How Laughter Can Be The Best Medicine
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With the world feeling increasingly uncertain and scary, finding the humour in life can often be a struggle but in this week's episode, Ella talks to author Naomi Bagdonas about why it's more important than ever. Despite seeming like a frivolous thing, they explore how humour has the power to actually connect us more as humans as well as the science on why it can impact our physical and mental health and ultimately our wellbeing.

Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas: Humour, Seriously


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Going for Goal
Going for Goal
Roisin Dervish-O'Kane
Get Fit, Don’t Quit: Kelsey Wells’ No Fail Formula for Mind-Body Strength
If you’re a little slow off the mark - or not as fired up as usual about your workouts this year - well, that’s not exactly surprising, all things considered. But you don’t need us to tell you that regular exercise - what with all it’s mood-elevating, energy-stabilising powers is one thing that will help get you through this turbo bleak midwinter, like little else. So, how do you jumpstart a fitness regimen that’s going to support you - in mind and body - through this wild time and beyond? In today’s episode we’ve got one of the world’s most loved, lauded and refreshingly real trainers answering this question. Kelsey Wells rose to prominence in fitness circles as a power trainer on the Kayla Itsines-founded SWEAT app, and continues to share her practical yet compassionate approach to strength-based training with her near three million-strong community of followers. However, she’s been on a real journey where exercise is concerned - growing up, she never saw herself falling for workouts, and it was only after a spell of poor mental health drove her to begin taking care of her body that she truly fell in love with fitness. In today’s episode, Kelsey discusses her journey from exercise refusenik to global fitness star, as well as sharing the fitness and mindset fundamentals you need to start - or reinvigorate - a fitness journey. She answers: how do you get started; when should you train; for how long?; what mix of workouts will get you strong without adding too much bulk; what gym equipment is actually worth it - and, above all, how do you keep going? Join Kelsey on Instagram: @kelseywells Join Morgan on Instagram: @morganfargo Join Women’s Health UK on Instagram: @womenshealthuk Topics  - How Kelsey Wells fell in love with fitness - Why exercise can help boost mental health - Kelsey's mind-body strength philosophy - How to begin or reinvigorate a fitness journey, and stay motivated! Like what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode.  Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
33 min
The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast
The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast
Dr Rupy Aujla
#86 Nutrition Science Series (Part 1 of 3) Why Everything About Nutrition Could Be Wrong with Professor Tim Spector
Is everything we have been told about nutrition wrong? And have we questioned prevailing dietary dogma enough? Are we asking the right questions in nutrition science and if not, how do we rectify it? Professor Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London and honorary consultant Physician at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals is my guest this week and we dive into these questions and more. He is the lead researcher behind the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the Covid Symptom study app. This free tool has been used by more than 4 million people in the UK, US, and Sweden. The app identified new symptoms of the disease and risk factors as well as monitoring its progress to warn health authorities.  He has published four popular books- including the best-selling Diet Myth and more recently, Spoon-Fed, a Sunday Times bestseller that I think is absolutely fantastic. On the show today we talk about: * Why the calorie in calorie out dogma is entirely flawed * Why salt may not be the prime suspect * The approach to pesticides we should take * Artificially sweetened beverages * Practical suggestions for how to live healthier * What the future of personalised nutrition could hold Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode   See for privacy and opt-out information.
59 min
How to Love Your Body
How to Love Your Body
The Body Love Society
Ep 143 - Can I still lose weight?
