Episode 94 | How to Create a Business with Passion & Heart

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Today’s episode is a little different than our usual focus, but we’re talking about something that is near and dear to both of our hearts. As business owners and passionate women, we tend to get a lot of questions about how we got started and what has contributed to our success as Nutritional Therapy Practitioners so today we wanted to share a few ways to help other passionate women get their own dream businesses off the ground and into action.

On today’s episode, we’re sharing 4 tips to help you start a business with passion and heart. From just pressing start to serving your audience with authentic heart, these actionable tips will help you overcome some of the common obstacles new businesses face and create an income producing business right off the bat.

We are always encouraging women to live out their passion and to start the businesses they’ve always dreamed of–it’s what we’ve done in our own lives and believe that every woman has a gift to share with the world.

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06:00 | There’s no right time to start–just do it

11:10 | Lock down your mission and find you niche

18:25| Focus on income-producing activities

29:40 | Serve your audience well

Episode 93 | How Modern Radiation Exposure is Affecting You with Aileen Chen of Belly Armor

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Today we’re digging into a new topic–one that has been a big piece of our personal lives and education with clients, but one we haven’t addressed directly on the podcast yet. We invited Aileen Chen on the podcast, co-founder and CEO of Belly Armor, a company dedicated to increasing awareness about the health risks from EMF radiation and provide simple, effective solutions to reduce exposure.

Aileen shares her story and where her own awareness for this topic began, what radiation is, where it comes from and how it is affecting us, and who is at the highest risk for adverse health issues related to radiation exposure. She also digs into the topic of radiation and pregnancy, an area most would be surprised by. But with all the info, we wanted to make sure this episode didn’t create fear, rather a greater awareness with some actionable info to help you protect yourself and your family. Aileen shares so many ways to do so on today’s episode and really serves to empower individuals and families through Belly Armor’s educational resources and amazing products.

Belly Armor has been a company we’ve both loved and supported for years so it was such a gift to have Aileen on to learn more about the topic of radiation and how to begin protecting ourselves in this modern world!

To learn more about Aileen’s story, research on health impact, helpful resources, more tips to reduce exposure, and for solutions to protect yourself and loved ones, head over to Belly Armor.

Listen to Episode 93 in iTunes!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for sponsoring this podcast episode!

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07:00 | Radiation–what it is, where it’s coming from and how it’s affecting us

12:00 | Who’s at the highest risk of radiation exposure

23:00 | Radiation and pregnancy

27:15 | How to protect yourself from radiation

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Episode 92 | Pros & Cons of the Keto Diet

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Today we are diving into the popular Ketogenic diet–what it is, what it’s all about and why anyone would want to willingly jump into this diet! As Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, we’re sharing our take on the Keto diet, a few of the “pros” and some of the “cons” and why this diet can be amazing for some, but not so much for others.

We get a lot of questions about this diet specifically, but also on other diet trends and on today’s episode we wanted to make sure to clear up our thoughts and feelings on diets, in general. We’re big fans of creating balance within your food and lifestyle and we’re openly sharing how we feel about these trendy diets.

Download Episode 92 in iTunes!

Since so much can be said about the Ketogenic diet, we wanted to share some resources with you in case you want to dig deeper. These resources cover both sides of the coin, those in favor and those less excited about the Keto diet so please take the time to look into each thoroughly if you’re considering trying it out.

 

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06:22 | What is a ketogenic diet?

12:20 | Difference between keto and a high-fat diet

16:00 | Pros of the keto diet–blood sugar, weight loss, athletic performance, etc.

24:30 | Potential cons of the keto diet–sustainability, food quality, hormones, etc.

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Caroline’s Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue Naturally course

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Episode 91 | Removing the Guilt and Finding Joy in Food & Community with Lindsay Surowitz

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Today we invited a gal we’ve been hardcore crushing on lately, Lindsay Surowitz of Weeknight Bite, to talk about all things balance and simplicity within the world of healthy eating. This is an area that most women struggle with so we asked Lindsay to share some of the ways she helps her clients and loved ones break down the guilt so many of us feel when it comes to healthy living (and we LOVE what she’s got to say!).

