"Health Power

Lisa Davis MPH

Forget six-pack abs, crave life power! HEALTH POWER is your passport to vibrant living, beyond fad diets and gym selfies. Join host Lisa Davis, a veteran health journalist with 25 years of wisdom, as she peels back the layers of what it truly means to thrive.

This isn't your average wellness podcast. Forget cookie-cutter goals and unrealistic expectations. Here, we celebrate real bodies, real minds, and real experiences.

Dive deep with us:

  • Functional medicine secrets: Heal from the inside out with cutting-edge science and holistic wisdom.
  • Mental health matters: Open conversations about anxiety, depression, and everything in between.
  • Joyful movement: Ditch the dreaded treadmill! Discover ways to move that spark your soul.
  • Fuel your fire: Delicious recipes for every palate, whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or just love good food.
  • Neurodiversity embraced: Celebrate different minds and unlock their unique strengths.
  • Real people, real stories: Find inspiration and connection through everyday journeys of health and healing.

Every week:


  • Bite-sized quickies: Four days a week, get practical tips and tricks on air fryer cooking, allergy-friendly meals, and actionable wellness hacks.
  • Deep dives: Once a week, we go long-form, exploring complex topics with experts and in-depth conversations.

HEALTH POWER is your roadmap to living with intention, finding joy in your body, and embracing life to the fullest. So, buckle up, friends, and let's reclaim our health, together. Subscribe now and unleash your inner power!

Bonus: Sprinkle in some humor, genuine curiosity, and Lisa's infectious enthusiasm to create a show that's as informative as it is uplifting.

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EP # 1355: Signs It's Time for Senior Care: Falls, Finances, and Forgetfulness
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EP # 1355: Signs It's Time for Senior Care: Falls, Finances, and Forgetfulness
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis and Jenny Munro discuss how older individuals can determine if they need help and when it may be time to consider moving to a care facility. They highlight the signs to look out for, such as difficulty with stairs, recent falls, medication mismanagement, inability to cook or maintain a proper diet, and unpaid bills. They also discuss the challenges of aging in place and the importance of personal care, especially for individuals with dementia. Communication strategies for bathing individuals with dementia are also explored. The episode concludes with information about Home Instead and a preview of the next episode on the Home Instead 47 rule.TakeawaysSigns that an older person may need help include difficulty with stairs, recent falls, medication mismanagement, inability to cook or maintain a proper diet, and unpaid bills.Aging in place may not be suitable for everyone, and it is important to consider the individual's safety and well-being.Personal care, especially for individuals with dementia, is crucial and may require communication strategies to ensure the individual's comfort and dignity.Financial indicators, such as unpaid bills, can be a sign that it may be time to consider moving to a care facility.Long-distance caregiving presents unique challenges, and it is important to have open and honest conversations with loved ones about their needs and preferences.Chapters00:00Introduction00:20Services provided by Home Instead01:02Signs that an older person may need help04:18The importance of personal care05:10The role of dementia in activities of daily living06:12Communication strategies for bathing individuals with dementia07:36Financial indicators that it may be time to consider moving09:38Gradual transition to care10:21The importance of care professionals as additional eyes in the home11:15The impact of driving ability on the need for care12:09The role of socialization and loneliness in considering a move13:24The challenges of long-distance caregiving14:18Conclusion and information about Home Instead14:50Preview of next episode
BONUS EP #1354: CELEBRATE 4/20:  Medical Applications of Cannabis
2d ago
BONUS EP #1354: CELEBRATE 4/20: Medical Applications of Cannabis
Lisa is joined by Jordan Tishler,  MD, a cannabis specialist, accomplished author, teacher, nationally sought-after speaker, and tireless patient advocate. Through his training in internal medicine and years of practice as an emergency physician, Dr. Tishler brings his knowledge, reason, and caring to patients at his practice inhaleMD and through his advocacy work at the local and national levels. Dr. Tishler graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is faculty at both the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has spent many years working with the underserved, including 15 years as an emergency physician at the Veterans Administration hospital in Boston. He has been instrumental in the implementation and improvement of medical cannabis regulation in many states including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Hawaii. Dr. Tishler is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics related to the medical applications of cannabis. He is the President of the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists (ACS), which aims to educate clinicians, lawmakers, and the industry about best practices and needed tools for proper patient care. He has designed educational courses on cannabis medicine for ACS and Green Flower Media, and he is a member of the Sex & Cannabis Professional Alliance. In this interview,  you'll hear about: Dr. Tishler’s motivations for founding ACS How patient safety has been left out of conversations to legalize cannabis, both at the state and federal levelsPolicies that ACS recommends to ensure patient safety (e.g. only giving patients exactly what’s on their prescription)How recreational cannabis has been edging out medical cannabis in legal markets, and what can be done to prevent that from happeningACS’s goal to get cannabis physicians and other clinicians a seat at the table in DC to discuss how current bills impact patientsand of course how Lisa is still trying to get the right dose for her and much more!
