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The Mom Sweat Sanity Podcast

the mom sweat sanity podcast

After years of bringing women together by hosting evening get-togethers over glasses of wine, Brittany decided it was time to bring her female driven topics and #momdiscoveries to the podcasting platform. Here she talks all things life, health, fitness, kids, relationships – you name it, nothing is off the table! Diving deeper into all things motherhood & womanhood, she interviews some incredible guests finding tips and tricks, parenting hacks and longevity tips to make the most of our lives while keeping our sanity in check! It’s time to get real, let go of the expectations we feel from the outside and begin to live a life of fulfillment. Show yourself some self love and take some time to listen in weekly!

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021. Bringing the Joy with Jessica Janzen: How to Lean into Life’s Nudges, Learn from Pain and Rise up to Your Life’s Purpose…One Dance Party at a Time The Mom Sweat Sanity Podcast -All things Life, Fitness, Kids, Family & Selfcare

Bringing the Joy with Jessica Janzen: How to Lean into Life’s Nudges, Learn from Pain and Rise up to Your Life’s Purpose…One Dance Party at a Time   Episode 21: Show Notes.   On today’s show, I spoke to the very inspiring Jessica Janzen, author, speaker, coach, and founder of the Love for Lewiston Foundation and apparel company; The Lewiston Label Inc. When Jessica’s second child Lewiston was just two and a half months old, he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and given less than a year to live. Sadly, her dreams of proving the doctors wrong did not come true. While many people let such tragedies destroy them, Jessica found a way to push through the pain, show up, and dance her way through some of the biggest heartbreaks any person can face. Today, she gives us some advice on how we too can cope with life’s challenges. She discusses how life is 50 / 50: “Fifty percent awesome, 50 percent shitty,” and how to find skills to power through the tough stuff. She discusses the course she’s created to empower people to be present, show up and move forward. She also talks about her new book Bring the Joy: How Following the Nudges of Your Heart Leads to an Abundant Life, as well as the success of her foundation, and even her ongoing attempts to contact Justin Timberlake. Equal parts heartbreaking and humorously inspiring, you won’t want to miss this episode!   Key Points From This Episode:   An introduction to Jessica Janzen and her many roles. The story of her baby Lewiston who passed away from Spinal Muscular Atrophy a few months into his life. How Lewis’s first birthday party led to the establishment of a foundation. The importance of ‘asking’. How to find skills to power through the difficult parts of life. Jessica discusses her book Bring the Joy. How people should look for and respond to life’s nudges. Advice for people trying to ‘bring the joy’. An introduction to “Joy starters” – finding joy in the simplest of pleasures. How to write a “What doesn’t suck?” list. The importance of developing power habits to take care of one’s mental health. The importance of overcoming negative thoughts for good mental health. The importance of having a core group of people for support. The role of a healthy diet in one’s overall well-being. The importance of self-care. The importance of accepting professional help if necessary. Jessica talks about her daily dance parties with Lewiston. She mentions her ongoing attempts to contact Justin Timberlake.   Tweetables:   “We ended up shifting our perspective and making a stake in the sand, and said, ’Whatever we do, we are going to fight with Lewiston on his fight and we will bring the joy to his life, whether it be until he’s 80 or if it’s just until he’s six months.’” — @jsjanzen [0:05:40]   “When someone gives you the diagnosis: “Less than a year”, you live those 365 days a whole lot differently.” — @jsjanzen [0:06:29]   “And then I’m like, ‘Your kid died, just be present in the moment with your children!’” — @jsjanzen [0:06:46]   “I got good at asking rich people for money. And then, people who aren’t rich, I’m like, ‘You got five bucks? You can make a donation.’ I’m just shameless!” — @jsjanzen [0:10:18]   “Life is 50 / 50: Fifty percent awesome, 50 percent shitty!”.” — @jsjanzen [0:13:54]   “Stop the pity party. Let’s go have a dance party and let’s go live your life.” — @jsjanzen [0:17:30]   “A therapist for your past, a life coach for your future.” — @jsjanzen [0:28:11]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Britt Anderson Britt Anderson on Instagram Jessica Janzen Jessica Janzen on Instagram Jessica Janzen on Twitter Jessica Janzen on LinkedIn Bring the Joy: How Following the Nudges of Your Heart Leads to an Abundant Life Love for Lewiston Foundation The Lewiston Label    
  1. 021. Bringing the Joy with Jessica Janzen: How to Lean into Life’s Nudges, Learn from Pain and Rise up to Your Life’s Purpose…One Dance Party at a Time
  2. 020. The Mash Movement: Movement, Awareness, Service and Health. Bringing Awareness and Hope to Muscular Dystrophy with Kasha Mitton and Maggie Aynsley
  3. 019. Meal Prep, Fitness, and Mom Management: How to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Week with Candice McMurren
  4. 018. Pound A Day Weight Loss Program: How to Lose the Weight and Address your Health & Longevity to Keep it Off with Dr. Allana Polo
  5. 017. Hormonal Health and the Barriers to Weight Loss with Dr. Sarah Harbottle ND


021. Bringing the Joy with Jessica Janzen: How to Lean into Life’s Nudges, Learn from Pain and Rise up to Your Life’s Purpose…One Dance Party at a Time

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Jessica Janzen

Bringing the Joy with Jessica Janzen: How to Lean into Life’s Nudges, Learn from Pain and Rise up to Your Life’s Purpose…One Dance Party at a Time

Episode 21: Show Notes.

On today’s show, I spoke to the very inspiring Jessica Janzen, author, speaker, coach, and founder of the Love for Lewiston Foundation and apparel company; The Lewiston Label Inc. When Jessica’s second child Lewiston was just two and a half months old, he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and given less than a year to live. Sadly, her dreams of proving the doctors wrong did not come true. While many people let such tragedies destroy them, Jessica found a way to push through the pain, show up, and dance her way through some of the biggest heartbreaks any person can face. Today, she gives us some advice on how we too can cope with life’s challenges. She discusses how life is 50 / 50: “Fifty percent awesome, 50 percent shitty,” and how to find skills to power through the tough stuff. She discusses the course she’s created to empower people to be present, show up and move forward. She also talks about her new book Bring the Joy: How Following the Nudges of Your Heart Leads to an Abundant Life, as well as the success of her foundation, and even her ongoing attempts to contact Justin Timberlake. Equal parts heartbreaking and humorously inspiring, you won’t want to miss this episode!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Jessica Janzen and her many roles.
  • The story of her baby Lewiston who passed away from Spinal Muscular Atrophy a few months into his life. 
  • How Lewis’s first birthday party led to the establishment of a foundation. 
  • The importance of ‘asking’. 
  • How to find skills to power through the difficult parts of life. 
  • Jessica discusses her book Bring the Joy.
  • How people should look for and respond to life’s nudges. 
  • Advice for people trying to ‘bring the joy’.   
  • An introduction to “Joy starters” – finding joy in the simplest of pleasures. 
  • How to write a “What doesn’t suck?” list. 
  • The importance of developing power habits to take care of one’s mental health. 
  • The importance of overcoming negative thoughts for good mental health.
  • The importance of having a core group of people for support. 
  • The role of a healthy diet in one’s overall well-being. 
  • The importance of self-care.
  • The importance of accepting professional help if necessary. 
  • Jessica talks about her daily dance parties with Lewiston. 
  • She mentions her ongoing attempts to contact Justin Timberlake.

Tweetables:

“We ended up shifting our perspective and making a stake in the sand, and said, ’Whatever we do, we are going to fight with Lewiston on his fight and we will bring the joy to his life, whether it be until he’s 80 or if it’s just until he’s six months.’” — @jsjanzen [0:05:40]

“When someone gives you the diagnosis: “Less than a year”, you live those 365 days a whole lot differently.” — @jsjanzen [0:06:29]

“And then I’m like, ‘Your kid died, just be present in the moment with your children!’” — @jsjanzen [0:06:46]

“I got good at asking rich people for money. And then, people who aren’t rich, I’m like, ‘You got five bucks? You can make a donation.’ I’m just shameless!” — @jsjanzen [0:10:18]

“Life is 50 / 50: Fifty percent awesome, 50 percent shitty!”.” — @jsjanzen [0:13:54]

“Stop the pity party. Let’s go have a dance party and let’s go live your life.” — @jsjanzen [0:17:30]

“A therapist for your past, a life coach for your future.” — @jsjanzen [0:28:11]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Jessica Janzen

Jessica Janzen on Instagram

Jessica Janzen on Twitter

Jessica Janzen on LinkedIn

Bring the Joy: How Following the Nudges of Your Heart Leads to an Abundant Life

Love for Lewiston Foundation

The Lewiston Label

020. The Mash Movement: Movement, Awareness, Service and Health, Bringing Awareness and Hope to Muscular Dystrophy with Kasha Mitton and Maggie Aynsley

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The Mash Movement: Movement, Awareness, Service and Health, Bringing Awareness and Hope to Muscular Dystrophy with Kasha Mitton and Maggie Aynsley

Episode 20: Show Notes.

