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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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 Vaginal Health & Intimate Skin Care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The skin around the vaginal area is very sensitive, so it's important to use vaginal care products that don't contain harsh ingredients.Women age differently than men. As estrogen levels decline, so does natural lubrication. Many women experience this prior to or during menopause, but it can impact a woman at any age. Diminished estrogen can lead to external and internal vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy, resulting in undernourished, under-hydrated, aged skin that leads many women to experience daily personal discomfort, diminished interest in intimacy and a lack of sexual spontaneity. The skin around the vaginal area is very sensitive, so it's important to use vaginal care products that don't contain harsh ingredients. Skin care designed for the face or body can cause irritation and discomfort when applied to the delicate skin of the vaginal area. Dr. Ronald Blatt has been an expert in the field of women's health for over 30 years. Board-certified gynecologist, expert surgeon and compassionate physician, Dr. Blatt's driving imperative is to treat matters of vaginal health and intimate skin care with knowledge, awareness and respect. His product line, PrivateRx, provides hydrating vaginal cream products that safely and effectively hydrate the dry, flaky, estrogen-deprived skin often associated with menopause. Dr. Blatt joins host Lisa Davis to discuss why it's important to pay attention to your vaginal health, as well as important considerations for doing so.

 Full Moon Holistic Healing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Discover the power of the moon in helping you heal.Shelly Burton, founder of the Samhara System of Energy Medicine™, holds the philosophy of involution, which is evolution from the inside out. This principle allowed her to heal a serious concussion, which had left her debilitated and extremely sensitive to emotions, over an eight-year trek. The journey led to a grounding in what it takes to heal yourself in mind, body and soul. From this, a practice supporting others to do the same, over time, was birthed. One of the healing modalities Shelly uses is that of full moon holistic healing, through her foundation, Rhythm of Change™ (ROC). ROC hosts a series of rhythmical gatherings, which are designed to align you to the soul imprint of your work here, on this plane. The mediums used in the events are ceremonial and tribal drumming, an ancient form of healing dance, hands on healing, transmission of ancient wisdom and sound, and meditative earth music. These gatherings typically align with moon cycles, so that you are deepening your alignment to the flow of the current of the tides that move us at a planetary and cellular level. Shelly joins host Lisa Davis to explain more about what she does as an energy healer, as well as how you can shift your energy to a more positive, productive space.

 Cancer Couch Foundation Aims to Prevent & Cure Breast Cancer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

How can you cope when prematurely faced with mortality?When diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2015, Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, PhD, neuropsychologist and mother of two, was completely blindsided. Initially diagnosed with Stage II, she was later told her cancer was Stage IV metastatic, the most deadly form of the disease, and it had spread to other parts of the body. Later, a bone biopsy revealed normal tissue, and she was upgraded to Stage IIIC, the closest someone can be to the most advanced form of this type of cancer. In a matter of weeks, Timlin-Scalera went through the emotional and informational roller coaster of experiencing nearly every stage of breast cancer before beginning treatment. Even as a neuropsychologist specializing in trauma therapy, she received an eye-opening crash course into the world of breast cancer research, treatments and communities. Her research found that metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research receives only seven percent of federal funding for breast cancer research even though 30 percent of people diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, eventually develop MBC. The average prognosis for patients with MBC is two to three years. In 2016, there are an estimated 2.8 million women living with a history of female breast cancer in the United States. Shortly after her diagnosis, Timlin-Scalera began writing about her experiences through her professional lens as a neuropsychologist. Using her expertise on both sides of the psychological couch, she created her popular The Cancer Couch blog as an exploration of what it means to cope when prematurely faced with mortality. Her insights have struck a chord with cancer patients, family members, friends and even those who have had no direct experience with this disease. Her writing style gracefully balances humor and pathos, which she hopes will help not only herself, but others in similar situations, to see beauty in the ordinary and appreciate everyday life with or without cancer. Having looked the beast in the face, Timlin-Scalera resolved to take a stand to help prevent and cure breast cancer by creating The Cancer Couch Foundation (501c3). The financially transparent, volunteer-managed foundation will put donations to work directly for patients with MBC. The foundation’s goal is to fund research for advancements in metastatic breast cancer in the hopes of making this a chronic but manageable disease, not a terminal illness. Timlin-Scalera joins host Lisa Davis to share her own journey through cancer, as well as how she's helping patients and their loved ones understand the reality of the disease.

