The Fed and Fearless Podcast

Laura Schoenfeld

Calling all entrepreneurs and purpose driven-women! Are you ready to become fearless in your body, mind, and business?

Learn how to change your identity, beliefs, and habits, so you can transform your health and your business from the inside out. It’s possible to achieve your biggest, life-changing goals without the frustration, obsession, or negative self-talk that so many women subject themselves to every day.

Welcome To The Fed And Fearless Podcast with Laura Schoenfeld, RD
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Promoting your business on social media can be scary and overwhelming. But it’s also a useful tool that, when used properly, can get you in front of the people who need your services the most. If you’re an entrepreneur with a personal brand and want to reach more potential clients, today’s guest has some great advice for you!   About Martine Cadet Martine Cadet is a Social Media Content Coach and Creator for Female Coaches. She helps her clients convert viewers into paying clients, never run out of things to say, and become confident in connecting with their audience by mastering the skill of storytelling on their social platforms.  Martine’s system helps her clients increase their social media presence for their personal brand on Instagram and Facebook organically. She is a mom of two, a wife, and a sister that decided to go for her dream. She designed an online business that excites her every single day. Martine is the Founder and owner of Kaderique Media, LLC, a Boutique Digital Media Agency supporting small business owners so they can brand themselves online and expand their visibility on her TV Network Visualize and Create Network.   Being Consistent Without the Stress In this episode, Martine breaks down the essential aspects of successful social media marketing. Whatever you do, being consistent is the most important thing. With your busy life, posting all the time might seem too daunting. That’s why Martine stresses that consistency is based on how you define it.  Whatever you decide to do, stick to it. If you want to post a video every Friday afternoon, then that’s what you need to do. It’s what your audience expects. By being the boss of your schedule, you won’t get caught in the trap of feeling that you need to be showing up all day every day. To be consistent without it taking over your life, Martine wants you to have clear goals. Commit to regularly sitting down and planning your goals. With your long-term and short-term goals established, you can work backward to plan out how your posts will get you there.   Building a Community Around Your Business We all want to feel a sense of belonging. Being part of a community is something we all value. Martine explains how she centers her business around the community that she built. She explains how gathering the people you want to serve in one place lets you best provide them with what you have to offer. To build a successful online community, Martine stresses the importance of quality over quantity. It’s better to have a smaller number of engaged members than lots of unengaged ones. It’s up to you to curate who’s in there. To keep your community engaged, make posts that foster conversations. People like to talk about themselves. Ask them questions that get them responding. This will provide helpful information that you can use to engage with individual members on a deeper level. What role can social media play in your business? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Martine found her passion in helping others improve their social media marketing [4:30] Why consistency is at the heart of social media marketing [6:55] The importance of growing your online community [9:35] Where to start when building a successful Facebook community [12:00] Being consistent on social media without it taking over your life [18:40] Creating content that connects with your ideal customer [26:35] Martine’s absolute favorite social media app [30:40]   Quotes “It’s about conversation to conversion. It’s not content to conversion. It’s conversation first.” [7:12] “Essentially, we’re posting on social media to bring awareness to the amazing things we have.” [20:05] “There are things that you’ve done in the past that can be repurposed. You probably just need to re-edit that video… There’s so many things you can do with content to bring it back to life.” [24:49] “Find the place that you enjoy being on because that’s going to help the quality of your content. If you enjoy being on the platform, you’re going to create amazing content.” [33:55]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook Find Martine Cadet online Follow Martine on Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin Visualize and Create Network Facebook Creator Studio Facebook Business Suite Hootsuite Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative   Related Episodes Episode 105: Using Instagram to Grow Your Business w/ Annie Miller

Nov 29

37 min 45 sec

About ten years ago I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. This resulted in some major changes that I made to my diet and lifestyle in order to feel better. A decade later, I no longer have symptoms of Lyme. So it is possible to overcome this chronic disease. Today’s guest is full of information on how you can do the same!   About Lindsay Christensen Lindsay Christensen, MS, CNS, CKNS, has her B.S. in Biomedical Science and her M.S. in Human Nutrition. She has successfully completed a 1,000-hour supervised experience program for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential, an esteemed credential for healthcare professionals with an advanced level of education and experience in nutritional biochemistry and medical nutrition therapy. Lindsay enjoys working with a diverse array of clients. Areas of expertise include nutrition care for complex chronic illnesses, including Lyme disease and CIRS, food sensitivities, and gastrointestinal health issues.  Lindsay is an avid researcher and writer. When her nose isn’t buried in the latest nutrition science and medical research, she can be found backpacking, skiing, and rock climbing in her beautiful home state of Colorado.   Clues That You May Have Lyme Disease While the tell-tale bullseye rash is the most obvious and well-known symptom of Lyme, it doesn’t always present itself. Lindsay explains that Lyme can show up in a number of different ways. There could be other types of rashes from co-infections. Sometimes it feels like a case of the flu or fatigue. After some time, cognitive dysfunctions can crop up. There’s also more information emerging around Lyme disease-related gut issues. Bloating, constipation, food sensitivities, and indigestion can all be related to Lyme disease too. Unfortunately, eradicating chronic Lyme disease is no simple matter. Lindsay describes how Lyme is a very complex bacterium that can cause all sorts of havoc.   Building a Healthy Immune System with Your Diet While medication certainly plays a role in treating it, Lindsay has seen the benefits of implementing nutrition and lifestyle protocols as well. When put into place, these support a more robust immune system and help it handle the infection. Because so much of our immune system starts with gut health, addressing your dietary needs is the most important place to start. While many other treatments will certainly help, you’re just making recovery all that much more unlikely if you ignore the needs of your gut. By reducing inflammation, your immune system will be better supported in tackling this infection throughout your body. This means limiting refined sugars, flours, processed seed oils, and dairy. This all helps to create an environment in which your immune system can help do its job of keeping this infection in check. Have you experienced Lyme disease? In what ways has it impacted your health? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Lindsay’s own experience with Lyme disease led her to help others with it too [4:00] Common and less-understood symptoms associated with Lyme disease [11:00] Common tests to diagnose Lyme and their limitations [16:15] Deconstructing the most popular myths surrounding Lyme Disease [21:00] Using nutrition to help your body fight a Lyme infection [25:00] How nutrition acts as a foundation for rebuilding health [38:10] Integrating lifestyle changes into your daily life in order to support overall health [49:45]   Quotes “That’s part of why it’s so hard to diagnose. It can look like just about anything else other than a Lyme infection.” [13:45] “For somebody who’s been dealing with Lyme for a long period of time, it becomes a lot more complicated to treat. It becomes more like belonging in terms of turning around somebody’s health and treating that infection.” [21:46] “It’s not just a matter of ‘boosting’ immunity. In many ways, it’s more of a balancing act that needs to happen because the bacteria that causes Lyme can do different things to the immune system.” [24:18] “I view nutrition as creating this foundation to rebuild your health after having dealt with Lyme. We need to have good gut health in place to have our immune system function properly.” [38:27]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook Find Lindsay Christensen online Follow Lindsay on Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter | Instagram The Lyme Disease 30-Day Meal Plan Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Nov 22

56 min 13 sec

What does it take to heal your hormones? There are many factors for sure. A big one boils down to your mindset. Today’s guest explains how to approach this by doing what you need to heal your hormones while letting go of harmful, rigid, and restrictive rules.   About Olivia Wagner, RD After years of her own struggles with autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, mold illness, eczema, IBS, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and amenorrhea, Olivia often felt frustrated and lost in her best steps for healing. Through Olivia’s advanced training in Functional Medicine and experience in working with over a thousand clients over the past eight years, she fully recognizes the complexity of experiencing health symptoms and is confident in the process of healing to get you well. For the past twelve years, Olivia has studied the science of food and how it interacts with every cell in the body. Her background includes a strong foundation in nutritional and exercise science, advanced training in integrative and functional medicine, and certificates in mindful/intuitive eating practices allowing for a deep understanding of the relationship between food, body, and mind. Olivia calls herself a nutrient seeker but believes that nourishing your body is as much an art as it is a science. She speaks to breaking down the walls of food shame and diet culture, establishing empowerment around food choice, and discovering how to befriend food and body again – finally starting to enjoy the terrain of nourishing with confidence.   Harnessing Judgement-Free Healing Your mindset has a huge impact on how you feel, whether or not you have a chronic illness. Olivia wants anyone healing their hormones to focus on mindset. Our limiting beliefs influence our actions and what comes our way. Before anything can change for the better, you need to believe that change is possible. Throughout our conversation, Olivia describes how she helps her clients bring awareness to their experiences in judgment-free ways. By reframing your situation so that it becomes a learning opportunity rather than a failure, you’ll realize that healing is within your power.   Embracing The Discomfort Needed to Move Forward This isn’t necessarily going to be a pleasant process. Olivia knows just how uncomfortable it can be to reset your mindset and take control of your health. She speaks to how she urges her clients to be open to the inner work and have the faith to try different things, even if they feel uncomfortable.  While your goals may be big, your actions often don’t need to be. Small but consistent changes will add up. Olivia describes a number of little habits that you can apply to many situations that will get your health moving in the right direction. What limiting beliefs are holding you back from health? What can you start doing today to move past them? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode What led Olivia to focus on empowering women’s health through mindset shifts[4:30] The connection between mindset, your immune system, and overall health [13:00] Squashing limiting beliefs that impede healing [22:30] How to change negative thinking into supportive mindsets [31:25] How small yet consistent changes lead to big achievements over time [39:40]   Quotes “Although I think there’s so much support, validation, and real enlightenment that comes with functional medicine, sometimes those foundations -- basic diet, lifestyle, sleep, movement, your relationship with yourself -- get overlooked.” [10:14] “Your thoughts and beliefs really influence your immune system. The way that you go about your daily life is going to be those things that can really crack the foundation of an immune system.” [14:13] “You gotta be open to recognizing that there’s going to be times that [negative] thoughts come in, but it’s all about how you respond to them.”  [30:42] “You can meet yourself where you’re at every day without it meaning that you’re not still working towards your bigger goal.” [49:21]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook! Find Olivia Wagner Online Follow Olivia on Instagram Healthy Hormone Audit & Action Checklist Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Nov 15

53 min 48 sec

Many of us are feeling burnt out right now. Especially if you own your own business, it’s really easy to get into a place of feeling utterly exhausted. But what can you do about it? Today, I want to discuss with you the questions you should be asking yourself if this is how you feel.   Building a Schedule That Gives You Energy The first question to ask involves your weekly schedule. Is it set up to prevent burnout or is it making it worse? Time management is about so much more than scheduling and checklists. It’s really about managing your energy. Set up your week so that you make time to receive energy instead of solely giving it out. When setting up your schedule, prioritize the things that excite and nourish you.   Don’t Get Lost Inside Your Business I also want you to ask yourself about the source of your identity. Are you getting your identity from your job, or is it coming from somewhere else? When you invest so much of yourself in your business, it’s easy to get lost inside of it. However, it’s crucial to separate yourself from your business if you want to maintain the stability needed for your own wellbeing. Sometimes it’s just time to take a break. When you feel the stress of life and work, ask yourself if it’s time to step back for a bit. It’s too easy to get so caught up in the work that you lose track of yourself. Take a break so you can step back and take care of yourself. Plan that downtime in advance to give yourself the chance to pause so you’re not always chasing the next thing.   Creating Boundaries and Setting Expectations None of this is possible if you don’t have good boundaries with your clients. Are you creating those boundaries? If you’re constantly saying yes to clients, even when you don’t want to, you’ll end up exhausted. Establishing clear ground rules and boundaries as soon as possible is the way to avoid this. You should also ask yourself if you are taking responsibility for your clients’ outcomes. I get it; you are compassionate and want to help others succeed. However, you can only be their guide. It is up to them to do the actual work to create their own success.   Create Your Own Definition of Success   Also, ask yourself if you’re showing up for work expecting it to be hard? If that’s how you’re expecting your workday to go, it likely will be. The way you perceive things is often the way you experience them. This can even impact the tone of your voice which could further affect outcomes. I urge you to go into your day already imagining that everything will go great. Finally, ask yourself if you’re comparing your life to how you think things should be. A lot of the time, when we feel overwhelmed, it’s because we’re comparing ourselves to where other people are. This ignores your own achievements. It creates the belief that you’re not doing enough. Allow yourself to be content with the progress that you’ve made and set your own pace for success. How have you experienced burnout? How has it affected your decisions? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Creating a weekly schedule to prevent burnout [5:45] The importance of separating your identity from your business [14:00] Deciding when to take a break from work [21:50] Setting appropriate boundaries with your clients [27:50] Why you’re not responsible for your clients’ outcomes [33:20] Are you showing up for work expecting it to be hard? [39:40] Not comparing your life to how you think things should be [47:20]   Quotes “If you’re feeling burnt out, especially in an area where you used to feel passionate, then it’s possible that it’s not necessarily the job or the business itself. There may be some other things going on that‘s causing it.”  [4:19] “It’s not worth it to have a financially successful business if you yourself are not happy.” [18:07] “If you don’t take charge of your schedule and calendar, it’s going to create itself. Usually, it’s not going to create something that’s super lowkey and peaceful. It’s going to create chaos if you let it create itself.” [25:45] “When you show up expecting things to go well, you’ll have a different experience than when you show up expecting it to be bad.” [45:05] “Struggling is normal. Stop judging where you are and believing that other people are ahead of you or that their lives are better than yours.” [52:39]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links The Profit Planning Workbook Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Nov 8

1 hr 1 min

We talk about hormones a lot on this show. It’s an essential part of women’s health. Yet, there’s a lot of misinformation and a lack of information about it. Today, I’m speaking with an expert on a hormonal condition we’ve actually never covered here before: premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).   About Mandy Rother Mandy is a Functional Dietitian-Nutritionist. She was diagnosed with PMDD 15 years ago and her own story includes everything from dark rock bottoms to symptom-free years. On top of that, IBS, PCOS, and depression were worsening her cyclical symptoms. For the longest time, Mandy felt broken and at war with her body. Fed up with band-aid solutions, she decided to forge her own path. Over time she was able to put her metabolic puzzle together for a comprehensive approach to relief. This path of trial and error compelled her to study integrative and functional nutrition so she could help others do the same.   PMDD Looks Different for Everyone Commonly, women with PMDD are told that it’s impossible to fix. Mandy explains how this is false information. There’s actually a lot that can be done.  Treatments are going to differ from person to person because the contributing factors vary. When symptoms appear, Mandy knows that means something in your life needs to be addressed. Mandy talks about how tracking symptoms and gathering information is the key to guiding your approach to treatment.   Getting Information and Finding Solutions There’s no single test for PMDD, but there are tools for gathering information. Mandy recommends an in-depth test of thyroid hormones, checking vitamin D levels, examining blood-sugar markers, and testing nutrients and gut health. Once you see the relevant pieces of the puzzle, you’ll be better prepared to take action. The solutions to PMDD are not straightforward, but they are out there. Mandy explains that no single thing will do the trick. It’s likely going to be a mix between lifestyle changes, medication, and diet. With the right guidance and action, recovery is possible. Have you experienced PMDD? Tell me how you approached it in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Mandy found her calling in helping women with PMDD [5:30] What PMDD is and how it differs from PMS [7:05] How PMDD impacts Mandy’s life in its many arenas [13:19] Common hurdles women seeking help for PMDD face [19:25] The role of functional testing in overcoming PMDD [26:45] The first steps to take if you suspect you have PMDD [35:10]   Quotes “Simply put, it’s like PMS on steroids. Yet, it’s very different than PMS, both in the severity and what causes it.” [7:36] “If my symptoms bubble up again, it’s like my barometer for my lifestyle. Do I need to make shifts to support my physical, spiritual, or mental health and recalibrate my habits to get back on track?” [13:03] “Each person’s puzzle will be put together a little bit differently, but all those pieces always connect.” [26:40]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links The Profit Planning Workbook Find Mandy Rother Online Follow Mandy on Instagram Mandy’s Guide to Peaceful Periods The International Association for Premenstrual Disorders Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative   Related Episodes Episode 95: Optimize Your Entrepreneurial Flow with Berrion Berry

Nov 1

44 min 57 sec

If we’ve learned anything in the past year and a half, it’s that the unexpected will happen. How many of us approach health has changed. So has how we work and run businesses. Today’s guest explains how she pivoted her health-based business and shares insight into how you can pivot too.   About Jennifer Sweenie Jennifer Sweenie is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Health-Supportive Chef, and Health Coach. She has over a decade of experience in the food and nutrition space and is passionate about educating others on the importance of consuming real, local food from sustainable sources. Jennifer believes the key to making healthier choices and behavior modification lies in understanding and awareness of the correlation between what we consume and our wellbeing.   Running a Wellness Business in a Virtual World When the pandemic hit, Jennifer quickly shifted the focus of her NYC-based wellness business to go virtual. With the uncertainty of the time, health and wellness became a paramount concern for many. Jennifer explains the various programs that she offers, ranging from cooking demos and 1-on-1 nutritional consults to martial arts and meditation. With a new focus on working with companies as well as individual clients, Jennifer has learned to be flexible in new ways. She discusses how she now finds clients and determines her pricing.   Establishing Healthy Habits in a Changing Landscape When people started working from home, established work routines were thrown away. While some people thrived in this new working environment, many others struggled with the change.  Jennifer explains how she helps people who find themselves in new unhealthy habits, such as being too sedentary or not keeping to a stable eating schedule.   Why Sugar Intake Still Matters One change that Jennifer noticed involves the amount of sugar we’re consuming. Early on, many of us were getting far too much sugar as we adjusted to changing circumstances. However, awareness of the problem has increased as more people are taking ownership of their health. Jennifer urges us to gather more information about this. She recommends that we test our glucose levels, monitor our energy and mood, and talk to our doctors about this. If sugar dysregulation is an issue, it’s important to catch it before it’s too late. Have you had to pivot your business since Covid became the new reality? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode What led Jennifer to combine her interests in healthy living and food [4:20] How Jennifer quickly pivoted her business at the start of the pandemic [6:10] The many ways that corporate wellness programs can be implemented virtually [10:00] How some work habits have changed for better or worse since the start of the pandemic [14:40] Changes in perception on sugar consumption and determining if it’s a problem for you [18:30] Some positives that have come out of the changes of the last 18 months [30:20] Thoughts about the future of corporate wellness [40:20]   Quotes “In retrospect, it was exactly what I needed and had wanted to do for a while but just hadn’t taken the leap to online. So it ended up being a good thing, a very positive thing.” [7:55] “If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that upsetting your routine just throws everything up into the air.” [16:45] “Keep failing until you get it. Keep trying different things until it sticks.”  [46:23]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook! Find Jennifer Sweenie online Follow Jennifer on Instagram Pivaat Remote Corporate Wellness Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Oct 25