EP #1353: Integrating Antifungal Foods and Spices to Clear Out Unhealthy Candida
3d ago
EP #1353: Integrating Antifungal Foods and Spices to Clear Out Unhealthy Candida
SummaryIn this conversation, Lisa Davis and Amber Romaniuk discuss the connection between emotional release and weight loss. Lisa shares her experience of feeling better and losing weight after releasing emotions through crying. Amber explains that emotional release helps to reduce inflammation and water retention in the body. They also discuss Lisa's food sensitivities and the importance of eating whole foods and avoiding processed ingredients. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of addressing emotional well-being and making mindful food choices for optimal health. In this conversation, Amber Romaniuk and Lisa Davis discuss the impact of chemicals and pesticides on the body's sensitivity to certain foods. They explore the connection between gut health, candida overgrowth, and food sensitivities. Amber provides recommendations for soothing and strengthening the intestinal lining, including the use of collagen, marshmallow root, and L-glutamine. They also discuss the integration of antifungal foods and spices, as well as the importance of addressing emotional eating and hormone imbalances. The conversation concludes with a reminder to approach the protocol gently and to monitor symptoms throughout the process.Keywordsemotional release, weight loss, inflammation, water retention, food sensitivities, whole foods, processed ingredients, chemicals, pesticides, sensitivity, food, gut health, candida overgrowth, food sensitivities, intestinal lining, collagen, marshmallow root, L-glutamine, antifungal foods, spices, emotional eating, hormone imbalancesTakeawaysEmotional release can contribute to weight loss by reducing inflammation and water retention in the body.Addressing emotional well-being is just as important as physical healing for overall health.Food sensitivities can impact overall well-being and it's important to make mindful food choices.Eating whole foods and avoiding processed ingredients can help improve health and reduce symptoms. Chemicals and pesticides in food can contribute to the body's sensitivity to certain foods.Gut health and candida overgrowth can play a role in heightened food sensitivities.Soothing and strengthening the intestinal lining can help reduce food sensitivities.Integrating antifungal foods and spices can support the body's ability to clear out unhealthy candida.Addressing emotional eating and hormone imbalances is important for overall health and well-being.Sound Bites"Releasing emotions can help release weight.""Reducing inflammation can lead to weight loss.""Weight loss is never just physical, there's a huge emotional component.""Thank you body for speaking to me.""The sensitivity can be a superpower.""The gut flora plays a role in heightened sensitivities to foods."Chapters00:00Introduction and the Impact of Emotional Release on Weight Loss05:07The Connection Between Emotional Well-being and Physical Health09:19Navigating Food Sensitivities and Making Mindful Food Choices22:07Addressing Emotional Eating and Hormone ImbalancesAI show notes are experimental. Did you find them useful?
EP #1352: There's a new nut in town - PILI NUTS!
4d ago
EP #1352: There's a new nut in town - PILI NUTS!
Lisa Davis (00:00.558)Hi, I'm Lisa Davis. So glad you're listening to Health Power. You can watch clips from every episode by going to my Instagram, my TikTok, and my ex, formerly known as Twitter, at Lisa Davis MPH. So if you want to check me out, check out my guests, see what we're doing beyond just listening to us, that is an option for you. As well as I have a YouTube page now, if you look up Lisa Davis MPH.All right, today we're going to be talking about an article from NaturallySavvy .com. There's a new nut in town, Peely Nuts. When I hear there's a new nut in town, I think of that song by the Eagles. There's a new kid in town. Hi, everybody's talking. So there's a new nut in town, Peely or Piley. I don't know. P -I -L -I Nuts. Let's jump into this dense superfood and find out about it. Okay. So it is also known as Canary and it is the product of a tropical evergreen tree.The tear shaped nuts are about 1 .6 to 2 .8 inches long and each end of the nut is pointed, one being less pointy than the other. That's really interesting. So each kernel is composed of approximately 8 % carbohydrate, 11 .5 to 13. % protein and 70 % fat. Now, if you listen to the show, you know, I'm a big fan of healthy fats. Peeling nut trees are found throughout Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. And the nuts are harvested from natural strands of the trees in the mountains.These nuts are popular for their taste and nutrition as well as their oil, which can be used for making soaps and cosmetics. That sounds fantastic. So what do the nuts taste like? Raw peely nuts are said to taste similar to sunflower seeds, while others say they're closer to macadamia nuts or even a combination of all types of nuts together. When you roast them, they have a chewy exterior and a buttery interior. Okay, that really sounds delicious. So what are some of the health benefits?All right, they're high in nutrition. They are reportedly a complete protein, which means they contain all the essential amino acids you need. That's incredible. They are high in calories, coming in at 650 calories per cup. However, eating just a few of these nutrient -dense nuts slowly will satisfy your hunger and give you a nutritional boost as well. In fact, peeling nuts contain the most magnesium of all nuts.Lisa Davis (02:19.086)A single serving completes your daily dose of copper and manganese as well. That's pretty cool. Ooh, anti -inflammatory properties. There's a lot of focus on the impact of inflammation on health today. We talk a lot about it here on Health Power. And these nuts are up to the challenge. Peeles contain many antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E to fight inflammation at all levels in the body. They can lower cholesterol. Oh, that's so interesting. So they have omega -3 fatty acids, which are super important.They help our skin, they help our hair, but they also help balance cholesterol levels, especially lowering bad cholesterol, LDL. They aid in anti -aging. Now I don't like the word anti -aging. I would just say they help in aging. So the botanical antioxidants in peeling this, are your friends when it comes to aging powers and helping you stay looking the way you'd like as well? Well, you know, that's a whole nother conversation. Including these KC morsels in your diet can help fight free radicals and promote.wrinkles and other signs of aging. Oh, that promote wrinkles. Promote better sleep. Magnesium is a mineral known for its ability to support sleep and the release of relaxing hormones. I gotta get my hand on these because I am sensitive to most nuts. So I need to, or actually just not all nuts, not seeds, but I don't like seeds as much, but I'm gonna give this a try because if this tastes anything like a macadamia nut, I am on board. Wow, there is so much these nuts do.They support your bone health. Your bones need more calcium to stay strong and peeling nuts provide several of those bone supporting nutrients, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, all necessary for bone strength. Boost brain power. Peeling nuts contain, like I said, omega -3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help with improving cognitive function in the brain, including learning, concentration, awareness, and memory.Omega -3s also appear to be helpful in offering some protection against neurodegenerative associated neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. All right, where can I get these Peely Nuts? Because I literally am going to run out the door after this and try to find them. Now you may not see them on the shelves next to the wall nuts from Academia Nuts in most stores. They are beginning to make their presence known in a few large retailers. Another option is to go on Amazon and type in Peely Nuts.Lisa Davis (04:38.222)So definitely check them out. Check me out. Again, go watch the clips if you'd like on my Instagram, TikTok and X at Lisa Davis, MPH. Also be sure to rate, review, subscribe and keep coming back to Health Power. Thanks so much.