Their love for movement, combined with the introduction of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) into their lives, and their desire to create meaningful change, drove two best friends to found The Mash Movement. Although Kasha Mitton’s son’s diagnosis of DMD is painfully challenging, she and Maggie Aynsley choose to live in hope and optimism in the face of this tragedy. In Canada, little is known about DMD, and there are no approved treatments. The Mash Movement raises awareness around this rare neuromuscular disorder through storytelling and movement – not only movement in the physical sense, but in the emotional realm too. Their goal is to be there for people who are suffering all kinds of hardships, and their adopted mantra is “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” Their passion for their cause and gratitude for each other is inspiring, as you will hear today. Make sure you have a box of tissues nearby for this equally heartbreaking and heartwarming episode.  

Key Points From This Episode:

  • “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” – Arthur Ash. 
  • Maggie and Kasha introduce themselves and what they are hoping to achieve with The Mash Movement.
  • The meaning behind the Greek symbol which can be found in their logo. 
  • Factors which led to the founding of The Mash Movement, slightly over a year ago. 
  • Their biggest accomplishment so far: 25 days of Live in the Movement. 
  • Learn about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the neuromuscular disorder which Kasha’s son, Jude, suffers from. 
  • The lack of a collective voice and approved treatments for DMD in Canada, although they do exist elsewhere.
  • Support being shown for The Mash Movement from all over. 
  • Maggie explains why storytelling has become an important part of The Mash Movement. 
  • The story behind Jesse’s Journey, the only charity in Canada focused on research for a cure for DMD.
  • Chapters in The Mom Babes book that Maggie and Kasha have written. 
  • Life has thrown them huge challenges but Maggie and Kasha maintain hope and optimism. 
  • An emotional sharing of the qualities that Kasha and Maggie admire in each other and their feelings about life. 
  • Gratitude for their community.
  • The online yoga class, in collaboration with Free Flow, that you can join on Earth Day (and why you should!). 

Tweetables:

“Movement brought up together. It’s our language of healing.” — Kasha Mitton [0:00:35]

“We truly believe in hope. Not just for those suffering from Duchenne but for anyone who is journeying through hardship.” — Maggie Aynsley [0:04:38]

“Every day, little by little, if we can bring awareness [around DMD], because it’s rare, because we don’t have a collective voice.” — Kasha Mitton [0:13:27]

“Our ultimate goal is that we just continue being for other people. We’re not “human doings”, we’re human beings and we just want to be for other people. — Maggie Aynsley [0:20:21]

“It’s not just about bringing people together through physical movement. It’s about working people’s muscles of compassion and empathy and generosity and just love for each other. Those are the muscles that we need in this world.” — Kasha Mitton [0:23:52]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

The Mash Movement 

The Mash Movement on Facebook

The Mash Movement on Instagram

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

CRISPR

Jesse’s Journey

The Mom Babes

Free Flow

Emily Ratchford

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

019. Meal Prep, Fitness, and Mom Management: How to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Week with Candice McMurren

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Meal Prep, Fitness, and Mom Management: How to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Week with Candice McMurren

Episode 19: Show Notes.

As busy moms, we are often so focused on making sure that everyone else in the family is taken care of that we forget to look after our own health, and unfortunately, our fitness goals are usually the first to fall by the wayside. Today’s guest knows this struggle all too well, but she has developed some strategies to assist you in staying on track! Candice McMurren is a mom, wellness coach and Founder of Candice McMurren Fitness and, in this episode, we talk all things fitness, meal planning, meal prepping, and ways to set yourself up for a successful week and alleviate the guess and stress. Tuning in, you’ll hear a bit about Candice’s personal weight loss journey and how she juggles mom duties, physical fitness, and nutrition. She also shares the benefits of meal prepping and focusing on your nutrition first, and her advice for being in control of what you eat without depriving yourself, starting with just 10 minutes of a workout, and practicing gratitude. Tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Learn about Candice’s career trajectory from school vice principal to fitness coach.
  • Why Candice encourages others to do those things that seem the scariest to do.
  • How she juggles mom duties and physical fitness by waking up early or involving her kids in her work outs.
  • Learn about the benefits of meal prepping, not just for you, but for your kids too.
  • Candice’s philosophy is that your nutrition is number one, then strength training, then cardio.
  • Helping her clients shift their daily routines by undoing myths and instilling small, new habits.
  • Why you often have to eat more than you would think to build the body you want.
  • How she creates a sample meal plan; but you have to be honest about what you eat!
  • The goal is to be in control of what you eat and stick to your goals without feeling deprived.
  • Candice’s advice for moms who say they don’t have the time to exercise: start small, even if you only do 10 minutes of a workout.
  • Find out what her typical daily routine looks like, including things like gratitude journalling.
  • Final tips and tools for setting yourself up for a successful week: use what you want to eat as the basis for planning meals for the week.
  • Live as if there is no finish line; Candice suggests that you start small, one thing at a time.
  • Hear a bit more about the shows and competitions Candice is training towards.

Tweetables:

“Those things that often seem the scariest to do are usually those things that you have to do.” — Candice McMurren [0:06:55]

“Nutrition number one, your strength training number two, and then cardio is the tip of the iceberg.” — Candice McMurren [0:12:41]

“After you’re done working with me, you should be able to be completely in control of what your eating, and know that you’re eating within that framework, and still maintain whatever you’ve lost or keep losing, if that’s what your goal is, without feeling deprived.” — Candice McMurren [0:18:06]

“Start small. Don’t think that you have to do all of it, all at once to be successful. Start with one thing and then build to the next, and you’ll slowly see growth and change, and that will most likely prompt you to keep on going.” — Candice McMurren [0:26:50]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Candice McMurren on LinkedIn

Candice McMurren on Instagram

Candice McMurren on Facebook

Candice McMurren

Bob Proctor on Twitter

Proctor Gallagher Institute

The Alter Ego Effect

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

018. Pound A Day Weight Loss Program: How to Lose the Weight and Address your Health & Longevity to Keep it Off with Dr. Allana Polo

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Pound A Day Weight Loss Program: How to Lose the Weight and Address your Health & Longevity to Keep it Off with Dr. Allana Polo

Episode 18: Show Notes.

Weight struggles are often linked to other physical or mental difficulties, which is what makes them so challenging to treat. Dr. Allana Polo is a naturopath who runs her own clinic called Polo Health + Longevity Centre. While the clinic offers a range of services, Dr. Polo is especially interested in weight loss. In this episode, we hear more about her background and why she is so passionate about patients advocating for their health. Many people are excluded or ignored by mainstream medicine, so it is vital for them to have somewhere to go. We also hear about Dr. Polo’s pound-a-day weight loss programme, where she explains why she developed a regimen that results in such rapid weight loss. Crucially, the program is only supposed to be done for a short period, but seeing results so quickly can help patients stick with more long-term health changes. With more stress and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, it is more important than ever to be proactive about our health. Tune in today to hear more!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Get to know Dr. Polo, her work as a naturopath, and the services her clinic offers. 
  • The importance of advocating for your own health and finding doctors who believe you. 
  • Why Dr. Polo is so passionate about weight loss; her parents struggled with their weight. 
  • Details about Dr. Polo’s pound-a-day weight loss program. 
  • Weight struggles are often attached to other issues, either psychological and physical. 
  • Screening applicants for weight loss programs at the clinic; how Dr. Polo approaches this. 
  • The benefits of having a weight loss program that works so quickly. 
  • Some of the main factors that contribute to people being overweight. 
  • The demographic Dr. Polo typically works with. 
  • Losing weight requires consistency and being proactive. 
  • Knowing your why helps you make decisions that have your long-term health in mind. 
  • What the follow-up regimen after the pound-a-day program looks like. 
  • Dr. Pollo’s final tips and tricks.