47 min 49 sec

Does social media, like Instagram, have a place in growing your business? While I don’t think it is a necessary component, it can still be an effective tool. Today’s guest is an expert in building an audience interested in what she has to sell using Instagram. If you’re interested in doing the same, this episode is for you.   About Annie Miller Annie Miller is the CEO and founder of Annie Miller Concepts, previously fitdesignbyannie. After graduating with her degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2013, becoming a certified strength and conditioning specialist, changing course from college strength and performance coach to personal training, she found her calling in the online world of health and fitness. Education and authenticity are at the center of Annie Miller Concepts (two things she saw a shortage of in the online space). Annie rejects the idea that there is ONE WAY to success, ONE WAY to do fitness or ONE WAY to run a business. So, for the last five years, she's sought to share the power of knowledge and taking action in the weight room, business and life. The 'gram is her favorite platform for fitness and entrepreneurship, and it's where you'll find her most of the time.   The Role of Instagram in a Business Instagram can be a great tool for reaching your audience. It can also take a toll on your mental health. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotional roller-coaster that Instagram can take you on. Annie explains how she helps people stay focused on the objective aspects of Instagram and apply them to serve their business. While Instagram can have many benefits, it’s important not to completely rely on it. Annie reminds us that the platform can change without warning. You need to be able to adapt along with the app or abandon it altogether if it no longer serves you. Perhaps the most important thing you can do when starting is to get super clear on who you serve. The platform is saturated with health and fitness accounts. To stand out, you need to know specifically who your ideal audience is and how to reach them.   Staying Sane While Using Instagram Annie wants you to have fun with Instagram. It should not be a source of stress. Post what makes you laugh and smile. Creating what you want to create will help you find your best audience and showcase your authenticity.  Focus on the content that you like to create. You don’t have to use every feature on the app. Identify what resonates the most with you and your audience and focus on that. Also, don’t get upset when you lose followers. People come and go for all sorts of reasons. Don’t take it personally. Concentrate on the new followers you get. Focus on them and make sure they’re aware of all you offer. The people who are meant to work with you aren’t the ones leaving. Does Instagram have a place in growing your business? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Instagram can play a part in your business strategy [4:20] Common mistakes new business owners make with social media [8:40] Finding your balance between personal and business-related posts [12:50] Why you don’t need to constantly create to be successful on Instagram [20:30] Dealing with negativity on social media [26:40] What to do if someone steals your content [33:25] Tips for effectively selling your services over Instagram [43:30] What it really means when you lose followers [51:50]   Quotes “It’s important for me to teach things that work no matter what the algorithm does; the importance of building a business on Instagram versus trying to be popular or get attention.”  [5:41] “The more clarity you can gain on who it is that you’re helping - how you’re helping them, the problems that you solve - the easier that it’s going to be to find your people.” [11:52] “Focus on creating content that is joyful for you to create.” [15:41] “If you are just getting on Instagram and all you’re doing is selling, that is not ideal. But if you can be posting free content consistently and sandwich it with sales, that’s ideal.” [45:00] “It doesn’t do anything for you to have a large following that’s not engaged. It’s literally better to have a smaller audience with higher engagement than the other way around.” [55:38]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get Your FREE Profit Planning Workbook Find Annie Miller online Follow Annie on Instagram | Pinterest Your Biz, Your Way FREE Workshop Instagram 101 course Sam Vander Wielen legal training Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Oct 18

1 hr

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis is a devastating thing to receive. It’s a progressive chronic condition without too many solutions. Many with it assume that there’s nothing to be done beyond taking medications to manage the symptoms. Today’s guest explains how to use holistic treatments so that you’re not relying solely on medical interventions.   About Alissa Frazier Alissa is the owner of LissMS Holistic Health. She is a Nutritional Therapy Consultant, AIP Certified Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and licensed Mental Health Counselor. She works with individuals 1-on-1 who have Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological issues. Alissa uses whole foods and an anti-inflammatory lifestyle to help individuals decrease their MS symptoms, gain energy and feel empowered to change their life. She is based near Boston, MA, and lives with her husband and three cats. Alissa loves being outdoors and can usually be found at the beach. She enjoys being active, and will often play tennis, go on hikes, or lift weights.   Improving MS Symptoms with Diet Although medication is usually the primary method for treating MS, nutrition, and diet can also go a long way. Alissa discusses how diet makes a huge impact on this disease. The right foods will help lower inflammation and improve overall health. It’s scary to have to give things up after a diagnosis. Alissa wants us to focus on what we can add instead of what we lose. With that in mind, eating more vegetables, adding healthy fats, and staying well-hydrated makes a big difference.   Stress-Management and MS Symptoms The exact causes of MS are unclear. However, stress is likely a factor. There is a link between stress and all auto-immune diseases. This seems to be particularly the case with MS. Flare-ups of symptoms and relapses are often caused or made worse by stress. We talk about rewiring your thinking to mitigate the effects of stress. There are a lot of tools that can help with this. Alissa talks about the effects of addressing trauma and stress. When done correctly, you learn to alleviate trauma and calm your nervous system. This, in turn, will reduce the symptoms of MS. There’s so much going on with MS. Trying to treat it by yourself can quickly get overwhelming. This is where coaching comes in. Working with someone knowledgeable will give you the clarity and direction to make the small changes that have big results. Have you seen a connection between diet and healing from an autoimmune disease? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Why Alissa focuses on helping people with MS [3:30] What multiple sclerosis is and its common symptoms [10:00] How a proper diet can alleviate MS symptoms [14:00] The link between stress and chronic disease [22:00] First steps for treating MS after taking the traditional medical route [30:00] The benefits of working with a coach [38:40]   Quotes “My success spurred me to help other people with this. I found a lot of success; I know there’s something to this.” [7:10] “I think stress is an incredible component of all auto-immune disease, but really MS as well. A lot of our flares and relapses can be set off by stress.” [22:47] “We are essentially victims of our disease. Yeah, it did happen to us. I’m not saying it doesn’t suck either…. It’s not necessarily thinking about the past, but how you move forward.” [38:13] “There’s hope. It’s not a death sentence at all….There’s so many things available to you to help manage and modulate the symptoms that you’re feeling. Even just adding a vegetable today would be helpful.” [44:35]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook Find Alissa Frazier online Follow Alissa on Instagram | Facebook Food for MS Cheat Sheet Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Oct 11

48 min 39 sec

There are controversial topics in the world of nutrition. Today, we’ll be diving headfirst into one of them. I’m joined by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alma Simmons to discuss if there is a place for intuitive eating when it comes to weight loss.   About Alma Simmons Alma is a bilingual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Inspired Soul Nutrition LLC. She has over 12 years of professional experience and has counseled hundreds of patients and clients in the fields of maternal and infant health, lactation, and chronic disease management. Alma has also taught many nutrition and healthy lifestyle courses in both languages English and Spanish. Alma’s mission is to empower women over 40 to transform their overall health through lifestyle nutrition. In her private practice, she teaches her clients how to master flexible nutrition and lifestyle so they can end the cycles of chronic dieting and lose weight without deprivation. As a result, they are able to live a nourished, healthy and vibrant life.   Knowing When Losing Weight Matters There are a lot of different body sizes out there. We can be healthy with many of these. Unfortunately, our culture has some harmful ideas about what a “proper” body size should be, especially for women.  That being said, there is research to indicate that there is a certain point when too much body fat becomes unhealthy. For many people, losing some of this fat will result in metabolic improvements.  Alma and I discuss how to help people lose unhealthy levels of fat in a physically and emotionally healthy way. That means getting out of the cycle of dieting and finding sustainable ways to eat healthily.   Preparing People to Live Healthy Lives Alma shares how she helps people avoid getting stuck in diet cycles. A lot of it comes down to education. When we understand the basic principles of nutrition, we can take better ownership of what we eat.  This gets to the root of healthy eating. We talk about how to make informed food choices. This can be hard when so much unhealthy food is readily available.  Alma explains that there are severe limitations to using intuitive eating for weight loss. However, some of its principles, when thoughtfully applied, foster a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss, in turn, comes as a result of a healthy lifestyle. What principles of intuitive eating do you think support a healthy lifestyle? Do you feel that there are benefits to losing a degree of body fat? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Alma’s unconventional path into nutrition [5:15] Why some rifts exist between nutritionists [10:20] The impacts of having an excessive amount of body fat [16:50] Helping people lose weight by teaching them the principles of nutrition [28:10] How chronic diseases and diet culture can vary by population [31:30] Considering the impact our health choices have on the larger community [40:40]   Quotes “You can actually lose weight sustainably using a balanced lifestyle approach. You are a product of your habits.” [15:46] “I really want to teach you how to honor and respect your body. We can then go from there and follow the process on what it truly takes if you want to improve your health and lose weight in a sustainable manner.” [27:59] “I think we’re basing it all on appearance and not on true health and lifestyle and not considering how physical and mental health is just as important too.”  [40:24]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook! Find Alma Simmons online Follow Alma on Facebook | Instagram Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Oct 4

52 min 27 sec

My business wouldn't be where it is today if it were not for podcasting. It has helped me grow and expand my ability to reach people like nothing else. If you have your own podcast, want to start one, or just want to bring your best to interviews, today’s guest has some amazing advice for you.   About Michelle Sorro Michelle is a former TV Retail Host with $220 million dollars in live TV sales turned Transformational Trainer & Digital CEO. She built a 7-figure business by helping experts start and scale a high integrity online impact with master mindset tools, ethical live video sales, and purposeful podcasts. Michelle’s trainings have generated millions in revenue for her clients, from emerging coaches and experts to established entrepreneurs, former pro athletes, and a US presidential candidate. Michelle is the host of The Fire & Soul Podcast, a top ten in self-development, and is on a mission to empower millions to awaken to their infinite potential.   Getting in the Best Mindframe for Podcasting Both Michelle and I understand that it’s normal to feel nervous when podcasting. People often compare themselves to famous interviewers, forgetting that everyone was new to this at some point. Michelle wants us to silence interview jitters by remembering that, in the end, it’s just a conversation.  By staying in the present moment and imagining that this is just a normal chat you’ll calm your nerves. Also, recognize that your nerves are a sign that you care about what you’re talking about. When the jitters start, Michelle wants us to take a break to reset so we can come to the interview ready for the conversation to just flow.   You Have it in You to Share Your Voice A common hang-up for new podcasters is their voice. Many of us are self-conscious about how we sound. This is natural and it shouldn’t stop you. Michelle shares some tips for finding your register and getting grounded so you can confidently and consistently sound good. More than anything else, Michelle believes the key to success is self-love. When you accept yourself, you’ll find that you can be your biggest cheerleader. You’re doing what you do to help others and that’s amazing. Believe in yourself and your message and the confidence to broadcast it to the world will follow. Have you dealt with pre-interview jitters? Tell me how you addressed them in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Michelle became an authority in podcasting [3:40] Calming the pre-interview jitters [9:50] Finding and harnessing your podcasting voice [15:00] Using your authenticity to get people’s attention [22:40] Practical first-steps for starting your podcast [31:15]   Quotes “I didn’t know how it would go, what it would look like. I was overwhelmed. I was a total technophobe. I was just willing to begin and suck until I got better.” [7:05] “Allow yourself to be imperfect. Take yourself off the hook. Stop comparing yourself to who you think you should sound like.” [17:18] “A great leader knows they’re not perfect but accepts themselves in their journey of growth and to be on their journey to be better than they were before.” [22:14] “If this is truly part of our legacy and it’s how we want to reach more people, then the legacy doesn’t have an expiration - there’s no rush.” [40:48] “This is why we really can change the world by being brave enough to put ourselves out there and to do what most won’t in order to be part of that change.” [41:40]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook Find Michelle Sorro online Follow Michelle on Instagram | Linkedin | Facebook Acast Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Sep 27

47 min 4 sec

Often, any little change that you can make to perform better is going to make a difference. This is particularly true when it comes to sleeping. Even if you get a lot of sleep each night, it may not be the best quality of sleep. Today’s guest breaks down what good sleep is and how to get it.   About Lexie Gray Lexie Gray is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer who believes in making healthy living simple. She works alongside women who love strength training to help them improve their sleep with sustainable diet and lifestyle changes for enhanced energy and real results. Through 1 on 1 and group coaching, Lexie realized that quality of sleep was her clients' biggest hurdle to successful change. Her holistic health coaching program focuses on less stress and more sleep for happier women with healthier habits.   Knowing if the Sleep You’re Getting is the Right Kind In this episode, Lexie talks about the body’s many clocks and how they work in sync with each other. This all ties into the circadian rhythm. When this rhythm is disrupted by stress, diet, genetics, or anything else, a whole bunch of negative consequences follows.   But how do you know you’re not sleeping well. Fatigue is one obvious sign. Lexie describes other signs to look for as well. Blood sugar crashes, hormonal imbalances, and not seeing the results you’re looking for when exercising are all signs that you’re not getting the sleep your body needs.   How to Improve Your Quality of Sleep This isn’t to say that there’s little to be done to boost your quality of sleep. Certain lifestyle habits will improve circadian rhythms. These include getting the right exposure to light and darkness, maintaining proper temperatures, eating well.  Although one of the best things we can do for our sleep habits is to sync them with natural light patterns, this can be nearly impossible to do with a modern lifestyle. Lexie talks about habits and gadgets that will help. From using blue light blockers to doing calming activities before bedtime, there are methods for improving sleep. What is one thing you can change to support better sleep? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Lexie found her interest in helping women overcome sleep challenges [3:15] How circadian rhythms are part of a complex system [6:30] Lifestyle habits that will impact circadian rhythms [9:50] Identifying the signs of poor sleep [17:00] The connection between stress and sleep [26:30] Easily instituting healthy sleep habits with a good routine [30:50]   Quotes “This is a huge issue. A lot of women are not able to sleep enough or getting good quality sleep. Even if you’re sleeping a ton and waking up tired, there’s something to work on there.” [5:07] “The master clock is overseeing the whole body. But the pancreas, and the gut, and the liver are also sending feedback to the master clock. They’re all definitely connected.” [9:05] “Because our circadian rhythm is affected by stress, so is sleep.” [27:00]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get your FREE Profit Planning Workbook! Find Lexie Gray online Follow Lexie on Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook Take the Sleep Quiz! 10 Tips for Better Sleep Light Meter App Eight Sleep Cooling Mattress WHOOP BLUblox Atomic Habits by James Clear Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Sep 20

45 min 24 sec

It’s hard to believe that this is the one-hundredth episode of this podcast. I’ve certainly learned a lot while making them. In fact, as someone whose been producing content for ten years, I have a lot of lessons I could share. So for this episode, I want to tell you about some important concepts to help you in your success.   Being Consistent and Comfortable With Content First, you need to understand the importance of being consistent. If you want to have a successful online business, you have to commit to some form of content creation. Lately, for me, that’s been podcasting. Whatever it is for you, be consistent with your offerings so that clients can rely on you. You may feel nervous when you put new content out there. I certainly do. However, I’ve learned that this is just fine. It takes a certain degree of discomfort to move forward. This will help build confidence so that you can silence both your inner and outer critics. I put out a lot of free content. This is important to me because I feel that everyone should have access to my content. Sure, free content is a marketing strategy. However, it can also make a huge difference for people who can’t afford paid offerings.   Being Prepared and Scheduled for Success Spending some time preparing your material in advance leads to better content. Set some time aside for planning. If you value what you put out there, being prepared is the best way to ensure its quality.  For me, I find keeping a schedule is the key to making this all happen. If I don’t block out time to create, it just won’t happen. To consistently create content, treat it like a regular appointment in your calendar.   Keep It Simple Silly Just because you’re creating content on a regular basis, doesn’t mean it has to be new each time. Coming up with novel content every time will exhaust you. There’s value in repetition. Just present it in different formats. This reinforces your messages and makes them more accessible to your audience. The better you know your audience, the easier it will be to create content. Get specific on who you serve and you’ll better understand their challenges, interests, and goals. As your audience grows, it’s crucial to set up boundaries. You don’t have to share everything. People don’t need to know everything about you for you to be able to help them. So decide what is worth sharing and what’s better left unsaid. With all this being said, it’s always best to keep things as simple as possible. Take complex topics and communicate them in simple ways. That’s what your audience is looking for. That’s what will help everyone the most. Which one of these lessons resonates with you? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode The importance of consistency [4:15] Getting comfortable with a certain amount of discomfort [9:50] Ignoring the haters who want to hold you back [15:15] How free content is a great way to help everyone [24:30] Why you should prepare as much as possible in advance [30:45] How a schedule will help get things done [34:40] The value of being repetitive [37:50] Why having a narrow niche makes creation easier [41:55] Establishing the right boundaries for you [45:20] Why keeping it simple is best [50:45]   Quotes “Consistency is the name of the game. I’ve been consistently creating either blogs, podcasts, or social media pretty much nonstop since 2011.” [4:19] “If you want to have a successful online business, you have to commit to some form of content creation.” [4:53] “It doesn’t get easier to create content. You just get better.” [9:51] “It’s better to set aside a regular block of time to create content rather than just posting on the fly whenever you feel like it.” [31:55] “You can repeat content all the time. It’s not bad. It’s actually a good thing. Repetition helps your clients learn better and understand what you’re teaching on a deeper level.” [41:07]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Your Profitable Nutrition Niche Workshop Get the FREE Profit Planning Workbook Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Sep 13

