Living Your Life with Lianne Laing

Lianne Laing

Lianne is a veteran television broadcaster whose show aims to educate, entertain and inspire listeners to make informed choices to live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives. Leaving behind the time constraints and commercial breaks of TV, she took her passion for health and wellness to a podcast platform giving her the time to dive deeper into the personal stories and life experiences. Always a storyteller and with her incredible network of experts she hits on limitless topics related to healthy living both physically, mentally and spiritually for everyone.

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Many of us lately, for a few months now,  haven’t been sitting in rush hour traffic and juggling work, errands, carpools and extra curricular activities. Stress levels, aside from the fact we are living through and coming out of a world pandemic, will likely set back in- and maybe we will find we return to the craziness with a new perspective and focus. I know my focus and perspective on life changed a few years ago leaving the world of television behind in search of personal growth and new challenges. My guest today experienced something very similar. Traci Shepheard was enjoying an incredibly successful 20 plus year career in the corporate world. Mingling with celebrities, jetting off to new destinations, traveling, running the show and keeping up with every mover and shaker in her industry. - And then her mission changed, and it really slowed down, down to the point, where breath, a simple breath became her focus. Traci created Meditation Works Mindstream, Canada’s first mobile meditation studio with the mission of sharing the benefits of meditation with Canadians, positively disrupting their day. Traci’s concept gained national exposure when she pulled up to hospital driveways in her iconic Airstream bus during Covid and gave the staff a much needed reprieve from the craziness inside.  You can find more information at https://meditationworks.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

57 min 25 sec

For many of us- life is still somewhat on pause and for others things only got busier. However, for many professional athletes- life came to an uncomfortable and scary standstill. Such has been the case for RedBlacks running back Brendan Gillanders.   Hand him a hockey stick- and he can shoot, a pair of running shoes and he will spring from the blocks, throw him the football and he’ll run into the endzone- and then celebrate while playing on his guitar- essentially he’s what my friends and I used to call “The Man Of All Seasons”.  But- that’s not the reason why Brendan Gillanders is joining us on the podcast- this homegrown talent and former Ottawa U Gee Gee’s player and Kinesiology major, is a fan favourite with the CFL's RedBlack. With a season on hold, a life on hold, Brendan is going back to his roots and his education helping others stay on track with their health and wellness goals and giving young athletes an added advantage for their own uncertain futures. We are talking nutrition, fitness and recovery, staying top of mind, on top of your game even when the finish line is not quite known. Our chat goes far beyond athletes and can resonate with even the couch potato :) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

58 min 3 sec

We are coming out of a time when those who cared for others became our new heroes- those in the medical profession, from the doctors to the nurses, the long term care home staff, the janitors, chefs, cooks and cleaners. These jobs finally acknowledged and recognized for their real value and putting their own health at risk to care for others.   Prior to COVID, this health care worker also came in the form of a caregiver- the reality is however, not all caregiver are given that title- they are family members and close friends often finding themselves in a new role. It's not always the easiest thing to balance- someone elses well being as well as your own.   Dawn Renee is the founder of Traveling Caregivers, a pioneer holistic caregiver herself, complimenting her work by integrating herbal medicine, ayuerveda, energy work and emotional guidance. She bridges the gap between balance of life while navigating a multitude of caregiving concerns with health, a holistic lifestyle, administration and advocacy.   Over the past decade she has been instrumental in helping individuals reclaim their health and lives on their own terms, in their own way. Dawn joins us from Nashville Tennessee. You can learn more about Dawn and her work at  http://travelingcaregivers.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

59 min 37 sec

So often I hear from woman who are going through transformation- looking to find themselves, be healthier, engage in more meaningful relationships, remove the limiting beliefs and the roadblocks that seem to turn up at every corner - And even If we are strong, powerful woman, why is it that sometimes we feel disconnected, empty and incomplete. Cherie Burton is a pioneering spiritual psychologist whose evolutionary "STAND SPEAK SHINE" method transforms women into authentically embodied and empowered feminine leaders. As a mother of six, author, international speaker and host of "The Women Seeking Wholeness Podcast" she is passionately driven to guide women to heal, express and create, using the “new feminine leadership paradigm.”   I also get, from this intro that it would seem life has been nothing but rainbows and unicorns for this former beauty queen. However, for decades, she battled feelings of shame, insignificance & depression. She comes from a family pedigree riddled with addiction & mental illness. She lost a sister to suicide and lost her own daughter at just 4 days old. Cherie’s journey, life experience, coaching and emotional healing methods is what I hope will inspire you over the course of the podcast. Cheris is based out of Utah.  You can find more information at: https://cherieburton.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

58 min 6 sec

For months I didn’t spend a cent on gas. I had a tank that seriously lasted me almost four months and my credit card saw very few purchases. I wore the same outfit days at a time, the shampoo and conditioner lasted longer-(I mean I never did my hair)  and I rarely ate a meal that wasn’t cooked and prepared in my home. Which brings me to the totally absurd amount I spent on groceries- never had I seen the bills look that way- or the food in the fridge disappear as fast as it came in. All meals were eaten at home, all snacks, late night snacks, bored eating snacks emotional eating snacks, everything…was part of our new normal.  I have a family of four- two daughters- I can’t imagine what the grocery bill was like for my friends with teenage sons.  So, while much of the stranded at home is behind us- we are still struggling with food- snacks, eating, budgeting, healthy foods, healthy snacks and meal planning through the summer. I've brought in some help to give you some additional resources, tips, tricks and inspiration and she’s even handing over her top 15 healthy Costco snack list.   Melanis Reid-Woodcock is a mom of 4, a registered Holistic Nutritionist and the founder of Balanced Plate Nutrition and The Balance Mama Method. Melanie had four kids in 8 years, struggled  to bounce back, struggled to find her new sexy, and in time managed to find her ways to optimize her time and the families schedule and routine. It’s possible to achieve your optimal health in a way that fits your current lifestyle and have Simplicity, Vitality & Balance. For more information: https://balancedplatenutrition.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

1 hr 1 min

I had heard the name Jana Webb circulating in my cirlces for quite some time- either through the athletic world or the TV world, but we had never actually met or crossed paths. Then in the span of two weeks Jana was a guest on two different virtual events I was hosting and the timing was perfect for have her on as a guest. Some of you may be familiar with her name if you are a fan of The Real Housewives of Toronto or maybe you have heard of JOGA or JOGA House. Jana created JOGA which is yoga for athletes, a popular training tool for professional sports teams and you may have seen her on youtube, entertainment tonight, TEDTalks, on the cover of fitness magazines….and the list goes on. Her success training professional athletes all around the world is amazing and the concept behind JOGA is something I was eager to learn more about- movement and breath. But that's just a sliver of the story- it's her miraculous recovery from a horrible car accident a few years ago that really puts into perspective the power of the body to heal itself, and the power of the mind to be the greatest asset. Jana is still recovering from a broken back in three places and serious concussion symptoms but is living in the present moment and using our authentic voice to do so. There is plenty to learn from her story and inspiring tools and outlooks to bring into your own life.  You can find more about Jana on Instagram and twitter under @jogajana See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