 Love Incorporated: Listening to Your Heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Have you ever been torn between what your head is telling you and what your heart desires?Have you ever been torn between what your head is telling you and what your heart desires? The "practical" voice in her head can be very convincing. But, the compelling voice in your heart may be calling you to your true path. Jennifer Noel Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Philosophy. After graduation, she started her first job as a Software Engineer at a big company in San Diego. But, she wasn't completely happy. She decided to make a change.  Jennifer describes her journey of transformation from feeling depressed and unfulfilled at her job to discovering and following her true life mission. She quit her secure, high-paying job as a software developer and took a leap of faith to pursue her true calling in the field of energy medicine. The journey was not always easy. She encountered many challenges, including heartbreaking losses, financial woes, debt, naysayers, questionable decisions, and extreme self-doubt. Years of frustration, trial and error, and self-reflection kept leading her back to the same core lessons over and over again. In her book, Love Incorporated: Doing the Business of What You Love, Jennifer reveals four powerful yet simple insights which were instrumental in helping her overcome significant challenges and create a joyful life doing what she loves. The book acts as a guide to connecting with your innate wisdom and creating a truly magical and fulfilling life. You don’t need to sacrifice your passion, joy, values, or integrity to have an abundant life. Doing what you love is actually instrumental in creating true success. Jennifer joins host Lisa Davis to share her journey, both before and after she decided to follow her heart.

 5 Habits that Heal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

By implementing five healthy habits, you may be able to heal yourself from chronic disease.Janette Hillis-Jaffe is a sought-after speaker, consultant and coach with a Masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She guides people to their best health using her professional background and the wisdom she gained regarding the health care system, the mind-body connection, nutrition, and counseling during her successful effort to heal from a six-year, debilitating autoimmune disorder. Janette joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share the five habits she used to heal herself, and which you can use to heal the ailments (both physical and mental/emotional) in your life. Habit #1 Take Charge: Take complete responsibility for your health, including making lifestyle changes where necessary. Action: Schedule two set times each week to learn new recipes. Habit #2 Nurture Your Heart: Use tools to manage the tough emotions that can sabotage your efforts to heal. Action: Daily journaling and weekly peer counseling sessions with a friend allow you to vent tough emotions like fear and grief; and also talk through big health decisions. Habit #3 Believe: Adopt a fiercely confident attitude about yourself and your ability to get healthy. Action: Write a letter firing the anxious critic in your mind and read it out loud every day for two weeks. Habit #4 Connect: Build a strong support team. Action: Have your husband/partner or a friend come with you to all significant health care appointments to take notes and debrief afterwards. Habit #5 Create Order: Use organizing principles to set up systems and spaces that support your healing. Action: Organize all your lab results, notes from medical appointments, and articles into one physical notebook that you take to every medical appointment.

 How to Be an Empowered Young Woman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In a chaotic world, where airbrushed perfection is beauty, can you find your true beauty?Do you remember your first kiss? Your first heartbreak? Your first bra? The first time your best friend betrayed you? Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman peels back the truth behind becoming a woman in a chaotic world where airbrushed perfection is beauty... when, in reality, beauty is who you are. This revolutionary book offers strategies to help young women cope with contemporary issues, like body image, the media, relationships, competition, sex and peer pressure. It explores the way adolescents see and talk about themselves, and answers the big questions young women are afraid to ask. Author Naomi Katz offers truths about conquering adolescence and cultivating a unique sense of self. Weaving together narratives of real teens, Katz, a teacher who has worked with young women all over the globe, provides inspiration for growing girls looking for guidance in an increasingly complicated world.

