A Roundup of My Favorite Natural Health Podcasts

Looking for a good natural health related podcast? I've got you covered with this roundup.

One of the things I get asked about all the time is health related podcasts. You might already know this, but I’m a total podcast junkie. (Not only have I been guest-interviewed on several podcasts, but I even started Health Fuels Hustle, my own health podcast for creatives last year!) One of my very favorite things to do in the warm weather is put on my walking shoes, pop in my earbuds, and go for a long walk with various episodes keeping me company along the way.

Now, while some of my all-time faves have nothing to do with health or natural wellness, I’ve also found several tried-and-true series which share accurate, insightful, and natural health information. These are the podcasts I share with my clients when they want to dive deeper into specific natural health topics.

Looking for a good natural health related podcast? I’ve got you covered with this roundup.(Tweet this!)

My favorite healthy podcasts:

Healthy Living with Angela Busby

This is one of my most recent health-related favorites. Angela Busby is a ND (naturopathic doctor) living and working in Australia. I love this podcast because she’s incredible at taking complex medical themes and concepts and breaking them down into easy to understand language. (The Aussie accent is appreciated too). She covers everything from how to check for hormonal imbalances to what iridology (the study of eyes) tells you about your health. Overall, this podcast is highly recommended.

 

Found my Fitness

If you’re a science nerd this podcast is for you! The host, Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science and has put together one of the best researched health podcasts out there. She never glosses over any topic (some of her episodes have 20-page reports that accompany them!) and she isn’t afraid to use detailed scientific terminology to help us understand our biology in order to help us improve our preventative wellness.

 

 

Solcanacast

This podcast marries together two of my favorite things: fitness and food. It’s hosted by two of the people behind the awesome Solcana Fitness center. (Full disclosure, this is the gym I belong to and I think it’s the bee’s knees. But enough of my bias, this podcast is genuinely great and informative.) If you like talking deadlifts and donuts, fats and fascia, gluten and glutes, or are just a sucker for fitness, food, and alliteration, this podcast is not to be missed. Lucia is a nutritional therapy practitioner and Hannah is the co-owner and head coach at the gym. They’re both so passionate about breaking down the myths that surround fitness and food and making it accessible to everyone. I’ve even had the honor of being guest-interviewed by these fine folks and had a blast hanging out with them for an hour. (You can find all of my guest podcast interviews here.)

 

Rise and Resist

This podcast is in a lot of ways similar to Solcanacast, but with a vegan punk slant to it. Hosted by two #strongAF women that are part of the west coast vegan punk scene. They both openly talk about living with and rising up from body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and gender oppression and how they’ve both taken their experiences and used them as fuel to create safe, body positive lifting spaces for all people. This podcast is real, raw, and honest. Check it out if you’ve been wanting to listen to a podcast that defies all the norms.

 

Sean Croxton’s underground wellness radio

Even though Sean Croxton is no longer recording new episodes for this podcast, it’s still one of my favorite health podcasts out there. Plus, there’s a slew of back episodes in the library to catch up on (I’m talking almost 300). Sean is one of the best interviewers out there in the podcast world. He does a ton of research before every interview, keeps the conversation engaging, and isn’t afraid to ask the guest tough questions. I can’t recommend this podcast enough.

 

 

Radio Headspace

Did you know everyone's favorite mediation app has a podcast?! (Well, technically it’s had, since it’s no longer in production. But there are a ton of archived episodes that you can still explore.) While this podcast isn’t hosted using the soothing voice of Andy Puddicombe, he does make guest appearances here and there through the regular exploration on how meditation and mindfulness can better our lives.

 

 

Revolution Health Radio

Chris Kresser, L.Ac. is one of the top ancestral-health voices out there on the internet right now. Not only does he thoroughly research any pertinent information before each episode, but he also brings to each conversation his years of clinical experience working to treat patients with the most difficult cases. As an acupuncturist myself, I love how he blends his background in Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern science and functional medicine. 

