Naturally Savvy show

Naturally Savvy

Summary: Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Andrea Donsky, and health expert Lisa Davis discuss their passion for living a natural, healthy lifestyle. As ambassadors of all things natural, their mission is to share with others ways to become healthier by exploring better nutrition, safer products and greener options... and to help you live your life so you too can become Naturally Savvy!

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 Reducing Your Kitchen Carbon Footprint | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, discusses simple ways to reduce your kitchen carbon footprint.Many people are interested in becoming more eco-friendly but aren't quite sure which steps to take. Composting is a popular option for reducing your carbon footprint. When biodegradable items (banana peel, half-eaten apple, etc.) are sent to a landfill, they will break down but they still emit greenhouse gases. If you're not comfortable setting up a compost station yourself, there are often community options that will pick up your biodegradable scraps and perform the composting for you.  Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, joins host Lisa Davis to discuss simple ways to reduce your kitchen carbon footprint, as well as share some of her favorite recipes that contribute to a more eco-friendly existence. She also provides some statistics on how much food is wasted each year.

 TBTCE: Carol Alt Believes in a Healthy YOU | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

"If I can make my health better, YOU can make your health better." -Carol AltWelcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Carol Alt Carol Alt hosts a show on FOX News called A Healthy You, and since she started with the show, she's gotten emails, letters and calls saying that so much of the time her viewers either miss some of the information she's presenting or they don't have time to really pay close attention. That's what inspired her to write her new book, also called A Healthy You. The book compiles the "best of the best" advice from both doctors, experts and Carol herself in terms of nutrition, exercise, anti-aging... things that Carol knows work, because they've worked for her. She firmly believes, "If I can make my health better, YOU can make your health better." The book also helps you weed through the false claims and promises of many of the so-called "experts" out there.  There's never a better time to start than now, no matter what age you are. Even if you're young, in your 20s or early 30s, you can be proactive instead of reactive when those wrinkles start showing up or you feel lethargic and tired all the time. Listen in as Carol joins Andrea and Lisa to share more about her book, why she was inspired to write it, and why it's SO important to take your health seriously.

 Healthy Habits for Managing Stress and Anxiety | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Dietitian and health coach Jessica Cording shares her simple, no-nonsense advice to help individuals improve eating habits, sleep, energy levels, mentality, and exercise routines.When you're already burdened by the stresses of daily life (and the anxiety that often results), it can be overwhelming to even think about making a positive life change. There are plenty of "self help" type resources that claim to work, but oftentimes those plans require even more time -- which results in more stress! Dietitian and health coach Jessica Cording has come up with simple, no-nonsense advice to help individuals improve eating habits, sleep, energy levels, mentality, and exercise routines. Listen as Jessica joins host Lisa Davis to share her "game changers" and explain why making healthy choices doesn't have to be so difficult.

 TBTCE: Healthy Fats: Your Body's Most Precious Fuel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If your body isn't getting the right "fuel," it can't function at peak levels.Welcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Kelly LeBrock For so long the mantra was, "fat will make you fat!" The attitude on fats has been changing steadily over the last few years, especially in regards to healthy fats.  According to model-turned-health advocate, Kelly LeBrock, "When I eat good fats, I'm thinner than when I don't... and anyone who has a nutritionist that says that low-fat, no-fat skim milk is good, I would run for the hills because they are being given the wrong information." It may seem like a bold statement, but the growing library of research on the benefits of fats in your diet backs it up. If your body isn't getting the right "fuel," it can't function at peak levels. Fats can also be medicinal. Thai people have been using fatty, gelatinous broth for centuries to cure disease; specifically digestive issues like colitis, hyper-acidity, and Crohn's disease. The thing is, it's not that difficult to introduce these good fats to your diet. From coconut oil and coconut manna to raw butter and avocado, there are countless ways to start getting more fats into your system. Tune in as Kelly joins Lisa to share some more good fats that you should be eating, as well as simple ways you can start incorporating them into your diet every day. PLUS, get a step-by-step recipe for Kelly's famous avocado chocolate mousse.

 Exercise Is Medicine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Investigative health journalist Judy Foreman suggests that the key element to extending a healthy lifespan is exercise.The first thought many people have in regards to exercise is that it's a means to an end in terms of weight loss.  But, moving your body has a much greater impact on your health as a whole. In fact, it may be the key to slowing the aging process.  Investigative health journalist Judy Foreman suggests that the key element to extending a healthy lifespan is exercise, through its myriad effects on dozens of molecules in the brain, the muscles, and other organs. She explains all of this in her book, Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging. After all her research, Foreman's resounding conclusion is that exercise itself is by far the most effective, and safest, strategy for promoting a long, healthy life. Listen as Foreman joins host Lisa Davis to share insights from the book and how you can actively contribute to your own longevity.

