Elissa Goodman on Holistic Nutrition, Healing & Wellness Trends

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I had the pleasure of meeting Elissa Goodman at a recent wellness event I attended and knew I had to interview her from the moment I met her. She is a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle cleanse expert and has an incredible story to share. Enjoy ♥

1. Were you interested in holistic nutrition before you became diagnosed with cancer?

My interest was piqued from visiting the Rancho La Puerta health ranch with my mom in my teen years (she was asthmatic and these yearly visits transformed her life). In the 70’s, my mom took sugar out of the house and she was a bit ahead of her time. Although, I hated it, these things certainly stuck with me. You don’t want to have to think about those things, but ultimately they come back to you when you need it and that’s really what it was for me. This foundation was laid in my youth and came back into my life when I was ready to receive it.

2. Once you received your diagnosis, what steps did you take to explore holistic alternatives that you thought might help you?

My diagnosis really changed the course of my life. Up until that point, I was living a fast-paced life, existing on takeout, sushi, and stress was the daily norm. It didn’t take a lot of time after I was diagnosed with cancer to get into juicing, plant-based diet, therapy, yoga, colonics, and acupuncture. These felt more natural and healing then chemo and radiation (I opted out of chemo and did a shorter version of radiation). I went full speed ahead with these practices and continue to do so to this day. I was lucky to have a fresh juice shop in my area which is still is there today. I started drinking straight carrot juice and in time, gradually expanded to adding greens and other nutrients to my juices. I loved how I felt after yoga and getting into therapy for the first time in my life was a hard process, but really changed my life.

3. What was your biggest takeaway after beating cancer?

You can heal anything. Cancer was a tap on my shoulder telling me that the way I was living wasn’t working. If you provide the right environment, the body CAN heal and wants to heal. I became a seeker of knowledge and still commit myself to getting to the root cause of any health issue so I help others to do so the same.

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4. What do you eat in a typical day now?

I start my day with a Bulletproof Matcha or Coffee (depending on the day and the amount of caffeine I want!), next is a green juice (with no fruit) and flax seeds. Lunch is typically a raw salad with leafy greens lots of veggies, seeds and a vegan protein. I like to eat dinner with my family and have something warm and seasonal with either another vegan protein (tempeh is a big hit in my house), lots of green veggies, and a gluten free whole grain or 5 oz. piece of wild salmon. I stick to the rule of adding fats, greens, lean proteins, and complex carbs to make a complete dinner.

5. What is your favorite wellness trend right now?

Mindfulness. We’re all moving a million miles an hour. I’m continuously reminded how much I need to slow down and I think we all need to be a little more mindful. It shouldn’t be a trend, it should be a timeless habit, but I’m happy to see a focus on it!

6. What podcast or book are you loving lately?

I like Mind Body Green’s Podcast, That’s So Retrograde, and Lewis Howes’ “The School of Greatness”. I go through phases of reading, looking forward to The Medical Medium’s next book release on Thyroid Disease and just finished Dr. Aviva Romm’s book on Thyroid Health and it was fascinating!

7. What is your favorite mantra right now and why?

Everything happens for a reason.

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8. Do you have any morning rituals you consistently stick to?

I wake up and drink 16 ounces of water religiously (I keep it by my bedside to make it really easy to do so). I like to read my friend, Ryan Weiss’s “Waking Up with Ryan” emails to set my intention for the day.

9. How can people work with you to cleanse their own bodies and lives?

I want information on to be accessible to everyone, if you can’t come in and see me in-person for a session or don’t live in Los Angeles and can’t participate in my cleanse program, I post endless healthy recipes on my website www.elissagoodman.com as well as all the latest wellness topics. I also use my Instagram as a platform to share all my favorite products, recipes, health tips, supplement recommendations. You can also find my show The Elissa Goodman Show on YouTube, this is where I interview “wellness warriors” about how they’ve healed (lots of great tips for everyone in these interviews!).

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You can follow along on Elissa’s journey on Instagram at @elissagoodman and visit her website at http://www.elissagoodman.com.

This interview is part of Happsters Happy Questions, an ongoing series of interviews that take a peek inside the lives of inspiring women around the world.

