Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Breaking Down Diet and Weight Loss Myths

You’ve heard me say it a thousand times – there are no one-size-fits-all plans for weight loss. If anyone tries to convince you of that, question it. If I ever start heading down that road, feel free to call me out.

Before you start a new plan or detox or resolution for the new year, take a listen to my latest podcast episode. The way we as humans have the ability to store weight or lose weight is a fascinating topic, and not as simple as “move more, eat less.” There are many factors that contribute to weight loss or weight gain.

If you find yourself struggling to lose weight, or never able to sustain a smaller size due to dieting, you’re not alone. Studies show that 95% of people who lose weight will gain it back in 2-5 years and over 50% will gain more. Chances are, you are one of them. It’s a frustrating reality. Cutting calories alone will not work, and it may actually damage your metabolism in the long run.

Smaller size doesn’t always equal greater health. Just because a person is losing weight or in a smaller body, doesn’t mean they are “healthier.” Just because a person has a perfect BMI, doesn’t mean they are free of health issues.

Then you factor in the fact that our fat cells store toxins, stress drives of inflammation, gut dysbiosis affects cravings, and it’s clear that the topic of weight loss is not a simple one.

It’s time to take a new approach to health and weight loss. I want to help YOU find what’s right for YOU this new year.

Listen to this podcast episode here or download and listen wherever you get podcasts.

Key topics include: the calorie counting myth, my take on the “obesity epidemic” (there’s not one), types of fat, the role of gut health, weight gain as a symptom, and how to learn to trust your body.

Maybe you used to be able to diet and lose weight, and now you can’t. Maybe you’re setting resolutions and trying to figure out what’s right for you. Maybe you’re sick of people trying to put you on their program and telling you what’s best for YOUR unique body.

Before you start anything new, listen to this episode.

And if you are looking for guided assistance in nutrition with a flexible plan that can be tailored to your needs, check out my Feast 2 Fast program, which starts January 4.

Master Your Health and Know What Healthy Feels Like

I’m just over one year into the wonderful world of podcasting. With more than five million downloads in that short timeframe, there are numerous episodes interviewing renowned health experts. I’ve been honored to sit down and pick the brains of the best of the best. But what I also love is interviewing the non-famous experts, the people who have been passionate about holistic health for decades and let it infiltrate every area of their lives.

My friend Emily Hill is one of those people. She has been a connoisseur of all things health and wellness for the better part of two decades and currently works as a holistic nutritionist in Dallas, Texas. She has spoken to many audiences on the topics of nutrition, supplementation, and holistic living and has so much wisdom to share when navigating these tricky health issues.

In this episode we cover all things related to individualizing nutrition for optimal health and avoiding “diet dogma.” We even get into the great meat debate! Emily is a wealth of health info, and her belief that there is no one sized fits all gives a refreshing perspective in the midst of endless nutrition debates that often make incorporating healthy habits completely overwhelming.

Key Topics:

  • img_4723Emily’s holistic health journey and various certifcations
  • Favorite health hacks and supplements
  • Why nutrition dogma is such a problem
  • How to individualize nutrition while staying away from diets
  • Emily’s philosophy: “if it comes from the ground, it’s way more sound.”
  • Should we be concerned about lectins and grains?
  • How to give our livers a break
  • Meat or no meat – what’s the concern with eating meat?
  • Movement and weight lifting for women
  • How “women need a constant reminder of how strong they are.”

Download the episode here or wherever you get your podcasts. If you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth area, check out Aum Integral Wellness here.

How EMDR Teaches Your Brain to Process Trauma and Find Healing

Everyone has experienced trauma in some form in their lifetimes. The fact that trauma is stored in the body is well-documented, and the various tools and therapies being developed for healing continue to amaze me. This is why I was so excited to take an entire podcast episode and devote it to one revolutionary healing method!

Zach Herrin is a Licensed Professional Counselor trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In this powerful episode, we discuss how trauma impacts our lives, the affect of grief, and how EMDR can be a powerful tool for healing. Download here or find it wherever you get podcasts!

