissa loves Pure Synergy Juice Powder)

 

But don’t forget that cleansing is emotional as well as nutritional. Have you dealt with your trauma? Because no matter how clean your diet, you can still get sick if you have emotional issues you haven’t dealt with. Here are Elissa’s tips to start letting go of those trauma toxins:

  • Find a good energy healer – you hold a lot of negative energy (toxins) in your cells (Get in touch with Elissa if you’d like to know who she has worked with).
  • Identify what trauma you experienced in your first 7 years.
  • Ask yourself whether you’re truly happy with your career / partner / friends / family.
  • Check out books like Mind over Medicine and Radical Remission to learn how to release trauma.
  • Try a meditation app like Unplug.
  • Journal about what you want to let go – first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
  • Cultivate self-love – that is one thing that’s missing from most of our lives.
  • Send love to your inner child.

And don’t forget to —

 

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What you’ll learn in Episode 275:

  • Can you be sexy in your 50’s?
  • What causes Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
  • The science behind why you crave sugar, dairy and gluten
  • How to detox from addictive foods
  • Why you need to cleanse regularly
  • How intermittent fasting helps reset your body
  • Juicing vs. smoothies – which is best?
  • The most powerful vegetables for detoxing
  • The emotional part of detoxing
  • How to recognize you have unresolved emotions
  • Are you experiencing resistance to emotional healing?

 

Our favorite moments:

@5:42 They scare the shit out of you

@16:08 That is so wild!

@34:32 Girl’s gotta do the work

@36:59 Everything changed in my life

@47:26 That’s where the magic happens

 

Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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And so many more!

 

LINKS:

LeslieDurso.com

ElissaGoodman.com

In order to be healthy we have to take a WHOLISTIC approach to health. This means looking at our health as a whole and not taking a band-aid approach.

 

In this episode Allison Melody and John Lee Dumas discuss tools and tactics to hack your health like mindful eating, intermittent fasting, breathwork, exercise, food allergies, fat-burning, blue-light blocking, infrared saunas and so much more.

 

We’re throwing back to last year where Allison had the honor of being interviewed on Entrepreneurs on Fire by John Lee Dumas. So the format is a little different today because you are going to hear JLD interview Alli on Physical, Emotional, Spiritual & Financial Game-Changing Practices to hack your health.

 

John is the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs to help YOU on your Entrepreneurial journey! His goal with Entrepreneurs On Fire is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey and create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

 

To date he has interviewed over 2,000 incredible Entrepreneurs, including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more. 

 

And he’s been a huge mentor to Allison in starting The Food Heals Podcast and creating a business around her passion. He truly practices what he preaches and helps people like Allison and like you create the lifestyle you have always dreamed of. 

 

To date John and Alli have hung out in crazy cool places like Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica and the Grand Cayman islands and at conferences like Podcast Movement and Podfest in Florida, Philly, Chicago and Anaheim.

 

And, today is the first day of Podcast movement 2019, so Allison and John are down in Orlando soaking up the sun and all the podcast wisdom and later in the week they’ll be singing a little karaoke… so we couldn’t think of a better time to release this episode.

 

 

GLOBAL HEALING CENTER IS BACK!

It’s time to talk about one of my favorite supplement brands. You know how much we love their product, such as the Vegan B12 (which I take everyday). Their probiotics? Also amazing! There’s nothing in their lineup that I wouldn’t try. Why? Because I always know I can trust the source. They also have a great mission, empowering millions of people with health education and supplements that go above and beyond organic.

It’s all available to you right now at GlobalHealingCenter.com. Use the coupon code foodheals17 to get 20% off your order.

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 274:

 

  • How your blood type helps determine the perfect diet for you
  • How to burn fat easily and effortlessly every day
  • A magical breathing technique that will get you to a place of ultimate peace
  • What you can do for 19 minutes a day to reduce the risk of heart attacks by over 60%
  • The truth about detoxification and intermittent fasting
  • How to bio-hack your health for next-level results
  • An easy digital detox that anyone can do 
  • How Blue-light blockers can contribute to the best sleep of your life

 

3 Takeaways From Today’s Show 

1) You are not going to win at a high level unless you’ve really got a well-rounded balance mentality.

2) Food does heal. You just have to be intentional and focused on the stuff that you put into your mouth and the food that is going into your body. That’s the game-changer.

3) Try one thing at a time. See what works. If it really makes you feel better, you’re probably going to keep doing it. If it doesn’t, just forget about it. You can’t do everything.

 

Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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And so many more!

We’re back for another installment of wisdom from the inspiring Josh Trent. Check out Episode 272 for Josh’s healing journey, learn about his incredible experiences with plant medicine, and discover the powerful potential of breathwork. 

 

Today we are constantly on the go. We’re being bathed in WiFi all the time. We’re constantly connected to our phone and it keeps pulling us back into it – notifications, emails, calls. We’re all trying to multitask and achieving less than ever. We’re all trying to set goals but failing because we’re not doing the inner work, or connecting with the emotions we want to feel. For that same reason, we’re unable to find a loving partner. If we could only connect with the understanding and deep knowledge that we are more powerful, more amazing, than we know… but sometimes we need a little help.

 

Nootropics:

What are nootropics? They’re supplements that increase cognitive performance and verbal acuity. Basically, they help your neurons to function at their highest capacity. Think about it – your brain is always working, even when you don’t realize it. You’re taking in your surroundings, you’re noticing the person you’re talking to, you’re breathing, you’re digesting, you’re walking…. Not to mention dealing with the millions of emails, texts and social media messages! No wonder your brain is exhausted! Nootropics help it to work better, to think clearer, and in the long-term protect it from damage. Josh swears by supplements from Neurohacker Collective

 

 

Manifesting the one:

Who do you want in your life? A “whatever you want, baby” kind of partner, or someone who challenges you? And how do you find love in this world of Tinder and nobody having any time? After three years of being single, Josh manifested his new relationship. He was on Paul Chek’s podcast, and Paul gave him a divine union prayer to practice. “Bless me that I choose my life’s companion according to the laws of perfect soul union.” Nine days later, in the desert, Josh met Kerry Michelle on Cathedral Rock. He knew right away that they had a deep soul connection. It’s not just the prayer, of course. It’s knowing that you are in the right space for a relationship – knowing yourself and understanding that everything that has happened in your life has happened for your growth. It’s a journey towards self-love – because when you can connect with self-love, then you can call in your soulmate. The more you are in the energy of love, the more love you will attract into your life.