 TBTCE: Tears to Triumph: How to Be Fully Available to Your Suffering | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As epic as traumatic life events are, they are part of the human experience.Welcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Marianne Williamson No one can expect to come out of trauma or tragedy the same person they were before the events happened. You've stared into the abyss, and there's really no turning back. As epic as these events are, they are part of the human experience. If you don't learn how to navigate traumatic events, you won't be able to navigate life.  There's nothing dysfunctional about crying when you're sad or in pain. You need to give yourself the permission to mourn and process. Death used to be less peripheral to people's lives. Now, we keep it at bay. Life has seasons, one of them being death, another being loss. You can't say "I don't want winter anymore." Life transitions will happen. It's how you react to and embrace those transitions that will determine the direction in which your life turns. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. She joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss her newest book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey From Suffering To Enlightenment.

 Holistic Wealth with Keisha Blair | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Financial difficulties can also lead to poor mental and physical health -- especially if you're working hours upon hours to pay the bills and still only "just getting by."For many people, the thought of being financially independent is mythical. As a society, we are burdened by debt. Financial difficulties can also lead to poor mental and physical health -- especially if you're working hours upon hours to pay the bills and still only "just getting by." There can be a way out. In her book, Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness, Keisha Blair shares how to find prosperity in key aspects of life, from financial stability and physical health to your emotional and spiritual connections with others. Listen as Keisha joins host Lisa Davis to discuss how you can find balance and success in all areas of life, and finally get on the path to serenity.

 TBTCE: Carol Alt & Raw Foods | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Carol Alt is one of the most renowned Supermodels in history, but she didn't start her career thinking she would end up with that sort of title.Welcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Carol Alt Carol Alt is one of the most renowned Supermodels in history, but she didn't start her career thinking she would end up with that sort of title. Carol was studying law at Hofstra University, working as a waitress and even had completed Army ROTC. She only started modeling at 18 as a "summer job," after being encouraged by a photographer who came into the restaurant where she worked. Never in a million years did she imagine where it would lead; not just in terms of her work as a model, but also in her pioneering efforts in the raw food movement. Back when Carol started modeling, nobody thought about healthy eating and proper nutrition. She ate what her mother made, most of which was not healthy at all by today's standards. But she also had to maintain the figure of a model. Carol fully admits that if she had discovered raw food eating earlier, she may have had a very different career because she was always hungry and tired. All she could manage was go to work and get home. And, not only did her nutrition suffer, but Carol's health was never truly in check. She suffered from colds and flu, sinus infections, heartburn and lowered immunity. When she found raw foods, all that went away and she discovered a way of eating that provided her with vitality, energy and youthfulness. In this segment (part one of two), Carol joins Andrea to share how she got started with her modeling career, as well as how she has become such a proponent of the raw food movement.

 Importance of Prebiotics for Optimal Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Kara Landau, “The Prebiotic Dietitian," joins host Lisa Davis to explain why prebiotics are so essential and ways to get more of them into your diet.Physical and mental well-being is impacted by the foods you eat. In the past decade, the medical community has realized the importance of probiotics for optimal gut health -- and optimal overall health. What many people don't understand is that probiotics need prebiotics in order to thrive. Kara Landau, “The Prebiotic Dietitian," joins host Lisa Davis to explain why prebiotics are so essential and ways to get more of them into your diet.

 TBTCE: Natural Hormone Solutions for Perimenopause with Suzanne Somers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If you're going through perimenopause, you may be feeling helpless. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options.Welcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Suzanne Somers If you're in your 30s or 40s and just aren't feeling yourself, you could be going through perimenopause. Perimenopause occurs in the years prior to menopause when your hormones start to shift and change. This shift used to take place closer to a woman's mid-forties, and typically only lasted a few years before the transition to menopause. But due to all the toxins and stress in our current society, perimenopause has started to affect women at younger and younger ages... even as young as 25 years old. Symptoms may include sleeplessness, itchy skin, bloating, weight gain, dull hair, brittle nails, and moodiness. What's truly happening is that your body is not carrying enough progesterone, and you become what's called estrogen dominant. This imbalance of hormones sets you in a tail-spin of symptoms. And, unfortunately, it could also affect your likelihood of developing certain cancers. This is because progesterone is actually the anti-carcinogenic portion or component of your hormonal system. Suzanne Somers, one of America's most beloved personalities, knows this all too well. In fact she attributes her breast cancer to the changes she went through during perimenopause. So... what can you do if you're experiencing all of these symptoms? First of all, Somers wants you to know that these symptoms do not have to be indicative of you "getting older." In fact, by recognizing what's going on with your body, and doing something about it, you can keep your youthful energy for years to come. The important thing is to find a qualified doctor, who truly understands and is skilled in hormonal therapies. Join Suzanne to learn more about your perimenopause options, as well as where you can find the best doctors and therapies across the nation. Check out Suzanne's book, I'm Too Young for This!

