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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 Pushing for the Change You Deserve | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Is a change on your horizon? Work through the change to find the happiness you deserve.Necessary changes may seem tough, but you can push yourself through it. Relationships, jobs and residences can urge to change. Motivational speaker Cornell Thomas assures that it’s okay to be human. You may experience the five stages of grief when a change is coming. Change is uncomfortable. The only way through is to push through the discomfort. It is imperative to make time for the change you want to make. Carve out time to change your ways. Get up early to squeeze in some fitness. Spend a little time each day working on your exit strategy. You deserve to be happy. Stop planting negative seeds in your head about failure. Listen as Cornell joins Lisa Davis to spur you to start working on the changes you need in your life.

 Encore Episode: Thriving Through Uncertainty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

While we all look for what will make us happy in life, we don't always make the choices we should when it comes to sustaining that happiness.There are a myriad of things you have to deal with when going through a career change. What is most difficult is deciding to make the change, especially when you are good at what you do, and wonder whether you should just stick it out in an unhappy (albeit well-paid) environment instead of taking a risk and starting over doing something you love. And, while we all look for what will make us happy in life, we don't always make the choices we should when it comes to sustaining that happiness. In her book, This Time I Dance!, Tama Kieves shares the inspiring wisdom that led her from being a successful Harvard lawyer to an even more successful writer and life coach.  Tama joins Naturally Savvy host Lisa Davis to discuss how to stay happy and employed doing something you love, and what it takes to stop being a stressed-out worker and make peace with your career... and, most important, with yourself.

 Encore Episode: Simple Tips to Help with the Stress of Our World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

With so much going on in the world today we need to learn how to navigate. Learn simple tips to help with the stress of living in this wacky world.A shaman is a conduit between the physical world and the spiritual world. Think of it as an tribal life coach. Connecting to the spiritual world is difficult in the world of technology. Here are some tips from Shaman Isabella Stoloff to navigate the modern world with children: Set an example by putting your devices away when spending time with others, including your children. Monitor what your kids post on social media. Be a good role model with your own posts. Teach your kids the responsibility of what they post on social media. Notice how many hours per day your children are playing video games and what games they’re playing. Work on social interactions and interpersonal relations. Have conversations with your kids. It’s also important to learn to listen to intuition. Stop relying on the Internet for every piece of advice and trust your gut. Tune in to your inner thoughts. Listen as Isabella joins Andrea to discuss how to navigate technology, deal with stress, and trust yourself.

 Encore Episode: How to Kick Ass at Any Age | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As Dr. Joyce Knudsen explains, "kicking ass" is not a violent action, but rather a proactive mindset.Age doesn't mean you have to stop being active or progressing in life's successes. Individuals well into their 70s, 80s and 90s are doing amazing, productive things. Similarly, kids aren't limited by their young age, either. Guest Dr. Joyce Knudsen describes the incredibly athletic feat a nine-year-old from Florida accomplished -- something many adult athletes would find challenging.  As Dr. Joyce explains, "kicking ass" is not a violent action, but rather a proactive mindset.  Listen as Dr. Joyce joins Andrea and Lisa to share her own history of ass-kicking, how to improve self esteem, and how to survive in a competitive social media world.

 Supporting Loved Ones with Addiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

How can you support a loved one who is battling addiction?You can’t make someone quit an addiction. How do you know what to do to help? Psychiatrist Dr. Denise McDermott gives two keywords to remember: surrender and serenity. You must realize you are powerless over a loved one’s addiction. However, you can surrender with loving, kind and supportive responses to that loved one. Don’t get sucked in. You can’t stop taking care of yourself to focus on the addict. Don’t judge. Encourage and help as you can without losing yourself. Dr. Denise advises to look at the risk-benefit ratio when deciding to stay or leave the addict. Are your children at risk? Is your beloved willing to change? Listen as Dr. Denise joins host Lisa Davis to share tips on how to support a loved who is facing addiction.