59 min 44 sec

Like any workout, endurance sports require fuel. In fact, not getting the proper nutrition before and after a run can cause hormone, thyroid, and gut issues. Today’s guest is here to tell you how and when to get the best nutrition for an optimal high-endurance workout.   About Jackie Kirchner Jackie is a Registered Dietitian who works with enthusiastic dedicated distance runners who want to fuel their bodies better so they can improve endurance and fitness, increase energy, and run faster. As both a successful distance runner herself and an expert in sports nutrition, Jackie is taking all the things she knows about eating right and running well to bring you the tools you need to fuel better and run faster.   Getting the Fuel You Need It takes a lot of energy to run. Many runners aren’t getting enough fuel. It’s easy to underestimate how much energy we actually burn on a daily basis. This is especially the case when it comes to carbohydrates, fats, and protein.  Jackie explains how to make sure you’re getting the proper amount of these nutrients as your needs increase. The more you run, the higher the number of calories you get from carbohydrates will increase too.   The Importance of Timing When Eating It’s not sufficient to simply eat the right foods. When you eat in relation to when you run is also important. Many people aren’t hungry after running. However, 30 to 60 minutes after a run is the optimal time to recover nutritionally. Eating the right balance of nutrients at this time will help you recover better and prepare you for your next run. It’s also crucial to get the right fuel before a run. This is hard for many people who find running after eating uncomfortable. Jacke explains how to train your gut to get used to having some food in it. She suggests starting small with just a few bites of something easy to digest. As time goes on, gradually increase what you eat and you’ll be fully fueled to run. How do you stay fueled for endurance activities? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Jackie found her passion in nutrition for runners [3:00] What makes the nutritional needs of female runners unique [7:00] The importance of getting the right nutrients before running [18:15] The helpful and harmful effects of sugar [23:50] Losing weight in a healthy way with running [34:17] Is carb-loading something runners need to do? [38:40]   Quotes “As your energy needs go up, naturally your carbohydrate needs go up. Also, the percentage of calories that you eat from carbohydrates goes up as your mileage goes up as well.” [10:04] “There are a lot of people who don’t recover properly and they just feel lousy the rest of the day. They just don’t have energy to do anything else... But if you take that time to recover, eat a snack and give yourself some calories, you’re going to feel so much better.” [12:39] “Are you going to work on weight loss or are you going to work on your performance? The way you fuel is going to be a little bit different depending on your end goal.“ [35:58] “It doesn’t have to be super-complicated. Eat food you enjoy. You don’t have to follow strict rules... Have fun with it!” [45:51]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Download the FREE Profit Planning Workbook Find Jackie Kirchner online Follow Jackie on Instagram Book a Discovery Call with Jackie Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Sep 6

48 min 58 sec

The landscape for fitness and nutrition business owners has certainly changed in the past year and a half. Many of us have been forced to pivot into an online businesses. Today’s guest is a personal trainer who has navigated these changing times and wants to explain how you can too.   About Becca Daniel In 2014, Becca packed up her kettlebells and her Bengal cat and moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to pursue a fitness training career. While working at a women’s gym, she noticed that even with solid programming and consistency, some of her clients were still getting stuck. So she got curious. Becca noticed that the aesthetics-based fitness and diet culture was causing her clients frustration as they chased societal standards of smaller bodies and unrealistic expectations. She began the work of shifting her own mindset and found freedom once she was able to focus on what her body could do instead of focusing on what it looked like as her main metric of success. Now, she encourages women to question the standards of fitness we see portrayed in the media and from the billion-dollar fitness industry, and approach workouts from a place of alignment, love, and acceptance instead. Becca believes that fitness isn’t a look and that working out doesn’t need to be about changing your body. It can simply be about enjoying movement, feeling good, and getting better at getting older.   The Freedom of an Online Practice Although many of us miss the in-person gym experience, there are some positives to online practices. Becca discovered some of these after pivoting to only working online. For starters, fewer clients missed sessions. Many even prefer to meet online since it avoids the hassle of commuting to the gym. It also allows for greater customization of programs to meet clients’ needs. Both Becca and I have found that the level of opportunity that having an online business affords outways many of the positives of in-person businesses. We now have a level of freedom to make our own schedules and build a new level of flexibility into our lives.   An Opportunity for Growth It’s undeniable that the COVID pandemic has caused more hardships than otherwise. However, it has been a boon for those of us who want to move our businesses online. Many clients now know what to expect and are more comfortable with online setups. Just like working out, a lot of what we have to do with our businesses is uncomfortable. Growth involves discomfort. Becca describes how this is a good thing. The pandemic has certainly pushed many of us into discomfort. There will be those of us who resist this and there are those of us who look for opportunities in it. Have you moved all or part of your practice online? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Becca’s original motivation to become a personal trainer [8:00] What drove Becca to take her business online [11:20] The type of freedom that comes with having an online business [22:40] How being online allows your business to expand [25:40] Providing a greater degree of customization for clients [30:20] Balancing discomfort with growth [41:20] Relying on faith to achieve our goals [51:00]   Quotes “After a while of doing online, my clients became so used to it. The feedback that I got was that this is so much more convenient.” [16:12] “I’m not saying COVID was a good thing. But for me, it gave me that little push that I needed to take that step and it gave me a reason to finally make the transition to have a business that’s 100% online.” [17:37] “The value that I add is it’s me. Even though you’re going to my classes, we’re going to have a personal relationship. I’m going to get to know you.” [34:20] “Part of faith is understanding and accepting that it might not be done exactly how we think it should be done or that it will be done. So we have to be open to knowing that we’re here to prepare for what God has for us.” [53:17]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links The Nutrition Business Accelerator Find Becca Daniel online Follow Becca on Instagram | YouTube 7-day Free Trial for unlimited access to Becca’s Live classes Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Aug 30

1 hr 2 min

Welcome to part two of my two-part series covering what sets successful nutrition entrepreneurs apart. There are actions and beliefs that separate the successful from the struggling. Today, I explain five of these so you can start your journey to success right away.   The Downside of Discounts The first thing I want you to do is to stop giving discounts. A lot of new nutrition entrepreneurs discount their services in an effort to convince clients to buy.  I don’t believe that this is a way to build confidence in your services. You shouldn’t have to discount your program at all in order to sell it. A successful nutritionist is confident in the value that they provide and they stand firm in their prices.   Your Money Mindset is Crucial It’s also crucial to be upfront and authentic in how you promote what you do. If you truly believe in your business, you’ll understand how important it is to use it to help others. You won’t worry about the criticism. Your clients will pick up on this too. Feeling bad about charging for what you do often stems from having some hang-ups around money. I know struggling entrepreneurs who feel guilty about taking money for their services. This leads to undervaluing what you do. Understand that you provide value and that value is worth something.   Stay in Your Zone of Genius and Invest in Yourself Once you start making money, you may feel that you have to do all the work yourself. Struggling nutritionists do everything themselves and never feel like they have enough time. Successful nutritionists know how to stay in their zone of genius and eliminate, automate, or delegate everything else.  This gets to my final point. You need to invest in yourself. It’s something that successful nutritionists do. They invest in coaching and mentorships as soon as possible. If you wait until you feel you have enough money to spend on it, you’ll likely never get there. It’s these investments that will ultimately move your business forward. Which of these five traits resonate the most with you? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Why discounts are not the way to go [6:00] Being authentic in how you promote yourself [10:40] Understanding the value of what you offer [16:40] Becoming the owner of your time [23:50] Why now is the time to invest in yourself [31:30]   Quotes “I promise that you do not need to create shady discounts and pretend deals to get somebody excited to say yes to working with you. The most important thing is that both people feel excited about what they are investing in.” [10:01] “If you’re afraid to talk about your services publicly, I wonder have you ever asked yourself why. Is it because you feel bad asking for a service you’re going to provide?” [10:52] “Successful nutritionists know that money is simply a form of energy and they’re excited to offer incredible value in exchange for a premium investment.” [16:52] “You deserve to have a business that nourishes you too. Part of that is nourishing yourself financially.” [22:22] “Beyond sheer luck, how are you going to save up enough money to invest in your business if you're not really making any money? How are you going to make more money if you don’t know how?” [33:16]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Join the FREE Live 3-Part Training Series for Nutrition and Dietitian Entrepreneurs The Nutrition Business Accelerator Practice Better Kajabi Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Aug 23

43 min 46 sec

There are successful nutrition entrepreneurs and there are struggling ones. In my years in this business, I’ve identified ten principles that set them apart. In this, the first part of a two-part series, I explain how to set yourself up for lasting success.   Take Action in Order to Find Clarity First and particularly foremost, I’ve seen that successful nutrition entrepreneurs understand the importance of taking action. Too often, we’re paralyzed by a lack of clarity. We want to be able to envision things clearly to the end before we start.  Instead, we should take action before we see where we’re heading. We can’t wait for perfection to come before action. No matter how good your plan may seem, once it’s put into action, circumstances will change. So start doing what you need to do today. You can always make adjustments and reassess along the way.   Finding Your Perfect Clients and Empowering Them The next thing to consider is who your ideal client is. When just starting out, many entrepreneurs are eager to say yes to every opportunity. However, when you take on the wrong clients, you end up wasting your time and theirs. I explain how to say no when a potential client isn’t a good fit. Once you find your right clients, it’s up to you to give them the power they need. Remember, you can’t do the work for them. They are the ones who are ultimately responsible for their results. It is your job to provide them the resources for success and to be their guide.   Be Unique and Ignore the Haters Successful nutritionists will lean into their unique qualities. If you try to imitate other successful nutritionists, you’ll never set yourself apart. You’ll end up downplaying your strengths pretending to be someone you’re not. That’s why I urge everyone to identify their unique traits and highlight those.  Finally, I’ve seen that successful nutritionists put their clients before their reputations. They’re more focused on serving than proving themselves. This may mean that you’ll have to deal with criticism at times. Yet, if you are going to set yourself apart and truly help your clients, you’ll need to leave the haters behind.  Which of these five traits do you need help in? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How taking action leads to clarity, not the other way around [6:30] Being clear on who the right client for you is [9:58] Helping your clients by empowering them [14:37] Finding success in what makes you unique [22:20] How successful nutritionists care more about helping their clients than proving themselves to their peers [28:00]   Quotes “The first thing that successful nutritionists do is know that action creates clarity, not the other way around.” [6:32]“Successful nutrition entrepreneurs have learned how to balance using a proven plan with taking messy action. It’s not that they don’t have a plan whatsoever. It’s that they don’t expect to have everything perfectly figured out before they do the work.” [7:03] “If you’re waiting until something is perfect before you put it out in the world… you’re going to be waiting forever because it will never be perfect.” [8:25] “Your clients are the ones ultimately responsible for their results. What you are responsible for is to guide them and coach them in the best way that you possibly can.” [21:27]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Save your spot in the FREE Live 3-Part Training Series for Nutrition and Dietitian Entrepreneurs The Nutrition Business Accelerator Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Aug 16

40 min 51 sec

The relationship that you have with your body is the most important that you’ll ever have. For many women, being able to build your life around your menstrual cycle allows you to harness your hormones so they work in your favor. Today’s guest explains how it’s done.   About Berrion Berry Berrion Berry is a menstrual health educator, certified integrative health practitioner, and the creator of Optimize Your Flo. She helps modern women have simple and uncomplicated periods. From hormone balancing to cycle syncing, to mood-enhancing and self-healing, Berrion covers it all and is excited to help you have your best period yet.   Listen to What Your Menstrual Cycle is Saying In this episode, Berrion explains what your menstrual cycle serves to remind you of. It is a window into your overall health. When you know the signs to look for, it shows you problems that might be missed otherwise. With this in mind, understand that your period is a time to slow down. It is empowering when you understand what your cycle is communicating. In addition to telling you if something is wrong, being in tune with your cycle is also a way to enhance life.   Syncing Your Life to Your Cycle Berrion talks about how to use your cycle as a blueprint to align your workflow with your energy flow. When menstruating, your energy levels are usually at their lowest. This is the time to get clear on your visions and goals.  After menstruation but before ovulation you’ll likely have more energy. This is when you should create and make strategic plans. During ovulation, energy will surge making it the time to communicate and put plans into action. Finally, consider PMS to be a time to evaluate and analyze. Berrion has found that utilizing your cycle this way as an entrepreneur leads to higher performance and satisfaction. How can you start syncing the way you run your business to your cycle? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Berrion found her passion in hormones and women’s health [2:55] Why your period can be your best friend [6:04] How to use your cycle to build a routine [11:00] Planning around an unpredictable period [17:00] Tips for syncing your calendar to your cycle [26:04] Overcoming the fears that come with comparison [35:10] Getting inspiration to do your own thing from someone else’s framework [47:12]   Quotes “Just flow. That is what our menstrual cycle is a reminder to do. Flow is a state of mind. It’s what our body does and how we can live our life.” [34:50] “Acknowledging and admiring someone else’s framework and then tweaking it for yours is ultimately what happens and helps so much for entrepreneurship.” [48:44] “I appreciate that slowness to life. I appreciate my seasons of high energy and output and seasons of low energy and low output. If you find out what it is that matters to you and build from there, you’re able to accomplish so much more.” [53:10]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links The Profit Planning Workbook Find Berrion Berry online Follow Berrion on Instagram Flow with Berrion Berry Podcast Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Aug 9

57 min 17 sec

Have you ever felt like your body is broken because it doesn’t work “normally”? This is a common feeling for women with digestive and gut issues. Today’s guest is passionate about reframing that belief so that true and lasting healing can happen.   About Natalie K. Douglas Natalie K. Douglas is a qualified holistic dietitian and nutritionist, speaker, and host of The Holistic Nutritionists podcast. Through her successful online programs, Thyroid Rescue and Gut Rescue, and in her fully-booked clinical practice, Natalie helps women experiencing thyroid, gut, and hormonal issues reclaim their energy, transform their digestive health, and balance their hormones so they can live happy, healthy and empowered lives. Her results-focused, holistic approach combines the power of functional testing, real food, smart supplementation, movement, stress and sleep management, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Natalie has completed further study in naturopathy and functional medicine and is also a certified yoga teacher and fitness instructor.   Using the Language of Healing Sadly, for many chronically ill people with invisible illnesses, the belief that you are broken is common. Natalie describes how these beliefs often present physically and make matters worse. To work against this, Natalie teaches her clients to rethink the words they use. She provides examples of using empowering language to foster change. When language is centered on healing, people can better see their worth and identity. By using empowering language, we can remove ourselves from the victim mentality. We can then take ownership of our health and recovery.   Preparing Clients for Success Natalie’s work centers on helping people interpret the messages that their body is sending. This starts with providing the necessary information, strategies, and tools. However, after a certain point, Natalie as the practitioner steps back so that her patients can empower themselves to heal. After all, the end goal is for patients to become independent in their health journey. How can you reframe your mindset through the words you use? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Natalie found her interest in women’s health and nutrition [5:30] How women show up when they feel like their body is broken [12:30] How beliefs of a broken body physically manifest [14:15] Using language to support a change in mindset [17:33] Having faith that everything will work out [26:13] Why group programs can improve the healing process [28:58] How much access is the right amount for a client to have with their practitioner [38:00]   Quotes “From the emotional perspective, being able to connect really deeply with people’s stories and how they might be feeling - I think there’s power in people being seen and heard, sometimes for the first time ever.” [11:32] “There’s so much power in our language and in our words. That creates our actions and creates the energy around our actions as well.” [22:01] “Health, healing, everything is so multifaceted and if you’re in any extreme you miss something.” [28:47] “When eventually they’re not working with me, which is the end goal, they still have that same inner-strength as opposed to still having someone else there.” [42:02]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get on the Business By Design waitlist! Find Natalie K. Douglas online Follow Natalie on Instagram | Facebook  The Holistic Nutritionists podcast Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Aug 2

