It's time to talk about mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. I was honored to have Dr. Dawn Kingston on The Core Connections Podcast to bring awareness to the stress, anxiety and depression that can occur during all stages of motherhood. As moms, partners and friends, we are surrounded by women who feel that there are certain expectations that accompany motherhood. Dr. Kingston wants to bring authenticity back and remind women that nobody's perfect and nobody said you had to be. Join Dr. Kingston and I as we talk through how to effectively create strong emotional health in pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.
Dr. Dawn Kingston and her team are passionate about helping women and their families have the best start to life by improving maternal mental health. She is Canada’s only endowed research chair in perinatal mental health, and also holds the prestigious national New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
As a mom, is it hard for you to find time for you without experiencing mom guilt? Do you settle for eating what you made your kids for lunch? Are you still struggling to lose those last 5 pounds of pregnancy weight? I hear you, mama! That’s why I invited Sara Haley on this episode to help keep it real with you on all things motherhood related. Sara and I are both drawn into this prenatal + postnatal exercise specialist world and work to make a healthy lifestyle sustainable for all moms out there! Though fitness continues to be a big part of Sara’s life, motherhood inspired her to expand beyond fitness and share more of her life journey and struggles. So, take some time for you mama and join in on Sara and I’s chit chat about the juggle that we call motherhood.
Stephanie Gray joins us on the podcast to shed light on the fact that a diagnosis could easily just be a symptom. She explains how you can avoid invasive protocols including medications and surgery by attacking your ailments with functional medicine. Stephanie uses the struggles from her own life to help heal others in the form of gut health, hormone imbalance, infertility, nutrition deficiency and more. Are you ready to regain your health? Then, I can’t wait for you to tune in!
Stephanie is a functional medicine provider who helps men and women build sustainable and optimal health so that they can focus on what matters most to them. Her expertise lies within integrative anti-aging and functional medicine. She's arguably one of the most credentialed female healthcare providers in the Midwest. She’s the author of Amazon’s best-selling book Your Longevity Blueprint, has co-founded Your Longevity Blueprint nutraceuticals with her husband, Eric,...
A healthy lifestyle. It’s a very vague term for such a broad meaning, isn’t it? I am a firm believer that you can always be working to improve your overall health. It’s not about perfection, it’s about improvement as you continue to make small changes that will improve your quality of life. Be open-minded do something that can take you to that next step because you have the potential to create whatever type of healthy life you want for yourself.
LIVING A SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
WHAT IS IT
We are all unique (if you could have a nickel for every time you heard that one ). We all have different genetics, we all have different environments, and we all have different beliefs. That being said, what a healthy lifestyle looks like for one might look different for somebody else. I want you to keep that in mind with everything you learn from me whether it’s movement, awareness or nutrition. Take what resonates best with you and what you can...
Consistency and habits go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other! But how do you get consistent + start creating those habits? That’s what I dive into with this episode because you can reach those goals, accomplish those dreams and soar past your expectations! I’ve seen it all done before and all you have to do is start. So, here is your push, are you ready to make lifetime habits?
TAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF EACH DAY
Now, I am going to relate consistency to movement because I get a lot of women that come to me saying they started my membership and then totally fell off the wagon or don’t have time to move every day. But I want you to know that consistency doesn’t just come with movement, it can come from your morning routine, personal development and mindfulness just to name a few.
With anything you set your mind to, you need to allow time for that goal each and every day. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a...
Everything in the body is connected. It's a simple, yet complex concept to wrap your head around, but once you do, you will be able to have a better understanding of how your body functions. In this episode, you will see how your gut gets intertwined with the interconnection of your body.
THE UNDERLYING ISSUE OF DISEASE
Don’t be so quick to look for pharmaceuticals to help ‘fix’ an ailment going on in your body. Yes, some prescriptions out there can be game changers for people, but the majority of them are not! For me, I love getting to the source of what is going on in the body.
A pill might be able to fix your issue short term, but it doesn’t actually fix it for lifelong results. I want you to feel your best every day, so if your body needs some supplementation support, I am all for that as long as you are working on fixing and healing the underlying issue: your gut.
Here are a few conditions that I have found through my research that relate...
Your mindset can determine how you approach your day, tasks, challenges and anything else life throws at you! How you approach these situations directly affects your mood + how you feel. When you approach areas of your life with a positive mindset and attitude, you are much more likely to achieve your goal and have a lot more fun doing it! Here are eight ways to help you get started on your positive mindset journey.
This is the first and most important step to changing your mindset. Acknowledging your thoughts, positive and negative, and not judging them will help you begin to understand your feelings and give you an opportunity to become more self-aware.
2. BE PRESENT
Whether you are working, talking with your partner, reading to your children or hanging out with a friend, be present and engaged. Making an effort to be present with everything you do throughout your day can help set important boundaries and decrease your stress level.
I am so excited for you to tune into this episode because I have my dear friend Jessica McCleskey Hood Mahle with me! Jessica is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Body Mind Coach, Yoga Instructor, a Moon Mother and founder of Love Your Body Like A Goddess.
Jessica helps women find their freedom by guiding them into sacred sparking bodies of love and lives of magic via the way of their goddess and womb wisdom.
Her technique begins by connecting the foods we eat with why we eat them. She begins by breaking “food” up into two categories: primary foods vs. secondary foods.
PRIMARY FOODS are the foods you don’t eat. Those can consist of relationships, careers, exercise, your home environment and so on.
SECONDARY FOODS are the actual food you eat but can also include medication, wine, cigarettes, etc.
By focusing on the primary foods, this allows individuals to stop obsessing over what they are actually eating and can begin...
Many of you who have listened to a few of my Core Connections Podcast episodes or are a member of my Prenatal + Postnatal Membership, know how much I LOVE talking about fascia. In this episode, I’m kicking it up a notch and talking about your interstitium. What is interstitium? According to Tom Meyers of Anatomy Trains, interstitium is,
“The interstitium is a body-wide communicating system for the push and pull of mechanical information. A system of collagen and elastin fibers suspended in a mucousy gel that binds with interstitial fluid. This system is closely aligned with our lymphatic system and the white blood cells of our immune system.”
The great news is by improving the energy flow through your body you can improve the flow of you interstitium while improving your overall body function. Why you might ask? Because everything in your body is connected!
You better fasten that seatbelt because I am going to be throwing a lot of valuable information at you...
If there's one thing the New Year brings, its resolutions!! Because exercise is included in almost everyone’s goal for the new year, I wanted to shed some light on 12 of the training myths that I hear from my clients that will hopefully help you achieve your fitness goals in 2019.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
12 FITNESS FIBS
1. CRUNCHES ARE THE BEST WAY TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE
Crunches are only designed to work the surface muscles and can put undue stress on your neck, abdominal wall, hip flexors and back. I recommend replacing crunches with pelvic tilts, hip rolls and clam shells. Each of these exercises are designed to safely and effectively strengthen your deep core, heal your abdominal separation and help you achieve that...