FFP 339 | Autoimmune issues and Infertility | Aimee Raupp MS, LAc
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Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & fertility expert, celebrity acupuncturist & coach, and the best- selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief.

Aimee works virtually with clients all over the world, as well she is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York and Connecticut. Aimee holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University.

She is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products that are optimized for hormone harmony. Aimee is also the Head of Chinese Medicine at The Well in NYC and is a frequent speaker at women’s health & wellness conferences across the nation.

In today’s episode we talk about autoimmunity and the negative impact it can have on fertility.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery LIVE 8 week group coaching program!  We start on January 12th! Will you be joining us?Click here to register now!

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How Aimee came to writing her most recent book Body Belief

  • Aimee’s career background and what brought her to research autoimmune diseases and fertility

  • What is autoimmunity and what its related to

  • Connection between endometriosis and autoimmunity

  • Connection between PCOS, Diabetes, Crohn’s, Premature Ovarian Failure and autoimmunity

  • The correlation between diabetes and level of toxicity in your body and how it relates to autoimmunity

  • How autoimmunity links to fertility

  • Aimee’s suggestion to support optimal immune functioning

  • Inflammation and its impact on your egg quality

  • Aimee’s thoughts on the thyroid and the autoimmune component

  • Different paradigms on healthcare

Connect with Aimee Raupp:

You can connect with Aimee on Facebook, Instagram and on her website.

