{podcast interview} hormonal havoc to hormonal harmony...yes please!


Did you know that your mood, your weight, your energy, your sex drive, your cravings for sugar and so much more are directly connected to your hormones? Maybe like so many other women you are riding a hormonal rollercoaster. And while cramps, migraines, heavy periods, swollen breasts, bloating, skin breakouts and intense hot flashes are all written off as a "normal part" of being a woman, we're here to tell you they are not normal.  They are your body's brilliant way of communicating with you, letting you know what you truly need physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. The beautiful news is that you don't have to 'just live with it' (cue the chorus!). We've also experienced the hormonal havoc we're describing and through food, self care, mindfulness and one essential ingredient you can easily add into your life daily, things can shift quickly for you. 

The thing is, it doesn't matter whether you're 20 or 70, if you're experiencing any of the things we've mentioned above, Angelle's recent interview will be so helpful to you. 

Recently, each of us was asked to be interviewed by Dr. Barb DePree for her Fullness Of Midlife podcast. Last week, we featured Jill's story with an eating disorder and emotional eating. You can listen to it HERE. And today we're featuring Angelle's interview about her personal story with navigating hormonal havoc in her life and how she was able to create hormonal harmony...and how you can too!

There are definitely golden nuggets waiting for you in this podcast. And if you have a friend or family member who could use wisdom and support around this topic, please share with her.

And as always, let us know what resonates with you. 

Click below to listen to the episode. 






Our Nourish to Flourish Soiree (a live event in West Michigan) 
is opening for registration soon and our FALL RESET begins September 16
and opens August 9!

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{Podcast Interview} 87 Pounds and Starving for More :: Jill's Eating Disorder Story

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What began as an innocent response to a season of life that felt "out of control", quietly and quickly spiraled into ritualistic food rules, unhealthy behaviors, compulsive workouts, and obsessive thoughts about weight and body along with a rapid 40 pound weight loss and a life threatening eating disorder a year later. This was Jill's story 21 years ago. 

The thing is, it doesn't matter whether you're 40 pounds underweight or 40 pounds overweight or at your "perfect weight". If you're racked with food rules, restriction, dieting and you are waging a war in your interior life with food, body, and mind this podcast episode is for you. 

Recently, each of us was asked to be interviewed by Dr. Barb DePree for her Fullness Of Midlife podcast. And today we're featuring Jill's interview about her story with an eating disorder, how it's shaped her today and the blueprint it's created both for living her personal life and also for how she supports other women. 

If you're experiencing a less-than-life-giving relationship with food and your body, we know there are some golden nuggets waiting for you in this podcast. And if you have a friend or family member who could use wisdom and support around this topic, please share with her.

And as always, let us know what resonates with you. 

Click below to listen to the episode. 

'Duh!' + Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Before I share Chef Jackie's delicious Sweet Potato Salad recipe with you, I want to share how she made my life easier with one simple thing she said last week. So simple that it's kind of embarrassing to even share with you but I'm thinking that it might help you or someone else the way it did me so here it goes. She was telling me about walking into a friend's house and there were dirty plates and bowls and glasses in the sink and covering the counters. They were having a hard time keeping up on it due to some extenuating circumstances they were dealing with. Jackie, being Jackie, zeroed right into the issue in the kitchen: "There's too much stuff. Don't have that many plates and bowls and glasses. When you have more than you need, it makes it to convenient for everyone to grab another clean one instead of washing the dirty ones."

Procrastination is a form of...

Have you ever sat down to do something important and an hour or two later, you’re watering plants, loading the dishwasher, googling resorts for your next exotic vacation you will likely never take, feeling captivated by a Dr. Oz episode, reading a Facebook article on George Clooney’s childhood or laughing at cat videos on your couch?


And then you roll into bed at the end of the day and that important task? Not completed.


Rinse & Repeat. Rinse & Repeat. Month after month. Year after year.


Last week, I listened to phenomenal speaker, author and coach, Mel Robbins, at the annual Young Living Convention in Utah. She shared a line about procrastination that sparked my attention and I want to share it with you. She said:


“Procrastination is a form of STRESS RELIEF.”


Many people connect procrastination with poor time management skills or a lack of self-regulation (overspending, overeating) or a lack of self-discipline.


But I have to say that this was a description on procrastination I had never heard before and it fascinated me. The more I think about it, the more I am curious about it. What a gracious way to look at it.


When we are doing something we don’t want to do or something that evokes fear or anxiety or self-doubt about doing something new (i.e. improving your diet, adding exercise, changing the way you put yourself out in the world, asking for what you need) there are certain feelings that might surface: I’m nervous. I’m scared. I’m terrified. I doubt myself. I can’t.


