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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FDA recently unveiled its new nutrition facts label, but is it really for the better?The FDA recently unveiled its new nutrition facts label. While there are some improvements, Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff says there is also much left to be desired. Koff joins Naturally Savvy host Lisa Davis to share the "hits and misses" of the new design. Hits Calories are bold and in large type. Serving sizes have been updated. New column for added sugars. Essential nutrients are indicated as well as amounts of each. Misses No matter how big the calorie count appears to the eye, the quality of calorie matters. Missing essential nutrients. For example, calcium and magnesium offset each other, but while calcium is highlighted, magnesium is not. Artificial sugars or sugar alcohols aren't quite clear. In terms of serving sizes, it's still important to educate the public as to what an appropriate portion size is.
How can music help heal your mind, body and soul?If you’ve been in a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard Wah!'s music. The first female to bring kirtan music (call-and-response chanting performed in India's devotional traditions) to the West in the 1990’s, Wah! has been playing bass guitar with her wildly joyful rock band at yoga festivals and centers around the U.S. since 1997. A few years ago, Wah! took time to sit with people... just sitting, and singing, toning, and leading simple meditative exercises. “Our lives are filled with distractions and disruptions that take us away from ourselves and leave us with an experience of overwhelming stress and disconnection." Wah! feels a new kind of musical experience is necessary. “I want to explore more deeply how we are living our lives and create events which inspire and expand our receptivity.” Her new book, Healing: A Vibrational Exchange, introduces audiences to the concepts behind her music, focusing on ways you can create more space and healing in your life. Her workshops expand the detail of her wisdom, exploring sensory awareness and perception, and giving audiences both the idea and experience of healing and renewal. Listen in as Wah! joins host Lisa Davis to share more about her music and how it can help heal your mind, body and soul.
When it comes to your little ones and nutrition, the first 1,000 days are crucial for instilling healthy eating habits.When it comes to your little ones and nutrition, the first 1,000 days are crucial for instilling healthy eating habits. There’s an increasing demand from parents wanting to know more about the ingredients in the foods they feed their babies and the level of transparency companies are sharing about these products. Happy Family, one of the largest and fastest growing organic food brands to offer a comprehensive line of nutritious foods for babies, toddlers, kids and their mothers, has taken the lead in answering the call for more transparency. The company’s most recent product line, Clearly Crafted, is the first clear baby food pouch that allows you to see exactly what’s inside. Clearly Crafted pouches also list the exact recipe, including specific ingredient amounts, directly on the back of the pouch, and include a link to HappyFarms.com, where parents can learn more about the farms the brand partners with to supply its ingredients. Founder/CEO Shazi Visram’s goal is to make delicious and nutritious options, which is especially helpful if you have a picky eater in your household. Listen in as Visram discusses more about what inspired her to start Happy Family, some of the company’s most popular products, and the importance of introducing new foods and flavor profiles to children at an early age in order to encourage healthy eating habits that will last into adulthood.
Science has touted wine's benefits, but when it comes down to it, do those benefits outweigh the health detriments?Science has touted wine's benefits, but when it comes down to it, do those benefits outweigh the health detriments? Carol Alt believes not. Yes, wine contains healthy elements like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. But, vegetables, fruits, and raw foods provide the same benefit. Wine is very acidic to the body. You need to keep a perfect pH balance for optimal energy, anti-aging, and overall wellness. That's nearly impossible when you consider you'd need 35 glasses of alkaline water to neutralize the body after just one glass of wine. Listen in as Carol joins host Lisa Davis to explain why wine's benefits pale in comparison to its detriments.
What's going on in Flint, Michigan, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lead in our water supply and in our environment.What's going on in Flint, Michigan, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lead in our water supply and in our environment. Many other communities have lead levels higher than acceptable. We're being exposed to small amounts of lead on a regular basis. The exposure is more intense in large cities. Even though lead exposure has been determined "safe" by the EPA's standards, it's still doing harm. Dr. Stewart Lonky, an expert in toxic exposure, joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to discuss the many dangers of lead, including a link to violent behavior.
We live in a pleasure-deprived society. The withholding and restricting of pleasure is a source of mental health angst.We live in a pleasure-deprived society. The withholding and restricting of pleasure is a source of mental health angst. Dr. Theresa Nicassio, "The Inclusive Chef," believes we need to embrace more pleasure and forget about the judgement that surrounds it. Pleasure can encompass sexual, sensual, food, and beauty pleasure. How can you overcome a restrictive, guilt-infused life? Choose to be a kid. Allow yourself to enjoy pleasure. Dr. Nicassio suggests using her "twice as long technique." If you're looking at a sunset, hugging a loved one, or eating a decadent dish, you may typically give yourself a set period of time to enjoy those activities and then it's on to business as usual. Let yourself reside in the moment and relish it a little longer. Listen in as Dr. Nicassio joins Andrea and Lisa to explain why pleasure is needed for a healthy, happy life, as well as tips for increasing the amount of pleasure in your life.