53 min 37 sec

A purpose-driven life is all about taking chances. Whether in business, health or just about anything else, your own intuition is your best guide to this. Today’s guest explains how her own life’s experience has taught her this important lesson.   About Lucia Harmeling, RD Lucia Harmeling is a body attunement dietitian, author, yoga instructor, and women’s empowerment coach. She worked in the Houston Medical Center as a clinical dietitian for seven years, dedicating her last three to oncology nutrition. She is now the founder and owner of Savorli, LLC, whose mission is to help women ditch dieting, self-hatred, and self-limiting beliefs. She stands for body diversity, holistic health, and living a passionate life.   The Power That Comes From Trusting Yourself As dietitians, Lucia and I could simply tell our patients what to eat. In fact, many ask us for this. However, doing so does nothing to empower people to learn how to feed themselves and tap into their own intuition. As experts, we can provide guidance. However, results are best when individuals are able to trust their gut. This certainly requires a degree of faith and trust. You don’t know how something is going to wind up until after the fact. Yet, through our experiences, we’ve found that sometimes you just have to take the action that feels right. The more you learn to trust yourself, the more comfortable the act will become.   Your Vulnerability Helps You and Other People Too Having faith in your own intuition requires a degree of vulnerability. Your success or failure depends on the chances you take. This vulnerability can also serve others. Lucia discusses how being open and sharing her story has helped others find the strength and confidence they need to start their own healing journeys. The truth is, we all struggle. Yet, when we pretend that all is perfect in our lives, we cut off the possibility of forming authentic relationships. Lucia describes how being open with her own struggles has helped her form deeper connections. When people know that you’ve been through something similar, they can find more confidence in undertaking their own journey. How has listening to your intuition led you to success? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Lucia found her passion in the connection between intuitive eating and intuitive living [1:30] The purpose of intuition for an entrepreneur [5:00] Finding joy in uncertainty [11:40] The importance of having a strong support system [15:00] How sharing her story helped Lucia find her purpose and heal [19:40] Being vulnerable in order to help others [31:15] Tips for recovering from an emotionally intense session with a client [40:35] Having understanding and compassion for the process [46:35]   Quotes “I've never made a decision going with my gut feeling and had it go against me, but I have made decisions that didn’t feel right that definitely weren’t right.” [5:54] “In order to move forward, you have to get uncomfortable.” [12:03] “When we’re vulnerable and raw, that’s when we connect the most with people. Everyone has their own struggles and their own challenges. If we always appear perfect, no one can connect with us.” [31:37]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get your Free Profit Planning Workbook Find Lucia Harmeling online Follow Lucia on Instagram | Facebook Intuitively Full by Lucia Hamerling Gracefully Growing Intuitive Eating Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jul 26

51 min 46 sec

We all have goals. Yet, it takes consistency to achieve any worthwhile objective. Whether they are health or business-related, today's guest shares how she stays consistent in her efforts to achieve whatever she sets her mind to. If you have a big goal but are feeling unsure about how to take action, this episode is for you.   About Kritikaa Agnani, RD Kritikaa Agnani is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Clinical Nutrition degree, and experience in caring for patients both in the hospital and one-on-one setting. Her specialties include weight loss and athletic performance. Kritikaa discovered her passion for educating after she taught the course "Nutrition and Diet Therapy" at Collin Community College. She then began to create educational YouTube videos to combat common nutrition myths and misconceptions. Her goal is to help people create a healthier, more connected relationship with food and to make quality nutrition education more accessible. In her free time, she enjoys weight training and playing the piano.   Finding The Right Information For Your Health In this episode, we begin by discussing the pitfalls of misinformation. A lot of the nutrition literature online presents itself as one-size-fits-all simple solutions. However, the reality is much more nuanced. It's tough to know what is credible and what applies to you in particular. Kritikaa explains how she goes about discerning helpful from unhelpful and fact from fiction.   Is Weight-Loss the Right Approach to Health? We also talk about a controversial topic in the world of nutrition: whether intentional weight loss can ever be healthy. The fact of the matter is that sometimes it is healthy and sometimes it isn't - it all depends on the individual.  Everyone has a different body, different genetics, a different lifestyle. There are some instances when it is better to lose some weight to improve metabolic health and there are times when that would be unhealthy. Kritikaa explains the subtleties of her approach to helping her patients determine what’s best for them.   Establishing Habits As The Way To Achieving Goals As far as making and working towards goals are concerned, we discuss the importance of building habits and setting realistic expectations. Kritikaa and I know the importance of focusing on implementing habits rather than strictly worrying about the outcome. The things we put effort into take time. It may be months or even years before you see results. This can apply to weight-loss goals as well as your goals to have a successful business. Perhaps the hardest part of this is staying motivated when the day-to-day progress is hard to see. Kritikaa’s main piece of advice is to make the process itself enjoyable. Find an exercise or routine you enjoy. See the process of whatever you’re doing as joyful. If you see exercise or work as merely something that you have to do, then it will be hard to stay motivated. How do you establish habits that you enjoy doing? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How an unhealthy relationship with body-image led Kritikaa into a career in nutrition [3:40] How to avoid falling for bad health information [5:30] Whether or not intentional weight-loss can ever be healthy [7:30] Common and harmful myths in nutrition and health [18:05] Establishing smaller enjoyable habits to achieve big goals [22:33] Kritikaa’s mission to become a voice of truth in the health and wellness space [29:45] Tips for anyone who wants to start a YouTube channel for their business [31:08] Dealing with the fear of criticism when creating content [35:13]   Quotes “People would really benefit if we learned that organic doesn’t necessarily mean healthier.” [19:23] “I think I’m just so passionate about spreading the evidence-based information and the right information so that people don’t harm their bodies and do what I did as a kid.” [30:45] “You’re going to be judged no matter what, so why not put your opinions out there? Put everything out there and maybe you’re going to be helping a lot of people.” [35:07]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links The Profit Planning Workbook Follow Kritikaa on YouTube | Instagram Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jul 19

48 min 23 sec

Through my practice and studies, I’ve seen the importance of identity when it comes to habit change. The function of our bodies is so often tied to the habits that we have. Today’s guest makes it her mission to help her clients dig into their identities to get to the root of their gut issues and reclaim their ability to thrive.   About Victoria Coglianese, RD Victoria is a Registered Dietitian and business owner of Wonderfully Made Nutrition. She practices a functional nutrition approach to help people with chronic gut health issues, autoimmunity, and PCOS to overcome their conditions by addressing underlying gut and hormone root causes. She believes wholeheartedly that each person has an innate capability to thrive, and we can reclaim that by learning to confidently make connections between what our bodies experience and our food choices, health behaviors, stressors, and mindset. Victoria considers her work a true mission in life to help people finally find freedom from complex health issues and renew their hope that they have been truly wonderfully made.   The Connection of Faith and Entrepreneurship As a health and wellness entrepreneur, Victoria knows what it means to take chances. There are certainly times when the future seems uncertain. Victoria describes how her faith allows her to take risks and trust that God will provide.  The truth is, as an entrepreneur you have to find it within yourself to continue on when things get tough. Knowing that your clients rely on you and you will only succeed through your own hard work can be a lot of weight to carry. This is where Victoria finds her faith to be an integral part of her continued success.   Mindset, Weight-gain, and Your Health We also talk about a topic that is central to Victoria’s work: unwanted weight gain. At the root of her approach is mindset which centers on three Fs - faith, food, and function. Simply put, it is our beliefs that inform how we eat, which in turn affects how our bodies function.  With this in mind, Victoria explains how being aware of yourself - your moods and feelings - throughout the day is central to reclaiming your vitality. Nothing is too small to ignore or desire for improvement. When you focus on your wellbeing and make it a priority, true and lasting healing will result. How does faith play a role in your health? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How her own history of disordered eating and gut issues led Victoria into a career of helping others deal with theirs [4:00] The role that faith plays in entrepreneurship [10:30] The hidden causes of unwanted weight-gain [15:17] Why it’s not selfish to focus on your own health needs [22:44] The role of self-discipline in healing [32:18] The place of prayer in overcoming gut problems [41:55]   Quotes “I really see food for what it is as being a real gift from God to nourish us and as a means for healing our bodies.” [6:25] “If we’re mind, body, and spirit, then we truly are and nothing is separated. No health behavior or action is too small to pray about.” [27:19] “We need to dig deeper. We really need to get to the route cause. And I believe that the Lord wants that for us.” [43:22]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links The Profit Planning Workbook Find Victoria Coglianese online Follow Victoria on Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Linkedin Get Victoria’s free guide - “The Top 3 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight” Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jul 12

50 min 6 sec

Since everyone’s situation is different, there is no single protocol that can address each person’s digestive issues. Today’s guest helps her clients heal their gut by building their own mindful eating habits through intuitive eating.   About Claire Carlton Claire Carlton is a Registered Dietitian specializing in nutrition for digestive disorders. She works with women 1-on-1 in her virtual private practice, Nourish with Claire. As a specialist in nutrition for gastrointestinal health, she guides clients through her signature Gut Health Blueprint framework to unearth the root of chronic symptoms and help them discover lasting wellness.  With a Master’s degree in Nutrition combined with additional training in the areas of Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutrition and Intuitive Eating, Claire has created a holistic approach that focuses on one’s relationship with food while integrating nutrition and lifestyle strategies that address the root cause of their health concerns. Her method allows clients to step away from diet culture while they create mindful and sustainable habits to support their health and wellness goals.   Recognize What Nourishment Means to You In this episode, Claire explains how she helps her clients get lasting results with a comprehensive approach. It starts with a thorough assessment to determine what’s going on in their gut and their relationship with food. Once it is understood what’s actually going on, Claire works with her clients to recognize their internal queues concerning how to nourish their bodies. Once that’s done, we can start learning and implementing habits that both fit into your lifestyle while providing healing relief.   Solutions Through Mindful Eating Claire has a lot of strategies that she uses to help strengthen the brain-gut connection. When you mindfully chew your food, notice aromas, and pay attention to the food's textures, flavors, and colors, digestion actually does improve. This all gets down to creating more awareness around the sensory experience that eating truly is.  Meditation is also a way to enhance the gut-brain connection. It forces us to slow down and come out of stress mode. Anything that engages the vagus nerve (which connects the gut and brain), such as gargling, singing, laughing, and taking cold showers can also help strengthen this important connection. What mindful practice can you start doing to help your digestive health? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Claire found her passion in intuitive eating and digestive health [3:35] Why functional nutrition and intuitive eating complement each other [7:18] The benefits and limitations of medical testing [9:58] Focusing on identity to help drive behavioral change [12:45] Behaviors that can lead to gut issues [16:30] How stress impacts gut health [22:10] Strategies to improve the gut-brain connection [25:02] Why bloating should not be normalized [27:35] How nutrition, mindfulness, and the microbiome come together to create better digestive health [31:24] Why intuitive eating is best when it’s individualized [35:30] Advice for learning how to work with gut health patients [39:52]   Quotes “When we can figure out what exactly is going on in a client’s gut, what imbalances are there, we can tailor interventions specifically for that rather than just continuing to guess and pull foods from their diet.” [9:19] “It’s not your fault that you’re binging or you’re ‘overeating’ at the end of the day. It’s a primal response to being under-nourished.” [18:30] “Tolerance to food is going to improve when you support the gut. Then you can bypass a lot of those restrictive diets working on your gut health and microbiome.” [38:08]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Claire Carlton online Follow Claire on Instagram | Facebook Five Common Pitfalls That Actually Worsen Gut Health and What to Do Instead Insight Timer Headspace SIBO Academy Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jul 5

48 min 16 sec

For many in the nutrition business, running an event is a great way to connect with an audience and build credibility. There is a lot that goes into creating a successful event and not all of it is that obvious. As somebody who has run many events, my guest today has some great advice for anyone thinking of putting it on their own.   About Valerie Agyeman Valerie Agyeman is a Women’s Health Dietitian and Founder of Flourish Heights, a nutrition practice empowering women in health and wellness. She helps them understand the powerful relationship between what they eat and how their body looks, feels, and functions so they can make wiser, conscious choices, and establish a healthy relationship with food and their body. Through her platform, Valerie has organized workshops and events that have brought hundreds of women together locally and internationally to inspire change, educate, and build stronger, healthier communities.   Where to Start When Hosting an Event Whether in-person or virtual, live events are a great way to form connections. However, there are a lot of moving parts to arrange. Valerie explains how she coordinates between the many people involved to make it all come together.  Most of all, Valerie recommends just taking the plunge. If you want to run an event, try it out. You can start small with a short virtual event to test the waters and build your confidence. After that, you can build to something bigger as you see fit. The most important part is having the belief that you can make it happen.   The Many Benefits of Events We also discuss the many benefits of running events. First of all, they help connect you with your unique audience and make industry connections. They also establish you as an expert in your field and allow you to build a name for yourself. With events, you get to expand your reach and make a bigger impact on your community and beyond.  That is ultimately what inspires Valerie the most. The value she finds in helping a community is the best motivator of all. When your work is full of purpose, you’ll be inspired and empowered to continue doing more great things with your business. What benefits could you receive by hosting an event? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Valerie found her passion in women’s nutrition [7:00] The ability of workshops and events to create meaningful connections [12:15] The power of events to increase your impact [17:20] The different logistics and considerations between in-person and virtual events [22:50] What it was like to run an event in Ghana [28:12] Why self-confidence is the most important quality for putting on an event [38:45] Where to get support when running an event [43:20]   Quotes “If we really get a chance to know our bodies, that’s where we can become more confident and more empowered to live our best lives.” [13:39] “If something is on your heart - an idea or a plan or whatever - you just have to do it and don’t allow fear to become a barrier to executing wherever that idea is.” [37:53] “There’s nothing more powerful than just bringing people into a space to actually learn and grow and gain the knowledge to be their best selves.” [44:09] “We’re empowering women. We’re educating and just empowering them to nourish their bodies and build a healthier relationship with food... Wellness is not one area; it’s the whole you.” [49:50]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Enroll in Business By Design Today!  Find Valerie Agyeman online Follow Valerie on Facebook | Twitter The Flourish Heights Podcast Nutrition Entrepreneurs Spring Summit Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jun 28

57 min 26 sec

Are you getting the right minerals? It’s common knowledge that minerals are an important part of a healthy diet. What isn’t as well known is how they affect hormonal health. Today’s guest is a wealth of information about the role of proper mineral balances and your health.   About Amanda Montalvo, RD Amanda Montalvo is a women’s health dietitian that helps women get to the root cause of hormone imbalances and have healthy menstrual cycles. Amanda started off her education in nutrition with the traditional route, but after dealing with her own health problems after getting off hormonal birth control she quickly realized the value of functional medicine. After healing her acne, balancing her hormones, and learning the value of her menstrual cycle, Amanda found her purpose to help women create a body in balance and not settle for anything less.   The Importance of Minerals and How to Test for Them In this episode, Amanda goes into depth on just how important your mineral levels are. There are also many things that can disrupt them, including common forms of birth control. But before you can properly treat a hormone deficiency, you need information. To that end, Amanda discusses testing, particularly hair mineral testing, and how it can give you and your practitioner a window into your health. If you find that you have period-related symptoms or a history of thyroid issues, a hair mineral test will likely be very informative. Often, modern diets lead to unnecessary confusion. For instance, many women are often told to consume more iron. Amanda explains why this is not good advice because our bodies actually recycle iron. What we need are the minerals and vitamins that help our bodies with this process.   Focus on Food, Not Supplements While many people turn to supplements to get their minerals, Amanda would rather you focus on what you’re eating. Taking supplements often leads to further imbalance. But when you and your practitioner focus on eating a properly balanced diet, you’ll get a well-rounded dose of what you need. What would you like to know about the minerals in your diet? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Amanda became an expert in women’s hormonal health [3:20] Why minerals are an integral part of hormonal health for women [7:00] The role of hair mineral tests in measuring your mineral levels and health [11:40] How to use your diet to maximize your mineral intake [22:50] Why iron deficiencies are not actually that common [24:30] Why Vitamin A more important than many think [33:45] Resources to take advantage of to improve your mineral levels [37:00] Considerations for using castor oil packs [46:22]   Quotes “Minerals are applicable no matter what. Whether you’ve been on birth control, had a copper IUD, or if you just have symptoms.” [9:49] “It’s really showing you the why. Why do you have that hormone result?”  [14:14] “I think that you can build your own and have a more balanced approach that’s not going to create more imbalances in your body, and you’ll actually absorb it.” [30:13]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get on the Business By Design Waitlist   Find Amanda Montalvo online Follow Amanda on Facebook | Instagram Master Your Minerals Course   “Vitamin A-making” by Pam Schoenfeld Queen of the Thrones - Castor Oil Pack Package  - Use code Amanda to save at check out Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jun 21

58 min 13 sec

Whether it’s your health, lifestyle, or business, there’s always room for improvement. But how do you set goals and measure that improvement in a sustainable and meaningful way? Today’s guest, an expert in helping people perform better, has those answers!   About Melanie Larkins Melanie Larkins brings wisdom from 30 years in athletics (as a player, referee, and coach), over 25 years as a practitioner in yoga, meditation, and martial arts, and 10 years as a yoga and meditation teacher. As a high-performance coach, Melanie integrates elements of meditation, yoga, martial arts, body conditioning, and music to help her clients harness the power of the mind to unlock the true potential of their bodies and reach peak performance. She guides elite athletes from being distracted and anxious high-achievers to becoming laser-focused champions.   Improvement Can Happen Anywhere Improving performance can happen in any part of your life. Whether it’s running faster, sleeping better, winning that big contract, bettering your work-life balance, or just about anything else, there are steps you can take towards improvement. Melanie explains how she helps her clients identify key performance indicators so that they can make a plan and keep track of their improvements.   Getting More Done by Doing Less Melanie shares some tips for those of us who are addicted to overworking. Of course, there’s important work to do to meet our goals. Yet, too often we work merely for the sake of staying busy. Melanie suggests that we overcome this through judicious use of timers and scheduling. This will help you set clear boundaries to maintain a healthier work-life balance.  We also discuss strategies for checking in with your emotions. When you can objectively observe your emotional and mental state, you can better know if it's time to take a break or not. Being devoted to a non-work-related activity is another useful tool that we talk about.   Simplicity is the Key Many times, we get in our own way to achieving goals by overcomplicating things. Melanie discusses what we can do to keep things simple in order to perform at a high level. This involves improving focus, setting boundaries, and prioritizing. When you’re only focusing on what’s really necessary, you’ll be more efficient and find yourself with more freedom to do what you truly love. What area of your life could you work to improve? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Melanie became a high-performance coach [5:00] How to determine your key performance indicators (KPIs) [9:00] The importance of allowing yourself to enjoy free time [17:00] Tips for avoiding overwork [20:55] Deciding how many KPIs are enough [25:54] Improving your performance by keeping things simple [33:08] Techniques for improving your performance right away [39:00]   Quotes “There’s always some sort of way to measure even things that are subjective. There’s still something.” [12:51] “You have to have some quiet. You have to have some time outside of that thing to give you new ideas. That’s how innovation usually happens.” [19:19] “The more you can get simplified, the more efficient you can actually be.”  [35:17]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get on the Business By Design waitlist! Find Melanie Larkins online Follow Melanie on Instagram Schedule your free connection call with Melanie Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jun 14