Tweetables:

“We really make a difference in people’s lives. That’s the most rewarding thing. We really are able to help people who have nowhere else to turn.” — Dr. Allana Polo [0:02:48]

“You will be more inclined to make better choices if you feel better about yourself.” — Dr. Allana Polo [0:13:43]

“If you can know what’s ahead of you, you can actively prepare for it.” — Dr. Allana Polo [0:18:15]

“Pick two or three things and do them really well.” — Dr. Allana Polo [0:24:10]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Dr. Allana Polo

Polo Health + Longevity Centre

Polo Health + Longevity on Instagram

017. Hormonal Health and the Barriers to Weight Loss w/ Dr. Sarah HarbottleND

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Hormonal Health and Barriers to Weight Loss with Sarah Harbottle

Episode 17: Show Notes.

A common misconception about dieting is that there is a one-size-fits-all program that will automatically give you results. This is not the case. As women, we are naturally hormonally complex and our diets and weight loss programs should be individualized as such. Today, we are sitting down with Dr. Sarah Harbottle, a naturopathic doctor. Tuning in, you’ll hear her thoughts on hormonal barriers to weight loss, and she addresses misconceptions and truths. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to weight loss and hormones, as each and every one of us is so different. However, Dr. Harbottle offers some great perspectives on things that we can look for and start to change within our daily routines. When you look into your own hormonal panel, you can get a clear idea of a regime for yourself, depending on how your hormones behaving. Hopefully, after today’s conversation, you can walk away with some food-for-thought on how to address some of your weight loss misconceptions and how to be a bit kinder to yourself, as well as tips to make sure you are getting the sleep you need, not over-exercising, and fuelling your body! Tune in today.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Dr. Harbottle explains the list of hormones she often looks at. 
  • Weight loss is more than just calories in and calories out; hormones play a significant role.
  • How physiology plays into weight loss management; work with your body not against it.
  • What she looks at when patients are struggling with weight loss, starting with the thyroid.
  • Dr. Harbottle goes into some detail behind thyroid health from a naturopathic perspective; testing TSH, T3, and T4 levels.
  • Symptoms to look out for regarding thyroid health and associated treatment. 
  • The second hormone-related factor she examines: stress and the stress hormone, cortisol.
  • A quick recap on the function of the adrenal gland and cortisol.
  • How your diet affects your adrenal gland function and stress management capabilities. 
  • The importance of reframing your “stressors.”
  • Why exercise isn’t always the answer: a common misconception.
  • The individual picture: looking at your situation uniquely and adapting the process.
  • Dr. Harbottle shares her initial assessment process and how she decides what tests to run.
  • Sex hormones: what’s happening to your periods and how that’s affecting weight loss.
  • How your hormones talk to each other; they’re not working in isolation.
  • How sleep affects weight loss; the amount and quality you need.
  • How sleep, stress, and blood sugar all play a systemic role in hormonal function. 
  • More on intermittent fasting and weight loss: it needs to be specific and individualized. 
  • The importance of being intuitive about diet and moving from restrictive to intuitive eating.
  • When to seek advice and help with regards to your hormones and further testing.
  • Why you need to look at age and stage when taking your weight loss into account.
  • The effect testosterone levels have on weight loss; adding weight training to your regime. 

Tweetables:

“My biggest thing when I deal with patients, whether it’s weight loss, digestion, or stress, is looking at how do we work with our body rather than against it.” — Sarah Harbottle [0:06:00]

“It’s not eat-less-move-more, per se, because if you are already in a sate where you are under chronic stress, the eat-less-move-more mentality will actually lead to increased stress in the body.” — Sarah Harbottle [0:13:00]

“One thing we want to keep in mind when we talk about hormones is [that] all of them are going to talk to each other — they are not working in isolation.” — Sarah Harbottle [0:19:07]

“What works or is beneficial for someone might be detrimental for someone else. Women are hormonally complex and we want to support that rather than take away from that.” — Sarah Harbottle [0:23:37]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Sarah Harbottle on LinkedIn

Sarah Harbottle on Instagram

Sarah Harbottle 

Sarah Harbottle Law

Sarah Harbottle Email

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

December TMSS Podcast Episode with Dr. Sarah Harbottle

016. Vision Casting: How to Dream Your Life Into Reality with Coach, Mentor, and Leader Erinn Yakabuski

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Vision Casting: How to Dream Your Life Into Reality with Coach, Mentor, and Leader Erinn Yakabuski

Episode 16: Show Notes.

By creating a powerful story or narrative about our life and where we’re going, rather than just setting a simple goal, it activates our subconscious and actively moves us towards that future reality. At least, that is the principle of vision casting, which is what today’s episode is all about. Our guest is Erinn Yakabuski, who is a coach, mentor, speaker, and jack of all trades. She and her sister also run a fitness and mentorship group called The Sisterhood Fitness. Tuning in, you’ll hear us dive right into all things goal-setting, and Erinn shares three steps to help you get unstuck and dream your life into reality, including tips and tricks to ensure that you propel yourself to the next level and make time for yourself in the meantime. Tune in today to find out more!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Find out a bit more about Erinn, her background, and what she does.
  • What led her to begin her journey in the coaching and mentorship world.
  • Erinn talks about her experience of taking a leap of faith and how rewarding it can be.
  • The importance of trusting your gut and following your passions.
  • How COVID helped push Erinn towards pursuing coaching full time.
  • Learn about vision casting; three steps to get unstuck and dream your life into reality.
  • The value of writing your vision down on paper and reading it daily.
  • Hear about The Sisterhood group and the community they have built for women.
  • How Erinn ensures that she makes time for herself and why self care should be a priority.
  • Some of Erinn’s biggest hurdles as a mom and a business owner.
  • The value of having a support group, especially during the isolation of the pandemic.
  • The next big goals that Erinn and The Sisterhood are aspiring towards.

Tweetables:

“I could have stayed at the government, in my cubicle, excelling in that role forever, but I never would have found the fulfillment and passion and impact that I do in coaching and mentoring.” — Erinn Yakabuski [0:03:53]

“Give yourself permission to dream bigger!” — Erinn Yakabuski [0:10:24]

“I truly believe that your thoughts are your actions and your actions are your future.” — Erinn Yakabuski [0:12:19]

“For me, [self care] is something that you have to prioritize. It’s a decision you have to make for yourself to say, ‘Okay, I deserve this. I need this. I’m going to take it,’ otherwise it simply doesn’t happen.” — Erinn Yakabuski [0:17:37]

“It’s such a powerful thought, knowing that moms dictate the culture. How you want the home to be is how you be.” — Erinn Yakabuski [0:20:38]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Erinn Yakabuski on Instagram

Erinn Yakabuski on Facebook

The Sisterhood Fitness

The Sisterhood Fitness on Instagram

Start Today Journals

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

015. Fit at 40 and Beyond: How to Mitigate Hormonal Weight Gain Due to Perimenopause and Menopause

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Fit at 40 and Beyond: How to Mitigate Hormonal Weight Gain Due to Perimenopause and Menopause with Jennifer Temperley

Jen is a Triathlon USAT Certified Coach, Personal / Group Trainer, certified TRX Instructor, and Competitive Triathlete with over 20 years of experience. A division 1 collegiate swimmer and a USAT top-ranked Triathlete, Jen is a true competitor. She transferred her passion for exercise into her business, Climb Fitness, where she empowers people to make changes to their current lifestyle. Her philosophy is time spent exercising will be multiplied back in terms of extra energy and a better ability to handle life’s ups and downs. As a married mother of two active teenagers, she understands that there are many facets to training, not the least of which is life balance.

Helping athletes achieve their goals is her #1 priority while keeping them injury-free, empowered, and motivated. The main focus at ClimbFitness is functional movement, while also bringing in endurance and integrated strength. She recognizes that not all bodies should be trained the same.

Episode 15: Show Notes.

Weight gain during perimenopause and menopause is a concern for a lot of women, but today’s guest wants you to know that those excess pounds aren’t inevitable. Jennifer Temperley believes we don’t have to decline as we age, we should accelerate! Jen is a Triathlon USAT Certified Coach, personal trainer, certified spinning instructor, and competitive triathlete with over 15 years of experience. A division one collegiate swimmer and a USAT top-ranked triathlete, Jen is a true competitor. She transferred her passion for exercise into her business, Climb Fitness, where she empowers people to make changes to their current lifestyle. Her philosophy is that time spent exercising will be multiplied in terms of extra energy and a better ability to handle life’s ups and downs. As a married mother with two busy children, she understands that there are many facets to training, not least of which is life balance. Tune in to hear her advice for adapting your fitness routine, making simple daily changes, and getting the necessary nutrition, as well as embracing recovery days and realizing your potential!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Jennifer introduces herself by explains who she is and what she does.
  • Like every industry, Jen believes you have to move and evolve in the sporting industry.s
  • Common misconceptions in the sporting world when it comes to women’s physiques.
  • How women can adapt their fitness routines and mitigate hormonal weight gain due to perimenopause or menopause.
  • The importance of making simple daily changes at first rather than drastic shifts.
  • Jen outlines her weekly fitness routine and how it has changed during COVID.
  • Find out how Jen gets the necessary nutrition after pushing herself physically.
  • Jen doesn’t like the word diet; she prefers “a way of living” that is enjoyable, sustainable, healthy, and manageable.
  • What Jen’s recovery days look like now and why she fully embraces them.
  • Hear a bit about what to expect from Jen’s new program coming out this year.