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Sophie Jaffe from Philosophie Superfoods on Standing up for Your Beliefs, Sacred Morning Quiet Time & Waffles

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I’m honored to share with you an interview that I did with raw food chef, Sophie Jaffe. I first heard her on one of my favorite podcasts, Almost 30 and have loved her ever since. Enjoy ♥

1. How did you decide to start your brand Philosophie and what is it?

I decided to start my brand, Philosophie Superfoods, one day while on vacation in I Israel, when I was floating in the dead sea with my husband Adi. I had been a private chef and created cleanses for many clients. It would drive me crazy to be in the middle of a making a smoothie, or about to prepare a meal, and realize I was out of just ONE of my superfoods. I was tired of depending so much time driving all over LA searching for Maca, or Cacao, or Reishi, and wanted the ease and convenience of having a nourishing blend of superfoods all rolled into one package!

2. When you picture your happiest life, what do you see?

I’m so lucky to say my happiest life isn’t far from what I experience now, tons of support, beautiful humans, lots of laughter and joy. When I walk myself through my “dream” scenario, I actually laugh because it’s very much similar to what my reality is now. I suppose feeling more financially stable would be nice and also traveling more as a family. Otherwise, I’m beyond blissed out most of the time! So grateful.

3. What attracted you to being a raw food chef?

I loved the science behind being a raw food chef and know what a tremendous impact it makes on our bodies and overall wellness! Plants are so powerful and learning to create nourishing dishes was such a delicious thrill!

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4. Is it important to have a morning routine? What does your morning routine consist of?

I love my sacred morning quiet time before the kiddos are up. The first 30 minutes is when I try to get my meditation on to start my day off on the right foot. I try to find some beautiful morning light and get some stretching done as well.

Then, I head down to my kitchen to make a Philosophie Superfood Coffee. So easy, I throw these ingredients into my Blendtec Blender:

*1 cup brewed coffee

*Splash of Califia Farms Coconut Creamer

*2 tbsp Philosophie Coconut Butter

*Cinnamon, to taste

*1 tsp Cacao Magic

*1 tsp Solstice Canyon Almond Butter

5. What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is different! Time with my kiddos before school is a must, we always make a high vibrational breakfast together, either Green Dream Waffles or our home favorite Cacao Smoothie.

Then, I get my fitness on! That could be a HIIT workout out front in my yard, or a sweaty hot8 class to stretch it out! I also love the occasional spin class at Soulcycle! After that, WORK TIME, whether I’m at home answering emails for my company Philosophie Superfoods or out in LA at a fun event with other awesome influencers, I’m always maximizing my “work time” for the day! Next, I’m able to pick the boys up from their darling Waldorf School and take them to get their flow on at our favorite yoga studio for mini’s, Soul Play Yoga, followed by picking up fresh fruits+veggies at the Culver City Farmers market! We head home in time to cook a delicious meal for dinner, normally that’s roasted veggies, hummus, lentils, salmon, tons of greens or a Cauliflower Crust pizza! I’m a big believer in balance, so great quality dark chocolate dipped in a yummy nut butter like Solstice Canyon, is always dessert!

My bedtime routine is found here.

6. What is your favorite mantra that continues to be relevant in your life?

Saying no to others is saying yes to myself.

7. How do you balance being a mom with your job?

It’s always a juggle balancing being a mama and owning my own company. I have a great support system, from my amazing hubby Adi, to loving nannies and employees who all band together to keep this thing afloat! It’s not always easy but totally worth it, and wouldn’t have it any other way! I also love getting together with our mamas and seeing what works and what doesn’t work for them, and providing an outlet for each other!

8. If you could tell your past self something 10 years ago, what would it be?

If I could tell my past self anything, I would say stand up for your beliefs and stay authentic to your needs. Don’t try and please others in sacrificing your own well being. It will always catch up to you.

9. Do you have any retreats or courses coming up that readers may be interested in?

I have tons of retreats coming up! I lead women’s only retreats, as well as couples retreats! They are so moving and life changing, please come grow with me! You can find more info here: http://www.wildwellnesstravel.com/igntd-couples-vail/

Thank you so much for hanging with me!