EP #1350: Sweat Science: Get Fit Without Getting Fooled by Fads
6d ago
EP #1350: Sweat Science: Get Fit Without Getting Fooled by Fads
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis interviews Cedric X. Bryant, the President and Chief Science Officer of the American Council on Exercise (ACE). They discuss various fitness trends and the importance of researching and testing these trends to provide reliable information to consumers. They also emphasize the need to be cautious when following fitness influencers and to listen to your body to avoid overexertion and injury. Cedric provides advice for setting up a good exercise program for people over 50, including the importance of resistance training and mobility. He also discusses the benefits of muscle fitness and the role of personal trainers in achieving fitness goals. The conversation concludes with a discussion on body image and the use of weight loss drugs. In this conversation, Lisa Davis and Cedric Bryant discuss various topics related to exercise, weight loss, and overall health. They address weight bias and the importance of not demeaning individuals who are overweight. They emphasize the need for sustainable weight loss and the role of exercise in weight management. They also touch on different dietary approaches and the importance of finding an eating plan that works for each individual. The conversation highlights the importance of finding enjoyable physical activities and the benefits of social connection. They also discuss joint-friendly aquatic activities and overcoming body image concerns. Finally, they touch on personal interests and the process of becoming a personal trainer.TakeawaysResearch and testing of fitness trends are important to provide reliable information to consumers.Be cautious when following fitness influencers and consider individual differences in response to exercise.Listen to your body to avoid overexertion and injury.Resistance training and mobility are important for people over 50 to maintain a high quality of life.Chapters00:00Introduction and Background01:12About ACE03:10Researching Fitness Trends04:08Testing the 12-3-30 Workout05:27Being Cautious with Fitness Influencers06:23Importance of Listening to Your Body07:51Avoiding Overexertion and Injury08:07The Myth of 'No Pain, No Gain'09:12Exercise Program for People Over 5009:49Importance of Resistance Training and Mobility10:46Recommended Exercise Guidelines11:43Muscle Fitness and Overall Well-being12:10Starting a Strength Training Program13:26Using Household Items for Resistance Training15:20Not Needing a Gym Membership16:10Working with a Personal Trainer17:56Body Image and Weight Loss Drugs19:39Weight Bias and Exercise21:16Sustainable Weight Loss21:48The Role of Exercise in Weight Management22:35Nutrition and Weight Loss25:19Finding Enjoyable Physical Activities26:26The Importance of Social Connection27:10Favorite Recreational Activities28:38Joint-Friendly Aquatic Activities29:26Overcoming Body Image Concerns31:25Personal Interests and Family32:09Becoming a Personal Trainer
EP #1349: More Than Black & White: Understanding Nuance in Autism & Neurodiversity with Abby's mom Christine & Special Guest
1w ago
EP #1349: More Than Black & White: Understanding Nuance in Autism & Neurodiversity with Abby's mom Christine & Special Guest
SummaryIn this episode of Health Power, Lisa Davis hosts a conversation about autism and neurodiversity with Christine Romeo, the mother of Abby from Love on the Spectrum, and Janella, a member of the autism community. They discuss the confusion around terminology and labels in the autism community, the challenges faced by individuals with different support needs, and the bullying and negativity experienced by parents and individuals on the spectrum. They also touch on the importance of recognizing sensory issues and the need for accommodations and services for individuals with autism. The conversation explores the challenges and misconceptions surrounding autism, particularly in terms of support and understanding. The guests discuss the impact of language and labeling on individuals with autism and the need for more specific and nuanced terminology. They also highlight the importance of representation and support for different types of learners within the autism community. The conversation emphasizes the need for a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to autism diagnosis, treatment, and education. The conversation explores the use of video modeling for individuals with autism to improve social skills and understanding. It emphasizes the importance of creating support systems and resources for individuals with autism, especially those with low support needs. The conversation also touches on the need for organizational and life management support, such as navigating airports and understanding social cues. The speakers discuss the potential benefits and limitations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and highlight the importance of understanding and accepting neurodiversity. They address the challenges of black and white thinking within the autism community and the need for more representation and nuance in discussions about autism.Keywords: autism, neurodiversity, support needs, sensory issues, accommodations, bullying, autism, support, language, labeling, misconceptions, representation, neurodivergent, neurotypical, social skills, education, video modeling, social skills, support systems, resources, low support needs, organizational life management, airports, social cues, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, neurodiversity, black and white thinking, representation, nuanceTakeawaysThe autism community is diverse and includes individuals with different support needs and presentations.There is confusion around terminology and labels in the autism community, and it is important to use language that is respectful and specific.Sensory issues are a significant aspect of autism and should be recognized and addressed.Parents and individuals on the spectrum often face bullying and negativity, especially online.There is a need for more understanding, compassion, and accommodations for individuals with autism. The language and labeling used to describe autism can have a significant impact on how individuals with autism are perceived and supported.There is a need for more specific and nuanced terminology to accurately describe the different traits and experiences within the autism community.Representation and support for different types of learners within the autism community is crucial for creating inclusive environments and providing appropriate interventions.The education system should adopt a more comprehensive and individualized approach to support students with autism, taking into account their unique strengths and challenges.Understanding and empathy are essential in promoting acceptance and inclusion