Tweetables:

“We don’t need to decline as we age, we need to accelerate.” — @climbfitness [0:06:26]

“It’s all about quality now. It’s having purpose in every single thing I do.” — @climbfitness [0:14:33]

“30 minutes, two to three times a week, if it’s the right activity, it can really make a difference.” — @climbfitness[0:14:57]

“It’s a way of living. Find something that is sustainable for you, something that makes you feel good, and is healthy, and is manageable.” — @climbfitness [0:18:54]

“At the end of the day, I want to push people. I want them to realize their potential.” — @climbfitness [0:27:19]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Jen Temperley on Twitter

Jen Temperley on LinkedIn

Jen Temperley on Instagram

Climb Fitness

The Menopause for Athletes Course

Betty Designs

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

014. Let’s Be Real: Mental Health – A Switch in Perspective: How Family Adapts

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Let’s Be Real: Mental Health – A Switch in Perspective: How Family Adapts with Hayley McLean

Let’s Be Real: Mental Health – A Switch in Perspective: How Family Adapts

Episode 14: Show Notes.

Mental health is real; just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. It is okay to feel the way you feel. It’s just a matter of finding your way out of it and not letting it suck you into an unhealthy situation. If we could all be a little more honest with each other, how much less lonely would we all feel? Our guest today is Hayley McLean, who is part of our extended family. Today we give some context to our honest conversation about the other side of mental health. We share some of our stories about watching our husbands struggle and how that affected our world, and how we wanted to be there for them and oftentimes fell short. Our spouses should be talking to us about certain things, but to unload that stress is not our doing. They should be talking to someone who has the expertise to help them. Our conversation today is candid, personal, raw, and real. Hayley dives deep into her personal experience dealing with, working through, getting on board, and realizing some specific things as her husband went through his own process of healing his mental health. She faced not only his struggles but conquered some of her own mountains in the process. Stay tuned for all this and more, in today’s episode.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • We give context to our honest conversation for today; the other side of mental health.
  • Hayley shares more context behind her husband, Ty’s, story.
  • How stress and anxiety lead to a brewing storm; the silent killer.
  • Getting used to the idea of an invisible injury and the process of healing.
  • The official diagnosis: an anxiety attack mixed with low blood sugar.
  • Getting on board the change of pace in restarting, jobless, but healing.
  • How Hayley had to deal with the idea of putting all her eggs in someone else’s basket.
  • Realizing how she had been selling herself short and that she could, in fact, do anything!
  • A shift in perspective that seemed daunting, but ended up being so necessary.
  • How switching roles has impacted their relationship and helped them find a newfound respectfor each other.
  • Hayley discusses outlets for her own mental health, like taking time for herself.
  • How recognizing your own feelings is pertinent to sustaining your mental health.
  • More about her husband’s journey and the steps they’ve taken to help in his healing.
  • The benefits of seeing a counselor, both when things are good or when they are bad.
  • We discuss whether or not kids should see their parents walk through tough times.
  • Hayley shares more about Ty’s new venture, The Benevolent Bench, and being an advocatefor men’s mental health.Tweetables:

© 2021 Mom Sweat Sanity Podcast 1

TMSS 14 Show Notes “Exercise and eating properly is the number one thing you can do for anxiety.” — Hayley

McLean [0:10:20]
“It was terrifying but so exciting to try and get out of the mundane work-stress life, and move into

a place that we love.” — Hayley McLean [0:18:15]
“Being healthy and happy is more important than anything.” — Hayley McLean [0:28:15]

“You cannot be honest with other people until you are honest with yourself.” — Hayley McLean

[0:33:30]

“I think it is a really important job that our generation has been given to break the stigma of dad being super tough and [working] all the time, and do all this.” — Hayley McLean [0:40:47]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson
Britt Anderson on Instagram
Hayley McLean
The Benevolent Bench on Instagram The Benevolent Bench Podcast
The Benevolent Bench on Apple Podcast Mental Health Resource BC
Family Services of the North Shore Bell Let’s Talk Resources

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013. Breast Implant Illness: Shelbys Explant Journey and Why YOU Are Not Alone

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013. Breast Implant Illness: Shelbys Explant Journey and Why YOU Are Not Alone

Breast Implant Illness: Shelbys Explant Journey and Why YOU Are Not Alone

Episode 13: Show Notes.

If you haven’t heard of breast implant illness, that is because it’s a relatively new term for a condition that hasn’t been fully defined and isn’t yet medically recognized, at least not in an official capacity. Today, you hear from Shelby Kennedy. Yes, the same Shelby Kennedy you heard from a few weeks back, but this wife, mother, business owner, and fashion and lifestyle influencer is here to talk about a completely different topic – today, Shelby sheds some light on the world of breast implant illness, otherwise known as BII. In this episode, Shelby unpacks BII and shares a bit about her symptoms and her post-operative recovery. Learn about the full timeline of Shelby’s struggle with BII – from the first symptoms until her explant surgery – and find out what she learned along the way about advocating for her own health and trusting her gut. Most importantly, Shelby wants others suffering from this debilitating disease to know that they are not alone, and she urges women who suspect their implants are making them sick to do their research and reach out to her if they feel they need support. Tune in today to find out more.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How old Shelby was when she got breast implants and why she decided to get them.
  • Making the connection between her symptoms and her implants took Shelby a long time.
  • Her symptoms started after four months, including painful ovarian cysts and gut issues.
  • Hear the full timeline of Shelby’s struggle with BII, up until she tried to have a baby and was diagnosed with endometriosis.
  • Dealing with chronic pain and coping with loss after having both fallopian tubes removed.
  • After being diagnosed with a late stage seroma, Shelby had two choices: Remove her implants or replace them.
  • The dialogue (or lack of dialogue) around the risks associated with breast implants.
  • Shelby talks about giving up her last chance to carry a child after having a full hysterectomy.
  • One benefit of the hysterectomy was that Shelby could stop taking prescription painkillers.
  • In early 2019, Shelby started to experience unexplained bruising and chronic fatigue.
  • Come June 2019, Shelby started experiencing terrifying symptoms, and she lists all of them in case they resonate with anyone listening.
  • A neurologist told Shelby she had functional neurological disorder, which means they couldn’t link her symptoms to any disease.
  • Deciding to take another route, Shelby advocated for her own health and visited a naturopath.
  • How, when a friend told Shelby that she believed her implants were making her sick, Shelby had a light bulb moment.
  • Shelby explains why – even if she has no proof – she believes BII gave her endometriosis.
  • How implants can cause autoimmune conditions from the body rejecting a foreign entity. 
  • Finally, Shelby had her implants removed in February 2020 and everything changed.
  • Whether or not cosmetic surgeons recognize BII and the benefits of explants.
  • How common BII is – Shelby discovered that a disturbing number of women are sick.
  • Shelby urges women who suspect they have BII to do their research and to reach out to her.
  • Shelby asks listeners what they would sacrifice for perfect breasts.
  • Find out why Shelby chose to document her journey with BII and how she connected with Explant Liaison in the US.
  • Recovery isn’t linear, and Shelby speaks candidly about the medications still needs.

Tweetables:

“[For] my own personal reasons and my own struggles and challenges, I had two choices. One would be to remove my breast implants and go without, and the second would be to replace them. I chose to replace them, unfortunately.” — Shelby Kennedy [0:15:37]

You need to advocate for your own health because, right now, don’t let anyone tell you that there is a test that is going to tell you that it’s breast implant illness.” — Shelby Kennedy [0:30:04]

“How could my beloved breast implants – that cost me thousands of dollars and, I understood, made me feel great and sexy and all these amazing things – be making me sick for eight years? I was flabbergasted.” — Shelby Kennedy [0:31:58]

“No one is going to validate you. I think, at this point, the medical system has failed us. I know that there are a lot of people advocating, there are a lot of people trying to get the word out, and to get more tests done, and to get these women and question them, try to make connections.” — Shelby Kennedy [0:45:00]

“[Recovery is] a constant process of letting go and moving forward, a constant process of accepting and living for the now.” — Shelby Kennedy [0:56:37]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Shelby Kennedy on Instagram

Shelby Kennedy on YouTube

Explant Liaison

Explant Liaison on Instagram

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

012. The Stigma Surrounding Body Image During Pregnancy: All things Pregnancy  During COVID-19

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012. The Stigma Surrounding Body Image During Pregnancy: All Things Pregnancy During COVID-19 with Hayley McGowan

The Stigma Surrounding the Cute Baby Bump and All Things Pregnancy

Episode 12: Show Notes.