46 min 51 sec

We are three months down of dealing with COVID. Some of you have taken advantage of the isolation and invested in your physical and mental health, using the extra time to get in a workout, a walk or something active. Some of you have had more difficult things to deal with and this just wasn't the time to add more to stress, or something new to the day- either way- you did what was right for you. My mission however, is to keep you inspired to chose a journey towards physical and mental health and its never too late to start. I have brought in a powerhouse to kickstart the conversation- and he’s seen and heard it all working with thousands of clients to overcome their personal hurdles.  Selected twice as one of Canada's Top Fitness Trainers, and a National Champion for the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, Tommy Europe is one of Canada’s most recognized fitness personalities. He is an "Award Winning Fitness Coach, Grey Cup Champion, Best Selling Author and known as the tough love television host of the “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp” and “Bulging Brides". Tommy Europe Fitness has grown from one-on-one personal fitness training to include a suite of services, including corporate wellness programs, online training sessions, personal appearances, lead actor training, professional speaking and more.  In our conversation we talk about his SHRED philosophy that has nothing to do with "shredding" your body. It brings in all components to our physical and mental well being. You can find more about Tommy at https://www.tommyeurope.tv/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 1 min

"Adrenal Fatigue" It's a buzz word we seem to hear often enough and yet it's actually not an accepted medical diagnosis. It is a lay term applied to a collection or a cluster of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, brain fog, nervousness, stress, sleep disturbances, cold hands and feet, digestive problems and the list goes on.   Marek Doyle, a British Functional Nutrition Therapist has spent the last 13 years looking through data, patient outcomes and the disconnect between scientific literature, medical standard of care and real life outcomes. This was a personal mission for Marek having to face his own metabolic issues as well. Featured in a number of media publications like Men's Health and the Daily Mail, this Londoner, prior to covid, was a popular attraction at numerous conferences including the Health Optimization Summit in which he spoke about the Adrenal Immune Cycle. We talk about his personalized approach to each individual and how their body thrives or misfires,  the mechanisms that link stress, inflammation and energy metabolism, organic acid tests and so much more. For more information about Marek check out  http://www.marekdoyle.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 14 min

Keeping our children in mind, I figured this was a great time to bring in Lindsay Sealey.  Lindsay is an educator, consultant, mentor and facilitator. She is the author of Growing Strong Girls and Rooted, Resilient and Ready and she’s the CEO and founder of Bold New Girls and Brave New Boys.  Bold New Girls is a unique teaching and coaching company, merging academic, social and emotional support, while emphasizing empowerment. Right now we are having difficult conversations, cancelations of plans and opportunities, online schooling, endless screen time, limited social interaction, or worse- sexting, the challenges of healthy eating, daily movement and the list goes. Not only are we as parents exhausted- I can only imagine the educators are as well- juggling their own families while being on line with ours. We have gone through periods of focus and attention with school work to  more recently total agitation and frustration of it as well. Socially we are all adapting- although not necessarily for the better. Lindsay helps us understand what might be happening with their maturing brains.  For any of you past these growing pains, well past puberty, or childhood and into your adult years- you might recognize how maybe - had topics or events been handled or discussed differently with your parents – the way you see things or the experiences you had may have been different.  Lindsay, considers herself a difference maker, a social activist intentional about promoting local and global social change joined us from Vancouver. For more: https://www.lindsaysealey.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 3 min

It started with the acceptance of the grey hairs, then the COVID  haircuts became a trend moving to the " At Home" grooming kits, the "Do It Yourself" lash and nail removals and the list goes on. Many of you out there have been pleading for the beauty industry to be considered an essential services- this podcast – I hope – will give you a new sense of beauty from within!  Throughout the years, Melody Iafelice and I have spent a lot of time talking on TV about beauty, products, techniques and the ever elusive "Fountain Of Youth". If she wasn’t talking to me, she was on other Canadian broadcast channels chatting about similar topics, working on national campaigns and lending her expertice on The Shopping Channel.  She is an incredible makeup artist with her work in a number of high profile publications, but its what lies underneath the foundation, mascara and eye liner that has clients and companies lining up.  Melody explains it best  " I am a master at coaxing the confidence out of women, a nerd when it comes to age-defying skincare, and have a passion for teaching women how to feel their best without buying into the latest beauty craze".  After 25 years in the makeup and beauty industry Melody shares her daily tips and tricks for both men and woman and how we can best care for ourselves during this surreal time in life without the amenities and professional services- and also for many, with limited financial resources. Self care is not selfish- its essential! Enjoy this fun and light hearted conversation that will have you tossing items from your makeup bag and making differenc decisions at the drugstore. For more on Melody: http://www.melodyiafelice.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 2020

1 hr 6 min

How does living longer while feeling better sound to you? Ever heard of "Mammal Longevity Research, Carbon Nano-Materials and Nano Antioxidants? Don't worry- neither had I.    I've brought in the mad scientist himself, Chris Burress, the Founder of SES Research and "My Vital C" to help us understand some ground breaking research that is having a huge impact on the health and wellness scene.   In 1991 Chris’s company became the first company to deliver carbon nanomaterials, much of it was based on Nobel Prize-winning chemistry and research by NASA, proven to significantly increase the lifespan of mammals. With that being said-  The supplement ESS60 was born. We dig deeper into the research, understand the impact of free radicals and learn how the olive oil based C60  is proving to help with sleep, pain, the nervous system, the ageing process and so much more.  With his incredible background in sport, engineering, oils and gases and even comedy- Chris is quite the guest. He is also  the co-host of The SEO Podcast, the most popular internet marketing podcast on iTunes since 2009. Chris also mentions in the podcast a few free audiobooks- the link is attached to listen with no email required. https://www.myvitalc.com/livingyourlife/  Also, a coupon code has been set-up,and you can receive a  $15 discount on your first order by using the code: livingyourlife See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 2020

1 hr 2 min

LOVE, LIVES, HERE; A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family At the forefront- is Unconditional love- if you’ve ever questioned it, or wondered how deep it goes, you will hear it unfold in it's truest form from my guest Amanda Jette Knox. Some of you may be familiar with her writing from her popular blog "The Maven of Mayhem", an award winning writer she has been featured in "O" The Oprah Magazine, The Globe And Mail, Buzzfeed, US Weekly,  The Today Show and many others, but its her best selling book "Love Lives Here; A Story of Thriving In a Transgender Family" that tops all of it. Had you met Amanda out with her family 8 years ago you may have simply recognized a family of five, mother, father and three sons. Fast forward to the present day, living a much happier, authentic life, is Amanda, her wife Zoe, their eldest son Aerik, their daughter Alexis and their youngest son Jackson. Throughtout the podcast I hope to cover the journey from point A to point B- the courage it took to maneuvere the obstacles and come out the other side as LGBQT advocates/ slash activists and proof that loves conquers all.   For more information about Amanda https://www.amandajetteknox.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 2020