55 min 26 sec

Running a business is hard. However, there’s only one way to fail in it, and that’s to quit. Today, I’m joined by my coach, James Wedmore, to discuss how to ensure your success through cultivating a resilient entrepreneurial mindset.   About James Wedmore For the last 15 years, James has leveraged his expertise to help teach Digital CEOs how to build and scale their online businesses through courses and trainings like his signature program, Business By Design, other programs such as Sales Page By Design and Nail Your Niche, as well as many other business-building trainings inside of James’ abundant course library. Along with being notorious in the online space for his unrivaled online courses and content, James also facilitates Next Level, a strategic, group-coaching experience as well as his high-level Mastermind, The Inner Circle. When James isn't working, he can be found hiking, flipping homes for Airbnb, or off-roading through the rocky terrain of Sedona. His motto is simple: Work hard, play harder!   Why You Will Succeed If Your Never Give Up Personal development and how much we are willing to work on ourselves is really what allows us to have the business that we desire. Sure, learning and implementing sound business strategies is important. But it really comes down to mindset. Although entrepreneurship has its risks and challenges, if you are determined enough, you will make it. With this attitude in mind, James explains how to view your success as an inevitability. The problem is that many people give up too soon. You need to stick with it. With the right coaching, community, and support, your success will only arrive that much sooner.   Doing Less to Earn More It may seem counterintuitive, but as a business owner, the less you do, the more you’ll make. James explains why the role that you fill determines the results that you receive. This is because creating a business means creating many different roles. Filling all these roles yourself is only going to keep you extremely busy without leading to much actually getting done. So instead of spending the majority of your time in the roles that don’t actually earn the money, James wants us to determine what activities actually produce the most result and focus on those.   Seeing Yourself as the Key to Your Business’ Success We also talk about the difference between changing your business approach versus actual failure. Often, things won’t go the way you want. In fact, that’s an inevitable part of business. There will be setbacks. James reinforces the idea that you should never quit. Instead, when things go badly, look for opportunities to try a different approach. Understand that your most valuable asset is you. Your personal brand is what differentiates your business and will earn you a loyal following. If it comes time for you to pivot, the power of your own identity which you imbue into your business will mean that there’s a group of people who will follow you wherever you go. What do you see as your role inside your business? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode What led James into coaching and digital course creation [5:40] Seeing your success as an inevitability and your failures as an essential part of the process [12:30] What you should really be listening for when working with a coach [19:48] The difference of mindset between employee and entrepreneur [23:32] What happens when you identify the most important roles in your business [27:52] How to successfully pivot your business with the power of your personal brand [44:22] Why you are more important than the idea in your business [53:40] The most important measurement of success [58:50]   Quotes “Yes, it is going to be risky. Yes, it’s going to be challenging. Of course! But that’s what you signed up for. That’s what it’s about…. But we operate from a very simple principle that changed everything for me, which is that your success is inevitable…. It’s only a matter of time.” [12:41] “The employee says, ‘I’ll just work harder, longer, and faster.’ But the entrepreneur says, ‘I need to work less and spend more of that time in higher-elevated, more valuable roles that the business needs from me.’” [33:22] “Quitting is the only true failure that exists.” [47:17] “Are you willing to do those hard things? Are you willing to be uncomfortable? Are you willing to let go of the things that feel familiar and safe? Are you willing to get a little overwhelmed, a little confused, to feel outside your comfort zone? It doesn’t mean you can’t. Of course, you can. It’s just challenging. It pushes us. But as a result, we grow.” [52:26]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Get on the Business By Design waitlist! Find James Wedmore online Follow James on Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jun 7

1 hr 16 min

Have you experienced an illness with symptoms that other people can’t see? The truth is that there are countless people who live in this world with invisible illnesses. Today’s guest shares her own story living with such a condition and how she helps others navigate a health care system that often leaves them out of the conversation.   About Morganne Skinner, RN Morganne is a registered nurse currently working in Public Health and has been a nurse for six years. Outside of work, Morganne can be found running or hiking trails. She qualified for the Boston Marathon and then left the country to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Morganne lived in Zambia for two years in a rural village with the Lunda tribe. She worked in all things development, public health, and agriculture. Her interests include all things women’s health and nutrition, inspired by her public health experience in Zambia and now along with her own health challenges with endometriosis.   Living With Invisible Illnesses So much of western medicine is based on what can be measured and observed. However, not all illnesses are observable. Endometriosis is one of these. There are times when people downplay these very real conditions or assume that they’re not even real, to begin with. Morganne explains the mental toll of this. To effectively communicate your needs, Morganne stresses the importance of trusting yourself and setting boundaries. The fact of the matter is you only have to disclose as much as you are comfortable with. At the same time, sharing what you’re comfortable sharing helps to normalize your experience and hopefully builds more empathy going forward.   Taking Charge of Your Health Sadly, many conditions like endometriosis do not receive the scientific attention they deserve. Too often this puts the onus on the patient themselves to search for information. There is certainly information out there, but understanding what is valid and what your doctor can help you with can be difficult to navigate. To that end, we talk about how you can equip yourself with the best information and work alongside your doctor to receive the help you need. If you have an invisible illness, what strategies have you found to communicate your needs? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode The complex nature of living with an invisible illness [4:45] Morganne’s experience receiving an endometriosis diagnosis [13:21] Teaching doctors and nurses to better listen to their patients [18:34] Dealing with the limitations of current medical knowledge [23:37] Strategies for effectively communicating your needs [34:30] Finding a positive angle when experiencing challenging conditions [41:20]   Quotes “A lot of people think of endometriosis as a woman’s problem or like menstrual cramps. But it’s a whole-body disease and it affects a lot.” [10:26] “I think it’s great for people to be involved in their care and to take responsibility and initiative. But also it should not fall one hundred percent on the patient.” [25:09] “There’s no one size fits all for endometriosis and I might not have understood that to the degree that I do now had I not gone through my own experience.” [45:04]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Sign up for 100 Leads in 30 Days Find Morganne Skinner, RN online Follow Morganne on Instagram Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

May 31

53 min 27 sec

I bet nearly everyone has had expectations of what their body should look like or be able to do. These ideas come from many places, unusually external and unhealthy ones. Yet, when you fail to live up to them, grief and unhealthy habits commonly result. Today’s guest helps her clients reframe how they understand their bodies so that they can build new healthier mindsets and practices.   About Steph Prangley Steph Prangley is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and owner of Infinity Hill Nutrition, a virtual private practice specializing in women’s hormone health. She helps women with PCOS gain energy, improve ovulation, and stabilize moods so they can accomplish all of their important life goals while being fully present in their relationships. Steph believes it’s possible to gain freedom from the painful and embarrassing symptoms of PCOS by reframing body grief to body acceptance and learning how to trust your body and read its signals. With compassion and kindness, she gently guides her clients with mindset work, nutrition, lifestyle, and their own intuition to build body trust and successfully manage symptoms for the long run.   Reversing the Disconnection Between You and Your Body Body grief gets in the way of healing. It removes you from the present moment as you grieve for the loss of some imaginary future or the way your body used to be. Steph describes how this disconnect can be reversed by accepting and honoring your body. Once this is achieved, you can learn how to listen to what your body is telling you. When you understand your body’s signals you can cut through all the outside noise of society, positive changes will follow. With this comes the understanding that healing is not only possible, but you’re in control of it.   An Intuitive Approach to Healing As you can imagine, mindset is central to this. It’s important to remember that just because somebody has an “ideal” body, it doesn’t mean that they’re happy. Detaching your emotional state from health outcomes while also working towards your goal is the key here.  Steph teaches her clients to do this by helping them hone their intuitive senses. When you find yourself craving food or feeling a certain way, it’s time to stop and examine the source of those feelings. This approach helps you remove self-judgment and identify healthy choices for your body. How can you start intuitively listening to your body’s signals? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Steph found a passion in helping women with their hormonal health [4:28] What body grief is and why it interferes with healing [14:26] Giving yourself permission to be okay with your body’s current state [20:38] Achieving the balance of being content with the present moment while still pursuing your goals [27:36] Building body trust through cultivating intuition [34:41]   Quotes “People always say to say no to the things that aren’t serving you. But when you have to say no to the things that you love doing, that’s a whole new level of grief, or emotional grief that you have to deal with.” [15:34] “Humans are messy and we make mistakes. Our life changes. Thankfully we’re adaptable and we can ebb and flow with that. I think we get into trouble when we try to make things flat and straight with no variability.” [24:32] “You’re the only expert in your body. I can’t even really tell you what to eat. I can give you education on the science behind nutrients and what we know about how all of these things play into our health overall, but the only long-term strategy we can have is getting in touch with the inner-self.” [47:16]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Sign up for 100 Leads in 30 Days Find Steph Prangley online Follow Steph on Facebook | Instagram Download the FREE Guide: The 3 BIGGEST Mistakes to Avoid With PCOS PCOS Freedom Academy Use this coupon code FEARLESS before June 30 to save $150 Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

May 24

55 min 24 sec

Doctors often say that IBS is a life-long condition. But does not have to be true. What people often fail to do is identify and treat the underlying causes of their gut problem. Today’s guest is here to share how she helps her patients get to the root cause of their IBS so that they can make lasting healing changes.   About Abigail Hueber, RD Abigail Hueber is an Integrative Functional Dietitian and owner of the private practice Above Health Nutrition. She received her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in the field of Health and Exercise Sciences and completed her graduate studies in nutrition at Simmons College. Abby has completed various advanced trainings in functional medicine, including a mentorship with functional medicine doctors and comprehensive immersion programs. Abby is an expert in digestive health which includes IBS, SIBO, acid reflux, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and other various GI symptoms and concerns. She also specializes in skin health through healing the digestive system for skin symptoms which include eczema, rosacea, acne, keratosis pilaris, and other skin-gut-related conditions. Abby leads speaking series and events for organizations and corporate wellness programs on a variety of health and wellness topics.   Why Gut Problems Can’t Be Ignored At least one in five people experience digestion problems. Yet, these are often dismissed as just mildly annoying symptoms. Abby explains how ignoring gut issues often leads to any number of other health issues. That’s why it’s important to treat the root causes of digestion problems. The tricky part is identifying what is wrong in the first place. It’s not enough to just cut out certain foods. In fact, elimination diets don’t really fix anything. They can even cause problems if continued for too long.   The Common Causes of GI Issues Abby explains what the three generalized root causes of IBS are. There can be many different factors at play, but Abby finds that it usually involves one or more just three situations. The first is digestive insufficiency - when someone is not producing or excreting the optimal digestive substances. Sometimes there’s dysbiosis or a GI infection at play. Inflammation is also a common culprit. Once you know what’s going on in the gut, you can make a roadmap for healing. Sometimes these can be remediated with lifestyle changes, like slowing down and thoroughly chewing food. Targeted supplement protocols can also help to reverse some of the problems. That’s why it’s useful to work closely with a practitioner who understands how to help you help your digestive system. How have you approached GI issues in your life? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Abby found a career in helping people resolve chronic gut issues [8:03] Why your digestive system impacts many other parts of your health [11:00] Why you shouldn’t think of food as the trigger of IBS [14:00] The reasons many people falsely believe that IBS is a lifelong condition [19:10] The three general root causes of IBS [23:18] What happens when we eat more mindfully and chew properly [31:30] How to identify the root cause of your gut problem with functional medicine [44:29] Getting support through group programs [46:45]   Quotes “Food can certainly be a tool in a treatment protocol that can help to alleviate some of these symptoms while we get to the root cause… but it is not a tool that we can use to fully heal a digestive system.” [16:36] “We do need to create a lifestyle shift around the way that we eat in order to optimally digest our food.” [24:30] “We really want to identify in someone’s unique body which of those three are that root cause and then in those three categories, what exactly is really going on.” [27:28]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Sign up for 100 Leads in 30 Days Find Abby Hueber Online Follow Abby on Linkedin | Instagram No Drama Digestion 15-min discovery calls Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

May 17

1 hr 1 min

Skin issues can come from just about anywhere. Frequently, people are given inaccurate or unhelpful advice from conventional medical providers. That’s why it’s so important to understand where these skin issues come from and how we can best treat them.   About Dr. Julie Greenberg Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic clinic that approaches skin problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University, Stanford University, and Bastyr University. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and speaks at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin, and nails. Dr. Greenberg is the Program Chair for the Naturopathic & Integrative Dermatology Series at LearnSkin, a 20 course CE program for doctors that discuss evidence-based alternative approaches to treating dermatological conditions.   Getting to the Root Cause of Chronic Skin Conditions No single system of your body exists in isolation. This includes your skin. Problems in your gut often show up as a skin condition. Dr. Greenberg explains how to heal your microbiome by getting diverse inputs from lots of different foods, particularly fibrous ones, to get your gut back on track. By correctly addressing the root causes of skin conditions this way, you can start to see actual changes. Fixing the gut to heal the skin usually means getting your microbiome back in balance. Dr. Greenberg talks about how antibiotics, certain medications, alcohol, and lack of fiber can all lead to issues like leaky gut. Leaky gut is at the root of so many dermatological conditions. When food passes through the mucosal barrier in the intestines, inflammation will naturally follow.   The Connection Between Your Skin and Your Food Fortunately, there is a lot that you can do to address these issues. Dr. Greenberg describes how reducing toxins and taking care of your immune system goes a long way. There are also some foods to avoid if you have certain sensitivities. Dairy and wheat are big ones to stay away from for many people in general since they often cause inflammation. For those with specific diseases, such as rosacea, hot foods and spice are often the culprits. Since food sensitivities come in so many forms, it is important to work with your practitioner to discover what’s best for you. Have you noticed a connection between your skin’s health and what you eat? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode What makes a naturopathic doctor different from a medical doctor [3:20] The biggest myths concerning healing a skin condition [10:00] How skin issues are an indicator that something else is wrong [16:00] How to heal your skin by healing your gut [30:04] Foods that can cause some skin conditions to flare up [37:20]   Quotes “Food absolutely matters 100 percent. Food can absolutely be a trigger and make your symptoms worse, but it is generally not the root cause, so we still have to go deeper.” [11:30] “You can’t fix these chronic dermatological issues just from the outside in. The body is telling you there’s a problem inside. [17:03] “I find that usually my approach and my protocols as a naturopathic doctor treating skin are much more aligned with nutritionists than dermatologists because steroids are not the way to go.” [47:52]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Dr. Julie Greenberg online LearnSkin: Naturopathic and Integrative Dermatology Series Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

May 10

51 min 29 sec

Too many people with IBS are told the lie that there’s nothing they can do about it. That’s why it’s so often a problem that fails to receive proper treatment. The truth is, there are effective things you can do to improve your gut health. Today’s guest is an expert in this and is here to share what she knows so you can get your gut back on track.   About Dena Norton Dena Norton, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and Holistic Nutrition Coach with Back To The Book Nutrition, a website and virtual practice dedicated to helping clients find and fix the root causes of their gut and hormone symptoms so they can get back to life! Dena holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition and is currently working toward functional medicine certification. When she faced HPA Axis Dysfunction, hormone imbalance, and gut symptoms that traditional medicine couldn't explain or fix, Dena found answers in the world of holistic nutrition and functional medicine. Her own dramatic recovery opened her eyes to a whole new approach to health and gave her a passion to help others find healing as well. With over 15 years of experience in both the traditional medical system and the holistic health sphere, Dena now combines all she's learned to leverage the best research-backed and results-driven approaches to help her clients optimize their health. Her work has been featured on Dr. Axe, Prevention Magazine, Fitness Magazine, The Huffington Post, and many others.   New Trends in Treating the Gut Despite past trends in medicine that overlooked the complexities of IBS, good changes are happening. As functional medicine becomes more popular, more practitioners are taking a deeper look at this issue. Instead of looking at IBS as a catch-all for mysterious gut issues, the functional medicine approach is much more nuanced and comprehensive. To that end, Dena explains the importance of getting individualized help from an expert to really get to the root causes of your problem. Since a diagnosis of IBS is often used to explain away unexplained symptoms, it is really important to play detective and investigate the issue further. We talk about looking into food sensitivities, stool-testing, medication, and supplementation to make lasting changes.   Starting With Good Nutritional Foundations Dena understands the importance of beginning with good foundations. This starts with how you approach food, getting enough sleep, and managing stress. Stress in particular has such a large downstream effect on digestion that Dena wants everyone to start there. Slow down and eat in a state where you can really focus on your food.  With busy modern lifestyles, this is not always that easy. Yet, this is crucial if you want better digestion. Dena goes over her steps to eating mindfully while reducing stress. This is so often the first step to getting gut health back under control. How can you eat more mindfully to heal your gut? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Dena’s own health issues led her pursue functional medicine [5:15] What IBS means as a “diagnosis” [11:10] Helpful and non-helpful tools to alleviating symptoms of IBS [18:13] How testing for food sensitivity plays a role in healing gut problems [21:19] Starting with the foundations of good digestion [29:35] Important lifestyle factors that people tend to overlook [36:48] Leveraging scientific advancements to treat IBS [42:50]   Quotes “It’s exciting for our career and our space. There are a lot of young dietitians and dietitians-to-be who really do get that there is something more out there and they’re seeking it.” [10:54] “There’s never just one thing. It’s like a tangled web. So you got to put all the pieces on the table, prioritize, get an order of operations, and then have the time, patience, and expertise to work through them little by little.” [29:18] “I’m not against medication. I’m not in any one camp when it comes to food or medicine or anything. It’s really all about sitting in the middle and leveraging anything that’s scientifically valid that works.” [45:44]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Dena Norton Online Follow Dena on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Schedule your free 10 minute discovery call “What Causes IBS (and how to fix it for good)” Meal Time Checklist for Better Digestion Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