We experience an 'unwanted feeling'. Naturally, we want to escape that feeling and find something that 'feels better' right away to take us out of our stress response. We’re much more focused on our immediate feelings to bring us comfortable rather than focusing on the long-term feeling of accomplishing the important thing we set out to do (which naturally triggers all sorts of “unwanted feelings” at the beginning.)


Experts say we make around 35,000 decisions EVERY SINGLE DAY. And they tell us self-doubt wins nearly every time.


Here’s a true story:  EVERY time I begin writing a blog post, I can’t sit long enough to finish it. Sometimes I only get two sentences in. I get up. I walk away. I start cleaning. I check Facebook. I reply to emails. I say I’ll try again tomorrow. I do ANYTHING else other than write the blog post.


And darn it, I did it again today. As a result, my bedroom hasn’t been this clean in months. I even took a Q-tip to the dirt creases on my windows and I dusted. People, I dusted. That says it all. In other words, I walked away from writing this post ALL day.


Why do I do this every time?


Because putting myself out to you is scary to me. Writing does not come easy for me. What do I say? Is it helpful? How do I share what’s been ruminating in my spirit? How do I really feel about what I’m sharing? I constantly doubt my ability to be an effective writer.


And this is why Mel’s message about procrastination is helpful. I experience large amounts of self-doubt, fear and anxiety around writing. And therefore, it evokes a stress response. So my natural reaction is to find some stress relief. Like right away. Apparently cleaning my bedroom and removing dirt with a Q-tip from my windows is a form of stress relief for me today. And, indeed, it was very satisfying.


It has me thinking…if you’re someone who feels like a procrastinator and has ladled on all sorts of shame, guilt and negative self-talk about yourself for procrastinating, what if you were to change the conversation?


What if – every time you found yourself procrastinating – you paused for a moment to better understand it. To better understand yourself.


In other words, the next time you find yourself walking to the kitchen to eat when you’re not hungry or mindlessly binge watch Netflix for hours when you know you want to be doing something else or you need to call your doctor but you keep putting it off or when you load up the reasons why you don’t have time to make nourished eating and exercise happen because your days are too busy, I invite you to listen to your spirit and ask:


  • “What am I stressed about?”
  • “How is my procrastination seeking stress relief?
  • “Do I need more margin/more downtime in my life?”
  • “Do I doubt myself?”
  • “What do I need?”
  • “What am I afraid of or anxious about?”
  • “What is the deeper message for me here?”  

As I continue to ponder this new idea about procrastination + stress relief, I am beginning to wonder, what would also happen if you had nourishing forms of stress relief built into your day? Breathing, exercising, stretching, self-care, time alone, dancing, connecting and talking with others, getting in nature, etc.

How would that support you? What would inspire you to keep going? To honor and allow yourself to feel the unwanted feelings and let them be ok, knowing the longer term rewards are worth it?

In addition, I'll be picking up a copy of Mel Robbin's book: The 5 Second Rule and encourage you to do it too if this resonates with you and let’s keep the conversation going.



Jill hosted a Facebook LIVE class Tuesday evening with Elyse Cisler of Healthier Holland. Go check her out. She inspires. Elyse blogs about 4 topics: Fitness, Food, Farms & cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle. Recently, she's been sharing her tips and tricks for weekly planning and shopping so we invited her to share with our community.You can view the recording on our FB page HERE.

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Angelle was answering questions behind the scenes, linking delicious recipes from our blog as well as sharing our weekly menu planner. Visit the FB Live for the link to download your copy to print & use each week!  Isn't it pretty?


This FB Live was inspired by a recent poll we conducted at an event. The question was:

"What is the biggest hurdle for getting healthy nourishing meals on the table day in and day out each week?"  

PREP & PLANNING was the overwhelming response. We know this "hurdle" evolves from so many different situations for women so we wanted to provide several way to support you:

  • a FB LIVE to get the conversation going
  • a weekly planner for you to download and have handy
  • PLUS we decided to open up Chef Jackie's 12-week Summer Meal Plan for a FLASH SALE. It is open through TONIGHT at 9pm. Click graphic for details & 12-week menu plan!

Through the work we do in our 14-day Reset, we KNOW the value of getting the prep & planning established. And maybe you do too. When you have a plan; when you wake up in the morning and you know what's on the menu - breakfast, lunch & dinner; when you set this an intentional and valuable part of your lifestyle; you are setting yourself up to nourish & flourish. You feel better. You're eating better. You're thinking better. You're more emotionally grounded and less irritated. You have more space in your day to think about other important things during your day. You're not rushing to grocery store or drive thru last minute. Life is a little calmer. Because eating healthfully is foundational and when you get this in place, it is a catalyst for living and loving well day in and day out. It's never perfect. But it's a foundational tool that guides you.

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Watch the recording, download your meal plan handout & check out the 12-week summer menu plan and let us know what you think! As always, we love hearing from you!