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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Well-Fed Women
Well-Fed Women
Noelle Tarr
Physical Manifestations of Stress, Postpartum Hormones, and Sugar Cravings vs. Intuitive Eating
Here’s the notes for episode #306 of Well-Fed Women. Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to Apple Podcasts or Stitcher to subscribe! To leave a review for the podcast (HORRAY!), go to: https://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review In this episode, Noelle and Stefani discuss physical manifestations of stress, postpartum hormones, and sugar cravings vs. intuitive eating. Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at wellfedwomen@gmail.com. 10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week. Topics! [24:52] Physical Manifestations of Stress [40:23] Postpartum Hormones [50:30] Sugar Cravings vs. Intuitive Eating Links! Noelle’s website: https://coconutsandkettlebells.com Stefani’s website: http://healthtoempower.com Buy our book Coconuts and Kettlebells Well-Fed Women Holistic Health Facebook Group #300 How Trauma Impacts Your Health + EMDR with Dr. Mark Mayfield #272 Using Tapping to Reduce Anxiety, Fear, and Chronic Pain with Nick Ortner Noelle’s Instagram Post: 2021 Goals LMNT This podcast is Supported by LMNT, I have been looking for a company for years like LMNT, that makes clean and easy electrolyte supplementation, for both myself, my husband, and my kids, and I have repeatedly come up short—until now. When training, especially fasted, electrolytes are critical for performance. Many athletes feel dehydrated and drink more water – however this can dilute blood sodium levels even further. This shows up as muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. And Electrolytes play a key roll in hormone regulation, too. Low sodium levels actually spike adrenal hormones like cortisol. And get this, if you’re following a lower carb or whole foods diet, added salt is needed because you’re not getting it though processed foods. And if you’re regularly training and sweating, this need really increases. LMNT makes grab and go electrolyte replacement supplementation. You just take an LMNT recharge packet, mix it up with water, and sip! There’s absolutely no sugar, gluten, fillers, artificial ingredients, and it’s paleo friendly. To grab packets of LMNT recharge, go to drinkLMNT.com/wellfed, there you’ll get free shipping on all orders. There’s also a money back guarantee, so if you don’t like it, you can send it back. Grab yourself some packets to have on hand! Prep Dish                     If you’re looking for a simple and easy solution for meal planning, Prep Dish is everything you need, and more. Prep Dish is a subscription-based meal planning service with both paleo and gluten-free options. When you sign up for PrepDish, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. This is especially helpful for folks who work full time or are balancing multiple kids and school and many different schedules. We personally love Prep Dish because everything is planned out. All you need to do is go to grocery store, pick up the food on the meal plan and then follow the instructions. Allison, the woman behind Prep Dish is an RD and professional chef, and her meals and recipes are so easy to follow and super delicious! As a special offer for our community, Allison, the founder of PrepDish, is offering 2 weeks of free meal plans. To get your two weeks for free, go to prepdish.com/wellfed. When you sign up the cost will be zero’d out and you’ll get your two weeks of free meal plans!
1 hr 3 min
The Essential Oil Revolution w/ Essential Oils Educator Samantha Lee Wright
The Essential Oil Revolution w/ Essential Oils Educator Samantha Lee Wright
Samantha Lee Wright
252: Deep Tension Relief & Moving Past Comfort Zones
TRE- Tension Relief Exercises can help you release not only physical, but emotional stress and trauma. Hear from a trained TRE provider about this impacting practice, and how essential oils can aid in your success. Davorka Tolic is a trainer, coach and certified TRE provider.   See full show notes for this episode HERE. (You can also leave a comment there on the site)  New to essential oils? Master the basics with our FREE Essential Oils Course.  Our website is www.RevolutionOilsPodcast.com  View hundreds of Essential Oil Recipes in our DIY Dugout  Get behind-the-scenes access and become an Essential Oils Insider! Attend live interviews, exclusive Q&As, members only community group, interactive workshops, and one-on-one support to master your use of essential oils! Start now for free! ---> https://revolutionoilspodcast.com/insiders  Sign up for our PODCAST NEWSLETTER and you'll get FREE tips on how to live a healthier, more balanced life!   Say hello on social. Use the Hashtag #essentialoilrevolutionpodcast so I know you're a friend!  * Facebook  * Instagram  Grab yourself a freebie here! ---> https://linktr.ee/samleewright  Thank you to our amazing sponsors.  * View our list of sponsors HERE and help us keep this podcast 100% free!    FAQs:  * Who is Samantha Lee Wright?  * Which brand of oils do you recommend and why?  * Is it safe to ingest essential oils? (And other safety concerns)  * Are essential oils safe for cats? (See safety section)    Hey! Thanks for listening. Send me a message & tell me what you think about the show. Leave a review so others can find the show more easily too.  xo,  Sam