May 3

54 min 50 sec

Many times, being a dietitian is a lot like being a detective. Patients come to us after having tried everything else that they can think of. After years of dieting and frustration, they still have a gut in distress. Often, it’s a modern lifestyle and diet behind the problem. Today, I’m talking with Laura Poe Mathes about how she helps her clients discover healing remedies by taking advantage of traditional foods.   About Laura Poe Mathes Laura is a registered dietitian focused on helping clients restore their microbiome and heal their gut. Her process is based on principles of traditional diets, where natural remedies meet evidence-based practices to help improve gut health. Laura's goal is not only to improve her clients' diets but also to help them change their lives.   A New Look at Old Foods Rather than focusing on elimination diets, Laura helps her clients identify what they are missing so they can get to the root cause of the problem. What’s interesting is that many traditional foods, like broths, fermented foods, and organ meats can help fill common nutritional gaps.  Because food is one of the things in life that can’t be ignored, it’s still something that can make or break your wellbeing. With that in mind, Laura explains how a smart approach to eating traditional foods can flip your relationship with food upside down. If done right, you can find yourself excited to eat again.   Work With Your Dietitian to Build Your Traditional Diet When it comes to improving gut health, Laura can’t speak highly enough about fermented foods in particular. She has seen so many people improve their symptoms and overall nutritional status by adding more foods like sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and kimchi to their diet.  However, fermented foods on their own are not going to be the solution. Borths, stocks, and organ meats can all be part of the picture. With so many elements and variables, there’s a lot to consider. That’s why having a knowledgeable dietitian on your side is so helpful. Laura explains what to look for when considering a traditional solution to your gut issues so that you and your dietitian can find a real fix that lasts. What’s your favorite traditional food? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode What led Laura to discover the value of traditional foods [4:00] The biggest mistakes people make when trying to heal their gut [11:15] Why lifestyle is an important factor with any diet [16:06] Why some people feel shame around food [26:18] Predictions about the future of traditional foods [30:00] Using fermented and traditional foods to improve gut health [33:22] Why animal products are an important part of a healing diet [37:29]   Quotes “It is kind of fun to see people realize that there’s more to it than diet. It can be a little overwhelming. They’re like ‘I have to address all of these things?’ But it can be freeing too.” [17:37] “We look to food to do too much for us; that it’s a magic bullet in some way or that if we change one thing about our diet, we’re going to be happy.”  [27:48] “They do show a lot of improvement in symptoms and they’re a really great way to start to connect more with food and really seeing that you can make something that was made thousands of years ago in your modern kitchen.” [34:55]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Laura Poe Mathes online Follow Laura on Instagram Brine and Broth Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Apr 26

47 min 27 sec

Let’s face it, 2020 was a year many of us wanted to numb away with alcohol. Yet, if you want to truly live a purpose-driven life, drinking can get in the way. Today’s guest discusses why many women struggle with alcohol and what we can do to build new habits that don’t limit our potential.   About Camille Kinzler Camille Kinzler helps the high-achieving, social over-drinker learn to destress, relax, and connect without instinctively reaching for her go-to cocktail by creating a life she doesn't want to numb. She is an alcohol-free lifestyle and habits expert with a Master's in Science and Physician Assistant (PA) Studies who is passionate about helping women create the life they choose through the C.O.Z.Y. Method. She specializes in helping women explore whether alcohol is helping them manifest the life they desire. Through 1-on-1 and small group coaching via video conferencing, Camille guides women in 100-day explorations around their vices by using her signature C.O.Z.Y. Method. This isn't about quitting your vices cold turkey, it's about expanding your awareness, not limiting it. In addition to her private coaching practice, Camille is a physician assistant who specializes in root-cause medicine. She has worked in urgent care and family practice for over 11 years. She draws on her medical education, as well as her training as a neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified life and recovery (from all vices) coach to help women discover the root cause of their habits. She ultimately helps women create a life they don't want to numb.   Addressing Perfectionism as a Cause of Drinking Camille recognizes how hard it can be to break habits. When we try to change our relationship with drinking, we need to look at all our habits. Camille describes how she helps women intentionally set themselves up for success by building good habits overall. This means slowing down and not trying to be perfect in all things.  This mindset shift is central to self-regulation. Without it, many people try to cope by turning to alcohol. It’s not easy to create habits to make healthy changes. That’s why Camille shares some actionable tips you can start using right away to help make a difference.   Building Healthy Habits That Last To make lasting changes to our habits, Camille stresses above all the value of consistency. By addressing the way that you build your habits, including habits around behavior and thoughts, you can start to make changes that will actually last. In other words, it’s not enough to just do something differently. You need to consider how these changes affect your behavior and set long-term goals to make them work over the long run. What healthy habits can you make to change your relationship with alcohol? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Camille approached her own alcohol addiction and now helps other women do the same [4:10] Why many women struggle to drink within moderation [9:45] Actionable steps you can take to help self-regulate [14:05] More effective alternatives to quitting cold turkey [16:05] Addressing belief-based behavior to create lasting change [18:08] Tips for navigating social drinking situations [21:27] Reasons why reducing or eliminating alcohol will lead to a more purpose-driven life [25:00] Whether it’s possible to responsibly enjoy moderate alcohol consumption [33:05]   Quotes “It’s not to ask yourself if you have a problem with drinking. It’s ‘is alcohol serving me in my life?’” [8:08] “I think that there’s this idea of perfectionism within women. We are expected by society, and also by ourselves, to do everything. And we can’t do everything and we really have to take responsibility and learn how to slow down.” [11:10] “I had to trust that it would all fall into place. I know that that’s really hard to do at the beginning because we’re shedding an identity and that can be scary.” [24:04] “If we can really lean into these uncomfortable moments where we want to have a drink or we have a craving and we get to the other side, that builds confidence. That allows us to trust ourselves more.” [29:29] “It’s just all about paying attention to the little things that we’re doing that are on a subconscious level… and how we can slowly integrate or change the way that we do those in our lives.” [40:51]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Camille Kinzler online Follow Camille on Instagram | Facebook Join Camille’s Attention Experience Breast Cancer and Alcohol Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Apr 19

44 min 7 sec

If you have your own business, you likely realized that you can’t do it all yourself. There’s no shame in hiring help. In fact, your business won’t be able to grow in a sustainable way without it. Today’s guest is here to share how you can create a team to allow your business to grow.   About Cena Martin Chandler With over 18 years of experience in building teams for companies and delegation, Cena Martin Chandler has developed a method that teaches online service providers a "no - fear" way of hiring remote teams. This approach directly counteracts the current industry training around hiring and building remote teams. Cena’s approach is to take the CEO or Operations Manager through what she calls a "Mindset Makeover” which implements psychology-focused belief building and validation to prepare them for managing team members. This approach maximizes managers and CEO’s ability to lead efficiently, and it’s a fresh breath of air to the typical, ancient training of "being a good leader" and "commanding authority" when leading other people. She believes this method will continue to produce empathetic, inclusive, and effective leaders as we move into 2021 and beyond.   When It’s Time to Grow Your Business If your business is going to support your life and not take it over, there will likely be a time when you’ll need to grow your team. But what does this process look like? Cena has learned that no two businesses are identical. What works for others may not be best for you. Cena urges entrepreneurs to first identify what it is that most monopolize their time. Hiring for what you really need will not only be the best use of your money, it will free you up to work on other things that will really grow your business. Cena recommends focusing on the customer experience aspect because that’s ultimately where your revenue comes from.   Why Hiring Doesn’t Need to be Scary There can be anxiety around growing your team. You may feel that no one can do the job as well as you. You may be overwhelmed by the idea of training someone new. Cena wants you to put these fears to rest. From the very start of the hiring process, you can assess new and potential team members. She explains what she looks for both in personality and in skills to make sure that you are finding someone who will be the right addition to your business.  While much of the hiring process is simpler than many think, there is still a lot to consider. Cena explains how she helps entrepreneurs through it by examining their processes and restructuring them when needed. While rebuilding your systems and processes, she helps them build up a team so that efficiency is maintained and improved. What parts of your business could you hire someone to do? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode What led Cena to become an operations coach [4:50] Why you probably shouldn’t hire someone to do your social media as your first employee [10:05] How to figure out how many hours a new employee should be hired on for [16:47] How to know when you’re ready to hire help [20:23] How to address fears around hiring people [24:05] Why you may want to hire someone to help out in the home [31:10] How Cena helps entrepreneurs navigate the hiring process [39:29] Considerations to make when roles shift inside your business [44:22]   Quotes “If I’m going to be an entrepreneur and build this business, I have to do it in a way where it’s sustainable and where my family still has me.” [6:41] “Focusing on the customer experience and bringing someone in who can help you make sure that the revenue part of your business continues to grow is the smartest choice to make.” [15:18] “Just think about where you want to be six months from now. I know hiring can cause procrastination. You might be afraid. You might have all these limiting thoughts stopping you from doing it. But do you want to be in this exact same position, doing things the exact same way six months from now, or do you want to see progress that requires less of your time?”   [51:25]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Cena Martin Chandler online Follow Cena on Facebook Apply for Cena’s Free Training Loom Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Apr 12

54 min 3 sec

In exercise, as in life, many women are trying to force themselves into a world designed by and for men. But our bodies and needs are different. There’s a natural cycle to us and our energy. Today’s guest offers some great advice on how to recognize your natural rhythms and workout in accordance with them.   About Jenni Hulburt Jenni Hulburt is a fitness coach, essential oil specialist, host of the WILD Wellness podcast, and creator of The Workout Without Burnout Blueprint.  She has a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Exercise Science and Sport Psychology, and is also a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA, teaching people about essential oils for non-toxic living, natural health, and creating their own home apothecary with the power of plants. Everything she offers is to help women live and sweat in sync with nature. She believes you can reach your goals without sacrificing your well-being, as you seek to embody what nature has always modeled — it’s not a sprint, but a cycle.   Deconstructing Workout Myths First off, Jenni breaks down some common exercise myths that many women fall victim to. For instance, you don’t need to work out to the point of exhaustion every day. Instead, we should clue into the natural cycles of our lives so we know when it’s time to build and when it’s time to rest and recover. Also, although many of us exercise to manage stress, Jenni explains how it can have the opposite effect.   Finding Your Natural Rhythm Jenni believes that the key to sustainable exercise is to do it in sync with nature. This requires being in tune with your own cyclical rhythm, be that your menstrual cycle, the seasons, or the phases of the moon. There are times to rest, build, push yourself, and pull back to recover. Jenni describes how to clue into your needs and adapt your actions to them. Doing so will allow you to build strength for the long run without subjecting yourself to the negative effects of burnout. Since everyone is different, understanding your natural cycles will take some observation and introspection on your part. It’s important not to compare yourself to others. You may even feel different from one cycle to the next. But the more you learn to listen to what your body is telling you, the better you will get at finding your rhythm. How can your natural cycles inform your workout? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Jenni built her passion for helping women overcome burnout [3:45] Common myths about exercising that are out of alignment with women’s needs [7:15] The dangers of using exercise as stress-relief [11:05] How to sync your workouts to your natural cycles [17:35] Staying true to your cycle and needs when working out with others [29:18] How to adjust your workout to seasonal changes [40:08]   Quotes “There are certain times of the cycle when we are really primed to make gains. Whether that be in strength or endurance. And there are other times that may be more suited for maintenance and recovery. We really need both.” [9:28] “Take those modifications that are offered, or just sit certain parts out if you need to and do something else. Take more rests or take more breaks. I know that can be a difficult thing to do if it’s a social situation because you look around and everyone else is doing something else, but it’s a good practice in and of itself for life in general.” [32:18] “We can reach our goals without sacrificing our health along the way.” [46:53] “We realize that we’re part of something that is not only within us but also that we can see it happening outside of us. I think that is such a guide for our wellbeing in so many ways.” [49:00]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Jenni Hulburt online Follow Jenni on Instagram | Facebook Free Training: How to Challenge Your Body without Feeling Depleted Quiz: What’s Your Workout Style By Nature? WILD Wellness podcast The Workout Without Burnout Blueprint doTERRA Essential Oils Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Apr 5

51 min 39 sec

Of all the factors that come into play when sustainably losing weight, mindset may be the most important. Many diets don’t work because we try to fit habits into our lives that don’t align with our identities. Today’s guest helps women address their mindset around their identities to help better create needed changes for healthy eating.   About Liz DeJulius Liz DeJulius is a functional medicine registered dietitian nutritionist and mindful eating expert. Liz teaches women how to live in the middle of extreme dieting methods and total body negligence to achieve weight and health goals in a sustainable way. The biggest mistake she saw was clients following restrictive diets that took more away from them than it relieved. Liz uses the science of functional nutrition with the art of mindful eating to help her clients lose weight, live confidently, and learn to love food again.   Addressing Emotional and Subconscious Beliefs Around Food One problem with many diet plans is that they don’t consider the mental and emotional relationship we have with food. Too often this leads to disordered eating and the formation of negative associations with food. That’s why Liz centers her approach on helping her patients lose weight while still enjoying their food. This means getting in touch with our subconscious beliefs. Doing so gets to the root of how we think, talk to ourselves, and our emotions. By changing how you think and addressing your unaddressed beliefs, you can start to change your health habits in a sustainable way.   Building a Sustainable Mindset Concerning Food and Habits Part of the shift in mindset comes from focusing on the process rather than the outcome. Instead of merely fixating on how many pounds you want to lose, focusing on improving your relationship with food leads to more feelings of success. Liz describes how she helps women set goals around continuous improvement instead of some arbitrary finish line. This approach leads to sustainability and more feelings of success than the traditional approach to weight-loss.  The key to this is promoting healthy and sustainable habits. Liz explains how she works with her patients to build and sustain habits around food and lifestyle so that their goals of improvement become achievable. This means frequent reevaluation and the tracking of behavior. It’s not easy, but with the right mindset, true and constant progress can be made. What habits can you foster to build a better relationship with food? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Liz developed her passion for helping women lose weight while maintaining a healthy relationship with food  [4:00] Why losing weight continues to be a struggle for many women [8:34] Common identity issues that inhibit healthy eating and dieting [15:55] Signs that mindset needs to be addressed when trying to reach a weight-loss goal [28:00] How to enjoy food in a healthy way [30:50] The types of behaviors we should focus on to change our habits [39:00] Tips and tools for tracking your habits and goals [43:08]   Quotes “I really don’t think that you can use any tool without addressing your relationship with food or your relationship with your body, no matter if it’s the right tool for you or not.” [10:11] “First of all, you are in control and by bringing more awareness to food and your body, you might realize that during an uncomfortable emotion, whether that’s boredom or loneliness or stress from work, what’s going to be the most productive way of managing that emotion. Most of the time, it’s not food.” [29:53] “If you feel like your habits have so much resistance and you feel like you’re exerting all your energy every day and food is just taking up the most mental real estate in your head, you should try to make it a little bit smaller and think about where you fall in those extremes.” [49:48]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Liz DeJulius online Follow Liz on Instagram Book a free discovery call Hunger Discovery Reflection Worksheet Atomic Habits by James Clear Full Focus Planner Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Mar 29

55 min 40 sec

Despite what your doctors may tell you, having chronic gut symptoms is not normal. There are numerous explanations for gut issues, but you can’t address them without information. Today’s guest has some great advice for how to go about this so that you don’t need to accept your pain as normality.   About Bridgitte Carroll, RD Although Bridgitte felt like absolute crap and knew her health was off, doctors still commended her on how healthy she was. She was on thyroid, ADHD, and migraine medication all at the same time. She was overweight and had to take Miralax to go to the bathroom. She was the healthiest eater she knew but she was exhausted, on a bunch of meds, and felt horrible. Her doctors didn’t have the answers. She didn’t have the tools to heal herself. But she was sick of constantly feeling “off”, and she was ready for a change. That led Bridgitte to immerse herself in years of functional medicine training while surrounding herself with the leaders in the field. After working with hundreds of clients, she now has answers about how to heal your gut and how to live an amazingly healthy life.   Getting the Right Information to Heal The cornerstone of Bridgitte’s approach centers on teaching her patients that they deserve to feel well. With a functional medicine approach, we are able to take control of our own health and find the answers we seek. When presented with a dead-end diagnosis, Bridgitte goes on a fact-finding mission. Tests and lab work are a big part of this. Once the root of the cause has been discovered, you can actually treat the cause of the problem, not just its symptoms.   Building a Team for Better Gut Health Because everyone’s body is different, Bridgitte stresses the importance of looking at the body as a complex and interrelated system. There are no cookie-cutter solutions. A good practitioner needs to consider everything and tailor it to the individual.  That’s why it’s crucial to find a practitioner that you feel good using. Just because they’re knowledgeable does not mean they’re necessarily right for you. You’re building a team whose mission is to get your health on track. Make sure you find the right team members. What is the most important quality for you in a good practitioner? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Discovering the power of functional medicine to address gut health issues [4:00] Turning to new approaches when doctors dismiss your symptoms [7:32] Common mistakes women make when healing from IBS [11:20] The importance of finding the right practitioner for you [23:50] How a life without gut discomfort leads to new possibilities [35:10]   Quotes “Most dietitians aren’t trained in functional medicine. So this is a way, not only that I could help heal myself, but could help my clients way more. Instead of just focusing on the foods, we’re focusing on the whole body and getting to the root of their unbalances.” [6:00] “If you’re working with a GI doc or a dietitian and they’re not listening to you - they’re not listening to the experience in your body and doing everything in their power to try to figure out what’s going on - then it’s time to switch. If you don’t leave that appointment feeling empowered and heard, find a new practitioner.” [24:24] “You get to decide how you want to feel. There are solutions for you. You just have to find that right practitioner and the right fit.” [35:00]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Find Bridgette Carrol RD online Follow Bridgitte on Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin Get FREE access to Bridgitte’s Masterclass Join Bridgitte’s Gut Fix waitlist Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Mar 22