We have all been affected by the pandemic in many ways, from feelings of isolation to forming different habits and finding new ways of connecting. Joining us on the podcast today to talk about her experiences of pregnancy during 2020 and into the new year, is personal trainer and pilates instructor, Hayley McGowan! Hayley is a beautiful and powerful mother-to-be and she gets real with us about the journey and challenges she has faced along the way. We talk about loneliness, and the separation from loved ones that she has had to endure, with Hayley explaining how difficult it has been going through pregnancy in this way. Hayley also shares her thoughts on the issues of body image and people’s comments on the changes we experience as a baby grows inside us! There seems to be a bit of a mismatch between what many people think is appropriate to say to a pregnant woman and what is actually supportive and considerate. Internal and external expectations can weigh on us so heavily and Hayley is very open and honest about the parts of this she has found most challenging in the last year or so. She also speaks about the legacy of miscarriages and how this can affect the way a new pregnancy and expected birth is viewed. So for a personal and unfiltered chat with a great friend and guest, make sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Hayley’s career, life during the pandemic, and her pregnancy! 
  • The effects of 2020, the pandemic, and pregnancy on Hayley’s work. 
  • Expectations and pressure in the fitness industry around pregnancy. 
  • Unsolicited comments about pregnant bodies, and the different forms these take. 
  • The most difficult parts of Hayley’s pregnancy — dealing with isolation and loneliness. 
  • Hayley’s feelings going into her pregnancy and her early thoughts on children.  
  • The effects of the miscarriages that Hayley and her partner have experienced.  
  • Supporting mental health and the difficulties that Hayley has been having.
  • Hayley’s goals for completing more mountain bike races post-pregnancy! 
  • Giving yourself the space you need to spend longer in bed!
  • Lessons from Hayley’s background in sport and Ironman events.  
  • The training that pregnancy is giving Hayley for future sporting challenges!
  • A message about kindness and patience from Hayley to all our listeners.
  • Hayley’s current morning routine and how it compares with what it was previously.

Tweetables:

“I don’t get to see my best friends, I have five best girlfriends from when we were 13 and I haven’t been able to see them. I am the last one of the group to have a baby.” — @hayleymcgowan [0:12:42]

“I don’t get to get together with everyone in my life who loves me and supports me and who I love and support and have supported through their journeys.” — @hayleymcgowan [0:14:33]

“All the things that I identify with and that I love and I enjoy have been taken away. Which is a sacrifice I am grateful to make.” — @hayleymcgowan [0:15:20]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Hayley McGowan on LinkedIn

Hayley McGowan on Twitter

Lainey Gossip

Equinox

011. The Never List: Shifting Your Toxic Load One Lipstick at a Time

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The Never List: Shifting Your Toxic Load One Lipstick at a Time

with Guest Jennifer Nottingham

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The Never List: Shifting Your Toxic Load One Lipstick at a Time

Episode 11: Show Notes.

Most of us probably don’t spend too much time thinking about the chemicals in our skincare products, but did you know that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it? Today’s guest, Jennifer Nottingham, is on a mission to help others lighten their toxic load. After struggling with hormonal health, Jennifer has found what works for her and wants to share what she has learned. In this episode, we discuss the importance of advocating for your own health and how Jennifer uses Western and holistic medicine practices to honour her needs. We then learn more about toxic load and some of the astonishing side effects of toxin overexposure and bioaccumulation. Jennifer also sheds light on the policy and regulation side of personal care products and why the industry is so unregulated. Realistically, it is not possible to get rid of all harmful chemicals, but there are some small steps you can take to see significant changes. Jennifer shares which personal care products you should try to swap as soon as you can, along with the ingredients we should all be avoiding. To hear more, tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Get to know Jennifer, the hats she wears, and how she became interested in wellbeing.
  • Some of the powerful quotes that inspired Jennifer to take action and start her blog.
  • How Jennifer’s hormonal health led her to learn about holistic health.
  • The definition of toxic load and what we should be looking out for.
  • Jennifer’s experience navigating between the Western and holistic medicine worlds.
  • Some of the adverse effects of toxin overexposure. 
  • Why the current guidelines around appropriate toxin levels in beauty products fall short.
  • Approaching a personal care product overhaul like you would a diet: use the 80/20 rule.
  • How Jennifer found Beautycounter and the benefits of using the platform.
  • Findings around the lack of regulation with personal care products and the reason for this.
  • Cosmetics and personal care products don’t have to go through the FDA!
  • Why Canada, a progressive country, is not more stringently regulating the personal care industry.
  • The ingredients Jennifer recommends you avoid where possible.
  • Where to start if you want to decrease personal care toxic load.

Tweetables:

“The same way what we eat matters, what we put on our bodies matters too.” — Jennifer Nottingham [0:06:41]

“There’s enough studies out there that show the stuff we put on our body goes into it and can enter the bloodstream.” — Jennifer Nottingham [0:16:05]

“The other thing I really love about cleaner products is that it’s actually good for you. There’s a lot of really good ingredients.” — Jennifer Nottingham [0:30:14]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Jennifer Nottingham on Instagram

Environmental Working Group

Beautycounter

010. Finding Your Inner Strength and Power Through Divorce: Rebuilding Yourself then Building the Life of Your Dreams

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Finding Your Inner Strength and Power Through Divorce: Rebuilding Yourself to Build the Life of Your Dreams

Episode 10: Show Notes.

Finding Your Inner Strength and Power Through Divorce: Rebuilding Yourself to Build the Life of Your Dreams

Episode 10: Show Notes.

What would you do if you found yourself in a relationship that is not serving you, one that is not fulfilling your needs? Whatever relationship you are in that is not serving you – whether it be a marriage, partnership, or friendship – today on the show, you will hear from a mother, wife, business owner, and fashion and lifestyle influencer, Shelby Kennedy, who shares her divorce story. Find out how she discovered her inner strength to pull the ripcord, find self-love, and build the life of her dreams, and hear her advice for those who are stuck in a loveless marriage and afraid of moving forward. She also talks about the importance of acceptance, getting to know yourself on your own terms, and finding external support when your cup overflows, as well as making time for self-care and living for today, so make sure not to miss this episode!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Shelby provides listeners with a glimpse into her life and work.
  • How and why Shelby made the decision to leave a marriage that wasn’t serving her needs.
  • The process of finding herself post-divorce by traveling the world on her own.
  • Shelby believes that no one, including your kids, deserves to live in a loveless marriage.
  • Where Shelby landed after her travels and learned how to stand on her own two feet.
  • Because she only knew “me and you”, Shelby had to get to know and love herself.
  • The difference between young love and mature love is acceptance.
  • Shelby’s advice for those stuck or afraid of moving forward: Trust your gut!
  • The people that were there for Shelby when she was going through her hardest times.
  • Shelby reflects on the stresses of COVID and how it affects our relationships.
  • Finding support for mental health issues when your cup overflows and you’re overwhelmed.
  • Learn about the nighttime routine that allows Shelby to make time for self-care.
  • Words of wisdom Shelby hopes to impart on her daughter – live for today, don’t rush.
  • Just because you’ve been with someone for a long time doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
  • What’s next for Shelby, like starting a new business with her husband.

Tweetables:

“It was wading through a lot of learning and excitement and adventure, but also trying to forgive myself for getting married [young] and thinking I was ready when, in the end, I truly wasn’t and it wasn’t right.” — Shelby Kennedy [0:08:21]

“How can you love someone else if you don’t love yourself? How can you know what you’re looking for if you don’t really understand who you are? Essentially, that’s what I hoped to do because, when I left my husband, I only knew ‘me and you’, I [didn’t] know ‘Shelby by herself.’” — Shelby Kennedy [0:13:56]

“To my daughter, I say, ‘Trust your gut, listen to your mother, and don’t rush. Live for today! Enjoy your life for today. Don’t be governed by fear.’” — Shelby Kennedy [0:29:32]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Shelby Kennedy on Instagram

Shelby Kennedy on YouTube

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

009. Actionable Habits: Steps to Achieving the Life You Desire with Mandy Gill

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Episode 09: Show Notes.