Lindsay shares her tips and tricks for creating balance around community and food (something that can be super overwhelming) and how she’s learned to blend the two so well together, despite having friends that don’t eat the same or trying to navigate tough restaurant meals.

We love Lindsay’s take on the healthy life and know you’ll be inspired by her journey and encouragement. You can connect with Lindsay and catch more of her sunshine over on Weeknight Bite or Instagram!

Download Episode 91 in iTunes!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Associationfor sponsoring this episode!

Highlight Reel:

09:40 | A quote from dad–taking ownership of your choices

15:50 | Getting off the healthy living guilt train

19:30  | Practical ways to escape guilt

27:00 | How Lindsay makes social gathering healthy and removes the stress

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Episode 90 | Listener Questions–Vegetarianism, Adaptogens & Baby's First Foods

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We’re back with another listener question episodes and today we’ve got some great questions that came in from a few of our awesome listeners. We love these episodes because they allow us to connect to you on a more personal level, addressing the very questions, issues, concerns, and interests you have within your personal health journey.

Today we’re answering questions about juggling the AIP and GAPS diets, the best foods to introduce to new little eaters and why rice cereal is not recommended, dental hygiene and fluoride use, our thoughts on a vegetarian diet and if medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens are safe while pregnant and breastfeeding. This is a beefy episode and we loved today’s questions!

We are so grateful for YOU, our listener, and your continued love and support! We are always looking for episode topics that fit our audience of health conscious women so please feel free to comment with any ideas on food and lifestyle questions. You can also message us on Instagram or send us a direct email.

It’s truly incredible to watch our listeners run with the education we share and to see the powerful changes your efforts bring about within your health journey. Keep up the hard work and always know we’re rooting for you!

Download Episode 90 in iTunes!

Highlight Reel:

05:24 | Juggling GAPS, AIP and a new found histamine intolerance

13:20 | Nutrient-dense first foods for new eats (and why rice cereal is not recommended)

26:20 | Dental hygiene, fluoride and natural ways to improve dental health

30:30 | Is a vegetarian diet healthy?

40:30 | Using medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens during pregnancy and breastfeeding

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Episode 89 | How Natural Skincare Supports Holistic Health + Why It Works

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Today’s episode was so fun and so educational, even for Caroline and I! We invited a dear friend and Director of Marketing for Primally Pure, Courtney O’Connor, to share her amazing non-toxic skincare experience and knowledge as a Holistic Esthetician with us. Let me tell you friend, you are in for a real treat!

Courtney shares how her obsession with beauty magazines and creating spa days for her buds as an 11 year old morphed into an intense passion for creating beauty from the inside out and looking at our skin as a reflection of our body’s internal environment.

“The skin is brilliant at revealing imbalances within the body.”

On today’s episode, Courtney gives us her take on the oh-so-popular chemical peels and intense facial treatments, what this obsession is actually doing to our skin (the opposite of what you’d hope for) and what you can do to create healthier skin using natural methods like facial massage and non-toxic products that actually work. Courtney also shares her journey with kicking gluten, sugar and alcohol, how it’s brought her so much more than just healthier skin and why she hasn’t looked back (in over 2.5 years!).

This episode is so encouraging and educational and will definitely leave you feeling inspired to nourish your beautiful self from the inside out. Thank you Courtney for sharing your passion with all of us!

To learn more from Courtney, check out her beauty and skincare posts over on the Primally Pure blog and Instagram.

Download Episode 89 in iTunes!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for sponsoring this episode!

Highlight Reel:

03:45 | Courtney shares the holistic side of skincare

15:00 | Why the popular chemical treatments are more damaging than beneficial + natural alternative to try out today

28:25 | Why you need tallow in your skincare routine

32:35 | How to give yourself a holistic home facial

35:18 | What a year off gluten, sugar and alcohol taught her

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Episode 88 | Back to Basics–4 Ways to Simplify Healthy Eating

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We are back from a sweet little summer break and so excited to get back into the groove of our weekly episode with you! It’s August and some of you may be getting ready to send kids back to school, some may be adjusting back to life after vacations–wherever you’re at, it’s a time to adjust and refocus, a changing of seasons so to speak since we’re not quite to fall yet.