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You can follow along on Sophie’s journey on Instagram at @sophie.jaffe and visit her website at https://www.thephilosophie.com/.

This interview is part of Happsters Happy Questions, an ongoing series of interviews that take a peek inside the lives of inspiring women around the world.

 

Kristy Malone on Nutritional Therapy, Mental Health & Using Your Intuition

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I’m so excited to share this interview with you today that I did with my new friend, Kristy. She has such an interesting background with experience as a mental health therapist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and I loved how she shared practical and helpful advice about happiness, intuition and so much more. Enjoy! ♥♥♥

1. What has your journey been to becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and mental health therapist?

I first received my Master’s in counseling, and I had been working with military sexual assault victims for several years when the stress of my job took a massive toll on my health. Doctors offered me diagnoses like PCOS, hypothyroidism, and autoimmune disease, and while they were quick to prescribe medications to manage my symptoms, they weren’t interested in getting at the root cause of these conditions. My intuition told me that I needed to dig deeper and I suspected that nutrition was a big piece of the puzzle. This led me to study nutritional therapy, and from there everything clicked for me. I was able to heal my body, reverse all diagnoses, and most of all I gained a deeper understanding of the powerful connection between physical and emotional health. I now combine these two skillsets to help my clients find optimal wellness and happiness!

2. Do you have any tips on tuning into your intuition?

Absolutely! Our intuition always tells us what we need, but oftentimes we forget to listen, or we rationalize it away. Sometimes intuition manifests as something you just “have a hunch” about; but I have found that intuition more frequently speaks through emotions as opposed to profound epiphanies. For example, anxiety shows up to let us know that something isn’t right in our environment or in our life balance. Conversely, we feel peace and happiness when things are in balance. Sometimes you just have a certain “feeling” about someone or something… start to pay attention to how you feel around specific people and in your daily situations.

If you feel insecure in a relationship or in your workplace, something is off and needs further investigation. You feel that way for a reason. If your romantic relationship is creating more stress than happiness, then something has to change no matter how desirable that person is or how perfect they “could” be. If you are filled with dread every Sunday night in anticipation of going back to your job on Monday, you need to ask yourself if that job is truly serving you, no matter how great the pay is or how good it looks on paper. These emotional cues, if we pay attention to them, can connect us to our intuition and guide us towards that which is good for us, and away from that which does not serve us. Ultimately, listening to your intuition is the blueprint for happiness.

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3. What are you looking forward to most in the next month, personally or professionally?

So much! This season of my life has been one of tremendous growth in all possible ways. Professionally, I have just been invited to join a private therapy practice in Carlsbad with an amazing group of people, and I couldn’t be more excited about that. Personally, I am finding that new people continue to come into my life who bring positive energy, inspiring ideas, and new experiences. I greatly look forward to deepening these relationships and opening myself up to more meaningful connection.

4. What is your go-to breakfast?

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and it’s also truly the most important one in many ways! My go-to breakfast is sweet potato ribbons sautéed in coconut oil, two fried eggs, sliced avocado, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It is SO tasty, well-balanced, and keeps me full without weighing me down!

5. What daily rituals do you have that help you stay positive and happy?

  1. Nourishing food. Eating right for my body as well as treating myself is a huge key to my happiness. The foods we eat can impact our mood and wellbeing tremendously, so I feel my best when I’m giving my body what it needs and avoiding foods that trigger a negative response.
  2. Positive self-talk. Anxiety shows up for me from time to time, and I have learned that the content of my thoughts has a huge impact on how severe it is and how long it stays. Rather than letting my thoughts run away with me (“Things are falling apart”, “I can’t do this,” etc), I intentionally keep my thoughts positive (“Everything will be ok”, “I can handle this”). Thoughts have power, so what you say to yourself is really important!
  3. Human connection. Connecting with the people I love is a daily practice that keeps me grounded and optimistic even during challenging times. I have a wonderful support system and knowing that there are people who truly know me, and who will be there to celebrate the high points and have my back through the low points is more valuable than anything money can buy.