 

Forgiveness:

You know when you’re holding on to the pain that someone else caused you, and you’re stuck in victim mode, and you just can’t forgive them? We’ve all been there. But who are you hurting, ultimately? Only yourself. That feeling of anger towards another is a toxic emotion, and it can take over your life because of the negative beliefs that you unconsciously hold on to. Not only that, but you’re probably also beating yourself up about the fact you’re not being a forgiving person. Right? Double whammy. It was at a Rythmia plant medicine ceremony that Josh realized he’d spent twenty years holding on to anger at his father and believing he couldn’t trust men. By forgiving him, and then forgiving himself for having held on to that anger in the first place, Josh was able to release the emotion that was holding him back. You can too. 

 

What’s 5G doing to us?

Believe it or not, within the Terms & Conditions of your phone, there’s a statement that says you should never have your phone physically touching you. When the phone touches your body, it transfers the 5G into your DNA. So it’s important to keep your phone in your bag, not in your pocket. The less you have your phone touch your skin, the less the 5G will affect your body. Turn off your WiFi at night (you can buy a timer from Amazon). Put your phone on airplane mode if you’re carrying your phone in your pocket. If you want to learn more, then check out Josh’s interview with Thaddeus Owen, founder of Primal Hacker, to find out how to protect yourself.

 

Want to live your life well and thrive? Then get Josh’s guide for up-leveling your wellness. Check out https://wellnessforce.com/morning-21-system/.

 

GLOBAL HEALING CENTER IS BACK!

It’s time to talk about one of my favorite supplement brands. You know how much we love their product, such as the Vegan B12 (which I take everyday). Their probiotics? Also amazing! There’s nothing in their lineup that I wouldn’t try. Why? Because I always know I can trust the source. They also have a great mission, empowering millions of people with health education and supplements that go above and beyond organic.

It’s all available to you right now at GlobalHealingCenter.com. Use the coupon code foodheals17 to get 20% off your order.

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 273:

  • Josh’s near-death experience and what guided him to safety
  • What is god?
  • The tools to take us back to who we are
  • The problem with “normal” religion
  • How money and religion control the world 
  • How meditation helps you find yourself
  • Why you need nootropics in your life
  • How to stop being busy and start achieving 
  • Do you have decision fatigue?
  • What’s stopping you from manifesting your ideal lover?
  • Is it possible to make money and make the world better?
  • Are we being given “bread & circus”?
  • The most powerful thing you can do to protect yourself from 5G
  • Alli’s magical healing night time drink 

 

Our favorite moments:

@4:33 The boomerang of love has returned

@19:14 Let’s enjoy this thing

@31:06 The sickness of the modern world

@51:00 Part of a connective field

@1:03:58 Food heals and so does time

 

Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!

Apple Podcasts

Youtube

Spotify

And so many more!

 

LINKS:

WellnessForce.com

https://neurohacker.com/shop

Rythmia.com 

WellnessForce.com/Thaddeus Owen & The Truth About Biohacking 

CivilizedCaveman.com

Everything you do and every thought you have is either coming from one of two places —

 

A Place Of Love

or…

A Place Of Fear.

 

If you look at our world right now, it seems obvious that we are living too much in fear. And we need to move towards love if we want to heal – not just ourselves, but the whole world.

 

It took Josh Trent a long time to get to that place.

 

He had a rough childhood. He was a premature baby and spent the first two weeks of his life in an incubator. His dad left when he was 2 months old. His mom was bipolar. He never felt safe or peaceful at home. Without any parental presence, Josh didn’t learn how to deal with his emotions. So he found a drug. And that drug was food. It became a way to numb the feelings he didn’t know what to do with. 

 

At 21 years old Josh weighed 280 pounds; he was in a loveless relationship and working a job he hated. It was the perfect moment for an awakening (there just HAD to be more to life than this…). His journey began by losing weight. He spent 18 months frantically trying all the diets. But he was trying too run away from feeling bad… instead of taking action from a place of trust and self-love.

 

Nothing was working.

 

So at just 24, he sold everything and moved to Hawaii to study nutrition, to work out, and to spend time with himself – to just be. He became a personal trainer to help people lose weight and transform their lives. The thing is… he knew fitness wasn’t “it.”

 

So he went back to a corporate job selling technology software. It was spiritual suicide. And then he got fired. Suddenly, he felt liberated. He had something to share. Whether we know it or not, our biggest struggles are the biggest gift we can give the world. He decided to launch Wellness Force and started his podcast, Wellness Force Radio, which is now a top-ranked wellness show. 

 

But it was plant-medicine which really took Josh to a place of healing, and a place from which he could follow his passion. The first time he drank ayahuasca, he felt an intense, all-consuming, nurturing, loving, feminine energy. It was the very energy of the Mother Gaia – Mother Earth. 

 

What is ayhuasca? It is an ancient medicine – used for over 5,000 years. When you drink it, you go into an altered state. And from that place, you can simple let go…

 

…and let go of addictions. Any addiction – food, drugs, work, shopping – can temporarily try to cover our wounds, but they never heal them. To heal, we need to face the pain. Plant medicine takes you to the source of pain, and lets it out. Yes, it’s a drug. But so is coffee. So are opioid painkillers. Ayahuasca is not addictive. And it is even being scientifically studied because of its power to reconnect both brain hemispheres and trigger long-lasting emotional healing. 

 

Why do we need this? Because we’re killing the world right now. And the way we’re treating our earth and our environment, it all comes back to us. When we eat animals that have been tortured, we’re absorbing the fear that animal felt, the pharmaceuticals it was fed. Mother Earth is giving these plants to us to teach us how to heal ourselves and our world.

 

To begin healing, you don’t have to dive straight into plant medicine. Breathwork is another ancient tool to get to an altered state. It gets you out of your head and into your body, where trauma can come out. The following two practices are easy to do quickly on your own. 

 

 

Phase 1

  • Sit with your knees below your hips (on a meditation cushion).
  • Align your head, shoulders and hips.
  • Take a deep clearing breath, filling in your belly first and then your chest.
  • Take 21 forceful breaths.
  • Do a few rounds of box breath [5 second inhale, hold for 5 and feel your belly expand, breathe out for 5 seconds, then breathe out all your air out and feel your stomach contract].

 

Phase 2

This is also known as performance breathing. Breathing in quickly through your nose turns on your stress response and makes you more aware of your surroundings. 

  • Breathe in quickly for 2 seconds. 
  • Then hold for 7 seconds – this activates your vagus nerve and gets you into rest mode. 
  • Then breath out for 8 seconds. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system into healing. 

 

Want to get started doing breathwork? Then go to www.wellnessforce.com/M21 to download Josh’s guide and take part in the 7-day breathwork challenge. Plus you’ll discover other practices that will help you transform your morning, let go of old weight, and heal your life.