1 hr 5 min

Kent MacLeod's “Biology Of The Brain- How Your Gut Microbiome Affects Your Brain” is officially on the market. Kent, the founder and CEO of Nutrichem Compounding Pharmacy and Clinic is an international thought leader and award-winning pharmacist. He has over 35 years of clinical experience delivering patient-centered health care and is globally recognized as a hormone health and nutrition expert. He lectures on the guts microbiome, hormones, mental health, Down Syndrome, pediatrics, pain management, as well as pharmacology.  In The Biology of the Brain, Kent breaks down why modern medicine is killing people instead of healing them. Instead of leaving the problem as it stands, he provides clear, actionable steps to not only heal your microbiome, but to restore your brain health and get your life back. And we aren’t talking about a bloated stomach or stomach pains, the microbiome affects every single aspect of our health (from disease, to chronic inflammation and obesity)  and especially our mental health (from depression to anxiety, stress management, and sleep disorders. For more information on the book click here.  All Disease Starts In The Gut- that’s quote from Hippocrates-the father of medicine…and this is where we are going today… See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 2020

1 hr 5 min

"If It Doesn't Challenge You , It Won't Change You" The one opportunity many of us have right now is to get outside and go for a walk or a run, even a bike ride and feel the wind, the sun and the fresh air. It really becomes a sense of freedom from the forced qurantine and life within our four walls. Let's Get You Moving: Ian Fraser-  President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of Tamarack Race Weekend- the weekend has now gone virtual- but with some amazing new opportunities... We’ve got some great stories about Ian’s athletic journey but also some great insight into how many of you can take the opportunity over the next few months to get out and run- or walk- maybe even run further than you thought, faster than you thought. I love his tips and insight into the activity as well as how to get started- especially if your starting point is the couch. He talks about runnings influence on mental health- despression, anxiety and so much more. This is about becoming a participant, not a competitor and probably what inspired me to head out for my run this past weekend. Its a great story with lots of takeaways- even if you don't plan on lacing up the shoes. Ian Fraser is a former Canadian elite ironman competitor, cyclist, runner, restauranteur, and entrepreneur. Last fall Ian took over as President of Run Ottawa as well as Race Director for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. For those in the Ottawa area and cylcing community you may be familiar with Cyclelogic-that’s Ian’s baby- although he happily closed the doors this past fall. For more on getting involved: http://www.runottawa.ca See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

59 min 15 sec

Mindfulness, Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation How does one even approach the subject of mindfulness- is there an actual beginning , middle and end? Is everyone’s path or experience the same? What is the outcome we should be expecting?    We’re going through an unprecedented time that's impacting, our life, our health, freedoms, work, finances etc. It’s a profound time of uncertainty, anxiety and a collective fear. It's been a year since I started meditating and I trully believe it is what's helping me stay so grounded during the world pandemic. I am able to come back to the present moment and enjoy its gifts and teachings - something I would have missed a year ago.  I really hope you listen with an open mind to this podcast and realize how it can benefit your life, even if just a little. Joining us is Jennifer Innes, The founder of Ottawa Meditation & Wellness- Jennifer is a UMass and UCSD trained mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.   Jenn, who is actual a former spy (no joke) shares some incredible insight into how our brains really work, the benefits of the practice, the myths, tricks, tips she helps uncover and so much more. We dive into the process of sitting and being with our pain or suffering rather than skimming over it, as well as the more uplifting and joyful side of being more present in our daily lives. There is lots to take from our chat including a meditation at the end.  Jenn mentions a number of resources, books, teachers , courses and meditations in our chat which see says can be found on her "resources" page of her website: http://www.omwellness.ca See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

58 min 56 sec

Do you trust your intuition? How connected are you with your mind, body, soul? We focus on the subject of energy today- released just in time for the New Moon this Wednesday night. Trust me, I really did need to figure out the timing and release of this one. Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body's subtle energy systems to remove blocks. By breaking these energetic blocks, the body's inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated. There are many ways people approach energy healing; acupuncture, reiki, even massage have the energy component to it. The New Moon, is a time for new beginnings and for those tapped into and ready to accept the energy of a new moon; which bring fresh perspectives, improved clarity, a sense of renewal and rebirth. We are going through a major shift in the world right now, pivoting, changing evolving in so many aspects of our life. Jessica Keats is an International energy healer, specializing in awakening who a person trully is and helping remove what's in their wasy from becoming their true self.  Jessica is renowned for healing limiting beliefs, fears and past traumas so her clients improve physically and emotionally while reaching new heights professionally. Its a fun conversation, be open minded and maybe take what you need from this, or simply reflect on the possibility of being in tune with one's every flow- the good and the bad.  Jessica by the way is also the President of the Women's Business Network here in Ottawa. For more on Jessica : www.jessicakeats.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

1 hr 6 min

In the midst of these incredibly challenging times there is a wonderful opportunity for you to return to your own personal health and well being. To reset, adjust and optimize your health- despite certain roadblocks you might think are in front of you- there are solutions.  ( Also, no judgement whatsoever, if just getting through the days is an accomplishent- that takes courage too).   Peak performance and mindset coach Ben Pakulski is the founder of Ben Pakulski Fitness International, a former Mr. Canada,former Mr. Olympia competitor, professional body builder and Host of The Muscle Intelligence Podcast and it's brands. He has helped a 100 thousand men and woman change their body and their life with his transformation methods. I met Ben when I was hosting CTV Morning Live. He is solid rock, a mountain of a man made of nothing but muscle, with a heart of gold and a mind that will intrigue you. This married father of 3 is not here to “Pump You Up” but rather help you bio hack your life with focus on nutrition, sleep, hormones, mindfuleness, strength and the list goes on. I'm excited for him to give you his perspective on the 6 pillars of health. He is a deep thinker, a spiritual person and you appreciate the work and time he has put into understanding the human mind body connection. He also has some great stories from his own podcast with his world reknown guests and health experts. For more on Ben, his podcast, products and programs check out:  www.benpakulski.com or www.muscleintelligencepodcast.com   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

1 hr 11 min

We are due for a laugh- a chance to see things a little differently, maybe add a little humour to help us feel alive again. Laughter is great medicine. Canadian talent Gerry Dee is at the mic. This award winning stand up comedian was the star and co-creator of the CBC sitcom Mr. Dee for 8 successful seasons. He is an accomplished writer with a national bestselling book called “Teaching- It's Harder Than It Looks” and the host of family fued Canada. His accolades run deep, from Just For Laughs festivals to the Comedy Network and so much more.  This former high school teacher and married father of 3 was on a very successful stand up tour when COVID hit bringing him back home and into isolation. Its really tough to be put on the spot and told to "be funny" ( trust me- its happened to me on so many occasions when I host event- and it takes talent- one that I dont have). Gerry talks about his path into the entertainment industry, parenting, goal setting, courage, roadblocks, teaching, schoolwork, sports, kids and sports and  the list goes on. He was so much fun to talk with and I hope you can simply sit back and relax with this one.  For more on Gerry's work and his tour: https://gerrydee.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

