Courageous Wellness
Ava Johanna On The Importance of Practice, Finding Your Intuition to Live in Alignment, and Working Through Fear

Ava Johanna On The Importance of Practice, Finding Your Intuition to Live in Alignment, and Working Through Fear

August 14, 2019
This week on the podcast we welcome Ava Johanna, celebrity meditation + yoga teacher, breathwork facilitator, and transformational mentor to the show. Ava is on a mission to bridge the gap for anyone craving more love, health, and happiness in their lives. After suffering from severe corporate burnout, Ava turned to yoga and holistic healing to redirect her life and found these powerful ancient practices to be the ultimate rejuvenation of spirit. 
 
On this episode we discuss Ava’s personal journey to her current work — including family and financial struggles. Ava also shares with us the importance of practice, finding your intuition to live in alignment, and working through fear. 
 
Ava is also co-hosting a CONSCIOUS CREATORS RETREAT in Costa Rica from November 16-21st. For more information on this retreat or to find more information about Ava, visit the links below: 
 
Follow Ava on Instagram@AvaJohanna
 

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Erin Smandych, Culinary Nutrition Expert, Talks Breaking Diet Culture through Mindset and Easy Nutrition Tips

Erin Smandych, Culinary Nutrition Expert, Talks Breaking Diet Culture through Mindset and Easy Nutrition Tips

August 7, 2019

This week on the podcast we welcome Culinary Nutrition Expert, Erin Smandych, to the show.  Erin spent years on a roller coaster of restrictive eating, cleanses, and dieting. Instead of another meal plan or more willpower, she realized she needed a major shift in her belief system. Through proper nutrition and a major lifestyle change -- she was able to transform a lifetime of poor sleep, anxiety, and her relationship with food and her body. Now she helps other driven women ditch the diet mentality and food stress through nutrition and mindset coaching so they can look and feel their best -- without the struggle.

On this episode, we discuss Erin’s personal journey from a job in corporate finance to her current work as a culinary nutrition expert, we discuss ditching diet culture, her easy and accessible cooking and nutrition tips, and we also touch on the dark side of the wellness industry. We hope you enjoy this episode!

To learn more about Erin you can visit her website: http://www.erinsmandych.com
You can also follow her on instagram @erinsmandych

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Allison Evans of Branch Basics on Toxic Chemicals, Healing Chronic Illness, Endocrine Disrupters, and Green Cleaning

Allison Evans of Branch Basics on Toxic Chemicals, Healing Chronic Illness, Endocrine Disrupters, and Green Cleaning

July 31, 2019

This week on Courageous Wellness we have an eye opening and incredible conversation with Allison Evans, the co-founder, of Branch Basics! On this episode we have a deep dialogue on toxic chemicals, endocrine disruptors, and the importance of green cleaning.

We also discuss Allison's personal journey to her work, starting from desperately seeking relief from sudden unexplained chronic pain and a loss of motor skills that over a dozen doctors could not diagnose. Fortunately, her Aunt Marilee, helped connect her physical breakdown to chemical exposure from the building materials in her newly-constructed apartment. After spending a summer living with Marilee - where everything Allison put in, on and around her body was truly clean - her symptoms disappeared and she experienced whole-body healing. She then went on to naturally reverse PCOS and, in 2016, conceive a beautiful baby girl, something doctors told her would never happen. This whole body transformation, inspired the women to create their company and spread their knowledge and mission to individuals everywhere!

Branch basics is human safe, plant and mineral based, free of harmful preservatives, biodegradable, non gmo and not tested on animals. They also minimize waste by providing refills for cleaning containers you only receive once and reuse over and over again. Branch Basics is dedicated to providing cleaning and laundry products to the public that create non-toxic home environments and cultivate good health.
 