37 min
Healthy Hormones for Women Podcast
Healthy Hormones for Women Podcast
Samantha Gladish: Online Nutritionist, Weight Loss Coach and Hormone Fixer-
136: Tips, Strategies and Real Talk on Life, Health, Beauty and Business to Kickstart 2021
Where’s a good place to start to kick off the New Year? Set great intentions and connect to what moves the needle. Listen in as I share a few words on health, beauty, life, and business. You can find all the info and links about this episode at https://holisticwellness.ca/episode136. Topics Discussed in this Episode: * Life * Health * Beauty * Business Key Takeaways: * Hydration is key for beautiful skin. * Being in nature soothes the soul. * Healthy fat is your friend. * Movement helps to connect you with your body and intuition. * Growing and scaling a business takes risks and trusting the unknown. * Sleep is the cornerstone of health. If you’re not sleeping, you’re not healing. * Align with your human design for more ease and flow. * Nothing is an emergency. Slow the f*** down. * Sugar, gluten, and dairy -- the three biggest inflammatory culprits. * Anxiety, overwhelm, fear -- your breath can do wonders here. * Oil cleansing is the go-to for beautiful, bright skin. * Essential oils are plant magic and so healing. * Nutrition, sleep, stress, supplements, your relationships, sex life, your creative outlet -- all of these play important roles in your health and your healing. * Sex is amazing for your sex hormones and for lowering cortisol. * Healthy boundaries are essential for your self-care. * Whatever it is you want to achieve with your health or business, you can’t do it alone. * Mistakes and failures are always lessons in learning. * Your gut and intuition know best. * We all play a role in the health of our planet and we all must do our part. * It’s actions over thinking. It’s your actions that are going to bring results. Action Steps: * Focus on hydration when you want to optimize the health and beauty of your skin. * Go for walks and spend more time in nature. * Make sure to include healthy fat in your diet. * If you’re looking to connect more deeply with your body, bring in more movement to your day. * Learn to take risks and work your trust muscle in business. * Don’t neglect sleep and set healthy boundaries around it. Get into a healthy routine in terms of when you go to bed and when you wake up, and keep to that routine even on weekends. * Know your human design and learn more about it. * Stop rushing through things all the time. * Eliminate sugar, gluten, and dairy from your diet. Or at least minimize your intake. * Do breathwork. * Go for oil cleansing. * Use essential oils. * Recognize the importance of your relationships and having a creative outlet for your health and healing. * Make time for sex. * Eat more vegetables. * Build your team of people around your health and business. Hire experts and find your support network to help you grow. * Reframe how you see your failures and your mistakes, and never give up based on what has happened in the past. * Trust what your instincts are telling you. * Stop waiting. There’s no perfect time to launch your business or wear that bathing suit or whatever it is you tell yourself. Go and do it now. * Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. * Detox yourself from unhealthy relationships. * Lean into your fears. Your fears are lessons. Don’t avoid them. * Lead with love. Samantha said: “I don’t always know the answers. I don’t always know exactly how things are going to work out. I just know that I’m going to show up in full integrity and authenticity, and show up for my community and do my best work, and trust that it’s going to work out.” “Nutrition, sleep, stress, supplements, your relationships, sex life, your creative output… No one magic bullet that is going to magically fix you. It is all of these things.” Thanks for listening! Important Announcements: Sign up for our newsletter at holisticwellness.ca/newsletter! And don’t forget to connect with me over on Instagram, @holisticwellnessfoodie. Let me know if there’s anything you’d love for me to expand on. It would also mean so much if you would leave us a rating or a review at any podcast platform that you’re listening to us on. Links to things I talk about in the show: * myBodyGraphs’ free Human Design BodyGraph service * Save 20% off Energybits Spirulina and Chlorella at energybits.com. Use the code HEALTHYHORMONES. * Save 15% off ALL Organifi products at organifishop.com. Check out the NEW Organifi Harmony Women's Hormone Balancing Blend. Use the code HEALTHYHORMONES. * Check out CANPREV products across Canadian Health Food Stores and online at Natures-Source.ca - I personally LOVE their MYCO10 and Collagen powder. They’re great to add to smoothies and elixirs. Also, check out their product ADRENAL CHILL for supporting the adrenal glands and helping your body better adapt to stress. * Head to your local health food store and check out some amazing products from Garden of Life. Two products mentioned in today's episode - Garden of Life Plant Iron and Herbs and their vegan vitamin D3 spray. Where you can find me: Samantha’s Facebook Samantha’s Instagram Samantha’s Website Samantha’s Twitter Healthy Hormones for Women Podcast Private Community on Facebook How you can work with me: * 6-Week Healthy Hormones for Women Intensive - Get 60% off when you enroll today! * Healing & Dealing with Hashi’s
