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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 Natural and Safe Sugar Alternatives | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Are there safe sugar substitutes?Limiting sugar in your diet is more important than ever. Research has shown how damaging sugar is to the body -- not just in terms of weight gain, but also because of its inflammatory properties, diabetic influence, and the changes it can even make in the brain.  But, everyone likes to have a little something "sweet" now and again. Synthetic artificial sweeteners produce their own dangerous side effects. Are there safe sugar substitutes? David Rosenberg, Food Category Manager at NOW Foods, explains that monk fruit is one of the best sugar substitutes on the market. Using it in baked goods and things like smoothies, plain yogurt, and coffee or tea is a great way to get a little sweetness with none of the calories. Plus, it's completely natural -- no artificial ingredients. David joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss the dangers of sugar, which sugar substitutes are safe (and unsafe), and how you can use monk fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 Benefits of Seasonal Cleansing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Prepare your body and mind for the new season ahead.Seasonal cleansing is a time-honored tradition in Ayurveda, and cleansing in the spring and summer is one of the gateways to true wellness. It's also a time to prepare your body and mind for the new season by shedding those protective winter pounds, reestablishing your natural state of balance and increasing your energy and vitality for the longer days ahead. Amy Keller, CCN, Director of Education and Training for ORGANIC INDIA, joins Andrea to discuss easy ways to integrate foods, herbs and lifestyle choices to support the transition of the seasons. She also shares how certain foods and herbs can prompt and support the transition from the slow, dense winter qualities to the new, lighter-flowing energetic qualities of spring.

 Notes from the Herb Whisperer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Herbs work biologically with your body to support healing and overall well-being.Herbs offer a natural, effective, long-term approach to wellness. Whether you want more energy, less anxiety, better sleep, improved immunity, digestive ease, or to support the different organs in your body (brain, lungs, heart, liver, etc.), an herbal approach is one way to achieve your health goals. Whereas synthetic vitamins are often not properly absorbed by the body, herbs work biologically with your body to support healing and overall well-being.  Some ways you can incorporate herbs into your daily regimen are through liquid extracts, tea, or using herbs and spices in meal preparation.  Listen as Alexis Durham, Herbalist & Botanical Affairs Supervisor for Herb Pharm, joins Andrea to discuss the healing benefits of herbs, which herbs are the best for different conditions, and what makes Herb Pharm special.

 Tea Talk with Family-Owned Tea Company, Bigelow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Family members of Bigelow are serious about protecting the environment, giving back to the community and taking care of their employees and their families.Family-owned Bigelow Tea is not just a company that produces delicious tea. The company also focuses on important global issues like sustainability and local missions, including community involvement and supporting American Troops.  Family members of Bigelow are serious about protecting the environment, giving back to the community and taking care of their employees and their families. Cindi Bigelow, third generation President & CEO, joins host Andrea Donsky to reveal the history behind the company, how the company's tea is grown and harvested, and the processes Bigelow puts in place to ensure the highest quality tea on the market (at an affordable price).

 Farm Girl in the City: Of Food and Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Bonnie McDaniel's book, Farm Girl In The City: Of Food and Love, showcases a collection of recipes that make serving up down-home meals simple.Whether you grow your own food in a garden or shop your local farmer's market, Bonnie McDaniel's book, Farm Girl In The City: Of Food and Love, showcases a collection of recipes that make serving up down-home meals simple. More than that, the book captures McDaniel's traditions such as "Sunday Supper." McDaniel joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the book, as well as share stories from her journey through life and the people who impacted her success the most.

 The Jagged Road to Organic Living | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Eating healthy doesn't have to be as rough of a road as you might imagine.Many people have a fear of embarking on leading a more organic lifestyle. As guest Kyyeetha (Ky) Archinard put it, the response is typically something like, "So now I guess we're just going to eat grass." But, it doesn't have to be as rough of a road as you might imagine.  Sometimes, it just takes one thing to get you on the path to healthier eating.  Ky has dedicated her time to educating and coaching people on approaching this transition. Taking clients on a field trip through their pantries has helped to transform so many lives. "Healing begins with nature" became the slogan for one of her companies because that is what she believes. Listen as Ky joins Lisa Davis to share her journey to healthier living, the motivations that encouraged her to "gut and rebuild" her pantry, and how she and her family are benefiting from that decision.