for individuals with autism. Video modeling can be an effective tool for individuals with autism to improve social skills and understanding.Creating support systems and resources is crucial for individuals with autism, especially those with low support needs.Organizational and life management support can help individuals with autism navigate everyday tasks and situations.Understanding and accepting neurodiversity is essential for creating an inclusive society.The autism community should strive for more representation and nuance in discussions about autism.Sound Bites"The way we handle this is my issue. It's not even about whether you're on the spectrum or not on the spectrum. It's about a movement of people who are just sort of mean and their way or the highway.""Autism TikTok is rampant with white lower support needs autistic people who are taking over the narrative and what autism is supposed to look like.""I'm constantly bullied, badgered and beaten by autistic, low support needs who say you're infantilizing her. You treat her like a baby and it's like, trying to get her to talk folks, still working on that language thing that none of you guys have.""They see that as infantilizing Abbey because you're just, you're just helping her, but that is the disability part.""I just felt like it was it was like uplifting and it made me my heart sing.""It's the language used to describe it. This is why the word spectrum to me in my lame little opinion after 23 years of watching what's happened is saying it's causing this fighting.""We use something called video modeling for Abby, which means we go online on YouTube free of charge. We get clips from Friends and Big Bang Theory, and we'll take a two-minute clip. And we'll analyze the social interaction in that scene and break it down for Abby.""I think it must feel like this for them. Let's start here. At least we've got to step into some kind of support.""Some kind of support that helps you understand how to navigate the airport. Here are the steps broken down."Chapters00:00Introduction and Background02:23Navigating Terminology and Labels08:08The Impact of Social Media on the Autism Community24:53Confusion and Disconnect in the Autism Community30:13Challenging Language and Labeling in Autism39:14The Need for Nuanced Terminology in Autism45:04Representation and Support for Different Types of Learners51:23Creating Inclusive Environments in Education56:00Promoting Understanding and Acceptance in Autism59:51Video Modeling for Social Skills01:01:16Creating Support Systems01:02:43Organizational Life Management01:03:39Understanding Neurodiversity01:08:02Challenging Black and White Thinking01:15:07Representation and Nuance in Autism Discussions
EP #1347: 8 Reasons to Start Your Day with Lemon Water
Apr 11 2024
EP #1347: 8 Reasons to Start Your Day with Lemon Water
TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I'm Lisa Davis. So glad you're listening to Health Power. It's been a little while since I've done a health quickie, so I'm going to bring them back. Today we're going to start talking about. Hi, I'm Lisa Davis. So glad you're listening to Health Power. Today I'm going to do a naturally savvy health quickie where I talk about an article from www.naturallysavvy.comSo today I'm talking about eight reasons to start your day with lemon water. Now this is something that I've been thinking about doing for a long time and I haven't, so I'm really hoping that this will get me over the edge to do it. So the first thing it does is it gives you an energy boost. So if you rely on caffeine to give you that boost in the morning, that can have some long -term consequences, including taking a toll on your adrenal glands, which by the way are already overworked thanks to stress, late nights, too many stimulates.Instead, lemon water oxygenates and energizes the body. It's a great jumpstart to your day. Now, the second reason is one of the ones that I've been wanting to do it is that it promotes good digestion. Now, according to Dr. John Maston -Endy, lemon, excuse me, lemon water stimulates the stomach to increase its production of digestive juices and improves peristalsis, the muscular contractions that push food through the entire digestive system.Improved digestion, what does that mean? Better nutrient absorption, which we all want, and less bloating, which I definitely want. Number three, it stimulates elimination. Elimination, a simple glass of lemon water stimulates the liver's production of bile. This combined with improved peristalsis, which I just mentioned, of the entire digestive system is a more natural method of waste removal. So lemon water acts as a mild diuretic.increasing the frequency of urination and gently flushing out toxins from the urinary tract. The result, better waste and waist W -A -I -S -T management. Number four, it gives your immune system a boost. Well, everybody wants that. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice gives you a shot of the antioxidant vitamin C, about 44 .5 milligrams per lemon. But more importantly, it helps the body maintain a balanced pH Even though lemon tastes acidic, inside the body it is alkaline. And I'm sure you've all heard about how important it is to be alkaline. Number five, it helps detox the liver with more than 500 functions. The liver is a very busy organ. It is the most important role, excuse me, it's most important role is to filter the blood of waste products, drugs, pesticides, and other poisons. So lemon juice is really powerful and it helps to stimulate bioproduction like we talked about.Number six, it helps you lose weight. The liver is an important fat burning organ. It regulates fat metabolism, breaking down fats and shipping them out via the large intestine. So just keep that in mind as well, but there's a lot of other factors that are important. Better skin. Number seven, the detoxifying action of drinking lemon water will release impurities through every exit point or detoxification channel, including the skin.Now you might have a mild amount of acne at first while stuff's getting cleaned out, but soon you will be replaced with a healthy glow. I know I'm touching my face like I have a healthy glow, but I do, but I don't have the lemon water going yet, but I will. Number eight, hydration. Lemon water, excuse me, lemon makes water taste better. And if it tastes better, you're going to drink more. So that's a really good thing. So the bottom line, there's a lot of good reasons to start your day with lemon water. Will you be picking up this habit? Yes, I will.I hope you do as well for whatever reasons work for you, reason or reasons, but keep coming back to Health Power five days a week. I'm back to doing my health quickies. This is really quick. This is gonna be under four minutes. Who doesn't have time for that? Anyway, everybody keep coming back. Rate, subscribe and have a great day. Thanks. Oh.