Key Topics:

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  • Why is a trauma focus important in counseling?
  • How do you know if you have trauma?
  • The connection between grief and trauma
  • The history and science behind EMDR
  • Who can benefit from EMDR
  • The methodology behind EMDR
  • Kids and EMDR
  • The importance of emotional vulnerability

Learn more about Zach’s practice at solacecounselingcenter.com.

Hot Topics in Women’s Health

Navigating female health issues is a topic I haven’t targeted for the Sparking Wholeness podcast. So I was THRILLED to interview the amazing gynecologist, Dr. Kamilia Smith. She has a refreshing take on empowering women to be their own health advocates.

Dr. Smith is an OB/GYN and Founder of Charleston House Gynecology Dallas, Texas, which offers a new approach to women’s healthcare and wellness inspired by the needs of the modern woman.

In this episode, we uncover all the hot topics in women’s health today. Download wherever you get podcasts, or click to download here.

Key Topics:

  • The importance of doing work from the top down
  • The “common” concerns that may not be normal or optimal
  • How women should thrive, not survive
  • Signs of healthy ovulation and menstrual cycles
  • What to do with estrogen dominance and mystery weight gain
  • Insulin resistance and the effect on hormones
  • The rise in PCOS and what we know about it
  • Changes in sexual desire and what to do about it
  • Navigating PMS and perimenopause
  • The brain/hormone/stress connection

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To learn more about Dr. Smith, head to charlestonhousegyn.com and follow on Instagram: @charlestonhousegyn

Stop Sabotaging Yourself: Beating Chronic Pain and the Toughest Obstacles

Jennifer Loehding is a health and business coach, blogger, podcast host, speaker, and author. Her memoir, Beat the Toughest Obstacles, highlights the period in her life when she was able to recover from the pain and frustration that comes with a diagnosis of Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia. After years of getting no answers from medical professionals, Jennifer decided to find the best path to healing for herself.

Her story is inspiring and encouraging and a reminder not to be limited by a label! Download here or listen wherever you get podcasts.

Key Topics:

  • dcm_2855-edit copyJennifer’s health journey and her diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia
  • What is the butterfly effect and how it impacts our
  • How to stop sabotaging self belief
  • How to let go of the unnecessary
  • Setting priorities
  • How a therapeutic ketogenic diet changed her life
  • How she maintains health pain-free
  • How making one small change makes a difference

Learn more about Jennifer at JenniferLoehding.com.

Don’t forget to try out Swanson vitamins here and use the code whole20 for 20% off your first purchase!

Biohacking Hunger Hormones and Blood Sugar to Survive the Holidays

Steve Welch is a nutrition research expert and past guest on the show. He is the co-author of the book, The Ketogenic Key. In our first episode, he shared why fat is good and doesn’t impact cholesterol the way we have been told. In this episode, we discuss why people get stuck in the cravings cycle over the holidays and how to combat that with a few easy tricks!

Key Topics:

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  • How to avoid the temptation of sugary treats
  • How fat keeps you full and optimizes hunger hormones
  • What leptin and ghrelin are and how they regulate your eating and influence your urge to overeat
  • The importance of nutrient density vs fueling on processed carbs
  • The science behind a post-meal walk
  • Brain-boosting benefits of exercise
  • Benefits of fasted exercise
  • Best post-workout fuel
  • The impact of ketones on our immune system

Learn more about Steve at his website here.

Don’t forget to use the code whole20 for 20% off your vitamin and supplement needs at http://www.Swanson.com

Getting to the Root of Anxiety with Trudy Scott

Trudy Scott is a Food-Mood Expert and Certified Nutritionist who educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. She is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and host of The Anxiety Summit, an online educational platform for both consumers and health professionals.

The Anxiety Summit 6: Toxins, Meds and Infections is airing November 2-8, 2020 and you can register for free here.

In this episode, we dive into the root causes of anxiety. It will challenge you to rethink the common everyday items in your life and how they are contributing to your mental function. As Trudy says, “A lot of people think of anxiety as only being a psychological thing… but there are underlying factors that trigger anxiety.”