 Healing Properties of Medicinal Mushrooms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Modern scientists are discovering some fascinating healing properties of mushrooms.The ancient Egyptians believed eating mushrooms brought long life. And, mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world, particularly in Asian countries. Now, modern scientists are discovering some fascinating healing properties of mushrooms. From enhancing your immune system to managing blood sugar levels, mushrooms show promise in addressing a number of health conditions. Some have even been shown to support brain health. Jery Cochern, Founder of Pure Essence Labs, joins host Lisa Davis to discuss all the benefits of medicinal mushrooms.

 One Minute to Zen with Hot Mess to Mindful Mom Ali Katz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In her book, One Minute to Zen, Ali Katz provides numerous tools to help deal with stress in just one minute.Life often feels overwhelming and exhausting, no matter if you're a parent or not. There's always too much to do, and too little time to do it. Along with the fatigue comes stress -- and no shortage of it. While a little bit of stress is fine (and expected) in everyday life, too much can have negative consequences. In her book, One Minute to Zen, Ali Katz provides numerous tools to help deal with stress in one minute. Ali has compiled a list of tools that make it possible to recalibrate, achieve balance, and recover from stress quickly and with ease, in order to live a more mindful and joyful life. Listen as Ali joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the book and share personal stories and anecdotes to illustrate how one minute to zen is truly possible.

 The Wellness Way Approach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The Wellness Way is a network of people across the U.S. It is comprised of practitioners but also staff, partners and patients.As a young teen, Dr. Patrick Flynn was labeled "troubled and hyper" by his teachers. Doctors believed it to be behavioral, but eventually it was revealed that his hyperactivity (now considered ADHD) had deeper physiological causes.  Dr. Flynn worked diligently to heal his own body, and when he met his now wife and learned she believed she could not bear children, he expanded his medical knowledge into the area of hormones and fertility in order to help her as well. It worked, and now Dr. Flynn and his wife have four beautiful daughters.  The key point Dr. Flynn is trying to spread, is that diagnosis is not cut and dry. There are different ways to think about a medical problem.  With this mentality, Dr. Flynn has grown The Wellness Way, which is a network of people across the U.S. It is comprised of practitioners but also staff, partners and patients. The goal is for people to come together, think differently, take control, and get results. Listen as Dr. Flynn joins host Lisa Davis to discuss The Wellness Way approach and how it has helped countless patients.

 Yoga for the Wounded Heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Tatiana Forero Puerta learned to use yoga to heal her scars, open her soul to forgiveness, and allow her to reconcile herself with a past that had threatened to snuff out her life.Orphaned in her early teens and shuttled between abusive foster homes, Tatiana Forero Puerta found herself in her early twenties in New York City, haunted by the memories of her tumultuous youth and suicidal. Following emergency hospitalization, she was advised by her doctor to take up yoga. Over days, weeks, months, and then years, she embraced yoga’s honesty and discipline -- delving more deeply into its wisdom, literature, and, vitally, its practice. In so doing, yoga healed her scars, opened her soul to forgiveness, and allowed her to reconcile herself with a past that had threatened to snuff out her life. Tatiana's book, Yoga for the Wounded Heart, is an unsparingly honest memoir of a childhood lost and of courage and resilience gained. It’s also an exploration of the fundamentals of yoga... as a technology that focuses our awareness, as a practical application of mindfulness and attention to what is really going on in our lives and bodies, and as a vehicle for the body to guide the mind and heart toward healing. Listen as Tatiana joins Lisa Davis to share her personal story, as well as how yoga is a viable tool to heal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

 Best and Worst Foods for the Keto Diet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The semi-unclear part of the keto diet for some is what foods should and should not be eaten.The keto diet puts your body in a state of ketosis, upon which your body burns fat instead of glucose to meet its energy needs. This way of eating is not only helpful for weight loss, but experts argue it's good for your brain health as well. The semi-unclear part of the diet for some is what foods should and should not be eaten.  In this episode, host Lisa Davis discusses the keto-friendly and keto-unfriendly foods, which can also be found in this article on NaturallySavvy.com.