To learn more about Branch Basics you can visit their website: www.branchbasics.com
 

You can also follow her on instagram @branchbasics

 

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Jordan McCrary of Juices & Berries on Loving Your Whole Self, The Origins of Self Care, and Radical Transformation

Jordan McCrary of Juices & Berries on Loving Your Whole Self, The Origins of Self Care, and Radical Transformation

July 24, 2019

Today on the podcast we sit down with Jordan McCrary of the popular health and wellness, self care, and natural hair blog and YouTube page Juices & Berries.

On this episode Jordan shares her journey to wellness which includes weight loss, battling a lupus diagnosis, working on her gut microbiome, and radical self care. We also have a deep discussion and learn all about the origins of self care, moving through anger, and truly loving your whole self. We really appreciate Jordan for openly and honestly sharing her story and are so excited for you to hear the conversation. 

To learn more about Jordan you can visit her YouTube page and Blog: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/juicesandberries

 

http://www.imjuicesandberries.com/

 

You can also follow her on instagram @juicesandberries

 

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Genevieve Riutort on the West Side Food Bank, Fighting Food Insecurity, and the Importance of Social Services

Genevieve Riutort on the West Side Food Bank, Fighting Food Insecurity, and the Importance of Social Services

July 17, 2019

This week on the Courageous Wellness podcast we sit down with Genevieve Riutort, the Chief Development Officer, of the Westside Food Bank. Westside Food Bank is an independent, non-governmental, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1981, which provides food to social service agencies on the Westside of Los Angeles County. The food provided often enables low-income people to stay in their homes, deterring the problem of homelessness, because it saves them from having to make the agonizing choice between paying for rent or food when they can’t afford both. Westside Food Bank serves 70 member agencies and over 100,000 people benefit from these services each year.

 

On this episode we discuss the Westside Food Bank, Genevieve's personal journey to her current position, fighting food insecurity, the importance of social services, and our own personal experiences dealing with food insecurity. We also discuss where the food at Westside Food Bank is sourced, their value on nutrition, and so much more.

 

We are grateful to Geneive for the work that she does and are excited to share this deeply personal episode! 

To learn more about Westside Food Bank please visit: http://www.westsidefoodbankca.org

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Holly Owens of Wellthy Belly Talks Living with Lyme Disease, Bee Venom Therapy, and Eating to Thrive

Holly Owens of Wellthy Belly Talks Living with Lyme Disease, Bee Venom Therapy, and Eating to Thrive

July 10, 2019

Happy Wellness Wednesday! Today on the podcast we sit down with professional model and wellness influencer Holly Owens (aka @WellthyBelly)! On this episode of Courageous Wellness we have a deep discussion about Holly's personal journey to wellness and living with multiple chronic illnesses (Hashimoto's and Lyme Disease). We then discuss her treatment, bee venom therapy, and eating for optimal health. We also discuss her self care practices and her amazing book recommendations!

To learn more about Holly you can follow her on instagram @WellthyBelly

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Better Booch Founders, Trey and Ashleigh, Discuss Kombucha and its Health Benefits, Career Transitions and Partnership in and out of the Work Place

Better Booch Founders, Trey and Ashleigh, Discuss Kombucha and its Health Benefits, Career Transitions and Partnership in and out of the Work Place

July 3, 2019

Today on the podcast we sit down with Trey and Ashleigh the founders of the Kombucha company Better Booch! Better Booch was born to create a local alternative for kombucha connoisseurs who preferred the small batch approach. Better Booch has quickly grown into one of the most prominent kombucha breweries in Southern California.  

Trey and Ashleigh's personal journey to kombucha began when both were enjoying successful careers as international touring musicians, but looking to make a change. Ashleigh spent the better part of 5 years backing up singers like Rihanna and Selena Gomez and Trey wrote and performed with artists such as Josh Kelley and Lady Antebellum.