Actionable Habits: Steps to Achieving the Life You Desire with Mandy Gill

Episode 09: Show Notes.

Athlete, entrepreneur, media personality, podcaster, Mandy Gill is a champion of everything health. After overcoming anorexia in her late teens, she fell in love with fitness and, from there, her passion of living life to the fullest – and helping others do the same – was born. Today, we hear from her in a one-on-one, candid conversation about her daily habits, including tidbits from her new podcast, Hooked on Habits, and she shares some of the actionable steps that she has learned from those she has interviewed. Listen in as Mandy asserts the importance of holding ourselves accountable, the benefits of eliminating distractions, and practicing daily to strengthen our mind like a muscle, as well as choosing carefully what it is that what we put our time into. What stands out about this conversation is Mandy’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for life, and we also find out how she maintains her focus and drive, so make sure to tune in to be inspired and maybe level up your daily routine a little bit too! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Mandy shares a bit about herself – not only what she does, but what she loves to do. 
  • Already having an online platform allowed Mandy to benefit from it in the pandemic.
  • The corporate development side of Mandy’s business and how she grew it.
  • The virtual events that have allowed her to stay connected with her audience during COVID.
  • How her podcast has helped Mandy foster more one-on-one conversations.
  • An actionable habit that has made a difference in Mandy’s daily life is waking up early.
  • The importance of movement and holding ourselves accountable for it.
  • Eliminating distractions by putting your phone on airplane mode – don’t let your phone dictate the start of your day!
  • Some of the habits Mandy hopes to pick up from her podcast guests, like reading more.
  • How our mind is like a muscle and how practicing daily strengthens that muscle.
  • The power of creating goals and making vision boards for ourselves and with our children.
  • Why saying ‘no’ or ‘heck yes!’ is important – it’s about what we choose to put our time into.
  • How Mandy maintains her focus and drive by living life to the fullest whenever she can.
  • What it was like exploring Ireland during a lockdown and having a change of scenery.
  • New goals on Mandy’s horizon, like getting back to racing in the new year.
  • Building physical and mental endurance, from a personal and a business perspective.
  • A bit more about Mandy’s routine and what has been most beneficial to her.
  • The benefits of meal prepping for your week on Sunday.

Tweetables:

“I find that there are three categories in which I keep my promise to myself when it comes to ensuring that I set myself up for a successful day. You dive into something like this, and it sounds like there are going to be 200 little avenues in order to get there, but really, for me, it [starts with] getting up at 5:45 in the morning.” — @MandyGill [0:11:18]

“We always talk about how we work our muscles and we want our legs to become stronger so we can run faster, well, the mind is much like a muscle. As long as we can continue to work that and do it on a regular, day-to-day basis, it does become one.” — @MandyGill [0:19:40]

“We can focus so much on the negative and allow that to get us down, and I’m not just talking about where we are right now, within our new [circumstances], I’m talking about in general.” — @MandyGill [0:27:12]

“Once you dial in the meals that you really enjoy and you start to add in different things, if you do have a job which requires a very demanding schedule, or you’re getting used to working at home but, at noon, you’re opening the fridge and you’re like, ‘What am I going to have?’ [meal prepping] is a wonderful tool to have in your belt.” — @MandyGill [0:36:37]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Mandy Gill on Twitter

Mandy Gill on LinkedIn

Mandy Gill on Instagram

Mandy Gill on Facebook

Mandy Gill

Hooked on Habits Podcast

Britt Anderson

ritt Anderson on Instagram

008. Embracing Your Feminine While Acknowledging Your Masculine Energy and Finding Your Inner ENERGY to Propel with Rebecca Streb 

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Episode 008: Show Notes.

Rebecca Streb: Be Naturally Fit

Embracing Your Feminine While Acknowledging Your Masculine Energy and Finding Your Inner ENERGY to Propel with Rebecca Streb 

Episode 008: Show Notes.

So many of us are disconnected from our divine feminine energy because we believe that masculine energy is necessary to make it in the world and be successful. But what if we tapped back into our essence of love, openness, and grace? How might we be able to transform ourselves and the world around us? These are some of the profound questions today’s guest, Rebecca Streb of Be Naturally Fit, poses in our discussion today. As a women’s health coach and personal trainer for the past decade, Rebecca has gone down many fitness avenues. Her online coaching now focuses on a more holistic approach to wellness, underpinned by an emphasis on mindfulness and energy connection. In this episode – after Rebecca introduces herself – we talk about feminine energy and the transformative power that comes with connecting to it. We also discuss her experience of contracting COVID, the long health battle she fought afterwards, and the resulting empathy and self-reflexivity she gained. While this year has no doubt been trying, there are infinite silver linings if we are willing to find them. Along with this, we touch on some of Rebecca’s healing protocols, the essence of mindfulness and living mindfully, and how we can all become our own self-healers. Be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Get to know Rebecca, her background in fitness and women’s health and her online coaching focus.
  • The power of silence and focus: Clarity comes from doing the work.
  • What Rebecca’s work entails and her holistic approach to helping women.
  • Women need to step back into their feminine energy and navigate life with grace.
  • Rebecca’s experience of running an online coaching program during COVID.
  • Hear about Rebecca’s struggles when she contracted COVID and the long-lasting symptoms.
  • The empathy Rebecca gained from her difficulty with COVID.
  • How an infrared sauna and Zack Bush’s probiotic have helped Rebecca with her recovery.
  • Benefits Rebecca has seen from taking cold showers every morning for the past two years.
  • Rebecca’s morning routine and the Kundalini practice that connects her to her true self.
  • Some advice from Rebecca for women who truly want to change.
  • Mindfulness is an embodied practice; it is not something you have to think about.
  • Final tidbits from Rebecca: You can be your own self-healer if you do the work!

Tweetables:

“There’s a method that I’ve created that helps women get crystal clear on what is best for them and their goals.” — Rebecca Streb [0:05:49]

“We want love. We’re feminine beings.” — Rebecca Streb [0:13:07]

“To muck away the conditioning and the stories and the monkey mind, we want to really polish that true self.” — Rebecca Streb [0:30:42]

“What you’re not changing, you’re choosing.” — Rebecca Streb [0:33:22]

“Becoming your own self-healer isn’t that hard, but it takes you knowing what your own triggers and encouragements, and motivators are.” — Rebecca Streb [0:37:36]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Be Naturally Fit

Rebecca Streb on Instagram

Fiercely Feminine

David Deida

Zach Bush

Zach Bush Probiotic

007: Life After Deaf: Finding Grace, Balance, and Beauty in a Life Without Sound with Monique Williamson 

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Episode 007 Show Notes.

Monique Williamson

Life After Deaf: Finding Grace, Balance, and Beauty in a Life Without Sound with Monique Williamson 

Episode 07: Show Notes.

Can you imagine what it’s like waking up one morning to find that you can no longer hear? What raising two children, running a business, and being a new wife must be like when you have to navigate a whole new (silent) world? Our guest today, Monique Williamson, talks to us about how she advocated through the healthcare system and managed to find fulfillment in life after going deaf. She shares her traumatic experience with persistent vertigo, undergoing every test and therapy in the book, and leaving the hospital with no answers for years. When her hearing failed to return, she eventually opted for cochlear implants, which changed her life and facilitated hearing in her one ear. But, after numerous consequent health problems and misdiagnoses, it was later discovered that the severe ulcers in her throat and colon were caused by Crohn’s disease. What stands out from the conversation is Monique’s appeal to listeners about being their own advocates when it comes to their health, testifying to the many slip-ups the doctors and nurses had made during her five years of suffering. Our guest also talks about how she stays positive and why it is so important to keep focused on what you have rather than what you’ve lost in the most difficult periods of life. 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Monique: her age, kids, and the qualities that she is known for. 
  • Combing her knowledge of home renovations and selling in her role as a realtor.  
  • Learn about some of Monique’s entrepreneurial endeavors and the goals she had for her life. 
  • Her most terrifying experiences of vertigo, losing her hearing, and being misdiagnosed.
  • What it was like undergoing numerous therapies and tests from various doctors. 
  • Monique’s physical and mental state on the day of her ‘dream’ wedding. 
  • The difficulty of asking for help and being vulnerable as a type-A personality. 
  • Deciding to go for a cochlear implant despite the risks or what it looked like. 
  • The many other complications Monique suffered in addition to losing her hearing. 
  • The events leading up to doctors discovering ulcers in her colon and diagnosing her with Crohn’s disease. 
  • The importance of advocating for yourself and pushing people to not give up on you. 
  • Why she had one of her kidneys removed and how it impacted her high blood pressure. 
  • Monique shares how she has managed to take care of her mental health. 
  • Why, despite the years of trauma, she would not change anything about what happened. 
  • How your life and sense of fulfillment changes when you begin to focus on the positive. 
  • Daily practices for staying grateful, letting go of negativity, and learning to love your body. 