If summer threw you for a loop or you’re just wanting to refocus your health efforts, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to simplify the healthy eating side of things. Because we believe the healthy life should be simple and enjoyable, not overwhelming and stressful. On today’s episode, we’re each sharing two of our top tips for helping to re-energize your food life and make your week a whole lot easier. These tips are simple and can easily be implemented today!

We’re so glad to be back in action and so grateful you’re listening in to this week’s episode! Enjoy!

Download Episode 88 in iTunes!

Highlight Reel:

11:30 | Tip #1: the power clean up, stock up and make aheads

20:00 | Tip #2: the weekly challenge

27:15 | Tip #3: making “fast food”

32:00 | Tip #4: creating the balanced life

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Episode 87 | A Husband's Perspective on Healthy Living

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We’ve got a very special episode for you today with two handsome guests whom we absolutely adore…our husbands! We thought it’d be fun to get their perspectives on being married to a nutritionist and all that comes along with that. Our husbands are sharing their advice on how to get your spouse, significant other or family members on board with the healthy life, sharing their encouragement for those looking to create balance in their lives, why they’ve chosen to come along for the ride and more. You’ll even get the scoop on their not so healthy splurges!

We hope that sharing our husbands perspectives on eating healthy and some of the challenges that come along with it may help encourage those who are dealing with some push back in their own life. They’ve got some great advice!

PS we are taking a summer break for the rest of July and will be back in August.  We hope to use this time to slow down, soak up the sun and enjoy our families—wishing you the same!

Download Episode 87 in iTunes!

Highlight Reel:

01:40 | Matt and Justine’s perspective

25:15 | Stephen and Caroline’s perspective

The 6 Beauty Items You Shouldn't Live Without This Summer

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons because it’s low key and so much fun! This summer we don’t have any big trips planned so I have high hopes of spending my days in the pool with my family, friends and their littles, soaking up all the vitamin D, chili seasoned mangoes and laughter I can handle!

But what I’ve realized is that being pregnant during the summer months can definitely be a challenge–our Southern California heat seems even hotter and the sunscreen ingredients just make me cringe! I am really careful about the products I use day to day, but I am especially careful while I’m pregnant. All those chemies can make their way into mama AND baby's bloodstream. No thank you Coppertone.

Choosing safe skincare and beauty products is everything to me. But it's not really about me, it's about protecting my family (those born and unborn) from the harmful effects of the toxic ingredients used. 

Plus, summer products are so important! They help protect you, nourish your sun-kissed skin and make you feel beautiful.

I like to keep things quite simple during the summer–it never feels good to me to cake on makeup or use greasy, stinky sunscreens. So as the temps rise and pool time becomes part of our daily routine, I’ve found myself turning to a few simple products and not a whole lot more. I wanted to share these beauties with you in hopes to encourage you on your non-toxic living journey and just share some tried and true favorites.

Each of these beauty and skincare products are as clean as they come, leaving out any toxic or questionable ingredients. This is so important, especially as women and mothers, because we tend to be the ones lathering our bodies in harmful products on the daily with potentially hundreds of toxic chemicals (and sometimes sharing them with our little ones). Swapping out your makeup and skincare products for cleaner, safer options can help improve your hormone health, fertility, weight, energy and so much more!

Beautycounter’s Countersun Spray

I just purchased the Countersun line a few weeks ago and have used it almost every day since, either on myself or on our daughter. This is not a chemical based sunscreen that filters the suns UV rays and uses skin irritating ingredients that have been linked to the collapse of coral reefs around the world, not to mention ocean pollution. Countersun is a mineral-based sunscreen that actually blocks the sun’s UV rays and is much safer for our bodies (and our oceans). Mineral-based sunscreens are also perfect for those with sensitive skin as well as babies and kids. Countersun also uses a non-nano zinc oxide which is basically larger particles of the mineral so there is no risk of absorption into the skin and therefore the sunscreen...it’s better to get zinc from oysters anyway!