EP #1345: Anxiety Unpacked: Triggers, Trauma & Techniques for Relief with Dr. John Trentalange
Apr 9 2024
EP #1345: Anxiety Unpacked: Triggers, Trauma & Techniques for Relief with Dr. John Trentalange
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis interviews John Trentalange, PhD, about his book 'Making Movies in Our Minds: Working Through Our Anxiety.' They discuss various topics related to anxiety, including the anxiety tripod, the connection between trauma and anxiety, different types of anxiety disorders, and the difference between anxiety and depression. They also explore the impact of childhood experiences on anxiety, the role of mindfulness in managing anxiety, and techniques for identifying triggers and processing cognitive responses. John shares insights into his therapeutic approach and highlights the prevalence of anxiety in society today.Contact: Dr. John Trentalange at trentalange@netzero.comGET HIS BOOK, Making Movies in Our Minds: Working Through Our Anxiety HERE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-movies-in-our-minds-john-trentalange-phd/1143743297?ean=9781665743914TakeawaysAnxiety can be triggered by various factors, including trauma, childhood experiences, and genetic predisposition.Understanding the difference between anxiety and fear is crucial, as anxiety is future-oriented and fear is present-oriented.Labels can be helpful for accessing resources and accommodations, but it's important not to let them define one's identity.Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing and grounding exercises, can help manage anxiety symptoms.Therapy can provide a safe space to explore childhood trauma and develop coping strategies for anxiety.Sound BitesChapters00:00Introduction and Personal Connection01:23Becoming a Psychologist03:51The Connection Between Trauma and Anxiety05:09The Role of Trauma in Anxiety06:01Anxiety and Trauma in Different Contexts06:59Different Types of Anxiety Disorders07:59Anxiety and OCD08:25Anxiety vs. Depression09:29Understanding Anxiety Responses10:34Identity and Labels12:02Helping Children with Anxiety13:52Emotional Dysregulation and Trauma15:15Difference Between Anxiety and Depression20:25Mindfulness and Anxiety21:21Identifying Triggers and Cognitive Processing25:30Approach to Therapy and Childhood Trauma27:32The Epidemic of Anxiety29:40Book Availability and Contact Information
EP #1333: Aging in Place vs. Assisted Living: What's Right for You?
Apr 5 2024
EP #1333: Aging in Place vs. Assisted Living: What's Right for You?
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis and Jenny Munro discuss how older individuals can determine if they need help and when it may be time to consider moving to a care facility. They highlight the signs to look out for, such as difficulty with stairs, recent falls, medication mismanagement, inability to cook or maintain a proper diet, and unpaid bills. They also discuss the challenges of aging in place and the importance of personal care, especially for individuals with dementia. Communication strategies for bathing individuals with dementia are also explored. The episode concludes with information about Home Instead and a preview of the next episode on the Home Instead 47 rule.TakeawaysSigns that an older person may need help include difficulty with stairs, recent falls, medication mismanagement, inability to cook or maintain a proper diet, and unpaid bills.Aging in place may not be suitable for everyone, and it is important to consider the individual's safety and well-being.Personal care, especially for individuals with dementia, is crucial and may require communication strategies to ensure the individual's comfort and dignity.Financial indicators, such as unpaid bills, can be a sign that it may be time to consider moving to a care facility.Long-distance caregiving presents unique challenges, and it is important to have open and honest conversations with loved ones about their needs and preferences.Chapters00:00Introduction00:20Services provided by Home Instead01:02Signs that an older person may need help04:18The importance of personal care05:10The role of dementia in activities of daily living06:12Communication strategies for bathing individuals with dementia07:36Financial indicators that it may be time to consider moving09:38Gradual transition to care10:21The importance of care professionals as additional eyes in the home11:15The impact of driving ability on the need for care12:09The role of socialization and loneliness in considering a move13:24The challenges of long-distance caregiving14:18Conclusion and information about Home Instead14:50Preview of next episode
EP #1332: Pressure Canning Demystified: Tips & Recipes from The Pressure Canning Cookbook with Jennifer Gomes
Apr 4 2024
EP #1332: Pressure Canning Demystified: Tips & Recipes from The Pressure Canning Cookbook with Jennifer Gomes
SummaryIn this episode, Jennifer Gomes, author of the Pressure Canning Cookbook, shares her background in canning and the inspiration behind her book. She discusses the different types of canning, including water bath canning and pressure canning, and explains the importance of choosing the right pressure canner. Jennifer provides tips for getting comfortable with pressure canning and emphasizes the need to read the manufacturer's manual. She also discusses the consistency of canned vegetables and meat, highlighting the benefits of hot packing meat before canning. Finally, Jennifer talks about the recipes in her book and the ways in which they can be customized. In this conversation, Jennifer Gomes discusses the process of pressure canning and addresses common anxieties and misconceptions about it. She explains the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning and provides insights into canning vegetables and fish. Jennifer also shares some of her favorite recipes from her book, 'The Pressure Canning Cookbook.' She offers resources for learning more about pressure canning and concludes by providing information on where to find more information.TakeawaysPressure canning is a method of food preservation that allows for the safe canning of low acid foods like meat and beans.When choosing a pressure canner, it is important to consider safety features and the size of the pot.To get comfortable with pressure canning, it is recommended to learn the parts of the pressure canner, read the manufacturer's manual, practice canning water, and pressure can a recipe with simple ingredients.Canned