 The Endocannabinoid System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Learn more about the endocannabinoid system and how natural treatments help it rebalance your wellness.The endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1988. It plays a central role in the organization, orchestration, maintenance and balance of optimal health by providing homeostasis. Dr. Jeffrey Burke explains that the endocannabinoid system responds to cannabis-based products. This system mediates other systems, like the endocrine, digestive and nervous systems. There are two different endocannibanoid systems that are frequently discussed. The CB1 receptor sites are primarily in the central nervous system and respond to THC. The CB2 receptor sites are in the digestive system, peripheral nervous system and immune system. CBD works on the CB2 receptors. Even though the system is named after cannabis, balance can be achieved without cannabis. There are alternative products available for those who don’t live and work in a state where cannabis use is legal. Listen as Dr. Burke joins host Andrea Donsky to discuss how to nourish and satisfy the endocannibanoid receptors with our without cannabis.

 Encore Episode: The 411 on Probiotics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Probiotics can be confusing. Do they actually work?Probiotics can be confusing. Do they actually work? According to Kiran Krishnan, Chief Scientific Officer at Just Thrive Probiotic and Microbiome Labs, most consumer probiotics aren't doing what you think they should be doing, which leads to "doubters" of their effectiveness -- even if they've been established in the market for 15-20 years. Science has improved since those "established" products took to market.  Krishnan explains that for a probiotic to be truly effective, it must be able to survive the gastric system. Otherwise you're just moving "dead" bacteria through your system.  Bacillus Indicus HU36® is one of the ingredients in Just Thrive's probiotic and has been designed to survive digestive acids. It is currently one of the subjects of a number of clinical trials Krishnan is involved with, including trials on obesity, diabetes, gingivitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Krishnan also discusses leaky gut, which is a major driver of chronic illness. Essentially, toxins from your intestinal colonies leak through your gut lining into your bloodstream, resulting in chronic, long-term inflammation.  Listen as Krishnan joins host Lisa Davis to provide the 411 on probiotics.

 Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Small steps lead to greater environmental change.Sustainability and environmental concerns are impacted by the small choices you make in daily life. Eco-evangelist Ashlee Piper urges for people to take a step beyond recycling. While recycling helps reduce overall waste, examining one’s daily garbage creation will make a bigger difference. Look at how much packaging you throw away in a day. Transitioning to a plant-based diet is good for the health of the planet. If you aren’t ready to eliminate meat completely, reducing your weekly consumption helps. For your fur baby, sustainable pet supplies are great. T-shirt strips braided into ropes make great toys. Consider second-hand supplies. Get smart at the supermarket. Eat ugly produce. Bring your own bags. Shop bulk foods to avoid excessive packaging. Listen as Ashlee joins Lisa Davis to share tips on how to make the world a better, more sustainable place.

 Natural Beauty Products | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Beauty products and wellness should not be mutually exclusive.Choosing between body odor and chemicals can seem like a no-win situation. It’s culturally unacceptable to stink, even though it's a result of your body purging toxins and cooling itself via sweat. Cleo&Coco founder Suzannah Raff worked to reconcile a product for body odor that wasn’t filled with talc, aluminum and other toxins. Blending essential oils with coconut-derived activated charcoal and bentonite clay resulted in a formula that doesn’t compromise health. Listen as Suzannah joins Lisa Davis to discuss how she created her product and the importance of natural beauty products.

 How to Stay Sane When Interacting with Social Media | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Take control of your sanity with compassion on your social media feeds.The political posts online may prompt you to jump ship from social media. Everything seems so divisive. Psychiatrist Denise McDermott reminds that our thoughts, actions and intentions carry their own vibrational frequency. Internet communication demands we self-regulate and be mindful in our actions. Text messages and typed communications don’t always express the consideration and care that an actual conversation would hold. Try a video call or caring voicemail when in-person chatting is difficult. Dr. McDermott recommends taking breaks from social media. Remember your positive experiences with people, despite their political expressions. A loving history with a good person is often overshadowed by the polarity of the current political climate. Being mindful and thoughtful in your interactions will help you open minds and have true conversations. It’s okay to remove people from your social media if they are toxic and hateful. Listen as Dr. McDermott joins Lisa Davis to discuss how to stay sane when interacting on social media.