Primally Pure Eucalyptus + Lavender Body Butter

This is the best post-swim/beach/river/sun-soaked day moisturizer you’ll find. Period. It’s thick and super hydrating and smells incredible. I’ve been using PP’s body butters for years, but this newer scent is my go-to these days. This is also the only thing I use on my growing preggo belly! I used it with my first full-term pregnancy and not one stretch mark!

*Side note–the sweet ladies over at PP shared a little discount code for my readers to use through June! Enter “ALO10” at checkout to get 10% off your purchase through June 30!

Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant

Aka God’s gift to armpits...and to anyone close enough to smell you. I have been using natural deodorant for about 10 years and none of them ever worked the way I wanted (I’m talking rashes, funny smelling BO, itchiness, etc.) until I met Primally Pure’s deodorant. Instant chemistry, instant love. Sure they smell good, but most importantly their deodorant actually performs. Recently they added the Charcoal deodorant to their lineup (among a few other delights like geranium and tea tree) and I’ll just say this–I never leave home without a few good swipes (or the whole tube!). Deodorant can be one of the most toxic everyday products you use on your body so if you haven’t made the switch, let this be your sign! And don't forget to use promo code "ALO10" for 10% off your order through June!

Beautycounter’s Rose Lipsheer

My go-to makeup routine lately has been Tint Skin Foundation, Volumizing mascara, Rose Lipsheer and ta-da! Done! What I love most about the Lipsheers are that they are so moisturizing while still sticking around, unlike lipgloss. Rose is my fave, everyday (and night) color...little pink-little red perfection. I honestly never leave home without it!

Body Deli Cucumber Juice Elixir

Sunburn remedy extraordinaire! This toner is full of living ingredients like fresh greens, kombucha, chlorophyll and chlorella. Because of its fresh ingredients, you keep this little love in the fridge which makes it that much more wonderful when you spray it on sun-kissed skin. I also love to use it in the morning with a fresh face while I’m making breakfast (since it’s in the fridge!). It’s cool, smells so stinking delicious (like can we use this as a cocktail mixer!?) and super clean–perfect for that accidental sunburn!

Primally Pure Cleansing Oil

Have you ever heard of oil cleansing? It’s so awesome and the perfect night-time routine to begin this summer. Oil cleansing helps to pull out impurities while purifying and nourishing your skin. It’s good for all skin types and I’ve heard from so many women that after the initial adjustment (about a week or so), their skin balanced itself out! I’ve been using the Dry Skin Cleansing Oil for a few weeks and I am loving the nightly routine and what it’s doing to my skin! Here is a great “how-to” post written my dear friend and the creator of Primally Pure, Bethany.

*Don’t forget about that 10% off promo code for all Primally Pure purchase in June! Use promo code “ALO10” at checkout through June 30!

What are some of your go-to summer faves? Have you tried any of these ones? Share the love in the comments!

xo

Justine

Episode 86 | 4 Tips for Healthier Summer Vacations

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It is summertime and we are so excited because this season is one of our favorites (do we say that about every season!?) with the BBQs, beach and swim days and all that summer fare. It’s also a time where most people are traveling and travel can pose a real challenge for those wanting to eat and live healthy...even on vacation.

Over the years, we’ve both learned a lot about how to bring the healthy life along for the ride and we wanted to share our top tips to help make your summer vacay one that leaves you feeling healthy and refreshed (no more of that “I need a vacation after my vacation!” talk). Each tip will help you prepare for your trip, survive the car or plane ride like a champ and enjoy more moments with family and friends.

We hope you have the most beautiful summer–enjoy!

Highlight Reel:

08:12 | Do your travel research

14:15 | Solidify your snack game

19:25 How to get your mind right before vacay

25:15 | Why doing nothing aka relaxing is actually something very productive

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