 

 

Balanced Bites

This paleo-based nutrition podcast has been on the internet airwaves longer than most. I’ve been listening since 2013 and when I checked, it looked like there are over 200 episodes in their archives! This podcast is super conversational but also super informative. Both hosts, Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe, are New York Times best-selling authors on books related to whole food nutrition. This podcast is fun and lighthearted but often sheds light on where the root of most disease stems from - our gut. If you’ve ever wondered how your diet might be affecting any current ailment, check out their archive categorized by topic. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for there. 

 

Health Fuels Hustle

Do you really think I’d give you a roundup of my favorite podcasts without including my own? The second season of Health Fuels Hustle, my health podcast for creatives, goes live this week and I’ll be talking self-care for the entire second season. This season we’re going to tackle the whats, hows, and whys behind self-care, and I’ll be helping you rethink your own self-care strategy over the course of the next six-weeks.

 

 

If you’re ready to commit to your self-care this month, join us as we complete a self-care challenge for creatives this February: #28daysofcreative care.

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!

How Creative Business Owners Can Combat S.A.D. When Working From Home

Has wintertime been leaving you feeling a little on the low side? As creative business owners, it’s not uncommon for us to never leave the house on cold winter days. Mix that up with lots of alone time with our laptops and a sunset that hits before 5pm and you have the perfect storm for S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder).

Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite tools and tactics that creative business owners can use to combat the winter blues and keep themselves (and their businesses) shining bright.

Dealing with the winter blues? Here’s my fave natural tools and tactics to beat S.A.D. (Tweet this!)

Spend some time in front of a Happy Light.

One of the main causes of S.A.D. is a lack of sunshine. Sitting a few feet from a full-spectrum light (like this one) helps mimic natural outdoor light and can change our brain chemistry. These lamps are made just for treatment of S.A.D. and can help reduce symptoms so you start feeling better, faster. The Mayo Clinic calls this phototherapy and considers it a first-line treatment for fall-onset S.A.D. This means that it’s an easy and safe option to try before opting for anti-depressant meds.

Go for a morning walk.

Getting outside and exposing your eyes to the blue spectrum light that shines in the early hours of the day is one of the best ways to reset your internal clock. Not only can this have a positive effect on any sleep issues you might be dealing with during winter, but it also helps manage when your stress hormones are released. In turn, this helps give you that boost of energy early in the day and helps you feel sleepy when it’s time for bed.

What if you wake up before the sun even comes out? Schedule in a 20-min break shortly after sunrise for you to stretch your legs and get some sunlight.

Co-working dates with other creatives.

While it can be a pain in the ass to leave the house in the middle of winter, meeting up with other creatives is a great way to both be productive and feel more connected during this time of hibernation. Plan a work date at a local coffee shop or co-working space and use the Pomodoro Technique together so you can both get a ton of work done and take breaks at the same time to chat or brainstorm together.

Skype dates with your business bestie.

Live somewhere remote and don’t have any creative entrepreneur friends nearby to have a co-working date with? Plan a virtual all-day work session with your business bestie where you chat via Skype in the morning to lay out your goals for the day, have a face-to-face date over lunch to check in with each other, and then another check-in after the work day is over to have a cocktail together and celebrate your wins for the day.

Get hygge with it (aka: cozy).

Hygge is a Danish word that loosely translates to a feeling of coziness. Imagine a sitting in front of a roaring fire, wearing a well-loved sweater, drinking some hot chocolate, and cuddling up under a fuzzy blanket… You get the idea. Pretty damn cozy. One of my favorite things to do in the winter is channel this idea of hygge into my daily life on a regular basis with lots of comforting bowls of soup, loads of quilts and blankets, and as many candles or other sources of fire as I can get my hands on. Want to up the hygge in your life right now? Ask yourself what you’d love to add to your office or other in-home workspace to make it more inviting and cozy.

Work out - sweat!