 Blessed with Energy: Mystery of Energy Medicine Explained | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Bioenergetic therapy is the understanding of how the electromagnetic flow works around and through the body, how it can be disrupted, and how balance can be restored.Trauma can be held in the body. Mind, body and spirit are intertwined. Bioenergetic therapy is the understanding of how the electromagnetic flow works around and through the body, how it can be disrupted, and how balance can be restored. Bioenergetic therapist Marcy Meyers explains that environmental frequencies can influence health. Negative thought patterns affect the body’s own frequencies. This type of therapy is non-invasive and not painful.  Listen as Marcy joins Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to share how bioenergetic therapy works.

 The Joys of Aging | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Aging can be a joyful experience.“Anti aging” products are marketing to make aging sound shameful. There is great pride in being healthy enough to survive decades. Dr. Joyce Knudsen advocates for addressing your physical, mental and emotional health. Taking responsibility for your past actions frees up mental energy. Reducing stress and expressing kindness will improve your health. She explains that life is filled with frustrations. However, you have to work with an understanding that there will always be difficulties. Enjoy life anyway. Love yourself. Laugh at things. Develop a sense of humor. Listen as Dr. Knudson joins Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to discuss the joys of aging.

 Narcissistic Abuse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Beware the relationship with a narcissist.You may call your friend who posts photos for validation on social media a narcissist. In actuality, narcissism is a mental disorder in which a person’s emotional maturity hasn’t developed beyond preschool age. It is also a genetic mutation that can be spotted in the brain images for individuals who have suffered childhood abuse. Intuitive healer and empath Morgan McKean gained firsthand experience with narcissistic behavior in childhood. Empaths are often born of narcissistic parents. Narcissism runs on a spectrum. Sociopathic narcissists are portrayed as bad guys in movies. Celebrities who are out of touch are mid-level narcissists. Mild narcissism can be spotted in Instagram models. Everyone with self-esteem has a healthy level of narcissism. Signs of narcissism Noticing they have lack of empathy or remorse Love bombing and trying to move the relationship along too quickly Mirroring your likes and dislikes instantly Treating people like new toys, devaluing you when they’re no longer interested Making you feel like you have to earn the accolades they gave early in the relationship Morgan recommends eliminating all contact to avoid returning to the relationship. Eliminate the addiction to that person by blocking and hiding that person through social media and all communication methods. Listen as Morgan joins Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to share how narcissistic abuse occurs and how to live through it.

 Brainpowered Weight Loss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Engage your brain for dieting success.So much conflicting information exists regarding diets. Opinions on the “best” diet vary from person to person. Psychotherapist Eliza Kingsford found that the emotional connection to food is often overlooked.  Choosing foods or eating behaviors that best serve one’s health require mindfulness and conscious decisions. Examining the patterns that lead one to choose certain foods can help change the behavior. Make sure that the feeling of hunger is attached to a desire for food. If one is truly hungry, a healthy alternative to snack foods will satisfy. Listen as Eliza joins Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis to discuss how to engage your brain for mindful eating and how to discuss diet concerns with children.

 A Chef’s Take on the Keto Diet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Gain insights on the keto diet from a chef.The ketogenic diet has been dominating nutrition headlines of late. It’s proven helpful for those with inflammatory disorders, as well as individuals hoping to slim down. Enjoying food is part of a chef’s daily life. A pre-diabetic diagnosis urged chef Gerard Viverito to rethink his personal eating habits. The body seeks its fuel from fats and sugars. By consuming less sugar, the body will start burning body fat. Avoiding unhealthy fats, sugar and processed food are part of the keto diet. Gerard encountered what is known as the “keto flu,” a sugar craving that leaves one feeling drained, exhausted and ill. This will pass, but it is not comfortable. Fiber supplementation may be necessary with the reduction of carbs. Listen as Gerard joins host Lisa Davis to discuss his experience with the keto diet in his own life as a chef.

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