 Nutrient Matching: Essential Nutrients to Achieve Best Outcomes for Women and Men | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Many people don't have a full understanding of which nutrients they should be taking in -- or how much of those nutrients are needed to optimize health.Nutrition is such an important element of a healthy body, but many people don't have a full understanding of which nutrients they should be taking in -- or how much of those nutrients are needed to optimize health. One nutrient that can profoundly impact one's health for the positive is vitamin D3, which is sometimes difficult to get via "natural" means (e.g. food, sunshine).  Omega-3 fatty acids compose another nutrient group that is essential for health and longevity. Omega-3s are helpful for reducing inflammation, improving brain health, and decreasing risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pre-mature aging. Listen as Dr. Christine Horner joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the benefits of these nutrients and more. Dr. Horner also discusses the most important nutrients individuals need in their different decades of life (30s, 40s, 50s, etc.).

 TBTCE: "But You Don't Look Sick": The Invisible Nature of Celiac Disease | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Actress Jennifer Esposito knows firsthand the "invisible" aspect that makes celiac disease so difficult to deal with.Welcome to our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Jennifer Esposito Actress Jennifer Esposito knows firsthand about the "invisible" aspect that makes celiac disease so difficult to deal with. Almost daily she hears the phrase, "You don't look sick." For those with celiac, it can become a constant struggle to get people to understand the pain that you're suffering silently. Just because they can't see it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. This is especially true if you don't have the "typical" symptoms of celiac. For years, Jennifer suffered from everything from sinus infections to digestive issues and panic attacks. She was labeled a hypochondriac and "dramatic," and doctors put her on medications like Prozac. Even the supposed "experts" don't always listen, and it can kill your soul to go so unheard for so long... to know something is truly wrong but no one recognizes that's the case. Jennifer has seen major resistance with the press in accepting that celiac is a serious disease, so just imagine what the normal, everyday person goes through. What advice does Jennifer have for those suffering from celiac? First, look your disease in the face, accept it and digest it. Accept your disease for what it is and move forward. Be clear and honest with yourself; it's a journey every day. Once you accept this in yourself, you can look to those who support you. Finally, understand those who can't understand; but also seek out those who will always be there for you. Tune in to Jennifer and Lisa as they discuss the invisible nature of celiac, as well as ways to cope with this painful and often debilitating disease.

 Beneath the Surface: A Closer Look at Depression and Suicide in Teens and Adults | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Grief recovery specialist Kristi Hugstad has dedicated her life to helping abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide.Ever since her husband completed suicide in 2012, after years of struggling with clinical depression, grief recovery specialist Kristi Hugstad has dedicated her life to helping abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide. Hugstad says that suicide prevention must start with our teens. Teen suicide isn’t a new phenomenon, but unfortunately, it has become a tragic, disturbing epidemic in the United States. Her book, Beneath the Surface: A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis, provides the information, encouragement, and tactical guidance you need to help yourself or others experiencing: Depression Academic or parental pressures Eating disorders Bullying Self-harm PTSD Peer pressure Anxiety Substance abuse Technology addiction Suicidal thoughts or actions Listen as Hugstad joins host Lisa Davis to share insight about this troubling trend in today's youth population.

 TBTCE: Living a Healthy Lifestyle with Oscar Winner Alan Arkin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Even Academy Award Winners worry about being healthy.Welcome to our first episode in our new series, "Throw Back Thursday: Celebrity Edition" (or TBTCE). In the following weeks, we'll be featuring various celebrity interviews from over the years. Hope you enjoy! TBTCE: Alan Arkin Have you ever wondered if your favorite celebrities worry about their health? They do. In fact, just like you they often need to make lifestyle changes in order to be the healthiest they can be. Academy award winning actor, Alan Arkin, is one such celebrity who has made lifestyle changes to live a healthier life both on and off the set.

 Benefits of Loving Out Loud | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Whether it's complimenting the cashier at the grocery store on her earrings or saying thank you to your restaurant server, verbalizing your recognition of someone else can be very powerful.What does it mean to "love out loud"? It's much more than simply saying "I love you." Robyn Spizman describes loving out loud as harnessing the power of a kind word. Whether it's complimenting the cashier at the grocery store on her earrings or saying thank you to your restaurant server, verbalizing your recognition of someone else can be very powerful -- for both the recipient and you.  Her book, Loving Out Loud: The Power of a Kind Word, explains why you have the power to make a positive impact on someone’s day, every day -- and that it isn’t nearly as hard as you may think. It also helps improve your own negative self-talk.  Listen as Robyn joins host Lisa Davis to share insights from the book, tips for loving out loud, and how you can be an active participant in a movement toward a kinder, more engaged community.

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