47 min
The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast
The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast
Tabitha Farrar
Thanks for Listening!
I've not written a blog for months. I've been moving house, had little internet connection, and been generally busy, and tired. I'm glad that this past couple of weeks I had felt like I have the time and space to start writing again, so there will be blogs to come, soon. I wanted to put something down to express my gratitude for all of you who have listened to and supported my podcast over the past three years. I didn't think that it would go anywhere, or that anyone would really listen to it. Well, you did. So thank you. I've had such support for the podcast, that I feel extremely guilty about announcing that I will not be producing any more episodes. But, as I discovered in the last 6 months or so, feeling guilty about stopping is not a good enough reason to keep going. I'd rather than stop completely than keep it going, but only publish episodes sporadically. Podcasts are a lot of work. Finding people to interview, scheduling interviews, and editing audio after interviews. If I am quick, an episode may take 6 hours start to finish (including scheduling etc), but many episodes take more like 10. It is a time thing. It's not that I don't have time. I can always make time. These days, my "free" time — time to do absolutely nothing productive at all — is increasingly precious and glorious to me. I am growing less inclined to give it up. I'm more selfish about my time — unapologetically, I enjoy that I enjoy being just me, without being the 'doing stuff' me. This 'wanting to do nothing' is actually exactly something that scared me when I had anorexia. I was scared that if I allowed myself to rest, I would always want to rest. I would forget how to be productive. My 'value' would decrease. Because when I was sick, I thought my value was in my ability to never rest, and always be productive. (Which, if you think about it, in a famine, would be about right.) The wonderful thing about being human in a brain that doesn't have anorexia any more, doesn't perceive that resources are scarce, and therefore doesn't believe that value is in productivity, is that I have the freedom to see the real value of being human. I know that sounds incredibly deep and ridiculous, but it is true. The other night, I was going to make this podcast. I had an hour or so. I was making my way up my back porch steps, and one of the puppies followed me up and "pawed" me on the leg, asking for attention. Years ago, when my value was in being productive, I either wouldn't have noticed him, or I would have noticed him, and gone inside anyway. These days, I'm more inclined to sit on the floor and play with the dogs because they asked than I am to go inside and start editing audio. Sometimes it is a puppy. Sometimes it is a horse. Sometimes it is a pattern that the wind has made in the snow that I need to stare at. Sometimes, very often, it is snuggling with Matt. I never take for granted my recovered brain. A brain that allows me to see the value in happiness, and being human. Never, ever, take it for granted. I feel blessed to have known a brain in starvation mode, if only because it allows me to know the bliss of not being there. Anyway. That's my way of saying there will be no more podcasts. Just because it is the right time to stop. I appreciate you for listening.
7 min
Get Pregnant Naturally
Get Pregnant Naturally
Sarah Clark
How To Know Which Supplements To Take When You Are TTC
Justine Altman joins us today as we’re digging into the basic supplements you need to know about if you are TTC. There is a lot of information about which supplements are right for fertility. And like most women that I speak with you are probably taking A LOT of supplements. But are these supplements optimizing or harming your fertility? And taking supplements for years and not really knowing WHY or if they are helpful...doesn’t make sense either! As you may know, we take a functional approach to fertility and while supplements are included in our customized protocols (which are based on testing) - they are only a part of the equation. Because there is no magic pill you can take that will out supplement the basics - such as diet, sleep, movement, and stress. That’s why we wanted to talk about the BASIC supplements that we DO recommend for both men and women so that you don't waste time and money taking the wrong ones. Today I'm welcoming Justine Altman back to the podcast. Justine is part of my team here at Fab Fertile. She is an integral part of our Couples Coaching program - which uses functional lab testing, diet, and lifestyle changes to dramatically improve conception. If you are struggling with infertility...your body is desperately trying to tell you something...focusing on your health will either help you get pregnant naturally or if you do need to go to the fertility clinic it will improve your chances of success. Justine is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. She was diagnosed with POCS and struggled with infertility but after taking a functional approach was able to have both her children naturally. In this episode you'll learn: 1) How to watch out for dyes, fillers, and top allergens in your supplements 2) Our take on generalized fertility supplement recommendations (are they worth your money?) i.e. chastetree, maca, royal jelly, bee pollen, zinc, iron 3) Our basic (these are the supplements you need to be taking if you are TTC) supplement recommendations (your partner is included too!) 4) Our approach with supplements and why they are only part of the equation. We discuss the importance of diet, sleep, exercise, and stress so that you can prepare your body in the best way for pregnancy success. TIMESTAMPS: 05:29- JUSTINE'S BIO 06:19- WHY WE ARE ADDRESSING SUPPLEMENTS * Why taking heaps of supplements can be problematic * Why we are addressing supplements for both men and woman * "You cannot out supplement the basics." 