We release some seriously happy hormones when we move our bodies and get sweaty. From a Chinese medicine perspective, depression is caused by your liver’s qi (energy) not moving through the body in a free and easy way. Working out creates a strong circulation of blood and energy in the body. This helps vigorously move that stagnant liver qi and can help relieve feelings of sadness and depression.

Supplement sunshine with Vitamin D.

In the summer months we usually get adequate amounts of Vitamin D from getting outside in our shorts and t-shirts. But once winter rolls around there are a few barriers in our way.

  1. It’s freaking cold out so we’re showing a lot less skin. We need at least 15 minutes of direct sun exposure on our bare skin (that means sunscreen-free skin) to get a decent Vitamin D exposure. I can guarantee that when winter comes to Minnesota, the only part of me that gets any direct exposure to the sun is my nose!
  2. The angle of the sun is less direct in the winter. I’m not going to get super technical here, but in order to get the best Vitamin D exposure we need the sun to be at a more direct angle to where we live. People who live closer to the equator are at a better angle to get the sun exposure they need. But people who live further north are at a disadvantage. 
  3. The days are shorter. Simply put, in the winter the sun rises later and sets sooner, leaving us with less hours in the day to get outside and get the sun exposure we need. 

The recommended amount of Vitamin D is 400 IUs (international units), but that’s basically what we need to survive - not thrive. Most practitioners promote getting your Vitamin D levels checked and supplementing if needed. Personally, I take 1,000 IUs daily in the winter and only sporadically in the summer.

Play in the snow! 

Noticing a theme here? The more you can incorporate getting some daylight into your retinas the better you’re going to feel. Getting outside and playing in the snow over your lunch break not only gets you up and moving (boosting your happy hormones) but it also exposes you to some extra bright light. Ever notice how much you need sunglasses when you’re driving on a sunny winter day? That’s because the snow reflects the blue light from the sky - the same blue light we need more of when we’re feeling down and out in the cold, dark, winter months.

Move your desk near a window.

I can’t stress enough how much natural light can make a significant positive effect on seasonal affective disorder. If you work using a laptop, see if you can move to a different spot that gets more natural light. Bonus points if you’ve got houseplants nearby too!

Focus on self-care.

When we commit to treating our bodies, minds, and spirits better, we’re able to manage everyday stress and seasonal changes with more ease and flow. Have you been feeling like you want to incorporate more self-care into your daily life but aren’t able to find the time? How you can hold yourself more accountable to that intention? Maybe try scheduling it in your calendar, putting your money where your mouth is by enrolling in a class, or signing up for a free self-care challenge with other people in the same boat as you. 

If joining a free challenge sounds right for you, I’m hosting a #28daysofcreativecare challenge in February to help creatives like you recommit to your mind/body/spirit. You’ll be joining other create business owners through easy and manageable daily Instagram prompts through all 28-days next month. You can sign up for the challenge and get the self-care prompt calendar right here.

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!

Feeling overwhelmed? Here's an exercise to help you prioritize.

Feeling overwhelmed by all the so-called priorities in your business? You're not alone. 

Here’s a common scenario I encounter during coaching calls:

Client: I just feel overwhelmed. I have so many things on my plate right now I don’t know how to fit self-care into my day without it feeling like just another item on my to-do list. 

Me: OK. Sound’s like you’ve got more things to do than you’ve got time for. Where would you like to cut back so you can free up some time?

Client: I’ve got no clue. I want to cut back, but I don’t even know where to start.

Seriously, I hear this with almost every client. And with each of them I’ve used the same exercise that I’m going to share with you today. Because 100% of the clients that I’ve led through this exercise have found it incredibly useful when they feel lost in a sea of too many priorities.

Pick your priorities: an exercise. 

Feeling overwhelmed in your business? Try this exercise to get clear and focused. (click to tweet!)

When creating a schedule that aligns with our needs, I like to start with deciding what’s truly working for us vs what’s working against us. And as creatives, it's a lot easier to make those calls when we can lay it all out visually and see it with our own two eyes.