45 min 43 sec

We all deal or cope with stress in very different ways…There will be a massive learning curve for the world as we shift our habits and behaviours and create a new normal for the time being. At the beginning of the year, Eliza Kingsford, the author of Brain Powered Weight Loss, joined me on the podcast hitting on peoples relationship with food, nutrition and the psychology of eating… Currently with COVID -19 and the world in quarantine or isolation our obsessions with food and consumption has been at the forefront. The memes, gifs and jokes about how we are overeating, over consuming and binging on food and alcohol. Joking aside, when food is an issue, when food is a trigger, when we stress eat-  the underlying issues also come out. So what exactly is happening in our brains and how can we protect our nervous systems right now?  For more on Eliza: https://www.elizakingsford.com/ https://www.elizakingsford.com/freebies/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

54 min 28 sec

Within hours of  it's release Tuesday morning, Rob Imbault's book " Before I Leave You: A Memoir on Suicide, Addiction and Healing" hit #1 on Amazon in a number of categories. Simply amazing... We sat down for the podcast taping a number of weeks ago, before COVID was even on the radar for Rob's first interview EVER about his story.  I wanted to time this podcast with the book release.  What started as a suicide note-  originally meant as a goodbye letter by Rob turned into a book, an apology, therapy and a healing tool to turn things around.   This book is a redemption story, an introduction into repressed memory and childhood trauma, a harsh reality of the darker side of Las Vegas- and a reality check of how addicts manage to hide their struggle, their troubles and their illness from colleagues, family and friends. Some of you may be familiar with Rob’s name as he was one of the founding partners for Assent Compliance, helping build a multi, multi million dollar company involved in revolutionizing supply chain data collection and risk management - all while struggling with substance abuse issues.   We talk about his healing, his early practices of meditation, a clean lifestyle and diet, yoga, writing and books. Now a married father of two- this story gives you hope, knowledge and an understanding of the internal battle people face and how they find the courage to push through. I also worked with Rob to help prepare him for his media launch and book tour. I am grateful for the new friendship which grew from that.  For more on Rob's book: https://geni.us/beforeileaveyou See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

1 hr 9 min

Each generation has their own challenges and adjustments during this pandemic. From toddlers and preschoolers, to teens and baby boomers- this virus hits us very differently- especially for the stage and experiences we should be going through. Clinical psychologist Lindsay Borovay from the Borovay Psychology Clinic has been conducting virtual sessions with her patients since the crisis broke out and has some great tips and insight in how we can find some calm in the unwavering storm. Lindsay, who works predominantly with children discusses the shift in certain age groups and what they should be experiencing vs the reality. She offers tips and solutions for allowing them to go through a natural progression and fulfilling their needs as best as we can as parents.  Lindsay focuses on finding the calm in the chaos, dealing with uncertainty and fears, anxiety in our children as well as in us.  For more on Lindsay and her clinic http://www.borovaypsychology.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

51 min 14 sec

OMG- stop what you are doing and listen to this podcast. The world is different as we battle the pandemic of COVID-19. Our lives are full of stress, anxiety, discomfort and the unknown. Our mental health is being tested, as are our relationships, finances, businesses, education and future outlook. I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent with health psychologist Kelly McGonigal and I know you will soak in every aspect of this podcast. I first came across Kelly McGonigal watching her TED talk on stress via YouTube. When you have over 20 million views- and a hot topic-  it tends to draws people in. I loved her energy and her passion for the topic. Little did I know there was so much more to her, her career and the work she is doing now. Kelly, is a research psychologist, lecturer at Stanford University, and an award-winning science writer. Her scientific research focuses on the mind-body connection, and how to cultivate resilience and compassion. She is the author of the international bestseller “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It”. “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It”. “Yoga for Pain Relief” and her most recent book “The Joy of Movement: How exercise helps you find happiness, hope, connection and courage” Kelly translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success. We hit on topics from each of her books- as they relate to our current situation in isolation and quarantine and information I know you will take with you long after this crisis is over. For more on Kelly and links to her books and social media http://kellymcgonigal.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

1 hr 1 min

There is something to be learned from the stories we see unfolding when we watch shows like "The Bachelor or Bachelorette". Leaving the producers and the most dramatic endings out of this-  it’s a breakdown of relationships, communications, sex, jealousy,  vulnerability and the list goes on…. Rachel and Kyle Wright, founders of the Wright Wellness Center created a hit podcast- "The wright reasons – through the lens of the bachelor franchise". Essentially the Bachelor equivalent of Sports Center- real talk- real analysis – real experts…. Rachel, who is a license psychotherapist, marriage councillor, sex educator, speaker and writer started to realize just how much dialogue was lacking when it came to relationships, marriage, communication and the list goes on. As the popularity of the podcast grew- so did the topics. In fact--  in truth-- this quickly moved past the singles and into those in relationships- all relationships navigating sex, intimacy, transformation- all things-everything-  not taught in school. We seriously talk about everything in this podcast, sex ed, scheduled sex, monogamy, teen sex, love language, communication, sexless marriages and everything else you can possibly imagine....or not imagine...but we go there! On a side note- Rachel had more to her story than I realized and just last week she published this article for Shape Magazine. I was speechless. This was not part of our podcast but I thought it might be an interesting read. https://bit.ly/3a10cYO You can also learn more about Rachel  http://rachelwrightlmft.com/about-rachel-wright/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

57 min 25 sec

I was inspired to record my second solo podcast following the whirlwind of emotions I felt after hosting the Women In Business Conference. I was on a high. I finally trusted in the process, because I was seeing my authentic self emerge. So, I decided to stop procrastinating and press record. I wanted to continue the conversation we started at the conference.  I begin with a story about being a young gymnast at a major competition and how a single act of kindness changed the trajectory of my life. I talk about competition, people we see as threats, jealousy, limiting beliefs, scarcity and how in reality our competitors are often a mirror image of ourself. Also, this isn't just for women. From there I take you on a few different journeys, with stories and examples, not all flattering but at least honest and with motive. I am quite aware of not only my limiting beliefs but how I now see it in others, and how making the choice and being brave need to go hand in hand. I hit on motivation, discipline and finding the time for self care. I even address the critics of why this isn't "selfish". I talk about the energy we put out and the vibe we give off.  I had my doubts and fears in recording this second solo podcast- but, as I mention, we need to step out of our comfort zone to see any real change.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

41 min 4 sec

Get ready for a crash course in everything health related- especially when it comes to women. In checking out Dr. Beth Westie’s most recent episodes on her “The Female Health Solution Podcast’ she covered, Self Sabotage, Hysterectomies, The Power of Physical Touch, Hormones & Weight Loss, Dutch Hormone Testing, Eating For Your Cycle, Side Effects of Medications & Birth Control as well Estrogen & Intermittent Fasting. In fact she is on a mission to guide women to a better understanding of their bodies natural cycles and how it affects their health and weight loss – designed to take into consideration the ever changing hormones… Dr. Bestie is also the author of The Female Fat Solution, The Female Menopause Solution and founded the 12 Week Female Fat Solution Challenge.  Her candid and informative social media posts also make her very much one of us as she has had to battle her own health issues as well- the frustration leading her back to her eastern medicine background. Dr Beth Westie is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Author, Speaker and Women's Health and Nutrition Expert.  For more information : https://drbethwestie.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