Key topics include:

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    • Fluoride’s impact on mental health and GABA levels
    • The health foods that hurt us

    • Common medications and infections that trigger anxiety

    • Which amino acids benefit mental health symptoms and how to use them

    • How hormones impact neurotransmitters – The negative impacts of Accutane and Miralax

    • What pthalates are and how they affect anxiety

    • How “fragrance is the new smoking”

    • Other supportive tools for healing anxiety 

    Learn more about Trudy Scott at her website: http://www.everywomanover29.com

    Her Facebook page is called Trudy Scott Antianxiety Food Solution.

    This episode is sponsored by Swanson Health. Use the code Whole20 to receive 20% off supplements sitewide at swanson.com.

    How Environmental Toxins Mess With Our Health

    Mystery symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, and frequent headaches? Unable to lose weight no matter what you try? Skin issues? Bathroom problems? You might be struggling from toxic overload!

    Diana Edwards is the founder and CEO of Optimally You and co-owner of Revolution Health and Wellness and Against the Grain Podcast with her husband, Dr. Chad Edwards. She is an expert on environmental toxins and their impact on our health.

    In this episode, we learn about all the sneaky toxins we encounter day to day that impact our mental functioning, hormones, and so much more!

    Key Topics:

    • headshotDiana’s health journey, how every traditional treatment failed her until she learned how to treat the root
    • Common household/environmental toxins and their effect
    • How these toxins overload our body
    • The danger of commonly used cleaning supplies
    • Simple ways we can reduce our toxic load in cost effective ways
    • How to support detoxification pathways, especially if you have the MTHFR gene mutation
    • Why some people have a harder time detoxing than others
    • How you know if you are struggling with toxicity

    To learn more about Diana, head to her website here.

    This episode is sponsored by Forager Project, a company with 100% organic plant-based products like kefir, milk, yogurt, and sour cream. To learn more about Forager, head to: http://www.foragerproject.com/vote

    It’s Not Just Your Thyroid

    “If you have an unhealthy gut, you could be missing out on about 25% of your thyroid hormone.”

    Reed Davis, Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Nutritional Therapist. He is the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. Having experience with over 10,000 clients, he is known as one of the most experienced clinicians in the world.

    In this episode (available here or on all major podcasting platforms), he explains why thyroid issues are symptoms of underlying issues that must be looked at as a whole.

    I’ll be honest. Because thyroid issues are not my personal health concern or my coaching focus, I don’t know as much about it as I would like to. In this episode, Reed simplifies very complicated concepts in order to break down the root causes of thyroid problems and show that it is intricately connected with every other process in the body. I learned so much from this mind-blowing conversation, and I know you will too!

    Key topics include:

    • reed davis headshotTests that determine thyroid issues
    • Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction
    • Causes of underactive thyroid
    • The role of TSH and the T4-T3 conversion
    • The role of toxicity, immune system, fight or flight
    • The gut health factor on thyroid
    • Why the most commonly prescribed medication may not be the best fit
    • How to be kind to your liver and what its function is in overall body health
    • How stress causes chaos in the body
    • Lifestyle medicine tools to support healing
    • How Functional Diagnostic Nutrition can work for you

    To learn more about FDN and to enroll, click here.

    This episode is sponsored by Forager Project, a family-owned company that creates organic, plant-based products. Forager wants to encourage everyone to exercise democracy and vote. Check it out here.

    How to End Comparison and Release the Burden to Be Better

    So often in the world of wellness, we find ourselves getting caught up in chasing optimal health yet finding out that there’s always a better goal, diet, plan, solution, etc.

    Heather Creekmore is a body image expert, speaker, and the author of Compared to Who along with the newly published The Burden of Better.

    In this episode we discuss her newest book, the inspiration behind it, and WHY we need to stop comparing and set aside the heavy burden of better. Download the episode here or listen wherever you get podcasts!

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    But that’s not all! Heather and I are excited to share that we are partnering together one last time in 2020 to bring you our 14 day ecourse, Re-Focus 2020! In this course, we tackle the topics of body image, wellness, spiritual health, nutrition, and so much more!

    To learn more about Re-Focus 2020, and to sign up, click here.