 Do's & Don'ts of Vitamin Use | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Could your vitamin be putting your health at risk?According to a study at Harvard, over 80% of men and women take some kind of vitamin supplement on a regular basis. But, in spite of their best efforts, they may not be getting the nutrition they think due to the common mistakes that people make. Or, worse yet, these individuals may be putting their health at risk. Taking doses that are too low, in the wrong combination, or even at the wrong time of day can all mean you don’t get the nutrition you expect. You also have to keep in mind the interactions of certain medications, such as diabetes medications and acid reducers. What are the "do's and don'ts" of vitamin use? Sarah Hiner, President/CEO of Boardroom Inc., joins hosts Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to explain the difference between more expensive vitamins and cheaper, big-box store vitamins, as well as certain interactions you may want to consider.

 Simple Summer Detox Improves Skin & Energy Levels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Summer is a great time to finally shake the cobwebs of the cooler, darker spring and winter months.Summer is a great time to finally shake the cobwebs of the cooler, darker spring and winter months. One way to do that is with a summer detox. Christine Horner, MD, FACS, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share her favorite ways to detox in order to improve your skin health and energy levels. Take sips of warm/hot water throughout the day. This purifies the skin, keeps your digestion going and helps with elimination. Support your liver. Mushrooms stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the liver and also support your immune system. Artichokes, dandelion leaves, dandelion root and milk thistle help the liver as well.  Up your antioxidants with superfoods such as lychee, goji berries, and acai berries.

 Carol Alt: Will the Modeling Industry Ever Change? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When Carol Alt was at the height of her modeling career, she used two staples to maintain the slender physique the industry required: coffee and cigarettes.When Carol Alt was at the height of her modeling career, she used two staples to curb her appetite and maintain the slender physique the industry required: coffee and cigarettes. She wasn't necessarily suffering from an eating disorder, but she also didn't have the nutritional knowledge on how to keep that physique and still be able to eat food. No one was teaching models how to eat properly.  Has that changed at all? Young women are still very, very thin and many of them are damaging their health to maintain that size. Plus, the increasingly small size of models sets an example for the industry. Yes, some girls are naturally thin. But many are also using unhealthy tactics to achieve the "model thin" look. Carol joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share her thoughts on the current state of the modeling industry, as well as what needs to change to ensure the health and safety of young women (and men).

 Mastering Your Mind & Letting Go of Old Beliefs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Your old beliefs can be a huge hurdle in living a happy and healthy life.Your old beliefs can be a huge hurdle in living a happy and healthy life.  Past experiences can become ingrained in your mindset and prevent you from realizing your best self. Whether those experiences were instances of bullying from others or self-inflicted chastisement, they can have life-long impacts. The key is to release those past experiences and stop repeating the same old story. Shaman Isabella Stoloff suggests three simple tips for mastering your own mind: Look on the bright side. Become a watcher of your thoughts. Have a conversation with yourself... is it a conversation you'd have with a friend? Become your own best friend. Enlist creative imagery. Manifest images that make you feel good, rather than wallow in the ones that bring you down. Isabella joins host Lisa Davis to share tips for letting go of old beliefs. 

 MCTs: Rapid Fuel for Mind & Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) have numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management.For centuries, Eastern cultures and Ayurvedic medicine have prized coconut oil as an elixir of life, known to maintain long-lasting energy. Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management. Utilizing unique metabolic pathways, MCTs deliver rapid fuel to your mind and body, giving you energy to do what you love. Sioma Waisburd is the Founder of Whole e Nature and WonderFUEL, the first ready-to-drink MCT coconut oil beverage that is organic, non-GMO, and vegan. He joins host Lisa Davis to share the many health benefits of MCTs.

