Elana interviews Whole 30 Certified Coach, Autumn Michaelis, mother of five boys and master of feeding her family healthy foods on a budget. She shares her tips for on feeding herself and her family on a budget, how she overcame her kids’ picky eating behaviors, and advice for busy mamas who want to do the Whole30.
Autumn Michaelis is the Whole30 Coaching Coordinator, as well as a Certified Whole30 Coach. She is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, with a B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU. She has run wellness and aerobics programs at the university and local levels. Through exercise was her first love in the health world, nutrition has become her passion. She is mom to 5 boys ages 6-14 and loves adventuring (hiking, camping, exploring), dancing, running, and creating family-friendly clean recipes.
Steph and Elana expand on key points that were shared in the last episode, Breastfeeding Insights with Robin Kaplan, IBCLC. They discuss why it can be helpful to find breastfeeding support BEFORE baby comes, the importance of choosing a lactation consultant that makes you feel comfortable and at ease, why restricting your diet can do more harm than good, and their personal wins and struggles with breastfeeding.
Elana interviews Robin Kaplan, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and author the book Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage. We discuss ways women can avoid breastfeeding challenges, the hot topic of tongue and lip ties, reflux issues with babies and so much more!
Robin Kaplan is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), frequent media commentator on the topic of breastfeeding, and the author of the new book, Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage. Robin is also the founding host of The Boob Group, a podcast about breastfeeding hosted by New Mommy Media. She founded the San Diego Breastfeeding Center in 2009 and is an established voice in the parenting world known equally for her knowledge about lactation and her commitment to supporting moms without judging them, a keystone of her center's philosophy. Robin offers in-person breastfeeding help for families in San Diego and throughout the world, through online consultations. Robin lives in San Diego, CA with her two sons, Benjamin and Ryan, and their dog, Ellie. She loves cooking, traveling, hiking, and going to the beach.
Stephanie brings Melissa Hartwig on the show to introduce Whole Mamas, an online roadmap to help mamas navigate the journey to motherhood, from a Whole30 perspective. You'll learn why Melissa decided to offer Whole Mamas to her community, what she's most excited about, and why we rebranded this podcast! We'll also discuss common challenges on the journey to motherhood, the broad range of topics Whole Mamas will cover, and why it's important we invite all mamas/mamas-to-be to the table.
Melissa talks about her pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, something she hasn't shared publicly. She bravely shares her experience and the difficult feelings along the way. Many of you will resonate with this one and we hope it helps you feel less alone, heard, and understood. You won't want to miss this episode!
Melissa Hartwig's Bio
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).
We expand on key points that were shared in the last episode like navigating family meals, picky eating, introducing common food allergens, and our thoughts on dark chocolate for kids! We want to give you a sneak peek into our homes and share what we do with our family.
Enjoy the listen!
On today’s show, we welcome Katy Bray who has a wealth of knowledge and passion for the ancient Indian medicine called Ayurveda. For those who know about this traditional medicine and for those who have no idea what the heck this is… you guys are in for a treat! Katy takes us through how we can use Ayurvedic philosophy to not only help heal the body but also, how we can better understand our unique mental/emotional temperaments. She explains how our unique temperaments react to stress differently and shares tools that will help us when we fall out of balance. She also helps us identify our kid's and family members temperaments and how we can interact in healthy ways.
Katy Bray's Bio
Katy Bray is an intuitive, a budding herbalist, speaker and an Ayurvedic business consultant who specializes in leadership in all dimensions. Katy was a single mother and solo-preneur before walking into a blended family. She experienced the vast array of stressors, celebrations and experiences that come with the role of being a mother. Her background in Ayurveda has provided her with a relevant and life-changing lens in which to see the world. Coupled with her own life experiences as a mother, Katy has dedicated her life to sharing how wellness in all aspects of ourselves is the key to happiness, vitality and a life well lived. She is the co-founder of Lead with the Lights On with her husband, mother of two 15-year-old girls and 5 furry children.... and we can't forget her crazy hermit crab!
In this episode, Dr. Elana interviews a special guest, Lauren Mallari-Snyder. Lauren is doctor of physical therapy with a special focus on women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction.
This episode is all about SEX after baby! Yummy! Well, not so yummy at times after baby. Dr. Elana and Lauren explore why sex can be so painful after having a baby, what things we can do to prevent painful sex, and therapies we have access to help heal and rejuvenate so we can get it back on!