56 min 35 sec

It can come down to your natural light, air quality, commute, greenspace, air pollution, traffic and the list goes on.  Your home, has the ability to reinfoce a lifestyle that makes you sick, stressed, alienated and unhappy. The Global Wellness Institute believes that residential real estate is the next frontier that will be radically transformed by the wellness movement. Our homes, communities and surrounding environment directly affect our daily behaviors and lifestyles, and together these determine up to 80–90 percent of our health outcomes. More than just community, our physical home is criitcally important to our levels of dopamine, serotonin, as well as perceptions of beauty and awe.  Our modern living environment has created new health risks - sedentary lifestyles, lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress, social isolation and environmental degradation. Our environments favors driving over biking, sitting over walking, riding in elevators over using the stairs, texting over face-to-face conversations, and screen time over outdoor recreation. Wellness real estate advisor Zak Green shares his thoughts, background and experience in helping others bring a different perspective to their homes and how it can be an integral part of their overall health. For more information you can check out www.meaningfulhomesottawa.ca See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

1 hr

Have you ever set boundaries-  I mean your own personal boundaries,  or do you constantly tell yourself that some things are simply out of your control? You find yourself feeling let down, walked over, taken advantage of or worse silenced.  Our emotional and physical systems are tracking our boundaries all the time. The trouble—the reason - as you will learn in Nancy Levin’s book—is that in many cases, our conscious mind is totally unaware we have a boundary, much less that it’s been crossed.   Nancy Levin, is a master life coach, radio host and best selling author of five books including her latest “Setting Boundaries will set you Free: The Ultimate Guide To Telling The Truth, Creating Connection and Finding Freedom”. She has coached thousands of people to live their lives on their own terms by making themselves a priority and setting boundaries that stick. Here is something to think about: When we are avoiding external conflict- we are creating more internal conflict.  Someons else's response to our truth is not our responsibility, its theirs.   She produced more than a 1000 events for Hay House Publishing, doing everything for others, while letting her own life come crashing down- she was quick to notice the pattern,  shift, and set her sights on helping others. At the end of the podcast we talk about the course Nancy is launching with the registration deadline just a few days away- I have attached her link with all the details.  https://www.nancylevin.com/yes/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

58 min 38 sec

Never in a million years did I think I would be mentioning meditation and yoga in the same sentence as to things I practice in my life. I am beyond grateful that I didn't let stubborn and preconceived notions continue to fester and hold me back from things I would eventually learn to love. There are a number of disciplines and ways to practice yoga. I have learned that there are diverse teachings and teachers, studios, mantras, environments and the list goes on. I am excited to introduce you to Tracy Billows, one of the co-founders of Yogatown.  When I say, "yoga saved her life",  I really am not kidding. Her journey from waking up in a hospital bed after a suicide attempt to making a choice to life her life to the fullest- is truly a story that will inspire you.  You will get a mixture of everything in this podcast from Tracy's personal story, to the truth about yoga, the benefits of it's practice, the myths, misconceptions, stereotypes and tips one should know. There are some amazing take-aways as well, from basic breathing principles to self care, body movements, stretching and the ability to simply come back to the awareness of ones breath.  I can tell you from experience, I have seen every type of person, body type, weight, physical ability, age and the list goes on when I walk into the studio. Its really amazing. You can check out more about Yogatown and find Tracy's personal blog at www.myyogatown.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

1 hr 5 min

Burnout isn't just for us middle agers anymore... However, unlike the Baby Boomers and Generation Xer's - this new generation is quicker to ask for help- reflect and pivot. Just ask Mallory Rowan. In this podcast we talk about Mallory's quick rise with a global brand and the physical and emotional toll it took. Mallory refocused, restructured and a rebuilt a business with a different focus: Health & Wellness.  She now helps others, especially Millennials and Gen Z's to shift their behaviours and habits even when they face the uphill battle of "success porn" and the influence of social media.  I love that we chat about authors and books that are shifting our view on success and the "hustle" and why the "hustle" isn't always what its cracked up to be. We hit on fitness, food, sleep, entrepreneurial life, breaking habits, shifting thought patterns and the list goes on. For more information you can check out Mallory's Website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

55 min 29 sec

I am so excited to be tackling this topic and being able to do it with Dr. Andrew Pipe, one of Canada's leading experts on this topic. I have already mentioned to my girlfriends that it's a must listen (especially for anyone with teenage aged kids). Its scary, eye opening and something you need to be be up to date with. Did you know there is an actutal vaping line of clothes desgined to conceal the actual vapes so kids can vape in class? Did you know, last month, the yougest victim to die from vaping related illness was just 15 years old and would you be surprised to know that vaping is harder to quit than smoking? I remember reading a quote by Dr. Andrew Pipe, former chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University Of Ottawa Heart Institute and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in which he stated. "Vaping is an issue that’s screaming for attention...we’re seeing a public health disaster unfolding in front of our eyes" Dr. Pipe, an Order of Canada recipient,  is currently involved in clinical research assessing new approaches to smoking cessation, strategies designed to facilitate exercise adoption and novel initiatives to prevent cardiovascular disease. He has addressed audiences in over 30 nations and is frequently consulted on issues related to tobacco use and smoking cessation, drug use in sport, and physical activity and health. Now he has school prinicipals and administrators eager for any of his time, guidance and advice on this crisis. At the end of the day- its going to come down to government poliicy and pressure by the public to make changes. Also a heads up- NO, I will not be bringing in someone from the Tabacco industry to counter the arguments :) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

1 hr

Allergies are one of the most common ailments, causing children to miss school and parents to miss work. Left untreated or unresolved, stuffy noses, itchy skin, and irritated bellies can lead to chronic asthma, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, and neurological disorders.   Fatigue, irritability, body aching, digestive problems, and other vague ailments are typical of allergies. They  can also be related to environmental factors, additives, body chemistry, addiction, parasites and childhood illness.   Lori Preshing is all too familiar with issues involving allergies and children- to the point of desperate tears in her pantry- so much so, that she became a holistic nutritionist to focus on children with food allergies and finding the right supplementation. She created her business and the website https://www.allergiesandme.ca/ with amazing blogs covering topics like picky eaters, pooping, the immune system and the Nemcheck protocol. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

58 min 59 sec

Wim Hof , The man himself,  also known as "The Iceman"  got his nickname by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. Here is a little background: Over time, we as humans have developed a different attitude towards nature and we've forgotten about our inner power. This is the ability of our body to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment. Because we wear clothes and artificially control the temperatures at home and at work, we've greatly reduced the natural stimulation of our bodies, atrophying the age-old mechanisms related to our survival and basic function. Because these deeper physiological layers are no longer triggered, our bodies are no longer in touch with this inner power. The method itself is based on three princicples…cold therapy, breathing and commitment and has been said to help with a number of factors including stress reduction, better sleep, faster recovery, more creativity, better sports performance  increased focus and mental clarity along with certain medical conditions like inflammation.  There are those around the world who share and teach the WimHof way of life,  Johannes Egberts being one of them. Johannes, an avid biohacker who grew up in the Netherlands has been traveling the world teaching and inspiring others to live by the wimhof principles. He is quick to point out that he believes the Wimhof Method to be the most powerful and available tool to achieve health, happiness and strength. Johannes joined us from Sydney Australia for the podcast. You can find more information: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/ https://johannesegberts.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