 Uncovering the Clues of Your Food Cravings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Are you eating because you're hungry? Or, are your cravings taking over your body?A study out of the University of California-Davis found that "eating "mindfully" and cultivating a heightened awareness to the body's signals when you crave certain foods decreases emotional eating. You can win your internal battle with emotional eating by paying attention to what you eat as you're eating, how it makes you feel, and realizing when you're eating to satisfy a hunger, a habit, or an unsatisfied emotion. Why does this matter? Anyone battling binge eating, sugar cravings, or other types of emotional eating can attest to the difficulty of breaking free from overeating patterns. We become side-tracked by day-to-day life in a non-stop world that makes us live in our heads and ignore our bodies. This means you miss vital clues to your well-being. You stifle many of your physical and emotional needs with your go-to quick fix: food. By objectively investigating your food cravings, looking for the underlying reasons of our "hunger," noticing how certain foods make you feel, and more, you can discover a new perspective and a way to break old eating habits. Lisa Lewtan, Founder of Healthy, Happy & Hip and author of Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed, joins host Lisa Davis to share how you can start to loosen the grip your cravings have on you.

 Clearing Emotional Clutter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Getting the clutter off your desk or tidying up your space can be a cleansing task. But, what about all the emotional clutter that resides in your mind?Getting the clutter off your desk or tidying up your space can be a cleansing task. But, what about all the emotional clutter that resides in your mind? Emotional clutter is truly invisible; not readily recognizable like the papers and magazines that pile up.  It may come from past childhood experiences or trauma, worries about the future, or simply the day-to-day chaos of life. This clutter keeps you from embracing the present moment and performing in those moments. It's not easy to keep your mind clean. Research suggests that the average mind tends to wander about 50 percent of the time and has about 75,000 thoughts in the course of the day. There are so many distractions and choices to make in modern-day lives, so it's important to filter out those thoughts. How many are accurate and relevant? How many are just old toxic thoughts or a result of your brain on autopilot?  Donald Altman, LPC, author of Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What's Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation, has coined the term "inner Facebooking," which is a metaphor for how we make mental posts in our mind. Notice these mental posts and how they make you feel.  Where you place your attention and the thoughts you have can actually rewire your brain. This is something you can do in just a few minutes a day.  Donald also encourages what he calls fidelity to the moment or faithfulness to one moment. This involves uni-tasking instead of multitasking. Wash your dishes just to wash them, not to get that task out of the way. Notice how the water feels on your skin, the artistry of the plates. When you're on a walk, just walk. Embrace the scenery.  Listen in as Donald explains how you can start to rewire your brain and embrace the beauty of the present moment.

 Conquering the Stress of Superwoman Syndrome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Your body needs some stress to function at optimal levels, but too much stress can wreak havoc on your systems.Contrary to previous belief, women have a stronger fight or flight response than men when faced with stressful or dangerous situations. Your body needs some stress to function at optimal levels, but too much stress can wreak havoc on your systems. The thought of "handling your stress" is somewhat of an impossible task, because stress is a physical event that occurs; a metabolic response.  Here are just a few of the physical responses that occur when stress hits your body: cortisol levels go up immune system is altered lipid profile changes store more fat and lose muscle insulin response diminished sleep is affected negatively James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, joins host Lisa Davis to explain exactly what happens when you're affected by chronic stress, as well as effective ways to reduce the stress in your life.

 Mindful Eating for Weight Loss & Good Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Eating mindfully can get you out of that "good food/bad food" mindset.We all eat, and we all eat mindlessly at times. But, when this leads to painful and constant struggle over most meals and many foods, it may be time to consider other ways of relating to your eating, yourself, and the many, many food choices you face each day. Mindful eating is simply another powerful way of relating to your experiences of food, your relationship to your body, and the joy that is possible in savoring your experiences. Eating mindfully can get you out of that "good food/bad food" mindset.  Jean Kristeller, PhD, creator of the NIH-funded Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), says one way to think of mindful eating is to cultivate your inner gourmet. You might realize the foods you thought you loved aren't all that wonderful anymore when you truly tune in to taste. Jean also explains the difference between self-regulation and willpower. Self-regulation is about balance, not struggling with yourself, and recognizing both your hunger and your fullness. Willpower disconnects you from all the experiences that give you true feedback.  By eating mindfully, you can get back in touch with a sense of fullness or a sense of what is "enough." Fullness shouldn't be a result of stuffing yourself.  Listen in as Jean joins host Lisa Davis to discuss how mindful eating can help you achieve a variety of health goals. She also shares some details about the MB-EAT program.

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