 

Here’s another way to take positive action for yourself and the world around you:

The latest Banish product, Banisher 2.0, will help you on your all-natural journey to becoming comfortable in your skin. It’s a patented device with 24 carat plated tiny needles, that prick the skin and force it to heal by producing more collagen and elastin (known as micro-needling). Combined with Banish oil (made fresh every day with ascorbic acid – the most potent form of vitamin C), it accelerates the healing and rejuvenating process. You’ll get a glow from the first day. Coupon Code FOODHEALS gives you $10 off your purchase. 

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 272:

  • How to start making your dreams come true right now
  • The only thing you need to know about healing
  • Josh’s experiences taking ayahuasca
  • What is ayahuasca?
  • What really happens when you eat meat
  • Will we see the end of factory farming in our lifetime?
  • Is our society fatally addicted to drugs?
  • How to make time to meditate
  • Do you need to go on a vipassana?
  • How to prepare yourself for plant medicine
  • What can breathwork do for you?
  • Are you breathing right? 
  • The 3 phases of breathwork 

 

Our favorite moments:

@4:17 Let the magic begin

@13:09 It was spiritual suicide

@32:24 The most powerful grandmother

@38:43 Let’s talk about drugs

@41:58 The answer is YOU

@55:18 Everyone, just love

@1:08:20 All of our issues are in our tissues

 

Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!

Apple Podcasts

Youtube

Spotify

And so many more!

 

LINKS:

WellnessForce.com

DAISY JING – From Acne to Beauty

We all want to be beautiful. We all want to be perfect. Why? Because we’ve been sold the idea that we need to be perfect to be acceptable. This is especially true when it comes to our skin. It has to be pore-less, flawless, smooth, wrinkle-free – that’s a lot to worry about. We’re all trying to fit into some standardized idea of beauty… a standard created by marketing experts to sell us products and services!

 

Daisy’s quest for perfection started in the 3rd grade. As her acne developed, she was determined to get rid of it and make her skin perfect. She visited dozens of dermatologists, tried hundreds of “miracle” products, antibiotics, benzo-peroxide skincare… nothing worked. In fact, many of these products made the acne worse. Check out Episode 220 for her healing story.

 

This struggle with perfection is what motivated Daisy to start her own all-natural skincare brand, Banish, that removes acne scars and is gentle on skin. But more importantly, Daisy went on a journey to let go of the need to be perfect.

 

After all, what is perfectionism? Isn’t it just a symptom of feeling that you’re not good enough? It’s a control issue. Trying to control how you appear to others, hiding your “flaws” so that you become acceptable. This is crazy. Each of us is uniquely beautiful, we all have a light to share. 

 

So how do you let go of the need to be perfect? For Daisy, it was focusing on something bigger than herself. As she focused on her YouTube channel, offering advice, sharing her struggles and responding to viewers, her focus shifted from appearance-obsession to helping others. This changed everything. 

 

If you want to be comfortable in your skin, you’ve got to get outside your head. After all, what do you notice about other people? Do you notice their wrinkles and pimples, or do you notice their friendly smile, cool outfit, positive attitude? 

 

 

Beyond Your Skin

You’re not defined by your looks. You’re defined by the difference you make in other people’s lives. So, what can you do? Give back. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, organize a campaign, do a clean-up, get involved helping your community, help those in your immediate circle who are struggling, make their life a bit better. Your journey is your gift to the world, any struggles you’ve gone through are ways you can help others.

 

Acne goes deeper than your skin

Your skin is your biggest organ, and it tells you whether something is off. Acne is a sign of a deeper issue – unbalanced hormones, inflammation, poor gut health. Skincare is only 20% of the solution. You need to start from the inside. Going vegan, quitting junk foods, giving up dairy can all help. Once you’ve got your diet sorted out, then you can look at skincare. 

 

A natural way to clearer skin

The latest Banish product, Banisher 2.0, will help you on your journey to becoming comfortable in your skin. It’s a patented device with 24 carat plated tiny needles, that prick the skin and force it to heal by producing more collagen and elastin (known as micro-needling). Combined with Banish oil (made fresh every day with ascorbic acid – the most potent form of vitamin C), it accelerates the healing and rejuvenating process. You’ll get a glow from the first day. Coupon Code FOODHEALS gives you $10 off your purchase. 

 

ELLA MAGERS – From poor body image and disordered eating to self-acceptance

 

At just 7 years old, Ella Magers already knew her mission was to save the animals and help our planet. By the time she was a teenager, she was sitting on the side of the road trying to raise awareness of the plight of factory farmed animals.

 

Her struggle with perfectionism really began in her early twenties. She was working in the fitness industry, and she decided that the way to promote the vegan lifestyle was to be so perfect, so lean, so muscular, that people would want to find out how she got there. 

 

Unfortunately, this made life impossible. When Ella looked in the mirror, all she saw was her flaws. Her quest for a perfect body led her down a dark path of unhealthy behaviors like extreme calorie counting and binging. On the outside, she was a picture of vegan health, but behind closed doors, Ella saw herself as fat and restricted her food. Because all her focus was on something else – helping animals – Ella disconnected with herself. 

 

Isn’t that what so many of us do these days? We’re taking care of everyone else, too busy with our children, our families, our work… and we neglect to work on ourselves, to cultivate that self-acceptance that helps us to live a joyful, purposeful life, that helps us be the best version of ourselves, and, ultimately, helps us make a bigger positive impact on the world. 

 

In the digital age we live in now, we’re constantly comparing ourselves to other people – or profiles. How can we get over that? How can we know that we are fine just as we are? Well a good place to start is to say: I am perfectly imperfect. Because that’s what we all are. 

 

We need to reprogram ourselves to get us out of that mental space of “I’m not good enough”. The first step is to acknowledge it. 

 

  • Get into observation mode – pause and figure out the thoughts that are making you feel like crap. 
  • Use affirmations to change those thoughts from negative to positive. 
  • Reconnect with gratitude for your body.
  • Be patient – it will take time.
  • Share – you don’t have to do it alone. Connect with like-minded women to find that support.
  • Start with the emotional aspect first, be gentle with yourself.
  • Approach yourself with curiosity and compassion (instead of judgement).
  • Check out Ella’s Self-Empowerment Coaching System – a structured program for really looking at where you are right now, taking your power back, and falling in love with you.

 

Just focusing on the food or the workouts will only work for a short time. Unless you tackle the root cause of why you’re where you are right now, change will not last. And the root is how you view yourself. Whether you love yourself or not. Self-love is the pre-requisite for making sustainable changes in your life.