Tweetables:

“One of the things that I believe is that there are absolutely no accidents in life. Everything happens and it is purposeful, and if you ask, you do receive.” — Monique Williamson [0:05:50]

“You really don’t understand that deafness is a silent disability and nobody understands how important it is to be able to communicate and hear.” —Monique Williamson [0:12:55]

“No one can tell me why I went deaf.” —Monique Williamson [0:14:54]

“Even though I have been through so much, I am out of it. I am in remission. So, I have to dwell on what I have. That keeps me from going into a depressed state.” —Monique Williamson [0:23:40] 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Monique Williamson 

Monique Williamson on Instagram

Life After Death

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

006: Endurance in the World of Mental Health with Tory Scholz

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Episode 06: Show Notes.

Tory Sholz

A real conversation with friend, coach and mental health advocate Tory Sholz.

ENDURANCE: Finding the Correlation Between Physical and Mental Endurance in the World of Mental Health with Tory Scholz

As much as we know about the benefits of movement, the conversation around mental health could still include more on the power of physical exertion and endurance. This is the view of our guest, Tory Scholz, who is a mental health advocate, endurance runner, coach, public educator, writer, and counsellor! Tory joins us on the show to talk about her own journey with endurance, her work in mental health and her beliefs about how much power and agency we can find in getting out there and sweating! Tory currently offers programs for individual clients to help them reach athletic goals while addressing any other concerns they may be having. She works with Foundry, aiding people and groups of all ages, and integrating movement practices with evidence-based psychotherapeutic methods. Our guest explains why she sees this ‘endurance method’ as a powerful way to prevent, manage and treat mental illness, and she breaks down her own process and experiences of this. As an ultra-distance competitor, Tory has competed in international championships, in distances over 100km! This is an amazing conversation about a topic that deserves more airtime, so make sure to tune in to get it all!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Tory and Britt met and their immediate connection!
  • The path to ultra-distance running, and going from zero to hero.
  • The simplicity of jogging long distances, and what Tory considers her strengths.
  • Why Tory believes that running saved her life!
  • Using movement as an approach to improving and dealing with mental health.
  • The dangers of an over-reliance on modern conveniences.
  • Tory’s work at Foundry and her experiences of the younger generation’s habits.
  • Avoiding the term ‘exercise’ and the idea of end results because of the connotations.
  • The power of the word ‘endurance’ and its roots.
  • Using existent strengths in a person to aid development in other areas.
  • The deep love that Tory has for her favourite purple shirt!
  • Tory’s tips for getting into the world of trail running and exploring the mountains!

Tweetables:

“I am just really fascinated with the connection between moving our bodies, especially in nature, and our mental health.” — Tory Scholz [0:10:17]

“The science is there, so how do we make this a mainstream practice?” — Tory Scholz [0:11:37]

“As these modern day conveniences have become more accessible in our society, we’ve seen, as a whole, how our mental health has deteriorated.” — Tory Scholz [0:14:24]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Tory Scholz Email

Tory Scholz on Instagram

The Trail Runnng Women Podcast

Foundry

Rachel Hollis

Guy Faulkner


005: ‘Tis the season of added stress as the holidays are upon us amidst a global pandemic: Signs to watch for to avoid Adrenal Fatigue and Burn out

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Episode 05: Show Notes:

’Tis the Season of Added Stress as the Holidays are Upon Us Amidst A Global Pandemic: Signs to Watch for to Avoid Adrenal Fatigue and Burnout

Daily life in the modern world is stressful, and with Christmas on the way as well as a global pandemic on our hands, the risks of burnout are bigger than ever. Today we explore the subject of adrenal fatigue as well as approaches to preventing and recovering from this syndrome with Dr. Sarah Harbottle, a naturopathic doctor practicing in British Columbia. Dr. Harbottle begins by telling the story of how the burnout she was experiencing in her twenties from her stressful career as a corporate lawyer led her to seek out the help of a naturopathic doctor. The treatment she received was so beneficial to her that she decided to study to become a naturopathic doctor herself, and we talk about how she incorporates this philosophy into the way she treats patients feeling the effects of burnout. For Dr. Harbottle, the treatment and prevention of adrenal fatigue centers around an integrated approach that incorporates a healthy balance of many factors including sleep, diet, exercise, perception, and supplements. We also talk about lifestyles that cause adrenal fatigue, what the term ‘adrenal fatigue’ refers to and how to diagnose this syndrome, and the role cortisol levels play in feelings of burnout. So, if you are feeling like you are in a constant state of fight or flight, this episode could help you take the first steps toward a lifestyle change and lead you back to a state of calm and centeredness.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An overview of Dr. Harbottle’s career; her switch from corporate law into naturopathic medicine.
  • Dr. Harbottle’s lifestyle and experience of adrenal fatigue while she was a corporate lawyer.
  • How naturopathic medicine helped Dr. Harbottle recover from adrenal fatigue.
  • The negative effects of stress and the work Dr. Harbottle does to help patients be less stressed.
  • Symptoms of adrenal fatigue and how the condition changes as it gets worse.
  • The process of ‘diagnosing’ adrenal fatigue by ruling out other conditions first.
  • How the term ‘adrenal fatigue’ is controversial because it describes a syndrome, or a group of symptoms.
  • Treating adrenal fatigue: Optimizing sleep, reducing caffeine, mind-body therapy, herbs.
  • The line between healthy exercise and overexercising; how the latter exacerbates adrenal fatigue.
  • How cortisol is good for us but if our levels are too high this contributes to adrenal fatigue.
  • Methods for being proactive with health to avoid burnout and adrenal fatigue.
  • High stress levels and the pandemic; how to keep this to a minimum right now.
  • Juggling plastic and glass balls: An analogy that helps us prioritize.
  • Essential supplements in Dr. Harbottle’s cupboard for sleep, gut health, and adrenal health.
  • Dr. Harbottle’s methods for keeping her own adrenal health intact right now.
  • Regular meals versus intermittent fasting for different body types.
  • What Dr. Harbottle’s morning routine looks like as a mom of three.
  • A deeper dive into Dr. Harbottle’s individualized treatment approach.

Tweetables:

“My first experience with naturopathic medicine was as a fairly stressed out junior lawyer, so I sought out naturopathic medicine to help with that – with stress and burnout, with adrenal fatigue.” — Dr. Sarah Harbottle [0:02:07]

“If you perceive something as stressful it will be stressful and your body will react, but if you can switch your mindset so that stressor isn’t actually perceived as such, then you are not going to have that same physiological response.” — Dr. Sarah Harbottle [0:06:36]

“Cortisol is good, but you want to have the right output. Too much is going to make you feel anxious. It’s that fight or flight response.” — Dr. Sarah Harbottle  [0:15:52]

“A big one with our adrenal health is really working on our boundaries.” — Dr. Sarah Harbottle [0:20:48]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Sarah Harbottle
Dr. Sarah Harbottle on Instagram

Life Integrative

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram


004: It’s Beginning to look a lot like, Shopping! Holiday Gift Guide w/ Nathalie Rees

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Episode 04: Show Notes:

Holiday Gift Guide: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shopping with Nathalie Rees

Today we are sitting down with PR and style expert Nathalie Rees, a Vancouverite who works with brands in the lifestyle, fitness, and apparel industries and does collaborations for Park Royal. After she introduces herself and talks about her various roles, we dive into Nathalie’s must-have items for this holiday season, which we know is likely to be a bit different this year. But just because you are staying home does not mean you can’t get dressed up for at least one evening, so do yourself a favor and buy that sparkly dress or skirt you’ve been eyeing all season. If comfort is your idea of style, why not jazz up your sweatpants with unusual textures and some bling to go with it? Who said sleep and sportswear can’t be glamorous? And when it comes to the guys, we know they love a good staple, from hoodies and sweaters to boots and custom-made wooden watches. Tuning in to this episode, listeners will hear tons of gift ideas, big and small, for men and women of all ages. One thing’s for sure: after this year, we all deserve a treat and, whether it is a spa membership or that Peloton bike you’ve always wanted, now it the perfect time to go for it!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Nathalie gives us a glimpse into her life as a mom, former gymnast, and businesswoman. 
  • Where she is now in her career and her role as dot-connector in their agency business. 
  • How her past experiences have prepared her to stand out in the social media age. 
  • Growing your social media presence by focusing on the audience you already have. 
  • Why we should get dressed up this holiday despite what the circumstances might be. 
  • The cute hoodies, sweats, and sweaters that are glamorous yet comfy this season. 
  • Nathalie pulls some amazing gift ideas from the gift guides she has been working on. 
  • Why stackable rings are the best present to give the woman in your life. 
  • Keeping in mind that the best gifts are the things people wouldn’t buy for themselves. 
  • Consider bigger items that will last a long time and can be used by others in the family. 
  • Gift certificates for skincare and other self-care treatments are a winner for men and women. 
  • Everything you need to know about the jeans you can do squats in!
  • Custom wooden watches, boots, outerwear, and other practical staples for guys. 
  • An idea for wrapping, storing, and keeping kids’ toys organized and out of the way. 
  • Using the opportunity to take a break from the regular holiday craziness this year.  