Most of the time I’m using this exercise with creatives that are feeling overwhelmed with too many responsibilities in their business, but you can use this framework for just about anything in your life. All you need are two variables.

Let me explain:

If my client is a soloprenuer designer who wants to find time for more self-care, but finds herself staring at Adobe Illustrator more often than she’d like, I use the following variables: 

  • Variable 1: Do you or don’t you love the task at hand?
  • Variable 2: Does or doesn’t the task at hand create direct income?

I have them get out a big sheet of paper and pen (or a sharpie if you’re like me and love big, bold lines) and draw up a big square with a vertical and horizontal line crossing in the center.

Next, on the top of the page they draw a big heart over the left column and a heart with a big slash through it over the right column.
On the left side of the page they draw a $ sign to the left of the top row and a $ with a slash through it to the left of the bottom row.

Print out the worksheet here to follow along.

Now there are four boxes:
One box in the upper left for things you love doing and that make you money.
One box in the upper right for things you don’t love doing but make you money.
One box in the lower left for things you love doing but don’t make you any money.
One box in the lower right for things you don’t love doing and don’t make you any money.

How to fill out the worksheet:

Start with a brain dump of all work related tasks. Every single one. Nothing's too big or small. If it’s part of the business, it belongs in one of the four boxes.

Next, it’s time to take a look at each box. 

Look at the items in the LOVE + MONEY box first. They are total keepers. These are tasks that not only bring joy but also bring in the dolla dolla bills (hello dream job!)

Now look at the NO LOVE + NO MONEY box. These are the first things to go when it’s time to start slashing responsibilities. Which of these items or projects are truly necessary? Which can be outsourced and completed by someone else? Which could be put on the back burner for the time being?

The two remaining boxes are where the tough questions and real decision making comes in. These are the tasks that might bring joy, but take away from billable hours. Or they might be the tasks that keep the business afloat during quiet seasons but have started to feel routine and no longer fun.

If choosing what stays and what goes feels impossible, reflecting on these two questions can help give a bit of clarity:

  • If I stopped doing this task tomorrow, how would that impact my current feeling of being overwhelmed?
  • Is this task absolutely necessarily? And if so, how could my business benefit from someone else completing it?

Modify the exercise to fit your needs.

This exercise doesn’t just have to be used in the context of money. You can use this as a visual way to break down anything. Here’s another example:

Maybe you’re further along in your business and you need to spend your time bringing in new clients and growing your business, not just getting stuck with day-to-day tasks. In that case, keep the first variable the same, but change the second one.

  • Variable 1: Do you or don’t you love the task at hand?
  • Variable 2: Does or doesn’t the task at hand bring in new business?

Switching it up this way can help you figure out which tasks are necessary for you to complete and which tasks you can delegate out to a virtual assistant or employee.

Or maybe your business is a well-oiled machine, but you feel like your home life is wreaking havoc on your day. You could make the second variable focus on something more personal, like your relationships.

  • Variable 1: Do you or don’t you love the task or thing at hand?
  • Variable 2: Does or doesn’t the task at hand deepen your relationship with your partner (or kids, or family, etc)?

The bottom line:

Laying things out visually in a grid can give you a new perspective on your situation. Try it out today to see how it helps you get clear and focused in on what’s really important for you right now. 

Having trouble prioritizing your time? Try making things visual with this exercise. (click to tweet!)

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!

Episode #11: Sticking With Healthy Habits on Vacation

TOPICS:

  • Five tips for sticking with your healthy lifestyle when you are on vacation or have house-guests.
  • The benefit of planning for cheat days or allowances.
  • Why you need a foundation for your healthy habits.
  • Balancing listening to your body and creating a plan.

TWEETABLES:

SHOWNOTES:

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

***Heads up! This post may contain some affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links you won't pay a single cent more, but I'll get a small commission that helps keep the content flowing. P.S. I only recommend products I use in my own daily life!