08:58- WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY * The importance of good quality supplements * The harm low-quality supplements can have * Should you buy supplements from Amazon? 12:23- GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS- SHOULD WE LISTEN? * Supplements that might be helpful, but aren't always for everyone 14:10- BASIC SUPPLEMENTS- PRENATAL * What you MUST have in your prenatal 16:34- MEN'S MULTIVITAMIN 17:32- COQ10 18:26- MAGNESIUM 19:52- OMEGA 3'S * OMEGA 3's vs. OMEGA 6's * Anti-inflammatory properties 21:03- VITAMIN D3 & K2 * Why is it important? Why do we take K2 with it? 23:38- PROBIOTICS 26:00- USING PROBIOTICS WHILE TRYING TO REDUCE INFECTIONS 27:00- RECAP OF SUPPLEMENT BASICS * How long should we be taking them? * Which ones we should temporarily take vs. take long-term. 29:27- FINAL THOUGHTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS "Most of the supplements are not forever." "One size does not fit all." "We cannot out supplement any bad diet or lifestyle behaviors." --- Sponsored by Fab Fertile Store. Ensure your perception supplements are free from dyes, filler, and top allergens. Check out our basic recommendations that are essential for preconception health. Visit https://www.fabfertilestore.com/ -- Book your Free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery Call here: https://intakeq.com/booking/cZ7XW6 --- Connect with Sarah on social media and learn more about functional fertility solutions that will help you have your baby. * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabfertile/ * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sesacoaching/ * Twitter: https://twitter.com/fabfertile * Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahclarkfertilitycoach/ --- HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW! Love the show? You’ll really love Sarah’s resources page - filled with handpicked products/books/devices - get exclusive discounts and support the show by making purchases SHOP here: https://fabfertile.com/resources/ Other ways to support: Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/get-pregnant-naturally/id1329414094 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/36NoCIuODqlo3bQcVDOO02 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sarah-clark/get-pregnant-naturally Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC97zsClWDEbgmECB6uLUuiA Player FM: https://player.fm/series/get-pregnant-naturally Listen Notes: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/get-pregnant-naturally-sarah-clark-82DYJtZnFAa/ Podbean: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/usiv9-629c6/Get-Pregnant-Naturally-Podcast iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-get-pregnant-naturally-30947830/ LEAVE APPLE PODCAST REVIEW: http://bit.ly/getpregnantreview SHARE: Spread the word! Tell someone else about the show! Together we are strong. Related episodes: Functional Medicine 101 - https://www.fabfertile.com/blog/functional-medicine-101-and-your-fertility/ How Not To Waste Time When You Are TTC - https://www.fabfertile.com/blog/how-not-to-waste-time-when-you-are-ttc/ How To Optimize Sleep To Improve Your Fertility - https://www.fabfertile.com/blog/how-to-optimize-sleep-to-improve-your-fertility/
39 min
The VBAC Link
The VBAC Link
Julie Francom & Meagan Heaton
159 Brittany's VBAC + Finding Peace in Unplanned Cesareans
With her first baby, Brittany knew she needed a home birth. She took no shortcuts to ensure that her dream would come true. From hiring the most supportive midwife and doula to routine chiropractic care to practicing HypnoBirthing to blowing up the birth tub and hanging birth affirmations, the level of preparation (especially as a first-time mom!) was truly impressive. Yet in a matter of hours, Brittany’s years of planning turned from a powerful home birth into a heartbreaking Cesarean and traumatic hospital experience. Brittany shares valuable lessons learned, how she found healing, and her beautifully triumphant HBAC story which was redemptive in every way. Today’s topics include: - How to handle insensitive comments - Breech presentation - Relinquishing control - Postpartum grief and healing - Gratitude and perspective - Mother-baby bonding in a Cesarean versus a vaginal birth Additional links How to VBAC: The Ultimate Preparation Course for Parents The VBAC Link Facebook page Episode sponsor This episode is sponsored by our signature course, How to VBAC: The Ultimate Preparation Course for Parents. It is the most comprehensive VBAC preparation course in the world, perfectly packaged in an online, self-paced, video course. Together, Meagan and Julie have helped over 800 parents get the birth that they wanted, and we are ready to help