6. What has been your biggest learning experience in life?

There have been MANY, but the common thread in my most profound learning experiences has been finding the courage to let go of things that don’t serve me, and trusting that better things will follow. It is so hard to risk leaving a job, a relationship, or even a belief system without knowing what the next step will be. Sometimes even when things aren’t making us happy, mediocrity can be a comfortable place to stay because things will almost certainly get harder before they get better. However, it is SO worth it to take the risks, and to pursue a truly fulfilling life as opposed to a tolerable one. I suppose I could sum it up as “NEVER SETTLE!”

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7. What do you think is the key to a happy, joyful life?

I subscribe to the idea that happiness is more about the journey than the destination. Goals are extremely important, but ultimately, a joyful life comes from the people and experiences you have along the way. Genuine connection with other human beings, to show your soul to someone and have them show you theirs, to love and to be loved… to me, that is the essence of a happy life. We are all in this together, and that is a beautiful thing.

8. What is your favorite mantra?

I tend to adopt different mantras based on what’s going on in my life, but recently my mantra has been “Everything is figureoutable” (by Marie Forleo). It’s true- it is! It’s the limiting belief that we cannot overcome challenges that is the true obstacle.

9. Do you have any courses or retreats coming up you’d like readers to know about?

Yes! My business partner and I have a group for women called “Cravings & Connections” which focuses on un-complicating the nutritional and emotional elements of wellness. We talk about the emotional components of eating, why we have cravings and how to respond to them, exploring our relationship with ourselves and with food, and we also break down some complicated topics like blood sugar balance and digestion in a way that’s fun, actually makes sense, and provides tools for better health. More than just a group, we have created a community where profound growth, connection, and transformation occur. The feedback has been tremendous, and our next group starts Thursday June 29th, followed by another group starting Tuesday July 18th, and we are now taking reservations for both! Space is limited, but we do run these groups on a rotating basis. You can find more information about the group at www.paleotherapists.com, or reserve your spot by emailing paleotherapists@gmail.com.


You can follow along with Kristy’s journey on Instagram @uncommonwellness and visit her blog at https://www.uncommon-wellness.com/.

This interview is part of Happsters Happy Questions, an ongoing series of interviews that take a peek inside the lives of inspiring women around the world.

Top Foods That Make You Happy

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The Top Mood Boosting Foods

Did you know that certain foods can actually have an effect on your mood? I didn’t until recently when I was trying to think of what to give out at our first Happster meet up. I wanted to give something that people would not just enjoy eating, but also positively affects their mood.

Here are my main findings about mood-boosting foods:

Vitamin B

  • These vitamins are also called “anti-stress vitamins”
  • They balance your mood and can help ease your anxiety
  • Some foods with vitamin B include asparagus, nuts, brown rice, bananas, and beans

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • They are known to be brain-boosting and help keep anger in check
  • There have been studies that show they may help fight depression
  • Some foods with omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, flax seeds and walnuts

Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D regulates serotonin, dopamine and other mood hormones
  • Studies have shown vitamin D can help combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Some foods with vitamin D include fortified milk and orange juice, sardines, eggs, mushrooms, salmon and tuna

Phenylethylamine 

  • Phenylethylamine is a mild alkaloid stimulant that your body produces as a byproduct of the amino acid phenylalanine
  • They lift your mood, perception and awareness
  • Some foods with Phenylethylamine include chocolate, eggs, soybeans, nuts and seeds

I don’t know about you, but I was particularly happy to see chocolate on the list of happy foods! I’m just scratching the surface with mood-boosting foods and am sure there is a much longer list than I’ve provided here.

Are there any foods that boost your mood?

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Sources:

omega-3 fatty acids: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84

Mood Boosting Foods: http://www.elliekrieger.com/mood-boosting-foods

The Top 10 Natural Sources of Vitamin D in Food: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/sources-of-vitamin-d-in-foods#slide-5

Foods with Phenylethylamine: http://www.livestrong.com/article/528433-foods-with-phenylethylamine

Top Ten Happy Foods: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/joybauernutrition/top-ten-happy-foods