 

Through nutrition, veganism, muay thai boxing and self-love practices, Ella came out of the darkness of disordered eating, and now leads a body-positive life. She runs the Plant Empowered Coaching program where she helps her tribe adopt a vegan lifestyle and love the skin they’re in – without counting calories or feeling restricted. Got to www.SexyFitVegan.com for the details or to apply for a free break-through session. 

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 271:

  • Why are we pushed towards perfectionism?
  • How to get out of your own head
  • The single thing to do if you feel sad
  • How Daisy and Ella beat perfectionism
  • How to cultivate self-love
  • The number one thing to increase your self confidence
  • The good and bad of social media
  • The absolute #1 thing you need to prioritize 
  • Daisy’s strategies to minimize social media 
  • How to heal your skin from the inside out
  • Are you taking the focus away from loving you?
  • How to get out of the comparison trap
  • Have we been programmed to feel not good enough?
  • The magic affirmation to use when your mind gets in the way
  • Could your excess weight be emotion-based?

 

Our favorite moments:

@14:30 Lean into authenticity 

@17:10 You’ve got to get outside of your head

@49:30 She’s seriously the OG

@51:18 Share with the people

@55:55 Preach!

@1:05:46 It has to be uncomfortable

 

Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!

Apple Podcasts

Youtube

Spotify

And so many more!

 

LINKS:

Banish.com 

Daisy YouTube

Banish Instagram 

Sexy Fit Vegan

Sexy Fit Vegan Instagram 

When it comes to transforming your life, you’ve got to start from within. So, we’ve asked three successful entrepreneurs to share their top tips for banishing any limiting beliefs in your life, and stepping into your dream life.

 

Lisa Thomas – a transformational energy healer, Lisa empowers her clients to reach their full potential by removing inherited emotional blocks. One of the blocks many of us carry? Money. How many times have we heard “Money doesn’t grow on trees” or “You can’t be spiritual and prosperous” or “There is never enough”? Of course this impacts how we view money, and our own prosperity.

 

How can we transform our money mindset and instead manifest from a place of gratitude?

 

Inherited money beliefs are huge, and they’re based around scarcity (not being enough to go around). The antidote? Gratitude. 

 

So, how do you tap into that? 

  • Start small. “I am grateful that I’m alive.” Or that you have a bed, that the sun is out, that you have a roof over your head.
  • Make sure you speak it out loud. When you speak it, it sends it out into the universe. And when you give gratitude, it comes back. 
  • Give gratitude for what you know is coming – your high-vibe clients, your perfect home, your ideal partner…
  • What if a negative belief creeps in? That’s fear. It’s time for stronger statements like “My life is getting better, whether I believe it or not.
  • Check out Episode 215 for the full episode, where Lisa talks to Alli and vegan entrepreneur Whitney Lauritsen about releasing inherited emotional blocks and manifesting all you desire.

 

Lisa is here for you. Go to www.FoodHealsNation.com/Lisa to see her special offer for Food Heals listeners.

 

Check out Lisa’s FREE money clearing gift: Releasing Inherited Money Blocks audio meditation – go to www.lisathomas.com to get it. 

 

 

James Whittaker is the author of the best-selling personal finance and motivation books The Beginner’s Guide to Wealth, and Think and Grow Rich – The Legacy. He’s also co-produced the film Think and Grow Rich – The Legacy. His mission is to help people take ownership of their financial, physical and mental health. Check out Episode 205 for his inspirational money story.

 

How can we all think and grow rich? We need to address our entire life, because money, body, and mind are all linked. 

  • If you want to have a good relationship at home, you need to be engaged with your finances. 
  • Write out a goals list (financial goals, health goals, life goals etc.), and get your spouse do to the same – this way you can know what’s important to them now, and in the future, and work together to make it happen.  
  • Get very clear on what you want. It’s much easier to take the first step if you know your destination. That will spur you on to greater success.
  • Keep it simple, and consistent. 
  • Get out of victim mentality and banish limiting beliefs:
    • Look forward instead of focusing on the past.
    • Get crystal clear on where you want to be – mentally, physically and financially.
    • What is your environment like? Are you hanging out with too many negative people?
    • Get comfortable with being out of your comfort zone.
    • Try journaling – it helps you start the day with intention, purpose and passion.

 

Alida McDaniel helps people across the globe tap into pure consciousness and shift the world one thought at the time. If you want to banish those negative beliefs, and create more time in our day for positive action, you need to break out of fear. How? By setting intentions. 

  • Give yourself permission to be fearless. 
  • Identify the limiting beliefs that are clouding your judgement and affecting your life from the root – it might be that you think you have no time or no skills – or that you’re afraid of losing people or money or your job. 
  • Be committed to taking the actions necessary to make your dreams come true. Announce that commitment to the Universe. 
  • Have 100% faith that you will make it.
  • Take ownership for your life so far, be honest with yourself about the actions you’re taking right now and how they have brought you where you are today. 
  • Decide that you are not going to judge yourself, and choose a different course of action. Create a code of conduct for your new improved life. 

 

Check out Episodes 43 and 65 to discover how Alida manifested the one and created a holistic life.

 

And if you want to manifest perfect skin, these two products will help you do just that:

  • Organifi Glow – You already know how much I love Organifi’s juices, – but right now? I’m all obsessed with their new product: Organifi Glow. It builds collagen naturally AND it is vegan (and it tastes like raspberry lemonade). It’s packed with nutrients that support and nourish your skin from the inside. Go to organifi.com and get a 20% discount with the coupon code FoodHeals.
  • Banish Collagen Booster Kit– Combat the look of fine lines, dark spots and acne scars without any chemicals. This kit contains the Banisher, a micro-needling products that stimulates collagen renewal, and a Vitamin C cream that leaves your skin feeling radiant. Go to banish.com and use the coupon code FoodHealsNation for $10 off your first order.

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 270:

  • How to tap into gratitude
  • Why journaling is not enough
  • The magic words that dispel fear-based beliefs
  • The best places to speak your gratitude
  • How to manifest in your car
  • The top reasons why you might be getting in your own way
  • Do you have fear of success?
  • How to tap into your intuition 
  • Is money ruining your relationships?
  • Why anyone can think and grow rich
  • The problem with getting too comfortable
  • How to create more time
  • How to take ownership of your life

 

Our favorite moments:

@4:36 That’s the key!

@15:13 That’s powerful right there

@20:50 That’s what leads to extraordinary achievement

@44:27 I LOVE this!

 

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LINKS:

LisaThomasEnergyHealing.com

JamesWhitt.com

Tgrmovie.com

Goddess Intelligence Instagram

Sarah’s story starts in 2008. She was living a normal, happy life – married to her childhood sweetheart, with children. Until one day she saw a text on her husband’s phone that revealed he had been having an affair. Her world blew up instantaneously. The life she had known for so long ended in an instant.