you too. Head over to thevbaclink.com to find out more and sign up today. Sponsorship inquiries Interested in sponsoring a The VBAC Link podcast? Find out more information here at advertisecast.com/TheVBACLink or email us at info@thevbaclink.com Full transcript Note: All transcripts are edited to eliminate false starts and filler words. Meagan: Hello, hello. It is The VBAC Link. You are going to be hearing an amazing story today from our friend Brittany. We are so excited to hear from her. She had a C-section and then a VBAC. She is from Florida. She is actually a hairstylist and she does it all day. We were just talking about her bio, how cute it is. She says, “Hairstyle by day and mama by night.” We totally get that because that’s how we roll. We are podcasters by day. Julie: Podcaster by day. Podcaster by night. Doula by day. Doula by night. Meagan: Right? Oh my gosh. It’s a crazy life that we all live. But man, we are so excited to hear her story. We do have a Review of the Week. So before we get into it, I want to turn the time over to Julie to read that review, and then we will get right into Brittany’s story. Review of the Week Julie: I am super excited. Brittany, I feel like we could be friends, just from the short time that we have been talking to you before we were recording. Meagan, we have a lot of people we need to go visit, I think, from our podcast. The VBAC Link world tour. Alright, let’s see. Today we have a review from JessieMarie3 from Apple Podcasts and the title is “So Inspirational.” She says, “I don’t even remember how I came across this podcast, but I am so glad I did. The birth of my daughter ended in an unplanned C-section and was very traumatic for me. I’m currently working with a therapist because I think about it every single day and have so many regrets. I asked my doctor about a VBAC almost immediately because I just knew something was missing, if that makes any sense. This podcast makes me feel so empowered and prepared for my VBAC, and I’m not even pregnant again yet. I tear up a little bit with each birth story and hope I can share my VBAC story on your podcast someday, whenever it happens!” Oh, that makes me so happy. I love it when people find us before they are even pregnant again. After their C-section, they just know they want a VBAC. I love that so much. It gives me major warm and fuzzies. If you haven’t had a chance, we would absolutely love for you to leave a review of the podcast. We show up on Google. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts and you can always on Facebook. We haven’t gotten Facebook reviews in a little while. It’s been a little while. Meagan: It has been. Julie: We’ve seen lots from Apple Podcasts and a few from Google. If you are hanging out with us on Facebook, go ahead and give us a five-star rating over there. It would make our day. Episode sponsor Julie: Do you want a VBAC but don’t know where to start? It’s easy to feel like we need to figure it all out on our own. That’s what we used to do, and it was the loneliest and most ineffective thing we have ever done. That’s why Meagan and I created our signature course, How to VBAC: The Ultimate Preparation Course for Parents, which you can find at thevbaclink.com. It is the most comprehensive VBAC preparation course in the world, perfectly packaged in an online, self-paced, video course. Together, Meagan and I have helped over 800 parents get the birth that they wanted, and we are ready to help you too. Head on over to thevbaclink.com to find out more and sign up today. That’s thevbaclink.com. See you there. Brittany’s story Meagan: Okay, Ms. Brittany. We are so, so, so excited to hear your story. Like Julie said in the beginning, just chatting with you, I feel like we are friends. Instant friends. I can’t wait to get to dive in and be even more intimate with your amazing story. Brittany: Well truly, you are my friends. I’m so thankful, thankful, thankful for you guys. There are not enough words to say what having like-minded people can do for you when you are going into something that a lot of people don’t agree with. With a VBAC specifically, that was huge for me. Huge. I held onto our time together. I would walk-- I have a pier. I live in a little beach town is what we call it. It’s beautiful, but there is this pier that is actually on the river. It’s one long strip of concrete. I would just walk back and forth, on that strip of concrete. I’d drop my son off at school, and just walk and listen to other people, and you guys. I mean, you guys just being the heart of it and encouraging, but also other mamas-- many souls out there that had done this journey already. It was so encouraging. It was where I needed to be. It was like a refuel for me because, like I said, I am a hairstylist. I talk to women all day long. We talk in my salon. We friends. They would say to me, “I don’t know. It just makes me nervous.” I wasn’t out to argue, but it was nice to have numbers, facts, and things that I could say, “Well actually,” or, “It’s not quite what you think it is. Did you know?” Meagan: You were educating. You were educating out there. Yes. Brittany: Yes, totally. But I also understand that when you love people, you are concerned for their well-being. People don’t know what they don’t know. I think with my first pregnancy, I learned that everyone has their own opinion and that’s okay, but you don’t have to value it all. You