 How to Rise and Live an Empowered and Fulfilling Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Dr. Nieves offers hands-on, research-proven ways to practice self-love and practical ways to immediately begin finding health, happiness and success.Many people find themselves "stuck" -- in life, work, relationships, and more. Along with that feeling often comes fear and loneliness.  In addition, we often perpetuate our own cycles by living in the negative personal stories we've told ourselves over, and over, and over again. Dr. Dinorah Nieves went through her own journey of feeling afraid, alone and stuck but found her way out of that pattern to feel well, loved, connected and free.  In her book, LOVE YOU 12 Ways to Be Who You Love + Love Who You Are, Dr. Nieves offers hands-on, research-proven ways to practice self-love and 12 practical ways to immediately begin finding health, happiness and success. Listen as Dr. Nieves joins Lisa Davis to share insights from the book and how you can find wellness for your mind, body and soul.

 How to Stop Struggling with Money and Live Your Purpose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Jennifer Noel Taylor, CEO of Quantum-Touch, Inc., found herself in a tough spot when she'd racked up $135,000 in debt. Learn how she turned it around -- and how you can too.Why are so many people struggling with money these days? Some people are happy with what they do but still worry about finances. Others are torn between following their heart and making a living. Jennifer Noel Taylor, CEO of Quantum-Touch, Inc., found herself in a tough spot when she'd racked up $135,000 in debt.  As long as she felt like she was a victim and not empowered, Jennifer realized she would stay in that cycle of debt forever. Once she changed her consciousness around money, she was able to turn things around.  Her upcoming book, Spiritual and Broke: How to Stop Struggling With Money and Live Your Purpose, includes all the things Jennifer did along the way. The book is a practical guide for entrepreneurs, writers, artists, healers, and anyone who wants to follow their heart, without feeling like a martyr for the cause. Jennifer joins Andrea and Lisa to share how you can create genuine prosperity, while honoring your true calling in life.

 Connecting With Those We’ve Lost | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When you lose someone dear, that hurt and pain can stay with you for a lifetime in varying degrees.The idea that "time heals all wounds" is not realistic.  When you lose someone dear, that hurt and pain can stay with you for a lifetime in varying degrees. Many questions remain, and the "permanence of never" starts to set it.  However, the emerging research into both science and spirituality is offering hope for those left behind. In her book, Where Did You Go? A Life-Changing Journey to Connect with Those We’ve Lost, Christina Rasmussen provides a groundbreaking exploration of the afterlife that reveals we all have the power to connect with our loved ones on the other side. As a professional grounded in science, Christina was initially a skeptic who shied away from the conventional mystical, supernatural, and religious descriptions of the afterlife. So, she turned to what seemed “provable” to unravel the mystery of life beyond life: physics. What she found was beyond anything she could have expected. Not only is there life after death, but we all have the ability to connect with loved ones who have passed on. Listen as Christina joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss how her and others' work can change the way we grieve, the way we live, and how we define our potential... in this life and the hereafter.

 Go More Green and Save the World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

For too long, commerce has ignored the health of our planet and our bodies.From global warming to drought, genetically modified foods to harmful chemicals in our beauty products, for too long commerce has ignored the health of our planet and our bodies. But, according to Marci Zaroff, now a new age is dawning. In her book, ECOrenaissance: A Lifestyle Guide for Cocreating a Stylish, Sexy, and Sustainable World, Zaroff reveals eye-opening and groundbreaking resources to transform your life through supporting companies making significant, practical ecological change. ECOrenaissance provides inspiring tips and tricks for how to live and shop in harmony with nature without sacrificing style or luxury, and how best to benefit from the current renaissance—a global rebirth of sustainable economics, progressive ethics, and green culture—through the wisdom of eco-entrepreneurs, green fashion designers, organic food purveyors, and innovative leaders of this new movement. Listen as Zaroff joins Lisa Davis to share points from her book and discuss the changes we all need to make to ensure future health and happiness.

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