49 min 29 sec

Intense workout regimes too often lead to unintended results. Unintentional weight-gain, hormone issues, fatigue, and more can come from excessive training and dieting. Today’s guest shares her first-hand knowledge on how to undo the damage and train for the results you truly want.   About Natalie Newhart Natalie Newhart is a former professional CrossFit athlete, national powerlifter, national physique bodybuilder, and CrossFit gym owner in Vail, Colorado. She specializes in helping fitness-loving women who eat well, workout often, and are not seeing results from traditional dieting advice. After gaining twenty pounds in two months and being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and diabetes with no answers, Natalie sought support from world-class doctors and physicians who taught her everything she wanted to know about stress and female metabolism. That was how she became obsessed with learning how stress impacts women's bodies. She is now on a mission to get this information out to all the women that are spinning their wheels and deserve to see their hard work pay off.   The Wrong Way to Exercise Right Natalie explains how training the “right way” often has negative unintended consequences for many women. The frustration and stress that ensues just make it that much worse. To avoid harming your body in the pursuit of fitness, it’s important to not get consumed by the competitive nature of working out.  To help women exercise sustainably, we discuss how to actually listen to what your body is telling you about its needs. With gym culture what it is, this can be a difficult task. The important thing to always keep in mind is that you know your body best. You just have to recognize its signals and act accordingly.   Refocusing for Healthier Workouts As Natalie experienced herself, unintentional weight gain is a common effect of high-intensity training. The physical and mental stress of these workouts often increases the body’s level of cortisol and stress hormones. This constant state of stress signals the body to store fat rather than burn it. By refocusing on what’s driving your fitness goals, you can start taking more control. Being motivated by enthusiasm, willpower, and discipline rather than anxiety, obligation, and fear will reduce the stress you put on yourself. This creates a positive experience that your body will respond to in positive ways. How can you give yourself permission to relax and slow down? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Natalie learned about the connection between diet, exercise, and metabolism [3:40] How to engage in competitive fitness without doing harm to your body [8:40] Why weight gain often accompanies intense training [15:50] The connection between emotional health and body-composition [19:14] The best thing that active women can do right now to improve their mindset [34:00]   Quotes “This is why you see so many women in the gym working hard and they are disciplined with their food and they’re not getting results and yet they’re told that they just need to work harder. There’s nothing more frustrating than to be putting in all that effort and not getting results.” [7:31] “I don’t think there are enough people talking about the emotional effects that play a role on your body composition. That is just as important as exercising too much or not enough or eating too much or not enough.” [18:57] “Just doing it from a place of passion and love will create an experience that will be completely different than that of a person who is driving out of fear and anxiety.” [33:33]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Follow Natalie Newhart on Instagram How to eat and train with the menstrual cycle - Free Gift Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Mar 15

38 min 5 sec

With all the social taboos on the topic, we often don’t talk about the realities of sex enough. Because of long-ingrained messages of shame, sex just isn’t as enjoyable for many as it could be. Today’s guest is on a mission to break down the misconceptions and help women make the intimate and pleasurable sexual connections they desire.   About Dr. Celeste Holbrook Dr. Celeste Holbrook is a sexologist, speaker, and author. Through her work, designing sexual and spiritual strategies, she helps her clients evolve into the women they were created to be. She covers a variety of topics from sex drives, sexual shame, creating better connections, wellness, and so much more. Her mission is to educate women on how to improve their relationship and sex life as well as grow in confidence, spirituality, and love. Dr. Celeste has been featured in Women's Health Magazine, Mothers of Preschoolers, Reader's Digest, and many more.   Erasing the Shame of Sexuality So many of the hangups concerning sex are rooted in shame. Celeste and I dive into why this is. Often, it’s simply because sex isn’t talked about openly. And when it is, there are too often negative connotations associated with it. As a result, sexual shame can manifest in many indirect ways, such as low libido, pain, and feelings of low self-worth.  With purity culture as part of the upbringings of many Christians, many unintended messages have been ingrained in us concerning sex. The idea that premarital sex is bad or dangerous and that your body is not entirely yours can do some real harm. However, it’s never too late to unlearn these lessons and take control of your sexuality.   Eliminating Societal Pressure When it comes down to it, connecting and finding pleasure with your partner is usually the goal of sex. To help others achieve this, Celeste teaches women to unlearn the lie that their bodies are solely responsible for the pleasure of a sexual experience. Rather, sex is a way for two people to mutually experience pleasure together.  Celeste explains how eliminating societal pressures surrounding sex is the key to making it pleasurable. The fact of the matter is, having good sex is a life-long learning process. There are things that must be unlearned and others that need to be intentionally practiced and relearned over time. How have you had to unlearn negative messages about sex? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Using a background in health education and behavior to help others move away from painful sex [6:00] Why Christian women often have shameful associations with sex [9:55] Common consequences of sexual shame [20:15] Actionable steps to be more present during sex [35:30] Overcoming physical challenges and pain [40:20] Practical exercises to increase sexual enjoyment [51:03]   Quotes “Through education and understanding my own body better, I started to have sex that was less painful… and eventually just not painful, but actually pleasurable and connected and intimate and all the things that we want sex to be.” [8:37] “You’re essentially telling that woman that her body is responsible for the arousal of men. That becomes problematic when you get married or choose to start having sex because you feel solely responsible for his pleasure when in reality sex it two individual people owning their own pleasure and co-creating this really awesome sexual experience.” [21:00] “Creating intentionality around sex can make sex happen more and it can be so much better because you have thoughtfully looked into what environment and situation helps you get into sex.” [55:49]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Sign up for the Nutrition Business Accelerator Find Dr. Celeste Holbrook online Follow Celeste on Instagram | Facebook 20 Sex Enhancing Questions The Music That Moves Me Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Mar 8

1 hr 6 min

At least ten percent of women have PCOS. Yet, there is very little information out there for handling the symptoms and managing this condition. Many doctors will just tell you to go on the pill and avoid carbs. Through her own experience, today’s guest has some advice to share about how to truly address PCOS for the long run.   About Isabel Garza Isabel is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Woman Wise Nutrition. She specializes in working with women with PCOS and integrates functional medicine strategies with principles of body-trust so that they can eliminate hormone-related symptoms and become the expert of their own bodies. Isabel is passionate about helping women challenge their fears around food while learning to honor their bodies through a gentle approach to their nutrition and lifestyle. She strives to empower women with a deeper understanding of their health so that they can ultimately live their life of purpose.   Understanding the Impact of PCOS Isabel explains how PCOS affects nearly the whole body, not just the ovaries as its name might suggest. From adrenals to neurotransmitters, PCOS can have a considerable impact. As a result, there are some serious symptoms that come with this condition. These can often lead women to have a disconnect with their bodies, which only results in even worse symptoms. Isabel describes how she helps her patients overcome this by emphasizing a stronger connection with the body.   An Informed and Empathetic Approach to PCOS Combining intuitive eating with functional medicine, Isabel focuses her approach on building body-trust. This means reconnecting with your body, understanding the messages it is trying to tell, and responding appropriately. With this approach, women can move beyond just the physiological aspects of PCOS and examine how it affects mental and emotional states as well. How can you start building body-trust today? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Doing the work necessary to address PCOS [5:15] Why PCOS affects much more than your ovaries [10:05]  Why women with PCOS often have a disconnect with their bodies [15:20] How intuitive eating and functional medicine can work in tandem to help give women relief from their symptoms [17:50] Red flags that disordered eating is an issue [23:00] Developing trust between yourself and your body [33:30] The foundations of establishing body-trust [37:24] The biggest mistake women make when addressing their PCOS [48:00]   Quotes “There is hope. Even with this chronic illness, you don’t need to experience symptoms day to day.” [8:46] “We can’t hate a body that we’re trying to heal. If we’re trying to wrestle it and fight it, then that’s only going to cause more symptoms.” [16:43] “Health is not the destination. It’s the vehicle for everything else in your life; for you to build relationships, fulfill your purpose, to speak the greater things that actually ground you in this life.” [20:43] “Diet - your nutrition - can be very powerful. When people can approach it from a place of empowerment and nourishing their body and not this hard-fast rule that they need to stick to or else, then usually it creates a lot of freedom.” [44:21]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Join the FREE Live Training for Nutrition Entrepreneurs Sign up for the Nutrition Business Accelerator! Find Isabel Garza online Follow Isabel on Instagram 5 Mistakes Holding You Back from Overcoming PCOS Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Mar 1

56 min 52 sec

There are many reasons for struggles with infertility. Knowing your hormone balance before getting pregnant can be so important for understanding this and getting your body prepared. Today’s guest works to help her patients get the full picture of their health so they can overcome these hurdles.   About Stephanie Paver Stephanie Paver, MS, RD, CSO, CNSC, is a women’s health dietitian with a virtual private practice. She specializes in helping women with PCOS use functional nutrition to achieve regular, healthy periods so that they can get pregnant successfully. Unlike conventional fertility treatments that rely solely on medication, Stephanie helps women prepare their bodies for pregnancy using personalized and evidence-based testing, nutrition, and lifestyle solutions. With clinical roots and an open mind to time-honored food traditions, Stephanie is a forward thinker and a progressive health care provider for over ten years. She graduated with honors from Purdue University with a degree in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago and received her M.S. in Nutrition at Arizona State University. Stephanie is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition and a certified nutrition support clinician. She also has a certificate of training in weight management, and she is pursuing certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition.   The Importance of Testing and Information As much as anything else, Stephanie places huge importance on hormonal testing. The information that comprehensive tests, such as the DUTCH Test, provides is needed simply so that you know what you’re dealing with. With this information, Stephanie ensures that the basic elements of her patients’ health aren’t overlooked.  With this information, Stephanie can consider the vast array of information that can clue her into what’s actually going on in women’s bodies. With so many factors that affect fertility, you can’t afford to look at just some parts of the picture. Everything must be taken into consideration. That’s where comprehensive testing can make all the difference.   The Role of DUTCH Tests As a window into their biochemistry, the DUTCH Test helps explain what exactly is going on so that we know what to treat. When PCOS is an issue, these tests can better pinpoint its cause. With this information, women can better advocate for themselves for the treatment that they need. They can also find out what nutrients they need to build and support important biochemical pathways. Has testing given you a better understanding of what is going on in your body? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Discovering the gaps in modern medicine when it comes to PCOS [6:45] Why testing is such an important part of hormonal health [13:30] What  PCOS is and why it’s so misunderstood [19:05] The benefits of the DUTCH Test for understanding PCOS and pregnancy [27:00] The importance of understanding PCOS sub-types [32:18] A case study of how the DUTCH Test can guide an intervention [38:00]   Quotes “Your period and your fertility is an overall indicator of health. So I think it’s important that we do a thorough exploration to figure out what’s going on so that we can intervene appropriately.” [14:16] “Instead of forcing your body into doing something it’s not ready to do, let’s support your body along the way. Then if we need to use medical treatment, we can, but let’s make sure we’re doing everything we can to support you physiologically, mentally, spiritually.” [23:07] “When I can see how the body is breaking things down - metabolizing - I can better understand biochemistry and pathways. That’s where we can use food and nutrients as medicine. You need nutrients for these biochemical pathways to happen.” [30:15]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Register for the 3 Key Elements of a 6-Figure Nutrition Business training Sign up for the Nutrition Business Accelerator Find Stephanie Paver online Follow Stephanie on Instagram The DUTCH Test Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Feb 22

58 min 43 sec

There’s so much to be prepared for - both mentally and emotionally - as entrepreneurs. There will be failures along the way. It’s inevitable. Rather than let it stop you, see setbacks are opportunities to learn as you go forward. With that in mind, I’m sharing my biggest business failure and what I learned from it.   About My Biggest Business Failure Around a year ago, I went to launch my Fed and Fearless program for the third time. Despite my high expectations, months of preparation, and initial interest in the program, almost nobody signed up. Feeling confused and dejected, I was left wondering where my business was even going. This led me to really dive into how this could be a learning experience that I could share with others.   Foundations of Your Business and Your Inevitable Success The first big lesson I learned is that business foundations are more important than specific strategies. For the launch itself, I did everything right. Yet, I was missing some important foundational pieces about my business. We have to be clear on certain things, such as what your specific niche is and the problem you’re solving for your clients. Now I know that before doing anything else, we must be crystal clear on these core and foundational principles. I also came to realize that failure is merely a belief. If there is something you are truly called to pursue, your absolute commitment to it will likely be enough to get you there. When looked at this way, a failure is merely a step on the journey to success. Even though it may seem like a terrible setback when it happens, there are lessons to learn that will take you that much closer to achieving your goals.   Setbacks as Part of the Long Journey to Success Setbacks are part of the long process that takes us to where we’re meant to go. In truth, it’s likely that every successful entrepreneur has experienced major setbacks and disappointments. It’s not that successful people don’t fail. Rather, successful people allow those experiences to become part of their journey to success. Finally, I learned to believe in the inevitability of success. That means coming to realize that results won’t always be immediate. The things you do today for your business may not actually show results for years. That doesn’t mean that you’re not doing it right. It means that you have to be patient and that you can’t give up when something doesn’t work right away. Have you experienced a major setback in your business? Tell me what it taught you in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Reflections of a business failure [4:00] The learning opportunities that come with failure [16:30] Why business foundations are more important than strategy [20:18] Why failure is merely a self-defeating belief [27:51] Understanding that failure is a natural part of the entrepreneurial journey [32:47] Having faith in the inevitably of your success [40:32]   Quotes “We all experience situations where we thought something was going to go one way. We were hoping something was going to go the way we hoped it would and it didn’t. We have to be able to recover from those experiences in order to really make the most out of life and to be able to approach life in a fearless way.” [3:19] “A business failure is a symptom. It’s not a root of the issue.” [17:11] “These things that we experience as failures, they’re only actually a failure if we choose to interpret them as a failure.” [30:48]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Join the Profitable Niche Masterclass Business by Design Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Feb 15

58 min 31 sec

It’s commonly said that if you don’t have a diagnosed food allergy, then you shouldn't be avoiding any particular food. Unfortunately, this advice does more harm than good for those of us with food sensitivities. Today’s guest knows from both her professional and personal experience how to intuitively listen to your body so you can eat in a normal way and enjoy your food.   About Rachel Naar Rachel Naar MS, RD, CDN, is a decaf coffee-loving, Leo, with a passion for people, places, running, and Motown Music. She received her Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and completed her dietetic internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is the founder of her private practice, Rachel Naar Nutrition, where she helps people reinvent their relationships with food, focusing on stress management with a body-positive, intuitive-eating approach. Rachel also assists with gastrointestinal distress and food allergies/intolerances. She aims to demystify food, draw connections to overall well-being, and make life palatable.   Approaching Food Intolerances There’s a lot of uncertainty around food intolerances. Many doctors and dietitians will pass them off as not being a big deal since they’re hard to diagnose. However, there are lots of reasons why it makes sense for an individual to avoid certain foods. Rachel explains what intuitive eating is and how you can use it to maintain a healthier diet.   Listening to Your Body for the Right Nutrition Rachel says that it's very important not to ignore nutrition when approaching intuitive eating. This means being in tune with what feelings of hunger are telling you while paying attention to your nutritional requirements. It’s also about being aware of where your fears around eating come from and addressing them at the root. In fact, Rachel finds that it is possible to decrease or even eliminate certain food-intolerances with the right approach. How do you approach a food intolerance? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Rachel developed her body-positive and intuitive eating approach [4:45] Realizing the true nature of diet-culture [12:37] The many psychological and physiological reasons people avoid certain foods [18:00] Techniques for using intuitive eating to overcome food fears [20:20] Addressing doubt about the validity of food intolerances [33:00] The connection between stress and disordered eating [38:50]   Quotes “A true allergy is a little bit easier to understand. But when it’s an intolerance, then the symptoms are not life-threatening and your body is not attacking itself, and it’s just a different story.” [16:47] “It’s sort of a process of trial and error and collaboration. I think first and foremost it’s just really validating their experience throughout it all.” [25:54] “Can we have a pump-up playlist where we call from the power of music? It’s so fabulous! Can we have a pump-up, ready for the food challenge playlist?” [48:00]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Sign up for the Nutrition Business Accelerator waitlist! Find Rachel Naar online Follow Rachel on Instagram Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Feb 8

