87: Kara Saunders: CrossFit Inspiration, The CrossFit Games and “Rubbish” Food

October 1, 2018
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Kara (Webb) Saunders is a 7-time CrossFit Games Competitor, finishing 4th in 2018 and 2nd in 2017. Meredith logged in with her 9-year old daughter, Stella Rae (founder of @Wods4Kids :) , to speak with Kara--an incredible inspirational CrossFit athlete. In 2017, Kara opened her own gym, CrossFit Kova, in Albion, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia.  Up on the episode is nutrition, favorite CrossFit workouts, tips about training and some fun stuff too. 

Here is the letter mentioned in the episode:

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Dear 20 year old Kara,

Just a heads up that you're about to start this thing called CrossFit and it's going to rock your world. You're going to fall in love with it but face more challenges you could ever imagine. The cool thing is though, you're going to overcome them. Through the struggle and heartache you will rise a better woman than you would have been otherwise. At some point in time you'll think it's about winning and you will cry when you don't, but then it will become so clear that the process was what holds the most value to you. Work hard despite the outcome, build a good life with people to share this with and you will forever be content. There will be some amazing people by your side including the love of your life, so don't ever for a moment forget to see how lucky you are. Soak it all up. 

P.s. your mum raised you to be that special kind of resilient so when times get hard just remember its temporary and that stubborn head will come through with a win in some capacity every single time. 

Love from your 28 year old 4th Fittest Woman in the world self. 😘

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"CrossFit matches my personality. CrossFit offers me the constant challenges that fuel my desire for more. On a simple level, I really like exercising because it makes me feel good, is actually good for me, and this style keeps me from getting bored. The variation will keep me entertained for a lifetime."

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85: Dr. Christiane Northrup: Dodging Energy Vampires (and Goddesses Never Age)

August 30, 2018
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"Our belief system becomes biology."

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.

"Getting older is the time to increase value and competency."

A board-certified OB/GYN physician, Dr. Northrup graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. She was also an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center for 20 years.

Dr. Northrup knows that the key to vibrant health on all levels is within us—our inner wisdom. She says, “When we find the connection between our thoughts, beliefs, physical health, and life circumstances, we find that we are in the driver’s seat of our lives and can make profound changes. Nothing is more exhilarating or empowering.”

Dr. Northrup’s work has been featured on Super Soul Sunday on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today ShowNBC Nightly NewsThe ViewRachael RayGood Morning America20/20, and The Dr. Oz Show.  Women clearly trust Dr. Northrup’s approach. In 2013, Reader’s Digest named her one of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” And, in 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders who are using their voices and talent to awaken humanity.

Dr. Northrup has spent her life as an advocate for women’s health and wellness, first as a practicing OB/GYN physician for 25 years and now as an internationally respected writer and speaker. Her books have been translated into 24 languages.

A multiple New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Northup’s most recent book, Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide To Evading Relationships That Drain You And Restoring Your Health And Power (Hay House, April 2018) was an immediate success. In it Dr. Northrup sheds light on the real reason so many people suffer from seemingly inexplicable health conditions. Based on her professional and person experiences, Dr. Northrup provides strategies for removing narcissists and other cluster b-types from your life, and how you can recover your health after a relationship with an energy vampire.

Dr. Northrup put her own personal truth on paper in 1994, with the first edition of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam, 1994). This groundbreaking classic quickly became a New York Times bestseller, and has been the veritable bible of women’s health for nearly two decades. With its raw facts and intriguing case histories, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom explains exactly how to “create physical and emotional health and healing.”

Her second book, The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2001, 2006, 2012), has been embraced by women everywhere, including Oprah Winfrey, who sought Dr. Northrup’s wisdom when she turned 50 and faced “The Big M.” In this New York Times bestseller, Dr. Northrup once again challenged convention with inspiring insights—the “change” is not a collection of symptoms to be fixed, but a mind/body revolution, which brings tremendous opportunity for happiness.

Mother-Daughter Wisdom, Dr. Northrup’s third book (Bantam, 2005), was voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind/body health, and was also nominated for a Quill Award.

In The Secret Pleasures of Menopause (Hay House, 2008) and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Playbook (Hay House, 2009), Dr. Northrup outlines the crucial link between health and pleasure.

Beautiful Girl, (Hay House, 2013) Dr. Northrup’s children’s book, brings her positive message to the youngest of girls.

In Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Wellbeing (Hay House, February 2015), which quickly became a New York Times bestseller, Dr. Northrup inspires women (and men) with an entirely different mindset about what it means to grow older.

In her book, Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to A Divinely Inspired Life (Hay House, 2016) Dr. Northrup shares the essential truth that has guided her since medical school, and advises her readers how to make their lives truly easy.

Dr. Northrup has also hosted eight highly successful public-television specials, beginning in 1998. Her latest was based on her book, Goddesses Never Age, and first aired nationwide in February 2015.

Dr. Northrup also founded Amata Life, a company that manufactures and distributes a product line featuring the Pueraria mirifica plant, a traditional medicine used by Thai women for 700 years. These health and beauty products help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, so women can truly thrive in the wisdom of this uniquely female life stage.

As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance. When she’s not traveling and teaching, Dr. Northrup loves devoting her leisure time to dancing Argentine Tango, playing the harp, going to the movies, staying fit, getting together with her daughters and friends, boating, and reading.

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Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her large and growing tribe worldwide through her Internet radio show Flourish!FacebookTwitter, her biweekly e-Newsletter, and her website www.drnorthrup.com.

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81: Lisa Smith: Girl Walks Out of a Bar

July 27, 2018
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Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in NYC when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload. 

Clean and sober for more than 10 years, Lisa is passionate about breaking the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction, particularly for professional women. Her book, Girl Walks Out of a Bar, is her story.

The book explores Smith’s formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspire with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city’s clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar has received four independent press awards. 

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68: Melissa Hartwig: Whole30 and “The Same 24 Hours”

April 9, 2018
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Melissa Hartwig and I were fighting.  Okay, so no we weren't... but we had an exchange on Instagram that could have gone several ways.  And the way that two intelligent, hard-working and badass women do things? Well, they discuss with respect, kindness and in a way of growth. [Hence, this podcast!  (We did it!)]

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program, a four-time New York Times bestselling author (It Starts With Food,  The Whole30, Food Freedom Forever, and The Whole30 Cookbook). She has been featured by Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalDetailsShapeOutside, and SELF, and ranked #27 on Greatists Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness in 2017. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and is a prominent keynote speaker on social media and branding, health trends, and entrepreneurship.

Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, yoga, hiking, solo traveling, and riding her motorcycle. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

About Whole 30

Whole30 has been changing lives since 2009, when Melissa Hartwig blogged about a 30-day life-changing dietary experiment she recently completed. Since then, millions of people have transformed their health, habits, and relationship with food through the Whole30 program; eliminating cravings, improving energy and sleep, relieving medical symptoms, and losing weight healthfully and sustainably. The Whole30 website currently serves 2 million unique visitors a month with readers checking in from more than 100 different countries, and has a combined social media base of more than 2 million fans and followers. Let Melissa and the Whole30 team help you create the perfect diet for you: a nutrition plan that is balanced, sustainable and keeps you looking, feeling, and living your best.

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