 

Three days later, they filed for divorce. She had hit rock bottom.

 

But often the toughest times are those we need the most, even though it might not feel like it in the moment. Her divorce was the catalyst for a new beginning. Sarah began to realize she had the freedom to invent who she wanted to be. She started making a future board – finding pictures that illustrated the life she wanted to experience, and daydreaming about it. Then the magic happened.

 

Why now? Because when you shift your focus from what you’ve gone through in the past, or are going through in the moment, to what you want to create, you make your dreams happen. Before she knew it, she’d manifested 95% of what she wanted.

 

Now, Sarah is a master coach who has worked with professional athletes and people across the world. She’s a workshop leader, keynote speaker and best-selling author. She’s living her best life, and helping people manifest their dreams.

 

Her latest book FutureBoards is a step by step guide to using vision boards to manifest your dream life, and is out TODAY! It’s available at Target, and if you take a photo of you with the book, post it and tag @SarahCentrella with the hashtag #futureboards, you could win free coaching, free courses, and autographed books.

 

 

How to use a vision board:

  • Define what you really want.
  • Find pictures that match what’s in your head.
  • Put yourself in your dreams in your mind.
  • Hang your vision board in your space so that you can spend time around it.
  • Get comfortable with your dreams, no matter how big they are.

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 269:

  • How Oprah helped Sarah move on from her divorce
  • How to manifest your goals in just 18 months
  • Using vision boards to predict your future
  • Three powerful steps to reach your goals
  • What happens when you start manifesting
  • Where to find the pictures to create your perfect future life
  • How to bust limiting beliefs that block you from living your dreams

 

Our favorite moments:

@5:45 The icing on the shit cake

@13:05 Some crazy magic

@17:52 It has been so life-changing

@21:36 Your brain already knows

@30:29 Do it in your closet

 

And if you want to manifest perfect skin, these two products will help you do just that:

  • Organifi Glow – You already know how much I love Organifi’s juices, – but right now? I’m all obsessed with their new product: Organifi Glow. It builds collagen naturally AND it is vegan (and it tastes like raspberry lemonade). It’s packed with nutrients that support and nourish your skin from the inside. Go to organifi.com and get a 20% discount with the coupon code FoodHeals.
  • Banish Collagen Booster Kit– Combat the look of fine lines, dark spots and acne scars without any chemicals. This kit contains the Banisher, a micro-needling products that stimulates collagen renewal, and a Vitamin C cream that leaves your skin feeling radiant. Go to banish.com and use the coupon code FoodHealsNation for $10 off your first order.

 

Available anywhere you listen to podcasts!

Apple Podcasts

Youtube

Spotify

And so many more!

 

LINKS:

SarahCentrella.com

Picture this. A gorgeous villa built into the cliffside, surrounded by an organic farm, with an infinity pool overlooking the sea; the picturesque Italian village of Ravello, the most vegan-friendly town in Italy, with its cobbled streets, authentic restaurants and independent shops. In this perfect setting, a group of women came together to connect, learn from each other, and savor a week of total plant-based relaxation. 

 

Meet the ladies:

 

Leslie Durso – international vegan chef, working with the Four Seasons to veganize hotels all over the world. Her favorite part – going barefoot into the garden and picking food to make dinner. The super glamorous lifestyle. Swimming in private coves. Follow her on Instagram @lesliedurso

 

Ella Magers – founder of Sexy Fit Vegan and creator of the 6-month plant empowered coaching program. Her favorite part of the trip? Being in a gorgeous setting where the food you eat has been picked from the garden that day. Learning about the olive oil. The locals being so friendly and inviting. Follow her @sexyfitvegan

 

Coriann Bright – owner of Bright Living, she creates sacred spaces by combining energy healing and interior design. She loved eating divinely well while traveling, and finding so many new places that embrace vegan cuisine. But the highlight was taking the boat out to the seaside restaurant, swimming out to the caves as a group, and being in goddess energy. Oh, and words cannot express the joy of shopping in Ravello. 

 

Ashley Fillingim – an attorney who represents wellness entrepreneurs. She loved our first Italian Getaway retreat so much she came back this year. She couldn’t pick a favorite thing. The place just calls to her. The peace and simplicity, alongside the explosion of light and color is what keeps bringing her back. Learning how to live simply and elegantly. Connecting with empowered, fun, intelligent women, sharing stories and being supportive. Follow her on Instagram @kickashlife.  

 

Jill Tomback – Alli’s longtime friend and a teacher. Check out episodes 26, 27 and 28 for her healing story! This retreat was the first time she landed in Europe and she was beyond blown away. The lemons, the food, the people, the artistry that goes into everything that’s made, the lack of mass production… but mostly, the healthy environment. Check her out on Instagram @jillctomback.

 

 

Susmitha Subbaraju – a vegan restauranteur (Carrots, the first vegan restaurant in India!), light worker, spiritual entrepreneur and jeweler from India. A year ago, she stumbled on the Spiritual Boss Babes episode, and it resonated so much she knew she had to meet Leslie and Alli. It was connections that brought her to the retreat. Women being there for each other and lifting each other up. Check her out on Instagram @veganosaurus and @carrotsrestaurant

 

Cynthia Bomaster – a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation. She’s loved getting to know everyone on this retreat. Each woman is so powerful and inspiring in their own right, has been so accepting, inclusive and open. It’s been wonderful to make new friends! Loved the community set up that encourages being physical active every day. Follow her on Instagram @simplylivefully

 

Alli – the greatest thing about coming to Ravello again this year? Experiencing new places and foods. Like the vegan cheesecake (culinary art!). Loving the combination of being on vacation and eating the healthiest, tastiest foods. No, not just lettuce – eating the most divine, gorgeous dishes. And of course, the wine. You can indulge AND still be healthy.

 

Tips for vegan healthy eating while traveling:

  • Connect with restaurateurs
  • Don’t be shy, smile and ask – put a positive spin on it
  • Stay curious, you never know what you might learn
  • Do a little bit of research, and then go with the flow
  • Reach out to Leslie for advice or check out her guide for vegan traveling (www.lesliedurso.com/travel)
  • Check out Sexy Fit Vegan’s latest blog for travel tips (https://sexyfitvegan.com/healthy-vegan-travel/)

 

Want to join us next year? Go to www.foodhealsnation.com/italy to get on the mailing list. 