vegetables have a similar consistency to store-bought canned vegetables, while canned meat is remarkably better than store-bought versions.The Pressure Canning Cookbook offers a variety of recipes, including bone broth and customizable options. Pressure canning is a safe and effective method for preserving food.Anxieties about pressure canning are often based on outdated information or misconceptions.Water bath canning and pressure canning are two different methods with distinct purposes.Pressure canning allows for the preservation of vegetables and fish.Jennifer Gomes' book, 'The Pressure Canning Cookbook,' provides a variety of delicious recipes for pressure canning.There are resources available, such as videos and podcasts, to learn more about pressure canning.Chapters00:00Introduction and Background03:01Types of Canning05:55Choosing a Pressure Canner09:02Tips for Getting Comfortable with Pressure Canning11:59Consistency of Canned Vegetables16:00Consistency of Canned Meat20:41Introduction to Pressure Canning21:31Anxieties and Misconceptions about Pressure Canning25:21Water Bath Canning vs Pressure Canning28:11Canning Vegetables and Fish32:48Favorite Recipes in the Book37:02Resources for Learning Pressure Canning39:09Conclusion and Where to Find More Information
EP #1331: COOKING WITH KAYLA - Mastering Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Gnocchi: Making it Easy & Delicious with Kayla Cappiello
Apr 3 2024
EP #1331: COOKING WITH KAYLA - Mastering Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Gnocchi: Making it Easy & Delicious with Kayla Cappiello
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis and Kayla Cappiello discuss the basics of gnocchi, a traditional Italian dish made from potatoes and flour. They explore the different types of gnocchi, including gluten-free options, and the various cooking methods. Kayla shares her experience of making gnocchi from scratch and the importance of choosing the right gluten-free flour. They also provide a recipe for an easy gnocchi skillet dish that can be customized with different sauces and ingredients. The conversation highlights the convenience of using frozen gnocchi and where to find more recipes.TakeawaysGnocchi is a traditional Italian dish made from potatoes and flour.There are different types of gnocchi, including gluten-free options made with alternative flours.Gnocchi can be cooked in various ways, such as boiling, pan-frying, or baking.Making gnocchi from scratch can be challenging, especially when using gluten-free flours.An easy gnocchi skillet recipe involves cooking the gnocchi in sauce, adding spinach, cheese, and baking it in the oven.Frozen gnocchi is a convenient option for quick and easy meals.Kayla Cappiello offers more recipes and meal plans on her Substack and Instagram.Chapters00:00Introduction and Gnocchi Basics01:19Different Types of Gnocchi03:35Making Gnocchi from Scratch04:32Choosing the Right Gluten-Free Flour05:26Easy Gnocchi Skillet Recipe10:07Adding Sauce and Spinach11:05Adding Cheese and Baking12:25Customizing the Recipe13:20Convenience of Frozen Gnocchi14:07Where to Find More Recipes14:29Conclusion
EP #1330: Beyond "LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM" - Neurodiversity, Support Needs, & Social Media with Abby's Mom Christine Romeo
Apr 2 2024
EP #1330: Beyond "LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM" - Neurodiversity, Support Needs, & Social Media with Abby's Mom Christine Romeo
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis interviews Christine Romeo, a single mom to Abby, who is on the autism spectrum. Christine shares her experience on the television program Love on the Spectrum and how they were selected to be a part of the show. She discusses the unscripted nature of the show and the challenges they faced during filming. Christine also talks about the importance of movement for Abby and how it helps her access her brain power. She emphasizes the need for differentiating between neurodivergent and neurodeficit individuals and the importance of understanding each person's unique story. In this part of the conversation, Christine and Abbey discuss the different levels of support needs in individuals with autism and the challenges they face. They also address the issue of hate and negativity on social media and how they choose to respond to it. Christine shares her personal journey of overcoming challenges and rebuilding her life. They talk about the power of sharing stories on TikTok and the impact of social media on their lives. They also discuss the importance of understanding and supporting individuals with low support needs and the need for more specific interventions and support. They touch on topics such as sensory integration dysfunction, masking, and the limitations of the DSM-5 in accurately representing the diverse experiences of individuals with autism. In this conversation, Christine and Abbey discuss the importance of understanding neurodiversity and supporting neurodivergent individuals. They highlight the need for accurate diagnostic terminology and the inclusion of low support needs within the autism spectrum. They also emphasize the significance of recognizing sensory processing issues and providing appropriate accommodations in the workplace. The conversation explores the challenges of organizing tasks and advocates for reforming the DSM-5 to better address the diverse needs of individuals on the spectrum. Christine and Abbey stress the importance of acceptance, celebration, and positivity in creating a more inclusive society.TakeawaysIndividuals with low support needs in autism may not have the same reciprocal ability as typical individuals, which can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication.Dealing with hate and negativity on social media is a challenge, but it's important to not let it affect one's self-worth and to focus on the positive interactions and support received.Overcoming personal challenges and rebuilding one's life after difficult experiences is possible with determination and resilience.Sharing stories on platforms like TikTok can be a powerful way to connect with others, raise awareness, and provide support.The impact of social media can be both positive and negative, and it's important to navigate it mindfully and with a focus on mental well-being.Cyberbullying and online hate can have a significant impact on individuals, and it's crucial to create a safe and supportive