In this episode, Stephanie interviews a special guest, Jessie Mundell. Jessie Mundell is an expert in prenatal/postnatal fitness and a mama herself.
We discuss healing mentally and physically from a home birth turned cesarean, why it’s important to work with a counselor or therapist if you’re still recovering from past birth trauma, smart postpartum training for post-cesarean and vaginal delivery, why pelvic floor physiotherapy is so important, why it’s not “normal” to pee a little when you workout, and so much more. You are going to love this real, raw, and informative interview!
Jessie Mundell’s Bio
Jessie Mundell (BPHE, MHK) is the owner of JMG Fitness Consulting, a company dedicated to coaching women to improved health. Jessie teaches women how to exercise safely and strongly in pregnancy, and how to regain their core, confidence, and fitness as moms.
Jessie has worked with hundreds of women during and after their pregnancies and is extremely passionate about giving them the care they need. She is focused on effective exercise during pregnancy, rehabilitation of the core and pelvic floor for moms, teaching women how to create exercise effortlessly, and having women feel incredible in their bodies.
She aims to steer the conversation away from the “pre and post-baby body” madness and into a place where women feel supported, encouraged, strong, and confident. For prenatal and postnatal fitness coaching, visit her website. To connect with Jessie, follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Enjoy the listen!
Happy New Year! Did you make a New Year's resolution? Now that we're two weeks into 2018, have you stuck with it? Is your motivation starting to fade? Or, are you rocking your plan?
On this episode, we discuss the importance of realistic goal setting, how to stay committed to your plan, and what we’re focusing on this year.
Often, we try to do too many things at once, aren’t clear on what we want our life to look like, or don’t have a realistic plan to accomplish our goals. We hope to address these barriers so you can have a productive and transformational 2018.
Enjoy the listen!
This show is all about healthy communication and what you can do to keep your cool, especially as a new parent.
Dr. Elana and her husband, Anthony, are constantly working on various communication tools and love the topic of healthy communication.
They have taken hundreds of hours of coursework and seminars on the topic of partnership, understanding men and women, and how to optimize their relationship using mindful communication.
In this episode, they authentically share some of their breakdowns and what they do to get through them.
Enjoy the listen!
In this episode, Stephanie interviews Emily Pardy, a marriage and family counselor and the founder of Ready Nest Counseling to discuss challenges many new parents experience. Emily identifies various life adjustments, emotional challenges, and relationship struggles that may occur once baby is born.
You’ll leave this interview with simple, actionable steps to gracefully navigate some of these changes. You’ll also learn where to go for more information and support, should you choose to be proactive or if you’re currently experiencing these issues.
Enjoy the listen!
In this episode, we introduce Dr. Elana Roumell, ND, the new co-host. Stephanie is excited to bring on a naturopathic doctor to the podcast to help educate and empower parents with even more information! Stephanie and Elana have been friends for years, helping one another through pregnancy, postpartum and raising healthy families. The two of them together are truly REAL FOOD MAMAS on a mission to share, inspire and empower!! Stephanie introduces Elana to the Real Food Mama community and we get a sneak peak into who she is and how she is going to contribute to the community!
Enjoy the listen!
In this episode, we say goodbye to Aglaée and talk about the future of the podcast (don't worry, Steph is staying!). Aglaée shares about the many big transitions she's going through in her life and shares updates about nursing / weaning, sleep, and her upcoming move.
Enjoy the listen!
In this episode, Stephanie interviewed Serenity and Joe from Serenity Kids, an innovative new baby food company. Serenity Kids offers convenient, shelf-stable baby food pouches that contain healthy animal fats and protein and are low in sugar. Join us as we discuss the fundamentals of baby nutrition, my son's experience using their products, and so much more!
Note: At the time of this recording, Leo was just being introduced to solids and was struggling a bit with a strong gag reflex. He's doing much better now (at 9 months) and can handle a larger variety of food and textures.
Hi. I'm Serenity. My partner Joe and I started Serenity Kids because we wanted only the best for our future baby. We couldn't find a baby food high in healthy fat and protein, and we saw how difficult it was for our friends who cook all of their baby's food. We were shocked by the amount of sugar in most baby foods, because sugar (even from fruit) creates inflammation which leads to health problems and can make a baby fussy from the blood sugar crash.