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 268:

  • How Leslie made Ravello a vegan paradise 
  • What makes retreats magical
  • How to live simply and elegantly
  • Why gyms aren’t needed in Ravello
  • How to create a healthy environment wherever you are
  • The power of sisterhood

 

Our favorite moments:

@5:03 Vegan food paradise

@9:25 The power of living well

@15:27 Sprinkle that fairy dust

@22:45 I never want to go home

@27:40 My cheeks hurt from smiling

 

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It was Hippocrates that famously said “all disease starts in the gut” – he was wise beyond his time! In fact, many of the chronic diseases we face today are caused by an unbalanced microbiome.

 

For years, Tina Anderson worked as a general counsel for a family pharmaceutical business. But the more she stayed, the more she realized how abusive that industry is…

 

…the over-prescribing…

 

…the reps lobbying doctors to prescribe medication to more people (even those who don’t need it yet)…

 

…or friends who, after starting one pharmaceutical, suddenly had to take ten more to balance the side effects.

 

You can’t fault the business model: one drug lowers blood pressure but causes joint pain…so you have to take another pill to reduce joint pain but that one damages your stomach…so you take a third pill to counter the stomach problems but that one causes poor circulation, and so on…

 

Tina had gone into the pharmaceutical business because she wanted to help people improve their health, so she was appalled by what was really going on. Even though there is a place for pharmaceuticals (like in emergency situations), they are not the answer when it comes to healing chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders. These are lifestyle illnesses, and therefore must be healed by a change in lifestyle, not a drug.

 

When Tina began researching natural health, particularly gut health, she was blown away. What she found led her to patent a powerful and unique probiotic strain, and launch the probiotic company Just Thrive. Now, she’s on a mission to help more people naturally heal their gut, and thrive.

 

 

What’s the deal with gut health?

The microbiome affects almost every aspect of your physical health. And it’s being impacted on a daily basis by our modern lifestyles: antibiotics, glyphosate, toxins, processed food, stress. All these things create an imbalance in the gut, also known as dysbiosis. This happens when bad bacteria takes over the good bacteria. The other big issue is leaky gut, which over 80% of adults suffer from without even realizing it.

 

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut is a condition characterized by tiny holes in your intestinal wall which allow undigested particles (like LPS toxins) from your gut leak into your blood stream. Your immune system doesn’t recognize these particles and attacks by launching an inflammatory response. This is at the root of all autoimmune disorders, but also other chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

 

What causes leaky gut?

Glyphosate is one of the biggest problems. It’s a pesticide, but it’s actually registered as an antibiotic. Unlike medical antibiotics that target both the good and bad bacteria, glyphosate only targets the good bacteria. So why is it still allowed to be used? Because they say it doesn’t affect human cells. The problem with that statement is that we’re made up of 90% bacterial cells – which means glyphosate does affect us. Eating organic is a must, and eating fermented foods helps… but it’s vital to repopulate the good bacteria in the gut. How do you do that? A probiotic.

 

Which is the best strain of probiotic to take?

Most probiotics are very sensitive. Lactobacillus, for example, can’t survive the gastric system. But bacillus ARE able to survive the gastric system – which means they get to your gut because they’re not destroyed by your stomach. These strains reverse the damage done by glyphosate, and even reduce levels of ghrelin (the hunger hormone).

 

I haven’t used another probiotic since I’ve tried Just Thrive. It’s THAT good! I take it every day.

 

Want to give it a try? Use the FOODHEALS10 for 10% off at www.thriveprobiotic.com.

 

What you’ll learn in Episode 267:

  • How big pharma controls doctors
  • Why you might have leaky gut
  • Have we got it all wrong about gluten?
  • How to knock out a cold before it even begins
  • Can you reverse the damage done by glyphosate?
  • What’s wrong with strawberries?
  • The link between gut health and weight gain
  • How many probiotics to take for optimum health
  • The difference between spore-based probiotics and live ones – and which ones to choose
  • Can you trust those probiotic-infused foods?
  • The fermented foods myth
  • One mindfulness exercise that cares for your gut
  • The most healing way to take probiotics

 

Our favorite moments:

@9:45 The broccoli institution

@11:47 Friendly bugs

@22:45 Probiotics make you happy

@25:08 Ground Zero for health

@33:01 Mic drop moment

 

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LINKS:

ThriveProbiotic.com

Thrive Probiotic Instagram

Thrive Probiotic Facebook

On today’s bonus episode I am getting real with you, sharing my story – my physical, emotional, spiritual and financial journey – that has led me to exactly where I am today.

 

And though it’s been tough, traumatic, and painful at times, I know now that it was all perfect. But, it took me some time to be able to see it that way. I have done deep healing, spiritual work on myself. And I’m not done.

 

I don’t think we are ever done healing, but I am at the point in my life finally where I am willing to share unapologetically exactly who I am, what I have been through and what I stand for. To stop playing small. To be bold and brave.

 

I now tell my story everywhere I can. From an Instagram post, to the podcast, to my film, to my book, to speaking on stages across the US and internationally, I am speaking my truth.

 

The crazy thing about sharing my story is it has led to me living a beautiful, sexy, amazing life that I literally never thought I could have. Opening up about myself has unlocked magic and so by sharing my story with you today I hope it encourages you to share yours as well. You never know who out there needs to heal it.

 

So you may know I am finishing up my book, Food Heals. Today I wanted to start the podcast by reading you the introduction. This has not been edited yet. This is raw, this is me. It may change before it is published, who knows? But here is my story as of today.

 

 

Turning Pain Into Purpose & Trauma Into Triumph

 

My hair was wild, my feet were muddy and my smile was contagious. I was 10 years old and determined to leave clean and come home dirty (much to my parents’ chagrin.) My pastel pink pants would turn a dark shade of maroon and my Keds would be soaking wet from playing in the creek for hours.

 

Life was good for this only child who could do no wrong. My parents were madly in love, and never exchanged a cross word.

 

They had met in the 70’s in Chapel Hill at The University of North Carolina where my mom was in graduate school and my dad, an undergrad. My mom always said it was love at first sight. They got married in a whirlwind romance and had their first child at the dawn of a new decade in December of 1980.

 

Growing up, the house at Lake Ellen Dr. that my dad had built was THE gathering place for my friends and neighborhood kids. My parents opened their doors and their hearts to anyone who needed them. Our home was situated between a lake and a creek with a freakin’ waterfall connecting them. (Seriously I did not realize how cool that was until I got older!) We would climb the rocks, play tag, climb trees, and run around reckless and free and end up back home exhausted while my parents would whip up something in the kitchen for us to enjoy after a hard day of play.

 

As I got older there was fishing and boat rides and UNC football games. Sleepovers, pool parties, riding our bikes and counting down the days until we were Sweet 16.