Welcome to How to Love Your Body - on today’s episode we are going to be talking about WEIGHT. Yes, a topic that brings up a lot of controversy due to so many intertwined beliefs that have been created from diet culture, self worth, value etc… We get why this would be such a tender topic and we also want to address it head on as we had a lot of drama this past week after posting a couple different posts on Instagram on @thebodylovesociety We are going to go through 2 common misconceptions around weight and also share how to shift your mindset in order to see weight in a different way and have it all - wellness and freedom. Common misconception #1 - Losing weight is an accomplishment The reason losing weight, fitting into your “goal weight” pants, and posting a before and after picture on social media are not accomplishments is because it still puts ALL the focus on your body - all the focus on weight loss, all the value as a person into the size of your body. It still focuses on thinner is “better.” This could come off as harsh to some but we really advocate to stop making weight loss an “accomplishment” or “compliment” - weight loss is not a good or bad thing - but what is toxic about it is when humans feel the pressure to constantly change their bodies to fit society standards and to feel worthy. You already are worthy no matter what body you live in! No one is better than another due to a body size. It’s important to stop making weight loss something to accomplish and instead celebrate all bodies at any size. Weight not being an accomplishment doesn’t mean you can’t do all the things you want to do to feel good in your body like - move in ways you enjoy, eat in ways that feel good without restriction - you can still honor your wellness without it being about weight loss - (and yes you could lose weight / or not and that does not matter your body is going to do what it’s going to do) - the focus is how you feel in your body - that can be an accomplishment. The feeling, the positive health behaviors that feel good not forceful, NOT the number on the scale or the size on your pants. Striving for a certain number on the scale with strong attachment to the number (and obsessive behaviors that go along with it) is mostly likely a number / size that isn’t sustainable - this means you may work really hard and feel “accomplished” because you lost some weight - and everyone is noticing, complementing, and congratulating you - yes, that may feel great - super validating - why wouldn’t it!? - BUUUT - what if you gain the weight back? What happens to the accomplishment? Compliments? And congratulations? They go away! An accomplishment is not something that can be taken away from you - like graduating from a school, course, or program. - Once you graduate you can't undergraduate - no one is going to say congrats and then take it away in the future - weight loss is conditional to get a congrats - it’s ONLY if the number on the scale goes down and ONLY if you look thinner - if that changes - people get silent. What’s the shift: Un-attach yourself from a certain size / number on the scale - What would you like to accomplish without it being about or number or size? What makes you feel good? We aren’t trying to take a sense of accomplishment away from you - we want you to feel accomplished in ways that serve you - such as: “I feel so accomplished that I’m not dieting anymore and I’m eating intuitively.” “ I feel so accomplished that I made it to the top of the mountain, it felt so enjoyable to hike with my friend and move my body!” “I feel so accomplished that I added some veggies into my week with a new recipe I enjoyed.” “I feel so accomplished that I ate a delicious scone with my coffee for breakfast and for lunch I naturally craved and wanted a delicious chicken salad with all the things on it.” See how this doesn’t have to be about weight AND it can still be about wellness and feeling good - while still enjoying french fries donuts and pizza too of course! THAT is wellness without the obsession. And it doesn’t focus on making the core accomplishment about weight loss. Wellness and freedom! Common misconception #2 - Losing weight for health is different than losing weight to be thinner We get this a lot - but what if I NEED to lose weight, what if I want to lose weight for health reasons? The reason we say that losing weight for health reasons vs because you want to look a certain way doesn't make a difference is because of biology. Whether you are restricting food, working out more and pursuing weight loss because you feel you need to for your health or because you want to look thinner, your body reacts the same. Slowed metabolism, food preoccupation, binge eating etc. Your motivation, however “wholesome” does not change the effectiveness or lack thereof of pursuing weight loss. Particularly if you’ve been pursuing weight loss for a long time already - reflect on how that has gone… that’s how it will continue to go if you are focused on the weight. Also it is nearly impossible to separate diet culture from your desire to lose weight even if it is for health because we’ve been told our whole lives that weight loss = health which is often not the case. This is not to say you cannot work on feeling better and improving aspects of your health! Take on health behaviors that feel enjoyable to you, like adding nourishing foods, moving your body, sleeping more, resting, reducing stress, having more social connection - this can ALL improve your health whether weight loss comes along with it or not. One thing to mention that speaks to this misconception - @haesstudentdoctor shared on her instagram stories the other day that a new CNN article that promotes weight loss which is getting a lot of attention right now -- it was saying that losing weight does improve health (you can read more details on her page), HOWEVER the people who they studied were people in larger bodies and people in smaller bodies - who have always been THIN!! Not people who have lost weight and their health improved. Why don't they study people who have lost weight? Because they cannot find enough people who have lost weight and kept it off. Does this not speak volumes?? Yes higher weight does have correlation with certain health issues but that doesn't mean that all people at a higher weight can lose the weight and then have the same health correlation as someone who has been thin their whole lives. The correlation of health issues with higher weight Also does not consider weight cycling, weight stigma and fatphobia which have all been shown to affect health negatively. In other words, the science behind weight loss being the answer to health is highly distorted and not something you should hang your hat on. Moral of the story: take care of the body you have now and stop focusing on the weight if you want to actually improve your health!! To wrap up --- we would love to share about the UnDiet collective because we GET that weight is a really hard part of this journey and in the app we have a specific support group for this. The weight concerns support group is separate from our main community so you can share freely (and respectfully) about your concerns and struggles, get coaching on how to move forward AND if you are not wanting to talk about weight or hear others struggles in this phase of your journey you can opt out of that group. This allows you to do the work you need to do to heal without unnecessary triggers. The app is open in less than a week!! Be sure to register to get all the details once it’s available at See you next week when the app and documentary are up and running! We can’t wait!