So we partnered with small, American family farmers to create a delicious baby food that contains meat from animals raised humanely, on pasture, without hormones, antibiotics, or GMO feed. Pastured meats benefit the animal, the family farmers, and the planet. The best part is that they're better for your baby because they have a much higher Omega-3s and CLAs than grain-fed meats. We blend these meats with high-quality organic vegetables to create balanced, nourishing meals. Serenity, for the whole family.
Enjoy the listen!
In this episode, Aglaée interviewed Dr. Pauline Dillard, Ph.D. to discuss birth trauma. This episode is a must listen whether you've had a birth trauma or not because it is something that a significant number of women unfortunately still experience today. We need to be able to either heal from it or support those around us that needs healing.
Dr. Pauline Dillard's Biography:
Dr. Pauline Dillard, Ph.D. was a childbirth educator and labor coach for 12 years before completing her graduate studies in Christian Clinical Psychology. She has studied trauma following Cesareans, Post Partum Mood disorders and new parent adjustment disorders. She is the founder and Executive Director/CEO of Dunamas® Center Ministries in Colorado Springs, CO. She has developed a model for healing Birth Traumatomology Syndrome (BTS), by looking at its causes, prevention, and healing. She has a heart for people to connect with Jesus in a way they never have before in order to bring healing to damaged hearts, marriages, and births.
In this episode, Aglaée interviews Steph Gaudreau to talk about what it means to be strong women. This episode is for all moms, moms-to-be, moms that can't be, and moms who have lost just as much as it is also for sisters, daughters, friends and anyone who identifies as women. Here are some of the many interesting topics this discussion leads us to:
Enjoy the listen!
Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. She's also the creator of the Women's Strength Summit. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.
In this episode, Aglaée opens up about her past struggles with her relationship with food and her body and her healing journey to find that long-lost peace and freedom again. Steph interviews Aglaée about her past disordered eating and eating disorder, how to recognize it, the healing journey, and how she's now so passionate about helping other women do the same. :)
Enjoy the listen!
In this episode, Aglaée interviews Tatiana Amico. Listen as they talk about her story of breaking free from chronic dieting and disordered eating, how becoming a mom was a turning point for her, how to keep things simple in the kitchen, and her favorite tips to get tons of nutrition.
We also talk about the power of de-cluttering, asking for help, and putting yourself first for your well-being and that of the whole family! :)
Enjoy the listen!
Tatiana Amico's bio:
Tatiana Amico is a Health Coach and Business Mentor empowering women to take control of their health and life. After saying goodbye to her corporate job, she enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Now, Tatiana works with women who want to stop complaining, start taking action, and love themselves completely.
Aglaée interviews the holistic nutritionist, Kate Callaghan, to talk about how eating well, training smart, and being kind to your body can help you achieve hormonal balance, better health, and more happiness.
In this interview, Kate shares her story with hypothalamic amenorrhea and why she's so passionate about hormonal and women health. She tells us how she healed her hormones naturally, talks about the most common mistakes she sees women make with their food and training, and explains the strong connection between the gut and our hormones.
If you have hormones, you won't want to miss this one! :)
Enjoy the listen!
Kate Callaghan's bio:
Kate is a holistic nutritionist, dietitian, international speaker, personal trainer and mother of one, living in Wanaka, New Zealand. Kate is the author of the all-encompassing guide for optimising women's health and happiness "Holistic Nutrition: Eat Well, Train Smart & Be Kind to Your Body". Having experienced hormonal chaos and infertility, and managing to heal herself naturally, Kate is passionate about healing women’s hormones and fast-tracking them to health, happiness and hotness through nutrient-dense foods, rejuvenating movement, unconditional self-love, and mindful and sustainable practices. You can find Kate through her website www.theholisticnutritionist.com, or via her social media:
Stephanie interviews Dr. Lindsey Mathews, D.C., BIRTHFIT founder, about the four pillars of BIRTHFIT (fitness, nutrition, chiropractic, and mindset) and how each of these pillars helps moms prepare for birth and postpartum. You'll learn how to take charge of your body and your decisions so you can have a more empowered pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. This interview is real, raw, and gets straight to the point. You'll walk away with actions steps that you can implement today to have a better birth.