1 hr

I am hoping that some of you see the topic of this podcast and breathe a sigh of relief that it doesn't affect you. Infertility can be devastating for couples wanting children of their own. I am, however, really excited to bring you the information that could help you, your loved ones and future generations to come.  If you know people who are thinking of starting a family, trying to start a family or are struggling already with getting pregnant- please listen and share the content. This podcast also hits on a number of different health concerns and scientific studies that involve both men and woman alike. Joining us from Denver Colorado is Dr. Amy Beckley, a PHD scientist and infertility veteran who struggled herself getting pregnant and who experienced several miscarriages as well.  She is the inventor and founder of PROOV, a first of its kind at home progesterone kit. It’s an innovative new option for women trying to gain more of an understanding around their reproductive health and be empowered with data about their body that they never could have gotten in the comfort of their homes before. She has a PhD in Pharmacology and expertise in hormone signaling . She began tracking her own hormone levels at home and discovered that she had low progesterone—which was causing her to lose pregnancy after pregnancy. Progesterone is not a topic often discussed and we break down a number of reasons why this is the case. Empowered by this knowledge, she went to her doctor and got a prescription for hormone supplements. With these supplements, she was able to conceive without the help of IVF, and maintain a healthy pregnancy. After her daughter was born, her mission was clear—to empower women with vital knowledge that could help in their ability to conceive. She founded MFB Fertility, Inc. and invented the Proov test in her own basement, which now allows women to track their own progesterone in just five minutes, at home. You can find more information about Dr. Beckley at https://proovtest.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

55 min 54 sec

Are you dreaming of that perfect job? Maybe you are still trying to figure out what it is you really want to do in life? Have you been stuck in the same job for years and feel like you are being passed over for a promotion? Are you simply going through the motions living your life for the weekend? Do you tense up before a job interview or can’t figure out why you aren’t getting hired for the jobs you want?  We spend the majority of our adult lives at work. So it should be a place you enjoy being at, an environment to thrive in, a place where you feel valued- and yet I bet the majority of you don’t see it this way. Lets kick start this year with some inspiration, motivation and know-how, to land the job you want, in the field that you want, earning the income you desire. Ask yourself, what are employers are looking for, what mistakes could I be making on my resume, and how can I improve my first impression. Recruiting In Motion partner Sari Cantor has spent more than 20 years engaging people across the country to find the job they are meant to be doing while working with companies to find the right talent to fit their spots. She has been able to assist companies both in the private and public sectors in their hiring practices and retention strategies. So whether you are the boss doing the leading and hiring, or the employee looking to make your mark we’ve got your list, tips, strategies and resume ready to go! For more information on Sari check out https://recruitinginmotion.com/ottawa/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

1 hr 8 min

Are you all in? I mean "All or Nothing" when it comes to your new years resolutions? No room for failure on any given day. If that’s your outlook, you may run into roadblocks that will have you heading in the wrong direction. Somewhere in there- there needs to be a Grey Zone, and wellness consultant, coach, trainer, speaker, author and mental health advocate Lydia Di Francesco has this zone well planned out- with room for miscues and missteps. Lydia and I go way back to the CTV Morning live days when she often made her way on to set, with ideas and concepts that allowed people to be creative at home. Not everyone has the luxury to afford gym memberships, personal trainers and wellness coaches to help achieve your health and wellness goals, but I promise you, on this podcast we are try to get as much covered as possible. We aim to provide you with steps, guidelines and suggestions on how to achieve the life you want….and do so with what its front of you.  We talk meditaion, journaling, gratitude, workouts, food prep, attitude, consistency, accountability and the list goes on. Lydia also has provided everyone with free downloads for her Gratitude and Success Journal, The Ultimate At-Home Workout Guide, and her 5-Day Simplify Life Challenge. How AWESOME is that!!!  http://www.fithealthy365.com/podcast-freebies/ You can also check out more information on her website  http://www.fithealthy365.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

59 min 6 sec

It’s a fresh year with new goals and resolutions possibly consist of trying to live a healthier lifestyle and possibly shed a few pounds?  However, something tells me you've been here before- you've tried this before- this resolution-  is starting to feel like groundhog day. It probably feels like insanity…. A wise man once said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" . It seems old habits, emotions and patterns usually come back into play… And here’s the key…. The most important component in the battle with your body is healing the source of your suffering. Successful weight management requires shifting your identity and belief systems...well before diet and exercise. I'm not throwing this out there without providing you some answers. The book is called "Brain Powered Weight Loss" written by Eliza Kingsford. Eliza is described as a mind/body practitioner and nationally recognized weight management expert. She is a leading voice in the burgeoning mind/body connection movement. She is also a licenced psychotherapist, trained in clinical psychology, Neuro Emotional Technique [NET], and Emotional Freedom Technique (or tapping) methodologies.  She was a behavioral coach, then clinical director, and finally executive director of an obesity and weight management summer program for teens for 10 years. She wrote the book-  Brain Powered Weight Loss in 2017, highlighting the brain-weight equation and how our weight is impacted by the relationship we have with food, and not just the food itself. Our discussion is quite fascinating and as we discuss concepts and checklists in greater detail she also mentions worksheets available to the listerners as well. I am attaching the link for you to sign up and get the worksheets- so that you can listen and follow along.  https://eliza-kingsford.mykajabi.com/pl/133154 You can also find more information about Eliza at http://www.elizakingsford.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

1 hr 3 min

Mental Health- I figured this was as good as a time as any to bring this topic to light with the holidays. We all suffer in our own ways. No one is perfect, we all have our inner battles. There are places of darkness and of light. We seek love and acceptance and we strive to be the best version of ourselves. I am very aware this is easier said than done- but when we have "hope"  - we have purpose. The focus for this podcast is on Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In a world that is creating an open dialogue and much more honest discussions about our mental health, therapy seems to be a much more common word used in daily conversations then ever before.   Short term, long term therapy, conventional, psychology, phsychiatry…you name it….we are talking about it…or at least I want us talking about it- without the stigma.   Joining me here in studio this week is Dr. Sanjay Rao, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Ottawa University and Additional Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University with degrees here in Canada, India and the UK. Dr. Rao practices from a  place of identifying and treating the client both biomedically and therapeutically. He has delivered over 300 workshops in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, presented in national and international conferences and has been published in several scientific journals. We learn about different modalities in therapy and finding what is right for you. Dr. Rao has a really interesting background and a profound passion for helping others. You can find more about his work https://cmaphealth.com/ https://unifiedcbt.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