35 min
Don't Salt My Game | With Laura Thomas, PhD
Don't Salt My Game | With Laura Thomas, PhD
Laura Thomas, PhD
Ep 127 - How To Just Eat It: Chapter 7 - Neutralising the Inner Food Critic
Welcome to this special series of Don’t Salt My Game celebrating the release of my new book How to Just Eat It. For the next several weeks, I’ll be posting two new episodes of the podcast (Tuesdays and Fridays) that correspond with a chapter of the book to help you take your learning further and deepen your intuitive eating practice. How To Just Eat It is out now! Episode 8 of this series will drop on Friday 29th Jan! In today’s episode I’m talking to Devinia Noel, a cognitive behavioural therapist and certified intuitive eating counsellor. In this episode we’re talking about unhelpful thinking styles that show up when we’re working through the intuitive eating process, how we can recognise them and how we can begin to shift them towards more flexible ways of thinking. In this episode we talk about: * Black and white, all-or-nothing thinking * Mental filters * Catastrophization * Emotional reasoning * Jumping to conclusions * Compare and despair * Labelling * Should and must statements Dee shares how we can notice when unhelpful thinking styles show up and how we can begin to reframe them towards thinking patterns that move us away from diet mentality and towards self-compassion. Finally catch another definition for your glossary on page 35/36 of HTJEI - this time from Eliza Khinsoe on ‘healthism’. Get your copy of How To Just Eat It! UK {Amazon} {Waterstones} {WH Smith} Australia {Booktopia) Worldwide with free shipping {Book Depository} Edited by Bea Duncan - @beaduncan_ Find me on social media: Instagram Twitter Work with my team at The London Centre for Intuitive Eating Guest Information: Devinia Noel - Instagram Website Eliza Khinsoe - Instagram Twitter Website
43 min
Leanne Ward Nutrition
Leanne Ward Nutrition
Leanne Ward
Body Image, Self-Love and Disordered Eating with Women’s Psychologist, Dr Libby Quinn
This week, I welcome back women’s health expert, Dr Libby Quinn, who is making her 2nd appearance on the Leanne Ward Nutrition Podcast. Dr Libby is a clinical psychologist and founder of The Women’s Psychology Clinic, a boutique therapy space for women in northern NSW. Dr Libby draws on her 8 years of university training that includes a bachelor of psychological science (with honours) and a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr Libby has, for 10 years, worked solely in private practice to assist women of all ages to live a more vibrant life. If you haven’t heard the original episode Dr Libby and I did together (season 1, episode 24), please go back and listen to that first. That episode was all about mastering your inner mean girl and is a great foundation to build from. You’ll be able to find it by scrolling back through my podcast episodes. On this week’s episode, we start by tackling the beast that is body image. In this age of social media where we see “perfect” bodies everywhere, how do we learn to stop comparing ourselves and love the skin were in? We then discuss ‘body love’ & ‘body acceptance’ and how to deal with our ever changing bodies as we age, have children or manage chronic health diseases. I get Dr Libby to weigh in on health extremes, e.g. what happens when the obsession with body image goes too far, how we know when we need to seek professional help and how to conquer the “I’m not good enough story” we tell ourselves. Please follow Dr Libby on her Instagram, the @thewomenspsychologist and you can touch base with her on her website. Please subscribe and leave me a review If you enjoyed this podcast, please tag me and share it in your Instagram stories and leave me a positive rating or review in the purple Apple Podcast app (in the rating & reviews section underneath the episode lists). This really helps my podcast get prioritised by Apple and helps me disseminate evidence based information to the people that need it the most! Don't forget to subscribe to my podcast so you never miss an episode!
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