Dr. Lindsey Mathews, DC's bio:
Dr. Lindsey Mathews, DC is the founder and CEO of BIRTHFIT. Lindsey is a chiropractor that specializes in the biomechanics and movement patterns of the human body, while also restoring mechanical integrity of the nervous system. Dr. Lindsey believes that we are born to move and that movement is life. On the field, behind the screen, and everyday, Dr. Lindsey has witnessed the endless capabilities of the human body. Her path has lead her to her Venice, CA, where she leads BIRTHFIT HQ, practices chiropractic, and coaches at DEUCE Gym, a strength and conditioning school. Lindsey believes that discipline is freedom and that showing up for your self is the most important first step. Dr. Lindsey was born to lead BIRTHFIT, a rockstar movement aimed at educating and empowering women through their motherhood transition.
Join Stephanie as she interviews Elizabeth Quinn, mom of four and ICAN chapter leader, to discuss vaginal birth after cesearan (VBACs). You'll be inspired by Elizabeth's story and learn about VBAC safety, concerns, preparation, and strategies for healing physically and emotionally from your past birth(s). She also shares her favorite resources to help moms learn about their options and provides advice on finding a supportive provider.
Elizabeth Quinn's bio:
Elizabeth Quinn and her husband, Percy are raising their children in Jackson, Mississippi. They have four children: daughters Chesley, 7 years old, Anders 5 years old, and Adella 2.5 years old and they just welcomed their son on July 1, Sims McCallum. Elizabeth had a unnecessary section with her first child and a repeat section with her second before finding ICAN. It was with the support of her ICAN chapter that she went for and achieved a vba2c with her third and fourth children. She is chapter leader of ICAN of Jackson, Mississippi and active in the birth community there.
Join Aglaée as she interviews Christine Arylo to talk about your Inner Mean Girl(s) might have been running your past year and how to access your Inner Wisdom (yes, you have it) to start the coming year. Christine also share her favorite daily morning practice and gives you some double dares that I also dare you to take in 2017! <3
Enjoy the listen! :)
Christine Arylo's bio:
Christine Arylo is a women’s leadership advisor, transformational speaker and best selling author who leads retreats, workshops and programs for women and girls around the world. She combines her 15 years of corporate MBA experience with her 15 years of spiritual study of the divine feminine, yogic and earth based wisdom traditions, to teach women how to live and lead their lives, businesses and relationships the "feminine way,” professionally successful and personally sustainable and satisfying. Arylo is also the founder of the Path of Self Love School which has taught self-love, self compassion and self empowerment to over 35,000 women and girls on every continent. You can connect with Christine at www.ChristineArylo.com or tune into her weekly podcast Feminine Power Time at FemininePowerTime.com.
[3:08] Christine Arylo's bio
[4:22] Welcome Christine!
[4:49] Have your Inner Mean Girls been running your past year?
[9:35] Take the quiz and find out about your Inner Mean Girls
Do you have a Doing Addict? Comparison Queen? Achievement Junkie? Worrywart? All of them?
[19:30] How to "get rid" of your Inner Mean Girl(s)!
[21:51] How to start connecting to your own Inner Wisdom
(yes, I promise you have it! :) )
[25:55] Motivation with compassion vs from fear?
Isn't that an excuse to stay stuck where I am (or permission to get even worse)?
[33:15] Christine's favorite simple practice to start your morning
[49:49] Christine's double dare for the new year
[1:00:42] Where to find Christine Arylo
(website, books, Feminine Power Time podcast, programs and rituals)
Join Aglaée as she interviews Ali Barton who tells her incredibly inspiring story. This is a MUST listen! We also talk about organ donation, Ali's surrogate pregnancy, the biggest lesson she wants to teach her kids, how her mindset kept her going and how she gives us permission to complain and not compare our struggles. <3
Enjoy the listen! :)
Ali Barton's bio:
Ali Barton is a licensed psychotherapist and wellness coach with a private practice outside of Boston, Ma. Currently, her most important job is a stay at home mom to her son Ethan, who was born months before Ali had her heart transplant in the summer of 2014. Ali has always been interested in health and real food, especially after getting sick with multiple autoimmune diseases related to undiagnosed celiac disease in 2011 – Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and ulcerative colitis. When Ali got pregnant with her doctor's approval in 2014, her autoimmune disease spiraled out of control, and her heart went into failure due to a rare condition called endomyocardial fibrosis. Doctors recommended Ali to end her pregnancy at 21 weeks, and she refused to do so. Her son Ethan was born prematurely at 31, and is thriving today! She had her heart transplant when Ethan was six months old.