1 hr

How many viral videos have had an impact on you? I caught one a couple months ago that made me stop, rewind, and watch again…It was a video of a teenage autistic boy with physically disabilities opting to leave his wheelchair behind and go for a walk. His name is Brandon and the video taken by his trainer garnered over 6.8 millions views on LinkedIn and 150 million combined views on other forms of social media and through news outlets. His trainer, Daniel Stein is the man behind Special Strong. This wasn’t an overnight miracle- it was years of building up to the moment- a well worth investment his parents made- Buy Brandon a new wheelchair or invest in therapy. Special Strong has been instrumental in helping hundreds of clients who live with a variety of conditions which include autism, apspergers, down syndrome, ADD, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, victims of stroke and more. There are techniques and cues Daniel has learned over the years that help connect with his clients. Touch, hand placement, dialogue during activities which allow his clients to feel at ease and in control. Based out of Texas, Daniel also created certify strong, helping other trainers all over the world to get certified in helping train people with special needs… You can find more about his work and how to get certified at www.specialstrong.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

53 min 11 sec

Sometimes you can walk into a room of people, and be able to describe the energy in the room. It can feel cold or hostile, or on the other spectrum can feel warm and inviting.   Albert Einstein explains that energy cannot be created or destroyed- it can only be changed from one form to another. Here are some of my favorite "quotes" on energy:  "Energy is contagious- either you affect people or you infect people" " We become what we think about…energy flows where attention goes" I doubt I would have picked this topic a year ago, but based on my personal experience and the shift I have been making- I am more aware than ever about the power of our energy and focus, and want to share that with you. Energy healer, certified Reiki master, EFT & regression works practitioner and author Diane Lanthier is my guest this week. We will dive deeper into Emotional Freedom Techniques also known as tapping. I will say, with most questions I threw at Diane, EFT continued to be brought back into the discussion. There is no mention of psychic readings, tarrot cards or crystal balls in this podcast- simply the understanding that the energy in our bodies have the ability to block us from our wants and needs as well as manfiest into so much more. You can find more about Diane at http://www.soulrestoration.ca/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

1 hr 5 min

We hit on a topic that goes much deeper than what we see on the surface. We dive into the world of plastic surgery- although I promise you, not from the "House Wives Of Beverly Hills" standpoint.  Please don't envision nose jobs, tummy tucks, liposuction, face lifts, and breast augmentations. I truly am not looking to offend- but the reality is, plastic surgeons and their work goes far beyond esthetics and often deeper into health benefits, comfort, reconstruction and improved quality of life. Sometimes, the solution can be found in procedures we hadn’t considered.   Dr Trefor Nodwell from The Ottawa Clinic comes to us with a number of degrees, awards and accredited fellowships. He also comes with some interesting and honest outlooks on the background behind the work, as well as how it’s helping certain health conditions one may not have thought of- from burns, to headaches to excessive sweating- there are certain treatments which fall under medial and cosmetic surgery and dermatology. You can find more information about the subject matter we will be discussing and the services at www.theottawaclinic.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

1 hr 5 min

Welcome to my milestone 100th episode of Living Your Life w Lianne Laing. This is a big deal! After 99 amazing guests on the show I decided that the 100th guest would be ME! The process of recording this podcast took me out of my comfort zone and into a very vulnerable position. I open up about the challenges I faced when deciding to leave my 20 year carreer in broadcast televion. I suspect, others out there face similar challenges everyday. I have gone through quite the transformation in the last two years and I wanted to share aspects of my journey that I felt might help others. How many of you have thought about taking a massive leap of faith from current life in hopes of one day living the life you dream about. I talk about the mistakes I made or things I overlooked when it came to setting up a business and the reality of working for myself. I talk about the shift in mindset and dealing with the "mean girl" in my head. I go off about the brutal habit of comparing ourselves to others and I talk candidly about my introduction into meditation and how its been the game changer for me through the process. And a heads up, I do get teary on a few subjects but manage to recover :) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

1 hr 2 min

Meet Holly Warner, the founder of Holly Warner Health. Her resume includes nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner as well as leading functional diagnostic and stress expert. As her telemedicine practice grows she is also a cannabinoid therapist specializing in hormone imbalances, bio-identtical hormone replacement therapy, thyroid-gut and adrenal health as well autoimmune disease.  You get the idea that there was plenty of subject matter to hit on.    It’s a world where Science meets lifestylle- where one singular approach doesn’t fit all and where understanding every day factors, like stress and day to day tasks affect every aspect of your home and your workplace, home life balance. Her website includes a variety of topics, blogs and videos which include tips like mouth taping to proper chewing.  She has great stories, tips and science backing our discussion and I really soaked in some of the tips. In fact I finally broke down and placed that glass of water with salt and lemon beside my bed. Holly has a great sense about her, unfilitered, unapologetic and honest.  For more information you can find more on her website www.hollywarnerhealth.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

1 hr 2 min

Meet Lance Essihos, the host of the popular podcast "University of Adversity".  The word “Adversity” is described as unfavourable fortune or fate- a condition marked by misfortune, calamity or distress. Used in a sentence “Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity”. It's synonyms include- catastrophe, disaster, misery...It's antonym is prosperity… Talk to successful people about their adversities and usually you find their road to prosperity- at least Lance Essihos seems to have found that. Lance is a true canadian boy from out west, former junior hockey player, professional bartender, and once professional drinker, someone who has hit rock bottom, and someone who is learning and sharing all aspects of adversity- learning from others and being inspired by other on his podcast “The University of Adversity”.  Learn how to shift your perspective on adversity by understanding that although adversity may feel like your worst enemy, it is actually your greatest ally. His mission is to connect with unique and inspiring individuals and showcase their journey and what they have gone through in order to become successful in their lives. Lance joins us from Vancouver. You can find Lance on the web here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

57 min 26 sec

Remember the slogan and the song...."Don't worry - Be Happy"? How wonderful life would be if it were just that easy. That's exactly the topic of this week's podcast and I found the discussion quite fascinating. We all seem to know someone, who always seems to be smiling, happy, content, grateful- we think they must be faking it, putting on an act to mask their real emotions and pain. I mean, let's be honest – who is really that happy. Is it actually possible?  Are we so numb to people talking about feeling anxious, stressed and depressed that we just expect that to be the norm….has status quo become about surviving rather than thriving… The truth is- there are people out there who are genuinely happy, who see the positive in life, even during difficult times. There are people who have constant compassion and appreciation for life. Who find it easier to smile than to frown and who have the ability to spread their joy and light to others. Let me introduce you to Happiness Exprt Kathie Donavon.  Now its not that Kathy, a former tv personality, sees rainbows and unicorns all the time – in fact at one point in her life, Kathy called herself an unhappiness expert- very familiar with shame, doubt, fear and all the things that hold us back from feeling good. She changed her reality and she has some wonderful stories on how you can do the same. Inspiration in Action- A Womans Guide To Happiness is one of her books, along with Harnessing The Radical Power Of Courage… For more information about Kathie check out www.kathiedonovan.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