Trey originally became interested in Kombucha due to its alkalizing benefits, from a recommendation by his sister, who religiously consumed the beverage through her extensive and victorious bout with cancer. Together, Ashleigh and Trey believed they could create the best tea based Kombucha on the market. This love for Kombucha, tea, and creativity also grew into a love for each other. They are now married and new parents. On today's episode we have a deep dialogue on all the health benefits of Kombucha, discuss the sugar content, and all the ways it can benefit your overall health. We also talk career transitions and partnership in and out of the work place.

To learn more about Better Booch you can visit http://www.betterbooch.com/

You can also follow them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/betterbooch/

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Aly and Erica Discuss How They Met, Adult Friendships and Vulnerability

Aly and Erica Discuss How They Met, Adult Friendships and Vulnerability

June 26, 2019

Happy Wellness Wednesday! Today on the podcast it is just the two of us! On this episode we talk all about how we met (one of our most requested topics!), adult friendships, and the power of vulnerability. We both have been so fortunate to have made close friendships as adults (post-college) and are excited to share this episode filled with tips that have helped us in the process; including self love, the importance of community, and more!

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Dr. Sanda Moldovan on Biological Dentistry, Oral Microbiome, & Easy Tips for at Home Oral Core

Dr. Sanda Moldovan on Biological Dentistry, Oral Microbiome, & Easy Tips for at Home Oral Core

June 19, 2019

Happy Wellness Wednesday! Today on Courageous Wellness we sit down with award winning dentist, periodontist and nutritionist Dr. Sanda Moldovan! Dr. Moldovan is the ‘go-to’ oral health expert for the Emmy-award winning television series “THE DOCTORS” and is a widely sought after oral health expert on networks such as NBC and CBS. She is also an editor for the Inside Dentistry magazine, and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

On this episode we discuss biological dentistry, the oral microbiome, and she shares tips for anyone interested in easy ways to take care of their oral health, beyond brushing and flossing. Dr. Moldovan takes a much more holistic approach to dentistry, and her office is mercury free and mercury-safe. She is committed to practicing safe and healthy dentistry and using her high visibility in the public to educate and create greater awareness of the importance of how a healthy mouth translates in to a healthy body. She also recently released her own book, Heal Up!: Seven Ways To Faster Healing And Optimum Health.

To learn more about Dr. Sanda Moldovan you can visit her website: https://www.drsandamoldovan.com/

You can also follow her on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/DrSanda/

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Billy Bosch of Iconic Protein Talks Conscious Sourcing, Dairy Protein, and Building a Business

Billy Bosch of Iconic Protein Talks Conscious Sourcing, Dairy Protein, and Building a Business

June 12, 2019

This week on the podcast we sit down with, Billy Bosch, the CEO of ICONIC Protein! When Billy was only 27 he sought out a radical lifestyle transformation after he found himself riddled with ailments, brain fog, high cholesterol, and acid reflux.

He decided to work with a local sports and lifestyle nutritionist who helped him clean up his diet and remedy his symptoms through proper nutrition. With his new healthier lifestyle he wanted to incorporate convenient protein drinks back into his routine but realized they were full of added sugars, fillers, chemicals and artificial ingredients. He saw a hole in the market and decided to solve the problem himself and from there ICONIC was born.

 
On this episode we hear about ICONIC’s development from the brands early days in an incubator program in New Orleans to its current distribution in 5,000 stores nationwide. We learn about how they source clean and natural ingredients even if it means sourcing internationally... and yes we have a thorough conversation about the dreaded D word - DAIRY!
 
ICONIC prides itself on creating a delicious convenient product with zero Gluten, Lactose, Soy, CarageenanGMO's or BPAs, completely free from toxins and antibiotics. We had a lot of fun recording with Billy and even do a live taste of ICONIC’s brand new delicious flavor during the episode!
 
If you want to try ICONIC protein we also have an exciting discount for our listeners! Visit: www.drinkiconic.com and for 15% off use code courageous15 at checkout! 
 
You can also follow ICONIC Protein on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drinkiconic/
 
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