Tweetables:

“Treat yourself because it has been a crazy year. So, if you see that little black sparkly dress or outfit, go for it and buy it.” — @nathalierees [0:10:45]

“I’m really into stackable rings on the jewelry side this year.” —@nathalierees [0:14:57]

“The best gift is something that you know someone would really want but they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves.” — @nathalierees [0:15:49]

“Every single guy that I put in a pair of DUERs has just absolutely adored them.” — @nathalierees [0:20:52]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Nathalie Rees

Nathalie Rees on Instagram

Nathalie Rees on Twitter

Park Royal

lululemon

BT

CTV Morning Live

H&M

Aritzia

Lugaro

Peloton

Plain Jane Skinbar

DUER

Tense

MYCITY Apparel

IKEA

Room In Order

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

TSN 1040


003. Feeling Festive: Holiday Must-Haves, From Wardrobe to Gifts Under the Tree with Ashlynn Louise

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Episode 03: Show Notes:

Feeling Festive: Holiday Must-Haves, From Wardrobe to Gifts Under the Tree with Ashlynn Louise

With the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to choosing festive outfits and gifts for our loved ones. Today’s guest, Ashlynn Louise, is here to help make those decisions easier, sharing her holiday must-haves on the show. As a wifey, momma of three, fashion blogger, and self-proclaimed blondie, Ashlynn uses Instagram as her creative outlet and way to connect. After getting to know the blondeblogshell herself, we hear about her top three fashion picks this season. From over-the-knee boots to leather SPANX leggings, these pieces will make sure you stand out at every party you go to. We also discuss some of the best gifts you can give your loved ones to ensure they are smiling from ear to ear. No conversation about the holidays would be complete without talking about decorations, so Ashlynn shares how she gets her house holiday-ready. If you are in need of some festive inspo, be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Get to know Ashlynn, her life as a stay-at-home mom, and fashion blogger.
  • Beginning as a fashion blogger; Ashlynn’s start and how she made it into a side hustle.
  • Ashlynn’s top three fashion must-haves: Over-the-knee boots, SPANX leather leggings, and a chiffon dress.
  • Why Ashlynn loves sentimental jewelry pieces; her number one pick for a woman’s gift.
  • Other top holiday presents for women: Any beauty products or fashion items.
  • If your husband is outdoorsy, consider something from Patagonia.
  • Throwback video games that are great gifts for your kids this holiday season.
  • Why Ashlynn decided to decorate her home early this year.
  • Holiday traditions Ashlynn and her family follow like matching pajamas and new ornaments.
  • Hear about some of the benefits of having a fake tree.
  • Ashlynn’s top tips on getting affordable decorations: Go shopping right after Christmas.
  • Staying caffeinated on Diet Coke and pre-workout helps Ashlynn get through her days.
  • Instagram has been a great creative outlet for Ashlynn and a way to connect with women.
  • How Ashlynn came up with the name ‘blondeblogshell’.

Tweetables:

“All things beauty for women, you just can never go wrong.” — Ashlynn Louise [0:09:05]

“We needed that joy in our home, we need that uplifting spirit here in our home, and you know what? I just said, ‘Forget the whole Thanksgiving rule. We’re just going to decorate a bit early this year.’ So, we did.” — Ashlynn Louise[0:12:09]

“That’s what happens when you have children, right? You learn a lot about yourself.” — Ashlynn Louise [0:19:29]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Ashlynn Louise

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings 

Dear Ava

Patagonia

Cellucor


002. Decoding Child & Youth Anxiety through times of stress: How you as a parent can help w/ Jenna Gleeson

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Episode 02: Show Notes.

Decoding Child & Youth Anxiety through Times of Stress and How You as a Parent Can Help with Jenna Gleeson

Welcome to the Mom Sweat Sanity Podcast! Joining us for episode number one is clinical counsellor and mental health and wellness expert, Jenna Gleeson. Jenna specializes in child and family counselling, helping clients identify and tackle issues with anxiety and stress appearing in younger members. In our conversation, we get to hear from our guest about the basics of anxiety in children and the common signs of unusual amounts of stress on young minds and bodies. Jenna unpacks the impact that family dynamics have and how symptoms of an environment are reflected in children’s health and behaviour. We go through some tell-tale signs of high stress and Jenna explains how these differ across age groups. From there, we turn to some strategies and methods for addressing these kinds of issues, starting with conversations and the examples that are set for children. For Jenna, experiences of anxiety are on a continuum, and all children should feel it is okay to have these feelings, and this starts with parents and their behaviours and attitudes towards difficult circumstances or events. We talk about the power of daily check-ins, the evolving landscape of mental health discourse, and why trying to set a perfect example is detrimental to a child’s self image. For this illuminating and important conversation, be sure to listen to the show today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An overview of Jenna’s journey, personal life, and her work in clinical counselling. 
  • Jenna’s early desire to get into the counselling field, and the events that inspired this. 
  • Anxiety in children and reflections on this subject during the pandemic. 
  • The ways in which stressful family dynamics play out and show up in different children. 
  • Steps for parents to take in aid of children experiencing unusual stress and anxiety.
  • Normalizing the presence of anxiety through communication and sharing. 
  • Ways to challenge and balance negative thoughts at different ages.
  • Helpful resources for cognitive therapy; why Jenna recommends the MindShift app. 
  • Progress in societal conversations about mental and emotional health 
  • Getting away from a myth of perfection and setting an unrealistic example for children. 
  • More useful resources recommended by Jenna! 
  • Starting from a strong foundation for health and wellbeing — leading by example.

Tweetables:

“I think my counsellor who I had as a teenager was a really big mentor for me.” — Jenna Gleeson [0:02:28]

“There is literature coming out that is saying that findings are showing that COVID is greatly impacting the wellbeing of families.” — Jenna Gleeson [0:03:58]

“If we are only allowing our kids to see us as perfect then that is a really unrealistic expectation for them.” — Jenna Gleeson [0:24:43]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Britt Anderson

Britt Anderson on Instagram

Jenna Gleeson on LinkedIn

Jenna Gleeson on Instagram

MindShift App

Anxiety Canada

Kelty Mental Health

CounsellingBC


Episode 1: Who Am I?

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Episode 01: Show Notes. 

Welcome to my Podcast! Hello everybody and welcome to the very first episode of The Mom Sweat Sanity Podcast! It is so exciting to be starting this wonderful adventure together, who knows where this thing could go from here? This is the podcast where we talk about all the things in moms’ lives, that’s right, nothing is off limits! We get into health, kids, fitness, relationships, and everything in between. Britt will be hosting an array of exciting and knowledgeable guests for some great conversations, hoping to give you, the listener, actionable and practical tips for your everyday life! This is a place showcasing highlights, as well as the moments and areas of struggle, and the hope is that it is also a space that we can all connect over these shared experiences. Thank you so much for tuning in and see you next week! 

Key Points From This Episode: A little about Britt; her background, family life, hopes for this podcast and more!Experiences hosting a mom squad for new mothers and how this paved the way for the show.The fears that stood in the way of stepping into this space — until now!Jumping in, making change today, and starting this exciting journey together. 

Tweetables: 

“Thank you so much for tuning in. I look forward to what this space has the potential to hold.” — Britt Anderson [0:01:10] 

“Hold on tight, you never know who might be taking the mic with me.” — Britt Anderson [0:01:38] 

“I have no idea what lies ahead, but if I don’t move forward today I never will know and I will always keep wondering.” — Britt Anderson [0:03:49] 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: 

Britt Anderson

Mom Sweat Sanity on Instagram