After her experience, Ali wrote a book called "Against Doctor's Orders", where she tells her story, and also talks about trusting your gut and advocating for yourself in a medical setting. The book will be published in 2017. She blogs at www.aliweinbergbarton.com. When Ali is seeing clients, she specializes in working with women with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and with those who have chronic health conditions that impact their mood and functioning.
[2:15] Aglaée's updates
[9:26] Ali Barton's bio
[11:13] Welcome Ali! Let's hear her story!
[16:10] Diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions
[18:07] Her battle with infertility and pregnancy complications
[20:14] Finally some answers about her heart condition
and the moment she was told to end her pregnancy at 21 weeks
[26:00] Ethan is born and being away from him for the first 36 hours
[29:03] Ali needs a heart transplant!
[39:04] How Ali gives us permission to complain
and NOT compare our struggles, emotions and pain
[45:25] What was the scariest part of Ali's story?
[47:48] How our MINDSET can make all the difference!
[50:57] Ali's surrogate pregnancy
[53:20] The biggest lesson Ali wants to teach her kids
and a few words about the importance of organ donation
[54:40] Ali's book "Against Doctor's Orders"
and where to find her blog and updates
[58:50] *** ORGAN DONATION ***
check the box or use the app!!! <3
Join Aglaée as she interviews registered dietitian and BLW expert Jessica Coll to talk about Baby-Led Weaning and share practical tips and even recipes for you and your little ones. More specifically, we cover the introduction of meat, how to ensure babies get enough iron, how to introduce leafy greens BLW-style and how to make eating out easier.
Enjoy the listen! :)
Jessica Coll's bio:
Jessica Coll is obsessed with food. That is probably why she spent more than a thousand hours studying breasts. In addition to being a registered dietitian, she became a lactation consultant because breastmilk is a human being’s very first experience with food. Listen to this: everyone’s first real relationship is with food, from the womb to the spoon. For lots of us in North America, that relationship is troubled from day one. This is a story most people are trying to rewrite for the rest of their lives.
As a parent, you are in the most powerful position to help your baby transform this relationship into a love story. One that nourishes the body and the spirit. When Jessica was six months old, her staple food was canned soup. She wants to make sure no human being has to suffer through this.
This is part of the reason why she created the BLW Online Course where she guides parents in this new adventure. Get 50% off the lifetime access of Jessica’s Baby Led Weaning online course by entering the code REALFOODMAMAS at blw.jessicacoll.com).
[2:35] Aglaee's update
[6:00] Jessica's bio
[7:42] Welcome Jessica!
[8:57] How Jessica found out about BLW and then became an expert!
[13:40] How to introduce meat for babies
and ensure they get enough iron
[25:40] How to introduce leafy greens
[32:10] Eating out and doing BLW with your little one
[37:10] Recommended products to do BLW
[40:02] Jessica's BLW Online Course and where to find
more about Jessica (links in the shownotes)
Join Aglaée as she interviews Amelia Barnes to first talk about the benefits of yoga for moms and the important role yoga has played in her life, including during both of her pregnancies and postpartum periods.
In the second part of the interview, you will learn about Amelia's incredibly inspiring story with her first baby, Landon, unexpectedly passing away only 4 days after he was born and how he saved his sister's life.
Enjoy the listen! :)
Amelia Barnes's bio:
Amelia Kathryn Barnes is a yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and small business owner. She teaches at Moksha Yoga Winnipeg and is a guide at the yoga and wellness website oneOeight.com. She is also the creator of PranaVidaStyle, a unique line of inspired and Canadian-made yoga apparel.
Amelia lives in Winnipeg, Canada with her husband Justin, daughter Lily and their big white mutt Cody.
[3:27] Welcome Amelia! - Let's talk about yoga for moms!
How she got started with yoga
Pros and cons of practicing at home vs at a studio
[8:27] Yoga beyond the physical practice
[11:25] Yoga for better immunity
[12:40] Yoga as a tool to reconnect to our bodies
[14:10] Anxiety about going to a yoga studio for the 1st time!!!
[17:35] Yoga and body image / self-acceptance
[22:10] Amelia's 3 favorite poses for moms
[27:05] Landon's story
[33:10] Tips for moms dealing with baby loss
[37:30] Amelia's thoughts on "letting go" vs "setting free"
[39:44] Lily's story and why you need to know about ICP
(ICP stands for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy)
[50:15] Where to find more about Amelia