53 min 2 sec

Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular ways to eat right now. Certified Nutrition Specialist, Deena Thompson, joins me to talk about the best ways to fast, the most common mistakes people make, and why you should absolutely eat breakfast.   About Deena Thompson, CNS, NTP Deena Thompson is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.  Deena spent her teens and early twenties battling chronic digestive issues, undiagnosed autoimmunity, and a slew of mysterious illnesses. This left her with extreme fatigue and feeling hopeless about ever having the strength or energy to be the mother, wife, dancer, and world traveler she dreamed of being.  Everything changed for Deena when she was introduced to the principles of ancestral health and functional medicine. After working with an incredible functional medicine doctor and applying the principles of ancestral nutrition, Deena was able to recover her health, get back her energy and show up more fully in her life and for her family.  Now Deena is passionate about helping others overcome digestive issues and fatigue so they can have the freedom to live a full and vibrant life, no longer limited by their health.   How to Prepare for Intermittent Fasting Deena Thompson joins me to talk about all things intermittent fasting. There are a few different fasting methods, such as time-restricted eating and modified-fasting, which we’re covering in this episode. Deena shares, from her experience, some of the most common mistakes people make when they begin intermittent fasting. She believes that eating breakfast, even while doing time-restricted fasting, is still vital. It’s common to skip breakfast during a restricted-fast, but Deena explains why it’s actually counter-productive to do this. While Intermittent Fasting is beneficial for so many different people, Deena says that there are a few groups that shouldn’t fast. Examples include pregnant people and those with a history of disordered eating. I’d also add that women with amenorrhea should avoid intermittent fasting.   Making Fasting Work for You Deena talks about another method of fasting she uses with her clients: Protein-Sparing Modified Fasting. This method of modified fasting works best for people with pre-existing conditions or metabolic issues. Staring a period of fasting can feel daunting, but Deena gives her best advice for how to prepare your body. While your natural desire might be to eat everything you want, Deena advises to actually have a low-carb meal instead. Your mindset also plays a valuable role during a fast. Deena shares how you can keep a positive and open mindset during these fasting windows. Finally, she explains how fasting can help with digestive issues and weight loss. Have you done intermittent fasting before? What kind of time restriction did you give yourself? What struggles did you have with it, if any? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Some of the most common mistakes of Intermittent Fasting [10:30] Why it’s vital to eat breakfast every day, even when Intermittent Fasting [15:30] Who Intermittent Fasting is good for [21:00] What Protein-Sparing Modified Fasting is [31:30] How to prepare for an extended fast [40:00] How your mindset affects your fasting state [46:30] How fasting can help digestive issues [50:00]   Quotes “When you really fuel well in the morning, it sets us up for a better day. We have better blood sugar all day long, we have less food cravings, and our hunger naturally diminishes the way that it’s supposed to.” [16:42] “I think Intermittent Fasting has a really wide application. There are a lot of people that can benefit from fasting. Those that can benefit the most are probably those with a little extra weight to lose and people that have some markers of metabolic issues.” [29:42] “I think that modified fasting is a really great way to do fasting for people that have pre-existing conditions or metabolic issues, like blood sugar imbalances, because it’s just a much smoother transition than just a full-on fast.” [38:12] “Fasting is really a tool for healing, for regeneration. It’s a tool for recovering from poor health conditions. When we come into it with that mindset, from a place of love, care, and honor for our bodies, we’re going to go into it saying we’ll listen to our bodies.” [47:50]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Find Deena Thompson, CNS, NTP online Follow Deena Thompson on Instagram | Linkedin Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Feb 1

59 min 10 sec

Despite how common pregnancy and birth are, there’s still so much mystery surrounding it. Many women don’t even begin learning about the pregnancy journey until after they’re already pregnant. Today’s guest explains how you can plan for a birth with as much medical freedom and information as possible.   About Dr. Lindsay Mumma Lindsay Mumma, DC, is an entrepreneur, chiropractor, wife, mother, homesteader, friend, daughter, sister, and lots of other things that are hard to put into neat little boxes. She loves helping women from preconception through postpartum. Lindsay is passionate about the core and pelvic floor, believes in living out magic, and thinks anything is possible.   The Modern State of Childbirth In this frank discussion, Lindsay explains how modern medical practices often interfere with the natural process of pregnancy and birth. C-sections are used far more than is usually necessary. Yet there are some real benefits to a natural birth such as proper hormone release and even a better formation of lung-tissue protein in the baby.   A Necessary Process The truth is, even in the best of circumstances, childbirth is a traumatic process. A proper recovery is needed, yet many new mothers rush to get back to “normal”. Lindsay describes why it's necessary to let the birth process occur as naturally as possible in order to support the health of both mother and child. She also explains where to go for help in this process and what is and is not possible to do at home. Are you planning on having or have had a natural birth? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Lindsay came to specialize in prenatal and postpartum care [5:40] The role of community and experts in caring for a pregnancy [12:00] Some of the benefits of natural birth versus surgical birth [16:40] How to best advocate and prepare for a natural birth [30:30]   Quotes “It’s such a beautiful process that is super on purpose so that baby comes out ready for life outside the womb. But we can step in and intervene and make it a little easier and set the date and all that. But we’re skipping over a lot of beautiful processes that are inherently part of the journey into the world.” [16:15] “Having a baby is a big freakin' deal. It literally changes every single thing from the cellular level of your body all the way to the metaphysical. Everything about you changes when you have a baby.” [17:44] “We have to go through struggle in order to get to the other side. There is no way around it…. We need that work of childbirth because that work is not pointless. That work is purposeful.” [27:53]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Find Dr. Lindsay Mumma online Follow Lindsay on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Linkedin Ina May Gaskin Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jan 25

47 min 41 sec

Last year was crazy! Whether 2020 was a good year or a bad one for you, we were all affected by national and world events. Now that we’re in a new year, it’s time to put accomplishing your new goals into action.   The Source of Your Goals is You My goals and habits are rooted in who I am. This means having a vision of the person who I want to be and the life I want to live. This changes over time and that’s okay. It’s fine if yours does too. Having a vision based on your core values will provide you with some direction. By identifying your vision, you’ll be able to think strategically about the path you will want to take to reach your goals.   Be Flexible and Open to Change with Your Goals Now a big lesson from this past year is that there is a lot outside of our control. That’s why I feel it’s very important to be open to adapting your expectations as time goes on. Don't get too emotionally attached to your outcomes and how you plan to achieve them. Flexibility and open-mindedness are key to this mindset.   Breaking Down Your Goals with Meaningful Action I find that ninety days is a good chunk of time to plan for my goals. Identify something that is reasonably easy to accomplish within that time that would move you towards your vision. Think of a few projects that will move you along that path. Identify the smaller steps that are needed to complete your project and assign them due dates. By breaking a larger goal down into smaller manageable tasks, you can begin to take meaningful action right away. What can you do over the next three months that aligns with your vision and beliefs? Let me know in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How my goals have changed over the years [2:50] Setting a vision to strategically reach your goals [5:40] Recognizing when we don’t have control over particular outcomes and circumstances [10:05] Setting quarterly goals according to your core beliefs [14:30] Useful tools for staying on track with your goals [22:00]   Quotes “By identifying that vision I’m able to think more strategically about the path it will require for me to get there and the specific actions I will need to take that will move me along that path.” [7:21] “As much as I have these goals… the fact is that I don’t have control over all the outcomes. I can plan for it. I can vision it. I can come up with the individual steps I’m going to take to get there. But I’m not really in control of those outcomes.” [10:05] “After you’ve assigned all the tasks, then really it’s just time to focus on those individual tasks and their due dates and to chip away at the project until it’s done.” [25:41]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Find your free guide on my website Asana Trello Monday.com Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jan 18

31 min 49 sec

As many as one in five Americans suffer from IBS. SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is one of the most common causes. Yet, so often this common condition goes untreated and leads to food fears which just makes things worse. Today’s guest is someone who works with people with SIBO to help them surmount these very real obstacles.   About Amy Hollenkamp, MS, RD Amy Hollenkamp is a Registered Dietitian on a mission to help her clients with SIBO and IBS overcome their symptoms so they return to their true purpose. Amy focuses on digging into the root causes of her clients’ symptoms so that they can find lasting relief without restrictive diets. Amy writes about her own battle with SIBO and her latest SIBO insights in her blog, the SIBO Diaries.   Food Fears, IBS, and Getting the Nutrients You Need From both personal experience and her work, Amy is familiar with the link between IBS and food fears. When eating causes pain and discomfort, it’s only natural that negative associations with food will arise. This leads to a whole host of other problems such as disordered eating and malnutrition. That’s why it’s crucial to focus on finding nourishing foods while treating SIBO. With all the focus on cutting out foods, supplements, and labs, the nourishment aspect often gets forgotten. Amy describes what a balanced diet looks like for those with SIBO and why it’s much better than the commonly prescribed restrictions.   Nurturing a Healing Mindset Because it’s impossible to meet nutritional needs when you’re afraid to eat, Amy works to help her clients move past their fears. Since there is both a mental as well as a physical element to this, Amy takes a careful and measured approach. This means not trying to accomplish too much at once but realizing that true and lasting progress takes time and commitment. Going slowly and thoughtfully helps us get adjusted to new food both physically and mentally. This builds new positive beliefs around food so that you can get the nutrition you need to heal and recover. Have you been diagnosed with IBS or SIBO? What has helped and what hasn’t? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Amy’s history with IBS led her to help others with SIBO [6:00] The link between SIBO and malnutrition [13:00] Common dietary mistakes that exacerbate SIBO [21:40] Tips for moving past food-centered fears [30:15]   Quotes “A lot of people are stuck in that vicious cycle of just clearing or restricting diet-wise and they never look deeper. They’re not working with anyone who is looking deeper and it’s a very frustrating track to be on. Unless you figure what the SIBO is rooted in, it’s hard to move forward.” [11:32] “Usually the people who are more balanced when they come to see me tend to make better progress faster because they’re getting better nutrition, even if it isn’t perfect by SIBO standards. It’s just one of those things where this idea that you have to be on this restrictive diet to get better is not accurate from what I’ve seen.” [29:48] “Food isn’t the problem. It’s the environment that’s causing you to potentially react to foods. And by not eating foods, you could be creating a worse environment.” [39:30]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Find Amy Hollenkamp online Follow Amy on Facebook | Instagram Use code FEARLESS for 20% off Amy’s program The SIBO Diaries The IBS Freedom Podcast Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jan 11

48 min 27 sec

As women, it’s empowering to have an understanding of our hormones. They influence us in as many ways as we influence them. It’s a complex topic that we are still learning more about every day. That’s why I’m so excited to welcome today’s guest who sheds important light on how we can live in better harmony with our hormones.   About Kaely McDevitt, RD Kaely is a Registered Dietitian who helps her clients personalize their nutrition for optimal health and hormones. Kaely runs a virtual private practice specializing in women's health and is a co-creator of the online women's health course and community, Her Hormones Academy. She is energized by helping women take back power over their health and wellbeing.   Hormones as an Indicator of Your Health Although many things affect our hormones, Kaely explains why they are often not the source of the problems themselves. Instead, they’re how your body communicates that something else is wrong. From irregular cycles and heavily symptomatic periods to acne and brain fog, your hormones are trying to tell you something. Too often, we get caught up in a lifestyle that leads to irregularities. What and when you eat, your sleep patterns, levels of activity, and stress all have an impact. With the extreme nature of messaging around health, too many women push themselves too far. This sends unsafe signals to the brain that naturally manifest in hormonal imbalances.   Retaking Control of Your Health and Hormones In order to retake control over hormonal health, Kaely describes several actionable steps. First of all, she stresses the importance of getting enough to eat every day. Getting the proper exercise is also crucial, particularly strength-training as well as restorative movement. It all comes down to doing the right thing in the right amounts.  Many clinicians rely on lab tests to help guide their recommendations. While there is a huge value to many of these tests, Kaely cautions us about getting carried away. More important than any test is taking control over the foundations of your health. Once that is in order, substantial change can truly take place. Are your hormones trying to tell you something? Share it in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Kaely’s journey to help other women navigate their way through hormone complications [3:38] Why many women believe that their hormones are their biggest issue [9:50] Common hormonal symptoms that suggest something else is wrong [12:25] Actionable steps to taking control of hormonal health [22:10] How dieticians can best use labs to support their clients [36:00] The one thing that everyone should do improve their hormone balance [44:00]   Quotes “Your hormones are your dashboard warning lights. They’re not the root of what’s going on but they’re usually what’s letting you know what’s causing some of the symptoms that you notice.” [10:21] “We’ve got so many things that can move the needle so dramatically that are oftentimes so straight-forward and oftentimes free to implement. You gotta start general first and then get specific if the need is there.” [34:59] “Knowing how to map out where you are in your cycle so that when you do have symptoms you can see where in your cycle that it’s falling gives you so much insight into what might be out of balance for you.” [45:12]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Find Kaely McDevitt online Follow Kaely on Instagram Lab testing free guide Her Hormones Academy The Fifth Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden Dr. Aviva Romm Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Jan 4

56 min 29 sec

Sadly, many women of faith struggle with disordered eating. They may be getting their messages about their bodies from the wrong place or are dealing with spiritual battles surrounding those beliefs around food. Today, I talk with someone who will help you get the perspective you may need to start to take action on overcoming these negative beliefs.   About Brittany Braswell, RD Brittany is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) who has a passion for helping women of all ages discover their God-given worth and value.  She believes that a person’s identity cannot be based on their appearance or abilities, but can only be found in the Lord. Brittany strives to make each of her clients know that their voice is being heard and that it matters. She is passionate about serving her clients and helping them establish a healthy relationship with food and their body in order to improve their quality of life and walk free and fearlessly in their purpose.   The Role of Faith in Knowing Your Worth Of course, it is still possible to get results without a faith-based element. However, both Brittany and I have found that bringing faith into the process allows for more drastic and lasting results. This means reinforcing the idea that worth does not come from society. Instead, your worth is something God-given that no person or diet can give or take away.   Listening to the Right Voices Brittany helps her clients recognize where the negative voices they hear come from and differentiates them from God’s voice and their own. When self-talk revolves around guilt, condemnation, rushed decisions, and obsessions, you should try to recognize these as voices to reject. Listen for encouragement, reassurance, clarity, and anything to build confidence and a sense of calm. Honing in on these positive internal voices is a crucial step in regaining your control and addressing disordered eating. Does your faith play a role in how you treat your health? Leave a comment on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode How Brittany became a dietician who supports people with eating disorders [4:20] What happens when faith becomes part of the recovery process [8:28] How to recognize an eating disorder[12:05] The distinction between the voices you hear concerning eating [17:00] The role of emotions in regaining control over eating [33:33] Strategies to grow in your ability to listen to God’s voice [37:20]   Quotes “Once you really know your true worth and value and where it comes from - that it’s not based on your body-weight or your health or your shape - there’s that much more freedom you can experience.” [10:14] “Food has no morals. It doesn’t have the ability to make a choice. It can’t make a decision. It’s an inanimate object. So eating the food doesn’t make it good or bad and eating the food doesn’t make you good or bad.” [13:34] “Feelings or emotions are indicators, not dictators. You have to take your emotions into consideration when you are making a decision, but they cannot be the sole factor in your decision-making process.” [34:20]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Find Brittany Braswell online Follow Brittany on Instagram Get your FREE copy of Faith Over Fear Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Dec 2020

53 min 2 sec

Key Takeaways  There is no single way to do a digital detox. Best methods will vary from person to person. For some, going on an off-grid getaway works best. You could even get a special lockbox for your phone. Perhaps the simplest thing to do is to leave your phone behind when out of the house. Try deleting apps that waste your time and monopolize your attention and getting apps to help cut out the distractions.   This has been a year of unprecedented screen time. While technology allows us to connect like never before, too much can lead to other problems. As the holidays approach, this is a good time to slow down and work on building relationships off-screen.   About Digital Detoxes The idea of detoxes often gets a bad rap in the nutrition space. However, there are times in our lives when we need a detox from things that can be harmful to us. This goes beyond just what we physically put into our bodies. Sometimes it’s what we put into our minds as well.   The Growing Addiction to Technology Tech addiction is real. Without intentionally trying, I’ve been training my brain to habitually gravitate towards my phone and all its apps. As much as I want to be informed and step out of my own little bubble, it’s important to place limits on the constant bombardment of information being streamed at us. I don’t want to spend my precious time staring at a screen. That’s why I’m now working intentionally to reduce my tech use.   Taking Control of Your Phone Our brains are constantly changing. This means negative influences can take hold. It also means that we all have the power within us to take control and make positive changes. There are numerous ways to go about digitally detoxing. From off-grid escapes to sequestering your phone in a lockbox, or leaving it at home when out of the house, there are intentional steps you can take to start experiencing the world without being plugged-in. Have you ever done a digital detox? Share what you did in the comments on the episode page!   Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!   In This Episode Personal experiences from a recent digital detox [3:30] Why tech addiction is at an all-time high [5:58] Considering the science behind tech addiction and digital detoxes [17:08] Practical steps to breaking phone addictions [26:00] Apps and plug-ins to support a digital detox [38:30]   Quotes “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live a ‘normal’ life. I want to live an extraordinary life. I want to look back on my life and feel really proud of how I spent my time and really proud of the things I accomplished…. Part of that is not looking back on my life and being like I spent three hours a day in my 30s on my screen.” [13:08] “If I have a bad habit that is affecting me negatively, it doesn’t make me a bad person. It just means that I’m not living the best life that I could be living. It’s my responsibility to do what needs to be done to change that situation and take back control of habits and choices.” [23:05] “Another good option is to delete specific apps off your phone, especially things like social media… those kinds of apps that are designed to suck you in. Those are things that you don’t have to have on your phone.”  [33:28]   Review Fed and Fearless on Apple Podcasts! Send a screenshot of your review to hello@lauraschoenfeldrd.com or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll send you my Overcoming Undereating eBook. If you post your favorite episode in your Insta stories and tag me @LauraShoenfeldRD, I’ll also send you my 14-Day Calorie Challenge Recipe Guide!   Links Apply to my annual mastermind! Getaway House “The Social Dilemma” Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf Timer Lock Container News Feed Eradicator Freedom App SelfControl Leave a review of Fed and Fearless! Sign Up For The Free Training: The 5 Secrets of Fearlessly Healthy Women of Faith Learn more about business coaching with me Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here! Join the Fed and Fearless Society on Facebook Follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest Podcast production & marketing support by the team at Counterweight Creative

Dec 2020

52 min 30 sec