 

Basically, picture the childhood of Dawson, Pacey and Joey before high school: riding their bikes to the local movie theater to see whatever flick was on Dawson’s must-see list. Sneaking in and out of each others’ windows, hangin’ out on the docks, playing in the neighbors yards, you get the picture. And you know Pacey and Dawson had sleepovers and probably made some prank calls.

 

Yes, Capeside’s fictional faves seemed to be perfectly modeled after my Chapel Hill upbringing.

 

Life was a dream. The only hardship I faced was finding matching clean socks and trying to get home before the street lamps went dark.

 

I was a happy girl – blissfully unaware of stress, pain or trauma.

 

How quickly this happy girl would lose her innocence and childlike wonder.

 

When it was time for me to head to college, I chose UNC Wilmington which was a two hour drive from my hometown. My parents decided to uproot their life and move to Topsail Island where they owned a beach house in order to start fresh and be closer to me. Topsail was just 30 minutes from my dorm.

 

My father had started what would become a highly successful and lucrative law practice in their new beachfront community while my mom spent her days tending to the house and the dog and watching the waves from her beachfront chair. I visited them a few times a month in between classes, working towards my film degree and dreaming of my future illustrious film career in Hollywood. Wilmington had a booming film industry at that time so I was on movie and TV sets whenever I wasn’t in class. I even got a couple cameos on Dawson’s Creek, the show that emulated my childhood! My dreams seemed well on their way to coming true.

 

Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans.

 

The word cancer had never entered my vocabulary before. It was something that happened to “other” people. People I didn’t know.

 

So when I drove the commute from my college apartment to see my parents one sunny afternoon during my junior year of college, I had no idea the bombshell that was coming. My dad had asked me to meet him at his office.

 

“Mom has cancer,” My father said.

 

I didn’t know what shock was but in this moment I just went numb. How could this be?

 

We drove back to their beachfront home and I sat with my mom and dad. They said, “It’s OK to cry.” But I didn’t. I was strong. (I was numb.)

 

I was just a junior in college when I learned that my mother (and best friend) had only months to live.

 

My mom had started getting sick when I was in high school although she hid the signs from me for years. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which they say the immune system literally attacks itself, leaving the body vulnerable to sickness and disease.

 

At first my mom felt numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, and over time even just walking had become more and more difficult. I now realized this was why she sat and watched the waves all day. It was a struggle just to get up. Her pain was increasing quickly.

 

Doctor after doctor, drug after drug: nothing could ease her pain.

 

Every new month brought a new specialist and a new prescription. My mother had boxes full of medications. She had to write down each drug she took throughout the day in order to keep track of all the pills so as not to overdose. Each new drug introduced at least three new side effects. The more drugs she took, the worse her condition seemed to become.

 

“Curing” my mom’s cancer became my family’s full time job. But no doctor and no test could determine the cause of her cancer, and therefore no doctor and no test could determine the best treatment. We went to the best hospitals in the state. UNC. Duke. Specialists. World Renowned Oncologists. Still no clear answers.

 

What followed over the next few months were weekly chemotherapy treatments. How quickly my mother lost her hair, her skin began sagging and she was growing hair in all the wrong places.

 

I wondered, “Is this making her healthier or sicker?”

 

But doctors assured us that this was our only option. And since doctors are GOD, well you know, we soldiered on.

 

But things just got worse.

 

“Does nutrition matter?” I asked one day to Dr. GOD.

 

“No. It does not matter. She can eat anything she wants.” Thank you, Dr. God. Whatever you say. Blessed be the fruit?

 

When they moved her from the hospital to the hospice I was told it was “only temporary.”

 

No one told me that hospice was where they take you to die.

 

I hung out in her room each day studying and reading as she slipped away a little more, further and further into a catatonic state. I don’t remember our last words because I truly did not comprehend the gravity of the situation. Denial.

 

One month before my college graduation, my mother, the beautiful Patricia Ann Doughty Biggar took her final breath.

 

I had left to pick up my great aunt from the airport who had come into town to visit. When I arrived back at the hospice my father and boyfriend met us in the lobby and told me she was gone.

 

That was the day I finally cried.

 

My mother’s death hit my father hard. His soul mate, his best friend, his reason for living was gone, and no one could explain why.

 

My dad and I were gonna make it though. We had each other. It was us against the world. And we were gonna be OK.

 

After graduating with a Film Degree, he supported my idea to try moving to California to pursue a career in Hollywood.

 

But, as is usually the case, fate had other plans.

 

You may not know this but when you cross the border into California they pull over your car, strap a yoga mat on your back and put a green juice in your hand.

 

(Kidding, sort of.)

 

In Los Angeles, I began meeting people. People with incredible healing stories to share.

 

I met a woman who healed herself of ovarian cancer through a raw vegan diet and healing emotional trauma.

 

I met a man who healed his auto-immune condition and lost 100 pounds by green juicing his way back to health.

 

I met another woman who healed cervical cancer through a raw food diet, meditation and kundalini yoga.

 

I was learning about Acupuncture, Vitamin C therapy, Plant-Based Diets, Ozone therapy: all of these crazy alternative modalities of healing that were foreign concepts to me and my southern roots.

 

I started making connections. Connection like, “The body can heal itself – if given the tools it needs to do so.” and “Food has the ability to harm us or heal us!”

 

OMG, Food Heals!

 

You are reading this blog, so you might be thinking (cue 90’s valley girl accent: Well, duh!) But, at the time, this information was revolutionary to me. The light-bulb had gone off and I was ready to shout my new-found knowledge from the damn rooftops!

 

I had started a film production company and somehow every single one of my clients was health and wellness related. Every person I met in LA and every person I worked with solidified my beliefs. I knew that I was going to dedicate my life to holistic health & healing and educating and informing people on how to prevent and reverse disease.

 

That was 2006. I was almost as blissed out and innocent as I was in that childhood memory I shared at the beginning.

 

And then WHAM. The Universe had another sh*t-storm in store for me.

 

Two years after my mom died, and only months after my dad remarried, I got a call from my father. I’ll never forget his words: “I’m sick baby. It’s bad. Come home.”

 

I flew directly home. I told my dad I would save him. I told him he had to taper down the massive amounts of pharmaceutical drugs and drastically change his diet. He agreed to try. We visited a holistic doctor who said he could help my father if we let him.

 

This new doctors office was in his home, not in a medical center and it smelled like patchouli, not medicine and he was wearing a flannel shirt and not a white coat. I could see the judgement in my dad’s eyes.

 

This holistic MD had assisted thousands of Stage 4 cancer patients in making full recoveries. My dad’s illness did not have to be terminal.