do need to find people you align with and let that feed you. This show was so great because it fed me and was able to keep me focused, encouraged, and on track. I would go into my appointments and I’d be like, “Alright Angie. I’ve got questions.” I would list them out and they would be from the episodes. She would be like, “I love this.” I went into my labor and delivery like, I trust it all because I know any questions that I have. I wouldn’t have known to even ask them had I not have listened. So, thank you. Julie: I love that. Do you know what? I am going to make a word image to post on our social media account with something that you said a few sentences back. You said something to the effect of, everyone has their own views on pregnancy and birth. Everybody loves you. They want the best for you, but you have to find people that align with your views and beliefs about birth to support you and keep close. I just really love that effect. That really spoke to my heart. Because it’s true. People just want the best for you and they don’t…
1 hr 2 min
The Whole View
The Whole View
Stacy Toth and Sarah Ballantyne
Episode 439: A Conversation around Current Events
The Whole View, Episode 439: A Conversation around Current Events Welcome back to episode 439 of the Whole View. (0:27) Just last week, Stacy and Sarah discussed the New Year and how we can start it off right by forming positive habits. And then the New Year came and hit us all in the face. Stacy takes a minute to reflect on how rough this week has been for everyone. She also reminds any new listeners that Sarah is actually a new American citizen. She takes a moment to check in with Sarah on how she feels about every going on in our country. Checking In With Sarah Sarah has been struggling a lot with the Capitol events last week and the iterative unfolding around it. She's found it incredibly hard to concentrate on work or even get away from the news alerts. Sarah shares that she became a citizen because it felt like making official something that already existed. Sarah explains how difficult it is to put the feelings of alarm, disappointment, concern, and overall violation into words. She also expresses how she feels as if she's waiting for something - whether it's the other shoe to drop or consequences - or if it what she's waiting for will even happen altogether. Sarah has been struggling to understand the complex mix of emotions she's been experiencing since last Wednesday. She believes her experience is a very common one to many immigrants, in the sense that when she arrived in her new country, everything was different, and there was a lot of culture clash. Many things are uniquely American that you learn about living here, immersed in the culture. No amount of TV or sharing with others can accurately show those things. The more she learned about the country and its history, the more she came to appreciate the truly remarkable beginnings of the country. And the model of democracy it represents for the world. Learning about a country is part of the immigrant process. And learning the history of the country is one thing that made Sarah fall in love with the US. Right now, everything going on feels so discordant with what American Democracy means. Stacy's Realization Sarah explains it like walking through your home after a burglar has broken in and you don't know what they've taken or touched and violated. (5:20) That's how these events have made her feel about her adopted home- there's this permeating sense of violation. Stacy shares how much she agrees with that analogy. For Stacy, her realization started around May/June. That was around the time she and Sarah decided to come forward out of the community and talk about things they felt were representative of the messages shared on TWV, in terms of wellness and safety for all. Stacy is working through these recent events on two levels: personally, as a mother, and also as someone lucky enough to have a voice in the community. Stacy tells listeners that she's always been aware of her privilege. Standing for safety and wellness for all has always been a mission and passion of hers: * She quit her job to devote more time to get safer beauty products into the hands of everyone. * She also has a degree in the Social Justice field and a minor in Women's Studies. Advocacy is something that's been at the forefront of Stacy's mind. Yet, she could see the awful things happening and has, at times, been guilty of turning it off and looking away. Understanding Privilege One of the realizations she came to is how privileged she is that she could even do that. She could separate herself, turn it off, and look away because she is not directly affected or oppressed by the messages being sent. It is not safe and not encouraging wellness for those vulnerable populations to witness some of the messages being said and not do anything to help or support. Stacy adds that this is not designed to say, "you can't have free speech." But rather, that free speech isn't what's happening here. From this realization, she's been making a conscious effort to lean in more, watch more and listen more. And she's noticed the physical and emotional toll it's beginning to take on her as an empathic individual. What We Can Do She wonders some healthy coping mechanisms we can do since we're all going to approach things differently. (9:48) She also wants everyone to think about