online environment.Collaborating with others, including individuals with different support needs, can lead to a better understanding of diverse experiences and foster empathy and support.Support needs for individuals with autism can vary greatly, and it's important to provide individualized support that addresses specific challenges and goals.The concept of masking in autism is complex, and not all individuals with autism engage in masking behaviors.Understanding and respecting different communication styles, such as Abby's unique way of communicating through memories and categories, is crucial for effective communication and connection.The impact of traumatic experiences on individuals with autism should not be overlooked, and support should be provided to help them process and cope with these experiences.Body image issues can be a significant challenge for individuals with autism, and it's important to provide support and understanding in navigating these challenges.The Gestalt Learning Processor, which involves learning language in chunks rather than individual words, can be a helpful approach for individuals with autism.Sensory integration dysfunction is an important aspect of autism that should be recognized and addressed in interventions and support.The current diagnostic criteria for autism in the DSM-5 may not adequately capture the diverse experiences and support needs of individuals with autism.Breaking down autism into specific categories based on support needs can help provide more targeted interventions and support for individuals with autism. Understanding and supporting neurodivergent individuals is crucial for creating a more inclusive society.Accurate diagnostic terminology and expanded support systems are needed to address the diverse needs of individuals on the autism spectrum.Recognizing and accommodating sensory processing issues is essential in the workplace and daily life.Reforming the DSM-5 to include low support needs and provide more specific diagnostic categories can improve understanding and support for individuals on the spectrum.Acceptance, celebration, and positivity are key in promoting a more inclusive and understanding society.Sound BitesChapters00:00Introduction and Background01:13How Christine and Abby Joined Love on the Spectrum06:22The Importance of Movement for Abby09:14The Beauty of Neurodiverse Connections10:53Conversations about Bodies and Sexual Feelings12:21Differentiating Neurodivergent and Neurodeficit16:22Understanding the Differences in Autism Experiences22:18Creating Support Systems in Education25:39Supporting Neurodifferent Individuals28:36The Importance of Individual Stories and Understanding29:54Understanding Different Levels of Support Needs30:31Dealing with Hate and Negativity31:29Overcoming Personal Challenges32:25Sharing Stories on TikTok33:21The Impact of Social Media34:10The Cruelty of Cyberbullying35:03Learning from Mean Comments35:32Collaborating with Others36:25Understanding Support Needs37:23The Importance of Life Skills Support38:21Embracing Individual Goals39:22The Connection Between Autism and ADHD40:08The Concept of Masking41:24Understanding Abby's Unique Communication Style42:23The Impact of Traumatic Experiences43:46The Complexity of Body Image Issues45:14Gestalt Learning Processor46:39The Importance of Sensory Integration Support48:09The Need for Delineated Names for Autism Manifestations50:23The Limitations of the DSM-552:02The Challenges of PDDNOS Diagnosis53:40The Significance of Sensory Integration Dysfunction55:19The Importance of Recognizing Different Levels of Support Needs56:17Breaking Down Autism into Specific Categories57:18Understanding Neurodiversity58:06Identifying as Neurodivergent59:02Supporting Neurodivergent Individuals in the Workplace01:00:28Expanding Diagnostic Terminology01:01:22Recognizing Sensory Processing Issues01:02:11Challenges in Organizing Tasks01:02:38Reforming the DSM-501:03:08Redefining Autism Spectrum Disorders01:04:07Addressing Controversial Terminology01:05:02Misinformation and Self-Diagnosis01:05:44Understanding Sensory Preferences01:06:13Manifestation of Autism01:06:40Differentiating Support Needs01:07:17Acceptance and Celebration01:08:07Advocating for Change in Education01:09:02Expanding the Curriculum01:10:27Recognizing Different Types of Intelligence01:11:24Embracing Neurodivergent Minds01:12:48Choosing Acceptance and Positivity01:14:46Fighting Negativity and Building Understanding01:17:46Creating Terminology and Supports01:19:01Changing the Education System01:20:23Beware of Fake Accounts01:21:04Spreading Love and Positivity01:22:01The Power of Dogs
EP #1329: De-Stress Your Gut & Ditch the Diet Drama: Weight Loss, Body Confidence & Healing with Amber Romaniuk
Apr 1 2024
EP #1329: De-Stress Your Gut & Ditch the Diet Drama: Weight Loss, Body Confidence & Healing with Amber Romaniuk
SummaryIn this conversation, Lisa Davis and Amber Romaniuk discuss the impact of stress on gut health and digestion. Lisa shares her epiphany about the connection between stress and her digestive issues. They also explore the topic of Candida and its symptoms, as well as a gentle approach to addressing it. The conversation concludes with a discussion on weight as a protective mechanism and the importance of letting go and finding acceptance. In this conversation, Lisa Davis and Amber Romaniuk discuss various topics related to weight loss, body confidence, inflammation, and hydration. They explore the impact of weight loss on loose skin and the role of plastic surgery in boosting body confidence. They emphasize the importance of a healing journey rather than focusing solely on weight loss. The conversation also delves into the connection between water retention and lymphatic drainage, as well as the role of candida in water retention. They discuss the negative effects of seed oils on inflammation and the significance of C-reactive protein as an inflammation marker. The conversation concludes with setting intentions and incorporating gentle exercises into daily routines.TakeawaysStress can have a significant impact on gut health and digestion.Emotions can get stuck in different parts of the body, including the gut, and moving them out can improve digestive issues.Candida overgrowth can cause symptoms such as gas, bloating, brain fog, and low energy.A gentle approach to addressing Candida is recommended, focusing on balanced eating and avoiding excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates.Weight can be a protective mechanism, and letting go of past emotions and finding acceptance can support weight loss efforts.Sound BitesChapters00:00Introduction and Celebration01:09Epiphany about Stress and Gut Health05:41Moving Emotions Out of the Body09:22Candida and its Symptoms12:01Gentle Approach to Candida Protocol20:19Letting Go and Finding Acceptance22:59Weight Loss and Loose Skin23:29Plastic Surgery and Body Confidence24:20Healthy Weight Loss and Lymphatic Drainage25:17Healing Journey and Sustainable Weight Loss26:15Water Retention and Lymphatic Drainage27:15Candida and Water Retention28:12EFT Tapping for Grief29:41Hydration and Inflammation30:24Bone Broth and Collagen32:26Seed Oils and Inflammation36:02C-Reactive Protein and Inflammation38:19Avocado Oil and Seed Oils41:29Elevated C-Reactive Protein and Health Risks43:01Setting Intentions and Gentle Exercises43:37Where to Find Amber Romaniuk