 

But my dad did not choose to change because he did not truly believe it would help. He did not stop the pharmaceutical drugs, he did not change his diet, he did not change his ways. The same oncologist who treated my mother prescribed him more drugs, more chemotherapy and radiation.

 

The same doctor who treated my mom told me to go home and let him die.

 

I pleaded, I begged, I cried. “Dad, drink this green juice! It will heal you!”

 

Eat garlic cloves! No sugar! No processed food. Do yoga! Meditate.

 

My dad lovingly laughed as he sipped his whiskey and smoked his cigar.

 

No way. My dad was going to live his life his way. And I had to let him die – his way.

 

The hardest thing I have ever had to do in my entire life was to accept my father’s decision. To stop making smoothies and start listening. To let him be himself and not push my new-found beliefs on him.

 

I lost both my parents to cancer by the time I was 25 years old.

 

As devastating as this tragedy was, it has instilled in me an innate sense of my purpose in this world, to awaken people – those who want to listen anyway- to the fact that a healing miracle is ALWAYS possible.

 

So you’re thinking “OK this is the end of the story.” Now she goes on to live out her mission and help people and write this book. Blah, blah, blah. Actually I’d say this is where my story begins.

 

Because now I had to start the long process of healing. Not only had I lost my parents but I had lost my stability, my trust in life that feeling that everything was going to be OK was completely shattered.

 

I now lived in constant fear. Fear that I would get sick too. Fear that I would run out of money.

 

Fear that I would die.

 

I was 25 years old and it felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders.

 

And this is when the “school of life” began for me. Nothing I was taught in high school, college or by my parents could have prepared me for this.

 

Not only did I lose the only family I had ever known, but then I found out I was broke. The executrix had completely mismanaged my father’s estate, stopped running his business efficiently, and stopped paying the mortgages on his investment properties.

 

Someone from Bank of America called me and said, “You’re losing thousands of dollars a day. Mortgages haven’t been paid in months. Your homes are in foreclosure.”

 

You guys, I was 26 and I literally didn’t know what foreclosure was.

 

So I retained a lawyer. “The estate is broke,” he told me. So I didn’t even have the money to pay him.

 

Depression, fear, anxiety, anger.

 

How the F was I going to survive?

 

I didn’t like drugs so I couldn’t numb the pain.

 

I didn’t have a religious background so I didn’t know how to talk to God.

 

So I put my faith in food. Greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, soups, smoothies.

 

“They can’t take my health away!” I declared! “At least I will never get cancer!” I decided.

 

Food became the basis of my healing for a long time. By changing my diet and transitioning to a plant-based diet my body began to change. My digestion improved, my skin cleared up, I lost weight. Health was my passion and so it was fun to focus on being healthy and avoid being depressed.

 

By the time I went fully whole-foods-vegan, I was a new person. I had never felt so good in my life! But I was still having dark days. So I needed to take the next step in my healing journey.

 

Gratitude became my go-to.

 

I knew nothing about the connection between our bodies and our emotions growing up. It just wasn’t a part of our vernacular. Five stages of grief? WHAT is THAT? I was clueless as ever as to how to get in touch with my emotions.

 

They say, “You gotta feel it to heal it.” So I slowly learned methods of emotional healing that would help me grieve.

 

Meditation helped me quiet my mind and halted my anxiety.

 

Music allowed me to feel my emotions more deeply.

 

Counseling allowed me to give the feelings a voice that I hadn’t been able to express before.

 

Hypnosis allowed me to access and heal traumatic memories I had suppressed.

 

Slowly I began to allow myself to grieve; and through my grief I was able to find gratitude.

 

In the presence of gratitude I found that anger, sadness, pain, anxiety and depression didn’t exist.

 

And in this space I was able to turn my pain into my purpose.

 

Turning Trauma Into Triumph

 

Along with the emotional healing came the spiritual healing. I had turned my back on religion my entire life after having negative experiences at church (not rapey ones, just being told I was “going to hell if I wasn’t a good girl” type scenarios.) And that did not resonate with me.

 

But, throughout this journey I began discovering the work of people like Edgar Cayce, Sylvia Brown, Marianne Williamson and Gabrielle Bernstein. My mom had always been on the “woo woo side” while my dad was straight up, “What you see is what you get.” So spirituality, the after-life and a belief in God, a higher power or “The Universe” was always 50/50 for me.

 

It was like having the angel and devil on your shoulder where the angel’s like, “Dude, everything is amazing in heaven. Your parents are blissed out AF!” And then the devil is like, “Nah, they are dead and buried and that’s it!”

 

Over the last ten years since the death of my father I am happy to say the angel has won. I believe I am being guided and supported. I believe in the afterlife. I believe that my trauma is something that can empower me to help others.

 

Now, I am not going to tell someone who has just lost a loved one or gone through some horrible F-d up trauma and tell them, “God has a plan.” (I’d be mad AF if someone said that to me after my loss!)

 

But I do believe that there is life after death and that my parents are still with me, guiding me and loving me. And so in order to have a relationship with them I had to forgive.

 

I had to forgive myself for not “saving” my parents.

 

Forgiveness opens the door to freedom.

 

So that today I can have a loving relationship with them even though they are not physically here on this planet.

 

And, Love Heals.

 

And I’m still working on having a deeply loving relationship with: myself.

 

In 2015 I started The Food Heals Podcast (Like Sex and The City for Food, ya’ll!) This was a place for me to finally have a voice in this crazy world of health and wellness. This was a place where I could share my story along with the healing stories of others and truly start a food revolution!

 

Finally I could stop preaching to those who didn’t want to hear what I had to say and speak to those who I could help, those who were seeking knowledge, inspiration and motivation to get healthy.

 

At first, when I thought about starting my podcast, fear overwhelmed me. Who will listen to me? Who am I to start a podcast? Will this even help people?

 

Imposter Syndrome. A disease many of us suffer from. Sound familiar?

 

Through my spiritual work, I had to learn never to hold back who I am. No to play small. That my story can help others. That everyone doesn’t have to like me or agree with me. That I do not have to be a doctor to talk about health. That I am not a fraud.

 

It is impossible to be a fraud of one’s self.

 

Today, when I feel scared about standing up for what I believe in or saying what I truly believe, I remind myself of this powerful quote by Marianne Williamson:

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”

 

That’s why I am writing this book and sharing these incredible healing stories with you. Because when we live in our truth and stand in our power we are unstoppable!

 

I will continue to podcast. I will continue to write books and blogs. I will continue to make films. I will continue to share my story, speak my truth and heal myself.

 

And I will share your stories.

 

Because when we share our stories, we give others permission to share theirs as well. And collectively, we all heal. And each of our stories may be the key to unlocking someone else’s prison.

 

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