what we can do to influence change. Stacy shares she is focusing on actionable change. This includes looking at her daily life, the brands she supports and asking herself if that's representative of where she wants to channel her money and support. As individuals, we know where our values and beliefs are. And we can choose to support others who value the same things. This is something that's given Stacy a sense of power in a situation where she often feels powerless. Sarah shares that she's been struggling to find actions she can take in her life the way Stacy was able to. She tells listeners she and her family have been having many discussions to promote compassion for the anger behind falling into this misinformation ecosystem. She's also tried very hard to help her kids understand this moment in the context of American history. The Importance Of Education In Current Events Her primary coping strategy has been to talk about what happened, their feelings toward it, and the information. (12:30) As listeners know, this show is very data-driven. Stacy and Sarah try to stay away from black-and-white rules around wellness, focus on education, and look at the big picture of health. In a way, she's been applying that same approach to current events to better understand. This way, she can make better-informed decisions. Arming ourselves with data-driven information is something Sarah falls back on in times of stress and anxiety. And it's definitely what she and her family are doing currently. Stacy stresses how difficult and important it is, as a parent, to have those conversations with our children. If our children don't hear it from us - the lessons and values we want to share - they will get it somewhere else. There is value in being someone who can receive those feelings from your children. Stacy has always prided herself on her kids' empowerment in coming to her with their frustrations or sad. Take Care Of Yourself Stacy and Sarah have also been working hard to handle their anxiety, so they are emotionally available to family members who need to talk. (17:01) They've been doing this a lot through CBD oil. For more about CBD oil, see Episode 420. Stacy has also been working on getting more sleep. If she doesn't get enough sleep, everything in her life crumbles. Stacy references this Episode 397 for more information on sleep. Stacy encourages listeners to figure out how they can get better sleep because everything else in life gets easier to take care of if we get enough sleep. Sarah shares the "Do Not Disturb" feature on her phone has helped her avoid distractions at night. Stacy also invites listeners interested in mediation to check out the show she and Sarah did on mediation's scientific benefits. Final Thoughts On Current Events Stacy wraps things up by reminding listeners that their feelings are valid and that they are not alone. (23:29) She knows it's difficult to know the people if your life doesn't think the same as you and wish they would. Or that you have it better than others and feel guilt. We are all entitled to the way we feel without guilt or shame. There is no benefit to that guilt. Stacy reminds us that the best thing we can do is feel better, make a change, take action, or whatever it is that will pull you out of that guilt or shame. She strongly encourages everyone to step away from the shame cycle and really focus on making changes for the better. Stacy and Sarah appreciate you being a part of their lives and this show. When it comes to protecting and supporting vulnerable communities, Stacy urges listeners to do whatever they can to take action and show that support. We all mus…
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Yoga | Birth | Babies
Yoga | Birth | Babies
Deb Flashenberg and Independent Podcast Network
Community Birth Story: Having a Hospital Birth Using Hypnobabies with Cat Acquaviva
Community has always been a central part of the PYC methodology. We come together as a community to support one another through pregnancy and parenthood. Hearing the stories from friends, family, and community members can help dispel fears, normalize the variation of birth experiences, and create confidence in the process of childbirth.  In this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, I speak with yoga teacher, doula and my friend, Cat Acquaviva, about the birth of her second child. After a challenging first birth, Cat took a very different approach to preparing for her second and deeply committed to the Hypnobabies methodology. Cat openly and candidly shares how she faced her most difficult moments during birth and how she conquered them.  Get the most out of each episode by checking out the show notes with links, resources and other related podcasts at: prenatalyogacenter.com If you love what you’ve been listening to, please leave a rating and review! Yoga| Birth|Babies Support Our Sponsors: You deserve to know what's in your multivitamin. Get 10% off your first 3 moths of Ritual at ritual.com/ybb to start you ritual today! Over 85 million people around the world use Calm to take care of their minds and get better sleep. For listeners of Yoga| Birth |Babies, Calm is offering a special limited time promotion of 40% off a Calm Premium subscription at  CALM.COM/YBB To connect with Deb and the PYC Community:  Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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