1 hr 2 min

Whether its joy, trauma or singular significant events, we each carry with us, hundreds – if not thousands of images in our mind which play a critical role in how we see things, our lives and the world. Most people think that you can't actually change ingrained patterns like anxiety, fear, lack of confidence, stress lack of fulfillment, low energt pain, patterns of self defeat, under- earning, underperforming and so much more.... Leading world Eidetics expert, Wendy Yellen knows you can.... Wendy joins us from Santa Fey, New Mexico where she left her private and incredibly successful psychotherapy practice to commit full time to this transformative work - she has also been named one of the International Top 3 Transformational experts ... So questions to ask How does one really change?  How closely are you really looking at yourself? What aspects of your life are really pulling you down? How do you access the real you, without the history of your experiences in your memory. Wendy is able to actually answer these questions. There will be a twist as we attempt for me to try the work- with an unfortunate end- but we follow through as best as we can. If you would like more information about Wendy and her work - click here.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

57 min 47 sec

I met Rory Gardiner on the set at CTV Morning Live and interviewed him about his country music career. It's impressive.  He has toured worldwide and recorded songs in Nashville, and even opened up for Keith Urban. His latest albums are geared for kids. He's also a comedian, performing at comedy clubs all over North America and chillin with canadian comics like Tom Green and Mike MacDonald. But the turning point for me asking Rory to come on the podcast was his experience as a TedX speaker talking about humor as a coping mechanism. For my listeners here in Ottawa, we remember last years 6 Tornados hitting down in one powerful storm, people here continue to rebuild their lives and their homes. Rory and his family were one of the families hardest hit, running to safety only to see their home destroyed. What followed was a series of funny videos that went viral as Rory used humour to explain and show the devastation. Ive seen the vidoes- they are hilairious. We talk about humour as a coping mechanism, why he isn't alone and how he has learned from the experience what's really important in life. http://www.rorygardiner.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

54 min 13 sec

Nabil Khatib would likely have me running in the opposite direction if we encountered each other on a dark path, he’s the exact look alike of every villain played in every movie every written, however since I know better, I’d be clinging to his arm knowing he’d likely be the best to defend against any danger. He is a teddy bear wrapped in an MMA fighter. While he can play the tough guy on film, stunt double some fight scenes and ride off like fast and the furious, this former professional MMA fighter and 4th degree back belt is a softy to boot. Just give him a knife and this chef would rather chop up a meal, then use it as a weapon. Actually, in all honesty he was in tears within 60 seconds of starting to speak- and there would be a handful more times throughout the podcast when he opens up about real life and what the future holds.  Over the course of Nabil’s professional fighting career where his nickname was Nabil “The Thrill”  he also witnessed the influx of people, men, woman  and children alike, turning to the martial arts for its  discipline as well as the physical and emotional release. A way to combat stress and anxiety, and a tool used to hear the most silent of voices. As head coach of the team bushido fitness center – there approach is “Confidence, Balance, Self Protection….approaching the world with clarity, self confidence and control over your body. I had intended for the podcast to be about self defence, martial arts as an exercise tool and the mind of a fighter, yet the conversation had so many twists and turns that I left feeling like anyone who has experienced adversity, rock bottom or self doubt would resonate with the story and appreciate everything about it. I do hope you all take a listen. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

1 hr 8 min

Move over BNN and MSNBC. I managed to get former Canopy Growth Founder and CEO Bruce Linton to sit for an hour. He thought it couldn't be done- and time flew :) Where do you start when you know the man sitting across from you helped build a company valued in its infancy years at almost 20 Billion Dollars (Canadian). We had plenty to talk about! It’s always had a bit of a Hollywood script to it- An abandoned chocolate factory turned into a thriving production line of contraversal product, which might, make one crave chocolate after consumption. The movie could be a bio-pic of about Bruce Linton’s life- or at least the stage in his life when he built Canopy Growth- one of the biggest publicly traded cannabis companies in the world. Rewind less than a decade and this wasn’t an easy conversation to have at a board room table. This journey has several twisted forks in the road that led to this opportunity, scarier than most of us would be willing to venture on- but Bruce, a graduate of Carleton University hopped on board- almost like a magic carpet. He traveled and we marveled at what he was able to accomplish, until the magic died. I’m not sure why I make the comparison of Bruce’s entrpreneurhip reign to an elite athlete but I do- at the top of ones game- only to be traded and sent down to the minors. Bruce was fired not long ago from his post as CEO, but like any true champion, you find your way back to the top and it seems like Bruce has been quick to rebound. We talk about business, mentorship, leadership, transformation, family, weed, drugs, government and the list goes on. I really enjoyed the time we spent talking and know we will continue to see his name in the headlines with his latest projects and ventures. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

1 hr

I’ll be honest, I have been targeted over the years by numerous companies like Arbonne, Isagenix, Beach Body, Body by Vie and the list goes on. Each message is beautifully crafted with a compliment and then a suggestion that I would be perfect for a product and an opportunity to have increased income. I’ve politely declined them all.   With that being said- I feel the role I have created here on this podcast is to provide information, knowledge and tips on living your best life and so I wanted to explore the subject more and not be totally closed off to certain products. I was introduced to a beautiful and incredibly warm woman Dr. Delrae Messer a few months ago and knew she would be perfect person to explain, share and inform us on the world of Isagenix. Who better to learn from then one of their top leaders and performers who earned 6 figures within her first 6 months with the company. Having spoken to her I know its not about closing the deal but rather about building relationships and a community.  Breifly, A former track and field athlete, Delrae went on to become a chiropractor while also creating and developing her own neutrocitcal line. She walked away from it all to join Isagenix. A single mother of 2, Dr. DelRae Messer, is CEO of Free Life Global, a global health and wellness company committed to helping people transform their lives through nutrition solutions.  We hit it off within two seconds of meeting and felt like the energy in the room could change the world for the better- thats always a great feeling to have :)    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

1 hr 5 min

I am finally tackling the topic of CBD of this podcast. Are you cannabis curious? The more I explore the discussions around CBD, Cannabis and medical marijuana the more I am intrigued. Autism, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, PTSD, seizures, pain relief, parkinsons, ageing, gut health, sex drive-  all seeing the use of CBD as treatment for patients of all ages. Its confusing, its scary and it's an adjustment to how many of us think. Dr. Mary Clifton, an internal medicine doctor with over 20 years in both hospital and private practice. A published author, national speaker recognized CBD and Cannabis Expert and has the incredible website CBD And Cannabis Info. Dot Com. The website is almost like an encyclopedia of wealth- which talks about everything you can possibly think of when it comes to this topic. She is the Science and Research Editor for Cannabis Magazine and the Medical Director for Live  Well Naturally….plus looking for ways to cook with CBD – she's got a cookbook ready for that as well.  Her scientific knowledge is outstanding and I am grateful she took the time to explain, discuss and break things down for us. Please take the time to look through her material and website and also the products and companies she feels are going about this the right way. The website is overloaded with material.  https://cbdandcannabisinfo.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

1 hr 7 min