EP #1327: Mental Wellness with "Doc" Brown: Self-Forgiveness, Parenting & More
Mar 28 2024
EP #1327: Mental Wellness with "Doc" Brown: Self-Forgiveness, Parenting & More
SummaryIn this episode, Dr. Adolf "Doc" Brown, a renowned mental health expert, discusses various topics related to mental health and well-being. He emphasizes the importance of self-forgiveness and letting go of the past. Dr. Brown also explores the root causes of anger in society and the impact of carrying emotional baggage. He provides tips for clearing out the emotional backpack and taking inventory of one's own experiences. Additionally, Dr. Brown highlights the benefits of exercise, meditation, and reflection for mental health. He discusses the negative effects of technology addiction and the importance of face-to-face interaction. Finally, Dr. Brown shares insights from the Parent Test, emphasizing the need for consistency, structure, and boundaries in parenting. In this conversation, Lisa Davis and Dr. Adolf Brown discuss various aspects of parenting and the impact of childhood trauma on parenting styles. They emphasize the importance of apologizing and acknowledging mistakes as parents. They also discuss the consequences of yelling at children and the need to allow children to express their emotions. Dr. Brown shares the four F's of parenting: fun, fair, firm, and flexible. They also touch on the importance of empathy in building healthy relationships and the role of education in teaching emotional regulation. Dr. Brown shares insights from his practice and offers advice for parents.TakeawaysSelf-forgiveness is a crucial aspect of healing and moving forward.Anger in society is often rooted in personal experiences and emotional baggage.Taking inventory of one's emotional backpack is essential for personal growth and well-being.Exercise, meditation, and reflection are effective strategies for maintaining mental health.Reducing screen time and prioritizing face-to-face interaction can improve overall well-being.Consistency, structure, and boundaries are important in parenting. Apologizing and acknowledging mistakes is important for parents.Childhood trauma can impact parenting styles.Yelling at children can have negative consequences.Allowing children to express their emotions is important.The four F's of parenting are fun, fair, firm, and flexible.Empathy is crucial for building healthy relationships.Education plays a role in teaching emotional regulation.Dr. Adolf Brown practices as a child and family psychotherapist.Being flexible as a parent is important.Parents should take inventory of what they're carrying and what they've been through.Dr. Adolf Brown can be found on his website and social media platforms.Sound BitesChapters00:00Introduction and Background01:26The Importance of Self-Forgiveness06:16The Emotional Backpack and Taking Inventory08:29Clearing Out the Emotional Backpack10:14Tips for Mental Health: Exercise, Meditation, and Reflection11:38Getting Off Your Phone and Mindfulness13:17Exercise for Mental Health14:15The Impact of Technology Addiction16:01The Importance of Face-to-Face Interaction20:14The Importance of Apologizing and Acknowledging Mistakes21:07The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Parenting22:04The Consequences of Yelling at Children23:27Allowing Children to Express Their Emotions24:26The Role of Anger in Parenting25:32Parenting Styles and Recommendations27:29The Four F's of Parenting28:29The Importance of Being Flexible as a Parent30:47The Disconnect in Education and the Importance of Empathy33:13Dr. Adolf Brown's Practice and Coaching34:43Final Thoughts and Advice for Parents35:24How to Connect with Dr. Adolf Brown
EP #1326: COOKING WITH KAYLA -From BBQ Dip Craving to Healthy Skillet: Kayla's Recipe Rescue
Mar 27 2024
EP #1326: COOKING WITH KAYLA -From BBQ Dip Craving to Healthy Skillet: Kayla's Recipe Rescue
SummaryIn this episode, Lisa Davis and Kayla Cappiello discuss an easy barbecue chicken skillet recipe. Kayla shares her craving for barbecue chicken dip and her desire to recreate the flavors in a healthier way. She explains how to build the barbecue chicken skillet using fingerling potatoes, shredded chicken, cheese, red onions, and barbecue sauce. The recipe is a one-pan dish, making it easy to prepare and clean up. Kayla recommends using Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce for the recipe. She also mentions that the sauce is widely available in grocery stores. Kayla plans to make the recipe for her upcoming girls' night, where she and her friends get together regularly. She also invites listeners to sign up for her weekly meal prep plan on Substack.TakeawaysYou can recreate your favorite dishes in a healthier way by making simple substitutions.One-pan recipes are convenient and easy to prepare.Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce is a popular and widely available option.Regularly getting together with friends is important for maintaining strong relationships.Signing up for Kayla's Substack provides access to weekly meal prep plans with gluten-free and dairy-free recipes.Chapters00:00Introduction00:27Craving for Barbecue Chicken Dip01:18Recreating the Flavors in a Healthier Way03:20One-Pan Recipe04:19Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce05:41Availability of Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce06:20Making the Recipe for Girls Night07:44Portioning the Recipe08:08Customizing the Cheese and Barbecue Sauce09:43Getting Together with Friends10:55Signing Up for Kayla's Substack11:25Conclusion